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Graduates and careers

The diversity of the textiles field means a variety of career choices. Many of our fashion merchandising graduates are employed as account managers and buyers for major department stores, specialty store chains, or small boutiques. The entrepreneurial open their own stores.  Students with a design focus may work in fashion showrooms on New York City's Seventh Avenue, as design assistants to major apparel manufacturers, or in editorial functions for major fashion magazines. Still others are interior decorators, museum curators or theatrical costumers. Many make a name for themselves in textile product research and development, performance testing, quality control, and manufacturing

The most illustrious of our grads end up on our "Wall of Fame".  We'd love to hear of more nominations!

Here is what some of our recent graduates have been doing. If you know of any career moves, let us know


BS Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design Graduates


Molli McConnell, 2013, Buyer, Michael Hayes, Newport, RI

Amanda Ravener, 2012, Assistant Designer at Jones Apparel Group, NYC

Elizabeth McLaughlin, 2013, Public Relations, Kent Stetson Handbags, Providence, RI

Laura Pierce, 2012, Account Manager, Intertek Testing Services, Newark, NJ

Peristera Hionis, 2010, Senior Systems Analyst, Saks Fifth Ave, NYC

Abby Czepiga, 2011, Senior Assistant Buyer, ROSS Stores, NYC

Marissa Fisher, 2010, Buyer, ROSS Stores, NYC

Ashley Leafer, 2010, Associate Footwear Designer, Kenneth Cole, NYC

Stephanie Hynson, 2012, Bridal Coordinator and Social Media Manager for Jennie Kay Beauty, Providence

Alexandria Carroccia, 2012, Merchandising Executive Coordinator, Alex and Ani, Cranston, RI

Lauren Bogusz, 2011, Merchant Assistant, Lord and Taylor, New York

Alicia Parente, 2012, Assistant in Retail Operations & Marketing at Capelli, New York

Alexandra Burke, 2011, Assistant Designer at Anne Klein, Jones Apparel Group, New York

Ali Artale, 2010, Design Assistant at Clean Design Partners (Interior Design), NYC

Nazira Buzamusa, 2011, Assistant Merchant, Talbots, Hingham, MA

Ashley Sayers, 2010, Associate Buyer, Gucci, NYC

Shannon Enander, 2010, Soft Goods Technician, Hasbro, Providence, RI

Kaitlyn Hull, 2010, Merchandise Assistant, TJX Corp, Framingham, MA

Katrina Meehan, 2010, Assistant Merchandiser, Kate Spade, NYC

Michelle Brennan, 2011, Design and Development at IllumiNITE Reflective Clothing by Backatcha Apparel, LLC, Fall River, MA

Christine Gayant, 2008, Concession Operations Manager, Christian Louboutin, NYC

Sarah Combes, 2006, Project Development Lead, New Balance, Boston, MA

Deryn Sumner, 2007, Planner at Stage Stores, Houston, Texas

Kristina DiMatteo Fields, 2006, Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Kate Spade, NYC

Laurel Novak, 2007, Project Manager and Social Media, In Vogue Studios (textile development), NYC

Corie Rosenberg, 2007, Associate Manager of PR at Henri Bendel, NYC

Jennifer Penswick, 2005, Sr. Material Developer (Running, Training, and Fitness), Puma, Boston

Meryl Dressler, 2013, Estate Merchandising Assistant, Luxury Brand Holdings (Ross Simons), Barrington, RI

Allyson Conway, 2013, Visual Merchandiser, JC Penney, Westerly, RI

Shaina Bender, 2010, Buyer Footwear & Accessories at Alloy-dELiA*s, NYC

Rochelle LaRue, 2005, Owner of Rochelle’s, Rochelle’s of Mystic and Rochelle’s of Watch Hill

Rachel Lessne, 2007, Owner, Green Envy Eco-Boutique, Newport, RI

Heather Pizzarello, 2006, Senior Merchant, Madewell, New York

Elizabeth Lyons Shaw, 2007, Ketchum Public Relations, NYC

Liz Weaver, 2011, Associate Merchandise Manager, Reed Krakoff, NYC

Marla Horenbein, 2010, Fashion Assistant, Fitness Magazine, NYC

Kelley Shea, 2011, Brand Management Coordinator, Ralph Lauren, NYC


BS Textile Marketing Graduates

Carly Bendetto, 2010, Women’s Marketing Inc. (NYC)

Madeline Trolan, 2012, Apparel Trim Developer, New Balance, Lawrence, MA

Marissa Merriam, 2010, Apparel Production Specialist, Saucony, Boston, MA

Katie Dolan, 2006, Merchandiser, TJX Europe, London, UK (also completed Certificate in Fashion Merchandising in 2007)


MS Graduates

Kira Moynihan, 2011, Product Manager at Polartec, MA

Sarah Lockrem, 2013, Allocation Analyst, Bebe, San Francisco, CA

Annie-Beth Ellington, TMD 2011, Textile Conservator, Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, Dillsburg, PA

Sarah Templeton, 2013, Assistant Buyer, Orvis, Manchester, VT

Jennifer Pisula, 2012, Merchandise Trainee, QVC, Philadelphia, PA

Karen Depauw, 2010, Research and Collections Associate, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT

Arnab Majumbar, 2012, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies, Colombia College, Chicago

Sheyenne Desillier, Product Coordinator at Southwick Apparel, LLC, Boston

Courtney Bubier, 2010, Senior Product Management Specialist, Staples, Framingham, MA

Marie Schlag, 2010, Textile Conservator (Owner), The Studio for Textile Conservation, Scituate, Massachusetts

Donna LaVallee, 2005, Collections Manager, The Lace Museum, San Francisco, CA

Pamela Senese-Cooke, 2007, Materials and Innovation Team Leader, Reebok

Jessica Urick, 2006, Costume and Textile Preservation Specialist, Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Nicole Mauer, 2010, Sr Assistant Buyer, Dress Collection, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC


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