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March-May 2011 Newsletter
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Professor Linda Finnerty’s Special Events class hosted the Third Annual FIT “Pet Fashion Show” on Wednesday, April 27.

Professor Loretta Volpe will be honored by the New York Organ Donor Network on May 12th  in recognition of her outstanding efforts in organ donor education and recruitment.

The Public Relations Student Society of America, under the direction of Professor Roberta Elins, was recognized by FITSA for developing the most outstanding new program, “Match Made on 7th.”

ED2010@FIT, under the direction of Professor Allison Leopold, has had a very successful series of meetings in March/April. On April 11, from 6 to 7:30pm, the club hosted its fourth "Editor’s Panel." The theme was “Assistant Editors.” Brooke Danielson  (Glamour), Ashley Afriyie  (Marie Claire), Adam Risman (Time Inc. Custom Publishing), Alison Girschick, and Allison Watters (both at Elle)  contributed insights and  advice to aspiring student assistant editors.

On March 3rd, Professor Michael Cokkinos produced a spot for the FIT Sustainability Council with students enrolled in AC462 class.

On April 9, Professor Cokkinos was invited to serve on the FIT Sustainability Council and on April 12 he spoke at the Fifth Annual FIT Sustainability Conference. Topic: “Drinking Water Choices." On April 10th a video was produced for The Leopold Schepp Foundation.

Professor Jean Marc Rejaud participated in the March 10th 2011 “Edutech Day” focusing on the integration of social media into the educational process. Top panelists included Sal Khan from the Kahn Academy and Jay Chakrapani - Vice President Digital Media from McGraw Hill. 

Professor Janet Brav attended the “Backer's 23rd Annual Pet Industry Spring Trade Show & Educational Conference” at the Atlantic City Convention Center April 13. The conference featured 315 exhibitors in 560 booths displaying their products for buyers from pet stores and other retail outlets. This year's show offered an expanded All-Natural Area for organic or “green” products and educational seminars and demonstrations

Professor Robert Rubyan’s fine art print entitled "Homage to Lady Gaga 01" (Photoshop Remix) appeared in the faculty exhibit at Borough of Manhattan Community College /CUNY.


The Direct & Interactive Marketing department held its incoming student luncheon on April 14th. Students from the Class of 2013 met Dean Frank Koe, Department Chair, Roberta Elins, department faculty and students from the Class of 2011 and 2012. The purpose of the luncheon was to introduce the new class to currently enrolled students, the department and FIT.

On April 14th, eight Direct & Interactive Marketing students and Professor Loretta Volpe were guests of the “Direct Marketing Club” of New York (DMCNY) for the April Speakers Luncheon where Direct & Interactive Marketing student, Sonni Caruso (Class of 2011), received a prestigious DMCNY Board Room Prize.

On March 31st, the Direct & Interactive Marketing Club hosted the founders of Tumblr who spoke at the event. Professor Ted Schachter is the Club Advisor.  The event was held in the Great Hall and over 250 FIT students attended.


From April 13th through April 17th, nine students from the Collegiate Deca Club competed at the 50th Annual International Career Development Conference and Competition in Orlando, Florida.

Five students were awarded blue ribbon medallions:  Tori Horton, Kelsey Ives, Taylor Jergens, Allison Mussoline, and Virginia Shipman. Tori Horton also received a silver medal for having the highest score on the multiple choice exam that was part of the competition.


The Carole Sloan Scholar for 2011 at FIT will be named in June. This scholarship was established to commemorate Carole Sloan, a longtime editor and writer for Furniture/Today and Home Textiles Today who died in January, 2011.  Stephen Pond, founder of HTT & FTT, provided a generous gift of $50,000 to create an endowment in memory of Carole Sloan. FIT will name the first recipient of this scholarship in 2011. Mr. Pond has challenged the industry to match his gift so the Carole Sloan Fund can reach its goal of $105,000.

HomeWorld Business, a biweekly publication for the housewares market, devoted their cover story during Tabletop Market Week to illustrate the passion that David Brogna, Assistant Professor in Home Products, has for teaching and retailing housewares. Peter Giametti, Editor-in-Chief, credited FIT's Home Products Development program for opening "the pipeline for a steady flow of young talent into several housewares companies." 

On May 5th, FIT Home Product Development student teams presented to senior industry professionals and HPD Alumni in an annual competition sponsored by Lifetime Brands and Ex-Cell Home Fashions.



On March 25th, ITM co-sponsored the “Fabric to Fashion Trade Forum - India 2011” with The Consulate General of India New York and NYU. Dr. A.M. Gondane, Deputy Consul, was keynote speaker along with Professor Jeffrey Silberman, TDM Chair and Professor Margaret Bishop who moderated the forum. 

The International Trade Student Association (ITSA) volunteered at this year's Intertek "Ethical Sourcing Forum" which took place in New York City from March 31st through April 1st. Intertek, employs more than 27,000 people in 1,000 locations in over 100

On March 1st, ITSA students volunteered at a special guest lecture featuring Mitch Baranowski, BBMG's Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer, who spoke about the sustainability imperative and what it means for branding in the 21st century.  The event was coordinated by ITM and co-hosted by the Department of Advertising and Marketing Communications and the School of Liberal Arts.

Brittany Vernola, ITM student and ITSA Treasurer Cristine Fay, ITM Alumna, attends Intertek's Ethical Sourcing conference.

Larissa Zemke, Jacqueline Elkort, and Joseph Delaney were chosen as the “Gemini Shippers Practicum” scholars who will be traveling to India in January 2012.  Larissa was also selected as the “Gemini Shippers Academic Scholar,” the first ever to receive both scholarships in the same year. 


From April 5th to the 7th, Professor Federici and the Production Management Club traveled to Miami where they met with U.S. Custom officials and toured the Port of Miami.

PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software was approved for purchase. The primary departments who will use the system include Fashion Merchandising Management, Fashion Design and Production Management.

Professor Aaron Schorr attended a conference in Atlanta, Georgia in April sponsored by McGraw Hill Publishers where presentations were made on student skills assessment. Attendees were also able to create prototypes of text books of the future. Professor Stephen Smith also attended.
May 3rd was the annual Production Management Club Alumni Dinner with an attendance of approximately 117 people that included alumnus, the 2011graduating class, faculty and guests. 


From March 4th to the 7th the Technical Design Club and advisor, Deborah Beard, traveled to Miami, Florida for Fashion Week where students evaluated  many technical aspects of the clothing fit.    

Professor Deborah Beard was chosen by FIT President Brown to serve on the Diversity Council for the next 2 years.


Jeffrey Silberman published an article in the March 11th issue of Cotton International Magazine  entitled “Capturing the Supply Chain with Ingredient Branding."

On March 14th, 38 students from the Textile Development and Marketing major traveled to the World Headquarters of Cotton Incorporated in Cary, North Carolina for an overview of cotton technology.

Fourteen students from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Club,
accompanied by advisor Ann Denton, traveled to Philadelphia on March 25th where they experienced a behind-the-scenes tour of the Textile Workshop and Museum.

On April 14th, members of the AATCC club toured Stoll's Fashion and Technology facility in New York City.

On April 18th, the Textile Development & Marketing Department and fashion design faculty and classroom assistants received an orientation training session on Stoll's new M1 Plus software.

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