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GM EXECUTIVES VISIT WSU CAMPUS, CRITIQUE STUDENTS' DESIGNS FOR 2005 ACHIEVA

 GM EXECUTIVES VISIT WSU CAMPUS,
 CRITIQUE STUDENTS' DESIGNS FOR 2005 ACHIEVA
 DETROIT, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The North American International Auto Show at Detroit's Cobo Center wasn't the only place showing off cars of the future earlier this year.
 Members of Wayne State University Professor John Mills' automotive industrial design class worked all last semester to come up with futuristic interior and exterior designs for the Oldsmobile Achieva in the year 2005.
 And three top General Motors executives visited the university's North Art Building recently to critique those drawings.
 Visitors included Charles M. Jordan, vice president of GM's design staff; and GM executive designers Jerry P. Palmer, executive designer for the advanced automotive design group (which includes the Pontiac studios), and Leonard M. Casillo, executive designer for Oldsmobile and Buick.
 Representing WSU were President David Adamany; David Magidson, dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts; and Jeffrey Abt, chairman of the art and art history department.
 The automotive design class is offered by Abt's department. The event was generated by a GM-supported project in which company personnel provide basic information and monitor progress on student designs throughout the semester.
 "This helps the students get to know the people in the business," Mills said. "That's what this is all about."
 In discussing his company's involvement with the class, Jordan told the group, "We really are interested in the development of young people. That's the foundation of our business."
 The GM visitors were impressed with much of what they saw, citing the "soft, clean forms" in one rendering and the readily apparent message in another. But they weren't afraid to explain why some vehicles (or drawings) weren't up to production standards.
 Jordan advised exhibitors not to become discouraged by the executives' suggestions, saying they should attempt to learn from mistakes made in sketches between renderings.
 Students took both praise and criticism in the spirit offered -- to enhance their learning of design.
 "I did better than I expected," said junior John Balousek. "You have to please yourself, but you also want to do something that conceivably could go into production."
 The GM visitors noticed that class members showed a great deal of dedication over the course of the semester, devoting much of their time to the designs.
 As junior Anthony Hanselmann put it, "You have to go through a lot to do this job. You get to a point where you start to dream about cars."
 /NOTE: Color photos of student designs are available by calling WSU Media Relations through CONTACT: Tom Tigani of WSU Media Relations, 313-577-2150/
 (GM) CO: General Motors Corporation; Wayne State University ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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