NASA commander Kelly is first Omnibus speaker

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NASA space mission commander Capt. Mark Kelly will headline the first lecture in IPFW’s 23rd season of the Omnibus Lecture Series.

“Endeavour to Succeed” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Auer Auditorium at the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW Campus. Tickets are free, but must reserved beginning 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.

“With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation and humanity, NASA space mission commander Mark Kelly is a role model, modern-day pioneer and leader,” the university said in a statement. “With his twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for future space exploration as subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on the effects of space on the human body.

“Kelly shares lessons learned from extensive travels, the Navy, outer space and on the ground – from leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable to the thrill of spaceflight, and the resilience of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords.”

The AWS Foundation is co-sponsoring this lecture in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Tickets can be obtained in three ways:

• Pick up tickets in person at the Larson Ticket Office in the Gates Athletics Center between 12:30-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

• Reserve tickets online. Go to the Box Office website to buy tickets. Tickets are free, but a convenience fee of $1 per ticket will be charged.

• Tickets reserved online can be mailed for an additional fee of $1 or picked up at Will Call in the lobby of the Rhinehart Music Center beginning one hour before the lecture. Unclaimed tickets will be offered to other guests 15 minutes before the program begins.

Doors open one hour before each lecture. Free parking is available in parking garage 3, located in the Fine Arts Plaza.

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, a sister publication to this newspaper, is a sponsor of the Omnibus Lecture Series.

Other lectures in the 2017-18 series are:

• Robert Edsel, “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30.

• Wes Moore, “From Troubled Teen to Rhodes Scholar: The Transformative Power of Education.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22.

• Lilly Ledbetter, “Grace and Grit: How I Won My Fight at Goodyear and Beyond.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 5.

For more information about the lecture series, speakers, tickets, or the campus map, visit the Omnibus Lecture Series website.