FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2009
Walsh University and The Campbell Center Partner in New
Museum Studies Offerings for Summer 2009
North Canton, Ohio – Walsh University and the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, Illinois are partnering to offer a new program beginning this summer for Walsh’s Museum Studies students. Through the agreement, Walsh will provide academic credit for instruction provided by the Campbell Center. The Campbell Center in return will provide its renowned expertise in artifact preservation through scholarships for qualified Walsh students to attend classes at the Mount Carroll, Illinois facility. The Campbell Center courses, including those now eligible for Walsh Museum Studies credit, are open for any college student seeking credit through the Campbell Center.
The Campbell Center offers professional development coursework to meet the training needs of individuals who work in the fields of cultural resource management. The Center offers courses in collections care, historic preservation and conservation refreshers for midcareer professionals. Over the past 29 years, the Campbell Center has developed the reputation for being one of the top international destinations for collections care training. It is also well known for the expertise of its faculty.
“It’s been our goal to cultivate relationships that will provide a higher level of course experience for our students beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Douglas Palmer, Chair of the Division of Humanities. “Through the Campbell Center, Walsh students will greatly benefit from studying artifact preservation with some of the top museum people in the country, including faculty with experience from the National Archives, Chicago’s Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal Ontario Museum.”
“This is a win-win for both of our institutions,” said Sharon Welton, Campbell Center Director. “We are excited about the opportunity for our Campbell Center students to receive college credits through Walsh. By building on the successes of both programs, we look forward to giving our students a unique option that has never been possible at the Campbell Center.”
In 2007, Walsh’s Division of Humanities launched the new undergraduate degree program in museum studies. According to the Smithsonian Institution, Walsh is the only university in Ohio, and one of the few in the Midwest, to offer this unique major as a degree-granting undergraduate program. A major in museum studies prepares students to work in various capacities within a museum, from development to administration, to curator.
Walsh University is an independent, co-educational Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution that promotes academic excellence and diversity and provides close faculty-student interaction. It is dedicated to teaching its more than 2,700 students to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective in the Judeo-Christian tradition.