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Volunteer Award Winner:
Ken Szmigiel

Gallery Information - 2004

The DIA is proud to name Ken Szmigiel as the 2004 Gallery Information Volunteer of the Year. Honoring the promise he made to himself to “give something back” after graduating from college, Ken has been diligently and energetically volunteering at the DIA for the past eight years.

Ken believes in treating his volunteer commitments like a “real job” by conscientiously giving his time and effort to all the duties he undertakes. He has served on several committees for the DIA. His first and current assignment is with Gallery Information (GI). Ken served as Treasurer and statistician for GI and also worked with GI board members to develop a new volunteer orientation program. Additionally, Ken served on the Staff Aides Committee stuffing envelopes, preparing labels and performing the tasks required to send out mailings on time. The Hospitality Committee used his services for several special events, such as the Van Gogh, Degas, and Medici exhibitions.

As a result of his many hours of service, Ken recognizes that he has expanded his overall knowledge and appreciation of art, while becoming familiar with several specific works. Summing up his experiences, he states, “The DIA is one of the country’s gems. The museum is fortunate to have the dedication of staff and volunteers that is so prevalent here. They make this place an incredible place to be.”

Ken received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1995 and his master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 in the field of Human Resources. His master’s degree included Organizational Development with a minor in Psychology. He is currently employed by the University of Michigan where his tasks include recruitment, training and employee relations for the social research division. He travels all over the country hiring individuals who interview households to collect data on social issues.