Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative SWEETS

Whether you’re interested in FREE Microsoft Office Enterprise, a Dell of a deal, or up to 85% off the latest and greatest computer software, ITS has got you covered.

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So you want Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and more) and Microsoft Forefront Client Security? Done and free.

Thinking of buying a Dell netbook and want to pay, say, half the price for it? Well, you’re in business right here

Rather a sleek new MacBook Pro? We already covered that in our How Bout Them Apples story, and you’re really going to want to read that one. Really, there’s a free iPod Touch involved.

Are you jonesing for Adobe Creative Suite, but wishing that the deal was just a little sweeter? Well, meet JourneyEd. She’s about to whisper some serious sweet somethings in your ear about saving 85%. That’s right, 85%! Read about this major savings and tons more on the IT Discounts site.

How About Them Apples?

Windows, Windows, Windows. If you’re tired of hearing all about Dell this and Vista that, then you’re going to be thrilled to hear that Pace is not only supporting Macs and adding them to our facilities, we’re hooking you up with some pretty sweet Mcdeals and maybe even a free iPod Touch.

You know what they say, a rotten apple spoils the barrel. That’s why ITS is making sure yours stays ripe, thanks to  the Client Support staff receiving  Apple certification enabling them to support Macintosh computers. Bring your laptop or desktop in for some Maclovin’ and while we’re on the topic of Client Support, a Client Support Walk-in Center is now available in the Computer Resource Center, Willcox Hall – 2nd floor, Pleasantville Campus, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Visit either this center or the one located in One Pace Plaza, New York Campus, Room W209 – 2nd floor for computer assistance.

Additionally, Macs have been popping up all over the NYC and Westchester campuses, thanks to ITS and the Library.  And, if that’s not sweet enough, the new units will be equipped with Final Cut Pro, a really sophisticated video editing program, for students, faculty, and staff to use. And that’s not all: IT has also set up an Apple Podcast Producer, an automatic and easy way to create and publish podcasts to iTunes, a blog, or other website.  You can also easily download your podcast to your computer, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV.  For more information on Podcast Produce, contact Joe Constantino.  

Finally, if you’re tired of heading to the labs to get a bite out of the sweet Apple, then use your ITS Discounts to pick up one of your own. Students, faculty, and staff who buy a new Mac with Apple education pricing through September 7 will also get a free 8GB iPod Touch. Sounds like a Mcsteal to us.

Forget Simon: Listen to What Homer Says

While you’re waiting for that elevator to get to class, it’s time to look up and let Homer give you the lowdown on what’s going on around the NYC campus.

 

Last fall, flat screen monitors were installed all around the NYC campus to keep the downtown students in the know about news and upcoming events.

Whether it’s telling you where the free food is or what big event is happening on campus, Homer’s been keeping us entertained for almost a year. And not without some help! You’re probably wondering, “how does Homer know about all this good stuff?” Well, the truth is…because of you! Homer stays in the know about NYC events, thanks to students, faculty, and staff who submit them. So, know of an event or opportunity that you’d like to see up on the digital screens? Read these guidelines and get to submitting.

WordPress Obsessed

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve become pretty into WordPress over the last couple of months. From our student blogs to our revamped e-newsletters, WordPress is taking Pace by storm. Or vice versa.


Students have been blogging at Pace for years. Our student blog sites have undergone more “makeovers” than Heidi from The Hills. Then, when taking a look at what others were doing, the student blog site happened upon our CIO Ravi’s blog…in WordPress.  It was love at first site, and the Pace Student Blogs was re-born in WordPress.  Then, like skinny jeans tucked into high-top neon Nikes, it spread all over campus.

An Accepted Students blog popped up in WordPress; A Semester at Sea student hopped aboard in WP; Seidenberg Dean Constance Knapp, PhD, and Lubin Dean Neil S. Braun both took to WordPress to connect with their students, faculty, and staff; our Press Room got all VI(W)P; and finally, we jumped aboard the WordPress wagon and re-launched The Pulse, our faculty and staff newsletter Opportunitas, and our newsletter for parents and families, Keeping Pace.

If you’re ready to jump on the blogger bandwagon, e-mail the Online Communications team and let them know why you’d be a good pick.

Flip the Switch

Want to make an awesome video for class but don’t have the cool equipment to do it? Then borrow a Flip camcorder from Ed Media and make some magic.

 

If you’re interested in renting a camcorder for your classroom presentation or organizational meetings, then you’ve got to head over to Educational Media to try out their new Flip Mino camcorders!

The Mino camera is a sleek, low-profile device that’s small enough to pop right into your pocket. The camcorder can record up to 60 minutes of video at a 640×480 resolution, and the recordings are automatically saved as MPEG-4 video files for easy viewing on your computer. No additional software is needed, just plug in and go!

Give Ed Media a call to find out more:

  • NYC:  (212) 346-1583
  • PLV: (914) 773-3338
  • WP: (914) 422-4060

Please note: These cameras can be rented from your local Educational Media office for classroom or educational purposes ONLY.

Movin’ On Up!

From Blackboard and Banner upgrades to classrooms to-go, faculty and staff are cramming in as many enhancements as possible while you’re off digging your toes into the sand.

So wondering what’s been going on over the past few months?

Let’s give you the scoop on some of the new flavors at Pace.

  • Put your erasers away, Blackboard got upgraded to version 9.0. Which means what? Increased user-friendliness, for one thing.  New features include the addition of blogs and journals.  For Blackboard 9 Resources, click here.  And before ITS even had a chance to breathe, they’ve already started working to upgrade to version 9.1 and  support Bb Mobile, a version of Blackboard that works on selected mobile devices. Additionally, the course quota has been increased from 250MB to 2GB—allowing more space for each course and giving faculty the opportunity to increase multimedia use in teaching.

 

  • Banner got better!  Banner and all third-party products have been upgraded to the latest 8.0 releases, providing an enhanced Internet Native Banner and user-friendly Self Service Banner environments to students, faculty, and staff.

 

  • Can I get my classroom to-go?: Two mobile classrooms on the NYC and PLV campuses, providing up to 30 laptops to students during a classroom session, are now available for you. When the laptops are not being used, they will be circulated in the Library. Faculty interested in this project should contact the Educational Media Center at: nyem@pace.edu or call Richard Miller at 212-346-1550.

 

  • Classrooms and lecture halls get digital: Beginning in the fall, all Pace classrooms will be equipped with built-in computers, projectors, and screens.  Plus, 10 new high end classrooms and 2 lecture halls will be available with feature-rich, fully-integrated touch screen control systems, blu-ray players, annotation capability, and easy laptop/device hook ups.  For a complete list of the spaces being outfitted with technology over the summer, click here.  For any issues using classroom technology, contact classrooms@pace.edu.  All issues will automatically generate an ITS Helpdesk ticket and be swiftly addressed.

 

  • Video killed the radio star:  High-definition, state-of-the-art video conferencing rooms were constructed at the following three locations:  Miller, Room 16, in PLV, Graduate Center, Room 509, in WP, and One Pace Plaza, Room E319, in NYC, encouraging students, faculty, and staff to communicate among campuses.  Rooms come equipped with full digital collaboration capabilities, large screen displays, integrated controls, and remote access tools such as Movi, which allows students and faculty to participate remotely via their own computer.

 

  • It’s time to cut the cords: So long, pesky ethernet cables. Wireless has come to town!  As of July, all Pace classrooms and dorms have been equipped with robust wireless access.

 

  • Movers and shakers: The Doc Services Copy Center in Willcox got a bit of a makeover this summer along with an expansion to accommodate the relocation of the high-volume production center, and expanded services and quicker turnaround times for print projects. And the Copy Center won’t be lonely, as it just got a new neighbor at Willcox: the ITS Helpdesk and Client Services have moved offices from Briarcliff in effort to be more accessible to its clients. Additionally, the Helpdesk will run on extended hours for the first two weeks of the semester: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for more ch-ch-ch-ch-changes coming soon or check out the ITS News site.

It’s Time to Turnitin

Ever get this genius idea while writing a paper and then you write it down, only to realize a few days later, that you just took Shakespeare and passed it as your own? Well, Turnitin is going to turnitaround for you!

Pace now has a University-wide license for Turnitin, the anti-plagiarism and peer review software that is integrated with Blackboard. Students using the application can check their own writing for improperly used content, inadvertent plagiarism, or quotation errors. CTLT and the school IT directors are working on training material, so stay tuned for more!

To learn more about Turnitin, click here.

Home is Where the OUT House Is

What’s the coolest house in Dyson? The OUT House. That’s right we said it (hey, they named it!) Learn more about this techie house and its four sisters, which also have cool names, but not nearly as fun logos.

If you’ve seen The Terminator, played Grand Theft Auto, or used Facebook, then, according to the Online University Technopolis (OUT) House, you know that the apocalypse is coming. 

One of Dyson’s five Houses (the others are Body and Mind House, Gotham House, Green House, and One World House), OUT House is Dyson College’s version of a virtual fall-out shelter.

So what does this mean for you? Rather than simply hide behind Pace University’s firewall, OUT House members will train for the future, mastering the forces that are bringing about our ruin. This year, the focus will be primarily on media such as film and television, examining how they shape beliefs and the ways we are shaped by them. Rather than just analyze, OUT House members will adopt a hands-on approach to media studies.

Each House has a faculty “don” and a peer leader to organize events (especially the social and competitive ones) and give guidance.

If you want to learn more about the OUT House, the overarching evil genius behind the Houses is Bill Offutt, Associate Professor of History. E-mail him your questions or send him a message on AIM at billoffutt.

Plug Into Pace

From Facebook to Twitter to YouTube to Flickr, Pace is taking your social networks by storm. And we’re looking for you to be a part of it, so plug in already!

You can get a little bit of Pace in every space. Here are just some of the places you can find us:

Facebook

Check out more Pace groups and pages on Facebook.

Twitter

YouTube: Aside from videos of some of the great things happening on campus, Pace is letting YouTube really be your tube. Think you have the next viral video? Want to share a good time you had at Pace? Then upload your videos onto the new “PaceTube” site! Get creative, have fun, and show everyone what a cool campus that have!

Flickr: Find yourself in our Flickr photos, from Commencement to Photo of the Moment!

Foursquare: ITS is checking in. Find out what they’re the mayor of and see if you can take over their post!

And the Pawscar Goes to…

There are so many great finds at and around Pace, so we thought: why not vote on some of your favorites? Pick your favorite pizza joints, parks, professors, and more, and we’ll announce the winners of the Pawscars next month.

Is your favorite slice of pizza found right near Pace at Rosella’s or do you head to John’s? Sabatino’s or Lucio’s in Westchester? Prefer to get your homework on at City Hall Park or Miller Lawn in Westchester? It’s time for you to VOTE for your favorites as we present you with the 1st Annual (maybe, we’ll see…) Pawscars. Vote on everything from green spaces to your favorite student organization here and we’ll tell you who took home the Pawscar next month!

(Don’t) Keep on Waiting, Waiting on the World to Change

Don’t let the plastic bag monster eat the world. It’s time to show John Mayer that we don’t need to wait on the world to change. The Center for Community Action and Research is giving you the opportunity to stand up for a cause that you believe in.

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If, as John Mayer says “one day our generation is going to rule the population,” it’s time to stop waiting and start creating. That’s why the Center for Community Action and Research  (CCAR) is soon to announce the Cause Competition, a contest where students will submit either a one-minute video or poster advocating for a cause they’re passionate about. CCAR staff will choose the top five videos and poster, and students will vote on their favorite. There will be cash prizes and exposure, but more importantly, there will be an audience, so if you have an issue that’s close to your heart, now is the time to start thinking about it. We’ll keep you posted with details and, in the meantime, check out a video for a similar contest where a plastic bag monster eats the world.

If you haven’t already, sign up to receive CCAR volunteer opportunities via e-mail and give back with your friends!  Get involved in everything from helping homeless children make holiday gifts for family members to rubbing elbows with celebrities at the GLAAD Media Awards to giving rescued dogs a little break from the shelter. And who knows, one short shift may give you the inspiration you need to create the cause video and start changing the world.

“Make it a Better Pace…”

For one day this fall, we’ll put down our phones and pick up paintbrushes; we’ll put our homework aside to make beargrams for the sick children at Maria Fareri Hospital and write letters to our troops overseas. And in just one day, we will make a world of difference.

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For a single day this fall, the Pace community will unite to make an impact on the local community in PLV. Past activities include providing a safe and fun afternoon for children who are victims of abuse to helping put a little sunshine in the form of artwork in schools. There’s no telling what this year’s event holds, but we can tell you that together we’ll roll up our sleeves and get ready to make a difference at the 2nd Annual Pace Makes a Difference Day on October 23. Mark your calendars, folks. 

960 Minutes to Save the World

Time is waiting, Pace faculty and staff, but don’t you worry. We’re going to give you more than Madonna and Justin Timberlake’s four minutes to save the world, thanks to a really great Human Resources benefit you may not be aware of, but are going to want to read about.

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Tick tock, tick tock. Did you know that full-time faculty and staff have 960 PAID minutes (that’s 16 hours or two working days) each year to give back by volunteering with the Center for Community Action and Research on any of their hundreds of community service events? Well, you do, and the CCAR, Human Resources, and the world are waiting for you to throw your hands on deck. Last year,  Pace students participated in more than 70,000 hours of volunteering. What are you waiting for? Click here for more info.

(Don’t Let Them) Pave Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot…

From the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies to our highly-ranked Environmental Law program to our celebration of Earth Day every day, you don’t even need to walk off-campus to feel like you’re making a difference in the world.

Whether you’ve been at Pace for a few minutes or a few years, there’s no denying how much we cherish the environment here. From Pace Academy programs such as the Environmental Consortium and the grassroots How Green is My Town? to the Environmental Gateway, your guide to all of Pace’s environmental offerings like internships and externships, student organizations, and more; to our extending Earth Day into a full month of campus clean-ups and tree plantings; Pace disproves Kermit’s whole “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

And the students are taking charge on all campuses. PLV student organizations include NATURE (Natural Activists Teaching an Understanding and Respect for the Environment) and Wave of Green and you can read more about those here. In WP, the Environmental Law Society participates in all kinds of local and regional outreach events. And just because NYC has less green space than Westchester doesn’t mean we don’t care as much. T.H.I.N.K. Environment (The Healthy, Independent, Natural Knowledge of the Environment) has helped transform Drumgoole Park, the One Pace Plaza roof gardens, and more!

If you’re looking to do more with the environment, get in touch with our departments and centers right here at Pace and they’ll tell you about all the great things you can work on.

“I Run for Life…”

“I run for your mother, your sister, your wife. I run for you and me, my friend. I run for life.” –Melissa Etheridge

On September 12, join Pace as we lace up our sneakers and run breast cancer right out of town at the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC: Race for the Cure.


At last year’s Race for the Cure, Pace lost in the Largest University Team to John Jay by one person. This year, Pace professor Ellen Mandel wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again, so read more and sign up now! For those of you on the PLV campus, free breakfast and transportation will be provided.

And this isn’t the only walk Pace students are walking! Just a few months ago, members of Pace’s LGBTQA Task Force participated in the AIDS Walk New York and students, faculty, and staff on both campuses gathered in PLV to raise $40,000 for the American Cancer Society at Pace’s annual Relay for Life event.

Interested in more walks, runs, and races for good causes? Coming up soon: WWP Soldier Ride on Long Island will celebrate our nation’s wounded soldiers and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project: July 24. JRunners Relay of 2010 will raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease with a sensational 125 mile relay run from Brooklyn to the Catskills on July 28-29. On August 15, 4,000 people will follow in the footsteps of the World Champion Yankees at the Damon Runyon run/walk for cancer research at Yankee Stadium.

Rather wait until the fall? Well, tis the season to be jogging! Bike for a world free of MS in Westchester on September 26 at Bike MS. In NYC? Raise money to achieve a world of No More Homeless Pets at the Strut Your Mutt walk. For some more charity walks, click here.

Jumpstart Will Make You Jump, Jump!

Move over, Kris Kross. This hit made it past the early 90s. One of the nation’s leading nonprofits in the field of early childhood education, Jumpstart not only realizes that every child is born with the potential to succeed, they work to make sure that happens.

Jumpstart joined Pace University in 2007 and has since attracted almost 150 students, bringing college students and community volunteers together with preschool children for individualized tutoring and mentoring.  Students here at Pace can take part in the Jumpstart program by visiting www.jstart.org/apply. Contact LunYan Tom, Site Manager, at ltom@pace.edu with any questions.

Jumpstart at Pace is housed under the Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE), which also provides service-learning opportunities through the Community and Volunteer Mobilization (CVM) AmeriCorps, the Liberty Partnerships Program, and Upward Bound.

If you’re interested in long-term work with English language and computer literacy, CVM AmeriCorps is currently recruiting Pace students and alumni for nine-month paid internships. Read more about this exciting opportunity here.

Looking for more ways to help children reach their fullest potential?

“Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water…”

The Pace Women’s Justice Center is changing the lives of the more than 2,800 victims and survivors of domestic violence who PWJC serves every year, as well as the law students who work with them.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center became the first academic legal center in the country devoted to training lawyers and others in domestic violence issues. Every year, Pace Law students who participate in invaluable semester-long externships and summer internships come out of the experience changed. As a former intern says, “Helping women in crisis take the first step towards a better, safer and happier life gave me a true sense of purpose to my legal studies.”

Interested in working more with women’s issues and social justice?

  • Hope’s Door, Inc., an organization in PLV which Pace has worked with in the past, provides a safe haven to survivors of domestic violence.
  • Hour Children, an organization committed to the compassionate and loving care of children of incarcerated women, provides support and empowerment for mothers upon reunification with their families.

“I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…”

From helping the blind learn photography to playing bingo with homeless men and women to assisting disabled runners train for races and marathons, there are so many things that you can do to help.

Did you enjoy your community course with the AHRC? Do you wish the Special Olympics got as much coverage as professional cricket (no offense batsmen and bowlers)? Here are a few really cool organizations you may not have heard of that are helping people who aren’t as fortunate as we are.

  • KEEN New York: Enjoy an afternoon of fun, non-competitive sports activities with a child or teen with disabilities. Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) is a free Saturday recreation program for kids who are not able to participate in other programs due to their disabilities.
  • A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO): Help ALTSO transform the lives of children with limb disabilities in developing countries by offering them the physical capabilities to access the opportunities and self-esteem earned through education, work, and mobility.
  • VISIONS volunteers help make a difference in the everyday lives of people who are blind or visually impaired by helping read mail and other materials, escorting clients in the community, and helping in recreational activities like knitting, quilting, photography, ceramics, and more!
  • Achilles International volunteers help disabled runners with new equipment, participate in workouts, and more.
  • Barrier Free Living: Join the residents at Barrier Free Living, a facility on the Lower East Side that serves homeless, disabled men and women.
  • YAI Network, with more than 450 programs serving 20,000 people everyday, provides hope and opportunity to people of all ages with disabilities and their families.

How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

While you may not be able to house Snoopy or Garfield in your dorm room, that doesn’t mean we don’t love caring for cats, dogs, and all those other furry and not-so-furry friends at Pace. I mean, come on. T-Bone is our mascot after all, and we dedicated a whole post to his pals!

The University is proud to have worked with organizations like the SPCA of Westchester, playing with and bathing dogs; Green Chimneys, which uses animal-assisted therapy to help abused and special-needs children; Sean Casey Animal Rescue, an organization that rehabilitates neglected animals and helps them find healthy, happy homes; and Anjellicle Cats Rescue, which is fully-staffed by volunteers and always on the lookout for more to help provide a lifeline for abandoned, stray, and neglected cats and kittens.

And here are some more opportunities to help our furry friends:

“Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match…”

We can’t list every nonprofit in the metro area, but we can give you a list of some sites that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for–when, where, and no matter what you want to do. Think of it as Match.com for your volunteering soul.

Not sure about committing to a long-term project?  Don’t have a favorite organization? Think a two-hour sesh walking rescued dogs or serving lunch to appreciative seniors is something you can handle? Well, check out Idealist.org, New York Cares, 1-800-Volunteer, and Volunteer Match, where you can choose your hours, area of interest, location, etc., and then get matched up with an organization or assignment. It’s that easy.