Fall 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…

DENISE STOUGHTON
Home Products Development ’97, Interior Design ’95

Denise Stoughton created SnapShop, an app that automates the arduous task of comparison shopping, an essential practice for home products producers. Usually comp shopping requires scribbling copious notes in retail stores and transferring them to an unwieldy spreadsheet. With SnapShop, users scan barcodes, tap through menus, and take photos to collect information. A reporting tool…

KAREN KOCHMAN NIELSEN
Packaging Design ’96

Karen Kochman Nielsen founded Dandy Pack, lightweight cardboard furniture for home staging, the act of furnishing a property for sale to help it sell faster and for more money. Dandy Pack furniture folds up flat; canvas slipcovers in five different colors make it look realistic. She came up with the concept in 2005: as a…

YUKA SAITO
Jewelry Design ’99

Yuka Saito creates naturalistic pieces, mostly from polypropylene, in her Upper West Side studio. She is inspired by nature but does not aim for verisimilitude. Her jewelry has sold in numerous gallery shows and resides in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Museum of Arts and Design in…

ALICIA GOODWIN
Jewelry Design ’03, Fashion Design ’02

Alicia Goodwin sold ten styles from her jewelry line, Lingua Nigra, to the Smithsonian Institution for the gift shop of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening this year in Washington, D.C. Working in brass, gold, and silver, she takes inspiration from nature and brings in texture by etching with acid or…