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     June 2006

High School Partnership Program Year-End Exhibition
Elder Care Support Group
Dave Brubeck's 85th Birthday Concert, with Bill Cosby
Emotional Intelligence Workshop
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: The Tailor's Art

New Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
New Dean for Graduate Studies
New Facilities and Special Events Coordinator
SHoP Continues Planning Work
Record Sales at FIT's Style Shop
Coby Foundation Awards $35,000 to The Museum at FIT
FIT Professors' Animated Films Showing in New York
EOP Student Recognition Reception
Communication Design Professor in Group Exhibition
Textile/Surface Design Professor Juries Alaskan Art Competition

Asbestos Abatement Notification
New Smoking Policy at FIT
New Online Liberal Arts Registration for Incoming Students
Faculty Mentoring, Fall 2006
New Email Address for Bulk Mailing at FIT
Information Technology for FIT Launches Newsletter
New WEI Workshops, June 2006
EAP Parenting Support Group Meeting Canceled
Employee Wellness Program Exercise Classes, June 2006

EVENTS

HIGH SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM YEAR-END EXHIBITION
Through July 3
Hudson Guild Gallery, 441 West 26th Street, New York
The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs’s High School Partnership Program (HSPP) is holding its year-end exhibition, displaying students’ work in life drawing, packaging and poster design, and more. The HSPP prepares gifted students from New York City high schools for higher education and careers in the fields of art and design. For more information, contact Page Neal, HSSP junior coordinator, 78003.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
June 5, 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.

DAVE BRUBECK’S 85TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT, WITH BILL COSBY
June 21, 6:30 pm
Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue and 51st Street, New York
The JVC Jazz Festival presents this special event, benefiting FIT’s Educational Development Fund, with performances by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Big Band, and comedian Bill Cosby. For more information, contact Vicki Guranowski, Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, 77820, vicki_guranowski@fitnyc.edu.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE WORKSHOP
June 29, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Conference Center at FIT, Seminar Room 5
This full-day workshop will be devoted to recognizing how feelings play a substantial role in self-motivation and self-management, and how to use this awareness to successfully manage relationships in the workplace. Breakfast and lunch will be served. This workshop is sponsored by the Fashion Merchandising Management (FMM) department and the Tech Prep program. For more information, contact Naomi Gross, assistant professor and assistant chairperson, FMM, 78615, naomi_gross@fitnyc.edu.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: THE TAILOR’S ART
Through November 4
The Museum at FIT
The second exhibition of the new 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 www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

NEWS

NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND CIO
President Joyce F. Brown has named Dr. Edward V. Chapel, long-time university leader in information technology (IT), as vice president for IT and chief information officer. Dr. Chapel is currently associate vice president of IT at Montclair State University; he will join FIT on July 1. Prior work experience includes guiding the technology agenda at Farleigh Dickinson University; consultancy work for the City University of New York, Long Island University, Catholic University of America, and various corporations; and full- and part-time teaching positions in the social sciences at several universities. Dr. Chapel holds a BS from Ramapo College, and an MA and PhD from New York University. To read President Brown’s memo, click here.

NEW DEAN FOR GRADUATE STUDIES
President Joyce F. Brown has named Dr. Steven Zucker, chairperson, History of Art, as dean of the School of Graduate Studies, effective July 2006. Dr. Zucker has been with FIT for 14 years, as both adjunct and full-time faculty member, and has been chairperson of his department since 2001. His achievements include co-authoring the college’s Visual Art Management major; helping to initiate the FIT Digital Image Library; co-organizing two conferences on teaching with technology; and serving actively on many committees, such as the Faculty Senate Committee on Instructional Technology, the Ad-Hoc Committee on Assessment, and the College-wide Curriculum Committee. Dr. Zucker holds a BA from Bard College, an MA from Hunter College, and a PhD from the City University of New York’s Graduate School and University Center. To read President Brown’s memo, click here.

NEW FACILITIES AND SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR
Vice President for Communications and External Relations Loretta Lawrence Keane has named Mary Oleniczak as facilities and special events coordinator. Most recently the executive director of the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon, MI, Ms. Oleniczak has also served as executive director of the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center in Nyack, NY, and director of performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Her professional experience encompasses facilities and operations supervision, special events creation and management, and financial analysis and budget development. Kellie Rutkowski, who ably and willingly stepped in as acting coordinator, will continue on in her capacity as assistant to the coordinator, following a maternity leave beginning July 17. To read Vice President Keane’s memo, click here.

SHoP CONTINUES PLANNING WORK
SHoP Architects have completed work on Task III of the FIT campus master plan and have been retained to develop schematic designs for C2, the ten-floor, 85,000-square-foot building extension of the Marvin Feldman Center. To include 21 teaching spaces, a student life hall, faculty offices, and gallery and lounge space, the building will be planned with the consultation of FIT committees that will address academic affairs and student affairs needs. Schematic design work will continue through the summer and is expected to take six to eight months to complete.

RECORD SALES AT FIT’S STYLE SHOP
The Style Shop, FIT’s student-run boutique, had a record $26,500 in sales for the 2005-06 academic year.

COBY FOUNDATION AWARDS $35,000 TO THE MUSEUM AT FIT
The Coby Foundation, Ltd., a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding projects in textiles and needle arts, has announced a $35,000 award to The Museum at FIT for its fall 2006 symposium and exhibition, Love and War: The Weaponized Woman. The symposium will be held on September 9; the exhibition is scheduled to run September 9 – December 16.

FIT PROFESSORS’ ANIMATED FILMS SHOWING IN NEW YORK
John Goodwin, adjunct assistant professor, Computer Graphics, and Don Newcomb, adjunct instructor, Fashion Design, have collaborated on two animated films, showing in New York City in June. Downsizing of the Gods had its world premiere at the AMC Theaters on 34th Street at Eighth Avenue, on June 4, at 1 pm. Downsizing will be shown as part of NewFest, the annual LGBT film festival; for more information, visit www.newfest.org. Fairy Tales: Next Gen will be shown June 12, 6 pm, at the Jefferson Market Library, 25 Sixth Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nutcracked.com.

EOP STUDENT RECOGNITION RECEPTION
The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs held its annual Student Recognition reception on May 12, honoring exceptional and graduating students in the Educational Opportunity (EOP) and Childcare Assistance (CAP) programs. EOP honorees included 78 degree candidates, and ninety students with GPAs higher than 3.0. CAP honorees included two degree candidates, and seven students with GPAs higher than 3.0.

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 is a reflection on the society’s landmark Slavery in New York exhibition. Legacies opens June 16 and runs through January 7, 2007. The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West, in Manhattan. For more information, visit www.nyhistory.org.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN PROFESSOR JURIES ALASKAN ART COMPETITION
Zsuzsi Dahlquist, adjunct professor, Textile/Surface Design, is serving as juror on the Pratt Museum Juried Art Exhibition 2006, in Homer, AK. The submissions are exclusively those of Alaskan artists; this year’s theme, titled Going to Extremes, centers on “Alaskan extremes of altitude, latitude, attitude, weather, seasons, and/or perspectives.” Chosen works will be exhibited at the Pratt Museum, June 2 –
August 15. For more information, contact Professor Dahlquist, 77272, zsuzsi_dahlquist@fitnyc.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASBESTOS ABATEMENT NOTIFICATION
FIT will engage in asbestos abatement work in various parts of the Marvin Feldman and the Business and Liberal Arts centers, beginning mid-June. The New York State Asbestos Abatement Department of Labor Industrial Code Rule regulations require that FIT must notify all those entering college buildings ten days prior to the commencement of the abatement. In addition to this announcement, notices will be placed at the security desks of all buildings and will be posted in the affected areas. Abatement work will take place in the following areas:
Hallway outside Room AC-4C;
Inside Pump Room CC-12;
Inside Textile Development Lab CC-21;
Inside Knitting Lab CC-14A;
Inside Fan Room B-1002;
House Water Tank, roof, Business and Liberal Arts Center
For more information, contact Joseph Arcoleo, director of Environmental Health and Safety Compliance, 77141, joseph_arcoleo@fitnyc.edu.

NEW SMOKING POLICY AT FIT
As part of an ongoing effort to create a healthful, comfortable, and productive environment for the entire FIT community, the Board of Trustees approved an expansion of the college’s smoking policy at their March 2006 meeting. The new policy, effective June 1, 2006, prohibits smoking anywhere on FIT grounds, including the breezeway between the David Dubinsky Student Center and Business and Liberal Arts Center, terraces, and any areas under an overhang. This will not include the sidewalks and street, which are public property and not subject to FIT jurisdiction. This policy was developed in response to growing concern over the long-term health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke. To read the president’s memo on the new smoking policy, click here. To read the policy in its entirety and view a map designating FIT's property line, visit www.fitnyc.edu/smokingpolicy.

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

FACULTY MENTORING, FALL 2006
There will be two mentoring sessions at the beginning of 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. Sessions are from 5:00 – 6:15 pm in Room B502, August 24 and 29. For more information, contact Joseph Maiorca, assistant professor of Psychology and acting chairperson, Health and Physical Education, 77862, joseph_maiorca@fitnyc.edu.

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULK MAILING AT FIT
The Bulk Mailing unit of Mail Operations has a new email address, bulkmail@fitnyc.edu. Please use this address when sending mailing list files. For more information, contact Joseph Moreno, manager, Mail Operations, 73176, joseph_moreno@fitnyc.edu.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR FIT LAUNCHES NEWSLETTER
Information Technology (IT) for FIT has launched its own newsletter. A print version has been distributed throughout campus, and it can also be viewed at www3.fitnyc.edu/IT/newsletter.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, JUNE 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. June workshops include FrontPage, Digital Container Store, Digital Imaging for the Web, Introduction to PowerPoint, and Tables in Microsoft Word. Workshops’ dates and times are listed at www3.fitnyc.edu/thenewwei. For more information or to register, contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, 73662, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

EAP PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP MEETING CANCELED
The June 2006 meeting of the Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Parenting Support Group has been canceled. Please contact the EAP office, 77167, if you have parenting issues you’d like to discuss.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM EXERCISE CLASSES, JUNE 2006
The Employee Wellness Program offers free lunchtime exercise classes to all faculty and staff. 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 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, 12 – 1 pm, Auxiliary Gym (AX39)
Wednesdays: Fitness Center, 12 – 1 pm, Fitness Center (BX13)
Thursdays: Yoga, 12 – 1 pm, Dance Studio (BX28)



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