Boyd-Brent, Hokanson, Maple represent graphic design in Tuning Project

James Boyd-Brent (Graphic Design), Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design), and Assistant Dean, Student Services, Kate Maple, are representing graphic design in the University’s participation in the Tuning Project. The Tuning Project is funded by the Lumina Foundation of Indianapolis, and is patterned after the Bologna Project, an effort by European Education ministers to enable and encourage common learner outcomes in each discipline. The State of Minnesota was selected to receive funding for the project and is one of three states to participate; the others are Indiana — with faculty participating from education and biology — and Utah — with faculty participating from history and physics. Biology is also participating from the State of Minnesota.

Other participants from the State of Minnesota include Bemidji State University, Alexandria Technical College, and South-Central College.

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Tuning Project meeting in Alexandria, MN.

Recent activities included meetings in Chicago and Alexandria, MN, and will eventually culminate in a meeting open to all faculty in graphic design that will be sponsored by the University.

The effort has been profiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio, and the New York Times.

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DeLong, Eicher, and Wu present at Shanghai fashion forum

Marilyn DeLong (associate dean), Joanne Eicher (Regents professor, retired), and Juanjuan Wu gave invited presentations at the Shanghai International Fashion Forum as part of the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival (SIFCF) in Shanghai in late April.

The SIFCF is a month-long major fashion event in China, including an International Fashion Forum, Shanghai Fashion Week, Donghua Fashion Week, an international fashion fair, and several fashion design contests.

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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, keg@gvtel.com.

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Existing log cabin on the Red Lake Reservation.

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Gilbertson designs addition to Honolulu shopping center

Matt Gilbertson‘s (BA Arch, 1985; MArch, 1992) Honolulu design firm, MGA Architecture, has finished the design for a four-story, 29,655-square-foot addition to Waikiki Shopping Plaza with forms inspired by the native Hawaiian ahupua’a: ‘Aina (land), wai (water), and mea ‘oiwi (indigenous plants). “The primary forms and stone textures of the building’s massing represent the solid, eternal ‘aina. Over this flow five shimmering waterfalls of curtainwall glass along Kalakaua Avenue. And just as the mea ‘oiwi served the inhabitants of the ahupua’a with much needed shelter from the elements, the rooftop canopy and cantilevered sidewalk trellises provide protection and a sense of human scale,” says Gilbertson.

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Swackhamer design featured in Dwell magazine

Marc Swackhamer (Architecture) and his HouMinn practice partner Blair Satterfield have entered their design for Draft House to Hometta. Hometta is a company founded by a Houston real estate developer and builder that commissions and sells plans for “compact, sustainable homes designed by leading modern architects,” according to Dwell magazine.

The home plans will cost up to a few thousand dollars — structure sizes are capped at 2,500 square feet — and Hometta will pay the original designer a royalty for each plan sold. According to Dwell, that represents a significant savings over the customary 10%-15% of construction cost fees for an original design.

Hometta will be at Dwell on Design 09 in Los Angeles, June 26-28, 2009.

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Monday Minute, May 18, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

My heartfelt thanks to all who helped with and participated in our graduating student exhibition and party, and our graduation ceremony and reception this past Friday and Saturday. Rapson Hall sparkled with energy, the student work on display looked great, and the sense of elation among the graduating students and their families and friends pervaded the place. Regent Cohen and Vice Provost McMaster, both of whom had attended several commencements, remarked to me how smoothly ours went compared to others, and that had a lot to do with the exceptional planning and preparation that went on beforehand and behind the scenes. So, again, my thanks to all who had a part to play for a job very well done.

Events at the capitol have moved quickly, some of which affect us. You may have seen that the governor line item vetoed the Bell Museum again this year. President Bruininks has said that if it didn't get funded, that the University would take the Bell off of its list of priorities, so I will start having conversations with the University about a Plan B for us. I want to thank everyone who wrote letters or attended legislative hearings regarding the Bell. Eventually a new Bell Museum will be built, but it may not be in a timeframe that works for us. Also, if the governor decides not to call a special session and instead "unallots" higher education, we will likely have to cut more than already anticipated. We heard that we might be getting our letter this week from Central about our contribution to the current budget deficit, and once we know more, I will let you know. Until then, all I can say is that we have a lot of rough seas still ahead of us.

Tom

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Campbell offers insights on Michelle Obama's wardrobe

Fashion historian Kathleen Campbell (Goldstein Museum of Design) is featured in a UMNews video interview on Michelle Obama’s fashion choices, her impact on the US fashion industry, and the importance of Vogue editor Anna Wintour choosing Obama for the March cover of the magazine.

The Mrs. O weblog cites the Campbell video and credits Michelle Obama for “the potential ‘dressing up’ of our country’s increasingly casual approach to dress.”

Vladowsky’s Choice weblog also cites the Campbell video.

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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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