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.

Meet the Next Associate Provost

Pace Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD, invites you to meet and interview the two finalists for the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs position. Make your choice heard!

On November 18 and 19, students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet with the two internal finalists for Associate Provost for Academic Affairs position at open forums on both campuses. The finalists are:

Brian Evans, EdD, School of Education Associate Professor and NYC Department Chair (RESUME)

NYC Campus

Monday, November 18
12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Schimmel Lobby, One Pace Plaza

Westchester Campus
Tuesday, November 19
3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m.
VIP Room, Goldstein Fitness Center

Adelia Williams, PhD, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Senior Associate Dean and Modern Languages and Cultures Professor (RESUME)

Westchester Campus
Monday, November 18
12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Butcher Suite, Kessel Student Center

NYC Campus
Tuesday, November 19
3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m.
Schimmel Lobby, One Pace Plaza

Following the open forums, you can fill out candidate evaluations and make your voice heard.


P4K the Night Away

24 hours in a day; 12 hours to save a life. On November 22, Pace will host the first annual Pace 4 Kids Dance Marathon to benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Will you P4K?

SDCA Coordinator and double alumna Caitlin Kirschbaum ’10, ’13, was a junior at Pace when her brother suffered a massive aneurysm and was medevaced to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (MFCH) at Westchester Medical Center.

“I had more support than I could have ever imagined from the Pace University Community while my family battled through such uncertain times. Two surgeries and three years later, my brother was back to normal again, and from that moment on, I wanted to hold a fundraiser for an amazing hospital that is only three miles away from the Pleasantville Campus,” she told the Daily Voice.

Kirschbaum’s brother is one of 20,000 children treated at the Maria Fareri’s Children Hospital, part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, each year. Kirschbaum, who also interned in their PR and marketing department, is now working with Pace students to continue to pay it forward.

“Over the years I have participated in fundraising opportunities for the hospital and last spring finally came across an opportunity that could potentially bring together two phenomenal institutions, Pace University and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital,” she adds.

With the help of a dedicated and talented group of Pace students, who put their planning, marketing, and design skills to use, that opportunity will become a reality. The Pace 4 Kids NEON Dance Marathon will move into the PLV Campus on November 22, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. in the Willcox Gym. And yes, dancers will be on their feet for 12 hours, busting moves and participating in games and entertainment. Why? Solidarity. To quote the first Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Dance Marathon’s mission statement: We dance for those who can’t.

Dancers will participate in a group morale dance each hour, along with fan-favorites, like the cha-cha, electric slide, and even the dougie. That’s right, they’re going to teach you how to dougie, teach you teach you how to dougie. There will also be food and goodies from ShopRite and Dunkin Donuts, help from sponsors like Kohl’s and the Marriott, and patients and their families will be stopping by to cheer dancers on, including a Pace student and Maria Fareri patient, who will be one of the featured speakers.

So far, more than 100 participants have raised more than $4,000…for the kids.

Pace students are too legit to sit

“This isn’t just a hospital. They treat patients, but they also treat families. I’ve lived through it,” says Kirschbaum. “To see that students are getting that without having to experience it, it’s really amazing.”

But there’s still plenty of work to be done over the next few weeks with a goal of $20,000. And while the event is happening in PLV, NYC students, faculty, and staff are invited and encouraged to P4K. And the best part: 100% of your donations stay local in the Hudson Valley and help make a difference in the lives of children within the community at Maria Fareri. Plus, the more you raise, the more points you get to win prizes including gift cards, dinner with some of the children, and more.

Want to get involved? Register today or e-mail Pace4kids@Pace.edu. Also, make sure to give P4K a thumbs up on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @pace4kids.

“The ultimate goal is to have this still happening in 10 years,” she says. P4K4ever.

And don’t forget to get involved in some FUNdraisers leading up to the main event. PJ’s for P4K: Enjoy throwback Saturday morning cartoons and nostalgic snacks on Saturday, November 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Commuter Lounge. Donations will also be collected.


Who’s Down With OUP?

Pace University’s MS in Publishing alumni and students are taking over Oxford University Press. Hear from four who range from editorial assistant and intern to ebook manager.

Oxford University Press (OUP) has an incredibly diverse publishing program and is the largest University Press in the world. Several Pace MS in Publishing alumnae and students are currently working and interning at OUP and they all talked about their experiences in publishing, their academic studies at Pace, and their work at OUP with MS in Publishing’s Professor Denning. Here are some snippets from the interviews:

Margaret Harrison ’12
Ebook Global Supply Chain Manager

Professor Denning: It is very exciting to have such a strong contingent of Pace graduates at OUP and we are especially proud of your accomplishments. Could you tell us a bit about what is you do at Oxford University Press?

Margaret: I was hired in June 2011 to found the Ebook Global Supply Chain office, and we are now a transatlantic team of three overseeing ebook operations for the global academic business, including conversion, distribution and process. (Rachel Menth, another alumna of the MS in Publishing Program, actually works on my team!) Currently I do a fair bit of project management and lead business process improvement for ebook work. Every day I have at least three to five problems that require solving. And I work with colleagues across numerous departments, US and UK. I love visiting our Oxford office and collaborating with my UK colleagues. Since I started at OUP, we have launched the UK’s ebook business, converted more than 4,000 US and UK EPUBs, distributed more than 10,000 ebooks, launched international partnerships with Kobo, Google, and others, documented for the first time global ebook processes for the press, and led an ebook data reconciliation project to clean up more than 30,000 ebook records in our systems. I have an amazing team that’s worked very hard to achieve these milestones.

Professor Denning: What advice would you give to a Pace student hoping to begin a career in publishing? What advice would you offer someone who is interested in working at Oxford?

Margaret: Networking has literally led to every job I’ve ever had, from the time I was 16. It is so important to “build it before you need it” as the saying goes. Spend some time on your LinkedIn profile and think about how to optimize your profile for your audience so you stand out. Include a link to a copy of your Pace thesis. Ask your professors to post a recommendation. Then network with everyone you can think of: your dentist, your grandma’s neighbor, the local barkeep. You just never know when you might make that meaningful connection.

Professor Denning:  Are you involved in the MS in Publishing program in any way today?

Margaret:  Yes! Earlier this year I gave several guest lectures in the Pace University China-U.S. Publishing Program. This was a great opportunity to share recent successes in our ebook program at OUP as part of a continuing education initiative. One day I hope to teach in the MS in Publishing Program, teaching students about digital workflows (and especially encouraging young women to pursue technology tracks in publishing).

Melanie Mitzman ’12 
Assistant Marketing Manager for Economics, Finance, and Business

Professor Denning:  How would you describe the work environment at Oxford?

Melanie: It’s a truly global working experience. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, especially when it comes to finding the right person to reach out to in each unique situation. It’s a nice combination of individual and teamwork, and working in such an expansive company has been a great way to improve my skills at working with lots of different people.

Professor Denning:  What advice would you give to a Pace student hoping to begin a career in book or magazine publishing? What advice would you offer someone who is interested in working at Oxford?

Melanie: You have to truly love publishing in order to commit yourself to it, due to the difficult work and often low pay. Being at the right company and/or finding a mentor (or two) at a job can vastly improve that experience and make a huge difference in how you view your work. And always pay it forward. After a few years in the business, it can be easy to forget what it was like when you first started, but it’s always good to remember those roots by helping the newest members of the publishing world.

Professor Denning:  Anything else or any advice you would like to give to current students and alumni?

Melanie: I would really recommend meeting, making friends with, and working with as many people as possible in your classes. These are the people you will continue to run into throughout your career, either in the office or social networking events, and you will almost certainly grow together and possibly look to each other for references or job opportunities. These are your friends, but they are also great assets for your career development.

Brianna Marron ’11 
Editorial Assistant

Professor Denning:  Please describe a bit about what your job entails.

Brianna:  My job requires me to have four arms, and an increased tolerance for caffeine, but I wouldn’t trade it. My day-to-day tasks include constant contact with authors to ensure they are writing their manuscripts, and to help shepherd the entire process for them.  Some of the basic tasks I perform include identifying and evaluating print and online publishing and distribution opportunities, analyzing competition, conducting market research, and basically being the liaison between the author and all departments: production, marketing, publicity, sales, design, and so forth. Some of the more creative and fun tasks I get to do are creating concepts for covers and researching images, writing cover copy, and writing book descriptions that feed onto our website and other booksellers’ websites, like Amazon.

Professor Denning:  How do you feel that the MS in Publishing program prepared you for a career in the publishing industry?

Brianna:  From the get-go, the instructors were all helpful and really wanted to know why I was in their class, and they really listened and helped me strengthen the skills I already had, and combine them with the skills I needed to work in the type of publishing environment I wanted; they really tried to cater their classes to the reasons each student had for being there.  And the program is also designed for those students who don’t really know what area in publishing they want to pursue, as you will learn about all the various aspects of publishing.  Again, I wouldn’t trade my job, but the publishing industry is changing so rapidly, that some days, I really just want to go back to Pace to learn it all again, because the moment you think you understand publishing is the moment the industry transmutes to the changing century.

Professor Denning:  Anything else or any advice you would like to give to current students and alumni?

Brianna: Stay informed. Read the news, read everything, attend different types of lectures, take advantage of being in NYC where culture thrives all around; this is where ideas for books generate.  To grow in a publishing career, it is not enough to come to work, type in data, read manuscripts, and go through the general motions.  You need to have a genuine interest in your surroundings—the people around you, the community around you, the problems, the luxuries—take time to notice the undetected world around you; this is where books are born, and this is the foundation of your career.

Maria Garguilo ’13 
Editorial Intern

Professor Denning:  How do you feel that the MS in Publishing program has been working to prepare you for a career in the publishing industry?

Maria:  Pace has helped to prepare me for a career in the publishing industry by making the industry tangible in many ways, including having professors who have first-hand publishing experience. In many of the classes I’ve taken, the industry stories that professors sometimes share with us are just as interesting and useful as the course material they’re teaching. Another way Pace makes the industry tangible is by making internship opportunities readily available and really encouraging students to take those opportunities. Lastly, Pace offers students the opportunity to take part in industry meetings, conferences, etc. My first month at Pace, I attended the Book Industry Study Group Annual Meeting. I didn’t understand a lot of what was going on, but just being there, and being surrounded by industry professionals was inspiring. And I know that many students took advantage of going to BEA this summer (I was traveling and couldn’t attend). These are events that I would not have access to without Pace, and I feel grateful that I’m a part of a program where the faculty cares about giving students all the tools they need to succeed in the future.

Professor Denning: What was the topic of your Graduate Thesis paper and can you tell us about what you think the value of writing it is for students?

Maria: The topic of my Graduate Thesis paper was how the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon came to be. It wasn’t an analysis of the books’ content, but the process of how an unknown author who wrote fan fiction ended up becoming Publishers Weekly Person of the Year in 2012. I wrote a thesis as an undergraduate at University at Albany, too, and I think in both cases the value of writing a thesis is feeling like you are a bit of an expert on a certain topic. Although the research and writing can feel overwhelming at times, when it is complete, it is a great source of pride, and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Maybe more importantly, your thesis is a great writing sample that you can show to future employers to show that you can not only write, but also conduct research and organize it in a coherent way.

Read the full interviews on the MS in Publishing blog.

IT’s All Worth It

Seidenberg IT student Kevin Cheng ’15 might be booked solid with his full-time internship and class, but says IT’s all worth it.

“To a certain degree, I’m losing a lot of sleep,” admits Seidenberg student Kevin Cheng ’15. For the past year and a half, this Information Technology major has been balancing an 18-credit course load, a more-than-full-time internship at McGraw Hill Financial’s Standard & Poor’s (S&P), and a Dean’s List GPA on top of it all. Sleep deprivation is nothing new to this super intern.

As a junior systems engineer, Cheng works around the clock resolving IT help tickets submitted by any of S&P’s thousands of employees. He describes himself as a jack of all trades, solving hundreds of tech troubles like crashed hard drives, faulty servers, and explaining new software to employees. But that’s all in a day’s—and night’s—work for Cheng.

“I have to pay attention to my e-mail a lot, because sometimes problems don’t happen between 9 to 5. Problems can happen any time,” he says. Cheng recalls leaving the S&P offices after midnight on a few occasions during the summer and working through the weekends to take care of some persistent problems. “It’s a pretty crazy internship,” he says excitedly.

While his busy schedule may force him to eat dinner in class sometimes, Cheng says it’s all worth it. “I’m passionate about IT. Honestly, that’s the easiest way I can put it. I enjoy what I do. I’m being pushed to my limits every day, learning new things, and having new experiences. Every day is different.”

Cheng landed his dream internship in 2012, but his career started as soon as he arrived on campus. As a freshman, Cheng remembers sitting in one of his first business classes when the professor asked the students if they wanted to be successful. “The class was unanimous, we said ‘yeah, of course.’” The professor then encouraged the students to take advantage of Pace’s Career Services. “He said ‘I’m telling you this, but I can’t make you go. It’s ultimately up to you.’”

Cheng wasted no time. He and a friend headed to Career Services, only to discover that first-semester freshmen aren’t eligible for internships. So instead, Cheng did the next best thing and attended Career Services’ workshops until he could begin applying for internships in the spring. It wasn’t long before he found himself in the hot seat at his first interview. But Cheng was ready for it.

“I got a packet from Career Services that had sample questions. They were really great with helping me,” he says. Before the interview, he met with his career counselor for advice, enlisted the help of his friends to practice interviewing, and did some research on his own about interviewing techniques. “I even read an article about the best colors to wear to an interview, that’s how far I went,” he says.

All the preparation paid off and Cheng was offered the internship at Endeavor Global, a nonprofit that helps start-ups become more successful. He says going through the process—from start to finish—of his first internship was what helped him land his current internship. “That internship gave me the experience that led me to McGraw-Hill. I was more confident after that internship,” he says.

And confidence was crucial when Cheng interviewed at S&P. He says they asked challenging questions designed to demonstrate his thought process. “It was a rigorous interview, but I prepared for it just like I did for Endeavor,” he says. “I didn’t even know if I answered them correctly, but it turned out, a week later, they called me back and said that they would love to have me.”

Since then, Cheng has been rounding out his education with real-world experience and seeing the principles he’s learning in class first-hand. For example, understanding what’s expected in corporate cultures not only prepares him every day for his internship, but Cheng says it also gave him a leg up in his interview when it came to answering those tricky questions.

He encourages his classmates to go after the internships they really want and to use Pace’s resources, like the eRecruiting website, to find them. “It might be a little discouraging for some people, but just be persistent. You’ve got nothing to lose by applying. So keep at it and certainly go to the Career Center because they’re more than helpful.”

Get connected with Career Services by visiting www.pace.edu/careers. Interested in sharing your success story? E-mail us! 

Lead the Way

Interested in being among or inspiring the next generation of leaders? Register to present at the 7th Annual Student Leadership Conference to grow, learn, and develop as a leader.

In the world we live in, the only constant is change. The leader of today must be versatile, possessing a wide range of skills to meet all of their responsibilities in our evolving world.

The 7th Annual Student Leadership Conference, being held on February 15, 2014 on the NYC Campus, is an opportunity for students to grow, learn, and develop as leaders. Students will listen to speakers, participate in workshops, and network with professionals in fields relevant to their courses of study.

And we need your help to make it happen! Each year, the conference showcases a range of presenters who specialize in various areas of leadership while representing reputable organizations. The Student Development and Campus Activities office invites interested presenters, such as faculty, staff, and students, to participate and submit a program proposal. Program proposals will be reviewed by the Leadership Committee and participants will be selected based on the needs of the Leadership Conference. Presenting at the Conference is a great way to build your resume. It allows you to show off your creative ability, and to discuss your ideas and share your expertise with others.

Submit your program proposal here by November 15. Please contact Carmela Oniszko at coniszko@pace.edu or Priya Shamsundar at ps02001n@pace.edu with any questions.

Take the Law Into Your Own Hands

Considering applying to law school? Consider Pace. Meet the students and profs at an open house on November 2.

Whether you’re interested in Pace’s Environmental Law LLM, which is consistently ranked among the top three in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the International Law JD, which gives students access to once-in-a-lifetime experiential offerings like the Pace London Law Program and summer internships at war crimes tribunals, or a variety of other programs, Pace is the place to turn your passion into practice.

Pace Law School will host an Open House on Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Law School’s White Plains Campus.

Meet Dean Michelle Simon and other Pace Law faculty and students, participate in a mock corporate, criminal, environmental, or intellectual property law class, tour the campus, and even get a free LSAT prep preview and LSAT focus approach law review.

RSVP here and contact the Office of Admissions at (914) 422-4210 or admissions@law.pace.edu with any questions.

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

Appy Go Lucky

Got an app design?
 Well, we’ve got just the contest for you as the Entrepreneurship Lab presents the Pace Mobile App Design Contest!

The challenge: To create a concept for a mobile app that demonstrates innovative design and meets user needs. 

The Entrepreneurship Lab is bringing you the Pace Mobile App Design Contest 2.0. Are you up for the task?

If so, submit a full app design using any tool (Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Publisher) or language (HTML, CSS, and Javascript). Screenshots from mobile emulators will also be accepted.

All Pace students are invited to participate and win $500, $250, and $100 cash prizes.

Please note that this is a design contest and not a development contest, so programming is not required. Register by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 21 and submit your design no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4. Finalists will be chosen and announced on November 11 and a design showcase and student vote will determine the winner at the final event on December 5.

Last year, Seidenberg student Julie Gauthier’s We Go Together, an app to help people arrange and share their schedules for work, school, and play, took home the top prize. Do you have this year’s big app? Get to it.

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.

A CHANGE of Pace

While many of us were enjoying the sun this summer, Pace student Diana Mendez ’15 juggled poverty, hunger, injustice, access for Latino youth to attend college, and a study abroad program in Italy.

“Women cocoa farmers in West Africa were not getting fair wages and their living conditions were horrible and they worked for companies like Nestle and Mars,” says Diana Mendez ’15. “So what Oxfam did, because the companies are located here, Oxfam advocated for the cocoa farmers, and took thousands of Crunch bars, M&Ms, and Oreos and rewrapped them in their own slogan and gave them out for free. We as consumers have so much power. We’re trying to say that we bought them all and gave them to you for free so you have this knowledge.”

This summer, the Business Management and Sociology double major put her classroom knowledge to use through the Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative, which empowers a select group of college students around the country to become engaged with the organization’s work and shape a new generation of global citizens at their own universities. Working outside of the U.S., Oxfam America develops long-term solutions to poverty, campaigns for social justice, and, ultimately saves lives.

“What I love about Oxfam America is they have headquarters around the world and each Oxfam aids other countries,” Mendez says. “We empower people all over the world by presenting them the information about company or government policies, resources, and materials they need. When people think of helping people in poverty, you don’t have to change their culture—just give them their human rights. That’s something a lot of people can relate to.”

And Mendez was no exception. This summer, she participated in a study abroad trip to Italy to learn more about the world that she wants to change. There, she met with the director of Oxfam Italia, who had spent seven years doing missionary work in Santo Domingo, where Mendez found an interesting connection.

“He helped fertilize soil of cocoa beans and he was able to feed 7,000 families in Santo Domingo. That helped the community where my mom was born and grew up. That’s how I want students to see it—you make a connection with the work you’re doing,” she says.

Through a rigorous training and leadership program, Diana was empowered to create CHANGE…and she’s starting right here at Pace, finding passionate students to join her new student organization—Oxfam America at Pace University.

And while Mendez has created her own change, she credits several Pace mentors for helping along the way.

“Sue Maxam has forever changed my life,” she says, of the University’s Interim Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education, who mentored Mendez throughout the Oxfam application process. “There was no way I could have done the work without the people who have helped me and believed in me.”

Through Maxam, Mendez met the Wilson Center’s Program Coordinator Lisa Heisman and found Latino U College Access at a Pace Career Services Fair. The organization’s founder and executive director, Pace alumna Shirley Buontempo, was speaking to a man about empowering Hispanic youth, which drew Mendez’s attention.

“She was talking about how passionate the Hispanic culture is, how much they care about work and education, how hard they need to work, and how important it is to empower them,” she says, prompting a fist-bump between Mendez and Buontempo as well as a unique connection. “I e-mailed her to say I would love to get together to talk about possibilities and opportunities, and how we and Sue could use our energy and passion to help the community, not to get a special edge to the internship.”

Buontempo saw Mendez’s passion and she was awarded a Wilson Center-funded internship at Latino U, where she used her experience and struggles as a first generation college student to help students with their college admission process and also helped secure Latino U an office right on Pace’s White Plains Campus.

All that, and she still had time to attend the International Young leaders Assembly at the UN this summer.

“I work hard doing what I like to do, which is helping people and communities. If you’re passionate about something, you should go for it… The best thing about being a Pace student is when you work hard, it all pays off. It’s kind of like Hogwarts—when you ask for help, help is given to you,” she said.

If you want to help Diana and the people around the world working with Oxfam America, e-mail her at dm69779n@pace.edu.

Interested in sharing your success story for The Pulse and Pace website? E-mail tlopes@pace.edu

ITS Connect

Pace says goodbye to Google and ello to Exchange, ePortfolio kickoff with honors students, iPad user group gets rEnamed, and more in this month’s ITS updates.

ePortfolio Honors Kickoff for Honors Students
ePortfolio and the Honors College are teaming up to host the ePortfolio Honors Kickoff on Wednesday, October 16, from 12:20 p.m.–1:15 p.m. in Gottesman Room. The session, hosted by fellow Honors student eTerns, will give practical suggestions for posting academic work, Honors activities, and preparing for professional internships. The event will also be the start of the Honors-only track in the annual ePortfolio Spring Contest. Honors winners of the spring contest will receive a $200 gift card and runners up will receive a $100 gift card. Pizza will be served!

Migrating Email from Google to Exchange Update for Students
As we mentioned in our last notice we are in the process of migrating all current students from Google email to Exchange. The Opt-In tool to self-migrate is now available at http://www.pace.edu/goexchange. We encourage students to take this opportunity and self-migrate on your own. If there are any issues, please contact the ITS Help Desk. We will be sharing updates and more information in the coming months. Learn more about student email migration to Outlook Exchange.

Microsoft Exchange Server Upgrade: New Web Access (OWA) Login Page for Students, Faculty, and Staff
As we announced in April, the upgrades we are making to Microsoft Exchange will happen in several stages. The latest upgrade occurred on Wednesday, September 25 and included a new look for the Outlook Web Access (OWA) login page (http://email.pace.edu). No other changes were made to the system at this time. Additional information regarding this initiative can be found on the Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Upgrade site.

iPad User Group’s New Name: “The Mobile Technologies User Group” for Students, Faculty, and Staff
The members of the iPad User Group have agreed to change its name to The Mobile Technologies User Group, in order to reflect the broader range of technologies that are covered by the group. The group will continue to meet monthly on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 22: 2:20 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 21: 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 10: 3:30 p.m.

All of the above sessions will be held in the following rooms: Miller 16/ Civic E 319.  You can review what was covered at past meetings on the user group’s blog.

IT Security Awareness for Students, Faculty, and Staff
In our last notice we had mentioned our IT Security campaign and in an effort to bring awareness to our community, ITS will be joining the Safety and Security department at their sessions on the following days:

  • PLV–Thursday, October 10: 3:25 p.m.4:25 p.m., Butcher Suite, Kessel Campus Center
  • NYC–Wednesday, October 16: 12:10 p.m.1:10 p.m.,  W615, 6th floor, 1 Pace Plaza

If your area would like training, please contact the IT Security office at itsecurity@pace.edu. Learn more about IT security.

Spam Alert
This is a reminder to the campus community to be vigilant in what emails you open and what links you click on. Spam emails may periodically end up in your mailbox. These types of messages may try to disguise themselves as authentic emails, by spoofing From addresses from people we know or known companies. Learn more.

Software and Hardware Support for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Just a reminder that a list of supported applications and hardware can be found on our Supported Applications site.

Pace University Website (www.pace.edu) has a Brand New Look!
ITS provided technical support as part of a University initiative to have the first phase of the new website launch in time for the start of the Fall Semester. We hope you like the new look! ITS worked collaboratively with University Relations to implement the site on a new version of CMS while maintaining our existing sites. You will continue to see site enhancements throughout the academic year including a rollout of school sites to the new design theme. We welcome your feedback on the new site. Please email webadmin@pace.edu.

For the latest in ITS, visit www.pace.edu/itsnews.


Waste. Kill. Share. Raise. Cultivate. Afford. The Pace Academy launches their 2013-2014 campaign to raise awareness about FoodYou…

Last year, the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies made major waves with its University-wide water campaign: the .007% campaign. This academic year, they’re moving from what we drink to what we eat, launching the FoodYou Campaign.

Pace Academy’s FoodYou Campaign is about the way that our choices, as individuals and as a society, intersect with the environment. During this 2013-2014 awareness initiative, we will examine some of the many pieces that are set in motion by what we put on our plates. Through events and partnerships, the campaign will broaden the Pace Community’s understanding of our global food system. We’ll be talking about the FoodYou engineer, grow, kill, need, take, waste, trade, and share. Food has always been a bridge between people and their environment. Today, our food choices are not only influenced by our region, personal budgets, and culture but also international trade agreements, government subsidies and regulations, and climate change.

The FoodYou Campaign will shine a light on our system’s resources, production, and waste through a diverse set of educational and action-oriented events. Events will feature experts on animal welfare and genetic engineering in agriculture, as well as opportunities for students to visit an organic farm and local farmers markets. During the spring semester, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies’ mock hearing on C.A.F.O.s in NY will give students the chance to influence policy on industrial livestock production.

But how do you get involved NOW? Well, FoodYousers, on Thursday, October 10, award-winning author Jonathan Safran Foer will join the Pace Academy via virtual classroom to discuss his book Eating Animals, which he wrote while exploring today’s food systems and presents what many consider the most important popular critique of industrial farming. For those on the Westchester Campus, head to the Miller Lecture Hall from 12:45 p.m.–1:30 p.m. In NYC, Lecture Hall West from 2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Keep up with the FoodYou Campaign by visiting www.pace.edu/foodyou.

Stick It!

Got goals? Whether yours is field hockey or lacrosse, Pace Athletics prepares to get more women in the game with the expansion of the sports program.

Director of Athletics Mark Brown has announced the expansion of the Pace Athletics Department with the additions of Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Field Hockey. These new programs will allow more female athletes to participate in Pace’s sports program and will ensure that the department is more closely aligned with federal Title IX regulations. The expansion of the Pace Athletics sport opportunities will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Pace University Pleasantville Campus as well as the revitalization of the University’s Pleasantville Campus beginning this fall.

The new women’s lacrosse program will begin a national search for a head coach later this month with the first year of the program slated to begin in the spring of 2015. A national search for a head coach for the women’s field hockey program will commence in early 2014 and competition will start in the fall of 2015. Construction of the new multipurpose turf field will begin in spring 2015 and is scheduled to be completed by August 2015.

For more information, click here.

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.

Semester in the City

Are you a PLV sophomore interested in getting a taste of the NYC experience? Learn about an exciting new program that will have you loving and living in NYC.

Attention Pleasantville Sophomores! Pace is introducing an exciting new program geared specifically for Pleasantville students—Semester in the City.

This spring, head to the Big Apple for an unforgettable experience that will bring your academic career to new heights!

  • Live on Pace’s NYC Campus in lower Manhattan
  • Connect with Pace’s NYC students
  • Discover the history of New York City
  • Immerse yourself in the arts
  • Indulge in diverse culinary creations
  • Develop a robust and marketable ePortfolio
  • Benefit from Pace’s same great academics in an exciting new location

To learn more about Semester in the City, please contact Jonathan Hooker in the Office for Student Success at jhooker@pace.edu or (212) 346-1962. Or you can get started on your application now. Applications must be completed by October 21.

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. 

Jumpstart Will Make You Jump, Jump!

The Class of 2032 is counting on you. Join Jumpstart at Pace to help make a difference in the lives of pre-school children and earn work-study or course credit.

Jumpstart not only realizes that every child is born with the potential to succeed, they work to make sure that happens. Now’s the time to join Jumpstart at Pace and help one of the nation’s leading nonprofits in the field of early childhood education while paying for college!

Jumpstart at Pace is currently recruiting for the 2013-2014 corps! Corps members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, provide individualized attention to help children succeed in school and in life, serve in a local community, work on a team, build professional skills, and earn money. Jumpstart relies 100% on college students, community members, and others to volunteer their time and expertise to serve children and instill a life-long love of learning and literacy. So if you’re looking to be a part of something greater, Jumpstart at Pace is it!

  • Work with preschool children on reading, writing, and social skills
  • Earn Federal Work-Study or course credit*
  • Receive professional training in early education
  • Serve 10-12 hours per week with a team of your peers
  • Receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award following your service*
  • Join a diverse service network, including over 20,000 alumni

*Subject to eligibility and varies by location

Visit jstart.org/apply to get started. For more information contact site manager Debbie Markert at (212) 346-1874 or dmarkert@pace.edu.

Critical Thinking, Critical Issues

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

Join the conversation on EarthDesk, a blog launched by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Examine environmental issues critically through a diversity of disciplines, with special attention to the global water crisis, animal welfare, and climate change.

EarthDesk convenes thinkers and doers from our own campuses, the region, and the world, representing a host of interests–from law to art, business to the sciences, technology to human health, and more. The objective: to advance creative thought and innovative solutions. Read it, comment, follow it, like it, share it!

Join EarthDesk and subscribe to posts by e-mail at www.earthdesk.org; like them on Facebook; and follow them on Twitter. Interested in contributing your own piece? E-mail earthdesk@pace.edu.

ITS Connect

On your mark ready set let’s go. Tech pro I know you know I go psycho when my internet quits, cable splits. Gotta get techie with it, that’s it!

Here’s the latest in what’s happening at our favorite tech division, ITS (Information Technology Services):

New Wireless Technology for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Starting mid-May of spring 2013, ITS began the migration to the new, more-robust, Cisco wireless technology.  Be on the lookout for signs and handouts in key locations and learn more about setting up wireless and the migration by visiting the website.

Users connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations that have migrated will see the network information below:

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

Important Note: It is strongly recommended that all users connecting to the new wireless network register their devices in order to receive proper permissions and network functionality. This is done by following the steps when connecting to PACE-OPEN.

Wireless Connectivity Sessions
ITS will be holding two sessions for students on the wireless network on our campuses (PLV on Monday, September 16 and NYC on Wednesday, September 18). Keep an eye out for more details and join us to see how to set up the wireless networks on your devices!

IT Security Awareness for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Computer security is an issue that everyone faces, not just IT. What does this mean for the Pace user community? It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that we keep our institution and personal data secure. ITS will be launching a security awareness program in the coming year in addition to implementing various best practice security protocols. Security changes such as the 15-minute session lockout is to ensure proper procedures are being enforced in order to minimize risk of exposing confidential data and to stay compliant with various standards and regulations, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS).  If your area would like training, please contact the IT Security office at itsecurity@pace.edu. Learn more about IT security.

Spam Alert
This is a reminder to the campus community to be vigilant in what emails you open and what links you click on. Spam emails may periodically end up in your mailbox. These types of messages may try to disguise themselves as authentic emails, by spoofing “From” addresses from people we know or known companies. READ MORE…

Migrating Emails from Google to Exchange for Students
ITS is continuously revising the technologies available to ensure that we provide the best services to our community.  Over the past four years, ITS has been evaluating our transition to Google for student email services. Based on research, feedback, and focus groups conducted over the past few years, ITS has decided to transition student email from Google to Exchange. The benefits of its integration with Exchange and calendaring are among some of the main reasons we have decided on this migration.  (Please note: Law School Students will not be affected by this change as they are already on Exchange.) Learn more about student email migration to Outlook Exchange.

RA Duty Log for Housing and Students
ITS worked with Residential Life to develop a RA Duty Log system which allows RAs to record information on their rounds.  These reports get submitted to the Resident Directors for each building every evening and can be reviewed and commented for the RAs. The form can be found at http://raduty.com.

ePortfolio Upgrade for Students and Faculty
Mahara version 1.7 is now up and running at https://eportfolio.pace.edu! New features include retractable blocks, a new way of accessing pages made available to users by others, and the ability to add journal entries directly from an ePortfolio page. READ MORE…

Respondus is Now Available for Students and Faculty
Respondus is a secure online exam solution that is embedded in Blackboard. The Lockdown Browser component locks down the testing environment by restricting students from accessing other websites, course content, and many other functions, in order to provide a secure online exam environment. READ MORE…

Utilizing Your Technology Fee
Pace University assesses a Technology Fee to ensure students have access to the latest instructional technology resources available.  All revenue generated from the technology fee goes directly towards funding instructional technology initiatives that are focused on enhancing the student learning experience.  READ MORE…

Not sure who to call? Contact the Pace Information Center (PIC)
The Pace Information Center (PIC) is your single source of information for any question about the University.  To reach PIC, dial 311 from any internal administrative Pace phone, or 1-855-PACE311 (1-855-722-3311) from off-campus. LEARN MORE…

To see various projects ITS has worked on over the course of last year and prior years, view the Tactical Plan!

Work it!

Looking for an on-campus student job to help pay your way through Pace? Check out who’s hiring!

Think you have the “write” stuff to be a tutor at the Writing Center? Want to go nose first into a position in Athletics as a student diving instructor? If we called you maybe on the ITS Helpdesk line, would you be the student who picks up?

Whether you have Federal Work Study or are just looking for an on-campus employment opportunity, there are more than 80 open positions for students with varying levels of experience. And now you can find them on eRecruiting, Career Services’ job posting board.

Prefer an internship off-campus? With 250+ postings, you’ll find everything from internships in editorial at USMagazine.com, to a controller at Goldman Sachs, to IT at IBM.

For more information on how to access and log in to eRecruiting, click here. And keep a close watch on us over the next few weeks as we post Career Services events.

Speak Up for a Speaker!

Hillary Clinton, Jackie Robinson, Gloria Steinem, Christopher Reeve. These are just a few of the unique Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients that have addressed Pace graduates in years past. Got a suggestion or nomination for 2014? Get it in by September 9!

Commencement 2013 was barely three months ago, but we’re already looking forward as we begin the nomination process for speaker and honorary degree candidates for the University’s 2014 Commencement ceremonies.

 An honorary doctorate is one of the highest honors Pace can bestow on an individual. Criteria for consideration:

  • A positive role model and outstanding individual who publicly demonstrates thoughtfulness and deeds worthy of honor in a regional, national, or global context;
  • A creative writer or artist; a shaper of ideas and opinions in today’s society; a significant contributor to an academic discipline; or an entrepreneur, whose voice, through any medium, is aligned with the role of higher education in today’s society;
  • An individual with professional or personal accomplishment that reflects Pace’s mission of Opportunitas; or
  • Alumni and others who have contributed to the civic, cultural, or philanthropic life of Pace or the community in a significant way.

If you have a candidate who meets any one of these criteria and you would like to hear them speak at Commencement 2014, complete the nomination form by Monday, September 9, 2013. Nominations will be reviewed by the Honorary Degree Recipient Committee chaired by Sue Maxam, EdD, Interim Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Maxam directly at smaxam@pace.edu.