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FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Students in Apparel Studies Go to New York City

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Thirty-six apparel studies students in the School of Human Environmental Sciences in Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas participated in a recent fashion industry tour of New York City.

Students met with apparel industry professionals to learn about industry and color trends, product development and design, apparel manufacturing and apparel marketing. Students also conducted research assignments in Manhattan markets and analyzed shopping center formats during the seven-day tour.

Kathy Smith, apparel studies instructor and one of the trip organizers, said, "Upon completion of the trip, students were familiar with the New York City markets, shopping districts and store formats, and obtained a realistic interpretation of the apparel and manufacturing industry in the New York City area."

Students worked with bridal designer Lazaro and sportswear designer Genes. Apparel Studies advisory board member Mercedes Gonzalez of Global Purchasing led Genes' seminar. Ashley Leonard, a University of Arkansas alumnus, conducted a session in the Kenneth Cole Licensing Division of G-III Apparel.

Other tour highlights included an appointment with the Color Association on color trend analysis and behind the scenes tours of Macy's Herald Square and Jeffery's Specialty department stores.

Three students from the trip remained in New York City to begin summer internships-- Anna Cottrell of Springdale with the Findings Showroom, Lauren Saint of Little Rock with Global Purchasing and Lindsay Terry of Hot Springs with Gucci.

Alden Minor of Tulsa departed after the tour for a summer study abroad at the American Intercontinental University in London.
Trip participants were:

Laura Carpenter, the daughter of Anne and James Carpenter of Benton.
Keith Caudle, the son of Ronnie Caudle and Debra Paulk both of Fayetteville.
Anna Cottrell, the daughter of Jull Mackenzie of Fort Smith.
Ashley Cunningham, the daughter of Craig Cunningham of Fort Smith.
Katie Dacus, the daughter of Sharon and Jonathan Dacus of Sherwood.
Stephanie Duncan, the daughter of Michael Duncan of Bentonville.
Jacquelyn Duren, the daughter of Roger and Freida Duncan of Sherwood.
Jaclyn Groff, the daughter of Doyle and Jeanne Groff of Bella Vista.
Brittany Grover, the daughter of Debbie Grover of Broken Arrow, Okla.
Erika Haddock, the daughter of Eddie and Julie Haddock of Fayetteville.
Emily Harrald, the daughter of Douglas and Marjorie Harrald of Siloam Springs.
Jordan Henry, the son of Nelson Henry and Jeanne Henry of Searcy.
Erin Holifield, the daughter of Eric and Loretta Holifield of Searcy.
Angela Jensen, the daughter of Rick Jensen and Karen Jensen of Prairie Grove.
Betsy Kordsmeier, the daughter of Eddie and Joy Kordsmeier of Conway.
Amanda Labeth, the daughter of James and Lori Mason of Lowell.
Kurt Markowski, the son of Michael Markowski of Mountain Home.
Megan Meier, the daughter of Steve Meier of Fairview, Texas.
Graceylyn Miller, the daughter of Walter and Grace Miller of West Helena.
Alden Minor, the daughter of Davie and Cynthia Minor of Tulsa, Okla.
Krista O'Conner, the daughter of Kevin and Barbara O'Conner of Springdale.
Ashley Richardson, the daughter of David and Lonnie Richardson of North Little Rock.
Meagan Rogers, the daughter of Connie Rogers of Barling.
Seanne Sain, the daughter of Gregg and Ginger Sain of Rector.
Lauren Saint, the daughter of Mike Saint of Little Rock.
Sara Shirley, the daughter of Jane Reilly of North Little Rock.
Jenna Slade, the daughter of Jim and Kellie Slade of Fort Smith.
Linday Terry, the daughter of Cyndi Biondo of Hot Springs.
Ashley Thomas, the daughter of James Thomas of Bentonville.
Sarah Thompson, the daughter of Butch and Sheva Thompson of Bentonville.
Jackie Warnock, the daughter of William and Mary Warnock of Elkins.
Candi Wood, the daughter of Major and Deanna Blissitt of McGehee.


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Contact:

Kathy Smith, Apparel Studies Instructor
479-575-2577 / kasmith@uark.edu

By Casandra Cox, Agricultural Communications
479-575-5647 / ccrumle@uark.edu