Roll Out the Red Carpet

Pace hosts its first-ever student run film festival and gala reception as part of Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary celebration.

On Saturday, December 7, head to Pleasantville for a day of fun, film, and food as grad students from Dyson College’s Media, Communication, and Visual Arts program curate this first-ever, one-day film festival in celebration of Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, features the best-loved films from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. In addition to the screenings, there will be break-out panel discussions featuring Pace’s expert faculty who will weigh in on the significance of the decade’s cinema.

After the screenings, put on your best vintage-inspired duds (black tie not required) and stroll down Pace’s red carpet to the gala reception. Guests will have the opportunity to pose with their favorite actors and actresses (okay, fine, they’re cardboard cut outs, but it will be fun—we promise!). Don’t forget to share your best pics on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PLV50.

Film Schedule:





Willie Wonka


10:30 a.m-2:10 p.m. Butcher Suite
Mary Poppins  


1:00 p.m-3:20 p.m. Butcher Suite
Social Network                       


4:10 p.m.-6:40 p.m. Butcher Suite
Saturday Night Fever  


11:00 a.m.-1:05 p.m. Lienhard
Jurassic Park               


2:00 p.m.-4:07 p.m. Lienhard
Life of Pi                      


4:30 p.m.-6:06 p.m. Lienhard
Lilies of the Field         


11:30 a.m.-1:04 p.m. Miller
Wall Street                  


2:00 p.m.-4:06 p.m. Miller
When Harry Met Sally  


4:30 p.m.-6:06 p.m. Miller

Film screenings run from 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. followed by the gala reception from 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP to For an updated schedule of panel discussions and film screenings, visit


Monstrous Bodies

Dyson Lecturer Ying Wang explores disability, deviance, and feminism in the writings of 19th century French female authors.

“We had already talked a lot about a difference in identity. Differences in gender, race, sexuality—how they were represented in women’s writings,” says Ying Wang, PhD, a lecturer in Dyson’s Modern Language and Cultures Department, “but critics have overlooked a very important difference: body difference, disabled people, how women represent these figures and why they were incorporated into women’s writings.”

This exploration of body difference, Wang believes, possibly stems from fact that in the 19th century,the scientific, medical, religious, and moral discourses were destined to justify the link between femininity and disability. The female body is considered to be an inferior body—a weak body. When women represent and involve this disability in their works, specifically in their sentimental novels, there must be a reason, Wang asserts, a reason worth our attention and research.

“The concept of the normal body, this standard, is what creates this monstrous body,” says Wang. “Any deviation is considered abnormal—‘monstrous.’ We consider the female body to be abnormal, the second body.”

The 19th century female writer was considered a “monstrous” being by her contemporaries. Why? Wang says it’s mainly because in Western society, women’s roles were defined to be private—the angel of the house. “Only man had the right to write, and those sorts of public things,” Wang says, “Women should be wife and mother, but when they started to write, they reclaimed their subjectivity. They transgressed the gender constraints that society imposed on them.”

The novels Wang primarily focused her research on were Anatole (1815) by Sophie Gay, a love story featuring a deaf and mute man; Olivier ou le Secret (1824) by Claire de Duras, a tragic love story that deals with male physiological impotence; Delphine de Girardin’s Monsieur le Marquis de Pontanges (1856), a story about a woman who must choose between her mentally retarded husband and a handsome, young seducer; and finally Juliette Adam’s Laide (1878), a dramatic tale of a young woman cast from her home by her sculptor father for having an ugly face.

“I want to wake them up,” says Wang, “I want to wake up their long-forgotten work and I want to wake up the disabled figures represented in their novels. I think there must be meaning behind it—how Western women within the context of the 19th century were considered disabled—not equal to men—and how women writers used disabled figures to question the norm and the constraints imposed by society on their gender. ”

Wang, who has spent the last several years investigating the representation of the disabled body in 19th century women’s sentimental novels, says France’s literary women have been forgotten and their work rarely incorporated into canon—not because their writing wasn’t any good, but because the patriarchy ideology favored male writers while marginalizing women’s literary creativity.

“The women writers of that time were seen as abnormal. They were popular and famous at the time, but have since disappeared from our anthologies and literary collections,” explains Wang. “They were considered as hybrids—possessing the body of a woman, but the mentality and intelligence of a man.”

For Wang, the importance of the textual body is critical to understanding why women writers included disability in their work and how the disabled figures influenced the narrative structure of their novels.

“For example, when there are disabled figures—when the hero is deaf—the disability initiates that story. It motivates that story to explain what happened and why,” she says. “One of the major functions of this deviance—this absence of normalcy—is to initiate a story to tell.”

Rhyme Time

Poetry returns to Pace with the Fall 2013 Poets@Pace reading, featuring award-winning poets Joan Larkin and Tony Towle.

On Monday, December 2, award-winning poets Joan Larkin and Tony Towle will give the Fall 2013 reading in the Poets@Pace series.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. in the Bianco Room, Level B, One Pace Plaza. It will include a Q&A, a book signing, and refreshments. Poets@Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace’s New York City Campus each semester, is organized by Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Joan Larkin is the Conkling Writer in Residence at Smith College and the author of six books of poems, most recently My Body: New and Selected Poems, which received the Publishing Triangle’s 2008 Audre Lorde Award. Other honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, the Lambda Award for poetry, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Los Angeles Times characterized her voice as “unsentimental, ruthless, and cleared-eyed. . . This is poetry without pity, in which despair leads not to degradation but to a kind of grace.” Larkin co-edited the groundbreaking anthologies Amazon Poetry, Lesbian Poetry, and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time, and has published plays and prose in addition to poetry.

Tony Towle’s first major poetry collection, North (1970), won the Frank O’Hara Award for experimental poetry, and he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Poets Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Poet Kenneth Koch has written: “The deep surprising lyricism of the early poems and the incisive witty discourse of the darker late ones are both part of a poetry at the same time direct and highly artistic. Tony Towle’s is one of the clear, authentic voices of American poetry.”  Of Towle’s 2001 New and Selected Poems, former Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote that the book “belongs in every library, possibly on its very own shelf.” Towle has collaborated with well-known artists and poets and has taught poetry writing at The Poetry Project.

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

Homecoming 2013

Homecoming and Family Weekend get underway this month with events planned for all members of the Pace Community.

Homecoming and Family Weekend come to campus this October as NYC and PLV gear-up for some serious fun. These celebrations aren’t reserved for only students and families–staff and faculty are invited, too. In NYC, Family Week starts on Wednesday, October 16 and continues until Sunday, October 20. Events include a welcome reception, cooking with a dean, several Broadway shows, an alumni pub crawl, and more. On the PLV Campus, Homecoming kicks off Thursday, October 24 and includes the 50 Years, 50 Faces Reception and Dinner, a student unity parade, football game, and much more. Check out the list of events below for just a small taste of all Pace has to offer for Homecoming 2013.

NYC Campus

Thursday, October 17

8:00 p.m., Homecoming Concert

Friday, October 18

5:00 p.m., Homecoming Welcome Reception
Join Dyson Dean Nira Herrmann as she kicks off Homecoming Weekend at a complimentary cocktail reception and showcase of Pace’s musical theater students as they perform a private concert just for you in the new Performing Arts building at 140 William Street!

Saturday, October 19

11:00 a.m., Pace Family Brunch ($10)
Students, parents, alumni, and administration are invited to a light brunch where President Stephen J. Friedman will give an update on the amazing things happening at Pace.

1:00 p.m., Seminar Shorts

A variety of fun and informative programs hosted by Pace’s esteemed faculty, students, and administrators.

  • Cooking with Dean Marijo: Spend some time with Dean Marijo Russell-O’Grady and her special guest as she prepares some of her favorite recipes and tricks of her trade in the kitchen.
  • Dancing with the Pace Stars: Learn from the best NYC dance faculty and students in the brand new Performing Arts building at 140 William Street.
  • Pace Encore Transition Program with Marci Alboher
  • Leveraging Social Media in your Professional Life with Professor Jonathan Hill
  • New Tax Law: Planning for Year End 2013 with Pace’s financial experts
  • Viva La Tortuga: A student documentary screening with Keith Reynolds

3:00 p.m., Keeping Pace Pub Crawl!
Relive your college days as a Pace student as we visit some of the downtown locations you frequented as a student—when you weren’t studying, of course! (must be 21 years of age and have a valid state-issued ID to attend this event)

7:00 p.m., Leaders and Legends Dinner Celebration ($20)
Enjoy dinner and dancing as we recognize our alumni who made significant contributions as students and continue to as alumni.

7:30 p.m., Pace Presents: Recuerdo Tango ($55, $40, $30)
A tango tale in three parts, Recuerdo reflects on the present, past and everyday life through a series of vignettes and features nine outstanding dancers, a quartet and vocalist under the direction of renowned dancer and choreographer Mariela Franganillo and Bob McAndrew.

8:00 p.m., Broadway Shows

  • Lion King ($99)
  • Newsies ($93)
  • Matilda ($47)

Sunday, October 20

10:00 a.m., Farewell Breakfast


Westchester Campus

Friday, October 25, 2013

6:00 p.m., Student Unity Parade
Gather your friends and family to come watch and enjoy the parade as we kick-off Homecoming weekend with our royal court, football team, campus organizations, and pep band, and campus organizations show off their decorating skills and parade their way to the football field.

7:00 p.m., Homecoming Kick-Off
Join us in Parking Lot F at the conclusion of the Student Unity Parade for a Pep Rally, bon fire, food trucks, and live music by Scarletta.

9:00 p.m., Great Pumpkin Blaze In Sleepy Hollow ($10)
See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display–all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

11:00 a.m., Homecoming Extravaganza
Join us on the Football Field and check out the variety of fun activities—Participate in our chili cook-off, play games, and win prizes, or just sit back and enjoy some food and conversation with friends. No matter what you choose, you’ll want to be here!

6:00 p.m., 50 Years, 50 Faces Reception And Dinner ($50)
Join President Stephen J. Friedman, host David Pecker ’72, and the Gold Ribbon Committee for a special reception and dinner in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus! Go to to register online. For more information and an e-vite to share with alumni you know, contact Michele Camardella or Dawn Rigney in the Alumni Relations Office.

Don’t forget, as a faculty or staff member, you’re eligible to be a Guest Judge (Step and Stroll, Banner, and Fabulosity) or register to ride on a float for the Unity Parade.

For a full schedule of events on both campuses, please visit

Meat and Mingle

This is your chance to schmooze with the President and Provost and other members of the Pace Community over sliders, cake pops, and hors d’oeuvres at welcome receptions on both campuses.

Slide into a new school year at the President and Provost Welcome Receptions being held on the:


Monday, October 7
12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Aniello Bianco Room, One Pace Plaza

50 years, 50,000 hors d’oeuvres*—Join your classmates and colleagues in celebrating Pace Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary.


Tuesday, October 15
3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m.
Gottesman Room
Kessel Student Center

*Well, not really, but there will be a lot of them.

RSVP by October 1 to and specify which event you will be attending. 

A Dog by Any Other Name

Pace’s Gerontech Research Team ushers in a whole new kind of telehealth as it partners up with GeriJoy, the talking dog brainchild of MIT alumnus Victor Wang.

“I think the guy was saying ‘doggy,’ but it morphed into Dougie, which is all right because those are words that our much older patients are able to say,” explains Assistant Professor Sharon Wexler PhD, RN, BC.

Wexler, as well as Pace’s Gerontechnology Research Team, has been woofing—working—with MIT startup GeriJoy on the development of man’s virtual best friend and health guard dog, Dougie.

“We have live staff talking to users 24/7, through the persona of the dog. The first time Sharon took the GeriJoy Companion home, she asked the dog what its name was, and the staff member on the other end happened to say ‘Dougie.’ That’s how we named the study: ‘I am Dougie, your virtual service dog’: An Intervention to Address Loneliness in Older Adults.” says Victor Wang, CEO of GeriJoy.

Whatever its name, the GeriJoy companion is a real innovation in the field of telehealth. The “talking dog” is an Android app that runs continuously on a modified (for older adult use) tablet and is connected to a remote support staff that works round the clock to talk with patients, monitor unusual goings-on inside the patients’ home, and report any changes to the patients’ family members. If necessary, the staff can request that a Pace nursing grad student conduct an in-home visit.

GeriJoy, the company that has developed this virtual service animal, has teamed up with Wexler, as well as Seidenberg Associate Professor Jean F. Coppola, PhD, and College of Health Professions Professor Lin Drury, PhD, RN, who comprise Pace’s Gerontechnology Research Team.

“We’ve been so busy this summer,” says Wexler, “We’ve been deploying GeriJoy and trying to get it in the hands of older or homebound adults at the Henry Street Settlement. We’ve also been working with Mt. Sinai Medical Center to pilot our study with hospitalized older adults. Not to mention we’ve written God-knows how many grants to further our work with GeriJoy.”

Through the app, the GeriJoy staff can see, hear, and communicate with the patient. They can also passively monitor any unusual light, sound, or motion changes, such as yelling, movement in the middle of the night, etc. So far, the majority of patients introduced to the virtual dog have taken to it—they can chat with the person on the other end and it keeps them cognitively active and engaged. After approval by the Institutional Review Board, and securing funding through the Provost’s grant for Thinkfinity and the Jeffrey Hewitt Fund for Faculty Development and the Nursing Research Endowment Fund from the Lienhard School of Nursing, the team sends nursing students to administer a battery of standardized measures for cognitive statues, loneliness, geriatric depression, and demographic data.

“We’re hoping GeriJoy will allow us to demonstrate that having this virtual pet reduces loneliness, depression, isolation, and cognitive decline,” Drury says.

The Pace professors are working with all-level students from Seidenberg and the College of Health Professions to pilot this study. The students go on home visits, offer tablet training, and work directly with patients, families, and the vendors and creators of GeriJoy.

“The most rewarding thing for all of us is to see the students working together, collaboratively,” says Wexler, “They’re all so excited and committed to the patients. I don’t think we’ve had any student reluctant to do anything—they’ve all risen to the occasion in such an incredible way.”

For more information about Pace’s Gerontech Team, click here. To learn more about GeriJoy, visit them online at

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

For more information about Professor Susan Herman and this year’s Convocation, please visit the website:


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

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

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

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


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

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

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.

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

Spring at the Schimmel

Pace Presents lessons in Italian art history, beautiful music, graceful dancers, thrilling performances, and more this spring at the Schimmel.

Back by popular demand, Distinguished Professor and art historian Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, returns this month for her second series of lectures at the Schimmel Theater. Discover the beauty in art history as Benton discusses how Italy has exerted its influence on the art world and produced some of the world’s most stunning masterpieces. Each lecture in her series will focus on a separate era in Italian art with highlights in sculpting, painting, and more from Italy’s ancient history through the Middle Ages. The series starts February 27 and runs through March 20, with lectures in the morning and evening.

On Friday, March 8, the Knicks hit the Schimmel…well, okay, not those Knicks, but New York’s own Knickerbocker Orchestra. Acclaimed Japanese pianist Harumi Hanafusa joins them to perform Maurice Ravel’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G and the American premiere performance of Akira Nishimura’s A Shaman. Also on the program, music by Bela Bartok and the world premiere performance of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin’s Suite from Kurt Weill’s Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.

Fred Barton and his 12-piece orchestra return to the Schimmel on March 9. This time celebrating composer Jule Styne, the last word in Broadway and Hollywood tour-de-force songwriting. Join Fred, his orchestra, and stars of the Broadway stage as they bring you an evening of great music and performances.

On March 22-23, Belgium-based contemporary dance company Ultima Vez presents What the Body Does Not Remember—a thrilling revival of its 1987 piece under the choreography and direction of Wim Vandekeybus as part of their US tour. Starting in April, ABT Studio Company, the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, returns to the Schimmel stage with works from George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Jerome Robbins, and others, and a classic ensemble of 12 extraordinary dancers.

Finally, the Schimmel closes out its 2012-2013 Pace Presents season with Hugh Masekala, a pioneer in the world music and jazz scene and Grammy Award-winning living legend. See who Rolling Stone calls “one of the most thrilling live performers around…” on April 20.

Tickets for staff and faculty are $10 (Use code: PACEINSIDER to purchase your discounted ticket.) and can be purchased by calling (212) 346-1715 or by visting the Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information about these and other events at the Schimmel Center, please visit