I thought I would write a short post on our many clubs here at FIT, because if some are you are/were like me you might be afraid to join or don’t even know how to join. Since I’ve started FIT I’ve always wanted to be part of a club and join, but I was always scared it would interfere with my schedule and I thought I had to be accepted before I even attend the meetings. This is all completely false! I finally decided this semester to join a club and I really regret not doing it before. If like me you think it’s going to interfere with studies or school, it doesn’t. Most clubs meet during common hour (which are Tuesday from 1-2pm) and are open to anyone who has an interest in the club. Not only are they a great way to meet people with same interests, but are great to add on your resume. And you also get offered many opportunities through the clubs, that you wouldn’t elsewhere. There is such a wide range of clubs, you are 100% going to find something for you.
Click here to see all the different clubs FIT has to offer.
This fall, the brick wall on FIT’s 28th Street side got a makeover with student paintings and poems that reflect the uncertain world we live in. The interdisciplinary project came to life after Amy Lemmon, professor of English and Communication Studies, read one of her poems at the Academic Open Mic, a biannual event that brings together faculty from across FIT’s diverse curriculum to share creative and scholarly achievements.
Lemmon’s poem reads:
“That was it, the time we had
no alternative but had to walk past
the site, the fright of shrapnel, and we might
glaze over it’s been so long
since we felt safe—
we are never safe, never safe”
Dan Shefelman, assistant professor of Illustration, was inspired by the poem, and together they came up with #BrickFIT: the words of student poets would share wall space with paintings by fourth-year Illustration students. “There’s a close connection between illustration and ideas,” Shefelman says. “I’ve always felt that an illustration department should be working with writers, and this was a perfect fit.”
Proof that words are POWERFUL. Thanks for the inspiration, FIT!
Those who entered the Feldman Center lobby (“C” Building) in the early weeks of December found themselves visually stimulated and inspired. The exhibition Infinite Scroll, featuring work by fifth-semester Photography BFA students, asserts that new technology expands the commonality of photography but hinders the ability of a single image to make an impact.
“As viewers, the infinite scroll is the new path which we follow in our daily lives online,” write Photography Department faculty members Sean Fader and Allison Wade in the exhibition statement. The term “infinite scroll” is used by web developers to describe a web page that continues to reveal more content as the user scrolls down a seemingly bottomless page.“Rarely do images make us stop and force us to pause for a moment. The images in this show are the ones that do just that.”
There is nothing more that I love than to see the brilliant and creative minds at FIT come together to create something breathtaking.
“Kaleidoscope Dream,” a student-produced fashion show by Runway27, lived up to its name in November, sending models down the runway wearing every color of the rainbow. While the vibrant styling drew the crowd’s attention, the real stars of the show were working behind the scenes, wearing all black.
Runway27, a student club comprising students from the School of Art and Design, the School of Liberal Arts, and the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, works year round to put on this annual show. Splitting into three committees—merchandising, production, and public relations—students gain hands-on experience, learning the ins and outs of the business. The final looks were from both FIT’s own student designers and industry sponsors, including Sam Edelman, Calvin Klein, and other fashion companies.
Congratulations to Runway27 for yet another spectacular evening!
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
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.”