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     November 2006

Styling: The Master Class with Nolé Marin
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: The Tailor's Art
Faculty Mentoring
Annual Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Competition
"Positive Thinking: How to Get What You Want in Life"
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: She's Like a Rainbow
Life Insurance Meetings for Full-Time Employees
Elder Care Support Group
Talking Trade @ FIT: "International Licensing: The Next Wave"
Faculty Senate Meeting
Love & War: The Weaponized Woman

New Dean for Continuing and Professional Studies
FIT Celebrates The Doneger Group's Sixtieth Anniversary
FIT Participates in SUNY Town/Gown
SUNY Learning Network Wins Award for Excellence
Interior Design Students Work with Johnson & Johnson
Student Life Leadership Workshop
EOP Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Student Life Professor Serves as Program Reviewer
Fine Arts Professor's Solo Show
Illustration Professor Lectures at National Academy
Professor Takes Part in Sam Shephard Play
Interior Design Professor Conducts Seminar Series
Residential Life Employee Writes Novel
Professor Participates in Panel Discussion, Exhibition
FIT in NYT
Printmaking Professor's Solo Show

Graphically Speaking: "As One: Artist, Inventor, and Designer"
Staff Development Program, 2006-07
Amato/Mills Scholarship Fund
New WEI Workshops, November 2006

EVENTS

STYLING: THE MASTER CLASS WITH NOLÉ MARIN
November 3, 9 am - 4 pm
Room D211
Nolé Marin—celebrity stylist for America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks, E!, Iman, MTV, Smokey Robinson, Claudia Schiffer, and more—conducts a special styling workshop, sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies. This workshop is $200 for the general public, including a box lunch; free to FIT faculty and staff, with lunch at $15. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to Room D130. For more information, contact the Center for Professional Studies at 77715.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: THE TAILOR’S ART
Through November 4
The Museum at FIT
The second rotation at the museum's permanent Fashion and Textile History Gallery, 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. This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of Elle magazine, Redken NYC, and the Couture Council. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

FACULTY MENTORING
November 6, 1-2 pm
Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
The latest in a series of mentoring sessions, designed to provide new faculty members with a general orientation to the college. Topics of discussion will include collegewide assessment, academic integrity, student evaluations, test preparation exercises, and effective teaching practices. For more information, contact Joseph Maiorca, acting chairperson of Health and Physical Education, assistant professor of Psychology, 77724, joseph_maiorca@fitnyc.edu.

ANNUAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE POETRY RECITATION COMPETITION
November 7, 1-2 pm (final run-offs)
November 9, 1-2 pm (awards ceremony and reception)

Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor, boardroom
The Foreign Languages department invites the FIT community to its 17th annual poetry recitation competition. On November 7, student finalists will recite a memorized poem from the literature of the language they’re currently studying (Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish). Judging criteria will include pronunciation, intonation, and interpretation of the text. Winners will be announced at the November 9 awards ceremony, and soprano Ilana Kochinska will perform operatic musical selections. For more information, contact James Cascaito, associate professor and chairperson, Foreign Languages, 78975, james_cascaito@fitnyc.edu.

“POSITIVE THINKING: HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT IN LIFE”
November 9, 1-2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor, alcove
An FIT/UCE Employee Assistance Program lunchtime seminar, “Positive Thinking” increases awareness of how attitudes affect achievement, and offers solutions to create a healthy, productive outlook on work and life. For more information,
contact EAP, 77167.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: SHE’S LIKE A RAINBOW
November 11
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. She’s Like a Rainbow will run through May 12, 2007. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

LIFE INSURANCE MEETINGS FOR FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES
November 13, 14, and 16; noon -1 pm and 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre (November 13 and 16)
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor, lounge (November 14)
All full-time employees are encouraged to attend any one of six lunchtime meetings discussing updates to the college’s life insurance plan, and the options now available for purchasing additional coverage through payroll deductions. Find out more about these new benefits before the enrollment period ends, on December 28. (These new options will also be covered in an information packet, to be distributed collegewide.) Advance registration is not required. For more information, contact Bonnie Born, Human Resources, 75610.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
November 13, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
The FIT/UCE 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 EAP, 77167.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: “INTERNATIONAL LICENSING: THE NEXT WAVE”
November 15, 6:30-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The latest in a guest lecture series presented by the International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries department. Evan Mittman, founder and CEO, Cipriani Accessories, will discuss how to work strategically with international licensing partners. This lecture was arranged by Laura Jones, executive director of USA-ITA; Denise Bar-Aharon, president of BTC International; and Christine Pomeranz, assistant professor of ITM. For more information, click here, or contact Dasia Davis, ITM, 78490, dasia_davis@fitnyc.edu.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
November 16, 1-2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor, alcove
All faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras,
acting coordinator of Faculty Services, 77793, esther_oliveras@fitnyc.edu.

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.

NEWS

NEW DEAN FOR CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
President Joyce F. Brown has announced the appointment of Dr. Lisa R. Braverman as dean for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Dr. Braverman has built a highly regarded record in designing and delivering creative entrepreneurial programs for adult and non-traditional learners at institutions including New York Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, and Adelphi University. She is currently executive director for university outreach at SUNY Farmingdale, and will join FIT on January 2, 2007. To read the president’s memo on Dr. Braverman’s appointment, visit InsideFIT here.

FIT CELEBRATES THE DONEGER GROUP’S SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY
On November 6, in the John E. Reeves Great Hall, FIT and The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries will host The Doneger Group’s Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration. The Doneger Group is the largest independent buying office in the U.S., and the industry’s leading fashion merchandising and retail consulting company. Abbey Doneger, president of The Doneger Group and EFFI member, has graciously designated all proceeds to benefit the Henry Doneger Scholarship Fund. Established in 1995 in memory of his father, founder of The Doneger Group, the scholarship is available to students majoring in Fashion Merchandising Management.

FIT PARTICIPATES IN SUNY TOWN/GOWN
Dr. Reginetta Haboucha, acting associate vice president for Academic Affairs; Eric Hertz, director of the Center for Executive Education; and Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, will represent the college at the SUNY Annual Town/Gown conference, to be held at SUNY Downstate Medical Center on November 29. Other participating SUNY institutions include Downstate Medical Center, Empire State College, The Levin Institute, Maritime College, and the State College of Optometry. The scheduled plenary session and roundtable discussions will focus on the role, impact, and benefits of SUNY colleges in New York City.

SUNY LEARNING NETWORK WINS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
The U.S. Distance Learning Association has recognized the SUNY Learning Network with its 21st Century Best Practice Award. The SUNY Learning Network (SLN) makes available more than 4,300 courses and 100 complete degree and certificate programs. The award was announced at Training magazine’s Training Solutions Conference and Expo in Denver, CO, in October. For more information, visit the
SUNY website here.

INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENTS WORK WITH JOHNSON & JOHNSON
In November 2004, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Inc., began a multi-year project with FIT’s Interior Design department, sponsoring a series of competitions to redesign spaces in the company’s two Skillman, NJ, office buildings. Students in Design Studio IV for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years created and presented design concepts for the buildings’ lobbies, atriums, and common spaces. Students in Design Studio III for this 2006-07 academic year will create and present concepts for selected office areas. Johnson & Johnson agreed to award the college a $10,000 annual grant for the project’s duration, and to award $1,500 in prize money to each semester’s winning students.

STUDENT LIFE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Philip Milio, professor and counselor, Student Life, led a group of 37 students on a weekend-long retreat, the Leadership Workshop, held October 20-22 at the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center in Palisades, NY, and funded by the FIT Student Association. The weekend featured a program of exercises emphasizing individual and group communication, cultural diversity, decision making, team building, and other human relations skills. Exercises were facilitated by Leonard Bess, assistant professor and chairperson of Fashion Design; Lisa Hamilton, assistant professor and counselor, Student Life; Sandy Krasovec, assistant professor of Packaging Design; and Liza Wolsky, assistant professor and counselor to students, Student Affairs. For more information, contact Professor Milio, 78710, philip_milio@fitnyc.edu.

EOP CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
As part of their Hispanic Heritage Month activities, the Educational Opportunity Programs office sponsored a program of live music and spoken word performances by noted Latino artists. Held during the October 10 common hour, the event featured poet Melle-SOL, who read from her own work and the work of Mariposa and Pedro Pietri, and Sony recording artists Jzabehl. Guests were treated to a meal of arroz con pollo. For more information, contact EOP, 77190.

STUDENT LIFE PROFESSOR SERVES AS PROGRAM REVIEWER
Philip Milio, professor and counselor, Student Life, reviewed program proposals for the upcoming American College Personnel Association/National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education joint meeting, which will be held in Orlando, FL, March 31 - April 4, 2007. The meeting’s topic of discussion will be “Our Power and Responsibility to Shape Education.” For more information, contact Professor Milio, 78710, philip_milio@fitnyc.edu.

FINE ARTS PROFESSOR’S SOLO SHOW
Richard Pitts, professor of Fine Arts, will be showing new work in The Devil’s Tale: The Artist as Fallen Angel, at 55 Mercer, an artist-run gallery at 55 Mercer Street in Manhattan. The Devil’s Tale takes its inspiration from the myth of the artist Marsyas, who challenged the god Apollo to a contest of music, lost, and was flayed for his hubris. The show will run November 2-25; opening reception is November 2, 5-8 pm. For more information, visit www.richardpitts.com, call 55 Mercer at 212 226.8513,
or email richard_pitts@fitnyc.edu.

ILLUSTRATION PROFESSOR LECTURES AT NATIONAL ACADEMY
Morton Kaish, professor of Illustration, was invited to participate in the fall 2006 Lunchtime Lecture Series at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, in Manhattan. Professor Kaish’s talk, an illustrated lecture on his work, took place on October 26, in the Academy’s Huntington Room. For more information, contact Professor Kaish, morton_kaish@fitnyc.edu.

PROFESSOR TAKES PART IN SAM SHEPHARD PLAY
Jeff LaMarre, adjunct instructor of Computer Graphics, recently played lead guitar in a production of Sam Shephard’s Tooth of Crime at the La Mama Theatre in Manhattan, which reunited the play’s original cast. The production ran October 3-22. Professor LaMarre is a NY-based guitarist and actor, and post-production manager for moBay Media, which produces the Wal-Mart Forrest L. Wood Competitive Fishing Tour
for Fox Sports.

INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSOR CONDUCTS SEMINAR SERIES
Susan Slotkis, assistant adjunct professor of Interior Design, has begun a series of seminars for the trade design community, through the Beacon Hill/Robert Allen Group, a home furnishings company. Professor Slotkis’ seminar, “Connect the Dots: Design in Context,” has been given in Boston, MA, and Troy, MI. Future engagements include Westbury and New York City, NY, and Philadelphia, PA.
For more information, contact Professor Slotkis, susan_slotkis@fitnyc.edu.

RESIDENTIAL LIFE EMPLOYEE WRITES NOVEL
Sean Heffron, resident counselor of Residential Life, has written and published Seams, his first novel. For more information, visit www.publishedauthors.net/seams, or contact Mr. Heffron, 73943, sean_heffron@fitnyc.edu.

PROFESSOR PARTICIPATES IN PANEL DISCUSSION, EXHIBITION
Peter Bardazzi, associate professor of Computer Graphics, participated in a panel discussion, “Art or Trade School,” at the SIGGRAPH 2006 computer graphics conference and exhibition, held in Boston this August. Professor Bardazzi also recently contributed to an exhibition, Collection of a Lifetime: Artists from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection, at SUNY Purchase’s Neuberger Museum.

FIT IN NYT
Students in an FIT film class were quoted in a "Week in Review" piece in the October 29, Sunday edition of The New York Times. The article, “Burying Private Ryan,” can be read in full here (registration may be required).

PRINTMAKING PROFESSOR’S SOLO SHOW
Sylvie Covey, adjunct instructor of Fine Arts, is exhibiting her large-format digital prints in a solo show, Utah: The Land of Imagine, dedicated to her husband and their travels through the American West. Utah runs through November 17, and is located in the ground floor of the Condé Nast Building, 4 Times Square in Manhattan. For more information, call 212 719.9839, or visit www.sylviecovey.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: “AS ONE: ARTIST, INVENTOR, AND DESIGNER”
November 15, 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. Adam Frank, renowned artist, inventor, and product designer, will discuss the product design process, from idea to manufacture to consumer use. Previous guest speakers include the Green Team, a communications agency specializing in progressive brands and causes, and Deroy Peraza, founder of Hyperkat Design Group, a multimedia design studio. For more information, contact Kingsley Parker, assistant professor of CD, 78967, kingsley_parker@fitnyc.edu.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, 2006-07
December 1 application deadline
Human Resources has announced a December 1 deadline for the Staff Development program. Staff Development offers eligible FIT staff the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge through participation in off-campus events such as conferences, symposia, and classes. With college-funded support, employees may take part in activities that enhance their technical and professional skills related to their roles at FIT. Program details—including application review, funding, and deadlines—can be found on InsideFIT (click here). For more information, contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

AMATO/MILLS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The family and friends of Joseph Amato and Mary Mills, husband and mother of Pat Amato (of Institutional Advancement), have established a $10,000 endowed scholarship fund. The Amato/Mills Scholarship Fund provides for a $500 award to an outstanding student majoring in Fine Arts, and will be given out every spring semester, beginning spring 2007. To contribute to the fund, contact
John-Harvard Reid, Institutional Advancement, 78656.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, NOVEMBER 2006
The New Working with Electronic Information (WEI) Group offers computing programs and skills to all FIT faculty and staff. November workshop 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.



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