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November 2010

 

Elder Care Support Group

Open Hours with President Brown

Diversity Council Holds Diversity Expo Week

FIT-ABLE Student Meeting

Fine Arts Department Holds ARTSpeak Symposium

Talking Trade Lecture: Careers in Cotton

Panel Discussion: FIT Faculty of the Future

The Museum at FIT's Fall Fashion Culture Series

Art Market Panel Discussion: Collect+Art+Delete

Parents Day

Fine Arts Faculty Member's Work in Exhibition

FIT Organ Donation Awareness Event

Exhibition: His & Hers

Lecture and Book Signing: In Fashion: From Runway to Reality

Norman McGrath Gives Guest Lecture

Art and Design Faculty Exhibition: Lightness

Liberal Arts Dean's Forum: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Summit: FIT Faculty of the Future

Exhibition: Eco-Fashion: Going Green

Exhibition: Japan Fashion Now


Vice President for Development Appointed

Writing Studio Director Wins Award

Illustration Faculty Member News

Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management News

Direct Marketing Faculty Member Wins Award

Interior Design Faculty Member's Work in Exhibition

Interior Design Faculty Member Featured in Newspaper

Financial Aid Office Holds Appreciation Day

Textile Development and Marketing Faculty Member Chairs Meeting


Spring Housing Available

Campus Posting Policy

Student Newspaper Advertising Opportunity

Call for Sustainability Grants Proposals

Writing Studio Classroom Visits

Fine Arts Department Launches Blog

CET Calendar Available Online

Campus Tours Under Way

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Fall 2010 Wellness Schedule

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-Up


EVENTS

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
November 1, 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.

OPEN HOURS WITH PRESIDENT BROWN
November 1, 5-6 pm
Office of the President, Room C908
Open-hour sessions with President Joyce F. Brown are for any faculty or staff member who wishes to meet with her one-on-one, no appointment necessary. All visitors will be asked to sign in upon arrival and will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate everyone, meetings will be limited to 15 minutes.

DIVERSITY COUNCIL HOLDS DIVERSITY EXPO WEEK
The Diversity Council holds Diversity Expo Week, November 1-5, co-sponsored by the council and various departments. The week features a variety of lectures, workshops, and performances. Below is a partial listing of events. For a full schedule, click here.

Men Under Dirt Dance Performance
November 1, 5:30-7:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Ollom Movement Art/Prismatic Productions, Inc. perform a dance demonstrating the dangers of internalized homophobia, followed by discussion moderated by Dominic Carbone, Social Sciences.

Oral Histories of Diversity
November 3, 11:30 am-12 pm
Marvin Feldman Center lobby
Daniel Levinson Wilk, American History, and his students present podcasts of oral histories taken as part of FIT's commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire's 100th anniversary.

World Affairs Lecture
November 4, 1-2 pm
Room B503
Public and global health specialist Dr. Renata Schiavo gives a lecture on health equity.

For more information, contact the Diversity Council.

FIT-ABLE STUDENT MEETING
November 2, 1-2 pm
Room B506
FIT-ABLE, FIT's Office of Disability Support Services, holds its monthly meeting for students with learning disabilities. Lunch and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Altman, 74094.

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT HOLDS ARTSPEAK SYMPOSIUM
The Fine Arts Department holds ARTSpeak, a multipart symposium sponsored by a Diversity Council grant. The goal is to raise awareness and educate and empower the FIT community by highlighting the role that cultural and ethnic backgrounds, personal interests, and life experiences play in the creative process. The lecture series features the following:

Lecture: Nayland Blake
November 2, 1:30-2:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Nayland Blake is an artist, writer, and educator whose work addresses his background, sexual identity, and body image.

Lecture: Wangechi Mutu
February TBA, 2011
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Wangechi Mutu is an artist who creates paint and collage images of female figures.

Fine Arts also launched an ARTSpeak blog (see Announcements). For more information, contact Julia Jaquette, 75891.

TALKING TRADE LECTURE: CAREERS IN COTTON
November 3, 9:30-11 am
John E. Reeves Great Hall
This discussion, moderated by Career and Internship Center Director Andrew Cronan, covers cotton-industry career choices. Panelists are Werner Bieri, president and CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corporation; Drew Paluba, co-owner and designer for Rebecca and Drew; and Allen Terhaar, executive director of Cotton Council International. Sponsored by the International Trade and Marketing and Textile Development and Marketing departments. For more information, contact Nicole Martin-Lewis, 74280.

PANEL DISCUSSION: FIT FACULTY OF THE FUTURE
November 4, 4-6 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor
Non-classroom faculty are invited to a panel discussion on the competencies required of the “non-classroom faculty of the future” needed to serve the students of 2020. This discussion will be facilitated by President Joyce F. Brown and Juliette Romano, Career and Internship Center. For more information, contact Deputy to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Assistant to the President Shari Prussin, 74700.

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

Annual Symposium: Japan Fashion Now
November 4-5, 9 am-5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
This international interdisciplinary symposium will explore contemporary Japanese fashion—from avant-garde to street and subcultural styles. Topics will include the historic roots of Japan's fashion culture, the role of uniforms and uniformity, the Japanese "fashion revolution" of the 1980s, the geography of Tokyo fashion, the rise of the young male fashion consumer, and the significance of "cuteness" in Japanese girls' culture. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Japan Fashion Now, on view through April 2, 2011.

Lecture: Bye Bye Kitty!!! by Joe Earle
November 16, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Joe Earle, director of the Japan Society Gallery, previews the society's spring 2011 exhibition, Bye Bye Kitty!!!: Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art. Earle will introduce paintings, objects, photographs, installations, and video by the show's artists.

Julie Gilhart in Conversation with Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley
November 18, 6-8 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Julie Gilhart, fashion director and senior vice president of Barneys New York, discusses what the fashion industry can do to leave a lighter footprint on the Earth.

ART MARKET PANEL DISCUSSION: COLLECT+ART+DELETE
November 5, 6:30 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Art Market: Principles and Practices master's program holds a panel discussion, Collect+Art+Delete: E-commerce and the Art Market. Moderator Sheri L. Pasquarella, Art Market, principal of SLP Art Culture and Commerce, and panelists James Cohan, founder of the James Cohan Gallery; collector Ron Dominguez; David Grosz, editor in chief of Artifex Press; and Gracie Mansion, auction specialist at Artnet.com, will discuss how the Internet has changed viewing and buying art. For more information, click here.

PARENTS DAY
November 6, 11:30 am-5:30 pm
Various locations on campus
Parents Day offers students' parents the opportunity to learn about FIT, its educational programs, and the college community. For more information, contact Student Life, 74130.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK IN EXHIBITION
Through November 7

John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY
Jean Feinberg's three-dimensional works and works on paper are included in an exhibition. For more information, contact Jean Feinberg.

FIT ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS EVENT
November 8, 8 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT, in partnership with the New York Organ Donor Network, hosts Give Life, the college's first organ donation awareness night. Guest speakers include five-organ transplant recipient Kristin Molini, and Julie Rivera, director of New York Organ Donor Network. Guests include New York magazine reporters Diana Tsui and Amy O'Dell; celebrity personal trainer Brice Hall; and stylist Alexa Winner. Styling sessions with Winner will be raffled off. Student Christina Alibrandi is organizing the event as part of a group project for the Principles of Public Relations class, taught by Loretta Volpe. Students Karina Abbaj, James Lim, Alicia Moo-Pow, and Sarah Scott Smith are also assisting with organization. The event is free and open to all FIT students, employees, and alumni. For more information, contact Christina Alibrandi.

EXHIBITION: HIS & HERS
November 10, 2010-May 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 will be featured chronologically, from a seemingly "feminine" 18th-century man's velvet suit, to a woman's "power suit" from the 1980s.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: IN FASHION: FROM RUNWAY TO RETAIL
November 10, 5 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Annemarie Iverson, senior vice president of creative brand development at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, discusses and signs copies of her new book, In Fashion: From Runway to Retail, Everything You Need to Know to Break into the Fashion Industry. For more information, contact Barnes & Noble at FIT, 75690.

NORMAN MCGRATH GIVES GUEST LECTURE
November 11, 9:30 am-12 pm and 2:30-5 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove
The Photography and Interior Design departments invite the FIT community to a lecture by architectural photographer Norman McGrath. For more information, contact Daniel Mirer.

ART AND DESIGN FACULTY EXHIBITION: LIGHTNESS
November 13-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.

LIBERAL ARTS DEAN'S FORUM: EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
November 17, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The dean for the School of Liberal Arts and the Presidential Scholars program host the fifth annual Dean's Forum, featuring a screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film. Following the screening, John Sloss, the film's producer, and a critic from the New York Times will speak and take questions. For more information, contact the School of Liberal Arts, 74320.

SUMMIT: FIT FACULTY OF THE FUTURE
December 3, 9 am-6 pm
Location TBA
This event summarizes and explores dialogues held over the past year with classroom, non-classroom, and adjunct faculty as part of the Faculty of the Future, an aspect of President Joyce F. Brown's strategic plan, 2020: FIT at 75, Bringing the Future into Focus. The day will include panel discussions, breakout sessions, and guest speakers. Participants may attend the entire day or specific sessions. For more information, contact Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Gretchen Bataille, 74040.

EXHIBITION: ECO-FASHION: GOING GREEN
Through 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.

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.


NEWS

VICE PRESIDENT FOR DEVELOPMENT APPOINTED
Dawn Duncan has been appointed to the position of vice president for Development. Duncan, who starts November 1, most recently served as vice president for development and university relations at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. In that capacity, she supervised the entire portfolio of development and university relations initiatives. From 2004-07 she was assistant dean for development and alumni relations at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from East Stroudsburg University and a master's degree in education from the University of Tennessee. Loretta Lawrence Keane will now hold the title of vice president for Communications and External Relations and continue to supervise the college’s Communications and External Relations division.

WRITING STUDIO DIRECTOR WINS AWARD
Brian Fallon, director of the Writing Studio, won the 2010 Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting the Collaborative Learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing. The award will be presented November 5 at the 27th annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW), held jointly this year with the tenth conference of the International Writing Centers Association. The award recognizes a professional in the NCPTW for dedication to and leadership in collaborative learning in writing centers, for helping students take more responsibility for their learning, and for promoting the work of peer tutors.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER NEWS
On October 1, Bil Donovan had a launch for his new book, Advanced Fashion Drawing Lifestyle Illustration, at the Society of Illustrators. Written for those interested in commercial fashion and lifestyle illustration, it features work by Donovan and other artists, such as Illustration faculty members Carlos Aponte, John Jay Cabuay, and Melanie Reim. He was also commissioned by Elle magazine, in conjunction with Santa Margarita Vineyards, to create an illustration for a limited-edition bag to promote the vineyard's champagne, and was hired by the Starwood Group to create a series of limited-edition watercolors of the hotel's signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary. In addition, this fall he served as Dior's artist-in-residence at Saks Fifth Avenue, sketching patrons who also received postcards by Donovan and beauty consultations. For more information, contact Bil Donovan.

COSMETICS AND FRAGRANCE MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT NEWS
The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management "Future of Fragrance" capstone group served as keynote speakers at the Fragrance Foundation's Industry Summit on September 29. Each of the four group members teamed with a senior industry executive to lead breakout groups. In addition, the "Future of Fragrance" and "Future of Beauty" groups presented to the Macy's merchant team, and the "Future of Leadership" group presented at this summer's Educational Foundation meeting.

DIRECT MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD
Christine Slusarek received a Silver Apple Award from the Direct Marketing Club of New York. The award honor accomplished direct marketing professionals who have served in the industry for 25 years or more. She was also featured in Direct magazine.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK IN EXHIBITION
This fall, two of Joan Melnick's works were included in an exhibition of interior and architectural renderings at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners. For more information, contact Joan Melnick, 75569.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN NEWSPAPER
Sharon Leddy was featured in an article, "Interior Designer Finds She Can Make It on Her Own," in the Poughkeepsie Journal. For more information, contact Joan Melnick, 75569.

FINANCIAL AID OFFICE HOLDS APPRECIATION DAY
In conjunction with Financial Aid Day, designated by the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Financial Aid Office held a reception on October 20 to recognize the work of its faculty and staff. For more information, contact Fran Kalish, 73582.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER CHAIRS MEETING
On September 22, Jeffrey Silberman, chair of Textile Development and Marketing Department, chaired the International Cotton Advisory Committee's Third Open Session of the 69th Plenary Meeting, entitled "The Impacts of Social and Environmental Standards on Demand for Cotton and Textiles." For more information, contact Jeffrey Silberman, 75234.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPRING HOUSING AVAILABLE
There are still rooms available in FIT residence halls, and spring 2011 housing applications will be available on December 1, 2010. All matriculated and nonmatriculated students registered for 12 or more credits are eligible to apply. The housing application can be accessed through MyFIT, by clicking on Online Information System. For more information, click here or contact Residential Life Office, 73900.

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 the Residential Life for posting in a residence hall or by the 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 OPPORTUNITY
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.

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 was 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.

WRITING STUDIO CLASSROOM VISITS
Faculty members can request that a Writing Studio representative help create a writing workshop tailored to the needs of their courses, or stop by a class for a brief informational visit. For more information or to request a workshop or visit, click here or contact Brian Fallon, 73062.

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES ARTSPEAK BLOG
In conjunction with ARTSpeak, the Fine Arts Department launched a blog and invites the FIT community to share individual stories on how diversity influences creative work. For more information, contact Julia Jacquette, 75891.

CET CALENDAR AVAILABLE ONLINE
Check the Center for Excellence in Teaching calendar for faculty development events on its website. Events include pedagogical workshops, seminars, round tables, and technology training for teaching/learning, including Angel. For more information, contact Celia Baez, 74064.

CAMPUS TOURS UNDER WAY
The Office of Admissions is now 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 OPPORTUNITIES
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Contest for Sustainability: Student teams and faculty advisors compete for $15,000 grants to design scientific, technical, and policy solutions to sustainability challenges. Projects can address water, energy, agriculture, built environment, and/or materials and chemicals. The selected teams will then bring their designs to the National Sustainable Design Expo and compete for the P3 Award and a $90,000 grant. Deadline: December 22. 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.