National Geographic channel to feature MSU students’ interior designs

March 26th, 2015 Comments Off

A group of interior design seniors studying at Mississippi State University won a design contest that will feature their ideas on the National Geographic channel's "Cabin Fever." From left are associate professor Amy Crumpton and students Anna Strom, Vanessa Holden, Victoria Owchar, Blake Marlar and Liz Grantham. Photo by: Beth Wynn

A group of interior design seniors studying at Mississippi State University won a design contest that will feature their ideas on the National Geographic channel’s “Cabin Fever.” From left are associate professor Amy Crumpton and students Anna Strom, Vanessa Holden, Victoria Owchar, Blake Marlar and Liz Grantham. Photo by: Beth Wynn

By Leah Barbour | Mississippi State University

The winning ceiling design for a Kosciusko cabin first imagined by Mississippi State University interior design majors will be featured on the National Geographic channel’s next episode of “Cabin Fever.”

It will air at 9 p.m. Tuesday [March 31] on NatGeo. The reality show was launched in February.

The Attala County cabin was constructed by Minnesota-based Heim Log Homes for Chris and Susan Strohm of Gallatin, Tennessee. The couple, parents of interior design senior Anna L. Strohm, owned the property for years and planned to build a log cabin there one day.

“Then my dad saw an ad in the newspaper promoting ‘Cabin Fever’ on National Geographic and, kind of jokingly, my parents applied for it,” Anna Strohm said. “They started doing Skype interviews, one thing led to another and (the project) turned into a cabin and an interior design contest here at Mississippi State.”

She said her father contacted Beth Miller, interior design program head, to involve MSU in the show. After approvals by College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West and Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert, the students in interior design associate professor Amy Crumpton’s class competed to develop the best ceiling design for the cabin.

Anna Strohm’s team won, and the group of senior interior design majors visited the cabin when the show’s producers filmed the unveiling a few months ago.

The winning concept was initially developed by Blake Marlar of Corinth, the daughter of Frederick and Leslie Marlar. Other winning team members with Marlar and Strohm included Liz Grantham, the daughter of Robert and Terry Grantham of Greenwood; Vanessa L. Holden, the daughter of Robert and Vicki Holden of Biloxi; and Victoria M. Owchar, the daughter of William and Lorna Owchar of Ridgeland.

While the winning design will get the spotlight when “Cabin Fever” airs, the students said they aren’t certain whether they’ll be featured or not.

Images and information about the “Cabin Fever” episode featuring the MSU interior design students’ work is available at http://bit.ly/MSU_ID_cabin-fever.

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MSU interior design students dominate at ASID Career Day

March 16th, 2015 Comments Off

Via Mississippi State University website

Mississippi State interior design students picked up 24 of 57 possible awards at the recent American Society of Interior Designers South Central Career Day at Harding University in Arkansas.

MSU participants won first place in 12 categories during the competition, which included interior design students from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. MSU swept the commercial design team, hospitality design team and retail design team categories.

Professor Beth Miller, MSU interior design program director, credited the group’s success to its involvement in a wide variety of university programs, including furniture design, computer renderings and hand renderings.

“I think it was evident that student work from MSU is high quality,” said Miller. “In the past few years, the MSU interior design program has dominated the competition, and we expect to continue to do so.”

Winners from MSU included, by hometown:

BILOXI — Erin Bristol, a junior and daughter of Jerry and Kathy Bristol, received honorable mention in the portfolio category.

CALHOUN CITY– Emily Hardin, a junior and daughter of Tony and Susan Hardin, received third place in healthcare design. Hardin’s work was completed in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

CORINTH–Blake Marlar, a senior and daughter of Jason and Leslie Marlar, received first place in commercial design team and hand rendering. The winning work was done in instructor Robin Carroll’s color and lighting course and director and professor Beth Miller’s rendering course.

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee–Taylor Tillman, a senior and daughter of Chad and Kim Tillman, received third place in hospitality design team. Her work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee–Anna Strohm, a senior and daughter of Chris and Susan Strohm, received first place in computer generated rendering and third place in retail design team. Strohm’s work was done in instructor Robin Carroll’s color/lighting course and studio III, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller. Also at Career Day, Strohm was announced as the new student representative and will serve on the board for the 2015-2016 year.

HERNANDO–Emily Robinson, a senior and daughter of Anthony and Susan Hardin, received honorable mention in hospitality design team. Her work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

JACKSON –Ebbony Evans, a junior and daughter of Ruby Smith, received first place in retail design team. Evans’s work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

Marguerite Johnson, a junior and daughter of Bill and Hope Johnson, received third place in portfolio and second place in hand rendering. Johnson’s rendering was completed in professor and program director Beth Miller’s rendering course. Kayla Thompson, a senior and daughter of Kevin and Judy Aeschliman, received first place in residential design team for her work in studio IV, taught by associate professor Amy Crumpton.

LOVELAND, Ohio–Sidney Ashmore, a senior and daughter of Jeffrey Ashmore and Margaret King, received an honorable mention in retail design team. Ashmore’s work was done in studio IV, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee–Caroline Riley, a senior and daughter of David and Donna Riley, received second place in hospitality design team. Her work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller. Riley also received second place in portfolio.

NASSAU, Bahamas–Daniella Bower, a junior and daughter of Bobby and Kay, received honorable mention in hand rendering and first place in hospitality design individual and beginning studio residential. Bower’s work was completed in director and professor Beth Miller’s rendering course and assistant professor Lyndsey Miller’s studios III and I.

RIDGELAND–Victoria Owchar, a senior and daughter of Gary and Lorna Owchar, received second place in hospitality design individual. Owchar’s work was completed in studio III, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

WILSON, North Carolina–Chelsea Harrell, a senior and daughter of William and Margaret Harrell, received second place in hospitality design team and first place in educational design. Her work was completed in studios IV and V, both taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

YAZOO CITY — Jennifer Potter, a junior and daughter of Belinda Poe, received second place in retail design team, as well as computer generated rendering. Potter’s work was done in studio III, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller. She also received honorable mention in product design for her work in assistant professor William Riehm’s furniture design course.

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MSU Interior Design alumnus featured in ‘Mississippi Magazine’

March 6th, 2015 Comments Off

Chris Rakestraw, a 2010 graduate of the MSU Interior Design Program, was featured in the 2015 Wedding Register edition of Mississippi Magazine for his work.

A Q&A with Rakestraw is featured in the front of the magazine.

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A spread showing Rakestraw’s recent work in Tupelo follows.

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CAAD holds Academic Insight 2015

March 2nd, 2015 Comments Off

On Saturday, Feb. 28, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests. This is the third time the college has held the event, which was attended by 136 guests.

The event, held at the Leo W. Seal M-Club, was meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and was a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.

After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over breakfast before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.

After the presentation, the group split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”

During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.

Interior design students worked with Assistant Professor William Riehm along with current interior design student volunteers on a project.

MSU Interior Design represented at Capitol Day in Jackson

February 20th, 2015 Comments Off

Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Mississippi College all had representatives for interior design at this year’s MEC Capitol Day in Jackson.

The MSU Interior Design program has participated in Capitol Day for ten years. The event serves as an educational awareness day with the state’s legislatures to inform them what interior design and other programs are doing in the state at the university level.

The group from MSU included Beth Miller, director, and five students from the program: Erin Bristol, Anastasia Dorsey, Caitlyn McDade, Brooke Ratliff and Anabel Wilson.

They set up a table with displays of student work and literature from the program in the rotunda area of the state Capitol building and talked with legislatures about the program. They were also introduced in the Senate and House.

Guest speaker Olivia E. Alison discusses historic preservation

February 17th, 2015 Comments Off

photo by Allie Salas

photo by Allie Salas

Olivia E. Alison recently presented a lecture for Jeff Fulton’s ID 4990 Introduction to Historic Preservation, open to all interior design students.

Alison is a native of Selma, Ala., with art history degrees from Hollins College and the University of Delaware, as well as a certificate from the Sorbonne in Paris. She began her career as a field representative for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem and worked at the Smithsonian, the National Gallery, Winterthur Museum and the Birmingham Museum of Art before becoming curator of Decorative Arts and the Owens-Thomas House for Savannah’s Telfair Museum of Art. In 1995, Alison produced a major exhibition and catalogue titled “Classical Savannah: Fine and Decorative Arts 1800-1840″ with guest curator Page Talbott. This was the first exhibition to document the influence of the classical revival on a Southern port. Alison was the director of the multimillion dollar architectural conservation project at the Owens-Thomas House.

In 1999, she joined Colonial Williamsburg as director of major gifts for collections, conservation and museums. In addition, she was co-founder and the director of the Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections. For six years, she worked with Williamsburg’s curators, conservators and development staff to attract world class objects and collections to the foundation and to garner support for the foundation’s museums, trade shops, architectural restorations and educational programs. She then worked at Monticello as the vice president of external affairs for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, N.C., as a consultant. She returned to her native state in 2007 where she is currently the director of development for the Birmingham Public Library system.

Interior design students to receive furniture-industry scholarships

December 9th, 2014 Comments Off

American Home Furnishings Alliance is awarding scholarships to two interior design majors studying at Mississippi State University. Junior Daniella R. Bower, center left, and sophomore Haley Austin, center right, will each receive $16,750. Congratulating them are directors Bill Martin, MSU Franklin Furniture Institute, and Beth Miller, MSU interior design. Photo by: Russ Houston

American Home Furnishings Alliance is awarding scholarships to two interior design majors studying at Mississippi State University. Junior Daniella R. Bower, center left, and sophomore Haley Austin, center right, will each receive $16,750. Congratulating them are directors Bill Martin, MSU Franklin Furniture Institute, and Beth Miller, MSU interior design. Photo by: Russ Houston

By Leah Barbour | Mississippi State University

Two interior design majors enrolled in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design are receiving scholarships from the world’s largest, most influential trade organization in home furnishings.

American Home Furnishings Alliance, based in North Carolina, is awarding $16,750 each to sophomore Haley Austin, the daughter of Judy B. Austin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and junior Daniella R. Bower, the daughter of Bobby and Kay Bower of Nassau, Bahamas.

The scholarships specifically target students planning careers in the furniture and home-furnishings industries and are majoring in business, interior design, industrial design or wood-products manufacturing programs.

MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute, directed by Bill Martin, selects recipients based on their commitment to the furnishing industry, as well as GPA and class standing. At MSU, eligible students must be pursuing furniture and home furnishings-related degrees in the Bagley College of Engineering or the colleges of Architecture, Art and Design; Business; Education; or Forest Resources.

“Given the importance of Mississippi’s furniture-manufacturing sector, it is important to develop future leaders in one of the state’s largest employers,” Martin said.

Interior design director Beth Miller congratulated Austin and Bower.

“We are always excited for our students who receive the scholarships and look forward to their continued success,” she added. “Also, I want to thank Bill Martin for making this scholarship opportunity available to interior design students.”

To learn more about MSU’s Franklin Institute, visit www.ffi.msstate.edu, or discover more about MSU’s interior design program at www.caad.msstate.edu/id/home.php.

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Interior Design Program awards scholarships

November 14th, 2014 Comments Off

Interior Design scholarships awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year include:

The Linda Clark Memorial Scholarship
Chelsea Harrell, senior: $800
Lauren Henson, senior: $650
Liz Grantham, junior: $650

The Sherry Wingo Memorial Scholarship
Caroline Riley, senior $800
Daniella Bower, junior $800

Cindy W. Simpson Loyalty Scholarship
4-year, $1,000 scholarship
Emily Hardin, senior
Erin Bristol, senior
Cristen Richard, senior
Emily Robinson, senior

CAAD 2014 Alumni Fellow advises students on life after graduation

October 31st, 2014 Comments Off

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Melodi E. Terhune, the 2014 CAAD Alumni Fellow, presented “Adventures in Interior Design” to students and faculty today.

The 2004 interior design alumna discussed her 15-year career and gave students advice for landing a job and what to expect after graduation.

Melodi Terhune receives her award from CAAD Dean Jim West. (photo by Russ Houston | MSU Public Affairs)

Melodi Terhune receives her award from CAAD Dean Jim West. (photo by Russ Houston | MSU Public Affairs)

Terhune and the entire 2014 Alumni Fellow Class will be recognized at the MSU-University of Arkansas football game tomorrow.

 

CAAD Alumni Fellow to speak, host Q&A Oct. 31

October 29th, 2014 Comments Off

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The 2014 CAAD Alumni Fellow, Melodi E. Terhune, will speak to students this Fri., Oct. 31 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Colvard Student Union Auditorium (2nd floor, across hall from the ballroom).

Terhune, a 2004 interior design alumna, will discuss her 15-year career and experiences in the architectural and interior design industry. A Q&A session will be held at the end of the presentation.

Terhune has worked on award-winning commercial spaces in the higher education, government, healthcare and corporate market sectors. She is excited to share with students her insights into the real-world aspects of the interior design process while working in a
multi‐discipline team environment.

Terhune is an associate and senior certified interior designer with Clark Nexsen Inc. in Virginia Beach, Va. She is a past president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and currently serves as an Interior Design Advisory Board Member for Mississippi State University and Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Va.

Read more about Terhune and the 2014 Alumni Fellows.