To the Left, To the Left

For the third year in a row, the Left Forum Conference, which has featured keynote speakers like the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Noam Chomsky, will be back on the NYC Campus this spring. If you want to be a part of the Left Forum, you’re going to have to act right now! >>Read More

Each spring in New York City, the Left Forum gathers thousands of intellectuals and activists from around the world to address the burning issues of our times. This year, the Left Forum Conference will focus on world-wide solidarity, and they’re looking for Pace students to get involved!

Here are some of the ways you can be a part of the conference:

  • Propose a panel:  This year, in addition to the standard panel format, Left Forum encourages proposals of student-run panels that represent and engage diverse political standpoints. The deadline for Pace panel submissions will be extended beyond the general deadline of January 15, but all panel proposals sent by January 3 will be given priority.
  • Incorporate a study module into your class, in preparation for the conference (follow-up papers or activities fit well with the conference and semester schedule.)
  • Join faculty, students, and others who are working to produce the event and promote Left Forum at Pace and beyond.

Read more about how to submit a panel here.

Last year, more than 20 Pace students and faculty participated in several panels on topics including The Logic of Capitalism: Understanding Water, Food, and Environmental Crises, Feminism and Lesbianism: Bringing Women Together, and The Case for a NO Growth Economy.

Three Credits in Four Weeks: It’s That Easy

This winter, don’t spend your entire break sitting in your PJs watching SVU re-runs. Or, if you want, leave your PJs on and pick up three credits in four weeks in the comfort of your own home with January Intersession.

Want to take Public Speaking online? You can do it.  Want to knock out that dreaded Calculus course in just four weeks? Also not a problem. All you’ve gotta do is register for January Intersession 2011.

Courses are offered in subject areas including biology, communications, environmental science, history, literature, mathematics, psychology, women’s studies, and more, and are completed in just four short weeks online: from January 3 to 31. Click here to view course offerings for January Intersession.  

So when your parents nag you to get off the computer and change into real people clothes, you can tell them you decided to get a jumpstart on the year.

Wanna Win a Wii?

Who doesn’t? If you’re a Lubin student and can capture the personality of Lubin in a short video, then you’ve got a pretty good shot at taking home a Nintendo Wii Gaming System and other prizes. Contest deadline extended until December 31.

Are you the next Steven Spielberg or just want to show off your video skills? Well, then it’s time to get started on a 3-5 minute video showcasing the personality of the Lubin School of Business.  

You can shine a spotlight on your fave Lubin professor; tell us why you chose Lubin; show us a day in the life of a Lubin student; give us a glimpse into your summer internship; highlight your favorite Lubin org or honor society. As long as it’s got some Lubin, Lubin, and more Lubin, send it on over. Every submission will enter you in a raffle to win some Lubin swag: beach chairs, laptop bags, portfolios, hooded sweatshirts, and more. The grand prize winner, which will be selected by a judging panel, will receive a Nintendo Wii game system!

Submit your entry to the Lubin Video Contest by December 31.

Don’t have a video camera? Don’t let that stop you–you can borrow one from your campus library for up to three days at the Technical Help Desk, first floor at the Mortola Library in PLV, and in the second floor Collaborative Learning Room at Birnbaum Library in NYC.

To submit your video, click here.

Celebrating DJ Henry’s Life

On October 29, buses will leave the PLV Campus to take students to DJ Henry’s memorial service in Boston. On October 30, the football team goes back out on the field to honor their lost teammate and play their hearts out for him. >>Read More

Pace students who registered for the free buses will leave the Goldstein Health and Fitness Center in PLV at 9:00 a.m. for DJ Henry’s memorial service being held at the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center on October 29, what would have been DJ’s 21st birthday. If you haven’t yet, please share your memories of DJ Henry here.

For those who cannot attend the memorial service, the Pace Football Team will resume the season on October 30 in PLV, after cancelling last week’s game against Bentley. A short ceremony will be held before the 1:00 p.m. game against New Haven, which will include bagpipers leading the team out onto the field.  Additionally, the first play on defense for Pace will only have 10 players to honor DJ.

As teammate and senior linebacker Jonfrey Sanchez said during the press conference, “DJ is Pace Football.” Please come out and show your support on October 30.

What’s Your Story?

Pace students have taken to the blogs on everything from first year jitters to senior year memories, not to mention the viral and inspiring It Gets Better Project.

Read all about it!

Marketing Management MBA student Alexandra Kawecki dishes on juggling a full-time job and part-time MBA classes, and how her student loan companies will not get her first or second born.

First-year student Loren Alexander lays her biggest college fears to rest and gives you an inside peek at what’s to come…a ballroom dance club at Pace? Perhaps…

Small town guy Andrew Greenwald shares a story about growing up in an unaccepting place, how Pace is similar to Disney, and that it indeed does get better!

Pace senior Yeerang Jang talks about the last October she’ll ever have at Pace and thanks her 28 bffs for a time well spent.

Check out the Student Blogs to read more about some of these bloggers!

Gaga Goes GaGa for Pace Alumnus’ Work

You may think that we use any excuse we can to get Lady Gaga in the Pulse, and you may usually be right, but this time we’ve got the scoop on a recent Pace graduate that she’s caught in a plaid romance with.


Alright, so Lady Gaga probably wouldn’t be caught in Rolling Stone or on the Today Show in plaid, but she did pick Pace alumnus and budding designer Asher Levine ’10 to custom create some pieces for her over the last few months. No, Levine is not responsible for the infamous meat dress, but this one’s just as juicy: The white straightjacket coat/dress she wore during her Today Show performance and the black motorcycle jacket seen in her July Rolling Stone feature were Levine originals.

And to think, just a few months ago Levine was walking the red carpet at Pace University Commencement before hitting the sketch pad and sewing machine to come up with some signature Gaga looks. Over the past couple of months he’s been featured everywhere from MTV.com to W Magazine’s Editors Blog.

So, why Pace and not Parsons? “I knew how to make clothes, I needed to know accounting, marketing, and all the things fashion school leaves out,” Levine said.

Check out the Asher Levine fall and spring collections here.

Ayo Technology…Fee

Everybody’s least favorite three letter word? Fee. We hate paying for things that we don’t have any control over. So why is the Student Technology Fee any different? Because you rule.

You’ve picked wireless coverage, Microsoft bundles, on-demand lecture tools. You have to pay, so why shouldn’t you have a say? That’s exactly why there’s  a committee comprised of students and faculty who vote to determine what technology initiatives receive funding each year. But before the voting happens, the Student Technology Fee Committee needs to hear from you.

If you’ve got an idea for a technology issue, submit your funding proposal to the Student Technology Fee Committee.  Your input and feedback are critical, so if you have an idea, pass it along! All submissions will be evaluated and considered.

For a list of what your technology fee covered this year, click here.

Honest to Blog! (The Best Week Ever)

So what’s the average week for a Pace student? Well, after reading Kaitlynn Blyth’s new blog you’ll soon discover. Just some of the things she did her first week? She went to class … one of which is taught by the managing editor of the first five Harry Potter novels. What else did she do? Eh, she watched the movie Mean Girls … with one of the stars from the movie in her Brooklyn dorm! To read more about Kaitlynn and her adventures both on and off campus click here!

Student BlogKaitlynn’s had a busy week, and so have a number of our other student bloggers. Check out their postings, including career tips, networking advice, and study abroad opportunities (and oh yes, links to the all important CupcakeStop) on the Pace Student Blogs.

Interested in starting your blog? Have special tips for subway survival? Know the 411 on the best pizza in PLV? Why don’t you become a student blogger? E-mail Mike Derario at mderario@pace.edu if you’re interested.

Give A Big (Green) Thumbs Up

Know someone with a knack for being green? Nominations are now being accepted for the GreenPace Awards—recognizing people, departments, organizations, and clubs that are helping to make Pace a greener place.

Green ThumbThe GreenPace Award will recognize members of the Pace community for ongoing dedication to developing innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. For more information, and to nominate a Pace staff, faculty, student or Pace club, organization, or department, go to: www.pace.edu/greenaward.

If you are ready to be an active part of the Green Movement, join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) onWednesday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m. in an open roundtable discussion about the Green Movement and the voice of communities of color that will culminate with plans for Earth Day 2011 program. For further information, please contact Denise Belen Santiago at (212) 346-1546/dsantiago@pace.edu or Melanie Robles at (212) 346-1261/mrobles@pace.edu.

Pay It Forward

Did you know you can be a teacher to children, mentor, and community leader all while helping pay for school? Pace’s Community and Volunteer Mobilization (CVM) AmeriCorps program, which places members in community and nonprofit organization is now accepting applications for 2011. It’s rewarding in more ways than one!

AmeriCorpsCVM AmeriCorps members are placed in local schools, programs, community-based and non-profit organizations where they serve the community by mentoring middle-school or high-school youth, supporting non-profit capacity-building initiatives, teaching computer or English language skills, or providing training and outreach on public health and safety initiatives. Positions are available at Pace University and in the surrounding community.

Students must be able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week for 12 full months — from January 2011 to December 2011.

Group interviews begin in October. To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit: http://www.cvmamericorps.org/

When Harry Goes to Austin

Watch out for the paparazzi! Rahul Rai, star of the film, “When Harry Tries to Marry,” which was shot at Pace, is now a Pace student. Aside from juggling schoolwork, Rahul is getting ready for his world premiere at the Austin Film Festival…alongside dozens of A-listers.

Natalie Portman, Sean Penn, Hilary Swank, Jim Carrey, Kristen Stewart, Orlando Bloom. These are just some of the A-list celebrities scheduled to debut their films at the Austin Film Festival next month.

Alongside them, Pace student and star of the independent film “When Harry Tries to Marry” Rahul Rai will have the world premiere of his film at the Austin Film Festival on October 22. 

Rahul, who was planning on attending NYU after his film wrapped, fell in love with Pace’s  NYC Campus when the film shot here last fall.

Pace performing arts professor Grant Kretchik, who encouraged Rahul to consider Pace, also stars in the film, alongside several other Pace students including Kayla Mason, Ginger Graham, and Julie Robles, who all blogged about their experiences.

“When Harry Tries to Marry” is a romantic comedy about a young college student who shocks his assimilated Indian family when he insists that he wants an arranged marriage.  Read more about the film on Facebook.

Calling All Bloggers!

Do you love to write? Want a platform to tell your Pace story? Well, then it’s time you apply to be a Pace student blogger and get your voice heard!

Some people like to read the blogs, others love to write them. If you fall into the latter category, then Pace is giving you the opportunity to share your experience with thousands of current and prospective students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni. You’ll have a big audience, so you’ll need to have a big voice.

Check out the Student Blogs, and email Mike Derario at mderario@pace.edu if you’re interested in being a student blogger!

Mentors for Sophomores

Are you a sophomore looking to connect with successful alumni for networking, knowledge, and guidance? Recent Pace alumni wrote in to let us know that your mentor is just a couple of clicks away.

Pace’s Alumni-Sophomore Mentor Program is recruiting sophomores for the upcoming year! 

The Alumni-Sophomore Mentor Program, which launched in January 2010, matches volunteer alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years with current sophomores, giving students the opportunity to learn from others’ Pace experiences. The program was a hit last year, and students networked with Pace alumni, faculty, and professionals from a number of industries.If you are interested in having an alumni mentor or would like more information on the program, please contact Karlene Kreutzer at Karlene.Kreutzer@gmail.com

No more middle-child syndrome: Sophomores should also check out the Sophomore Scoop for a  wealth of information just for you! Get more info about the Sophomore Scoop Series on September 15 in PLV and keep your eyes peeled for the Sophomore Kick-Off on September 29 in PLV.

Gaga for Google

Mailbox full? Not happening. For undergraduate and graduate students, it’s a whole new ball game. On September 15, Pace goes gaga for Google.

On August 23, first-year students were set up with Google Apps for Education. For returning and transfer students, the magic date is September 15, when you will be able to begin sending and receiving e-mail from http://google.pace.edu.

Why do you want to do this? Well, for one you’ll get 70 times the mail space, so that mailbox full message will never be seen again. There’s also GChat; Google Docs, so you can create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online; Google Calendar to schedule meetings, create events, and share calendars; Access to your information from anywhere with an internet connection (and from a mobile device);  and you get to keep your e-mail address after graduation.

 For detailed information about the move to Google Apps for Education, visit www.pace.edu/googleappsupdates.

For additional info, check out the Google Apps website.

Happy Gmailing!

Student by Day, Rock Star by Night

Pace student Jessica Calamera is a rock star. And that’s not just a figure of speech. The School of Education student is a professional musician with a reality TV show and now she wants YOU to face the music.

When Math and Adolescent Education major Jessica Calamera ’12 isn’t in class, chances are you may find the Honors College student in the recording studio or performing with her two bands. One band, A Few 2 Many, has just shot a pilot to be the center of a new reality television show. Her second band Over the Top, a local wedding band comprised of Jessica’s family, is one of Westchester’s top party bands and they’re looking for you to show them what you’ve got! 

Beginning September 9 and running through November, they will host an American Idol-style competition at Ciro’s Restaurant just a few minutes from the PLV Campus, and they’re looking for you to rock their socks off.  There will be a large cash prize, second, and third place prizes, and food discounts will be offered to Pace students at the restaurant. Register now through September 9 to be the next Ciro’s Idol.

Fashion’s Night Out with a Pace Alumnus

What do fencing and fashion have in common? Well, we can’t answer that question, but feel free to ask Pace alumnus and Olympian Tim Morehouse ’03 while you’re playing rec room games with him on September 10, all for a good cause.

You may have seen him fence his way to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, well now you have the chance to kick back and play some table tennis, foosball, and air hockey with our very own Pace alumnus Tim Morehouse.

Join Morehouse on September 10 at Bergdorf Goodman as part of Fashion’s Night Out, a day to celebrate fashion and put the fun back in shopping. Mary J. Blige, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Ford, and Victoria Beckham are just some of the big names scheduled to appear at Bergdorf that day.

 If you can’t make the event, keep November 17 open. Morehouse is producing and competing in the Fencing Masters NYC, a fencing showcase at the 2,000 seat Hammerstein Ballroom, with some of the best fencers in the world. There will be an interactive expo (where you can try fencing) as well as the main competition, all to increase the awareness of fencing and help raise money for Olympic hopefuls.  More info to come, but keep up with Tim Morehouse on his website and blog.

Money Money Money Money MONEY!

If you’re interested in making the big bucks when you graduate, we’d like you to know that you’re going to the right school. Forbes has just ranked Pace among the top 20 colleges “that will make you rich.”

You can bank on it: According to Forbes, Pace is one of the top 20 colleges in the United States “that will make you rich.”

The survey, which attempts to measure only what colleges and universities actually add to students’ salary expectations, ranks Pace among schools like Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Williams College, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley. Click here to read more about the survey.

If you want to kick your earning potential into high gear, take advantage of some of the great Career Services Pace has to offer.  New to the internship process? Get started at Co-op Orientation workshops, which start September 8 and 9 in NYC. Ready to ace that interview? Get your tips at Interview workshops beginning on September 7 and 8. Make sure to get yourself ready for the Fall 2010 Accounting and Finance Career Fair on September 22. You can also check out Pace eRecruiting for some great job postings. You may just be a few clicks away from making the big bucks.

And the Pawscar Goes to…

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

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

960 Minutes to Save the World

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

>>Read more.

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

Jumpstart Will Make You Jump, Jump!

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

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

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

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

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