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FIT Launches Programs at SUNY Korea

Campus of SUNY Korea

Fashion Designers and Fashion Business Managers:

FIT will become the second State University of New York (SUNY) institution to offer degree programs at SUNY Korea in Songdo as of August 2017. SUNY is the first American university in Korea and is also SUNY’s first global campus outside of the United States.

The FIT programs being offered in Korea are, you guessed it, Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management―two signature curricula of the college. These programs reflect the college’s commitment to providing industry-ready graduates for the fashion industry and its related businesses.

FIT’s location in Korea makes it the college’s third location abroad, along with Milan and Florence, and extends the institution’s global reach.

The application deadline is June 30 and, after that, admission is on a rolling basis. Admitted students will earn their AAS degree at FIT at SUNY Korea and may then apply to FIT’s bachelor’s degree programs in New York.

Make sure to take a look if you’re interested!

MB

FIT Garden Grant

FIT’s Textile Development and Marketing (TDM) Department has received a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study the growth of coreopsis and indigo. These two plants are known for their yellow and blue pigments and will be evaluated with the aid of compost derived from excess muslin discarded by FIT Fashion Design students.

TDM Chair and Professor Jeffrey Silberman and Associate Professor Ajoy Sarkar sought the grant in an effort to see if muslin compost affects the growth rate of plants, as well as the richness of the resulting pigment and the colors’ interaction with cotton fabric (color absorption and colorfastness). After 8 weeks of testing, the results are conclusive.

This project and the research that went into it is a clear outgrowth of the college’s commitment to sustainability! This is an effort to prove viability on a larger scale in order to evaluate the potential impact for industry.

So what’s next? The growing operations will be moved to Silberman’s farm in Westchester, NY. A new proposal and request for funding have been submitted to the EPA, which will go toward the future phase.

Way to keep it green, FIT!

MB

Staying Cool in NYC

Staying cool in NYC can be easier than you think, with the weather heating up, here are some ways to stay cool in the coming heat!

1. Get Wet

Use this muggy weather as an excuse to act like a kid again and go in some sprinklers! The city offers ALOT of them (chances are pretty good that at least one of your local parks has one), but there are some really spectacular water features that you might want to travel a little further to get to. The Ancient Playground at Central Park is a top pick for its Egypt-inspired design. Rumor is that the Brangelina bunch likes to horse around at the Catbird Playground, a water feature located at the Cark Shurz Park. for those of you lower downtown who want a view to splash around to, the Teardrop Park at Battery Park City is about as close to a real beach you can get without visiting Coney Island.

2. Too Warm? Bookworm!

On top of the phenomenal FIT Gladys Marcus Library, those lions outside of the New York Public Library might be burning up, but inside it’s nice and cool. Stay out of the scorching sun and get your read on at the same time by visiting your local library.

3. Museums, Museums, Museums!

Beat the heat and catch up on your culture by visiting a great summer exhibit at one of NYC’s world-renowned museums. Being a student can get in you free to most around the city, so don’t fret about those prices!

Surviving Your Last Month at FIT

Although I’m not graduating this year, we are all preparing for the last few weeks at FIT! If you are graduating this year, here are some tips to survive the countdown to a new chapter in life!

1. Have fun!

The last semester in NYC can be stressful. Everyone is freaking out about what they are going to do after graduation, sending out job applications or preparing for one they have secured. It is important that you remember that you only have a few weeks left to be a college kid, so you need to make time to have some well-deserved fun. You have your entire life to sit at a desk working from 9-5 and only a few months left to stay out until 4 a.m. with all of your best friends—take advantage of this. Don’t waste the last month of your college career so stressed out about the future that you are unable to enjoy the moment. Live in the now, because you will regret it if you don’t later.

2. Keep up with the work.

That being said, it is also important to keep up with your schoolwork. Senioritis is STILL a very real thing, but make sure that it doesn’t get so out of control that you are scrambling at the end of the semester to pass all of your classes. I am not suggesting that you slave in the Feldman Center computer lab or the Gladys Marcus Library, but going to class and keeping up with your assignments will make your life so much easier come finals week. Why screw up what you have worked so hard for the last four years at FIT in your final semester? Have fun, but don’t completely neglect your school work.

3. It’s okay to not be okay.

This is a major key to surviving the beginning of the end. Yes, technically you are an adult now that you are graduating, but you are also only twenty-_______ years old (or older!). If you still aren’t 100 percent certain what you want to do with your life, the good news is that you are still allowed to change your mind. Try not to get too caught up in who has a job and who doesn’t. Have faith in yourself. You made it through four years at one of the most competitive school in the creative world. You are more than capable of landing a job, so, have a little faith and patience. It will all work out.

4. Snapshot your life.

Take as many pictures of you and your friends as you can. These will be nice to look back on after graduation when you are missing your friends and the place that you have made your home for the last four years – NEW YORK CITY. Document it all thoroughly, because grown up you will thank college you for it later.

5. Finish off your bucket list.

Remember all of those things you and your friends have talked about doing for the last four years, but never did? Now is the time for you to cross the remaining items off of your bucket list. You only have a few months left to do it, so live it up. In a few months you won’t be here anymore, so who cares if a couple of the items are embarrassing, it will be worth the Snapchat/Instagram story.

6. Spend quality time with your friends.

This is the most important way for anyone to survive their final semester of their collegiate career. The friends you make in college become your family. They are there for you every step of the way through some of the best/worst years of your life. They have seen you at your best and seen you at your lowest, but have loved you anyways. College would have been nothing without them, so make sure you are spending as much quality time with them as you possibly can these last couple of weeks. Soon you will be scattered across the country working your new jobs living in your very first apartment, and you will miss the days when they were just a room away. Don’t take these last few weekss together for granted.

7. Get Excited!

Graduating from FIT is bitter sweet. You are sad to leave the friends and life you have made for yourself the past four years behind, but you are also excited to see what the future holds. College might be over, but the rest of your life is about to begin. Make sure that you are excited about all of the amazing things that your future holds for you! There are so many places for you to go and things for you to see. Try not to focus solely on the things that you will be leaving behind. You are about to set off on an entirely new adventure.

Summer Institute

Summer Institute June 6-10, 2016

From June 5-8th, you can register to attend a four-day series of lectures, discussions, panels, and hands-on workshops focusing on sustainability and technology in fashion and textiles.

This program is designed for industry professionals as well as academics wishing to broaden their understanding of sustainability and how to support its integration into the industry.

Sessions have a broad-based focus on sustainability and the business of fashion from corporate, small and medium-sized enterprises, and educational viewpoints, giving participants from all areas of the fashion and textile industry an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and expand their outlook.

Topics include:

  • sustainability rankings
  • harmonizing certification
  • circular economy
  • perspectives on cotton
  • local fiber
  • bioengineering textiles

Click here to register.

MB