ASID Interior Designer Students and Faculty Honored for Excellence and Community Service

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 2, 2012) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 ASID Student Chapter Awards. ASID Student Chapter Awards are given to outstanding student members, faculty and chapters responsible for promoting the ASID student member experience as an enriching learning tool for future interior designers.

Community Service/Fundraiser
Mission Possible, Designing For Veterans
Illinois Institute of Art Chicago

The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago student chapter took on the role of facilitating Mission Possible with passion and excitement, but they couldn’t have known how much this project would impact them, the veteran they served and the community around them. The project focused on redesigning a bedroom and bathroom for injured veteran Cameron Crouch and his family. After losing both of his legs while on tour in Iraq, Crouch suffered additional damage to his spine and has been through 40 surgeries since 2007. After months of planning and fundraising for the cost of the renovation, the students spent their spring break in Mahomet, Ill., completing the installations.

Faculty Advisor
Denny Holland, Allied ASID, Cañada College

Denny Holland has helped facilitate two large community service projects—to help a senior citizen renovate and repair her home and to create a reading area for children at the Bayshore Day Care Center in Daly City, Calif. Due to his support in expanding skills workshops and events, the student membership at the school is at an all-time high.

Honorable Mentions
Anne Martin, Allied ASID, Anderson University
Patricia Kluetz, ASID, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Outstanding Student Chapter
Illinois Institute of Art Chicago

This chapter truly exemplifies a strong, multi-faceted group of talented students. In 2012, they took on a massive extracurricular community service project that spanned 18 months and helped an injured Iraq war veteran redesign his master bedroom and bathroom. By creating a detailed strategic plan, a year-round calendar and a point system for chapter members (which converts into cash for use toward trips or events), there was no shortage of ways for students to get involved. The enthusiasm and selflessness of these students has shown through their work inside and outside the classroom.

Media and Communications Award
ACC IND Communicator - Arapahoe Community College

The ACC IND Communicator is a pivotal communication tool for interior design students. Its new design demonstrates exemplary use of the ASID student brand guide and the ASID guidelines for professional newsletters. It is published twice a semester and emailed to all interior design students, with additional hard copies available on campus. A popular new column lists useful interior design applications for smart technology.

Student Chapter Leader Award/Student Representative to the Board
Karen Licea, Student ASID, University of Nevada – Las Vegas

As president of the UNLV student chapter, Karen Licea’s demonstration of creativity, sincerity and integrity is shown in and out of the classroom. From creating a new fundraiser and awarding student scholarships, to winning a national competition which introduces the design arts to disadvantaged learners and organizing skill workshops for all students, Karen sets an extraordinary example for others to follow.

Honorable Mention
Cordia Wong, Student ASID, University of Georgia

Photos and more background information on the award winners is available online at
(High resolution photos are available upon request.)

The esteemed panel of the judges for the 2012 Student Chapter Awards included
Dana Lehmer, ASID; Laura Kimball, ASID; and Eileen Vitelli, ASID, NEWH.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people - designers, industry representatives, educators and students - committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people's lives. Its more than 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.