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Student center SuperGraphic captures student life over the years

January 30, 2012

While the Memorial Student Center was closed for renovations, four UW-Stout students were busy last fall working on their own special project. They were developing a nearly 180-foot-long, 4-foot-high mural representing student life over the years.

The result of their efforts, the SuperGraphic, can be seen in the Terrace dining room on the second floor of the center, which reopened Monday, Jan. 23.

The students are Daniel Thiede, of Eau Claire; Laura Larsen, of Vadnais Heights, Minn.; Tara Pichelmeyer, of New London; and Ariel Kraemer, of Waukesha. They worked on the project last fall under the direction of Darrin Witucki, student center director.

The images span seven decades dating to the 1940s. In addition to representing various aspects of student life, the display includes images of downtown Menomonie and the three most recent chancellors, Charles W. Sorensen, Robert Swanson and Bud Micheels.

“Learning about different people and the events that have occurred at this school opened me up to a whole new perspective,” said Pichelmeyer.

The students were chosen because of their appropriate fields of study, including graphic design and graphic communications management. They reviewed more than 30,000 photos before choosing about 250. Professor Ted Bensen provided assistance with printing issues related to the large format.

“We wanted this project to tell a story, and it did,” said Kraemer, who works part time in University Archives, which houses many of the photos.

The SuperGraphic, which has a light blue tint, was hung in connecting 12-foot-long panels. Vertical lines, matching the look of metal fluting on the exterior of the building, separate the photos and bring movement to the imagery, Witucki said.

The SuperGraphic was produced by MCD Wallcoverings of Chicago, printed in Seattle and installed by Commercial Color Winona of Lake Elmo, Minn.

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