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2011.02.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Maria Margaritis - UNO
phone: 402.558.6875 - email: maria_margaritis@yahoo.com

'Style Proud' Fashion Event to be Hosted at UNO

Omaha - A University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Service Learning Academy P-16 project, which brings together UNO public relations students; Omaha North High Magnet School textile and fashion students; and Goodwill Industries., will culminate on Friday, March 9 with the inagural 'Style Proud' recycling fashion show.

The event, which will be held at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus, begins at 1:30 and will feature displays of original fashion created by Omaha North students from clothing donated by Goodwill Industries. Taking cues from shows like "Project Runway," Style Proud will feature a panel of local “celebrity” judges. The judges were featured in last year’s Omaha Fashion Week and Fashion Loud fashion shows.

Prior to the fashion show, from 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m, for the students to ask questions of local professionals in the fashion industry. exhibitors will be available for the students to ask questions of local professionals in the fashion industry. The goal of the event is to connect young people in the community with design professionals.

Style Proud is the result of four public relations students from UNO, Lauren Bates, Jessica Hill, Dia Snyders and Maria Margaritis, who designed the event to make an impact on high school students wanting to advance their futures in fashion. The tagline for the event is "Be Proud of Your School, Be Proud of Yourself, Be Proud of Your Future."

"Students helping other students plan for their future, while giving back to the Omaha community at large, is what outreach is about," said Margaritis.

The event is closed to the general public, but students from area high schools have been invited to come to the networking event and fashion show to experience a small part of the fashion industry.

The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.

The Service Learning Academy at UNO works in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education.

For more information, please contact Lucy Garza Westbrook, Service Learning Academy, (402) 554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu; Dave Odgen, Communication, (402) 554.3132 or dogden@unomaha.edu; Susan Witty, North High School (402) 557.3400 or susan.witty@ops.org; Luanne Nelson, Omaha Public Schools, (402)557.2070 or Luanne.Nelson@ops.org; Kris Pachunka, Goodwill Industries, Inc., (402) 403.7048, kpachunka@goodwillomaha.org.


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