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July/August 2013

 

Fall 2013 Convocation

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Whale Watching Trips

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Transformation

Exhibition: RetroSpective

Couture Council Luncheon Honoring Michael Kors


Women's Tennis Takes Second Place in the Country; Three Coaches Named Coach of the Year

Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design to Become a BFA Program

FIT Students Win CFDA's Top Scholarship Award

English and Speech Faculty Member Wins Award for Screenplay

Communication Design Faculty Member Publishes Article, Teaches International Workshop

Fashion Merchandising Management Chair Lectures in Madrid

English and Speech Faculty Member Awarded Writing Fellowship

Graduate Illustration Chair Gives Commencement Speech, Particpates in Online Fundraiser, Documents FIT Golf Classic

Fashion Design–Art Faculty Member Participates in Group Show

History of Art Faculty Member Publishes Book


Call for EduTech Day Proposals

Call for Diversity Grant Proposals

Funding Opportunities

Diversity Council Offers Event and Project Support

Center for Excellence in Teaching Online Event Calendar

Technology Training

Affirmative Action Online Training


Professor Allen Cohen



EVENTS

FALL 2013 CONVOCATION
Monday, August 19, 8:30 am

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
A faculty/staff coffee reception is followed by announcements and remarks by President Brown and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jack Oliva.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER LEADS WHALE WATCHING TRIPS
Sundays, through September 8
Montauk, NY
Arthur Kopelman leads whale watching trips from Montauk harbor. Kopelman is a marine mammal population ecologist with 26 years of whale research and 24 years of leading such trips. Click here for dates or to make a reservation. For more information, contact Arthur Kopelman, 73030.

FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: TRANSFORMATION
Through October 24
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.

EXHIBITION: RETROSPECTIVE
Through November 16
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition explores how fashion uses its past as inspiration for new designs. Featuring more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles from the museum’s permanent collection, RetroSpective begins with a selection of garments that reference historical periods prior to the 18th century, then follows fashion all the way to the grunge look and its more recent revivals. Click here for more information.

COUTURE COUNCIL LUNCHEON HONORING MICHAEL KORS
Wednesday, September 4, 11:30 am
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT presents its Artistry of Fashion Award to Michael Kors at its annual luncheon. For more information, click here.


NEWS

WOMEN’S TENNIS TAKES SECOND PLACE IN THE COUNTRY; THREE COACHES NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
The women’s tennis team came in second in the country in Division III, and won the Region XV championship for the second year in a row. Tennis team member Ashley Yakaboski was named the National Junior College Athletic Association’s national champion for sixth-flight singles. Also, women’s tennis coach Lynn Cabot-Puro, women’s volleyball coach Carrie Thomas, and women’s soccer coach D.J. Bevivino were named coach of the year in their respective sports.

VISUAL PRESENTATION AND EXHIBITION DESIGN TO BECOME A BFA PROGRAM
The Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design program will become a bachelor of fine arts degree; the associate degree will be phased out. The first class admitted to the BFA program will be in fall 2014; the AAS class that enters in the fall 2014 will be the last students to receive an associate degree in the program.

FIT STUDENTS WIN CFDA’S TOP SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Fashion Design students Hannah Kim and Peter Do have been selected for the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s scholarship. The CFDA Scholarship Program is a highly competitive, merit-based scholarship for full-time students attending the nation’s leading fashion institutions. Each student will receive $10,000 toward tuition. Do also received an honorable mention for the organization’s Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship. Also, Yanan Zhao received a $5,000 CFDA scholarship, and Jessica DeVries received an honorable mention for the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD FOR SCREENPLAY
Eric Fallen and cowriter Moon Molson won Showtime’s Tony Cox Short Film Screenplay Award at the 2013 Nantucket Film Festival for their screenplay The Bravest, the Boldest. Based on an original story by Fallen, the film follows two Army officers who enter a housing project to notify a woman of her son’s death in combat. For more information, contact Eric Fallen, 75340.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES ARTICLE, TEACHES INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
C.J. Yeh’s research article titled “Genuine Affection in the Age of Virtual Reality” was published in Engraving Memories, a book from Agora Art Space that features a collection of texts and photographs on the work of hyperrealist sculptor Yang Pei-Chen. Yeh also has been invited to teach a summer workshop at Asia University in Taiwan along with Dean for the School of Art and Design Joanne Arbuckle. The workshop, Wearable Computing and the Future of Fashion Technology, will be held July 28-31. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT CHAIR LECTURES IN MADRID
Robin Sackin lectured at Villanueva University in Madrid, Spain, in late June. The topic of her talks was “The Changing Landscape of Retailing.” For more information, contact Robin Sackin, 74800.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER AWARDED WRITING FELLOWSHIP
Michael Hyde received a fellowship from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Sozopol and Sofia, Bulgaria, this summer. Each year, ten fiction writers are chosen for this award. Hyde will take part in a workshop with Kostova and participate in public readings at the workshop’s end. For more information, contact Michael Hyde, 75357.

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION CHAIR GIVES COMMENCEMENT SPEECH, PARTICIPATES IN ONLINE FUNDRAISER, DOCUMENTS FIT GOLF CLASSIC
Melanie Reim was the featured speaker at the 2013 commencement for Altos de Chavon School of Design in the Dominican Republic. She delivered her address in Spanish and English. Reim’s work will also be part of a fundraising effort for an exhibition titled Searle in America, which features the work of illustrator Ronald Searle. Her illustrations will be auctioned off online this July with other works from artists in the entertainment arts industry. Reim and her MFA students attended the FIT Golf Classic in Scarsdale, NY, in May and documented the event. Their drawings are being made into prints and will be donated to the FIT Foundation. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

FASHION DESIGN–ART FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Josephine Vargas’s watercolor paintings will be featured in the exhibition Fiesta: Flora and Fauna of Puerto Rico at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA. The exhibition will be on view from September 10 through May 11, 2014. For more information, contact Josephine Vargas, 75328.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
Amy Werbel published a book on her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in China. The book, titled Lessons from China: America in the Hearts and Minds of the World’s Most Important Rising Generation, was recently reviewed by The Atlantic Monthly. For more information, contact Amy Werbel, 74640.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL FOR EDUTECH DAY PROPOSALS
The Technology Development Team and the Center for Excellence in Teaching are seeking proposals for presentations for the fifth annual EduTech Day on November 14. This conference will focus on how to use technology in teaching; its theme is “Building for the Future.” Proposals should be submitted to edutech@fitnyc.edu by October 18. Find guidelines here.

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.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowships: Awards up to $140,000 for research in the humanities and related social sciences that aids in producing tangible projects, such as joint print or web publications. Deadline: September 26.

Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art: Provides $25,000 for graduate students in any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing. Tenure begins summer 2014 and lasts one year. Deadline: October 23.

James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Inc., Mid-Career Grant: Research grants for preservation-related projects by mid-career professionals with at least ten years of experience in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, architectural conservation or history, environmental planning, archaeology, and the decorative arts. Award: $15,000. Deadline: September 15.

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 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.


OBITUARIES

PROFESSSOR ALLEN COHEN
Professor Allen Cohen, a former member of the Textile Development and Marketing faculty for 30 years, died earlier this year. Cohen held various positions at the college, including director of research and chairman of the Faculty Senate. He taught seminars for textile, apparel, and retail executives, and authored three textbooks, including Fabric Science, which is in its tenth edition. Cohen’s industry experience included positions in textile production and sales as well as textile design. He served as a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association as well as an industry consultant and was an officer in the U.S. Air Force.