Q&A: Shalla Ashworth

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 24, 2011 7:20 AM

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We sat down with Shalla Ashworth, the director of operations for the Pentacrest Museums. She speaks with us about the upcoming events at the museums and what she enjoys doing when she has a spare moment.

The Daily Iowan: As the director of operations for the Pentacrest Museums, what is the focus of your job?

Ashworth: The director of operations is responsible for maintaining the daily operations of the Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum.

DI: What are some noteworthy events on the horizon that you're excited about?

Ashworth: The museums have some fun and exciting events coming up this spring. The Old Capitol Museum hosted the District 10 National History Day competition on March 18, and both museums will celebrate families during Family Weekend, April 16 and 17. The Old Capitol Museum will also open an exhibit showcasing the 100-year anniversary of the Museum Studies Program at the UI, which will open April 1 and run through Aug. 1.

DI: How would you describe a typical day in the life of Shalla Ashworth?

Ashworth: Unique. Working at the museums is not a typical day; every day is a different adventure with different issues and challenges.

DI: What do you like about what you do?

Ashworth: The number of diverse people that I work with and meet. It is very gratifying to see visitors enjoy the museums, exhibits, and programs that the staff provide.

DI: Do you have any hobbies you enjoy in your spare time? Special talents?

Ashworth: I enjoying reading, cross-stitch, archery, animals, and spending time with family and friends. Iā€™m a trained classical musician.

DI: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Ashworth: Continuing to maintain and improve the Pentacrest Museums.

DI: Favorite music you're listening to right now?

Ashworth: I listen to a wide range of music, but when I need to relax and chill out, I listen to classic rock from the ā€™70s and ā€™80s.

ā€” by Eric Hawkinson

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