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June 2012

 

FIT Board of Trustees Meeting

Student Exhibition: The Triangle Factory Fire: Then, Since, Now

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

FIT Co-sponsors Marketing Science Institute Conference, "Retailing in a Global Multichannel World"

Illustration Faculty Member Hosts Workshop at Society of Illustrators

Student Exhibition: The Pink Issue

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


Middle States Report Available

FIT Community Members Honored with Awards

Faculty Member's Artwork Featured in First Lady's Book

Illustration Faculty Member Inducted into Illustrators Hall of Fame

Fashion Design-Art Faculty Member Featured in Group Show


Academic Skills Tutoring Center Offers Summer Sessions

Changes Coming to FIT's Intranet

Summer 2012 Wellness Schedule

Funding Opportunities

Sustainability Grants Available

Diversity Council Offers Event and Project Support

Diversity Grants Available

Online Events Calendar for Center for Excellence in Teaching

Technology Training

Affirmative Action Online Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


EVENTS

FIT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
June 11, 11 am

Alcove, David Dubinsky Student Center, eighth floor
The FIT Board of Trustees holds its June meeting. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of the General Counsel, 74030.

STUDENT EXHIBITION: THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE: THEN, SINCE, NOW
June 13-July 7; opening reception: June 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Students of the MFA in Illustration program present a collaboration with School of Liberal Arts and the Triangle Factory Fire Coalition that features the works of 25 artists and their visual stories of the fire. Works include paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture, and interactive media. Click here for more information, or contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

TALK AND TOUR: FASHION, A-Z: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM AT FIT, PART TWO
June 20, 10:30 am
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
MFIT continues its exploration of modern and contemporary design with the second of two consecutive exhibitions that showcase selections from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories. Co-curator Colleen Hill leads this tour, which is part of the museum’s Fashion Culture Series. The tour is free, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 74585 or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

FIT CO-SPONSORS MARKETING SCIENCE INSTITUTE CONFERENCE, “RETAILING IN A GLOBAL, MULTICHANNEL WORLD”
June 20-21
Conference Center
FIT and the Baker Retailing Center of the Wharton School will co-sponsor a conference that addresses the rise of the global consumer, the in-store shopping experience, and managing the retail experience across multiple channels. The Marketing Science Institute is a nonprofit that supports academic research for the development – and practical translation – of leading-edge marketing knowledge on topics of importance to business. Click here for more information; the registration deadline is June 11.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS WORKSHOP AT SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS
June 21, 6:30-9:30 pm
Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St., NYC
Chris Spollen will share a slide presentation of his recent work, discussing his process and materials. The workshop, titled “Making Stuff with Chris Spollen”, will focus on reinventing and repurposing everyday objects into art. For more information, contact Chris Spollen, 77806.

STUDENT EXHIBITION: THE PINK ISSUE
Through September 3
Lobby, Fred P. Pomerantz Center
This interdisciplinary exhibition, sponsored by Mattel, Inc., features work from students in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, and Photography that were organized into an exhibition by the graduating students of Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design. It is the culmination of a design competition that used Mattel’s Barbie doll as an inspiration. For more information, contact Craig Berger, 75490.

EXHIBITION: FASHION, A-Z: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM AT FIT, PART TWO
Through 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 Christian Dior, Martin Margiela, and Oscar de la Renta. For more information, click here.


NEWS

MIDDLE STATES REPORT AVAILABLE
The visiting team from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has delivered its final report on the college, as part of the reaccreditation process. The report reflected the positive response the team expressed at its campus visit, attended by many in the FIT community, in April. The college will receive the commission’s final decision on FIT’s accreditation status in November. To read the report, and the college’s response, click here.

FIT COMMUNITY MEMBERS HONORED WITH AWARDS
The following FIT community members received SUNY Chancellor’s Awards:

Award for Excellence in Teaching
Anna Blume, History of Art
Calvin Williamson, Science and Mathematics

Award for Faculty Service
Renee Y. Cooper, Fashion Merchandising Management

Award for Student Excellence
Darrin C. Amellio, Graphic Design
Johanna Lily Brozinsky, Advertising and Marketing Communications
Cassandra Eileen Holden, Fine Arts
Teneka Marlitta King, Graphic Design
Ou Ma, Fashion Design
Yecca Yexin Zeng, Fashion Design

Scholar Athlete Award
Alyssa Bernstein, Women’s Tennis
Taylor Heinselman, Women’s Half-Marathon
Shachar Keizman, Men’s Swimming
Jacqueline Kicksee, Women’s Swimming

The following faculty members received FIT Awards:

FIT Faculty Excellence Award
Matthew D. Petrunia, English and Speech

FIT President’s Award for Faculty Excellence
Irene Buchman, Educational Skills and Presidential Scholars
Melanie Reim, Illustration

FACULTY MEMBER’S ARTWORK FEATURED IN FIRST LADY’S BOOK
The illustrations of Ken Krug, a Textile/Surface Design and Communication Design faculty member, appear in Michelle Obama’s American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. His artwork in the book includes four two-page, full-color spreads, spot art, and black-and-white garden plans. The illustrations, in pen and ink and watercolor, map the White House garden in all four seasons. For more details, contact Ken Krug.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER INDUCTED INTO ILLUSTRATORS HALL OF FAME
Nancy Stahl was recently inducted into the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame. Selected by past presidents of the society for this honor, Stahl is a digital pioneer, an early adopter of digital illustration whose work has been featured in CA magazine, Step by Step, and Painter WOW books, and on U.S. postage stamps. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

FASHION DESIGN-ART FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN GROUP SHOW
Daria Dorosh’s work will be featured in the exhibition Anomalistic Revolution at A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front St., #228, in Brooklyn. Dorosh is one of the co-founders of the all-women, artist-run gallery, the first of its kind in the United States when it was conceived 40 years ago. Anomalistic Revolution will be on view June 21-July 15. For more information, contact Daria Dorosh.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

ACADEMIC SKILLS TUTORING CENTER OFFERS SUMMER SESSIONS
Students currently registered in credit-bearing courses may make appointments with a tutor by going to fitnyc.edu/tutoring. Walk-in sessions will also be available for students taking courses in math, economics, fashion design, fashion merchandising management, and Microsoft Office. Click here for more information and for the center’s walk-in schedule, or contact Deborah Levine, 74082.

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 later this month. 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 the 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.

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

May 29-July 26 (no class July 4)
Mondays—Pilates, 1-2 pm
Tuesdays—Body Toning, 1-2 pm
Wednesdays—Ethnic Dance Aerobics, 1-2 pm
Thursday—Yoga, 1-2 pm

Classes are located in rooms AX39 or AX25. 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
Fulbright Scholar Program: The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Deadline: August 1.

NEH Summer Stipends: National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipends are available for individuals pursuing advanced research of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools. The stipends offer $6,000 to support two consecutive months of full-time work. Deadline: September 27.

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 of up to $5,000 per project are awarded to individuals or groups. 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 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.

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.