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Central Washington University Honors Carolyn Schactler as 2021 Distinguished Retiree

The Central Washington University Retirement Association has selected Carolyn Schactler as the 2021 Distinguished Retiree.

Before retiring in 2004, Schactler was an apparel design professor at CWU for 28 years. She will be honored at a reception at the Yakima Valley Museum on July 21, 2021. The free event begins at 3 p.m.

Currently, Schactler has an exhibit at the museum titled, “Couture,” which features 20 of her award-winning designs.

During her time as a professor in Central’s Apparel Design program, Schactler taught clothing construction, couture design, tailoring and pattern drafting, draping and fitting, principles of design, and costume and fashion history.

Her gowns have been exhibited all over the world, winning multiple national and international apparel design awards, including a “Best in Show” award at the 1995 International Textile and Apparel Association competition.

“We are delighted to announce Carolyn Schactler as the 2021 Distinguished Retiree,” said Julie Guggino, president of the CWU Retirement Association. “We recognize Professor Schactler for her accomplishments and service in retirement and thank her for the time she dedicated to teaching Central students.”

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