Faculty and Staff Updates - Fall 2019

New Faculty and Staff

Several new faculty members have joined The Kent State Fashion School this fall. 


Buhyung Ellie Cho, Ph.D,  joins the school as an assistant professor. Cho studies the effect of mergers and acquisitions in textile and apparel industry. Her recent work has examined how the U.S. textile firms have responded to technology-driven mergers and acquisitions. Her research interests include industry and firm-level financial analysis, strategic decision making, and the innovation and new technologies in the textile and apparel industry.  She received her Ph.D. in Textile Technology Management from North Carolina State University and a B.A. in Accounting from Boston College.  Prior to her studies at NC State, she was a financial analyst at J.P. Morgan with a CPA (Certified Public Accountants) certification.


Krissi Riewe joins the school as an assistant professor. She is an Austin, Texas native with an M.F.A. in Fashion Design from the University of North Texas. Prior to earning her M.F.A. she gained experience in the industry, working as Store Manager and Buyer for a specialty women’s store for eight years. Her research focuses on finding ways to use digital technology in the design and making processes work more efficiently, sustainably and creatively.


Seven new part-time instructors join the school at both the main campus and the school’s NYC Studio location.  On the main campus, instructors McKenzie Ogrodnik and Caroline Surrarrer join for fall 2019. At the NYC Studio, five new instructors join the school including Nicole Horsford-Holley, Glenn Go, Caryn Pang, Fabrizio Babino and Lyn Caponera. All of new part-time instructors currently work in the industry and bring a wealth of fashion knowledge with them.


Michael Arbino joins the school as an academic advisor. Arbino graduated from The University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and from Xavier University with a Master of Arts in English. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature at Kent State University. He previously worked as an academic advisor at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY and at The University of Akron. Also, he has been an English instructor for many years, most recently at Miami University in Hamilton, OH. 


Tenure and Promotion Updates

Additionally, the School would like to recognize the faculty and staff members receiving promotions and tenure this semester. Jihyun Kim, Ph.D, has been promoted to full-professor. Kim also serves as the new Graduate Program Coordinator for the school’s Fashion Industry Studies graduate program. Kendra Lapolla has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. Lapolla also serves as the new director of the Fashion School Store in downtown Kent. Marjorie Wachowiak has been promoted to associate lecturer. Additionally, Wachowiak serves as the program coordinator for the school’s Summer Fashion Academy. 


Award Announcements

Administrative clerk, Melissa McCoy received the 2019 Kent State University President’s Award of Distinction from former President, Beverly J. Warren over the summer. McCoy was one of seven Kent State staff members to receive the award. The award is presented to staffers that demonstrate exceptional performance aligned with the university’s strategic goals. Associate professor, Margarita Benitez, has recently been named a finalist for the Knight Foundation’s 2019 Knight Arts Challenge in Akron for her ten-large scale outdoor sculpture, “In silico et in situ: Chimney Swift Tower Sculptures” in downtown Akron. The winning projects will be announced during a celebration on September 25 at the Akron Art Museum. 

POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 6:33pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:18pm