FIT CHOSEN TO OFFER TOMODACHI-UNIQLO FELLOWSHIP
Uniqlo’s Tomodachi Initiative has established the Tomodachi-Uniqlo Fellowship to help Japanese students study fashion and business in the United States. FIT’s master’s program in Global Fashion Management has been named one of three programs that will offer the fellowship. The first fellowship recipient will begin their studies fall 2013.
ENGLISH/SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
Albert Ashforth’s espionage thriller The Rendition was recently published by Oceanview. The story follows a veteran intelligence officer who is persuaded to take part in an “extraordinary rendition” in the Balkans. For more information, contact Albert Ashforth, 75374.
PEER TUTORS PRESENT RESEARCH AT WRITING CONFERENCE
Five peer tutors from the Writing Studio participated in the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Chicago in November. The students presented their research about the variety of writing practices at FIT. For more information, contact Brian Fallon, 73062.
COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER COAUTHORS BOOK, FEATURED IN MAGAZINE
C.J. Yeh coauthored The History and Development of Digital Arts in Taiwan, published by Artist Publishing. Yeh wrote the introduction and the second chapter, which examines the unique characteristics of Taiwanese digital arts in comparison with those of the United States. Also, a review of C.J. Yeh’s work was published in the November issue of Taiwan’s Artist Magazine. The article was titled “Digital Punk: An Introduction to the New Media Artworks by C.J. Yeh.” For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.
FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN POUGHKEEPSIE EXHIBITION
Jean Feinberg is a featured artist in the exhibition Making Light at the Marist College Art Gallery. The exhibition began November 7 and will continue through December 5. For more information, contact Jean Feinberg, 75872.
TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING CHAIR SPEAKS AT SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE
Jeffrey Silberman participated in the International Cotton Advisory Committee 71st Plenary Meeting titled “Shaping Sustainability in the Cotton Value Chain” in Interlaken, Switzerland in October. He presented in two open sessions, chaired and moderated a discussion panel, and was elected to his 11th successive term as executive director of the International Forum for Cotton Promotion. For more information, contact Jeffrey Silberman, 75234.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER SPEAKS AT EVENT
Deanna D. Clark addressed a group of international visitors at the Women in Public Service Fall Institute, an event cosponsored by the U.S. State Department. She discussed women fashion designers as entrepreneurs, marketing messages, and the utility of international trade agreements to drive sales and reduce costs. For more information, contact Deanna Clark, 74280.
WINNING STUDENT DESIGNS ON DISPLAY IN DSW DESIGN COMPETITION
The winning entries of the Designer Shoe Warehouse-sponsored design competition titled “A Design Affair” will be on display at the DSW store on 34th Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, until December 7. The grand prize winner is Sun Jeong Kang, and additional winners are Rochelle Roque, Ahyoung Kwak, Lucinda Sun, and Yina Bae. Kang’s winning shoe designs will be produced in January and sold at DSW.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: FIT FACULTY AWARDS
The Academic Affairs Office is soliciting nominations for the 2013 FIT Faculty Excellence Award and FIT President’s Award for Excellence. Click here for the nomination form. The deadline is February 1, 2013.
WRITING STUDIO OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 19
Faculty should note that writing assistance is available to all students in person and online through the Writing Studio. Writing consultants can help on a range of projects from brainstorming ideas for final papers to polishing cover letters. Students can make an appointment in Room 612 of the Feldman Center or at fitnyc.edu/writingstudio. For more information, contact Brian Fallon, 73060.
ACADEMIC SKILLS TUTORING CENTER OFFERS FREE SERVICES
Faculty should be aware that all full-time and part-time students currently enrolled in credit-bearing and remedial courses may make appointments with a tutor. The center offers tutoring in a wide range of disciplines. Click here for more information and for the center’s walk-in schedule, or contact Deborah Levine, 74082.
FALL 2012 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student-Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff:
Through December 14
Mondays—Pilates, 1-2 pm, Room BX28
Tuesdays—Body Toning, 1-2 pm, Room AX39
Thursdays—Yoga, 1-2 pm, Room AX25
Fridays—Ethnic Dance Aerobics, 1-2 pm, Room AX39
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. Mats can be purchased 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.
Puffin Foundation: For emerging artists working with socially significant topics in fine arts (painting, sculpture, drawing, crafts, etc.), dance, and video. Award: $1,000-$2,500. Deadline: December 7.
American Association of University Women Career Development Grants: Grants support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care. Awards range from $2,000 to $12,000. Deadline: December 15.
Free Grant and Proposal Writing Courses: The Foundation Center offers free courses titled “Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts” and “Proposal Writing Basics” at their offices at 79 Fifth Avenue. Visit grantspace.org for a complete schedule.
Financial Assistance to Host French Authors: The Cultural Services of the French Embassy offers financial aid to American institutions wishing to invite and host French authors for readings, signings, and symposia. Visit frenchculture.org for more information.
For other funding opportunities, view the Grants Digest online.
For more information, contact the Grants Office, 73622.
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 EVENT CALENDAR FOR CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
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. Check their online calendar for upcoming events here, and learn more about the faculty resources available through the center by visiting fitnyc.edu/cet. For more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, 74062.
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.