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MCLA TO OFFER 'DESIGN THINKING' WORKSHOP ON FRIDAY

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces its Feigenbaum MCLA Leads Initiative will offer a “Design and Innovation Workshop” this Friday, April 8, from 3 to 9 p.m. This immersive workshop, which will provide an experiential introduction to design thinking, will take place in Murdock Hall room 218.

The Design and Innovation Workshop is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required. Those interested should Zachary Feury, fellow at MCLA’s Feigenbaum MCLA Leads Initiative, at Zachary.Feury@mcla.edu, or (413) 662-5116. 

Using hands-on exercises, which will be facilitated by Eugene Korsunskiy, senior coordinator of Design Initiatives at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., participants will use design thinking and innovation methodology and apply them to solve a sample challenge that is unique to our community. In doing so, those who attend this workshop will learn more about the design thinking processes.

In addition, Feury and Howard Jacob “Jake” Eberwein III, Ed.D., dean of Continuing and Graduate Education at MCLA and the lead of the Feigenbaum MCLA Leads Initiative, will present a brief overview of  prototype plans for a series of projects already in motion.

Over the past eight months, the Feigenbaum MCLA Leads Initiative has designed a prototype plan that involves a series of innovative curricular and co-curricular programs which reflect the input and ideas of dozens of students, faculty, staff and community members.

This prototype was inspired and informed by research, site visits, consultation with the Feigenbaum Foundation, and consideration of other like-initiatives implemented at wide array of colleges and universities, ranging from Stanford University to Smith College.

As MCLA approaches the projects’ implementation phases, campus officials desire another round of insight and feedback from a range of stakeholders, including members of the community, whom the College anticipates will bring varying skills, perspectives, insight and knowledge to the inspiration and implementation processes.

Korsunskiy, who develops courses and interdisciplinary initiatives to help undergraduate students develop their creative confidence through design thinking, teaches “Design Thinking” and “Design Your Life” at the University of Vermont.

A 2008 graduate of Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and studio art, Korsunskiy earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in design from Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., in 2012.

The Feigenbaum MCLA Leads Initiative is a collective of stakeholders from MCLA and its surrounding communities whose contributions of research, ideas, and inspiration cannot be overstated. The Leads Initiative is intended to promote leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, excellence in quality, and community development in MCLA’s curricular and co-curricular programming. 

For more information, and to RSVP, contact Feury, Zachary.Feury@mcla.edu or at 413-662-5116. 

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.