MU’s TAM Receives Funding From $1 Million Gift

The University of Missouri’s (MU) College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES), Columbia, Mo., has
received a $1 million gift from Catherine Allen, an MU alumna and financial services industry
leader. The money will fund the Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM), the Office for
Financial Success and the HES Dean’s Fund for Excellence.

The nationally recognized TAM program offers global merchandising, buying, technical design,
retail management, global sourcing and e-retailing training to students planning to enter the soft
goods industry. Its state-of-the-art Kellwood Company Apparel Technology Laboratory includes
equipment such as a Gerber Digitizer, Plotter and computer-driven fabric cutter; a 3-D body
scanner; and 12 computers with specialized software for patternmaking, marker making, data
management and textile creation. TAM’s faculty members advise policymakers on global textile and
apparel issues.

“This generous gift will provide resources for the college to meet its greatest needs and
seize opportunities to serve,” said Brady Deaton, MU Chancellor. “As a whole, HES touches every
aspect of our lives. Its six units cover the basic human needs of food, clothing, shelter,
finances, family and community.”

April 28, 2009