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February 2011

 

FN Reveals Shoe Star Finalists

Financial Aid Awareness Month

The Museum at FIT's Spring Fashion Culture Series

Elder Care Support Group

Bereavement Group

Book Signing: It's Not Really About The Hair, by Tabatha Coffey

History of Art Faculty Member Curates Exhibition

Library Amnesty Week

Fine Arts ARTSpeak Symposium

Presentation: Penn South: The New History

EAP Lunchtime Seminar: It's About Time—Time Management

Faculty Mini-Retreat: Science+Design=Effective Business

Board of Trustees Meeting

Exhibition: Vivienne Westwood 1980-89

Exhibition: Japan Fashion Now

Exhibition: His & Hers

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Romancing the Common Object


Spring 2011 Appointments

State University of New York Releases The Power of SUNY Video

Lari and Barbara Stanton Fitness Center Opens

Lou Stollar, Former UCE President, Dies

School of Business and Technology Participates in NRF Exhibition


School of Liberal Arts Design Contest

Academic Skills Tutoring Available

CET Calendar Available Online

New Grants Digest Available

Call for Sustainability Grants Proposals

Campus Tours Available

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

FN REVEALS SHOE STAR FINALISTS
February 1, 1 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
FN (Footwear News) reveals the six Accessories Design student finalists in its Shoe Star competition. All FIT faculty, staff, and students are invited to the event announcing the finalists, and one attendee will win an iPad. FNShoeStar.com broadcasts weekly webisodes of the competition. For more information, click here.

FINANCIAL AID AWARENESS MONTH
Various locations on campus
Financial Aid is sponsoring a series of events designed for FIT community members who need financial assistance. One-on-one financial aid counseling will be available daily, starting January 31, and schedules for appointments will be posted outside the Financial Aid Office. February 7-10, Financial Aid will also have staffed locations in the Dubinsky, Business and Liberal Arts, Feldman, and Pomerantz centers and the library lobby from 12-2 pm. For more information or event schedules, contact Financial Aid, 73560, Room A212A.

Financial Aid Information Workshops
February 3: 1-2 pm, Room B306; 5-6 pm, Room C205
February 7, 5-6 pm, Room C205
February 9, 1-2 pm, Dining Hall
February 17, 1-2 pm, Room B306

Student and Parent Workshop: How to Pay For CollegeGrants and Loans
February 8: 1-2 pm, Room B306; 5-6 pm, Room C205

FAFSA Hands-on Workshop
February 10, 1 pm, Room C309

SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day
February 12, 11 am-1:30 pm, Haft Auditorium

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

Lecture and Book Signing: FashionEast: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism, by Djurdja Bartlett
February 4, 6 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join Djurdja Bartlett, author and research fellow at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, as she discusses her new book, FashionEast: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism, which explores the rich history of fashion under communism in the 20th century. A book signing will follow.

Tokyo Fashion Festa NY Part 2: Cosplay
February 17, 6 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This fashion show features "cosplay," costumes inspired by characters from manga and anime. The show will be followed by makeup demonstrations of the latest cosplay and subcultural styles and a tea party reception hosted by The Museum at FIT.

Talk and Tour: Japan Fashion Now
February 23, 10:30 am; February 28, 6 pm

Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Exhibition curator Valerie Steele gives a tour of Japan Fashion Now. This exciting exhibition features approximately 100 ensembles that represent Japanese fashion in all its radical creativity. Tours will be followed by a signing of the companion book, Japan Fashion Now.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
February 7, 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.

BEREAVEMENT GROUP
February 10, 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.

BOOK SIGNING: IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT THE HAIR, BY TABATHA COFFEY
February 10, 4-6 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Tabatha Coffey, star of Bravo TV's Tabatha's Salon Takeover, signs copies of her book, It's Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty. Sponsored by Barnes & Noble at FIT.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER CURATES EXHIBITION
February 11-June 10

Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway
William Barcham co-curates Passion in Venice at the Museum of Biblical Art, featuring 65 works of art (two-thirds are of Venetian origin) from major museums and collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library and Museum. For more information, contact William Barcham, 74644.

LIBRARY AMNESTY WEEK
February 14-28
Gladys Marcus Library
During this week, the FIT community can return overdue library materials without any fines. For more information, contact Lydia Gwyn, 74364.

FINE ARTS ARTSPEAK SYMPOSIUM
The Fine Arts Department holds ARTSpeak, a multipart symposium supported 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. For more information, contact Julia Jaquette, 75891, or visit the ARTSpeak blog.

ARTSpeak Lecture Series: Wangetchi Mutu
February 15, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Wangechi Mutu, an artist who creates paint and collage images of female figures, gives a lecture.

ARTSpeak Lecture Series: Chie Fueki
March 31, 2:30-3:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Chie Fueki, whose paintings combine a contemporary take on Japanese scroll painting with traditional American cultural narratives and obsessions, gives a lecture.

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.

PRESENTATION: PENN SOUTH: THE NEW HISTORY
February 15, 5:30-7:30 pm
Employee Dining Room and 8th Floor Alcove, David Dubinsky Student Center
To inaugurate the FIT Penn South Oral History Project, Nicholas Bloom, social sciences faculty member at the New York Institute of Technology, and Nat Yalowitz, former president and CEO of NORC Supportive Services Center, Inc., speak about Penn South Mutual Houses, its unusual relationship with the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, and its role in defining and supporting naturally occurring retirement communities. FIT students and Penn South tenants also discuss their involvement in the oral history project and play clips from their interviews. For more information, contact Daniel Levinson-Wilk, 74327.

EAP LUNCHTIME SEMINAR: IT'S ABOUT TIME—TIME MANAGEMENT
February 28, 1-2 pm
Room A803
There are ways to manage time more effectively so that you get things done in a timely and efficient manner. Through discussion and paper-and-pencil exercises, attendees will develop a time-management system to meet their individual needs. For more information, contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

FACULTY MINI-RETREAT: SCIENCE+DESIGN=EFFECTIVE BUSINESS
March 4, 12-3 pm

Location TBA
Explore the marriage of design and science and how together they equal effective business. Speakers include Susan Elrod, executive director of Project Kaleidoscope, and FIT faculty members. RSVP to Celia Baez.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
March 7, 11 am

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

EXHIBITION: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD 1980-89
March 8-April 2
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition focuses exclusively on Westwood's fashions of the 1980s and highlights the significant shift in her design style during this decade. Organized and curated by graduate students of the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.

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.

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.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER LEADS SEAL WALKS
Though 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

  SPRING 2011 APPOINTMENTS
At spring convocation, President Joyce F. Brown announced the following administrative appointments: Dawn Duncan, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, and Terry Culver, director of Development. In addition, Laura Arbogast, formerly assistant professor-admissions counselor, is now director of Admissions and Strategic Recruitment, and Yamiley Saintvil, formerly director of Admissions and Strategic Recruitment, is now special assistant for Enrollment Initiatives.

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK RELEASES THE POWER OF SUNY VIDEO
During her first State of the University address, Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher previewed a new promotional video, The Power of SUNY, which features every campus, including FIT and FITSA President Celeste Weins, in a creative presentation. To view the video, click here.

LARI AND BARBARA STANTON FITNESS CENTER OPENS
In January, the Lari and Barbara Stanton Fitness Center opened. The facility, located in the Dubinsky Center sub-basement, features 20 cardio machines, 19 Precor fitness and strength machines, free weights, medicine balls, mats, and a stretching area. It is open 7 am-10 pm on weekdays, and 11 am-9 pm on weekends. For more information, click here.

LOU STOLLAR, FORMER UCE PRESIDENT, DIES
Lou Stollar, FIT professor emeritus, died on January 23. He came to FIT in 1956 as a Psychology faculty member, and was one of the founders of the UCE of FIT, serving as president for nearly four decades. Under his leadership of the UCE, FIT became one of the first colleges in the country to have a collective bargaining agreement. Stollar retired in 2004, and in recognition of his service to the college, the Board of Trustees awarded him emeritus status in 2006.

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY PARTICIPATES IN NRF EXHIBITION
In January, the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology had an exhibit at the National Retail Federation's 100th Anniversary "Big Show," held at the Jacob Javits Center. Fashion Merchandising Management and International Trade and Marketing students and faculty members managed FIT's exhibit booth, providing information about the college's programs and connecting with alumni, prospective students, parents of current students, and industry partners. FMM students Maria Robert and Tatsiana Yafremava served as NRF collegiate bloggers, and FIT students were invited to be charter members of the NRF Foundation Student Association. For more information, contact Renee Cooper, 74823.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

ACADEMIC SKILLS CENTER TUTORING AVAILABLE
The Academic Skills Center is offering free individual and walk-in tutoring to all students currently registered for credit-bearing and remedial courses at FIT. Tutoring is available in a wide variety of subject areas in art and design, business and technology, and liberal arts. For more information, click here or call 74080.

CET CALENDAR AVAILABLE ONLINE
Check the Center for Excellence in Teaching calendar for upcoming events, including syllabus and rubric classes, student-faculty roundtable luncheons, and teaching with technology workshops. For more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, 74064.

NEW GRANTS DIGEST AVAILABLE
The spring/summer 2011 Grants Digest, which provides information on fellowships, grants, and residencies, was distributed at convocation and sent to each department. For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, 73622, or visit the Grants Office web page.

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 is 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.

CAMPUS TOURS AVAILABLE
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 see the college's facilities. Prospective students can register for an information session and campus tour here. For more information, contact Matilde Perez, 73774.

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.