Update on Ric and Jean’s Philanthropic Work at Rowan University
The Latest on the Edelman Planetarium and Soon-To-Open Edelman Fossil Park
Hey, I'm happy to tell you that the Edelman Planetarium has just released the data on the 2021 school year that ended in May. We're really excited about the planetarium. It is the only planetarium in South Jersey, and it draws schoolchildren from all over the Delaware Valley. Of course, during the pandemic, the planetarium had to close, but it's now reopened and fully operational. 162 school field trips this past academic year with 50,500 schoolteachers and 5000 students going through programs, they did 341 shows, reaching a total audience of over 15,000 people, including a lot of college students and folks who live in the South Jersey and Philadelphia, Delaware community.
If you live in the Delaware Valley, I encourage you to go to Rowan University and check out the Edelman Planetarium. Jean and I provided the funding for this facility to bring state of the art planetarium technology to school children because there's no better way to get kids excited about science than letting them look at the stars. Oh, except for maybe digging for dinosaurs. That's the Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University. And that's another conversation. Oh, and Rowan University is now the third fastest growing public research university in the country. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, enrollment at the university is up 74% over the past 10 years. They now attract 23,000 students a year. So we're really excited that our old alma mater is doing just fine. Thank you very much.