Liner Notes

From publishing jazz piano-solo books in Japan to producing and directing a documentary airing on PBS, Pace faculty are all over your bookshelves and your TV screens this month.

  • Sarah Blackwood, Assistant Professor, Department of English, will have an essay titled “Isabel Archer’s Body” published in the Fall 2010 issue of the Henry James Review
  • Professor of Music Lee Evans, EdD had four new articles published: “Eleventh Chords in Jazz & Popular Music,” ” The Magic of Thirteen,” “Creating Your Own Piano Solos,” and “Cuddle Up a Little Closer.” Also, 17 Lee Evans jazz piano-solo books have been published in Japan in 2010 alone, so far, by the music publishing firm OCT Corporation, under the rubric Lee Evans Piano Method: New York Jazz.
  • Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Astronomy Matthew Ganis has co-authored “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum,” the first comprehensive, practical guide for Scrum practitioners working in large-scale distributed environments, and will donate all royalties to the Alzheimer’s associations of the U.S. and the Children’s Hunger Fund.
  • Journalism professor Allen Oren produced and directed 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre, a PBS documentary which ran on September 12 on Channel 13 and on September 16 on WLIW. The film is about the Kol Nidre, the most sacred prayer in Judaism which is sung on Yom Kippur, and how the prayer has touched them and what it means to them.
  • Richard Schlesinger, Associate Dean of Dyson College, has published chapters in two separate books. The first, Nitrogen Oxides, was published in “Environmental Toxicants: Human Exposures and Their Health Effects.”  The second, Sulfur Oxides, was published in “Comprehensive Toxicology.” 
  • Dianne Zager, PhD, Director of the TARA Center, and Carol Alpern, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Director, had the article, “College-based inclusion programming for transition-age students with autism,” published in Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 

ITS Connect

From a brand new help desk to zip code changes, ITS has been all over the map this summer.

ITS Cuts the Cord

On September 1, ITS began implementing a more secure wireless network called Pace_Secure that will encrypt all wireless traffic. This is a one-time configuration change that will automatically log you into the wireless network, without having to re-enter your MyPace Portal Username and Password multiple times when moving to various locations on campus.

All wireless users will need to make specific configuration changes prior to connecting to Pace’s wireless network. These changes will only need to be made once, as your operating system will be able to remember your settings.  For details and configuration documentation, please visit Configuring My Wireless.

Please note:  All devices should be WPA2 compatible.  Users with WPA hardware will need to upgrade by the Spring semester.

    Movin’ On Over to the 10570

    The ITS Help Desk and Briarcliff Client Support Offices have moved from Briarcliff Manor to Pleasantville.  They can now be found in Willcox Hall, 2nd Floor. 

    New Help Desk Open for Business

    The new Pace University Online Help Desk system is up and running.  You can access it at  Check out a video tutorial on how to use the new system.  You can also submit your questions by sending an e-mail to If there are any questions or issues, please contact the ITS Help Desk at (914) 773-3648 or

    Additional updates for faculty and staff include:

    Blackboard upgrade: Blackboard has been upgraded to version 9.0, a more user-friendly version. New features  include the addition of blogs and journals. For Blackboard 9 Resources, click here. The course shell quota has also been increased from 250MB to 2GB—allowing more space for each course. And ITS is working feverishly to upgrade Blackboard to version 9.1 and support Bb Mobile, a version of Blackboard that works on selected mobile devices. Stay tuned!

    Banner upgrade: Banner and all third-party products have been upgraded to the latest 8.0 releases. This provides an enhanced Internet Native Banner and user-friendly Self-Service Banner environments to the students, faculty, and staff.
    Turnitin: Pace now has a University-wide license for Turnitin, the anti-plagiarism and peer review software. The version Pace will use is integrated with Blackboard. Students using the application can check their writing for improperly used content, inadvertent plagiarism, or quotation errors. CTLT and the school IT directors are working on training material.
    Mobile Classrooms: Pace has implemented two 30 laptop mobile classrooms on the NYC and PLV Campuses, providing laptops to students during a classroom session. When the laptops are not being used, they will be circulated in the library.  Faculty interested in this project should contact the Educational Media Center at: or call Richard Miller at (212) 346-1550.
    Faculty/Staff Exchange e-mail quota increased to 2GB: All faculty and staff Exchange e-mail allotments have been increased to 2GB.  This is an increase from the 100 MB previous quota.
    Classroom/Lecture Halls: All classrooms are now equipped with built-in industry standard instructional technology (computer, projector, screen).  In addition, 10 new High End Classrooms and two Lecture Halls are available with feature-rich, fully-integrated touch screen control systems, blu-ray players, annotation capability and easy laptop/device hook ups.  For a complete list of the spaces being outfitted with technology over the summer, click here. ITS has created an e-mail address ( for students, faculty, and staff to easily report any issues experienced with our classroom technology.  All of your issues will automatically generate an ITS Helpdesk ticket and be swiftly addressed.
    Echo 360 (Lecture Capture): The University is now offering Lecture Capture in all Pace classrooms.  If any professor is interested in having their lectures captured and posted for their students on Blackboard, contact Tony Soares at
    ePortfolio: Electronic Portfolios (ePortfolios) are repositories for student work that can be shared with faculty and other audiences such as prospective employers. They also provide a means for students to reflect on their work and life experiences at the University. Pace successfully piloted an open source ePortfolio called Mahara during the Spring 2010 semester and is now offerring all Pace students ePortfolios for the Fall 2010 semester. Visit for detailed information about the project.
    Podcast Producer: ITS has fully configured a Podcast Producer that is accessible to the Pace community.  With Apple Podcast Producer, the process of creating and publishing podcasts is completely automatic, so now it’s easy to publish your podcast to iTunes, a blog, or other website.  It is equally as easy for users to download your podcast to their computer, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV.  For more information contact Joe Constantino at
    Macs and Final Cut Pro: ITS and the Library are adding additional Macs to facilities in both NYC and Westchester.  These units will be equipped with Apple’s Final Cut Pro, a sophisticated video editing program, for students, faculty, and staff who would like to utilize the product.
    Videoconferencing: High-definition, state-of-the-art video conferencing rooms were constructed to replace the entire infrastructure of the previous system.  The following locations have been updated: PLV, Miller Room 16; WP, Graduate Center Room 509; and NYC, 1 Pace Plaza Room E319. This project objective was to enhance the student learning experience and encourage communication between campuses.  Rooms come equipped with full digital collaboration capabilities, large screen displays, integrated controls and remote access tools such as Movi which allows students and faculty to participate remotely via their own computer.
    Wireless in the classrooms and dorms: Wireless is no longer an issue for students who bring their laptops or portable devices to class or the dorms.  As of July, all Pace classrooms and dorms have been equipped with robust wireless access.
    Document Services move – The Document Services Copy Center in Willcox Hall was renovated and expanded to accommodate the relocation of our high-volume production center from an off-campus location.  The new copy center offers expanded services and quicker turnaround times for all print work.

    New Faces

    First-year students and transfers weren’t the only ones moving in this month; There are plenty of new faces in Pace’s faculty ready to kick off an academic semester. Welcome aboard!

    New StaffDyson College of Arts and Sciences

    • Stephanie Hsu has been named Assistant Professor of English in New York City.
    • Hillary Knepper has been named Assistant Professor in the Public Administration Department on the White Plains campus.
    • Rita Upmacis joins the Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department in New York City as an Assistant Professor.
    • David Zuzga has been named Assistant Professor in the Biology and Health Sciences Department in New York City.

    Lienhard School of Nursing

    Lienhard welcomes eight new faculty members this fall, two of whom are the first “Grow Our Own” faculty (see below).

    • Philip A. Greiner, DNSc, RN, has been named Associate Dean for Faculty Development in Scholarship and Teaching.
    • Marie Truglio-Londrigan, PhD, RN, returns as a professor in the department of graduate studies and as program director of the nursing education program.
    • Mirian Zavala, MSN, RN, joins the Lienhard School of Nursing as Clinical Assistant Professor.
    • Jon Barone, DNP(c), RN, has been named Clinical Assistant Professor.
    • Renee McLeod-Sordjan, DNP(c), RN, will be a Clinical Assistant Professor.  She received her BSN and MS from Pace, where she is currently a DNP candidate.
    • Rachele E. Davis, MS, RN, FNP, will be a Clinical Instructor. She received her BSN and MS from Pace.

    “Grow Our Own” Alumni/ae Plan

    Lubin School of Business

    • Andrew Coggins has been named Clinical Professor in the Management/ Management Science Department.
    School of Education
    • Kabba E. Colley, EdD, has been appointed Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Education NYC Department.


    Art Professor Barbara Friedman’s exhibition of new paintings, “The Spectator Place,” at BCB Art in Hudson, NY, through September 19.

    Faculty Art Exhibition 2010: Selected works in painting, photography, digital media, and more September 20–October 28

    “In Black and White: New York Times Journalists Share their Work and Experiences of Working in Iraq” panel discussion and Q&A on September 21 in NYC

    Professor of English Mark Hussey, PhD, leads talkback discussions in connection with the production of Orlando on October 2 and October 16, immediately following matinee performances of the show.

    Pace is moving to Drupal. Upcoming training sessions to be held on January 25-27.

    Special Events training sessions announced on various topics related to events and event planning.

    Convocation to Common Reading: A Community Celebrating Differences

    On September 7, first-year students will set the academic tone for their Pace experience as they step onto the PLV campus for an afternoon filled with self-discovery, inspiration, food, fun, and hopefully, YOU!

    Pace’s third annual Convocation is right around the corner on September 7. What better way to kick off the fall semester than spending a day with bright new students, flinging yourself onto a velcro wall, and hearing an inspiring story from a woman who was diagnosed with autism, but not deterred?

    The event will also include a Pre-Convocation Fair with more than 20 interactive booths and prizes, a BBQ, and tons of fun games and giveaways.

    In addition to the food and festivities, this year’s event will highlight one of the world’s most inspirational heroes: keynote speaker Temple Grandin, who was featured in the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    Diagnosed with autism before she turned three, Grandin is perhaps the most famous and accomplished adult with autism in the world.  Her pioneering understanding of animals, drawing on her own special sensitivities, has made her one of the world’s leading designers of facilities to increase the humane treatment of livestock. She’s written seven books and 700 articles, is in high demand as a speaker, and has been featured everywhere from People to the Today Show.

    For more information on Convocation 2010, and to register and sign up for free transportation, click here.

    Post-Convocation Celebration

    Just because the party’s over doesn’t mean the learning–or the fun–has to end. In the weeks that follow Convocation, Pace will be holding two important evening programs for first-year students that will continue the important conversation about celebrating differences:

    • The first, Temple Grandin Film Viewing and Discussion, will include a screening of the biopic starring Claire Danes that the Wall Street Journal describes as “spellbinding.” The film, which is nominated for 15 Emmy awards, will be followed by 20-30 minute, large group discussions facilitated by you!  This program is slated for Tuesday, September 14, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Pace Perk on the Briarcliff campus.
    • The second, a Common Reading Discussion, will consist of interactive activities and discussions about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.  A number of small-group discussions will be held in the first-year residence halls (in Briarcliff and PLV) on Tuesday, September 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Pace is looking for faculty and staff to help facilitate discussions at one or both of these events. If you are interested, please contact Sue Maxam at today. For those of you in NYC who are unable to make the discussions in PLV and Briarcliff, but would like to see it happen in NYC, send Sue your thoughts!

    Cliffs Notes for Convocation

    If you haven’t read this year’s Common Reading, which is written from the perspective of a young boy with Asperger syndrome, we encourage you to pick up a copy today. More than an entertaining whodunit, the book focuses on self discovery, uncovering and using one’s strengths, and celebrating the differences of others. It was also the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year and the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. But don’t just take our word for it. See what other Pace faculty and staff have to say:

    You’ve heard what your peers have to say about this year’s Common Reading, now tell us what you think. Log in and post your comments below.

    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.

    Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve

    With Pace students away for the summer, one would think professors would take time off to catch up on sleep and sun. But an artist’s work is never done. This summer, the Art Department faculty were busy traveling the world to practice what they teach.

    Photograph from the Wall of Sound exhibit.

    Featuring a summer filled with shows, exhibits, and residencies around the world, the Art Department at Pace spent the last few months honing their crafts—from traditional fine arts to cutting-edge social media experiments. Come September, they’ll return refreshed, inspired, and ready to impart their wisdom to Pace students. But, for now, we highlight how some of these talented professors spent their summer “vacations.”

    Professor Roger Sayre has done some things that we can say with some confidence few have ever tried before. A few years ago, Sayre turned himself into a walking piece of art by offering to shave his beard into anything the highest bidder on eBay wanted. Under the title “Shave my beard for art, real life Wooly Willy,” he kicked off his auction at $4.99, generating thousands of hits and making newspaper and TV headlines worldwide. The end result was a $160 bid, which he generously donated to charity, and an “Amish” beard which he proudly wore for a month.

    This summer, his fascination with hair has continued as Sayre’s work is part of the “Hair Tactics” exhibition, which explores hair as subject matter and medium at the Jersey City Museum on display through August 22.  Additionally, Sayre has a collaborative installation piece titled “Wall of Sound,” made of 11,000 CD cases, with artist and former Pace Professor David Poppie, currently on display in Downstreet Art 2010 in North Hampton, MA. Learn more about his work and current exhibits at

    Assistant Professor Will Pappenheimer scored a major hit last year with his large-scale public art project “Mood Ring,” hosted by local news website, which allowed visitors to rate the mood of an article and physically change the lights on the 30-foot steel superbowl ring-inspired structure he designed.  The installation was on display in Tampa for the time leading up to and including Super Bowl XLIII.

    This summer, Pappenheimer tackled an even bigger project in China : the Virta-Flaneurazine Clinic, which boldly blurred the lines between art and society. In a sense a performance art project, Pappenheimer’s exhibition tests a digital drug that is meant to address the hypothetical current problem of “Internet addiction” by sending users on unpredictable travels throughout the virtual world of Second Life. For more information, click here.

    There’s little rest for Pappenheimer who is preparing another project when he returns from China—this time with a class of students. This spring, the digital art expert will team up Martha Driver, one of Pace’s distinguished professors of English and an expert on medieval literature, to teach a Learning Community Course for first-year students. The course will be a combination of medieval art and literature. The kicker? They’re going to teach it using the 3D virtual world program, Second Life.

    Art Department Chair Linda Herritt, whose accolades include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Rockefeller Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship, and prestigious Yaddo Residency, was busy giving words a whole new meaning this summer with Textbox, which depicted warped fields of text using computer modeling of landscape as an armature for presenting textual strategies. The exhibition, which ran through the end of June, was at 1K project space in Amsterdam. For more on Linda Herritt, click here.

    From the Dyson Summer Resident Artist Exhibition beginning on September 1 to the Faculty Art Exhibition 2010 in PLV to “Me, My Camera, and I” a contemporary video art exhibition, there will be no shortage of exhibitions this fall on Pace campuses. Click here to learn more or visit the Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace Digital Gallery, and Choate House Gallery.

    Provost’s Post

    Dear Colleagues,

    I’m a strong believer that when one door closes, another one opens. I’ve seen it over and over again in my life and in the lives of others.

    Since the time I entered nursing school some 40 plus years ago, many doors have opened for me.   The choices I made to travel through those doors have provided many challenges and rewards.   No matter how varied my experiences have been, there has always been one common theme:  a commitment to the greater good in all that I do. That commitment is clear to me as I become involved in a different way to continually enhance the quality of academic programs here at Pace.      

    My first day at Pace in the role of dean at Lienhard was Monday, August 2, 1993. Exactly 17 years to the day later, I started my new post as interim provost.  Although much has changed in the past 17 years, I bring to my new job the same values I brought to Pace when I first arrived: a strong work ethic, integrity, honesty, loyalty, and a commitment to bring about change that will make our community a  better place to live and work.

    How am I spending my first few days?  Getting to know all those directly connected with the Office of the Provost; getting to know my new boss in a different way; getting to know my new peers; establishing trust; finding out where the systems aren’t working , and so much more.  These first few days and weeks are critical; they will lay the foundation for the work I set out to accomplish this year. 

    This will be an exciting year for Pace and I am thrilled to be able to play a leadership role  in shaping the strategic plan, finalizing the Faculty Handbook, supporting faculty development initiatives, and expanding enrollments in critical areas that will advance the vision and mission of Pace.

    As interim provost of Pace, I hope to work for the greater good of our faculty, staff and students.  I hope that you will join me in working together to make this year a rewarding and successful one for all of us, especially for our students.

    Warm regards,

    Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Interim Provost

    An Inside Look at the Strategic Plan: Creating Distinctive Campus Identities

    The fourth article in a series on the Strategic Plan, this month features commentary from Bill McGrath, Senior Vice President of Administration, on Goal #3: Creating Vibrant, Distinctive and Collegial Campus Identities.

    Bill McGrath takes time from transforming Pace to answer our questions about what we’ve done and what’s to come under Strategic Plan Goal #3:  Create Vibrant, Distinctive, and Collegial Campus Identities

    What are the University’s plans in the next 12 months to address the goal of creating distinctive campus identities?

    We’ve already made progress toward this goal and we have very exciting plans to continue that momentum.  This year, we implemented several successful, student-oriented projects, including the renovation of the Lienhard Lecture Hall in Pleasantville and the hugely popular Learning Commons room in the Birnbaum Library at One Pace Plaza.  These projects combine space upgrades with the installation of the latest learning technology to deliver an excellent student experience.

    These next 12 months will be even more exciting.

    In NYC we are upgrading lecture halls North and West at One Pace Plaza.  These newly renovated spaces will be beautiful and, more importantly, will be reflective of the teaching and learning environment we are creating throughout the University.  Our new standard for classroom technology is being installed in these lecture halls.  This new standard has been well-received by faculty and students and we plan to install it in most, if not all of our classrooms in the next few years.

    We are also accommodating the growth and success of our academic programs while responding to student needs.  For example, we are building a new nursing lab, upgrading the dance studio, and completing the installation of the all-new fire alarm system to ensure student safety.  And by popular demand from our NYC students, we are building a new fitness center in the C-level gymnasium.  This fitness center will be equipped with new fitness equipment and will be a very  comfortable and accommodating space.

    In Pleasantville we have two major projects coming to completion by the fall semester–The Dyson Labs and the Dining Hall in the Kessel Student Center.  The largest construction project undertaken by Pace in recent years, the Dyson Hall Science Lab will be completed this fall.  Dyson Labs will contain new lab space for undergraduate research in the sciences and conference space for research colloquia. The newly constructed labs and classroom space will allow for development of new interdisciplinary programs such as Forensic Toxicology that will make use of facilities for both Biology and Forensic Science.

    This September, the Kessel Student Center will have a new and improved servery with expanded menu options from Lackmann Culinary Services and upgraded equipment. The dining area will get a fresh look that will include modern new furniture. This improvement will help build community in the campus as students can gather, eat, and study in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

    What features will be included in these technology-enabled classrooms?

    By the fall semester, all classrooms will have new projectors, new screens, and easier more convenient technology connections for the faculty. The Lecture Halls will feature industry leading Crestron technology with touch screens that are built into the instructor podiums and control all technology in the room including lighting. All classrooms and teaching spaces will have robust wireless access. This will enhance the teaching experience for faculty members, as well as the learning experience for students.

    What do you see as key components of a new master site plan on each campus?

    The main goal of the master site plan for the Pleasantville campus is to migrate all students living on the Briarcliff Campus to Pleasantville.  The plan calls for the development of new residence halls, improved circulation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic by moving parking to the perimeter of campus, enriching the athletics program by building a turf field, new tennis courts and softball field, and relocating administrative staff.

    The master site plan for New York City will develop a sense of presence and identity for the Lubin School of Business and Dyson College of Arts and Science, create a vibrant Student Services Center at One Pace Plaza, and expand student housing in New York City, so that every student is within walking distance of their classes.

    These are ambitious goals and will take several years to bring to fruition.  It should be clear to everyone that Pace is moving forward and our future is bright.  These next five years will be exciting and transformative for Pace as we all work together to implement the new Strategic Plan.

    How do you think the University could create more distinctive campus identities?

    Post your comments below, or join the discussion on the Pace Strategic Plan website.

    Pace Staff by Day: Superstar by Night

    It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… Wait, you’re a professional birdwatcher? A pilot? If you’ve got the story, we’ve got the outlet. We’d like to know what you moonlight as when the sun sets on your Pace job. Whether it’s xylophonist or animal shelter dog walker, we want to hear all about what our faculty and staff are up to when they’re not working toward greatness here at Pace.

    You’ve seen the features here before: Nursing researcher by day, curler by night; Professor of Fine Arts by day, zombie by night. Your stories are inspiring, and we can’t get enough of them, which is why we need you… yes you, History Professor by day, Twilight and Harry Potter Analyzer by night and you, Webmaster by day, Martial Artist by night, to tell us all about your 5 to 9. When you emerge from the Pace building and then sun goes down, what do you do?

    Send us your passions and hobbies, and we’ll consider you for an upcoming feature in Opportunitas.


    Last month, we launched Opportunitas, The Pulse, and Keeping Pace, our parent and family e-newsletter, in WordPress. Why WordPress? Well, why anything else?

    University RelationsYou’re here to find out why we chose a popular blogging software to host our e-newsletters? Well, we’re going to give you just a few of the reasons.

    Aside from the fact that WordPress (with much help from our web team) has made our online publications look snazzy, it’s also user-friendly, flexible, and interactive. WordPress was created by and for the community, which means it is certainly the change we wanted to see in the world.

    Gone are the days of having to hand-code our publications and worrying about whether or not we were going to get exactly what we were putting out there. (To this point, we also picked up Constant Contact to help with the quirkiness of our old email template, as well as track opens, clicks, and find out how many of you are reading and what you’re actually reading—so click away!)

    Thanks to WordPress, we can embed videos, add Flickr and Twitter feeds, and introduce a whole new set of widgets (that’s tech talk for fun interactive elements such as polls, calendars, and more). There are RSS feeds for whole publications as well as individual sections, rolling features, and some pretty good-looking templates to choose from.

    WordPress has also given us a great “categories” feature. Now we assign each story to a category, and you can search for stories of specific interest to you. Categories are improving the structure of our site for you and for search engines. There are hundreds of plug-ins and themes, a rapid development cycle, and a reliable community that is always testing and working to ensure your WordPress experience is great.

    But of course, our favorite feature of WordPress is that it allows us to connect with you and you to connect with your colleagues. You can now leave comments on individual stories and respond to others’ comments. Ultimately, Opportunitas, The Pulse, and Keeping Pace can become forums for discussion for the entire Pace Community. So we encourage you to log on today, and let us know what you think.


    The World Cup may be over, but here at Pace we’re still focused on meeting our goals. Now is the time to wrap up your performance review and start thinking about your plans for next year.

    Plus, if you’re not sure who to contact for your benefits information, check out our handy print-and-go cheat sheet.

    Performance Management and Development Process (PMDP) Updates

    At this point, the FY2010 PMDP Review and the FY2011 Individual Goal Setting processes should both be well underway in your department. All reviews should be completed and submitted to Human Resources by September 30, 2010. Goals for FY2011 should be approved and submitted by October 31, 2010. If you have questions about the process, contact Bob Lazer, Director Organizational Learning & Development at or e-mail

    Your HR Cheat Sheet

    Not sure who to contact about your benefits? Print out our handy Employee Benefits Quick Contact Card so you have all the numbers and URLs at your fingertips.

    HR Contact Sheet

    Liner Notes

    School may be out for the summer, but there’s no break for our students and faculty, who are using their time off to publish books and essays. From the technological age of teaching to a Christian Choice Book Awards winner, this is what our overachievers are up to while we’re busy digging our toes into the sand.

    • Dianne Zager, PhD, Director of the TARA Center, and graduate student, Jeffery Donaldson, MST ’10, had the article “Mathematics Interventions for Students with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome” published in the July/August 2010 issue of Teaching Exceptional Children, 42(6), 40-46.
    • Sarah Blackwood, Assistant Professor, Department of English, will have her essay titled “Isabel Archer’s Body” published in the Fall 2010 issue of the Henry James Review.
    • Communications Professor Michelle Pulaski-Behling, PhD, and Dyson Assistant Dean of Instructional Technology Beth Gordon Klingner, PhD, had the book chapter, “The Technological Age of Teaching,” published in Teaching Inclusively in Higher Education.
    • MS in Publishing student Darren Paul Shearer published a book, “In You God Trusts: The Five Domains of Personal Responsibility,” which just won first place in the Christian Living category of the Christian Choice Book Awards Contest.

    Fit to Print

    Move over, Bella, Edward, and Jacob! Professor Nancy Reagin’s historical perspective on Twilight is taking over the media. More interested in marketing yourself? Check out Paul Kurnit’s advice in the Chicago Tribune. Learn more about what Pace faculty and staff are saying in the media.

    • Pace alumnus, David Pecker ’72, and chairman, president, and CEO of American Media, Inc. made headlines with a profile in the Wall Street Journal after donating almost $800,000 to Pace.
    • Clinical Professor of Management Bruce Bachenheimer talks entrepreneurship with U.S. News & World Report and explains how learning abroad often lends a life-changing perspective of business opportunities. On the other hand, Bachenheimer also discusses some of the setbacks in starting a business abroad with
    • Ida Dupont, associate professor of criminal justice/sociology, shares her research on women who decide not to have children in a society where so much emphasis is placed on motherhood with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
    • Professor of International Business and Marketing Robert Vambery, PhD, discussed how China’s rapid economic rise is leading to a turning point in U.S.-Chinese business relations in the International Business Times (Hong Kong).
    • Farrokh Hormozi, PhD, Chair of Public Administration and professor of Economics and Public Administration, talks about the IT job market and the Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report in the July 2010 issue of Crain’s New York and in Epoch Times.
    • Marketing professor Paul Kurnit dishes to Boxoffice Magazine about Eat Pray Love and how product tie-ins for movies can even work on adults. Kurnit also discusses the origins of branding and how to “market me” in the Chicago Tribune, as well as programming to replace soap operas in Advertising Age.
    • The Dalai Lama responds to issues raised by Joseph Lee, Professor of History and Director of the East Asian Studies Center.
    • Much like the Twilight series itself, Professor of History and Women’s & Gender Studies Nancy Reagin, PhD, new book, Twilight and History, is becoming a phenomenon, being featured on, in the Washington Monthly magazine, in the American Historical Association newsletter,  the online magazine for college students College Candy, Hollywood Dame and a number of Twilight fandom newsletters.
    • Adjunct professor of political science and 33rd Senate District candidate Gustavo Rivera talks to Bronx News Network about the upcoming race, his position on key issues, and how his job at Pace is the only one he’d considering keeping if elected.
    • Photography professor Roger Sayre talks about his curatorial project Brunswick Window, dispenses three pieces of advice to starting artists, and discusses which Muppet character he is sometimes compared to in the Jersey Journal on
    • NYC Counseling Center Director Richard Shadick, PhD, tells why even verbal expressions of anger (a la Mel Gibson) have become less tolerated. Shadick also gives tips on keeping a campus romance alive over the summer in Student Health 101 and discusses emotional abuse in Everyday Health.
    • K. Mark Sossin, PhD, codirector of the Parent-Infant/Toddler Research Nursery at Pace, points to visual clues and paying attention to your toddler’s body language to figure out what he or she is feeling in the August issue of Parents Magazine.
    • Lubin Professor Michael Szenberg talks about the unemployment outlook and the stigma that keeps employers from hiring someone who’s been unemployed for a while with the Times Union.
    • The Pace/SkillProof IT Index Report (PSII) has been receiving its fair share of press from outlets such as the Westchester County Business Journal and for its recent report noting dramatic growth in the IT industry.

    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