The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 49
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The School of Economics was started
in 1909 and renamed the School of Hu-
man Resource Management in 1986 un-
der the supervision of Dean Suzanne Le-
Brecque. The school was organized into
two different divisions, Merchandising
and Hospitality. The undergraduate pro-
grams consisted of over 600 majors in
three divisions: Fashion Merchandising,
Hotel and Restaurant Management, and
Housing/Home Furnishings Merchan-
dising. The course work was enriched
with field trips, industry speakers and
on-the - job experiences. Field experience
sites included major fashion manufac-
turers, retail stores, hotels, restaurants,
resorts, clubs, showrooms and decora-
tive centers. The graduate program of-
fered master's degrees in Fashion Mer-
chandising and Hotel and Restaurant
Management. Graduate students had the
opportunity to work with varied faculty
funded research projects in both aca-
Under the division of Hospitality, the
Hotel and Restaurant Management pro-
Story by DeLinda Spain
gram was directed by Dr. Richard F.
Tas. The program prepared students to
face critical subjects that would chal-
lenge the industry into the year 2000.
Among these subjects were changing
demographics of both work force and
consumer, automation and robotics,
emphasis on work fitness and wellness,
legal requirements in lodging and res-
taurant management, changing consum-
er dietary habits, impact of tourism on
the global economy and maximizing hu-
man resources and industry profits. Also
under the Hospitality division was the
Ben E. Keith lectureship to support the
Executive- in- Residence series.
The Merchandising program was
headed by Dr. Ellen Flottman. The
Fashion Merchandising program pre-
pared students for positions in retailing
or wholesaling, in small boutiques or
department stores, in catalog sales oper-
ations, as sales representatives with man-
ufacturers or as showroom managers.
Other opportunities for the students
were to study to become merchandisers,
fashion directors and coordinators, con-
sultants, fashion stylists, market re-
searchers, store trainers, fashion editors,
customer service representatives and
owners of fashion businesses. The fash-
ion merchandising program was recog-
nized as one of the most comprehensive
fashion programs in the region.
Home Economics students use
the school's laboratory kitchen to
prepare a mincemeat fruit cake.
Photo by University Archives.
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