MSMC January Newsletter


The UMD Museum Scholarship and Material Culture Newsletter

Welcome to the second edition to MuseNews, the official newsletter of the Museum Scholarship and Material Culture Graduate Certificate Program and the University of Maryland!

Faculty Update

We are sad to say goodbye to Dr. Ricky Punzalan, who has been a co-director of the MSMC program for the past two and a half years. Ricky has started at the University of Michigan as an Associate Professor of Information, School of Information. We wish you all the best in your new position!

Meet an Alum

Kevin McDonald received his BA in archaeology and theater history from Tufts University in Somerville, MA and his Masters in Applied Anthropology and Certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture from the University of Maryland, College Park. While at UMD, he worked as a Graduate Assistant at the David C. Driskell Center, performing administrative duties, writing grants, and co-curating an exhibition for his certificate project. After UMD, he joined Glenstone Museum's Emerging Professionals Program as a Museum Guide, and he currently serves on contract as Glenstone's Communications Assistant, managing select digital projects and social media for the museum. 

Things to Share

This month, MSMC students wanted to share the following article with you: If you have something you would like to share email

Field Trip Ideas?

After a successful visit to Hillwood House Museum in December, we would like to collect your ideas for field trips. Please submit up to three ideas to this form.


American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting Scholarships
Deadline: January 24
Visitor Studies Association Conference Awards
Deadline: February 14
Summer Internships at Monticello
Deadline: February 15
Summer Internships at Smithsonian
Deadline: March 15
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