In and Around Gearing Hall
Computing Meets Textiles and Apparel
Textiles and Apparel students are getting technical, tackling advanced computer-aided drafting classes. In classes held in May, students learned how to create professional designs and artistic flats in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Fashion has used computer-aided drafting for years, but practices change rapidly and classes like this one help students develop industry-standard knowledge they can take right into their jobs and internships.
“I loved the workshop because it enhanced my skills and allowed me to make a lasting impression during my internship at Rosie Assoulin,” said senior Taylor Hicks. “I was one of four design interns and was the only student who worked on the flats for upcoming collections because they liked my work so much.”
Now Open for Special Summer Classes
Susie’s Kitchen is a new summer camp program that merges science and nutrition. Its cooking classes take place in the Susie Jastrow Teaching Kitchen in Mary Gearing Hall. The first four-class series taught adults on campus, and members of the public came to learn about the science behind some of the healthiest and tastiest trends in nutrition, from the Mediterranean Diet to anti-inflammatory foods. Classes combined science with hands-on cooking classes and students got to eat the results for lunch. Naturally, classes sold out quickly, but the Nutritional Sciences Department plans to hold more classes in the future.
Human Ecology Ambassadors Serve the School
Now in its fifth year, the School of Human Ecology Ambassadors program is going strong, raising awareness of the school and its programs among the wider UT student body, as well as off campus. The ambassadors put on events like “Share the Love” on Valentine’s Day, where students can write a thank you note to their favorite professor. In celebration of Earth Day, they handed out 100 mini-succulent plants in an hour to remind students to reduce, reuse and recycle. And on the last day of the spring semester, they handed out spirit-lifting breakfast tacos. The ambassadors are also known for volunteering when extra hands are needed at events like the Spring Graduation Reception and advisory council meetings.
“My favorite thing about SoHE Ambassadors is that it is outward focused in that a large part of what we do is host events for other students around campus, who may potentially be interested in a SoHE major, but just haven’t had much awareness,” said Hadley Hollan. “We spend a lot of time together as ambassadors, too, but I love sharing SoHE with others!”