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     May 2007

“Film and Fashion in Spanish Cinema”
Fashion Avenue Meets Madison Avenue: “Success in the City”
Graphically Speaking: “Ivan Chermayeff”
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: She's Like a Rainbow
Student Carpet Design Competition: “Contemporary Contract”
Faculty Senate Meeting
Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition
Fashion and Textile Studies Symposium: “Focus on Fashion Journalism”
FIT’s Third Annual Golf Classic
Accessories Design Next Generation Awards
Art Market: Principles and Practices Exhibition: Impossibly Familiar
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: Luxury
Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Interiorscapes

CFMM Capstone Presentations
Commencement 2007
New Office of Precollege and Evening/Weekend Programs
Illustration Faculty Member Signs Contract, Writes Textbook
English and Speech Faculty Member’s Book Is Published
Student Life Faculty Member Participates in Discussion
FMM Faculty Member Designs Chef’s Jacket for Charity
Museum Director Gives Lecture
Art and Design Faculty Member Has Solo Show

Fall 2007 Semester Schedule Change
New WEI Workshops

EVENTS

“FILM AND FASHION IN SPANISH CINEMA”
May 1, 1-2 pm
David Dubinsky Center, fifth floor, lounge
Noted scholar, film critic, poet, and author Dr. Inmaculada Sanchez, of the University of Malaga, will discuss fashion’s place in contemporary Spanish cinema. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Pilar Blanco Ruiz, 78972.

FASHION AVENUE MEETS MADISON AVENUE: “SUCCESS IN THE CITY”
May 1, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This annual symposium, presented by Advertising and Marketing Communications students in AC 423–Special Events Marketing Public Relations, brings industry experts together to discuss their insights and experiences. This year’s discussion, titled “Success in the City,” will feature Don Middleberg, CEO and founder of Middleburg Communications; Mark DiMassimo, creative director of DiMassimo Goldstein; Karen Lorraine, fashion market director of Cosmopolitan magazine; and Lisa Hsia, product placement and alternative media executive at Bravo. For more information, contact Linda Finnerty, 78467.

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: “IVAN CHERMAYEFF”
May 2, 6:30-7:30 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, eighth floor, alcove
The latest in a series of talks sponsored by Communication Design. The guest speaker will be Ivan Chermayeff, cofounder of renowned design studio Chermayeff & Geismar, Inc. Chermayeff & Geismar are responsible for such iconic works as the logos for Chase Manhattan, Mobile, the Museum of Modern Art, and Xerox. For more information, contact Kingsley Parker, Communication Design, 78967.

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 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.

STUDENT CARPET DESIGN COMPETITION: “CONTEMPORARY CONTRACT”
May 9, 12:30-3 pm
Conference Center at FIT, Seminar Room 9
An annual contest held every spring for Textile/Surface Design students in TD 353– Tufted and Printed Rugs and Carpeting Design. This year’s event is sponsored by Stark Carpets. The student with the winning entry will be awarded $1,500; all entries will be considered by Stark for purchase and production. Judges will include faculty and industry experts. All are invited to attend the viewing. For more information, contact Deborah Hernandez, 77034.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
May 10, 1-2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, eighth floor, alcove
All faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras,
Faculty Services, 77793.


ART AND DESIGN GRADUATING STUDENT EXHIBITION
May 10-23
Various locations around campus
Selected works by graduating students of the School of Art and Design will be on display. For more information and exhibition locations, visit www.fitnyc.edu/artanddesign.

FASHION AND TEXTILE STUDIES SYMPOSIUM: “FOCUS ON
FASHION JOURNALISM”

May 12, 10 am-6 pm
Marvin Feldman Center, ninth floor, boardroom
The annual symposium presented by graduate students in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, “Focus on Fashion Journalism” will examine the art directors, editors, illustrators, photographers, and writers who create the first draft of fashion history. Students will present their original research on fashion journalism from the 17th century to the present. This event is free and open to the general public; to RSVP, call 75722.

FIT’S THIRD ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC
May 15, 10 am
Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale, NY
An event benefiting the Educational Development Fund, hosted by FIT and The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI). Sponsorship opportunities are available, at $2,500 and $5,000. Individual tickets are $1,250 for brunch, day of golf with caddie or cart, on-course refreshments, and cocktail reception; $500 for cocktail reception only. For more information, contact Vicki Guranowski, EFFI, 77820.

ACCESSORIES DESIGN NEXT GENERATION AWARDS
May 17, 5-7 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
A year-end exhibition and awards ceremony for students in Accessories Design, sponsored by The Accessories Council and eyewear company Luxottica. Awards will be presented in the categories of belts, gloves, handbags, hats, jewelry, and shoes. For more information, contact Ellen Goldstein, Accessories Design.

ART MARKET: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES EXHIBITION: IMPOSSIBLY FAMILIAR
Through May 19
Art Gotham, 547 West 27th Street, fifth floor
The annual exhibition curated by graduate students in Art Market: Principles and Practices, Impossibly Familiar showcases the work of artists interested in teasing our ability to decipher experience. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/impossiblyfamiliar, or contact Beth Miller Servetar, Art Market: Principles and Practices.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: LUXURY
May 23-November 10
The Museum at FIT
Luxury, the latest rotation at 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

CFMM CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS
On May 16 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, graduating students in the Master of Professional Studies Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (CFMM) program will present their capstone projects to an industry audience. This year’s event is sponsored by LVMH. For more information, contact Stephan Kanlian, CFMM, 75198.

COMMENCEMENT 2007
FIT’s annual commencement exercises will be held on May 22, at Radio City Music Hall, with AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees awarded in over thirty programs of study. Honorary degrees will be given to Wanda Ferragamo, chairperson and president, Salvatore Ferragamo, SpA; and Chris Casson Madden, CEO and founder, Chris Madden, Inc.

NEW OFFICE OF PRECOLLEGE AND EVENING/WEEKEND PROGRAMS
Lisa Braverman, dean for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, has announced the establishment of a Precollege and Evening/Weekend Programs Office, to be headed by Michele Nagel, formerly coordinator of Precollege Programs. In addition to running Precollege Programs, the expanded role of the office will be to recruit and assist evening/weekend students and contribute to the marketing and promotion of these programs.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER SIGNS CONTRACT, WRITES TEXTBOOK
Bil Dononvan, Illustration, has recently signed a contract with HarperCollins Publishers to illustrate a book on eight-time Academy Award-winning costume designer, Edith Head. Donovan is also finishing a drawing textbook, based upon his teachings at FIT, to be published in fall 2007 by Lawrence King Publishing, Ltd. For more information, contact Bil Donovan.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER’S BOOK IS PUBLISHED
The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Better Business Writing, cowritten by Barbara Janoff, English and Speech, was recently published by Allworth Press. Topics covered in the book include how to create design briefs, and write better résumés and cover letters. For more information, contact Barbara Janoff, 77943.

STUDENT LIFE FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN DISCUSSION
In April, Philip Milio, Student Life, participated in “Imagine: Sustainable Futures Dialogue,” a dialogue with Dr. Dan Garvey, president of Prescott College, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. For more information, contact Philip Milio, 78710.

FMM FACULTY MEMBER DESIGNS CHEF’S JACKET FOR CHARITY
In April, Gloria Hartley, Fashion Merchandising Management (FMM), took part in the first annual Celebrity Kick-off, an event hosted by the nonprofit group, Restaurants Against Hunger. The Celebrity Kick-off featured a runway show of well-known chefs, modeling custom chef’s jackets by various designers. Hartley’s design was for John P. Greco, III, of the restaurants Philip Marie and Bamboo 52. Proceeds from the event went to Action Against Hunger. For more information, contact Gloria Hartley.

MUSEUM DIRECTOR GIVES LECTURE
In March, Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, participated in the annual meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies in Houston, Texas. Her talk, “Fashion an Exhibition,” was given as part of a plenary session on the history of fashion. For more information, contact Valerie Steele, 75965.

ART AND DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
Sara Petitt, Fabric Styling and Textile/Surface Design, is exhibiting recent work in 2 Degrees of Separation, a solo show running through May 12 at the Pleiades Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, fourth floor. For more information, contact Sara Petitt, 78012.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL 2007 SEMESTER SCHEDULE CHANGE
The college will be closed on Thursday, September 13, 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. Update your calendars accordingly.

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.




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