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     August 2009

Talk and Tour: Fashion & Politics
Talk and Tour: Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
Convocation Fall 2009
Couture Council to Honor Dries Van Noten
Exhibition: Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
Exhibition: Fashion & Politics

Vice President for Enrollment Management Appointed
FIT/LVMH Bike-Wear Competition
Museum Exhibition in Harper's Bazaar
Museum Textiles Referenced in Movie
Photography Faculty Member Has Exhibition
Graduate Illustration Faculty Member Judges Fashion Show
Direct and Interactive Marketing Student Wins Scholarship
Fashion Design Faculty Member Donates Baby Blankets
Production Management Faculty Member Heads SUNY Council

FIT Launching New Website in Mid-August
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Emergency Messaging Sign-up
Technology Training

EVENTS

TALK AND TOUR: FASHION & POLITICS
August 4, 11 am-12 pm
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Exhibition curators explore the history of politics and fashion.

TALK AND TOUR: ISABEL TOLEDO: FASHION FROM THE INSIDE OUT
August 11, 11 am-12 pm
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Exhibition curators trace the evolution of designer Isabel Toledo's career.

CONVOCATION FALL 2009
August 24, 8:30-10:30 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join FIT faculty and staff for fall 2009 convocation. A faculty/staff coffee reception will be followed by announcements and remarks. Department meetings will take place at 11:30 am. School meetings will take place as follows:

10:30 am
Continuing and Professional Studies, Conference Center SR8.

1 pm
Graduate Studies, Room E625.

Note: Art and Design, Business and Technology, and Liberal Arts school meetings will take place on September 3 at 1 pm. Art and Design will meet in the Robert Lagary Board Room; Business and Technology will meet in the John E. Reeves Great Hall; and Liberal Arts will meet in Room B923.

For more information, contact Academic Affairs, 74040.


COUTURE COUNCIL TO HONOR DRIES VAN NOTEN
September 9, 11:30 am-2 pm
Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT hosts its fourth annual Award for Artistry of Fashion luncheon, honoring designer Dries Van Noten. Individual tickets range from $500 (limited number available) to $1,500. Tables of ten range from $5,000 to $15,000. Proceeds will benefit The Museum at FIT. This event is underwritten by CIT. For more information on the Couture Council, visit the museum's website here. For more information on the luncheon or to buy tickets, contact Vicki Guranowski, 74100.

EXHIBITION: ISABEL TOLEDO: FASHION FROM THE INSIDE OUT
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. Among the garments on display is the ensemble designed by Toledo and worn by First Lady Michelle Obama on Inauguration Day. This is the first time that the sheath dress and matching coat are on public view.

EXHIBITION: FASHION & POLITICS
Through November 7
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
A chronological exploration of more than 200 years of politics as expressed through fashion.


NEWS

NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT APPOINTED
Marybeth Murphy has been appointed to the position of vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success. Before coming to FIT, Murphy served as assistant vice president for enrollment management at Baruch College; prior to that, she spent 20 years at New York University, rising from financial aid counselor to assistant vice provost and university registrar. For six years, she was NYU’s director of planning for enrollment services. To read President Brown's full memo on the appointment, click here.

FIT/LVMH BIKE-WEAR COMPETITION
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton sponsored the "Bike in Style Competition," which challenged FIT Fashion Design students to design stylish bike-wear and accessories for New Yorkers, in support of Mayor Bloomberg's efforts to promote bicycle commuting. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on June 2. First prize winner Jessica Velasquez was awarded $5,000; second prize winner Jane Carlton was awarded $3,000; and third prize winner Stephanie Murphy was awarded $2,000. Attendees at the ceremony included President Joyce F. Brown, Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, designer Donna Karan, actress Marion Cotillard, singer Hillary Duff, Renaud Dutreil, chairman of LVMH, and Patricia E. Harris, first deputy mayor of New York City. Prototypes of three of Velasquez's winning designs, produced by DKNY, will be unveiled this summer in conjunction with the mayor's annual "Summer Streets" event.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION IN HARPER'S BAZAAR
The June issue of Harper's Bazaar included a Nordstrom ad campaign for The Museum at FIT's exhibition Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out. The typography is designed by Isabel Toledo's husband, artist Ruben Toledo. For more information, contact Tamsen Schwartzman, 74547.

MUSEUM TEXTILES REFERENCED IN MOVIE
Pixar animators, who participate in The Museum at FIT's Design Membership program, referenced textiles from the museum's swatch collection to design a number of elements in the movie Up. Pixar animators previously used the museum's collection to do work for the Oscar-winning film The Incredibles. For more information, contact Tamsen Schwartzman, 74547.

PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER HAS EXHIBITION
Daniel Mirer had an exhibition of his photographs, In the Finest Tradition, from June 20 to July 25 at the Light & Sie Gallery in Dallas. For more information, contact Scott Hilton.

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER JUDGES FASHION SHOW
Melanie Reim served as one of nine jurors for the 2009 Arts in Fashion Competition, which took place at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Out of 230 competitors, four FIT students placed in the finals. Each will create two out of three designs he/she submitted for the runway show and contest that will take place at Drexel University in October. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

DIRECT AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING STUDENT WINS SCHOLARSHIP
Michael Howland won a $2,500 scholarship from the Direct Marketing Club of New York. For more information, contact Roberta Elins, 74478.

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER DONATES BABY BLANKETS
Ruth Nier participated in Baby Outreach at Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital, as part of American Angels, which sends care and holiday packages to deployed troops. The Baby Outreach program collects baby items to give to new mothers whose husbands have been deployed. As part of this effort, Nier contributed three baby quilts. For more information, contact Ruth Nier.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT PROFESSOR HEADS SUNY COUNCIL
Ari Vega has been appointed president of the SUNY Council of Business Faculty/Administrators, and will officially take office in October. As current vice president/president elect, he helps simplify the process of transferring business credits from one program to another. To aid this process, he compiled and analyzed current business course information from every SUNY campus. For more information, contact Ari Vega.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIT LAUNCHING NEW COLLEGE WEBSITE IN MID-AUGUST
The college is launching its new website to the public in mid-August. Training will begin in mid-September on the web authoring tools available to the FIT community. Look for more information at convocation on August 24. You can view the beta site on campus only here prior to launch. Click here to email comments. For more information, contact Donna Lehmann, 74710.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
National Endowment for the Humanities stipends: Offers $6,000 to support two consecutive months of full-time work. Applications are accepted until October 1.

For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, 73622.

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 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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