Textile Chemistry Alum Honored with Prestigious Watauga Medal
William K. “Bill” Collins Sr. and Benjamin P. “Ben” Jenkins III named the 2018 recipients of the Watauga Medal, NC State University’s highest nonacademic honor.
Osborne Scholarship Gives Grad Students Freedom to Focus
The first Osborne Scholarship recipients are as diverse as the textile field itself, ranging in focus from fashion to developing polymeric materials. What they share is a commitment to the future of the textile industry and a zest for lifelong education.
Being a Caldwell Fellow has Shaped this PCC Student’s Life
Polymer and Color Chemistry sophomore Tre’ Dennis credits the Caldwell Fellows Program with helping shape him as an individual. The transformation hasn’t just been about off-campus experiences, but also has happened through a series of leadership opportunities and day-to-day interaction with other Caldwell Fellows on campus.
VF Corporation and NC State Announce Strategic, Multiyear Partnership
VF Corporation and North Carolina State University today announced a collaborative, strategic partnership that will support student development at NC State and advance apparel and textiles innovation within VF. The College of Textiles and VF have a long-standing relationship. Under this new multi-year agreement, the partnership is further strengthened by NC State’s Poole College of Management, which brings particular expertise in business analytics and supply chain management.
Owens Honored with Menscer Cup
The NC State University Foundation presented its highest honor to Dr. Jim Owens, a three-time alumnus and the immediate past chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, earlier this month.
Hemline for Hearts Design Competition Returns for Second Year
The service learning project between the American Heart Association and College of Textiles students seeks to raise awareness of women’s heart health through a “Project Runway” style competition that culminates at Crabtree Valley Mall in February.
An Extraordinary Gift to Complete the Memorial Belltower
An extraordinary gift from Textiles alumnus Bill Henry and his wife, Frances, will enable the university to complete the Memorial Belltower – including the installation of the full complement of 54 bells, carillon and interior stairs as originally designed.
Robert “Bob” Wiggins ‘52, ’65 M, Named Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
Robert “Bob” Wiggins received the Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Textiles during the NC State Alumni Association’s annual Evening of Stars Gala held Nov. 3. Recipients of this award have excelled in their careers, made a difference in their communities and given back to their alma mater. Wiggins is being recognized specifically for his outstanding contributions to the textile industry.
Ellen Rohde Leadership Endowment Prepares Students for Success
Following a 22-year career with apparel giant VF Corporation, Ellen Rohde — now president of the North Carolina Textile Foundation — has dedicated her post-retirement life to equipping students at NC State with workforce skills that will make them successful leaders and major contributors to society. With a $1.2 million gift, she established an endowment that aims to provide students at the College of Textiles with the type of impactful leadership training that helped her become the first female division president in VF’s history.
Fourth Generation Alumna Carves her own Path
Sara Thomas, B.S., Fashion and Textile Management ’15, has cotton woven into her genes. She is the fourth generation of the Thomas family to graduate from the College of Textiles. Her great-grandfather, Mason P. Thomas, arrived on NC State’s campus in 1919 and every generation of her family since has followed in his footsteps. However, just as the textile industry has shifted focus across the decades, each member of the Thomas family has carved out his or her unique path.