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     September 2008

Guest Speaker to Discuss Current Work
Gothic: Dark Glamour
International Trade and Marketing's Talking Trade Lectures
Leonard Florence and Sy Stewart Global Scholars Endowment Dedication
Kaufman Hall Dedication
Museum to Participate in Smithsonian's Museum Day
The Museum at FIT's Fall Fashion Culture Series
FIT Book Club Meets
SUNY Faculty Conference to be Held at FIT
Interior Design Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion

Professional Studies Introduces New Certificate Program
Faculty Member's Illustrations Published in National Magazine
Fine Arts Faculty Member Participates in Exhibition
Communication Design Faculty Member Exhibits Paintings
Faculty Member Has Solo Show
Photography Faculty Member to Participate in Group Show
Illustration Faculty Member Profiled in Magazine
History of Art Faculty Member to Run Pre-Conference Workshops
FIT Participates in Printing Project
Staff Member's Play Wins Award
TDM Faculty Member Appointed to Magazine Advisory Board
Faculty Member Publishes Book of Illustrations
Communication Design Faculty Member's Work in Newspaper
Foreign Languages Faculty Members Translate Book
Faculty Members Receive Grant
Mathematics Faculty Member Earns PhD
Photography Faculty Member Guest Teaches
Illustration Faculty Member Participates in DNC Show
English Faculty Member's Poems Aired on Radio
AMC Faculty Member Publishes Article
Staff Member Presents at Conference

Museum Introduces New Online Tool
FIT Faculty and Staff Invited to Participate in Exhibitions
Employee Assistance Program Schedule
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Health Services Announcements
Fall 2008 Wellness Program
FIT Emergency Messaging Sign-Up
Technology Training

EVENTS

GUEST SPEAKER TO DISCUSS CURRENT WORK
September 4, 6 pm
Room A802
Adam Mack, Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss his essay in progress "Constructing the Supermarket: Grocers, the Senses, and the Rise of Modern Food Shopping." It is sponsored by the Market Cultures Group, which invites scholars to present their unpublished work and is funded by FIT, the New School, NYU, and Drew University. This event is open to faculty and staff. For an advance copy of the essay, contact Dan Levinson Wilk, American History, 74327.

GOTHIC: DARK GLAMOUR
September 5-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.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING'S TALKING TRADE LECTURES
September 9, 9:30-11:45 am
John E. Reeves Great Hall
As part of the Fall 2008 Talking Trade at FIT Guest Lecture Series, Robert L. Eisen, Esq., Baker & McKenzie LLP, and Diane Weinberg, Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury, will present "Designing Goods to Lower Customs Duties for Increased Profits." This event is sponsored by the International Trade and Marketing Advisory Board & NEXCO.

October 29, 6:30-9 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Shireen Musa, International Trade and Marketing, will moderate a panel of ITM alumni and sourcing experts regarding their experiences, responsibilities, and challenges in working in the global fashion industry. The event is co-sponsored by Panjiva, the International Trade Students Association, and the International Trade Alumni Network. Panjiva will host a networking event with complimentary refreshments after the program.

For more information, contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, ITM, 74280.

LEONARD FLORENCE AND SY STEWART GLOBAL SCHOLARS ENDOWMENT DEDICATION
September 23, 5:30 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center
The Leonard Florence and Sy Stewart Global Scholars Endowment, named in honor of two home products industy leaders, will be celebrated with a plaque dedication ceremony and reception. The scholarship provides grants to outstanding Home Products Development students for travel abroad. This endowment was made possible by a gift from Michael Fux, president and CEO of Sleep Innovations, and a matching challenge grant from the Peter J. Sharp Foundation. For more information, contact Vicki Guranowski, The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, 74100.

KAUFMAN HALL DEDICATION
September 25, 4:30 pm
George S. and Mariana Kaufman Hall, 406 West 31 Street
The West 31st Street residence hall will be named the George S. and Mariana Kaufman Residence Hall in recognition of their support to the college. George S. Kaufman, president, Kaufman Realty Corporation, is a real estate executive, civic leader, and philanthropist, and has served as a member of FIT's Board of Trustees since 1982. The residence hall was opened in fall 2006. A reception will follow the ceremony (invitation only).

MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN SMITHSONIAN'S MUSEUM DAY
September 27
The Museum at FIT
The Museum at FIT will participate in the Smithsonian's Museum Day on September 27. The annual event provides free admission to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. An admission card, good for two people, is available in the September 2008 issue of Smithsonian magazine. To get more information, view a full list of participating institutions, or download an admission card, click here.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S FALL FASHION CULTURE SERIES
Through Fall
Various Locations
The following events will take place in September as part of the Fall Fashion Culture Series. Reservations are required for all programs and space is limited. To make a reservation for a program, 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

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
September 10, 7-9 pm

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

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

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

Yé-Yé Girls
September 18, 6-7 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Colleen Hill, co-curator of the exhibition Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion, will give a lecture on how French pop singers and "yé-yé" girls Françoise Hardy and Sylvie Vartan became fashion icons of their generation.

Gothic: Dark Glamour, by Valerie Steele and Jennifer Park
September 22, 6-7 pm
Special Exhibitions Gallery, Shirley Goodman Resource Center
Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, will give a behind-the-scenes look at the museum exhibition Gothic: Dark Glamour. Tour followed by a signing with the authors of the companion book to the exhibition.

Drawing Fashion: The Art of Kenneth Paul Block, by Susan Mulcahy
September 25, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Susan Mulcahy, author of Drawing Fashion: The Art of Kenneth Paul Block, together with Karen Santry, Illustration, will analyze Block's contribution to fashion illustration. Special appearance and book signing by Kenneth Paul Block will follow.

Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion
September 29, 6-7 pm
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Molly Sorkin, associate curator of costume, The Museum at FIT, will give a tour of Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion, discussing the impact of women through the clothing and accessories they created and wore.

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.

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 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. In addition, an exhibition in the lobby of the Steelcase headquarters at 4 Columbus Circle, open through September, will highlight the history of the Interior Design Department, and its faculty and staff. For more information, contact Takashi Kamiya, Interior Design, 75550.

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.

NEWS

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES INTRODUCES NEW CERTIFICATE
The Center for Professional Studies debuted its new noncredit Professional Development Certificate program, Pet Product Design and Marketing, at the "Pet Fashion Week" trade show held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, August 22-23. The executive directors of the event donated a booth to FIT to help promote the new program — the first in the world dedicated to this profession. The booth provided an opportunity for students in the inaugural courses to display their work. Sixteen students competed in a pet apparel and accessories design contest sponsored by Swarovski North America. For more information, contact Joan Volpe, 74612.

FACULTY MEMBER'S ILLUSTRATIONS PUBLISHED IN NATIONAL MAGAZINE
Bil Donovan, Illustration, was commissioned by INStyle magazine to create brush-and-ink drawings of actress Meg Ryan, dressed in designs from Francisco Costa's fall collection for Calvin Klein, at a Los Angeles photo shoot. The drawings will appear in the magazine's October issue. For more information, contact Bil Donovan, 7580.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN EXHIBITION
A sculptural hanging by Jean Feinberg, Fine Arts, is included in a group exhibition at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY, in advance of a one-person exhibition in December 2008. The work is on display until September 7. For more information, contact Jean Feinberg, 75860.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER EXHIBITS PAINTINGS
Paintings by Donald Mulligan, Communication Design, which feature classic images of heads burnished and stained into wood, are now on view at An American Craftsman Gallery, 52nd Street and Seventh Avenue. For more information, contact Donald Mulligan, 75630.

FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
Julie Gross, Communication Design and Fine Arts, will have a solo show of her paintings and works on paper at the E O Art Lab in Chester, CT in October. For more information, contact Julie Gross, 75630.

PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP SHOW
Christina Tisi-Kramer, Photography, will exhibit her photo series, Jewelry and Nature, at the School of Visual Arts in the group show of the first graduating class of their master's in digital photography program. Held at SVA's Visual Arts Gallery at the Hudson Galleries, 601 W. 26 Street, 15th floor, it will run October 24-November 15. A public reception will be held at 6 pm on October 28. For more information, contact Christina Tisi-Kramer, 75527.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER PROFILED IN MAGAZINE
The Long Island City magazine INS&OUTS will profile Jacqui Morgan, Illustration, in its November 2008 issue. It will include early and contemporary work, illustration, and current personal work. For more information, contact Jacqui Morgan, 75800.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER TO RUN PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP
Beth Harris, History of Art, was invited to run pre-conference workshops on technologies for teaching with images at two upcoming conferences this fall and winter — the annual Educause conference and the Educause Learning Initiative conference. For more information, contact Beth Harris, 74656.

FIT PARTICIPATES IN PRINTING PROJECT
FIT was one of four schools asked to participate in a collaborative printing project with Xerox Corporation and ICON 5, the twice-yearly international illustration conference. The project produced a promotional deck of cards; FIT was assigned the suit of clubs, and 13 students, representing both graduate and undergraduate Illustration students, produced original illustrations for the suit. A poster with the card images will be produced and distributed by Xerox. To see the cards, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

STAFF MEMBER'S PLAY WINS AWARD
Laylage Courie, Institutional Research, wrote a play, "What Remains is the (Stillness) of Objects," that is a finalist for this year's Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition. The competition recognizes "feminist plays and performance texts created by women writers that present significant opportunities for female performers." A synopsis of Courie's play will be distributed to theaters around the country. For more information, contact Laylage Courie, 74076.

TDM FACULTY MEMBER JOINS MAGAZINE ADVISORY BOARD
Jeffrey Silberman, Textile Development and Marketing, was appointed to the Cotton Bangladesh Advisory Board. Cotton Bangladesh is a quarterly international business magazine that focuses on cotton and textiles, and is circulated in over 70 countries. For more information, contact Jeffrey Silberman, 75234.

FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK OF ILLUSTRATIONS
A series of works by Scott Bakal, Illustration, has been published in a limited edition book of 666 copies titled Me & the Devil, visually narrating the story of legendary blues musician Robert Johnson. One image, "Got Down On My Knees and Prayed," won a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators. For more information, contact Scott Bakal, 77074.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK IN NEWSPAPER
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design, was featured in the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit. The article introduced Yeh's net art project "myData=myMondrian." Click here to view. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES FACULTY MEMBERS TRANSLATE BOOK
Isabella Bertoletti, James Cascaito, and Andrea Casson, Foreign Languages, recently published an English translation of Italian political philosopher Paolo Virno's latest book, Multitude between Innovation and Negation. For more information contact James Cascaito, 75092.

FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE GRANT
Dean Steven Zucker, Graduate Studies, and Beth Harris, History of Art, received a $25,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to redesign their art history web book. For more information, contact Beth Harris, 74656.

MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER EARNS PHD
Lasse Savola, Mathematics, was awarded a PhD with distinction from Columbia University. An adaptation of his thesis, "Video-Based Analysis of Mathematics Classroom Practice: Examples from Finland and Iceland," has been accepted for publication in The Sourcebook on Nordic Research in Mathematics Education, due out in the spring of 2009. For more information contact Lasse Savola, 73039.

PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER GUEST TEACHES
After teaching a summer course at NYU called "Digital Photography: New York Landmark Cityscapes," Denny Tillman, Photography, has been invited back to NYU to teach another course, "Digital Photography." For more information contact Denny Tillman, 75526.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN DNC SHOW
Melanie Reim, Illustration, was one of 75 artists invited to exhibit in "Manifest Hope", a show that was part of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO. The show, at Manifest Hope Gallery, August 25-28, included works with messages that inspire hope, change, progress, unity, and a renewed sense of patriotism. For more information contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

ENGLISH FACULTY MEMBER'S POEMS AIRED ON RADIO
Two poems, "Scar" and "Cardinal," by Amy Lemmon, English and Speech, were selected by Jenny Kander to read on her radio program, "The Poet's Weave," on August 4 on WFIU in Bloomington, IN. For a podcast of the program, click here. For more information contact Amy Lemmon, 75340.

AMC FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES ARTICLE
An article, "Managing Millenials", by Ken Jacobs, Advertising and Marketing Communications, appeared in the July issue of Management Strategies for Public Relations Firms' monthly newsletter. For more information, contact Ken Jacobs, 74470.

STAFF MEMBER PRESENTS AT CONFERENCE
Stephanie L. Burke, Health Services, presented at the American College Health Association's (ACHA) annual conference June 3-7 in Orlando, Florida. She discussed improving the use of health services by college students through outreach projects. For more information, contact Stephanie Burke, 74195.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

MUSEUM INTRODUCES NEW ONLINE TOOL
The Museum at FIT has developed an online tool that will enable web visitors to search among 350 objects from the museum's holdings. This searchable database includes images, descriptive essays, and designer biographies. The MFIT Online Collection is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and contributes to FIT's Creative Hub initiative. For more information, contact Tamsen Schwartzman, 74530.

FIT FACULTY AND STAFF INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN EXHIBITIONS
All Art and Design faculty are invited to submit an entry for this year's annual Art and Design faculty show, "Art in the Making." The exhibit deals with artists' ideas in the making, private thoughts, and drawings not usually shown. The deadline is September 15. Entry forms may be obtained outside D350, or by emailing Thomas Irizarry, 74565.

The Art and Design Exhibition Committee invites all faculty and staff to submit an entry for the next faculty and staff show "The Grid." The deadline is September 29. For details or an entry form, contact Thomas Irizarry, 74565.


EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE
As part of its Lunchtime Seminar Series, the Employee Assistance Program will present "The Pursuit of Happiness" on September 25 at 1 pm in room A802. Attendees will learn how to increase their level of happiness and deal with negative feelings.

The EAP's Elder Care Support Group is for individuals caring for, or anticipating caring for, an elderly relative or friend. Meetings address such topics as coping with emotional burdens and locating available resources and support. A meeting will take place September 8 from 1-2 pm in room DC35.

The EAP also has formed a six-week Men's Discussion Group. The purpose of this group is 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 Endowment for the Humanities/National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities is offering Teaching Development Fellowships to college and university professors pursuing research focused on deepening their knowledge in the humanities, to improve their undergraduate teaching. Projects must improve an existing undergraduate course that has been taught in a minimum of three different terms. The deadline is October 1.

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 and the deadline is November 1.

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 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.


HEALTH SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENTS
Health Services will offer free rapid HIV testing on September 23 from 5-8 pm in room A402. For more information, contact Stephanie Burke, Health Services, 74195.

FALL 2008 WELLNESS PROGRAM
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

Exercise mats may be purchased by class participants for $6.00. Please bring a check, payable to FIT Student Faculty Corporation, to Human Resources, 236 W. 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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