ISU interior design students named to board of national organization

January 22 2008

Two Indiana State University interior design sophomore students, Kylie Suddarth of Terre Haute and Drew Randle of Hutsonville, Ill., have been named as joint student representatives to the board for the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.

ASID, a 38,000-member network of designers, industry representatives, educators and students, was founded in 1975 to advance the interior design profession. It is the oldest, largest, and leading professional organization for interior designers with a total of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

“Having a chance to be the student representative to the board of ASID is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Suddarth said. “ASID is one of two national organizations in the interior design profession. There is only one position needing to be filled per year for each state. I remember thinking about a year ago that I would love to have this position, but I couldn't have imagined I would actually become the student representative for the state of Indiana.”

Suddarth and Randle are a part of a 12,000-student membership within ASID that encompasses colleges, universities and design schools with 2-year and 4-year programs throughout the United States.

Mary Sterling, ISU associate professor and coordinator of the interior design program, believes that the students’ appointment “means that ISU’s interior design program will receive more visibility in the state.”

“Research tells us that no ISU students have served in this capacity until now,” Sterling said. “We have a great program, yet prospective students and their families are unaware of the existence of the program. This is one step that will help change this circumstance.”

Both Suddarth and Randle will be taking part in the Feb. 22 Design Interaction Day at the Indianapolis Art Institute.

“Design Interaction Day is an event that benefits all of the interior design students in Indiana,” Randle said. “There they listen to speakers who talk about pressing subjects in the fields of green design, interior design legislation in Indiana and details concerning the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam, just to name a few. They get a chance to establish networks with local design professionals and sales representatives from various product manufacturers. Also, the gathering of all interior design students in the state creates a greater sense of community between the individual schools.”

The four-year interior design program at ISU is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Students are provided with an intensive background for residential and commercial interior design.

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Contact: Mary Sterling, Indiana State University associate professor and coordinator of the interior design program, at 812-237-3311 or at m-sterling@indstate.edu

Writer: Derick Lawrence, Indiana State University intern, at 812-237- 3773 dlawrence5@mymail.indstate.edu

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Two Indiana State University interior design sophomore students, Kylie Suddarth of Terre Haute and Drew Randle of Hutsonville, Ill., have been named as joint student representatives to the board for the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.

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