Undergraduate Students

Meet the Advisors

Prospective College of Design Students: Click HERE for prospective advising and visit information.

Current College of Design Students: For an advising appointment, contact Student Services:

  • McNeal Hall: 612-624-1717, 12 McNeal Hall
  • Rapson Hall: 612-626-3690, 107 Rapson Hall

Current U of M-Twin Cities students pursuing or interested in applying to a College of Design minor:

  • To apply to a College of Design minor: Go to the Academic Programs page, select your preferred minor listed under Undergraduate Minors, then click on "apply online" near the bottom of the page.
  • To ask an advising question: Email the advisor at desminor@umn.edu.

Students Admitted to the College of Design for the upcoming term:

  • Newly admitted freshmen and transfer students from outside of the U of M system: Contact the College of Design at 612-626-3690 or cdesinfo@umn.edu if you have questions regarding orientation.
  • Newly admitted transfer students from within the U of M system: To schedule an advising appointment, contact Student Services (McNeal Hall: 612-624-1717 or Rapson Hall: 612-626-3690) or for brief issues (5-10 minutes), visit your advisor during drop-in hours. For other matters, contact your advisor directly.

 

Mary Shannon Bocock

Mary Shannon Bocock

Advises for:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Design & Planning
  • Product Design

Contact Info:

107 Rapson Hall, East Bank
612-624-6250
msbocock@umn.edu

Advice:

There are so many unique opportunities available to college students – collect experiences! Whether that means going to a Gopher hockey game, joining a club, studying abroad, exploring every restaurant or store where you can get a student discount, or landing your dream internship, get out and make some memories!

   
Graphic Design Advisor

Katie Leonard

Advises for:

  • Apparel Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Retail Merchandising

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 advisor. Explore your passion.

   
Wanda Loerch

Wanda Loerch

Advises for:

  • Apparel Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Housing Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Retail Merchandising

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.

   
 

 Jenay Manydeeds

Advises for:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Design & Planning
  • Product Design

Contact Info:

107 Rapson Hall, East Bank
612-626-7571 
jenay@umn.edu

Advice:

Be kind to yourself when you fall. Everyone on campus has failed at some point. Regroup, be brave, and stand again. Also, find a way to keep track of your assignments and responsibilities. You're in college to learn, so stay devoted to this cause. Lastly, explore and have fun! Stretch yourself to join new clubs, make friends, and try different foods. Life is about finding the beauty in everyday experiences.

   
Chris

Chris Schlichting

Advises for:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Design & Planning
  • Product Design

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.

   
Linda Vang Kim

Linda Vang Kim

Advises for:

  • Apparel Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Retail Merchandising

Contact Info :

12 McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus
612-624-0755
vang0286@umn.edu

Advice:

Take advantages of the opportunities at the University, but learn to create a balance by setting priorities. Set short- and long-term goals to keep you focused, but be flexible in case your plans need to change.  Don’t forget to have fun, too!