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Architecture Major Shannon Haley Named AIAS Chapter Leader

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Shannon Haley, Keene State architecture major and AIAS Chapter Leader of the Month
Shannon Haley, Keene State architecture major and AIAS Chapter Leader of the Month

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) has chosen Keene State junior Shannon Haley as their January 2016 Chapter Leader of the Month to highlight her “outstanding dedication and accomplishments.” The AIAS is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to promoting excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to fostering an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enriching communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organizing students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

“It’s a real honor and I was so surprised when they called!” Haley said. “It’s really all because I have an amazing executive board who promotes each other’s successes and puts in a whole lot of work and love into the program. They’re really what makes our chapter so successful, and I’m just one tiny part of it. As a chapter we’re more involved than ever in AIAS events, and it’s great to be a part of such a dynamic and passionate group as we have here at Keene State.”

And the students’ camaraderie in the Keene State program is what makes her study so rewarding. “My favorite thing about studying architecture at KSC is the studio culture,” Haley explained. “Architecture programs are notorious for putting an overwhelming workload on the students, thus making them spend long hours in the studio. Here at Keene State we definitely put in the long hours, but the culture is such that it’s fun and collaborative. … We’ve made chocolate chip pancakes at 11 p.m., had football games streamed to the projectors, and I’ve even been pied in the face—all in studio. The TDS building is a second home to me … that’s where I can find most of my friends and constantly make new ones. That’s what makes us different.”

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