President’s Corner

This was an exciting month for six Pace faculty members who have recently visited China as part of the Confucius Institute’s first faculty seminar. I hope it has laid the foundation for a broader set of relationships with the Chinese Academic community.

President's CornerDear Pace Community,

This month was an exciting month for six Pace faculty members who recently visited China as part of the Confucius Institute’s first faculty seminar. I hope it has laid the foundation for a broader set of relationships with the Chinese Academic community as they return with new knowledge and insights that will be useful for developing new courses, areas for research and scholarship, and faculty cooperation with Chinese universities.

The participating faculty came from a variety of backgrounds, fields, and perspectives to take part in intensive courses in Chinese language and culture that culminated in the two-week trip to China. They all had a similar goal: to enrich their understanding of their fields and gain first-hand experiences and a global perspective—all of which are critical to Pace delivering on its promise to develop thinking professionals who are prepared to lead in this truly global economy.

Some of the fields of examination and proposed new courses include:

  • Art Professor and Chair Linda Herritt’s foray into the contemporary Chinese art scene
  • Criminal Justice and Security Professor and Chair Joseph Ryan’s study of Confucianism as a tool in understanding justice
  • Assistant Professor of English Deborah Poe’s examination of contemporary Chinese film and literature
  • Chair of the Westchester English and Modern Language Studies Department Rebecca Martin’s  course on contemporary Chinese literature
  • Economics and Finance Professor P.V. Viswanath’s new course on the impact of culture and society on the development of financial markets in China
  • Economics professors Joseph Morreale, Anna Shostya, and Mark Weinstock’s new program focused on Chinese economic and cultural development and the increasing role of China and U.S. relations in the world economy

You can learn more about the details of this program in the spring issue of Pace Magazine.

I know how interesting and thought-provoking experiences like this can be. I spent a week in China last December visiting Chinese universities, and it was a fascinating experience. You may want to look at Rebecca Martin’s blogs about the group’s trip and her impressions of the country on the Dyson Blog.

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

President’s Corner

Thank you in advance to everyone involved for making the Commencement ceremonies so meaningful. This day marks a significant achievement for all of us; for the graduating students of course, but also for the faculty who guided and shaped their intellectual growth and for the staff who advised and counseled them.

President's Corner

Dear Colleagues,

This academic year–one of the most exciting in recent years–is quickly coming to a close.  I encourage all faculty and staff to attend one or more of our Commencement ceremonies–Friday, May 20 in Pleasantville and Sunday, May 22 at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, New York City.  If you need a reminder about why you work as hard as you do each and every day, just look at the faces of the graduates and their families at Commencement. Our work is all about the greater good.

A tremendous amount of planning goes into our four Commencement ceremonies–the Law School, the undergraduate ceremonies in New York City and Pleasantville, and a combined graduate ceremony in New York City. Thank you in advance to everyone involved–faculty, staff, and especially volunteers–for making the ceremonies so meaningful. This day marks a significant achievement for all of us; for the graduating students of course, but also for the faculty who guided and shaped their intellectual growth and for the staff who advised and counseled them and provided the co-curricular infrastructure for their Pace experience.

Every student who graduates joins nearly 130,000 others in the great society of Pace alumni throughout the world who know firsthand the value of a Pace education. Alumni are among our best ambassadors; they influence opinions about Pace, including those of prospective students and parents. It is our job to keep alumni active, engaged and willing to give back to Pace in our time-honored tradition. A memorable send-off is an important way of keeping Pace memories alive.

Thank you to all of our faculty and staff for making this year so productive and eventful. We are poised to meet many of the goals set forth in the first year implementation plan for the Strategic Plan, and ready to embark on the second year plan. Check out my blog at https://friedman-blog.pace.edu/ for academic and administrative updates, and to sign up for the RSS feed.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

Sustainability at Pace

As we celebrate Earth Month at Pace, I want to congratulate all of our GreenPace Award winners and say a special thank you to Angelo Spillo, director of the Pace University Environmental Center, for coordinating many of this month’s events. The Pace Community and our neighbors in Pleasantville are invited to attend a number of fascinating talks and walks.

President's CornerDear Colleagues,

As we celebrate Earth Month at Pace, I want to congratulate all of our GreenPace Award winners and say a special thank you to Angelo Spillo, director of the Pace University Environmental Center, for coordinating many of this month’s events. The Pace Community and our neighbors in Pleasantville are invited to attend a number of fascinating talks and walks. Visit www.pace.edu/dyson/earthmonth for the full line-up of activities.

We hear the word “sustainability” quite often these days. Many people equate it with being a narrow concept of environmental correctness. Sustainability is really a broader concept—a construct that can shape our solutions to a broad range of challenges.

If you haven’t visited the Pace sustainability site, I encourage you to do so. In it, you will find everything we are doing to be sustainable, from monitoring the pricing of energy to timing Pace’s purchases with favorable market conditions, to reducing building temperatures during the night and University breaks, offering Green Mountain “Fair Trade” coffee in all facilities, planting native plants and grasses on campus, and using linen tablecloths instead of paper for catering. These are just a few examples of how we have changed our business practices to reduce the impact we have on the environment.

Three members of the Pace Community—Bill Link, University Director of Physical Plant; Sue Maxam, University Director for Student Success; and Robyn Mery, an Environmental Studies Major—were recently recognized for their efforts in sustainability with the 2010 GreenPace Awards. This award acknowledges members of the Pace Community who develop innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. I encourage you to nominate anyone who is deserving of this honor.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

President’s Corner

Did you know that nearly 25 percent of our full-time faculty and staff are also Pace alumni? We are proud that so many of our employees are “home grown.” They are a testament to our ability to form strong bonds with our students early on and nurture these relationships throughout their time at Pace and beyond.

President's CornerDear Faculty and Staff:

Did you know that nearly 25 percent of our full-time  faculty and staff are also Pace alumni?  We are proud that so many of our employees are “home grown.” They are a testament to our ability to form strong bonds with our students early on and nurture these relationships throughout their time at Pace and beyond. They are also a testament to the high quality of professional education that we provide our students, producing graduates who excel in the workplace.

Two upcoming events provide opportunities for our faculty and staff who are alumni to show support for their alma mater and employer:  Commencement and Reunion.  For the first time in recent years, we are actively cultivating a large group of alumni to process at Commencement.  We strongly encourage all employees who are alumni to show their support for this year’s graduates by participating.  If you haven’t walked in Commencement since your graduation, I assure you that you will find it every bit as fun and heartwarming as when you received your diploma.  All interested in participating in either the Pleasantville Ceremony on Friday, May 20 or the New York City Ceremonies on Sunday, May 22 should contact Sheri Gibson, Director, Alumni Relations, at sgibson@pace.edu.

Another exciting event:  Reunion at the Plaza, Saturday, June 4.  This will be a festive and very special event, as it is the first time it is being held off campus.  The iconic New York location was chosen both to underscore the significance of the event and to encourage attendance from those who might have lost touch with their alma mater.  Pace Board Chairman Neil Bianco ’61, who is celebrating his 50th reunion, is also chairman of the event.   A cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing are planned.  You should have already received your invitation.  There is a special discount for Pace faculty and staff.   I hope to see you all there.

As alumni and employees, you are Pace’s best ambassadors. You know how well the institution served you as a student and what it means to you now as an employee and as an alumnae/a.  We hope you will not only join us for Commencement and Reunion but also encourage your fellow alumni and Pace colleagues who are not alumni to attend.  Come celebrate with us at Pace—past, present and future.

Don’t forget to check out my new blog — https://friedman-blog.pace.edu.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

President’s Corner

I am delighted to announce that beginning this week, both Provost Feldman and I will be launching new blogs. Our goal is to quickly and readily communicate with you on issues and topics that affect faculty and staff at Pace.

President's CornerDear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that beginning this week, both Provost Feldman and I will be launching new blogs.

Our goal is to quickly and readily communicate with you on issues and topics that affect faculty and staff at Pace.  Harriet’s blog will be open to faculty only; mine will be accessible by both faculty and staff.  Each of the blogs will be password protected and available via your Pace User ID and login.

I encourage you to log on to read our first posts and sign up for e-mail notifications of future postings once the sites are live.  Equally important, I hope you will comment on what we have to say. I have long admired the way blogging technology can encourage two-way communications in a large community.

I often say that we are an important venue in New York for discussion of the major public policy issues of our time.  This month is a wonderful example of that role.  The Economist held its symposium on Intelligent Infrastructure here this week, attracting some of the best minds in the world to address some of the cutting edge issues of the 21st century.  The Working Group on Girls, an umbrella organization of 88 national and international non-governmental organizations, is in New York to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations next week. It will hold its orientation sessions at Pace on Sunday. Young women will be trained to advocate for two key issues:  empowering girls in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and creating policies to protect vulnerable girls and women who are migrating. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women and the former president of Chile, will give the keynote address during the orientation sessions.

Next month, Pace is once again home to the Left Forum, where students and faculty will participate in hundreds of events addressing pressing social and political issues such as the spread of democracy in the Middle East and the rollback of social services in Europe. Also in March, the Mobile Safety Summit brings together industry leaders and policy makers to collaborate on ways to make technology safer.  All of these events offer unique opportunities for our students to participate in sessions with people who are truly leaders in their fields and making a difference in the world.

And of course, Pace is also an important venue for a number of exciting cultural events, including the third performance in this year’s Shakespeare Festival, The Merchant of Venice, starring the renowned actor F. Murray Abraham, at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts from February 27 to March 3.  Tickets can be purchased by faculty and staff for just $10 at www.pace.edu/shakespeare for the performance on Wednesday evening, March 2.  I hope you will join me and your fellow Pace friends and co-workers at this very special performance.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

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 careers@pace.edu 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, Payscale.com 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
President

President’s Corner

As another year draws to a close, I’d like to take the time to reflect on the many changes that have occurred in our community. Pace has turned an important corner in the past few years. Our core enrollment continues to rise; our talented faculty provides high-quality education to our students; we have strong, innovative academic leadership; and our administrative staff remains deeply committed to the University and our students.

Dear Colleagues,

As another year draws to a close, I’d like to take the time to reflect on the many changes that have occurred in our community. Pace has turned an important corner in the past few years. Our core enrollment continues to rise; our talented faculty provides high-quality education to our students; we have strong, innovative academic leadership; and our administrative staff remains deeply committed to the University and our students. We also have a strong vision for the future of the University—one that has been taking shape over the last year and will continue to evolve in the years to come.

In the last week, we have held events on both the Pleasantville and New York City campuses to share the first-year results of the Strategic Plan implementation with faculty, staff, and students and to discuss both successes to date and plans moving forward. If you were unable to attend the events, you can read the highlights in this issue of Opportunitas and visit our Strategic Plan website for updates.

If we are successful in executing the new Strategic Plan, Pace University will be a different place. We will have built on existing strengths and addressed issues that are keeping us from reaching our full potential. This is what Pace will look like—although we are well on our way, we are not there yet:

Educating Thinking Professionals—Pace fully leverages our blend of liberal and professional education. The curriculum is amplified by continual innovation, the creative use of technology, interdisciplinary techniques, and exposure to real-world experiences. The faculty is central to achieving our mission.

Greater Potential—As thinking professionals, our graduates understand the substance and skills of their chosen careers and the broader significance of their decisions and actions as well. They get better jobs, make better decisions, are more effective, and have more successful lives.

The Strength of Diversity—The diversity of our community is a central part of the Pace experience. The wide range of cultures and backgrounds, coupled with significant exposure to international experiences, fosters illuminating debate and deeper understanding. The multi-campus structure of the University offers not only different lifestyle and extra-academic experiences—urban and suburban—but also different intellectual and academic strengths.

Continuous Movement Toward Greater Excellence—We are devoted to continual progress toward greater excellence and to quality service for students and their families, and for faculty, staff, and alumni. We continually assess our progress and shortfalls and take corrective action to generate continuous improvement.  Our spirit is can-do, get it done, now is better than later.

Access and Connections—Pace is a mutually supportive community of teachers, scholars, students, staff, and alumni. We offer our students and faculty a unique level of access to inspiring leaders and respected workplaces through both alumni and friends. Pace alumni are an integral part of the Pace Community. They serve as a valuable source of advice, ideas, financial support, and mentoring for our students. Pace promotes regular dialogue between the academy and broader society on the leading cultural, political, social, economic, and professional issues of our time. This dialogue informs and helps shape the curriculum and the scholarly work of our faculty.

Financial Strength—Our financial condition gives our faculty and staff the resources and flexibility to innovate and experiment. Our campuses and facilities support a superb education with modern and attractive facilities and technology. We are compensated so as to attract and retain a high level of talent.

I look forward to seeing further advances to realizing this vision for Pace and our community in the new year and know it would not be possible without your hard work and dedication. I wish you all much warmth and happiness during the holiday season and throughout the new year.

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

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
President

President’s Corner

Dear Colleagues,

It is always a pleasure to start the new academic year—and to gear up for another year of challenge, innovation, and dedication to preparing our students for professional success.

Dear Colleagues,

It is always a pleasure to start the new academic year—and to gear up for another year of challenge, innovation, and dedication to preparing our students for professional success.  This fall it is even more exciting with the recent confirmation that our hard work is paying off, not only in the eyes of our students and peers, but also in the national media.

This summer and fall, Pace was recognized by a number of media organizations for those attributes we strive to provide our students on a daily basis—academic excellence, professional preparation, and quality of life.

Pace was recognized by Forbes.com as one of the top 20 colleges in the nation “that will make you rich,” ranking among institutions such as Dartmouth College, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley. The Princeton Review listed Pace as one of Best Northeastern Colleges for 2011, and Lubin’s undergraduate business program was ranked among the best business programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its 2011 “Best Colleges” survey. Most recently, The Daily Beast listed Pace as one of the 50 safest campuses in the country and one of only five in New York City in that category, a story that was covered by New York Daily News, NY1, and WNBC.

Pace has excelled above many other schools in these areas because our faculty, staff, and the Pace community at large do a remarkable job of supporting our students and setting high expectations. I know we will continue and reinforce that tradition this year with the continuing flow of new faculty and staff and new leadership in Lienhard, Lubin, the School of Education, and the Provost’s Office.

I hope you will try and attend one of the upcoming President and Provost Welcome Receptions planned for Tuesday, September 28, in New York City and Tuesday, October 5 in Pleasantville, and take the opportunity to connect with our great community. It is the students we see in the classrooms, the peers we pass in the hallways, and the alumni who return to Pace and give back in so many ways who are our most important assets.

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

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
President