Final Story

AMDT’s Showcase Emerge

The Beasley Coliseum buzzes with visitors moving around the sporting arena. It’s Moms weekend at WSU and 16 seniors have been waiting all year for this day. As students and mother’s seat themselves in the arena the lights begin to dim. A glowing white runway creates a square around the V.I.P seating on the main floor.  The spotlight shines onto the announcer as he introduces the first designer.

“To kick off the 36th annual Mom’s weekend fashion show, I present to you all, ‘Kalopsia’ by Kaylee Luera.” The announcer said directing the audiences gaze towards the backstage entrance.

Overhead the song “Be Your Love” by Bishop Briggs begins to flood the room, a personal selection by Luera.

Every year the Apparel Merchandising Design and Textiles (AMDT) senior designers choose a theme for the annual fashion show, this year the theme was “Emerge”. The designers chose Emerge because it resonates with their inspirations and designs created for this season. The theme relates to how the seniors are new emerging designers, however to each senior the theme means so much.

Our designers are breaking fashion stereotypes and paving a new road for the fashion industry. Our designers are putting light on real occurring problems, within our industry, (AMDT Fashion Show, 2019). Retrieved from

The AMDT program encouraged designers to focus on inclusivity and creating a collection that translates to a greater purpose. Students of the program covered topics such as social movements, women’s rights, and sustainability.

WSU Senior Kaylee Luera has dreamt of her fashion line since her first visit to Milan in 2015. Just before the start of the show, Luera quickly pulls back her thick black hair into a low bun and holds a sewing pin in her mouth. With each model, Luera double checks their wardrobe from head to toe. The time and dedication put into each outfit is clearly shown in her final check. Her eyes graze past the shoulder seam on the first model checking for any last minute flaws. She teases the hair of another model while asking another model to re-layer her scarf.  As she quickly looks up and down all four models, she makes small adjustments to each outfit. Luera fixes the feather on her last model then stands back to look at them collectively.

“Alright guys, its time.” Luera says clasping her hands together excitedly.

Luera and the other AMDT students who participated in the fashion show started the pre-production of their collection in early August. The fashion show is the single most important day for ADMT designers because everything done during the year is to prepare for the show, Luera said.

Each designer was responsible not only for finding their own models but also for paying for their own materials such as fabrics and accessories. The time commitment has been the most difficult detail of the design process for Luera, she said.

The pre-production process consists of many different stages. Designers illustrate and complete their collection while raising money, scouting models and finding volunteers for the show. Each collection is created with an overarching theme, Luera’s collection “Kalopsia” was inspired from Haute Couture collections and from her personal experience traveling to the fashion capitals of the world.

With collections so important to each designer, their models spend hours working with them to have every stitch perfect. Models like WSU junior Jordan Graham have participated in the fashion show for multiple years in a row. From practicing cat-walks, hair and makeup, and seeing the stage come together, each moment is new and exciting and why she keeps coming back, Graham said.

This year Graham will be featured in two collections, one with designer Katie Ellis, titled “The Catherdral” and another by Danielle Hoblin titled “Diamond in the Rough”.

“When I’m on the runway I feel confident and fierce. I just feel like I belong up there I guess.” Graham said.

Grahams dedication and confidence shines on the runway and audience members like WSU Senior Juniper Kliensmith and her mother Katie Kleinsmith were taken away not only by the runway models but by the stunning outfits in each collection.

“I was surprised how designers were able to create multiple pieces that look so different but were still part of the same line,” Katie Kliensmith said.

Kleinsmith and her daughter decided to attended the fashion show as an exciting Mom’s weekend event. Every collection had their own creative flair, and even though the two didn’t know all the artist, they could really see their personality in their designs, she said.

Both Kleinsmith and her daughter thoroughly enjoyed Luera’s collection and after the fashion show they had a chance to congratulate her.

The success of the fashion show has given all the senior designers confidence to graduate and move into the professional design and textiles field. Luera plans to move to New York after graduation to chase after her dream of designing Couture fashion.





Kaylee Luera

(925) 413-9058


Jordan Graham

(206) 445-8860


Katie Kleinsmith (prefers to use daughter’s information for contact)

Juniper Kleinsmith

(206) 384-0759


Senior designer, Kaylee Luera posing with her models after her collection’s walk.



Model Jordan Graham posing with her outfit designer, Katie Ellis.


Designer Hannah Ostergren collection, “Sweet ‘N Sour” on the runway.


WSU student Juniper Kliensmith and her mother Kelly Kliensmith enjoying the fashion show.


The 36th annual Mom’s Weekend Fashion show runway.
















Story Pitch: Final Story

I would like to cover the AMDT fashion show during the 2019 Mom’s Weekend. The event is held at Beasley coliseum and each student in the AMDT program  gets to feature their outfits  they have been working on for the duration of the semester. I’d like to interview a student who’s work is on the runway, a professor who has helped the students in with their work, and hopefully a mother that has a daughter/son who is  a part of the fashion show.



Profile Story

A sorority that feels like home

Upon entering the empty dining room of the Sigma Kappa house at WSU, a faint morning sunrise peaks its way through the crisp white blinds on the windows. Multiple rows of glass tables fill the dining room while a faint echo of music plays from behind the swaying kitchen door. A middle-aged woman in a white chef’s coat steps through the door into the dining room carrying a bowl of fruit and a sleeve of bagels. Her light brown hair with cut-across bangs frames her face and is held back in a low bun. As she places the food on the serving table for girls on their way to class, she softly sings along to Adele’s song “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” playing from the kitchen.

“Good morning Eleanor,” a sorority member says as she grabs fruit from the bowl.

“Good morning Kirsi, hey good luck in class today,” Eleanor says heading back into the kitchen.

Eleanor Kirk is the house chef for the Sigma Kappa chapter house at Washington State University. While her time at the chapter only started this year, she feels a strong connection to the women already. Kirk came to the Palouse 35 years ago to study at the University of Idaho, she graduated with a degree in Ancient Cultures and Studies.

“I worked as a personal chef for a family to pay for college and save for grad school, but after I paid a large part of my debt I didn’t want to go back,” Kirk said.

While working as a personal chef Kirk met her now-husband and gained three step-children before having her own daughter a few years later. She and her husband decided to raise their family in Pullman and Eleanor made the transition into the corporate side of the cooking industry.

Just in the last year, Kirk left her previous job as a chef for a U of I chapter house to work at Sigma Kappa. As the only chef for the chapter, Kirk works closely with “houseboys” to help her with the set-up of lunch and dinner each day. WSU Senior Nico Perry has worked as a houseboy for the Sigma Kappa house since 2016, he thinks Eleanor is the best chef he’s seen so far and wishes that she came to the chapter house sooner.

As Perry helps set up for chapter dinner he’s constantly talking to Kirk about anything that interests them. Wearing a worn red apron that matches the other houseboys, Perry zips in and out of the kitchen setting up dinner. Bits of their conversation enter the dining room as Perry talks to the chef through the dish window. He is constantly moving, but is always talking to Kirk.

“Eleanor has a very specific way she wants the kitchen to run,” Perry said while spraying down a tray of dirty plates. “She always wants us to start with the dishes, then by the time we’re done she’s usually ready to get the food out,” Perry said.

During his first few shifts with Kirk, Perry explained how she made sure he used the right serving utensil for each food item and if he got it wrong she would throw the utensil in the dirty dishes. Perry believes her system has helped him a lot as a houseboy, he goes down a mental checklist each shift and checks off each task making his shift much more efficient than before, Perry said.

Kirk wants her kitchen to run smoothly because it gives her more time to cook. The system started after she was given all permissions to change the kitchen from the chapter house Mother, Sandy Hofland.

“At first I wasn’t sure if Eleanor would be a good fit for our chapter house,” said Hofland.

The new chef came in super ambitious and wanted to change a lot of how the kitchen ran, Sandy was worried at first but then I realized all these changes just made the food better for the women, Sandy said.

Kirk cares for the women and cares about the food she is giving to them. Throughout the day girls will come in and out of the kitchen whether it’s to talk to Eleanor or see what she’s cooking that day. Each time a girl comes into her kitchen they are greeted with a warm welcome and sometimes she even offers them a taste of what she’s making.

“Everything needs to be made with care and compassion in order for [the women] to feel the love, I know that’s cheesy to say but that’s how I’ve grown up cooking, with love,” said Kirk.










Eleanor Kirk



Nico Perry



Sandy Showers Hofland

(406) 360-8229

Bryan Hall

Walking into the Bryan hall there is a deep sense of historic pride for Washington State University even just from its outside. The iconic clock tower stands multiple stories tall, contrasting against the bright clear blue sky, the tower is a beacon for the heart of the University. Once inside, a white and grey large marble staircase leads the way towards classrooms, a theater, and a few offices. The echoing of a conversation deep in a hallway lofted above the main floor can be heard in the atrium, although no words are easily made out. Unlike the generic walls and ceilings of most university buildings there is an intricate amount of detail in the building.

Unique Victorian style molding lines the ceiling of the buildings entrance, while a large wooden door with books and other symbols carved into the wood is propped open to reveal the quiet Bryan theater.  The atrium is mostly empty besides a small row of chairs placed just outside of the theater entrance. An old marble water fountain, now unable to release water is in the corner of the room with the words “gift of class of nineteen hundred and eleven” etched into the cold grey and white marble. The walls of Bryan are a smooth light grey color with no poster, signs or information except for a single painting. The painting sits in a thick golden frame at least four feet tall. A white man with thick grey hair sits in graduation regalia holding a book. As he overlooks the main atrium, his face is stern but not mean, you can tell he is a serious man but also has pride for this University.

The building is without a doubt older but instead of feeling rundown there is a sense of WSU history in everything. Stepping into Bryan hall you are immediately aware that the Bryan clock tower is older than most other buildings. The hallways are kept clean and simple much like what I would imagine the floors looked like all the way back in 1911.

Profile Story: Chef James

For this profile I would like to capture the Phi Kappa Sigma chef, James R..

James is on his second year as the one-man show chef at the WSU Phi Kappa Sigma house. James is a tough older man, he’s demeanor is very stand-off and bold, but his story of how he got to the house is quite interesting. James is an excellent chef and has created an amazing friendship with the men of the chapter. James has bounced from one odd job to the other never really finding his perfect place, until he tried cooking. I want to hear about his background and if he has cooked at any other place before the Phi Kappa Sigma chapter.



Will Shriver

Phi Kappa Sigma President


Chef James Boss

(college chefs?)


Ben Retzalaff

Phi Kappa Sigma kitchen supervisor


Multi-media News Package: Interns of Com

For my multimedia news package I would like to cover the topic of communication/DTC interns. I will be profiling 2-3 interns and having them share their insight on what it’s like to have a internship during the school year.

I also would like to potentially make this a video that gives out information on how to get an internship or tips/ pointers when applying for a social media, graphic design, video (etc.), internships.

I can also flip the story over to the bosses of interns and how they view the internship process.

I’d like to ask the student interns questions like;

“what opportunities has your internship given you?”

“as a student and intern what challenges has your internship brought up?”



Kyle Mentele

Vet med graphic design intern

Ashley Alder

UMaC PR intern

Ken Arkow/Sarah Nathan

UMaC video services manager and video producer