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April 2011

 

Exhibition: Japan Fashion Now

Illustration Faculty Member Has Solo Exhibition

Elder Care Support Group

Love Your Library 2011

Lunchtime Seminar: Managing Personal and Work Stress

Bereavement Group

Fine Arts ARTSpeak Symposium

Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference: The Liquid Planet

Spring Health Fair

English and Speech and Liberal Arts Guest Speaker: Tony Kushner

Jewelry Design Guest Speaker: Dexter Cirillo

Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Faculty Member Has Exhibition

Talk and Tour: His & Hers

Third Annual Pet Fashion Show: Fashion After Bark

Holocaust Commemoration

2011 Lawrence J. Israel Prize and Lecture

Fine Arts Faculty Member Has Solo Exhibition

Board of Trustees Meeting

Annual BFA Fashion Show: The Future of Fashion

Exhibition: His & Hers

Faculty Awards Ceremony

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Romancing the Common Object


2011 Commencement Speakers

Deirdre Quinn Appointed to FIT's Board of Trustees

SUNY Launches New Website

Fabric Styling Faculty Member Makes TV Appearance

English and Speech Faculty Member's Play Performed

Social Sciences Faculty Member Presents Paper

History of Art Faculty Member Publishes Interview

English and Speech Faculty Member Publishes Book, Presents at Conference


Counseling Center Design Contest

Campus Security and ID Cards

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Spring 2011 Wellness Schedule

School of Liberal Arts Design Contest

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

EXHIBITION: JAPAN FASHION NOW
Through April 2
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.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO EXHIBITION
Through April 4
Treasure Room Gallery, Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive
In honor of Women's History Month, Melanie Reim has a solo exhibition, Another Woman's Life: Location Drawings of Women Working. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
April 4, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
This 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.

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY 2011
The Gladys Marcus Library's Love Your Library 2011 features the following events in April:

From Prehistory to Prêt-à-Porter
April 4, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Berg, publishers of the Dartmouth-Medal-winning Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, gives a demonstration of its online fashion library, and Karen Cannell, Gladys Marcus Library, gives a digital tour of the rare materials in FIT's Special Collections. For more information, contact Karen Cannell, 74386.

Get to Work on Getting a Job
April 5, 5:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
A panel of FIT faculty and staff; alumna Janna Blum, East Coast retail accessories merchandiser for Marc by Marc Jacobs; and Shari Simberkoff, director of human resources at Eileen Fisher, give advice on strengthening career searches. For more information, contact Helen Lane, 74407.

LUNCHTIME SEMINAR: MANAGING PERSONAL AND WORK STRESS
April 5, 1-2 pm
SR7
This seminar teaches attendees how to prepare for the challenges they face in work and life, understand how stressful people and situations affect them, and recognize the signs and symptoms of stress. For more information, click here or contact Bob Silverstein, 75600.

BEREAVEMENT GROUP
April 7, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
This group focuses on typical grief reactions and healthy coping mechanisms, and provides attendees with an opportunity to discuss feelings, concerns, and questions in a safe, confidential environment. For more information, contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

FINE ARTS ARTSPEAK SYMPOSIUM
The Fine Arts Department holds ARTSpeak, a multipart symposium. 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. As part of the symposium, an exhibition featuring the best posts from the ARTSpeak blog will be held from April 4-15, on the 6th floor of the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center.  Supported by a Diversity Council grant. For more information, contact Julia Jaquette, 75891.


Art and Diversity Panel Discussion
April 11, 6:30-7:30 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This panel discussion, moderated by Andrew Weinstein, History of Art, features artists David Diao, Nayland Blake, and Chie Fueki, who will discuss diversity and artistic practice in contemporary and modern art.

ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND DESIGN CONFERENCE: THE LIQUID PLANET
April 12, 8:15 am-5:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT's fifth annual sustainability conference, The Liquid Planet, features a panel discussion on local water issues and guest speakers, including Mark Dorfman, green chemist and water expert with the Biomimicry Institute; Joshua Onysko, founder of Pangea Organics; and Martin Schreibman, distinguished professor at Brooklyn College. The conference also includes breakout sessions, student exhibitions, and more. Click here for more information or to register.

SPRING HEALTH FAIR
April 12, 12-3 pm

Outside Dubinsky and Business and Liberal Arts centers
Health Services hosts its annual spring Health Fair. Many local health organizations will participate and provide information. This year's fair also features Project Renewal's Scan Van, which offers mammography screening to women 40 and older. An appointment is required. To schedule an appointment, call 1 800 564.6868. Most insurance is accepted, and screenings are free to uninsured women. Co-payments and deductibles will be waived. For more information, contact Stephanie Burke, 74195.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH AND LIBERAL ARTS GUEST SPEAKER: TONY KUSHNER
April 12, 5-6 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
The English and Speech Department and School of Liberal Arts present Pulitzer, Tony, and Emmy-award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America. For more information, contact Patrick Knisley, 75362.

JEWELRY DESIGN GUEST SPEAKER: DEXTER CIRILLO
April 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Room D211
The Jewelry Design Department presents Dexter Cirillo, a specialist in Southwestern Native-American jewelry who has published two books on the subject. For more information, contact Isolina Perez, 75742.

VISUAL PRESENTATION AND EXHIBITION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER HAS EXHIBITION
Through April 23
SBD Gallery, 125 East 4th Street
Anne Finkelstein has an exhibition, The High Line Series, of paintings and digital compositions inspired by the High Line's summer 2009 opening. For more information, click here or contact Anne Finkelstein, 74302.

TALK AND TOUR: HIS & HERS
April 27, 10:30 am (Colleen Hill)
Fashion and Textile History Gallery
Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley, exhibition curators, give tours of His & Hers, an exhibition that examines the relationship between gender and fashion. His & Hers explores how distinctions of "masculine" and "feminine" shift over time.

THIRD ANNUAL PET FASHION SHOW: FASHION AFTER BARK
April 27, 5 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Dogs walk the runway as students in the Pet Product Design and Marketing certificate program present their third annual fashion show.

HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION
April 28, 1 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Suzanne Vromen, professor emeritus of sociology at Bard College and author of Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Belgian Nuns and Their Daring Rescue of Young Jews from the Nazis, is the guest speaker at FIT's annual Holocaust commemoration. She will be introduced by Anne Griffin, professor of political science at The Cooper Union. Sponsored by the Diversity Council. For more information, contact Roberta Paley, 74930.

2011 LAWRENCE J. ISRAEL PRIZE AND LECTURE
April 28, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Architect and designer David Rockwell, founder and CEO of the Rockwell Group, received the Interior Design Department's 2011 Lawrence J. Israel Prize, and will give the annual lecture, focusing on his professional journey, the Rockwell Group's current projects, and his new explorations into using technology to create more powerful spatial experiences. For more information, contact Johannes Knoops, 75550.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO EXHIBITION
Through April 30
Anna Kustera Gallery, 520 West 21st Street
Julia Jaquette has a solo exhibition of paintings. For more information, contact Julia Jaquette, 75891.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
May 4, 11 am

Robert Lagary Board Room
FIT's Board of Trustees holds its regular meeting, which is open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of the General Counsel, 74030.

ANNUAL BFA FASHION SHOW: THE FUTURE OF FASHION
May 4, 4:30 and 7:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall (invitation only); Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium (3D simulcast—general admission)
The annual fashion show features the work of top graduating Fashion Design BFA students. The 7:30 pm show will be streamed live to the Future of Fashion website. Judges are Kate Betts, author and contributing editor at Time; Lauren Brown, features/special projects editor at Harper's Bazaar; FIT alumna Nina Garcia, fashion director at Marie Claire; FIT alumna and stylist Alana Kelen; and Siafa Lewis, host of the WNBC-TV show LXNY. Show critics include Carolina Herrera, Narciso Rodriguez, and FIT alumni Calvin Klein and Norma Kamali.

EXHIBITION: HIS & HERS
Through May 10
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 AWARDS CEREMONY
May 17, 4 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The first Faculty Awards Ceremony honors faculty recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award and other awards, including the new FIT Faculty Excellence Award and the FIT President's Award for Excellence. For more information, contact Gwen Ferguson-Pugh, 74046.

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

FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: ROMANCING THE COMMON OBJECT
Through October 28
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

2011 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS
Aerin Lauder, senior vice president and creative director of Estée Lauder, and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, will speak at the 2011 commencement ceremonies, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Lauder will address the schools of Art and Design and Graduate Studies during the 10:30 am ceremony, and Hsieh will address the schools of Business and Technology and Liberal Arts during the 3:30 pm ceremony.

DEIRDRE QUINN APPOINTED TO FIT'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Deirdre Quinn was sworn in on March 7 as a member of FIT's Board of Trustees. Quinn is president and co-founder of women's clothing brand Lafayette 148 New York, which is sold at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom, and in specialty stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. She previously served as vice president of production and sourcing for Escada, vice president of operations for Liz Claiborne, and director of production for Donna Karan. 

SUNY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
In March, the State University of New York launched a new website, which aims to be more engaging and continue to nurture a sense of pride in SUNY. SUNY is also launching a hub for social media throughout its system. Featuring content created by Generation SUNY, the hub connects visitors to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts for all 64 campuses.

FABRIC STYLING FACULTY MEMBER MAKES TV APPEARANCE
On March 14, Sara Petitt appeared on New York Nightly News, hosted by Chuck Scarborough, to discuss her recent exhibition of photographs she made in Cuba and India in 2010. For more information, contact Sara Petitt, 75189.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER'S PLAY PERFORMED
Glenda Frank's play, Wedding Bells, was selected to be performed at the New Play Festival in March. For more information, contact Glenda Frank, 75353.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS PAPER
Yuniya Kawamura presented a paper, "Tokyo as a Fashion-producing City," at the Urban Popcultures Global Conference in Prague. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES INTERVIEW
Shana Lindsay published an interview with multimedia artist Paul Chan in Museo magazine's February 2011 issue. For more information, contact Shana Lindsay, 74658.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK, PRESENTS AT CONFERENCE
Amy Lemmon co-authored a book with poet Denise Duhamel, Enjoy Hot or Iced: Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, which was published in February 2011. In addition, Lemmon presented on a panel, How Everybody Is Doing Everything: Teaching and Writing at Art Schools, at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' annual conference in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Amy Lemmon, 75340.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

COUNSELING CENTER DESIGN CONTEST
The Counseling Center is sponsoring a design contest for its Body Image Awareness and Eating Issues Awareness Campaign. The winning student will receive $300, and his/her design will be used for the center's spring poster campaign (second prize, $100 and third prize, $50). All flat media is accepted, 11 by 18 inches is the preferred size, and all entries must be fact- and spell-checked, with any references written on back. Posters must also include the Counseling Center's name, location, and phone number (A212B, 212 217.4269). Students must submit entries with name, address, and phone number to Liza Wolsky, 74264, by April 5.

CAMPUS SECURITY AND ID CARDS
The college is currently implementing a new security enhancement program with state-of-the-art technology to help keep the community safe including the installation of new, high-resolution cameras in all 27th street building lobbies. Cameras in the dormitory elevators will be integrated into this system as well. You are reminded that campus security depends on observation of the rules. Please keep your FIT IDs readily available and cooperate with the security guards' requests to see them when you enter campus buildings.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences is requesting proposals for research projects that will help improve reading, writing, and numeracy skills of learners in adult education programs; enhance targeted learning outcomes of postsecondary students; and increase access to, persistence in, and completion of postsecondary education. Letter of intent due April 21 or July 21. Deadlines: June 23 or September 23. For more information, contact the Grants Office, 73620.

SPRING 2011 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student-Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff:

AX39
Monday—Pilates, 12-1 pm
Tuesday—Body Toning, 1-2 pm

BX28
Wednesday—Non-impact Aerobics, 1-2 pm
Thursday—Yoga, 1-2 pm

Spring classes continue through May 20. Locker and shower facilities are located near the gym area. You may use a locker only during class time, must bring your own combination lock, and must empty your locker after class. Portable mats are available for purchase at a discounted price of $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.

SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS DESIGN CONTEST
The School of Liberal Arts is sponsoring a graphic design contest to announce its minors in Asian Studies, Economics, English, Film and Media, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Psychology, and more (for a complete list of minors, click here). The winning designs representing each minor will be printed on five-by-seven-inch postcards with the designer's name and distributed to the FIT community. Students should submit PDFs to Madeleine Meyerson by April 15.

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 do not 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.