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December 2012

 

AAS Fashion Design Exhibition: Adrian

Breathing Meditation Workshop

Exhibition: Fashion & Technology

Diversity Grant Think Tank Meeting

Fashion Show: Elements

Italian Club Benefit Concert

Exhibition: Defining the American Look: Lord & Taylor Advertisements 1945-1959

Faculty Exhibition: Fantastic

Elder Care Support Group

Staff Exhibition: Transformation

 

FIT Chosen to Offer Tomodachi-Uniqlo Fellowship

English/Speech Faculty Member Publishes Book

Peer Tutors Present Research at Writing Conference

Communication Design Faculty Member Coauthors Book, Featured in Magazine

Fine Arts Faculty Member Featured in Poughkeepsie Exhibition

Textile Development and Marketing Chair Speaks at Sustainability Conference

International Trade and Marketing Faculty Member Speaks at Event

Winning Student Designs on Display in DSW Design Competition

   

Call for Nominations: FIT Faculty Awards

Writing Studio Open Until December 19

Academic Skills Tutoring Center Offers Free Services

Fall 2012 Wellness Schedule

Funding Opportunities

Diversity Council Offers Event and Project Support

Diversity Grants Available

Online Event Calendar for Center for Excellence in Teaching

Technology Training

Affirmative Action Online Training



EVENTS

AAS FASHION DESIGN EXHIBITION: ADRIAN
Through December 2
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Selected works by AAS Fashion Design students will be on display. This exhibition features garments inspired by the fashion designer Adrian. For more information, contact Linda Muglia, 75043.

BREATHING MEDITATION WORKSHOP
December 4, 1-2 pm

Conference Center, Seminar Room 6
The Employee Assistance Program will host a breathing meditation workshop to help participants reduce anxiety and stress and improve their health and well-being. For more information, contact Bob Silverstein, 75600.

EXHIBITION: FASHION & TECHNOLOGY
December 4, 2012-May 8, 2013
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Spanning 250 years, this exhibition will examine how fashion has engaged with, and been altered by, technological advances throughout history, from the development of synthetic fabrics to the integration of smart electronics into garments. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/3452.asp.

DIVERSITY GRANT THINK TANK MEETING
December 6, 10-11:30 am
Conference Center, Seminar Room 9
The Diversity Council will discuss how to apply for an FIT Diversity Grant. Diversity Grants are provided to encourage the development of educational projects, scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities that promote diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. RSVP by November 29 to diversitygrants@fitnyc.edu.

FASHION SHOW: ELEMENTS
December 6, 7 pm
Haft Auditorium
The Phi Theta Kappa honors organization will sponsor a fashion show with an emphasis on environmental consciousness. The show will include designs by FIT alumna Allison Parris, Bangs shoes, and current students, and a performance by the FIT Dance Company. Tickets are $3 for the FIT community, $5 for the general public. For more information, contact Madeline Thompson, 73760.

ITALIAN CLUB BENEFIT CONCERT
December 7, 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Italian Club hosts its seventh annual concert, featuring Italian-American performers Francesca Cavaliere, Anthony Ierulli, George Pettignano, Vincent Ricciardi, and Livia Tedesco singing a wide variety of songs. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-FIT students, and $7 for FIT students. Cocktail attire is requested. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Christian Ierulli, 73549, or email the Italian Club at italian_club@fitnyc.edu.

EXHIBITION: DEFINING THE AMERICAN LOOK: LORD & TAYLOR ADVERTISEMENTS 1945-1959
December 7, 2012-February 22, 2013
Gladys Marcus Library
Organized by graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program in collaboration with the Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives (SPARC), this exhibition illustrates the rise of American fashion designers through classic Lord & Taylor department store advertisements. The materials were culled from the Lord & Taylor archives recently acquired by SPARC. For more information, go to fitnyc.edu/12507.asp.

FACULTY EXHIBITION: FANTASTIC
Through December 8
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition will feature works by the faculty of the School of Art and Design on the theme of the fantastic, otherworldly, and imagined. Some artists’ works will be available for sale, with proceeds donated to Kids in Distressed Situations, an organization that supports relief efforts in Haiti. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/galleryfit.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
December 10, 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.

STAFF EXHIBITION: TRANSFORMATION
Through October 24, 2013
Lynn and Paul Goldstein Gallery, Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
The annual exhibition of works by FIT faculty and staff is on the theme of transformation.


NEWS

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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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.

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.