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Students, Associate Professor Capture Interior Design Awards PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, October 29, 2009
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Associate professor Claire Hamilton, along with several University of Southern Mississippi interior design students, earned special recognition at the American Society of Interior Designers South Central Design (ASID) Conference Oct. 17 in Jackson, Miss.

Hamilton, interim director of the Interior Design program at Southern Miss, received an ASID Service Award and Presidential Citation. She also collected the chapter level’s highest honor by taking home the Educator Medalist Award.

“This Medalist Award represents my past 10 years of service in the ASID South Central Chapter, and it gives me great satisfaction knowing that my contributions are appreciated an recognized,” said Hamilton. “I am honored to receive this award and hope to continue participating in ASID for many years to come.”

Southern Miss students took home the following awards:

• Meagan Holly, 1st place, Beginning Studio; 1st place, Hand Rendering
• Tiffany Tanner, 1st place, Residential Design
• Kristi Wittmann, 1st place, Commercial Design; 2nd place Hospitality Design
• Elizabeth Jones, 1st place, Hospitality Design; honorable mention, Residential Design
• Amanda Campbell, 2nd place, Commercial Design

The students received $100 for 1st place and $50 for 2nd place. All participants in the competition received an ASID certificate.

“The students work many long hours producing their design projects, and they deserve to be recognized for the quality of their work,” said Hamilton. “It is an honor to be identified as a winner by the professional designers and architects that judge the competition. Their win is a win for our program, and I thank them for a job well done.”

The design conference was a combined event for all ASID members in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. The South Central chapter includes more than 800 members (275 of which are students).
Hamilton noted that in addition to the design competition, students participated in a best practices meeting with professional designers, discovering ways to network with the eight districts in the South Central Chapter.

For more information about the Interior Design program at Southern Miss, call 601-266-5988.

University of Southern Mississippi interior design students, from left to right: Meagan Holly, Tiffany Tanner, Elizabeth Jones and Amanda Campbell captured awards at the American Society of Interior Designers South Central Design Conference Oct. 17 in Jackson. Not pictured: Kristi Wittmann. (Submitted photo)

Claire Hamilton

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