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     April 2009

The Museum at FIT's Spring Fashion Culture Series
Elder Care Support Group
Faces and Places in Fashion Upcoming Speakers
Parenting Teenagers Support Group
Gaetano Pesce to Give 2009 Lawrence J. Israel Lecture
Foreign Language Hosts Guest Speaker on Mexican Textiles
Talking Trade Lecture: Careers in International Finance and Related Areas
Alfred Sloan, FMM, Celebrates 50 Years at FIT
Technology Day Conference
International Trade and Marketing Honors Ralph Lauren Executive
Diversity Expo
Open Hours with President Brown
Pet Product Design Holds First Fashion Show
Art Market Students Hold Panel Discussion
Healthy Relationships: Healthy Body Lunchtime Seminar
FIT Commemorates Holocaust
Economic Forum on India and China Business
Fashion Design Offers Simulcast of BFA Show
English and Speech Hosts Poetry Reading
EOP Hosts Networking Site Session
Foreign Language Celebrates Puccini
Center for Excellence in Teaching Offers Presentation
Seduction
Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
On Creativity: Public Programs at FIT

Annie Leibovitz to Speak at Commencement
Vice President for Student Affairs Herbert Cohen to Retire
Graphic Design Students Win International Competition
Social Sciences Faculty Member Publishes Book
Illustration Faculty Member Invited to Present Workshop
Interior Design Faculty Member Wins Merit Award
Office of Disability Services Staff Member Is Guest Panelist
Fashion Design Faculty Member Speaks About Plus-Sized Fashion on TV
English and Speech Faculty Member Travels to Chile

Library Pilots Extended Hours
FIT Offers Kaufman Hall Walks
Operational Services Website Offers Cost-Saving Tips
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Spring 2009 Wellness Program
Emergency Messaging Sign-up
Technology Training

EVENTS

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S SPRING FASHION CULTURE SERIES
The following events will take place in April as part of the spring 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.

Talk and Tour: Seduction
April 13 and April 27, 6-7 pm
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Curator Colleen Hill will explore the historical significance of seductive fashion from the 18th century to the present.

Lecture: The Stephen Sprouse Book, by Mauricio and Roger Padilha
April 14, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Mauricio and Roger Padilha, public relations professionals and Stephen Sprouse collectors, explore the work of fashion designer Sprouse, whose uncompromising and edgy style captured the mood of the 1980s. Book signing to follow lecture.

Lecture: The Cocktail Dress, by Laird Borrelli-Persson
April 21, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Author, senior features editor at Style.com, and FIT graduate Laird Borrelli-Persson chronicles the history of the cocktail dress. Book signing to follow lecture.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
April 13, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
The Employee Assistance Program's 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, click here or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

FACES AND PLACES IN FASHION UPCOMING SPEAKERS
April 13, April 20, and April 27, 4 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The following industry members will speak at the Faces and Places in Fashion class in April: Annette Green, president emeritus of The Fragrance Foundation (April 13); William L. McComb, CEO of Liz Claiborne, Inc. (April 20); and Ralph Rucci of Chado Ralph Rucci (April 27). Open to the FIT community. For more information, contact Alice Papazian, 73596.

PARENTING TEENAGERS SUPPORT GROUP
April 14, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
The EAP presents this series of monthly meetings for parents to discuss the challenges of raising teenagers. Issues to be covered include age-appropriate discipline, staying calm in the face of acting out, understanding teenage development, and facilitating independence. For more information, contact Bob Silverstein, 75600.

GAETANO PESCE TO GIVE 2009 LAWRENCE J. ISRAEL LECTURE
April 14, 5:45 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Designer and architect Gaetano Pesce, recipient of the Interior Design Department's Lawrence J. Israel Prize, will give the annual lecture. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Johannes M.P. Knoops, 75585.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE HOSTS GUEST SPEAKER ON MEXICAN TEXTILES
April 16, 1 pm
TBD
Distinguished Mexican textile historian, designer, and writer Lydia Lavin Soto will speak about the regional designs and social function of Mexican textiles. The lecture will be accompanied by a demonstration. For more information, contact Pilar Blanco Ruiz, 75098.

TALKING TRADE LECTURE: CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND RELATED AREAS
April 16, 3:30-5 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries Advisory Board will sponsor Jay D. Silver, partner at Mahoney Cohen and Company, to emcee a panel consisting of Sara Eisman, ITM '07, account manager at Coleman Research Group; Suzanne Meadows, ITM '04, financial analyst for Valley National Bank; and Tim Moore, director of Hilldun Corporation. The participants will discuss their experiences in the international finance industry. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, 74280.

ALFRED SLOAN, FMM, CELEBRATES 50 YEARS AT FIT
April 16, 5-7 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor
President Joyce F. Brown and Robin Sackin, acting dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, will host a reception in honor of Professor Sloan, who has taught at FIT for more than 50 years. For more information, contact Robin Sackin, 74330.

TECHNOLOGY DAY CONFERENCE
April 17
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The theme of second annual Technology Day Conference is "Trendspotting" and it will focus on FIT's diverse and unique use of technology in all disciplines. The conference will provide teaching professionals with the most up-to-date technology, tools, trends, and strategies. For more information, contact Patricia McGillin, 73995.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING HONORS RALPH LAUREN EXECUTIVE
April 21, 8:30-10:30 am
The Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Center, New York
Donald Baum, senior vice president of sourcing and manufacturing for Polo Ralph Lauren, will receive the department's Global Sourcing Executive of the Year Award at its third annual Scholarship Breakfast. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for International Trade and Marketing students. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, 74280.

DIVERSITY EXPO
April 21
John E. Reeves Great Hall and Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Diversity Council hosts a full day of events to promote its mission. The expo will include speakers, student clubs, food, and music. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318, or Griselda Gonzalez, 74000.

OPEN HOURS WITH PRESIDENT BROWN
April 22, 1-2:30 pm
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.

PET PRODUCT DESIGN HOLDS FIRST FASHION SHOW
April 22, 5-6:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT's Pet Product Design and Marketing professional development certificate program will hold its first fashion show, Bark Is the New Black, featuring 11 dogs wearing designs by 20 of the program's students. Admission is free, but tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in Room D130 until April 14. Non-participating dogs will not be admitted to the show. For more information, contact Linda Finnerty, 74479.

ART MARKET STUDENTS HOLD PANEL DISCUSSION
April 22, 7-8:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Master's degree candidates in the Art Market: Principles and Practices program will hold a panel discussion, "Regrouping: Art World Professionals Examine the Art Market." It will be moderated by faculty member Sheri Pasquarella and will feature panelists Yvonne Garcia, director of development for the Bronx Museum; Florence Lynch, director and curator of the Florence Lynch Gallery; Paul Morris, vice president of art properties for Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.; Lowell Pettit of Lowell Pettit Art Advisory; and Walter Robinson, editor of Artnet Magazine. The event is free. For more information, contact Beth Servetar, 74300.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: HEALTHY BODY LUNCHTIME SEMINAR
April 23, 1-2 pm
Room A803
This EAP Lunchtime Seminar workshop will teach attendees how to identify individual hot buttons and deal with them, develop a way to improve relationships, and decrease stress that comes with a difficult relationship. For more information, click here or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

FIT COMMEMORATES HOLOCAUST
April 23, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
FIT will hold its eighth annual free event to commemorate the Holocaust. It will feature a lecture, "Mendel's Daughter—The Art of Remembering," by Martin Lemelman, a freelance illustrator and author of Mendel's Daughter. This event is sponsored by the Diversity Council. For more information, contact Roberta Paley, 74930.

ECONOMIC FORUM ON INDIA AND CHINA BUSINESS
April 24, 9 am-1:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The International Trade and Marketing Department will host a forum that will address the opportunities and challenges of conducting business in the emerging markets of China and India. Topics include the evolution and future of consumer markets in China and India, strategies for success there, and the growing importance of Asian women entrepreneurs. Keynote speakers include Dr. A.M. Gondane, deputy consul general to the Consul General of India, and Ron Somers, president of the U.S.-India Business Council. Free for FIT students and faculty. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, 74280.

FASHION DESIGN OFFERS SIMULCAST OF BFA SHOW
April 27, 4:30 and 7:30 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
The FIT community is invited to view the School of Art and Design and the Fashion Design Department's senior fashion show, FIT on the Catwalk, in this first-ever simulcast. No ticket required.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH HOSTS POETRY READING
April 28, 12-1 pm
Room C612
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the English and Speech Department presents "Crossings: A Reading by Four Poets Born Outside the U.S." Featured poets are Regie Cabico, Guillermo Castro, Anyssa Kim, and Madeline Millán, Foreign Languages. The event will include performances and bilingual readings. For more information, contact Amy Lemmon, 75342, or Jean Amato, 75343.

EOP HOSTS NETWORKING SITE SESSION
April 30, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs is sponsoring "Online Social Networking Sites and What You Should Know!" presented by NBC-4 tech reporter Sree Sreenivasan. Open to the FIT community. For more information, contact Sharmeen Ahmed, 74177.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE CELEBRATES PUCCINI
April 30, 1-2 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room
The Foreign Languages Department and the Italian Club will sponsor a celebration in honor Italian composer Giacomo Puccini's 150th anniversary. The event will feature soprano Elizabeth Perryman and tenor Neal Harrelson singing a selection of Puccini's work, as well as a discussion of its place in Italian opera. For more information, contact James Cascaito, 75092.

CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING OFFERS PRESENTATION
May 1, 9 am-1 pm
TBD
The Center for Excellence in Teaching presents "Sharing Knowledge on a Global Scale: MIT World," featuring Laurie Everett, director of MIT World, a free site that provides videos of significant public events at MIT. Breakfast will be served. Reservation required. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Celia Baez, 74064.

SEDUCTION
Through June 16
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Seduction, the latest rotation at The Museum at FIT's Fashion and Textile History Gallery, examines 250 years of sexuality, as reflected in the clothing of the times.

ISABEL TOLEDO: FASHION FROM THE INSIDE OUT
June 17 through September 26
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition highlights the work of Cuban-born fashion designer and 2008 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion recipient Isabel Toledo.

ON CREATIVITY: PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT FIT
Ongoing through July 3
Various locations
On Creativity is an annual series of public programs at FIT that brings together the creative and business communities who shape the art, design, and commerce of New York City. This year's series, "Art and the Construction of Meaning," explores the way in which the designer, artist, and curator transform an empty stage, the human body, a canvas, or gallery wall into worlds both imagined and real. For a complete list of symposia, panels, exhibitions, and lectures, click here.

NEWS

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ TO SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT
Internationally renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will be the guest speaker at the 2009 commencement ceremony on May 19 at Radio City Music Hall. Leibovitz will also be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. In addition, honorary degrees will be presented to Karen Allen, the award-winning fiber artist, entrepreneur, and actress, and to Tony Chi '79, the world-acclaimed interior designer. A special President's Award will be bestowed on Ruth Taube, the 85-year-old director of the Henry Street Settlement's Home Planning Workshop. To read the full memo, click here.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS HERBERT COHEN TO RETIRE
Herbert Cohen, vice president for Student Affairs, will retire as of January 1, 2010. His last day on campus will be June 30, 2009. Cohen has been at FIT for almost ten years and has overseen important changes in the delivery of services. Cohen was a pivotal member of a leadership team that supervised the construction of the new student cafeteria and bookstore; he also played a major role in the development of Kaufman Hall and instituted the campus card system, which provides access to residence halls and other buildings. To read the full memo, click here.

GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENTS WIN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Graphic Design students took top prizes in the AFT International Color Coordination Poster Contest. Grand-prize winner Tomoko Sekiguchi received $1600; first-prize winner Salvador Vega won $1,000; second-prize winner Tal Amiram received $475; and third-prize winner Rostik Litvak won $300. For more information, contact Ronald Bacsa, 75634.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
Emre Ozsoz published Dollarization and Banking Sector: An Evaluation of the Effects of Currency Substitution on Bank Performance in Unofficially Dollarized Economies (VDM Verlag 2009).

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER INVITED TO PRESENT WORKSHOP
Morton Kaish was invited to present two workshops, titled "Power Painting" in April and May by New York's National Academy School of Fine Arts (where the workshops will be held) and the Sedona Arts Center. For more information, contact Morton Kaish, 75824.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS MERIT AWARD
Johannes M.P. Knoops will receive an American Institute of Architects' Merit Award from its New York Chapter for his project "NYC Marriage Bureau." He will have a related exhibit that opens April 23 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York. For more information, contact Johannes M.P. Knoops, 75585.

OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES STAFF MEMBER IS GUEST PANELIST
Liz Holly Mortensen was a guest panelist at the 36th Annual Conference on Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilities, held at in New York City on March 16 and 17. The topic of her session was "Seeking Accommodations in College: What Kind of Support to Expect." For more information, contact Liz Holly Mortensen, 74092.

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER SPEAKS ABOUT PLUS-SIZED FASHION ON TV
On March 11, Rebeca San Andres participated in a Hispanic Information and Telecommunication Network broadcast. She, along with other fashion industry members, discussed fashion and women's weight. San Andres talked about plus-sized garments produced by FIT students and the impact that their work will have in the industry in the future. For more information, contact Rebeca San Andres, 75069.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER TRAVELS TO CHILE
This spring, Glenda Franks traveled to Chile with the League for Professional Theatre Women for the Teatro a Mil, an international theater festival. The group was invited by the American Embassy to share ideas for improving cultural relations between the U.S. and Chile. In addition, they were guests of Rene Lara, vice president of the international relations office at the Universidad Mayor in Santiago, and they discussed educational policy and arts programs in Chile and the U.S. Franks will be covering the theatre festival for Plays International. For more information, contact Glenda Franks, 75340.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIBRARY PILOTS EXTENDED HOURS
The Gladys Marcus Library is offering extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 10 pm-12 am. Access is now available to 5th floor only. For more information, contact N.J. Wolfe, 74400.

FIT OFFERS KAUFMAN HALL WALKS
FIT has launched the Kaufman Hall Walk, designed to enhance students' sense of comfort when commuting after dark between the 27th Street campus and Kaufman Hall. FIT security guards will escort groups of students between the two locations from 7 pm to 5:30 am. This service will continue through the end of exams and will resume at the beginning of the fall semester. For a schedule, click here.

OPERATIONAL SERVICES WEBSITE OFFERS COST SAVING TIPS
Visit the Operational Services website for cost saving tips on FIT mailing and UPS shipping, print productions, paper supplies, and more.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
National Endowment for the Humanities: Recipients produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, or translations. Fellowships are for six to twelve months. Award: $50,400. Deadline: May 4.

The Roberto Longhi Foundation for the Study of the History of Art (Florence, Italy): Fellows may use the holdings of the Institute for study, which mainly concern Italian painting from the 13th to the 18th century. Award: 5,400 euros per month. Deadline: May 15.

For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, 73622.

SPRING 2009 WELLNESS PROGRAM
The Student Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff (through May 15).

Auxiliary Gym (AX-39)
Mondays—Pilates Mat Class, 1-2 pm
Tuesdays—Body Toning, 1-2 pm

Fitness Center (BX-13)
Wednesdays—Fitness Center, noon-1 pm

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

No classes will be held April 6-12 (spring break). Exercise mats may be purchased by class participants for $6. Please bring a check, payable to FIT Student Faculty Corporation, to Human Resources, 236 West 27 Street, 11th floor. For more information, contact Bonnie Born, 73667.

EMERGENCY MESSAGING SIGN-UP
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
Dates for spring technology training have been announced. Sign up for technology training or consulting on FIT systems such as the portal, email, MS Office, web files, and more on the website. For more information, contact the Technology Development Team.



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