University Museum Preserves Ancient Artifacts

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The average student’s day doesn’t usually include developing museum exhibits, being responsible for ancient artifacts or hanging out with the only real mummy in the Bay Area. But for students like Liz Olveda, that’s a pretty normal day in the University Museum. “I acted as the registrar for the exhibition, which means that I kept track of all the objects that were taken out of storage and put on display,” said Olveda, a 23-year-old graduate student in museum studies. “I also worked with a small team of my classmates (to) develop the portion of the exhibit focused on ancient Egypt.” Tucked away on the fifth floor of the Humanities Building is the University Museum. Students from various classes put together the museum exhibits, oversee volunteers and field trips, catalog objects and take on other tasks that maintain the museum. The whole operation is run completely by students, under the direction of the Museum Studies faculty.