By Manisha Patel, AATCC Student & Corporate Member Specialist

Every year, AATCC student chapters name a graduating senior to be recognized for academic achievement and contribution to the chapter, school, and society. This year AATCC presented each chapter award recipient with a certificate, a copy of the 2019 AATCC Technical Manual, and a copy of the book Color Vision and Technology. Awardees also receive one year of free membership in AATCC as they start their careers.

Central Michigan University

Lysa Alona Vladyslavivna is a fashion design major and museum studies minor. She is proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Modaris, and Kaleido. Additionally, she has learned hand illustration, hand and machine sewing, pattern making, grading, draping, and electronic textiles. She has participated in fashion shows as both a model and designer. She has participated in several Threads fashion show events that complement her academic credentials. Her design was accepted for the Butterfly Effect Design Competition. She has completed an internship with Anastasia Chatza in Chicago during the summer of 2019. She has also been involved with several volunteer activities.

Vladyslavivna is the current president of the AATCC student chapter. Under her leadership, the student chapter promoted their activities on social media and organized several meetings that focused on knitting, e-textiles, potato printing, and freezer bag printing activities in the fall semester along with a CAD contest. During the spring semester, she assisted the student chapter in planning activities including embroidery, knitting, tour of the lab, a competition on fabric embellishment, and a research presentation. Vladyslavivna also oversaw all meetings, conducted some, and recruited speakers from other members.

Clemson University

Gabriella Schoenbeck will be receiving her BS in materials science and engineering, polymeric materials concentration with a minor in chemistry. Schoenbeck has enthusiasm to learn, asks thoughtful questions in class, and is a model for other students. Schoenbeck chose to do co-op and internships in order to apply what she has learned in the academic classroom and laboratory and completed co-op projects which best employed the coursework she learned in the concentration. She also has served as a mentor to undergraduates as a leader in lab work and senior capstone design work. Schoenbeck is currently researching disperse dyeing of biodegradable polymers which involves coloration, color measurement, and dye recipe formulations.


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Since first attending California State Polytechnic University, Pomona three years ago, Jessica DeGard has achieved the Dean’s List every semester, being invited to become a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, while working in a career-related field as a visual merchandiser. She is pursuing a major in apparel merchandising and management with an apparel retailing option. DeGard was accepted in the Target Leadership Mentor Program, allowing her the invaluable hands-on experience in the workplace environment. She continued to increase her knowledge by earning the position as a Research Assistant for the Apparel Merchandising and Management Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

As an executive board member of the AATCC Socal Broncos Student Chapter in Cal Poly Pomona, DeGard has served the chapter as agriculture representative. Through this role, she has helped the club maintain communication with the college, stay up to date on school events, and inform the club of new information. This fall 2019, she helped coordinate the AATCC club food drive to be donated to the school’s Poly Pantry and server for the annual Pumpkin Festival. She did an excellent job this year to help maintain the club reputation and image in the College of Agriculture Student Council and the club’s executive board.

Florida State University

The student chapter awardee at Florida State University (FSU) is Sophia Isaac. She is majoring in retail entrepreneurship with a concentration in product development. Based on her excellence in the classroom, Isaac has been offered many opportunities within the textile and apparel industry. Not only does she have a stellar GPA, she stands out in the classroom, leading to recognition by her professors. Her professor says, “I was very impressed with Isaac in the Introduction to Textiles class and based on her expressed interest and academic record, offered her a volunteer opportunity within the Textile Testing Laboratory to shadow and assist with hands on industry testing services.” She has also interned with FSU’s professional clothing closet and most recently, as a buyer with Burlington Stores in Burlington, NJ, USA. Isaac is very organized and communicates well with others. She is now demonstrating the skills she has developed within the classroom within the textile and apparel industry.
Isaac served as the 2019 President of the AATCC Student Chapter at FSU. She organized and planned all meetings, promoted engagement within the textile industry, and prepared new fundraising strategies to support the fall fashion show for which she was the director. She oversaw the art and production teams, negotiated with show vendors, and created the overall concept for the show. She has also taken on leadership roles across campus as a campus recreation brand ambassador involving social media marketing, and as a stylist for FSU’s Diverse World Fashion Magazine. Isaac is a leader in FSU’s retail entrepreneurship program and her service as President of the AATCC chapter was above and beyond her faculty advisors’ expectations. Facing a large budget deficit from the previous year’s leadership, she managed to raise significant funds in order to produce the annual fall fashion show again in 2019.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Shaina Futch is studying materials science and engineering (MSE), with a concentration in polymer and fiber materials. She has maintained a solid foundation in materials science and engineering. She has taken courses to expand her knowledge and applied her skill set to solve real-world problems in and out of the classroom. Futch has gone above and beyond expectations to hone her data analysis skills. When she realized her skills did not meet her personal expectations, she accepted a co-op position with Delta Air Lines as a data analysis on their Flight Operations Metrics Team. Through the co-op rotation, Futch was able to build her data analysis skills.

Futch served as “Characterization Team Member” of Materials Innovation and Learning Laboratory (MILL). MILL is a student-operated innovation facility within Georgia Tech’s MSE. It is operated by voluntary student leaders like AATCC student members. Futch’s leadership role in MILL involved training new users on characterization equipment such X-ray diffraction equipment, Leica microscope FTIR, Profilometer, and SEM. She met with other leaders of MILL to review biweekly progress and discuss how to make the MILL a more useful space for students.

Futch was an active participant in the Georgia Tech Marching Band. She participated in band rehearsals, actual game day displays, pep rallies, and spirit band events. Futch’s other service-oriented activities involved serving as student assistant in multiple labs—Rheology, Polymer Physics, Fiber Product Manufacturing, and Materials Characterization. She also served as a voluntary TA to help several struggling students to successfully navigate tough courses.

NED University of Engineering and Technology

Usama Noorani with his sheer determination stood 1st among 30 students throughout his academic years at University. He was the gold medalist with a BS in textile sciences. Thanks to his determination and eagerness to learn, he was nominated, along with nine other students, to represent his school in the semester exchange program to Tianjin Polytechnic University, China, for four months. During his visit, he didn’t let the new environment affect his academics and outshone other students by achieving brilliant scores in all subjects.

Noorani has been a dedicated and loyal member of the AATCC Student Chapter since the start of his undergraduate studies. He has always been brilliant in organizing and managing events. These qualities assisted him to become deputy of event management as early as his second year and his performance led to his promotion as the head of logistics. Noorani’s diverse experience and his excellent team leading skills along with communication, multi-tasking, and quick decision-making skills helped him become the President of AATCC NED Chapter in 2019. During his tenure, the chapter organized events like an orientation session, futsal (indoor soccer) tournament, and a career seminar. He also organized the first women’s badminton tournament, CV Writing Workshop for the graduating class, and a “Brains at War” quiz tournament, which was a fun learning activity for the students in the department.

North Carolina State University

The student chapter awardee at North Carolina State University is Rebekah Busick. She is a polymer and color chemistry major with an American Chemical Society Certification concentration. From an academic perspective, Busick consistently performs in the top 5-10% of her peers. In the classroom, she quickly masters concepts and excels at explaining the complicated theories on a fundamental level. In courses specific to the textile industry, her understanding of the concepts is furthered by her experience working at Cotton Incorporated and in academic research labs.

Busick has served as the social media/communications chair for the AATCC student chapter. She took leadership over setting up a social media account for the student chapter and has maintained it this year by providing informational posts to recruit students to the chapter meetings.

Oregon State University

April Davenport is studying apparel design and merchandising management and is a thoughtful and earnest student. She is a member of the OSU College of Business Dean’s Academy. This is a select group of students that have enriched activities in leadership training and enrollment in smaller cohort honors classes. Davenport is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society that promotes excellent scholarship, good character, and service. She also has received numerous scholarships to continue her education.

Davenport is a wonderful representative for Oregon State University and the design program at OSU. She is always willing to help other students’ network and is a great example of how to use all opportunities for growth and experience. She is an advocate for people with disabilities and was instrumental in creating an adaptive focus in the annual spring fashion show that is organized by the AATCC Student Chapter at OSU. She was one of the founding members of the three-year-old, AATCC Student Chapter and worked on the organization of the club and recruiting members.

Thomas Jefferson University

The student chapter awardee for Thomas Jefferson University is Bryce Peckman who is majoring in textile materials technology with a concentration in sustainability. Peckman’s advisor says she is academically one of the strongest students they have had to date. She is always prepared, asks thought provoking questions, researches topics thoroughly, and presents the information found in her research clearly and with enthusiasm. She is strong in many textile subjects, and most noteworthy are her chemistry skills.

The Jefferson AATCC Student chapter has recently seen its most active student members graduate and is again trying to build momentum and develop more ongoing activities. Peckman has been active, attending chapter events and showing serious interest in continuing her membership in the Association after graduation.

University of Texas at Austin

Carmen Mosnia is a textiles and apparel, technical and functional design major. She has been an excellent and engaged student. She has also interned as a fashion illustrator. Mosnia helped the AATCC chapter blossom and acquire several members.

In the past, Mosnia was the social media coordinator and recently has taken over event organizing and graphics, while still being in charge of social media. She is also a part of the SOHE (School of Human Ecology) mentoring committee. She helps mentees pair with mentors to teach about the school and their major.


Virginia Tech

Chera Longfritz is a double major in fashion merchandising and design and creative writing. She has received all highest grades in her textile courses at Virginia Tech. Because of her outstanding performance in the textile courses, Longfritz was selected to serve as a Teaching Assistant for the Apparel Textile Lab course for two semesters, where she aided students’ studies. In Fall 2018, Longfritz was an intern for the Blacksburg High School teaching department and assisted in two senior-level English courses. Additionally, she has been published multiple times in the school’s literary magazine, “Silhouette.”

Longfritz has been the President of Virginia Tech’s AATCC Student Chapter since Fall 2018. She has spent most of her time working with Hokie women to establish safe spaces and improve Virginia Tech’s diversity and inclusion policies. Longfritz has devoted time to working with Montgomery County’s Delegate Chris Hurst to correct Title IX laws for Virginia colleges, and plans to keep uplifting women in her future. She has also served as the Editor-in-Chief for Virginia Tech’s “Her Campus” magazine from Spring 2017-Spring 2019, and through her work with this organization, she received the Outstanding Organization of the Year Award for the 2018-2019 school year.

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