From Gutenberg to Google

Michael Healy, Pace’s David J. Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor in Publishing and Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry discusses how advances in technology are changing the way we look at books… literally.

When the dot com bubbled in the 90s, venture capitalists and internet startups around the world screamed that print was dead. While that wasn’t the case (and may never be), there’s no denying the impact recent strides in technology have had on publishing. Just hop on any plane, train, or automobile and look around—people are reading their Kindles, listening to the latest Audible.com download, catching up on current events via their iPad. On November 30, Professor Healy, gave one in a series of lectures on the future of the industry for the MS in Publishing Program and industry insiders.

Here, he shares some of his insight into the future of ePublishing.

You are involved in some of the seminal events that are shaping the future of digital publishing, such as working with publishers and authors on the Google Book Settlement. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

I am currently the Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry, a new organization that will be created as a result of the Google Book Settlement. As you may remember, there was a well-publicized class action lawsuit which was brought in 2005 by the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers to prevent Google from displaying parts of books it had been digitizing through its relationships with a number of university libraries.  The authors and publishers felt Google’s display of the books was an infringement of copyright, a claim Google denied by saying it was “fair use”. The lawsuit was settled in October 2008 (although the settlement has not been finally approved by the judge). The proposed settlement contains several provisions: One is the establishment of a nonprofit Book Rights Registry that will represent the interests of authors and publishers in the settlement. The primary role of the organization will be to act as a place where authors and publishers can claim their books and register how they would like them to be used by Google and possibly others in the future.  When Google earns money from using the books, 63 percent of the money will go back to the Registry for distribution to the authors and publishers (once a judge approves the settlement). We have been waiting to hear the outcome since February of this year. In the meantime, my job is to prepare for the establishment of the new organization.

If the settlement is approved and the Google Book Settlement moves forward, how will this affect the publishing industry?

The settlement focuses on books that are largely still in copyright, but mainly out of print. These are an estimated seven to eight million somewhat obscure or forgotten books—books that you will find in libraries but not bookstores. One of the great benefits is that Google Books will create a mechanism for getting those hard to find, out of print books. It’s very good for both publishers and authors, as it gives them a new stream of revenue for books that were previously earning little or nothing, and great for scholars, students and other readers because it opens up a treasure trove of books previously hidden in the collections of libraries.

Michael Healy
Professor Healy discusses how the industry is evolving in this interview with The Publishing Point.

How did you get involved in the field of digital publishing?

I think I’m something of an oddity. I have been in publishing for about 25 years, in one form or another. Unlike many others, I never did much conventional print or book publishing. I have been in digital publishing my whole career. That can be surprising to people who think that digital publishing is only five years or as old… as old as the Kindle. It

has actually been around since the 70s. In the early days in the 80s, digital publishing was a phenomenon that mainly affected academic publishing—databases in library and universities, and ultimately journals. All of the excitement and controversy that’s now going on is because it’s affecting consumer and trade publishing, what many equate to the “publishing industry.” But there are other publishing sectors, such as academic, scientific, and medical, where digital technology is nothing new—those sectors have been grappling with its opportunities and challenges for some time.

You’ve been giving a series of lectures at Pace that focus on new developments in digital publishing. Can you provide some highlights from your most recent lecture?

This lecture is called “Building a Better Mousetrap: Form, Function, and the Evolution of eBooks.” It’s based on the observation that technology is radically changing the way books are promoted and delivered, and the way people are consuming with readers and tablets. The way we consume, market, and distribute books today—everything in the supply chain is subject to change. However, the books themselves are changing much more slowly: the content is not changing, only the format is changing… in a very superficial sense. A lot of eBooks are electronic facsimiles of printed equivalents. So I wanted to examine, with all the technology and innovation available to us, why that is occurring, is the text remaining largely unchanged?

It’s an interesting point that, in their current form, eBooks are little more than electronic versions of the print. Are there any areas where you are seeing innovation?

There are pockets of experimentation, and that’s what I want to explore—what they are, what they reveal about publishers and readers, what the next generation of digital books might look like. For example, I read a lot of books electronically and when I’m traveling, instead of buying several guide books, I load them onto my iPad. What struck

me about using these new types was how imperfect they were, how they were inferior in functionality to the ones I would have traditionally bought in print! Why are publishers so reluctant right now, to experiment in new forms? Travel, cookery, and all sorts of non-fiction books could be enhanced so easily and cheaply with digital technology, but it’s not happening in a significant way yet. There are one or two trade publishers who are starting to enhance books with video, and some, like Penguin, have been linking text to websites, TV adaptations, and video on the web. In cookery, you’re starting to see links to videos where you can see the finished recipe, or where you have the ability to enter information, such as ingredients, into the device to find a recipe. Interesting things are being done, but these are the exceptions rather than the norm. However, I think that will change. The appetite for digital books is high at the moment, so publishers are growing in confidence, and that builds more confidence in the medium.

How do you think this ability to “publish” affordably online is changing the industry? Do you find more and more people are deciding to just do it themselves?

Self-publishing is taking off—that’s an extraordinary phenomenon. I think the stigma is disappearing and it’s becoming more acceptable to do it. We’re going to see a great deal more of that going forward, particularly as more big-name celebrity authors start asking: Do we need traditional book publishers? For example, the well-known writer Seth Godin,

has recently announced he will be self-publishing his next book. That calls into question what is truly distinctive and valuable about the modern publisher. It used to be that authors needed publishers for production, distribution, and sales, but technology now is forcing everyone – publishers, authors, agents and booksellers – to ask where the distinctive contribution of a publisher really lies.  It’s a fascinating time to be in the industry for these reasons.

You recently came back from a conference in China about the future of digital publishing. Were there any surprises or new developments there?

They are grappling with many of the same sets of issues as we are in the United States. We may be a little further ahead in the process, but we’re all on the same journey. It was striking how similar the challenges are. The world really has shrunk.

Seizing the Moment—The Strategic Plan in Action

On December 1 and 7, President Friedman and other members of management met with faculty, staff, and students to share progress to date and future plans for implementing the Strategic Plan.

Interim Dean Harriet Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented on the academic goals, highlighting that each of the schools will have their own strategic plans prepared by early 2011. She also noted that the University will continue to concentrate on areas such as faculty development, interdisciplinary education, and the use of instructional technology.  Additionally, she announced the newest Pace Center for Excellence:  Academic and Pedagogical Innovation.

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Bill McGrath reported on a number of facility upgrades that had been completed or were in the works. Among the completed upgrades: a $902,000 overhaul of lecture halls completed this summer, improvements in the Kessel Center and Lienhard labs, new Mac labs, technology enhanced classrooms, e-mail server upgrades, and additional improvements to Banner and Blackboard. He also discussed the PLV master plan and announced the NYC master plan, which includes upgrades to the fitness center in One Pace Plaza (to open next month) and a new residence hall on Broadway less than four blocks from campus. The new dorm will open in 2013 and replace the dorms currently in Brooklyn.

More positive news from enrollment as Vice President of Enrollment Management Robina Schepp reported continued growth of full-time student enrollment, which has increased by 1,200 during the last three years (excluding special programs, such as Teach for America). She also announced the development of a new five-year strategy for steadily increasing both the number of incoming students as well as the quality of their test scores and grades. This strategy will be executed in a number of ways, including differentiating the Pace campuses and improving   conversion numbers.

On the marketing side, Vice President for University Relations Tom Torello announced several exciting new social media initiatives including Enrollment’s work with PaceYourself (a Facebook application   to introduce accepted students to the Pace Community and improve conversion) and a pilot program with location-based social networking site FourSquare. Pace is one of only 20 universities in the country participating in the program and the only university in New York City. In addition, the move is under way to a new content management system for the University’s website that will enable  content  to be syndicated for use in Pace’s many media outlets.

As the meeting was winding down, good news was given on the financial front: After several challenging years, Pace is now projecting a $6 million surplus for this budget year despite the economic conditions.  However it was noted that due to current low interest rates, a portion of this surplus will be devoted to rebuilding unrestricted net assets.  In addition, contribution to the Annual Fund increased by 26 percent from last year and this year’s goal is to increase that another 16 percent. Overall, the University hopes to increase our surplus from $6 million to $10 million and has a multi-year plan to help us meet that goal.

You can read more about the vision for the future of Pace in this month’s President’s corner. Or for more information about the implementation of the Strategic Plan and to watch video from the event, visit our Strategic Plan website.

4 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Stress

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

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

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

The Gift of Caring

Tis the season to give—time, money, food, toys, coats, and maybe even your blood. The next few weeks, you can celebrate the spirit of the season by making time to participate in one of the many charitable events happening on your campus.

Food DriveTis the season to give—time, money, food, toys, coats, and maybe even your blood. The next few weeks, you can celebrate the spirit of the season by making time to participate in one of the many charitable events happening on your campus.

Blood Drive: On November 17, join Desi Heritage of South Asia (DHOSA) and the American Red Cross as they co-sponsor a blood drive in Setter’s Cafe. Stop by Student Development and Campus Activities to pre-register for an appointment.

Toy Drive: Help the Criminal Justice Society raise money for the purchase of toys through the Osborne Association, for the children of incarcerated parents. They will be accepting monetary donations during their bake sales on November 22, December 6, and December 13 on the NYC campus.

Hope for the Holidays: Stop by the Pace Perk on Saturday on December 4, to help the Residence Hall Association during their annual holiday event with children from the Pleasantville Cottage School. Once there, residence hall governments will have holiday themed activities with the kids. Any staff or faculty member wishing to participate or donate a gift should e-mail Matthew Lavery at mlavery@pace.edu.

Holiday Decorating at PCS: Looking to get off campus? Head over to the Pleasantville Cottage School with the Center for Community Action and Research on December 4. Volunteers will spend the afternoon decorating the school. To register for this event, e-mail CCARPLV@pace.edu with your name and phone number.

Day of Peace: December 6 in the Student Union join Pace’s Stonewall Coalition as they work to raise awareness about homelessness within the LGTBQI community. Donations of non-perishable food items and clothing will be accepted and taken to The Housing Works, an organization dedicated to ending the dual plights of AIDS and homelessness.

Food for Fines: The Birnbaum and Mortola Libraries are holding a food drive during the month of December. One donation deducts one dollar of fines.

Pennies for Peace 50/50 Raffle: On December 10, the Maria’s Tower Wellness Floor will be selling raffle tickets for a drawing at the end of the day. The winner will receive half of the pot and the other half will be donated to Pennies for Peace, to help raise money to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Red Cross Shelter Disaster Reserve: Get trained to assist the Red Cross in their humanitarian efforts locally and globally. Any individual interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer must take this initial one day training course on December 11 or 18. Learn more about the Red Cross, their mission, and the skills needed to be a Red Cross Volunteer. To register for this event, e-mail CCARPLV@pace.edu with your name and phone number.

CLOUT Christmas Toy Drive: The Seidenberg School along with others in the Pace Community is sponsoring the 13th annual holiday gift drive for the children of students enrolled in the CLOUT program. Children from the ages of infant to 18 years have been given gifts each holiday season. An average of 100 children are sponsored each year, thanks to the kindness of the Pace community and friends of the CLOUT program. To view the wishlist, please visit www.pace.edu/toydrive. Contact Faith Faulk at FFaulk@pace.edu for more information.

Don’t let your good-will evaporate by January—share your time and talent throughout the year! Did you know that most Pace faculty and staff are eligible to receive paid time off if they volunteer through the Center for Community Action and Research? Click here to learn more about volunteering at Pace.

Jay of All Trades

Last month, we celebrated LGBT History Month, so what better time to highlight one of Pace’s—not to mention the country’s—most prominent leaders in LGBTQ studies and the gay civil rights movement.

At Pace, we have our very own LGBTQ all-star, and her name is Karla Jay, PhD. Since 1975, the Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies has founded and taught numerous courses in lesbian and gay studies, women’s studies, and literature, and has received several awards including the Distinguished Faculty Award, Diversity Leadership Award, and Kenan Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Last week, Jay moderated the Center for Community Action and Research’s Common Hour Convo: When Will the Hate Stop? A Student Discussion on LGBTQ-based Violence, where she urged students to take action.

“You can’t sit around and feel sad,” she said. “You need to think about the people who are here.”

On December 1, Jay and world-renowned civil rights activist and Gay TV USA show host Ann Northrop will raise HIV/AIDS Awareness and address the past and present battles for equality within the gay and lesbian civil rights movement and feminist movement in America on the NYC Campus as part of World AIDS Day.

And this merely reflects Jay’s work on-campus. What she has done for the movement outside of Pace has changed all of our lives.

When gay activists founded the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in the wake of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Jay was a member. She helped form the Women’s Caucus of GLF, also known as The Lavender Menace, which sought inclusion for lesbians in the feminist movement. Their 1970 takeover of the Second Congress to Unite Women is considered a turning point in recognizing lesbianism in the women’s movement.

Additionally, Jay has published more than a dozen books that have touched the lives of millions. Her first book, Out of the Closet: Voices of Gay Liberation, which has been called “a pioneering anthology that had a profound impact in its first incarnation in 1972,” remains in print, as does her recent memoir on the early years of the women’s and gay liberation movement, Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation, which Gloria Steinem described “as irresistible as a novel, but as credible, humorous, and unexpected as real life.”Karla Jay

An inspiration to many, Jay has been named twice as Grand Marshal of the Stonewall Pride Parade.

But all of this recognition did not come without its share of struggle. Jay, who has been threatened both verbally and physically, will not sit back.

“The way I look at it, if I stop doing what I’m doing because I’m afraid, then they’ve won,” she said. “Women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, disability; it’s a kind of unstoppable quest for equality.”

Jay, who lost her sight a few years ago, has now begun a new battle. “I’m a student and I’m studying Braille. I’m learning to be blind.”

Jay notes that she is now a part of, “another invisible community,” but she won’t stand for it. With proposed cuts to the state budget impacting the National Federation of the Blind’s NFB-Newsline, an audio newspaper services that provides the blind and visually impaired with more than 300 newspapers and magazines, Jay is speaking out on behalf of people with disabilities, lobbying Albany to ensure everyone has access to these resources.

Karla Jay“It takes a lot more than losing my sight to stop me,” Jay says.

The Bard Is Back

This fall, Pace becomes a downtown destination for all things Shakespeare with four productions at the Schimmel.

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Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

This fall will kick off an exciting season of Shakespeare at Pace, featuring four performances at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts from world-renowned theatre companies. First in the lineup: Romeo and Juliet, by Tony Award winning The Acting Company runs from October 22 to October 24. Then, Shakespeare’s Globe of London returns to Pace to perform The Merry Wives of Windsor October 28 to November 7. Theatre for a New Audience puts on The Merchant of Venice February 27 to March 13, starring Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, and The Acting Company rounds out the season with Comedy of Errors April 5 to April 17.

Why Shakespeare and why Pace? According to David Watson, director of cultural events for Pace, this new fall lineup is a natural extension of the relationship that Pace has already built with Shakespeare’s Globe of London. “When Pace announced the Globe was coming back, we had the idea to build a season around it,” says Watson. Although he originally envisioned only one additional show, when renowned companies The Acting Company and Theatre for a New Audience both approached Pace looking for space to rehearse, the idea of a fully fledged festival began to take shape.

“In its current form, this could become an annual experience,” says Watson, who has hopes of the event also taking a stronger international focus, showcasing Shakespeare productions from around the globe. “Rather than one British and two American companies, it would be fun to add a show each year from another country,” says Watson, who cites a Russian production of Richard III, a South African production of Macbeth, and a Chinese production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream as just a few of the great international productions on his radar.

The festival is also the culmination of one Pace professor’s dream. Watson notes that Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Performing Arts Department, Christopher Thomas, who recently passed away, had once designed a Globe set for the Schimmel in order to give students a feel for what it would be like to experience performances on the historic stage. “The original vision for the theater was that the Schimmel would be a place for Shakespeare,” says Watson. Even the Bard might agree that after this season, “thy worldly task hast done.”

Learn more about the festival and purchase your tickets today.

More than Fun and Plays

In addition to the four plays, there are a number of unique learning opportunities built around the productions.

  • Each show will include a Talkback Session—a free event where audiences can stay and speak to cast members and artistic contributors.
  • All shows (with the exception of Romeo and Juliet) will also include “Centerpiece Lectures,” given by experts in the field such as Pace Distinguished Professor Martha Driver, PhD, (Merry Wives of Windsor) that delve into certain aspects of the play and production.
  • Pace performing arts students will be offered master classes taught by members of the cast.
  • Pace will also be hosting the Globe’s “Executive Education” for Shakespeare educators—the first program of its kind on the East Coast, which introduces 12 competitively selected high school instructors and their students to an 18-month educational program taking place on the Pace campus with summer sessions in London.

To learn more, visit: http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/globeeducation

It’s No Mockery

Pace University’s Mock Trial Team soars at regional competition.

Guest Feature by Professor James Castagna, JD
The Mock Trial Team at the Regional Tournament at St. John's University with Professor Castagna (far left).

Jesse Dwyer, one of the students playing an attorney on the Pace University Mock Trial Team, commented at the recent American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Tournament held at St. John’s University, “We’ve finally put Pace University on the map!” At least, that is, on the highly competitive and prestigious College Mock Trial map. With a brilliant summation for the defense, Dwyer is part of a team of 11 undergraduate students. Hailing from the Lubin and Dyson Schools, most team members are pre-law minors.

Mock Trial requires students to play the roles of attorneys and witnesses on both the prosecution and defense, of a real-to-life trial simulation in intercollegiate competition on a national level. This roster includes most of the Ivy League institutions.

This year the trial dealt with a conflict among three entertainment industry business partners over a lucrative buy-out offer, which led to the murder of its major partner. The minor partners were the alleged co-conspirators in the murder. Sarah Gargiulo, playing a passionate prosecution attorney stated so definitively in her opening statement for the defense: “A desperate gambler led to a desperate act, which led to a deadly outcome!” Team co-captains and lead attorneys—the only team members who played roles on both sides of the simulation—Kristin Porro and Justin Teitell supported the team through the mysterious and idiosyncratic twists and turns of the trial.

The case exposed the unsavory underworld in the State of Midlands (the imaginary state of the United States where the trial takes place) including the possible motive behind the murder being the desperation of a gambling addict who was facing threats on his life from the casinos and bookies. This role was played brilliantly by Joseph Saparano who won the well-deserved and highly coveted Award as Outstanding Witness at the Awards Ceremony. The defendant’s co-conspirator in crime was played by both Tanish Sethi and Amanda Codd.

Also winning acclaim of the judges was Leo Kreizman, who played the nerdy college student who happened to be the only eyewitness to the murder, and Annaliese Blumstein who played the self-absorbed alibi witness-actress who had lost her career due to her lack of social graces at the “Academy Awards.” (Many thought both Leo and Anneliese deserved their own Academy Awards!)

Perhaps, the most difficult witness roles were those of two crime scene experts who were played convincingly by real life forensics student, Christine Toledo, and first-year student, Tasha Schmidt. Their testimony required a working knowledge of complicated scientific research and principles.

Although the team just fell short of qualifying for the Opening Round of the National Competition that was held this year at Pace University Law School, AMTA offered them the position of stand-by team due to their outstanding performance at regionals.

Professor James Castagna, Department of Legal Studies and Taxation, Lubin School of Business, the team’s  persistent (and tired) coach, drilled the students on the complicated hearsay rule and guided them through all the possible variations of trial strategies. Although he was proud of their performance against teams such as Columbia University, Fordham University, CUNY, and Lafayette College, Professor Castagna also noted that the strength of their teamwork skills and their collegiality was equally impressive.

If you know of any undergraduate student who is interested in being a part of the Pace University Mock Trial Team effort next year, please contact Professor Castagna at jcastagna@pace.edu.

Convocation to Common Reading: A Community Celebrating Differences

On September 7, first-year students will set the academic tone for their Pace experience as they step onto the PLV campus for an afternoon filled with self-discovery, inspiration, food, fun, and hopefully, YOU!

Pace’s third annual Convocation is right around the corner on September 7. What better way to kick off the fall semester than spending a day with bright new students, flinging yourself onto a velcro wall, and hearing an inspiring story from a woman who was diagnosed with autism, but not deterred?

The event will also include a Pre-Convocation Fair with more than 20 interactive booths and prizes, a BBQ, and tons of fun games and giveaways.

In addition to the food and festivities, this year’s event will highlight one of the world’s most inspirational heroes: keynote speaker Temple Grandin, who was featured in the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Diagnosed with autism before she turned three, Grandin is perhaps the most famous and accomplished adult with autism in the world.  Her pioneering understanding of animals, drawing on her own special sensitivities, has made her one of the world’s leading designers of facilities to increase the humane treatment of livestock. She’s written seven books and 700 articles, is in high demand as a speaker, and has been featured everywhere from People to the Today Show.

For more information on Convocation 2010, and to register and sign up for free transportation, click here.

Post-Convocation Celebration

Just because the party’s over doesn’t mean the learning–or the fun–has to end. In the weeks that follow Convocation, Pace will be holding two important evening programs for first-year students that will continue the important conversation about celebrating differences:

  • The first, Temple Grandin Film Viewing and Discussion, will include a screening of the biopic starring Claire Danes that the Wall Street Journal describes as “spellbinding.” The film, which is nominated for 15 Emmy awards, will be followed by 20-30 minute, large group discussions facilitated by you!  This program is slated for Tuesday, September 14, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Pace Perk on the Briarcliff campus.
  • The second, a Common Reading Discussion, will consist of interactive activities and discussions about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.  A number of small-group discussions will be held in the first-year residence halls (in Briarcliff and PLV) on Tuesday, September 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pace is looking for faculty and staff to help facilitate discussions at one or both of these events. If you are interested, please contact Sue Maxam at smaxam@pace.edu today. For those of you in NYC who are unable to make the discussions in PLV and Briarcliff, but would like to see it happen in NYC, send Sue your thoughts!

Cliffs Notes for Convocation

If you haven’t read this year’s Common Reading, which is written from the perspective of a young boy with Asperger syndrome, we encourage you to pick up a copy today. More than an entertaining whodunit, the book focuses on self discovery, uncovering and using one’s strengths, and celebrating the differences of others. It was also the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year and the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. But don’t just take our word for it. See what other Pace faculty and staff have to say:

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Analyze This

This year, Pace’s Counseling Center Internship Program attracted a record number of applicants—beating out other top-notch programs such as Stanford and University of Texas. Learn more about this highly competitive and highly rewarding program for aspiring doctoral students.

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It doesn’t take years of analysis to understand why Pace’s Pre-doctoral Internship Program for aspiring psychologists is such a hit. The only one of its kind in the New York Metropolitan Area, the unique program exposes interns to the wide variety of functions a psychologist can perform, including individual and group psychotherapy and multicultural competency. Launched in 1984, it is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and each year accepts only four interns from a pool of more than 150 applicants. This year, it received more applications than any other APA-accredited counseling center internship program in the United States and Canada.

Molly Grimes, PsyD, Assistant Director and Training Director for the Counseling Center, and a former intern in the program herself, explains why: “The interns have a really full training experience. They get a lot of really solid clinical training, meaning that they do what other staff members in the Counseling Center do: individual therapy, group therapy, outreach, and crisis intervention. At the same time they take on a series of training seminars on consultation and outreach, psychological testing, and multicultural competencies, as well as receiving many hours of individual supervision.”

That individualized attention is one of the real assets of the program, notes Grimes, who adds that the University is incredibly dedicated to the training process and able to offer many more training opportunities than fee-for-service sites, for example. Multicultural competency is another area of excellence for the Pace program. While all sites are required to examine multicultural issues, Pace focuses on this area in several specific ways. In addition to including multicultural issues in all six training seminars, one of those seminars focuses on multicultural competency. Interns also focus a great deal of their consultation and outreach work on issues specific to Pace’s diverse student body and are involved in grant-funded work at the Counseling Center regarding suicide prevention with students from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The program is a win-win for both the interns and the Pace counseling staff, who constantly strive to improve student wellness and provide the community with the best possible service. PsyD, PhD, and EdD candidates apply to the program from schools around the nation, many bringing with them at least three to five years of clinical experience already, as well as research backgrounds and understanding in unique fields.

“I’ve been surprised at how much expertise these students have, even prior to starting with us,” says Grimes. “Many come in with an advanced level of expertise in a particular area that we don’t have ourselves.” In fact one of the recent interns has already become a leader in the field of Filipino mental health, publishing two books since his time in the program and currently touring the United States.

The program is currently finishing its reaccreditation process with the APA (a process that occurs every few years) but with 25 years of accreditation under its belt, it has received great feedback to date. It is also getting ready to welcome its new group of interns, who start September 1. In addition to the pre-doctoral internships, the program offers an externship program for graduate students who have not yet completed their academic training as well as an Undergraduate Summer Internship Program open to students nationwide (also highly competitive) who are interested in pursuing a career or advanced degree in psychology.  “This is a really unique program,” says Grimes. “To my knowledge, there is no other counseling center training program available to undergraduate students. They get training in clinical issues, assessment, and professional issues and help us with our outreach and research efforts.”

And outreach and education is what the program is all about: responding to the needs of the community, educating students about mental health and wellness issues, and destigmatizing the concept of counseling—as well as preparing the next generation of committed, caring, leaders in the field to do the same.

Click here to learn more about the program and other counseling center services.

Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve

With Pace students away for the summer, one would think professors would take time off to catch up on sleep and sun. But an artist’s work is never done. This summer, the Art Department faculty were busy traveling the world to practice what they teach.

Photograph from the Wall of Sound exhibit.

Featuring a summer filled with shows, exhibits, and residencies around the world, the Art Department at Pace spent the last few months honing their crafts—from traditional fine arts to cutting-edge social media experiments. Come September, they’ll return refreshed, inspired, and ready to impart their wisdom to Pace students. But, for now, we highlight how some of these talented professors spent their summer “vacations.”

Professor Roger Sayre has done some things that we can say with some confidence few have ever tried before. A few years ago, Sayre turned himself into a walking piece of art by offering to shave his beard into anything the highest bidder on eBay wanted. Under the title “Shave my beard for art, real life Wooly Willy,” he kicked off his auction at $4.99, generating thousands of hits and making newspaper and TV headlines worldwide. The end result was a $160 bid, which he generously donated to charity, and an “Amish” beard which he proudly wore for a month.

This summer, his fascination with hair has continued as Sayre’s work is part of the “Hair Tactics” exhibition, which explores hair as subject matter and medium at the Jersey City Museum on display through August 22.  Additionally, Sayre has a collaborative installation piece titled “Wall of Sound,” made of 11,000 CD cases, with artist and former Pace Professor David Poppie, currently on display in Downstreet Art 2010 in North Hampton, MA. Learn more about his work and current exhibits at www.rogersayre.com.

Assistant Professor Will Pappenheimer scored a major hit last year with his large-scale public art project “Mood Ring,” hosted by local news website Tampabay.com, which allowed visitors to rate the mood of an article and physically change the lights on the 30-foot steel superbowl ring-inspired structure he designed.  The installation was on display in Tampa for the time leading up to and including Super Bowl XLIII.

This summer, Pappenheimer tackled an even bigger project in China : the Virta-Flaneurazine Clinic, which boldly blurred the lines between art and society. In a sense a performance art project, Pappenheimer’s exhibition tests a digital drug that is meant to address the hypothetical current problem of “Internet addiction” by sending users on unpredictable travels throughout the virtual world of Second Life. For more information, click here.

There’s little rest for Pappenheimer who is preparing another project when he returns from China—this time with a class of students. This spring, the digital art expert will team up Martha Driver, one of Pace’s distinguished professors of English and an expert on medieval literature, to teach a Learning Community Course for first-year students. The course will be a combination of medieval art and literature. The kicker? They’re going to teach it using the 3D virtual world program, Second Life.

Art Department Chair Linda Herritt, whose accolades include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Rockefeller Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship, and prestigious Yaddo Residency, was busy giving words a whole new meaning this summer with Textbox, which depicted warped fields of text using computer modeling of landscape as an armature for presenting textual strategies. The exhibition, which ran through the end of June, was at 1K project space in Amsterdam. For more on Linda Herritt, click here.

From the Dyson Summer Resident Artist Exhibition beginning on September 1 to the Faculty Art Exhibition 2010 in PLV to “Me, My Camera, and I” a contemporary video art exhibition, there will be no shortage of exhibitions this fall on Pace campuses. Click here to learn more or visit the Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace Digital Gallery, and Choate House Gallery.

The Incoming Class

A new associate provost, two new deans, Harriet Feldman’s promotion to interim provost, and Gerrie Colombraro’s promotion to interim dean of Lienhard School of Nursing help Pace kick off the 2010-2011 school year

Pace Veteran Assumes Interim Provost Role

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, Interim Provost

Since 1993, Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, has been an integral part of the Pace Community. Having served as dean and tenured professor in the Lienhard School of Nursing, as well as interim dean of the School of Education, Feldman brings her vast knowledge of education and unwavering dedication to the University to the role of interim provost.

Read more about Provost Feldman here.

Nursing’s New Interim Dean

Gerrie Colombraro, PhD, Interim Dean, Lienhard School of Nursing

Gerrie Colombraro, associate dean for administration of the Lienhard School of Nursing, will assume the role of interim dean of the school. As a longtime researcher and nurse educator, Colombraro is filling the position of dean Harriet Feldman, PhD, who has been appointed interim provost.

Lubin’s New Dean Is Ready to Get Down to Business

Neil Braun, JD, Dean, Lubin School of Business

From films to carbon footprints, Neil Braun’s prestigious career runs the gamut. He has served as an attorney, executive leader to multiple media corporations such as NBC and Viacom Entertainment, and an environmental advocate in his most recent role as CEO of The CarbonNeutral Company.  A member of numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences and the Trustee’s Social Responsibility Advisory Committee, Braun brings his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to sustainability to Pace.

“In today’s competitive and fast-changing environment, we have the opportunity to position Lubin as an increasingly relevant and impactful academic institution,” says Braun. “It will take the focused and collaborative effort of faculty working closely with the deans and administrative staff.  If we strategize, prioritize, execute, and communicate well, there is a world of opportunity for us to capture. I am extremely excited to be part of the Pace community, my sleeves are rolled up, and I am already deeply engaged in the issues and opportunities before us.”

Read more about Dean Braun here.

Strengthening the Scholarly Community

Sheying Chen, PhD, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

As one of the first graduate sociology students in China, Sheying Chen is no stranger to innovation. With formal training in both engineering technology and public policy, Chen brings years of teaching experience and research from around the globe, as well as a fresh perspective on social change. The former Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies at Indiana University Southeast was drawn to Pace’s opportunities for growth.

“A university is a community of scholars, and I’m excited about the opportunity to help build such a great community at Pace,” says Chen. “Developing faculty leadership in achieving the University’s strategic goals is my commitment. I look forward to working with my colleagues on fully realizing their potential at Pace.”

Read more about the new associate provost here.

Back to School with a New Dean

Andrea Spencer, PhD, Dean, School of Education

Pace High School and the School of Education’s groundbreaking work in the field of autism are just two unique aspects of Pace that spoke to Andrea Spencer. Former associate dean for Academic Affairs at Bank Street College, and founding partner of Synchrony Solutions, Spencer has served as an educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, Connecticut. With nearly 20 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and consultant at schools, universities, and a variety of organizations, Spencer brings to Pace a drive to find innovative ways to share information.

“I feel very fortunate to be working with such an outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff,” notes Spencer. “This is a particularly challenging time for institutions committed to preparing teachers who can engage and inspire students in inclusive classrooms, while meeting increasing demands for accountability. I know the knowledge, skills, energy, and enthusiasm that are so evident in the past and present achievements of the School of Education are essential resources not only for preparing and supporting excellent teachers, but in helping the University to attain strategic goals for the 21st Century.”

Read more about the new dean here.


Trading Sand and Sun for Scholarship

Each summer, Pace brings an exceptional group of high school students to get a taste of college life in the big city through two separate programs.

Summer Scholars Institute

Wouldn’t it be great if prospective college students could get a taste of college life and “try on” a major before committing to a school? Pace allows rising juniors and seniors in high school experience what Professor Christopher Malone, PhD, calls “college on training wheels” in the Pace Summer Scholars Institute. Incoming students choose from one of ten “majors” for their two-week stay, live in dorms, and are mentored and supervised by current Pace students.

“This is a chance not only for high school kids to meet other high school kids, but to see what a successful college student looks like,” says Malone, the program’s director. “On the Pace side, [students] become role models.”

Now in its twelfth year, the Summer Scholars Institute was established by former Provost Geoffrey Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.). The then-English professor designed a one-week program specifically for students to take classes in literature.

In 2005, Professor Malone assumed the role of director and added a range of majors, including theater arts, sciences, political science, and more. “I didn’t want it to remain a small, boutique English program,” he says. “I wanted to expand it to a full range of what Pace has to offer from business classes to science.”

Thanks in part to a grant from the Teagle Foundation, the average number of students has risen from 21 to more than 100 high schoolers coming to campus each summer for a comprehensive taste of higher education. Students can live in the dorms, take classes in their “majors” taught by Pace faculty and staff, and explore the city through field trips and other outings. A great advantage to participants is the Pace Promise, which guarantees students letters of recommendation and makes financial aid more accessible, should they choose to come to Pace.

Thirty Summer Scholars alumni applied to Pace for fall 2010, and nearly a dozen are already enrolled in classes.

In addition to the taste of college life, students also have the opportunity to build lifelong friendships. Malone cites the summer class of 2007 as one example, where five students from all over the country quickly became close friends and remained in contact. These five students participated in Malone’s alternative spring break trip in New Orleans to help clean up homes and work with children in grammar schools.

Seidenberg Scholars

While exceptional students typically have their pick of Ivy League institutions, the Seidenberg Scholars Program serves as one unique recruiting tool that attracts top talent to Pace.

“This program is highly competitive,” says Program Director and Seidenberg Assistant Dean Jonathan Hill, DPS. “A lot of these kids have perfect SAT scores. We’re trying to find the stand-out students with leadership roles in their high schools.”

Each summer, 24 rising high school seniors – whom Hill describes as “top, top math and technology students” – come to Pace to participate in a variety of development challenges using the Lego robotics framework over the course of a week. They are partnered with a faculty member and work with alumni of the Seidenberg Scholars Program. Students visit hot technology startups in the city, attend cultural events, and get a general feel for the work and cultural climate in New York City.

“College is a highly individual choice. Ultimately these kids have to decide if they want to give up the traditional sorority houses and football stadiums,” says Hill. “What they get [in return] is access to the hottest tech jobs in the country.”

One of the advantages of Pace includes the option for students to participate in a variety of creative classes or even take a double major, in addition to being part of a comprehensive technology program. While computer science and fine or performing arts are not subjects that are typically paired together, Hill notes that many a Seidenberg Scholar will go on to study a right-brain and a left-brain discipline.

“It’s pretty common,” says Hill. “The computer folks are creative problem-solvers. We find those kids who are serious artists and performers, which is a definite sell for Pace.”

Attracting students from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii, the Seidenberg Scholars Program helps participants stay in touch through its active Facebook page. In previous years, almost one third of the attendees have accepted admission to Pace.

“The quality of work that the students, faculty, and alumni produce is incredible,” says Hill. “I think these students are a representation of the future for Pace—talented people who could go to school anywhere, but chose to come to Pace.”

Put Some Stock in Your Summer

From July 16-18, celebrate Broadway at the Schimmel Center, where five Pace students share the stage with some of the brightest stars in the business.

Whether you’re a Broadway veteran or a newly converted Glee fan, Summer Stock NYC’s musical revue is sure to make your heart sing. This new event was created by musical theater company and conservatory CAP21, which makes high-quality musical productions accessible to local audiences while also serving as a training ground for actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, and designers. This year’s case includes five of Pace University’s musical theater students.

“One of the reasons we wanted this was the opportunity for Pace students to perform with highly professional stars,” says Director of Cultural Affairs David Watson. “This has been in the works for years.” This year’s show features a mix of modern and traditional Broadway numbers and a cast including Broadway and cabaret artist Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard), As the World Turns Daytime Emmy-nominated actress Colleen Zenk (Bring Back Birdie), and Kelly Felthous (National Tour of Grease).

Founded in 1994, CAP21 trains more than 400 qualified actors each year and has an alumni roster that includes some of today’s most recognizable names, such as: Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, and Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars.

Rising Pace junior and musical theater major Sarah Nathan, who is part of the ensemble cast says, “I have never created a show from the ground up. This is an eye-opening experience, as well as an educational opportunity.”

Watson hopes the Summer Stock NYC event will be the beginning of an established relationship with CAP21. “We are aiming toward a full-scale musical production of a Broadway musical that will open at Pace and go to different theaters throughout the five boroughs,” he says. “This would be a full summer of employment for the students, with five to six weeks of touring.”

While musical theatre students are no strangers to performing, it’s the professional aspect of participating in Summer Stock NYC that will help boost their resumes and provide experience.

Rebeca Radoszkowicz, also a rising junior and musical theater major has been in more than 40 professional and non-professional theatrical productions, as well as commercials, TV, voice-overs, and movies. However, exemplifying Pace’s traditional commitment to bridging the gap between theory and practice, the experience has been exciting to her as her “first professional, paying, NYC job.”

A Celebration of the Broadway Musical will play July 16 -18 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and July 20-23 at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.  Visit http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=SUM10 to purchase tickets ranging from $12 to $30.

Happy Trails

July is Parks and Recreation Month, and we’re celebrating by giving you a guide of all the parks and outdoor recreation around each Pace campus.

Volunteering, movies, hiking, a good old game of catch – make the most of your summer by spending some time in the sun. In honor of Parks and Recreation Month, we’re showing you highlights of the best outdoor movies, hiking trails and parks, and opportunities to get out there and do some good!

Manhattan

Parks

You might need to venture outside of the city for some good hiking, but we’ve got you covered when it comes to green space. Check out this list of parks where you can spread out a blanket, bike, or organize a game of ultimate Frisbee. And they say it’s impossible to “park” in the city.

Flicks

Movie buffs, you live in the right city to get a taste of film outside. Here is the New York Times guide to all of the outdoor screenings this summer.

Volunteer

Do you have a free day or weekend that you want to use for good? Check out New York Cares today to see where your help is most needed in the city. Some of the latest opportunities include gardening at local area farms.

Pleasantville

Flicks

Grab a grill, blanket, and get ready for

Screening Under the Stars or movie screenings at area pools and beaches  Blockbuster hits Avatar and Sherlock Holmes are just a few movies on the roster.

Take a Hike

Looking for trails? Look no further. Here’s a list of local trails in Westchester.

Volunteer

Westchester is a hub for nonprofit organizations like the United Way, where you or your child can give back. The Food Bank for Westchester is also on the lookout for a few hands to help feed the needy.  Or if you want to make a four-legged friend, check out the SPCA to make a difference in an animal’s life.