Fashion Merchandising and Marketing alumna Justine Lemoine ’08 had a longtime dream of working in e-commerce for the retail industry. Today, she is the Manager of Merchandise Programming at Rue La La, an exclusive online community that offers premier-brand sales from their online boutique, headquartered in Boston. Before landing her current gig, Lemoine also worked at The TJX Companies, Inc., Talbots, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Balancing Business & Design

“The professors I had with real-life retail experience were a true inspiration for jumpstarting my career path,” stated Lemoine. “The balance of design and business classes within the Fashion Merchandising and Marketing program has definitely helped me excel in the analysis portion of my job, as well as the creative side of the position.”

As a Manager of Merchandise Programming, Lemoine is responsible for running the company’s residual inventory by collaborating with event production, merchandising and planning to create various events on the website. From her previous on-campus involvement in the Student Merchandisers and Marketers Association; she learned how to stay up-to-date on current fashion events and was exposed to other industry professionals.

Advice to New Graduates

“Have the drive and ambition to use the tools Mount Ida has provided you with, so you can get where you need to go,” added Lemoine. “Networking is a key element and it’s never too early to start making connections. Take the time at Mount Ida to get to know your professors and peers on a professional level because it’s always helpful to have an advocate when job searching.”

Lemoine’s proudest accomplishment at our college was receiving the Dorothea Taylor Memorial Award for History of Fashion and Costume during Senior Week. She is passionate about the fashion topic, which applies to her position. In the future, Lemoine hopes to continue working in the e-commerce side of retail and plans to grow her career to the executive level.

The next time you’re at Joan C. Edwards Stadium at Marshall University in West Virginia, take an extra long look at the sidelines. You might see sport management alumnus Jim Wenz ’12 who is a Facilities and Events Operations Graduate Assistant. Wenz handles the day-to-day operations of Marshall’s athletics facilities and performs game day operations for football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, tennis, softball, and baseball. He is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration at Marshall University and plans to graduate in 2014.

Strong Athletics

Wenz’s love of sports and business directly impacted his decision to major in Sport Management at Mount Ida. But, his well-rounded college experience also came from our strong athletics with personalized attention and coaching. He stayed involved on campus by playing basketball (and was captain during his junior year), played on the football team during his senior year, served as Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and mentored as a Diversity Peer Leader.

“Sports helped me grow as a person and test my limits mentally and physically,” said Wenz. “Staying busy with these clubs and teams definitely helped me prepare to work in Division I athletics, while studying to receive my Master’s degree.

Career Networking

Wenz’s road to Marshall University was a result of networking with his former assistant basketball coach at our college. Through hearing about the opening, Wenz applied to the Sports Administration program at Marshall and was hired as a graduate assistant. Ultimately, in the future, he dreams to one day become an Athletics Director at the Division I level.

“People are willing to help you if you are specific about what you want,” stated Wenz. “Don’t be afraid to take chances and pursue opportunities that you will be presented with. Most of these opportunities only come once in a lifetime.”

When graphic design alumna, Meaghan Glynn ’09, began interning at Turbine, Inc., a premier creator and operator of online games in North America, she never imaged that it would lead to her current career. Now, as a User Interface Artist, she works on unannounced games where she designs user interface systems, creates art assets for final art, and clears obstacles for her supporting teammates.

Fast Track to Career

Mount Ida’s career focused education helped Glynn land an internship at Turbine a year before graduation. Through networking, Glynn learned of the opportunity from her professors and was able to establish relationships early on with industry professionals. The solid portfolio that she created in graphic design courses gave her the edge she needed to land a full-time position at Turbine.

“Thanks to the cultivating and flexible nature of Turbine and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group’s career paths, I’m on the fast track to becoming a senior in my field,” stated Glynn. “Ultimately, I would like to have a role in management, as I find fostering other peoples’ talents to be hugely rewarding.”

Personalized Program Outcomes

“In the graphic design program, each of us felt like a big fish in a small pond, and our efforts felt extremely rewarding when we could show off our accomplishments in the gallery or in the halls of Chamberlayne,” said Glynn. “Now, working as an artist, the atmosphere is very similar – we share our knowledge from all our different backgrounds to showcase our achievements to the world.”

From personalizing her major, Glynn learned that she could apply 2D design to video games. Her background in designing has paved the way for her to understand and practice usability. Rising to the top of her program, Glynn was awarded the Highest Achievement in Graphic Design.

“In a small program, with the help of my professors and my classmates, I was allowed to flourish in a way that I never was allowed to in high school,” she concluded.