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June 2011

 

Illustration MA Capstone Exhibition: Hurly-Burly

Board of Trustees Meeting

2011 Adjunct Summer Institute

Talk and Tour: Sporting Life

Communication Design Faculty Member to Present at Digital Media Festival

Exhibition: Sporting Life

Exhibition: Daphne Guinness

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Romancing the Common Object


Vice President for Academic Affairs Appointed

Dean for the School of Graduate Studies Appointed

FIT Community Members Honored with Awards

Student Designs Displayed in Department Store Windows

SUNY Launches University Report Card

FIT Holds Dance-a-Thon for Charity

Illustration MFA Faculty Member Illustrates Stamp

Interior Design Faculty Member Shows Work in Exhibition, Wins Award

Social Sciences Faculty Member Gives Presentation


CET Summer Schedule

Writing Studio Summer Schedule

Sustainability Grants Available

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Summer 2011 Wellness Schedule

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

ILLUSTRATION MA CAPSTONE EXHIBITION: HURLY-BURLY
June 7, 5:30-7 pm (opening); on view June 8-July 3
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Hurly-Burly exhibits the culminating body of work by Illustration MA students. The work represents a range of cultures and includes graphic novels, fashion, collage, mythology, costume, journals, and more. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
June 9, 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 General Counsel's Office, 74030.

2011 ADJUNCT SUMMER INSTITUTE
June 14, 8:45 am-4 pm
David Dubinsky Center, Eighth Floor
This all-day seminar's topic is Reflective Teaching Portfolio, and it features FIT faculty presenters Daniel Levinson Wilk, American History, and Karen Pearson, Science and Mathematics. Guest presenters are CUNY faculty members Paul King, Gwen Cohen-Brown, and Janet Liou-Mark. For adjunct faculty members only. RSVP required. To attend, contact Celia Baez, 74064.

TALK AND TOUR: SPORTING LIFE
June 22, 10:30 am
July 20, 10:30 am
August 17, 10:30 am

Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Exhibition co-curator Jennifer Farley gives a tour of Sporting Life, which explores the relationship between active sportswear and fashion over the past 150 years.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER TO PRESENT AT DIGITAL MEDIA FESTIVAL
June 18
Woodstock, VT
C.J. Yeh is one of ten artists selected to show artwork and give presentations at the first annual Woodstock Digital Media Festival. Festival events include workshops, round-table discussions, and exhibitions. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

EXHIBITION: SPORTING LIFE
Through November 5
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition explores the relationship between active sportswear and fashion over the past 150 years. Featuring more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles from the museum's permanent collection, it highlights changes in silhouette, construction, and technology that have improved active sportswear.

EXHIBITION: DAPHNE GUINNESS
September 16, 2011-January 7, 2012

Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition features approximately 100 garments and accessories from Guinness's personal collection, including designs from Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and Valentino. Guinness's own designs will also be on display.

FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: ROMANCING THE COMMON OBJECT
Through October 28
Lynn and Carl Goldstein Gallery, Marvin Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
This exhibition includes works by faculty and staff that are inspired by everyday objects. For more information, contact Tom Irizarry, 74565.


NEWS

VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS APPOINTED
Giacomo (Jack) Oliva has been appointed vice president for Academic Affairs, effective June 6. Before coming to FIT, Oliva was dean of the University of Nebraska's Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Prior to that, he was director of the University of Florida's School of Music for nine years, and head of the University of Mississippi's music department for seven years. Oliva has a BA and MA from Montclair State University, and an EdD from New York University.

DEAN FOR THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES APPOINTED
W. Taylor Johnson has been appointed dean for the School of Graduate Studies, effective July 5. He served at Georgetown University for 15 years, developing and directing the medical center's Office of Biomedical Graduate Education. Prior to that, Johnson was at The Catholic University of America, where he established the Office of Graduate Student Services and served as its coordinator for ten years. He has a BA and MFA from The Catholic University of America, and a DLS from Georgetown University.

FIT COMMUNITY MEMBERS HONORED WITH AWARDS
The following FIT community members received SUNY Chancellor's Awards:

Award for Excellence in Teaching
Nancy Kaplan Ostroff, Fashion Merchandising Management
Karen Pearson, Science and Mathematics
Daniel Levinson Wilk, American History
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design

Award for Faculty Service
Melanie Reim, Illustration

Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
Lourdes Font, History of Art, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

Award for Excellence in Classified Service-Community Colleges
Mary Tsujimoto, Liberal Arts Dean's Office

Award for Student Excellence
Jusil Carroll, Fashion Design
Lily Chen, Production Management
Catherine Garrison, International Trade and Marketing
Amanda Shay, Fashion Merchandising Management
Julia Sinelnikova, Fine Arts
Heather Viggiani, Advertising and Marketing Communications

Scholar Athlete Award
Annelise Trezza, Fine Arts—half marathon
Michelle Welles, Fashion Merchandising Management—swimming and diving

The following faculty members received FIT awards, presented for the first time this year:

Faculty Excellence Award
Deborah Klesenski-Rispoli, Photography
Sandra Krasovec, Packaging Design
C.J. Yeh, Communication Design

President's Award for Faculty Excellence
Joseph Antee, Fashion Merchandising Management
Judy Ellis, Toy Design


STUDENT DESIGNS DISPLAYED IN DEPARTMENT STORE WINDOWS
Bahram Hakakian, CEO of Barami department stores, served as the critic for the Advanced Draping Techniques class and selected eight students from the class to show work in this spring's AAS exhibition, Film Noir. He selected dresses by Mark Eric, Film Noir's Critic's Award winner, and Brittney Banks, Aisling Camps, and Tanja Mrdja to be displayed in Barami's widows in May. For more information, contact Barbara Arata-Gavere, 75004.

SUNY LAUNCHES UNIVERSITY REPORT CARD
On May 17, The State University of New York launched an annual SUNY report card, which allows New Yorkers to hold it accountable for the progress it pledges to make as outlined in its strategic plan, The Power of SUNY. SUNY will measure success in teaching and research, and also embrace its public mission to play a role in the critical issues facing the state, including helping to turn around New York's economy and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. To do this, it has indentified priorities in alternative energy, "cradle-to-career" education, globalization, diversity, research and innovation, health and wellness, and the impact SUNY students, faculty, and staff can have on building stronger communities statewide. The report card uses internally and externally validated metrics to track progress in these areas. 

FIT HOLDS DANCE-A-THON FOR CHARITY
In May, the Student Life Department and FITSA hosted a Dance-a-Thon to benefit Kids In Distressed Situations (KIDS). There were approximately 60 participants, and the event raised more than $2,300 for KIDS. For more information, contact Student Life, 74130.

ILLUSTRATION MFA FACULTY MEMBER ILLUSTRATES STAMP
Nancy Stahl illustrated a new 55-cent charity stamp for the U.S. Postal Service, depicting an Amur tiger cub. Eleven cents from the sale of each stamp benefit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife Without Borders Multinational Species Conservation Funds, which protect endangered species such as rhinos, Asian and African elephants, great apes, and marine turtles. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER SHOWS WORK IN EXHIBITION, WINS AWARD
Johannes Knoops has a kinetic work, "Evoking Obsolete Devices with Kinetic Fantasies," in the Pacific Design Center's TIMEless exhibition, which explores applications of interactive design across various disciplines. In addition, the International Design Awards honored him with a silver award for his project "Windscraper." For more information, contact Johannes Knoops.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER GIVES PRESENTATION
Yuniya Kawamura presented her research on Japanese subcultures and fashion at the Museum of Arts & Design's symposium Ecstatic Skin: The Evolution of Subcultures in a Global World. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

CET SUMMER SCHEDULE
The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502, will remain open during the summer, and ANGEL training will continue. For more information on the CET's summer schedule, click here or call 74064.

WRITING STUDIO SUMMER SCHEDULE
The Writing Studio, Room C612, will be open for walk-ins, appointments, and online tutoring this summer, through July 27. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday, 5-9 pm. For more information, contact the Writing Studio at writing_studio@fitnyc.edu, 73060.

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 was 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 December 9. Click here for more information on applying, or contact Robert Vassalotti, 74882, or Grazyna Pilatowicz, 75574.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Marketing Science Institute's Alden G. Clayton Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition: Awards a prize to the best dissertation on important marketing subjects. Award: $5,000. Deadline: August 31.

Samuel P. Hays Research Fellowship: Provides practicing historians funding for travel and use of an archive or manuscript repository. Award: $1,000. Deadline: September 30.

Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship: Provides PhD students funding for travel and research in the field of environmental history. Award: $1,000. Deadline: September 30.

American Society for Environmental History's Madison Travel Grants: Provides graduate students funding to present at its annual conference. Award: $500. Deadline: October 14.

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

May 31-July 5—AX39
Monday—Pilates, 12-1 pm
Tuesday—Body Toning, 1-2 pm
Wednesday—Ethnic Dance Aerobics, 12-1 pm
Thursday—Yoga, 1-2 pm

July 6-28—BX02
Monday—Pilates, 12-1 pm
Tuesday—Body Toning, 12-1 pm
Wednesday—Ethnic Dance Aerobics, 12-1 pm
Thursday—Yoga, 12-1 pm

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. You will need your own roll-up mat for Pilates, Body Toning, and Yoga classes in July, as BX02 does not have floor mats. 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.

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.