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     November 2007

100 Years of Frida Kahlo
FIT Book Club
Talk & Tour: Luxury
Lecture and Book Signing: Kaffe Knits Again, by Kaffe Fassett
Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Competition
Graphically Speaking: Mysteries of the Cyrillic Alphabet
Coping with the Loss of a Loved One
Luxury
Ethereal Elegance: Fashion Art of Steven Stipelman
Elder Care Support Group
Great American Smokeout
Panel Discussion: Eco-fashion Now
Real World Expo
FIT Blood Drive
Faculty Senate Meeting
International Trade Deals
Tech Prep Career Day
Lecture and Book Signing: Lanvin, by Dean Merceron
Exoticism
World AIDS Day
Lecture and Book Signing: Dressed, by Deborah Nadoolman Landis
FIT Signage Master Plan Meeting
Chic Chicago

Henry Doneger Computer Lab Naming Ceremony
Continuing and Professional Studies' Inaugural Innovation Summit
Enterprise Center News
Fine Arts Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
English and Speech Faculty Member Holds Readings, Receives Award
Art and Design Faculty Member Has Solo Show
Interior Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Shows
Communication Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
Illustration Faculty Member Gives Lecture
Fashion Design Students Participate in Bridal Design Contest
Office of EOP News

Grants Office Announces Upcoming Funding Opportunities
James Anderson Memorial Fund
New Division: Advancement and External Relations
IT to Introduce New Email and Calendaring System
Employee Wellness Program: Fall 2007 Exercise Classes

EVENTS

100 YEARS OF FRIDA KAHLO
November 1, 1-2 pm
Lounge, fifth floor, David Dubinsky Student Center
The Foreign Languages Department hosts this celebration of Frida Kahlo, one
of Mexico's most celebrated and controversial artists and activists, marking the centennial of her birth. Kahlo-inspired student artworks will be displayed, and
Anna Blume, History of Art and Civilization, will discuss the painter's life and legacy. For more information, contact Pilar Blanco, Foreign Languages, 78972, or
Madeline Millan, Foreign Languages, 77906.


FIT BOOK CLUB
November 1, 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 November meeting is Water for Elephants, by Sarah Gruen. The upcoming book, for December 6, 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.

TALK & TOUR: LUXURY
November 1, 6-7 pm
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Clare Sauro, assistant curator of accessories at The Museum at FIT, leads this tour of Luxury, discussing the role of accessories in the modern luxury industry. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: KAFFE KNITS AGAIN, BY KAFFE FASSETT
November 1, 6-8 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
World-renowned textile and surface designer Kaffe Fasset will speak about and show examples of his work, and sign copies of his book, Kaffe Knits Again (Potter Craft 2007), at this Textile/Surface Design-sponsored event. For more information, contact Karen Gentile, Textile/Surface Design, 77260.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE POETRY RECITATION COMPETITION
November 6, 1-2 pm (final run-offs)
November 8, 1-2 pm (awards ceremony)

Robert Lagary Board Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center
The Foreign Languages Department invites all of FIT to the final run-offs and awards ceremony of its 18th annual poetry recitation competition. In the run-offs, students will recite a memorized poem from the literature of the language they're currently studying (Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish). Judging criteria will include pronunciation, intonation, and interpretation of the text. The November 8 awards ceremony will include a performance by tenor Neal Harrelson. For more information, contact James Cascaito, Foreign Languages, 78975.

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: MYSTERIES OF THE CYRILLIC ALPHABET
November 7, 6:30 pm
Room D523
Maxim Zhukov, former typographic coordinator for the United Nations, and typographer for Adobe, Bitstream, ITC, Microsoft, and others, will speak on the Cyrillic alphabet at this Communication Design-sponsored event. For more information, contact Kingsley Parker, Communication Design, 78967.

COPING WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE
November 8, noon-1 pm
Room A803
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) presents this seminar on coping with the death of a loved one. Information about normal grief reactions and specific tools to help the bereaved process the loss in a healthy way will be provided in a supportive, confidential setting. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/eap or contact
Robin Zarel, EAP, 77167.


LUXURY
Through November 10
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Luxury 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.

ETHEREAL ELEGANCE: FASHION ART OF STEVEN STIPELMAN
November 10-December 17
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Ethereal Elegance, the 2007 School of Art and Design faculty exhibition, celebrates the illustration work 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.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
November 12, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
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.

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT
November 13, noon-2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center lobby
Commit to quit smoking at this Health Services-sponsored event. Information will be provided, along with fun activities, giveaways, and raffle prizes. For more information, click here, or contact Stephanie Burke, Health Services, 74195.

PANEL DISCUSSION: ECO-FASHION NOW
November 14, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
A Museum at FIT-sponsored event, exploring the complex issues surrounding eco- or green fashion. Sass Brown, Fashion Design; Susan Cianciolo, artist and designer; Julie Gilhart, senior vice president and fashion director of Barneys New York; Johanna Hofring, entrepreneur and owner of Lower East Side boutique, Ekovaruhuset; and Summer Rayne Oaks, model and sustainable business consultant, will participate. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

REAL WORLD EXPO
November 14, 6-8 pm
Eighth floor, David Dubinsky Student Center
Real World Expo is the second annual Advertising and Marketing Communications (AMC) career fair, produced by and for students in the AAS and BS programs, and hosted by AMC's Special Events Marketing class. More than 30 companies will participate, including leading names in advertising, public relations, publishing,
and television. For more information, contact Linda Finnerty, AMC, 74479.


FIT BLOOD DRIVE
November 15, 10 am-3 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Health Services and Student Life encourage all members of the FIT community to donate their blood. Gifts will be available to all donors. For more information, contact Stephanie Burke, Health Services, 74195.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
November 15, 1-2 pm
Alcove, eighth floor, David Dubinsky Center
All faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras,
Faculty Services, 77793.


INTERNATIONAL TRADE DEALS
November 15, 3:30-5 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Nancy Dempsey, senior manager of regulatory services, FedEx Trade Networks, will moderate a panel discussion on the intricacies of arranging specialized international trade transactions. This event is sponsored by the International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries (ITM) Department. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/itm or contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, ITM, 78490.

TECH PREP CAREER DAY
November 16, 10 am-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre and selected David Dubinsky Student Center classrooms
The Tech Prep program hosts its annual career day; 120 juniors from five metropolitan area high schools are expected to attend. Industry executives and FIT faculty, staff, and alumni will present career-related workshops, and best-selling author and motivational speaker Jason Dorsey will be keynote speaker. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/techprep or contact Julie Ferrara, Tech Prep, 77741.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: LANVIN, BY DEAN MERCERON
November 16, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Dean Merceron discusses the life of Jeanne Lanvin, one of the 20th century's great couturiers, in a lecture and slideshow based on his book, Lanvin (Rizzoli 2007). The talk will be followed by a book signing with the author. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

EXOTICISM
November 27, 2007-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.

WORLD AIDS DAY
November 29, noon-3 pm
Room A721
Health Services encourages all students, faculty, and staff to support World AIDS day. Free HIV testing will be provided, along with useful information, refreshments, and raffle prizes. For more information, contact Stephanie Burke, Health Services, 74195.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: DRESSED, BY DEBORAH NADOOLMAN LANDIS
November 30, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Blues Brothers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Michael Jackson's Thriller) will showcase 100 years of Hollywood costumes, and the characters they brought to life, in a lecture based on her book, Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (HarperCollins 2007). The talk will be followed by a book signing with the author. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

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 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 will address way-finding and branding for the college. Michael Bierut, senior partner of Pentagram, will make the presentation. For more information, contact Carol Leven, Communications and External Relations, 74700.

CHIC CHICAGO
Through January 5, 2008
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.

NEWS

HENRY DONEGER COMPUTER LAB NAMING CEREMONY
On November 13, Room B302A, a computer lab for students in Fashion Merchandising Management (FMM), will be named in honor of Henry Doneger, founder and former chairman of The Doneger Group, the largest independent buying office in the U.S. and a leading fashion merchandising and retail consulting company. Doneger was a longtime friend of the college; his son, Abbey, serves on the board of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI). A reception will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony, in the Robert Lagary Board Room. For more information, contact Vicki Guranowski, EFFI, 74100, or Robin Sackin, 74812.

CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES' INAUGURAL INNOVATION SUMMIT
On November 29, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies will host its inaugural Innovation Summit, for corporate executives in the New York metropolitan area. This year's summit, whose theme is "innovation management," will feature
Dr. Alan G. Robinson, award-winning author and consultant for organizations including the Federal Reserve, Heineken, Lucent Technologies, Toyota, and the Washington Post. Dr. Robinson will speak on "The Idea-Driven Organization: How the Best Leaders and Organizations Tap the Ideas of Their Frontline People." For more information, contact Diana Cypress, Continuing and Professional Studies, 74603.


ENTERPRISE CENTER NEWS
The Enterprise Center has been awarded $35,000 by the State University of New York to continue its project to make product lifecycle management (PLM) software available to small apparel businesses. In October, representatives from 40 apparel and accessories firms visited the Enterprise Center to examine the in-progress software, and offer feedback. October also saw the launch of the center's eight-day course in wood finishing and entrepreneurship skills, made possible by Perkins funding. For more information, contact Christine Helm, Enterprise Center, 77250.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Richard Pitts, Fine Arts, is taking part in Sculpture at Play, a four-person show in the Walter Wickiser Gallery, at 210 11th Avenue, Suite 303, in Manhattan. Pitts will exhibit his three-dimensional relief prints. Sculpture at Play will run November 3-28; an opening reception will be held November 3, from 6-8 pm. For more information, visit www.richardpitts.com, or contact Richard Pitts.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER HOLDS READINGS, RECEIVES AWARD
Amy Lemmon, English and Speech, will read her poetry on November 9, at 6:30 pm, as part of the Center for Book Arts' Broadsides Reading Series, at the Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, third floor, in Manhattan. She will also read on November 18, at 6 pm, as part of the Night and Day Reading Series at Biscuit BBQ, 230 Fifth Avenue, in Brooklyn. Lemmon was recently honored by Red Hen Press with their Ruskin Art Club Poetry Prize, at their annual literary award ceremony, where she introduced former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. For more information, contact
Amy Lemmon.


ART AND DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
Julie Gross, Communication Design and Fine Arts, is showing gouache works on paper at Awaken, a solo show running through November 28 at Jules Place, in Boston, MA. For more information, contact Julie Gross, 78110.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOWS
Johannes Knoops, Interior Design, is currently exhibiting his design work in New York NOW, a group show running through December 18 at the Center for Architecture, at 536 LaGuardia Place, in Manhattan. New York NOW celebrates the diversity of the American Institute of Architects' New York chapter. Knoops also participated in Work by Pratt Alumni, an October exhibition at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. For more information, visit www.knoops.us or contact Johannes Knoops.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design, is exhibiting new work in BITMAP: as good as new, a group digital art show at vertexList Gallery, at 138 Bayard Street, in Brooklyn, running November 24, 2007-January 27, 2008. The show is part of Blip Festival '07. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 77985.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER GIVES LECTURE
In October, Bil Donovan, Illustration, gave his lecture, "Intrinsically Disordered: Exploring Content through Memory, Intuition, and Medium," at Rollins College, in Winter Park, FL. Donovan was hosted by the college as a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Artist. For more information, contact Bil Donovan.

FASHION DESIGN STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN BRIDAL DESIGN CONTEST
In September, Karen Sabag and Sergio Guadarrama, both Fashion Design '07, were announced as winner and runner-up, respectively, of the Contrex Natural Mineral Water Bridal Design Competition, a student contest sponsored by the Fashion Design Department, Kleinfeld Bridal, and Nestlé Waters North America. Fashion Design faculty members Ruben Cruz and Sharon Rothman served as mentors throughout the five-month competition, which incorporated visual design and garment production. For more information, click here or contact Sharon Rothman, 77473.

OFFICE OF EOP NEWS
The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) has announced the creation
of an Epsilon Kappa chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon at FIT. A nationwide honor society, membership is open to students from opportunity programs who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters (three semesters for part-time students). EOP's inaugural induction ceremony will be held in spring 2008.

Two EOP students, Valcharal Holmes, Illustration '08, and Olgalilia Rodriguéz, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries '08, were awarded scholarships to attend the Apology, Remorse, and Forgiveness in the Aftermath
of Trauma workshop at the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, NY. For more information, contact EOP, 74170.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS OFFICE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Grants Office has announced the following upcoming funding opportunities:
Loeb Fellowships of up to $27,000, plus housing and airfare, providing for one year of independent study in design at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, for mid-career professionals in the field, deadline January 3. Puffin Foundation grants of up to $2,500, for emerging artists whose work engages socially significant topics, deadline December 30. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/grants or contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants Office, 73622.


JAMES ANDERSON MEMORIAL FUND
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 via The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI). For more information, contact EFFI, Room C204, 74100.

NEW DIVISION: ADVANCEMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS
To reflect the recent integration of FIT's external relations and development activities, the offices of College Relations and Institutional Advancement have combined, creating a new division called Advancement and External Relations. College Relations will be known as Communications and External Relations and Institutional Advancement has changed its name to Development and Alumni Affairs. Loretta Lawrence Keane serves as the divisional vice president. The website for Communications and External Relations, formerly www3.fitnyc.edu/collegerelations, is now www3.fitnyc.edu/externalrelations. All records should be updated accordingly.

IT TO INTRODUCE NEW EMAIL AND CALENDARING SYSTEM
Information Technology (IT) for FIT is planning to introduce Microsoft Exchange, an email and calendaring system, in the coming months. Microsoft Exchange will serve as a comprehensive, campus-wide system, enabling users to create and share their calendars efficiently and easily. IT is currently establishing a training plan, to be distributed shortly. For more information, contact IT, 73400.

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




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