Landscape Architecture Students Reinvigorate University Avenue with the Starling Project

The project's name is a metaphor: starlings are birds that use existing nests. In an effort to revitalize vacant storefronts along the Central Corridor light rail line, students in the Landscape Architecture program are playing matchmaker. The Starling Project aims to bring property owners and local community organizations together for month-to-month opportunities while University Ave is under construction. "The economic downturn has led to a surge of entrepreneurial thinking in all fields," says co-founder Ben Shardlow in a press release. "Many individuals and groups are nimble and flexible enough to benefit from having a space month at an attractive price, and new enough to prefer that to a longer contract." The project organizers, including Landscape Architecture student Kristen Murray…

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Joyce Feller (Housing Studies '96) Promoted to Federal Veterans Administration

Joyce Feller (Housing Studies '96) had been working for the Department of Defense as a Program Analyst (Civilian), at the Wisconsin Joint Force Headquarters in the Manpower Directorate. Her education in Housing Policy transferred to other governmental and policy areas. For her work as a civilian she was awarded a commendation from the Department of Military Affairs. In December, Joyce was promoted to the Federal Veterans Administration at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an Executive Management and Program Analyst in the Nursing Division. Joyce has worked with county, state (Minnesota and Wisconsin) and Federal governments to include the IRS, Department of Defense and HUD. She has developed policy in the areas of Affordable…

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Apparel Design Students Support Haitian Kids One Stitch at a Time

The December 2010 earthquake left thousands of Haitians without basic needs like clean water, food, or clothing. To alleviate these difficult living conditions, students in Sherri Gahring's Apparel Design class partnered with U of M alumna Karen Moen to assemble over 80 garments for children at the Grace Village orphanage in Titanyean, Haiti. "The apparel design students gained experience using their beginning assembly and design skills to make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate," explained Gahring, "27 students created 42 sundress and 43 jam shorts…which were delivered [to Haiti] by Karen Moen and her team in late November." The project started in late 2010 when Gahring met Moen to brainstorm service learning and outreach projects. When…

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