FCS Student Clubs

SPU Food and Nutrition Club

Joining the SPU Food and Nutrition (FAN) Club is advantageous for many reasons. Students have the opportunity to socialize with other food and nutrition majors, participate in fun and enriching activities, such as community service, and interact with local dietetics professionals.

Leadership opportunities are available each year, too. The president for the 2016–17 year is Alexa Tiletile (tiletilea@spu.edu). Assistant Professor of Nutrition Joey Freeman is the club’s faculty advisor (freemj2@spu.edu).

Interior Design Club

The Student Interior Design Club has been busy this year, building community and learning about the design profession. Last fall a bevy of new club members descended on student club president, Bella Young, in her apartment to get to know each other and share some nosh.

The group really got going in January with involvement in the International Interior Design Association’s Product Review and Design Charrette. Students gained valuable skills in a commercial design setting while working with students from other regional programs. That work will be invaluable to their portfolios in June!

We also hosted two events. One was specifically designed for newcomers to the program and featured upperclassmen presenting the work they submitted for acceptance to the major. Sophomores saw what is expected in applications.

Professor Beth Marie Miller also presented her online portfolio so students could see an alternative to using PowerPoint to lay out designs, materials, and concepts.

Our last event for Winter Quarter involved a panel of graduates from multiple design specialties. LeAnne Arroyo has had experience in high-end residential design and hospitality design, and is now a specialist in purchasing at Sechrist Design. Katie Quackenbush shared from her experience with Susan Marinello; Caleb Froelich kept us laughing as he described his journey into the world of office design; and Jen Kowalski wowed everyone with her entrepreneurial spirit. She was working at a plumbing distributor’s showroom, had an idea, created a business plan, and pitched it to a designer who was missing a “Kitchen and Bath” extension of her business. Jen is now a part-owner at Six Walls Design. Finally, Kashley Toledo let us all know how she traveled from retail, to lighting designer, to project manager for the facilities department of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

All emphasized the importance of networking in order to get work, and that’s what this group is about! We’re a community committed to exploring the design world together in order to advance every student’s advancement into the professional realm.

Fashion Group

In Fashion Group, an ASSP club, we use our God-given passion for fashion, and the knowledge we learn in class, to make a difference on SPU’s campus and in the surrounding Seattle area.

Join us for a fun mix of group activities and community service projects — and make a fashionable statement at SPU and beyond!

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How do I become a member?

Any full- or part-time SPU student genuinely interested in fashion is welcome to join in. Membership involves:

  • Regular attendance and participation in club activities.
  • Agreement to abide by the SPU Fashion Group constitution (signed form).

Campus and community service projects

Examples of creative ways we put our beliefs into action and serve our local communities include:

Style Your Sole TOMS shoe event

Our group participated in TOMS Shoes “One for One” program, and we invited all members of SPU’s campus to join us. With One for One, TOMS gives a pair of shoes to a person in need for every pair of TOMS shoes purchased.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

During NEDAW, we partnered with SPU’s Student Counseling Center to create a clothing-as-art exhibit called “Alterations.” The exhibit helped to educate students that clothes should be altered to fit your body, not your body altered to fit the clothes.

Clothing drive to benefit Union Gospel Mission

We gathered donated clothing items from throughout SPU’s campus and delivered them to the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle.

Boys & Girls Club Snohomish: A Day for Girls

Our group participated in the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club “Day for Girls,” where we spoke on the importance of a positive body image. We also directed a fashion show featuring spring fashions to flatter all body types.

Group activities

Professional Night: Guest speakers from the Seattle fashion industry

Area professionals share their experience in the Seattle fashion industry. Previous speakers represented companies such as R.E.I., Sustainable Style Foundation, Showpony Boutique, and Kate Quinn Organics.

Student designer fashion show

Each spring, Fashion Group produces a fashion show featuring student designs. A senior student directs the show using a theme of his or her choice. Read about the 2010 Fashion Show titled “So Fresh, Sew Green.”

Quarterly photo shoot

The highlight of each quarter for Fashion Group members is the photo shoot. Students come away with professional, editorial-quality photos of their designs to help build their portfolios.

Students do every element of production for shoots, including:

  • Creative directing
  • Hair styling
  • Makeup
  • Modeling
  • Photography
  • Garments

Interested in joining Fashion Group?

Contact Dr. Raedene Copeland at rcopeland@spu.edu, or call the FCS office at 206-281-2195.

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FCS success stories

Our graduates become scientists, designers, counselors, leaders, and educators in the apparel, interiors, and food and nutrition fields. Here are some of their stories.