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April 2010

 

"Love Your Library" Events

EAP Lunchtime Seminar: Coping with Difficult People

Express Yourself: American Sign Language Workshop

Talking Trade Lecture: Global Lifestyle Brand Marketing

Admitted-Students Open Houses

Elder Care Support Group

Pet Product Fashion Show: Last Bark for Bryant Park

Holocaust Commemorative Event

Talking Trade Lecture: Taking Charge of Your Career

Fine Arts Guest Lecture Series: Suzanne Bocanegra

2010 Lawrence J. Israel Prize and Lecture

Talk by Organic Skincare Expert

Lecture and Book Signing: Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, by Caroline Weber

Conference: Refocusing Retail: Back to Basics or Back to the Drawing Board?

Poet and Writer Wayne Koestenbaum Gives Reading

FIT Sustainability Conference: Redesigning for a Sustainable Future

FIT/UCE EAP Lunchtime Book Club

Flamenco Night

Annual Fashion Show: The Future of Fashion

FIT Diversity Oral History Project and International Faculty Panel Discussion

Lecture: Think Pink! Forecasting National Color Trends from Midtown Manhattan, 1920s to 1950s

Exhibition: American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion

Exhibition: Night & Day

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Layered and Transparent


Director of Career and Internship Center Appointed

FIT Direct for Students Published

Magazine Features Home Products Development Program

Faculty Member Wins Society of Illustrators Award

Home Products Development Faculty Member to Judge Industry Awards


Diversity Council Expo Week and Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Spring 2010 Wellness Schedule

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-Up


EVENTS

   "LOVE YOUR LIBRARY" EVENTS
Gladys Marcus Library
The Gladys Marcus Library's "Love Your Library 2010" is a chance for the FIT community to rediscover the library. Upcoming Love Your Library events include:

SHARP Faculty Workshop: Hone Your Research Assignments
April 6, 1-2 pm
Room E601
SHARP (Short Academic Research Programs) Faculty Workshops show what the library can do for you, as a researcher and a teacher. Exchange ideas and get advice on how to craft assignments that get students to use the library.

Library Resources: Supporting the Curriculum
April 13, 1-2 pm
Room E601
Faculty from various departments share how they use the library's resources in the classroom and beyond.

"Art from Books" Winners on View
Starting April 22
Library lobby
The top three entries from the Art from Books contest, which challenged participants to create art from old library books, will be on display in the library lobby to kick off FIT's fourth annual sustainability conference. Entries will remain up until the end of the semester.

For more information or listings for future Love Your Library events, click here.

  EAP LUNCHTIME SEMINAR: COPING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
April 8, 1-2 pm
Room A803
This workshop helps attendees identify difficult personality types and effective ways to deal with them, learn about triggers and how to control them, and become more empowered. Funding for EAP programs is provided by the Student Faculty Corporation. For more information, click here or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

  EXPRESS YOURSELF: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE WORKSHOP
April 8, 15, 22, and 29, 1-2 pm
Room D514
These free, one-hour workshops teach the basics, from the alphabet and other signs to developing a solid framework to communicate with friends, peers, and consumers who are deaf. If you cannot make every session, feel free to jump in when you can. All are welcome. For more information contact Liz Holly Mortensen, 74092.

  TALKING TRADE LECTURE: GLOBAL LIFESTYLE BRAND MARKETING
April 8, 6-8:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This lecture examines perspectives on lifestyle branding in a global context. The moderator is Jason Nardiello, associate at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP. Panelists are Nicole Clayton, director of retail for Bottega Veneta; Caryn Grun, accessory and lifestyle business development manager for BMW and MINI BMW North America, LLC; and David Rosenberg, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer for Polo Ralph Lauren. Sponsored by the International Trade and Marketing Advisory Board. For more information, contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, 74280, or click here.

  ADMITTED-STUDENTS OPEN HOUSES
April 10 and 18
Various locations on campus
These events bring students who have been admitted to FIT to campus, to showcase the college and provide information about life at FIT. The goal is to increase the number of prospective students who decide to enroll. For more information, contact Kari Adams, 73780.

  ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
April 12, 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. Funding for EAP programs is provided by the Student Faculty Corporation. For more information, click here or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

  PET PRODUCT FASHION SHOW: LAST BARK FOR BRYANT PARK
April 12, 5 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The Pet Product Design and Marketing certificate program holds its second annual pet fashion show, featuring fashion and accessories created by students in the program. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until April 8 in Room D130 between 9 am and 5 pm. For more information, contact Joan Volpe, 77715.

  HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATIVE EVENT
April 13, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Judith Leiber, the internationally renowned handbag designer and Holocaust survivor, will speak about her experiences during the war and her career, during a presentation, Surviving Under the Nazi and Russian Occupations: No Mere Bagatelles. She will be joined by her husband, artist Gerson Leiber, and their biographer, Jeffrey Sussman. For more information, contact Roberta Paley, 74930.

  TALKING TRADE LECTURE: TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR CAREER
April 14, 12:30-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This lecture for students will discuss resume preparation, dress guidelines, interviewing skills, job prospecting, and other tips for commencing one's career on the right track. The moderator is Debra Malbin, president of Debra Malbin Associates. Panelists are International Trade and Marketing alumna Margaret Dahlin, president and founder of Better Closet; Kim Gomez, corporate recruiter for Li & Fung Group USA; and Connie Passarella, Career Services. Sponsored by the International Trade and Marketing Advisory Board. For more information, contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, 74280, or click here.

  FINE ARTS GUEST LECTURE SERIES
April 15, 1-2 pm
Room D626
As part of the Fine Arts Department's Guest Lecture Series, artist Suzanne Bocanegra will speak about her recent work involving large-scale performance and installation. For more information, contact John Allen, 75862.

  2010 LAWRENCE J. ISRAEL PRIZE AND LECTURE
April 16, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
LTL Architects' founders Paul Lewis, Marc Tsuramaki, and David J. Lewis received the Interior Design Department's 2010 Lawrence J. Israel Prize, and will give the annual lecture. Their talk is called "Opportunistic Play." Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Johannes Knoops, 75550.

  TALK BY ORGANIC SKINCARE EXPERT
April 19, 6:30-8 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Joshua Onysko, founder of Pangea Organics, manufacturer of natural skincare products, and the Pangea Institute, speaks about the concept, business model, and goals of his company. Cosponsored by FIT's departments of Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries.

  LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: QUEEN OF FASHION: WHAT MARIE ANTOINETTE WORE TO THE REVOLUTION, BY CAROLINE WEBER
April 19, 7-9 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Historian Caroline Weber discusses Marie Antoinette's wardrobe and its influence on the history of fashion and France. Weber says that the young queen's fashion obsession was about self-assertion, not narcissism and frivolity. A signing of Weber's book, Queen of Fashion, follows the lecture. Part of The Museum at FIT's Fashion Culture Programs.

  CONFERENCE: REFOCUSING RETAIL: BACK TO BASICS OR BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD?
April 21, 8 am-12 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management MPS program hosts this joint conference with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania's Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative. The event features keynote speaker Ryan Jacoby of Ideo, as well as two panel discussions. For more information or to register, click here.

  POET AND WRITER WAYNE KOESTENBAUM GIVES READING
April 21, 5-6 pm
Room D523
Poet and nonfiction author Wayne Koestenbaum, a distinguished professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center and a visiting professor at the Yale School of Art, reads from his books Hotel Theory, Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon, and Best Selling Jewish Porn Films. Sponsored by the English and Speech Department and the School of Liberal Arts. For more information, contact Patrick Knisley, 75362.

  FIT SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE: REDESIGNING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
April 22, 9 am-5 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT's fourth annual sustainability conference features keynote speakers Susan Szenazy, editor in chief of Metropolis magazine; Tom Bowman, president of Bowman Global Change and social entrepreneur and green business strategist; and Mark Alt, designer, entrepreneur, and cofounder of AIGA Center for Sustainable Design. A panel of FIT representatives provides updates on FIT sustainability initiatives, and break-out sessions focus on industry-specific topics in fashion, visual merchandising, interior design, and more. Student projects that address sustainability applications in business and design will be exhibited in the Great Hall. For more information or to register (conference is free and open to all), click here or contact Grazyna Pilatowicz, 75574.

  FIT/UCE EAP LUNCHTIME BOOK CLUB
April 22, 1-2 pm
Room A803
The FIT Book Club discusses Wake up and Take Control of Your Life, by Anthony Robbins. Attendees should read the book beforehand so they can contribute to an informative and interactive discussion. The book can be purchased at FIT's Barnes & Noble with the ten percent employee discount. Funding for EAP programs is provided by the Student Faculty Corporation. For more information, click here or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

  FLAMENCO NIGHT
April 22, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Foreign Languages Department and the School of Liberal Arts sponsors this flamenco performance, featuring FIT students and members of the Ballet Hispanico; Meira Goldberg, Health, Physical Education, and Dance; and musicians Alfonso Cid and Pedro Cortes. For more information, contact Pilar Blanco-Ruiz, 75098.

  ANNUAL FASHION SHOW
April 26, 4:30 and 7:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The annual fashion show featuring the work of graduating Fashion Design BFA and Menswear AAS students. For the first time, the event will stream live online. For more information, click here.

  FIT DIVERSITY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT AND INTERNATIONAL FACULTY PANEL DISCUSSION
April 29, 1-2:30 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, 9th Floor, Marvin Feldman Center
In conjunction with Love Your Library week, FIT's Diversity Council presents two projects funded by diversity grants. The FIT Diversity Oral History Project features interviews with FIT professors emeriti Barry S. Ginsburg and Elaine Stone, who speak about the changing diversity of the campus, and with students, who speak about diversity issues. The International Faculty at FIT Panel Discussion focuses on the experiences of FIT professors who came to the U.S. as foreign students. This discussion will be videotaped and archived in the library's Special Collections. For more information, contact Deliwe Kekana, 74000.

  LECTURE: THINK PINK! FORECASTING NATIONAL COLOR TRENDS FROM MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, 1920S-1950S
April 29, 5-6 pm
Rita and Bruce Roberts Room, 9th Floor, Marvin Feldman Center
This talk, given by Regina Lee Blaszczyk, PhD, visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, explores the careers of America's first professional color forecasters and their efforts to coordinate the flow of color information through the millinery, leather, garment, and textile trades. Organized by the School of Liberal Arts. Part of FIT's On Creativity public program series.

  FABRIC STYLING FACULTY MEMBER EXHIBITION
Through April 4
Crazy Monkey Gallery, 136 Main St., Amagansett, NY
Sara Petitt exhibits her photographs in this two-person show. For more information, contact Sara Petitt, 75189.

  EXHIBITION: AMERICAN BEAUTY: AESTHETICS AND INNOVATION IN FASHION
Through April 10
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition explores how the "philosophy of beauty" is allied to the craft of dressmaking. Each of the 75 looks on display exemplifies the relationship between technical ingenuity and artistic excellence.

  EXHIBITION: NIGHT & DAY
Through May 11
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition examines how the rules that dictate appropriate dress for women have changed over the past 250 years. More than 100 day and evening garments, textiles, and accessories are displayed in chronological order, illustrating the constantly changing conventions for appropriate dress for a particular time of day, activity, or occasion.

  FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: LAYERED AND TRANSPARENT
Through November 13, 2010
Lynn and Carl Goldstein Gallery, 9th Floor, Marvin Feldman Center
This exhibition explores the theme of working in layers, including poetry, layering as digital process, transparent layers as sheer overlays of fabric, layering glazes, working on multiple planes, and collage. For more information, contact Tom Irizarry, 74565.


NEWS

  DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND INTERNSHIP CENTER APPOINTED
Andrew Cronan has been appointed director of the newly merged Career and Internship Center. Cronan comes to FIT from Fordham University, where he first served as director and then as executive director of Career Services. At Fordham, he created the Office of Experiential Education to coordinate internships with Careers Services, and he helped grow a nationally recognized networking forum, Diversity Networking Banquet. Cronan served on the faculty of Fordham as an adjunct, teaching theories of leadership and organizational communication in the College of Liberal Studies. He holds a BA from Jacksonville University and an MA from Temple University.

  FIT DIRECT FOR STUDENTS PUBLISHED
In March, the offices of Enrollment Management and Student Success and Communications and External Relations published the first FIT Direct specifically for students, to help promote on-campus events and student and faculty news. To view FIT Direct for Students, click here.

  MAGAZINE FEATURES HOME PRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
LDB Interiors magazine recently published an article, "Celebrating the Industry," which reported on the Home Products Development Department's annual fundraising breakfast, which it co-hosted with the Home Fashion Products Association on March 9. The article mentioned several alumni of the program, including Candice Eng, manager/sales at Holly Hunt; Jennifer Munich, assistant buyer—framed art at Bed Bath and Beyond; Aaron Stewart, creative director of Sferra; Denise M. Stoughton, window designer for Croscill Home; and Isabel Vaughan, design and product development coordinator for Company C.

  FACULTY MEMBER WINS SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS AWARD
Jacqui Morgan won a merit award from the Society of Illustrators for her entry, a nude watercolor, in the society's members' show.

  HOME PRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT FACULTY MEMBER TO JUDGE INDUSTRY AWARDS
Gloria Lang has been selected to serve as a judge for Americasmart's ICON Awards. She will help evaluate submissions vying for honors in three categories—innovation, contribution, and achievement—with awards recognizing excellence in product design and packaging, technology applications, sustainability commitments, and cause-product influence.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

  DIVERSITY COUNCIL EXPO WEEK AND EVENT SUPPORT
The Diversity Council of FIT is planning its fall 2010 FIT Diversity Expo Week, to be held November 1-5. If your department or student club is planning a fall 2010 event or project that celebrates or fosters diversity, the council encourages you to schedule it for the week of the expo. It will help you promote it and, where possible, provide financial assistance (funds are limited and financial assistance will be calculated based on the number of requests received). Deadline for submission of Expo Week 2010 events/projects is mid-May. An event or project that fosters inclusion and diversity can carry the council's stamp of support on promotional materials and be posted on the campus-wide calendar on the council's website. Complete the form by the tenth day of the preceding month to let the council know about your event or project. For more information, contact Deliwe Kekana, 74000.

  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. 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.

  UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Mount St. Helen's Field Residencies: Awards $1,000 for residency (July 18-24) for creative writers whose work reflects an awareness of the natural world. Residency writers will join ecologists on field trips to various locations on Mount St. Helen's, interact with scientists, and focus on writing projects that embody creative responses to the volcano. Deadline: May 1.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Awards $4,200-per-month fellowships for individuals pursuing advanced research in the humanities. Applicants may be faculty or staff members of a college, or independent scholars or writers. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, or translations. Fellowships are for six to 12 months. Deadline: May 4.

For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, 73622.

  SPRING 2010 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff (through May).

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

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

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

No classes on March 29-April 2 (spring break). Due to renovations during the spring 2010 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.

  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.

  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.