Category Archives: Retail Merchandising

What do the Netherlands, Istanbul, and Japan have in common?

Students, do you want to travel this summer? You can earn credit for school living in Europe's largest port city, sketching buildings in the former capital of the Roman Empire, or participating in a traveling design studio across Japan. There are no language prerequisites for our design-based programs in the Netherlands, Istanbul, and Japan. Detailed program information (including cost) is available on the University's Learning Abroad Center website. Sustainable Urban Design in Rotterdam, Netherlands May 13 to June 2 Where: Based in Rotterdam, Netherlands with visits to Utrecht, Amsterdam Docklands, and Biesbosch National Park What: A course focused on climate change and sustainable urban design Who: Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Urban and Regional Planning students Info: Detailed…

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Your Gift of Shelter, Their Mission Continues

Thank you for your support! Because of your generosity, we surpassed our $10,000 goal to help extend our initiatives with local Habitat for Humanity projects. Your gifts, in large and small amounts, will provide funding to continue developing projects like our Zero-Energy Home – researched, designed, refined, and developed by two College of Design architecture classes – and Habitat's Restores, which involves our retail merchandising students. We also have two housing studies faculty serving as advisors for the University's Student Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Your gift will provide additional hands-on, real-world experiences for our student and furthers our mission to address and solve real-world problems, while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking. To continue giving the…

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Retail Students Design Window Display for Weisman Art Museum

Retail Merchandising students in the Retail Environments and Human Behavior class collaborated with the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) Shop and designed its window display for its reopening in October. The window designers include Dooyoung Choi, Nicole R Gruber, Karen James, Morgan Mae Neisinger, Grace Louise Nordloh, Katherine E Taylor, and Courtney Lynn Zeidler. For more on the College of Design's Retail Merchandising program, click here….

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Alexandria Corbett (BS Retail, 2011) Launches

Recent retail merchandising grad Alexandria Corbett (BS Retail, 2011) has started her own fashion lifestyle blog called From her first blog post earlier this month: "I have been following many blogs for quite a while now, and daydreaming about having my own. I moved from Minnesota to California… so I figured now would be a good time to start sharing my thoughts, aspirations, favorite trends, and mostly photos. I am inspired every day by what my favorite bloggers post, and I hope to inspire others in the same way." Although this project is still in its infancy, Corbett has already partnered with a retail line and has gained the support of advertisers. She is also hard at work…

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Students, Alumni & Professionals Come Together for Retail Connect

Last Thursday, College of Design students, alumni and retail professionals came together for our annual Retail Connect event. This year's gathering, titled Going Mobile, Getting Social… Shopping with Today's Consumers, featured marketing professionals and executives from Best Buy and Kohl's. They shared examples of what their organizations have been doing online, including what's worked, what hasn't, and what's next. The evenings kick-off presentation featured Jim Wehmann, senior vice president of global marketing at Digital River. He discussed how millions of people from around the world are overcoming historical barriers, through avenues such as social networks, mobile commerce and App Stores, to connect with their customers online. He highlighted how this shift will significantly impact direct marketing and customer relationships…

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UMNews Features DHA Department Head, Professor Missy Bye – "A good fit for design"

As Professor Missy Bye takes over the helm at DHA (Graphic Design, Apparel Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Housing Studies and Retail Merchandising), the University profiled her for one of their latest features. Read more about Missy Bye here.

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Wokasch interviewed by Star Tribune about NYC Fashion Week

Glassman at the Star Tribune about her recent trip to New York City for Fashion Week. Wokasch worked behind the scenes for designer Rachel Antonoff during the showing of Antonoff’s Fall 2011 collection.

Wokasch also attended a book signing for Emerging Fashion Designers (Schiffer Books) by Sally Congdon-Martin. Wokasch is included in the book as well as College of Design graduates Lauren Koehne (BS Clothing Design and Retail Merchandising, 2009), Laura Musekamp (BS Clothing Design and Retail Merchandising, 2009), and Elyse Olson (BS Clothing Design, 2009).

Minnesotan gets true N.Y. experience” by Sara Glassman, Star Tribune

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Retail Connect: Succeeding in an unpredictable marketplace

The College of Design convenes a forum, “Retail Connect: Succeeding in an unpredictable marketplace,” where retail and consumer trend experts share their insights, foresights, and strategies.

“The Midwest and the Twin Cities are home to some of the world’s leading retailers, including Target, Best Buy, and Christopher and Banks, and we want to provide an opportunity to share and learn from each other innovative ideas concerning how to successfully navigate the current challenges facing the industry,” said Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising).

The forum takes place on Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:30-9:00 p.m., in University Hall of the McNamara Alumni Center and features Mike Dervos, senior vice president and regional director of stores, Macy’s North Region; Roberta Bonoff, chief executive and president, Creative Kidstuff; and Vickie Abrahamson, Panoramix Global. The event is open to the public but space is limited. The cost of attendance is $20 ($5 for students) and registration is required.

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Eicher participates in roundtable during Fashion Week

Just as Fashion Week 2010 was starting earlier this month, Joanne Eicher (Regents professor emerita, DHA) participated in a roundtable discussion with Kathryn Earle, publisher of Berg Fashion Library online and Phyllis Tortora of Queen’s College on the critical role dress and fashion play in human existence.

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