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More than 35 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) in Lake Placid, N.Y., April 17-19.

Four students from the program—Lynne Muriel Pearson G’16, Anna Elizabeth Smallwood G’16, Marissa Sobel G’16 and Jennifer Tremblay G’16—gave poster presentations, and Professor Emily Stokes-Rees and student Sarah Raffurty G’16 delivered panel presentations. Numerous museum studies students also served as convention staff. 

The three-day event, which drew more than 350 museum professionals from around the state, was organized by alumna and museum studies instructor Dana Krueger G’06.

The MANY board includes two museum studies alumni: Thomas Shannon G’97, who is director of facilities at the Morgan Library & Museum, and Andrew Saluti ’99 G’09, assistant director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries and instructor in museum studies.

Several of the students who traveled with museum studies are also pursuing advanced degrees in anthropology, art history, arts leadership and information studies.

In partnership with diverse museums, heritage and related organizations, the Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting high professional standards, strong organizational development and by providing advocacy, training and flexible information networks so that all may better serve their missions and communities.