Fit to Print

From Confucius to cruise ships, Pace faculty and staff are getting noticed in the news.

Dyson Professor and Chair of the Public Administration Department Farrokh Hormozi was quoted on Monster.com about how economic growth could impact staffing.

Lubin’s Associate Director for Online Communications and martial artist by night Rachel Klingberg was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the revival of a 19th century martial art called bartitsu.

Dyson Professor of Public Administration Mary M. Timney, PhD, provided the keynote address at the recent 26th Annual Meeting of the Public Administration Theory Network in San Francisco. The theme of the conference was Governance and the Utopian Imagination and the title of her address was “Governing After the Failed Paradigm: A New Economics for Utopia.”

Dean of the School of Education Andrea Spencer, PhD, wrote an op-ed for The Hill’s “Congress” blog about mental illness in school children and gun control.

Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes, DPS, was quoted in two Associated Press articles; one about a sophisticated bank robbery, and another about cell phone theft. He was also quoted in a piece by the Financial Times about Microsoft’s credit rating, and in the Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch about Apple’s future.

Dyson Dean Nira Herrmann, PhD, was quoted by China Daily about the Pace Confucius Institute’s fourth anniversary.

Jonathan Hill, DPS, Seidenberg professor and co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory, wrote an op-ed for The Hill’s “Congress” blog about immigration reform.

Pace University was cited in a Crain’s New York Business article about MBA graduates bypassing Wall Street.

Lubin Professor Andrew Coggins was quoted in Professional Mariner about the fire aboard the cruise ship, Carnival Triumph.

Lubin Professor John Alan James was quoted in Investor’s Business Daily about Italy’s stock market signaling a possible economic recovery for Europe. He was also quoted  in a CNBC.com piece about Hostess’ affect on unions.

Commencement Commences

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

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

Event Dates

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

Honorary Degree Recipients

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on Commencement, volunteer compensation procedures, and more, visit http://www.pace.edu/commencement.

Class Is In Session

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about these and other presenters at this year’s Faculty Institute, or to register to attend, visit www.pace.edu/faculty-institute.

Your Pad or Mine?

A famous frog once sang “it’s not easy being green,” but for the gray treefrogs in Dyson Professor Joshua Schwartz’s lab, the real challenge is finding a date.

“Typically, what happens with these treefrogs is if you go to a pond a lot of males are calling all at once and on any given evening, a relatively small percentage of the female population have eggs and are ready to breed,” explains Dyson Professor of Biology Joshua Schwartz, PhD. “So the females listen to the males calling and then they make a mate-choice decision. They pick a partner for the night based on what they hear. If one male’s call sounds better than another’s, then she moves in his direction.”

The female gray treefrogs are collected from a nearby field-site by Schwartz and his student researchers. Once collected, the female treefrogs are brought to the basement of Wilcox Hall, where Schwartz has set up a lab that is ideal for his female-choice experiments. An individual female treefrog is put under a screen cup inside a large enclosed chamber lined with acoustic foam which reduces echoes of the sounds of the synthetic male treefrog calls which are played on speakers that have been strategically set up in the room.

“We can manipulate individual features of the synthetic call and how the call is delivered,” says Schwartz. “After the female has had a listen, we raise the screen cup using a pulley and she will hop in the direction of the call she likes best and we record that as a mate-choice decision.”

The experiments are performed in pitch blackness and Schwartz and his students monitor the females’ movements using closed circuit television and infrared illumination, otherwise known as night-vision.

“By manipulating the synthetic call, we are trying to tease apart what females like in a mate. We can vary the acoustic background, and we can set up more complicated situations by using four, six, or eight speakers all playing a variation on a call,” he says.

But Schwartz’s research isn’t a females-only endeavor. On the Pleasantville Campus, Schwartz has set up a greenhouse dome that contains a habitat that resembles the environment gray treefrogs would inhabit in the wild. The enclosure contains a population of male gray treefrogs that Schwartz monitors in the evening. Using directional microphones, he records each frog’s individual vocalizations. Those are then fed into a computer interface that he built that allows him to analyze vocal interactions among males. Sometimes, a female is brought into the greenhouse so that her mate-choice can be observed in a more realistic environment than the testing chamber in Willcox.

“The dome  is a venue for setting up an artificial chorus with real frogs; whereas with the chamber, we are using artificial sounds created with a computer,” Schwartz says. “We are trying to get an understanding of the communication system of these animals and try to understand how they can successfully communicate in extremely noisy conditions.”

For those who have never experienced a frog chorus firsthand, imagine the deafening din created by upwards of a hundred male treefrogs all vying for a bit of female attention. Despite the incredible levels of noise, females have to identify males of their own species, decide which male of their own species they want to mate with, and then finally locate him.

“In many ways, the challenges for communication in a treefrog chorus are similar to those faced by human beings trying to carry on a conversation at a crowded cocktail party,” concludes Schwartz.

President’s Corner

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the dedication of Ottinger Hall at Pace Law School. It was a wonderful occasion, honoring former Dean Dick Ottinger for his special place in Pace history… At Commencement we will have the opportunity to celebrate another major figure in the history of Pace, Neil Bianco ’61, who will be stepping down as Chair of the Pace Board of Trustees.

President's CornerDear Colleagues,

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the dedication of Ottinger Hall at Pace Law School. It was a warm and wonderful occasion, honoring former Dean Dick Ottinger for his special place in Pace history as a seminal leader and devoted mentor to 30 years of Pace Law School students. As I said in my prepared remarks, “I cannot think of a better tribute to Dick than renaming the classroom building in his honor. And I cannot think of a more inspiring name for the building that brings together our students and faculty in a community of learning.”

At the 2013 Commencement we will have the opportunity to celebrate another major figure in the history of Pace, Neil Bianco ’61, who will be stepping down as Chair of the Pace Board of Trustees. As a Pace alumnus, Neil has experienced the power of Opportunitas in his own life and he has worked tirelessly to extend that opportunity to new generations of Pace students. He has served as a Trustee for more than 40 years.  During a chairmanship that spanned 14 years and 3 Pace presidents, he has also attended every Commencement, where he confers the degrees on our graduates.  I look forward to sharing the stage with him as he performs this official duty one final time.

I hope you will be able to attend at least one of our Commencements as either as a volunteer or as a spectator.  If you cannot attend the ceremonies in person, you can watch them online at the Pace website. It is an honor to spend this very special day with our graduates and their families.

Thank you for all you are doing to make this another wonderful spring at Pace.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman

The Selfless Seven

The results are in! Seven members of the Pace Community have been selected to receive Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals for their commitment to service–and one will even pack her bags for DC to compete for a Gold Medal Award.

Each year, the Jefferson Awards for Public Service looks for the “unsung heroes,” the selfless people who make the world a better place through volunteering and community service efforts. The Center for Community Action and Research has announced that seven Pace individuals have been selected to receive Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals for 2012-2013.

Known as the “Nobel Prize for public service,” the Jefferson Awards were established to recognize and honor individuals whose community service efforts best exemplify dedication to enhancing the quality of life in their community. Pace University became a Champion of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service in 2008. Nominations were solicited from the University community and finalists were selected based on their personal, sustained commitment to service, and for the model of spirit and service they provide the University community.

This year’s Bronze Medal Award winners include:

Tracy Basile—Adjunct Professor for Environmental Studies and English (PLV)
Tracy Basile currently teaches several civic engagement courses, including “Food Revolution: The Politics and Ecology of What We Eat” and “Animals and Society.” In 2010, she co-produced a short documentary film, The Unfractured Future, which highlights Native American voices on hydraulic fracturing and was awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to use the film for educational outreach. You can read more about Basile in this week’s Earth Month feature.

Zach Dayton—Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Promotions (PLV)
Zach Dayton has been involved in service activities throughout his entire life and grew up working in a nonprofit organization that his mother started. He has spent the past four years building a service-oriented mindset within the department of athletics at Pace that follows the NCAA Division II platform of academics, athletics, and service. Through his leadership, Pace student-athletes have raised thousands of dollars, and put forth hundreds of community service hours for initiatives like Pace Goes Pink and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Joan Katen—Adjunct Professor for Peace and Justice Studies and Political Science (PLV)
As a Pace professor, Joan Katen has been an active member of the Pace PLV community, co-designing and co-teaching Keys to Global Peace, a civic engagement course engaging hundreds of students in projects that contribute to peace and justice in the world. She has coordinated dozens of open lectures from Deputy Ambassador to the UN Ramez Ghoussous, to the Ambassador from Eygpt to the UN Ambassador Abdul Aziz and Brigadier General Duke Deluca, and co-coordinated events such as “The Devastating Effects of War on Children” and “The World that Works for Everyone: Creating Peace and Sustainable Development.” She is Advocacy Chair of the United Nations Association and advisor to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Shyam Nooredeen—Lubin Business Management major (NYC)
Shyam Nooredeen has been an avid supporter of community service since high school. After transferring to Pace in spring 2012, he was chosen to participate in the Alternative Spring Break program, which focused on homelessness in New York City. Through ASB, he has volunteered at Housing Works, the Food Bank of NYC, Yorkville Common Pantry, YCAP, New York Cares Paint-A-School Day, and New York Cares Hands-On Day in the spring. His biggest achievement thus far is serving as a Democracy Coach for Pace’s chapter of Generation Citizen, a program that partners college students with NYC high school classrooms where students are empowered to take on issues that deeply affect them. During the spring 2013 semester, he became the Education Director of Generation Citizen at Pace. 

Mark Stephens—University Director for Financial Aid
Mark Stephens has shared his knowledge of the financial aid profession, serving as group leader/trainer for the last 10 years with newcomers into this field at weeklong “boot camp” training events sponsored by New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA). He has also provided financial aid workshops at a host of local high schools each year in NY and NJ. For the past 16 years, Stephens has served in the Diaconate ministry at Macedconia Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY and Union Baptist Church in Greenburg, NY. In addition to serving the congregation, he visits sick and isolated members in their homes, hospitals, and nursing homes to offer company and comfort. 

AliReza Vaziri—Dyson Film and Screen Studies major (NYC)
AliReza Vaziri serves as a student research assistant for a Provost-funded project aimed at reducing meat consumption on campus in order to allay a range of environmental pressures. Specifically, his efforts include polling and gaining public support for “green” campus activities; TAing for a course, ENV201 (Animals and Society); introducing the campus to the social and political dimensions of “dumpster diving”; and producing and directing a documentary film about food waste and homelessness. He is also a recipient of the Project Pericles Leadership award. This semester, he is working with a group of students to educate the Pace Community on the harmful environmental and health effects of the water bottle industry and establishing the green roof and vegetable garden on the NYC Campus.

Dana Weingartner—Lubin Marketing major and Dyson Political Science minor (PLV)
Dana Weingartner has been a strong advocate of service since high school and has participated in volunteer programs at her local library, mission trips with her youth group, volunteering in food banks, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens, and repairing homes on a Native American reservation in South Dakota. Since arriving at Pace in 2010 she has programmed and supervised more than a dozen service and civic education projects with the CCAR, including projects for Paint a School Day, Hope’s Door, Successful Learning Center, Beczak Environmental Center, and Sharing Shelf. She has run successful voter registration and organ donor campaigns and has served as a teaching assistant for the civic engagement course POL 110:  Leadership and Advocacy. She is a founding member of the student planned and supervised Pace Makes a Difference Day “Spring Edition” and is currently a Periclean Fellow.

Additionally, Joan Katen was selected to represent Pace at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies in Washington DC and compete for a Gold Medal Award. The selection of the Gold Medal awardee is made at the national level by the Jefferson Awards Board of Selectors.  For more information on the Jefferson Award winners, visit the CCAR website.

The Professor Is In: Q&A with P.V. Viswanath

Lubin Finance Professor P.V. Viswanath talks culture, finance, polyglotism, and his interests from Jay Leno to film editing.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

To have a conversation with P.V. Viswanath, PhD, is to be immersed in his amazingly vast knowledge of every topic from religion and languages to finance and economics. When Viswanath isn’t in a classroom lecturing both undergraduate and graduate students on financial practices, he can be found advising undergraduate students on their honors theses in finance, or embarking on his newest endeavor to learn Chinese (he is fluent in several languages including French, Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi.) He, along with colleague Professor Rebecca Tekula, recently applied for a grant to perform research in urban microfinance—an innovative field in the economic world that investigates people in urban areas who are underserved by commercial banks. They will try to uncover why 8 percent of people in the entire U.S., and nearly 14 percent of New Yorkers, do not have a bank account at all. His research will compare un-banked citizens of NYC and Mumbai, where Viswanath was born and raised. He is extremely interested in anthropology and diverse cultures. Last summer, Viswanath visited a group of people in Northeast India called the Bnei Menashe, who believe that they are descended from the lost Israelite tribe of Menashe, expelled from Israel in the 8th century BCE by the Assyrians. The group is actively seeking to reestablish its connections to Jewish society and many members of the group wish to immigrate to Israel. His previous research includes innumerable academic papers on topics like law and marketing. He is certainly an asset to the Pace Community—and extremely fun to boot.

What was your favorite class as a student? Least favorite?
My favorite class in high school was French. It was the first of many languages I’ve studied in my life. In undergraduate school, I found an interest in English literature and economics.

My least favorite class in school was biology. Where I went to school in Mumbai, we did not have a lot of great teachers in the sciences and you were not required to take science courses if it was not in your area of study.

What one thing or person made you passionate about your current career?
Since coming to Pace I have become much more passionate about teaching. I believe I have a very analytical mind and I’ve always loved to do research. But it’s only since coming to Pace, that I really developed my interesting in teaching. I’ve realized it is a great responsibility [to be a professor]. Sometimes when a student does not like a course, it is the way in which the material is presented. I make the effort to learn how to improve my teaching.

What quality do you most value in your students?
I value students who think about a question or topic and ask questions. Something I do in my class (which I know isn’t always popular) is I don’t always give an answer to a question. In some other classes, perhaps there is an answer to a question, but I think, in general, it is more important to be able to think critically. Especially in economics and finance students are always saying, “But what is the right answer? I need the answer!” but often times it is not about the answer, but learning how to think about a topic and evaluate it.

What’s your advice to students to make the most out of their time in college?
Take courses outside your major and expand your horizons past your primary area of study.

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?
I mentioned earlier how I didn’t have a lot of education in the physical sciences. And I’ve always enjoyed research. I am a researcher first. So, if I could I would study the physical sciences and perhaps become a research scientist.

I think I probably would be a terrible musician. But I do enjoy music… I learned to chant from the Torah. With each character there is a specific pitch to chant at and I’ve studied that.

What is your favorite book/TV show?
My wife and I really like Jay Leno—we try to watch him. And I really liked Cheers a long time ago. I read a lot. One genre I really enjoy is crime fiction like Clive Cussler, who writes thrillers that take place in New York. I also enjoy historical and locale-based crime fiction, e.g. by Qiu Xiao Long writes crime stories based in modern-day Shanghai.  I was also a big fan of the Brother Cadfael series of murder mysteries set in 12th century England.

What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
I’d probably read—I also like movies and don’t see enough of them. In fact, I would also like to study film editing—which I hope to do eventually. It amazes me how editing of the film can completely change a movie. Even the film industry’s connection to finance is interesting. For example, if you’re a film maker with debt financing, you are likely to have to give up artistic control.  Since the lender just wants to make sure he gets his money back and doesn’t participate in any upside in case the movie does really well, he wants to reduce his risk exposure. This is particularly true of studio financing. With debt financing, the director has much more control. S/he doesn’t have to worry about the studio insisting on changing a movie ending, for example.

What is your favorite journey/experience?
I traveled to China and taught in Beijing for three weeks. That was a very interesting experience because I was exposed to a whole different culture, but one that has been connected with India since the times of the Buddha.

What is your favorite saying/words to live by?
My favorite saying that I try to live by is from Hillel in the 2nd century. Don’t do something to someone else that you would not want done to you.

If you could have any five people, living or dead, imagined or real, as guests at a dinner party, who would you choose?
Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus, Muhammad, Adolf Hitler, and Ashoka, a 3rd century Indian king who was instrumental in the spread of Buddhism to China and throughout Asia.  He underwent a change of heart after a very bloody war and became more interested in the welfare of his people.

Here Comes the Sun

A Pace professor teams up with students to explore the effectiveness of newly-installed solar panels on campus, including how they helped students get recharged during Superstorm Sandy.

Written by Sarah Aires ’14

About 165,000 trillion watts of solar power reach the earth all the time, and all activities on the planet utilize only a fraction of it–and yet the energy crises wages on! Seidenberg Professor Hsui-Lin Winkler, PhD, has teamed up with students for a research endeavor to explore the functionality and effectiveness of new solar panels the university installed last year. The research topic, which had initially been included as part of the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Initiative, was proposed by Winkler, whose previous work includes research of college campus energy consumption for a prestigious Thinkfinity grant. Naturally, the work extended to include a closer look at understanding solar energy on campus.

The solar panels were installed on the e-House of the Law School, and a “solar classroom’ on the Pleasantville Campus. The six modules on the PLV Campus classroom were donated by Con Edison to demonstrate to students how solar panels can be used effectively in a classroom. The solar PV modules installed in both locations are the same type; each can generate 235 watts per meter square. During the summer and spring months, the panels contribute  half of the total energy use and less in the winter.

“We were just excited to see that we have some panels up on the roofs and provide us significant energy in the e-House and be a solar panel showcase in the solar classroom,” Winkler said.

In the wake of the Superstorm Sandy disaster that displaced many Pace students and canceled classes for days, the solar panels were an invaluable resource. Despite the power outage that affected both campuses, students were able to charge phones and computers due to the solar energy. With about 1.5 kWatts, the room comfortably provides charges for 20 to 25 students.

When questioned about the potential financial hardship of the solar panels, Winkler explained, “It would takes about 15 years for solar panels to be paid off from electricity generation alone.  It can be less if some extra tax benefits were provided to purchase the solar panels. However, if we consider the reduction of CO2, which is usually not included in the estimate of benefit, the solar energy cost would be greatly reduced. “

Ongoing research could make way for more innovative energy solutions as Pace helps pave the way for university in energy conservation.

Watching the Clock

Finance and Planning rolls out upgrades to the Kronos system this May.

This month, the time and attendance application, Kronos will be upgraded to a new version. The upgrade will provide new and exciting features, such as:

  • A more user-friendly layout (widget navigator)
  • Improved historical edit feature (timecard approvers)
  • Improved timecard approval sequencing (timecard approvers)
  • New genie enhancements (timecard approvers)
  • Improved Payroll and Administrator processes

Due to the upgrade, the Kronos application will be unavailable for time entry and manager approval on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30. The new version will be available to end users beginning Friday, May 31.

To assist with the transition, there will be computer-based training videos available online and several webinars offered during the month of May. These sessions will provide an overview of the new features, a review of the updated layout, and provide end users the opportunity to ask questions.

There will be additional communication the next several weeks identifying dates for training and Q&A. You may also visit our website, www.pace.edu/finance-planning, for future updates and training information.

Questions can be directed to the Financial Information Systems office staff at ext. 22899 or FIS@pace.edu.

School Snippets

The reinvention of education, shining students, women in tech, and more! This month’s School Snippets brought to you by Dyson Digital Digest and Seidenberg News.

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ITS Updates

ePortfolio Student Contest winners, a wireless update, using Lync to its fullest potential, Blackboard upgrades, and more!

Final Exam Schedules for Faculty and Students
Finals are here!  Find out where and when your finals are through two available methods:

Spring 2013 ePortfolio Student Contest Winners
The judges’ scores are in! Below are the winners of the third annual spring contest—log in to ePortfolio to check out their superlative ePortfolios.

  • Pamela Marianelli Agbulos: A freshman political science major who created her ePortfolio on her own after being briefly introduced to the tool in UNV101.
  • Yekaterina Tsvetkova: An undergraduate Lubin student who created her ePortfolio almost entirely in Russian as part of her modern languages coursework.
  • Caitlin Kirschbaum: A graduate student in the Masters in Communications and Media Arts with vast skill sets in areas such as social media, marketing, video production, photography and public relations.
  • Heather Askildsen: A senior English major created a career-oriented ePortfolio that showcases her writing.

New Wireless Technology for Students, Faculty, and Staff Update
Starting mid-May, we will begin the migration of the new Cisco wireless technology at One Pace Plaza building (with the exception of Maria’s Tower). We will be posting a general schedule for the building on our website. In addition, we will also be posting signage and have handouts in key locations.

If you are connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations list above, you will see the network information below:

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

Microsoft Lync Settings Update
In order to improve the user experience when scheduling and conducting Lync online meetings and the Web conferences, we have updated the Microsoft Lync’s default settings. For a video tutorial on customizing meeting options, click here.

In addition, a new “Lync Delegate” feature has been enabled which will allow a designated person to set up a Lync meeting on behalf of someone else.  To learn how Lync delegate access works, you can review tutorials here.

Another benefit of enabling Lync Delegate access is that it will also turn on the Lync “voice calling” feature.  This means that calls to internal Pace numbers/extensions can now be made via the dial pad icon on the main Lync window.  Just type in the number or extension of the person you want to call and press CALLNote: To use this feature, you must have either a microphone or speaker connected to your computer or a microphone enabled headset.

Exchange Upgrades
While the upgrade is in progress, users may see references to emailnyc.pace.edu or emailwst.pace.edu in their mail clients. Some mail clients may require configuration changes to continue to function. Please review the table on the following site Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Upgrade and take note of any changes required for the mail client you use.

Once the upgrade to Exchange Server 2013 is complete this summer, emailnyc.pace.edu and emailwst.pace.edu will no longer be required and all users will be able to use email.pace.edu again.

Blackboard Upgrade in May
Blackboard Learn servers will be taken offline on Thursday, May 23, from 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in order to install a service pack upgrade. The update will provide a number of enhancements to the Blackboard Learning Management System. More details are available from CTLT’s blog at the following site: Enhanced Features of Blackboard Learn in May.

University Policy Library for Students, Faculty, and Staff Available in May
The University has been working on creating a central location for all relevant University policies. This library is to ensure faculty, staff, and students have easy access to policies that affect them and their respective areas/groups. It will be available by mid-May through your Portal account.

HR Updates

Organizational Learning and Development announces its second annual Staff Development Day.

Organizational Learning and Development is happy to announce University-wide Staff Development Day happening June 7 and the White Plains Graduate Center.

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, including Human Resources, ITS, Finance and Planning, the Westchester Counseling Center, Pace Library, Environmental Health and Safety, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Pace’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT). In addition, the Academic Federal Credit Union and TIAA-CREF will also be offering new programs.

This event will consist of concurrent sessions throughout the day; come for one or many!  Programs being offered include: Resolving Conflicts with Peers; Office Ergonomics; Tools for Managing Stress; The ABCs of Processing a Contract; Promoting a Culture of Information Security at Pace University; and many more!

Click here to view the schedule for the day and to register for programs. You must register for each program you wish to attend separately.

For more information, contact Susan Donahue at sdonahue@pace.edu or ext. 22766.

Fit to Print

From Syrian opposition to multilingual proficiency, Pace faculty and staff sound off in the news.

Lubin Professor of Finance Matthew Morey recently spoke at the Mutual Fund Directors Forum’s 2013 Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., which featured SEC Comissioner Troy Paredes and Congressman Scott Garrett.

Bruce Bachenheimer, director of Pace’s Entrepreneurship lab, was mentioned in a Forbes.com article about Enstitute, an independent entrepreneurship lab in Lower Manhattan. He was also quoted in a Crain’s New York Business piece about the importance of entrepreneurship and pitch contests. Bachenheimer also contributed to American Express’ OPEN Forum article on “6 Shark Tank Lessons for Entrepreneurs.”

School of Education Professor Xiao-Lei Wang, PhD, was quoted in an article on NBC Latino about exposing children to more than one language as early as possible may ensure native-like proficiency in these languages.

Lubin Professor Larry Chiagouris discusses San Diego’s marketing in an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Lubin Professor Surendra Kaushik, PhD, has contributed to The Hill’s “Congress” blog an op-ed on the Cypriot bailout. He also contributed an op-ed on housing recover to the American Banker “BankThink” blog.

Seidenberg Professor James W. Gabberty, PhD, discusses the need for American banks to reevaluate their cybersecurity in an article published by CSO Online.

Dyson Professor Paul Londrigan spoke to CBC Radio about how the West should be weary of arming the Syrian opposition.

Lubin Professor Michael Szenberg, PhD, was granted Emeritus status through a unanimous vote by the ODE Board at the University of Houston-Victoria. He also provided a review of the Masters of Finance program at CUNY Staten Island.

Lubin Professor John Alan James, executive director of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation at Pace, contributed an op-ed to The Hill’s “Congress” blog that discusses what happens when financial institutions become too big to manage. He has also contributed another op-ed on the recently deceased Margaret Thatcher.

Lubin Professor Andrew O. Coggins Jr., PhD, discusses the flaws in the Cruise Bill of Rights for Cruisecritic.com.

A study, co-authored by Pace Law Professor Andrew Lund, analyzed director turnover at financial institutions in the Standard & Poor’s 1,500-stock index from 2006 to 2010.

Jonathan Hill, DPS, co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory and Seidenberg professor, shares why he believes Congress must end quotas for H-1B petitions in an article on India West.

Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes, DPS, discussed how a new computer forensics program is helping students fight cyber crime and create jobs in an interview on Foxnews.com.

Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman was quoted in the Westchester Business Journal about the Pace Community Law Practice.

Lubin Professor Michael Szenberg, PhD, and long-time collaborator Lall Ramrattan, PhD, worked together to publish Major Religious and Far Eastern Perspectives on the Global Economic and Financial Crisis, a book that analyzes the current financial crisis from a far-eastern perspective. The two also co-wrote  “A Generalized Model for Foreign Domestic Investment Flows to All Countries,” which will appear in The Journal of Developing areas this fall. Their article, “The Paradoxical/Ironic Behavior of Regions in Response to Free Trade and Growth in the Post-Cold War Global Economy,” appeared in The International Journal of Finance last year.

Dyson Professor Matthew Bolton, PhD, talks arms trade treaty in a recent op-ed for The Hill’s “Congress” blog.

President’s Corner

Just like the natural world in spring time, the rich diversity of Pace life is on full display during the month of April. In addition to the teaching and learning that enliven our days, the University will host an exciting roster of intellectual, cultural, and community offerings.

President's CornerDear Colleagues,

Just like the natural world in spring time, the rich diversity of Pace life is on full display during the month of April. In addition to the teaching and learning that enliven our days, the University will host an exciting roster of intellectual, cultural, and community offerings, including the Dyson Day Conference, featuring Anant Awargal, president of the groundbreaking Harvard-MIT Online Consortium edX; Pace Presents performances by the ABT Studio Company and world-renowned jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela; InsideTrack with Pace alumnus and Trustee Thomas Quinlan, President and CEO of RR Donnelley; and the annual President’s Scholarship dinner celebrating the generosity of our alumni and friends. In what the poet William Wordsworth would call “a thousand splendid notes,” these busy April days express the Pace Community’s highest priorities and deepest values—intellectual challenge, the exchange of ideas, creative excellence and connection through the arts, and the enduring devotion of one Pace generation to the next.

Of course there is a great deal more happening across our campuses than I can mention in one column, so be sure to review the University calendar here: www.pace.edu/events. In spring, we are often reminded to stop and smell the flowers. These are indeed busy days, but I hope you will take a moment to stop and enjoy the abundance that is available to you as a member of this community of learning.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman

Dynamic Duos Part Deux

What do zebrafish and video games have in common? They’re just a few of the subjects that Pace faculty and students have delved into as part of the 2nd Annual Pace Undergraduate Research Program. Learn more at the end of this month as they present their findings on the NYC and PLV campuses.

Researching the brain development and sense of smell of zebrafish; studying the effects of video gaming on impulsive behavior in college students; analyzing energy consumption and solar energy generation in Pace’s solar energy classroom; combating neuromuscular disorders through the synthesis of novel therapeutic drugs; understanding the attitudes of nursing students toward the geriatric population; and much more—27 Pace student and faculty pairs will highlight their research through formal presentations and poster sessions, culminating in an award presentation.

New York City Showcase:
Monday, April 29
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Student Union
One Pace Plaza
Westchester Showcase:
Wednesday, May 1
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Gottesman Room
Kessel Student Center

 

Please RSVP by Monday, April 22 to Sue Maxam, EdD, at (914) 773-3849 or smaxam@pace.edu and note which showcase(s) you plan to attend.

For more information about the pairings or to read progress on their blogs, visit www.pace.edu/ugresearch.

InsideTrack is Back

Join Pace University Trustee Thomas J. Quinlan III ’85, President and CEO of RR Donnelley & Sons, and President Stephen J. Friedman for an illuminating discussion about the fast-paced changes taking place in media and publishing today.

InsideTrack returns on Tuesday, April 23, as President Friedman sits down with Pace alumnus Thomas J. Quinlan III ’85, president and CEO of RR Donnelley & Sons Company. With more than 60,000 employees, annual revenues of more than $11 billion, and approximately 650 locations around the globe, Chicago-based RR Donnelley & Sons Company is the largest provider of printing and print-related business services in the world.

The evening’s topic, “Coping with Disruption,” will be examined as President Friedman and Quinlan take us through the fast-paced changes in media and publishing as the world tilts toward digital. Hear the fascinating story of the transformation of an entire industry in real time.

Members of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a global organization of more than 4,600 business leaders who are or have been chief executive officers of major companies, have also been invited to attend two master classes taught by expert Pace faculty. The first class brings together a panel of experts and enviro-policymakers from the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies for “Straight Talk on the Future of Our Planet.” Afterwards, WPO members are invited to attend “Megatrends: Threats, Opportunities, Successes, Failures,” an interdisciplinary master class that will focus on the up-to-date issues of globalization and economic interdependency and what the latest issues and challenges are and how your business can deal with them.

“Hosting the World President’s Organization is a great opportunity to introduce the University to an important group of area CEOs,” says Freddi Wald, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of University Relations. “They will learn firsthand of the exciting intellectual and cultural opportunities available to our students and the Pace Community each and every day.”

For more information and to RSVP, click here.   


I Don’t Know How She Does It

This month, a panel of Pace’s top women professionals share their experiences in life and business, what it takes to make it to the top, and how to cope with the struggle of the juggle.

On Friday, April 19, join fellow Pace faculty and staff at the Women of Pace: Women’s Professional Development Forum  to hear inspiring words of career and life wisdom from five women who have made it to the top of Pace while juggling careers, families, and busy New York lives. Panelists include Sue Maxam, EdD, University Director, Student Academic Engagement; Phyllis Mooney, Executive Director, Career Services; Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD, Dean for Students, Westchester; Freddi Wald, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President, University Relations; and Toby Winer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Borne out of a desire to bring women’s professional development to Pace, an issue that was near and dear to her heart, Senior Organizational Learning Consultant Susan Donahue worked closely with Maxam, who is on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education’s New York State Women’s Network, to pilot this forum.

“I think it’s great, particularly for women in the beginning or middle stages of their careers, to hear what other women have learned—both good and bad—in their own careers that may have changed the course of things for them,” explains Donahue.

The panel of women, who come from both the academic and administrative ends of the University spectrum, will share their stories, answer audience questions, and network with attendees. The event, which is open to all faculty and staff, will focus primarily on roadblocks encountered, opportunities afforded to female professionals, and advice and insight for those working their way up the corporate ladder.

Especially committed to the opportunities that networking can present, Wald believes that it’s through this type of information exchange—especially for career changers and those looking to move up in the world—that workers are able to gain insight into their industries that they would be unable to get elsewhere.

“It was a privilege to be asked to join the panel,” says Wald. “I believe one of the most valuable resources we have are people—meeting people, finding mentors, gathering information. Women, especially now, face amazingly challenging decisions. Whether it’s family issues—caring for children or elderly family members—or the responsibility of daily juggling and logistics.”

Maxam hopes that those who attend the forum come away knowing that career paths are typically not linear, but rather filled with many interesting twists and turns. Such diverse experiences, she believes, enable leaders to be well-rounded, view issues from a wide variety of perspectives, learn many transferable skills, and adapt easily to new situations.

“Female professionals often look for insights, guidance, and mentoring from female leaders,” says Maxam, “This venue opens the door to such conversations, in addition to providing an opportunity for networking with Pace University colleagues at all levels.”

To learn more about the Women’s Professional Development Forum and to register to attend, please click here.

 

Equality Can’t Wait

New York City is electing its first new Mayor in 12 years. It’s time to make sure NYC’s next leader puts equality at the top of the agenda. Hear from the candidates on the issues that impact women and girls, and on matters that affect every New Yorker.

On Tuesday, May 7, Pace University and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies once again join forces with the National Organization for Women’s New York City chapter (NOW-NYC) to host a debate between the top candidates in the upcoming New York mayoral election. The event, “Equality Can’t Wait: NOW-NYC Mayoral Forum,” is meant to ensure that the next mayor of New York City puts equality at the top of his or her agenda.

“NOW approached us and asked if we would host a mayoral candidates’ debate that would focus specifically on issues of interest to women in the upcoming mayoral elections,” explains the Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies department Nancy Reagin, PhD. “We thought that it would be really interesting for our students as well as the community.”

At 7:00 p.m. the candidates of New York City’s mayoral race will take to the Schimmel stage for two back-to-back town hall style debates. The first features Democrats Christine Quinn, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, and Bill Thompson, while the second debate includes Republicans John Catsimatidis, Joe Lhota, and Independent candidate Adolfo Carrión Jr.  The debates will be moderated by former New York Times political writer, Joyce Purnick, winner of the Peter Kihss Award for reporting on city government and the Front Page Award for her political column in New York Magazine and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics. Up for discussion are issues such as equal pay, parental leave, and other issues of workplace equity that the city has a role in regulating and determining.

“We’re hoping for a big turnout from the Pace Community. We’re sure the topics will be of interest to students from all colleges, including Women’s and Gender Studies, Political Science, and Communication students,” Reagin says.

For more information and to register, please visit www.nownyc.org.

Food For Thought

Professor Marley Bauce and student AliReza Vaziri ’13 team up for an undergraduate research project to gauge environmental sustainability in Pace’s Dining Halls.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Dyson Professor of Environmental Studies Marley Bauce and Lubin senior AliReza Vaziri are prime examples of how professors and students have come together to make a difference. In this case, the duo has undertaken an innovative new research project on environmental sustainability—and how Pace can adopt a leadership role in the movement.

Recycling, purchasing energy saving appliances, and whizzing around in a Prius are stylish ways to show your support for environment sustainability, but they aren’t necessarily making the impact you think they are.  According to a 2006 meta-analysis conducted by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, industrial agriculture releases 33% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Of this 33%, beef production claims half the responsibility. Forget the Prius: It may be time to confront the steak.

So what can Pace do to help minimize environmental damage? Professor Bauce and Vaziri have teamed up in the Division of Student Success’ Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Initiative to gauge the environmental sustainability measures of Pace’s Dining Halls and identify what Pace can do to improve.

Professor Bauce and Vaziri believe that Pace could implement three primary changes in order to remain on the cusp of environmental sustainability awareness.

“Pace can lead the initiative by offering more ecologically-friendly options for students,” Professor Bauce said.  As of now, the café does offer some vegetarian options. We have met with representatives of Chartwell’s to discuss our research.”

Another suggestion the research partners have proposed is to implement a “Meatless Monday” campaign across campus, an idea that has already been implemented at the Pace Law School on the White Plains campus. Through this campaign, a wider variety of meat-free food alternatives are offered to students on Mondays, along with educational programs designed to encourage students to eat less meat… both for their health, and for the health of the planet.

NYU and Columbia have also implemented “Meatless Monday” campaigns in order to encourage students to refrain from eating meat on Mondays, thereby reducing their carbon footprints as well as reducing health risk factors.

In a survey that Professor Bauce and Vaziri distributed to 3,000 Pace students and faculty members, the Pace community expressed their desire for an advanced administrative position on environmental consciousness, citing sustainable living as a clear social value.

“The survey asked if [students] would alter their eating habits in order to promote ecological sustainability, and the consensus was that they would not want to change their eating habits out right on their own,” Professor Bauce said. “However, when asked whether they felt that Pace should offer more options for students to eat less meat, the response was overwhelming: The same survey subjects believe that  Pace should launch an initiative to provide students with the option to eat more responsibly if they choose. This is a fascinating dynamic between consumer and corporate environmental responsibilities, right here in the heart of New York City.”

Finally, Vaziri, who founded the campus organization A Dollar’s Difference and was recently awarded Pace’s Jefferson Award for Public Service, suggests that Pace use its influence and power to not only help the environment, but also to help less fortunate individuals within our community. “We would like to see Pace limit food waste, and donate its left over, unused foods to food banks in the area,” Vaziri explained, “We are currently in talks with several to try and set it up.” Americans currently throw away approximately 50% of the food they purchase; this food accumulates in landfills and emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. This is but one more way in that what we eat has a profound effect on the local and global environment.

Says Professor Bauce, “Our next steps are to meet with Provost Sukhatme to discuss options; distribute another survey to students; and prepare a document for distribution around the university, which outlines various ways in which the Pace Community can use food as an important means of expressing an environmental identity.”

The findings of their research will be presented via a poster panel at the Division of Student Success’ Showcase Event on April 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union. Admission to this event is free and open to the public; for more information, please contact Sue Maxam, EdD, at smaxam@pace.edu.

For updates on his developing research, follow AliReza’s blog at here.

Cultural Kick-off

This spring, culture comes to Pace in the forms of drama, dance, the debut of the new Performing Arts building, and more.

The Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season
April 3-May 4, Wednesday-Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
April kicks off with The Actors Studio Drama School’s annual repertory season, which features five weeks of challenging and exciting theater designed to introduce graduating students to the professional world and the public in productions of the work they have created during their three years of study. This year’s rep season includes four original plays written by the four graduating playwrights, as well as a production of North of Providence, a one-act play written by Dyson Professor Edward Allen Baker. For more information about the ASDS Repertory Season or to reserve your tickets, visit www.pace.edu/ASDSRep.

Pace Performing Arts Open House
Friday, April 12, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Pace’s Performing Arts department welcomes students, staff, and faculty to the grand opening of 140 William Street. This state-of-the-art building will serve as the new home for Performing Arts and will be dedicated to the training and education of the next generation of American artists. Guided tours of the new acting, movement, dance, and television studios will be offered. While you are there, get a peek at the new costume and design shops, as well as the CAD lab and new performance spaces.

The Importance of Being Earnest
April 10-12, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 2:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m
Sunday, April 14, 1:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m

Fancy a farce? Head over the Schaeberle Studio Theater this month for the Performing Arts Program’s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. This satirical tale comments on Victorian social ties in a hilarious case of mistaken identity.

Dance Out Loud
Friday, April 26, 8:00 p.m. 
Saturday, April 27, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Conceived and directed by Rhonda Miller, one of the most sought-after choreographers in the country and director and lecturer of dance at Pace, this showcase features more than 50 Pace students getting their tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and contemporary dance on at the NYC Campus’ Schimmel Theatre. Reserve your tickets today by clicking here.

Take the Stage: Sing and Dance with Broadway Stars
Sunday, April 28, 3:00 p.m.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? It doesn’t  matter! This April, Carnegie Hall comes to you. Imagine you’re on a lit-up Broadway stage—now get ready to sing and dance with real Broadway all-stars! Join composer Thomas Cabaniss, musical director of Chicago: The Musical Leslie Stifelman, and choreographer Melissa Rae Mahon as they guide you through a sing- and dance-along right here at Pace’s Schimmel Theatre. This Community Sing event is part of the Neighborhood Concert Series presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. For more information and to RSVP, contact rsvpcarnegiehall@pace.edu.