My Pace Path

Find out how Pace student and summer MarComm intern Ashley Vetrano ’14 got involved on campus which led to countless internships and opportunities.

Written by Ashley Vetrano ‘14

This fall I will embark on my final academic year at Pace University, and I cannot help but reflect on all I have accomplished and experienced. As a freshman, I learned about the Pace Advertising Club through their stimulating fliers posted around campus. I was really drawn in by the real world professionals that came to speak about the marketing and advertising industry. Ad Club provided me with the opportunity to work on marketing campaigns for real clients including The New York Times, Elcock Funeral Home, and Effin’ Textbooks. I started to make friends and formed relationships with the Ad Club advisers, Lubin Professors Larry Chiagouris, PhD, and Conrad Nankin, both of whom provided me with guidance and mentorship. I had started to take a couple of marketing classes at Pace and knew I had a real talent for it, so it became a natural progression.

My sophomore year, I became the Creative Director of Ad Club, where I contributed in developing commercial storyboards, radio advertisements, print and digital advertisements, and web pages for clients and event promotion. During my junior year, I was elected Vice President of the Advertising Club where I worked with the other leaders to create, budget, promote, and lead weekly events on campus. Through the Advertising Club I heard about the Pace Ad Team, which operates like an advertising agency and helps students develop an advertising campaign to present in front of a professional jury at the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition. I was recently accepted and will be competing next spring.

Pace University has a strong practice-based learning structure that helps its students prepare for their future after graduation while they are still taking classes. Because of my involvement in so many activities, I was inspired to become a leader and, in turn, gain plenty of experience outside of the classroom. I have interned at several companies including Tribune Broadcasting (PIX11), Tractenberg & Co, and even the Marketing Division of University Relations right here at Pace, where my knowledge of marketing has flourished.

I can’t help but reflect on how well Pace has prepared me for the workforce. My advice to other students at Pace would be to get involved in everything they can during their undergraduate years. Pace provided me with the appropriate tools to enhance my skills as a marketing major and valuable knowledge about the business industry that eventually will enable me to become more successful in my career when I get my degree in the spring.

Get the Dirt on the PLV Campus Reno

The Pleasantville Campus is turning 50 and getting a major facelift. From groundbreaking and construction to parking, find out how the PLV Master Plan and renovations will affect you! >>Read More

This fall, we’re breaking ground on the official Pleasantville Campus master plan—unveiled in June 2011—which seeks to improve the overall atmosphere of the 200-acre campus by creating more outdoor spaces, adding architecturally attractive new and upgraded buildings, boosting circulation and connections between buildings, and reducing the campus’ vehicle-centric nature.

“Today, the Pleasantville Campus does not have landscaped quads, a good system of pedestrian pathways, or enough outdoor open space. That will all change,” says Bill McGrath, Pace’s senior vice president and chief administrative officer. “We will transform the Pleasantville location into a state-of-the-art 21st Century residential campus that reflects the core values of our institution.”

Converting to a single campus in Pleasantville has been the main impetus for the multi-phase master plan. Pace’s nearby 35-acre Briarcliff Campus currently houses 590 students in residence halls, as well as some athletic facilities and faculty offices—capacity that will all be moved to the Pleasantville Campus.

What does this mean for you?

The first new residence hall will be located on the site that is currently Parking Lot K, the lot next to Goldstein Athletic Center. As we move to a greener campus, with more pedestrian pathways and open spaces, we hope to decrease our dependence on cars and encourage more walking throughout campus. For some of us, that may mean that our typical parking location has changed. Please refer to the chart below.

If you are visiting these buildings: Here’s where we recommend you park:
Goldstein Athletic Center Lot F (behind Lienhard Hall)
Administration Center (OSA, Admissions, etc.) Lot P (no change)
The townhouses Lot R (no change)
Martin Hall Lot R (Behind townhouses), Lot O (North Hall), or behind Martin Hall
Choate Lot ? (no change)
Paton Hall Lot P (no change)
Kessel Student Center Lots F and M

 

Please note, in the first phase of construction, the west side of campus will be relatively unaffected so parking recommendations will not change.

The Importance of Parking Stickers
All cars parked on campus must have an official Pace parking sticker—all others will be ticketed or towed.  To get your sticker, bring your Pace ID, license, and registration to the security booth in Goldstein Academic center.

New Directions
Keep your eyes out for new pedestrian pathways and vehicular routes. To aid students, Shirley Beth’s Way, which runs along Choate Pond, will be open to vehicular traffic from 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. once a new pathway is paved. Other traffic changes will be indicated throughout campus.

For up-to-date construction schedule and announcements, visit our website at www.paceplvmasterplan.com.

Convocation Kickoff

Join the Pace Community on September 3 as we kick off the school year at our 6th Annual Convocation on the PLV Campus and enjoy a talk by Pace Associate Professor and keynote speaker Susan Herman. >>Read More

On Tuesday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m. the entire first-year class, faculty, and staff are invited and urged to attend this year’s Convocation in the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center on the Pleasantville Campus, marking the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Keynote speaker and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Susan Herman, winner of the 2013 U.S. Department of Justice National Crime Victim Service Award, is best known for her groundbreaking work on parallel justice for victims of crime. She believes that “we must meet our obligation to victims, not just because we are a compassionate society, but because helping victims rebuild their lives is an essential component of justice.” Her presentation at this year’s Convocation with the continued focus upon the theme of Justice.

Pre-convocation activities will take place on each campus prior to the University-wide event. Students will meet in small groups with faculty, staff, and student facilitators to engage in a discussion of justice and to prepare for Professor Herman’s remarks. The students will have read Class Matters, a book that explores how class (a combination of income, education, wealth, and occupation) influences American society.

On the NYC Campus, pre-Convocation activities will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with travel to the Westchester Campus immediately following. Westchester’s pre-Convocation activities will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  On the Westchester Campus, lunch and festivities will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with Convocation beginning promptly at 3:00 p.m. Buses will return to the NYC Campus after the ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

For more information about Professor Susan Herman and this year’s Convocation, please visit the website: www.pace.edu/convocation.

Pace Goes Around the World in 180 Ways…and Counting

For the third year in a row, The Pulse is taking you around the world! An alumna helping build English-language sections in libraries in Kosovo. A pair of Pace students travelling the world on a dime…and filming it. A Pace Setter sinking hoops in Tel Aviv. A group of physician assistant students completing rural rotations in Pune and six SOE students making a difference in Central America. Check out 180 different stories, photos, and videos of Pace students, faculty, and alumni around the world! Have something to include? E-mail us your international stories and photos and we’ll add them to our map! View the live map!


For the third year in a row, The Pulse is taking you around the world! An alumna helping build English-language sections in libraries in Kosovo. A pair of Pace students travelling the world on a dime…and filming it. A Pace Setter sinking hoops in Tel Aviv. A group of physician assistant students completing rural rotations in Pune and six SOE students making a difference in Central America. Check out 180 different stories, photos, and videos of Pace students, faculty, and alumni around the world! Have something to include? E-mail us your international stories and photos and we’ll add them to our map! View the live map!

Celebrating Seniors

Commencement is commencing! From ceremony dates and times to honorary degree recipients to award ceremonies, here’s the 411 on Commencement 2013. >>Read More

It’s almost time for this year’s graduates to walk the walk, and as we bid adieu to the Class of 2013, here are a few things you need to know before the big day.

Event Dates
The Law School kicks off Commencement with the first ceremony of the season scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 on the White Plains Campus. New York City undergraduate and graduate level ceremonies return once again to Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, May 15. Commencement on the Pleasantville Campus is planned for Friday, May 17 at the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center.

Honorary Degree Recipients
This year, the University is pleased to announce Michael Clinton, Vartan Gregorian, Joel Klein, and the Honorable Malachy E. Mannion as this year’s Honorary Degree Recipients.

Joel I. Klein, attorney and advocate, will be the Honorary Degree Recipient at the graduate level ceremony. He built a career in Washington, D.C., where he opened his own law firm, argued 11 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and served as Deputy White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton. Later, he was appointed to Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice. Since leaving the D.C. area, Klein served eight years as Chancellor of New York City’s public school system, where he helped raise the city’s graduation rates by 20 percent. He currently serves as the CEO of Amplify and the Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, for News Corp.

The Pleasantville undergraduate ceremony’s Honorary Degree Recipient Michael Clinton received his MBA from the Lubin School of Business in 1983. Since then, he has scaled the impressive heights of Mount Kilimanjaro and the even more impressive heights of the publishing industry. Today, he is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines, where he oversees the publishing side of 13 different Hearst titles and more than $1 billion in annual revenues.

Vartan Gregorian, the Honorary Degree Recipient for the New York City undergraduate ceremony, began his work as a professor, teaching at San Francisco State College, UCLA, and the University of Texas at Austin. He worked his way up the ladder to the position of Provost at the University of Pennsylvania. Eventually, Gregorian took on the presidency at Brown University, where he was able to raise millions of dollars and create new avenues for intellectual growth. In 1981, he became the president of The New York Public Library—during his tenure there he doubled the Library’s budget and raised more than $300-million. Gregorian is currently the president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

On May 14, Pace Law School will honor the Honorable Malachy E. Mannion, a Pace alumnus and U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (MDPA), with a Doctor of Laws degree. Mannion was nominated by President Barack Obama and appointed to the MDPA in December 2012. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, then as an Assistant United States Attorney in the MDPA where he was chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, and then as a United States Magistrate Judge, and soon-to-be Chief Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, until his present appointment.

Award Ceremonies
Prior to the Commencement ceremonies, award ceremonies and receptions will be held on both campuses. Please click here to view the dates and times of the ceremonies.

For more information on Commencement, visit http://www.pace.edu/commencement.

Tutus and Tiaras

Dyson Commercial Dance student Madison Embrey was nine years old when she met Rhonda Miller, who would eventually launch Pace’s Commercial Dance Program. Fast forward a decade to performances, pageants, and her dreams coming true. >>Read More

If you ask Dyson BFA Commercial Dance student Madison Embrey ’14 what brought her to Pace, she’ll tell you all about her meeting with renowned choreographer and Commercial Dance Program Director Rhonda Miller…when she was just nine years old.

“I took my first dance class with Rhonda Miller when I was nine. Then when I was 16 or 17, I ran into her again. She told me Pace had a dance minor and that she was starting a dance major at Pace, had written the program but it wasn’t in place yet. She asked if I would like to be the student to help get the program started,” recalls Embrey. “I was planning on going to Fordham for either pre-law or political science, but the opportunity to not only be at a university in the city, but to be at the forefront of a program I believe so strongly in, I couldn’t say no.”

And it looks like things paid off for Embrey, who has thrived at Pace, both academically as a Pforzheimer Honors College student and in her field, performing in the Dance Out Loud showcase and alongside six Broadway stars in Carnegie Hall Community Sing, all in one week, which she cheerfully called her “second week of Christmas.”

“I don’t think it gets any more ‘real world experience’ than right here,” she says.

Additionally, through a connection with her music theory teacher and musical director for the Broadway show Chicago Leslie Stifelman, who worked with Carnegie Hall to start the Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange, Embrey has served a student ambassador to the program, which connects artists to young musicians (ages 13-25) to share their performances and compositions and provide feedback. She’s also taken on a role in the Performing Arts department in recruiting, giving tours to prospective students, and bringing in nearly 25 new students to the program.

Inspired by the impact Rhonda Miller had on her, Embrey also returns to her home state of Michigan each summer to give back to middle school age students, teaching, giving private lessons and workshops, choreographing, even helping out with national dance conventions.

And now, she’s taken it to a national level, inspiring youth through her pageant platform for Miss New York. In March 2013, Embrey was crowned Miss Southern New York, the official preliminary to Miss New York and Miss America, and she will compete for Miss New York on July 13. Her platform “Pursue Your Passion” is meant to encourage people, especially middle school and high school age youth, to find what they love and pursue it.

“So many people want to give, give, give, and few give to themselves,” she says. “For younger people, it’s about finding something you’re passionate about. Whenever I was stressed out about something, I had dance to go to. I wanted to find a platform that was important to everyone and to encourage everyone to find that something they love. I was so fortunate to have so many amazing mentors in my life and I want to become one of those mentors for the next generation.”

All this success and Embrey has managed to stay grounded, just not literally. After graduation, though she has not crossed off getting her master’s degree or pursuing law school, she’s going to keep dancing.

“My plan is to pursue a professional performance career. Coming to Pace and working with professionals in the industry, it feels like a really tangible goal,” she says. “Because the faculty at Pace is amazing and they’re working in the industry, it doesn’t feel like there’s a glass wall between myself and a professional career in the performing arts. If I keep putting in the hard work and making connections, it’s going to happen.”

Interested in seeing Embrey in action? Check out some of her 2012 Dance Out Loud performances here and here and watch her perform “Oh the Places You’ll Go” at the American Dance Awards Nationals here. Make sure to stay tuned for more about her journey to the Miss New York crown.

And the Pawscar Goes to…

The votes are in, the ballots have been counted, and with T-Bone as our host (neither Fey nor Poehler returned our calls), we’re rolling out the blue and gold carpet for the winners of the Fourth Annual Pawscar Awards. Now let’s get to the Pawscars!

And the Pawscars goes to…

Best Place to Eat Off-Campus
Chipotle (NYC) and Jerry’s Pizzeria (PLV)—both two-time winners!

Best Place to Eat On-Campus
Starbucks and Café 101 (NYC) and Pace Perk (BRC—two-time winner)

Best Coffeeshop or Sweets Shop
Starbucks and Baked by Melissa

Best Place to Shop
SoHo (NYC) and The Westchester (PLV)

Best Place to Volunteer
New York Cares (NYC) and Pace Makes a Difference Day (PLV)

Best People Watching Spot
Courtyard (NYC) and Shirley Beth’s Way and Kessel tie (PLV)

Favorite Place On-Campus
Courtyard (NYC) and Library (PLV)

Best Professor
Barry Morris (NYC); Paul Londrigan (PLV)

Best Student Organization/Club
Kappa Delta Sorority (NYC) and The Pace Chronicle (PLV)

Best Park/Green Space
City Hall Park (NYC) and Miller Lawn (PLV)

Best Class
POL 303A: Model UN

Best Dorm to Live in
Fulton (NYC) and Martin and North Halls tie (PLV)

Best Hidden Gem
Elevated Acre (NYC); PLV has no consensus

Best On-Campus Event
Kappa Delta’s Shamrock (NYC) and Relay for Life (PLV)

Best Internship/Co-op Experience
Too many to list: from Discovery to Deloitte, Conde Nast to the NYPD Cadets, MSG to MTV, and much more.

Best Thing About Being a Pace Student
NYC and internships

The Professor Is In: Q&A with P.V. Viswanath

Lubin Finance Professor P.V. Viswanath talks culture, finance, polyglotism, and his interests from Jay Leno to film editing. >>Read More

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

To have a conversation with P.V. Viswanath, PhD, is to be immersed in his amazingly vast knowledge of every topic from religion and languages to finance and economics. When Viswanath isn’t in a classroom lecturing both undergraduate and graduate students on financial practices, he can be found advising undergraduate students on their honors theses in finance, or embarking on his newest endeavor to learn Chinese (he is fluent in several languages including French, Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi.) He, along with colleague Professor Rebecca Tekula, recently applied for a grant to perform research in urban microfinance—an innovative field in the economic world that investigates people in urban areas who are underserved by commercial banks. They will try to uncover why 8 percent of people in the entire U.S., and nearly 14 percent of New Yorkers, do not have a bank account at all. His research will compare un-banked citizens of NYC and Mumbai, where Viswanath was born and raised. He is extremely interested in anthropology and diverse cultures. Last summer, Viswanath visited a group of people in Northeast India called the Bnei Menashe, who believe that they are descended from the lost Israelite tribe of Menashe, expelled from Israel in the 8th century BCE by the Assyrians. The group is actively seeking to reestablish its connections to Jewish society and many members of the group wish to immigrate to Israel. His previous research includes innumerable academic papers on topics like law and marketing. He is certainly an asset to the Pace Community—and extremely fun to boot.

What was your favorite class as a student? Least favorite?
My favorite class in high school was French. It was the first of many languages I’ve studied in my life. In undergraduate school, I found an interest in English literature and economics.

My least favorite class in school was biology. Where I went to school in Mumbai, we did not have a lot of great teachers in the sciences and you were not required to take science courses if it was not in your area of study.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your current career?
Since coming to Pace I have become much more passionate about teaching. I believe I have a very analytical mind and I’ve always loved to do research. But it’s only since coming to Pace, that I really developed my interesting in teaching. I’ve realized it is a great responsibility [to be a professor]. Sometimes when a student does not like a course, it is the way in which the material is presented. I make the effort to learn how to improve my teaching.

What quality do you most value in your students?
I value students who think about a question or topic and ask questions. Something I do in my class (which I know isn’t always popular) is I don’t always give an answer to a question. In some other classes, perhaps there is an answer to a question, but I think, in general, it is more important to be able to think critically. Especially in economics and finance students are always saying, “But what is the right answer? I need the answer!” but often times it is not about the answer, but learning how to think about a topic and evaluate it.

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
Take courses outside your major and expand your horizons past your primary area of study.

If you had to do it all over again and took another path, what profession would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?
I mentioned earlier how I didn’t have a lot of education in the physical sciences. And I’ve always enjoyed research. I am a researcher first. So, if I could I would study the physical sciences and perhaps become a research scientist.

I think I probably would be a terrible musician. But I do enjoy music… I learned to chant from the Torah. With each character there is a specific pitch to chant at and I’ve studied that.

What is your favorite book/TV show?
My wife and I really like Jay Leno—we try to watch him. And I really liked Cheers a long time ago. I read a lot. One genre I really enjoy is crime fiction like Clive Cussler, who writes thrillers that take place in New York. I also enjoy historical and locale-based crime fiction, e.g. by Qiu Xiao Long writes crime stories based in modern-day Shanghai. I was also a big fan of the Brother Cadfael series of murder mysteries set in 12th century England.

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
I’d probably read—I also like movies and don’t see enough of them. In fact, I would also like to study film editing—which I hope to do eventually. It amazes me how editing of the film can completely change a movie. Even the film industry’s connection to finance is interesting. For example, if you’re a film maker with debt financing, you are likely to have to give up artistic control. Since the lender just wants to make sure he gets his money back and doesn’t participate in any upside in case the movie does really well, he wants to reduce his risk exposure. This is particularly true of studio financing. With debt financing, the director has much more control. S/he doesn’t have to worry about the studio insisting on changing a movie ending, for example.

What is your favorite journey/experience?
I traveled to China and taught in Beijing for three weeks. That was a very interesting experience because I was exposed to a whole different culture, but one that has been connected with India since the times of the Buddha.

What is your favorite saying/words to live by?
My favorite saying that I try to live by is from Hillel in the 2nd century. Don’t do something to someone else that you would not want done to you.

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose?
Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus, Muhammad, Adolf Hitler, and Ashoka, a 3rd century Indian king who was instrumental in the spread of Buddhism to China and throughout Asia. He underwent a change of heart after a very bloody war and became more interested in the welfare of his people.

What’chu Talkin’ Bout Wilson?

Are you a social entrepreneur? Interested in nonprofits and looking for a PAID summer internship? The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship has the gig for you.

Have you been looking for a summer internship that’s both fulfilling and paid? Hard to find, but thanks to the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, you may be in luck!

Want to help build a dynamic platform for Endeavor, which will allow entrepreneurs to connect with mentors and each other to share business insights and give feedback to each other to help their businesses grow? Interested in working with the Riverkeeper, New York’s leading clean water advocate, on community action and advocacy or with the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo) implementing sustainability initiatives in South Bronx housing buildings? How about coordinating volunteer projects to engage individuals and groups in service for the Volunteer Center of United Way or helping grow Sustainable South Bronx’s SmartRoofs social enterprise? Are you web savvy enough to help move domestic violence organization CONNECT’s existing ACCESS database for its legal assistance program from server-based to salesforce or provide web development and graphic design for Pencils of Promise, an organization that has built more than 114 schools in Laos, Nicaragua, Ghana, and Guatemala? Interested in learning about healthcare marketing and communications at the Northern Westchester Hospital? How about making a difference at Sanctuary for Families, the leading nonprofit in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children? Hungry to help socially-responsible Greyston Bakery with sustainable business practices and supporting metrics? Doing good has never been this delicious.

Applications to some of the Wilson Center funded internships have been extended to May 10, so act fast!

Launched in 2009, the Funded Internship Program places up to 15 Pace students in full-time summer internships with New York social enterprises and human service nonprofit organizations each year, offering experiential learning and income for students interested in careers in the nonprofit sector, and giving bright, highly motivated, mentored students in service for nonprofits.

To learn more about past internships, visit the Wilson Center website. For more information about summer 2013 internships, visit the Wilson Center on Facebook.

All Abroad!

Three Pace students have been awarded scholarships to study in Hong Kong and Russia this summer as part of the U.S. Department of State’s prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Meet the winners.

Three Pace students are among the 700 outstanding American undergraduate students from 270 colleges and universities across the U.S., who have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to participate in a study abroad or international internship program during the summer 2013 academic term. The total amount of summer scholarship funding awarded to Pace students by Gilman is $12,000.

The Summer 2013 Gilman Scholarship recipients are:

Jacqueline Kelleher ’15, a Political Science and Arts and Entertainment Management double major, will be participating in the Pace Exchange Program at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.  “I chose to study abroad to immerse myself in a place that is unfamiliar to me, to reflect on my education in America, and to see what other institutions have to offer. Receiving the Gilman scholarship is a true blessing and I can’t wait to share my experience with my fellow Pace students when I return in the fall,” she says.

Kelleher is a 2013-2014 Head Delegate for Pace’s award-winning Model UN team, a Resident Advisor, Vice President of the Arts and Entertainment Management Industry Network, and a UNV 101 and Dyson House Peer Leader.

Diana De Paula, an International Management major with a dual minor in Latin American Studies and Marketing, will be studying at St. Petersburg State University in Russia, through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Additionally, De Paula was one of only 30 students awarded a Critical Need Language Enhancement Award to study Russian. When asked why she chose to study abroad, she quoted Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

During the upcoming academic year she will serve as Student Government’s Executive Vice President. In the past she has held numerous leadership roles on campus such as being a Resident Advisor for two years and SGA Lubin School of Business President. Outside of Pace she has interned at NBC and currently works at SEBA International, a leading boutique executive search firm.

Jia Jun Chen ’16, an International Business major, will participate in the Pace Exchange Program at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

“Study abroad experiences can enhance my global knowledge of the world including, culture, language, and economy, preparing me for a more successful career in international management,” she says.

Jun Chen is also a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Honor Society of Leadership and was recently accepted to the National Honor Society for sophomores, Lambda Delta. She is also a national member of Ascend, the professional organization of Pan-Asian business leaders.

Interested in applying for a Gilman scholarship or other international fellowships and scholarships? Visit the Pace Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships website to learn more.

ITS Connect

Final exam schedules, new wireless technology, upgrades to Exchange and Blackboard, and more in this month’s ITS updates.

Final Exam Schedules for Students and Faculty
Finals are here!  Find out where and when your finals are through two available methods:

  • Download our MyPace Mobile App and look for the Exam Schedule module: Final Schedule Site. Whether you are on the run or online, easily view your final exam date, location, and time. Good luck on finals!

Orientation Registration System Enhancements for New Incoming Students
ITS worked with CAE to apply significant improvements to our Student Orientation Registration System. Along with making the front-end forms more user-friendly, it has been modified to run on tablet devices and early arrival accommodation were also enhanced. The various changes provide administrators with easier tracking, reporting, and attendee management. A Global Pathways management facility has also been incorporated for international students. For more information regarding Undergraduate Orientation, please refer to Fall 2013 Orientation.

Spring 2013 ePortfolio Student Contest Winners
The judges’ scores are in! Below are the winners of the third annual spring contest—log in to ePortfolio to check out their superlative ePortfolios!

  • Pamela Marianelli Agbulos: A freshman political science major who created her ePortfolio on her own after being briefly introduced to the tool in UNV101.
  • Yekaterina Tsvetkova: An undergraduate Lubin student who created her ePortfolio almost entirely in Russian as part of her modern languages coursework.
  • Caitlin Kirschbaum: A graduate student in the Masters in Communications and Media Arts with vast skill sets in areas such as social media, marketing, video production, photography and public relations.
  • Heather Askildsen: A senior English major created a career-oriented ePortfolio that showcases her writing.

These students were honored at their campus’ ePortfolio Showcase Ceremony, held in conjunction with the Writing Enhanced Course Awards on Thursday, May 2. Congratulations to our winners!

New Wireless Technology for Students, Faculty, and Staff Update
Starting mid-May, we will begin the migration of the new Cisco wireless technology at NYC’s One Pace Plaza building (with the exception of Maria’s Tower).  We will be posting a general schedule for the building on our website.  In addition, we will also be posting signage and have handouts in key locations. 

If you are connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations list above, you will see the network information below:

  • Pace_Connect will now be called PACE-OPEN
  • Pace_Secure will now be called PACE-WIRELESS

If you are interested in checking out the new technology over the next few weeks, go to any of the following locations which now include the new wireless network technology:

  • Law School (WP)
  • 140 William St. (NYC)
  • CSO office areas (NYC–2nd floor 1 Pace Plaza)
  • CRC lab (PLV–2nd floor Willcox Hall)
  • West Hall (BRC)

For additional updates, information, and/or rollout schedules for the new services, please visit the following site: Configuring Wireless.

Microsoft Lync Settings Update
In order to improve the user experience when scheduling and conducting Lync online meetings and the Web conferences, we have updated the Microsoft Lync’s default settings. The default setting originally was set where only the meeting organizer was listed as a presenter and all other meeting participants to be attendees. Presenters have control over the meeting and additional features while attendees do not.  However, this default setting can sometimes be an issue if the meeting organizer can’t join the meeting until later and no one else has the access to fill in as a presenter. It can also become an issue if the organizer would like to grant one or more attendees with presenter status after the meeting starts, but does not know how to do this.  

To eliminate these issues, the new default setting will make every meeting participant a Presenter by default. Meeting organizers can still change the new default setting to anything they wish by accessing Meeting Options. The Meeting Options window has a “Remember Settings” checkbox in the lower left corner.  If you check this box, your settings will save to the computer you are currently using and will be used each time you create an online meeting (this will work on both Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Lync 2013). This is a local save and must be repeated in each computer you use to access your Outlook calendar. For a video tutorial on customizing meeting options, click here. In addition, a new “Lync Delegate” feature has been enabled which will allow a designated person to set up a Lync meeting on behalf of someone else. To learn how Lync delegate access works, you can review tutorials here. Another benefit of enabling Lync Delegate access is that it will also turn on the Lync “voice calling” feature. This means that calls to internal Pace numbers/extensions can now be made via the dial pad icon on the main Lync window.  Just type in the number or extension of the person you want to call and press CALLNote:  To use this feature, you must have either a microphone and speaker connected to your computer or a microphone enabled headset.

Exchange Upgrades
Over the next several months, ITS will be upgrading our Microsoft Exchange server hardware and software. The upgrades will allow for a more robust system, with new features and increased storage quotas. While the upgrade is in progress, users may see references to emailnyc.pace.edu or emailwst.pace.edu in their mail clients. Some mail clients may require configuration changes to continue to function. Please review the table on the following site Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Upgrade and take note of any changes required for the mail client you use. Once the upgrade to Exchange Server 2013 is complete this summer, emailnyc.pace.edu and emailwst.pace.edu will no longer be required and all users will be able to use email.pace.edu again.

Blackboard Upgrade in May
Blackboard Learn servers will be taken offline on Thursday, May 23, from 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in order to install a service pack upgrade. The upgrade will provide a number of enhancements to the Blackboard Learning Management System. More details are available from the CTLT blog: Enhanced Features of Blackboard Learn in May

University Policy Library for Students, Faculty, and Staff Available in May
The University has been working on creating a central location for all relevant University policies.  This library is to ensure faculty, staff and students have easy access to policies that affect them and their respective areas/groups.  It will be available by mid-May through your Portal account. 

Secret Agent Man

Can you keep a secret? So can Seidenberg student Douglas Kandl ’13, ’14, who was recently awarded a prestigious Department of Defense Information Assurance scholarship to work on security for the…well, his secret is safe with us. >>Read More

When you ask students why they chose Pace, you’ll hear a lot of great answers: from the location to the internships to the small classroom experience. But for Seidenberg student Douglas Kandl ’13, ’14 what drew him to Pace was a matter of national security: the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Information Assurance Program, a program that only select universities designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence have access to. Pace is one of them.

“When I was a high school student and touring the Pleasantville Campus, the Seidenberg academic adviser told me about the program and Pace’s affiliation with the DoD. I came to Pace because of the program and the scholarships it offers,” Kandl says.

It was a smart choice for Kandl, who last fall was selected for the highly-coveted Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) to prepare for a career in cybersecurity. Kandl, who is majoring in Information Technology with a concentration in Security and a focus on Art, will also pursue his master’s in Information Systems as part of the program. In addition to a full scholarship and a generous stipend, the program guarantees internships and full-time employment after graduation. His first internship will begin in summer 2014 with a prominent organization—we’d tell you more, but it’s on a need-to-know basis only.

“Doug is an outstanding student, an entrepreneur, and a leader dedicated to the community, just to name some of his merits. All in all, he is a terrific individual and I know everyone will be pleased to work with him,” says Director of Assessment and Co-Director of the scholarship program, Andreea Cotoranu, who guided Kandl through the comprehensive application process.

While it may be the most top-secret, this isn’t Kandl’s only internship experience. He’s already landed four others including: Alloy Media + Marketing, providing technical and web support to the rights holders of shows like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies; Standard & Poor’s, where he helped lead a multimillion dollar throughput increase and worked on ratings with a team from around the world; and PSE&G, where he currently works on IT enterprise architecture: “I work on a team that does strategic planning. We decide what technology gets implemented in the enterprise,” he says. This summer, Kandl will be interning for Checkmarx, an application security company, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

With all this, Kandl still finds time for campus activities. When he arrived at Pace in fall 2010, he began working on Hillel, Pace’s then-inactive Jewish student organization. As Co-President of the organization along with Nicole Benzimra, Kandl has helped Pace Hillel grow into a vibrant and inclusive student group responsible for some of Pace’s most unique events like T-Bone’s Bark Mitzvah, Sushi in the Sukkah, Friday Night Lights: Musical Shabbat, and Hillel Idol. Kandl has also written op-eds and been featured in a variety of publications, including The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, Cleveland Jewish News, The New Jersey Jewish News, and Chicago Jewish News and helped launch the Hillels of NYC Council and worked with UJA-Federation of New York’s Bridging the Gap to bring together students from all of the Hillels in the area in order to bridge the divide between Jewish students of varying cultures. For his leadership, Kandl received the 2012 Philip H. Cohen and Susan Rudd Cohen International Hillel Exemplar Award at the Jewish Federations of North American Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

If you have an interest in cybersecurity and would like to know more about the Department of Defense’s Information Assurance Scholarship Program, please visit http://seidenberg.pace.edu/ia.

On Your Mark, Get Set…

The world is waiting for you. Good luck, travel safe, but before you go…set the date: Wednesday, May 1 for the Amazing PACE Race.

The Amazing PACE Race is a one-day—24 hours only—online marathon to rally the entire Pace Community and boost our participation rate. Our goal is to secure 501 gifts on May 1 to support the unique Pace experience.

To ensure that you’re one of the first at the starting line on race day, just tell us you are going to participate by visiting our Facebook page.

Even better, the first 50 participants who make a gift to the Pace Annual Fund before 9:00 a.m. will be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire…and that’s just a sampling of the prizes that will be awarded throughout the day to Pace students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who give during the Amazing PACE Race.

The Get-Back-to-Basics Challenge

Check out how one Pace professor is encouraging students to go without common luxuries to discover how their everyday actions affect the world around them.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

“Most of the reasons we use certain luxuries is because we want to fit into our culture, not because they are necessary to our survival,” says Laurel Whitney, professor of Environmental Studies at Pace. Some of us can’t imagine what it would be like to live without everyday staples like shampoo and elevators. These simple aspects of everyday life are often forgotten as we fail to realize that these things really are luxuries. For one week during Earth Month, Whitney challenged students in both sections of ENV 105: Social Responsibility and the World of Nature classes and in the dorms to forgo these and other luxuries to discover how their actions affect the environment and how they can promote a greater awareness of environmental issues as part of the Sustainability Challenge. This is Whitney’s third time teaching the course and assigning the challenge—emphasis on the word “challenge”—during which students go without these luxuries and come to many realizations about their lifestyles and the world around them.

Finding alternatives to make day-to-day activities more environmentally conscious is no easy task. Whitney has said that when she first assigns the challenge, it is often met with “a mix of horror, intrigue, and a bit of incredulity” by her students. By the end of the week, however, students not only successfully completed the challenge, but also expressed an interest in keeping up the behaviors they had learned. Students worked to conserve both water and electricity, opted to walk or bike when they could have taken a cab, purchased locally-grown food to drastically cut “food miles,” and became more aware of plastic products they purchased like water bottles.

On the last day of the challenge, students are forbidden from using any fossil fuels at all—quite the endeavor in the modern world we live in today. Despite the obstacle, students still praised the challenge and felt the lessons they learned were worth the struggle. Dyson student Georleena Douglas said, “For me, the challenge tested my personal strength.” Another student said, “This experience has shown me that I think I want a more simple way of life. I depend too much on a number of things. A simpler lifestyle is a happier one.”

Of the greatest lesson students took away from the challenge, Whitney explained, “Many of them talk about going outside, spending time with family or friends, and getting active. Ideally, many of them learn that when you turn off the laptop, ignore your smartphone, and hold off on the Netflix, you starting reconnecting with the community around you.”

Next year, Whitney is planning to extend the challenge out of the classroom and onto the campus. As a part of a plan to make Earth Month more dynamic on the NYC campus, any student will be able to complete the project.

Critical Thinking, Critical Issues

Do you believe water pollution is illegal? Cage-free hens are contented animals? Climate change is threatening the United States with more hurricanes? Says who? Based on what? Compared to what? Join the conversation on EarthDesk, Pace Academy’s new blog.

Join the conversation on EarthDesk, a new blog launched by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Examine and discuss environmental issues, innovations, and opportunities from the perspective of a University’s unique role in society: as a hub for critical thinking, a laboratory for testing ways to advance human progress, and an intellectual resource dedicated to nature and community. Read it, comment, follow it, like it, share it!

In the era of online connectivity, that role is global as well as trans-disciplinary. EarthDesk convenes thinkers and doers from the Pace University campuses, the greater New York region, and the world, across a host of disciplines–from law to art to the sciences, and more. Help advance creative thought and innovative solutions regarding topics that touch every life on the planet.

Recent Pace Academy contributors include Director Michelle D. Land, JD; Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs John Cronin; Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding and New York Times “Dot Earth” blogger Andrew C. Revkin; and Program Coordinator Donna Kowal.

Join EarthDesk and subscribe to posts by e-mail at www.pace.edu/earthdesk; like them on Facebook; and follow them on Twitter.

And the Pawscar Goes to…

The Pawscars are back! For the past three years, you’ve voted on some of your favorite food and people-watching spots, hidden gems, student orgs, and more. The polls are now open for the Fourth Annual Pawscar Awards! Winners will be announced at the end of the semester. >>Vote by May 1!

The Pawscars are back! For the past three years, you’ve voted on some of your favorite food and people-watching spots, hidden gems, student orgs, and more. The polls are now open for the Fourth Annual Pawscar Awards! Winners will be announced at the end of the semester. >>Vote by May 1!

Got Pride? Get Gift Card.

Did you win an award, present at a conference, or score an awesome internship? Are you what Pace Pride is all about? If so, share your Pace Pride for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.

Recently, we published a mini-mag on 25 Reasons to Share Your Pace Pride, but we know there are thousands more, so we need you to tell us all about them! Share your success story on the Pace Pride Facebook page for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. If you’ve won an award, have been working on a research project, presented at a conference, landed a great internship or job, or anything that will make Pace students, faculty, staff, and alumni proud, we want to hear from you!

If you’re interested in winning a $50 Visa gift card, here’s what you have to do:

The success story/pride point that has the most likes by May 3 will win a $50 Visa gift card.

Lessons Taught and Learned

School of Education student Amanda Akdemir, BA/MSEd ’13, has found new and exciting ways to make a real difference in the lives of others–both at home and overseas. >>Read More

For Amanda Akdemir, her personal mission has always been clear: make a difference in the lives of others. Throughout her time at the Pace University School of Education, she has found new and exciting ways to make a real difference in the lives of others.

Akdemir transferred to Pace after completing an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Rockland Community College. After taking a few education courses there, she was hooked. “I applied to Pace University because I was advised that the School of Education was fabulous and had a great relationship with RCC and that my credits would transfer over very smoothly,” she says. “I can say with great confidence that I am happy I made the decision to come to Pace.”

Akdemir is a candidate in our five-year combined degree program, set to graduate in May 2013 with a BA in Childhood education and an MS in Educational Technology. She is the Vice President of Pi Lambda Theta, an education honor society and professional organization.

One of the key highlights, she says, is getting into local schools so early in the program. “It has allowed for me not only to create relationships amongst districts and their communities, but also to gain such a vast range of insights that I have been able to build upon through my courses and experience,” Akdemir says.

Akdemir is currently a student intern and substitute teacher in a unique school environment, the Mount Pleasant Blythedale School District, a K-12 school for children with special medical needs at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla New York. “It has given me a good handle on several different situations from both the elementary and secondary standpoints,” she says.

Akdemir has previously student-taught classes in the second and fourth grade in another Westchester district. “I love being in the classroom and it is absolutely true that this is where most of your learning takes place,” she says.

As part of her Educational Technology degree program, she has engaged in a wide variety of projects, including website development, applying for technology grants, and implementing the broad use of an interactive multimedia iPad app for Blythedale’s special needs students, along with professional development for faculty. Her experience is one that has definitely opened her eyes to the challenges in education—meeting the needs of all students.

“Especially in my current environment, simultaneously adapting to the needs of such diverse learners is definitely not an easy task,” she says. But, she continues, “I think that the greatest reward comes when those needs are met. The satisfaction that comes along [with that] is an unmatched feeling that makes every effort worthwhile.”

Akdemir has also had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children, internationally. She was one of six students who traveled to Guatemala for a week in February 2013 to present at the 9th International Literacy Conference in Guatemala City. In addition to scholarly pursuits, the students also visited three local schools to interact with teachers and students, and experienced day-to-day life in Central America. “It was an overall wonderful experience that I will cherish always,” she says. The trip, she says, put a lot of things in perspective.

“There is so much that we take for granted here,” she says. “We are provided with more than we can imagine to make a difference in the lives of children, and we should be making use of every tool and opportunity we are given to the best of our ability.”

Read more SOE success stories on their website at www.pace.edu/soe

The ABCs: Animals, Basile, and Community

Professor Tracy Basile reminds students of what it means to be a citizen of Earth and to respect (and most importantly, appreciate) the world around us.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Tracy Basile, a Dyson adjunct professor and environmental journalist and activist, has dedicated much of her life to promoting a greater consciousness in her students. She urges them to observe, and most importantly enjoy, the natural world around them. Basile teaches several courses on the Pleasantville Campus, among them two very popular courses entitled Food Revolution and Nature and Culture. She has served as Senior Editor of Animal Watch, the monthly magazine of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) headquartered in NYC to spread awareness of the plethora of animal rights issues the world is still plagued with today. “Do we understand that every species has as much a right to be here as we do?” she asks.

The courses she teaches at Pace are grounded in a sense of community. They often require volunteer service making them eligible to fulfill a student’s AOK1 requirement. In the Food Revolution course, students travel to Hilltop Hanover Farm about 20 minutes north of the Pleasantville Campus to weed carrot patches, bundle chives, harvest beets, and other farm-related tasks. The initiative to get students out of the classroom and engaged with nature is something Basile feels will instill in them a love and appreciation of the outdoors. Other volunteer opportunities she promotes include working with the SPCA of Westchester, the Wolf Conservation Center, or hosting speaking events that feature Indigenous people from around the area.

She takes great pride in bringing her activist work supporting Indigenous issues to Pace University. Last Thursday, April 18, students from one of her Environmental Studies courses (Social Responsibility and the World of Nature) hosted an Earth Month event in honor of a treaty older than the birth of this nation—the Two Row Wampum Belt of the Haudenosaunee (formerly known as the  Iroquois). Speakers at the event shared ideas on Native and non-Native people living together in peace and friendship, forever.  

Professor Basile has also recently co-produced a riveting short documentary film, The Unfractured Future, which explores Native voices and their concern over hydrofracking, a complex environmental issue that affects our health, economy, and water. The film  provides valuable insight into native perspectives rarely explored in mainstream media. Watch the  film here.

Most of Basile’s knowledge of native peoples, cultures, and nature are from self-teaching. She reminds us, “Imagine if we treated the earth with love and respect, and gave back more than we took.”

The Selfless Seven

The results are in! Seven members of the Pace Community have been selected to receive Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals for their commitment to service–and one will even pack her bags for DC to compete for a Gold Medal Award.

Each year, the Jefferson Awards for Public Service looks for the “unsung heroes,” the selfless people who make the world a better place through volunteering and community service efforts. The Center for Community Action and Research has announced that seven Pace individuals have been selected to receive Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals for 2012-2013.

Known as the “Nobel Prize for public service,” the Jefferson Awards  were established to recognize and honor individuals whose community service efforts best exemplify dedication to enhancing the quality of life in their community. Pace University became a Champion of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service in 2008. Nominations were solicited from the University community and finalists were selected based on their personal, sustained commitment to service, and for the model of spirit and service they provide the University community.

This year’s Bronze Medal Award winners include:

Tracy Basile—Adjunct Professor for Environmental Studies and English (PLV)
Tracy Basile currently teaches several civic engagement courses, including “Food Revolution: The Politics and Ecology of What We Eat” and “Animals and Society.” In 2010, she co-produced a short documentary film, The Unfractured Future, which highlights Native American voices on hydraulic fracturing and was awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to use the film for educational outreach. You can read more about Basile in this week’s Earth Month feature.

Zach Dayton—Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Promotions (PLV)
Zach Dayton has been involved in service activities throughout his entire life and grew up working in a nonprofit organization that his mother started. He has spent the past four years building a service-oriented mindset within the department of athletics at Pace that follows the NCAA Division II platform of academics, athletics, and service. Through his leadership, Pace student-athletes have raised thousands of dollars, and put forth hundreds of community service hours for initiatives like Pace Goes Pink and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Joan Katen—Adjunct Professor for Peace and Justice Studies and Political Science (PLV)
As a Pace professor, Joan Katen has been an active member of the Pace PLV community, co-designing and co-teaching Keys to Global Peace, a civic engagement course engaging hundreds of students in projects that contribute to peace and justice in the world. She has coordinated dozens of open lectures from Deputy Ambassador to the UN Ramez Ghoussous, to the Ambassador from Eygpt to the UN Ambassador Abdul Aziz and Brigadier General Duke Deluca, and co-coordinated events such as “The Devastating Effects of War on Children” and “The World that Works for Everyone: Creating Peace and Sustainable Development.” She is Advocacy Chair of the United Nations Association and advisor to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Shyam Nooredeen—Lubin Business Management major (NYC)
Shyam Nooredeen has been an avid supporter of community service since high school. After transferring to Pace in spring 2012, he was chosen to participate in the Alternative Spring Break program, which focused on homelessness in New York City. Through ASB, he has volunteered at Housing Works, the Food Bank of NYC, Yorkville Common Pantry, YCAP, New York Cares Paint-A-School Day, and New York Cares Hands-On Day in the spring. His biggest achievement thus far is serving as a Democracy Coach for Pace’s chapter of Generation Citizen, a program that partners college students with NYC high school classrooms where students are empowered to take on issues that deeply affect them. During the spring 2013 semester, he became the Education Director of Generation Citizen at Pace. 

Mark Stephens—University Director for Financial Aid
Mark Stephens has shared his knowledge of the financial aid profession, serving as group leader/trainer for the last 10 years with newcomers into this field at weeklong “boot camp” training events sponsored by New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA). He has also provided financial aid workshops at a host of local high schools each year in NY and NJ. For the past 16 years, Stephens has served in the Diaconate ministry at Macedconia Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY and Union Baptist Church in Greenburg, NY. In addition to serving the congregation, he visits sick and isolated members in their homes, hospitals, and nursing homes to offer company and comfort. 

AliReza Vaziri—Dyson Film and Screen Studies major (NYC)
AliReza Vaziri serves as a student research assistant for a Provost-funded project aimed at reducing meat consumption on campus in order to allay a range of environmental pressures. Specifically, his efforts include polling and gaining public support for “green” campus activities; TAing for a course, ENV201 (Animals and Society); introducing the campus to the social and political dimensions of “dumpster diving”; and producing and directing a documentary film about food waste and homelessness. He is also a recipient of the Project Pericles Leadership award. This semester, he is working with a group of students to educate the Pace Community on the harmful environmental and health effects of the water bottle industry and establishing the green roof and vegetable garden on the NYC Campus.

Dana Weingartner—Lubin Marketing major and Dyson Political Science minor (PLV)
Dana Weingartner has been a strong advocate of service since high school and has participated in volunteer programs at her local library, mission trips with her youth group, volunteering in food banks, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens, and repairing homes on a Native American reservation in South Dakota. Since arriving at Pace in 2010 she has programmed and supervised more than a dozen service and civic education projects with the CCAR, including projects for Paint a School Day, Hope’s Door, Successful Learning Center, Beczak Environmental Center, and Sharing Shelf. She has run successful voter registration and organ donor campaigns and has served as a teaching assistant for the civic engagement course POL 110:  Leadership and Advocacy. She is a founding member of the student planned and supervised Pace Makes a Difference Day “Spring Edition” and is currently a Periclean Fellow.

Additionally, Joan Katen was selected to represent Pace at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies in Washington DC and compete for a Gold Medal Award. The selection of the Gold Medal awardee is made at the national level by the Jefferson Awards Board of Selectors.  For more information on the Jefferson Award winners, visit the CCAR website.

Coping with Disruption

Join Pace University Trustee Thomas J. Quinlan III ’85, President and CEO of RR Donnelley and Sons, and President Stephen J. Friedman for an illuminating discussion about the fast-paced changes taking place in media and publishing today. >>Read More

Nowhere is disruption more the new normal than in the media and publishing world.  Now that pixels have replaced the printed page and the iPad is the new paperback, what–and how–will you be reading tomorrow?

InsideTrack returns on Tuesday, April 23, as President Friedman sits down with Pace alumnus Thomas J. Quinlan III ’85, president and CEO of RR Donnelley & Sons Company. With more than 60,000 employees, annual revenues of more than $11 billion, and approximately 650 locations around the globe, Chicago-based RR Donnelley & Sons Company is the largest provider of printing and print-related business services in the world.

The evening’s topic, “Coping with Disruption,” will be examined as President Friedman and Quinlan take us through the fast-paced changes in media and publishing as the world tilts toward digital. Hear the fascinating story of the transformation of an entire industry in real time.

Members of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a global organization of more than 4,600 business leaders who are or have been chief executive officers of major companies, have also been invited to attend two master classes taught by expert Pace faculty. The first class brings together a panel of experts and enviro-policymakers from the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies for “Straight Talk on the Future of Our Planet.” Afterwards, WPO members are invited to attend “Megatrends: Threats, Opportunities, Successes, Failures,” an interdisciplinary master class that will focus on the up-to-date issues of globalization and economic interdependency and what the latest issues and challenges are and how your business can deal with them.

“Hosting the World President’s Organization is a great opportunity to introduce the University to an important group of area CEOs,” says Freddi Wald, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of University Relations. “They will learn firsthand of the exciting intellectual and cultural opportunities available to our students and the Pace Community each and every day.”

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Here Comes the Sun

A Pace professor teams up with students to explore the effectiveness of newly-installed solar panels on campus, including how they helped students get recharged during Superstorm Sandy. >>Read More

Written by Sarah Aires ’14

About 165,000 trillion watts of solar power reach the earth all the time, and all activities on the planet utilize only a fraction of it–and yet the energy crises wages on! Seidenberg Professor Hsui-Lin Winkler, PhD, has teamed up with students for a research endeavor to explore the functionality and effectiveness of new solar panels the university installed last year. The research topic, which had initially been included as part of the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Initiative, was proposed by Winkler, whose previous work includes research of college campus energy consumption for a prestigious Thinkfinity grant. Naturally, the work extended to include a closer look at understanding solar energy on campus.

The solar panels were installed on the e-House of the Law School, and a “solar classroom’ on the Pleasantville Campus. The six modules on the PLV Campus classroom were donated by Con Edison to demonstrate to students how solar panels can be used effectively in a classroom. The solar PV modules installed in both locations are the same type; each can generate 235 watts per meter square. During the summer and spring months, the panels contribute  half of the total energy use and less in the winter.

“We were just excited to see that we have some panels up on the roofs and provide us significant energy in the e-House and be a solar panel showcase in the solar classroom,” Winkler said.

In the wake of the Superstorm Sandy disaster that displaced many Pace students and canceled classes for days, the solar panels were an invaluable resource. Despite the power outage that affected both campuses, students were able to charge phones and computers due to the solar energy. With about 1.5 kWatts, the room comfortably provides charges for 20 to 25 students.

When questioned about the potential financial hardship of the solar panels, Winkler explained, “It would takes about 15 years for solar panels to be paid off from electricity generation alone.  It can be less if some extra tax benefits were provided to purchase the solar panels. However, if we consider the reduction of CO2, which is usually not included in the estimate of benefit, the solar energy cost would be greatly reduced. “

Ongoing research could make way for more innovative energy solutions as Pace helps pave the way for university in energy conservation.

Want to see Pace’s solar classroom in action? Stop by on Wednesday, April 24 for an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Interested in installing solar panels on your home? Pace has a course for that! A 40-hour, five-day hands-on course for those who have an interest in Solar Photovoltaics and wish to learn the basics of designing and installing a PV system—the homeowner, contractor or electrician, and those contemplating a career in Solar PV. The course includes classroom lectures, videos, and two hands-on Solar PV installations by all participants. Tuition includes the cost of the entry-level exam offered through NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners). For students without a background that includes electricity basics, a two-day class is available. For more info, click here.

The Force of NaturesPace

Skunk cabbage, woodchuck, duckweed. Do you know your plants and animals growing and roaming around the PLV Campus? Dyson Biology and Health Sciences Professor Josh Schwartz, PhD, is giving you the scoop on NaturesPace, a project he’s working on to help you identify them with a quick scan of a QR code.

Written by Josh Schwartz, PhD

We are exceptionally fortunate to have a Pleasantville Campus that is rich in both plant and animal diversity. However it is likely that only a few of us can identify more than a small number of the different species that populate the campus or explain aspects of their biology and natural history. Recently we (Josh Schwartz, PhD, of the Department of Biology and Health Sciences and Martina Blackwood, PhD, Staff Director of IT) received Thinkfinity Awards to create a mobile-device accessible online database meant to provide such information. Together with student assistants, we have created web pages devoted to individual species of animals and plants. Each page provides photographs of a species helpful in identification, information on habitat, distribution, physical characteristics, and interesting facts as well as findings from scientific research. A list of references is also provided. Access to pages is through QR or “Quick Response” codes posted on signposts on campus located near particular species. Thus individuals with iPads, smart phones with a QR reader App, or Android-based devices can expeditiously access data by simply reading the QR code with their device. Species pages and additional information are also accessible via the project’s homepage at http://webpage.pace.edu/naturespace.

We have created a Twitter account (@naturespace2012) so that students and faculty members can share information, via “tweets” on species sightings or plants flowering on campus. Twitter also will allow users to pose questions that could be subsequently answered by students, faculty or environmental center personnel.

NaturesPace is a work in progress and over time we hope to have signposts with QR codes linking to at least 100 species. On the website we also include examples of and links to literature and visual art of students and faculty that have a natural theme. For instance, NaturesPace will have a link to a spring 2013 issue of VOX, the student online literary magazine at Pace, which is focused on nature. Future embellishments may include species keys, audio descriptions, more audio clips of frog calls and bird songs, and links to relevant literature. Other anticipated upgrades will enable users to obtain information about particular natural areas on campus using GPS coordinates or be guided by a web-based docent on a nature tour of the Pleasantville Campus.

The augmentation of the species database is meant to involve biology, environmental studies, education and computer science students. But all students, staff and faculty at our school are welcome to help out in this way and also contribute nature-related examples of their creative work. Our hope is, therefore, that the system’s development and use will improve interaction and collaboration among students and faculty in different disciplines. We envision a continually evolving system that will grow with future advances in technology and scientific knowledge about the organisms on campus. It is our sincere hope that, in this age of dramatic declines in the biodiversity of our planet, the use and development of NaturesPace will greatly improve knowledge and appreciation of our natural world while fostering an increase in curiosity among our technology-passionate and savvy students.

If you are interested in learning more about NaturesPace, Josh Schwartz will be giving a brief presentation on April 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Environmental Center.


 

The Professor Is In: Q&A with Jonathan Hill

Seidenberg Associate Dean and Creative Labs founder Jonathan Hill, DPS, talks chicken coops, HBO’s Girls, Rasputin, and much more in this month’s The Professor Is In. >>Read More

Written by Pace student  Sarah Aires ’14

Jonathan Hill, DPS, Associate Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, founded the Seidenberg Creative Labs, a fee-for-service research lab in software development. Start-ups and established companies often want prototypes for web, mobile or digital marketing projects and students and faculty in the lab build and test these products and record the results so companies can have a real-life, market-ready product. There are plenty of enthusiastic students in the lab where peer interactions, working relationships with clients and research are fundamental aspects to the lab’s team work.  Hill has received several grants for his influential research including a lofty $250,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to establish a STEM Co-laboratory at Pace along with School of Education Professor Lauren Birney, EdD.

Hill also facilitates an active collaboration with Aalto University in Finland. The program is in its second year, and Hill will be joining 10 students on a trip to Helsinki where students will work together with students from universities all around the world including China, India, Germany, and New Zealand to work on projects for established national companies like Panasonic, ABB, Sony, and Audi. Hill is incredibly enthusiastic about the ever-changing start-up world where technologies like Skype allow people from across the globe to work with one another from San Francisco to Shanghai. After going to California to become a “Dot Com” millionaire, which didn’t work out quite the way he planned, he taught for several years when he was granted the opportunity to work on a project at Pace. Years later he is still teaching students he calls the most ambitious he’s known.

What was your favorite class?
My favorite class as an undergrad was a Problem Solving with Computers class. Of course, the class was back in the last century so it was punch card computing. I’ve always had a natural affinity for computers and that was an opportunity to explore. Another favorite class was a Russian history course. One of the best professors I ever had, Bill Brennan, taught Soviet history. This was a guy who could paint pictures with words. I ended up minoring in Russian history because of him.

Least favorite?
My least favorite was an international business class taught by the one and only bad professor I ever had in my undergrad career. He was disinterested and… it’s ironic because I went on to do a lot of international business.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your career?
My mentor at City University of New York, Stuart Schulman, who runs the entrepreneurship program there. He had a passion for applied higher education and taught me to combine academics and business and allowed me to navigate higher education. I taught there for 15 years.

What quality do you most value in your students?
Passion, a sense of humor, and a willingness to jump into the deep end of the pool. Pace students are wonderful in that way. The ones who are successful and satisfied are the ones who have come here for the right reasons.  Because they are going to school in the best city in the world and that makes it an amazing place to go to school. There are so many rich opportunities right outside our door and folks who come here and take advantage and make the most of their time here do amazing things.

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
Get involved. In a few words: over commit. Go out and do things and take advantage of this amazing city and amazing school. Universities are like deserts in the sense that there are these amazing oases, but you have to know where to look. Hopefully you have someone to start you on a path and show you where they are. If you don’t find them you can die of thirst but if you find them, you have this amazing experience.

If you had to do it all over again and took another path, what profession would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?
I’d like to be an artist. I’ve come late in my life to the great satisfaction of making things – designing and creating things. Software can be very creative. I made a chicken coop last summer with my son and now we have chickens in our backyard!

I wouldn’t want to be the adviser to The Pace Press [chuckles. Editor’s Note: Sarah Aires, the author of this article is also an editor for The Pace Press.]

What is your favorite book/TV show?
I’ve been inhaling a series of historical novels by a British writer named Bernard Cornwell. Reading those aloud to my kids. They’re fabulous. They’re about the Anglo-Saxon England in the 800s and have fascinating stories. They’re really great fun. I suppose I should say I watch Girls, but my children tell me it’s not appropriate for me. For those of us who watched James at 16, we’ve seen the apotheosis of television.

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
I would learn to meditate.

What is your favorite journey/experience?
I used to travel a lot and I lived abroad. I lived in Russia and New Zealand. But my favorite journey has most certainly been raising my family.

What are your favorite words or sayings to live by?
I would say I could pick many of the psalms from the Old Testament and find comfort, richness and reflection on the human condition.

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose?
Martin Luther King Jr., Alfred the Great of England who is in that awesome book series, Rasputin from Russian history, Linus Torvalds, the Finnish programmer who built Linux and Yukihiro Matsumoto, a software programmer who created the hot programming language, Ruby. It has a whole philosophy about meeting the human needs of the programmer around it!

ITS Connect

Is your ePortfolio worth $100? Want to know what’s for dinner on campus with the click of a button? All this and much more in this month’s updates from ITS.

ePortfolio Contest for Students
Who doesn’t want $100 these days?  The ePortfolio Spring Contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students! Log in to https://eportfolio.pace.edu to read the contest requirements and submit with the click of a button. The deadline is Wednesday, April 17. Need help sprucing up your ePortfolio? Contact an eTern at eportfolio@pace.edu.  

TutorTrac Is Now Available on Pace’s Network for Students
Students can now access TutorTrac from anywhere on Pace’s network.  This Redrock product is being used in the Tutoring Centers to manage/track tutoring center activity. The program’s robust admin functions include custom reporting, appointment, and scheduling management along with student and faculty assignments.  (Note: Users who are off campus will need to VPN onto Pace’s network in order to access this site.)

MyPace Mobile App for Faculty, Staff, and Students
Four additional modules were part of the latest March update.  Once you install the update from the App Store, you will see the following new modules:

  • Dining Hall
  • Library
  • Web Help Desk
  • Pace Fun Facts

For more information, visit http://www.pace.edu/mypacemobile.

New Wireless Technology
ITS has completed the installation process of new Cisco wireless technology at the Law School Campus in White Plains. Starting in mid-May, the migration of classroom locations will begin in phases on both the NYC and Westchester campuses. If you are interested in checking out the new technology, go to any of the following locations which now include the new wireless network technology:

  • Law School (WP)
  • 140 William St. (NYC)
  • CSO Office areas (NYC-2nd floor, One Pace Plaza)
  • CRC Lab (PLV-2nd floor, Willcox Hall)
  • West Hall (BRC)

 

If you are connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations list above, you will see the network information below:

  • Pace_Connect will now be called PACE-OPEN
  • Pace_Secure will now be called PACE-WIRELESS

For additional updates, information, and/or rollout schedules for the new services, please visit Configuring Wireless.

Postini Service Changes for Faculty, Staff, and Students
This past March, ITS migrated our services from Postini to Exchange Online Protection (EOP) which affected all users. Quarantine summaries are now coming from the following sender: quarantine@messaging.microsoft.com. The new email anti-spam and virus filtering service is much more aggressive where it blocks blatant spam before even reaching your quarantine mailbox so you may see a decrease in the quantity of messages in your daily summaries. Other messages (such as junk messages containing solicitations, advertisements, etc.) will be caught by Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and will be included in your daily quarantine summary as per usual.  EOP does allow some bulk/commercial email messages in, such as email newsletters, advertisements, and marketing messages from vendors and companies. These messages comply with the CAN-SPAM Act. Legitimate businesses will provide an option in the email to unsubscribe from their mailing lists. If you do not wish to receive those messages, please be sure to unsubscribe yourself from those lists using the ‘unsubscribe’ or ‘manage my preferences’ link usually found at the bottom of the messages. 

Important Reminders:

For more details on this transition, visit SPAM Control: Postini Transitioning to Exchange Online Protection and SPAM Control: Exchange Online Protection (EOP) FAQs. For information on how to deal with spam, refer to Spam Alerts.

iPad User Group Meetings for Faculty and Students
The remaining spring iPad meetings scheduled for April and May are as follows:

  • Monday, April 15: 12:20 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1: 11:15 a.m.–12:10 p.m.


* All meetings will be held in Miller 16 (PLV) and Civic E319 (NY).
  You can view the minutes from each meeting on the iPad blog.  To be placed on the mailing list, contact Sam Egan (segan@pace.edu).

Training Sessions for IMO Representatives
The IMO meetings scheduled for March are as follows:

  • NYC:
    • Windows 8: Wednesday, April 3: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m., One Pace Plaza, W202 CRC, PC Room A
    • Windows 8: Thursday, April 18: 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., One Pace Plaza, W202 CRC, PC Room A
    • PLV:
      • Windows 8: Thursday, April 4: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Willcox Hall, 2nd Floor CRC alcove
      • Windows 8: Wednesday, April 17: 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Willcox Hall, 2nd Floor CRC alcove

To register, email Vito Palmeri at vpalmeri@pace.edu.

School News: Dyson Course Evaluations
Course evaluations are critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace. Dyson College is urging students taking Dyson courses to participate. To begin the evaluation, click here. Log in using your MyPace Portal username and password. It is important that you complete all of your Dyson College Course evaluations by Friday, May 3 to avoid the Dyson College grade delay. For details on the Dyson Course Evaluation process, visit Important Course Evaluation Information.