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For the past thirteen years, department of clothing, textiles, and interior design chair and professor, Dr. Shirley Foster, has helped to protect, preserve, and interpret Alabama's historical places, as part of the Alabama Historical Commission. In honor of her upcoming retirement and years of service to our state, the governor's office flew an Alabama state flag over the State Capital on February 11, 2022. Afterwards, Foster was gifted the flag with a certificate of recognition as thank you for her loyal and dedicated service to the citizens of our great state. We commend Commissioner Shirley Foster on this well-deserved honor!
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A new building coming to The University of Alabama campus will provide space to conserve and celebrate fashion history and groom fashion trendsetters of the future.
The University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences has announced plans to construct Drummond Lyon Hall to house its fashion retailing and apparel design concentrations.
Through the support of alumni, the CHES Leadership Board and other friends of the college, an effort to secure $4 million in charitable gifts to support the construction of the state-of-the-art facility has begun. The building will be named in recognition of a commitment from 1986 alumna Terri Drummond Lyon.
“The University is thankful for the philanthropy of alumni and friends, especially Terri Drummond Lyon for investing so meaningfully in the lives of our students,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell. “Our students deserve the very best facilities where they can hone their talents and prepare for successful careers after graduation. This new building for our fashion and design programs will provide the exceptional experience necessary for our students to thrive.”
Located on Colonial Drive, the building will become part of a CHES hub that includes nearby Adams and Doster halls. Once complete, the 25,000 square foot facility will house The Fashion Archive historical dress and related objects collection, a conservation laboratory, exhibition galleries, two cutting-edge studio classrooms, flex space for receptions or lectures, and offices for fashion retailing and apparel design faculty.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to provide our students with the best resources and facilities to create their pathway to success in fashion and design,” said Terri Lyon. “It is my honor to be one among many who are answering the call to support CHES and the University, and to help bring their vision for the future of the apparel and textiles program from conception to reality.”
The building will be unique among Southeastern Conference universities that offer apparel design and fashion merchandising programs through its dedicated spaces for apparel conservation, hands-on learning and hosting symposium-type events for the fashion and retail industries. The classrooms, research and experiential opportunities for students will rival any other nationally recognized fashion program.
“We have no doubt that when completed Drummond Lyon Hall will take our exceptional apparel and textiles program to even greater heights,” said Dr. Stuart Usdan, dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. “It has the potential to open minds to new experiences and influence students, alumni, researchers and entrepreneurs in a variety of fields, from fashion to marketing and history — creating leaders who make a difference in our world.”
Pending final Stage IV approval from the UA Board of Trustees, construction on Drummond Lyon Hall is scheduled to begin in the fall.
Partners, Ryan Powell, Richard Ellis, Tim Parker III and Philip Mullin, of the Powell Insurance Group made a recent donation to a familiar local charity, the RISE Center. These local businessmen have supported the early childhood education program for years through their participation in the RISE Tournament of Champions annual fundraiser, which has an event slated for April 20 and 21, 2022.
When their company received $5,000 for the charity of their choice from Orion180 through the insurance providers’ Start Outreach Partnership Donation Program, RISE became the beneficiary. The reward came in recognition of being the insurance provider’s top producer for the year. RISE Director Andi Gillen plans to use the funds to support vision therapy services.
The RISE Center, part of the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences, serves children with disabilities and their typically developing peers, from ages 8 weeks to 5 years. The center serves more than 100 children, over 50% with special needs, in their five-day-a-week program and therapeutic playgroup.
Hospitality management professor, Alvin Niuh, was honored with a Trailblazer Award by Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. Recognized for his dedication in teaching and mentoring the next generation of hospitality and tourism leaders, Niuh received the award at the inaugural Tourism Bash on November 4, 2021. TTS President and CEO, Don Staley said, "Niuh has taught thousands of students and made a lasting impact at the University, throughout Tuscaloosa and everywhere his students have landed in their careers."
We are proud of the work Niuh and his colleagues do in our hospitality management program. Check out the possibilities in hospitality here! http://www.nhm.ches.ua.edu/hospitality-management.html
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