Student Robin Bonatesta Becomes First University Innovation Fellow for Kent State

Kent State University student Robin Bonatesta, a junior computer science and fashion merchandising major from Branchburg, N.J., has been named a University Innovation Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). 

Scholar Blends Art and Technology in Textiles and Fashion

September Scholar of the Month Margarita Benitez (second from right) analyzes a garment with her students in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, in Rockwell Hall.

Scholar of the Month
Margarita Benitez
Assistant Professor
College of the Arts
2010-present

Margarita Benitez is an assistant professor of fashion design in the Fashion School of the College of the Arts. Her interdisciplinary focus on interactivity in textiles and fashion blends art and technology, interface design, tangible computing, 3D, architecture and fiber and material studies.

The Garment Games - Inclusion By Design

Kent State University's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Fashion School, powered by the Division of Finance and Administration, hosted the Garment Games -- Inclusion By Design, a fashion sportswear design competition.

In early May, Kent State University's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Fashion School, powered by the Division of Finance and Administration, hosted the Garment Games -- Inclusion By Design, a fashion sportswear design competition.

The diversity event was developed to promote inclusion across all university campuses and surrounding communities and to celebrate and support the 2014 Gay Games (GG9) coming to Cleveland/Akron in early August.

Kent State Fashion School Shines at Top Textiles and Clothing Conference

Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising (the Fashion School) took home a total of seven design awards at the 2013 conference of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA). Three faculty members and three students picked up awards at the conference, which took place in New Orleans from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18.

Kent State’s Fashion School Spring Fashion Show Highlights Cream of the Crop Design Students, April 27

Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising will celebrate its 30th anniversary during the 2013 Fashion School Fashion Show, “FS2” on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the E. Turner Stump Theatre in the Music and Speech Building on 1325 Theatre Drive at the Kent Campus.

Kent State Designs First-of-its-Kind Graduate Program in Fashion

The new degree program is geared toward professional practice, responding to the fashion industry’s growing use of integrated technologies and the trend toward entrepreneurship that spawns small- to medium-sized businesses that manufacture goods locally or within the United States. It is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in fashion merchandising, fashion design or related fields who want to expand their employment options in the $300-billion, global fashion industry.

Public Invited to Create a Unique, Digitally Printed Scarf at Special Workshop, Dec. 5

The Kent State University Fashion School's TechStyleLAB will present a special holiday workshop "Introduction to Digital Textile Printing: How to Create a Scarf" on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the June F. Mohler Fashion Library in Rockwell Hall at 515 Hilltop Drive, just behind the Kent State University Museum. Cost per person is $50 and can be paid by cash or check. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-672-1635 or emailing tslab@kent.edu.

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