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INTERNSHIP CENTER ORIENTATIONS
December 3 and 11, 5 pm
December 13, 1 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Faculty and staff are encouraged to promote awareness of the upcoming Internship Center orientations, mandatory for all students interested in taking IC 291, IC 491, or IC 592 during the 2008 summer session and/or fall semester. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/internshipcenter or contact the Internship Center, 73540.
FIT BOOK CLUB
December 6, 1-2 pm
Rita and Bruce Roberts Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the FIT Book Club, which meets on the first Thursday of the month. The book to be discussed at the December meeting is Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin. For more information, contact Michael Hyde, English and Speech, 73267, or Sandra Markus, Fashion Design, 73144.
PRESIDENT'S HOLIDAY PARTY
December 6, 3-6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
This annual tradition brings together FIT faculty and staff with food, refreshments, and dancing. In the spirit of the season, this occasion will also be used to collect new hats, gloves, and scarves for disadvantaged New York City teenagers, ages 13-17. Donations should be brought unwrapped, and will be distributed through the nonprofit organization, God's Love We Deliver.
ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
December 10, 1-2 pm
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, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/eap or contact EAP, 77167.
TALK & TOUR: CHIC CHICAGO
December 11, 6-7 pm
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, leads this tour of Chic Chicago, presenting a behind-the-scenes look at the fall 2007 special exhibition. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.
UCE OF FIT HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
December 12, noon-5 pm
The United College Employees (UCE) of FIT invites all faculty and staff to attend its annual holiday party. Refreshments will be provided. Come and celebrate the holiday season with your colleagues.
FIT SIGNAGE MASTER PLAN MEETING
December 13, 1-2 pm
Alcove, eighth floor, David Dubinsky Student Center
The FIT community is invited to attend a presentation of the college's proposed master plan for signage. This initiative, led by Communications and External Relations, is a comprehensive plan that encompasses developing a visual identity and signage system for the entire campus. The plan will include internal and external signage, and addresses way-finding and branding for the college. Michael Bierut, senior partner of Pentagram, will make the presentation. For more information, contact Loretta Lawrence Keane or Carol Leven, Communications and External Relations, 74700.
ITALIAN CLUB CONCERT AND TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION
December 14, 8 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Join FIT's Italian Club for a night of singing, dancing, and Italian food at their holiday concert to benefit Toys for Tots. This year's performers include Helene Fitzpatrick, Lawrence Galante, Anthony Ierulli, and Michael Rea, singing works made famous by Andrea Bocelli, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, and more. DJ Crazy Carissa will spin between sets and after the concert. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for non-FIT students, and $10 for FIT students. All attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy. For more information, click here. To reserve tickets, contact the Italian Club, 73459.
ETHEREAL ELEGANCE: FASHION ART OF STEVEN STIPELMAN
Through December 17
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Ethereal Elegance, the 2007 School of Art and Design faculty exhibition, celebrates the illustrations of Steven Stipelman, Fashion Design, tracing his career from the late '60s to the present day. For more information, contact Tom Irizarry, The Museum at FIT, 74565.
COMPUTER ANIMATION ALUMNI SHOWCASE
Through December 18
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center lobby
The fall exhibition in the Pomerantz Center lobby features professional work by Computer Animation and Interactive Media alumni and student projects. Participating alumni are employees of such companies as Dream Riders, Kaos, Paramount, POP & Co., Sony Pictures, and more. For more information, contact Terry Blum, Computer Graphics, 77944.
Through January 5, 2008
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Chic Chicago presents 50 of the greatest couture treasures from the Chicago History Museum's costume collection, illuminating both Chicago's history and the history of fashion. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
Through May 7, 2008
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
The latest rotation in the museum's Fashion and Textile History Gallery, Exoticism surveys 250 years of "the exotic" in fashion, from the age of colonialism to the rise of multiculturalism and globalization. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
FIT-ABLE HOLDS KEYS TO ACCESS AWARDS PROGRAM
On January 17, 2008, FIT-ABLE, FIT's Disability Support Services Office, will host its first biannual Keys to Access Awards, cosponsored by the LD Resources Foundation and Premier Assistive Technology. Five students registered with FIT-ABLE will receive a Premier To Go—a USB drive loaded with ten assistive technology applications—and unlimited technical support from the company. Kenneth L. Grisham, president of Premier, will be on hand for a demonstration of the device. The next Keys to Access Awards is scheduled for June. For more information, contact Liz Holly Mortensen,
FIT'S TOLERANCE WEEK WINS SUNY AWARD
FIT's Tolerance Week program has won the State University of New York's 2007 Outstanding Student Affairs Award for Diversity and Multicultural Programs. This March, Student Life worked with various college groups to create a weeklong series
of events to foster tolerance. Events included a tolerance-promoting ad competition for students in AD 356; a one-woman show, Maxine Maxwell: Echoes of the Past, addressing the history of African-American women, from slavery to today; a town-hall meeting discussing genocide; and a "Wall of Tolerance." SUNY's Office of University Life created the Outstanding Student Affairs Awards program to recognize and encourage outstanding educational programs on university campuses. For this
year's award, 42 applications were received from 12 SUNY schools.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS ELECTED SUNYCUAD PRESIDENT
Loretta Lawrence Keane, vice president for Advancement and External Relations, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD). An 800-person organization comprising advancement professionals working throughout SUNY, SUNYCUAD promotes understanding and support of the university and provides professional development and networking opportunities in the areas of alumni relations, development, electronic communications, government relations, marketing, public relations, and publications.
ART AND DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Sara Petitt, Fabric Styling and Textile/Surface Design, is participating in a group show running December 18-January 15 at the Pleiades Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, fourth floor. For more information, visit www.saragursky-petitt.com or contact
Sara Petitt, 78012.
ENTERPRISE CENTER COORDINATOR PRESENTS STUDY FINDINGS
Christine Helm, coordinator of the Enterprise Center, has been asked to present at the annual conference of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, taking place this January in San Antonio, TX. Helm's presentation, "Two Decades of Community College Entrepreneurship Education: An Exploratory Study," is based on a study she recently completed with Diane Phillips, director of Institutional Research, and funded by the Kaufman Foundation through the Institute for Community College Development. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/enterprisecenter or contact the Enterprise Center, 77250.
COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design, is exhibiting his Equals series in an online art exhibition, Seven Ways for Saying Internet with Net Art, hosted by Java Museum as part of the New Media Fest 2007. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 77985.
PACKAGING DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER'S FIRM RECEIVES AWARD, RECOGNITION
Design and Source Production, Inc., founded and run by Laura Tufariello, Packaging Design, was recently awarded Silver Cradle to Cradle Certification for their TerraSkin© product by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC, a design firm dedicated to eco-friendly industrial product and practices. TerraSkin© is a tree-less paper made of mineral powder and nontoxic resin. The product was recently spotlighted in a European Toyota commercial, which also features a shopping bag designed by JinYen Lee, Packaging Design '06. For more information, contact Laura Tufariello.
ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS PAPER
In November, Jean Amato, English and Speech, presented her paper, "Migrations of a Traditional Chinese Nei/Wai Spatial Ideology: The Gendered Representation of Public/Private Spaces and Bodies in Louis Chu's Chinatown novel, Eat a Bowl of Tea," at the annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA. For more information, contact Jean Amato.
ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK CHOSEN FOR CALENDAR
Three nudes by Jacqui Morgan, Illustration, appeared in the online Barebrush calendar for the month of November. For more information, visit www.barebrush.com or www.jacquimorgan.com, or contact Jacqui Morgan.
ART AND DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK IN CHARITY AUCTION, NEW YORK TIMES
In October, Ray Kinlock, Fabric Styling and Textile/Surface Design, contributed an altar honoring deceased opera singers Luciano Pavarotti and Beverly Sills to the Rocking Horse Café's tenth annual Día de los Muertos art exhibition and auction, benefiting Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders. Kinlock's piece was featured in a New York Times article and slideshow on the event, viewable here
(login required). For more information, contact Ray Kinlock, 77038.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NEWS
In November, Lawrence Galante, Health and Physical Education, was the instructor for energy healing at the 12th annual convention of the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists, in Virginia Beach, VA. Among the topics Galante covered were bodywork, Chi Kung, homeopathic remedies, and nutritional supplements.
In July, Meira Goldberg, Health and Physical Education, visited Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, as choreographer for a traveling production of Carmen, directed by David Knuess, executive stage director for the Metropolitan Opera, and conducted by Seiji Ozawa. Soloists included well-known Met regulars Alyson Cambridge, Jane Gilbert, Marcus Haddock, Mariusz Kwiecien, Jossie Perez, and Peter Volpe.
For more information, contact Rene Mathez, Health and Physical Education, 74220.
2007-08 SEFA CAMPAIGN
FIT is proud to participate in the annual State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign, supporting charities and services for needy New York City and state residents. In the past, FIT faculty and staff have demonstrated their willingness to help by making generous contributions. Even a small gift can make a big difference in providing necessary food, shelter, clothing, and education. Employees may donate through the college's convenient payroll deduction plan, or via cash or check contributions. For more information, read President Brown's memo on SEFA here,
or contact Human Resources, 75703.
GRANTS OFFICE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Grants Office has announced the following upcoming funding opportunities: Abbey Fellowships, providing research/travel grant of up to £ 700/month for three months, for mid-career painters with an established record of achievement, deadline January 15. Abbey Scholarships, providing nine-month residencies—plus a research/travel grant of up to £ 500/month—for exceptionally promising emergent painters at the British School in Rome, deadline January 15. For more information, click here, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/grants, or contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants Office, 73622.
JAMES ANDERSON MEMORIAL FUND ESTABLISHED
To create a lasting tribute to James Anderson—a recently departed FIT employee, alumnus, and friend of the college—a fund has been established to maintain the garden in front of the Marvin Feldman Center. Monies will be used for flowers and gardening expenses, and a plaque in Anderson's memory will be affixed to the brick serpentine wall encircling the garden. Donations may be made to The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI). For more information, contact EFFI, Room C204, 74100.
EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM: FALL 2007 EXERCISE CLASSES
The Employee Wellness Program offers free lunchtime exercise classes to all faculty and staff. The fall 2007 schedule will run through December 14. Classes are led
by qualified instructors. 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. The class
schedule is as follows:
Tuesdays: body toning, 1-2 pm, auxiliary gym (Room AX39)
Wednesdays: fitness center, noon-1 pm, fitness center (Room BX13)
Thursdays: yoga, 1-2 pm, dance studio (Room BX28)
Fridays: Pilates mat class, 1-2 pm, auxiliary gym