Getting Techie with IT

On November 3, Information Technology Services (ITS) took you to techie town with Pace’s first-ever Tech Expo. The event featured vendors showcasing their newest wares in higher education technology and faculty demonstrations of how they integrate technology into the classroom and curriculum. The event’s planners hope this will become an annual event and help put Pace on the map as a place for early adopters of innovative technology in higher ed.

Tech Expo

One of the main goals of this expo was to highlight how the technology from these vendors can impact the learning and teaching process in higher education,” says Gabe Moreno, a supervisor in the User Services Department of ITS. “Think about how the iPad has taken hold and how people use it—the capabilities it has, how portable devices such as smart phones are changing how we learn. A lot of schools are looking at making the classroom and learning process a more portable process now.”

The event included a showcase, vendor seminars, faculty seminars, as well as opportunities for hands-on testing of some of the newest tech toys as well as giveaways and raffles. Vendors included Apple, Dell, HP, Crestron (who helped with Pace’s newly remodeled IT-friendly classrooms), Microsoft, AT&T, and Google. Seminars led by Pace faculty included information on the interdisciplinary application of technology in the classroom. Leinhard Professor Elizabeth Berro spoke on the use of high-tech patient stimulators in the clinical setting. Also presenting at the expo was Matt Ganis, adjunct professor of computer science and astronomy, whose seminar focused on the use of SecondLife as a learning tool in higher education.

Among the most well attended seminars were Apple’s iPad presentation and Google’s Apps for Education. “We just moved all our students to Google,” points out Shikha Bajracharya, manager of User Services “[Google’s presentation was] a great chance to communicate with students.” Also presenting was Echo 360, which was software ITS piloted last year that allows faculty to capture audio and PowerPoint presentations, so a professor can give a lecture and post it on Blackboard for students to review. “We got a good response from the pilot program, so we now offer it in all our classrooms and some of the bigger lecture halls also capture video,” Bajracharya says.

The Tech Expo took place in the Student Union and was open to everyone in the Pace Community—students, faculty, and staff —as well as high school students and other universities in the New York City and Westchester areas.“We’re hoping it will become an annual,” says Bajracharya. “It’s a great way to get Pace’s name out there, and get high schools and other schools involved to expand our network.”

“While you may have tech expos, we noticed there isn’t anything devoted to higher education around here,” says Moreno. Bajracharya and Moreno, along with Colin Harris of User Services, are part of a committee that helped pull this event together. In addition to doing research on vendors and other tech expos, they also worked with Ithaca College, which has been running a similar event for almost 20 years.

For more details on the event, including video footage of faculty and vendor seminars, visit the Pace Tech Expo 2010 website at: www.pace.edu/pacetechexpo.

Blogging Bonanza

Pace takes it place in the blogosphere with a growing number of blogging faculty, staff, and students. This month’s highlights. New blogs from new deans (Lubin), an old hand comes on board (Dyson), and a student shares what it feels like on her first day of college.

BlogsNira Herrmann, dean of Dyson College, touches on the timely and sensitive topics of tolerance, isolation, and respect for one another. In her blog she draws a comparison between Verdi’s classic opera, Rigoletto, and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the demise of Rutger’s student, Tyler Clementi. She writes, “It is encouraging to see so many people discussing issues of privacy, tolerance, and respect for each other and seeking ways to reinforce these ideas at a societal level.  But these are not easy areas to affect change—history and the arts are replete with stories that carry a similar theme [. . .] It was chilling to come face to face with a ‘timeless’ story in this way: a story that resonates strongly because, even though it premiered nearly 160 years ago, it bears so many touch points with a current situation.  In this case, I kept seeing echoes of what had played out with Tyler Clementi: the isolation of someone viewed as an ‘other,’ the invasion of a private place with inappropriate behavior for the amusement of the majority culture, and in the end, when Rigoletto’s daughter sets herself up to be murdered by the hired assassins, the destruction of a young life.” To read more about what Dean Herrmann has to say, check out her blog at http://dysondean.blogs.pace.edu/.

Lubin Dean, Neil S. Braun, reports in his blog his hopes for the continued success and growth of Lubin in the new school year. He outlines his belief in interdisciplinary collaboration for the betterment of all. Dean Braun writes, “I have spent much of my first two months meeting faculty, deans of the other schools, administrative staff, alumni and students. My approach is to build partnerships with each constituency and individual by identifying common ground, [. . .] substantive dialogue and working together on a specific project engenders understanding and builds trust; that is the foundation that is necessary for building Lubin’s future together.“ To read more from the Dean, click here: http://lubindean.blogs.pace.edu/.

Loren Alexander, a Dyson freshman on the Pleasantville Campus, writes about overcoming her fears and achieving her potential within the first few weeks of living on campus. Loren says of her Pace experience: “The disappearance of my fears has given me the confidence to both further my passions and broaden my horizons. At first I was too intimidated [. . .] I used to talk myself out of trying out for sports teams or joining certain clubs in high school [. . .] I realized how much I had missed out on when I didn’t bother to try out and I vowed that I would never put limitations like that on myself in college. I now write for the school newspaper, I am the Hall Sections Representative and I am interested in starting a ballroom dance club on campus. It has only been a few weeks but I can wholeheartedly say that I will accomplish a lot of great things at Pace.” To read more from Loren click the link. http://student-blogs.blogs.pace.edu/.

Want us to highlight your blog in an upcoming issue? Submit a link to your blog in the comments section below!

Auld Lang Syne

As we bid a fond farewell to CIO Ravi Ravishanker, what could be more appropriate than revisiting some of the things he and his IT team accomplished during the past year? So put on your party hat, break out your noisemaker, and take a trip down memory lane with their latest Annual Report.

The ITS 2009-2010 Annual Report highlights the important accomplishments and changes that have happened within the organization over the last year. This year’s report is chockfull of interesting tidbits and major milestones that have occurred within the department. The report is broken down into three easily digestible categories—engagement in academic mission, enhancement of technology experience, and increases in administrative efficiencies—and mentions everything from giving classrooms a high-tech facelift (that’s scalpel free) to launching tech support for iPhone users. Read more about these efforts and many more in this year’s ITS Annual Report.

Liner Notes

The recession must be over, because clearly business abounds for Pace professors who published several books and articles this month.

Lubin Professor of Legal Studies and Taxation, Roy Girasa, writes about the “Crackdown on Corruption” and American business professionals confronted with bribery while conducting business abroad in a recent issue of the Westchester County Business Journal.

Lubin Professor Warren J. Keegan, DBA, teamed up with Naval K. Bhargava of the Mudra Institute of Communications in western India on Pearson Education’s latest edition of the book Global Marketing Management.  This new edition sets itself apart by using local case studies and it is the only edition to be launched in South Asia. Read the description in International Business Times.

Christopher N. Williams, a Dyson chemistry professor, just came out with his new book Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis.

Get to the “Inside Track”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Career Forward

A new look and feel for Pace’s adult and continuing education programming—the same promise of preparing for the professions

As students head back to school for the fall, so are a number of adults looking to take their professional skills to the next level. And Pace’s newly rebranded “Career Forward” programming offers professional go-getters looking to enhance their marketable skills a variety of courses in new and emerging fields—where jobs are still plentiful for those who are qualified.

“Career Forward collects the continuing and professional educational offerings that were previously spread over various areas and brings them under one heading,” says Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Robert Keating. “By organizing them as a collective, we can better target our market and adult and continuing education programming.”

It’s not exactly a repackaging of current courses but a rebranding that reflects the core of Pace’s philosophy. “Our programming must always adapt to the ever-changing market place,” Keating explains. “The more we can deliver, the more effective we can be, and the better positioned our adult learners will be. The courses and programs in Career Forward are consistent with Pace’s continued mission to train people for the workplace and prepare them for a wide range of careers.”

Career Forward also aligns with Pace’s goals for growth. “Under the strategic plan, we were charged with developing a new revenue stream, one that raises the reputation of our academic programs, particularly the non-credit programs,” Keating says. The strategy is that if someone has a positive experience in a non-credit program or course, he or she may later consider enrolling in one that’s for credit.

Added to the diverse mix of offerings this fall are exciting new courses in developing applications for smart phones, social networks in the workplace, construction estimating and more. Here’s a sampling:

  • Android Application Development
  • Construction Estimating
  • Creating and Using Social Networks
  • Developing Websites Using CMS
  • Facilities Manager Certificate
  • iPhone Application Development
  • Paralegal Certificate
  • Solar PV Designs and Installation

For more information about Career Forward, and a complete list of courses, visit www.pace.edu/careerforward.

Liner Notes

From publishing jazz piano-solo books in Japan to producing and directing a documentary airing on PBS, Pace faculty are all over your bookshelves and your TV screens this month.

  • Sarah Blackwood, Assistant Professor, Department of English, will have an essay titled “Isabel Archer’s Body” published in the Fall 2010 issue of the Henry James Review
     
  • Professor of Music Lee Evans, EdD had four new articles published: “Eleventh Chords in Jazz & Popular Music,” ” The Magic of Thirteen,” “Creating Your Own Piano Solos,” and “Cuddle Up a Little Closer.” Also, 17 Lee Evans jazz piano-solo books have been published in Japan in 2010 alone, so far, by the music publishing firm OCT Corporation, under the rubric Lee Evans Piano Method: New York Jazz.
     
  • Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Astronomy Matthew Ganis has co-authored “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum,” the first comprehensive, practical guide for Scrum practitioners working in large-scale distributed environments, and will donate all royalties to the Alzheimer’s associations of the U.S. and the Children’s Hunger Fund.
     
  • Journalism professor Allen Oren produced and directed 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre, a PBS documentary which ran on September 12 on Channel 13 and on September 16 on WLIW. The film is about the Kol Nidre, the most sacred prayer in Judaism which is sung on Yom Kippur, and how the prayer has touched them and what it means to them.
     
  • Richard Schlesinger, Associate Dean of Dyson College, has published chapters in two separate books. The first, Nitrogen Oxides, was published in “Environmental Toxicants: Human Exposures and Their Health Effects.”  The second, Sulfur Oxides, was published in “Comprehensive Toxicology.” 
     
  • Dianne Zager, PhD, Director of the TARA Center, and Carol Alpern, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Director, had the article, “College-based inclusion programming for transition-age students with autism,” published in Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 
     

ITS Connect

From a brand new help desk to zip code changes, ITS has been all over the map this summer.

ITS Cuts the Cord

On September 1, ITS began implementing a more secure wireless network called Pace_Secure that will encrypt all wireless traffic. This is a one-time configuration change that will automatically log you into the wireless network, without having to re-enter your MyPace Portal Username and Password multiple times when moving to various locations on campus.

All wireless users will need to make specific configuration changes prior to connecting to Pace’s wireless network. These changes will only need to be made once, as your operating system will be able to remember your settings.  For details and configuration documentation, please visit Configuring My Wireless.

Please note:  All devices should be WPA2 compatible.  Users with WPA hardware will need to upgrade by the Spring semester.

    Movin’ On Over to the 10570

    The ITS Help Desk and Briarcliff Client Support Offices have moved from Briarcliff Manor to Pleasantville.  They can now be found in Willcox Hall, 2nd Floor. 

    New Help Desk Open for Business

    The new Pace University Online Help Desk system is up and running.  You can access it at http://help.pace.edu.  Check out a video tutorial on how to use the new system.  You can also submit your questions by sending an e-mail to pacehelpdesk@pace.edu. If there are any questions or issues, please contact the ITS Help Desk at (914) 773-3648 or itshelpdesk@pace.edu.

    Additional updates for faculty and staff include:

    Blackboard upgrade: Blackboard has been upgraded to version 9.0, a more user-friendly version. New features  include the addition of blogs and journals. For Blackboard 9 Resources, click here. The course shell quota has also been increased from 250MB to 2GB—allowing more space for each course. And ITS is working feverishly to upgrade Blackboard to version 9.1 and support Bb Mobile, a version of Blackboard that works on selected mobile devices. Stay tuned!

    Banner upgrade: Banner and all third-party products have been upgraded to the latest 8.0 releases. This provides an enhanced Internet Native Banner and user-friendly Self-Service Banner environments to the students, faculty, and staff.
    Turnitin: Pace now has a University-wide license for Turnitin, the anti-plagiarism and peer review software. The version Pace will use is integrated with Blackboard. Students using the application can check their writing for improperly used content, inadvertent plagiarism, or quotation errors. CTLT and the school IT directors are working on training material.
    Mobile Classrooms: Pace has implemented two 30 laptop mobile classrooms on the NYC and PLV Campuses, providing laptops to students during a classroom session. When the laptops are not being used, they will be circulated in the library.  Faculty interested in this project should contact the Educational Media Center at: nyem@pace.edu or call Richard Miller at (212) 346-1550.
    Faculty/Staff Exchange e-mail quota increased to 2GB: All faculty and staff Exchange e-mail allotments have been increased to 2GB.  This is an increase from the 100 MB previous quota.
    Classroom/Lecture Halls: All classrooms are now equipped with built-in industry standard instructional technology (computer, projector, screen).  In addition, 10 new High End Classrooms and two Lecture Halls are available with feature-rich, fully-integrated touch screen control systems, blu-ray players, annotation capability and easy laptop/device hook ups.  For a complete list of the spaces being outfitted with technology over the summer, click here. ITS has created an e-mail address (classrooms@pace.edu) for students, faculty, and staff to easily report any issues experienced with our classroom technology.  All of your issues will automatically generate an ITS Helpdesk ticket and be swiftly addressed.
    Echo 360 (Lecture Capture): The University is now offering Lecture Capture in all Pace classrooms.  If any professor is interested in having their lectures captured and posted for their students on Blackboard, contact Tony Soares at asoares@pace.edu.
    ePortfolio: Electronic Portfolios (ePortfolios) are repositories for student work that can be shared with faculty and other audiences such as prospective employers. They also provide a means for students to reflect on their work and life experiences at the University. Pace successfully piloted an open source ePortfolio called Mahara during the Spring 2010 semester and is now offerring all Pace students ePortfolios for the Fall 2010 semester. Visit http://web.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=18384 for detailed information about the project.
    Podcast Producer: ITS has fully configured a Podcast Producer that is accessible to the Pace community.  With Apple Podcast Producer, the process of creating and publishing podcasts is completely automatic, so now it’s easy to publish your podcast to iTunes, a blog, or other website.  It is equally as easy for users to download your podcast to their computer, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV.  For more information contact Joe Constantino at jconstantino@pace.edu.
    Macs and Final Cut Pro: ITS and the Library are adding additional Macs to facilities in both NYC and Westchester.  These units will be equipped with Apple’s Final Cut Pro, a sophisticated video editing program, for students, faculty, and staff who would like to utilize the product.
    Videoconferencing: High-definition, state-of-the-art video conferencing rooms were constructed to replace the entire infrastructure of the previous system.  The following locations have been updated: PLV, Miller Room 16; WP, Graduate Center Room 509; and NYC, 1 Pace Plaza Room E319. This project objective was to enhance the student learning experience and encourage communication between campuses.  Rooms come equipped with full digital collaboration capabilities, large screen displays, integrated controls and remote access tools such as Movi which allows students and faculty to participate remotely via their own computer.
    Wireless in the classrooms and dorms: Wireless is no longer an issue for students who bring their laptops or portable devices to class or the dorms.  As of July, all Pace classrooms and dorms have been equipped with robust wireless access.
    Document Services move – The Document Services Copy Center in Willcox Hall was renovated and expanded to accommodate the relocation of our high-volume production center from an off-campus location.  The new copy center offers expanded services and quicker turnaround times for all print work.

    New Faces

    First-year students and transfers weren’t the only ones moving in this month; There are plenty of new faces in Pace’s faculty ready to kick off an academic semester. Welcome aboard!

    New StaffDyson College of Arts and Sciences

    • Stephanie Hsu has been named Assistant Professor of English in New York City.
    • Hillary Knepper has been named Assistant Professor in the Public Administration Department on the White Plains campus.
    • Rita Upmacis joins the Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department in New York City as an Assistant Professor.
    • David Zuzga has been named Assistant Professor in the Biology and Health Sciences Department in New York City.

    Lienhard School of Nursing

    Lienhard welcomes eight new faculty members this fall, two of whom are the first “Grow Our Own” faculty (see below).

    • Philip A. Greiner, DNSc, RN, has been named Associate Dean for Faculty Development in Scholarship and Teaching.
    • Marie Truglio-Londrigan, PhD, RN, returns as a professor in the department of graduate studies and as program director of the nursing education program.
    • Mirian Zavala, MSN, RN, joins the Lienhard School of Nursing as Clinical Assistant Professor.
    • Jon Barone, DNP(c), RN, has been named Clinical Assistant Professor.
    • Renee McLeod-Sordjan, DNP(c), RN, will be a Clinical Assistant Professor.  She received her BSN and MS from Pace, where she is currently a DNP candidate.
    • Rachele E. Davis, MS, RN, FNP, will be a Clinical Instructor. She received her BSN and MS from Pace.

    “Grow Our Own” Alumni/ae Plan

    Lubin School of Business

    • Andrew Coggins has been named Clinical Professor in the Management/ Management Science Department.
    School of Education
    • Kabba E. Colley, EdD, has been appointed Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Education NYC Department.

    An Inside Look at the Strategic Plan: Creating Distinctive Campus Identities

    The fourth article in a series on the Strategic Plan, this month features commentary from Bill McGrath, Senior Vice President of Administration, on Goal #3: Creating Vibrant, Distinctive and Collegial Campus Identities.

    Bill McGrath takes time from transforming Pace to answer our questions about what we’ve done and what’s to come under Strategic Plan Goal #3:  Create Vibrant, Distinctive, and Collegial Campus Identities

    What are the University’s plans in the next 12 months to address the goal of creating distinctive campus identities?

    We’ve already made progress toward this goal and we have very exciting plans to continue that momentum.  This year, we implemented several successful, student-oriented projects, including the renovation of the Lienhard Lecture Hall in Pleasantville and the hugely popular Learning Commons room in the Birnbaum Library at One Pace Plaza.  These projects combine space upgrades with the installation of the latest learning technology to deliver an excellent student experience.

    These next 12 months will be even more exciting.

    In NYC we are upgrading lecture halls North and West at One Pace Plaza.  These newly renovated spaces will be beautiful and, more importantly, will be reflective of the teaching and learning environment we are creating throughout the University.  Our new standard for classroom technology is being installed in these lecture halls.  This new standard has been well-received by faculty and students and we plan to install it in most, if not all of our classrooms in the next few years.

    We are also accommodating the growth and success of our academic programs while responding to student needs.  For example, we are building a new nursing lab, upgrading the dance studio, and completing the installation of the all-new fire alarm system to ensure student safety.  And by popular demand from our NYC students, we are building a new fitness center in the C-level gymnasium.  This fitness center will be equipped with new fitness equipment and will be a very  comfortable and accommodating space.

    In Pleasantville we have two major projects coming to completion by the fall semester–The Dyson Labs and the Dining Hall in the Kessel Student Center.  The largest construction project undertaken by Pace in recent years, the Dyson Hall Science Lab will be completed this fall.  Dyson Labs will contain new lab space for undergraduate research in the sciences and conference space for research colloquia. The newly constructed labs and classroom space will allow for development of new interdisciplinary programs such as Forensic Toxicology that will make use of facilities for both Biology and Forensic Science.

    This September, the Kessel Student Center will have a new and improved servery with expanded menu options from Lackmann Culinary Services and upgraded equipment. The dining area will get a fresh look that will include modern new furniture. This improvement will help build community in the campus as students can gather, eat, and study in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

    What features will be included in these technology-enabled classrooms?

    By the fall semester, all classrooms will have new projectors, new screens, and easier more convenient technology connections for the faculty. The Lecture Halls will feature industry leading Crestron technology with touch screens that are built into the instructor podiums and control all technology in the room including lighting. All classrooms and teaching spaces will have robust wireless access. This will enhance the teaching experience for faculty members, as well as the learning experience for students.

    What do you see as key components of a new master site plan on each campus?

    The main goal of the master site plan for the Pleasantville campus is to migrate all students living on the Briarcliff Campus to Pleasantville.  The plan calls for the development of new residence halls, improved circulation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic by moving parking to the perimeter of campus, enriching the athletics program by building a turf field, new tennis courts and softball field, and relocating administrative staff.

    The master site plan for New York City will develop a sense of presence and identity for the Lubin School of Business and Dyson College of Arts and Science, create a vibrant Student Services Center at One Pace Plaza, and expand student housing in New York City, so that every student is within walking distance of their classes.

    These are ambitious goals and will take several years to bring to fruition.  It should be clear to everyone that Pace is moving forward and our future is bright.  These next five years will be exciting and transformative for Pace as we all work together to implement the new Strategic Plan.

    How do you think the University could create more distinctive campus identities?

    Post your comments below, or join the discussion on the Pace Strategic Plan website.

    Liner Notes

    School may be out for the summer, but there’s no break for our students and faculty, who are using their time off to publish books and essays. From the technological age of teaching to a Christian Choice Book Awards winner, this is what our overachievers are up to while we’re busy digging our toes into the sand.

    • Dianne Zager, PhD, Director of the TARA Center, and graduate student, Jeffery Donaldson, MST ’10, had the article “Mathematics Interventions for Students with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome” published in the July/August 2010 issue of Teaching Exceptional Children, 42(6), 40-46.
    • Sarah Blackwood, Assistant Professor, Department of English, will have her essay titled “Isabel Archer’s Body” published in the Fall 2010 issue of the Henry James Review.
    • Communications Professor Michelle Pulaski-Behling, PhD, and Dyson Assistant Dean of Instructional Technology Beth Gordon Klingner, PhD, had the book chapter, “The Technological Age of Teaching,” published in Teaching Inclusively in Higher Education.
    • MS in Publishing student Darren Paul Shearer published a book, “In You God Trusts: The Five Domains of Personal Responsibility,” which just won first place in the Christian Living category of the Christian Choice Book Awards Contest.

    President’s Corner

    Dear Colleagues,

    Summer is often the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor—take a vacation, spend time with family and friends, pursue a new hobby. It’s also a time to step back, assess, and regroup.

    Dear Colleagues:

    Summer is often the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor—take a vacation, spend time with family and friends, pursue a new hobby. It’s also a time to step back, assess, and regroup.

    For me, summer also seems to be a time of change. Three years ago, I began my tenure as president. Two years ago, we began development of a new strategic plan—a document that would involve the entire Pace Community in the process of planning change. Last year, we were knee-deep in developing new ways to recruit and retain students hit hard by the economic downturn. This summer, change has come in the form of new leadership on the academic side of the house.

    We have some superb additions in the form of several new faces: Neil Braun, JD, dean of Lubin; Penny Spencer, PhD, dean of the School of Education; and Gerrie Colombraro, PhD, interim dean of Lienhard. Additionally, we welcome Sheying Chen, PhD, our new associate provost for Academic Affairs. We will miss Geoff Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.), as he leaves Pace after 20 years, and we wish him well with his new responsibilities at Marist. At the same time, we are lucky to have an academic administrator with the experience and good judgment of Harriet Feldman, PhD, to serve as interim provost at a time when we will continue to drive forward on all fronts to implement the new strategic plan.

    Change is a given in higher education. Our students are experiencing a major transition as they enter adulthood. And the University must continually adapt to a changing environment to stay current, relevant, and competitive.

    As you plan for the academic year ahead, please think about how change often brings opportunity, and embrace it. Change is inevitable—the question is always how, in the words of our new strategic plan, to seize the opportunities it presents to achieve our goals.

    Sincerely yours,

    Stephen J. Friedman

    Stephen J. Friedman
    President

    Here’s to You, Geoffrey Brackett

    Farewell to Geoff Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.), who will assume the role of executive vice president at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Thank you for all that you have brought to the University. We wish you the best of luck and we will miss you.

    Farewell to Geoff Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.), who will assume the role of executive vice president at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Thank you for all that you have brought to the University. We wish you much success, and we will miss you.

    Please join us in saying goodbye at the celebratory receptions:

    New York City

    July 26

    3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    One Place Plaza – Multipurpose Room

    Please RSVP to Jen Crespo at jcrespo@pace.edu by July 21.

    Pleasantville

    July 27

    3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Kessel Student Center – Gottesman Room

    Please RSVP to Gail Louis at glouis@pace.edu by July 21.

    Fit to Print

    From finance reform to mental health, Pace faculty and staff are being asked by major media and publications to give their opinions.

    New York City Counseling Center Director Richard Shadick, PhD, comments on the best natural treatments for depression on the BodySense blog. Shadick is also quoted in City Limits magazine about the center’s $220,000 suicide prevention grant.

    Lubin Marketing Professor Paul Kurnit discusses the future of the e-reader market in the E-Commerce Times.

    Forbes interviewed Lubin’s John A. James about his take on finance reform.

    Michael C. Koffler Professor in Autism Director, Center for Teaching and Research in Autism Dianne Zager, PhD, is featured in Parenting Magazine, where she discusses the experience of children with autism.

    DailyFinance.com spoke with Barry Miller, manager of alumni career programs and services, about the many recent college graduates who are living at home due to the economic climate.