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Graphic Design student Kyril Negoda maps hometown of Shakhtinsk, Kazakhstan

Negoda.jpgIn an effort to reconnect to his hometown of Shakhtinsk, Kazakhstan, Kyril Negoda (Graphic Design) “set out on a two-year map-making frenzy from his home in St. Paul using a tool called Google Map Maker.” The 23 year old student noted that his entire home country – considered the ninth largest in the world – had very little detail on its online map when he first checked it two years ago.

Negoda has spent part of the summer taking part in workshops with peer cartographers, exploring mapping in disaster zones. He has received international attention for his Kazakhstan project. Read more about his work at the links below.

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CDes mentor and mentee featured in UMAA Annual Celebration video

College of Design mentor Marjorie Mangine (BS Housing, 1991), Housing and Redevelopment Planner for the City of Brooklyn Park, was featured in a video with her mentee, Rodney Matthews (Housing Studies junior), during the UMAA Annual Celebration on May 3, 2011.

Mangine has been a mentor at the College of Design for the past 9 years and has served as the Mentor Matching Committee representative for Housing Studies, personally matching student applicants with mentors.

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Monday Minute, May 9, 2011


The Provost has completed his review of our promotion and tenure cases, and has decided to promote six of our associate professors to the rank of full professor effective in the fall. Please join me in congratulating:

  • Missy Bye, Apparel Design
  • Mary Guzowski, Architecture
  • John Koepke, Landscape Architecture
  • Rebecca Krinke, Landscape Architecture
  • Kristine Miller, Landscape Architecture
  • Ann Ziebarth, Housing Studies

I am also pleased to announce that Abimbola (Abi) Asojo, currently an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, will join our Interior Design program this fall. She holds a MS in Architecture from Obafemi Awaolo University in Nigeria and an MS in Architecture: Computing and Design from the University of East London, and she is completing her Ph.D. in Interior Design at the University of Oklahoma. Abi’s design work includes retail environments, museums, and spaces for disabled children, ranging from Kuwait to Nigeria to the United States. A 2010 DesignIntelligence “Most Admired Educator,” with expertise that spans multiple disciplines in the college, Abi will enhance the college’s diversity and intellectual synergies.

Finally don’t forget that our commencement will occur this Saturday at 3pm in Mariucci Arena. Mauro Porcini, head of global design at 3M, will speak about the importance of design thinking and creativity in the global economy. I want to thank all of the staff who have volunteered to help; lunch for you will be available at noon in the Club Room on the third floor of Mariucci. For faculty members participating, I will see you at 2:15 in the lower level of Mariucci, and if you have ordered regalia, it will be waiting for you there.

Have a great finals week.


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CDes events this week — May 9, 2011


School of Architecture Master’s Final Project Presentations
Monday, May 9 – Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Rapson Hall Courtyard

Landscape Architecture Capstone Presentations
Monday, May 9 – Thursday, May 12, 2011, Rapson Hall Courtyard

Interior Design Portfolio Preparation
Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 4pm, 475 McNeal Hall
Ryan Ellena, a recent Interior Design alum who is working at StudioHive, will give a presentation on portfolio preparation. Ellena will share his process for portfolio development and how he put his “brand” together.

Greenscreen: A student grown film night
Thursday, May 12, 2011, 7pm, Bell Museum Auditorium
A collection of the best environmentally focused films skillfully crafted by students at the University of Minnesota. The filmmakers will be present and will answer questions after the screenings.

AIA National Convention Alumni Reception
Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6pm, Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Join University of Minnesota College of Design Dean Tom Fisher and AIA Minnesota President Steve Fiskum (B.Arch ’73), AIA, for a Minnesota reception during the AIA National Convention in New Orleans.

College of Design Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 14, 2011, 3pm, Mariucci Arena

Shifting Gears: 2011 Graphic Design Senior Show
Sunday, May 15, 2011, 12pm, Clockwork
Calibrate your schedule for the University of Minnesota’s Graphic Design Senior Show, Shifting Gears. Come enjoy cold drinks, tasty snacks, and fine-tuned portfolios all afternoon.


Goldstein Museum of Design: GMD Gallery (McNeal Hall)

Smart House, Livable Community, Your Future
through May 22, 2011
Where do you want to live when you grow older? For many people the answer is “at home.” This exhibition explores the housing trend of aging in place by developing products and adaptive technologies that allow people to stay in their homes. Curated by Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies) and graduate student Jodene Riha. Made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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One Love 5K in memory of CDes student, Cory Paque

The College of Design community is invited to participate in the One Love 5K walk/run in honor and memory of graphic design student Cory Paque. The University-sponsored event will bring awareness to suicide prevention with all proceeds from the event benefiting Boynton Mental Health Clinic.

One Love 5K will take place on May 8, 2011 from 1-3 pm. The walk/run will start and finish at Coffman Memorial Union. Registration is $7 in advance and $10 the day of the race. Donation and sponsorship information can be found on the One Love 5K website.

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New Design Student and Alumni Board members

The Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB) welcomes eight new members which include:

  • Laura Anderson (BS Graphic Design, 2010) Graphic Designer, WhiteBoard Product Solutions
  • Coleman Iverson (Graphic Design student)
  • Maureen Kostial (BS Costume Design, 1971), retired VP Design for pm&j, LLC, current consultant to Wuxi Jinmao LTD
  • Sophia Politis (Retail Merchandising student)
  • Jennifer Voth (Apparel Design student)
  • Heather Winkler (BS Interior Design, 2003), Interior Designer, BWBR
  • Charles Young (Housing Studies student)
  • Cindy Zerger (MLA / MURP, 2008), Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Center for Changing Landscapes

DSAB creates programs and opportunities that support the transition from college to career and connect alumni, students and other professionals in the process.

An Apparel Design alumni seat is still open. Learn more about the board and download an application at z.umn.edu/dsab.

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College of Design 2011 honors and awards recipients

The College of Design’s 2011 honors and awards recipients were announced during a reception in the Rapson Hall Courtyard on April 29, 2011.

  • James Boyd Brent, Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Ozayr Saloojee, Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Lucy Dunne, Outstanding Research Award
  • John Comazzi, Outstanding Outreach Award
  • Cheryl Johnson, Outstanding Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Award
  • Martha McDonell, Outstanding P&A Award
  • Jodene Riha, Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • Marisa Fredrickson, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Student Design and Scholarship Excellence Awards:

  • Kathryn Sterner, Apparel Design Undergraduate Individual
  • Gozde Goncu, Apparel Studies Graduate Individual
  • Kirk Mazzeo, Architecture Graduate Individual
  • Jodene Riha, Housing Studies Graduate Individual
  • Mackenzie Lucca, Housing Studies Undergraduate Individual
  • Jonathan Blaseg, Landscape Architecture Graduate Individual
  • Michael Dorfman, Landscape Architecture Undergraduate Individual
  • Holly Halter, Retail Merchandising Undergraduate Individual

Apparel Design Undergraduate Team

  • Silvia Guttman
  • Elizabeth Hillmann

Apparel Studies Graduate Team

  • Kristy Janigo
  • Jung Mee Mun

Housing Studies undergraduate team

  • Sandra Arciniega
  • Bryan Bengtson
  • Megan Brown
  • Kelly Cooper
  • Sean Doheny
  • Leah Hathaway
  • Thorn Houth
  • Alexander Jasko
  • Brita Johnson
  • Brittney Just
  • Aaron Keniski
  • Maria Kennedy
  • Katelyn Kircher
  • Kate Kilp
  • Katie Knoblauch
  • Jesse Lamaack
  • Paul Lange
  • Mackenzie Lucca
  • Rodney Matthews
  • Beatrice McLeester
  • Colin Nelson
  • Caroline Noble
  • Mary Pattison
  • Andrew Pelke
  • Kevin Reza
  • Emily Richardson
  • Molly Rudolph
  • Rachel Simmons
  • Nelima Sitati
  • Krista Skoglund
  • Oak Sopiwnik
  • Jun Tang
  • Andrew Thiel
  • Dean Tran
  • Charles Young

Interior Design Undergraduate Team

  • Jason Askew
  • Timara Harney
  • Minji Kye
  • Lindsay Matenaer

Retail Merchandising Undergraduate Team

  • Alexandra Albers
  • Breanne Ament
  • Kim Perla
  • Tera Peterson
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Monday Minute, May 2, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

For those who could not attend our college honors and awards breakfast on Friday, I wanted to list the names of the incredible group of faculty, staff, and students who we recognized at the event. Let me first thank the honors and awards committee – Jessica Barness, committee chair Jeff Crump, John Koepke, Kate Maple, Julia Robinson, Thomas Schenk, Sarah Schiesser, and Julieann Swanson – for their work in evaluating the 74 nominations. The college has an over-abundance of talented people, which gave the committee a nice challenge.

Here are the award winners:

  • Outstanding Teaching Award: James Boyd Brent, Graphic Design program; Ozayr Saloojee, School of Architecture
  • Outstanding Research Award: Lucy Dunne, Apparel Design program
  • Outstanding Outreach Award: John Comazzi, School of Architecture
  • Outstanding Civil Service / Bargaining Unit Award: Cheryl Johnson, Executive Office and Administrative Specialist in Design, Housing, and Apparel
  • Outstanding P&A Award: Martha McDonell, Assistant to the Head in the School of Architecture
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Jodene Riha, degree candidate in the Housing Studies track of the Design Ph.D.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award: Marisa Fredrickson, degree candidate in the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program

We also had 55 students win departmental awards, a list too long to include here.

Members of the college community have also won university and professional awards recently. Kristine Miller in the Department of Landscape Architecture received a Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award this past week. And Ronald W. Haase (BArch, 1961) and Rodney K. Henmi (BArch, 1974) will become fellows in the American Institute of Architects at its national convention in New Orleans next week.

The quality of this year’s honorees indicates the extraordinary work that our faculty, staff, students, and alumni do everyday. And while we cannot honor everyone in a given year, we are all honored – and fortunate – to work with so many gifted people.


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Functional Clothing Design exhibition, May 5, 2011

The College of Design community is invited to the final exhibition of ADES 3224: Functional Clothing Design on May 5, 2011. Students will showcase their semester’s work in designing thermal garments for Nike athletes and protective apparel for disaster-relief workers.

The exhibition will take place in the McNeal Hall 2nd floor atrium (outside the Goldstein Museum of Design and room 240) from 10-11:30 am and will include brunch.

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