Category Archives: Continuing and Professional Studies

Millions Raised at Annual FIT Gala

 

Dr. Joyce Brown, Terry Lundgren

Dr. Joyce Brown, Terry Lundgren

Hi Tigers,

Big news!

FIT held its annual gala on Wednesday, March 22nd at the Marriott Marquis, where the event honored Terry J. Lundgren — who stepped down recently from his role as Macy’s CEO and president.

A total of $4.5 million was raised and will be split evenly between FIT and the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona.

Ryan Seacrest hosted the event, and Ralph Lauren and Anna Wintour were memorable presenters.

Check out the gala highlights here.

Meli B.

Registration Prep: Tips and Tricks

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Hi Everyone,

As Fall registration approaches this midterm season, things can get a bit hectic. Whether you’re cramming for multiple exams in one day or you’re just not getting enough sleep, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. It’s a stressful time. With that being said, it is important to stay organized and set yourself up for success the following semester. Here is my advice to prep for registration:

  1. CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION ASSIGNMENT TIME: The first step in preparing is knowing when you are available to begin! After successfully logging on to MyFIT, under Online Information System, select Registration to see your status. See step-by-step instructions here.
  2. REVIEW YOUR DARS + SEE ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT:
    Run your degree audit (DARS) to see what classes you need to take the following semester and make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center to meet 1-on-1 with an advisor, located in the Feldman Center, room C402. Click here to make an appointment with an academic advisor.
  3. SEARCH FOR CLASSES:
    Make a mock schedule and go to Class Search from MyFIT for the most up-to-date offerings and important course information.  Clicking on a course title in Class Search will pop up useful information like schedules, restrictions, prerequisites, co-requisites, and other details.

Good luck with the rest of midterms and the kick-off to Fall registration!

Meli B

FIT News: New York Film + Fashion Hub in Brooklyn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will transform large, under-used buildings in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, into a hub for fashion and film—and FIT will be a part of it.

The city is committing $136 million to create a Made in New York–branded campus at Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal, featuring modern and affordable space for garment manufacturing, film and TV production, and related services. FIT will deliver the initiative’s educational component by offering courses at the hub.

FIT’s program will launch this summer with two non-credit courses that will count toward a Creative Maker Certificate of Achievement in Ethical Design and Local Manufacturing Fundamentals. This certificate program is being offered through FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies.

The Made in New York garment manufacturing hub will provide 25-35 white-box spaces (ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet,) to companies working in pattern-making, marking and grading, cutting and sewing, and sample making. The courses will be held at the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal until Bush Terminal is complete in 2020.

Way to go, FIT!

Meli B

Lunar New Year Stamp Designed by FIT’s Kam Mak

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Happy New Year, everyone!

A creative start to this new year is a colorful rendering of the Lunar New Year rooster created by FIT’s Illustration assistant chair Kam Mak for the new postage stamp. Mak was selected by the U.S. Postal Service in 2008 to create an annual stamp through 2019 for its Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Rooster is being issued as a souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive Forever stamps.

Following the concept of using the Lunar New Year elements, Mak’s  Year of the Rooster stamp is adorned with a still-life painting of the Chinese red envelope— called hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese—decorated with the majestic rooster on the cover. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler worked again with Mak on this stamp to create elements of continuity, like the calligraphic symbols on the left-hand side.

The U.S. Postal Service launched the Year of the Rooster stamp in Seattle on January 15th with a first-day issue ceremony at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Looking forward to seeing upcoming designs in years to come!

Meli B

FIT’s First Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Gabriella Manduca, FIT’s first student delegate to the United Nations, is well on her way to make a difference in the world.

Manduca, a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing student, became a youth delegate this fall through one such NGO partner, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to international education and cultural exchange. As one of two NAFSA youth delegates, she attends the U.N. briefings and summarizes them for the association’s blog. She also encourages other students, including her FIT classmates, to engage with the U.N.

The U.N. Department of Public Information partners with more than 1,300 nongovernmental organizations, which meet for weekly briefings at U.N. headquarters in New York City. These NGOs send delegates to report on the briefings, which cover hot-button issues such as education, poverty, and the refugee crisis.

Manduca is passionate about fighting the sale of counterfeit goods, which is connected to organized crime and human-rights abuses. A 2014–15 Museum at FIT exhibition, Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, made her aware of this global problem, and her ITM classes galvanized her further. She applied to be a NAFSA delegate to broaden her understanding of the global stage.

“A lot of people making sustainable innovations don’t realize they can make a difference on the scale of the U.N.,” Manduca said. “I thought this could be an opportunity to start that conversation here at FIT.”

Congratulations to our fellow Tiger, Gabriella!

Melinda Batista