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.

Interested in joining the FAN Club?

Contact Professor Catalina Vlad-Ortiz at vladc@spu.edu, or call the FCS office at (206)281-2195. 

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.

Student Fashion Group, MODE

In the Student Fashion Group, MODE, 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 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 Student Fashion Group constitution (signed form). 

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, the Student Fashion Group, MODE produces a fashion show featuring student designs. The Fashion Show is entirely student directed and student made, with guidance from ADM Faculty and local professionals. Read about the 2010 Fashion Show, “So Fresh, Sew Green.” 

Interested in joining the Student Fashion Group?

Contact Dr. Gwia Kim at gkim@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.