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DAAP Alumni eNews

April 2014


message from the Dean



Our students and faculty are pulling long days (and the occasional sleepless night) in preparation for our two signature spring events: DAAPWorks and the DAAP Fashion Show sponsored by Macy's (tickets available here). Our students are very excited about showing their work and look forward to hosting alumni and members of the community in celebration of their accomplishments.

As a quick reminder, DAAPWorks runs Tuesday, April 22 through Saturday, April 26, and the college will host a special opening reception April 22 at 5 p.m. The DAAP Fashion Show takes place on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. inside UC's Campus Recreation Center in the Lower Level Main Stage area. We hope you will be able to join at one or both of these special events! I also invite you to read more about some of our exceptional graduate students and their work by clicking here.

Looking ahead to summer, we are excited to announce the return of DAAPCamps for middle and high school students in June. Students have three exciting options available -- Residential Camps, which run June 22-28 and provide a hands-on college experience; the Business of Fashion Day Camp, a non-residential day camp for students interested in the business of fashion, which runs June 16-20; and a Middle School Day Camp, which also runs June 16-20. You can register students here or follow this link to see specific program offerings.

Thank you for your continued involvement and support of DAAP.


Robert Probst


giving back


SAID Materials Library Completed Through Alumni Generosity
The School of Architecture and Interior Design has received funding to complete the expansion and renovation of our Materials Library. Your generous support enabled the upgrade of room 8280 to house a hands-on library where students can touch and access a digital database which describes a material's properties and shows examples of its use. In addition, lighting improvements, funded by the Betz family and new furnishings provided by alumni gifts will be purchased to complete the space.

On behalf of the students who will use this improved space, we thank all of our generous donors for their support! To support other needs throughout DAAP, click here to donate online.

Benefactors Donate New Scholarships to School of Design
Thanks to the generosity of donors Kelly Kolar ('86) and David Eyman ('12), and the support of LPK (an international design agency), two new scholarships will be available for student use in fall semester. Scholarships make a tremendous impact on the lives of our students and allow us to attract premier design talent from all corners of the world. You can support scholarships and make a difference too! Give today.


student news


Classmates Create New Campus Bench as Tribute to Fellow  Student

A year-long effort by architecture students has resulted in a new campus bench to memorialize classmate Chris Walker, who died last year. The bench's form and shape recall Walker�s class project underway at the time of his passing.


Graduating Senior Traveled to China to Better Help International Students Here at UC

Although in a high-pressure program in the School of Design, senior Ryan Finke spent a semester studying at a language program in Beijing in order to be more welcoming to international students on UC's campus.


Senior Is the First in Her Family with Four-Year Degree

Pursuing photography studies has brought senior Brittany Ouellette's life into focus. As the first in her family to earn a bachelor�s degree, she�s gained valuable commercial and fine art experience at UC--and learned to look inward.


Design and Business Graduate Students Enter Prestigious Urban Design Contest

Graduate students in architecture, planning and business recently teamed up to enter an urban design competition to re-envision a downtown Nashville neighborhood. If selected as the winning entry, the UC team would earn a $50,000 prize.


Student Katie Carrothers Profiled by "Graphic Design USA"

Katie Carrothers is featured as a "student to watch" in 2014 by Graphic Design USA.


UC Design, Geology and Anthropology Team Travel to the Himalaya  

Faculty and students from the architecture and interior design programs traveled to the Himalaya with geology and anthropology faculty and students to test shelter designs that may better serve researchers in the field.


UC Now Houses Prestigious International Design Journal

The School of Design is now home to the world�s oldest continuously published design research journal, the prestigious Journal of Visual Communication Research.


alumni news


Architecture Alum Finally Walked in Commencement, More than 40 Years after Starting His Studies

Rick Moore studied architecture at UC from 1970-76 in what was then a six-year program. At the end of his senior year, his father's unexpected death prevented Moore from successfully completing his capstone, degree completion and Commencement. Last year, he finally obtained that degree.


Alums' Work Praised as "Grand and Meticulously Crafted"

Architecture alum David Darling, who is partner in a firm with fellow alum Joshua Aidlin, states that UC faculty had a "huge influence" on his growth and development in an "Architects + Artisans" article.


UC alumna named "Designer Dozen" winner

UC alumna Carly Tysh has been named a "Designer Dozen" winner by Visual Merchandising and Store Design magazine.


"Simple Is Best" for Local Business Begun by Two Alums

Fashion design alumna Rosie Kovacs and industrial design grad Hayes Shanesy operate the Brush Factory design studio offering purposeful, useful and graceful products, showing that "simple is best."


Design Alum Chad Hodge's Senior Project, Motorcycle Helmet, Becomes Industry Success

Chad Hodge tells how his senior project at UC became an industry success.


Art History Alumna Peggy Loar Is Interim Director of Washington's Prestigious Corcoran Gallery

The Washington Post recently featured UC art history alumna Peggy Loar, interim director of the Corcoran Gallery, among a who's who of women leading top Washington-area museums.

Designer Nicola Crea Brings International Industry Experience to the UC Classroom

Having worked in design leadership positions for global car brands like Fiat, Mercedes-Benz, product designer Nicola Crea is now teaching for at least two semesters in the UC design studios.



upcoming events


UC Readies for Record-Setting Commencement

UC will award more than 6,380 degrees on April 25 & 26, the highest number the university has ever seen for a class of spring term graduates.


UC SAID Alumni Reception: Thursday, June 26
Jerry Larson will host an alumni reception during the annual AIA conference in Chicago.


Where: The Auditorium Hotel, Second Floor (Michigan Avenue entrance)

Time: 6-8:00 PM

Optional Lecture by Jerry Larson on the History of the Auditorium
7:30-8:00 PM (reservations suggested as seating is limited)

Please click here to RSVP to Jerry!




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