FIT Direct - November 2012

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November 2012

Sustainability Lecture: Catch Your Breath—Air, Breathing, and Your Environment

Fashion Symposium: Ivy Style

Exhibition: Marriage Equality

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

Faculty Exhibition: Fantastic

Open Hours with President Brown

Panel Discussion: Swedish Fashion: H&M, Acne, and Much More

International Dance Festival

Illustration Department Lecture Series: Sophie Blackall

Fashion Culture Series: Five Years of Unisex

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

Symposium: Diversity and Globalization in the Beauty Industry

Elder Care Support Group

Book Signing: The Color Revolution

Staff Exhibition: Transformation

Talk and Tour: Ivy Style

Sustainability Lecture: Sustainable Knitwear

ARTSpeak Lecture Series: Mira Schor

FIT Board of Trustees Meeting

Book Signing: M: The Civilized Years, 1983-1989

Exhibition: Fashion & Technology

Italian Club Benefit Concert

Leslie Blodgett Endowed Scholarship Established

Career and Internship Center Faculty Member Publishes a Textbook

Communication Design Faculty Member's Artwork Featured in Magazine, Receives Grant

Social Sciences Faculty Member Publishes Novel

Textile Development and Marketing Faculty Member Speaks at Conference

Registration Center Faculty Member Published in Anthology

Social Sciences Faculty Member Publishes Book

Campus Dining Support Program Organized by American Forests

Communication Design Faculty Member's Poster Wins Recognition

Call for Nominations: FIT Faculty Awards

Call for Volunteers: Echo of Voices International Poetry Festival

Academic Skills Tutoring Center Offers Free Services

Fall 2012 Wellness Schedule

Funding Opportunities

Sustainability Grants Available

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

Emergency Messaging Sign-up

EVENTS

 SUSTAINABILITY LECTURE: CATCH YOUR BREATH—AIR, BREATHING, AND YOUR ENVIRONMENT
November 8, 1-2 pm
Conference Center, Room SR9
The FIT Sustainability Council presents a lecture about air quality issues and climate change. Breathing disorders will be discussed. Advertising and Marketing Communications faculty member Michael Cokkinos will be the speaker. For more information, contact Michael Cokkinos, 74476.

FASHION SYMPOSIUM: IVY STYLE
November 8 and 9, 9 am-5 pm

Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
The Museum at FIT’s annual two-day fashion symposium will feature lectures and special events centered around its exhibition Ivy Style. A diverse array of authors, scholars, and designers will discuss, debate, and celebrate the Ivy League-inspired look. Speakers include journalist G. Bruce Boyer, designer Jeffrey Banks, Brooks Brothers CEO Claudio Del Vecchio, and exhibition curator and the museum's Deputy Director Patricia Mears. The symposium is free to members of the FIT community. For more information, click here.

 EXHIBITION: MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Through November 9
Pomerantz Center Lobby
A photography exhibit featuring same-sex couples will be on display in the Pomerantz Center lobby. The exhibition is funded through a 2011-12 Diversity Council grant. For more information, contact Ron Amato, 75502.

 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.

 FACULTY EXHIBITION: FANTASTIC
November 10-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, click here.

 OPEN HOURS WITH PRESIDENT BROWN
November 13, 1-2 pm
Office of the President, Feldman Center, 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.

 PANEL DISCUSSION: SWEDISH FASHION: H&M, ACNE, AND MUCH MORE
November 13, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This panel discussion brings together leaders from the Swedish fashion industry to talk about the history and aesthetics of Swedish fashion and its relevance in today’s global market. Panelists include Mikael Schiller from Acne, Catarina Midby from H&M, and Lena Patriksson Keller from the Association of Swedish Fashion Brands. The panel is a collaboration of The Museum at FIT, Svensk Form, and the Swedish Institute, and is part of the museum’s Fashion Culture series. For more information, click here.

 INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
November 14, 5:30 pm
Haft Auditorium
Sponsored by the Diversity Council, the School of Liberal Arts, the Foreign Languages Department, and the Health, Physical Education and Dance Department, the third annual festival features performances of flamenco, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Indian styles of dance. For more information, contact Amy Zaborowski, 74220.

 ILLUSTRATION DEPARTMENT LECTURE SERIES: SOPHIE BLACKALL
November 15, 6:30-8:30 pm
Pomerantz Center, Room D211
Artist Sophie Blackall will give a lecture sponsored by the Illustration Department. Blackall is best known to New Yorkers for her depiction of a diverse set of subway riders for the MTA Arts for Transit Program that appears in many subway cars. For more information, contact Ed Soyka, 75803.

 FASHION CULTURE LECTURE: FIVE YEARS OF UNISEX
November 15, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Museum at FIT hosts a lecture by designer Rad Hourani, who will present examples of his unisex clothing and discuss what he calls his “gender agnostic” work. Hourani is also a noted photographer whose work has been shown at the Galerie Joyce on the Palais Royal in Paris. For more information, click here.

 EXHIBITION: DEFINING THE AMERICAN LOOK: LORD & TAYLOR ADVERTISEMENTS 1945-1959
November 15, 2012-February 22, 2013
Gladys Marcus Library
Organized by graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program, this exhibition illustrates the rise of American fashion designers through classic Lord & Taylor department store advertisements. For more information, click here.

 SYMPOSIUM: DIVERSITY AND GLOBALIZATION IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY
November 16, 8 am-noon
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This symposium will focus on the ways that diversity—in conceptions of beauty, global sourcing, product development, microfinancing, or human resource management—can create a richer environment for innovation in organizations and a broader dialogue with consumers. The keynote will be given by Tonie Leatherberry, principal at Deloitte Consulting, and a panel discussion will be moderated by Ellen Byron of The Wall Street Journal. The symposium builds upon research by recent graduates of FIT’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management master's program, in collaboration with L’Oréal USA’s Corporate Diversity Department. For more information and registration, click here.

 ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
November 19, 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, click here or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

 BOOK SIGNING: THE COLOR REVOLUTION
November 20, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Historian Regina Lee Blaszczyk will discuss her book, which explains color forecasting and how “color engineers” help corporations use color psychology. Blaszczyk will sign books after the lecture. This event is part of The Museum at FIT's Fashion Culture series. For more information, click here.

 STAFF EXHIBITION: TRANSFORMATION
November 21, 2012-October 24, 2013
Lynn and Paul Goldstein Gallery, Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
The annual exhibition of works by FIT faculty and staff will be on the theme of transformation.

 TALK AND TOUR: IVY STYLE
November 26, 6 pm
The Museum at FIT
Richard Press will lead tours of The Museum at FIT’s Ivy Style exhibition, a look at the creation and evolution of the fashion that got its start on America’s Ivy League college campuses. Press, an expert on the classic Ivy style, is the grandson of the founder of J. Press, a brand that was important in the establishment of the look. Press will be introduced by MFIT deputy director and Ivy Style curator Patricia Mears. The November tour will be followed by a signing of the exhibition’s companion book. For more information, click here.

 SUSTAINABILITY LECTURE: SUSTAINABLE KNITWEAR
November 27, 1-2 pm
Conference Center, Room SR9
The FIT Sustainability Council presents a lecture about implementing sustainable design and manufacturing practices. The session highlights working toward a zero-waste business model. Textiles/Surface Design faculty member Holly Henderson will be the speaker. For more information, contact Holly Henderson, 75161.

 ARTSPEAK LECTURE SERIES: MIRA SCHOR
November 27, 2:30-3:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
New York-based artist, writer, editor, and educator Mira Schor will be the featured speaker at this ARTSpeak event, sponsored by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art. Schor, co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism, has made the representation of language in drawing and painting a focus in her work. In addition to numerous awards in painting and criticism, Schor was awarded a 2009 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant to develop A Year of Positive Thinking, a blog on contemporary art. For more information, contact John Allen, 75862.

 FIT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
November 28, 11 am
Location to be determined; please see on-campus postings for further information
The FIT Board of Trustees holds its November meeting. Meetings are open to the public unless the board meets in executive session. For more information, contact the Office of the General Counsel, 74030.

 BOOK SIGNING: M: THE CIVILIZED YEARS, 1983-1989
November 29, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Editor John Tinseth, creator of the men’s style blog The Trad, discusses this collection of some of the best writing from M, a men’s lifestyle magazine. M featured fashion advice from Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Perry Ellis, among others, and published articles about the best restaurants and bars as well as finding the perfect tailor. This event is part of the Fashion Culture series presented by The Museum at FIT. For more information, click here.

 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, click here.

 ITALIAN CLUB BENEFIT CONCERT
December 7, 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Italian Club hosts its seventh annual concert, featuring Italian-American performers Aaron Caruso, Anthony Ierulli, and Giada Valenti 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.

NEWS

 LESLIE BLODGETT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED
Bare Escentuals Executive Chairman Leslie Blodgett has created an endowed scholarship through a $100,000 gift to FIT. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an upper-division student who has been selected by the dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology and the Office of Financial Aid. The student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and demonstrate financial need. Blodgett is a 1985 graduate of the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing program.

 CAREER AND INTERNSHIP CENTER FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES A TEXTBOOK
Jennifer Miller co-authored a book, Creating Career Success: A Flexible Plan for the World of Work, published in October by Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. Miller and her co-authors also contribute to a blog about the book at creatingcareersuccess.wordpress.com. For more information, contact Jennifer Miller, 73009.

 COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER’S ARTWORK FEATURED IN MAGAZINE, RECEIVES GRANT
C.J. Yeh’s multimedia installation “I Hereby Declare” was featured in the October issue of the Taiwanese magazine Art Plus. The article is about some of the prominent artists who will participate in Art Taipei 2012, the longest-running art fair in Asia. Yeh also was selected for a Taiwanese National Culture and Arts Foundation grant. He is one of 17 from the fields of literature, fine art, music, drama, dance architecture, and cinema recognized with this grant. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

 SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES NOVEL
Roberta Degnore published Until You See Me earlier this year. The novel is inspired by true events, and a screenplay of the book has been optioned. Signed copies are available at Barnes & Noble at FIT. For more information, contact Roberta Degnore, 74920.

 TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER SPEAKS AT CONFERENCE
Margaret Bishop gave a presentation, “Reshoring Garment Production from China to the United States: Is It Just Talk or Is It Real?” at the Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas executive conference in Tampa, FL, in September. For more information, contact Margaret Bishop, 75241.

 REGISTRATION CENTER FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHED IN ANTHOLOGY
David Lawton’s poem “Tri-City Rock Brood” was published in an anthology of prose and poetry titled It’s Animal but Merciful, recently released by Great Weather for Media. For more information, contact David Lawton, 73856.

 SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
Yuniya Kawamura published a book titled Fashioning Japanese Subcultures, which is based on her six-year ethnographic study of Japanese subcultures in Tokyo. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.

 CAMPUS DINING SUPPORTS PROGRAM ORGANIZED BY AMERICAN FORESTS
Campus Dining is participating in the "Global ReLeaf" program organized by American Forests, a nonprofit whose mission is to protect and restore forests in the U.S. Campus Dining donates $1 to the program for every meal plan sold. Campus Dining donated $1,500 last academic year, and will donate $811 this semester. For more information, contact Vincent Gentile.

 COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER’S POSTER WINS RECOGNITION
Rocco Piscatello’s poster for the FIT Visiting Artist Program lecture in March that featured David Gibson was chosen as a best-in-show winner by the Mohawk Show 12. The Mohawk Show honors the impact of the graphic design industry and appears around the country in 20 different venues through May 2013. Piscatello discussed his winning poster online at feltandwire.com. For more information, contact Rocco Piscatello, 75661.

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 herefor the nomination form. The deadline is February 1, 2013.

 CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: ECHO OF VOICES INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL
Faculty and staff are invited to assist in preparations for an international poetry festival that will be held at FIT in April 2014. The festival, coordinated by the Foreign Languages Department in partnership with the PEN American Center, will feature multilingual poetry readings, workshops, and interdisciplinary events. To find out how you can get involved, visit echofvoices.org, or contact Madeline Millan, 75017.

 ACADEMIC SKILLS TUTORING CENTER OFFERS FREE SERVICES
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
Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Joan Heller–Diane Bernard Fellowship: Supports research by a junior scholar (graduate student, untenured university professor, or independent researcher) and a senior scholar (tenured university professor or advanced independent scholar) on the impact of lesbians and/or gay men on U.S. society and culture. Scholars conducting research on lesbians are especially encouraged to apply. Award: $6,250. Deadline: November 15.

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.
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. Note: The Grants Office will be offering grant writing tips on September 27 during common hour for those interested in applying for this grant.

 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.