June 12, 2024

New Fashion Professor Excited to Grow Program

Herkimer College’s newest faculty member, Alesha Bowman, sees great things coming for the Fashion Buying & Merchandising program, and lots of potential for students enrolled.

“You’re three hours away from one of the biggest fashion capitals in the world”, said Bowman. The fashion program has a low number of students which she hopes to increase over her time here. Bowman talked very highly of Herkimer and her plans for this major, starting with visibility. The fashion program currently has around eight students enrolled, Bowman’s first goal is to increase that number.

Bowman moved from Kansas City, Missouri. She closed her secondhand clothing store “unLESHed+” to become the assistant professor of Fashion Buying & Merchandising at Herkimer College. Bowman had no doubts moving over a thousand miles for this position.

Bowman knew her next move was becoming a professor, and she was open to anywhere.

“When I found the position I knew I also wanted a position that was focused more on fashion business and not necessarily the design of things”, said Bowman. Bowman liked that she could focus on the business side of fashion, because that was her expertise.

Bowman encourages all students to take every opportunity there is at Herkimer to make it work for them. For her part, she is excited about her decision to come here.

“I’m not a big city girl, but I’m really close to New York, so it all kind of worked out,” said Bowman.

Riley Hajczewski

Communication and Media student Riley Hajczewski is a student at Herkimer County Community College. She plans on transferring to SUNY Poly for business.

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