May 2020 Alumni and Friends Newsletter
We made it!
It’s the end of a unique, challenging and inspiring semester, and now it’s time to celebrate our graduates from the College of Art and Architecture!
I speak for everyone in the college when I say that we are incredibly proud of all our students’ achievements this year, and we are impressed by their desire to succeed in the face of adversity during these unprecedented times.
We have missed seeing their smiling faces on campus and wish we could have celebrated their accomplishments in person this spring, but we are excited to celebrate with them as they join the more than 110,000 Brave and Bold Vandal Alumni. It’s a network that supports its members in not just their careers, but in their personal life as well. CAA alumni also stay connected through their shared passion for creating, designing and making positive change for the communities they live and work in.
The Class of 2020’s story is one of resilience, and it will surely influence and motivate them for decades to come.
One of our graduating students, Mars Cantrell, who graduates this semester from our Architecture program, went above and beyond, and not only continued to excel in his studies this semester, but used his area connections to raise money and awareness for housing insecurity on the Palouse; despite his own personal challenges during this time.
Mars’s story is one of resilience and strength, and one we are happy to be able to share. He will continue his education at U of I as he pursues a master’s in architecture. You can read more about Mars in the online commencement feature. Be sure to check out a few other stories of Vandal excellence in the Class of 2020 on the university’s online commencement website, which is dedicated to celebrating our Brave and Bold Vandal graduates.
Speaking of student excellence in the Class of 2020, I want to share the virtual gallery from this year’s B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition from students in the Art + Design program. Check out the virtual exhibition, which features work created by graduating Studio Art + Design majors. It is a culmination of the students’ development over the course of their study at the University of Idaho.
Amid COVID-19, students from all our programs continued to produce really great work this year. I invite you to see their work and help us celebrate our amazing graduates in programs like Architecture and Interior Architecture and Design.
To our Class of 2020: You have a special place in our history and our hearts. We have enjoyed taking this journey with you and look forward to inviting you back for critiques, lectures and homecomings. And on that note, we hope you will consider joining us for the special Summer Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 1. You’re also welcome to walk in our December 2020 or May 2021 ceremonies.
Finally, I am humbled to have been selected as permanent dean of the College of Art and Architecture. The search advisory committee, chaired by Dean Marc Chopin, did an excellent job in vetting the candidate pool, and I was honored to be interviewed with the other highly accomplished candidates. CAA is full of incredible students, faculty and staff, and we have strong support from our alumni and stakeholders. I am proud to represent the college and look forward to the future.
Take care of yourselves and each other. Stay well, everyone, and Go Vandals!
Shauna Corry, Ph.D.
College of Art and Architecture
Check it Out!
A graduate project by student Mai-Anh Doan was selected to be published in a recent inspiration post on Archinect. Mai-Anh’s project includes four floating chambers which act as light therapy spaces for individuals with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Congratulations, Mai-Anh! This was really exceptional work. Learn more about the project.
Faculty and Staff Spotlight
While this month’s newsletter was dedicated to the excellence of our amazing students, I wanted to take a moment to express my thanks to the dedication of our tremendous faculty and staff in the College of Art and Architecture. You rose to the challenges COVID-19 presented and continued offering the best educational experiences for our students. I can’t express my gratitude enough, and truly appreciate the efforts of the amazing team we have.
State of the University
Everywhere you look, you find the University of Idaho delivering on our statewide mission in an impactful way. The annual State of the University is our chance to focus on that impact. Without the ability to gather and share our story in person, we’ve collected video highlights that demonstrate our good work. Check them out.
Summer Design Days is Now Virtual
Due to COVID-19, Summer Design Days, June 25-26, will be offered as a live online workshop series. Participants will explore a wide range of art and design disciplines through hands-on projects and informal lectures led by our world-class faculty. Registration is still open. View workshops and register.