Students still unsure about their summer plans may be interested
in a new course offered by the interior design department.
“Students will be going to a sustainable design resort called
Maho Bay on the island of St. John in the American Virgin Islands,”
said Robert Work, a lecturer in the design and merchandising
department. “However, it’s not just for interior design majors, and
there are no pre-requisites.”
Students interested not only in design but also any form of art
are encouraged to participate in the program that allows them the
opportunity to hone their skills in a tropical environment.
“There are plenty of things to do. We will be working with all
types of medias; we are going to sketch from life and hike around,”
Work said. “Students will have the afternoons off before attending
an evening class that is about redesigning an eco-tent.”
The class originated two years ago, although this will be the
first trip with actual participants. The low participation levels
in the past has been attributed to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and
the American-led wars in the Middle East.
“Now that the paranoia associated with traveling abroad has
calmed down a little, I think this would be a great summer class
and vacation rolled into one,” said senior economics major Ryan
Blewitt, who is signed up for this year’s class. “I’m very emphatic
about drawing and would love a tropical paradise to inspire
The course runs from May 31 through June 8 and will cost
students $1,519, which will include tuition, lodging and meals but
does not include travel expenses.
“I’m amazed at how competitive the price is for this class,”
Blewitt said. “Anyone with the expendable income should really take
this into consideration, especially those from out of state.”
Students interested in getting more information can pick up a
registration form at 150 Ayelsworth Hall in the design and
merchandising office. The deadline is April 1.
For further inquiries Robert Work can be contacted through his
email at Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org.