$3M investment at York U will bring wonders of universe to more students, wider public


TORONTO, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 – York University will expand its astronomy outreach and teaching to communities across Canada with the help of a new $1.5-million gift matched by the University for a total of $3 million. York U will announce the details of this initiative, believed to be the first of its kind in North America, Thursday, Aug. 9.

Media are invited to hear first-hand what the new matched gift will allow the University to achieve in the way of astronomy outreach and the excitement it hopes to build in the wonders of the Universe.

WHAT: York University announcement of endowed Chair

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 9 at 9:30am


  • Rhonda Lenton, President & Vice-Chancellor
  • Ray Jayawardhana, Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Allan Carswell, Carswell Family Foundation
  • Jeff O’Hagan, VP Advancement
  • Paul Delaney, University Professor, Faculty of Science

WHERE: Lobby of Life Sciences Building, Keele campus, York University, (number 90 on the Map.)


About York University
York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Media Contact:

Sandra McLean, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 22097, sandramc@yorku.ca