2012 Pulse A to Z Issue

For the third year in a row (2011, 2010), we’re bringing you some fun facts and news about Pace from A to Z. So from aerial arts to zoo clean up, this Pulse is brought to you by the entire alphabet.  
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A is for Aerial Arts

At Pace, you can prepare for a career in accounting, art, advertising, even aerial arts. One of the only universities to offer aerial arts, Performing Arts students took Dance Out Loud to a much higher level at the end of the semester when they performed “Bad Boy,” an aerial dance number choreographed by Pace faculty member Joshua Dean. Check out this video of some serious dancing in the air.


B is for Break-Up

Yes, you know that breaking up is hard to do, but what’s Pace got to do (got to do) with it? Fresh off a break-up and with questions about how people handle rejection, Pace student Boyan Robak teamed up with Dyson Psychology Professor Paul Griffin, PhD, to explore gender differences in romantic rejection and how experiencing a break-up is similar to experiencing loss through death. The team, who were awarded an Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant, earned an honorary mention at the first annual showcase in April. Read all about their findings in our sister publication, Opportunitas.

C is for Confucius

Rosetta Stone’s got nothing on Pace’s Confucius Institute, which offers an array of classes in Mandarin Chinese, Chinese for business, oral, writing, reading comprehension, and more, and does it in a fun and unique way, incorporating singing, games, Chinese opera, shadow puppetry, music, films, and more into teaching Chinese. The Confucius Institute also offers classes on calligraphy, Taiji, customs, history, and more. Check out their offerings at www.pace.edu/confucius.


D is for Donors

Did you know that one organ donor can save as many as eight lives? In 2011, students enrolled in Lubin Professor Loretta Volpe’s Marketing 342 Public Relations course recruited students, faculty, family, and friends to help save the lives of individuals on the New York Organ Donor Network’s waiting list for an organ and/or tissue. As a result, the organization was able to enroll 400 individuals on their registry. That’s 3,200 potential lives to be saved. Throughout the years, Professor Volpe’s students’ efforts have helped save a significant number of lives and were awarded a Star Achievement Award in 2009 from the New York Organ Donor Network.

E is for Elvis

You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog Gyrfalcon cryin’ flyin’ all the time. We’re not talking about the King. We’re talking about the Gyrfalcon, Elvis, one of dozens of animals who calls the PLV Campus its home, thanks to Pace’s Environmental Center. Along with Elvis, you can find other wildlife including falcons, hawks, sheep, Koi, and more outdoors, or step into the Marty McGuire Museum to see some of the indoor creatures: Burmese pythons, a chinchilla, screech owl, prairie dog, and more. The Center offers demonstrations, field study and internship opportunities, summer programs and trips for young students, lectures, and entire month of activities as part of Earth Month.

F is for Finn Hudson

Glee’s leading male Finn Hudson chose the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University as his first choice college. Unfortunately for Finn, despite what he thought was a great audition with Dean Emeritus James Lipton, he was rejected. But chin up, Finn. We’re ranked one of the top 25 drama schools in the country by The Hollywood Reporter, after all. Check out a clip of James Lipton talking about his stint on Glee, what he envies about Finn’s Cory Monteith, how ASDS students are similar to the Glee kids, and more!


G is for Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center

Whether you’re interested in working out, wading in a pool, or watching the women’s basketball team walking all over their opponents, the 75,000-square foot Goldstein Fitness Center on the PLV Campus is the perfect place for you. Take a walk around the track and dance off calories in the aerobics room, try your hand at the rock climbing wall or take a dip in the pool, or catch one of our basketball or volleyball stars in action.

H is for Hawaiian Bobtail Squid

Who lives nowhere near a pineapple under the sea? Hawaiian Bobtail Squid…pants. So what does that glowing little creature have anything to do with Pace? Dyson Professor Andrew Wier, PhD, who is researching the symbiosis of the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid and bioluminescent bacteria in the hopes of shedding some light on human bacterial infections.



I is for Information Assurance Education

Security and scholarship! Did you know that Pace is the only Manhattan institution to be listed as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security? The Information Assurance Education and Research Center, part of the Seidenberg School, was recently re-designated for the 2012-2017 academic years, which comes with eligibility for federal funding, including a highly-coveted scholarship program. In 2011, Vinnie Monaco was one of 18 students nationwide awarded this Information Assurance full scholarship and will be working with the U.S. Department of Defense.

J is for Justice

Is it moral to steal food for the benefit of the hungry? Is violence ever necessary? This year’s Convocation theme—Justice: Equality, Freedom, Virtue—will be explored by all first-year students through the University’s Common Reading selection, discussion groups, and various academic experiences. On September 4, incoming students will celebrate the start of their college years at Convocation in PLV, featuring Harvard “Justice” professor and bestselling author Michael Sandel, who will discuss justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship, and sign his book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

K is for Kristie Dash

Meet Dyson student Kristie Dash, winner of Pace’s Success Stories Start Here contest. Just 20 years old, Dash has a resume and story that should be had by someone twice her age. She’s interned at Teen Vogue, Celebuzz, NBC’s Peacock Productions, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Harper’s Bazaar, and is currently at E! News. She danced in Times Square with Ne-Yo, ran into Anna Wintour in the cafeteria, was an extra on Gossip Girl, and has interviewed and spoken with celebs on the red carpet including LMFAO, Gym Class Heroes, Big Time Rush, Betsey Johnson, Twilight‘s Elizabeth Reaser, and more. And, she still has time to attend classes and maintain a 3.9 GPA. Read her entry.

L is for Labs

Your high school chem and bio labs are a distant memory especially at Pace, where brand new labs are popping up like frozen yogurt chains all over the place. Over the last year, Pace has opened several new labs including Lubin’s Entrepreneurship Lab, which is helping students put business ideas into action; the School of Education’s TeachLivE Lab, featuring innovative technology that simulates the experience of classroom teaching through real-time interaction with a class of digital avatars; and the College of Health Professions’ new Clinical Education Lab, which will open its doors later this month with a state-of-the-art simulation center including METIman, SimBaby, and Harvey human patient simulators.

M is for Model UN

Yes, many schools have Model UN teams, so what sets ours apart? Uniquely integrated into Dyson’s Political Science curriculum, Model UN is offered both as a class, in which students are exposed to lectures, exercises, and simulations to prepare them to participate in conferences, as well as a student club. The class (POL303A Politics Workshop: International Organization) is offered every semester and can be taken three times for credit. And to top it off, they have a 60-year history of excellence in competitions! In 2012, Pace took home more awards than any other university in the National Model United Nations Conference in NYC.

N is for Number One

We’re number one, we’re number one! With the largest Career Services office in the New York Metropolitan Area (and what we like to believe is the hardest working), it was no surprise that the U.S. News Short List ranked Pace the number one school in New York for placing undergraduates in internships, and among the top 10 in the country. From ABC to IBM to PwC, more than 1,900 students participated in internships last year. So what are you waiting for? Visit Career Services today to help you score that dream internship!

O is for Olympics

London’s calling two Pace Setters to this year’s Summer Olympics. Sorry T-Bone—fist-bumping isn’t an Olympic sport. But that leaves room for Dyson alumna Jessica Wade ’11, who will be headed across the pond to cover the Olympics as a production assistant for NBC, where she may bump into SOE alumnus Tim Morehouse ’03, who picked up the silver medal in fencing at Beijing in 2008 and returns to this year’s Olympics with an eye on the gold! If you’d like to wish Tim off, catch him and the rest of the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team on June 26 in NYC at Fencing Masters 2012, which he founded to bring fencing to focus.

P is for Pace Perk

This year’s Pawscar winner for best place to eat on campus was the Pace Perk Café. Established by the Pace Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs in April 2010, the Pace Perk is a student-run late night eats and entertainment option located under the Briarcliff cafeteria. Serving everything from nachos and burgers to smoothies and ice cream, the Pace Perk is also home to weekly events including open mic nights, game nights, and more. Check out what’s happening at the Pace Perk by visiting http://www.paceperk.com/.

Q is for Queer Studies

Spring marked the start of a new minor offered by Dyson’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department: Queer Studies. Courses in the Queer Studies minor will focus on the history and culture of the LGBTQ movement as well as address current topics in gender and sexuality. Students will have the opportunity to take unique classes in queer history, Trans 101, and The Gay Male Experience.


R is for Roving Robot

At Pace, we aspire to give robots the gift of sight. Inspired by Super Mario Brothers, Seidenberg Professor D. Paul Benjamin, PhD, and his researchers in Pace’s Robotics Lab are hard at work on a computer vision system that will give mobile robots the ability to perceive and react to their surroundings. Read more about their research in Opportunitas.



S is for Sushi

What does Pace’s cafeteria in PLV have in common with the New York Yankees? Sushi! Did you know that The ONE Sushi served by Pace Eats/Chartwells Dining Services is the sushi company of the New York Yankees? So the next time you’re scarfing down a delicious made-to-order California roll, you can thank New York!



T is for Turkey

Two Pace students will be heading to Turkey after having been awarded prestigious fellowships and scholarships. Dyson student Miki Tamura was awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistantship to Turkey and Lubin student Spozmi Nouri was awarded a 2012 Gilman Scholarship and will study at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. And these are just a couple of the recent Fulbright and Gilman awardees. For more on our latest Fulbright and Gilman recipients, make sure to keep an eye on your inbox for our updated Pace Goes Around the World in 80 Ways…and Counting Google Map coming mid-July. And make sure to check out the Prestigious Fellowships/Scholarships website.

U is for Underground Railroad

Did you know that Pleasantville was once a stop along the Underground Railroad? Yes, that’s right. The historic Underground Railroad that helped fugitives from enslavement find their way to freedom in Canada did go right through Pleasantville.




V is for Velvet Revolution

At Pace, it’s possible for an acting student to partner up with an English professor to research rock ‘n’ roll. It happened this year, thanks to an Undergraduate Research Initiative grant that teamed Honors College student Madelyn Farris up with Dyson Professor Anna Morlan to analyze the impact of post-colonial ideas in playwright Tom Stoppard’s play Rock ‘N’ Roll, which focused on the significance rock and roll played in the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Last month, the team took their research to the place where it all began, presenting their findings on the politics of literary storytelling at the Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative Conference in Prague.

W is for Wilson Center

Promoting social change through entrepreneurship! Pace’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship has been serving the nonprofit community and Pace by providing education, research, communication, and advisory services since 2005. In 2009, the Wilson Center launched a funded internship program, which places up to 15 Pace students in full-time summer internships at nonprofits, giving students hand-on experience and making meaningful contributions to the community. Past internships include Safe Horizon, Stoked Mentoring, Robin Hood Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, and more!

X is for Xpress

Last summer, Pace’s School of Education (SOE) launched its very own quarterly e-newsletter to highlight all the SOE happenings—news, events, achievements, profiles, etc.—so if you’re a School of Ed student or just interested in professors teaching math in Uganda and hiking the Himalayas, you don’t even have to buy a ticket to hop on the SOEXpress. All aboard!



Y is for Yale

The Yale Bulldog and Pace Setter come together for two great causes: the environment and your education. Did you know that our very own Pace Law School offers a joint degree program in environmental law with the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies? If you’re interested in environmental policy and want to earn two degrees from Pace and Yale within four years instead of five, learn more about the JD/Master of Environmental Management (MEM). Other joint degrees include a JD/Master of Arts in Women’s History with Sarah Lawrence College, a JD/Master of Science in Environmental Policy with Bard College, and more!

Z is for Zoo Clean Up

What defines an animal as food? What defines an animal as a pet? What are some of the threats to zoo animals and to wildlife? These are just some of the questions Professor Tracy Basile is posing to students in her Animals and Society Course. And it’s not all textbooks and videos. If you’re interested in learning about how animals shape our American identity, and want to get hands-on experience at zoos and shelters, then this unique AOK-1 course is perfect for you. Last year, students volunteered at the Bear Mountain Trailside Zoo, where they cleared coyote paths and helped protect a threatened turtle species. This year, students will volunteer in three locations: at the Bear Mountain Trailside Zoo, SPCA of Westchester, and the Weinberg Nature Center.

Haven’t had enough of the alphabet? Check out our A to Z issues from 2010 and 2011!