Featured Student: Emma Brown


Why did you chose Apparel Design? When I was younger, delving into fashion and my personal style was a creative outlet for me. I daydreamed a lot about designs that I wanted to wear and found a lot of satisfaction in coming up with creative ideas and designs. When it came to choosing my major and planning for my future, Apparel Design was really the only option for me. Purdue offers so many incredible opportunities in this area of study and I have never second guessed my decision. 

What is/was your favorite course? My CSR 421 class is my favorite because I am designing my senior collection. I feel that I have a lot of creative freedom in this class and I have seen my collection develop into something I am really proud of. 

Who is your favorite teacher/professor? All of my ADT professors have had such a huge impact in my life and education during my time at Purdue. I am thankful for Nancy Strickler, Susan Owens and Kristofer Chang Alexander for all they have taught me over the past few years. 

What are your favorite TV show to binge watch? Right now I love to watch Korean dramas. They are the only shows that I can re-watch and not get bored! 

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there? Definitely chocolate, spinach salad and avocados!

How would your best friend describe you? I think my best friend would say that I am passionate about the work that I do and in every role I take on. I think she would say that I am loyal, trustworthy and focused. I like to keep schedules, so I make sure everyone is staying on track! 

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue. Purdue has given me so many incredible opportunities. During the summer of 2016, I was able to study abroad in London, England; and for the 2016-2017 school year I was a visiting student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Both of these opportunities were irreplaceable, and I would have never done them had it not been for Purdue. 

What inspires you? When I design, anything and everything can inspire me. I draw a lot of inspiration from art, color, and nature. In my life, I am inspired by the goals that I have set for myself. My future goals motivate me to work hard every day. 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? In 10 years, I would love to be in a position that excites and inspires me every day. Mostly, I hope to be happy wherever I end up!


Featured Student: Kristen Watson

Kristen Watson

Why did you chose your Financial Planning? I knew I wanted to be in the business towards the end of high school, but I was not sure what career. When I was applying for college, I knew I had to decide soon on a major. I talked to multiple people to get ideas and feedback. What finally led me to financial planning was hearing about my mom’s roommate in college’s career. She is a financial planner in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from Purdue with a degree in Financial Counseling and Planning. After hearing the details I felt this could be a good fit for me. I went into college open minded, and it turned out that financial planning has been a perfect fit. 

What is/was your favorite course? So far it has been retirement planning. I think this is something I want to specialize in after attaining my CFP. 

Who is your favorite teacher/professor? I have had several great teaches and professors during my time at Purdue. However, my favorite would have to be Mike Roe. He is always wanting to help the students learn and help all of us get plugged into the industry as much as possible. 

What are your favorite TV show to binge watch? I am definitely not a huge TV watcher. However, since my senior year of high school I have watched the same TV series on repeat whenever I have the time (which is not often). Gossip Girl is definitely a show I have binge watched and would binge watch again. 

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there? Chick-Fil-A nuggets, popcorn, and steak. 

How would your best friend describe you? Kind, a good listener, joyous, an advice giver, and spunky.

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue. Being chosen to represent Purdue at a TD Ameritrade conference for Financial Planning in San Diego. 

What inspires you? God.  

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Working at an RIA firm as a financial planner with my CFP. 


Featured Student: Emily Tuttle

EmilyWhy did you choose Apparel Design? Unlike many of my peers in ADT, I didn't grow up wanting to be a fashion designer. I have always been interested in the fashion industry, but never thought I wanted a career in it. I chose ADT because I looked at my high school coursework, and noticed that the only consistency were my sewing classes. I went so far as doing an independent study my senior year, sewing whatever I wanted, because there were no more upper level sewing classes. I started my Purdue career in Exploratory Studies and transferred into the ADT program second semester of my freshman year. 

What is/was your favorite course? My favorite courses throughout ADT definitely are my sewing and patterning classes. Although the curriculum is demanding and we work toward deadlines every week, I feel less stressed when I'm working on things I've invested my time in rather than sitting in a lecture hall studying vocabulary or equations.

Who is your favorite teacher/professor? My favorite professor is Susan Owens. Because I've had her as my professor since freshman year and our classes are so hands on, she really gets a chance to know not only her students, but their respective learning styles. 

What are your favorite TV shows to binge watch? My favorite TV show to binge watch honestly depends on my mood. I'm always down to binge watch The Office or Portlandia but sometimes I love to binge watch cooking shows like Masterchef or Chopped.

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there? If I was stranded on an island, I would bring pizza rolls, steak tacos, and pasta (preferably fettuccine alfredo). 

How would your best friend describe you? I think my best friends would describe me as determined and independent, but also campassionate and witty. They also might say that I'm always looking for opportunities and possibilities.

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue. I would say the most "stand out moment" from being at Purdue was being given the opportunity to study in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology during my junior year. Having that opportunity enriched my college experience and definitely opened many doors into the fashion industry. 

What inspires you? The people I surround myself with inspire me every day. My fellow peers in ADT inspire me to push myself creatively. My roommates, who happen to be my best friends, inspire me to work hard and put maximum effort into everything I set my mind to. Overall, what inspires me most is what's happening in the world around me today, as well as paintings, books, and art.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? In ten years, I see myself living outside of Indiana. I hope to be working for a company in the fashion industry whose mission and company values I strongly believe in. I want to be proud of the work that I'm personally doing, along with the work my company is doing.

Featured Student: Tim Wagner

Tim Wanger

Why did I choose CSR? Like many other students who step foot on a college campus for the first time, I was overwhelmed. As a freshman, I couldn’t fathom the thought of having to pinpoint an area of study to invest in my future.  I chose to start as an Exploratory Studies student and that decision helped to introduce me to several opportunities within the Department of Consumer Science. I chose to pursue a degree in Selling and Sales Management because it allowed me to surround myself with people who would push me to strive for success. The students that I have met within the department and have had the pleasure to work with, have been, in my personal opinion, first-class. 

What is/was your favorite course: Although I have a number of favorite courses that I have taken throughout my years, my favorite has been CSR 315. This class does a wonderful job of balancing the skills each student utilizes in a future career in sales. It also provided me with the experience necessary to use what I learned in the classroom in role-play situations. I was able to learn a number of valuable things that have now become second nature and have helped me improve everyday. I have also had the opportunity to become a teaching assistant for the same class this semester. I am excited to assist other students and hopefully provide them with an even better experience in the course! 

Who is your favorite teacher/professor: When a question asks me to name a favorite teacher or professor, it always seems to be a difficult question for me. I can’t thank all of my professors enough for helping me to become the student I am today. However, in the very short time of working with Dr. Lala Acharya he has definitely become a favorite. His commitment to his students and his excitement for learning he brings to the classroom is contagious. I think most students would agree with me that he also takes on a mentor role for many. I suspect there will be many times this year where I will be dropping by his office just for a conversation!  

 What are some of you favorite movies: There are so many great movies! But The Lion King is a Disney classic and one that I will always remind me of when I was growing up. Some other favorites are: Remember the Titans, Saving Private Ryan, Indiana Jones, The Shack, Cars 3, Transformers, Deadpool, and Spectre (James Bond). Just to name a few. 

If you were stranded on a deserted island what three foods would you want there: Easy! Pizza, wings, and a never-ending bottle of ranch.

How would you describe yourself in three words: I would describe myself with these three words: Outgoing, competitive and honest.

Explain one “stand out moment” at Purdue: My standout moment from being at Purdue would have to be joining Circle Pines Cooperative. I have been fortunate enough to build some of my greatest relationships while being a member of the organization. I have made lasting memories whether it is traveling the United States or the countless hours of volleyball with my buddies. 

What inspires you: My personal religious beliefs, my family, and close friends inspire me. I can’t thank my parents enough for all that they have done for me! “Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go” –Margaret Walker

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now: In 10 years I see myself working as a sales manager for a great company! The goal would be having time to travel to Hawaii, Alaska, and other places on my bucket list to visit. I am going to have a beagle named “Rocky” who will travel to these destinations along with me. Soon after all of my traveling and some point in time I hope to settle down and start a family!

Featured Student: Emily Jahn


What is your major: Apparel Design and Retail Management

Why did you choose this major:  Growing up, I always loved fashion and it always excited me. It brought me joy to style outfits together. I also loved the creative aspect of the industry and how there are new designs created every day. When I was sixteen and first learned how to sew, I knew fashion design was what I wanted to do. I knew I chose the right major when I came to Purdue.

Who is your favorite course: My favorite course was CSR 423 (Portfolio class) because I loved learning how to work on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. To me, I enjoy making flats and fashion croquis using those two programs and showcasing my work in a portfolio. It is also fun to come up with new designs on Illustrator. 

Who is your favorite teacher/professor:  My two favorite professors are Nancy Strickler and Susan Owens because they have helped me excel in this major these past four years. They both constantly helped me in the sewing lab and always stayed after to help me. Most importantly, they always had confidence in what I could accomplish. Because of them, I have achieved so much throughout my college years.

What are your favorite movies: My favorite movies are Confessions of a Shopaholic and Hunger Games.

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there:  If I was stranded on an island, the three foods I would want there are pizza, cinnamon rolls, and cheeseburgers. 

How would you describe yourself in three words:  I would describe myself in three words as diligent, enthusiastic, and friendly.

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue:  One “stand out moment” at Purdue would be showcasing my senior collection in the Purdue fashion show. It was incredible to see all my designs walk the runway and how they all looked together. 

What inspires you? My inspiration comes from seeing what I accomplished at the end. It is the sense of pride I receive not just from myself, but all my family and friends when they see my designs. To me, the best feeling is a sense of “wow I designed that”. From that, it keeps me motivated and to keep designing. Receiving appraisals from people help inspire me as well. One of my model’s friends said to let her know when my designs hit department stores because she loved them. This type of response to what I made inspires me to never give up and keep pursuing my dream. 

Where do you see yourself 10 years form now: Ten years from now, I see myself living in New York City working as either an assistant fashion designer or head designer for a fashion corporation. 

Featured Student: Elizabeth Green


What is your major: Retail Management

Why did you choose this major:  I chose my major because I want to work for a makeup company and have exceptional business skills. 

What is/was your favorite course:  CSR 20900 (Intro to Retail Management) with Dr. Sheth. 

Who is your favorite teacher/professor:  Dr. Sheth because she is a great professor and also cares about her students. Her business sense is inspiring.  I hope to take every single one of her classes

What are your favorite movies:  My favorite movies are the Harry Potter series (Slytherin house), and I absolutely love all of the Die Hards. 

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there:  Grilled BBQ chicken, pineapple, and raspberries. 

How would you describe yourself in three words:  Creative, Funny, and Determined. 

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue: Making positive business connections for future employment through CSR. 

What inspires you:  Working hard and winning, traveling Europe, and music. 

Where do you see yourself 10 years form now: Working for Sephora in Europe and happily married

Featured Student: Heather Gerber


What are your majors: Apparel Design and Retail Management

Why did you choose these majors:  I chose to double major in both apparel design and retail management because I enjoy working with customers and learning what they are looking for, and then being able to provide them with the perfect garment.  Also,  love being creative - creating something entirely from scratch and seeing it come to life through my hard work.

What is/was your favorite course:  One of my favorite courses is Visual Merchandising!  The content was applicable and the topics were engaging to learn about (i.e. the reasons for certain color choices, design layout, the smell or tempter of the store, and exterior and interior aesthetics).  

Who is your favorite teacher/professor:  My favorite professor is definitely Susan Owens!  She’s so sweet and understanding of her apparel students.  She truly cares about each of us and pushes us to work hard and love what we do.

What are your favorite movies:  I don’t really have a favorite movie; I really like anything with action and adventure, or anything with superheroes and Disney!

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there:  For my three foods, I would want haystacks, hamburgers, and ice cream!

How would you describe yourself in three words:  Creative, sweet, and a perfectionist!

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue: This year I won the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund case study. As part of the award, I flew to New York City for the dinner banquet while I was recognized for being one of the winners of the scholarship!

What inspires you:  The people around me inspire me most because they encourage and pray for me daily and expect me to try my hardest and be the best that I can be! 

Where do you see yourself 10 years form now: I see myself in ten years having a job that I love and a loving family who supports each other’s passions. I also see myself involved in the community where I live and traveling the world to experience everything around us. 

Featured Student: Calvin Mork


What is your major: Selling and Sales Management

What is your favorite course: My favorite course is CSR 315 which is Relationship Selling.

Why did you chose CSR: I chose CSR because it gives me the opportunity to learn about selling while working with consumers and businesses. Not only that, but it provides the opportunity to compete in sales competitions, gain access to great internships, and provides me with invaluable experience. It also allows interaction with recruiters, executives, regional managers, and other important contacts in the business world. 

What is your favorite food: My favorite food is Lasagne.

What are your favorite TV shows: My favorite TV shows are Sons of Anarchy, Fringe, and Game of Thrones

How would you describe yourself in three words: I would describe myself as a leader, determined and adaptable.

One stand out moment from being at Purdue: The biggest stand out moment at Purdue was getting the position of Senior Lead Developer for the Purdue Enterprise Company. 

What inspires you: My biggest inspiration is the knowledge that I can do anything I put my mind to. 

Where do you see yourself 10 years form now: 10 years from now I see myself working in sales making a steady income and supporting a family. 

Featured Student: Anna Louise Thetard

Anna Louise Thetard

What is your major: Apparel Design and Technology with a minor in Art & Design Studio 

What is your favorite course: My favorite course is CSR 328 also known as Illustration

What is your favorite food: My favorite foods are pickles, bagels, chocolate strawberries and more bagels

What activities are you involved in outside of class: I am an active member of Phi Mu Sorority, a member of Purdue Fashion Association and a photographer for senior portraits and Purdue sponsored events 

Why did you decided to study apparel?:  "Art should comfort the disturb and disturb the comfortable." As a creator, I have learned that inspiration comes from multiple avenues.  For instance, Cease A. Cruz, a poet and social justice activist, spoke words truer than any I had ever heard before.  Art is meant to make an audience feel, allowing emotion to affect the soul.  In my case, fashion is my art form.  I have always admired the fashion industry not for the glamour, but as an outlet for expression.  The ability to decorate the skin with textures, fabrics and accessories has mesmerized me from the very beginning.  When I styled my first outfit it felt as through I was wearing a badge of honor.  It was the epitome of my social armor.

How would you describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, vibrant, and positive.

One stand out moment from being at Purdue: When I got into the Fashion Institute of Technology my junior year as a Fashion Business Managment major through Purdue's transfer program.  I now have an Associates degree from F.I.T along with my Bachelors from Purdue University.

What inspires you: Nature, photography, my family, friends, traveling, and history. 

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