Roll Out the Red Carpet

Award Winners, Weight Watchers, and W2’s! HR is giving you a wealth of information this month.

You’re a star, so it’s time to roll out the red carpet! Mark your calendars to join us in celebrating the accomplishments and milestones of our talented faculty and staff at one (or all!) of the three Employee Recognition Ceremonies:

New York City Award Ceremony and Reception
Friday, March 11, 20113:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room, B Level, One Pace Plaza

Law School/Graduate Center Award Ceremony and Reception
Friday, March 18, 2011
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tudor Room, Preston Hall

Briarcliff/Pleasantville Award Ceremony and Reception
Friday, March 25, 2011
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gottesman Room, Kessel Student Center

  • Tis the season to get your taxes done: This year, don’t wait until the last minute. Your electronic 2010 W2 is available now on the Pace Portal!  If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Department at (914) 923-2898 or via email at payroll@pace.edu.

  • Invest in yourself this year! Are you interested in joining Weight Watchers at Work?  If so, contact Rosemary Mulry at rmulry@pace.edu or call her at x22645.
  • Get organized and get ahead: The Organizational Learning and Development is once again offering its popular Project Management course on March 3 and 4 at the Graduate Center in White Plains. We are also offering iStrategy Banner Student training, Drupal Web Content Management training, and much more! For more information on these great tech training opportunities, please call X22635. Click here to access the Organizational Learning & Development Calendar and register for these and other training courses.

Upgrades, Updates, and Discounted Apps

This month, ITS brings us news of software upgrades, cleaner interfaces, extended hours at the ITS Help Desk, and discounted Apps from Apple.

  • Apple iOS Developer Enrollment
    ITS has enrolled Pace University in the Apple iOS developer plan, a program that will allow us to develop, test, and distribute apps for all Apple mobile devices through the App store.
  • Apple Volume Purchase Program
    Pace is part of the Apple Volume Purchase Program, which allows us to purchase and distribute Apps in bulk at discounted pricing to staff, faculty, and students. Learn more about the program here:  http://www.apple.com/itunes/education/ or send your App requests to the ITS Help Desk e-mail account at: itshelpdesk@pace.edu.
  • New ePortfolio Template
    The new ePortfolio template has made its debut on https://eportfolio.pace.edu!  Designed by Pace University CVM AmeriCorps intern, NJ Abang, students now have a sleeker, cleaner, Pace-branded space to showcase their achievements in and out of the classroom.
  • Wireless Access Points
    Additional access points for Administrative locations and high traffic areas were recently added to the following locations:

o   Pleasantville: Costello House, Mortola, Goldstein Academics, and Choate House

o   New York: 4th Floor Lubin at 1 Pace Plaza

  • Listserv Upgrade
    For those who use Listservs, Pace has successfully upgraded to a new and improved web interface! Users no longer need to set up separate accounts and passwords to manage all of their lists. To view the new interface for your Listserv, please visit https://list.pace.edu.
  • ITS Help Desk Extended Hours
    The Help Desk has extended our services to Sunday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and will have a representative based in the Library during this time. Feel free to call (914) 773-3648 or stop by if you need assistance!

Save a Space!

Special Events introduces the Friends and Neighbors Space Rental Program; plus a new date for Drupal.

New Space Rental Program

Pace has recently launched its “friends and neighbors space rental program,” which allows local businesses, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to affordably rent event space at our Graduate Center at One Martine Avenue in White Plains.

Located just two blocks from the White Plains train station and with onsite parking, the Center is a perfect venue for corporate workshops and retreats, training, conferences, or parties. Our full-time special events team can handle all your needs including catering, AV equipment, décor, and your event will be staffed by your personal event planner.

Our event specialists will guide you through all planning stages of your event. We will provide pricing for any services needed for your event and will liaise with our internal service providers to make sure your requirements have been met. We will be on hand at the event to address any needs and to ensure that you have a truly successful event.

For more information on hosting an external event at Pace University please contact Kristen Vinciguerra, Associate Director of University Special Events, at 914-923-2667 or via email at kvinciguerra@pace.edu.

New Date for Drupal Launch

The date for the launch of our new CMS, Drupal, has been pushed back to March 1 to give users more time to practice on the new system and prepare their sites. A number of webmasters have been trained during the past few weeks and feedback on the new system has been positive. Look for the live site on March 1!

Special Events Training

Starting last month, the Office of Special Events is offering its second round of trainings for the 2010-2011 academic year. This series of training sessions will continue with the specialized topics noted below.

Planning a Successful Event with the President:
New York City – Wednesday, February 23, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Board Room North & South
Westchester – Tuesday, March 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Conference Room A/B

Special Events Roundtable:
New York City – Wednesday, March 30, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Meeting Room A
Westchester – Tuesday, March 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Conference Room C/D

All are welcome to attend! To register, e-mail rmarmolejos@pace.edu.


Fit to Print

Google’s actions in Egypt, New York as the next Venice, Beijing: Boomtown or No? – Pace faculty weigh in on local, national, and global events.

Chris Presley, Director of Professional Development for the Actors Studio Drama School, was quoted in The Washington Times February 3, 2011 article, “How Hollywood Shaped Gipper”, a highlight of Ronald Reagan’s film background and its influence on his political career.

Professor Randi Priluck of Pace’s business school believes that studying is the key to learning – not test taking. See what she has to say in her letter to the editor published by the New York Times.

John C. Byrne, PhD, a Lubin management professor, recently published his book entitled The Mindset for Creating Project Value, which provides insight into how different perspectives are necessary to better understand the limitations of project.

Darren R. Hayes, DPS, a computer forensics and security professor, spoke to GovernmentExecutive.com about the need for security standardization for cloud services.

The voice of Lubin professor Jack James was heard in a Forbes.com story on Egypt, saying Google was wise to stay quiet about the public activities of its celebrated employee Wael Ghonim.

Clinical professor and marketing expert Paul Kurnit discusses the lasting love we have for a toy like Legos in The Sacramento Bee.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the alliance between Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch on The Daily, Murdoch’s new digital newspaper for the iPad, ended with a bang for Pace: a knowing analysis of the move from the dean of the Lubin School of Business, Neil Braun, who is a former chief executive of Viacom Inc.’s entertainment division.

Bruce Bachenheimer, management professor and director of Pace’s entrepreneurship program, spoke to The Star-Ledger about the importance of mentoring and sponsorship.

“I think Toyota blew it early on,” said Paul Kurnit, clinical professor of marketing, to DailyFinance.com. He and Pace Law professor Steven Goldberg, JD, spoke to DailyFinance.com to discuss the most recent Toyota recall.

Farrokh Hormozi, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Public Administration Department, spoke about Municipal Finance at the monthly luncheon of the Municipal Administrators Association of Metropolitan New York, on February 16, 2011.

John Nolon, JD, a Pace University law professor with an expertise in sustainability law, spoke with WNYC.com about the possible effects of climate change on sea level for New York waters.

Professor Bridget J. Crawford, JD, “who teaches about gender issues in estate tax law at Pace University Law School in White Plains,” discussed the new federal tax law’s estate tax exemptions for spouses on the front page of a New York Times special section on “Wealth.”

In a letter to the editor of the Financial Times, Law professor Darren Rosenblum, JD, brushed away Chinese claims of inventing a new national economic model. “China’s export prowess depends directly on the international community’s ignoring the extent of state domination of the economy…. If Boeing could get away with the amount of state support that China’s industries get, it would be unrivalled.”

The Actors Studio Drama School got local publicity in the Motley County Tribune when a student went to the county to research a local jail as the setting for his direction of the William Saroyan one-act play Hello Out There.

Inigral, the creators of the Schools App for Facebook, received a $2 million program-related investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. New clients include Pace University, Hofstra University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Academy of Art University.

Unplugging the Biological Clock

Ida Dupont works to uncover why, for more and more Americans, hitting the snooze button on having kids is not enough.

Since the 1970s, the rate of women who choose not to have children has doubled. Ida Dupont, PhD, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology on Pace’s NYC Campus, has spent the last few years examining this trend and interviewing women, men, and couples from various backgrounds in an attempt to puzzle out why some people choose to remain childfree.

“I’m having a difficult time giving a name to what I’m researching,” Dupont says. “‘Childless’ has a negative connotation and if I say ‘childfree by choice’ it sounds as though we’re trying to escape children.” Dupont has focused her research on how people who choose not to have children are perceived by the community (and the inclusion or exclusion that comes with that), as well as what puts them on this particular path.

“We talk about choice in very different ways. As Americans, we’re free to do what we want. With that comes the realism of limitations,” says Dupont. “A lot of people who choose not to have children value parenting, but they don’t feel up to the task. They don’t want to bring a child into a difficult world, there are monetary issues—for them, it is a rational decision.”

Another small subgroup of adults reported to Dupont that they chose to not have children because of the environmental impact having a child would create. “This was something that came up often enough to be noticed. They weren’t just outliers. They were concerned with diapers and toys and other things that came with having a child. This really struck me,” she says.

For others, however, the choice to remain childfree was one that seemed almost intrinsic. As she conducted her research, she began to note a trend of women who reported not feeling maternal instincts. “These women would say that even as children they felt different. They didn’t play with dolls and so on,” says Dupont. “I had expected these women to be cold, but that wasn’t the case. They had close relationships with people, they gave back to their communities, and most had a great love of animals.”

Both men and women who chose to remain childfree often felt pressure exerted upon them. For men, there was familial pressure to carry on the family legacy, as well as the perception that they were suffering from Peter Pan syndrome. And both men and women alike were perceived as selfish for their choice. However, “Women have their identities wrapped in motherhood,” says Dupont. “Women without children are seen as lacking. They have to work to construct a feminine identity that is separate from being a mother…There was one woman who told me ‘If I could be a 1950s hands-off father, I’d consider it.’ Can you imagine?”

The interplay between gender and identity is an area of great interest for Dupont. “I’d like to use my research to write a book, preferably something not academic and more accessible. I think this is something people can really relate to.”

Myth or Medicine?

If you swallow your gum, it’ll take seven years to digest. Cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis. And don’t you dare go swimming after you eat. Medical myths have been around for ages. That’s why, in this season of colds and flus, we’re talking to University Health Care to put an end to as many of these maddening myths as we can.

What better time than a shivery and snowy day at Pace to chat with Karen Lolli, FNP, Associate Director of University Health Care on the PLV Campus, and bust (or in some cases, put some truth to) some of these common winter myths.

Your momma may have told you that:

MYTH
True/False
What you should know…
Leaving the house with your hair wet will make you sick!
FALSE
“It’s viruses and bacteria that actually make you sick, but wet hair may cause your body to work harder to keep itself warm and indirectly tax your immune system,” says Lolli.
You lose most of your body heat through your head, so always wear a hat.
TRUE
“You do lose most of your body heat through your head so it is a good idea to wear a hat…” especially if you leave the house with wet hair.
Too much Purell is a bad thing.
FALSE
You may have heard that using too much will lower your body’s resistance, but this one’s false. “I would rather people use Purell than not wash their hands,” Lolli says. “It can help reduce bacteria, but Purell doesn’t have any more cleansing ability than warm water and soap. So if warm water and soap are available, that should be used.”
Medicine will make your cold go away.
FALSE
While prescriptions may make you feel a bit better “Medicine will not make your cold go away assuming the cold you caught is a virus. Antibiotics can alleviate symptoms, but have no effect on your virus. It’s only your immune system that’s going to counteract the virus,” Lolli says.
“Starve a fever, feed a cold.”
BOTH
No matter how you slice it, this 16th century myth is half-wrong. “While people who are ill may lose their appetites, it’s important to eat,” says Lolli. What are good options? “Easy to digest foods: scrambled eggs, toast, chicken noodle soup are all great. It’s important to also stay well-hydrated. Noncarbonated and noncaffeinated drinks like water, juices, and tea. For those with sore throats, popsicles are a good option.”
Once you’ve had it, you won’t get it again.
TRUE
“There are more than 100 different cold viruses. Once you have one, you will never get that exact virus again in your lifetime,” Lolli says. However, this doesn’t make you Superman. Sadly, there are always more cold and flu viruses to be found.
The flu shot will give you the flu.
FALSE
“The ones given through injection are from killed virus. You cannot get disease from a killed virus,” Lolli says. So why do some of us get the flu right after our shot? “At the time that flu shots are available, it’s usually flu season. The flu shot needs about two weeks to confer any type of immunity so if you’ve been exposed you can develop it, but it’s not from the shot.”
Most colds happen in the winter.

TRUE

“You can definitely get a cold any time of the year, but they are most common in the winter months,” says Lolli. The reason? “It’s not exactly certain; there are a lot of theories. Cold viruses tend to proliferate more in colder temperatures. Central heating may cause dry mucous membranes and allows the virus to enter our body more easily, but there isn’t any one reason.”
Cover your mouth with your hand when you cough.
FALSE-ISH
“You should always cover your cough,” Lolli says, but your hand isn’t necessarily your best option. “The preferred method is to cough or sneeze into your sleeve,” to avoid transferring the virus via your hand. Though regular hand washing and the use (and disposal of tissues) can help cut down on spreading germs.
Gargle with salt water to soothe a sore throat.
TRUE
This one may not be as tasty as chicken soup or popsicles, but “it is a very effective method of relieving a sore throat.” Lolli’s recipe is “¼ teaspoon of salt to one cup of lukewarm water. We always recommend that to our patients gargle in the morning and then during the day as often as they need the relief.”

 

You can learn more on the University Health Care website, or visit the center on your campus, open Monday through Friday, 51 weeks out of the year. UHC is available to see faculty, staff, students, alumni, and family members, can bill your insurance directly, and treat illnesses, write prescriptions, complete physical exams, and give flu shots! The annual flu vaccine is still available at both UHC offices in NYC and PLV and is recommended.

“We don’t want to take the place of people’s personal physicians, but we’ve had staff bring in 8 year old children to be screened for strep throat because they can’t get an appointment with their doctor,” Lolli says. “People say we are the University’s best kept secret.”

It’s Hip to be (Four)Square

This month, Pace becomes the new kid on the block in Foursquare—and one of only 20 universities in the country to pilot this new mobile and social networking application.

Imagine you’re a Pace student or faculty on a study abroad trip. You land at the airport and desperately try to translate the signs for food, transit, and lodging, all while watching your luggage and valuables. Then you turn on your phone and receive a welcome tip from Pace along with advice on local buses, affordable rooms, and things to see during your stay.

Welcome to just one of the many functions that Foursquare, a mobile application that makes locations easier and more interesting to explore, can provide.

Launching at the end of January, Pace will be one of only 20 universities in the nation to pilot a new program through Foursquare that will enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Pace is working closely with Foursquare to create a Pace University brand page and claim all venues on our campuses and centers (such as the Schimmel Theater, Aloysia Hall, and the Choate House).  Followers of the Pace Foursquare site can also receive tips from Pace community members who have checked in at off-campus venues, such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, or even London’s Heathrow airport.

Gisela Tirado-Tewes, Pace’s Director of Online Communications who initiated and developed the program for the University hopes Foursquare’s functions will encourage prospective students to explore the campus through event listings, local pride points and tips, and special discounts; facilitate student-faculty interaction, especially at events and conferences; and encourage the community to take advantage of off-campus listings and promotions. “It’s a great way to build a community, keep everyone informed, and encourage school spirit,” says Tirado-Tewes.

How did Pace end up garnering a spot in this exciting new pilot program? Appropriately for Foursquare, it was all about being at the right place at the right time.

Tirado-Tewes was using Foursquare herself to find discounts at a local mall when it occurred to her that Pace could be offering its students and faculty similar advantages.  “I checked in on Foursquare, and realized that I wanted something just like this for Pace,” says Tirado-Tewes. “I went back and called them and was told it was perfect timing, because Foursquare was just about to launch a new program for universities. They said they didn’t plan on working with schools as small as us, but because of our great locations in the New York Metropolitan Area, we were accepted into the program.”

New York Shape of Mind

The Pace fitness center at One Pace Plaza gets buff for the New Year… and shows off its new look with a ribbon cutting on February 9.

On February 9, from 12:00 to 2:00 the fitness center in One Pace Plaza will get to show faculty, staff, and students that all its hard work has paid off with a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating its new look. The event will include Zumba and yoga classes, a faculty/staff/student volleyball game, relay race, body and wellness checks, plus healthy goodies include smoothies.

The fitness center is being updated to include: a glass-front exercise area with spin bikes, cardio theatre, elliptical sets, new free weights, and a big screen TV; a converted stretching room with mats and balls; day lockers; and more. Pace also reached an agreement with Stuyvesant High School that offers faculty, staff, and students a special rate to use their pool and free shuttle rides to and from.

“We’ve heard a lot of requests for more wellness and fitness options,” says Dean for Students Marijo Russell-O’Grady, PhD. “This is our way of saying, ‘We hear you.’”

The fitness center at One Pace Plaza (C-Level) officially re-opens on January 24 and is open seven days a week  to faculty, staff, and students for free.

And, of course, if you’re on the PLV Campus, learn more about the Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center, also open seven days a week, with aerobics and aquatics programs.

Info on the Go

A new mobile bus and finals schedule site for your iPhones, Droids, and iPads; listerv, faxserv, and email.pace.edu makeovers; and more. ITS is bringing in the New Year in style!

System Enhancements and Administrative Wireless

ITS will be upgrading the Listserv and Faxserv servers, which will bring improvements to the back-end of both systems.  The Listserv upgrade will provide users with a much more user-friendly interface. Enhancements will also be made to Outlook Web App (http://email.pace.edu), which include options to add themes, publish your calendars to the internet, change expired passwords, and allow users to select mail items using new checkboxes in the mail item list. The spring semester will also begin the process of installing wireless services to administrative locations on campus that were surveyed in the fall semester.

Schedules on the Go

A new mobile beta webpage (http://m.pace.edu) has been created to provide the Pace Community with access to the bus and final exam schedules.  The site is currently available for iPhones, Droids, and iPads, and we are in the process of setting it up to run on the Blackberry phones.  This beta product is a work in progress and is subject to upgrades as we receive user feedback and additional data. For more information, visit the ITS News – Mobile Beta Webpage.

HR Report

YES! HR wants to keep you informed about important things regarding training, goal keeping, TIAA-CREFF and most importantly, celebrating each other.

  • Spread the word—“YES! Your Excellence Shows” employee recognition:  As a reminder, all full-time and part-time staff members and students are eligible to receive the YES Award, so give a shout out to someone you think is doing a good job. Nominations can be made by other staff, faculty, students, or vendors who work with the employee (or employees – you can also nominate groups of employees online now).  For more information and to recognize Pace staff members or students online visit the YES Recognition Program website.
  • Training in 2011: The spring 2011 Organizational Learning & Development training calendar is now available online. This semester choose from an array of programs ranging from conflict resolution to training in our new content management system, Drupal.  Click here to access the calendar and register for a session.
  • FYI managers: In case you didn’t realize, we are now halfway through the Performance Management and Development Process (PMDP) for FY2011. Managers may want to connect with staff in a mid-year goal review (and staff may want to remind themselves what’s on their plate for the next six months).

Fit to Print

“Wild” web pages, WikiLeaks, and all that jazz— Pace faculty have been out and about in the press this month.

Art professor Jillian Mcdonald’s website was highlighted as one of “The Wildest Faculty Web Pages” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.; and in Border Crossings, a Canadian arts magazine, she discussed her increasingly celebrated fascination with zombies, vampires, and horror films.

Nicholas Catalano, PhD, a professor of English, is a contributor to All About Jazz. His latest essay links to past and current practitioners of jazz who use the contrapuntal lines of classical music.

Darren Hayes, DPS, Seidenberg’s computer forensics and security expert, has been repeatedly quoted about the implications of the WikiLeaks controversy, most recently in a Flint Journal article about a possible lack of open access to social networking sites and e-mail for troops abroad.

Anthony D. Mancini, PhD, co-authored research that found that for many, losing a job has “few long term psychological effects.” Multiple media reported on the study.

In an op-ed in the Journal News on the conviction of White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley, Pace Law Professor Bennett L. Gershman, JD, strongly suggested Bradley resigns.

Pace Law’s John Nolon, JD, was interviewed on an influential public radio station, WAMC, after the Pace Land Use Law Center presented ideas for rehabilitating the city’s economy at a hearing in Newburgh.

New business founders should “suspend their confidence in their own business” and listen to customers, advised Professor and Director of Entrepreneurship Bruce Bachenheimer in the second of two segments on MSNBC’s “Your Business.” Additionally Bachenheimer discussed innovations of the year in his second appearance on a worldwide Voice of America (VOA) news program.

Jackson Morris, a senior policy adviser at the Pace Law School’s Energy and Climate Center, talked to American Public Media’s Marketplace about new EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions at power plants, refineries, and paper mills.

Chris Williams, an environmental activist and adjunct professor, is “an informative and engaging writer, but his biggest weapon is his thorough research” according to a review in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

President’s Corner

As another year draws to a close, I’d like to take the time to reflect on the many changes that have occurred in our community. Pace has turned an important corner in the past few years. Our core enrollment continues to rise; our talented faculty provides high-quality education to our students; we have strong, innovative academic leadership; and our administrative staff remains deeply committed to the University and our students.

Dear Colleagues,

As another year draws to a close, I’d like to take the time to reflect on the many changes that have occurred in our community. Pace has turned an important corner in the past few years. Our core enrollment continues to rise; our talented faculty provides high-quality education to our students; we have strong, innovative academic leadership; and our administrative staff remains deeply committed to the University and our students. We also have a strong vision for the future of the University—one that has been taking shape over the last year and will continue to evolve in the years to come.

In the last week, we have held events on both the Pleasantville and New York City campuses to share the first-year results of the Strategic Plan implementation with faculty, staff, and students and to discuss both successes to date and plans moving forward. If you were unable to attend the events, you can read the highlights in this issue of Opportunitas and visit our Strategic Plan website for updates.

If we are successful in executing the new Strategic Plan, Pace University will be a different place. We will have built on existing strengths and addressed issues that are keeping us from reaching our full potential. This is what Pace will look like—although we are well on our way, we are not there yet:

Educating Thinking Professionals—Pace fully leverages our blend of liberal and professional education. The curriculum is amplified by continual innovation, the creative use of technology, interdisciplinary techniques, and exposure to real-world experiences. The faculty is central to achieving our mission.

Greater Potential—As thinking professionals, our graduates understand the substance and skills of their chosen careers and the broader significance of their decisions and actions as well. They get better jobs, make better decisions, are more effective, and have more successful lives.

The Strength of Diversity—The diversity of our community is a central part of the Pace experience. The wide range of cultures and backgrounds, coupled with significant exposure to international experiences, fosters illuminating debate and deeper understanding. The multi-campus structure of the University offers not only different lifestyle and extra-academic experiences—urban and suburban—but also different intellectual and academic strengths.

Continuous Movement Toward Greater Excellence—We are devoted to continual progress toward greater excellence and to quality service for students and their families, and for faculty, staff, and alumni. We continually assess our progress and shortfalls and take corrective action to generate continuous improvement.  Our spirit is can-do, get it done, now is better than later.

Access and Connections—Pace is a mutually supportive community of teachers, scholars, students, staff, and alumni. We offer our students and faculty a unique level of access to inspiring leaders and respected workplaces through both alumni and friends. Pace alumni are an integral part of the Pace Community. They serve as a valuable source of advice, ideas, financial support, and mentoring for our students. Pace promotes regular dialogue between the academy and broader society on the leading cultural, political, social, economic, and professional issues of our time. This dialogue informs and helps shape the curriculum and the scholarly work of our faculty.

Financial Strength—Our financial condition gives our faculty and staff the resources and flexibility to innovate and experiment. Our campuses and facilities support a superb education with modern and attractive facilities and technology. We are compensated so as to attract and retain a high level of talent.

I look forward to seeing further advances to realizing this vision for Pace and our community in the new year and know it would not be possible without your hard work and dedication. I wish you all much warmth and happiness during the holiday season and throughout the new year.

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

Faculty By Day, Superstar By Night: All Your Bass Are Belong to David Ekstrom

Many of us have seen the inside of Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall. Some of us have seen Peter, Paul, and Mary and Andrea Bocelli at those venues. But one Pace professor has not only been inside, but also shared the stage with these legends. Meet David Ekstrom, professor by day, singing superstar by night.

By day, you can find David Ekstrom, PhD, teaching transcultural nursing to students in the Lienhard School of Nursing as an associate professor and director of international affairs. But from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. every Tuesday, Ekstrom is singing a different tune with the New York Choral Society.

When Ekstrom moved from Ohio to New York City for nursing school in 1973, he was looking for a sense of belonging.

“I knew that I wanted to set down some roots in the city, and I decided that joining a chorus would be the best way to do it,” Ekstrom said.

But the rest certainly wasn’t history. Ekstrom wasn’t interested in just picking any chorus. He wanted the cream of the crop—the best in show. So he scouted, listening to a bunch of choruses until he found the one: The New York Choral Society.

A Bass I Section Leader in the 180-member New York Choral Society (NYCS), Ekstrom may possess the lowest vocal range in the chorus, but he’s a major player in NYCS where he welcomes new choral members, answers questions, advises them, and helps the chorus keep it all together.

And the NYCS isn’t your ordinary chorus. Ekstrom has joined them on the stage of some of New York City’s most treasured venues: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and more.

Last week, Ekstrom and the NYCS performed with classical music phenomenon Andrea Bocelli at both the Prudential Center in Newark and Madison Square Garden in NYC.

“It’s amazing to be standing in Madison Square Garden and to hear people cheering,” Ekstrom said. “It’s such an invigorating experience.”

And just a few days ago, he hit the stage with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and legendary Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame in a holiday celebration dedicated in memory of the great Mary Travers.

Ekstrom, who has taken nursing students to Iceland to learn health care delivery systems, is proud to be at Pace and proud to be a bass. One of his defining experiences he says was when he read names of graduates on stage at the Pace University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, and then later in the afternoon went to the Metropolitan Opera to perform on stage for the American Ballet Theatre.

“I thought geez, is this possible?” he said. “Being a small town boy from Ohio and making it in the Big Apple. There’s just nothing like it at all.”

Interested in joining Ekstrom and the New York Choral Society? You can email him at dekstrom@pace.edu and learn more about the NYCS at http://www.nychoral.org.

Fine Art Phenomena

From macro tarantula photography to an animated Eurydice, Pace students have poured their art and soul into their final projects on display through December 18.

In case you missed the opening reception for the Project Studio Show the other night at the Peter Fingesten Gallery in NYC, you still have time to see all of the impressive art pieces that Pace students have been working on this semester. The students of Project Studio, under the direction of Fine Arts professor Barbara Friedman, celebrated the culmination of all their hard work with this gallery exhibition running now through December 18.

The Project Studio class, which Friedman describes as an “opportunity [for students] to develop an independent project and sustain a vision,” is comprised of 13 advanced Pace students, each showing a final project in the medium of their choice. “The show can feature anything, from digital art, painting, and photographs, to something like a performance piece,” says Friedman, who has taught the Project Studio class once before on the PLV Campus.

The students, all of whom were well-equipped with an arsenal of artistic abilities, honed their skills over this semester to create a myriad of interesting pieces. Some of the work included in the show is a series of representational non-literal family portraits, sculptural collages, layered painting, original music compositions, traditional and digital photography, textile art, and an animated short about the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Fine Arts major Megan Elwood ’11, who will be showing a series of macro-photographs of a tarantula, says that being in Professor Friedman’s class “helped give [her] confidence back in photography. This is one of the few projects I am proud of and excited to show off to others.” Megan adds “it’s going to be an exciting and interesting show that even people who are not into art will enjoy. We’ve all been working really hard… and would love if the Pace Community would come and support not just us as a class, but the whole art department.”

If this fine art phenomena isn’t enough to fill your quota, be sure to check out some of Barbara Friedman’s upcoming exhibitions. One of her paintings will be in a group show at the Painting Center in Chelsea that opened on December 2, followed by another showing of work at the Brunswick Window Gallery in downtown Jersey City from May 24 through June 25.

From Gutenberg to Google

Michael Healy, Pace’s David J. Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor in Publishing and Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry discusses how advances in technology are changing the way we look at books… literally.

When the dot com bubbled in the 90s, venture capitalists and internet startups around the world screamed that print was dead. While that wasn’t the case (and may never be), there’s no denying the impact recent strides in technology have had on publishing. Just hop on any plane, train, or automobile and look around—people are reading their Kindles, listening to the latest Audible.com download, catching up on current events via their iPad. On November 30, Professor Healy, gave one in a series of lectures on the future of the industry for the MS in Publishing Program and industry insiders.

Here, he shares some of his insight into the future of ePublishing.

You are involved in some of the seminal events that are shaping the future of digital publishing, such as working with publishers and authors on the Google Book Settlement. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

I am currently the Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry, a new organization that will be created as a result of the Google Book Settlement. As you may remember, there was a well-publicized class action lawsuit which was brought in 2005 by the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers to prevent Google from displaying parts of books it had been digitizing through its relationships with a number of university libraries.  The authors and publishers felt Google’s display of the books was an infringement of copyright, a claim Google denied by saying it was “fair use”. The lawsuit was settled in October 2008 (although the settlement has not been finally approved by the judge). The proposed settlement contains several provisions: One is the establishment of a nonprofit Book Rights Registry that will represent the interests of authors and publishers in the settlement. The primary role of the organization will be to act as a place where authors and publishers can claim their books and register how they would like them to be used by Google and possibly others in the future.  When Google earns money from using the books, 63 percent of the money will go back to the Registry for distribution to the authors and publishers (once a judge approves the settlement). We have been waiting to hear the outcome since February of this year. In the meantime, my job is to prepare for the establishment of the new organization.

If the settlement is approved and the Google Book Settlement moves forward, how will this affect the publishing industry?

The settlement focuses on books that are largely still in copyright, but mainly out of print. These are an estimated seven to eight million somewhat obscure or forgotten books—books that you will find in libraries but not bookstores. One of the great benefits is that Google Books will create a mechanism for getting those hard to find, out of print books. It’s very good for both publishers and authors, as it gives them a new stream of revenue for books that were previously earning little or nothing, and great for scholars, students and other readers because it opens up a treasure trove of books previously hidden in the collections of libraries.

Michael Healy
Professor Healy discusses how the industry is evolving in this interview with The Publishing Point.

How did you get involved in the field of digital publishing?

I think I’m something of an oddity. I have been in publishing for about 25 years, in one form or another. Unlike many others, I never did much conventional print or book publishing. I have been in digital publishing my whole career. That can be surprising to people who think that digital publishing is only five years or as old… as old as the Kindle. It

has actually been around since the 70s. In the early days in the 80s, digital publishing was a phenomenon that mainly affected academic publishing—databases in library and universities, and ultimately journals. All of the excitement and controversy that’s now going on is because it’s affecting consumer and trade publishing, what many equate to the “publishing industry.” But there are other publishing sectors, such as academic, scientific, and medical, where digital technology is nothing new—those sectors have been grappling with its opportunities and challenges for some time.

You’ve been giving a series of lectures at Pace that focus on new developments in digital publishing. Can you provide some highlights from your most recent lecture?

This lecture is called “Building a Better Mousetrap: Form, Function, and the Evolution of eBooks.” It’s based on the observation that technology is radically changing the way books are promoted and delivered, and the way people are consuming with readers and tablets. The way we consume, market, and distribute books today—everything in the supply chain is subject to change. However, the books themselves are changing much more slowly: the content is not changing, only the format is changing… in a very superficial sense. A lot of eBooks are electronic facsimiles of printed equivalents. So I wanted to examine, with all the technology and innovation available to us, why that is occurring, is the text remaining largely unchanged?

It’s an interesting point that, in their current form, eBooks are little more than electronic versions of the print. Are there any areas where you are seeing innovation?

There are pockets of experimentation, and that’s what I want to explore—what they are, what they reveal about publishers and readers, what the next generation of digital books might look like. For example, I read a lot of books electronically and when I’m traveling, instead of buying several guide books, I load them onto my iPad. What struck

me about using these new types was how imperfect they were, how they were inferior in functionality to the ones I would have traditionally bought in print! Why are publishers so reluctant right now, to experiment in new forms? Travel, cookery, and all sorts of non-fiction books could be enhanced so easily and cheaply with digital technology, but it’s not happening in a significant way yet. There are one or two trade publishers who are starting to enhance books with video, and some, like Penguin, have been linking text to websites, TV adaptations, and video on the web. In cookery, you’re starting to see links to videos where you can see the finished recipe, or where you have the ability to enter information, such as ingredients, into the device to find a recipe. Interesting things are being done, but these are the exceptions rather than the norm. However, I think that will change. The appetite for digital books is high at the moment, so publishers are growing in confidence, and that builds more confidence in the medium.

How do you think this ability to “publish” affordably online is changing the industry? Do you find more and more people are deciding to just do it themselves?

Self-publishing is taking off—that’s an extraordinary phenomenon. I think the stigma is disappearing and it’s becoming more acceptable to do it. We’re going to see a great deal more of that going forward, particularly as more big-name celebrity authors start asking: Do we need traditional book publishers? For example, the well-known writer Seth Godin,

has recently announced he will be self-publishing his next book. That calls into question what is truly distinctive and valuable about the modern publisher. It used to be that authors needed publishers for production, distribution, and sales, but technology now is forcing everyone – publishers, authors, agents and booksellers – to ask where the distinctive contribution of a publisher really lies.  It’s a fascinating time to be in the industry for these reasons.

You recently came back from a conference in China about the future of digital publishing. Were there any surprises or new developments there?

They are grappling with many of the same sets of issues as we are in the United States. We may be a little further ahead in the process, but we’re all on the same journey. It was striking how similar the challenges are. The world really has shrunk.

Seizing the Moment—The Strategic Plan in Action

On December 1 and 7, President Friedman and other members of management met with faculty, staff, and students to share progress to date and future plans for implementing the Strategic Plan.

Interim Dean Harriet Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented on the academic goals, highlighting that each of the schools will have their own strategic plans prepared by early 2011. She also noted that the University will continue to concentrate on areas such as faculty development, interdisciplinary education, and the use of instructional technology.  Additionally, she announced the newest Pace Center for Excellence:  Academic and Pedagogical Innovation.

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Bill McGrath reported on a number of facility upgrades that had been completed or were in the works. Among the completed upgrades: a $902,000 overhaul of lecture halls completed this summer, improvements in the Kessel Center and Lienhard labs, new Mac labs, technology enhanced classrooms, e-mail server upgrades, and additional improvements to Banner and Blackboard. He also discussed the PLV master plan and announced the NYC master plan, which includes upgrades to the fitness center in One Pace Plaza (to open next month) and a new residence hall on Broadway less than four blocks from campus. The new dorm will open in 2013 and replace the dorms currently in Brooklyn.

More positive news from enrollment as Vice President of Enrollment Management Robina Schepp reported continued growth of full-time student enrollment, which has increased by 1,200 during the last three years (excluding special programs, such as Teach for America). She also announced the development of a new five-year strategy for steadily increasing both the number of incoming students as well as the quality of their test scores and grades. This strategy will be executed in a number of ways, including differentiating the Pace campuses and improving   conversion numbers.

On the marketing side, Vice President for University Relations Tom Torello announced several exciting new social media initiatives including Enrollment’s work with PaceYourself (a Facebook application   to introduce accepted students to the Pace Community and improve conversion) and a pilot program with location-based social networking site FourSquare. Pace is one of only 20 universities in the country participating in the program and the only university in New York City. In addition, the move is under way to a new content management system for the University’s website that will enable  content  to be syndicated for use in Pace’s many media outlets.

As the meeting was winding down, good news was given on the financial front: After several challenging years, Pace is now projecting a $6 million surplus for this budget year despite the economic conditions.  However it was noted that due to current low interest rates, a portion of this surplus will be devoted to rebuilding unrestricted net assets.  In addition, contribution to the Annual Fund increased by 26 percent from last year and this year’s goal is to increase that another 16 percent. Overall, the University hopes to increase our surplus from $6 million to $10 million and has a multi-year plan to help us meet that goal.

You can read more about the vision for the future of Pace in this month’s President’s corner. Or for more information about the implementation of the Strategic Plan and to watch video from the event, visit our Strategic Plan website.

HR Report

Setting goals, big transitions, and employee recognition—HR sends us some reminders for wrapping up the end of the year as well as information on how to make 2011 great!

Setting Your Goals for 2011

The FY2011 Performance Management and Development Process (PMDP) Goal Setting form is available on the Pace Portal for you to input your performance goals and expectations for the July 2010-June 2011 period.  These goals will serve as the basis for your FY2011 performance review, so it is important to get them into the system as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact Bob Lazer at x22746 or rlazer@pace.edu.

As the Goal Setting 2011 process comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to register for a training course.  Click here to access the spring 2011 Organizational Learning and Development training calendar and register.  If you have questions, contact Susan Donahue at x22766 or sdonahue@pace.edu.

Transitioning to TIAA-CREF

The Pace HR website has been updated with a page dedicated to the transition of TIAA-CREF as the sole record keeper for the Pace 403(b) plan. Please visit the HR Benefits page for more information, links to group and one-on-one meeting schedules, fund information, etc. If you have questions, call the Benefits Department at x22828 or e-mail benefits@pace.edu.

You’re a Star!

Help make the Employee Recognition Ceremonies a success! Your involvement in the nomination process is essential in making the special award program meaningful and successful. You can become involved in the following ways:

  • Nominate an individual or team. Simply click here, complete the nomination form and submit it by Friday, January 21, 2011.
  • Join the nomination committee responsible for selecting award recipients. Representation by faculty, staff, and students creates a diverse committee! If you are interested in participating on the committee, please contact Rosemary Mulry at rmulry@pace.edu by Friday, December 10, 2010.

Don’t forget to check out the 2011 University Holiday Calendar!

Stronger, Faster, Smarter

Bandwidth upgrades increase your speed, the newly enhanced White Pages makes finding the right person easier than ever, and the debut of a self-service system that enables the Pace Community to generate guest accounts for the wireless/wired network.

Internet Bandwidth Increase and Guest Wireless Account

ITS has increased the internet connection bandwidth from 100Mbps to 1000 Mbps. In addition, the method for requesting Guest Wireless Accounts has been streamlined. Click here for more information.

New and Improved White Pages

ITS has taken valuable feedback from users and enhanced our White Pages. Some of the new features include: portrait photos; sort options for search results; view formatting; and new fields and viewing options. Check it out today.

Planning the Perfect Party 2.0

If our special column this month wasn’t enough to satisfy your drive to be the next Martha Stewart, Special Events has a number of training sessions lined up this year to help make your next Pace event will be a success. Plus, updates on our new content management system.

Starting this month, the Office of Special Events is offering its second round of trainings for the 2010-2011 academic year. This series of four training sessions will include specialized topics, noted below.

R25 Webviewer Descriptions for Marketing your Event:
Westchester – Wednesday, December 15, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Conference Room C/D

Sponsored Events:
New York City – Wednesday, January 26, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Meeting Room A
Westchester – Wednesday, February 2, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Conference Room C/D

Planning a Successful Event with the President:
New York City – Wednesday, February 23, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Board Room North & South
Westchester – Tuesday, March 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Conference Room A/B

Session Four – Special Events Roundtable:
New York City – Wednesday, March 30, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Meeting Room A
Westchester – Tuesday, March 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Conference Room C/D

All are welcome to attend! To register, e-mail rmarmolejos@pace.edu.

Do You Drupal?

As you know, we are in the process of implementing Drupal, a new content management system (CMS), for our website. Marketing and Communications and ITS are nearly finished with the work involved in writing the code, creating the templates, and all else necessary to migrate the content from the current CMS Hot Banana and Empower systems into Drupal.

We will conduct training sessions for all webmasters and content managers on January 11 and 20 in NYC, and January 13 and 18 in Pleasantville.  An advanced training session for school/library webmasters will be held in White Plains on January 26. Edyta Zych, technology training manager, will conduct the training sessions, with assistance from Michael Johnson and Danny Samuel in ITS and Melissa Evans from Marketing Communications. We will then work with each of the content managers to clean up all sites so that we can be ready to launch the new CMS system-wide on February 7.

Fit to Print

Lubin professors are minding your business, history professor has a “shocking” comment, the Wilson Center is watching the bottom line, and more in this line up of Pace professors and programs in the news.

Bruce Bachenheimer, management professor and director of Pace’s entrepreneurship program, was a panelist on MSNBC’s Your Business program. A segment of that broadcast is available online here.

Economics professor Joseph Salerno, PhD, presented on the topics of the Austrian business cycle and the end of macroeconomics at several conferences and symposiums scattered across the US. Additionally, his new book Money: Sound and Unsound was recently published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

The Washington Times quoted Pace history professor Joseph Tse-Hei, PhD, in an article on the Chinese film Aftershock about the Tangshan earthquake. Tse-Hei spoke to the “impressive” nature of the film’s criticism of contemporary Chinese politics. To read more of what he had to say, click here.

The Pace Performing Arts production of A Christmas Carol is earning attention for both its artistic merits and its outreach endeavors. BroadwayWorld.com just ranked the production as the 7th most-read article on their site. Additionally, BroadwayWorld.com reported on Pace Performing Arts’ contribution to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS funds for which donations will be collected after each performance.

A study done on the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by Rebecca Tekula, PhD, of the Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship, has gained the attention of several media outlets after an article ran in the “Greater New York” section of The Wall Street Journal. The story was picked up by the Nonprofit Quarterly and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Dennis Sandler, PhD, and Mary Long, PhD, both marketing professors for Lubin, presented “Consumer Behavior in a Recession: Implications for Advertising Strategies” at the Northeast Business and Economics Association conference this past October.

The St. Louis Post- Dispatch sat down with musical theater major Kate Bristol ’12 to talk about the yellow brick road that took her from Pace NYC to the starring role as Dorothy in the national tour of The Wizard of Oz.

The “sparkling production” of The Merry Wives of Windsor from London’s Shakespeare’s Globe garnered high praise in Ben Brantley’s New York Times review. It received a star denoting a “highly recommended” production.

The daily letters column of The New York Times used a letter from professor emeritus Anthony Cupaiuolo, PhD, about poverty and poor schools as causes of the “culture” of poverty.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Susan Herman, JD, had her letter to the editor published in The New York Times in response to Megan Buskey’s review of Jessica Stern’s Denial. In her letter, Herman calls for a fuller societal response to the pain of crime victims.

In an interview with CFO Magazine, Tom Jones, director of Lubin’s international accounting center, dealt with sticking points in the global transition to a common set of accounting rules.

Associate Art Professor William Pappenheimer’s review of the “Tunneling” show that he curated at Famous Accountants gallery in Bushwick is out in the November issue of Art in America. Six other reviews of the show can be found here, including a video review by James Kalm. Pappenheimer also premiered a series of augmented reality works for the iPhone or Android, hallucinations mapped onto public parks for the Bushwick Augmented Reality Intervention 2010.