Prospective Undergraduates

Whether you’re interested in sustainable textile production methods, incorporating technology into fine hospitality and resort experiences, or planning a stunning banquet, AESHM has a program for you. You’ll learn from faculty who’ve had years of experience in the apparel, hospitality, and event management fields. Their expertise is so well-known, you may just end up using a textbook they wrote. Or when you’re searching for an internship, you’ll meet an alum of the program who will connect you with an opportunity of a lifetime. Students choose from three majors and a host of concentration areas: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design (AMD) The apparel, merchandising, and design major opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the textiles and apparel industry. When you major in this field, you’ll study fashion design, product development, costume history, merchandising and marketing strategies, production processes, business practices, and consumer behavior. Event Management More than ever, companies and individuals are relying on experienced, professional event management majors to coordinate conferences, weddings, festivals, and other special occasions. You’ll study trend analysis, hospitality, and resource management to organize momentous gatherings on time and within budget. Hospitality Management In Iowa State’s world-renown hospitality management program, you will learn essential principles of managing a variety of hospitality organizations, such as hotels, restaurants, clubs, and foodservice companies. You’ll also develop expertise in managing diverse functions, such as accounting and finance, foodservice, human resources, marketing, and lodging.


Eighteen Iowa State students attend National Restaurant Association's NRA Show 2017

Eighteen Iowa State students and several faculty and staff members in hospitality and event management are this week attending the National Restaurant Association's "NRA Show 2017," being held May 20 to 23 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The event is the largest gathering of those in the restaurant, food service, and hospitality industry.

Siouxland Woman magazine features AMD alum Joi Mahon

Joi Mahon, a 1999 Iowa State graduate in apparel, merchandising, and design, was featured in a cover story last month by Siouxland Woman, a monthly magazine featuring informative articles and great photographs on topics of interest to local women.

College of Human Sciences' Chuck Achter, Darlene Fratzke, Anne Oldham, Chris Wise, Amber Kargol receive 2017 Learning Communities awards

Five College of Human Sciences staff members this year received awards at the Learning Communities Institute. Chuck Achter (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers) and Darlene Fratzke (ANTS and MINDs Learning Communities) received the Learning Communities Champion award, which honors those who have significantly contributed to the advancement of learning communities at Iowa State.

AMD alumna Annihka Murray named semi-finalist for EcoChic Design Award 2017

Murray, a 2012 Iowa State graduate in apparel, merchandising, and design, was named one of 24 finalists for the international EcoChic Design Award, a sustainable fashion design competition organized by Redress, inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste.

Marissa Carlson shares how she landed her internship in student profile

Marissa can't wait to work for a cruise line or country club. When she isn't studying she enjoys playing sports, painting, and reading. More>>.

Iowa State Daily features apparel, merchandising, and design senior Cassidy Glynn

Glynn focuses on creative technical design and finds inspiration from Andy Warhol. In the article, she tells of her streetwear-inspired, partially hand-painted line called 'Glitch // Accidental Art.' More>>.

Iowa State Daily publishes articles highlighting Londonfest planners Leah Blankespoor, Bailey Banger

The Iowa State Daily published two articles featuring the student planners of Londonfest. Leah Blankespoor and Bailey Banger, both seniors in event management, held leadership roles as student interns and assisted in the planning of the event. Londonfest celebrated the tenth anniversary of the London Underground, a local bar in downtown Ames, on April 22. More>>.

Apparel, merchandising, and design alumnus Amrut Sadachar recognized for outstanding achievement at Auburn University

Sadachar, an assistant professor in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences at Auburn, received the Student Government Association's Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Human Sciences and the Student Supervisor of the Year Award. The university-level awards recognize a faculty member's dedication to students and approachability as a supervisor, respectively. Sadachar earned his doctoral degree in apparel, merchandising, and design from Iowa State in 2014. More>>.

Amy Dorie, Dave Loranger, and Elena Karpova earn American Collegiate Retailing Association 2017 Best Paper Award

The American Collegiate Retailing Association, or ACRA, selected three researchers from the College of Human Sciences to receive one of the 2017 awards for best paper. Amie Dorie is a Ph.D. candidate in apparel, merchandising, and design, and Elena karpova is an associate professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management. Dave Loranger graduated in 2016 from the apparel, merchandising, and design program, and he is currently an assistant professor at Philadelphia University. Their paper, titled Encore Consumption: Investigating Trends in the Apparel Expenditures of Older Consumers,as discussed their findings from their analysis of data from the U.S. Consumer Expenditures Survey between 1997 and 2014. They research examined older consumers' apparel expenditure patterns by product categories in relation to employment status. Their paper will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, a publication that focuses on consumer behavior, policy, and managerial decisions in the fields of retailing and services studies. More>>.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education highlights Eulanda Sanders

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education featured Eulanda Sanders, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, in an online article about her recent appointment to chair of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management. Sanders will assume the role on July 1, taking the place of Robert Bosselman, who has led the department since 2007. More>>.