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February 2012

 

French Institute Fashion Events Begin February 7

Exhibition: Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA

Exhibition: Death 2 Pie Charts

Elder Care Support Group

Love Your Library: Andre Walker, This Is What It Made Us Think About (TIWIMUTA)

Creating Sustainable Futures: Women's Empowerment and the International Fashion Industry

Memorial for Stanley Solomon

Exhibition: Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of The Museum at FIT, Part One

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

Symposium: WOW: Women on Women


Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services Appointed

Dean for Graduate Studies Appointed

English and Speech Establishes Dr. Stanley Solomon Award

Fashion Design Faculty Member to Participate in Fashion Week Fundraiser

Students Present Winning Paper at Brooks Brothers

Residential Life Holds Diversity Council-Sponsored Training

Interior Design Faculty Member Wins Magazine Award, Cover

Photography Faculty Member Has Solo Show

Museum Director to Keynote Conference


Call for Proposals: Sustainable Business and Design Conference

Call for Applications: Diversity Council

Spring 2012 Wellness Schedule

Diversity Grants for 2012-13

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

 FRENCH INSTITUTE FASHION EVENTS BEGIN FEBRUARY 7
Beginning February 7
French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E 60th St, NYC
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) full spring Fashion at FIAF Program kicks off with the film series, Carte Blanche to agnès b., featuring films selected by the designer that have influenced her career as a fashion designer and filmmaker. The first film to be screened will be Jean Renoir’s The Crime of Monsieur Lange on Tuesday, February 7. A different film will be shown each Tuesday in February. The screenings are free for FIT students and employees with a FIT ID. Jean-Philippe Delhomme’s exhibition of drawings Dressed for Art is free and open to the public and will run February 24 through April 14. Fashion at FIAF concludes with a series of Fashion Talks featuring Reed Krakoff, Stefano Pilati, and Dries Van Noten. FIAF is offering FIT students and employees with a FIT ID FIAF member prices for the talks. For more information www.fiaf.org/fashion. 

 EXHIBITION: IMPACT: 50 YEARS OF THE CFDA
February 10 through April 17
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Conceived by Council of Fashion Designers of America President Diane von Furstenberg and curated by Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at FIT, Impact features approximately 100 objects, both garments and accessories, by the CFDA’s most influential designers of the last 50 years. Each living designer selected to participate in the exhibition chose a single object or ensemble that best represents his or her impact on the fashion world. For more information, click here.

 EXHIBITION: DEATH 2 PIE CHARTS
Through February 11
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
An exhibition of work by students in the Media Design Club, Death to Pie Charts examines recent trends in information graphics and includes animation, interactive, and print work. For more information, click here or contact Tom Irizarry, 74565.  

 ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
February 13, 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, visit fitnyc.edu/eap or contact the EAP, 75600.

 LOVE YOUR LIBRARY: ANDRE WALKER, THIS IS WHAT IT MADE US THINK ABOUT (TIWIMUTA)
February 23, 5-6 pm
Room D523
Designer and stylist Andre Walker discusses his self-produced, sought-after "object-zine," TIWIMUTA, as part of the Gladys Marcus Library’s 2012 Love Your Library series. For more information, contact Magda Cupidon, 74368.

 CREATING SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AND THE INTERNATIONAL FASHION INDUSTRY
February 23, 6:30-8 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Richa Agarwal, project leader at BRAC-Aarong; Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO of Women’s World Banking; Craig Leavitt, CEO, and Deborah Lloyd, president and CCO, of Kate Spade New York; and Benjamin Stone, president and CEO of Indego Africa will discuss how the fashion industry can provide better opportunities for advancement to low-income women. This event is the latest in the International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industry Department’s Talking Trade @ FIT series. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, 74280.

 MEMORIAL FOR STANLEY SOLOMON
February 28, 5-6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The English and Speech Department and School of Liberal Arts will host a memorial celebration of their colleague and friend Stanley Solomon, who died last year. Throughout his 30-plus years of service to FIT, Professor Solomon made a positive impact on the lives of countless students, faculty, staff, and administrators. All members of the college community are invited to attend. For more information, contact Michael Hyde, 75357.

 SYMPOSIUM: WOW: WOMEN ON WOMEN
March 1, 8 am-4 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The symposium, sponsored by the SUNY Office of Diversity and Educational Equity, will provide information about women on campus--faculty, staff, administrators--and the leaders in our industries who inspire us. For more information, contact Melanie Reim.

 EXHIBITION: FASHION, A-Z: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM AT FIT, PART ONE
Through May 8
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This is the first of two exhibitions highlighting masterpieces from the museum's permanent collection. More than 50 garments and accessories are included, including work by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, Christian Dior, and Miuccia Prada. For more information, click here.

 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 dates or to make a reservation. For more information, contact Artie Kopelman, 73030.


NEWS

 ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENT SERVICES APPOINTED
Kelly A. Brennan, formerly chief enrollment officer and director of student information at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, joined FIT on February 1 as assistant vice president for enrollment services. Brennan has a broad background in student services; at Mount Sinai, she created a new division that integrated enrollment planning with student services to increase operational efficiency and strengthen the accuracy of student information. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, she worked in student development at the University of Alabama, where she also launched and directed the university’s executive EdD program and, as a student, received her PhD (in higher education administration), MA, and bachelor’s degree.

 DEAN FOR GRADUATE STUDIES APPOINTED
Mary E. Davis, currently chair of the music department at Case Western Reserve University, has been appointed dean for the School of Graduate Studies. Davis, who has been with Case Western since 1998, also serves the university as associate director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and director of the Culture, Creativity, and Design Interdisciplinary Alliance. She is an advisor to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and a prolific author and editor. Her degrees include a PhD and AM in musicology from Harvard University, master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College. Davis will join the college in July.

 ENGLISH AND SPEECH ESTABLISHES STANLEY SOLOMON AWARD
The English and Speech Department has established an endowed award named for Professor Solomon, a film and literature lover and longtime faculty member who died last year. The award will support a student concentrating in film studies. To read more about Solomon or to contribute, click here. For more information, contact Melissa Tombro, 75373.

 FASHION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN FASHION WEEK FUNDRAISER
Lawrence Pizzi will be a contributing designer at Code Purple, a NYC Fashion Week fundraiser to raise awareness of and combat Africa's malaria epidemic. Code Purple takes place at 7 pm on February 16 at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46 Street. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or contact Lawrence Pizzi.

 STUDENTS PRESENT WINNING PAPER AT BROOKS BROTHERS
Fashion Merchandising Management majors Craig Carriger, Nicole Collet, Joshua Garner, and Ashley Olan presented their paper on social-media merchandising strategies to Brooks Brothers executives on January 3. The executives selected the group's work as the winning submission in a competition held last fall. Each team member received a certificate and a $100 gift card. For more information, contact Nancy Sheridan, 74873.

 RESIDENTIAL LIFE STAFF HOLDS DIVERSITY COUNCIL-SPONSORED TRAINING
On January 19, Residential Life hosted a Safe Zones training program for its department, Athletics and Recreation, the Counseling Center, Educational Opportunity Programs, Health Services, and Student Life. Run by Envision, a social justice training and consulting organization, Safe Zones training educates higher education professionals in LGBTQ issues, terminology, and support. Residential Life staff will promote LGBTQ awareness among students this spring. This event was made possible through a grant from the Diversity Council. For more information, contact Vivian Chen, 73910.

 INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS MAGAZINE AWARD, COVER
Phyllis Harbinger's firm, Design Concepts/Interiors LLC, won the Living Room (Traditional) category in Westchester Home’s Best Design Awards, announced in the winter 2012 issue and at a ceremony held on January 26. Her winning design is featured on the issue’s cover. For more information, contact Phyllis Harbinger.

 PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO SHOW
Erin Gleeson’s food photography is currently on view in a solo exhibition at the International Culinary Center, at 462 Broadway. The show will run through March 15. She also contributed three photographs to Feast Your Eyes, a group show held in January at the Powerhouse Arena, in Brooklyn, as part of the New York Photo Festival. For more information, click here or contact Erin Gleeson.

 MUSEUM DIRECTOR TO KEYNOTE CONFERENCE
On March 11, Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, will give the keynote address, "Fashion: What It Means and Why It Matters," at What to Wear: Women, Clothing, Religion, a daylong conference at the Jewish Theological Seminary, at 3080 Broadway. For the program schedule or to register, click here. For more information, contact Valerie Steele, 74533.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND DESIGN CONFERENCE
All faculty and staff are encouraged to submit break-out session proposals for FIT's sixth annual sustainable business and design conference, The Winds of Change: Making Our Mark on Sustainability, to be held on March 27. To submit a proposal, click here. The deadline is February 15.

 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: DIVERSITY COUNCIL
The Diversity Council wants to add new full-time students to its membership. Faculty and staff should encourage interested students to apply here. The deadline is March 1. For more information, contact Deliwe Kekana, 73360.

 SPRING 2012 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student-Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff:

Monday—Pilates, 1-2 pm, Room BX28
Tuesday—Body Toning, 1-2 pm, Room AX39
Thursday—Yoga, 1-2 pm, Room AX25
Friday—Ethnic Dance Aerobics, 1-2 pm, Room AX39

Winter classes continue through May 18. 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; bring a check, payable to FIT Student Faculty Corporation, to Human Resources, 236 West 27 Street, 11th floor. For more information, click here or contact Bonnie Born, 73667.


 DIVERSITY GRANTS FOR 2012-13
The Diversity Council is accepting grant proposals for educational projects, scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities that promote diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded to each selected proposal. The deadline to apply is March 1. For more information, click here or contact the Diversity Council.

 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 January 15, complete the training by January 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.