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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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  • Space out Saturday: Santa and NORAD
    December 15
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  • Members Only: Science of the Season
    December 15
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo 8: Earthrising
    December 20
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  • Space out Saturday: Santa and NORAD

    Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: Santa and NORAD! How does Santa fill his gift sack? Learn about volume and mass with your own Christmas sack; track Santa using NORAD.

    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.)

    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.

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

    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.)


  • Members Only: Science of the Season

    Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location:Justice Planetarium

    Cosmosphere Members: take a break from your busy holidays and enjoy this free event!

    For our third annual Science of the Season event, we will feature Ji Yon Shim, a doctorate of cello who has performed in Brazil, Japan, Switzerland and France. Ji will offer both an educational presentation and musical performance while scenes from the universe play out across the Planetarium dome. Wine tasting will happen throughout the evening as well.

    Seating is limited. An optional guided tour of the Hall of Space Museum will be available at 4:15 pm. 

    Please contact Marla Eriksen at 620.665.9320 or to reserve your seat!

    Are you interested in becoming a member of the Cosmosphere and enjoying all the exciting benefits membership offers? Check out or contact Marla Eriksen at 620.665.9320 or to find out more!

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo 8: Earthrising

    Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    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 for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Apollo 8: Earthrising," by Cosmosphere President and CEO, Jim Remar. 

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

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