Your Gift of Shelter, Their Mission Continues

Thank you for your support! Because of your generosity, we surpassed our $10,000 goal to help extend our initiatives with local Habitat for Humanity projects. Your gifts, in large and small amounts, will provide funding to continue developing projects like our Zero-Energy Home – researched, designed, refined, and developed by two College of Design architecture classes – and Habitat's Restores, which involves our retail merchandising students. We also have two housing studies faculty serving as advisors for the University's Student Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Your gift will provide additional hands-on, real-world experiences for our student and furthers our mission to address and solve real-world problems, while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking. To continue giving the…

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Fifth Graders Take College Course in Design

This December, Terry Wiley's fifth grade class at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, MN took their first college course in design. As part of a new initiative at the college to keep creativity vibrant in children, the Student Services team, led by Lori Swenson and Nikki Mumma, at the College of Design "adopted" the entire class. Last Wednesday's gathering was the first of many planned for the future to help the students learn first-hand about the College of Design and how thinking like designers can help them with problem-solving. The first exercise of the morning was orchestrated by Tex Ostvig, coordinator of Kids on Campus. Ostvig jumped in with the kids and talked about the importance of…

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Monday Minute, December 19, 2011: Happy Holidays

Dear Colleagues, With finals and the holidays at our doorstep, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. As the year comes to a close, I believe that the momentum we've built up over the last many months will make 2012 a defining year for our College and the application of design in a much broader context. In the past week alone, faculty at the College have been approached to help professionals and organizations – ranging from K-12 & Higher Ed, to city & county governments, to foundations & non-profits – develop and infuse design thinking into the way they do business. These opportunities will help us fulfill our vision by…

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