Roll Out the Red Carpet

Pace hosts its first-ever student run film festival and gala reception as part of Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary celebration.

On Saturday, December 7, head to Pleasantville for a day of fun, film, and food as grad students from Dyson College’s Media, Communication, and Visual Arts program curate this first-ever, one-day film festival in celebration of Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, features the best-loved films from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. In addition to the screenings, there will be break-out panel discussions featuring Pace’s expert faculty who will weigh in on the significance of the decade’s cinema.

After the screenings, put on your best vintage-inspired duds (black tie not required) and stroll down Pace’s red carpet to the gala reception. Guests will have the opportunity to pose with their favorite actors and actresses (okay, fine, they’re cardboard cut outs, but it will be fun—we promise!). Don’t forget to share your best pics on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PLV50.

Film Schedule:





Willie Wonka


10:30 a.m-2:10 p.m. Butcher Suite
Mary Poppins  


1:00 p.m-3:20 p.m. Butcher Suite
Social Network                       


4:10 p.m.-6:40 p.m. Butcher Suite
Saturday Night Fever  


11:00 a.m.-1:05 p.m. Lienhard
Jurassic Park               


2:00 p.m.-4:07 p.m. Lienhard
Life of Pi                      


4:30 p.m.-6:06 p.m. Lienhard
Lilies of the Field         


11:30 a.m.-1:04 p.m. Miller
Wall Street                  


2:00 p.m.-4:06 p.m. Miller
When Harry Met Sally  


4:30 p.m.-6:06 p.m. Miller

Film screenings run from 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. followed by the gala reception from 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP to For an updated schedule of panel discussions and film screenings, visit


The Age of Sustainable Development

This month, Jeffrey D. Sachs joins the long list of Henry George Distinguished Speakers to grace the Schimmel stage.

On Thursday, November 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Jeffrey D. Sachs will come to Pace as part of the 13th Annual Henry George Symposium to address The Age of Sustainable Development from an economist’s perspective.

American economist Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is also the Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance in addition to being director of the Millennium Villages Project. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the last seven years.

Past Henry George symposia have drawn such distinguished–and controversial–economists as Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia University; William J. Baumol, noted Professor of Economics at New York University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University; Robert Engle, Nobel Laureate in Economics and professor in the Management of Financial Services at NYU; and most recent Nobel Laureate of Economics Yale professor Robert Shiller.

For more information, please contact Lubin Professor Eric Kessler at

Sustain What?

Eager to go green? The Environmental Consortium’s 10th Annual Conference is coming to Pace PLV on November 8 and 9.

On November 8 and 9, in celebration of the Environmental Consortium’s 10th year anniversary, we are returning to the theme of campus greening and the role of higher education. Much has changed in the sustainability landscape since our 2006 campus greening conference, so this year’s program will highlight current trends, best practices, and curriculum design.

Join teams from around the region in keynote, plenary, breakout, and poster sessions. Share new ideas, gain renewed inspiration, and bring back plans to your institution. This year’s conference will feature keynote addresses by:

David Hales, Second Nature

David Hales will deliver the conference opening keynote on Friday, November 8.

  • In August, 2012, David Hales was selected President and CEO of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education
  • Under his leadership as the fifth president of College of the Atlantic, it became the first institution of higher education in the United States to be a “NetZero” emitter of greenhouse gases
  • Directed environmental policy and sustainability programs of the United States Agency for International Development throughout the Clinton administration
  • Served in the Carter administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of the Interior
  • Was Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Represented the United States in numerous intergovernmental negotiations, including the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biodiversity, as well as in meetings of the United Nations General Assembly and Commission on Sustainable Development
  • Served on the steering committee of the American College and University President Climate Commitment and chaired the Higher Education Committee for the American Council on Renewable Energy

James Gustave “Gus” Speth, Vermont Law School

Professor Gus Speth will be presented with the Environmental Consortium’s “The Great Work Award” in honor of Thomas Berry and deliver a keynote on Saturday, November 9.

  • A Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos, he completed his decade-long tenure in 2009 as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • From 1993 to 1999, he was administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the U.N. Development Group
  • Co-Founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Founder of the World Resources Institute
  • Chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration
  • Provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment
  • Author, co-author or editor of six books, including the award-winning The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment

To see a full conference agenda or to register to attend, click here.

Examining the Spectrum

The first in a series of Pace-wide research lectures addresses the field of autism research and interdisciplinary program development.

Pace University is an institution of esteemed learning, research, and scholarship, and on November 20 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:05 p.m., faculty and staff are invited to the first Pace-wide research lecture and Q&A.

Not only will this Provost-sponsored lecture series give the Pace Community an opportunity to get to know and learn from our colleagues, but it also gives us the opportunity to generate ideas for joint research. The first lecture in the series was chosen on the basis that it covers nearly all disciplines at Pace. It is a subject of great interest to many people who have encountered this disorder in their families and the research of the presenter, Dianne Zager, PhD, is internationally renowned.

The first lecture, Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Fertile Field for Research and Program Development Across Disciplines, will be presented by Dyson Professor Dianne Zager, PhD, the Michael C. Koffler Professor of Autism at Pace University.

The presentation will be broadcasted Pace-wide from Videoconference Room 319 in NYC (with lots of seating), to Videoconference Room Miller 16 in PLV, and to Videoconference Room 511 in the Graduate School in White Plains.

A Pace Dream Team

A BBA/MBA in public accounting student meets a public speaking professor and what it all adds up to is a race for the cure.

Most people dread the required public speaking college course. But for Lubin BBA/MBA in public accounting student Elissa Casa ’14, the class she took her freshman year on the Westchester Campus was the introduction to her mentor, Dyson Professor Ellen Mandel, PhD, and the empowering world of community service.

Mandel, who helped start a breast cancer awareness day in Rockland County and worked with the Rockland County legislative breast cancer task force to bring mobile mammogram services to the Hasidic community, has been involved with Komen for more than 20 years, and was on the board of directors for the NYC chapter of Komen. In 1992, she brought Komen and Pace together for the annual Race for the Cure and has been inspiring the next generation of Ellen Mandels around campus.

Using her public speaking class as one of her many marketing tactics, Mandel has been able to recruit starting right in her classroom.

“Because one in eight women will unfortunately get breast cancer, there is hardly a person who I ask in my class who doesn’t know someone who’s suffered from this, either lost a battle or has been lucky enough to survive,” Mandel says. “Elissa said she’d like to help so I made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.”

For Casa, it wasn’t a personal experience with breast cancer that inspired her to join, but it was the sense of community, teamwork, and mentoring that has kept her involved for the last four years. What started out as creating fliers and sending out recruitment e-mails has expanded into coordinating all of the day-of-event details, getting the 100+ team members together, and acting as co-captain with Mandel.

“It’s people like Elissa, who are the extraordinary,” says Mandel. “She’s an unsung hero.”

And the gushing goes both ways.

“Dr. Mandel is such an incredible person, professor, mentor, and friend,” says Casa. “She’s one of a kind.”

Something she wasn’t necessarily expecting to gain from the race and work with Mandel, Casa says, was a level of confidence, work ethic, and networking skills, which helped her land her dream internship with KPMG. And she even tapped into her experience with Komen, coordinating fundraisers for local libraries with fellow interns. “Employers want to see you engaging,” she adds.

Casa was offered a full-time position with KPMG beginning in October 2014.

“Pace in general has really fostered a lot of work ethic and career opportunities for me that I don’t know if I would have had at other schools. I’m finally starting to see my high school dreams come true. I owe a lot to Dr. Mandel,” she says.

“She’s no longer my student, but she’ll always be my friend. I expect great things from her,” Mandel says.

A group shot from Race for the Cure 2013

This September, their race success continued, as Pace brought together both campuses, including Greek organizations, sports teams, and executive administration, and won the award for largest university team, an honor they’ve achieved every year but one.

“If you’re looking for something that is a true joint effort, this is it. It shows that Pace is not only an academic institution, but it has a big heart collectively and gives back to the community,” says Mandel, who was also awarded NYC Race for the Cure’s Volunteer of the Year.

“For me, it’s a motivator to continue, continue, continue. I’ve had students come up to me and thank me because their mothers or grandmothers are survivors and this gave them feelings of empowerment other than just sitting there and holding their hands. That’s a gift,” she says. “The award is wonderful because everyone loves recognition, but what it means is that we’re moving and doing and hopefully, within the not-too-distant future, we can talk about not having a race at all and finding a cure.”

For Casa, it was emotional to see her mentor recognized. “To see her get up there and hear people say such wonderful things about her, I was so proud for her and it made me feel really happy that I’m able to help her like I can,” she says. “It felt as if something really great happened to someone in my family.”

Casa, who will graduate in 2014, is looking to help find her protégé, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be abandoning the Pace team.

“As a Pace alumna, I will stay loyal to the Pace team,” she says. And as for Dr. Mandel, “I’m stuck with her for life,” she laughs.

Interested in getting involved with next year’s Race for the Cure? E-mail Elissa Casa or Ellen Mandel

Homecoming 2013

Homecoming and Family Weekend get underway this month with events planned for all members of the Pace Community.

Homecoming and Family Weekend come to campus this October as NYC and PLV gear-up for some serious fun. These celebrations aren’t reserved for only students and families–staff and faculty are invited, too. In NYC, Family Week starts on Wednesday, October 16 and continues until Sunday, October 20. Events include a welcome reception, cooking with a dean, several Broadway shows, an alumni pub crawl, and more. On the PLV Campus, Homecoming kicks off Thursday, October 24 and includes the 50 Years, 50 Faces Reception and Dinner, a student unity parade, football game, and much more. Check out the list of events below for just a small taste of all Pace has to offer for Homecoming 2013.

NYC Campus

Thursday, October 17

8:00 p.m., Homecoming Concert

Friday, October 18

5:00 p.m., Homecoming Welcome Reception
Join Dyson Dean Nira Herrmann as she kicks off Homecoming Weekend at a complimentary cocktail reception and showcase of Pace’s musical theater students as they perform a private concert just for you in the new Performing Arts building at 140 William Street!

Saturday, October 19

11:00 a.m., Pace Family Brunch ($10)
Students, parents, alumni, and administration are invited to a light brunch where President Stephen J. Friedman will give an update on the amazing things happening at Pace.

1:00 p.m., Seminar Shorts

A variety of fun and informative programs hosted by Pace’s esteemed faculty, students, and administrators.

  • Cooking with Dean Marijo: Spend some time with Dean Marijo Russell-O’Grady and her special guest as she prepares some of her favorite recipes and tricks of her trade in the kitchen.
  • Dancing with the Pace Stars: Learn from the best NYC dance faculty and students in the brand new Performing Arts building at 140 William Street.
  • Pace Encore Transition Program with Marci Alboher
  • Leveraging Social Media in your Professional Life with Professor Jonathan Hill
  • New Tax Law: Planning for Year End 2013 with Pace’s financial experts
  • Viva La Tortuga: A student documentary screening with Keith Reynolds

3:00 p.m., Keeping Pace Pub Crawl!
Relive your college days as a Pace student as we visit some of the downtown locations you frequented as a student—when you weren’t studying, of course! (must be 21 years of age and have a valid state-issued ID to attend this event)

7:00 p.m., Leaders and Legends Dinner Celebration ($20)
Enjoy dinner and dancing as we recognize our alumni who made significant contributions as students and continue to as alumni.

7:30 p.m., Pace Presents: Recuerdo Tango ($55, $40, $30)
A tango tale in three parts, Recuerdo reflects on the present, past and everyday life through a series of vignettes and features nine outstanding dancers, a quartet and vocalist under the direction of renowned dancer and choreographer Mariela Franganillo and Bob McAndrew.

8:00 p.m., Broadway Shows

  • Lion King ($99)
  • Newsies ($93)
  • Matilda ($47)

Sunday, October 20

10:00 a.m., Farewell Breakfast


Westchester Campus

Friday, October 25, 2013

6:00 p.m., Student Unity Parade
Gather your friends and family to come watch and enjoy the parade as we kick-off Homecoming weekend with our royal court, football team, campus organizations, and pep band, and campus organizations show off their decorating skills and parade their way to the football field.

7:00 p.m., Homecoming Kick-Off
Join us in Parking Lot F at the conclusion of the Student Unity Parade for a Pep Rally, bon fire, food trucks, and live music by Scarletta.

9:00 p.m., Great Pumpkin Blaze In Sleepy Hollow ($10)
See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display–all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

11:00 a.m., Homecoming Extravaganza
Join us on the Football Field and check out the variety of fun activities—Participate in our chili cook-off, play games, and win prizes, or just sit back and enjoy some food and conversation with friends. No matter what you choose, you’ll want to be here!

6:00 p.m., 50 Years, 50 Faces Reception And Dinner ($50)
Join President Stephen J. Friedman, host David Pecker ’72, and the Gold Ribbon Committee for a special reception and dinner in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus! Go to to register online. For more information and an e-vite to share with alumni you know, contact Michele Camardella or Dawn Rigney in the Alumni Relations Office.

Don’t forget, as a faculty or staff member, you’re eligible to be a Guest Judge (Step and Stroll, Banner, and Fabulosity) or register to ride on a float for the Unity Parade.

For a full schedule of events on both campuses, please visit

Meat and Mingle

This is your chance to schmooze with the President and Provost and other members of the Pace Community over sliders, cake pops, and hors d’oeuvres at welcome receptions on both campuses.

Slide into a new school year at the President and Provost Welcome Receptions being held on the:


Monday, October 7
12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Aniello Bianco Room, One Pace Plaza

50 years, 50,000 hors d’oeuvres*—Join your classmates and colleagues in celebrating Pace Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary.


Tuesday, October 15
3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m.
Gottesman Room
Kessel Student Center

*Well, not really, but there will be a lot of them.

RSVP by October 1 to and specify which event you will be attending. 

The Celebration Continues

So what if our birthday was last month? We’re still celebrating. Join Pace’s PLV community for another month of some very special events to celebrate the big 5-0!

William F. McAloon, who helped oversee the expansion of the Pleasantville Campus in the early years, addressed graduates at the Pace Commencement in 1972 and spoke of Pace in Westchester County as a “…place of warm human influences that merge into an experience never to be forgotten by our graduates.” These are the words that inspired the theme of 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus: “50 Years, 50,000 Stories.” Pace’s Pleasantville Campus is made up of its people and their stories. Everyone who has studied, worked, or played in Pleasantville has a story to tell about how Pace has affected their lives.

We want to hear your stories about your time at the PLV Campus, whether as a student, a faculty or staff member, or both! You can share your stories and photos on 50th anniversary website, or you can use #PLV50 on Twitter, Instagram, or Vine. Your stories are part of what makes Pace great!

Upcoming 50th Events:

All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, but you’ll be anything but when you pull up to Drive-In Movie Night on the PLV Campus. In celebration of the PLV Campus’ 50th anniversary, SDCA will host a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on Friday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Parking Lot F.  $3 gets you in. Treat yourself to some classic cinema snacks and sit back to enjoy the show!

On Thursday, October 17, Pace University and the Westchester County Association are hosting an exciting panel discussion to explore the latest innovations in telehealth. Panelists and moderators include Dr. Simeon Schwartz, CEO of WESTMED, Pace alumnus Chris Gaur, co-founder, Vital Care Services, Seidenberg Professors Jean Coppola, PhD, and David Sachs, EdD, and Dyson Professor and past president of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association Neil Abitabilo. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP to

Join event chair, David Pecker ’72, and our faculty and staff hosts as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville location with the 50 Years, 50 Faces Reception and Dinner on October 26. This special evening includes a reception and dinner, catered by Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations, with tables hosted by members of the Pace Community. To register online today, visit For more information and an e-vite to share with alumni you know, contact Michele Camardella or Dawn Rigney in the Alumni Relations Office.

For more information about these and other events planned for the PLV 50th anniversary, visit


Talking About Eating Animals

Pace Academy teams up with Farm Forward to bring you a virtual visit from award-winning author Jonathan Safran Foer and to discuss the issues surrounding today’s food industry.

“Do you eat chicken because you are familiar with the scientific literature on them and have decided that their suffering doesn’t matter, or do you do it because it tastes good?” asks Jonathan Safran Foer, acclaimed author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, in his first nonfiction book Eating Animals.

On Thursday, October 10, Foer takes the first steps towards answering this and other questions at a virtual classroom visit that discusses Eating Animals, today’s food industry, animal welfare, environmental degradation, and more. This event, which is presented by Farm Forward’s educational outreach program, will allow students, faculty, and staff to interact with Foer during a Q&A session following Foer’s opening lecture.

This event is part of Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies’ 2013-2014 awareness campaign on how food serves as the connection between people and the environment. Through engaging events at each campus, the FoodYou Campaign draws attention to the impacts of our food choices, delving into controversial topics such as the future of genetic engineering and the climate footprint of meat production. To learn more about the FoodYou Campaign, visit

Last year, Farm Forward held its first series of “Virtual Classroom Visits,” where Foer met with more than 2,100 high school and college students. In all, 70 college and high school classes across 20 states and 3 countries participated. The response from teachers and students was overwhelmingly positive.

The event will be shown at 12:45 p.m.–1:30 p.m. in PLV’s Miller Lecture Hall and 2:15 p.m–3:00 p.m. in NYC’s Lecture Hall West.  For more information about Jonathan Safran Foer’s virtual classroom visit, contact Caroline Craig at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

The Return of EIR

On Thursday, October 31, Fred R. Donner, BBA ’84, Senior Vice President, CFO and COO for the Business Insurance segment of Travelers Companies, Inc., will visit the Westchester Campus as part of Lubin’s Executive in Residence (EIR) program.

On Thursday, October 31, Fred R. Donner, BBA ’84, Senior Vice President, CFO, and COO for the Business Insurance segment of Travelers Companies, Inc., will visit the Westchester Campus as part of Lubin’s Executive in Residence (EIR) program.

For the last 25 years, Lubin’s EIR program has made it possible for chairs, C-suite executives, presidents, and other top professionals to come to Pace to interact with Lubin students and faculty.

He joined Travelers in November 2009 as Chief Financial Officer for Personal Insurance, and joined the Business Insurance Segment as Chief Financial Officer in May 2010. In June 2013, he assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Operating Officer for the Business Insurance Segment.

This fall’s EIR began his career in the New York City office of KPMG. During his 23 years at the firm, Donner rose through the ranks to become the National Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Insurance Practice, overseeing the delivery of audit, advisory, and tax services to all facets of the insurance industry. In this capacity, he worked with several of the firm’s largest clients from the insurance industry, including Travelers.

A Certified Public Accountant, Donner holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York City. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Lubin School of Business of Pace University.

For more information about this fall’s Executive in Residence and to RSVP to attend, click here.


A Golden Jubilee

This year we celebrate the Pleasantville Campus’ 50th anniversary with a nod to the past and a groundbreaking preview of the next 50 years.

On September 16, 1963, the first class of enrolled students made their way to Pace’s brand new Pleasantville Campus. These students—who numbered just over 400—were undaunted by the active construction that was still taking place on the grounds. Today, the total number of full-time students enrolled at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus is just over 2,300. The past 50 years has shown an incredible pattern of growth and advancement that  will propel Pace forward for the next 50 years.

This September 16, the PLV Campus launches a year-long celebration with a day of food, fun, and heritage. Stay tuned this fall for the groundbreaking on the Pleasantville Campus where members of the Pace Community will help usher in the new look for Pace as part of the University’s Master Plan. Some of the changes students, faculty, and staff on the PLV Campus can expect to see over the next few years include the addition of two residence halls, an upgrade to the student center, enriched athletics facilities, and much more.

Join event chair, David Pecker ’72, and our faculty and staff hosts as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus with the 50 Years, 50 Faces Reception and Dinner on October 26. This celebratory event,will feature tables hosted by esteemed Pace professors and staff who have made a lasting impact on the Pace Community. To register today, click here.

For more information about these and other events planned for the PLV 50th anniversary, visit

Get the Dirt

As the Pleasantville Campus celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the University is undergoing phase one of a renovation, which will transform and reposition the campus for the next 50 years, or more.

This fall, we’re breaking ground on the official Pleasantville Campus master plan—unveiled in June 2011—which seeks to improve the overall atmosphere of the 200-acre campus by creating more outdoor spaces, adding architecturally attractive new and upgraded buildings, boosting circulation and connections between buildings, and reducing the campus’ vehicle-centric nature.

“Today, the Pleasantville Campus does not have landscaped quads, a good system of pedestrian pathways, or enough outdoor open space. That will all change,” says Bill McGrath, Pace’s senior vice president and chief administrative officer. “We will transform the Pleasantville location into a state-of-the-art 21st Century residential campus that reflects the core values of our institution.”

Converting to a single campus in Pleasantville has been the main impetus for the multi-phase master plan. Pace’s nearby 35-acre Briarcliff Campus currently houses 590 students in residence halls, as well as some athletic facilities and faculty offices—capacity that will all be moved to the Pleasantville Campus.

What does this mean for you?

The first new residence hall will be located on the site that is currently Parking Lot K, the lot next to Goldstein Athletic Center. As we move to a greener campus, with more pedestrian pathways and open spaces, we hope to decrease our dependence on cars and encourage more walking throughout campus. For some of us, that may mean that our typical parking location has changed. Please refer to the chart below and the map on the facing page.

If you are visiting these buildings:  Here’s where we recommend you park:
Goldstein Athletic Center Lot F (behind Lienhard Hall)
Administration Center (OSA, Admissions, etc) Lot P (no change)
The townhouses Lot R (no change)
Martin Hall Lot R (Behind townhouses), Lot O (North Hall), or behind Martin Hall
Choate Lot ? (no change)
Paton Hall Lot P (no change)
Kessel Student Center Lots F and M

Please note, in the first phase of construction, the west side of campus will be relatively unaffected so parking recommendations will not change.

The Importance of Parking Stickers

All cars parked on campus must have an official Pace parking sticker—all others will be ticketed or towed.  To get your sticker, bring your Pace ID, license, and registration to the security booth in Goldstein Academic center.

New Directions

Keep your eyes out for new pedestrian pathways and vehicular routes. To aid students, Shirley Beth’s Way, which runs along Choate Pond, will be open to vehicular traffic from 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. once a new pathway is paved. Other traffic changes will be indicated throughout campus.

For up-to-date construction schedule and announcements, visit our website at

Race for the Cure

Lace up your shoes or have a snooze and join your fellow faculty and staff members as they team up to fight against breast cancer.

Last year, Pace University fielded the largest team from a college or university with more than 110 participants. Help us match last year’s showing!

On Sunday, September 8, Please join your fellow faculty, staff, and students of the Pace Community in the fight against breast cancer.

The Komen Foundation is the largest contributor to breast cancer research and 25 percent of the money raised from the race contributes to these research efforts. Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a goody-bag. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Unable to walk? No worries. Be a sleeper! For $55, register for the Race and then spend your Sunday morning in bed. Transportation will be provided from the Westchester Campus to Central Park. Proceeds will benefit the Greater New York City Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation which supports local hospitals and national foundations for research.

Please register online no later than August 31 at Use team name “Pace University.”

For more information contact Ellen Mandel at or at (845) 634-1781 or Elissa Casa at or at (845) 337-1778.

New Season at the Schimmel

The Schimmel comes alive with the new season of Pace Presents, featuring space-age pop, a gypsy festival, highbrow art talk, a tribute to Edith Piaf, and so much more.

On September 21, the Schimmel curtain rises on Sonorama, presented by Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica the world’s only big band dedicated to performing the lost space-age pop music of Juan Garcia Esquivel. Led by Mr. Ho (Brian O’Neill), the group has rescued the king-of-space-age-bachelor-pad’s arrangements via meticulous by-ear transcriptions of Esquivel’s recordings, which were known for exploiting the new sound called “stereo” of the 50s and 60s.

A Gypsy Swing Festival shimmies to the Schimmel stage on September 28 with a performance of “Django’s Dream.” For one unforgettable night, this mini festival celebrates Gypsy swing of the 1930s in unexpected ways under the artistic direction of guitarist and composer Stephane Wrembel. Wrembel, who has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone and who composed the music for Woody Allen’s last two films, will be joined by Kamlo who interprets Django via the Mediterranean, and Flamenco and Gypsy swing-style guitar master Alfonso Ponticelli.

Art history comes alive from October 9-October 30, when Pace University’s very own distinguished professor and art historian Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, returns for an exciting and stimulating discussion about art, history, and culture with a focus on France. Travel vicariously through the ages as these richly-illustrated lectures examine the highpoints of architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts in France, from the late Middle Ages through Post-Impressionism, approximately 1000 AD-1900 AD.

The legendary Edith Piaf comes to life on November 1 as Jil Aigrot, the singing voice of Piaf in the award-winning film La Vie en Rose, entertains you with the ‘music hall’ period of Edith Piaf’s career during which Piaf sang her most famous hits. On stage, video will include never before seen images of Piaf’s life.

Move to a new beat on November 24 when Yamato the Drummers of Japan take you on a wild ride! With a motto that calls “to make the world a little more happy,” Yamato travels all over the world with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting its very souls into the unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere. Don’t miss this evening of incredible musical expertise, athleticism, and stunning showmanship!

Finish the first half of the season as the Gelsey Kirkland Academy brings their version of the perennial holiday classic to the Schimmel from December 12-15. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic and emotional score, The Nutcracker is a richly symbolic story about a young girl’s journey through fear and darkness to the light of love, guided by her godfather, Drosselmeyer. Marie’s transformation from child to princess to marriage with the ideal prince begins with an unlikely gift from her godfather at a Christmas Eve party: an ugly doll that cracks hard nuts. Follow Marie as she is menaced by dark forces and ultimately rescued by the Nutcracker who leads her up the Christmas tree into the land of snow and beyond…into his kingdom.

Discounted tickets for faculty and staff can be purchased by calling (212) 346-1715 or by visiting the Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information about these and other events at the Schimmel Center, please visit

The Professor Is In: Q&A with Joan Walker

Find out how Joan Walker came to realize her passion for teaching, the wisdom of pig wrestling, and her opinion on Game of Thrones.

When she isn’t grading piles of papers, Joan Walker, PhD, is exemplifying what it means to be a trailblazer in her field—education. This year, the School of Education associate professor won a prestigious award for her research developing an online course on parent-teacher interactions that is innovating the way teachers learn how to communicate with parents. The Outstanding Journal of Teaching Education Article Award is given every year to pioneers in the field of education who have exhibited strong leadership by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the leading professional group for American teacher education. You can learn more about her research, which focuses on a key component of education that is often overlooked, by watching a video about the project, reviewing the JTE article, or accessing a sample case study from the online program.

Now, she’s taken some time away from her hectic life as a professor to talk about everything from her love of men’s basketball to opera singing.

What was your favorite class as a student? Least favorite?
I didn’t like high school very much. The only things that got me out of bed were music class and getting a free ride into town—I am from rural Kentucky and lived on a farm far from the nearest town. Math was always my least favorite because it was the class I felt least successful in.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your current career?
I’d define my current career in two ways: Research and teaching. As a researcher, I am a psychologist. Psychology feels like a natural fit. People are fascinating. To me, one of the most interesting questions in the world is, “how do people learn?” As to what made me a passionate teacher? I’d say good role models and DNA. I come from a long line of teachers.  My first career was as a music teacher. Then I was a day care director. Later I worked at a biomedical engineering research center. That may sound pretty discursive but they were all related to education. I like looking at learning through different lenses.

What quality do you most value in your students?

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
Work hard and enjoy yourself.  Try not to worry about the future.

If you had to do it all over again and took another path, what profession would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?
Opera singing. I would NOT make a good physician. I’m a Dr. Pepper kind of doctor and that’s fine with me.

What is your favorite book/TV show?
Right now I am devouring Game of Thrones. On book three. It’s exhilarating and brutal and makes me lose a lot of sleep because I can’t put it down. From November to March my favorite TV show is any Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball game.

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?


What is your favorite journey/experience?

My time in doctoral school was transforming. In terms of more local recent journeys, the Hudson train line from Croton-Harmon into Grand Central is exquisite.

What is your favorite saying/words to live by?

When working with difficult people, I like to remember this Kentucky adage: Don’t wrestle that pig. You get dirty and the pig has fun.

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose?
People who’d help do the dishes.

Summer at the Schimmel

Things are heating up this summer as the River to River Festival returns to the Schimmel Theatre.

The Schimmel Theatre will help kick off the River to River Festival, a month-long celebration of fun and free events ranging from music to movies to theater to art to dance in downtown Manhattan. Bang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan on Sunday, June 16 for its annual Bang on a Can Marathon, an incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe. This year, prepare for nine hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative, pioneering musicians of our time, side-by-side with some of today’s newest, exciting young artists.

On June 23 and 30, River to River continues with the New York Electronic Art Festival, bringing cutting-edge electronic artwork from artists working across the arts and technology spectrum to the Schimmel Theatre. On June 25, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company presents an evening of five composed works—including two music and dance world premieres—in honor of the 45th anniversary of the company and Lubovitch’s 50th year in dance. The evening will feature live performances by Ransom Wilson’s group, Le Train Bleu, and special musical guests.

So Percussion and legendary performance visualists The Joshua Light Show collaborate to create a River to River event to remember on July 13. So Percussion performs works of their own from Amid the Noise, Imaginary City, and Where (we) Live, along with special guests including Grey Mcmurray, Angelica Negron, and Kaoru Watanabe.

For more information on events at the Schimmel and around downtown, visit

Policies Library Goes Live

Pace announces the creation of an online University-wide Policies Library that provides the Pace Community with easy access to University policies, all in one place.

Pace announces the creation of an online University-wide Policies Library, available at The Library provides the Pace Community with easy access to University policies, all in one place. The Library offers different search options for policies, including searches by department/school, via an A-Z index, and via a Search by Keyword option.

Further, a Policy on Policies was created to establish an approval process and to encourage consistency for new policies.

If you have any questions regarding the Policies Library, please contact Ron Aloni, Vice President for Finance and Controller at

Please note that you will be asked to sign in using your Pace user name and password the first time you visit the site on your computer. If you encounter any technical difficulties with logging-in or opening policies, please contact Joe Constantino, IT Project Manager, at

Commencement Commences

Commencement is just around the corner, so here’s the 411 for faculty or staff members. From award ceremonies, to Honorary Degree Recipients, to dates and times, find out what you need to know.

It’s almost time for this year’s graduates to walk the walk, and as we bid adieu to the Class of 2013, here are a few things you need to know before the big day.

Event Dates

The Law School kicks off Commencement with the first ceremony of the season scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 on the White Plains Campus. New York City undergraduate and graduate level ceremonies return once again to Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, May 15. Commencement on the Pleasantville Campus is planned for Friday, May 17 at the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center.

Honorary Degree Recipients

This year, the University is pleased to announce Michael Clinton, Vartan Gregorian, Joel Klein, and the Honorable Malachy E. Mannion as this year’s Honorary Degree Recipients.

Joel I. Klein, attorney and advocate, will be the Honorary Degree Recipient at the Graduate Level ceremony. He built a career in Washington, D.C., where he opened his own law firm, argued 11 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and served as Deputy White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton. Later, he was appointed to Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice. Since leaving the D.C. area, Klein served eight years as Chancellor of New York City’s public school system, where he helped raise the city’s graduation rates by 20 percent. He currently serves as the CEO of Amplify and the Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, for News Corp.

The Pleasantville undergraduate ceremony’s Honorary Degree Recipient Michael Clinton received his MBA from the Lubin School of Business in 1983. Since then, he has scaled the impressive heights of Mount Kilimanjaro and the even more impressive heights of the publishing industry. Today, he is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines, where he oversees the publishing side of 13 different Hearst titles and more than $1 billion in annual revenues.

Vartan Gregorian, the Honorary Degree Recipient for the New York City undergraduate ceremony, began his work as a professor, teaching at San Francisco State College, UCLA, and the University of Texas at Austin. He worked his way up the ladder to the position of Provost at the University of Pennsylvania. Eventually, Gregorian took on the presidency at Brown University, where he was able to raise millions of dollars and create new avenues for intellectual growth. In 1981, he became the president of The New York Public Library—during his tenure there he doubled the Library’s budget and raised more than $300-million. Gregorian is currently the president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

On May 14, Pace Law School will honor the Honorable Malachy E. Mannion, a Pace alumnus and U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (MDPA), with a Doctor of Laws degree. Mannion was nominated by President Barack Obama and appointed to the MDPA in December 2012. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, then as an Assistant United States Attorney in the MDPA where he was chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, and then as a United States Magistrate Judge, and soon-to-be Chief Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, until his present appointment.

Prior to the Commencement ceremonies, award ceremonies and receptions will be held on both campuses. Faculty are encouraged to attend the award ceremony and reception for your school/college to commemorate the Class of 2013! Please click here to view the dates and times of the ceremonies.

For more information on Commencement, volunteer compensation procedures, and more, visit

Class Is In Session

This May, the 12th Annual Faculty Institute focuses on the art and science of effective instruction for the Pace student and features keynote addresses from several highly respected educators.

On May 21 and 22, the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology come together for the 12th Annual Faculty Institute. This year’s theme, The Art and Science of Effective Instruction for the Pace Student, seeks to promote collaboration and create partnerships among faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

Sessions on Tuesday, May 21, focus on the growing influence of digital resources in teaching and learning. Discussion will center on the challenges presented by digital literacy and the effectiveness of incorporating multimedia and technology in the classroom. The session will be opened by keynote speaker Kelly Schrum, PhD, director of educational projects at the Center for History and New Media and associate professor in the Higher Education program at George Mason University.

Day two kicks off with a session on understanding the language of pedagogy. Keynote speaker Hansun Zhang Waring, an assistant professor of Linguistics and Education at Columbia University, will present video recordings of pedagogical interactions and provide an analysis of what she refers to as “teacher talk.” She will present an analysis of the interactions and explain how mundane phrases like “Very good!” and “Any questions?” can leverage learning opportunities in subtle, yet important ways.

The Faculty Institute will conclude with a presentation by Monica Ekiert, PhD, an assistant professor of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College. Ekiert will address the challenges that academic writing may pose for multilingual college students. She will offer insights on how to strategically initiate multilingual student writers into disciplinary academic discourse, zeroing in on rhetorical, sociopragmatic, lexical, and grammatical dimensions of academic writing in English.

For more information about these and other presenters at this year’s Faculty Institute, or to register to attend, visit