MAPS 2018 Board of Directors Elections – Results

Congratulations to Lee Ann Hennig and Paul Krupinski who will be continuing their service and to Patty Seaton who will be returning to the Executive Board.  These new terms start at the business meeting during our MAPS 2018 conference.  I’d like to thank all of our members who ran and everyone who cast a vote.

-Kevin Williams President, 2018 Spring Constellation Newsletter

SPECIAL EXTENSION: Call for Nominations for MAPS Board Positions (2018-2020)

ELECTIONS BEGIN IN JANUARY

The call for nominations for the position of Executive Board member (3 available positions) has been EXTENDED to December 8, 2017. (Bios will need to be submitted by Dec. 29). If you are interested in serving MAPS, this is a perfect opportunity to do so. As a member of the Executive Board, you will participate in the discussions of the business of MAPS, learning more about how the organization works and making positive changes!
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IPS Update: An Experience in Italy

A Week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator (click for IPS details)

Each year, in the spring, the Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory (Lumezzane/Brescia) hosts an American planetarium operator, whose native tongue is English, to work with high school students of English.

Applications are requested from educators or astronomers who work with any of the various models of planetariums.

The International Planetarium Society (IPS) endorses this initiative as an excellent opportunity for professional development and cultural exchange.

2015 Distinguished Service Award Winner

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Patty Seaton was awarded the MAPS Distinguished Service Award at the 2015 Conference.  Patty’s hard work and dedication to MAPS over the years was noted by several of her executive board colleagues.  Patty was honored with this award just after she passed out symbolic hockey sticks to the remaining board members as she stepped down from the board after a 12-year run.  One thing to note about Patty: while she will not be an official member of the Executive Board, Patty is a circumpolar star in the MAPS organization and while merely low on the horizon now, she just may find her stellar leadership rising again in the not-to-distant future.  Congratulations, Patty!

 (photo credit: John Meader)

Conference Notes – Executive Board

At the conclusion of the 2015 conference at the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Nassau Community College, Patty Seaton now leaves the Executive Board as Past President.  Also, Alan Davenport completed his time as active President and now holds Patty’s former title.  In addition, Jerry Vinski now begins his term as MAPS President, and we welcome Kevin Williams to the Executive Board as MAPS President-Elect and Chair of the Program Committee.