Fit to Print

In this month’s issue, Pace faculty and staff sound off in the news on everything from MOOCs to the Middle East, from Twitter to retirement, plus much more.

Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes, DPS, discusses Twitter’s imminent IPO plans in a recent InformationWeek article.

Lubin Professor Robert Wiener offered reflections on how Jewish law and the Golem myth might offer insights into the regulation of “unmanned” weapons at the 2013 Robotic Weapons Control Symposium at Pace University. In August, Wiener presented his paper “Foreign Jurisdictional Algebra and Kiobel vs. Royal Dutch Petroleum: Foreign Cubed and Foreign Squared Cases” at the 88th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Dyson Professor Maria Luskay, EdD, and Lubin Associate Professor Claudia G. Green, PhD, were named as Pace Academy Scholars based on their plans for a collaborative initiative wherein students and faculty in Lubin and Dyson will study the environmental, social/cultural, and economic impact of the Olympics on cities in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Both faculty will be leading an international field study to Brazil in March 2014 for a community based mapping project and the development of a documentary.

Three Pace professors put out a statement in The Hall Monitor slamming New York’s new teacher evaluation system. The statement comes from: Christine Clayton, chair of the Education Department at Pace’s Westchester Campus; Beth Kava, lecturer and coordinator of adolescent education; and Mary Rose McCarthy, associate professor.

Michael Izady, Dyson College adjunct professor of Middle Eastern and Western history, believes that when it comes to Egypt’s military, the United States still has leverage. Read the full story in the Epoch Times.

Lubin Professor Aron Gottesman discusses the importance of 401k advisers in a recent article for 401kWire.

Lubin Professor and Chair of the Law and Taxation Department Roy Girasa, PhD, recently wrote Corporate Governance & Finance Law (August 2013) and Laws and Regulations in Global Financial Markets (December 2013). Both are published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Lubin Professor Larry Chiagouris talks about The Washington Post teaming up with Amazon Publishing in an article for Investor’s Business Daily.

Dyson Professor and Pace alumna Jennifer Powell-Lunder, PsyD, shares her tips for beating the back-to-school blues in an article for the Asbury Park Press.

Pace’s Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD, County Executive Robert Astorino, and others wrote thank you notes to soldiers and police officers at Pace University in Pleasantville as part of the kick-off of the annual 9/11 week of service.

In August 2013, as a Fulbright Specialist, Lubin Professor Claudia G. Green, PhD, made presentations to faculty and staff of The Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. For their School of Business, her presentation was “Embedded Sustainability—the Next Competitive Advantage.” For their Department of Geography she presented her work on “Green Mapping Sustainable Develop.m.ent in Brazil: A focus on Paraty and Ilha Grande.”

“Members of Congress should hesitate before forcing the hands of President Obama to act on the Syria conflict before it is the right time,” writes Michael Izady, a professor of Middle Eastern and Western history at Pace University, for The Hill’s “Congress Blog.”

Joseph M. Pastore Jr., Professor Emeritus in Residence at Lubin, told CIO Today what is happening at Microsoft is what happens to all innovative firms: The fate of the successful entrepreneur is ultimately her or his own demise.

Lubin Associate Professor Claudia G. Green, PhD, is the latest winner of the Pace Academy’s GreenPace Award, which recognizes faculty, staff and students who develop innovative programs that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. For the past 13 years, Green has led successful field study trips to Brazil where students learn about sustainability and work with the local community mapping sustainability initiatives. She has also published articles about this project and presented her work in Portugal, Italy, Dubai, and Ireland.

Lubin Professor and Director of Pace’s Entrepreneurship Lab Bruce Bachenheimer was quoted in U.S. News & World Report discussing how to earn business credentials without an MBA.  Additionally, he was interviewed for the book Leading the Epic Revolution by Hunter Muller, and featured on Disruptive Technologists as “The Accidental Entrepreneur.” He was also quoted in The Wall Street Journal discussing how to get started on new small business ventures.

New research at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems has found a scientific way to detect cheating when students take online exams.

Dyson Professor Peggy Minnis, PhD, who introduced the idea of a “GIS 101” sort of course to readers back in April, is currently welcoming students to the real McCoy. Her “GIS Basics” massive open online course (MOOC) began September 9 and runs for 12 weeks.

In October 2013, Lubin Associate Professor Claudia G. Green, PhD, was invited by the Dean of the College of Business at the University of Seville to present her work in mapping sustainable initiatives in Brazil to the faculty and students of tourism and business.

 

A Boy/Girl Thing

Dyson Associate Professor Emilie Zaslow and recent graduate Brian Rentas ’13 examine the media’s portrayal of gender variance and LGBTQ children.

“Most of the morning shows end with a question posed to the viewers as part of digital engagement. They ask things like ‘Would you allow your child to dress like this? What would you do if your child dressed like this? Is it ok for children to dress like this?’” explains Dyson Associate Professor of Communication Studies Emilie Zaslow, PhD. “On one hand, it doesn’t close the media frame—it doesn’t give you the answer to the narrative. On the other hand, it leaves the viewer with the sense that ‘supporting a child who is gender variant is open for debate.’”

When Zaslow and student Brian Rentas ’13 teamed up as part of the Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Initiative, it was an opportunity for both of them to explore media and communications from a new perspective.

“For me,” says Zaslow, “my work has typically been about what it means to be a girl and how the media depicts girls. I’ve worked with a lot of students on their honors theses and I’ve had students help me on my own research, but I’ve never worked so collaboratively with a student. It was an interesting thing to develop ideas together.”

Rentas and Zaslow focused mainly on the media’s portrayal of six stories including those of Bobby Montoya, a 7-year-old transgender child looking to join the Girl Scouts; J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons posing with her son and commenting on his pink toenails; and McKenna Pope, who petitioned toymaker Hasbro to create an Easy Bake Oven in gender neutral colors so that her brother could play with it.

Their research also focused on gender neutrality stories, specifically the baby named Storm, whose parents would not share the baby’s sex with friends and family and were raising the child as gender neutral. They found that the story about Storm was typically presented in a very negative light, where as the story of McKenna Pope crusading for an Easy Bake Oven in more gender neutral colors was perceived and represented more positively. Partly, Zaslow and Rentas believe, because the latter story was an attempt to prevent a boy from playing with girls’ toys.

“Americans spend nearly 40 hours a week watching television; and children generally spend much more time with media than do adults. Media is ubiquitous. We learn about who we are, who our children are, what gender is, what it means to be a boy or girl—and we learn a lot of this from our viewing and the relationship we have with television,” explains Zaslow.

The pair, who used videos and transcripts from news reports, reviewed the footage independently and would identify the lead, the pull-out quotations, catalog the guests they had, and identify the various frames within the story.

“They [the shows] bring on a psychiatrist or a mother of one of these children and say we should love and accept the child for who they are, but then they ask viewers, ‘would you love and accept your child under these circumstances?’” says Zaslow. “It basically nullifies the frame of acceptance.”

“I was surprised by what I was learning and I was coming from the perspective of wanting to research this!” Rentas says. “I knew what framing is, what a frame could do to public perception in the long scheme, and I could really only imagine what it would mean to people who don’t know anything about communication studies, who don’t have a definitive idea of what they’re being told and what the presentation means to them.”

As for the future of their research, Zaslow and Rentas plan to publish their findings and hope that the work they’re doing will add to discourse on the topic.

For more information about their work into LGBTQ media framing and the Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research initiative, click here.

Extreme Makeover: Pace Edition

This summer, the Pace University website underwent a massive overhaul, with brand new content, a sleek new look, and an improved user experience. Stay tuned for the big reveal this month.

When high school students and parents who are trolling the web for information on colleges and universities land on www.pace.edu this fall, they will see the University in a whole new light.

This September, Pace will roll out a redesigned website with brand new content, improved user experience, and much more on the way.

“Our prospective students and parents will quickly gain access to the information they seek—on academics, life on both campuses, and admissions and aid. And they will find out how well our students are prepared for careers following graduation,” said Susan Kayne, AVP/Marketing Communications. “The newly redesigned website brings the Pace experience to life with dynamic content, design, and navigation that is very intuitive.”

The site will be launched in phases. Development of a mobile site, new school sites, and Career Services will follow in the fall.

University Relations and ITS teamed up with Digital Pulp, an award winning digital marketing firm, to develop the site.

Convocation 2013

Join the Pace Community on September 3 as we kick off the school year at our 6th Annual Convocation on the PLV Campus and enjoy a talk by Pace Associate Professor and keynote speaker Susan Herman.

On Tuesday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center, the entire first year class, faculty, and staff are invited and urged to attend this year’s Convocation which marks the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Keynote speaker and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Susan Herman, winner of the 2013 U.S. Department of Justice National Crime Victim Service Award, is best known for her groundbreaking work on parallel justice for victims of crime. She believes that “we must meet our obligation to victims, not just because we are a compassionate society, but because helping victims rebuild their lives is an essential component of justice.” Her presentation at this year’s Convocation with the continued focus upon the theme of Justice.

Pre-convocation activities will take place on each campus prior to the University-wide event.  Students will meet in small groups with faculty, staff, and student facilitators to engage in a discussion of Justice and to prepare for Professor Herman’s remarks. The students will have read Class Matters, a book that explores how class (a combination of income, education, wealth, and occupation) influences American society.

On the NYC Campus, pre-Convocation activities will be 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with travel to the Westchester Campus immediately following. Westchester’s pre-Convocation activities will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  If you are interested in facilitating a small group discussion, please contact Michael Rosenfeld in NYC or Ross Christofferson in Westchester.

An important change to this year’s program is that faculty will not be in academic regalia.  However, there will be a designated section in the Gym for the faculty and staff to sit together. You will be recognized during the Convocation ceremony remarks. Therefore, when you enter the gym, please sit in the special section. Transportation back to the city will begin immediately after Convocation.

Questions about the program or logistics can be directed to Dean for Students Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo at (914) 773-3860 or lbardillmoscaritolo@pace.edu.

For more information about Professor Susan Herman and this year’s Convocation, please visit the website: www.pace.edu/convocation


 

A Golden Jubilee

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

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

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

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

For more information about these and other events planned for the PLV 50th anniversary, visit www.pace.edu/PLV50.

Get the Dirt

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

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

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

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

What does this mean for you?

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

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

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

The Importance of Parking Stickers

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

New Directions

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

For up-to-date construction schedule and announcements, visit our website at www.paceplvmasterplan.com.

Race for the Cure

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

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

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

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

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

Please register online no later than August 31 at www.komennyc.org/race. Use team name “Pace University.”

For more information contact Ellen Mandel at emandel@pace.edu or at (845) 634-1781 or Elissa Casa at ec94582p@pace.edu or at (845) 337-1778.

New Season at the Schimmel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Snippets

This month, Seidenberg and Lubin bring us women’s world, a STEM conference, Chinese financial markets, an entrepreneurial success story, and more.

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ITS Updates

A new school year brings new updates from ITS, including wireless tech, Blackboard updates, and more!

New Wireless Technology for Students, Faculty, and Staff Update

Starting mid-May, we began the migration of the new Cisco wireless technology.  We have posted a general schedule for the building on our website. In addition to also posting signs and handouts in key locations.

Users connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations that have migrated will see the network information below:

  • Pace_Connect will now be called PACE-OPEN
  • Pace_Secure will now be called PACE-WIRELESS

Important Note: It is strongly recommended that all users connecting to the new wireless network register their devices in order to receive proper permissions and network functionality. This is done by following the steps when connecting to PACE-OPEN.

For additional updates, information, and/or rollout schedules for the new services, please visit the following site: Configuring Wireless.

Blackboard Collaborate Notice for Student and Faculty Mac Users

Recent security changes released by Apple may prevent Web conferencing customers from launching Blackboard Collaborate sessions and recordings. Customers using OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 will be affected.  The security changes no longer allow for users to auto-launch JNLP files. The Blackboard Collaborate Support Team has released several workarounds for these users on the Blackboard Collaborate Support site. If you need additional assistance, please contact Beth Gordon Klingner (bklingner@pace.edu) or Samantha Egan (segan@pace.edu).

Fit to Print

This summer sizzled as Pace faculty and experts sounded off in the news on topics ranging from gas price spikes, papal free market economics, breaking bad news to kids, and more.

Lubin Professor Robert Vambery, PhD, was recently awarded the Global Business and Technology Association’s Global Excellence award at their 15th annual international conference. This October, Vambery will address the 2013 China Leaders Forum and discuss “Will the Chinese Dream Become the Long Term Investors’ Dream or Nightmare?”

Morningstar recently gave the MIZAN Fund a 5 Star rating in July—its highest rating—based on the three-year performance of the Fund. The adviser to the Fund is Lightstone Capital Advisers, whose president is Lubin Professor John Lightstone, PhD. Students in his classes get to construct their own portfolios using the same quantitative methods that he uses in managing the MIZAN Fund.

Lubin Associate Professor Ibraiz Tarique, PhD, recently co-authored two papers for the Journal of World Business. His paper on global talent management was ranked as the #1 most-downloaded and the #2 most-cited in 2012. Additionally, his paper on global leadership development was recently awarded the 2012 Global Leadership Advancement Center Best Article Award.

Dyson Professor Farrokh Hormozi, PhD, discusses the effect gas price spikes have on the rest of the economy in an article for CBSNewYork.

Robert J. Chersi, former CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments, joins the Center for Global Governance, Reporting, and Regulation at Pace University as Adviser to the Executive Director.

John Alan James, Lubin professor and executive director of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting, and Regulation, was quoted about the “London Whale” controversy in a recent article in The Washington Post.

Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes, DPS, was quoted about the smartphone competition between Android and Apple in a recent interview for The Street.

Lubin Professor Joseph Pastore, PhD, tackles Pope Francis and free market economics in a recent story on CNBC.com.

Dyson Professor of Music Lee Evans, EdD, has published Crash Course in Chords, a 56-page theory and performance workbook packed with everything intermediate-level students need to know about chords.

Seidenberg Professor Charles Tappert, PhD, discusses keystroke “dwell time” and what it means for your passwords in the latest issue of Smithsonian magazine.

Lubin Marketing Professor Larry Chiagouris comments in an article on The Street about the distinct advantage advertising grads have over marketing grads right out of college. Chiagouris was also quoted in the E-Commerce Times regarding Samsung’s launch of the new Galaxy Tab 3.

Seidenberg Professor and Chair of Computer Information Systems Darren Hayes, DPS, evaluates the need for improvements in card security in his op-ed for the American Banker’s “Think Bank” blog.

Assistant Director of the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center Kelly Herbert was quoted in an AM New York article about the recent Supreme Court DOMA ruling.

School of Education Associate Professor Christine Clayton, EdD, comments in the Journal News on the addition of a research paper requirement to the New York Regents exam.

Seidenberg Professor Richard Kline, PhD, discusses Google’s Gmail app redesign in an article on Computerworld.

Dyson Professor and clinical psychologist Jennifer Powell-Lunder, PsyD, evaluates how the omnipresence of media affects how parents break bad news to children on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

In an interview with Downtown Alliance, Pace President Stephen J. Friedman talked about the recent enrollment increases and the opening of several new facilities on the NYC Campus.

Lubin Assistant Professor Philip G. Cohen examines the recent IRS and tax scandals in an op-ed he recently contributed to The Hill’s “Congress Blog.”

We’ve Got Spirit

With the Spirit of Pace Awards, we begin a new tradition that we hope will last for another 50 years. This event provides us with the opportunity to come together as one Pace Community, proudly celebrating our rich history and bright future.

On Wednesday, June 26 the Pace Community will host the newly minted Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner at the Central Park Zoo. The event will benefit the University’s Student Scholarship Program and special projects selected by the President. The Spirit of Pace Awards more fully embraces the University’s identity as a leader in higher education. Pace has grown dramatically since the first Leaders in Management (LIM) Dinner held in 1962. What was once an accounting and business institute is now a world-class comprehensive university and the leading cultural institution in Lower Manhattan. The Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner honors our role as a national leader in providing a college education of clear value—one that is built on a powerful combination of liberal arts and professional preparation, and propels young people to succeed in their careers and lives. With the Spirit of Pace Awards, we begin a new tradition that we hope will last for another 50 years. This event provides us with the opportunity to come together as one Pace Community, proudly celebrating our rich history and bright future.

In addition to the LIM Award, the Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner will introduce two new awards. The Innovator Award honors an individual or group whose work embodies positive change. The Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award pays tribute to one of our distinguished faculty members who has dedicated his or her career to Pace and its students. Read on to learn more about this year’s honorees:

Leaders in Management (LIM) Award:
Andrew Mathias, President, SL Green

Andrew Mathias is the president of SL Green Realty Corp—New York City’s largest office landlord, owning 77 Manhattan properties totaling 39.3 million square feet. At SL Green, he is responsible for the firm’s equity and structured finance investments. Mathias also oversees the firm’s acquisitions/dispositions and its joint venture program. He joins an elite group of industry leaders, whose professional accomplishments are noteworthy. The Pace Community is proud to name him this year’s LIM Award honoree.

 

Innovator Award:
Graduate Management Program for Women (GMPW) Alumnae 

The Graduate Management Program for Women was established in the early 1970s for female students pursuing MBAs–a time when women represented only 5 percent of the student population in our MBA program. In 2006, a core group of the alumnae generously established an endowed scholarship at Pace for current female students. We are excited to pay tribute to their important place in Pace history and are deeply proud to call them alumnae.

Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award:
Michael Szenberg, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Economics Michael Szenberg, PhD, has been at Pace for nearly 40 years, serving in the Department of Finance and Economics at the Lubin School of Business. He is the author and co-author of 15 books, 28 encyclopedia entries, and countless other scholarly articles. He has also served as Editor-in-Chief of The American Economist and is the recipient of numerous academic and service awards. He has been interviewed by BBC-TV, TV Tokyo, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, and others. Beyond his scholarly pursuits, Szenberg has been an able and willing mentor to his students during his decades-long tenure at the University. His selection was made, in part, by our alumni community. Their glowing testament to his work as an educator makes him an excellent choice to serve as the inaugural honoree of the Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award.

To learn more or attend this year’s Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner, visit www.pace.edu/spiritawards.

Birds of a Feather

You may have caught a flying demonstration or spied a silhouette on a rooftop, but the relationship Pace shares with its birds of prey goes way beyond that.

The tradition of falconry dates back to 2,000 BC China, when birds of prey were used by humans for hunting purposes and  given as gifts to indicate wealth and nobility. Despite the sport’s ancient roots, the tradition is still very much alive on Pace’s Westchester Campus. Assistant Director of the Environmental Center and master falconer James Eyring can attest to the changing roles of raptors and how the sport of falconry has evolved in this modern era.

“Falconry is a hunting sport, a blood sport. Ideally, you would fly a wild bird of prey and catch wild game,” explains Eyring. “ If you think about it, in the Middle Ages there were no guns, so if you wanted to eat (certain types of) poultry, you’d need a bird of prey to get some, because catching ducks is very difficult.”

Eyring postulates that the sport originated accidentally—that someone caught a hawk and kept it as a pet instead of eating it and that most likely, through instinct alone, the hawk chased after a duck or pheasant, which led to humans adopting and modifying the natural behavior of the birds of prey.

Today, Eyring’s birds serve a variety of purposes—both at Pace and in the surrounding communities. Fitted with small radio telemetry devices that can aid Eyring in locating a bird who has flown the coop, the hawks are featured in flying demonstrations that have become a staple during Pace’s Earth Month celebration, as part of welcome events for incoming students, and as a part of Homecoming for members of the Pace Community who are returning to campus. Additionally, Eyring takes the show on the road, traveling to nearby communities to speak to young people about habitat and environmental issues.

“With the demonstrations we do, the birds serve as an equalizer. I could walk into a school in Darien, Connecticut, or into a school in the South Bronx and the kids will have the same reactions,” he explains. “I walk in with an owl on my glove and there’s this aha moment that the bird’s presence offers. It really jump-starts the learning.”

For Eyring, his own aha moment came to him when he was growing up in North Salem, New York. At the time, Eyring’s father was a dog trainer that used live pigeons and quail to aid in the dogs’ training. One day, near his father’s birdcages, Eyring spotted a raptor wearing leather jesses around its legs, which Eyring knew to mean that the bird “belonged” to a falconer—one that he was determined to find. Eventually, he did find the bird’s owner, falconer Paul Kupchok, who spent two years as Eyring’s  mentor and sponsor while he apprenticed  as a New York  State falconer

Eyring eventually found himself on Pace’s Westchester Campus and three decades later, he is the care taker for 70+ animals, including uromastyx lizards, chinchillas, and a 9’ long Burmese python named Thud; but it’s the birds that steal the show.

The collection includes Oscar, the affectionate, Furby-faced Barred owl; Ophelia, the squawky, Peregrine-Gyr hybrid falcon; Delta, the large Lanner falcon whose species is native to Africa; and the tiny kestrel, Phineas. In addition to his sporting birds, there are several other large birds of prey that call Pace home.

“Elvis is my favorite. He’s definitely the star,” says Eyring of a Gyr-Saker hybrid falcon. “We’ve had him since he was an eight-day-old eyeass, or baby falcon, and he’s the most reliable flyer.” Part of what makes Elvis and his feathered friends so successful is careful weight management on Eyring’s part. Each morning, he weighs each bird and records the data—a few mere grams in a bird’s weight can mean the difference between soaring skyward or sluggishly perching.

Though most of Pace’s raptors have made their way to Eyring for rehabilitation and release back into the wild, there are several birds that remain on campus due to their inability to fend for themselves and—despite Eyring’s best attempts—their diminished fear of humans.

“Some of the birds are used in the flying demonstrations, but Merle is my hunter,” he explains about a large Harris Hawk, native to the Southwestern U.S. and parts of South America. “Traditionally, the falconer and the bird would share the bird’s quarry. She’ll take ducks, pheasant, muskrats, rabbits, and squirrels; it’s pretty impressive.”

For more information about the birds of prey on Pace’s Westchester Campus, or to learn more about the Environmental Center, click here.

Cleared for Landing

Seidenberg Professor Richard Kline and Keith McPherson ’13 team up to explore the possible uses of a flying drone quadcopter as part of the Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Initiative.

“Flying robots are cool! It’s as simple as that.”

That’s what recent Seidenberg grad Keith McPherson ’13 will say when you ask him why he and Seidenberg Professor Rick Kline, PhD, teamed up to build their own drone, an autonomous quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a flying quadcopter, and to research current and potential applications for them.

Their interest in quadcopters goes back two years to a college level competition affiliated with the FIRST Robotics program.  Dr. Kline mentored a team, captained by McPherson, which built their first flying robot for the event, only to see it suffer a fatal crash on the first day of competition. This attempt may have ended poorly for the pair, but it did not damper their interest in the field. When the Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Initiative opportunity came up, they jumped right on it and started over from scratch.

“We used Aeroquad, an open source platform for building the quadcopter,” says Kline, “There are three parts to Aeroquad… a discussion forum where people exchange their ideas and help one another, the hardware and building tutorials, and finally the software projects that people are using to control their vehicles.” Since neither have any formal engineering training, these and other resources were essential for their work.

With their software expertise, McPherson and Kline worked to develop code that would allow them to control their quadcopter using a WiFi connection to a laptop, taking input from handheld game controllers and rendering a virtual cockpit instrument display real-time on the screen. These replaced the more typical use of dedicated “RC” radio controllers that are one-way devices locked into issuing only motion commands.

“With the software and computer programming, we can tell the vehicle to not only move here or there, but to do flips, take photos, and record and stream live video,” says McPherson. Kline adds that “Technology keeps evolving so quickly. The control board that handles the live video costs $35, is the size of a credit card, and has the same power as a $2,000 desktop machine from 10 years ago.”

As they investigated different applications for the quadcopter, they encountered another group of drone enthusiasts who were exploring theirs for possible journalist usage for reporting news that was happening outside of traditional news organizations, such as during the Arab Spring. Should there be an event where traditional methods of communication were shut down, such as turning off Internet access, those who wanted to stream news out could use their phones or set up ad hoc networks to share images captured by their flying drones of what’s happening on the ground. McPherson shared many ideas with them and volunteered to do some web site development work for the project.

The pair also explored the use of drones for commercial purposes, such as capturing aerial images of neighborhoods and buildings for use in real estate sales and the like. Unfortunately, during their research, they found that this type of use is currently illegal, though flight regulations will be changing in the near future to take drones into account.

The building of the quadcopter included plenty of snags and took far longer than the pair anticipated, but the web sites and forums run by other drone enthusiasts were of great help in overcoming problems they encountered. “One of the biggest surprises for me while working on this project was discovering how big the Internet community is of people who are interested in building these things and sharing their expertise and sharing their designs,” Kline says, “That allowed us to do a whole lot more than if we were starting from and working in a vacuum.”

Two years ago, McPherson developed similar code for controlling the drone via computer and submitted it to the Aeroquad project with the hope that it would be included in their offerings. Despite the community’s enthusiasm over the submission, the code was not accepted to be part of the open source material. Now, after having participated in Pace’s research initiative, the pair hopes to resubmit their refined software for future inclusion with Aeroquad.  McPherson believes that the Aeroquad people will be really impressed with improvements made to the virtual cockpit and that they potentially will integrate their new software. “Research publications are always nice—and they are what’s expected of a faculty member—but for a student to be able to have significant contributions to a huge open source project, that’s exciting to me and I hope we’ll be able to pull it off,” concludes Kline.

To learn more about their project and the Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Initiative, visit www.pace.edu/uri.

 

Provost’s Post

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus this fall, we hope the development of signature academic programs and increase in research emphasis, will attract high quality faculty, raise the intellectual excitement, and substantially increase national visibility.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

All Pace University campuses are poised for transformative physical and academic changes. In particular, the Pleasantville Campus, which will celebrate its 50th birthday this fall, will get new dorms, athletic facilities, and landscaping. This will give students all the modern amenities of a “traditional” American campus, along with the advantage of easy access to the urban opportunities offered by New York City. On the academic front, a number of new programs are actively being planned to further enhance Pace’s strong and long-standing reputation for providing excellent professional education.

The road map for achieving academic excellence in Pleasantville will incorporate pedagogic innovation and programmatic diversity. The educational experience will be enhanced via an application-oriented curriculum stressing high-impact activities: application and integration of knowledge; undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities; international experiences; service learning and civic engagement; experiential learning including internships, practicums, clinical or field work. Pleasantville students will be advised and encouraged to spend a semester in New York City, taking classes at the downtown campus, and benefitting from an urban experience to expand their horizons. The development of signature academic programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and the related increase in research emphasis, will attract high quality faculty, raise the intellectual excitement, and substantially increase national visibility.

The result will be a stimulating, personalized, broad-based, liberal arts and sciences education, including real-world experiences, which will prepare highly employable thinking professionals. Implementation of the above ideas in the coming years will make Pace University the largest, best-recognized, private institution of higher education in Westchester County. Let us all work together to make this achievable vision a definite reality!

Yours sincerely,

Uday Sukhatme, ScD

The Professor Is In: Q&A with Joan Walker

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

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

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

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

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

What quality do you most value in your students?
Effort.

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

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

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

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

Write.

What is your favorite journey/experience?

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

What is your favorite saying/words to live by?

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

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

Summer at the Schimmel

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

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

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

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

For more information on events at the Schimmel and around downtown, visit http://rivertorivernyc.com/.

Policies Library Goes Live

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

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

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

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

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

School Snippets

Pforzheimer students sound off on topics from gun control to civic engagement and even tap water in the latest issue of The Honors Herald. Thinkfinity Grants, conferences, and STARS take center stage in the SOExpress.

School SnippetsThe Honors Herald

SOExpress

HR Updates

Staying healthy pays off, summer flex days return, the 2nd annual Staff Development Day, and what you and your employees need to know about this year’s PMDP Review Process.

Preventive Care Incentive Program for CIGNA Participants
Each participating employee who is covered by CIGNA is eligible to receive up to $240 if he/she (plus his/her spouse or domestic partner, if covered by the CIGNA medical plan) has one, two, or three preventative care examinations (based upon age) during the plan year (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013).

Although the exams must be completed by June 30, 2013, the completed Preventive Care 2012-2013 Form, along with the corresponding Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) must be submitted to the University Benefits office via email at PCare@pace.edu on or before August 31, 2013. A one-time incentive reward payment, to a maximum of $240, will be made via paycheck by September 30, 2013. Please click here for program details.

Summer Flex Days
In recognition of your contributions, the University will again offer flexible summer hours this year. This summer, each full-time staff member will have the opportunity to take every other Friday off, for three Fridays, or the equivalent of three days (2.5 days for those working an 80% schedule) between July 1 and August 9. Full-time staff employees must be actively at work in order to take advantage of summer flex days.

Staff Development Day
The 2nd annual University-Wide Staff Development Day will be held on Friday, June 7, at the Graduate Center in White Plains. This exciting event is open to all Pace University staff and faculty and is an opportunity to participate in a large selection of training programs being offered by various Pace departments. Click here to view the schedule for the day and to register for programs.

FY13 PMDP Review Process
The FY13 PMDP Review Process will be open as of June 3. There are several major changes to this year’s process, including a fifth performance rating category. Training will be available starting on June 4, in New York City and Westchester, so please do not hesitate to register for the session of your choice. You may register by clicking here.

All managers are expected to attend one of the many available sessions and we highly recommend all staff attend this year.  

Training sessions are scheduled for:

Graduate Center

Date

Time

Location

6/4/13

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Room 320

 

Westchester

Date

Time

Location

6/4/13

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

TBD

6/19/13

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

TBD

6/19/13

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

TBD

7/16/13

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

TBD

7/16/13

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

TBD

 

New York City

Date

Time

Location

6/12/13

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CIVIC Y35

6/12/13

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CIVIC Y35

7/11/13

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

TBD

7/11/13

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

TBD

 

Dedicated department training is also available and can be scheduled by contacting Bob Lazer at rlazer@pace.edu, or extension x22746.