I’ll admit it. I haven’t been very good about posting recently. In July, my duties were expanded to cover all external relations including development. That means I’ve spent a lot of time drinking from the fire hose in the past several months.

One of the biggest projects for the external relations team during that span has been Jupiter Ball, Morehead’s annual black-tie fundraiser. After months of planning, JB finally happened Friday night. I can’t take all — or even most — of the credit for the ball and its success. Terry Gunnels does tremendous work pulling it all together as does the Jupiter Committee. This year, Laura Ellgen chaired that committee.

The ball is really good for three things:

1) Fundraising. As a result of this year’s ball, we are able to fund fellowships for three student employees to develop special projects for the organization. The remaining funds will go towards the building’s renovation and expansion fund.

2) Developing relationships with our supporters. I like to say that it’s a great opportunity to get together with 300 of our closest friends and share our successes with them. I’m looking forward to following up with many of them in the coming couple of months. The interest in Morehead and its upcoming renovation and expansion project is very strong. I think that reflects the important role Morehead has played in the lives of so many people during its 60-year history.

3) Wringing the last bit of sanity out of our external relations team. If you’ve ever organized a party for 30 people, you know how quickly a simple event seems to turn into the Olympic opening ceremonies. Now, multiply that by 10! The devil is in the details. And trust me on this, when paper says it’s for laser printers, use it with an ink-jet printer at your own peril.

Happily, the 2008 ball is now in the books, and I can breathe again. Oh, I was never worried about the ball coming together. Let’s just say that I’ve gained a pound or two since I bought my tux, and breathing wasn’t much of an option Friday night for me. That reminds me. I need to hit the gym. Only 363 days until I need to fit in that darn thing again.

Jeff

Jeff Hill is Morehead's director of external relations

Are you rabidly loyal to your political party? Do you wear the buttons, post the signs, make the phone calls?

Guess what? The folks who AREN’T like that are the ones who determine elections.

Surprised? Me, too. But that’s the reason political scientists haven’t yet developed a foolproof method of predicting election outcomes.

Dr. George Rabinowitz is going to share behind-the-scenes secrets about election science and voting behavior during Morehead’s Current Science Forum on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. It’s free — be there and bring a friend. This is fascinating stuff! (And think how much more fun it’ll be to watch the debates with your newfound knowledge).

Karen Kornegay is Morehead's marketing manager.

Inside the Big Green BusIf you missed “The Big Green Bus” Wednesday, you missed quite the sight. 12 Dartmouth College students and recent graduates are road-tripping across America in a big green bus (duh) that runs on vegetable oil. Wednesday, they brought their message to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. We were lucky enough to host the BGB because one of the crew is Elysa Corin, a Chapel Hill native.
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Jeff Hill is Morehead's director of external relations


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