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     December 2005

UCE of FIT Open Meeting for Contract Negotiations
Photography BFA Exhibition
Elder Care Support Group
Museum Talk and Tour: Fashion and Textile History Gallery
Flexible Benefit Plan Meetings
PowerPoint in the Classroom
American Illustration Illustrated
President's Annual FIT Holiday Party
UCE of FIT Holiday Open House
Parenting Support Group
Enterprise Center's CEO Students Holiday Sale
Poetry/Design: Creative Writing and Graphic Design Student Exhibition

BRAG Hosts Annual Fundraiser and Toy Drive
2005-2006 SEFA Campaign
Retroactive Payments to be Paid December 16
Proposal Deadline for SUNY Faculty Conference at FIT
New WEI Workshops, Fall 2005

Board of Trustees Approves Strategic Plan
Acting Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Named
Important Memos on Facilities Management
New Chairpersons for Textile Development and Marketing
Jay and Patty Baker Establish Helen Galland Scholarship
Jane Albert and Roslyn Levinson, Former FIT Employees, Die
Women's Tennis Team Wins Regional Tournament, Coach Receives Honors
Biology Professor Hosts Bald Eagle and Seal Cruises and Walks
MA in Illustration Students Visit Norman Rockwell Museum
English Professor Publishes Poems, is Nominated for Award

EVENTS

UCE OF FIT OPEN MEETING FOR CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
December 1, 5 – 6 pm
Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor
The United College Employees (UCE) of FIT will begin contract negotiations with the college in February 2006, and is holding this open meeting to gather proposals from its members. If you would like to participate but are unable to attend, please write the UCE of FIT office at ucefit@igc.org, or send interoffice mail to Room B902.

PHOTOGRAPHY BFA EXHIBITION
Through December 3, 10 am – 7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT’s inaugural BFA class in Photography and the Digital Image will be exhibiting its coursework. In addition to creating and editing all images on display, the students also designed the exhibit space and the event’s promotional materials. There will be an opening reception, on December 1, from 6 – 9 pm. For more information, contact Deborah Klesenski, chairperson, Photography, 78924, deborah_klesenski@fitnyc.edu.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
December 5, 1 – 2 pm
Room DC35
The Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Elder Care Support Group is for individuals caring for, or anticipating caring for, an elderly relative, parent, or friend. It addresses such topics as coping with emotional burdens, and locating available resources and support. For more information, contact Robin Zarel, EAP coordinator, 77167, robin_zarel@fitnyc.edu.

MUSEUM TALK AND TOUR: FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY
December 5, 6 – 7 pm
The Museum at FIT
A member of the curatorial team of The Museum at FIT will guide participants through the new permanent gallery of fashion and textile history, illuminating the cultural and historical contexts of the objects selected for exhibition. This event is $10 for the general public; FIT students, faculty, and staff may attend for free. For more information, contact the Center for Professional Studies, 77715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

FLEXIBLE BENEFIT PLAN MEETINGS
December 6, 12 – 1 pm or 1 – 2 pm
Alcove, David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor
Human Resources is hosting two informational meetings regarding FIT’s Flexible Benefit Plan. The plan allows for money to be set aside, pre-tax, to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses such as medical and dental care, prescriptions, eyeglasses and contact lenses, therapy, and childcare. There is no cost for participating. Open enrollment is held only once a year, in December, for the following calendar year, so interested parties are strongly advised to attend. Current enrollees will be automatically mailed a 2006 re-enrollment form, along with their final quarterly statements, in early December. For more information, contact Benefits, 75610.

POWERPOINT IN THE CLASSROOM
December 7, 12 – 2 pm
Room B502
All FIT faculty are invited to bring their lunch and join in a conversation about effective, student-centered ways to use PowerPoint. This event is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching.

AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION ILLUSTRATED
December 7, 2005 – January 7, 2006
Student Space Gallery, The Museum at FIT
An exhibition curated by the students of the MA in Illustration program, American Illustration Illustrated is an exploration of the history of American illustration. The opening will be held on December 13, from 5 - 7 pm, with a reception to follow. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, assistant professor and chairperson, MA in Illustration, 78072, melanie_reim@fitnyc.edu.

PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL FIT HOLIDAY PARTY
December 8, 3 – 7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
This festive annual tradition brings together the entire FIT community with food, refreshments, dancing, raffle prizes, and a variety of other entertainments. Please RSVP, using the card included in your holiday greeting, by December 1.

UCE OF FIT HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
December 13, 12 – 5 pm
Room B902
The United College Employees (UCE) of FIT invites all faculty and staff to attend its annual holiday party. Refreshments will be provided. Come have a glass of eggnog and celebrate the holiday season with your colleagues.

PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP
December 13, 12 – 1 pm or 1 – 2 pm
Room DC35
Parenting is one of the most daunting challenges a person undertakes. Join the Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Parenting Support Group to discuss any and all aspects of raising a child, from infancy through adulthood. For more information, contact Robin Zarel, EAP coordinator, 77167, robin_zarel@fitnyc.edu.

ENTERPRISE CENTER’S CEO STUDENTS HOLIDAY SALE
December 17 – 18, 12 – 6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
This two-day sale features the work of the Enterprise Center’s Creative Enterprise Ownership (CEO) students. One-of-a-kind and limited edition women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, and fine and decorative arts will all be available for purchase. Certain designers will be accepting custom orders. This event is co-sponsored by the Design Mavens, formerly the Creative Ladies. For more information, contact the Design Mavens’ spokesperson, Nancy Peters, 516 524.7402.

POETRY/DESIGN: CREATIVE WRITING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENT EXHIBITION
Through December 31
Gladys Marcus Library, 4th floor
A collaboration between spring 2005 classes in Creative Writing and Graphic Design, Poetry/Design exhibits original works of poetry alongside their visual interpretations. This project was facilitated by Amy Lemmon, assistant professor and acting assistant chair, English and Speech, and Kingsley Parker, assistant professor, Communication Design/Graphic Design. For more information, contact Professor Lemmon, 77570, amy_lemmon@fitnyc.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BRAG HOSTS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AND TOY DRIVE
FIT’s Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) is working with BRAG National on its annual fundraiser and toy drive for the children of Harlem. This year’s event, on December 6, features a performance by the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and a cocktail reception. The event will be held at the New York City Center, on West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Tickets are $125; all are invited to attend, and to bring a toy. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bragusa.org, or call
212 319.7751.

2005-2006 SEFA CAMPAIGN
FIT will participate again in the annual State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign, which supports charities and services for needy New York City and state residents. In the past, FIT faculty and staff have demonstrated their willingness to help by making generous contributions, and even a small gift can make a big difference in providing necessary food, shelter, clothing, and education. Employees may donate through the college’s convenient payroll deduction plan, or via cash or check contributions. The drive will run through December 16, 2005. For more information, read President Brown’s memo on SEFA here, or contact Human Resources, 75703.

RETROACTIVE PAYMENTS TO BE PAID DECEMBER 16
Retroactive payments relating to the collective bargaining agreement between FIT and the United College Employees (UCE) of FIT will be paid on December 16, 2005. Please refrain from contacting the Payroll office until the payments have been issued so that they may complete the necessary work for timely disbursement.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE FOR SUNY FACULTY CONFERENCE AT FIT
FIT faculty is encouraged to submit proposals for presentations, demonstrations, and workshops for the March 31, 2006, SUNY faculty conference, Getting to “Aha!”: Teaching Creativity at SUNY. Proposal deadline is January 2, 2006. The conference, which will be held at FIT, will include a hands-on workshop led by the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo. For more information, contact Amy Lemmon, assistant professor and acting assistant chair, English and Speech, 77570, amy_lemmon@fitnyc.edu; or Dr. Desiree Koslin, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching/Teaching Institute, 77087, desiree_koslin@fitnyc.edu.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, FALL 2005
Fall workshops with the New Working with Electronic Information (WEI) Group are available for viewing at www3.fitnyc.edu/thenewwei. The New WEI Group offers computing programs and skills to all FIT faculty and staff, in the interest of a more interconnected college community. For more information or to register, contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, 77611, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

NEWS

BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES STRATEGIC PLAN
At their November 7 meeting, FIT’s Board of Trustees approved the college’s Strategic Plan, formally titled The FIT Challenge, 2020: FIT at 75, Bringing the Future into Focus. The Strategic Plan – the result of collegewide research and analysis through the 2004-2005 academic year – describes FIT’s priorities for the coming years, and identifies steps that must be taken to achieve these goals. The Strategic Plan will be posted on InsideFIT by the end of December.

ACTING VICE PRESIDENT FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER NAMED
President Joyce F. Brown has appointed Shaya Phillips to the position of acting vice president for information technology and chief information officer. Mr. Phillips will continue to serve as assistant vice president for enterprise technology services, a post he has held since his arrival at FIT, in 2002. For more information, read President Brown’s memo on InsideFIT (click here).

IMPORTANT MEMOS ON FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
In recent months, the campus experienced two events that raised concerns regarding the management of FIT’s facilities. The first, which took place last spring, involved asbestos abatement and the college’s communications procedures; the second, which took place in October, involved a leaking ceiling in the Business and Liberal Arts Center, or B building. Although appropriate repairs have been made to rectify these situations, President Brown has ordered a review of current procedures used to respond to events of this kind, in order to fully ensure the safety of the FIT community. To read President Brown’s memo on the Facilities Management review, click here. To read the memo on asbestos abatement by Joseph Arcoleo, director, Environmental Health and Safety Compliance, click here.

NEW CHAIRPERSONS FOR TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING
Chair elections have been held within the Textile Development and Marketing (TDM) department. Jeffrey Silberman, assistant professor, has been elected chairperson; and Ingrid Johnson, professor, has been elected assistant chairperson. Professors Silberman and Johnson will assume their respective roles in the spring 2006 semester. For more information, contact George Ganiaris, professor, TDM, 78980, george_ganiaris@fitnyc.edu.

JAY AND PATTY BAKER ESTABLISH HELEN GALLAND SCHOLARSHIP
Friends of the college Jay and Patty Baker have established a scholarship in honor of Helen Galland, longtime member of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI), with a gift of $50,000. Ms. Galland's distinguished resume includes senior positions at Bonwit Teller, Wamsutta, and Lord & Taylor. She is currently president and CEO of Helen Galland Associates. The Jay and Patty Baker Scholarship Award in Honor of Helen Galland will be given annually to a full-time degree student who demonstrates academic merit and is a U.S. citizen or resident legal alien, with preference given to those registered and participating in the Internship Center program.

JANE ALBERT AND ROSLYN LEVINSON, FORMER FIT EMPLOYEES, DIE
The past months marked the passing of two retirees who were long-term employees of FIT. Jane Albert, who provided administrative support for the Director of Community Resources from 1969-1986, passed away on May 12, 2005. Roslyn Levinson, a 30-year veteran of the college and former coordinator of special projects for Continuing Education, passed away on November 4, 2005. Ms. Albert is survived by her sons, Jeff and Eric Albert, and condolences may be sent to them at 150 West 96 Street, New York, NY 10025. Ms. Levinson is survived by her sister, Lola Herskowitz, and condolences may be sent to her at 3200 Lenox Road NE, A313, Atlanta, GA 30324.

WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM WINS REGIONAL TOURNAMENT, COACH RECEIVES HONORS
FIT’s women’s Division III tennis team won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XV tournament, held October 27 – 29. Team coach Lynn Cabot-Puro, adjunct assistant professor, Communication Design/Graphic Design, was named the region’s Women’s Division III Tennis Coach of the Year. The team will go on to compete in the NJCAA National tournament, at the Randolph Tennis Center in Tucson, AZ, May 6 – 12, 2006.

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR HOSTS BALD EAGLE AND SEAL CRUISES AND WALKS
Through May 2006, Dr. Arthur Kopelman, professor, Science, will be leading walks and cruises to view bald eagles and harbor, grey, and other seals in their native habitat. The seal walks will be held at Montauk State Park, are approximately three miles round trip, and are suitable for children. Seal and bald eagle cruises depart from Viking Landing in Montauk harbor. Reservations are required for both walks and cruises. For more information – including dates and times – or to make a reservation, visit the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) website, www.cresli.org, or contact Dr. Kopelman, 77280, arthur_kopelman@fitnyc.edu.

MA IN ILLUSTRATION STUDENTS VISIT NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
This fall, the inaugural class in the graduate Illustration program visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Murray Tinkelman, adjunct instructor, Illustration, lectured on Rockwell and his peers, incorporating displayed artworks into the discussion. Also in attendance were faculty members Vincent DiFate, Daniel Pelavin, and Melanie Reim. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, assistant professor and chairperson, MA in Illustration, 78072, melanie_reim@fitnyc.edu.

ENGLISH PROFESSOR PUBLISHES POEMS, IS NOMINATED FOR AWARD
Amy Lemmon, assistant professor and acting assistant chair, English and Speech, has three poems published in the Winter 2005 issue of Prairie Schooner. Another of her poems, “Karyotype,” published in the Winter 2005 issue of Barrow Street, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For more information, contact Professor Lemmon, 77570, amy_lemmon@fitnyc.edu.



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