This Massapequan proves ambition is in fashion.
Jaime Duncan, a 2014 graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), recently received a Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from the State University of New York (SUNY) system. She graduated summa cum laude from FIT with a bachelor of science in fashion merchandising management. The young woman has taken what she learned at FIT and is now a product assistant for the INC International Concepts brand at Macy’s Merchandising Group. Before that, she received her associate of applied science degree in fashion merchandising management, also summa cum laude, from FIT in 2012.
Duncan was born and raised in Massapequa, where her parents, Susan and Kevin, still reside.
This year, SUNY honored 274 students from 64 SUNY campuses throughout New York state. Each recipient received a framed certificate and medallion that was worn at commencement.
“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence truly embody the power of SUNY,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities.”
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated and have been recognized for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.
Duncan earned a place on the Dean’s list every semester. She was a member of the Presidential Scholars, FIT’s honor program, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She also was a member of the winning FIT team at the Retail Futures Challenge Competition of the World Retail Congress, held in Paris in 2013.
The Massapequan was selected for an FIT London internship program, enabling her to study at the London College of Fashion and intern at the U.K. department store, Marks and Spencer. She has also interned at Lanvin, Marc Jacobs International, Yigal Azrouel Inc., and Mainstream Swimsuits Inc.
Chosen to participate in FIT’s International Buying and Marketing summer course, Duncan visited principal European cities to study the factors involved in fashion marketing and international customers’ attitudes about fashion.