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CONVOCATION SPRING 2009
January 22, 8:30-11 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join FIT faculty and staff for spring 2009 convocation. A faculty/staff coffee reception will begin at 8:30 followed by convocation at 9:00. School meetings will take place as follows:
Continuing and Professional Studies, Conference Center SR9
Graduate Studies, E622
Please note that the Art and Design, Business and Technology, and Liberal Arts school meetings will be held as follows:
Art and Design: January 27, 1 pm, Robert Lagary Board Room
Liberal Arts: January 27, 1 pm, B923
Business and Technology: January 29, 1 pm, John E. Reeves Great Hall
For more information, contact Academic Affairs, 74040.
ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
January 26, 1-2 pm
The Employee Assistance Program's (EAP) 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, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/eap or contact Robin Zarel, EAP, 75600.
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.
Through June 16, 2009
The Museum at FIT
Seduction is the first exhibition showcasing a chronological exploration of the role of sexuality in fashion. The exhibition includes more than 70 looks from the mid-18th century to the present, featuring objects from the museum's permanent collection. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
FMM FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
This fall Nancy Sheridan, Fashion Merchandising Management, participated in a partnership between FIT and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania through the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative, an interdisciplinary industry research center at the University of Pennsylvania. She taught Special Topics in Retailing, a six-week course in Retail Merchandising to more than 45 undergraduate and MBA students. For more information, contact Nancy Sheridan, 74873.
ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK IN MAGAZINES
Bil Donovan, Illustration, was recently commissioned by O, The Oprah Magazine to create two illustrations for its beauty section. He also has a full page ad for Leggiadro clothing in the December issue of Town & Country. In addition, Donovan was commissioned by Christian Dior to sketch the patrons at an exclusive Vogue-sponsored event December 6 at its Madison Avenue Store. For more information, contact Bil Donovan, 78085.
EDUCATIONAL SKILLS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Cristina Gutierrez, Fashion Design '10, is this year's winner of the Educational Skills Departmentís Rothman Scholarship, a $2000 award to study abroad in one of FITís international programs. Gutierrez plans to study in Italy next July. The scholarship is made possible by a gift from Mildred Rothman, founding member and Educational Skills Department chairperson from its inception until 1991. For more information, contact Charlotte Brown, Educational Skills, 75255.
EOP STUDENTS' ARTWORK ON DISPLAY
Artwork by the high school participants in the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs' Art and Design Prep Program is on view at McDonaldís (Eighth Ave between 26th and 27th streets) through January 2009. The acrylic still-life paintings were produced by freshmen from seven participating high schools during the intensive ten-week life-drawing courses offered to underserved NYC high school students who wish to prepare for future FIT portfolio reviews. The program is administered by the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs. For more information, contact EOP at 74170.
STYLE SHOP COMPLETES SEMESTER OPERATIONS
The Style Shop, managed and merchandised by the Merchandising Society, just completed the most successful semester in its history. Sales results ($30,192.87) for the fall 2008 semester were 63 percent more than the original sales plan ($18,500). For more information, contact Joseph Antee, FMM, 74816.
FIT STUDENT DESIGNS FEATURED IN TREND COLLECTION
During winter 2008, Stoll America Knitting Machinery, a flat knitting machine builder, and its Germany-based fashion and technology department held a competition at FIT that required students to address the challenges of global mobility by designing garments that have multiple uses and function in a variety of climates. As a result, designs by Casey Pyle, Fashion Design '08, Hye Jin Choi, Textile Development and Marketing '08, and Min Kwon, Fashion Design '09, were chosen to be included in Stoll's current Trend Collection for Autumn/Winter 2009-10, titled Nomads. For more information, contact Cheri Fein, Communications and External Relations, 74718.
EOP LAUNCHES FACEBOOK PAGE
In October 2008, the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs launched one of the collegeís first Facebook pages. The EOP Facebook page will highlight program activities, events, and meetings and will post student-related announcements. The page is intended to expand EOPís contacts with students. For more information, contact EOP, 74170.
AMC FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES ARTICLE
Ken Jacobs, Advertising and Marketing Communications, wrote an article, "From Manager to Leader," for the October issue of the The Public Relations Strategist, published by Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The article was also featured in PRSA's PR Tactics and the Strategist Online on November 20. For more information, contact Ken Jacobs.
TDM FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS CASE STUDY
Jeffrey Silberman, Textile Development and Marketing, presented a case study, Cotton Sustainability in the Textile Complex, based on research conducted in Indonesia and Turkey, in November at the 67th Plenary Meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) in Burkina Faso. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Cotton Board. The ICAC is an intergovernmental organization representing 44 countries that have an interest in fostering a healthy cotton sector. For more information, contact Jeffrey Silberman, 75234.
FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER HAS EXHIBITION
An exhibition of new paintings by Jean Feinberg, Fine Arts, took place December 4-22 at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY. For more information, contact Jean Feinberg, 75860.
PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE HELD AT FIT
The Society for Photographic Educationís Northeast Regional Conference, "State of the Art," was hosted by FIT on December 13 at FIT. Alison Wermager, Photography, served as conference chair, and Brad Paris and Jessica Wynne, Photography, served as co-chairs. For more information, contact Allison Wermager,7550.
PACKAGING DESIGN FACULTY AND ALUMNA NEWS
Sandy Krasovec was featured on NBC's Today Show on December 19 on a segment about packaging toys. Valerie Courtney, Packaging Design '07, was featured on the front page of the Home Section of The New York Times in an article about gift wrapping on December 11.
FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
John Allen, Fine Arts, will have an exhibition of new work, Stereo Float Field Paintings (What's Up with Red, Yellow, and Blue?), at M55 Art in the LIC Art Center, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City. The show opens January 29 and runs through February 15. For more information, contact John Allen, 75862.
FINE ARTS URBAN STUDIO UNBOUND MEMBERS EXHIBIT ARTWORK
Fine Arts alumni and members of Urban Studio Unbound Melissa Starke, Garrett Klein, and Kenneth Park will exhibit work in a three-person show at M55 Art in the LIC Art Center, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City. The exhibition is part of the gallery's program of community outreach to emerging artists. The show opens January 29 and runs through February 15. For more information, contact Melissa Starke, Fine Arts, 75895.
T/SD FACULTY MEMBER TO PRESENT AT CONFERENCE
Leora K. Stewart, Textile/Surface Design, will present at a master artists workshop in fiber at The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, from February 9-13. For more information, contact Leora K. Stewart, 77037.
HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER'S MAGAZINE EXHIBITS AT CONFERENCE
Museo Magazine, edited by David Shapiro, History of Art and Civilization, will be exhibiting at the Book Fair for the College Art Association's annual conference in Los Angeles from February 25-28, 2009. The magazine will also be profiled in a feature for the February issue of the London-based culture magazine, Dazed and Confused. In addition, the magazine's recent article on artist Zilvinas Kempinas will be featured in the catalogue for his solo exhibition for the Lithuania pavilion in the spring 2009 Venice Biennale. For more information, contact David Shapiro, 74640.
COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PASSES AWAY
Edwin E. Lee (1929-2008), designer, art director, and Communication Design faculty member, died of cancer at his home in Ossining, NY, on October 18. A memorial service was held at FIT in November. Lee was born in Walnut Grove, CA, attended the California College of Arts and Crafts, and began his career at KPIX in San Francisco, before moving to New York City in 1959. Lee won an Art Directorís Club gold award in 1968, in addition to many other awards. He taught at SVA for eight years, at Parsons for five, and at FIT for 14. Lee was married for 53 years to his wife, Jean, who survives him, along with their daughters, Kim Lee-Brown and Jennifer Knowles, and three grandchildren.
ONLINE FACULTY RESOURCE NOW LIVE
The Adjunct Advocate@FIT, an online faculty development resource for part-time and off-campus faculty, is now live. Access this new web site at http://www3.fitnyc.edu/cet and click on Adjunct Advocate in the navigation bar. The Adjunct Advocate@FIT will be the focus of a SUNY-wide webinar on February 18 from 1:30-2:30pm. For more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, Center for Excellence in Teaching, 74062.
DIGITAL PRESSES WILL IMPROVE PRINT SHOP SERVICES
The FIT Print Shop has replaced old equipment with three new digital presses. The new presses afford clients with additional mixed paper and booklet finishing capabilities at a reduced cost to FIT. For more information, contact Roy Larsen, Print Shop, 73712.
WRITING STUDIO HOURS
The Writing Studio will open for the spring semester on February 2 and will open a new satellite location in the Gladys Marcus Library, Room E512 on Saturdays, 1 pm-4 pm. The regular hours for spring 2009 are Monday to Friday, 10 am-2 pm and 4 pm-7 pm in C612. For more information, contact Brian Fallon, 73062.
INTERNSHIP CENTER ORIENTATIONS
Mandatory Internship Center orientations for students for the summer and fall '09 semesters are being held in the Haft Auditorium on the following days:
February 3— 1pm
February 4— 5 pm
February 5— 1 pm
February 10— 5 pm
February 12— 5 pm
February 18— 5 pm
February 24— 1 and 5 pm
March 4— 5 pm
March 5— 1 and 5 pm
March 10— 1 pm
March 11— 5 pm
For more information, contact Donna Reitmayr, Internship Center, 73549.
UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Travel Grants: Funds travel for assistant, associate, and full professors to present papers at conferences on subjects related to Chinese studies. Award: $1,000. Deadline: February 15 (for conferences to be held during the following six-month period).
National Gallery of Art Predoctoral Fellowship Program: Six-to-eight-week fellowship period of travel abroad in areas such as Africa, Asia, Europe, or South America for doctoral art history student. Award: $4,500. Deadline: February 15.
For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants, 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.
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.