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     January 2008

Chic Chicago
Spring Convocation
One Person, One Company, One College Make a Difference
Love Your Library Week
Home Products Development Breakfast
Exoticism

NYS Commission on Higher Education Releases Preliminary Report
Professor Leads Seal Walks on Long Island
Art and Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
FIT-ABLE Hosts Keys to Access Awards Program
English and Speech Faculty Member Gives Reading
Accessories Design Faculty Member Launches Blog
New International Course: Excavation in Israel
Enterprise Center News
Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Students Win International Competition
FIT Tennis Team Headed to National Championship

2007-08 SEFA Campaign
Speakers in the Humanities Program

EVENTS

CHIC CHICAGO
Through January 5
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Chic Chicago presents 50 of the greatest couture treasures from the Chicago History Museum's costume collection, illuminating both Chicago's history and the history of fashion. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

SPRING CONVOCATION
January 24, 8:30 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join fellow FIT faculty and staff for the spring 2008 convocation, featuring guest speaker Dr. William B. Harvey, vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity, University of Virginia. Subsequent school and department meetings will take place as follows:

January 24, 10:15 am
Art and Design: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Continuing and Professional Studies: seminar room 8, Conference Center at FIT
Liberal Arts: Room D211

January 24, 1 pm
Graduate Studies: Room E312

January 25, 12:30 pm
Business and Technology: Lagary Board Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center


Department meetings will be held January 24, 11:15 am.

ONE PERSON, ONE COMPANY, ONE COLLEGE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
January 29, 6:30 pm
Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street
FIT and The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries' (EFFI) annual awards dinner, benefiting the college's Educational Development Fund. The 2008 event will honor Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chairman and CEO of J.C.Penney Company, Inc. For more information, contact EFFI, 74100.

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, 110 East 42nd Street
The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries (EFFI), FIT, and the Home Products Development Department host their 12th annual breakfast, with proceeds to benefit the BS program. Burton Krieger, president and chief merchandising officer of Boscov's Department Stores; Fred Richman, chairman of Richloom Fabrics; James Richman, president, CEO, and authorized signor of Richloom Fabrics; and Arthur Tauber, founder 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 EFFI, 74100.

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 multiculturalism and globalization. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.


NEWS

NYS COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION RELEASES PRELIMINARY REPORT
In May 2007, the New York State Commission on Higher Education was created by an executive order of Governor Eliot Spitzer to "identify innovative, cutting edge ideas and necessary improvements that will help ... make New York's higher educational system a world class institution." Their preliminary report, viewable here, was issued in late December. In the report's introduction, FIT is included among the New York State institutions leading their field. For more information on the Commission on Higher Education, click here.

PROFESSOR LEADS SEAL WALKS ON LONG ISLAND
Beginning January 4, Dr. Artie Kopelman, Science and Mathematics, will be leading several hikes to view, photograph, and collect data on seals in Cupsogue Beach County Park and Montauk Point State Park. For more information, visit the Coastal Research and Educational Society of Long Island website here, or contact
Artie Kopelman.


ART AND DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Sara Petitt, Fabric Styling and Textile/Surface Design, is participating in a group show running December 18-January 15 at the Pleiades Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, fourth floor. For more information, visit www.saragursky-petitt.com or contact
Sara Petitt, 78012.


FIT-ABLE HOSTS KEYS TO ACCESS AWARDS PROGRAM
On January 17, FIT-ABLE, FIT's Disability Services Office, will host its first biannual Premier Keys to Access Awards, cosponsored by the LD Resources Foundation and Premier Assistive Technology. Five students registered with FIT-ABLE will receive a Premier To Go, a USB drive loaded with ten assistive technology applications, and unlimited technical support from the company. Kenneth L. Grisham, president of Premier, will be on hand for a demonstration of the device. The next Keys to Access Awards is scheduled for June. For more information, contact Liz Holly Mortensen,
FIT-ABLE, 74090.


ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER GIVES READING
Amy Lemmon, English and Speech, will read from her sabbatical project, a memoir entitled Little Star, at 7 pm on January 25 in the KGB Bar, 85 East Fourth Street. Lemmon's reading is sponsored by Paragraph Workspace for Writers. For more information, contact Amy Lemmon, 77570.

ACCESSORIES DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER LAUNCHES BLOG
Anthony Cady, Accessories Design, has joined the online magazine and affinity network, shuzsociety, as the Street Shuz blogger. Cady will profile women on the streets of New York, chronicling the stories their shoes tell about them. For more information, contact Anthony Cady.

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.


ENTERPRISE CENTER NEWS
Sharon Louden, Enterprise Center, exhibited a series of paintings on wood panels in Hedge, her solo show at the Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery this past November. Benjamin Genocchio of The New York Times wrote of Louden's work, "Sitting on top of the paper the brushstrokes feel airborne, as if the artist blew them out of her hand."

Mars Design, the studio of Marshall Cohen, Enterprise Center, recently won two
Davey Awards, which honor the creative achievements of smaller ad and design agencies. Mars Design won for its website for architect Michael Gallin. For more information, contact the Enterprise Center, 78427.


VISUAL PRESENTATION AND EXHIBITION DESIGN STUDENTS WIN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
In November, PAVE, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership, announced the winners of their 2007 design competition for students enrolled in two- and four-year degree programs in retail planning, merchandising, and branding. Students in FIT's Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design class of 2008 took every award in the visual merchandising category: Jasmine Ji-Young Yoon won first place and $3,000; Jieun Hwang won second place and $2,000; Lauren Gries won third place and $1,500; and Yoshiko Fujitani, Gerard Rabara, and Azhelle Wade each won honorable mentions and $500. For more information, contact Elisabeth Jacobsen, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, 78848.

FIT TENNIS TEAM HEADED TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
In October, FIT's women's tennis team won the NJCAA Region XV championship for the fifth time in seven years, guaranteeing them a berth at the May 2008 national championship, in Tucson, AZ. In addition, top seed Stephanie Banzet and Coach Lynn Cabot-Puro won the region's Player and Coach of the Year awards, respectively.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2007-08 SEFA CAMPAIGN
FIT is proud to participate in the annual State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign, supporting charities and services for needy New York City and state residents. In the past, FIT faculty and staff have demonstrated their willingness to help by making generous contributions. Even a small gift can make a big difference in providing necessary food, shelter, clothing, and education. Employees may donate through the college's convenient payroll deduction plan, or via cash or check contributions. For more information, read President Brown's memo on SEFA here,
or contact Human Resources, 75703.


SPEAKERS IN THE HUMANITIES PROGRAM
The Grants Office has announced speaking opportunities available through the
New York Council on the Humanities. Speakers receive a $300 honorarium per lecture and up $250 in travel expenses. Candidates with experience presenting their unique, well researched humanities topic(s) to a broad range of audiences are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/grants, or contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants Office, 73622.




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