Classes at Confucius

The Confucius Institute at Pace has a whole lot going on over the next few weeks. First, China’s best pianist visits the NYC Campus to talk about his life as an artist. Then, learn conversational Chinese in just five short weeks!

Did you know wearing high heels to a business event in China is a big no-no? As is saying hi to someone you’ve never met, or giving flowers. Now, thanks to the Confucius Institute, you can learn more about Chinese culture along with 50 useful phrases and other helpful hints to help you avoid any culture clash. Whether you are looking to get ahead in the global marketplace, or just searching for a few key phrases, the Confucius Institute’s Chinese language courses can help you gain a foothold on the most spoken language on earth.

This spring the Confucius Institute is offering five week non-credit introductory courses in conversational and business Chinese designed to fit into your busy schedule (one hour sessions meeting twice a week). Learn 50 of the most useful phrases for traveling in China, gain understanding of Chinese business culture and customs, and have some fun and meet new people. For more information, email ci@pace.edu or call (212) 386-1880. Classes start on March 21, so register soon!

In addition, the Confucius Institute will host An Afternoon With Yin Chengzong, who the The New York Times has called “China’s best pianist.” Learn about his life as an artist and get a copy of his CD signed on March 13, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in NYC.  RSVP to renwen@chinainstitute.org.

There’s No Place Like Home…coming!

That’s right Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. We’re in PLV and NYC, where for the next week and a half the wizards in Campus Activities will be breaking into their bag of tricks to bring you (and your families) a lineup of events unlike any other. So grab your fam and check out some fireworks and games and shows, oh my! All starting on October 14.

HomecomingFirst, Pace’s PLV campus kicks off Homecoming offering up a weekend, starting tonight, October 14, with a fraternity and sorority national step show. On October 15, make sure you’re wearing your Pace pride for Blue and Gold Day as you head to parades, BBQs, pep rallies, and even check out a firework display. Catch some football, volleyball, and soccer games going on around campus on October 16, along with a Fall Carnival and famous Fabulicious show.  Sunday, October 17,  includes everything from apple and pumpkin picking to brunch and Broadway. For a full list of events, click here.

Additionally, more than 30 businesses in PLV, including cupcakeries, restaurants, bookstores, and spas, will be offering a 10% discount for the Pace community. Make sure to print and bring the official coupon with you to receive your discount.

Don’t worry NYC, your campus has a heart too, with a lineup of homecoming fun beginning on Wednesday, October 20, with Oktoberfest and a fall carnival, and continuing the rest of the week with that concert we talked about here, variety shows, a jazz brunch, and much more! For more information on events and details on how to register, click here.

And make sure to keep up with our Facebook and Twitter for all the latest on Homecoming. Tweet your Homecoming whereabouts and shoutouts using hashtag #paceUHC to be featured on the Homecoming website. And you can also scan the code on your right with the Scanlife Mobile App (or by going to www.getscanlife.com) for a special message about Homecoming.

Most of What We Know

Okay, so maybe it’s more like “pretty much all we know.” But here’s the scoop: Pace has a great lineup of acclaimed poets and fiction writers coming to campus to share their works over the next few weeks. First up, Christiana Louisa Langenberg, winner of multiple awards and Pushcart prize nominee will be in PLV on October 12 to read from her new collection of short stories, Half of What I Know.

Fall Fiction WritersOn October 12, Christiana Louisa Langenberg, winner of the Drunken Boat Panliterary Award for Fiction, Chelsea Award for Short Fiction, and a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, will be reading from her bilingual collection of stories, Half of What I Know, taking questions from eager authors, and signing books in the Kessel Center from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Langenberg was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States as a child where she was raised trilingually in rural Nebraska. Her stories have been published in American Literary Review, New South, Glimmer Train, Dogwood, LUMINA, So to Speak, Literary Salt, Carve, and Green Mountains Review, among others.

Then on October 25, Poets@Pace presents “a poet of mad wit and stunning anecdote,” Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner James Tate, and celebrated poet Dara Wier, whose work “may not be for the faint of heart,” for a night of readings, Q&A, book signing, and refreshments in NYC. We’re sure their work will leave you Howl-ing for more!

Honest to Blog! (The Best Week Ever)

So what’s the average week for a Pace student? Well, after reading Kaitlynn Blyth’s new blog you’ll soon discover. Just some of the things she did her first week? She went to class … one of which is taught by the managing editor of the first five Harry Potter novels. What else did she do? Eh, she watched the movie Mean Girls … with one of the stars from the movie in her Brooklyn dorm! To read more about Kaitlynn and her adventures both on and off campus click here!

Student BlogKaitlynn’s had a busy week, and so have a number of our other student bloggers. Check out their postings, including career tips, networking advice, and study abroad opportunities (and oh yes, links to the all important CupcakeStop) on the Pace Student Blogs.

Interested in starting your blog? Have special tips for subway survival? Know the 411 on the best pizza in PLV? Why don’t you become a student blogger? E-mail Mike Derario at mderario@pace.edu if you’re interested.

Meet the Greeks

Why would I want to hang out with a bunch of pocket-protector wearing… oh you said “GREEKS?” Gotcha. Big wooden horses, togas, and boat trips (and poems) that last way too long? No? Oh, those Greeks. The brothers and sisters on campus who show school spirit, are leaders in the community, and sponsor a bunch of great events? Well, of course we’ll go to that!

Greek LifeOn Friday, October 8, the Inter-Fraternity Council holds the Greek Week BBQ and Fair on Miller Lawn in PLV from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for your chance to mix, mingle, and marathon (well, if running back for seconds on hamburgers counts!) Then on October 11 in NYC, the Greek Council hosts Meet the Greeks, a traditional event occurring every semester where Greek organizations show school spirit and perform presentations for the community. The event includes music, drinks, and food. Plus you get to smash your plate and shout “Opa!” when you’re done (ok, not really), but come on down anyway to get acquainted with Greek life.

More Than Just a Few Good Men

Maybe we’ve been going a little overboard with the legal references while the regular Pulse editor is on jury duty, but we hope you’ll “pardon” us this time, since this title is actually the name of the lecture. Join us October 7 in PLV to hear Huffington Post blogger and leading male activist Jackson Katz, PhD, speak on manhood in America and violence against women.

A Few Good MenJoin us October 7 at 9:00 p.m. in the Goldstein Fitness Center to hear Jackson Katz, PhD, one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists speak on manhood in America and violence against women.

An educator, author, cultural critic, and filmmaker, Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. He has lectured on more than a thousand college and high school campuses in 46 states and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.  He is a co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics and director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. He is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and blogs regularly on culture and politics on The Huffington Post.

Legal Ethics and Emperors

No, ethical lawyers is not an oxymoron, and on October 13, President Friedman will explain why at the Law School’s Blank Lecture. Then on October 18, Jim Salzman, Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at Duke University points out that the emperor has no clothes in his lecture on environmental protection.

Legal EthicsThe Law School brings you back-to-back lectures on timely topics and legal conundrums in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, October 13, Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace and former dean of the Law School tackles the tricky topic of “Ethical Imperatives for Lawyers” at noon in the Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom as the Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics. Then on October 18, Jim Salzman, Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at Duke University, asks, “What is the Emperor Wearing?”  in his critical look at the potential of ecosystem services for environmental protection as part of the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law, held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Tudor Room and followed by a reception in the student lounge.

Food for Thought

Fast Food Nation? Not at Pace. This month Pace organizations are treating you to a number of sweet homemade treats, and all for a good cause. So show you care and chow down!

Food for ThoughtGet a couple bucks ready for some serious sweet eats as Maria’s Tower Honors Floor hosts a bake sale on October 8 in NYC. Then, think pink…cupcakes! Help the Women’s Association of Law Students (WALS) raise money for their breast cancer walk at a bake sale on October 11 in WP. Also in WP, Phi Alpha Delta raises money for Oktoberbreast for Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness at a bake sale on October 13.

The Changing Face of Warfare

On October 12, President Friedman hosts a discussion with one of our country’s most decorated veterans, former Commandant of the Marine Corps Ret. General Charles C. Krulak—giving you an insider’s view on the war in Afghanistan that you won’t get anywhere else. Join us in the Schimmel Center at 7:00 p.m. for this exciting event. Read more…

General Krulak served 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and his last position was as Commandant of the Marine Corps and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He commanded a platoon and two rifle companies during two tours of duty in Vietnam and held a variety of command and staff positions, including Deputy Director of the White House Military Office, Commanding General of the 6th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during Desert Storm, Commanding General of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Commanding General of the Marine Forces Pacific.

During his military service, General Krulak was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and two gold stars, the Purple Heart with gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the French Legion d’Honneur Commandeur rank, and many other decorations and medals.

Are You Coming Out?

Move over Diana Ross, it’s time to share the spotlight. October 11 marks National Coming Out Day, but we’ll be celebrating all month with movie nights, workshops, fashion shows, and more. The event kicks off with an LGBTQA Fair on Monday afternoon in One Pace Plaza. And if that isn’t music to your ears, check out what else is lined up for Pace Pride Month. Read more…

Coming Out DayThe National Coming Out Day and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Fair put on by the LGBTQA Task Force, the Stonewall Coalition, and other departments will be held outside of One Pace Plaza on October 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will recognize the recent losses of six gay teens who committed suicide in response to bullying and harassment due to their sexual identity. It will include poets and anyone else interested in breaking the silence and speaking out against discrimination.

Then on Wednesday, October 13, Karla Jay, PhD, will be moderating a discussion on LGBTQ Violence in the meeting room of the student union from 12:20 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. As always, free pizza will be served. Check out the event on the Facebook event page.

On the 14th, NYC will host the first Queer Movie Night at 7:00 p.m. in One Pace Plaza’s Civic W603A featuring the movie “The Incredible Adventures of Two Girls in Love,” the first of six different movie nights spread throughout the semester. The Stonewall Coalition will also be sponsoring a series of bimonthly workshops.

Stay tuned for upcoming events in November including Not in Our Backyard, Drag Night, and a food and clothing drive for the Ali Forney Center. If you would like to learn more about these and other events and get involved on campus, become friends with the Stonewall Coalition and the LGBTQA Task Force on Facebook or e-mail them at: PaceNYCStonewall@gmail.com or PaceLGBTQACenter@gmail.com.

The Bard Is Back

This fall, Pace becomes a downtown destination for all things Shakespeare with four productions at the Schimmel. And with a special discount for Pace students, it won’t cost you a pound of flesh.

ShakespeareThis fall kick offs an exciting season of Shakespeare at Pace, featuring four performances from world-renowned theatre companies. First in the lineup: Romeo and Juliet, by Tony Award winning The Acting Company runs from October 22 to October 24. Then, Shakespeare’s Globe of London returns to Pace to perform The Merry Wives of Windsor October 28 to November 7. Theatre for a New Audience puts on The Merchant of Venice February 27 to March 13, starring Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, and The Acting Company rounds out the season with Comedy of Errors April 5 to April 17.

The best part of this lineup? Pace students get special discounts on both the season package and tickets to individual performances.

Subscribe to all four shows for just $99 (saving you almost $200) online by clicking HERE!

OR for single tickets

$35 for Orchestra seats – regularly $75
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$25 for Orchestra Circle or Balcony seats – regularly $40
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To purchase your single tickets, click HERE, or call 1-866-811-4111.

Around the World in 50 Days and 50 Nights

From Greece to Monte Carlo this week’s line up of events in PLV takes you on a tour of the world (and its cuisine).

October 6 starts off with Circle of Greeks, hosted by the Greek Council at 9:00 p.m. in Willcox Gym. So kick back, take a load off your sandals, loosen your toga, and learn about the variety of Greek Organizations on campus. Then on the 7th and 8th, get your fill of comfort food and down home cookin’—that’s pasta and southern cuisine as the Pan-Hellenic Council dishes up the bowls of noodles on Pasta Night at 9:00 p.m. in Gottesman Room on the 7th and the IFC hosts a baby back BBQ that’s sure to be finger lickin’ good from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Miller Lawn. Then on October 12, Phi Sigma Sigma hosts Monte Carlo Night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Pace Perk – the proceeds of which will go to the National Kidney Foundation.

InsideTrack: The Changing Face of Warfare

Join President Stephen J. Friedman and one of our country’s most highly-decorated veterans, former Commandant of the Marine Corps Ret. General Charles C. Krulak, for an enlightening conversation about the concerns the United States military is facing in Afghanistan and around the world on October 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Schimmel Center.

Inside TrackGeneral Krulak served 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and his last position was as Commandant of the Marine Corps and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He commanded a platoon and two rifle companies during two tours of duty in Vietnam and held a variety of command and staff positions, including Deputy Director of the White House Military Office, Commanding General of the 6th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during Desert Storm, Commanding General of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Commanding General of the Marine Forces Pacific.

During his military service, General Krulak was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and two gold stars, the Purple Heart with gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the French Legion d’Honneur Commandeur rank, and many other decorations and medals.

Maracas, Piñatas, Yo-Yos, and More

Ready to take that trek to Nepal, study along the Seine, or watch over wildlife in Zambia? Then globetrot your way on down to the Study Abroad Fair in One Pace Plaza on October 7, where you can learn more about study abroad courses, sample exotic cuisine, and walk the dog with the best of them!

Study AbroadThis Thursday, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. take a break from the mean streets of NYC to bask in a warm Hawaiian welcome, bust a few moves on an unsuspecting stuffed animal, and go around the world in more ways than one at the Study Abroad Fair in the courtyard at One Pace Plaza. Featuring piñatas, students playing maracas, students demonstrating Chinese yo-yos, a ton of international food, contests, prizes, and more, the Fair will introduce students to faculty who lead travel courses as well as third-party study abroad partners.

Give A Big (Green) Thumbs Up

Know someone with a knack for being green? Nominations are now being accepted for the GreenPace Awards—recognizing people, departments, organizations, and clubs that are helping to make Pace a greener place.

Green ThumbThe GreenPace Award will recognize members of the Pace community for ongoing dedication to developing innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. For more information, and to nominate a Pace staff, faculty, student or Pace club, organization, or department, go to: www.pace.edu/greenaward.

If you are ready to be an active part of the Green Movement, join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) onWednesday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m. in an open roundtable discussion about the Green Movement and the voice of communities of color that will culminate with plans for Earth Day 2011 program. For further information, please contact Denise Belen Santiago at (212) 346-1546/dsantiago@pace.edu or Melanie Robles at (212) 346-1261/mrobles@pace.edu.

Pay It Forward

Did you know you can be a teacher to children, mentor, and community leader all while helping pay for school? Pace’s Community and Volunteer Mobilization (CVM) AmeriCorps program, which places members in community and nonprofit organization is now accepting applications for 2011. It’s rewarding in more ways than one!

AmeriCorpsCVM AmeriCorps members are placed in local schools, programs, community-based and non-profit organizations where they serve the community by mentoring middle-school or high-school youth, supporting non-profit capacity-building initiatives, teaching computer or English language skills, or providing training and outreach on public health and safety initiatives. Positions are available at Pace University and in the surrounding community.

Students must be able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week for 12 full months — from January 2011 to December 2011.

Group interviews begin in October. To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit: http://www.cvmamericorps.org/

Dog Day Afternoon

(Just because the Pulse editor is on jury duty doesn’t mean you’ll be let off pun free…) If you’re up on your common reading, you’re already familiar with the story about the mysterious murder of a dog (and the teenager with Asperger’s who solves the case). But even if you aren’t, you can still enjoy the show by author and comedian Greg Walloch this Tuesday, October 5, 5:30 p.m. in NYC. >>Read More

Curious IncidentGreg Walloch author of this year’s common reader, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, will be coming to Pace to give a stand-up routine and then lead a workshop on the themes of difference and otherness, both of which are addressed in his book. The event takes place 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union of One Pace Plaza and will be followed by refreshments. Learn more about Walloch’s comedy at: www.gregwalloch.com.

A Few Good Men… and Women

The truth, if you can handle it, is that a lot of people in our community can use a helping hand. If you’re ready to become part of the solution, join other Pace students, faculty, and staff as we go out into the community for Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 23 in PLV! For more information and to register visit: www.pace.edu/makeadifference (The first 300 to sign up get free Ts!)

Start Doing Today

Be a Giant on Monster

Get Linked In to all the HotJobs with a number of career networking events and workshops in New York City, Pleasantville, and White Plains this week. The job market might look a little scary at the moment, but with the help of Pace’s friendly Career Services, you’ll soon be ogre the moon about your prospects. (That’s right, we went there.) >>Read more

NYC Highlights:

Is there an advanced degree in your future? Is the jury still out? Pace’s Applying to Graduate Programs workshop on Tuesday, October 5, at 3:30 p.m., may help you decide, as well as explaining application procedures, testing information, and the Law School Program at Pace. Career Paths at Bank of New York Mellon on Wednesday, October 13, at 12:20 p.m., helps you discover how your major fits in with a successful career at a global bank. Ever been, out from 9 to 5? Well Dolly Parton was right; it is tough to make a living. Also on October 13, at 5:30 p.m., Out in the Workplace, lets you hear first-hand what it is like to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or transgender in a professional working environment.

PLV Highlights:

Afraid your resume might not stand out in a crowd? Avoid the Wingdings and perfumed paper and head on down to Career Services’ resume writing workshop on Friday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m. to learn how to prepare a resume that markets you.  And once you have the resume that will get you in the door, make sure you’re ready for the one-on-one. The Ace the Interview Workshop provides interviewing tips for internship and full time positions. (Note: This event, which takes place Tuesday, October 5 at 3:30 p.m. is mandatory for new co-op students.) So you’ve got the insider tips, let’s see how you use them! On Wednesday, October 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you’re invited to Mock Interview Day where you can practice your poise under stress.

You’re already working toward greatness, why not learn how to work a career fair too? On Tuesday, October 12, at 3:30 p.m., learn important tips on how to prepare for career fairs and particularly, how to stand out in a crowd and stay noticed. Finally, put your skills to the test on Wednesday, October 20, at noon with the PLV Fall Job & Internship Fair where you can connect with a variety of organizations, including accounting firms, financial services, media, not-for-profits, government, healthcare, computer science, hospitality, and more.

White Plains Highlights:

Remember those sayings you hear all the time but often ignore? Things like, “practice makes perfect”, “stay awake and stay ahead,” or that it’s “always good to know a guy”? Well, they’re true. Learn how to network your way, not only to a new job, but also to success with step-by-step instructions. This event will take place on Tuesday, October 5, at 5:00 p.m.