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Awards / Honors

Design and Merchandising faculty and students garner international awards at ITAA Conference

November 5, 2010

Design and Merchandising faculty and students brought home numerous awards for their creative scholarship and research papers from the International Textile and Apparel Association conference in Montreal, Canada, Oct. 28-30.

"Growing Breathing Shibori," by Diane Sparks, professor of Design & Merchandising, earned the Lectra Outstanding Faculty Award.

Design and Merchandising faculty members presenting original work included Drs. Karen Hyllegard, Mary Littrell, Jennifer Ogle, Juyeon Park, Eulanda Sanders, Diane Sparks, Ken Tremblay, and Terry Yan.

The awards included:

Creative Scholarship
  • Dr. Eulanda Sanders, ITAA Award for Excellence in Fiber Art Design for “Fractal Bride”
  • Dr. Diane Sparks, Lectra Outstanding Faculty Award for “Growing Breathing Shibori” (pictured right)
  • Casey Stannard and Kristen Morris, Lectra Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Best Use of Technology for “Pupa Butterfly” (pictured below)


Research Papers of Distinction

Jennifer Ogle and Ken Tremblay: Reeves-DeArmond, G., Ogle, J.P. & Tremblay, K. “Research and Theory Trends in Historic Costume and Textiles Scholarship: An Analysis of Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and Dress”

Jennifer Ogle: Ogle, J.P., & Damhorst, M.L. “Fostering Tolerance of Obesity through Empathy and Reflection”


Best Research Paper Award from Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business

Jennifer Ogle: Ogle, J.P., & Damhorst, M.L. “Fostering Tolerance of Obesity through Empathy and Reflection”


Blanche Payne Undergraduate Scholarship ($5,000)

Calli Roche, Apparel Design and Production Sophomore

Apparel & Merchandising program

"Pupa Butterfly," by graduate students Casey Stannard and Kristen Morris, was honored with the Lectra Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Best Use of Technology.

The Apparel and Merchandising program emphasizes study in apparel and textile design and development as well as the sourcing/production, marketing, and retailing of consumer goods. The program encompasses global study of the cultural/historical, economic, and scientific aspects of the textile and apparel industry, while fostering understanding of consumer behavior and socially responsible business practices.

There are two concentrations of study within the Apparel and Merchandising program. The Apparel Design & Production concentration focuses on understanding and mastery of apparel construction techniques, apparel and textile aesthetics, design, product evaluation, and quality assessment, sourcing and production of apparel goods for an identified target market, and manual and computer-aided design skills.

The Merchandising concentration focuses on product development, procurement, promotion, distribution, and retailing of consumer goods while emphasizing the importance of meeting consumers’ needs and preferences for goods at the right time, right place, and right price.

A minor of study (minimum of 22 credits) is also offered in Merchandising.

Graduate study

Major areas of specialization for graduate study and research in apparel and merchandising include:

  • Apparel Design and Production
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Historic Costume and Textiles
  • Merchandising
  • Social-Psychological and Cultural Aspects of Dress and Appearance
  • Textile Science

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: (970) 491-5182