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Blugold Alumnus Finds Gridiron Success

Jeremy Swick '17, who worked in McIntyre Library from 2015-2017, is the Historian and Curator Coordinator for the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia. As a student employee, Jeremy worked in the library’s Special Collections and Archives department. According to Jeremy, working in Special Collections and Archives “made a huge impact on my professional life.”

As a student assistant, Jeremy helped to develop and curate exhibits. “I had my first real opportunity to curate an exhibit with the Viennese Ball [exhibit]. This included deciding which artifacts I wanted to showcase, writing copy, and putting the exhibit together in an aesthetic way.” Jeremy’s work experience also involved organizing and describing archival collections. “I learned the fundamentals of proper arrangement, best practices, and ideas on how to better preserve and document collections. That is something I do every day at the College Football Hall of Fame and besides curating, I am also responsible for records management and archival preservation and collections here.” Jeremy is responsible for some great projects at the College Football Hall of Fame and last year he was interviewed by CNN.

Mentorship of student employees is an important component of the work performed by the faculty and staff of McIntyre Library. According to Associate Professor Greg Kocken, Head of Special Collections and Archives, “Mentorship is something we take very seriously. We focus on providing our student employees with opportunities that help to develop their own skills and also lead them toward successful career paths.”

To learn more about Jeremy’s experiences in Atlanta, check out some of great links below which showcase his endeavors.

CNN Interview

Good Day Atlanta Interview

Exhibit development time lapse

Image Description: Two stills taken from Jeremy's CNN interview and collections tour, hosted by former NFL football player, Coy Wire (left in both images). In these shots, Jeremy is holding some of the oldest items in the collection: a box of dirt and a painting from the first football game, Rutgers vs Princeton in 1869