Mabel Sterns Award

The newsletter editor performs the primary function of informing astronomy club members about what is happening in their club. Often the editor is forced to become quite creative in filling the allotted space for each issue when the call for articles doesn’t quite fill up the publication.

In acknowledgement of the important role of the newsletter editor, in 1988, the Astronomical League established the Mabel Sterns Newsletter Award to recognize these essential people.  The Award is named in honor of the first newsletter editor of the League, Mabel Sterns, who served in that capacity from 1948-1952 (see photo).

Purpose

The first-place winner will receive the Sterns Newsletter Award plaque at each year’s national convention, ALCon.  The competition is open to all Astronomical League astronomy clubs.  The award program is chaired by the vice president of the League.  Judges for this program include former club newsletter and League Reflector editors.  Top finishers for this award are recognized in the Reflector.

Procedure for Nomination

The president of the club should email a copy of the designated issue of the club’s newsletter in Adobe Acrobat pdf file format to SternsNewsletter@astroleague.org, along with a cover letter of recommendation in the same file format that includes the postal address of the nominee.   In addition a photo of the newsletter editor, preferably in an astronomical-type setting, should be sent electronically in jpg format to the same email address before March 31. The names of both the newsletter editor and the nominating club officer must appear on the general membership roster of the Astronomical League.

 

For clubs wishing to submit paper documents, please send four copies of the newsletter, the letter of recommendation, and a photo to:

Sterns Newsletter Award
Astronomical  League
9201 Ward Parkway, Suite 100
Kansas City, Missouri  64114

All submissions should be mailed in time to be received before March 31st.

 

David Hutchinson, winner 2010 Mabel Sterns award and Carroll Iorg Vice President Astronomical League

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Hutchinson, top finisher for the 2010 Mabel Sterns Award (left) and Carroll Iorg, Vice President Astronomical League (right). This photo is compliments the International Dark Sky Association.

Top Finishers in the Mabel Sterns Award Program

Year Award Publication, Society, and Location Editor(s)
2015 First Back Bay Observer  Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Virginia Beach, VA  Paul Tartabini
  Second The Observer Twin City Amateur Astronomers Normal, IL Carl J Wenning
  Third

Prime Focus Fort Worth Astronomical Society Fort Worth, TX

Shawn Kirchdoofer
2014 First    
  Second    
  Third    
2013 First Sidereal Times, Austin Astronomical Society Erika Rix
  Second Sky Watcher, Boise Astronomical Society David Olsen
  Third SCAS Times, Southern Colorado Astronomical Society Alan Knight
2012 First Guidestar, Houston Astronomical Society Bill Pellerin
  Second The Observer, Tri-State Astronomers Jim Stanicek
  Third The Focal Point, Atlanta Astronomy Club Tom Faber
2011 First Sonoma Skies, Sonoma County Astronomical Society Cecilia Yarnell
  Second Prime Focus, Fort Worth Astronomical Society Dean Crabtree
  Third The Observer, Tri-State Astronomers Jim Stanicek
2010 First The Spectrum, Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas Dave Hutchison
  Second Prime Focus, Fort Worth (Texas) Astronomical Society Dean Crabtree
  Third Sonoma Skies, Sonoma County Astronomical Society (Santa Rosa, California) Cecelia Yarnell
  Fourth Gazer’s Gazette, Oklahoma City Astronomy Club R. Christian Bruggeman
  Fifth Roanoke Valley (Roanoke, VA) Astronomical Society Clark Thomas
  Sixth Skywatch, Northeast Florida Astronomical Society (Jackson, Florida) Stephen Peacock
2009 First Austin Astronomical Society Dana Koch
  Second Spectrum, Astronomical Society of Dallas Dave Hutchison
  Third Prime Focus, Kalamazoo Astronomical Society Richard Bell
  Fourth Prime Focus, Fort Worth Astronomical Society Dean Crabtree
  Fifth Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society Clark Thomas
  Sixth Gazer's Gazette, Oklahoma City Astronomy Club Christian Bruggeman
2008 First Chester County (PA) Astronomical Society John Hepler
  Second Prime Focus, Fort Worth Astronomical Society Dean Crabtree
  Third Gazer's Gazette, Oklahoma Astronomy Club R. Christian Bruggeman
  Fourth The High Desert Observer, Astronomical Society of Las Cruces George Hatfield
  Fifth Galactic Gazette, Kiski Astronomers Denny Hill
2007 First The Rosette Gazette, Rose City Astronomers Larry Deal
  Second The Hypoxic Observer, Colorado Springs Astronomical Society Pam Warren
  Third Rochester Skies, Rochester (Minnesota) Astronomy Club Duane Deal
  Fourth The High Desert Observer, Astronomical Society of Las Cruces George Hatfield
  Fifth Gazer's Gazette, Oklahoma City Astronomy Club Christian Bruggeman
2006 First Observations, Chester County Astronomical Society James Anderson
  Second Event Horizon, St. Louis Astronomical Society Karen Loethen
  Third Amarillo Astronomy Chronicles, Amarillo Astronomy Club Rich Merten
  Fourth Gazer's Gazette, Oklahoma City Astronomy Club Rebecca Alestick
  Honorable BPAA Newsletter, Battle Point Astronomical Association Vicki Saunders
  Honorable PAS-Times, Pontchartrain Astronomy Society Lowell McCormick
  Honorable Stars and Scopes, Southern Colorado Astronomical Society

Michael Verry

2005 First The Cosmic Messenger, Astronomical Society of Kansas City Marcia Young
  First NOVAC, the newsletter of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club David Yustein
  Second The Gazer's Gazette, Oklahoma City Astronomy Club Debbie Hipp
  Third The Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomer Don Marzewski
2004 First Spectrum, Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas Warren Waid
  Second Observations, Chester County Astronomical Society James Anderson
  Third Desert Sky Observer, Antelope Valley Astronmomy Club Brian Peterson
2003 First The Sidereal Times, The Austin Astronomical Society Anne Adkins
  Second The Back Bay Observer, the monthly newsletter of the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers club in Virginia Beach, Virginia Marla Frye
  Third The Distant Light, published by the Rockland Astronomy Club Mr. Mies Hora
       
2002 First

Cosmic Messenger, the newsletter of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City

Fiske Miles
  Second Sky Watcher, Boise (ID) Astronomical Society Kathleen Higgins
  Third Prime Focus, Ft. Worth (TX) Astronomical Society Steve Gray
  Fourth Skylights, the newsletter of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England Ron Burk
  Fifth Battle Point (WA) Astronomical Association's newletter Bill and Anna Edmonds
2001 First Northern Virginia Astronomy Club Newsletter, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (Alexandria, VA) Michael Mills
  Second Observations, Chester County Astronomical Society (Thornton, VA) Jim Anderson
  Third The Webfooted Astronomer, Seattle Astronomical Society (Seattle, WA) Laurie Maloney
  Fourth Photon Gazette, Christian Association of Stellar Explorers (Siloam Springs, AR) Patrick Carr
2000 First Back Bay Observer, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (Chesapeake, VA) Glendon Howell
  Second Observations, Chester County Astronomical Society (Thornton, PA) Jim Anderson
  Third Via Stellaris, Van Braun Astronomical Society (Huntsville, AL) Michael Cissell
  Fourth PAS Times, Pontchartrain Astronomical Society (Pontchartrain, LA) Tom Klekamp
  Fifth RVAS Newsletter (Roanoke, VA) Frank Baratta
1999 First Celestial Observer, Amateur Observers' Society of New York (Floral Park, NY) Peter A. Leavens
  Second The Hypoxic Observer, Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (Colorado Springs, CO) Deb Schermerhorn
1998 First The Observer, Twin City Amateur Astronomers (Bloomington, IL) Jean Memkin and Michael Rogers