If you cannot view this newsletter properly, go to this address to view the newsletter:
http://www.fitnyc.edu/html/FITDirect/index.html


Institutional News and Information Published through College Relations

We want to hear from you! Have you participated in a conference lately? Published an article or had your work exhibited? Click here if you have an item to submit.

     June/July 2007

Elder Care Support Group
Graduate Illustration Capstone Exhibition: Stories and Pictures
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: Luxury
Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Interiorscapes

SUNY Interim Chancellor Appointed
Dean for Art and Design Named
New Unit, New Position Created for Institutional Compliance
2007 George T. Dorsch Awards Announced
CFMM Chair Elected to CTFA Board of Directors
Target Executives, Financial Experts Visit Art Market Class
Art and Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
IT/Media Services Employee’s Film Released on DVD
Faculty Member Leads Wildlife Watching Trips, Hosts Japanese TV Crew
Illustration Faculty Member Participates in Discussion, Group Show, and Interview
English and Speech Faculty Member Reads at Penn’s Writers House
Illustration Faculty Member Honored with Awards
Communication Design Faculty Member Writes Book
Faculty Member Named Marketing Director of Local Theater Group

New FIT Hazard Communication Program
FIT Network Password Lifespan Extended
College Relations Revamps Website
Grants Office Relocates, Posts Deadlines
Fall 2007 Semester Schedule Change

EVENTS

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
June 18 and July 16, 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, contact Robin Zarel, EAP, 77167.

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION CAPSTONE EXHIBITION: STORIES AND PICTURES
Through July 28
The Museum at FIT
The first graduating class of the Illustration MA program presents Stories and Pictures, an exhibition of the students’ capstone projects. Pieces on display include character designs, a children’s book, a Tarot card series, selected illustrations for Dante’s Inferno, and a series of illustrated posters depicting the American working class. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, Art and Design, 78072.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: LUXURY
Through 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

SUNY INTERIM CHANCELLOR APPOINTED
On May 31, the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees appointed Dr. John B. Clark to the position of interim chancellor. He succeeds Chancellor John R. Ryan, who stepped down on June 1. Dr. Clark has previously served as interim president for several SUNY colleges—Alfred, Brockport, Plattsburgh, and the College of Optometry—and as acting vice chancellor of enrollment and university life at SUNY System Administration. A search for a permanent appointment to the office is expected to begin shortly. For more information, visit the SUNY website here.

DEAN FOR ART AND DESIGN NAMED
President Joyce F. Brown has announced the appointment of Joanne Arbuckle to the position of dean for the School of Art and Design. Dean Arbuckle has been acting dean for the school since 2005 and a faculty member of the Fashion Design Department since 1986. She has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching twice, in 2001 and 2002, and was responsible for creating FIT’s children’s wear advisory board. To read President Brown’s full memo on the appointment,
click here.


NEW UNIT, NEW POSITION CREATED FOR INSTITUTIONAL COMPLIANCE
As part of the administrative restructuring that has emerged from FIT’s strategic plan, President Joyce F. Brown has created a new and separate Institutional Compliance Office, consisting of the internal auditor, David Rankert, and the affirmative action officer, Juan Nunez. In addition, Nunez’s title has been changed to assistant vice president for Affirmative Action, Compliance, and Diversity, to more closely reflect his broadened responsibilities. For more information, read President Brown’s full
memo here.


2007 GEORGE T. DORSCH AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The History of Art and Civilization Department has announced the 2007 recipients of the George T. Dorsch Endowed Scholarship and Fellowship. The scholarship, for a current or recent FIT student who has demonstrated academic excellence in History of Art, was given to Marisa De Marco, Fine Arts ’05, who will use the award to direct an after-school arts program for girls. The fellowship, for a current History of Art adjunct faculty member, was given to Shana Lindsay, who will use the award to research themes of sacrifice in contemporary art. Each award totals over $20,000. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/historyofart/Dorsch.htm.

CFMM CHAIR ELECTED TO CTFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Stephan Kanlian, associate chairperson of the graduate program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (CFMM), was recently elected to the board of directors of the Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA). The CTFA serves to support and encourage growth of the personal care products industry, and has approximately 600 member companies from around the world. For more information, contact Stephan Kanlian.

TARGET EXECUTIVES, FINANCIAL EXPERTS VISIT ART MARKET CLASS
In spring 2007, Art Market: Principles and Practices students enrolled in the Public, Corporate, and Service Professions in the Arts course were twice visited by noted experts in the business of art. Gaye Melton and Glyn Northington, both marketing executives from Target Corp., flew in from Minneapolis, MN, to speak to the class on corporate sponsorship of the arts. A subsequent panel featured three financial experts—Paul Provost of Christie’s art auction house, Suzanne Gyorgy of CitiGroup Private Bank’s Art Advisory Services, and Hope Tate of Fine Art Capital—discussing the virtues and drawbacks of art as an alternative investment. For more information, contact Catherine Behrend, Art Market: Principles and Practices.

ART AND DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Sara Gursky-Petitt, Fabric Styling and Textile/Surface Design, has contributed a piece for a June group show/charity auction at the Florence Lynch Gallery, at 531-539 West 25th Street in Manhattan. For more information, contact Sara Gursky-Petitt, 78012.

IT/MEDIA SERVICES EMPLOYEE’S FILM RELEASED ON DVD
A Tale of Two Pizzas, the award-winning romantic comedy written and directed by Vincent Sassone, IT/Media Services, will be released on DVD on June 26. The movie, which stars Patti D’Arbanville, Vincent Pastore, and Frank Vincent, is a lighthearted tale of young lovers whose fathers own feuding pizza parlors. For more information, visit www.ataleoftwopizzas.com, or contact Vincent Sassone.

FACULTY MEMBER LEADS WILDLIFE WATCHING TRIPS, HOSTS JAPANESE
TV CREW

On August 14-16, Artie Kopelman, Science and Mathematics, will conduct an offshore whale and seabird watching trip from Montauk to the Great South Channel through his nonprofit Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) organization. Recently, Kopelman was accompanied on a CRESLI seal-watching walk by a film crew from Mezamashi TV (Wake-up TV), a Japanese morning show airing on the Fuji Television Network. For more information, contact Artie Kopelman, 77280, or visit www.cresli.org.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN DISCUSSION, GROUP SHOW, AND INTERVIEW
On May 18, Bil Donovan, Illustration, participated in a panel discussion, “Thoughts on the Meaning of Spring,” at the Pike Modern Gallery, in Milford, PA. The talk was presented in conjunction with a group show of the same name, which also ran in May and featured Donovan’s work. Additionally, an interview of Donovan (“Finding My Voice”) appears in the current issue of The Journal of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation. For more information, contact Bil Donovan.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER READS AT PENN’S WRITERS HOUSE
On May 12, Michael Hyde, English and Speech, read from his short story collection, What Are You Afraid Of?, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Writers House, as part of the university’s event, “A Celebration of Young Alumni Fiction Writers.” For more information, contact Michael Hyde, 73267, or visit www.michaelhyde.org.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER HONORED WITH AWARDS
On April 29, Tony Capparelli, Illustration, was honored with the 2007 Il Leone di San Marco Award for Art, by the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of the Bronx and Westchester. Past recipients of the award include Ben Gazzara and Frankie Valli. Capparelli was also recently honored by FIT’s Office of Educational Opportunities Programs with the 2007 Friend of the EOP Program award, for his eight years of service to the program. For more information, contact Tony Capparelli.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WRITES BOOK
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design, has written his fourth book, The Art of Collecting, a collection of essays examining the history of sports card collecting and the ways in which revolutions in design and printing technology have changed the hobby. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 77985.

FACULTY MEMBER NAMED MARKETING DIRECTOR OF LOCAL THEATER GROUP
Doug DeVita, Communication Design, was recently appointed marketing director for the Abingdon Theatre Company, in New York City. In his new position, DeVita will oversee an entire re-branding of the Off-Broadway company’s image. For more information, contact Doug DeVita, 73118.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW FIT HAZARD COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
FIT’s Environmental Health and Safety Compliance has announced the creation of the FIT Hazard Communication Program, written in collaboration with various college departments and offices. The Hazard Communication Program is a comprehensive documentation of the proper use, safety, and handling practices for chemical products on campus. To view the Hazard Communication Program in its entirety,
click here.


FIT NETWORK PASSWORD LIFESPAN EXTENDED
Information Technology (IT) for FIT has extended the lifespan of the college’s network passwords from 90 to 120 days. To change your password now, go to www3.fitnyc.edu/it/passwd-howto.html. To set a password reminder question,
so that you will be able to reset your own password should you forget it, go to passkey.fitnyc.edu. Those with additional questions or password problems should contact 7-HELP.


COLLEGE RELATIONS REVAMPS WEBSITE
FIT’s College Relations Office has made substantial additions to their web site, www3.fitnyc.edu/collegerelations. The site provides downloadable fonts, logos, and style sheets, and detailed information on how to utilize the office’s various services, including photographer requests, publication procedures, and government funding. For more information, contact College Relations, 77642.

GRANTS OFFICE RELOCATES, POSTS DEADLINES
FIT’s Grants Office is now located at 236 West 27th Street, third floor, Room 300. The office was previously located on the building’s 11th floor. The Grants Office has announced the following summer deadlines for grant applications: August 1 for the Traditional Fulbright Scholars Program and August 13 for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Access to Artistic Excellence. For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, 73620.

FALL 2007 SEMESTER SCHEDULE CHANGE
Please be advised that 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. Please update your calendars accordingly.



Click here to view previous issues of FIT Direct.
www.fitnyc.edu FITSUNY©2007