• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

Looking to Upcycle?

Upcycling.  Every heard of it?  Well, to put it simply, upcycling occurs when you take old or very plain looking objects and customize/decorate/restore them to become usable and beautiful once again rather than replacing them.  I have been upcycling my belongings for years, but never new that this was the term for it until recently! (I just called it “fixing up.”)  There are literally thousands of avenues for upcycling your belongings…the possibilities are endless.  However, there are some materials that I always turn to when doing an upcycling project.  Here are my favorite go-to materials and some of the projects you can do with them:

  • Thread and a needle

What they can be used for: Re-purposing old pairs of jeans (such as turning them into skirts, shorts, or simply adding patches or repairing old favorite pairs); sewing up old blankets, shirts, or other materials that have become “holy;” adding sewing designs or patterns to belongings

  • Puff paint

What it can be used for: Decorating old picture frames to be used for a close friend or family member (decorate with designs, quotes, or colorful pictures); re-purposing old tee shirts (such as for team recreational sports or for being a fan); for decorating and customizing old scrapbooks or photo albums

  • Acrylic Paint

What it can be used for: Painting old furniture that has lost its finish or contains graffiti; re-painting old tarnished knick knacks; painting old bottles or containers to be used for decoration or daily use

  • Hot glue

What it can be used for: Piecing together old knick knacks or decorations that have broken; decorating jewelry boxes, photo albums, or other memory books with rhinestones or gems; repairing cracks

  • Stickers or Iron-on Patches

What they can be used for: customizing old notebooks or memory books; decorating old throw pillows or backpacks


I hope some of these ideas are inspiring!  Even if you aren’t an extremely artsy person, this may be a great way for you to give fine arts a shot and realize that you have a talent for it in your everyday life 🙂

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