Smell Mapping in the USA


Kate McLean (Graphic Design 2004), our Overseas Correspondent in the print version of & Then, is taking her life-long fascination with maps to new heights. Having created tactile maps for the blind, topographical maps from strange substances like lard, and fictional but not unimaginable maps, such as The City of the Eternal Itinerant, she has recently moved to mapping cities using smell. Paris, Edinburgh and Glasgow have all come under her nose and, as she’s not an artist who confines her parameters in any way, she has moved on to the States.

This summer, after much research, Kate created the first smell map of Newport, RI, a small city whose non-nasal signatures are many (think of sailing, the Gilded Age mansions, beaches, fishing). Enlisting the noses of Newporters, on bike rides and smell walks, and with the, first, concurrence and then, enthusiastic support, of the Discover Newport Visitors Center, she created a visual representation of the signature smells of the city and then fabricated the smells to go with it. Here’s the story:

Hello. My name is Kate McLean and I graduated from NESADSU in Graphic Design in 2004. I now research urban smell landscapes (smellscapes) and create and design smell maps.

But why?
To sensitize tourists and visitors to a new place to use a largely-ignored sense in their perception of that place.

But why smell?
Because smell has a “do not enter brain processing” connection with our emotions, making smell the supreme retainer of memory over our other senses. We have 100% smell recall after one year but only 30% sight memory after three months. The first time we smell a new scent we automatically associate it with whether we like it or not (positive or negative) and we associate it with the location where we smell it. Therefore I propose that smell can be used in tourism marketing to foster lasting memories of a place.

But why a map?
Because maps are an old graphic device of data visualization. Maps show proximity, range, location – all characteristics of smell that are difficult to explain verbally in any kind of a coherent way. Moreover I have been fascinated by maps since I was a small child. My first book memory is of the map at the start of Winnie-the-Pooh that depicts his small world and I grew up thinking that all books had a map as the end paper. I wanted to make maps but realized, at ten years of age, that the world had already been discovered. So, if the physical, geographical world has been represented then I just had to discover a new territory – my landscape is the smellscape.

Where have you “Smell Mapped”?
I started with Paris because it has astonishing emotion-inducing scents. The Paris smell map is a virtual dérive, a collection of perfumes placed on shelving on a board showing Parisian streets. Audience members walk a pace at a time to sniff as they “wander” the city’s streets. I moved on to Edinburgh. That city has one pervasive smell – identified as malt extract from the breweries – which sweeps the city’s streets, but the secondary smells are equally evocative. For Edinburgh I developed a visual language expressing how the smells move in the prevailing south-westerly winds. In the summer of 2011 I did a swift sniff of New York’s smelliest block and created a different visualization. Representing the larger scale of a couple of blocks instead of a whole city demanded I rethink how the smells move and interact with each other. I moved on to Glasgow, researching in the winter of 2011-2012. Glasgow is only 40 miles from Edinburgh but it has its own damp microclimate which affects how its smells linger in the air and this changed the visual language once again.

Do the maps smell?
The maps themselves do not smell; instead I make up individual scents using only natural ingredients that best reflect the smells I have selected to depict visually. Each scent is stored in its own bottle which is stored in a small cabinet underneath the map. I prefer to keep the contents of the bottles hidden so that the audience cannot rely on visual cues to identify the smells. For this reason I do not label the smells. I make most of the smells myself, trying to capture and hold elusive scents in the small bottles. I have learned how to distill rose petals, to create a perfume of stinky cheese, to depict the smell of penguins at the zoo without harming a single penguin. I can fabricate the smell of a building site and of boy’s toilets in primary schools. Stabilizing the scents but keeping them volatile enough to sniff is another art of the smell mapper and I’m keeping a recipe book to publish when I am famous!

Where in the U.S. did you decide to smell map?
For my first U.S. smell map I approached the tourist board of Newport, RI. While my previous smell maps have been exhibited in science museums, science festivals or art spaces, I want to test the possible links to tourism, to see whether tourists in a visitors’ center would take the time to “explore” a smell map. In a museum setting people are generally willing to engage and participate; there is, in fact, an expectation that they will do so. In a visitors’ center, the role of which is, of course, information synthesis and dispersal, there is no such expectation. Discover Newport’s Vice President of Marketing, Kathryn Farrington, was, after a very brief period of skepticism, incredibly supportive, a rock throughout the summer. Refuting that kind of skepticism is a key skill in a smell map proponent.

How do you research?
Each project varies slightly as I amend my methodology. Initially I decided on the smells based on personal experience. Then I started asking local residents of the city in question to provide me with the smells that they associate with their environments. This progressed to asking for comments via my blog and to asking local media to help solicit responses. Overall there is nothing to beat talking to local people, and in Newport I took time to devise a couple of smell walks and a wonderful smell bike ride. Bikers are keen sniffers! The resulting conversations revealed a vast amount of data including numerous descriptions of the ocean smell from the bikers (ocean, salt, weed, brine, home, fog) and a collection of urban aromas that combined the smell of homes, transport and business with the overall heady aroma of freshly frying bacon just outside the Newport police station.

What does smell mapping show?
I regard each map as a sensory portrait of its city. Smell maps depict a combination of history, biology, meteorology, geography, sociology. Edinburgh’s smell map is a series of dichotomies: urban and rural, rich and poor, historical and modern. The smell map of Glasgow illustrates the city’s ability to constantly re-invent itself. Newport’s smell map indicates the close relationship the city has with the ocean, both recreational and as a source of food.

What, or where, next?
First of all, I need to analyze how the Newport Smell Map is received, find out the general public’s response, and ask the staff of the Visitors’ Center what they observe over the three-week period during which the smell map in on display. This will have a direct bearing on whether I continue to work with the smell maps applied to tourism or whether I treat them more as graphic design/art projects. I have three variations in my mind for the future. One is to create a series of seasonal smell maps for a city based on discovering how the smellscape varies over the course of a year. The second is to create a smell map in every continent working with the tourism industries of either Morocco or Rwanda in Africa, and with cities in Asia, South America, the Arctic or Antarctic and Australasia. The third project is a thought about developing a participatory website of global smells, but first I have a new job as a full-time lecturer in Graphic Design at a university in the U.K. Thankfully I will still have time to research, just not as much as in the past couple of years!


Twitter: @katemclean

Photograph of Kate courtesy of Meg O’Neill.





Faculty Member and Alum Team Up in Exhibition


Foundation faculty member Lydia Martin has created a new series of paintings, called “Loteria”, which will be exhibited in a one-person show at Chabot Gallery in Providence beginning October 16th. The paintings, inspired by the popular Mexican game Loteria, borrow traditional images from the game, which Lydia has reworked as figure paintings, interiors and still lifes. Her friend and colleague, NESADSU alumna Kseniya Galper (Graphic Design 2003), had a

Loteria cards

hand in the project by designing an original set of Loteria cards to serve as labels for the paintings.  Until “Loteria” opens in October, you can also see Lydia’s work in a group show at Chabot, called “Chabot in Retrospect”, which runs until September 15th. For more information on the exhibitions and the gallery, please go to


Did You Know This?

Here, in a nutshell, is what’s been happening at NESADSU this past year:


NESADSU Interior Design Programs Ranked #3 in Nation for 2012

NESADSU’s undergraduate (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and graduate programs (Master of Arts) in Interior Design were ranked 3rd in the country by DesignIntelligence magazine for 2012, up from 5th and 6th respectively in 2011. This survey of design professionals “who have direct experience in hiring and in evaluating the performance of recent architecture and design graduates” constitutes an accurate appraisal of the preparedness of NESADSU students and alumni.

NESADSU Professor Karen Clarke Named to “Top 25” list of Interior Design Educators

Karen Clarke

Interior Design Program Co-Director Karen Clarke was named to DesignIntelligence’s list of the “25 Most Admired Educators of 2012”. The recipients of this honor, both educators and administrators, were chosen from the disciplines of interior design, architecture, industrial design and landscape design, based on “extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students”. (Both quotes are from DesignIntelligence magazine.)


NESADSU Student Wins Angelo Donghia Foundation Scholarship for 4th Time in 6 Years

Heather Kology

Interior Design senior Heather Kology (2013) has been awarded an Angelo Donghia Foundation scholarship, which will pay up to $30,000 toward the expenses of her senior year study. Heather is the fourth NESADSU student to be awarded this scholarship in the past six years.

NESADSU Students Compete Successfully in Major Design Competitions:

The IES (Illuminating Engineering Society)’s Student Design Competition was won by Interior Design graduate students Jessie Greenberg (first prize) and Kathryn Goldenoak (second prize), while graduate student Lyuba Sardanova was the City Winner in the Save a Sample! Hand Drawing Competition in Boston, for which she won a scholarship for further study.

Graphic Design graduate student Victor Cabrera won the American Graphic Design Award for a class project advocating vegetarianism, while Steven Plummer won the Pacemaker Award for his design of the Bridge, Bridgewater State University’s literary journal. The Pacemaker Award, from the Associate Collegiate Press, is considered the highest honor given a student publication.  Afraa Gutub’s photography was selected by Aetna for their Global Events & Festivals from Around the Globe 2012 Calendar; Emily Roose’s graduate thesis project, “Slow News”, was featured on the design blog Quipsologies; and Nick DeStefano’s class work in package design was featured on thedieline, a popular packaging design blog.

Undergraduate Graphic Design students, Brigid Griffin and Olivea Kelly took the top prizes in the Say Something poster competition, sponsored by HOW magazine, while Victoria Burnett and Jacquelyn Schaab took first and second prizes respectively in Grand Circle Gallery’s vintage poster competition.

Fine Arts undergraduates Holly Hart and Katia Christakis were accepted into this year’s Copley Society student competition and exhibition.


Professional Design Organizations

Several NESADSU faculty members hold senior positions within various professional Interior Design organizations:

Jane Hassan

Jane Hassan, Adjunct Interior Design faculty, President, ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) New England chapter

Nancy Hackett

Nancy Hackett, Interior Design Program Co-Director, IIDA (International Interior Design Institute) New England Board of Directors

Karen Clarke, Interior Design Program Co-Director, IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council) Board Member; CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) Site Visitor; Historic New England Council Member


Anna Gitelman

Assistant Professor Anna Gitelman was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, which enabled her to create a new Advanced Light & Technology course for the MFA program in Interior Architecture.

Lisa French

Illustration Program Director Lisa French was awarded a $10,000 Whitfield Foundation grant for NESADSU’s newly inaugurated BFA program in Illustration.

Art History Professor Afshan Bokhari was awarded a Faculty Research Grant by the Palestinian American Research Council (CAORC).

Public Presentations

Associate Professor and art historian Afshan Bokhari was featured as a specialist in Islamic art on the PBS television program “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World”, which aired on July 6, 2012.

Sean Solley

Interior Design faculty member Sean Solley presented at the Suffolk University Technology Symposium in May 2012.

Minko Dimov

Adjunct Graphic Design faculty member, Minko Dimov, was invited to speak to Harvard Business School graduates and young professionals in April, on the subject of creative thinking as it communicates social exchange outside the arts-specific discourse. He was also commissioned to create a memorial in honor of the founding director of his own alma mater, the German Gymnasium in Bulgaria, which was unveiled at a ceremony on May 27, 2012.


Afshan Bokhari

In 2011, Afshan Bokhari had scholarly articles published in two journals: the Journal of Persianate Studies, Special Issue: “Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures: Female Agency in Seventeenth Century Mughal India” (Brill Publishers); and “Between Patron and Piety: Jahan Ara Begum’s Sufi Affiliations and Articulations” in Sufism and Society: Arrangements of the Mystical in the Muslim World 1200-1800 C.E. (Routledge Publications, London and New York).

Foundation faculty member Harry Bartnick’s work was featured in 2011’s 100 Boston Painters, Schiffer Publishing, Lancaster, PA.


International (and Historic) Recognition

Aaliah Al-Aali

Master of Arts in Graphic Design alumna Aaliah Al-Aali (2011) is the first woman in history to design a Qur’an (Koran). Her Master’s thesis project, “To Elevate the Aesthetic Value of the Mass-Produced Qur’an”, also appeared in a brochure which took top honors at the Dubai International Print Awards exhibition.

International Internships Awarded NESADSU Students

In 2011, two Graphic Design undergraduate students from NESADSU were selected to take part in post-graduate internships at ICON Worldwide, an international graphic design firm located in Switzerland. This year Bianca Pettinicchi and Eleanor Kaufman (both Graphic Design 2010) took part, as Amy Parker and Lauren DeFranza had the year before. As of this writing, two more NESADSU alums have been chosen for 2012, Jackie Schaab and Hope Reagan, both 2012 graduates of NESADSU. These prestigious positions provide recent graduates with international design experience, cultural exposure, enhanced professional portfolios and everlasting memories.

Suffolk University Alumni Awards

The Suffolk University Alumni Office Awarded a Young Alumni Award to Kodiak Starr (Graphic Design 2002), who is currently the Creative Director of Digital Strategy at the White House, while Marisa Borst (Interior Design 2006) and Eric Heins (Graphic Design 2009) were given 10 Under 10 Awards.

Kody Starr

NESADSU Honors Prominent Alumnus

Michael Moeller

BFA alumnus Michael Moeller (Interior Design 2001) was honored by NESADSU at a gathering at the Montage showroom on March 9th, which also celebrated the DI rankings. Graduate and undergraduate students and alumni came together to hear Michael speak about his experiences as a New York designer with a stint on HGTV’s Design Star and several other design-based television shows.


NESADSU Students Awarded Dual CAS Degrees

For the first time ever in the College of Arts and Sciences, two undergraduate students, both NESADSU BFA candidates, were awarded dual degrees: Janelle Parent, a BFA in Interior Design and a BA in Art History, and Kelly Bushey, a BFA in Interior Design and a BS in Mathematics. The Faculty Assembly voted to grant both students dual degrees at their May 2012 meeting; both graduated Cum Laude.


In 2012 NESADSU graduate programs (MAGD and MAID) conferred a total of 46 Master of Arts degrees, second only to the Department of Education and Human Services:

For the years 2009, 2010 and 2011, Suffolk University conferred a total of 91 Master of Arts degrees in Interior Design and 26 in Graphic Design, for a total of 117 graduate degrees awarded, making NESADSU second among graduate programs in numbers of degrees awarded. With the addition of 2012 graduates, Suffolk awarded 163 Master of Arts degrees in the four years from 2009 to 2012.

For the same years, 2009, 2010 and 2011, 149 NESADSU undergraduates were likewise awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The combined total of graduate and undergraduate degrees conferred on NESAD graduates comes to 266.

Interior Design Major Heather Kology Wins Donghia Scholarship


For the fourth time in six years, a NESADSU undergraduate in Interior Design has won a prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation scholarship. Vernon, Connecticut resident Heather Kology is following in the footsteps of Kim Kelley (2006), Kate McGoldrick (2008) and Anna Parfentieva (2010) in receiving one of this year’s thirteen scholarships, which will pay all the expenses of her senior year – tuition, books and supplies – up to $30,000, making this one of, if not the, most prestigious and valuable scholarships available to interior design students.

In the biographical statement that accompanied her scholarship application, Heather described her “passion, from a young age…to find, enhance and create beauty within my surroundings” as her rationale for having chosen design as a profession. “I consider myself to be an extremely versatile designer, and I constantly strive to better myself in all that I do. Whether completing projects for my internship at the residential design firm LHD Interiors, or renovating my own apartment, I apply my intuitive and learned knowledge of design to every aspect of my life.”

In this spring’s Residential Design Studio, Heather designed the interiors for a waterfront home with a seafaring past on the shore of Salem [MA] bay. Drawing her inspiration from the nearby ocean, she created a connection “to the roots of New England’s maritime past” – to award-winning effect.


Illustrator Alum John Roman Goes Live with Communication Arts

Illustrator John Roman (1974 Graphic Design), whose work was recently shown at NESADSU as part of the “Illustrious Alumni” exhibition curated by Illustration Program Director, Lisa French, has a new article on the Communication Arts website, live as of mid-June (  John’s article, “45 Markets of Illustration”, is a valuable look at the nearly endless permutations and combinations of career paths available to illustrators.

From the more obvious (medical and editorial illustration) to the less often thought of (military and automobile illustration), John’s list is a fascinating glimpse of the “numerous markets that currently exist for illustrators”. But despite the path chosen, as John says, “In the end, it’s most important to honor what you love to do. Artists should not choose a market simply for monetary reasons, or because one’s peers are influencing a decision. An illustrator’s interests must come from the heart so that love will emanate in the work.”

John ( is himself an educator and freelance illustrator who specializes in illustrated map art, as well as architectural and technical work, with clients that include Marriott Hotels, the National Parks Service and Time magazine.



Kody Starr: First NESADSU Alum Honored by Suffolk

On Saturday, June 9th, the Massachusetts State House was the setting for the capstone event of Suffolk’s 2012 Alumni Weekend. And, for the first time ever, the alumni reunion dinner and awards ceremony included an honoree from NESADSU, Kodiak Starr (Graphic Design 2002). Currently Creative Director of Digital Strategy at the White House, Kody was honored not only for the attainment of his position in Washington but for his humanitarian work with Project M and in Kampala, Uganda.

Mike, Kivalena, Diane, Kody and Gabrielle

Most of Kody’s family was there to watch him receive his award. His parents, Diane and Mike, one of his two sisters, Kivalena (his other sister, Kayla, was not present, though both are Suffolk graduates as well), and his wife of one year, Gabrielle Lamourelle, joined NESADSU Chairman Bill Davis, Graphic Design Program Director Laura Golly, and Sara Chadwick for cocktails and dinner in the Great Hall, under the flags of all the Commonwealth’s cities. (As none of us knew Kody had gotten married, Gabrielle came as a real surprise; however, a more charming partner we could not have imagined for one of our favorite former students. Gabrielle is currently an International Health Analyst in the Office of Global Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services. She and Kody have been married for exactly one year and are now heading off on a delayed honeymoon in St. Thomas.)

Bill Davis, Kody, Laura Golly
Kody and Gabrielle

While awards in various categories were given to six others, Kody received the Young Alumni Award, for those with “demonstrated success in one’s profession or contributions to society” and who are within 10 years of graduation. The award also states: “He/she will have achieved a level of distinction which has brought honor to him/her personally and to the University, or to that alumnus/a who has demonstrated leadership capability, substantial indication of a commitment to the service of others, demonstration of potential leadership and/or distinction in the long term, and commitment to Suffolk and its mission’” As he honored Kody, Suffolk President James McCarthy noted that Kody is the first NESADSU alum to ever be so honored. Permitted only a minute in response, Kody managed to thank his family and the NESADSU community and his family before letting go with a hearty “Go Celtics!”

Two NESADSU alumni, Dan McCarron (Graphic Design 1962) and Steve Zubricki (also Graphic Design 1962), both of whom were celebrating their 50th reunions and both of whom had served on the reunion committee, took part in various alumni activities throughout the weekend but neither was able to attend the alumni dinner.

Sara Chadwick and Kody

As Creative Director of Digital Strategy, Kody is responsible for everything from the logo for the recent G8 Conference at Camp David, to innumerable charts and graphs, now especially on the economy’s ups and downs, to web work and videos. His current job in the White House is, however, a political appointment, so a change in administration come September could mean the end of his tenure there. But, with his extensive experience in design, in New York and abroad, he’ll be a shoo-in for another fascinating position. So vote and we’ll keep you posted!


The Next Big Step

Karen Clarke, Mark Brus and the Interior Design class

The 86th commencement for graduating seniors of The New England School of Art & Design took place on a sunny 20th of May, beginning with a brunch and ending with Suffolk’s University-wide ceremonies at the Bank of America Pavilion on the waterfront.

For only the second time in his 41 years at NESADSU, Chairman Bill Davis was unable to take part in graduation ceremonies, including the traditional NESADSU brunch at Boston’s Four Seasons Hotel. The last time, in 2000, he was recovering from cancer surgery (and he’s still cancer-free); this time it was Bill’s wife, Patty, who was undergoing medical treatment, though she too is on her way to recovery.

Director of Administrative Services Sara Chadwick took over for Bill, acting as host and keeping things moving along. After brief remarks on the state of the school (“But nothing really ever holds NESADSU back”), and mentioning the new BFA program in Illustration and the new MFA in Interior Architecture, she offered congratulations to the graduates and those families and friends in attendance.

Audrey Goldstein, Holly Coutu, Randal Thurston

After a French toast brunch with all the trimmings, Sara introduced the faculty and staff present, before calling Fine Arts Program Director Audrey Goldstein to the podium. Audrey, in her own 32 years at NESADSU, has polished and refined her own program until it resembles the title of her students’ Thesis Exhibition: Lead to Gold, Pb to AU. As she said, “By doing so [naming their exhibition by that title], they referenced both the ancient art of discovery and the process of uncovering riches; the alchemical pathways that each student takes as they move toward responsibility and ownership; the magical occurrence between art and viewer; art that changes us, challenges us, and gives us the opportunity to question our normally cozy views.”

The Coutu family

Audrey was followed by Graphic Design Program Director Laura Golly, who spoke as always off the cuff and from the heart, congratulating her graduating seniors for the impressive way they worked together during the preceding years and for their supportive attitude toward each other. Referencing students by name, she complimented one on her curious mind and her development as a “thinking graphic designer”; another on her turning a liability, not being able initially to decide on a major program, into a strength, by combining interests in provocative design solutions. She cited another for his helpfulness in assisting a faculty member with debuggng a website, and yet another for lending a hand and proferring advice to others without being asked. She also urged her graduates to stay in touch with her and with each other and to maintain the networks they’ve established, encouraging them also to pass along to the next class any internship opportunities they may be able to offer through their own workplaces.

Rachel Albetski, Mark Brus, Julianne Conrad

In Nancy Hackett’s absence (she was heading to Suffolk’s Madrid campus with a group of summer students), Interior Design Co-Program Director called faculty member Mark Brus to join her on stage, before turning speaking duties over to him. Mark’s comments, thoughtful as ever, captivated the audience. He praised his students for choosing senior studio projects “that demonstrated an eagerness to address important social and environmental issues: an awareness of the importance of community, of compassion for others and concern for the environment”. Having quoted from some of his favorite architects and writers, he moved toward Hollywood, covering Lennon and Marx (“…don’t be nervous – I’m not becoming political here – I don’t mean Vladimir and Karl, the Bolshevik and Socialist; I mean John and Groucho, the musician and the comedian”). Thence to Judy Garland (“I’d rather be a good copy of myself that a bad copy of someone else”), George Burns (“I’d rather be a failure doing something that I love, than be a success doing something I hate”) and Duke Ellington (“There are only two kinds of music: good music and bad music”). Boiled down, he summarized these words of advice: “First, be the best yourself you can possibly be. Second: It’s better to fail being who you are than succeed being who you’re not. Third: There are only two kinds of design: right design and wrong design. Make sure you get it right, even if it’s not perfect.” Not bad advice for a roomful of freshly-minted college graduates.

Rebecca Goldstein, Julianne Conrad

Following Mark was the less scripted Josh Peters, NESADSU’s front desk receptionist, with a few words for his friends (“Because I came here four years ago, I feel like this is my class”). Reminding his listeners of the importance of staying in touch with their classmates and the value of networking, he urged them with humor to remember that most job openings are never posted and that most are filled through word of mouth. Valuable words in these lean employment times.

This being a graduation ceremony, various awards were also distributed. The Fine Arts Juror Award, made by Al Miner, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, went to Keri Lemoine, her prize a one-person exhibition in Suffolk’s Adams Gallery in June. The Robert Linsky Portfolio Award in Graphic Design was shared by Rebecca Miller and Hope Reagan, while the Interior Design program rewarded both academic and design excellence, the former to Kelly Bushey and H-K Jang, the latter to Janelle Parent and Mallory Schoendorf. In addition, Sara gave academic awards to the three students with the highest cumulative grade point averages in the class (“the valedictorian and two runners-up, if you will”): Keri Lemoine (3.876), Kaela Gallo (3.837) and Katia Christakis (3.771).

Kristina Mouritzen, Bethany Burns, Julianne Conrad

Following the brunch and some picture-taking, the new NESADSU alumni headed toward the Bank of America Pavilion for the 2:30pm Suffolk University commencement exercises, ending a long day of ceremony and congratulations.


NESADSU Alumni Honored by Suffolk at Young Alumni Event

On April 26th, Suffolk University honored two NESADSU alumni with the “10 Under 10” award, designed to highlight the professional and social contributions made by those who have been out of school for a relatively short period of time. Among the ten feted that evening were two NESADSU alums, Marisa Borst (Interior Design 2006) and Eric Heins (Graphic Design 2009).

Unfortunately Eric was not able to be present, but Marisa came from Washington, DC to receive the plaudits of the University community, including several of her professors: Karen Clarke, Nancy Hackett, Sean Solley and Anna Gitelman.

You can read more about the awards a few blogs back on this site, but here are some photographs from that event.