Museum Staff Directory

RECEPTION/GENERAL QUESTIONS

Front Desk Staff
704.866.6900
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ADMINISTRATION

Dr. V. Ann Tippitt
Executive Director
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Karl McKinnon
Assistant Director
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LeighAnn Calvert
Executive Assistant/Rental Coordinator
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Janice Edge
Museum Accountant
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ADVANCEMENT
Elysabeth Utick
Director of Development
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Morgan Huffman
Marketing Coordinator
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Paula McKinnon
Membership Coordinator/Advancement Assistant
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COLLECTIONS & RESEARCH

Dr. Alan May
Research Coordinator & Curator of Archaeology
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Carrie Duran
Collections Manager
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 Meet the Curators


EDUCATION, EXHIBITS & PLANETARIUM

Tony Pasour
Head of Interpretation
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Lana DuPont
Group Scheduling Coordinator
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Robert Crisp
Communications & Publications Coordinator
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Meet the Educators

 

Exhibits Crew

Mike Lahr

Exhibits Preparer

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Michael Caron

Exhibits Preparer

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Hugh Sherill

Exhibits Preparer

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Planetarium Staff:

Will Snyder

Planetarium Director

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FACILITIES

Mark Rudisill
Maintenance/Safety/Security Manager
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MUSEUM STORE

Darlene Smith
Store Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
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Meet the Curators

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J. Alan May, Ph.D.

Areas of expertise: Anthropology and Archaeology.

Alan May was born in Quanah, Texas and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. His undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville is in Anthropology. He received an MA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas emphasizing the ethnology of health care delivery in rural and urban settings of western Arkansas.

He received the Ph.D. degree in Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia with a specialization in southeastern United States archaeology. After graduation, he worked first as an excavator and then research associate for the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY on a coastal Georgia research project. He received a postdoctoral fellowship to study the interaction between Native American populations located in the vicinity of the Georgia Spanish Mission: Santa Catalina de Guale (pronounced “Wally”). During this period he became interested in the Spanish explorer Juan Pardo who had made two trips into the interior southeast United States during 1556 - 1558.

In 1985 he moved to Gastonia, NC to begin a survey of historic and prehistoric archaeological sites at the Schiele Museum of Natural History. He has received several survey and planning grants from the North Carolina Division of Archives and History to survey areas within Gaston County as well as surrounding counties.  He directs field school projects through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and serves as Lecturer in Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology. Field school excavations have been conducted on prehistoric and historic sites in Gaston, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg Counties North Carolina as well as York County South Carolina.

When not working on archaeological projects, he enjoys traveling to other museums and sites in the United States and France. He is married to Ann Tippitt, Executive Director of the Schiele Museum of Natural History.


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Bob Dunn
Areas of expertise: Nematodes, earthworms, and other soil invertebrates.
Bob is a Cornell PhD Graduate who joined The Schiele Museum after reading about the museum from an article in the Charlotte Observer. He brought with him an extensive knowledge of nematodes, which are mostly microscopic organisms that are hard to observe or preserve. Bob transitioned to working with earthworms and recently extended his studies to many other small soil invertebrates In order to conduct research with specimens that can be more readily preserved and viewed in the context of the museum.
Interesting notes: There are close to 1800 earthworm species. Earthworms do amazing things for our soil but also keep a record of what is contained in the soil because they absorb elements from the environment around them. The channels carved in the soil by earthworms are largely responsible for soils' ability to drain water. Many kinds of small animals that we never imagined were beneath our feet play important roles in recycling the nutrients in soil organic matter so plants can use them again.

 


 

Dawn Flynn Schiele Curator

Dawn Flynn 
Area of expertise: Arthropods
Dawn's work with arthropods (insects) contributes to the growing body of research that seeks to inventory information about species of insects throughout the regions of North Carolina. She identifies features that are unique or similar and records those findings in a database that will be submitted to the state of North Carolina for analysis. The insect specimens at The Schiele Museum come from donations as well as specimens collected in the field by our research team. One of the main goals for Dawn's study of arthropods is to make people more aware of their local environment and the creatures that contribute to keeping it healthy.
Interesting notes: There are 150 different species of ground beetles within Gaston County. Only half a dozen of these species are predators and the rest are gathers that collect seeds for food. The predators have a longer snout that they use to prey on snails.

 


 

Denise Furr Schiele Curator

Denise Furr 
Area of expertise: Malacology
Denise has been working with The Schiele Museum for years to focus on the snails of the southern piedmont region that includes Gastonia and the surrounding areas. Her focus is on providing a more accurate inventory of the snails in the region so that people can be educated about the benefits of the good snails, especially if they want to have healthy plants in their yards. Denise looks for small differences to distinguish one species from another and the differences can be as subtle as the dullness of the shine on the shell that identifies one species from another.
Interesting notes: Slugs are important decomposers and they can break down tough materials like tree bark because they use their sharp teeth. Many snails are found in a specific location or near a specific rock substrate. Some snails are microscopic in size (just a few millimeters).

 


 

David Grant Schiele Curator

David Grant
Area of expertise: Spiders
David taught ecology at Davidson College for 30+ years and brings all of that vast experience to The Schiele Museum's Research and Collections team. His goal is to make the public less afraid of spiders through education so that people will think twice before stepping on them out of fear. David completed his doctorate at Yale and brings a vast trove of knowledge from his research and teaching experiences in the field.
Interesting notes: Ticks and mites are arachnids as well as spiders. Spiders have 8 legs instead of 6 and they also have 2 body sections instead of 3 body sections as found with insects. Molting spiders can regrow their legs by shedding one exoskeleton and revealing a new one.

 


 

Henry Stockwell Schiele Curator

Henry Stockwell
Area of expertise: Beetles (primarily weevils)
Henry has been interested in beetles since 1965 and has compiled a fascinating life journey of scientific exploration while working in Panama with the US military as a medical doctor in the canal zone. He would retreat from the hectic pace of the medical office into another quiet office and look at bugs under a microscope to relax. He has been with The Schiele Museum since the early 2000's and has brought a deeper understanding of the 200+ weevil species living within North Carolina and the specific plants that each weevil is linked to.
Interesting notes: The extinction of one plant could lead to the extinction of an entire species of weevil because they depend entirely on one preferred plant for survival. There is a huge database of ~3000 plants and the weevils that are associated with each plant in order to be understand the interconnected health of the environment. Weevils have a large snout on the front of their heads that is used for drilling into food sources.

Education Staff Directory

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Lana DuPont

Group Scheduling Coordinator

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Stephenie Berggrun

Environmental Education Specialist

Certified Interpretive Guide

NC Certified Environmental Educator

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MaryCatherine "MC" Douglas

Outreach Education Specialist 

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Christie Rhoney

Youth Program Specialist

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Suzanne Simmons

18th Century Backcountry Lifeways Program Specialist

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Keeley Zimmerman

Live Animal Manager / Education Program Specialist

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Candice Jordan

Education Program Specialist

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Museum Store

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Located in the museum's lobby, the Schiele Museum Store is filled with a variety of fun and educational books, science kits, rocks, snacks & beverages, exhibit-related products and more! Take away a memento of your experience at the museum and help fund our education programs and exhibits at the same time. We offer a great selection of items for $1 - great for school group visits!

Store Hours
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Payments Accepted
For your convenience, we accept the following forms of payment: cash, personal checks, Visa and Mastercard.

Express Lunches
For your convenience, the Schiele Museum Store offers lunch for your group.* We offer lunches from KFC, Sub Station II, Chick-fil-A, and CiCi's Pizza. Your lunches will be waiting as you conclude your visit.

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Orders must be placed at least one week before your visit. Lunch fees are separate from your admission fee. Make lunch checks payable to Schiele Museum Store. 

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*Group lunches are offered for groups or classes of 15 or more.

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Science Theater Saturday

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THIS EVENT WAS HELD ON MARCH 19th, 2016! WE ARE NOW SHOWING AMAZING SHOWS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, VISIT THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.schielemuseum.org/schiele-planetarium/shows.html

Members Only Shows at 9 & 10 AM
Open Shows 11 AM – 4 PM on the hour

Introducing the new James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater. Enjoy a show featuring new SciDome XD digital technology that immerses visitors in a full dome science theater experience.

Call 704-854-6676 for $5 advance tickets. Standard fees apply at the door.

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Jupiter facts

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Jupiter facts from The Schiele Museum and the James H. Lynn Planetarium:

 

• Jupiter is the largest of the planets with a diameter of 86,881 miles (nearly 11 times that of Earth).
• A day on Jupiter is only 9 hours and 56 minutes.
• It takes light nearly 45 minutes to get from the Sun to Jupiter (compared to the 8 ½ minutes it takes light to get from the Sun to Earth).
• Jupiter is made up mostly of hydrogen and helium.
• Astronomers think that Jupiter may have a small, rocky core 14 to 18 times the mass of the Earth.

For current showtimes in the James H. Lynn Planetarium please click here.

Visit

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Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 

  (Click here for Admission Information and ASTC Member Benefits)

Planetarium & Science Theater 

A variety of planetarium programs are offered throughout the day. Tickets are $5 per person for those ages 3 and older. 

See a schedule of the programs by clicking here: Now Showing in the James Lynn Planetarium!

Admission

Admission fees help support our educational programming, exhibitions and ongoing research.

For your convenience, we accept the following forms of payment: cash, personal check, Visa, American Express, and Mastercard.

Interested in FREE admission all year, countless discounts and invitations to exclusive "Members Only" events? Visit our Membership section for details and become a Member today!

Free Tuesday-click here for more information 

Discounts: Find a full list of discounts to The Schiele here

ASTC Reciprocal Passport Program

Members of Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) organizations may be eligible for free or discounted admission. Please see the most current list of participating organizations at the ASTC website

Please note: Discovery Place is among the participating science centers and museums within a 90-mile radius that is excluded from The Schiele Museum's reciprocal Passport Program.

Special Events & Festivals

Prices for special events and festivals vary. Please call 704-866-6908 in advance to verify fees. During special events and festivals, additional parking is available nearby. Click here for a map of the most easily accessible overflow parking. 

Directions (click here for a map)
1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054

Holiday Closings
The museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Parking

Free parking is conveniently located near the entrance to the museum. 

Accessibility

The Schiele Museum welcomes all visitors and strives to make its exhibitions, programs and services accessible to everyone.
All of the museum's indoor exhibits are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the museum can be reached by using an accessibility ramp.

The James H. Lynn Planetarium includes wheelchair locations and companion seats.

All restroom locations are accessible to those in wheelchairs or with mobility impairments. Wheelchairs are available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis at the admissions desk. Due to inclines and gravel footing of the nature trail, all areas may not be accessible by those with mobility impairments.

How long does a visit take?

With about 60,000 square feet inside the museum and nature trail that's nearly three-quarters of a mile long, there's so much to see and do! We have made general estimates for visitation time, but these can vary greatly based on age and interest level.

Estimated Visit Times:
Museum Exhibit Galleries: 1-2 hours
Most Programs: 45 minutes
Nature Trail: 30-45 minutes
*18th Century Backcountry Farm: 30-45 minutes
*Catawba Indian Village: 30-45 minutes
*Open seasonally

Visit the Schiele Museum Store

Be sure to allow time to visit the Schiele Museum Store. Our store is a wonderful source of books and toys that mix fun with education and provide you with a memento of your visit. Members receive a 10% discount on all store purchases!

 

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