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March 2012

Elder Care Support Group

Dining Services Hosts Mardi Gras Night

Becoming Your Own Best Health Care Advocate

Author Julie Powell Reads

FIT's Annual Gala, Honoring William P. Lauder and William T. Dillard, III

EduTech Day: Teaching, Learning, and Sharing in the Cloud

Dining Services Hosts Asian Night

Love Your Library: Finding Your Way in the Business of Art

The Winds of Change: FIT's Annual Sustainability Conference

Student-Faculty Roundtable Luncheon

IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA

Export Promotion Marketing

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

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

Fine Arts Professor Has Solo Show

Interior Design Faculty Member Publishes Book on Sustainable Lighting

Advertising and Marketing Communications Faculty Member to Publish Story

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Speaks at Explorers Club

Packaging Design Faculty Member Wins Photography Award

Promote Precollege Programs

Register for Annual Right-to-Know/HazCom Training

Funding Opportunities

Fall Housing Available

Commencement Information

Spring 2012 Wellness Schedule

Affirmative Action Online Training

Technology Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up

EVENTS

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
March 5, 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 Robin Zarel, 75600.

DINING SERVICES HOSTS MARDI GRAS NIGHT
March 6, 4:30-8 pm
Dining hall
Dining Services will offer dishes celebrating the Mardi Gras holiday. All are invited to attend. For more information, click here or contact Dining Services, 75770. 

BECOMING YOUR OWN BEST HEALTH CARE ADVOCATE
March 8, 1-2 pm
Alcove, David Dubinsky Center, eighth floor
This lunchtime Employee Assistance Program workshop focuses on how to obtain clear and necessary information and be an effective self-advocate while navigating an often confusing, complicated health care system. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/eap or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

AUTHOR JULIE POWELL READS
March 8, 5-6 pm
Room D207
The English and Speech Department hosts writer Julie Powell, who will read from her memoir Julie & Julia, which was made into a 2009 movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and participate in a Q&A. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. For more information, contact Melissa Tombro, 75373.

FIT'S ANNUAL GALA, HONORING WILLIAM P. LAUDER AND WILLIAM T. DILLARD, III
March 15, 6:30 pm
Cipriani 42nd Street
FIT and the FIT Foundation will honor William P. Lauder, of Estée Lauder, and William T. Dillard, III, of Dillard's, at the college's 25th annual awards gala. The black-tie affair will include a performance by singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield. Tickets begin at $1,000 and are tax-deductible. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Educational Development Fund. For more information, contact Vicki Guranowski, 74105.

EDUTECH DAY: TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SHARING IN THE CLOUD
March 16, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre and John E. Reeves Great Hall
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend EduTech Day, an annual SUNY-wide conference focusing on the intersection of teaching and technology. Teaching, Learning, and Sharing in the Cloud addresses the potential for synchronous and asynchronous teaching, learning, and collaboration using cloud computing, which allows users to access files and applications from any location. Caleb Clark, director of the EdTech master's program at Marlboro College's graduate school, will speak at breakfast; Alice Marwick, a postdoctoral researcher in social media at Microsoft Research New England and a research affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, will be the lunchtime keynote speaker; seating for both is limited. To register, visit fitnyc.edu/edutechday. For more information, email edutechday@fitnyc.edu.

DINING SERVICES HOSTS ASIAN NIGHT
March 20, 4:30-8 pm
Dining hall
Dining Services will offer dishes representing a variety of Asian cuisines. All are invited to attend. For more information, click here or contact Dining Services, 75770.

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY: FINDING YOUR WAY IN THE BUSINESS OF ART
March 21, 5-6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Margaret Peot will discuss business lessons learned over her 20-year career as an author, illustrator, costume painter, and freelance artist, as part of the Gladys Marcus Library's 2012 Love Your Library series. This event is also sponsored by the Career and Internship Center. For more information, click here or contact Magda Cupidon, 74368.

THE WINDS OF CHANGE: FIT'S ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE
March 27, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The Sustainability Council presents The Winds of Change: Making Our Mark on Sustainability, FIT's sixth annual conference. This year's theme is action, change, and movement. Speakers include "No Impact Man" Colin Beaver, Deborah Johnson, who will discuss Pratt Institute's sustainable dormitory project; and Dr. Stephen Kellert, an expert on biophilic design. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, click here.

STUDENT-FACULTY ROUNDTABLE LUNCHEON
March 29, 12:30-2 pm
Location TBA
Faculty and students are invited to this roundtable luncheon, presented by the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) and the Student-Faculty Corporation. The topic for discussion will be sustainability and ecologically responsible design in the curriculum. Seats are limited. RSVP by calling the CET, 74064. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/cet or contact Elaine Maldonado, 74064.

IMPACT: 50 YEARS OF THE CFDA
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 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.

EXPORT PROMOTION MARKETING
May 3, 3:30-5 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center, ninth floor
Donna Sharp, senior partner at Sharp Global, will moderate a panel discussion featuring Amanda Barlow, manager, U.S. Council for International Business; Herb Ouida, international trade consultant; and John Stillwaggon, accounts receivable specialist, Accounts Receivable Risk Management. The group will discuss the government and financial programs available to help exporting companies expand. This International Trade and Marketing event is open to the public. RSVP with names and company affiliations of non-FIT attendees by April 19. For more information or to RSVP, contact Nicole Martin, 74280.

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
Through May
Cupsogue Beach County Park, Westhampton Beach, NY
Arthur Kopelman leads educational walks to observe, photograph, and learn about seals. Click here for dates or to make a reservation. For more information, contact Arthur Kopelman, 73030.

NEWS

FINE ARTS PROFESSOR HAS SOLO SHOW
An exhibition of recent abstract oil paintings by Harriet Korman is currently on view at the Lennon, Weinberg Gallery, 514 West 25 Street. Korman – who has shown at the Whitney Biennial and received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Museum, National Endowment for the Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy Museum, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation, among others – has been with Lennon, Weinberg for more than 20 years. Her present show will run through April 14. For more information, contact Harriet Korman, 75879.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK ON SUSTAINABLE LIGHTING
Michael Stiller's Quality Lighting for High Performance Businesses will be published this month by Fairmont Press. The book provides an overview of sustainable lighting technologies and concepts such as visual comfort, visual interest, and integrated design. For more information, contact Michael Stiller.

ADVERTISING AND MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS FACULTY MEMBER TO PUBLISH STORY
Lauren Isaacson-Lev's personal narrative about Training Wheels, a Jewish education program she adapted for young children with special needs, will appear in Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life-Changing Moments, a book celebrating the centennial anniversary of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Thin Threads will be published in late spring. For more information, contact Lauren Isaacson-Lev, 74510.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER SPEAKS AT EXPLORERS CLUB
In February, Arthur Kopelman, 2010 recipient of the SUNY Distinguished Service Professor honor, presented his lecture, "Whales and Seals Oh My!: New York's Marine Mammals Up Close," as part of the Saturday Science for Students program at the Manhattan headquarters of The Explorers Club, an international, multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to field research and the instinct to explore. For more information, contact Arthur Kopelman, 73030.

PACKAGING DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
David Wagner placed second in the 2012 Hasselblad Masters, an international photography competition run by the prestigious camera company. His work was chosen from a pool of 2,500 initial applicants, and from 110 finalists. For more information, click here or contact David Wagner.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PROMOTE PRECOLLEGE PROGRAMS
Precollege Programs is looking to reach new markets for its art, fashion, and business courses for pre-teens and teens, and encourages all faculty and staff to promote its offerings to possible enrollees. Spring Saturday Live classes begin March 3; workshops begin April 21. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/precollege or contact Michele Nagel, 74632.

REGISTER FOR ANNUAL RIGHT-TO-KNOW/HAZCOM TRAINING
All employees who use chemicals, supervise employees or students who use chemicals, or order chemicals for the college must register to attend one of the mandatory 2012 right-to-know/hazardous communication training sessions. Sessions will take place March 5-19. To register, click here. For more information, contact Louella West, Environmental Health and Safety, 73753.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Grants Office has announced the following funding opportunities:

The Rhizome Commissions Program, supporting emerging artists through grants of up to $5,000 for the creation of significant works of art that creatively engage new and networked technologies and works that reflect on the social and political impact of these tools and media. The application deadline is April 15. For more information, click here.

The Japanese Association of University Women is offering international fellowships of up to 1,000,000 yen for women to carry out independent research or advanced postgraduate-level study in Japan. All candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree and gain approval from the Japanese institution at which they propose to undertake their study or research. The application deadline is April 20. For more information, click here.

FALL HOUSING AVAILABLE
All returning degree and non-degree students with nine or more credit hours can apply from March 1-21 to live on campus this coming fall. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/housing.

COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION
FIT will hold its 2012 commencement exercises for all associate, bachelor's, and master's degree candidates at Javits Center North on May 22. For information on the ceremonies, ordering academic attire, and requesting tickets, visit fitnyc.edu/commencement.

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—Dance Aerobics, 1-2 pm, Room AX39

Spring 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.

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 here. 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.