A retirement reception for the University of Nebraska State Museum’s Kathy French, education coordinator, and Ann Cusick, museum educator, is from 5 to 7 p.m. May 14 at Morrill Hall.
French has worked at the museum for 25 years directing informal science education programming for students of all ages. Her career has included developing curriculum-aligned education programs for Nebraska’s schoolchildren, public family science programs like Dinosaurs and Disasters and science experiences for museum visitors.
Among her many contributions to the museum, French oversaw multiple enhancement projects to the Marx Discovery Center, initiated the nationally recognized Virtual Field Trip program and was part of the Core Design Team that brought to life the museum’s newly renovated fourth floor Cherish Nebraska.
Cusick has served Morrill Hall for 32 years. She began her journey as a tour leader for the Jurassic Dinosaur Gallery, and as museum gallery programming evolved over time, Cusick helped design and deliver a variety of gallery programs complete with interactive hands-on components.
During her time at the museum, Cusick also helped to expand outreach programming by bringing it off-campus to community events and other learning centers. She worked diligently to ensure visitors were enjoying their time at the Museum and learning new concepts about the natural world.
The May 14 reception is free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available.