Interior Design Club awards makeover to lucky professor

Does your apartment, dorm or office look dull?

The Interior Design Club believes that any student or faculty member should be awarded a room or office makeover.

Since move-in day, the Interior Design Club has been selling tickets for their drawing of an extreme makeover. This extreme makeover consists of $250 for the Interior Design Club to redo an office, dorm room or apartment.

This drawing was done for the first time last spring, and is being done again to help the Interior Design Club raise money to help offset the cost of trips and events for the club and its members.

Department of Interior Design senior Kristopher Docter said, “It was a big success in the spring, and we had a lot of fun doing it so we figured why not do it again? It gives students hands-on experience meeting with a client, forming a design solution, and carrying it out.”

The Interior Design Club serves to provide a way to gather developmental and professional ideas in interior design. This extreme makeover helps involve the Mercyhurst community as well as give the club members an opportunity to apply the design skills they have learned in class and in the studio.

Jill Slomski was last spring’s winner, though traces of her makeover have been erased.

On Friday, Sept. 17, the Interior Design Club announced Dr. Rich McCarty, assistant professor of Religious Studies, as the lucky winner of this term’s extreme makeover.

“I am very happy to support the Interior Design program,” said McCarty. “When I found out I won, I was happy, and then I said jokingly, ‘It’s about time.’ I had tried last year, but didn’t win. This year I bought more tickets to up my chances. Good thing I did.”

McCarty will meet with the club for a consultation to discuss the makeover arrangements.

“I’d like them to help make [my office] a more welcoming place, a place where I feel empowered to do my research and writing, as well as a place where students feel comfortable for meetings,” said McCarty.

The Interior Design Club hopes to continue their makeovers in the future.

“It is our second makeover in two years. Who knows? Maybe it will become an annual thing,” Docter said.