College of Design
College of Design

The College


By Jan Sickbert, director of development

Jan SickbertSince joining the college in July 2006 I have had the opportunity to meet many alumni and friends. Recent visits around the state to Northfield, Rochester, and Ortonville reinforced the importance of preserving and honoring the connections that each of you has with the College of Design.


During my visits I heard wonderful stories about faculty who made a difference, enduring friendships that were begun during years at the University of Minnesota, and experiences that opened young eyes to new ideas and possibilities. These relationships and experiences serve to deepen our appreciation for the people and places that are important to us.


Whether your connection to the college is through one of our academic disciplines, one of our many research and outreach centers, including the Goldstein Museum, or simply through your passion for design, I invite you to honor and preserve that relationship with a gift to the college. Contact me at 612-624-3283 or


Recent noteworthy gifts

Thomas Horty, FAIA, FACHA, created a gift to support master of architecture students to conduct research related to health care design and design-build.


A lead gift from Wells Fargo Bank Community Development and Specialized Lending, along with gifts from Lois Cutler and Evelyn Franklin, created the first privately funded fellowship in the housing studies program. This endowment fund, which currently stands at $25,000, can be added to by others and qualifies for University matching funds. An undergraduate scholarship established in environmental design/landscape architecture recognizes John Koepke's 13 years as department head. The fund has received 35 commitments totaling $17,000 toward a goal of $25,000. Once fully endowed, the fund will qualify for University matching funds.


A bequest of $500,000 from the estate of May Ohrbeck Painter, BArch '38, was added to her existing fellowship fund, which benefits graduate students enrolled in the School of Architecture. This fund is matched by University funds.


A bequest of $215,000 from the estate of Goldstein Museum of Design friend, Lila Bath, is being used to establish an internship experience for clothing design students interested in studying at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.


Donors and scholars event

The college held its first donors and scholars luncheon October 2, 2008, at the McNamara Alumni Center. Donors whose gifts have established scholarships and fellowships were invited to meet the students who benefited from their generosity. Approximately 40 donors and 50 students mingled with college faculty and staff. We look forward to having even more donors and students at next year's event.

Donor event

Donor event

Top left: members of the BArch Class of '67 (Scott Berry, Dale Mulfinger, and Colby Andrus seated) and Dean Tom Fisher. Bottom left: Londa and Gary Tushie with Tushie Fellowship recipient Emily Shively (center).

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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