President’s Corner

We have announced master plans for both the New York City and Westchester campuses that entail a number of exciting changes that will enhance the quality of the campus experience. An integral component of those plans are changes to the University’s athletic and recreational facilities that will create a lasting impact on what athletics mean to the Pace Community.

President's CornerDear Colleagues:

Last month’s Homecoming football game and pep rally reminded us how important athletics are to the Pace Community.

College athletics are about more than just competition—they also encourage healthy minds and futures. Pace athletes excel both on and off the field with an average GPA of 3.10 and an 86 percent retention rate. They develop important teamwork and leadership skills that are critical to success in the classroom, in professional settings, and in life. Our athletes also give back to the community that supports them. Currently, Pace’s student athletes participate in a wide variety of community service activities throughout the school year, including volunteering at local schools and retirement homes and raising funds for charitable events such as the Susan G. Komen Walk, Relay for Life, the Special Olympics, and many more. But most important, college athletics encourage the entire community to come together and show our spirit and pride.

We have announced master plans for both the New York City and Westchester campuses that entail a number of exciting changes that will enhance the quality of the campus experience. An integral component of those plans are changes to the University’s athletic and recreational facilities that will create a lasting impact on what athletics mean to the Pace Community. Just a few of the improvements we envision for the future of athletics at Pace include a new multipurpose field with artificial turf for football, soccer, and lacrosse with a track; updates to the existing baseball field; a new softball field; and a new field house and concession stands. For a full list of improvements included in the master plans for Westchester, please click here.

I encourage you all to attend a game to see the Setters in action. Our student athletes show their Pace pride every day—let’s show our pride in them.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

President’s Corner

October is always an exciting month as we gear up for Homecoming celebrations on both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses. The events on both campuses promise to be fun and filled with Pace spirit.

President's CornerDear Colleagues:

October is always an exciting month as we gear up for Homecoming celebrations on both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses. The events on both campuses promise to be fun and filled with Pace spirit.

For me, the best part of Homecoming is the coming together of students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni to celebrate Pace as both a community and as an institution. Pace has transformed the lives of so many people in our 105 year history; our community is proud, loyal, and committed to the future of this wonderful university.

I encourage all faculty and staff to take part in the festivities, from the annual Jazz brunch in New York on October 15, to the football game and community dinner in Pleasantville on October 22.  This is yet another opportunity – like Convocation and Commencement – to feel the impact of what we do every day, whether we work directly or indirectly with our students.  I hope to see all of you at one event or another.

I’d also like to invite you to attend this month’s InsideTrack on October 25 for what promises to be an engaging discussion with Richard Foster, formerly a senior partner at McKinsey and now at the Yale School of Management and best-selling author of The Attacker’s Advantage and Creative Destruction. Dick is a dynamic speaker.  The discussion will focus on the sources of innovation in America and the lessons for the Chinese economy.  I have no doubt that it will be both educational and enlightening. To reserve your seat, please visit www.pace.edu/insidetrack.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

President’s Corner

Thank you in advance to everyone involved for making the Commencement ceremonies so meaningful. This day marks a significant achievement for all of us; for the graduating students of course, but also for the faculty who guided and shaped their intellectual growth and for the staff who advised and counseled them.

President's Corner

Dear Colleagues,

This academic year–one of the most exciting in recent years–is quickly coming to a close.  I encourage all faculty and staff to attend one or more of our Commencement ceremonies–Friday, May 20 in Pleasantville and Sunday, May 22 at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, New York City.  If you need a reminder about why you work as hard as you do each and every day, just look at the faces of the graduates and their families at Commencement. Our work is all about the greater good.

A tremendous amount of planning goes into our four Commencement ceremonies–the Law School, the undergraduate ceremonies in New York City and Pleasantville, and a combined graduate ceremony in New York City. Thank you in advance to everyone involved–faculty, staff, and especially volunteers–for making the ceremonies so meaningful. This day marks a significant achievement for all of us; for the graduating students of course, but also for the faculty who guided and shaped their intellectual growth and for the staff who advised and counseled them and provided the co-curricular infrastructure for their Pace experience.

Every student who graduates joins nearly 130,000 others in the great society of Pace alumni throughout the world who know firsthand the value of a Pace education. Alumni are among our best ambassadors; they influence opinions about Pace, including those of prospective students and parents. It is our job to keep alumni active, engaged and willing to give back to Pace in our time-honored tradition. A memorable send-off is an important way of keeping Pace memories alive.

Thank you to all of our faculty and staff for making this year so productive and eventful. We are poised to meet many of the goals set forth in the first year implementation plan for the Strategic Plan, and ready to embark on the second year plan. Check out my blog at https://friedman-blog.pace.edu/ for academic and administrative updates, and to sign up for the RSS feed.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

President’s Corner

I am delighted to announce that beginning this week, both Provost Feldman and I will be launching new blogs. Our goal is to quickly and readily communicate with you on issues and topics that affect faculty and staff at Pace.

President's CornerDear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that beginning this week, both Provost Feldman and I will be launching new blogs.

Our goal is to quickly and readily communicate with you on issues and topics that affect faculty and staff at Pace.  Harriet’s blog will be open to faculty only; mine will be accessible by both faculty and staff.  Each of the blogs will be password protected and available via your Pace User ID and login.

I encourage you to log on to read our first posts and sign up for e-mail notifications of future postings once the sites are live.  Equally important, I hope you will comment on what we have to say. I have long admired the way blogging technology can encourage two-way communications in a large community.

I often say that we are an important venue in New York for discussion of the major public policy issues of our time.  This month is a wonderful example of that role.  The Economist held its symposium on Intelligent Infrastructure here this week, attracting some of the best minds in the world to address some of the cutting edge issues of the 21st century.  The Working Group on Girls, an umbrella organization of 88 national and international non-governmental organizations, is in New York to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations next week. It will hold its orientation sessions at Pace on Sunday. Young women will be trained to advocate for two key issues:  empowering girls in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and creating policies to protect vulnerable girls and women who are migrating. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women and the former president of Chile, will give the keynote address during the orientation sessions.

Next month, Pace is once again home to the Left Forum, where students and faculty will participate in hundreds of events addressing pressing social and political issues such as the spread of democracy in the Middle East and the rollback of social services in Europe. Also in March, the Mobile Safety Summit brings together industry leaders and policy makers to collaborate on ways to make technology safer.  All of these events offer unique opportunities for our students to participate in sessions with people who are truly leaders in their fields and making a difference in the world.

And of course, Pace is also an important venue for a number of exciting cultural events, including the third performance in this year’s Shakespeare Festival, The Merchant of Venice, starring the renowned actor F. Murray Abraham, at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts from February 27 to March 3.  Tickets can be purchased by faculty and staff for just $10 at www.pace.edu/shakespeare for the performance on Wednesday evening, March 2.  I hope you will join me and your fellow Pace friends and co-workers at this very special performance.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

President’s Corner

As another year draws to a close, I’d like to take the time to reflect on the many changes that have occurred in our community. Pace has turned an important corner in the past few years. Our core enrollment continues to rise; our talented faculty provides high-quality education to our students; we have strong, innovative academic leadership; and our administrative staff remains deeply committed to the University and our students.

Dear Colleagues,

As another year draws to a close, I’d like to take the time to reflect on the many changes that have occurred in our community. Pace has turned an important corner in the past few years. Our core enrollment continues to rise; our talented faculty provides high-quality education to our students; we have strong, innovative academic leadership; and our administrative staff remains deeply committed to the University and our students. We also have a strong vision for the future of the University—one that has been taking shape over the last year and will continue to evolve in the years to come.

In the last week, we have held events on both the Pleasantville and New York City campuses to share the first-year results of the Strategic Plan implementation with faculty, staff, and students and to discuss both successes to date and plans moving forward. If you were unable to attend the events, you can read the highlights in this issue of Opportunitas and visit our Strategic Plan website for updates.

If we are successful in executing the new Strategic Plan, Pace University will be a different place. We will have built on existing strengths and addressed issues that are keeping us from reaching our full potential. This is what Pace will look like—although we are well on our way, we are not there yet:

Educating Thinking Professionals—Pace fully leverages our blend of liberal and professional education. The curriculum is amplified by continual innovation, the creative use of technology, interdisciplinary techniques, and exposure to real-world experiences. The faculty is central to achieving our mission.

Greater Potential—As thinking professionals, our graduates understand the substance and skills of their chosen careers and the broader significance of their decisions and actions as well. They get better jobs, make better decisions, are more effective, and have more successful lives.

The Strength of Diversity—The diversity of our community is a central part of the Pace experience. The wide range of cultures and backgrounds, coupled with significant exposure to international experiences, fosters illuminating debate and deeper understanding. The multi-campus structure of the University offers not only different lifestyle and extra-academic experiences—urban and suburban—but also different intellectual and academic strengths.

Continuous Movement Toward Greater Excellence—We are devoted to continual progress toward greater excellence and to quality service for students and their families, and for faculty, staff, and alumni. We continually assess our progress and shortfalls and take corrective action to generate continuous improvement.  Our spirit is can-do, get it done, now is better than later.

Access and Connections—Pace is a mutually supportive community of teachers, scholars, students, staff, and alumni. We offer our students and faculty a unique level of access to inspiring leaders and respected workplaces through both alumni and friends. Pace alumni are an integral part of the Pace Community. They serve as a valuable source of advice, ideas, financial support, and mentoring for our students. Pace promotes regular dialogue between the academy and broader society on the leading cultural, political, social, economic, and professional issues of our time. This dialogue informs and helps shape the curriculum and the scholarly work of our faculty.

Financial Strength—Our financial condition gives our faculty and staff the resources and flexibility to innovate and experiment. Our campuses and facilities support a superb education with modern and attractive facilities and technology. We are compensated so as to attract and retain a high level of talent.

I look forward to seeing further advances to realizing this vision for Pace and our community in the new year and know it would not be possible without your hard work and dedication. I wish you all much warmth and happiness during the holiday season and throughout the new year.

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

President’s Corner

Dear Colleagues,

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

Dear Colleagues:

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman

Stephen J. Friedman
President