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.”

The Age of Sustainable Development

This month, Jeffrey D. Sachs joins the long list of Henry George Distinguished Speakers to grace the Schimmel stage.

On Thursday, November 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Jeffrey D. Sachs will come to Pace as part of the 13th Annual Henry George Symposium to address The Age of Sustainable Development from an economist’s perspective.

American economist Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is also the Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance in addition to being director of the Millennium Villages Project. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the last seven years.

Past Henry George symposia have drawn such distinguished–and controversial–economists as Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia University; William J. Baumol, noted Professor of Economics at New York University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University; Robert Engle, Nobel Laureate in Economics and professor in the Management of Financial Services at NYU; and most recent Nobel Laureate of Economics Yale professor Robert Shiller.

For more information, please contact Lubin Professor Eric Kessler at

Sustain What?

Eager to go green? The Environmental Consortium’s 10th Annual Conference is coming to Pace PLV on November 8 and 9.

On November 8 and 9, in celebration of the Environmental Consortium’s 10th year anniversary, we are returning to the theme of campus greening and the role of higher education. Much has changed in the sustainability landscape since our 2006 campus greening conference, so this year’s program will highlight current trends, best practices, and curriculum design.

Join teams from around the region in keynote, plenary, breakout, and poster sessions. Share new ideas, gain renewed inspiration, and bring back plans to your institution. This year’s conference will feature keynote addresses by:

David Hales, Second Nature

David Hales will deliver the conference opening keynote on Friday, November 8.

  • In August, 2012, David Hales was selected President and CEO of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education
  • Under his leadership as the fifth president of College of the Atlantic, it became the first institution of higher education in the United States to be a “NetZero” emitter of greenhouse gases
  • Directed environmental policy and sustainability programs of the United States Agency for International Development throughout the Clinton administration
  • Served in the Carter administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of the Interior
  • Was Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Represented the United States in numerous intergovernmental negotiations, including the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biodiversity, as well as in meetings of the United Nations General Assembly and Commission on Sustainable Development
  • Served on the steering committee of the American College and University President Climate Commitment and chaired the Higher Education Committee for the American Council on Renewable Energy

James Gustave “Gus” Speth, Vermont Law School

Professor Gus Speth will be presented with the Environmental Consortium’s “The Great Work Award” in honor of Thomas Berry and deliver a keynote on Saturday, November 9.

  • A Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos, he completed his decade-long tenure in 2009 as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • From 1993 to 1999, he was administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the U.N. Development Group
  • Co-Founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Founder of the World Resources Institute
  • Chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration
  • Provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment
  • Author, co-author or editor of six books, including the award-winning The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment

To see a full conference agenda or to register to attend, click here.

Examining the Spectrum

The first in a series of Pace-wide research lectures addresses the field of autism research and interdisciplinary program development.

Pace University is an institution of esteemed learning, research, and scholarship, and on November 20 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:05 p.m., faculty and staff are invited to the first Pace-wide research lecture and Q&A.

Not only will this Provost-sponsored lecture series give the Pace Community an opportunity to get to know and learn from our colleagues, but it also gives us the opportunity to generate ideas for joint research. The first lecture in the series was chosen on the basis that it covers nearly all disciplines at Pace. It is a subject of great interest to many people who have encountered this disorder in their families and the research of the presenter, Dianne Zager, PhD, is internationally renowned.

The first lecture, Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Fertile Field for Research and Program Development Across Disciplines, will be presented by Dyson Professor Dianne Zager, PhD, the Michael C. Koffler Professor of Autism at Pace University.

The presentation will be broadcasted Pace-wide from Videoconference Room 319 in NYC (with lots of seating), to Videoconference Room Miller 16 in PLV, and to Videoconference Room 511 in the Graduate School in White Plains.

A Pace Dream Team

A BBA/MBA in public accounting student meets a public speaking professor and what it all adds up to is a race for the cure.

Most people dread the required public speaking college course. But for Lubin BBA/MBA in public accounting student Elissa Casa ’14, the class she took her freshman year on the Westchester Campus was the introduction to her mentor, Dyson Professor Ellen Mandel, PhD, and the empowering world of community service.

Mandel, who helped start a breast cancer awareness day in Rockland County and worked with the Rockland County legislative breast cancer task force to bring mobile mammogram services to the Hasidic community, has been involved with Komen for more than 20 years, and was on the board of directors for the NYC chapter of Komen. In 1992, she brought Komen and Pace together for the annual Race for the Cure and has been inspiring the next generation of Ellen Mandels around campus.

Using her public speaking class as one of her many marketing tactics, Mandel has been able to recruit starting right in her classroom.

“Because one in eight women will unfortunately get breast cancer, there is hardly a person who I ask in my class who doesn’t know someone who’s suffered from this, either lost a battle or has been lucky enough to survive,” Mandel says. “Elissa said she’d like to help so I made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.”

For Casa, it wasn’t a personal experience with breast cancer that inspired her to join, but it was the sense of community, teamwork, and mentoring that has kept her involved for the last four years. What started out as creating fliers and sending out recruitment e-mails has expanded into coordinating all of the day-of-event details, getting the 100+ team members together, and acting as co-captain with Mandel.

“It’s people like Elissa, who are the extraordinary,” says Mandel. “She’s an unsung hero.”

And the gushing goes both ways.

“Dr. Mandel is such an incredible person, professor, mentor, and friend,” says Casa. “She’s one of a kind.”

Something she wasn’t necessarily expecting to gain from the race and work with Mandel, Casa says, was a level of confidence, work ethic, and networking skills, which helped her land her dream internship with KPMG. And she even tapped into her experience with Komen, coordinating fundraisers for local libraries with fellow interns. “Employers want to see you engaging,” she adds.

Casa was offered a full-time position with KPMG beginning in October 2014.

“Pace in general has really fostered a lot of work ethic and career opportunities for me that I don’t know if I would have had at other schools. I’m finally starting to see my high school dreams come true. I owe a lot to Dr. Mandel,” she says.

“She’s no longer my student, but she’ll always be my friend. I expect great things from her,” Mandel says.

A group shot from Race for the Cure 2013

This September, their race success continued, as Pace brought together both campuses, including Greek organizations, sports teams, and executive administration, and won the award for largest university team, an honor they’ve achieved every year but one.

“If you’re looking for something that is a true joint effort, this is it. It shows that Pace is not only an academic institution, but it has a big heart collectively and gives back to the community,” says Mandel, who was also awarded NYC Race for the Cure’s Volunteer of the Year.

“For me, it’s a motivator to continue, continue, continue. I’ve had students come up to me and thank me because their mothers or grandmothers are survivors and this gave them feelings of empowerment other than just sitting there and holding their hands. That’s a gift,” she says. “The award is wonderful because everyone loves recognition, but what it means is that we’re moving and doing and hopefully, within the not-too-distant future, we can talk about not having a race at all and finding a cure.”

For Casa, it was emotional to see her mentor recognized. “To see her get up there and hear people say such wonderful things about her, I was so proud for her and it made me feel really happy that I’m able to help her like I can,” she says. “It felt as if something really great happened to someone in my family.”

Casa, who will graduate in 2014, is looking to help find her protégé, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be abandoning the Pace team.

“As a Pace alumna, I will stay loyal to the Pace team,” she says. And as for Dr. Mandel, “I’m stuck with her for life,” she laughs.

Interested in getting involved with next year’s Race for the Cure? E-mail Elissa Casa or Ellen Mandel

HR’s Call for Nominations

Nominations for Employee Recognition Awards are open through December 31. Take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of your colleagues and nominate someone today.

At Pace University, we value each and every staff member. We realize that our success is the result of people taking action and that our true power is in the continuous flow of initiative, skill, and insight from our employees.

The Employee Recognition program provides an opportunity to formally recognize your many accomplishments. Whether reaching a milestone in Years of Service, being nominated for a Special Award, or receiving recognition for simple achievements in your every day role through the YES Program, your contribution to Pace is important and it is noticed.

The nomination database is now open and there is no time like the present to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of our talented staff and faculty members. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pace’s Pleasantville location, the first 50 nominators will be entered into a pool for the chance to win a Kindle Fire!

Please join us in nominating individuals and/or teams for outstanding contributions to the University in the following categories:

  • Diversity Award: Individual and/or Team–Faculty or Staff Member(s)
  • STAR Award: Individual and/or Team–Faculty or Staff Member(s)
  • President’s Extra Mile for Customer Service Award: Individual–Faculty  or Staff Member
  • University’s Faculty Awards for Distinguished Service: Individual and/or Team–Faculty Only
  • President’s Award for Staff Excellence in Leadership: Individual and/or Team–Staff Only
  • Outstanding Staff Contribution Award: Individual and/or Team–Staff Only
  • Student Adviser Award: Individual–Faculty or Staff Member

Click here for additional information and criteria for each category. All above categories have monetary awards.

Your involvement in the nomination process is essential in making the special award program meaningful and successful. You can become involved in the following ways:

  • Join the Nomination Committee: The committee is responsible for selecting awardees. Representation by faculty, staff, and students creates a diverse committee! If you are interested in participating on the committee, please contact Rosemary Mulry.
  • Nominate an individual or team. Simply click here, complete the nomination form, and submit it by Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Those who are selected for an award will be recognized at the Employee Recognition Ceremonies, which will take place in March 2014.

For more information about Pace’s Employee Recognition program, click here.

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

School Snippets

The College of Health Professions eNews brings us info on the newest clinical education labs and interprofessional teamwork. Dyson Digital Digest goes from Nanjing to New York and spends its Sunday with Dean Herrmann.

School SnippetsDyson Digital Digest

College of Health Professions eNews

ITS Connect

Announcing a name change, a new way of conducting exams online, a security awareness alert, and much more.

iPad User Group’s New Name: “The Mobile Technologies User Group” for Students, Faculty, and Staff

The members of the iPad User Group have agreed to change its name to “The Mobile Technologies User Group,” in order to reflect the broader range of technologies that are covered by the group. The group will continue to meet monthly on the following dates:

  • Thursday, November 21: 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 10: 3:30 p.m.

All of the above sessions will be held in the following rooms: Miller 16/ Civic E 319. You can review what was covered at past meetings on the user group’s blog.

Respondus Workshops for Faculty

The future of computer-based test-taking is happening now. Respondus provides a secure testing environment for face-to-face or online courses with a lockdown browser that restricts the user from accessing certain functions on their computer during testing. Want to learn more? Join us at our upcoming Respondus meeting on Monday, November 18 at 12:20 p.m.-1:05 p.m. in Miller 16 on the PLV Campus and CIVIC E319 on the NYC Campus.

IT Security Awareness for Students, Faculty, and Staff

In an effort to bring awareness to our community, ITS is offering training sessions for your respective areas, please contact the IT Security office at itsecurity@pace.eduLearn more about IT security.

Spam Alert

This is a reminder to the campus community to be vigilant in what emails you open and what links you click on. Spam emails may periodically end up in your mailbox. These types of messages may try to disguise themselves as authentic emails, by spoofing “From” addresses from people we know or known companies. Read more…

Fit to Print

Faculty and staff sound off in the news about everything from cyberattacks to crowdfunding to flooding, and more.

Lubin Professor of Management Alan B. Eisner, PhD, announces the release of the latest edition of his textbook, Strategic Management: Text and Cases.

Lubin Professor Christian N. Madu has recently returned from sabbatical. During his time away from the University, he was invited to speak at the Federal House Committee on Environment’s annual conference in Nigeria. While there, he wrote “Developing Strategies for Flood Mitigation” which appeared in the Nigeria Sun, a national newspaper. He also led an excursion team of students and faculty from the Center for Environmental Management and Control at the University of Nigeria to observe the great erosion sites of Nanka-Agulu axis in Anambra State as part of the World Environmental Day celebration.  While in Nigeria, Professor Madu also attended several speaking engagements where he discussed flood mitigation and flooding disaster. Professor Madu is currently leading a team of experts in Nigeria to develop strategies for disaster risk reduction and management that are cognizant of the economic structure and cultural differences in the country.

Dyson Assistant Professor Andrea Voyer  has recently published Strangers and Neighbors, an ethnographic case study of Somali immigrant inclusion in the small town of Lewiston, Maine.

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach declared October 24, 2013 to be “Sister St. John Delany Day” at a ceremony at the Center for Literacy Enrichment located on the Pace Law School campus.

Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes, DPS, was the speaker for a Harvard Business Review webinar on cyberattacks.

Lubin Professor Bruce Bachenheimer discusses the SEC and crowdfunding with the E-Commerce Times.

While on vacation in Turkey this past summer, Lubin Professor Harvey Markovitz visited the American College Institute (ACI) in Izmir, Turkey. The purpose of his volunteered trip to the school was to introduce Turkish high school students to the opportunities and values associated with a New York City-based higher education in business. Four of his Turkish students plan to apply for Fall 2014 admission.

Dyson Professor Farrokh Hormozi, PhD, comments on New York’s mayoral race in an article on

Lubin Professor John Allan James discusses the importance of compliance and public relations in relation to risk management in an article on the FCPA Blog.

“We are witnessing a failure to meet expectations,” says Lubin Professor Larry Chiagouris, of Apple’s new iPhone 5C, in an article for MacNewsWorld.

Lubin Professor Joseph Pastore, PhD, weighs in on the state of BlackBerry in an article for the E-Commerce Times.

Dyson Distinguished Professor of Art History Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, sat down for an interview with the Huffington Post to discuss her career and her current lecture series titled Art History Alive: France’s Fascinating Art at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

The Daily Voice reported that Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program.

Seidenberg Professor James W. Gabberty, said, “no other information security control trumps the importance of regular and comprehensive auditing,” in response to the call for open hardware to defend against NSA spying in an article on CSO Online.

China’s Nanjing Normal University joined the Confucius Institute at Pace University in Manhattan to host a day of cultural exchange that celebrated the partnership and friendship between the two institutions.

In an article for, Lubin Professor Bruce Bachenheimer says save your money when it comes to entertaining customers and clients this holiday season.

New research at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems has found a way to detect cheating students taking online exams. The U.S. Department of Defense has shown interest in the research as a possible aid in its ongoing battle against computer hacking and cybercrimes.


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. 

The Celebration Continues

So what if our birthday was last month? We’re still celebrating. Join Pace’s PLV community for another month of some very special events to celebrate the big 5-0!

William F. McAloon, who helped oversee the expansion of the Pleasantville Campus in the early years, addressed graduates at the Pace Commencement in 1972 and spoke of Pace in Westchester County as a “…place of warm human influences that merge into an experience never to be forgotten by our graduates.” These are the words that inspired the theme of 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville Campus: “50 Years, 50,000 Stories.” Pace’s Pleasantville Campus is made up of its people and their stories. Everyone who has studied, worked, or played in Pleasantville has a story to tell about how Pace has affected their lives.

We want to hear your stories about your time at the PLV Campus, whether as a student, a faculty or staff member, or both! You can share your stories and photos on 50th anniversary website, or you can use #PLV50 on Twitter, Instagram, or Vine. Your stories are part of what makes Pace great!

Upcoming 50th Events:

All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, but you’ll be anything but when you pull up to Drive-In Movie Night on the PLV Campus. In celebration of the PLV Campus’ 50th anniversary, SDCA will host a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on Friday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Parking Lot F.  $3 gets you in. Treat yourself to some classic cinema snacks and sit back to enjoy the show!

On Thursday, October 17, Pace University and the Westchester County Association are hosting an exciting panel discussion to explore the latest innovations in telehealth. Panelists and moderators include Dr. Simeon Schwartz, CEO of WESTMED, Pace alumnus Chris Gaur, co-founder, Vital Care Services, Seidenberg Professors Jean Coppola, PhD, and David Sachs, EdD, and Dyson Professor and past president of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association Neil Abitabilo. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP to

Join event chair, David Pecker ’72, and our faculty and staff hosts as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville location with the 50 Years, 50 Faces Reception and Dinner on October 26. This special evening includes a reception and dinner, catered by Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations, with tables hosted by members of the Pace Community. To register online today, visit For more information and an e-vite to share with alumni you know, contact Michele Camardella or Dawn Rigney in the Alumni Relations Office.

For more information about these and other events planned for the PLV 50th anniversary, visit


Talking About Eating Animals

Pace Academy teams up with Farm Forward to bring you a virtual visit from award-winning author Jonathan Safran Foer and to discuss the issues surrounding today’s food industry.

“Do you eat chicken because you are familiar with the scientific literature on them and have decided that their suffering doesn’t matter, or do you do it because it tastes good?” asks Jonathan Safran Foer, acclaimed author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, in his first nonfiction book Eating Animals.

On Thursday, October 10, Foer takes the first steps towards answering this and other questions at a virtual classroom visit that discusses Eating Animals, today’s food industry, animal welfare, environmental degradation, and more. This event, which is presented by Farm Forward’s educational outreach program, will allow students, faculty, and staff to interact with Foer during a Q&A session following Foer’s opening lecture.

This event is part of Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies’ 2013-2014 awareness campaign on how food serves as the connection between people and the environment. Through engaging events at each campus, the FoodYou Campaign draws attention to the impacts of our food choices, delving into controversial topics such as the future of genetic engineering and the climate footprint of meat production. To learn more about the FoodYou Campaign, visit

Last year, Farm Forward held its first series of “Virtual Classroom Visits,” where Foer met with more than 2,100 high school and college students. In all, 70 college and high school classes across 20 states and 3 countries participated. The response from teachers and students was overwhelmingly positive.

The event will be shown at 12:45 p.m.–1:30 p.m. in PLV’s Miller Lecture Hall and 2:15 p.m–3:00 p.m. in NYC’s Lecture Hall West.  For more information about Jonathan Safran Foer’s virtual classroom visit, contact Caroline Craig at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

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

The Return of EIR

On Thursday, October 31, Fred R. Donner, BBA ’84, Senior Vice President, CFO and COO for the Business Insurance segment of Travelers Companies, Inc., will visit the Westchester Campus as part of Lubin’s Executive in Residence (EIR) program.

On Thursday, October 31, Fred R. Donner, BBA ’84, Senior Vice President, CFO, and COO for the Business Insurance segment of Travelers Companies, Inc., will visit the Westchester Campus as part of Lubin’s Executive in Residence (EIR) program.

For the last 25 years, Lubin’s EIR program has made it possible for chairs, C-suite executives, presidents, and other top professionals to come to Pace to interact with Lubin students and faculty.

He joined Travelers in November 2009 as Chief Financial Officer for Personal Insurance, and joined the Business Insurance Segment as Chief Financial Officer in May 2010. In June 2013, he assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Operating Officer for the Business Insurance Segment.

This fall’s EIR began his career in the New York City office of KPMG. During his 23 years at the firm, Donner rose through the ranks to become the National Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Insurance Practice, overseeing the delivery of audit, advisory, and tax services to all facets of the insurance industry. In this capacity, he worked with several of the firm’s largest clients from the insurance industry, including Travelers.

A Certified Public Accountant, Donner holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York City. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Lubin School of Business of Pace University.

For more information about this fall’s Executive in Residence and to RSVP to attend, click here.


School Snippets

This month’s school news roundup features the IBM Case Competition, a top ten ranking and the debut of School of Ed’s newly-launched newsletter, Making the Grade.

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Making the Grade

HR Report

It’s time to celebrate your successes! Nominate coworkers and colleagues now for a chance to be entered to win a Kindle Fire.

Please join us in nominating individuals and/or teams for outstanding contributions to the University in the following categories:

  • Diversity Award  Individual and/or Team–Faculty or Staff Member(s)
  • STAR Award Individual and/or Team–Faculty or Staff Member(s)
  • President’s Extra Mile for Customer Service Award  Individual–Faculty  or Staff Member
  • University’s Faculty Awards for Distinguished Service  Individual and/or Team–Faculty Only
  • President’s Award for Staff Excellence in Leadership  Individual and/or TeamStaff Only
  • Outstanding Staff Contribution Award  Individual and/or TeamStaff Only
  • Student Adviser Award  IndividualFaculty or Staff Member

Click here for additional information and criteria for each category. All above categories have monetary awards.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pace’s Pleasantville location, the first 50 nominators will be entered into a pool for the chance to win a Kindle Fire!

Nominations: Your involvement in the nomination process is essential in making the special award program meaningful and successful.  You can become involved in the following ways:

  • Join the Nomination Committee: The committee is responsible for selecting awardees. Representation by faculty, staff, and students creates a diverse committee! If you are interested in participating on the committee, please contact Rosemary Mulry (
  • Nominate an individual or team. Simply click here, complete the nomination form and submit it by Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Below are the dates and locations of the Employee Recognition Ceremonies honoring those who have completed 5 through 50 years of service and those being recognized with Special Awards.

Law School/Graduate Center Award Ceremony and Reception
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tudor Room, Preston Hall, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

New York City Award Ceremony and Reception
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Multipurpose Room, B Level, One Pace Plaza, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Briarcliff/Pleasantville Award Ceremony and Reception
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Gottesman Room, Kessel Student Center, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Service Awards:  As in past years, we will be providing a choice of fantastic gifts, for all honorees at each “years of service” level, which will continue to include the traditional pins and “Hitchcock” chair. To view a complete list of available items, please click here. If you are an honoree in 2013, you will receive a personalized e-mail from OC Tanner, our employee recognition awards vendor, with information on how to select and order a gift at your specific service level.