Design Students Compete To Launch Environmental Social Ventures

Three students from the College of Design, Sara Saboonian (architecture), Allyson Czechowicz (landscape architecture), and Indira Manandha (architecture in sustainable design) are competing on separate teams for international scholarships from the Acara program. Acara, a program of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, will award up to eight scholarships to the Acara Summer Institute in Bangalore, India, where winning teams can continue working on ventures they developed last fall. The 2011 topic focused on creating businesses that improve food security and/or the environment in India The St. Paul-based competition finals event is from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at CoCo, 213 4th St. E., and is open to the public. Five teams of U.S. and…

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Apparel Design Students Participate in the Boston Scientific Hearts for Fashion Show at the Mall of America

On Saturday, February 4th, students in the Apparel Design program will participate in the Boston Scientific Hearts for Fashion Show at the Best Buy Rotunda in the Mall of America. The event is a celebration of the Go Red for Women National Wear Red Day. The annual event aims to educate the public about heart disease and heart-healthy lifestyles for women of all ages. Shows will take place from 12:00-1:00 PM and 2:00-3:00 PM. Professional and student designers were asked to create unique designs that make a heart difference while expressing how they have been affected by heart disease in their own lives. The free event will feature 11 designs by 8 apparel design students from the college. Survivors…

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Shannon Smith (Apparel Design '11) Heads to Cabela's to Work on Women's Apparel

Shannon Smith (Apparel Design '11) is working for Cabela's based in Sidney, Nebraska. One of the first apparel grad's employed by Cabela's, Shannon was recently promoted to the position of Men's Casual Designer. She joined the company as a quality assurance specialist shortly after graduation in 2011, working on technical design to restructure fit for women's apparel. Her new position designing menswear allows her to apply her technical background skills with a more creative focus. Of her move to Sidney, population 6,000, Shannon says, "I'm finding myself quite at home. It's a big change from studying in Minneapolis, New York, and London, but not much of change from growing up in rural Spicer, Minnesota." With a desire to assimilate…

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