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     November 2005

Talking Trade @ FIT: The Importance of Environmental and Social Compliance
Parenting Support Group
16th Annual Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Competition
UCE of FIT Welfare Trust Fund Membership Meeting
Successful Communications: Getting What You Want and Need
Slow Burn Fitness Author Visits FIT
Elder Care Support Group
Supermodel Iman Comes to FIT
Fall 2005 Blood Drive
Tech Prep Career Day
Museum Talk and Tour: Fashion and Textile History Gallery
World Affairs Lecture Series: "Does the Rise of China Threaten the U.S.?"

Save The Date: President's Annual FIT Holiday Party
Staff Development Program, 2005-2006
Fine Arts Department Hosts Student Prints Show
Interior Design Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition
New WEI Workshops, Fall 2005

Day of Celebration in Honor of Jay and Patty Baker
President's Memo on Cost Containment
EHS Hosts Certification Recognition Luncheon
John Edwards, Fashion Merchandising Management, Dies
Union Contract Ratified
Office of Educational Opportunity Programs Launches Website
President Brown Joins Warm Up America's Board of Directors
Melanie Reim Receives Fulbright Grant
FIT Students Recognized in College Poetry Contest
Sociology Professor Delivers Paper at International Conference in Greece
Sara Gursky-Petitt Shows at Pleiades Gallery
FIT Students Sweep Awards in National Design Competition

EVENTS

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL COMPLIANCE
November 1, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The latest in a guest lecture series presented by International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries (ITM). David Uricoli, senior director of Compliance, Polo Ralph Lauren; Shona Quinn, adjunct instructor, ITM; Leslie Hoffman, executive director, Earth Pledge; and Andre Raghu, managing director of Global Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility, Intertek CSR Group, will discuss the emergence and sustainability of corporate responsibility initiatives. This roundtable will be moderated by Denise Bar-Aharon, president, BTC International, ITM advisory board member, and FIT alumna. For more information, contact Christine Pomeranz, 212 488.3634, christine_pomeranz@fitnyc.edu.

PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP
November 8, 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, 7-7167, robin_zarel@fitnyc.edu.

16th ANNUAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE POETRY RECITATION COMPETITION
November 8, 1 – 2 pm (competition)
November 10, 1 – 2 pm (awards ceremony/reception)
Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor
Foreign Languages invites the FIT community to its annual Poetry Recitation Competition. Participating students will recite a memorized poem from the literature of the language they are currently studying (Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish). They will be judged by at least two faculty members of the language being recited; judging criteria includes pronunciation, intonation, and interpretation of the text. For the awards ceremony, flutist Carl Riley will perform musical selections. For more information, contact Dr. James Cascaito, assistant professor and chairperson, Foreign Languages, 7-8975.

UCE OF FIT WELFARE TRUST FUND MEMBERSHIP MEETING
November 8, 5 – 6 pm
Dining Room, David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor
The United College Employees (UCE) of FIT will discuss important matters regarding the Welfare Trust Fund. All employees with Welfare Fund benefits are strongly urged to attend.

SUCCESSFUL COMMUNICATIONS: GETTING WHAT YOU WANT AND NEED
November 10, 12 – 1 pm or 1 – 2 pm
Seminar Room 1, John E. Reeves Great Hall, lower level
Communication is the cornerstone of all good relationships. The words chosen, tone of voice, non-verbal cues, and attentive listening are all part of the process. In this Employee Assistance Program (EAP) workshop, learn effective communication skills. For more information, contact Robin Zarel, EAP coordinator, 7-7167, robin_zarel@fitnyc.edu.

SLOW BURN FITNESS AUTHOR VISITS FIT
November 10, 5 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Frederick Hahn will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week. This event is free and open to both the FIT community and the general public. For more information, contact Carla Oliver Bowens, 7-7717.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
November 14, 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, 7-7167, robin_zarel@fitnyc.edu.

SUPERMODEL IMAN COMES TO FIT
November 15, 7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Iman, legendary model and founder of IMAN Cosmetics, is visiting FIT to discuss and sign copies of her new book. The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color celebrates the diversity of skin tones and addresses the difficulty in finding the right cosmetics in a market still geared primarily toward the light-complexioned consumer. This event, co-sponsored by Barnes & Noble at FIT, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, and the Model Workshop, is free and open to both the FIT community and the general public. For more information, contact Carla Oliver Bowens, 7-7717.

FALL 2005 BLOOD DRIVE
November 17, 10 am – 3:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The New York Blood Center will be accepting the donations. To give blood, donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh over 100 pounds, and be in good health. Faculty are encouraged to promote the blood drive to their students. A raffle will be held and the three winning donors will receive prizes including an iPod Shuffle and various gift certificates. Those interested in giving the “gift of life” may register in Student Life, Room A713, or contact Sarah Allinder, vice president for Health Services, sarah_allinder@fitnyc.edu.

TECH PREP CAREER DAY
November 18, beginning at 10 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre and various classrooms (TBA)
The FIT Tech Prep Consortium is hosting its sixth annual Career Day. The event will include fashion industry career workshops, presented by FIT faculty, and best-selling author and motivational speaker Jason Dorsey will be keynote speaker. Over 150 juniors from four metropolitan area high schools are expected to attend. The FIT Tech Prep Consortium was established in 1992 as a partnership of high schools, colleges, and businesses working together to prepare students for academic and career success. For more information, contact Naomi Gross, 7-8615.

MUSEUM TALK AND TOUR: FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY
November 21, 6 – 7 pm
The Museum at FIT
Lourdes Font, costume and textile historian and assistant professor, History of Art and School of Graduate Studies, 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, 7-7715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

WORLD AFFAIRS LECTURE SERIES: “DOES THE RISE OF CHINA THREATEN THE U.S.?”
November 22, 1 pm
Room B503
Dr. Andrew J. Nathan, professor and chairperson, Political Science, Columbia University, will discuss China’s rapid growth and its potential effects on the world stage, particularly with regards to the U.S. The World Affairs Lecture Series is presented by the Social Sciences department of the School of Liberal Arts, and is open to the general public. For more information, contact Yasemin Celik, Social Sciences, 7-7069, yasemin_celik@fitnyc.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAVE THE DATE: PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL FIT HOLIDAY PARTY
December 8, 3:00 pm – 7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
This festive annual tradition brings together the entire FIT community to celebrate the holiday season with food, refreshments, dancing, raffle prizes, and a variety of other entertainments. Mark your calendar today with the date for this year’s party and look for the invitation soon.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, 2005-2006
Human Resources has announced the following deadlines for Staff Development Program applications: November 18, 2005, March 24, 2006, and June 30, 2006. The Staff Development Program offers eligible FIT staff the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge through participation in off-campus events such as conferences, symposia, and classes. With college-funded support, employees may take part in activities that enhance their technical and professional skills related to their role at FIT. To date, grants of up to $1,000 have been awarded to 21 employees, for activities ranging from attendance at the North American ALEPH Users’ Group Conference to enrollment in a master fiction writing workshop. Program details—including application review, funding, and deadlines—can be found on InsideFIT (click here). For more information, contact Anthony Rizzo, anthony_rizzo@fitnyc.edu.

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT HOSTS STUDENT PRINTS SHOW
Lobby, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Beginning November 1, the Fine Arts department will be exhibiting student printmaking work in the lobby of the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (D building). The prints range from linoleum/woodcuts to zinc plate etchings to lithographs incorporating the latest in digital technology. There will be an opening night reception, from 6 – 8 pm; FIT faculty, staff, students, and the general public are all invited to attend.

INTERIOR DESIGN ANNUAL SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITION
The Museum at FIT
The Student Space gallery at The Museum at FIT is currently showing the senior thesis work of Interior Design’s Class of 2005. The exhibition will run through November 26. The museum hours are: Tuesday – Friday, noon – 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; closed, Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays. Admission is free to the general public. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

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, 7-7611, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

NEWS

DAY OF CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF JAY AND PATTY BAKER
October 27 marked the official naming of FIT’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, in recognition of the Bakers’ record $10 million gift to the college. The college celebrated the day with a variety of activities across campus. The Bakers’ contribution is the largest individual donation in FIT’s history. Jay Baker, former president of Kohl’s Department Stores, serves on FIT’s Board of Trustees, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the State University of New York in May 2002.

PRESIDENT’S MEMO ON COST CONTAINMENT
In an effort to increase productivity savings throughout the college, which may then be reallocated toward strategic planning goals, President Brown has set a “cost containment” goal of one percent for the fiscal year. Cost containment involves finding more efficient ways to carry out day-to-day business, whether through increased use of paper-saving technology or partnering with other departments and/or offices to make bulk purchases of supplies, which often reduces price. To read President Brown’s memo on cost containment on InsideFIT, click here.

EHS HOSTS OSHA CERTIFICATION RECOGNITION LUNCHEON
The Environmental Health and Safety Compliance department (EHS) will host a recognition luncheon on Tuesday, November 1, for the 20 staff and faculty who successfully completed the first volunteer OSHA 10-hour general industry outreach training program given in fall 2004 and spring 2005. EHS applauds the participants’ commitment to environmental health and safety on campus. For a list of the certification recipients, visit the EHS page on InsideFIT here. For more information, contact Jean West, 7-7142, louella_west@fitnyc.edu.

JOHN EDWARDS, FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT, DIES
On September 22, 2005, FIT and the world of retailing lost a dear friend—John Edwards, former professor and assistant chairperson, Fashion Merchandising Management. Professor Edwards brought to FIT a vast knowledge of retailing, and he worked tirelessly to expand the department. Those in the FIT community who were fortunate to know him will remember his quiet elegance, and his love of his students, the department, and the college. Condolences may be sent to Professor Edwards’ sister, Jean Trost, 3706 West Lake Road, Canandaigua, NY 14424; his son Jonathan, 31 C Hazelhurst Drive, Rochester, NY 14606; and his son Toby, 207 East 15th Street, Apt. 6C, New York, NY 10003.

UNION CONTRACT RATIFIED
The United College Employees (UCE) of FIT has announced that the 2002-2005 contract has been ratified. A total of 503 union members voted, with 475 voting in favor and 28 opposed. The FIT Board of Trustees voted for ratification at their September 12 meeting; the contract now awaits approval from the New York City Office of Labor Relations. The UCE will notify its members once the exact date is known for disbursement of retroactive monies and the $1,000 bonus. For more information, contact the UCE of FIT, 7-7690.

OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS LAUNCHES WEBSITE
On November 18, the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs will launch its website at www3.fitnyc.edu/eop. The site will feature in-depth information (including eligibility criteria and application forms) on the three programs administered by the office: the Childcare Assistance Program (CAP), the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), and the High School Partnership Program (HSPP).

PRESIDENT BROWN JOINS WARM UP AMERICA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president, FIT, has joined the board of directors at the Warm Up America Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that creates and distributes handcrafted afghan blankets to homeless and needy persons throughout the country. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.warmupamerica.org.

MELANIE REIM RECEIVES FULBRIGHT GRANT
The Grants Office is pleased to announce that Melanie Reim, assistant professor, Illustration, and chairperson, MA in Illustration, is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant. The Fulbright Senior Specialists program provides short-term academic opportunities for U.S. faculty and professionals. This December, Professor Reim will travel to the Dominican Republic to work with the Altos de Chavon School of Design La Romana, mentoring faculty and helping to develop an illustration curriculum. She will also deliver a series of lectures and workshops based on the history and evolution of American illustration. For more information, contact Ellen Brennan-Hearn, Grants Office, 7-5038, ellen_brennan-hearn@fitnyc.edu.

FIT STUDENTS RECOGNIZED IN COLLEGE POETRY CONTEST
Two FIT students were recognized for their poetry in a New York City college poetry competition, sponsored by the English-Speaking Union. Entries were judged by poets Billy Collins and Marie Ponsot. Lydia Stone, a student of Professor Barbara Janoff’s The Craft of Writing Poetry, won Second Prize, and Francheska Melendez, a student of Professor Michael Hyde’s Creative Writing, was given an Honorable Mention. With their professors in attendance, the students read their winning poems at an October 18 reception in the English-Speaking Union’s Manhattan office. For more information, contact Amy Lemmon, acting assistant chair, English and Speech, 7-7570, amy_lemmonbowen@fitnyc.edu.

SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR DELIVERS PAPER AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN GREECE
This past July, Ruth Rubinstein, associate professor, Sociology, attended the fifth annual Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations Conference, held at the University of the Aegean, on the island of Rhodes, Greece. Professor Rubinstein contributed her paper, “Structure Versus Culture,” which examines the current trend of studying an organization’s culture to better plan for its growth and development. Following the conference, she traveled on to the island of Cyprus, and then to Russia, to research mother-child images in sacred art. For more information, contact Professor Rubinstein, 7-8494, ruth_rubinstein@fitnyc.edu.

SARA GURSKY-PETITT SHOWS AT PLEIADES GALLERY
Sara Gursky-Petitt, assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design, and coordinator, Fabric Styling, is currently showing her recent artwork at the Pleiades Gallery, located on 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, in Manhattan. The show runs through November 5; gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm. For more information, contact Professor Petitt, 7-8012, sara_petitt@fitnyc.edu, or call the Pleiades Gallery, 646 230.0056.

FIT STUDENTS SWEEP AWARDS IN NATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION
The National Paperbox Association has announced the winners of its 2004 National Student Design Competition, with FIT students garnering the three top places in the Folding Carton category. Jung Eun Pyo took gold, Joseph Rosa took silver, and Rebecca Carlsen took bronze. Entries were judged on marketability, uniqueness of design, and craftsmanship. For more information, contact Barbara Wentz, adjunct assistant professor, Packaging Design, 7-8154, barbara_wentz@fitnyc.edu.



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