Forever green, merchandising alumni share industry trends in Hot Topics & Cool Trends class
December 09, 2010

When Dr. Christy Crutsinger was searching for guest lecturers to speak in the experimental course, Hot Topics & Cool Trends, she had to look no further than her Linked In and Facebook accounts to locate successful UNT merchandising gradates located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Over the course of the semester, nine merchandising graduates shared industry trends impacting their businesses.  From technology to fast fashion, students were exposed to a variety of careers and business models within the dynamic world of fashion. UNT alumni returning to campus included the following:


  • Michelle Burton, (MS 04), JCPenney, Store Planner
  • Julie Lindsey, (BS 95; MS 97), Dickies Medical/Uniforms/Selecta Corp, Director of Merchandising
  • Leslie Lynch, (BS 05), Digital Media Force, CEO (Skype session from Chicago)
  • Paige Wallace, (BS 91), Paige Wallace Designs, Owner
  • Amanada Stouffer, (BS 05; MS 07); Charlotte Russe, Store Manager
  • Denise Jones, (BS, '04), JCPenney, Assistant Buyer
  • Lindsey Overby,(BS '04),JCPenney, Internet Execution Specialist
  • Jackie Marks, (MS 07), Neiman Marcus, Assistant Buyer
  • Loree Ridgley, (BS '09), Stanley Korshak, Bridal Consultant
  • Julie Bevenour, (BS '09), Stanley Korshal, Assistant Buyer


Other guest lecturers throughout the semester included Rich Hollander, president of Buxton Company and merchandising board member;  Jodi Kahn, college recruiter for Neiman Marcus; and Jared Morrison, assistant buyer for Neiman Marcus.  As evidenced by student response, UNT graduates provide a model of professionalism and a source of inspiration. "After each speaker, our students would become more and more excited about the opportunities in merchandising," says Crutsinger. "For me, it was a great opportunity to reconnect with former students who are indeed the movers and shakers in the industry," she adds.   By returning to campus to generously share their time and talents, these UNT graduates are FOREVER MEAN GREEN!

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