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December 2010

 

World AIDS Day Exhibition

Summit: Faculty of the Future

Annual Italian Club Benefit Concert

Elder Care Support Group

Photo Talks Lecture Series: Alec Soth

Illustration Department Guest Lecture: How I Got My First Job

Art and Design Faculty Exhibition: Lightness

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

Fine Arts Department ArtSpeak Symposium Guest Lecture: Wangetchi Mutu

Exhibition: Japan Fashion Now

Exhibition: His & Hers

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Romancing the Common Object


Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives Receives Grant

Office of Educational Opportunity Programs Move

FIT Athletics Success

Entrepreneurship Department Announces Chair

International Trade and Marketing Faculty Members Organize Panel Discussion

Graduate Illustration Associate Chair News

Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Department News

Advertising and Marketing Communications Faculty Member Gives Presentations

Communication Design Faculty Member's Work in Exhibition

Interior Design Faculty Member Publishes Book

Student Life Faculty Member Leads Retreat

International Trade and Marketing Chair Appointed to Council

FIT Club Named Finalist

Technical Design Associate Chair Receives Book Contract


EduTech Day 2011 Call for Entries

Campus Posting Policy

Student Newspaper Advertising

CET Calendar Available Online

Call for Sustainability Grants Proposals

Campus Tours Available

Upcoming Funding and Opportunities

Fall 2010 Wellness Schedule

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-Up


EVENTS

WORLD AIDS DAY EXHIBITION
December 1, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Health Services and the Fashion Design-Art Department host this year's World AIDS Day exhibition. Health organizations will provide health information and resources, and student garments and artwork will be displayed. The event also includes a presentation by C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, dance performances by FIT students, and a musical performance by youth development organization The Door's singing group, Swag. In addition, rapid HIV testing will be available to the FIT community from 11 am-2 pm outside the David Dubinsky Student and Business and Liberal Arts centers, and 5:30-7:30 pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre and Room A734. For more information, contact Stephanie Burke, 74195.

SUMMIT: FIT FACULTY OF THE FUTURE
December 3, 9 am-6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This culminating fall semester Faculty of the Future event will be organized as an academic conference with sessions throughout the day. All sessions are open to full- and part-time classroom and non-classroom faculty. An end-of-day reception will bring together all participants in the spring and fall 2010 series of events for a summation of the Faculty of the Future discussions. For more information, contact Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Gretchen Bataille, 74040.

ANNUAL ITALIAN CLUB BENEFIT CONCERT
December 3, 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Italian Club hosts a night of singing and mingling at its fifth annual Holiday Benefit Concert. Please bring an unwrapped toy that will be collected at the event by the U.S. Marines for the Toys for Tots Program. The benefit features local and up-and-coming Italian-American performers such as Aaron Caruso, Anthony Ierulli, and Giada Valenti, who will sing a wide variety of songs, including works from classic artists like Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Andrea Bocelli, Elvis, Tom Jones, and Frankie Valli. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-FIT students with ID, and $7 for FIT students with ID. Light refreshments will be served, and cocktail attire is recommended. This event is open to the public. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Christian Ierulli, 73549, or email the Italian Club.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
December 6, 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.

PHOTO TALKS LECTURE SERIES: ALEC SOTH
December 8, 6:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The Photography Department's Photo Talks lecture series presents Alec Soth, whose work is represented in institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He also started his own publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom, in 2008. This event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Photography Department and a grant from the President's Diversity Fund. For more information, contact Jessica Wynne, 75510.

ILLUSTRATION DEPARTMENT GUEST LECTURE: HOW I GOT MY FIRST JOB
December 8, 6:30-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Illustrators Kim Rosen, Silent James, and Hope Gangloff discuss their careers and answer questions. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Ed Soyka, 75803.

ART AND DESIGN FACULTY EXHIBITION: LIGHTNESS
Through December 11
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
More than 50 faculty members from nine departments explore the many meanings of light through paintings, drawings, collage, video, digital prints, jewelry, mixed media, and sculpture.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER LEADS SEAL WALKS
December 2010-May 2011
Cupsogue Beach County Park, Westhampton Beach, NY
Beginning in December, Artie Kopelman leads educational walks to observe, photograph, and learn about seals. Click here for more information, dates, or to make a reservation.

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT'S ARTSPEAK SYMPOSIUM GUEST LECTURE: WANGETCHI MUTU
February TBA, 2011
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Wangechi Mutu, an artist who creates paint and collage images of female figures, gives a guest lecture. For more information, contact Julia Jaquette, 75891.

EXHIBITION: JAPAN FASHION NOW
Through April 2, 2011
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Japanese fashion today embraces not only the cerebral, avant-garde looks associated with the first wave of Japanese design in the 1980s, but also a range of subcultural and youth-oriented styles. This is the first exhibition to explore how Japanese fashion has evolved in recent years.

EXHIBITION: HIS & HERS
Through May 10, 2011
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition explores the relationship between gender and fashion over the past 250 years. More than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles from the museum's permanent collection are featured chronologically, from a seemingly "feminine" 18th-century man's velvet suit to a woman's "power suit" from the 1980s.

FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: ROMANCING THE COMMON OBJECT
Through October 28, 2011
Lynn and Carl Goldstein Gallery, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th Floor
This exhibition includes works by faculty and staff that are inspired by everyday objects. For more information, contact Tom Irizarry, 74565.


NEWS

DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND FIT ARCHIVES RECEIVES GRANT
The Gladys Marcus Library's Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives (SPARC) received a grant for a collaborative project with the New York Public Library (NYPL) Picture Collection. The $25,000 Metropolitan New York Library Council grant will allow SPARC and NYPL to digitize a segment of the André sketch collection, of which both institutions hold portions. The goal is to reunite the material, an early example of fashion forecasting, and make the combined collection publicly available through an online platform. For more information, contact SPARC, 74385.

OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS MOVE
The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs is relocating to Room A605 and will remain there through the spring semester. All administered programs—Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Childcare Assistance Program (CAP), and OEOP Art and Design Prep. Program (OEOP A and D)—will operate from this location. All phone numbers will remain the same.

FIT ATHLETICS SUCCESS
The FIT women's volleyball team finished fourth in Region XV, and three members of the team received Region XV volleyball honors: Corinne Ribiere, First Team All-Region and All-Tournament Team; Cecily Moore, Honorable Mention All-Region; and Kayla Kallenberg, Sportsmanship Team. Women's cross country finished 13th and women's half marathon finished 16th in the 2010 NJCAA championships. For more information, contact Kerri-Ann McTiernan, 74213.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES CHAIR
Janice Messinger, Fashion Merchandising Management, has been named acting associate chairperson of the Entrepreneurship Department, effective fall 2011. Entrepreneurship for the Fashion and Design Industries is the newest Bachelor of Science program in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBERS ORGANIZE PANEL DISCUSSION
Deanna Clark and Chairperson Christine Pomeranz, along with the New York chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade, the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Catalonia Trade and Investment, organized a panel discussion with world-renowned Spanish fashion designers Toni Francesc and Jose Miro, held on September 16. The topic was international challenges with potential entry into the U.S. apparel market via New York.

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION ASSOCIATE CHAIR NEWS
Melanie Reim attended a reception at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, in honor of the Air Force Art Program's 60th anniversary. A ceremony was held to celebrate the donation of artwork (including two pieces by Reim) in the museum's anniversary exhibition to the Air Force Art Collection. The exhibition is on display until December 31. Reim also served on the planning committee of the 2010 Educators' Symposium at the Society of Illustrators. In addition, as education chair of the Society of Illustrators, she spoke on a panel that outlined current and future educational initiatives, many of which engage FIT Illustration students. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

COSMETICS AND FRAGRANCE MARKETING DEPARTMENT NEWS
The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Department was featured in the September issue of online magazine Stylesource.com. In addition, students in the program showcased their latest collaboration with Packaging Design Department at the Health and Beauty Aids Global Expo (HBA), held at the Jacob Javits Center. HBA is a three-day convention that focuses on all aspects of the beauty industry, including personal care, wellness, fragrance, and cosmetics.

ADVERTISING AND MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS FACULTY MEMBER GIVES PRESENTATIONS
Through a program run by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and the export sector of Brazil, Theodore Schachter went to Brazil at the invitation of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation to participate in a panel discussion on neoconsumers—those who use social media to help make purchasing decisions. He was also invited by Centro Empresarial de Jaraguá do Sul to speak to a group of professionals representing a variety of businesses on the role the Internet and social media play in marketing. In addition, Schachter appeared in the October issue of Cotton International Magazine.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK IN EXHIBITION
C.J. Yeh's digital works "myData=myMondrian" and "myAvatar=myChuckClose" were selected for the exhibition Body, Gender, and Technology, on display at the Taipei Digital Art Center from December 17, 2010-January 23, 2011. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
Emily Evans Eerdmans's book, The World of Castaing, was published by Rizzoli in October. It's the first book to examine in detail the career of the legendary French antique dealer and decorator Madeleine Castaing. For more information, contact Emily Evans Eerdmans.

STUDENT LIFE FACULTY MEMBER LEADS RETREAT
In October, Philip Milio, Student Life, led a group of 45 students on a weekend-long retreat, the Leadership Workshop, funded by the FIT Student Association, at the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, NY. The weekend featured exercises emphasizing individual and group communication, cultural diversity, decision making, team building, and other human relations skills. Exercises were facilitated by Milio; Rosa Hanco and Teri Rosenberg, Student Life; Loretta Volpe, Advertising and Marketing Communications; Joseph Antee and Janice Messinger, Fashion Merchandising Management; Diane DeAngelis and Shannon Leddy, Interior Design; Ann Denton, Textile Development and Marketing; and Nomi Dale Kleinman, Textile/Surface Design. For more information, contact Philip Milio, 74133.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING CHAIR APPOINTED TO COUNCIL
This summer, Christine Pomeranz was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to the New York District Export Council (DEC), which contributes leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service's export promotion efforts.

FIT CLUB NAMED FINALIST
FIT's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America is one of five finalists in the O.B. Mighty Small Challenge, a nationwide contest that encourages small teams of college students to make a positive impact on the environment. For more information, click here.

TECHNICAL DESIGN ASSOCIATE CHAIR RECEIVES BOOK CONTRACT
Deborah Beard received a contract from Pearson Publishing for her book about her work in technical design, to be published in 2012.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

EDUTECH DAY 2011 CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Technology Development Team (TDT), in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET), is expanding FIT's annual event to present EduTech Day 2011: Existing Technologies, Emerging Techniques, on March 10. The day focuses on current and emerging learning systems, classroom design, virtual and personal learning spaces, collaborative methodologies, social networking tools, and assessment strategies. TDT and CET are currently seeking proposals for this conference. Click here to view the call for presentations.

CAMPUS POSTING POLICY
Faculty and staff are reminded to follow the policy for posting information on campus. This includes attaching, temporarily or permanently, any information to any surface other than a department-labeled bulletin board in all academic, office, and administrative buildings, and residence halls. Posting is allowed only on bulletin boards and in glass cases. Items may not be posted on other surfaces (walls, doors, windows, etc.). Postings must be intended for the FIT community as a whole and contain detailed information on the event being promoted. They must be removed promptly after the event has passed. Prior to posting, all items must be approved and stamped by Residential Life for posting in a residence hall or by Student Life for posting anywhere in an FIT non residence hall building. Any postings not in compliance with the policy will be removed and discarded. Please review the full list of rules before posting.

STUDENT NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING
FIT community members can advertise in W27, the FIT student newspaper, at a reduced rate. Advertisement sizes range from 1/8 of a page to a full back cover, and rates range from $60-990. For more information on rates and deadlines, contact W27.

CET CALENDAR AVAILABLE ONLINE
Check the Center for Excellence in Teaching calendar for faculty development events, including workshops on the integration of technology in teaching. For more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, 74064.

CALL FOR SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS PROPOSALS
As a part of the Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY initiative FIT Goes Green: Infusing Sustainability into Our Culture, an annual fund of $15,000 is administered by the FIT Sustainability Council. A maximum of three grants is awarded, not to exceed $5,000 each. Proposals for spring 2011 grants are due March 21, 2011. Grant awardees will be notified no later than June 30, 2011. For more information on the application process, click here.

CAMPUS TOURS AVAILABLE
The Office of Admissions is hosting campus tours for prospective students and families. Student-led campus tours provide prospective students with an opportunity to connect with a current student, learn about life at FIT, and see the college's state-of-the-art facilities. Prospective students can register for an information session and campus tour here. For more information, contact Matilde Perez, 73374.

UPCOMING FUNDING AND OPPORTUNITIES
French-American Cultural Exchange's French Authors On Tour: For American institutions wishing to invite and host French authors for readings, signings, and symposia, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy will pay for authors' airfares. Institutions involved may provide accommodation and/or an honorarium to the author.

Free Grantwriting Courses at the Foundation Center—Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts: For individuals involved in the arts and looking for funding to complete a project, mount an exhibition, put on a performance, conduct research, or other art-related projects. December 15 or January 19, 5:30-6:30 pm.

For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, 73622, or visit the Grants Office's new web page.

FALL 2010 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
 The Student Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff (through December 17).

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

Fitness Center (BX13)
Wednesdays—Fitness Center, 1-2 pm

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

No classes will be held during Thanksgiving recess (November 25 and 26). Due to renovations during the fall 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 $10. 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.

DIVERSITY COUNCIL OFFERS EVENT SUPPORT
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.

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, phone, 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.