Pace’s Best (Welcome) Week Ever

VH1’s Best Week Ever may have been cancelled, but Pace University’s is just about to get started. Get ready for not one, but two, great weeks of everything from cupcake crawls to Mets and Yankees games on the NYC campus.
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In just hours, students will begin moving in, and before you even have a chance to unpack, SDACA has events ready and waiting for you. So put down those suitcases and come on down…to Welcome Week in NYC.

Forgot something at home? On September 4, SDACA will sponsor a trip to IKEA in Brooklyn via water taxi.

On September 5, a trip to the most famous boardwalk in the nation (no, not Jersey Shore’s famous Seaside Heights) to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Coney Island Illuscination will wow you.

Celebrate Labor Day on September 6 with some leis, hula skirts, and food at a Hawaiian  BBQ in the Courtyard of One Pace Plaza.

Convocation is on September 7 followed by an open mic night with Deejay Spynfo for those of you aspiring rappers, guitarists, singers, and poets.

Classes kick off on September 8, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Meet your Student Government Association reps and get some free giveaways in the afternoon, followed by a South Street Seaport walking tour and Bodies exhibit in the evening.

No classes for you on Thursday, September 9, but that doesn’t mean the welcoming ceases, as the Office of Multicultural Affairs treks up to Museum Mile’s El Museo Del Barrio, New York’s premier museum that exhibits works created by a cross section of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists.

On September 10, the once-in-a-semester Fall Activities Fair will help you make some lifelong friends, but you can read more about that here. At night, the Mets take on the Phillies, and you can be there singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for just $10.

There are dozens of other events happening after that, so click here to read more. And we’ll keep you updated on all of them next week.

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.

50 Days and 50 Nights

For 50 days and 50 nights beginning September 6, the PLV campus is where you’re going to want to be. From block parties to Bollywood, Pace is making sure your semester gets off on the right foot.
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If you’re looking to fill your social calendar with dozens of fun events, then SDCA’s 50 Days and 50 Nights of Programming is about to make you a busy bee.

Here’s looking at you! It may be after Labor Day, but the Serial Mom will forgive you for wearing white to the Casablanca all-white party hosted by OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students) on September 6 at Prophecy Nightclub in White Plains. Transportation from Kessel starts at 9:00 p.m. and make sure to bring your Pace ID.

September 7 is Convocation, and if you haven’t already seen the posters and signs, read more about it here.

On September 8, head on over to Shirley Beth’s Way and rock out with Phi Sig during common hour, and make an appearance at the Black Student Union’s block party at night.

On September 9, DHOSA hosts a Bollywood movie night featuring Slumdog Millionaire, and do your best Milli Vanilli (or Ashlee Simpson, whichever) for the lip sync finals.

The Student Association meets for the first time this semester on September 10, followed by the Alpha-Beta-PC BBQ hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Phi Beta, and the Programming Committee, and APA caps the evening off with a Welcome Back Party.

Want to know what’s happening from September until December 3? That info is one click away. And we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop over the next few months.

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.

Shakin’ it Up at Pace

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? At Pace, of course, along with three other Shakespearean masterpieces, as part of the Shakespeare at Pace Festival this fall at the Schimmel Center.

To be, or not to be, that was the question. And Pace decided to be… the downtown destination for all things Shakespeare. This fall will kick off the new Shakespeare at Pace Festival, featuring four fantastic performances at the Schimmel Center from world-renowned theatre companies. 

First in the lineup: Romeo and Juliet, by Tony-Award winning The Acting Company runs from October 22 to October 24. Then, Shakespeare’s Globe of London returns to Pace to perform The Merry Wives of Windsor October 28 to November 7. Theatre for a New Audience puts on The Merchant of Venice February 27 to March 13, starring Academy Award-Winner F. Murray Abraham, and The Acting Company rounds out the season with Comedy of Errors April 5 to April 17.

Currently, subscription packages are for sale until September 7, but single tickets will go on sale mid-September here.

The 2010 Pawscar Awards

The votes are in, the ballots have been counted, the people (that’s you) have spoken. So without further ado, we present you with the 2010 Pawscar Awards.

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Almost 150 nominees; 13 categories and 1 write-in. No commercial breaks or fancy music to cut off long, teary speeches. Today, we present you with the 2010 Pawscar Awards (think Oscar, but with Paws). If you didn’t get your vote in on time or have a bone to pick (that’s right, we went there) with the winners, we encourage you to take it to the comments. We welcome your suggestions and feedback, but please keep it polite. Nobody likes a sore loser, after all. We’re talking to YOU, dubious write-in Choate House dungeon.

Additionally, this will be our last themed summer issue, so thank you for checking in on our A to Z’s, freebies, volunteering, and more. We’re off next week for the last time before we resume weekly issues on September 2. Keep your eyes peeled.

Now let’s get on with the show!

Best Pizzeria

Nothing may be “as American as apple pie” but there’s nothing as “New York” as pizza pie. Whether you’re waiting three hours in line at Grimaldi’s or three minutes for that Ellio’s in the microwave, somebody reading this is eating, about to eat, or has just finished a slice of amore. The Pawscar for best pizzeria goes to…>>Read more

Rosella’s, a hop, skip, and a jump from our NYC campus, and in PLV, a tie between Lucio’s and Pizza Hut. That’s right, Pizza Hut. Looks like “America’s Favorite Pizza” is, in fact, a fact.

Now put the frozen pizza down and head on over to one of these local pizzerias!

Best Sweet Eats

We all need a little pick-me-up every now and then, and it’s best when it comes in the form of sugar. Let us whisper sweet somethings in your ear, as we present the Pawscar for best sweets shop to… >>Read more

Crumbs Bake Shop in NYC (and a select few additional locations) and RocnRoe’s Pop Shop in PLV.

Not sure why they call it Crumbs because the cupcakes are so good you’re not going to even leave a trace of a crumb. With dozens of cupcakes to choose from including  fan faves like Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cup, Grasshopper, Coconut, Red Velvet, and more, you’re probably going to leave with a bunch of them. And good thing there’s a best seller collection taste pack. In case you’re rushing over there, the August Cupcake of the Month is S’Mores.

Part retro candy shop, part old-fashioned ice cream parlor, RocnRoe’s is a 50’s-style malt shop that’ll give you a taste of the good ‘ol days:  From Mallow Cups and rock candy to jukebox classics to more than 20 flavors that include Cookie Monster and Oreo Bomb, RocnRoe’s is the place to go.

Best Student Organization

With more than 100 student organizations at Pace, we were thinking everyone would have different answers. Well, we were wrong, and it’s obvious you guys have your favorites. The Pawscar for favorite student org or club goes to…

ASPIRE (Alumni, Students, and Professors Influencing Recruitment and Enrollment) on the NYC campus and a tie between the Criminal Justice Society and Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) on the PLV campus.

Stay tuned for more info on Pace’s student organizations and clubs in the coming weeks!

Best Hidden Gem

Let the Bling begin. We asked you to tell us about your favorite diamonds in the rough, and since “Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone” you shared yours. So the Pawscar for best hidden gems goes to…

60 Wall Street Atrium.

Think of the 60 Wall Street Atrium as an indoor public park. A wifi spot. A deli, newsstand, and ice cream parlor with some tables for a lunch date or hanging out. A place most people don’t know anything about. A…well, hidden gem.

And 60 Wall was just one of the bunch of hidden gems you guys picked out. There were no repeats, so no clear winner, but some of our favorites include the Choate House Dungeon (if it actually exists!), St. Margaret’s House Thrift Shop on Fulton Street, shabby chic brunch spot Danal on Fifth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets, and the PLV Campus Nature Trail.

Best Place to Volunteer

Last month we had a whole issue on some of the greatest places to volunteer in NYC and Westchester, but it looks like we left out some of your favorites. The Pawscar for best place to volunteer goes to…

Relay for Life in PLV and a range of NYC homeless shelter projects including Sylvia’s Place, WIN (Women in Need)Homes for the Homeless, and hours spent volunteering at shelters with New York Cares.

Every year, Pace hosts the American Cancer Society’s signature event, Relay for Life, on the PLV campus. Student, faculty, staff, and the community gather overnight to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. The 2010 Relay for Life of Pace University raised $40,000.

In NYC, you picked Sylvia’s Place, an emergency overnight shelter for LGBTQ youth; WIN (Women in Need), which provides housing, help, and hope to New York City women and their families; and Homes for the Homeless, which provides homeless families the opportunity to move out of the shelters and live independently.

Best Bookstore

While clicking away on is fine and dandy for a too-rainy-to-even-leave-the-house day, there’s nothing quite like going through book aisles and rummaging the shelves to find what you’re looking for. And let’s not even get started on the smell of a bookstore. The Pawscar for best bookstore goes to…

Both campuses united for Barnes and Noble. It was pretty much a landslide.

The only other bookstore that picked up more than a few votes was the NYC-famous Strand Bookstore, known for its 18 miles of books.

Best Cheap Eats

You can bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow…we’ll be bringing our dollars to some of the places you voted for best cheap eats. From hot dog carts, trucks, trailers, and kiosks, to falafel frenzies and dollar dumplings, we’re pretty sure money can buy you a little bit of love. The Pawscar for Favorite Cheap Eats goes to…

Falafel cart on 53rd Street and 6th Avenue (the $5 Halal on Ann Street and Nassau came in second) in NYC and in PLV, 7-Eleven’s burrito rollers, taquitos, and Slurpees are fast, convenient, and pretty amazing, so you say.

Best Place On Campus

We asked you what your favorite place on campus was and it seems like the majority of you in NYC are spending your time in the same place, whereas in PLV, you’re all over the place. One thing’s similar: you both like to take in the fresh air. The Pawscar for best on-campus hang out goes to…

Choate Pond in PLV and the Mortola Courtyard in NYC

Best People Watching

Forget watching TV. America’s favorite hobby is watching people. So here’s looking at you…or us. The Pawscar for people-watching goes to…

City Hall Park

Coming in as runners-up are the balcony at Grand Central Terminal (Gossip Girl style) and pretty much everywhere at Kessel (the patio, benches between there and Miller, and the back of Dining Room A) in PLV. Now you know where to see and be seen.

Best Parks

With millions of acres of parkland in New York State, the million dollar question is: Which park? Click on through and you’ll find out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Or is it? The Pawscar for best park or green space goes to…

Central Park and Prospect Park!

 With more than 1,700 parks and playgrounds in New York City alone, there were a lot of options, and students from both campuses favored these great parks. Spanning 1,428 acres between the two of them, so it looks like it’s not a “concrete jungle” after all, Alicia Keys.

Best Professor

We always brag about our exceptional faculty and it turns out you agree with us. Looks like there are a whole stock of A+ teachers here at Pace. And the Pawscar for favorite professor goes to…

Bill Offutt in NYC and Margaret Fitzgerald in PLV.

William “Bill” Offutt, PhD, is Pace famous for many reasons: He’s an associate professor of history, is the guy behind the famous Dyson Houses, and serves as a faculty adviser for the Pforzheimer Honors College.

If you’ve taken law or criminal justice courses on the PLV campus, chances are you’ve had Margaret “Fitz” Fitzgerald, JD, who not only teaches several of these courses, but also is a sponsor for Alpha Phi Sigma and Criminal Justice Society and Alpha Chi so-sponsor.

Best Coffeeshop

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, Pace! We don’t want to the bearer of bad brews, so instead we’ll spill the beans on the best, well, beans in town… Alright, enough of that. And the Pawscar for best place to grab your cup of joe goes to…

Dunkin’ Donuts

Well, it looks like America does run on Dunkin’ after all, as Dunkin’ Donuts was a definite favorite on all campuses. In NYC, environmentally-friendly fair traders think coffee picked up some nods. Additional runners-up include: Jean Jacques and Dragonfly Cafe in PLV and Grounded Organic Coffee & Tea House and Patuca in NYC.

Best Homework Hotspots

Nobody really LIKES to do homework, but it’s all about the atmosphere. Homework in Hawaii? Not the worst thing in the world. Homework holed up in your room? You could do better. The Pawscar for best homework hotspot goes to…

Miller Lawn in PLV and Water Taxi Beach in NYC.

Pace students like to take their inspiration from the great outdoors. So grab your books, your netbook, and your number two pencils and take it outside.

Best Write-In

We asked you to write in any of your favorites that we may have forgotten. While most of you chose to forgo this question, we did get some interesting responses. The Pawscar for best Pawscar Write-in goes to…

…the person who wrote in Favorite Eco Center Animal. While this was an anonymous survey and we have no idea who you are, your answer “the fat chicken that looks like it’s wearing pants!” had us laughing our pants off.

You’ve Got (g)Mail!

If 70 times more e-mail storage space and video chatting and a whole lot of Google is the answer you’ve been looking for, well then we’ve got the question: Why haven’t you signed up for our Google Apps for Education yet?

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More than 8 million students use Google Apps for Education and now, thanks to a partnership between Pace and Google, you are one of them. So what does this mean?

  • Tired of deleting messages to stay under quota? In the words of the great Kelly Clarkson “never again!” Gone are the “Your mailbox is almost full” messages, since you’ll now be getting more than 7GB, which is 70 times more storage space than you had before you went on summer vacation;
  • Your parents may no longer tell you what to do, but fortunately your calendar can. Now you’ve also got Google Calendar, which allows you to share and coordinator calendars and schedule resources from your computer or mobile device;
  • Would you like to overwrite this file? Nope, thanks to Google Docs, a word processing app that doesn’t just give you access to the same document, it allows you to work on it at the same time from anywhere in the world; 
  • KIT (that’s keep in touch) with Google Talk, which supports free instant messaging, calling, voicemail, and file transfer;
  • Let’s do the wave! Google Wave, a team project app that allows you to collaborate in one space using instant talk, polls, and more, from anywhere around the world; See the comment below from our CIO, Ravi, who gave us some (wave) breaking news: Wipe out! 

Oh, and we can keep going: Google voice and video chat; Google Groups; you can even “Google” your own Gmail and find the message you’re looking for in seconds.  You’re going to be all Googled out by the end of the semester. Actually, there’s no such thing. Come on, it’s GOOGLE!

Let IT answer your frequently asked questions and then click here to get yourself started in Google Apps.

For more information on what Google has to offer, check out the Google Apps for Education website.

Your Educational Passport to Success

Resume, schmesume. At Pace, we help you stand out from the other job and internship hunters. Actually, we don’t just help you stand out, we help give you the educational passport to show where you’ve been and what you’ve learned.

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We have one (very powerful) word for you: ePortfolios. An online collection of all your work, ePortfolios showcase your accomplishments, give you the opportunity to creatively represent yourself and your education, and so much more.    

ePortfolios are a means of collecting, selecting, and reflecting on your academic work and other materials that will be useful in your  professional life. You can post files, images, videos, and blogs that show your success and progress as a student while enriching your learning, preparing you for your field of work, and sharpening your technological skills.

Pace piloted the program during the Spring 2010 semester with 20 classes and 230 students, and the pilot was so successful that all Pace students will have access to ePortfolios when they arrive in early September.

Dive into your ePortfolio.  And don’t worry about the how’s. Click here to learn how you can get started on stamping your passport to success!