It is with great pleasure that I pass the Presidency to Shannon Faber, the former Secretary of the 2017/18 ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter. It feels great that she had a positive experience and wants to stay on, along with 4 others of our 2017/18 Board Members! It makes me feel like we did something right, and I am proud of how our board really came together as friends to make these last few months extra enjoyable.  
There are a lot of great accomplishments from the year, but some specific ones stand out:
- We moved all the finances into a legitimate tax ID account that can easily be passed on to future boards indefinitely. 
- We secured Behr Paint as a digital sponsorship to maintain our technology needs and digital presence. Having numerous email addresses and a website adds up to thousands of dollars per year in peripheral fees, with expenses that are self-funded by our chapter - so this was huge!
- We surpassed our new membership goals, boasting a 50% increase in total chapter members.
- We raised the most money in our chapter history for our Community Service Project, just over $18,000, and had the highest attendance to Mix It Up! in all 12 years, with over 150 tickets sold.
- We had a lovely VIP tour of The Bullocks Wilshire Building - typically only given once a year to an outside group, but we pulled strings and pushed hard to make it happen especially for us.
- And most amazing to me was watching the board come together to execute a fabulous Mix It Up! fundraising event. Everyone was helpful, supportive and really fun to work with. Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills has been so good to us - and I think we are all proud of what we pulled off!
Speaking of Mr. C - I'll also gladly take the credit for moving our monthly board meetings from the UCLA classroom to Mr. C Beverly Hills, and (most recently) poolside! So if you ever want to come to one of our meetings, you might want to pack your swimsuit ;).
I'd like to thank  Shepard Vineburg  for his support and positivity as our Faculty Advisor. He is truly dedicated, and without him, things would fall apart! So thank you for being you, navigating our course, and always providing entertaining anecdotes along the way. I'd like to thank the wonderful board members from my term:  Olivia Wetterau, Shannon Faber, Alyson Bender, Lacey Easton, Tara Knight, Leah Ferrante, Andrew Brick, Andrea Ables, Bennett McCord, Anisha Vasandani, Allison Margetson Shields  - these are exceptional people that stayed dedicated, and are honestly the star students in our program. Please keep your ear to the ground about them, and follow their career paths. As a peer - I know I will be staying in touch, because I was so impressed with all of them. I'd also like to stick in a huge thank you to  Rocky LaFleur . We all know him as the B.M.O.C., but he took us under his wing and has been so incredibly supportive and kind to me this year. I don't think our hugely successful PDC event would have happened without him, and personally - I would not have even considered going to Paris Design Week if he hadn't been so warm and welcoming from the beginning. He hugely deserves his recognition coming later this month, and I wanted everyone to know that he is the real deal (like you didn't know!). For students reading- seek out people like this in the industry, and cherish them.
This opportunity for me has meant a lot of personal growth. How to better manage expectations, lead by example, and motivate people in creative ways. All things I will take with me into my professional career. 
I have ALWAYS felt a huge sense of support for ASID from everyone in the industry, and everyone consistently says to stay involved. So as my one bit of parting advice to any students reading - SHOW UP. Utilize this organization - you paid for it - so get the most out of it. Meet people, network, go to events. Be nice, stay open, and say yes. If I can do it, you can do it.

I look forward to seeing what the 2018/19 board will do, and seeing all of you at their events!
Highest Regards,
Maria Matis Kennedy
Join us as we honor Rocky LaFleur in celebration of his 40 years in West Hollywood providing significant contributions, leadership and commitment to the Interior Design Community and its’ Design Students education and mentoring programs.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 6:30p - 10:30p

8687 Melrose Avenue | West Hollywood, CA 90069

Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and Music and Special Awards Ceremony with Special Guests, as well as the Harold W. Grieve Scholarship winning projects will be showcased.

Specialty discounted student tickets are now available for purchase ($75 each).

ASID LA is looking for students to volunteers for Rocky's Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration on September 26. Volunteers will be granted complimentary entry to the event. If you are interested, please email Eleanor Schrader at .
Learn more about NEWH here .

You can find more information on all NEWH scholarships here .

Scholarship stories can be viewed here .

$25 Amazon Gift Cards for all who take survey!
Our chapter's digital sponsor, Behr Paint, is committed to learning more about our industry and wants to know our opinions, being students of Interior Design and Architecture. They have put together a short online survey, and every person who completes the survey will be sent a $25 Amazon gift card as a thank you. Participants must be students or working professionals. Click the link directly below to claim your gift card!
We are ecstatic to announce after hard work, our official plans were approved by the city this morning and we will begin construction this Monday, September 17. We are thrilled to be one step closer to bringing these Veterans the bathroom and facilities they deserve. The expected completion date is slated for early October 2018, so please check back in our next newsletter for an update!

We will be needing help with everything from picking finishing touches up at Target and delivering them to the job site, to painting above where we are planning to lay tile, plus much more! If you are interested in helping out, please email Andrew at
Joanne MacCallum, ASID, NCIDQ 
Certified Interior Designer
Principal, JM Design

If you are fortunate to have Joanne MacCallum as your Studio 1 instructor, you know just how dedicated and hard working she is. Having gone through this program herself, she knows how to inspire her students to strive for their creative potential, while instilling important guidelines for space planning and codes for commercial projects. While her one-on-one personable and nurturing approach to teaching really is appreciated by all, sometimes as students we can forget that our instructors work and have lives outside of the classroom. Hence, we are thrilled to get to know Joanne a little better this month. 
Click HERE for full article.
UCLA Arc+ID has a job and internship website! Visit our jobs  website  for information on opportunities that can be an invaluable addition to your education and future career. 

*Several additional internship positions and job opportunities have also come in with smaller design firms. For further information on these, please contact our Faculty Advisor, Shepard E. Vineburg, ASID: .
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Contact Us:
President: Maria Matis Kennedy
Vice President/Membership: Olivia Wetterau
Communications: Alyson Bender
Events: Lacey Easton
Fundraising: Leah Ferrante
Community Outreach: Andrew Brick
Finance: Bennett McCord
Secretary: Shannon Faber
Graphic Design: Andrea Ables
Social Media: Allison Shields
Web Master: Anisha Vasandani
Faculty Advisor: Shepard E. Vineburg, ASID