CANCELED – MAPS 2020 Conference

Dear MAPS Colleagues, Many of us are experiencing closures and schedule changes due to the COVID-19 situation. After much discussion among us all, and in an abundance of caution, your MAPS Board More »

UPDATE – MAPS 2020 Board of Directors Elections

Runoff Election Happening Now – Check your Email for your Electronic Ballot. Runoff Election Ends April 6, 2020 at Midnight. On behalf of the MAPS Executive Committee and the MAPS Election Committee, More »

 

COVID-19 Impact on Planetariums and Planetarians

The International Planetarium Society wants to know how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the global planetarium community and how the organization can help.

As a member of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society, we would like to solicit your feedback. Please take a moment to fill out a survey at this link: https://forms.gle/vD1eo6dTdNHmJCPy5

CANCELED – MAPS 2020 Conference

Dear MAPS Colleagues,

Many of us are experiencing closures and schedule changes due to the COVID-19 situation. After much discussion among us all, and in an abundance of caution, your MAPS Board and the conference host, Kerri Kiker, have decided to cancel this year’s conference at the Cradle of Aviation museum in New York, that was scheduled for April 22-26.

Instead of a face-to-face live conference, we’re discussing a “virtual” conference: meeting online or through an app to share ideas and resources. Perhaps not as satisfying as face-to-face conversations with colleagues and friends, but an opportunity for some professional development.

Watch for a survey coming soon. Would you be interested in Armand Spitz regional conferences during the summer or fall this year? An online session during the originally scheduled dates? Start thinking about it, and look for the survey.

UPDATE – MAPS 2020 Board of Directors Elections

Runoff Election Happening Now – Check your Email for your Electronic Ballot.
Runoff Election Ends April 6, 2020 at Midnight.

On behalf of the MAPS Executive Committee and the MAPS Election Committee, I’d like to bring you up to date about our election results for the three positions of MAPS Board.

At the conclusion of the election, which ended at midnight on February 29, 2020, Janet Stearns, who electronically set-up, monitored and implemented our online election, has informed our President April Whitt there was an individual with a clear majority of votes, plus three candidates with a three-way tie, who also had a majority of the vote at the conclusion of the election.

Our MAPS Constitution and By-Laws do not currently have language for a resolution with that election scenario. After much discussion, the MAPS Executive Committee’s final interpretation and ultimate election solution lies within Roberts Rules of Order.

A very long story short, according to Roberts Rules of Order, we need to re-run the election again, with all candidates except the candidate with the clear majority of the vote, who will be seated as one of the three winners. The other five candidates remain on the ballot and would be running for the remaining two seats for Board.

We will be in touch soon for the re-election and ultimate conclusion of MAPS election 2020.

MAPS 2020 Conference – UPDATE

Greetings, fellow MAPS members!

On behalf of the MAPS Executive Board and the MAPS Program Committee, I wanted to reach out to you all with an update regarding our 2020 Conference next month. I’m sure that by now, all of us are monitoring the development of the COVID-19 situation across our region, our country, and the world. It is affecting our everyday lives, and our places of work as well. Some college campuses are migrating towards online courses, and many museums are seeing reduced visitation as travel becomes more complicated. Several of you have reached out asking about the status of our 2020 Conference on Long Island, NY.

MAPS Conference 2020 – “Reaching Beyond the Stars”

Dear MAPS Member,

The staff of the Jet Blue Sky Theater Planetarium at The Cradle of Aviation would like to invite you to join us from April 22 – 25, 2020 for the MAPS 2020 conference. The gathering, as always, is a great time for MAPS Members to re-connect, brainstorm ideas for education programming, and share with each other all of the wonderful things that we are doing at our home planetariums!

Constellation Winter 2019

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