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     August 2006

Author Irvine Welsh Reading/Book Signing
Fall Convocation
Faculty Mentoring
Symposium: Love & War: The Weaponized Woman
Love & War: The Weaponized Woman
Career Services Open House
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: The Tailor's Art

Production Management Professor Wins Education Award
Illustration Professor Wins Artistic Achievement Award
Peter F. Vallone Merit Scholarships at FIT
Interior Design Students Win Area Competition, Scholarships
Polimoda Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary
President Brown Attends International Conference
Psychology Professor Consults on Documentary
Communication Design Professor in Group Exhibition
Illustration Professors Speak at Symposium
Professor Speaks at Las Vegas Conference
Packaging Design Students Place in National Competition

Energy Conservation at FIT
FIT Holiday Card Design Contest
New Online Liberal Arts Registration for Incoming Students
Residential Life Introduces Online Alcohol Education Program

EVENTS

AUTHOR IRVINE WELSH READING/BOOK SIGNING
August 14, 6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Filth) will read from and sign copies of his new novel, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. This event is made possible by Barnes & Noble at FIT, and is free and open to the general public. For more information, call Barnes & Noble at FIT, 77717.

FALL CONVOCATION
August 21, 8:30 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join fellow FIT faculty and staff for the fall 2006 convocation. School meetings will follow, with Art and Design meeting in the amphitheatre, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology in Room D207, Liberal Arts in Room D211, Continuing and Professional Studies in the lower level of the Conference Center at FIT, and Graduate Studies in Room E313.

FACULTY MENTORING
August 24 and 29, 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Room B502
There will be two mentoring sessions to start the fall 2006 semester, designed to provide new faculty members with a general orientation to the college. Topics of discussion will include specific activities that help promote teacher development, and resources available to new faculty. For more information, contact Joseph Maiorca, acting chairperson of Health and Physical Education, assistant professor of Psychology, 77862, joseph_maiorca@fitnyc.edu.

SYMPOSIUM: LOVE & WAR: THE WEAPONIZED WOMAN
September 9, 9 am – 5 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
A daylong symposium coinciding with The Museum at FIT’s exhibition, Love & War: The Weaponized Woman. Speakers will explore historical and contemporary issues of armor and intimate apparel in fashion. This event is $30 for the general public, free to all students, and FIT faculty and staff. For more information or to register in advance, visit fitnyc.edu/museum.

LOVE & WAR: THE WEAPONIZED WOMAN
September 9 – December 16
The Museum at FIT
A Museum at FIT exhibition, Love & War examines the influence of armor, military uniforms, and lingerie on women’s fashion. Made possible in part through the generosity of The Coby Foundation, Ltd. and the Couture Council. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/museum.

CAREER SERVICES OPEN HOUSE
September 19, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Room B216
Faculty and staff are encouraged to increase student awareness of the Career Services Open House, which serves as an introduction and orientation to the office and its resources. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/careerservices, or contact Jennifer Miller, assistant professor and career counselor, Career Services, 77962, jennifer_miller@fitnyc.edu.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: THE TAILOR’S ART
Through November 4
The Museum at FIT
The second exhibition of the permanent Fashion and Textile History Gallery at The Museum at FIT, The Tailor’s Art explores the history of the modern suit from its genesis in the 18th century, and the influence of tailoring on fashion for both men and women. Made possible in part through the generosity of Elle magazine, Redken, and the Couture Council. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/museum.

NEWS

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT PROFESSOR WINS EDUCATION AWARD
Ari Vega, assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, has received the National Latino Technology Achiever Award for Excellence in Education, given by the Latino Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA). The award recognizes Hispanic educators who have made significant contributions in the science, engineering, or technology fields.

ILLUSTRATION PROFESSOR WINS ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Morton Kaish, professor, Illustration, has been awarded the 2006 Benjamin West Clinedinst Memorial Medal by the Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. The medal, given annually, celebrates artistic merit and achievement. Previous honorees include painter Norman Rockwell and political cartoonist Pat Oliphant. For more information, visit artistsfellowship.com, or contact Professor Kaish, morton_kaish@fitnyc.edu.

PETER F. VALLONE MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS AT FIT
The college has been awarded $200,000 of Peter Vallone Merit Scholarship funds in the New York City budget adopted on June 30, 2006. This is the second year in a row that FIT students have been able to apply for these scholarships, which require that students have graduated from a New York City high school in the past year with a grade average of B or higher. This scholarship is worth $1,250 and is available for the full course of a student’s undergraduate study, provided that a B average is maintained each semester. For more information, contact Lisa Wager, director of Government and Community Relations, 77291, lisa_wager@fitnyc.edu.

INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENTS WIN AREA COMPETITION, SCHOLARSHIPS
Ray Chuang and Suzanne Lettieri, Interior Design ’07, each won $5,000 for their winning entries in an International Interior Design Association (IIDA) competition, held in May. The contest called for submissions of contract projects completed during the academic year, and was open to six area schools. Chuang and Lettieri have also been awarded over $28,000 each of Angelo Donghia Foundation scholarship money. The Donghia Foundation is a nonprofit foundation supporting the advancement of education in interior design. For more information, contact Nicholas Politis, professor, Interior Design, 78570, nicholas_politis@fitnyc.edu.

POLIMODA CELEBRATES TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY
This spring, President Joyce F. Brown, U.S. Ambassador to Italy Ronald P. Spogli, Mayor Leonardo Domenici, and other Florence city officials attended the twentieth anniversary ball for Polimoda, the fashion and design school in Italy that FIT helped to start in 1986. The event was hosted by Nora B. Dempsey, consul general of the U.S. in Florence. While there, President Brown also attended commencement exercises for FIT’s Polimoda students.

PRESIDENT BROWN ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
At the request of SUNY System Administration, President Brown attended a three-day conference outside of London this June, sponsored by the Ditchley Foundation and chaired by Sir Christopher Frayling, head of the Arts Council in England and rector of the Royal College of Art. The conference topics were how to best promote artistic and cultural creativity both in society at large and in educational environments, and what contribution the arts can make to global understanding.

PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR CONSULTS ON DOCUMENTARY
Margaret Miele, assistant professor, Psychology, has been selected by a joint team of French and Australian filmmakers to serve as a consultant for a three-part documentary on color. Titled The World of Colors, the project will address the physiological, psychological, and social/cultural aspects of color. For more information, contact Professor Miele, 78449, margaret_miele@fitnyc.edu.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN PROFESSOR IN GROUP EXHIBITION
Eli Kince, assistant professor, Communication Design, has contributed artwork to Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, a group exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. The show, a reflection on the society’s landmark Slavery in New York exhibition, runs through January 7, 2007. The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West, in Manhattan. For more information, visit nyhistory.org.

ILLUSTRATION PROFESSORS SPEAK AT SYMPOSIUM
Kam Mak, instructor of Illustration, Melanie Reim, associate chairperson and assistant professor of Graduate Illustration, and Chris Spollen, adjunct assistant professor of Illustration, were featured panelists at “How to Publish Your Picture Book,” a discussion held as part of the Storytelling Through Pictures symposium at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center on July 22. The symposium was organized by Illustration alumna Barbara Anderson.

PROFESSOR SPEAKS AT LAS VEGAS CONFERENCE
Sara Petitt, coordinator of Fabric Styling and assistant professor of Textile/Surface Design, is presenting a trend forecast on shoes for spring/summer 2007 at the World Shoe Accessories (WSA) Show in Las Vegas, NV, on August 3. For more information, visit wsashow.com, or contact Professor Petitt, 78012, sara_petitt@fitnyc.edu.

PACKAGING DESIGN STUDENTS PLACE IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
A team of Packaging Design students has won second place in the 2006 Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) National Student Design Challenge. Danny Park, Katherine Scialabba, Alosha Shkolnik, Randi Teitel, and Ya Ching-Yu won for their design proposal for packaging dry cereal and baking goods. This was FIT’s first invitation to participate; the college recently became a target school of the PPA’s initiative to provide students with materials and scholarships to further their education in the paperboard packaging industry. For more information, visit paperboardpackaging.org, or contact Sandy Krasovec, assistant professor, Packaging Design, sandy_krasovec@fitnyc.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ENERGY CONSERVATION AT FIT
As you are aware, FIT is a participant in the New York Power Authority’s peak load management program. During this late-summer heat wave, all New York area energy users continue to be asked to reduce electrical use as much as possible in order to help stabilize the city’s power supply and avoid outages. Please remember to turn off any unnecessary lights, computers, and other electrical equipment. Additional steps may be taken to further lower electrical use by operating one elevator in each of
the buildings.

FIT HOLIDAY CARD DESIGN CONTEST
All faculty and staff are invited to enter an illustration into FIT’s holiday card design contest. Illustrations should be appropriate for the season yet nondenominational, and incorporate an aspect of FIT’s campus and/or community. The card will print in full color, at an approximate size of 4" x 6". The winning artist will receive a $500 honorarium, and all submissions will be exhibited in conjunction with the annual holiday party in December. Submissions should be high-resolution scans on CD, but slides will be accepted if no scanned image is available. Send to College Relations, Room B905, attn: Holiday Card Submission. Submissions are due September 15. For more information, contact Leslie Kachic, College Relations, 77642, leslie_kachic@fitnyc.edu.

NEW ONLINE LIBERAL ARTS REGISTRATION FOR INCOMING STUDENTS
Beginning the fall 2006 semester, incoming, two-year AAS students will select and register online for courses fulfilling their liberal arts requirements. An instructional pamphlet outlining placement test information, liberal arts requirements, and registration instructions was mailed to students in late July; their window for registration is the week of August 7-14.

RESIDENTIAL LIFE INTRODUCES ONLINE ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Beginning with the fall 2006 semester, Residential Life will require all incoming residents to complete the alcohol education track of an interactive online program, My Student Body (MSB). MSB raises awareness of substance abuse issues, as well as proper nutrition, STD prevention, and the deleterious effects of stress. Parents will also have access to the program, and are encouraged to use it as a resource. For more information, contact Residential Life, 75885.



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