Barry Ginsberg and Joe Costelli interview, 1994 December 15

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Barry Ginsberg and Joe Costelli interview, 1994 December 15
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Poll, Carol (Interviewer)
Ginsberg, Barry
Costelli, Joseph
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This is an interview with Doctors Joe Costelli and Barry Ginsberg of FIT. Costelli was the chair of the math and science department at the time of the interview and Ginsberg a retired professor emeritus. Ginsberg begins by describing his start at the institute in 1956 under former Department Chair Bill Leider. At the time there were approximately 20 faculty members and 200 students. He describes the tight-knit quality of FIT and weekend trips to the Hotel Grossinger. In tandem with his work as a math teacher, Ginsberg worked as the director of admissions alongside Marion Brandriss. He explains various internal leadership posts such as his time as the department chair and his time with the faculty committee. He goes on to detail the creation of rudimentary, and ultimately mandatory, arithmetic classes for pupils based on the prompting of Jeannette Jarnow. He then explains the selection process by committee of President Jarvie and his return to teaching, his "first love." Costelli takes over the interview and describes his educational background in biology and subsequent start at FIT in 1975. Costelli explains the heavy involvement of the math and science department in the running of the school. He goes on to describe the middle states review and the writing of his textbook, Introductory Biology and Molecular Approach. He details the lineages of FIT's liberal arts deans as well as the chairs of his department, and how the institute used industry input to evolve its coursework. Costelli remembers FIT being run as a tight ship with a hard-line dress code and also recalls the institute's struggle to procure air conditioning from New York state. Finally, Costelli describes how the demographics of the school have changed and how they move ever deeper into computer-centered learning.
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Ginsberg, Barry
Costelli, Joseph
Goodman, Shirley, 1915-1991
Brandriss, Marion K.
Leider, Bill
Jarnow, Jeannette A.
Jarvie, Lawrence
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Science and Math Department
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New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1994, December 14). Barry Ginsberg and Joe Costelli interview, 1994 December 15 [Video]. Archive on Demand.
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Barry Ginsberg and Joe Costelli interview, 1994 December 15." Archive on Demand, 14 Dec. 1994,
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Barry Ginsberg and Joe Costelli interview, 1994 December 15," Archive on Demand, December 14, 1994, video,