A Small Salute

Pace student and veteran Ashley Small ’14 talks about her big transition from the military to a marketing major. >>Read More

Pace student Ashley Small ’14 has something most people in the Pace Community don’t have—top secret clearance.

While many undergraduate students come to Pace straight from high school, Small anchored here a very different way.

After graduating from high school, she began attending college and found that it was hard to afford. Trying to find a way to go to school and pay for it at the same time, Small joined the U.S. Navy.

When she first met her recruiter, she had to take a basic understanding test—comprising divisions in mechanics, common sense, electronics, and engineering—to determine which jobs she qualified for. Small scored a 96.

After attending bootcamp, which she recalls “was easy after living with my overprotective parents,” Small boarded the U.S.S. Truman.

“I was on a 5,000-man aircraft carrier,” she says. “An aircraft carrier has two missions: to launch and to recover aircrafts. I was the person who recovered the pilot and centered them to land on the ship.”

In addition to landing planes, Small found time to work on a variety of projects during her five years with the Navy. She was responsible for the upkeep and upgrading of the IFLOLS system, a $874,000 improved Fresnel lens optical landing system which she needed a top secret clearance to record confidential footage, training new electricians on the operation of shipboard fiber optic cables, lasers, and interior electronics, and supervising 12 team members, among other tasks—all while traveling around the world from Greece to Italy to Bahrain to Dubai.

“They break up shifts, 12 on and 12 off,” Small says. “It’s a self-sustaining community, so if the place catches fire, we’re the fire department.”

During her 12 hours off, she found herself taking cameras apart and putting them back together, and her passion for photography—which goes hand-in-hand with her career in marketing—flourished.

“Growing up, my parents didn’t allow us to have cable and we lived a sort of sheltered childhood because my parents were from Jamaica and didn’t know American society,” Small says. “One day I got home a little early and my brother’s Rolling Stone was there. And that’s where I discovered girls could pierce their ears, hair gel, everything. I fell in love with marketing. It changed everything for me.”

After two deployments, where she also completed her first two years of college on board the ship, Small returned stateside and began attending the University of North Carolina. During her first year, her military roommate moved to New York in search of a good nursing school. Helping her with research, Small came across Pace.

“I fell in love with Pace,” she says. “UNC only gives its first 10 veterans full aid and then covers 20% of the cost of attendance. Pace gives 100%.”

Selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2014, an honor awarded to only 15% of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide, Pace’s commitment to veteran education is evident. In addition to need-based financial aid and benefits offered by the G.I. Bill, Pace provides financial assistance through the Veterans Scholarship, which can cover half of undergraduate and graduate students’ tuition, as well as the Yellow Ribbon Program, which offers full tuition coverage.

Since arriving at Pace, Small has turned her passion into a likely profession. The Lubin BBA in Advertising student is not only excelling academically, but professionally and socially, serving as the Public Relations Officer for the Pace Student Veterans of America, participating in Ascend business organization and the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Shades Initiative, and being inducted into Sigma Iota Epsilon, the premier honorary and professional fraternal organization in management.

She also finds time to visit the No Veteran Alone-VA Hospital in Brooklyn, where she reads, plays music and cards, and serves as a companion for terminally ill veterans, something that stemmed from an injury of her own.

“I got knocked off the flight deck and got hurt and was going to physical therapy every Friday and acupuncture,” she says. “When I was in the hospital, there were a lot of people who weren’t going to leave and were by themselves. I didn’t go there with the intention to volunteer, but it worked out.”

While her connection to the military will always remain, Small’s future is in advertising. She hopes to hit it big in fashion marketing and possibly work for one of her favorite clothing companies, like Zara. “I want to hit someone the way Rolling Stone has hit me,” she says.

Give Me a P-P-A!

Cheerleaders and basketball players. Sex strikes and battles of the sexes. Pace Performing Arts brings it on with Lysistrata Jones on November 13 – 17 in NYC. >>Read More

Athens U. cheerleader Lyssie J. convinces her squad not to “give it up” to their basketball player boyfriends until the team finally breaks its 30-year losing streak. What happens during this sex strike is something special—maybe abstinence really does make the heart grow fonder. Based on Aristophanes’ 2,500-year-old Greek comedy, Lysistrata, the story of a group of women who withhold sex to inspire their men to find a peaceful resolution to the Peloponnesian War, Lysistrata Jones had its Broadway premiere in 2011.

With its infectious original score and a hysterical book from three-time Tony®-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Sister Act), and composer and lyricist Lewis Flinn (The Divine Sister), Lysistrata Jones is a blast.

And Pace Performing Arts is taking on this battle of the sexes as part of their next production on November 13–17 in the Schimmel Theatre.

Performances will be held on November 13–15 at 7:30 p.m., November 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and November 17 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at OvationTix.

Operation Christmas Child

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to bring joy to needy children everywhere. Join CRU as they pack shoeboxes for children on November 15. >>Read More

‘Tis the season to give back and change a child’s life with a simple gift at Operation Christmas Child.

On Friday, November 15, join CRU in collecting items and packing boxes with school supplies, toys, clothes, and more for children around the world in need.

The Setters Lounge will be transformed into a festive, spirit-filled holiday atmosphere with entertainment, dance, carols, and more from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Packing will be outside of the SGA office.

Suggested items to donate include hygiene products (band-aids, alcohol pads, toothbrushes, wipes, combs, brushes, washcloths, flashlights), school/basic supplies (books, pencils, pens, sharpeners, crayons, markers, colored paper/books, writing pads), clothing (socks, baseball caps, t-shirts, hair clips), and toys (coloring books, small cars, dolls, stuffed animals, bracelets, sunglasses, jump ropes, yo-yos, balls, and candy).

Remember, when donating items, that everything needs to fit in a shoebox.

If you’d like to perform at Operation Christmas Child, please contact Lindsay Burgess (lb37584p@pace.edu), Abigail Bucknor (ab24436p@pace.edu), or Meghan Wright (mw03149p@pace.edu).

Since 1993, more than 100 million shoebox gifts have been collected for needy children in more than 130 countries. Fun fact: if you stacked all 100 million on top of each other, they would be 26,000 times higher than the Empire State Building.

Formerly CCC—Campus Crusade for Christ, CRU is a non-denominational international campus ministry organization on the Westchester Campus. Check them out on Facebook.

A Pace Dream Team

A BBA/MBA in public accounting student meets a public speaking professor and what it all adds up to is a race for the cure. >>Read More

Most people dread the required public speaking college course. But for Lubin BBA/MBA in public accounting student Elissa Casa ’14, the class she took her freshman year on the Westchester Campus was the introduction to her mentor, Dyson Professor Ellen Mandel, PhD, and the empowering world of community service.

Mandel, who helped start a breast cancer awareness day in Rockland County and worked with the Rockland County legislative breast cancer task force to bring mobile mammogram services to the Hasidic community, has been involved with Komen for more than 20 years, and was on the board of directors for the NYC chapter of Komen. In 1992, she brought Komen and Pace together for the annual Race for the Cure and has been inspiring the next generation of Ellen Mandels around campus.

Using her public speaking class as one of her many marketing tactics, Mandel has been able to recruit starting right in her classroom.

“Because one in eight women will unfortunately get breast cancer, there is hardly a person who I ask in my class who doesn’t know someone who’s suffered from this, either lost a battle or has been lucky enough to survive,” Mandel says. “Elissa said she’d like to help so I made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.”

For Casa, it wasn’t a personal experience with breast cancer that inspired her to join, but it was the sense of community, teamwork, and mentoring that has kept her involved for the last four years. What started out as creating fliers and sending out recruitment e-mails has expanded into coordinating all of the day-of-event details, getting the 100+ team members together, and acting as co-captain with Mandel.

“It’s people like Elissa, who are the extraordinary,” says Mandel. “She’s an unsung hero.”

And the gushing goes both ways.

“Dr. Mandel is such an incredible person, professor, mentor, and friend,” says Casa. “She’s one of a kind.”

Something she wasn’t necessarily expecting to gain from the race and work with Mandel, Casa says, was a level of confidence, work ethic, and networking skills, which helped her land her dream internship with KPMG. And she even tapped into her experience with Komen, coordinating fundraisers for local libraries with fellow interns. “Employers want to see you engaging,” she adds.

Casa was offered a full-time position with KPMG beginning in October 2014.

“Pace in general has really fostered a lot of work ethic and career opportunities for me that I don’t know if I would have had at other schools. I’m finally starting to see my high school dreams come true. I owe a lot to Dr. Mandel,” she says.

“She’s no longer my student, but she’ll always be my friend. I expect great things from her,” Mandel says.

A group shot from Race for the Cure 2013

This September, their race success continued, as Pace brought together both campuses, including Greek organizations, sports teams, and executive administration, and won the award for largest university team, an honor they’ve achieved every year but one.

“If you’re looking for something that is a true joint effort, this is it. It shows that Pace is not only an academic institution, but it has a big heart collectively and gives back to the community,” says Mandel, who was also awarded NYC Race for the Cure’s Volunteer of the Year.

“For me, it’s a motivator to continue, continue, continue. I’ve had students come up to me and thank me because their mothers or grandmothers are survivors and this gave them feelings of empowerment other than just sitting there and holding their hands. That’s a gift,” she says. “The award is wonderful because everyone loves recognition, but what it means is that we’re moving and doing and hopefully, within the not-too-distant future, we can talk about not having a race at all and finding a cure.”

For Casa, it was emotional to see her mentor recognized. “To see her get up there and hear people say such wonderful things about her, I was so proud for her and it made me feel really happy that I’m able to help her like I can,” she says. “It felt as if something really great happened to someone in my family.”

Casa, who will graduate in 2014, is looking to help find her protégé, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be abandoning the Pace team.

“As a Pace alumna, I will stay loyal to the Pace team,” she says. And as for Dr. Mandel, “I’m stuck with her for life,” she laughs.

Interested in getting involved with next year’s Race for the Cure? E-mail Elissa Casa or Ellen Mandel

There’s No Place Like Home(coming)

NYC had their fun, but now it’s PLV’s time to shine. Parades, pep rallies, and parties. Food trucks, football, and fun runs…and so much more! >>Read More

Thursday, October 24


9:30 p.m.
Step and Stroll Show
Goldstein Gym
Stop by to see as steppin’ and strollin’ take over the Goldstein Gym. Doors open at 8:15 p.m.

Friday, October 25

6:00 p.m.
Student Unity Parade
Gather your friends and family to come watch and enjoy the parade as we kick-off Homecoming weekend with our royal court, football team, campus organizations, and pep band, and campus organizations show off their decorating skills and parade their way to the football field.

7:00 p.m.
Homecoming Kick-Off

Lot F
After the Student Unity Parade, it’s time to put a little pep in your step with the annual pep rally, bon fire, food trucks, and live music by Scarletta.

9:00 p.m.
Great Pumpkin Blaze In Sleepy Hollow
 ($10)
See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display–all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Saturday, October 26

9:00 a.m.
Setters 5K Fun Run 
($10)
After a successful inaugural year, the Setters 5K Fun Run is back for a second run. Rise, shine, and run to help benefit the Pace Athletics Annual Fund.

11:00 a.m.
Homecoming Extravaganza
Football Field
Check out the variety of fun activities—participate in our chili cook-off, play games, and win prizes, or just sit back and enjoy some food and conversation with friends. No matter what you choose, you’ll want to be here!

1:00 p.m. Football Game
Football Field
Homecoming wouldn’t be complete without some football. The winless Setters take on Assumption College, but make no assumptions—your Pace Pride may give the Setters their first win. Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during half-time followed by a performance by the Pace University Drum Line. There will be giveaways for the first 1,000 fans.

3:30 p.m.
Alumni/Student Meet-Up

Under tent in Parking Lot F
Immediately following the game, alumni, families and current Pace seniors are invited back to the Homecoming tent to meet with our current student organizations and affinity groups. Reconnect with your favorite clubs and activities! Light refreshments will be served.

6:00 p.m.
50 Years, 50 Faces Reception And Dinner
 ($15 for students/$25 for parents)
Join President Stephen J. Friedman, host David Pecker ’72, and the Gold Ribbon Committee for a special reception and dinner in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus!

10:00 p.m.
Homecoming Party
Willcox Gym
After a full day of fun, like Miley, we can’t stop…we won’t stop. Join the rest of the Pace community to celebrate Homecoming weekend and break out your Pace spirit with some music and dancing.

Sunday, October 27

11:00 a.m.
Pumpkin Picking Trip

Front of Kessel Student Center
Join us in our annual pumpkin picking trip that has become a Homecoming tradition. Cap off your pumpkin picking with a donut and cider.

11:30 a.m.
Broadway Show

Front of Kessel Student Center
Take a trip into NYC with your family and friends to see Tony Award-winning play Wicked. Transportation provided.

7:30 p.m.
Homecoming Student Finale

Gottesman Room, Kessel Student Center
End your homecoming weekend with a bang! Join your fellow students in Gottesman for the hilarious entertainment of Carlie and Doni.

>>Register for PLV events here.

For a full schedule of events, please visit www.pace.edu/homecoming.

Make Some Wishes Out of Airplanes

What would you wish for if you had one chance? If the answer is B.o.B. at Pace, consider P.A.C.E Board your genie…or airplane. Head to the NYC Campus Gym on October 17. >>Read More

You may know him from the hit song “Airplanes” featuring Paramore’s Hayley Williams. Or maybe it’s his commercial debut “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars. He’s also worked with T.I., Kid Cudi, Taylor Swift, Eminem, and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. And on Thursday, October 17, he’ll be headlining the 2013 Homecoming Concert presented by P.A.C.E Board at the C-Level Gym on the NYC Campus.

Rapper French Montana, one of P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records artists, will also perform, along with master mashup artist DJ Earworm, whose annual “United State of Pop” mashup features the top 25 Billboard Hot 100 songs each year. You can see the 2012 mashup with almost 8 million views here.

Doors open at 8:00 p.m. with DJ Earworm kicking the night off at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Pace students and can be purchased here. Non-Pace students can purchase their tickets for $25 here.

 

Nothing But Net

It may not be March yet, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some serious Madness going on in PLV’s Goldstein Fitness Center. Plus, one lucky (and skilled) Pace fan shoots for $10,000. That’s right, $10,000. Madness. >>Read More

The Pace University Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams invite students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and fans to their annual Madness basketball party on Tuesday, October 15, in the Goldstein Fitness Center at 9:00 pm.

The event will include the introduction of the Pace Basketball teams, on-court contests, promotions and giveaways, along with the chance for one fan to win $10,000 for making a half-court shot. The teams will compete in a three-point shooting contest following introductions, followed by a performance by the cheerleading squad.

Free food will be provided by local Pace Athletics sponsors. The 2013-14 edition of the Pace Basketball t-shirt will be distributed to the crowd throughout the night sponsored by www.paceteamshop.com. DJ Kez will provide music, while WFAS’s Mike McGinnis will emcee the event.

For updates on Pace Basketball’s Midnight Madness, follow the Pace Athletics twitter account @paceuathletics and @tbonepaceu and get your tweets in using the hashtag #pacehoops.

There’s No Place Like Home…coming

Somewhere over the rainbow, you’ll find Oktoberfest and obstacle courses, pep rallies and parades, concerts and contests, and so much more waiting for you. We’ve got a feeling we’re not at Pace anymore. >>Read More

NYC will be the first to celebrate Homecoming this year on October 14–20. Here’s what’s happening: 

Monday, October 14


11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Photo Extravaganza with T-Bone
We’ll get a picture of you my pretties…and your little dog, too. Come take pictures with thee Pace Setter himself: T-Bone. Your picture may end up being the Photo of the Moment on the Pace Portal.

Tuesday, October 15

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Obstacle Course
Put ‘em up and represent your class as you battle to the finish and win cool prizes.

Wednesday, October 16 

12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Oktoberfest
Pace Courtyard Student Union Frankfort Lot and MPR
Dorothy, you’re not in NYC anymore. Willkommen in Deutschland! Join in an afternoon of authentic Oktoberfest food, activities, and games. Departments and student organizations will also be hosting carnival games during the event.

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Homecoming Pep Rally
C-Level Gymnasium
If you’ve ever wanted a taste of the PLV Campus, you’ve got it. DJs, games, sport teams, cheerleaders, and the Homecoming Court will be on hand for a night.

Thursday, October 17 


8:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
Homecoming Concert
C-Level Gymnasium
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Trust us when we tell you that P.A.C.E Board has got this. Last year, they brought you 2 Chainz, Dev, and Rita Ora, and Kanye West and John Legend even showed up. This year’s Homecoming concert features performances by DJ Earworm, French Montana, and a headline to be announced later this week. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and close at 11:00 p.m.; no re-entry will be allowed after that time.

Friday, October 18

5:00 p.m.
Homecoming Welcome Reception

Join Dyson Dean Nira Herrmann as she kicks off Homecoming Weekend at a complimentary cocktail reception and showcase of Pace’s musical theater students as they perform a private concert just for you in the new Performing Arts building at 140 William Street!

8:00 p.m.
Broadway Shows

  • Wicked, $90: The untold musical story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good… before Dorothy dropped in.
  • Motown, $45: Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, the Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, and more.
  • Annie, $49: Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. The sun will come out tomorrow.

9:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
Annual Homecoming Formal
Multipurpose Room
Dress to impress in your best formal wear and enjoy a banquet to celebrate the New Year. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at the formal.

Saturday, October 19

11:00 a.m.
Pace Family Brunch
($10)
Enjoy a light brunch where President Stephen J. Friedman will give an update on the amazing things happening at Pace.

1:00 p.m.
Seminar Shorts

A variety of fun and informative programs hosted by Pace’s esteemed faculty, students, and administrators including cooking with Dean for Students Marijo, Dancing with the Pace Stars, leveraging social media in your professional life, Viva La Tortuga, and more.

3:30 p.m.
Double Decker Bus Tour ($25)
Spruce and Gold Street

4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum ($25)
1 Pace Plaza (front)

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not ($25)
1 Pace Plaza (front)

7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Homecoming Dinner Celebration
Student Union
Enjoy dinner and dancing as we recognize our alumni who made significant contributions as students and continue to as alumni.

7:30 p.m.
Pace Presents: Recuerdo Tango
($5)
Schimmel Theatre
A tango tale in three parts, Recuerdo reflects on the present, past and everyday life through a series of vignettes and features nine outstanding dancers, a quartet and vocalist under the direction of renowned dancer and choreographer Mariela Franganillo and Bob McAndrew.

8:00 p.m.
Broadway Shows

  • Lion King ($99): The classic journey of young royal heir Simba—giraffes strut, birds swoop, and gazelles leap in a dazzling panorama that overwhelms the sense and inspires you with the wonder of life.
  • Newsies ($93): The rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.
  • Matilda ($47): Armed with intelligence and extraordinary powers, Matilda retaliates against terrible parents and a vicious headmistress and soon turns the tables on them.

Sunday, October 20

10:00 a.m.
Farewell Breakfast

>>Register for NYC events here.

The Westchester Campus is just one week later on October 24–27

Thursday, October 24


9:30 p.m.
Step and Stroll Show
Goldstein Gym
Stop by to see as steppin’ and strollin’ take over the Goldstein Gym. Doors open at 8:15 p.m.

Friday, October 25

6:00 p.m.
Student Unity Parade
Gather your friends and family to come watch and enjoy the parade as we kick-off Homecoming weekend with our royal court, football team, campus organizations, and pep band, and campus organizations show off their decorating skills and parade their way to the football field.

7:00 p.m.
Homecoming Kick-Off

Lot F
After the Student Unity Parade, it’s time to put a little pep in your step with the annual pep rally, bon fire, food trucks, and live music by Scarletta.

9:00 p.m.
Great Pumpkin Blaze In Sleepy Hollow
($10)
See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display–all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Saturday, October 26

9:00 a.m.
Setters 5K Fun Run
($10)
After a successful inaugural year, the Setters 5K Fun Run is back for a second run. Rise, shine, and run to help benefit the Pace Athletics Annual Fund.

11:00 a.m.
Homecoming Extravaganza
Football Field
Check out the variety of fun activities—participate in our chili cook-off, play games, and win prizes, or just sit back and enjoy some food and conversation with friends. No matter what you choose, you’ll want to be here!

1:00 p.m. Football Game
Football Field
Homecoming wouldn’t be complete without some football. The winless Setters take on Assumption College, but make no assumptions—your Pace Pride may give the Setters their first win. Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during half-time followed by a performance by the Pace University Drum Line. There will be giveaways for the first 1,000 fans.

3:30 p.m.
Alumni/Student Meet-Up

Under tent in Parking Lot F
Immediately following the game, alumni, families and current Pace seniors are invited back to the Homecoming tent to meet with our current student organizations and affinity groups. Reconnect with your favorite clubs and activities! Light refreshments will be served.

6:00 p.m.
50 Years, 50 Faces Reception And Dinner
($15 for students/$25 for parents)
Join President Stephen J. Friedman, host David Pecker ’72, and the Gold Ribbon Committee for a special reception and dinner in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus!

10:00 p.m.
Homecoming Party
Willcox Gym
After a full day of fun, like Miley, we can’t stop…we won’t stop. Join the rest of the Pace community to celebrate Homecoming weekend and break out your Pace spirit with some music and dancing.

Sunday, October 27

11:00 a.m.
Pumpkin Picking Trip

Front of Kessel Student Center
Join us in our annual pumpkin picking trip that has become a Homecoming tradition. Cap off your pumpkin picking with a donut and cider.

11:30 a.m.
Broadway Show

Front of Kessel Student Center
Take a trip into NYC with your family and friends to see Tony Award-winning play Wicked. Transportation provided.

7:30 p.m.
Homecoming Student Finale

Gottesman Room, Kessel Student Center
End your homecoming weekend with a bang! Join your fellow students in Gottesman for the hilarious entertainment of Carlie and Doni.

>>Register for PLV events here.

For a full schedule of events on both campuses, please visit www.pace.edu/homecoming.

 

The Future of Health Care

Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here’s my vitals. Diagnose me, maybe? Explore the latest innovations in telehealth at an upcoming panel discussion on October 17. >>Read More

Did you know…

  • An estimated $1.1 trillion is spent annually in the U.S. on unnecessary medical tests, treatments, and doctors’ visits
  • 25.8 million people in the U.S.—8.3% of the population—have diabetes
  • In 2010, high blood pressure was projected to cost the U.S. $93.5 billion in health care services, medications, and missed days of work 

Join Pace University and the Westchester County Association in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Pace PLV Campus for an exciting panel discussion to explore the latest innovations in telehealth on Thursday, October 17.

Panelists and moderators include:

  • Dr. Simeon Schwartz, CEO of WESTMED
  • Chris Gaur, Co-founder, Vital Care Services
  • Professor Jean Coppola, PhD, Seidenberg School of
 Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Professor David Sachs, EdD, Seidenberg School of
 Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Neil Abitabilo, Past President Northern Metropolitan 
Hospital Association and Adjunct Professor, Dyson 
College of Arts and Sciences

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required, space is limited.

Date:   Thursday, October 17, 2013

Time:   8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking, 8:30 a.m. Panel Discussion

Location:  Pace University, Goldstein Fitness Center, VIP Room
861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570

RSVP:  E-mail communityrelations@pace.edu on or before October 10.

 

Safety First

If there was a shooter on campus, would you know what to do? Learn about Safety and Security at Pace and in the community at important discussions on October 10 in PLV and October 16 in NYC. Plus, stay informed with the Pace Alerts system. >>Read More

The safety and security of all members of the Pace Community are a primary concern of the University. Learn about Pace practices, how to protect yourself, cyber safety, and more at upcoming events on both campuses:

Westchester Campus
Thursday, October 10, 3:25 p.m.4:25 p.m. Butcher Suite

  • Pace Practices—Vinnie Beatty, Executive Director of Safety and Security and Debbie Levesque, Assistant Dean, Residential Life
    Learn more about Safety and Security on the Westchester Campus. Hear about safety and security practices, the campus crime statistics, residence hall safety measures, your role in the neighborhood, and how to be a friendly neighbor.
  • Protect Yourself—Sergeant Romaine of the Mount Pleasant Police Department will discuss personal awareness and safety tips and how to avoid crimes of opportunity.
  • Cyber SafetyChris Bohlk reminds us of the importance of IT security! Learn more about cyber safety and what you need to know about trends that can impact your personal IT security.
  • Shots Fired on Campus Video Active Shooter TrainingAn active shooter video will provide individuals with the critical guidance for survival in an active shooter situation. A local police officer will be on site to debrief and answer any questions.

New York City Campus
Wednesday, October 16, 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m., One Pace Plaza, W-615

  • Pace Practices—Vinnie Beatty, Executive Director of Safety, Richard Abbinanti, Director of Safety and Security, Dean Marijo O’Grady Dean for Students, NYC, and Andrew Patrick Roger-Gordon, Director of Residential Life, NYC
    Learn more about Safety and Security on the New York City Campus. Hear about safety and security practices, the campus crime statistics, residence hall safety measures, your role in the neighborhood, and how to be a friendly neighbor.
  • Protect Yourself—An officer from the NYPD 1st Precinct will discuss personal awareness and safety tips and how to avoid crimes of opportunity.
  • Cyber Safety—Chris Bolk reminds us of the importance of IT security! Learn more about cyber safety and what you need to know about trends that can impact your personal IT security.
  • Shots Fired on Campus Video Active Shooter Training—An active shooter video will provide individuals with the critical guidance for survival in an active shooter situation. A local police officer will be on site to debrief and answer any questions.
RSVP to Bonita Atkinson at batkinson@pace.edu.

AVAILABLE NOW: A training video, demonstrating best ways to respond to an active shooter, is available for viewing here.

PACE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM: Want to be the first to know about an emergency, closings, weather alerts, etc.? Sign up today for up-to-the-minute emergency alerts at https://appsrv.pace.edu/ConnectED/.

Read more about the Safety and Security Awareness Campaign and all of the safety resources the University offers here.

(Net)Working Toward Greatness

Ready…aim…get hired! From Apple to ZINGRevolution, Career Services is bringing hundreds of employers to campus to network with you at the fall job and internship fairs. >>Read More

At Pace, getting you connected to your future is our top priority. That’s why U.S. News Short List ranked Pace among the top five universities in the U.S. for placing undergraduates in internships.

Interested in a paid internship or position with some of accounting’s most powerful acronyms: KPMG, PwC, or EY? Would an internship with Rosetta Books, Westchester Magazine, or Viacom give you something to write home about? Want to make a difference in the Peace Corps, Teach for America, or as a Marine officer? This fall, hundreds of employers will descend upon the NYC and Westchester campuses to network with and interview Pace students and prospective employees at our semi-annual job and internship fairs.

On Thursday, October 3, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Career Services will host the NYC Fall 2013 Job and Internship Fair in the C-Level Gym and Student Union. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with more than 80 employers, get exclusive access to internships and jobs in various industries, and enter giveaways. Some of the confirmed employers include Ernst & Young, CBS Radio, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Teach for America, Viacom, PwC, and the Peace Corps. No matter what your major is, you’ll be sure to network with employers in your field, market your skills and interests with recruiters, and find an internship, job, or great connection. Suit up and stop by this once-a-semester kind of career fair open to Pace students and alumni only. Professional attire required (no jeans, t-shirts, etc.) For a list of registered employers, click here. To register to attend, click here.

If you’re a student on the Westchester Campus, the PLV Fall 2013 Job and Internship Fair is right around the corner on Thursday, October 9, so proof those resumes and press that suit, because your next big shot at success is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some of the 80+ confirmed employers include Apple, the NYS Office of the Attorney General, IBM, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers, the Volunteer Center of United Way, Morgan Stanley, Princeton Review, and more. For a list of registered employers, click here. To register to attend, click here.

Meat and Mingle

Your chance to schmooze with the President and Provost and other members of the Pace Community over sliders, cake pops, and hors d’oeuvres at welcome receptions on both campuses. >>Read More

Slide into a new school year at the President and Provost Welcome Receptions being held on the:

NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS

Monday, October 7
12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Aniello Bianco Room, One Pace Plaza

WESTCHESTER CAMPUS

50 years, 50,000 hors d’oeuvres*—Join your classmates and colleagues in celebrating Pace Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary

Tuesday, October 15
3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m.
Gottesman Room
Kessel Student Center

*Well, not really, but there will be a lot of them.

RSVP by October 1 to events@pace.edu and specify which event you will be attending. 

Inspiring the Next Generation

This week, our success story is recent School of Education graduate Evelisse Mercado ’13, who had always known she wanted to be a teacher, but it was her experience at Pace that helped her envision just what kind of educator she wanted to become. >>Read More

Evelisse Mercado, who graduated in May 2013 from the School of Education’s combined degree program with a BA in Childhood Education (and a concentration in English) and a MSEd in Special Education, has always been on the path to stand in front of a classroom. As a high school student, she was active in Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers, a non-profit career development organization that supports and mentors culturally diverse high school students as they progress through college to become teachers and leaders in their community. It was in TSTT that Mercado learned about the Pace University School of Education and knew she found her perfect match.

The early college fieldwork experience at Pace helped this new educator know that she was on the right professional path. “After learning that Pace ‘throws us into the fire’ early in our college career, I knew I had to jump into this opportunity,” she said. “Many of my friends who studied education at other universities did not start [fieldwork or] student teaching until their junior or senior year.”

Mercado found the School of Education program to be “rigorous, challenging, and rewarding.” Time management and organization were crucial to her academic success and balance. “Prioritizing and organizing are key skills that need to be applied accordingly in the field of education and in our lives!” she shares. In addition, “the coursework was evidently relevant and it was gratifying to apply the knowledge I learned from my professors into my student teaching placement.”

Throughout her years of study at Pace, Mercado’s personal educational philosophy and vision has matured. She wants to do more than “make a difference.”

“My educational philosophy has evolved into believing that I can perpetuate knowledge and inspire learning,” she says. “I truly believe that every student is capable of tasting the extreme passion I have for education by becoming collaborators in the exploration of new discoveries.”

“Every student has unique and creative capabilities that can be shared with others in the classroom, if given the appropriate support,” Mercado says.

SOE professors Sister M. St. John and Ainsley Adams had a great impact on Mercado, and she credits both with opening the door to new opportunities to grow as a student and educator. Sr. St. John mentored Mercado as a tutor at the Center for Literacy Enrichment and in her role as secretary of Pi Lambda Theta. Additionally, Mercado was one of six School of Education students to travel to Guatemala in February 2013 with Professor Adams, to present at a literacy conference in Guatemala City and interact with local schools there in a culturally immersive experience.

She credits both professors as life-changing, challenging her to participate in “experiences [that] were truly eye opening.”

“I’ve gained an immense amount of knowledge from these two amazing people,” Mercado reflects. “It is truly a blessing to have them in my life.”

Mercado credits the high value placed on education by her family as guiding her into teaching. The importance of education she was raised with is a tenet she hopes to share with the students she will be working with at PS 35 Franz Siegel Elementary School, in the Bronx this fall. She will be the general education teacher in a third grade ICT (inclusion) class.

“Being educated is an important gift that will follow you forever and it will never be taken away from you,” she says. “I want to help children discover their true value in society, even if they have been told otherwise.”

Mercado is looking at the experience as one of continual reflection and personal development as an educator and leader. “I am excited for the end of the year, just so I can sit back and reflect on how much I’ve positively changed since the very beginning,” she said in August, just before the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

As a new graduate about to enter the classroom, she was happy to share words of advice with School of Education candidates who might be anxious about the future.

“Be extremely patient, with everything!” she says. “Finding a job is less than half the battle, in that we now have to be patient with our colleagues, parents, the education system, our students, and ourselves.”

“We must always remember to stay true to our creative teaching ways,” she continues. “Also, it is always great to read at least one professional book a year, [so] we can continuously be inspired. Always remember that there are students out there waiting for you. Just give it time.”

To read more SOE success stories, visit www.pace.edu/soe. Interested in sharing your story about academic success, internships, community services, etc.? E-mail us!

50 Years, 50,000 Stories

In case you missed the bus with the PLV 50th anniversary signage, let us tell you what’s happening. The PLV Campus is celebrating its 50th birthday. And with that day, we know there are thousands of stories and photos to be shared. >>Read More

Pace in Pleasantville is made up of its people and their stories. Everyone who has studied, worked, or played at Pace in Pleasantville has a story to tell about how Pace has affected their lives. From spring fling to football games to Townhouse Day, internships to job offers, we’re not exaggerating when we say Pace Pleasantville–50 Years, 50,000 stories.

Whether it was a life-changing moment or moment of life, students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and community members are invited to share your story at http://pleasantville50th.pace.edu/ or simply by posting your story to Twitter, Instagram, or Vine with #PLV50.

Are You Ready for Some Football?

The football team may have kicked off the season a few weeks ago, but home is where the heart is, so head to the field as the Setters host their home opener and salute our veterans with a Military Appreciation Day on September 21. >>Read More

Fall is in the air and that means football season is underway. On Saturday, September 21, the Setters are at home for the first time this season in a game against American International College.

The first home game and Military Appreciation Day will honor our service men and women, who will receive free admission to the game, Pace swag, a meet-and-greet with the team, and a recognition ceremony prior to kick-off.  Plus, we need your help in saluting our soldiers with “Welcome Home” Instagram photos tagged with the #GoPace to be eligible to win a limited edition Pace Football camouflage t-shirt.

There will also be a halftime performance by the Pace University Drum Line and free Pace wayfarer sunglasses for students while supplies last. The game starts at 1:00 p.m., but the ceremony will be held before.

And make sure to check out the 2013 Football season preview to get you pumped for game day!

Next home game will be on October 12, so make sure to check the Setters out in action before they head on the road. Can’t make it? All Pace Football home games can be heard live on WFAS AM 1230, the official radio station of Pace University Athletics. In addition, this year all home games will be web streamed in HD on www.pacesettersathletics.com along with the radio commentary for WFAS.

Becoming Your Dream

Pace student, intern-extraordinaire, super volunteer, and Huffington Post blogger Opal Vadhan ’15 is living her dream. And now she’s sharing her experiences with you. >>Read More

Dyson Communications student Opal Vadhan ’15 has accomplished more in just a few years at Pace than many professionals do in a decade of work.

When she’s not juggling being a full-time student, resident advisor, and student speaker for Pace Admissions, Opal is putting it all to practice with internships at Sony Music Entertainment and The Rachael Ray Show, work with High School Music star Monique Coleman’s GimmeMo.com, and deciding between internships this fall.

She was also the recipient of the 2013 New York Women in Communications We TV scholarship, is a member of Seventeen Social Club and the Teen Vogue IT Girls, serves as a panelist for a new web series, The 7 Sisters Project, and has been featured on Microsoft Education VP Anthony Salcito’s website.

In addition, she “took a summer off” this year to do what makes her happiest—helping others. A summer in Kingston, Jamaica, wasn’t sandy beaches and resorts for Opal, who spent a month with the Marist Mission Sisters volunteering with unprivileged children who called her “Aunty Opal.”

And she’s also a blogger for the Huffington Post. So far, Opal has had three pieces published, including two on her summer volunteer trip to Jamaica. The first, Becoming Your Dream, tackles five key points that continue to help her live her dream.

Becoming Your Dream
By Opal Vadhan

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”—Harriet Tubman

I’m an avid lover of quotes, and the quote by Harriet Tubman is one that I am constantly telling those around me.

Every day I wake up, and cannot believe that I am living my dream. It wasn’t easy to get here, and it still isn’t easy being here, but there is nothing else I want to do. I want to help you all, become your dream and this is what helped me get to where I am today.

1. Find Your PassionI know you probably hear this a lot, but try everything you can, and you will eventually find what you like. Join different clubs in high school, try out for the sports team, and get involved. Reach out to organizations that interest you and see how you can volunteer or intern. The sooner you find what you love doing, the easier it is to do it for the rest of your life.

2. Reach OutAt 13 years old I loved television and would sneakily watch TRL every day after school. My 8th grade English teacher had us do an assignment of a place we would like to work and contact them. I dreamed of working at MTV, and I somehow found an email to one of the producers of TRL and I sent a blind email. The producer allowed me to spend a day behind the scenes at TRL and from that moment I knew I wanted to work in television. This is your moment to reach out to people who have your dream career. Do your research, send an email — the worst that can happen is that you don’t get an answer. But don’t let that stop you: reach out to others in that field. People are willing to help those get started because at one time, someone helped them.

3. Build Your ResumeIt is true what they say: Interning is the first thing to get your foot in the door. But people ask me all the time “how do you get an internship with no experience?” Start early with little jobs, I started tutoring little kids at 11 years old. Then I moved onto waitressing, volunteering, and at 16 I got a job as a sales associate at Lacoste. None of those were my dream jobs but they helped me add to my resume. I then reached out to internships in high school and I landed one in the nonprofit industry. That lead me to my next internship at Sony Music Entertainment, which wasn’t TV but still in entertainment and all of that helped me to intern in the television industry where I just finished interning at The Rachael Ray Show.

4. NetworkWherever you work be sure to get to know as many people as you can. You never know who you will meet and who can help you. Interning at one of the nonprofits lead me to meet my boss at Sony Music who was looking for an intern. It also allows you to learn about career journeys and what steps to take in your career path. You may also find some incredible mentors out there who want to help you.

5. Persistence Is KeyNever lose hope. If you don’t get one job, there is always another job out there waiting for you. Apply to as many places as you can, take each interview you get, and then you decide which feels right for you. Always go into an interview prepared and think to yourself, you are meant for this position. Remember these companies are looking for bright, talented, driven students like you.

This is what helped me achieve my dreams, and I still use these tips today to keep working on my dreams. It does take hard work, but trust meit does pay off. I hope that you get something out of this and I would love to hear how you all are going after your dreams.

So how do you live your dream? Share your story with us! And stay tuned for next week as we share another student who’s making an impact around the world. 

50 and Fabulous

Go PLV, it’s your birthday. We’re gonna hula hoop cuz it’s your birthday. We’re gonna listen to a Beatles tribute band cuz it’s your birthday. And you know we will give you food cuz it’s your birthday! >>Read More

If you haven’t seen the website, posters, pop-ups, cupcakes, or even buses riding around campus, you might have missed the big news: The Pleasantville Campus is turning 50 this year.

To commemorate, we’ll have a series of events celebrating the PLV Campus’ past and looking toward its bright future.

On September 16, 1963, the first class of enrolled students made their way to Pace’s brand new Pleasantville Campus. These students—who numbered just over 400—were undaunted by the active construction that was still taking place on the grounds. Today, the total number of full-time students enrolled at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus is just over 2,300. The past 50 years has shown an incredible pattern of growth and advancement that will propel Pace forward for the next 50 years.

This September 16, 2013 the PLV Campus launches the year-long celebration with a day of food, fun, and heritage. Beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Miller Lawn, there will be free food, games, hula hoop and bubble gum blowing competitions, free gifts, music from Beatles tribute band, Beatles Faux Sale, and more, all featured from the 1960s.

Stay tuned this fall for the groundbreaking on the Pleasantville Campus where members of the Pace Community will help usher in the new look for Pace as part of the University’s Master Plan. Some of the changes students, faculty, and staff on the PLV Campus can expect to see over the next few years include the addition of two residence halls, an upgrade to the student center, enriched athletics facilities, and much more.

More to come on an October 26 Homecoming private reception for students and parents with Dean Lisa in Gottesman Room followed by dinner in the Gym.

For more information about these and other events planned for the PLV 50th anniversary or to share your PLV story, visit www.pace.edu/PLV50.

Pace-OPoly

With more than 100 student clubs and orgs on our NYC, PLV, and WP campuses, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. So pick up your thimble, roll the dice, and advance to the Campus Involvement Fairs on September 11 in PLV and 12 in NYC. >>Read More

 

Meet all of our clubs and organizations, chat with representatives, and find out how you can sign up at the following spring student organization fairs:

PLV Campus Involvement Fair
Wednesday, September 11

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Shirley Beth’s Way and Kessel

NYC Fall Activities Fair
Thursday, September 12

12:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Courtyard

With more than 100 student organizations on our NYC, PLV, and WP campuses, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. For more information on each student organization at Pace, click through below:

Business/Professional: From marketing plans to market analysis, choose from more than a dozen Pace students clubs and orgs that are getting down to business.

Media and Entertainment: Whether you’re interested in writing, reporting, TV, or concert-planning, Pace has got you covered. Now back to you, Barbara!

Performing Arts: Can you dance your tail off? Put on a show? Do you have the pipes that will make people feel aca-awesome or fill them with Glee? Our performing arts student organizations are looking for you!

Cultural/Social: From Latin flavor to rainbow pride, Pace has more than 20 cultural student organizations to choose from!

Politics and Advocacy: Change-makers in the movement to end genocide and cancer; promote HIV awareness; and save our planet. All in a day’s work for a Pace student.

Collegiate Interests: Whether you’re a nursing major interested in getting involved with SNAP or a crime buff interested in the Criminal Justice Society or Forensic Science Student Organization, take your interests to the next level with these student orgs.

Greek Life: If you wanna go Greek, then you’re in the right place! From the Alpha to the Omega, check out which sororities and fraternities are on campus.

Student Governance: SGA, RHA, SAAC. If you don’t know these acronyms, then you don’t know the student leaders of your University.

Law School: From sports and entertainment to politics to animal defense, we’re going to lay down the law school student orgs for you!

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.