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Museum of Texas Tech Students, Faculty Win Big at Conference

Heidi Toth

November 17, 2016


Eileen Johnson received the most prestigious award offered by the Mountain-Plains Museum Association.

Eileen Johnson
Eileen Johnson

Faculty and students from the Museum of Texas Tech University brought home all the hardware from a recent conference.

The big winner was Eileen Johnson, the director of the Lubbock Lake Landmark and director of academic and curatorial programs at the Museum of Texas Tech. She received the Hugo G. Rodeck Award for Excellence from the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA), a 10-state regional museum association. This award, named for the founder of the MPMA in 1953, is the association's most prestigious and honors service to the museum profession. It is not given every year.

“I have known Dr. Johnson for a long time, and she is one of my personal mentors,” said Mark Janzen, president of MPMA. “It was a great honor to have the opportunity to present her with the 2016 Rodeck Award.”

Nicky Ladkin
Nicky Ladkin

The other awards were:

  • President's Award for service to the MPMA: Nicky Ladkin, assistant director, Museum of Texas Tech
  • Carolyn Garrett Pool Outstanding Museum Studies Student Award: Andrew DeJesse, museum science graduate student
  • Student poster competition: Katy Schmidt and Kathleen Wilson, museum science graduate students (first place); Kathryn Faircloth and Jessica Stepp, graduate students in interdisciplinary studies and museum science, respectively (second place)

This is the third consecutive year a Texas Tech student has won the Outstanding Museum Studies Student Award and the fifth consecutive year a Texas Tech team has placed first in the poster competition.

“All of these awards underscore the quality of the faculty, staff and graduate students of the museum and the museum science program,” Johnson said. “For the museum, it recognizes the staff provides leadership on a national scale and is dedicated to professional service. For museum science, it denotes the faculty and students are quite active in the profession, and the education and training provided our students prepares them to be involved, knowledgeable leaders in the profession.”

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