Student Chapter Award Winners 2012

The ASID Student Chapter Awards are given to outstanding student members and chapters responsible for promoting the ASID student member experience as an enriching learning tool for future interior designers.

The 2012 award winners include:


ASID Illinois Institute of Art (Chicago) Student Chapter - Mission Possible, Designing For Veterans

The student chapter took on the role of facilitating Mission Possible with passion and excitement, but they couldn’t have known how much this 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, the students spent their spring break in Mahomet, Ill., completing the installations. The project was featured on two local news stations, due to the incredible journey they had all taken together.

“This project not only raised awareness for the client's cause but showed the value of interior design to the community. I was personally blown away by the scope and professionalism of the whole project.” – Eileen Vitelli, ASID, NEWH


Professor Denny Holland, Allied ASID
ASID Cañada College Student Chapter

Denny encourages his students to get involved from day one and his passion for design truly inspires others. He 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.

“Denny is an example of caring beyond the classroom, and of making education multi-dimensional.” – Laura Kimball, ASID



Honorable Mentions


Anne Martin, Allied ASID from the ASID Anderson University Student Chapter

“Anne built the comradery in the program and in the community and she sets a great example as a mentor for professional liaison and collaborative outreach.” – Laura Kimball, ASID







Patricia Kluetz, ASID from the ASID University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Student Chapter

“Patricia’s long-term dedication to the profession and to educating tomorrow's leaders has certainly established a legacy.” – Laura Kimball, ASID















ASID Arapahoe Community College Student Chapter's newsletter, ACC IND Communicator

The ACC IND Communicator is the culmination of several redesigns using the most recent 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. In 2011, the board gained an assistant editor to the newsletter chair for the first time, which helped to expand design and layout capabilities. This publication has proven to be a pivotal communication tool for students and their passion to make it aesthetically pleasing and informative shines through.

“The peer-to-peer advice is exceptional, providing information that students can apply immediately to their projects. The layout is clean and consistent, and clearly displays the ASID branding on each page.”
– Eileen Vitelli, ASID, NEWH






ASID Illinois Institute of Art (Chicago) Student Chapter

This chapter truly exemplifies a strong, multifaceted group of talented students. They increased their chapter officers from three to six in one year and also recruited an additional 16 members. They also took on a massive extracurricular community service project which 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.

“For them to come together as a group in a short period of time and develop a strategic plan with measureable goals was amazing.” – Dana Lehmer, ASID








Karen Licea, Student ASID from University of Nevada – Las Vegas

By serving the highest role as a student member within ASID, Janine worked tirelessly on educating area students on the merits of becoming an ASID student member. She has also helped connect graduating students with a local ASID Industry Partner that offers complimentary professional portraits for the students and their projects.

“Karen captures a vision of success for herself and others. She does this through collaboration, determination and a lot of hard work.” – Laura Kimball, ASID







Honorable Mention- Cordia Wong, Student ASID from University of Georgia

“Cordia was able to identify existing programs, and then meet and exceed goals in a quantifiable manner. Well done! – Laura Kimball, ASID