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February 2013

 

Exhibition: The Master and His Muse

Sweatshop Workers Speak Out

Elder Care Support Group

Exhibition: Shoe Obsession

Student Exhibition: The Fourth Dimension

Panel Discussion: The Panel

ARTSpeak Lecture: Beth Thielen

Multiple Intelligences and Creative Teaching Symposium

Lecture: Nature, Myth, and Reality: Demystifying Mass Shooting Incidents

Gospel Choir: Crowns: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Staff Exhibition: Transformation

Parents Day

Talk and Tour: Fashion and Technology

Love Your Library Series: Making 3D Printing Accessible, Personal, and Inspiring

Symposium: Size Matters: Art as Spectacle

Open Hours with President Brown

Fashion Culture Lecture: Plus One: An Outsider's Photographic Journey into the World of Fashion

Talking Trade Panel Discussion: Careers Without Borders

Fashion Culture Panel Discussion: The Technology Trap: Fashion, Copying, and the Speed of Information

Fashion Culture Lecture: Giving Back Is the New Luxury

Exhibition: Fashion and Technology

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks


Middle States Reaccreditation

FIT Announces New Hires and Appointments at Spring 2013 Convocation

Alumni Survey Results Now Online

Academic Advisement Center to Open February 11

Design Entrepreneurs NYC Program to Welcome Second Class

Interior Design Faculty Member's Work Featured in Magazine Article

International Trade and Marketing Chair Publishes Article

Exhibition Design Chair Named Awards Judge, Leads Workshop

Interior Design Faculty Member Has Solo Art Exhibition

Communication Design Faculty Member Publishes Article, Has Solo Exhibition


Call for Nominations: Faculty Awards

Call for Diversity Events, Presentations, and Grant Proposals

Call for Nominations: SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service

Campus Dining Offers Incentive to Buy Declining Balance Plans

Call for Sustainability Conference Breakout Session Proposals

Financial Aid Workshops and Filing Deadlines

Contribute to the Student Emergency Fund

Spring 2013 Wellness Schedule

Discounted On-Campus Weight Watchers Meetings Available

Funding Opportunities

Online Event Calendar for Center for Excellence in Teaching

Technology Training

Affirmative Action Online Training



EVENTS

EXHIBITION: THE MASTER AND HIS MUSE
February 1-March 3

Pomerantz Center Lobby
The departments of Visual Presentation and Design and Fashion Design collaborate on this exhibition documenting the work of Fashion Design faculty member Rosario Rizzo and his life with his wife, Rose. For more information, contact Anne Kong, 75489.

SWEATSHOP WORKERS SPEAK OUT
Monday, February 4, noon-1 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Workers from Haiti and Honduras will speak about working conditions in their factories owned by Gildan, Adidas’s largest supplier. The event is sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts, the UCE of FIT, United Students Against Sweatshops, Sweatfree Communities, and the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, February 4, 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.

EXHIBITION: SHOE OBSESSION
February 8-April 13
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition examines our ever-growing fascination with shoes, featuring approximately 150 examples of contemporary footwear, highlighting the extreme, lavish, and imaginative styles that have made shoes central to fashion. The exhibition includes work by prominent footwear labels such as Manolo Blahnik, Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, and Roger Vivier, as well as by avant-garde designers such as Kei Kagami and Noritaka Tatehana. For more information, click here.

STUDENT EXHIBITION: THE FOURTH DIMENSION
Through February 9
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
This student exhibition features time-based and interactive designs from the Media Design Club, which draws its members from students in many design programs. The show highlights the changing world of graphic design, in which designers must create more kinetic works for websites, screen-based presentations, information kiosks, digital user interfaces, and multimedia displays. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

PANEL DISCUSSION: THE PANEL
Tuesday, February 12, 6-9 pm
Dubinsky Student Center, Eighth Floor Lounge
As part of FIT’s celebration of Black History Month, the Black Student Union is hosting “The Panel,” a moderated discussion about influences, opportunities, business planning, and creating your own path. The panel features FIT alumni Kimberly Goldson, from Season 9 of Project Runway; Ken Borochov, creator of Mordekai jewelry; Robert Norman, Fashion Merchandising Management faculty member; and Bo Williams, investment analyst and partner at Hildene Leverage Finance. It will be moderated by MTV Iggy Editorial Director Amy Andrieux. There will be a Q&A for students followed by a meet and greet. For more information, email the Black Student Union at BSU.fit@gmail.com, or contact Chenise Marine Rice, 74136.

ARTSPEAK: BETH THIELEN
Thursday, February 14, 12:30-1:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Artist Beth Thielen will discuss her work in experimental book forms as part of ARTSpeak, an interdisciplinary program presented by the Fine Arts and History of Art departments. Thielen, whose work is represented in museums, libraries, and private and public collections worldwide, received a grant to teach in the California prison system, where she worked with inmate artists and produced artist books based on her experiences. The theme of the lecture series is “Open Book: Conversations on Art and the Book.” For more information, contact John Allen, 75862.

MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES AND CREATIVE TEACHING SYMPOSIUM
Friday, February 15, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
This UCE of FIT-sponsored event discusses the research and work of Dr. Howard Gardner, the Harvard researcher who pioneered the theory of multiple intelligences. Faculty members will speak about the theory’s application at FIT with its vast range of students and disciplines. The deadline for registration is February 7; register at tinyurl.com/bc8s8q6 or at the UCE office in Room B902. For more information, contact Shawn Carter, 74820.

LECTURE: NATURE, MYTH, AND REALITY: DEMYSTIFYING MASS SHOOTING INCIDENTS
Tuesday, February 19, 5:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Faculty member Daniel Modell, a lieutenant in the New York Police Department and an expert in the study of mass shooting incidents, will give a presentation on the psychology and motives behind mass shootings. He will provide practical tips for spotting, preventing, and protecting yourself against this tragic phenomenon. For more information, contact Amy Zaborowski, 74220.

GOSPEL CHOIR: CROWNS: YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW
Friday, February 22, 7 pm; reception, 6 pm
Haft Auditorium
In honor of Black History Month, the FIT Gospel Choir presents “Crowns: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” a millinery fashion show highlighting hat styles that have been worn by church women over the decades. The show will also feature musical performances by the Gospel Choir and Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens and a reading by author Craig Marberry. For more information, contact Deborah Payton-Jones, 74140.

STAFF EXHIBITION: TRANSFORMATION
February 22-October 24, 2013
Lynn and Carl Goldstein Gallery and Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
The annual exhibition of works by FIT faculty and staff is on the theme of transformations, from global sociopolitical shifts to changes in the natural world to personal transitions.

PARENTS DAY
Saturday, February 23
Campus-wide
FIT invites parents of students to tour the campus and participate in events, including an FIT Dance Company showcase at 5 pm, in Haft Auditorium. For a full schedule of events, click here.

TALK AND TOUR: FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY
Monday, February 25, 6 pm
The Museum at FIT
Co-curator Emma McClendon hosts this tour of the exhibition Fashion and Technology, which explores fashion’s long engagement with technology. The tour is free, but reservations are required. Email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu to register or click here for more information.

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY SERIES: MAKING 3D PRINTING ACCESSIBLE, PERSONAL, AND INSPIRING
Tuesday, February 26, 1-2 pm
Location TBD
As part of its Love Your Library series, FIT Library will present an overview of 3D printing technologies, materials, and processes in this demonstration by Duann Scott of Shapeways, a leading 3D printing marketplace and community. He will also discuss the social ramifications of 3D printing for artists, designers and businesses. Scott is an industrial designer who specializes in the democratization of product design through online digital fabrication. Visit the library’s website, fitnyc.edu/library, for location information.

SYMPOSIUM: SIZE MATTERS: ART AS SPECTACLE
Tuesday, February 26, 7 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Graduate students in the Art Market program organize a symposium about large-scale works of art, the artists’ motivations for creating these spectacles, and why museums and public art organizations put on these shows. Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor in chief of the art blog Hyperallergic, moderates the panel of art industry insiders that includes Roberta Smith and Alma Ruiz. For more information, email gradinfo@fitnyc.edu or call 74300.

OPEN HOURS WITH PRESIDENT BROWN
Thursday, February 28, 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.

FASHION CULTURE: PLUS ONE: AN OUTSIDER’S PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF FASHION
Thursday, February 28, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Museum at FIT’s Fashion Culture series presents photographer Sharon Socol, the wife of a former CEO of Barneys, who shares her work as a fashion outsider. Socol describes her access to the fashion world as her husband’s “plus one” at events and how that created a unique perspective for her photographs, which appear in her new book, Plus One. A book signing will follow. For more information about Fashion Culture programs and to register for this event, click here.

TALKING TRADE PANEL DISCUSSION: CAREERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Thursday, February 28, 6:30-8 pm
Dubinsky Student Center, Eighth Floor Alcove
Part of the International Trade and Marketing Department’s Talking Trade at FIT series, this panel discussion features successful alumni describing how they mapped out their careers after graduation from FIT. The panelists are Alpana Aggarwal of HLEL in Shangai; Aaron Debrah of American Express; Bitu Cao Minh of PVH Corp.; Jennifer Raines of Lilly Pulitzer; Nicole Tan of Inverted-Edge in Singapore; Michelle Weiss, copresident of the Organization of Women in International Trade; and Andrea Xu of Aéropostale. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, 4280.

FASHION CULTURE PANEL DISCUSSION: THE TECHNOLOGY TRAP: FASHION, COPYING, AND THE SPEED OF INFORMATION
Wednesday, March 6, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
This panel discussion looks at the issues around design ownership and intellectual property rights. Speakers include Fordham law professor Susan Scafidi, discussing copyright and piracy, and Te Smith, of online brand protection company MarkMonitor, explaining the relationship between information technology and copying. This event is part of The Museum at FIT’s Fashion Culture series and is organized in collaboration with the Fashion Law Institute. For more information about Fashion Culture programs and to register for this event, click here.

FASHION CULTURE LECTURE: GIVING BACK IS THE NEW LUXURY
Friday, March 8, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Evie Evangelou will discuss how the fashion industry worldwide can strengthen communities and generate economic growth by empowering women through job and business opportunities. Evangelou is the global chair and co-founder of Fashion 4 Development. This event is part of The Museum at FIT’s Fashion Culture series and is organized in collaboration with the FIT Diversity Council. For more information about Fashion Culture programs and to register for this event, click here.

EXHIBITION: FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY
Through May 8
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Spanning 250 years, this exhibition examines 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.

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 Kopelman, 73030.


NEWS

MIDDLE STATES REACCREDITATION
In November, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed FIT’s accreditation. No follow-up report was required, which is a rare distinction among schools it accredits. FIT began its latest process of reaccreditation in November 2007. The process involves a vigorous self-study review to document the development and implementation of organized and sustainable assessment procedures and to gather evidence to improve its teaching, learning, and institutional effectiveness.

FIT ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES AND APPOINTMENTS AT SPRING 2013 CONVOCATION
At convocation on January 24, FIT welcomed one new full-time non-classroom faculty member, Latoya Gordon, as an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions. Gordon previously worked at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she served as assistant director of Admissions and Targeted Recruitment. Darrell Glenn was also welcomed as the new Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Glenn had been filling this position as interim director since September 19, 2012. Prior to his arrival at FIT, he was director of data management and analysis for the Ohio Board of Regents.

ALUMNI SURVEY RESULTS NOW ONLINE
FIT administers an annual survey of alumni who graduated during the previous academic year with either an associate or bachelor’s degree. This one-year-out survey asks graduates about their current education and employment status, satisfaction with their overall FIT experience, and skills gained at FIT. The current survey was administered in May 2012, and surveyed graduates from the 2010-11 academic year. Visit MyFIT to see the full survey results.

ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT CENTER TO OPEN FEBRUARY 11
FIT’s first Academic Advisement Center will open its doors on February 11 in the Feldman Center, Room C402, and the staff will begin advising students February 14 for the summer and fall 2013 semesters. The center will begin advising students from the following departments: Advertising Design, Art History and Museum Professions, Communication Design Foundation, Entrepreneurship for the Fashion and Design Industries, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Textile Development and Marketing, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design. Additional programs will be phased in over subsequent semesters. Visit the center’s webpage at fitnyc.edu/advisementcenter for more information.

DESIGN ENTREPRENEURS NYC PROGRAM TO WELCOME SECOND CLASS
Design Entrepreneurs NYC, a free, intensive business program for emerging New York City fashion designers, which FIT created in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has received a grant from the EDC to offer the program for a second year. With the help of industry experts, each participant writes and/or refines a business plan; successful participants have the opportunity to present their plans to a panel of influential fashion leaders. The program begins on May 30 and runs through the summer. Applications are available at designentrepreneursnyc.com.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER’S WORK FEATURED IN MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Nicole Migeon’s interior design work at the Sanctuary Body Spa of St. Dominic’s, in Jackson, MS, was featured in a “Trends in Healthcare Design” article in the December 2012 issue of Hospitality Design magazine. For more information, contact Joan Melnick, 75569.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING CHAIR PUBLISHES ARTICLE
Christine Pomeranz’s article, “Creating Sustainable Futures: Empowering Women Through the International Fashion Industry,” co-written with Janiece B. Greene, a social impact consultant, was published in Focus on Fashion Retail’s June 2012 issue. The article describes how the International Trade and Marketing Department brought together industry leaders to discuss the social impact models within the international fashion industry and their role in alleviating poverty. For more information, contact Christine Pomeranz, 74280.

EXHIBITION DESIGN CHAIR NAMED AWARDS JUDGE, PARTICIPATES IN WORKSHOP
Brenda Cowan has been chosen to be a judge for the 2013 MOD Awards, which acknowledge excellence in modular exhibit design. The awards ceremony will take place Las Vegas on March 19 and will showcase the best designs in eight categories. In February, Cowan will present a talk titled “Storytelling in Exhibition Design: What Does It Really Mean?” at the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association’s Roadshow 2013 workshop in Chicago. For more information, contact Umilta Allsop, 74310.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER HAS SOLO ART EXHIBITION
Richard Des Jardins’s artwork was featured in a solo exhibition at the Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery in Vieques, Puerto Rico. His work is characterized by geometric shapes and strong colors with collage elements. The exhibition opened January 17. For more information, contact Richard Des Jardins, 75556.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES ARTICLE, HAS SOLO EXHIBITION
C.J. Yeh’s research article about artist Scottie Chih-chieh Huang, “Lotus Effect: A Discussion on the Bionic Artwork by Huang Chih-cheh,” was published as part of Made in Taiwan—Young Artist Discovery at Art Taipei. Yeh also recently had a solo show, ReSET, at East Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan, that featured art he created between 2000 and 2013. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 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 application. The deadline is February 1.

CALL FOR DIVERSITY EVENTS, PRESENTATIONS, AND GRANT PROPOSALS
The Diversity Council invites proposals for diversity-related presentations and events for the 2013-14 academic year. Visit the Diversity Council’s call for presentations and events webpage for proposal forms and for a list of criteria. The deadline is February 1. Also, the 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. The council will hold a think tank meeting to discuss how to plan and apply for a grant on Tuesday, February 12, at 4:30 pm in Room A802 of the Dubinsky Student Center. Email diversitygrants@fitnyc.edu to register. The deadline for grant proposals is March 1. For more information, contact Griselda Gonzalez, 73363.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: SUNY CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CLASSIFIED SERVICE
The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Classified Service are system-level awards conferred to acknowledge the superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in specified staff positions who have been awarded tenure. Click here for the nomination application. Nominations may be submitted by a supervisor, coworker, or other member of the campus community. The deadline is February 6. For more information, contact Roger Verzosa, 73655.

CAMPUS DINING OFFERS INCENTIVE TO BUY DECLINING BALANCE PLANS
Campus Dining will add $20 to any employee Declining Balance Plan of $100 or more if it’s purchased before February 8. The offer also includes a reusable bag. Declining Balance can be used on campus at the Dubinsky Dining Hall, Starbucks, and FIT Express in the Feldman Center, and all purchases made with the plan are tax-free. Visit fit.campusdish.com for more information.

CALL FOR SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSION PROPOSALS
The Sustainability Council invites faculty and staff to submit proposals for presentations for breakout sessions during the 2013 Sustainable Business and Design Conference to be held in the John E. Reeves Great Hall April 9. Student projects are also invited, for exhibition during the conference in the Great Hall and elsewhere on campus. Guidelines for presentation proposals and student exhibitions can be found here, and information about previous conferences can be found at fitnyc.edu/sustainability. Send submissions to Nomi Kleinman by February 15.

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS AND FILING DEADLINES
Financial Aid Services will host a series of workshops from January 28 through February 21 for students and staff for Financial Aid Awareness Month. The events include sessions on how to pay for college and a hands-on FAFSA workshop. Click here for a schedule of the events and workshops. Filing deadlines for priority consideration are February 15 for new students, and March 1 for current students. For more information, go to fitnyc.edu/financialaid.

CONTRIBUTE TO THE STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, FIT and the FIT Foundation have created the Student Emergency Fund to help provide relief to students hardest hit by the storm, and to help students on an as-needed basis when and if emergencies arise in the future. The FIT community is invited to make donations to this fund online at fitnyc.edu/studentemergencyfund.

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

February 4 through May 24
Mondays—Pilates, noon-1 pm, Room AX39
Tuesdays—Body Toning, 1-2 pm, Room AX39
Wednesdays—Yoga, noon-1 pm, Room AX25
Thursdays—Ethnic Dance Aerobics, 1-2 pm, Room BX28
Fridays—Boot Camp, noon-1 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 Bonnie Born, 73667.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation: The foundation offers Workshop Grants to develop continuing education workshops for conservation professionals and other interested individuals (award: $1,000; deadline: February 15); they also provide Individual Professional Development Scholarships where proposed projects may include seminars, courses, research, or other activities that support the professional development of AIC members (award: $1,000; deadline: February 15).

C.V. Starr Center (Chestertown, MD): The center’s Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship supports outstanding writing on American history and culture by both scholars and nonacademic authors through a nine-month residency for writers located at Washington College. Award: $45,000. Deadline: February 15.

For other funding opportunities, view the Grants Digest online. For more information, contact the Grants Office, 73622.

DISCOUNTED ON-CAMPUS WEIGHT WATCHERS MEETINGS AVAILABLE
The Employee Wellness Program will offer a discounted 12-week Weight Watchers program with on-campus meetings beginning February 25. Meetings will be held Mondays from noon to 1 pm. The regular cost of the program is $156; the Wellness Program offers a $20 discount off the regular Weight Watchers price, plus an additional $40 rebate at the conclusion of the series if you attend at least eight of the 12 meetings. Registration is required by February 19. To register or for more information, contact Diana Reyes, 73669.

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.