GSGEF Honors Georgia Textile Professionals at Third Annual Reception

3/12/2013
The 3rd Annual Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation Reception was held on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Special Collections Library, University of Georgia. Participants included GSGEF Board Members, faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students from The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, Associate Dean Silvia Giraudo, local business owners, and student models. The reception was catered by Trumps of Athens.

Buhler Yarns from Jefferson, Ga., gave a $5,000 donation to partner with the GSGEF Board and to provide scholarship opportunities.

Tosha Hays, director of product design at Spanx, Inc., was the guest speaker for the evening. Hays, an alum of The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, gave a talk on how her studies furthered her career advancement over the year. She spoke directly to the students and encouraged them to focus on their goals, learn to network, talk to people and strive for their best.

Mike Fralix presented Jack Schmidt with a plaque to thank him for his years of service to the board. Schmidt retired from the board this year. Student poster presentations were displayed during the reception and two students were recognized for receiving scholarships from the GSGEF Board. Zidisha Dambuza received the Study Abroad Award for China and Jocelyn Harper received the Internship Award.

Immediately following the reception attendees enjoyed a fashion show presented by the Student Merchandising Association.

The Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation was founded over 25 years ago to provide support to academic programs at the University of Georgia which are related to the textile, apparel, and other "soft goods" industries.

Working in close cooperation with the Dean and Faculty of the School of Family & Consumer Sciences, the Foundation funds Professorships, Scholarships, Study Abroad Programs, as well as other academic needs identified by the faculty. The Foundation also helps to network students for internships and post-graduation employment in our industry in various fields such as design, product development, merchandising, sourcing, retailing, logistics, and quality control.

The work of the Foundation is funded by a trust, as well as other fundraising activities such as an annual reception during Fashion Week at the University. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who meet several times per year at the University campus in Athens.

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