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     September 2009

Couture Council to Honor Dries Van Noten
International Trade and Marketing Talking Trade Lecture: Safety Issues
Book Signing and Silent Auction to Benefit FIT
Elder Care Support Group
Robert Friedman Dedication
International Trade and Marketing Field Trip to Kate Spade
The Museum at FIT's Fall Fashion Culture Series
Exhibition: Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
International Trade and Marketing Talking Trade Lecture: Careers in Education
Exhibition: Fashion & Politics

Fall 2009 Promotions
Fall 2009 Faculty Appointments
Internship Center Merges with Career Services
English and Speech Faculty Member Receives Fellowship
Illustration Faculty Member Appointed to Society of Illustrators Board
Packaging Design Faculty Member to Publish Book
2009 Chancellor's Award Recipients
English and Speech Faculty Member's Play Wins Award
Communication Design Faculty Member Profiled in Article
Fashion Merchandising Management Students Pass JDA Certification Exam
Fashion Merchandising Management Faculty Member Publishes Article
Fashion Merchandising Management Student Wins Award
Fine Arts Faculty Member Has Solo Exhibition
Health, Physical Education, and Dance Faculty Member Has Recital
Production Management Faculty Member Receives Award
Residential Life Donates Food, Clothes
Residential Life Supports Recycling Program
Correction: Direct and Interactive Marketing Student Scholarship

Writing Studio Open for Fall
Website Training
Affirmative Action Training
FIT Uses MyStudentBody Tool
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Emergency Messaging Sign-up
Technology Training

EVENTS

COUTURE COUNCIL TO HONOR DRIES VAN NOTEN
September 9, 11:30 am-2 pm
Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street, New York
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT hosts its fourth annual Award for Artistry of Fashion luncheon, honoring designer Dries Van Noten. Individual tickets range from $500 (limited number available) to $1,500. Tables of ten range from $5,000 to $15,000. Proceeds will benefit The Museum at FIT. This event is underwritten by CIT. For more information on the Couture Council, visit the museum's website here. For more information on the luncheon or to buy tickets, contact Vicki Guranowski, 74100.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING TALKING TRADE LECTURE: SAFETY ISSUES
September 9, 6:30-8 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The International Trade and Marketing Department will hold a Talking Trade lecture, Safety Issues Involving Imported Products, moderated by David Uricoli, senior director of global human rights compliance at Polo Ralph Lauren. Panelists include Elizabeth Borrelli, vice president of corporate social responsibility and executive director of the Toy Safety Certification Program at the Toy Industry Association, Inc.; Harriet Mouchly-Weiss, vice chairman of Kreab & Gavin Anderson; Carolyn Mitchell, senior director of global customs compliance at Polo Ralph Lauren; and Donna Sharp, president and CEO of Inspectorate Sharp Global Corporation. This event is sponsored by the International Trade and Marketing Advisory Board. For more information, contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, 74280.

BOOK SIGNING AND SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT FIT
September 10, 6:30-8 pm
Lord & Taylor, 454 Fifth Ave., fourth floor, New York
As part of Fashion's Night Out, an event that celebrates fashion and promotes retail, Lord & Taylor and HarperCollins will hold a silent auction and book signing of Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion, by Mandi Norwood. Proceeds from the auction, featuring original fashion sketches from the book by designers such as Catherine Malandrino, Nicole Miller, Isaac Mizrahi, and Ruben Toledo, will benefit FIT's Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Vicki Guranowski, 74100.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
September 14, 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, 75600.

ROBERT FRIEDMAN DEDICATION
September 17, 5:30 pm
Room A306
Robert Friedman, former CEO of Loehmann's, will be honored with the dedication of the Robert and Deborah Friedman Room (Room A306). For more information, contact Development and Alumni Relations, 74100.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING FIELD TRIP TO KATE SPADE
October 6, 12-1:45 pm
Kate Spade headquarters, 48 West 25th Street, New York
This on-site visit, sponsored by the International Trade and Marketing Advisory Board, will include a tour of the showroom and presentations on global sourcing and marketing. It is organized by Philippe Soussand, founder and principal of Soussand Associates, LLC; Taryn Jones Laeben, senior director of international business at Kate Spade, LLC; and John Branca, human resource manager at Kate Spade, LLC. Tour will convene on the ground floor of Kate Spade headquarters. Limited space. Sign up by 3 pm on September 11 through the International Trade and Marketing Department, Room B429, 74280 (give your name, phone number, and email address). For more information, contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, 74280.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S FALL FASHION CULTURE SERIES
The following events will take place in September as part of the fall 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.

Lecture: Where Fashion and Politics Meet: Staying on Message, by Robin Givhan September 10, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion editor of the Washington Post, will discuss the cultural and social interplay of fashion and politics. During her career, Givhan has covered the Obama family and contributed to a book on Hillary Clinton.

Talk and Tour: Fashion & Politics
September 15, 11 am-12 pm
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Exhibition curators explore the history of politics and fashion.

Lecture: The Mexican Fashion Revolution, by Carla Fernandez
September 17, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Mexican designer Carla Fernandez discusses fashion, social responsibility, and her collaborations with Mexican artisans. Named the UK's 2008 Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year for her work on ethical fashion, Fernandez has designs in the permanent collections of The Museum at FIT and the RISD and Kobe Museums. Organized in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

Talk and Tour: Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
September 21, 6-7 pm
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Exhibition curators trace the evolution of designer Isabel Toledo's career.

Fashion Conversation: Isabel and Ruben Toledo in Conversation with Valerie Steele
September 24, 6-8 pm
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Isabel Toledo and her husband, illustrator Ruben Toledo, talk with Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT. Among the garments Isabel discusses will be the ensemble she designed for First Lady Michelle Obama to wear on Inauguration Day. A signing of the book Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out will follow the conversation.

EXHIBITION: ISABEL TOLEDO: FASHION FROM THE INSIDE OUT
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 is the ensemble designed by Toledo and worn by First Lady Michelle Obama on Inauguration Day. This is the first time that the sheath dress and matching coat are on public view.

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 include Claudia Cabrera-Cafarelli, business consultant for Somos Partners Inc., and adjunct instructor at Hofstra University; Richa Misa, entrepreneur, educator, and freelance designer for Evolution Active Wear and Rudrani; FIT alumna Carol Brathwaite, marketing instructor at College of Mount Saint Vincent; and FIT alumnus Tim Kent, instructor at P.S. 226. 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

FALL 2009 PROMOTIONS
At fall 2009 convocation, President Joyce F. Brown announced the following administrative changes: Daisy Alverio, formerly acting director of Career Services, is acting dean for Student Development, and Terry Ginder, formerly acting director of Counseling Services, is director of Counseling Services. In addition, Connie Passarella will fill the position of acting director of Career Services until the search for a director is complete.

President Brown also announced several faculty promotions. Robert Vassalotti, Fashion Merchandising Management, has been promoted from associate to full professor. Anna Blume, History of Art; Michael Hyde, English and Speech; Eli Kince, Communication Design; Deborah Klesenski, Photography; Jennifer Miller, Career Services; Erika Rohrbach, International Student Advisors' Office; Albert Romano, Advertising and Marketing Communications; Carmita Sanchez-Fong, Interior Design; Nancy Sheridan, Fashion Merchandising Management; and Sree Vegunta, Counseling Center, have been promoted from assistant to associate professor.

FALL 2009 FACULTY APPOINTMENTS
The following full-time faculty were announced at fall 2009 convocation: Jung-Whan (Marc) de Jong, Sociology; Beatrice Farkas, Economics; John Fraser, Advertising and Marketing Communications; Cynthia Gallagher, Fine Arts; Geoffrey Good, Jewelry Design; Helen Taylor Lane, the Gladys Marcus Library; Joanne Offerman, Fashion Merchandising Management; Robert Reid, Fashion Merchandising Management; Jean Marc Rejaud, Advertising and Marketing Communications; Teri Rosenberg, Student Life; and Leila Tai Shenkin, Jewelry Design.

INTERNSHIP CENTER MERGES WITH CAREER SERVICES
In late August, the Internship Center vacated its offices in Room A605 and relocated to Room B216, where it joined its new partner Career Services. Telephone numbers for Internship Center staff will stay the same. For more information, contact Jeanne Golly, 73542.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES FELLOWSHIP
Amy Lemmon received the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, where she gave a reading from her book of poetry, Saint Nobody, which was published in February 2009. She also has given presentations and seminars based on Saint Nobody at the West Chester Poetry Conference, Ocean State Writers' Conference, and the Antioch Writers' Workshop. For more information, contact Amy Lemmon, 75342.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER APPOINTED TO SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS BOARD
Melanie Reim has been appointed to the Society of Illustrators of New York's Board of Directors in the newly created position of Education Chairperson. Her work will include being the hub for subcommittees whose mission is to foster continued and enhanced involvement of both public school and higher education illustration departments across the country, as well as to spearhead new initiatives to encourage more student and faculty involvement in the Society of Illustrators. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

PACKAGING DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER TO PUBLISH BOOK
Marianne Rosner Klimchuk's second book, Really Good Packaging Design, will be published by Crescent Hill Publishing in September. Co-authored with three other leaders in the design community, the book features hundreds of packaging designs from around the globe and design commentary by the authors. For more information, contact Marianne Rosner Klimchuk, 75702.

2009 CHANCELLOR'S AWARD RECIPIENTS
The following faculty members received 2009 SUNY Chancellor's Awards:

Excellence in Faculty Service
Ingrid Johnson, Textile Development and Marketing

Excellence in Professional Service
Barry Fischer, Financial Aid

Excellence in Teaching
Pilar Blanco-Ruiz, Foreign Languages
David Drogan, History of Art and Civilization
Linda Finnerty, Advertising and Marketing Communications
Nancy Sheridan, Fashion Merchandising Management

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER'S PLAY WINS AWARD
Glenda Frank's play, Target, about a journalist coping with death threats, was a winner of the 2009 New Play Festival contest sponsored by the League of Professional Theatre Women. It will be produced on November 9 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., New York. For more information, contact Glenda Frank, 75340.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PROFILED IN ARTICLE
C. J. Yeh was profiled in an article by art critic Darlene Principe, Investigating Asian Internet-based Art, which introduces a number of his recent and past internet-based works. For more information, contact C. J. Yeh, 75676.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT STUDENTS PASS JDA CERTIFICATION EXAM
Fashion Merchandising Management students Darnell Carter, Sara Cortese, Amy Jo Craig, Teresa Karavas, Catherine Kim, Grace Kim, Bianca Kirschner, Beth Stokes, and Victoria Thacker passed the certification exam for JDA software, which is used for supply chain management. Carter and Karavas passed the certification exam with a perfect score of 100. Fashion Merchandising Management's new course, Financial Assortment & Planning (FM 325), which is supported by JDA software and focuses on enterprise planning, prepared the students to take the JDA certification exam. For more information, contact Janice Messinger, 74800.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES ARTICLE
Joseph Antee has published a third article in Fashion Mannuscript, focusing on consulting for fashion companies from a global prospective, specifically Europe. For more information, contact Joseph Antee, 74816.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT STUDENT WINS AWARD
Melanie Melendez has won the Underfashion Club Scholarship Award. For more information, contact Joseph Antee, 74816.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO EXHIBITION
Julia Jacquette's solo exhibition, Water, Liquor, took place at 1k Projectspace in Amsterdam, from August 1 to 18. For more information, contact Julia Jacquette, 75680.

HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AND DANCE FACULTY MEMBER HAS RECITAL
Renee Binzer performed a flamenco recital on June 28 at Bridge for Dance. In spring 2009, Binzer studied flamenco in Madrid, with famous dancers La Tati, La Truco, and Merche Esmeralda, and in Buenos Aires. For more information, contact Renee Binzer, 74222.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES AWARD
On June 24, Sherry Brabham, vice president for Finance and Administration, presented Ari Vega with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his excellence in development, teaching, and service, at the annual Police Night event sponsored by the New York City Police Department in conjunction with the Fashion Institute of Technology's Security Department. Vega has designed an intelligence-gathering system to protect the FIT community and, in conjunction with faculty and the Security Department, formulated mobility and support procedures on fire safety. For more information, contact Curtis Dixon, 74992.

RESIDENTIAL LIFE DONATES FOOD, CLOTHES
In an effort to raise student awareness of the greater community, Residential Life collected food and clothes during the final week of the spring semester to be donated to the needy. More than 970 pounds of food donated by students helped to provide nearly 750 meals for the Food Bank for New York City. Clothing bins were placed in the Residence Hall lobbies, and more than 2.5 tons of clothing was collected for Goodwill. For more information, contact Jocelin Engel, 73902.

RESIDENTIAL LIFE SUPPORTS RECYCLING PROGRAM
In March 2009, Residential Life began an ongoing aluminum pop-tab collection program involving residents and all departments at the college. The collection was donated to Ronald McDonald House, which earns money towards providing a support system for families with sick children by recycling the tabs. The family of Joey Schaljo, Residential Life, has donated 1,700 pounds of pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House over the past six years, amounting to about $1,037. For more information, contact Jocelin Engel, 73902.

CORRECTION: DIRECT AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
Michael Howland won a $2,500 scholarship from the Direct Marketing Association of Long Island, not from the Direct Marketing Club of New York, as stated in the August issue of FIT Direct. For more information, contact Roberta Elins, 74478.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WRITING STUDIO OPEN FOR FALL
The Writing Studio will open for the fall semester on September 8. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 11 am-7 pm in Room C612, and Saturday, 1-4 pm in the Gladys Marcus Library. To learn how the Writing Studio can work for you, or to arrange for a writing consultant to offer a brief overview of services to your classes, contact Brian Fallon, 73062.

WEBSITE TRAINING
The Office of Communications and External Relations, in partnership with the Technology Development Team (TDT), will be offering training on WebPages, the authoring tool that supports FIT's new website. All are invited to attend and learn about the new system. 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.

FIT USES MYSTUDENTBODY TOOL
FIT is using MyStudentBody, an interactive, online program to prevent alcohol and drug abuse by students. All first-year students are required to take the program's alcohol component as part of freshman orientation. Upperclassmen who choose to live on campus and students with a first-time alcohol-related violation must take a MyStudentBody-Alcohol course, while those with a first-time drug-related violation must take a MyStudentBody-Drugs course. In addition to using the program as a resource for students, FIT promotes it as a tool to help parents talk to students about drugs and alcohol. For more information, contact Residential Life, 73900.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant: Supports original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, or research coordinated by an individual scholar that, because of its scope or complexity, requires additional staff and resources beyond the individual's salary. Deadline is October 29.

National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions Grants: Supports the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Deadline is October 29.

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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