It’s That Easy!

Finance and Planning announces a new corporate travel program for faculty and staff as well as our new office supplier: Staples.

New Corporate Travel Program

Travel Guard is a full service travel company that offers business and collegiate travel (travel abroad programs), athletic travel, travel insurance and travel risk management solutions.  Travel Guard is committed to providing superior service by leveraging technology.  Travel Guard offers extensive experience with higher education travel requirements.

Travel Guard’s web portal offers airline, hotel and car rental reservations, and will ultimately include ground transportation options.  Travel Guard will provide Pace travelers reduced and competitive fares consistent with the travel market.

The Travel Guard program will allow you to view travel history (current and past trips), store your travel preferences and membership program numbers (air, hotel & car), offers the option of selecting a travel arranger or proxy, enables you to add your itinerary to your Outlook calendar, and provides you various options for searching travel details.  In addition, Travel Guard customers have access to the following services:

  • Reservation AssistanceDomestic and international air tickets
  • Hotel and lodging accommodations
  • Car rentals and ground transportation
  • Group travel arrangements
  • Tour and event coordination
  • Continuous airfare monitoring to capture the lowest fair, search 72 vendors
  • Low fare guarantee
  • Hotel discounts with over 25,000 properties worldwide
  • Discounted car programs with all the major car rental companies
  • Emergency Travel Assistance
  • Worldwide Travel Assistance Ground transportation coordination
  • Latest worldwide weather and travel services
  • Floral Service
  • Special occasion reminders and gift ideas
  • Local activity recommendations
  • Kosher restaurant referrals & restaurants
  • Locating Kosher grocery stores, Kosher meat markets, Kosher produce
  • Locating Synagogues
  • Theater, museum and family activity referrals and reservations
  • Local Shabbat times worldwide
  • Holiday and cultural events reminders
  • and Travel Medical Assistance

Please visit the Finance and Planning Website for program overview, reference guides, booking fees, and training tools. Please feel free to contact the Purchasing and Contracts Department at ext: 2642 for questions regarding the travel program.

The Pace University Online Booking Tool Portal can be accessed at:

The travel portal is available 24 hours a day so you can research and make your travel plans any day and any time.   We welcome you to our program and look forward to assisting you with your travel plans!!

New Office Supply Contract with Staples

The Purchasing department has negotiated an Office Supply Contract with Staples Advantage which includes general office supplies, paper, printer/toner cartridges, and break room supplies. Together Pace and Staples will partner to build environmental and sustainability initiatives through order consolidation efforts and recycling programs, enhance our standard furniture offerings and provide quarterly customer appreciation days offering discounted products to our staff, students and faculty on personal purchases.

Starting March 21, 2011 we will replace our existing OfficeMax e-commerce site with Staples Advantage.

Staples Advantage offers fast, easy, direct online purchasing and will be accessible through our current Sciquest E-Procurement site. Purchasers will experience faster and easier service with the following contract benefits:

  • Easy online ordering via SciQuest.
  • Next day business delivery
  • Access to Staples retail stores for same day purchases (you must register your Pace Procurement Card for contract pricing)
  • Hassel free returns
  • Eco-preferable product assortment
  • End-user training aides
  • and award-winning customer service

Please look for more communications regarding our new office supply program.  Questions should be directed to the Purchasing Department at or ext. 22616.

A Pace Success Story: Career Services

As you know, a major focus for this year is successful achievement of the implementation plans for the first year goals of the Strategic Plan. I’m happy to report that midway through the fiscal year we are making great progress in many areas across the University. Thank you for taking Pace to greater heights in so many ways. I’d like to call attention to the success of one area in particular that directly supports our core mission of educating thinking professionals and gives us a competitive advantage over many of our peer institutions: Career Services.

President's Corner

Dear Faculty and Staff,

My very best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy and successful 2011.

As you know, a major focus for this year is successful achievement of the implementation plans for the  first year goals of the  Strategic Plan.  I’m happy to report that midway through the fiscal year we are making great progress in many areas across the University.   Thank you for taking Pace to greater heights in so many ways.

I’d like to call attention to the success of one area in particular that directly supports our core mission of educating thinking professionals and gives us a competitive advantage over many of our peer institutions:  Career Services.

Pace has the largest internship program in the New York City area.  More than half of our students have real-world experience in the profession of their choice by the time they graduate, many of them thanks to this program.  Those with internships while in school are 60 percent more likely to be employed within six to nine months of graduation than students who did not seize the opportunities this program offers.

If you don’t already subscribe to the Career Services enewsletters, I urge you to do so to better understand how we achieve such good internship and job placement results.  Email and ask that your name be added to either the Pleasantville or New York enewsletters or to both. You’ll read profiles of students like Melissa Recine, ’12, a communications major in Pleasantville, who just recently landed her dream internship as a producer for the Rachael Ray show on the Food Network.  Or Andrea Panichi, ‘12, a dual Communications and Theatre major in New York, who is currently interning at Warner Music Group.   This is an opportunity that could open doors to the perfect job when she graduates.

Internship placements, career counseling, resume writing, and interview practice are just a few of the services offered by our Career Services staff on both campuses.   They also host more than 300 employers who visit the campus each year to meet with students at career fairs and other recruiting events.

The potent combination of liberal education and professional knowledge and skills  acquired by our students plus access to top employers in virtually every industry sector yields results.  Pace graduates in 2010 reported employment rates 10 percent higher than the national average.  Despite the fragile economy, nearly 90 percent of Pace graduates who participated in a recent survey are working in positions related to their major.  An even better statistic:  those who earned a combined BBA/MBA in public accounting have a 100 percent job placement rate.  For the second year in a row, ranks Pace graduates’ salaries in the top 30 of the Best Northeast Colleges in the United States by Salary Potential–on par with the nation’s most selective Ivy League Schools.

Jody Queen-Hubert, who has been a staff member in Career Services for the past 26 years and a director for 20 of those years, is retiring from Pace this month.  We thank her and her staff for their successful efforts in forging strong relationships with employers throughout New York City and Westchester.  We look forward to a successor to Jody who will build on her achievements and make Career Services even larger and more important to our students.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman

School Snippets

A roundup of stories from school e-newsletters. This month: Pathways to a Smarter Planet, Lubin Student Featured on NBC’s School Pride, Learning Communities, Confucius Institute, the Legal Aspects of Vaccine Injuries and more.

School SnippetsIn the latest issues:


Dyson Digital Digest

Pace Law School

New Associate Provost for Student Success

Mark Allen Poisel, EdD, currently the Associate Vice President at University of Central Florida, has been appointed Associate Provost for Student Success. He will join Pace in January 2011.

Mark PoiselMark Allen Poisel, a university administrator with extensive experience in coordinating and streamlining services to students, has been named Associate Provost for Student Success at Pace University, effective January 14, 2011.

He most recently served as Associate Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Poisel will oversee support services for undergraduate students on Pace’s campuses in downtown Manhattan and Pleasantville, in Westchester County, New York. Working across the University’s schools, departments, institutes, and centers in close collaboration with the Provost, he will focus on improving student retention, international growth, and partnerships with other institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

“Mark Poisel has a solid track record of helping students succeed at the university level,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, Pace’s Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “His strong leadership skills and work in international education will help us strengthen the Pace academic experience.” Read more…

4 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Stress

Balancing your commitments can be a struggle on any day of the year. But add in the demands of the holidays, and it can quickly seem impossible. The Counseling Center offers some simple ways to approach the season’s to-dos.

Holiday StressIt’s early November, and the 2010 holiday season is already upon us. Decorations are up and your precious winter weekends are nearly booked solid. The clock is ticking down to the end of the semester and you still have a million things to do. Finding the right balance between all of your commitments on any day of the year can be a struggle. But add in the extra demands the holidays can bring, and it can quickly seem impossible. Counseling Center Director Richard Shadick, PhD, offers a few simple ways to approach the season’s to-dos to help us enjoy this much-anticipated time of the year.

  1. Reevaluate your expectations.
    We’re all guilty of thinking that the holidays need to be fun, exciting, and happy,” says Shadick. “So if we’re not feeling happy, excited, or having fun, we believe there must be something wrong.” It’s easy to get overwhelmed looking at all we need and want to do over the next several weeks—the parties, the gifts, and our responsibilities at work, he continues. “We tell ourselves we can get it all done by the end of the calendar year—completing deadline-driven assignments, shopping for gifts, entertaining at home, and attending parties for work, family and friends. By having realistic expectations of ourselves, of the holidays, and what we can reasonably accomplish at this time of year, we can alleviate some of our stress.”
  2. Stick close to your regular eating and exercise routine—as much as possible.
    Holiday parties are the perfect place to overindulge. “At parties there are lots of unhealthy foods and usually alcohol. If you find yourself going to several parties, and you’re already a busy professional, you won’t get a chance to eat as many balanced meals or exercise as often as your body needs,” says Shadick. His advice: Go easy on unhealthy foods, limit your alcohol, stick to a regular exercise routine, and get adequate sleep. Another idea? “Instead of shopping for holiday gifts, use your lunch hour to exercise,” he recommends. Walk around the block, the parking garage, or the building.
  3. Take a serious look at your schedule and commit to making some hard—but meaningful—decisions regarding your personal time.
    Is your stack of holiday invitations stressing you out? (By the way, even Emily Post wrote that no one is obligated to accept every invitation!) “Accept only the ones that mean the most to you and politely decline the others,” Shadick says. Are you worried about meeting your deadlines at work? Shadick advises to prioritize your work goals and deadlines to determine which ones must get done now and which ones can wait until after the holiday season.
  4. Integrate small stress-management techniques into your everyday activities.
    A five-minute break can make a tremendous difference in the rest of your day. “Take a few moments of quiet time in your office,” he says. Close your door, shut your eyes, and breathe deep. And remember Pace’s Employee Assistance Program, which includes 24/7 phones support, referrals for free counseling, the Healthy Rewards Program, and more. He also recommends keeping a journal to track what’s causing you stress. “Write down your thoughts and feelings about whatever it is, and your reaction,” he says. “After a few weeks’ time, you’ll see what your trigger points are, so you’re prepared—for next year’s holiday season!”

President’s Corner

Pace alumni are proud of their alma mater, eager for connection to the University, and keen to know how they can play a role in our future. These are observations I have made from meeting with alumni groups in South Florida, Long Island, Chicago, and Rockland County in recent months, and in Westchester and New York during Homecoming.

Dear Colleagues,

Pace alumni are proud of their alma mater, eager for connection to the University, and keen to know how they can play a role in our future.

These are observations I have made from meeting with alumni groups in South Florida, Long Island, Chicago, and Rockland County in recent months, and in Westchester and New York during Homecoming.  I will travel to Northern and Southern California in the next few weeks to meet with alumni who have settled on the West Coast and will no doubt hear more of the same.

Building a culture of community is one of our goals in the new Strategic Plan.  Alumni are important members of our community. They support the University through participation in the Annual Fund, scholarships, and other funding opportunities; they influence the U.S. News & World Report rankings that help build our reputation; they mentor current students; and they are a source of internships and much more.  One very telling indicator of their interest in Pace:  Donations to the Annual Fund increased 26 percent  last year over the year before.

Our Office of Development and Alumni Relations has created a full slate of outreach programs for alumni this year, culminating in a very special Reunion next June at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  We’ve also developed a number of exciting cultural events—including our Shakespeare at Pace Festival and InsideTrack, a series of discussions on current events and public policy issues—intended to attract, enlighten, and engage not only alumni, but also faculty, staff, and students.

As we begin implementing the Strategic Plan, I encourage you to think of ways that we can continue to build that culture of community. I also encourage you to join me for a mid-year progress report on the first-year implementation plans for the Strategic Plan on Wednesday, December 1, in New York and Tuesday, December 7, in Pleasantville.  I am pleased to report that we are moving forward in many areas and are already producing desired results.  I look forward to sharing details on those programs – and others where we need to continue to focus – at the meetings.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman

The Bard Is Back

This fall, Pace becomes a downtown destination for all things Shakespeare with four productions at the Schimmel.

Merry Wives
Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

This fall will kick off an exciting season of Shakespeare at Pace, featuring four performances at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts from world-renowned theatre companies. First in the lineup: Romeo and Juliet, by Tony Award winning The Acting Company runs from October 22 to October 24. Then, Shakespeare’s Globe of London returns to Pace to perform The Merry Wives of Windsor October 28 to November 7. Theatre for a New Audience puts on The Merchant of Venice February 27 to March 13, starring Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, and The Acting Company rounds out the season with Comedy of Errors April 5 to April 17.

Why Shakespeare and why Pace? According to David Watson, director of cultural events for Pace, this new fall lineup is a natural extension of the relationship that Pace has already built with Shakespeare’s Globe of London. “When Pace announced the Globe was coming back, we had the idea to build a season around it,” says Watson. Although he originally envisioned only one additional show, when renowned companies The Acting Company and Theatre for a New Audience both approached Pace looking for space to rehearse, the idea of a fully fledged festival began to take shape.

“In its current form, this could become an annual experience,” says Watson, who has hopes of the event also taking a stronger international focus, showcasing Shakespeare productions from around the globe. “Rather than one British and two American companies, it would be fun to add a show each year from another country,” says Watson, who cites a Russian production of Richard III, a South African production of Macbeth, and a Chinese production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream as just a few of the great international productions on his radar.

The festival is also the culmination of one Pace professor’s dream. Watson notes that Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Performing Arts Department, Christopher Thomas, who recently passed away, had once designed a Globe set for the Schimmel in order to give students a feel for what it would be like to experience performances on the historic stage. “The original vision for the theater was that the Schimmel would be a place for Shakespeare,” says Watson. Even the Bard might agree that after this season, “thy worldly task hast done.”

Learn more about the festival and purchase your tickets today.

More than Fun and Plays

In addition to the four plays, there are a number of unique learning opportunities built around the productions.

  • Each show will include a Talkback Session—a free event where audiences can stay and speak to cast members and artistic contributors.
  • All shows (with the exception of Romeo and Juliet) will also include “Centerpiece Lectures,” given by experts in the field such as Pace Distinguished Professor Martha Driver, PhD, (Merry Wives of Windsor) that delve into certain aspects of the play and production.
  • Pace performing arts students will be offered master classes taught by members of the cast.
  • Pace will also be hosting the Globe’s “Executive Education” for Shakespeare educators—the first program of its kind on the East Coast, which introduces 12 competitively selected high school instructors and their students to an 18-month educational program taking place on the Pace campus with summer sessions in London.

To learn more, visit:

Career Forward

A new look and feel for Pace’s adult and continuing education programming—the same promise of preparing for the professions

As students head back to school for the fall, so are a number of adults looking to take their professional skills to the next level. And Pace’s newly rebranded “Career Forward” programming offers professional go-getters looking to enhance their marketable skills a variety of courses in new and emerging fields—where jobs are still plentiful for those who are qualified.

“Career Forward collects the continuing and professional educational offerings that were previously spread over various areas and brings them under one heading,” says Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Robert Keating. “By organizing them as a collective, we can better target our market and adult and continuing education programming.”

It’s not exactly a repackaging of current courses but a rebranding that reflects the core of Pace’s philosophy. “Our programming must always adapt to the ever-changing market place,” Keating explains. “The more we can deliver, the more effective we can be, and the better positioned our adult learners will be. The courses and programs in Career Forward are consistent with Pace’s continued mission to train people for the workplace and prepare them for a wide range of careers.”

Career Forward also aligns with Pace’s goals for growth. “Under the strategic plan, we were charged with developing a new revenue stream, one that raises the reputation of our academic programs, particularly the non-credit programs,” Keating says. The strategy is that if someone has a positive experience in a non-credit program or course, he or she may later consider enrolling in one that’s for credit.

Added to the diverse mix of offerings this fall are exciting new courses in developing applications for smart phones, social networks in the workplace, construction estimating and more. Here’s a sampling:

  • Android Application Development
  • Construction Estimating
  • Creating and Using Social Networks
  • Developing Websites Using CMS
  • Facilities Manager Certificate
  • iPhone Application Development
  • Paralegal Certificate
  • Solar PV Designs and Installation

For more information about Career Forward, and a complete list of courses, visit

It’s No Mockery

Pace University’s Mock Trial Team soars at regional competition.

Guest Feature by Professor James Castagna, JD
The Mock Trial Team at the Regional Tournament at St. John's University with Professor Castagna (far left).

Jesse Dwyer, one of the students playing an attorney on the Pace University Mock Trial Team, commented at the recent American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Tournament held at St. John’s University, “We’ve finally put Pace University on the map!” At least, that is, on the highly competitive and prestigious College Mock Trial map. With a brilliant summation for the defense, Dwyer is part of a team of 11 undergraduate students. Hailing from the Lubin and Dyson Schools, most team members are pre-law minors.

Mock Trial requires students to play the roles of attorneys and witnesses on both the prosecution and defense, of a real-to-life trial simulation in intercollegiate competition on a national level. This roster includes most of the Ivy League institutions.

This year the trial dealt with a conflict among three entertainment industry business partners over a lucrative buy-out offer, which led to the murder of its major partner. The minor partners were the alleged co-conspirators in the murder. Sarah Gargiulo, playing a passionate prosecution attorney stated so definitively in her opening statement for the defense: “A desperate gambler led to a desperate act, which led to a deadly outcome!” Team co-captains and lead attorneys—the only team members who played roles on both sides of the simulation—Kristin Porro and Justin Teitell supported the team through the mysterious and idiosyncratic twists and turns of the trial.

The case exposed the unsavory underworld in the State of Midlands (the imaginary state of the United States where the trial takes place) including the possible motive behind the murder being the desperation of a gambling addict who was facing threats on his life from the casinos and bookies. This role was played brilliantly by Joseph Saparano who won the well-deserved and highly coveted Award as Outstanding Witness at the Awards Ceremony. The defendant’s co-conspirator in crime was played by both Tanish Sethi and Amanda Codd.

Also winning acclaim of the judges was Leo Kreizman, who played the nerdy college student who happened to be the only eyewitness to the murder, and Annaliese Blumstein who played the self-absorbed alibi witness-actress who had lost her career due to her lack of social graces at the “Academy Awards.” (Many thought both Leo and Anneliese deserved their own Academy Awards!)

Perhaps, the most difficult witness roles were those of two crime scene experts who were played convincingly by real life forensics student, Christine Toledo, and first-year student, Tasha Schmidt. Their testimony required a working knowledge of complicated scientific research and principles.

Although the team just fell short of qualifying for the Opening Round of the National Competition that was held this year at Pace University Law School, AMTA offered them the position of stand-by team due to their outstanding performance at regionals.

Professor James Castagna, Department of Legal Studies and Taxation, Lubin School of Business, the team’s  persistent (and tired) coach, drilled the students on the complicated hearsay rule and guided them through all the possible variations of trial strategies. Although he was proud of their performance against teams such as Columbia University, Fordham University, CUNY, and Lafayette College, Professor Castagna also noted that the strength of their teamwork skills and their collegiality was equally impressive.

If you know of any undergraduate student who is interested in being a part of the Pace University Mock Trial Team effort next year, please contact Professor Castagna at

Back to School

Students aren’t the only ones heading back to school. HR is here to help you prepare for new employees, brush up on what you forgot over the summer with refresher courses, plus don’t forget about school photos (that’s right, it’s time to update your Pace ID card!)

Refresher Courses

The new academic year is a perfect time to refresh your communication, customer service, and performance management skills. The Organizational Learning and Development Department offers training programs that teach skills to help you resolve conflicts, respond to customer demands, conduct behavioral interviews, and address emotions in the workplace with confidence. Click here to view the calendar of training programs offered this Fall and to register for any of our programs. The department is also available to provide dedicated programs for your department, including training and team building. If you are interested in a dedicated workshop, please contact Susan Donahue at x22766. 

Don’t Get Carded

Don’t forget to visit your campus security or ID office to validate your current Pace ID with a new sticker for the 2010-2011 academic year:

Campus Location Telephone #
Briarcliff Dow Hall Lobby 914 923-2700
Graduate Center 1st Floor Security Desk 914 422-4166
Midtown Center 8th Floor Security Desk 212 346-1769
New York One Pace Plaza, B Level 212 346-1800
Pleasantville 1st floor Goldstein Academic Center or Kessel Student Center 914 773-3400
White Plains – Law School Preston Hall or Aloysia Hall 914 422-4300


Helping New Employees Climb On-Board

Do you have new employees starting with the new academic year? Human Resources is here to help smooth the way. To learn about our On-Boarding process and help create a positive experience for you new hires (plus a faster transition to them becoming  fully engaged and productive members of the University), visit “Getting Started at Pace” on the HR website.

Analyze This

This year, Pace’s Counseling Center Internship Program attracted a record number of applicants—beating out other top-notch programs such as Stanford and University of Texas. Learn more about this highly competitive and highly rewarding program for aspiring doctoral students.

Rorschach Image

It doesn’t take years of analysis to understand why Pace’s Pre-doctoral Internship Program for aspiring psychologists is such a hit. The only one of its kind in the New York Metropolitan Area, the unique program exposes interns to the wide variety of functions a psychologist can perform, including individual and group psychotherapy and multicultural competency. Launched in 1984, it is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and each year accepts only four interns from a pool of more than 150 applicants. This year, it received more applications than any other APA-accredited counseling center internship program in the United States and Canada.

Molly Grimes, PsyD, Assistant Director and Training Director for the Counseling Center, and a former intern in the program herself, explains why: “The interns have a really full training experience. They get a lot of really solid clinical training, meaning that they do what other staff members in the Counseling Center do: individual therapy, group therapy, outreach, and crisis intervention. At the same time they take on a series of training seminars on consultation and outreach, psychological testing, and multicultural competencies, as well as receiving many hours of individual supervision.”

That individualized attention is one of the real assets of the program, notes Grimes, who adds that the University is incredibly dedicated to the training process and able to offer many more training opportunities than fee-for-service sites, for example. Multicultural competency is another area of excellence for the Pace program. While all sites are required to examine multicultural issues, Pace focuses on this area in several specific ways. In addition to including multicultural issues in all six training seminars, one of those seminars focuses on multicultural competency. Interns also focus a great deal of their consultation and outreach work on issues specific to Pace’s diverse student body and are involved in grant-funded work at the Counseling Center regarding suicide prevention with students from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The program is a win-win for both the interns and the Pace counseling staff, who constantly strive to improve student wellness and provide the community with the best possible service. PsyD, PhD, and EdD candidates apply to the program from schools around the nation, many bringing with them at least three to five years of clinical experience already, as well as research backgrounds and understanding in unique fields.

“I’ve been surprised at how much expertise these students have, even prior to starting with us,” says Grimes. “Many come in with an advanced level of expertise in a particular area that we don’t have ourselves.” In fact one of the recent interns has already become a leader in the field of Filipino mental health, publishing two books since his time in the program and currently touring the United States.

The program is currently finishing its reaccreditation process with the APA (a process that occurs every few years) but with 25 years of accreditation under its belt, it has received great feedback to date. It is also getting ready to welcome its new group of interns, who start September 1. In addition to the pre-doctoral internships, the program offers an externship program for graduate students who have not yet completed their academic training as well as an Undergraduate Summer Internship Program open to students nationwide (also highly competitive) who are interested in pursuing a career or advanced degree in psychology.  “This is a really unique program,” says Grimes. “To my knowledge, there is no other counseling center training program available to undergraduate students. They get training in clinical issues, assessment, and professional issues and help us with our outreach and research efforts.”

And outreach and education is what the program is all about: responding to the needs of the community, educating students about mental health and wellness issues, and destigmatizing the concept of counseling—as well as preparing the next generation of committed, caring, leaders in the field to do the same.

Click here to learn more about the program and other counseling center services.

The Incoming Class

A new associate provost, two new deans, Harriet Feldman’s promotion to interim provost, and Gerrie Colombraro’s promotion to interim dean of Lienhard School of Nursing help Pace kick off the 2010-2011 school year

Pace Veteran Assumes Interim Provost Role

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, Interim Provost

Since 1993, Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, has been an integral part of the Pace Community. Having served as dean and tenured professor in the Lienhard School of Nursing, as well as interim dean of the School of Education, Feldman brings her vast knowledge of education and unwavering dedication to the University to the role of interim provost.

Read more about Provost Feldman here.

Nursing’s New Interim Dean

Gerrie Colombraro, PhD, Interim Dean, Lienhard School of Nursing

Gerrie Colombraro, associate dean for administration of the Lienhard School of Nursing, will assume the role of interim dean of the school. As a longtime researcher and nurse educator, Colombraro is filling the position of dean Harriet Feldman, PhD, who has been appointed interim provost.

Lubin’s New Dean Is Ready to Get Down to Business

Neil Braun, JD, Dean, Lubin School of Business

From films to carbon footprints, Neil Braun’s prestigious career runs the gamut. He has served as an attorney, executive leader to multiple media corporations such as NBC and Viacom Entertainment, and an environmental advocate in his most recent role as CEO of The CarbonNeutral Company.  A member of numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences and the Trustee’s Social Responsibility Advisory Committee, Braun brings his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to sustainability to Pace.

“In today’s competitive and fast-changing environment, we have the opportunity to position Lubin as an increasingly relevant and impactful academic institution,” says Braun. “It will take the focused and collaborative effort of faculty working closely with the deans and administrative staff.  If we strategize, prioritize, execute, and communicate well, there is a world of opportunity for us to capture. I am extremely excited to be part of the Pace community, my sleeves are rolled up, and I am already deeply engaged in the issues and opportunities before us.”

Read more about Dean Braun here.

Strengthening the Scholarly Community

Sheying Chen, PhD, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

As one of the first graduate sociology students in China, Sheying Chen is no stranger to innovation. With formal training in both engineering technology and public policy, Chen brings years of teaching experience and research from around the globe, as well as a fresh perspective on social change. The former Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies at Indiana University Southeast was drawn to Pace’s opportunities for growth.

“A university is a community of scholars, and I’m excited about the opportunity to help build such a great community at Pace,” says Chen. “Developing faculty leadership in achieving the University’s strategic goals is my commitment. I look forward to working with my colleagues on fully realizing their potential at Pace.”

Read more about the new associate provost here.

Back to School with a New Dean

Andrea Spencer, PhD, Dean, School of Education

Pace High School and the School of Education’s groundbreaking work in the field of autism are just two unique aspects of Pace that spoke to Andrea Spencer. Former associate dean for Academic Affairs at Bank Street College, and founding partner of Synchrony Solutions, Spencer has served as an educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, Connecticut. With nearly 20 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and consultant at schools, universities, and a variety of organizations, Spencer brings to Pace a drive to find innovative ways to share information.

“I feel very fortunate to be working with such an outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff,” notes Spencer. “This is a particularly challenging time for institutions committed to preparing teachers who can engage and inspire students in inclusive classrooms, while meeting increasing demands for accountability. I know the knowledge, skills, energy, and enthusiasm that are so evident in the past and present achievements of the School of Education are essential resources not only for preparing and supporting excellent teachers, but in helping the University to attain strategic goals for the 21st Century.”

Read more about the new dean here.

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.”

Put Some Stock in Your Summer

From July 16-18, celebrate Broadway at the Schimmel Center, where five Pace students share the stage with some of the brightest stars in the business.

Whether you’re a Broadway veteran or a newly converted Glee fan, Summer Stock NYC’s musical revue is sure to make your heart sing. This new event was created by musical theater company and conservatory CAP21, which makes high-quality musical productions accessible to local audiences while also serving as a training ground for actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, and designers. This year’s case includes five of Pace University’s musical theater students.

“One of the reasons we wanted this was the opportunity for Pace students to perform with highly professional stars,” says Director of Cultural Affairs David Watson. “This has been in the works for years.” This year’s show features a mix of modern and traditional Broadway numbers and a cast including Broadway and cabaret artist Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard), As the World Turns Daytime Emmy-nominated actress Colleen Zenk (Bring Back Birdie), and Kelly Felthous (National Tour of Grease).

Founded in 1994, CAP21 trains more than 400 qualified actors each year and has an alumni roster that includes some of today’s most recognizable names, such as: Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, and Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars.

Rising Pace junior and musical theater major Sarah Nathan, who is part of the ensemble cast says, “I have never created a show from the ground up. This is an eye-opening experience, as well as an educational opportunity.”

Watson hopes the Summer Stock NYC event will be the beginning of an established relationship with CAP21. “We are aiming toward a full-scale musical production of a Broadway musical that will open at Pace and go to different theaters throughout the five boroughs,” he says. “This would be a full summer of employment for the students, with five to six weeks of touring.”

While musical theatre students are no strangers to performing, it’s the professional aspect of participating in Summer Stock NYC that will help boost their resumes and provide experience.

Rebeca Radoszkowicz, also a rising junior and musical theater major has been in more than 40 professional and non-professional theatrical productions, as well as commercials, TV, voice-overs, and movies. However, exemplifying Pace’s traditional commitment to bridging the gap between theory and practice, the experience has been exciting to her as her “first professional, paying, NYC job.”

A Celebration of the Broadway Musical will play July 16 -18 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and July 20-23 at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.  Visit to purchase tickets ranging from $12 to $30.

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!



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.


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.


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.



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.


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.

President’s Corner

Dear Colleagues,

Summer is often the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor—take a vacation, spend time with family and friends, pursue a new hobby. It’s also a time to step back, assess, and regroup.

Dear Colleagues:

Summer is often the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor—take a vacation, spend time with family and friends, pursue a new hobby. It’s also a time to step back, assess, and regroup.

For me, summer also seems to be a time of change. Three years ago, I began my tenure as president. Two years ago, we began development of a new strategic plan—a document that would involve the entire Pace Community in the process of planning change. Last year, we were knee-deep in developing new ways to recruit and retain students hit hard by the economic downturn. This summer, change has come in the form of new leadership on the academic side of the house.

We have some superb additions in the form of several new faces: Neil Braun, JD, dean of Lubin; Penny Spencer, PhD, dean of the School of Education; and Gerrie Colombraro, PhD, interim dean of Lienhard. Additionally, we welcome Sheying Chen, PhD, our new associate provost for Academic Affairs. We will miss Geoff Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.), as he leaves Pace after 20 years, and we wish him well with his new responsibilities at Marist. At the same time, we are lucky to have an academic administrator with the experience and good judgment of Harriet Feldman, PhD, to serve as interim provost at a time when we will continue to drive forward on all fronts to implement the new strategic plan.

Change is a given in higher education. Our students are experiencing a major transition as they enter adulthood. And the University must continually adapt to a changing environment to stay current, relevant, and competitive.

As you plan for the academic year ahead, please think about how change often brings opportunity, and embrace it. Change is inevitable—the question is always how, in the words of our new strategic plan, to seize the opportunities it presents to achieve our goals.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman

Stephen J. Friedman

Here’s to You, Geoffrey Brackett

Farewell to Geoff Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.), who will assume the role of executive vice president at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Thank you for all that you have brought to the University. We wish you the best of luck and we will miss you.

Farewell to Geoff Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.), who will assume the role of executive vice president at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Thank you for all that you have brought to the University. We wish you much success, and we will miss you.

Please join us in saying goodbye at the celebratory receptions:

New York City

July 26

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

One Place Plaza – Multipurpose Room

Please RSVP to Jen Crespo at by July 21.


July 27

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Kessel Student Center – Gottesman Room

Please RSVP to Gail Louis at by July 21.

Fit to Print

From finance reform to mental health, Pace faculty and staff are being asked by major media and publications to give their opinions.

New York City Counseling Center Director Richard Shadick, PhD, comments on the best natural treatments for depression on the BodySense blog. Shadick is also quoted in City Limits magazine about the center’s $220,000 suicide prevention grant.

Lubin Marketing Professor Paul Kurnit discusses the future of the e-reader market in the E-Commerce Times.

Forbes interviewed Lubin’s John A. James about his take on finance reform.

Michael C. Koffler Professor in Autism Director, Center for Teaching and Research in Autism Dianne Zager, PhD, is featured in Parenting Magazine, where she discusses the experience of children with autism. spoke with Barry Miller, manager of alumni career programs and services, about the many recent college graduates who are living at home due to the economic climate.