The Anthropology Department's Master's Program in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) graduated its first students in 1982 and will celebrate the 30th anniversary this year with a reunion of graduates, instructors, and friends this spring.
More than 120 individuals have graduated from the program and most have found jobs working in the CRM field at universities, government agencies, and private businesses.
Some recent successes include the following:
Wes working in Shasta County in the snow.
G. Wesley Allen
Wesley Allen completed his M.A. thesis, "Protecting Cultural Resources from Fire and Fire Management Activities: The Cultural Resource Element for the Redwood National Park Fire Management Plan," in December 2010. His thesis developed from a paid project through the Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) under contract with the Redwood National Park. Allen now works as District Archaeologist for the US Forest Service, Six Rivers National Forest, in northern California. His supervisor, Julie Burcell, is a 2007 graduate of the program.
Chelsea Rose on the set of the set of the PBS series "Time Team America."
Chelsea Rose completed her MA thesis, "'A Sound of Revelry By Night: Archaeology, History, and the Myth of The Mining Camp, Kanaka Flat, Oregon," in Fall 2009. Chelsea worked on various ASC projects before becoming part of the PBS's "Time Team America" series as the field archaeologist. The show has recently been renewed and Rose will be seen in the upcoming episodes. Rose works as an archaeologist with the Laboratory of Anthropology at Southern Oregon University.
Leslie Smirnoff completed her MA thesis, "A Cultural Resources Inventory and Management Plan for the Sonoma Land Trust's Little Black Mountain Property," in 2009.
Her thesis developed from an ASC project for the Sonoma Land Trust.
Smirnoff worked for ASC prior to taking a full-time position with Caltrans District 4 in Oakland as an Associate Environmental Planner/Archaeologist.
Gavin Gardner completed his MA thesis, "Home is Where the Homestead Is: A Management Plan for Seven Homestead Sites at Pinnacles National Monument," in 2011.
Gardner worked for the ASC and his thesis project developed out of the ASC's Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service. He now works as an archaeologist for the National Park Service in New Mexico.
Karen Reichardt completed her thesis, "Dead Cat Alley: An Archaeological Analysis of the Overseas Chinese of Woodland, California," in December 2011.
Her thesis covered a collection donated to ASC that had never been reported on.
After working for ASC during her graduate student years, Reichardt recently accepted a position as an Archaeologist at the Caltrans District 8 office in San Bernardino.
Jules Evans-White is a current CRM graduate student. Jules has worked for ASC as a student intern at the Presidio Trust in San Francisco in their Educational and Outreach Programs since Spring 2010. Recently, ASC has received a contract for Evans-White to run the Presidio Trust's Education program through August 2012 as part of our Cooperative Agreement with the Trust. She plans to graduate this year.
For more information on the master's program, visit http://www.sonoma.edu/anthropology/ma_program.htm.