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Gratitude x 33

We were wowed by our visit to the new Exploratorium at the San Francisco piers.

It was energizing.  Enlightening.  Engaging.  And we couldn’t have done it without our generous museum colleagues.  This fall, USF’s four inaugural graduate museum studies courses combined lectures, discussions, workshops, site visits and, of course, assignments & readings.  In addition to faculty members Paula Birnbaum (Museum History and Theory), Marjorie Schwarzer (Cultural and Financial Management), Karren Shorofsky (Museums & the Law) and John Zarobell (Art and the Global Economy), we thank the following thirty-three professionals who lent their expertise as guest lecturers in our classes and hosted site visits:

Experimenting with new technologies at the Asian Art Museum

Laura Allen, Curator of Japanese Art, Asian Art Museum.
Renee Baldocchi, Director of Public Programs, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Molly Beyer, Manager, Museum Ambassadors, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Leslie de Braun, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, San Francisco Ballet.
David J. de la Torre, Executive Director, Mexican Museum.
Kurt Feichtmeir, Director of Extended Learning, Exploratorium.
Ken Finn, Science Educator, Exploratorium.
Lalo Franco, Director of the Cultural and Historical Preservation Department at Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi-Yokut Tribe.
Marcy Friedman, President of the Board of Trustees, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.
Tina Garfinkel, Head Registrar, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Relaxing in the sun before our visit with senior staff at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Jeanne Gerrity, Curatorial Associate, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Cristina Gonzales, Assistant Museum Director/Registrar, Table Mountain Rancheria.
Andrea Guskin, Family Programs Manager, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Enrico Hernandez, Director of Institutional Support, Oakland Museum of California & faculty, School of Education, University of San Francisco.
Paulette Hennum, Museum Curator III, in the Archaeology, History and Museums Division, CA State Parks.
Betti-Sue Hertz, Director of Visual Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Todd Hosfelt, Owner, Todd Hosfelt Gallery
Cynthia Inaba, Docent Coordinator and College Programs, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
“LadyBee” Christine Kristen Art Collection Manager/Archivist for Burning Man.
Georgianna Lagoria, Vice President, Museum Management Consultants, San Francisco
Maria Mortati, Maria Mortati Museum Exhibits, San Francisco.
Sheila Pressley, Director of Education, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Cecile Puretz, Education Manager, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Melissa Russo, Director of Institutional Advancement, Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland.
Tanu Sankalia, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco

Megan guiding us through the California Academy of Sciences

Tamara Schwarz, Associate Director of Exhibit Content, California Academy of Sciences.
Megan Schufreider, Assistant Director of Student Education, California Academy of Sciences.
Glori Simmons, Director, Thacher Gallery.
Lori Starr, Director, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Xiaoyu Weng, Director, Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium.
Layna White, Head of Collections Information and Access, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Steve Yalowitz, Principal, Audience Viewpoints, Washington DC.
Louise Yokoi, Assistant Director of Resource Development, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley.

We also thank the following museums for hosting site visits, workshops and fall internships:

Asian Art Museum
California Academy of Sciences
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Disney Family Museum
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
International Museum of Women
Mexican Museum
Thacher Gallery
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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