The Department of Retailing and Tourism Management (RTM) will host the annual Color Me Spring Fashion Show at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the E.S. Good Barn. Event proceeds support RTM scholarships for students in the department to pursue Education Abroad & Exchanges (EA) opportunities through UK.
For the seventh annual Color Me Spring Fashion Show, College of Agriculture, Food & Environment students in Dr. Scarlett Wesley's independent study course are producing the show as part of their class. The event includes a cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be used as support for RTM students pursuing spring-embedded EA programs next year.
Dr. Wesley is also the faculty director for the Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles education abroad program in Paris, France.
"When students in our program study abroad, their lives are changed forever,” Wesley said. “It has a huge impact on them and influences their careers in meaningful ways."
Education abroad opportunities allow students to learn experientially both inside and outside of an international classroom. "It's so important for our students to see how different our industry is in other parts of the world," Wesley said. Students can then return to the Bluegrass with new knowledge and skills that they may not be able to gain on campus.
The show's "Going Global" theme is honoring Dr. Kathy Jansen, a RTM alumna that donated some of the garments to be modeled during the show. Dr. Jansen has acquired many garments internationally through her professional career in textiles and education. Models from the Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles and Hospitality Management and Tourism departments will be modeling the donated clothing as well as pieces from local Lexington boutiques.
The 2017 Color Me Spring Fashion show proceeds resulted in $2,500 in scholarships for RTM students. This year, RTM is setting a goal of $5,000 in proceeds toward EA scholarships.
UK Education Abroad has more than 460 programs, including over 60 exchange programs, available in more than 70 countries. In addition to study abroad opportunities, students can participate in internship, service, research and teaching programs abroad. Students interested in learning more about education abroad opportunities can visit http://international.uky.edu/ea or visit the Advising Center at 315 Bradley Hall. For more information, visit #SeeBlueAbroad, stay up to date with UK EA events, deadlines and more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.