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Design and Merchandising Newsletter
Fall 2021 Recap

The Design and Merchandising newsletter publishes twice per year, in January and June.

From the Department Head - Karen Hyllegard

Outdoor portrait of Karen HyllegardDear Alumni and Friends,

Fall 2021 was a semester of optimism as the faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Design and Merchandising enthusiastically embraced the return of campus events and professional visits that allowed us to gather with alumni, industry professionals, donors, family, and friends whose generosity and support are invaluable to providing our students with rich educational experiences. Noted fall events included the CSU Homecoming tailgate party; a visit from Mark Messura, the senior vice president in the Global Supply Chain Marketing Division at Cotton Incorporated; the Emerging Leaders in Apparel and Merchandising alumni panel funded by the Kotsiopulos fund; and a professional industry networking event, Denver Design Dialogues, for students in the Interior Architecture and Design program.

Students in Design and Merchandising continue to achieve recognition for their academic successes. In December, five apparel and merchandising students were awarded scholarships from the Fashion Scholarship Fund ($7,500 each) for their exceptional entries in the organization’s national case study competition and will attend the postponed Fashion Scholarship Fund Industry Gala in New York City in April. Also, Sara Bovaird, an interior architecture and design student, is receiving the College of Health and Human Sciences 2022 Outstanding Senior Award in recognition of her many academic accomplishments and leadership activities.

Faculty also continue to excel in their teaching, research, and service to the University. In 2021, Dr. Sonali Diddi was selected as a fellow for the inaugural Colorado State University President’s Leadership Fellowship program with the Office of Engagement and Extension and in October, Dr. Kristen Morris received the ATEXINC Award for Excellence in Marketable Textile Design from the International Textile and Apparel Association. In March, Dr. Maria Delgado, Dr. Jain Kwon, Dr. Laura Malinin, and Dr. Leah Scolere will present research at the annual meeting of the Interior Design Educators Council, which will once again be held in person in New York City. On a more personal note, Jennifer Worrell Jeanneret, AM internship coordinator and instructor, welcomed a beautiful baby boy – Barrett – into her family.

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising had a successful fall, and on Feb. 1 will launch three new exhibits including Scaasi: Elegance and Glamour From Day to Night, a selection of fashion designer Arnold Scaasi’s work from the Avenir’s permanent collection. We also are excited to share that in November, we hired Douglas Andrews to serve as the museum’s visitor engagement coordinator. We are thrilled to have Douglas on board, and we look forward to the many ways in which he will enhance our engagement with patrons. 2022 will be a tremendously exciting year for the Avenir Museum.

Also, the department will support a full renovation of the textile science lab. The design concept for the renovation was developed by four IAD students – Claire Atkinson, Sara Bovaird, Shelby Norris, and Cassandra Richer – through a group project mentored by Dr. Scolere. The project reflects Dr. Scolere’s commitment to service-learning and represents a unique example of how student learning in interior design will foster student learning in textile science. The renovation will kick off this summer, and the first class in the new facility is scheduled for Fall 2022.

We are excited for the start of the Spring 2022 semester, and we look forward to enjoying more on-campus events with alumni, industry professionals, donors, family, and friends, including the AM Fashion Show on Friday, May 6, and the IAD Senior Show on Saturday, May 14. We hope some of you will be able to join us for these events!

Student Success

CSU students Cecilia and Caelan smiling together

CSU apparel and merchandising students win third place in prestigious student competition

Second-year students Cecilia Kastner and Caelan Chamberlain won third place in the prestigious Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices Student Competition.

Two students smiling behind a white board that reads "wear clothes that matter"

CSU merchandising student partners with students from the University of South Dakota on Hult Prize-funded app for clothing sustainability

Annie Lien, a design and merchandising student, joins a team of ambitious young women building an app to promote thrifting and clothing sustainability.

Elizabeth Gumper leans against a vine-covered wall

DM student, a Gold Award Girl Scout, chosen for prestigious leadership opportunity

First-year apparel and merchandising student, Elizabeth Gumper, was granted the opportunity to attend a leadership conference. For her Gold Award project, Gumper launched a career resource website for high school students.

Sara Bovaird working with a camera on a tripod on a roof

CSU students use Matterport 3D technology to document historic Colorado architecture

CSU interior architecture and design students have used 3D technology to document historic architecture both on the CSU campus and in Sterling, Colorado. The documentation has been compiled into an architectural virtual library.


Collage of the CSU Leadership Fellows

Sonali Diddi among inaugural cohort of CSU Leadership Fellows

Associate Professor Sonali Diddi, a core affiliate faculty member with the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, will work on community development as a fellow for engagement.

Outdoor portrait of Lindsey Shirley

Lindsey Shirley joining Office of Engagement and Extension

Lindsey Shirley joins the Office of Engagement and Extension in the role of assistant vice president for engagement and extension and deputy director of CSU Extension. Her tenure home is in Design and Merchandising.

Exterior shot of the CSU tiny house

CSU Tiny House focus of tours and sale at Homecoming tailgate

The Tiny House project, part of the Design Thinking curriculum, brings students together from many disciplines to increase awareness and discussion around Fort Collins’ affordable housing problem.

Image of a bright red rain suit on a mannequin

Kristen Morris wins Excellence in Marketable Design Award at international conference

Kristen Morris, assistant professor in CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising, won the ATEXINC Award for Excellence in Marketable Textile Design in the professional category at the virtual International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) conference.

Senior Showcase

Headshot of Eunwoo Sam Jun leaning against a brick wall

Meet outstanding interior architecture and design graduate Eunwoo Sam Jun

Eunwoo Sam Jun has come a long way to get to graduation. Jun graduates this fall with a degree in interior architecture and design and is a first-generation college student, an international student from South Korea, a veteran, and an undergraduate researcher.

Vee Martinez in her graduation garb

Meet outstanding apparel and merchandising graduate Vee Martinez

Vee Martinez is an unstoppable graduate from CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising’s Apparel and Merchandising Program. As a first-generation student in the merchandising concentration, she’s proudly broken down barriers and faced every challenge along the way with grace and positivity.

A large chandelier in a conference venue

Interior architecture and design students showcase senior projects in virtual senior show

You’re invited to celebrate with IAD seniors both virtually and in person. The Interior Architecture and Design Senior Show, currently online, will be complemented by an in-person version in May 2022.

Aerial view of students at the Inclusive innovations exhibit

Product development seniors showcase their research in the Inclusive Innovations Exhibit

Seniors studying product development in the apparel and merchandising major showcased their inclusive senior projects with a reception and awards ceremony in December.


Alumni standing together indoors with masks on

Kotsiopulos Education Enhancement fund brings alumni to campus to share experiences with students

After a year’s delay due to COVID-19 restrictions, four alumni of the Apparel and Merchandising Program returned to Colorado State University for an event to discuss the role COVID-19 has played in their work lives and businesses, their career successes, and lessons learned from CSU.

Health and Human Sciences Matter Podcast

Cover of the Health and Human Sciences Matter podcast

Sonali Diddi featured in new podcast on the impact of CSU Health and Human Sciences research

Podcasts have been exploding across the entertainment sector for several years, and now the Colorado State University College of Health and Human Sciences is unveiling its own to be added to your queue.


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