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     February 2008

Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion
Elder Care Support Group
Financial Aid Awareness Month
Internship Center Orientations
FIT Book Club
Love Your Library Week
Home Products Development Breakfast
Fantastic Flamenco
Open Hours with Dr. Brown
Faculty Senate Meeting
Dean's Dialogue: Designers, Is There a Retail Store in Your Future?
Tips for Dealing with a Coworker Who Has an Illness
Spring 2008 Academic Mini-retreats
Unveiled Allure
Talking Trade @ FIT: Global Expansion Strategies of Retailers and
Apparel Manufacturers
Lecture and Book Signing: The Women Who Raised Me, by Victoria Rowell
Exoticism

Spring 2008 Appointments, Promotions
New Full-time Faculty for Spring 2008
New Dean for Liberal Arts
Illustration Faculty Member Creates USPS Stamp Series
Beauty Fashion Profiles Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Program
Enterprise Center Awarded Grant for "Green" Workshop Series
Foreign Languages Faculty Members' Translation Excerpted in ARTFORUM
Production Management Students Post Presentations on YouTube
Packaging Design Faculty Member Interviewed for Design Podcasts
EOP's Art and Design Prep Program
New International Course: Excavation in Israel

No Petty Cash Reimbursement until February 11
Student-Faculty Corporation Funding Proposals for 2008-09
Grants Office Announces New Grants Digest, Funding Opportunity
Technology Training
Employee Wellness Program: Spring 2008 Exercise Classes

EVENTS

MADAME GRÈS: SPHINX OF FASHION
February 2-April 19
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Madame Grès presents the work of the great Parisian couturiere, whose work is noted for its sculptural quality and innovative construction techniques. The exhibition corresponds with the publication of a book of the same name by Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at FIT, and published by Yale University Press. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
February 4, 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.

FINANCIAL AID AWARENESS MONTH
February 4-22
Various locations on campus
Beginning February 4, Financial Aid will be sponsoring a series of events designed to reach out to students who may need financial assistance. There will be a free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop, Financial Aid information sessions, and one-on-one counseling services. For more information or for an event schedule, contact Financial Aid, 73571, or visit Room A212A.

INTERNSHIP CENTER ORIENTATIONS
Faculty and staff are encouraged to promote awareness of the upcoming Internship Center orientations. All students taking IC 291, IC 491, or IC 592 during the 2008 summer session and/or fall semester must attend an appropriate session.

Summer 2008 orientations
February 4, 5 pm, John E. Reeves Great Hall
February 5, 1 pm, Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium

Fall 2008 orientations
February 25, 5 pm, Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
February 26, 1 and 5 pm, John E. Reeves Great Hall
March 5, 5 pm, John E. Reeves Great Hall
March 6, 1 and 5 pm, John E. Reeves Great Hall

For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/internshipcenter or contact
the Internship Center, 73540.


FIT BOOK CLUB
February 7, 1-2 pm
Robert Lagary Board 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 every month. The book to be discussed at the February meeting is Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky. Upcoming books are The Women Who Raised Me, by Victoria Rowell, for March 6; The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud, for April 3; and Random Family, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, for May 1. For more information, contact Michael Hyde, English and Speech, 73267, or Sandra Markus, Fashion Design, 73144.

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY WEEK
February 11-15
Gladys Marcus Library
The Gladys Marcus Library is hosting a weeklong series of events, designed to reacquaint students and faculty with the library's resources and services. Events include guided tours, door prizes, video screenings, a drawing contest for students, and author/artist talks featuring FIT faculty and administration. For more information, contact the Gladys Marcus Library, 74370, or visit www3.fitnyc.edu/library.

HOME PRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST
February 12, 7-9 am
Cipriani 42nd Street
The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, FIT, and the Home Products Development Department host their 12th annual breakfast, with proceeds to benefit the BS program. Neil Cole, president, CEO, and chairman of Iconix Brand Group, Inc.; Fred Richman, president emeritus of Richloom Fabrics; James Richman, president of Richloom Fabrics; and Arthur Tauber, chairman of Avanti Linens, will be honored. Warren Shoulberg, editor-in-chief and publisher of HFN, will emcee. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Educational Foundation, 74100.

FANTASTIC FLAMENCO
February 12, 1 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Flamenco performers from Spain's Andalucia region present an hour of dancing, music, and palmas (handclapping). For more information, contact Renee Binzer, Health and Physical Education, 74222.

OPEN HOURS WITH DR. BROWN
February 13, 5-6:30 pm
February 28, 1-2:30 pm

Office of the President (Room C908)
Beginning the spring 2008 semester, President Joyce F. Brown will hold "open hour" sessions in her office twice monthly, for any faculty or staff member who wishes to meet with her one-on-one. All visitors will be asked to sign in upon arrival, and will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate everyone, meetings will be limited to 15 minutes.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 14, 1-2 pm
Alcove, eighth floor, David Dubinsky Center
All faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras, Faculty Services, 77793.

DEAN'S DIALOGUE: DESIGNERS, IS THERE A RETAIL STORE IN YOUR FUTURE?
February 20, 5 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The School of Art and Design collaborates with the Fashion Service Network to present the spring 2008 Dean's Dialogue. Scott Kay, FIT alumnus and jewelry designer; Daryl K, designer and Council of Fashion Designers of America award winner; and Scott Morrison, designer and president of Earnest Sewn, will speak. For more information, contact Art and Design, 77665.

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH A COWORKER WHO HAS AN ILLNESS
February 21, 1-2 pm
Room A802
The Employee Assistance Program's (EAP) presents this lunchtime seminar, which addresses the sensitive issues surrounding illness in the workplace. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/eap or contact EAP, 77167.

SPRING 2008 ACADEMIC MINI-RETREATS
February 22, 10 am: Hybrid Courses
March 28, 2 pm: Team Teaching
April 18, 10 am: Faculty Research

Robert Lagary Board Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center
Three mini-retreats have been scheduled for spring 2008, to continue the conversations begun at the 2007 academic retreat. All faculty are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Michele Viscosi, Academic Affairs, 74040, at least one week prior to the event(s).

UNVEILED ALLURE
Through February 23
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
An exhibition of 48 photos by students in FIT's Photo Club, Unveiled Allure features narrative works, nude studies, self-portraits, a slide show, and a DVD of student interviews. For more information, click here.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: GLOBAL EXPANSION STRATEGIES OF RETAILERS AND APPAREL MANUFACTURERS
February 25, 6:30-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Jane Hali, vice president and director of retail and merchandising consulting, Coleman Research Group; Stanley Silverstein, executive vice president of global strategy, Warnaco, Inc.; and Charmaine Tang, vice president, Citigroup Investment Research, will participate in February's Talking Trade @ FIT, a discussion series 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, 74280.


LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: THE WOMEN WHO RAISED ME, BY
VICTORIA ROWELL

March 11, 1-2 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Victoria Rowell, actress, bestselling author, and 2008 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Award nominee, shares the inspirational story of her upbringing in the foster care system in this lecture based on her book, The Women Who Raised Me (William Morrow 2007). The Women Who Raised Me is also the FIT Book Club's selection for March. For more information, contact Melanie Reim,
Art and Design.


EXOTICISM
Through May 7
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 globalization. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

NEWS

SPRING 2008 APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS
At the spring 2008 convocation, President Joyce F. Brown announced the following administrative appointments and promotions: Howard Dillon, formerly assistant vice president for Academic Affairs, is now associate vice president. Nancy Su, formerly deputy director of Budget, is now director of Budget. Angela Palumbo has been appointed to the position of director of Payroll, John McConnell to the position of director of Employee Relations, and Mercedes Cepeda to the position of admissions counselor.

In addition to her current role as executive associate to Shari Prussin, President Brown's executive assistant, Griselda Gonzalez is now the college's affirmative action officer. In related activity, FIT's College-wide Committee on Diversity will now be called the Diversity Council, and co-chaired by Gonzalez and Melanie Reim, acting assistant dean for the School of Art and Design.


NEW FULL-TIME FACULTY FOR SPRING 2008
The following new full-time faculty were announced at the spring 2008 convocation: Jean Amato, English and Speech; Alexandra Armillas, Fashion Design-Apparel; Robert Caplan, Bill Lynch, and Janice Messenger, Fashion Merchandising Management; Susanne Goetz, Textile/Surface Design; and Pamela Ellsworth, Global Fashion Management.

NEW DEAN FOR LIBERAL ARTS
President Joyce F. Brown has announced the appointment of Dr. Scott Stoddart as dean for the School of Liberal Arts, effective February. Stoddart was formerly acting provost, dean of faculty, and vice president for academic affairs at Manhattanville College and has served in senior administrative positions at Marymount Manhattan College and as executive director of the Northeast Modern Language Association. He taught for ten years as a professor of liberal arts and humanities at Nova Southeastern University, in Florida, and has a PhD in American literature from the University of Illinois.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER CREATES USPS STAMP SERIES
On February 7, the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, the U.S. Postal Service will introduce the first stamp in a series of 12 created by Kam Mak, Illustration, portraying objects commonly associated with Lunar New Year celebrations. Mak was contacted and commissioned by the USPS for the project; his series has been in the works for two years. The first stamp celebrates 2008, Year of the Rat, and is already available on the USPS website here. Future stamps will be released annually, through 2019. For more information, click here or contact Kam Mak, 78064.

BEAUTY FASHION PROFILES COSMETICS AND FRAGRANCE MARKETING PROGRAM
The February issue of Beauty Fashion features an 1,800-word article tracing the 20-year history and evolution of FIT's Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Department. For more information, contact Sylvia Lopez, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, 77850.

ENTERPRISE CENTER AWARDED GRANT FOR "GREEN" WORKSHOP SERIES
The Enterprise Center has been awarded a SUNY Workforce Development grant
to present a series of workshops designed to help small businesses meet the sustainability and/or organic challenge, and use this movement to their competitive advantage. The series will take place March-April. For more information, contact the Enterprise Center, 77250.


FOREIGN LANGUAGES FACULTY MEMBERS' TRANSLATION EXCERPTED
IN ARTFORUM

Isabella Bertoletti, James Cascaito, and Andrea Casson, Foreign Languages, have translated Jokes and Innovative Action: For a Logic of Change, a book by Italian political philosopher Paolo Virno. A two-chapter excerpt appeared in January's ARTFORUM; the full book is scheduled for summer publication by Semiotext(e)/MIT Press. For more information, contact James Cascaito.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT STUDENTS POST PRESENTATIONS ON YOUTUBE
As an exercise in creating web-based content, students enrolled in the fall 2007 Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries courses MG 152 - Computer Applications Software and MG 306 - Information Systems: Case Analysis turned their class PowerPoint presentations into video podcasts, uploaded to the popular YouTube website. For examples of student work, click here, here, here, here, and here. For more information, contact Alvin Rogers, Production Management.

PACKAGING DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER INTERVIEWED FOR DESIGN PODCASTS
In January, David Wagner, Packaging Design, was interviewed for two design-related podcasts: one for Inside Mac Radio, and one for Inside Digital Photo Radio. For more information, visit www.dawagner.com or contact David Wagner.

EOP'S ART AND DESIGN PREP PROGRAM
This past November marked the third cycle of the Educational Opportunity Programs Office's (EOP) Art and Design Prep Program. An intensive ten-week program for underserved high school students showing artistic promise, Art and Design Prep was formed in partnership with 11 area high schools; topics covered include life drawing, fashion illustration, portfolio preparation, and college guidance. For more information, contact EOP, 74170

NEW INTERNATIONAL COURSE: EXCAVATION IN ISRAEL
All faculty and staff are encouraged to promote student awareness of the new
History of Art and Civilization course, HA 227-Archeological Excavation in Israel, scheduled for June 29-July 16 at Tel Dor, Israel. Interested students may apply
at www3.fitnyc.edu/internationalprograms. For more information, contact
Celia Bergoffen, 74645.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO PETTY CASH REIMBURSEMENT UNTIL FEBRUARY 11
Due to spring 2008 registration, there will be no petty cash reimbursement through February 11. For more information, contact the Bursar's Office, 73720.

STUDENT-FACULTY CORPORATION FUNDING PROPOSALS FOR 2008-09
The board of FIT's Student-Faculty Corporation is currently considering funding proposals for the 2008-09 academic year. The Student-Faculty Corporation provides funds for initiatives that are for the general benefit of the students and faculty, and not normally included within the college's operating budget. Forms and proposal guidelines are available on InsideFIT here. All proposals should be submitted for departmental and divisional consideration prior to submission to the Student-Faculty Corporation. The proposal deadline is March 1. For more information, contact Loretta Lawrence Keane, Advancement and External Relations, 74700, or Melanie Hooven, Budget Office, 73643.

GRANTS OFFICE ANNOUNCES NEW GRANTS DIGEST, FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
The spring/summer 2008 Grants Digest is now available, both online and in print. To pick up a copy, visit the Grants Office, 236 West 26th Street, third floor, or call 73620.

The Grants Office has also announced a new funding opportunity, the Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Faculty. Available through the National Endowment for the Humanities, the award comprises a weeklong workshop of intensive study and discussion at relevant historical sites, and a $500 stipend to cover travel and other expenses. Applications must be postmarked by March 17. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/grants, or contact
Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants Office, 73622.


TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
The Technology Development Team is a new collaborative effort between 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 techdevelopment@fitnyc.edu.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM: SPRING 2008 EXERCISE CLASSES
The Employee Wellness Program offers free lunchtime exercise classes exclusive to faculty and staff. The spring 2008 schedule will run February 4-May 15. 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 Health and Physical Education, Room AX13, 74220. The class schedule is as follows:

Monday: Pilates, noon-1 pm, auxiliary gym (Room AX39)
Tuesday: body toning, 1-2 pm, auxiliary gym
Wednesday: fitness center, noon-1 pm, fitness center (Room BX13)
Thursday: yoga, 1-2 pm, dance studio (Room BX28)




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