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By Rebecca Porter

When arriving at college for the first time, freshmen can find the new experience overwhelming. Rebecca Porter (RP), Fashion Merchandising major, asked Courtney Queen (CQ), a senior Human Services major and Fashion Design minor, to give advice for incoming freshmen.

RP:  Living with someone new is scary. Before coming to college, freshmen get to either choose or are randomly assigned roommates. What did you do, and would you recommend something different?

CQ:  I chose my roommate.  I also completed the roommate survey. I would recommend using social media and actually talking to your roommate beforehand to discuss similarities and set up the rules of the room.

RP:  How important do you think it is for school to be a priority starting freshman year?

CQ:  School is a priority especially freshman year, because you will have to repeat a course.  It’s always good to start the year off right by taking it seriously.

RP:  Having a social life is important along with school. What advice would you give to balance this?

CQ:  It’s always best to get your priorities in order.  I personally feel as though I have more fun knowing that my work is completed. Always put school first. 



ManneqArt is a Non-Profit Organization for Education in the Arts, in which focus is placed on “bringing Wearable Art to the attention of the American public.” During my interview with founder, Lee Anderson, I learned many important details about ManneqArt, its competition, and awards.

Hundreds of people apply for the competition each year, although only 80 applicants are accepted.  This contest is open to college students, high school students, and middle school students; anyone else across the United States who wishes to create original designs is encouraged to participate even if they have never designed before. 

There are only four basic rules:

  1. The design must be able to be worn by a live person; if a design is glued to a mannequin, it can be displayed but will not qualify for the competition.
  2. The design must not include any items that would injure a model, such as sharp objects.
  3. The design must allow movement for models to travel up and down stairs; this is also a safety concern. However, designs do not have to allow models the ability to 
  4. ...Click here to read more.


Amanda Hostalka has been a part of the Stevenson community since 1998 when she started as a part-time graphic design professor. In 2009, Amanda became the Department Chairperson for the Art and Visual Communication Design program....Click here to read more.


Forest Park High School Visitors!

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 7 students from Forest Park High School came to Stevenson University for a Fashion Design studio visit.  During their visit they heard from the Dean of the School of Design, Amanda Hostalka, our Program Coordinator, Sally Di Marco, our Studio Manager, Leah Aronhime, and myself.  We regaled them with aspects about the program and the school of design, informed them about some of the courses we offer, and talked about events that we participate in such as the Annual Fashion Show, the fall Gallery Exhibit, and New York Fashion Week. 

To add to the excitement of the visit for the freshman and sophomores of Forest Park High, we provided them with some hands-on experience, where each student was able to make her own snack bag! Prior to their arrival, we prepared three different colored fabrics, in blue, pink, and yellow.  We began the sewing process but allowed the students the opportunity to use the sewing machines to finish the bags, and by adding strips of Velcro they were able to create easy closures.  The students were excited to make snack bags and mentioned several things they planned to put in them.

We had a lovely visit with the students and hope to see them again in the future!

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