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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIM College Begins “Fashion Scholars” Program to Develop Exceptional Students
by Professor John Deming
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.
On 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
LIM College’s 2009 Trip to China — The Highlights
As 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.
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.
Referred to by many Beijingers as the Great Screen of China, a huge LED 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 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.
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.
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.”
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!”
FAST FACTS: FACULTY AND STAFF
Paula Wang wrote columns on business and political culture for The Business and Financial Review, which is China’s leading business magazine.
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 Palladino interviewed Matt Tyrnauer, director of the film
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.
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.