Class Offered in Caribbean

Feb 292004
Authors: Spencer Goodfriend

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

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