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     October 2005

FIT Celebrates 500th Anniversary of Don Quixote
Small Tools/Big Ideas Conference
Key Issues Seminar: "Adapt and Win"...Strategies for Success
Human Resources Hosts Dynamic Writing Workshop
Talking Trade @ FIT: Global Branding
FIT's Annual Open House
World Affairs Lecture Series: The United Nations (And You)
Supermodel Iman Comes to FIT

Hurricane Katrina Relief
NYSUT Katrina Relief Fund
Employee Wellness Sponsors Ten-Week Weight Watchers Program
Processing Donations and Gifts to FIT
New WEI Workshops, Fall 2005

Day of Celebration in Honor of Jay and Patty Baker
New Appointments to Faculty and Administration
President Brown Joins SUNY Chancellor Search Committee
Summer Construction at FIT
FIT Students to Appear on QVC
Broadcast Studio to Receive Upgrade
FIT Offers its First Courses in Hispanic and Multicultural Marketing
EHS Hosts OSHA Certification Recognition Luncheon
Blass Center Fundraising Continues
Valerie Steele Writes Introduction to Christie's Catalogue
Communications Workshop Conducted in Nigeria
FIT Professor Presents Paper, Introduces New Course
Arcilesi in Russia at Broome Street Gallery
Personal Atmosphere at 2/20 Gallery
A Tale of Two Pizzas Opens in New York Theaters

EVENTS

FIT CELEBRATES 500th ANNIVERSARY OF DON QUIXOTE
October 6, 1 – 2 pm
Marvin Feldman Center, Boardroom, 9th floor
The Department of Foreign Languages, the Collegewide Committee on Diversity, and the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation invite all FIT faculty, staff, and students to a celebration of Miguel Cervantes’s classic work, Don Quixote de la Mancha. Dr. Mario Valero, professor, Columbia University and the Cervantes Institute, will be keynote speaker. For more information, contact Professor Pilar Blanco, 7-8972.

SMALL TOOLS/BIG IDEAS CONFERENCE
October 7, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Small Tools/Big Ideas: Integrating Technologies for Teaching Art and Art History will explore important new ideas and tools that will redefine teaching art and art history in the coming decade. FIT faculty and staff may attend for free; pre-registration is required. Registration for non-FIT SUNY faculty is $10, general public $75. For more information and registration forms, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/bigideas, or contact Steven Zucker, chairperson, History of Art, 7-8328, steven_zucker@fitnyc.edu.

KEY ISSUES SEMINAR: “ADAPT AND WIN”…STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
October 11, 7:30 – 11:00 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The 15th Annual Key Issues Seminar welcomes the following panel to address questions facing industry today and opportunities for tomorrow: Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., chairman and CEO, WL Ross & Co. LLC; Laurence C. Leeds, Jr., chairman, Buckingham Capital Management; Michael Setola, president, Oxford Industries, Inc.; Robert N. Wildrick, CEO and president, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. Discussion will be facilitated by moderator Gilbert Harrison, chairman, Financo, Inc. This event is sponsored by JPMorgan and CIT Commercial Services. FIT faculty and staff may attend for free; pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries office, 7-7820.

HUMAN RESOURCES HOSTS DYNAMIC WRITING WORKSHOP
October 11, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Conference Center at FIT, Seminar Room 9, lower level
Interested in becoming a faster, more effective writer? Human Resources is offering their Dynamic Writing Workshop, a one-day training session covering grammatical, compositional, and editing techniques essential for clear, concise writing. All participants will receive one-on-one assessment from the instructor. To register, make the necessary arrangements with your supervisor and contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu. Registration confirmation will be sent via email.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: GLOBAL BRANDING
October 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The latest in a guest lecture series presented by International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, John Demsey, global brand president, and Roger Caracappa, executive vice president, Packaging, Estée Lauder Companies, will discuss the importance of global branding in today’s competitive international markets. For more information, contact Christine Pomeranz, 212 488.3634, christine_pomeranz@fitnyc.edu.

FIT'S ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
October 22, beginning at 9:30 am
Marvin Feldman Center
The Open House is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn more about FIT’s programs, meet with faculty and current students, and talk with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services, and other departments. For more information, contact Admissions, 7-7755, or visit www.fitnyc.edu/openhouse.

WORLD AFFAIRS LECTURE SERIES: THE UNITED NATIONS (AND YOU)
October 25, 1 – 2 pm
Room B503
Diana Papademas, Sociology, SUNY at Old Westbury, will speak on the United Nations. 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.

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 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF
With the long recovery process underway for Hurricane Katrina’s victims and the resultant environmental and property damage, it is important that the FIT community provide all that it can in the way of assistance. FIT has approximately 20 students from the affected area, all of whom have been offered the school’s full array of support services, and FIT is proud to be one of SUNY’s 64 campuses ready and willing to accept those students displaced by the hurricane. But the recovery effort extends beyond this, and there are several relief agencies in need of resources, financial and otherwise. To recommend additional ways in which FIT might effectively contribute, contact Diana Cypress, Human Resources, diana_cypress@fitnyc.edu. To read President Brown’s memo on Katrina relief efforts, and for a list of related charities, click here.

NYSUT KATRINA RELIEF FUND
New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the state affiliate of UCE of FIT, has set up a fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. This effort is being led by Tom Hobart, NYSUT’s president emeritus, who also ran last year’s tsunami relief fundraiser. Checks payable to NYSUT Katrina Relief Fund should be sent to: NYSUT Headquarters, Attn: Accounting Department, 800 Troy-Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS SPONSORS TEN-WEEK WEIGHT WATCHERS PROGRAM
The Employee Wellness Program is sponsoring an on-campus, ten-week Weight Watchers TurnAround™ program that will meet one lunch hour per week (Mondays, noon – 1 pm), October 10 – December 12. The program costs $90, a $40 discount, and less than $10 per week. Interested parties should send their $90 check, payable to Weight Watchers, to Bonnie Born in Human Resources. For more information, contact Ms. Born, 7-5610, bonnie_born@fitnyc.edu.

PROCESSING DONATIONS AND GIFTS TO FIT
Those interested in making or directing contributions to the college should send them to the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI), located in Room C204. Checks should be made payable to EFFI, and the purpose of the gift should be included either in the memorandum section of the check or in an accompanying letter. If a donation is made payable to FIT, it should be forwarded, along with any accompanying information, to the EFFI office, attention of John-Harvard Reid. Checks should not be returned to the donors for reissuing. If a department has a restricted cost center established at the foundation, please include the cost center’s number when forwarding checks; if not, please contact Mr. Reid to have one set up. For more information, contact John-Harvard Reid, 7-8656.

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 marks the official renaming of FIT’s School of Business and Technology as the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, in recognition of the Bakers’ record $10 million gift to the college. The college will mark 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.

NEW APPOINTMENTS TO FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION
The new academic year brings with it five new full-time classroom and non-classroom faculty members, and new appointments to administrative posts. Professor Alan Kane, formerly of the retailing program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, has joined FIT as dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology. Michael Weingarten, assistant director of Admissions, has assumed the responsibilities of acting associate dean for Student Services. And Dr. Barbara S. Richtin, formerly the executive director of continuing education at Queens College, has been appointed as acting dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The new faculty are: Anne Appel, associate chair, Home Products Development; Carol Deletiner, English and Speech; Christopher Logan, Admissions; Frank Rispoli, Associate Chair, Exhibition Design, Graduate Studies; and Quincee Robinson, Admissions. For more information on the new appointees, read President Brown’s memos on InsideFIT, here and here.

PRESIDENT BROWN JOINS SUNY CHANCELLOR SEARCH COMMITTEE
In August 2005, President Joyce Brown was invited by the SUNY Board of Trustees to join a 14-member Search Committee charged with nominating candidates for the next Chancellor of the State University system. The Chancellor serves as CEO, chief spokesperson, and public advocate for the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the U.S. The Committee is scheduled to recommend its candidates to the Board by January 2006; the new Chancellor is expected to take office by July 2006. For more information, visit the SUNY website here, or contact Aminy Audi, chairperson, Chancellor Search Committee, chancellorsearch@suny.edu.

SUMMER CONSTRUCTION AT FIT
This past summer, Facilities Management oversaw the successful completion of several on-campus construction projects. For Academic Affairs, three classrooms (Rooms C408, C406, and C410), sewing lab C407, and cutting lab C401 in the Marvin Feldman Center were renovated to accommodate new, city-funded equipment; Room C414 was modified into a fully functioning digital photography studio/classroom space; and three classrooms, two studios, and two offices (all temporary spaces) were created in the David Dubinsky Student Center’s 5th floor, in addition to $123,000 of general improvements to other labs, classrooms, and offices. Two new flooring systems were installed: 4,000 square feet of rubber tile in The Museum at FIT’s lower gallery, and 10,000 square feet of interlocking sports floor in the large gymnasium. Over $290,000 of improvements were made in the dormitories.

FIT STUDENTS TO APPEAR ON QVC
On October 18, at 8 pm, QVC will air Emerging Faces of Fashion, a live, one-hour program showcasing four FIT Fashion Design students and their work. Nurgul Asik, Shing Her, Noriko Kikuchi, and Erika Kline were chosen from a group of 20 students pre-selected by Fashion Design faculty. The contestants’ submitted designs were judged—based on creativity, professionalism, presentation, and demographic appropriateness—by a panel of judges made up of FIT faculty, designated manufacturer Kazu, and QVC staff. In addition to inclusion in the show and having their designs manufactured, winners will be awarded $2,000 each. For more information, contact Sass Brown, Fashion Design, 7-7358, sass_brown@fitnyc.edu.

BROADCAST STUDIO TO RECEIVE UPGRADE
In June, the New York City Council approved an allocation of $342,000 for a complete technological upgrade of the Advertising and Marketing Communications (AMC) department’s broadcast studio. In raising funds for this project, Heyward Henderson, AMC ’84, former faculty member, and longtime advisory board member, jumpstarted the initiative with a private donation of $11,000, $6,000 of which was subsequently matched by his employer, The New York Times. The studio is scheduled to be upgraded and fully functional by fall 2006. For more information, contact Roberta Elins, chairperson, 7-7705, roberta_elins@fitnyc.edu.

FIT OFFERS ITS FIRST COURSES IN HISPANIC AND MULTICULTURAL ADVERTISING
The Enterprise Center at FIT has announced two new courses – Advertising to the U.S. Hispanic Market and Introduction to Multicultural Advertising – designed specifically for addressing opportunities and challenges in the burgeoning Hispanic and multicultural markets. The courses, non-credit and open to both FIT students and the general public, will be offered as an intensive eight-week program on Saturdays, October 1 – November 19. The program instructor is Marcus Jiménez, creative director of Velocidad, the Hispanic marketing and promotions division of the Integer Group, an Omnicom company. For more information, contact the Enterprise Center at 7-7250, enterprise@fitnyc.edu, or visit www.fitnyc.edu/enterprisecenter.

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.

BLASS CENTER FUNDRAISING CONTINUES
FIT continues to amass support for the Bill Blass Center for Innovative Design. The government has provided $542,000 for the project this year – $200,000 from the New York State budget, and $342,000 from the New York City budget. The Blass Center will be the first U.S. facility to house innovative, technology-driven equipment in knitwear manufacture, providing students with career-focused education in the expanding knitwear market. For more information, contact Reginetta Haboucha, acting associate vice president for Academic Affairs, 7-7911, reginetta_haboucha@fitnyc.edu.

VALERIE STEELE WRITES INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIE’S CATALOGUE
Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, has written an introduction to the catalogue for the upcoming Christie’s auction, Mackie: Costume and Couture from the Private Archives of Bob Mackie. The auction includes costumes designed for and worn by Carol Burnett, Cher, Elton John, Ann-Margaret, Chita Rivera, and Diana Ross; original sketches; and clothing from Mackie’s runway shows. The viewing is scheduled for November 18 – 21; sale is November 22, 2 pm. Christie’s is located at 20 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. For more information, visit www.christies.com.

COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP CONDUCTED IN NIGERIA
Abimbola Ogunsola, Advertising and Marketing Communications, conducted an Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) workshop for 16 senior business executives in Nigeria, July 19 – 20, 2005. The workshop featured analysis of effective, current IMC campaigns, with emphasis on segmentation, targeting, and positioning strategies. The workshop also included case studies of successful international brands, as well as detailed considerations of new perspectives on marketing. For more information, contact Professor Ogunsola, 7-8523, abimbola_ogunsola@fitnyc.edu.

FIT PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER, INTRODUCES NEW COURSE
Dr. Eleanor DiPalma, Health and Physical Education, is presenting a paper on Rudolf Laban at “Spirit of Creativity,” the upcoming National Dance Education Organization Conference at SUNY Buffalo, October 6 – 10. Laban, one of the founders of modern European dance, developed an influential system of movement analysis, used by dancers, psychologists, therapists, and psychotherapists. Dr. DiPalma has also designed Creative Movement Exploration, a new course offered for spring 2006, based on some of Laban’s theories. Students will develop their own methods of self-expression through movement, rather than learning and rehearsing pre-developed styles. For more information, contact Dr. DiPalma, 7-9848, eleanor_dipalma@fitnyc.edu.

ARCILESI IN RUSSIA AT BROOME STREET GALLERY
Vincent Arcilesi, Fine Arts, is currently showing paintings from his 2003 trip to Russia at the Broome Street Gallery, on 498 Broome Street in Manhattan. The work includes plein air studies of famous St. Petersburg sites and the artist’s signature nudes. The show runs through October 16; gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm. For more information, contact the gallery at 212 226.6085.

PERSONAL ATMOSPHERE AT 2/20 GALLERY
Linda Gardner, Interior Design, will be showing her paintings and drawings at the 2/20 Gallery, on 220 West 16 Street in Manhattan. Titled Personal Atmosphere, it is her second solo show at 2/20, and will run October 4 – 18. Two receptions are scheduled, on October 4 and 11, from 5 – 8 pm. Refreshments will be provided; all are invited to attend. For more information, contact Ms. Gardner, 917 406.0162, lgardner17@nyc.rr.com.

A TALE OF TWO PIZZAS OPENS IN NEW YORK THEATERS
A Tale of Two Pizzas, written and directed by Vincent Sassone, IT/Media Services, opens Friday, October 7, in Manhattan, at AMC Empire 25 on West 42 Street, and in New Rochelle, at Regal’s New Roc Cinemas (check local listings for times). For more info and to see the trailer visit www.ataleoftwopizzas.com.



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