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U of M Alumni Service Awards October 11 Ann Carlson Birt (BS ’56 Home Economics) will receive the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award (ASA) at the annual Alumni Awards Celebration on October 11. Ann has served as a leader and advocate for

art and design groups in the region for more than 20 years.

Hannah Preble, an interior the spring 2012 semester abroad studying in New design major with an The ASA honors her as a steadfast champion Zealand. She submitted architecture minor, took of the University, College of Design, and her entry four days before first place in the 2012 Goldstein Museum of Design getting on the plane. “I International Interior Design (GMD), including leadership actually hadn’t packed for Association (IIDA) Northland to establish a permanent Chapter Student Scholarship my trip until after I finished museum director position for and submitted my design,” program. She was judged the GMD and outstanding she explained, “because by how well she met design service on the College of I was doing nothing but requirements and exhibited Design Dean’s Advisory Board. a creative and dynamic working on the project!” Birt received the Friend of approach to branding and View her work at z.umn. the College Award from the interior design. Preble spent edu/preble. College of Human Ecology in 2006. She’s the founder of Ann E. Birt Interiors, Inc. The College Welcomes New Past alumni and volunteer recipients of the College of Design ASA include Thomas Meyer (BArch ’74), Janice Linster (BS Interior’83 Design), and Sandra Morris.

Damon Farber Associates Receives ASLA-MN Award Matt Wilkens (BED ’97), landscape architect with Damon Farber Associates, was project manager for the Woodland Adventure Playground at the Minnesota Zoo, recipient of a 2012 Merit Design Award from ASLAMN. The approximately 6,000-square-foot playground is an interactive, nature-based play area located off the zoo’s central plaza. It includes animal and natural object sculptures, suspension bridges, nets, tunnels, and slides To learn more about for children the Design and Student ages 3 to Alumni Board, contact 12. The firm Lori Mollberg, director of alumni relations, incorporated, or northern visit Minnesota /alumni. elements


Hannah Preble Places First in IIDA Competition

including a tree house, a dock with a boat, a fire ranger tower, an eagle’s nest with eggs, a cave, and a lighthouse inspired by the Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Wilkens is past president of the Design and Student Alumni Board.

Development Staff

In June Mark Hintz joined the college as it’s new director of development following stints with Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, Mayo Foundation, and Union Gospel Mission-Twin Cities. He’s impressed by the high quality of research and academics happening in the wide field of design at the college. “I’m extremely excited to connect donors’ passions with the important work happening here,” said Hintz. He joins Sue Danielson Bretheim, senior development officer, and Amanda Underwood, alumni relations and development assistant. For information about giving opportunities contact Hintz at 612-624-7808 or visit

Kim Johnson Honored with Distinguished Teaching Award The University of Minnesota Senate Committee on Educational Policy’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education has been given to retail merchandising professor Kim Johnson. “Advising and mentoring of students is the aspect of my job that brings me the most joy,” said Johnson. “To be a mentor is to provide the support and encouragement that students need to manage their own learning and to gain confidence in their abilities.” Along with serving as the retail merchandising program chair since 2002, she’s served on the Senate Judicial Committee and College of Design Curriculum Committee since 2010. She received her award during a ceremony April 23 in the McNamara Alumni Center.

Left to right: Mark Hintz, director of development; Sue Danielson-Bretheim, senior development officer; and Amanda Underwood, alumni relations and development assistant


UMN College of Design > Fall 2012  

Stories about alumni, students, and faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Design.

UMN College of Design > Fall 2012  

Stories about alumni, students, and faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Design.