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AATCC announces 2009 outstanding college Graduate of the Year
Jun '09
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has named North Carolina State University (NCSU)'s College of Textiles senior, Ashley E. Bradham its 2009 Outstanding College Graduate of the Year.

The Graduate of the Year is chosen from graduating seniors at universities where AATCC has student chapters. The winner receives a cash award of $1,000, a plaque, a complimentary one-year membership in the Association, registration to the Association's annual International Conference, and other prizes. Candidates for the award are nominated by AATCC student chapter faculty advisors in recognition for outstanding undergraduate study in textiles. The award was established by AATCC in 2002.

2009 Winner Ashley E. Bradham
Ashley E. Bradham, the 2009 winner of the Graduate of the Year Award, received a BS in Polymer and Color Chemistry from NCSU. She was chosen for her outstanding grade point average (GPA) of 4.0, her exemplary role in several student organizations, significant participation in the work of the AATCC student chapter at NCSU, as well as her community volunteer work.

"I am from Dunn, a small rural community in southeast North Carolina. This community once thrived on the textile industry, but suffered as the local plant closed, leaving hundreds without jobs and other small businesses without an economic basis for survival," says Bradham. "People from home have questioned me about my decision to study a field that they believe is a dead end. Since I have entered the Polymer and Color Chemistry program, I have had many opportunities to tell the people in my community more about my major and they are always amazed at how large the textile industry really is."

Bradham was on the College of Textiles' Dean's List for seven consecutive semesters. She was the recipient of the AATCC Charles H. Stone-Piedmont Section Scholarship from 2006 to 2009. She developed a laboratory exercise that was subsequently incorporated into a lab manual and successfully used by undergraduates in the Polymer and Color Chemistry program.

She was an active member of the AATCC student chapter, and a member in the University Scholars Program and Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She was secretary of Phi Psi Professional Textile Fraternity from Spring 2007 to Fall 2008 and president of Sigma Tau Sigma Textile Honors Fraternity.

Bradham is also an active community volunteer, helping at local Rex Hospital. In addition, "During spring break of 2006, I went to Mississippi for a week to rebuild houses for Hurricane Katrina victims," she says.

Her summer jobs, as a lab assistant at Tumbling Colors, and a lab technician at HueMetrix, have increased her practical knowledge and experience in textiles.

AATCC presented Bradham the 2009 Graduate of the Year Award at its Technical Committee on Research meeting in May. Bradham was also recognized at the College of Textiles graduation ceremony.

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists

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