Featured Students: 2019 Outstanding Seniors

Featured Student: Colton Anderson

Colton Anderson

Why did you choose your major?

I have always had a taste in style when it comes to activewear and sportswear. I really wanted to be apart of the Apparel Design & Technology program, but it was no longer offered as a major. When the Apparel Design concentration opened up, I changed my major to Retail Management.

What is/was your favorite course?

My favorite course so far has been CSR 220 because it has been more mathematically based when making patterns and recently, we have been working with Adobe Illustrator making technical flats.

Who is your favorite teacher/professor?

My favorite professor is Kristofer Chang-Alexander. If I ever have a question, he will stop whatever he is doing and help me out even if he is in his office.

What are your favorite TV shows to binge watch?

My favorite TV show to watch is by far The Office and Criminal Minds.

If you were stranded on an Island what three foods would you want there?

I would want to have pancakes, hamburgers and original chips ahoy cookies.

How would your best friend describe you?

Competitive, persistent, passionate

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue.

Joining the Purdue Running Club in the fall would be my biggest “stand out moment”. I enjoy all of the camaraderie that you get when going to practice. I also have missed the competitive side of running so being able to travel and race has been my favorite part of Purdue.




Featured Student: Andi Long

Andi Long

Why did you choose your major?

I chose Financial Counseling and Planning because it gives me the opportunity to promote financial literacy in my community. Financial literacy is something I am passionate about and has been the focus of all my undergraduate research. I am looking forward to a career of helping people reach their financial goals and achieve financial freedom, whatever that may look like.

What is/was your favorite course?

My favorite course is CSR 485, Case Studies in Financial Planning. The course allows me to utilize all the information that I’ve been learning in the classes I’ve previously taken and apply it to real life situations.

Who is your favorite teacher/professor?

My favorite professor is Dr. Jonathan Bauchet. I have contracted multiple of his classes for honors credits which requires that I do an extra project on top of the basic coursework. He has been incredibly supportive, and I’ve enjoyed working with him over the last couple of years.

What are your favorite TV show to binge watch?

My favorite TV shows to binge watch are Friends and Criminal Minds.

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there?

If I were stranded on an island, three foods that I would want to be there are my mom’s spaghetti, chips and queso, and Coldstone ice cream.

How would your best friend describe you?

My best friend would describe me as dedicated and assertive. I set my bar high and work hard to accomplish my goals.

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue.

One moment that sticks out to me is when I received the email that I had won an essay contest to be one of two students attending the TD Ameritrade LINC 2019 Conference in San Diego, California. I knew that education could take me places, but this was the first time it took me somewhere other than class.

What inspires you?

I have four little siblings who are younger than me by at least 10 years. They inspire me every day to be a good role model and to be myself no matter what. While they have encouraged me to keep some of my child-like qualities, they have also taught me that I definitely am not ready to have children anytime soon.

Featured Student: Elizabeth Ply

Featured Student Elizabeth Ply

Why did you choose your major?

Throughout my entire life, I knew that I wanted to work in the apparel industry in one way or another! With my first job in high school as a sales associate at TJ Maxx, I was able to realize that working in retail was exactly what I wanted to do as a professional career, as it let me combine my interpersonal skills, leadership abilities, and my creativity. The Retail Management degree program is amazing in the way that it covers a wide range of essential topics such as buying, visual merchandising, and e-commerce, and can be used in the future with many different career paths in the retail industry, which was very important for me!

What is/was your favorite course?

My favorite course in Consumer Science was CSR 323: Visual Merchandising. Visual Merchandising has always fascinated me, and being able to utilize my ideas and creativity in the fully immersive projects we were tasked with was so rewarding.

Who is your favorite teacher/professor?

My favorite professor was Sally Harmon, for sure. She always drives her students to be their absolute best, while allowing them the freedom to be creative. She is always willing to be a resource for her students, and make sure that they are able to set themselves up for the best future they can possibly have.  I love her creative ways of teaching, and her use of hands-on activities in the classroom. The projects and assignments she assigns are great representatives of real world issues and projects we may face in our future careers.

What are your favorite TV show to binge watch?

I’ve been loving The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon! I’m a huge fan of anything related to the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, and this show is just amazing! The costuming is phenomenal and I love the themes of female independence in the show! 

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there?

Arni’s Junior salads, steaks, and my dad’s Chicken Stir Fry, for sure!

How would your best friend describe you?

Well, I just asked her and received the line “Sunshine on a cloudy day” as a response. I’d say the same about her.

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue.

I think that the big stand out moment for me at Purdue actually happened at the beginning of my last semester, when I realized that I was so close to graduating. I’m the first in my immediate family to graduate from college, so being able to graduate this semester with two degrees from a school as amazing as Purdue is such a proud moment for myself. This journey has been amazing, and I’ve gained so much from my time here on campus, from my professional development to the supportive friends that I have made. I’m so grateful for it all.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by the connection between people, whether it’s familial, romantic, or friendly. I think these connections and relations really inspire everything, from the creation of art and music to the kind acts we witness people do for one another. Nothing inspires me more than that.


Featured Student: Rahmaan "Rocky" Ruth


Why did you choose your major?

I chose Retail Management w/ a concentration in Apparel Design Technology to get the knowledge and experience to lead my dream company, a 360-degree retailer (ex. Apparel, Accessories, Furniture, ect.) under the name of PROXY. I am currently working on finalizing the business model and launching the website and social media. I would describe my design aesthetic as hyper-contemporary, environmentally-concerned, with a focus on utility and/or functionality.

What is/was your favorite course?

My favorite course is definitely CSR128, or Intro to Apparel Design. I have been interested in clothes and sewing since a kid, I learned to sew at age 11 from my mom, so it is awesome to receive further-formal training.

Who is your favorite teacher/professor?

My favorite professors would be Professor Kris Chang-Alexander and Dr. Jang in HTM. Kris teaches the Apparel Design concentration. He is thoughtful, very precise, and amazing at conceptualizing how individual pieces of a complex garment fit together, so I really look up to him as a designer and creative. Dr. Jang is my accounting professor. He is very intelligent, was in mechanical engineering before he moved to a successful career in HTM, and genuinely funny (not funny like a professor, an actual advanced sense of humor) but most of all, he’s super stylish and wears shades.

What are your favorite TV show to binge watch?

I enjoy binge watching anime. Recently, I’ve watched way too much Dragon Ball Super and Sakamoto Desu Ga.

Currently, I am watching House of Cards with Kevin Spacey, I started last week and I am on season 2… each episode is an hour… 12 episodes in season 1. I may have watched too much TV last week.

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there?

I am pescaterian so I would go with deep-fried perch, a garden salad (to cheat the system and have a plethora of vegetables), and steamed rice

How would your best friend describe you?

My best friend would probably describe me as pretty funny (we both love to laugh), focused, and thoughtful.

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue.

One “stand out moment” I’ve experienced here at Purdue definitely occurred this semester, during which I mentored for the HONR199 course. The HONR courses really have one simple goal, engender plasticity-of-thought in honors students, and when my group of mentees realized this it was awesome to see our hard work pay off.

What inspires you?

Nature and the natural order in my immediate and endured surroundings really inspires me.

I find a lot of inspiration in the other-worldly, and worlds depicted in people’s art (still, motion, movies, or anime), for example yesterday I designed a mini-collection with heavy influence from Star Wars Kamino (water world).


Featured Student: AJ Falk

AJ Falk

Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major because I have always been interested in business, and I am an extremely talkative person so I knew I wanted to be involved in the business of people and getting them the best deals on awesome products. Selling and Sales Management is the perfect fit for that type of person.

What is/was your favorite course?
My favorite course currently is CSR 282 or CSR 100 taught by Professor Keith Molter and Professor Bobbe Molter respectively.

Who is your favorite teacher/professor?
Wow, favorite professor kind of backs me into a tight spot but honestly I would say either Professor Delworth, Professor Keith Molter, or Professor Bobbe Molter.

What are your favorite TV show to binge watch?
My favorite TV show to binge watch right now is The Grand Tour which stars the whole cast from the original Top Gear since I am a major car guy and I love their show.

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there?
Fried Chicken is a must, Chocolate Chip Waffles, and my mom’s homemade pizza.

How would your best friend describe you?
As someone who is always there to have a conversation, make you laugh, smile, and feel welcome in any situation.

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue.
One of the biggest stand out moments that I had happen in just my short time at Purdue was getting to meet business leaders like Pete Quinn, Hannah Quinn, Scott Trzaskus, and Dean Fredette. The knowledge and personal experiences that they brought to tell us were amazing and showed me how powerful a Purdue degree can be.

What inspires you?
I am not driven to do well in life just to have a lot of things and money. What really drives me is the thought of working hard enough so that all of the people I love and care for can be taken care of in the future. I want to get to a point where I love going to work every day and when I return home I know my family will have nothing to worry about because I worked hard enough to give them everything that life has to offer. 

Featured Students: 2018 Outstanding Seniors

Emma Brown   |   Apparel Design & Technology

  • Apparel Design & Technology B.S., 2018
  • Fashion Design; Fashion Institute of Technology, A.A.S., 2017
  • London College of Fashion, 2016

Emma has completed a design and patternmaking internship with Anna Sui in New York City and has retail industry experience in sales and as the assistant manager with Tilly’s Clothing Store.  She worked with College Mentors for Kids for two years and is an assistant dance coach for the Rossville Middle School Dance Team.  Emma served as a CSR Career Fair host and is the is the Vice President for the Purdue Fashion Association.  Emma was one of the  2018 Fashion Scholarship Fund case study competition winners.  In January, 2018 she flew to New York City to collect her $5,000 scholarship award and attend the annual retail and fashion industry dinner and gala.  Emma presented her senior collection, entitled - gärdn - at the 2018 Fashion Show on April 7th where she also picked up the Nancy Strickler Award.  She is currently mulling over job offers in Illinois and New York City.   

Mara Kossoff   |   Financial Counseling & Planning

  • Financial Counseling & Planning, B.S., 2018
  • Minor in Economics; Certificate of Entrepreneurship
  • Global Studies in London and the UK, 2016

While at Purdue, Mara has served on the Purdue University Community Standards Board and worked as a staff member for Purdue Residence Halls.  She served as the treasurer of Phi Mu Fraternity for Women and was the 2015-16 philanthropy chair for Purdue Hillel.  Mara’s industry experience includes a summer RIA internship with Charles Schwab in Phoenix, Arizona and a Financial Planning internship with Aligne Wealth Preservation & Insurance Services, LLC in Century City, CA.  Mara was chosen as the HHS banner bearer at the graduation commencement ceremony in May.  She has accepted a fulltime offer with Vanguard in Charlotte, NC.   

Kassadi Smith   |   Retail Management

  • Retail Management, B.S., 2018
  • Certificate of Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion Business Management; Fashion Institute of Technology, A.A.S., 2018
  • London College of Fashion, 2016

Kassadi is currently completing her junior year with Purdue’s visiting student program at FIT in NYC.  While in New York, she has interned with Kleinfeld Bridal and is currently working as a sales associate at West Elm in Chelsea - - the highest volume store in all of Williams Sonoma, Inc.  As a part time associate, she had the 4th highest sales per hour figure for the month of March and has earned store awards for being the most spirited!  Kassadi has served as the CSR representative on the HHS Undergraduate Educational Policy & Curriculum Committee.  Her service to others comes from her role as an HHS College Ambassador and as a mentor to her peers in Retail Management.  She is a founding member of Kappa Delta sorority where she serves on the sisterhood committee; through this organization she helps raise money for the Prevent Child Abuse America and the YWCA in Lafayette.  She will graduate a semester ‘early’ from Purdue and has long term goals centered around entrepreneurship in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

Morgan Vastag   |   Selling & Sales Management

  • Selling & Sales Management, B.S., 2018
  • Minor in Management

Morgan is an accomplished sales competitor and student coach on the Purdue University Sales Team where she has competed in regional and national platforms.  She placed 2nd at the Ball State Invitational in the Fall 2017 and her team placed 2nd at the Case Competition at Florida State University that same year.  Also in the Fall of 2017 she placed 2nd overall and 2nd in the speed sell competition at the Russ Berrie Institute at William Patterson University in New Jersey.  The oldest and most competitive sales competition in the Unites States is the National Collegiate Sales Competition where Morgan placed as a semifinalist and as the 4th overall competitor out of over 140 competitors from over 80 sales programs!  At Purdue, she has earned 1st place in the SMC and in the Northwestern Mutual sales competitions.  Morgan serves as an elected senator on the Purdue Student Government and is an undergraduate teaching assistant for CSR 31500: Relationship Selling.  She completed a sales internship with Northwestern Mutual Finance in Fishers, IN. After graduation, Morgan will be continuing her education at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she will be concentrating on corporate law with a specialty in energy law.

Kristen Gustovich   |   Outstanding Senior, Consumer Science

In addition to the departmental winners, one candidate from Consumer Science was selected as the HHS Outstanding Senior from Consumer Science.  Kristen Gustovich was selected and recognized along with 8 other HHS unit honorees at the Spring Distinguished Alumni Banquet at Ross Ade Pavilion in April. 

  • B.S. in Apparel Design & Technology, Purdue University
  • Minor in Management
  • A.A.S. in Fashion Business Management, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • London College of Fashion, 2016

Kristen presented her senior collection - etat d’esprit - at the 2018 Spring Fashion Show in April.  Her fashion journey began in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and has continued for the last four years through West Lafayette, New York City, and London, England.  Perfecting her skills in the apparel labs of Matthews Hall prepared her for a design internship with Marchesa in New York City.  She completed a merchandising internship with Roberta Roller Rabbit in and is a stylist with Free People.  Kristen served as the community service head on the HHS Student Council and held offices of secretary and vice president with the Purdue Fashion Association.  She was a resident assistant with Purdue University Residences and has given back as a Purdue Community Outreach volunteer.  Kristen has accepted a full time position with The Gap, Inc. in San Francisco, CA.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you and to all of the 2018 Graduates from Consumer Science!

Featured Student: Aubrey Groves

Aubrey Groves

Why did you choose your major?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always taken an interest in fashion.  When it came time to pick a career, I knew I wanted to explore my options in the fashion industry. I chose to major in Retail management, called Fashion Business Management at FIT, because it allows me to combine my creative side with my more analytical side.  There is a fascinating and very large business behind every single garment seen in stores. Studying retail management allows me to be involved in everything from product development and merchandising, to wholesale and visuals.

What is/was your favorite course?

My favorite courses I’ve taken this far, both at FIT, are Principles of Small Store Design and Retail Math. Principles of small scale design is focused on creating on brand and aesthetically pleasing visual displays. We spend time in class doing hands on projects and creating 3D models of our own ideas. It’s a lot of fun to explore my creative side and has opened my eyes to the complexity of store display. My second favorite course has been Retail Math. This course helped me develop industry specific skills that I have already put to use in my internship. 

Who is your favorite teacher/professor?

My favorite teacher, in the general sense of the word, has been my internship mentors Shanna and Naomi from my internship at Oscar de la Renta. Both Shana and Naomi have invested in my education and take every opportunity to teach me about the industry. They value my work and have allowed me to take on responsibilities beyond that of a typical intern. Because of this, I have been able to take what I am learning in school and apply it in a real retail environment. Working with both of them has allowed me to become more confident in my abilities as well as provided me with two amazing role models.

What are your favorite TV show to binge watch?

The Office, Parks and Rec, Friends

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there?

Peanut butter, coffee, and eggs. If I could live off of those three items alone I would!

How would your best friend describe you?

I think my best friends would describe me as a little shy at first but the complete opposite once you get to know me. They would probably tell you that I tell it like it is and can be blunt at times but at the end of the day I am very kind and loyal to those I Iove.

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue.

Having the opportunity to study at two prestigious institutions has probably been the number one stand out from my time at Purdue.  I love that I’ve been able to get the typical college experience at Purdue but have also been given the amazing opportunity to study with the fashion industry’s best at FIT.

What inspires you?

The fashion industry as a whole really inspires me. I love the product, the people, and the overall energy the industry has. With each new season I am inspired to challenge my views and interpret trends to my own taste. On another note, my boss, Shanna, is a big inspiration to me. She has held some amazing positions throughout her career and I see how hard she works day in and out to produce great collections.

Featured Student: Heather Fils

Heather Fils

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Ten years from now I see myself living most likely in New York. I hope to be working for a luxury fashion label in some division of the merchandising department. I’m really open to any position in the industry. I just hope to be happy and successful in my career.

Why did you choose your major?

Whether working as a sales representative in the medical industry, technology industry, or wherever, choosing a field in sales gives you the opportunity to solve the needs of a consumer and be the reason their lives become better and more efficient. As someone who is constantly helping others, I knew I needed to find a major where I could not only help those in need, but also be the reason people live more efficient lifestyles.

What is/was your favorite course?

My favorite course was definitely CSR 315. This course was truly the foundation for understanding the sales process and ultimately motivated me to joining the Intercollegiate Sales Team. After taking this course, I later became a TA for it as well and found myself mastering the sales process after getting the chance to mentor a group of students and lead sales competitions. Overall, CSR 315 is a great course for students to learn why salespeople sell the way they do and how they can use the sales process in any industry.

Who is your favorite teacher/professor?

My favorite professor was Sally Harmon in CSR 200. She truly took the time to engage with her students and uncover the needs of everyone individually. Her lectures were not only relatable but they were extremely helpful and a great guide for professional sales.

What are your favorite TV show to binge watch?

This has to be my favorite question. My favorite TV show, of all time, is FRIENDS. I am so grateful for Netflix allowing users to download episodes in 2017, as I now download their seasons and episodes for all of my plane rides home. FRIENDS is a show many college students can connect with and I get a wonderful laugh from it every time!

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there?

Pizza, Chicken Salad, Diet Coke.

How would your best friend describe you?

My best friend would describe me as someone who is always up for the challenge and constantly puts other people first. 

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue.

I have participated in many outside sales competitions through the Center of Professional Selling department. In November 2017, I am proud to say that I placed with my university in the top 3 colleges (out of the 31 who participated) for outstanding competitors and overall role play and speed sells. This was something I worked very hard for and ultimately separates me from the rest of the sales majors in my department.

What inspires you?

People. The students, faculty, and overall positive community around me are my biggest motivators and inspiration to being the most successful and kind-hearted person I am today. The people at this University have been nothing but supportive and motivating throughout my experience here.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

In ten years from now I plan on obtaining a manager’s position in a sales department within a large medical company such as Stryker, Eli Lilly, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, etc. In ten years I would like to have moved back home in California where I can be closer to my family and friends.


Featured Student: Brad Jadin

Brad Jadin

Why did you choose Financial Planning? During my freshman year, my academic advisor asked me the most important question of my life:  “What do you want to do after you graduate?” After vague answers he encouraged me to take personality assessments and career path assessments. We sat down to review the answers and this is when I first learned about Financial Planning. It’s a mix of finance and helping others; what’s not to love about that?

What is/was your favorite course? It has to be a tie between Retirement Planning (CSR 48600) and Consumer Investments (CSR 48400). Both are real world applicable while being complex enough to require independent study outside of the classroom. Everyone in the world will come across these two aspects in their lives, yet most curriculums do not cover these important topics. I loved the opportunity Purdue gave me to understand and utilize this knowledge for years to come.

Who is your favorite teacher/professor? Within my studies I have come across some of the best professors a student can ask for. To choose just one is not an easy task, yet Mike Roe has shown the overachieving support and dedication to his students that are unprecedented in any student’s academic career. Mike cares both inside and outside the classroom regardless of the topic. The man is always in your corner and advising you on the right steps to take to maximize your potential.

What are your favorite TV show to binge watch? On those late nights studying over class material, sometimes you just need to hear the laughs and witty jokes from a comedy in the background. For me, How I Met Your Mother can be re-watched 1,000 times over.

If you were stranded on an island what three foods would you want there? Three foods for eternity, that’s simple! Avocados, eggs, and oatmeal: Breakfast of Champions.

How would your best friend describe you? My best friend would describe me as the outgoing Packers fan who tries to make every experience into a story worth telling.

Explain one “stand out moment” from being at Purdue. One “stand out moment” from being at Purdue is when four others and I established the Financial Planners Association Student Chapter at Purdue in October of 2016. I am happy to have left my mark at Purdue and look forward to returning as an alumnus to see the success and growth of not only the club, but the CSR department as well.

What inspires you? My family inspires me to reach new highs every chance I get. Every year on New Year’s Day 12:01am, my father will coin a new phrase or term that sets a theme for the coming year. Every person will interpret these phrases differently, yet it makes the years memorable. 2018: The Year of Dreams and Discovery.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I see myself working for an RIA firm helping give back to Purdue by accepting interns and mentoring those that seek guidance. I plan on having my CFP designation and chasing the thrills that life has to give, such as traveling the world.



 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 Division 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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