Lauren Souther and Dr. Eric Bailey
Group Selfie with Lauren Souther
On April 16th, the 5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series featured our second speaker – Lauren Souther. Lauren is a 2012 graduate receiving her Master’s degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Bioarchaeology. The title of her talk was:
“Cultural Resource Management: A Career in Archaeology”
As a reminder, the purpose of the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this lecture series creates more a constructive, practical diaglogue between recent ECU anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.
Lauren’s lecture was informative, straight-forward, revealing and direct. She discussed alot of the general and specific issues related to working for a Cultural Resource Management company. Lauren had an interest in CRM during her undergraduate years and after graduation, she was able to get a job with a CRM company. She shared several of her work site CRM activities including a fascinating photo showing her in the Florida Everglades.
Overall, Lauren’s major advice can be summarized in four key points. She emphasized the following issues:
1. Get Experience
2. Be Versatile
3. Get Your Masters
4. Talk to CRM companies
Check out a couple of photos from her lecture including another Group Selfie with Lauren!
Daryl receiving Alumni Award
On April 10th, the 4th Annual ECU Alumni Lectures celebrated our third speaker – Daryl Armour! Daryl Armour is a 2012 graduate who received his masters in anthropology and concentration in archaeology. Currently, Daryl is an archeologist, research fellow working for Fort Bragg, NC. The title of his talk was, “My Experiences within Cultural Resource Management.”
As a reminder, the purpose of ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their experise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this lecture series creates more of a constructive, practical dialogue between recent ECU anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.
Daryl’s lecture was well organized, informative and entertaining and truly highlighted the differences between CRM archaeology versus Public Archaeology. In general, Daryl talked about the field of Cultural Resource Management, CRM – The Industry, What you can expect from working in CRM, What you can expect to be paid in CRM, and his advice to students who are interested in the field of CRM.
In particular, Daryl’s advice for soon-to-be graduates was:
1. Network with Co-workers/professionals.
2. Always ask questions.
3. Always think about how to advance your skills and figure out how to bring out your talents to the table.
4. Remember your ethnics.
Finally, Daryl suggested that individuals interested in CRM should get additional training and skill development in G.I.S., Database Management; and Writing Skills. In addition, interested graduates can get information on jobs at various websites, blogs and new podcasts specifically on how to start your own CRM company. It was quite apparent that Daryl had learn alot in just a few years being in the field and that’s why his talk was an excellent opportunity for students to learn about his experience. Just as the title of his talk stated – “My Experiences within CRM.”