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Introducing Our New Dean: Carol Strohecker

The College of Design is pleased to announce that Carol Strohecker has been appointed the next dean of the College of Design. In her role, Strohecker will provide strategic leadership and work with faculty, staff, students, and our highly engaged alumni and professional community to further the College of Design. Strohecker studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she […]

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Monday Minute, February 13, 2012: Compact Feedback

Dear Colleagues, I'll keep this week's email short. As I noted in last week's Monday Minute, a draft of our FY13 compact is available for comment (you'll need your x500 login to view the document.) It is due into the Provost's office on Friday. If you have any feedback, please be sure to send it my way no later than 4pm Wednesday. Our formal presentation in next Wednesday, the 22nd. Thanks for your interest and thoughts. I look forward to reporting back on these and other conversations during the next Faculty Assembly. Have a good week. Tom…

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Monday Minute, February 6, 2012: Moving Forward

Dear Colleagues, You may have already heard that we received notice last week indicating that, while we made a compelling argument for our coming together as a college on one campus, the University decided that it has more urgent facilities needs and that the renovation of the Armory for our use will not be on the University's next three capital requests to the legislature through 2018. This was disappointing news. However, I also view this as a chance to rethink our current space needs and how we might use technology and other avenues to bring our disciplines closer together even with our college remaining on two campuses for the foreseeable future. I am scheduled to meet with Vice President…

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Monday Minute, January 30, 2012: Vision, Visibility and Vitality

Dear Colleagues, With RFPs for investments in our vision, visibility and vitality due today, January 31, I thought I'd take the opportunity to once again stress how valuable your ideas in these areas are as we look to the future. As we prepare students for the social, environmental and economic ramifications of each problem they address and every decision they make in their work, we must do the same in ours.Along similar lines, a number of faculty and I met with the folks from the Office of Technology Commercialization last fall to discuss the commercialization of University developed Intellectual Property. This has financial benefits for the College and creators, as well as the public through job creation and the…

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Monday Minute, January 23, 2012: Collaborative Workspaces

Dear Colleagues, Last Friday, I joined a group of our students on a tour (put together by our College to Career Coordinator, Lucy Reile) of CoCo, a collaborative workspace in the former trading room of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, beautifully restored by adjunct professor Bob Mack. It offers a glimpse of how many of us will work in the future. In comparison to today's office, the CoCo space shows how we will interact with colleagues (more collaboratively), communicate with each other (more digitally), dress in the office (more informally), and arrange and occupy workspace (more flexibly and fluidly). With research suggesting that the self-employed may constitute as much as 40 to 45% of all workers by 2020, we need…

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Monday Minute, January 17, 2012: Welcome Back

Dear Colleagues, I hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. It's terrific to see students, faculty and staff back in full-force as we kick-off 2012. As I mentioned at year's end, I believe that 2012 will be a defining year for our College. With President Kaler half-way through his first year at the U, and with our new provost, Dr. Karen Hanson, set to take the reins next month, I'm extremely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the entire University in the coming year. As a reminder, RFP's for investments in our vision, visibility and vitality are due on Tuesday, January 31. Again, if your idea helps advance the vision of the College, if…

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College of Design Students Driven To Discover

College of Design students are competing for scholarships with 30-second videos illustrating what they're driven to discover. The competition, open to all undergraduate students and majors, asked participants to explain how the University influenced their search for knowledge and self-discovery. All submitted videos are posted on the University of Minnesota's Facebook page. Voting runs now through January 17th. A total of 16 scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $1,000 will be awarded to the videos with the most "Likes" on Facebook. Good luck to participating students from the College: Caitlin Dippo Marilena Mihai Oana Mihai Hannah J Preble Jordana M Reece Kiley J Schmidt Joel Valdez Sondra Vine Nathan S Wong Yichu Wu Learn what inspires them here!…

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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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Samuel Carlsen (M Arch '08) Awarded Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, a highly competitive, three-year fellowship partnering emerging architectural leaders with community developers, was awarded to Master of Architecture graduate Samuel Carlsen. Carlsen will work with the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation to provide design leadership for the Central Corridor Light Rail project and neighborhoods impacted by its construction. According to a press release announcing the award, Carlsen will "help the City of Saint Paul build transformative public spaces, as well as encourage developers to bring the values of equality and sustainability into their own projects and practices". The 35 Rose Fellows sponsored to date have used their design and organizational skills to help their host organizations create or preserve over 7,000 sustainable, affordable homes and…

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