Training Institute Comes to Your (Financial) Aid

Pace has just launched a new Financial Aid Training Institute to help employees keep up-to-date on aid policies and provide one-stop shopping for students.

On June 15, the Financial Aid Office announced the launch of their new Financial Aid Training Institute (FATI). The institute is intended to improve employee skills and empower them to work to their full potential, as well as help them keep up with the constantly changing federal and state aid policies.  To date, staff members from the Financial Aid Office have attended sessions on taxes and verification, customer service, business etiquette, counseling, and business writing.

In the coming months, FATI plans to expand with a course on Financial Aid 101 that will be offered to other departments. “We’re inviting the Office of Student Assistance (OSA), Student Accounts, Admissions, the Office of Student Success, as well as other departments that we do business with on a daily basis. Our departments are closely linked and we really do need to share Financial Aid 101 so that we can train everybody,” says Janice Hilbrink, director of the institute. “By training everyone in the basics, they can answer questions without bouncing students around to different departments.” These training sessions are aimed to provide students with a “one-stop shop” for service.

In August, Hilbrink says that advisers from the various schools within the University will be invited to join the directors of Financial Aid at a roundtable discussion about different areas of strengths and weaknesses within the department. It is hoped that the roundtable will promote cohesion between the advisers and the Financial Aid Department—essentially increasing positive communication between the departments and preventing misinformation from being transmitted to students.

“We want to start small now, so that we do it right,” says Hilbrink, “but eventually we hope to invite parents and students in… teach them about the different aspects of financial aid. We see this growing.”

For more information regarding the Financial Aid Training Institute (FATI) please contact Janice Hilbrink at jhilbrink@pace.edu or (914)773-3486.

Faculty Institute: Turning Innovation into Opportunity

The Faculty Institute returned to the NYC Campus to celebrate its 10th anniversary with two days of sessions and speakers devoted to trends in higher education, past successes, lessons learned, and plans for the future of pedagogy at Pace.

“This really was a big milestone for us—it was the 10th annual and we were very excited,” said Joseph Seijo, the assistant director for the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT). This year’s theme differed from years prior in that it was dedicated to reflection on the past and speculation about future accomplishments.

The purpose of the Faculty Institute, both 10 years ago and today, is to “bring faculty together and really reflect on and celebrate what they do,” said James Stenerson, PhD, executive director for CTLT. At this year’s Institute, President Stephen J. Friedman presented Stenerson with an award for his vision and efforts in creating and facilitating the Faculty Institute over the last decade.

This year’s Institute was attended by keynote speaker W. Gardner Campbell, PhD, who addressed the role of technology in teaching and the effects technology has on scholarship. Attendees were also treated to a guest presentation by New York Times education reporter Tamar Lewin, a contributor to the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Class Matters, which examines social class in America and its implications on the way we live our lives. Another highlight was the Provost Panel, which included current Interim Provost Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, as well as former provosts Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, EdD, and Joseph M. Pastore, Jr, PhD. This panel discussed the evolution of teaching and technology.

“Pace has the talent and discipline to turn innovation into an extraordinary opportunity for our students,” said John Cronin, 35-year veteran of environmental studies and Senior Fellow at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. During his presentation, co-lectured with Academy Director Michelle Land and New York Times blogger Andrew Revkin, Cronin proposed creating an environmental clinic that would incorporate Pace students from all areas and levels of study (including graduate, undergraduate, and law students).

“We want to engage departments through a unique suite of programs that are typically beyond the reach of just any one school,” said Land of the proposed clinic. “Ideally, it will be project based, outcome oriented, and student centered with a continuing and institutional memory.” Another high hope shared by all three lecturers is the possibility of mentorships created within the clinic between the upperclassmen and the younger students. “The clinic is to be a laboratory for collaboration,” expressed Revkin.

Other interesting sessions included the Pace E-portfolio as an Educational Passport, Developing Social Skills Through Internships and Technology, Incorporating the iPad into Pedagogy, and Internationalization at Pace.

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Sheying Chen, PhD, promoted the Institute on his blog and invited faculty to join him in sessions aimed at increasing scholarly productivity and helping the University with its faculty development efforts. Representatives from support offices and programs also joined the discussion with information on fellowships, grant programs, and affirmative action.

To learn more about this year’s Faculty Institute, including post-conference materials and past conference themes over the last decade, please visit http://www.pace.edu/facultyinstitute .

Convincing Cancer Cells to Commit Suicide

Dyson professor Nancy Krucher, PhD, continues her groundbreaking research on cancer cells, with help from Pace biology students.

L-R: Nancy Krucher, PhD, Brandon Lentine, Ray Hunce, and Lisa Antonucci.

“Cancer develops from our own cells that acquire mutations and grow into tumors. Most of the cancer research being done is trying to understand this process and trying to find targets within cancer cells that cause them to grow too much and metastasize,” explains Nancy Krucher, PhD, a Dyson professor in the Department of Biology and Health Sciences on the Westchester Campus. For the last 15 years Krucher has been studying how cancer cells make the decision to grow—essentially studying what causes cancer cells to live or die.

Krucher was recently awarded a three-year grant of more than $380,000 from the National Institutes of Health that will allow her to continue her research here at Pace.  “With this grant,” she says “we will be asking questions about how cancer cells signal to commit suicide, or how they kill themselves. To do that, we do cell biology and biochemistry experiments on cancer cells, mostly breast cancer cells.” Her project, titled “The Role of RB in Dephosphorylation in Apoptosis,” investigates how a protein (RB) affects programmed cell death (apoptosis) in cancer cells.

“Much of cancer research is designed to find targets within the cell that could eventually be targets of therapy. Figuring out how cancer cells work is a big part of eventually developing cures,” Krucher says.

But for Krucher, another rewarding aspect of doing this work is mentoring students.  “All of the work is very student driven. It’s just myself and the undergraduates working on this project. The research students get course-credit or they can be supported by the grant, but the purpose is that they learn how to be scientists.”  Krucher explains that her laboratory trains undergraduate students in scientific techniques, helping them learn how to prepare hypotheses, design and analyze experiments, and eventually present their results at national cancer conferences and regional symposia. In addition, Krucher and her students publish papers on their findings.

“Some of the students really love the experience and decide to become scientists,” says Krucher. “For example, I had one student who graduated in 2009 and now he’s doing his PhD at Duke University in cancer biology. He’s going to dedicate his life to cancer research. That’s what really makes me the happiest,” she says.

“Getting the grant is key,” says Krucher, who knows that without funding, research and classroom experience would be radically changed for Pace students. “Working with the students in the lab is a huge part of what I do here and if I didn’t get federal funding, we wouldn’t be able to do this,” she says.

Are you interested in working with an undergraduate student to conduct research during the 2011-2012 year? Pace is committed to strengthening the undergraduate research climate through a new pilot program designed to increase opportunities for students to undertake research and scholarship with faculty. Click here for more information.

River to River to Pace

Looking for things to do around Pace’s New York City Campus over the summer? NYC’s River to River Festival returns to keep you busy in June and July.

This summer’s River to River Festival brings a myriad of fun, free events to the Downtown area. This year, in celebration of the 10th season anniversary, River to River presents a four-week season that focuses on artists who are native New Yorkers or whose works have been greatly inspired by the Big Apple. Several events scheduled for June and July will be held at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Pace’s NYC Campus.

Theo Bleckmann with Future Quest and Fula Flute—June 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Theo Bleckmann will perform with Future Quest, a quintet devoted to “re-imaginings” of Meredith Monk’s music. Future Quest is Bleckmann on vocals, saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, pianist Gary Versace, and John Hollenbeck on percussion. They will be joined by Guinean music group Fula Flute.

Terry Riley and Ronu Majumdar—
July 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Renowned composer Terry Riley returns to NYC to celebrate his post-75th Birthday. Pace is proud to present minimalism pioneer Terry Riley as he performs Indian ragas with arrangements played by progressive saxophonist George Brooks and Indian bansuri flute maestro Ronu Majumdar.

Brooklyn Rider and Kojiro Umezaki—July 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Rider, the resident string quartet of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road project, are masters of new music that draws inspiration from various cultures and disparate artistic traditions. Brooklyn Rider will be joined by Japanese bamboo flute master Kojiro Umezaki, also a member of the Silk Road project.

For more information about these and other events going on in the Downtown area, visit the River to River site.


Around the World in 80 Ways

Visit Pace’s exciting new Google map tracking student, faculty, and alumni impact around the globe! Have a travel story to share? E-mail pulse@pace.edu with your international stories and photos and we’ll add them to the map!

Check out Pace’s exciting new Google map tracking Pace student, faculty, and alumni impact around the globe! Have a travel story to share? E-mail pulse@pace.edu with your international stories and photos and we’ll add them to the map! Click here to interact with our map!

New Travel Management Program

Whether you’re constantly on the road or travel just a few times a year, learn how Finance and Planning can help you manage your travel, with 24/7 information online.

The Travel Guard program, launched in March by the Finance and Planning Department, allows faculty, staff, and student groups to manage any and all of their travel arrangements seamlessly via a new travel portal. The new program will work in conjunction with the new travel credit card, which will be made available to the Pace Community in July.

This travel card will alleviate the need for Pace employees to pay out-of-pocket while conducting University business by allowing you to purchase transportation tickets and pay for hotel stays, meals, etc. without having to go through the hassle of reimbursement. Click here for more information about the travel card as well as a card application.

Members of the Pace Community can book all aspects of their trip (airline, hotels, car rentals) through the travel portal, the same way they would at any other online travel website—all at competitive fares consistent with the travel market.

The Travel Guard program will also allow you to store your travel preferences and membership program numbers (air, hotel, and car), offers the option of selecting a travel arranger or proxy, enables you to add your itinerary to your Outlook calendar, and provides you with a variety of search option. In addition, Travel Guard customers have access to the following services:

  • Reservation assistance
  • Domestic and international air tickets
  • Hotel and lodging accommodations (with discounts from more than 25,000 properties worldwide )
  • Car rentals and ground transportation (including discounted car programs)
  • Group travel arrangements
  • Tour and event coordination
  • Travel medical assistance
  • Emergency travel assistance
  • Worldwide travel assistance
  • Ground transportation coordination
  • Weather and travel services
  • Theater, museum, and family activity referrals and reservations
  • Holiday, cultural events, and special occasion reminders and gift ideas
  • Kosher restaurant referrals, synagogue locations, and more

Please visit the Finance and Planning website for program overview, reference guides, booking fees, and training tools. Please feel free to contact the Purchasing and Contracts Department at ext: 2642 for questions regarding the travel program.


Working Toward Greenness

Earth Month brings a variety of interesting and informative activities to the Pace campuses. Read on to learn how you can do your part this April.

April showers bring May flowers… or so we hear. To find out what else April has to offer the Pace Community, check out our numerous events celebrating Earth Month. Join us for a month dedicated to raising environmental awareness on and off campus. Here are just a few highlights:

Birds of Prey Presentation Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in PLV.
Join James Eyring, for an unforgettable evening with hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in the natural community and the Environmental Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight!

Breakfast with the Birds Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve invite you to enjoy coffee and bagels before heading out on the carriage roads of the Preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. So bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding. The Preserve is located only three miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. Please pre-register by sending an email to aspillo@pace.edu

Get Fit With a Nature Walk Thursday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Get outside and get some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus. Hiking boots or sneakers, long pants, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk.

Remember folks, there are plenty of other events taking place throughout the month as well, so click here to learn more.

In addition to Earth Month, Pace has a number of sustainability initiatives in progress year-round. To learn more, visit:http://www.pace.edu/sustainability

Popularity Pays Off

Doctoral student Arthur O’Connor’s recent study evaluating the correlation between brand popularity across social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, and companies’ daily stock prices is making waves.

Arthur O’Connor, a second year doctoral candidate in Seidenberg’s DPS program, recently spent 10 months investigating the relationship social media has with Wall Street—to some interesting results. O’Connor was able to show a strong correlation between the Internet popularity of three consumer brands and their stock prices. “There’s no such thing as a daily revenue count. Companies do quarterly revenue reports, so I used stock prices as a daily indicator,” explains O’Connor.

O’Connor partnered with Famecount.com, an independently run website that tracks and formulates statistical data from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Famecount.com follows the trends of everything from nonprofits like the TED Conferences to entertainers like Eminem.

“I did the pilot study with Starbucks,” O’Connor says, “and there was a statistically significant correlation of fan count and stock price.” But the pilot study only covered a short period of time. “I wanted to do the study over the long-term, because with such a short time frame, you could begin to see correlations between anything—astrological signs and daily stock prices,” he jokes.

O’Connor expanded his sample to include two other consumer brands: Nike and Coca-Cola. He worked with Famecount.com to collect data on the popularity of these brands and discovered that what he found in his pilot study held true over the course of the 10 months—even accounting for general market conditions. Initially, O’Connor was unsure if online popularity (fan count) was influencing the stock prices or if the stock prices were affecting online popularity (fan count). However, by lagging fan count for 10 and 30 days, he was able to determine that it was indeed online popularity that was influencing stock prices. During this study period, as the popularity of the brands fluctuated on the Internet, Starbucks stock rose by 29 percent, Coca-Cola fell by nearly 6 percent, and Nike middled with stock growth of approximately 14 percent.

In the future, O’Connor hopes to expand his study to include a wider range of consumer brands. He believes that it’s possible for Wall Street to use fan metrics to track consumer brands, but that understanding the nature of the effect is still a challenge. “Companies are still learning the power of social media,” says O’Connor. “This is a window that offers insight into consumer behavior. Fan count and popularity can predict how well a company will do.”

O’Connor’s work is currently garnering its own “fan count” online, with increasing coverage in the media. Here are links to recent articles about his research:

The Wall Street Journal

PC Magazine

SocialMedia Observatory

Famecount.com

 

Reunion 2011: Pace at the Plaza

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

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

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

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

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

It’s That Easy!

Finance and Planning announces a new corporate travel program for faculty and staff as well as our new office supplier: Staples.

New Corporate Travel Program

Travel Guard is a full service travel company that offers business and collegiate travel (travel abroad programs), athletic travel, travel insurance and travel risk management solutions.  Travel Guard is committed to providing superior service by leveraging technology.  Travel Guard offers extensive experience with higher education travel requirements.

Travel Guard’s web portal offers airline, hotel and car rental reservations, and will ultimately include ground transportation options.  Travel Guard will provide Pace travelers reduced and competitive fares consistent with the travel market.

The Travel Guard program will allow you to view travel history (current and past trips), store your travel preferences and membership program numbers (air, hotel & car), offers the option of selecting a travel arranger or proxy, enables you to add your itinerary to your Outlook calendar, and provides you various options for searching travel details.  In addition, Travel Guard customers have access to the following services:

  • Reservation AssistanceDomestic and international air tickets
  • Hotel and lodging accommodations
  • Car rentals and ground transportation
  • Group travel arrangements
  • Tour and event coordination
  • Continuous airfare monitoring to capture the lowest fair, search 72 vendors
  • Low fare guarantee
  • Hotel discounts with over 25,000 properties worldwide
  • Discounted car programs with all the major car rental companies
  • Emergency Travel Assistance
  • Worldwide Travel Assistance Ground transportation coordination
  • Latest worldwide weather and travel services
  • Floral Service
  • Special occasion reminders and gift ideas
  • Local activity recommendations
  • Kosher restaurant referrals & restaurants
  • Locating Kosher grocery stores, Kosher meat markets, Kosher produce
  • Locating Synagogues
  • Theater, museum and family activity referrals and reservations
  • Local Shabbat times worldwide
  • Holiday and cultural events reminders
  • and Travel Medical Assistance

Please visit the Finance and Planning Website for program overview, reference guides, booking fees, and training tools. Please feel free to contact the Purchasing and Contracts Department at ext: 2642 for questions regarding the travel program.

The Pace University Online Booking Tool Portal can be accessed at:
http://wcp.getthere.com/marathoncorporate.

The travel portal is available 24 hours a day so you can research and make your travel plans any day and any time.   We welcome you to our program and look forward to assisting you with your travel plans!!

New Office Supply Contract with Staples

The Purchasing department has negotiated an Office Supply Contract with Staples Advantage which includes general office supplies, paper, printer/toner cartridges, and break room supplies. Together Pace and Staples will partner to build environmental and sustainability initiatives through order consolidation efforts and recycling programs, enhance our standard furniture offerings and provide quarterly customer appreciation days offering discounted products to our staff, students and faculty on personal purchases.

Starting March 21, 2011 we will replace our existing OfficeMax e-commerce site with Staples Advantage.

Staples Advantage offers fast, easy, direct online purchasing and will be accessible through our current Sciquest E-Procurement site. Purchasers will experience faster and easier service with the following contract benefits:

  • Easy online ordering via SciQuest.
  • Next day business delivery
  • Access to Staples retail stores for same day purchases (you must register your Pace Procurement Card for contract pricing)
  • Hassel free returns
  • Eco-preferable product assortment
  • End-user training aides
  • and award-winning customer service

Please look for more communications regarding our new office supply program.  Questions should be directed to the Purchasing Department at purchasing@pace.edu or ext. 22616.

2009-2010 Annual Report Online

You may have seen it in your mailbox, but have you watched this year’s annual report? Visit our new website to watch video highlights of the cyber security and sciences roundtables as well as other online features.

From the President’s Leadership Report, to financials and donors, to featured articles on performing arts, accounting, environmental law, and more, this year’s annual report has something for everyone.

Visit our new website for articles, video highlights, and more.

New York Shape of Mind

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Snippets

A roundup of stories from school e-newsletters. This month: Pathways to a Smarter Planet, Lubin Student Featured on NBC’s School Pride, Learning Communities, Confucius Institute, the Legal Aspects of Vaccine Injuries and more.

School SnippetsIn the latest issues:

eLubin

Dyson Digital Digest

Pace Law School

Info on the Go

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

System Enhancements and Administrative Wireless

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

Schedules on the Go

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

New Associate Provost for Student Success

Mark Allen Poisel, EdD, currently the Associate Vice President at University of Central Florida, has been appointed Associate Provost for Student Success. He will join Pace in January 2011.

Mark PoiselMark Allen Poisel, a university administrator with extensive experience in coordinating and streamlining services to students, has been named Associate Provost for Student Success at Pace University, effective January 14, 2011.

He most recently served as Associate Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Poisel will oversee support services for undergraduate students on Pace’s campuses in downtown Manhattan and Pleasantville, in Westchester County, New York. Working across the University’s schools, departments, institutes, and centers in close collaboration with the Provost, he will focus on improving student retention, international growth, and partnerships with other institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

“Mark Poisel has a solid track record of helping students succeed at the university level,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, Pace’s Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “His strong leadership skills and work in international education will help us strengthen the Pace academic experience.” Read more…

Fine Art Phenomena

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stronger, Faster, Smarter

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

Internet Bandwidth Increase and Guest Wireless Account

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

New and Improved White Pages

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

4 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Stress

Balancing your commitments can be a struggle on any day of the year. But add in the demands of the holidays, and it can quickly seem impossible. The Counseling Center offers some simple ways to approach the season’s to-dos.

Holiday StressIt’s early November, and the 2010 holiday season is already upon us. Decorations are up and your precious winter weekends are nearly booked solid. The clock is ticking down to the end of the semester and you still have a million things to do. Finding the right balance between all of your commitments on any day of the year can be a struggle. But add in the extra demands the holidays can bring, and it can quickly seem impossible. Counseling Center Director Richard Shadick, PhD, offers a few simple ways to approach the season’s to-dos to help us enjoy this much-anticipated time of the year.

  1. Reevaluate your expectations.
    We’re all guilty of thinking that the holidays need to be fun, exciting, and happy,” says Shadick. “So if we’re not feeling happy, excited, or having fun, we believe there must be something wrong.” It’s easy to get overwhelmed looking at all we need and want to do over the next several weeks—the parties, the gifts, and our responsibilities at work, he continues. “We tell ourselves we can get it all done by the end of the calendar year—completing deadline-driven assignments, shopping for gifts, entertaining at home, and attending parties for work, family and friends. By having realistic expectations of ourselves, of the holidays, and what we can reasonably accomplish at this time of year, we can alleviate some of our stress.”
  2. Stick close to your regular eating and exercise routine—as much as possible.
    Holiday parties are the perfect place to overindulge. “At parties there are lots of unhealthy foods and usually alcohol. If you find yourself going to several parties, and you’re already a busy professional, you won’t get a chance to eat as many balanced meals or exercise as often as your body needs,” says Shadick. His advice: Go easy on unhealthy foods, limit your alcohol, stick to a regular exercise routine, and get adequate sleep. Another idea? “Instead of shopping for holiday gifts, use your lunch hour to exercise,” he recommends. Walk around the block, the parking garage, or the building.
  3. Take a serious look at your schedule and commit to making some hard—but meaningful—decisions regarding your personal time.
    Is your stack of holiday invitations stressing you out? (By the way, even Emily Post wrote that no one is obligated to accept every invitation!) “Accept only the ones that mean the most to you and politely decline the others,” Shadick says. Are you worried about meeting your deadlines at work? Shadick advises to prioritize your work goals and deadlines to determine which ones must get done now and which ones can wait until after the holiday season.
  4. Integrate small stress-management techniques into your everyday activities.
    A five-minute break can make a tremendous difference in the rest of your day. “Take a few moments of quiet time in your office,” he says. Close your door, shut your eyes, and breathe deep. And remember Pace’s Employee Assistance Program, which includes 24/7 phones support, referrals for free counseling, the Healthy Rewards Program, and more. He also recommends keeping a journal to track what’s causing you stress. “Write down your thoughts and feelings about whatever it is, and your reaction,” he says. “After a few weeks’ time, you’ll see what your trigger points are, so you’re prepared—for next year’s holiday season!”

President’s Corner

Pace alumni are proud of their alma mater, eager for connection to the University, and keen to know how they can play a role in our future. These are observations I have made from meeting with alumni groups in South Florida, Long Island, Chicago, and Rockland County in recent months, and in Westchester and New York during Homecoming.

Dear Colleagues,

Pace alumni are proud of their alma mater, eager for connection to the University, and keen to know how they can play a role in our future.

These are observations I have made from meeting with alumni groups in South Florida, Long Island, Chicago, and Rockland County in recent months, and in Westchester and New York during Homecoming.  I will travel to Northern and Southern California in the next few weeks to meet with alumni who have settled on the West Coast and will no doubt hear more of the same.

Building a culture of community is one of our goals in the new Strategic Plan.  Alumni are important members of our community. They support the University through participation in the Annual Fund, scholarships, and other funding opportunities; they influence the U.S. News & World Report rankings that help build our reputation; they mentor current students; and they are a source of internships and much more.  One very telling indicator of their interest in Pace:  Donations to the Annual Fund increased 26 percent  last year over the year before.

Our Office of Development and Alumni Relations has created a full slate of outreach programs for alumni this year, culminating in a very special Reunion next June at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  We’ve also developed a number of exciting cultural events—including our Shakespeare at Pace Festival and InsideTrack, a series of discussions on current events and public policy issues—intended to attract, enlighten, and engage not only alumni, but also faculty, staff, and students.

As we begin implementing the Strategic Plan, I encourage you to think of ways that we can continue to build that culture of community. I also encourage you to join me for a mid-year progress report on the first-year implementation plans for the Strategic Plan on Wednesday, December 1, in New York and Tuesday, December 7, in Pleasantville.  I am pleased to report that we are moving forward in many areas and are already producing desired results.  I look forward to sharing details on those programs – and others where we need to continue to focus – at the meetings.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

A Few Good Mentors

1 mentee + 1 mentor = 2 lives changed forever. It’s a winning equation that you can be a part of through the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Mentoring Program.

MentorDo you remember that tutor, that coach, that 10th grade history teacher, who inspired and motivated you, who completely changed your life? What if we told you that you had the opportunity to be that person?

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is looking for faculty and staff members to sign up for their Mentoring Program, which is dedicated to helping African American, Latino/a, and Native American students better connect to the University, its resources, and its people. The program, which has been in existence for two years, currently has more than 45 students signed up as mentees, but unfortunately less than half the mentors available to help them.  And that is where Pace faculty and staff can help out.

Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Melanie Robles, who manages the Mentoring Program, emphasizes that you don’t have to be African American, Latino/a, or Native American to be a mentor.  “Mentors can be anyone genuinely invested in our students’ success,” Robles says.

So what does mentoring entail? Mentors meet with their mentees monthly and e-mail at least twice per month—that’s less time than most of us spend on Facebook each month. During that time, mentors can help students by providing professional development through networking and internships, exploring future employment or education opportunities, motivating them to get involved, or simply being a listening ear. “Students may talk about school, roommates, family, basically everything under the sun,” Robles says.

In-house workshops for mentors and mentees are planned for the coming months, including a reception on November 8, and a workshop on helping mentees develop better professional relationships with their professors. Additionally, at the end of this month, mentees will go on a field trip to the Foundation Center, where they will learn all about obtaining scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid, to fund their undergraduate education at Pace and continue on to graduate and law schools.

This program can help show our students that there is someone who cares about them; it can help foster a feeling of belonging in students and help them get the most out of their Pace experience; and last but not least, it can help faculty and staff become more connected with our students and have a real impact on their future.

Do you have a few hours a month to help make a difference in the life of a Pace student today? Sign up today or e-mail Melanie Robles at mrobles@pace.edu to help close the mentoring gap.