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Interior design students compete

Group photo
Pictured from left to right are first place winner
Tiffany Rhea; runners-up, Melissa Conn and
Linda deLorenzo, Debbie Conner, mother of
Bethany Clariday, Trixie Glenn, CSI Liaison,
and runners-up, Molly Ziebell and Libby Stroup.

A design challenge for students in the Department of Human Ecology resulted in a flurry of great ideas for a tapas restaurant and residence for the restaurant owner.  The students were competing in the UTC student organization Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) for awards from the Bethany Clariday Scholarship. These scholarship awards have been granted annually for the last three years.

“Students did intensive programming with schematics, matrixes, concept development, and furnishings selection that went into a notebook along with four finish boards.  The projects were juried to determine the winner and runners-up,” said Dr. Jane D. Reagor, ASID, CSI, Associate Professor, Interior Design.

The first place winner was Tiffany Rhea; runners-up were Melissa Conn, Linda deLorenzo, Molly Ziebell and Libby Stroup. 

The Bethany Clariday Scholarship was established after the young interior design student was killed in a car accident in April, 2002. Clariday had recently been elected Secretary of the newly formed student CSI group.  She wanted to be involved in professional organizations and was planning to attend the Gulf States Regional Conference, scheduled the week she died. 

“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,” said Reagor.

December 1, 2006

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