The one-year mark as the Fashion School Director! 

On July 1st, I will have completed one full year as the Director of the Fashion School at Kent State University.  What a year! Here are some of the highlights since January 2010:

Peter Carman and the Paris American Academy:

To spend more time discussing our partnership between the Fashion School and the Paris American Academy (, Peter Carman visited us in Kent.  Starting in the Summer session of 2011, students from the KSU will be able to take approved Fashion School courses at the Paris American Academy, which is located very near the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens.  Two Fashion Design and two Fashion Merchandising courses have been developed and approved, thanks to assistance from Dr. Catherine Leslie, for students to take for credit towards their major.  It’s a great partnership, and Peter is a fantastic guy.

Peter Carman, President of the Paris American Academy, visited the Fashion School in April. When we had a bit of spare time, we took him to see President Garfield's memorial in Cleveland.

Peter Carman - visiting Garfield memorial

Garfield Memorial

Modista’s “Dreamland” fashion show:

The Modista Student Organization put on a great fashion show

Kori Fields presenting 'Dreamland' - a fashion show produced by the Modista Student Organization

early in the semester that presented designs from regional businesses as well as design work by Fashion School students.

Meeting Tim Gunn:

Tim Gunn gave a great presentation as part of the Burton D. Morgan lecture series at the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH.

On April 6th, I was graciously invited to join the Burton D. Morgan Foundation staff and the administration of the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson to hear Mr. Tim Gunn give an excellent presentation to the WRA students.  We then had a lovely lunch with Mr. Gunn, hosted by the Head of School, Christopher Burner and his wife.