Distinguished Speaker Series Enriches Student Education

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Distinguished Speakers Series
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A skilled entrepreneur and real estate agent with more than 50 years of experience, Lew McGinnis manages his own real estate investment firm in Nicholls Hill, Oklahoma. Lew McGinnis maintains a high level of community involvement outside his professional responsibilities and formerly held positions on the board of directors for numerous organizations and educational institutions. He previously served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma-based Heritage Hall High School, which offers a Distinguished Speaker Series for students.

The Distinguished Speaker Series acts as an extension of Heritage Hall’s commitment to a rich education and engages students in compelling discussions about art appreciation, history, and current events. It features prominent speakers and performers from a variety of professions, in addition to Heritage Hall alumni members. Open to students and members of the public alike, the series also includes informal receptions at the end of each presentation that give attendees the opportunity to meet the speakers.

For more information about the Distinguished Speakers Series and a list of past and future guests, visit www.heritagehall.com/programs/distinguished-speaker-series.

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum Opens Stingray Touch Exhibit

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Stingray Touch Exhibit
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Lew McGinnis possesses more than three decades of experience in entrepreneurship and real estate with a history of establishing several successful businesses in Oklahoma and Arizona. The owner of his own real estate investment firm in Oklahoma, Lew McGinnis also previously served as the director of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Foundation. On August 5, 2016, the museum opened a new exhibit called Stingray Touch.

Stingray Touch invites guests to experience a new element of conservation for the Sonoran Desert through the introduction of a stingray touch pool. Stingrays are plentiful in the Gulf of California where the Sonoran Desert meets the Sea of Cortez and hold an important place in the ocean’s ecosystem. Additionally, their presence helped the Sonoran Desert earn its reputation as the lushest desert on earth.

Visitors to Stingray Touch will receive the opportunity to interact with de-barbed cow nose stingrays and participate in scheduled feeding times. Stingray pups featured in the pool were raised at the Phoenix Zoo and their sustainable seafood diet is made possible through a partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

To learn more about the Stingray Touch exhibit, visit www.desertmuseum.org/stingrays.

Soarin’ Saturdays at the Pima Air and Space Museum

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Soarin’ Saturdays
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An experienced real estate investor, Lew McGinnis also has a long history of philanthropic activity and community volunteerism. Lew McGinnis formerly served as director of the Pima Air and Space Museum.

Opened in 1976 and located in Tucson, Arizona, the Pima Museum has grown to become one of the world’s largest aviation and space museums not funded by a government. It features more than 300 historical aircrafts and hosts a variety of programs and events.

A STEM program designed to get kids excited about math and science, Pima’s Soarin’ Saturdays takes a hands-on approach to imparting valuable instruction about flight and aerospace topics. The focus of the program changes throughout the month. For example, the first Saturday of each month is devoted to model airplane building while the second concentrates on rocketry experimentation. The program’s Young Flyers Fun session occurs on the fourth Saturday of each month, with an encore session offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Held in the Space Gallery Classroom, Soarin’ Saturdays sessions are always free with admission and require parent participation. They last approximately 90 minutes.