As an NDSU student, you have hands-on experiences that make classroom concepts come alive.
Thirteen NDSU interior design students recently benefited from this type of real-world participation during the Scheels Design Challenge at Fargo’s Scheels Home and Hardware store. The students were advised by Susan Ray-Degges, professor and coordinator for the NDSU interior design program, and Scheels interior designers, Leah Martin and Morgan Diehl May.
Students had four hours to design a small space in the store related to a specific theme. Each design team of two to three students was given one of six themes: bohemian, Scandinavian, industrial, coastal/lakeside, farmhouse or rustic.
Junior Michaela Moen and senior Amy Stauffenecker described the event as a great way to get tangible experience in the field.
“Up until now, I’ve been doing theoretical projects,” Moen said. “Being able to put something together is so much fun. It’s a whole different experience.”
Students randomly selected their teams and room style before the competition. They had a rough idea of what they wanted to design and were able to order items from Scheels. Students also could choose any additional items available in the store on competition day.
Once their design was complete, student groups were judged and critiqued by local interior designers.
“We like to have these opportunities for our students because it gets them out in the community,” Ray-Degges said. “Putting something together like this is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience during their time in the program.”
The NDSU student designs will remain for a period of time in the Scheels hardware store and also will be featured in a local magazine.
“It’s a good way to get my name out there,” Stauffenecker said. “All these people actually get to see my work first-hand. A lot of students don’t have that opportunity to get their work out to the public in this way.”
Mari Borr, professor in the School of Education, has been selected as the new editor of the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, a publication of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The journal publishes research in all areas of family and consumer sciences concerned with the well-being of individuals and families. It covers such topics as consumerism, human development and family studies related to housing, technology, nutrition and textiles.
“Keeping up with digital technology trends in publishing, recruiting authors and manuscripts, and ensuring a timely, thorough and smooth process from submission to publication are certainly goals that I will focus on as editor,” said Borr, whose first publication as editor is scheduled to be released in December.
Since 2014, Borr has been the journal’s associate editor for the FCS Education content area. In 2017, she was president for the Association for Career and Technical Education Research Division.
Borr has been a family and consumer sciences teacher educator at NDSU since 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree and Master of Education in family and consumer sciences education from NDSU. She earned her doctorate in teaching and learning at the University of North Dakota. Her research interests include experiential learning and the use of technology in the classroom.