Inside LIM

LIM College Begins “Fashion Scholars” Program to Develop Exceptional Students


LIM College Presents National Blackboard Webinar

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration Held at Maxwell Hall

New Chairperson Energizes Markeing Department

Vanessa Williams Honored at
LIM Fashion Education Foundation “Fearless” Event

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Presents Online Seminar for College Personnel Throughout the Nation

LIM College’s Trip to China - The Highlights

Industry Leader Barbara J. Friedman Joins LIM College

Using Technology to Facilitate Learning: Newsletter Journals via Blackboard
Fast Facts: Faculty and Staff

We hope you enjoy the Fall 2009 issue of Inside LIM College. This e–newsletter is designed to keep faculty and staff members aware of happenings throughout the College. Inside LIM College is published once each semester and gives every department the opportunity to highlight developments and activities in their area. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please contact Meredith Finnin, Director of Communications at meredith.finnin@limcollege.edu.


LIM College Begins “Fashion Scholars” Program to Develop Exceptional Students
by Professor John Deming


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Students in LIM College's Fashion Scholars Program
This fall, the LIM College community saw the inception of the Fashion Scholars program, which is designed to develop exceptional students and help them enter top firms in the global fashion industry.

The program focuses on developing students’ international and global fashion skills, as well as their foreign language, communication, and mathematical skills. Participants also attend a variety of special events and field trips. For example, the group will visit the National Retail Federation Conference in January 2010. Fashion Scholars are also assigned influential mentors from the fashion industry.

Fourteen students participated in the Fashion Scholars program this semester, and they have earned Work Project positions at companies including Henri Bendel, Topshop, Club Monaco and Dior Homme.

“The goal is to prepare our Fashion Scholars for the most competitive career placement as well as graduate programs,” says Jacqueline LeBlanc, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. According to Dr. LeBlanc, the program was conceived in 2005 by the Strategic Planning Committee as a way to attract and retain academically ambitious students.

Being a Fashion Scholar means being exposed to valuable opportunities - but it also means significantly higher expectations. Fashion Scholar courses include advanced readings alongside extra assignments and projects. Greater participation is expected in all classes, and students are required to make time for extracurricular activities like tutoring, volunteering and contributing to College events. Seven Fashion Scholars currently serve as tutors in the Math and Writing Centers.

Currently, the Fashion Scholars program is open primarily to freshmen. Other students are considered on a case-by-case basis, and there are hopes that the program will be offered more broadly in the future. Eligibility for the invitation-only program is determined in part by high school GPA and SAT scores. Other considerations include courses taken during high school and the academic rigor of the high school attended. Faculty members may also suggest potential Fashion Scholars.

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LIM College Presents National Blackboard Webinar

Blackboard LogoOn September 29, faculty and administrators from LIM College presented an online seminar, or “webinar,” titled “Implementing Distance Learning with Limited Resources” for 26 higher education administrators around the nation.

Jo-Ann Rolle, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; Michael Londrigan, Chair of the Fashion Merchandising Department; Adam Rosen, Director of Academic Administration; Carolyn Disnew, Registrar, and Richard Coe, Ph.D., Continuing Education Coordinator served as presenters. Participating institutions included Moscow State University, the College of Westchester, and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

The LIM College presentation was originally given at the 2009 Blackboard Conference in Washington, D.C. in July of this year. Blackboard then asked LIM College to repeat the session online for prospective clients.

The webinar covered a number of timely topics relevant to distance learning, including the timeline and steps for proposing a distance learning platform; how LIM College successfully implemented Blackboard with limited financial and human resources; how the College partnered with Blackboard and third parties for hosting, training and support, and how the College uses Blackboard for its new online degree completion program and the portfolio assessment which is an important component of that program.

According to Dr. Rolle, “Presenting this webinar for Blackboard was very beneficial for LIM College. By sharing our expertise with other educational institutions around the country, we increased awareness of the College within the higher education community and strengthened our relationship with Blackboard.”

Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of institutions to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. LIM College initially implemented Blackboard Learn for online and learning initiatives during the 2008-2009 academic year.

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Ribbon-Cutting Celebration Held at Maxwell Hall

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President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, President Emeritus Adrian G. Marcuse and Assemblyman Jonathan Bing

LIM College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 21 to celebrate the expansion of Maxwell Hall (216 East 45th Street). New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the College’s 2009 Commencement ceremony, helped President Elizabeth S. Marcuse and President Emeritus Adrian G. Marcuse cut the ribbon in the building’s first floor lounge.

Renovations and expansion to the College’s existing space were completed in time for the beginning of the Fall 2009 semester. The expansion of this location – named Maxwell Hall in honor of the College’s founder Maxwell F. Marcuse -- is another major milestone in an incredible period of planned strategic growth.

Says President Marcuse, “To stay ahead of the curve in an industry that is constantly evolving, we ourselves have to continuously grow and innovate. With this new space we sought to create an environment on the cutting edge. In addition to a modern, open lounge area for students that includes Jittery Joe’s Coffee Bar and the new LIM College Bookstore we have also expanded our Math Center and added new classrooms and visual computer labs.”

Larry Marner Architecture executed President Marcuse’s vision to create a state-of-the-art environment that not only facilitates learning and working, but also builds on LIM College’s strong tradition of community by creating a place where students, faculty and staff can come together to share information and exchange ideas. All these improvements come on the heels of the opening of LIM College’s Center for Graduate Studies & Continuing Education on the eighth floor of Maxwell Hall this past spring.

According to President Marcuse, “Our new space is important because it supports our mission, which is to educate the nearly 1,400 women and men enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs and prepare them for successful careers in the fashion industry. Completing this expansion means that we are now even better equipped to serve our students’ educational needs and to continue to provide the fashion industry with its future leaders.”

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New Chairperson Energizes LIM College Marketing Department

As the new chairperson of LIM College’s Marketing department,

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Dr. Dudley Blossom

Professor Dudley Blossom says he felt almost immediately like the College was a place where someone with “ideas of what might be” would have the chance to explore those ideas.

“I see passion [in LIM College students],” he says. “In marketing, that may be more than half of the game.”

The Curriculum Committee has recently approved Blossom’s revised program for Marketing majors, which will allow students to choose the classes that will comprise more than 30 percent of their major courses. Students will choose from course clusters in Integrated Marketing Communications, International Marketing, Brand Management or New Media Marketing.

Blossom, who assumed the role of Marketing department chair in late May of this year after serving as an adjunct professor in the department for three years, says he believes in the “experiential learning paradigm,” which requires students in the department to participate in real work experiences, projects and extracurricular activities.

Moving forward, Blossom also thinks it’s vital that the department “reach out and engage.” This has already included a flow of guest speakers and industry-sponsored engagements. It also means reaching out to the students themselves. He says that going forward students will be more directly involved in departmental decisions.

Blossom has held academic administration jobs in the U.S. and abroad for eight of the last nine years. This includes work as department chair or dean of undergraduate and graduate programs ranging in size from 500 to 1,500 students.

Blossom’s background also includes considerable work as an entrepreneur. Before earning his MBA and PhD, he “started several businesses, and fell in love with the creation and success of new ventures or programs,” he says.

Blossom says that one of the most important things for students to understand about marketing - and about the business of fashion - is that the world changes fast.

“If you blink you might miss something,” he says. “To be successful, you need to be constantly aware of your environment and how it is changing.”

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Vanessa Williams Honored at LIM Fashion Education Foundation “Fearless” Event

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LIM College students Quin Acciani and Christy Caroselli with Vanessa Williams

The LIM Fashion Education Foundation, which provides scholarships to LIM College students, honored Vanessa Williams at its Second Annual Fearless event on October 17 at Ports 1961. The Fearless event recognizes a person who has had the courage to take on challenges and make the most of his or her talents in the pursuit of success.

The star-studded affair was attended by many top names in the fashion and entertainment worlds, including: Ugly Betty costume designer Patricia Field, talk show host Wendy Williams, fashion designer Stephen Burrows, and Ugly Betty cast members Judith Light and Tony Plana.

In addition to the several LIM Fashion Education Foundation scholarship recipients in attendance, students in Professors Erin Mills, Carrie Waible and Terrance Coffee’s Event Planning classes volunteered at the event and provided invaluable assistance by greeting and checking in guests, as well as merchandising the items donated for the evening’s silent auction.

Vanessa Williams is currently performing in ABC-TV’s hit show Ugly Betty as scheming fashionista Wilhelmina Slater, a role for which she has earned critical acclaim and three Emmy nominations. Her albums The Right Stuff, The Comfort Zone and The Sweetest Days earned multiple Grammy nominations and she was also nominated for a Grammy for her single “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s Pocahontas, which went on to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and the Grammy for Best Song in a Motion Picture. In 1994 Williams took Broadway by storm in Kiss of the Spider Woman. She also garnered rave reviews and was nominated for a Tony Award for the 2002 revival of Into the Woods. On the feature film front, Williams can be seen in Hannah Montana: The Movie.

Michael Palladino, a member of the LIM Fashion Education Foundation’s Board of Directors and an adjunct professor in LIM College’s Fashion Merchandising department, chaired this year’s event. He said, “The LIM Fashion Education Foundation Fearless Event was a beautiful and exciting evening. I can think of few people who deserved this honor more than Vanessa Williams does. She epitomizes fearlessness.”

Founded in 1977, the LIM Fashion Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization which provides scholarships and grants to deserving students who wish to attend LIM College. Contributions to the LIM Fashion Education Foundation, including the proceeds from the Fearless event, go directly to LIM College students.

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Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Presents Online Seminar for College Personnel Throughout the Nation

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Michael Sachs, J.D.

Michael Sachs, J.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at LIM College, presented an online seminar for higher education professionals on “Study Abroad & Student Affairs: Best Practices in Health/Safety” on October 6. Gary Rhodes, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Global Education at Loyola Marymount University was the co-presenter. The “webinar” focused on how student affairs and study abroad teams can work together to create a safe, healthy and positive experience for students participating in study abroad programs. Higher education personnel from 75 colleges and universities, including American University, Johns Hopkins and Ohio State University, participated.

Sponsored by Student Affairs Leader and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the webinar was designed for study abroad administrators, college faculty, student affairs staff and other members of the higher education community throughout the United States who are involved in study abroad programs. Topics covered during the 90-minute session included emergency response planning, alcohol and drug policy, international health and medical care, and housing safety.

Sachs’s background as an attorney and seasoned student affairs professional with more than 20 years of higher education experience made him an ideal presenter for this timely topic. He and Rhodes, who has extensive experience in global education, are uniquely qualified to provide a comprehensive look at the issues and answer the questions of personnel at other colleges seeking guidance in these areas.

Noted one seminar participant, “This was the best webinar I have ever participated in. The presenters were perfectly qualified to give ideas and suggestions and covered an immense amount of material in a short time frame. I was impressed.”

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LIM College’s 2009 Trip to China — The Highlights
by Professor Derek Cockle


Below is a brief excerpt from an article written by Fashion Merchandising Professor Derek Cockle about the highlights of LIM College’s trip to China in June of this year. You can read Professor Cockle’s entire article on the LIM College website.

798 Art Zone

ChinaArtAs I reminisce about our wonderful trip to China, what stands out as the biggest eye- openers for me were not the usual tourist spots such as The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, or Tiananmen Square. Rather, it was the 798 Art Zone and The Place in Beijing, which were a breath of fresh air. As I had secretly hoped, these venues showed China’s new openness and the freedoms given to the younger generation to express themselves through their art and imagination.

798 Art Zone (also known as the Dashanzi Art District) is a part of Dashanzi in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. It houses a thriving artists’ community among 50 year- old decommissioned military factory buildings. It is literally a stone’s throw from the Bird’s Nest Arena and the Swimming Cube erected for the Beijing Olympics.

I would compare it to SoHo and Chelsea in Manhattan where the major galleries in New York are located, but there is something inherently more exciting and vibrant when one walks about this artists’ community and visits the galleries and the 798 Art Zone café area.

The most important artist on display there, in my opinion, is the cynical realist Fang Lijun, who has been accorded the title of the most gifted of the nation’s post ‘89 generation of artists. He has used his early schooling in propaganda-style Soviet Socialist Realism as his own tongue-in-cheek way to poke fun at the Central Government and somehow he manages to get away with it.

The Place

Referred to by many Beijingers as the Great Screen of China, a huge ChinaPlaceLED screen was constructed as the main attraction for The Place, which has sprung up in Beijing’s central business district and is a new 70,000 square-foot development of high-end mixed-retail stores and two 23-story office complexes. Covering an entire city block, the Sky Screen, as it is known, is 2,296 feet in length, 88 feet in width and 80 feet above the street.

The Place is spectacular, offering visitors not only a free, theatre-like experience, but also housing a huge retail site. And Sky Screen shows appeal to a wide audience while still embodying the venerated values and traditions of China.

The narrative encompasses music and images moving at real-time speed in many different shows no more than ten minutes in length. The Sky Screen is divided into zones and simultaneous satellite TV broadcasts can be shown along with movies, and one can even have a minute of fame, as visitors are able to upload their own pictures onto the screen.

The primary purpose of The Place’s Sky Screen is to attract new visitors there without impinging on their valuable shopping time. Our group went there for dinner and we were not disappointed by the restaurant or the amazing video experience, which was totally captivating.

Two very different experiences. Each unique in their own way and both very much a part of the new millennium city of Beijing.

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Industry Leader Barbara J. Friedman Joins LIM College

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Barbara J. Friedman

Barbara J. Friedman has joined LIM College as Consultant for Career Development and Industry Relations. In this part-time position she will play a lead role in the strategic planning and execution of initiatives to achieve the College’s career development goals. Specifically, she will develop existing relationships with undergraduate Industry Partners and establish new partnerships at the senior management level, building on the already strong foundation established and nurtured by our Center for Career Development.

Ms. Friedman will also work collaboratively with Dr. Milan Milasinovic, Dean of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education and Susan Bauer, Graduate Studies Career Services Coordinator to develop strategic partnerships for student recruitment, internships and graduate placement, as well as assisting Gail Nardin, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement in the expansion and development of contacts for cultivation in support of the LIM Fashion Education Foundation. In addition, Ms. Friedman will work closely with Pam Linton, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Melissa Krantz, the College’s external public relations representative, to expand the Fashion Industry Advisory Board and other strategic partnerships.

According to President Marcuse, “Commitment at the senior management level will increase our ability to continue to place interns and graduates - two vitally important components of LIM College’s mission. Delivery of a robust experiential learning program and maintaining our strong job placement rate is crucial to keeping LIM College competitive.”

Ms. Friedman has more than 30 years of experience in the strategic development and marketing of fashion and lifestyle consumer goods. Her areas of expertise include licensing, marketing, brand management, merchandising, product development and executive search. In her most recent position as Partner for Sterling International Executive Search, she led the New York practice for search consultancy in the luxury goods, fashion and retail sectors. She has also held senior management positions with Liz Claiborne, Inc., Anne Klein, Chloé, Christian Dior, Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney and Bonwit Teller in both the wholesale and retail arenas.

A member of LIM College’s Fashion Industry Advisory Board since 1997, Ms. Friedman is also a co-author of the travel and shopping guide Made in Italy.

She says, “LIM College is at a critical juncture in its development and now is the right time to leverage all that it offers the fashion industry in creating its future leaders. I am very pleased to be able to lend my experience and knowledge in helping LIM College to grow and become even stronger and more vibrant.”

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Using Technology to Facilitate Learning: Newsletter Journals via Blackboard
by Professor Nancy Miller


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Professor Nancy Miller

Every week, students in LIM College’s Fashion Fundamentals and Honors Fashion Fundamentals courses are required to research current events in the fashion industry and present a summary of a selected topic. This semester I developed an exciting new way for these students to submit their weekly “fashion industry journal” assignments. To quote Robert Allen, Director of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence, it utilizes “Technology, Technology, Technology!”

Rather than the previous method of having students hand in a typed summary attached to a copy of a news article, I created a newsletter template using Microsoft Publisher. Each week students choose from a list of fashion-related topics, and after researching current industry happenings via the Adrian G. Marcuse Library’s electronic database, they construct their weekly newsletter submission. Creativity is encouraged and visuals are also incorporated into their assignments.

Students send their newsletters to their professors via Blackboard. The faculty members teaching Fashion Fundamentals and Honors Fashion Fundamentals have created weekly assignment folders where students can upload their submissions. Faculty members are able to view, read, save and grade the newsletters -- without ever printing them! Graded newsletters are then sent back to the students electronically.

So far, students have enthusiastically embraced this use of Blackboard. Many thanks to the Fashion Merchandising Department faculty and Robert Allen for their tremendous assistance in making this innovation possible.

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FAST FACTS: FACULTY AND STAFF

Arts & Communications
John Deming’s poem “Quadruple Abecedarian” was published on David Lehman’s The Best American Poetry blog.

Richard LaManna, Ph.D. presented a paper on “Drawing the Critical Reader into the Text: Reading into James Joyce’s ‘Araby’” at the Foundation for Critical Thinking in Berkeley, California in July.

Jason Schafer’s play Notes on the Land of Earthquake & Fire, received praise in The New York Times Arts Beat blog. Jason Zinoman wrote, “The evening ended with a highlight, ‘Notes on the Land of Earthquake & Fire,’ Jason Schafer’s absorbing, well-made thriller about Hollywood power games, sexual politics and the aphrodisiac of power that owes a debt to David Mamet. The acting was refined, the direction meticulous and the writing more polished than most new plays opening Off Broadway.”

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Professor Natasha Yannacanedo

Paula Wang wrote columns on business and political culture for The Business and Financial Review, which is China’s leading business magazine.

Natasha Yannacanedo appeared in Teatro Prisma’s production of Fernando Arrabal’s Guernica in September at Jimmy’s 43 in the East Village. She also participated in a staged reading of Multistages’ Ain’t Ethiopia at the Dramatists Guild in October.

Fashion Merchandising
Ionia Dunn-Lee helped style an ad for the United Nations that appeared in the New York Times on September 22.

Amanda Hallay recently signed a book deal. Her book will be titled Popular Culture: The 1950s and will be published by Remember When. It will present an overview of popular history, culture and design in that decade.

Michael Londrigan was quoted in an article on shopping trends in the August 13 issue of Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) and on July 13 Professor Londrigan was also quoted in an article about Mark Ecko in Crain’s New York Business.

Michael Palladino interviewed Matt Tyrnauer, director of the film

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Professor Michael Palladino

Valentino: The Last Emperor after the film was screened at the San Joaquin Film Society’s inaugural California Documentary Festival (CalDocFest). Valentino: The Last Emperor was shown in the Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College as the centerpiece of the festival offerings.

Management
Jorge Arevalo and Maria Rothenberg, Technical Services Librarian, presented a paper on how the top 100 business schools worldwide are addressing the financial and economic crisis in their curricula at The European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) Conference in Barcelona, Spain in September.

Ron Heimler will present a paper titled “College Graduate, Faculty and Human Resources Manager Attitudes on the Importance of Skills Acquired in College and Needed for Job Performance and Career Advancement Potential in the Retail Sector” at the Hawaii International Conference on Education in January 2010.

Diane Martin authored The Licensing Business Handbook Instructor’s Manual and Test Item File, which is being published by EPM Communications this fall.

Marketing
Jasmine Bellamy is the brand director for Eleven, tennis champ Venus Williams’s fashion line. The company created an eco-friendly t-shirt that was sold as part of this year’s official U.S. Open merchandise and a portion of the profits from its sale went to the non-profit Unisphere Inc. organization, which maintains and preserves Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Professor Bellamy also served as brand director for the dresses Williams wore on court at the U.S. Open.

Visual Merchandising
Marjorie Lee Woo was featured in a full-page profile in the July 2009 issue of VM + SD magazine.

Michael Creagh received an Honorable Mention in the 2009 IPA International Photography Awards. This is the second year in a row that he received this honor.

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Sculpture by Judith Hugentobler

Judith Hugentobler’s porcelain sculpture is currently on display at Snug Harbor Cultural Center’s Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in Staten Island as part of a group exhibition of small works titled “HUGEunHUGE.” The exhibit will run through December 23.

Ron Knoth had a post from his blog www.thebespokenfor.net, titled “Are You There Wal-Mart? It's Me, Miley,” picked up by The Huffington Post in July. The Huffington Post is one the world’s most visited websites. Professor Knoth’s blog entry examined Miley Cyrus’s merchandising venture with Wal-mart.

Co-op Prep
LaDana Jenkins was quoted in the New York Times, AM New York and Metro New York on career development and job search techniques.

Student Affairs
Michael Sachs, J.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, authored the Ethics chapter in Student Affairs and Services in Higher Education: Global Foundations, Issues, and Practices; 2nd Edition, UNESCO, June 2009.

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