The 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Hello Students: Here is our Board of Directors.  You can find more about them in the About section. President: Scott P. Girvan Vice President: Leah Corio Director of Communications: Tara Levy Director of Finance: Etienne Côté Director of Programming: Joanna Mingo Director of Student Advocacy: Stephanie Hunsucker Director of Student Organizations: Marty Sullivan II Director of Sustainability: William...

The Voice of 10,000 — A Letter from President Joyce F. Brown

One of the three goals in FIT’s strategic plan is to provide what we call an “empowering student experience in a cohesive community.” What could be more “empowering” to you, our students, than to give you a voice in the governance of the college—a voice that represents you to the faculty, administration, staff, and to the board of trustees. That voice is the FIT Student Association, the FIT student government. Our student government is here to serve you, to listen to you, to act as your representative and advocate. Through your association president, you have a voting seat on the college’s board of trustees. And your reach goes beyond this campus: it goes to City Hall, to the legislators in Albany and to our representatives in Washington as well. You can be part of this exciting enterprise by participating in the work of the student association—attending meetings, joining committees, voting for its officers.   And I hope you do. Through the student association, you will have heightened opportunity to engage with FIT’s wide diversity of students and become acquainted with their needs and desires. You will develop your leadership skills. You will have a say in the extra-curricular programs and activities on campus, and, as our strategic plan states, you will be able to “create FIT traditions that generate a strong sense of community and school spirit.” But there is more.   Through your participation in the FIT student association, you will be preparing—hands-on—for lives of civic responsibility. Indeed, you will be preparing to take on the role of “citizen”—perhaps the most important in our democracy. And in doing so, you...

The High Five Campaign

Lets bring larger scaled events to FIT ‘s campus! Hello FIT Students, As we all know, every full-time student enrolled in FIT pays a $60 student activities fee. Additionally, part-time students pay a $5 per credit fee. This fee supports campus involvement and engagement, and is used to fund campus events, organizations, publications and more. However, the core of this funding goes to events, which can vary in price depending on a number of things. An example is last semester’s comedy show with MTV’s hit series, Girl Code; the event seated 700 students and cost thousands of dollars. Other successful uses of the student activities fee are as follows: Breakfast for Dinner, $25 Broadway tickets, Free Movie Night, Commuter Week, Block Party and many more. In the past five years student involvement has risen by 35%, and the cost of goods and services in New York City has gone up exponentially, too. However, we have never increased the fee. This has led to ending our term with an over $200,000 deficit. As a result, we have cut back much of our spending and allocation to student organizations. However, the problem remains. For this reason we are proposing a raise in FIT’s student activities fee through an initiative called the High Five Campaign. The project will be spearheaded by our Executive Treasurers, Jessica Accardi and Dyon Tran. Through the High Five Campaign we hope to establish a record of transparency by educating the FIT community on the use of the student activities fee. We are proposing to increase the fee a mere $5 a semester for full time students, and $1 per creditfor part time students. This...

Edgewater Fire — Clothing & Supply Drive

To the FIT student community, A member of the FIT Student body and her family were impacted by the devastating fire in Edgewater, New Jersey. She is an international student in the school of Art & Design, studying Accessories Design. The family lost all their possessions, and as a result are in need of basic necessities. We are organizing a collection of these items for her family. Below is a list of clothing sizes for her and her family, whatever you can provide will go a long way for this family. In addition to clothing, the family could use basic toiletries, blankets, art supplies and more.   If you are able to donate any items please take them to the Office of International Student Services in room B103F. A small donation can go a long way.    Women’s clothing:  Pants: size 4 or medium Jacket, women’s large or men’s small   Men’s clothing: Large size   Girl’s clothing: XXL (girls’ 14-16) or women’s size small   Art supplies: Markers Colored pencil Sketch books Christopher...

2015 — A Year for Change

To the FIT student community, Happy spring semester, After an historic blizzard it doesn’t seem like “spring”; but, if going to school in New York has taught us anything it is perseverance. Soon FIT’s urban campus will blossom under spring showers, and the harsh New York winter will be a thing of the past. For me, the start of a New Year is a time to reflect on the events of the past, to identify accomplishments, analyze failures, but overall, to rest, regroup and look to the future. I’m proud of our accomplishments this past semester. The Student Association started off with the goal of branding and publicizing our beloved FIT more aggressively. It comes as little surprise that at a school like FIT, smack in the center of one of greatest city’s in the world, students are less involved in campus activities and campus life. After five semesters, I’ve realized that we are not your run-of-the-mill student body. We juggle classes, internships, jobs, and dare I say, a social life. This, however, doesn’t change the fact that the Student Association exists. It simply means we have to be more hands on in our approach to getting students engaged. The Student Association is at the nucleus of campus involvement; we oversee over 70 student organization, and we serve at the front line as the voice of the student community. After receiving feedback about having live performances on campus, we successfully executed our first major comedy show, which featured the cast of MTV’s Girl Code. We also celebrated the growing population of international students through events and social gatherings that we...