Northwood Presents 12th NU Style Show Executive Board

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The Style Show is celebrating its 12th year by bringing the big screen to the runway through some of the most treasured childhood films.

RESCHEDULED DUE TO HEAVY RAINS AND FORECASTED FLOODING--NEW DATE IS TUESDAY, APRIL 23

MIDLAND, MI – The Northwood University (NU) Style Show executive board, composed of 18 students, is hard at work preparing the 12th annual show. The show is bound to be an experience to remember and is set to take place Friday, April 19, at 8:00 p.m. The show will be held in the Hach Student Life Center on the Northwood Campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive in Midland. The public is welcome to attend the show as well as the gala reception directly following the event. For more information, please visit our website at www.northwood.edu/styleshow/. For ticket information, please contact Jill Ouellette at 989.837.4260 or Elise Brotebeck at 989.965.5321 (brotebecke@northwood.edu).

The Style Show is celebrating its 12th year by bringing the big screen to the runway through some of the most treasured childhood films. The event is completely constructed by the student executive board, each bringing their own unique interpretation of the overall theme. Kaitlyn Girodat, Chairwoman, has been working hard on the show since May 2012 and guiding the executive board through the creative process used in bringing this year’s show to life. Kaitlyn says, “I am absolutely ecstatic about this year’s show ‘Reel to Real.’ Our theme is unique and will be relatable for all ages. The team this year is outstanding and everyone is so passionate about the contributions they make to the show. We have exceptional vendors, student involvement and support which will be sure to make this the best show yet!”

Each year after the executive board is selected, they begin working on the show following guidelines set by previous position chairs and also building off past shows and ideas. This year the executive board has taken tips from childhood memories that will allow the audience to get lost in the production which is designed to dress and impress. Jill Ouellette, chair and professor of the fashion marketing program at Northwood University, is advisor to the group. “Reel to Real is such an exciting theme this year and truly lends itself to a variety of fashions and looks. Add this to a dynamic team of 18 students and this event will be one of our best yet! The hard work, dedication and synergy exhibited by our students are truly top notch. I am thrilled as an educator to watch our students develop truly marketable skills,” states Ouellette.

Kaitlyn Girodat - Style ShowKaitlyn Girodat—Chairwoman 

Kaitlyn Girodat is a senior in the Fashion Marketing and Management program and the daughter of Dave and Janet Girodat of Clinton Township, Michigan. She is a member of the Delta Zeta sorority on campus. The Disney movie and character that inspires her most is Alice from “Alice in Wonderland.” Alice has encouraged her to dream and accomplish what has seemed like the impossible. Like Alice, Kaitlyn believes it is okay to be curious, take risks and rebel against the status quo. She feels everyone is free to imagine a world of their own and be unique which, in turn, can create a pretty place for them to live.

Krysta Timko - Style ShowKrysta Timko—Marketing Vice Chair

Krysta Timko is a senior majoring in Fashion Marketing and Management with a minor in Advertising. She is the daughter of Mark and Wendy Timko of Cass City, Michigan. Krysta is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, president of Order of Omega, a Resident Assistant (RA) and a student life intern. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading, fashion, art and wedding planning. The Disney character Krysta is inspired by is Walt Disney himself because he is the epitome of an individual who took an unimaginable large dream and turned it into an awe-inspiring reality. Disney lived by the philosophy “All dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them” and he encouraged others to do the same as nothing was out of reach.

Samantha HellowSamantha Hellow—Style Vice Chair

Samantha Hellow is a senior in the Fashion Marketing and Management program and the daughter of Robert and Ann Hellow of Rochester, Michigan. She is a member of Delta Zeta sorority and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Samantha’s Disney character that inspires her most is Winnie the Pooh due to his humble and optimistic outlook on life. Although he is a bear of few words, he expressed himself through respected actions that make him a great leader to his group of friends. Winnie the Pooh is an example of a leader who creates a culture and instills hope for success—“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.”–Winnie the Pooh.

Alex MachalskiAlex Mackalski—Show Vice Chair

Alex Mackalski is a senior in the Fashion Marketing and Management program and the daughter of Paul and Shari Mackalski of Milford, Michigan. Alex is an assistant to the director of transfer students for Northwood University Admissions, writes for the fashion department’s blog and completed her internship with Nordstrom this past summer. The Disney movie and character that inspires her most is “Aladdin” because it provides a great reminder that no one needs a genie to make their dreams come true! Everyone just needs to be their own individual and believe in themself.

Angela JanssenAngela Janssen—Production Chair

Angela Janssen is a sophomore with a dual major in Marketing and Management and the daughter of David and Denise Janssen of Cass City, Michigan. Angela is the treasurer for Circle K, a member of DECA, a Resident Assistant (RA), a student assistant, participated in 2013 Stafford Dinner and was a Co-Captain in the 2012 Northwood University International Auto Show. Choosing her favorite Disney movie or character was a hard question for her to answer because she truly loves ALL Disney movies! If she had to choose one movie it would be “The Little Mermaid” because it taught her to follow her heart, explore the world, be adventurous and fight for her beliefs. Angela enjoys watching this movie because it is fun and upbeat!

Chelsea FiskChelsea Fisk—CFO & Fundraising Chair 

Chelsea Fisk is a junior majoring in Accounting and the daughter of Christopher and Robin Miller and Ronald Fisk Jr. of Edmore, Michigan. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Order of Omega and a Resident Assistant (RA). The Disney character that inspires Chelsea most is Cinderella because the movie taught her that hard work, perseverance and a positive attitude can make dreams come true.

Amanda LangeAmanda Lange—Event Chair

Amanda Lange is a junior majoring in Marketing and Advertising with a minor in Management and the daughter of Jeffery and Susan Lange of Bad Axe, Michigan. Amanda is a Resident Assistant (RA), a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Northwood University Finance Association, the Student Alumni Network, part of TAG Automotive Group and currently works in the faculty office on campus. The Disney movie that inspires Amanda most is “The Lion King.” Not only did Timon and Pumbaa teach her that “Hakuna Matata” means no worries but it also inspired her from a young age to believe that everything happens for a reason and you can learn from your mistakes and the past. The movie also taught her the most unlikely people can sometimes become friends. Her favorite quote from the movie is from the wise old monkey Rafiki—“Ah yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” The movie inspires her to live everyday to its fullest and try to learn a lesson from the mistakes she’s made.

Ashley BushAshley Bush—Co-Events Chair

Ashley Bush is the daughter of Russ and Beth Bush of Novi, Michigan, and a senior majoring in Fashion Marketing and Management. She is a member of Delta Zeta sorority, Order of Omega and is the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity Sweetheart. The Disney movie and character that Ashley finds most inspiring is Dory from “Finding Nemo” because even though she faced so many troubling obstacles throughout the movie, she taught you nothing is impossible. As long as you have good friends by your side, a smile on your face and just keep swimming, you can tackle anything that comes your way.

Maeven HirtMaeven Hirt—Publications Chair

Maeven Hirt is a junior in the Fashion Marketing and Management program and the daughter of Brian Hirt and Jan Carpenter of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She holds the sportswear chair position for Delta Zeta sorority and is also a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Disney movie that inspires Maeven most is “Tangled” because Rapunzel really goes out of her comfort zone to better herself and take an adventure. Maeven strives to make each day count and lead an adventurous life like Rapunzel did.

Elise BrotebeckElise Brotebeck—Public Relations Chair

Elise Brotebeck is a junior majoring in Fashion Marketing and Management and the daughter of Robert Brotebeck and Kristin Carrick-Myers of Houghton Lake, Michigan. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) and in her spare time enjoys traveling, shopping and playing golf. The Disney movie that inspires Elise most is “Pocahontas” because the movie is based on a real historical woman. In addition, Elise loves history and after learning about the real Pocahontas she found her even more fascinating. To be one of the first to accept a new life, stand up for her people and do what she believed in truly made Pocahontas a very strong women and someone Elise admires.

Valerie AndersonValerie Anderson—Hospitality Chair

Valerie Anderson is a junior majoring in Fashion Marketing and Management, Hospitality Management and a minor in Accounting. She is the daughter of Brian Anderson and Connie Anderson-Forth of Oxford, Michigan. In Valerie’s free time she enjoys playing volleyball, baking desserts and designing her own dresses. The Disney movie that inspires her most is “The Lion King” because it is a great sing-along and can really help you when you lose a loved one. It’s a happy movie that Valerie recommends everyone watch because it puts you in a better mood instantly.

Courtney CarrCourtney Carr—Collections Chair

Courtney Carr is a junior in the Fashion Marketing and Management program and the daughter of Chris and Mary Carr of Grand Blanc, Michigan. She serves on the executive board for Alpha Chi Omega and is the current Sweetheart for Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. The Disney character and movie that inspires Courtney most is the genie from “Aladdin” because who doesn’t love an overly sarcastic, hilarious blue genie.

Caitlin McEachranCaitlin McEachran—Collections Chair

Caitlin McEachran is a junior majoring in Fashion Marketing and Management with a minor in Automotive Marketing. She is the daughter of John and Jennifer McEachran of Novi, Michigan. She is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and Order of Omega. Caitlin is currently an executive assistant intern for PoshChic International magazine, a new upcoming fashion magazine that will be launched May 2013. She also enjoys traveling especially since her trip abroad to London last summer to study fashion. This summer she will be in New York for her fashion internship for Karen Kane at her showroom. The Disney character that inspires Caitlin most is Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Belle has always inspired her because she is unique, caring and always followed her heart. Despite what people said about the Beast, she fell in love with him and did what made her happy. This movie helped Caitlin learn at a young age that even though some people may not agree with the choices you make, it is important to do what is best for you and what makes you happy. If you don’t follow your heart, you could be missing out on true love.

Maria ThelenMaria Thelen—Collections Chair

Maria Thelen is a senior majoring in Fashion Marketing and Management and daughter of Dan and Hope Thelen of DeWitt, Michigan. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Order of Omega and enjoys playing tennis. The Disney movie that inspires Maria most is “Aladdin” because it immediately popped into her mind! This movie taught her to trust your instincts even though your decision may not be agreeable to others and follow your heart—there could be better opportunities waiting. Maria encourages taking risks because it makes life more interesting!

Brianna BlumenherstBrianna Blumenherst —Beauty Chair

Brianna Blumenherst is the daughter of Bill and Pam Blumenherst of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a sophomore majoring in Fashion Marketing and Management. She is a student athlete on Northwood’s women’s golf team, a student ambassador and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The Disney character that inspires her most is Esmeralda from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” because she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Esmeralda is always there to help others in need no matter what she has to do and is good at getting herself out of sticky situations—all with a cute outfit, jewelry and an awesome goat sidekick! Brianna admires Esmeralda’s courage and selflessness.

Shelby OttShelby Ott—Model Executive

Shelby Ott is a junior in the Fashion Marketing and Management program and the daughter of Lee and Kristi Ott of Byron Center, Michigan. She is currently the vice president of education for Northwood University’s DECA chapter and a writer for the fashion department’s blog. The Disney character that inspires her most is Cinderella. She chose her because Cinderella always managed to have such a positive and encouraging outlook on life no matter what hardships she faced. Shelby also wonders who doesn’t dream of meeting Prince Charming and becoming a princess!

Becky Jo HansonBecky Jo Hanson—Choreographer  

Becky Jo Hanson is a senior studying Fashion Marketing and Management and the daughter of Gerry and Marrilee Hanson of Harbor Beach, Michigan. She is the head intern for Galaxy Pageants and the campus manager for Renttherunway.com. The Disney movie that inspires Becky most is “Cool Runnings” because it has always been a favorite among her family. It is the kind of film that makes you smile and laugh no matter what and she thinks that reflects the mission of Walt Disney. Becky could summarize the whole movie as “Peace be the Journey.”

Hannah StineHannah Stine—Student Design Chair

Hannah Stine is a sophomore in the Fashion Marketing and Management program and the daughter of Rick Stine and Tracy Oberst of Findlay, Ohio. She started sewing as a freshman in high school and soon started constructing clothing and participating in local competitions for her garments. Out of the four years Hannah competed, she won first place three times and grand champion her final year of showing. Hannah was president of a local fashion group which operated through her hometown mall. She assisted in organizing and running the annual bridal show held every year in her hometown. Hannah has worked on campus and is currently a nanny for a family in Midland. She is a member of the Student Alumni Network Association and the TOMS group. The Disney character that inspires Hannah most is Nemo from the movie “Finding Nemo.” He never gives up on finding his father and getting back home. Family is very important in Hannah’s life and she always finds her way back home.