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     March 2007

Tolerance Week: Town Hall Meeting
Symposium: The Art of Fashion
Lilly Daché: Glamour at the Drop of a Hat
Faculty Mentoring Sessions
Faculty Senate Meeting
“Your Road to Success”
Roadtrip Nation Presentation
AIGA/NY Annual Conference
Talking Trade @ FIT: “The International Sales Cycle”
Ralph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: She’s Like a Rainbow
Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Interiorscapes

New Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Appointed
Student Life Leadership Workshop
Fine Arts Professor’s Solo Show
TDM Chairperson Participates in UN Steering Committee
Museum Exhibitions Staff Member Exhibits Photography

MyFIT: Portal Launch and Training Dates
SUNY Grant Opportunity
Spring/Summer Grants Digest is Online
Askonline: FIT’s Online Tutoring Service
New WEI Workshops
IT for FIT Newsletter

EVENTS

TOLERANCE WEEK: TOWN HALL MEETING
March 8, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The entire FIT community is encouraged to attend this town hall meeting to discuss issues of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. This meeting is the second in a series sponsored by the School of Art and Design and the College-wide Committee on Diversity, and moderated by FITSA student government leaders. The town hall is presented in conjunction with Tolerance Week, which runs March 5-9 and offers a series of events designed to celebrate and promote cultural, racial, and gender equity. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, School of Art and Design, 78072, melanie_reim@fitnyc.edu.

SYMPOSIUM: THE ART OF FASHION
March 9-10, 9:30 am-5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
The 2007 symposium of The Museum at FIT, The Art of Fashion will feature leading academics, critics, and curators discussing the intersecting worlds of art and fashion. Tickets are $75 both days, $50 one day for the general public; $40 both days, $25 one day for non-FIT students with valid ID. FIT students, faculty, and staff may attend for free. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

LILLY DACHÉ: GLAMOUR AT THE DROP OF A HAT
March 13-April 21
The Museum at FIT
An exhibition curated by graduate students in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, Lilly Daché examines the work of the celebrated Parisian milliner. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

FACULTY MENTORING SESSIONS
March 15, 1-2 pm; March 27, 5-6 pm
Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
All faculty are invited to the second and third peer mentoring sessions of the spring semester. The March 15 session, co-sponsored by the Educational Skills student mentoring program, will focus on diversity-related issues and communication. The March 27 session will focus on test preparation exercises and counseling issues. For more information, contact Joseph Maiorca, Health and Physical Education, 77862, joseph_maiorca@fitnyc.edu.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
March 15, 1-2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, eighth floor, alcove
All faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras, acting coordinator of Faculty Services, 77793, esther_oliveras@fitnyc.edu.

“YOUR ROAD TO SUCCESS”
March 20, 8:30-10 am
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Faculty are asked to encourage their students to attend this panel discussion, which features industry experts discussing the “secrets” to success in the fashion business. This event is sponsored by Career Services and the Fashion Service Network, a resource organization of experienced professionals delivering solutions and opportunities to the industry.

ROADTRIP NATION PRESENTATION
March 21, 11 am-2 pm, 5-6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre and outside the B and C buildings
Career Services invites the FIT community to check out the Roadtrip Nation presentation and documentary screening as the Roadtrip Nation RV stops at FIT. Activities include an open house from 11 am-2 pm, located outside, and a presentation from 5-6 pm in the amphitheatre. Started by a group of friends who hit the road to talk with inspirational leaders across the country, Roadtrip Nation has evolved into a PBS television series, partnering with college career centers to run programs encouraging career exploration by college students and recent grads. Learn more at www.roadtripnation.com.

AIGA/NY ANNUAL CONFERENCE
March 24, 9 am-6 pm, plus closing reception
French Institute, Florence Gould Auditorium, 55 East 59th Street
The fourth annual AIGA/NY conference steps boldly into the intersection of fashion and graphic design with Body/Language: Fashion Meets Graphic Design. Donna David, chairperson of Communication Design and AIGA/NY board member, invites the FIT community to this daylong event, featuring design and fashion talents who have mastered the integration of both disciplines in their work, their brands, and their lives, including Isaac Mizrahi, Andy Spade, and others. Tickets are $120 for AIGA members, $75 for AIGA student members, and $150 for the general public. To register or for more information, visit bodylanguage.aigany.org.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: “THE INTERNATIONAL SALES CYCLE”
March 29, 6:30-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The latest in a guest lecture series presented by International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries. Claudio Castiglioni, CEO of Tod’s USA and COO of Tod’s Group, will discuss the international sales process, from concept to closing. For more information, contact Dasia Davis, ITM, 78490, dasia_davis@fitnyc.edu.

RALPH RUCCI: THE ART OF WEIGHTLESSNESS
Through April 14
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.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: SHE’S LIKE A RAINBOW
Through May 4
The Museum at FIT
She’s Like a Rainbow: Colors in Fashion, the latest rotation in 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.

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

NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND CIO APPOINTED
President Joyce F. Brown has announced the appointment of Gregg Chottiner to the position of vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer (CIO). Mr. Chottiner, formerly vice president of IT at the University of Maryland’s University College, has over fifteen years’ experience as an IT specialist in education and government. He will join the college on March 5. To read the president’s memo on the appointment, visit InsideFIT here.

STUDENT LIFE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Philip Milio, professor and counselor, Student Life, led a group of 44 students on a weekend-long retreat, the Leadership Workshop, held February 23-25 at the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center in Palisades, New York, 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 Ari Vega, Production Management; Loretta Volpe, Advertising and Marketing Communications; Jennifer Miller, Career Services; Nancy Grossman, Student Life; Raj Vangapaty, Registrar, Taur Orange, EOP; Ann Denton and Melanie Santoriello, Textile Development and Marketing; and Philip Milio, Student Life. For more information, contact Professor Milio, 78710, philip_milio@fitnyc.edu.

FINE ARTS PROFESSOR'S SOLO SHOW
Jean Feinberg, adjunct assistant professor of Fine Arts, is currently showing her work in Constructions, a solo show at the new Beth Urdang Gallery in Boston. Constructions will be on view through March 24. For more information or to view the exhibition, visit the gallery's website, www.bethurdanggallery.com.

TDM CHAIRPERSON PARTICIPATES IN UN STEERING COMMITTEE
2009 was declared the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) in December 2006, by the United Nations General Assembly. Jeff Silberman, chairperson of Textile Development and Marketing and executive director of the International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP), participated in a January meeting of the IYNF Steering Committee, which, with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is working to coordinate activities and events.

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS STAFF MEMBER EXHIBITS PHOTOGRAPHY
In December 2006, Tom Irizarry, Museum Exhibitions, contributed two photographs to the SCNY Annual Thumb-Box Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in Manhattan. The exhibited photographs were entitled “Cardinal Host II” and “The Golden Echo.” For more information, visit www.tomirizarry.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MYFIT: PORTAL LAUNCH AND TRAINING DATES
FIT is pleased to announce the launch of MyFIT at http://myfit.fitnyc.edu. With one login, the portal provides faculty and staff direct access to many different systems, including academic course and enrollment tools, payroll information, leave balances, and leave reporting. The New WEI and IT for FIT are conducting training sessions for faculty and staff, and soon, the portal will be available to students, providing them with single sign-on access to registration, financial aid, bill payment, academic course information, and more. Click here for upcoming training dates for faculty and staff.

SUNY GRANT OPPORTUNITY
The Grants Office announces SUNY’s invitation to submit proposals for its Conversations in the Disciplines Program. Awards of up to $5,000 are provided for intercampus conferences that bring together SUNY faculty and visiting scholars to examine new trends, review promising findings, and better acquaint themselves with professional developments in their field and on other campuses. The proposal deadline is April 6. Proposal guidelines and forms are available online at www.suny.edu/provost/facultyawards.cfm. For more information, contact
Ellen Brennan Hearn, 75038, ellen_brennanhearn@fitnyc.edu.


SPRING/SUMMER GRANTS DIGEST IS ONLINE
The Grants Office has published the spring/summer 2007 edition of The Grants Digest, available online at www3.fitnyc.edu/grants. The Grants Digest provides information on fellowships, grants, residencies, and resources, with links for each listing. For assistance in preparing grant applications, contact the Grants Office, 75040.

ASKONLINE: FIT’S ONLINE TUTORING SERVICE
The Academic Skills Tutoring Center now offers online tutoring services for all FIT students enrolled in credit bearing and/or remedial courses. For more information, contact Academic Skills, 77865, or visit www.fitnyc.askonline.net.

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

IT FOR FIT NEWSLETTER
IT for FIT has published its newsletter for the spring semester. Included is information about discounts on software and cellphone services available to FIT faculty and staff. To read the newsletter, click here.



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