Category Archives: Students

Students: Design a feral cathouse

An animal rescue group on the Red Lake Reservation is looking for a student willing to volunteer time to help them adapt an existing log cabin into a feral cat shelter by this fall. The project would have a budget of $1000-$2000 and might need to be done with volunteer labor. If interested, contact Karen Good,

Existing log cabin on the Red Lake Reservation.

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Sundal completes Community Engagement Scholars Program

Architecture BS undergraduate student Andrew Sundal is the first College of Design student to complete the Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP). Students completing the program have completed at least nine credits of service-learning coursework, at least 400 hours of community service, and a series of reflective pieces. They have also completed an integrative community project that results in the creation of a sustainable project for a community organization. Sundal worked with the Wilder Foundation on a Center for Healthy Aging Program initiative with Leslie Van Duzer (Architecture). More information about CESP is available on the University’s Service Learning Web site.

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McClurg receives Judd Fellowship

Ten graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2009 through the Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships. One of the recipients, Jessica McClurg (MArch, Architecture & Historical Preservation) is from the College of Design. McClurg will study preservation practices in Japan to combat the stress of tourism on heritage sites. Her study will document the physical, economic, and cultural impacts that tourism has had on different heritage sites in Japan through physical measurements and documentation using photographs and detailed drawings. To gain a more rounded view of what is happening at these sites, she will also meet with local heritage experts to discuss the impact of tourism on the more intangible issues like economy and culture. A final photo essay will describe the findings of this exploration using both images and captions to present broader implications.

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Kumar part of team winning Acara Institute award

Landscape Architecture graduate student Karthikeyan Bharath Kumar is part of a team, named Reach Out Water Solutions, that won an award from the Acara Institute for a project they developed to provide clean water to the slums of Mumbai. The team’s Slum Water Program combines source water storage with UV water treatment and a novel distribution system to supply 50 liters of clean, low-cost water to community participants and 10 liters of potable water to pay-per-use customers at a reasonable rate.

The Reach Out Water Solutions team will travel to India on May 26, 2009 for two weeks.

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College of Design undergraduates receive Fulbright grants for 2009-10

A total of 14 University students have received Fulbright grants for 2009-10 to pursue graduate study, research, or creative work in a foreign country. Two of the Fulbright recipients are College of Design undergraduate alumni

Evan Hall (BS Arch, 2008), will spend the coming academic year in South Korea with the support of a Fulbright Full Grant. Hall will study Korean language, city planning, and urban architecture at the Korea National University, and will conduct research on how modern professionals are remolding the urban environment in Seoul.

Vivian Mui (BS Graphic Design, cum laude 2008), will be a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Hong Kong. Mui will help to teach English classes at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, a public university dedicated to the preparation and professional development of teachers. She intends to use and expand her knowledge of international cross-cultural design in the classroom and act as a volunteer for several art and design organizations in Hong Kong.

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