Cape Fear Community College

Interior Design Program News

Article from Lumina News:



Staff photo by Joshua Curry
From left Cape Fear Community College interior design students Jennifer Corson, Katelyn Thrailkill and Justin Z. Nixon, and placed in the top three in the Otto Zenke Student Design Competition.


Design Stars
If you are looking for an up-and-coming interior designer to help with your home decor, then look no further than downtown. Three senior interior design students at Cape Fear Community College recently swept the top three spots at the statewide 2012 Otto Zenke Student Design Competition. The students had to design a multi-use facility for at-risk youths that included bedrooms, common areas, work spaces and interior design elements such as window treatments. Justin Z. Nixon led with first place and was awarded $1,000. The award also came with a $1,000 check for the school. Jennifer Corson placed second and received $750, and Katelyn Thrailkill won $500 as the third place winner. More than 90 students from two- and four-year colleges participated in the competition and CFCC's two-year associate degree students competed against students from the Art Institute of Charleston, Meredith College and Winthrop University. The competition was judged by a panel of three professional designers who are members of the American Society of Interior Designers. "Our senior design students worked on their projects for over eight weeks. They really dedicated themselves to doing their very best, and it shows in their work," said Patricia Battershill, lead instructor of CFCC's interior design program.


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Interior Design Students work in Designer Showroom

Interior Design Students Tricia Fischer and Lindsay Medford recently had a fabulous experience working with internationally known Joe Ruggiero at his showroom in High Point. You may recall Homes Across America in which Joe was the host. In addition, he was the Editor of Home Magazine for many years. Since then, he is now associated with Norwalk Furnishings and Sunbrella Fabrics.  These students have followed in the footsteps of 4 students who have already had this experience. They go the week before the International Home Furnishing Market in High Point opens and assist in setting up the designer showroom where products are sold. The photos you see are the result of the work that our students assisted with.  Mr. Ruggiero has supported this venture for almost two years and states below:

Cindy (Cindy Parker),

Once again you sent us two wonderful students. Tricia and Lindsay were terrific and we greatly appreciate Cape Fear Community College's support.

Attached are some photos of the showroom to share.

Best Regards,
Barbara & Joe Ruggiero
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We are very pleased that our students are able to intern with a designer of Mr. Ruggiero’s level and talent and success.