Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana

GLPA 2006

GLPA 2006

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2006 GLPA Conference. The conference was a huge success. We hope your time spent at GLPA was worthwhile this year, and that everyone was able to take something back with them to their dome.

Welcome, GLPA Members!

GLPA LogoWelcome to the web site for the 2006 GLPA conference!

The 2006 GLPA Conference is being hosted by the Merrillville Community School Corporation. The conference begins on the evening of Wednesday, October 25, and concludes on the afternoon of Saturday, October 28. The conference is being held at Clifford Pierce Middle School, home of the Merrillville Community Planetarium.

More information about our conference:

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments regarding the conference, feel free to send us e-mail at or phone/mail the planetarium.

More information about the Great Lakes Planetarium Association is available at

Start of 42nd Annual GLPA Conference

Tonight marks the beginning of the 42nd Annual GLPA Conference. Merrillville will have a volunteer staffed at the Lees Inn Conference Hotel from 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM to assist members with directions, checkin, and any questions they might have.

The conference begins tonight at 6:00 P.M. at Pierce Middle School with a dessert reception. You may pickup registration materials upstairs next to the Planetarium Entrance, past the dessert reception. Feel free to stop and get some goodies before heading to the pickup table.

We look forward to seeing everyone tonight; Welcome to Merrillville!

One week to GLPA

We're down to the last 7 days before the start of the 42nd annual Great Lakes Planetarium Association. Merrillville has begun the final stages of preparation for the conference, and we are confident every GLPA member will find something of value, from large domes, to portables.

Late Registration continues

Although we have passed the September 27th deadline to avoid a $25 late charge, there's still time to get your application in to avoid the October $50 late charge.

Make sure to get your registrations in soon!

2006 Conference Countdown has Started

We're less than 6 weeks away from the 42nd annual Great Lakes Planetarium Association conference, and registrations are beginning to pick up. Most members should have received information in the mail on how to register for the conference.

If you're still waiting to register, we've got two great ways to get you signed up: Online Registration, with electronic payment or printable Mail-in Registration.

Make sure to get your registration in before September 27th to avoid a $25.00 late charge!

We look forward to seeing everybody in Merrillville for what's sure to be a great GLPA Conference.

NASA JPL Speaker confirmed

Our guest speaker for Saturday, October 28th will be Scott G. Lever, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scott is the Tactical Uplink Lead Engineer on the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) Project at JPL, and will be sharing information about the project during his presentation "Roaming Mars, a Personal Perspective" Saturday afternoon.

More information on Scott Lever, and his presentation, can be found here on our web site.

Online Registration now available!

Merrillville Planetarium has officially released Online Registration for the 2006 GLPA Conference.

With Online Registration you save money on stamps, get instant confirmation, and can pay your dues and fees online via PayPal. Paying via PayPal does not require a PayPal account -- any major credit card can be used to pay your dues.

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