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What the Nose Knows

Dyson Professor Jack Horne, PhD, and his students use a state-of-the-art confocal microscope to study how genes affect the development of the brain and olfactory system in zebrafish.

Image of zebrafish embryo axons taken with Pace’s confocal microscope.

“There are olfactory neurons, the ones that actually sense the smells, that synapse first in the olfactory bulb, which is the first step in smelling for zebrafish and humans, and from the olfactory bulb they send that smell information to a bunch of other parts of the brain,” explains Dyson Professor Jack Horne, PhD. “We’re working on that second step, where the neurons in the olfactory bulb send out axons to wire-up to several different parts of the brain, and we can actually view that wiring-up in live embryos of zebrafish.”

Horne and his team of Pace undergraduates use zebrafish in their research for two main reasons: the first being that they are a vertebrate model system, which means that the basic brain structure and organizational parts are very similar to humans, unlike other model organisms such as the fruit fly. Second, the embryos of zebrafish are essentially transparent, which makes them perfect for doing microscopy work.

“The cerebral cortex of the mouse is more similar to ours than the fish is, but it’s difficult to watch the brain development of the embryo because not only is the brain inside a skull, but also inside the mom mouse,” says Horne.

In zebrafish, Horne is able to incorporate a fluorescent protein in the early developing neurons and watch them grown in real time thanks to the use of Pace’s newly acquired confocal microscope. Horne’s basic experimental approach is to look at how genes affect the pattern of axons growing back into the brain. “We found a couple of genes that if we disrupt their functions we no longer see the normal pattern of nerves growing to other parts of the brain,” he says.  “That tells us that those genes are important to the normal process of how the brain wires up.”

“The genes that we’ve identified to be involved in the development of the zebrafish olfactory system are likely to be involved in how the human olfactory system wires up,” Horne says.

In 2011, Horne and colleagues at Pace were awarded $335,000 by the National Science Foundation for the acquisition of the confocal microscope that he and his student researchers are using in the labs. The microscope allows for 3D imaging (much like a medical doctor’s use of MRI) of the developing brain in the still living zebrafish embryo. The images can be taken intermittently over time to loop together in the creation of a time lapse video of brain development.

“It’s the microscope that makes it possible. Without the microscope, our students wouldn’t be able to do their projects. Before we got our own at Pace, we would have to go to the Albert Einstein Medical School to use theirs,” says Horne. “It’s a big boon to what we’re doing in our lab.”

We’ve Got the InsideTrack

The InsideTrack returns later this month as President Stephen J. Friedman sits down with William C. Dudley, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to talk about our post-election economy.

The InsideTrack returns to Pace on November 29 when President Stephen J. Friedman, William C. Dudley, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Pace Community sit down for an illuminating talk on the post-election economy. This season’s InsideTrack kicks off bright and early at 8:30 a.m. in the Michael Schimmel Center with a coffee and networking session for Pace alumni. At 9:00 a.m., President Friedman and Dudley will take center stage for an engaging discussion and Q&A session.

Dudley became the 10th President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on January 27, 2009. In this capacity, he serves as the Vice Chairman and a permanent member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the group responsible for formulating the nation’s monetary policy.

President Stephen J. Friedman has served as Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Capital Markets Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Equitable Companies Incorporated and the E.F. Hutton Group Inc. He has written and lectured widely on regulation of the securities markets and of financial institutions.

Please register online by Monday, November 19 at

Questions? Contact Verrilline Turner at or (887) 825-8664.

The Professor Is In: Q&A with Andrés Villagrá

Dyson Associate Dean Andrés Villagrá talks his love of languages, what he values in his students, and more in this month’s The Professor Is In.

Associate Dean of Dyson College and professor of foreign language Andrés Villagrá, PhD, has made it his mission to revitalize education and students’ participation in the classroom using innovative techniques and technologies. He is considered a pioneer in the use of technology in the classroom in creative and interesting ways to help students better communicate in foreign languages—particularly Spanish. One of his most innovative projects: “The Spanish Lounge”, a collaborative learning space, utilizes wiki, Facebook, YouTube, and Blackboard technology to develop the skills of foreign language students. Currently, Villagrá has teamed up with the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems to develop Qué Pasa en Pace?,a project for which he received a Verizon Thinkfinity grant. The mobile app is intended to bridge the gap between prospective Latino students and the University by encouraging current students to help Hispanic students navigate college life in areas such as residential living, finding a job, and obtaining financial aid.

What was your favorite class? Least favorite?
I very much enjoyed a Latin course I took I took when I was 15 years old. There was a professor who really taught the course in a way that not only infused in me the love of Latin and languages, but also turned my student attitude around. His impact was not so much about the subject matter, but I started to love learning as an adventure and as a tool for personal growth.

The course I was not so good with was chemistry. It’s not that I didn’t perform well, but I prefer to work with abstract theories, although I can be very creative in problem-solving situations and think “outside the box” as they say.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your current career?
I have received so much support from a lot of people during my entire career, including from all of my colleagues here at Pace. Family, teachers, and friends have all helped me become who I am today, both in and out of the classroom.

What quality do you most value in your students?
I like students that show what we call “Superacion”; it means desire for self-improvement or to desire to overcome.  I love to see students that are passionate, take risks, and push themselves. Inevitably those are the students who don’t hesitate to ask for help and “pick your brain” to get a better understanding. One can immediately feel when those individuals are thirsty for knowledge and they want to get 110% of their experience as a student in your class. My job is to help them so they can take flight on their own. Thanks to Facebook, I know that one of these students is starting her PhD studies at Columbia. Those students are my inspiration. 

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
Explore, venture, try, engage, and try again. Ask for guidance. Learn to deal with difficulties, pressure, and challenges. Research and collaborate. Realize that your attitude, your responses to what you’re doing right now—no matter how much pressure you may be experiencing—is going to be how you will react in your first job. You hear students saying “I’m so stressed” or “It is so much work” and then those same students are at graduation telling me how quickly these four years went by. Therefore, enjoy this time in college to grow, practice, and learn. And get the most of it because these years at Pace go very fast.

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?
When I finished high school I wanted to be a journalist, an Anderson Cooper type of person reporting on critical issues from around the world. However, there was no university program available in my city and I could not afford going to Madrid or Barcelona to study. That was the end of my dream as a TV reporter. In spite of this setback, my academic research in the study of Autobiography in Spanish and Latin American Literatures is devoted to authors and works dealing with the consequences of the Spanish Civil War, exile and imprisonment, so I kept some kind of journalism on my radar. I have a considerable amount of publications in this subject in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.

In the last few years I have been using technology in the classroom and I very much enjoy the creativity and wide experimentation it affords. It feels very natural to me. Although I like technology, a profession I would not like is anything dealing with statistical data and administrative tasks that don’t lead to immediate improvement and growth.

What is your favorite book/TV show?
I grew up reading a lot of Jules Verne. When I was about 14 I would buy the Sunday paper that came with a sort of volume of classics of literature so I was reading almost a book a week. I was reading the greats authors of World Literature:  Victor Hugo, the classics, Cervantes, Kafka, and Proust.

At the time to decide my major, literature came very naturally for me because in class we were going over readings that I had already done. I would say my favorite writers, and well-known authors to the American audiences, are “The Garcías”: Federico García Lorca and Gabriel García Márquez. They both use a language rich of images, metaphors, and sensibility to depict the heroism, the adventure, and the tragedy in life through poetry and fiction.

I have a TV at home but rarely turn it on. I watch TV on the Internet à la carte in 5 different languages, mostly news, foreign films, and science and nature documentaries. Recently, I saw the movie The Master. I wish the director had hired me as a consultant to help that movie become “a classic” that could have been.

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
If I had an extra hour a day I would spend it with people. I would dedicate it to organizations I support— home food delivery to the terminally ill-people or wildlife rescue. I would really take that time to use it for others. I would invite people over for nice dinners—cooked by me—and conversation.

What is your favorite journey/experience?
For my first three years at the university, I was working full-time at a jewelry store while going to school. By the time I was in my fourth year, I quit working and started receiving unemployment help. With no immediate financial pressure on me and my family, I became one of the best students in my program. At that point, I was offered the opportunity to move to the United States to study for my PhD. I couldn’t believe it, “They’re going to pay me to study?” I could not pass on an opportunity like that. Today I am the first PhD in my family, a professor, and an Associate Dean at our prestigious University in New York.

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose?
Five people: My father who passed away when I was 11, my mother who is an advanced Alzheimer’s patient for the last 15 years, my aunt who most suffered the ravages of war, and two of my mentors, one put me on the right track and the other who pushed me to finish my doctorate. I would love the opportunity to express to them my gratitude for their confidence in me and for all the wisdom and support I received.

What is your favorite saying/words to live by?
Words to live by:  “Absorb and deliver.” Learn as much as you can and give it back to help others be better themselves at every moment.

Interview by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Here’s to You

Human Resources brings the year to a close with a call for committee members, special award nominations, and the opportunity to show your appreciation for your colleagues.

As 2012 comes to a close, it is the University’s distinct pleasure to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of its talented staff and faculty members. The recognition season, which culminates with award ceremonies on the Westchester and New York City campuses, gives us an opportunity to formally recognize and reward our amazing team for their contributions during the year.

There are a variety of different awards that recognize both teams and individuals for everything ranging from enhancing Pace’s learning environment, furthering the University’s strategic goals, providing excellent customer service, and much more. For a full list of awards and their nomination criteria, click here.

Service Awards: Every year, we have employee recognition ceremonies honoring those of you who have completed 5–50 years of service in five-year increments.

Special Awards: In addition to recognizing employees for their length of service to the University, we will continue to provide an opportunity to nominate and award faculty and staff for outstanding contributions to the University. Please join us in nominating individuals and/or teams in the following categories:

  • President’s Extra Mile for Customer Service Award: Individual—Faculty or Staff Member
  • University’s Faculty Awards for Distinguished Service: Individual and/or Team—Faculty Member(s) Only
  • President’s Award for Staff Excellence in Leadership: Individual and/or Team—Staff Only
  • Outstanding Staff Contribution Award: Individual and/or Team—Staff Only
  • Faculty Adviser Award: Individual—Faculty or Staff Member
  • Diversity Award: Individual and/or Team—Faculty or Staff Member (s)
  • STAR Award: Individual and/or Team—Faculty or Staff Member(s)

Your involvement in the nomination process is essential in making the special award program meaningful and successful. Nominate an individual or a team by submitting an official nomination form by Friday, January 11, 2013. Want to take your engagement with employee recognition to the next step? You can get involved by joining the Nomination Committee, which is responsible for selecting awardees, by contacting Rosemary Mulry at by Friday, December 14.

To submit a nomination form or to learn more about the University’s employee recognition programs, visit

Kicking Up Her Heels

If you’ve gone to Radio City to see the Christmas Spectacular or watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the last 10 years, chances are you’ve seen Dyson Professor Lauren Gaul in the line as a Rockette.

Professor Lauren Gaul

For more than 75 years, the Radio City Rockettes have been a staple of the holidays for millions of people around the world. They’ve traveled across the country to perform and two million people have traveled across the world to see them each year. And for the last 10 years, Dyson Commercial Dance Professor Lauren Gaul has been a member of this precision dance troupe.Many people go on a dozen auditions and never get a call-back, but for Gaul, it was the first time that was the charm. In 2000 after graduating from college with a degree in dance, her first professional audition was for the legendary Radio City Rockettes. After competing against 500 women for two days, Gaul got her dream job.“I performed on the line as a Rockette in the New York show as well as performed on tour across the country,” she says.

But her preferred position was as a swing, a role she held for three years and required her to know every person’s part and routine and go in at a moment’s notice. “I got to see the whole other side of it—how it was all created, the staging, and how it came together,” she said.

Her favorite thing about being a Rockette? It wasn’t the popular eye-high leg kick, which Gaul says was perfected with hours and hours of practice. “The camaraderie amongst the women,” she says. “People don’t think about that part of it. I worked with the girls in the line for 10 years, traveling, touring, and working in rehearsals—some were in my wedding. That’s what I’ll miss the most.”

This year, she hangs up her costume and her super high-kicks to help students achieve their dreams as a full-time lecturer of Commercial Dance at Pace, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be leaving the Rockettes behind completely. When a friend at Rockette operations was looking for interns, Gaul had the perfect candidate. Commercial Dance and Communications double major Ashtain Rothchild, who’s also an Arts and Entertainment Management minor, had her own set of auditions with the Rockettes, and ultimately got the part: a high-level internship working in marketing and Rockette branding under senior VP of product management and brand oversight, Chris Moseley.

“Lauren’s a fantastic teacher and is also giving students opportunities outside of school and helping us professionally,” says Rothchild. “To have teachers who are still working in the industry—as Rockettes and in Chicago—makes our program really progressive. There’s no commercial dance program like Pace’s out there.”

Pace student Ashtain Rothchild

And Gaul is also helping students become the teachers as part of a unique partnership with the New York School for the Deaf, where she is currently the coordinator of dance. This fall, Gaul and Rhonda Miller, director of Pace’s Commercial Dance Program, brought Pace students to the school in White Plains to present an abbreviated version of the students’ popular Dance Out Loud showcase and give a lecture.“It’s a great thing for both our students and the New York School for the Deaf students, and for our students to work as teachers,” says Gaul. “One of our first graduates of the Pace dance program, Ashley Williams, is now teaching there, so hopefully we can continue to partner with them to send our dance students there.”At Pace, Gaul is using her Rockettes-pertise to assist Miller with Pace’s new Commercial Dance program and make sure call-backs become even more common.

“Being a part of the Rockettes gave me a broad scope and vision of what I needed to know to help them do the same. I know how to give them the tools to get them to Broadway or to be Rockettes. That’s what we want to do. We want to tell them what we did to succeed and help them do the same,” she says.

And for some, like Ashtain Rothchild, she’s already making it happen.

“I went to my first corporate meeting the other day and was watching videos where they were showing a timeline and the history of the Rockettes. They’re showing these videos they’re going to have playing at the concession stands and I see Lauren, and I’m like ‘there’s my teacher,” Rothchild said.

The Amazing (Presidential) Race

Every four years we are treated to the best reality TV there is–the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. Join faculty, staff, and students in a vaunted Pace tradition—Debate Watching Parties—and answer the critical question: who has your vote?

By Sarah Aires ’14

Young adults are more attuned than ever to the goings on of the Presidential election knowing that the outcome on November 6 directly affects their opportunity and their choices.

The Pace Community knows the importance of staying civically engaged in the political process–the only way we can make sure that our voices are heard! It has become a Pace tradition to watch the debates as a community to discuss, evaluate, and cheer-on your favored candidates. For each round, there will be pre-debate discussions where you can make your stance known on any number of issues. The debate watching parties are hosted by faculty and staff on both campuses. And for those of you who are first-time voters who haven’t registered, learn more about Pace’s voter registration drive below!

NYC Campus

First Presidential Debate
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00 p.m., Lecture Hall North
Featuring a debate on the issues between Communications Studies Professor Satish Kolluri, PhD, and Economics Professor Mark Weinstock

Vice Presidential Debate
Thursday, October 11, 8:00 p.m.
Schimmel Theatre
Featuring a discussion on women’s issues in the 2012 election with Dyson Professor of Women and Gender Studies Nancy Reagin, PhD, Women and Gender Studies and History major Victoria Measles, and Pace alumna Annamaria Santamaria ’12

Second Presidential Debate
Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 p.m., Schimmel Theatre
Featuring a debate between Pace students

Third Presidential Debate
Monday, October 22, 8:00 p.m., Schimmel Theatre
A discussion on foreign policy in the 2012 election featuring Political Science Professor Mattew Bolton, PhD, and Peace and Justice Studies Professor Emily Welty, PhD

PLV Campus

First Presidential Debate
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00 p.m.
From QE3 to “drill baby, drill” candidates duke out the issues.

Vice Presidential Debate
Thursday, October 11, 8:00 p.m.
Kessel Well–Bookstore Area
Biden v. Ryan. What more do you need?

Second Presidential Debate
Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 p.m.
Kessel Well–Bookstore Area
Occupy Wall Street. Anarchy in the E.U. Take to the streets (or at least get out of your seats) and debate top issues at home and abroad.

Third Presidential Debate
Monday, October 22, 8:00 p.m.
Kessel Well–Bookstore Area
Global warming. Nuclear programs in Iran. China-Japan showdown. Presidents and students tackle some of the most pressing foreign policy issues of the day.

Up for Discussion

The Office of Multicultural Affairs teams up with some high-profile experts, including NY State Senator Eric Adams, to tackle tough topics including New York’s Stop-and-Frisk practices and homophobia in the Latin@ community.

“We’re really, really excited” says Denise Belén Santiago, PhD, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, of their upcoming event, Stop and Frisk, which features a panel discussion examining the current controversial policies that are heralded by some as a crime prevention tool and by others as racism at its worst.

On Thursday, October 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the NYC Campus’ Multipurpose Room, a panel of speakers will come together to discuss the nuances of stop-and-frisk and attempt to sort out the gray areas in between. Panelists include New York State Senator Eric Adams, Pace Law Professor Randolph McLaughlin, Data and Policy Analyst Coordinator for the New York Civil Liberties Union Sarah LaPlante, and Pace Professor of Criminal Justice and Security and former New York Assistant District Attorney Christina Chuliver. The panel discussion will be moderated by Pace Professor of Communications Studies Satish Kolluri, PhD.

“There’s another aspect to this event,” says Santiago, “which is that we’ll be working in concert with a new program we just started called the Urban Male Initiative. This was formed to benefit historically underrepresented black and Latino students at Pace.”

Also planned for this October, OMA will host In Our Own Words, On Our Own Terms: Reflections of Latin@ LGBTQ Writers. The event is scheduled for October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch before the writing workshop session.

“We decided to have the writers talk about their experience in what is largely a homophobic society within the Latino community,” Santiago says. “They will also be addressing how we become allies and how to effectively combat homophobia.”

The event will begin with the writers reading selections from their work, followed by lunch, and then a writing workshop for participants to tell their own stories, which will then be used as part of a digital storytelling project.

For more information or to RSVP to attend these events, contact Denise Belén Santiago at

When Carnivores Become Neighbors

Experts at the Pace Academy discuss what it means to restore Westchester’s carnivores to their native habitats and how it will affect the county’s human inhabitants.

On Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m., join the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies as they discuss what it means to rewild Westchester County and what the restoration of carnivores will mean for the community.

Changing landscapes and the ability of some carnivores to adapt to human settings has led to increased human-carnivore interactions in suburbs and cities around the country, including Westchester County.  Carnivores are essential to our ecosystem, but intolerance and misinformation can impede the conservation of these important animals.

Join experts in the field as they discuss efforts to rewild Westchester, including the ecological, ethical, and social aspects of predators and people coexisting. The event features a keynote from Conrad Reining, eastern program director of the Wildlands Network, on the concept of thinking “eco-regionally” and a roundtable discussion with Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy, Dyson Professor Melissa Grigione, PhD, director of the graduate program in Environmental Science and co-founder of Bordercats Working Group, and Pace Law Professor and Director of the Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment David Cassuto. Together, these experts will explore how we as a community can embrace and manage this phenomenon of rewilding our communities while ensuring our safety.

For more information, visit

A Night in Verse

Join poets John Koethe and Ann Lauterbach for readings, book signings, and refreshments at this semester’s Poets @ Pace.

The celebrated poets John Koethe and Ann Lauterbach will give the fall 2012 reading in the Poets @ Pace series. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, November 5 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus. It will include a Q&A session, a book signing, and refreshments.  Poets @ Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace NYC Campus each semester, is organized by Pace’s Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Of John Koethe’s collection Falling Water, John Ashbery wrote: “One of the profoundest meditations on existence ever formulated by an American poet.” Mark Strand has said of Koethe’s poems: “In them, even the most extreme exertions of consciousness are transformed into the luminous measures of beautiful speech.”  John Koethe is the author of nine books of poetry, mostly recently ROTC Kills, as well as a book of essays on poetics. He spent many years in the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is at present Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He was the first Poet Laureate of Milwaukee. As a philosopher, he has done notable work on Ludwig Wittgenstein. Among Koethe’s poetry prizes are the Lenore Marshal Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the Frank O’Hara Award. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2011, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Ann Lauterbach has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Or to Begin Again, a book of essays on art and poetics, and collaborations with visual artists. Throughout her career she has been involved with art, and she was Visiting Core Critic (Sculpture) at the Yale School of Art from 2007-2011. At present, she is co-Chair of Writing in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, where she is also the Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature. The Harvard Review has called her poems “adventurous, demanding, grave, and elegant.” Charles Bernstein characterized her most recent book as “a culmination of Lauterbach’s worldward journey. Worldward: how a person grounds herself or himself in the world over time like gravity in Simone Weil’s sense. These tunes leak into the air like ink mourning grace.” Lauterbach has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Ingram Merrill, and The John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur Foundation, among others.

For more information about Poets @ Pace, please contact Charles North at

Excellence with Equity: A Social Movement for the 21st Century

What factors create racial disparities in academic performance? Why haven’t we addressed them? On October 23, join Pace’s School of Education and one of the nation’s foremost experts on education and economic development, Senior Harvard Lecturer Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD, as he discusses a growing national movement to improve educational outcomes for students from all racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds.

The School of Education welcomes Senior Harvard Lecturer Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD, as he discusses a growing national movement to improve educational outcomes for students from all racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds as part of the Distinguished Educators Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 23.

Click here for more information.

Accountant to the Stars

Join Lubin’s Executive in Residence Richard Feldstein as he discusses accounting and celebrity and what it’s like to have entertainment industry clients.

On Monday, October 8 join the Lubin School as they host this fall’s NYC Campus Executive in Residence Richard Feldstein, CFA/PFS, partner at Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP.

Feldstein is a prime example of what happens when art and industry intersect. His clients—many of whom include screen writers, actors, musicians, composers, publishers, directors, and producers—are deeply connected to the entertainment industry.

“Mr. Feldstein was selected as an Executive in Residence,” says Tamara Kelly, associate director of Communications for Lubin, “to dispel the notion or idea that accounting is a ‘boring’ profession.”

During his lecture, Feldstein will discuss the importance of client relations in any business discipline, his experiences with clients relative to present issues, and the broad opportunities that exist in the accounting profession.

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

Curtain’s Up!

The 2012-2013 season kicks off this month with a variety of music, dance, theater, and cabaret performances. Pick your pleasure, as this season’s Schimmel lineup is sure to have something for everybody.

The Pace Presents 2012-2013 season, which runs from September through April, will kick off with a performance on September 22 by Fanfare Ciočarlia, a thrilling 12-piece brass orchestra and one of the world’s most cherished Gypsy bands. If brass bands aren’t your thing, not to worry—there are plenty more performances that may pique your interest.

On September 28, Fatoumata Diawara takes the stage for her New York debut. At the center of her music is a warm, affecting voice; spare, rhythmical guitar playing; and gorgeously melodic songs incorporating elements of funk, soul, and jazz.

Something may be rotten in the state of Denmark, but Pace is delighted to have one of the world’s most renowned Shakespeare companies back on the Westchester and New York City campuses for a third time. On October 2-7, following a widely acclaimed tour and run at the Globe in 2011, a handful of players will perform a raw, thrillingly elemental production of Hamlet, in the US. This engaging and youthful production has political conspiracy, obsession, violence, depth, humor, and tragedy. The Westchester presentation of Hamlet will be performed outside on the Miller Lawn.

On October 13, tabla superstar Zakir Hussain, India’s most celebrated living artist and an extraordinary percussionist of international renown, will be joined by bansuri flute prodigy Rakesh Chaurasia, a nephew of maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Also scheduled for this October are performances by jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle, and a banjo summit, featuring Béla Fleck with some of the world’s most influential bluegrass banjo players.

Things heat up this November 3 and 4 as the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company brings its celebrated repertoire to the Schimmel. Calpulli will be unveiling its world premiere of Dia de los Muertos, evoking the unending relationship between the living and the departed with music and dance as the language that transcends. As the year comes to a close, join Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte and her special guests on December 8 as she celebrates the holidays. In the past, her guests have included Harvey Fierstein, Oscar and Tony Award-winning composer, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Broadway fave Rebecca Luker, among others.

Just to name a few, planned for the spring are performances by renowned British dance company, Scattered; acclaimed Japanese pianist Harumi Hanafusa and Lower Manhattan’s own Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra; and back by popular demand, an eight-part lecture series by Pace Professor Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, which will focus on Italian art—from the Pantheon to St. Peter’s.

Tickets for staff and faculty are $10 and can be purchased by calling (212) 346-1715 or by visting 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 Quest for a Just Society

Would you sell your kidney on the black market if it meant making enough money to support yourself and your family?

Answer this and other hard hitting questions as part of the University’s common theme: The Quest for a Just Society. Kicking off the academic year earlier this week was the Convocation keynote address from Harvard professor and bestselling author Michael J. Sandel, who spoke on what it means to be just and live in a just society.

In an effort to promote and integrate the academic theme within the Pace Community, the Office for Student Success has developed a series of questions that seek to open the lines of communication between faculty, staff, and students. In the coming months, be on the lookout for thought-provoking questions about justice posted within various Pace publications, such as Opportunitas, The Pulse, and on Pace’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. We’ve launched the first justice poll in this issue of Opportunitas as a pop-up in the lower right hand corner of your browser. Cast your vote and see the running totals.

If push came to shove, would your colleagues resort to cannibalism? How do students feel about mail-order brides and grooms? At the beginning of the spring 2013 semester, Opportunitas will announce the polling totals that have been gathered throughout the fall semester. Stay tuned, stay engaged, and find out what others are saying.

In addition to the polling, the Office for Student Success has also set up a discussion board that can be used by faculty, staff, and students to discuss, debate, and ponder what justice means and why we feel that way.

For more information on the University’s academic theme and for the polls and discussion board, visit

The Professor Is In: Q&A with Allen Oren

Professor Allen Oren talks about his years in the Holy Land, his Emmy experience, what it takes to get an “A” in his class, and much more in this month’s issue of The Professor Is In.

He’s an award-winning director and producer, a globetrotting journalist, and an accomplished writer, but in his spare time, Allen Oren, Dyson associate professor of Media and Communication Arts, calls the Pleasantville Campus home base. During his professional career, Oren has worked as a freelance writer and columnist in Israel, as the Entertainment Editor for USA Today, and as a producer and reporter for the MSG Network. It was during his time at MSG that he researched, wrote, and produced the Emmy Award-winning documentary on the history of Madison Square Garden, The World’s Most Famous Arena And How It Got That Way. Over the years, Oren has been nominated for several Emmy Awards including two 2012 nominations in the categories of Religion and Research for his documentary 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre, which tells the story of Judaism’s most sacred prayer.

What was your favorite class as a student? Least favorite?
I loved a two-year core course called “Contemporary Civilization.” It was basically a quick tour of world history, intellectual history, and artistic history; I liked it so much I created my own more intensive version when I graduated.

I took a year off between undergrad and grad school and read (and listened and looked) my way through history. The idea was to fill some of the holes I still had in my education and also to put what I had learned into a firmer context. So I proceeded chronologically—creation of the universe, ancient history, medieval history, and so on—starting each era with an overall history of that period, then biographies of the key personalities of that period, then a sample of their key works. Each morning I made my way to a library like others made their way to work, and one year, 400 books, and assorted artworks later, I re-joined the present day.

Least favorite class?  I got a solid C in statistics.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your current career?
I guess it was in the genes. Both my mother and father were good writers and speakers and, as important for me as a journalist, they both asked well and listened well. So, by second grade I was editing a mimeographed penny weekly at school, with Mom, of course, as assistant editor.

And my uncle was a professional journalist who moved to Israel. So I, after journalism grad school, decided to take a two-week trip to the Holy Land… which led to a two-month language lab there… which stretched to four years as a magazine writer there, where I found, among other things, my journalistic voice.

What quality do you most value in your students?
Originality, creativity. I went into features rather than news because it allows subjects and style that are more creative. I went into broadcast after print because it offers more tools to be creative—not just words, but pictures, sound, voice, music, graphics, special effects.

I always tell students I don’t give extra credit work, but the truth is when I grade a student’s article or broadcast or speech, I subconsciously give bonus credit for originality. I sometimes give the same grade to an original that falters as to a predictable that succeeds.

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
See the course catalogue as a giant buffet, a smorgasbord, an all-you-can-eat. It’s your opportunity to try things as you will never be able to again. Sure, specialize in a major that may lead to work. But then diversify, become better-rounded. A great college art course helped me see better, a great college music course helped me hear better, a great philosophy course helped me wonder better. I probably broke the record for most departments sampled in a college career, but it’s a record I’m proud of and that served me well later.

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?
As a journalist, I was fortunate to touch on a lot of the professions I would have enjoyed. For example, I’ve been an arts critic and editor for many years, and can see myself enjoying being a filmmaker, a photographer, a musician, an architect.

I was a psych major in college (though I really majored in the campus newspaper) and almost switched to psych as a career at one point. It’s no coincidence that much of my journalistic work was profiles of people. I’ve long said that a good journalist and a good therapist are very similar: Both get to know their subjects intimately and sensitively, but the journalist is paid to make it public, the therapist is paid to keep it private.

A job that’s not for me? I once did a magazine piece on a guy who stood in a glass booth against the tile wall inside the Lincoln Tunnel, looking for car emergencies. He was a nice guy who passed his eight-hour shift making Rorschach patterns from the tiles across the way. I stood with him, but very restlessly. I called the piece, “Looking for a Breakdown.”

What is your favorite book/TV show?
The book I’m in the middle of is Imagine by Jonah Lehrer, about the essence of creativity. It’s really a fascinating book and a tragedy that it became mired in ethical scandal. I kept reading anyway because, though quotes were admittedly altered, my guess is the book is generally well reported and the underlying themes are very compelling.

My favorite TV show varies, though the network doesn’t. The show always stands in a long line of HBO series, from The Sopranos to Curb Your Enthusiasm to The Wire to Deadwood to Treme to the current The Newsroom. Actually, The Newsroom is only half good, but that half is very good. The show is a very adult, sophisticated take on the important issues of current journalism, but a very juvenile, simplistic take on romance and relationships. A schizophrenic series, sums up this critic.

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
I’d bank the hours. That way I’d have an extra day every 24 days, an extra 15 days every year, and, over an 80-year lifetime, I could add 1,200 days. For those extra three years, I’d be very thankful.

What is your favorite journey/experience?
My most recent favorite was the journey of producing and directing an independent documentary, 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre. It was the story of Judaism’s most sacred prayer, the Kol Nidre chant that starts Yom Kippur, as told by 18 people who were touched by it.

I had always done my broadcast pieces as an employee of stations or networks, but this topic was so esoteric I knew it wouldn’t attract interest as just a concept. So my wife and I financed the production ourselves in the hope that a finished product would find support.

It did. The 40-minute piece was picked up by WNET-Channel 13 in New York, then a national PBS distributor, then a documentary distributor. The last two falls it has aired in 75 PBS markets across the US, including nearly all the largest. And this High Holiday season “18 Voices,” which was nominated for two Emmys, will air again.

What is your favorite saying/words to live by?
I guess it’s more of a visual. Those who’ve seen my desk at Pace know that on one corner is an item I pieced together myself. On each of the scales of an old scale of justice I placed a cardboard box with a hand-written label. One says, “As it is.” The other says, “As it should be.” I change which scale is higher or lower depending on how I’m feeling about the world. But the point—the saying you asked for—is that life is always a struggle between the real and the ideal.

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose?
Well, since the question mixes actual and imagined, I’d choose five fascinating personalities in history—there are more than enough to choose from—and imagine they had lived five years longer. I’d then ask that the topic of their dinner conversation be how they had lived their final five years, and why that way.

Pace Goes for the Gold

Faculty and alumni get off the sidelines and get into the Games in a variety of ways: competing, computing, communicating, and more.

In addition to bringing the best athletes from around the world together to compete for gold, the Olympics bring the world together to celebrate not only athleticism, but also pride and unity. And for the Pace Community, we have a lot to be proud about.

If you’ve been tuning in to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, you may have seen three-time Olympian Tim Morehouse taking a stab at a gold medal as a fencer for Team USA. But did you know that he’s a Pace alumnus? After Morehouse graduated from Pace’s School of Education in 2003, he taught English and social studies to 7th graders in New York City’s Washington Heights. As any experienced teacher will tell you, the first year of teaching is the most challenging, but Morehouse’s evenings and weekends were filled not only with grading papers, but also with fencing advances, parries, and attacks. He was training for the 2004 Olympics.  In 2008, Morehouse traveled with the American team to Beijing where he won the silver medal as part of the men’s sabre team.

Also at the Olympics, but behind-the-scenes, is recent alumna Jessica Wade ’11, who after freelancing for NBC Olympics this past year, was chosen to go to the 2012 Olympics in London as a production assistant (PA). While freelancing as a PA for NBC, Wade was in charge of researching athletes for profiles that were shown at the games, transcribing interviews, preparing footage for edits, and more.

While this Olympics continues on, one Lubin professor is already preparing for the next one. Claudia Green, PhD, has been working on the Rio Green Map, a sustainable development initiative in preparation for the 2016 Olympics and World Cup 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. And she’s even bringing Pace students into her research. Traveling to Brazil with Green on a field study course, students used iPhone technology and an online survey instrument to interview tourists about their views of sustainable business practices and the impact of the upcoming 2016 Olympics, and also interviewed local people and business owners as they updated the Paraty Green Map and the Ilha Grande Green Map. Green was recently featured on NPR as part of “The Global Salon,” which features different cities around the world. This series, highlighting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil allowed Green to promote her work.

And for those of us who have been keeping up with the Olympics online, we have a Pace professor to thank. Seidenberg Professor and triple Pace alumnus Matt Ganis, BS ’85, MBA ’91, DPS ’07, and his team at IBM, became the first in history to bring high-end sporting events to the internet with the 1996 Olympic Games. In fact, Ganis and his team’s infrastructure for the site landed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Ganis also continued his work with the Nagano and Sydney Olympics.

Professor Mandel Goes to Washington

Dyson Professor Ellen Mandel represented Pace University at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies and talks about what it took to get there and how you can help Pace make strides in the fight against cancer.

“It was an unbelievably wonderful experience and it was really fabulous to learn about what wonderful things people are doing all over the country,” says Dyson Professor Ellen Mandel, PhD, of her recent trip to the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies in Washington DC. “It was very humbling because I was surprised to be in that group.”

That surprise however was not shared by other members of the Pace Community. This past spring, Pace’s Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) was proud to announce that Mandel had been nominated by her Pace peers and had been chosen as one of six Jefferson Award Bronze Medal winners. In addition, Mandel had been selected to represent Pace at the Jefferson Award National Ceremonies where she would compete for the Gold Medal Award.

A little more than 20 years ago, Mandel worked with Rockland County Legislative Chair Harriet Cornell to bring Komen to the Rockland area by instituting the county’s first-ever Breast Cancer Awareness Day and offering mammograms to the underserved women in the community. Eventually they were able to bring mobile mammogram services into the various Hasidic communities within Rockland County. Mandel sat on the New York Chapter of Komen for several years until her own health kept her from attending the meetings.

“I stayed on as the Chairman for hospital teams in the tri-state area, and I founded the Pace team ‘Right Away,’ which has grown tremendously,” she says. “We now have more than 100 walkers and since the addition of the fabulous Sleeper category, people are giving their money and sleeping in instead of walking.”

Through the years, Mandel has dedicated her time and concentrated her efforts into giving back to those closest to her and to the community at large. From sharing a laugh and some kind words with colleague battling cancer to forming one of the largest university teams in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Mandel is giving back on so many levels.

“I try to give back as much as I possibly can give back,” says Mandel, whose grandmother taught her at a young age that one must give without the expectation of recognition. “I’m not good at much—I’m an excellent teacher and I’m good at giving. That’s all.”

Want to be part of the Pace team on Sunday, September 9? Click here to register.


Under Construction

Auxiliary Services and the Office of Administration have been working on making several improvements to the University’s infrastructure that will enhance the Pace experience for students, faculty, and staff.

Dining Renovation
Chartwells Dining Services is funding renovations to Café 101 where the servery and dining room will be upgraded and expanded with new equipment and additional serving stations to provide more menu options and better traffic flow. Dining area renovations will include new furniture and new flooring and the addition of a Starbucks kiosk as a late night option for students. A new lounge space will be available in the entrance to the Birnbaum Library that students can use as additional dining and study space.

Courtyard Renovation
Thanks to the contributions of an anonymous donor, by this September, the One Pace Plaza courtyard will be beautifully renovated with new garden areas that will have adjourning wooden benches. Additional flexible seating options will be available and a contemporary new water fountain will be featured. A secured entrance to the courtyard will now be accessible through Spruce Street for easier access.

Façade and Campus Improvements
On the NYC Campus, the One Pace Plaza façade will undergo a restoration. The courtyard façade of the east building will be cleaned and loose stones and panels will be secured. There will also be aesthetic improvements to several student rooms at the 106 Fulton Street residence hall. Administrative space on the 8th floor of 156 William Street will be completed this Fall. In PLV, the Goldstein Academic Center and Willcox Hall will be painted and cleaned. In addition, North Hall, will be cleaned, painted, and see other façade improvements such as new shutters to all windows and renovations to the stairs entrance.

Classroom Enhancements
Students and faculty will see major enhancements to the classroom spaces this Fall. Technology improvements include more than ten new Smartboards in our classrooms and installation of the UB-T880W Panaboard in classrooms across all campuses. The Panaboard is a revolutionary multi-touch interactive whiteboard with a durable surface. Check out this video for a demonstration of the Panaboard. On the PLV Campus, Miller and Lienhard halls will feature all new window treatment that will support the technology in the classrooms. New shades will be installed in each classroom that will not only improve the look of the room and exterior façade but will function better with the technology in these buildings. The faculty lounge in Miller Hall will also get a fresh new look.

New Seidenberg Dean

Amar Gupta, PhD, the Thomas R. Brown Endowed Professor of Management and Technology at the University of Arizona and a visiting scientist at MIT, has been appointed dean of Seidenberg.

President Stephen J. Friedman announced today that Amar Gupta, PhD, the Thomas R. Brown Endowed Professor of Management and Technology at the University of Arizona and a visiting scientist at MIT, has been appointed dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, effective August 15.

To read the full press release, click here.