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Family Pipeline Volume 1, Issue 2 Spring 2007

President’s Message Dear Parents, As the spring semester at LIM progresses, there are a number of exciting developments I’d like to share with you. First, I am pleased to announce that Stephanie George, executive vice president of Time, Inc. will be the keynote speaker at LIM’s 68th annual Commencement Exercises on May 30. In her role as executive vice president of Time, Inc. Ms. George serves as president of In Style, Real Simple, and Essence and has responsibility for Time Inc. Corporate Sales and Marketing, as well as the business sides of the People Group and Entertainment Weekly. This year’s Commencement will be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Dramatically perched over Columbus Circle, Jazz at Lincoln Center offers sweeping views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

LIM The College for the Business of Fashion

Inside this issue: YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards


LIM Student Interviews 2 Michael Kors

Another significant event taking place in May is the annual fundraising gala for LIM’s Fashion Education Foundation (FEF). This year’s gala honorees are: Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar; Jeffrey Kalinsky, President & CEO of Jeffrey’s New York and Atlanta; Director of Design Merchandising, Nordstrom and Graziano de Boni, President & CEO, Valentino Fashion Group USA. Proceeds from this event, which is being held at The Metropolitan Club on May 2, will be used to provide scholarships and grant aid for our students.

Renovations to our flagship location at 12 East 53rd Street are now well under way. As you can see from the architects’ rendering on the back page, the completed project promises to provide our students with yet another exceptional learning environment. We will hold an official Ribbon-Cutting at 12 East 53rd Street on October 24 which will be attended by New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh and other local officials. We hope that you will be able to join us, so please mark your calendars.

Rebecca Taylor Window Competition


Did You Know?


Study/Travel Abroad Programs


Adrian G. Marcuse Library Update


Student Life Update


These are only a few of the happenings at LIM. To learn more about all of the College’s programs and services, visit our website at Together with our faculty and administrators, I remain committed to keeping you informed and involved in your young adult’s college career.

Career Day



Coming Soon...


Elizabeth S. Marcuse President

Fa mily Pipe line

LIM Students Attend YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards Seven LIM seniors who were selected by the Young Menswear Association (YMA) as YMA Scholars for the 2006-2007 academic year attended the YMA's Annual Awards Dinner on January 10. Paula Abdul, Ken Hicks of J.C. Penney, and Karen Murray of Liz Claiborne were honored at the black-tie event. As YMA scholarship recipients, each student received $5000 towards their senior year tuition and had numerous internship opportunities available to them through the extensive apparel industry network of YMA members and supporters. YMA scholarships are competitive, with students in fashion-focused majors from schools such as Cornell University, Brandeis University and the Rhode Island School of Design all vying for funds.

LIM’s YMA Scholars with LIM Alumnus Doug Jakubowski, President of Kenneth Cole Reaction, at the YMA Awards Gala

LIM's YMA scholars for 2006-2007 were: Stephanie Guzman, Paige Navaretta, Brian Ill, Christina Rose, Renee LaVacca, Kanika Sutphin and Sandra Mariscal. This is the largest number of LIM students ever selected by the YMA in a given year for this distinction.

LIM Student Interviews Michael Kors for CosmoGIRL! LIM student Jessie Morgenstern got the opportunity of a lifetime when she won an essay contest sponsored by CosmoGIRL! magazine to interview famed fashion designer Michael Kors for their March 2007 issue.

LIM student Jessie Morgenstern with designer Michael Kors

Jessie's interview with Kors is part of CosmoGIRL!'s "Project 2024," which urges readers to take action and pursue leadership roles in their schools and communities. Each month, CosmoGIRL! features an interview, conducted by a CosmoGIRL! reader, with a powerful figure who has reached the top in their industry. The inspiration for the project comes from the idea that in the year 2024 a CosmoGIRL! reader will be eligible to run for President of the United States, and the magazine wants to start training her for a leadership role now -- whether she's headed for the Oval Office or the corner office of a Fortune 500 company.

Says Jessie, "Meeting Michael was incredible. He was so down-to-earth and welcoming. He really made me feel at home in his showroom. He spoke from the heart and sincerely meant what he said. Sitting there listening to his incredible stories and words of wisdom truly inspired me to work my hardest and to achieve all of my goals. It was an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life."

LIM Students Design Holiday Window for Rebecca Taylor Boutique LIM students helped create a Winter Wonderland for Nolita shoppers in December when they installed the window display they designed for Rebecca Taylor's boutique on Mott Street. The designer herself was on hand to view the display and congratulate the students on their achievement. Brittni Weiner and Stephanie Ragusa designed a window for the store as part of a project sponsored by LIM and Rebecca Taylor which revolved around dressing a retail window for the purpose of providing "hands-on" education in the area of visual retail display and design. Their concept titled “A Winter Fantasy,” was inspired by the ethereal appeal of Rebecca Taylor’s designs and features a bejeweled tree and mannequins in Rebecca Taylor apparel. The window display was featured at the boutique throughout December. "Brittni and Stephanie did a great job of capturing the essence of our brand," said Taylor. "Their display really communicated the playful femininity of our line. It's exciting to work with students who are so enthusiastic and give them a chance to show what they can do."

LIM students created a holiday window display for the Rebecca Taylor boutique in Nolita.

"We were thrilled to be able to partner with Rebecca Taylor to provide this incredible opportunity for our Visual Merchandising students," said LIM President Elizabeth S. Marcuse. "What makes LIM different from other colleges is our emphasis on real-world, fashion industry experience and this collaboration really exemplified that."

LIM Students with Rebecca Taylor in front of her Mott Street store

Three teams of students submitted proposals. Weiner, Ragusa, Edward Sajovic, Catherine Liquet and Kimberly Mui were guided by Professor Eric Feigenbaum, chairperson of LIM’s Visual Merchandising department, and professors Marjorie Lee Woo and Judy Hugentobler. Each team conceived and presented a themed window display created around specific dresses from Taylor's collection. The students' concepts were judged on theme, design, composition, color story, ability to adhere to budget and time constraints, creativity, and overall message.

Before being submitted to Taylor herself, the students' proposals were evaluated by a group of distinguished visual display experts from companies including Pucci, Nakaoka Design, and Goldsmith.

Did you know…? The Accessories Council and LIM will team up for the third annual Next Generation Awards on May 15. This year’s event will be held at the Walter Reade Theater at 165 West 65th Street. A reception and exhibition of student projects will immediately precede the awards ceremony. The Next Generation competition requires LIM seniors to create a professional-level marketing plan for the launch of a new accessories-related store, publication or product. Teams of three to five students compete and vie for A winning team from the 2006 Next cash awards of $2,000 in each category. Generation Awards

Study/Travel Abroad Programs Given the steady rise of globalization throughout all sectors of the business world, international study has become an increasingly important aspect of the college years. LIM has multiple opportunities each year for our students to enhance their college experience while earning academic credits. These are: a 12-day trip to Europe, a semester at a university in London, and two-week trips to both Paris and China. This year’s cross-cultural analysis trip to Europe was a tremendous success. A group of 28 LIM students, faculty, administrators, and family members traveled to Amsterdam and Paris in January and enjoyed themselves immensely, while also learning a great deal about the European fashion industry. Among the sites they visited were: Pauw, a manufacturer/retailer in Amsterdam; the Gassan diamond factory; and Osmotheque, the trade association for perfume makers. The group also visited the costume design area at the Comédie Française, the most famous theater in France.

LIM Students in front of the Eiffel Tower

Our program in England is offered to juniors during the spring and allows them to spend a semester in the Fashion Merchandising program at the University of Westminster. Students complete three classes and one internship and earn 16 credits over the course of the semester. The Paris program is in collaboration with MOD’SPE, a fashion business school created by the French Federation of Ready-to-Wear. This two-week program is held in June and is open to students of all levels. It consists of lectures and workshops, as well as visits to art galleries and luxury markets, and allows students to discover the fashion capital of the world. A trip to China will be the newest addition to LIM’s travel roster. Tentatively slated to launch this summer, the trip will offer students a chance to learn about this economic giant’s importance to the fashion industry while earning three LIM credits. Students will see where culture meets commerce through visits to historic sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Victoria Peak. This trip will also include a one-on-one cultural exchange at a Chinese university. For more information on LIM’s global offerings and academic standards, please contact LaNisha Thomas, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs email:

Adrian G. Marcuse Library Update LIM’s first readers’ group, The 45th Street Book Club, met February 22 in the Adrian G. Marcuse Library study area. Light refreshments were served as readers discussed Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Denise Sutton, PhD, assistant dean of academic affairs, presented the group with an informed and detailed perspective on the book as well as the author’s life. The Book Club is open to all LIM alumni, students and parents. For more information, please see the Book Club’s blog at or email Ana Noriega, Assistant Director of Library Services, at Another new program at LIM is Classic Movie Night. Casablanca will be the first film shown, on April 5 in Café 45 at the 45th Street campus. The Library will provide free popcorn for all who attend.

Student Life Update The spring semester at LIM is a busy time and there are many activities your student can get involved in through the Office of Student Life. Our student clubs are all planning spring events. Clubs are an ideal way for your student to get involved, meet their peers, interact with faculty members, and get fashion industry experience. LIM’s annual fashion show, produced by the Fashion Club, is slated for April. Club members are planning a professional-level fashion show that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Another great way to get involved is one of our student leadership programs. In the spring, students can apply to be a Resident Assistant or Student Mentor for the following academic year. Resident Advisors live and work in our residence halls and help students with a wide range of issues. Student Mentors work with new LIM students at New Student Orientation and throughout the semester to ensure a successful transition to college life. Both programs are a great opportunity to earn valuable leadership experience.

LIM students enjoying a study break

Every April, LIM’s juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or above have the opportunity to join Sigma Beta Delta (SBD). SBD is an internationally recognized professional honor society for those majoring in business, management or administration. We take pride in these students’ academic achievements.

Our annual Commencement ceremony is also right around the corner. This year’s Commencement will be held on May 30 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which is located in the Time Warner Center. All students who are graduating with an associate or bachelor’s degree in January, May or August 2007 are invited to participate and celebrate their graduation. Families will be provided with more information on Commencement in the coming weeks. There is so much to do at LIM this spring. We hope your student will get involved and take advantage of as many opportunities as possible.

LIM to Host Career Day Is your son or daughter looking for a job or a summer internship? The Office of Career Services will hold their annual Spring Career Day on May 11. The event will be held at LIM and will offer students the opportunity to meet with leading companies regarding career and internship opportunities. It will also include presentations on career development, networking, the LIM Alumni Association, and how to get the most out of Career Day. Important information about this year’s Commencement will also be included. Companies that have attended previous Career Days include: Gucci, Kenneth Cole, Bloomingdale’s, BCBG, Jones Apparel Group, Avon, and Liz Claiborne. We are expecting many more this year. Be sure to remind your student to check their LIM email for more details.

Potential employers meet with LIM students at last year’s Career Day.

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Coming Soon... LIM’s flagship location, our townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street, is currently undergoing major renovations and upgrades. The building will re-open in time for the start of the Fall 2007 semester. An architects’ rendering of the vision for the new interior can be seen below.

Spring 2007 Family Pipeline