Category Archives: Creating

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

FIT Awarded Environmental Excellence Award 2016

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FIT’s Karen Pearson, Suzanne McGillicuddy, and William Rossi are congratulated by DEC’s chief of staff Peter Walker

FIT has been awarded one of eight 2016 Environmental Excellence Awards by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  The awards were announced during a ceremony on Tuesday, November 15, at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

The Environmental Excellence Awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative, and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that are contributing to a healthier environment and economy and serving as models of excellence. Since 2004, DEC’s Environmental Excellence Awards have honored 72 businesses, schools, municipalities, governments, and organizations achieving outstanding environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability.

FIT was recognized for sustainability initiatives throughout the college, including its:

  • Green Roof System – 17,000 square feet installed, diverting an estimated 300,000 gallons of runoff from the sewer system each year
  • Carbon dioxide emissions reduction of 43 percent, plus a commitment to reduce FIT’s total carbon dioxide emissions by a full 50 percent by 2020 from the 2005 baseline, in support of the United Nations Climate Negotiations
  • Winning the 2016 Biodesign Challenge, a competition in which teams of students from nine leading U.S. colleges and universities created projects that envision future applications of biotechnology
  • Minor in Ethics and Sustainability
  • Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference
  • Annual Sustainability Awareness Week
  • Summer Sustainability Institute
  • Campus-wide recycling
  • Water bottle refilling stations
  • Student-led:
    • Rooftop Natural Dye Garden – established and maintained to promote sustainable and eco-friendly dyeing practices
    • Cotton Muslin Composting – an initiative in which FIT’s cotton muslin is composted and transformed into nutrient-rich material for the dye garden
    • FIT Hives – an initiative to establish a beehive at FIT in order to foster education across many disciplines and majors about bees and their role in the environment

“This honor recognizes the myriad steps, large and small, that FIT has taken to become an example of environmental stewardship in action,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. “FIT’s success in sustainability is due to the work of many people from all corners of the campus who are continually creating unique and industry-specific ways to conserve, reuse, recycle, and innovate.”

Way to go green, FIT!

Melinda Batista

Illustration on 28th Street

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It’s that time of year again! Illustration students have taken to the streets, turning FIT’s dull, concrete walls into works of art.

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Chalk FIT, an annual project, allows students to create individual illustrations on the exterior walls along 7th Avenue and 28th Street. 

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This time around, Chalk FIT pays homage to our neighborhood Chelsea, the lively and eclectic campus our college calls home. Chalk FIT adds a colorful touch to Manhattan’s landscape. Make sure to support the work in progress by checking out all of the creative art from start to finish!

Melinda

Prepare for National Portfolio Day

If you are applying to FIT in the Art & Design school and your application requires a portfolio, I HIGHLY recommend attending a National Portfolio Day.  For those who may not be familiar, National Portfolio Day (NPD) is a day in which you have the opportunity to meet with representatives/admissions counselors from the schools you wish to apply/attend (FIT, of course!) and review and discuss your portfolio, talk about the program and university, and also answer any questions that you may have!

It is a golden opportunity to go straight to the source to receive advice and put your worries to rest.  The great thing about NPD is that representatives are traveling to different cities and states, so you don’t have to make the trip out to New York City if you aren’t local!  The NPD season has just begun, so you’re likely to still make it to a NPD near you!  For a full list of the 2016-2017 schedule and the participating schools, you can click here.  To anyone that cannot attend a NPD, do not stress, as attending a NPD is not required, however it is very helpful!  When I attended NPD in 2012, it was very productive and useful to hear what the representatives had to say about my work.

Best of luck to all applicants!

Ashley

FIT Ranked Top 10 Globally

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Yes, all of the Facebook posts are true.

The fashion news website Business of Fashion placed FIT’s undergraduate programs sixth in the world and its graduate programs tenth in its second annual Global Fashion Schools Rankings. Just to put in perspective how amazing this news is,  FIT and Parsons School of Design are the only American undergraduate institutions in the Top Ten and the FIT’s graduate programs made the listing at number ten for the first time this year.

The rankings are part of BoF’s annual report on the state of fashion education, which includes an in-depth analysis of key geographies and detailed profiles of the top 50 undergraduate and the top 25 graduate fashion programs. The ranking is based on three criteria: global influence, learning experience and long-term value. With FIT’s ability to project a global reputation we all know and love and prepare students for the real world of business and design, the survey also notes that a number of institutions are connecting creativity and commerce through interdisciplinary curricula that allow students to become more specialized and demanding business, technology, and marketing courses.

“FIT is in the company of outstanding institutions throughout the world that are doing excellent work,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. “The accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni are to be credited for helping us earn our reputation around the world.”

I have always been so proud to attend and represent this wonderful school, but now more than ever, it really goes to show how lucky all of us FIT Tigers are. We have a lot to live up to, and we are prepared for it every step of the way. Let’s never let them down.

Melinda