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Students to appear on 'Sewing With Nancy' national show

August 26, 2013

Three UW-Stout students are featured in an upcoming show about sewing that will air on Public Broadcasting Service stations nationwide.

In the episode of "Sewing With Nancy," host Nancy Zieman interviews three of the five students who in fall 2012 took second place in the international Safety Products Student Design Challenge. Their Emergency Evacuation Harness is a canvas suit that helps someone carry a disabled person on their back in an emergency situation.

Nancy Zieman, right, interviews from left Maggie Rohs, Natalie Meurer and Annie Sorcic.The episode will be available online beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, on the "Sewing With Nancy" website. The episode tentatively will air Saturday, Sept. 21, on Wisconsin Public Television. The interview is part of episode No. 2704 called "Fearless Quilting Finishes" Part 2.

"Sewing With Nancy," which began in 1982, is the longest-running show about sewing on television. The half-hour program is produced in Madison by Wisconsin Public Television and airs on about 90 percent of PBS stations in the U.S.

Zieman, of Beaver Dam, is a UW-Stout alumna, graduating in 1972. She received the UW-Stout Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

The students appearing on the show are Natalie Meurer, of Fond du Lac; Maggie Rohs, of Mukwonago; and Annie Sorcic, of Woodbury, Minn.

The team, made up of students majoring in apparel design and development, created the harness in the Functional Clothing Design course taught by Gindy Neidermyer.

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