President’s Corner

Did you know that nearly 25 percent of our full-time faculty and staff are also Pace alumni? We are proud that so many of our employees are “home grown.” They are a testament to our ability to form strong bonds with our students early on and nurture these relationships throughout their time at Pace and beyond.

President's CornerDear Faculty and Staff:

Did you know that nearly 25 percent of our full-time  faculty and staff are also Pace alumni?  We are proud that so many of our employees are “home grown.” They are a testament to our ability to form strong bonds with our students early on and nurture these relationships throughout their time at Pace and beyond. They are also a testament to the high quality of professional education that we provide our students, producing graduates who excel in the workplace.

Two upcoming events provide opportunities for our faculty and staff who are alumni to show support for their alma mater and employer:  Commencement and Reunion.  For the first time in recent years, we are actively cultivating a large group of alumni to process at Commencement.  We strongly encourage all employees who are alumni to show their support for this year’s graduates by participating.  If you haven’t walked in Commencement since your graduation, I assure you that you will find it every bit as fun and heartwarming as when you received your diploma.  All interested in participating in either the Pleasantville Ceremony on Friday, May 20 or the New York City Ceremonies on Sunday, May 22 should contact Sheri Gibson, Director, Alumni Relations, at sgibson@pace.edu.

Another exciting event:  Reunion at the Plaza, Saturday, June 4.  This will be a festive and very special event, as it is the first time it is being held off campus.  The iconic New York location was chosen both to underscore the significance of the event and to encourage attendance from those who might have lost touch with their alma mater.  Pace Board Chairman Neil Bianco ’61, who is celebrating his 50th reunion, is also chairman of the event.   A cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing are planned.  You should have already received your invitation.  There is a special discount for Pace faculty and staff.   I hope to see you all there.

As alumni and employees, you are Pace’s best ambassadors. You know how well the institution served you as a student and what it means to you now as an employee and as an alumnae/a.  We hope you will not only join us for Commencement and Reunion but also encourage your fellow alumni and Pace colleagues who are not alumni to attend.  Come celebrate with us at Pace—past, present and future.

Don’t forget to check out my new blog — https://friedman-blog.pace.edu.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

48th Annual Leaders in Management Awards

For almost 50 years, Pace faculty, staff, and alumni have gathered for this signature event honoring leaders in the field. Last year’s event was hosted by Maria Bartiromo and included an introduction by Donald Trump. Find out who’s on the lineup and who are the honorees for this year’s event on April 7.

This April 7, the Pace Community will gather to honor Robert S. Sands, Esq., Law ’84, President and Chief Executive Officer, Constellation Brands, Inc., and F. Daniel Gabel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hagedorn & Company at the 48th Annual Leaders in Management Awards Dinner. The event will be taking place at Cipriani Wall Street and features a special performance by Platinum Award winning songwriter and Tony-nominated artist Ann Hampton Callaway with Master of Ceremonies NPR political editor Ken Rudin. Proceeds from the event will support Pace’s Student Scholarship Program and special projects selected by the President.

About the Honorees:

Robert S. Sands is currently President and CEO of Constellation Brands, the world’s leading premium beverage company. He received his JD from Pace in 1984, with a focus on business law. After working as an associate for several years, he joined Constellation Brands—the beverage company his grandfather founded with only eight employees. During his time at Constellation, he has taken the company to new heights—growing the brand and increasing from $2 million to a staggering $4 billion in multiple overseas markets. In 2005, Standard and Poor’s added Constellation Brands to its S&P 500 Index, and Wine Enthusiast magazine named him 2009 Man of the Year. His success and leadership extends beyond the professional sphere to a number of philanthropic ventures including serving on the boards of numerous nonprofit and professional organizations. He is a long-time supporter of the arts and has shared that enthusiasm with the Pace Community—helping bring the Rochester City Ballet to our campus in the summer of 2010.

Dan Gabel studied at the College of Insurance at Pace University before joining Hagedorn and Company—one of the oldest privately owned insurance brokerage firms in the country. He has served as Chairman and CEO of the organization for more than 30 years and is the fifth generation within his family to lead Hagedorn.  In addition to ensuring the security of others through his profession, he has focused on the security of generations to come through his longstanding commitment to philanthropy and numerous environmental organizations. He and his wife generously established the Gabel Internship Award Fund at Pace University, which places students into internship positions at nonprofit organizations promoting environmental engagement and activism.

Learn more about the event or register to attend today.

Reunion 2011: Pace at the Plaza

On June 4, be a part of something special as alumni, faculty, and staff celebrate Reunion 2011 at the Plaza Hotel. Get your discounted tickets today.

On Saturday, June 4, the Pace Community will gather at the Plaza Hotel for an evening of fine wining and dining, dancing under the stars, and most of all, reconnecting with old friends and making new memories at the Pace Reunion 2011.

“Reunion is all about celebrating the journeys from who we were to who we are… and to where we are  still going and how our paths crossed at Pace,” says alumna and staff member Dawn Knipe’82, ’87 who plans to attend.

This year’s special honorees are graduates from the 1960, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2006 classes, but as always, all Pace alumni are welcome to attend. Faculty and staff receive a special $50 discount on tickets. Register today to attend!

Photo Caption: Pace alumni and staff who plan to attend (left to right): 1st Row – Selena Berkeley ’08 and Verrilline Turner ’01 from Development and Alumni Relations; 2nd Row – Nilsa Betancourt ’95, Juanita Maya ’08, Lisa Moscato ’93, and Dinesh Ulpange ’02, ’04 from Enrollment Management; 3rd Row – Roch Kelly ’91 from Development and Alumni Relations, Danny Tom ’09 from the Mailroom, and Dawn Knipe’82, ’87 and Jorge Rodriguez ’02 from Enrollment Management.

Don’t Get Left Behind

The Left Forum returns to Pace this month with a number of high-profile speakers and exciting panelists—including a few of our own faculty, staff, and students. Learn more about the conference and find out how you can attend… for free.

This March 18-20, the Left Forum returns to Pace for its third year in a row.  The renowned conference—which each year brings together the largest gathering of left-leaning intellectuals in the United States—was originally known as the annual Socialist Scholars Conference, but has undergone more than just a change of name in recent years. Since its development in 1981, the event has become one of the largest scholarly Leftist conferences. In 2004, it changed its name to the Left Forum, which “opened up the conference further to writers, poets, political activists, union organizers, students, journalists, [artists], whose work reflected a desire to bring about social, political and economic progress,” says Professor Robert Salerno, PhD, who is in charge of the event. Last year, the conference drew a crowd of more than 3,500 people to Pace’s downtown campus, including noted speakers Rev. Jesse Jackson and Noam Chomsky and more than 200 participants from the University.

This year, the Forum will feature numerous panels, debates and presentations, focused around the theme of working Toward a Politics of Solidarity. “Most people on the left believe that people need to reclaim their political power,” says Salerno, “and how to do that will be some of the strategies discussed at this year’s forum.”

This year’s Forum features more speakers and panels than last year, including a number of Pace students and alumni—who will be forgoing soaking up the sun over spring break (which is taking place at the same time.) Alumna and counseling center staff member Kelly Herbert, who heads up Pace’s LGBTQA Task Force will be presenting, and alumna Ashley Marinaccio ’07, will be speaking of the power of theater to bring about social change. Numerous Pace professors will also be addressing an array of issues—both social and political—and the effects these issues have around the world as will Pace students in a panel on From Silence to Solidarity: Unpacking the Silence and How to Break It.

The event opens with a plenary panel that includes world-renown journalists and advocates: best-selling author and columnist Barbara Ehrenreich; Cornel West, an advocate for social change and racial justice; economics editor of the BBC World News, Paul Mason; and Laura Flanders, a regular contributor to MSNBC.

To register as a volunteer and receive free entry in exchange for a few hours of work, click here, for inquiries on prices for registration, click here.

Learn more about the Left Forum events in last week’s issue of the Pulse.

Saying Goodnight to Sleeping Sickness

Nigel Yarlett, PhD, of the Haskins Laboratories discusses how researchers are working to bring new hope to sufferers of long-ignored diseases.

Nigel Yarlett, PhD, and student researchers

The Haskins Laboratories, which have been at Pace since 1970, have been centered on researching possible cures for diseases that are out of the public spotlight. “We work on things that aren’t stylish—not in vogue. And consequentially, things that aren’t typically funded to a great extent,” says Nigel Yarlett, PhD, director of the Haskins Laboratories at Pace University.

Recently, parasitologists at the Lab have focused their attention on new methods of treatment for Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as sleeping sickness. Researchers are working to develop compounds that will help treat sleeping sickness in the nearly half-a-million infected inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa. “Some drugs were developed in the 1920s to treat the illnesses, but these drugs had an arsenic base,” Yarlett says. “For those being treated with these drugs, death occurred more quickly than it would have if they hadn’t been treated!… These are the first new drugs [developed to treat HAT] in 30 years,” says Yarlett, “We’re very excited.”

The researchers have discovered a new line of compounds that have been effective in curing mice and are now being tested on larger mammals. They will be going into clinical trials with a cohort of 1,000 human patients in Africa later this year. They plan to target villages in Africa, whose inhabitants are cut off from any sort of medical access. “For the people living in these villages, this sort of sickness is just a way of life,” says Yarlett.

Additionally, workers at the Haskins Laboratories are attempting to develop a first line of treatment for a far more global issue—cryptosporidiosis, a waterborne illness that causes chronic diarrhea. Its major impact has been among those with weakened immune systems, including those who are HIV+, receiving cancer treatments, or those that have undergone organ transplantation. “Cryptosporidosis is one of the major causes of death in HIV+ people and currently there is nothing available to treat it,” Yarlett says. However Yarlett hopes that the great minds at Pace will soon be able to help in that front as well.

“In the world of parasitology, the Haskins Lab is recognized worldwide,” says Yarlett. “It’s one of the reasons I came to Pace and I’m proud to be a part of such a great asset to the University.”

The Haskins Laboratories was founded in 1935 at General Electrical and Union College by four young and innovative scientists, one of whom became its namesake, Caryl Haskins, a physicist and geneticist. In 1970 it split into two divisions, the Microbiology Division, under Seymour Hutner (one of the original scientists) affiliated with Pace University, and the Speech Recognition and Cognition Division affiliated with Yale University. It is funded by a number of sources, including  the National Institutes of Health (in collaboration with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas), Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), and Genzyme Corp and works  in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies Scynexis and Anacor.

For more information about the work being done at the Haskins Laboratories, click here.

Editor’s Note: Since publication, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative has recognized the work of Dyson Professors Cyrus Bacchi, PhD, and Nigel Yarlett, PhD, of the Haskins Laboratories, with the Project of the Year 2011 Award for the development of the first new drug to go to clinical trial and the first new treatment for Human African Trypanosomiasis (“sleeping sickness”) in more than 40 years.

Everyday Advice from Pace Experts: The Taxman Cometh

He’ll be knocking on your door on April 18. Are you ready? If you’re not, you may be able to get your taxes done at no cost—on the NYC Campus, during your lunch break, and by a certified Pace student.

As the tax filing deadline looms and our anxiety about the who, what, where, why, and how much of tax returns kicks in, Pace students in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program have three kind words, “let us help.”

Organized by Lubin’s Iota Lambda chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), Pace students have been preparing federal, state, and local tax returns free of charge for low- and moderate-income individuals, families, and senior citizens in the local community for approximately 15 years through the IRS’ VITA Program.

“Most people can’t afford to pay a few hundred dollars to get their taxes done,” says accounting and finance major Diana Cano, who is the current director of the VITA Program and runs the lab.

All student volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS. And once your taxes are done, another person reviews them to make sure they’re right, and then the IRS will give one final review and let you know if anything is wrong.

“We’re pretty much an H&R [Block] minus the cost,” Cano says.

The program is open to anyone whose income does not exceed $50,000, no matter what state you file in. Steven Berry, president of Beta Alpha Psi and former director of the VITA Program, notes he’s even seen someone come from as far as Hawaii. In addition to helping students, faculty, and staff members, VITA often sees many people who are unemployed or retired.

“People come in and tell me how much they need this service. It’s very important and one of the more meaningful community services I’ve engaged in,” says Berry.

VITA volunteers with Diana Cano (center)

At their peak, VITA filed 700 tax returns in just one season. “Last year, we filed 276 tax returns. We gave out a quarter of a million dollars in refunds to the local community,” says Berry.

On average, the filing will take 20-30 minutes, sometimes even 10-15 minutes if it’s a very simple return. And the turnaround is quick. “It’s important to know that we do a lot of e-filing, which is a pretty new update to the taxing system. We can get someone processed and get their return back in about two weeks,” Berry said.

Wondering why you won’t be getting a fat refund check in the mail? In addition to filing your tax returns, the students can also offer some fundamental advice about why you owe what you owe and what you can do in the future.

“We try to get to know a person and let them know they’re not just a number. We really appreciate what we do and hope to continue the program for many years to come,” Berry said.

And this isn’t just a great opportunity for the community. It’s practice-based learning at its finest. “This isn’t just a course. Being able to prepare tax returns is real life,” Cano says.

The VITA Lab is open on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is located in Room W403 at One Pace Plaza. If you have any questions, e-mail paceuvita@gmail.com or call (212) 618-6598. For more information about VITA and what you need to bring with you, visit the VITA website.

Advisement Coordinator by Day, Perfumer and Yoga Teacher By Night

By day, Shannon Haick guides students who are exploring majors and looking for some academic direction. By night, she guides people looking for relaxation and a little aromatherapy, as a yoga instructor and perfumer.

Shannon Haick spends her day advising Pace students who are without a major or are looking to change theirs, as associate director of the exploring majors program within the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE). She also teaches UNV101, a first-year seminar that acts as an introduction to University life, as well as an Exploring Majors and Careers course designed for first and second-year students.

But when she’s not working with students to help them find their callings in life, Haick is indulging in one of her own callings—as a yoga instructor at Element Natural Healing Arts and Elite Fitness Studio in Brooklyn. And now, she’s even brought her yoga training to Pace.

“I’ve been doing yoga since 1998 and became a teacher two years ago,” she said. “On a whim I contacted the coordinator of the wellness courses [at Pace], and he was very open to giving me classes. So now I teach two classes for college credit, one beginner and one advanced level.”

Along her meditative and soulful journey, Haick has found another passion: creating her own medicinal scents and perfumes. “They [yoga and perfuming] go hand-in-hand,” she says. “I’ve been mixing my own medicinal scents for about 10 years. Eucalyptus clears out sinuses; orange helps to get you out of a slump; bergamot, if you’re taking things too seriously. So if I’m having my own ailments, whether it be a cold or if I’m feeling down or have anxiety, I’d mix my own potions for me and my husband and friends.”

Her collection of scents includes several unique items, including a perfume called 9, a perfect blend of earth and candy, which Haick describes as “NYC meets the spirit of Soufriere, St. Lucia,” and an aromatherapy home spray that combines patchouli, lemongrass, and cinnamon to give your mind, body, and soul an overall balancing effect. She even sells her own line of bug spray, which was made through trial and error with rosemary, lemongrass and geranium, and tested on friends at a lake house who were happy to stay bite-free and admitted the smell was fantastic. Her chemical-free scents, 9Brooklyn, are available on Etsy and at yoga studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

We’re not the only ones talking about this extraordinary Pace staff member. Read a February 2011 Pace Press article where students raved about Haick and the work of Academic Resources.

Girls Stand Up!

Pace recently played home to Girls Stand Up!, an orientation event for the international conference of the Working Group on Girls, the NGO Committee on UNICEF, featuring former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet. Hear first-hand from some select Pace students who were invited to attend.

On February 20, more than 275 people gathered to discuss advocacy, issues affecting women’s rights, and gender equality. The event titled Girls Stand Up! was co-sponsored by Pace’s department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Working Group on Girls (WGG), a coalition of nongovernmental organizations concerned with women’s issues.

Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and current Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), opened Sunday’s session with an inspirational keynote speech aimed at empowering women. Following several workshops, Laymah Roberta Gbowee, Executive Director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa and gender equality advocate, closed the day by speaking on a woman’s need to fight for her beliefs.

Pace student Sarah Leclerc wrote on the Dyson College blog about Gbowee’s address to the attendees, “She said that one individual or group cannot solve every single thing that’s wrong with the world; we must find an issue that most resonates with us (i.e. unequal pay between men and women) and fight hard to change such inequality or oppression. Maybe once that particular problem is solved, we can move on to another issue, but we absolutely must ‘fight for what we believe in.’ As Gbowee stated: ‘it’s time to stop being pretty, and start being active.’”

The event invited participants from 45 non-governmental organizations to prepare them for the 55th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which took place February 28 in New York City.

School Snippets

A roundup of stories from school and department e-newsletters. This month: Honors Yoga, True Love with a Price Tag, Robotics Rule!, Lubin Maintains Its Dual Accreditation, Mobile Safety, Lubin and OMA’s New Mentoring Programs, and more…

School Snippets

Scholastica (Pforzheimers Honors College):

eCommunique (Seidenberg):

eLubin:

The OMA Snapshot:

Reaping the Benefits

Open enrollment is just around the corner. Plus, take your children, nieces, nephews, and more to work day.

Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work® Day
On Thursday, April 28, all faculty and staff are encouraged to invite their daughters, sons, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews between the ages of 8 and 15 to work. Several activities are being planned to acquaint children with Pace University and introduce them to the workplace. Questions? Please contact Rosemary Mulry at rmulry@pace.edu or x22645.

The Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Period Is Coming!
The annual benefits Open Enrollment period will take place late April 2011 through early May 2011. This is your opportunity to review your current benefit elections and make changes to your medical, vision, dental and life insurance coverage, as well as enroll in a health care or dependent child care Flexible Spending Account. All changes made during this open enrollment period will become effective on July 1, 2011. 

More information regarding the annual benefits Open Enrollment period will be forthcoming. All communications regarding Open Enrollment will be sent via e-mail and will also be available on the Human Resources web site.

TIAA-CREF is back on campus to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding your new retirement plan. Check below to see what dates representatives from TIAA-CREF will be on your campus this month. To schedule a one-on-one appointment please contact TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353. For a full schedule of dates, contact University Benefits at x22828.

Thursday, March 17 Westchester Campus 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Room 200, Goldstein Academic Center
Friday, March 18 Briarcliff Campus 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Room 201,
Briarcliff Dining Hall Conference Room
Monday, March 21 Lubin Graduate Center  9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Room 531
Tuesday, March 22 New York City
Campus
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Room 1602,
Dyson Conference Room

The I’s Have It

iStrategy, iPad, and the Pace Information Center are just a few of the things that ITS has in store for the Pace Community this month.


    1. iStrategy
    This is a new application that assists departments in retrieving useful and easy-to-read information from our Banner system. For more details, please visit the following site: What is iStrategy? 
    2. Learning to use an iPad
    Initiatives for Faculty and Staff to learn more about their iPads have begun with the partnership of CTLT and Dyson College. These sessions not only serve to help familiarize individuals with their iPads but also various Apps and configuration settings tools that will hopefully enhance the ways we learn and teach.
    3. Blackboard
    Blackboard has recently launched a Blackboard analytics solution for data analytics in education.  This development will offer institutions the ability to make better use of data to assist in making important decisions.
    4. Video Conferencing
    Using state of the art video conferencing technology, Pace was able to connect to members in Darfur through United Nations and Movi Video Conferencing.  Students from Law 602A–Externship Environmental Diplomacy Practice were able to speak with Ambassador Robert Van Lierop, member of the UNAMID Advisory Board on Justice, Accountability, Truth and Reconciliation.
    5. Mobile Beta Webpage
    If you haven’t heard of our recent development of Pace University’s Mobile Beta Webpage, take a second to check it out! You can access this webpage on the web or on your web-enabled mobile device.  Go to http://m.pace.edu and check it out.
    6. Pace Information Center (University 311)
    The Pace Information Center (PIC) has transitioned from routing calls to answering callers’ questions or facilitating requests for service for any area of the University. The Information Center will be a one-stop service center for all members of the Pace Community.

    University 311 – Pace Information Center can be reached by the following methods:

    1. Dial 311 from any on-campus Administrative phone
    2. Off-Campus Numbers:
      1. Pleasantville: (914) 773-3200
      2. New York: (212) 346-1200
      3. White Plains: (914) 422-4000
      4. Briarcliff: (914) 923-2600

Fit to Print

The largest country in South America, Watson’s Jeopardy! debut, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What do these things have in common? Pace faculty, of course.

Dyson Professors Nancy Reagin, PhD, and Martha Driver, PhD, talk about their success using the “Reacting to the Past” teaching method in the Chronicle of Higher Education article, Setting Students’ Minds on Fire.

In a Journal News interview, Dyson professor Farrokh Hormozi, PhD, called for more workforce education as a crucial part of a national job program and stressed the psychological damage of lengthy unemployment.

Eric Kessler, a management professor at the Lubin School of Business, was quoted in a  Newsweek cover story about documenting breakdowns in decision-making due to an overload of digitized information.

Professor Darren R. Hayes, DPS, was quoted in multiple articles about the Jeopardy! game show testing man against machine (IBM’S Watson supercomputer). The major stories emphasize Hayes’s knowledge of homeland security and how Watson could be used in that area.

Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing and author of The Secret to Getting a Job After College was quoted in a Yahoo! Shine article about courses every college student should take.

Adjunct professors of art Jessica Dickinson and Stephanie Jeanjean participated in the College Art Association Annual Conference, in the panels “Studio Art Open Session: Abstract Painting at 100” and “Women and Work,” respectively.

The East Greenwich Patch writes a detailed profile of Andrew Revkin, a former East Greenwich resident and current  Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies Department Nancy Reagin, PhD, co-edited a special historical issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, an MLA-indexed journal devoted to scholarship about popular culture, fans, audiences, and new media.  Within the issue, Reagin co-authored a review essay entitled “‘I’m Buffy, and You’re History’: Putting Fan Studies Into History.”

Adjunct professor of performing arts JoAnn Yeoman Tongret’s essay, “Telling Tales” has been published in Emeritus Voices, the journal of the Emeritus College at Arizona State University.

Professor of music Lee Evans, EdD, has been featured in the January/February 2011 issue of JAZZed Magazine, the Jazz Education Network’s official magazine for jazz educators. His article, “The Age of Ambiguity: An Apt Appellation,” examines the evolution of tonality to atonality in music history.

Pace Law professor Randolph McLaughlin, JD, talks to The Journal News about an appeal filed in Port Chester’s voting rights case.

Pace professors Paul Kurnit and Steven Goldberg, JD, discussed whether the world’s largest automaker can restore its battered reputation for safety and quality with David Schepp of AOL’s Daily Finance.

Claudia Green,PhD, the Director of Hospitality and Tourism Management has led more than 250 Pace students and faculty on 10 field studies to Brazil since 2000. She spearheaded the Pace “Brazil Day 2011″ event as a prelude to her 11th study abroad trip to the largest country in South America.

Pace Law professor Darren Rosenblum, JD, comments in the Washington Post about the practical effects of the Obama Administration’s dropping its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.

In an aging society, professor Jean Coppola’s, PhD, work training students to help older people learn computing struck with various news media and she has most recently been interviewed in The Wall Street Journal.

College of Health Professions Makes Its Debut

It’s official: Pace now has two colleges and four schools. The new college is the College of Health Professions, which comprises the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program, formerly in Dyson.

The establishment of a College of Health Professions reflects the breadth of health science majors at Pace, and underscores the University’s commitment to strengthen the student experience by developing learning communities of students with similar academic and professional aspirations. It also allows for greater multidisciplinary interaction, a trend both here at Pace and in the health sciences professions.

“Congratulations, kudos, brava, and bravo to the Lienhard and PA faculty and staff for your willingness to collaborate as a team, be open to change and to persist,” said Interim Provost Harriet Feldman, PhD, RN, in a recent announcement. “Now it is time to identify new program areas and the talent to create the programs to grow the College.”

Both the Lienhard School of Nursing and PA program are riding high this month:  Lienhard’s 4th Quarter 2010 pass rate for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses 94.45%; besting the national rate of 81.74% and NY State pass rate of 77.05%  For CY2010, the NYS State pass rate was 84.45% and the national pass rate was 87.42%; Lienhard’s pass rate was 89.17%. The Physician Assistant program is  knee deep in bringing in its new class, with more than 1,300 applicants for only 50 slots. The Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is one of most competitive of all programs at Pace.

The Man Who Walks the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Walk

Pace professor Bob Benjes doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk and then maps the map.

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest has become a literary (and now, film) phenomenon. Since its debut, people have travelled from all over the world to Sweden to spend time walking in fictional journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer-hacker Lisbeth Salander’s footsteps.

One such man would be Seidenberg adjunct professor Bob Benjes, who has taken the extra step to make your walk a lot easier. If you want a first-hand look into the detective fiction novels without paying for the airfare, hotel, and stay, Benjes has created a virtual walk, using pictures and video of some of the character’s popular hangouts.

Benjes, whose wife is Swedish and works for Visit Sweden, was visiting the country and planning on taking the Millennium Tour, when his wife suggested they document it.

“I said, ‘give me a dollar, and I’ll do it,’” Benjes said.  And so his hobby turned into a paid gig. How to put it all together was the easy part.

A 25-year veteran of Pace, Benjes taught Information Technology for Strategic Community Planning in fall 2010, a course on integrated mapping where students eventually generated their own Google Maps, including celebrity chef restaurants and artist galleries in NYC, a volunteer project with the New York Public Library on georectification, and even a map tracking pollution in the United States

“Pick your fifty favorite restaurants in NYC. You send me a list and addresses. I can return you a Google Map in about 20 minutes,” Benjes said. “The ability to do that was completely unheard of five years ago; 10 years ago people would walk out of the room if you mentioned such things.”

Benjes calls his Millennium Walk an “evolving project” and will continue to make updates to it. In addition to the Millennium Tour, Benjes is also working on a Google Map featuring photographer Berenice Abbott’s Changing New York project, where he maps some of her popular photographs, and then captures the same photo more than half a century later.

“If she took a picture of 103 Bowery on May 30, 1937, I put that picture on a map. Then, on May 30, 2011, I’ll go to 103 Bowery and try to take the same picture and put the two together,” he says.

Benjes hopes to continue teaching integrated mapping courses at Pace—“The more I do with the mapping, the more I want to share with students.”

Click here to view Benjes’ Millenium Walk in Google Maps.

President’s Corner

Dear Colleagues,

It is always a pleasure to start the new academic year—and to gear up for another year of challenge, innovation, and dedication to preparing our students for professional success.

Dear Colleagues,

It is always a pleasure to start the new academic year—and to gear up for another year of challenge, innovation, and dedication to preparing our students for professional success.  This fall it is even more exciting with the recent confirmation that our hard work is paying off, not only in the eyes of our students and peers, but also in the national media.

This summer and fall, Pace was recognized by a number of media organizations for those attributes we strive to provide our students on a daily basis—academic excellence, professional preparation, and quality of life.

Pace was recognized by Forbes.com as one of the top 20 colleges in the nation “that will make you rich,” ranking among institutions such as Dartmouth College, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley. The Princeton Review listed Pace as one of Best Northeastern Colleges for 2011, and Lubin’s undergraduate business program was ranked among the best business programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its 2011 “Best Colleges” survey. Most recently, The Daily Beast listed Pace as one of the 50 safest campuses in the country and one of only five in New York City in that category, a story that was covered by New York Daily News, NY1, and WNBC.

Pace has excelled above many other schools in these areas because our faculty, staff, and the Pace community at large do a remarkable job of supporting our students and setting high expectations. I know we will continue and reinforce that tradition this year with the continuing flow of new faculty and staff and new leadership in Lienhard, Lubin, the School of Education, and the Provost’s Office.

I hope you will try and attend one of the upcoming President and Provost Welcome Receptions planned for Tuesday, September 28, in New York City and Tuesday, October 5 in Pleasantville, and take the opportunity to connect with our great community. It is the students we see in the classrooms, the peers we pass in the hallways, and the alumni who return to Pace and give back in so many ways who are our most important assets.

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

Get to the “Inside Track”

President Stephen J. Friedman will sit down with the former Commandant of the Marine Corps to talk about the changing face of warfare. And you’re invited to attend.

October 12 marks the debut of “InsideTrack with Stephen J. Friedman,” a series of discussions on current events and public policy issues. The inaugural event features special guest Ret. General Charles Krulak, Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaking from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Schimmel Center on the NYC Campus.

Please join us at what’s sure to be an enlightening and informative conversation and Q&A with one of our country’s highly-decorated veterans, who will give us an look at the concerns the United States military is facing in Afghanistan and around the world.

Faculty and staff interested in attending should RSVP to Jennifer Crespo at jcrespo@pace.edu, and alumni should contact Sheila Murray at smurray@pace.edu or (914) 773-3103. A reception for alumni will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

General Krulak served 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and his last position was as Commandant of the Marine Corps and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He commanded a platoon and two rifle companies during two tours of duty in Vietnam and held a variety of command and staff positions, including Deputy Director of the White House Military Office, Commanding General of the 6th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during Desert Storm, Commanding General of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Commanding General of the Marine Forces Pacific.

During his military service, General Krulak was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and two gold stars, the Purple Heart with gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the French Legion d’Honneur Commandeur rank, and many other decorations and medals.

Webmaster By Day, Martial Artist By Night

Rachel Klingberg may be rolling with the punches at work; but by night, she’s learning how to deflect them. Meet Rachel Klingberg, webmaster and martialist.

You may know Rachel Klingberg as the Lubin School of Business Webmaster. By day, she’s behind the screen taking care of all of your programming and coding needs. By night, she’s taking no prisoners.

It all started in 2003 when Klingberg found an article highlighting martial arts that were good for women. The rest is herstory.

Now, three times a week for the last seven years, Klingberg has been heading to Chelsea Studios, where she practices a Russian Martial Art, “Systema.” A military fighting art based on the training of the elite Russian Special Forces, Systema dates back to the 10th century. 

“The style combines an individual’s strong spirit with extremely clever and versatile tactics, relying on fluidity and agility rather than brute strength,” says Klingberg. “For me, the self-defense aspect is really the best thing about it. I think every woman should have self-defense (training).”

Throughout her training Klingberg has been put into some pretty intimidating situations: sparring against men who are both bigger and stronger; knife disarms; blindfold training; and even two-on-one’s, all with no mats or protective gear to mimic real life. “They want everyone to get really tired before sparring, because the more tired you are the more relaxed you are,” said Klingberg, who adds that “they want you to experience having to defend yourself when you’re exhausted, because chances are you could be assaulted late at night when you’re tired.” 

But don’t ask her about belts or trophies or tournaments. Systema is for self-defense and combat and is not a sport, so competition is discouraged. But that doesn’t mean Klingberg hasn’t walked away a winner—Klingberg says her confidence has gotten a major boost.  “It’s good to be the most dangerous person in the room.”

Because of its non-lethal means of controlling unruly people, Systema was demonstrated at the United Nations as part of a nonviolent peacekeeping panel in 2007, which Klingberg attended and reported on. Systema will also be the featured fighting style of the upcoming Richard Gere thriller The Double, with fight scenes choreographed by Klingberg’s senior Systema instructor Martin Wheeler.

And while you may think you now know Klingberg’s hidden talents, think again: She’s got another up her hand-woven sleeve. 

When she’s not busy putting her skills to the test at Pace and at Systema class, she’s creating historical costumes with an edge for her Steampunk group. A sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction, Steampunk offers a unique approach to technology: re-imagining modern capabilities with 19th century machines. 

With an online community and Facebook page, Klingberg and other Victorian sci-fi aficionados organize events throughout the year where they meet up dressed in 19th century costumes, most of which they design and sew themselves. Check out the Steampunk blog and community here.

Are you a Pace faculty or staff member with a fun hobby, interest, part-time job, or passion? Know someone that fits the bill? Find out how you can become our next featured superstar!

 

Fit to Print

Pace’s musical theater program gets a “standing O” from the New York Times. A computer science professor shares the benefits of computer use for older users with Investor’s Business Daily. A marketing professor shares what really IS in a name with the Wall Street Journal. Pace faculty and staff have been busy making headlines!

  • The New York Post knows where to go for advice and insight: Clinical Professor of Management Bruce Bachenheimer discusses a common blunder that can doom your start-up business. Flight delayed? There’s an app for that and Bachenheimer shares it in an article about the best smartphone apps.
     
  • Will your iPod damage your hearing over time? Associate Professor of Communication Sciences Disorders Abbey L. Berg, PhD, discusses her study on whether cause-and-effect is shown with BusinessWeek, MSN Health and Fitness, and 20 other health publications. Read more about the study here.
     
  • What’s in a name? Marketing professor Larry Chiagouris tells the Wall Street Journal (and entrepreneurs) why it’s important to not rush into choosing a name for their new businesses and how digging deep can pay off in the end.
     
  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Jean Coppola discusses her “Intergenerational Computing” class and the benefits of computer use for older users with Investor’s Business Daily.  

  • Lienhard School of Nursing associate professor and chairperson Martha J. Greenberg, RN, PhD and professor and chairperson of the Lienhard graduate department Rona F. Levin, RN, PhD talk to Nurse.com about the changes in nursing education and in the nursing industry within the last decade.
     
  • People’s Daily Online interviewed Nira Herrmann, Dean of Dyson College, about how Pace’s Confucius Institute is bridging east and west as well as community and scholarship in “A Home to Support Cultural Expression.”
     
  • Chair of the acting department Elizabeth Kemp tells Forbes.com that happiness at work isn’t about fame or fortune, it’s about creativity.
     
  • Law School Professor Van Z. Krikorian was quoted in a Boston Globe article on the briefing he filed defending Massachusett’s move on the ruling equating those who dispute the genocide designation to Holocaust deniers.
     
  • On August 29, Associate Professor of Political Science Christopher Malone, PhD, hosted a fundraiser to benefit New Orleans, which was covered in the Arts section of the New York Times. Malone was also quoted in an online Wall Street Journal article “In Campaigns, Entrepreneurs Get Busy.”
     
  • Pace’s Musical Theater program and Amy Rogers received standing ovation mentions by a casting director in The New York Times.
     
  • Counseling Center director and adjunct professor of psychology Richard Shadick, PhD, is a triple threat this month! First, he lent his advice to Lifescript regarding what to say and what not to say to a friend or family member who is depressed.  Shadick also reflected on people’s anxiety over the plan for a mosque near Ground Zero and the need for a 9/11 memorial where people can honor those they lost in a Reuters article. Finally, Shadick talked about the impact of the recession on the mental health of students in La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the country.
     
  • The inflation vs. deflation debate has been heating up and SFO Magazine turned to distinguished professor of economics Michael Szenberg, PhD, for some answers.
     
  • Professor of international business and marketing Robert Vambery discusses China’s economic futures, the turning point in US-Chinese business relations, and why the Chinese government should be concerned about climate change in the International Business Times (Hong Kong).
     
  • Law School professor Emily Gold Waldman discusses the constitutionality of the proposed cyberbullying legislation in Westchester County with the Journal News.