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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2009 college award winners announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2009 College of Design awards:

  • Outstanding teaching award: Tasoulla Hadjianni (Interior Design)
  • Outstanding research award: Karen LaBat (Apparel Design)
  • Outstanding outreach award: John Carmody (Center for Sustainable Building Research)
  • Outstanding P&A award: Jodie Double (Digital Collections + Archives)
  • Outstanding CS/BU award: Kevin Groenke (W. L. Hall Workshop)
  • Outstanding undergraduate student award: Elyse Olson (Apparel Design)
  • Outstanding graduate student award: Ange Tank (Graphic Design)
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Monday Minute, May 11, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

The college's advisory board met on Friday, May 8, 2009 and offered valuable perspective on the constraints and opportunities we face. Representing a range of disciplines and types of practices, members of the board very much supported our revenue-generating strategy, while urging us to focus, first, on those ideas that build on our strengths and on what we already are doing. Delivering some courses online, offering summer programs for non-traditional students, seeking sponsored research-oriented studios, and fully filling our existing classes were among the tactics the board thought would have the greatest chance of success.

Steven Goldstein, president of the University of Minnesota Foundation, also addressed the advisory board, observing that our college was the only one that has a role in all five areas that the foundation has identified as possible themes for the next campaign: a healthy environment, human health beyond medicine, regional economic development, community-based learning, and internationalization. How effectively we communicate our work in those areas and clarify our uniqueness among other design colleges remains central to our success, said several board members. I couldn't agree more. The more we do what we already excel at, the more people will beat a path to our door.


PS. Don't forget to come to our Graduating Student Exhibition party from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. this Friday, May 15, 2009 in Rapson Hall, and to our commencement at 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 16, 2009 in Northrop Auditorium.

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