Every year Homecoming gives us an opportunity to welcome alumni back to Pace and celebrate this university, which plays such an important role in all of our lives. Pace is very much our professional home; it is the place where we spend our days and it is a community to which we belong. Today, Pace is making significant progress on a wide range of “home improvement” projects designed to revitalize our campuses, advance our mission of Opportunitas, and enhance our relationships with our students and one another. These include new academic buildings like 140 William Street, which supports our flourishing performing arts program; new residence halls that will begin opening next year in Lower Manhattan; attractive upgrades, like the Dyson Labs in Pleasantville; and the regulatory approval of an ambitious master plan for the Pleasantville Campus.
While we continue to work hard on improving our home, I hope you will also join in on the fun of Homecoming 2012. Whether you are an employee of Pace, or an alumnus as well, you are welcome to attend the festivities in New York City on October 25–27 and Pleasantville on November 1–4. In Pleasantville, you can watch the student parade, cheer on the football team as they take on Stonehill College, and enjoy Homecoming dinner with colleagues and friends. The schedule for New York City Homecoming is still unfolding, but you can register and keep up with the details on the Homecoming website at www.pace.edu/homecoming.
More and more Pace is becoming a true destination school—a home—for students who are looking for a dynamic location and innovative academic programs. I thank you for all you are doing to move Pace in this important direction, and I look forward to seeing you at Homecoming!
Stephen J. Friedman