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HCC design students trim a tree for the Alley

Interior Design Department’s talent shines at the Alley Theater’s annual Deck the Trees celebration

Houston, TX (November 16, 2012) – For the first time, Houston Community College Interior Design students have participated in the Alley Theatre’s “Deck the Trees Celebration.” The theme for their tree is “An Homage to Victorian Houston” and is on display in the lobby from November 16 through December 30. The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue.

Led by Design professor Rachelle Starr and Program Coordinator of Interior Design, Shasta Swift, the interior design department has utilized images of historic Victorian architecture in Houston and iconic furniture pieces from the era to reflect the history of the city. Ornaments created by the students will pay homage to the time period and its specific color schemes. The department partnered with Historic Houston to obtain floor plan images and photos of Houston during the period. The ornaments commemorate actual homes and addresses of the Victorian-style homes that exist in the city.

“As you can imagine, design students jump at any opportunity to express their creativity, so the ability to work on this project that not only encompasses design but benefits our community was perfect. The students have enjoyed working together, and not just decorating a tree but learning about the history of architecture and our city. I could not be more proud of them,” said Swift.

In addition to the tree display, the Design Department will be listed in the playbill for Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas.” Deemed Houston’s seasonal favorite, “A Christmas Carol” will run from November 18 to December 24.

The students who helped decorate the tree are first and second year Interior Design majors at Central College. They are Joanna Perez, Charlotte Barnett, Tori Crocket, Summer Rudolph, Marisol Hernandez, Kate Vault, Susan Miller, Kristen Bowman and JoAnn Taghizadeh.

HCC’s Lifestyle Arts & Design is an award-winning program for those pursuing a certificate or degree in this lifestyle-enhancing career. With a focus in Interior Design, students have the opportunity to combine artistic abilities with technical knowledge and skills. Graduates are employed in a variety of interior design-related positions, including Model Home Designs, Wholesale Showrooms, Home Furnishing Stores, and as Design Assistants.

Said Swift, “Not only was this so much fun to create, it really showed the students how the skills learned in our program (drawing, computer imaging, research, budgeting, teamwork) can be translated into real world applications.”

By contributing to the “Deck the Trees Celebration,” Design students are partaking in one of the many creative opportunities offered by the program. More than 35,000 visitors are expected to view the holiday trees and displays this season.

About HCCHCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to

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