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Students and faculty of the School of Design’s graduate program in museum studies attended the annual meeting of the Museum Association of New York (MANY) at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum in Corning, N.Y., April 12-14. Numerous alumni of the program were also in attendance.

Twenty-six graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled in museum studies courses traveled to the conference along with faculty members Edward Aiken, Emily Dittman, Dana Krueger, Andrew Saluti, Emily Stokes-Rees and Miranda Traudt. Krueger, who is the associate director of MANY, played a key role in organizing the meeting.

Dittman and Saluti, who are on the staff of the Syracuse University Art Galleries, presented the session “Marketing Your Collection: Creating a Successful Traveling Exhibition.” They received an award from MANY on behalf of SUArt Galleries in recognition of SUArt’s recent expansion, which makes more objects from the collection available to the public. Saluti also became a member of the MANY board.

Alumni at the conference included Tom Shannon G’97, director of facilities of the Morgan Library & Museum, who presented the panel “Exhibit Sustainability: Energy Efficient Operations for Museums; Lauren Sodano ’04, G’07, G’08, former collections manager at the Strong, the National Museum of Play, who ran the conference ‘s silent auction; Warren Bunn G’95, collections and exhibitions manager of the Corning Museum, who gave tours of the museum’s exceptional new Contemporary Art and Design Wing; and Andrew Kitzmann G’06, assistant director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the National Park Service, who arranged for the Corridor to sponsor a session that enabled funders and museum professionals to meet together.

Other alumni attendees included Michael Somple G’00, museum registrar and exhibition manager, the Museum of Art at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, N.Y.; Natalie Stetson G’11, director of development, the Seward House, Auburn, N.Y.; and Kirsten Wise G’11, curator, the Cayuga Museum of History and Art and Case Research Lab in Auburn. Dori Gottschaulk-Fielding, who volunteers at several area museums, was also in attendance.

Students from the program served as volunteer staff, and Jennifer Peters, Michelle Reynolds, Desirae Salswedel and Amanda Sterling gave poster sessions ranging from museum education to collections management. In addition, the Rockwell Museum hosted student projects developed in the Public Learning in Museums course taught by Krueger.