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     June 2009

Computer Graphics Faculty Members Present Film
Elder Care Support Group
Parenting Teenagers Support Group
Internship Center Faculty Member Gives Talk and Book Signing
Talk and Tour: Seduction
Exhibition: Seduction
Exhibition: Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
Graduate Illustration Students Present Capstone Exhibition
On Creativity: Public Programs at FIT
Exhibition: Fashion & Politics

Students Donate Artwork to SUNY College of Optometry
Illustration Faculty Member Wins Award
Communication Design Faculty Member Guest Lectures
Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Bird and Whale Watches
Admissions Faculty Member Receives Fellowship
Home Products Faculty Member Wins Award
Packaging Design Students Win Awards
English Faculty Member Awarded Grant
Center for Excellence in Teaching Faculty Members Publish Article
Center for Excellence in Teaching Hosts Presentation
Fine Arts Faculty Member Curates Exhibition
Students Win at Delta Epsilon Chi Conference
FIT Concludes Third Annual Sustainability Conference

FIT Prepares to Launch New College Website
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Summer 2009 Wellness Program
Emergency Messaging Sign-up
Technology Training

EVENTS

COMPUTER GRAPHICS FACULTY MEMBERS PRESENT FILM
June 6, 1 pm
SVA Theater, 333 W. 23 Street
John Goodwin, Robert Kahn, and Don Newcomb have an animated film, Itís in the Cards, premiering at Newfest Film Festival. For more information, contact John Goodwin, 75440.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
June 8, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
The EAP'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.

PARENTING TEENAGERS SUPPORT GROUP
June 9, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
The Employee Assistance Program 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, 74484.

INTERNSHIP CENTER FACULTY MEMBER GIVES TALK AND BOOK SIGNING
June 11, 6 pm
Barnes & Noble, 105 Fifth Avenue
Helen Verin, author of Beth Levine Shoes, will give a talk and sign copies of her book. For more information, contact Helen Verin, 73559.

TALK AND TOUR: SEDUCTION
June 15, 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.

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

EXHIBITION: 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. Among the garments on display will be the ensemble designed by Toledo and worn by First Lady Michelle Obama on Inauguration Day. This will be the first time that the sheath dress and matching coat are on public view.

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION STUDENTS PRESENT CAPSTONE EXHIBITION
Ongoing through July 3
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
The graduate Illustration program celebrates its class of 2009 with the culminating capstone exhibition, Oil and Water. The show represents the visual theses of fifteen graduates and includes work ranging from children's books to animation. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

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 that 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 a gallery wall into worlds both imagined and real. For a complete list of symposia, panels, exhibitions, and lectures, click here.

EXHIBITION: FASHION & POLITICS
July 7 through November 7, 2009
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
A chronological exploration of more than 200 years of politics as expressed through fashion.


NEWS

STUDENTS DONATE ARTWORK TO SUNY COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY
Students from the Illustration and Toy Design Departments recently donated artwork to the SUNY College of Optometry in a collaborative gallery project. Sixty prints of students' illustrations, many having eyeglass-related themes, will be permanently displayed in the pediatric waiting and examination rooms of the college. President David Heath, SUNY Optometry, hosted a ceremony and luncheon for the students. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD
In May, Kam Mak was honored with an Inspiration Award from APEX, an organization that provides mentoring and educational services to an Asian American youth population. Other honorees were chef David Chang and designer Phillip Lim. For more information, contact Kristy Nguyen.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER GUEST LECTURES
C. J. Yeh was invited to give a lecture, "Art and Interaction," on June 5 at National Taiwan University of Arts. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER LEADS BIRD AND WHALE WATCHES
Artie Kopelman will lead local (single day) and offshore (multi-day) whale and bird observation, research, and educational cruises from Montauk, NY, starting July 6. Local trips will sail Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:30 am-3:30 pm; the offshore trip will leave August 16 and return August 18. For more information about the trips and volunteer opportunities, click here, or contact Artie Kopelman, 73030.

ADMISSIONS FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES FELLOWSHIP
Laura Arbogast has been selected as a summer 2009 fellow for Vanderbilt University's Institute for Higher Education Management. Arbogast will explore the most recent trends in college and university administration at the university's Peabody College of Education and Human Development. For more information, contact Laura Arbogast, 73762.

HOME PRODUCTS FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD
Denise Stoughton, who is a designer at Croscill as well as an FIT faculty member, won the Most Innovative New Product Award from Home Textiles Today for Cotillion, her patent-pending panel for windows. For more information, contact Ingrid Johnson, 74988.

PACKAGING DESIGN STUDENTS WIN AWARDS
Packaging Design student Catherine Hansen was selected as the recipient of the 2009 New Jersey Packaging Executives Club (NJPEC)/Smith Design Student Package Design Award. In addition, Lea Feng won the Silver Award in the Robert Sheffler Packaging Innovation Competition and will be awarded a $1500 scholarship courtesy of the NJPEC and Topline Products.

ENGLISH FACULTY MEMBER AWARDED GRANT
Jean M. Szczypien was awarded a grant to conduct research at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. She is working on translating a biography of Apollo Korzeniowski, Joseph Conrad's father, for publication. For more information, contact Jean Szczypien.

CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING FACULTY MEMBERS PUBLISH ARTICLE
Elaine Maldonado and Jeffrey Riman published an article about FIT's online adjunct faculty development program in the May issue of the Journal of Educational Technology Systems. It documents the CET's efforts to reach adjunct and off-campus faculty with resources for teaching and learning. For more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, 74062.

CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING HOSTS PRESENTATION
On May 1, the CET hosted "Sharing Knowledge on a Global Scale: MIT World." Laurie Everett, director of MIT World, a free site that provides videos of significant public events at MIT, spoke about the history of the site, tools for sharing, and website aggregators. Sixty two members of FIT's faculty and staff attended. For more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, 74062.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER CURATES EXHIBITION
Terry Rooney curated Pioneer Women, an exhibition featuring artwork by more than 20 women who live in the Connecticut River Valley. The show ran from April 18-May 30 at the Tabla Rasa Gallery in New York City. For more information, contact Terry Rooney, 75860.

STUDENTS WIN AT DELTA EPSILON CHI CONFERENCE
In April, six FIT students traveled to Anaheim, CA with their advisor, Robert Vassalotti, Fashion Merchandising Management, for the annual Delta Epsilon Chi International Career Development Conference. After two days of competitions, three FIT students placed in the "International Top 10Ē: Kelsey Ives, finalist and medal winner in the Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Event; and Tess Levitan and Jackie Wink, finalists and medal winners in the International Marketing Event. For more information, contact Robert Vassalotti, 74882.

FIT CONCLUDES THIRD ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE
FITís third annual Sustainability Conference, which took place April 2, was attended by more than 500 students, faculty, staff, and guests. The program included three keynote addresses, a panel discussion, and two break-out sessions. The John E. Reeves Great Hall was filled with exhibitions of students' projects, as well as information tables from businesses and city agencies and organizations focusing on sustainability. For more information, contact Grazyna Pilatowicz, 75574.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIT PREPARES TO LAUNCH NEW COLLEGE WEBSITE
The college is rolling out its new website to enhance marketing, communications, and recruitment activities and to better serve the entire FIT community. In June, when the site will be available on campus only, you are encouraged to review the site. It will go public several weeks after this internal launch. Communications and External Relations will continue to support website development with a new content management system, which will allow departments to more easily update content or add videos or images to their pages. Training will be provided through the Technology Development Team in the coming months. We want to thank the many individuals who have assisted in providing content for the new site, which will continue to grow over the summer. You can view sample pages of the designs here and here. For more information, contact Donna Lehmann, 74710.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program: Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Deadline is August 1.

National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipends: Offers $6,000 to support two consecutive months of full-time work. Applications are accepted between August 1 and October 1.

For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, 73622.

SUMMER 2009 WELLNESS PROGRAM
The Student Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff.

June 1-30
Auxiliary Gym (AX39)
Mondays—Pilates Mat Class, 1-2 pm
Tuesdays—Body Toning, 1-2 pm

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

July 1-30
Room A337
Mondays—Pilates Mat Class, 1-2 pm
Tuesdays—Strength and Alignment, 1-2 pm
Thursdays—Yoga, 1-2 pm

Fitness Center
The Fitness Center in BX13 will be open during the summer on the schedules shown below. It has treadmills, exercise bicycles, and a variety of strength training machines available. An exercise trainer will be in the room to assist you.

May 26-June 29:
Monday-Thursday: 7 am-6 pm

June 30-July 21:
Monday-Thursday: 7-10 am, 12:30-6 pm

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 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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