Archive for September, 2016

PROFESSOR PETRUNIA’S FIVE TIPS FOR BETTER PRESENTATIONS

Fear of public speaking is an almost universal human trait. Which is unfortunate, considering that presenting one’s ideas verbally is vital for many careers, especially those in the creative industries. When students are losing sleep about their speeches and presentations, they turn to Matthew Petrunia, associate professor and acting chair of English and Communication Studies.…

ETHEL GALL BAENISCH
Textile Design ’49

Ethel Gall Baenisch retired in 1997 from a 40-year career as an occupational therapist. She freelanced as a textile designer for a few years out of FIT, picking up jobs for Original Designs, Luxite Silk Company, Kopp Textiles, Finn Fabrics, and Stafford Fabrics. She also designed ties for Harry Rubin, which she liked most because…

CHARLESETTA WICKS
Apparel Design ’67

Charlesetta Wicks was given a retrospective of her fashion designs and paintings at the African American Museum in Hempstead, NY, last year. She came to FIT in her 40s and interned with Wesley Tann, one of the first African-American designers to own his own New York City boutique. She designed outfits for several music groups,…

BARRY McCAFFREY
Marketing: Fashion and Related Industries ’86

Barry McCaffrey was named senior vice president of spa sales at Naturopathica, which makes plant-based skin and hair care products for spas. He oversees the wholesale division and is responsible for sales and marketing strategy, partner relationship management, business development, and sales force training. He has worked in the spa industry for most of his…