By Morgan Schlesinger and Alli Pohl
Another school year has brought a new team to lead the University of San Francisco Museum Studies Graduate Association!
In November, our class elected its new MSGA officers for 2016. Morgan Schlesinger is the new President, and spent the Fall Semester conducting development research at The Mexican Museum as well as assisting in collections management. Lauren Garnese was elected as Vice President, and is currently interning at the de Young Museum to help manage their Friday Nights and Artists in Residence programs. Alli Pohl has stepped into the role of Secretary. Alli works at the California Academy of Sciences as a Guest Experience Service Associate. In addition to taking on the role of Treasurer of the MSGA, Ben Glazier recently became Alli’s colleague at the Academy of Sciences. As Midwest transplants (Chicago for Alli and Kansas City for Ben), we await their reactions to their first San Francisco “winter.”
Our group is eager to begin planning some exciting and thought-provoking events to involve our classmates, school, and community. Ray Bussolari, an alum of the USF Museum Studies Program (Class of 2015), gave a very moving talk to our class about his recent project for the Foster Youth Museum, the Lost Childhoods exhibition, and it inspired us to want to explore ways to get involved with this important organization.
We thank the 2015 MSGA officers – Lydia Marouf, Hillary Dawn, Rheilly Llanos, and Victor Crosetti – for their hard work in organizing last year’s fascinating public events: Building the Palestinian Museum: A Conversation with Director Jack Persekian and Carrying Culture: A Conversation About Preserving Native American Heritage.
Finally, we’d like to extend a special thanks to Professor Paula Birnbaum for her assistance as MSGA faculty sponsor for 2016.
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