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University press release: Apparel and textiles students to see how cotton becomes cloth

Friday, October 10, 2008

MANHATTAN -- Several students from Kansas State University are heading to North Carolina Oct. 12-15 to learn how a key agricultural crop becomes cloth.

K-State's Deb Brosdahl, associate professor of apparel, textiles and interior design, will lead the trip, which is supported by a $43,000 grant from Cotton Inc., the research and marketing company that builds a market for cotton through research and promotion. Cotton Inc. is funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products.

Brosdahl said the grant process was very competitive, with only four of 31 proposals selected by Cotton Inc. for funding.

"The grant I wrote was basically directed at educating apparel and textile undergraduate students about cotton, its uses and its production," she said. "My idea was for Team Cotton -- a group of students who would visit North Carolina to see cotton farming, ginning and milling in action. These students will be required to do research, case studies, presentations to apparel and textile classes, and post this info on our under-construction Web site and on Facebook accounts."

Students applied to go on the trip, and Brosdahl said in selecting Team Cotton members, she wanted a cross section of apparel and textile students: different years in school, different areas of academic emphasis in apparel and textiles and different genders.

Team Cotton will travel to Raleigh, N.C., to tour a cotton farm, a cotton gin and a cotton mill. At Cotton Inc.'s worldwide headquarters in Cary, N.C., the K-Staters will examine how the company forecasts color, textiles and styles for clients.

Students in Team Cotton include: Brandon Selig, senior in apparel and textiles, Berryton; Amanda Kerwin, senior in apparel and textiles, Delia; Juan Carlos Garcia, senior in apparel and textiles, Herington; Heather Palmer, senior in apparel and textiles, Kansas City, Kan.; Erica Boatman, senior in apparel and textiles, Manhattan; Julie Hilton, junior in apparel and textiles, Merriam; and Megan Bartholomew, senior in apparel and textiles, Salina.

Source: Deb Brosdahl, 785-532-1314, brosdahl@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Jane Marshall, 785-532-1564, jpm2@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Friday, October 10, 2008, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News.