Summer School

With school officially out for summer, many parents are looking for safe, enriching experiences for their children. This summer, Pace plays host to a variety of programs for elementary through high school age children.

A Place for Kids

First on the list of summer options for your little one is P.S. 2’s A Place for Kids summer program, which features educational programming that will help keep your skills sharp over the summer. In addition to the usual Three Rs, A Place for Kids is partnering with Pace’s Confucius Institute for a two week Mandarin language and art immersion program. For more information about the interdisciplinary and hands-on learning offered by A Place for Kids, call (917) 509-1861 or e-mail info@aplaceforkidsny.org.

Pace Tech Institute for Students with Differences

Now in its second year, this summer institute, which is geared towards middle school and high school students with learning disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, and autism, is based on a model of peer mentorship and exploration.  The Institute features two technology workshops per day, a small student to teacher ratio, an in-classroom social worker, special educator, and volunteers. Students will be allowed to go out to lunch (with supervision) or bring lunch from home. Each afternoon, the class will host a guest speaker from the tech/media field.  Space is limited so be sure to enroll today. For more information about the Pace Tech Institute, click here.

Summer Scholars Institute

Now in its fourteenth year, the average number of student participants 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.

If you’re the parent of a prospective Pace student, or know any high school students who may be interested in the Pace Summer Scholars Institute, click here for the admission application and schedule of available courses.

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.  Each summer, 24 rising high school seniors 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.

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. For more information about the Seidenberg Scholars program, click here.

Summertime in the City

HR reminders about summer training, summer hours, and more!

  • Summer training!  Click here to view the Organizational Learning and Development training calendar and to register for a course.  Don’t see the program you need?  Contact Susan Donahue at x22766 or sdonahue@pace.edu for dedicated training programs or consultation.
  • Just a reminder to use your three Summer Flex Days by August 12.
  • HR has created a new scholarship to provide an annual textbook scholarship to YES (Your Excellence Shows) award-winning student workers.  The Fund will be established with proceeds raised from selling student-designed bookmarks at faculty and staff events and/or contributions from parties with an interest in providing textbook assistance to student workers.  One scholarship will be awarded annually to a YES award-winning student worker.
  • Please REMEMBER TO REVIEW YOUR July 15 Pay Advice on the Portal to ensure your Benefit elections are updated appropriately.  If you have any questions, please contact the University Benefits Office at benefits@pace.edu, or x22828.

Want to get involved? Purchase a student-designed bookmark for $1 at any staff event.  Thanks for helping us recognize and reward our exceptional student workers!

Wrapping Up FY2011

As the end of the Fiscal Year nears, Human Resources provides the Pace Community with a few reminders about time off and the PMDP process.

  • Please remember to review your July 15 Pay Advice on the Portal to ensure your Benefit elections are updated appropriately.  If you have any questions, please contact the University Benefits Office at benefits@pace.edu, or x22828.
  • As we approach the end of Pace’s Fiscal Year and begin to plan for the 2012 Fiscal Year, many of you may be planning department-wide retreats.  These retreats are a time to celebrate past accomplishments and strategically plan for the upcoming year. The Organizational Learning and Development Department can help you plan your retreat agendas.  If interested, please contact Susan Donahue at X22766 or sdonahue@pace.edu.
  • The Performance Management and Development Review Process has begun! Prepare for the PMDP review process by taking one of the Organizational Learning & Development Department’s training courses this spring.
  • No Vacation Carryover:  Don’t forget to schedule the rest of your vacation time: June 30 is the end of the vacation accrual year.  Please note that there is no vacation carryover – therefore, if you don’t use it, you will lose it, but take heart Pace employees: July 1 marks the new vacation accrual year and Summer Flex Days!
  • Summer Flex Hours: This summer each full-time staff member will have the opportunity to take every other Friday off, for three Fridays, or the equivalent between July 1 and August 12.  Each school/college or division will administer the flexible summer hours program based on the needs of the University. Enjoy!
  • Automated Payment Actions System…expanding to more users: The automated payment actions system, developed by HR and ITS, will be launched to more users beginning this summer.  The system, which converted the paper salary increase process (among other payment actions) to a user-friendly, automated system, has been in use by the schools/colleges since March.

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.”

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.