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Minneapolis Career Fair - October 2006
(as almost always, photography by Dr. Mitchell D. Strauss)

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The possibility for this trip emerged when Amy Heinick requested funding from the College of Social and Behavior Sciences to fill a bus and attend the career fair in Minneapolis. The decision to fund a bus full of students for a (long) day trip was supported by Dean Julia Wallace.
 

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The day began for most attendees around 3:00 am so that they could arrive at the bus debarkation point for a 4:30 am departure. Obviously, this was a major commitment on the part of the students to get to the career fair which began at 8:30 am that morning. Below you can see some photographs of the bus trip so early that morning.
 

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Whether sleeping or awake, the students made the best of their time during the four hour trip:
 

 

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Never ruffled, Dr. Strauss looks fine in camel hair at 5:00 am and students help each other make last minute preparations before arrival at the fair:

 

 

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Looking professional the students make it to the career fair right on time. After registration and breakfast the students heard a presentation from Michael Alexin, Senior Vice President of Target's Product Design and Development Division. Since our UNI program has a key focus on product design and development, this was an exceptionally important and exciting presentation. Mr. Alexin focused on the importance of innovation, imagination and creativity as the lifeblood of a viable organization. One of Dr. Strauss' favorite quotes from Mr. Alexin was "Art is for the artist, but design is for the customer!" A central key for effective product development!
 

 

bulletThe morning presentations were excellent. We heard presentations about the product develop process from another pair of lead Target product developers. In addition, the students heard a presentation comparing and contrasting the old and new models for buyers in the textile and apparel industry.
 

 

bulletThe luncheon banquet included a lecture on how best to take advantage of career networking opportunities:

 

 

bulletDuring the afternoon session, the students had an opportunity to visit small group sessions with industry leaders and to have their resumes reviewed:
 

 

bulletAnd of course, one of the highlights of any visit to a large urban center is an opportunity for fabric sourcing on the way home. We are sure to see these fabrics again on the runway of our Spring Design Show! Here the students descend upon S.R. Harris Fabric Outlet:
 

 

bulletAnd finally, a couple of wrap-up trip highlights. Below you can see that UNI Senior Laurie Hinz (second from right) astonishes students from the University of Minnesota with the quality of her portfolio and Dr. Strauss finds common ancestral roots with fabric czar Sidney Harris.

 

 

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