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2013.03.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Service-Learning Fashion Show Returns to UNO March 7

Omaha - Students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are partnering with Omaha high school students to showcase original fashion designs at the second-annual “Style Proud – Recycle, Redesign, Reuse” fashion show on Thursday, March 7.

The student-run event will be held at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and feature designs by students from North High Magnet School that use and reuse pieces of clothing donated from Goodwill Industries.

A panel of local Omaha fashion designers and industry professionals will judge the items as they are showcased on a runway created specifically for the event.

“We view the fashion show as an educational tool to inform high school students of local fashion industry-related opportunities,” said Maria Margaritas, one of the UNO School of Communication students coordinating the event.

Before the fashion show, the students from North High will get a tour of the UNO campus and visit the UNO theatre, costume shop, graphic design labs and other on-campus sites related to the fashion industry.

“We want to provide high school students with networking opportunities. We want them to explore what UNO has to offer in related fields,” said Margaritis.

Style Proud is the result of multiple community and school partnerships, including the work of UNO public relations students, North High Magnet School textile students and UNO’s Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative.

The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and (Pre)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 questions, contact Margaritis at mmargaritis@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.578.6875.

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