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May 2010

 

Designer Koos van den Akker Gives Guest Lecture

Elder Care Support Group

Faces and Places in Fashion Presentation

Writer Lorraine Adams Gives Readings

FIT in Florence Director Speaks at Symposium

Student Exhibition: Fashion Design AAS

My Library Loves You: Learn About Fashion Forecasting

Spring Dance Team Performance

Annual Fashion and Textile Studies Symposium: Americans in Paris

Visiting Artist Program with Stefan Sagmeister: Yes, Design Can Make You Happy

Art Market Capstone Exhibition: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Graduate Cosmetics and Fragrance Capstone Event: Beauty 2020: The Future of Beauty

Exhibition: Night & Day

Exhibition: Eco-Fashion: Going Green

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Layered and Transparent


Nina Garcia to Speak at Commencement

Lululemon Sponsors FIT Design Contest

Fashion Merchandising Management Holds Third Annual Alumni Event

Scottish Development International Sponsors FIT Design Contest

English and Speech Faculty Member Publishes Poems


Commencement Committee Solicits Nominations for 2011

Diversity Grants Available

Diversity Council Expo Week and Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Spring 2010 Wellness Schedule

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-Up


EVENTS

DESIGNER KOOS VAN DEN AKKER GIVES GUEST LECTURE
May 3, 10:30 am
Room C706
Fashion designer Koos van den Akker gives a guest lecture about his career and the fashion industry. Van den Akker, born in the Netherlands, is famous for creating the vibrant sweaters featured on The Cosby Show. For more information, contact Rebeca San Andres, 75069.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
May 3, 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.

FACES AND PLACES IN FASHION PRESENTATION
May 3, 4-6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Mark Mendelson, president of Ellen Tracy, gives a presentation at the Faces and Places in Fashion class. Open to the FIT community. For more information, contact Alice Papazian, 73596.

WRITER LORRAINE ADAMS GIVES READINGS
May 4, 1-2 pm, 5-6 pm
Room D221 (1 pm), Room D207 (5 pm)
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, critic, and author Lorraine Adams reads from her latest book, The Room and the Chair, for which she traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq, the U.A.E., and Pakistan and consulted U.S. military secret operations specialists. For more information, contact Patrick Knisley, 75362.

FIT IN FLORENCE DIRECTOR SPEAKS AT SYMPOSIUM
May 4, 6:30 pm
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave.
Sass Brown, director of FIT in Florence (Polimoda), gives a talk as part of a panel at Scandinavia House's Eco Chic: Towards Sustainable Fashion symposium. The corresponding exhibition runs until August 21. For more information, contact Sass Brown.

STUDENT EXHIBITION: FASHION DESIGN AAS
Through May 4
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Selected Valentino-inspired works by Fashion Design AAS students are on display.

MY LIBRARY LOVES YOU: LEARN ABOUT FASHION FORECASTING
May 5, 11 am-12 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
As part of Gladys Marcus Library's "Love Your Library 2010," Anne Adami, managing editor of Videofashion Network, will give a presentation. For more information about Love Your Library events, click here.

SPRING DANCE TEAM PERFORMANCE
May 6, 7, and 8, 8 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
This performance features several different forms of dance and original student choreography. For more information, contact Kerri-Ann McTiernan, 74213.

ANNUAL FASHION AND TEXTILE STUDIES SYMPOSIUM: AMERICANS IN PARIS
May 8, 11 am-6 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, 9th Floor, Marvin Feldman Center
Students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program present new research on the contributions of Americans as creative designers, discerning clients and buyers, and influential journalists in the capital of international fashion. To reserve a place, call 74319.

VISITING ARTIST PROGRAM WITH STEFAN SAGMEISTER: YES, DESIGN CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY
May 12, 6:30 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Stefan Sagmeister, one of today's most important graphic designers, gives a presentation. Since founding Sagmeister Inc. in New York in 1993, he has designed branding, graphics, and packaging for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, the Guggenheim Museum, and Time Warner. For more information, contact Rocco Piscatello, 75661.

ART MARKET CAPSTONE EXHIBITION: STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS
May 14, 6-9 pm (reception); on view through May 30
Pandemic Gallery, 37 Broadway, Brooklyn
Graduating students in the Art Market: Principles and Practices MA program curate this exhibition, featuring 11 emerging artists who consider issues of privacy, space, interaction, intimacy, and how they are redefined in an urban sphere. For more information, click here or contact Beth Servetar, 74300.

GRADUATE COSMETICS AND FRAGRANCE CAPSTONE EVENT: BEAUTY 2020: THE FUTURE OF BEAUTY
May 19, 5-8 pm (event); 8-9 pm (reception)
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Graduating students in the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management MPS program present research on the future of beauty, fragrance, leadership, and retail. The keynote speaker is Chris Hacker, chief design officer of Johnson & Johnson. Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Beauty Care. To reserve a place, email gradrsvp@fitnyc.edu.

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.

EXHIBITION: ECO-FASHION: GOING GREEN
May 26-November 13, 2010
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
An exhibition exploring the evolution of the fashion industry's multifaceted and complex relationship with the environment. By examining the past two centuries of fashion's good—and bad—environmental and ethical practices, this exhibition provides historical context for today's eco-fashion movement.

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

NINA GARCIA TO SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT
Nina Garcia '87, fashion director of Marie Claire, is the guest speaker for 2010 commencement, May 25, 10 am, at Radio City Music Hall. Honorary degrees will be awarded to fashion designer Norma Kamali '64, and Alan Hassenfeld, retired chairman and CEO of Hasbro Industries.

LULULEMON SPONSORS FIT DESIGN CONTEST
Amy Bittner won Lululemon Athletica's 2010 Urban Yogini competition, which challenged Fashion Design students to create apparel for three different styles of yoga. Other finalists were Corey Apploff, SoHee Bae, Eri Fuchigami, Keun Kwon, Rachel Marus, Amelia Tkach, and Qing Zhu. All of the finalists' designs were shown at an April 20 event at Lululemon's SoHo store. Bittner received $2,500 and a trip to Lululemon's headquarters in Vancouver. Second-place winner Kwon received $1,500, and third-place winner Fuchigami received $1,000. Other winners received between $150-$250 each. For more information, click here or contact Marilyn Hefferen, 75334.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT HOLDS THIRD ANNUAL ALUMNI EVENT
The Fashion Merchandising Management Alumni Association held its annual networking event on April 15. One hundred alumni and faculty members attended, and the guest speakers were Tommy Hilfiger and Colleen Kelly, president of U.S. Wholesale. For more information, contact Janice Messinger, 74856.

SCOTTISH DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL SPONSORS FIT DESIGN CONTEST
Scottish Development International (SDI) recently held the City Meets Country, Scotland Means Style competition, which challenged Fashion Design and Interior Design students to create works that combined traditional and contemporary Scottish styles. First-place winner Yoko Okuda (Fashion Design) received $1,000, a trip to Scotland, and a spot on the Dress to Kilt runway; first-place winner Kecia Mortensen (Interior Design) received $1,000 and work placement at a New York City design firm. Second-place winners Jusil Carroll (Fashion Design) and John Feger, $750; and third-place winners Carlynne Cutler (Fashion Design) and Tammy Lee (Interior Design), $500. In addition, Heajin Myung received won $500 for outstanding creativity. All designs will be on display at Scottish Parliament this summer. For more information, click here or contact Marilyn Hefferen (Fashion Design) or Michael Buchanan (Interior Design).

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHED IN MAGAZINES
Steven Karl had a poetry review published in Coldfront magazine's "2009 in Review" issue, and had poem excerpts published the latest issue of No, Dear magazine. Karl also gave a reading at No, Dear's release party on April 17. For more information, contact Steven Karl.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR 2011
The Commencement Nominations Committee is currently soliciting honorary degree and speaker recommendations for commencement 2011. SUNY guidelines recommend that to nominate an individual for an honorary degree, a candidate's achievements must be relevant to the campus and University missions. A programmatic or personal link to a particular campus program or area of strength also must be demonstrated. Submit suggestions accompanied by short rationales to Loretta Lawrence Keane, 74700. Deadline is May 7.

DIVERSITY GRANTS AVAILABLE
The Diversity Council is accepting grant proposals that encourage the development of educational projects, scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities promoting the council's goals of diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded for each winning proposal. For information on submitting a proposal, click here. Proposals are due by May 24.

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. The council will help you promote your activity 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.

SPRING 2010 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff (through May 20).

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

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, 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.