The Professor Is In: Q&A with Emilie Zaslow

In this Professor Is In, Emilie Zaslow, PhD, talks feminism and family, dinner guests and Downton Abbey, and more! >>Read More

It’s no surprise that Professor Emilie Zaslow, PhD, was named “Best Professor” for the 2012 Pawscars. She has been featured in articles in The New York Times, the Associated Press and MTV.com. Her book Feminism, Inc.: Coming of Age in Girl Power Media Culture, a critical account of the girl power movement, was published in 2009. Her research explores the media’s impact on gender identity and femininity. She’s been granted many research grants including Pace’s prestigious Dyson Summer Research Grant several times, and written for and reviewed countless scholarly articles and journals. Whether she is acting as adviser, holding a riveting lecture, or moderating a classroom debate, Professor Zaslow is always available to her students in any capacity. In this Professor Is In, she lets Pace know just what makes her tick!

What was your favorite class as a student? Least favorite?
As an undergraduate my favorite classes were History and Sociology of the English Speaking Caribbean. It was an interdisciplinary course that used sociological, economic, and political frameworks to explore the relationship of a region. It was a real eye-opener and made me consider the global impacts of my values and actions. My least favorite class was Oceanography, taken at 8:00 a.m. The instructor was so enthusiastic but the combination of my lack of interest in the subject and the time of the class made it very difficult for me to focus.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your current career?
I don’t know that I could ever say there is one thing that made me passionate about being a professor. My research explores the messages young women receive from contemporary media and how they negotiate the narratives they receive about what it means to be female, feminine, and feminist. I feel passionate about my research every time I have a wonderful class discussion in which students confront and critically analyze the messages they take for granted.

What quality do you most value in your students?
I really value students’ desire to look at the complexities of our world, ideologies, and values and their willingness to question the ideas we hold most deeply. It’s very easy to be “critical” but more of a challenge to “think critically”; it can sometimes be easier to find answers than to ask more questions.

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
My advice is two-fold: (1) Do a lot of planning. I am a list maker. Once, during my sophomore year of college, when I was trying to settle on a major, I made a list of all the courses I wanted to take at my school and all the places I wanted to study abroad and all the extra-curricular experiences I wanted to have. My list could have kept me in school for over 10 years (which, of course, explains my career choice…). The significant part of this, though, is that I did not let my education unfold before my eyes. I took hold of it. I was mindful in my decisions. (2) Embrace the core! A lot of students complain that they find it difficult to get through all of the Area of Knowledge courses but a liberal arts education is not simply to prepare students for a professional life but also to inspire intellectual curiosity and nurture an analytic approach to cultural, social, natural, and political life. At the very least, you can gather some material for a great dinner party conversation.

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 have a children’s book or two in me waiting to come out. I would also love to develop my artistic skills; I have taken classes in photography, silkscreen, and painting but never pursued any of them very far. At one point, before going to grad school, I considered getting a graduate degree in Library Science. I love books and I love libraries. I am glad that I didn’t do this since I have really mixed emotions about the digitization of information.

What is your favorite book/TV show?
I’m a media scholar. I love my TV. All for different reasons, my current favorites are: Parenthood, The Daily Show with John Stewart, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Modern Family, and Project Runway.

I am a big Toni Morrison fan and enjoy almost anything she has written. Song of Solomon is particularly beautiful. I recently really enjoyed People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
Sit on the floor and play, read, draw, paint, talk with my kids. There is never enough time.

What is your favorite journey/experience?
Personally, watching my kids grow up is the most amazing journey I have ever been on.  Professionally, I had a wonderful moment this past year when I co-authored an article on girls, media, and Presidential politics with my best friend of over 15 years, who is now Director of Research at the Girl Scout Research Institute. We met in kindergarten and followed very similar educational and career paths but this is the first time we have published together.

What is your favorite saying/words to live by?
“The people united shall never be defeated.” We should never just accept the status quo if it doesn’t work for the people. We can and should come together to make change.

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose?
 I would probably choose a dinner with my family, both living and dead.  Before my great aunt died, I was able to gather some materials for an oral history. I heard wonderfully rich stories about my family’s immigrant experience in the early 1900s, but those are on cassette tapes now collecting dust in someone’s attic. I’d love to hear more of these stories.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Get Twisted!

Human pretzels come to the Schimmel as the Pace Presents series hosts the Golden Dragon Acrobats’ Cirque Ziva on March 2. >>Read More

If you’re into gravity-defying acrobats and suspense, then step right up to the Schimmel Theater on March 2 as the world-renowned Golden Dragon Acrobats present a show for all ages produced by Danny Chang. More than 25 centuries old, Cirque Ziva weaves modern movement into a spectacle unlike any other. The Golden Dragons earned two Drama Desk awards following their Broadway debut and continue to be recognized as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company.

Two high-flying shows will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

$5 student tickets available for purchase the day of the show. $10 staff/faculty tickets are also available. For more info, visit http://schimmel.pace.edu.

Four Plays Over Four Days

Robots, ghost notes, stolen elections, and more as the Actors Studio Drama School presents the Staged Reading Series on February 23 and 24 and March 2 and 3. >>Read More

You can say that you saw them before they were Tony and Academy Award winners! The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University presents the 2013 Graduating MFA Playwrights’ Staged Reading Series, featuring four plays over four days.

Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m.
There Are No Dogs at the Bauhaus
By Arnie CW Lee
Directed by Kaitlyn Samuel
Susan, a gender studies professor desperate for tenure, must stop her daughter Pegg from putting on an all-robot cast of Waiting for Godot for the university’s bi-centennial.

Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Like You Mean It
By Melissa Sinaly
Directed by Jean Lee
A memory play set in Tuxedo, New York.

Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Ghost Notes
By Gabrielle Sinclair
Directed by Michael Rader
After sitting by her uncle’s bedside for days, an emergency calls Camille away. Her three daughters—one broken, one violent, one due—attempt to keep their true selves contained, as they support their family on this last, strange night.

Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m.
The Flags are Flying Again
By Sean Behrens
Directed by Jim Fagan
When a coalition in Washington succeeds in stealing the presidency, they are left with something much worse than expected. Elections have consequences.

The readings will take place at the Actors Studio Drama School Black Box Studio Theater in Room W509, One Pace Plaza, on the NYC Campus. For reservations, please e-mail ASDSreservations@pace.edu or call (212) 346-1133.

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the MFA Repertory Season, five weeks of theater beginning in April that showcases what these talented graduates have learned during their last three years at Pace.

An Estelle-r Concert

She really wants to… come kick it with you. P.A.C.E Board is back at it again this semester bringing UK Grammy Award-winning musician Estelle to the NYC Campus for their annual Live.Love.Laugh. event on February 21. >>Read More

You may know her from her super popular song “American Boy” featuring Kanye West, which was number 7 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008, and earned her and Kanye a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. UK R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer Estelle will be headlining this year’s Live.Love.Laugh. show on February 21 in the Schimmel Theater in NYC.

Brought to you by P.A.C.E. Board, the show will also feature Ko-iltion, Anthony Flammia, and Yannis Pappas better known for his skit with Maurica…”Dassssssit,” with music by Hot 97’s DJ Spynfo and host Mic Barber.

The event is free for all! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will promptly begin at 7:30 p.m. Be prepared to #livelovelaugh. For more info, check out P.A.C.E Board on Facebook and Twitter.

Time Travel Through Art History

Join Janetta Rebold Benton as she returns to the Schimmel with a fascinating new art history lecture series that focuses on the old Italian masters. >>Read More

Back by popular demand, Distinguished Professor and art historian Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, returns for her second series of lectures at the Schimmel Theater after 30 years of working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Discover the beauty in art history as Benton discusses how Italy has exerted its influence on the art world and produced some of the world’s most stunning masterpieces. Each lecture in her series  will focus on a separate era in Italian art with  highlights in sculpting, painting, and more from Italy’s ancient history through the Middle Ages. For $25, you will time travel through Italy’s past, making stops at the world’s most celebrated artistic endeavors including palaces, monuments, and cathedrals.

Wednesday, February 27 at 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Discuss early Italy, the Etruscans, and the rise of the Roman Empire including the engineering of the Colosseum and Pantheon!

Wednesday, March 6 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the Middle Ages during the prominence of Old Saint Peter’s and the “Leaning Tower” of Pisa as well as other well-known masterpieces.

Wednesday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This lecture will include Renaissance paintings by Masaccio and Botticelli among  others, and sculptures by Ghiberti and Donatello. Artistic greats da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo will also be on the roster for this riveting lecture!

Wednesday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Benton will lecture on the Baroque era and Mannerist and theatrical paintings. Highlights will include Maderno’s Saint Peter’s, the sculpture of Cellini, and Caravaggio’s drama.

For more info and to reserve seats, click here.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Cybercrime in the World Today

They say crime doesn’t pay, but cybercrime like ATM skimming empties our bank accounts by more than a billion dollars each year. On February 28, Pace hosts a symposium on the growing impact of cybercrime on various industries and a review of original research focused on the issue of skimmer fraud. >>Read More

On Thursday, February 28, join Pace University and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) USA as they come together for Cybercrime in the World Today, a symposium with a focus on skimmer fraud, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Schimmel. The day’s participants come from a variety of backgrounds and include Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau and Investigative Division David Szuchman, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service New York Field Office Paul Mahon.

The term “cybercrime” often conjures up the image of a rogue hacker, hiding away behind a computer screen, attempting to crack the digital code that protects the Fort Knox of databases. But, the truth is we expose ourselves to the hazards of cybercrime each time we open our wallets.

Skimmer fraud, a crime responsible for billions of dollars in lost revenue and one of the major crimes being fought by federal and local law enforcement agencies, typically occurs during legitimate transactions. “Gone are the days when a bank robber needed to point a gun at a teller to steal money,” says Seidenberg Computer Information Systems Chair and computer forensics expert Darren Hayes, DPS. “Now the thieves can bilk millions from financial institutions using simple skimming devices.”

Theft of personal information happens through the copying of information on a credit card, the illegal installation of a “skimming” device, or “parasite” on a point-of-sale machine at stores or gas stations, or theft of bank information from overlay skimming devices at ATMs.

“We’re working on a survey of corporations, distributed through accounting firms, to make an assessment of companies that have been victims of skimmer fraud,” Hayes says. “Our goal is to quantify how big the problem is and ultimately provide guidance on how organizations can seek to mitigate these risks.”

Many agencies, says Hayes, talk about the issue of cybercrime, but they don’t break out the skimmer fraud piece and how important that is for overall evaluation. Hayes is collaborating with other researchers from Seidenberg and Lubin, who have partnered together to study skimmer fraud as part of the broad spectrum of cybercrime. Hayes and those involved with the upcoming symposium hope to provide advice to large companies who are seeking to re-evaluate their future business practices, as well as the individual credit or debit card user on how to mitigate the risks of skimmer fraud.

For more information about the symposium and the day’s participants, click hereRSVP by February 21.

Get Graduate Schooled!

Is graduate school in your future? Our crystal ball says it may be too soon to tell, so why don’t you head on over to the Graduate Degree Fair to learn all about Dyson’s grad programs on February 20 and decide for yourself. >>Read More

Actors Studio Drama School•Environmental Science•Forensic Science•Media and Communications•Mental Health Counseling•Psychology•Public Administration (MPA)•Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals•Publishing

Do any of these Dyson graduate degrees grab your attention? If so, head on over to the Pace University Graduate Fair on Wednesday, February 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union on the NYC Campus, to learn more about the programs and find out how you can advance your career with a degrees. Representatives from graduate programs and advisement, career services, admissions, and financial aid will be there to answer your questions.

RSVP by February 13 at dysongrad@pace.edu. A light lunch will be served.

Pique Your Pinterest

It’s official: Pace is on Pinterest! Check out what Pace was up to in 1916; get a taste of local flavor; find out how you can embrace your space; and more! Tweet board and pin suggestions to @PaceUniversity! >Get Pinterested!

It’s official: Pace is on Pinterest! Check out what Pace was up to in 1916; get a taste of local flavor; find out how you can embrace your space; and more! Tweet board and pin suggestions to @PaceUniversity! >Get Pinterested!

Who’s the Bossypants?

When life gives you a lemon, just say thank you to Inside the Actors Studio as we welcome the Fun-eyist visitor ever to Pace.

Get ready to have your socks 30-Rocked off as Inside the Actors Studio has announced its next seminar guest…and we stop it with the really cheesy play on words.

Tina Fey…That’s right, TINA FEY, will be in James Lipton’s hot seat on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schimmel.

If she needs an introduction, Tina Fey is an actress, comedian, writer, and producer, best known for her work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Her films include Mean Girls, Baby Mama, The Invention of Lying, Date Night, Megamind, and the upcoming Admission. Fey has received seven Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, four five Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Writers Guild of America Awards, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her autobiographical book Bossypants, which topped the The New York Times best seller list for five weeks…and our hearts for eternity.

In 2008, the Associated Press (AP) gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her satirical portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a guest appearance on SNL. In 2010, Fey was the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the youngest-ever winner of the award. Recently, Fey hosted the Golden Globe Awards, along with her long-time friend and fellow comedian, Amy Poehler (who has also appeared as a guest on Inside the Actors Studio). This was the first time the awards ceremony was hosted by a woman. Their performance was critically acclaimed, with ABC News describing it as “spectacular.”

Interested in tickets?

Pace BFA students should join the BFA standby line, which forms along the hallway adjacent to the Schimmel balcony. A Pace ID admits ONE and you must be in line in order to receive a ticket. This is a standby line and does NOT guarantee admission.

Pace students should join the Pace student (non-BFA) standby line which forms along the hallway adjacent to the Multipurpose room. A Pace ID admits ONE and you must be online in order to receive a ticket. This is a standby line and does NOT guarantee admission.

Spring Into Action

This year, trade in your South Beach spring break to help your fellow New Yorkers rebuild in Staten Island and the Rockaways after Superstorm Sandy. >>Read More

Want to serve your fellow New Yorkers who are still struggling to restore and rebuild their communities after the storm? Join the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) in lending a helping hand in Staten Island and the Rockaways as part of this year’s Alternative Spring Break.  Working with All Hands Volunteers and side by side with New York Cares, Pace students from both campuses will make an impact in the lives of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Housing and transportation will be free for students who participate.

If you’re interested in participating, attend one of the following mandatory information sessions:

Monday, February 11, 12:20 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 10:00 a.m.

Info sessions will be held in Miller 16 in PLV and E319 in NYC.

To learn how to get involved, contact:

Caitlin Kelly in Pleasantville:
(914) 773-3841 | ccarplv@pace.edu | ckelly2@pace.edu

Dan Botting in New York City:
(212) 346-1791 | ccarny@pace.edu | dbotting@pace.edu

Think Pink!

On Saturday, February 9, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will Play 4 Kay, hosting their annual breast cancer fundraiser on the PLV Campus. Show your support for the cause and enter to win prizes! >>Read More

Pace Basketball will play some hoops for hope this Saturday, February 9, as Pace Athletics hosts Play 4 Kay, formerly the WBCA PinkZone, the annual Kay Yow fundraiser for breast cancer research.

The Setters host the New Haven Chargers in a Northeast-10 Conference match-up with the women’s game tipping off at 1:30 p.m. and the men’s game at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for a t-shirt with all of the proceeds going to the Kay Yow Fund, an organization that has raised more than $8 million to fight women’s cancers.

Roses will be given to all cancer survivors and patients at the door and attendees can donate a dollar at the door to have a name hung up in the gym. A Minute to Win It challenge featuring war of the roses will take place during the women’s and men’s half-times and the Pace Dance Team and Drumline will perform during the men’s half time. There will also be a Diamond in the Rough, and the fan who finds a diamond picture taped under their seat will win a $250 piece of jewelry from Twin Jewelers of Pleasantville.

Want a piece of the athletics action in PLV? Indoor soccer starts on February 12 with games each Tuesday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. Register by February 8. Prefer catching and capturing the flag to kicking? Indoor flag football leagues kick off February 17 with Sunday 9:00 p.m. to midnight games. Register by February 15. Basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, whiffleball, and badminton leagues to come in March. Read more here.

India’s Economic Boom

The Honorable Veerappa Moily, Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in the Government of India, will discuss the role of petroleum and natural gas in India’s economic growth on February 5 in NYC. >>Read More

Pace University has the distinct honor of welcoming the Honorable Veerappa Moily, Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in the Government of India, to the NYC Campus on Tuesday, February 5.

He will give a short presentation entitled “The Role of Petroleum and Natural Gas in India’s Economic Growth” from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Multipurpose Room at One Pace Plaza.

Pace-O-Poly Returns: Student Org Fairs This Week

With more than 100 student organizations on our NYC, PLV, and WP campuses, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. So pick up your thimble, roll the dice, and advance to the Student Organization Fairs happening on the NYC and PLV campuses this week! >>Read More

Meet all of our clubs and organizations, chat with representatives, and find out how you can sign up at the following spring student organization fairs:

PLV Spring Involvement Fair
Wednesday, January 30
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Kessel Student Center

NYC Campus Spring Activities Fair
Thursday, January 31
12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Student Union

With more than 100 student organizations on our NYC, PLV, and WP campuses, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. For more information on each student organization at Pace, click through below:

Business/Professional: From marketing plans to market analysis, choose from more than a dozen Pace students clubs and orgs that are getting down to business.

Media and Entertainment: Whether you’re interested in writing, reporting, TV, or concert-planning, Pace has got you covered. Now back to you, Barbara!

Performing Arts: Can you dance your tail off? Do you have the pipes to give people chills? Our performing arts student organizations are going to fill you with Glee.

Cultural/Social: From Latin flavor to rainbow pride, Pace has more than 20 cultural students organizations to choose from!

Politics and Advocacy: Change-makers in the movement to end genocide and cancer; promote HIV awareness; and save our planet.

Collegiate Interests: Whether you’re a nursing major interested in getting involved with SNAP or a crime buff interested in the Criminal Justice Society or Forensic Science Student Organization, take your interests to the next level with these student orgs.

Greek Life: If you wanna go Greek, then you’re in the right place! From the alpha to the omega, check out which sororities and fraternities are on campus.

Student Governance: SA, SGA, RHA. If you don’t know these acronyms, then you don’t know the student leaders of your University.

Law School: From sports and entertainment to politics to animal defense, we’re going to lay down the law school student orgs for you!

Measuring Our Pulse

Do you like us? Check yes or no. Why or why not? Marketing and Communications wants to know… “how we doin’?” and in return for answering a short survey, we’ll serve you better and enter you to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards. >>Read More

Dear Pace Students, Faculty, and Staff,

In our continuing effort to provide you with the most relevant and timely information on campus news, activities, and events, we need your participation in a brief survey we are conducting.

Please click on the link below to take this short survey that will better assist us and provide you with the information you want to read about Pace University’s current news and campus events.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJWJBKG

As recognition of your participation in the survey, you will be included in a drawing to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards.

We thank you in advance for your participation.

We wish you continued success and a very happy and healthy new year.

Regards,
Pace University Marketing and Communications Department

Keeping the Dream Alive

Nearly 50 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech that would be heard by millions around the world. Join both campuses in remembering and reflecting on a man whose legacy continues to blaze the trail for civil rights with guest speakers Spike Lee and Lawrence Otis Graham.

The NYC and PLV campuses celebrate the life and legacy of MLK at two important events:

Social Justice and the Media: An Evening with Spike Lee

In commemoration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., join critically acclaimed writer, producer, and director Spike Lee as he reflects on the role of the media as change agents in the quest for social justice.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Schimmel Theater

Seating is limited. First come, first served. A live simulcast of the event will be presented on the Pleasantville Campus.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Development and Campus Activities, Urban Male Initiative, and Black Student Union


13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program: Justice

Attorney, speaker, and New York Times best-selling author Lawrence Otis Graham keynotes the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative brunch on the Pleasantville Campus.

Friday, February 1, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Gottesman Room

RSVP at madp@pace.edu.

Ski Into Spring Break

Whether you want to go cross-country skiing or just cross-country, stop by the bball game on January 23 as they host a ski into spring contest for a chance to win a $500 JetBlue gift card for that spring break you were dreaming of. >>Read More

On Wednesday, January 23 the men’s and women’s basketball teams look to show the Southern New Hampshire Penmen that they’ve got the write stuff in a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. And with the hoops comes a whole lot of hoopla.

Put on your best ski gear and wear it to the game for the Ski into Spring promotion, where the most slick ski outfit wins you a $500 JetBlue gift card. Slopes or sand, your call. And don’t forget to Instagram your favorite using #pacehoops, which will help in deciding the winner. Winner will be announced at half-time and the Pace Dance and Cheer Team will be performing during women’s half-time.

And put February 2 in your planners as Pace Athletics hosts Men’s Alumni Day and a Basketball Pack the House White Out challenge, featuring Pace alumnus and Chicago Bulls website writer and author of The Jordan Rules and Second Coming: The Strange Odyssey of Michael Jordan Sam Smith ’70.

The Professor Is In: Q&A with Brian Evans

School of Education Professor Brian Evans, EdD, has taken a quick rest on his quest to travel the world just long enough to tell us what he loves about teaching, nerds in academia, and Antarctica! >>Read More

From traveling to Uganda to help teachers develop their mathematical problem solving abilities to hiking the Himalayas, it’s a wonder Brian R. Evans, EdD, has time for anything else. But when he isn’t traveling the world, Evans serves as the department chair and associate professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education. He is also the co-chairperson for the Institutional Review Board and  director of Pace’s Summer Scholars Institute, which brings ambitious high school juniors and seniors to Pace for an early college experience.

At the School of Education, his primary focus is on pedagogical and content courses in mathematics for both pre-service and in-service teachers at the adolescent and childhood levels. He recently became the first Faculty Resident at Pace and serves as managing editor for the Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification.

What was your favorite class as a student? Least favorite?
My favorite class was mathematics history. I really enjoyed this class and I now teach a mathematics history class at Pace. I’m also currently working on a mathematics history book. Mathematics and history are two of my favorite subjects, so the combination of the two is quite attractive to me.

I really didn’t take a course in college that I didn’t like. However, my least favorite class, if I had to choose one, was probably [computer] programming. I like computer science, but I often found myself very frustrated when the programs I wrote didn’t run correctly and I couldn’t figure out the problem. I liked the class, but found that aspect frustrating.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your current career?
If I focus on the teaching perspective of my career, it was my high school geometry teacher and a mathematics college professor who inspired me to teach. Both had the same approach of injecting humor into the classroom and had such an easy going demeanor that made learning very pleasurable. If I focus on research, there was an education professor with whom I still collaborate on research projects who really inspired my writing.

What quality do you most value in your students?
My classes are most enjoyable for me when my students are independent thinkers who engage in critical thinking and inquiry. Probably the most important quality of a college education is the enhanced ability to think critically.

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
My advice is for students to take advantage of opportunities they would later regret not taking when the opportunity is gone. For example, while I’ve traveled quite extensively on my own, I never participated in a study abroad program and now wish I had. I know others who took part in study aboard programs and felt it was one of the most rewarding experiences in their lives.

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?
If I were to go back, I would still choose the position I’m in now. However, if I chose something different, medical school would have been a rewarding path to take. I would not like to have gone into any career in which helping people wasn’t a major focus, like it is with education and medicine.

What is your favorite book/TV show?
It’s difficult to choose only one book, but generally I like reading non-fiction about politics, philosophy, and travel. I don’t watch a terrible amount of television, and I generally watch the news or a documentary. However, currently I might say Big Bang Theory. It’s a show about nerds in academia. What’s not to like?

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
Only one hour? That’s difficult because I’d like many more hours. I wish I had more time to volunteer. I don’t volunteer nearly as often as I did before I became so busy. I do quite a lot of reading for my career, but not much reading for pleasure anymore. Having some time to read for pleasure would be welcome, hence my need for more than one hour.

What is your favorite journey/experience?
I love to travel everywhere. I’ve been to all seven continents and all 50 U.S. states. Probably one of my favorite trips was to Antarctica, given how remote and beautiful the continent was.

What is your favorite saying/words to live by?
I [find] this question difficult because there has been so much said throughout history that would fit this question. If I had to choose just one quote, it would be, “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”–Aristotle

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose? If living or dead is not an issue, nor is language and period context, there are so many from which to choose. One of the things I love about reading books is that one can read the words of thinkers who are long gone to the world, but whose ideas persist. It’s the next best thing to actually sitting down to dinner and having a conversation with them. To make the task easier for me I’ll choose living people in which it wouldn’t be impossible to have at a dinner party, albeit unlikely. I would choose Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky, Barack Obama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Andrew Wiles, and Richard Dawkins. That’s six, but there’s always room for one more at a dinner party.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Have Yourself a Merry Little Winter Break

It’s that time of the year where you head off for winter break and we take a little vacation of our own, but don’t you worry. We’ll be back at the start of the spring semester with tons of fun events including Spike Lee, the ongoing Pace Presents season, athletics, and more. See you in 2013!

It’s that time of the year where you head off for winter break and we take a little vacation of our own, but don’t you worry. We’ll be back at the start of the spring semester with tons of fun events including Spike Lee, the ongoing Pace Presents season, athletics, and more. See you in 2013!

Pace Vigil for Sandy Hook

On December 17, join Pace student and Newtown native Dana Greenfield as she hosts a candlelight vigil on the NYC Campus to commemorate the victims, first responders, staff, and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. >>Read More

Join Pace student and Newtown native Dana Greenfield at 9:30 p.m. on December 17 in front of One Pace Plaza for a candlelight vigil honoring, supporting, and commemorating the victims, first responders, staff, and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. She will be providing some candles, but asks that the community bring additional candles. She will also be collecting donations for the families of the victims. Feel free to bring posters, cards, poems, etc. and join the Pace Community in reflecting on this horrible tragedy.

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

We asked five student assistants from University Relations’ Marketing and Communications and Special Events departments to tell us what they’re most excited about this winter break. Here’s what they had to say… >>Read More

We asked five student assistants from University Relations’ Marketing and Communications and Special Events departments to tell us what they’re most excited about this winter break. Here’s what they had to say:

“My favorite thing to do during Xmas break is to catch up on all the shows my mother has DVRed for me while I was away on campus.”

—Sasha Manford ’14
Marketing major

 

“My favorite thing about winter break is definitely just getting to escape from all the stress of school and hiding out in Connecticut for a while. It’s always a blast because all your friends from high school are home too, it’s like a big reunion.”

—Taylor Eastman ’14
Communications major

“I enjoy spending time at home during winter break. It is always great to see my friends and family. I also like to explore Manhattan and see the Christmas windows at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Macy’s, and Bergdorf Goodman’s!”

—Michelle Davret ’14
Communications and Commercial Dance major

 

“During winter break I love to take time to spend time with family and friends I’ve missed out on because of the craziness of fall semester and try to relax so I’m rejuvenated for the spring. This year, I’m most looking forward to seeing Nas at Radio City Music Hall on New Year’s Eve!”

—Sarah Aires ’14
Communication Studies major

 

“The greatest thing about winter break has to be getting to relax and catch up on all my favorite television shows and read so much. Being able to do this at home is just the best because you’re surrounded by family and the holiday season has everyone in a good mood!”

—Betty Fermin ’13
International Management major

 

So where do you weigh in? More of a lounging in sweatpants all day with family or sharpening up the ice skates to take on Wollman Rink? Hit the comments below!

Asia in the Middle East

From Alabama to New York to Switzerland to Israel to Oxford, Pace student Asia Mcdougle-Stamey ’13 is promoting conflict resolution across the globe. >>Read More

Dyson student Asia Mcdougle-Stamey ’13 is currently spending the 2012-2013 academic year in Israel, after earning four awards to study at the University of Haifa: the University of Haifa Presidential Scholarship, MASA Israel Scholarship, University of Haifa Internship Program, and University of Haifa Peace and Conflict Honors Program, an interdisciplinary program that brings international students to the university to examine the cultural, economic, educational, historical, political, psychological, religious, and social aspects of conflict resolution and peace efforts.

will also ensure the editorial accuracy of all web, print, and multimedia content. Majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a dual minor in Peace and Conflict and Middle Eastern studies, the University of Haifa proved a perfect fit for Asia, who is putting her major into motion studying modern standard Arabic and modern Hebrew along with conflict resolution with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I had already attended the University of Haifa for an intensive Hebrew course after a Birthright trip. I noticed that the university was very distinct—people from all over the Middle East, and the fabric of the Middle East. It really seemed like a model for peace efforts,” she says.

In addition to immersing herself in the language, culture, and peace efforts in Israel, Asia is volunteering at a Holocaust Community Center in a small neighborhood in Haifa made up of only Holocaust survivors, where she is spending time with the survivors and will also be teaching a belly dance class starting in January through MASA Israel, a program that offers Jewish students opportunities to study and volunteer in Israel. And, if that’s not enough, she’s currently an emergency management and intelligence intern at the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response in Jerusalem.

Asia credits Pace courses in conflict resolution and the Model UN, which she says helped prepare her for the program. “Through Pace I can study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and now study with my own eyes,” she says. “Model UN allowed me to develop skills such as public speaking and debate and provided a base and foundation for international relations knowledge. I wouldn’t know as much without the Model UN team. The Model UN team brings the academic classroom to life. It provides a workshop rather than just a lecture.”

Last March, Asia and 10 other delegates from Pace’s Model UN team were selected to analyze and debate universal topics at the Geneva International Model UN conference in Switzerland. Asia also participated in the 2011 National Model UN DC where she represented the Philippines and was recognized with an “Honorable Mention” group award. This November, she took a short break from her work in Israel, having been selected as one of 500 students from across the world to attend the Oxford International Model UN Conference as a delegate.

Next up: Applying for a Jewish education and Israeli government teaching fellowship in Israel which will begin in the spring and looking at graduate schools to earn a dual masters in Behavior Analysis and National Security.

Asia, who moved to New York from Dauphin Island, Alabama, couldn’t be happier with her decision to come to Pace. “I was accepted into Vanderbilt, but Pace was my first choice because it has such incredible opportunities,” she says. “I wouldn’t be able to get those opportunities in Dauphin Island. Between conflict analysis research and Model UN, I really think that Pace was the perfect choice for me.”

Follow Asia on her journey through Israel by reading her blog at http://turkbellydanser.blogspot.com.

On the Shortlist to Success

Last year we were in the top 10, this year in the top 5! The U.S. News Short List has ranked Pace among the top 5 universities in the nation for internship placement. >>Read More

Last year we were in the top 10, this year in the top 5! The U.S. News Short List has ranked Pace among the top 5 universities in the nation for internship placement. >>Read More

Celebrate the Season

On December 13, join the Pace Community at a holiday party in PLV, featuring holiday music, hot chocolate, cookie decorating, crafts, window decorating contests, and much more! >>Read More

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to spend it than with the Pace Community at the annual PLV Holiday Festivities? Student Affairs and the Student Government Association (SGA) is bringing you holiday music, hot chocolate and peppermint popcorn crunch, Jewish foods, cookie decorating and ornament making, a unity lighting ceremony, and more at 1:00 p.m. throughout Kessel Student Center.

In case you didn’t get your photos with Santa yet, there will be holiday photos with your favorite Setter, T-Bone, the community will be making holiday cards for a local children’s hospital, and there will be two contests to put a little spice in this seasonal get-together. The first, a Holiday Window Painting Contest will give students the chance to win $100 or a free meal for your student organization, residence hall, athletic team, or department!

Better with a spatula than a paintbrush? Whip up a dish and bring it to the Setter’s Lounge on December 13 at 1:00 p.m. to compete in the Favorite Holiday Dish Competition for a chance to win a $100 gift card first prize, $75 gift card second prize, and $50 gift card third prize. Register here and e-mail nfjeldal@pace.edu for more information.