Europeana Fashion Portal Previewed at LIM College’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference

Visual Merchandising Students Display Their Skills in Saks Windows

LIM College Again Named a 'Best in the Northeast' by The Princeton Review

Introducing: Joseph Thomas

LIM College Takes Part in NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony

Visual Merchandising Expertise Front & Center at International Retail Design Conference

Record Number of LIM College Students Win BRAG Scholarships

Leadership Without Borders

Update: Continuing & Professional Studies

An Evening of Art & Jazz

Guest Speakers - Fall 2013

Fast Facts: Faculty & Staff

Friends & Family Weekend 2013


Europeana Fashion Portal Previewed at LIM College’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference

Professionals and students from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, and museums gathered at LIM College from October 3-5 for Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media, and Mode, an annual international conference on fashion information.

This year’s edition of the conference featured the official U.S. unveiling of Europeana Fashion, an online European fashion archive which ultimately will include more than 700,000 digital items of fashion content connected to Europeana, the European Digital Library.

The Europeana Fashion Project encompasses 22 partners from 12 European countries including: the private archives of Pittimmagine, Pucci, Missoni and Rossimoda, museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A), the Musée de la Mode et du Textile at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris, MoMu (Mode Museum) of Antwerp, MUDE (Museu do Design e da Moda) of Lisbon, the Museo del Traje of Madrid, the Centraal Museum of Utrecht, and new associated partners the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation.

Lisa Ryan, former LIM College Reference & Instruction Librarian and organizer of Fashion: Now & Then said, “LIM College was very proud to be the venue of choice for the introduction to the U.S. of what will be the premier source of European digital fashion information. Until Fashion: Now & Then began in 2011, there had not been an international forum for discussion among fashion information professionals.”

The conference, which was covered by Women’s Wear Daily, included speakers from the Library of Congress, the London College of Fashion, and Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities. It also included presentations by several LIM College faculty members, including Susan Baxter (Chair), Kenneth Kambara and Nicole Kirpalani of the Marketing, Management, & Finance Department, Janice Everett and Amanda Hallay of the Fashion Merchandising Department, and Archivist David Benjamin.

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Visual Merchandising Students Display Their Skills in Saks Windows

Saks window designed by Erin Meade and Sarah Montgomery

On June 6, six LIM College students participated in the DDI Student Window Challenge, a competition presented in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue. The daylong event, which was held directly inside Saks Fifth Avenue's 49th Street windows, gave Visual Merchandising students from LIM College a highly visible platform to show off their skills and creativity.

The challenge culminated with a party and awards presentation at Saks’s Café SFA. Industry executives also attended the party, giving the students a chance to mingle with prominent retailers and visual merchandisers.

The DDI Student Window Challenge participants were: Erin Mino, Erin Meade, Sarah Montgomery, Bianca Bartolo, Jenna Brandt, and Vinessa Soluri. Meghan McDermott and Morgan Walsh were selected as alternates.

During the competition, the students were given a design challenge centered on a specific theme, which was only revealed that morning. Two-person teams created window presentations using provided materials, merchandise from Saks, and their own artistic ingenuity. Teams worked independently, but received feedback from Saks visual directors, who circulated among participants to provide advice and guidance. The students did not know what materials they had to work with until they arrived that day.

Challenge participants also gained valuable exposure for their work in print and online. Photos of the challenge and final designs were featured in the August 2013 issue of DDI Magazine.

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LIM College Again Named a 'Best in the Northeast' by The Princeton Review

For the ninth consecutive year, LIM College has been named one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to The Princeton Review, an education services company widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides. It is one of 226 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region."

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior Vice President / Publisher, "We're pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees. We chose these as our 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the colleges and universities to rate their own schools on several issues and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Surveyed students said LIM College, “makes gaining experience in the industry a top priority” and “gives us resources to graduate with a full resume.”

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Introducing: Joseph Thomas

Joseph (Joe) Thomas joined LIM College on September 30 as the Director of Instructional Technology, a newly-created position. In this capacity he will: strategize the integration of technology throughout the curriculum; help select, deploy and support technologies across all academic and academic support departments; develop a system of professional development for faculty in the use of technology as a teaching tool; direct the development and launch of fully online programs; and broaden LIM College’s reach via the online dissemination of selected content. He will also serve as a critical link between Academic Affairs and the IT Department.
Joseph Thomas, Director of Instructional Technology

Joe has more than 12 years of experience in higher education. At Fairleigh Dickinson University he served as the Director of Web, Instructional Technology and Online Learning for the Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, where he developed and launched successful hybrid and online degree programs.

He says, “I was attracted to this position in part because LIM College’s size means that it can be more nimble when it comes to making changes and implementing new technologies. This is especially critical for online programs.”

Joe reports that he was excited to discover the abundance of advanced technology already available at the College. A considerable portion of his time will be spent working with faculty. In addition to holding training workshops, he hopes that faculty will use him as a resource for advice on using technology to enhance curriculum and delivery methods. He sees himself as a potential problem-solver, and, “If faculty members have their own ideas about utilizing technology, I look forward to collaborating with them.”

Among the things Joe hopes to accomplish within his first year are deploying the Master of Professional Studies degree in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management as a fully online program (in addition to its existing in-person and hybrid formats) and maximizing the use of existing technologies to promote excellence in teaching and learning.

When asked about his thoughts on the future of technology in higher education, Joe noted the steady proliferation of mobile technologies and their increasing adoption in the classroom. “The iPad, and tablets in general, have revolutionized the use of personal technology. If we don’t jump in and leverage this trend now, it will only become more difficult.”

Joe has two daughters, ages 5 and 7, and resides in Montvale, New Jersey. Outside of the office, you might find him pursuing an interest not typically associated with academic technology gurus – he is the proud owner and enthusiastic rider of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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LIM College Takes Part in NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony

LIM College faculty, administrators and MBA students joined FashInvest at NASDAQ's MarketSite in Times Square on June 25 to take part in NASDAQ's Closing Bell ceremony.

Executive Vice President Dr. Christopher J. Cyphers spoke at the ceremony, and as a sponsor of FashInvest's "Speed Dating" business pitch event, the College had its logo prominently displayed on NASDAQ's Times Square Tower.

FashInvest's Speed Dating event brought start-up companies in the fashion, tech, retail and branded goods industries together with potential investors and gave each entrepreneur the opportunity to present their best three-minute "elevator pitch." LIM College MBA students were on hand during the event to observe the process.

FashInvest is a community for emerging growth companies within the fashion, fashion tech, retail, and branded goods consumer sectors, bringing together thought leadership, financing strategies, and business experts. FashInvest was founded in 2009 by David J. Freschman, who also teaches in LIM College's MBA program.

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Visual Merchandising Expertise Front & Center at International Retail Design Conference

LIM College’s Visual Merchandising Department was a force to be reckoned with at the 2013 International Retail Design Conference (IRDC), held September 17 – 19 in Vancouver, B.C.  The IRDC is a major educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising community. It draws hundreds of attendees from all over the world.
Gina Mercatili (Class of 2012)

Eric Feigenbaum, Chair of the Visual Merchandising Department, moderated a panel session titled “Visual Merchandising in the Age of Showrooming,” which brought recent LIM College graduate Gina Mercatili (Class of 2012), who is a Merchandising Coordinator for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, together with Matt Reed, Vice President for Visual Merchandising at Saks Fifth Avenue, and Ignaz Gorischek, Senior Vice President of Store Development at Neiman Marcus. The group discussed the unique visual challenges and opportunities presented by today’s retail climate and explored how visual merchandising could factor into retail business strategy in entirely new ways.

Paul Olszewski, adjunct professor of Visual Merchandising, who is the Visual Director - Windows and Interior Flagship Marketing at Macy's Inc., was presented with the IRDC’s International Visual Competition Award.

Marjorie Lee Woo, Associate Chair of Visual Merchandising, and adjunct faculty member Kathy Mucciolo, Senior Manager of Visual Merchandising at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both led Iron Merchant Challenge groups. The Iron Merchant Challenge is an IRDC tradition in which teams of conference attendees craft a themed display in less than an hour. Fellow conference-goers then vote for their favorite creation. Professor Woo also moderated a roundtable discussion titled "Visual Merchandising Ideas.”

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Record Number of LIM College Students Win BRAG Scholarships

The Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) has awarded 11 of its 56 college scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to LIM College students -- a record number.

The scholarship winners were announced at BRAG’s 43rd Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner Gala on October 18 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The gala was attended by hundreds of industry insiders, fashion VIPs, and retail executives. Students even had the opportunity to meet and mingle with celebrities, including Nick Cannon, host of America’s Got Talent.

BRAG was founded in 1970 to promote the acceptance and participation of African-Americans and people of color at all levels of the retail and related industries. In 2007, a college chapter of BRAG was established at LIM College.

BRAG scholarship recipients are selected based on scholastic achievement, leadership, community service, and need. As part of this year’s application process, students also had to submit an essay on how online retailers have changed the retail industry over the last decade.

The LIM College students who will receive 2013-2014 BRAG scholarships are: DeJonnae Boyd, Crystal Davis, Kaycee Dawson, Daphnie Denoi, Raquel Goff, Alexia Harris, Latisha Johnson, Monai McCullough, Tatiana Patterson, Chaz Pringle and Ebonie Scott.

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Leadership Without Borders

During LIM College's annual Student Leadership Conference, held on campus November 15 and 16, students and practitioners engaged in dialogue on the leadership process from a global perspective. One hundred and seventy-five participants registered for the event, including students from CUNY - Baruch College, Berkeley College, Kean University, East Stroudsburg University, and St. Francis College. 

This year’s theme, “Leadership Without Borders,” offered a new look at the concept of leadership, specifically that one size does not fit all. Sessions allowed for the identification of the potential leader without geographical, gender, age, or cultural limitations. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, “Leadership Without Borders” gave student leaders an opportunity to explore their leadership styles and learn how to become agents of change.

Chris Fiore, President of Henri Bendel

Guest presenters came from a diverse array of area educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses, including: the American Society for Muslim Advancement, Baruch College, Bottomless Closet, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Henri Bendel, The Ms. Foundation, New York Cares, the New York Peace Institute, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, St. Francis College, Time Warner, Inc. and Touro College.

Nicole Porras, President of LIM College’s Student Leadership Council said, “The conference made me think about the type of leader I strive to become. It was empowering to be around fellow students and professionals who are so focused and ambitious. Everyone who attended moved one step closer to achieving their dreams.”

The conference also featured presentations from LIM College faculty and staff members, including: Dr. Dudley Blossom, Associate Professor of Marketing, Management & Finance; Samantha Ellison, Resident Director; Renee Grant, Housing Operations Coordinator; Andrea L. Granville, Director of Human Resources; Ashok Kirpalani, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, Management & Finance; Jennifer Luciano, Director of Housing & Residence Life; Casey McKenna, Coordinator of Campus Programming & Community Outreach; Michael J. Palladino, Director of Student Life; Jessica Styles, Career Advisor and M. T. Teloki, Senior Coordinator of Leadership Development & Education.

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Update: Continuing & Professional Studies

LIM College has launched a new Continuing & Professional Studies program, featuring a lineup of fashion, business and personal enrichment courses.

Offered during weekday evenings and on weekends, these non-credit, non-degree-granting classes are intended to provide professional and/or personal enrichment to those interested in fashion, the fashion industry and/or entrepreneurship.

During the Fall 2013 inaugural semester, three courses ran – in personal branding, event planning, and fabric identification. All were taught by LIM College adjunct faculty.

According to Nancy Miller, coordinator of the Continuing & Professional Studies program and a full-time faculty member in the Fashion Merchandising Department, future plans include adding courses in fashion blogging, social media, and career planning. Single-session evening seminars on fashion and career development-related topics, as well as online delivery of Continuing & Professional Studies classes, are also being considered for introduction in the spring and summer of 2014.

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An Evening of Art & Jazz
Barbara Bachner (Class of 1955) and LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse

Inspired by the work of artist and LIM College alumna Barbara Bachner (Class of 1955), teams of Visual Merchandising students in Grailing King's Visual Merchandising: History, Theory & Practice class created three-dimensional works of art using paint, applied materials, and their own imagination. These sculptures, along with artwork created by LIM College faculty, were displayed and auctioned off the evening of November 5 to raise funds for the LIM Fashion Education Foundation. Pianist Jon Weber, saxophonist/clarinetist Dan Levinson and vocalist Molly Ryan also performed at the event.

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Guest Speakers – Fall 2013


Experiential education is a hallmark of an LIM College education. To this end, our faculty and staff continuously bring industry professionals and other fascinating figures on campus to speak to students. The Fall 2013 semester saw a diverse array of executives, authors, and entrepreneurs share their insights and expertise. Below is a list of some of these guest speakers.

CEO Speaker Series guests were: Glenn McMahon - CEO & President of Tamara Mellon, Paul F. Rosengard - President of Li & Fung USA, Men's Apparel, and Andrew Jennings - CEO of the Karstadt Group

Glenn McMahon, CEO & President of Tamara Mellon

A panel discussion on "Social Media and its Effect on the Business of Fashion," moderated by Amy Levin, Founder / Creative Director of College Fashionista, included Maura Kutner Walters - Web Editor of Seventeen magazine, Kerry A. Pieri - Web Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Meredith Stebbins - Editor and Senior Manager at Birchbox, and LIM alumna Lola Mendez - Account Manager at Lividini & Co.

Jean-Pierre Adechi, who secured financing to start an interface that coordinates carpooling for college students, spoke in Keren Crispin’s E-Commerce class. 

Robert Conrad took his Sales Management class on a field trip to the Jones Accessories Group (JAG), where they heard from JAG President Dina Battipaglia, who is a member of LIM College’s Fashion Industry Advisory Board.

The Marketing, Management & Finance Department and the Office of Student Life came together to bring Antonio Blazevic, Made to Measure Manager for Strategic Alliances at Zegna, on campus to speak about his career.

Gerard Becker brought Christopher Buffington, an Account Executive at Jimmy Choo, in to speak to his graduate-level Sales and Consumer Behavior class.

Niketa Eason, Talent Acquisition Manager with Viacom, visited La-Dana Jenkins’s Industry Exploration Seminar class. 

Diana Espino, Global Vice President of Parlux; Tom Julian, Director of Strategic Business Development at The Doneger Group; and Ginny Wright, Vice President of Global Marketing for Ralph Lauren Fragrances spoke in Bruce Morrison’s Global Marketing class.

Jeannette Ferran Astorga, Vice President - Corporate Social Responsibility for Ann Inc., spoke to a group of MBA students from Kevin Brotz’s Business Law class and Lucy Collins’s Business Ethics class. Ms. Ferran Astogra is a member of LIM College’s Fashion Industry Advisory Board.

Jeannette Ferran Astorga, Vice President - Corporate Social Responsibility for Ann Inc.

Rachel Ginsberg spoke in Janice Everett’s Applied Concepts in Fashion Merchandising class. Ginsberg is a consultant who was hired by the State Department to teach designers and businesspeople in Kazakhstan about the U.S. fashion industry. 

Morgan Hatin, Talent Acquisition Executive at JBCStyle; Bryan Zaslow, CEO of JBCStyle; and Ashley Rice, Senior Merchandise Manager at Perry Ellis, spoke in Elisa Swiller’s Industry Exploration Seminar class.

Fred Steinberg, who teaches The Power of the Brand, brought in brand and naming consultant Randy Hobler; Randy Golden, Former Assistant Brand and Design Director for IBM; and Maria Steinberg, Senior Marketing Manager at Peanut Butter and Co. to speak with his students.

John Keane brought Matt Roberts, Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Conde Nast Publications to speak to his Marketing class.

Fraser Seitel, author of the textbook, The Practice of Public Relations, spoke to students in Barry Zusman’s Introduction to Public Relations class.

The Fall 2013 Fashion Insiders series featured author, fashion historian and lecturer John Tiffany. He presented a series of lectures collectively titled, "A Conversation of Fashion Through the Decades."

Students in Jessica Styles’s Career Pathing Seminar were visited by Manny Toro, Senior Marketing Manager for ABC News.

Photographer Evans Vestal Ward conducted a Q&A session on event photography in Thomas Dima’s Event Planning II class.

David Wolfe, Creative Director, The Doneger Group and member of LIM College’s Fashion Industry Advisory Board, discussed 20th century fashion in Amanda Hallay’s Cultural Connections to Fashion class.

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Fast Facts: Faculty & Staff

Arts & Sciences

Andrew Cotto’s novel, Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery (Ig Publishing), was Barnes & Noble’s “Book of the Day” on August 20 and in October it was released in the United Kingdom. Cotto also penned an article about New York’s only Moldovan restaurant that appeared in the October 25 issue of The New York Times.

Laurel Lueders is a 2013 Demmer Foundation Grant recipient. Her solo exhibition, “The Rebellion of Systems,” opens at the Museum of Wisconsin Art on December 6  and will run  through January 26, 2014. Lueders’s work was also part of a recent group exhibition at Pocket Utopia Gallery, and in the spring she had a solo exhibition, “On White,” at Opus Projects Gallery.

Suzanne Farrell Smith recently co-authored an article on creative writing in the elementary school classroom. It appears in the latest issue of The English Record, a publication of the New York State English Council. Her personal essays have also recently appeared in Post Road, PANK, The Monarch Review, and The Citron Review

Natasha Yannacañedo in Antony and Cleopatra. Photo by Lia Chang

Liz Sweibel had a solo exhibit of drawings and sculpture at NURTUREart in Brooklyn from September 6 to October 4, and gave a public talk in the gallery on September 29.  The exhibit was featured in the Bushwick Daily News and in a profile that appeared in Art in Limbo. During Gowanus Open Studios on October 19-20, Sweibel’s was among many area studios open to the public.

Natasha Yannacañedo performed in Antony & Cleopatra in Harlem's Shakespeare Festival from August 28 - September 1 at Riverbank State Park. This month, she performed in Julian Christopher's Make Your Bed in Hell as part of the Sex With Robots Festival at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, as well as in Hielo at Repertorio Español.

Fashion Merchandising

Janice Everett gave a presentation titled "Dressed for Battle" at the Proteus Gowanus Gallery in April. An expanded version was presented at this year’s Fashion: Now & Then conference. Then, along with Derek Cockle, Everett further developed the concept and renamed it "From the Battle Field to the Runway." It has been accepted for presentation at the 2014 Popular Culture Association / American Cultural Association Conference. Everett’s artwork was also shown at the Gowanus Open Studio event this fall.

Marla Greene and Charles Goldfine (Marketing, Management & Finance) presented “JC Penney: Is Fair and Square the Right Price?” at Babson College’s 2013 Pricing and Retailing Conference. In September, Greene served on a panel titled “From Corporate to Classroom” at the Marketing Management Association Conference.

Marketing, Management & Finance

Nicole Kirpalani’s review of  Inside Marketing: Practices, Ideologies, Devices was published in the Journal of Marketing Management. Dr. Kirpalani also presented “Developing Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy in Marketing Students by Using Simulation-Based Pedagogy,” at the Society for Marketing Advances Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina this month.

Clarence C. McMaster is a volunteer for SCORE at the U.S. Small Business Administration. As a certified counselor, he advises entrepreneurs and business owners on startups and business management and helps them write business plans. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Fred Steinberg’s article about Morocco, "Benvenuto Club Valtur," appears in the Fall 2013 issue of Clever magazine.

Barry Zusman was quoted in The Practice of Public Relations, 12th edition, a textbook authored by Fraser Seitel. Zusman recommends ways that entry-level job seekers can gain experience in the field.

Visual Merchandising

An ad that Michael Creagh photographed for fur manufacturer Pologeorgis appeared in Harper's Bazaar and W magazines. Creagh also photographed chef Aliya LeeKong for a feature in Vogue India.

Syd Hap, an artist and art therapist who creates and facilitates art-making workshops, was profiled in the Winter 2013 issue of Healthy Aging Magazine.

Academic Affairs

Michael Londrigan, Dean of Academic Affairs, was the keynote speaker at the Longe Media Conference in Greenwich, CT. He also recently completed a review of Elaine Stones’s textbook, Dynamics of Fashion, 5th edition for Fairchild/Bloomsbury and was a lead contributor to the instructor guide, which includes an article by Londrigan about Corporate Social Responsibility.

Graduate Studies

Herbert Sherman has had papers published in the International Journal of Arts and Commerce, American International Journal of Contemporary Research, Journal of Business and Technology, and Proceedings of the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management. All were co-authored with Kudret Demirkol. Sherman also co-authored Essentials of Business, Society and Government: Strategy and Applied Ethics, 2nd Edition (Routledge) with Robert N. Lussier.

Library Services

Lauren Gavin, Technical Services / Reference Librarian, spoke at the New York chapter of the Special Libraries Association’s Student Swing III. Student Swing is an event for current and prospective graduate students. It features a panel of library leaders and alumni of graduate programs in library and information science. She also presented a study of best practices when customizing and creating a usable catalog interface and migrating content using the SirsiDynix product Enterprise at the SirsiDynix New York User Group Annual Meeting at Fordham University’s Walsh Library.

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Friends & Family Weekend 2013

LIM College hosted its third annual Friends & Family Weekend October 11-13. Events included Casino Night (where lucky winner Luis Mejia walked away with the $5,000 grand raffle prize), the Iron Merchant visual merchandising challenge, a student pop-up shop, and Sunday brunch with LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse.

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