Category Archives: FIT Resources

Climate Change Chit Chat

Welcome back, tigers!

With sustainability being one of FIT’s core missions, faculty and students are invited to participate in a unique opportunity this spring to integrate the message of climate change into their coursework in new, creative, and challenging ways.

Amy Lemmon, professor, English and Communication Studies, and Arthur Kopelman, Distinguished Service Professor, Science and Math, were awarded a Sustainability Grant for their proposal Communicating Climate Change: Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences. As part of their work, they are bringing world-renowned climate change expert James McClintock and celebrated author and creative writing professor Adam Vines to campus this semester. Videos created by McClintock and Vines, along with other teaching resources, will be available to faculty, and a public event will be held on April 18th.

The Sustainability Grant will incorporate a fall exhibition of student work from all participating courses. Resources like videos, suggested books and articles, and online guides are available to all faculty to incorporate in lesson plans.

For more information, access to the resources, and/or help incorporating this material into your coursework, contact Amy Lemmon for more information.

Way to spread the word, FIT!

Meli B.

Getting Back Into The Flow

Hello there!

I know for me it’s always the struggle after almost a month of break to get back into the flow of school life. Some of you are have been in the city for a few weeks already, but most of us have just gotten in and might be starting internships, or new jobs, and are nervous about getting back into the flow of things, after such a long break. Don’t worry I’m in the same boat, but to calm my nerves I try to plan ahead. I love writing down a checklist of different things I have to take care of before everything starts. It helps me get a clear head and makes me get into the flow of things slowly. Below are other things I like to do or check before the semester starts, which might help you too.

Change your FIT password If you haven’t already, you might want to change your password, because you want to be able to log in to your account, and the last thing you want to have to do is go to IT to get it fixed.

Check your FIT email Check your school email! You might have professors that emailed you for books, or updates. The school also sends out emails of what’s happening in the weeks to come, and there might be something you’ll want to go to or see. And sometimes there are last minute internship opportunities that are sent through your major, club, or honors program.

Go on Blackboard If you have online classes, I would highly suggest checking out your balckboard account, because professor tend to post on there directly and a lot of times your online courses have already started before the actual school start date, and you might have some deadline posted that you might want to write down and homework that is due.

 Buy a Planner and Notebooks This is really helpful to have before you start classes, because it’s something less to worry about and it’s great way to start taking notes already. Planners are my best friend, I know a lot of students use their phones, but I need a planner, I need to see what I’m doing, and having the satisfaction of checking off what I’ve done.

Login to ElucianGo App Great way to have a visual layout of how your weekly schedule looks like. Plus you have many other options, like for example looking up your professors info, campus map etc.

xoxo

Zorya

FIT Resources

With the start of the new year it can sometimes be difficult as to where to start regarding your resolutions or goals for the year.  The resources that are on FIT’s campus are never ending and they can help you achieve your goals.  Here are some examples:

Goal: Get a job after graduation
Whether you are a freshman or a senior, or somewhere in between, the Career and Internship Center located in B202 can help you.  You can sit down with a counselor who will provide you with resume development as well as career counseling and advisement.

Goal: Volunteer/give back in 2017
In Student Life (A718), we have a club/organization called Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS) in which we participate in events for Toys for Tots, Breast Cancer Walk, and The Children’s Hope Foundation.  You can visit this link here for more information on how to get involved!

Goal: See the world
You are able to travel abroad with FIT!  Most degree programs have opportunities in which you can study abroad for a year, semester, or a few weeks!  You can visit their offices in B119, attend an informational session, or click here for additional information.

Goal: Read and learn more
This may seem obvious, but the library has unlimited resources available to educate yourself on topics that you are interested in.  From physical books to online documentaries, the library knows no bounds!  You can schedule an appointment for research services or you can browse the shelves yourself!

Goal: Get into shape
FIT offers some incredible workout classes every day that are free for all students!  You are also able to access the fitness center on campus.  If you prefer to play a sport, FIT has a tennis, cross-country, half-marathon, track and field, dance, swimming, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, and table tennis team!  Find more information here!

Here’s to making 2017 a great year!

Ashley

FIT Awarded Environmental Excellence Award 2016

Environmental Excellence Awards Union College

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

A Guide to Finding the Perfect Roommate

We all wondered if roommate horror stories are true, and the reality is, they can be! Here are a few tips to get all of you prospective students prepared for selecting a roommate…

1. New/entering students are able to choose from our three residence halls on 27th street: Alumni, Coed, and Nagler. Research the halls, and figure out which one best fits your preferences.

2. Selecting roommate(s) increases the chances of choosing your preferred accommodation. It is to your advantage to have the roommate with the earliest selection date/time choose a room type. So don’t be afraid to reach out on Facebook after you are confirmed for housing!

3. Once a room type is selected, all mutually selected roommates will automatically be assigned. Students eligible for room selection can use Advanced Roommate Search to find other students seeking roommates. Use of this feature is strongly encouraged as there is an advantage to selecting roommate(s). If you do not choose a roommate, one will randomly be assigned.

4. Be sure to completely fill out your MyHousing assessment that will gather information about your living preferences to help find a right match for you.

5. Don’t be afraid to get social – we all have have had to get used to new surroundings, don’t let your shyness get in the way of making connection with people during your roommate search! FIT