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  • Dual Enrollment Students Jump Start their Kendall Experience

    Posted July 4, 2011 in Events
    If I recall correctly, the last project I made in high school art class was an ugly, mushroom-shaped ashtray. (My dad was a smoker.) But Rick Brunson remembers his high school art classes. “I always looked forward to my art classes where I could get up, walk around, and create things.” Perhaps that’s the reason that Brunson became a high school art teacher, and is such a passionate advocate for Kendall’s Dual Enrollment (DE) program, which allows incredibly talented high school students to take college-level classes at Kendall. The DE program began in 2002, and as of 2010, former DE students comprise 13% of Kendall’s total on-campus students. And that number continues to grow each year. Brunson estimates that by the year 2016, one-quarter of Kendall students will have taken a DE class. Not only are the DE students remarkable, so are their instructors. And on June 28, approximately 50 teachers representing 42 high schools throughout Michigan gathered at Kendall for their annual conference. Sixteen new DE teachers were welcomed to the group, some from as close as Forest Hills near Grand Rapids, and others from as far Read More…
  • See. Say. Do.

    Posted June 20, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Our third speaker Tuesday at NeoCon was Justin Ahrens, founder and principal of Rule29. Rule29 is not your typical Chicago advertising agency. For one thing, Read More…
  • The Dirt on DIRTT

    Posted June 16, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
     Our second speaker Tuesday (remember, there were three) was Geoff Gosling, Environmental Designer at DIRTT. The name, DIRTT, can be a little deceptive. DIRTT is an acronym Read More…
  • Decorators, Designers and Door Pulls

    Posted June 15, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
    On Monday, we crawled the floors of NeoCon (not literally, of course), seeing great design. Tuesday, our brains were as packed as the showrooms as we had the opportunity to hear Read More…
  • NeoCon: A Treat for All The Senses

    Posted June 13, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      NeoCon is a show. To paraphrase Ed Sullivan, a really big show. Celebrating its 43rd year in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, NeoCon is the premier design center for the Read More…
  • Climate Control and Creative Candidates in the Windy City

    Posted June 12, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Have you ever heard of CCID? Neither had I until Sunday, June 12, but more about that later. It was our first day in Chicago for NeoCon. Our first order of business was Read More…
  • Extraordinary Design Wins

    Posted June 9, 2011 in Award WinnersClasses & PresentationsCompetitions
    Traditions can be good things. Kendall College of Art and Design and NeoCon have a few in common. I’ll elaborate. First, 2011 will be the 16th year that Kendall students Read More…
  • Creating Empathy

    Posted June 6, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Last time I blogged, I wrote about the Kendall “Big D” design class that will be attending NeoCon in Chicago June 12–16. NeoCon is North Read More…
  • Getting Ready for NeoCon

    Posted May 31, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      If you live in Grand Rapids, no doubt you’ve heard of NeoCon. And if you have anything at all to do with the world of design, you’ve been to Read More…
  • Kendall Honors Distinguished Alumni in Annual Event

    Posted May 13, 2011 in AlumniAward WinnersEvents
    The Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner was held Thursday, May 5 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. This Year’sHonorees were Gwen O’Brien, Read More…
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