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     May 2006

Fifth Annual Holocaust Commemoration Event
Fashion Avenue Meets Madison Avenue
Lecture: "Fighting Honor Crimes in Jordan: Defending Women's Lives"
Interface: Prints by FIT Students, Faculty, and Staff
Tech Prep Program Portfolio Exhibition
Orientation and Advisement Hours
Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition
Faculty Senate Meeting
Elder Care Support Group
Dorsch Awards Reception
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: The Tailor's Art
Dave Brubeck's 85th Birthday Concert, with Bill Cosby

"Innovation and New Ideas": Graduate Students Present Capstone Projects
EOP Student Recognition Reception
Fashion and Textile History Gallery Brochure Wins Award
FIT's Website Wins First Place Cyber Space Award
Communication Design Professor in Group Exhibition
History of Art Professor Organizing Exhibit in Beijing
FIT Students Painting a Mural at Empire State Building
Office of EOP News
Textile/Surface Design Students in Carpet Design Contest
Interior Design Professor Designs Home Furnishings Window Display
Foreign Languages Chair Gives Poetry Reading
Featured New Titles on Library Website
Fine Arts Professor in Whitney Biennial

New Smoking Policy at FIT
Adjunct Faculty Summer Institute 2006
Gladys Marcus Library Extended Hours
EAP Parenting Support Group Meetings Canceled
Hurricane Katrina Relief
Employee Wellness Program Spring 2006 Exercise Classes

EVENTS

FIFTH ANNUAL HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION EVENT
May 2, 1 – 2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Gerd Korman, professor emeritus of American history at Cornell University, author of Nightmare’s Fairy Tale: A Young Refugee’s Home Fronts 1938-1948 (2005), and editor, Hunter and Hunted: Human History of the Holocaust (1973), will speak. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Roberta Paley, assistant professor of Psychology, 78766, roberta_paley@fitnyc.edu.

FASHION AVENUE MEETS MADISON AVENUE
May 2, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This fourth annual symposium, hosted by Advertising and Marketing Communications (AMC), presents a panel of communications experts sharing their insights and experiences in the field. Panelists include heads of marketing and communications for Estée Lauder, Liz Claiborne, Tiffany & Co., Madison Square Garden, National CineMedia, the American Foundation for the Blind, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Julie Jarrett, executive recruiter, Heyman Associates, will serve as moderator. For more information, contact Linda Finnerty, instructor, AMC, 78467, linda_finnerty@fitnyc.edu.

LECTURE: “FIGHTING HONOR CRIMES IN JORDAN: DEFENDING WOMEN’S LIVES”
May 4, 1 – 2 pm
Room B503
The School of Liberal Arts welcomes Stephanie Nanes, assistant professor of political science, Hofstra University, as the latest speaker in its World Affairs Lecture Series. For more information, contact Yasemin Celik, assistant professor, Social Sciences, 77069, yasemin_celik@fitnyc.edu.

INTERFACE: PRINTS BY FIT STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF
Through May 4
Café 27, 250 West 27 Street, New York City
A selection of printmaking work by FIT students, faculty, and staff, Interface is co-sponsored by the Urban Studio and FIT Student Association (FITSA). For more information, contact Fine Arts, 78839.

TECH PREP PROGRAM PORTFOLIO EXHIBITION
May 5, 1 – 3 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
More than 100 high school students, along with their parents and teachers, will visit FIT to view the annual FIT Tech Prep Portfolio Exhibit. The event, also open to all members of the FIT community, showcases the work of high school students enrolled in the Tech Prep Program, and is co-sponsored by the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs’s High School Partnership Program. For more information, contact Linda Finnerty, instructor, AMC, 78467, linda_finnerty@fitnyc.edu.

ORIENTATION AND ADVISEMENT HOURS
May 10, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, and May 13, 10 am – noon
Conference Center at FIT, lower level
Academic orientation and advisement, offered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/continuinged.

ART AND DESIGN GRADUATING STUDENT EXHIBITION
May 11 – 23
Selected works by graduating students of the School of Art and Design will be on view at The Museum at FIT, John E. Reeves Great Hall, and the lobbies of the Marvin Feldman, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design, and Shirley Goodman Resource centers.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
May 11, 1 – 2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, Alcove, 8th floor
All faculty are invited to attend Faculty Senate meetings, held on a monthly basis each semester. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras, acting coordinator of Faculty Services, 77793, esther_oliveras@fitnyc.edu.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
May 11, 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.

DORSCH AWARDS RECEPTION
May 16, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Marvin Feldman Center, Boardroom, 9th floor
History of Art invites the FIT community to this event, celebrating the George T. Dorsch Endowed Student and Adjunct Faculty Fellowships. These awards are given annually to one adjunct History of Art faculty member and one FIT student for research in the field. This year’s winners will be announced at the reception, and the 2005 honorees, Marshall Mount, adjunct faculty, and Celia Bergoffen, student, will give short presentations on their fellowship-related projects. For more information, contact Richard Turnbull, assistant professor, History of Art, 78304, richard_turnbull@fitnyc.edu.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: THE TAILOR’S ART
May 23 – 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 and Redken, and the support of the Couture Council. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

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.

NEWS

“INNOVATION AND NEW IDEAS”: GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT CAPSTONE PROJECTS
On May 17, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, the Master of Professional Studies students in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (CFMM) will present their capstone projects to an industry audience. William Lauder, CEO, Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. will make opening remarks. This event is sponsored by Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

EOP STUDENT RECOGNITION RECEPTION
On May 12, the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs’s (EOP) Student Recognition reception will be held to honor graduating EOP students and EOP students with exceptional GPAs. This event will be held in the Marvin Feldman Center boardroom, ninth floor, and is by invitation only. For more information, contact the Office of EOP, 77190.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY BROCHURE WINS AWARD
The American Association of Museums’s 2006 Museum Publications Design Competition winners have been announced, with The Museum at FIT placing second in the “supplementary materials” category for its Fashion and Textile History Gallery brochure. The brochure, produced in conjunction with the Office of College Relations and Pentagram Design, tied with a publication for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. First place was awarded to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.

FIT’S WEBSITE WINS FIRST PLACE CYBER SPACE AWARD
The New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE) recently honored FIT’s website during a luncheon at the Roosevelt Hotel. The society evaluated nearly 450 member sites before bestowing the first place 2006 Cyber Space Award on www.fitnyc.edu. Other winners included the Wildlife Conservation Society, second place, and Hadassah: The Women’s Zionists Organization of America, third place. Past first-place winners include the New York Botanical Gardens and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Click here for more information.

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.

HISTORY OF ART PROFESSOR ORGANIZING EXHIBIT IN BEIJING
The National Art Museum of China in Beijing will mount an exhibition of Venetian art, curated by the Tekne Associazone Culturale of Milan, Italy. William Barcham, professor, History of Art, will serve on the organizing committee. For more information, contact Professor Barcham, 78295, william_barcham@fitnyc.edu.

FIT STUDENTS PAINTING A MURAL AT EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Four Fine Arts students – Assa Bigger, Garrett Klein, Melissa Starke, and Marcia Wlodarczyk – are executing a mural for New York Skyride, a popular tourist attraction at the Empire State Building. When completed, the 85' x 12' wall will be both a painting and a multimedia, interactive installation. This project is taking place through FIT’s Urban Studio club, which seeks public art opportunities for students. For more information, contact Melissa Starke, department coordinator, Fine Arts, 78822, melissa_starke@fitnyc.edu.

OFFICE OF EOP NEWS
On April 15, the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs’s (EOP) Childcare Assistance Program sponsored a pre-Easter activity – a visit to the Build-a-Bear store in midtown Manhattan, for students and their families. On April 17, students in EOP’s High School Partnership Program visited MTV Studios to tour the broadcast studios, makeup rooms, and control room, where some had the opportunity to serve as temporary technical directors. For more information, contact the Office of EOP, 77190.
TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN STUDENTS IN CARPET DESIGN CONTEST
Students in the spring 2006 Tufted and Printed Rugs and Carpeting Design classes are participating in a carpet design contest, called New Views on Traditional, sponsored by Mohawk/Karastan, with a first prize of $1,500. Students were provided with a $50 stipend, and asked to research and update a past design from the Karastan archives with a contemporary perspective and color palette. The judging ceremony will be held May 15 in the Conference Center at FIT, lower level, Seminar Room 9. For more information, contact Deborah Hernandez, adjunct instructor, Textile/Surface Design, deborah_hernandez@fitnyc.edu.

INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSOR DESIGNS HOME FURNISHINGS WINDOW DISPLAY
Motonobu Otsu, adjunct assistant professor, Interior Design, has designed and executed a window display for the home furnishings firm Interlude International, at the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) in High Point, NC. The IHFC is the largest wholesale home furnishings show in the world. For more information, contact Professor Otsu, 78645, motonobu_otsu@fitnyc.edu, or visit www.otsudesign.com.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES CHAIR GIVES POETRY READING
On April 19, James Cascaito, chair, Foreign Languages, read from Spanish and Italian translations of his poetry at the Cornelia Street Café. Colombian poet Carlos Montaño also read. The reading was hosted by Madeline Millán, assistant professor, Foreign Languages.

FEATURED NEW TITLES ON LIBRARY WEBSITE
The Gladys Marcus Library has added a browse-able “new titles” area to its website, featuring the resources added to the library’s collection in recent months. New titles include books, video (DVD or VHS), picture files, periodicals, and more. To view the page, click here. For more information, contact the library, 75590.

FINE ARTS PROFESSOR IN WHITNEY BIENNIAL
Vincent Arcilesi, professor, Fine Arts, was selected as one of the artists to contribute to the Peace Tower, which will stand outside the Whitney Museum entrance through May 28, as part of their Biennial. The tower is the second of its kind; the first was constructed in Los Angeles in 1966 as a protest against the Vietnam War, and included works by Donald Judd, Frank Stella, and Mark Rothko, among others. Participating artists in the current tower include Matthew Barney, Yoko Ono, and
Kiki Smith.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 starting June 1, 2006, will prohibit 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.

ADJUNCT FACULTY SUMMER INSTITUTE 2006
The FIT Adjunct Faculty Summer Institute, sponsored by the Teaching Institute, is scheduled for June 6 – 7. A day-and-a-half writing workshop conducted by the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College and FIT faculty, this event can accommodate up to fifty attendees; enrollment is first-come, first-served. Interested adjunct faculty should submit their name, department, and contact information to Celia Baez, celia_baez@fitnyc.edu. All applicants will be contacted regarding acceptance and location of the workshop by May 16.

GLADYS MARCUS LIBRARY EXTENDED HOURS
The Gladys Marcus Library has also announced the following end-of-semester extended hours, through May 21: Fridays, 9 am – 8 pm; Saturdays, 10 am – 6 pm; Sundays, noon – 8 pm.

EAP PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS CANCELED
All spring 2006 meetings of the Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Parenting Support Group have been canceled. Please contact the EAP office, 77167, if you have parenting issues you’d like to discuss.

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.

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 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)



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