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From left to right: Jim Howell, Julie Chase, Tom Osborne, Kendal Dudek, Kettil Cedercreutz, Cynthia Lockhart, and Elizabeth Asher. (Not Pictured: Daniel Wodarcyk & Sarah Mapel)

The 2012 TARGET and Division of Professional Practice $1,000 Scholarship Award

Target and The Division of Professional Practice have teamed up to provide five $1000 scholarships to DAAP students majoring in Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Industrial Design. Awards were given based on achievements in academics, leadership, volunteerism, and diversity, and applications were judged by a panel of professors from the Division of Professional Practice – Jim Howell, Tom Osborne, and Cynthia Lockhart. This year’s five winners were selected from a very talented applicant pool and each winner has something that put them above the other contestants. Elizabeth Asher is a senior in Fashion Design, and her work in creating Project Stitch – an after-school mentoring program for high school students interested in design – made her stand out to the scholarship review board. Julie Chase, a 4th year in Fashion Design & Product Development has had numerous leadership experiences while in college, including serving as President of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and being tapped in to the Order of Omega Greek Honorary and Rho Lambda Women’s Honorary. Kendal Dudek had an internship with Target during the 2011 summer and has received several scholarships for her academic achievement. Daniel Wodarcyk ‘s experiences abroad gave him a leg up on competition – he went on a Humanitarian Design Research Trip to Tanzania through an Honors course, and is currently study abroad in Germany through an exchange program. Sarah Mapel’s academic achievements paired with her volunteerism in the community set her apart from the crowd – She participates in Relay for Life, Serve Beyond Cincinnati, Beads for Life, and Building Value.  These five exceptional students show the talent that can be found at The University of Cincinnati!

The five winners were recognized at a luncheon on April 11th, 2012. Two could not attend due to co-op.

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Cool Co-op's Selected!

The below are just a few of the Cool Co-op winners this year. Click here see the rest of the Cool Co-op Contest winners, their stories and pictures.

Coolest Cats in Town!

Laura Ostendorf - Interior Design (DAAP) & Monica Blair - Interior Design (DAAP)

"During the Spring and Fall quarters of 2011 we had the pleasure of working closely with so many awesome people of Scripps Networks including producers, post production editors, animators, Promo designers, and the HGTV talent.

Monica Blair and I had the opportunity to travel to many awesome cities and work along with the incredibly talented HGTV hosts including David Bromstad, Mike Holmes, Scott McGillivray, Gina Carballo, Patricia Rothman, and Vern Yip. They treated us like we were part of the crew! They allowed us to participate in the production of the television show, giving us a great understanding of how production works in real life.

For our in-house projects, our main mentor was Vern Yip (guru of Interior Design). We discussed our conceptual ideas with him and he provided helpful guidance to making our conceptual designs a reality. He opened our eyes to how many things a designer needs to consider making a space livable and beautiful on television. Vern has taught us so much about how to articulate our ideas in a way that’s comprehendible to everyone regardless of their design background.

The wonderful people we interact with every day at Scripps Networks goes beyond the talent. Everyone that works for and with Scripps Networks has been absolutely wonderful to work with. No one regards to us as an intern at Scripps Networks, and they truly welcome us into their community, and treat us like we are part of the team. They expose us to so many areas of the company, inviting us to commercial shoots, travel opportunities, production crews, company events, and many other opportunities to meet awesome people."




Laura Ostendorf, Vern Yip & Monica Blair

UC Co-op Students with Vern Yip from HGTV

Laura Ostendorf, Mike Holmes & Monica Blair

UC Co-op Students with Mike Holmes from HGTV

ESPN Mobile

Joshua Kramer - Accounting (LOB)

"I had the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream this summer and work for the Worldwide Leader in Sports (ESPN). Since I was five years old, I have always dreamed of working at ESPN. This summer, I had the opportunity to work with the Mobile team out of their New York City office.

In this position, I tested ESPN mobile products (apps, etc), conducted sports chats with fans, live-blogged for the US Open, and did a full scale audit analysis comparing ESPNs computer website versus the site that shows up on a cell phone. Plus I had the opportunity to meet many of my heroes that you see on television on a daily basis (this was a definite perk).

My main office was located a block from Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan. It was definitely much different there than in Cincinnati. In addition, I made a few visits to the headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The headquarters was one of the coolest campuses I have ever seen. It is a sports fan's heaven."





Warner Bros. Pictures

Spencer Bailey - Digital Design (DAAP)

"Working at Warner Bros. Pictures was the best experience one could wish of for. Each day brought something new to the table with the high paced industry that is entertainment. I worked on multiple Film titles through my stay in Studio City, CA, creating Social media content, teaser websites, as well as critiquing games and applications. The projects I got to work on were so cool that I had the privilege of having Christopher Nolan (Director of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) review some of my comping work for a creative idea for the films!

I also had the freedom to roam around on the Warner Bros. studio lot anytime, which is where I got to speak with Conan O'Brien and meet George Clooney. Then to top it all off, for doing a great job I was rewarded with a limited addition Green Lantern Xbox 360! Saying that Warner Bros. was cool co-op is definitely an understatement!




Warner Bros. Entertainment

Warner Bros. Entertainment

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