The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is pleased to announce that several prominent education and business leaders have joined the newly formed Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Advisory Board. The new board is deeply committed to carrying out the mission and vision of the institution. The board serves as an advisory platform that is able to provide valuable experience and insights, in collaboration with the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum staff, to plan a strategic direction and help to create a solid foundation for the museum’s future. We are very fortunate to have these great leaders committed to deepening and strengthening our goals and future endeavors. The board members include:
Steven Kowal (alternate Mary Kowal)
Br. Guy Jelinek, O.S.B.
Ralph Meeker, PhD
Greg Munie, PhD
Phil Novack-Gottshall, PhD
Karly Tumminello, curator
Laura Ewert, museum education coordinator
If you would like to contact the board, please write to:
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
5700 College Road, Birck Hall
Lisle, IL 60532
David Hanke, Chair
As an alum of Benedictine University, I have fond memories of the then Jurica Nature Museum back in the Scholl Science Center. Whether it was giving tours to children as a student worker or sketching specimens as a budding young artist, I have always admired and enjoyed my time in the museum. After graduating, I worked at the Field Museum and the Chicago Botanic Garden on some of Chicago's finest museum exhibitions. Fr. Ted then invited me back to work on some new dioramas and I had an opportunity to see a well-deserved museum re-dedication to the current Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. In my new vocation as a science teacher at De La Salle Institute in Chicago, I hope to help further develop the educational programs of the museum as well. A few of the goals of the Advisory Board will be to work towards increasing public awareness of the museum, update storage and displays of the collections and promote science inquiry through education. Yet our most important goal is to insure that the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is around and readily available to inspire future generations of inquisitive, young minds. I am humbled to use my degrees in science, fine art, and education to give back to the institution that helped get me to where I am today. I also feel blessed to be a member of this extraordinary Advisory Board and I look forward into assisting the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum become the premier small natural history museum of the Midwest.
David A. Hanke