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     November 2008

Gothic: Dark Glamour
Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion
Business School Sponsors Career Day
Elder Care Support Group
Curt Holtz to Speak at FIT
Online Video Production Workshops
Open Hours with President Brown
FIT Book Club Meets
"Successful Communication" Lunchtime Seminar
Arianna Huffington to Speak at FIT
FIT Blood Drive
Community Invited to "The Journey to Success: In College and in Life"
Visiting Artists Give Lecture
The Museum at FIT's Fall Fashion Culture Series

FIT Introduces Technical Design Degree
FIT's Critical Thinking Initiative
Faculty Members' Web Project Wins Award
Social Sciences Faculty Member Presents at Conference
Textile/Surface Design Faculty Member in Exhibition
History of Art Faculty Member Curates Exhibition
Fine Arts Faculty Member Has Solo Show
Annual Art and Design Faculty Show Opens
Interior Design Faculty Member Featured in Magazine
Photography Faculty Member Contributes to Magazine
Advertising and Marketing Communications Faculty Member in e-Newsletter
Graphic Design Faculty Member Releases CD
Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Whale, Seal Observation Walks
Roadtrip Nation Stops at FIT

Health and Physical Education Department Update
2008 Election Guide Available
Residence Office Encourages "Green" Effort
FIT Employee Expresses Gratitude
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Fall 2008 Wellness Program Fitness Classes
FIT Emergency Messaging Sign-Up
Technology Training

EVENTS

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.

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 creators, promoters, and clientele
who have helped shape the course of fashion history. For more information, click here.

BUSINESS SCHOOL SPONSORS CAREER DAY
November 3
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT will host approximately 120 11th grade students from five New York City high schools for Career Day. The focus will be entrepreneurship and students will have the opportunity to attend workshop sessions throughout the day, including Time Management, Product Development, Running Your Own Business, and more. For more information, contact Naomi Gross, Fashion Merchandising Management, 74835

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
November 3, 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 Robin Zarel, EAP, 75600.

CURT HOLTZ TO SPEAK AT FIT
November 3, 4-5 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Curt Holtz, president of Vanity Fair Intimates, will speak at FIT's Places and Faces in Fashion class. Recent speakers have included Teri Agins, senior fashion writer, The Wall Street Journal; Seth Morris, president, Carole Hochman Design Group; and jeweler Amedeo Scognamiglio. All FIT students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Alice Papazian, Special Programs, 73596.

ONLINE VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS
November 4, 11, and 18, 1 pm
C302
The Technology Development Team is holding Online Video Production, a three part series to get attendees started creating short edited videos to supplement course and departmental websites. Part I teaches how to identify the audience and conceptualize, script, and shoot a video. Parts II and III give a brief how-to of shooting with a digital camcorder and editing in Imovie on a MAC. For more information or to register, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/tdt or email the Technology Development Team.

OPEN HOURS WITH PRESIDENT BROWN
November 5, 1-2:30 pm; November 19, 5-6:30 pm
Office of the President, Room C908
Open-hours 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.

FIT BOOK CLUB MEETS
November 6, 1-2 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, 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 November 6 meeting is The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan. For more information, contact Carole Deletiner, English and Speech, 75348, or Sandra Markus, Fashion Design, 73144.

"SUCCESSFUL COMMUNICATION" LUNCHTIME SEMINAR
November 11, 1-2 pm
Room A803
The Employee Assistance Program will host a Lunchtime Seminar, "Successful Communication." In this workshop, attendees will learn the most effective ways to communicate their message, correctly evaluate their audience, identify the stumbling blocks that interfere with optimal communication, and enhance their listening skills. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/eap or contact Bob Silverstein, EAP, 75600.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON TO SPEAK AT FIT
November 12, 6-8:30 pm
8th Floor, David Dubinsky Student Center
FIT Executive Women in Fashion presents "An Evening with Arianna Huffington." The event includes a presentation by Huffington, editor in chief, The Huffington Post, preceded by networking. Registration is $195 per person. For more information, contact Marjorie Phillips, Center for Executive Education, 74307.

FIT BLOOD DRIVE
November 13, 10 am-7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The FIT community is encouraged to donate at a blood drive coordinated by the staff of the New York Blood Center. No appointment is necessary, and donors should allow an hour in total (including pre-donation evaluation and post-donation resting period). For more information, contact Elaine Mauceli, Human Resources, 73670.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO "THE JOURNEY TO SUCCESS: IN COLLEGE AND IN LIFE"
November 20, 1 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
All first-year students and the FIT community are invited to hear Elaine Penn, an FYE (First-Year Experience) speaker and performer who will discuss the importance of creating goals and a plan, staying healthy, and learning from the "bumps in the road." For more information, contact Suzanne McGillicuddy, Student Affairs, 73803.

VISITING ARTISTS GIVE LECTURE
November 20, 6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
As part of the Visiting Artists Program, Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel, co-founders of Design Observer, will give a lecture followed by a question-and-answer period. For more information or to make special class reservations, contact Rocco Piscatello, Communication Design, 75677.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S FALL FASHION CULTURE SERIES
Campus

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

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
November 18, 7-9 pm

Corpse Bride (2005)
December 18, 7-9 pm

Contemporary Gothic: Poetry & Prose
November 6, 6-7 pm
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Horror and the macabre embodied in contemporary gothic literature influence fashion on display in the museum's fall exhibition, Gothic: Dark Glamour. Join local authors as they read from today's best examples of the genre. Selections to include excerpts from J.G. Ballard, Margaret Atwood, Ann Rice, Stephen King, and Bret Easton Ellis.

NEWS

FIT INTRODUCES TECHNICAL DESIGN DEGREE
A new Bachelor of Science degree program in Technical Design was approved on October 1, 2008 by SUNY and New York's State Education Department. Offered through FIT's Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, major courses begin in fall semester of 2009. Technical designers define garment development from initial concept through shipping by virtually communicating and tracking fit, construction, quality, and measurement specifications to global industry partners. The new program broadens and boosts the career potential and marketability of graduates in the burgeoning area of technical design. For more information, contact Eileen Karp, Fashion Design, 75029.

FIT'S CRITICAL THINKING INITIATIVE
SUNY has a General Education required competency in critical thinking, which graduating FIT students were tested on in spring 2008 and will be tested on again in 2011. A committee, the Critical Thinking Initiative, has formed to explore how to integrate critical thinking skills into existing course content. The committee includes one participant from each undergraduate school (Maurice Johnson, Business and Technology; Sandra Markus, Art and Design; and Roberta Paley, Liberal Arts) along with advisors (Frances Dearing, Curriculum and Instruction, and Brian Fallon, Writing Center). It is maintained through an Angel Learning System group, and all faculty members who have ideas on how to integrate critical thinking into course content are encouraged to join. For more information, contact Maurice Johnson, Fashion Merchandising Management, 74840.

FACULTY MEMBERS' WEB PROJECT WINS AWARD
SmARThistory.org, the art history multimedia web-book created by Beth Harris, History of Art and Civilization, and Steven Zucker, dean of Graduate Studies, won the highest award in the web category of AVICOM, the committee of the International Council of Museums' (ICOM) annual competition. The site features Harris and Zucker as avatars presenting locations and works of historical significance, as well as podcasts and videos. For more information contact Beth Harris, 74656.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS AT CONFERENCE
Praveen K. Chaudhry, Social Sciences, and Marta Vanduzer-Snow presented The United States and India: Prospects and Challenges Related to Strategic Partnership at the World International Studies Committee (WISC) Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 23-26, 2008. Chaudhry and Vanduzer-Snow are editors of The United States and India: a History Through Archives: The Formative Years. For more information, contact Praveen K. Chaudhry, 74924.

TEXTILE/SURACE DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER INCLUDED IN EXHIBITION
Leora Klaymer Stewart, Textile/Surface Design, has a piece, Dreams of Paradise, in an exhibition, Ar(t)chitectural Attitude, at the Palm Beach International Airport through February 2009. For more information, contact Leora Klaymer Stewart, 77037.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER CURATES EXHIBITION
David Dearinger, History of Art and Civilization, is curating Albert Wein, American Modernist at the Boston Athenaeum, 10 Beacon Street, Boston. This exhibition will be the first major retrospective of Wein's work and coincides with the publication of a monograph on his life and work, which Dearinger contributed to. For more information, contact David Dearinger, 74640.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
Vincent Arcilesi, Fine Arts, has a new exhibition of drawings and paintings, Arcilesi in Mexico, at the Broome Street Gallery, 498 Broome Street. The show opens on November 18 and runs through December 7. For more information, contact Vincent Arcilesi, 75863.

ANNUAL ART AND DESIGN FACULTY SHOW OPENS
The 2008 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, Execution, opens November 15 and runs until December 13 at The Museum at FIT. It 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 catalog, which features the work of 41 faculty members from 10 disciplines. For more information, contact Tom Irizarry, The Museum at FIT, 74565.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN MAGAZINE
Peter Johnston, Interior Design, AIA, and design pricipal, Peter Johnston Architect, PC, has had his firm featured in the October issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine. For more information, contact Peter Johnston, 75550.

PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER CONTRIBUTES TO MAGAZINE
Ken Collins, Photography, is a contributing photographer to the November issue of Inc. magazine. For more information, contact Ken Collins, 75500.

ADVERTISING AND MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS FACULTY MEMBER IN E-NEWSLETTER
Ken Jacobs, Advertising and Marketing Communications, was quoted in an article on staff retention and preventing "poaching" in The Firm Voice, the Council of Public Relations Firms' e-newsletter. It included Jacobs' Seven Tips to Maintain a Happy Staff. For more information, contact Ken Jacobs.

GRAPHIC DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER RELEASES CD
Ron Hester, Graphic Design, recently released a five-song CD of original acoustic rock music called "Breathing." The collection, along with his earlier full-length CD, is available through iTunes and CDbaby.com. For more information, contact Ron Hester, 75630.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER LEADS WHALE, SEAL OBSERVATION WALKS
Dr. Artie Kopelman, Science and Mathematics, led his seventh annual humpback whale survey of the Great South Channel. In eight trips over seven years, more than 428 humpbacks were encountered and 163 different whales have been photo-identified. For more information and photographs click here. Kopelman will also lead walks to observe, photograph, identify, and count seals at Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach, and at Montauk Point State Park, December through May. These walks are open to the public. For more information, contact Artie Kopelman, 73030.

ROADTRIP NATION STOPS AT FIT
Roadtrip Nation's Green RV was stationed between the David Dubinsky Student Center and the Business and Liberal Arts Center on October 23. Students who attended got to learn more about the movement, which has spawned a PBS series and several books. A screening was also held on campus. For more information, contact Pam Zuckerman, Career Services, 73017.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT UPDATE
FIT's Health and Physical Education Department has changed its name to Health, Physical Education and Dance. This new name reflects the wide range of existing dance courses such as Flamenco, Afro-Caribbean, Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, and Creating Dance: An Introduction. For more information, contact Amy Zaborowski, 74220.

2008 ELECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE
The Gladys Marcus Library has created a web guide of internet sites to provide information on the 2008 election. Copies of the guide with web links are also available at an Election 2008 Library Display on the library's fifth floor elevator entrance. For more information, contact N.J. Wolfe, FIT Library, 74400.

RESIDENCE OFFICE ENCOURAGES "GREEN" EFFORT
Amanda Myers-Walls and the Residential Life Office say "thank you" to students in the residence halls for their recycling efforts. The current group of resident students is recycling more than any previous group. Through programming, printed materials, and signage students are encouraged to take time to sort through their trash for all recyclable items.

FIT EMPLOYEE EXPRESSES GRATITUDE
David Portnoy, Accounts Payable, has returned to FIT after a serious accident several months ago. He would like to thank all of his colleagues, friends, and his "FIT family" for their generous get-well wishes. Their caring and concern were of great help in his recovery. He can be reached at david_portnoy@fitnyc.edu, or ext. 73611.

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 — 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Tuesday-Thursday — 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday — 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday — 12:00-5:00 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, The Gladys Marcus Library, 74385.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award: first-book publication, $5,000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Deadline is November 15.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens' National Endowment for the Humanities two to four five-to ten-month fellowships: maximum stipend for a five-month project is $20,000; for a ten-month project, $40,000. Deadline is December 1.

George Mason University's Poetry and Winter Fiction Contest: $1,000 and publication in the upcoming fall issue of Phoebe. Deadline is December 1.

The Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award: $2,500. Deadline is December 22.

The James Merrill House writer-in-residence program: apartment for full or half academic year and a maxiumum award of $10,000. Deadline is January 15.

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers' multi-country research fellowship: up to $9,000 to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Deadline is January 16.

The fall/winter 2008 Grants Digest is available online at: http://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 all 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, 12-1 pm

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

Class participants may purchase exercise mats for $6.00. 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, 3667.


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
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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