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NEW COLLEGES FORMED A plan to reorganize the College of Integrated Science and Technology into two colleges took effect July 1, 2012. The new colleges are the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

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CISAT 'Put Up Your Dukes!' Statue Progress Report

PHOTO: Josh See and Duke Dog

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As part of our on-going series following the creation of the CISAT miniature Duke Dog statue we checked in with the graphic designer, Josh See for an update on the progress as well as some background information. 

Tell us about yourself, education, background, etc.

I’ve always loved art. I don’t remember exactly when I started drawing. I do remember that it was before I knew how to write or tie my shoes, probably not long after I could hold a crayon. I never really stopped drawing because it was always so fun. I was fortunate to have a lot of good teachers in public school and in other art classes I took when I wasn’t in school. I went to Broadway High School and took as much art as possible. My teacher there, Mrs. Maddox, introduced me to many different artistic mediums, and in that class I tried everything from sculpting clay to silkscreen printing. My senior year I discovered that my favorite was oil paint and spent the vast majority of that school year in the art room painting. After high school I moved to Richmond and attended Virginia Common Wealth University. This first year I was in the Art Foundations Program where I studied art intensely and challenged myself as much as possible. I started learning to use computers to create art in AFO and was accepted into the Graphic Design department. For the next three years I studied design and still continued to paint and draw in my free time. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and Design. I moved back home to the Harrisonburg area and started working at the CISAT Creative Services, as their Graphic Designer. That’s where I am today.

What intrigued you about this project?

When I lived in Richmond I was intrigued by this crazy looking fish sculpture in front of an elementary school that was on my walk to class. I soon discover more fish statues scattered about the city. The longer I lived there the more I discovered, all individual, all painted very differently, but all the same fish. I admired them often and even thought about how much fun it would be to paint something like that. When I had the opportunity to be involved in a similar project here I was excited, like my wish came true.

Tell us about your design.

The design represents the College of Integrated Science and Technology. It’s a circle, divided into sections, sort of like a pizza is divided into slices. Each represents a department or organization within CISAT, by both the department colors and by the patterns that fill each section. Over all it’s colorful, intricate and nothing like the regular grey, gold and purple colors that the Duke Dog usually wears.

What does this design represent?

The design is made up of 11 sections, each with a different pattern and color combination. Each one of these sections represents one of the 11 different departments/organizations that all work together to form the College of Integrated Science and Technology. The “Integrated” part is represented by the way the sections swirl together in the design.

How did you come up with this design?

First I did a little research on each department and organization. I made a list with each ones name and a few key words to describe what they do. Then I brain stormed for images that would represent each keyword. I put the images in their place on a sort of swirling circle with eleven sections and used the departmental colors to help the representation.

Tell us about the process of painting this?

The painting process is really the hard part. To get the perfect lines I needed, I used painter’s tape. I did a section of color every day or so. First the top of the duke dog and the belly then I’m going back around to each section and filling in the details.