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     October 2008

Gothic: Dark Glamour
Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion
FIT Book Club Meets
Foreign Languages Department Hosts Chilean Writer
Dean's Forum for Liberal Arts Features Cambodian Author
SUNY Faculty Conference to be Held at FIT
Interior Design Department Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Foreign Languages Department Hosts Lecture
The Museum at FIT's Fall Fashion Culture Series

MA Illustration Alumni Win Awards
Fashion Design Student Wins Contest
Educational Opportunity Programs Finishes Pre-Freshman Summer
FIT Staff Member to Speak at Conference
Interior Design Faculty Member Gives Presentation
Communication Design Member Has Solo Show
Visual Presentation Faculty Member Has Solo Show
Packaging Design Hosts Lecture
School of Liberal Arts Presents Elections Talk
Textile Development and Marketing Hosts Committee Meeting
Communications Faculty Member Publishes Articles
FIT's Residential Life Department Uses Self-Service Check-In

Faculty Encouraged to Join Committee
Special Collections Offers Extended Hours
Mandatory Internship Orientation
Employee Assistance Program Schedule
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.

ARTBITERS 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.

FIT BOOK CLUB MEETS
October 2, 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 October 2 meeting is March, by Geraldine Brooks. For more information, contact Carole Deletiner, English and Speech, 75348, or Sandra Markus, Fashion Design, 73144.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT HOSTS CHILEAN WRITER
October 7, 1 pm
Barnes and Noble, College Bookstore at FIT
The Foreign Languages department will host Chilean writer Diamela Eltit, author of Sacred Cow, whose works have been translated into French, English, and Finnish.

DEAN'S FORUM FOR LIBERAL ARTS FEATURES CAMBODIAN AUTHOR
October 15, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
The Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the Presidential Scholars invite the FIT community to hear Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, recounting her own escape from Cambodia, and Lucky Child, about her return to Cambodia to find her sister. For more information, contact Suzanne Richardson, Liberal Arts Dean's Office, 74326.

SUNY FACULTY CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT FIT
October 17
John E. Reeves Great Hall
A SUNY-wide faculty development conference, "Design Technology: Catalyst for Creativity," will be held at FIT. All activities are free for FIT faculty. To register and/or submit a proposal for a presentation, click here. For more information, contact Celia Baez, Center for Excellence in Teaching, 74064.

INTERIOR DESIGN DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
October 24
Various locations throughout campus
The Interior Design Department will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first graduating class with an October 24 reception, held in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. A live auction will take place, as well as a short program. Student and alumni work will be on view, with additional exhibitions in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, the senior thesis show in the Shirley Goodman Resource Center, and a 50-year timeline exhibition in the lobbies of the Marvin Feldman and Pomerantz centers. For more information, contact Takashi Kamiya, Interior Design, 75550.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT HOSTS LECTURE
October 30, 1-2 pm
Pizza Lounge, 5th floor, David Dubinsky Student Center
The Foreign Languages Department will host a talk about photographer and artist Tina Modotti, called "Tina Modotti: Revolutionary at Work," by Richard Turnbull, History of Art. Works by students will also be shown. For more information, contact Pilar Blanco, Foreign Languages, 75090.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S FALL FASHION CULTURE SERIES
Through Fall
Various Locations
The following events will take place in October 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, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
October 2, 7-9 pm

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

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

Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962
October 16, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Photographer Douglas Kirkland shares never-before-seen images of fashion icon Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Lecture followed by book signing with the author.

From Dressmaker to Couturiére: The Story of Lucile Ltd.
October 21, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Molly Sorkin, associate curator of costume at The Museum at FIT; Lourdes Font, Graduate Studies; and Lewis Orchard, fashion textile designer and Lucile Ltd. collector, discuss the career of fashion designer and entrepreneur Lady Duff Gordon (known as Lucile) and her place in fashion history.

Classic Gothic: Poetry & Prose
October 23, 6-7 pm
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Local authors read from the classics—Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, and the Brontë sisters, among others.

Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion
October 27, 6-7 pm
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Colleen Hill, assistant curator at The Museum at FIT, gives a tour through Arbiters, as she surveys 250 years of women in fashion.

Goth Talk
October 30, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Panelists Fred Berger, photographer and creator of Propaganda magazine; Julia Bloodgood Borden, cultural anthropologist and Morbid Outlook magazine staff writer; Angel Butts, lecturer and PhD candidate; Myke Hideous, artist and musician; and Evan Michelson, owner of Obscura Antiques and Oddities, discuss from an insider's perspective what goth means. Moderated by Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator at The Museum at FIT.

NEWS

MA ILLUSTRATION ALUMNI WIN AWARDS
Four alumni from the Master of Arts program in Illustration have received recognition for their work from Creative Quarterly. Chad Wallace '07, is a silver medal winner, and Bri Hermanson '07, Heekyung Hur '08, and Monika Maneicki '07, are merit award winners. Medal and merit winners will be featured in the next issue of Creative Quarterly, due out at the end of the year. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, Illustration, 74318.

FASHION DESIGN STUDENT WINS CONTEST
Brandon Grimm, Fashion Design, is the winner of INVISTA's international design contest, which asked students from colleges across the globe to create garments using its new, patented LYCRAŽ 2.0 Garment Technology. Grimm won a prize of $3,500 and his design will be the main focus of INVISTA's introduction of the LYCRAŽ 2.0 Garment Technology to the industry.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS FINISHES PRE-FRESHMAN SUMMER
Twelve EOP students received the Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship (available to full-time students who enroll in college within a year of graduating from a New York City high school, public or private): Chanell Brown, Gisela Collado, Stephanie de la Cruz, Sade Desouza, Jessica Hubert, Julia Jiang, Priscilla Lemos, Natalie Quirin, Keysha Ramos, Ornella Ramos, Arielle Smith, and Nicolas Turek. These students will pursue majors in Adversiting and Marketing Communications, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising Management, Illustration, and Production Management. Gisela Collado also received a full scholarship to attend The Omega Women's Institute's conference "Women and Courage: Expressing Woman's Wisdom in the 21st Century." This marks the third year of EOP student participation. For more information, contact the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs, 74170.

FIT STAFF MEMBER TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Joseph Arcoleo, Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance, has been asked to speak at the SUNY Environmental, Health and Safety Association conference on October 23. He will discuss the steps that FIT takes to assure chemical safety. For more information, contact Joseph Arcoleo, 73752.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER GIVES PRESENTATION
On October 2, Susan Slotkis, Interior Design, will give a presentation, "Connect the Dots...Empire Style," connecting the context of design to history, culture, events, and meaning. The event will begin at 8:30 am at West Elm Chelsea, 112 West 18th Street. She will also introduce her book, Foundations of Interior Design. Breakfast and networking will precede the presentation. For more information, contact Susan Slotkis, 75550.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
Julie Gross, Communication Design, will have a solo show of her paintings and flash work on mylar at e.o. art lab in Chester, CT. It opens October 3 and will continue until early November. For more information, contact Julie Gross, 75630.

VISUAL PRESENTATION FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
Anne Finkelstein, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, has a solo exhibition, "Bright Moments: Portraits of the Street & Interiorscapes," featuring acrylic paintings and digital compositions at TAI/exhibits, 150 West 30th Street, 14th Floor; through November 21. Viewing by appointment only. For more information, contact Anne Finkelstein, 75480.

PACKAGING DESIGN HOSTS LECTURE
The Packaging Design Department hosted a lecture and presentation, "Sustainable Design in the 21st Century," by Marc Alt on September 18. Alt spoke about green design and sustainability. For more information, contact Candace Allenson, Packaging Design, 75480.

SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS PRESENTS ELECTION TALK
The School of Liberal Arts presented "The Constitution and the Upcoming Elections" on September 15 in honor of Constitution Day, featuring Carl Rutberg, American History. For more information, contact Suzanne Richardson, Liberal Arts Dean's Office, 74326.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING DEPARTMENT HOSTS COMMITTEE
On September 4, the Textile Development and Marketing Department hosted the Better Cotton Initiative steering committee meeting. BCI encourages the adoption of better management practices in cotton cultivation to achieve reductions in environmental impacts, while improving benefits for cotton farmers. The organization is comprised of retailers, including GAP, Ikea, and H&M, and organizations including WWF, Oxfam, and the Organic Exchange. For more information, contact Jeffrey Silberman, TDM, 75234.

COMMUNICATIONS FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES ARTICLE
Ken Jacobs, Advertising and Marketing Communications, wrote an article, "The Ties That Bind: Building Better Client Relationships" that appeared in the August issue of the Public Relations Society of America's Public Relations Tactics, and was featured in PRSA's PR Issues and Trends daily e-newsletter on September 2. For more information, contact Ken Jacobs, 74470.

FIT'S RESIDENTIAL LIFE USES SELF-SERVICE CHECK-IN
The Residential Life Department at FIT was the first beta test site for Adirondack Solutions' newly developed software module for self-service check-in. Residential Life successfully used the module to check in approximately 2,300 resident students in August at both the 27th and 31st street residence halls.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACULTY ENCOURAGED TO JOIN COMMITTEE
A committee has formed to discuss the integration of critical thinking skills into existing course content, in order to address SUNY's general education requirement of competency in critical thinking. The group, called "Angel," includes one participant from each 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). Faculty are encouraged to join the "Angel" group. For more information, contact Maurice Johnson, 74840.

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.


MANDATORY INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION
The Internship Center is holding mandatory orientations in the Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium for students interested in applying for Winterim and Spring '09 internships. For more information, contact Donna Reitmayr, Internship Center, 73549.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE
As part of the Human Resource Pre-Retirement Seminar Series, EAP will hold "Planning for a Positive Retirement" on October 22 from 5-6:30 pm in the Robert Lagary Board Room of the Marvin Feldman Center. Attendees will learn how to identify the right time to retire, develop a plan, and identify goals and resources.

The EAP also has formed a six-week Men's Discussion Group, to provide a structured and supportive environment for male employees to talk about issues that are important to them.

For more information, contact Gay Gross, Student Faculty Corporation, 75600.


UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The National Education Association Foundation is offering Learning and Leadership Grants of up to $5,000 to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for professional development. The deadline is October 15.

The National Academic Advising Association offers support for proposals contributing to the field of advising-related research. Practicing professionals (administrators and faculty) and graduate students seeking support for dissertation research are eligible. Grant awards can be up to $5,000. The deadline is November 1.

The Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award brings first-book publication, $5,000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center to an American who has never before published a book of poetry. The deadline is November 15.

George Mason University's Poetry and Winter Fiction Contest will award writers $1,000 and publication in the upcoming fall issue of Phoebe. The deadline is December 1.

The Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award acknowledges original midcareer work by a poet who has not had substantial recognition. The recipient will be awarded $2,500 and the deadline is December 22.

The James Merrill House in Stonington, CT, offers a writer-in-residence program that provides a living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit. The apartment is available for a full or half academic year. Rent and utilities are provided. The maximum award is $10,000, and the deadline is January 15.

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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