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Robert Pearlman

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posted 06-23-2014 06:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cosmosphere launches mission to inspire students and honor space history

Liberty Bell 7 has left the building.

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center hoisted the historic Mercury space capsule out of its basement gallery and loaded it onto a truck bound for the museum's nearby restoration facility last Wednesday (June 18). Now there, it is being readied to ship overseas for a temporary exhibit in Germany later this fall.

By the time Liberty Bell 7 returns to Hutchinson, Kansas in mid-2015, work may be getting underway to give it and the other artifacts at the Cosmosphere a new mission.

The museum, which for its first 50 years sought to "honor the past and inspire the future of space exploration," has adopted a new goal for its next half-century. Its aim now is to "inspire innovation through science education and honor the history of space exploration."

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-07-2014 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kansas Cosmosphere release
Cosmosphere names director of visitor experience

As preparations begin for the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center to embark upon its recently announced major plan for revitalization, current Director of Education Tom Holcomb will assume responsibility of a newly created position at the Cosmosphere — one deemed integral to the success of revitalization efforts.

In his new role as Director of Visitor Experience, Holcomb will oversee customer service and visitor experiences at the Cosmosphere, fostering an institutional mindset of providing exceptional experiences for all visitors — including the creation of training materials and workshops for all front line employees. Under Holcomb's direction, a keen understanding of institutional and space history as well as working knowledge in support of new Cosmosphere initiatives and programming will be part of ongoing orientation and education for front line employees.

Holcomb will continue to oversee scheduling, training and customer service in Dr. Goddard's Lab and the Justice Planetarium while working closely with the Education department in the development and implementation of new programs and their delivery in both theater venues.

To insure successful operation of the Carey Digital Dome Theater, Holcomb will be responsible for customer service and training, working with the COO and Marketing on the selection of new documentaries, feature films and alternative programming in the theater. Additionally, box office staffing, training and development; booking school and group programs while working with Education and other appropriate departments to insure all groups are treated in an exceptional manner; facility rental oversight; and responsibility for growth, recruitment and preparation for a well-trained and engaged Cosmosphere volunteer base are included in Holcomb's new area of responsibility.

Holcomb completed a Bachelor of Science in Education at Sterling College in 1996 and began working at the Cosmosphere in 1997 where he developed the Hall of Space Tour Guidebook and training procedures for tour guides. He assumed additional responsibilities for programming delivery in Dr. Goddard's Lab and the Justice Planetarium before joining the Education Department as the Program Manager for the renowned Cosmosphere camp, Future Astronaut Training Program (FATP).

In 2009, Holcomb was promoted to the position of Director of Education and assumed overall responsibility for educational programs at the Cosmosphere including school field trips and homeschool programs, Boy and Girl Scout programs to achieve Merit Badge requirements, maintenance of camp equipment and curriculum development.

Tom Holcomb has been employed at the Cosmosphere for 17 years. His deep knowledge of Operations, passion for the Cosmosphere and all that it represents make him an ideal choice for this critical, customer-facing role. Holcomb will report to Jim Remar, Cosmosphere President/COO.


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From: Gardner, KS, USA
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posted 07-09-2014 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I first met Tom in 1999 when I went to Space Camp at the Cosmosphere for the first time. He was a really awesome guy and you could tell he belonged there. It is nice to see his passion has been recognized. Perfect guy for the job; congrats to him.

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