Redmond is founding member of AIGA Minnesota's new Veteran Designer committee

Patrick Redmond (MA DHA, 1990) is a founding member of AIGA Minnesota’s new Veteran Designer committee. Redmond took second place in the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s “Sketch-Off” fundraising event competition in March 2009 and presented “A Creative Career in Graphic Design” during that university’s Spring 2009 mini-lecture series. Several of Redmond’s designs for the Star Tribune‘s “Taste” section have been included in Graphis Annual and Print Regional Annual. Redmond is also cited in Peter Seitz: Designing a Life (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Minneapolis College of Art & Design, 2007).

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Little Circus in Space

Little Circus in Space: An exhibit of photography by Bruce Silcox in collaboration with Les Filles Circus

May 28-July 10, 2009 in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library. An opening reception will be held on May 28, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Landscape and architectural spaces define the context of Les Filles Circus. The dynamics of these spaces frame the choreography and inspiration that emerges from Les Filles movement and colorful stories. Minneapolis photographer, Bruce Silcox, has been documenting Les Filles Circus since 2007 and wondrously articulates the talent and creative energy of this young group of artists.

Les Filles Circus (Bruce Silcox, 2008).

Sponsored by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, Common Roots Cafe, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and College of Design.

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Monday Minute, May 26, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Mark Twain once said, “Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often.” One action the college has taken has certainly registered with the University.

Our leadership group — Associate Deans Kate Solomonson and Marilyn DeLong, Assistant Dean Kate Maple, Chief of Staff Kathy Witherow, and I — may be the only college deans at the U taking a 10 percent reduction in our appointments next academic year in order to help balance our budget. That reduction equals 26 days without pay, which some of us will spread out across the year and others will take mostly during the summer. I commend my four colleagues for joining me in this voluntary reduction; such an action does not happen nearly as often as I think it should among the leaders of organizations in times like these.

That voluntary reduction has brought attention to the budget dilemmas we face as a college. The provost’s office has appointed a three-person task force — Lincoln Kallsen from the budget office, Joe Kelly from human resources, and John Ziegenhagen representing the provost — to work with us to find a sustainable solution to our budget challenges. I meet with them later this week.

We hope that we can secure some bridge funding from the University to provide start-up money for our most promising new revenue-generating ideas. While some of that revenue may come from existing University students, I think the real opportunity lies in serving the needs of non-traditional students in non-traditional ways, through weekend, summer, and on-line learning. So far, the discussion about this has been mostly words, but we hope to convert that to action very soon, and as often as possible.


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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.

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,

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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