Academy of Art University, an Epitome of Art and Design

The Academy of Art University from San Francisco annually organizes a New York Fashion Week through the School of Fashion. On 9th September this year, the school hosted its 21st fashion week. Held at the Skylight Clarkson Square, the event attracted ten BFA, and MFA graduates who showcased two menswear and five ladies wear as well as two of their collaborations.


The audience highly appreciated their diverse talent considering their distinct backgrounds. The designers satisfactorily showcased their class and workshop work in just 15 minutes. The graduates included Eden Slezin from Bay Area, Dina Lam from Los Angeles, Carlos Rodriguez from Mexico, Joanna Jadallah from Chicago, Cana from New York, Also from China there was Hailun Zhou, Saya Shen Ryan Yu, Jelly Shan and Saya Shen. Among the spectators was the Ms. J Alexander, a legendary from America’s Next Top Model and Sara Kozlowski of CFDA.


Founded in 1929 by Richard Stephens, Academy of Art University began as a school for advertising arts. Over the years the school has been transforming its students into professional designers and artist. Richard believed that willing artist could be turned into professionals through proper training and hard work. The Stephens family have devoted to continuing with mission and passion of their founder. The current chairman Emeritus Stephens and president Elisa Stephens have dedicated their effort to the success of the school.


Based in San Francisco, Academy of Art University has continued to promote innovation and creativity. Through its modules, the curriculum of current industry professionals, and update facilities, the schools produce graduates that are marketable globally. Most of them are hired by renowned companies like Apple, Nike, and Pixar among others. Currently, Academy of Art University boosts over 18,000 students and close to 1500 professional teaching staff.


The school passion and commitment saw them embark on a mission to offer an online art education from 2002. Furthermore, it is the biggest accredited private university teaching art & design. Also, every year the university holds a show and gallery exhibition for over 70 student and alumni in San Francisco. The University is accredited by art and design boards including CIDA, NAAB, CIC WSCUC and NASAD.


Potable Water Facts for Squaw Valley’s Upper Mountain

The good news is Squaw Valley always puts safety first, the better news is restaurants are not required for skiing. While water quality issues have caused some problems with the drinking water system for High Camp and Gold Coast, it is a water quality issue only and limited to that one section of the resort. So what was the problem with the water?


Back in October surface water reached extreme levels, as precipitation events dropped 9.5 inches of rain in under 72 hours. The abnormal weather patterns affected several water systems in Placer County, including the recently upgraded system at High Camp and Gold Coast part of the famous Squaw Valley ski resort. Water systems for the rest of the Squaw Valley Alpine Resort were not affected by ground water contamination issues and remained in operation while the upper mountain system was taken offline. No contaminated water ever reached the public.


Squaw Valley routinely tests their systems to maintain the highest quality – part of their continuing commitment to public health and safety. Leading water-safety experts were immediately called in to assist with correcting the issue. Testing now shows that safety levels are returning to normal, though slowly. While the issue continues to be resolved, water usage remains restricted to sanitation purposes only. In other words: Flush it, but don’t drink it.


Potable water is available, in the form of bottled water being handed out free in the area affected. Restaurants on the upper mountain were closed, but much of the public may not even realize there is any issue with the upper mountain’s water system. However, Squaw Valley spokespersons report that they will continue with restricted water usage not returning to full-services “until we are fully assured by health officials and other experts that the water is safe.”