From April 19-21, 2013, faculty member Sherri Mangin attended the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in New Orleans with student Ashley Kulesa.
Ashley, a student in the Kitchen & Bath Design Associate of Science degree program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, was named to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) 30 under 30 list and attended KBIS with all expenses paid!
(Read our first post about Ashley Kulesa’s 30 under 30 recognition.)
Sherri (referred to as SM below) is the Program Director for our Residential Planning and Kitchen & Bath Design programs. Today, she’s giving us an inside look at her KBIS 2013 experience in part one of a three-part series!
What talks did you attend as part of KBIS?
SM: I attended the presentation of the NKBA 30 Under 30 on Friday morning and I attended the presentations given by this group on Sunday. I wasn’t registered to attend any of the other sessions, but I wish I had done that since there were many topics that would have benefited my students! Next year, if I get to attend, I will do things differently!
What was your favorite part of attending KBIS?
SM: My favorite part of this experience was spending time with my student and celebrating the well-deserved recognition she received for NKBA’s 30 Under 30! I had never met Ashley in person since she is an online student living in Florida, and I live in Colorado.
Having the time to meet with Ashley was fabulous! It is just such a rare treat to be able to spend time with a student in real time. I did get a chance to speak to some of the other 30 Under 30 honorees as well, and they really are impressive individuals with ambition, drive, discipline and follow-through.
The next thing I absolutely loved was exploring all of the Kitchen and Bath vendor booths and gathering valuable information and resources for the Kitchen & Bath, Residential Planning and Interior Design students. This is where the newest and most innovative products are revealed, and it was very exciting to see it all first hand. By sharing these products in the Interior Design Help Forum, in the classroom and through workshops, I am able to put every student on the cutting edge of the industry.
So, had you taught Ashley before?
SM: Yes, I taught Ashley in her first internship class and will have the pleasure of teaching her again soon as she begins her second internship course. Ashley proved herself to be exceptional from the first day with her positive attitude, thorough responses to the assignments and 100% professionalism.
Ashley isn’t one to settle for the minimum an assignment asks for and seeks out additional information. In short, she is an amazing student and allowed herself to be taken to the next level in her education which is an educator’s dream!
What was the most important thing you got out of the experience?
SM: I have the best job in the world! Seriously! One of my students is recognized for being amazing, and I got to go to a fabulous city and watch it all unfold! Then I get to go back home and work to bring all of this awesome experience to my faculty and my students.
--Stay tuned for Part 2 of our interview with Sherri Mangin and Part 3, an interview with Ashley Kulesa!