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Student Chapter Awards

Part 2

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AATCC presents Student Chapter Awards every year to graduating seniors from our Student Chapters to be recognized for academic achievement and contribution to the chapter, school, or society. AATCC presents each chapter award winner with a certificate and a copy of Color Vision and Technology. Winners also receive one year of free Student Membership in AATCC as they start their careers. Be sure to congratulate these outstanding AATCC student members!

NED University

TTahreem Begahreem Beg is a textile major and maintains a 3.802 GPA. NED University AATCC Student Chapter advisors Muhammad Dawood Husain and Fareha Asim say that Beg has performed well consistently. “She secured the first position in three of eight semesters and an overall second position in her BE Textile Program,” says Husain. In her second semester, she was awarded a merit scholarship by the university. “I acted as an advisor of her final year engineering design project,” says Husain. “She performed very well in the final presentation, exhibiting excellent ability to understand difficult concepts quickly and be able to explain them. [She] has proved her mettle time and again with her academic excellence alongside the various exposures to the corporate world.” Beg participated actively in all of the events organized by the Textile department of NEDUET. She was also Deputy Head of Marketing for the AATCC NED Student Chapter, helping to organize the Career Seminar 2014 and organizing the AATCC Student Chapter’s participation at the First NED International Textile Conference (ITC).


Philadelphia University

Rebecca.FlaxRebecca Flax is a textile design major with a 3.699 GPA. She will be continuing her studies at Philadelphia University while pursuing a Master’s degree in textile design. Philadelphia University AATCC Student Chapter advisor Janet Brady says “She is a talented student very worthy of this award.” Flax worked Open House events on campus, routinely supports other students in the Textile Design studio by assisting with questions they have regarding computer systems, equipment issues, etc., and tutored for both Dyeing and Finishing and Textile Production I classes for two years. She was selected to represent the TD UG program at The Barnes Foundation, First Sundays “Textiles.” Flax exhibited and presented her textile design work to interested museum attendees. She was also selected to exhibit her textile design work at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show in Spring 2014. A floral designer created an arrangement in response to Flax’s textile work. Flax was selected to participate in a WITHIT conference, which is a group of women in the textile and home fashions industries. She also won a scholarship to  serve as a student assistant at the HGA international conference Convergence 2014 in Providence RI.


University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

Brenda Zarate1Brenda Zarate majors in textiles and clothing, with an economics and marketing emphasis and maintains a GPA of 3.919. AATCC Student Chapter Advisor You-Lo Hsieh says that Zarate’s academic track record includes 14 A-plus grades, “a truly outstanding academic achievement! Her A+ grades are in subjects ranging from economics, cultural anthropology to textile science. Furthermore, she will graduate with a BS degree in three years!” Zarate will graduate with highest honors from UC Davis this spring. Besides excelling academically, Zarate has been active in organizations in and outside of the university. She has volunteered to help with children’s art as well as second hand clothing in the community. She has volunteered in UC Davis’ annual Picnic Day Tie Dye event. In addition, Hsieh says Zarate “plans to join a women’s cooperative program in Peru to improve the economic viability of women in their textile and apparel work.”


University of Rhode Island (URI)

rachalmatthiesRachal Mathies is a double major in textiles and Italian, and is also earning a minor in economics, with a 3.75 GPA. She spent a semester in Florence, Italy. According to URI AATCC Student Chapter advisor Martin Bide, “In addition to being a talented student, Rachal is also an excellent practical textile chemist. She has carried out work in the university’s textile science laboratory as part of several ongoing projects. Her work is careful and reliable.”


Virginia Institute of Technology (Virginia Tech)

Kelsey SmithKelsey Smith is a double major in fashion merchandising and design and multimedia journalism with a 3.7 GPA, who has been named to the Dean’s List every semester. Smith was chosen for an independent study as AATCC Student Chapter advisor, Jessie Chen-Yu’s teaching assistant for Apparel Textiles Lab in Fall 2013. As a Virginia Tech Cheerleader, Smith received the All-Academic Award in 2012 and 2013 for having the highest GPA on the Cheerleading Team. She currently serves as co-captain of the Virginia Tech Cheerleading Team, and has been a part of the program throughout all four years. Smith was also involved in several community service efforts on campus including The Big Event at Virginia Tech and Relay for Life. As a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Smith served as Intellectual Development Chair for a semester and worked with several philanthropic organizations, including the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley.


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