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REMEMBERING RON NAUS

The IALD is deeply saddened to relay the sudden passing of Ron Naus, President of B-K Lighting + TEKA Illumination and President of the IALD Education Trust, who passed away in his home on Saturday, 31 May 2014.

During his short tenure as IALD Education Trust President, Ron inspired his board of directors in their fiduciary role to support lighting education by promoting the notion of "doing good even better" with metrics and accountability. In his honor, the IALD and the IALD Education Trust hope to continue to build on his momentum, and to fulfill his major wish for the Trust: to build a sustainable endowment for the IALD Education Trust.

B-K Lighting+TEKA Illumination has shared beautiful words of memory on their web site:
 
B-K Lighting + TEKA Illumination has lost an exemplary leader and visionary in the lighting industry, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Ron have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Ron leaves behind a powerful legacy deeply ingrained in the culture and purpose of our industry. His spirit will forever be a vast part of the foundation of B-K Lighting+TEKA Illumination.

His greatest love was for his wife, Danielle, and his two children, Christian and Kai. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Ron's passing or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

B-K Lighting+TEKA Illumination is establishing an account for college donations for Ron's boys. For more information, contact Dionna Smith at dionna.smith@bklighting.com.

Celebration of Life arrangements have been made for Sunday, 8 June at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, CA USA from 10 am to 2pm. Carpooling is encouraged, as parking facilities will be limited. For those traveling, a list of neighborly accommodations can be downloaded here.

Share your personal memories of Ron with info@bklighting.com to be shared on their web site.

Ron was an inspiration to both the IALD and IALD Education Trust boards, and such a convincing champion for lighting education that at its May meeting, the IALD Board of Directors approved a $100,000 USD allocation to the Trust. At the IALD Education Trust Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, 4 June, IALD President Barbara Horton, FIALD, announced that the IALD Board of Directors wanted to make the donation in Ron's memory.

Doug Hagen, owner of B-K Lighting + TEKA Illumination, delivered short but moving remarks at Wednesday's fundraiser. In them, he pledged to match IALD's donation of $100,000 USD over five years to establish the Ron Naus Memorial Fund. The IALD Education Trust was humbled and moved by Doug's warm remarks, and honored by his generosity.

Ron considered the creation of a self-sustaining endowment for the Trust to be his primary presidential initiative, and was well on his way to achieving his goals. He wanted to guarantee that even during financially difficult times, the Trust would be able to support the activities of students, educators and academic programs, and the future of the lighting industry. While the Trust will do all that it can to achieve Ron's goals, his passion and dedication will be sorely missed.

About the IALD Education Trust

The IALD Education Trust is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable educational organization that provides direct support to students, educators and academic programs for the purpose of promoting the study of architectural lighting design. 

MISSION: To support and encourages undergraduate and graduate education in architectural lighting design to ensure and enhance future growth and development of the independent lighting design profession.

VISION: "To create a better world through leadership and excellence in lighting design; to cultivate the universal acknowledgement and appreciation of the Power of Light in human life."

IALD EDUCATION TRUST PROGRAMS
The IALD Education Trust offers programs for students, educators and academic institutions. For more information on any of the programs below, please email IALD Education Trust Coordinator Jill Mulholland, PhD, at jill@iald.org.

PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS

LEARN2LIGHT
Learn2Light acts as a portal to various schools offering programs in lighting design, enticing students into the architectural lighting design profession.

SCHOLARSHIPS + STIPENDS
Scholarships and stipends provide support to students and/or educators for the purpose of promoting the study of architectural lighting design. The IALD Education Trust awards over $30,000 USD in scholarships and stipends each year.

PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATORS

STIPENDS
Stipends provide support to educators for the purpose of promoting the ongoing study of architectural lighting design. Stipends provide educators with the opportunity to attend key lighting industry events, build upon their knowledge of lighting design and share that knowledge with their students in the classroom.

TEACH2LIGHT
Teach2Light offers online teaching tools to assist lighting design educators in the classroom. Materials include projects from IALD International Lighting Design Award winners, showcasing the world's best lighting for educator use, and teaching exercises developed by IALD Educator members.

PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS

THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
The Ambassador Program unites lighting design students with lighting design professionals. Lighting designers are paired with universities internationally and act as ambassadors of the architectural lighting design profession, committing their time, energy and expertise to building lasting and supportive relationships with university architecture departments.

FUNDING FOR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
Is your program in need of funding? The IALD Education Trust provides funding to academic institutions in order to promote lighting education, by fostering new programs or enhancing and expanding existing programs. The intent of funding is to support lighting design in undergraduate and graduate programs worldwide. The IALD Education Trust has implemented a new
Academic Institution Funding Request Policy to review requests for funding.

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN LIGHTING ACADEMY [RMLA]
The IALD Education Trust is proud to provide funding to the RMLA at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a continuing education program for professionals working in the lighting industry. The RMLA is an extension of the highly regarded lighting education program within the architectural engineering department at the University of Colorado, and the proceeds from its activities provide ongoing financial support for the undergraduate program.

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