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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 cdesinfo@umn.edu
  • 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

612-624-5092
kleonard@umn.edu

 

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 and minor; Interior Design major; Design minor (for Design Minor, students with last names beginning with L-Z); Product Design minor

 

Contact Info :

12 McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus

612-624-7443
wloerch@umn.edu

 

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

Chris Schlichting

 

Advises for: Architecture major and minor; Landscape Design and Planning major and minor (students with last names beginning with L-Z)

 

Contact Info:

107 Rapson Hall, East Bank

612-624-2824
schli019@umn.edu

 

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 G. Thompson

Katrina G. Thompson

 

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

 

Contact Info:

12 McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus

612-624-0755
kginther@umn.edu

 

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!

 

   
Valerie Tvrdik Anderson

Valerie Tvrdik Anderson

 

Advises for: Architecture major and minor; Landscape Design and Planning major and minor (students with last names beginning with A-K)

 

Contact Info :

107 Rapson Hall, East Bank

612-626-7571
tvrdik@umn.edu

 

Advice: Don't be afraid to ask questions or wait to ask for help. The sooner I know that you need assistance, the quicker I can respond with information and possible solutions.