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Morrisville State College Students Exhibit Homeless Shelters at Art Park

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Homeless shelters made by students in Morrisville State College’s Architectural Studies and Design and Landscape Architectural Studies programs will be on display through the end of March in the Winner Gallery at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia.

The work of 23 students will be featured in the exhibit, which is free and open to the public. The shelters were created for a class project which addressed homelessness and the architecture of shelter.

The project required students to design an architecturally pleasing shelter that addressed the issues of sustainability, social responsibility and leadership. Teams researched rural homelessness before they built their shelters.

Staying within a specific budget, teams were challenged to build low-cost shelters intended to protect one individual from the elements. Shelters had to be habitable, portable, resistant to moisture and cold, and had to provide light and ventilation to the interior.

Students tapped into their creativity to build the shelters, some using donated and recycled materials and used items to remain within their $75 budget.

A shelter created by Vlad Bugger, of Wallkill, NY, Edward Hull, of Syracuse, NY, and Alexander Parsons, of Pittsford, NY, resembled a long triangular tent, while Calikatherine Kukenberger, of Cooperstown, NY and Dennis Sprowell, of Forestport, NY followed a tent design similar to an accordion which could be broken down into components for easy storage.

The work of the following students is on display:

Architectural Studies and Design students: Brandon Frost, Dryden, NY; Francisca Licona, New York, NY; Eric Bauer, Hamilton, NY; Katherine Elwood, Broadalbin, NY; Edward Hull, Syracuse, NY; Alexander Parsons, Pittsford, NY; Dane Grenier, Boonville, NY; Jaclyn Hardiman, Greenfield, NY; Stephen Curtis, Theresa, NY; Hersel Guerra, Seaford, NY; Travis Corpin, Peterboro, NY; Christopher Goodsell, Amherst, NY; Patty Griswold, Preble, NY; Justin Aeckerle, Rochester, NY; Ashley Weakland, Canisteo, NY; Calikatherine Kukenberger, Cooperstown, NY; Dennis Sprowell, Forestport, NY.

Landscape Architectural Studies students: Lisa Gorney, DeRuyter, NY; Trevis McIntyre, Fulton, NY; Vlad Bugger, Wallkill, NY; Michelle Heath, Castle Creek, NY; Alexandra Mackie, Delanson, NY; Matthew Cauwels, Penfield, NY.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is a mix of walking trails, open meadows and outdoor sculpture exhibits. The park is located on Stone Quarry Road off of Route 20, just east of the village of Cazenovia.

For more information about the students’ projects or the exhibit, call 315-684-6281.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts/education transfer, nursing and childhood education to Chenango County area residents and employers.