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Become a College of Design Mentor

Here at the College of Design, we're preparing for the upcoming 2011-12 mentor program and are looking for mentors to match with our students! This annual college-wide program helps undergraduate and graduate students grow professionally by matching them with a professional in their field of study. For more information and link to an online application, visit www.design.umn.edu/mentor. Contact Lucy Reile, program coordinator, with questions at 612-624-1245 or cdesmentor@umn.edu….

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MN Daily covers college mentor program

Sadelle Schroeder, writing for the Minnesota Daily, covers the College of Design’s mentor program that pairs students with professionals. Mentors are matched with students, one-to-one, as a way to assist students with career exploration, networking, project critiques, and skill building based on student needs and interests. The mentor program’s annual kick-off event took place on Monday, November 1, 2010 in the McNamara Alumni Center. Schroeder reports 210 students in the college took advantage of the optional mentor program for third- and fourth-year undergraduates this year.

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Daily profiles college undergraduates, portfolio review

Most of the College of Design’s undergraduate programs require completion of courses for credit and a portfolio review before admission to the program. Ashley Bray, writing for the Minnesota Daily, profiles a couple of College of Design undergraduate students — Bailey Sears, Graphic Design sophomore; and Alix Nettnay, Apparel Design senior — as they prepare for their respective portfolio reviews.

Bray cites Daniel Jasper (Graphic Design) as saying 25 percent of the 61 students who applied for the Graphic Design portfolio review did not pass. Jasper said “it’s important that design programs set these high standards for students. Having the review helps to maintain the rigorous content of design curriculums and ensures the program is producing quality students.” He added that the Graphic Design faculty are considering adding a second portfolio review after students’ junior year.

Stephanie Zollinger (Interior Design) told Bray, that the portfolio review “tells us is that [students] have competencies, or this level of understanding, that is needed to move forward.” Zollinger added that college advisors work with the University’s Center for Spirituality and Healing in helping the students deal with the stress of the portfolio review process.

Both students found the portfolio review stressful but worth it.

“It keeps the program strong, to be able to weed out the people who are not as passionate or not willing to try and put forth the effort,” Nettnay told Bray. “They give you the tools to succeed, and if you’re not willing to put in the time and effort to use those tools, you have no right to be sucking the resources.”

“It’s scary and it’s intimidating and it’s a lot of work, but I think it’s a good thing because you find out right away if you have what it takes,” Sears told Bray.

Both Nettnay and Sears both passed their portfolio reviews.

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Members of college community exhibit at Minnesota State Fair

Monica Fogg‘s (DHA) watercolor, Promise, received an honorable mention in the fine arts exhibit.

Lizzie Hillmann and Silvia Geciova-Borovova Guttmann (both Apparel Design undergraduates) won first place for their skirted suit inspired by turkey feathers. They also received the Sweepstakes award for adult garment and the Treadle award. The suit is displayed in the Creative Arts Building.

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College community conducts performance-based housing and infrastructure research at UMore Park

Faculty, staff, student, and alumni research and education projects that contributed to UMore Park planning and development activities were recognized at a May 2010 event hosted by the UMore Park Academic Mission Advisory Board.

Two undergraduate Design, Housing & Apparel (DHA) students are working as summer interns compiling data and case studies on opportunities for affordable housing. Their analyses include affordable housing financing programs, models for maintaining affordability over time, energy-saving
technologies utilized in affordable housing construction, and highlights of the related consumer education programs. The DHA activities are part of a program funded by the University’s Office of Public Engagement and UMore Park.

During the fall 2009 semester, 18 undergraduate Architecture students worked on neighborhood concepts and residential building designs for UMore Park in design studio. Utilizing the concept master plan for UMore Park as the springboard for plans, the students’ work encompasses a variety of housing and building models that demonstrate unique ideas.

College of Design researchers explored the impacts for housing and community design of integrated energy and water systems to achieve sustainability goals for the future community at UMore Park. John Carmody (Center for Sustainable Building Design) and Louise Goldberg (Energy Systems Design Program) were the principal investigators; Richard Strong (Center for Sustainable Building Research) and Peter MacDonagh (BLA, 1981) comprised the rest of the project team.

The research identified an approach to neighborhood development that maximizes energy conservation while maintaining comfort for individual residents and economic viability for the development and was conducted in two components.

The first component, sustainable utility infrastructure at the neighborhood scale, compared the integrated impacts of community infrastructure design, including land use, energy, water, stormwater and wastewater, using three infrastructure types — conventional, autonomous, and district.

The second component, net-zero energy systems quantitative scoping analysis, included a quantitative energy systems engineering evaluation of residential building envelope energy conservation (demand) and renewable energy generation (supply) with the objective of producing a net-zero energy community in an economically viable manner.

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