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     October 2009

Fine Arts Student Exhibition: The Emotive Mind
Elder Care Support Group
The Museum at FIT's Fall Fashion Culture Series
Roadtrip Nation to Visit FIT
Lunchtime Seminar: Breast Cancer: Getting the Facts
Two-Part Lunchtime Seminar: Men's Health
Hispanic Heritage Month
Open House
FIT Global Film Series and Lecture: Glimpses of Tibet
International Trade and Marketing Talking Trade Lecture: Careers in Education
Exhibition: Fashion & Politics

Educational Opportunity Programs News
Fabric Styling Faculty Member Has Solo Show
History of Art Faculty Member Publishes Article
Exhibition Design Faculty Member to Present at Conference
Textile/Surface Design Faculty Member Hosts Webinar

Academic Skills Open for Student Tutoring
Diversity Council Funds Artist's Recipe Project
SUNY Psychology Conference Call for Papers
New Edition of Icon Now Available
Student Childcare Assistance Program Accepting Applications
Website Training
Affirmative Action Online Training
Fall 2009 Wellness Program
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Emergency Messaging Sign-Up
Technology Training

EVENTS

FINE ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITION: THE EMOTIVE MIND
Through October 5
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center lobby
This student exhibition emphasizes individuality, self-recognition, and a drive to create figurative and abstract sculptures and paintings. Students were instructed by Fine Arts faculty members Bing Hu, Marcy Rosenblat, Jeffrey Way, and Sue Willis. For more information, contact Sue Willis, 75898.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
October 5, 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.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S FALL FASHION CULTURE SERIES
The following events will take place in October as part of the fall Fashion Culture series. Reservations are required 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: Fashion & Politics
October 6, 11 am-12 pm
October 12, 6-7 pm
October 20, 11 am-12 pm

Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Exhibition curators explore the history of politics and fashion.

Lecture and Book Signing: Rebel, Rebel, Anti-Style, by Keanan Duffty
October 6, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
British musician-turned-fashion-designer Keanan Duffty explores the ironic connections between fashion and music. Book signing to follow lecture.

Lecture: Moods of Norway, by Peder Børresen and Simen Staalnacke
October 8, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Peder Børresen and Simen Staalnacke discuss how they established their fashion line—and in the process brought renewed attention to their homeland. Organized in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Consulate General.


Lecture: Textiles and the Future of Fashion, by Hans Schreiber
October 13, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Hans Schreiber, creative director at Forster Rohner, AG, the company that made the fabric used for Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day dress, discusses trends in the textile industry and shares behind-the-scenes stories of his work with major fashion houses. Organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.


Lecture and Book Signing: Art Nouveau & Art Deco Fashion Postcards, by Edith Weber
October 20, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Edith Weber will present her book of fashion postcards from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Book signing to follow lecture.

Lecture: Ruben Toledo's Art: From Fashion to Literature, by Ruben Toledo
October 29, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Artist Ruben Toledo talks about art, fashion, his wife Isabel, her influence on his work, and why "collaboration is the name of the game." Following the lecture, Toledo will sign books from Penguin's Couture Classics series that feature his original art.


ROADTRIP NATION TO VISIT FIT
October 7, 10 am-12 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Representatives of Roadtrip Nation, a movement that encourages students to focus on finding their passion through self-discovery, exploration, and dedication, and has spawned a PBS documentary series and several books, will visit FIT. The representatives will speak to students about how to launch a search for the right career and screen segments from the show. For more information, contact Pam Zuckerman, 73017.

LUNCHTIME SEMINAR: BREAST CANCER: GETTING THE FACTS
October 8, 1-2 pm
Room A802
This EAP Lunchtime Seminar will teach attendees how to be their own best healthcare advocates, tips for practical and improved emotional functioning throughout a cancer diagnosis, and valuable resources. For more information, click here or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

TWO-PART LUNCHTIME SEMINAR: MEN'S HEALTH
October 13 (part one) and 20 (part two), 1-2 pm
eighth floor alcove, David Dubinsky Student Center
The EAP will offer a two-part workshop, Men's Health. Part one, Staying Alive: Steven Levine, MD, will discuss guidelines for living healthier, longer, and fuller lives, including essential screenings for men, risk factors, preventive measures, and warning signs. Part two, Men's Mental Health: Bob Silverstein, EAP, will discuss men's emotional needs, how men can ask for help with dignity, common signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, and strategies to manage emotional distress. For more information on part one, contact Bonnie Born, 73667. For part two, contact Bob Silverstein, 75600.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Foreign Languages Department has organized the following events:

Political Fibers: A Tri-Cultural Perspective
October 15, 1 pm
Robert Lagary Boardroom
Consuelo Jiménez Underwood will give a lecture and a demonstration of her fiber art, called Political Fibers: A Tri-Cultural Perspective on Land, Spirit, and Politics in the Southwest.

Integrating Identity: Tips for Latina Success
October 29, 1 pm
The Rita and Bruce Roberts Room
Carolina Grynbal, professor at Pace University, will speak about the experience of being Latina in North American society, trace the common elements uniting a very diverse community, discuss obstacles, and profile the values of her cultural heritage.

For more information, contact Pilar Blanco Ruiz, 75098.


OPEN HOUSE
October 24, 9 am-3 pm
Various locations throughout campus
The college's annual open house offers prospective students and their families the opportunity to learn more about FIT programs, meet with faculty and current students, and talk with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, and other departments. For more information, click here.

FIT GLOBAL FILM SERIES AND LECTURE: GLIMPSES OF TIBET
October 26, 6:10-9:10 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT's Global Film Series invites the FIT community to a lecture by Praveen K. Chaudhry, Social Sciences, and Allison E. Snediker, International Trade and Marketing '08, followed by the documentary Wanderers on the Rooftop of the World: Glimpses of Tibet. For more information, contact Jean Amato, 75343.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING TALKING TRADE LECTURE: CAREERS IN EDUCATION
November 5, 10:30 am-12 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The International Trade and Marketing Department will hold a Talking Trade lecture, Careers in Education, moderated by Eric Hertz, director of Executive Education at FIT. Panelists are FIT alumna Carol Brathwaite, marketing instructor at College of Mount Saint Vincent; Claudia Cabrera-Cafarelli, business consultant for Somos Partners Inc., and adjunct instructor at Hofstra University; FIT alumnus Tim Kent, instructor at P.S. 226; and Richa Misa, entrepreneur, educator, and freelance designer for Evolution Active Wear and Rudrani. This event is sponsored by the International Trade and Marketing Advisory Board. For more information, contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, 74280.

EXHIBITION: FASHION & POLITICS
Through November 7
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
A chronological exploration of more than 200 years of politics as expressed through fashion. The exhibition features more than one hundred costumes, textiles, and accessories, including Catherine Malandrino's iconic "Flag" dress, an "Ike" dress from the 1956 Eisenhower campaign, and a "Nixon" paper dress.


NEWS

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS NEWS
EOP Concludes Pre-Freshman Summer
July 2009 marked the 11th year of the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs Pre-Freshman Summer Program, which prepares students for the rigors of FIT's specialized curricula. EOP staff welcomed 43 incoming first-year students. At Presentation Day, the culmination of Pre-Freshman Summer, more than 100 attendees viewed a wide range of projects generated during the four-week program.

EOP Students to Attend Workshop
Raphael Brown, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Jason Frias, Menswear, Stephanie Roy, Fashion Design, and Christian Torres, Advertising and Marketing Communications, have been selected to attend a workshop sponsored by the Empowerment Institute and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. This event helps students transform self-limiting beliefs into personal development goals. Student attendees will work with EOP staff to develop and deliver a related workshop for EOP students.

EOP Student Successes
Two EOP students have work published in magazines, and one will be included in an upcoming exhibition. Stephanie Roy, Fashion Design, is one of six finalists in Teen Vogue's Fresh Eye on Design contest, and her fashion sketch appeared in its September issue. Charles George, Illustration, was commissioned by trade publication Sportswear International to rework four of its magazine covers as part of its trade booth display. In addition, three pieces by Chaz Griffin, Illustration, will be exhibited at Insights 2009 in San Francisco, which features the works of blind or visually impaired artists.

EOP Pilots Intensive Program
In July, EOP offered a three-week pilot program, OEOP Art and Design Summer Intensive Initiative, for high school seniors who seek admission to FIT, fit the EOP program criteria profile, and want additional support. Specialized drawing courses were offered for students interested in applying to Fashion Design, Fine Arts, or Illustration.

For more information on any of the EOP news, contact the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs, 74170.

FABRIC STYLING FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
Sara Pettit's solo show of photographs at the Coler/Goldwater Gallery Space on Roosevelt Island will run through November. For more information, contact Sara Pettit, 75189.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES ARTICLE
Leatrice Mendelsohn has an article, "Mortal Combat: The Afterlife of a Battle Motif from Leonardo to Vasari," in The Historian's Eye: Essays on Italian Art in Honor of Andrew Ladis, published by the Georgia Museum of Art. For more information, contact Leatrice Mendelsohn, 75860.

EXHIBITION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER TO PRESENT AT CONFERENCE
Scott Lundberg's paper, "Thesis as Examination of Design Practice=Prepared Design Leaders," has been selected for presentation at the Industrial Designers Society of America's 2009 International Conference: Project Infusion. The paper describes methods he developed in the Exhibition Design Thesis: Directed Research course. For more information, contact Scott Lundberg, 74952.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER HOSTS WEBINAR
In June, Susanne Goetz, founder of Moving Sustainability Forward: The Goetz and MBF Round Table Discussions, co-hosted the first real-time webinar of this series, which examines how to makes businesses greener. Click here to view a condensed version of the webinar. For more information, contact Susanne Goetz, 75160.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

ACADEMIC SKILLS OPEN FOR STUDENT TUTORING
Students taking credit-bearing courses may sign up for free tutoring in the Academic Skills Center, Room A608B. The Skills Center offers tutoring in a wide variety of subject areas such as Fashion Art and Design, Fashion Merchandising Management, Liberal Arts, and more. It also offers walk-in tutoring for accounting, computers, draping, economics, math and retail math, patternmaking, and sewing. For more information, contact the Academic Skills Center, 74080.

DIVERSITY COUNCIL FUNDS ARTIST'S RECIPE PROJECT
A project funded by FIT's Diversity Council invites students, clubs, and faculty members to work directly with visiting artist Tattfoo Tan, who will be developing a series of campuswide activities this fall. For the project, centered on Heirloom Recipes: A Cross-Cultural Exchange, participants will be able to collaborate in a number of areas including display design, event planning, and broadcasting. In addition, FIT is sponsoring an Heirloom Recipe contest, with two prizes of $100, awarded to one written and one visual project that best incorporate a family recipe as inspiration to explore themes of family, tradition, culture, and heritage. For more information on contest submission guidelines, contact Tattfoo Tan. For general information, contact Jean Amato, 75343, or Michael Hyde, 75357.

SUNY PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS
The 24th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, hosted by the Psychology Department of Farmingdale State College, is accepting proposals, which are due by November 16, 2009. The conference will be held March 19-20, 2010. Click here for submission details.

NEW EDITION OF ICON NOW AVAILABLE
The new 2009 edition of Icon Magazine, published by the Creative Showcase Club, is available. It features visual works from all Art and Design departments at FIT, as well as poetry and short stories submitted by students throughout the college. Faculty may request copies in Room A713. For more information, contact Ronald Bacsa, 75634.

STUDENT CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Childcare Assistance Program, Room A571, is currently accepting applications from AAS students for childcare assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Molvere James, 74172.

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).

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

No classes on November 26 and 27 (Thanksgiving recess). 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
Keats-Shelley Association of America's Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Research Grants: Offer $2,500 to support research in the field of British Romanticism. Eligible applicants are advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and non-tenured faculty. Deadline is November 1.

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships: Offers $7,000 to artists living and working in the state of New York. Grants are awarded in 16 artistic disciplines, with applications accepted in eight categories each year. All applicants to NYFA’s Artist Fellowship Program in painting will automatically be considered for the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, which provides two painters with $20,000 each. Deadlines are November 2 (fiction, playwriting/screenwriting, photography), November 3 (painting, music/sound), or November 4 (architecture/environmental structures, choreography, video).

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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