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December 2013

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Exhibition: Trend-ology

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Elaine Stone Memorial: Hats on for Elaine

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Diversity Grant Think Tank Meeting

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AAS Fashion Design Exhibition: American Folk Art Museum

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Community of Practice Workshop: Online Grading and Grading Policies

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Exhibition: Dreams Lived, Dreams Shattered: MLK, JFK 50 Years Later

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Talk and Tour: A Queer History of Fashion

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UCE Artisan Craft Fair

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Custom Carpet and Rug Design Competition

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Exhibition: A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk

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Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

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SUNY Global Center Student Art Show

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FIT Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Pairings/Collaborations


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FIT Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member

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Textile Development and Marketing Faculty Member Profiled in Newspaper

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Social Sciences Faculty Member Speaks at Museum

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Textile Development and Marketing Faculty Member Presents at Symposium, Coauthors Paper

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Textile Development and Marketing Chair Appointed to Committee

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Communication Design Faculty Member to Have Solo Show


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Call for Nominations: 2014 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

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Call for Nominations: Faculty Excellence Awards

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Call for Sustainability Conference Breakout Session Proposals

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Call for Diversity Grant Proposals

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Fall 2013 Wellness Schedule

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Funding Opportunities

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Diversity Council Offers Event and Project Support

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Center for Excellence in Teaching Online Event Calendar

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Technology Training

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Affirmative Action Online Training



EVENTS

EXHIBITION: TREND-OLOGY
December 3-May 7, 2014
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Trends have emerged from high fashion runways and urban street style, but they have also derived from art, music, novels, and socio-political movements. Trend-ology looks at the vast array of sources from which fashion trends have developed over the past 250 years. Click here for more information.

ELAINE STONE MEMORIAL: HATS ON FOR ELAINE
Wednesday, December 4, 5-7 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
FIT remembers longtime Fashion Merchandising Management Professor Elaine Stone. The FIT community is encouraged to wear hats in celebration of Stone’s trademark.

DIVERSITY GRANT THINK TANK MEETING
Thursday, December 5, 1-2:30 pm
Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
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 to diversitygrants@fitnyc.edu.

AAS FASHION DESIGN EXHIBITION: AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM
December 5-9
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Selected works by AAS Fashion Design students will be on display. This exhibition features garments inspired by works at the American Folk Art Museum.

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE WORKSHOP: ONLINE GRADING AND GRADING POLICIES
Friday, December 6, 10:30 am-noon
TBA
The Center for Excellence in Teaching sponsors a series of Community of Practice Workshops throughout the year. At the December workshop, Registrar Rita Armenia will discuss technology and online grading. To register and for more information, contact Celia Baez, 74064.

EXHIBITION: DREAMS LIVED, DREAMS SHATTERED: MLK, JFK 50 YEARS LATER
Through December 7
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Students and faculty of the MFA in Illustration program at FIT visually reflect on the 50th anniversary of two historic events in American history: the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the delivery of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Click here for more information.

TALK AND TOUR: A QUEER HISTORY OF FASHION
Monday, December 9, 6 pm
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Museum staff members guide a tour of the exhibition, which features approximately 100 looks important to the development of gay and lesbian styles. The exhibition was curated by Fred Dennis and Museum at FIT Director Valerie Steele.

UCE ARTISAN CRAFT FAIR
Tuesday, December 16, 11 am-6 pm
Feldman Center Lobby
The UCE Staff Committee hosts their annual fall 2013 employee craft fair. For more information, contact Isolina Perez, 75742.

CUSTOM CARPET AND RUG DESIGN COMPETITION
Wednesday, December 18, 2-5 pm
Seminar Room 9, Conference Center
Works by students in the Textile/Surface Design BFA program participating in the annual Custom Carpet and Rug Design Competition will be on display to the FIT community during judging. This year’s competition is titled “Map It Out,” with students designing carpets and rugs with a map theme for the hospitality industry. Winners will be announced December 20. For more information, contact Deborah Hernandez, 75162.

January and Ongoing

EXHIBITION: A QUEER HISTORY OF FASHION: FROM THE CLOSET TO THE CATWALK
Through January 4, 2014
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition features approximately 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st-century high fashion. This is the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ individuals over the past 300 years. 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 Arthur Kopelman, 73030.

SUNY GLOBAL CENTER STUDENT ART SHOW
Through June 30, 2014
SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St.
Selected abstract works by several FIT students and other SUNY students are on display at the SUNY Global Center. To see an online gallery, click here. For more information, contact Jean Feinberg, 75870.

FIT FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: PAIRINGS/COLLABORATIONS
Through October 23, 2014
Lynn and Carl Goldstein Gallery, Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
The annual exhibition of works by FIT faculty and staff features works paired with the works of others to provoke observations about composition, style, color, and theme. Works will also include those done in collaboration with another artist.


NEWS

FIT BOARD OF TRUSTEES WELCOMES NEW MEMBER
At the November 6 meeting, Sally Singer joined the FIT Board of Trustees; she is one of eight appointees of the Panel of Educational Policy of the New York City Department of Education. Singer is the digital creative director at Vogue and was previously the editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. She is replacing Chris Casson Madden, who has stepped down from the board after serving for five years. Singer will serve out the rest of Madden’s term, which ends June 30, 2015.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER PROFILED IN NEWSPAPER
Sal Giardina was interviewed about his experience as a veteran with the U.S. Navy by the Easton Courier newspaper of Easton, CT. The profile appeared November 9. For more information, contact Sal Giardina, 75219.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER SPEAKS AT MUSEUM
Yuniya Kawamura gave a lecture on her book Fashioning Japanese Subcultures at the Morikami Museum in West Palm Beach, FL, in November. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS AT SYMPOSIUM, COAUTHORS PAPER
Ajoy Sarkar presented a paper titled, “Sustainable Textile and Apparel Product Development—Attainable or Mirage?” at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Gulf Coast Chapter Symposium on Textile Product Development. The symposium was held in New Orleans in October. Sarkar also coauthored a paper titled, “Antibacterial Properties of Polypropylene Textiles Modified by Poly(2-(N,N-Dimethylamino Ethyl)Methacrylate)” in the August issue of The Journal of the Textile Institute. For more information, contact Ajoy Sarkar, 75239.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING CHAIR APPOINTED TO COMMITTEE
Jeffrey Silberman was appointed to the Program Advisory Committee of the 32nd International Cotton Conference, which will be held March 19-21, 2014, in Bremen, Germany. The conference is titled “Cotton for the People: Needs and Solutions.” For more information, contact Jeffrey Silberman, 75234.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER TO HAVE SOLO SHOW
Carol Massa’s work will be featured in a solo show at Carter Burden Gallery from December 19-January 23, 2014. The exhibition features her paintings, sculpture, and painted sticks. The gallery is located at 548 West 28th Street, fifth floor, and the opening reception will be held December 19, from 6 to 8 pm. For more information, contact Carol Massa, 75653.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2014 SUNY CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR STUDENT EXCELLENCE
Students graduating between June 2013 and May 2014 may be considered for this prestigious honor. The college is seeking nominations of students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, community service, arts (creative or performing), athletics, and/or career achievement. Nomination forms and instructions are available here; the application deadline is December 6, 2013.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The Academic Affairs Office is soliciting nominations for the 2014 FIT Faculty Excellence Award and FIT President’s Award for Excellence. Please complete and submit the nomination form by Monday, December 9. General information on the Faculty Excellence Awards can be found by clicking here.

CALL FOR SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSION PROPOSALS
The Sustainability Council invites faculty and staff to submit proposals for presentations to be given at breakout sessions during the 2014 Sustainable Business and Design Conference to be held in the John E. Reeves Great Hall April 8. This year’s theme is “People, Planet, and Prosperity: Measuring Our Impact.” Student projects are also invited, for exhibition during the conference in the Great Hall and elsewhere on campus. Information about previous conferences can be found at fitnyc.edu/sustainability. For more information and to submit a proposal, contact Nomi Kleinman.

CALL FOR DIVERSITY GRANT PROPOSALS
The Diversity Council is seeking Diversity Grant proposals to support 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. For more information, contact Griselda Gonzalez, 73363.

FALL 2013 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student-Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff:

Through December 13
Mondays—Pilates, 1-2 pm, Room AX25
Tuesdays—Body Toning, 1-2 pm, Room AX39
Wednesdays—Ethnic Dance Aerobics, noon-1 pm, Room AX25
Thursdays—Yoga, 1-2 pm, Room AX25
Fridays—Boot Camp, 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 are available for purchase at a discounted price of $10; bring a check, payable to FIT Student Faculty Corporation, to Human Resources, 236 West 27th Street, 11th floor. For more information, contact Diana Reyes, 73670.

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.

Phillips Collection—Center for the Study of Modern Art: Annual prize for the best unpublished manuscript presenting new research in modern or contemporary art from 1780 to the present. Preference is given to applicants whose research focuses on subjects related to the Phillips’ areas of collecting. Award: $5,000. Deadline: January 15.

Historical Novel Society: Offers an award for an outstanding historical short story. Award: $3,000. Deadline: April 1.

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.

CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING ONLINE EVENT CALENDAR
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 every two years. Click here to access online sessions. For more information, contact Griselda Gonzalez, 74009.