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 2015 rankings by Fashion School show we’re No. 1 in the Midwest for fashion merchandising, No. 3 among public schools and colleges, and No. 3 nationally.

In fashion design, we’re No. 2 in the Midwest, No. 3 among public schools and colleges, and No. 8 nationally.

AESHM Announcements

Tera Lawson, Young-A Lee, Nicci Port selected for sixth Emerging Leaders Academy

Three faculty and staff from the College of Human Sciences are among 30 from Iowa State selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Academy. They are Tera Lawson, a program coordinator in the School of Education; Young-A Lee, an associate professor in apparel, events and hospitality management; and Nicci Port, an administrative specialist in the dean's office. The academy develops faculty and P&S staff currently serving in leadership roles at Iowa State, or who aspire to hold leadership positions. Participants attend monthly sessions on leadership theory and practice, current issues in higher education, and university-related challenges and opportunities. Each participant also benefits from a year-long mentoring relationship with a current Iowa State leader. More».

Mary Lynn Damhorst expresses her thanks at the reception.Bidding Happy Retirement to Mary Lynn Damhorst

Apparel, merchandising, and design faculty members and graduate students created a memorable retirement reception and roast for Mary Lynn Damhorst, who has been a member of the AMD program for more than 30 years.

Charles F. Frederiksen Leadership Award presented to Caitlin Theros

 Iowa State University has bestowed the Charles F. Frederiksen Leadership Award to Caitlin Theros. Theros is a senior in event management. The award identifies Theros for demonstrating exceptional service to the university community through contributions to on-campus student leadership, involvement in building community within university-owned housing, and scholarship. More».

Eight College of Human Sciences students among 20 honored with ISU Student Leadership Awards

 College of Human Sciences students comprised nine of the 20 students honored with Student Leadership Awards at Iowa State University’s award ceremony on April 24 in the Memorial Union. Students in College of Human Sciences programs who were honored include: Benjamin Dralle, nutritional science; Mariah Dougherty, dietetics; Christina Hillman, child, adult, and family services; Mica Magtoto, nutritional science; Kiran Sharma, kinesiology and health; Caitlin Theros, event management; Britney Williams, kinesiology and health; Joe Webb, nutritional science. More».

Ann Marie Fiore and Peter Martin named University Professors

Peter Martin, a professor of gerontology in human development and family studies, and Ann Marie Fiore, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, have been named University Professors by Iowa State University. The honor, which includes a permanent increase of $6000 in base salary and the title of University Professor, recognizes faculty members whose professional work has effected positive, significant institutional change at Iowa State over an extended period of time. Fiore and Martin will be recognized at the University Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m., September 26, in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union. More».

Watch the full video of the College of Human Sciences Spring 2016 convocation

The Spring 2016 convocation, held at Hilton Coliseum on May 6, included opening remarks by Pamela White, dean and Dean's Chair in the College of Human Sciences. Joe Webb, senior in food science and human nutrition, served as college student marshal. Kathryn Bruce, senior in apparel, events, and hospitality management and university marshal, delivered a special address. Video produced by Bryan Perry. More».

Des Moines Register features Young-A Lee's research in apparel made from tea byproduct

The article by Press-Citizen staffer Jeff Charis-Carlson notes that Lee, an associate professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management at Iowa State, is working with her team to reduce the absorbency of the tea byproduct material to make it suitable for outdoor wear. More».

Business News Network of Toronto interviews Young-A Lee via Skype

In the interview, Lee, an associate professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management at Iowa State, explains her case study of cellulosic fiber — a byproduct of kombucha tea — that feeds off a mixture of vinegar and sugar, creating a film similar to leather once it is harvested and dried. More».

See photos from this year's Trashion Show

At the third annual Trashion Show last Friday, 67 ISU Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management - AESHM students in Elena Karpova's AESHM 222 class constructed 25 designs made of newspaper, plastic bags, pop cans, water bottles, to-go coffee packaging, and other recyclables. The event has raised $1,781 for clean water projects in Iowa. The event partnered with Serenity Couture Salon and Spa in Ames to celebrate the Earth month and bring awareness to various environmental issues. Photos by Brooke Pavel Photography. More».

Guowen Song and partnership to improve fabric function chronicled in Des Moines Register story

A story in the Des Moines Register highlights Guowen Song's leadership of Iowa State University's research team in apparel design, materials science and engineering, and kinesiology that is working to improve the design and function of protective clothing for the military, emergency responders, and others who face extreme conditions. Song is an associate professor and the Noma Scott Lloyd Chair in Textiles and Clothing. The story ran in the April 26 issue of the newspaper. More».

AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State expands international opportunities in hospitality and event management
SoJung Lee was a key organizer for a Korean-American hospitality conference.
Apps win top prizes at 2016 Entrepreneurship Showcase
Technology was the big winner at this year’s College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase, with two of the top awards going to ideas for apps for mobile devices.
Clothing made from tea byproduct could improve health of fashion industry
Associate professor Young-A Lee and her team of Iowa State researchers have developed a new clothing fiber that's 100 percent biodegradable.
College of Human Sciences scholarships support students at unpaid internships
Scholarships through the College of Human Sciences ease the financial burden on students interning with organizations unable to provide compensation.
College of Human Sciences graduating seniors to be recognized at ceremonies
The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of more than graduating students in a series of events on May 6 and 7.
Establishing an iconic coffeehouse
Students studying entrepreneurship in human sciences reached out to coffeehouses nationwide on what makes an iconic coffeehouse. See what they learned at this year's Entrepreneurship Showcase.
Students share stories of being military kids as Iowa State prepares to honor them
This Friday national Purple Up! for Military Kids day will recognize the sacrifices military youth make while their parents serve. April is the Month of the Military Child.
Event Management Club hopes to inspire students through first Collegiately Creative Conference
The Event Management Club will connect Iowa State students with entrepreneurs to inspire and motivate students' creative entrepreneurship.
Collection featuring office supplies wins top prize at Iowa State’s fashion show
Kate Bruce’s collection featuring the beauty of office supplies won Best in Show at The Fashion Show 2016. Bruce was also one of two producers of the show.
Apparel program infuses fashion with STEM
Faculty and students in Iowa State's apparel, merchandising, and design program want to demonstrate to consumers how fashion uses STEM concepts to solve real-world problems.