Employees’ Time to Shine

It’s time to walk the red carpet and take a bow as the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony celebrates the many dedicated Pace employees.

“Our employees have worked hard over the last few years,” says Interim Associate VP of Human Resources Elizabeth Garti. “Given the challenging economic times and our own changing environment, we felt it was important to create more robust recognition programs  to thank our employees for their diligence in achieving excellence.”

You’re a star! And starting February 28, Human Resources will celebrate you, your coworkers and colleagues, and all of your outstanding accomplishments and years of service at the University. In addition to acknowledging milestone service years, special awards such as the STAR Award and the President’s Extra Mile Award will be given to teams and individuals who have showed exemplary leadership and dedication to the University.

“We recognize employees with special awards, not just for the length of their service, but we also provide an opportunity to reward faculty and staff for their outstanding contributions to the University,” Garti says, “and those special awards are directly tied into our Strategic Plan.”

During the Recognition Ceremonies, employees who have served anywhere from 5 to 50 years will also be honored. “There is much tenure at the University,” notes Garti, “and I think that it speaks to the level of pride and loyalty that Pace University employees have in the institution.”

Raymond Lopez, PhD

One such longtime employee is Lubin Professor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Academic Federal Credit Union Raymond Lopez, PhD, who was recently honored at the Employee Anniversary Luncheon for reaching his 45 year milestone.  Lopez, who has been with the University since 1966, has seen how different facets of the University have changed and evolved over the years, in particular the Lubin School.

“I believe we’re now doing a lot more than just education as an organization,” says Lopez. “The focus in the 60s, 70s, and 80s was primarily on the educational experience, the classroom, knowledge shared between professor and student.” Lopez also notes that there has been a change in the student profile since he began his career at the University—noting an upward trend in women enrolled in Lubin’s MBA program and a marked decline of suits and ties in the classroom. As business men and women return to school, they bring with them their own real-world experiences and innovative problem solving, he says.

“I think one of the major differences between Pace and other schools is the large number of part-time students we have—other places don’t get that mix of diversity that we get here in the City, or the diversity of business experience,” Lopez explains. “I tell my classes ‘you learn not just from me, but the person sitting next to you.’”

Allan M. Rabinowitz

Lubin Professor of Accounting and Publishing Allan M. Rabinowitz, who is celebrating his 50th year of service at the University, began his relationship with Pace in 1954 as an accounting major. He continued to be part of the University after graduation by taking graduate courses and becoming very involved with the Alumni Association. After attaining his CPA designation and MBA degree, he began teaching as an adjunct professor in the Lubin School in the fall of 1962 and became a full-time professor in January 1989.

“Pace has been a consistent blessing in my life and a very happy place for me,” says Rabinowitz. “I would not change any part of my 58 year multifaceted Pace journey.”

Lopez and Rabinowitz are just two of the many Pace employees who have helped the University continue to expand, evolve, and provide the best possible education and services to its many students and alumni.

The award ceremonies and receptions will be held on the following dates:

Law School/Graduate Center
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Tudor Room, Preston Hall
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

 New York City
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Student Union, One Pace Plaza
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Briarcliff/Pleasantville
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Gottesman Room, Kessel Student Center
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

For more information about the Employee Recognition Program, click here or log on to www.pace.edu/awardRSVP  if you plan on attending the ceremony on your campus.