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  • CEO Retirement and New Leadership Roles Effective Year End at Cosmosphere

    CEO Retirement and New Leadership Roles Effective Year End at Cosmosphere

    July 17, 2017

    Today, the Cosmosphere Governing Board of Directors announced the following staff changes according to Board Chairman Eric Steinle. 

    Having served the Cosmosphere since July 2011, Richard Hollowell has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2017. 

    “Dick assumed the position at exactly the right time and we have been lucky to have him.  Under Dick’s leadership, the Cosmosphere has achieved financial stability it had not known for many years, has reenergized its education offerings to create a true International Science Education Center and has launched a Revitalization initiative that will ensure its success for generations to come,” Steinle said. “We are grateful for the six and a half years Dick has shared his astute business leadership. It has left the Cosmosphere a better organization for all its stakeholders.” 

    Replacing Hollowell as CEO will be Jim Remar, current president and chief operating officer. 

    “Over the last several years as president and COO, Jim has demonstrated that he is ready for this new challenge,” Steinle said.  “His knowledge, passion, and commitment to the Cosmosphere and its programs will continue to be a tremendous asset for many years to come and we are excited for Jim to lead the Cosmosphere.”  

    To prepare for 2018, Remar has already begun shaping strategy with a newly named executive team. That team includes, Tracey Tomme, who will assume the duties and title of executive vice president and chief operating officer; Mimi Meredith will be the senior vice president of development and marketing and chief development officer; Steven Birdsall will be the vice president of finance and chief financial officer and Jack Graber will be the vice president of exhibits and technology. 

    “I am honored the board has chosen me as the Cosmosphere's next CEO,” Remar said. “The initiatives launched during Dick's tenure have set the organization on a path that will allow it to continue the legacy started by Patty Carey.  I look forward to working with the board and staff as we move those and future initiatives forward to grow the organization and broaden its reach and impact."

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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Epic Life & Tragic Death of Yuri Gagarin
    March 15
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    March 17
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Epic Life & Tragic Death of Yuri Gagarin

    Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Yuri Gagarin," with special guest speaker, Paul Lytle, facilities engineer at Wichita State University and Cosmosphere volunteer for over 20 years.

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

  • Space Out Saturday: The Moon’s Craters!

    Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: THE MOON'S CRATERS! Why does the Moon have so many craters and the earth only has a few? Learn about the Moon’s atmosphere compared to Earth’s and make your own Moon.

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am and 12:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am
    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Storytelling in the Space Age

    Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Storytelling in the Space Age," by special guest speaker, John Mulnix, Space Tech writer, host of The Space Shot and The Cosmosphere Podcast, and Cosmosphere Volunteer.

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

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