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November 2011

 

School of Liberal Arts Dean's Forum: Martin Scorsese's American History

Book Reading: A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

FIT's Inaugural Fashion and Finance Forum

Annual Fashion Symposium: Fashion Icons and Insiders

Exhibition: Incomparable Women of Style: Selections from the Rose Hartman Photography Archives: 1977-2011

Elder Care Support Group

Diversity Council Holds Diversity Expo Week

Lecture: Being an Icon, by Simon Doonan

Art and Design Faculty Member Exhibition: Up River

Board of Trustees Meeting

Open Hours with President Brown

Lecture: Evolution of the Fashion Runways: A Photographer's Viewpoint, by Maria Chandoha Valentino

Annual Italian Club Benefit Concert

Exhibition: Sporting Life

Exhibition: Daphne Guinness


President Brown Receives Awards

FIT Introduces New Certificates

Open House A Success

Interior Design Students Win Competition

English and Speech Faculty Member to Present Papers

Communication Design Faculty Member Included in Exhibitions

Textile Development and Marketing Faculty Member Featured in Magazine

Interior Design Faculty Member Wins Award

Career and Internship Center Faculty Member Contributes to Magazine

Social Sciences Faculty Member Presents Paper

Ecuadorian Filmmaker Visits FIT

Financial Aid Office Holds Appreciation Day


SUNY Distinguished Professor Nominations

Print Services Offers Recycled Notepads

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Fall 2011 Wellness Schedule

Sustainability Grants Available

Diversity Council Offers Event Support

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS DEAN'S FORUM: MARTIN SCORSESE'S AMERICAN HISTORY
November 2, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The School of Liberal Arts Dean's Forum addresses how Martin Scorsese uses American history as a background for his film work. Speakers are Scott F. Stoddart, dean for the School of Liberal Arts, and faculty members Daniel Levinson-Wilk and Bill Mooney, who will discuss the Scorsese films The Aviator, Shutter Island, and Gangs of New York. This program is dedicated to the memory of faculty member and film scholar Stanley Solomon.

BOOK READING: A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, BY JENNIFER EGAN
November 3, 5-6 pm
Room D207
The English and Speech Department presents Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award recipient. She will read from A Visit from the Goon Squad and take questions from the audience. For more information, contact Patrick Knisley, 75362.

FIT'S INAUGURAL FASHION AND FINANCE FORUM
November 3, 6-7:15 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This forum features a discussion between members of the fashion industry and financial services, moderated by J. Michael Stanley, FIT Foundation board member and managing director, Rosenthal & Rosenthal. Panelists are Diane D'Erasmo, FIT Foundation board member and executive vice president, commercial banking, HSBC USA; Steve Madden, Steve Madden Ltd.; FIT alumnus and menswear designer Ninh Nguyen; and Paula Sutter, president, Diane von Furstenberg Studio, LLP. For more information, contact Victoria Guranowski, 74105.

ANNUAL FASHION SYMPOSIUM: FASHION ICONS AND INSIDERS
November 3 and 4, 9 am-5 pm
Haft Auditorium
The Museum at FIT's tenth annual fashion symposium, Fashion Icons and Insiders, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Daphne Guinness. The symposium features scholars, authors, curators, and fashion industry professionals such as designer Joseph Altuzarra and Harper's Bazaar's Editor in Chief Glenda Bailey, who discuss fashion icons and insiders. For more information and to register, click here.

EXHIBITION: INCOMPARABLE WOMEN OF STYLE: SELECTIONS FROM THE ROSE HARTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVES, 1977-2011
November 4, 2011-January 20, 2012
Gladys Marcus Library
The Gladys Marcus Library's Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives present an exhibition of more than 70 photographs by Rose Hartman, who has chronicled iconic moments in fashion, style, and culture for more than 30 years. For more information, click here or contact Karen Trivette Cannell, 74386.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
November 7, 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.

DIVERSITY COUNCIL HOLDS DIVERSITY EXPO WEEK
November 7-11
Various locations on campus
The Diversity Council holds its annual Diversity Expo Week, Diversity Passport: Exploring and Bridging Global Connections, co-sponsored by the council and various departments. The week features a variety of lectures, workshops, and performances. Below is a partial listing of events. For more information and full schedule, click here.

Taste Diversity: From Diversity Soup to Inclusion Salad
November 8, 6-8 pm

John E. Reeves Great Hall
Presented by Advertising and Marketing Communications faculty member Michael Cokkinos, this event features soups and salads, and highlights the achievements and contributions of FIT's diverse international and cultural groups.

International Dance and Music Festival
November 9, 6-8 pm

Haft Auditorium
The departments of Foreign Languages and Health, Physical Education, and Dance present dance and musical performances from Latin America, Europe, India, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. For more information, contact Amy Zaborowski, 74230.

Depesha: Breaking the Stereotypes, by Stephan Rabimov
November 10, 6 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Stephan Rabimov, publisher and editor in chief of Depesha, a contemporary Russian expatriate culture magazine, discusses the challenges and rewards of the magazine publishing industry. This event is also part of the museum's fall Fashion Culture series.

LECTURE: BEING AN ICON, BY SIMON DOONAN
November 8, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Simon Doonan, creative ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York, gives a talk. Part of the museum's fall Fashion Culture series and its annual symposium, Fashion Icons and Insiders. For more information, click here.

ART AND DESIGN FACULTY EXHIBITION: UP RIVER
November 12-December 10

Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition features Hudson River-themed installations by Communication Design faculty member Kingsley Parker. For more information, contact Tom Irizarry, 74565.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
November 17, 11 am
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.

OPEN HOURS WITH PRESIDENT BROWN
November 17, 5-6 pm
Office of the President, Room C908
Open-hour sessions with President Joyce F. Brown are for any faculty or staff member who wishes to meet with her. No appointment is necessary. All visitors are asked to sign in upon arrival and are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate everyone, meetings are limited to 15 minutes. Upcoming open hours are posted in InsideFIT. For more information, contact Tanika McShall, 74010.

LECTURE: EVOLUTION OF THE FASHION RUNWAYS: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S VIEWPOINT, BY MARIA CHANDOHA VALENTINO
November 17, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fashion runway photographer Maria Chandoha Valentino talks about her experiences shooting runway shows in the fashion capitals of the world and discusses changes in the fashion and photography industries. Part of the museum's fall Fashion Culture series.

ANNUAL ITALIAN CLUB BENEFIT CONCERT
December 2, 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Italian Club hosts its sixth annual Holiday Benefit Concert. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots Program. The benefit features up-and-coming Italian-American performers such as Aaron Caruso, Anthony Ierulli, and Giada Valenti, singing a wide variety of songs. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-FIT students with ID, and $7 for FIT students with ID. Light refreshments will be served, and cocktail attire is recommended. This event is open to the public. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Christian Ierulli, 73549, or email the Italian Club.

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
Through 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 by Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and Valentino. Guinness's own designs are also on display.


NEWS

PRESIDENT BROWN RECEIVES AWARDS
In October, President Joyce F. Brown accepted The Town Hall's Friend of the Arts Award for her interest in the development, enrichment, and support of the arts. In September, President Brown received the Fashion Island Outstanding Educator Award from the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation.

FIT INTRODUCES NEW CERTIFICATES
Two new credit certificates were recently introduced: Digital Still Photography and Gemology. Digital Still Photography, which began this fall, immerses professional and advanced amateur photographers in the use of the latest digital-capture and image-editing tools. Gemology, which begins in spring 2012, is targeted to jewelry industry professionals, and aims to meet the industry's growing demand for employees with a more in-depth knowledge of gems and gemstones and their enhancements and detection.

OPEN HOUSE A SUCCESS
FIT's annual Open House, which was held in October and showcased FIT's programs and facilities for prospective students, significantly increased its attendance. Last year, the program was held on one day and hosted, at capacity, 1,300 students and guests. This year, it was able to accommodate more than 2,000 students and guests by being held on two consecutive days.

INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENTS WIN COMPETITION
Hazelden, a non-profit that runs addiction treatment centers, sponsored a competition that challenged participants to design an outdoor space for the roof of its new recovery residence in TriBeCa. Thirteen Interior Design students participated; Nadine Tlili won the first prize of $2,500, and Kate Cole and Justyna Morowiec-Chun (working in a team) won the second prize of $1,500. For more information, contact Grazyna Pilatowicz, 75574.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER TO PRESENT PAPERS
In November, Jean Amato will present a paper, "The Sentimental Journey: Metaphorical Notions of Return to an Ancestral Home or Homeland in Contemporary Chinese American Literature," at the National Sun Yat-sen University Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences' international conference. In addition, she will present her paper, "'For Our Nation I Forgot My Home.' Bi-directional Overseas Chinese Nationalism in Chen Ruoxi's [Chen Jo-hsi] 1970s Chinese Language Fiction from the USA," at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association's annual convention. For more information, contact Jean Amato, 75343.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER INCLUDED IN EXHIBITIONS
Four of C.J. Yeh's oil paintings are included in a group exhibition, Next Body, at Huashan1914 Creative Park in Taiwan. His works were also selected for Data In, Data Out, an exhibition of art made using algorithmic processes, on view at Seton Hall's Walsh Gallery through December 16. In addition, Yeh received an honorable mention in the higher education digital arts and media category at the Adobe Education Exchange 2011 Educators' Choice Awards. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN MAGAZINE
Sean Cormier is featured in New York Magazine's "Top Tights for Fall." The article details how he used FIT's labs to test different legwear brands. For more information, contact Sean Cormier, 75220.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD
Susan J. Slotkis received the American Society of Interior Designers' Chapter Medalist Award, which recognizes outstanding services and significant contributions to its chapter and to the body of knowledge that supports the interior design profession. For more information, contact Susan J. Slotkis.

CAREER AND INTERNSHIP CENTER FACULTY MEMBER CONTRIBUTES TO MAGAZINE
Jeanne Golly interviewed textile artist Carol Cassidy for Hand/Eye magazine about the historical importance of various shades of purple to diverse cultures in Laos, and how Cassidy uses these shades today. For more information, contact Jeanne Golly, 73542.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS PAPER
Yuniya Kawamura presented a paper, "Fashion Diffusion Processes from Modern to Postmodern Times," at the London College of Fashion's fashion colloquia. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926. 

ECUADORIAN FILMMAKER VISITS FIT
In October, Ecuadorian filmmaker Fernando Mieles spoke about his experiences working in the film industry. For more information, contact Pilar Blanco-Ruiz, 75098.

FINANCIAL AID OFFICE HOLDS APPRECIATION DAY
In conjunction with Financial Aid Day, designated by the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Financial Aid Office held a reception on October 19 to recognize the work of its faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office, 73571.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNY DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR NOMINATIONS
The deadline to submit a nomination for the SUNY Distinguished Professorship is November 4. Only full professors may be nominated. For more information or to submit a nomination, click here or contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching, 74604.

PRINT SERVICES OFFERS RECYCLED NOTEPADS
Print Services, Room BC20, takes used single-sided paper and turns it into usable notepads. It will also supply a carton for collection. For more information, contact Roy Larsen, 73712.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Abbey Fellowships: offers mid-career painters three months (during October-June) at the British School in Rome, funding for living expenses, and £800 per month. Deadline: January 13.

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works: awards $1,000 to support continuing education for book/paper conservators who are members of the AIC. Deadline: February 1.

For other funding opportunities, view the Grants Digest online. For more information, contact the Grants Office, 73622.

FALL 2011 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student-Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff:

Monday—Pilates, 1-2 pm, Room BX02
Tuesday—Body Toning, 1-2 pm, Room AX39
Thursday—Yoga, 1-2 pm, Room BX02
Friday—Ethnic Dance Aerobics, 1-2 pm, Room AX39

Fall classes continue through December 16. 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.

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 awards 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.

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 channel on the MyFIT tab.