If you cannot view this newsletter properly, go to this address:
http://sites.fitnyc.edu/depts/externalrelations/FITDirect/index.html

We want to hear from you! Have you participated in a conference lately? Published an article or had your work exhibited? Click here if you have an item to submit.

January 2014
 

 
»

Spring 2014 Convocation

»

Student Exhibition: Big Data: Telling Human Stories Through Numbers

»

Student Exhibition: Project Carton

»

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

»

FIT Art and Design Faculty Exhibition: New Views

»

Fashion Culture: Branding a City: Barcelona and Fashion

»

Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing 25th Anniversary

»

Dean's Forum for the Liberal Arts

»

Exhibition: Trend-ology

»

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Leads Seal Walks

»

SUNY Global Center Student Art Show

»

FIT Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Pairings/Collaborations


 
»

Fashion Merchandising Management Faculty Member Guest Blogs for IBM

»

Social Sciences Faculty Member Gives Keynote at Conference

»

Illustration Faculty Member Designs Postage Stamp

»

Communication Design Faculty Members Present Paper at Conference

»

Entrepreneurship Faculty Member Publishes Article

»

Illustration Assistant Chair Illustrates Lunar New Year Postage Stamp

»

FIT Fashion Show Club Holds First Fashion Show Production


 
»

Sign Up for FIT Alert

»

Call for Nominations: SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in the Classified Service

»

Updates to FIT's Online College Policy Library

»

Call for Sustainability Conference Breakout Session Proposals

»

Winter 2014 Wellness Schedule

»

Funding Opportunities

»

Diversity Council Offers Event and Project Support

»

Center for Excellence in Teaching Online Event Calendar

»

Technology Training

»

Affirmative Action Online Training



EVENTS

SPRING 2014 CONVOCATION
Thursday, January 23, 8:30 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Join FIT faculty and staff for spring 2014 convocation. A faculty and staff breakfast reception is followed by an address, announcements, and remarks. This spring's speaker is Dr. Henry Petroski, professor of civil engineering and of history at Duke University and the author of To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure.

STUDENT EXHIBITION: BIG DATA: TELLING HUMAN STORIES THROUGH NUMBERS
January 25-February 6; opening reception: Thursday, January 30, 5:30-7:30 pm
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.

STUDENT EXHIBITION: PROJECT CARTON
Through January 30
Pomerantz Center Lobby
The exhibition features work created for and inspired by a competition for FIT students sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, a leader in fiber-based sustainable packaging solutions. The competition required students to create designs for the four panels on gable-top cardboard cartons. The exhibition itself, which features life-size cartons and a supermarket theme, was also designed by students. For more information, contact Marianne Klimchuk, 75702.

February and Ongoing

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. The exhibition is in support of Haiti relief. For more information, click here.

FASHION CULTURE: BRANDING A CITY: BARCLONA 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.

DEAN’S FORUM FOR THE LIBERAL ARTS
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 and 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.

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

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT FACULTY MEMBER GUEST BLOGS FOR IBM
Naomi Gross reported on the ways in which retailers are using social media to drive holiday apparel sales on IBM’s website on December 13. She notes that this year the big winner seemed to be Pinterest. For more information, contact Naomi Gross, 74835.

SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER GIVES KEYNOTE AT CONFERENCE
Yuniya Kawamura gave a keynote lecture titled “Fashion-ology Part II: Constructing a Theory of Non-Western Fashion/Dress” at the second International Non-Western Fashion Conference. The conference took place at the London College of Fashion in November. For more information, contact Yuniya Kawamura, 74926.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER DESIGNS SEASONAL POSTAGE STAMPS
William Low created five Forever stamps for the U.S. Postal Service featuring a poinsettia as well as four winter flowers. The poinsettia stamp went on sale in October for the holidays; the other designs will be released at a later date. For more information, contact William Low, 75829.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBERS PRESENT PAPER AT CONFERENCE
Department chair Suzanne Anoushian and C.J. Yeh will present “Beyond the Noises: Rethinking Graphic Design Education in the Age of Social Media” at the Eighth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Vancouver. The paper introduces examples of successful integration of art and technology in graphic design courses and presents ideas for future possibilities. For more information, contact C.J. Yeh, 75676.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES ARTICLE
Alejandro Crawford published an article in U.S. News and World Report in December titled “What Business Diversity Should Really Look Like.” In the article, he interviews American Express’s business development director Deborah Cronen on how business people tend to associate themselves with those who think similarly when the world is demanding the opposite. For more information, contact Alejandro Crawford, 74338.

ILLUSTRATION ASSISTANT CHAIR ILLUSTRATES LUNAR NEW YEAR POSTAGE STAMP
Kam Mak designed the U.S. Postal Service’s lunar new year stamp marking the year of the horse. The stamp features traditional Chinese drums used in lunar new year celebrations. Mak will also illustrate the next five stamps in the series. For more information, contact Kam Mak, 75830.

FIT FASHION SHOW CLUB HOLDS FIRST FASHION SHOW PRODUCTION
The new Fashion Show Club held a runway presentation titled “Fifty Shades” last December in front of 500 people in Haft Auditorium. Students from several different majors collaborated on the merchandising, styling, production, and marketing of the show. Runway looks were provided by the Intimate Apparel Club, the Style Shop, and industry sponsors, including Kleinfeld, Jolt Denim, and Lucky Brand Swimwear. For more information, contact Lori Massaro, 74854.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

SIGN UP FOR FIT ALERT
FIT has a system called FIT Alert 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 can come in the form of emails, text messages, and/or phone calls. 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.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: SUNY CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE CLASSIFIED SERVICE
The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in the Classified Service are system-level awards conferred to acknowledge the superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in specified staff positions who have been awarded tenure. Nominations may be submitted by a supervisor, coworker, or other member of the campus community. The deadline is January 31. For more information, contact Robert Brown, 73659.

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.

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.

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

Through January 23
Pilates—Wednesday, January 22, 1-2 pm, Room AX25
Body Toning—Tuesdays, noon-1 pm, Room AX39
Ethnic Dance Aerobics—Wednesdays, noon-1 pm, Room AX25
Yoga—Thursdays, noon-1 pm, Room AX25
Boot Camp—Fridays, 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 Diana Reyes, 73670.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Free Grant and Proposal Writing Courses: The Foundation Center offers free courses titled “Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts” and “Proposal Writing Basics” at their offices at 79 Fifth Avenue. Visit grantspace.org for a complete schedule.

Phillips Collection—Center for the Study of Modern Art: Annual prize for the best unpublished manuscript presenting new research in modern or contemporary art from 1780 to the present. Preference is given to applicants whose research focuses on subjects related to the Phillips’ areas of collecting. Award: $5,000. Deadline: January 15.

Historical Novel Society: Offers an award for an outstanding historical short story. Award: $3,000. Deadline: April 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.