Soar Higher Guest Lectures

The following topics are developed as approximately one-hour presentations that are designed to be guest speaker topics for your classroom or as brown-bags for your team.  We can deliver them live via Zoom and customize as needed to meet your learning outcome goals.

To arrange for a speaker, contact the speaker directly to ask questions and work out the date and time.

Creative Arts / Career & Technology

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Kristina Bruder,
Merchandising Lecturer
Kristina.Bruder@unt.edu
Introduction to Product Development What is product development and how is it different from fashion design? This presentation will introduce students to private label development processes.
Christy Crutsinger
Merchandising Professor
Christy.Crutsinger@unt.edu
The Creativity Behind Color Learn about color theory and the latest trends in apparel and home furnishings. Course will explore the psychology of color in design, brand development, and retail store layout.
Jana Hawley
Dean and Merchandising Professor
Jana.Hawley@unt.edu
Folk Art of the World: Honoring Culture, Community, and Commerce An exploration of folk arts from remote areas of the world and an overview of successful strategies that have helped these artisans move their products to the global marketplace.
Tammy Kinley
Merchandising Professor
Tammy.Kinley@unt.edu
20th Century Fashion Designers Examination and key works of the more prominent fashion designers of the twentieth century.

Science / Biology

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Ann Marie Afflerbach
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer
Ann.Afflerbach@unt.edu
Fad Diets Fad diets – the good, the bad and the ugly. What is a diet? Which diet should I follow to lose weight? Are any diets good and effective?
Ann Marie Afflerbach
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer
Ann.Afflerbach@unt.edu
Nutrition Facts Labels Understanding and utilizing Nutrition Facts labels to monitor nutrient intake and ingredients of products in order to become a more informed shopper and help in the creation of healthier meals.

Science / Chemistry

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Kristina Bruder,
Merchandising Lecturer
Kristina.Bruder@unt.edu
Building Performance in Textiles How we make our clothing do more than just cover us; it solves problems with features such as antimicrobials, moisture management, cooling effects, anti-static, smart textiles, compression, etc.

Science / Sustainability

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Jana Hawley
Dean and Merchandising Professor
Jana.Hawley@unt.edu
What Happens to Your Old Clothes? An overview of the textile recycling industry, offering suggestions on how and why we should recycle our clothing.
Birendra KC
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Assistant Professor
Birendra.KC@unt.edu
Understanding a Need for Sustainability in Tourism Through Tourism Impacts at Destinations Worldwide Discuss different destinations around the world and tourism impacts in those destinations to demonstrate the need to think and act sustainably
Jiyoung Kim,
Merchandising
Associate Professor
Jiyoung.Kim@unt.edu
Sustainability in the Fashion Supply Chain Overview of current trends and efforts within the fashion industry to stay environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Discussion of various issues and dilemmas companies face and the role of consumers.
Jiyoung Kim,
Merchandising
Associate Professor
Jiyoung.Kim@unt.edu
Sustainable Me Discussion of our role as a consumer and the power we hold to transform the fashion and clothing industry. Interactive discussion on living a sustainable lifestyle and better influencing others.
Linda Mihalick
Digital Retailing
Senior Lecturer
Linda.Mihalick@unt.edu
I Want It and I Want It NOW! The Cost of Instant Gratification Ecommerce currently accounts for approximately 20% of all retail sales and while there are numerous benefits to both the consumer and retailers, there are also environmental implications to consider. Explore the appeal and expand your knowledge and awareness of the environmental impacts of shipping direct to the consumer, including those from warehouses, packaging waste and fuel burn. Learn about practical solutions.

Social Studies / Disaster Management

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Jihye (Ellie) Min
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Assistant Professor
Jihye.Min@unt.edu
The Impact of Covid-19 on the Hotel Industry Discuss the cyclical nature of the hotel industry and the impact of major economic events, disasters, seasonality, etc. on the industry.
Kim Williams
Hospitality Chair and Professor
Kim.Williams2@unt.edu
Tourism Destination Recovery A look at how Hurricane Katrina impacted the New Orleans tourism industry and its recovery efforts. Also, explore how these lessons learned shaped the response for future crises and disasters like COVID-19.

Social Studies / Economics

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Ann Marie Afflerbach
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer
Ann.Afflerbach@unt.edu
Healthy Eating on a Budget How can I plan healthier meals when I am on a budget and the dollar menu is so convenient? Learn to be creative in planning healthy meals and snacks while also watching every penny.
Birendra KC
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Assistant Professor
Birendra.KC@unt.edu
The Travel and Tourism Industry: Different Market Segments and Economic Impact Discuss different types of tourism markets including nature-based tourism, cruise tourism, sport tourism, etc. and the economic impact generated by these market segments.
Jihye (Ellie) Min
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Assistant Professor
Jihye.Min@unt.edu
Hotels in our Neighborhood An overview of the Dallas hotel market. This presentation will show how to conduct a market study and discuss the market’s past, present and future hotel performances.

Social Studies / History / Government

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Christy Crutsinger
Merchandising Professor
Christy.Crutsinger@unt.edu
The Politics of Fashion Follow the women’s suffrage movement from Seneca Falls to Seventh Avenue, the U.S. fashion capital. You will meet Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Amelia Bloom as they dress for the ‘cause.’
Tammy Kinley
Merchandising Professor
Tammy.Kinley@unt.edu
Fashion Before and After the French Revolution The French Revolution was a major turning point in many aspects of European culture, even in fashion. Post war, it became very fashionable to be unfashionable.
Tammy Kinley
Merchandising Professor
Tammy.Kinley@unt.edu
Clothing in Bible Times An exploration of clothing worn by the ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Roman and Greek cultures. (Familiarity with the Bible, Torah or Quran is not necessary. Limited references to religious figures is for timeline context.)
Marissa Zorola,
Merchandising Senior Lecturer
Marissa.Zorola@unt.edu
The United States Garment Industry: The Transition from Homemade to Factory-Produced Ready-to-wear clothing has been available for a long time; however, the design, production, distribution, and retail of mass-produced clothing is actually a rather 'new' concept. How did we transition from homemade, made-to-last clothing to mass-produced, trend-driven apparel?

Social Studies / Psychology

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Iva Jestratijevic
Merchandising
Assistant Professor
Iva.Jestratijevic@unt.edu
A Body to Die for: Fashion Models, Body/Beauty Ideals and Eating Disorders This lecture provides an overview of invisible problems in the modeling industry, including thinness, eating disorders, and body and beauty norms. In this lecture we will discuss how occupational aesthetics in the modeling industry not only is an internal problem affecting model health and well-being but also extracts a high external toll on the general public who view fashion media.
Kim Williams
Hospitality Chair and Professor
Kim.Williams2@unt.edu
What Kind of Traveler Are You? Explore the psychographics of travel. Learn more about your travel preferences and how they can evolve over time. Take a test that helps match you personality with the right travel destinations.

Careers & Technology / Business

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Kristina Bruder,
Merchandising Lecturer
Kristina.Bruder@unt.edu
Introduction to Trend Forecasting An overview of how retailers forecast trends, using illustrations from the trend forecasting service, WGSN. We will also explore the process that is generally used -- research, evaluation, and validation.
Iva Jestratijevic
Merchandising Assistant Professor
Iva.Jestratijevic@unt.edu
Making Fashion Transparent: What Consumers Know About the Brands They Admire The journeys made by our clothes remain largely unseen. They may have started life in a field and then travelled across a vast network, in many countries, through the hands of hundreds of workers, working for dozens of different companies, before reaching our wardrobes. In this lecture we will discuss why consumers' trust in fashion brands has been eroding, and why the fashion industry suffers from a raising trust deficit. Lecture will also provide an overview of the major fashion brands and the level of information they publicly share about their products, and sustainability practices.
HJ Maria Kim
Merchandising Professor
HaeJung.Kim@unt.edu
Modern Luxury Brand (MLB) for Gen Z Gen Z might wish to have luxury brand accessibility, not just ownership. The more authentic and inclusive MLB is, the more likely Gen Zs are to stick around once MLB has them in the door of restaurants or convenience stores such as Cartier did in Japan.
Jiyoung Kim
Merchandising Associate Professor
Jiyoung.Kim@unt.edu
Design Meets Data Using visual graphics to present your insights from large consumer data set in an effective and aesthetically pleasing way
Tammy Kinley
Merchandising Professor
Tammy.Kinley@unt.edu
Retail Application of the P&L Statement An overview of factors that drive profit, with a focus on how the retailer determines the price on the tag.
Linda Mihalick
Digital Retailing Senior Lecturer
Linda.Mihalick@unt.edu
You get a job! You get a job! You get a job! Did you ever wonder what it would be like to work in eCommerce and what types of jobs are available? Explore one of the most sought after careers, learning about the types of jobs, salary potential and types of companies that hire for their digital businesses. Also, gain an understanding of the types of personalities that are best suited for this fast-paced industry.
Sanjukta Pookulangara
Digital Retailing Professor
Sanjukta.Pookulangara@unt.edu
Mom, Can I Have Your Silver Earrings for Keeps? Introduce the concept of Slow Fashion and how the industry in evolving to meet this challenge.
Sanjukta Pookulangara
Digital Retailing Professor
Sanjukta.Pookulangara@unt.edu
Are You Being Social? An overview of social media and how brands are using it.
Sanjukta Pookulangara
Digital Retailing Professor
Sanjukta.Pookulangara@unt.edu
Oh, the Places You Will See and the People You Will Meet An overview of the international retail industry.
Kiseol Yang
Digital Retailing Professor
Kiseol.Yang@unt.edu
Can I Recommend? Product Recommendation Engines and Website Strategies Different types of recommendation system and site strategies retailers use to convert site traffic.
Marissa Zorola,
Merchandising Senior Lecturer
Marissa.Zorola@unt.edu &
Kim Williams,
Hospitality Chair and Professor
Kim.Williams2@unt.edu
How the Disney Parks Create the Ultimate Consumer Experience Disney is known for their legendary guest service. Learn how Disney has and continues to create the ultimate consumer experience for generations to come.

Career & Technology / Business Communications

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Christy Crutsinger
Merchandising Professor
Christy.Crutsinger@unt.edu
Crucial Conversations Learn how to master your story, stay in dialogue, and speak persuasively. This interactive session will focus on effective communication strategies, via case study and role play.

Careers & Technology / Hospitality Management

Professor Title of Presentation Description
Young Hoon (Hunter) Kim
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Professor
Younghoon.Kim@unt.edu
Restaurant Quality and Sport Events An evaluation of restaurant quality to promote sport event and attract more sport event tourists (SETs): A case study of PGA and LPGA.
Xi Leung,
Hospitality & Tourism Management Assistant Professor
Xi.Leung@unt.edu
How Could Reviews Help Hotels? An overview of the role of social media reviews in hotel marketing. Learn how to read reviews and how to respond to reviews.
Xi Leung,
Hospitality & Tourism Management Assistant Professor
Xi.Leung@unt.edu
Virtual Reality in Hospitality & Tourism An introduction to VR, AR, MR technology. Explore the applications of technology in the hospitality industry. Also introduce some research projects involving virtual reality.
Xi Leung,
Hospitality & Tourism Management Assistant Professor
Xi.Leung@unt.edu
Experience matters! Why should I Choose Hospitality as my Major? Discuss the core of the hospitality industry is to create the customer experience. Emphasize the importance of the experience economy. Explain why a hospitality major could give student a competitive advantage in the future job market.
Luwis Mhlanga
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer
Luwis.Mhlanga@unt.edu
How Mom and Pop Restaurants are Adapting During the Covid-19 Crisis Exploring local area restaurants’ survival mode.
Todd Uglow
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer
Todd.Uglow@unt.edu
How to Plan and Execute a Non-Profit Fundraising Event on a Limited Budget Now more than ever, non-profits need to become creative and resourceful in their fundraising efforts.
Todd Uglow
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer
Todd.Uglow@unt.edu
What Excites Sponsors? Earning the Trust and Support of Sponsors for Hospitality and Entertainment Venues A significant challenge among hospitality entertainment venues is understanding the mindsight of the potential sponsor. This session will take you on a journey to understand how sponsors think and provide you with everything a venue needs to develop and implement its own sponsorship committee or department.
Todd Uglow
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer
Todd.Uglow@unt.edu
Shielding Hospitality Organizations from Legal Attack: 10 Key Areas Every Hospitality Manager Should Know All hospitality managers should be engaged in decision making that minimizes risk to their organization. There are several action items that should be implemented within different areas of any hospitality venue to protect those organizations from potential liability.
Han Wen
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Assistant Professor
Han.Wen@unt.edu
How to Design and Plan Floor Plans for Restaurants and Event Venues An introduction to restaurant/event venue design trends and a short tutorial about how to draw floor plans using the SmartDraw® software.
Han Wen
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Assistant Professor
Han.Wen@unt.edu
An Introduction to Gastronomy and Olfactory Studies An overview of the dimensions of gastronomy and sensory analysis skills. Briefly discuss the relationship between food, beverage, and culture. Introduction to the possible career paths related to hospitality beverages.