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     December 2008

Flexible Benefit Plan Open Enrollment Meeting
UCE Membership Meeting
CET Sponsors Cintiq Demonstration
FIT Book Club Meets
"Understanding Money and Credit" Seminar
President's Holiday Party
Italian Club Hosts Annual Benefit Concert
Fashion Service Network Visits FIT
CET Sponsors Demonstration
Seduction
UCE Members Talent Show
Annual Art and Design Faculty Show
The Museum at FIT's Fall Fashion Culture Series
Gothic: Dark Glamour

FIT Introduces Technical Design BS Program
FIT Graduate Wins Top Design
Interior Design Faculty Member Wins Designer's Challenge
Students Sweep PAVE Display Design Competition
Museum at FIT Announces Partnership with The Fashionistas
Illustration Faculty Member Attends Special Event
Students Transform Traffic Barrier into Art
Art and Design Show on Display
Fashion Design Faculty Member in International Magazine
Interior Design Faculty Member Wins Award
Illustration Faculty Member in Journal
Illustration Faculty Member Draws Portraits
Faculty Member and Alumnus Have Holiday Sale
Photography Faculty Member Has Solo Show
Illustration Faculty Member Honored
FMM Faculty Member Speaks at Cornell
Professional Studies Faculty Member Wins Award
FIT Marketing Wins Awards
Fashion Design Faculty Member Receives PhD
Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Publishes Article
Fine Arts Faculty Member Participates in Exhibition
TSD Faculty Member is Guest Artist at Workshop
The Merchandising Society Visits Nordstrom
Fashion Design AAS Exhibition

Executive Director of Media and Public Relations Appointed
The Museum at FIT Joins Social Networking Sites
FITSA Handbook Online
Special Collections Offers Extended Hours
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Fall 2008 Wellness Program Fitness Classes
Emergency Messaging Sign-Up
Technology Training

EVENTS

FLEXIBLE BENEFIT PLAN OPEN ENROLLMENT MEETING
December 2, noon-1 pm and 1-2 pm
Board Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center
Human Resources is holding a flexible benefit plan open enrollment information meeting. This plan allows full- and part-time employees who have a certificate of continuous employment to set aside money that would normally be taxable to pay for eligible out-of-pocket expenses. Meetings will also cover the new optional Benny™ Prepaid Benefit Card. For more information, contact Human Resources, 73670.

UCE MEMBERSHIP MEETING
December 4, 1-2 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
All are welcome to this UCE-sponsored event.

CET SPONSORS CINTIQ DEMONSTRATION
December 2, 5-6:30 pm
The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
The Center for Excellence in Teaching is sponsoring a demonstration and discussion of the Cintiq tablet, produced by Wacom, one of the largest graphics tablet manufacturers in the world. Faculty attendees will learn how to use Cintiq to make detailed drawings and illustrations that accurately simulate paint, pencil, and other mediums. For more information, call the CET, 74064.

FIT BOOK CLUB MEETS
December 4, 1-2 pm
The Living Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the FIT Book Club, which meets on the first Thursday of every month. The book to be discussed at the December 4 meeting is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz. For more information, contact Carole Deletiner, English and Speech, 75348, or Sandra Markus, Fashion Design, 73144.

"UNDERSTANDING MONEY AND CREDIT" SEMINAR
December 4, 1-2 pm
Seminar Room 5, The Conference Center at FIT
Employee Assistance Programs hosts "Understanding Money and Credit." In this seminar, attendees will learn to develop personal money management skills, use credit wisely, monitor spending and create a spending plan, and work toward financial goals. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/eap or contact Robin Zarel, EAP, 75600.

PRESIDENT'S HOLIDAY PARTY
December 4, 3-5:30 pm
Eighth floor, David Dubinsky Student Center
This annual tradition brings together FIT faculty and staff in the spirit of the season.

ITALIAN CLUB HOSTS ANNUAL BENEFIT
December 5, 8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join us for a night of singing and mingling at the third annual Holiday Benefit Concert, hosted by the Italian Club of FIT. Please bring an unwrapped toy that will be collected at the event by the U.S. Marines for the Toys for Tots Program. The benefit concert will feature local and upcoming Italian-American artists such as Lisa Grande, Jennifer Hood, Anthony Ierulli, Julia LiGregni, Carol Marino, Michael Rea, and Kayla Starr. A mix of performances will range from the classics and pop to opera and jazz, plus works from great artists like Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Andrea Bocelli, Elvis, Tom Jones, and Frankie Valli. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-FIT students (with ID), and $7 for FIT students (with ID). Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public. For more information, click here. To reserve tickets, contact the Italian Club or call 73459.

FASHION SERVICE NETWORK VISITS FIT
December 8, 4 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Faces and Places in Fashion class will feature a presentation,"Survive or Thrive," by Fashion Service Network. Recent speakers for Faces and Places in Fashion include Bud Konheim, CEO, Nicole Miller; and Eva Lorenzotti, founder and CEO, Vivre, Inc. For more information, contact Alice Papazian, Special Programs, 73596.

CET SPONSORS DEMONSTRATION
December 9, 1-2 pm
The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
The Center for Excellence in Teaching will sponsor a demonstration by Christine Pomerantz, International Trade and Marketing, of "clickers," wireless audience response systems that encourage student participation and the exchange of ideas. For more information, call the CET, 74064.

SEDUCTION
December 9-June 16, 2009
The Museum at FIT
Seduction will be the first exhibition showcasing a chronological exploration of the role of sexuality in fashion. The exhibition will include more than 70 looks from the mid-18th century to the present, featuring objects from the museum's permanent collection. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

UCE MEMBERS TALENT SHOW
December 11, 1-2 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
All are welcome to this UCE-sponsored event.

ANNUAL ART AND DESIGN FACULTY SHOW
Through December 13
The Museum at FIT
The 2008 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, Execution, features more than 60 works from faculty artists and explores the creative process that leads to a work of art. Black, White and Yellow, a pastel by Carol Massa, Communication Design, is on the cover of the show catalogue, which features the work of 41 faculty members from 10 disciplines. For more information, contact Tom Irizzary, Exhibitions, 74565.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S FALL FASHION CULTURE SERIES
The following events will take place as part of the Fall Fashion Culture Series. Reservations are required for all programs and space is limited. To make a reservation, call 74585 or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu. Fashion Culture programs and events are free, unless otherwise indicated, and are organized by The Museum at FIT.

Film Series
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Corpse Bride (2005)
December 18, 7-9 pm

Lecture: The American Look by Rebecca Arnold
December 9, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join Rebecca Arnold, research fellow at the Royal College of Art in London, as she discusses her new book, The American Look. Drawing on an array of sources, from fashion magazines to department store records and surviving garments, Arnold presents a multifaceted exploration of the development of a distinct New York fashion style in the 1930s and 1940s that reflected modernity and contributed to American identity in the 20th century. Lecture followed by book signing with the author.


Talk and Tour: Seduction
December 15, 6-7 pm
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Join Colleen Hill, assistant curator at The Museum at FIT, as she explores the historical significance of seductive fashion from the 18th century to the present.


GOTHIC: DARK GLAMOUR
Through February 21, 2009
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.

NEWS

FIT INTRODUCES TECHNICAL DESIGN BS PROGRAM
FIT has established a Bachelor of Science degree program in Technical Design, with classes starting in fall 2009. Technical designers define garment development from concept through shipping by virtually communicating and tracking fit, construction, quality, and measurement specifications. This is the first program of its kind in the New York City area, and in the State University of New York system. For more information contact Dean Robin Sackin, Business and Technology, 74330.

FIT GRADUATE WINS TOP DESIGN
Nathan Thomas, Interior Design '04, won season two of Bravo TV's Top Design, a reality-based series that follows the work and lives of professional designers. In the second season of the interior design competition, 13 contestants competed for a $100,000 cash prize and a four-page editorial showcase in Elle Décor magazine. For more information, contact Takashi Kamiya, Interior Design, 78580.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS DESIGNER'S CHALLENGE
Design Concepts/Interiors, LLC, owned and founded by Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID, Interior Design, won the design challenge on the show Designer's Challenge on House and Garden Television (HGTV). On the show, three interior designers are selected by HGTV to design a room and present the concept to homeowners, who choose their favorite. It will air December 29 at 10 am. For more information, contact Takashi Kamiya, Interior Design, 78580.

FIT STUDENTS SWEEP PAVE DISPLAY DESIGN COMPETITION
FIT Interior Design students won top prizes out of 269 entries in the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) design competition, which challenged students to create a shop concept and fixture design for a new boutique within the cosmetics area at Macy's. FIT's Overall Store Design category winners were Richard Li, first place; Seung An, second place; Alev Demirel, third place; and Hae Ran Kim, honorable mention. In the Visual Merchandising category: Ji-In Kang, first place; Ji Hye Lee, second place; Michiko Kato, third place; and Jay Flynn and Kathryn Pero, honorable mention. First prize winners won $3,000; second prize winners won $2,000; third prize winners won $1,000; and honorable mentions won $500. For more information, contact Takashi Kamiya, Interior Design, 78580.

MUSEUM AT FIT ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FASHIONISTAS
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT has established a partnership with Dallas-based organization The Fashionistas to further promote fashion as a significant art form, bringing educational and artistic programming, as well as legendary fashion icons, to Dallas. The inaugural program is slated for spring 2009. For more information, contact Cheri Fein, Media Relations, 74700.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER ATTENDS SPECIAL EVENT
Bil Donovan, Illustration, attended a special invitational event for Lancôme Cosmetics in November. Donovan signed copies of Edith Head's memoir and style guide, The Dress Doctor, Prescriptions for Style from A to Z. Donovan was commissioned by Harper-Collins to create the illustrations for the book. For more information, contact Bil Donovan, 78085.

STUDENTS TRANSFORM TRAFFIC BARRIER INTO ART
Recent graduates and Urban Studio members Pansum Cheng, Matthew Gilli, Garrett Klein, Jason Mitja, and Jon-Paul Rodriguez were selected by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to transform a concrete barrier on West 31st Street into a work of art. The two- and three-dimensional design focuses on images and symbols significant to West 31 Street, the surrounding neighborhood, and its occupants. The project is part of the Community Connections track of the DOT's Urban Art Program. Melissa Starke, Fine Arts, participated both as an artist and supervisor of the project. Richard Pitts, Fine Arts, served as faculty advisor. For more information, contact Cheri Fein, Media Relations, 74700.

ART AND DESIGN SHOW ON DISPLAY
A new Art and Design faculty and staff show, The GRID, is on display until September 2009. The two-and-three dimensional works are exhibited on the ninth floor of the Marvin Feldman Center. For more information, contact Tom Irizarry, Exhibitions, 74565.

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER IN INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
Rebeca San Andres, Fashion Design, was featured in a four-page article published this spring in Design Diffusion News. For more information, contact Rebeca San Andres, 75069.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD
Johannes M.P. Knoops, FAAR, AIA, Interior Design, won Contract Magazine's 2009 Interior Concept Award for his project for a new NYC Marriage Bureau will be featured in the January issue. The design was initially solicited by New York magazine and published June 15. For more information, contact Johannes M.P. Knoops, 75550.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER IN JOURNAL
The autumn edition of Linea, the journal of the Art Students League of New York, features an interview with Morton Kaish, Illustration, entitled "Savor It All." The article, published in late November, includes a number of reproductions of his recent and past works. For more information, contact Morton Kaish, 75800.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER DRAWS PORTRAITS
Melanie Reim, Illustration, and nine other Air Force Art Program illustrators from across the country received special permission to visit Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC, to draw portraits of recovering veterans. This was the first time that permission of this kind was granted. The visit took place in October, in conjunction with a dinner that celebrated the donation of illustrators' paintings to the Pentagon's Air Force Art collection. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

FACULTY MEMBER AND ALUMNUS HAVE HOLIDAY SALE
Susan Slotkis, Interior Design, and Esther Sadowsky, Textile Design '72, are collaborating on a holiday sale at Charm & Whimsy Studio, 143 Madison Ave. #200, featuring jewelry, art, handpainted silk scarves, pillows, textiles, home and holiday decor, and toys. The sale takes place December 4 and 5, 5-8 pm; and December 6, noon-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Slotkis, 75550.

PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
Sean Fader, Photography, is the winner of the 3rd Ward's Solo Show award. Fader's work will be on display until December 5 at 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn. For more information, contact Sean Fader, 75500.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER HONORED
Kam Mak, Illustration, is the recipient of the Asian American Dynamic Achiever Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans—Westchester and Hudson Valley Chapter, for his work designing the Chinese Lunar New Year stamp series for the USPS. He was honored at a banquet in November. For more information, contact Kam Mak, 75800.

FMM FACULTY MEMBER SPEAKS AT CORNELL
On behalf of the Fashion Merchandising Management Department, Robert Caplan was invited to be a guest speaker in October at Cornell University's Undergraduate Seminar Series on Careers in the Fashion Industry, hosted by its Fiber Science and Apparel Design Department. The topic was "A Candid Conversation from a Fashion Industry Executive's Perspective with a Fortune 500 Manufacturing Company, a Web-Based Internet Startup Company, and an International Fabric and Garment Supplier." For more information, contact Robert Caplan, 74800.

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD
Barbara Berman, Center for Professional Studies, is the winner of Macy's 2008 Rollie Award for her outstanding work as Macy's costume crew chief for the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Berman has been costume crew chief since 2002. The award, named for Macy's founder, Rowland Hussey Macy, is given for creative contributions to Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. About 90 of the 125 dressers Berman works with to costume the parade have taken classes through the Center for Professional Studies. For more information, contact Joan Volpe, Center for Professional Studies, 74612.

FIT MARKETING WINS AWARDS
The Office of Communications and External Relations (CER) has won medallion awards from District 1 of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for several published materials. CER won gold medallion awards for its transit advertising and Hue, the alumni magazine, and a silver medallion award for its print advertisement series. For more information, contact Carol Leven, CER, 74700.

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS PHD
Daria Dorosh, Fashion Design, was awarded a PhD in New Digital Media from SMARTlab, University of East London. Her thesis is titled Patterning: The Informatics of Art and Fashion. For more information, contact Daria Dorosh, 75280.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES ARTICLE
Geoffrey Rogers, Science and Mathematics, had an article in the November issue of the Journal of the Optical Society of America A titled "Multiple Path Analysis of Reflectance from Turbid Media." For more information, contact Geoffrey Rogers, 73073.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN EXHIBITION
The 14th Street Painters, of which Deborah Killy, Fine Arts, is vice president, held its annual exhibition, Exhibition 21, in November. It featured 50 pieces of art by established and emerging artists, including Killy. For more information, contact Deborah Killy, 75860.

TSD FACULTY MEMBER IS GUEST ARTIST AT WORKSHOP
Leora Klaymer Stewart, Textile/Surface Design, will be a guest master artist at the Master Artists' Workshop in the Fiber Arts, held February 9-12, 2009, at the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL. For more information, contact Leora Klaymer Stewart, 77037.

THE MERCHANDISING SOCIETY VISITS NORDSTROM
In October, select members of The Merchandising Society, the largest student club on campus, visited Nordstrom's corporate merchandising offices in Seattle. Students had discussions with executives on numerous merchandising issues such as design, e-commerce, planning, fashion direction, and personal shopping. Pete Nordstrom, president of merchandising, spoke to the students, who also toured the flagship store and visited the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. For more information, contact Joseph Antee, Fashion Merchandising Management, 74816.

FASHION DESIGN AAS EXHIBITION
Selected garments and art work by Fashion Design AAS students, inspired by Yves Saint Laurent, were on display from November 19-23 in John E. Reeves Great Hall. Students Jae Woo Kim, Chance Thach, Suzette Haas, Ilsenaolila Teixeira, Randall Kabot, and Jusil Carroll won Critic's Awards. For more information, contact Carmela Speranza, Fashion Design, 75050.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS APPOINTED
Cheri Fein has been appointed to the position of executive director of Media and Public Relations. She comes to FIT from the Museum of Modern Art, where she directed marketing, communications, and graphics. From 1994 to 2007, she worked for Rubenstein Associates, where she was promoted to senior vice president, managing myriad clients such as the American Folk Art Museum, NYU and FIT, the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, Blockbuster, Vornado, and Michael Jackson. From 1991 to 1994, she was communications director of the press office for Senator Manfred Ohrenstein. Fein has also been an adjunct assistant professor of communications at NYU since 1985 and is the author of four books and numerous articles. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Oberlin College. As executive director of Media and Public Relations, Fein will be responsible for the overall management of media, government, community, and public relations activities that reflect the priorities of FIT's strategic plan in order to enhance the college's regional, national, and international visibility.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT JOINS SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE
The Museum at FIT is now on the social networking site Facebook and fashion networking site Iqons.com. It is also on photo sharing site Flickr.com, which is being utilized as part of the Gothic: Dark Glamour exhibition website so that visitors may upload a photograph showing off their gothic style. For more information, contact Tamsen Schwartzman, The Museum at FIT, 74547.

FITSA HANDBOOK ONLINE
The new fall 2008/2009 FITSA handbook is now online. It contains valuable information for students and employees and has a write-in and erase feature for users' own individual handbook entries. For more information, contact Ronald Bacsa, Communication Design, 75634.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS OFFERS EXTENDED HOURS
The Gladys Marcus Library now offers extended research hours for visitors to Special Collections. The following hours are offered to meet the needs of researchers:

Monday — 11 am-7:00 pm
Tuesday-Thursday — 11 am-9 pm
Friday — 11 am-4 pm
Saturday — noon-5:00 pm

Special Collections access is by appointment. Researchers should e-mail requests for appointments as far in advance as possible. For more information, contact Karen Cannell, Gladys Marcus Library, 74385.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis Visiting Fellowships: Theme-based residency for one year at the interdisciplinary research center for visiting postdoctoral fellowships. Award: $40,000. Deadline: January 4, 2009.

The National Endowment for the Arts' Universal Design Leadership Project: Proposed projects should focus on extending the appeal of universal design from the disability community into the mainstream of American design and society. Award: $65,000. Deadline: February 19, 2009.

The fall/winter 2008 Grants Digest is available online at: www3.fitnyc.edu/grants. Please contact the Grants Office at 73620 should you require a printed copy. For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants, 73622.


FALL 2008 WELLNESS PROGRAM FITNESS CLASSES
The Student Faculty Corporation has announced the following schedule for free lunchtime exercise classes for faculty and staff (September 2-December 12).

Auxiliary Gym (AX-39)
Tuesdays — Body Toning, 1-2 pm
Fridays — Pilates Mat Class, 1-2 pm

Fitness Center (BX-13)
Wednesdays — Fitness Center, noon-1 pm

Dance Studio (BX-28)
Thursdays — Yoga, 1-2 pm

Class participants may purchase exercise mats for $6. Please bring a check, payable to FIT Student Faculty Corporation, to Human Resources, 236 West 27th Street, 11th floor. For more information, contact Bonnie Born, Human Resources, 73667.


EMERGENCY MESSAGING SIGN-UP
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 tab on the FIT Portal.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
Sign up for technology training or consulting on FIT systems such as the portal, email, MS Office, webfiles, and more at www3.fitnyc.edu/techdevelopment. For more information, contact the Technology Development Team.




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