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     March 2008

Talk & Tour: Exoticism
Internship Center Orientations
Signage/Image: Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden
FIT Book Club
Elder Care Support Group
Lecture and Book Signing: The Women Who Raised Me, by Victoria Rowell
Dean's Dialogue: Betsey Johnson
Faculty Senate Meeting
Sole Desire: The Shoes of Christian Louboutin
Symposium: Great Designers
Lecture and Book Signing: The Art of Natori, by Josie Cruz Natori
Roadtrip Nation Visits FIT
Cross-cultural Mentoring Workshop
Talking Trade @ FIT: India's Apparel and Textile Industries in the 21st Century
Spring 2008 Academic Mini-retreats
Open Hours with Dr. Brown
Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion
Exoticism

Communication Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
Photography Faculty Member's Work Exhibited, Published
Production Management Faculty Member Judges NYC Competition
Urban Studio's NY SKYRIDE Mural Unveiled
Interior Design Faculty Member Makes Presentation
English and Speech Faculty Member a Visiting Writer at Bates
AMC Faculty Member's Article Published
AMC Faculty Member Joins Advisory Board
Textile/Surface Design Faculty Member Visits Artists' Retreat
Communication Design Faculty Member Wins Award

Student-Faculty Corporation Funding Proposals for 2008-09
Grants Office Announces Upcoming Funding Opportunities
New Online Business Card Ordering System
Budget Training Podcast Online
Technology Training
Employee Wellness Program: Spring 2008 Exercise Classes

EVENTS

TALK & TOUR: EXOTICISM
March 3, 6-7 pm
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Molly Sorkin, assistant curator of costume at The Museum at FIT, leads this tour of Exoticism, discussing how designers interpret "the exotic" through garment construction and surface embellishment. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

INTERNSHIP CENTER ORIENTATIONS
March 5, 5 pm
March 6, 1 and 5 pm

John E. Reeves Great Hall
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 fall semester must attend an appropriate session. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/internshipcenter or contact the Internship Center, 73540.

SIGNAGE/IMAGE: CHRIS CALORI AND DAVID VANDEN-EYNDEN
March 5, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden, 2007 Society for Environmental Graphic Design Fellows, discuss their shared career as innovators in signage design in this talk, sponsored by Communication Design. For more information, contact Kingsley Parker, Communication Design, 75659.

FIT BOOK CLUB
March 6, 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 March meeting is The Women Who Raised Me, by Victoria Rowell. Upcoming books are 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.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
March 10, 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.

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.


DEAN'S DIALOGUE: BETSEY JOHNSON
March 11, 5-6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The School of Art and Design presents the latest in its Dean's Dialogue series, featuring renowned designer Betsey Johnson. This event is open to all students; however, tickets must be picked up in Room D350 in advance and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Art and Design, 77665.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
March 13, 1-2 pm
Alcove, eighth floor, David Dubinsky Center
All faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras,
Faculty Services, 77793.


SOLE DESIRE: THE SHOES OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
March 13-April 19
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
The annual exhibition curated by students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program, Sole Desire explores the work of contemporary luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

SYMPOSIUM: GREAT DESIGNERS
March 14-15, 9 am-5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Great Designers, the 2008 symposium of The Museum at FIT features leading academics, curators, and designers discussing fashion's most influential figures. Free to all students, and to FIT faculty and staff. For the general public, tickets are $75 for both days, $50 for one day. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: THE ART OF NATORI, BY JOSIE CRUZ NATORI
March 19, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Josie Natori, founder and CEO of Natori Company, reveals the sources of inspiration for her intimate apparel, sleepwear, and bedding lines in a talk based on her book, The Art of Natori (Glitterati 2007). Lecture will be followed by a book signing with the author. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact
The Museum at FIT, 74585.


ROADTRIP NATION VISITS FIT
March 25
Various locations on campus
Mike Marriner, cofounder of the TV series and grassroots movement, Roadtrip Nation, and his fellow "roadies" will launch their spring 2008 national campus tour with a daylong visit to FIT. The Roadtrip Nation's signature green RV will be parked on West 27th Street and open for touring; students can talk with the roadies about the career-search process and apply for their own "behind-the-wheel" tour; and an episode of the show will be screened in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. This event was made possible by Career Services. For more information, contact Pam Zuckerman,
Career Services, 73017.


CROSS-CULTURAL MENTORING WORKSHOP
March 25, 12:30-2 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center
Join students and faculty from all over the world to share the richness of the FIT community's diverse background. Discussion topics will range from classroom communication to cross-cultural experiences. Elaine Maldonado, Curriculum and Instruction; Charlotte Brown and Madeleine Meyerson, Educational Skills; Asli Gokhan-Kucuk and Michael Hyde, English and Speech; James Cascaito, Foreign Languages; and Shim Chung, History of Art and Civilization, will host. For more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, 74062.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: INDIA'S APPAREL AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES IN
THE 21st CENTURY

March 25, 6:30-8 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Praveen K. Chaudry, Social Sciences, and Subash Midha, global strategy advisor, Sumanglam International, will lead a panel discussion on the effects of economic, political, and social forces on the apparel and related industries in India. The talk is the latest in the Talking Trade @ FIT series, sponsored by International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/itm or contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, ITM, 74280.

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

Robert Lagary Board Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center
Two mini-retreats remain 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).

OPEN HOURS WITH DR. BROWN
March 31, 5-6:30 pm
April 3, 1-2:30 pm

Office of the President, Room C908
Open-hour sessions with President Joyce F. Brown are for any faculty or staff member who wishes to meet with her one-on-one, no appointment necessary. 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.

MADAME GRÈS: SPHINX OF FASHION
Through 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.

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

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design, will exhibit his digital artwork, myBirthday = myPhilipGlass, in sight.sound [interaction] 2.0, an exhibition of interactive and audio art beginning March 3 at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and viewable online via live webcam. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK EXHIBITED, PUBLISHED
Through March 9, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be exhibiting photographs from In Their Company: Portraits of American Playwrights (Umbrage Editions 2006), by Ken Collins, Photography. The library is located in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, in Manhattan. For more information, contact Ken Collins.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT FACULTY MEMBER JUDGES NYC COMPETITION
Ari Vega, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, is serving as a computer science judge at the 2008 New York City Science and Engineering Fair. Approximately 525 projects have been accepted for display and competition. The first round of judging was held February 3 at City College of New York. The next round will take place March 10, at the City University of New York Graduate Center. For more information, contact Ari Vega.

URBAN STUDIO'S NY SKYRIDE MURAL UNVEILED
On February 15, NY SKYRIDE—a popular tourist attraction in the Empire State Building—unveiled 180 of NYC, a 600-square-foot mural executed by FIT's Urban Studio, a student group dedicated to public art projects. The mixed-media work incorporates paint, marker, paper, and projections to portray New York City's 400-year history. In addition to the mural, NY SKYRIDE has permanently reserved 30 feet of wall space for rotating exhibitions of FIT student work. The first exhibition, Imagined Sites #6, proposes art installations for various public spaces in the city. An opening reception to celebrate the mural's completion will be held March 11, 5:30-7:30 pm, at NY SKYRIDE , 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 324, in Manhattan. For more information, visit www.usunbound.org or contact Melissa Starke, Fine Arts.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER MAKES PRESENTATION
On April 3, Susan Slotkis, Interior Design, will present "Accessories: Style and Substance"—a display and discussion of the psychology, history, and current trends of the accessories market—at 5:30 pm at the New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue, first floor. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. For more information, contact Susan Slotkis.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER A VISITING WRITER AT BATES
Michael Hyde, English and Speech, was a visiting fiction writer at Bates College, in Lewiston, ME, from February 6-7, where he visited writing classes, consulted with seniors working on creative theses, and gave a reading of his new fiction. For more information, contact Michael Hyde, 75357.

AMC FACULTY MEMBER'S ARTICLE PUBLISHED
"Checkpoints: A Dozen Tips to Power Your PR Writing," by Ken Jacobs, Advertising and Marketing Communications, appeared in the February 2008 Public Relations Tactics, the monthly newspaper of the Public Relations Society of America. For more information, contact Ken Jacobs.

AMC FACULTY MEMBER JOINS ADVISORY BOARD
Michael Cokkinos, Advertising and Marketing Communications, has joined the Learning Disability Resources Foundation advisory board. LD Resources Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting adults who suffer from dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. For more information, contact Michael Cokkinos, 78472.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER VISITS ARTISTS' RETREAT
Last fall, Leora Klaymer Stewart, Textile/Surface Design, visited the Ox-Bow School of Art, in Saugatuck, MI, for an artist's residency. During her stay, Stewart created works using handmade paper, bamboo, and copper wire, which were exhibited at the Holland Arts Center, in Holland, MI. For more information, contact Leora Klaymer Stewart, 77037.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD
Donald Mulligan, Communication Design, won a 2007 Apex Award for
Publication Excellence
, for his illustrations for "Careful Tending," a piece in the November/December 2006 Winterthur magazine. For more information, contact Donald Mulligan.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Grants Office has announced the following new funding opportunities:

The Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship, an award of up to $9,000 Canadian Dollars, for PhD candidates and senior scholars whose research involves the textile and costume collections of the Royal Ontario Museum; deadline March 31.

Grants of up to $5,000 for emerging artists, allowing them to produce major works in the New York area, from the Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.; deadline April 1.

For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/grants, or contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants Office, 73622.


NEW ONLINE BUSINESS CARD ORDERING SYSTEM
All FIT business cards can now be ordered online by visiting InsideFIT and clicking on Business Cards, under Popular Links. The system will generate a proof for review and approval, and cards will be delivered directly to your office. For more information or to order your cards, click here.

BUDGET TRAINING PODCAST ONLINE
The Budget Office has posted a podcast, covering the fundamentals of key budget processes and issues, on their website, www3.fitnyc.edu/budgetoffice. For more information, contact Alisa Matthews, 73644.

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 the Technology Development Team.

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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