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Retailing and Tourism Management

Extension Involvement

Recent Involvement with Extension:  In addition to these funded projects, the Retailing and Tourism Management department has also contributed to programs in summer 4-H and lectures to Extension groups in the area of rural retailing.

Teaching Vulnerable Youth to Sew: Increasing Self-Esteem (2005-06)

Project coordinator:  Kim Spillman, Ph.D.
Funding:  4-H Venture Grant

Description of project:

With less tobacco production, farm, low income, and Hispanic youth are vulnerable. Through this project, youth learned basic sewing skills and entrepreneurial skills to prepare for self employment in sewing related cottage industries – apparel construction, alterations, auto manufacturing, and museum/historic preservation. The project was pilot tested in four counties.

Weight Loss, Body Image and Dress of 10-16 Year Old Girls in Kentucky

Project Coordinator:  Susan Michelman, Ph.D.
Funding:  HEEL

Description of Project:

This pilot project focused on intergenerational focus groups on weight, body image and clothing issues of mothers and daughters.  Approximately 5-6 structured focus groups at representative locations in the state were conducted by a graduate student in conjunction with an Extension agent. 
Community Service

Students in FCS 350: Design Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences, taught by Dr. Kim Spillman, made therapy turbans during class with the assistance of Marjorie Baker, Extension Clothing Specialist.  As a community service project, the turbans were donated to chemotherapy patients at Markey Cancer Center who have suffered hair loss during treatment. The knit turbans are best sewn on a serger, a machine that both stitches and finishes a seam in one step. Two Baby Lock sergers were donated to the construction lab (retail value of nearly $1,200.00) by John and Susan Michelman in support of the project

Names of those pictured at Markey Cancer Center:

From left to right: Lindsay Stevens (FCS major); Craig Rogers (Director of Cancer Services, Markey Cancer Center); Sherri Sullivan (Master's student in FCS); Dawn Durham (FCS major), and Cara Drury (MAT major).


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