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Rising Stars: Jessica Salazar

Fashion merchandising student drives fresh ideas into golf apparel market

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By Billi London-Gray

Jessica Salazar is a fashionista who loves spiky heels. Especially when she’s on a putting green.

The senior at Texas State University – a fashion merchandising major and a member of the women’s golf team – is ready to revamp the world of golf apparel. With her entrepreneurial creativity and her love for the sport, Salazar already is driving hard into the golf business.

“I just don’t see myself not being a part of golf,” Salazar says. “I feel at home with the game.”

In the past two years, Salazar has completed internships with Prime Outlets and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and she also job-shadowed at the corporate headquarters for Academy Sports and Outdoors. Earlier this year she won national recognition for one of her sports technology designs. In September she began an internship with the proprietary department at Golfsmith, an international golf retailer.

What is Salazar’s goal? She wants to give a “fun, hip vibe” to the game she loves.

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Texas State Updates: Cancer Awareness

Texas State CAMCO sponsoring
first-ever Bra Night and Fashion Show

The Texas State Cancer Advocacy Movement for Colleges and Outreach Organization will kick off its schedule of events for 2010-11 with the Texas State Bra Night and Fashion Show on Oct. 13.

The first-ever event is part of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it begins a series of activities planned by Texas State CAMCO to promote cancer awareness and prevention on campus and in Central Texas.

Texas State Bra Night and Fashion Show will be at the Alkek Teaching Theater on campus and will begin with a reception at 6:15 p.m. There will be no admission charge, and food will be provided for free.

Two door prizes — an iPad and a Dell laptop computer — will be given away during the event as well.

More than 20 student organizations will take part in a cancer bra-decorating contest, to help raise awareness of breast cancer and other cancers as well. The decorated cancer bras will be modeled tastefully with jeans, and fashions from area stores also will be shown in a fashion show. Modeling begins at 7 p.m.

Sponsors of the event include the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Be the Match (the national marrow donor registry program), American Cancer Society, Texas Oncology, Texas State Office of Disabilities Services, Texas State FashioNation and CAMCOSO (the CAMCO student organization).

The fashion show is the first in a series of events planned by Texas State CAMCO, which has expanded its programs from a single month to the entire academic year for 2010-11.

Other October events include a campus-wide “pink out” and a visit to campus by the Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour, in which riders are traveling the state promoting the need for lifesaving organ and marrow donations.

The bike tour will be in San Marcos on Oct. 28, with riders arriving on campus at 1 p.m. They will be honored as well as people stricken with cancer, at George’s Tavern in the LBJ Student Center.

Texas State CAMCO also will collaborate with the Pink Heals organization in its “Pink Fire Truck” event in downtown San Marcos on Oct. 15.

It will take part in the Komen Race for the Cure, on Nov. 7 in Austin, and will sponsor a week-long bone marrow donor drive in late March on the Texas State campus.

Bobcat Faces: Sarah Hadley

Fashioning A Future

By Britney Munguia

Fashion-forward senior Sarah Hadley has her heart set on graduating with a degree in fashion merchandising with a minor in business administration.

But her focus is on what happens behind the scenes instead of on the runway.

“Many schools offer a design-based program,” says Hadley, “but Texas State offers a great program focused on business.”

Aspiring to be either a visual planner or buyer for a large-scale department store, Hadley would happily accept an offer from Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, where she interned this summer.

Besides researching current trends and target markets, Hadley also has worked as a part-time intern at the Prime Outlets marketing office.

Conveniently enough, when feeling particularly stressed, Hadley strolls through the outlets for a little retail therapy.

“As a fashion merchandising major, shopping relaxes me,” says Hadley.

Hadley, who was president of the Fashion Merchandising Association last year, says being active in several clubs and organizations is the key to a successful college experience.

“Getting involved instills school spirit, and staying involved and taking on leadership roles helps students prepare for life after college, where they will become leaders in their careers,” Hadley says.

She says her involvement has helped her leadership skills grow, as well as her confidence to succeed in life.

She also credits one-on-one help from professors, the friendliness of current students and the unique campus with helping solidify her decision to attend Texas State.

“College is about choices,” says Hadley, “and if you chose Texas State, you have already made your first right choice.”