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Interior architecture & product design students present at Kansas College Counseling Association

By Mary Cosmino

Four students in interior architecture & product design had the opportunity to share their design insight with college counselors from around the state of Kansas.

Students were invited to join in a discussion following Jim Correll's keynote to the Kansas College Counseling Association on Wednesday, March 5, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. Correll is the facilitator and business coach for entrepreneurship at Independence Community College and immensely interested in the experiences of interior architecture & product design students.

Fifth-year graduate students Kayla Hales and Matt Spaniol, both from Overland Park; Teresa Siegele, Fredonia; and Kate Moeder, Wichita, each spent between five to eight minutes giving overviews of their final projects and sharing their experiences in interior architecture & product design. After their presentation, the floor was opened for questions from the participants. Questions included topics of finding creativity, fighting conformity and preparing for the real world.

What makes an entrepreneur coach qualified to speak at a college counselor event and more importantly, why invite interior architecture & product design students to get involved? Correll toured interior architecture & product design’s facilities during the 2013 year and said his experience through his tour was unlike any other college environment. He thought it would be great if the counselors could meet some interior architecture & product design students, who he compares to entrepreneur students.

Correll believes entrepreneurs have self-efficacy which helps their ability to solve problems and during his tour of the interior architecture & product design studios, he was blown away by the enthusiasm and positive energy demonstrated by the students. The students he observed clearly produced the same quality of self-efficacy that entrepreneurs emit. He thinks that designers' experience at being innovative and learning in interior architecture & product design has developed strong self-efficacy and that those attending the College Counseling Association meeting can learn about and share the benefit of promoting this skill in all of their students.

The four students were enthusiastic with their presentations and enjoyed the chance to share their experiences and growth through interior architecture & product design.

APDesign students showcased at KC Auto Show

Allan Hastings, professor of interior architecture & product design at the College of Architecture, Planning & Design,  featured the accomplishments of the transportation design class at the 2014 Kansas City Auto Show.

Accompanied by some of his students, Hastings displayed the renderings, designs and clay models that students have worked on during the fall 2013 semester. The display was located next to the K-State Power Cat Pullers booth and near the Maserati display. The show opened Wednesday, March 5 and ran through Sunday, March 9.

“As a result of my class offering this last fall for transportation design, the class designed concept cars for their projects," Hastings said.

There were 13 graduate and undergraduate students in the class. For their final project, the class was assembled into four teams with each team designing a concept then making a quarter-scale model in clay of their concept along with presentation boards.

Hastings contacted Natalie Sullivan of the Kansas City Auto Show to see if they would be interested in providing space at this year's event for the students to show their work. As a result they were enthusiastic about the idea and provided the class with floor space next to the Power Cat Pullers display.

"I believe this will be a great opportunity for the students from interior architecture & product desing and APDesign as well as the university community,” Hasting said.

Students from the class were available to talk with attendees and also  demonstrated clay modeling of an automobile.

"This is exciting stuff," says Tim de Noble, dean of APDesign, "The work of the students, informed by Professor Hastings' years of involvement in the auto industry, shows their ability to address incredibly diverse design issues. For me it shows our approach to design-thinking, in this case focused on cars, is boundless and well-applied to the full array of issues facing — and products serving — our society."


At the request of the dean, the APDesign Responsible Stewardship Committee conducted a survey from January 28 through February 6, 2014 regarding the KSU Seaton Complex Revitalization and Expansion Building. The survey was administered to alumni, students, faculty, staff and other members of the campus community. The results have now been compiled and are available for review in the following attachments.

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Thank you to all who participated in the survey and gave comment. Also, thanks to go out to:

Principal Investigator and Research Team Leader: Lee R. Skabelund APDesign Responsible Stewardship Committee Chair, Responsible Stewardship Committee Members Gary Coates, Paul Morrison & Rod Troyer; and Graduate Student Assistants Calayde Davey & Joseph Foster with administrative assistance provided by Lisa Shubert. 

Kickoff for the Prairie Studies Initiative will be March 11 and 12

MANHATTAN — As home to the Konza Prairie Biological Station and located in the Flint Hills, which includes the largest remaining area of unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America, Kansas State University is a major hub of research on the important prairie ecosystem.

Now this research is taking a new direction through a collaborative venture of university faculty, staff and students. The Prairie Studies Initiative will bring disciplines in the arts and sciences together to explore cultural and ecological dimensions of the prairie, understand challenges to sustaining grassland ecosystems, and envision the future of these important landscapes.

"The Prairie Studies Initiative explores themes of wildness, managed landscapes, human culture and creativity," said Adrianne Russell, public programs coordinator at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, a major organizer of the initiative.

"This initiative aims to strengthen dialogue and inspire creative scholarship among those engaged in understanding the natural ecosystems, history, culture and livelihoods of the prairie, and to employ the arts to make this research meaningful to a wide public," said Katie Kingery-Page, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

The Prairie Studies Initiative organizes both professional and public events that pair leaders in the arts with leaders in natural and social sciences and the humanities to stimulate communication and creative research among scholars. More broadly, the initiative fosters greater understanding on the part of the public about complex issues central to the health of the prairie, said Ben Champion, the university's director of sustainability.

"Through actively engaging the arts with science, the initiative aims to reveal both shared modes of inquiry and the value of the differences that shape these perspectives," said Linda Duke, director of the Beach Museum.

A public kickoff for the Prairie Studies Initiative will be March 11 and 12.

Activities will start with a screening of a segment of nature photographer Michael Forsberg's "Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild" series. The theme of this screening is "Water" and will be followed by discussion with Kansas State University's Tim Keane, professor of landscape architecture and a faculty affiliate of the Urban Water Institute at K-State Olathe, and Elizabeth Dodd, university distinguished professor of English, writer and poet. The screening will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 in 101 Bluemont Hall.

On Wednesday, March 12, the kickoff continues with the screening of a second segment of the "Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild" series. This segment will focus on "Land" and will be followed by discussion with Tim Crews, director of research and an ecologist at the Land Institute in Salina; and Kansas State University's Shreepad Joglekar, assistant professor of art, and John Briggs, professor of biology and director of the Konza Prairie Biological Station. The screening will be from 6-8 p.m. in the UMB Theater at the Beach Museum of Art.

The "Great Plains: America's Living Wild" documentary series follows Forsberg as he examines the remaining wildness in the Great Plains of North America. The documentary is based on Forsberg's book of the same name.

"The Prairie Studies Initiative at K-State is using this documentary to announce itself as a catalyst for cross-disciplinary research and the sharing of discoveries among scholars, students and the public in order to better understand the prairie," Briggs said.

The documentary screenings are free and the public is welcome.

APDesign Students Reach Finals in K-State Launch Business Idea Competition

Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning & Design again have risen to the challenge of the K-State Launch Business Idea Competition. This year 10 APDesign students registered for the competition and four students, representing two teams, made it into the finals. The finals will be held on Tuesday, March 11 in the K-State Alumni Center. The second round of the finals, for those teams that advance past the first round, is open to the public and will begin at 2:30pm. The APDesign students that reached the finals are Jake Hofeling 5th year MArch and Landon Hubbard 5th year March, entering “The Makers Lounge”; Zach Manuel 3rd year IAPD and Grace Twedt 3rd year IAPD who’s entry is “Tot Bot”.

Fire Alarm Test

Every year the State Fire Marshall requires the testing of the strobes and fire alarm system in Seaton and Seaton Court.  The dates for this testing will happen overnight from Sunday 16 through Sunday 23 March.  On Saturday evening/Sunday morning 22/23 February the testing company will be doing their audible testing of the alarms in Seaton and Seaton Court.  The alarm testing company will begin by mapping out the location of each strobe, fire alarm, electrical panel and fire control panel throughout our complex.  The audible portion of the testing of the fire alarms will happen Saturday evening/Sunday morning 22/23 March anytime between 10p and 6a those days. 

What does this mean to you? 

We chose these days because this is Spring Break and many of you will not be on campus. But if you are, from 10p and 6a each day between 16 March through 23 March several unknown workers will be wandering around Seaton and Seaton Court.  If you are worried if the strangers are suppose to be in the building, ask for their badges.  

Then between 10p Saturday 22 March through 6a Sunday 23 March they will test the alarms and the strobes.  When this happens you DO NOT need to leave the building.  If you are here, put headphones on and ignore the noise and strobe lights.  The testing will not be continuous for their eight-hour work shift, but it may be obnoxious.  

This is the only time I will give you permission to stay in the building and ignore the fire alarms going off.

If you have questions or concerns please come see me!  

Wendy Ornelas, FAIA

Associate Dean + Professor

Distinguished Professor, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

Delineation Competition

fThe Ted and Sue Knapp Student Delineation Competition will be hung in the Chang Gallery on Monday, April 14. 

Student entries are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 12 to Thom Jackson’s office (Seaton 214). Entries must be in one of four categories: freehand black & white, freehand color, computer or mixed media. All entries must include a hanging device (NOT tape), a CD or an email to tjackson@k-state.edu containing a digital scan/copy of the entry must accompany the form. This year’ first place prize is $2,000 so let the competition begin! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM


APDesign needs student volunteers to help with Open House. Some volunteers will answer questions about APDesign will help Thom Jackson around Seaton Hall, including set up, tear down, possibly running the LEGO playspace and other general activities. Volunteers receive free T-shirts! If you’re interested in volunteering, please send an email to tjackson@k-state.edu with what hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. you are available to volunteer. We need approximately 4-5 volunteers per hour. Thank you!


APDesign is looking for a student to sing the National Anthem at commencement! If you enjoy serenading an audience, and will be available on the morning Saturday, May 17, please let Thom Jackson tjackson@k-state.edu know. We’d love to have you sing for us! 

Third Floor Tidbits Weigel Library

We really want more participation!  As of Thursday, March 6, only 75 APDesign faculty, students and staff had completed the LibQUAL 2014 survey.  In 2011 APDesign had a total of 163 respondents to the LibQUAL survey.  In order to at least match that total, 88 more responses are needed! 

What:  K-State Libraries’ LibQUAL Spring 2014 survey

Who:  APDesign Faculty, Students, and Staff

Where:  http://www.lib.k-state.edu/libqual

When:  Available this week only 

Why: 1) Gives you the chance to voice your opinion about K-State Libraries, including Weigel Library.    Complete the survey based on “the library that you use most often”. (Question 17)

and 2) You can be entered in a drawing for prizes if you submit your email address.  Prizes are one of two Apple iPad Minis as well as one of 10 pairs of $20 movie passes.

This is the last week to complete the survey.  We’re interested in your ratings, rankings, comments and opinions.  Thanks so much.


Presentation Skills/Professional Communication: Brandon Dake
Monday, March 10, 2014, Pierce Commons, 5:30pm

Prairie Studies Initiative Kick-Off
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, UMB Theater, Beach Museum of Art, 6:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, UMB Theater, Beach Museum of Art, 6:00-8:00 PM

Networking Night (CES)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Beach Museum Theatre, 6:00 PM

2014 Spring Colloquia-Tulu Toros
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 104 Seaton Hall, 12:00 PM

Giving Voice to Values
Thursday, March 13, 2014, Union 227, 9:30-10:45 AM