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     July 2008

MA in Illustration Capstone Exhibition: 9 Point Perspective
Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion

New Vice President for Human Resources Appointed
New Acting Dean for School of Business and Technology Named
Director Appointed for New Writing Center
Summer Live Opening Day
Faculty Member Leads Offshore Bird and Whale Watch Trips
Fine Arts Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
FIT Hosts SUNY Colleagues at Annual Conference
Business and Technology Faculty Member Wins Mentoring Award
English and Speech Faculty Member Publishes Chapbook, Gives Reading
AMC Faculty Member Leads Conference Discussions
Education Opportunity Programs' Art and Design Prep Program
Packaging Design Students Collaborate with High School Students
Faculty Discuss Integration of Library Resources in Curriculum
FIT-ABLE Coordinator Presents Workshop
Longtime Faculty Member Inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame
TDM Chairperson Contributes to WTO Publication
Exhibiton Design Student Creates Elizabeth Arden Shopping Bag

Summer 2008 Fitness Center Schedule
2009 Summer Stipend Opportunities
FIT Emergency Messaging Sign-up
Technology Training

EVENTS

MA IN ILLUSTRATION CAPSTONE EXHIBITION: 9 POINT PERSPECTIVE
Through July 12
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
The second graduating class of the Master of Arts in Illustration program presents 9 Point Perspective, their capstone visual thesis show, with works including children's books, interactive web design, animated character designs and maquettes, and posters. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, Art and Design, 74683.

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 designers, promoters, and clientele who have helped shape the course of fashion history. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

NEWS

NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR HUMAN RESOURCES APPOINTED
President Joyce F. Brown has announced the appointment of Arthur E. Brown, Jr., to the position of vice president for Human Resources and Labor Relations, effective July 7. Mr. Brown has more than 30 years' experience in the public sector and higher education: He is currently the City University of New York's director of human resources; previously, he was assistant commissioner for human resources for the New Jersey Department of Personnel. He has taught political science and public policy at the College of New Jersey, served as the New Jersey governor's appointee to the Public Officers' Salary Commission, and has been a consultant to the United Nations Industrial Organization and several New Jersey hospitals. To read President Brown's full memo on the appointment, click here.

NEW ACTING DEAN FOR SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY NAMED
President Joyce F. Brown has announced the appointment of Robin Sackin, chairperson of Fashion Merchandising Management, to the position of acting dean for the Jay and Patty Baker School for Business and Technology (effective July 1). Sackin replaces Dean Alan Kane, who retired at the end of June. She joined FITís FMM department in 1990, and has been its chair for the past ten years. She also served as president of the Faculty Senate this past year, has been an active member of the UCE of FIT, and is on the Board of Governors for the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. Sackin will continue to serve as the FMM chair until the beginning of the fall 2008 academic year, when a new chair will be elected. A search for a permanent dean will also begin in the fall. To read President Brown's full memo on the appointment, click here.

DIRECTOR APPOINTED FOR NEW WRITING CENTER
As part of the college's ongoing mission to provide a student-centered education rich in the liberal arts, FIT has established its Writing Center, where students and faculty have ready access to writing consultants and specialists to supplement their learning and teaching. Brian Fallon, PhD candidate and former assistant director of the writing center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a former faculty member at St. John's University, has been hired as director of the Writing Center, effective July 1. For more information, contact Scott Stoddart, dean for Liberal Arts.

SUMMER LIVE OPENING DAY
Precollege Programs' 2008 Summer Live, for area high school and middle school students, begins July 7 and will run Monday-Thursday through July 24. The FIT community is encouraged to direct potential enrollees to www.fitnyc.edu/precollege. For more information, contact the Office of Evening, Weekend, and Precollege Programs, 77882.

FACULTY MEMBER LEADS OFFSHORE BIRD AND WHALE WATCH TRIPS
This summer, Artie Kopelman, Science and Mathematics, will lead two multi-day, offshore pelagic bird and whale watching trips. The first runs July 20-22 and will explore the Great South Channel; the second runs August 10-12 and will explore the whale grounds near Martha's Vineyard, MA. For more information, visit the Coastal Research and Educational Society of Long Island website here, or contact Artie Kopelman.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Jean Feinberg, Fine Arts, has contributed a piece to The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, a group show running through September 7 at the National Academy Museum. An opening reception and awards ceremony was held on May 28. For more information, contact Jean Feinberg.

FIT HOSTS SUNY COLLEAGUES AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
From June 11-13, FIT was the site of the annual SUNY Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) conference, a gathering of advancement, marketing, communications, and development professionals from SUNY campuses around the state. This year's event attracted nearly 300 people from 47 institutions. The conference featured more than 20 program sessions in seven different disciplines, two plenary events, several awards ceremonies, and off-site programming at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sardi's, The Foundation Center, and The New York Times Building. This is the first time that the 55-year-old organization has held its conference in New York City. Carol Leven, assistant vice president for Communications, was co-chair of the event; Loretta Lawrence Keane, vice president for Advancement and External Relations, is 2007-09 president of SUNYCUAD.

BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY FACULTY MEMBER WINS MENTORING AWARD
Roberta Elins, chairperson of Direct and Interactive Marketing and professor of Advertising and Marketing Communications, has won the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America's 2008 Philip Dorf Award for Mentoring. The award was presented May 22 at the organization's annual awards dinner; Heather DiRubba, AMC '04, accepted on behalf of Elins, who was out of the country. For more information, contact Roberta Elins, 74478.

ENGLISH FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES CHAPBOOK, GIVES READING
Fine Motor, a chapbook of poetry by Amy Lemmon, English and Speech, was published last month by Sow's Ear Poetry Review Press. On May 20, she gave a reading at the Perch Café in Brooklyn. For more information, contact Amy Lemmon, 75340.

AMC FACULTY MEMBER LEADS CONFERENCE DISCUSSIONS
Ken Jacobs, Advertising and Marketing Communications, led breakfast roundtable discussions on "Motivation Through Training: Creating a Training/Development Program" at the Public Relations Society of America Counselor's Academy spring 2008 conference, held May 18-20 in Naples, FL. For more information, contact Ken Jacobs.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS' ART AND DESIGN PREP PROGRAM
On May 17, the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs concluded its spring 2008 Art and Design Prep Program, a ten-week, drawing and fashion art skills development program for high school students. Parents and high school administrators attended the final critique, and students received portfolio advisement and drawing instruction from Peter Bonner, fine artist; Cassandra Bromfield, designer and owner of Cassandra Bromfield Designs; Anthony Brownbill, fine artist; Vincere Collura, image consultant; Sherrie Hobson-Greene, designer and owner of Beauloni; and Gwenveria Sargent, fashion designer. Four of the program's students will begin their undergraduate study at FIT this fall. For more information, contact Educational Opportunity Programs, 74170.

PACKAGING DESIGN STUDENTS COLLABORATE WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
This spring, third-year Packaging Design students partnered with 20 high school student members of the Step Up Women's Network for a Crystal Light design and innovation project sponsored by Kraft Foods. Final results were presented at Kraft's Tarrytown, NY, headquarters on May 13, and will be exhibited in New York City this September, to coincide with Fashion Week. For more information, contact Marianne Klimchuk, Packaging Design, 75702.

FACULTY DISCUSS INTEGRATION OF LIBRARY RESOURCES IN CURRICULUM
On May 12, the Gladys Marcus Library hosted Supporting the Curriculum: From Resources to Knowledge, where faculty from the schools of Art and Design, Business and Technology, Liberal Arts, and Graduate Studies spoke to members of the library advisory committee, academics, and other library personnel on the integration of electronic library resources into their classroom instruction. The forum was held in Room E601, the library's new interactive computer literacy instruction room. Speakers included Jean Amato, English and Speech; Pamela Ellsworth, Global Fashion Management; Naomi Gross, Fashion Merchandising Management; Marianne Klimchuk, Packaging Design; and Al Romano, Advertising and Marketing Communications. For more information, contact Greta Earnest, Gladys Marcus Library, 74366.

FIT-ABLE COORDINATOR PRESENTS WORKSHOP
Liz Holly Mortenson, coordinator of FIT-ABLE, FIT's Disability Services Office, presented "Programs and Resources for Learning-Disabled Students," a workshop offered at "A Common Cause: NYC School Counselors and SUNY Working Together," a forum for 150 New York City high school guidance counselors held at FIT on May 9. For more information, contact Liz Holly Mortensen, 74092.

LONGTIME FACULTY MEMBER INDUCTED INTO NJCAA HALL OF FAME
Lenny Rapkin, longtime Health and Physical Education faculty member, was made a member of the National Junior Colleges Athletic Association Women's Tennis Hall of Fame at the NJCAA Women's Tennis Championships in Tucson, AZ, in early May. Kerri Ann McTiernan, director of Athletics and Recreation, gave the induction speech. As a former coach of both the men's and women's tennis teams, Rapkin led his players to more than ten regional championship titles. He is the first coach in FIT history to be inducted into a national hall of fame. For more information, contact Kerri Ann McTiernan, 74123.

TDM CHAIRPERSON CONTRIBUTES TO WTO PUBLICATION
Jeffrey Silberman, Textile Development and Marketing, contributed the "Cotton Promotion" chapter to the International Trade Center's Cotton Exporter's Guide, published in April by the World Trade Organization. Available in English, French, and Spanish, the guide serves as a reference work for cotton exporters on managing the overall export process, new markets in Asia, and trade-related issues concerning African cotton. For more information, contact Jeffrey Silberman, 75234.

EXHIBITION DESIGN STUDENT CREATES ELIZABETH ARDEN SHOPPING BAG
Elizabeth Arden and FIT's Exhibition Design Department partnered to create a competition for students in the Master of Arts program to design a holiday-themed shopping bag for Arden's newly reopened flagship store, at 691 Fifth Avenue. Chen Lin He, Interior Design '06 and Exhibition Design '09, was announced winner; he received a $5,000 stipend to attend the Gravity Free Multidisciplinary Design Innovation Conference in Chicago, and his design will be produced for use in the 2008 holiday season.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUMMER 2008 FITNESS CENTER SCHEDULE
The Athletics and Recreation Department has announced the following summer schedule for FIT's fitness centers:

Business and Liberal Arts Center, sub-basement
July 1-22
Monday-Thursday, 7 am-10 am and 12:30-6 pm

George and Marianna Kaufman Hall, basement
Through July 22
Monday-Friday, 7 am-2 pm and 6-10 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-6 pm


2009 SUMMER STIPEND OPPORTUNITIES
National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipends are available for individuals pursuing advanced research of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools. The stipends offer $6,000 to support two consecutive months of full-time work. Applications are accepted between August 1 and October 1. For more information, click here, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/grants, or contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants Office, 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 tab on the FIT Portal.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
The Technology Development Team is a 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 the Technology Development Team.




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