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September 2014 | issue #108

From one crisis to the next in West Africa

Continuing to focus on healthcare education and activism in Mali, Eliza Squibb 13 TX reports that the nonprofit she works for – GAIA Vaccine Foundation – is now scrambling to prepare for the spread of Ebola throughout the region.

Students jump at opportunities to apprentice

Whether they were interning with alumni at Lit Motors, Grain or other startups, working at companies like Facebook, IDEO and Pixar, or busting their butts on the Woody Allen film shot in Rhode Island, RISD students learned a lot beyond the studio this summer.

Students unite for justice

Barely back on campus, RISD and Brown students came together to put their hands up in protest of police brutality and racial profiling.

see more stories including: joyful chaos on move-in day, Wiseman’s natural lightwaxing poetic at Madame Tussauds, flying high with a new documentary, witnessing history through crafty treework, US News & World Report ranks RISD high
see more alumni exhibitions around the world
Judith Schaechter 83 GL in NYC
Marybeth Farrell Rothman 81 IL in Seattle
Shaun Bullens MFA 07 FD in Bridgewater, MA
Liz Jaff 89 PT in Brooklyn
Ana Guerra 74 PR in Providence
RISD Provost Pradeep Sharma in his Convocation address marking the start of RISD’s new academic year 
Open studios are just one of many reasons to return to campus from October 10–12 for RISD by Design weekend. As always the place will be abuzz with interesting things to see and do, but best of all you’ll find and reconnect with the most unusual and amazing people – alumni, students, faculty, staff and parents all pleased to be part of the RISD community.
After decades on the 5th floor of the Auditorium Building, this month the Apparel Design department welcomed students to its more accommodating, newly refurbished home at 189 Canal Street. Alumni are invited in to see the new studios on Saturday, October 10 – with a reception and open house from 5–7 pm as part of RISD by Design weekend.

Capturing the colors + textures of nature

Close observation and a deep connection to her gardens at Hollengold Farm in upstate New York have helped Wendy Hollender 76 TX perfect the art of botanical illustration. She has been working things out in her sketchbooks since the days when she’d happily hole up in the RISD Nature Lab – a process that continues to inform her current work.
Share what you’re doing by emailing with news of projects, exhibitions and other items of interest to the alumni community. And if you’ve got something on your mind, this is the last call for class notes submissions for the Fall/Winter print edition of the magazine, due out in November.