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Students from Inna Alesina’s Relationship of Design & Business class will be working with Brian Lagette on a new and exciting project surrounding his new brand for a boutique/hotel. Brian’s second visit allowed for the students to reevaluate their proposals and think of solutions to improve them. The class will continue working collaboratively throughout the project and create a presentation for Brian. It will include proposals, future scenarios for the brand and will cover the steps of design process.

Inna Alesina's Communication Design class visited and collaborated with Irvine Nature center. The students interacted with children to design an educational toy that will help them engage with learning. The class’ goal is to practice participatory design and co-create with children. The students tested experiments and observed how pre-school children responded and engaged with them. Students plan to use the information they gathered and use it to help develop their toy designs.

The screening of The Illusionists, a documentary film about the globalization of beauty ideals and how those ideals have effected society, drew in a large crowd on September 28th.  Lori Rubeling served as the moderator for the event. After the screening, panelists Dina Fiasconaro, Soheila Gaussy, Heather Harris, Sehlah Khalid Butt, Laura Smith and Geetha Suresh answered questions raised by The Illusionists. They invited the audience to speak about their experiences with body image as well as sharing their own stories.

The film is not available to the public yet. For more information, visit

Amelia Berninger (left) and Samantha Smith (right) are the winners for the PNC bank scholarship and will work with clients from Mercy Hospital under the guidance of Meggen Marx (center). For this project, Amelia and Samantha will design onesies that “promote the importance of preparing children, particularly undeserved children, for success in school during the first five years of their life.” The onesies will then be distributed to new mothers at Mercy Hospital.

One of Stevenson University’s VCD Alumni, Leneé Freeman, is involved with the Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP). It is an organization that is a part of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), which seeks equity and inclusion in the cultural workforce. UALP encourages the participation of groups, particularly those of color, in the management of cultural and artistic organizations. UALP is looking for young leaders, such as college seniors or recent graduates who demonstrate strong commitment in changing conversation into action and making a difference.

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