“Galaxy Gala” at The Leonardo

Galaxy Gala at The LeonardoJoin The Leonardo in celebrating the opening of their newest exhibit, Alien Worlds and Androids, at their Galaxy Gala this Friday, January 27th. This is not your typical “black tie” gala. Instead, you’re encouraged to come dressed in your favorite alien, comic book, sci-fi, fantasy or movie character costume for a night of extra-terrestrial fun! Every tickets includes hearty appetizers, two drink tickets, and lots of fun! To get tickets, or for more information, visit their website at http://bit.ly/2iX7eH.

Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund

The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the first 2016 Travel Grant application opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research. The Spring 2016 Travel Grant application deadline is April 1, 2016. Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits. The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website:

Questions regarding the application or application process may be sent to:

Southwest ATC student earns NASA scholarship grant


Southwest Applied Technology College student Joseph Dec was awarded a $5,000 NASA scholarship grant in computer programming.

The Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium received a NASA grant for a scholarship to be awarded to a student attending Southwest ATC.

Eligible applicants must pursue a certificate in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field, according to a news release.

Southwest ATC opened applications to students in programs related to, or supportive of the space industry such as health science, welding, industrial maintenance, information technology, business technology, automotive technology and other STEM related programs.

“Joey is a very strong academic student. He has advanced through his studies faster than any student this year and has acquired the industry standard certifications to back it up,” said Program Coordinator Coston Perkins. “Dec will be a poster child of the Program’s soon-to-be success.”

The student shared his excitement when discussing the grant received. “This grant gives me the ability to continue my education and to become more than I would have been able to become otherwise,” Dec said.  He said he chose Southwest ATC because the campus offered a focused approach to computer programming.  “I have a strong passion for technology,” Dec said. “With programming there are unlimited possibilities.”

Dec is on track to complete his program this school year and the campus will be prepared to celebrate his graduation and his steps to employment.