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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

Helping at HBC Global Art Collection

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I really wanted to share my experience working at the HBC Global Art Collection I went to on Tuesday. Out of the blue a girl I met through connections, texted me and asked me if I would be interested in helping at the gala event. Obviously they were going to pay, well they were paying really well $60/h, so I couldn’t really refuse. I once again want to stress how important it is to start networking, and start building up your contact list. You don’t know how many times, I got to incredible opportunities, through random people.

The event was at Saks Fifth Avenue downtown in HBC brand new headquarters. I was never there, but the building was brand new and looked incredible, you should definitely check it out! Anyways they bring me up to the art exposition, and tell me that I’m going to be the art specialist, which basically means that if anyone has questions about the art they ask me. Obviously they thought I knew stuff about the art exposed there, but it was the first time I’ve ever seen it. Just to give you a visual the Guggenheim has 50’000 square feet of hanging space, and they had 500’000! My friend told me not to worry, that she was going to give me a tour of the art exhibition and there shouldn’t be a lot of people asking questions. While she’s giving me the tour, the two art curators come and join us and start explaining to me details about each photos. It was great I felt like I had a general idea of what each painting entailed. The cocktail party started at 6 and finished at 9. Everything went really well, a few people asked me questions, but were so kind to me and always told me I was doing a great job, which help boost my confidence a little.

Anyways moral of the story is that don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, it can be scary at first, but it pays at the end, because you feel like you’ve accomplished something. For me this was the most terrifying thing that could of ever happen to me, but I made the best out of it, I showed my passion and interest for art and looking back I’m so glad I went. Not only that, the art curators for HBC were so impressed that they want to keep in touch with me, for future opportunities.

xoxo

Zorya

Franca: Chaos and Creation

Hello everyone! It feels like It has been forever (unfortunately it has been) but I have some pretty amazing things that have happened within the last month that I think you all will enjoy!

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I was invited by Vogue to attend the screening of the documentary film Franca: Chaos and Creation. The screening was held at the Metrograph Theatre in Chinatown on October 13th, and was filled with fashion industry icons from Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg to Naomi Campbell and Vera Wang. I’m not talking about nosebleed views at concerts people; I can’t even recall how many times I literally bumped into Anna Wintour since the venue was so packed – talk about networking.chaosandcreationnaomicamp If you are unfamiliar with Franca Sozzani, she is an Italian fashion journalist and has reigned as the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988. Born on January 20th, 1950 in Mantua; a small city in Northern Italy, Franca from an early age rejected the idealistic, bourgeois lifestyle that was the norm for young women. Franca Sozzani is editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, a position she has held for 25 years, like her American counterpart Anna Wintour at Vogue, who was hired in the same month. Additionally, Sozzani has acted as editorial director of Condé Nast Italia since 1994. During her tenure at the magazine, Sozzani has not shied away from controversy, commissioning and helming issues on fashion’s weight debate, plastic surgery and her landmark all-black issue.

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I would have never thought a documentary on an fashion editor would make me teary-eyed, but it indeed did. The film is through the lense of her only son, Francesco, who documents his mother’s life to the present. It’s a great film that incorporates elements of the industry you wouldn’t see just on the magazines.

Apply to Become a Leadership Ambassador!

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As a student leader, I cannot express how rewarding it is to serve the FIT community and positively create opportunities and change for students of all walks of life. Whether a prospective student or a current student, I believe getting involved on campus as a leader will give you the skills you need to become a successful business professional, scholarly student and a better person as a whole.

The overall vision of the Leadership Ambassador (LA) team of paraprofessionals is to work with the Counselor for Leadership Programs in the Department of Student Life to create intentional opportunities for students to learn what it means to lead at FIT and in their community. Students with limited involvement seeking to get more involved are encouraged to apply, as well as students who have demonstrated a commitment to student leadership who would like to share their knowledge with their peers.

Some of the duties of a Leadership Ambassador include:

  • Assist with facilitating leadership education trainings and presentations as ambassadors of the Department of Student Life as needed.
  • Serve as Student Facilitators on Leadership Weekends (occurs in September and February).
  • Complete a leadership project based on personal interests in the New York City community and present to college.
  • Assist in the development of leadership events, service-learning initiatives, and civic engagement opportunities.
  • Advance communication and marketing efforts for Leadership Programs.  This may include the use of social media, websites, promotional tables, and personal communication.
  • Assist in the recruitment of future Leadership Ambassadors.
  • Report to the Counselor for Leadership Programs in the Department of Student Life at FIT, and attend all trainings, events, and meetings related to the position.
  • Support administrative tasks and planning for leadership programs.

It is important to note that the following requirements:

  1. Must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0.
  2. Must be in good standing in FIT Student Conduct System.
  3. Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at FIT for the duration of the 2017-2018 academic year.
  4. Prior attendance at a Leadership Weekend and at least two (2) Leadership Workshops in 2016-2017.

to learn more about the Leadership Ambassador position, click hereAPPLICATIONS are now live!  Apply by Friday, March 1st to be considered.

Go get em’, Tigers!

Meli B.