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Westphal Wins Big at Research Day

May 1, 2009

Research Day is always a proud day for our College and this year was no different. Dozens of our students displayed their work in the form of posters, videos, performances and digital media in the DAK and their hard work and creativity did not go unnoticed. Three students won University-wide awards. Design & Merchandising student Katherine Skylar presented City Gnome LLC, a company that works to promote a sustainable lifestyle through a personalized gardening service. City Gnome was developed by D&M students Louise Gallen and Allison Lippincott. David Diperstein, Television Management Graduate Program, screened his mini-documentary on Tony Bracali, an architect and primary mover behind the development of Paines Park, the projected home of the first publicly funded skateboard park in a major American city. Students Geraimos Melissaratos, Ashley Morgan, Kingsley Onwuemenyi, Micah Haun, Adam Suckecki, Chris Kissel, Lenny Skolnick and Melissa Menago also worked on the documentary. Stephanie Fortunado, Design & Merchandising student presented her idea for a retail store Novel Notions, which would provide products and technology to aid day-to-day tasks that become difficult for the elderly. Stephanie also worked with students Samantha Edwards, Elise Shim and Antonelle Durantine.

We would like to thank and congratulate Graphic Design Program Director Jody Graff, Architecture and Interiors Associate Department Head Rena Cumby, and Interior Design Associate Program Director Ada Tremonte, as Graphic Design students Maggie Ruder, Amanda Friend and Chelsea Meyer for redesigning this year's Research Day environmental and graphic designs and the grealy improved floor plan for the DAK.

The College also presented awards. Kristy Jost, Fashion Design student won both 1st and 2nd prizes and $1,500 for Be the Technology: Audio and Be the Technology: Video and Textile Development. Prisca Milliance, Fashion Design student, won 3rd prize and $250 for her Ski Suit 2020. Dean's Awards, along with a $50 prize, went to students David Lally, Meghan Lynch, Elizabeth Ko, Katie Rice, Dana Mearig, Jim Malazita, (Maria) Anhthi Nguyen and Samantha Sheehan. Honorable Mention went to Richard Hamilton, Lee Dash and Kingsley Onwuemenyi.