Category Archives: Retail Merchandising

Meet Our Rising Stars and Distinguished Scholars

At the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Conference last month, College of Design faculty and students took home many of the top awards. ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. Apparel Assistant Professor Lucy Dunne was awarded the ITAA Rising Star award for her demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in the area of textiles and apparel. Dunne, who is the director of the apparel design program at the College, is internationally renowned for her work in the field of wearable technology. Dunne also directs the Wearable Technology Lab where the research focuses on translating the theoretical potential of smart clothing and wearable technology…

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Windows On Display at the Guthrie and Weisman

This semester students in Juanjuan Wu’s visual merchandising class worked with the Guthrie Theater and Weisman Art Museum (WAM) to create window displays for their shop windows. “I was impressed with this group’s sensitivity to the Guthrie architecture,” said Kay McGuire, Guthrie Theater shop Director of Retail and Merchandising. “Their design seeks to compliment the colors and shapes of the building and play off the winter season.” The winning display for the Guthrie, Modern Holiday, was designed by Elizabeth Huber, Carissa Prieve, Lindsey DeWitt, Crystal Compton, and Kora Gleason (pictured right). Students working with WAM were asked to use Files, the current WAM exhibit about the history of the museum and its collection, to influence their work. The winning design, Exhibition,…

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Andrzej Piotrowski, Sauman Chu, and Juanjuan Wu Receive Grant-in-Aid Funding

Three faculty members from the College of Design received Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research. GIA funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of University. In most cases grants act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding. Professor Andrzej Piotrowski (Architecture) will study how architecture has recorded religious and cultural exchanges along the western part of the Silk Road (pictured above); Associate Professor Sauman Chu (Graphic Design) will evaluate the rhetorical appeals of visual information to improve healthy nutrition in individuals with obesity or pre-diabetes condition; and Assistant Professor Juanjuan…

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Retail Merchandising Students Develop 3D Virtual Stores

Working with Target Corporation’s Merchandise Presentation Department, eighty-one students competed in a visual merchandising innovation challenge this spring.  Students were given challenges in three different departments: Boys, Men’s, and Ready to Wear and worked in teams to develop strategies addressing those challenges and implementing their solutions in a 3D virtual store.  First prize was awarded to Sarah Lundberg and Natasha Bursch; second prize to Sasenka Curic and Joe LeGarde II; and third prize to Katy Anderson and Liz Schenkat. The following teams received honorable mentions: Jennifer Silbernagel and Michelle Kisrow; Rebecca Doepke and Erika O’Brien; Kaitlyn Grabinski, Michelle Conklin, and Jessica Chiu; and Landon Hersch and Elizabeth Wilson.(Back row, left to right) Sara Lundberg, Natasha Bursch, Celeste Bosn, David Sommer, Amy…

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Photos + Video from 2012 College of Design Commencement

"Public interest design starts with a belief in the power of design to transform lives. It's a belief that everyone deserves good design and, in fact, it's a belief that every human being needs good design in order to live their best lives." John Cary (BA Arch '99), 2012 College of Design commencement address Congratulations to our Apparel Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, Housing Studies, Interior Design, Landscape Design and Planning, and Retail Merchandising undergraduate students, along with our Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Design graduate students who received their degrees during commencement on May 12, 2012. 2012 College of Design Commencement College of Design Dean Tom Fisher with commencement speaker John Cary (BA Arch '99)Kate Maple, Assistant Dean of Student Services;…

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Students, Faculty, and Staff Honored for their Contributions to the College

The following students, faculty, and staff were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the College of Design during our annual Honors and Awards event on Friday, May 4, 2012. Student Design and Scholarship Excellence Ben Vandenwymelenberg – Architecture Undergraduate IndividualJeremy Bernardy – Architecture Undergraduate TeamSosethika Chhuth – Architecture Undergraduate Team Michael Jamison – Architecture Undergraduate TeamKaty Kenyon – Architecture Undergraduate TeamNicholas Kramer – Architecture Undergraduate TeamJessica McSherry – Architecture Undergraduate TeamJoshua Miller – Architecture Undergraduate TeamCho Park – Architecture Undergraduate TeamStefanie Perez – Architecture Undergraduate TeamLane Pralle – Architecture Undergraduate TeamRyan Radzak – Architecture Undergraduate TeamDevon Regan – Architecture Undergraduate TeamEmily Richardson – Architecture Undergraduate TeamLindsey Richter – Architecture Undergraduate TeamSamuel Schroeder – Architecture Undergraduate Team Benjawan Sinchai – Architecture Undergraduate TeamJeff…

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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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Ada Ojiaku (BS Retail Merchandising '06) Joins Target Corporation

Ada Ojiaku (BS Retail Merchandising '06) announced that she will be joining the Target Corporation as a product manager. She'll work with buyers to source vendors used for hard line, private label brands. Previously a video game software buyer for Best Buy, Ojiaku is the current alumni president of the Design Student and Alumni Board. You can find more information about the retail merchandising program here.Would you like to be a member of the Design Student and Alumni Board? Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-2013 school year (download PDF)….

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