Archived Dispatches from
Textiles and Apparel
Students Held 2004 Design Show
Auditorium, April 3, 2004 @ 8:00 p.m.
and Strauss Study at Autry National Center
Institute for the Study of the American West
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Strauss speaks out about
behavior on Saturday night at the Hill
during Homecoming Weekend
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.
TAPP Alumni Return to
Recruit for Industry, Fall 2003
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.
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.
Dr. Mitchell D. Strauss, TAPP Faculty,
was awarded the 2003
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences'
Award for Probationary Faculty
Sponsored by University Book and Supply
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
Pictures Now Posted - Click on Image Below
Host 2003 Student Apparel Design Show on - April 12, 2003
Show Location - Lang Auditorium
above to see more about the show
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
Courtesy Vorland Photography
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!
so that we can use both eyes.
Preparing fibers for
TAPP Students Gave Senior Presentations
on Saturday Morning, April 13, 2002 at 10:00 in Latham Hall!
(Click on the image below for more)
(Design by Christian Romano)
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.
and Faculty Attend
Annual ITAA Meeting
in Kansas City
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:
Below are images
of some of the action at ITAA:
Dr. Lynch, Sarah and
Meredith await session.
Dr. Lynch shares her
Sarah captures the
Sarah and Meredith present
Dr. Strauss expounds.
Textile and Apparel Student Wins National Competition
Overseas Summer Study Scholarship
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!
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:
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
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.
background on the UNI/NSF laboratory, read the story in our school newspaper
by clicking on the logo just below:
To take a virtual
tour of the new laboratory click on either of the logos shown just below:
April 7th 2001
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Student Design Show
April 7th 2001
Click on the image
(Design by Christian Romano)
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
for tech savvy designers on the rise:
Click immediately below:
Celebrate Another Halloween!
Students Celebrate Homecoming 2000 with a Float!
Strauss and Dr. Lynch Celebrate Homecoming Too!
Seniors Celebrate Senior Day on April 1, 2000
and Apparel Program
Student Design Show
Held on April 1, 2000
Click on the Image
Above for More Details
Having arrived in
early 2000, Dr. Lynch's new book
is now available:
Dress, Gender and Cultural
and African-American Rites of Passage
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.
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.
Lynch! For purchase information, click on the book cover.
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).
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
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.
project will be Drs. Strauss, Mord and Lynch.
information, click on the molecule image below:
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)
presented a paper, coauthored with graduate student Jo Ryan, on
transgender imagery in televised media.
Dr. Mord gave a
poster presentation thermal properties and functional design of apparel,
based on her dissertation research.
Dr. Strauss gave a
paper on the meaning of dress authenticity in Civil War Reenacting.
in the news:
|Dr. 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...
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...
faculty visit Chicago and environs for annual Tapp Trip:
Click on the bus to get to the trip
Tapp Faculty celebrate Halloween
with custom made costumes:
|Major 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
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:
The Textile and Apparel faculty take
time during summer break to learn the nuances of U4ia, with Katherine
Schropfer, a Lectra Systems software educator:
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:
|Dr. 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.|
|Successful 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.|
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:
Ann Lenzen, Product Development Consultant
discusses her businesswith the Senior Day audience.
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
Dr. Annette Lynch
discusses the tremendous career opportunities in Textiles and Apparel with Dale
Stacia Mayfield and Krista
Roller share their thoughts on apparel design with the televison audience
TAPP Expo VII Co-directors
Stacey Cochran and Blair Whittle discuss the upcoming event