The 2016 keynote speaker, Dr. Shane Lopez, author of Making Hope Happen and co-author of the statistical reports for the Clifton StrengthsFinder, researches the link between hope, strengths development, academic success, and overall well-being. His presentation, "The Strengths Mindset," was held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016, in the K-State Alumni Center

The lecture was part of a day-long event including a networking luncheon, professional development, panel discussions for students, professionals and alumni. Students interacted with advisory board members and professionals from the interior design program and the apparel and textiles program.

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the ATID Student Symposium opened with the 3rd Annual ATID Showcase of Excellence. This event included a mounted exhibit and a live runway show featuring work from K-State students and Kansas secondary education students. The showcase was held at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kansas. Ninety-nine entries by Kansas State University students were accepted for the runway show. Twenty-five entries by Kansas State University students and seven entries by Kansas secondary students were accepted for the mounted exhibit. In response to the symposium theme, "Your Strengths, Your Future," awards were granted in the following categories: Best of Show Runway (must have addressed theme), Best of Show Mounted Exhibit (must have addressed theme), Inspired by Janet Rees (pdf), K-State Upperclassman and Graduate, K-State Lowerclassman and 7-12 Kansas students.

This event was a great opportunity for current and prospective students to meet alumni, professionals and faculty within in the apparel and textiles and interior design industries. It provided students the opportunity to express their creativity and highlight their work at a prestigious, annual event. The Showcase of Excellence took place in conjunction with the annual ATID Student Symposium.

To learn more about event sponsors, volunteers, competition winners, and watch the keynote address click on the following links:

Symposium Sponsors and Volunteers (pdf)

ATID Showcase of Excellence Competition Winners (pdf)

ATID Student Symposium Photo Gallery

ATID Showcase of Excellence Highlight Video
Highlight video courtesy of Wildcat Watch