Architecture Graduate Student’s entry in 2013 TerraCycle “Box that Rocks” national competition was chosen as the “Most Creative Entry” 

November 25, 2013 by Will Harrison  
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Karla Contreras' entry was revealed during the Green Apple Day of Service, a national effort to "transform schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places where students . . .  can be inspired to dream of brighter future," and marked the beginning of a long term recycling effort and partnership between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Child Development Center and the UL Office of Sustainability.
The TerraCycle Brigade Program collects and reuses non-recyclable post-consumer waste.
Contreras' win earned the CDC 50,000 points, points that can be used to acquire TerraCycle upcycled products or can be redeemed for $500.00.
"This collection bin’s design intent is the concept of a weeble wobble that will wobble but not fall down. The outer shell has been created from upcycled two ply cardboard and the inner shell has been lined with wrappers of the different brigades being collected such as juice pouches, diaper bags, and cheese wrappers."

Fletcher Hall Renovations To Begin In December

October 30, 2013 by Will Harrison  
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Work will begin soon to renovate Joel L. Fletcher Hall. The three-story building on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus houses the School of Architecture and Design and the Department of Visual Arts and the College of the Arts’ Media Center.

The low bidder for the $3.8 million, state-funded project was M.D. Descant Inc.

“We expect to sign a contract as soon as possible,” said Bill Crist, director of Facilities Management for the University. The renovation is expected to begin in December and be complete by the end of next year.

Ziler Architects, the firm that designed the project, received input from students, faculty and alumni.

Fletcher Hall opened in 1977. The original design called for its interior atrium to be covered in glass, but because of budget constraints, it was built with an open-air courtyard instead. Years of exposure to rain have resulted in extensive water damage.

The renovation project will correct leaks and add 20,000 square feet of educational space to the second floor.

The first-floor exterior walls will be repaired, cleaned, weatherproofed and coated to complement new metal panels that will be used on the exterior of the upper floors.

A sprinkler and fire-alarm system will also be added to the building.

Crist said classes will continue to be held in the building during the renovation. “Obviously, that’s going to present some challenges, but the end result will be a much-improved facility that will serve students in the years to come,” he added.

The building is named for the University’s third president, Joel Lafayette Fletcher, who served from 1941 to 1966. – See more at:

The Art of Architecture Exhibit On Display Until December 6th

October 21, 2013 by Will Harrison  
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The Art Of Architecture exhibit is on display on the 2nd floor in the Dean’s Gallery from now until December 6th. Students are encouraged to stop by and view the exhibit. The exhibit is the work of Holly & Smith Architects and features the use of art to create the architecture. The closing reception will be held December 6th from 1 to 3pm.

UNIV100: First Year Success

November 8, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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UNIV100 is an university-wide first-year seminar for all incoming freshmen that is offered as a 2 credit-hour interactive experience. Several professors in the College of the Arts underwent training this summer in order to lead the freshmen through the course. Robert Willey of the School of Music and Performing Arts was one of those professors. “The excellent training that Theresa Wozencraft and her colleagues gave us over the summer was a big boost, and made me rethink how I teach the rest of my classes,” said Willey.

Dr. J. Denise John from the School of Architecture and Design has received a lot of positive feedback from students. “I feel that it has helped me identify a few students who needed resource access who might not have otherwise known about them,” John states. “I feel that it may help the students be more successful in the long run.”

Overall, UNIV100 has been a success for both faculty and students. While the students are given the opportunity to become better acquainted with their University, the faculty are given the chance to connect early on with incoming freshmen.

“I am enjoying teaching UNIV100,” says Willey. “I think the content that has been developed is very relevant for the students, and they seem to understand how it will help them succeed in college and beyond. It is a lot of information, but they can come back to the topics and gradually incorporate it over time, such as in budgeting, note taking, studying, time management, using the library, career planning, and getting along with classmates and faculty.”

UNIV100 class doing their Service Learning Project

For more information on the Office of the First-Year Experience, visit or email Theresa Wozencraft at

Little Libraries

November 7, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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Professor Hector LaSala explains the “Little Libraries” project. Watch the video and view the pictures.

UL Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Halloween Concert

October 15, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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Adults and little ones alike will get into the Halloween spirit when the UL-Lafayette Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Blaney presents its Annual Halloween Concert. Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall Auditorium. Orchestra members will be wearing costumes and the audience is encouraged to show up in their favorite Halloween costumes.  Musical highlights of this year’s concert include: James Bond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Danse Macabre and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. The orchestra will also present a world premiere performance of Eric Sharp’s Renegade Convergence featuring the UL Dance Department. It’s a great way to celebrate the holiday in a fun and entertaining way.

Admission is $8 for adults, FREE for 17 and younger, FREE for all UL students, faculty, and staff with I.D. All proceeds benefit the UL-Lafayette Orchestra Program. For more information call the UL School of Music at (337) 482-6012 or visit to view information about all upcoming performances.

A Summer in Paris

September 5, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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UL Art students took a semester abroad this Summer in Paris, France to study as well as site see the historic city. Check out our Facebook Page for more pictures from the trip.

College of the Art’s Animation named Best in South!

August 27, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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Animation Career Review has made a list and compiled the top 20 Best Animation Programs in the South and UL’s Animation program has made the list. Congratulations to our staff for helping us make such an incredible program! Click the link below to review the article.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition

April 20, 2012 by Will Harrison  
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The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition went on display from Thursday, April 19th through Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

Twenty-five graduating seniors participated in the exhibition, representing concentrations in Ceramics, Computer Animation, Graphic Design, Media, Metalwork and Jewelry, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking. The two-semester Senior Project course sequence is the capstone experience in the Visual Arts Department.

Four Hands Piano Concert with Chee-Hung Toh & Dennis Lee

April 16, 2012 by Fawn Roy  
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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Concert Series proudly presented world class pianists Chee-Hung Toh & Dennis Lee in a Solo and Four-Hands Piano Concert on Monday April 23 in Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall.  Toh and Lee performed works by Clementi, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, and Moszkowski.

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