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Meet the Advisers

Future CDes Students: Click HERE for Advising and Visits information.


New CDes Students admitted for the coming term:

  • Newly admitted freshmen and external transfer students: Contact the College of Design at 612-626-3690 or
  • Newly admitted internal U of M transfer students: To schedule an appointment with your adviser, contact our reception staff or visit your adviser during drop-in hours. For other matters, contact your adviser directly.


Graphic Design Adviser

Katie Leonard


Advises for: Graphic Design major; Design minor (for Design Minor, students with last names beginning with A-K)


Contact Info:

12 McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus



Advice: Be open to new ideas and experiences. Try to find balance between academic work and personal activities. Get to know faculty members. Use the resources the University has to offer. Ask questions. Meet with your adviser. Explore your passion.


Wanda Loerch

Wanda Loerch


Advises for: Apparel Design major; Housing Studies major; Interior Design major; and minors in Product Design, Interior Environments, Housing & Community Development, and Design (for Design minor, students with last names beginning with L-Z)


Contact Info :

12 McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus



Advice: Sleep, exercise and take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. It is much harder to do well in school if you are run-down, stressed or anxious. Set aside some time each day (even just a few minutes) to exercise, meditate, connect with a friend, or whatever helps you to recharge and find balance in your life.



Chris Schlichting


Advises for: Architecture major and minor; Landscape Design and Planning major and minor


Contact Info:

107 Rapson Hall, East Bank



Advice: Use a planner or calendar to organize your time. (Most students confess they should have learned this skill sooner than they did.) Trust your instincts when it comes to pursuing academic areas that are interesting and engaging to you. Your commitment to those areas will result in discovering new possibilities.


Katrina Thompson

Katrina G. Thompson


Advises for: Retail Merchandising major and minor; Fashion Studies minor


Contact Info:

12 McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus



Advice:  Make the most of your college career! Take advantage of advising & career services, study abroad, research opportunities, student groups, and all of the other amazing experiences the U has to offer!