Muskingum College student Nachiket Chanchani broadens horizons as John Glenn Fellow
By Kimi Heskett '05, Public Relations intern
JANUARY 28, 2004 - Nachiket Chanchani '04 recently returned to campus after serving as a John Glenn Fellow in Washington, D.C.
The fellowship is sponsored by the John Glenn Institute at The Ohio State University. The Institute dedicates itself to promoting leadership and quality in public service.
Each year, Muskingum selects at least one student to go to the Institute's program in Washington for intensive exposure to both government and public service issues, as well as leadership training.
During his 10 weeks in Washington, Chanchani worked as an intern with the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. At both galleries, he worked with Dr. Debra Diamondy, curator of south and southeast Asian art. With her, he researched miniature paintings in the Freer collection, assisted with the installation of an exhibition and selected South Asian sculpture for rotation through the permanent galleries. He also attended Institute-sponsored seminars led by political and public policy thought leaders. "These discussions deepened my understanding of the issues facing America in particular and the world at large. They taught me how to draft and evaluate legislation, its intended purpose and the unforeseen circumstances that often plague it," he said.
Chanchani came to Muskingum from India in 2001 after studying at the prestigious Doon School in Dehradun, India. That school selects one student each year to study at Muskingum on a scholarship and it was an opportunity Chanchani quickly accepted. "I wanted to study the liberal arts, and especially wanted to combine my interests in the fine arts and history," he said.
Chanchani will graduate in May, after only three years, with majors in art, history and a minor in English. "Most fondly, I shall remember Muskingum for the classes I enrolled for and formy professors,especially Mrs. Rhoda Van Tassel, Dr Richard Williamson and Dr. Laura Hilton who have constantly guided, supported and encouraged me. Their classes and the classes that I have had with several other professors havebroadened my understanding of human beings and societies,sharpened my skills and have opened new worlds before me," Chanchani said.
He then plans to pursue master's and doctoral degrees in the history of art and has already received an offer for admission from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
After completing his education, Chanchani hopes to serve the art history community as a research scholar, connoisseur, collector and promoter of art, particularly of Asian art. He plans to return to India to teach at the university level and independently create organizations that protect, preserve and advance the visual arts.