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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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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!
    May 1 – September 30
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  • Learn to Fly Your Drone: The Basics
    September 29
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    October 18
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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!

    Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    Location:

    Earth v the International Space Station Agriculture Contest

    Grow your way to Cosmosphere Aerospace Camp!

    Students fourth through twelfth grades are invited to take on the ISS in a competition to grow the most food within a one cubic meter garden space.

    A winner from each grade category below receives a camp package for 2019 summer camp season and will be recognized at the Cosmosphere this fall.

    Going into 4th - 6th Grade

    Going into 7th - 8th Grade

    Going into 9th - 12th Grade

    Contest starts May 1 and runs through September 30, 2018.

    We will be sharing our results with our Kansas Astronaut Col. Nick Hague while he is on the ISS!

    How It Works: Any student who wants to participate needs to carefully read the rules, set-up their garden, collect the required data, and turn in all results to the Cosmosphere at scied@cosmo.org on or before September 30, 2018. 

    Click here to download the Space Ag Contest rules and entry form!

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    Q. Can a plant trail outside of the cubic meter area? 
    A. No.  All of the growing area including roots and plant must remain inside the cubic meter area.

    Q. Is it okay to plant vines along with other plants?
    A.  Yes.  You can plant any combination of plants you chose.

    Q. Must the light source also be in the cubic meter?
    A. No.  It may be above and can be natural such as sunlight or you can use a grow light.

    Q. Does the cubic meter area have to be a cube?
    A.  No.  It can be any shape as long as the total volume is only one cubic meter.

    Q. Can you add water?
    A.  Yes.  It does not have to be a closed system.  You may use water as you wish.  (Don’t tell our astronaut friends!)  Since the system does not have to be closed, water will be lost depending on wind and heat so we are not limiting how much water can be used.

    Q.  Does the cubic meter have to be a built structure?
    A.  No.  you just need to measure and make sure the growing area (roots and plant) are all within a cubic meter volumetric area.

    Q.  Is it okay to use a plant light?
    A.  Yes.  Any light source is acceptable.

    Q. Do the roots count as part of the cubic meter?
    A. Yes, the entire plant including any leaves and roots, are included and must be inside of the cubic meter area.

  • Early Closing of the Lobby and Main Entrance at 5 pm

    Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Thursday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m. for a private event. The Carey Digital Dome Theater shows after 5:00 pm will play as scheduled. The Hall of Space Museum and Gift Store are open until 7:00 pm.

    Please use the alternate entrance to the North of the main entrance, by the Richard E. Smith Science Center.

  • Learn to Fly Your Drone: The Basics

    Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room and Drone Drome

    Join us Saturday, September 29 in the Banquet Room, as Space Science Educator's teach you the basics of drone safety, maintenance, operation, and troubleshooting for beginners. 

    The class will begin in the banquet room and continue at the “Drone Drome,” sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Engineering, for practice using the Cosmosphere’s small drones. 

    Admission will be free with registration at the door.

    For questions, contact Chuck McClary at chuckm@cosmo.org or 620.665.9340.

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