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     September 2007

Couture Council Luncheon, Honoring Alber Elbaz of Lanvin
Counseling Center Open House
Dana Thomas Lecture/Book Signing
Elder Care Support Group
Nina Garcia and Alek Wek Discussion/Book Signing
Talk & Tour: Luxury
International Trade and Marketing Careers
Dealing with Difficult Student Situations
40th Anniversary Celebration of the UCE at FIT
FIT Book Club
Luxury
Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Interiorscapes

2007-08 Administrative Appointments, Faculty Promotions Announced
Full-time Faculty Appointments for 2007-08 Announced
Fine Arts Collective Works with Lake George-area Nonprofit
Fashion Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
English and Speech Faculty Member Serves on Nominating Committee
and as Lecturer
New Health and Physical Education Course Announced

No Petty Cash Reimbursement Until September 10
IT Customer Service Relocates, Extends Hours
Grants Office Announces Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Fall 2007 Semester Schedule Change

EVENTS

COUTURE COUNCIL LUNCHEON, HONORING ALBER ELBAZ OF LANVIN
September 5, 11:30 am
Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Center
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT hosts their second annual Award for Artistry of Fashion luncheon, honoring Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz. Individual tickets range from $350 (for Couture Council young associate members) to $1,500. Tables of ten range from $5,000 to $15,000. Proceeds will benefit The Museum at FIT. For more information on the Couture Council, visit the museum's website here. For more information on the luncheon or to purchase tickets, contact Vicki Guranowski, The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, 74100.

COUNSELING CENTER OPEN HOUSE
September 6, noon-6 pm
Room A212B
Faculty and staff are encouraged to increase student awareness of the Counseling Center's open house. Students will be able to meet counselors, enjoy refreshments, and pick up informational brochures on a variety of mental health topics. The Counseling Center provides personal counseling for students, as well as consultation services for faculty and staff who are concerned about particular student situations. For more information, contact Sree Vegunta, Counseling Center, 74260.

DANA THOMAS LECTURE/BOOK SIGNING
September 6, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Dana Thomas, Newsweek style and cultural reporter and contributor to The New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and The Financial Times in London, will explore the dark side of the new luxury industry in a presentation based on her book, Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster. A book signing with the author will follow. This event is presented in conjunction with Luxury, the latest rotation in the Fashion and Textile History Gallery at The Museum at FIT. To register, contact The Museum at FIT, 74585, museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
September 10, 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.

NINA GARCIA AND ALEK WEK DISCUSSION/BOOK SIGNING
September 20, 6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Supermodel Alek Wek and ELLE fashion director and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia will discuss and sign copies of their books, Alek and The Little Black Book of Style, respectively. This event is sponsored by Barnes & Noble at FIT, and is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Barnes & Noble at FIT, 77717.

TALK & TOUR: LUXURY
September 25, 6-7 pm
The Museum at FIT, Fashion and Textile History Gallery
Tamsen Schwartzman, associate research curator of The Museum at FIT, will lead this tour of Luxury, the latest rotation in the Fashion and Textile History Gallery, discussing the shifting meaning of luxury. To register, contact The Museum at FIT, 74585, museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING CAREERS
September 25, 6:30-8 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Faculty and staff are encouraged to increase student awareness of this International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries (ITM) event, hosted by the department's advisory board. Virginia Descamps, vice president of traveling retail worldwide, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.; and Robert M. Hayes, senior vice president of global store development and design and merchandising, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., will discuss career opportunities at Estée Lauder for ITM students. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/itm or contact
Nicole Martin-Lewis, ITM, 78490.


DEALING WITH DIFFICULT STUDENT SITUATIONS
September 27, 1-2 pm
Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
A collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Counseling Center, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP), this seminar will identify strategies for dealing with difficult student situations, focus on specific ways to proceed with them, and discuss relevant case studies. Christine Davis, Counseling Center, and Robin Zarel, EAP, will lead the seminar. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/eap or contact EAP, 77167.

40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE UCE AT FIT
September 29, 7-11 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Join faculty and staff for an evening of dinner and dancing in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the United College Employees (UCE) at FIT. Tickets are $60 per person; checks should be made payable to the UCE at FIT. For more information, contact UCE at FIT, 77690.

FIT BOOK CLUB
October 4, 1-2 pm
Rita and Bruce Roberts Room, Marvin Feldman Center, ninth floor
Join faculty and staff at this first meeting for the FIT Book Club. Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month, from 1 to 2 pm. The book to be discussed at this first meeting will be The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. Upcoming books for November 1 and December 6, are Water for Elephants, by Sarah Gruen, and Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time, by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin, respectively. For more information, contact Michael Hyde, English and Speech, 73267, or Sandra Markus, Fashion Design, 73144.

LUXURY
October 4, 1-2 pm
Rita and Bruce Roberts Room, Marvin Feldman Center, ninth floor
Luxury, the latest rotation in 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

2007-08 ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS, FACULTY PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCED
At the fall 2007 convocation, President Joyce F. Brown announced the following new administrative appointments: Amber Carpenter-Lagatutta to the position of assistant director of Registration; Elaine Maldonado to the position of director of Faculty Development and the Center for Excellence in Teaching; Anne Miller to the position of coordinator of Health Services; and William Mooney to the position of acting dean for the School of Liberal Arts.

President Brown also announced several faculty promotions. Rena Sussman, Textile/Surface Design, has been promoted from adjunct assistant to assistant professor. Michael Cokkinos, Advertising and Marketing Communications; Lori Dibisceglie, Fashion Merchandising Management (FMM); Vincent DiFate, Illustration; Karen Gentile, Textile/Surface Design; Mark Goldblatt, Educational Skills; Maurice Johnson, FMM; Stephan Kanlian, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management; Sandy Krasovec, Packaging Design; Amy Lemmon, English and Speech; Joseph Maiorca, Social Sciences; Kam Mak, Illustration; and Kingsley Parker, Communication Design, have been promoted from assistant to associate professor. Stephanie Bird, Health and Physical Education; Charlotte Brown, Educational Skills; Virginia Urban, Science and Mathematics; and Sally White, Records and Registration, have been promoted from associate to full professor.


FULL-TIME FACULTY APPOINTMENTS FOR 2007-08 ANNOUNCED
The following new full-time faculty were announced at the fall 2007 convocation: Ron Amato, Photography; Daniel Benkendorf, Social Sciences; Shim Chung, History of Art and Civilization; Eric Daniels, Interior Design; Gordon Frey, Interior Design; Catherine Geib, Fashion Merchandising Management (FMM); Nomi Kleinman, Textile/Surface Design; Johannes Knoops, Interior Design; Jinbae Park, Interior Design; Matthew Petrunia, English and Speech; Joe Staluppi, Communication Design; Melissa Tombro, English and Speech; Andrew Weinstein, History of Art and Civilization; Gary Wolf, FMM; and Janet Zeevalk, FMM.

FINE ARTS COLLECTIVE WORKS WITH LAKE GEORGE-AREA NONPROFIT
In June 2007, students from the Fine Arts Collective contributed seven large wooden silhouettes to Threads of Wiawaka, a fundraiser for the Wiawaka Holiday House, in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Wiawaka House was begun in the late 19th century as a Lake George summer retreat for working women, particularly those in the textile industry, at the time prominent in the nearby Troy area. It now supports preservation of Victorian-era buildings, public educational programs, and retreats for women at their lakeside property. The students' silhouettes variously represented "threads," i.e. textiles; the Victorian era; and the natural beauty of the Lake George area. For more information, contact Jeff Way, Fine Arts, 78831.

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Sass Brown, Fashion Design, is currently exhibiting work in REtalhar, a group show at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. REtalhar, which runs through September 16, is presented in conjunction with the Cooperativa de Trabalho Artesenal e de Costura da Rocinha Ltda. (COOPA-ROCA), a Brazilian women's cooperative. For more information, contact Sass Brown.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER SERVES ON NOMINATING COMMITTEE AND AS LECTURER
Glenda Frank, English and Speech, has just completed a year as a nominator for the Drama Desk Awards. Frank has also been reappointed as a speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities. She has delivered her lecture "Celebrating Lillian Hellman—Playwright, Activist, and Lover—on Her Centennial" at several New York venues. For more information, contact Glenda Frank.

NEW HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE ANNOUNCED
This fall, the Health and Physical Education Department will begin offering a new course, Beginning Golf. Skills development, rules of the game, and etiquette will form the foundation of the course. For more information, contact Stephanie Bird, Health and Physical Education, 74223.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO PETTY CASH REIMBURSEMENT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10
The Bursar's Office has announced that, due to fall 2007 registration, there will be no petty cash reimbursement until September 10.

IT CUSTOMER SERVICE RELOCATES, EXTENDS HOURS
Information Technology (IT) for FIT's Customer Service has relocated to Room C305B, and extended its operating hours to Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 7 pm.

GRANTS OFFICE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Grants Office has announced the following upcoming funding opportunities: $7,000 fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, supporting creative artists working in architecture/environmental structures, choreography, fiction writing, music composition, painting, photography, playwriting/screenwriting, or video, deadline October 3; and $33,000 fellowships for PhD candidates in the humanities and related social sciences, from the American Council of Learned Societies, deadine November 14. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/grants or contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants Office, 73622.

FALL 2007 SEMESTER SCHEDULE CHANGE
The college will be closed on Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14, 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.



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