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May 2012

FIT Direct
 

Board of Trustees Meeting

The Future of Fashion: Annual BFA Fashion Design Show

FIT Library's "Love Your Library" Series Presents ARTstor Workshops

Export Promotion Marketing

Open Hours with President Brown

The Art of Teaching Opening Reception

The Museum at FIT Presents a Discussion with Franca Sozzani

Chabad Club Hosts Shabbat Nights

Fashion and Music: An Academic Symposium

Elder Care Support Group

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

Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition

Book Signing: TV Personality Andy Cohen

FIT Dance Company Spring Showcase

Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Graduates Discuss Diversity and Globalization

Exhibition: No Other Medicine

Commencement

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

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

CET Summer Adjunct Institute on Student Issues


Rita Armenia Appointed Director of Registration and Records

Macy's Hires 38 FIT Students

Fashion Merchandising Management Alumni Association Holds Spring Networking Event

Home Products Faculty Member Wins Package Design Awards

International Trade and Marketing Faculty Member Presents Paper, Wins Award

Illustration Faculty Member Profiled in Online Magazine

Career and Internship Center Staff Member Contributes to Magazine

Advertising and Marketing Communications Faculty Member Writes Op-ed

Communication Design Faculty Member Featured in Adobe Exchange


Changes Coming to FIT's Intranet

Spring 2012 Wellness Schedule

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Sustainability Grants Available

Diversity Council Offers Event and Project Support

Diversity Grants Available

Online Calendar for Center for Excellence in Teaching Events

Technology Training

Affirmative Action Online Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
May 2, 3 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor
The Board of Trustees holds its May meeting. For more information, contact the Office of the General Counsel, 74030.

THE FUTURE OF FASHION: ANNUAL BFA FASHION DESIGN SHOW
May 2, 4:30 and 7:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall (invitation only); Katie Murphy Amphitheatre (3D simulcast, general admission)
The annual fashion show features the work of top graduating Fashion Design BFA students. The FIT community is invited to attend 3D viewings of the 4:30 and 7:30 shows in Katie Murphy Amphitheatre or view a live stream of the show at 7:30 on the Future of Fashion website. This year’s critics include designers Diane von Furstenberg and Josie Natori, as well as FIT alumni Amsale Aberra, Michelle Smith, Wenlan Chia, Victor Alfaro, and Dushane Noble. Judges include FIT graduate Joe Zee, creative director of Elle; Kate Betts, contributing editor at Time; and Laura Brown, features/special projects director, Harper’s Bazaar.

FIT LIBRARY’S “LOVE YOUR LIBRARY” SERIES PRESENTS ARTSTOR WORKSHOPS
May 3, 1-2 pm (Level 1), and May 10, 1-2 pm (Level 2)

Room E601
Faculty and graduate students who would like to learn how to use ARTstor, a nonprofit online digital image library, are invited to a two-level workshop given by an ARTstor user services team member. The workshops are sponsored by the Gladys Marcus Library and the Center for Excellence in Teaching. For more information, click here or contact Magda Cupidon, 74368.

EXPORT PROMOTION MARKETING
May 3, 3:30-5 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor
Donna Sharp, senior partner at Sharp Global, will moderate a panel discussion sponsored by the International Trade and Marketing program 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. For more information or to register, contact Nicole Martin, 74280.

OPEN HOURS WITH PRESIDENT BROWN
May 3, 5-6 pm
Office of the President (Room C908)
President Joyce F. Brown will hold an "open hours" session, for any faculty or staff member who wishes to meet with her one-on-one. All visitors will be asked to sign in upon arrival, and will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate everyone, meetings will be limited to 15 minutes. For more information, contact Alin Babasoloukian, 74010.

THE ART OF TEACHING OPENING RECEPTION
May 3, 5:30-7:30 pm
Livingston Gallery, 177 Livingston St., 6th floor, Brooklyn
SUNY Empire State College's Metropolitan Center hosts this multimedia exhibition of work by Empire State College graduates and FIT faculty, including Adrienne Abseck, Dennis Lee, Rena Sussman Silverman, and Amanda Whitfield. The Art of Teaching will run through August 30. For more information, click here.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT PRESENTS A DISCUSSION WITH FRANCA SOZZANI
May 4, 6-8 pm
Alcove, David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor
Join Franca Sozzani, editorial director of Condé Nast Italy and editor in chief of Vogue Italia, l'Uomo Vogue, Vogue Gioiello, and Vogue Pelle, for a discussion about her career. In 2011, the United Nations named her ambassador for its “Fashion 4 Development” campaign; this March, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded her the Legion of Honour, the country’s most prestigious decoration. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/museum.

CHABAD CLUB HOSTS SHABBAT NIGHTS
May 4 and 11, 7:30 pm
Student lounge, David Dubinsky Student Center, 5th floor
The Chabad Club at FIT is hosting two evenings of food and festivities in May. All students are invited to attend. For more information, contact Malka Werde, 74148.

FASHION AND MUSIC: AN ACADEMIC SYMPOSIUM
May 5, 1-5 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor
Second-year students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice master’s program will present academic papers on the subject of fashion and music. Bjork, Maria Callas, and Miles Davis are among the subjects to be explored. Cultural critic and New York Times fashion writer Cintra Wilson will be the keynote speaker. For more information, contact Ewa Garbos, 74300.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
May 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, visit fitnyc.edu/eap or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

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 on view, including work by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, Christian Dior, and Miuccia Prada. For more information, click here.

ART AND DESIGN GRADUATING STUDENT EXHIBITION
May 9-22

Various locations on campus
This exhibition presents the work of more than 800 students receiving AAS and BFA degrees from the School of Art & Design’s 17 areas of study and is on view throughout the main floors of the Marvin Feldman Center, the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, the Shirley Goodman Resource Center, and the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

BOOK SIGNING: TV PERSONALITY ANDY COHEN
May 9, 5 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Andy Cohen, host of Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of the Real Housewives and Top Chef television franchises, will sign copies of his new book, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, and share behind-the-scenes stories from his shows at the Barnes & Noble at FIT. For more information, click here or call the bookstore, 75690.

FIT DANCE COMPANY SPRING SHOWCASE
May 10, 11, and 12, 7 pm
Gymnasium (Room BX02)
The dance company presents its spring performance, celebrating the art, power, and beauty of dance. All are welcome. For more information, contact Felicia Reid, 74215.

COSMETICS AND FRAGRANCE MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT GRADUATES DISCUSS DIVERSITY AND GLOBALIZATION
May 17, 5 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
In a partnership with L’Oréal USA, the 2012 graduates of the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management master’s program will host a talk titled “Innovation Through Diversity,” which explores issues of diversity and globalization and their potential impact on corporate leadership, global marketing, and product innovation. For more information, click here or contact Stephan Kanlian, 74306.

EXHIBITION: NO OTHER MEDICINE
Through May 19
New York Studio Gallery, 154 Stanton St.
Graduate students in the Art Market program curate an exhibition of the work of eight artists who temper a sense of foreboding about the future with hope and subtle humor. The show takes its name from William Shakespeare’s observation, "The miserable have no other medicine but only hope." For more information, click here.

2012 COMMENCEMENT
May 22, 10:30 am (Business and Technology and Liberal Arts)
3:30 pm (Art and Design and Graduate Studies)

Javits Center North, corner of 40th Street and 11th Avenue
FIT will hold its 2012 commencement exercises for all associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree candidates. Leslie Blodgett, executive chair of Bare Escentuals, will address the graduates at the morning ceremony and receive an honorary degree. In the afternoon, Davin Stowell, founder and CEO of Smart Design, will speak, and he and Carolina Herrera, fashion designer, will be awarded honorary degrees. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/commencement.

FASHION, A-Z: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM AT FIT, PART TWO
May 23-November 10

Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This is the second of two exhibitions highlighting masterpieces from the museum's permanent collection. More than 50 garments and accessories are on view, including work by Balenciaga, Halston, and Givenchy. 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 Kopelman, 73030.

CET SUMMER ADJUNCT INSTITUTE ON STUDENT ISSUES
June 5, 8:45 am-4:30 pm

Location TBA
Faculty are invited to attend the Center for Excellence in Teaching’s Summer Adjunct Institute on student issues. Among the topics that will be addressed are how to understand and respond student behavior, the changes technology has brought to teaching and learning, and students dealing with challenges such as Asperger’s syndrome. Reservations are required; RSVP to Celia Baez. For more information, click here or contact CET, 74064.


NEWS

RITA ARMENIA APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF REGISTRATION AND RECORDS
Rita Armenia began as FIT’s new director of registration and records on April 23, replacing Young-Ja Kim, who retired in January. Armenia joins FIT from Adelphi University, where she served as university registrar. Prior to her position at Adelphi, Armenia served in a number of roles in registrar’s offices throughout the New York metropolitan area.

MACY’S HIRES 38 FIT STUDENTS
Through a successful collaboration between Fashion Merchandising Management faculty and Macy’s, 38 students from the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters were placed in Macy's prestigious executive development programs for product development, buying and planning, and in paid summer internships. Students competed with students from top colleges all over the country for these highly coveted positions. For more information, contact Lori Massaro 74854.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HOLDS SPRING NETWORKING EVENT
In April, the Fashion Merchandising Management Alumni Association held its annual spring networking event. Frank Bober, CEO and founder of Stylesight, was this year’s speaker. For more information, contact Janice Messinger, 74856.

HOME PRODUCTS FACULTY MEMBER WINS PACKAGE DESIGN AWARDS
Bradley Carney and his design firm, Bread Design Group, won four American Package Design Awards given by Graphic Design USA. Carney is the firm’s creative director. His group won two awards in the point of purchase, poster display, and signs category; one in the gift wrap and shopping bags category; and one in the private label packaging category. Click here for more information, or contact Bradley Carney, 74980.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS PAPER, WINS AWARD
Deanna Clark presented her paper, "Fashion Beyond Borders," at the 2012 International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes conference, held at the Pearl Fashion Academy in Jaipur, India. The paper, which won a Junior Faculty Award at the event, discusses the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Clark also writes a fashion-focused trade blog, International Trade for Everyday People. For more information, contact Deanna Clark.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER PROFILED IN ONLINE MAGAZINE
The online magazine Evolution: This View of Life recently published an interview with Nathaniel Gold about his work illustrating the Scientific American blog, The Primate Diaries; his book, The Chimpanzee Manifesto; and his experience as an FIT alumnus and faculty member. Click here for more information.

CAREER AND INTERNSHIP CENTER STAFF MEMBER CONTRIBUTES TO MAGAZINE
Jeanne Golly published an article in the spring 2012 issue of the global art and craft magazine Hand/Eye. Golly’s piece looks at ecologically sustainable jewelry at New Mexico’s Santa Fe Weaving Gallery. For more information, contact Jeanne Golly, 73542.

ADVERTISING AND MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS FACULTY MEMBER WRITES OP-ED
Lauren Isaacson-Lev's opinion piece, "Expressway: A Statistic in the Bus Cutbacks," was published in the April 7 edition of Newsday. For more information, contact Lauren Isaacson-Lev, 74510.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN ADOBE EXCHANGE
C.J. Yeh was featured in the April issue of the Adobe Education Exchange newsletter. The Adobe Education Exchange is an online community where primary, secondary, and higher education faculty and staff discuss the use of Adobe for educational purposes. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHANGES COMING TO FIT’S INTRANET
The Communications and External Relations Office, in partnership with IT for FIT, is developing a new integrated internal website for employees, to launch in early summer. The site will be accessed through the MyFIT portal, which will be updated with a new login page and redesigned banner, and will incorporate content currently residing on InsideFIT. The benefits of this new site include the elimination of redundancy and confusion between internal (www3) sites, MyFIT, and InsideFIT; enabling the self-publishing of internal web content, using Webpages; and providing departments with the ability to publish content in a password-protected location. For more information, contact Donna Lehmann, 74710.

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, contact Bonnie Born, 73667.

UPCOMING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education—Learning and Leadership Grants: For participation in a high-quality professional development experience or to organize a collegial study group that leads to improvements in practice, curriculum, and student achievement in the school or university. Maximum award is $2,000 for individuals, $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Deadline: June 1.

NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education—Student Achievement Grants: To engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The award is $5,000. Deadline: June 1.

Fulbright Grants in Hungary: Grants provide round-trip travel for scholars to conduct research, teach courses (in English), or engage in both at Hungarian institutions. A PhD or equivalent degree is required. Grants are from three to nine months, with a maximum award of $2,700 per month, plus housing and roundtrip airfare. Deadline: August 1.

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

SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS AVAILABLE
Do you have a great idea for making FIT more green? As a part of the FIT/SUNY sustainability initiative, an annual fund of $15,000 supports sustainability projects that will benefit the FIT community. Administered by the FIT Sustainability Council, grants are awarded to individuals or groups for up to $5,000 per project. Assistance with proposals is available. Proposals are due November 9. Click here for more information on applying, or contact Robert Vassalotti, 74882, or Grazyna Pilatowicz, 75574.

DIVERSITY COUNCIL OFFERS EVENT AND PROJECT SUPPORT
An event or project that fosters inclusion and diversity can carry the Diversity Council’s stamp of support on promotional materials and be posted on the college-wide calendar on the council’s website. Complete the form here to let the council know about your event or project.

DIVERSITY GRANTS AVAILABLE
President Joyce F. Brown established an annual grant fund of $15,000, administered by the Diversity Council, to encourage the development of educational projects, scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities that promote tolerance and inclusion. A maximum of $5,000 is awarded to each winning proposal. Click here for more information on applying.

ONLINE CALENDAR FOR CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING EVENTS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching provides faculty-to-faculty training on incorporating technology into teaching, workshops on teaching methodologies, and a range of professional development opportunities. To learn more about the faculty resources available through the center, visit fitnyc.edu/cet, or for more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, 74062.

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.

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.

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.