Students explore modular construction

Construction Management and Hospitality and Business Management students tour Guerdon Enterprises
Construction Management and Hospitality and Business Management students recently toured Guerdon Enterprises to learn about modular construction. The tour allowed students to see the construction associated with modular hotel units in the new Marriott Courtyard hotel on the WSU campus. Stonebridge Companies founder & CEO Navin Dimond (CM, ’85) initiated an industry-sponsored, interdisciplinary course for construction management and hospitality business management students. The students are researching modular construction as a viable typology for future hotel construction. The students will explore aspects of the project ranging from construction techniques to pro forma documentation.

Pictured above – Back Row Left to Right: Jacob Wilcox (Construction Management), Theo Cobb (Hospitality Business Management), Ariel Fountain (Hospitality Business Management), Bryce Whitehurst (Construction Management), Trevor Paul (Construction Management). Front Row Left to Right: Lydia Terjeson (Hospitality Business Management), Paige Goulet (Hospitality Business Management), Charlotte Schmitz (Construction Management), Jason Peschel (Clinical Assistant Professor, Construction Management), Danny Campbell (Construction Management), Rick Cherf (Clinical Assistant Professor, Construction Management).

National recognition for faculty member

Jolie Kaytes

Jolie Kaytes, landscape architecture professor, was selected as one of about 500 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer scholars to attend a NEH summer institute. The federal agency supports four-week enrichment programs every year to encourage collaboration among faculty in the humanities. Kaytes participated in a program at Northern Arizona University entitled “Extending the Land Ethic: Current Humanities Voices and Sustainability.” She worked with other scholars in the fields of environmental ethics, nature writing, and sustainability studies in developing new courses or publications.

Interior design program receives six-year accreditation

WSU Interior Design StudentsInterior Design students

The interior design program received a six-year accreditation from the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). As part of the accreditation process, faculty in the program posted syallabi, assignment prompts, course materials, and student work as part of a display in Carpenter Hall. The display provided the chance for evaluators to review the program’s curriculum, but it also allowed faculty to review and assess each other’s courses. “The culture of invited critique is a vehicle for providing feedback to students—at the same time, it’s a way for faculty to better understand the whole curriculum and to learn new teaching methods from one another,” said Matt Melcher, interior design program head and associate professor, who led the effort.