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Professor Sandra Reicis Receives Valerie Moran Memorial Grant

By September 29, 2023Interior Design

Sandra Reicis, interior design program coordinator and professor, was awarded the Valerie Moran Memorial Grant from the International Furnishings and Design Association’s educational foundation.  

The $3000 grant supports Reicis as she travels to the United Kingdom this fall to attend the International Conference for Caring Communities (ICCC) Windsor High-Level Consultations, Strategies and Solutions- Partnerships and Practice.  



This year’s conference topics include: 

  • Sustainability 
  • Leadership 
  • The creative economy 

“I am honored to receive this grant and to participate in this year’s conference,” said Reicis. “These 3 areas align closely with my work and interests as a professional designer and a college professor. My goals in attending the conference are to learn, collaborate, and expand my leadership skills in order to provide mentorship and professional opportunities to emerging designers and professional colleagues, and to expand my personal business aspirations.” 

The ICCC is a not-for-profit organization that has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The organization acts as a bridge linking government, civil society organizations, the private sector, universities, and the United Nations in their efforts as a catalyst for new solutions that enhance and encourage adaptation and/or replication in both developing and developed countries.  

Earline Feldman, the IFDA’s director of grants, states that IFDA EF received several excellent applications for the 2023 Professional Grants and that the Board had a difficult time selecting the grant winners. Reicis is 1 of 5 winners this year.  

The conference takes place at St. George’s House Windsor Castle, United Kingdom from November 6-8.