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March 2014

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Fashion Culture: Narraciones

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Exhibition: Beyond Rebellion: Fashion the Biker Jacket

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FIT Board of Trustees Meeting

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Fashion Culture: I Am Dandy

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Elder Care Support Group

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ARTSpeak Student Exhibition: Illuminating Process

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New York Blood Center Blood Drive

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Fashion Culture: The Science of Trend Forecasting

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EAP Lunchtime Seminar: Happiness: Bringing It Into Your Daily Life

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Talking Trade: The Effect of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on the Fashion Industry

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Fashion Culture: Latin American Fashion

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ARTSpeak Student Exhibition: Making the Artist: Studio Practice

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Fashion Culture: Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years

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Faculty Panel Discussion: The Value of Teaching Internationally

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Fashion Culture: Luca and Mariano Rubinacci in Conversation with G. Bruce Boyer

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Employee Wellness Program: Ayurvedic Medicine

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Fashion Culture: The High Cost of Cheap Fashion

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

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

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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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The FIT Tiger Needs Your Vote

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Illustration Faculty Member's Work Published in Newspaper and Magazine

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Textile Development and Marketing Faculty Member to Give Lecture at University of Wisconsin

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International Trade and Marketing Faculty Member Interviewed on Fashion Compliance

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Fashion Merchandising Management Faculty Member and Her Store Profiled Online

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Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Faculty Member Participates in Art Exhibition

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Illustration MFA Associate Chair Holds Workshop for At-Risk Youth

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Fabric Styling Faculty Member Curates Photography Show

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Fashion Design-Art Faculty Member Moderates Feminist Art Panel Discussion

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Film and Media Faculty Member Interviewed for Online Article


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Fall 2014/Spring 2015 Housing Available

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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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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

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.

EXHIBITION: BEYOND REBELLION: FASHIONING THE BIKER JACKET
March 4-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.

FIT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Wednesday, March 5, 11 am
Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
The FIT Board of Trustees holds its March meeting. For more information, contact the Office of the General Counsel, 74030.

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.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, March 10 and April 7, 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.

ARTSPEAK STUDENT EXHIBITION: ILLUMINATING PROCESS
Through 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.

NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER BLOOD DRIVE
Tuesday, March 11, 10 am-7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The FIT community is invited to donate blood to the New York Blood Center. Click here to schedule an appointment; walk-ins are also welcome.

FASHION CULTURE: THE SCIENCE OF TREND FORECASTING
Wednesday, March 12, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
FIT alumnus Saul Lopez Silva of the Worth Global Style Network (better known as WGSN), the world’s preeminent trend forecasting firm, reveals the science behind predicting fashion and design trends for a billion-dollar industry that depends upon the ever-changing tastes of consumers. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online, call 74585, or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

EAP LUNCHTIME SEMINAR: HAPPINESS: BRINGING IT INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE
Thursday, March 13, 1-2 pm
Room A802
As part of its Lunchtime Seminar series, the Employee Assistance Program holds a workshop about achieving greater happiness in daily life. Attendees will learn about contemporary studies on the subject as well as exercises and meditations to increase self-compassion and resilience. To attend, RSVP by March 5 to Robin Zarel, 75600.

TALKING TRADE: THE EFFECT OF THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP ON THE FASHION INDUSTRY
Thursday, March 13, 6:30-8 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
A panel of industry experts will discuss the effects the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will have on the global fashion industry and intellectual property rights. Topics include labeling and product safety requirements, customs procedures, and disparate European legislative regimes. Panelists are Arthur Bodek of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt; Justine Badimon of the U.S. Council for International Business; and Maristella Iacobello of PVH Corp. The moderator is Matt Miller, editor of Global Business Navigator. This event is part of the International Trade and Marketing Department’s Talking Trade at FIT series, presented in collaboration with the European American Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, 74280.

FASHION CULTURE: LATIN AMERICAN FASHION
Tuesday, March 18, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Colombian jewelry designer Paula Mendoza, Venezuelan accessories designer Yliana Yepez, Mexican menswear designer Ricardo Seco, and Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez discuss the current fashion scene in Latin America, how these designers have inserted their brands into the United States, and the importance of local and global perspectives in fashion. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online, call 74585, or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

ARTSPEAK STUDENT EXHIBITION: MAKING THE ARTIST: STUDIO PRACTICE
March 24-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.

FASHION CULTURE: DIANA VREELAND MEMOS: THE VOGUE YEARS
Tuesday, March 25, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Diana Vreeland’s son Reed and grandson Alexander will present their new book, a compilation of Vreeland’s personal correspondence. Works by photographers such as Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton illustrate letters that reveal her imagination and prescience, while her communications with designers offer the reader an intimate education in fashion. 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.

FACULTY PANEL DISCUSSION: THE VALUE OF TEACHING INTERNATIONALLY
Wednesday, March 26, noon-2 pm
Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center, Ninth Floor
A panel of faculty members from FIT and other schools discuss how teaching abroad can be an important academic professional development tool and how it can contribute to the U.S. classroom experience. Panelists include FIT’s Acting Assistant Dean for the School of Art and Design Sass Brown, Rebecca Bauman, and Jean Marc Renaud, as well as Timothy Tomlinson of New York University and Michael Muth of the U.S. Department of Commerce; FIT’s Renee Cooper will moderate. For more information, contact Christine Pomeranz, 74282.

FASHION CULTURE: LUCA AND MARIANO RUBINACCI IN CONVERSATION WITH G. BRUCE BOYER
Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Mariano and Luca Rubinacci of the world-renowned House of Rubinacci discuss the Neapolitan school of tailoring with G. Bruce Boyer, menswear expert, writer, and editor, and co-curator of the MFIT exhibition Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online, call 74585, or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM: AYURVEDIC MEDICINE
Thursday, March 27, 1-2 pm
Room A803
The Employee Wellness Program sponsors an overview of ayurveda, a holistic approach to health and medicine that is based on the body’s ability to restore, rejuvenate, and heal itself. Dr. Robert Lee, codirector of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, will discuss the different “doshas” or body types that form the basis for ayurveda and share health habits designed for each type. For more information, contact Diana Reyes, 73667.

FASHION CULTURE: THE HIGH COST OF CHEAP FASHION
Thursday, March 27, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Acting assistant dean for the School of Art and Design Sass Brown and journalist Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, will discuss how fast fashion affects not only the fashion industry but also the environment. They will also trace the development of cheap fashion, considering its ramifications and issues that have been raised by its emergence. 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.

April and Ongoing

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 and to register, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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

THE FIT TIGER NEEDS YOUR VOTE
FIT’s mascot, the FIT Tiger, is in the running for most favorite mascot in SUNY’s annual Mascot Madness, a competition among the SUNY mascots. Each mascot is placed in a bracket and competes with one other mascot, and the winner moves onto the next round; there will be five matchups during the month of March. The bracket will be published March 4, and the first matchup will be March 11. Help the FIT Tiger win this statewide competition by voting here; voting starts over with each new round, so vote often. Watch the Tiger’s progress in the tournament on the Generation SUNY blog at blog.suny.edu.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER’S WORK PUBLISHED IN NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE
Bil Donovan illustrations of Fashion Week appeared on the cover of the Style section of The New York Times, and he also sketched for New York magazine’s The Cut. For The Cut, he was asked to portray the shows from a backstage perspective as he did for the spring fashion shows last September as part of the series “Drawing in the Moment.” For more information, contact Bil Donovan, 75815.

TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER TO GIVE LECTURE AT UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
Patrice George will give the 2014 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture on “Seven Fibers That Changed the World” at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on March 6. She will discuss the early manmade fiber industry and its social, political, and cultural effects. For more information, contact Patrice George, 75218.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MARKETING FACULTY MEMBER INTERVIEWED ON FASHION COMPLIANCE
Deanna Clark was profiled on FashionEdits.com in an interview about fashion compliance. The interview was a follow up to her Fashion Week presentation “Fashion Protection: Trademark Basics and Fashion Compliance Law 101,” which was held at New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library in February.

FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT FACULTY MEMBER AND HER STORE PROFILED ONLINE
Ann Cantrell was profiled on Racked discussing her store, Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, in a series titled “Better Know a Store Owner." In the article, she discusses owning a shop, selecting products, and listening to customers. For more information, contact Ann Cantrell, 74909.

VISUAL PRESENTATION AND EXHIBITION DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN ART EXHIBITION
Anne Finkelstein’s work will be featured in the third installment of a series of exhibitions titled Archi|Texture, a collaborative project with artist Cora Jane Glasser. The exhibition opened in February and will be on view through March 30 in the Living Room Gallery at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave. For more information, contact Anne Finkelstein, 75486.

ILLUSTRATION MFA ASSOCIATE CHAIR HOLDS WORKSHOP FOR AT-RISK YOUTH
Melanie Reim gave a figure drawing workshop for at-risk youth in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s After School program as part of a collaboration with the Society of Illustrators. The program is aligned with New York State’s Learning Standards, which through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, exposes participants to cultural institutions and the arts. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, 74318.

FABRIC STYLING FACULTY MEMBER CURATES PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW
An exhibition curated by Sara Petitt will be on view at the Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., from March 29 through April 10. The exhibition is titled Looking Beyond: 6 Photographers. For more information, contact Sara Petitt, 75189.

FASHION DESIGN–ART FACULTY MEMBER MODERATES FEMINIST ART PANEL DISCUSSION
Daria Dorosh will moderate a panel discussion at the Brooklyn Museum titled “The Future Is History: Feminist Legacies in Contemporary Art” on March 27 at 7 pm. The panel will offer an intergenerational dialogue on the continuing impact of feminist history on art, as well as efforts to preserve the legacies of feminist artists in New York City. Dorosh is cofounder of A.I.R. Gallery, which organized the panel with the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers University. For more information, contact Daria Dorosh, 75000.

FILM AND MEDIA FACULTY MEMBER INTERVIEWED FOR ONLINE ARTICLE
Michelle Handelman was interviewed for an article on Artlyst.com about her exhibition Irma Vep, The Last Breath at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Her exhibition will be on view until March 30. For more information, contact Michelle Handelman.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL 2014/SPRING 2015 HOUSING AVAILABLE
All returning degree and nondegree students with 12 or more credit hours can apply March 18-April 2 for on-campus housing this fall. For more information, students should visit fitnyc.edu/homeselection or email residentiallife@fitnyc.edu.

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, text message, and/or phone. 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 policy has been recently added or revised: Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence. 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.

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.