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     April 2006

FIT Faculty Mentoring
Elder Care Support Group
Museum Talk and Tour: Fashion and Textile History Gallery
Kimora Lee Simmons Reading and Book Signing
Ernesto Quiñonez Reading and Conversation
Focus on Men's Health
Computer Graphics Faculty Speak on Developing Technologies
Susan J. Slotkis Reading and Book Signing
Museum Talk and Tour: Textiles from the Garden of Eden
Modern Master: Lucien Lelong Couturier 1918-1948
Sketching The Museum at FIT's Collections
Spring 2006 Blood Drive
Faculty Senate Meeting
Defensive Driving Course
Textiles from the Garden of Eden
Flamenco Group Performs at FIT
Talking Trade @ FIT: A Day in the Life of a Customs Attorney
Primo Levi Symposium
Fashion Avenue Meets Madison Avenue
Interface: Prints by FIT Students, Faculty, and Staff

Lou Stollar Promoted to Professor Emeritus
New Appointments in Security at FIT
Operational Services Welcomes Two New Employees
Faculty Member Illustrates Time Cover
Fine Arts Professor in Whitney Biennial
Packaging Design in New York Times; Associate Chair Authors Magazine Article
Jamie Drake Visits FIT
Fashion Merchandising Management News
EOPs's High School Partnership Program
Printmaking Instructor's Solo Show
Textile/Surface Design Professor's Solo Show
Library Adds New Periodical Titles, New Displays
Website for Icon Magazine

EAP Parenting Support Group Meetings Canceled
New Office Supplies Contract, Online Catalogue
Gladys Marcus Library Digital Resources Link, Extended Hours
New WEI Workshops, April 2006
Employee Wellness Program Spring 2006 Exercise Classes

EVENTS

FIT FACULTY MENTORING
April 3, 1 – 2 pm
Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
The School of Liberal Arts presents its third faculty mentoring session of the spring semester. All new and not-so-new faculty, whether full- or part-time, are invited to attend. College-wide assessment, student evaluations, and academic integrity issues will be discussed. For more information, contact Joseph Maiorca, assistant professor of Psychology and acting chair, Health and Physical Education, 77073, joseph_maiorca@fitnyc.edu.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
April 3, 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. Meetings address such topics as coping with emotional burdens, and locating available resources and support. For more information, contact Robin Zarel, EAP coordinator, 77167.

MUSEUM TALK AND TOUR: FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY
April 3, 6 – 7 pm
The Museum at FIT
Valerie Steele, director, The Museum at FIT, will discuss the conception and relevance of the museum’s permanent gallery of fashion and textile history. This event is $15 for the general public; FIT students, faculty, and staff may attend for free. For more information or to register, contact the Center for Professional Studies, 77715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

KIMORA LEE SIMMONS READING AND BOOK SIGNING
April 4, 7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Kimora Lee Simmons, president and creative director of Baby Phat, model, and self-proclaimed First Lady of Hip-Hop, will be discussing and signing copies of her new book, Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Carla Oliver Bowens,
assistant manager, Barnes & Nobles at FIT, 77717.

ERNESTO QUIÑONEZ READING AND CONVERSATION
April 5, 5 – 6 pm
Room D207
Ernesto Quiñonez, acclaimed author of Bodega Dreams and Chango’s Fire, will read from and discuss his work at this event, sponsored by English and Speech. FIT students, faculty, and staff are all invited to attend. For more information, contact James Dievler, adjunct assistant professor of English and Speech, 77521, jadievler@att.net.

FOCUS ON MEN’S HEALTH
April 6, 1 – 2 pm
Room A802
The second of a two-part series on men’s health issues, psychotherapist Howard Lorber will speak on stress management. This seminar is jointly hosted by the Employee Assistance Program and the Employee Wellness Program, with funding provided by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation. All FIT faculty and staff are invited, and men are especially encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Bonnie Born, Human Resources, 75610.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS FACULTY SPEAK ON DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGIES
April 6, 1 – 2 pm
Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
Debbie Deas, adjunct assistant professor, and Kurt Wendt, adjunct instructor, Computer Graphics, discuss their experiences at SIGGRAPH 2005, the 32nd international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques. Professor Deas will focus on her participation in a motion capture demonstration; Professor Wendt will focus on his experience with 3D Lenticular prints and the latest in hard- and software advances in the computer graphics field. This faculty development event is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching.

SUSAN J. SLOTKIS READING AND BOOK SIGNING
April 6, 5 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Susan Slotkis, adjunct assistant professor, Interior Design, will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Foundations of Interior Design. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Carla Oliver Bowens,
assistant manager, Barnes & Noble at FIT, 77717.

MUSEUM TALK AND TOUR: TEXTILES FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN
April 8, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
The Museum at FIT
Carol Bier, research curator at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, and vice president of the Textile Society of America, will guide participants through the current FIT exhibition, addressing the representation of floral and plant forms in the textile arts. This event is $15 for the general public; FIT students, faculty, and staff may attend for free. For more information or to register, contact
the Center for Professional Studies, 77715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

MODERN MASTER: LUCIEN LELONG COUTURIER 1918–1948
Through April 15
The Museum at FIT
This exhibition—curated and organized by graduate students in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice—is the first to examine the multifaceted career of Parisian couturier Lucien Lelong. Examples of his sportswear, daywear, and evening attire, drawn from The Museum at FIT and private collections, and archival materials from the Gladys Marcus Library’s Special Collections, illustrate Lelong’s contribution to the history of fashion. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

SKETCHING THE MUSEUM AT FIT’S COLLECTIONS
April 17 and 24, May 1, 6 – 9 pm
The Museum at FIT
Improve your design and sketching skills, or your clothing and accessory lines, using the Fashion and Textile History Gallery as a source of inspiration. Strengthen your eye, hand, and creativity quotient with drawing exercises, and learn how to use historical elements to invent fresh concepts. Michele Bryant, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design, will conduct the workshops. Bring a sketch pad, several pencils, and a kneaded eraser. No ink is permitted in the museum. This workshop is $70 for the general public; FIT students, faculty, and staff may attend for free. For more information or to register, contact the Center for Professional Studies, 77715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

SPRING 2006 BLOOD DRIVE
April 20, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The New York Blood Center will again be accepting donations at FIT. 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 of Health Services, FIT Student Association (FITSA), sarah_allinder@fitnyc.edu.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
April 20, 1 – 2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, Alcove, eighth floor
All faculty are invited to attend Faculty Senate meetings, held on a monthly basis during the semester. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras, acting coordinator of Faculty Services, 77793, esther_oliveras@fitnyc.edu.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE
April 22, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, Alcove, eighth floor
Offered to New York State residents and presented by the United College Employees (UCE) of FIT, this one-day course in defensive driving techniques can save participants 10% on their liability insurance, and may also help reduce driving record penalties by as many as four points. Lunch will be served. Cost is $25; make checks payable to New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). A limited number of seats are available. To register, contact the UCE of FIT office, 77690; registration deadline is April 7.

TEXTILES FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN
Through April 22
The Museum at FIT
Textiles from the Garden of Eden features approximately 65 textile images of flowers and plants, whether identifiable, abstracted, familiar, exotic, or fanciful. This exhibition is organized by Lynn Felsher, curator of textiles, The Museum at FIT, and made possible in part through the generosity of Elle magazine and Redken. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

FLAMENCO GROUP PERFORMS AT FIT
April 25, 1 – 2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, Dance Studio, sub-basement
The College-wide Committee on Diversity hosts this performance by The Flamenco Group. This event is free and open to the general public.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CUSTOMS ATTORNEY
April 26, 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), Robert L. Eisen, Esq., Baker & McKenzie LLP, will discuss how a custom attorney’s work reflects corporate-level decisions on the design and fabrication of products, labeling, sourcing, royalties, and more. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/itm, or contact Christine Pomeranz, ITM, 73323, christine_pomeranz@fitnyc.edu.

PRIMO LEVI SYMPOSIUM
April 30, 3 – 7 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, Alcove, eighth floor
The FIT Italian Club, Foreign Languages, and the FIT Theatre Ensemble present this symposium, honoring the work and legacy of Italian writer and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. The day’s events include a reading of Nicholas Patricca’s play, An Uncertain Hour, which explores the spiritual struggle at the heart of Levi’s work. The reading will be followed by a discussion with the Tony award-winning playwright. For more information, contact James Cascaito, chair, Foreign Languages, 77412.

FASHION AVENUE MEETS MADISON AVENUE
May 2, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This fourth annual symposium, hosted by Advertising and Marketing Communications (AMC), presents a panel of communications experts, sharing their insights and experiences in the field. Panelists include heads of marketing and communications for Estée Lauder, Liz Claiborne, Tiffany & Co., Madison Square Garden, National CineMedia, the American Foundation for the Blind, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Julie Jarrett, executive recruiter, Heyman Associates, will serve as moderator. For more information, contact Linda Finnerty, instructor, AMC, 78467, linda_finnerty@fitnyc.edu.

INTERFACE: PRINTS BY FIT STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF
Through May 4
Café 27, 250 West 27 Street, New York City
A selection of printmaking work by FIT students, faculty, and staff, Interface is co-sponsored by the Urban Studio and FIT Student Association (FITSA). For more information, contact Fine Arts, 78839.

NEWS

LOU STOLLAR PROMOTED TO PROFESSOR EMERITUS
Lou Stollar, who taught at FIT for 48 years and served as president of the United College Employees (UCE) of FIT for 35, was named professor emeritus by the college’s Board of Trustees in March. Stollar was instrumental in the development of the Psychology curriculum at FIT from only two available courses to a discipline with multiple offerings. He also served as chair of the Faculty Association and Tenure and Promotion Committee, as an FIT representative on the SUNY Community College Council, and as a New York State United Teacher’s (NYSUT) community college representative in Washington, DC, and Albany. Stollar retired as a full-time faculty member in 1998, and as UCE of FIT president in 2005.

NEW APPOINTMENTS IN SECURITY AT FIT
The Security office announces the promotion of Michael Jenkins, security officer II, to the position of security supervisor. Mr. Jenkins has been a member of the department since 1996. Security has also added two new employees: Curtis Dixon, former New York City Police Department detective, as deputy director of Security; and Edward DiMaggio, former Irvington, NJ, detective sergeant and corporate security director, as assistant director of security.

OPERATIONAL SERVICES WELCOMES TWO NEW EMPLOYEES
The Operational Services department has added two new members to its staff: Roy Larsen, print shop manager, and Joe Moreno, mail room manager. Mr. Larsen may be reached at 78210; Mr. Moreno may be reached at 73176.

FACULTY MEMBER ILLUSTRATES TIME COVER
Kam Mak, instructor, Illustration, is the artist of the March 13 cover of Time magazine. Mak’s illustration accompanies the story, “The Untold Story of Early Man in America.” To view the cover image, click here.

FINE ARTS PROFESSOR IN WHITNEY BIENNIAL
Vincent Arcilesi, professor, Fine Arts, was selected as one of the artists to contribute to the Peace Tower, which will stand outside the Whitney Museum entrance through May 28, as part of their Biennial. The tower is the second of its kind; the first was constructed in Los Angeles in 1966 as a protest against the Vietnam War, and included works by Donald Judd, Frank Stella, and Mark Rothko, among others. Participating artists in the current tower include Matthew Barney, Yoko Ono,
and Kiki Smith.

PACKAGING DESIGN IN NEW YORK TIMES; ASSOCIATE CHAIR AUTHORS MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Marianne Klimchuk, assistant professor and associate chair, Packaging Design, and senior students in the program were featured in a recent New York Times article about a new initiative by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Professor Klimchuk has also written an article, “On Illustration,” featured in the April/May issue of Package Design magazine. For more information, contact Prof. Klimchuk, 78162, marianne_klimchuk@fitnyc.edu.

JAMIE DRAKE VISITS FIT
On March 30, Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame designer Jamie Drake spoke to an audience of students and faculty at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. Mr. Drake was the 2006 Lawrence J. Israel Endowment Lecture Series speaker. The series was established to bring outstanding designers to the school’s Interior Design department to share their ideas, inspirations, and experiences. Drake’s client roster includes Mayor Bloomberg and pop icon Madonna; he is principal of Drake Design Associates, in New York.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT NEWS
On April 6, Robin Sackin, assistant professor and chair, Fashion Merchandising Management (FMM), and Alan Kane, dean, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, will host a reception for the eight FMM Young Menswear Association scholarship winners. FMM will also host a meeting, on April 26, of its alumni.

EOPS’S HIGH SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
A series of events took place in March for students participating in the High School Partnership Program (HSPP), administered by the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOPs). Representatives from M.A.C. Cosmetics hosted an all-day makeup and fashion styling workshop, with photography provided by the FIT Photography Club and Curtis Willocks, technologist and adjunct instructor, Photography. Under the guidance of Alvin Rogers, adjunct instructor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, FIT EOP students began a six-week mentorship of HSPP students, instructing them in e-commerce. And Marianne Klimchuk, assistant professor and associate chair of Packaging Design, introduced the students to her field, helping them to create eco-conscious products. Their work will be featured in a window display at the Chelsea Whole Foods Market in April, in honor of Earth Day.

PRINTMAKING INSTRUCTOR’S SOLO SHOW
Sylvie Covey, adjunct instructor, Fine Arts, will be exhibiting a selection of her photo lithographs in Full Exposure, a solo show at the Chashama Gallery, 112 West 44 Street, in Manhattan. The show runs April 4 – 29; opening reception is April 4, 6 – 8 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 6 pm. For more information, visit www.sylviecovey.com, www.chashama.org, or contact Professor Covey, sylviegc@earthlink.net.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN PROFESSOR’S SOLO SHOW
Karen Gentile, assistant professor and chair, Textile/Surface Design, will be exhibiting her work at New Paintings, a solo show at 2/20 Gallery, 220 West 16 Street, in Manhattan. The show runs April 4 – 18; opening reception is April 4, 5 – 8 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 2 – 7 pm. For more information, contact Professor Gentile, karen_gentile@fitnyc.edu.

LIBRARY ADDS NEW PERIODICAL TITLES, NEW DISPLAYS
The Gladys Marcus Library has added three new art criticism titles to its periodicals list: Afterall, a biannual published by Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London; Parkett, a Zurich-based journal published three times per year; and October, an MIT University Press quarterly. The library is also currently exhibiting the following displays: "Textiles Bloom," in their fourth floor stairwell; "Creativity," opposite the elevators on the fifth floor; and "Dressing Oscar: Hollywood Fashion," in the Marvin Feldman Center lobby. The library also has a monitor, located at the elevator banks, fifth floor, running a selection of their extensive audiovisual resources, which include professional and student work on DVD, VHS, slides, and audiotapes. For more information on the new titles, contact Elizabeth McMahon, Periodicals, 75267, elizabeth_mcmahon@fitnyc.edu. For more information on the displays, contact Jennifer Blum, adjunct associate professor and adjunct librarian, 75470, jennifer_blum@fitnyc.edu.

WEBSITE FOR ICON MAGAZINE
Icon, an annually published magazine serving as a creative showcase for FIT students, has a new website, www.fiticonmagazine.com, created by students Isaac Lee and Kosta Krajcevk, Communication Design, and San Charoenchai, Computer Animation and Interactive Media. For more information, contact Ronald Bacsa, Icon advisor and assistant professor and assistant chair, Communication Design, Advertising Design, ronald_bacsa@fitnyc.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

EAP PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS CANCELED
All spring 2006 meetings of the Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Parenting Support Group have been canceled. Please contact the EAP office, 77167, if you have parenting issues you’d like to discuss.

NEW OFFICE SUPPLIES CONTRACT, ONLINE CATALOGUE
The Purchasing office has awarded a new supplies contract to the Weeks Lerman Group. This contract will provide a 73% discount on standard office supplies. Weeks Lerman’s online catalogue provides prices at their discounted rate, and the company will be hosting three training sessions on using the catalogue for FIT employees. Session dates and locations are as follows: April 4, Room A803; April 18, Room A802; and April 26, Room A803. All sessions will take place from 10:00 – 11:30 am. To register, contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

GLADYS MARCUS LIBRARY DIGITAL RESOURCES LINK, EXTENDED HOURS
The Gladys Marcus Library offers, through its website, online access to its digital resources. Click here to visit the page. A current FIT username and password are required. The library has also announced the following end-of-semester extended hours, for April 21 – May 21: Fridays, 9 am – 8 pm; Saturdays, 10 am – 6 pm; Sundays, noon – 8 pm.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, APRIL 2006
The New Working with Electronic Information (WEI) Group offers computing programs and skills to all FIT faculty and staff, in the interest of a more interconnected college community. April workshops include Introduction to PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, A Click a Day Will Keep the IT Dr. Away, and Intro to Self-Publishing. Workshops’ dates and times are listed at www3.fitnyc.edu/thenewwei. For more information or to register, contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, 75611, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM SPRING 2006 EXERCISE CLASSES
The Employee Wellness Program offers free lunchtime exercise classes to all faculty and staff. The spring 2006 session runs through May 19. Classes are led by qualified instructors, and are open exclusively to FIT employees. No reservations are necessary, and interested participants may attend as many classes as they wish. To register for a gym locker, contact Lois Guzofsky, Health and Physical Education, Room AX13, 77724. To purchase a $6 portable roll-up mat, contact Benefits, 75610. Class schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Pilates Mat Class, 12 – 1 pm, Auxiliary Gym (AX39)
Tuesdays: Body Toning, 1 – 2 pm, Auxiliary Gym (AX39)
Wednesdays: Fitness Center, 12 – 1 pm, Fitness Center (BX13)
Thursdays: Yoga, 1 – 2 pm, Dance Studio (BX28)
Fridays: Body Toning/Pilates, 1 – 2 pm, Auxiliary Gym (AX39)



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