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     September 2006

Workplace Harassment Seminars
Exhibition: Love & War: The Weaponized Woman
Symposium: Love & War: The Weaponized Woman
Talking Trade @ FIT: International Security Issues
Readings/Book Signings at Barnes & Noble at FIT
Faculty Senate Meeting
Author Neil Gaiman Reading/Book Signing
Learn Final Cut Pro with Diana Weynand
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: The Tailor's Art

Forty New Full-Time Faculty by Spring 2008
Administrative Changes for 2006-07
New Full-Time Faculty, Faculty Promotions for 2006-07
FIT Negotiates Coca-Cola Vending Contract
FIT Undertakes "Cold Weather Clothing" Project for U.S. Army
406 West 31st Street Opens
SUNY Launches SUNYConnect
Grants Office Announces Lab Upgrade Funds, New Grants Digest
Advertising Design Student News
EOP Pre-Freshman Summer Program
IT for FIT Newsletter
Packaging Design Faculty News
FIT Faculty Present at North Carolina Conference
Professor Collaborates with Project Runway Winner
Professor Speaks at Pennsylvania Conference, Publishes Essay
Professors Participate in Walt Whitman Tribute
Fine Arts Professor in Group Exhibitions

FIT Holiday Card Design Contest
Internship Center Student Orientations
Career Services Open House
Educational Skills Mentoring Program
Online Tutoring Now Available
Call For Entries: Imagined Sites: NYC
New WEI Workshops, September 2006
No Smoking Policy in Effect

EVENTS

WORKPLACE HARASSMENT SEMINARS
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, 73662, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu. Seminar schedule is as follows:
September 5 and 8, 11 am – noon David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor, alcove
September 7, 1-2 pm Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor, boardroom
September 12, 5-6 pm Room A803
September 13, 3-4 pm Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor, boardroom

EXHIBITION: LOVE & WAR: THE WEAPONIZED WOMAN
September 9 – 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. Made possible in part through the generosity of The Coby Foundation, Ltd., and the Couture Council. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

SYMPOSIUM: LOVE & WAR: THE WEAPONIZED WOMAN
September 9, 9 am – 5 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
A daylong symposium coinciding with The Museum at FIT’s exhibition, Love & War: The Weaponized Woman. Speakers will explore historical and contemporary issues of armor and intimate apparel in fashion. This event is $30 for the general public, free to all students, and FIT faculty and staff. For more information or to register in advance, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
September 19, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The latest in a guest lecture series presented by the International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries (ITM) department, Frank X. Kelly, vice president of international trade compliance government affairs, Liz Claiborne; Maureen Gray, vice president of international trade, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.; and Robert Mele, vice president of international trade and governmental affairs, AnnTaylor Stores Corp., will discuss international security compliance challenges and solutions. For more information, contact Dasia Davis, ITM, 78490, dasia_davis@fitnyc.edu.

READINGS/BOOK SIGNINGS AT BARNES & NOBLE AT FIT
Barnes & Noble at FIT
The following readings/book signings are scheduled for September. All readings are free and open to the general public.
September 20, 6 pm James Sullivan, Jeans
September 21, 6 pm Alison and Melissa Houtte, Alligators, Old Mink and New Money
September 25, 6 pm Marianne Klimchuk and Sandy Krasovec,
Packaging Design: Successful Product Branding from Concept to Shelf
September 27, 6 pm Vivenne Tam, China Chic
For more information, contact Barnes & Noble at FIT, 77717.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
September 21, 1-2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor, alcove
All faculty are invited to attend this first Faculty Senate meeting of the fall 2006 semester. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras, acting coordinator of Faculty Services, 77793, esther_oliveras@fitnyc.edu.

AUTHOR NEIL GAIMAN READING/BOOK SIGNING
September 28, 7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Sandman) will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his latest book, Fragile Things, in this Barnes & Noble at FIT-sponsored event, hosted by John Hodgman of Comedy Central's Daily Show. Hodgman will also sign copies of his book, Areas of My Expertise. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Barnes & Noble at FIT, 77717.

LEARN FINAL CUT PRO WITH DIANA WEYNAND
October 4 and 5, 9 am – 5 pm
October 6, 9 am – 7 pm

FIT, Location TBA
Diana Weynand, best-selling author of Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 5, brings her Apple authorized, Final Cut Pro 5 training course to FIT. The course utilizes a portable classroom of MacBook Pro laptops, and those participants who wish may take a final exam for Apple Certified user status. This event was made possible in part by Instructional Computing at FIT. For information on discounted rates for FIT faculty and staff or to register, call 818 995.1719. For general information, visit www.weynand.com.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: THE TAILOR’S ART
Through November 4
The Museum at FIT
The second exhibition of the 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

FORTY NEW FULL-TIME FACULTY BY SPRING 2008
At the fall 2006 convocation, President Joyce F. Brown announced that the college will be in a position to hire twenty new full-time faculty members in spring 2007, and twenty more in spring 2008. “Increasing the size of our full-time faculty,” President Brown said, “is central to the first goal in our strategic plan: to strengthen the academic core.” To help fund the new hires, tuition will be increased by $77 per semester for in-state students and $231 per semester for out-of-state students, effective spring 2007.

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES FOR 2006-07
In her remarks at the fall 2006 convocation, President Brown announced the following changes in the college’s administrative personnel: Michael Weingarten has been promoted from acting associate dean to acting dean of Student Services; Melanie Reim has accepted the position of acting assistant dean for the School of Art and Design; and Vincent DiFate is now acting associate chairperson of the MA program in Illustration. Shaya Phillips has been named to the newly created position of associate vice president for Information Technology and chief technology officer. Curtis Dixon, deputy director of Security, will assume the role of his department’s acting director, following Director Kenneth Drayton’s retirement.

NEW FULL-TIME FACULTY, FACULTY PROMOTIONS FOR 2006-07
The following new full-time faculty were announced at the fall 2006 convocation: Laura Arbogast, Admissions; Praveen Chaudhry, Social Sciences; Linda Cohen, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; Robert Hunter, Registrar; and Daniel Levinson Wilk, American History. Professor Wilk represents FIT’s first full-time hire in the discipline. The following faculty promotions were also announced: Lawrence Galante, Health and Physical Education, and Sue Willis, Fine Arts, were promoted from adjunct assistant to adjunct associate professors. Promoted from assistant to associate professor were Salvatore Catalano, Illustration; Barbara Janoff, English and Speech; Takashi Kamiya, Interior Design; Marianne Klimchuk, Packaging Design; William Mooney, English and Speech; Geoffrey Rogers, Science and Math; Karen Santry, Illustration; Karen Scheetz, Fashion Design-Art; Ronald Sok, Advertising and Marketing Communications; and Steven Stipelman, Fashion Design-Art. Joanne Arbuckle, Fashion Design-Apparel; John Mincarelli, Fashion Merchandising Management; and Janette Rozene, Gladys Marcus Library, were promoted from associate to full professor.

FIT NEGOTIATES COCA-COLA VENDING CONTRACT
FIT has negotiated an exclusive beverage contract with the Coca-Cola Company, effective for the fall 2006 semester. Such arrangements, which are increasingly commonplace on college campuses nationwide, have proven useful in securing funds for college projects. For several years, FIT had a non-exclusive contract with Pepsi-Cola, which did not provide the financial benefits of this new agreement.

FIT UNDERTAKES “COLD WEATHER CLOTHING” PROJECT FOR U.S. ARMY
FIT has embarked on a $225,000 project for the U.S. Army. A six-member team from the college, headed by Joanne Arbuckle, professor of Fashion Design-Apparel, is reviewing an existing “extreme cold weather clothing system” for troops stationed in Afghanistan. The system is a unisex, seven-layer uniform, currently in prototype. In her fall 2006 convocation remarks, President Brown recognized Howard Dillon, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs, and Lisa Wager, director of Government and Community Relations, for their work in securing this project.

406 WEST 31ST STREET OPENS
On the August 26-27 weekend, FIT’s new residence hall, on 406 West 31st Street, opened to students. The new residence accommodates over 1,100 students, doubling the college’s residential capacity and, for the first time in FIT’s history, providing housing for upper-division students and students from the New York City area. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/newresidence.

SUNY LAUNCHES SUNYCONNECT
This August, State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor John R. Ryan joined SUNY Provost Peter D. Salins and Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) President Andrew J. Matonak at HVCC’s Marvin Library, to launch SUNYConnect, a shared online library for SUNY students and faculty. SUNYConnect comprises more than 18 million volumes and thousands of electronic resources. To visit SUNYConnect, go to www.sunyconnect.suny.edu.

GRANTS OFFICE ANNOUNCES LAB UPGRADE FUNDS, NEW GRANTS DIGEST
For the 2006-07 academic year, Perkins Grant funds will be used for lab upgrades in the Illustration, Textile/Surface Design, Menswear, and Photography departments, and the development of a computer lab for Fashion Merchandising Management. For more information, contact Deborah Stein, Grants, deborah_stein@fitnyc.edu. The Grants office has also published the fall/winter 2006 edition of The Grants Digest, available online at www3.fitnyc.edu/grants. For a hard copy, contact the office, 75040.
ADVERTISING DESIGN STUDENT NEWS
Advertising Design (AD) students won gold and silver in The One Club’s 2006 College Competition, advertising’s preeminent student competition. Richard Bianrosa and Leah Renbaum received the “gold pencil,” and Joel Arzu and Sawzer Dishack received the “silver pencil.” Arzu was also named, in a recent Advertising Age article, as one of the “Forty Under Forty” rising stars in the industry. AD students have also been showcased in the past four issues of CMYK, an advertising, design, illustration, and photography magazine publishing student work from around the country. Megan Trinidad and Jessica Wildman were published in the fall 2005 issue, Heather Luisi and Christine Santora in winter 2005-06, Jackie Anzaldi and Jonathan Lazar in spring 2006 and summer/fall 2006, and Danielle Jackson and Lauren Pratt in summer/fall 2006. For more information, contact Jeff Cooper, instructor, AD, 78910, jeff_cooper@fitnyc.edu.

EOP PRE-FRESHMAN SUMMER PROGRAM
Thirty-one incoming students participated in the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs’s tenth annual Pre-Freshman Summer program. The four-week program is designed to acclimate participants to FIT’s academics and culture. Students studied art history, math, writing, technology, content related to their respective majors, and sustainability issues. Students also participated in a one-day, outdoors adventure course sponsored by Project USE, attended a Broadway performance of Wicked, and competed in the first Phat-Time Computer Literacy contest, created by Alvin Rogers, adjunct assistant professor of Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries. The event was sponsored by Samsung, Inc., and held at the Time Warner Center. For more information, contact EOP, 77190.

IT FOR FIT NEWSLETTER
Information Technology (IT) for FIT has published the second edition of its newsletter. It can be viewed online at www3.fitnyc.edu/IT/newsletter.

PACKAGING DESIGN FACULTY NEWS
Marianne Klimchuk, associate professor and associate chairperson of Packaging Design, served as a judge this past summer in Beverage Dynamic magazine’s 2006 International Package Design Awards. On September 13, she will moderate the “Meet the Designer” panel at the Health and Beauty Expo, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Professor Klimchuk has also collaborated with Packaging Design Assistant Professor Sandy Krasovec on Packaging Design: Successful Product Branding from Concept to Shelf, published in August by John Wiley & Sons. For more information, contact Professor Klimchuk, 78162, marianne_klimchuk@fitnyc.edu.

FIT FACULTY PRESENT AT NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE
Dr. Dympna Bowles, dean for Curriculum and Instruction; Michele Wesen Bryant, adjunct assistant professor of Fashion Design-Art; and Ann Denton, assistant professor of Textile Development and Marketing, were co-presenters at the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) conference at North Carolina State University in Raleigh this past summer. Their presentation, “How Well Do We Fit?: Reporting on a Fashion/Textile Industry Survey at FIT, New York City,” was a report on an ongoing project to determine the technological and software needs of businesses in the fashion and textile industries. For more information, contact Professor Denton, 78916, ann_denton@fitnyc.edu.

PROFESSOR COLLABORATES WITH PROJECT RUNWAY WINNER
Anthony Cady of Accessories Design is designing and making approximately thirty pairs of shoes for the September 15, Olympus Fashion Week runway show of Jay McCarroll, first-season winner of Bravo’s Project Runway. For more information, contact Professor Cady, 78942, anthony_cady@fitnyc.edu.

PROFESSOR SPEAKS AT PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE, PUBLISHES ESSAY
Amy Lemmon, assistant professor and acting assistant chairperson of English and Speech, presented “A Woman’s Pain, a Poet’s Pleasure: The Lonely Skills of Louise Bogan” at the West Chester University Poetry conference, in West Chester, PA, this past summer. She has also published an essay, “Famous Poets and Other Oxymorons: A Review of Lucia Perillo’s Luck Is Luck,” which appears in the current issue of New Letters magazine. For more information, contact Professor Lemmon, 77570, amy_lemmon@fitnyc.edu.

PROFESSORS PARTICIPATE IN WALT WHITMAN TRIBUTE
Pilar Blanco, assistant professor of Foreign Languages; James Cascaito, associate professor and chairperson of Foreign Languages; Amy Lemmon, assistant professor and acting assistant chairperson of English and Speech; and Madeline Millán, assistant professor of Foreign Languages, took part in “Walt Whitman, South and North,” a series of readings celebrating Whitman and the Latin- and North-American poets his work has influenced. The series was held this past summer at New York City’s Medicine Show Theatre and Cornelia Street Café. For more information, contact Professor Millán, madeline_millan@fitnyc.edu.

FINE ARTS PROFESSOR IN GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Jean Feinberg, assistant professor of Fine Arts, participated this past summer in a group exhibition, IN/Formed Color, at the BRIK Gallery in Catskill, NY. Her contributed work was discussed in an article about the show, in the July issue of The Artful Mind magazine. In October, she will participate in Feeding the Past, an exhibition in the Hudson, NY, arts festival, Artswalk. For more information, contact Professor Feinberg, jean_feinberg@fitnyc.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIT HOLIDAY CARD DESIGN CONTEST
All faculty and staff are invited to enter an illustration into FIT’s holiday card design contest. Illustrations should be appropriate for the season yet nondenominational, and incorporate an aspect of FIT’s campus and/or community. The card will print in full color, at an approximate size of 4" x 6". The winning artist will receive a $500 honorarium, and all submissions will be exhibited in conjunction with the annual holiday party in December. Submissions should be high-resolution scans on CD, but slides will be accepted if no scanned image is available. Send to College Relations, Room B905, attn: Holiday Card Submission. Submissions are due September 15. For more information, contact Leslie Kachic, College Relations, 77642, leslie_kachic@fitnyc.edu.

INTERNSHIP CENTER STUDENT ORIENTATIONS
Faculty and staff are encouraged to increase awareness of the Internship Center’s orientation schedule, which runs September 12 – October 12. Orientations are mandatory for those students seeking Winterim or spring 2007 internships. Students interested in a Winterim internship must attend before their October 2 application deadline; students interested in a spring internship must attend before their October 16 deadline. Those students interested in one or more of the following courses for spring 2007 must also attend: IC291-IC293, IC391, IC491, IC493, and IC494. Posters listing the dates, times, and locations of the sessions have been posted around campus. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/internshipcenter, or contact the Internship Center, 77973, internship_center@fitnyc.edu.

CAREER SERVICES OPEN HOUSE
Faculty and staff are encouraged to increase student awareness of the Career Services Open House, which serves as an introduction and orientation to the office and its resources. The open house will take place September 19, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, in Room B216. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/careerservices, or contact Jennifer Miller, assistant professor and career counselor, Career Services, 77962, jennifer_miller@fitnyc.edu.

EDUCATIONAL SKILLS MENTORING PROGRAM
Upperclassmen mentors are available to all first-semester FIT students enrolled in Educational Skills classes. Faculty should direct all interested mentors and mentees to professors Madeleine Meyerson and Rebecca Spath, Educational Skills, Room B602. For more information, contact Professor Meyerson, madeleine_meyerson@fitnyc.edu.

ONLINE TUTORING NOW AVAILABLE
Online tutoring is now available for students enrolled in online classes. Students may register for tutoring online at www.fitnyc.askonline.net. For more information regarding this service, contact Madeleine Meyerson, adjunct assistant professor of Educational Skills, Room B602, 73237, madeleine_meyerson@fitnyc.edu.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: IMAGINED SITES: NYC
All Art and Design faculty are invited to submit up to three, two-part entries in any medium to Imagined Sites: NYC, the 2007 Art and Design faculty exhibition. This year’s theme is site-specific, and sites may be any location in New York City. Submissions are due November 1. Imagined Sites will be juried by Lyle Rexer, author and contributing editor for the New York Times, and exhibiting artists will show their pieces alongside two- or three-dimensional presentations of the work installed in their intended location. The show will run January 30 – February 24, 2007, and a catalogue will be produced. For entry forms or further submission guidelines, contact Tom Irizarry, The Museum at FIT, 75811, thomas_irizarry@fitnyc.edu.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, SEPTEMBER 2006
The New Working with Electronic Information (WEI) Group offers computing programs and skills to all FIT faculty and staff. September workshops include New Employee Technology Orientation and FrontPage. Workshops’ dates and times are listed at www3.fitnyc.edu/thenewwei. The FrontPage workshop requires pre-registration, the New Employee workshop does not. For more information or to register, contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, 73662, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

NO SMOKING POLICY IN EFFECT
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 policy, effective since June 1, 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 does 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 policy in its entirety and view a map designating smoking and nonsmoking areas, visit www.fitnyc.edu/smokingpolicy.



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