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     May 2009

Parenting Teenagers Support Group
Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Department Presents COFRAM Award
Art Market Students Host Reception and Exhibition
Elder Care Support Group
Talk and Tour: Seduction
School of Graduate Studies Hosts Visiting Scholar
Faces and Places in Fashion Upcoming Presentation
SUNY Holds Research Proposal Workshop
Exhibition: Seduction
Exhibition: Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
On Creativity: Public Programs at FIT

Annie Leibovitz to Speak at Commencement
Students Win MJSA Vision Awards Jewelry Contest
The Museum at FIT Wins Awards for Publications
Communication Design Faculty Member to Guest Lecture
Portrait by Illustration Faculty Member is Unveiled
Illustration Faculty Member Dies
English and Speech Faculty Member's Play Presented
Director of Special Programs Judges Fashion Show

FIT Prepares to Launch New College Website
Commencement Committee Solicits Nominations for 2010
Library Offers Extended Hours
FIT Offers Kaufman Hall Walks
Spring 2009 Wellness Program
Emergency Messaging Sign-up
Technology Training

EVENTS

PARENTING TEENAGERS SUPPORT GROUP
May 5, 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.

COSMETICS AND FRAGRANCE MARKETING DEPARTMENT PRESENTS COFRAM AWARD
May 6, 6-8 pm
Estée Lauder Salon, 767 Fifth Avenue
The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Department will host its second annual presentation of the COFRAM Award, benefiting the William P. Lauder Scholarship Fund. The event will honor the lifetime achievements of Carol Russo, senior vice president and general manager of Sales and Marketing for Aramis Designer Fragrances North America, who has been a mentor in the program for more than ten years. The award, a silver and crystal abstract sculpture, was created by Jewelry Design faculty member Wendy Yothers. For more information, contact John Simone, 75600.

ART MARKET STUDENTS HOST RECEPTION AND EXHIBITION
May 7, 6-8 pm
Terminal Warehouse, 269 11th Avenue
Art Market: Principles and Practices MA degree candidates will host a reception for their new exhibition, The Ghosts of Coleridge, which features the work of contemporary artists Jeana Baumgardner, Tyler Coburn, Christina Gundersen, Rebecca Hackemann, Peter Kreider, Chris McCaw, Trevor Paglen, Ryan Sullivan, and Mary Temple. This exhibition is curated and organized by students in the program, and will run until May 27. For more information, contact Beth Servetar, 74300.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
May 11, 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.

TALK AND TOUR: SEDUCTION
May 11, June 1, and 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.

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES HOSTS VISITING SCHOLAR
May 14, 5 pm
Room E625
Massimiliano Pellegrino, a Universita di Firenze PhD student, will present a lecture on his research topic, "The Interlocking Directorate: Entrepreneurial Networks in the Italian Fashion Industry." For more information, contact Marilyn Barton, 74313.

FACES AND PLACES IN FASHION UPCOMING PRESENTATION
May 18, 4 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Faces and Places in Fashion class will have a presentation by the Fashion Service Network. Open to the FIT community. For more information, contact Alice Papazian, 73596.

SUNY HOLDS RESEARCH PROPOSAL WORKSHOP
May 29, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Levin Institute, 116 East 55th Street
The SUNY Research Foundation and the University Faculty Senate will sponsor an all-day workshop that will provide essential information to increase the number of successfully funded SUNY faculty research proposals. There is a $25 registration fee. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register for the workshop, click here.

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.

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.

NEWS

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ TO SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT
Internationally renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will be the guest speaker at the 2009 commencement ceremony on May 19 at Radio City Music Hall. Leibovitz will also be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. In addition, honorary degrees will be presented to Karen Allen, the award-winning fiber artist, entrepreneur, and actress, and to Tony Chi '79, the internationally acclaimed interior designer. A special President's Award will be bestowed on Ruth Taube, the 85-year-old director of the Henry Street Settlement's Home Planning Workshop. To read the full memo, click here.

STUDENTS WIN MJSA VISION AWARDS JEWELRY CONTEST
Jewelry Design students won first and second place in the Vision Awards competition sponsored by Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA). This is the second consecutive year that FIT has taken top honors in the competition. Ahleum Chun, who won the first prize of $250, and Hyangmi Kim, who won the second prize of $100, were selected from a field of 83 students from the U.S. and Europe. For more information, contact Cheri Fein, 74700.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT WINS AWARDS FOR PUBLICATIONS
The American Association of Museums awarded The Museum at FIT's Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion first prize in its 2009 Museum Publications Design Competition. The museum also received honorable mention for Gothic: Dark Glamour. For more information, contact Tamsen Schwartzman, 74547.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER TO GUEST LECTURE
C. J. Yeh has been invited to give a lecture, "The Art of Control and the Illusion of Freedom," in May at Tawian’s Chung-Hua and National Tsing-Hua Universities. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

PORTRAIT BY ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER IS UNVEILED
Tony Capparelli was commissioned by the New Jersey Devils to paint a portrait of goalie Martin Brodeur that was presented at a live, televised ceremony in May at the Prudential Center. This marks the third time that Capparelli’s artwork has been featured at a Devils ceremony this season. For more information, contact Tony Capparelli, 75800.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER DIES
A memorial service was held April 29 in the Robert Lagary Boardroom for Richard Ely, who died in February. He served as a dedicated faculty member since 1986. To send condolences, contact the Illustration Department, 75800.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER'S PLAY PRESENTED
Glenda Frank's first full-length play, Tarazed Gamma, was given a professional reading at the Julia Miles Theater on April 27. For more information, contact Glenda Franks, 75353.

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS JUDGES FASHION SHOW
On April 15, Alice Papazian served a guest judge at the 2 Make a Net charity fashion show, which was hosted by the United Nations Club of Berkeley College and benefited Malaria No More. The show featured designs by FIT Fashion Design students Jane Carlton, Sheila Gray, Meghan McGuffin, Erin Robinson, and Kenneth Udemezue, and Accessories Design student Keith Kirkland. For more information, contact Alice Papazian, 73596.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIT PREPARES TO LAUNCH NEW COLLEGE WEBSITE
The college is preparing to roll out its new website to enhance marketing, communications, and recruitment activities and to better serve the entire FIT community. In early 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.

COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR 2010
The Commencement Nominations Committee is currently soliciting honorary degree and speaker recommendations for commencement 2010. Submit suggestions accompanied by short rationales to Nancy Grossman, 74132, or Loretta Lawrence Keane, 74700. Deadline is May 8.

LIBRARY OFFERS EXTENDED HOURS
The Gladys Marcus Library is offering extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 10 pm-12 am. Late-night access is on the fifth floor only. For more information, contact N.J. Wolfe, 74400.

FIT OFFERS KAUFMAN HALL WALKS
FIT has launched the Kaufman Hall Walk, designed to enhance students' sense of comfort when commuting after dark between the 27th Street campus and Kaufman Hall. FIT security guards will escort groups of students between the two locations from 7 pm to 5:30 am. This service will continue through the end of exams and will resume at the beginning of the fall semester. For a schedule, click here.

SPRING 2009 WELLNESS PROGRAM
The Student Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff (through May 15).

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

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

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

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.

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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