Pace Goes for the Gold

Faculty and alumni get off the sidelines and get into the Games in a variety of ways: competing, computing, communicating, and more.

In addition to bringing the best athletes from around the world together to compete for gold, the Olympics bring the world together to celebrate not only athleticism, but also pride and unity. And for the Pace Community, we have a lot to be proud about.

If you’ve been tuning in to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, you may have seen three-time Olympian Tim Morehouse taking a stab at a gold medal as a fencer for Team USA. But did you know that he’s a Pace alumnus? After Morehouse graduated from Pace’s School of Education in 2003, he taught English and social studies to 7th graders in New York City’s Washington Heights. As any experienced teacher will tell you, the first year of teaching is the most challenging, but Morehouse’s evenings and weekends were filled not only with grading papers, but also with fencing advances, parries, and attacks. He was training for the 2004 Olympics.  In 2008, Morehouse traveled with the American team to Beijing where he won the silver medal as part of the men’s sabre team.

Also at the Olympics, but behind-the-scenes, is recent alumna Jessica Wade ’11, who after freelancing for NBC Olympics this past year, was chosen to go to the 2012 Olympics in London as a production assistant (PA). While freelancing as a PA for NBC, Wade was in charge of researching athletes for profiles that were shown at the games, transcribing interviews, preparing footage for edits, and more.

While this Olympics continues on, one Lubin professor is already preparing for the next one. Claudia Green, PhD, has been working on the Rio Green Map, a sustainable development initiative in preparation for the 2016 Olympics and World Cup 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. And she’s even bringing Pace students into her research. Traveling to Brazil with Green on a field study course, students used iPhone technology and an online survey instrument to interview tourists about their views of sustainable business practices and the impact of the upcoming 2016 Olympics, and also interviewed local people and business owners as they updated the Paraty Green Map and the Ilha Grande Green Map. Green was recently featured on NPR as part of “The Global Salon,” which features different cities around the world. This series, highlighting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil allowed Green to promote her work.

And for those of us who have been keeping up with the Olympics online, we have a Pace professor to thank. Seidenberg Professor and triple Pace alumnus Matt Ganis, BS ’85, MBA ’91, DPS ’07, and his team at IBM, became the first in history to bring high-end sporting events to the internet with the 1996 Olympic Games. In fact, Ganis and his team’s infrastructure for the site landed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Ganis also continued his work with the Nagano and Sydney Olympics.