Meet museum science and management students Emily Caselman & Ellica Spjut

Emily and Ellica are Museum Science and Management students.

 

Emily Caselman

Emily Caselman Museum Science and Management student

 

 

 

 

 

 

(pictured on the right)

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Oceanside California, but I grew up in Cameron, Missouri.

What made you interested in the Museum Science and Management (MSM) program at the University of Tulsa?

When I attended TU as an anthropology graduate student, I was really drawn to the MSM program. The classes seemed interesting and I knew that if I wanted to go into management, the program would be beneficial for me.

What are you most excited about within the MSM program?

The thing I am most excited about is the internship opportunity. I’ve completed one museum internship before, but I was really going in blind and I don’t think I got as much from it as I could have. With the skills we’re currently learning, I think I could gain a lot more knowledge and hands-on experience from an internship.

What makes you a good fit for the program?

I genuinely enjoy the subject and am passionate about the conservation of the past. I’m also fairly easy going, and I tend to work well with others, which are both good qualities in this program.

What are your goals upon graduating?

My goal is to manage a museum with an archaeological site that is within a National Park.

What is your dream job in the museum industry?

My dream job would be to have a management position at Mesa Verde National Park, but I’ll settle for anything in the four corners area that allows me to combine preservation and recreation.

What do you like about Tulsa so far?

There is a rich culture to Tulsa if you know where to look. And also some beautiful sights to see. The people aren’t too shabby either.

Where do you hope to be in five years, city-wise?

The city doesn’t really matter to me, though I would prefer somewhere out west. As long as I have my family and I’m happy, any city will do.

Hobbies?

I enjoy running, painting, reading, visiting museums, and exploring, whether another country to just a new part of town. I also enjoy eating and drinking wine!

 

Ellica Spjut 

Ellica Spjut Museum Science and Management student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where are you originally from?

I’m from Rancho Cucamonga, California (yes, it is a real place, it’s near San Bernardino). The past four years I lived in Washington while attending the University of Puget Sound.

What made you interested in the Museum Science and Management (MSM) program at the University of Tulsa?

I knew that I wanted to study museums at some level, but didn’t want to let go of my anthropology background just yet. TU has the option to combine the MSM program with a doctorate in anthropology, which was the exact match for what I wanted to do.

What are you most excited about within the MSM program?

I learn best by doing things, instead of only learning the theory, so I’m excited about all of the opportunities to get experience working on actual museum projects. Of course, within that, I am excited about the internship opportunities because those are a great way to connect with museums and learn more about my preferences and develop new skills.

What makes you a good fit for the program?

The biggest thing that I think I bring to the program is my passion for understanding people and helping create a connection. Although I am interested in the collections track, I believe that ultimately a museum is not meeting its purpose if no one is able to engage with its collection at some level.

What are your goals upon graduating?

I’d love to work at a university-owned museum and potentially teach at the university-level part-time. But honestly, anything, where I am in a stimulating work environment, would be wonderful.

What is your dream job in the museum industry?

My dream job in a museum would be working as a curator or collections manager and getting to work with items from the collection every day. I also have a soft spot for science museums and air and space museums because the subject material is so easily engaging.

What do you like about Tulsa so far?

I haven’t gotten a good chance to get out and explore Tulsa yet, but every place that I’ve been to eat has had great food.

Where do you hope to be in five years, city-wise?

Since I am also in the Ph.D. program for anthropology, in five years I’ll still probably be in Tulsa. However, following graduation, I would love to move to Seattle or Boston and work in one of those regions.

Hobbies?

I love to read and I dabble in needlework. When I have down time though, I frequently end up watching TV. This season of Project Runway is currently my favorite show.