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ID student to attend world's largest green building conference on scholarship

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Abbey Pomeroy will pull off her riding boots in November to travel to San Francisco. She has received a scholarship to represent the Central Plains Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Pomeroy is a junior in interior design.

"We are very proud of Abbey's initiative in earning the scholarship to the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building,” said Barbara Anderson, head of the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design. “She will have the opportunity to interact with some of the most influential business, environmental and social leaders of our time."

Pomeroy, 2012 K-State rodeo queen, sees a connection between her major and horsemanship.

Both have a strong heritage. Both demand a stout work ethic and passion.

Keeping horses and herself in shape for competition involved riding 5 to 6 hours a day, she said. But demands of school came first and she sent her horses, which she boarded near Manhattan, home to Hesston. “I miss being outside every day. Being on a horse is a happy place,” she said.

Being a rodeo queen doesn’t take practice, Pomeroy said, “and I get to keep my boots on. I still can dress up like a cowgirl.”

Pomeroy finds happiness these days in the design studio in the College of Human Ecology working on class projects. “From the first day I walked into the studio I’ve loved it,” she said.

After graduation Pomeroy wants to get involved in sustainable design in the hospitality industry.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, and is filed under College News, Interior Design and Fashion Studies.