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April 2014
 

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

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Symposium on Omni Retailing

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Student-Faculty Roundtable Luncheon

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School of Art and Design Dean's Dialogue

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Book Signing: I Just Graduated...Now What?

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Art Market MFA Exhibition: Remains to Be Seen

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Exhibition: Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket

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Elder Care Support Group

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Sustainability Conference: People, Planet, and Prosperity: Measuring Our Impact

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Art History Lecture: Secrets of Feng Shui: The Model of City Planning in the Chinese Tradition

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Film Lecture: Resistance in Latin American Cinema

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See How New York City's Paper Is Recycled

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Exhibition: Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s

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Fulbright Scholar Application Workshop

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Love Your Library: Let Us Entertain You!

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ARTSpeak Panel Discussion: In the Studio: Illuminating Process

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13th Annual Holocaust Commemoration: Voices of Memory

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Panel Discussion: Archive of Korean American Artists

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Lawrence Israel Prize Lecture: LOT-EK

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Fourth International Dance and Music Festival

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ARTSpeak Film Screening: Everyone Knows...Elizabeth Murray

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AAS Fashion Design Exhibition: Mad Max Meets the French Court

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ARTSpeak Student Exhibition: Making the Artist: Studio Practice

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Exhibition: Trend-ology

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Film Screening: Birthplace

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BFA Fashion Show: The Future of Fashion

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Talking Trade Panel Discussion: International Trade Issues

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Pet Fashion Show: Bark Smart

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Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition

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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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2014 Commencement

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Dean for the School of Graduate Studies Presents at Conference

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MFIT Wins Award of Merit for A Queer History of Fashion

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Social Sciences Faculty Member Named a Finalist for Lambda Literary Award

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Advertising and Marketing Communications Faculty Member Gives Lecture at Arts Institute

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Social Sciences Faculty Member Presents Paper at Conference

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Technical Design Faculty Member Contributes to Assessment Manual


 
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Call for 2015 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Nominations

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Call for Exhibition Proposals

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Updates to FIT's Online College Policy Library

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Spring 2014 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

JAY AND PATTY BAKER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY DEAN’S FORUM
Wednesday, April 2, 6 pm
Haft Auditorium
Fashion consultant and Project Runway cohost and mentor Tim Gunn will be the guest speaker at the 2014 Dean’s Forum. Gunn will answer questions from the audience. The event is for Business and Technology students; tickets are required. For more information, contact Karen Capone, 74334.

SYMPOSIUM ON OMNI RETAILING
Thursday, April 3, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The symposium is a think tank for omni retailing that features presentations by retail business leaders on best practices and future implementation. The keynote speaker is Peter Nordstrom of Nordstrom, Inc., and additional speakers are Jean-Marc Bellaiche of The Boston Consulting Group, David Cox of Microsoft-BOA, and Katia Beauchamp of Birchbox. Students will also present their independent research. For more information, click here.

STUDENT-FACULTY ROUNDTABLE LUNCHEON
Thursday, April 3, noon-2 pm
Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
The Center for Excellence in Teaching will host a student-faculty roundtable luncheon to discuss student issues around time management, finals week, and working in teams. Faculty who would like to attend must include the names of three students who would like to attend as well. This event is sponsored by the Student Faculty Corporation of FIT. For more information and to register, contact Celia Baez, 74064.

SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN DEAN’S DIALOGUE
Thursday, April 3, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fashion designer Elie Tahari will discuss his 40-year career with Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at FIT. A Q&A will follow.

BOOK SIGNING: I JUST GRADUATED … NOW WHAT?
Thursday, April 3, 6 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Author, activist, and entrepreneur Katherine Schwarzenegger will discuss her book I Just Graduated … Now What? which offers guidance to students overwhelmed by life after college. A book signing will follow the discussion. For more information, contact the bookstore, 75690.

ART MARKET MFA EXHIBITION: REMAINS TO BE SEEN
April 3-23; opening reception: Thursday, April 3, 6-9 pm
111 Front St., Gallery 216, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Graduating students in the Art Market master’s degree program present an exhibition of works that emphasize a tension between absence and presence, ruin and restoration. The artists are Meg Hitchcock, Michael Kukla, David Opdyke, Armita Raafat, and Esther Ruiz. For more information, click here.

EXHIBITION: BEYOND REBELLION: FASHIONING THE BIKER JACKET
Through April 5
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Organized by graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program, the exhibition explores the many forms this utilitarian garment has taken, from countercultural wardrobe staple to avant-garde statement piece. The exhibition features garments from labels such as Comme des Garcons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rick Owens, and Gianni Versace, emphasizing the biker jacket’s continuing influence on high fashion. Click here for more information.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, April 7 and May 5, 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, log into MyFIT and find EAP in the Quick Links section, or contact Robin Zarel, 75600.

SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE: PEOPLE, PLANET, AND PROSPERITY: MEASURING OUR IMPACT
Tuesday, April 8, 9 am-6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT holds its eighth annual sustainable business and design conference. This year’s keynote speaker will be radio host, activist, and environmental law attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. For more information, click here; to register, click here.

ART HISTORY LECTURE: SECRETS OF FENG SHUI: THE MODEL OF CITY PLANNING IN CHINESE TRADITION
Tuesday, April 8, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Room A734
Associate Professor Fuyi Zhu of Nanjing Normal University and 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar at Auburn University will discuss the ancient Chinese book titled Kao Gong Ji. The book was a direct record of the planning principles of the capital city of the first dynasty in Chinese history, which created a prototype for cities based on Confucian views of the environment and social order. For more information, contact Amy Werbel, 74673.

FILM LECTURE: RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA
Tuesday, April 8, 1-2 pm
Room A802
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures’ film series presents a lecture by faculty member Mario Valero on the role of Latin American cinema in political and social change. For more information, contact Pilar Blanco Ruiz, 75098.

SEE HOW NEW YORK CITY’S PAPER IS RECYCLED
Thursday, April 10, 8:30 am-1 pm
Meet in front of the Feldman Center
The Sustainability Council will sponsor a site visit to Pratt Industries on Staten Island, a facility where New York City’s paper is recycled into pizza boxes, to witness the entire process and learn more about where our paper goes after we place it in the recycling bins. All FIT community members are invited to ride in a van to make the trip; if there is time and interest, the group may also visit New York’s pilot compost site at nearby Fresh Kills Park. For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Jonathan Vatner, 74709.

EXHIBITION: ELEGANCE IN AN AGE OF CRISIS: FASHIONS OF THE 1930S
Through April 19
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition examines both men’s and women’s high-style clothing from the 1930s, from its technical and aesthetic innovations to its artistic influences and the creation of a clean, minimal, and modern look. Click here for more information.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR APPLICATION WORKSHOP
Monday, April 21, noon-2 pm
TBA
The Grants Office and the Center for Excellence in Teaching host a workshop by Athena Fulay of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) on the Fulbright Program for Faculty and Professionals. Participants will learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries; get advice on selecting countries for application and making contacts abroad; and get tips on how to prepare the application. Registration is required; for more information and to register, contact Celia Baez, 74064.

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY: LET US ENTERTAIN YOU!
Monday, April 21, 4 pm
Eighth Floor Dining Room Alcove, Dubinsky Student Center
Dean for the School of Graduate Studies Mary E. Davis will discuss Sports et Divertissements, a book of musical scores by Erik Satie and illustrations by Charles Martin published in 1923 that is now part of the library’s Special Collections. The lecture is part of the Gladys Marcus Library’s Love Your Library series. For more information, contact Karen Cannell, 74386.

ARTSPEAK PANEL DISCUSSION: IN THE STUDIO: ILLUMINATING PROCESS
Monday, April 21, 6:30-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
ARTSpeak, a collaboration of the Fine Arts and History of Art departments that sponsors artists’ studio visits and artist lectures, presents a panel discussion on this year’s theme of exploring the artist’s creative process. Panelists are artists Arlene Shechet, Chuck Webster, and Charles Yuen, who will each talk about creating their work; the panel will be moderated by History of Art faculty member Mari Dumett. For more information, contact John Allen, 75862.

13TH ANNUAL HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION: VOICES OF MEMORY
Liebskind exhibition: April 21-25
Dubinsky Student Center Lobby
Lecture: Thursday, April 24, 1 pm
Haft Auditorium
Reading of names: Thursday, April 24, 9 am-1 pm and 2-6 pm
Dubinsky Dining Hall
Architect Daniel Libeskind will give the lecture at FIT’s annual Holocaust memorial observance. An exhibition of photographs and drawings of his work on projects such as the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Danish Jewish Museum, and the Military History Museum in Dresden will be featured in the Dubinsky Student Center’s lobby. A reading of Holocaust victims’ names will also take place in the student dining hall throughout the day. For more information, contact Mina Friedmann, 73570.

PANEL DISCUSSION: ARCHIVE OF KOREAN AMERICAN ARTISTS
Tuesday, April 22, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Dubinsky Student Lounge, Room 505
Three Korean American panelists will discuss a recent project to establish the Archive of Korean American Artists, which would compile the work of the wave of Asian artists that has been coming to New York since the 1960s. The panelists will be mixed media artist Sung-ho Choi, filmmaker Yunah Hong, and Sook Nyu Kim, president of the AHL Foundation established to help contemporary artists of Korean heritage; the moderator is History of Art faculty member Kyunghee Pyun. For more information, contact Kyunghee Pyun, 74648.

LAWRENCE ISRAEL PRIZE LECTURE: LOT-EK
Tuesday, April 22, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, founding partners of LOT-EK, an award-winning architectural design studio based in New York and Naples, Italy, and winners of this year’s Lawrence Israel Prize, given by the Interior Design Department, will give a presentation on their work. The firm has achieved high visibility for its sustainable and innovative approach to construction, materials, and space, which involves reusing and adapting existing industrial objects. For more information, contact Johannes Knoops, 75550.

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wednesday, April 23, 5:30-7:30 pm
Haft Auditorium
Dr. Joyce Brown introduces this year’s program of traditional dance and music from Africa, India, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, and Ireland. There will also be gospel and hip-hop performances. The festival is sponsored by the Diversity Council, and the departments of Modern Languages and Cultures and Physical Education, Dance, and Health. For more information, contact Pilar Blanco Ruiz, 75098.

ARTSPEAK FILM SCREENING: EVERYONE KNOWS…ELIZABETH MURRAY
Wednesday, April 23, 6-7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
ARTSpeak, a collaboration of the Fine Arts and History of Art departments that sponsors artists’ studio visits and artist lectures, will screen a rough cut of a documentary film that shows the artist Elizabeth Murray at work in her studio. The film will be introduced by director Kristi Zea. For more information, contact John Allen, 75862.

AAS FASHION DESIGN EXHIBITION: MAD MAX MEETS THE FRENCH COURT
April 25-28; reception: Thursday, April 24, 6-9 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Selected works by graduating AAS Fashion Design students will be on display inspired by the post-apocalyptically themed film Mad Max and the French court of the 17th and 18th centuries.

ARTSPEAK STUDENT EXHIBITION: MAKING THE ARTIST: STUDIO PRACTICE
Through April 28
Gladys Marcus Library
ARTSpeak, a collaboration of the Fine Arts and History of Art departments that sponsors artists’ studio visits and artist lectures, presents a student exhibition on this year’s theme of exploring the artist’s creative process. This exhibition builds on the previous student exhibition Illuminating Process, with Art History and Museum Professions students writing a catalogue for the exhibition; the Media Club will design the catalogue, which will include photo documentation by Photography students. For more information, contact John Allen, 75862.

EXHIBITION: TREND-OLOGY
Through April 30
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.

May and Ongoing

FILM SCREENING: BIRTHPLACE
Thursday, May 1, 1-2 pm
Room A342
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures’ film series will screen the documentary short film Birthplace with its director Francesco Paciocco. The film tells the story of elders in a rural Italian village who cling to memories of the past and the deeper meaning of where they come from. For more information, contact Rebecca Bauman, 75093.

BFA FASHION SHOW: THE FUTURE OF FASHION
Thursday, May 1, 4 and 7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall (by invitation only); Haft Auditorium (live online streaming, 7 pm only)
The annual fashion show features garments created by graduating BFA Fashion Design students. Critics include Rebecca Minkoff, Daniel Vosovic, Reiko Waisglass, and Lisa Di Napoli. The show is by invitation only, but the 7 pm show will be streamed live to the Haft Auditorium for the FIT community and will be also be streamed online at fitnyc.edu/futureoffashion.

TALKING TRADE PANEL DISCUSSION: INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES
Friday, May 2, 10:30 am-noon
Eighth Floor Dining Room Alcove, Dubinsky Student Center
Part of the International Trade and Marketing Department’s Talking Trade at FIT series, this panel discussion will address textile and apparel trade police issues as part of World Trade Month. Panelists are Gail Strickler, assistant U.S. trade representative for Textile and Apparel Service, and Janet Labuda, vice president of compliance for Vandegrift Forwarding Company Inc. The moderator is Dr. Anastasia Xenias, senior international trade specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, 4280.

PET FASHION SHOW: BARK SMART
Friday, May 2, 5 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. This year’s theme is social responsibility and sustainability in the pet world. For more information, contact Paige Smith, 74619.

ART AND DESIGN GRADUATING STUDENT EXHIBITION
May 7-20; opening reception: May 6, 6-9 pm
Various locations on campus
Selected works by graduating students of the School of Art and Design will be on display. Visit fitnyc.edu/graduatingstudentexhibit for more information.

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
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
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

2014 COMMENCEMENT
FIT will hold its 2014 commencement exercises for all associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree candidates on Thursday, May 22, at Javits Center North. The ceremony for the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology and the School of Liberal Arts will be held at 10:30 am; the ceremony for the schools of Art and Design and Graduate Studies will be held at 3 pm. Cosmetics entrepreneur Bobbi Brown will be the speaker at the morning ceremony; shoe designer Christian Louboutin will speak in the afternoon. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/commencement.

DEAN FOR SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES PRESENTS AT CONFERENCE
Mary Davis presented her paper “Styling Le Sacre: Fashion and the Ballet Russes” at a special conference on music in Russian Modernist culture at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in early March. Davis was also a featured speaker on the panel “Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and The Rite of Spring.” For more information, contact Marilyn Barton, 74300.

MFIT WINS AWARD OF MERIT FOR A QUEER HISTORY OF FASHION
The Museum at FIT has won an Award of Merit from the Museum Associate of New York for the support programs for the recent exhibition A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk. The organization’s reviewers said the programs “enlivened the museum’s participation in the community.” The award was presented at the Museums in Action Annual Conference in Albany at the end of March.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER NAMED A FINALIST FOR LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD
Roberta Degnore’s science fiction book Invisible Soft Return:\, which has been called “a cerebral work of feminist cyberpunk literature” by Kirkus Reviews, has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. For more information, contact Roberta Degnore, 74935.

ADVERTISING AND MARKETING COMMUNCATIONS FACULTY MEMBER GIVES LECTURE AT ARTS INSTITUTE
Allison Kyle Leopold gave a lecture titled “The Way We Were: Fashions of the 1950s and 1960s” at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY, in early March. The illustrated lecture, held in the Museum of Art auditorium, was in conjunction with the exhibition American Royalty: The Kennedys, Fashion and Celebrity, on view through May 4. For more information, contact Allison Leopold, 74509.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS PAPER AT CONFERENCE
Yuniya Kawamura presented a paper titled “Moving Beyond Western-Centered Perspectives on Fashion” at the annual Eastern Sociology Society conference in Baltimore. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.

TECHNICAL DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER CONTRIBUTES TO ASSESSMENT MANUAL
Deborah Beard partnered with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to write their Committee on Consumer Protection’s Assessment Manual, which assesses competencies of garment workers in jobs in such areas as merchandising, patternmaking, and sewing. For more information, contact Deborah Beard, 74415.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL FOR 2015 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AND HONORARY DEGREE NOMINATIONS
FIT’s Commencement Nominations Committee is currently soliciting honorary degree and speaker recommendations for commencement 2015. If you would like to make a suggestion, please submit it by May 1. A form and related information can be found on the MyFIT home page under Featured. Please log onto MyFIT.

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS
The Faculty Exhibition Committee is asking for proposals for the theme for the fall 2014 faculty and staff show, which will be on view late November through October 2015 on the ninth floor of the Feldman Center. Past exhibitions have included Interiorscapes, Layered and Transparent Visions, Romancing the Common Object, and Transformation. The deadline for proposals is April 4. For more information and a copy of the proposal form, contact Tom Irizarry, 74565.

UPDATES TO FIT’S ONLINE COLLEGE POLICY LIBRARY
FIT’s official administrative policies can be found online in the FIT College Policy Library at fitnyc.edu/policylibrary. The policies are intended to clarify FIT’s expectations, mitigate institutional risk, enhance efficiency, and support the college’s compliance with laws and regulations. A Policy Advisory Group, established by President Brown, is charged with reviewing all existing and new policies, as they arise. The following policies have been recently added or revised: Mandatory Child Sexual Abuse Reporting and Prevention and Visa Sponsorship Policy. For more information or questions about college policies, email compliance@fitnyc.edu.

SPRING 2014 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student-Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff:

Through May 23
Mondays—Pilates, 1-2 pm, Room BX28
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, click here or contact Diana Reyes, 73670.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art: The Fulbright-Terra Foundation award provides U.S. scholars the opportunity to teach and guest lecture on American art history prior to 1980 at the undergraduate or graduate level in China and select European Union (EU) countries. Fulbright-Terra Foundation Scholars to the EU will also have the opportunity to conduct research while on their grant. Proposed coursework and methodology should be designed to increase awareness about American art to the next generation of art history teachers and scholars and to inspire university administrators, faculty, and students to build their institutional capacity for curriculum and research mentoring on American art history. Deadline: August 1.

Fulbright-Coach Award in Fashion and Design: The Fulbright-Coach Award is funded in cooperation with the world-renowned design house Coach. The selected scholar spends a semester working with master’s students in the Communication in Fashion and Beauty program at CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain. Deadline: August 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.