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     January 2006

American Illustration Illustrated
Dynamic Writing Workshop
Strut! Olympus Fashion Week: Backstage and on the Catwalk
Spring 2006 Convocation
FIT Faculty Mentoring
New Graphics: Fine Art Printmaking at FIT
New WEI Workshops, January 2006

New SUNY Chancellor Named
Conference Center at FIT Recognized in American School & University
Valerie Steele Presents at Symposia in Germany and New York
Communication Design Professor Publishes Book
Sara Gursky-Petitt at Pleiades Gallery
Textile/Surface Design Professor Speaks at International Convention
SUNY Business Conference
FIT Professor's Books Selected as Props in Yours, Mine & Ours

FIT Supports MGCCC Hurricane Katrina Relief
2006 UCE Leadership Scholarships
Discounts with Working Advantage
Technology Alerts from IT for FIT
Resetting FIT Email Passwords, Computer Virus Information
FIT Employee Stationed in Iraq
Phone Donations for Senior Citizens
New Website for the Testing Center

EVENTS

AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION ILLUSTRATED
Through January 7
Student Space Gallery, The Museum at FIT
An exhibition curated by the students of the MA in Illustration program, American Illustration Illustrated provides an overview of the history of American illustration. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, assistant professor and chairperson, MA in Illustration, 78072, melanie_reim@fitnyc.edu.

DYNAMIC WRITING WORKSHOP
January 11, 9 – 5 pm
Room A803
Interested in becoming a faster, more effective writer? Human Resources is offering their Dynamic Writing Workshop, a one-day training session covering grammatical, compositional, and editing techniques essential for clear, concise writing. All participants will receive one-on-one assessment from the instructor. To register, make the necessary arrangements with your supervisor and contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu. Registration confirmation will be sent via email.

STRUT! OLYMPUS FASHION WEEK: BACKSTAGE AND ON THE CATWALK
January 19 – 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 the set-up to the runway shows and parties to the week-end breakdown. The show includes 50 images ranging from photojournalism to portraiture, and documentary video, all shot with digital cameras provided by Olympus.

SPRING 2006 CONVOCATION
January 25, 8:30 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join fellow FIT faculty and staff for the Spring 2006 Convocation. The featured guest speaker will be Dr. Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College, and author of Born to Buy and The Overworked American. School meetings will follow, with Art and Design meeting in the amphitheatre, Business and Technology in the John E. Reeves Great Hall, 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.

FIT FACULTY MENTORING
January 26 and February 1, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
Joseph Maiorca, assistant professor of Psychology and acting chair, Health and Physical Education, will host these two mentoring sessions, which encourage greater interaction within FIT’s academic community. All new and not-so-new faculty, whether full- or part-time, are invited to attend. Mentoring promotes the growth and development of new instructors, and is beneficial to the mentors and the college as well. Additional sessions will follow later in the semester. For more information, contact Professor Maiorca, 77794, joseph_maiorca@fitnyc.edu.

NEW GRAPHICS: FINE ART PRINTMAKING AT FIT
Through January 30
The Lobby Gallery, 1155 Avenue of the Americas
New Graphics, which features the printmaking work of FIT students and faculty, is currently being hosted by The Durst Organization at their Lobby Gallery, at 1155 Avenue of the Americas, in Manhattan. For more information, contact co-curators Melissa Starke, Fine Arts, 78822, and Sylvie Covey, Fine Arts, sylviegc@earthlink.net.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, JANUARY 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. January workshops include InsideFIT Workshop: Learn to Navigate InsideFIT, Digital Camera, FrontPage, and Mac 101. 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

NEW SUNY CHANCELLOR NAMED
On December 19, Admiral John R. Ryan was named chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) by its Board of Trustees. Ryan is a naval aviator, and he has served as president of three institutions: SUNY Maritime College, the University at Albany (interim), and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Named acting chancellor in April, he took office in June, and his six months of service focused on creating a stronger relationship with the New York State legislative leadership, reinvigorating the budget-making process, increasing graduates in math and sciences, and building upon the university’s international education and exchange programs. For more information on Admiral Ryan, visit the SUNY website here.

CONFERENCE CENTER AT FIT RECOGNIZED IN AMERICAN SCHOOL & UNIVERSITY
The Conference Center at FIT was recognized in the August 2005 issue of American School & University, as part of the magazine’s 15th annual Educational Interiors Showcase. Judged by a panel of education and architectural professionals, the Conference Center was given an Outstanding Designs citation in the Multipurpose Rooms category.

VALERIE STEELE PRESENTS AT SYMPOSIA IN GERMANY AND NEW YORK
Dr. Valerie Steele, director and head curator of The Museum at FIT, spoke at two recent symposia. At November’s Fashion Conference, at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, Dr. Steele delivered “Form Follows Fashion: Abstraction and the Avant-Garde.” In December, at New York University’s Dressing the Part: The Masculine and Feminine in Fashion, she spoke on “Octave Uzanne: The Man Who Loved Women’s Fashion (A True Story from Fin-de-Siècle France).”

COMMUNICATION DESIGN PROFESSOR PUBLISHES BOOK
C.J. Yeh, instructor, Communication Design, has published his third book, The History and Development of Digital Art, a collection of essays focusing on the use of digital technology in contemporary art. For more information, contact Professor Yeh, 77985, chinjuz_yeh@fitnyc.edu.

SARA GURSKY-PETITT AT PLEIADES GALLERY
Sara Gursky-Petitt, assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design, and coordinator, Fabric Styling, is showing her recent artwork as part of a group show at the Pleiades Gallery, located on 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, in Manhattan. The show runs from January 10 – 28; gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm. For more information, contact Professor Gursky-Petitt, 78012, sara_petitt@fitnyc.edu, or call the Pleiades Gallery, 646 230.0056.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN PROFESSOR SPEAKS AT INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Holly Henderson, assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design, will present a seminar, “Digital Images and Visual Communication: How to Communicate with Artists and Customers Worldwide,” at the Direction Show, an international textile design convention. The event will be held at Penn Plaza Pavilion on 401 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, January 17 – 19; Professor Henderson is scheduled to speak at 1 pm on the 18th. A limited number of tickets are available, for free, to FIT students and faculty. For more information, contact Professor Henderson, holly_henderson@fitnyc.edu.

SUNY BUSINESS CONFERENCE
The SUNY Business Conference for Faculty and Business Administrators was held at FIT this past fall, and coordinated by Ari Vega, assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries. The conference had two objectives: to adopt a new mission statement and constitution to further unite the SUNY schools, and to focus on SUNY’s role in the economic development of New York State. The conference will be featured in an upcoming issue of West 27, FIT’s student newspaper. For more information, contact Professor Vega, 78549, araceli_vega@fitnyc.edu.

FIT PROFESSOR’S BOOKS SELECTED AS PROPS IN YOURS, MINE & OURS
The current release of Yours, Mine & Ours, starring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo, features as background props two books, Making Handbags and Making Leather Handbags, authored by Ellen Goldstein, professor and chair of Accessories Design.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIT SUPPORTS MGCCC HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF
With long-term relief efforts still underway, FIT and the Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) Executive Board are offering assistance to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and its Fashion Merchandising students, whose campus was extensively damaged. MGCCC Fashion Merchandising Department Chair Marilyn VanCourt reports that students are in need of household goods, and as Wal-Mart is the only accessible store in the area, 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. 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.

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.

DISCOUNTS WITH WORKING ADVANTAGE
Open to all members of the UCE of FIT, Working Advantage (www.workingadvantage.com) provides discounts on video rentals, online shopping, and tickets to movies, theme parks, museums, Broadway shows, sporting events, ski resorts, and more. To register, visit the Employee Registration section of the website and enter the UCE of FIT’s ID number, 99042678. You will then be prompted to create a personal account. For more information, visit www.uce-fit.org.

TECHNOLOGY ALERTS FROM IT FOR FIT
When problems affect the administrative and/or academic computer systems on campus, Information Technology (IT) for FIT uses the FIT websites (www.fitnyc.edu and InsideFIT), collegewide voicemail, and the 7-HELP (7-4357) customer service line to inform and assist the college community. Additionally, the IT for FIT website (www3.fitnyc.edu/IT) lists scheduled downtimes for system maintenance, unexpected downtimes, and virus alerts. To read the IT for FIT memo on communications procedures, click here.

RESETTING FIT EMAIL PASSWORDS, COMPUTER VIRUS INFORMATION
If an FIT email account password is forgotten or is not working, IT for FIT provides a utility to allow the password to be reset to its default, which is the employee’s birthday in MmmDDYYYY format (ex: Jun231975). To set up this failsafe, go to passkey.fitnyc.edu. Do not wait until a password has expired. IT for FIT also urges all employees to always have antivirus protection running on their computers. MacAfee Viruscan for Windows and Virex for Macintosh are available on the IT for FIT website, in the IT's Download Center section. To read the IT for FIT memo on resetting passwords and antivirus protection, click here. For more information, please contact IT Customer Service, 7-HELP (7-4357), or visit www3.fitnyc.edu/IT.

FIT EMPLOYEE STATIONED IN IRAQ
Garnett Barracks, Operational Services (Receiving), is currently serving with the U.S. armed forces in Iraq. To send him well wishes, he may be contacted at garnett_barracks@fitnyc.edu.

PHONE DONATIONS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Phones for Life collects used cell phones, passing them on to seniors to provide emergency access to 911. There are two drop-off locations to donate phones near the FIT area: S Wireless, on 648 Ninth Avenue, and Cosi, on 841 Broadway. For more information, including additional drop-off locations, visit www.phones4life.org, or contact Lisa Wager, director of Government and Community Relations, lisa_wager@fitnyc.edu.

NEW WEBSITE FOR THE TESTING CENTER
The FIT Testing Center has a new website, www.fitnyc.edu/placementtests, which enables students to register online for their college placement tests. The site also includes frequently asked questions and exemption information. For more information, contact Charlotte Brown, associate professor, Educational Skills, 78773, charlotte_brown@fitnyc.edu.



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