University Alumni Association Launches New Alumni Market

Drinking glasses created by design alumnus Adam Turman

On November 14th the University of Minnesota Alumni Association launched the Minnesota Alumni Market, an online store selling products created by alumni-owned businesses. The new market includes products created by four College of Design alumni.

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New Graduate Assistant for International Student Initiatives Joins College

A new collaborative project between the College of Design (CDes) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources (CFANS) and funded through the International Student Academic Services Fee shines a spotlight on supporting international students. Starting this semester, Veronica Quillien will act as the new graduate assistant for international student initiatives across both colleges.

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#UMNFirst: A Guest Post by Aalayha Robb

Today marks the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration day. To celebrate, the University of Minnesota and colleges around the nation are sharing the experiences of first-generation college students, staff, and faculty. In recognition of this day, Aalayha Robb (Architecture) shares her own journey to becoming a first-generation college student here at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design.

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Student Collaboration Turns into Small Business

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What started as a collaboration between two apparel design students has turned into a small business for College of Design alumni Heidi Woelfle (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design), Regena Yu (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design) and Abby Zamis (B.F.A. ‘16, Graphic Design). Launched last April, WAY the label is a new clothing line that focuses on creating classic, minimalist clothing for women without sacrificing sustainability.

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Landscape Architecture Alumna Wins ASLA Award of Excellence

Though easily forgotten and often misunderstood, the infrastructures of wastewater treatment are closely tied to our everyday lives. Bridget Ayers Looby (M.L.A. ’16) explores this relationship in her capstone project Invisible Works: A public introduction to the dynamic life of wastewater treatment for which she was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) highly coveted Student Award of Excellence in the category of general design.

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College of Design Researchers Take On Grand Challenges

UMN Campus in the Fall

As part of the work to tackle the University’s five Grand Challenge focus areas, the University has allocated $2.96 million over the next two years through the University’s Driving Tomorrow awards. This funding will support six interdisciplinary team projects and two six-member one-year Grand Challenges Research Scholar Collaboratives. Participating on the teams being funded are two College of Design faculty members Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture) and Daniela Sandler (Architecture).

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Retail Connect 2017 Tackles the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship

This Thursday, students and industry professionals will gather for the College of Design’s annual event, Retail Connect. Presented by the College of Design’s Retail Merchandising Program, the Retail Merchandising Design Advisory Board, and the college’s Alumni Relations team, this year’s event will focus specifically on entrepreneurship and the role entrepreneurs play in our global economy.

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Behind the Scenes at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Beneath Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most recognized American architects of the twentieth-century. From the Guggenheim Museum in New York City to his Taliesin estates in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona, Wright’s buildings resonate across the world of architecture. For many architecture students, working directly with Wright’s legacy is just a dream, but for Catherine Deacon (Architecture) this dream turned into a reality.

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Transformative $3 Million Gift To Impact Generations of Future Design Students

Landscape Architecture class at Pine Lake

An alumnus of the College of Design’s Landscape Architecture program, and spouse, have committed $3 million to the University of Minnesota’s College of Design (CDes)—the largest gift ever received by this nationally renowned, comprehensive school for design thinkers and practitioners.

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