The Gift of Caring

Tis the season to give—time, money, food, toys, coats, and maybe even your blood. The next few weeks, you can celebrate the spirit of the season by making time to participate in one of the many charitable events happening on your campus.

Food DriveTis the season to give—time, money, food, toys, coats, and maybe even your blood. The next few weeks, you can celebrate the spirit of the season by making time to participate in one of the many charitable events happening on your campus.

Blood Drive: On November 17, join Desi Heritage of South Asia (DHOSA) and the American Red Cross as they co-sponsor a blood drive in Setter’s Cafe. Stop by Student Development and Campus Activities to pre-register for an appointment.

Toy Drive: Help the Criminal Justice Society raise money for the purchase of toys through the Osborne Association, for the children of incarcerated parents. They will be accepting monetary donations during their bake sales on November 22, December 6, and December 13 on the NYC campus.

Hope for the Holidays: Stop by the Pace Perk on Saturday on December 4, to help the Residence Hall Association during their annual holiday event with children from the Pleasantville Cottage School. Once there, residence hall governments will have holiday themed activities with the kids. Any staff or faculty member wishing to participate or donate a gift should e-mail Matthew Lavery at

Holiday Decorating at PCS: Looking to get off campus? Head over to the Pleasantville Cottage School with the Center for Community Action and Research on December 4. Volunteers will spend the afternoon decorating the school. To register for this event, e-mail with your name and phone number.

Day of Peace: December 6 in the Student Union join Pace’s Stonewall Coalition as they work to raise awareness about homelessness within the LGTBQI community. Donations of non-perishable food items and clothing will be accepted and taken to The Housing Works, an organization dedicated to ending the dual plights of AIDS and homelessness.

Food for Fines: The Birnbaum and Mortola Libraries are holding a food drive during the month of December. One donation deducts one dollar of fines.

Pennies for Peace 50/50 Raffle: On December 10, the Maria’s Tower Wellness Floor will be selling raffle tickets for a drawing at the end of the day. The winner will receive half of the pot and the other half will be donated to Pennies for Peace, to help raise money to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Red Cross Shelter Disaster Reserve: Get trained to assist the Red Cross in their humanitarian efforts locally and globally. Any individual interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer must take this initial one day training course on December 11 or 18. Learn more about the Red Cross, their mission, and the skills needed to be a Red Cross Volunteer. To register for this event, e-mail with your name and phone number.

CLOUT Christmas Toy Drive: The Seidenberg School along with others in the Pace Community is sponsoring the 13th annual holiday gift drive for the children of students enrolled in the CLOUT program. Children from the ages of infant to 18 years have been given gifts each holiday season. An average of 100 children are sponsored each year, thanks to the kindness of the Pace community and friends of the CLOUT program. To view the wishlist, please visit Contact Faith Faulk at for more information.

Don’t let your good-will evaporate by January—share your time and talent throughout the year! Did you know that most Pace faculty and staff are eligible to receive paid time off if they volunteer through the Center for Community Action and Research? Click here to learn more about volunteering at Pace.

More than Fun and Plays

Just who is this Falstaff cad, and what makes him think he can woo two wealthy ladies? As the Shakespeare at Pace Festival moves full steam ahead, wrapping up a performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor and rolling out Merchant of Venice in February, Pace introduces several educational components to open audience’s eyes to the Bard’s many nuances.

Merry Wives

Earlier this month, Pace Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies Martha Driver, PhD, gave the centerpiece lecture on The Merry Wives of Windsor, delving into some of the historical figures who may have helped shape Shakespeare’s famous fool, Falstaff. In this column, this expert in medieval and early Tudor texts, who has published numerous articles on the history of publishing and whose books include The Medieval Hero on Screen and Shakespeare and the Middle Ages (edited with Pace Professor and Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department Sid Ray) shares her insight as well as what she thinks will be some of the highlights of the festival.

What do you think makes the Shakespeare at Pace Festival unique?

It is thrilling to see live Shakespeare in almost any context—from Theater in the Park to Theater in the Parking Lot! Pace is bringing live productions downtown. The Festival is picking up on an earlier Pace tradition of live theater. I am thinking here of the wonderful productions of Tony Randall’s theater company, especially of Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and the classical play The Persians, both performed at the Schimmel Theater.

This is the second time the Globe has returned to Pace, and hopefully the first of an annual Shakespeare festival designed to make Pace “the downtown place” for Shakespeare. What do you think this festival means for the community and Pace’s academic reputation?

Did you see the New York Times review of the Globe production of Love’s Labour’s Lost at Pace last year? It was a rave! These continuing excellent productions will establish the reputation of the Shakespeare series and also of Pace University as a place where such plays are taught, studied, performed, and loved. [Note: To read reviews of The Merry Wives of Windsor, click here and here.]

For those who missed it, what was the theme of your centerpiece lecture?

The talk focuses on Falstaff and explores some of the medieval underpinnings of his character, including the Vice character in early medieval drama, as well as two historical figures who may have helped to shape Shakespeare’s comic creation. The lecture will then turn to discussion of Falstaff in America and early production history, ending with an analysis of one specific scene of Merry Wives, the culmination of the action at Herne’s oak, again drawn in part from earlier medieval sources.

What is the one message you hope people have taken away from your lecture and the performance?

From the lecture, that Shakespeare was influenced by medieval romance traditions, along with English folklore, in his creation particularly of Falstaff while also making something quite new– a rogue hero who has been popular with audiences from the Elizabethans to modern moviegoers down to the present day. From the performance, the joyfulness of Shakespeare’s comic timing and wit!

The Globe performance is the only one of the four performances that is staged in a traditional manner; the other three are using more modern settings. What do you think are some of the pros and cons to this modern approach?

We saw Patrick Stewart in Macbeth at BAM in modern dress fairly recently (relentless and dark), which was entirely effective, and Richard Burton’s Hamlet in street clothes remains one of the best productions of that play on record. Almereyda’s Hamlet is also very good, set in modern New York. Costume, sets, lighting, all are very important but must reflect the director’s vision; if that is consistent, the rest follows.

Other than Merry Wives, what performance are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to all four performances and intend to take students to see them. I have seen F. Murray Abraham’s Shylock in Merchant of Venice once before and would love to see it again and compare it with the Al Pacino production currently on Broadway.

Next on her plate, Professor Driver will be publishing an essay on Shakespeare’s Pericles and another regarding medieval manuscript illumination. She’s also writing about early Tudor texts and their illustration, working with Pace colleague Eugene Richie on a translation project that will be discussed at a conference in Spain, editing the Journal of the Early Book Society (which will be published by Pace University Press in fall 2011), organizing a conference with colleagues at the University of York, and reading screenplays and trying to finish another book in her spare time!

A Few Good Mentors

1 mentee + 1 mentor = 2 lives changed forever. It’s a winning equation that you can be a part of through the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Mentoring Program.

MentorDo you remember that tutor, that coach, that 10th grade history teacher, who inspired and motivated you, who completely changed your life? What if we told you that you had the opportunity to be that person?

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is looking for faculty and staff members to sign up for their Mentoring Program, which is dedicated to helping African American, Latino/a, and Native American students better connect to the University, its resources, and its people. The program, which has been in existence for two years, currently has more than 45 students signed up as mentees, but unfortunately less than half the mentors available to help them.  And that is where Pace faculty and staff can help out.

Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Melanie Robles, who manages the Mentoring Program, emphasizes that you don’t have to be African American, Latino/a, or Native American to be a mentor.  “Mentors can be anyone genuinely invested in our students’ success,” Robles says.

So what does mentoring entail? Mentors meet with their mentees monthly and e-mail at least twice per month—that’s less time than most of us spend on Facebook each month. During that time, mentors can help students by providing professional development through networking and internships, exploring future employment or education opportunities, motivating them to get involved, or simply being a listening ear. “Students may talk about school, roommates, family, basically everything under the sun,” Robles says.

In-house workshops for mentors and mentees are planned for the coming months, including a reception on November 8, and a workshop on helping mentees develop better professional relationships with their professors. Additionally, at the end of this month, mentees will go on a field trip to the Foundation Center, where they will learn all about obtaining scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid, to fund their undergraduate education at Pace and continue on to graduate and law schools.

This program can help show our students that there is someone who cares about them; it can help foster a feeling of belonging in students and help them get the most out of their Pace experience; and last but not least, it can help faculty and staff become more connected with our students and have a real impact on their future.

Do you have a few hours a month to help make a difference in the life of a Pace student today? Sign up today or e-mail Melanie Robles at to help close the mentoring gap.

Getting Techie with IT

On November 3, Information Technology Services (ITS) took you to techie town with Pace’s first-ever Tech Expo. The event featured vendors showcasing their newest wares in higher education technology and faculty demonstrations of how they integrate technology into the classroom and curriculum. The event’s planners hope this will become an annual event and help put Pace on the map as a place for early adopters of innovative technology in higher ed.

Tech Expo

One of the main goals of this expo was to highlight how the technology from these vendors can impact the learning and teaching process in higher education,” says Gabe Moreno, a supervisor in the User Services Department of ITS. “Think about how the iPad has taken hold and how people use it—the capabilities it has, how portable devices such as smart phones are changing how we learn. A lot of schools are looking at making the classroom and learning process a more portable process now.”

The event included a showcase, vendor seminars, faculty seminars, as well as opportunities for hands-on testing of some of the newest tech toys as well as giveaways and raffles. Vendors included Apple, Dell, HP, Crestron (who helped with Pace’s newly remodeled IT-friendly classrooms), Microsoft, AT&T, and Google. Seminars led by Pace faculty included information on the interdisciplinary application of technology in the classroom. Leinhard Professor Elizabeth Berro spoke on the use of high-tech patient stimulators in the clinical setting. Also presenting at the expo was Matt Ganis, adjunct professor of computer science and astronomy, whose seminar focused on the use of SecondLife as a learning tool in higher education.

Among the most well attended seminars were Apple’s iPad presentation and Google’s Apps for Education. “We just moved all our students to Google,” points out Shikha Bajracharya, manager of User Services “[Google’s presentation was] a great chance to communicate with students.” Also presenting was Echo 360, which was software ITS piloted last year that allows faculty to capture audio and PowerPoint presentations, so a professor can give a lecture and post it on Blackboard for students to review. “We got a good response from the pilot program, so we now offer it in all our classrooms and some of the bigger lecture halls also capture video,” Bajracharya says.

The Tech Expo took place in the Student Union and was open to everyone in the Pace Community—students, faculty, and staff —as well as high school students and other universities in the New York City and Westchester areas.“We’re hoping it will become an annual,” says Bajracharya. “It’s a great way to get Pace’s name out there, and get high schools and other schools involved to expand our network.”

“While you may have tech expos, we noticed there isn’t anything devoted to higher education around here,” says Moreno. Bajracharya and Moreno, along with Colin Harris of User Services, are part of a committee that helped pull this event together. In addition to doing research on vendors and other tech expos, they also worked with Ithaca College, which has been running a similar event for almost 20 years.

For more details on the event, including video footage of faculty and vendor seminars, visit the Pace Tech Expo 2010 website at:

Jay of All Trades

Last month, we celebrated LGBT History Month, so what better time to highlight one of Pace’s—not to mention the country’s—most prominent leaders in LGBTQ studies and the gay civil rights movement.

At Pace, we have our very own LGBTQ all-star, and her name is Karla Jay, PhD. Since 1975, the Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies has founded and taught numerous courses in lesbian and gay studies, women’s studies, and literature, and has received several awards including the Distinguished Faculty Award, Diversity Leadership Award, and Kenan Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Last week, Jay moderated the Center for Community Action and Research’s Common Hour Convo: When Will the Hate Stop? A Student Discussion on LGBTQ-based Violence, where she urged students to take action.

“You can’t sit around and feel sad,” she said. “You need to think about the people who are here.”

On December 1, Jay and world-renowned civil rights activist and Gay TV USA show host Ann Northrop will raise HIV/AIDS Awareness and address the past and present battles for equality within the gay and lesbian civil rights movement and feminist movement in America on the NYC Campus as part of World AIDS Day.

And this merely reflects Jay’s work on-campus. What she has done for the movement outside of Pace has changed all of our lives.

When gay activists founded the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in the wake of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Jay was a member. She helped form the Women’s Caucus of GLF, also known as The Lavender Menace, which sought inclusion for lesbians in the feminist movement. Their 1970 takeover of the Second Congress to Unite Women is considered a turning point in recognizing lesbianism in the women’s movement.

Additionally, Jay has published more than a dozen books that have touched the lives of millions. Her first book, Out of the Closet: Voices of Gay Liberation, which has been called “a pioneering anthology that had a profound impact in its first incarnation in 1972,” remains in print, as does her recent memoir on the early years of the women’s and gay liberation movement, Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation, which Gloria Steinem described “as irresistible as a novel, but as credible, humorous, and unexpected as real life.”Karla Jay

An inspiration to many, Jay has been named twice as Grand Marshal of the Stonewall Pride Parade.

But all of this recognition did not come without its share of struggle. Jay, who has been threatened both verbally and physically, will not sit back.

“The way I look at it, if I stop doing what I’m doing because I’m afraid, then they’ve won,” she said. “Women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, disability; it’s a kind of unstoppable quest for equality.”

Jay, who lost her sight a few years ago, has now begun a new battle. “I’m a student and I’m studying Braille. I’m learning to be blind.”

Jay notes that she is now a part of, “another invisible community,” but she won’t stand for it. With proposed cuts to the state budget impacting the National Federation of the Blind’s NFB-Newsline, an audio newspaper services that provides the blind and visually impaired with more than 300 newspapers and magazines, Jay is speaking out on behalf of people with disabilities, lobbying Albany to ensure everyone has access to these resources.

Karla Jay“It takes a lot more than losing my sight to stop me,” Jay says.

Blogging Bonanza

Pace takes it place in the blogosphere with a growing number of blogging faculty, staff, and students. This month’s highlights. New blogs from new deans (Lubin), an old hand comes on board (Dyson), and a student shares what it feels like on her first day of college.

BlogsNira Herrmann, dean of Dyson College, touches on the timely and sensitive topics of tolerance, isolation, and respect for one another. In her blog she draws a comparison between Verdi’s classic opera, Rigoletto, and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the demise of Rutger’s student, Tyler Clementi. She writes, “It is encouraging to see so many people discussing issues of privacy, tolerance, and respect for each other and seeking ways to reinforce these ideas at a societal level.  But these are not easy areas to affect change—history and the arts are replete with stories that carry a similar theme [. . .] It was chilling to come face to face with a ‘timeless’ story in this way: a story that resonates strongly because, even though it premiered nearly 160 years ago, it bears so many touch points with a current situation.  In this case, I kept seeing echoes of what had played out with Tyler Clementi: the isolation of someone viewed as an ‘other,’ the invasion of a private place with inappropriate behavior for the amusement of the majority culture, and in the end, when Rigoletto’s daughter sets herself up to be murdered by the hired assassins, the destruction of a young life.” To read more about what Dean Herrmann has to say, check out her blog at

Lubin Dean, Neil S. Braun, reports in his blog his hopes for the continued success and growth of Lubin in the new school year. He outlines his belief in interdisciplinary collaboration for the betterment of all. Dean Braun writes, “I have spent much of my first two months meeting faculty, deans of the other schools, administrative staff, alumni and students. My approach is to build partnerships with each constituency and individual by identifying common ground, [. . .] substantive dialogue and working together on a specific project engenders understanding and builds trust; that is the foundation that is necessary for building Lubin’s future together.“ To read more from the Dean, click here:

Loren Alexander, a Dyson freshman on the Pleasantville Campus, writes about overcoming her fears and achieving her potential within the first few weeks of living on campus. Loren says of her Pace experience: “The disappearance of my fears has given me the confidence to both further my passions and broaden my horizons. At first I was too intimidated [. . .] I used to talk myself out of trying out for sports teams or joining certain clubs in high school [. . .] I realized how much I had missed out on when I didn’t bother to try out and I vowed that I would never put limitations like that on myself in college. I now write for the school newspaper, I am the Hall Sections Representative and I am interested in starting a ballroom dance club on campus. It has only been a few weeks but I can wholeheartedly say that I will accomplish a lot of great things at Pace.” To read more from Loren click the link.

Want us to highlight your blog in an upcoming issue? Submit a link to your blog in the comments section below!

Time Off, Training, TIAA-CREF, and Tuition Exchange

This month’s HR Report is brought to you by the letter T… Read about the changes that are coming down the pike and how they will affect Pace faculty and staff. Also be sure to check out the 2011 University Holiday Calendar and start planning for next year!

Time Off: The 2011 University Holiday Calendar

The 2011 Holiday Calendar has been posted.  Next year, the University is closed and will pay its full-time employees for 13 holidays in 2011 and for 2 floating holidays to be taken anytime during the 2011 calendar year. Click here to view.


From managing stress to managing projects and employees, HR has a roster of skills training programs available for faculty and staff. Click here to view their fall 2010 schedule and register for courses.  HR also offers dedicated and customized departmental training on request. If you have any questions, or you are interested in dedicated training, please contact Susan Donahue, Organizational Learning & Development, at or x22766.


Effective January 1, 2011, TIAA-CREFF will become Pace’s sole service provider of the 403(b) Retirement Plan. By choosing TIAA-CREFF as our sole provider, Pace will now be able to offer a wider range of competitively performing investment choices, self-directed brokerage, and advice that matches your retirement goals.

All eligible employees will be required to enroll in a new TIAA-CREF account between today and December 31. Reps from TIAA-CREFF will be on campus now through the mid-December if you’d like to set up a group or individual meeting session. For further information about what this means for you, please visit our FAQs or contact the Benefits Department at x22828 or

Tuition Exchange:

Pace will continue to participate in the tuition exchange programs offered through Tuition Exchange, Inc. and the Council of Independent Colleges for the 2011-2012 academic year. To learn about the types of scholarships being offered, prerequisites, and forms for applications, visit the Human Resources website. If you are applying to a tuition exchange program, or if you have a student who is currently receiving a tuition exchange scholarship and are requesting recertification for the 2011-2012 year, please contact the Benefits Department at x22828 or

Auld Lang Syne

As we bid a fond farewell to CIO Ravi Ravishanker, what could be more appropriate than revisiting some of the things he and his IT team accomplished during the past year? So put on your party hat, break out your noisemaker, and take a trip down memory lane with their latest Annual Report.

The ITS 2009-2010 Annual Report highlights the important accomplishments and changes that have happened within the organization over the last year. This year’s report is chockfull of interesting tidbits and major milestones that have occurred within the department. The report is broken down into three easily digestible categories—engagement in academic mission, enhancement of technology experience, and increases in administrative efficiencies—and mentions everything from giving classrooms a high-tech facelift (that’s scalpel free) to launching tech support for iPhone users. Read more about these efforts and many more in this year’s ITS Annual Report.

Fit to Print

Wile E. Coyote may have bought his last Acme supply, law students stand up to big coal, James Lipton stays up late late, and more. Pace faculty, staff, and students sound off in the news.

Wile E. Coyote making a comeback in Westchester?  Probably not, say several local wildlife experts that came to Pace late last month to discuss the resurgence of coyote sightings and encounters in a symposium entitled “Coyotes in Suburbia.” The lecture was attended by more than 100 wildlife experts, law enforcement officials, and citizens from Westchester County.

Want to make a mogul? asked Bruce Bachenheimer, director of entrepreneurship at Lubin, to give some advice to parents who want to nurture their child’s business acumen. See what he had to say in’s Top Tips: 15 Ways to Raise a Young Mogul.

Professor of Finance, Surendra Kaushik, PhD, susses out the pros and cons of proposed tax break for employers who hire U.S. workers in

The Pace Environmental Law Clinic, run by students and supervised by law professors Karl S. Coplan, JD, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., JD, LLM, and Daniel Estrin, JD, took the first steps in bringing suit against several Kentucky mining companies for violations against the Clean Water Act.

Adjunct Professor of Marketing Ellen Schapps Richman and her husband got down to business at a Democratic fundraising dinner in their home. An article in highlights some of the big-name attendees including:  President Barack Obama, director/producer Ron Howard, TV journalist Jane Pauley, and Garry Trudeau of “Doonesbury” fame.

Alexandra Dappolito Dunn, JD, assistant dean of Environmental Law Programs, spoke at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries as part of their Third Thursday Series held at the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education in Beacon, New York. The discussion was centered on the importance of water in the global economy and also included John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

Getting to bed early these days? In case you missed it, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson invited Dean Emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School James Lipton to talk about Inside the Actors Studio entering its 17th season and all of the preparation that goes into producing an in-depth interview.  View the segment and hear what Lipton said about Pace University.

Pace’s Build on Special Strengths (BOSS) Program was featured twice last month on WPIX TV’s morning news program. The piece examined the college experience of three students with autism and followed the students through their day-to-day activities as a college student. Director of the BOSS Program Dianne Zager, PhD, was interviewed as well.

Lubin professor Jorge Pinto appeared on CNN en Español Economía y Finanzas to discuss the state of the economy in the United States and Latin America, noting that high budget deficits are fueling fear about the value of the dollar.

Finance professor Michael Szenberg, PhD, was interviewed on the topic of “appreciation” last month by the producers of TV Tokyo’s Money Encyclopedia. Click here to watch the interview, and if you aren’t bilingual, skip ahead to 1:21 for Professor Szenberg’s comments.

Maria Luskay, EdD, associate professor and director of the MA in Media and Communication Arts Program, was quoted in Andrew Revkin’s New York Times Op-Ed on “A Pretty Edgy Climate Campaign.”

Director of the Counseling Center Richard Shadick, PhD, was asked by to give his advice to women battling depression in the article “11 Simple Tips to Chase the Blues.”

The Manitoban reports Jillian Mcdonald, associate professor of fine art and curator of the Pace Digital Gallery, has just finished filming her latest project, a zombie film tentatively titled Prairie Horror.

Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies Andrew Revkin served as the keynote speaker at the Northeast Environmental Studies Group conference earlier last month. Read what he had to say about the ethics of climate change in this article.

Brian Petersen, PsyD, a senior psychologist in the Counseling Center, was asked by The Sacramento Bee to weigh in on the rise of paranormal investigation services as a response to the universal anxiety of death.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and author of Feminism Inc.: Coming of Age in Girl Power Media Culture Emilie Zaslow, speaks about the toll eating disorders have on adolescents in the November/December 2010 issue of Scholastic Choices, a classroom magazine aimed at teen audiences with a circulation of 200,000.

Associate professor of criminal justice Susan Herman, JD, and author of Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime, has been named to the state’s first-ever Permanent Sentencing Commission. The Commission is charged with the task of revising New York State’s crime sentencing policies—something which has not been done in more than four decades. sat down with Tom Jones, director of the Center for the Study of International Accounting Standards, to discuss recent developments within the field of accounting, including issues such as a blue-ribbon panel’s endorsement of private-company accounting rules and the selection of a Dutch regulator to head the IASB.

Sister Mary St. John Delany, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Literacy Enrichment hosted “Witches’ Brew,” a free program featuring readings by local children’s book authors and storytelling from different cultures. The director and the program were featured in an article on

Liner Notes

The recession must be over, because clearly business abounds for Pace professors who published several books and articles this month.

Lubin Professor of Legal Studies and Taxation, Roy Girasa, writes about the “Crackdown on Corruption” and American business professionals confronted with bribery while conducting business abroad in a recent issue of the Westchester County Business Journal.

Lubin Professor Warren J. Keegan, DBA, teamed up with Naval K. Bhargava of the Mudra Institute of Communications in western India on Pearson Education’s latest edition of the book Global Marketing Management.  This new edition sets itself apart by using local case studies and it is the only edition to be launched in South Asia. Read the description in International Business Times.

Christopher N. Williams, a Dyson chemistry professor, just came out with his new book Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis.