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     September 2005

Roundtable Discussion: Dutch at the Edge of Design
Museum Talk and Tour: Dutch at the Edge of Design
Sizing It Special: A Fitting Experience for All Shapes and Styles
Small Tools/Big Ideas: Integrating Technologies for Teaching Art and Art History
FIT Open House

Fall 2005 Extended Hours Photo ID Schedule
2005-2006 Faculty Senate Meeting Schedule
OSHA General Industry Outreach Training Program, Fall 2005
Help Students Become More "Information Literate"
New Software Available for Faculty and Staff
New WEI Workshops, Fall 2005

Administrative Changes for the New Academic Year
Museum at FIT Exhibition: Dutch at the Edge of Design
Improved Barnes & Noble at FIT
New Student Pay for Print Program
Vallone Scholarships Available for New Students
New Business Database in Digital Library
New Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Photography and the Digital Image
New Bachelor of Science Degree: Visual Art Management
New Master of Arts Degree: Exhibition Design
New Certificate Program: Product Development Essentials
Illustration MA Program Welcomes First Class
A Tale of Two Pizzas Has Its NYC Premiere
Biology Professor Leads Whale Observation Cruise
FIT's Delta Epsilon Chi Attends International Career Development Conference

EVENTS

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: DUTCH AT THE EDGE OF DESIGN
September 8, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Contemporary Dutch design and design education in The Netherlands is the topic of this roundtable discussion, which coincides with the Museum at FIT’s exhibition, Dutch at the Edge of Design: Fashion and Textiles from The Netherlands. Participants include prominent graduates and representatives of Design Academy Eindhoven and Fashion Institute Arnhem. This event is free to all students with valid ID, and to all FIT faculty and staff. General public $10, pay at the door only. Seating is limited, please arrive early. For more information, contact the Center for Professional Studies, 7-7715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

MUSEUM TALK AND TOUR: DUTCH AT THE EDGE OF DESIGN
September 19, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
The Museum at FIT
Harumi Hotta, co-curator of the exhibition, Dutch at the Edge of Design: Fashion and Textiles from The Netherlands, will guide participants through the exhibition, giving particular attention to the influence of Dutch culture and education on contemporary Dutch designers. This event is $10 for students and general public, and free to all FIT faculty and staff via tuition exemption registration through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. For more information, contact the Center for Professional Studies, 7-7715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

SIZING IT SPECIAL: A FITTING EXPERIENCE FOR ALL SHAPES AND STYLES
September 27, 8:00 am – noon
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
FIT is co-sponsoring this forum, which will highlight the opportunity in special sizes for retail and wholesale casual and sportswear companies. The program includes insights into brand positioning, merchandise line development and mix, and the importance of the right shape and fit to the right sizes. Speakers: Robin Lewis, president, Robin Lewis, Inc.; Marshal Cohen, chief analyst, NPD Fashionworld; Professor Bernard Kahn, Production Management, FIT; Dorrit Bern, chairwoman, CEO, and president, Charming Shoppes, Inc.; Trudy Sullivan, executive vice president, Liz Claiborne, Inc.; and Emme, model, TV personality, and author. Presented in conjunction with the American Apparel & Footwear Association and the National Retail Federation. Registration fees: AAFA/NFA members, $200; non-members, $350. For more information, click here, or contact the AAFA, 703 797.9049, lleatherman@apparelandfootwear.org.

SMALL TOOLS/BIG IDEAS: INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGIES FOR TEACHING ART AND ART HISTORY
October 7, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
This conference will explore important new ideas and tools that will redefine teaching art and art history in the coming decade. Recent developments in “social software” make it possible to reclaim the valuable interactions of the slide library within the digital image repository. Tools allow users to link images to each other and integrate them into blogs and e-portfolios, and link text to sections of an image. Integrating such tools into digital image libraries creates a more powerful environment for socially-constructed learning and research. This event is sponsored by FIT, SUNY FACT, Apple, Dell, WebCT, Desire2Learn, Scholar’s Resource, Archivision, and Thomson. Pre-registration is required, though FIT faculty and staff may attend for free. 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, History of Art department chairperson, 7-8328, steven_zucker@fitnyc.edu.

FIT 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL 2005 EXTENDED HOURS PHOTO ID SCHEDULE
Photo ID Center, D404
The fall 2005 photo ID schedule has been posted around campus. 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 from their instructors. All faculty members and Student Affairs, Admissions, Registration, Bursar, Financial Aid, Residential Life, and Student Life staff should alert their students to this information. The schedule is as follows:
Monday – Friday, August 29 – September 9
(except Labor Day, Monday, September 5): 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24 only: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
For more information, contact Security, 7-7777.

2005 – 2006 FACULTY SENATE MEETING SCHEDULE
The Faculty Senate meeting schedule for the 2005-2006 academic year has been announced. Fall semester: September 22, October 20, November 17. Spring semester: February 16, March 16, April 20, May 11. All meetings are on Thursdays and will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in the A Bldg., 8th floor, Dining Room Alcove. All faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras, associate coordinator of Faculty Services, 7-7793, esther_oliveras@fitnyc.edu.

OSHA GENERAL INDUSTRY OUTREACH TRAINING PROGRAM, FALL 2005
September 29, October 6, 11, and 18, noon – 2:00 pm or 5:00 – 7:00 pm
A Bldg., 8th floor (room varies; check link for more information)
This optional OSHA ten-hour training is for FIT staff, technicians, classroom assistants, and faculty who use power tools, hand tools, or hazardous chemicals in the workplace, and for their supervisors. Pre-registration is required. Complete information is listed on the Environmental Health and Safety Compliance department page on InsideFIT (click here).

HELP STUDENTS BECOME MORE “INFORMATION LITERATE”
The Gladys Marcus Library would like to invite all teaching faculty to schedule a session on library information literacy skills. The library faculty is eager to assist in preparing students for lifelong learning and developing skills for academic success. To schedule a session or for more information, contact Reference, 7-5590.

NEW SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
MS Office 2004 for Mac is now available for your home computer. MS Office 2003, Visual Studio, Frontpage 2003, and Publisher 2003 are available for Windows. Faculty and staff may go to IT Customer Service to get your free copy. For more information, call 7-HELP.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, FALL 2005
Fall workshops with the New Working with Electronic Information (WEI) Group have been scheduled, and 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

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR
At convocation on August 22, President Brown announced some changes in the college’s organizational structure in order to maintain the level and quality of communication achieved during the first phase of strategic planning. As a result, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dario Cortes will assume responsibility for global initiatives. Dr. Reginetta Haboucha will be acting associate vice president for academic affairs, with academic directors reporting to her. She will also fill the role of acting dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and Professor John Mincarelli, associate chair of Global Fashion Management, will act as special assistant to the dean and graduate coordinator. In the School of Liberal Arts, Professor Irene Buchman has been appointed acting dean, with Professor William Mooney as acting assistant dean. In the School of Art and Design, Professor Joanne Arbuckle will serve as acting dean, with Michele Nagel as acting assistant dean. Professor Robert Vassalotti continues his role as acting assistant dean of the School of Business and Technology, Professor Jean-Ellen Giblin will become acting assistant dean of curriculum and instruction, and Professor Stanley Solomon will serve as acting coordinator of the Presidential Scholars program. The deans have been invited to join the president’s cabinet, and will report to President Brown for the coming year. To read President Brown’s memo to the community about these changes, click here.

MUSEUM AT FIT EXHIBITION: DUTCH AT THE EDGE OF DESIGN
The Museum at FIT
For over a decade, Dutch designers have been leading figures in the field of contemporary design, celebrated internationally for their intellectual and conceptual approach. Dutch at the Edge of Design: Fashion and Textiles from The Netherlands will be the first exhibition in the United States to focus specifically on contemporary, avant-garde Dutch fashion and textiles. This exhibition will present approximately 75 of the most innovative and unconventional examples of Dutch fashion and textiles. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

IMPROVED BARNES & NOBLE AT FIT
Barnes & Noble at FIT is under new management and has enhanced its product selection, store layout, and customer service in order to create a unique retail environment at FIT. The store now features a wide range of titles, from FIT-related topics to books and magazines for a general readership. A special section featuring the work of FIT faculty authors has been added, along with a wider selection of fabric by the yard, specialty papers, and gift items. All FIT employees receive a 10 percent discount with ID and purchases made at the bookstore yield commissions that help to fund college activities and initiatives. Extended store hours through the first two weeks of classes are Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 8:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm; and Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. For more information or to make suggestions, contact Tamara Browne, store manager, 7-7717.

NEW STUDENT PAY FOR PRINT PROGRAM
Starting this fall, students enrolled in credit-bearing courses will receive a personal printing credit of $20 per semester, entitling them to 200 black and white prints, 22 color prints, or any combination of both that is equal to $20. Any remaining balance will be removed from the student’s online account at the beginning of each semester, and a new $20 printing credit will be added. Only money that students add to their online accounts will be carried over each semester. Students can make prints, and add money for printing at Print Replenishment Units (PRUs), at the Library (5th floor), Open Lab CC15, and the Graphics Lab PrintFX, D529. Students taking Winterim or summer classes will not receive the $20 credit. Printing is free for classes held in computer classrooms. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/it.

VALLONE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR NEW STUDENTS
First-year FIT students are eligible to receive Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarships, thanks to funding included in New York City’s Fiscal Year 2005-2006 budget, approved by the City Council in July. The scholarship, named for the council’s former speaker, is awarded to students who graduated from a New York City high school within the past year with at least a B average. The Vallone scholarship awards will provide recipients with between one-third to one-half of a year’s tuition. For more information, contact Financial Aid, 7-8723.

NEW BUSINESS DATABASE IN DIGITAL LIBRARY
The Gladys Marcus Library has added a business database to its digital library. The Mintel Reports database contains market research reports covering global consumer markets, with emphasis on the U.S., UK, and Europe. The reports cover apparel, cosmetics, accessories, and home products, each report analyzing market size and trends, segmentation, and consumer attitudes and purchasing habits. The service also offers market and product news updates, useful top-10 lists, tables, and demographic statistics from a variety of newspapers and trade publications. For more information, contact Reference, 7-5590.

NEW BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE DIGITAL IMAGE
The School of Art and Design is offering a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Photography and the Digital Image, starting this fall. FIT will continue to offer its foundation two-year curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Photography, which provides the prerequisite studies for the bachelor’s program. The curriculum is a two-year, 64.5 credit program and covers such topics as retouching, location photography, and new digital technology. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/photography, or contact Deborah Klesenski, department chairperson, 7-8924, deborah_klesenski@fitnyc.edu.

NEW BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE: VISUAL ART MANAGEMENT
The School of Liberal Arts is offering its first Bachelor of Science degree program, Visual Art Management, starting this fall. The curriculum is designed to take advantage of FIT’s strengths in art history and business and technology to train students for entry-level professional positions in art industry, including museums, auction houses, and galleries. This program is also the first of its kind in the New York metropolitan area. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/vam, or contact Katherine Michaelsen, associate chairperson, 7-8296, katherine_michaelsen@fitnyc.edu.

NEW MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE: EXHIBITION DESIGN
This one-year, studio-driven course of study will focus on the designer’s role and relationship to other members of the exhibition team, and prepares students for professional careers in the exhibition design and production industry. Studio projects such as museum and gallery designs, traveling exhibits, and corporate collections will be linked to graphic, lighting, and presentation courses. Students will also complete an internship at an appropriate exhibition venue, design office, design and production facility, or museum. The program welcomed its first class this July. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/exhibitiondesign, or contact Frank Rispoli, associate chairperson, 7-8858, frank_rispoli@fitnyc.edu.

NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies is offering a new, three-track certificate program, Product Development Essentials, starting this fall. It includes cutting-edge quality and logistics training for experienced designers, technical designers, production managers, and product developers involved in sourcing. The three tracks are Product Development and Management, Design and Product Development Computer Systems, and Manufacturing Fit and Specifications. For more information, click here, or contact Joan Volpe, managing coordinator, 7-7715, joan_volpe@fitnyc.edu.

ILLUSTRATION MA PROGRAM WELCOMES FIRST CLASS
The Master of Arts program in Illustration has been launched this fall, with an inaugural class of 18 students culled from a competitive applicant pool. The program combines traditional training with instruction in the technology, writing, and research skills essential for successful visual communicators. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/illustrationma, or contact Melanie Reim, associate chairperson, 7-8072, melanie_reim@fitnyc.edu.

A TALE OF TWO PIZZAS HAS ITS NYC PREMIERE
Vincent Sassone, IT/Media Services, has written and directed A Tale of Two Pizzas, a romantic comedy which will have its NYC premiere in Brooklyn at BAM Rose Cinemas on Sunday, October 2, at 6:50 pm. A reception, featuring cast and crew, will precede the screening, and a Q&A with the filmmaker will follow. On Friday, October 7, the film will open in Manhattan, at AMC 25 on West 42nd Street, and in New Rochelle, at Regal’s New Roc Cinemas (check local listings for times). For more information, visit http://www.bam.org/ and http://www.ataleoftwopizzas.com/, or contact Vincent Sassone,
212 721.9909, vsassone@yahoo.com.

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR LEADS WHALE OBSERVATION CRUISE
Dr. Arthur Kopelman, whale population ecologist and professor of biology at FIT, led a multi-day research and educational trip this August, from Montauk, NY, to the Great South Channel, to observe and photograph humpback, fin, minke, and other whales in the wild. Dr. Kopelman and trained volunteers from his non-profit organization, the Coastal Research and Educational Society of Long Island (CRESLI), gathered data on whale distribution, behavior, and diversity. New trips will take place next summer, and faculty and students are invited to volunteer. For more information, visit http://www.cresli.org/, or contact Dr. Kopelman, 7-7280, arthur_kopelman@fitnyc.edu.

FIT’S DELTA EPSILON CHI ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
On May 4-7, 2005, 14 students in FIT’s chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi traveled to Anaheim, CA, to attend the International Career Development Conference at the Disneyland Resort. This was a competitive event, gathering 1400 college students to take part in business simulations, role-plays, and case studies. Five FIT students placed in their events: Laura McGuckin, 2nd place, design presentation; Max Sugiura and Jessica Wang, 2nd place, international marketing team; Julie Burrows, national yellow ribbon medalist, retail management; and Celia Desmarais, national yellow ribbon medalist, e-commerce decision making. Professor Robert Vassalotti, acting assistant dean of the School of Business and Technology and FIT’s chapter advisor, received an Advisor of the Year award.



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