Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM)

Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, otherwise known as AESHM,  is composed of three majors:

  • Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
  • Event Management
  • Hospitality Management 

Through each of these three programs, students gain skills and knowledge to help them succeed in the real world. In addition to coursework, they complete an internship that closely relates to their career aspirations.

Graduates of these programs are the managers of your favorite resorts, the designers of your best jeans, and the coordinators of lavish events.  From fine dining to fine apparel, our students, alumni, faculty, and staff have an eye for the original and a taste for quality.

Ranked as a top fashion merchandising and design school!

New 2017 rankings by Fashion School show we’re No. 3 in the Midwest for fashion merchandising, No. 5 among public schools and colleges, and No. 5 nationally.

In fashion design, we’re No. 3 in the Midwest, No. 4 among public schools and colleges, and No. 9 nationally.

AESHM Announcements

Iowa State top presenter at ITAA conference for seventh year; 16 awards received by students, faculty, alumni

groupaeshmFor the seventh year in a row, Iowa State University was the top presenter at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual conference with 70 poster and oral presentations, and design exhibitions. Iowa State students, faculty, and alumni also took home 16 awards. The conference was held Nov. 14 to 18 in St. Petersburg, Florida. About 60 guests attended the Iowa State reception for alumni, students, faculty, and friends. ITAA is the premiere professional association in the field of apparel, merchandising, and design. Click "more" to see the full list of award recipients. More».
For more information, contact Eulanda Sanders and Ann Marie Fiore in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7474 and 515-294-9303 or sanderse@iastate.edu; amfiore@iastate.edu.



Chandra Bolin named events coordinator for Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair

Chandra Bolin, junior in marketing with a minor in event management, was recently selected to be a part of the Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair planning committee as the Events Coordinator. She will serve on the committee with five other undergraduate students to plan and promote the Career Fair, which will take place on Feb. 7, 2018. More».
For more information, contact Jake Jansen in the College of Human Sciences at 515-294-0626 or hscareer_jake@iastate.edu.



AESHM's Mackenzie Jordan, Megan Huftalin, Eric Brown attend The HX Hotel Experience in New York

Mackenzie Jordan and Megan Huftalin, both seniors in event management, joined associate professor Eric A Brown in attending The HX Hotel Experience — the largest hospitality show in North America — Nov. 11 to 13 in New York City. They attended a student networking reception, a tour of the Andaz 5th Avenue chic boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan, and a breakfast sponsored by Hyatt with Eta Sigma Delta, the honor society for hospitality and event students. More».
For more information, contact Eric Brown in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-8474 or ebrown@iastate.edu.



Top industry leaders form new Event Management Executive Advisory Council

Top industry leaders are advising Iowa State University's event management program as members of the new Event Management Executive Advisory Council. They met Nov. 3 for the first time. Advisers include: Julie Weeks of the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, Steve Peters of VenuWorks, Tim Bryan and Ellie Straw of A Special Event DJ and Photo Booth, Brandie Willson and Alivia Sprenger of the Iowa Cubs, TJ Juskiewicz of RAGBRAI, Amedeo Rossi with the 80/35 Music Festival, Brian Phillips of the city of Ames, and Emily Brown with the Iowa State University Foundation. More».
For more information, contact Eric Olson in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-0699 or olsoned@iastate.edu.



Sara Marcketti, Michael Mamp co-edit latest issue of Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture journal

Sara Marcketti, professor in the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management, and Michael Mamp, a former ISU doctoral student, co-edited the latest issue of Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture, a journal dedicated to fashion scholarship and its interfacings with popular culture. More».
For more information, contact Sara Marcketti at 515-294-7393 or sbb@iastate.edu.



Katelyn Otto, Gracie Olsen, Lydia Loya, Courtney Barbour selected by Omaha Fashion Week

Three Iowa State students and one alumna have been selected to showcase their designs during Omaha Fashion Week 2018. Katelyn Otto and Gracie Olsen, both sophomores in apparel, merchandising, and design, will exhibit "Otto & Olsen" in the emerging designer showcase category. In the same category, Courtney Barbour, a 2016 alumna, will show her line entitled "CJB Designs." Lydia Loya, a junior in apparel, merchandising and design, has been selected to show "West Fens" in the featured designer showcase. Omaha Fashion Week will take place from Feb. 27, 2018, to March 3. More».

For more information, contact Eulanda Sanders in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7474 or sanderse@iastate.edu.



KCRG-TV features Ellen McKinney, Iowa State AESHM students' presentation about wearable technology:

A story from KCRG-TV featuring Ellen McKinney, assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, and Iowa State students highlighted their participation in the 4-H National Youth Science Day event on Oct. 24 at Franklin Middle School in Cedar Rapids. McKinney and her students shared examples of their wearable technology, such as a solar-powered jacket, with sixth-grade students. More».



Alyssa Best gives back as a peer mentor for Common Threads Learning Community in student profile:

Alyssa Best's dream job is working as a merchandiser for J. Crew. When she's not working toward her degree, she enjoys watching Netflix and reading. More».



Nicole Kluesner travels to Los Angeles with AMD program featured in student profile:

Nicole Kluesner wants to work as a buyer for a corporate office or open my own boutique. Right now, she spends her time baking treats for her roommates, watching Netflix, and listening to music. More».



Iowa State Daily features fine dining dinners at the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom:

The Iowa State Daily published an article highlighting students in hospitality management and their experience planning fine dining dinners at the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom. The hospitality management course, HSP M 487 Fine Dining Management, gives students the opportunity to collaborate to plan and host a dinner at the tearoom for the public. More».

For more information, contact Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-3330.



AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

New overseas programs to help students engage in high-impact learning
Students in the College of Human Sciences will have four additional opportunities to study abroad next summer.
College of Human Sciences and departmental scholarship recipients recognized
The College of Human Sciences celebrated student scholarship recipients and donors at its annual scholarship recognition event.
Human scientists celebrate passion for helping people
Human Sciences Week will from Oct. 2 to 6 celebrate the dedication of students, faculty, and staff to improve people’s lives.
Iowa State professor on team using big data to aid rural economic development
Linda Niehm is on a team of researchers using big data to match rural communities with businesses that would be successful there.
Interdisciplinary team enhances protective clothing design
Interdisciplinary research in the College of Human Sciences is improving the safety of those who wear protective clothing.
More human sciences faculty engage in extension and outreach
Three new projects from Iowa State University will bring human sciences research to Black Hawk, Polk, and Jefferson counties.
Look inside your own pantry or fridge to find the top culprit of food waste
Nearly 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. Iowa State University experts have tips for reducing waste.
Summer internships provide springboard to careers
At least 345 College of Human Sciences students secured internships this summer in Iowa and across the globe.
International designers to lead weeklong workshop at Iowa State
Digital printing experts Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie will lead a weeklong fashion and textile design workshop at Iowa State.
Renovated labs provide researchers with critical space for advancements
Building renovations provide College of Human Sciences researchers with the space and equipment crucial to their research.
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