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January 2011

 

Board of Trustees Meeting

Illustration Faculty Member Curates Exhibition

Spring 2011 Convocation

FN Reveals Shoe Star Finalists

Fine Arts Department's ArtSpeak Symposium Guest Lecture: Wangetchi Mutu

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


Campus Security Upgrades

Students Participate in World Retail Congress

Graduate Illustration Faculty Member Wins Award

Illustration Faculty Member in Exhibition

Students Participate in Annual Conference

Fashion Merchandising Management Faculty Member Judges Competition

Communication Design Faculty Member Publishes Book

Fabric Styling Coordinator Donates Work to Auction


Alumni and Faculty Relations Joins Twitter

CET Calendar Available Online

Call for Sustainability Grants Proposals

Campus Tours Available

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Winter 2011 Wellness Schedule

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-Up


EVENTS

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
January 20, 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.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER CURATES EXHIBITION
January 20-February 25
Gallery Hanahou, 611 Broadway, Suite 730
Bil Donovan curates Fashion Illustration: Visual Poetry, featuring the work of 15 illustrators, including faculty members Carlos Aponte and John Jay Cabauy. For more information, contact Bil Donovan.

SPRING 2011 CONVOCATION
January 26, 8:30-11 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join FIT faculty and staff for spring 2011 convocation, featuring an address by Dr. W. Gardner Campbell, director of Baylor University's Academy for Teaching and Learning. A faculty/staff coffee reception will begin at 8:30 am followed by convocation at 9. School meetings take place as follows:

11 am
Continuing and Professional Studies, SR4

1 pm
Graduate Studies, E625

Please note that the Art and Design, Business and Technology, and Liberal Arts school meetings will be held as follows:

Art and Design: February 3, 1 pm, Robert Lagary Board Room
Business and Technology: February 3, 1 pm, John E. Reeves Great Hall
Liberal Arts: February 10, 12:30 pm, Robert Lagary Board Room

For more information, contact Academic Affairs, 74040.

FN REVEALS SHOE STAR FINALISTS
February 1, 1 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
FN (Footwear News) reveals the six Accessories Design 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 will broadcast weekly webisodes of the competition, with the first segment airing January 24. For more information, click here.

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT'S ARTSPEAK SYMPOSIUM GUEST LECTURE: 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. For more information, contact Julia Jaquette, 75891.

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

  CAMPUS SECURITY UPGRADES
The college has initiated a security enhancement program, utilizing new technology to improve safety for the FIT community. To be completed in spring 2012, the project begins this month and is being overseen by the offices of Security and Information Technology. Phases I and II (to be completed by March 2011) will include installation of new exterior and interior security cameras and an upgrade of the video surveillance system, providing high-resolution images that will be saved digitally on a college server and retrieved from any authorized workstation. The new system will also provide for archival storage of designated images, as part of a fully integrated, institution-wide security management solution. Over the next year, further improvements will be made to modernize building and room access; to streamline visitor management processes; and to secure and alarm building egress points.

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN WORLD RETAIL CONGRESS
Fashion Merchandising Management students Melanie Guardino, Ashly Juskus, and Kimberly Karseboom and Advertising and Marketing Communications student Samuel Bauer placed second in the World Retail Congress competition, held in Berlin, Germany. The students presented their idea for a store of the future, competing against schools from Australia, China, England, India, Italy, and Japan. For more information, contact Robin Sackin.

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD
Steve Brodner's work Reservoir Dogs won a gold medal in Illustrators 53: Book and Editorial Exhibit, held by the Society of Illustrators. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER IN EXHIBITION
Bil Donovan's work was exhibited in the Society of Illustrators' 21st Members Open show, Paint It Red. For more information, contact Bil Donovan.

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
In November, FIT's Collegiate DECA chapter, which prepares students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, participated in the annual Collegiate Leadership Academy conference and placed first in its fashion merchandising competition for the second year in a row. For more information, contact Robert Vassalotti, 74800.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT FACULTY MEMBER JUDGES COMPETITION
Vincenzo Gatto, Fashion Merchandising Management international coordinator, was invited by FIT's Office of International Programs and Zhejiang Institute of Fashion Technology (ZIFT) in Hangzhou, China, to judge a student fashion design competition sponsored by Cocoon Group, an apparel chain in Asia. Gatto also presented a talk on ways FIT and ZIFT can collaborate.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
C.J. Yeh published his sixth book, The Principles of Interaction Design. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

FABRIC STYLING COORDINATOR DONATES WORK TO AUCTION
Sarah Pettit donated two photographs to a silent auction at the Carter Burden Center for the Aging's annual awards ceremony. The photos raised $2,700 for the center. For more information, contact Sara Pettit, 75189.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALUMNI AND FACULTY RELATIONS JOINS TWITTER
In order to stay connected to FIT alumni, the Office of Alumni and Faculty Relations joined Twitter. Follow the office at twitter.com/FITAlumni.

CET CALENDAR AVAILABLE ONLINE
Check the Center for Excellence in Teaching calendar for upcoming faculty development events, including workshops on strategies for the first day of class and the integration of technology in teaching. For more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, 74064.

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.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops: One-week residential program for community college faculty (including adjuncts and part-time lecturers) with a $1,200 stipend. Deadline: March 1.

The spring/summer 2011 Grants Digest, which provides information on fellowships, grants, and residencies, will be distributed at convocation, and copies will be available in the Grants Office, 236 West 27th Street, Room 300.

For more information, contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, 73622, or visit the Grants Office web page.

WINTER 2011 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff. In January, all classes will be held in BX02.

Mondays—Strength and Alignment, 1-2 pm
Wednesdays—Pilates, 1-2 pm
Fridays—Yoga, 1-2 pm

Due to renovations, 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. During the winter session, you must bring your own mat, which can be purchased at a reduced price of $5. 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.