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     February 2005

World Affairs Lecture Series: Media and Foreign Affairs in the 2004 Presidential Elections
Society of Publication Designers Lecture Series: Carla Frank
Sustaining Women’s Cooperatives: Working/Designing Together Globally to Thrive and Succeed
Liberal Arts Rountable: A New Perspective on the Biography of Charles Demuth
Dedication of John E. Reeves Great Hall and Opening of Conference Center at FIT
Visiting Artists Program: Willi Kunz
New WEI Workshops

Saturday/Summer Live Information

English and Speech Professor Receives Literary Award
FIT Hires New Director of Media Relations
Paradigm Award Given to Home Products Development Professor
New Customer Service Manager for IT
Science Professor Organizes Conference on Marine Life and Development
Temporary Classrooms Now Open

EVENTS

WORLD AFFAIRS LECTURE SERIES: MEDIA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
March 1, 1 pm
Room B503
Dr. Costas Panagopoulos, Congressional Fellow, American Political Science Foundation; FIT adjunct professor. For more information contact Yasmin Celik, x77069, yasemine_levine@fitnyc.edu.

SOCIETY OF PUBLICATION DESIGNERS LECTURE SERIES: CARLA FRANK
March 8, 6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Carla Frank of O Magazine (Oprah Winfrey's magazine) will discuss the magazine’s launch. Free for first 50 FIT students and faculty with ID; $5 afterwards. For more information contact Communication Design, x77810.

SUSTAINING WOMEN’S COOPERATIVES: WORKING/DESIGNING TOGETHER GLOBALLY TO THRIVE AND SUCCEED
March 9, 5:30–7:00 pm
Great Hall
Sponsored by the Collegewide Committee on Diversity
Participants include representatives from BPeace (Business Women for Peace), Women’s Venture Fund, and FIT faculty members active in global cooperatives such as Coopa Roca in Rio, Brazil; Cajolya, Solola, Guatemala; and Adithi, Bihar, India.

LIBERAL ARTS ROUNTABLE: A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES DEMUTH
March 15, 1–2 pm
Room B503
Sponsored by History of Art
The life story of the American artist Charles Demuth has not yet been told in all its fullness and complexity. For many years portions of his body of work considered unfit for public exposure were little known and rarely discussed; his homosexuality, although assumed, was almost never referred to directly. Now that Demuth’s body of work may be appreciated in its totality, a new approach to his biography is required. For more information contact Laurel Weintraub, x78358.

DEDICATION OF JOHN E. REEVES GREAT HALL AND OPENING OF CONFERENCE CENTER AT FIT
March 16, 4:30–6:30 pm
Conference Center at FIT
RSVP by Monday, March 7, to Vicki Guranowski, x77820, vicki_guranowski@fitnyc.edu.

VISITING ARTISTS PROGRAM: WILLI KUNZ
March 16, 6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Willi Kunz, noted type designer. For more information contact Communication Design, x77810.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS
Ongoing
The New WEI Group has scheduled workshops throughout the spring semester on a variety of topics such as MS Outlook, PowerPoint, and FrontPage. For a complete listing of workshops, dates, and registration instructions visit www3.fitnyc.edu/thenewwei. For more information contact Patricia McGillin, x77611, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SATURDAY/SUMMER LIVE INFORMATION
The spring semester of Saturday Live begins Saturday, February 26. Students and instructors will meet in the Great Hall 30 minutes prior to the start of classes. Summer Live program information will be available on March 1. For more information visit www.fitnyc.edu/saturdaylive.

NEWS

ENGLISH AND SPEECH PROFESSOR RECEIVES LITERARY AWARD
Michael Hyde, English and Speech, was recently awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, given each year by the University of North Texas Press to a collection of short fiction and offering $1000 and publication of the manuscript. The judge, Sharon Oard Warner, wrote of Hyde's collection of short stories What Are You Afraid Of?: “Michael Hyde’s stories are strangely satisfying and satisfyingly strange. They combine the gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor and the restrained prose of Raymond Carver. These are tales of love-in-extremis. They should be taken as a tonic before bedtime, to stir up our dreams and awaken our compassion.” For more information contact English and Speech, x77631.

FIT HIRES NEW DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS
The Office of College Relations is pleased to announce the appointment of Brenda Perez to the position of director of Media Relations. Ms. Perez began work in this position on January 18, 2005. Prior to coming to FIT, she was media relations manager for Con Edison. She received her MS in Journalism from Columbia Univerity in New York. For more information contact College Relations, x77642.

PARADIGM AWARD GIVEN TO HOME PRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT PROFESSOR
David Brogna, Home Products Development, was presented with a Paradigm Award for his distinguished achievements and innovative marketing and merchandising in the field of home products. As a successful independent retailer of home furnishings, Brogna brings a unique perspective to his students while guiding, educating, and motivating them. The Paradigm Award, created by the HFPA in 1998, is given to individuals who set new standards in the industry. For more information, visit http://www.nyhometextiles.com/05/content/releases.htm.

NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER FOR IT
Bernard Kahn has joined the staff of IT for FIT as the Customer Service Manager. He will be acting as advocate to facilitate timely resolutions to technology problems. He can be reached at 7-HELP.

SCIENCE PROFESSOR ORGANIZES CONFERENCE ON MARINE LIFE AND DEVELOPMENT
Arthur Kopelman, Science and Mathematics, organized the “Mini-Conference on the Impacts of Offshore Energy Development on Coastal Marine Wildlife.” The conference will be held March 23, 2005, 8:30 am–4:30 pm, at Dowling College’s new Melville facility, 145 Pinelawn Road, Suite 350 South, Melville, NY. It will address the state of our knowledge and facilitate discussion regarding the environmental impacts of such projects as offshore energy facilities proposed for Jones Beach and Long Island Sound on marine mammals, sea turtles, pelagic birds, and benthic organisms. For more information contact Arthur Kopelman, x77280, arthur_kopelman@fitnyc.edu. For directions to the conference click here.

TEMPORARY CLASSROOMS NOW OPEN
Five temporary classrooms were created on the sixth floor of the David Dubinsky Center and have been in use since the beginning of spring semester. Each is equipped with twenty-five tablet armchairs, a projection system, and a teacher’s station. It is anticipated that the rooms, which are being used primarily by Business and Technology and Liberal Arts classes, will be in operation until the renovation of the building’s fourth, fifth, and sixth floors begins.



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