2014 DAAP Outstanding Graduating Students
Industrial Design — Design Track
Joe Bova is an Industrial Design – Design Track senior with an interest in designing and creating immersive experiences. With the ultimate goal of designing the theming for amusement parks and film and television production, he has already begun traveling down this path with his choice of co-ops, and has been involved with several productions across the country. His past co-ops have included Hasbro Games, IDWorks LLC, Gensler Architecture, IO Productions, and most recently Iacono Productions. In 2011, Joe won the GE competition "Innov8 for Health" for his sophomore year stroke rehabilitation board project.
Graphic Communication Design —
Kevin Danielson has demonstrated excellence and maturity in both his work and in his conduct. His projects’ conceptual and aesthetic integrity have been consistently superior. These results stem from personal virtues: hard work, patience, imagination, curiosity, an open mind, careful thinking, and tenacity. He also brings these qualities into studio through his interactions with peers; Kevin is a consistent voice of reason and insight, and can deftly facilitate harmonious and productive conversation between those around him. His achievements and attitude are consistently impressive and bode well for a bright future.
Fashion Design — Product Development
Melea Green is a fashion design product development student with a 3.8 GPA. She has developed as a philanthropic designer who designs for the needs of others by finding innovative solutions and new futuristic concepts in the market. Her passion and dedication has driven her academic career with the inspiration and determination from her peers and instructors. Melea’s commitment has led to several proud accomplishments, awards and scholarships such as the Luxottica Eyewear Competition team winner and the Macy’s Scholarship. DAAP has been a phenomenal experience for Melea and has led her to her dream career to be a professional designer.
Master of Science in Architecture
Caitlyn Kwiatkowski is a dynamic, determined, and hardworking student who wrote a thesis on the question of authorship in architecture by focusing specifically on the design process of two relatively recent HOPE VI housing projects, one in Louisville, KY and another in Cincinnati, OH. Through primary interviews and archival research, Caitlyn uncovered the complex and tenuous process of designing public housing and argued for a more nuanced understanding as to how architecture is designed and produced. Her thesis is well researched, engaging and provocative in its questioning of the politics of architecture.
Master of Design
As a professional designer, adjunct professor, and graduate design student, Michael Roller is not only academically accomplished but demonstrates his commitment to DAAP and the broader design community. By maintaining positions at Kaleidoscope, LPK, and Procter & Gamble during his tenure at UC, he has remained connected to the design industry and identified practical applications to his research. He has given numerous presentations to international design audiences through conferences for the Industrial Designers Society of America.
Andrea Suever is an exemplary student, in every way. She is graduating at the top of the class. Andrea is extraordinarily bright and talented, and has promise to accomplish much in our field. Andrea is a rare talent, and is not simply talented and smart - she is also a born leader.
Master of Fine Arts
Christy Wittmer’s ceramic and sculptural object interventions examine the fragility of movement and intervention. Looking at the world through manipulated materials allows Wittmer to explore architectural interventions with directness and openness. Ms. Wittmer is an engaging presence in the classroom as well and her students applaud her dedicated passion and enthusiasm as a mentor.
Noelle Britt is graduating with a major in urban studies, a Spanish minor, and an urban planning certificate. A dean’s list student throughout her UC career, Noelle excels in the classroom. Noelle also leads in her sorority, Theta Phi Alpha—Epsilon Chapter, and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success—Sigma Alpha Pi. In addition, Noelle exemplifies a deep commitment to service, including traveling to Guatemala with Serve Beyond Cincinnati and tutoring elementary school students at Rees E. Price Academy through Bearcat Buddies. She has also served as a summer day camp counselor for several years.
Master of Arts — Art Education
Michael England distinguished himself academically, and in his leadership in the National Art Education Association student chapter. As the chapter's president, he has been a supportive presence/mentor to the art education undergrads, as well as a great support to his fellow grad students. It seems that Michael is always around, ready to help out with whatever needs to be done. He is an art educator of great promise for he excels as a teacher, models a commitment to service to other students, and brings his personal qualities to shape his leadership skills.
Master of Architecture
Katherine Johnson is recognized for having one of the highest GPA's in class. She has been a solid student and consistent in her work ethic throughout her tenure as a student in SAID. Her Master of Architecture thesis handled a very complex World Trade Center site with sensitivity and nuance.
Kimberlynn Martin is an exemplary art history senior with a French minor and an Italian Language Certificate who has been active in the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, French Club, and Club Italiano. Martin is UC’s first student to win both the Jonathan B. Riess Memorial Scholarship and the George Stričević Travel/Book Fund and to give professional lectures twice in the annual Jonathan Riess Undergraduate Art History Colloquium. She has also given three public presentations at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she volunteers. Martin will study medieval art history at the University of Texas at Austin this fall.
Holly Smith is most deserving for representing the rigor and intensity of the interior design program as confirmed by internal and external recognition, including DAAP’s Lenore Cunix Levy Endowment for academic achievement, integrity, and leadership; Angelo Donghia Foundation Scholarship national recipient—awarded based on academic merit, design portfolio, and project submission; Honorable Mention in the international PAVE Retail Design Competition. Holly’s leadership is respected by her peers and was central to the class’s DAAPworks exhibition. The Interior Design Faculty appreciate Holly’s creativity, humility, and extraordinary commitment these past five years and anticipate her continued success in practice.
Claire Talbot’s environmental concerns about the corporate farming industry and more recently her research on the plight of the honey bee, has led her to produce one of the most engaging pieces in the DAAPWorks exhibition. She has worked tirelessly on her ability to translate her research into a visual form and communicate impact on the human through her art.
Industrial Design — Transportation Track
Benjamin Zavala is not only at academically accomplished but has won numerous scholarships, awards, and recognitions while completeing his degree such as the Buick Scholarship, and a Hankook Tire Competition winner. Additionally, his participation in IDSA and active involvement in the industrial design program demonstrate his commitment to DAAP as well as the broader design community.
Graphic Communication Design —
Allyx Capek has consistently displayed a rigorous and dedicated work ethic throughout her years at DAAP. She has built upon her innate design talent by always challenging herself, all the while offering thoughtful advice to her classmates. As a Turner Scholar for five years, Allyx has gone above and beyond with regards to service and stewardship for UC. Allyx's keen eye for aesthetics and craft,
combined with her genuine kindness bodes well for a fruitful career; not to mention true
delight for those who will have the pleasure of working with her.
Master of Arts — Art History
Tracy Flagg is a remarkable Art History MA student who earned distinction for her thesis on nostalgia and melancholia in the ruins photographs of Yves Marchand and Rmain Meffre, 2005-2013. Flagg is UC’s first student to give professional lectures twice at the Midwest Art History Society annual conference, competing against more advanced scholars. She also gave a gallery talk at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and she served as a Muse Liaison of DAAP there. Flagg was manager of the DAAP Galleries, where she also had a graduate assistantship for two years.
Emily Johnson will graduate with the highest GPA from among all graduating Bachelor of Urban Planning students, having been on the dean’s list for every academic term. In addition to excelling in the classroom, Emily has completed co-op assignments with the Dalian Urban Development Co. in Dalian, China, Cassidy Turley in Cincinnati, Disney Imagineering in Orlando and the city of Salida, Colorado. She received excellent evaluations from all her co-op employers. Emily, also, has served as the treasurer for the Planning Student’s Organization, a DAAP ambassador and Cincinnati Reads.
Maggie Rigney, a highly valued student and classmate, has created many extracurricular opportunities. She initiated important internship and research opportunities to expand her exposure to horticulture, including taking an aquaponics workshop in Chicago. She developed an internship for herself in an estate garden in Ireland for the summer of 2013. She has worked at West Hills Greenhouses and Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. She has applied for a post-undergraduate internship at Kew Gardens in England. Maggie has made the most of her time as an undergraduate and there’s no doubt that her professional career will be full of adventures and success.
Master of Community Planning
Lucy Stoll will receive the degree of Master of Community Planning at the April 25 commencement. She was admitted to the MCP program with a University Graduate Scholarship and has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA while in the program. She has expertise in land use, site planning and sustainability, including zoning principles and form-based code. She specializes in strong written communication and physical analysis. During the summer of 2013, Lucy interned at the Louisville Metro Government Office of Sustainability where she participated in the update of their sustainability plan and created an online program for Green Business Recognition.
Fashion Design — Design Track
Molly Wimmel is the recipient of the Charles and Evelyn Burgoyne Scholarship for fashion design and was selected to represent DAAP in the CFDA and Geoffrey Beene Scholarship competitions in New York. She was also selected as the Outstanding Fashion Design Co-op Student for 2014. She has completed prestigious co-ops with menswear designer Sruli Recht in Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as with Todd Lynn and Benjamin Bertram in London.