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January 11, 2018

La Roche Design Division to Host Meet Our Seniors Event

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11, 2018 – On Jan. 25 La Roche College will host an event for the Pittsburgh design community to meet senior graphic and interior design students.

“We’re hosting this event to create an opportunity for professional designers to come to campus and meet our students in more of an informal setting. They’ll have the chance to talk, discuss work, and most importantly, get a sense of the individuality of our seniors,” Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Andy Schwanbeck said.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Design Studios on the bottom floor of the Wright Library at La Roche’s campus in the North Hills.

The event will feature the following students:

  • Mikayla Ambler of Elizabeth
  • Brooke Audino of Cranberry Township
  • Heather Clay of Pittsburgh
  • Brittany Craig of Mill Run
  • Clara Grandy of Belleville
  • Olivia Healy of Pittsburgh
  • Becky Hinzman of Pittsburgh
  • Kelsey Lewis of Coraopolis
  • Beau Limsakulpakdi of Monaca
  • Andrea Luciano of Altoona
  • Akaashmi Mishra of Glenshaw
  • Charleigh Smith of Sugar Grove
  • Lauren Spinneweber of McKeesport
  • Jennifer Velette of Tarentum
  • Taylor Zediker of Valencia

Professor Schwanbeck said, “Our hope is that this networking opportunity will create more meaningful connections between our graduating seniors and the Pittsburgh design community.”

La Roche is one of only two schools in the Pittsburgh area, and one of only 322 schools nationally, that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

NASAD sets guidelines, standards and criteria for design education programs and schools to assure the educational effectiveness and quality of each program. Both the graphic design and interior design programs are reviewed by NASAD.

In addition to NASAD La Roche’s Interior Design Department is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the accrediting body for Interior Design programs. CIDA develops guidelines and goals for the future of interior design education. The College’s interior design program has been accredited by CIDA continuously since 1985, giving La Roche the distinction of achieving and holding CIDA accreditation longer than any other Pittsburgh interior design program.

For more information or to RSVP contact by Jan. 22. To view the design seniors’ work visit

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.