DAAP News — July 2012
Message from the Dean
I hope you are enjoying your summer and avoiding the record heat that has taken hold in many places, including Cincinnati. This summer is not only proving to be hotter than normal, it also feels shorter than normal -- due to the switch to semesters that will bring students back to campus nearly a month earlier than usual on August 27.
While it's tempting to begin looking forward, it's important to reflect on the accomplishments and success of our 2012 graduates. Their final week on campus was highlighted by two tremendous events: DAAPWorks, which served as a forum for students to showcase their magnificent work, and the 61st annual DAAP Fashion Show sponsored by Macy's. I encourage you to watch the video recaps of both DAAPWorks and the DAAP Fashion Show if you were unable to make it to campus.
This year, we honored a person who has played an enormous role in the growth and vibrancy of the DAAP Fashion Show for many years: Frederic Holzberger, founder and chief executive officer of the Aveda Fredric's Institute. Frederic has done so much for our college, from supporting scholarships and design summer camps for emerging design students as well as encouragement of environmentally sensitive design. He has also been heavily involved in the DAAP Fashion Show, and we were thrilled to give him the recognition he deserves for his service and support.
I'm also proud to share a heartwarming story of how DAAP students are having a global impact by creating a custom-made playground for a town in Japan that was almost completely destroyed by the tsunami of 2011. Students have been communicating and collaborating with children in the town and have even learned some Japanese in the process. To learn more, watch this brief video about the project. The grateful citizens of this town, and the Japanese Consulate, have noted the generosity and thoughtfulness of our students.
As we prepare for the new academic year, it's important to note that nearly everything I have mentioned above -- and nearly all the things we celebrate about DAAP and our students -- is made possible in some way through the philanthropy of our alumni, friends and corporate partners. I sincerely appreciate the generosity so many of you have shown to our programs, and I hope you will keep us in mind as you consider your charitable contributions for the year. Whether you choose to direct your support to scholarships, programmatic enhancements, study abroad or our discretionary fund, you can help bolster our reputation as one of the world's leading design institutions.Thank you for your support and interest in DAAP.
P.S. You can get connected with thousands of DAAP alumni and faculty by joining our LinkedIn Group: University of Cincinnati DAAP Alumni.
Philanthropy News and Opportunities
Support the Jay Chatterjee Global Lecture Series
As many of you know, Dean Emeritus Jay Chatterjee was honored at a special gala that took place at the conclusion of the very successful Surface Conversations symposium last month at DAAP.
The highlight of Jay’s gala (other than some very special memories and stories) was when alumni, friends, colleagues and business partners came together to present a very special gift to Jay that symbolizes his philosophy of never settling for average: The Jay Chatterjee Global Lecture Series.
Through the Global Lecture Series, the University will bring one premier global figure to campus each year to educate and inspire students across all of UC’s programs and disciplines. Just as Jay always taught students to push beyond what they thought was possible, and just as he changed the makeup of UC’s campus through the Campus Master Plan, the Global Lecture Series will shatter preconceptions by bringing preeminent thought leaders to campus.
Thanks to an anonymous donor who has endowed the Lecture Series, as well as a number of contributions from those who attended the gala, we are close to our fundraising goal. Help us get there by making a gift to the Jay Chatterjee Global Lecture Series today!
Contact Laura Johnson Dorl for more information at 513-556-1211.
DeGarmo (Arch '82) Honored with UC Foundation Trustees' Award
Congratulations to Todd DeGarmo, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of STUDIOS Architecture in Washington, D.C., who was recognized with the 2012 Trustees' Award at the UC Foundation's annual George Rieveschl, Jr. Dinner.
Todd was honored for his leadership and substantial personal commitment in organizing the Proudly Cincinnati Washington, D.C. Campaign Committee. Through Todd's efforts, he worked to identify and engage more alumni than had ever been attempted in the Washington region. He hosted or co-hosted countless events, made introductions, and brought in potential supporters who may be interested in contributing to the campaign with gifts of their own.
Over time, Todd’s work and the work of his fellow members resulted in a committee of more than 25 active members. The committee established a campaign fundraising goal of $8 million from the DC region -- and only two years later surpassed their initial target.
Today, through their efforts and the generosity of alumni and corporations in Washington D.C., more than $19.25 million has been raised from the D.C. region since the campaign began in 2005.
Todd became a UC Foundation Trustee in 2008 and has served the university in a number of ways since graduating from DAAP. Once again, congratulations and great work!
Fashion Alumna Kiya Tomlin Sports a New Business
UC fashion alumna Kiya Tomlin, wife of Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, is sporting a new business in that city. Her goal is not only to design and create custom clothing but to provide clients insight into how garments are made.
Fashion Design Alumna Competes in "Project Runway All Stars"
Fashion design grad Althea Harper, who graduated from UC in 2008 and first appeared on "Project Runway" the following year, is now appearing on "Project Runway All Stars."
Bob Holdeman Honored for Reshaping Community via Art and Design
Architecture alumnus Bob Holdeman and his wife, Jane, recently received the Michigan Legacy Art Park's fourth-annual Legacy Award for the indelible mark they have made on the area arts community and landscape.
Recent Design Grad Turns Up the Pressure to Start Business
Young alum Jon Panichella’s senior design project--an unusual furniture collection where the elements hold together via pressure--is the basis for an entrepreneurial business he founded even before he graduated this past June.
Art and Art Education Degrees Lead to International Teaching Career
In earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UC, alumna Cailín O’Connor went to school just a short walk away from where she grew up in Clifton’s Gaslight District. But that hometown education has since led her to an international teaching career.
Alumna Conducts Experiment in the Lost Art of Letter Writing
Fine arts alumna Calcagno Cullen has worked for the past five years on an unusual arts experiment: journaling on her life in San Francisco via writings and drawings and then sending the resulting materials to New York City addresses selected randomly in the white pages.
Fashion Alumna Opens Bridal Boutique in Hyde Park
Amanda Topits has opened a Hyde Park bridal boutique, building on experience she earned working at "Glamour" and "Elle" magazines and other bridal stores after graduating from UC's top-ranked fashion program.
Architecture Student Earns Kudos in “Adaptable Futures” Contest
UC’s Megan Jenkins recently earned an "Honorable Mention" in an international contest asking students to design products, buildings or scenarios that could be easily changed over time in order to adapt to changing needs and demands.
Designer Co-Authors New Book on Creating Breakthrough Products
Best innovation practices by international companies both large and small are featured in a new bookco-authored by UC’s Craig Vogel and Carnegie Mellon’s Jonathan Cagan. Also included in “Creating Breakthrough Products: Revealing the Secrets that Drive Global Innovation” is a seven-step, new-product development process.
Architect’s Book Recognizes Furniture Design as Emerging Discipline
The history, theory, technology and essential craft of furniture design--told via text, color photos and drawings--is presented in the new book, "Furniture Design, Second Edition," by DAAP Professor James Postell. The work, to serve as a textbook and resource among working designers and students, recognizes furniture design as an emerging discipline in its own right.
Jay Chatterjee in Washington, D.C.--Tuesday, Nov. 27
In conjunction with the IDSA Conference in Boston, DAAP will be holding a reception for area alumni and those attending the conference -- come join us and reconnect! The reception begins at 5:30 and will be located at the Westin Boston Waterfront inside the Commonwealth Ballroom.
To RVSP, please email Brooke Hultquist by August 1.
Learn more about UC's campus transformation and meet fellow alumni in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, November 27 at 6 p.m. with special guest Jay Chatterjee.
National Building Museum Auditorium
Room 121 & 122 (Enter at F Street Door)
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Click here to RSVP
For questions contact Steve Warden at 513-556-6057.
Find more news and information here: www.daap.uc.edu