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     January 2007

Ralph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness
Spring 2007 Convocation
Imagined Sites: NYC
Student Life's Spring Fair
Faculty Mentoring
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: She's Like a Rainbow

Delta Epsilon Chi Event at FIT
Professor Leads Seal Walks on Long Island
TDM Chairperson Contributes to WTO Publication
Professor Takes Part in Group Show, Gives Lecture
Fall 2006 FMM Capstone Competition Winners
FIT Students Win in International Competition
EOP and CAP News
FIT Security Officer of the Month

New Policies and Procedures for Space Reservations
Admissions Website Redesign
2007 SEFA Campaign
Spring 2007 Precollege Programs
College-wide Committee on Diversity Survey

EVENTS

RALPH RUCCI: THE ART OF WEIGHTLESSNESS
January 12
The Museum at FIT
Ralph Rucci celebrates the work of the acclaimed haute couture designer and FIT alumnus. This exhibition was made possible in part through the generosity of the Couture Council, and will run through April 14. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

SPRING 2007 CONVOCATION
January 24, 8:30 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join fellow FIT faculty and staff for the spring 2007 convocation. This year's guest speaker will be Dr. Tori Haring-Smith, president of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. School meetings will follow, with Art and Design in the amphitheatre, Business and Technology in Room D207, Liberal Arts in Room D211, Continuing and Professional Studies in the lower level of the Conference Center at FIT, and
Graduate Studies in Room E313.

IMAGINED SITES: NYC
January 30
The Museum at FIT
The annual exhibition of the School of Art and Design faculty, this year’s selection was chosen by Lyle Rexer, author and New York Times contributing editor. Imagined Sites will run through February 24. The opening reception will be held in the John E. Reeves Great Hall, on February 6 at 5 pm. For more information, contact
Tom Irizarry, The Museum at FIT, thomas_irizarry@fitnyc.edu.

STUDENT LIFE’S SPRING FAIR
February 1, noon-2 pm
David Dubinsky Center, 7th floor
A Student Life-sponsored event, the Spring Fair brings together new and returning students. Booths will provide information on athletics and recreation, leadership workshops, student government, upcoming campus events, volunteer opportunities, the college’s counseling, health, and library services, and more. A caricaturist, juggler, and roving magician will be on hand to entertain the crowd, and refreshments and prizes will be available. For more information, contact Philip Milio, Student Life, 78710, philip_milio@fitnyc.edu.

FACULTY MENTORING
February 1, 5-6:15 pm
Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
All FIT faculty, whether new or experienced, full- or part-time, are encouraged to attend this first mentoring session for the spring 2007 semester. Mentoring promotes the growth and development of new instructors, and is beneficial to the mentors and the college as well. Additional sessions will follow later in the semester. For more information, contact Joseph Maiorca, Health and Physical Education, 77862, joseph_maiorca@fitnyc.edu.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: SHE’S LIKE A RAINBOW
Through May 12
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. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

NEWS

DELTA EPSILON CHI EVENT AT FIT
FIT’s Delta Epsilon Chi charter recently hosted a two-day leadership and career building seminar and workshop, attended by over 130 DEC members from around the country. The event, “Your Steps to Success,” was conducted by consultant and motivational speaker Angela Dayton, and held at the John E. Reeves Great Hall. Participants also attended the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, at the Radio City Music Hall. For more information, contact Robert Vassalotti, Fashion Merchandising Management, 78382, robert_vassalotti@fitnyc.edu.

PROFESSOR LEADS SEAL WALKS ON LONG ISLAND
Dr. Artie Kopelman, Science and Mathematics, will be leading several hikes to view, photograph, and collect data on seals in Cupsogue Beach County Park and Montauk Point State Park. For more information, visit the Coastal Research and Educational Society of Long Island (CRESLI) website here, or contact Professor Kopelman, 77727, arthur_kopelman@fitnyc.edu.

TDM CHAIRPERSON CONTRIBUTES TO WTO PUBLICATION
Jeffrey Silberman, chairperson and assistant professor of Textile Development and Marketing, has contributed the “Cotton Promotion” chapter to the International Trade Center’s Cotton Exporter’s Guide, due to be published in 2007 by the World Trade Organization. Available in English, French, and Spanish, the guide will serve as a reference work for cotton exporters on managing the overall export process, new cotton markets in Asia, and trade-related issues concerning African cotton. For more information, contact Professor Silberman, TDM, 78993, jeffrey_silberman@fitnyc.edu.

PROFESSOR TAKES PART IN GROUP SHOW, GIVES LECTURE
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design, is taking part in the group show, Diverse Visions, on view at Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery in South Orange, NJ, from January 15-March 9. Professor Yeh will also present “Embracing a New Role—Or, How I Put Down My Paintbrush and Picked Up a Mouse,” an illustrated lecture on his artwork, at Seton Hall, on January 22. For more information, contact Professor Yeh, 77974, cyeh@cjny.com.

FALL 2006 FMM CAPSTONE COMPETITION WINNERS
Every semester, the capstone course in the Fashion Merchandising Management baccalaureate program requires teams of students to write and defend a corporate merchandising strategy. This assignment is done with the help of the industry, and for the fall 2006 semester, Aeropostale served as the client. Out of the nearly thirty final strategies, three were chosen for a client-sponsored competition, judged by Aeropostale CEO Julian Geiger. The winning team—FMM ’07 students Vanessa Gonzalez, Brandie Olseth, Maiko Shimazaki, and Macouta Sissoko—was awarded $100 Aeropostale gift certificates and interviews with the company. Their suggested strategy: adding a plus-size line, exclusive to the company’s e-commerce site. For more information, contact Joseph Antee, FMM, joseph_antee@fitnyc.edu.

FIT STUDENTS WIN IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Four students in FIT’s Display and Exhibit Design program took top prizes in the Two-Year Program: Visual Merchandising Design category at the Planning and Visual Education (PAVE) 2006 Student Design Competition, sponsored by Target. Students were asked to create a display for use in Target stores, showcasing a new line of women’s intimate apparel. First place and $2,500 went to Joohyun Lee, and second place and $1,750 went to Mihee Seo. Two $500 honorable mention prizes were awarded to Sang Eun Lee and Kyo Yamanaka. For more information, contact Elisabeth Jacobsen, Display and Exhibit Design, 78848, elizabeth_jacobsen@fitnyc.edu.

EOP AND CAP NEWS
The 2006-07 holiday season has been a productive, celebratory one for students participating in FIT’s Educational Opportunity and Childcare Assistance programs. EOP students in the Art and Design Prep Program took part in a December fashion illustration seminar, sponsored by the Fashion Illustration Club and featuring Fashion Design-Art faculty Renaldo Barnette and Josephine Vargas. CAP participants celebrated the holiday season with their children, attending the Broadway production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! And third-semester Patternmaking and EOP student Katherine De La Cruz recently began an internship with menswear manufacturer Coogi Boys. The opportunity was made possible by FIT Menswear alumnus and former EOP student Abayomi Simmonds, Coogi Boys’ director
and merchandiser.

FIT SECURITY OFFICER OF THE MONTH
Leighton Watson, Security, was named the U.S. Security Associates’ FIT Security Officer of the Month Award for November 2006. Mr. Watson was awarded the honor in December, during Security’s holiday party. Curtis Dixon, acting director of Security, and Danny Khemraj, U.S. Security Associates account manager, presented the award. For more information, contact Michael Jenkins, Security, 77777, michael_jenkins@fitnyc.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR SPACE RESERVATIONS
FIT is experiencing increased requests for the use of its various meeting spaces. To better address these requests, new policies and procedures to reserve a space are being implemented. These include requests for the Conference Center at FIT seminar rooms, the David Dubinsky Center’s eighth floor alcove, the John E. Reeves Great Hall, the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, the Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium, the Marvin Feldman Center’s ninth floor boardroom, and other campus locations. For more information about the new policies and procedures, visit InsideFIT here, or contact Mary Oleniczak, Facilities and Special Events, 77644.

ADMISSIONS WEBSITE REDESIGN
The Admissions section of the FIT website—www.fitnyc.edu/admissions—has been redesigned. The new, illustrated format presents information on the college's application process in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. For more information or to offer feedback, contact Donna Lehmann, College Relations, donna_lehmann@fitnyc.edu.

2007 SEFA CAMPAIGN
FIT is proud to participate in the annual State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign, which supports 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, and 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.

SPRING 2007 PRECOLLEGE PROGRAMS
Do you know a high school student, teacher, guidance counselor, or youth organization coordinator who may be interested in FIT’s Saturday Live program? If so, please encourage them to contact Precollege Programs for information about the upcoming spring semester, at 212 217.7882 or precollegeprograms@fitnyc.edu. Registration ends February 9, and classes will run February 24-May 19. Details and applications are available online at www.fitnyc.edu/precollege.

COLLEGE-WIDE COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY SURVEY
In the spring 2007 semester, the College-wide Committee on Diversity will be conducting a survey of the FIT community to assess a number of diversity related issues on campus, to better plan the committee’s activities in the coming months. All are encouraged to participate. Look for further information in an upcoming issue of FIT Direct. For more information, contact Steve Whalen, College Relations, 73078, steven_whalen@fitnyc.edu.



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