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March 2011

 

The Museum at FIT's Spring Fashion Culture Series

Exhibition: Multicultural Trends in Photo Documentary Practice

Supporting the Curriculum: Fabulous Forecasts

Bereavement Group

Fabric Styling Faculty Member Has Solo Show

Faculty Mini-Retreat: Science+Design=Effective Business

Elder Care Support Group

Board of Trustees Meeting

English and Speech Guest Speaker: Edmund White

Illustration Faculty Member Has Solo Exhibition

Exhibition: Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89

Triangle 100 Talks

EduTech Day

Student-Faculty Roundtable Luncheon

English and Speech and Liberal Arts Guest Speaker: Tony Kushner

Fashion Merchandising Management Networking Event

Fine Arts Faculty Member Has Solo Exhibition

Fine Arts ARTSpeak Symposium

Exhibition: Japan Fashion Now

Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference: The Liquid Planet

Third Annual Pet Fashion Show: Fashion After Bark

Annual Fashion Show: The Future of Fashion

Exhibition: His & Hers

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Romancing the Common Object


FIT Launches Interactive Campus Map

FIT Alumnus Wins The Fashion Show

Social Sciences Faculty Member Publishes Book, Gives Presentation

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Featured in Publication

Social Sciences Faculty Member Publishes Book

Fine Arts Faculty Member Featured in Magazine

Packaging Design Faculty Member Finalist in Competition

Illustration Faculty Member's Work Included in Exhibition


FIT Publishes Social Media Page

Counseling Center Design Contest

Campus Security and ID Cards

Spring 2011 Wellness Schedule

School of Liberal Arts Design Contest

Call for Sustainability Grants Proposals

Campus Tours Available

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

THE MUSEUM AT FIT'S SPRING FASHION CULTURE SERIES
The following events take place in March 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: Behind the Scenes of Dressed—Nary Manivong, David Swajeski, and Ally Hilfiger
March 1, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Director David Swajeski gives an inside look at Dressed, his film about Laotian-American fashion designer Nary Manivong's journey from homelessness on the streets of Ohio to the runway at New York Fashion Week. Following a screening of selected footage from the film, Swajeski and Manivong will be joined by Manivong's design partner, Ally Hilfiger, to talk about NAHM, their new brand.

Lecture and Book Signing: Dressing the Man—Alan Flusser
March 2, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Best-selling author and award-winning designer Alan Flusser shares his knowledge of menswear and presents the principals discussed in his book, Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion. Flusser, who designed Michael Douglas's wardrobe for the movie Wall Street, will explain the dos and don'ts of buying and wearing stylish clothes, as well as the formation of an individual dressing style. A book signing will follow.

Talk and Tour: His & Hers
March 9, 10:30 am (Jennifer Farley)
Fashion and Textile History Gallery
Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley, exhibition curators, give tours of His & Hers, an exhibition that examines the relationship between gender and fashion. His & Hers explores how distinctions of "masculine" and "feminine" shift over time.

Talk and Tour: Japan Fashion Now
March 14, 6 pm; March 23, 10:30 am
Special Exhibitions Gallery
Curator Valerie Steele gives a tour of Japan Fashion Now. This 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.

Minimalism and Fashion—Elyssa Dimant and Francisco Costa
March 15, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fashion historian Elyssa Dimant and FIT alumnus Francisco Costa, women's creative director of the Calvin Klein Collection, discuss Dimant's new Minimalism and Fashion, the first book to examine the minimalist movement in fashion in relation to parallel currents in art, architecture, and design. A book signing will follow.

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim in Conversation with Valerie Steele
March 22, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Humberto Leon is the creative director and Carol Lim is the CEO of Opening Ceremony, an international retail environment comprising shops, showrooms, and a private label collection. They join Valerie Steele for a discussion of their careers in fashion, their multifaceted approach to merchandising, and their company's success.

Lecture and Book Signing: Backstage Dior—Roxanne Lowit and Simon Doonan
March 23, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Photographer and FIT alumna Roxanne Lowit and Simon Doonan, Barneys' creative ambassador-at-large, discuss Lowit's latest book, Backstage Dior. This new collection of photographs gives a behind-the-scenes look at John Galliano's fashion shows for Dior, which Lowit has been chronicling for more than a decade. A book signing will follow.

Lecture and Book Signing: A Dangerous Woman: Adah Isaacs Menken—Barbara Foster and Michael Foster
March 29, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Barbara and Michael Foster present A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America's Original Superstar, their biography of performer, poet, and rebel Adah Menken, also known as "The Naked Lady." A book signing will follow.

Lecture and Book Singing: Fashion Illustration—Anna Kiper and Laird Borrelli
March 31, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fashion Design faculty member Anna Kiper and FIT alumna and author Laird Borrelli discuss fashion illustration as they present their latest books. Kiper's Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique views fashion drawing from the designer's perspective. Borrelli's Fashion Illustration by Fashion Designers is a vast collection of original sketches by 50 celebrated designers, including Christian Lacroix and Karl Lagerfeld. A book signing will follow.

EXHIBITION: MULTICULTURAL TRENDS IN PHOTO DOCUMENTARY PRACTICE
Through March 3
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center lobby
As part of the Beyond Black History symposium, the School of Art and Design, the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs, and the Photo Club present this exhibition, featuring the many faces of FIT—administrators, faculty, staff, students, and their families. The symposium also featured a Dean's Dialogue, Posing Beauty in African-American Portraits, with Deborah Willis, chair of the photography and imaging department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fletcher fellow.

SUPPORTING THE CURRICULUM: FABULOUS FORECASTS
March 3, 1-2 pm
Room E601
As part of Love Your Library 2011, faculty members Sandra Markus, Fashion Design; Nancy Ostroff, Fashion Merchandising Management; and Sara Petitt, Fabric Styling, discuss how library forecasting services are used in the classroom and beyond. For more information, contact Leslie Preston, 74346.

BEREAVEMENT GROUP
March 3, 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.

FABRIC STYLING FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
March 3, 6-8 pm (opening reception); exhibition through March 24
Gallery 307, 307 7th Avenue
Sara Petitt has a solo exhibition of photographs she made in Cuba and India in 2010. For more information, contact Sara Petitt, 75189.

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. Keynote speaker is Susan Elrod, executive director of Project Kaleidoscope. RSVP to Celia Baez.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
March 7, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
The Employee Assistance Program's 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, 75600.

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.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH GUEST SPEAKER: EDMUND WHITE
March 8, 5-6 pm
Room D211
The English and Speech Department presents novelist and activist Edmund White, recipient of a National Book Critic's Circle Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. For more information, contact Patrick Knisley, 75362.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO EXHIBITION
March 8, 5-8 pm (opening reception); exhibition through April 4
Treasure Room Gallery, Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive
In honor of Women's History Month, Melanie Reim has a solo exhibition, Another Woman's Life: Location Drawings of Women Working. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

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.

TRIANGLE 100 TALKS
The UCE of FIT and FIT commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire with talks that investigate various aspects of work in the last century, debate what has improved and what has not, and offer hope for change. Following is a list of events and speakers. For more information and the full schedule, click here.

Stories and Songs of the Triangle Fire
March 9, 5:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Kevin Baker, author of Dreamland; Meredith Tax, author of Rivington Street; and Katharine Weber, author of Triangle, with songs and readings by FIT students.

Women's Rights and Women's Clothes
March 18, 5:30 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Janie Bryant, costume designer for Mad Men; FIT Fashion Design faculty member Daniel Cole; and Kathy Peiss, professor American history at University of Pennsylvania. The audience will contribute stories about how they have used clothing to win respect in the workplace.

Not One More Fire!
March 23, 5:30 pm

John E. Reeves Great Hall
Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity; Mitch Cahn, president of Unionwear; and Bjorn Claeson, director of SweatFree Communities at the International Labor Rights Forum. Discussion will focus on initiatives to humanize the global garment industry and promote local industry, and students will present a fashion show of garments that express their feelings about workplace issues.

EDUTECH DAY
March 10, 9 am-4:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The Technology Development Team, in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Teaching, is expanding FIT's annual event to present EduTech Day 2011: Existing Technologies, Emerging Techniques. The day focuses on current and emerging learning systems, classroom design, virtual and personal learning spaces, collaborative methodologies, social networking tools, and assessment strategies. This event is open to the FIT community and the public. For more information, contact Patricia McGillin, 73395, or Jeffrey Riman, 74063.

STUDENT-FACULTY ROUNDTABLE LUNCHEON
March 15, 12:30-2 pm
Location TBA
The Center for Excellence in Teaching presents the second Student-Faculty Roundtable Luncheon. Topics for discussion include advisement, grading, and homework. Funded by the Student-Faculty Corporation. RSVP to Celia Baez, 74062.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH AND LIBERAL ARTS GUEST SPEAKER: TONY KUSHNER
March 15, 5-6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The English and Speech Department presents Pulitzer, Tony, and Emmy-award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America. For more information, contact Patrick Knisley, 75362.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT NETWORKING EVENT
March 24, 6-8 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor
This event is an opportunity for FMM alumni to reconnect with each other and faculty, and features a presentation by Paul Rosengard, executive vice president at Li & Fung. For more information, contact Janice Messinger, 74856.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO EXHIBITION
March 31-April 30
Anna Kustera Gallery, 520 West 21st Street
Julia Jaquette has a solo exhibition of paintings. For more information, contact Julia Jaquette.

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. As part of the symposium, an exhibition featuring the best posts from the ARTSpeak blog will be held from April 4-15, in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center lobby. For more information, contact Julia Jaquette, 75891.

ARTSpeak Lecture Series: Chie Fueki
March 31, 2:30-3:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Chie Fueki, whose work combines 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.

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.

ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND DESIGN CONFERENCE: THE LIQUID PLANET
April 12, 8:15 am-5:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT's fifth annual sustainability conference, the Liquid Planet, features a panel discussion on local water issues and keynote speakers, including Mark Dorfman, green chemist and water expert with the Biomimicry Institute, and Joshua Onysko, founder of Pangea Organics. The conference also includes breakout sessions, student exhibitions, and more. Click here for more information or to register.

THIRD ANNUAL PET FASHION SHOW: FASHION AFTER BARK
April 27, time TBA
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Dogs walk the runway as students in the Pet Product Design and Marketing certificate program present their third annual fashion show.

ANNUAL FASHION SHOW: THE FUTURE OF FASHION
May 4, times TBA
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The annual fashion show features the work of graduating Fashion Design BFA students.

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

FIT LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE CAMPUS MAP
Communications and External Relations, in partnership with Enrollment Management and Student Success, has created a new, interactive campus map for the FIT website. The project was developed in support of the college's strategic recruitment initiative to provide prospective students, parents, and the general public with an opportunity to learn about how FIT's campus provides a vibrant living and learning environment. The campus map highlights buildings, facilities, and specialty labs and allows the user to view details and see photos of a wide range of campus locations. Currently in development are interactive neighborhood and city maps that will provide website visitors with an understanding of FIT's connection to the Chelsea community and to New York City. For more information or to give feedback, contact Norma Campbell.

FIT ALUMNUS WINS THE FASHION SHOW
In January, Jeffrey Williams, Fashion Design '09, won season two of Bravo's The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection, hosted by Isaac Mizrahi and Iman. Williams, who competed against 12 other contestants, was awarded $125,000 to launch his own collection.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK, GIVES PRESENTATION
Yuniya Kawamura published her third book, Doing Research in Fashion and Dress: An Introduction to Qualitative Methods. She also was invited by Parsons The New School for Design's Fashion Studies MA program to give a talk, Fashion as a System: Japanese High Fashion and Street Fashion as Case Studies. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN PUBLICATION
Artie Kopelman was featured in an article, "He Harbors a Passion for Seals," in the February 6 issue of Newsday. The article is about the seal walks he leads and his photo-identification studies of harbor and gray seals. For more information, contact Artie Kopelman, 73030.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
Praveen K. Chaudhry published The United States and India: A History Through Archives: The Later Years: Volumes 1 & 2, which he co-wrote with Rutgers University researcher Marta Vanduzer-Snow. The books deal with the effects of the Cold War on India-U.S. relations as well as on Indian domestic politics. For more information, contact Praveen K. Chaudhry, 74924.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN MAGAZINE
Julia Jaquette's painting was featured on the cover of Cabinet magazine, and more of her work was included inside the issue. For more information, contact Julia Jaquette.

PACKAGING DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER FINALIST IN COMPETITION
David Wagner has been selected from a group of more than 2,500 entrants as a finalist in the Hasselblad Masters Competition. Click here to view and vote for Wagner's work. For more information, contact David Wagner.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK INCLUDED IN EXHIBITION
The work of Jacqui Morgan was included in an exhibition, My N*de Valentine, which featured artists whose pieces have been selected for Barebrush.com's monthly online calendar. For more information, contact jacqui_morgan@fitnyc.edu.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIT PUBLISHES SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE
Communications and External Relations has published a social media page on the college's website at fitnyc.edu/socialmedia that lists official FIT social media activities. If you are interested in engaging in social media on behalf of your department or program, fill out the questionnaire posted on the page and contact Donna Lehmann.

COUNSELING CENTER DESIGN CONTEST
The Counseling Center is sponsoring a design contest for its Body Image Awareness and Eating Issues Awareness Campaign. The winning student will receive $300, and his/her design will be used for the center's spring poster campaign (second prize, $100 and third prize, $50). All flat media is accepted, 11 by 18 inches is the preferred size, and all entries must be fact- and spell-checked, with any references written on back. Posters must also include the Counseling Center's name, location, and phone number (A212B, 212 217.4269). Students must submit entries with name, address, and phone number to Liza Wolsky, 74264, by April 5.

CAMPUS SECURITY AND ID CARDS
The college is currently implementing a new security enhancement program with state-of-the-art technology to help keep the community safe including the installation of new, high-resolution cameras in all 27th street building lobbies. Cameras in the dormitory elevators will be integrated into this system as well. You are reminded that campus security depends on observation of the rules. Please keep your FIT IDs readily available and cooperate with the security guards' requests to see them when you enter campus buildings.

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.

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.

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.