Three M.A. in Museum Professions students have assumed their roles as Stewards in the newly formed Communication and Arts Graduate Student Association (CAGSA). Erin Benz, Nicholas Lambing, and Claudia Preza, have exciting new ideas for the future of the CAGSA and their fellow Museum Professions students.
Recently established, the CAGSA was founded to facilitate a fellowship of students who share solidarity in the common endeavor of earning a graduate degree in communication- and arts-related disciplines. Steward positions are leadership roles that carry forth CAGSA initiatives with three essential foci: social, academic, and networking. The Stewardship Committee includes social, academic, networking, program-level, and graduate assistant stewards. After their first interest meeting, nine stewards were selected to serve in leadership roles within the CAGSA and act as representatives for the College’s graduate students.
Erin Benz serves as one of the Social Co-Stewards. She works hand-in-hand with her counterpart, as well as with the Public Relations and Strategic Communication Stewards, to create events to engage students from all three programs. Benz is excited to bring her passion for Museum Professions to her role as she looks forward to “getting more involved in student activities and helping develop events that students will enjoy.”
Nicholas Lambing, the other Social Co-Steward, discussed the opportunities that come with launching a new student association. “Getting that first major event started is always a challenge especially when doing it from scratch,” he said. “I have confidence in the people who make up the CAGSA, they are a great group of individuals that each bring their own unique experiences and ideas to the organization. I look forward to working with each of them and watching the CAGSA grow.”
The CAGSA Stewards meet once a month to discuss and implement their various plans and ideas. Meetings are open to other College graduate students and stakeholders who wish to be involved.
At each meeting the Museum Professions program will have a voice thanks to Claudia Preza who serves as the Steward representing the Museum Professions program. Preza recognizes the potential of a new student association, for it will assist Museum Professions students both while they are in school and after they have graduated. She is ready to make the CAGSA a resource to students. “I want to specifically make sure that opportunities that will benefit students in the Museum Professions program are being created,” said Preza.
While the CAGSA is only just beginning, the stewards from the Museum Professions program have big plans. Discussions are in the works for a B.A./M.A. mentoring program, a Winter Social, a Spring 2018 Orientation Welcome Breakfast, and more.
The M.A. in Museum Professions is designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in museums or related cultural institutions. Students in the program select one of four professional tracks, including Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.