With the click of a button, Northwood University alumni gave fashion marketing students a boost in the job market.
Project 100 awarded its inaugural grant for $10,000 to Northwood’s Fashion Marketing and Management Department to buy MockShop software. The grant will pay for 100 site licenses for up to three years, plus installation and training in this industry standard software.
“It’s going to prepare those students so much more for the job market,” said Melodie Davis- Bundrage, department chairwoman. “Digital is not just the future: It’s the current. We need to be working in digital systems as much as possible.”
Project 100 is a novel way for graduates to direct their giving. Donors give $100 per semester; and the effort has 65 founding members who donate $600 each. Every donor is asked to vote for the project with the most merit.
“There’s been a great buzz on campus, and all the19 project submissions were great ideas,” said Dan Waskevich (’11), an emcee for the presentations.
Finalists make their pitches in front of a live and online audience, with Project 100 members watching.
“Because of the online presentation and voting, my 3- and 5-year-old were also able to participate and help us decide as a family how we were going to vote for our donation.” said Project 100 member Michelle Mitchell.
In her appeal for support, Davis-Bundrage explained how students currently create their designs.
“They are doing store design by hand, with oldfashioned graph paper, and we make the most of it,” she told a room of alumni gathered to award the first Project 100 grant in February. “MockShop is the industry standard. It enhances student learning in many ways. Students are able to present their work in a 2D and 3D format. If we are awarded the grant, graduates would already know how to use the software that the employers use.”
Two other finalists also made live pitches:
THE SIGNATURE EVENTS TEAM presented a proposal to enhance an outdoor recreational and gathering space on campus near Recognition Park. Features included seating, bonfire pits, picnic tables, tetherball, and outdoor lighting.
THE MOCK TRIAL program appealed for tablets with student resources on them so students could better prepare for competition, two travel bags for mock trial equipment and a second camera system for each of the teams to use to study and improve their performances.
For information about how to join Project 100, go to www.connect.northwood.edu/pages/alumni100
The next Project 100 meeting will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, during the Northwood University International Auto Show.