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     February 2006

Black History Month at FIT
BRIO Training
Alumnus Curates The Culture of Wearable Art
Workplace Harassment Seminars
Déjà Vu: Art and Design Faculty Show in DUMBO, Brooklyn
Strut! Olympus Fashion Week: Backstage and on the Catwalk
Faculty Senate Meeting
Symposium: Museum Quality: Collecting and Exhibiting Fashion and Textiles
Textiles from the Garden of Eden
Museum Talk and Tour: Textiles from the Garden of Eden
Talking Trade @ FIT: International Trade Solutions
Modern Master: Lucien Lelong Couturier 1918–1948
New WEI Workshops, February 2006

President of Timor-Leste Honored at FIT
Grants Digest Available on New Grants Office Website
New Full-Time Faculty at FIT
New Assistant VP for Communications
Former Chair of Textile Development and Marketing Dies
Internship Center Professor Curates Exhibition, Delivers Paper
Fashion Design Professor Nominated for Education Award
English and Speech Professor Publishes Prize-winning Story Collection
Packaging Design Student Receives $2,000 Scholarship
Fine Arts Employee in Group Show, Site 92
EOP Hosts South African Designer's Visit

Proper Return Addresses on Outgoing Mail
2006 UCE Leadership Scholarships
Spring 2006 Photo ID Schedule
Employee Wellness Program Spring 2006 Exercise Classes
FIT Supports MGCCC Hurricane Katrina Relief

EVENTS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT FIT
February is National Black History Month, and the College-Wide Committee on Diversity has planned a number of events in honor of the occasion, including movies, town hall and panel discussions, and music and poetry performances. To view the calendar for specific events, dates, and times, visit InsideFIT here. For more information, contact Deborah Payton-Jones, volunteer coordinator/evening supervisor, Student Life, 77710,
deborah_payton-jones@fitnyc.edu.

BRIO TRAINING
Schools of Art and Design, Business and Technology, Graduate Studies, and Continuing and Professional Studies: February 3, 10 – 11 am
Finance and Operations: February 3, 2 – 3 pm
Student and Academic Affairs: February 27, 2 – 3 pm; March 3, 10 – 11 am
Room C415c
Effective immediately, all jobs and reports run through FITMENU will be run through BRIO, a new reporting program. Human Resources, in conjunction with Information Technology (IT), will be providing additional training for all employees who still need to know how to access BRIO. Participants in training will log into their IT account, and must have access to FITMENU. For more information, to reserve a seat, or to request that additional sessions be scheduled, contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, 75611, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

ALUMNUS CURATES THE CULTURE OF WEARABLE ART
February 5 - 27
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Building, 163 West 125th Street at Seventh Avenue
Everett Clark, Patternmaking ’02, is curating The Culture of Wearable Art, an exhibition of surface design art, photography, and fashion art. The show will feature Textile/Surface Design faculty Zsuzsi Dahlquist and Karen Gentile, among others. For details, call the gallery at 212 749.5298.

WORKPLACE HARASSMENT SEMINARS
February 6, 12 – 1 pm
February 7, 1 – 2 pm
February 8, 5 – 6 pm
February 9, 1 – 2 pm
Room A803
Open to all FIT faculty and staff, and required for new hires, these one-hour sessions cover the identification, ramifications, and prevention of all forms of harassment in the workplace. To register or for more information, contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, 75611, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

DÉJÀ VU: ART AND DESIGN FACULTY SHOW IN DUMBO, BROOKLYN
February 7 – March 4
Gallery 230, 55 Washington Street, Brooklyn
The annual exhibition of artwork by School of Art and Design faculty, Déjà Vu includes paintings, collages, sculpture, prints, videos, and digital work. More than 35 works by 17 faculty members will be on view. Faye Hirsch, senior editor of Art in America, is curator of the show, and will attend the reception, on February 11, from 3 – 6 pm.

STRUT! OLYMPUS FASHION WEEK: BACKSTAGE AND ON THE CATWALK
Through February 11
Student Space Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Strut! features the work of FIT Photography students, invited this past September to document Olympus Fashion Week, from set-up to runway shows and parties to the week-end breakdown. Provided a variety of Olympus digital cameras and lenses, the show includes fifty images ranging from photojournalism to portraiture, and documentary video. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 16, 1 – 2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, Dining Room Alcove, 8th floor
All faculty are invited to attend Faculty Senate meetings, held monthly per semester. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras, acting coordinator of Faculty Services, 77793, esther_oliveras@fitnyc.edu.

SYMPOSIUM: MUSEUM QUALITY: COLLECTING AND EXHIBITING FASHION AND TEXTILES
February 17 and 18, 9 am – 5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
The fourth annual scholarly symposium hosted by The Museum at FIT, Museum Quality features an international panel of speakers discussing fashion and textile exhibitions. The symposium is free to all students, and FIT faculty and staff with valid ID. General admission is $50 for one day, $75 for both days. Registration is required; deadline is February 8, 2006. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum, or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

TEXTILES FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN
February 17 – 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.

MUSEUM TALK AND TOUR: TEXTILES FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN
February 27, 6 – 7 pm
The Museum at FIT
Lynn Felsher, curator of textiles, The Museum at FIT, will conduct a guided tour of the exhibition Textiles from the Garden of Eden, discussing the enduring popularity of flower and plant designs in textiles. This event is $10 for the general public; FIT students, faculty, and staff may attend for free. For more information, contact the Center for Professional Studies, 77715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: INTERNATIONAL TRADE SOLUTIONS
February 28, 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), Paul Magel, senior vice president of Computer Generated Solutions, Inc., will speak about the supply chain systems his company provides to international fashion companies. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/itm, or contact Christine Pomeranz, ITM, 73323, christine_pomeranz@fitnyc.edu.

MODERN MASTER: LUCIEN LELONG COUTURIER 1918–1948
February 28 – 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, will illustrate Lelong’s contribution to the history of fashion. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, FEBRUARY 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. February workshops include Imail and Network Neighborhood, Get InsideFIT, Digital Camera Workshop, Tour FIT Website, Tour FIT Library, Click a Day Will Keep the IT Dr. Away, and Introduction to Microsoft Word. 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.

NEWS

PRESIDENT OF TIMOR-LESTE HONORED AT FIT
On January 21, the Foundation for Post Conflict Development and the World Harmony Foundation hosted a reception for Xanana Gusmão, president of Timor-Leste, in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. The event celebrated President Gusmão’s first visit to the U.S., and included remarks by Desiree Koslin, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, and a screening of East Timor: Betrayal and Resurrection, a documentary on the events leading to an independent Timor-Leste by Ted Folke, adjunct instructor, English and Speech. For more information, contact Ms. Koslin, 77087, desiree_koslin@fitnyc.edu.

GRANTS DIGEST AVAILABLE ON NEW GRANTS OFFICE WEBSITE
The Grants Digest is now available online, at the new Grants Office website, www3.fitnyc.edu/grants. The Grants Digest provides information on grants, fellowships, residencies, and resources for artists, researchers, writers, and others in the academic, scientific, and artistic fields. For more information, contact
Ellen Brennan-Hearn, Grants Office, 75038, ellen_brennan-hearn@fitnyc.edu.

NEW FULL-TIME FACULTY AT FIT
At the spring 2006 convocation, Dr. Reginetta Haboucha, acting associate vice president for Academic Affairs, announced the appointment of four new full-time faculty members: Jean Feinberg, Fine Arts; William Low, Illustration; Christine Pomeranz, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries; and Jeff Way, Fine Arts.

NEW ASSISTANT VP FOR COMMUNICATIONS
Carol Leven, who joined FIT as director of College Relations in March 2001, has been promoted to assistant vice president for Communications. Among her various responsibilities is the management of the college’s integrated marketing communications program. She recently co-chaired the strategic recruitment committee for strategic planning, and is currently the chair of the web development committee for the IT Management Group and the Employee Assistance Program committee. Prior to joining FIT, Carol served as director of advertising and publications at New York University for two years, and as production director at the New School for Social Research from 1986 to 1995.

FORMER CHAIR OF TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING DIES
Arthur Price, professor emeritus and former chair, Textile Development and Marketing (TDM), died on December 30, 2005. In addition to leading the TDM department for many years, Professor Price also served as director of industry research for the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, under Shirley Goodman, and was instrumental in the development of NIFT in India, Polimoda in Florence, and the Advanced Apparel Manufacturing Technology Development Center in New York. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Muriel Price, at 1860 Tice Creek Drive, Apt. 1143, Walnut Creek, CA 94595.

INTERNSHIP CENTER PROFESSOR CURATES EXHIBITION, DELIVERS PAPER
Leesa Hubbell, adjunct professor, Internship Center, curated an exhibition, Batik Fashion/American Style, shown at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA, May – September 2005. The exhibition was part of June’s World Batik Conference in Boston, for which Professor Hubbell gave several gallery talks and delivered a paper. She also gave related talks, on contemporary batik, at the New England Quilt Museum in May 2005, and at the Kuala Lumpur International Batik Conference, in Malaysia, in December 2005. For more information, contact Professor Hubbell, 77973, leesa_hubbell@fitnyc.edu.

FASHION DESIGN PROFESSOR NOMINATED FOR EDUCATION AWARD
Wallace Sloves, adjunct professor, Fashion Design–Apparel, has been nominated by NICHE, an American craft art magazine, for their inaugural Arts Educator of the Year award. The award recognizes professors who demonstrate unwavering commitment to the promotion of the arts, through the cultivation and encouragement of emerging American craft artists at U.S. and Canadian arts programs and institutions. The winners will be announced at the annual NICHE Awards ceremony, on February 19, at the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft. For more information, visit the NICHE Awards section at www.americancraft.com.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH PROFESSOR PUBLISHES PRIZE-WINNING STORY COLLECTION
Michael Hyde, assistant professor, English and Speech, has published a collection of short stories, What Are You Afraid Of?, which has won the 2005 Katharine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. For more information, contact Professor Hyde, 73267, michael_hyde@fitnyc.edu.

PACKAGING DESIGN STUDENT RECEIVES $2,000 SCHOLARSHIP
Michelle Mak, Packaging Design '05, was awarded the Cosmetic Industry Buyers and Suppliers (CIBS) Scholarship, at a CIBS luncheon on December 14, 2005. Marianne Klimchuk, assistant professor and associate chair, Packaging Design, spoke at the luncheon. For more information, visit www.cibsonline.com, or contact Professor Klimchuk, 78162, marianne_klimchuk@fitnyc.edu.

FINE ARTS EMPLOYEE IN GROUP SHOW, SITE 92
Yuichiro Nishizawa, technologist, Fine Arts, has been chosen to exhibit in Site 92, a group show at the Smack Mellon gallery, on 92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn. The show features installations created specially for the space, and will run through March 5. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm. For more information, visit www.smackmellon.org, or email yuichiro_nishizawa@fitnyc.edu.

EOP HOSTS SOUTH AFRICAN DESIGNER'S VISIT
This November, the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOPs) at FIT hosted visiting designer Refilwe Molwantwa, of Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to running her own business, Ms. Molwantwa coordinates a program to train low-earning factory workers in textile and apparel production skills. While here, Ms. Molwantwa observed several FIT courses; toured the museums, retail stores, and neighborhoods of New York City; and spoke to EOP and Childcare Assistance Program (CAP) participants about fashion design trends in the burgeoning South African market. This visit was made possible by the Business Enterprise Entrepreneur Support (BEES) Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged women with educational and economic opportunities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PROPER RETURN ADDRESSES ON OUTGOING MAIL
All return addresses on outgoing mail must include FIT’s address, the department name, and room number. Without this information, Operational Services cannot process mail for delivery. The correct address format should read:
Individual Name
Department Name
Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992

2006 UCE LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS
Nomination forms for United College Employees (UCE) Leadership Scholarship Awards have been circulated. All FIT faculty and staff are invited to nominate two-year AAS degree candidates for the $3,000 and $2,000 awards. All nominees must demonstrate involvement in FIT student life and community service, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be full-time upper-division FIT students in fall 2006. The deadline for nominations, including nominee-completed questionnaires and spring 2006 course schedules, is March 1. For more information or additional nomination forms, visit or contact the UCE of FIT office, Room B903, 77690.

SPRING 2006 PHOTO ID SCHEDULE
Photo ID Center, D404
The spring 2006 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, through February 10: 10 am – 9 pm;
Saturdays, February 4 and 11 only: 10 am – 2 pm;
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays thereafter (except holidays):
10 am – 1 pm, 5 – 8 pm.
For more information, contact Security, 77777.

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 begins February 6, and 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)

FIT SUPPORTS MGCCC HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF
With long-term relief efforts still underway, FIT and Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) are offering assistance to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and its Fashion Merchandising students, whose campus was extensively damaged. It is recommended that those interested in donating do so via Wal-Mart gift cards, which may be purchased online or in-store, starting at $10. To order online, go to www.walmart.com/giftcards, and enter as the shipping address: Marilyn VanCourt, FIT Supports MGCCC, 2226 Switzer Road, Room V104, Gulfport, MS 39507-3894; Phone 228 897.3775. For more information, contact Suzanne Sullivan, Student Affairs, 77681, suzanne_sullivan@fitnyc.edu.



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