Student Chapter Leader Award
ASID Announces the Winners of the 2013 ASID Student Chapter Awards
The ASID Student Chapter Awards are given to outstanding student members and chapters responsible for promoting the ASID student member experience as an enriching learning tool for future interior designers. The 2013 winners and honorable mentions include:
Student Chapter Leader Award
Melanie Murata, Student ASID | Florida State University ASID Stundent Chapter President
Melanie Guerra led an executive committee in the right direction at a very pivotal moment for the chapter. It appeared the organization was on the verge of dissolving due to a lack of student interest. However, Melanie was optimistic that the situation could change if students felt that their involvement had a measurable return. She began the year with a major marketing event that attracted over 70 students (out of a design student population of 153) who signed up for membership. As a result, chapter financial balances were increased by over 400 percent and a sense of expectation began to pique students’ interest. Since then, Melanie has hosted a series of events, established a mentor/mentee program and has supported the local interior design industry. Without her dedication and discipline, FSU interior design students may not have had a chapter to network with and support them. Thanks Melanie, for a successful turnaround for years to come.
“Impressive momentum to turn around a chapter in one year. Her hard work surely paid off for many.” – Laura Kimball, Allied ASID
“Melanie led her board to host a marketing event to recruit 70 new members; strength in numbers!” – Mary Katherine Crouch, ASID, CID, LEED AP
Kelsey Ranson, Student ASID | Radford University ASID Stundent Chapter President
Kelsey Ranson’s enthusiasm and motivation not only brought more students to join ASID but she was able to tackle a project that had been on their ASID Student Chapter’s strategic plan but had not been set in action. Kelsey initiated an ASID student mentoring program where the freshmen and sophomores were paired with either a junior or senior ASID student member. The mentoring allows the underclassman to receive advice and support from upperclassman. In addition to the mentoring program, holding fun meetings to relax and design, Kelsey planned meetings that placed students in contact with professionals and in the community. Her overall leadership to support the students and provide them with a sense of connectivity will help the chapter grow stronger in years to come.
“Kelsey worked hard to increase student participation and was able to conduct a mentoring program that had been on the chapter's strategic plan for years.” – Lisa Adams Allied ASID
"The chapter tried to plan something for years and for Kelsey was the leader to get it done; remarkable!" - Mary Katherine, ASID, CID LEED AP
Lucinda Pace, Student ASID | UCLA Extension ASID Stundent Chapter President
Lucinda Pace has been an invaluable member of the ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter and an incredibly focused leader. Her commitment to creating a successful board and unifying the student body through quality communication and valuable events was relentless. Her mission to ignite a “spark” in student members and encourage exploration of Los Angeles as a design hub spoke to students in a new way. Lucinda was extremely creative and enthusiastic when recruiting members, strategizing for the year ahead, planning events to benefit students and professionals, and giving back on the local level by ensuring a community service project would be completed. With Lucinda’s contacts and networking prowess, the board partnered with some of the best names in the design industry to host some wildly successful events.
“Lucinda was able to take a previous event, ’Mix it Up‘ and successfully improve it! Extraordinary to host an event of that magnitude as a student.” – Lisa Adams, Allied ASID
“The ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter's strength and hard work is consistent which means it takes a great leader to keep it strong each year. Lucinda's faculty and fellow students recognized her outstanding contributions.” – Laura Kimball, Allied ASID