"A job announcement in my local newspaper changed my career course and brought me into the museum field. Soon, I realized the job of a museum professional required the knowledge of specific theories and skills. Being a staff of one I had to become proficient in all aspects of the field. Finding a mentor, joining professional organizations and attending workshops and conferences were the initial steps I took. But as my knowledge increased so did my need to ascertain more. This has led me to enrolling in the “Interdisciplinary Certificate of Graduate Studies in Museum Studies” program.
When I began working on my certificate at NIU, I returned to my alma mater not only a much older student but a much wiser one with a deeper appreciation and commitment to learning. The hands-on assignments, such as creating an exhibition and cataloguing objects, along with lively real-time class discussions brought museum theories and skills to life, with inspiring instructors and classmates further enriching the learning environment. The courses offered at NIU were what I needed to bring my local museums into the 21st century, assuring a continuing valuable community resource to all. As the custodian of our local heritage, it is my responsibility and desire to see that this is accomplished. Thanks to my studies at NIU, it has."
Pamela Idarius Rohleder
Director, Village of Bartlett Museums
BS Art Education NIU 1977
Museum Studies Certificate NIU 2008.