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Dear Alumni, We are pleased to present the Winter 2011 issue of Scoop, the newsletter of LIM College’s Alumni Association. The past semester was a busy one. We recently embarked on a comprehensive, institution-wide strategic planning effort that will continue throughout 2011. This process, which will be informed by valuable input from members of our alumni community, will allow us to envision and achieve a desired future for the College and raise our prominence within the fashion industry. We are also working to increase services for graduates at every stage of their careers, and are therefore pleased to welcome Amy Cole and Diane Freeman to the staff of our Center for Career Development. Amy and Diane have been charged with developing a range of career opportunities for the entire alumni community. In addition to direct placement assistance, this will include programs to help you advance your career through professional skills development and networking. You can read more about Amy and Diane on Page 2. The LIM College Alumni Association continues to grow and fulfill its mission of nurturing a strong, active alumni community. I encourage everyone to make time to reconnect with LIM College and take advantage of all we have to offer. With warm wishes for a happy and healthy New Year, Elizabeth S. Marcuse President

The Center for Career Development Focuses on Alumni Community LIM College is working hard to increase services for our alumni. To that end, this past fall the Center for Career Development hired industry veterans Amy Cole and Diane Freeman. Among their chief goals will be the creation of career opportunities for the alumni community. In addition to working with directly with LIM College graduates of all levels who seek career placement assistance, Amy and Diane will develop a range of business opportunities for the entire alumni community. Plans are underway to offer seminars, clinics and events that will allow alumni to advance their careers by fine-tuning their professional skills and networking within the College community as well with the fashion and related industries. Diane Freeman joins LIM College as the Employer Relations & Internship Liaison. In this role Diane will optimize and leverage the College’s industry relationships to ensure an increase in the number of job leads for LIM College students and alumni. Diane’s professional background is in business development and human resources. She has held positions with a number of top companies, including as Vice President for Organizational Development at Ann Taylor Stores Corporation, Director of Human Resources for Tommy Hilfiger, and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Saks Fifth Avenue. Amy Cole joins LIM College as the Undergraduate Job Placement and Alumni Career Services Representative. Diane Freeman and Amy Cole Amy has extensive experience in national sales and marketing. She’s helped to build creative and productive sales executive teams for high-profile brands including Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Juicy Couture, Warnaco, Ocean Pacific, Ecko, Umbro International, Mudd, Generation X and Jones New York. Networking is Amy’s forte, as her diverse professional background affords her access to a myriad of business areas and networks within the global fashion industry.

Amy comes to LIM College excited to combine her market knowledge, fashion industry contacts and staffing know-how to better prepare, promote and elevate LIM College alumni in their career endeavors. She says “I’m excited to utilize my corporate background, staffing expertise, and passion for networking to build bridges between LIM College’s vast industry contacts and our graduates. This is an exciting time for LIM College. I feel blessed to be a part of it and I look forward to meeting everyone.” Amy can be reached via email at

Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, April 14, 2011 will be the Spring Career Fair. Keep checking the LIM College website for more details

Did You Know…LIM Alumni quoted in USA article Dr. Dudley Blossom, Chair of LIM College’s Marketing & Management Department, is quoted in an article on high-tech shopping lists in the December 15 edition of USA Today. The piece, which starts on the cover of the newspaper’s Money section (Page 1B), also includes quotes from LIM College Fashion Industry Advisory Board member Wendy Liebmann. Two LIM College alumni, Patrick Clayton (Class of 2004) and Lisa Bannister (Class of 1994 – and an adjunct faculty member here) are featured as well. LIM College alumnus Patrick Clayton was featured in USA Today

Bringing the Past into the Present: The LIM College Archives “Fashion is never finished,” the actor portraying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says in the new movie The Social Network. Perhaps he is right – but fashion can certainly be recorded, remembered and drawn from by bright young minds in the industry. And LIM College’s Archives provide the perfect resource. “The mission of the LIM College Archives is to identify, collect, organize, describe, preserve and make accessible the enduring records of LIM College and materials related to the fashion industry,” says Lisa Ryan, the College’s Archivist.

Items from the LIM College Archives

LIM College has partnered with the web-based subscription service Archive-It, which “allows institutions to build and access collections of digital content and create digital archives,” according to the company’s website. Ryan established a web presence for the Archives this semester and Visual Merchandising faculty member Ron Knoth created an on-campus display of archived items. An exhibit of archive reproductions was also on display for the Maxwell F. Marcuse Lecture Series on October 27, and included original books by Marcuse, the founder of LIM College. LIM College’s Archives focus on three major areas: College archives, special collections and rare books. The College archives contain material specific to LIM College – materials “of enduring value created by or about LIM College,” according to Ryan. The collection includes photos, letters, programs, catalogs, yearbooks, and more. The special collections include old manuscripts, pictures, publications, fashion forecasts, clippings, and “any other ephemeral material” related to LIM College or the industry at large. The Adrian G. Marcuse Library also transfers rare and valuable books to the Archives. According to Ryan, the College is developing collections of rare books and other publications, such as the fashion and art magazine Visionaire. This collection also contains books by Italian publisher Franco Maria Ricci. Students in the College’s Research and Analysis course will be taught “why we collect the items we collect, as well as the importance of preserving an institution’s records,” Ryan says. Fashion’s past, it seems, can dictate what it means to be fashion-forward.

Introducing: Holly Davenport, Distance Learning Program Director Holly Davenport is LIM College’s new Distance Learning Program Director. She comes to the College from the University of Central Missouri, where she headed a small department devoted to successfully blending technology into the learning environment. When she saw an ad for the distance learning position at LIM College in June, she thought it seemed perfect for her. “I instantly emailed it to my husband, and he said the job description looked like it was written just for me,” she says.

Holly Davenport

Davenport says she is excited to be at an institution where distance learning is so embraced. “The fact that so many courses have made it online in such a short amount of time speaks volumes,” she says. “I am learning more and more how driven everyone is here and I find it inspiring.”

In the last few years, LIM College has been increasing the number of fully online courses it offers, as well as the number of hybrid courses, which are taken half online, half in the classroom. Distance learning has also become particularly important to the College’s Continuing Education programs because many of those students have full-time jobs and need highly flexible schedules. Davenport says she is especially excited to see disciplines that hadn’t been perceived as suited to hybrid or online learning become enhanced “due to a piece of technology or an application” that made the issue of not being in the same room “disappear.” Her current projects include a plan to encourage some pedagogical best practices for faculty who teach online and hybrid courses. “My focus is primarily on the exploration of different instructional strategies,” she says. “There is no one right way to do anything, and instruction is certainly no exception.” She’s also directly involved with LIM College’s biggest technological endeavor, the launch of Blackboard 9.1, which is set for Spring 2011. “Version 9.1 has made great strides to enhance collaborative learning in the online environment,” says Davenport. Improvements include new tools that mimic interactions students are having outside of the classroom via social media applications. Students will also be able to download a Mobile Learn application onto their smart phones for free. Says Davenport, “The educational experience is becoming increasingly transportable, reinforcing the importance of nurturing the anytime, anywhere style of learning.”

Visual Merchandising Students Create Eco-Friendly Window Display for the Fashion Center

Marjorie Lee Woo, Associate Chair of LIM College’s Visual Merchandising department, and the students in her Visual Presentation class recently created a visually stunning and socially responsible window display for the Fashion Center at 209 West 38 th St. Their overall concept was to make a conscious effort to protect and preserve our environment. Most of the components of the window display were made of paper, much of which was recycled, or previously used or repurposed. The tagline for the display was REPURPOSE…RECYCLE…REFLECT.

Freedom Through Fashion LIM alumna empowers high school students using fashion as her bait. “I think best when I walk; one afternoon my brainstorming stroll turned out to be more productive than most,” shares Sahar Pari-Rokh, class of 2008. “I had a name, a logo and knew Freedom Star would mentor high school students, as well as provide me with a creative outlet. I was ready to build a solid platform to achieve this dream and that’s when a purple and red flag blowing in the wind caught my attention. A serendipitous feeling came over me as the words fashion and business floated in and out of view.” Sahar interviewed with LIM admissions counselor, Adam Rosen, the same day and started classes at LIM soon after. She shared her vision with LIM’s community, starting with her academic counselor Kelly Mclean who sat down and structured a mixed curriculum of marketing and entrepreneurial studies.

Sahar Pari-Rokh and Freedom Star Students

Upon graduation Sahar had three fashion-based programs planned for Freedom Star Mentorship, named Freedom through Fashion. Currently she works with Brooklyn high school students from Frances Perkins Academy (FPA) and Academy of Urban Planning (AUP). In spring of 2010 seven high school students earned school credit to plan, produce and execute a concert and fashion show featuring several designers, musicians and over 30 models! “LIM has always been generous with their resources, from the time I was a student to now. Until I open my community center donated space such as this is a major support. I am ecstatic that this semesters’ Fashion Magazine program is being hosted on LIM’s campus. You should have seen my student’s faces the first day we met on campus!” Follow Sahar and her team this semester as they visit celebrity photographer Jim Wright, Designer Sariah Carson and much more at

Around Campus

Clockwise from top left: LIM College Junior Allison Fitzgerald was named as a Geoffrey Beene National Award finalist in the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund dinner, which was mentioned in the New York Times; LIM College Students in front of Westminster Abbey in London on a Cross Cultural Analysis Trip to Paris and London, LIM College Sophomore Becky Fitzmorris with fashion designer Betsey Johnson on her Work Project; LIM College student back stage at the 2010 Fashion Show; Valedictorian Sarah Molinaro, LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse and the 2010 keynote speaker Mindy Grossman, Chief Executive Officer, HSN, Inc.; the winners from LIM College’s Annual Drag Show

Next Generation Awards Honor Future Fashion Leaders Samantha Vigorito, Meaghan O'Malley, and Kristine Lusardi are the winners of the Next Generation Awards competition, a program developed by LIM College and the Accessories Council that focuses on cultivating the business skills of tomorrow’s fashion industry leaders.

Kristine Lusardi

The students' $2,500 cash awards were presented at a breakfast at LIM College on September 24. The Next Generation competition required LIM College students in Derek Cockle’s Accessories class and Monica Diaz, Svetlana Zakharina, and Steven Van Leer’s Applied Fashion Merchandising classes during the Spring 2010 semester to create a plan for a new fashion accessory product. Samantha won the “Innovative” category with a plan to create “Bring on the Rain,” a line of rain boots, tote bags, and umbrellas which would utilize hydrochromatic ink to make artwork appear on these items when they got wet. Meaghan won in the "Small Leather Goods" category for a MetroCard holder, and Kristine's “Treads,” which were bags and shoes made from recycled tires, took top honors in the "Eco-Friendly" category.

The competition was judged by executives from top companies. The judges were: Peggy Freeman, Director of Licensing, Amieelynn Accessory Company; Bob Conrad, Senior Vice President of Design and Product Development, Henri Bendel; Linda Lombardi, Vice President, Global Creative and Store Design, Godiva; Alexandra Patino, Director of Jewelry Design, Jones Jewelry Group; and Lonna Conte, Design Director of Classic Brands, Jones Jewelry Group. Winners were selected based on a combination of elements, including an oral presentation, visual presentation materials, and the overall strength of their marketing concept. Says LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “All of the participating students did a great job of synthesizing all of the fashion and business education and experience they've acquired so far at LIM College into one project.”

Contest Winners Visit Cotton Incorporated

The winners of the Cotton Incorporated – LIM College textile pattern design contest visited Cotton Incorporated’s headquarters in Cary, North Carolina on September 30. The group was hosted by Mark Messura, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Marketing, and they toured Cotton Incorporated’s Fiber Processing, Dyeing and Finishing, Product Evaluation and Product Development areas, as well as the Analytical Lab. Pictured from left are: Deanna Rowe, Nicole Clonan, Nicole Powell, Fashion Merchandising Chair Michael Londrigan and Fashion Merchandising faculty member Charles Fradella.

LIM College Expands Travel and Study Abroad Opportunities The steady rise of globalization throughout all sectors of the business world has made international study an increasingly important aspect of the college experience. Studying abroad is often a life-changing experience, and the knowledge and maturity gained from living in a foreign country, negotiating a new culture, and acquiring another language can make a student a stronger candidate when he or she applies for a full-time job after graduation. LIM College is committed to providing students with opportunities that will help them succeed in the fashion and related industries, and an important part of that commitment involves the continued growth and expansion of our travel and study abroad programs. In 1971, LIM College introduced its first study abroad The Coliseum in Rome opportunity to students in the form of a Work Project at Selfridge’s department store in London. Today students can choose from a range of offerings throughout the world. Cross-Cultural Analysis is a two-week, three-credit program open to students of all levels. During the Winter Break in January, a group of students travels with an LIM College faculty member to two cities in Western Europe to visit fashion businesses and major cultural sites. This year’s cities are London and Paris. LIM College alumna Jacqui Wenzel, President of Ports 1961, generously sponsors a scholarship that funds one student’s participation in this learning experience. The College also offers a two-week trip to China during the summer. This three-credit program is also led by a faculty member. Participants visit businesses and cultural sites in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. LIM College recently partnered with the American University of Rome to offer a longer and more independent experience during the summer for students at the sophomore or higher levels. Students will live in Rome for four weeks during the summer and complete two courses at the American University of Rome. Juniors and seniors can also take advantage of traditional semester-long study abroad options. In addition to our long-standing exchange program with the University of Westminster’s School of Business in London, we Sydney Opera House have also added new full-semester programs at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and at the Institute of European Design’s campuses in Milan, Rome and Barcelona.

Alumni Meet-ups and Annual Alumni Holiday Party

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LIM College’s 72nd Annual Commencement Speaker We are pleased to announce that Jill Granoff, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. will deliver the keynote address and receive the LIM College Distinguished Achievement Award at the College’s 72nd annual Commencement exercises, which will be held on May 26, 2011 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Ms. Granoff will also receive an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree at the ceremony.

Jill Granoff

Ms. Granoff has been the CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions since 2008, following a 20-year career as a strategist and brand builder in the fashion and beauty industries. She was previously Executive Vice President at Liz Claiborne, Inc., where she had global responsibility for Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand Jeans, Kate Spade, and the company's e-commerce and outlet businesses. Before Liz Claiborne, Ms. Granoff was President and Chief Operating Officer of Victoria's Secret Beauty, a subsidiary of Limited Brands. Prior to that, she worked at The Estee Lauder Companies for 10 years, holding several senior management positions.

Outside of work, Ms. Granoff is an active member of the community. She is a member of the Board of Directors of FIT's Educational Foundation, Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), and a member of The Women's Forum. Ms. Granoff has been featured as a leading female executive in The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review , and Greenwich magazine. She is also the recipient of many honors and awards, including the CEW Achiever Award, the YWCA Brava Award, and the Leadership Award from the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University, Ms. Granoff also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Lawrence A. Wien Fellowship for academic excellence.

LIM College in the News LIM College is making news. So far this semester there have been several stories in a variety of media outlets throughout the country involving our people, programs, and events.

Women's Wear Daily (WWD) announced the winners of the Cotton Incorporated / LIM College textile design contest, with articles in the publication and on their website. Earlier this semester, WWD also ran an article about the launch of LIM College’s Professional Certificate Programs. In September, Michael Londrigan, Chair of the Fashion Merchandising department, was interviewed for a piece on WNYC radio on the relevance of Fashion Week in an internet age. Ports 1961 President Jacqui Wenzel, who is an alumna of LIM College, and Fashion Industry Advisory Board member David Wolfe of Doneger Creative Services were also interviewed for the piece. To hear the segment, visit WNYC's website ( Also in September, Dr. Milan Milasinovic, LIM College's Dean of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education, was quoted in an article in The Financial Times on developments in fashion education. He said, “The fashion industry has been oriented toward creativity, but a business education is also needed to evolve and flourish. Fashion is a business; creativity plays a large role, but without business knowledge, prospects for success are limited.” On the national level, Dr. Susan Baxter of the Marketing & Management department was quoted in an Associated Press article on decorating a dorm room on a budget. It ran in 13 newspapers throughout the country, reaching nearly 400,000 readers. And on the West Coast, Dr. Dudley Blossom, Chair of the Marketing & Management department, was quoted in a Los Angeles Business Journal article about marketing with Twitter. LIM College also made it onto television. The College was featured in a news piece that aired on WNBC-TV on August 24 about parents who are over-involved in their college-age children's lives. Part of that segment was filmed at LIM College's residence hall at 1760 Third Avenue, and freshman Gabrielle Falcone was interviewed. And in October, Michael Londrigan taped a piece for Reuters Television about the impact of bedbugs on retailers. He was also interviewed on the same subject for a Crain’s New York Business article earlier this year.

Maxwell F. Marcuse Lecture Series Strengthens Intellectual Community This fall, LIM College initiated the Maxwell F. Marcuse Lecture Series. Named for LIM College’s founder, the series will consist of lectures and literary readings by LIM College faculty. The first such lecture, “Cultural Diffusion and the Navajo Weavers,” was delivered by Derek Cockle of the Fashion Merchandising department at the series’ October 27 inaugural event at Maxwell Hall. “The intellectual currency of LIM College is uniquely focused on the fashion industry and is firmly grounded in practice much more than in theory,” says Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jacqueline LeBlanc, who conceived of the series. “Accomplished industry professionals contribute to learning through the sharing of first-hand practical knowledge.” Of course, LIM College professors have long blended academic and professional endeavors. The series is a way to create “a more formal intellectual community.”

Derek Cockle

“There are already strong ties between the faculty’s professional work and the curriculum, whether that work is in visual merchandising or writing fiction,” Dr. LeBlanc says. “The new ideas generated by the lecture series will be leveraged by faculty to bring new knowledge directly to students in the classroom or, in some cases, to improve methods of teaching.” Some students are currently working as research assistants for faculty members, and others get one-on-one work on scholarly projects, according to Dr. LeBlanc. This month, Writing Center Director Dr. Robert Clark will present at a conference with two LIM College students. Future installments of the series include the Marketing & Management department’s Dr. Nicole Kirpalani lecturing on “Consumer Suspicion as Ambiguity in Persuasion: Process and Triggers,” as well as Lucy Collins’s (Arts & Communications) talk on “Fashion as Confession: Revelation and Concealment in Personal Identity.”

“Fashion Insiders” Visit LIM College Exposure to industry professionals has always been a hallmark of an LIM College education. And this fall, LIM College’s new “Fashion Insiders” guest speaker series has provided students with special access to some of the most fascinating figures in the fashion industry. Speakers this semester included celebrity stylist and author Phillip Bloch, Laurent Levasseur, former CEO of Yves St. Laurent and Chief Operating Officer of Catherine Malandrino, and legendary fashion designer Stephen Burrows.

Phillip Bloch

Held in LIM College’s FashionOpolis, Fashion Insiders events included a reception for students in the fashion Scholars honors program, giving them an opportunity to interact with the guest speakers on a more informal and intimate basis. Presentations were also capped off with a general audience Q&A session.

The Fashion Insiders guest speaker series, which was conceived of by Dr. Rick Lester, Dean of Academic Affairs, and brought to life by Academic Affairs Course Coordinator and Fashion Merchandising faculty member Michael Palladino, is slated to continue in the Spring 2010 semester. Stephen Burrows

Faculty Corner Arts & Communications Dr. Robert Clark’s essay “The Amity of Influence: The Scholarship of Rachel Wetzsteon,” was published in the online poetry journal Able Muse. John Deming had two poems published in the July/August issue of the Boston Review. Liz Sweibel’s video and photographs were included in the Boston issue of Ekleksographia, an online literary journal. Natasha Yannacañedo played a Southern belle in Andrea J. Fulton's One Drop, which was part of the Dreamup Festival at Theater for the New City. She also performed multiple roles in Judith Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare! at the TBG Theatre. Fashion Merchandising Terry Burstein, Associate Chair, gave a presentation at the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association annual conference in London on “The Short Study Abroad Program and Academic Rigor.” Terance Coffee spoke at Jones NY’s National Merchandising Meeting in June. His topic was "How to Plan a Successful Event." Rebecca Fitts launched Imilla Road, a branded series of pop-up shops that showcases emerging designers at retail prices under $200. Imilla Road acts as a collective of new and emerging designers looking to connect with the market. Amanda Hallay signed a contract with U.S publisher Skyhorse to write a book to be published in the fall of 2011 titled Truly Classic Cocktails. It will be a cultural history of classic mid-century American cocktails. Michael Londrigan, Chair, participated in a report for Blueshift Research in May on how celebrity endorsements and changing fashion trends are driving new customers to J. Crew. Sarah Shirley appeared on NBC’s Today show in May to present a segment on “The Little White Dress.” She used an LIM College student as one of her models. Erica Young (Class of 2006) styled and wrote a fashion trend article for the Chicago-based magazine Me: In Focus. Marketing & Management Jasmine Bellamy was the Brand Director for the controversial dress Venus Williams wore at the French Open this year. Dr. Dudley Blossom, Chair, was quoted in Blueshift Research’s report "E-Books Threaten College Bookstores' Used Sales," which was released in August. Dr. Blossom also was part of a panel on "Marketing 2.0" at’s “Behind the Seams” fashion industry forum on October 8. Kevin R. Brotz, JD will return as an invited Guest Lecturer at Weller International Business School in Paris in February. He will lecture on "Selected Topics in American Business Law," including the American jury system, aspects of the American courtroom trial, product liability claims, and the use of licensing as a marketing tactic. He will also deliver lectures on “American Financial Regulation” and "Legal, Contract, and Start-Up Issues in American Entrepreneurship" to Weller’s MBA students. Fred Steinberg’s story “Plying the Waters along Norway’s Western Coast” appeared in the June issue of International Travel News . Patrick Tormey was named as a participating member of the National Consumer Panel, a division of the Nielsen group. Visual Merchandising Eric Feigenbaum, Chair, moderated a panel on Visual Merchandising at the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) in Toronto in October. In December he will moderate a panel discussion on Visual Merchandising for the National Association of Display Industries (NADI) Design Collective in New York. He will also speak at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) annual conference in January, as well as at VisionEast, a major event for medical professionals who sell eyewear. Ron Knoth was interviewed by ABC News Radio about’s report that digital books are outselling traditional print editions.

Winter 2010 Alumni Scoop