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Spring 2023 Semester Review

Posted on May 16, 2023 at 11:35 AM by Alisha Abner

Do you enjoy statistics? Here are a few end-of-the-semester numbers for you!

Your University Museums has had a lot of programs and curriculum tours. We've reached people both locally and globally by having in-person and virtual options.

We're not quite halfway through the year, so stay tuned to see how these numbers increase...

Infographic with images from exhibitions. Text reads Spring 2023 University Museums Semester Review. 6 Exhibitions. 4 Museum Spaces.
Infographic with photos from programs and tours. Text says 38 Programs/Events. People Reached 1,196. 32 Curriculum Tours. Students Reached 599
Infographic with photos of student interns. Text reads 5 Interns Graduated.

About those five graduated interns...

Quinn Vandenberg (Advertising '23)
Public Relations Intern, Farm House Museum Intern

Quinn has been with University Museums in different roles over the last three years. We don't have enough space here to list all the ways he has helped out. Outside of his internship, and as part of the Army ROTC program, Quinn once organized a physical training that had Cadets racing to different Art on Campus locations in the early morning darkness. He was also one of the models for Fields of Endeavor (pictured above with Quinn) by Rose Frantzen.

After graduation, Quinn will spend his summer in the Ames area before his deployment with the US Army where he will take part in the Basic Officer Leadership Course for Military Intelligence. You just might find him volunteering with us a few times while he's still around.

Check out this video Quinn made with intern Finn McNally about his experience:


Travis Berhenke (History '23)
Farm House Museum Intern

Over the past two years, Travis cleaned, schlepped, gave tours, staffed events, and curated an exhibition at the Farm House Museum. You can support his work by visiting Growing Up Victorian, on exhibition through October 31.

After working so hard, Travis plans to take some time off from studies. You can watch a video Travis made with intern Finn McNally about his experience:


Joslyn Sperry (Anthropology '23)
Education Intern

On top of every task she was given, we couldn't seem to give Joslyn enough to do! (And that says a lot because we always have something that needs to be done.) Though we only had her for one semester, she was able to work on projects that will benefit University Museums for years to come. One project was working on object highlight videos with another intern, Brielle Tuttle. Watch a video where Joslyn talks about Reckoning (pictured above with Joslyn) by Harriet Bart.

Joslyn plans to take a gap year to gain experience working in museums before applying to graduate school for museum studies or a related field. This summer you can find her working at Living History Farms in Urbandale, IA.


Finn McNally (Journalism & Mass Communication '23)
Public Relations Intern

Finn needed to fit 400 internship hours into one semester and did so with University Museums! He made a lot of graphics and got some great experience creating videos. Click here to watch a video Finn made with Nicholas Scott about America in the Making: Thomas Jefferson by N. C. Wyeth

When he graduates, Finn plans to do news writing. You can watch a video Finn made about his intern experience:


Kyra Troendle (Community & Regional Planning and Environmental Studies '23)
Farm House Museum Intern

Kyra spent her internship doing research and writing for the Farm House Museum. Some of this writing is becoming blog entries for the University Museums website. Her first one is published, and more will go online this summer.

Kyra is newly engaged to be married and will be heading off to graduate school this fall.


Whether you're interested in tours, programs, internships, or visiting exhibitions on your own, we have more coming your way very soon!

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