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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 
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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....Learn 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!


                                                                   By Jessica Timmons              

Over the summer I had the opportunity to complete a retail management internship with Nordstrom in Towson, MD. It was an informative experience, and I learned a great deal about the company. Throughout the summer I was taking training classes, working in three departments, and attending meetings. The training classes were interesting and focused on Nordstrom culture, management, and other essential Nordstrom information. Sometimes the classes were held at other Nordstrom stores in Maryland. This was nice because all of the interns had the ability to meet other Nordstrom employees and to hear their “Nordy Stories” (their career paths within the company).

A large portion of the internship was focused on selling while delivering amazing customer service. It was fun being able to work with ...Learn More

A great event on Stevenson’s campus – the crowning of next year’s (2015-2016) Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson University King and Queen at the annual Homecoming Week in October.  Six contestants competed for the two crowns and performed in different events to see who would be voted “Mr. and Mrs. SU”. The contestants introduced themselves and told the audience why they should win.  They also responded to a question from SU’s Career Services that they pulled out of a hat. Lastly, and the most entertaining part of the night, all six contestants picked their favorite song and lip synced and danced to it on stage.  There were about 100 people at the event, and they all voted for the winners. 

This is a free event during SU’s Homecoming Week in October, and tickets are available at the Rock.

By: Jessica Roth 

The winners for 2015- 2016 Mr. and Mrs. SU Homecoming King and Queen were senior Shane Messick and senior Rachel Haywood. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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