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Upcoming Events

2019 Philadelphia Area Alumni Social
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

2019 Volleyball Reunion
Sat, 30 Mar 2019
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

2019 WONY Reunion WeekendEvent spans multiple days
Fri, 05 Apr 2019 -
Sun, 07 Apr 2019

5:00 PM - 10:00 AM

2019 NYC Meet and Mingle
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

2019 Mixing Board to Management
Fri, 12 Apr 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2019 April Campus to Capital
Fri, 12 Apr 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

2019 Women's Soccer Reunion
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2019 Student Research and Creative Activity Lunch
Thu, 18 Apr 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

2019 President's Breakfast for Corp & Found Leader
Wed, 24 Apr 2019
12:00 AM


Recent Events

2019 March Campus to Capital
Thu, 07 Mar 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Rescheduled Capital District Meet and Mingle
Thu, 14 Mar 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

2019 Alumni Club Hockey Reunion
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

2019 Club Hockey Dinner
Sat, 23 Mar 2019
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Alumni of Distinction
Melanie Kaplan ‘78

After graduating from SUNY Oneonta, Melanie was selected for an elite program in Textile Design and Science at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) before getting her first experience as a designer in the home furnishings sector in 1979. Her skills as a creative leader in commercial environments catapulted Melanie to the position of Design Director at Bloomcraft Inc., a prominent decorative fabrics producer within her first year.

After a few short years, Melanie transitioned from the fabric markets to the finished products arena as Vice President, Product Design and Development at Whisper Soft Mills where she first began to work directly with major retailers to develop specific programs for bedding. In 1986, she became VP Design Director (and ultimately SVP) for home furnishings at Dan River Inc, a storied American textile company, where her unique gifts flourished. Over the next 21 years, Melanie’s ability to translate art and develop successful design, while recognizing and satisfying commercial requirements, led Dan River to a spot as a major market supplier and an innovative front-runner in the consumer home furnishings market. During that time, Melanie partnered with prominent designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Martha Stewart, Lilly Pulitzer, Alexander Julian and more; and the products developed in Melanie’s design studio arrived in millions of American homes every year. In 2007, Melanie made the leap from wholesale to retail, becoming the Chief Creative Officer for Hanover Direct Inc where she presently heads all design, product development and sourcing and is responsible for the image of company’s major brands, which include The Company Store, The Company Kids and Scandia Home. Melanie’s place as a home fashion guru is unquestioned and her energy, expertise and leadership continue to inspire industry colleagues on all sides of what is today a global supply chain in a world home furnishings market.

Melanie makes New York City her home and although her work keeps her on the move across hemispheres and through time zones, she commits free time and resources to the Lower Eastside Service Center (LESC) in New York, an organization committed to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and/or mental illness.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:09:00 AM