Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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June 6, 2014

Student helps mastermind museum exhibit

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He says, “The tasks I have taken the lead on include managing the opening event and authoring the text labels that go in each display.”

“I think our entire group would agree the greatest challenge has been putting everything together on a tight budget. It’s been a great learning experience, as museums deal with budget constraints every day.”

The path to this day was pretty straightforward for the graduate student. “Working in a museum has long been something I wanted to do when I ‘grow up.’ I even have a Batesville Middle School timed writing, from sixth or seventh grade, in which I write about wanting to be a museum curator.”

He adds, “I’ve always been interested in the study of other cultures, but I started at Indiana University as a history major. I had no idea when I applied that IU has one of the largest anthropology departments in the country. It quickly became my favorite subject and I paired it with history as a double major.” He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest distinction a year ago.

Durham, a city of about 80,000 in northeast England, was founded in 995 A.D. by a group of traveling monks who were looking for a place to build a cathedral and bury the remains of St. Cuthbert. So it’s not surprising Durham University is England’s third oldest college. “Features from medieval times and earlier still survive everywhere in the city, which, nestled on a river, is truly one of the most amazing places I could hope to go to school.”

Betts has been working too hard to get much sightseeing in, but later this summer he hopes to travel to Rome, Italy; Budapest, Hungary; and possibly Krakow, Poland.

The student will finish the program in September, with graduation slated for January. The friendly young man is looking forward to “coming home ... to reunite with family and friends!” Perhaps then he’ll have time for favorite pastimes that include playing piano, going to Cincinnati Reds games, country drives, cooking and hiking.

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