Category Archives: Retail Merchandising

Kim Johnson Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Retail merchandising professor Kim Johnson received the University of Minnesota Senate Committee on Educational Policy’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. The honor recognizes Johnson’s excellence in instruction; instructional program development; intellectual distinction; advising and mentoring; and involvement of students in research, scholarship, and professional development. “Advising and mentoring of students is the aspect of my job that brings me the most joy,” says Johnson. “To be a mentor is to provide the support and encouragement that students need to manage their own learning and to gain confidence in their abilities.”Along with serving as the Retail Merchandising Program Chair since 2002, she’s served on the Senate Judicial Committee and College of Design Curriculum Committee since 2010. Her…

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Jenna Koller (BS '02 Retail Merchandising) Named National Account Manager for L'Oreal

Jenna Koller (BS '02 Retail Merchandising) accepted a position as National Account Manager for L'Oreal Paris Skin and Sun Care, one of the largest beauty care companies in the world. Koller, who previously worked as the Key Account Manager for L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics, will be responsible for achieving L'Oreal Paris Skin and Sun Care sales volume, market share, and profit objectives for Wal-Mart. In her 2011 career profile, Koller's advice for current students is to keep an open mind about the future, "Retail is a large industry, its not just about becoming a Target or Macy's buyer. Retail encompasses grocery, manufacturing, sales, product design and the list goes on. Retail is everywhere and there are so many different avenues one…

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Retail Students Create Window Display for the Weisman

This spring, students in Juanjuan Wu's course on visual merchandising competed for the chance to have their window display designs showcased by the Weisman Art Museum."We are thrilled to provide a real world opportunity for students pursuing careers in retail merchandising," says Weisman shop manager Marissa Onheiber who helped judge the designs. "It has been a joy to witness the student's creative process in coming up with designs inspired by the Weisman's collection and to see how they translate their ideas into a window installation."Students also worked with Danica Andler, a visual merchandising specialist who formerly worked for Anthropologie, on ideation consultation. The winning display was implemented over spring break. Stop by and let us know what you think! Interested…

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