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May 2013

 

BFA Fashion Show: The Future of Fashion

Talking Trade Panel Discussion: Southeast Asia: The Next Engines of Growth

Art Market MA Exhibition: Don't Feed the Animals

Pet Fashion Show: Bark-à-Porter

Elder Care Support Group

Book Signing: Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale, with Cheryl Wills

Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition

Exhibition: Fashion and Technology

Book Signing: Becoming a Fashion Designer, with Lisa Springsteel

FIT's Ninth Annual Golf Classic

Exhibition: RetroSpective

2013 Commencement

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Capstone Presentations

Adjunct Summer Institute: Social Media

Illustration MFA Exhibition: Cloud 9

SUNY Global Center Student Art Show

Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Transformation


History of Art Faculty Member Curates Korean-American Art Exhibition

Health and Physical Education Faculty Member Curates Flamenco History Exhibition

Fine Arts Faculty Member to Have Solo Exhibition

Fabric Styling Faculty Member Hosts Open Studio

Social Sciences Faculty Member Presents Paper at Conference

Fashion Merchandising Management Alumni Association Holds Networking Event

FIT Interactive Portfolio Kiosk Featured at Convention

Fashion Design Faculty Member Interviewed for Article About FIT Student Activism

Communication Design Faculty Member Featured in Online Magazine

Virtual Tour Wins Award for Recruitment

Barnes & Noble at FIT Profiled on Company Website

Exhibition Design Faculty Member Interviewed at Conference

FIT's Annual Report Wins Paragon Award

FIT in Milan Knitwear Students Featured in Vogue Italia


Call for Diversity Grant Proposals

Summer 2013 Housing Available

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

BFA FASHION SHOW: THE FUTURE OF FASHION
Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 pm

John E. Reeves Great Hall (by invitation only); Katie Murphy Amphitheatre (3D simulcast)
The annual fashion show features more than 80 garments created by graduating BFA Fashion Design students. Critics include Gary Graham, Flora Nikrooz, Tom Scott, and David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone. The show is by invitation only, but it will be streamed live in 3D to the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre for the FIT community and will be also be streamed online at fitnyc.edu/futureoffashion.

TALKING TRADE PANEL DISCUSSION: SOUTHEAST ASIA: THE NEXT ENGINES OF GROWTH
Thursday, May 2, 3:30-5 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Part of the International Trade and Marketing Department’s Talking Trade at FIT series, this panel discussion addresses how the fashion industry is helping to fuel growth in the fast-growing Southeast Asia region. The panelists are Mario L. De Leon, Jr., consul general of the Philippine Consulate General New York; Svida Alisjahbana, chief executive officer of Femina Group and founder of Jakarta Fashion Week; Anna Blume, associate professor in the History of Art Department; Tanjila Islam, CEO of TigerTrade; and Linh M. Nguyen, USA general manager for TNG Investment and Trading JSC. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, 4280.

ART MARKET MA EXHIBITION: DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS
May 2-25
526 W. 26th St., Suite 310
Graduating students in the Art Market master’s degree program present an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who transgress social norms to provoke reactions in the viewer. Working in a variety of mediums, the artists shock, amuse, and satirize social behaviors by setting up absurd or outlandish situations. For more information, visit dontfeedtheanimals.org.

PET FASHION SHOW: BARK-À-PORTER
Friday, May 3, 5:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The annual pet apparel fashion show features the work of students in the Center for Professional Studies’ Pet Product Design and Marketing certificate program. The show is free to the FIT community, but tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 74617.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, May 6, 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: DIE FREE: A HEROIC FAMILY TALE, WITH CHERYL WILLS
Tuesday, May 7, 4-6 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Cheryl Wills, an award-winning journalist for TV news channel NY1, discusses and signs Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale, a book about her discovery of an ancestor who was a runaway slave who participated in the Civil War. The FIT Gospel Choir will also perform. For more information, click here, or contact Carla Bowens, 75690.

ART AND DESIGN GRADUATING STUDENT EXHIBITION
May 8-21; opening reception, May 7, 6-9 pm
Various locations on campus
Selected works by graduating students of the School of Art and Design will be on display at The Museum at FIT and the Gladys Marcus Library, in the Great Hall, and in the lobbies of the Feldman, Pomerantz, and Goodman Resource centers. Visit fitnyc.edu/graduatingstudentexhibit for more information.

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.

BOOK SIGNING: BECOMING A FASHION DESIGNER, WITH LISA SPRINGSTEEL
Thursday, May 9, 5:30 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Lisa Springsteel, a 20-year veteran of the fashion industry with experience at Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs, will describe the ins and outs of starting a fashion design career at this signing for her book Becoming a Fashion Designer. The book provides resources and tools needed for a successful career. A surprise guest is also scheduled to participate. For more information, click here, or contact Carla Bowens, 75690.

FIT’S NINTH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC
Wednesday, May 22, 11 am
Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale, NY
Hosted by FIT and the FIT Foundation, the day includes brunch, golf with caddie or cart, on-course refreshments, and a cocktail reception. For more information, click here.

EXHIBITION: RETROSPECTIVE
May 22-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.

2013 COMMENCEMENT
Thursday, May 23, 10:30 am (Business and Technology, Liberal Arts)
3 pm (Art and Design, Graduate Studies)
Javits Center North, corner of 40th Street and 11th Avenue
FIT will hold its 2013 commencement exercises for all associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree candidates. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/commencement.

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.

COSMETICS AND FRAGRANCE MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS
Wednesday, June 5, 5 pm
Haft Auditorium
Graduating students in the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management MPS program present their capstone projects on the theme of “Beauty in a Digital World.” For more information, contact Ewa Garbos, 74311.

ADJUNCT SUMMER INSTITUTE: SOCIAL MEDIA
Thursday, June 6, 9 am-4 pm
Location TBA
The Center for Excellence in Teaching’s adjunct summer institute will explore the role of social media in the classroom, on campus, and in industry. Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer at Columbia University and professor of digital media in Columbia’s School of Journalism, will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact Celia Baez, 74064.

ILLUSTRATION MFA EXHIBITION: CLOUD 9
June 8-July 6
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Graduating students of the MFA program in Illustration present their work. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

SUNY GLOBAL CENTER STUDENT ART SHOW
Through June 30
SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St.
Selected works by FIT Fine Arts students and other SUNY students are on display at the SUNY Global Center. For more information, contact Jean Feinberg, 75870.

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

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER CURATES KOREAN-AMERICAN ART EXHIBITION
Kyunghee Pyun has curated an exhibition of the work of Korean-American artists who arrived in the U.S. from the 1950s through the 1980s. The exhibition, titled Coloring Time: An Exhibition from the Archive of Korean-American Artists, Part One (1955-1989), describes a crucial period in Korean contemporary art, as the community sought establishment in the New York art scene. It will be on display through May 17 at the Korean Cultural Service at 460 Park Avenue. For more information, contact Kyunghee Pyun, 74640.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION FACULTY MEMBER CURATES FLAMENCO HISTORY EXHIBITION
Meira Goldberg co-curated an exhibition with the dance company Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana titled 100 Years of Flamenco in New York City that is on display at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center through August 3. The exhibition explores the history and evolution of flamenco in the city after immigrants brought the dance form from Spain. For more information, contact Meira Goldberg, 74229.

FINE ARTS FACULTY MEMBER TO HAVE SOLO EXHIBITION
Vincent Arcilesi will have a solo show at Arcilesi/Homberg Fine Art titled Arcilesi in Rome, Part II. The show includes six paintings of figures in Roman settings and drawings of Roman goddesses. The show is open May 2-30, and a reception will be held May 2, 6-9 pm. The gallery is located at 111 Front St., Suite 222, in Brooklyn. For more information, contact Vincent Arcilesi, 75863.

FABRIC STYLING FACULTY MEMBER HOSTS OPEN STUDIO
Sara Petitt will open her Tribeca studio to the public as part of Toast Art Walk the weekend of May 4-6. Her studio is located at 515 Greenwich Street, Studio 428. For more information, contact Sara Petitt, 75189.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS PAPER AT CONFERENCE
Yuniya Kawamura presented a paper titled “Limited Edition Sneakers as Symbolic, Social and Economic Capital: Pierre Bourdieu Revisited” at the World Footwear Conference in March at the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HOLDS EVENT
In April, the Fashion Merchandising Management Alumni Association held its annual spring networking event. Peggy Eskenasi, senior executive vice president at Kohl’s, spoke at the event, sharing lessons learned in her career and offering advice to graduates in the industry. For more information, contact Janice Messinger, 74856.

FIT INTERACTIVE PORTFOLIO KIOSK FEATURED AT CONVENTION
At GlobalShop, an annual convention for the retail and brand environment industry that was held in Chicago in April, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design faculty members Craig Berger and Veronica Romano launched an interactive kiosk that featured the portfolios of over 60 students from 14 schools in five countries. The concept and production of the kiosk was done in coordination with PAVE, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership. Romano, a PAVE board member, designed the kiosk with Mona Lisa Tan, a student who won PAVE’s 2010 Student Design Competition and was a finalist in the PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge. For more information, contact Craig Berger, 75490.

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER INTERVIEWED FOR ARTICLE ABOUT FIT STUDENT ACTIVISM
Lisa Donofrio-Ferrezza was interviewed in an article titled “Motivation Meets Action: FIT Students Incite Dialogue and Awareness” for online fashion journal Fashion Reverie that was about a project she conducted with senior fashion design knitwear students. Students created knitwear using the logo of the nonprofit group Save the Garment District and wore their creations to raise awareness among passersby in the Garment District. For more information, contact Lisa Donofrio-Ferrezza, 75021.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER FEATURED IN ONLINE MAGAZINE
C.J. Yeh was profiled in an article by the National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taiwan. The interview, which focused on Yeh’s career integrating art and technology, was a featured story on the foundation’s website. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

VIRTUAL TOUR WINS AWARD FOR RECRUITMENT
FIT’s virtual tour was selected for an Award of Excellence given by the SUNY Council for University Advancement. The online tour, which features videos and interactive maps, won Best of Category in Student Recruitment. The award will be presented at the SUNYCUAD conference in June.

BARNES & NOBLE AT FIT PROFILED ON COMPANY WEBSITE
Barnes & Noble College, the subsidiary of Barnes & Noble Booksellers that operates hundreds of campus bookstores, profiled the store at FIT on its website. The article describes how the store uniquely serves the needs of FIT students. For more information, contact Carla Bowens, 75690.

EXHIBITION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER INTERVIEWED AT CONFERENCE
Brenda Cowan was interviewed about FIT’s Exhibition Design MA program at the Exhibition 2013 conference in March in Las Vegas. The interview appears as a video on the conference website along with a link to student portfolios. For more information, contact Brenda Cowan, 74302.

FIT’S ANNUAL REPORT WINS PARAGON AWARD
The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations has recognized FIT’s 2012 Annual Report publication with a Paragon Award for outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. The Paragon Awards is the only national competition that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

FIT IN MILAN KNITWEAR STUDENTS FEATURED IN VOGUE ITALIA
A partnership with Italian knitwear label Filoscozia and Filmar Yarns landed three fourth-year knitwear students from the FIT in Milan program on the pages of Vogue Italia. Their project was also featured at the knitwear event Pitti Filati in Florence and at the fabric show Première Vision in Paris. For more information, contact Lisa Feuerherm.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 think-tank meetings on Monday, April 15, 11:30 am-1 pm, and Wednesday, May 1, 12:30-2 pm. Email diversitygrants@fitnyc.edu to register and for location. For more information, contact Griselda Gonzalez, 73363.

SUMMER 2013 HOUSING AVAILABLE
Applications for summer housing are now available. For more information, students should visit fitnyc.edu/summerhousing or email summerhousing@fitnyc.edu.

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
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education: Learning and Leadership Grants are available for participation in a high-quality professional development experience or to organize a collegial study group that leads to improvements in practice, curriculum, and student achievement in the school or university (maximum award: $2,000 for individuals, $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study; deadline: June 1); Student Achievement Grants are available to engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter (award: $5,000; deadline: June 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.

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.