Fashion Merchandising Faculty Awarded Distinguished Honors in Teaching and Service

2019 College of the Arts AwardsIn November, the Kent State University College of the Arts celebrated “An Evening with the Arts” awarding two Fashion School faculty members and a prominent fashion donor with honors during the 2019 College of the Arts Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards.


The event was held in the Center for the Visual Arts on Kent’s main campus, and featured an immersive evening of art, music, dance and design. The main event of the night featured an awards ceremony honoring a specially selected group of College of the Arts alumni, faculty and friends who embody distinguished achievement. Nine awards were presented throughout the night. Recipients were chosen based on the number of nominations they received by KSU College of the Arts faculty, staff, alumni and students.


Associate professor Hillary Stone, who also serves as the 2019 College of the Arts Awards 2internship director and industry liaison for the Fashion School, was awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Faculty Award. This award is given to a current faculty member in the College of the Arts who demonstrates innovative teaching and leadership in instructional development.


Fashion lecturer, Marjorie Wachowiak, was awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Service Faculty Award, which is given to a current faculty member in the College of the Arts who demonstrates significant service to their field at the national and/or international level(s) and engages in meaningful public outreach. Wachowiak currently manages and oversees the Fashion School’s annual Summer Fashion Academy - a one-week program that introduces high school students to key areas in fashion design and merchandising in a pre-college, summer residence program.


2019 COTA AwardsThe Centennial Award is the highest honor given by the College of the Arts, and honors an individual associated with the College who is nationally or internationally recognized for contributions to their profession that relate to the arts. Dr. Geneva Damron was presented this award for her immense contributions and donations to the Fashion School and Kent State University Museum over the years. She has a passion for fashion and is a constant promoter of the Fashion School and Museum. Additionally, Dr. Damron and her family have funded countless scholarship opportunities for diverse students with financial need.


For a complete list of Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards, please visit the Kent State College of the Arts website

POSTED: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 11:38pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 12:18pm