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May 2011

 

Elder Care Support Group

Board of Trustees Meeting

Annual BFA Fashion Show: The Future of Fashion

Bereavement Group

Stillness, Awareness, and Wisdom Workshop

Art Market Capstone Exhibition: Piece of Mind

Gospel Choir 15th Anniversary Celebration

Fashion and Textile Studies Annual Symposium: Undressing the Fashionable Myth

Exhibition: His & Hers

Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition: TrueFaces

Lecture and Book Signing: Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style—Kate Betts

Dance Team Spring Showcase

Exhibition Design Capstone Presentations and Reception

Faculty Awards Ceremony

CFMM Capstone Presentations and Reception: Beauty for All: Innovations in Mass Retail

Exhibition: Sporting Life

Communication Design Faculty Member to Present at Digital Media Festival

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Romancing the Common Object


2011 Commencement

Fine Arts Faculty Member Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Health, Physical Education, and Dance Faculty Member Elected Head Coach

Illustration MFA Faculty Member Contributes to Online Magazine

Social Sciences Faculty Member Contributes Essay

Illustration MFA Faculty Member's Work Selected for Festival

FIT International Program Included in Book

Fashion Design Faculty Member Publishes Book

English and Speech Faculty Members Present at Conference

Career and Internship Center Hosts Government Careers Event

FMM Alumni Association Holds Annual Spring Networking Event


Commencement Committee Solicits Nominations for 2012

Library Offers Sustainable Design Resource

Sustainability Grants Available

Counseling Center Holds Stress Relief Day for Students

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Spring 2011 Wellness Schedule

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
May 2, 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.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
May 4, 2:30 pm

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 alumnae Nina Garcia, fashion director at Marie Claire, and VH1 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.

BEREAVEMENT GROUP
May 5, 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.

STILLNESS, AWARENESS, AND WISDOM WORKSHOP
May 5, 1-2 pm
Room D211
At this event, Rabbi Laibl Wolf teaches attendees to calm their minds, reprogram attitudes and beliefs, and learn the art of emotional intelligence. Sponsored by the Chabad Club. For more information, contact Malka Werde, 74148.

ART MARKET CAPSTONE EXHIBITION: PIECE OF MIND
May 5, 6-9 pm (reception); on view through May 28
Elga Wimmer Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, #310
Organized by graduating students in the Art Market: Principles and Practices MA program, this exhibition features ten contemporary artists who explore how various types of accumulation—actual objects or amassed memories, deliberately gathered or inevitably accrued over time—can be presented and interpreted. For more information, email fitfall2011@gmail.com.

GOSPEL CHOIR 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
May 5, 8 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
The Gospel Choir celebrates its 15th anniversary by performing with alumni, faculty, and staff members. Used cell phones will be collected for Verizon's HopeLine, which helps support domestic violence victims and survivors. Refreshments will be provided. Regular tickets are $15 (limited quantity) and VIP tickets are $25. Free admission for students. For more information, contact Deborah Payton-Jones, 74140.

FASHION AND TEXTILE STUDIES ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM: UNDRESSING THE FASHIONABLE MYTH
May 7, 1-5 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room
Students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program present their annual symposium. To register, email gradrsvp@fitnyc.edu or call 74319.

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.

ART AND DESIGN GRADUATING STUDENT EXHIBITION: TRUEFACES
May 11-24
Various locations on campus
This show presents the work of more than 800 graduating AAS and BFA students.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: EVERYDAY ICON: MICHELLE OBAMA AND THE POWER OF STYLE—KATE BETTS
May 12, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Kate Betts, author and contributing editor at Time, presents her latest book, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. A book signing will follow.

DANCE TEAM SPRING SHOWCASE
May 12, 13, and 14, 7 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
The Dance Team presents its spring showcase, featuring professional and student choreography. For more information, contact Kerri-Ann McTiernan, 74213.

EXHIBITION DESIGN CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS AND RECEPTION
May 16, 11 am-5 pm (judging); 5-7 pm (reception)
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor
Graduating students in the Exhibition Design program present their capstone projects to an industry audience. Tali Krakowsi, founder of Apologue, Inc., will give a presentation.

FACULTY AWARDS CEREMONY
May 17, 4 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The first Faculty Awards Ceremony honors 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.

CFMM CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS AND RECEPTION: BEAUTY FOR ALL: INNOVATIONS IN MASS RETAIL
May 19, 5:30-9 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Graduating students in the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management MPS program present research on mass retail environments for beauty. Sponsored by Target. For more information or to reserve a place, contact Stephan Kanlian, 74306.

EXHIBITION: SPORTING LIFE
May 25-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.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER TO PRESENT AT DIGITAL MEDIA FESTIVAL
June 18
Woodstock, VT
C.J. Yeh was 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.

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
Aerin Lauder, creative director and chairman of Aerin LLC and style and image 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. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to Glenda Bailey, editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar, and Simon Doonan, creative ambassador-at-large for Barneys.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER AWARDED GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP
Katherine Bradford was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of fine arts. She has shown her work at P.S. 1, the Brooklyn Museum, and Exit Art. She also is a recipient of a Pollock Krasner Grant (2000) and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award (2005).

HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AND DANCE FACULTY MEMBER ELECTED HEAD COACH
Sergey Isayenko was elected head coach of the U.S. junior men's saber team for this spring's Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championship in Jordan. For more information, contact Amy Zaborowski, 74220.

ILLUSTRATION MFA FACULTY MEMBER CONTRIBUTES TO ONLINE MAGAZINE
Steve Brodner contributed a series of current-events-related art essays, "Smashing Crayons," to Slate.com. For more information, contact Steve Brodner.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER CONTRIBUTES ESSAY
Yuniya Kawamura contributed an essay, "Yohji Yamamoto: A Sartorial Revolutionary," to the catalogue for the Victoria & Albert Museum's Yohji Yamamoto exhibition. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.

ILLUSTRATION MFA FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK SELECTED FOR FESTIVAL
A group of a Zina Saunders's animated editorials, which appear on MotherJones.com, was selected for the Grinnell College Animated Film Festival, copresented with The Independant magazine. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

FIT INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM INCLUDED IN BOOK
A profile of FIT's international Fashion Design program with the Politecnico di Milano is included in a new book, The International Gateway, Projects and Partnerships, published by Edizioni Olivares. The book features capstone garments and portfolio artwork by FIT students and alumni who have participated in the program. For more information, contact Lisa Feuerherm.

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
Michele Wesen Bryant published a book, Fashion Drawings: Fashion Techniques for Illustrators. For more information, contact Michele Wesen Bryant.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBERS PRESENT AT CONFERENCE
Jean Amato, Michael Hyde, and Melissa Tombro presented the results of their project, Heirloom Recipes: A Cross-Cultural Exchange, at the College English Association Conference. The project was funded by a Diversity Council grant. For more information, contact Michael Hyde, 75357.

CAREER AND INTERNSHIP CENTER HOSTS GOVERNMENT CAREERS EVENT
In April, the Career and Internship Center hosted an event, Careers with the Federal Government, in conjunction with the Partnership for Public Service's Annenberg Speakers Bureau. The keynote speaker was Michael Odle, a legislative affairs specialist with the USDA Forest Service and a public affairs officer and captain with the 173rd fighter wing of the U.S. Air Force.

FMM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HOLDS ANNUAL SPRING NETWORKING EVENT
In March, the Fashion Merchandising Management Alumni Association held its fourth annual spring networking event. Guest speaker Paul Rosengard, executive vice president, head of menswear at Li & Fung USA, shared lessons learned during his career in the fashion industry. For more information, contact Janice Messinger, 74856.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE SOLICITS NOMINATIONS FOR 2012
The Commencement Nominations Committee is currently soliciting honorary degree and speaker recommendations for commencement 2012. 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 20.

LIBRARY OFFERS SUSTAINABLE DESIGN RESOURCE
The Gladys Marcus Library has created a Sustainable Design LibGuide to support sustainable design research and help users identify issues of social, environmental, and economic relevance to the design field. For more information, contact MaryAnn Sorensen Allacci.

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.

COUNSELING CENTER HOLDS STRESS RELIEF DAY FOR STUDENTS
The Counseling Center will hold a spring Stress Relief Day for students on May 10 in A212B, from 12-6 pm. The day features relaxation exercises, meditation workshops, stress management tips, aromatherapy, beading, relaxing music, healthy snacks, and more. The winner of the Body Image and Eating Issues Awareness Poster Contest will be announced.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Fulbright Scholars Abroad Program: For research, university lecturing, or a combination of the two. Opportunities range from two months to an academic year and are available for a range of areas in humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and the arts, as well as applied fields such as business and journalism. Scholars at all academic levels may apply. Round-trip travel, maintenance, and housing are provided. Deadline: August 1.

Fulbright Scholars Abroad Specialist Program: Provides short-term grants of two to six weeks. Grantees are able to undertake research and lecture activities, as well as curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning, and a variety of other activities. Grants include travel and per-diem, plus a $200 per day honorarium. Deadline: rolling.

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.

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.