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College of Design

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Two Weeks until School, the Countdown Begins.

Hello again,

Classes are only two weeks away. Be sure to purchase books and supplies ahead of time. We have our own University of Minnesota Bookstore located in the ground level of Coffman Memorial Union. Check it out!

If you are a first-year student, get excited for Welcome Week. This six-day event will prepare you with everything you need to know about surviving college. You will have an opportunity to reconnect with your advisor, get to know professors in the College of Design, and make a deeper connection with your peers. Did I mention that you, class of 2016, will be making a big "M" at the TCF Bank Stadium for the Class of 2016 poster?

Class of 2013 Poster

While you are on campus buying books, be sure to check out Weisman Art Museum (WAM). It is located between Coffman Memorial Union and Washington Ave Bridge (or the WAB). However, no one is actually calling the Washington Avenue Bridge "the WAB." I only call it the WAB because it is next to the WAM. However, I have been convincing a number of first-year students to call it the "WAB." We will see how successful that was when the semester starts.

Back to the topic, the WAM was voted as the best museum in the Twin Cities by City Pages 2012. It was designed by Frank Gehry, the world famous architect who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bibao. Admission is FREE to students and public. So, take advantage of all the great things on campus. My minor is arts, and it is wonderful to be in Minneapolis where art and design is everywhere.

(left) Weisman Art Museum exterior, (right) facade of the WAM along the path to Washington Avenue Bridge. Both drawings are from class ARCH 3301: Design for Drawing in Architecture.

I can't wait until classes start. See you at school in a few weeks!
Beau S., Architecture B.D.A.