A daylong event, including guest lectures and faculty and student research presentations will be held Thursday, May 11 as the College of Architecture welcomes two visitors from Finland’s Building Services Technology (BST) program. The visitors. Jarmo Heinonen and Markku Virtanen, are responsible for Finland’s “CUBE” initiative, which is aimed at improving the performance, design and energy efficiency of the country’s building services industry.
The CUBE program was recently reviewed by Charles Culp, associate professor of architecture and associate director of the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University.
The presentations, which run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Preston Geren Auditorium, begin with an overview of current Finnish building initiatives, presented by Heinonen and Virtanen. After lunch Charles Culp will discuss his recent activities in Finland and a select group of faculty and graduate students will highlight TAMU research projects of potential interest to Finland.
All faculty and students with an interest in the topic and in the potential for collaborating on research with the Finnish government and universities are urged to attend.
For more information contact Charles Culp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Ellis shows Casa Verde landscape drawings to Bill Soltis, Texas A&M Class of 1955, who with his associate, Curt Clemenson, is donating the land for the proposed Texas A&M experiment station in the Costa Rican cloud forest.
Multidisciplinary studio wows crowd
Faculty, administrators and students from across the university turned out for the unveiling last Monday of the student designs for Texas A&M’s proposed Experiment Station in the cloud forest of Casa Verde, Costa Rica.
For those unable to attend and offer feedback on various projects, the students’ designs can be accessed online at http://archone.tamu.edu/~gvv_s06/
Comments on the designs are welcomed. Feedback should be e-mailed to Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco at email@example.com
Collaborating on this multidisciplinary studio were: ARCH 606, 12 students,
led by Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco; COSC 440, 11 students led by James
Smith; ARCH 660, 21 students, led by Mardelle Shepley; LAND 602, 7 students,
led by Chris Ellis; and ARCH 421, 11 students, led by Charlie Culp.
Architecture professor Roger Ulrich, an internationally recognized pioneer in the application of the concepts of evidence-based design, is currently featured in the “Faculty Spotlight” on the Texas A&M University News and Information Web site.
The entire Ulrich feature can be accessed at
Texas A&M invites proposals from faculty interested in developing faculty-led study abroad programs outside the United States for fall 2007, particularly for the Santa Chiara Study Center in Italy.
Proposals that are interdisciplinary are especially encouraged. All out-of-country courses in which faculty and students are outside the U.S. together must be submitted as proposals. This ensures the special approval required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to allow collecting formula funding for courses taught outside the U.S. This includes variable-credit courses such as 685, 485, 689, 489, 484, etc. This review process begins with a review by the University Study Abroad Program Policy Committee for recommendation to the executive vice president and provost. Notifications of recommended courses for Fall 2007 will be made early in Fall 2006, but final approval from THECB will not be available until Spring 2007.
The updated proposal forms (for College Station or Galveston) and instructions for submission are available on the following Web site: http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/forms.asp#faculty.
It is critical that the most up-to-date version of the form for your campus be used, rather than changing dates on a previous version. The deadline for submission of proposals to teach outside the U.S. in Fall 2007 is 5 p.m. on September 4, 2006. Please note that proposals are to be submitted to the Study Abroad Program Policy Committee (SAPPC) member of your college by the stated deadline. A listing of the current SAPPC members is a part of the application form.
College Station campus proposals submitted after the Final Submission deadline
may not be considered for matching faculty salary funding through Study
Abroad Enhancement Funding. For more information or for assistance in locating
appropriate sites outside the U.S. to conduct study abroad programs, faculty
may contact Dr. Suzanne Droleskey, Executive Director, International Programs
for Students, at (979) 845-0544.
Thursday - May 11
COSC Graduation Reception: 1 - 8 p.m. in Langford A Atrium. For more information, contact Ann Eastwood at 845-0289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday - May 12
Recognition and Honors Ceremony:
Saturday - May 13
Tuesday - May 30
Secret Pal Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Langford B Exhibit Hall exclusively for Secret Pal participants. For more information, contact Susie Billings at 847-9357 or sBillings@archmail.tamu.edu.