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Kean Current - Winter 2015


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A Grand Design - Kean's Robert Busch School Unveils New Studio Space

Kean University's acclaimed Robert Busch School of Design officially opened its new facilities in the Green Lane Building in the fall. Robert H. Busch, the School's namesake, was in attendance, along with Kean University President Dr. Dawood Farahi and eminent architect Michael Graves.

The Robert Busch School of Design offers programs of intensive study designed to facilitate the acquisition of both knowledge and skills, providing a solid basis for professional achievement. The School's degree programs in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Interior Design includes extensive lecture, studio and technology experiences, as well as presentations and reviews by external professional designers. Students are given opportunities to pursue practical experience in their chosen field through internships, part-time employment, seminars and special events, including Kean's world-class Thinking Creatively Conference.

The Gruskin Group, an award-winning firm based in Springfield, designed the Green Lane Academic Building to provie an ideal setting for learning and collaboration. "We are influenced by the whole building, grand and minute at once, often without even being aware of it," Kean University Professor Alan Robbins observed.

The same event featured the opening of the Edward R. Jajosky Industrial Design Lab, named for Edward R. Jajosky '64, who is also a longtime adjunct professor of industrial design at Kean. Jajosky, together with professor Rose Gonnella, Executive Director of the Robert Busch School of Design, unveiled the signage over the doorway to the brand-new laboratory space.

Designed to faciliate new ways for students and faculty to interact, socialize, engage, learn and study, both inside and outside the classroom, the Green Lane Academic Building features numerous lounges, breakout spaces, intimate nooks and outdoor terraces. Part of Kean's University Boulevard project, a collaboration with the neighboring municipalities of Elizabeth, Union and Hillside to beautify and revitalize the ares, the Green Lane Academic Building provides an iconic gateway to Kean's Union campus and sets the stage for the surrounding area's emergence as a shopping and dining destination.

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