Fashion: Now & Then Conference Draws Participants from Around the World
Professionals from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, and museums gathered at LIM College on Oct. 19-20 for Fashion: Now & Then, a conference on fashion information consisting of lectures and panel discussions. Participants were drawn from around the globe, including the U.K., Denmark, Brazil, and Portugal.
Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar, along with famed interior designer Alessandra Branca, provided the conference's keynote presentation as they discussed "Fashion and Interiors" in a Q&A format that included a slide show and active audience participation.
At the conference, several LIM College faculty members also presented their own original research and sat on panels, including Amanda Hallay, Dr. Susan Baxter, Dr. Nicole Kirpalani, David Benjamin, Dr. Robert Clark, Dr. Kenneth Kambara and Lucy Collins.
Conference organizer Lisa Ryan, who is the College’s Reference and Instruction Librarian, said, “Today there is extraordinary interest in capturing fashion information. Since fashion research draws upon so many disparate sources, the conference will go far to aid the acquisition, preservation and sharing of fashion and fashion-related materials and information.”
Among the other lecturers and panelists at Fashion: Now & Then were: Marianne Brown, the Collections Manager & Assistant Archivist at Conde Nast, who discussed the Vogue digitization project; Cassie Davies Strodder, Assistant Curator in the Fashion and Textiles Department at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and Anne Coco, Graphic Arts Librarian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library.
Advanced Style author and blogger Ari Seth Cohen, who participated in a panel on fashion blogging, also brought some of his famous “ladies” along to sign copies of his Advanced Style book and blogged about the event on his popular site.
For more information on the conference, including the schedule of events and a complete list of participants and their bios, click here.
LIM College Degree Programs Earn Accreditation from ACBSP
LIM College has been awarded initial accreditation of its undergraduate and MBA degree programs from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners.
ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence, and is the only business accrediting organization for all associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. LIM College joins more than 540 colleges worldwide who have achieved accreditation with ACBSP.
“LIM College has shown its commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who presented the Certificate of Initial Accreditation to Dr. Milan Milasinovic, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Jacqueline LeBlanc, Vice President for Planning & Assessment, at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD in June. “This accreditation is evidence that LIM College is committed to providing the highest quality business education for its students.”
In October, LIM College’s appointment of Dr. Christopher J. Cyphers as Executive Vice President was featured in the ACBSP Update newsletter’s “Member Spotlight.”
ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes at LIM College meet the association’s rigorous educational standards. It represents a significant milestone and will benefit the College in a variety of ways, including increasing its prestige and visibility within the higher education community, assisting in the recruitment of faculty, and providing access to a global network of professional development and networking opportunities.
New MPS to Become LIM College’s First Program Available Entirely Online
LIM College is launching a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree program in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management. In addition to being offered in a traditional classroom format, students will also be able to complete it fully online – making it the very first LIM College degree program that can be pursued in such a manner.
The 30-credit program is designed to provide students who hold bachelor’s degrees in fields other than fashion with knowledge that will allow them to pursue careers in merchandising and retail management. Full-time students -- whether they pursue the program on campus or
Aimed at professionals who seek an accelerated graduate degree and career support to make a transition into the fashion industry, MPS classes will begin with a pilot group on campus in January of 2013. In the fall of 2013, the program will also be offered online.
According to Elizabeth S. Marcuse, President of LIM College, “The MPS program was developed with the industry’s evolving needs in mind. With the global expansion of domestic and international retailers, manufacturers, and distributors, and the rapid growth of advanced technologies, the outlook for career opportunities in fashion merchandising and retail management is robust.”
Says Dr. Milan Milasinovic, Vice President for Academic Affairs, “Employers are now actively recruiting master’s degree recipients to help them navigate the demands of an increasingly numbers-driven global market. Our MPS graduates will be uniquely positioned to fulfill this need.”
Participants will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of fashion merchandising and retail management with an emphasis on global trends, merchandising, retailing, product development, consumption, and business development. Graduates will be prepared to apply mastery of key concepts within retail fashion management relating to merchandising, sales and consumer behavior, retailing (both store operations and leadership), and product management. There will also be an emphasis on developing management skills needed for success in this field, including leadership, team-building, and oral and written communications.
More Space at Maxwell Hall
LIM College is adding 4,500 square feet of new space to its Maxwell Hall location (at 216 East 45th Street). The College is taking over the street-level area directly adjacent to Jittery Joe’s Coffee and the existing student lounge.
Construction started in October. When completed, the space will house an expanded lounge with new furniture and more seating for students, and the entire floor’s audio-visual capabilities will be dramatically enhanced with the integration of a state-of-the-art audio-video projection system. Docking stations will also be added throughout both sides of the student lounge, supporting the LIM College community's ability to “BYOD” -- bring your own mobile device -- for educational or recreational use.
With student relaxation and socialization as its primary purpose, the first floor of Maxwell Hall will become the community center of the College – serving as a venue for special events, while serving students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis. To help achieve the goal of creating a “student union” for LIM College, the Office of Student Life will also move to newly-constructed offices on the lower level of Maxwell Hall.
A particularly exciting aspect of this expansion will be the addition of a food vendor that will offer a wide variety of all-natural and organic items, including wraps, salads, soups, snacks and drinks. They will have a storefront entrance as well as an interior window exclusively for LIM College use.
The new space is expected to be ready for use by the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester.
LIM College to Introduce Home Fashions Track
Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, LIM College students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration or a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Fashion Merchandising will be able to select either a track in Apparel & Accessories or a new track in Home Fashions. The Home Fashions option will allow participants to pursue career paths within retail, manufacturing, brands, design houses, textiles, decorator showrooms, and sales offices that supply consumers with home fashions.
According to Michael Londrigan, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of the Fashion Merchandising Department, home fashion is defined as…”the softer side of the home industry. It is taking color, textiles, and texture to alter the look and feel of your living environment. It is not interior design, per se, as we are not moving load-bearing walls and re-creating spaces. Rather, what we are doing is using materials found in the home fashions market to redefine existing spaces.”
He continues, “An entire industry -- with global sales of $289 billion -- is dedicated to understanding what products consumers want for their homes -- and to creating the products they desire. Style definitely counts in this arena. Fashionable names such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Vera Wang and other well-known brands all offer home furnishings lines, so it seems natural to expand our course offerings accordingly and equip our students with specialized knowledge that will help them pursue careers in this burgeoning field.”
Courses in the Home Fashions track will include: Home Fashions, Applied Concepts in Fashion Merchandising (with an emphasis on home fashions), Textiles for the Home, CAD for the Home, Product Development for the Home, Sales and Marketing for Home Fashions and a Senior Capstone where students will collaborate on a project to develop a business plan for starting a new home fashions business.
Introducing: Patricia Hoeltge
Patricia Hoeltge first came to LIM College three years ago as a guest speaker, sharing her 25 years of fashion industry experience with students. Subsequently, she taught entrepreneurship courses as an adjunct faculty member in The Center for Graduate Studies. She later added additional adjunct roles in the undergraduate Fashion Merchandising and Marketing & Management Departments, and in July of this year, she joined the College on a full-time basis as the new Graduate Studies Director.
Hoeltge says that as Graduate Studies Director, her major goals include expanding the College’s current MBA program and building the new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program, which begins on campus in January 2013 and will also be offered online in September. She also looks forward to seeing an increase in the graduate student population, particularly with international students, both those who wish to come to New York and those who wish to pursue their degrees online.
Hoeltge –whose name rhymes with “voltage” – discovered her passion for the business of fashion in a summer course in high school. She went on to F.I.T., where she earned her BS in Marketing, and later earned an MBA from Cornell. Over the last decade she has worked as a Vice President of Licensing at Nautica, Apparel Ventures, Perry Ellis, and Anne Klein. In the 90s, she worked for Kenneth Cole, specializing in men’s and women’s accessories. Early in her career, she held a variety of positions at Macy’s Northeast, including various jobs at the Herald Square flagship store. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer, serving for two years in Ghana.
Chatting in her office on the eighth floor of Maxwell Hall, Hoeltge joked that she has happily done three things she once swore she’d never do: move to the suburbs, own a minivan, and join a book club. She now lives in Pelham, New York with her husband, three children (ages 7, 9, and 10), a cat, a Bernese mountain dog, and two African Gray Parrots.
Leadership Conference Empowers Students with Global Perspective
On September 7 and 8, LIM College’s Office of Student Life held its second annual Leadership Conference. This year’s event, titled “Leadership is a Journey, Not a Destination” was international in scope, giving the nearly 200 students in attendance a broad range of perspectives to help them become the next generation of socially responsible and proactive business leaders.
Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the Acumen Fund and author of The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, gave Friday afternoon’s keynote address. She spoke about how her organization uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty and challenged students to consider their engagement with the world and think about the greater good as they pursue their careers. The Blue Sweater was the common read for the Fall 2012 First Year Experience course.
Saturday’s conference agenda featured several workshops on building leadership skills. These included a panel discussion about the fashion industry and philanthropy with participants from Ferragamo, FEED Projects, and the Tory Burch Foundation; two sessions led by the Acumen Fund that explored topics from The Blue Sweater; as well as presentations by Daisy Khan, Executive Director of The American Society for Muslim Advancement, culture writer Avram Finkelstein, and social entrepreneur Tyra Walker.
LIM College faculty and staff presenters included: Dr. Dudley Blossom, Associate Dean of Experiential Education & Career Management; Dr. Robert Clark, Director of the Writing Center; Ashok M. Kirpalani, Adjunct Professor of Marketing & Management; Dean of Student Affairs Charles H. Pryor, II; Director of Student Life Michael Palladino; and M. T. Teloki, Senior Coordinator of Leadership Development & Education.
Several students from other local institutions also attended, including St. Francis College, Berkeley College, and Kingsborough Community College.
Said Michael Palladino, who organized the event along with M. T. Teloki, “This conference gave participants a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue on the leadership process from a global perspective. We hope that all who were there came away inspired to become agents of change.”
|LIM College Students Win BRAG Scholarships
Several LIM College students have been named as recipients of 2012-2013 Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) scholarships. The scholarship winners were announced at BRAG’s 42nd Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner Gala, which was held October 19 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers.
Amanda Rose Baker, Naimah Roann Bennett, Miaya Darby, Ashley Dill, and Andrea Higgins were all selected based on their scholastic achievement, leadership, and community service. As part of this year’s application process, they also had to submit an essay on “The Business Case for Diversity in Retail and Related Industries in an Economic Downturn.”
Five of this year’s 15 BRAG college scholarships were given to LIM College students, the single highest total for any participating institution.
In announcing the winners, BRAG President Gail Monroe-Perry said, “BRAG is an established institution of learning in an industry that cultivates the minds and careers of young professionals who will successfully lead us into the future. We are thrilled to be working with LIM College."
This year’s Gala honorees were: Celebrity stylist June Ambrose; Susan Akkad, Senior Vice President at the Estee Lauder Companies; Thomas M. Belk, Jr., Chairman and CEO of the Belk Company; Fern Mallis, Creator of New York Fashion Week; and model and entrepreneur Beverly Johnson. The theme of the evening, which was hosted by Tamron Hall of MSNBC, was "Breaking Barriers."
Several LIM College faculty and staff members were also present at Pier Sixty to support and recognize the students’ accomplishments, including: Executive Vice President Dr. Christopher J. Cyphers; Interim Dean of Academic Affairs and Fashion Merchandising Chair Michael Londrigan; Dudley Blossom, Associate Dean of Experiential Education & Career Management; Susan Bauer, Associate Director of Employer Management; Gail Nardin, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement; Andrea Granville, Director of Human Resources; Professor Grailing King; M.T. Teloki, Senior Coordinator of Leadership Development and Education; Jessica Portilla, Student Financial Services Counselor; and Fashion Industry Advisory Board member Steven Robinson, who is Vice President of Sales for Icer Brands.
|Achtung! Visual Merchandising Chair and Student Team Up to Speak at Conference in Germany
LIM College’s Visual Merchandising Department prides itself on providing students with career-building and life-changing experiences. In this vein, in September, senior Carinne Cusanelli accompanied Visual Merchandising Department Chair Eric Feigenbaum to Germany to give a joint presentation at the EHI Retail Design Conference, which was held in Dusseldorf.
Their presentation, titled “Retail’s Window to the World” dealt with New York City’s famed Fifth Avenue. In developing it, the Visual Merchandising Department arranged for Carinne to interview Harry Cunningham, Vice President of Visual Merchandising and Store Design at Saks Fifth Avenue; Pucci International President Ralph Pucci; and Ken Smart, Former Vice President of Visual Merchandising at Saks Fifth Avenue.
This was not Carinne’s first professional experience as a Visual Merchandising major. She completed an internship with Anthropologie’s visual display team in Rockfeller Center and this semester she’s interning with the visual merchandising team at Elie Tahari’s corporate headquarters. And in the spring of 2012, an ensemble she created using DHL packaging materials was featured on a mannequin displayed in the company’s booth at New York Fashion Week as part of an LIM College student competition.
New Portal Launched for Single Sign-On
LIM College’s Information Technology Department has partnered with Campus EAI, a consortium of more than 250 higher education institutions, to create the new “MyLIM” portal.
The main purpose of the MyLIM portal is to assist students, faculty, and staff with password management via Single Sign-On. Single Sign-On, or SSO, is a technology that allows the LIM College community access to many password-protected accounts using just their LIM College username and password.
Once logged in, users are able to launch a variety of applications without having to enter the individual passwords associated with each account. Applications that can now be accessed via MyLIM include Blackboard, Sonis, Citrix, LIM College email, Meeting Room Manager, as well as several other frequently-used programs.
The roll-out of the MyLIM platform will occur in phases, the first of which took place in September. Subsequent phased deployments will launch new features that may include community groups, messaging, personal profiles and blogs, and integrated calendars. MyLIM will eventually have a companion mobile app, allowing access to all these features via smart phones and tablet devices.
LIM College Students Named as Next Generation Award Winners
Two LIM College students have been selected as winners of the LIM College-Accessories Council Next Generation Awards. Junior Nina Truong and senior Kelly LaForgia each received a $750 prize and attended the ACE Awards, a major industry event that brought together the top names in the fashion world.
The Next Generation Awards program is an annual student competition sponsored by the Accessories Council that is designed to foster understanding and appreciation of the accessories industry and the career opportunities available within it.
During the Spring 2012 semester students in Professor Pat Baukal’s Accessories course were challenged to create a marketing plan to drive more traffic to the Judith Leiber family of brands. Kelly developed the winning plan. Alene Diwa and Danielle Luis were also chosen as finalists.
Professor Patricia Hoeltge’s Spring 2012 Applied Concepts in Fashion Merchandising class was charged with developing a virtual store with Styleowner.com. Nina and Rebecca Turpin were chosen as finalists out of a class of 20. Nina was then selected as the winner based on her outstanding layout and merchandise selection and presentation.
This year’s ACE Awards were held at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 5. Honorees included Vince Camuto and the Calvin Klein Collection. Plans also call for Kelly and Nina to visit Judith Leiber and styleowner.com, respectively.
Fast Facts: Faculty & Staff
Arts & Communications
Liz Sweibel presented a slide talk about her artwork on October 17 as part of the Marcuse Lecture Series. In September, Sweibel’s sculpture and drawings were shown at The Medicine Factory in Memphis, TN in an exhibit titled “Parts to the Whole.”
Michael Londrigan, Chair, co-authored an article on “Corporate Social Responsibility and Career Decisions” that appeared in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education in July. He has also been appointed as Treasurer of the Textile Society of America.
Liana Scull, Senior Academic Advisor, is serving a second consecutive term as co-editor of the online newsletter SYNERGY for NASPA’s (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Knowledge Community – Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs.
Math, Finance & Technology
Marketing & Management
Dr. Nicole Kirpalani presented a paper on “Using Historical Vogue Magazine Advertisements as Marketing Teaching Tools” at the Society for Marketing Advances conference.
Eve Proper presented “Fundraising at For-Profit Colleges: An Exploratory Study” at the Association of the Society for Higher Education conference in Las Vegas, NV.
Pat Tormey appeared on the television show The People’s Court on October 21.
Globalspeak and Fashion Insiders
LIM College’s Fashion Insiders and Globalspeak events continue to provide students with exposure to professionals doing meaningful work in the fashion and international arenas. From left: 1. An October 24 panel discussion on entrepreneurship included Coup de Coeur founders Lucia Tait and Amanda Sheppard, Richard Anderson of Perfekt Beauty, and Mary Jo Pane of Miracle Icons. MBA student Rahul Zala was the moderator. 2. Author Rachelle Bergstein signed copies of her book Women from the Ankle Down in FashionOpolis on October 11. 3. Marcos Salazar and Allie Mahler, co-founders of socialchange.is, spoke to students on October 16.
LIM College hosted its second annual Friends & Family Weekend October 12-14. Events included Casino Night (where lucky winner Wesley Bergen walked away with the $5,000 grand raffle prize), the Iron Merchant Visual Merchandising challenge, faculty presentations, and Sunday brunch with LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse.