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12-12-05, 09:51
I thought the following information may be of interest to some you. Any help to spread the word about our project is much appreciated.

Finnish students of architecture and interior design are encouraged to enter a competition for the best potential design of a Finnish Nationality Classroom to be built in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. The entries must incorporate the technological requirements of the contemporary university teaching classroom into an architectural interior that is expressive of Finland’s past, prior to 1787, the year of the University of Pittsburgh’s founding. First Prize is a trip to visit Fallingwater, the most acclaimed work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and $1000, second prize is $1200 and third prize is $800. Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday January 31st, 2006 and the judging will conclude in early 2006.

The contest rules and instructions on how to enter are available online: http://www.pittsburghfinns.org/FinnishRoomDesignContest.pdf.

The classroom will serve as a memorial where the relatives of early Finnish immigrants will learn about their heritage and remember the contributions of their ancestors and as a place where students and visitors will learn about Finland and Finnish traditions. It will also provide a focal point for local Finnish organizations and activities.

The Finlandia Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter and the Finnish Committee at the University of Pittsburgh (www.pittsburghfinns.org) are organizations dedicated to the support and preservation of Finnish culture. In August 2003 this group reached an agreement with the University of Pittsburgh to start fund raising for the construction of a Finnish Nationality Classroom to be added to the existing 26 Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.

To reach their goal this group needs the help of other Finns and Finnish Americans. Contributions may be made online, by credit card or by check. For more information visit the website http://www.pittsburghfinns.org. You can also help by sharing this information with your friends, family, and local cultural organizations.

More information about the Nationality Rooms program at the University of Pittsburgh is available online: http://www.pitt.edu/~natrooms/pages/about_nr.html

Thanks for your attention.