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     December 2009

Art and Design Faculty Exhibition: Metal Transfigured
Exhibition: American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion
Friends in Touch Program
Office of Disability Services/FIT-ABLE Social Hour
Lunchtime Seminar: Elder Care 101
Exhibition: Night & Day
Annual Fashion Symposium: American Style
Italian Club Annual Benefit Concert
Elder Care Support Group
Board of Trustees Meeting
Global Unity Carpet Design Competition
Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

FIT's EPortfolios Wins Awards
Photography Faculty Member Wins Awards

Website Training
Affirmative Action Online Training
Fall 2009 Wellness Program
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Emergency Messaging Sign-Up
Technology Training

EVENTS

ART AND DESIGN FACULTY EXHIBITION: METAL TRANSFIGURED
Through December 12
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition showcases work by FIT faculty from more than ten departments in the School of Art and Design. Based on the theme of metal, works include fabric, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, and works on paper.

EXHIBITION: AMERICAN BEAUTY: AESTHETICS AND INNOVATION IN FASHION
Through April 10, 2010
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition explores how the "philosophy of beauty" is allied to the craft of dressmaking. Each of the 75 looks on display exemplifies the relationship between technical ingenuity and artistic excellence.

FRIENDS IN TOUCH PROGRAM
December 3, 11 am-4 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center Lobby
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to participate in Friends in Touch, a postcard writing campaign that puts current students in contact with incoming students. Students who fill out postcards will be able to enjoy food, giveaways, and the chance to win prizes such as gift certificates and an iPod Nano with video. For more information, contact Brian Fallon, 73062.

OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES/FIT-ABLE SOCIAL HOUR
December 3, 1-2 pm
Pizza Lounge, David Dubinsky Student Center
FIT community members with Asperger's Syndrome are invited to connect at this end-of-semester social hour. For more information, contact Liz Holly Mortensen, 74092.

LUNCHTIME SEMINAR: ELDER CARE 101
December 3, 1-2 pm
Room A802
This EAP seminar will teach attendees how to find appropriate resources, understand entitlements and alternative housing and care options, and manage conflicting emotions. For more information, click here or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

EXHIBITION: NIGHT & DAY
December 3, 2009-May 11, 2010
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition examines how the rules that dictate appropriate dress for women have changed over the past 250 years. More than 100 day and evening garments, textiles, and accessories will be displayed in chronological order, illustrating the constantly changing conventions for appropriate dress for a particular time of day, activity, or occasion.

ANNUAL FASHION SYMPOSIUM: AMERICAN STYLE
December 4 and 5, 9 am-5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
In conjunction with the exhibition American Beauty, the museum's eighth annual fashion symposium will feature designers, authors, and curators from the U.S., Latin America, and Canada who will discuss the many facets of American fashion and style. For more information, click here.

ITALIAN CLUB ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT
December 4, 8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Italian Club hosts a night of singing and mingling at its third annual Holiday Benefit Concert. Please bring an unwrapped toy that will be collected at the event by the U.S. Marines for the Toys for Tots Program. The benefit will feature local and up-and-coming Italian-American performers, who will sing a wide variety of songs, including works from classic artists like Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Andrea Bocelli, Elvis, Tom Jones, and Frankie Valli. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-FIT students (with ID), and $7 for FIT students (with ID). Light refreshments will be served, and cocktail attire is recommended. This event is open to the public. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Christian Ierulli, 73549, or the Italian Club.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
December 7, 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.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
December 14, 11 am
Robert Lagary Board Room
The Board of Trustees hold will hold its regular meeting. For more information, contact the Office of the General Counsel, 74030.

GLOBAL UNITY CARPET DESIGN COMPETITION
December 16, 11 am-3 pm (judging); December 18, 10 am-12 pm (awards)
Robert Lagary Board Room
All are invited to attend both the judging and awards presentation for this competition for Textile/Surface Design students. The contest is sponsored by Stark Carpets, and worked will be judged by industry members and faculty. For more information, contact Deborah Hernandez, 75162.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER LEADS SEAL WALKS
December 27, 9-11 am
Cupsogue Beach County Park, Westhampton Beach, NY
Artie Kopelman will lead a two-hour seal observation walk to observe, photograph, and learn about seals. Click here for more information, 2010 dates, or to make a reservation.


NEWS

FIT'S EPORTFOLIOS WIN AWARDS
FIT's ePortfolios online admissions system has received the Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine's Digital Education Achievement Award in the sustainability category. It also won a Campus Technology Innovators Award earlier this year. The ePortfolios system allows prospective students to submit their art and design portfolios online, rather than by mail or in person. FIT is one of only a handful of colleges to use the ePortfolios system for applicants.

PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARDS
Scott Nobles won third place in the 2009 International Photography Awards competition's "People: Other" category for his series featuring supermodel Veronica Webb. Two additional photographs were awarded honorable mentions. For more information, contact Scott Nobles, 75509.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WEBSITE TRAINING
The Office of Communications and External Relations, in partnership with the Technology Development Team (TDT), offers training on WebPages, the authoring tool that supports FIT's new website. All are invited to attend and learn how to create content for department pages. Click here for training dates, to sign up, and for resources and support. For more information, contact Pia Shah, 73397.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ONLINE TRAINING
FIT employees are required to complete two online training sessions that fulfill federal Affirmative Action requirements for government employees. The sessions, Preventing Sexual Harassment and Preventing Employee Discrimination, take 60 to 90 minutes each, and don't have to be completed in one sitting. (If you want to exit the program before finishing, bookmark your location by pressing Ctrl+D [Cmd+D for Macintosh].) You should complete both sessions by the last day of the anniversary month in which you were hired (for example, if you were hired on November 15, complete the training by November 30). Click here to access online sessions. For more information, contact Griselda Gonzalez, 74009.

FALL 2009 WELLNESS PROGRAM
The Student Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff (through December 11).

Auxiliary Gym (AX39)
Tuesdays—Body Toning, 1-2 pm
Fridays—Pilates, 1-2 pm

Fitness Center (BX13)
Wednesdays—Fitness Center, 12-1 pm

Dance Studio (BX28)
Thursdays—Yoga, 1-2 pm

Due to renovations during the fall 2009 semester, temporary locker/changing spaces have been set up and limited shower facilities are available (entrance to locker room is located in BX02). You may use a locker only during class time, must bring your own combination lock, and must empty your locker after class. 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.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
New York State Library Research Residency Program Grants: Awards $1,000-$2,500 for research in New York State history, using the New York State Library's collections. Projects involving alternative uses of the collections, such as research for multimedia projects, exhibits, and documentary films, are encouraged. Deadline is January 29, 2010.

Brooklyn Community Foundation Grants Program: Awards $5,000-$50,000 to nonprofit organizations in five distinct "fields of interest" that focus on improving the quality of life for Brooklynites. Deadline is January 31, 2010.

The fall/winter 2009 Grants Digest is available online. Printed copies were distributed to each department. For more information or to request a copy, contact the Grants Office, 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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