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February 2014
 

 
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Student Exhibition: Big Data: Telling Human Stories Through Numbers

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

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FIT Art and Design Faculty Exhibition: New Views

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ARTSpeak Student Exhibition: Illuminating Process

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Elder Care Support Group

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Fashion Culture: Branding a City: Barcelona and Fashion

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Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing 25th Anniversary

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Poetry Out Loud

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Dean's Forum for the Liberal Arts: Blackfish

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Breathing Meditation Workshop

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Italian Neorealism and Latin American Cinema

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Fashion Culture: Dressing Divinely: 1930s Hollywood Costume/Couture

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Fashion Culture: Narraciones

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Fashion Culture: I Am Dandy

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Exhibition: Trend-ology

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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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FIT Student Association Launches New Logo, Announces Name Change

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Faculty Featured in Article on Eco-Fashion

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Academic Advisement Center Faculty Member Publishes Book Chapter

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International Trade and Marketing Chair Profiled in Article

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Fashion Merchandising Management Faculty Member Participates in IBM TweetChat

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Student Life Faculty Member Wins Special Recognition Award


 
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Sign Up for FIT Alert

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Updates to FIT's Online College Policy Library

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Financial Aid Workshops and Filing Deadlines

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Call for Sustainability Conference Breakout Session Proposals

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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

STUDENT EXHIBITION: BIG DATA: TELLING HUMAN STORIES THROUGH NUMBERS
Through February 6
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Students in the Media Club present their work in digital media. The Media Club includes students from Communication Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising Design, and Computer Animation and Interactive Media. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

EXHIBITION: ELEGANCE IN AN AGE OF CRISIS: FASHIONS OF THE 1930S
February 7-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.

FIT ART AND DESIGN FACULTY EXHIBITION: NEW VIEWS
February 8-16; opening reception: Tuesday, February 11, 6-9 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Faculty members of the School of Art and Design present their work in an annual exhibition, curated by Interior Design faculty member Johannes M.P. Knoops. Some of the artists will offer their work for sale, and some will donate part of their proceeds to Haiti relief, through Kids in Distressed Situations (KIDS). For more information, click here.

ARTSPEAK STUDENT EXHIBITION: ILLUMINATING PROCESS
February 8-March 10
Pomerantz Center Lobby
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 illumination—illuminating the artist’s creative process. The exhibition features the initial work done by senior Fine Arts students as they develop these works for their final thesis projects, emphasizing the process of search and discovery. For more information, contact John Allen, 75862.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, February 10, 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.

FASHION CULTURE: BRANDING A CITY: BARCELONA AND FASHION
Tuesday, February 11, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Media expert Gema Requena and a representative from Spanish clothing company Desigual discuss how fashion can brand a locale, with particular attention to how fashion has bolstered the image of Barcelona as a fashion-oriented metropolis. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online, call 74585, or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

COSMETICS AND FRAGRANCE MARKETING 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8:30 pm
New York Yacht Club, 37 W. 44th St.
The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing program celebrates its 25th year with a cocktail reception hosted by Jenny Fine of Beauty Inc. Program alumni Tennille Kopiasz of Coty Prestige, Orrea Light of L’Oréal Paris, Bettina O’Neill of Barneys New York, and Shaunda Swackhamer of Estée Lauder will be presented with awards for their achievements. For more information, contact Victoria Guranowski, 74105.

POETRY OUT LOUD
Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Poetry Out Loud is a national contest where high school students perform their interpretations of works they’ve chosen from a diverse list of over 2,000 poems. The winner selected at this event will represent the New York City region at the state finals in Albany on March 4. English and Speech faculty member Amy Lemmon will be among the judges. For more information, click here.

DEAN’S FORUM FOR THE LIBERAL ARTS: BLACKFISH
Wednesday, February 12, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Dean for the School of Liberal Arts Scott Stoddart presents a screening of the documentary Blackfish followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Blackfish follows the controversy at Sea World caused when a killer whale attacked and killed a trainer. For more information, contact the School of Liberal Arts office, 74320.

BREATHING MEDITATION WORKSHOP
Tuesday, February 25, 1-2 pm
Seminar Room 7, Conference Center
In partnership with the FIT Wellness Program, the Employee Assistance Program will hold a lunchtime seminar to teach breathing meditation to reduce stress, calm the mind and body, reduce anxiety, and improve your emotional well being and overall health. To RSVP and for more information, contact Bob Silverstein, 75600.

ITALIAN NEOREALISM AND LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA
Tuesday, February 25, 1-2 pm
Room A802
Modern Languages and Cultures faculty members Isabella Bertoletti and Mario Valerio will discuss Neorrealism in post-World War II films in Europe and Latin America. The event will include a Q&A. For more information, contact Pilar Blanco Ruiz, 75098.

FASHION CULTURE: DRESSING DIVINELY: 1930S HOLLYWOOD COSTUME/COUTURE
Wednesday, February 26, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Scott F. Stoddart, dean for the School of Liberal Arts and author of Analyzing Mad Men, discusses the lives and the creations of Hollywood costume designers of the 1930s. Stoddart’s analysis reveals the close connection between the elegance created on screen by designers such as Adrian, Edith Head, and Muriel King, and the desires of the American middle class. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online, call 74585, or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

March and Ongoing

FASHION CULTURE: NARRACIONES
Monday, March 3, 7 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Narraciones is a visual survey of fashion films produced in Spain since the 1960s. It includes excerpts from documentaries and newsreels as well as short works by filmmakers such as Eugenio Recuenco and Daniel Riera. Charo Mora, creator of Narraciones, will share her insights on the history of fashion films from Spain and their impact on global fashion. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online, call 74585, or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

FASHION CULTURE: I AM DANDY
Wednesday, March 5, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Photographer Rose Callahan and author Nathaniel Adams will lead a panel discussion of their book, I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman, joined by contemporary practitioners of the dandy aesthetic, including Dr. Andre Churchwell and Simon Doonan. The panel will be moderated by G. Bruce Boyer, co-curator of the MFIT exhibition, Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s. A book signing will follow the presentation. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online, call 74585, or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

EXHIBITION: TREND-OLOGY
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.

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

FIT STUDENT ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES NEW LOGO, ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE
The FIT Student Association recently went through a rebranding effort in which the organization’s logo was redesigned, and now will officially only be referred to by its full name, the FIT Student Association, rather than its acronym, FITSA. The logo was designed by a group of students working with the dean of students. For more information and a video explaining the rebranding process, click here.

FACULTY FEATURED IN ARTICLE ON ECO-FASHION
Sass Brown, acting assistant dean for the School of Art and Design, and International Trade and Marketing faculty member Deanna Clark were featured as part of an article on eco-fashion on the website Ecouterre. The article features 37 eco-fashion leaders making predictions about trends and practices in eco-fashion for 2014. Brown foresees a move away from mass consumption and toward conscious consumerism; Clark discusses greater legal policing of the term ”eco-friendly” and other “green” claims and a greater use of factories in the USA rather than abroad. For more information, contact Deanna Clark, 74280.

ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT CENTER FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK CHAPTER
Mike Heidenberg wrote a chapter for the collection Bollywood Shakespeares, to be published in March by Palgrave Macmillan. The chapter, “No Country for Young Women: Empowering Emilia in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara,” examines the ways in which the film’s character Emilia is reimagined as an avenger and protector of her family’s honor in the 2006 adaptation of Othello. For more information, contact Mike Heidenberg, 73085.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING CHAIR PROFILED IN ARTICLE
Christine Pomeranz was profiled on The Thread, the blog for the website Inverted Edge, an e-commerce site focused on Asian fashion design and industry. The article describes Pomeranz’s experience in banking and her career path to working in higher education and teaching about the global fashion industry. For more information, contact Christine Pomeranz, 74282.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN IBM TWEETCHAT
Naomi Gross participated in a one-hour TweetChat on January 15 titled “Retailing in an Analytics Era” as part of a weekly Twitter event sponsored by IBM. Other panelists were Michael Haydock, Customer Intelligence Practice Leader at IBM Global Services, and Doug Stephens, founder and president of Retail Prophet. For more information, contact Naomi Gross, 74835.

STUDENT LIFE FACULTY MEMBER WINS SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Deborah Payton-Jones will be recognized by the Town of Babylon’s Department of Human Services with a special recognition award for her long service as an election organizer and leader in the Amityville, NY, community. The award will be presented as part of the Babylon’s Black History Month program on February 22. For more information, contact Deborah Payton-Jones, 74140.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

SIGN UP FOR FIT ALERT
FIT Alert is the college’s system for sending out emergency communications to employees and students. Communications may include alerts about extreme weather, fire or flood conditions, violence on campus, or public health emergencies. Alerts are sent by email, by text message, and/or by phone. All students and employees are automatically added to the system using Banner data, and alerts will be sent to the channels that are populated with that information. All students and employees are automatically added to the system; the FIT community is encouraged to log into MyFIT and click on the FIT Alert tab to ensure their contact details are correct and to prioritize how they will be contacted. For more information, click here.

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: Fire Safety and Fraudulent Financial Activities Reporting. For more information or questions about college policies, email compliance@fitnyc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS AND FILING DEADLINE
Financial Aid Services will host a series of workshops February 3-6 and throughout February 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 and a full schedule of events, go to fitnyc.edu/financialaid.

CALL FOR SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSION PROPOSALS
The Sustainability Council invites faculty and staff to submit proposals for presentations to be given at breakout sessions during the 2014 Sustainable Business and Design Conference to be held in the John E. Reeves Great Hall April 8. This year’s theme is “People, Planet, and Prosperity: Measuring Our Impact.” Student projects are also invited, for exhibition during the conference in the Great Hall and elsewhere on campus. Information about previous conferences can be found at fitnyc.edu/sustainability. For more information and to submit a proposal, contact Nomi Kleinman.

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 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.

National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Faculty: One-week, residential programs exclusively for two-year college faculty that support in-depth study of humanities topics at relevant historical sites. The topics for 2014 include: Asian Traditions and Cultural Differences; Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking; Out of Many-Religious Pluralism in America; Advancing the Humanities at Community Colleges; Bridging Historias Through Latino History and Culture. Award: $1,200 plus some support for travel. Deadline: March 4.

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.