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March 2013

 

Exhibition: The Master and His Muse: A Tribute to Rosario and Rose Rizzo

Elder Care Support Group

Documentary Screening: Versailles '73

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

What's hAPPening Lecture: Combat Art: From Front Line to Online

Fashion Culture Lecture: Giving Back Is the New Luxury

SUNY Global Center Student Art Show Reception

Love Your Library: FIT Professors Beyond the Classroom

Fashion Culture Lecture: Roger and Mauricio Padilha on Antonio Lopez

Talk and Tour: Fashion and Technology

FIT Board of Trustees Meeting

ARTSpeak Lecture: Maddy Rosenberg

Faculty of the Future Mini-Retreat: Interdisciplinarity

Meditation Workshop

Miss FIT Drag Queen Pageant

Fashion Culture Lecture: John Bartlett: A Career in Fashion

Love Your Library: Feather in Your Cap! From FIT to the Fashion Industry

Sustainable Business and Design Conference

Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean's Forum

Fashion Culture Conversation: Bruno Frisoni and Ines de la Fressange

Exhibition: Shoe Obsession

Exhibition: Fashion and Technology

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Transformation


President and Museum at FIT Director Celebrate Their Heroes with Channel Thirteen

Interior Design Students Participate in Sandy Relief

Illustration Faculty Member Illustrates Postage Stamp

SUNY Alumnus Creates SUNY Anthem

Design Entrepreneurs NYC Program to Welcome Second Class

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Publishes Memoir

Textile/Surface Design Faculty Member Joines Journal Review Board

Textile Development and Marketing Faculty Member Co-Authors Paper

Graduate Illustration Faculty Member to Present at Barcelona Symposium

Textile/Surface Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Show

Social Sciences Faculty Member Participates in Lolita Day

Registration Faculty Member Publishes Poetry Collection

English and Speech Faculty Member's Poem Selected for Anthology

Textile Development and Marketing Faculty Member Participates in Panel

Jewelry Design Faculty Member Wins Award

Technical Design Faculty Member Publishes Textbook

Textile Development and Marketing Department Launches Writing Program

Faculty and Staff Complete Safe Zone Training


Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Housing Available

Call for Diversity Grant Proposals

Contribute to the Student Emergency Fund

Spring 2013 Wellness Schedule

Funding Opportunities

Diversity Council Offers Event and Project Support

Online Event Calendar for Center for Excellence in Teaching

Technology Training

Affirmative Action Online Training



EVENTS

EXHIBITION: THE MASTER AND HIS MUSE: A TRIBUTE TO ROSARIO AND ROSE RIZZO
Through March 3

Pomerantz Center Lobby
The departments of Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design and Fashion Design collaborate on this exhibition commemorating the work of former Fashion Design faculty member Rosario Rizzo, who died in 2011. For more information, contact Anne Kong, 75489.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, March 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.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: VERSAILLES ’73
Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 pm
Haft Auditorium
The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs is sponsoring a screening of the documentary Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, which recounts the 1973 fashion face-off between American and French designers at Chateau de Versailles that catapulted African-American models onto the European stage and made a name for American designers overseas. Director Deborah Riley Draper and models Bethann Hardison and Norma Jean Darden will discuss the film in person after the screening. Admission is free; register by clicking here.

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 organized in collaboration with the Fashion Law Institute. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? LECTURE: COMBAT ART: FROM FRONT LINE TO ONLINE
Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The “what’s hAPPening?” lecture series features speakers highlighting the use, creation, and business of computer apps in their disciplines. In this lecture, editorial illustrator and combat artist Victor Juhasz and digital designer Jeffrey Kurtz discuss how they’re developing an app for GQ magazine using Juhasz’s combat illustrations. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

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 international fashion industry 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 organized in collaboration with the FIT Diversity Council. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

SUNY GLOBAL CENTER STUDENT ART SHOW RECEPTION
Monday, March 11, 5:30 pm
SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St.
Selected works by Fine Arts students are on display at the SUNY Global Center. A reception will be held. Students involved in the exhibition and all faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Jean Feinberg, 75870.

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY: FIT PROFESSORS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Tuesday, March 12, 1-2 pm
Room D517, Pomerantz Center
Three professors—Patrice George from Textile Development and Marketing, John Nickle from Illustration, and Kingsley Parker from Communication Design—will discuss their projects and inspirations outside of the classroom. This event is part of the library’s Love Your Library series. For more information, contact Lana Bittman, 74382.

FASHION CULTURE LECTURE: ROGER AND MAURICIO PADILHA ON ANTONIO LOPEZ
Tuesday, March 12, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Authors Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha, and special guests Pat Cleveland and Corey Tippin, discuss Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex and Disco, the first complete monograph on the work of fashion artist and illustrator Antonio Lopez. A book signing will follow. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

TALK AND TOUR: FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY
Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 am
The Museum at FIT
Co-curator Ariele Elia 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. Click here to register and for more information.

FIT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Wednesday, March 13, 11 am
Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center
The FIT Board of Trustees holds its March 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.

ARTSPEAK LECTURE: MADDY ROSENBERG
Thursday, March 14, 2:30-3:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Artist and curator Maddy Rosenberg will discuss her work. Rosenberg opened Central Booking, a gallery in New York that focuses on artists’ books and their integration into the larger art world. She has exhibited her work throughout the U.S. and Europe, and received an NEA grant for her international multi-venue curatorial project, New York/Paris Dialogue Paris/New York. ARTSpeak is an interdisciplinary program presented by the Fine Arts and History of Art departments, and the theme of the lecture series is “Open Book: Conversations on Art and the Book.” For more information, contact John Allen, 75862.

FACULTY OF THE FUTURE MINI-RETREAT: INTERDISCIPLINARITY
Friday, March 15, noon-4:30 pm
Eighth Floor Dining Room, Dubinsky Student Center
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and the Academic Affairs Office will hold part two of its mini-retreat as part of the Faculty of the Future initiative. The topic will be “Breaking Boundaries: Cross-Disciplinary Curriculum Development.” Registration required; contact Celia Baez, 74064, to register and for more information.

MEDITATION WORKSHOP
Tuesday, March 19, 1-2 pm
Seminar Room 8, Conference Center
The Employee Assistance Program will hold a lunchtime seminar to teach two meditations to help heal physical and emotional illness, support emotional growth, reduce anxiety, and promote a more empowered self. For more information, contact Bob Silverstein, 75600.

MISS FIT DRAG QUEEN PAGEANT
Thursday, March 21, 8 pm
Haft Auditorium
The seventh annual drag queen pageant will feature performances by Miss FIT 2012, Miss FIT 2013 contestants, and pageant hosts Dakaboom. Tickets are required, but are free for FIT students and employees. Pick up tickets in Room A734 on Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5, 6-8 pm; Wednesday, March 6, 3-5 pm; or Tuesday, March 12, noon-2 pm. For more information, contact Augusta Falletta, 73900.

FASHION CULTURE LECTURE: JOHN BARTLETT: A CAREER IN FASHION
Tuesday, April 2, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fashion designer John Bartlett will discuss his career and his launch of the first eco-friendly, cruelty-free menswear collection at New York Fashion Week in 2012. This event is organized in collaboration with the FIT Diversity Council. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY: FEATHER IN YOUR CAP! FROM FIT TO THE FASHION INDUSTRY
Thursday, April 4, 5-6 pm
Room D523, Pomerantz Center
Fashion Design alumni Makoto Takada and Vasumathi Soundararajan describe their post-FIT work experiences. Takada is a designer for women’s wear label Thakoon; Soundararajan is founder of the men’s underwear label Ken Wroy. This event is part of the library’s Love Your Library series. For more information, contact Lana Bittman, 74382.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND DESIGN CONFERENCE
Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 am-5 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The seventh annual FIT sustainability conference, titled “People, Planet, Prosperity: The Sustainable Balancing Act,” will focus on social justice and incorporating sustainability in business strategy as well as in daily life toward the goal of having an economically feasible positive impact on people and on the planet. Best practices will be presented by speakers, in breakout sessions, and through exhibits. Click here to register. For more information, contact Nomi Kleinman, 75167.

JAY AND PATTY BAKER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY DEAN’S FORUM
Tuesday, April 9, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Jennifer Hyman, co-founder of Rent the Runway, an online mail-order business that enables people to rent expensive clothing and accessories, will be the guest speaker at the dean's 2012 forum. Hyman will answer questions from the audience. For more information, contact Karen Capone, 74334.

FASHION CULTURE CONVERSATION: BRUNO FRISONI AND INÈS DE LA FRESSANGE
Wednesday, April 10, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The Museum at FIT director Valerie Steele will host a conversation with Bruno Frisoni and Inès de la Fressange, who joined forces in 2003 to revive the house of Roger Vivier, the iconic shoe label. Creative director Frisoni and brand ambassador Fressange will also discuss an upcoming book about the shoe brand. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

EXHIBITION: SHOE OBSESSION
Through 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.

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.

FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: TRANSFORMATION
Through 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.


NEWS

PRESIDENT AND MUSEUM AT FIT DIRECTOR CELEBRATE THEIR HEROES WITH CHANNEL THIRTEEN
Public television station WNET/Thirteen’s website featured Dr. Joyce F. Brown and Valerie Steele among several prominent New Yorkers discussing the women who have inspired them. Their tributes were posted as part of PBS’s documentary series Makers: Women Who Make America. Click here to read the president’s tribute to Rosa Parks, and click here to read Steele’s tribute to her inspiration, Diana Vreeland.

INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SANDY RELIEF
Students and faculty came together to create the Interior Design Relief Project to help residents of Long Beach on Long Island restore their homes after Hurricane Sandy. Students provide space planning and interior design services, including recommending furniture, fixtures, and finishes within budget restrictions. For more information, contact Joan Melnick, 75569.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER ILLUSTRATES POSTAGE STAMP
Kam Mak designed the U.S. Postal Service’s lunar new year stamp marking the year of the snake. The stamp features firecrackers, cut paper designs, and Chinese calligraphy. Mak will also illustrate the next six lunar new year stamps in the series. For more information, contact Kam Mak, 75830.

SUNY ALUMNUS CREATES "SUNY ANTHEM"
Hip-hop artist B. Martin—aka Brendan Martin, University at Albany graduate—debuted his latest track, "SUNY Anthem," following Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s State of the University address in January. The song will be used in conjunction with SUNY’s marketing efforts. Click here to watch the video.

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.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES MEMOIR
Bernard Dillard published a memoir, Lemonade: Inspired by Actual Events, last December. The book details his childhood in North Carolina and his struggles to overcome obstacles. For more information, contact Bernard Dillard, 73023.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER JOINS JOURNAL REVIEW BOARD
Susanne Goetz has joined the board of international reviewers for The Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, a new scholarly journal published by Berg. A call for submissions to the journal has been released; the deadline is March 22. For more information, contact Susanne Goetz, 75160.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER CO-AUTHORS PAPER
Ajoy Sarkar co-wrote a paper titled “Challenges and Solutions of Sustainable Apparel Product Development: A Case Study of Eileen Fisher” that was published in the peer reviewed publication Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. For more information, contact Ajoy Sarkar.

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER TO PRESENT AT BARCELONA SYMPOSIUM
Melanie Reim has been invited to present a lecture and workshop titled “Channeling Picasso” at the fourth annual Urban Sketchers Symposium in Barcelona, Spain, in July. The event is expected to have 200 attendees from over 25 countries. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Sara Petitt’s work will be featured among 18 artists at the Carter Burden Gallery through March 28. The gallery is located at 548 W. 28th St., Suite 534. For more information, contact Sara Petitt, 75189.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN LOLITA DAY
Yuniya Kawamura gave a presentation on her book Fashioning Japanese Subcultures at the Winter International Lolita event in New York City in December. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.

REGISTRATION FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES POETRY COLLECTION
David Lawton’s first collection of poetry, titled Sharp Blue Stream, will be published in April by Three Rooms Press. There will be a book release event at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on Monday, April 22. For more information, contact David Lawton, 73856.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER’S POEM SELECTED FOR ANTHOLOGY
Amy Lemmon’s poem “I Take Your T-Shirt to Bed Again…” was selected for publication in The Best American Poetry 2013, which will be published in September. The poem originally appeared in the magazine Vitrine: A Printed Museum, a publication that was created and edited by FIT alumnus Alexander Cavaluzzo. For more information, contact Amy Lemmon, 75342.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN PANEL
Jeffrey Silberman participated in a panel discussion titled “Politics of Fashion Impact of the Election on the Textile Industry” at Texworld USA in January. The panel addressed free trade agreements, dealing with China’s policies, the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, and re-shoring manufacturing to the U.S. For more information, contact Jeffrey Silberman, 75234.

JEWELRY DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS AWARD
Alison Nagasue won a DIVA Award from the Women’s Jewelry Association for a gold chainmail bracelet with her signature ginkgo leaves and diamonds with sapphires. She will attend the awards ceremony on March 7. For more information, contact Alison Nagasue, 75720.

TECHNICAL DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES TEXTBOOK
Deborah Beard has written a textbook titled The Complete Book of Technical Design for Technical and Fashion Designers that will be released later this year. The textbook focuses on how technical design is practiced in the international fashion industry. For more information, contact Deborah Beard, 74415.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES WRITING PROGRAM
In December, the department launched the Fabric Writer’s Workshop in cooperation with Cotton International. The program aims to provide a forum for students to publish internationally through its magazine, which is read in over 90 countries, and online. In Cotton International Magazine’s fourth quarter edition in 2012, Jessica DeBuck published “Designing a Brighter Future for Cotton,” and Laura Arnold published “Cotton Incorporated Sends FIT Students into the Field” on Cotton 24/7, Cotton International’s website. For more information, contact Jeffrey Silberman, 75234.

FACULTY AND STAFF COMPLETE SAFE ZONE TRAINING
Twenty-eight faculty and staff members participated in Safe Zone training in January. The campus Safe Zone program publicly identifies on-campus personnel as people who possess knowledge about issues relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals. To become a Safe Zone ally, participants take three hours of training that includes understanding the impact of homophobia/transphobia on college campuses and how to create a welcoming climate for LGBTQ communities. For more information, contact Vivian Chen, 73910.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL 2013/SPRING 2014 HOUSING AVAILABLE
All returning degree and nondegree students with 12 or more credit hours can apply through March 13 for on-campus housing this coming fall. For more information, students should visit fitnyc.edu/homeselection or email residentiallife@fitnyc.edu.

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. The council will discuss how to plan and apply for a grant at a think-tank meeting on Thursday, March 21, 10-11:30 am. Email diversitygrants@fitnyc.edu to register and for location. The deadline for grant proposals is March 1. For more information, contact Griselda Gonzalez, 73363.

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:

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
Kress Foundation: The foundation offers conservation grants to support the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants fund the travel of experts to professional symposia or conferences (maximum award: $30,000; deadline: April 1); Kress also offers conservation fellowships, which provide one-year internships in advanced fine arts conservation at a museum or conservation research facility. Applicants must hold a master’s degree in art conservation (award: $32,000; deadline: March 10).

Japanese Association of University Women: International fellowships are available for women to carry out independent research or advanced postgraduate-level study in Japan. All candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree and gain approval from the Japanese institution at which they propose to undertake their study or research. Maximum award: 1,000,000 yen (approximately $11,000); deadline: April 10.

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.

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.