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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Fulbright Program for faculty

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The Fulbright Program sends thousands of American scholars and professionals each year to approximately 125 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Application deadline is Aug. 1, 2009. US citizenship is required.The Fulbright faculty and scholars competition is administered at the University of Minnesota through the Office of International Programs.

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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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Schlichting dance picked up by SCUBA

Last year, Chris Schlichting‘s (Student Services) dance, “Love Things,” was part of the Momentum series, a co-commission with the Southern Theater and the Walker Art Center. This year, Schlichting’s choreographic work was been picked up by the SCUBA Touring Network, a partnership between Velocity Dance Center of Seattle, ODC Theater in San Francisco, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. The partership introduces emerging choreographers to new audiences. Camille LeFevre breaks the news of Schlichting’s dance getting picked up by SCUBA for MinnPost.com.

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Upcoming Goldstein exhibtion featured on The Curated Object

An upcoming Goldstein Museum of Design exhibition, Intersections: Where Art and Fashion Meet, is featured on The Curated Object. The exhibition, which runs from July 11-November 1, 2009, is inspired by University alumna Margot Siegel and features works of art from her personal collection and designer fashions from the Goldstein’s collection. Siegel was one of the founders of the Friends of the Goldstein and currently serves on the College of Design’s Advisory Board.

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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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