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     March 2010

Fine Arts Faculty Member Exhibition: Place and Patterns
Fabric Styling Faculty Member Exhibition
"Love Your Library" Events
The Museum at FIT's Spring Fashion Culture Series
Dean's Forum: Connect With Anybody, Anywhere
Express Yourself: American Sign Language Workshop
Elder Care Support Group
Home Products Development Breakfast
International Trade and Marketing Guest Lecture
Exhibition: Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes
One Person, One Company, Two Colleges Make a Difference
Board of Trustees Meeting
Dean's Lecture Series for Faculty
64 Days of Nonviolence Flamenco Performance
Admitted Students Open Houses
Pet Product Design Fashion Show
2010 Lawrence J. Israel Prize and Lecture
FIT Sustainability Conference: Redesigning for a Sustainable Future
Exhibition: American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion
Exhibition: Night & Day
Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Layered and Transparent

FIT Illustrations in Annual Show
Educational Opportunity Programs News
Illustration Faculty Member Creates Super Bowl Artwork
Educational Opportunity Programs Honors Black History Month

Diversity Council Expo Week and Event Support
Sustainability Grants Available
Affirmative Action Online Training
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Spring 2010 Wellness Schedule
Technology Training
Emergency Messaging Sign-Up

EVENTS

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER EXHIBITION: PLACE AND PATTERNS
Through March 24
Walter Wickiser Gallery, 210 11th Ave., Suite 303
Fine Arts faculty member Mark Kurdziel exhibits his recent paintings. For more information, contact Mark Kurdziel.

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

"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:

Forecast Services Open House
March 2, 1-2 pm
Room E620
Learn about print and online resources directly from the vendors of FIT's fashion forecasting services.

SHARP Faculty Workshops
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.

March 9: On the Cutting Edge
Discover search alerts, article delivery services, and other features of library databases that can keep you abreast of the latest research or news.

March 15: Angel on the Head of a Pin
Learn how to pinpoint library resources and directly incorporate them into Angel.

April 6: Hone Your Research Assignments
Exchange ideas and get advice on how to craft assignments that get students to use the library.

Discoveries Unbound: Three FIT Faculty Members Discuss Recent Research
March 11, 1-2 pm
Room E423
Lourdes Font, History of Art and Graduate Studies; Daniel Levinson-Wilk, History; and Andrew Weinstein, History of Art, discuss their recent research.

Art from Books Contest
Deadline: March 15
Students, faculty, and staff create art from old library books, which can be picked up at the library circulation desk until March 14. Sponsored by the President's Council on Sustainability. Click here for an entry form.

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

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S SPRING FASHION CULTURE SERIES
The following events will take place in March as part of the spring 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 and Book Signing: Pucci Collaborations: Ralph Pucci and Ralph Bristow
March 2, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Ralph Pucci will present his book, Show, and will discuss the influence that fashion, art, and design have on each other. He will be joined by renowned architect Ralph Bristow. A signing of Show follows the lecture.

Lecture and Book Signing: Beth Levine Shoes, by Helene Verin
March 10, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join Helene Verin, Internship Center, for a look at the iconic footwear of fashion innovator Beth Levine, who introduced the mule and the stiletto to America. Jacqueline Kennedy wore Levine's sensational shoes, as have Barbara Streisand and Shirley MacLaine. A signing of Verin's book, Beth Levine Shoes, follows the lecture.

Lecture: Hairsense/Hair Dress, by Elena Fajt
March 17, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Meet Elena Fajt, visual artist and assistant professor of fashion design at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Fajt will present her ongoing project, Hairsense, as well as an analysis of the symbolic dimensions of hair. Fajt has made more than forty costume designs for theatre and dance, two feature films, and many short movies.

Fashion Conversation: Thom Browne in Conversation with Fred Dennis
March 22, 7-9 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
A conversation with Thom Browne, one of the best known tailors in the world. The 2006 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, Browne designs a collection for Brooks Brothers called Black Fleece for both men and women. His line of men's jewelry for Harry Winston was launched in 2007, and his men's line for Moncler, Gamme Bleu, debuted in January 2009.

DEAN'S FORUM: CONNECT WITH ANYBODY, ANYWHERE
March 3, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Dean's Forum for the Liberal Arts and the Presidential Scholars program present this lecture by National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt, who will share her stories about people and places she has visited. Refreshments will be served.

EXPRESS YOURSELF: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE WORKSHOP
March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 1-2 pm
Room D514
These free, one-hour workshops will teach the basics, from learning 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 FIT-ABLE, 74090.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
March 8, 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.

HOME PRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST
March 9, 7-9 am
Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd St.
The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries and the Home Products Development Department co-host the annual breakfast in conjunction with the Home Fashion Products Association. Steven Fishman, chairman, president, and CEO of Big Lots, Inc. will receive the Retailer of the Year Award; Anurag Sharma, president of Welspun Global Brands, Ltd., will receive the Leader in Product Innovation and Marketing Award; and the Lichtenberg family, founders of S. Lichtenberg & Co., will receive the Distinguished Family Leadership Award. Proceeds to benefit the Bachelor of Science program.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING GUEST LECTURE
March 9, 6:30-8 pm
John. E. Reeves Great Hall
The International Trade and Marketing Department will host a special guest lecture, Generating Magic Moments in Global Leadership and Marketing, given by Andy Cohen, founder of marketing company Exposed Brick. For more information, contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, 74280.

EXHIBITION: SCANDAL SANDALS AND LADY SLIPPERS: A HISTORY OF DELMAN SHOES
March 9-April 4
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition explores famous shoe brand Delman's renowned style, advertising, and craftsmanship. The objects on display, dating between 1926 and 2007, chronicle the company's rich and creative past. Organized and curated by graduate students of the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.

ONE PERSON, ONE COMPANY, TWO COLLEGES MAKE A DIFFERENCE
March 15, 6:30 pm
The Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
FIT and the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries' annual awards dinner honors Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president, and CEO of Macy's. This event benefits the Foundation's Educational Development Fund and the University of Arizona's Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing. For more information, contact Vicki Guranowski, 74100.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
March 24, 11 am
Robert Lagary Board Room
The Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting. For more information, contact the Office of the General Counsel, 74030.

DEAN'S LECTURE SERIES FOR FACULTY
March 24, 5:30-6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst of The NPD Group, Inc., will give this Business and Technology Dean's Series lecture. Cohen is an expert on consumer behavior and the retail industry. He has recently published his second book, Buy Me! How to Get Customers to Choose Your Products and Ignore the Rest. For more information, contact Karen Capone, 74330.

64 DAYS OF NONVIOLENCE FLAMENCO PERFORMANCE
March 31, 12:30 pm
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
Debbie Deas, Computer Graphics, will perform in Canto, a flamenco dance choreographed by Melinda Marquez and inspired by a Pablo Neruda poem. The presentation is part of Southern Connecticut State University's Women's Studies Program's 64 Days of Nonviolence.

ADMITTED STUDENTS OPEN HOUSES
April 10 and 18
On campus
These events will bring FIT-admitted students to campus, to showcase the college and provide as much information as possible about life at FIT. The goal of these events is to increase yield and have the majority of admitted students pay deposits by May 1. For more information, contact Kari Adams, 73780.

PET PRODUCT DESIGN FASHION SHOW
April 12, 5 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The Pet Product Design and Marketing certificate program will hold its second annual pet fashion show, featuring fashion and accessories created by students in the program.

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. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Johannes Knoops, 75550.

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, Redesigning for a Sustainable Future, will feature 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 will provide updates on FIT sustainability initiatives, and break-out sessions will focus on industry-specific topics in fashion, visual merchandising, interior design, and others. Student projects that address a multitude of sustainability applications in business and design will also be exhibited in the Great Hall. For more information, click here or contact Grazyna Pilatowicz, 75574.

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

FIT ILLUSTRATIONS IN ANNUAL SHOW
Two illustrations by Melanie Reim, which were completed as part of a collaborative project between Reim, Pamela Ellsworth, Global Fashion Management, and the School of Graduate Studies, have been selected for inclusion in the Society of Illustrators' Annual Show: Advertising and Institutional, up until March 20. The collaborative project, Hong Kong Factory Reportage, was supported by a grant from the Teaching Institute. Reim traveled with the GFM program on its annual trip and drew on site during visits to the city and to factories. Both faculty members have incorporated the illustrations (two out of 25) into their lectures. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS NEWS
Thirty students were selected to participate in the ten-week fall 2009 Senior Art and Design Prep Senior Program, which concluded on January 30. The program is designed to assist high school seniors with socioeconomic needs who apply to FIT, providing intensive observational or fashion drawing instruction in preparation for spring 2010 portfolio reviews. On February 11 and 16, the Childcare Assistance Program (CAP), which provides personal and academic advisement, peer support, and child care funding to degree-seeking FIT students with child care needs, hosted orientation sessions. In addition, EOP student Enmibeth Delacruz, Communication Design, received a $2,500 scholarship from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact the EOP Office, 74170.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER CREATES SUPER BOWL ARTWORK
Tony Capparelli, an officially licensed Super Bowl artist, created an oil painting for the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami. Limited-edition prints of the work were on display in NFL-sanctioned merchandise stores on South Beach, and are available through SportsArtTV.com and NFLShop.com. For more information, contact Tony Capparelli.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs, the School of Art and Design, and the FIT Photo Club cosponsored a Dean's Dialogue, Beyond Black History: Multicultural Trends in Photo Documentary Practice. Panelists included Ron Amato, Photography, and photographers Jeffrey Gamble, Ozier Muhammad, Clifford Owens, and Keisha Scarville. In March EOP will also sponsor the Lineage Project exhibition of photos from a range of African Diaspora countries in North America, South America, and the Caribbean. For more information, contact the EOP Office, 74170.

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, we encourage you to schedule it for the week of the expo. We 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 April 2. In addition, when you, your student club, or your group plans an event or project that fosters inclusion and diversity—or otherwise reflects the council's mission—we can provide our stamp of support on the materials promoting your event or project and post it on our website's campus-wide calendar. Complete the form by the tenth day of the preceding month to let us know about your event or project. For more information, contact Deliwe Kekana, 74000.

SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS AVAILABLE
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 has been established to support sustainability initiatives at FIT. The fund is administered by the FIT Sustainability Council. Individual or group requests are capped at $5,000 per initiative. Proposals are due April 5. Click here for more information on applying, or contact Robert Vassalotti, 74882.

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
The Fulbright Scholar Program: Gives lecturing/research awards in 140 countries for college faculty and administrators, professionals from business and government, as well as journalists, scientists, artists, and independent scholars. Awards are available from two weeks to an academic year and cover travel, lodging, and more.

Trust for Mutual Understanding: Awards grants of $1,000-$100,000 for the travel component of cultural and environmental exchanges conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia and Eastern and Central Europe. For creative artistic collaborations, curatorial research, historic preservation, arts management, and cultural documentation activities. Letter of intent due April 1.

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.


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