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College of Human Ecology announces commencement speakers

Friday, May 13, 2016

The College of Human Ecology will feature two engaging speakers during the commencement ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

AndreaAlbrightThe college welcomes Andrea Albright back to campus. Albright earned her bachelor's degree in apparel and textile science from Kansas State University and received a master’s in business administration from the University of Arkansas last May.

In 2005, Albright began working with Walmart as an assistant buyer and is currently the vice president of intimate apparel. She is responsible for developing product strategy and executing a business plan for a more than $2 billion business. As a divisional merchandise manager, she coordinates buying, sourcing, replenishment and planning for intimate apparel, sleepwear, bras, underwear, shapewear, socks and hosiery while assessing and implementing new processes and brand strategies for the ladies’ intimates business.

Andrea serves on the College of Human Ecology’s Advisory Board and on the Apparel and Textiles Professional Advisory Board. She is a mentor in the college’s Professional Mentoring Program in addition to teaching, training and mentoring for Walmart US and international divisions. As a student she completed internships in Taiwan and England.

She lives in Rogers, Arkansas, with her husband and children.

Vanessa BowenOur student commencement speaker is Vanessa Bowen, a graduating senior in kinesiology with a focus on exercise behavior science and recipient of a certificate in Professional Strategic Sales. She has served on the Kinesiology Student Advisory Board and is a member of Delta Delta Delta, serving on officers council, as social chair, intramural chair and recruitment guide for formal recruitment. On campus, Bowen has worked as a public health research assistant analyzing physical activity and a building supervisor with Recreational Services, overseeing 90 student staff members at the Rec Complex. She plans on pursuing a master's in public health at the University of San Francisco. Bowen is from Santa Rosa, California.

Bowen was chosen as the student commencement speaker because she is passionate about the College of Human Ecology. She sees a college filled with individuals looking to go out into the world and help others, herself among them.

The College of Human Ecology will honor our student commencement speaker and 21 graduating seniors May 13 at the Graduation Honors and Student Award Celebration in the Kansas State Student Union.

This article was posted on Friday, May 13, 2016, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News, Kinesiology.