FABO fashion show highlights 20 years of fashion

NDSU Fashion, Apparel and Business Organization (FABO) held its 20th annual fashion show this year on April 28. The show was hosted live in the Memorial Union Ballroom, with a virtual option via Zoom.

Commemorating its anniversary, the theme for the show this year was 20 years of fashion.

“Students highlighted the programs from the last twenty years,” said Sara Sunderlin, senior lecturer of apparel, merchandising, interior design and hospitality management. “My favorite part is seeing the students work together toward one common goal. They learn leadership skills and how to network with community members as they look for donors and stores to have featured in the show.”

Students worked with area businesses, including Kindred People, Revolver, Proper, Druthers, Olive Street, Scheels, Carmine and Hayworth, Leela and Lavender, Mint and Basil and the NDSU Bookstore.

Local businesses showcased apparel from their current spring inventory, including cropped tops and bright colored elastic waist pants. There also was a notable transition from athleisure clothing popular in 2020, to more fitted silhouettes.

The fashion show also featured student designs by Jasmine Brockberg, Anna Lund and Erin Smith.

“My favorite part of the show is being able to collaborate with my fellow FABO members and businesses in the community,” said Hannah Ristad, president of the organization. “I am so thankful for everything I have learned through being a part of FABO. It has taught me what hard work and good communication looks like. These are definitely skills I will bring into the workplace moving forward.”

With precautions in place and CDC guidelines followed, about 150 people attended this year’s event, including 70 high school students interested in apparel and design. To learn more about the FABO fashion show, visit ndsu.edu/adhm/apparel_retail_merchandising_design/.

A message from our deans

As we wrap up our first full year as co-interim deans, there is one thing we know for sure: The 2020-21 school year is not one we will soon forget. We are very grateful for the faculty, staff and students in the College of Human Sciences and Education. The resourcefulness, creativity and dedication of the faculty and staff in the college has never been more evident. Faculty implemented new ways of teaching their courses, including learning new equipment, navigating new locations and trying new methods. They kept their focus on student learning and helped our students succeed. Staff juggled working remotely and working on campus with grace under pressure. Their flexibility and persistence made the college run smoothly and efficiently. Students studied hard and learned their course materials in new ways. We miss our students and cannot wait to see them in person again in the fall. 

Not being able to do the usual events led to creative alternatives which were so successful we will continue doing them even when things return to normal. 

When we couldn’t host Honor’s Day in person, we decided to connect our scholarship recipients with their donors via phone and Zoom. Many wonderful connections were made and we will continue this as an option for those who can’t join us for Honor’s Day this year in October.

We ended the year with an HSE Doctoral Hooding Ceremony for people who earned their doctoral degree in 2020 and 2021. The ceremony was well-attended in person and many others joined virtually from all over the world. We are so proud of the students who graduated and it was a pleasure to meet their spouses, parents and children. We will continue this tradition in the years to come. 

This year has been very challenging, but a lot of good has happened, too. It has been our pleasure to serve the students, staff, faculty and alumni of the College of Human Sciences and Education this past year. We hope that everyone will take time to step away from screens and renew themselves this summer. We look forward to seeing what great things happen next year.

Dr. Jim Deal, Interim Dean

Email:  Jim.Deal@ndsu.edu

Dr. Jill Nelson, Interim Dean

Email:  Jill.R.Nelson@ndsu.edu

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