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     August 2007

Fall Convocation
Couture Council Luncheon, Honoring Alber Elbaz of Lanvin
Nina Garcia and Alek Wek Discussion/Book Signing
40th Anniversary Celebration of the UCE at FIT
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: Luxury
Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Interiorscapes

Vice President for Finance and Administration Appointed
Rita and Bruce Roberts Room Dedicated
Student Designs T-shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness, Barnes & Noble
English and Speech Faculty Member to Publish Two Books
Communication Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
Fine Arts Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
English and Speech Faculty Member Receives Grant
Fashion Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
Interior Design Faculty Member Participates in Touring Exhibition
Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Translates Text
EOP Pre-freshman Summer Program, 2007
FMM Students Travel Abroad to England, France, and Italy

New Name for Direct Marketing Department and Degree
New Grants Digest, New Funding Opportunities Available
Gladys Marcus Library Adds JSTOR to Online Resources,
Creates Online Access to Library Accounts
FIT Imail Receives Upgrade
New FIT Emergency Text Message Alert System
Fall 2007 Semester Schedule Change

EVENTS

FALL CONVOCATION
August 20, 8:30 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join fellow FIT faculty and staff for the fall 2007 convocation. Subsequent school and department meetings will take place as follows:
10:15 am
School meetings: Continuing and Professional Studies, East Courtyard, LL, Conference Center at FIT; Graduate Studies, Room E313; Liberal Arts, Room D211. (See below for dates and times of school meetings for Art and Design and Business and Technology.)
11:15 am
Department meetings: all schools except Business and Technology. School of Business and Technology department meetings will take place at 10:15 am.

President Brown will hold a reception for all classroom and non-classroom faculty from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the faculty and staff dining room, David Dubinsky Center,
eighth floor.

School meetings for Art and Design and Business and Technology will not take place on the same day as convocation. The school meeting for Business and Technology will be August 21, 1 pm, in the boardroom, Marvin Feldman Center, ninth floor. The school meeting for Art and Design will be August 22, 10 am, in the faculty and staff dining room alcove.


COUTURE COUNCIL LUNCHEON, HONORING ALBER ELBAZ OF LANVIN
September 5, 11:30 am
Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Center
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT hosts their second annual Award for Artistry of Fashion luncheon, honoring Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz. Individual tickets range from $350 (for Couture Council young associate members) to $1,500. Tables of ten range from $5,000 to $15,000. Proceeds will benefit The Museum at FIT. For more information on the Couture Council, visit the museum’s website here. For more information on the luncheon or to register, contact Vicki Guranowski, The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, 74100.

NINA GARCIA AND ALEK WEK DISCUSSION/BOOK SIGNING
September 20, 6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Supermodel Alek Wek and ELLE fashion director and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia will discuss and sign copies of their books, Alek and The Little Black Book of Style, respectively. This event was made possible by Barnes & Noble at FIT, and is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Barnes & Noble at FIT, 77717.

40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE UCE AT FIT
September 29, 7-11 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Join faculty and staff for an evening of dinner and dancing in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the United College Employees (UCE) at FIT. Tickets are $60 per person; checks should be made payable to the UCE at FIT. For more information, contact UCE at FIT, 77690.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: LUXURY
Through November 10
The Museum at FIT
Luxury, the latest rotation in the museum’s Fashion and Textile History Gallery, analyzes the changing meaning of luxury within the context of fashion history, beginning with an exploration of the politics of luxury in the 18th century. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: INTERIORSCAPES
Through September
Lynn and Carl Goldstein Exhibition Gallery (Marvin Feldman Center, ninth floor)
The annual exhibition of artworks by FIT faculty and staff, this year's theme is the interpretation of real and imagined interior environments.

NEWS

VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION APPOINTED
In July, President Joyce F. Brown announced the appointment of Sherry F. Brabham to the position of vice president for Finance and Administration, effective July 16. Prior to joining FIT, Brabham served as chief of staff and vice president at The New School University; vice chancellor for budget, finance, and administrative computing for the City University of New York; university budget director and vice president for finance and business at Queens College; and as a social services employee in the State of New Jersey administration. She holds a BA in audiology and speech pathology from the University of North Carolina and an MDiv in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. To read President Brown’s full memo on the appointment, visit
InsideFIT here.


RITA AND BRUCE ROBERTS ROOM DEDICATED
In June, Room C904—more familiarly known as the “living room”—was dedicated in a ceremony and reception as the Rita and Bruce Roberts Room, in recognition of the couple’s $75,000 gift to FIT, and Mr. Roberts’ service to The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI). A longtime member of EFFI’s board of directors, Mr. Roberts has been chairman of the organization’s nominating committee since 1998.

STUDENT DESIGNS T-SHIRT FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, BARNES & NOBLE
In spring 2007, Barnes & Noble at FIT held its second annual student T-shirt design contest, promoting breast cancer awareness. The winning entry, announced in June, was by Lorna Daniel, Fashion Design. Her design, incorporating the breast cancer awareness pink ribbon, will be sold in more than 600 Barnes & Noble college bookstores across the U.S. starting this October, with Daniel and FIT identified in all related marketing materials. For more information, contact Tamara Browne, Barnes & Noble at FIT, 77717.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER TO PUBLISH TWO BOOKS
Amy Lemmon, English and Speech, has had two poetry collections accepted for publication. Her chapbook, Fine Motor, won The Sow’s Ear’s chapbook competition, and will be published in spring 2008. Saint Nobody, a full-length collection, will be published by Red Hen Press, at a date to be announced. This summer, Lemmon attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, on the Tennessee Williams Scholarship. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/amy_lemmonbowen, or contact Amy Lemmon.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design, is exhibiting recent work in Plug and Play, a group show at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Plug and Play will run through September 30. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 77985.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Barry “Butch” Sigel, Fine Arts, contributed a screen print to SILKSCREENS, the summer 2007 group show at the International Print Center New York, in Manhattan. For more information, contact Butch Sigel, 78815.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES GRANT
Michael Hyde, English and Speech, spent this June working on new fiction in Mojácar, Spain, thanks to a grant from the Fundación Valparaíso. For more information, visit www.michaelhyde.org, or contact Michael Hyde, 73267.

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
In June, Ruth Rosenthal, Fashion Design-Art, exhibited a pastel and charcoal pencil drawing at a group show in Kips Bay Towers, in Manhattan. For more information, contact Ruth Rosenthal, 77436.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN TOURING EXHIBITION
An architectural rendering by Andy Hickes, Interior Design, was selected for a 2007 touring exhibition curated by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Hickes’ rendering is of Manhattan’s Hudson Crossing building. Hickes is founder of the New York Society of Renderers, a nonprofit organization offering development and support for local professionals in the field. For more information, visit www.rendering.net, or contact Andy Hickes.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER TRANSLATES TEXT
Sigrid Junkermann, Science and Mathematics, has published her English translation of the Pocket Atlas of Nutrition (Thieme), by H.K. Biesalski and P. Grimm. The Pocket Atlas is a comprehensive nutritional guidebook, originally published in German. For more information, contact Sigrid Junkermann, 77584.

EOP PRE-FRESHMAN SUMMER PROGRAM, 2007
This summer, the Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) Office welcomed 34 incoming FIT students from New York City, Westchester, and upstate via its Pre-Freshman Summer Program. The future students—representing the Advertising and Marketing Communications, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising Management, Illustration, Interior Design, Menswear, and Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries majors—partook in a series of activities designed to introduce them to FIT and college life, and relating to the central theme, “I Am a World Citizen.” Activities included research projects, reading and writing assignments with a global focus, sampling music and food from around the world, and group discussion. For more information, contact the EOP Office, 74170.

FMM STUDENTS TRAVEL ABROAD TO ENGLAND, FRANCE, AND ITALY
This summer, Gloria Hartley, Fashion Merchandising Management (FMM), led a group of FMM AAS students on a tour of the European cities of London, Paris, Florence, and Milan, for the FM 226–International Buying and Marketing course. The students visited the offices of WGSN in London; Target Sourcing Services/AMC, Yves Saint Laurent, and the Nelly Rodi Agency in Paris; a garment factory in Florence; and Zara stores and popular sightseeing destinations in all four cities. For more information, contact Gloria Hartley, 78386.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW NAME FOR DIRECT MARKETING DEPARTMENT AND DEGREE
The department and BS degree formerly known as Direct Marketing have a new name, Direct and Interactive Marketing. This name change should be reflected in all college communications, internal and external. For more information, contact Roberta Elins, 77065, or Carolyn Schreiber, 78453.

NEW GRANTS DIGEST, NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
The fall/winter 2007 Grants Digest will be distributed at fall convocation; the digest will also be available online, at www3.fitnyc.edu/grants. New funding opportunities include a Boston Review short story contest with a $1,000 award (deadline (October 1), and a yearlong residency and $5,000 fellowship from the Smack Mellon Gallery, in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood (deadline October 15). For more information, refer to the fall/winter 2007 Grants Digest, or contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants, 73622.

GLADYS MARCUS LIBRARY ADDS JSTOR TO ONLINE RESOURCES,
CREATES ONLINE ACCESS TO LIBRARY ACCOUNTS

The Gladys Marcus Library now offers JSTOR—a digitized archive holding the complete runs of numerous scholarly journals, some dating back as far as the 1600s—as one of its online resources. JSTOR also links to images in ARTstor, a digital image repository. Additionally, the library’s circulation desk has added an online “my account” feature, located on the library website here. Library cardholders may now view their current loans, loan history, hold requests, and cash transactions, as well as any information about blocks on their account. For more information about JSTOR, contact the library’s reference desk, 75590; for more information about the “my account” feature, contact the circulation desk, 75780.

FIT IMAIL RECEIVES UPGRADE
Beginning August 6, FIT’s Imail will have a new web interface, similar to MS Outlook and easier to use. Comments about the upgrade should be directed to webmail@fitnyc.edu. For assistance with the new interface, contact 7HELP (74357).

NEW FIT EMERGENCY TEXT MESSAGE ALERT SYSTEM
Beginning August 10, all FIT students, faculty, and staff may register online for the FIT emergency text message alert system. The system is designed to provide efficient communication within the college community, both on and off campus, in the event of an emergency. To opt in, visit the personal information section of your FIT Online Information System account at webreg.fitnyc.edu.

FALL 2007 SEMESTER SCHEDULE CHANGE
The college will be closed on Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14, in observance of Rosh Hashanah. As a result, Thursday, December 20, is now the last day of class for the fall 2007 semester. Note that this last day will be scheduled as a Friday for both day and evening classes. Please update your calendars accordingly.



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