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October 2010

 

Elder Care Support Group

Fine Arts Department Holds ARTSpeak Symposium

Career and Internship Center Job and Internship Fair

FIT-ABLE Student Meeting

Educational Skills Faculty Member Gives Reading

The Museum at FIT's Fall Fashion Culture Series

FIT's Executive Women in Fashion Presents an Evening with Martha Stewart

President's Faculty Meeting

FIT-ABLE Holds Disability Awareness Week

Fine Arts Faculty Member Holds Exhibition

FIT Book Club

Admissions Open House

Nina Garcia Presents New Book

Talking Trade Lecture: Careers in Cotton

Exhibition: Eco-Fashion: Going Green

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Layered and Transparent

Exhibition: Japan Fashion Now


2010 Sustainability Grants Recipients

Fashion Merchandising Management Department News

Shelburne Museum Sponsors Fashion Design Contest

FIT in Florence Director Publishes Book and Website

Interior Design Faculty Member Wins Architecture Award

Fine Arts Faculty Member's Work in Exhibitions

Illustration Faculty Member Documents Air Force Base

Academic Affairs Staff Member's Donated Dress Shown at Museum

English and Speech Faculty Member's Play Has Reading

Communication Design Faculty Member Gives Guest Lecture

Mary Ellen Mark Speaks at Photo Talks Lecture Series


FIT-ABLE's ProjectTHRIVE

Student Scholarship Available

CET Calendar Available Online

Library Introduces New Website

Campus Tours Begin

Fall 2010 Wellness Schedule

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-Up


EVENTS

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
October 4, 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.

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: David Diao
October 4, 6:30-7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
David Diao is a painter and teacher whose work melds personal and art-historical references.

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.

As part of ARTSpeak, a blog will be launched to gather narratives that describe how diverse backgrounds, experiences, and influences contribute to creative output. For more information, contact Julia Jaquette, 75891.

CAREER AND INTERNSHIP CENTER JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR
October 5, 11 am-2:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The Career and Internship Center hosts approximately 50 companies covering fashion and related industries. Students and alumni have the opportunity to secure full-time, part-time, or freelance work, and current students may also obtain internships. A variety of workshops will be offered to help students prepare for the fair. For more information, contact Pam Zuckerman, 73017.

FIT-ABLE STUDENT MEETING
October 5, 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.

EDUCATIONAL SKILLS FACULTY MEMBER GIVES READING
October 5, 5 pm
Barnes and Noble at FIT
Mark Goldblatt discusses and reads from his new novel, Sloth.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S FALL FASHION CULTURE SERIES
The following events take place in October 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.

Japanese "Lolita" Tea Party
October 5, 6-8 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Gaschicon, who oversees graphic design for fashion brand h.Naoto and illustrates the Hangry & Angry comic strip, talks about kawaii (cuteness) culture and Japanese fashion with Masayo Fukuda-Williams and Jeff Williams, founders of clothing store Tokyo Rebel. Afterward, The Museum at FIT hosts a tea party, complete with pastries, all things Lolita, and the opportunity to be photographed wearing Lolita outfits.

Matthew Williamson and Laura Brown in Conversation with Patricia Mears
Thursday, October 21, 6-8 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join fashion designer Matthew Williamson, Laura Brown, features/special projects director at Harper's Bazaar, and Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at FIT, for a conversation to mark the release of Matthew Williamson, a new book by fashion historian Colin McDowell. A book signing will follow.

Lecture and Book Signing: Eco Fashion, by Sass Brown
October 26, 6-8 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Sass Brown, director of FIT in Florence (Polimoda), presents her new book, Eco Fashion, a comprehensive look at the environmentally conscious designers who are changing the fashion industry. By promoting recycling, redesign, reuse, sustainability, fair trade, and community development, these artists combine concern for the planet with love for exceptional fashion. A book signing will follow.

Talk and Tour: Eco-Fashion: Going Green
October 27, 10:30 am

Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Co-curator Colleen Hill leads this tour of Eco-Fashion: Going Green, an exhibition that surveys fashion's complex relationship with the environment. The show features brands such as Martin Margiela, Edun, Bodkin, Fin, and Noir.

Lecture: Japanese Fashion in New York, by Steven Alan
October 28, 6-8 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The precise yet unstudied tailoring for which menswear designer Steven Alan is known finds its complement in his personal search for perfection in Japanese fashion. He will talk about that search, its rewards, and the discoveries he has made along the way.

FIT'S EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN FASHION PRESENTS AND EVENING WITH MARTHA STEWART
October 7, 6-8:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Martha Stewart discusses what the industry might look like in the year 2020 with moderator Mindy Grossman, CEO and director, HSN, Inc. This event, hosted by FIT's Executive Women in Fashion, features a cocktail and networking session before the talk and a question-and-answer session after. Registration is $100 for FIT faculty and staff, and $125 for all other attendees. For more information or to register, contact Marjorie Phillips, 74307.

PRESIDENT'S FACULTY MEETING
October 12, 1-2 pm
8th Floor Alcove, David Dubinsky Student Center
President Brown holds a faculty meeting. For more information, contact Tanika McShall, 74010.

FIT-ABLE HOLDS DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK
FIT-ABLE holds A New DAWN (Disability Awareness Week Network), October 18-22, sponsored by a Diversity Council grant. The week features a variety of workshops, lectures, and film screenings, and the Gladys Marcus Library will feature a special display of books covering topics such as disabilities, study skills development, and identity in the library and in the Marvin Feldman Center lobby.

The following is a partial listing of events. For the full schedule, click here.

October 18

Lecture: Asperger's: Understanding the Student
5-6 pm
8th Floor Alcove, David Dubinsky Student Center
Speaker is Dr. Lynda Geller, who has a clinical practice in New York City providing specialized services for children, adolescents, and adults with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions. There will be refreshments and giveaways.

REELAbilities Film Festival: Ben X
6:30 pm

Dining Hall
Erik Kneubuehl, dean for Student Development and deputy to the vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success, welcomes students to the opening of the REELAbilities, NY Disabilities Film Festival. Ravit Turgeman, festival co-director and founder and managing director of Dragoman Films, gives an introduction, followed by a screening of the drama Ben X. All film festival screenings feature giveaways and free popcorn.

October 22

Inclusive Design Lecture and Studio Visits with Heamchand Subryan
Heamchand Subryan, SUNY Buffalo faculty member and design research associate at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, gives a lecture on inclusive design from 12-1 pm in the David Dubinsky Student Center's 8th Floor Alcove. He will also visit Exhibition Design, Interior Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design studios and classrooms from 10-11 am and 1-2 pm.

For more information, contact Liz Holly Mortensen, 74092.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER HOLDS EXHIBITION
October 19, 5-8 pm (opening); through November 7
Broome Street Gallery, 498 Broome St.
Vincent Arcilesi has an exhibition, Arcilesi in Rome: Paintings and Drawings, inspired by two work-study visits he made to Rome in 2009. For more information, contact Vincent Arcilesi, 75863.

FIT BOOK CLUB
October 21, 1-2 pm
Room A802
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the FIT Book Club. The book is TBA. For more information, contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE
October 23
Various locations on campus
The Office of Admissions hosts its annual Open House for prospective students and families, when the campus community can showcase FIT's programs and facilities. More information will be provided to departments and offices in mid-September. For additional information, contact Laura Arbogast, 73762.

NINA GARCIA PRESENTS NEW BOOK
October 26, 6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT alumna Nina Garcia, fashion director of Marie Claire, discusses and signs copies of her new book, Nina Garcia's Look Book. This event is sponsored by Barnes and Noble at FIT, and is open to the entire FIT community.

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.

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.

FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: LAYERED AND TRANSPARENT
Through November 13, 2010
Lynn and Carl Goldstein Gallery, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th Floor
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.

EXHIBITION: JAPAN FASHION NOW
Through January 8, 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

2010 SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS RECIPIENTS
The first recipients of FIT's annual Sustainability Grants, supported by a fund established by President Brown, were announced. Karen Pearson, Science and Math, and Elaine Maldonado, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, received a grant for Teaching Sustainability: A Cross Disciplinary Outreach, which maximizes the benefits of FIT's National Science Foundation Award. Jewelry Design staff members Sarah Abramson, Laura Pineda, and Brian Weissman received a grant for their Green Studio Initiative. MaryAnn Sorensen Allacci, Interior Design, received a grant for Building a Sustainable Design Resource: Partnering on the Next Generation of FIT Library Research Guides, which builds on the 2009 Sustainable Design Resource Guide. For detailed information about the grants, click here. Information about the application and proposal submissions for 2011 Sustainability Grants will be included in a forthcoming college-wide email and in MyFIT's Campus Announcements section.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT NEWS
On September 16, the FMM Department held a recruitment and information session with Macy's. Dara Silverglate, Macy's manager of college relations, and Macy's executives and FMM alumni Dora Carmichael, Katie Oberheim, and Tenzing Sherpa discussed their careers with approximately 90 FMM students at the session. Afterward, the Macy's team collected resumes for its 2011 executive development programs. In addition, on September 16, FIT's student-run Style Shop opened for fall semester. For more information, contact Vincent Quan, 74864.

SHELBURNE MUSEUM SPONSORS FASHION DESIGN CONTEST
The Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, is holding a Complete the Look contest, which challenges Fashion Design students to create three garments inspired by one of eight vintage bodices it has selected. The tops winners receive $1,000-2,000, and the top finalists will have their garments in the Shelburne Museum's In Fashion exhibition, June 18-October 30, 2011. An information session will be held on October 6 from 6-7:30 in the David Dubinsky Student Center's 8th Floor Alcove. For more information, contact Marilyn Hefferen.

FIT IN FLORENCE DIRECTOR PUBLISHES BOOK AND WEBSITE
In September, Sass Brown published Eco Fashion, about environmentally conscious designers. To support the book, she has launched ecofashiontalk.com, featuring a blog and a range of eco fashion resources. For more information, contact Sass Brown.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS ARCHITECTURE AWARD
Johannes M.P. Knoops received the People's Choice Award in Uni Systems, LLC's Raise the Roof Kinetic Architecture Competition, announced at the American Institute of Architects' National Convention in Miami. Knoops' entry, Evoking Obsolete Devices with Kinetic Fantasies, imagines two kinetic museum lecture halls that transform to outdoor movie screens. For more information, contact Johannes M.P. Knoops.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK IN EXHIBITIONS
Julia Jacquette's work is included in the following exhibitions this fall: Sweetness and Light at the University of Massachusetts' Hampden Gallery, through October 14; Everything Shines, at the University of Tennessee's Downtown Gallery, through October 30; Art and Appetite at Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center, through December 12; and Wedded Perspectives: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns, at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 9 through January 30, 2011. For more information, contact Julia Jacquette.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER DOCUMENTS AIR FORCE BASE
In collaboration with the Society of Illustrators and the U.S. Air Force, Melanie Reim was hosted by General Ray Johns at Scott Air Force Base for an Air Force art mission. Reim drew on location, documenting the global air command center and a medevac evacuation. On September 28, her work from the mission and other drawings were included in a panel at the Society of Illustrators' lecture series Wild Blue Yonder: Illustrating on a Mission. For more information, contact Melanie Reim,74318.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS STAFF MEMBER'S DONATED DRESS SHOWN AT MUSEUM
Michele Viscosi donated her grandmother's wedding dress (circa 1908) to the Italian America Museum. The dress was restored by Sarah Byrd, a Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice student. On October 21 at 6 pm, Byrd gives a presentation on the dress at the museum, and Joseph Scelsa, founder and president of the museum, gives a related lecture. For more information, contact Michele Viscosi, 74047.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER'S PLAY HAS READING
Glenda Frank's play, The Fourth Estate, ran August 17-25 at The Cherry Pit. In addition, her comedy The Weigh In will be read at Julia's Room on October 19. For more information, contact Glenda Frank.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER GIVES GUEST LECTURE
On October 18, C.J. Yeh gives a lecture, Designing in the Post-Digital Age, at Euro RSCG Life LM&P, a pharmaceutical branding and advertising agency. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh.

MARY ELLEN MARK SPEAKS AT PHOTO TALKS LECTURE SERIES
Photographer Mary Ellen Mark spoke at FIT on September 14, as part of the Photography Department's Photo Talks lecture series. She has had portraits and photo-essays in publications such as Life, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, and has published 16 books.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIT-ABLE'S PROJECTTHRIVE
FIT-ABLE introduced projectTHRIVE (Towards Higher Realizations of Individual Visions of Excellence), a program that offers assistance to students on the Autism spectrum or who have social anxiety disorders, pervasive development disorders, and other nonverbal learning disorders. Conceived by Liz Holly Mortensen, director of FIT-ABLE, it's a collaborative effort between FIT and the Jewish Child Care Association's Compass Project, and provides help with independent living skills, navigating the world of academia, social skills training, time management, and organizational skills. Samantha Silverberg, FIT-ABLE, has office hours in Room A570 on Mondays, 10 am-3 pm, and Thursdays, 9 am-12 pm, to support this program. For more information, contact Liz Holly Mortensen, 74092.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Fourth, fifth, and sixth semester students can apply for a $5,000 scholarship from the YMA 2011 Fashion Scholarship Fund Committee. To be eligible, students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, and submit an application and case study. Deadline is November 1, 2010. Required information should be emailed to Robin Sackin or dropped off in Room B320.

CET CALENDAR AVAILABLE ONLINE
Check the Center for Excellence in Teaching calendar for faculty development events on its website. Upcoming events include the faculty-to-faculty Teaching with Technology Series, Teaching Institute Information Session, Creating a Rubric Workshop, and this year's first Faculty Mini-Retreat Breakfast. For more information, contact Celia Baez, 74064.

LIBRARY INTRODUCES NEW WEBSITE
The Gladys Marcus Library encourages FIT to visit its new website, designed to reflect the the community's needs. If you have comments or suggestions, submit them to the online suggestion box.

CAMPUS TOURS BEGIN
Beginning this fall, 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 to see first-hand our state-of-the-art facilities. Prospective students can register for an information session and campus tour here. For more information, contact Matilde Perez, 73374.

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.