A number of students have joined the Taber Musuem for the Spring 2018 semester to learn about the workings of a museum. The include:
Julia Suchanek is a Senior at Lycoming College majoring in history and Spanish and minoring in art history. She is driven by community service and is the Vice President of LACES (Lycoming Advancing Communities by Education and Serving),which sponsors projects such as building playgrounds in the Dominican Republic.“You immerse yourself in the environment… traveling opens your mind.” She is also very active in the CAC (College Against Cancer), which benefits from Relays for Life. The daughter of Greg Suchanek and Charlotte and Scott McKendrick, Julia hails from Waynesboro, PA. She has three siblings and ‘seven nephews and one niece’. Although Lycoming College was not her first choice when she was seeking a college to attend, she fell in love with the community and the History Department. “I admit it, I thought I wanted to attend a larger school, but I’m so glad to be at Lycoming.” And she has excelled – she is a sister of Beta Phi Gamma and interns as a Lycoming Admissions Tour Guide. She was inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta (history) and Kappa Pi(art) Honor Societies and is Vice President of the Gamma Sigma Alpha (Greek Life) Honor Society.
Ashlee Ruzicka is also a Lyco Senior, majoring in history and political science. A native of Quakertown, PA, she is the daughter of Paul and Kimberly Ruzicka. Initially recruited for basketball, she is working toward receiving a license in Fitness and Nutrition, with an eye on becoming a personal trainer. She belongs to a campus organization known as ‘Play by Faith’, a grouping of athletes who meet for Bible study. “I fell in love with the campus and the History Department. I enjoyed the small town atmosphere of the College.”Like Julia, she is extremely active on campus, serving on the Executive Council of Gamma Delta Sigma sorority. She will be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta in March.
Megan Kearns wrote in her own words, “I am a senior Archaeology student at Lycoming College. I visited the Taber Museum before I left town for winter break, and I really enjoyed learning about Lycoming County. This semester I will have more free time than I have in the past, and I would like to fill that time by volunteering at the museum. I hope I could work with the artifacts. I have experience working with fragile objects. In June and July, I participated in an archaeological dig in Trim, Ireland. I helped excavate, catalog, and clean our finds. We worked with wood, metal, pottery, animal and human bone, and stained glass from the medieval period. I helped prepare these samples for their eventual transport to the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.” Former Director Sandy Rife is working with Megan, cataloguing the collection of the late Jim Bressler.
Our WISE Summer Interns Alicia Skeath and Ali Preston have rejoined us as volunteers.