Month: May 2014

  • Honoring Excellence Among the FIT Faculty

    At the end of the academic year, when student projects dominate the campus, I know that faculty members are very proud, as they should be. I am proud, too–for nothing better exemplifies our faculty’s pedagogical strengths as well as their dedication than the remarkable work their students produce. That is why–three years ago–I established this…

  • My Favorite Day of the Year

    Commencement is my favorite day of the year and Commencement 2014 was, as far as I am concerned, one of our best, most joyous, ever. Every participant was outstanding. But most outstanding, I think, were our graduates who, for the first time ever, walked across the stage as their names were called. This was something…

  • A New Tradition for Our Graduate Students

    The night before commencement, we held a hooding ceremony for our masters degree candidates–a traditional ritual that recognizes the successful completion of their studies. This was the first time we actually conducted this ceremony separate from the larger commencement ceremony–and it gave us the opportunity to celebrate our graduate students specifically and all they mean…

  • Welcome to May and My New Blog

    May is always the most exciting month for college presidents–and I am no exception. It is the run-up to commencement–the time of year, here at FIT, when our lobbies, corridors and classrooms are ablaze in displays of our students’ glorious talents…capstone projects, exhibitions, final papers, crits and presentations. Our students and faculty are no doubt…