About Me.

Student at Oregon State University

My name is, Nicole Ognibene and I’m a Senior at Oregon State University, double majoring in Apparel Design and Merchandise Management.

I grew up in Orange County, California and graduated from Foothill High School. Since then, I moved to Oregon, where I have found the time to play a very active role within the Oregon State community. I have been a part of the OSU Fashion Organization for the past 4 years holding leadership positions for the past 3 years. I have also been a part of producing the DHE Spring Fashion Show, as part of the Designer Committee.  In addition to these activities I have also been able to actively participate in the OSU Elite Dance Team for the past 4 years performing at various philanthropies and school sponsored events. Through these activities, I have been able to build my own leadership skills, as well as promote the leadership abilities of others.

In addition to my extracurricular activities and school work, I have also volunteered my time as a teacher assistant in an apparel construction class and a computer design class where I was able to help students further their knowledge of apparel construction along with the Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator programs. Also, for the 2011/2012 school year I was asked to act as a peer mentor for the Apparel Design and Merchandise Management LinC class.

Due to my academic GPA, involvement in campus life, and persistence in design work, I have been awarded many different scholarships and design awards. I received the Provost scholarship for the past 4 years, along with a scholarship/internship with Palmer/Pletsch. I have been on the Dean’s list and as well as the

Honor roll for my academic GPA. This past year, I was also awarded the DHE Chair’s Scholarship and the Schilling Scholarship. In addition to my scholarships I have also won various design competitions: first place in the FireDex turnout design competition, Chair’s Award at the Recycle Fashion Show, and Best Overall Collection at the DHE Spring Fashion Show, and most recently, Most Innovative Use of Material in the 2012 Recycle Fashion Show.

Through my internships with Palmer/Pletsch, I was able to take extensive apparel construction classes regarding fit along with helping edit the upcoming edition of Fashion for Real People. There was also several articles written about my experience in the Oregon Stater Alumni Magazine, the Oregon State University HHS Synergies Website along with an article in the Palmer/Pletsch Fashion for Real People newsletter and an article in the February/March Edition of Vogue Pattern Magazine. I have also had the pleasure of working for two Children’s Design firms, CachCach and Anita G, where I was able to assist the head designers in designing, creating samples, and producing their Spring/Summer 2012 and Fall/Winter 2012 collections.

I plan to graduate from OSU in the Spring of 2012 and then go on to pursue a career in design and/or merchandising.

If you have further questions for me, please email me at: nicoleognibene@gmail.com