Katherine Griss Kykta, Textiles and Apparel
Katherine Griss Kykta is a Dean’s Honored Graduate in Textiles and Apparel. She is receiving a B.S. in Textiles and Apparel with a focus in Merchandising and Consumer Sciences, a Business Certificate and a Digital Arts and Media Certificate. She is being recognized for her academic excellence, leadership and research.
Katherine was an active participant in numerous programs, including the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Case Study Competitions. She was recognized nationally twice for her award-winning case studies, one of which focused on assisting Macy’s in appealing to younger consumers using hyper-local marketing and the other of which focused on bringing Ann Taylor customers back into the physical retail store using logistics and API technology. Success in her case studies led to opportunities for Katherine to travel to and speak in Florida, New York and even Madrid, Spain, for the World Retail Congress. She also was active in UT in NYC, the 2015 student Nike Concept team, UT and IBM’s Radical Collaboration program and the two-year Youth Fashion Summit Program, which challenges students to use the United Nations Global Compact and the support of the Global Fashion Agenda to encourage retail industry leaders to come together and make sustainability a priority.
During Katherine’s freshman year, she and a team of students refreshed the student fashion magazine Spark, for which Katherine served as the writing director and the editor-in-chief with involvement in nine editions of the magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Cotton Incorporated Trend Forecasting Award and the Donna Smith Cherek Alpha Chi Omega Scholarship. After graduation Katherine plans to explore fashion and culture in Asia and will then continue on to work with retail and technology at IBM in August.