Congratulations to all on completing yet another academic year! When we reflect on all the students, faculty and staff we have engaged with to learn and enhance our academic experiences; all the projects and assignments we have completed and reviewed, the new knowledge and skills we have taught, learned and refined; the new ideas and solutions regarding improving conditions for people through the media of the built environment; the various challenges we have found solutions to together; and the forward movement we all are making as individuals, as a program, and a college…I think we should all feel quite accomplished.
This year we positioned many learning opportunities with a variety of organizations and communities for our students. Some of these organizations include UNL’s Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools; Westside Community Schools; Adam Central Public Schools; Howard County Medical Center; UNL’s Department of Gerontology; Prairie Pines; the International Quilt Center & Museum; and UNL’s College of Business. Through these partnerships and collaborations, the Interior Design program and our students have gained first-hand experience regarding the power of synergy and the value of design as a means to being an agent of change, contributing to our culture and society and making people feel good.
Our courses have integrated the engagement of interior design professionals through ASID, IIDA and all the great relationships that we value and strive to foster in our design community in Lincoln, Omaha and beyond. We have had product representatives and industry manufacturers welcome us into their businesses and who have come to our classrooms to give valuable information regarding all the tools, materials and assemblies that we can use to realize our intentions as we make and re-adapt space.
In the past year, our faculty members were accepted to share their own scholarship of teaching and learning, or research and creative activity to peers at national conferences. They earned grants to support their initiatives and received support from publishers for upcoming book publications. In addition, we will be welcoming our new hire Miyoung Hong this Fall whose expertise and passion in health and wellness, social and behavioral factors of design and professional development will be a wonderful addition to our program.
In addition to being all around hard-working, our students have earned university wide scholarships, regional design competitions and internships and jobs from coast-to-coast.
There is a lot to be feel proud of and a lot more to accomplish! I look forward to working hard over the summer to set up the framework for fall 2017. I look forward to seeing all the great things our 2017 graduates will do as they set off and begin that next chapter of life. I encourage all of you to keep in touch with us here in the Interior Design program and the College of Architecture. I look forward to seeing the growth that occurs in our third year students through their internship experience over the next couple of months. I look forward to hearing about the travel abroad learning opportunities our second year students are taking advantage of over the course of the summer. And finally, I look forward to welcoming a new class of second year students and the new sense of community and culture they will bring to bear on our program.
Cheers to summer!
- Lindsey Bahe