MARQUETTE−Four Northern Michigan University art and design students won recent awards in creative competitions. Three were honored by the Web-based magazine Yanko Design: Form Beyond Function for their submissions in an international “Design for Poverty” contest. Another student was recognized through a national scholarship competition sponsored by the Tea Council of the USA Inc.

             The “Design for Poverty” competition emphasized solutions to different aspects of poverty that were judged on concept, cost to implement and deployment. The students completed their designs over a four-week exploration concept exploration in a human-centered design course taught by NMU Professor Peter Pless. They examined “the real issue of need versus want from an unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable perspective,” Pless said.

            The students and their awards are: Adam Trebel, a junior from Laurium, who received a special recognition award for “Red Cross”; Ethan Przekaza, a senior from Marquette, honorable mention for “H2OME”; and Sara Melvinson of Vaxjo, Sweden, silver award for “Hidden City.”

             In the 2008 “Calma-sutra of Tea” national scholarship competition, sophomore Mia Cinelli of Marquette received one of five honorable mention awards for her video “Tea is for me!” The project featured Cinelli’s original music, lyrics, performance and animation.  

            The scholarship competition is sponsored by the non-profit Tea Council of the USA Inc., and looks for unique and creative ways to promote tea drinking and to educate the public on tea’s health benefits.

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