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July/August 2011

 

Talk and Tour: Sporting Life

Convocation Fall 2011

Exhibition: Sporting Life

Exhibition: Daphne Guinness

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Romancing the Common Object


Shoe Star Competition Winner Announced

FIT Students Win Shoe Design Competition

Illustration Faculty Member Receives Award

Interior Design Faculty Member Publishes Book

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Honored by SUNY

Communication Design Faculty Member Has Solo Show

FIT's Collegiate DECA Club Competes at Conference


CET Summer Schedule

Sustainability Grants Available

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

TALK AND TOUR: SPORTING LIFE
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.

CONVOCATION FALL 2011
August 22, 8:30-11 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join FIT faculty and staff for fall 2011 convocation. A faculty/staff coffee reception is followed by announcements and remarks. School meetings will take place as follows:

11 am
School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Seminar Room 4

1 pm
School of Graduate Studies, Room E625

Note: Liberal Arts meets on August 30 at 1 pm in the David Dubinsky Student Center's 8th-floor Alcove. Art and Design and Business and Technology meetings take place on September 1 at 1 pm. Art and Design meets in the Robert Lagary Board Room; Business and Technology meets in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

For more information, contact Academic Affairs, 74040.

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 Alaļa, 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, 9th Floor
This exhibition includes works by faculty and staff that are inspired by everyday objects. For more information, contact Tom Irizarry, 74565.


NEWS

SHOE STAR COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED
Rachel Fishbein was named the 2011 FN Shoe Star after participating in Footwear News' second Shoe Star competition for Accessories Design BFA students. Fishbein competed against five other finalists and received a job with the Brown Shoe Company, which sponsored the competition. For more information, click here.

FIT STUDENTS WIN SHOE DESIGN COMPETITION
FIT students Lisa Bellissimo, Letisha Marsh, Svetlana Yermak, and Monica Yong Yang beat a team of four Pratt students to win the How Do You Do? design competition, sponsored by Keds and Lord & Taylor. The challenge was to create designs for Keds' "Champion" sneaker, and the winning team was chosen by the Keds product marketing team, Lord & Taylor buyers, and the public voting online. The winning designs will be sold in Lord & Taylor's New York City store and on its website.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES AWARD
In June, Bil Donovan received a Lighthouse Volunteer Award from Lighthouse International, an organization that serves those with vision loss, for his donation of time and work. Donovan created a series of illustrations for the organization's Posh at the Plaza benefit and donated artwork to its annual gala. For more information, contact Bil Donovan.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
Nancy Gesimondo co-authored an interior design textbook, Materiality and Interior Construction, which was published in June. For more information, contact Nancy Gesimondo, 73650.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER HONORED BY SUNY
Arthur Kopelman was named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor in 2010, and attended an awards dinner in June where Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented medals to him and other SUNY Distinguished Faculty. For more information, contact Arthur Kopelman, 73030.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
In June, the art center at Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University exhibited C.J. Yeh's mini-retrospective Über Low-Tech: Summing Up Ten Years of My Artistic and Intellectual Life. Artworks in the exhibition ranged from digital-inspired oil paintings to his most recent net-art projects. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

FIT'S COLLEGIATE DECA CLUB COMPETES AT CONFERENCE
In April, nine students from FIT's Collegiate DECA Club attended the 50th annual International Career Development Conference and Competition in Florida and competed in its Fashion Merchandising and Management event. Kelsey Ives, Taylor Jergens, and Allison Mussoline placed in the top ten. For more information, click here or contact Robert Vassalotti, 74882, or Sharon White, 74888.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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
American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowships: Awards up to $140,000 for research in the humanities and related social sciences that aids in producing tangible projects, such as joint print or web publications. Deadline: September 28.

Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art: Provides $25,000 for graduate students in any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing. Tenure begins summer 2012 and lasts one year. Deadline: November 10.

For more information, contact the Grants Office, 73622.

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.