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Marc Seigar

Dr. Marc Seigar

Planetarium Director

Dr. Marc Seigar is Director of the Planetarium and Professor and Head of the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Marc teaches Introduction to Astronomy, Astrophysics, and numerous other courses in Physics. An avid amateur astronomer since his youth, Marc has been gazing up at the stars since he was 10 years old.

Jim Rock

Program Director

Jim Rock joined the Planetarium as Program Director in the summer of 2015. He has a wealth of experience in science outreach, bringing science to K-12 education, astronomy, planetaria, and native/indigenous astronomy. Jim will be working on our new portable planetarium and taking shows to K-12 schools in Northern Minneosta.

Allie Mike

Program Assistant

Allie is a senior majoring in Art and minoring in Film Studies at UMD. She likes going on adventures in the great outdoors, eating chocolate, and playing with her two rats, Olimar and Pollux. Allie has been fascinated by astronomy since she was small and would stargaze at her grandparents' cabin on Lake Vermilion.

Emily Vanlonden

Program Assistant

 Emily is a senior at UMD who is majoring in Geology with two minors in Biology and Astronomy. She enjoys shunning Kim in her spare time for not watching Star Wars. She likes Star Wars. She also swims competitively for North Shore Swim Team and has been into astronomy her whole life.

Kimberly Seifert

Program Coordinator

 Kimberly is a sophomore at UMD who is studying to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Design and Tech. She has recently taken an interest in astronomy, thanks to a close friend. Her favorite part about working at the planetarium is learning new things about space. In her spare time, Kimberly likes to do photography and sing. Her coworkers shun her due to the fact that she has not seen Star Wars.


Luke McCutcheon

Program Assistant

Luke McCutcheon is a sophomore who studies Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMD. Currently he puts his talents into the planetarium and other pursuits of knowledge spreading.



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