Be Kindly Curious: An Interview with Alumna Meenal Patel

Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala cover

Growing up, there weren’t many picture books where Meenal Patel (B.S. ’06, Graphic Design) could see herself, a lack of representation that persists to this day. After witnessing first hand the impact picture books had on her nieces, this alumna decided to pursue her dream of becoming a children’s book author.

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Find What Inspires You: An Interview with MLA Student Brianne Fast

Overhead view of the Lofoten Islands

As a child, Brianne Fast (Landscape Architecture) was captivated by stories of polar expeditions. It’s a fascination that led her to spend a semester abroad in Norway at the Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) investigating the United Nation’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) program in the Lofoten Islands.

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Setting Rural Retailers Up for Success

Rural retailers discuss industry best practices and ideas.

To help small business owners thrive, faculty from the College of Design’s Retail Merchandising Program collaborated with University Extension and community partners to design a series of workshops in Willmar and Kandiyohi County that specifically address the challenges small retailers face.

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