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Orwoll named CEO of Cosmosphere

Christopher Orwoll, professor of naval science, has been named president and CEO of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. The retired Navy commander took the position March 5.

"Chris brings to the Cosmosphere proven leadership and experience in management, education, recruiting, fundraising and a passion for space exploration," said Tom Sellers, chair of the Cosmosphere's board. "He has a keen understanding of teamwork and will work in a results oriented environment. We are thrilled to have him on board."

Orwoll holds a bachelor's degree in naval architecture from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree in strategic studies from the Air War College. He is completing a master's in engineering from Cornell University.

Symons presented volunteer award

Eleanor Symons, a retired KU Libraries staff member, was recently presented the Wallace Galluzzi Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award during the United Way's annual meeting. Volunteer organizations throughout the community nominate candidates for the award, which honors volunteers who provide exceptional volunteer service to the community.

Symons started reading for Audio-Reader before it went on the air in 1971 and has contributed about 15,000 volunteer hours. She volunteers at least twice a week to read from the Kansas City Star and to record books.

Audio-Reader records written material for individuals who have difficulty reading.

Yoo joins Continuing Education outreach

Jean Yoo has joined Continuing Education as the assistant director of the Academic Outreach and Distance Education unit. She will supervise the development of curriculum and assessment for the Independent Study program. She will also coordinate a training program for Independent Study instructors that teaches best practices for online courses.†

Before joining KU, Yoo was an adjunct faculty instructor in the School of Education at Indiana University-Bloomington, where she developed and taught onsite and online courses in methods and foundations. Yoo has also worked at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, designing, implementing and assessing a teacher certification program.

Yoo received her bachelor's in English literature and art history from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana and master's in applied linguistics from Georgia State University. She received her doctoral degree in language education from Indiana University.

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