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Click Here if you have an item to submit May 2004
Welcome to the first issue of FIT Direct. This electronic newsletter will gather events, news, announcements, and information of interest to faculty and staff into one source, so that the college community can be better informed. Edited by College Relations, the newsletter will be published the second week of each month through the beginning of the fall term, and then distributed bi-weekly. All members of the college community are invited to submit content by clicking on the link above.

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Computer Workshop: Imail! Email! No Mail!
Customer Service Workshop
Computer Workshop: What is the FIT Digital Library?
Videotape/DVD Duplication Services Moved
Schedule of Retirement Carrier Representatives
Photo ID Information
Administrative Computing Committee Seeks Input
Transport Cleaning
New Lab Hours
Commencement at Radio City Music Hall
Michael Coan Named Elsa Peretti Professor In Jewelry Design
Volleyball Team Wins Regional Championship
Web-Based Attendance System Under Construction
Liz Holly Mortensen Selected to Disability Mentoring Day Committee
Polly Guèrin Publishes
Rita Rooney to Receive 2004 Ollie B. Moten Award
"Smart Carts" at Media Services
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre Upgraded
Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day
EVENTS
COMPUTER WORKSHOP: IMAIL! EMAIL! NO MAIL!
May 18, 2004
2-3 pm, room TBA
Ray Kinlock, Textile/Surface Design
Contact: Margaret Hanrahan, x75609, margaret_hanrahan@fitnyc.edu.
CUSTOMER SERVICE WORKSHOP
May 21, 2004
time TBA, Human Resources
If you are interested in attending send an email to janice_pazmino@fitnyc.edu.
COMPUTER WORKSHOP: WHAT IS THE FIT DIGITAL LIBRARY?
May 26, 2004
10:30-11:30 am, C415A
Stephen Rosenberger, Library
Contact: Margaret Hanrahan, x75609, margaret_hanrahan@fitnyc.edu.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
VIDEOTAPE/DVD DUPLICATION SERVICES MOVED
Just a reminder: videotape and DVD duplication services have been relocated to C305B. For more information contact Robert Fornshell, x78229.
SCHEDULE OF RETIREMENT CARRIER REPRESENTATIVES
The appointment schedule for FIT's retirement carrier representatives is shown below. To schedule an appointment contact the carrier directly. The representatives will be on campus only if they have appointments.

TIAA-CREF, Bob Naclerio 800-842-2733, ext 3472
May 13, 8:30 am-3:15 pm, Human Resources Conference Room
May 14, 8:30 am-3:15 pm, A321B

Nationwide, Dean DiMaggio, 516-671-1099 or 800-786-1598
May 20, 9 am-5 pm, Human Resources Conference Room

ING, Rep: Alex Canas, 631-755-0850
May 25, 10 am-3 pm, Human Resources Conference Room

For more information contact Bonnie Born, x75610, bonnie_born@fitnyc.edu.
PHOTO ID INFORMATION
May 13 is the last day of the spring semester photo IDs will be issued to students replacing lost or stolen IDs or who have yet to receive an ID. Only students taking credit courses are eligible to receive photo IDs. Students taking non-credit Continuing and Professional Studies courses are to pick up temporary IDs from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies office or their instructors.

Summer and Summerim 2004 photo IDs will be issued beginning Monday, May 24, 2004. All faculty members and Student Affairs, Admissions, Registration, Bursar, Financial Aid, Residential Life, and Student Life staff should alert their students to this information.

A full student photo ID schedule for the upcoming summer and Summerim semesters has been posted around campus. For more information contact Security, x77777.
ADMINISTRATIVE COMPUTING COMMITTEE SEEKS INPUT
The Administrative Computing Committee will hold its last meeting of the semester on May 13. If you have any suggestions for ways in which technology can improve your work environment, please contact the committee representative from your area: Thomas Thomas, David Levin, Dennis Sudul, Diane Phillips, Gregory O’Connor, Joan Volpe, Joseph Antee, Laura Solomon, Mark Blaifeder, Norman Gross, Rosalyn Pier, or Rose Mary Howell.
TRANSPORT CLEANING
Attention faculty who use Transport: May 28 and August 2 have been designated cleaning days. Please be sure to back up any important files to one of your available shares. For more information contact Carolyn Rieger, x77510, carolyn_rieger@fitnyc.edu.
NEW LAB HOURS
Additional computer lab hours start May 3 and run through May 24. All ICC labs will be open until 1 am during this period. For more information contact Israel Cruz, x77488.
NEWS
COMMENCEMENT AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
Commencement ceremonies take place at Radio City Music Hall at 10 am on May 24, 2004. Approximately 2600 AAS, BFA, BS, MPS, and MA degrees will be granted. Robin Burns, president of Intimate Beuaty Corporation, is the commencement speaker, and honorary degrees are being presented to Leonard Florence, founder, Syratech Corporation; Micol Fontana, co-founder, Sorelle Fontana; and Gordon Parks, photographer. For further information contact Student Life, x77710, or click here.
MICHAEL COAN NAMED ELSA PERETTI PROFESSOR IN JEWELRY DESIGN
Michael Coan, adjunct assistant professor and chairperson of the Jewelry Design department, has been named Elsa Peretti Professor in Jewelry by President Joyce F. Brown. This is the first endowed professorship in the history of FIT, established by a contribution Tiffany & Co. made to FIT in 2000, in recognition of the renowned jewelry designer Elsa Peretti’s 25th anniversary with the company. For more information contact the Jewelry Design department, x77826 or click here.
VOLLEYBALL TEAM WINS REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The FIT volleyball team won the 2003 Regional Championship, 2003 City Championship, and competed in the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time. The team placed sixth in the country. Elizabeth Otero, Advertising and Marketing Communications major, was named All-American, First Team. For more information contact Kerri-Ann McTiernan, x77959, kerri-ann_mctiernan@fitnyc.edu.
WEB-BASED ATTENDANCE SYSTEM UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The Human Resources department is implementing a web-based attendance system that is expected to go live in the fall 2004 semester. All full-time employees will use the web-based system beginning this September. Training sessions on the new system will be offered beginning in May and will continue in the fall. For more information contact Laura Solomon, x75605, laura_solomon@fitnyc.edu.
LIZ HOLLY MORTENSEN SELECTED TO DISABILITY MENTORING DAY COMMITTEE
Liz Holly Mortensen, coordinator, FIT-ABLE, has been selected to serve on the Disability Mentoring Day Committee, chaired by Matthew Sapolin, executive director, New York City Mayor’s Office for Persons with Disabilities. New York City will be the host site for the 2004 National Disability Mentoring Day, October 20. For more information contact Liz Mortensen, x78900, elizabeth_mortensen@fitnyc.edu.
POLLY GUÈRIN PUBLISHES
Polly Guèrin, adjunct assistant professor of Fashion Merchandising Management, has a variety of upcoming publications. The May 2004 issue of Art & Antiques will feature an article by Guèrin titled "Cloth Commodity Fine Dining Linens," and the June issue will include her article "Stately Poster Beds." In addition, Guèrin’s book Creative Fashion Presentations II will be published in fall 2004 by Fairchild books. For more information contact Polly Guèrin, x78606.
RITA ROONEY TO RECEIVE 2004 OLLIE B. MOTEN AWARD
Rita Rooney, director of the FIT Health Services Center, has been selected by the American College Health Association to receive the 2004 Ollie B. Moten Award. This award was created to honor health care professionals who have made a significant impact in the delivery of health care services in higher education. The award will be presented at the annual ACHA meeting in New Orleans in June. For more information contact Rita Rooney, x77625, rita_rooney@fitnyc.edu.
"SMART CARTS" AT MEDIA SERVICES
Media Services will be adding two new "smart" computer presentation carts to their inventory. These carts will contain a PC with CD and ZIP drives, flat-screen monitor, and LCD projector. Carts will be available for the fall 2004 semester. For more information contact Robert Fornshell, x78229.
KATIE MURPHY AMPHITHEATRE UPGRADED
Through funding from the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre’s audiovisual system is being upgraded with the completion of a new AV booth located on the upper level, as well as the installation of new speakers and audiovisual equipment. The Media Services department and General Audio Visual Inc. of Long Island have redesigned and upgraded the amphitheatre in order to enhance and improve the quality of all events held in this facility. For more information contact Carolyn Rieger, x77510, carolyn_rieger@fitnyc.edu.
TAKE YOUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY
On April 22, Human Resources sponsored "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day." More than 80 children attended various programs throughout the day. The program was a huge success. Photos from the event can be found here.
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