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Designs created for home and furnishings

A flurry of television home improvement shows leads many of us to dream of change in our dwellings. Students in the Department of Human Ecology took the ideas of a hypothetical client and designed and furnished a home, competing through the UTC student organization Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) for awards from the Bethany Clariday Scholarship. The scholarship money has been awarded annually for the last three years.

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Left to right: Jane D. Reagor, CSI Faculty Advisor, Aurora Scholl, Jessica Watts,
Kevin Hawkins, Amy Vetter, Christin Amos and Debby Conner (Bethany Clariday's mother).

Kevin Hawkins won first place, according to Dr. Jane Reagor, ASID, CSI, Associate Professor of Interior Design.

“The project for the competition was thorough and involved,” Reagor said. “Students did intensive research, programming with schematics, matrixes, concept development, and furnishings selection that went into a notebook along with four finish boards.”

Runner-up awards were earned by Jessica Watts for the Best Finish Boards; Aurora Scholl for Best Kitchen Design; Amy Vetter for Most Unique Room; and Christin Amos for Most Unique Lighting

The scholarship was established in honor or Bethany Clariday, who was killed in a car accident in April, 2002. Before she died, Clariday had been elected Secretary of the newly formed student CSI group.

“Bethany wanted to be involved in her professional organizations and was planning to attend the Gulf States Regional Conference which was the week that she was killed,” Reagor said. “Bethany came into the classroom with a positive attitude, enthusiasm and a commitment to her dream of becoming a designer. Her memory lives on through this scholarship that helps other students to achieve their academic career goals.”

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Christin Amos
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Kevin Hawkins
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Aurora Scholl
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Jessica Watts
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Amy Vetter

December 2, 2005

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