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Museum Studies and a Traveling Man

Sorry to inform you that I have just enjoyed a fabulous week in Los Angeles. Not that I don’t love Oklahoma. But a change of scenery is always good for the soul. Before you get the wrong idea and think I am gloating a bit, I’m not. I was working. Truly.

Kind of like recruiting for athletics, a big part of my job involves being on the road. I routinely travel not only around the state, but also regionally and nationally to talk about our degree programs in the College of Liberal Studies. Since our courses and degrees are available online, it doesn’t matter where our students live. If they want a degree from the University of Oklahoma, it is possible to earn one.

So, back to Los Angeles. I was there for the annual meeting and expo of the American Association of Museums conference. It is the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world. When you think about all the museums, galleries and monuments in the world, and all the different jobs it takes to run them, that is a lot of people.

CEO’s, directors, curators, educators, consultants, exhibit professionals, registrars and a host of museum disciplines were there which makes for a lot of potential students for our Master’s Degree in Museum Studies. Deepening the knowledge of any field is a good investment and the CLS museum studies program is a fantastic way to do that.

I also am scouting, if you will, for positive relationships with professional organizations, like the museums group, to help us spread the word about the great many ways CLS at OU can help their members advance their careers. There’s never a dull moment and I love to tell our story.

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