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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.

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Corcl on the cover of RotoWorld

Remember last semester when VCD Portfolio students worked with Corcl? Well these circular paddle boats were just featured on the cover of RotoWorld Magazine!

Corcl in RotoWorld

Inspired by Vietnamese basket boats, these fun boats are beginning to make a splash in the market. VCD professor Inna Alesina collaborated with the creators to develop prototypes of the boat structure out of materials such as pool noodles and plastic sheeting.

Corcl in RotoWorld

Check out the article in RotoWorld Magazine Volume XII, Issue 1 of 2016.

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Students, faculty, friends and family came out to the reception for the exhibition

During spring break last March, a group of 32 students, alumni and faculty went on a study abroad trip to Italy. They visited 10 cities in 10 days and captured the culture of each place through photography. Each student took thousands of pictures of their surroundings and experiences. They then had to narrow their thousands of pictures down to just 10 for their final portfolios. Out of these 10 photos,  just 1 was chosen from each student to be showcased in the study abroad photography exhibition Dieci Cittá, or "Ten Cities".  

Italy Reception
Senior VCD student Alaina Hall admires the photography of her fellow travelers

The travelers and their friends and family came out to a reception last night to celebrate their work, enjoy Italian food and reminisce about their travels. Dieci Cittá is on display through May 27th in the St. Paul Companies Pavillion on the Greenspring Campus. Stop by and check out the great work by our students!

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