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Design Students Compete To Launch Environmental Social Ventures

Three students from the College of Design, Sara Saboonian (architecture), Allyson Czechowicz (landscape architecture), and Indira Manandha (architecture in sustainable design) are competing on separate teams for international scholarships from the Acara program. Acara, a program of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, will award up to eight scholarships to the Acara Summer Institute in Bangalore, India, where winning teams can continue working on ventures they developed last fall. The 2011 topic focused on creating businesses that improve food security and/or the environment in India The St. Paul-based competition finals event is from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at CoCo, 213 4th St. E., and is open to the public. Five teams of U.S. and…

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30 Seconds Earns Two Design Students $1,000 Scholarships

College of Design students Joel Valdez and Nathan Wong were among dozens of students who participated in the University's Driven to Discover video contest this December. On Monday, the University announced the names of 16 students whose videos received the most "likes" on the official University Facebook page. Valdez's 13th place and Wong's 14th place earned both students $1,000 in scholarship assistance. "I'd like to thank the U of M for giving me the opportunity to apply for this scholarship," says Wong. "The application process was an enjoyable one. I'd like to thank everyone that has helped me with the continuation of my education." The video contest is a facet of the university's "Driven to Discover" marketing campaign, which…

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Turning Suburban Blights into Community Hubs

Natalie Ross (MLA '11) was shortlisted for her project "Combat Concrete" in the Strip Appeal ideas design competition. An online vote is taking place now through January 16th to decide the Public Choice winner. Architects, creatives and the general public were asked to propose innovative ideas for the aesthetic reinvention and adaptive reuse of small-scale strip malls in their local neighborhoods. Ross submitted work inspired by an Urban Design Studio class where she investigated a strip mall located in North Minneapolis along Broadway Avenue. Ross worked with Juxtaposition Arts – a local non-profit promoting art and entrepreneurship among youth in North Minneapolis – to understand the space better. Juxtaposition's concern about the lack of fresh food in their neighborhood,…

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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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Landscape Architecture Students Reinvigorate University Avenue with the Starling Project

The project's name is a metaphor: starlings are birds that use existing nests. In an effort to revitalize vacant storefronts along the Central Corridor light rail line, students in the Landscape Architecture program are playing matchmaker. The Starling Project aims to bring property owners and local community organizations together for month-to-month opportunities while University Ave is under construction. "The economic downturn has led to a surge of entrepreneurial thinking in all fields," says co-founder Ben Shardlow in a press release. "Many individuals and groups are nimble and flexible enough to benefit from having a space month at an attractive price, and new enough to prefer that to a longer contract." The project organizers, including Landscape Architecture student Kristen Murray…

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Joyce Feller (Housing Studies '96) Promoted to Federal Veterans Administration

Joyce Feller (Housing Studies '96) had been working for the Department of Defense as a Program Analyst (Civilian), at the Wisconsin Joint Force Headquarters in the Manpower Directorate. Her education in Housing Policy transferred to other governmental and policy areas. For her work as a civilian she was awarded a commendation from the Department of Military Affairs. In December, Joyce was promoted to the Federal Veterans Administration at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an Executive Management and Program Analyst in the Nursing Division. Joyce has worked with county, state (Minnesota and Wisconsin) and Federal governments to include the IRS, Department of Defense and HUD. She has developed policy in the areas of Affordable…

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Your Gift of Shelter, Their Mission Continues

Thank you for your support! Because of your generosity, we surpassed our $10,000 goal to help extend our initiatives with local Habitat for Humanity projects. Your gifts, in large and small amounts, will provide funding to continue developing projects like our Zero-Energy Home – researched, designed, refined, and developed by two College of Design architecture classes – and Habitat's Restores, which involves our retail merchandising students. We also have two housing studies faculty serving as advisors for the University's Student Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Your gift will provide additional hands-on, real-world experiences for our student and furthers our mission to address and solve real-world problems, while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking. To continue giving the…

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Fifth Graders Take College Course in Design

This December, Terry Wiley's fifth grade class at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, MN took their first college course in design. As part of a new initiative at the college to keep creativity vibrant in children, the Student Services team, led by Lori Swenson and Nikki Mumma, at the College of Design "adopted" the entire class. Last Wednesday's gathering was the first of many planned for the future to help the students learn first-hand about the College of Design and how thinking like designers can help them with problem-solving. The first exercise of the morning was orchestrated by Tex Ostvig, coordinator of Kids on Campus. Ostvig jumped in with the kids and talked about the importance of…

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