Designing women

DHE/Graphic Design students and faculty receive recognition


  • Thea Matos (Apparel Design) and Lauren Graebner (Apparel Design), under the supervision of Genna Reeves-DeArmond (DHE Ph.D. candidate), have received two competitive awards for their research “Intersections of Cross-Cultural Style: The Design and Assessment of the Infinity Hijab Headscarf for Saudi Arabian Women.”
    The first is the OSU Libraries Undergraduate Social Sciences/Sciences/Engineering Research Award , which includes a $500 scholarship and plaque. They also took first place in the Undergraduate Research Competition sponsored by the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA). Their paper will be presented at ITAA’s annual meeting in Hawaii next November.
    (photo L to R students Lauren Graebner, Thea Matos, Maha Albarjas and Elham Maqsood)
    Read more at The Daily BarometerStudent product connects American and Middle Eastern cultures


  • Hsiou-Lien Chen and Brigitte Cluver are part of an Environmental Protection Agency project on finding alternatives to plastic mulch. Hsiou-Lien, Brigitte and several students are looking at non-wovens made from flax and waste wool. Be sure to watch the project’s documentary film ‘Following a Plastic Trail‘ (YouTube) and located at the bottom of this page.
  • Five DHE/Graphic Design faculty received the Global Learning Initiative Grant ($12,500) to enhance courses and build a global learning community in DHE: Seunghae Lee (DHE 445 Advanced Commercial Design), Minjeong Kim and Sandy Dawson (DHE 470 Retail Merchandising, DHE 4XX International Retailing), Leslie Burns (DHE 475 Global Production and Trade in Textiles and Apparel) and Nancy Froehlich (GD/DHE 4XX International Collaboration in Design). They will participate in the OSU Global Learning Community during Spring Term.
  • Sandy Dawson has been selected to participate in a three-week China Retail Study Tour co-sponsored by the David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research of the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Education. The tour will focus on business practices of multinational companies and domestic companies in retailing-related industries including Coach, Gap, Li & Fung, Brown Shoe Company, Umbra, Oglivy and Wal-Mart.
  • Minjeong Kim received an LL Stewart Faculty Development Grant to participate in Gerber’s webPDM (Product Data Management) training in Texas. This software program is designed specifically for managing product-related data such as images, cost comparisons, construction details, lab dips and measurements and will be incorporated into product development courses.
  • Elaine Pedersen received an LL Stewart Faculty Development Grant to purchase museum/collection quality mannequins for use in displaying artifacts from the DHE Cultural and Historic Textiles and Apparel Collection for class learning activities.
  • Andrea Marks received an LL Stewart Faculty Development Grant to attend the GAIN: AIGA Design for Social Value Conference. This conference focuses on the role design plays in business strategy, leadership and product and message, as well as how the creative attributes of designers provide advantages for tackling socially complex business challenges.

Following a Plastic Trail