Stephen Surlin is searching for the right words. It’s not that he’s at a loss for them – he simply has so much to say, to do, and to achieve. It’s as though the bright and curious third-year student is breathing in potential and exhaling ideas.
Majoring in Visual Arts, Surlin is laying a broad foundation for his future, minoring in women’s studies and computer science. His ultimate goal is to take his passion for art, social justice and technology and fire these elements into a finished piece that inspires thought, social equality, and even sustainable products that benefit disempowered communities.
- Jennifer Barone
I was recently contacted by VIEW Magazine‘s editor, Jennifer Barone, to do an interview for VIEW’s first ever Student Profile section of their publication based out of the University of Windsor. The magazine’s website describes VIEW as the:
University of Windsor alumni magazine, connecting more than 60,000 alum with each other and their alma mater.
The alumni-campus relationship is central to the life of a university. UWindsor prepares its students to make their mark on the world; in return, graduates give back in multiple ways — as mentors, donors, and champions of the school. View builds on that relationship by sharing stories about the University that instill pride in its graduates.
The magazine has also brought recognition to the University, winning awards for its design and photography from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
I was very excited and proud to do the interview and feature. Barone had said her attention was first caught by my interview in The Windsor Star by Sonja Puzic titled University of Windsor artist’s gallery showing inspired by humanitarian trip to Nigeria. In the article, Puzic asked me several questions about my recent trip to Nigeria and how that experience led me to create several sustainable design and social justice focused projects using LED lights, rechargeable batteries and solar panels. VIEW magazine also used the photo that Dan Janisse took of me for that article.