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TAPP Students Held 2004 Design Show

Lang Hall Auditorium, April 3, 2004 @ 8:00 p.m.
 


 

For details click above

 


 

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Drs. Lynch and Strauss Study at Autry National Center
Institute for the Study of the American West

 

Pictured above are Dr. Mitchell D. Strauss and Dr. Annette Lynch in the museum's courtyard. In the background is a sculpture of the great singing cowboy Gene Autry.

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In late January 2004, Drs. Lynch and Strauss braved the 70 degree weather of Los Angeles to work at the Autry National Center for the study of the American West.
 

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Both Drs. Lynch and Strauss are currently interested in how those of us in the United States use the mythology of the western frontier to define ourselves. Obviously, western dress is being used as the vehicle for analysis.
 

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The Museum of the America West, founded originally by the "Singing Cowboy" Gene Autry is one of the best repositories in the world for artifacts involving both the mythology and factual aspects of the frontier west.
 

 

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Parker Strauss, son of Drs. Strauss and Lynch
visits UNI Police Division




Parker wants to be a policeman when he grows up. Above Officer Jim Dally
demonstrates fingerprinting techniques.

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Dr. Strauss speaks out about behavior on Saturday night at the Hill
during Homecoming Weekend
(click below)


 

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TAPP Faculty and Students Participate in Homecoming Festivities
Saturday, October 11, 2003


Dr. Lynch and her son Parker Strauss watch the parade. Unseen is
Parker's father Dr. Strauss who is behind the camera.
 


The TAPP Student Association built a float as part of the homecoming
celebration. Here is the float as it went by during the parade.



Above are the TAPP students who participated in the parade. From
left to right: kneeling are Sara Holst and Ashley Lechtenberg;
standing are Amanda Dixon, Laura VanWaardhuizen, Jennifer Broek,
Alysha Orris, Emily Sheilds, Jessie Engelmann, and Ashley Hamblin.

 

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TAPP Alumni Return to Recruit for Industry, Fall 2003
 

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This fall semester three TAPP alums have returned to campus to meet with students. Adam Napier and Sarah Burkhardt, both currently working in the product development area for Lands' End spent time in Dr. Lynch's Professional Development class and in Dr. Strauss' Introduction to the Textile and Apparel Industry. Later they interviewed students for potential internship placements.
 

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Later in the semester Becky Schuldt, a CAD designer with Cabela's corporation spoke about her career and company with Dr. Lynch's Trends in the Textile and Apparel Industry course. Later Becky shared with interested students some potential opportunities that may be available at Cabela's!

 


Here Becky holds court with interested students.


 

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Dr. Mitchell D. Strauss, TAPP Faculty,
was awarded the 2003
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences'
Outstanding Teaching Award for Probationary Faculty
Sponsored by University Book and Supply
 

 

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Dr. Strauss is not the only TAPP faculty member honored with a teaching award. Dr. Annette Lynch won the same honor in 1997. Given that two of the three TAPP faculty are teaching award winners, students can expect the very best education in our program.

 

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Show Pictures Now Posted - Click on Image Below

TAPP Students Host 2003 Student Apparel Design Show on - April 12, 2003

Show Location - Lang Auditorium


 Click above to see more about the show

 

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Dr. Lynch's Design Foundations class
creates costumes for UNI dance troupe!

 

UNI Orchesis Dance Company

Shown below are three of the many costume designs:


Design by Heather Anderson
Courtesy Vorland Photography

Design by Emily Andersen
Courtesy Vorland Photography

Design by LaTonya Bohnenkamp
Courtesy Vorland Photography

 

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TAPP Students Get New Microscopes for Textiles Laboratory!!!

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences purchased 11 new Olympus optical Microscopes for the TAPP Program

The new scopes allow students to study the fine details of fiber morphology

 

        


Our new scopes are unpacked
by the Olympus Sales Representative.

Our first microscopy lab!

Binocular microscopes
so that we can use both eyes.

Preparing fibers for
cross-section analysis.

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TAPP Students Gave Senior Presentations
on Saturday Morning, April 13, 2002 at 10:00 in Latham Hall!
(Click on the image below for more)


 

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(Design by Christian Romano)

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Held before a crowd in Lang Hall exceeding 600 people, the Textile and Apparel Student Design Show, TAPP Expo, was additionally broadcast live around the planet Earth on the internet Saturday evening, April 13, 2002. Click on the logo below for more.

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Students and Faculty Attend
Annual ITAA Meeting
in Kansas City

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During November 10 through 12, 2001, Drs. Lynch and Strauss, as well as Senior students Sarah Burkhardt and Meredith Oday attended the annual meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association. As team Dr. Lynch, Sarah, and Meredith gave a presentation about their work in the UNI / NSF Materials Analysis Laboratory. The focus of their presentation was on improving the prospects for women in the sciences. Dr. Strauss presented his latest research on the meaning of Civil War Reenacting. For a Northern Iowan story that preceded the meeting, please click on the logo below:

 

The Northern Iowan

 

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Below are images of some of the action at ITAA:

 


Dr. Lynch, Sarah and Meredith await session.

Dr. Lynch shares her findings.

Sarah captures the audience.

Sarah and Meredith present conclusions.

Dr. Strauss expounds.

 

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UNI Textile and Apparel Student Wins National Competition

For Overseas Summer Study Scholarship

 

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Jennie Nielsen, a double major in Textiles & Apparel, as well as Studio Art, won a scholarship sponsored by the International Textile and Apparel Association to attend American Intercontinental University in London, England during Summer 2002. Jennie competed with Textiles & Apparel students across the United States.  Congratulations, Jennie!

 

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As Director of Women Studies, Dr. Lynch won a half-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund a 20-month project establishing proactive programs to reduce violence against women on campus. To find out more click on the logo below:

 

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The National Textile Center

 

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During Fall 2001, Dr. Strauss was honored with an invitation to participate as a reviewer of research proposals for the National Textile Center (NTC). The NTC receives several million dollars from the U.S. Department of Commerce annually and disburses them among NTC partners, which include textile research programs at universities such as North Carolina State and Georgia Tech.

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Ceremonial Opening of UNI/NSF Materials Analysis Laboratory

Thursday, April 12, 2001

The Textile and Apparel Program celebrated the official opening of its new materials analysis laboratory with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Pictured below is Dr. Annette Lynch welcoming guests and giving a background history on the development of the laboratory.  Also shown are UNI Provost, Aaron Podolefsky, and Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Julia Wallace doing the honors by cutting the ribbon.


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For further background on the UNI/NSF laboratory, read the story in our school newspaper by clicking on the logo just below:


The Northern Iowan

 

To take a virtual tour of the new laboratory click on either of the logos shown just below:

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Senior Student Presentations

April 7th 2001

(click on the image below for more)

 

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TAPP Student Design Show

Expo IX
April 7th 2001


Click on the image below 


(Design by Christian Romano)

 

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Dr. Mord gives birth to baby boy 
on November 17, 2000!!!

Here's the stats:
Andrew Kenneth Mord
8 lbs. 5 ozs.
21 inches long

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Salaries for tech savvy designers on the rise:

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Faculty Celebrate Another Halloween!

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Tapp Students Celebrate Homecoming 2000 with a Float!

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Parker Strauss and Dr. Lynch Celebrate Homecoming Too!

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Tapp Seniors Celebrate Senior Day on April 1, 2000

 

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Textile and Apparel Program
Student Design Show
Held on April 1, 2000 

Click on the Image Above for More Details

 

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Having arrived in early 2000, Dr. Lynch's new book is now available: 

Dress, Gender and Cultural Change:
 Asian-American and African-American Rites of Passage

From the back cover:  

While African American dress has long been noted as having a distinctive edge, many people may not know that debutante balls a relatively recent phenomenon within African American communities feature young women and men dressed, respectively, in conventional symbols of female purity and male hegemony, and conforming to gender stereotypes that have tended to characterize such events traditionally. Within the Hmong American community, mothers and aunts of teenagers use bangles, lace, and traditional handwork techniques to create dazzling displays reflecting the gender and ethnicity of their sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, as they participate in an annual courtship ritual.
  This book examines these events to show how dress is used to transform gender construction and create positive images of African American and Hmong American youth.

Coming-of-age rituals serve as arenas of cultural revision and change. For each of these communities, the choice of dress represents cultural affirmation. This author shows that within the homogenizing context of American society, dress serves as a site for the continual renegotiation of identity gendered, ethnic, and otherwise.

Congratulations Dr. Lynch!  For purchase information, click on the book cover.

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   National Science Foundation  

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On January 20, 2000, the National Science Foundation announced support for the development of a state-of-the-art Product Development and Testing Laboratory at the University of Northern Iowa!  The grant awarded was under the aegis of the NSF's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program (CCLI)

 

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Less than 1/3 of the grants submitted to the NSF were funded this year.  Thus UNI succeeded in acquiring funding from within a highly competitive environment!

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Effective February 2000, the National Science Foundation awarded the TAPP program with a grant for $129,640, and the University of Northern Iowa agreed to match the NSF grant for a total funding of $259,280.

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Directing the project will be Drs. Strauss, Mord and Lynch.

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For more information, click on the molecule image below:

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Drs. Lynch, Mord, and Strauss attended the annual meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (for photos and more information, click on the cowboy image below)

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Dr. Lynch presented a paper, coauthored with graduate student Jo Ryan, on transgender imagery in televised media.

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Dr. Mord gave a poster presentation thermal properties and functional design of apparel, based on her dissertation research.

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Dr. Strauss gave a paper on the meaning of dress authenticity in Civil War Reenacting.

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Tapp faculty in the news:

bulletDr. Lynch was recently quoted extensively in an article about teenage girl body image in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.  To see the full text of the article, click on the hats below...



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Dr. Strauss was recently photographed by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier as he impersonated a Civil War soldier for a local sixth grade class.  Dr. Strauss' current research involves analysis of the meaning of Civil War reenactor dress...

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Students and faculty visit Chicago and environs for annual Tapp Trip:

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Click on the bus to get to the trip site:

       

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Tapp Faculty celebrate Halloween with custom made costumes:

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bulletMajor Gift for UNI's Textiles and Apparel Program -- On June 24, 1999, the University of Northern Iowa announced that it received the largest gift in the history of the university!  The gift, worth several millions of dollars, consisted of U4ia Textile and Apparel Product Development Software from the Lectra Systems Corporation.  UNI is now a U4ia school, which means that our Textile and Apparel students will have access to the very best, state-of-the-art product development software used by leading companies such as Target, J.C. Penney, Sears, Liz Claiborne, and Victoria's Secret.  UNI is the only Textile and Apparel program in the state with this software!!!

Here is UNI's President Koob announcing the multi-million dollar gift of U4ia software at a press conference:

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The Textile and Apparel faculty take time during summer break to learn the nuances of U4ia, with Katherine Schropfer, a Lectra Systems software educator:

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Dr. Strauss is interviewed by the statewide media regarding his thoughts on the huge and positive impact that U4ia software will have on the Textile and Apparel curriculum:

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bulletDr. Lynch Gives Birth -- On July 4, 1999, Dr. Lynch gave birth to a healthy little boy, named Parker Van Dyke Strauss.  To see photos, please feel free to visit Dr. Strauss' website by clicking on the word photos.

 

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bulletSuccessful TAPP Expo Held -- On April 17, 1999 the TAPP students held their annual TAPP Expo Design Show and Senior Student Presentations.  The Design Show is the culmination of a year's work for Textile and Apparel students.  The show exhibits designs created by the students during the previous 9 months.  In addition, the actual planning, promotion, choreography, music and execution of the show is done entirely by students.  This year's Logo is shown below.  Click on the woman's image to see photographs of show preparation and the show itself.

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Senior Presentations Take Place -- On Saturday morning, April 17, 1999 the Textiles and Apparel Program hosted a program of Senior Student Presentations.  This is a longstanding tradition, during which time, the seniors give an overview of their time as TAPP Majors at the University.  Parents of the students, faculty, undergraduate students and other interested members of the public are invited.  To kick off the program, representatives from industry shared their career experiences.  To see some photographs of the Senior Day Presentations, click on Ann Lenzen's image below:

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Ann Lenzen, Product Development Consultant discusses her businesswith the Senior Day audience.

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UNI's Textiles and Apparel on the News -- Early Friday morning, April 16, 1999, Dale Hansen of the NBC Morning News Program interviewed Dr. Lynch and several Textile and Apparel students about the TAPP Expo VII upcoming that weekend!  Check out some photos of the interview:

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Dr. Annette Lynch discusses the tremendous career opportunities in Textiles and Apparel with Dale Hanson

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Stacia Mayfield and Krista Roller share their thoughts on apparel design with the televison audience

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TAPP Expo VII Co-directors Stacey Cochran and Blair Whittle discuss the upcoming event