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Planetarium
Reimagining Access to STEM Education

At Sacramento State, we believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to have a high quality STEM education. We are committed to providing the tools and resources to empower our students to achieve their personal and professional goals. The Planetarium at Sacramento State is a hallmark of our efforts. Looking deep into space and projecting fascinating images to a wide-eyed community, the Planetarium is the centerpiece of Sacramento State’s new Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex which opened in Fall 2019. While we’re currently closed, we are eagerly looking forward to the day we can welcome visitors back to the Planetarium.  

The goal of the Planetarium is to inspire curiosity in space, astronomy, and the sciences by:

  • Hosting field trips for school groups from grades kindergarten through high school
  • Offering public shows and events at least one weekend a month; and
  • Serving as home to the best lecture hall on campus for introductory astronomy courses, among the most in-demand general education courses at Sacramento State.

We believe everyone deserves an opportunity to have a high-quality STEM experience, regardless of how much they can pay. The Planetarium is already on track to host more than 20,000 schoolchildren and teachers annually for field trips, and more than a thousand visitors each month for public shows.

With donor support, we can keep the ticket prices affordable for all – Sacramento State students and children 12 and under are free, and general admission tickets are only $5.

A Seat Under the Stars campaign – There are 20 seats remaining in our campaign. For a donation of $1,000 a seat will be named in your honor. If you would like to be part of the campaign and name a seat, please include this in the note section when you make your donation. 

Other Questions?

Contact Jennifer Navarro, Director of Development for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at 916-278-6288 or via email at jennifer.navarro@csus.edu.

 

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GOLD Challenge
Graduates of the last decade: Show us all why your graduating class reigns supreme! The graduating class with the most donors will unlock $500 to support Alumni Association programming. At check-out, select 'alumni' as your affiliation then input your graduation year for your gift to count.
What year did you graduate from Sacramento State (please type the four digit year)?
Rank Answer Donors
1 2020 19
2 2016 17
3 2013 16
4 2014 16
5 2018 13
6 2017 12
7 2019 12
8 2012 12
9 2011 11
10 2015 11
11 2021 1
Ended
$1,000
Sac State CARES Fund – University Foundation at Sacramento State Challenge #1
THANK YOU to our generous for helping us reach our goal of 250 gifts! Your support for the programs and departments is important and deeply appreciated. Thank you to the University Foundation at Sacramento State for providing this $1,000 challenge gift!
250 / 250 Gifts
Completed
$500
Sac State CARES Fund – University Foundation at Sacramento State Challenge #2
THANK YOU to our generous donors for helping us reach our goal of 200 gifts! Your support for the programs and students at Sacramento State is important and deeply appreciated. Thank you to the University Foundation at Sacramento State for providing this $500 challenge gift!
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Faculty and Staff - University Foundation at Sacramento State Challenge #1
THANK YOU to our generous Faculty and Staff donors for helping us reach our goal of 75 gifts from Faculty and Staff members! Your support for the programs and departments is important and deeply appreciated. Thank you to the University Foundation at Sacramento State for providing this $1,000 challenge gift!
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$500
Faculty and Staff - University Foundation at Sacramento State Challenge #2
THANK YOU to our generous Faculty and Staff donors for helping us reach our goal of 50 gifts from Faculty and Staff members! Your support for the programs and departments is important and deeply appreciated. Thank you to the University Foundation at Sacramento State for providing this $500 challenge gift!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Dean Lisa Hammersley's Challenge
THANK YOU to our generous donors for helping us reach our goal of 40 gift to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM)! Your support for NSM is important and deeply appreciated. Thank you to Dean Lisa Hammersley for providing this $1,000 challenge gift!
40 / 40 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics - University Foundation at Sacramento State Challenge
THANK YOU to our generous donors for helping us reach our goal of 25 gifts! Your support for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is important and deeply appreciated. Thank you to the University Foundation at Sacramento State for providing this $1,000 challenge gift!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
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