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HGTV "Design Star" winner to speak at PSU

November 25, 2008 12:00AM

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Jen Bertrand, 2008 HGTV "Design Star" winner

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I want them to know things I learned the hard way on my own... I'm trying to approach it like, if I were in college right now, what would I find interesting? "
~ Jen Bertrand
ertrand, winner of the 2008 HGTV "Design Star" competition, will soon visit Pittsburg State University to talk about her experience on the show and what she's learned about running a design business.

Bertrand will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in Grubbs Auditorium. A private reception will be held prior to her presentation at 6 p.m. in the Family and Consumer Sciences building.

"I actually got approached by one of the design students at PSU to come and speak, and I thought it would be really cool to share my story," said Bertrand, a native of Olathe, Kan.

Bertrand said this is her first college speaking engagement, but she's not too nervous.

"I used to be a teacher, so I love doing it," said Bertrand, who holds a master's degree in teaching and leadership from the University of Kansas.

Bertrand said she plans to speak on her upbringing, her design aesthetic, and her experiences running Bertrand Designs in Olathe.

"I assume that most of the students want to go out and have their own design business," Bertrand said. "I want them to know things I learned the hard way on my own... I'm trying to approach it like, if I were in college right now, what would I find interesting?"

Bertrand said she's prepared to answer plenty of questions, both about her design business and her upcoming show, set to debut at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, on the HGTV network.

For more information on Bertrand and her designs, go to http://www.bertranddesigns.com.

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