And the Pawscar Goes to…

The votes are in, the ballots have been counted, and with T-Bone as our host (neither Fey nor Poehler returned our calls), we’re rolling out the blue and gold carpet for the winners of the Fourth Annual Pawscar Awards. Now let’s get to the Pawscars!

And the Pawscars goes to…

Best Place to Eat Off-Campus
Chipotle (NYC) and Jerry’s Pizzeria (PLV)—both two-time winners!

Best Place to Eat On-Campus
Starbucks and Café 101 (NYC) and Pace Perk (BRC—two-time winner)

Best Coffeeshop or Sweets Shop
Starbucks and Baked by Melissa

Best Place to Shop
SoHo (NYC) and The Westchester (PLV)

Best Place to Volunteer
New York Cares (NYC) and Pace Makes a Difference Day (PLV)

Best People Watching Spot
Courtyard (NYC) and Shirley Beth’s Way and Kessel tie (PLV)

Favorite Place On-Campus
Courtyard (NYC) and Library (PLV)

Best Professor
Barry Morris (NYC); Paul Londrigan (PLV)

Best Student Organization/Club
Kappa Delta Sorority (NYC) and The Pace Chronicle (PLV)

Best Park/Green Space
City Hall Park (NYC) and Miller Lawn (PLV)

Best Class
POL 303A: Model UN

Best Dorm to Live in
Fulton (NYC) and Martin and North Halls tie (PLV)

Best Hidden Gem
Elevated Acre (NYC); PLV has no consensus

Best On-Campus Event
Kappa Delta’s Shamrock (NYC) and Relay for Life (PLV)

Best Internship/Co-op Experience
Too many to list: from Discovery to Deloitte, Conde Nast to the NYPD Cadets, MSG to MTV, and much more.

Best Thing About Being a Pace Student
NYC and internships

The Professor Is In: Q&A with P.V. Viswanath

Lubin Finance Professor P.V. Viswanath talks culture, finance, polyglotism, and his interests from Jay Leno to film editing. >>Read More

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

To have a conversation with P.V. Viswanath, PhD, is to be immersed in his amazingly vast knowledge of every topic from religion and languages to finance and economics. When Viswanath isn’t in a classroom lecturing both undergraduate and graduate students on financial practices, he can be found advising undergraduate students on their honors theses in finance, or embarking on his newest endeavor to learn Chinese (he is fluent in several languages including French, Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi.) He, along with colleague Professor Rebecca Tekula, recently applied for a grant to perform research in urban microfinance—an innovative field in the economic world that investigates people in urban areas who are underserved by commercial banks. They will try to uncover why 8 percent of people in the entire U.S., and nearly 14 percent of New Yorkers, do not have a bank account at all. His research will compare un-banked citizens of NYC and Mumbai, where Viswanath was born and raised. He is extremely interested in anthropology and diverse cultures. Last summer, Viswanath visited a group of people in Northeast India called the Bnei Menashe, who believe that they are descended from the lost Israelite tribe of Menashe, expelled from Israel in the 8th century BCE by the Assyrians. The group is actively seeking to reestablish its connections to Jewish society and many members of the group wish to immigrate to Israel. His previous research includes innumerable academic papers on topics like law and marketing. He is certainly an asset to the Pace Community—and extremely fun to boot.

What was your favorite class as a student? Least favorite?
My favorite class in high school was French. It was the first of many languages I’ve studied in my life. In undergraduate school, I found an interest in English literature and economics.

My least favorite class in school was biology. Where I went to school in Mumbai, we did not have a lot of great teachers in the sciences and you were not required to take science courses if it was not in your area of study.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your current career?
Since coming to Pace I have become much more passionate about teaching. I believe I have a very analytical mind and I’ve always loved to do research. But it’s only since coming to Pace, that I really developed my interesting in teaching. I’ve realized it is a great responsibility [to be a professor]. Sometimes when a student does not like a course, it is the way in which the material is presented. I make the effort to learn how to improve my teaching.

What quality do you most value in your students?
I value students who think about a question or topic and ask questions. Something I do in my class (which I know isn’t always popular) is I don’t always give an answer to a question. In some other classes, perhaps there is an answer to a question, but I think, in general, it is more important to be able to think critically. Especially in economics and finance students are always saying, “But what is the right answer? I need the answer!” but often times it is not about the answer, but learning how to think about a topic and evaluate it.

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
Take courses outside your major and expand your horizons past your primary area of study.

If you had to do it all over again and took another path, what profession would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?
I mentioned earlier how I didn’t have a lot of education in the physical sciences. And I’ve always enjoyed research. I am a researcher first. So, if I could I would study the physical sciences and perhaps become a research scientist.

I think I probably would be a terrible musician. But I do enjoy music… I learned to chant from the Torah. With each character there is a specific pitch to chant at and I’ve studied that.

What is your favorite book/TV show?
My wife and I really like Jay Leno—we try to watch him. And I really liked Cheers a long time ago. I read a lot. One genre I really enjoy is crime fiction like Clive Cussler, who writes thrillers that take place in New York. I also enjoy historical and locale-based crime fiction, e.g. by Qiu Xiao Long writes crime stories based in modern-day Shanghai. I was also a big fan of the Brother Cadfael series of murder mysteries set in 12th century England.

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
I’d probably read—I also like movies and don’t see enough of them. In fact, I would also like to study film editing—which I hope to do eventually. It amazes me how editing of the film can completely change a movie. Even the film industry’s connection to finance is interesting. For example, if you’re a film maker with debt financing, you are likely to have to give up artistic control. Since the lender just wants to make sure he gets his money back and doesn’t participate in any upside in case the movie does really well, he wants to reduce his risk exposure. This is particularly true of studio financing. With debt financing, the director has much more control. S/he doesn’t have to worry about the studio insisting on changing a movie ending, for example.

What is your favorite journey/experience?
I traveled to China and taught in Beijing for three weeks. That was a very interesting experience because I was exposed to a whole different culture, but one that has been connected with India since the times of the Buddha.

What is your favorite saying/words to live by?
My favorite saying that I try to live by is from Hillel in the 2nd century. Don’t do something to someone else that you would not want done to you.

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose?
Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus, Muhammad, Adolf Hitler, and Ashoka, a 3rd century Indian king who was instrumental in the spread of Buddhism to China and throughout Asia. He underwent a change of heart after a very bloody war and became more interested in the welfare of his people.

Equality Can’t Wait

This November, New York City will elect its first new mayor in 12 years. Don’t you want to know where the candidates stand? Meet them at Pace on May 7.

New York City is electing its first new Mayor in 12 years. It’s time to make sure NYC’s next leader puts equality at the top of the agenda. Hear from the candidates on the issues that impact women and girls, and on matters that affect every New Yorker.

On Tuesday, May 7, Pace University and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies once again join forces with the National Organization for Women’s New York City chapter (NOW-NYC) to host a debate between the top candidates in the upcoming New York mayoral election. The event, “Equality Can’t Wait: NOW-NYC Mayoral Forum,” is meant to ensure that the next mayor of New York City puts equality at the top of his or her agenda.

“NOW approached us and asked if we would host a mayoral candidates’ debate that would focus specifically on issues of interest to women in the upcoming mayoral elections,” explains the Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies department Nancy Reagin, PhD. “We thought that it would be really interesting for our students as well as the community.”

At 7:00 p.m. the candidates of New York City’s mayoral race will take to the Schimmel stage for two back-to-back town hall style debates. The first features Democrats Christine Quinn, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, and Bill Thompson, while the second debate includes Republicans John Catsimatidis, Joe Lhota, and Independent candidate Adolfo Carrión Jr. The debates will be moderated by former New York Times political writer, Joyce Purnick, winner of the Peter Kihss Award for reporting on city government and the Front Page Award for her political column in New York Magazine and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics. Up for discussion are issues such as equal pay, parental leave, and other issues of workplace equity that the city has a role in regulating and determining.

“We’re hoping for a big turnout from the Pace Community. We’re sure the topics will be of interest to students from all colleges, including Women’s and Gender Studies, Political Science, and Communication students,” Reagin says.

Please note: Luggage, backpacks, and signs are prohibited. RSVP today!

Secret Agent Man

Can you keep a secret? So can Seidenberg student Douglas Kandl ’13, ’14, who was recently awarded a prestigious Department of Defense Information Assurance scholarship to work on security for the…well, his secret is safe with us. >>Read More

When you ask students why they chose Pace, you’ll hear a lot of great answers: from the location to the internships to the small classroom experience. But for Seidenberg student Douglas Kandl ’13, ’14 what drew him to Pace was a matter of national security: the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Information Assurance Program, a program that only select universities designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence have access to. Pace is one of them.

“When I was a high school student and touring the Pleasantville Campus, the Seidenberg academic adviser told me about the program and Pace’s affiliation with the DoD. I came to Pace because of the program and the scholarships it offers,” Kandl says.

It was a smart choice for Kandl, who last fall was selected for the highly-coveted Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) to prepare for a career in cybersecurity. Kandl, who is majoring in Information Technology with a concentration in Security and a focus on Art, will also pursue his master’s in Information Systems as part of the program. In addition to a full scholarship and a generous stipend, the program guarantees internships and full-time employment after graduation. His first internship will begin in summer 2014 with a prominent organization—we’d tell you more, but it’s on a need-to-know basis only.

“Doug is an outstanding student, an entrepreneur, and a leader dedicated to the community, just to name some of his merits. All in all, he is a terrific individual and I know everyone will be pleased to work with him,” says Director of Assessment and Co-Director of the scholarship program, Andreea Cotoranu, who guided Kandl through the comprehensive application process.

While it may be the most top-secret, this isn’t Kandl’s only internship experience. He’s already landed four others including: Alloy Media + Marketing, providing technical and web support to the rights holders of shows like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies; Standard & Poor’s, where he helped lead a multimillion dollar throughput increase and worked on ratings with a team from around the world; and PSE&G, where he currently works on IT enterprise architecture: “I work on a team that does strategic planning. We decide what technology gets implemented in the enterprise,” he says. This summer, Kandl will be interning for Checkmarx, an application security company, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

With all this, Kandl still finds time for campus activities. When he arrived at Pace in fall 2010, he began working on Hillel, Pace’s then-inactive Jewish student organization. As Co-President of the organization along with Nicole Benzimra, Kandl has helped Pace Hillel grow into a vibrant and inclusive student group responsible for some of Pace’s most unique events like T-Bone’s Bark Mitzvah, Sushi in the Sukkah, Friday Night Lights: Musical Shabbat, and Hillel Idol. Kandl has also written op-eds and been featured in a variety of publications, including The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, Cleveland Jewish News, The New Jersey Jewish News, and Chicago Jewish News and helped launch the Hillels of NYC Council and worked with UJA-Federation of New York’s Bridging the Gap to bring together students from all of the Hillels in the area in order to bridge the divide between Jewish students of varying cultures. For his leadership, Kandl received the 2012 Philip H. Cohen and Susan Rudd Cohen International Hillel Exemplar Award at the Jewish Federations of North American Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

If you have an interest in cybersecurity and would like to know more about the Department of Defense’s Information Assurance Scholarship Program, please visit

Seniors: Send Us Your Stories!

Graduating in a few weeks? Share something you’ll miss, a professor who opened a door for you, words of advice for current students, your plans after graduation, etc. and we’ll include your quotes in upcoming issues. See examples from last year here or >>Submit your testimonial now!

Graduating in a few weeks? Share something you’ll miss, a professor who opened a door for you, words of advice for current students, your plans after graduation, etc. and we’ll include your quotes in upcoming issues. See examples from last year here or >>Submit your testimonial now!

And the Pawscar Goes to…

The Pawscars are back! For the past three years, you’ve voted on some of your favorite food and people-watching spots, hidden gems, student orgs, and more. The polls are now open for the Fourth Annual Pawscar Awards! Winners will be announced at the end of the semester. >>Vote by May 1!

The Pawscars are back! For the past three years, you’ve voted on some of your favorite food and people-watching spots, hidden gems, student orgs, and more. The polls are now open for the Fourth Annual Pawscar Awards! Winners will be announced at the end of the semester. >>Vote by May 1!

Lessons Taught and Learned

School of Education student Amanda Akdemir, BA/MSEd ’13, has found new and exciting ways to make a real difference in the lives of others–both at home and overseas. >>Read More

For Amanda Akdemir, her personal mission has always been clear: make a difference in the lives of others. Throughout her time at the Pace University School of Education, she has found new and exciting ways to make a real difference in the lives of others.

Akdemir transferred to Pace after completing an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Rockland Community College. After taking a few education courses there, she was hooked. “I applied to Pace University because I was advised that the School of Education was fabulous and had a great relationship with RCC and that my credits would transfer over very smoothly,” she says. “I can say with great confidence that I am happy I made the decision to come to Pace.”

Akdemir is a candidate in our five-year combined degree program, set to graduate in May 2013 with a BA in Childhood education and an MS in Educational Technology. She is the Vice President of Pi Lambda Theta, an education honor society and professional organization.

One of the key highlights, she says, is getting into local schools so early in the program. “It has allowed for me not only to create relationships amongst districts and their communities, but also to gain such a vast range of insights that I have been able to build upon through my courses and experience,” Akdemir says.

Akdemir is currently a student intern and substitute teacher in a unique school environment, the Mount Pleasant Blythedale School District, a K-12 school for children with special medical needs at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla New York. “It has given me a good handle on several different situations from both the elementary and secondary standpoints,” she says.

Akdemir has previously student-taught classes in the second and fourth grade in another Westchester district. “I love being in the classroom and it is absolutely true that this is where most of your learning takes place,” she says.

As part of her Educational Technology degree program, she has engaged in a wide variety of projects, including website development, applying for technology grants, and implementing the broad use of an interactive multimedia iPad app for Blythedale’s special needs students, along with professional development for faculty. Her experience is one that has definitely opened her eyes to the challenges in education—meeting the needs of all students.

“Especially in my current environment, simultaneously adapting to the needs of such diverse learners is definitely not an easy task,” she says. But, she continues, “I think that the greatest reward comes when those needs are met. The satisfaction that comes along [with that] is an unmatched feeling that makes every effort worthwhile.”

Akdemir has also had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children, internationally. She was one of six students who traveled to Guatemala for a week in February 2013 to present at the 9th International Literacy Conference in Guatemala City. In addition to scholarly pursuits, the students also visited three local schools to interact with teachers and students, and experienced day-to-day life in Central America. “It was an overall wonderful experience that I will cherish always,” she says. The trip, she says, put a lot of things in perspective.

“There is so much that we take for granted here,” she says. “We are provided with more than we can imagine to make a difference in the lives of children, and we should be making use of every tool and opportunity we are given to the best of our ability.”

Read more SOE success stories on their website at

Coping with Disruption

Join Pace University Trustee Thomas J. Quinlan III ’85, President and CEO of RR Donnelley and Sons, and President Stephen J. Friedman for an illuminating discussion about the fast-paced changes taking place in media and publishing today. >>Read More

Nowhere is disruption more the new normal than in the media and publishing world.  Now that pixels have replaced the printed page and the iPad is the new paperback, what–and how–will you be reading tomorrow?

InsideTrack returns on Tuesday, April 23, as President Friedman sits down with Pace alumnus Thomas J. Quinlan III ’85, president and CEO of RR Donnelley & Sons Company. With more than 60,000 employees, annual revenues of more than $11 billion, and approximately 650 locations around the globe, Chicago-based RR Donnelley & Sons Company is the largest provider of printing and print-related business services in the world.

The evening’s topic, “Coping with Disruption,” will be examined as President Friedman and Quinlan take us through the fast-paced changes in media and publishing as the world tilts toward digital. Hear the fascinating story of the transformation of an entire industry in real time.

Members of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a global organization of more than 4,600 business leaders who are or have been chief executive officers of major companies, have also been invited to attend two master classes taught by expert Pace faculty. The first class brings together a panel of experts and enviro-policymakers from the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies for “Straight Talk on the Future of Our Planet.” Afterwards, WPO members are invited to attend “Megatrends: Threats, Opportunities, Successes, Failures,” an interdisciplinary master class that will focus on the up-to-date issues of globalization and economic interdependency and what the latest issues and challenges are and how your business can deal with them.

“Hosting the World President’s Organization is a great opportunity to introduce the University to an important group of area CEOs,” says Freddi Wald, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of University Relations. “They will learn firsthand of the exciting intellectual and cultural opportunities available to our students and the Pace Community each and every day.”

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Here Comes the Sun

A Pace professor teams up with students to explore the effectiveness of newly-installed solar panels on campus, including how they helped students get recharged during Superstorm Sandy. >>Read More

Written by Sarah Aires ’14

About 165,000 trillion watts of solar power reach the earth all the time, and all activities on the planet utilize only a fraction of it–and yet the energy crises wages on! Seidenberg Professor Hsui-Lin Winkler, PhD, has teamed up with students for a research endeavor to explore the functionality and effectiveness of new solar panels the university installed last year. The research topic, which had initially been included as part of the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Initiative, was proposed by Winkler, whose previous work includes research of college campus energy consumption for a prestigious Thinkfinity grant. Naturally, the work extended to include a closer look at understanding solar energy on campus.

The solar panels were installed on the e-House of the Law School, and a “solar classroom’ on the Pleasantville Campus. The six modules on the PLV Campus classroom were donated by Con Edison to demonstrate to students how solar panels can be used effectively in a classroom. The solar PV modules installed in both locations are the same type; each can generate 235 watts per meter square. During the summer and spring months, the panels contribute  half of the total energy use and less in the winter.

“We were just excited to see that we have some panels up on the roofs and provide us significant energy in the e-House and be a solar panel showcase in the solar classroom,” Winkler said.

In the wake of the Superstorm Sandy disaster that displaced many Pace students and canceled classes for days, the solar panels were an invaluable resource. Despite the power outage that affected both campuses, students were able to charge phones and computers due to the solar energy. With about 1.5 kWatts, the room comfortably provides charges for 20 to 25 students.

When questioned about the potential financial hardship of the solar panels, Winkler explained, “It would takes about 15 years for solar panels to be paid off from electricity generation alone.  It can be less if some extra tax benefits were provided to purchase the solar panels. However, if we consider the reduction of CO2, which is usually not included in the estimate of benefit, the solar energy cost would be greatly reduced. “

Ongoing research could make way for more innovative energy solutions as Pace helps pave the way for university in energy conservation.

Want to see Pace’s solar classroom in action? Stop by on Wednesday, April 24 for an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Interested in installing solar panels on your home? Pace has a course for that! A 40-hour, five-day hands-on course for those who have an interest in Solar Photovoltaics and wish to learn the basics of designing and installing a PV system—the homeowner, contractor or electrician, and those contemplating a career in Solar PV. The course includes classroom lectures, videos, and two hands-on Solar PV installations by all participants. Tuition includes the cost of the entry-level exam offered through NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners). For students without a background that includes electricity basics, a two-day class is available. For more info, click here.

Ready, Aim, Get Hired!

PLV had their ride in the carriage to the career fair, now it’s time for the fairy jobmother to visit the NYC Campus. Plus, job search bootcamps, careers in psychology, fashion, non-profit, and the environment, and more on all campuses. >>Read More

NYC Campus
Careers in Focus: Psychology

Monday, April 15
12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
W613, One Pace Plaza
Network with industry professionals and learn about a variety of career opportunities in psychology. Speakers include: Lea del Rosario, Director, Human Resources – Broadridge Financial, Adrian Tworecke, PsyD Candidate, Pace University, Sean Ryan, Behavioral Analyst, Esperanza Center NYC, and Enmanuel Mercedes, Psychologist, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Presented by Career Services and Psi Chi.

Job Search Bootcamp
Monday, April 15
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Student Union
Career Services wants you… to enlist in an upcoming job search boot camp, where they’ll help you with resume branding, developing power interviewing skills, give social media and networking tips, provide you with useful job search resources, and discuss current hiring trends in various industries.

How to Work the Career Fair
Wednesday, April 18
12:20 p.m.–1:15 p.m. and 4:00p.m.–5:00 p.m.
E307, One Pace Plaza
You’ve got 30 seconds—how can you use it to make an impression? Learn what to say and do when you meet a recruiter and make the most of your time at our Spring Career Fair. Come prepared to work on your 30 second pitch.

Job and Internship Fair
Wednesday, April 25
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Student Union and Gym
Our favorite fairy jobmother is back to make all the Cinderellas’ and Cinderfellas’ career dreams come true. Get exclusive access to internships and jobs in various industries, market your skills and interests with recruiters, and network with employers in your field at the Spring Job and Internship Fair. Make sure to bring several copies of your resume! Register today. Those who register by April 22 will be entered to win one of 15 student VIP spots, which includes custom name badges, an invitation to the employer brunch, and early admittance to the fair (30 minutes before the fair officially opens). More information to come, so stay tuned next week.

Careers in Focus: Fashion
Tuesday, April 30
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Lecture Hall North
Come learn about various careers paths within the fashion industry. Hear from panelists on the many different career paths available and how to break into this exciting industry. Open to all majors!

WP Campus
Opportunities in the Non-Profit Sector
Tuesday, April 16
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Room 208, Graduate Center
Talk to a recruiter from Professionals for Non Profits (PNP) about how to get a job in the non-profit industry. Learn about job search tips and learn about postings from their non-profit clients. Open to all majors interested in a career in this industry.

PLV Campus
Green Careers Panel
Tuesday, April 23
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Butcher Suite
This workshop is open to students of all majors who are interested in learning how they can position themselves in the ever-changing green economy. Hear from professionals who have merged their career aspirations with a focus on eco-friendly and sustainability initiatives.

The Professor Is In: Q&A with Jonathan Hill

Seidenberg Associate Dean and Creative Labs founder Jonathan Hill, DPS, talks chicken coops, HBO’s Girls, Rasputin, and much more in this month’s The Professor Is In. >>Read More

Written by Pace student  Sarah Aires ’14

Jonathan Hill, DPS, Associate Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, founded the Seidenberg Creative Labs, a fee-for-service research lab in software development. Start-ups and established companies often want prototypes for web, mobile or digital marketing projects and students and faculty in the lab build and test these products and record the results so companies can have a real-life, market-ready product. There are plenty of enthusiastic students in the lab where peer interactions, working relationships with clients and research are fundamental aspects to the lab’s team work.  Hill has received several grants for his influential research including a lofty $250,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to establish a STEM Co-laboratory at Pace along with School of Education Professor Lauren Birney, EdD.

Hill also facilitates an active collaboration with Aalto University in Finland. The program is in its second year, and Hill will be joining 10 students on a trip to Helsinki where students will work together with students from universities all around the world including China, India, Germany, and New Zealand to work on projects for established national companies like Panasonic, ABB, Sony, and Audi. Hill is incredibly enthusiastic about the ever-changing start-up world where technologies like Skype allow people from across the globe to work with one another from San Francisco to Shanghai. After going to California to become a “Dot Com” millionaire, which didn’t work out quite the way he planned, he taught for several years when he was granted the opportunity to work on a project at Pace. Years later he is still teaching students he calls the most ambitious he’s known.

What was your favorite class?
My favorite class as an undergrad was a Problem Solving with Computers class. Of course, the class was back in the last century so it was punch card computing. I’ve always had a natural affinity for computers and that was an opportunity to explore. Another favorite class was a Russian history course. One of the best professors I ever had, Bill Brennan, taught Soviet history. This was a guy who could paint pictures with words. I ended up minoring in Russian history because of him.

Least favorite?
My least favorite was an international business class taught by the one and only bad professor I ever had in my undergrad career. He was disinterested and… it’s ironic because I went on to do a lot of international business.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your career?
My mentor at City University of New York, Stuart Schulman, who runs the entrepreneurship program there. He had a passion for applied higher education and taught me to combine academics and business and allowed me to navigate higher education. I taught there for 15 years.

What quality do you most value in your students?
Passion, a sense of humor, and a willingness to jump into the deep end of the pool. Pace students are wonderful in that way. The ones who are successful and satisfied are the ones who have come here for the right reasons.  Because they are going to school in the best city in the world and that makes it an amazing place to go to school. There are so many rich opportunities right outside our door and folks who come here and take advantage and make the most of their time here do amazing things.

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
Get involved. In a few words: over commit. Go out and do things and take advantage of this amazing city and amazing school. Universities are like deserts in the sense that there are these amazing oases, but you have to know where to look. Hopefully you have someone to start you on a path and show you where they are. If you don’t find them you can die of thirst but if you find them, you have this amazing experience.

If you had to do it all over again and took another path, what profession would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?
I’d like to be an artist. I’ve come late in my life to the great satisfaction of making things – designing and creating things. Software can be very creative. I made a chicken coop last summer with my son and now we have chickens in our backyard!

I wouldn’t want to be the adviser to The Pace Press [chuckles. Editor’s Note: Sarah Aires, the author of this article is also an editor for The Pace Press.]

What is your favorite book/TV show?
I’ve been inhaling a series of historical novels by a British writer named Bernard Cornwell. Reading those aloud to my kids. They’re fabulous. They’re about the Anglo-Saxon England in the 800s and have fascinating stories. They’re really great fun. I suppose I should say I watch Girls, but my children tell me it’s not appropriate for me. For those of us who watched James at 16, we’ve seen the apotheosis of television.

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
I would learn to meditate.

What is your favorite journey/experience?
I used to travel a lot and I lived abroad. I lived in Russia and New Zealand. But my favorite journey has most certainly been raising my family.

What are your favorite words or sayings to live by?
I would say I could pick many of the psalms from the Old Testament and find comfort, richness and reflection on the human condition.

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose?
Martin Luther King Jr., Alfred the Great of England who is in that awesome book series, Rasputin from Russian history, Linus Torvalds, the Finnish programmer who built Linux and Yukihiro Matsumoto, a software programmer who created the hot programming language, Ruby. It has a whole philosophy about meeting the human needs of the programmer around it!

Home Is Where the Art Is

Pace Performing Arts has a new home—and now they’re having a housewarming. Join them on April 12 for the grand opening of the new Performing Arts building at 140 William Street. >>Read More

Pace Performing Arts has a new home—and now they’re having a housewarming. Join them on April 12 for the grand opening of the new Performing Arts building at 140 William Street. >>Read More

Law School Lite

Learn from distinguished professors and attorneys from around the world with real-world experience in Environmental Law and earn one credit in one week with Pace Law School’s Environmental Summer. >>Read More

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Pace’s Environmental Law program has gained national recognition and is consistently ranked among the top four programs of its kind in the United States. This summer, it is offering an incredible lineup of 27 different one-week courses that focus on cutting-edge environmental law topics ranging from Wildlife Law, to Clean Water Act/Wetlands, to Nuclear Energy and Waste Disposal, to UN and Brazilian Environmental Law. The new program will serve as a pilot project and, if successful, will become an annual program.

Laura Jensen, who joined the University as Assistant Director of Environmental Law Programs in 2012 after graduating magna cum laude from Pace Law School, has helped organize the innovative project.  “We’ve been receiving a lot of interest from practicing attorneys and [internationally] in places like Brazil,” she notes of the newly launched project.

The week-long seminars, with tracks in energy, environmental, land use and natural resources, and international law, are taught by distinguished law professors from across the country. Experts include: Professor Sanford Gaines, who earned his law degree from Harvard University after serving in the Peace Corps in Korea; Professor Gabriel Eckstein, whose past work includes editor for the American University International Law Review; and Professor Rachael Salcido, who has served as the director of the Sustainable Development Institute and whose work has appeared in countless scholarly journals.

Courses like the Renewable Energy Field Course in the Energy Track often go beyond the classroom, allowing students to explore real-world renewable energy project sites while learning more about the laws and policies that apply to them. The Environmental Track also offers hands-on experience with courses like the Brownfields Field Course that introduces students to fieldwork experience while also meeting with city officials, scientists, and construction company officers.

“Our Pace Law professors are very much involved in environmental law and the ABA,” Jensen says. “They put the word out amongst their colleagues and these were the [experts] who reached out and were interested in teaching a specialty course. We have [professors] flying in from Brazil and Denmark…”

Courses are open to law students, attorneys, and college graduates with an interest in the field. Certificates of completion are available as is affordable dorm space for visitors on the White Plains Campus.

The Summer Environmental Program runs from the week of May 27 through the week of July 22. Registration closes on May 1. For more information or to register, visit

Earth Month: Food for Thought

To celebrate Earth Month, each week The Pulse will highlight Pace research and programs that are making an impact on the environment. This week, Professor Marley Bauce and student AliReza Vaziri ’13 team up for an undergraduate research project to gauge environmental sustainability in Pace’s Dining Halls. >>Read More

Professor Marley Bauce and senior AliReza Vaziri are prime examples of how professors and students have come together to make a difference. In this case, the duo has undertaken an innovative new research project on environmental sustainability–and how Pace can adopt a leadership role in the movement.

Recycling, purchasing energy saving appliances, and whizzing around in a Prius are stylish ways to show your support for environment sustainability, but they aren’t necessarily making the impact you think they are. According to a 2006 meta-analysis conducted by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, industrial agriculture releases 33% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Of this 33%, beef production claims half the responsibility. Forget the Prius: It may be time to confront the steak.

So what can Pace do to help minimize environmental damage? Professor Bauce and Vaziri have teamed up in the Division of Student Success’ Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Initiative to gauge the environmental sustainability measures of Pace’s Dining Halls and identify what Pace can do to improve.

Professor Bauce and Vaziri believe that Pace could implement three primary changes in order to remain on the cusp of environmental sustainability awareness.

“Pace can lead the initiative by offering more ecologically-friendly options for students,” Professor Bauce said.  As of now, the café does offer some vegetarian options. “We have met with representatives of Chartwell’s to discuss our research.”

Another suggestion the research partners have proposed is to implement a “Meatless Monday” campaign across campus, an idea that has already been implemented at the Pace Law School on the White Plains campus. Through this campaign, a wider variety of meat-free food alternatives are offered to students on Mondays, along with educational programs designed to encourage students to eat less meat… both for their health, and for the health of the planet.

NYU and Columbia have also implemented “Meatless Monday” campaigns in order to encourage students to refrain from eating meat on Mondays, thereby reducing their carbon footprints as well as reducing health risk factors.

In a survey that Professor Bauce and Vaziri distributed to 3,000 Pace students and faculty members, the Pace community expressed their desire for an advanced administrative position on environmental consciousness, citing sustainable living as a clear social value.

“The survey asked if [students] would alter their eating habits in order to promote ecological sustainability, and the consensus was that they would not want to change their eating habits out right on their own,” Professor Bauce said. “However, when asked whether they felt that Pace should offer more options for students to eat less meat, the response was overwhelming: The same survey subjects believe that  Pace should launch an initiative to provide students with the option to eat more responsibly if they choose. This is a fascinating dynamic between consumer and corporate environmental responsibilities, right here in the heart of New York City.”

Finally, Vaziri, who founded the campus organization A Dollar’s Difference and was recently awarded Pace’s Jefferson Award for Public Service, suggests that Pace use its influence and power to not only help the environment, but also to help less fortunate individuals within our community. “We would like to see Pace limit food waste, and donate its left over, unused foods to food banks in the area,” Vaziri explained, “We are currently in talks with several to try and set it up.” Americans currently throw away approximately 50% of the food they purchase; this food accumulates in landfills and emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. This is but one more way in that what we eat has a profound effect on the local and global environment.

Says Professor Bauce, “Our next steps are to meet with Provost Sukhatme to discuss options; distribute another survey to students; and prepare a document for distribution around the university, which outlines various ways in which the Pace community can use food as an important means of expressing an environmental identity.”

The findings of their research will be presented via a poster panel at the Division of Student Success’ Showcase event on April 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union. Admission to this event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Sue Maxam, EdD, at

For updates on his developing research, follow AliReza’s blog at here.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Work It!

On Wednesday, April 10, about 75 employers will be on the PLV Campus looking to hire Pace students for jobs and internships. What will you be doing? >>Read More

If your answer isn’t printing out a bazillion copies of your resume, suiting up, and quickly walking (hey, we don’t want you sweating all over your prospective employers) to the Goldstein Fitness Center, then you’re missing a huge opportunity.

On Wednesday, April 10, the PLV Campus will be bustling with employers and students looking for employment as Career Services hosts the PLV Spring Job and Internship Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Goldstein Fitness Center.

Get exclusive access to internships and jobs, market your skills and interests with recruiters, and network with employers in your field as you meet with representatives from media, consumer products, not-for-profits, government, accounting, finance, banking, healthcare, computer science, technology, hospitality, and many other areas. So far, 75 companies have registered to attend including Apple, IBM, NYS Office of the Attorney General, Ernst & Young,, Westchester Magazine, the Greenburgh Nature Center, KPMG, and many more. For a list of companies attending, click here.

Professional attire is required, so get your dry cleaning done ASAP.

Register to attend the fair.

To help you prepare for the fair, check out some of these upcoming events:

Career Fair Resume Review and Prep
April 3–5, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Kessel Satellite Office, Suite 200
April 8 and 9, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Gannett House and Kessel Satellite Office, Suite 200
The Career Fair is a-coming. Make sure you have the perfect your resume to give out and get career fair networking tips from Career Services counselors.

LinkedIn Workshop
Thursday, April 4, 6:00 p.m–7:30 p.m.
Butcher Suite
Robert Hellmann, author of the book Your Social Media Job Search, will talked about getting LinkedIn to your next job. His career-related insights and commentary have appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, Forbes, the Washington Post, Money Magazine, ABC News, NBC News, and many others.

Career Builder: Get an Interview
Tuesday, April 9, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Butcher Suite
Network and learn from the top name associated with any job search. Get advice from Career Builder experts Mike Davis and Frank Watz on what it takes to land and ace the interview.


Careers in Focus: Healthcare
Thursday, April 4, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
E317, One Pace Plaza
Healthcare professionals will discuss information about current hiring trends, provide industry specific career path questions and answer your questions. Network your way to your next internship or job with speakers from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, EmblemHealth, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Also, if you’re a NYC student wondering where your Career Fair is, it’s coming up on April 25, so proof those resumes and press that suit, because your next big shot at success is right around the corner.

Inventing Verizon

Ivan Seidenberg, retired chairman and CEO of Verizon and Pace alumnus, will talk about how he led Verizon through an extraordinary transformation on April 3 as part of Seidenberg Dean Amar Gupta’s four-part lecture series on International Technology Services in the Knowledge Economy. >>Read More

On Wednesday, April 3, join the Seidenberg School and Dean Amar Gupta, PhD, for the latest lecture in his four-part series and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Inventing Verizon: Innovation and Growth in a Transforming Communications Industry, featuring special guest Ivan Seidenberg, retired chairman and CEO of Verizon and distinguished Pace alumnus.

Nowhere has the disruptive power of technological and social change been more evident than in the communications industry. Ivan Seidenberg will discuss how he led Verizon through this extraordinary transformation, reinventing a century-old company as an innovative leader in broadband and mobile communications and providing a powerful model for how to lead in turbulent times.

The lecture will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Downtown Conference Center Amphitheater at 157 William Street on the NYC Campus. To register, click here. The event will also be simulcast in Room G300 on the PLV Campus. It will also be recorded and posted on UDemy for all to access.

Spring Break

The Pulse will be off next week, March 25, for spring break. Heading on a travel course? Already spending the spring semester overseas? Send your photos and info to and we’ll add you to our Google Map: Pace Goes Around the World in 140 Ways…and Counting!

The Pulse will be off next week, March 25, for spring break. Heading on a travel course? Already spending the spring semester overseas? Send your photos and info to and we’ll add you to our Google Map: Pace Goes Around the World in 140 Ways…and Counting!

Turtle Power

Follow Media and Communication Arts students as they head to Baja to write, shoot, and produce a documentary on communities’ efforts to conserve marine life, specifically endangered sea turtles, while building the economy. >>Read More

In several days, students in Dyson Professor Maria Luskay’s, EdD, Media and Communication Arts class will travel to Mexico’s Baja peninsula to chronicle how communities that once depended on sea turtle poaching and other extractive activities depleting the region’s rich natural resources are now thriving with a new economic model, one built around conservation and sustainable tourism.

Students, Luskay, and Pace Professor and New York Times blogger Andrew Revkin will camp on a remote stretch of beach and film the marine and coastal wildlife around Magdalena Bay, the largest wetlands ecosystem on the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja California, north of Cabo San Lucas, as part of Pace’s unique travel courses.

They will also interview and follow the lives of the Mexican conservationists and guides, many of whom were formerly poachers. There will be a special focus on Magdalena Baykeeper, a group that is one hub in a worldwide network called the Waterkeeper Alliance, which has its roots with the Hudson Riverkeeper here in the Hudson River Valley and at Pace University.

For the past month, students have been hard at work preparing for their documentary: researching everything from conservation to sustainable fishing efforts in Magdalena Bay, to the American and Mexican Laws governing the harvesting of sea turtles and other marine life. There will be a screening of the documentary later this spring, but until then, follow them on their journey on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Over the last few years, students in Luskay’s award-winning Media and Communication Arts class have traveled to the Netherlands to shoot a documentary on the U.S. Ambassador to Holland appointed by President Obama, to Belize where they chronicled the world of sustainable shrimp farming, and to Portugal to uncork the connection between wine on your table and the fate of forests. The Life of an American Ambassador: The Netherlands won Best in Category for “Documentary” at the 4th Annual Indie Short Film Competition and Linda Thornton: Seeking Sustainability One Shrimp at a Time was awarded Best Short Documentary in the Best Shorts Film Festival. You can watch all three videos at

And Bingo Was His Game-O

B-4…B-4! Before you make plans for Tuesday, how about you consider a little B-I-N-G-O for a chance to win an iPad, iPad Mini, Beats, a 46” HD TV, Apple TV, and more, and help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation? SAAC brings you their 7th Annual Bingo Night on March 19. >>Read More

Pace’s student-athletes don’t just work hard on the field and court; they’re now giving hope and joy to children with life-threatening diseases and helping to make their wishes come true. On March 19, students, faculty, and staff can help them just by playing a little bingo.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is proud to host the 7th Annual Bingo Night at 9:00 p.m. on March 19 in the Goldstein Fitness Center on the PLV Campus.

Prizes this year include an iPad, iPad Mini, 46” HD television, Beats by Dre headphones, Apple TV, iPod Nano, Pace Athletic apparel, and gift cards from local businesses! All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the country’s largest wish-granting organization which makes one sick child’s wish in the U.S. come true every 40 minutes. Each card will cost $3 or two for $5. Free food will be provided from Lucio’s Pizza and Frank & Joe’s Deli.

Last year, SAAC raised $6,100 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and finished first among all Northeast-10 Conference schools in total money raised for the 2011-12 school year. Come out and help 2012-2013 another record-breaking season for SAAC!


Former NFL player turned LGBT advocate Wade Davis Jr. discusses when masculinity and being gay collide at the 1st Annual MADP Spring Speaker Series on March 18 in PLV. >>Read More

On March 18, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programming welcomes former NFL player Wade Davis Jr. to keynote its Spring Speaker Series at 9:00 p.m. in the Gottesman Room on the PLV Campus.

Davis, who was signed as a free agent for the Tennessee Titans, played in preseason games for the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, and went on to play for the Barcelona Dragons and Berlin Thunder as part of NFL Europe, came out in 2012 when he began working at the Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI), where he teaches promising LGBT youth how to define success for themselves and thrive in society.

Davis will discuss the intersections between masculinity and being gay and his own journey at this event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Athletic Department, Black Student Union, and Gay Straight Alliance.

He is also a member of the GLSEN sports advisory board, and is an LGBT Surrogate for President Obama, in which he speaks at events on behalf of the President. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Times, and other outlets, and he has also appeared on CNN, NPR, and BET. His own book, Interference, about his journey from adolescence to coming out, which details his relationship with his mother, playing in the NFL, working with LGBTQ youth, and the Obama election, is scheduled to be released later this year.

Career Corner

Practice interview day, the inside scoop on internships, careers in editorial and publishing, women in technology, a job search bootcamp, and much more. We don’t know what you’ve been told, but Career Services is on a roll. >>Read More

Nearly a dozen events in one week! Here’s what Career Services is offering up to help you on the path to success:

NYC Events

Federal Resume Writing
Tuesday, March 12
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
W602, One Pace Plaza
Thinking about applying for a job with the federal government? Stop by this workshop to learn how to create these resumes, which are longer and more detailed than your “regular” resume.

Careers in Focus: Editorial and Publishing
Wednesday, March 13
12:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
E304, One Pace Plaza
Hear from editorial and publishing professionals about their companies, the industry, and other questions you may have. Gain knowledge and network your way to your next internship or full-time job.

Speakers include:
-Kristy Zoshak, O Magazine, Integrated Marketing Director
-Michael Mejias, Writers House, Director of Internship Program
-Carolyn Zimatore, Harper Collins, Talent Acquisition Manager
-Eileen Manito, Simon & Schuster, Staffing Coordinator

Panel moderated by: Becca Worthington, Association of American Publishers

Careers in Focus: Hospitality
Thursday, March 14
12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
W511, One Pace Plaza
Come hear from professionals to learn more about ways to break into the hospitality industry. Food will be served!

Women in Technology 1.0
Thursday, March 14
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Lecture Hall South
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<body>Women are changing the face of technology and who better to learn about the developing market than women themselves! Calling all #geekgirls (and maybe some guys, too): Come speak to leaders in the field to hear first-hand from these women in technology, from companies including <bold>Girl Develop It, @Microsoft, Developers for Good, and {code} montage.</bold> Whether you’re messing around with code during a course, running a companies’ social media presence, or doing the lighting for a small theater production, learn, meet, and help other aspiring women who are changing the world using technology! Use hashtag #paceuwit to invite other guests or show off your work in tech. Register here.</body>

Career Services Cares
Friday, March 15
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Yorkville Common Pantry
Join Career Services and the Yorkville Common Pantry in helping pack and distribute nutritious and free groceries to low-income families. There will be a pizza party after the event for all participating volunteers. E-mail  to sign up—spots are limited!

Internships: The Inside Scoop
Tuesday, March 19
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
W614, One Pace Plaza
SGA and Career Services are teaming up for an ice cream social with an extra scoop of something spcial. Hear about internships directly from fellow students who are interning at DirecTV, Viacom, Adidas, Deloitte, and The Wendy Williams Show. How you doin’?

Also, auditions for Career Fashion Show on April 2 are now open. Students can audition online via Twitter or Instagram using #paceu  and #careerstyle hashtags.

PLV/WP Events

Branded Resume Workshop
Tuesday, March 12
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Room 208, Grad Center
Lisa Rangel, certified professional resume writer and author of The Do-It-Yourself Branded Resume Kit, will show you what a Branded Resume is and why this format will get you better interview results. Get your new job today with attention-grabbing resumes, targeted communications, thorough interview preparation, and an effective job search plan.

Federal Resume Writing
Wednesday, March 13
12:20 p.m.–1:20 p.m.
Birnbaum Room—Mortola Library
Thinking about applying for a job with the federal government? Stop by this workshop to learn how to create these resumes, which are longer and more detailed than your “regular” resume. For more information, contact Carolyn Kleiman at (914) 773-3415 or

Practice Interview Day
Thursday, March 14
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Gottesman Room
Practice your interview skills with a professional, get immediate feedback about your interview style, interact with successful Pace alumni, and network with real recruiters. Participating employers include A&E TV, Hope’s Door, Icon International, and KPMG. Space is limited! Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Internships: The Inside Scoop
Tuesday, March 19
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Birnbaum Room, Mortola Library
What better to have on your scoop of ice cream than a scoop of internship! Enjoy ice cream and learn about internships directly from fellow students. Realize the possibilities and get a jumpstart on your internship search.

Careers in Focus: Marketing
Tuesday, March 19
12:15 p.m.–1:25 p.m.
Butcher Suite
Come hear from professionals to learn more about ways to break into the industry. Panelists will discuss information about currently available internship and full-time opportunities within their organizations as well as general industry specific career paths. Gain knowledge and network your way to your next internship or full time job!

Job Search Bootcamp
Tuesday, March 19
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Butcher Suite
Career Services wants you to enlist in an upcoming job search boot camp, where they’ll help you with resume branding, developing power interviewing skills, give social media and networking tips, provide you with useful job search resources, and discuss current hiring trends in various industries.

And that’s just what’s happening over the next two weeks! Coming up in April: job and internship fairs on both campuses, green careers, a career fashion show, careers in psychology, health care, and fashion, and much more. Head to for the latest events.

Get in the Know(ledge)

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by Seidenberg Dean Amar Gupta, PhD, takes a look at several innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the emerging Knowledge Economy beginning March 6. >>Read More

Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is excited to announce a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) led by Dean Amar Gupta, PhD, for the spring semester.

While the University has been making great strides into online education through services like iMentor this will be its first ever MOOC and is a bold step for both the University and the Seidenberg School. MOOCs have been pioneered by companies like Coursera and EdX and this will be Pace’s first contribution to the arena. The course is part of Pace’s efforts to use the most advanced technologies to bring their students the best educational experience possible.

Tieing together four important aspects of the technology driven Knowledge Economy; International Management of Services; Entrepreneurship, Innovation; and the 24-Hour Knowledge Factory; the course will look at several innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the emerging Knowledge Economy, with special emphasis on how teams of individuals can work together in a seamless manner across national boundaries to render professional services of diverse types and varying sophistication.

In particular, the course will analyze the 24-Hour Knowledge Factory model in detail. This model envisages that a professional in the US will work from the usual work day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At the end of the work day, the professional will transfer the work to a colleague in China or Australia who will then work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., based on the clock in that country. At the end of the latter’s work day, the work will be transferred to a colleague in Poland or Romania who will work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. based on the clock in Eastern Europe. Finally, the work will be transferred back to the original professional in the US, who will feel that a magic fairy was working hard while the professional was asleep.

The lectures began on March 6 in 163 William Street, Room 237, at 6:00 p.m., and continue on March 20, April 3, and April 17. They will be recorded and put on for everyone to access. Those interested in the course should contact Pace students may have the option of receiving credits for the course. Everyone interested in the 21st century global economy should tune into the lectures as they are sure to have a wealth of information that will be useful across all disciplines.

For more information, click here.

Well Done!

On March 4-7, check out the morning, daytime, and primetime lineup as the Counseling Center and cosponsors take you through food, travel, sex, and more via your favorite TV shows with the most entertaining edition of Wellness Week to-date. >>Read More

Who Wants to be a Well-ionaire?
Monday, March 4, 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Move over, Meredith—we’re saving our lifeline for March 4, as the Counseling Center hosts their own rendition of the popular TV quiz show, addressing a variety of wellness-related topics that’ll help you take care of your mind and body. Prizes will be given.

Safer Sex in the City
Monday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Whether you’re a Samantha or a Charlotte, it’s time to have safer sex in the city. Join the LGBTQA Center and Counseling Center for a talk on safe sex, with a focus on the queer community. Celiany Rivera and Zaneta Rago, the women who created the dynamic safe sex program 69 Ways to Use Saran Wrap, will answer the questions you’re afraid to ask your doctors and discuss what’s really happening in intimate spaces. Open to all.

True Life: The Clothesline Project
Tuesday, March 5, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
This week, True Life tackles an issue that affects most of us—one in every two women will be in a violent relationship. In addition, every single minute of every day more than one woman is raped in America. Whether you’re a survivor or someone who cares about one, stop by the Multipurpose Room to decorate t-shirts with themes related to stopping domestic violence, relational violence, and violence against women to be displayed in the MPR on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Top Chef: College Edition
Tuesday, March 5, 9:00 p .m.-11:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Please pack your knives and go to the Multipurpose Room to compete for culinary domination. Chefs must be either a Maria’s Tower resident or 55 John Street Foodies resident—advance sign up is required. Chefs will pick up ingredients in the MPR at 7:00 p.m. on March 4 and present their dishes to the judges at 8:30 p.m. on March 5. Whole Foods gift cards will be given to the top three dishes. Stop by and see who’s crowned Top Chef! 

Law and Order-Self Defense Unit with Brian Evans
Wednesday, March 6, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
Benson and Stabler have nothing on Brian Evans, who does 1,000 one-handed push-ups daily. Inspired by the Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Violence Against Women, Housing’s own self-defense guru, School of Education Professor and Faculty-in-Residence Brian Evans, EdD, will teach you how to stay safe and defend yourself.                                                               

No Reservations with Brian Evans
Wednesday, March 6, 9:00 p.m.
E302, One Pace Plaza
In addition to being a martial artist, Brian Evans is also a world traveler, having done everything from helping teachers develop their mathematical problem solving abilities in Uganda to hiking the Himalayas. Find out how you can travel on the cheap and keep a tab on your finances. Refreshments will be served.

HBO Special: Flight
Thursday, March 7, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
An airline captain rolls a plane upside down to save it from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals the condition in which the pilot was flying. See the Academy Award-nominated film Flight starring Denzel Washington, followed up by a discussion on the impact of alcohol and drug use on one’s life and society. Pizza, popcorn, and soda will be served!

A Model Setter

Three internships in her field, volunteering in Sandy relief efforts, leading Pace’s award-winning Model UN team—Pace student Katie James ‘14 is on her way to her dream job at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. >>Read More

Katie James ‘14 has already gained invaluable experience throughout her time at Pace, interning with renowned organizations and working tirelessly on and off campus, to make her dream of one day working at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and as an attorney aiding in the protection of civil rights, a reality.

Majoring in political science and minoring in history and peace and justice studies, Katie’s time at Pace has been spent putting her classroom experience to work, interning with several politically-conscious organizations like GOAL, a non-governmental agency that works to alleviate poverty. Her second internship as a summer fellow for Organizing for America gave her the opportunity to coordinate volunteers to aide in President Obama’s reelection efforts.

Her third internship with Control Arms, a global coalition that works with Member States of the UN and organizations such as Oxfam International to promote a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty, was introduced to her by Dyson Political Science Professor Matthew Bolton, PhD, who encouraged her to apply and to whom she credits with guiding and inspiring her during her time at Pace. In addition to Professor Bolton, Katie praises professors Meghana Nayak, PhD, and Emily Welty, PhD, for the passion they exhibit in their fields.

“So far, I have been so lucky to have profoundly inspiring and intelligent professors. I cannot think of one person in particular, but rather three professors who have definitely shaped me into the student and person I am today,” she says.

Katie also points out New York City as the ideal location for all her career endeavors and chose Pace for its generous financial aid package.

“I have been lucky to have such great experiences at Pace,” she says. “It is a school that allows for personal mobility in both the school, and in your field of study.”

In addition to balancing her internship work, her full class load, and working as a Resident Adviser at the Fulton Street dorm, Katie has been volunteering in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and is the Head Delegate of Pace University’s award-winning Model UN team, which travels across the country and world to compete with other universities.

During her sophomore year, Katie was president of the Lambda Sigma National Honor Society for second year students, whose focus was community service and civic responsibility. She is fluent in American Sign Language and plans to study abroad during the summer of 2013. All of her duties during her time at Pace have made her a standout candidate in her field, sure to impress any employer.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

4th Annual Nonprofit Forum

Thinking about a career in the nonprofit sector? We think you’ll profit from this nonprofit forum hosted by the Wilson Center and Hitachi on March 6 on the challenges, opportunities, and changes in the sector! >>Read More

Pace University’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Hitachi America Ltd are bringing you the 4th Annual Nonprofit Forum, a free full-morning education program for nonprofit professionals and people interested in the field on March 6 at the Graduate Center in White Plains.

This year’s forum will focus on “Adapting to a Changing Landscape: Nonprofit Operations, Policy Changes and Giving, and Careers” and explores the dramatic shifts that are taking in place within the nonprofit sector, the changing landscape for fundraisers, the ever-increasing competencies needed to succeed professionally, and changes in federal policy and legislation that will impact the way nonprofits operate and raise funds.

Guest speakers include:

Judith Dobrof, DSW, LCSW; Executive Director, Cancer Support Team
Hillary Knepper, PhD; Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Pace University
Robina Schepp, MPA; Vice President for Enrollment Management and Placement, Pace University
Stacy Spencer, PhD; Senior Director of Institutional Giving, Advance NYC

Speakers will discuss challenges and opportunities within their sector; how they are adapting within their role/organization; and skills and experiences essential to careers and leadership in their fields.

Last year nearly 90 nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders attended this forum. Join the Wilson Center for an exclusive networking event with employers after the forum.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast will be served. For more information, or to register, click here. To learn more about Pace’s Wilson Center, visit