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     August 2008

Convocation Fall 2008
Visiting Scholar to Lecture on Textile Trade
Couture Council to Honor Designer Isabel Toledo
Gothic: Dark Glamour
Leonard Florence and Sy Stewart Global Scholars Endowment Dedication
Kaufman Hall Dedication
Museum to Participate in Smithsonianís Museum Day
Interior Design Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion

First MA Illustration Class Achieves Success
English Faculty Member Wins Photography Awards
Photography Faculty Member to Participate in Group Show
FIT Toasts Award Recipient
FIT Staff Member Gives Advice for Success
History of Art Faculty Members Contribute to Magazine
Professor Publishes Book
Packaging Design Students Win Design Competition
Direct and Interactive Marketing Student Wins Scholarship
Interior Design Students Win Scholarship
FIT Included in Book

Scholarships Available
FIT Emergency Messaging Sign-up
Technology Training

EVENTS

CONVOCATION FALL 2008
August 18, 8:30-10:30 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join FIT faculty and staff for fall 2008 convocation. A faculty/staff coffee reception will begin at 8:30 followed by convocation at 9:15 and the President's Reception at 3:30. School and department meetings will take place as follows:

School meetings
10:30 am
Art and Design, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre; Continuing and Professional Studies, conference center SR8; Liberal Arts, D211. (See below for dates and times of school meeting for Business and Technology).

1:00 pm
Graduate Studies, E312.

Note: Business and Technology's meeting will take place on August 28 at 1 pm in the board room, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor.

Department meetings
11:30 am
All departments except Fashion Merchandising Management, which will take place on August 25 at 5:00 pm in the board room, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor.

For more information, contact Academic Affairs, 74040.

VISITING SCHOLAR TO LECTURE ON TEXTILE TRADE
August 21, 5-6 pm
The Conference Center at FIT, SR3
As part of the Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, Federica Vacca, PhD candidate, Politecnico di Milano, will present "Design on the Thread of Tradition." The discussion is open to students, faculty, and staff, and will focus on the unique contributions of local manufacturers to the global textile trade. For more information, contact Graduate Studies, 74300.

COUTURE COUNCIL TO HONOR ISABEL TOLEDO
September 5, 11:30 am
Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Center
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT hosts its third annual Award for Artistry of Fashion luncheon, honoring designer Isabel Toledo. Individual tickets range from $500 (limited number available) to $1,500. Tables of ten range from $5,000 to $15,000. Proceeds will benefit The Museum at FIT. This luncheon is underwritten by CIT and LíOrťal. For more information on the Couture Council, visit the museumís website here. For more information on the luncheon or to buy tickets, contact Vicki Guranowski, The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, 74100.

GOTHIC: DARK GLAMOUR
September 5-February 21, 2009
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
The imagery of death, the power of horror, and the erotic macabre are perversely attractive to many designers. Gothic: Dark Glamour explores the gothic as an important, recurring theme in contemporary high fashion. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

LEONARD FLORENCE AND SY STEWART GLOBAL SCHOLARS ENDOWMENT DEDICATION
September 23, 5:30 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center
The Leonard Florence and Sy Stewart Global Scholars Endowment, named in honor of two home products industy leaders, will be celebrated with a plaque dedication ceremony and reception. The scholarship provides grants to outstanding Home Products Development students for travel abroad. This endowment was made possible by a gift from Michael Fux, president and CEO of Sleep Innovations, and a matching challenge grant from the Peter J. Sharp Foundation. For more information, contact Vicki Guranowski, The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, 74100.

KAUFMAN HALL DEDICATION
September 25, 4:30 pm
George S. and Mariana Kaufman Hall, 406 West 31 Street
The West 31st Street residence hall will be named the George S. and Mariana Kaufman Residence Hall in recognition of their support to the college. George S. Kaufman, president, Kaufman Realty Corporation, is a real estate executive, civic leader, and philanthropist, and has served as a member of FITís Board of Trustees since 1982. The residence hall was opened in fall 2006. A reception will follow the ceremony (invitation only).

MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN SMITHSONIAN'S MUSEUM DAY
September 27
The Museum at FIT
The Museum at FIT will participate in the Smithsonianís Museum Day on September 27. The annual event provides free admission to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. An admission card, good for two people, is available in the September 2008 issue of Smithsonian magazine. To get more information, view a full list of participating institutions, or download an admission card, click here.

INTERIOR DESIGN CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
October 24
Various locations throughout campus
The Interior Design Department will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first graduating class with an October 24 reception, held in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. A live auction will take place, as well as a short program. Student and alumni work will be on view, with additional exhibitions in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, the senior thesis show in the Shirley Goodman Resource Center, and a 50-year timeline exhibition in the lobbies of the Marvin Feldman and Pomerantz centers. In addition, an exhibition in the lobby of the Steelcase headquarters at 4 Columbus Circle, open through September, will highlight the history of the Interior Design Department, and its faculty and staff. For more information, contact Takashi Kamiya, Interior Design, 75550.

ARBITERS OF STYLE: WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF FASHION
Through November 8
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Arbiters of Style celebrates an array of female creators, promoters, and clientele
who have helped shape the course of fashion history. For more information, click here.



NEWS

FIRST MA ILLUSTRATION CLASS ACHIEVES SUCCESS
The alumni of the first graduating class (2007) of FITís Master of Arts program in Illustration are garnering professional accolades. Chad Wallace received the Stevan Dohanos Award from the Society of Illustrators, and his painting, Animal OlympicsóWrestling, was exhibited in the Society Members Open Show in July. Eloise Corr Danchís sculpture, Lady Dulcinea, is on display in the Anthropologie store in Rockefeller Center through August 8. Duane Smith illustrated the childrenís book, Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story, written by Janet Halfmann and published this spring. Heidi Youngerís painting, Bagged, is in RE Inspired: Inspiring Ecological Awareness Through Art, a group exhibition at the Mill Pond House Gallery in St. James, NY, through August 8. Nathaniel Gold had work shown in the Society of Illustratorsí Annual Exhibition and appears in the Society of Illustratorsí annual, Illustrators 50. Monika Manieckiís illustration, Krys, was selected in Communication Artsí annual competition and appears in Illustration Annual 49. Her illustration, Girl with a Gun, has been chosen for American Illustration and appears in A126. In addition, four Class of 2007 Illustration graduates are now teaching at FIT: Suzanne Anoushian became a full-time assistant professor in Communication Design, and Nathaniel Gold, Ed Murr, and Heidi Younger are adjunct faculty in the Illustration Department.

ENGLISH FACULTY MEMBER WINS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Susan Sermoneta, English and Speech, was one of 34 finalists in the spring 2008 WNYC Street Photography Challenge. As a finalist, she has a photograph in the corresponding show at the Camera Club of New York, on view through August 8. In addition, she was a finalist in Leicaís spring 2008 M8 Camera competition; her entry will be one of four featured in the companyís new M8 marketing materials. For more information, contact Susan Sermoneta, 75370.

PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP SHOW
Christina Tisi-Kramer, Photography, will exhibit her photo series, Jewelry and Nature, at the School of Visual Arts in the group show of the first graduating class of their masterís in digital photography program. Held at SVAís Visual Arts Gallery at the Hudson Galleries, 601 W. 26 Street, 15th floor, it will run October 24-November 15. A public reception will be held at 6 pm on October 28. For more information, contact Christina Tisi-Kramer, 75527.

FIT TOASTS AWARD RECIPIENT
On behalf of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, Dr. Valerie Steele, the museumís director and chief curator, and Glenda Bailey, editor in chief of Harperís Bazaar, hosted a cocktail reception for Isabel Toledo, fashion designer and recipient of the Couture Councilís Award for Artistry of Fashion, at Toledoís loft on July 22. President Joyce F. Brown and designers Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi, Diane von Furstenberg, and Vera Wang, were among the guests present. For more information, contact Cheri Fein, Communications and External Relations, 74718.

FIT STAFF MEMBER GIVES ADVICE FOR SUCCESS
Jennifer Miller, Career Services, and stylist and wardrobe consultant Julie Green presented "Culture Shock," a talk on how to prepare for success in todayís corporate culture, at the Fashion Group International on July 22. For more information, contact Jennifer Miller, 73009.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE TO MAGAZINE
The most recent issue of contemporary art publication Museo features an interview with artist Vanessa Beecroft by David Shapiro, History of Art and Civilization faculty member and Museoís editor-in-chief. In addition, Chad Laird, History of Art and Civilization, contributed an article on Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshatís video installations, and Shana Lindsay, History of Art and Civilization, contributed an article on the tripartite work, Hunger, by Berlin-based collective, Artists Anonymous. For more information, contact David Shapiro, 74665.

PROFESSOR PUBLISHES BOOK
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design, has published a new book, Digital Aesthetics: Art and Culture in the Computer Age. The book discusses the effects of digital technology on the creation, distribution, and perception of art, as well as other cultural forms. It is Yehís fifth publication. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

PACKAGING DESIGN STUDENTS WIN DESIGN COMPETITION
This past spring, two teams of Packaging Design students received two of the top three places in the Paperboard Packaging Councilís Student Design Challenge. Cassie Garcia, Jamie Gomez, Kei Hayashi, and Hiromi Tatsuya; and Alexis Champa, Joyce Laio, Stefanie Stalder, and Samira Villamore competed against the top package engineering/science programs in the country. The winning teams will be flown to Chicago in November for a PPC awards luncheon as part of the PACKEXPO conference and tradeshow. Gomez and Hayashi received Packaging Design Department scholarships, provided by the Paperboard Packaging Council/Paperboard Packaging Alliance, which has committed to providing Packaging Design with two scholarships per year. For more information, contact Marianne Klimchuk, Packaging Design, 75702.

DIRECT AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING STUDENT WINS SCHOLARSHIP
The Direct Marketing Educational Foundation has awarded Jessica Hamilton, Direct and Interactive Marketing í09, a $3,000 scholarship. The award was based on Hamiltonís GPA, essay, and FIT faculty recommendations. For more information, contact Roberta Elins, Direct and Interactive Marketing, 74750.

INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENTS WIN SCHOLARSHIPS
Rafael Pimental and Sangpyo Hong, Interior Design í09, have each won nearly $30,000 in scholarship money from the Donghia Foundation. Pimental and Hong also won the foundationís Decorators Clubís first ($5,000) and second ($3,500) prizes, respectively. For more information, contact Takashi Kamiya, Interior Design, 75550.

FIT INCLUDED IN BOOK
Gaetano Miglioranziís From Colour to Light, highlighting the life of celebrated costume and set designer and illustrator Beni Montresor, has been translated and published in English. Montresor was a frequent guest lecturer in FITís Faces and Places in Fashion class, and a transcript of Montresorís last speech at FIT (he died in 2001) is included in the book. Alice Papazian, director of Special Programs, is thanked for her contribution.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
The following scholarships are available to faculty and staff:

The National Endowment for the Humanities/National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities is offering Teaching Development Fellowships to college and university professors pursuing research focused on deepening their knowledge in the humanities, to improve their undergraduate teaching. Projects must improve an existing undergraduate course that has been taught in a minimum of three different terms. The deadline is October 1.

The National Education Association Foundation is offering Learning and Leadership Grants of up to $5,000 to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for professional development. The deadline is October 15.

For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants, 73622.


FIT EMERGENCY MESSAGING SIGN-UP
All FIT students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to register online for FIT's emergency alert system. The system uses email and text messages to provide effective emergency communications to the college community, both on and off campus. To opt in, click on the emergency messaging system link in the Web Resources column on the FIT Portal.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
The Technology Development Team is a new collaborative effort by faculty, Information Technology, Human Resources, the Center for Excellence in Teaching, and Communications and External Relations, to serve the training needs and teaching goals of the FIT community. Visit www3.fitnyc.edu/techdevelopment to view online tutorials, register for upcoming workshops, and request specialized training or consultation. For more information, contact the Technology Development Team or call Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, 73468.




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