Each spring NCSU’s Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Services (CSLEPS) hosts alternative spring break trips. The following trips being offered during spring 2014 are particularly relevant to design students:
As part of one of professor Bong-Il Jin’s industrial design studios, he encouraged his students to enter a Groovystuff by Design contest, held by home furnishings manufacturer, Groovystuff.
Students were charged with designing an environmentally friendly product that reflects the brand and can be produced using sustainable furniture manufacturing practices. Students produced miniature models and product display boards for market attendees to vote on during the High Point Market. The four student designs were voted “Most marketable” and “Most likely to show a profit” by retailers, interior designers and trade professionals attending market.
Ami Sueki, a senior in industrial design, was named one of the four winners with her project “Goza Side Table/Chair” which was built with reclaimed wood.
Sueki, along with the other winners, received a $250 cash prize along with permanent royalties for life.
Sueki’s design – the Goza chair for Groovystuff
“I was very surprised when I got the message from Chris [founder of Groovystuff] about the award. I am excited to see one of my designs coming to life,” Sueki says. “The challenge about a sponsor project was to design according the aesthetics of the sponsor, but also include my own taste to it at the same time. And I would love to explore furniture design in the future if I get more opportunities.”
“Ami’s design reflects balance contrast that I set as a project direction. It is not easy to design modern-looking furniture using reclaimed wood, but she did it!” says Jin. “ The strong contrast, colored wood combination with a simple geometric angular shape created a unique chair style.”
The contest “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge” was created to introduce graduates to the residential home furnishings industry. In stage one of the contest, students competed for the “popular vote” and a cash prize at the High Point or Las Vegas wholesale furniture markets, where Groovystuff maintains permanent showrooms. Stage two of the process sees the winning innovative designs from stage one put into production and launched six months later at the following wholesale market. The student prototypes will then compete for the grand prize of “Most Orders Written at Market” and the winner rewarded with an additional cash prize, inclusion in the celebrity endorsed Dick Idol Legends Collection, permanent royalties for life, and motivation to join the residential home furnishings industry.
Gain experience while sending out a positive environmental message! The NC State University Waste Reduction and Recycling Department is looking for a creative and motivated student to be part of its already existing student intern team.
Assist with design and production of current and future campaign materials that reach a variety of media, including print (brochures, flyers, newspaper ads, posters), web, cinema, various promo items (coasters, key chains, t-shirts), billboards and video. Assist in maintenance of website for www.recycling.ncsu.edu
Graduate or Undergraduate student with a concentration in graphic design, art and
design, digital media, arts education, public relations, marketing or other related fields
• Have strong verbal and visual communication skills
• Know Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver
• Have the ability to use PCs including Microsoft Office applications
• Be creatively versatile
• Have good organizational skills
• Video editing a plus!
Start date is negotiable, but preferably at the end of April. The student would need to work at least 8 –10 hours per week upon hire through August. More hours and higher compensation from August on forward.
Work Location: 630 Motor Pool Road, Raleigh, NC 27606
Compensation: $10 per hour depending on experience. Benefits will not be provided.
Position is open until filled. If interested, please email a resume and samples from your portfolio via a PDF or web site to: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 919-515-9881 with questions.
Reston, VA. August 27 — Back to school shouldn’t mean back inside for kids. While busy school schedules, sports and other extra-curricular activities make free time for playing outdoors or a trek to the park more challenging, National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University, have developed a guide to creating enticing outdoor play spaces as close as your backyard, patio or balcony.
The hazards associated with the new “indoor childhood” are well documented. The most serious by far is the risk of increased childhood obesity. Playing in nature and helping in the garden are ways to foster a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. According to the guide, being outdoors in nature offers multiple benefits: children may be better learners, play more cooperatively, experience less stress, be healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the outdoors. Even ADHD symptoms may be reduced.
“Children have a natural affinity toward nature. Dirt, water, plants and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime,” said Robin Moore, Director of the Natural Learning Initiative.
The guide provides step-by-step instructions to create a fun-filled Nature Play Space where children learn by:
Gathering natural materials like sticks, leaves, and grasses to use in imaginative play. The simplest nature play consists only of gathering some of nature’s “loose parts” already present in a yard.
Collecting branches, logs, sticks, and rope to build a fort, hideout or den.
Using a hollow log, planter or corner of the yard to make a miniature scale fairy village. These become enchanted places that stimulate creative, dramatic play in make-believe settings.
Planting or potting fragrant, colorful, and textured plants like rosemary, lavender and thyme to make a sensory garden.
Creating a vegetable garden of their own so children grow up understanding that all food comes from the Earth.
Providing food, water, nesting places and shelter for wildlife to make your yard a Certified Wildlife Habitat and a place children can observe and appreciate birds, butterflies and other creatures.
Setting up small stumps of various heights that children can step across for learning balancing skills.
Helping with garden tasks like planting, watering and harvesting provide hands-on play and learning opportunities.
Creating Adventure Pathways to encourage exploration. For a child, these pathways can lead to a secret place all their own where they can escape any stresses they may be feeling.
Observing the wide array of wildlife that frequent a water garden like dragonflies, lizards, frogs, toads and salamanders. Children are fascinated by these aquatic habitats and the creatures which live there.
“Parents indicate they want their kids to experience nature, but it can be difficult to find an opportunity that fits a busy schedule,” said Allen Cooper, Senior Education Manager for National Wildlife Federation. “This guide demonstrates ways to make nature a part of every play date.”
Limited space shouldn’t deter home owners from embarking on Nature Play Space projects. The Nature Play at Home Guide includes a whole section on “small space solutions” so even patios, small yards, and balconies can provide opportunities for kids to connect with nature.
The Nature Play at HomeGuide supports National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement to reconnect families with the outdoors. NWF’s practical ideas and activities help make being outside a fun, healthy and automatic part of everyday life for American families. Check out www.beoutthere.org for information to get children and their families back outside – where they belong!
“So… open the door, allow your children to breathe the fresh air, listen to the bird song, and be with nature,” concluded Moore.
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 17, 2012) – The John Rex Endowment announces the approval of three healthy weight grants totaling more than $525,000. The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, the North Carolina State University Natural Learning Initiative, and WakeMed Health and Hospitals will receive grants for projects that include overweight and obesity prevention strategies focused on policy and environment changes, long-lasting preventive benefits, and wide public impact.
The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education will receive $36,874 for a 12-month project to make necessary repairs and improvements and increase the availability and accessibility of the PlayWELL Park.
The Natural Learning Initiative, an outreach unit of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, has been awarded $423,740 for a three-year project that will address the obesity epidemic in young children attending child care by creating a multidisciplinary intervention to transform child care outdoor learning environments (OLEs) into active, productive best practice demonstrations sites.
WakeMed Health & Hospitals will receive $66,798 that will be administered to Advocates for Health in Action for a one-year project to assess the need and create a plan to improve access to healthy foods in Wake County child care facilities. Advocates for Health in Action will also explore ways to provide an affordable, convenient way for low-income families to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables.
“Children’s activity levels and eating habits are heavily influenced by factors beyond their control,” said Kevin Cain, president and CEO of the John Rex Endowment. “Our investment in various healthy weight projects with specific strategies is founded in the understanding that there is no one single solution to the complex problem of childhood overweight and obesity.”
The John Rex Endowment has invested more than $6 million in the healthy weight of children and youth in Wake County. Grant support has been provided for innovative projects to create environments that encourage healthy choices, improve access to nutritious foods and increase opportunities for physical activity.
About the John Rex Endowment:
The John Rex Endowment invests in the development and support of activities, programs and organizations that improve the health of underserved children and youth in Wake County. To learn more, please visit www.rexendowment.org.
By SCOTT BRASWELL, Publication Communication Specialist, University Housing
Innovative project illustrates the impact of a successful partnership
Mud-caked boots, a flurry of shovels and hammers – and no shortage of sweat-streaked brows. For nearly a month now, that has been the bustling scene on a sliver of real estate nestled between Owen and Turlington Halls. And thanks to the tireless efforts of nearly two-dozen Landscape Architecture students, what was once an anonymous thicket separating the two buildings is quickly evolving into an ecologically-innovative haven for NC State students and staff.
Named ‘The Artists’ Backyard’, and employing the imagination and skill of dozens of students and staff, the project is a partnership between NC State’s Department of Landscape Architecture and University Housing. Phase I of a projected five-year production schedule is well underway and slated for completion in early August.
“We plan to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony midday on August 19, to coincide with the first week of classes,” said Andy Fox, an assistant professor of Landscape Architecture who spearheaded the project.
Fox, two Teaching Assistants (Barry Duncil and Leslie Morefield Bartlebaugh) and 20 students enrolled in the Landscape Architecture department’s design/build studio program have been working 8- and 12-hour days since the project’s July 6 groundbreaking to ensure the effort stays on schedule.
A Partnership Is Born
The origin of the initiative stems from the success of last year’s Syme Rain Garden installation (located behind Syme Hall on East Campus), which was funded by a $20,000 grant Fox pursued through the NC State Provost’s office.
“Based on the success of that project – the amenity it created, and the ecological and environmental function it served – University Housing saw a real benefit to its purpose, and a successful partnership was born from that experience.”
Dr. Tim Luckadoo, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, says the opportunity to collaborate and evolve the initiative was a no-brainer.
“The Syme Hall project exceeded my expectations,” he said. “I was amazed at the quality of the design and the work, and I immediately sought out Andy to discuss additional projects.
After a series of negotiations and meetings, a five-year plan to fund work involving additional residence halls emerged.
“Andy came to us with some ideas of how we could get started with other potential design build projects, and that’s how the ball got rolling,” said University Housing Director, Susan Grant. “Through the success of this project, we hope to develop other natural common areas for students and guests to enjoy.”
For Students, By Students
According to Fox, what distinguishes the ‘The Artists’ Backyard’ initiative is that it was predominantly conceived, designed and built by participating students.
“The ultimate goal through this model of hands-on service learning is showing that you can really maximize the triple-bottom line, which is teaching, research and outreach,” he said. “Why can’t we do all three? That’s the challenge – and the goal.”
Helping achieve that goal is Kyle Stalls, a third-year Landscape Architecture student who has been involved with the initiative from the very beginning, even serving as co-designer of the project’s current Phase I section.
“This has been a unique opportunity to take something from theory to reality,” he said. “We’ve gotten a chance to get involved in the hard details of putting in the site, dealing with utilities, and having to make things work in real life. It’s a challenging and rewarding experience.”
Throughout the duration of the project, participants have taken careful measures to minimize their collective ecological footprint.
“We’re doing this, partly, by utilizing Low Impact Development (LID) techniques to slow, capture and cleanse stormwater on site,” said Fox, “and we’re also repurposing the flagstone that was removed from the old Talley site (currently undergoing a demolition process). These rocks were destined for the landfill, so we’re providing double the benefit – reduce what we buy new, and reduce what we dispose.”
Safety and accessibility both play a significant role in the ‘The Artists’ Backyard’ concept, according to Fox.
“Part of making this component successful will be creating a new, highly visible, universally accessible pathway connection, linking Cates Avenue to the site,” he said. “It will conform to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards and will replace the existing concrete path, which includes a stairwell.”
Fox added that accompanying walkways and plaza spaces will be free and clear of such debris as mulch, dirt and mud – formerly spawned by stormwater problems that have consistently plagued the area.
According to Dr. Tim Luckadoo, the project’s impact and potential expands beyond the beautification of Central Campus.
“In addition to handling rainwater and functioning as an environmentally friendly space, this area serves an educational purpose,” he said. “Students who pass through the site will not only enjoy the area’s outdoor amenities, but will also learn about sustainable design and landscape management practices.
“It really fits in with what we want to do in terms of living and learning. We want our students who live on campus to learn in and explore their surroundings.”