Cedar Falls, IA- Cynthia Sweet, Executive Director of The Iowa Museum Association and IMA Board Vice President Lanny Haldy, Amana Heritage Society and IMA Scholarship Committee Chair, have announced the recipients of three scholarships to attend the 2012 Iowa Museum Association Annual Meeting and Conference, to be held October 21-23, Iowa City, Iowa.
Applicants for the scholarship must be first-time attendees of an Iowa Museum Association Annual Meeting and Conference and work as an employee or volunteer at a non-profit art center, museum, botanical garden, arboretum, historic site, zoo or science center located within the state of Iowa. Students enrolled in a degree program involving any of the above fields of study were also encouraged to apply. The scholarship covers the conference registration fee and conference meals. No lodging, extra meals, or extra workshops are included.
The recipients of the 2012 scholarships are Margaret L. Kuhl, Mallory McDevitt, and Susan Jacob.
Margaret L. Kuhl is the first compensated director of the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center in Clinton, Iowa. She is responsible for administration, development, volunteers, marketing, and programs at the center, and looks forward to professional growth in many areas by attending the 2012 Iowa Museum Association Conference.
Mallory McDevitt is a senior at Drake University, majoring in History, with minors in English and Business Studies. Mallory is currently interning at Salisbury House and Gardens in Des Moines, where she is learning museum management and curatorial skills. She hopes that the IMA conference will help her further refine her career direction and will enable her to meet professionals in the Iowa museum community.
Susan Jacob is president of the Board of Directors of the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum in Charles City, Iowa. Susan is interested in learning how to lead her organization through the 21st century, with particular interest in creating a marketing plan, expanding programming, and developing a multi-generational docent pool.
The 2012 IMA Conference will kick-off on Sunday, October 21 with behind the scenes tours at the Old Capitol Museum; and two events at the Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame and Museum - an opportunity for students to match their internship requirements with projects available at Iowa museums, and the opening reception immediately afterward.
Monday, October 22 begins with a 9:00 a.m. plenary address given by Colleen Dilenschneider, a director of IMPACTS Research & Development and a recognized, Generation Y voice in the realm of audience engagement using social media technologies within zoos, aquariums, and museums. Dilenschneider has published numerous articles for industry and general market media outlets, and is a frequent speaker and contributor to podcasts and webinars. Her blog, "Know Your Own Bone," has been prominently featured in national association publications and is required reading for several Museum Studies graduate programs and professional conferences. At IMPACTS, Colleen demonstrates her expertise on behalf of clients such as the European Union Cultural Consortium; John G. Shedd Aquarium; Monterey Bay Aquarium; California Academy of Sciences; National Aquarium Institute; and The Ocean Project. She has a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from The University of Chicago.
Throughout the day Monday conference goers will choose from multiple class offerings and attend the Iowa Museum Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Tuesday morning additional classes are offered. The conference ends at noon Tuesday, but for those who still want more and are able to prolong their stay in Iowa City, three additional workshops will be offered Tuesday afternoon.
The IMA conference is open to anyone interested in the work of Iowa’s museums. Conference information is available at www.iowamuseums.org or by contacting Executive Director Cynthia Sweet at email@example.com or 319-239-2236.