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SoDAA Connect FEST 2023

Please Join us! Jump to an event or a day:

@sydscoolart x SoDAA Coloring Book

Nice Center Lounge – Ground Floor of Renaissance Hall; 24/7 access.

Design your own coloring page to be added in a SoDAA Coloring Book!

SoDAA Flight Simulator

Take to the skies in a custom built flight simulator constructed primarily out of scrap material. You’ll enjoy views of campus and Fargo/Moorhead as you learn to operate basic aircraft controls. Happy Flying!

Boaty Design Competition

Boaty (AKA Benchy) is the boat print that helps us determine if the 3D printers are working properly. Usually they get discarded, but not this time! Stop by and grab a Boaty to decorate or inspire another art piece of a different medium. The only limitations is time and size. Boaty design is due by the end of the day Thursday, April 13th and can’t be larger than 6”x6”x6”. Voting will be all day Friday, April 14th and open to all students and faculty. There will be a fun prize for first place and the Boatys will be on display in the LAAVA Lab for the rest of the semester.


Lifesavers in Studio – Technical Tips by Ganapathy Mahalingam

A set of tips and workflows using various computational technologies for tasks you perform regularly in design studio. Please bring your laptop equipped with Arch/LA software.

PB&J Competition by Visual Arts Ambassadors

Compete to make the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich, as judged by a three-year-old.


SoDAA Social by Visual Arts Ambassadors

Soda and ice cream social – welcome to the whole SoDAA Community!

SoDAA Merch Sales

Stop by to check out the new SoDAA Merch available for purchase!

Sustainable Practices: Promoting Physical + Mental Well-Being by USBGC

Guest speakers, Todd and Elizabeth Medd, will be speaking about sustainable practices and how they are incorporated with wellness and health, both physical and mental, and talk more about how they are also applicable to the built environment. Free to attend + Spicy Pie Pizza!

“Pottery Throw Down” Watch Party by JumpstART

JumpstART your love for pottery by joining us at a watch party for “The Great Pottery Throw Down” TV show during the SODAA Connect Fest week! Bring a snack to share and something comfy to wear!


Exterior Envelope – Lunch and Learn with JLG by AIAS

Join AIAS in welcoming Chris Heidrich to Fargo! Chris is an architect at JLG in the Sioux Falls office, and he is coming to SoDAA to discuss exterior envelopes of buildings and how to approach their design! Food will be provided.

Last Lecture by Professor Ron Ramsay 

– A Celebration of 50+ years at NDSU

Pizza Summit with Advisory Board

FRIDAY, 4/14

Introduction to Eco-Printing by PEARS

Take some time out of your day to learn about eco-printing. This is a process that uses botanicals and natural dyes to create images on fabric or sheets of paper. This workshop will give the basics to using plant material for creating images and give other resources for further investigations into the natural world.

Lunch and Learn with Fitgi Saint-Louis by NOMAS

Beaux Arts Festival by SoDAA

We are thrilled to welcome Fitgi Saint-Louis – Beaus Arts Gala Keynote speaker who is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist and overall renaissance human being! Fitgi worked in various roles, including as a design lead for over a decade at Gensler, an international design and architecture firm. Be prepared to be inspired by her extensive practice in experience design, graphic design, interior design, performance and public art combined with her extensive professional experience working in an Architectural firm. Fitgi will bring real world perspective on what it means to work across disciplines and push your boundaries.

When Walls Talk: Dynamic storytelling through experiential design

Intentional experiential design activates our senses by embedding narratives within the built environment. We can empower and affirm audiences by weaving cultural and historical context into spatial, digital, and graphic touchpoints.

When we honor our individual passions, it enhances our roles as artists, architects and designers, allowing us to authentically engage with each other. Explore how a collaborative, multi-disciplined process can craft lasting emotional connections for our communities.

Beaux Arts Festival by SoDAA

$20 per person

Hosted by Tau Sigma Delta (TSD), the student honors society in design – This year’s theme is avant-garde – TSD invites you to bring your “cutting edge selves” and ready to have fun, wearing thematic and/or colorful cocktail attire (somewhere between casual and formal).