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     December 2006

Fifth Annual Style Market
President's Annual FIT Holiday Party
Graphically Speaking: "Street Art: Political, Social, Artistic Implications"
Italian Club Concert and Toys for Tots Collection
UCE of FIT Holiday Open House
Love & War: The Weaponized Woman
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: She's Like a Rainbow

Vice President for Academic Affairs Appointment Made
Administrative Changes at The Museum at FIT
The Museum at FIT Receives NEA Grant
FIT Students Design for Panic! At the Disco
Fashion Design-Art Faculty News
FIT Security Officer Wins Award
Textile/Surface Design Professor Works with Aveda Corp.
Photography Professor Exhibits Video Work
Professor's Work in Miami Art Fair
Communication Design Professor's Essay Published
Student Life Professor Participates in Career Panel
EOP and CAP News

2006-07 SEFA Campaign
Strategic Plan Template Available Online
Crisis Management Plan Updated
Curriculum Development Funding
Extended Hours at the Gladys Marcus Library
IT for FIT's Task Force Vista
New WEI Workshops, December 2006

EVENTS

FIFTH ANNUAL STYLE MARKET
December 1, 6-9 pm
December 2, noon-6 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Purchase unique holiday gifts at the annual Style Market at FIT, which offers one-of-a-kind and limited edition women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, and fine and decorative arts. The 25 participating designers include FIT graduates and alumni of the Enterprise Center’s Creative Enterprise Ownership (CEO) courses. For more information, contact Christine Helm, Enterprise Center, 78427, christine_helm@fitnyc.edu.

PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL FIT HOLIDAY PARTY
December 7, 3-7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
This festive annual tradition brings together the entire FIT community with food, refreshments, dancing, raffle prizes, and a variety of other entertainments. In the spirit of the season, this occasion will also be used to collect new hats, gloves, scarves, socks, T-shirts, and toys for disadvantaged New York City children, from age 2-18. Please gift wrap all packages, indicating on the outside whether contents are for a boy or a girl, as well as the age for which the gift is appropriate. Gifts will be distributed through the nonprofit organization, God’s Love We Deliver. To RSVP for the party, fill out the card included in your holiday greeting and return to the
Office of the President by December 1.

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: “STREET ART: POLITICAL, SOCIAL,
ARTISTIC IMPLICATIONS”

December 7, 6:30 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor, alcove
The latest in a series of talks sponsored by Communication Design, for students majoring in the discipline. Jake Dobkin, publisher of the websites Bluejake.com, Gothamist.com, and Streetsy.com, will discuss his work collecting and documenting street art. For more information, contact Kingsley Parker, assistant professor of Communication Design, 78967, kingsley_parker@fitnyc.edu.

ITALIAN CLUB CONCERT AND TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION
December 8, 8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join FIT’s Italian Club for a night of singing and mingling at their holiday concert, featuring local and up-and-coming Italian-American artists Aaron Caruso, Lawrence Galante, Anthony Ierulli, Christina Luna, and Raymond Suntino performing works by Andrea Bocelli, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Frankie Valli. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-FIT students (with valid ID), and $7 for FIT students (with valid ID). For more information or to reserve tickets, visit the Italian Club’s website here, or contact them at 73459, italian_club@fitnyc.edu.

UCE OF FIT HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
December 12, noon-5 pm
Room B902
The United College Employees (UCE) of FIT invites all faculty and staff to attend its annual holiday party. Refreshments will be provided. Come and celebrate the holiday season with your colleagues.

LOVE & WAR: THE WEAPONIZED WOMAN
Through 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. This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of The Coby Foundation, Ltd., and the Couture Council. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: SHE’S LIKE A RAINBOW
Through May 12, 2007
The Museum at FIT
She’s Like a Rainbow: Colors in Fashion, the latest rotation at the museum’s permanent Fashion and Textile History Gallery, explores the history, symbolism, science, and psychology of color in fashion. This exhibition was made possible in part through the generosity of Elle magazine and Redken NYC; additional support was provided by the Couture Council. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

NEWS

VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS APPOINTMENT MADE
President Joyce F. Brown has announced the appointment of Dr. Reginetta Haboucha as vice president for Academic Affairs. Dr. Haboucha had been performing the duties of the office since September 2005, when she became acting associate vice president for Academic Affairs. At that time, she also agreed to serve as acting dean for the School of Graduate Studies, a position she held until July 2006. Dr. Haboucha has been a vital presence at FIT since her arrival at the college in 2000, as dean for the School of Liberal Arts. To read the president’s memo on the appointment, visit
Inside FIT here.

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES AT THE MUSEUM AT FIT
The following appointments and promotions have been made at The Museum at FIT: Ann Coppinger, formerly assistant conservator, is now senior conservator. Amy McEwan, formerly of the Asia Society, has joined the museum staff as their new registrar. Patricia Mears, formerly research curator, is now deputy director. Jennifer Park, formerly a technologist, is now coordinator of special programs. Tamsen Schwartzman, formerly coordinator of special programs, is now associate
research curator.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT RECEIVES NEA GRANT
The Museum at FIT has received a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant, to provide online access to visual and informational documentation of 350 costume and textile masterworks from their permanent collections. Public access to these objects will contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the growing field of fashion and textile studies, and will raise awareness of the museum to a broader audience. A timeline and plan for the project will be developed in the coming months.
FIT STUDENTS DESIGN FOR PANIC! AT THE DISCO
In spring 2006, management for rock group Panic! At the Disco approached FIT students Aram Bashian, Willie Biaggio, Jake Oliver, Emiliano Santillan, and Hyun Woo Shin to commission eight outfits for the band’s summer U.S. tour. Panic! wore the outfits throughout the tour, including their appearance at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival and New York City’s Nokia Theatre, and in photos for Blender and Spin magazines. An article on the project appeared on the Worth Global Style Network.

FASHION DESIGN-ART FACULTY NEWS
Renaldo Barnette, adjunct assistant professor of Fashion Design-Art, is showing designs from a recent collection in the current Black Style NOW exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, at 1220 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Black Style NOW will run through February 19, 2007. Professor Barnette is also featured in The Way We Wore: Black Style Then, by Michael McCollom (Glitterati, 2006).
Daniel Cole, adjunct assistant professor of Fashion Design-Art, designed the costumes for the following recent productions: Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella), at the Manhattan School of Music; Gioachino Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA; and the farewell performances of Madame Vera Galupe-Borskh of La Gran Scena Opera Company in Manhattan.
Anna Kiper, adjunct instructor of Fashion Design-Art, designed a dress, for Maggie Norris Couture, that appeared in the November issue of Town & Country.
Debra Samitz, adjunct instructor of Fashion Design-Art, exhibited recent work in her solo show, Resurrection: The Reinvention of Rubbish in Sculptural Collage, at the Paula Barr Chelsea Gallery in Manhattan. Resurrection ran November 2-18.
Steven Stipelman, associate professor of Fashion Design-Art, will have six of his color illustrations featured in 100 Years of Fashion Illustration, by Cally Blackman and the staff of Central St. Martins (King-London, 2007).

FIT SECURITY OFFICER WINS AWARD
Kelvin Moore, Security, was named the first recipient of U.S. Security Associates’ Security Officer of the Month Award, for October 2006. Mr. Moore was awarded the honor in November, during the annual eight-hour in-service training session for security supervisors. Curtis Dixon, acting director of Security, and Danny Khemraj, U.S. Security Associates account manager, presented the award. For more information, contact Michael Jenkins, Security, 77777, michael_jenkins@fitnyc.edu.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN PROFESSOR WORKS WITH AVEDA CORP.
Linda Daly, adjunct instructor of Textile Design, was commissioned by the Aveda Corp. to design and fabricate origami hangings for display in their U.S. and London stores during the 2006 holiday season. For more information, contact Professor Daly, ldalynyc@earthlink.net.

PHOTOGRAPHY PROFESSOR EXHIBITS VIDEO WORK
Maria Dumlao, adjunct instructor of Photography, has contributed four short-form videos to 1800FRAMES/Take3, a show at City Without Walls’ Crawford Street Gallery, located at 6 Crawford Street, Newark, NJ. The show will run December 14-January 18, with an opening reception on December 14, from 6-8 pm. For more information, directions, and gallery hours, visit www.cwow.org, or contact Professor Dumlao, 78921, maria_dumlao@fitnyc.edu.

PROFESSOR’S WORK IN MIAMI ART FAIR
Julie Gross, adjunct assistant professor of Communication Design, will be showing paintings and works on paper at the Bridge Art Fair in Miami, FL, December 7-10. She will be represented by the Melanee Cooper Gallery of Chicago, IL. For more information, visit www.bridgeartfair.com and www.juliegross.net, or contact Professor Gross, 212 255.2613, jag724@earthlink.net.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN PROFESSOR’S ESSAY PUBLISHED
“The Preservation of Digital Arts,” an essay by C.J. Yeh, assistant professor of Communication Design, has been published in Volume 66 of the Journal of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. For more information, contact Professor Yeh, 77985, chinjuz_yeh@fitnyc.edu.

STUDENT LIFE PROFESSOR PARTICIPATES IN CAREER PANEL
Philip Milio, professor and counselor, Student Life, took part in the New York University Steinhardt School of Education’s Second Annual Career Panel and Networking Reception, on November 13. Professor Milio, NYU class of ’75, joined with fellow alumni to discuss job seeking techniques, and the transition from college to professional life, with current NYU students. For more information, contact Professor Milio, 78710, philip_milio@fitnyc.edu.

EOP AND CAP NEWS
On November 8, the Alliance for Young Urban Design and the Arts (AYUDA), Inc., presented two $1,000 scholarships to Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students Lloyd Jones and Yaritza Peguero. Pearl Sheppard, Financial Aid, served as a liaison between EOP and AYUDA, helping to facilitate student selection. On November 14 and 16, makeup artist and two-time Emmy Award nominee Karim Orange conducted two skincare and makeup workshops for students in the Childcare Assistance Program (CAP). Ms. Orange, an advocate for organic and ecologically sound beauty products, provided tips for effective skincare maintenance and makeup application. For more information, contact EOP, 77190.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2006-07 SEFA CAMPAIGN
FIT is proud to participate in the annual State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign, which supports charities and services for needy New York City and state residents. In the past, FIT faculty and staff have demonstrated their willingness to help by making generous contributions, and even a small gift can make a big difference in providing necessary food, shelter, clothing, and education. Employees may donate through the college’s convenient payroll deduction plan, or via cash or check contributions. For more information, read President Brown’s memo on SEFA here, or contact Human Resources, 75703.

STRATEGIC PLAN TEMPLATE AVAILABLE ONLINE
The template detailing the approved goals and initiatives of the college's full strategic plan, FIT at 75: Bringing the Future into Focus, has been posted on the strategic planning website, www3.fitnyc.edu/strategicplanning. The template includes updates on progress of the tasks associated with each of the college's initiatives during the current implementation phase.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATED
FIT's Crisis Management and Disaster Preparedness Plan has been updated for the 2006-07 academic year. The plan is currently being distributed throughout campus, and additional copies may be picked up from College Relations, Room B905. To view the plan online, visit www.fitnyc.edu/emergencyplans.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FUNDING
The Grants office has compiled an online resource of funding agencies that have programs targeted for curriculum development. The National Endowment for the Humanities, for example, helps schools develop significant humanities programs, curricula, and courses. Funds may be used to pay for visiting scholars, books and other materials, logistical support, and appropriate release time for project staff. For more information, visit the Grants website, www3.fitnyc.edu/grants.

EXTENDED HOURS AT THE GLADYS MARCUS LIBRARY
The Gladys Marcus Library has announced the following end-of-semester extended hours: Fridays, 9 am-8 pm; Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm; and Sundays, noon-8 pm. This schedule is effective through December 17. For more information, contact the library, 75590.

IT FOR FIT’S TASK FORCE VISTA
Microsoft has announced three new products for release in January 2007: Vista, a new operating system, Explorer 7, and MS Office 2007. Information Technology for FIT has tested and encountered problems with each of these products. They ask that FIT students, faculty, and staff neither load these products onto their FIT computers, nor connect any personal computers containing these products to the FIT network. IT for FIT has organized Task Force Vista, a group of individuals from varying departments, to continue testing and evaluating these products. For more information, visit the IT for FIT website here, or contact Margaret Nawrot, Software Services, 73405, margaret_nawrot@fitnyc.edu.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, DECEMBER 2006
The New Working with Electronic Information (WEI) Group offers computing programs and skills to all FIT faculty and staff. December workshops’ dates and times are listed at www3.fitnyc.edu/thenewwei. For more information or to register, contact Patricia McGillin, HR, 75611, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.



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