A Welcome Back Letter from the Director
Dear Fashion School students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends,
Welcome to the Kent State Fashion School’s 2018-2019 school year!
On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, we would like to welcome all of our returning, first-year and transfer students!
Let me begin by introducing myself - my name is Dr. Kim Hahn, and I recently stepped in as the interim director of the Fashion School. I am thrilled to welcome you to this new school year! I look forward to seeing both the new and familiar faces, as well as hearing all about your summer adventures, especially those involved with internship and study-away experiences! For those of you who have not met me, I was the associate director of the Fashion School for the past four years, and I have been in charge of the coordination of all our study-away programs. This is currently my eighth year working at the Fashion School. I am very excited to work together to make this a fabulous new school year!
I would first like to welcome the new students of the Fall 2018 cohort of the Master of Fashion Industry Studies (M.F.I.S.) graduate program. This is the first year of our M.F.I.S. program, and we are extremely excited to have nine graduate students joining us this fall. We look forward to seeing their innovative ideas and solutions for the fashion industry as they progress throughout the program.
I would also like you to join me in welcoming our new study-away program coordinator, William Perrine. Mr. Perrine has been a fashion merchandising instructor and the Fashion Students Organization (FSO) faculty advisor for the past 11 years, and we are thrilled to welcome him into this new role!
Additionally, I would like to introduce some of our new faculty joining us this year. We have two new full-time faculty members in the Fashion School, Dr. Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing and Mrs. Melissa Campbell. Dr. LoMonaco-Benzing previously worked for four years in product management and customer service for the sustainable home products B-Corp, Preserve. Her research interests include collaborative economic development opportunities for independent retailers and producers, cultural motives for sustainability and sustainability education. Melissa Campbell was recently promoted to a full-time assistant professor after previously working as a part-time instructor at the Fashion School. Mrs. Campbell’s award-winning works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally including Fiber Art International, the International Techstyle Art Biennial and the Surface Design Journal.
At our NYC Studio location, we welcome acting director Ann Walter, part-time instructors David Leung and Jackie Hughes and the Outreach Program officer, Jackie Krohn.
Ann Walter is an alumna of the School of Fashion at Kent State University with a degree in fashion design. She has most recently been an adjunct instructor at the NYC Studio for while continuing to consult in the fashion industry. David Leung has joined us as an adjunct instructor teaching the Fashion Design Studio III course, which is a part of our newly offered senior coursework this semester. Leung has an extensive background designing for brands such as Natori, Versace, and Magaschoni, as well as fashion and lifestyle consulting, art direction and styling, and was previously an instructor at Kent when the NYC Studio first opened. Jackie Hughes has also joined us as an adjunct instructor teaching Senior Study Tour, which is also part of our newly offered senior coursework. She is an alumna of the Fashion Design program at Kent and has extensive background designing for major retailers and brands such as Ann Taylor, Isaac Mizrahi, and Kenneth Cole. She is currently a design director at Ralph Lauren. Jackie Krohn has joined us as the Outreach Program officer, where she will be supporting the staff, faculty and students at the Studio. Her background is in operations, data management, special events, communications and PR for fine art galleries and museums.
Furthermore, I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to our entire faculty and staff (including all of those in our study-away locations), who have spent numerous hours cleaning up classrooms, ordering course supplies, coordinating study tours and organizing teaching materials to prepare for this fall semester. I would also like to extend a special thanks to our advisors who have worked diligently throughout the summer to welcome our incoming freshmen through Destination Kent State (DKS) as well as help our transfer and returning students with the registration process.
Again, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for making the Fashion School such an exciting and engaging environment. I hope everyone will be able to enjoy themselves and have a FANTASTIC academic year!