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Interior Design students continue to shine

January 13, 2009

College of Applied Human Sciences interior design students continue to excel as they gain recognition from the interior design profession. Students of CSU have been shining stars in The Hospitality Industry Network, or NEWH, scholarship competition over the past three years.

All six finalists during the past two years have been from Colorado State and the winner of the $5,000 scholarship has been a CSU student for three years in a row. This past year’s finalists were Joan Geyer, Rebecca Barton, and Alysce Slagg. Joan Geyer was announced the winner of the scholarship on Nov. 13, 2008, in Denver.

“As the recipient of the 2008 NEWH scholarship, I am privileged to be involved with this exceptional professional organization,” said Geyer. “The scholarship program further enhances my ability to become involved with the hospitality industry while providing academic assistance.”

(Pictured from L to R: Rebecca Barton, Joan Geyer, and Alysce Slagg).

Joan Geyer awarded $5,000 NEWH scholarship

Geyer is a senior in the Department of Design and Merchandising. She is interested in green design and will use her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, accreditation in her future profession.

Stephanie Clemons, professor in interior design, said, “Joan Geyer is an exceptional student who will graduate this spring to significantly contribute to the interior design profession, particularly in green design. She exemplifies the quality student NEWH seeks to honor with this award. She is a great designer who cares about creating fulfilling, meaningful interior spaces that respect and honor the natural environment.”

Greening the industry

Geyer said, “When I graduate, I will pursue a design career with the hospitality industry, with the intention of greening the industry. As new designers, it is our responsibility to incorporate sustainable design into professional practice. As a LEED accredited professional, I am passionate about seeking a new standard of design, where solutions are continually challenged to ensure an increasing quality of design that involves function, aesthetics, and sustainability. The NEWH scholarship is a very generous award, I am very thankful to be recognized and look forward to future opportunities in the design industry. “

This competition is open to all design students in the Rocky Mountain region. Applicants must have completed as least half of their degree requirements, demonstrate financial aid, maintain at least a 3.0 G.P.A. and have a career objective in the hospitality industry.

International organization

Founded in 1984, NEWH is an international non-profit organization, with 18 chapters and many regional areas. NEWH brings together professionals from all facets of the hospitality industry providing opportunities for education, professional development and networking.

To date, NEWH has given in excess of $1,900,000 in scholarships to young people wishing to pursue careers in the hospitality industry. For more information, please visit

Contact: Stephanie Clemons
Phone: (970) 491-5639