Council Member 2000-2008; 2012-2015; 2016 to present
President, State College Borough Council 2006-2008
National League of Cities - Finance, Administration and Governmental Relations Steering Committee
Pennsylvania Municipal League, Secretary, South Central District
Board Member, Downtown Improvement District
Member and Past President - College Heights Neighborhood Association
Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) Executive Committee, Personnel Committee
Chairperson of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Plaza Planning Committee
Cathy Dauler is a member of the Fund Raising Committee for the Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania Project in Downtown State College.
Discovery Space at 112 W. Foster Avenue in downtown State College became a reality in July of 2011 on Children’s Day at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.
The idea for the hands-on children’s museum was first proposed during the State College Downtown Improvement District’s Vision and Strategic Plan. With the construction of a new and expanded Schlow Regional library, community members consider a science-based children’s museum to be another family oriented enhancement to the downtown.
The location at 112 West Foster West has the potential for expansion, and is close to the Sidney Friedman Park (formerly Central Parklet), and State High’s Memorial Field.
More information about the museum is at www.mydiscoveryspace.org .
A recent article in The New York Times on March 17th titled ‘Classroom and Playground All Rolled Into One’ mentions that “even in a difficult economy, many children’s museums are booming”. The article noted visitors to a big city children’s museum return home anxious to replicate the experience in their own town or city.
It is exciting to think that State College have now its own Discovery Space that will serve the entire region and be a sought after destination.
Cathy with ESL-students inside the museum.
The Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania Grand Opening came off on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
The Centre Daily Times
Curious children get chance to explore various exhibits at local science center
By Mike Dawson
October 23, 2011
Families fill the Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania during its grand opening on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
Children got their hands dirty Saturday, digging through sand to find buried objects and get a feel for archaeology. Some got up close with a Madagascar hissing cockroach, a tarantula or a walking stick in an insect exhibit. Others tested their piloting skills in a flight simulator station. The activities were part of the grand opening of Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, a science center for children at 112 W. Foster Ave., State College, that offers hands-on learning through programming and exhibits.
The idea for a children’s science center in State College has been a decade in the making and fills a demand families have had for their children, said founding board member Marty Starling.
Discovery Space’s Executive Director Art Heim said programming is becoming the most important priority, and the types of programs and activities the center will offer will continue to evolve.
Additional exhibits include a weather station that lets children observe the weather and try out forecasting and meteorology; an aerial map of Centre County for budding geographers; and a 3-D room with views of the Earth and other parts of the universe for future astronomers. “We want to make science fun,” Heim said.