Museum Studies Alumni (Where are they now?)

Felicia CamachoFelicia Camacho

As a history major and museum studies minor, Felicia Camacho gained experience working at the Schingoethe Center from 2009–2011. She graduated from Aurora University in 2012 and went on pursue a master’s degree in historical administration from Eastern Illinois University in 2014.

Camacho completed several internships in Sugar Grove and Decatur, and eventually landed a position as registrar services specialist for Chamberlin University. She is now the museum educator instructor for the Lake County Forest Preserves in Lake County, Illinois. There, she works with schools and the public presenting history programs and co-managing several history summer camps.

Connor FlanaganConnor Flanagan

Aurora University graduate and museum studies minor Connor Flanagan is applying what he learned in college back in his hometown of Southampton, New York. While at Aurora University, he interned at the First Division Museum in Wheaton, Illinois, and the Schingoethe Center.

Flanagan also interned at the Southampton Historical Museum as a college student. Upon returning home, he was hired there as a museum assistant and eventually promoted to historic site manager. In this role, Flanagan manages four properties and 14 buildings and develops and implements educational programs.

Amber FosterAmber Foster

Amber Foster graduated from Aurora University in 2013, where she was part of the museum studies program. After graduation, Foster worked at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Oak Park, Illinois, as a guest relations representative, where she gave tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Robie House (Chicago) and Unity Temple.

Foster is currently working at Blackberry Historical Village in Aurora as collection coordinator. She is in charge of exhibits and displays, cleaning and maintaining the artifacts, and reorganizing accession records. She also does some work for the Aurora Historical Society.

Kayle PattonKayle Patton

Kayle Patton, a 2014 Aurora University graduate, majored in art and minored in museum studies, working part-time as a student assistant for the Schingoethe Center from 2011 to 2014.

While earning a master’s degree in museum studies at the University of Kansas, Patton worked as the tour coordinator and course specialist intern at the Spencer Museum of Art. She led a project to create an online curricular resource database for university instructors to incorporate the museum's objects into interdisciplinary research and coursework. Her master’s thesis research focused on how museums can be more accessible and provisional to people with mental illnesses.

This thesis research prepared Patton for her current position at the Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas, where she develops inclusive programming for the visually impaired and those with dementia.