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     March 2009

The Museum at FIT's Spring Fashion Culture Series
Elder Care Support Group
Home Products Development Breakfast
Parenting Teenagers Support Group
Trend Forecast Presentation
Muriel King: Artist of Fashion
Dynamic Diversity: Students Talk Back
Stress Management Workshop
Diversity Grant Workshops
Presidential Scholars Lecture
World Affairs Lecture Series
Open Hours with President Brown
FIT Book Club
Liberal Arts Dean's Forum Presents Play
FIT's Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference
Internship Center Faculty Member Presents Book
Talking Trade Lecture: Careers in International Finance and Related Areas
FMM Faculty Member Celebrates 50 Years at FIT
Diversity Expo
Seduction

Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member
FIT Residence Hall Ranks First in Survey
Urban Studio, FIT Grad Have Booth at Bridge Art Fair
Fine Arts Faculty Member Curates Show
History of Art Faculty Member's Magazine Has Show
Illustration Faculty Member Publishes Work
Non-classroom Faculty Member Contributes Chapter to Book
Illustration Faculty Member Featured in Magazine
First Interactive Electronic Exhibition at Gallery FIT
Fabric Styling Faculty Member Contributes to Show
Interior Design Faculty Member Speaks to Professional Association
Fashion Design Hosts Special Guest
Illustration Faculty Member's Artwork Unveiled at Game
Textile/Surface Design Department Holds Contest
Love Your Library Week Success

Cap and Gown Orders
Spring 2009 Wellness Program
Weather-Related Announcements
Emergency Messaging Sign-up
Technology Training

EVENTS

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S SPRING FASHION CULTURE SERIES
The following events will take place in March 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
March 2 and 23, 6-7 pm
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Curators Molly Sorkin (March 2) and Colleen Hill (March 23) will explore the historical significance of seductive fashion from the 18th century to the present.

Muriel King: Artist of Fashion
March 16 and 30, 6-7 pm
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice graduate students Aisling Joe and Anne Reilly (March 16) and Miriam Gold and Emily Toxie (March 30) give guided tours of Muriel King: Artist of Fashion. They will discuss King's career and her importance in 20th century American fashion design and illustration. Organized in conjunction with the School of Graduate Studies.

Francisco Costa, in Conversation with Valerie Steele
March 30, 7-9 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, conducts an informal discussion with Francisco Costa, FIT alumnus and creative director of the Calvin Klein Collection.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
March 9, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
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, click here or contact Robin Zarel, EAP, 75600.

HOME PRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST
March 10, 7-9 am
Cipriani's 42nd Street, New York
The 13th annual Home Products Development Awards Breakfast will honor Paulette Cole, president and CEO of ABC Home Furnishings, Inc. (Retailer of the Year), and the Kahn Family, founders of Croscill, Inc. (Distinguished Family Leadership Award). The event is co-hosted by the Home Fashion Products Association, and will be emceed by Warren Shoulberg, editor in chief and publisher of HFN. For more information, contact Vicki Guranowski, The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, 74133.

PARENTING TEENAGERS SUPPORT GROUP
March 10, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
The EAP presents the first of a 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, EAP, 75600.

TREND FORECAST PRESENTATION
March 10, 5:30-7 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The School of Art and Design invites students and faculty to a free presentation by premier trend forecaster Promostyl on color and style for spring 2010. For more information, contact Sharon Rothman, Fashion Design, 75318.

MURIEL KING: ARTIST OF FASHION
March 10-April 4
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Organized and curated by graduate students in the Fashion and Textiles Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program, this exhibition will be the first to examine Muriel King's contribution to American fashion. It will include her sketches from the Gladys Marcus Library's Special Collections and rare dresses from The Museum at FIT's collection.

DYNAMIC DIVERSITY: STUDENTS TALK BACK
March 14, 11 am-4 pm
Eighth floor, David Dubinsky Student Center
This mini-retreat, made possible by the Diversity Council, provides students a forum to talk about diversity and inclusion with fellow students, faculty, and staff members. The event will begin with guest speaker Rasha Diab, a PhD candidate in the composition and rhetoric program at University of Wisconsin, who will address how to foster inclusive and diverse environments. A potluck lunch will follow, and the rest of the afternoon will be spent in breakout sessions, led by students, addressing ideas on how to promote more diverse environments at FIT. Those planning to attend should contact Charlotte Brown, Educational Skills, 75255.

STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
March 17, noon
Room A803
This EAP Lunchtime Seminar workshop will explore how our bodies respond to the demands of stress and what we can do to make ourselves more resilient. It will focus on exercise, relaxation techniques, diet, and developing a "stress plan." For more information, contact Bob Silverstein, EAP, 75600.

DIVERSITY GRANT WORKSHOPS
March 18, 1 and 5 pm
Locations to be announced
The Diversity Council will sponsor two Diversity Grant Workshops. Attendance at these workshops is mandatory for those interested in applying for a Diversity Grant. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, Graduate Illustration, 74318, or Griselda Gonzalez, Office of the President, 74000.

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS LECTURE
March 18, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Presidential Scholars Program celebrates its tenth anniversary with a lecture by author and designer Andrew Zolli, lead partner of Z+ Partners, a forecasting and design think tank. Open to the FIT community. For more information, contact Rebecca Spath, Presidential Scholars, 74593.

WORLD AFFAIRS LECTURE SERIES
March 24, 1-2 pm
Room B503
Costas Panagopoulos, director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the graduate program in elections and campaign management at Fordham University, will be giving a lecture, "Barack Obama: The First 60 Days." For more information, contact Yasemin Celik, Social Sciences, 74923.

OPEN HOURS WITH PRESIDENT BROWN
March 25, 1-2:30 pm; April 1, 5-6:30 pm; April 22, 1-2:30 pm
Office of the President, 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.

FIT BOOK CLUB
March 26, 1 pm
Room A803
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the FIT Book Club, which meets on the first Thursday of every month. The book to be discussed at the March 26 meeting is Lush Life, by Richard Price. For more information, contact Carole Deletiner, English and Speech, 75348, or Sandra Markus, Fashion Design, 73144.

LIBERAL ARTS DEAN'S FORUM PRESENTS PLAY
April 1, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Dean's Forum for Liberal Arts and the Presidential Scholars Program present Tings Dey Happen, Dan Hoyle's off-Broadway, one-man show about oil politics and globalization. Open to the FIT community. For more information, contact Rebecca Spath, Presidential Scholars, 74593.

FIT'S ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND DESIGN CONFERENCE
April 2, 8:15 am-5:30 pm
Various locations throughout campus
FIT's Sustainability Group hosts "Putting Sustainability into Action," its third annual sustainable business and design conference. The event will inform the FIT community about sustainability and how to incorporate sustainability as a model into all aspects of what we do. For more information, contact Artie Kopelman, Science and Mathematics, 73030.

INTERNSHIP CENTER FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS BOOK
April 2, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Internship Center's Helene Verin, author of Beth Levine Shoes, will give a presentation on the pioneering and innovative work of her mentor, shoe designer Beth Levine. Book signing will follow. Verin also co-curated the exhibition Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes at the Dutch Shoe Museum, and she will give a lecture in Holland on April 19. For more information, contact Helene Verin, 73559.

TALKING TRADE LECTURE: CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND RELATED AREAS
April 16, 3:30 pm-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 & Company, to emcee a panel consisting of Tim Moore, director of Hilldun Corporation; Sara Eisman, ITM '07, account manager at Coleman Research Group; and Suzanne Meadows, ITM '04, financial analyst for Valley National Bank. The participants will discuss their experiences in the international finance industry. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, ITM, 74280.

FMM FACULTY MEMBER CELEBRATES 50 YEARS AT FIT
April 16, 5-7 pm
Eighth floor, David Dubinsky Student Center
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 Alfred Sloan, Fashion Merchandising Management, who has taught at FIT for more than 50 years. For more information, contact Robin Sackin, 74330.

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, Graduate Illustration, 74318, or Griselda Gonzalez, Office of the President, 74000.

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.

NEWS

BOARD OF TRUSTEES WELCOMES NEW MEMBER
Richard A. Anderman has been announced as the new member of FIT's Board of Trustees. As an attorney and consultant, he has been an adviser to international art exhibitions and organizations such as the Finnish Foundation for the Arts. He also has been a partner at the firms of Salans and Van Ginkel & Benjamin. He holds JD and AB degrees from Stanford University and an LLM from University of Amsterdam.

FIT RESIDENCE HALL RANKS FIRST IN SURVEY
In a survey conducted by University of Melbourne last summer, FIT's Kaufman Hall ranked first in safety, location, cleanliness, room amenities, and customer service. For the survey, students participating in study-abroad programs compared their stay at three major American universities. University of Melbourne students and staff were impressed with FIT's 24-hour security system and photo ID requirement for access to the hall. For more information, contact Joseph Gaschen, Residential Life, 73914.

URBAN STUDIO, FIT GRAD HAVE BOOTH AT BRIDGE ART FAIR
FIT's Urban Studio/Unbound club, a collective of Fine Arts students and alumni, will have a booth at this year's Bridge Art Fair, taking place March 5-8 at The Waterfront, on 222 12th Avenue in Manhattan. The space will be dedicated to Digging the Earth, a videotaped performance piece by Jovana Djuric, Fine Arts '06, Jewelry Design '04. Admission to the fair is free. For more information, visit www.usunbound.org, www.jovanadjuric.com, and www.bridgeartfair.com.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER CURATES SHOW
Sylvie Covey, Fine Arts, curated an exhibition, New Graphic Arts, at 1133 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, which runs through April 2. An artists' reception will be held on March 12, 6-8 pm. Two pieces of Covey's work are also included in the exhibition. For more information, contact Sylvie Covey, 75869.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER'S MAGAZINE HAS SHOW
Museo magazine, founded and edited by David Shapiro, History of Art and Civilization, will have an informational show about its vision and mission at Barnard College's Tunnel Gallery, held through March 22. For more information, contact David Shapiro, 74665.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES WORK
Bil Donovan, Illustration, recently completed a series of fashion illustrations for Neiman Marcus. The illustrations will appear in the spring limited edition of the company's catalogue. Donovan has also been commissioned by Lancôme to create traditional and digital lifestyle promotional illustrations for posters, banners, signage, and mailers for Macy's and Dillard's nationwide. For more information, contact Bil Donovan, 73754.

NON-CLASSROOM FACULTY MEMBER CONTRIBUTES CHAPTER TO BOOK
Andrew Adebisi Omotoso, Registrar's Office, was one of 30 educators and experts invited to cover adult education topics for Handbook of Blended Shore Education: Adult Program Development and Delivery. His contribution is called "Distance Education, National Development, and Globalization: An African Perspective on International Curriculum Content." For more information, contact Young-Ja Kim, Registrar's Office, 73823.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN MAGAZINE
Ins & Outs magazine recently published an article, "Chameleon," on the ever-evolving work of Jacqui Morgan, Illustration. Images included in the piece are a Broadway show poster and a poster for the American Optometric Association. For more information, contact Jacqui Morgan, 75800.

FIRST INTERACTIVE ELECTRONIC EXHIBITION AT GALLERY FIT
The first interactive electronic exhibition at the museum's Gallery FIT, Digital_Natives, was on view January 30-February 14. Selected Graphic Design and Advertising Design BFA students, directed by C.J. Yeh, Communication Design, focused on time-based typography, interaction design, and user-friendly experience. For more information, contact Maia Nero, Communication Design, 75674.

FABRIC STYLING FACULTY MEMBER CONTRIBUTES TO SHOW
Sara Petitt, Fabric Styling, had a piece in a group show, Celebrating 35 Years of Pleiades Gallery, that ran until February 14 at Manhattan's Pleiades Gallery. For more information, contact Sara Petitt, 75189.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER SPEAKS TO PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION
Susan J. Slotkis, Interior Design, was guest speaker at the National Kitchen and Bath Association's New York chapter meeting on February 11. Slotkis showed a PowerPoint presentation that surveyed historical themes for kitchens and baths. For more information, contact Susan Slotkis, 78591.

FASHION DESIGN HOSTS SPECIAL GUEST
International designer and headhunter Barry Nathan of Barry Nathan International was the guest speaker the Fashion Design Department's February 10 meeting. He shared his expertise with 30 faculty members, who gained information specific to their courses. Nathan will return as a guest panelist, to discuss job-searching in today's economic climate with Fashion Design BFA students on May 7 at 1 pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. For more information, contact Sharon Rothman, Fashion Design, 75318.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER'S ARTWORK UNVEILED AT GAME
A portrait of New Jersey Devils player Mike "Doc" Emrick by Tony Capparelli, Illustration, was unveiled during a televised, pre-game ceremony on January 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Emrick received this year's Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame. For more information, contact Tony Capparelli, 75800.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN DEPARTMENT HOLDS CONTEST
This past winter, Shaw Carpets hosted The Language of Design, a contest for the Textile/Surface Design Department's Tufted and Printed Rugs and Carpeting Design class. First-prize winner Alyssa Rossi was awarded $1,500; second-prize winner Hyun-Jin Park received $1,000; third-prize winner Silvia Cruz won $750; and fourth-prize winner Sunjin Seo received $500. For more information, contact Deborah Hernandez, Textile/Surface Design, 75162.

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY WEEK SUCCESS
The Gladys Marcus Library's Love Your Library Week 2009, which ran February 9-13, had a successful run, and the library and the Faculty Senate Library Committee wish to thank the college community for its enthusiasm and support. More than 300 people attended "The Role of Fashion Forecasting in Tough Economic Times." Sass Brown, Fashion Design, won the Art from Books contest, to which 17 faculty members contributed art created from discarded library books. Twenty-seven students participated in the Student Life-sponsored drawing contest. For more information, contact N.J. Wolfe, Gladys Marcus Library, 74370.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CAP AND GOWN ORDERS
In order to participate in the processional at the May 19 commencement ceremony, faculty and administrators must be outfitted in the proper academic regalia. To rent a cap and gown, click here to complete the order form and fax, email, or mail it by March 18. An additional fee of $15 will be charged for all orders received after that date. For more information, contact Chenise Marine, Student Life, 74130.

SPRING 2009 WELLNESS PROGRAM
The Student Faculty Corporation has announced the following schedule for 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, HR, 73667.

WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please remember that information about the status of college closures due to severe weather is posted on the college's website, MyFIT, and InsideFIT, and is recorded on the emergency phone line, 212 217.7792. If the college closes it will be announced on these webpages and the phone line, and will also be communicated via email and through the media. For a complete list of media outlets where closures are broadcast, click here.

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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