A group of students approached Human Development and Family Studies faculty member, Dr. Sherwood Burns-Nader, with an interest in participating in research. With guidance from her, these students completed a research project focused on children. Their abstract was selected for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at Kennesaw State University this spring.
Each of the five students conducting research were involved in UA’s Emerging Scholars program. Three are focusing on the CHES Child Life concentration and two are biology majors. All continued to participate in research in the lab after having completed the Emerging Scholars program.
What did they investigate – the effectiveness of a non-invasive pain relief product called Buzzy. Their abstract says it all:
Congratulations to these emerging researchers: Amber Wesoloski of Moon Township, Penn., Emily Goldstein of Santa Clarita, Cal., Shannon Anderson of Mobile, Ala., Molly Lukas of Lakeland, Tenn., and Lily Small of Fairhope, Ala.!
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From interior design student in Doster Hall to professional designer in Charleston, South Carolina, Matthew Bees has perfected his craft. His work has been featured in House Beautiful, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Coastal Living, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
This spring, he was chosen to work his magic in the nation’s most prestigious annual showcase for interior design, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House which runs from May 2 through May 31. Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology. This year top designers from around the world decorated a town house on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
The show house raises funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. For more than four decades, the show house has been a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts, renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world.
If you are in NYC this month, stop by to see the work of our former CHES student, Matthew Bees. The Kips Bay Show House is open 7 days a weeks and tickets are $40. Learn more about Matthew and see his work at his website Matthew Monroe Bees.
View Matthew’s room and others through these links:
Apparel design students at the College of Human Environmental Sciences let their imaginations run wild for a special fashion show that celebrated Earth Week. Tasked with upcycling their finds from thrift stores, family attics and a few unconventional sources, designers created an amazing array of clothing for Tee Time 2019.
Students were asked to present one or two looks focused on sustainable design using alternative materials or re-purposed articles of clothing. Tee Time is an annual event that allows sophomore designers in the apparel production class to show their work for the first time. Junior and senior designers joined in on the fun, too.
Sophomore designers were Jacob Brosky, Julianne Dean, Kate Floyd, Angelina Kim, Faith Lowe, Jessica Lyerly, Nikki Maccariello, Jennica Mancarella, Grace McCoy, Callie McKinnon, Miya Michaels, Shea Ochoa, Makenzie Tokes, Katerina Weakley and Danbi Woo.
Juniors designers were Mara Baez-Velazquez, Marc Biancavilla, Ian Burch, Alexandra Gibson, Sydney Good, Gizelle Macias, Kaitlyn Sarao, Leah Sneddon, Millie Steed, Mo Taylor, Kailyn Thomas, Coleen Tolentino, Pang Vang, Jannell Whitfield and Kendall Worrell.
Senior designers were Jeff Austin, Mary Rives Drake, La’ Shandra Garner, Allie Gipson, Trevor Hill and Tommie Quinlan.
Photos by Eric Gray Photography
CHES Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design students took a road trip to visit Blackberry Hill Alpacas, an alpaca farm in Anniston, Alabama. The trip was organized by CTD instructor Danielle Reaves who wanted students to experience the entire process of making wool yarn and envision the design possibilities of this resource. They got to meet the alpacas, see where they are kept, learn what they like to eat and how to shear them.They discovered how to take the sheared wool and prepare it to be spun into yarn. One student even took a turn at the spinning wheel. Students got to feel the wool, both on the alpacas and off, and learn which parts of the sheared wool are used and which must be discarded. Getting to feed and pet the animals was an added bonus that had many of the students wanting an alpaca (or two!) of their very own.
The visit ended with a trip to the gift shop which featured finished products made from alpaca wool. For the students who are participating in the 16th Annual North American Student Design Competition, which is sponsored by Alpaca Owners Association, Inc., this trip was especially valuable for learning the uses of alpaca fiber in fashion, textile and interior design. For a video of the trip visit the CHES Facebook page.