Ashland University Fashion Merchandising Students Partner with Goodwill Industries for Fall Fashion Show

ASHLAND, Ohio — Oct. 16, 2014 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties is partnering with Ashland University’s fashion merchandising students to hold a special fashion show on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. The free event, themed “Green is the New Black,” will feature creations made from textiles and other items found at Goodwill’s Ashland store as well as other recyclable material.

“We are excited to partner with the fashion students at Ashland University for this creative fashion show,” said Greg Morton, vice president, mission services and public relations, for Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “We look forward to seeing how the students take gently-used items and make them into a new creation — supporting thrift shopping as well as upcycling and recycling in the community. When individuals shop and donate to Goodwill, they are supporting our mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment in the community.”

The students are creating garments inspired by the trends for the fall 2014 season. According to Alexis Berdine, fashion merchandising major and co-director of the show, the fashion show will be split into different segments, showing the audience fresh takes on styles such as retro grunge, texture and bright graphics. The last portion of the show will be high-fashion looks made from all recycled materials. The models will be students from a variety of campus groups including Greek life, sports teams and clubs.

“Fashion students, from freshmen to seniors, are creating unique garments for this show,” said Dr. Nancy Morris, fashion merchandising professor and advisor for the fashion show. “Their creative use of materials is going to be exciting for the audience to see.”

Ashland University’s Fashion Merchandising program is the newest addition to the Dauch College of Business & Economics. These students are immersed in classes such as fashion analysis, textiles and fashion evolution as well as business courses in marketing and management. Students are given the opportunity to study in New York or Paris to help prepare them for a career in merchandising, buying, retail management and more.

Event Details
Date:Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Upper Convo, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805
Note: There is no cost to attend the event


About Ashland University
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland Counties
The Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland, the agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International, and a United Way agency in Summit County. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and industrial services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.


Jennifer Bako
(330) 786-2519

Dr. Nancy Morris
College of Business and Economics Ashland University
(419) 289-5296