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Leadership A Special Report from Pace University

Winter 2015


is a word that invokes the image of a general

leading the troops into battle, a star athlete carrying a team to victory, or a charismatic business titan showing employees how to exceed their normal limitations for the greater good. No organization, however, succeeds from the sweat and brilliance of a single leader. Organizations that thrive in our constantly evolving, knowledge-based world depend on the genius, passion, creativity, and exceptional efforts of the people who comprise it. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more,” said President John Quincy Adams, “then you are a leader.” As you will see in these pages, Pace University is full of leaders inspiring students to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. Yet Pace leaders don’t just inspire students. They work together to help the University become a leader among educational institutions—rewriting the book on what we teach and how we teach it so that we are fully prepared to help future generations of leaders when they walk through our doors.

Cover illustration: Francesco Bongiorni/Marlena Agency


ince 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high-quality education for the professions with a firm base in liberal learning amid the advantages of the New

York area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, enrolling almost 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its College of Health

of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg

Department of Marketing and Communications One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038 Phone: (212) 346-1218 E-mail:

School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School

Table of Contents

Pearls of Knowledge from the Humble Oyster

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Cyber Sleuths in the War on Terror


Stalking a Global Killer


The Graceful Aging of America


Breaking Accounting’s Glass Ceiling


Taking Entertainment Seriously

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The Year in Leadership The Leading Edge

Pace by the Numbers Faculty Books Pace in the News Pace Leadership

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Leading into the Future By Stephen J. Friedman, President, and Mark M. Besca ’81, Chairman of the Board of Trustees


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ace is midway through a period of extraordinary

change and renewal, so it is appropriate to focus this report on the future—where the important initiatives of today will take this very special University tomorrow. Change is important—and in today’s world it is unavoidable. Yet there is a natural human tendency to try and preserve our most important educational values by teaching the way we have always taught and clinging to traditional approaches to research and scholarship. In fact, we can only preserve our values by finding new ways to secure and promote them in a changing world. At the same time, no institution can successfully navigate change without building on its roots and its strengths. The roots of Pace University lie in our mission of educating the aspiring heart of America—the great middle class of American students. This challenging mission covers students from very diverse geographic, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, secondary school preparation, and abilities. Pace’s diversity is both a challenge and a

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“The Pace alumni body is overflowing with very successful men and women who began at this University with little more than a drive to succeed and the grit and the intelligence to master the challenges that Pace presented to them.”

strength. It is a challenge because it requires the faculty to be especially sensitive to the different ways in which diverse students perceive the same set of facts and issues, and it is a strength because Pace mirrors the real world in which our graduates will make their way through life. Together our students comprise a mosaic in which they learn much from each other and grow wiser and stronger for that experience. Educating the aspiring heart of America also mirrors the broader challenge facing higher education in America. There is little question that the US is still the world leader in higher education when we educate the best students from the best high schools in America. There is also little question that leading the world in producing the best students from the best schools is not enough to assure continued global US intellectual and technological leadership. Our international competitive posture requires that we give every student who has the potential for success and leadership the education, understanding, and perspective to gain a running start in life. A fair start in life is the foundation of justice in a market economy. Pace alumni prove this proposition every day. The Pace alumni body is overflowing with very successful men and women who began at this University with little more than a drive to succeed and the grit and the intelligence to master the challenges that Pace presented to them. Pace also has many students from more affluent families and good secondary schools, but they share the same drive to succeed, grit, and intelligence. Pace’s combination of liberal education, professional preparation, and real world experiences is designed to educate what we like to call “thinking professionals.” That term creates two interesting questions. Does educating “thinking professionals” mean all our students are destined to become “professionals”? Accountants and nurses are professionals, but how about the English and history majors? And don’t all professionals “think”? As for the first question, America has become the quintessential knowledge economy. The spread of technology in design, science, manufacturing, and in service sectors—indeed everywhere—together with changes in both how we teach and what we teach, have required everyone to maintain a greater facility with technology. And as technology has taken on more routine knowledge-based tasks, it has changed and elevated the very nature of what our graduates

do. We are not exaggerating when we say that we are educating our students to be professionals, both in the oldfashioned notion of a guild with a defined knowledge set and internal rules of behavior, and as increasingly highlevel knowledge workers. Are all professionals “thinking professionals” in the sense for which Pace seeks to educate them? Of course they “think” in the literal sense of that word. They are dealing with complex rules and situations that require deep understanding of their interactions. But at Pace, we also teach them that professionals think about the broader implications of their actions or failures to act—a thought process that takes them far beyond the technical tasks they have been asked to address. This is what educators mean when they emphasize the role of liberal education in building independent minds and critical thinkers. Were the investments in the Madoff funds the products of thinking professionals? Did thinking professionals think through the phantasmagoric proliferation of subprime loans? Did the rating agencies think through the high scores they gave many securities backed by those loans? Did the sophisticated investment professionals think through the consequences of relying on those ratings instead of making their own investigations? And did the regulators who watched these disasters develop without stepping in to—in the words of a long-ago chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—“take away the punch bowl just as the party gets going”? On the positive side, it is thinking professionals who are the source of innovation and the developments in technology, finance, communications, and other areas that have brought so much progress to society. The ability to ask these questions is at the center of the way Pace University educates its students. We continuously refine the curriculum to deepen their liberal education while building on the strengths that make Pace University special—our unusual emphasis on integrating real world, professional experience with the classroom experience. To meet our students’ future needs, a University-wide strategic planning committee is deep in the process of discussing our next strategic plan. This plan will guide our actions during the 2016–2020 fiscal and academic years. Although much planning and thoughtful work remains, some of our major strategic thrusts for this period have been important

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elements in the current and prior academic years. These initiatives fit well within the PACE acronym: Pace Path Academic excellence and innovation Campus renewal and student life External communication and promotion

The Pace Path


a k i n g a c t u a l p r o f e s s i o n a l e x p e r i e n c e s part of the educational process has always been a hallmark of a Pace education, and employers increasingly recognize the importance of such experiences in searching for the most promising graduates. Pace has the largest internship placement program in the New York metropolitan area. Approximately 59 percent of Pace undergraduates will have at least one internship, and many have five or more. Pace also has the largest career services department of any college in New York City, and PayScale ranks our bachelor’s recipients in the top 15 percent, nationally, for median earnings in first and mid-career jobs. At Pace, we are building upon our powerful foundation to take the relationship between higher education and professional experience to the next level. Under the leadership of Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD, we have broadened the concept of professional experience beyond the traditional internships, clinical experiences for healthcare professionals, and classroom experiences for teachers. For example, collaborative research in the sciences and the humanities between faculty members and undergraduates is a professional experience for prospective scientists and professors; service-learning courses in which students work closely with not-for-profit enterprises are professional experiences for the wide range of jobs in the not-for-profit sector; and international experiences in which students learn to integrate a broad range of cultural learning into related academic courses are important professional experiences for people in every profession. There are also a variety of intercollegiate student academic competitions that mirror professional experience. In December 2014, a Pace team of undergraduate economics majors placed first in the nation in a competition on monetary policy conducted by the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, besting teams from Princeton, the University of Chicago, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Bentley University in the finals. What better training for prospective monetary economists than being tested by senior officers of the Federal Reserve Board in a competition with the best students in the country?


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The next step in the evolution of professional experiential training at Pace is called the Pace Path. When the Pace Path is fully realized, our objective is that every undergraduate at Pace will complete a number of professional experiences relevant to his or her life plan. The Pace Path, which begins this year and will continue to roll out in the years that follow, will more closely integrate those professional experiences with the liberal education and professional preparation that takes place in the classroom. A group of mentors/coaches will help students realize the full range of learning outcomes from these experiences—not only lessons about the business or discipline in which they are working, but lessons on the “soft skills” that are essential to success: recognizing their own strengths and weaknesses and how to capitalize on, or compensate for, them; understanding how to deal with colleagues in the workplace—managing up, down, and laterally; and appreciating their organizational culture so that they know how to succeed. As every student proceeds down the Pace Path, he or she will develop a thoughtful, intentional plan that integrates that student’s academic and intellectual interests with his or her career and life interests. We recognize that both are likely to change with maturity and experience. But the foundation of the Pace Path is the ability to recognize the relationship between planning and objectives as an important element of success in life. When the Pace Path program has achieved its full depth and breadth, it will truly distinguish a Pace education in a unique way.

Academic Excellence and Innovation


at Pace in recent years has been extremely gratifying and continues unabated. This innovation is the product of four principal vectors. First, the faculty’s commitment to provide a range of educational experiences that truly prepare Pace students to be successful in today’s world. Creating an educational platform that is of real value to working professionals has generated a host of new degree programs throughout virtually every school—graduate data analytics and social media marketing programs in the Lubin School of Business; a rapidly growing set of life science majors in Dyson College; a host of new healthcare programs in the College of Health Professions; an intense focus on cyber security and telehealth in the Seidenberg School; and new directing, acting, stage management, and commercial dance degrees in our School of Performing Arts. Prospective students and their families have responded. This past fall, Pace enjoyed the largest number of entering undergraduates in the last 15 years. he level of academic innovation

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“The foundation of the Pace Path is the ability to recognize the relationship between planning and objectives as an important element of success in life. When the Pace Path program has achieved its full depth and breadth, it will truly distinguish a Pace education in a unique way.”

A second vector has been our intensified focus on the role of research and scholarship led by the Provost. Universities have two principal functions: education and knowledge creation. Ultimately, a university’s academic reputation as an educator will be significantly influenced by its faculty’s reputation for research and scholarship. Pace has a very strong reputation for research and scholarship in certain areas. Just last fall, Pace began leading a consortium that was awarded a $5 million grant for “Curriculum and Community Enterprise for New York Harbor Restoration in New York City Public Schools.” Our School of Education and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems were responsible for the grant, and efforts like this one need to be nurtured and expanded. Our faculty is Pace’s strength and we need to communicate more widely to the academic community the creativity of their work. The third vector for academic change has been the significant renewal of the faculty in recent years. Principally due to retirements and ordinary departures, the University has hired 140 new full-time faculty members since the summer of 2010, including 39 this past fall alone. This process has brought new energy, ideas, teaching techniques, and a renewed commitment to the future of Pace University. It has made Pace an even more exciting place to teach, study, and learn. Finally, the fourth vector is the important impact of academic technology on both how we teach and what we teach. In terms of how we teach, technology gives the professoriate an ever-expanding number of techniques with which to deliver and inculcate knowledge, academic skills, and understanding. Yet technology is disrupting higher education just as it is disrupting so much of our society. We are actively using many of these technologies and, like other universities, are working hard to employ them in ways that are appropriate for Pace and build on our roots and strengths. The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is playing a leading role in this process, and there is also a University-wide task force, composed largely of faculty and supported by administration members with extensive experience in academic technology, to look further into the future to outline a charter for the way in which Pace can best employ developing academic technologies throughout our curriculum.

In terms of what we teach, the impact of technology on the acquisition, use, and application of knowledge is so widespread and so fundamental that it promises to deepen our understanding of virtually every discipline. The analytical powers of computers have revolutionized disciplines as diverse as marketing, evolutionary biology, investment finance, and medical diagnosis. It is increasingly essential that our curriculum incorporate these changes in order for our graduates to hit this very new ground running when they leave our doors.

Campus Renewal and Student Life


m o n g t h e m o s t v i s i b l e n e w i n i t i at i v e s at Pace are physical—the changes on our two main undergraduate campuses that have taken shape the past few years. At a time when educational regulators have criticized an “arms race” among American colleges and universities in building extravagant facilities to attract students, why do we embark on a building campaign now? There has been increasing innovation in our curriculum and in the technology that supports that innovation. Those changes have attracted more students to Pace each year and created increasing demand for residence halls, laboratories, and academic space to support the new curriculum. The renewal of our campuses better connects students to our faculty, academic programs, and each other to create a more fulfilling life on campus. The new facilities have also been a special attraction for international students, who play an important role in both bringing a global perspective to education at Pace and leveling the effect of some of the demographic fluctuations in the number of college students from the US. In New York City, a new, state-of-the-art 23-story residence hall opened in the fall of 2013, and a second 34-story residence hall will open next fall. Like the expected sale of our Briarcliff location and the new residence halls in Pleasantville, the new residence halls in New York City will end the bifurcation of student life in New York City between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights, increase the sense of community on each campus, and bring greater cohesiveness and vibrancy to student life. Together with the wonderful new building for Pace performing arts, more than 366,000 square feet are being added to the Pace presence downtown, consolidating our role as the leading educational and cultural institution in Lower Manhattan.

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“Alumni, parents, and prospective students are becoming increasingly aware of the exciting things that are happening at Pace. Expanding the quality and reach of our reputation is a major objective in the next few years.”

There have also been large-scale renovations of existing space, including two new floors of simulated hospital space complete with computer-controlled robotic patients for the College of Health Professions, major renovations for Dyson’s Fine Arts Department, new space for the exciting Lubin Entrepreneurship Lab, a beautifully re-landscaped Courtyard at One Place Plaza, and the creation and naming of the Alfred R. Goldstein Laboratories on the third floor of One Pace Plaza—to name just the most important changes in our New York City Campus. The ambitious Master Site Plan for New York City now calls for major renovations that will create substantially new homes for both Dyson College and the Lubin School of Business. We have begun quiet discussions with alumni and others about the importance of these changes to the future of the University, and the response has been very positive. Pursuant to a carefully considered Master Site Plan for Pleasantville, we are also midway through a major consolidation and rebuilding of the locations in Westchester. All of our residential Westchester students outside of the Law School will reside in Pleasantville, and more than half will reside in two new living-and-learning residence halls that will provide space for 749 students. The campus, its dining and student life facilities, and its athletic facilities will be substantially upgraded. We believe the Pleasantville Campus will be a magnet for new students. The Briarcliff and Martine Avenue facilities will be sold. As in New York City, the concentration of our residential undergraduates on a single campus will magnify the already strong student life on that campus.

External Communication and Promotion


h e o r i g i n a l r e p u tat i o n o f P a c e U n i v e r s i t y was established on the basis of its accounting program. That program remains superb, and the new role of Leslie Seidman, former chair of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, as executive director of the Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting at the Lubin School of Business, together with the creation of New York City’s first accounting winter internship program (January– March), and a number of other important steps, have added luster to an already shining reputation.


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Pace’s strengths have broadened and deepened considerably beyond accounting—from 3,000 applications for 160 places in Dyson College’s undergraduate performing arts program to the extraordinary win in the Federal Reserve’s national competition on monetary policy, from a host of new programs in health care to the first pilot of the Pace Path at the Lubin School in Pleasantville, from new Lubin courses in analytics to a new policy clinic in environmental regulation in Dyson. This list could go on and on. Alumni, parents, and prospective students are becoming increasingly aware of the exciting things that are happening at Pace. We have reorganized the external relations and marketing functions to bring an even higher level of professional experience to these important outreach efforts. Pace has entered into a wide number of partnerships with institutions like the International Center of Photography, the Museum of the American Indian, the Daily Voice (the largest digital news site in Westchester and Fairfield counties), a number of foreign universities, a group of Israeli technology entrepreneurs in connection with the entrepreneurship program, and many others that will give Pace University increasing recognition for the quality of its faculty, its education, and its students. Expanding the quality and reach of our reputation is a major objective in the next few years. * * * * * *

The leadership of the Board of Trustees is especially crucial during this period of change, and their experience, judgment, financial support, and roles as ambassadors of Pace University are deeply valued. We are grateful to Maria Fiorini Ramirez ’72 and Harold Levy for their faithful service as trustees and their wise counsel. Since the last leadership report, we are delighted to welcome Nancy A. Garvey, PhD, former vice president and controller of Allied Signal, as a parent trustee, and Joseph R. Ianniello ’90, chief operating officer of CBS Corporation and a Lubin alumnus, as a regular trustee. We are confident that all of the right elements are in place, that we have a strong team of faculty and administrative leaders, and that with the continued wonderful support of our alumni and other donors, the future of Pace University is very bright.




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N 2014, PACE launched New York City’s first new performing arts school in nearly half a century,

kicked off a program to turn veterans into entrepreneurs, took the lead in reinvigorating math and science teaching for middle schoolers, and much more.

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Fed Challenge Team Is Nation’s Best Pace undergraduates won the 11th annual national College Federal Reserve Challenge in December. The competition tests students’ understanding of the economy, monetary policy, and the role of the Federal Reserve System. Princeton University came in second in the finals, held in Washington, DC. Also in the top five were Bentley University, the University of Chicago, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Pace team represented the New York Federal Reserve District and included Dyson College economics majors Kelsey Berro ’14 (co-captain), Jordan Jhamb ’15 (co-captain), Katherine Craig ’17, Daniella Gambino ’16, Julia Mikhailova ’15, and Lauren Price ’15. The team was coached by economics faculty members Mark Weinstock; Gregory Colman, PhD; and Anna Shostya, PhD.

For the competition, teams analyze economic and financial conditions and formulate a monetary policy recommendation, modeled on the work of the Federal Open Market Committee. They then give 15-minute presentations and answer questions from a panel of senior Federal Reserve officials.

The victorious team and coaches enjoy a well-deserved photo op with Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet L. Yellen.


Dante Plush ’15 School of Education

When Plush came to the University in the fall of 2011, he was homeless. Today he is a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College, planning to combine his love of history and his experience as a stand-up comic to inspire students in the classroom. Why he chose Pace: “I was able to start observing classrooms as early as the beginning of my sophomore year,” he says, “and I’ve had access to cuttingedge technology like the TeachLivE™ avatar lab.” The lab simulates teachers’ real world experiences in the classroom and at functions such as parent conferences through real time interaction with digital characters.


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.NYC PACE PIONEERS .NYC DOMAIN In September, the University became part of a select group of official “.nyc Founders,” when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the first websites with the new .nyc domain. Pace, which now has title to, was the only educational institution in the group, which included a mix of well-known brands, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and artists. The .nyc domains became available to the general public in October, and more than 50,000 had been claimed by the end of the first month.

Former President and Schools Chancellor Announce $5 Million Grant


ormer President Bill Clinton spoke on Governors Island in New York City in September, at ceremonies marking the launch of the Billion Oyster Project Curriculum and Community Enterprise, funded by a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Pace is the lead partner on the grant and will be developing a science curriculum and teacher training program as part of the three-year initiative. In October, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña ’88 spoke aboard a ship near the South Street Seaport at a press conference for the project. For more about the Billion Oyster Project, see page 16. Bill Clinton at Governors Island.

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he Student Managed Investment Portfolio class and team delivered a 39 percent gain for the 2013 calendar year, earning first-place honors in the Undergraduate Growth category at the Global Asset Management Education Forum this past March. More than 140 teams from universities across the United States competed in the forum. The portfolio’s performance exceeded that of many professional investment managers and beat all three of its benchmark indices: the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which returned 26 percent; the S&P 500, which returned 30 percent; and the NASDAQ, which returned 38 percent over the same period. Students make all the investment decisions as part of this Lubin School of Business finance course. And, unlike classes at some schools, where the portfolios are simply theoretical, they are managing real money: a portfolio worth about $300,000.


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Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security, seated at left with his back to the camera, visited the Law School last spring.

HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF ADDRESSES LAW STUDENTS Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson delivered the Dyson Distinguished Lecture at the Law School this past April. A former Defense Department general counsel, federal prosecutor, and attorney in private practice, Johnson was appointed to head the Department of Homeland Security in December 2013. It is the third largest department in cabinet, with a $60 billion budget and 240,000 employees. In his remarks, Johnson stressed the difficult balance his department strives to strike. “We must be constantly vigilant and agile in responding to the most recent terrorist threats, threats to our border security, threats to our land security,” he said. But, he added, “In the name of homeland security, it’s important that we not sacrifice our values as Americans.”

Recycling App Wins Google Glass Contest Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems students Pooja Mahesh ’15 and Diana Malera ’14 and their team won the first-ever Google Glass Hackathon in New York City in September. Their app, Intellibins, makes it easy for users to locate the nearest recycling bins.

Wearers of Google Glass won’t have to look far to find a recycling bin, thanks to two Seidenberg students’ award-winning app .

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Asher Levine ’10 Lubin School of Business

A fashion designer, an inventor, and an entrepreneur, Levine has designed for Lady Gaga,, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars. He also made the firstever downloadable pair of 3D printed sunglasses. Why he chose Pace: “I knew how to make clothes,” he says. “I needed to know accounting, marketing, and all the things fashion school leaves out.”

BOOT CAMP PREPARES VETS FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP In October, the Entrepreneurship Lab, part of the Lubin School of Business, launched the first two sessions of its new Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for military veterans. The intensive seven-week program equips vets with both the business skills and technology tools they need to create their own companies. At the end of the program, participants had the opportunity to present their business concepts to industry experts, investors, and venture capitalists. The program is supported by a $50,000 grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Pace was one of just six grant recipients chosen from more than 200 organizations that had applied. Other winners included Cornell University and Texas A&M University. The spring sessions begin in February 2015. For more information, visit



ith a mission to “encourage continuous improvements in financial reporting for the benefit of the investing public,” the Lubin School of Business launched the Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting in January 2014. Leslie F. Seidman, left, former chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), was named executive director.


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TV Trendsetter and Beverage Boss Are Executives in Residence Doug Herzog, president of Viacom Entertainment Group, visited in April as the Lubin School of Business’ spring 2014 Executive in Residence. Under Herzog’s leadership, the company has launched some of television’s most successful original franchises, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park, and Hot in Cleveland. Its networks include Comedy Central, Spike, and TV Land. Fall 2014’s Executive in Residence was Mario Mercurio, senior vice president and general manager of the Franchise Business Unit of Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages. With annual revenue of about $60 billion, PepsiCo is the second largest food and beverage business in the world. The Executive in Residence program, which Lubin started in 1987, brings chairs, CEOs, presidents, and other top executives of major companies to the New York City and Westchester campuses for a day to address and interact with students. Executive in Residence Doug Herzog, pictured below left, with Lubin Dean Neil Braun.

“Be good, tenacious, and lucky.” — Doug Herzog’s advice to students

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Alumni Go All the Way on Broadway Dominick LaRuffa Jr. and Rob Hinderliter ’08, former performing arts students, were producers for the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Play, All the Way, which tells the story of President Lyndon Johnson’s struggle to win passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Bryan Cranston, who portrayed Johnson, also took the Tony for Best Actor. Another play the pair helped produce, The Velocity of Autumn, brought a 2014 Best Actress nomination for its star, Estelle Parsons.

ALUMNA LAUNCHES AN ALL-AMERICAN STORE Products labeled “Made in the USA” may be hard to find these days, but not at, an online store started by Lubin MBA in Strategic Management alumna Christa Gray Page ’13. sells clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, gift items, and more, all made in the USA and all meeting the company’s criteria for environmental and social impact. During her final semester at Pace, Gray Page took the Business Plan Development course. At the end of the semester, she entered her plan for in the Entrepreneurship Lab’s annual Pace Business Plan Competition and won the contest’s top honors. More and more consumers are seeking out American-made products, Gray Page says. “It’s not necessarily about price anymore. It’s about innovation, quality, and something lasting and not being so disposable.”

A soy candle made in Wisconsin.

TEAM HELPS PREPARE FOR THE NEXT BIG STORM Just months after its creation, the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies’ Environmental Policy Clinic scored its first victory in April when the Village of Ossining adopted a sustainable energy and microgrid policy authored by the Clinic’s Energy Resilience Team, in consultation with the Law School’s Energy and Climate Center and its Land Use Law Center. “A microgrid is a locally-based energy supply and distribution system that uses cutting-edge technologies to produce reliable power even when the rest of the grid goes down,” explains Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy. “Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene awakened communities up and down the Atlantic coast that they must be energy self-sufficient in order to protect key services that assure public safety.” Carlos Villamayor Ledesma, a Dyson College junior who was part of the team, called its success “both a precedent and a commitment for the Village of Ossining to provide cleaner, more efficient energy to its community.”


Anna Kusler ’16 Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

The recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Kusler did her undergraduate work at Cornell University. Today she’s in the field, researching wildcat conservation in Wyoming. Why she chose Pace: The opportunity to work with Dyson Professor Melissa Grigione, PhD, who is now her adviser. Professor Grigione is an expert in mammalian spatial ecology, a field that investigates how ecological and manmade factors influence home range size and location for particular species.

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Curtain Rises on New Performing Arts School


lready the home to one of the most successful performing arts programs in the US, Pace took it to a new level in May with the debut of its new School of Performing Arts, part of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. The move follows the 2013 opening of a seven-story, stateof-the-art building on William Street in downtown Manhattan, dedicated to performing arts education. The building, seen at left, houses acting, movement, and dance studios, as well as a sound stage, screening room, digital design lab, costume and scene shops, and multiple performance spaces. As part of its transition, the school has introduced new programs geared to today’s and tomorrow’s swiftly evolving entertainment industry. Those include a BFA in Commercial Dance; a BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials; and a BA in Stage Management.

Student Documentary Focuses on 2014 World Cup The latest in a series of award-winning documentary films created by Pace students premiered on successive nights in May on the Westchester and New York City campuses. Shot on location in Brazil, Green vs. Gold: Brazil’s Race to Balance Its Sports-Fueled Tourism Boom explored the benefits and challenges posed by that nation’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup and upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics, from both an economic and environmental standpoint. The student team was led by Professor Maria Luskay, EdD, program chair of the MA in Media and Communication Arts program in Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, and Senior Fellow Andrew Revkin of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, who also writes The New York Times’ “Dot Earth” blog. Previous films in the documentary series looked at sustainable shrimp farming in Belize, the effect of wine cork production on the ecosystem in Portugal, and the plight of sea turtles in Mexico.


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DYSON PROFESSOR GIVES REALITY A MAKOVER In November, the Whitney Museum of American Art commissioned Associate Professor of Art Will Pappenheimer to create two works in augmented reality and projection for the final gala at its Upper East Side building before its move to a new home downtown. Proxy, 5-WM2A allowed guests to launch an app called Proxy on their mobile devices and tablets to generate an immersive visual display of objects and color, as seen above. In Skywrite AR, guests could draw images and write messages on a tablet screen, which then appeared in the form of virtual airplane trails on a sky projected onto the museum ceiling, as well as high above the museum in virtual augmented reality.

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Martha Renteria ’14 College of Health Professions

Currently interning in the nursing simulation labs, Renteria plans to pursue a master’s in nursing education. This March, she’ll be heading to Haiti to bring her healthcare skills to needy children and their families. Why she chose Pace: “Pace has a very special program that not every school has,” she says. “Your senior year at Pace you do a preceptorship, which means that rather than go to the hospital in a clinical group with eight or nine students and one instructor, you’re one-on-one with a nurse. You get a lot of personal time, and that person becomes your mentor.”



cientists, economists, theologians, and environmentalists, including Andrew Revkin, senior fellow for environmental understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and The New York Times “Dot Earth” blogger, gathered at the Vatican in May for a four-day workshop on “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility.” The workshop, a rare joint meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, was called in advance of an expected major statement on the environment and sustainable development by Pope Francis. Among those in attendance were four Nobel Prize winners. Pope Francis met with the attendees on the final day. Commenting on the potential importance of the conference, Revkin said, “The Roman Catholic Church—with its global reach, the ethical framework in its social justice teachings and, as with all great religions, the ability to reach hearts as well as minds—can play a valuable role in this consequential century. This is particularly true for planet-scale problems like humandriven climate change, in which governments tend to put national interests ahead of planet-scale interests.”

Pope Francis met with conference participants in May.

Students met with Dan Guarino, a local newspaper editor, who shared his experiences covering Sandy and the ongoing recovery effort.

Spring Breakers Trade Fun in the Sun for a Chance to Help Local Storm Victims A team of students spent their 2014 spring break not on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, but in Far Rockaway, Queens, helping residents still struggling to recover from 2012’s devastating Superstorm Sandy. There, students joined with the nonprofit Friends of Rockaway to help repair flooddamaged homes. The group was part of the Alternative Spring Break program. Founded in 2002, the program sent students to Staten Island in 2013, also to assist in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and to New Orleans in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. Student teams have also worked on poverty and homelessness issues in New York City.

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Some of our recent visitors

Cast members of the Emmy Award-winning television comedy How I Met Your Mother, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, and Neil Patrick Harris, dropped by on February 16 for their Inside the Actors Studio taping.

Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing, visited on January 29 for an on-stage interview with Pace’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mark M. Besca ’81. The event was part of the University’s InsideTrack discussion series.

Actress Amy Adams came to Pace on February 5 for an Inside the Actors Studio taping with James Lipton at the Schimmel Center.

Former Chicago Bulls point guard Jay Williams showed his support and shared his story at the annual Pace4Kids Dance Marathon on November 22, which helped raise more than $30,000 for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

Patrick J. Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, attended the second Summit on Resilience: The Next Storm conference on October 20, where he was interviewed by Pace President Stephen J. Friedman.

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Veteran stage, film, and TV actress Kathleen Turner spoke to students as part of the Pace School of Performing Arts Masters Series on October 6.

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Best-selling author and autism activist Temple Grandin, PhD, spoke at a special event, Training the Talent of Artists with Autism, on April 16. Her appearance was hosted by the Ongoing Academic and Social Instructional Support (OASIS) program in the School of Education, which provides assistance to college students on the autism spectrum, and Strokes of Genius, an organization that develops artistic talents through professional art studio experiences and workshops.



Jody Williams, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines, was the keynote speaker on October 18 at the 2014 Disarmament and Arms Control Campaigns Forum held on the New York City Campus.


Author and Columbia University Professor Kenneth T. Jackson, PhD, noted urban historian and a preeminent authority on New York City, spoke on the Westchester Campus on April 7. His lecture, on the history of Westchester County and Pace’s role in its growth, was part of a year of special events marking Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary.

Actor, director, producer, and activist Danny Glover was the keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. lecture and reception on October 1. The event was organized by the Black Student Union and the offices of Multicultural Affairs and Student Development and Campus Activities.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Mariska Hargitay, best known for her long-running role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, joined James Lipton for an Inside the Actors Studio taping on August 5.

Credits: Amy Adams, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel: s_bukley/Shutterstock; Mariska Hargitay, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders: Helga Esteb/ Shutterstock; Neil Patrick Harris: Everett Collection/ Shutterstock; Jay Williams: lev radin/Shutterstock; Jody Williams: Justin Hoch





hether it’s urgent international issues like the War on Terror and new treatments for deadly diseases, or important domestic ones like our aging population and the need for more students trained in math and the sciences, Pace is at the forefront. In the pages that follow, we’ll take you into our classrooms and laboratories and introduce you to some of the dedicated men and women who are leading the charge.

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prehistoric bivalve and 21st century science education might seem strange bedfellows. Even so, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is wagering $5 million that they could be the answer to what many observers see as one of the most pressing educational issues in the United States. The problem, in an oyster shell, is students’ performance in the academic disciplines collectively known as STEM (for science, technology, engineering, and math). In recent tests of science proficiency, 15-year-olds in the United States were outscored by their peers in 22 other educational systems worldwide. In math, the results were worse still, with US students outscored by 29 of the 65 countries and regions in the study. The NSF grant, announced this past summer, will fund an ambitious initiative called the “Curriculum and Community Enterprise for the Restoration of New York Harbor in New York City Public Schools.” Pace is the lead partner on the project, joining collaborative partners that include the New York Academy of Sciences, the New York Harbor School, the New York City Department of Education, the LamontDoherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, Good Shepherd Services, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, SmartStart, the River Project, and the New York Aquarium. Even before this latest grant, Pace was active in STEM education. The principal investigator for the project, Assistant Clinical Professor Lauren Birney, EdD, of the School of Education, and her colleague, Jonathan Hill, DPS, associate dean for the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, founded the University’s STEM Collaboratory in 2011. A joint project of their two schools

STEM-ing the decline in students’ grasp of math and science

The United States is falling behind many other industrialized nations in how proficient its students are in science, technology, engineering, and math, collectively known as the STEM subjects. A new National Science Foundation grant, with Pace as lead partner, aims to reverse that trend. At right, the projected job growth in STEM-related fields from 2010 to 2020, according to the US Department of Education.


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and supported by a grant from the Verizon Foundation, its mission is to improve and support STEM teaching and learning at both the middle and high school levels in the New York area. The new initiative builds on the educational concepts of the Billion Oyster Project, a plan to restore a billion live oysters to New York Harbor over a 20-year period and, in the process, teach participating New York City students about their local marine environment. Why oysters? Aside from being a culinary delicacy, they serve a very practical purpose: On average, oysters filter a gallon of water an hour, making them ideal for harbor restoration. About 3,000 high school and middle school students have been involved in the project, which combines classroom learning with hands-on, oyster-raising experience. The new award will expand that significantly, adding 40 to 60 more schools, 80 to 120 new teachers, and at least 8,600 new students over the next three years—not to mention a lot of oysters. Serving as the prime partner, Pace’s role is to train teachers and develop a newly integrated environmental science curriculum that includes not only math, science, and technical skills, but subjects like history, geography, and the social sciences. “The curriculum is intended to be replicable, so that once it is developed and tested, it can be rolled out to schools across the United States and serve as [a] template, both nationally and internationally,” Birney says. The first cohort of teachers, all currently working in Title 1 New York City public schools, will begin their training at the School of Education in February 2015. Pace’s focus will be on a curriculum for middle school students and teachers, grades six to eight, Birney says. “Sometimes, by the time students reach high school, it’s too late; they’ll have lost interest,” she explains. “We want to get to them early with a unique, engaging curriculum that will invigorate them to study STEM.” n


Future stock This artist’s conception shows how the New York Harbor’s oyster reefs might look once they’ve been stocked with a billion new oysters. At one time, New York City was considered among the world’s oyster capitals, with thriving beds supplying local restaurants and much of the rest of the country. As the New York Public Library notes in a history on its website, “the oyster reigned supreme as the quintessential New York City food long before pizza, hot pretzels, bagels, and hot dogs were known to our shellfish-encrusted shores.” By the late 1920s, however, pollution had made local oysters unfit to eat, a situation that would not begin to improve until the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972.


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he War on Terror is being fought on many fronts today. One of the most surprising may be an unassuming lab in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems on the New York City Campus. There, in a space hardly bigger than a child’s bedroom, Assistant Professor and Director of Cybersecurity Darren Hayes, DPS ’07, and his students are inventing new ways to stay one step ahead of the bad guys by “imaging,” or copying, data from cellphones. Just as ordinary consumers rely more and more on mobile devices, so do terrorists and other criminals. That presents both an opportunity and a challenge for anti-terror and law enforcement agencies, Hayes says. The opportunity,

he explains, is that, “you can get a lot more information from a smartphone than from somebody’s laptop.” The problem is that currently available imaging technology works with only some brands and models of phones. Many of the low-end phones—favored by criminals because they are inexpensive and hard to trace— are not on that list. Enter Hayes and his small army of student cyber sleuths, more than a few of whom, perhaps not coincidentally, are military veterans. One recent afternoon, James Ossipov ’15, a veteran of 12 years in the Army and currently a staff sergeant in the reserves, demonstrated an apparatus he was using to extract data from a phone that lay opened up on a nearby desk. Collecting data from a captured phone often involves a sort of electronic microsurgery. Students solder

extremely fine copper wires to what are known as JTAG pins on the printed circuit board of a cellphone, then carefully extract user data. “You need a lot of patience and not drink too much coffee before you begin,” Ossipov says. This laborious process is necessary when a phone is not supported by a traditional forensics imager or if encryption needs to be bypassed to access incriminating evidence. Of course, raw information is just part of the puzzle. Understanding what it means is equally important. That’s where Hayes believes Pace’s program is in a class by itself. Students are trained not only in computer forensics but in criminal profiling and other investigative techniques that help them sift through masses of data and piece together the relevant bits.

That combination is one reason Ossipov and many of his fellow students chose Pace. He plans to pursue a career as a forensic investigator in law enforcement or the private sector when he graduates later this year. Not surprisingly, Hayes says, cybersecurity is one of the bright spots in today’s job market, with literally thousands of positions currently unfilled. Helping to drive the demand are major, new initiatives to protect the country’s critical infrastructure, including the healthcare sector, financial services, and utilities, from cyber attacks. Hayes and his team are doing cutting-edge work there as well. “When teaching these classes, I have to change my course content on a weekly basis,” Hayes says. “The information just changes too quickly.” n

Smart Ways to Safeguard Your Smartphone

Assistant Professor of Information Technology Darren Hayes, DPS ’07, offers these tips for smartphone users:

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Frequently update your smartphone’s operating system to the latest version so that you can take advantage of the latest security features.

Be careful about the apps that you download and take note of the privileges that you give to an app. Many apps request permission to access your microphone or contacts even though these options are not required for the app to operate. Be careful not to store any passwords in your contacts list.


Use password protection. It’s superior to PIN protection or using a finger swipe, which are easy to figure out.

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Consider setting your smartphone to wipe its contents if there are a number of unsuccessful login attempts.

Never “root” your smartphone, even though it might seem cool to do. Rooting your phone removes critical security and downloading apps from unauthorized sources and puts you at risk for malware.



Turn off your Bluetooth when possible.

Sync your smartphone to a computer so that you maintain a backup of your photos and other personal information.

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may not get as much attention as more recent scourges like Ebola, but its death toll—100,000 or more people annually—can be far more horrific. Crypto, as it is often called for short, is caused by a waterborne parasite and can lead to severe, often fatal, dehydration, particularly in patients with underdeveloped or compromised immune systems. That includes young children, the elderly, and people with immune-system disorders, such as AIDS. An estimated 30 percent of children under five who contract the disease will die from it. The danger is especially acute in areas where the supply of clean water is unreliable, including much of Africa. But the disease can strike anywhere, even at the local swimming pool. In a 1993 outbreak in Wisconsin, for example, more than 400,000 people contracted crypto, resulting in an estimated 69 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though crypto was identified as a human illness as far back as 1976, there is still no known cure. Patients are generally given fluids to replace the liquid their bodies have lost, but in far too many cases the disease prevails.

THE STORY OF THE HASKINS LABORATORIES Established in Schenectady, New York, in 1939, the Haskins Laboratories grew out of a General Electric Company initiative to build million-volt X-ray machines for cancer treatment and genetics research. One of the four young scientists involved in the project was Caryl Haskins, a physicist and geneticist. Two years later, Haskins and his labs moved to Midtown Manhattan, where they remained for the next 28 years. Then, in 1970, the laboratories split into two divisions. The Speech Recognition and Cognition Division became affiliated with Yale University, while the Microbiology Division affiliated with Pace.

Nigel Yarlett, PhD, a professor of chemistry in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Haskins Laboratories, hopes to change that. He and his students are working on a process that could be the essential first step toward a cure. To continue that work, he was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in November 2014.

The problem Yarlett and his team are working on is this: Because cryptosporidium, the parasite that causes crypto, can survive for only two days or so in the laboratory, testing drugs that might be effective against it has been impossible. But after more than five years of experiments, he and the team developed a technique for keeping parasite samples alive and replicating for as long as six months. They do it by continuously growing host intestinal cells on the surface of hollow fiber tubes and creating a gut-like environment for the parasite to grow in. Their technique could also allow for the cryogenic freezing of samples, so they can be compared against future strains to see how the parasite is mutating in response to human intervention, Yarlett says. “Developing a drug that works is one thing,” he explains, “but a year down the road, that can change.” Crypto is only one of the diseases Yarlett has in his sights. Another is African sleeping sickness, an ailment spread to humans by the tsetse fly. The Haskins Labs developed one of the first effective treatments for the disease back in the early 1980s, but because that drug must be administered intravenously, it can be impractical in rural settings. A new oral drug developed at the lab is now in its second round of clinical trials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Yarlett says that so far, the results look promising. Professor Yarlett came to Pace in 1986 and became director of the Haskins Laboratories in 2006. Over that time, he has devoted much of his research to what are often referred to as neglected diseases, which kill or debilitate hundreds of millions of people in underdeveloped countries. He finds the field especially rewarding and still seems to marvel at the reach of the laboratories’ work. “At the end of the day, you can do something to change the lives and standards of living of people who live hundreds or thousands of miles away,” he says. n


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Stalking a Global Killer

The house call may be a thing of the past,

but if Jean F. Coppola, PhD, has her way, elderly Americans will soon have in-home medical care at their fingertips, thanks to advances in the relatively new field of gerontechnology.


oppola, an associate professor at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, is one of gerontechnology’s pioneers. She created the Gerontechnology Program at Pace in 2005, in collaboration with Barbara A. Thomas, RN, currently an assistant professor at Westchester Community College. The team has since expanded to include Professor Lin J. Drury, PhD, RN, and Associate Professor Sharon Stahl Wexler, PhD, RN, BC, of the Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions at Pace. The unique program teaches undergraduate students about the physical changes that are a normal part of aging and the many ways that computer technology can now assist older people to live healthier, more active lives. Students are trained to teach patients


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how to use and become comfortable with the latest technological tools. Now, thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Pace and the University of Scranton are partnering on a new pilot program to assist 600 older adults in tracking their vital signs. Coppola and her Seidenberg colleague David Sachs, EdD, are co-principal investigators on the project. Subjects will receive Android tablets equipped with software from Vital Care Services, a tech start-up headed by Pace alumnus Chris Gaur ’12 and his brother David Gaur. The students will help older adults learn to use the devices, which will transmit data, including their blood pressure, pulse, and blood oxygen content, to a telehealth nurse who can monitor their progress remotely. This is only the latest collaboration between Pace and the Gaur brothers. In 2013, they were selected as winners of Pilot Health Tech NYC, a city initiative aimed at positioning New York as the nation’s hub for healthcare technology.

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Their project examined how telehealth could be used to meet the needs of diverse socio-economic communities across the city, increase access to and quality of care, and reduce overall costs.


nce telehealth programs have been widely implemented, they should not only be a convenience for the patients themselves but one answer to what could soon be an overstressed healthcare system. By the year 2030, some 72 million Americans will be over age 65, about twice as many as in 2000. They will account for nearly a fifth of the US population. “Doctors are not going to be able to handle the rapid increase in the elderly population, so telehealth is going to be very important,” says Professor Coppola. “Elderly patients are going to have to rely on telehealth

to live better and improve their quality of life.” Despite some concerns that older patients might prove to be technophobes, Coppola says she has found the opposite to be true. “Our research has shown that older adults can and want to learn the technology,” she adds. “And they can learn it to the point where they can do it on their own after a few lessons.” For the work of its Gerontechnology Program, the University was named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate, chosen from a field of 500 entrants from 25 countries. The annual award program recognizes “visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic, and educational change.” Coppola has also earned the American Society of Aging’s MetLife MindAlert Award for mental fitness programs, the Isabel Brabazon Award for Evaluation and Research in Intergenerational Programs, and the Jefferson Award for Public Service, among other honors. n

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lthough she’s one of the best known figures in her profession, Leslie F. Seidman likes to challenge its conventional image. “One of the things I’ve been trying to expose our accounting students to since I arrived at Pace is the many different roles they can have in the workforce,” she says. “I never, in my 30-year career, had a calculator on my desk—it isn’t all about numbers.” Seidman is unconventional in another way too. As the first woman ever to chair the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), she has risen to a top leadership role in a field where women have historically lagged behind. Even today, when women make up 45 percent of accounting employees at the nation’s accounting firms, they represent only 21 percent of partners, according to Catalyst, a nonprofit research and advocacy group. The statistics for corporate boards are even more striking: Women hold just 17 percent of seats. Those disparities are one reason for a new initiative at the Lubin School of Business’ recently launched Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting, which Seidman joined as executive director in early 2014. In collaboration with the Institute of Management Accountants, the center is launching a new Women’s Accounting Leadership Series, which aims to help create a pipeline of talented women accountants ready to assume a greater portion of leadership roles. A pilot for the conference was held in October, and Seidman hopes to do two more in the coming year, the first this April in Cincinnati, plus another one back at Pace. “We look at accounting issues in general, as well as the particular career issues women face at the junior, middle, and senior levels,” she says.

A frequently discussed issue, Seidman says, is the difficulty of maintaining work/life balance in a profession that often requires long hours. Another is the need for more women role models in the senior ranks. While pop business books often portray women and men as fundamentally different kinds of leaders, Seidman considers that an unfortunate generalization. “People want a leader who is collaborative, inclusive, and a good listener, and that can be a man or it can be a woman,” she says. “What I always tell people who want to become leaders is to be yourself. You don’t have to try to be someone different.”


he gender imbalance isn’t going to be rectified overnight, she acknowledges, particularly in the case of corporate boards. “In the United States, only about 10 percent of board seats turn over in a given year,” she says. “So even if you filled every one of them with women, it’s going to take years to move the needle.” What’s more, boards often look for members with experience as a CEO or CFO, and until more women ascend to those positions, there won’t be many to choose from. The Women’s Accounting Leadership Series is just one of a number of new programs the center has recently launched. They include its Disclosure Laboratory, where students master the latest disclosure rules and then scrutinize annual reports to judge how well they comply, and an auditing conference in January, which will look at the many new initiatives and regulations that have been put in place as a result of recent and highly-publicized financial scandals. Though the center’s launch also came in the wake of those scandals, Seidman says they weren’t the primary driver. “I believe abuses are more the exception than the rule,” she says. “We want to be a positive influence, call out the good practices, and make it easier for companies to do good reporting.” More information about upcoming events can be found on the center’s website: n


The University has been educating both men and women for leadership roles in accounting since 1906, when brothers Homer and Charles Pace opened for business in a rented classroom in the Tribune Building in Lower Manhattan, the site of today’s One Pace Plaza. Their 66-week course in accounting, law, and applied economics was designed to prepare students for the New York State CPA Exam. The first class: 10 men and 3 women.

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Taking Entertainment Seriously 3 6

As the students on these pages demonstrate, Pace’s School of Performing Arts attracts some of the best and brightest young talents from all over the world in acting, dance, musical theater, production, and design. The celebrated program, which officially became a school within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences in 2014 (see page 12), has helped establish Lower Manhattan as a world-class destination for the entertainment industry, just as it has long been for the financial sector. The connection may not be entirely coincidental. Entertainment has become a vital sector of the US economy, its products among the nation’s most successful exports. In fact, when the Bureau of Economic Analysis changed how it calculates the Gross Domestic Product in 2013 to add the entertainment industry, the GDP instantly grew by some $74 billion. For students interested in the business side of entertainment, the Lubin School of Business now offers a BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management. n


Behind the scenes: 1 BFA and BA in Acting majors hone their craft in a production of Massacre. 2 The BFA in Commercial Dance prepares dancers for careers on stage as well as in television and film. 3 A new, state-of-the-art sound stage allows students to experience the latest technology. 4 Dance training bridges the gap between the classical and the commercial, focusing on styles and techniques appropriate to the individual performer. 5 Among the new facilities in the School of Performing Arts’ recently opened, seven-story home is this professionalcaliber costume shop. 6 Students perform in more than 50 productions a year in New York City and internationally. 7 Production and design students start their hands-on training on day one. 8 The BFA in Musical Theater offers students extensive training in acting, dance, and music.

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Faculty Books Selected faculty books of 2014 and 2015

B rian R. E vans , E d D

J ames B. M c C arthy , P h D

I braiz T arique , P h D

Associate Professor, School of Education The Development of Mathematics Throughout the Centuries: A Brief History in a Cultural Context (Wiley)

Associate Professor, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Editor, Psychosis in Childhood and Adolescence (Routledge)

Associate Professor, Lubin School of Business Seven Trends in Corporate Training and Development: Strategies to Align Goals with Employee Needs (Pearson)

F rancine F alk -R oss , P h D Professor, School of Education Editor, Language-Based Approaches to Support Reading Comprehension (Rowman & Littlefield)

Professor, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Co-editor, The Hobbit and History (Wiley)

D arren R. H ayes , DPS

J oanne S ingleton , P h D, RN

Assistant Professor, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems A Practical Guide to Computer Forensics Investigations (Pearson)

Professor, College of Health Professions Editor, Primary Care: An Interprofessional Perspective, Second Edition (Springer Publishing)

Sandra B. Lewenson, EdD, RN, and M arie T ruglio L ondrigan , P h D, RN

L eslie C. S oodak , P h D

Professors, College of Health Professions Decision-Making in Nursing: Thoughtful Approaches for Leadership, Second Edition (Jones & Bartlett)

C hristopher M alone , P h D Associate Professor, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and G eorge M artinez J r . Adjunct Professor, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Editors, The Organic Globalizer: Hip Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture (Bloomsbury)


N ancy R. R eagin , P h D

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Associate Professor, School of Education Co-author, Families, Professionals, and Exceptionality: Positive Outcomes Through Partnerships and Trust, Seventh Edition (Pearson)

X iao - lei W ang , P h D Professor, School of Education Understanding Language and Literacy Development: Diverse Learners in the Classroom (Wiley)

J ason W hitesel , P h D Assistant Professor, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma (NYU Press)

Pace in the News Some of the diverse media outlets that have called on Pace experts for information and commentary ABA Journal Advertising Age The Advocate Al Jazeera America American Banker American Lawyer am New York Arizona Daily Star Associated Press Atlanta JournalConstitution The Atlantic Austin AmericanStatesman Aviation Today Baltimore Sun Bangkok Post BBC World Service Radio Black Enterprise Magazine Boston Globe British Vogue Brunei Times Buffalo News Calgary Sun Cambodian Times Canberra Times Cavuto on Business, Fox CBS MoneyWatch CFO Report Charlie Rose, PBS Chicago Tribune China Post China Times Christian Science Monitor Chronicle of Higher Education CIO Magazine CNBC CNET CNET en Espanol CNN Computerworld

CPA Journal Crain’s Chicago Business Crain’s New York Business C-SPAN Daily Beast Dallas Morning News Dance Magazine DealBook Denver Post Des Moines Register Detroit Free Press Direct Marketing News Discover The Economist Education Week ESPN Radio Network Esquire Fashion Police, E! Entertainment Television Financial Times Forbes Forbes China Foreign Policy Fox Business Network Fox News Latino Fresno Bee The Globe and Mail Good Morning America, ABC GQ Haaretz Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC Hartford Courant The Hill Hindustan Times Honolulu Star-Advertiser Houston Chronicle Huffington Post Inc. IndustryWeek InfoWorld

Inside Philanthropy Investor’s Business Daily Irish Independent Jakarta Post Jamaica Observer Japan Times Jerusalem Post Journal of Commerce Journal of Fusion Energy Journal of Genetic Counseling Journal of Neuroscience Journal of Research in Childhood Education Kansas City Star Kenya Star La Prensa Nicaragua Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC Late Night with Seth Meyers, NBC L’Express Los Angeles Times Louisville Courier-Journal Maclean’s Macworld MarketWatch Miami Herald Motley Fool MSN MSNBC The Nation New York Daily News New York Magazine New York Observer New York Post The New York Times The New Yorker Newsday Newsweek NPR Opera News Ottawa Sun Parade

Pensions & Investments Politico ProPublica Psychology Today Publishers Weekly Reuters Russia Today Sacramento Bee Salon San Francisco Chronicle Scientific American Seattle Times Slate Smithsonian South China Morning Post Sports Illustrated Stars and Stripes St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sydney Morning Herald Taipei Times Technorati Time Times of India Today Show, NBC Toronto Star U.S. News & World Report USA Today Voice of America The Wall Street Journal The Washington Post Weather Channel Zimbabwe Herald

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Pace University Leadership Board of Trustees

Cynthia Greer Goldstein ’77, ’81

Senior Adviser Commissioner of Education for New Jersey

Barry M. Gosin

Photeine Anagnostopoulos Mark M. Besca ’81

Chairman Pace Board of Trustees NYC Office Managing Partner Ernst & Young, LLP

Aniello A. Bianco ’61 Chairman Emeritus Pace University

Philip F. Bleser ’84, ’94

Tax Attorney, CPA Law Offices of Cynthia Greer Goldstein Chief Executive Officer Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Bridget-Anne Hampden ’79

Senior Adviser to the COO for Federal Student Aid United States Department of Education

James E. Healey ’64

Retired Chief Financial Officer Nabisco, Inc.

Managing Director and CEO, Global Corporate Bank in North America J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Joseph Ianniello ’90

Christopher A. Edwards ’95

Charles N. Jordan Jr.

Deputy Attorney General, Assistant Chief Transportation, Construction and Condemnation Section NJ Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Law

Stephen J. Friedman President Pace University

Chief Operating Officer CBS Corporation

President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Jordan and Co., LLC

Suresh Munshani ’89 Edward F. Murphy ’74

Retired Executive Vice President Federal Reserve Bank of New York

John T. O’Connor, Esq. ’86

Nancy A. Garvey, PhD Retired Controller AlliedSignal

Partner Hunton & Williams LLP

Michael O’Reilly ’71

John A. Gerson ’69

Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer Paladin Realty Partners, LLC

David J. Pecker ’72

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer American Media, Inc.

Artist’s rendering, 33 Beekman Street, New York City

Rev. Barbara Ann Porceddu ’74 Interfaith Minister

Thomas J. Quinlan III ’85

President and Chief Executive Officer RR Donnelley

Carol Raphael

Senior Adviser Manatt Health Solutions Retired President and Chief Executive Officer The Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Jack J. Ribeiro ’78

Global Managing Partner, Financial Services Industry Deloitte LLP

Joseph F. Ryan, PhD

Professor and Chair, Criminal Justice and Security and Masters in Public Administration Pace University

Jack L. Salzman ’68

Senior Managing Partner Kings Point Capital Management, LLC

Ivan G. Seidenberg ’81

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Verizon Communications Advisory Partner Perella Weinberg Partners

Marie J. Toulantis ’81 Susan S. Wallach Richard F. Zannino ’84

Managing Director CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC

Trustees Emeriti

Donald L. Boudreau ’70 E. Virgil Conway Chairman Rittenhouse Advisors

C. Gerald Goldsmith Alfred R. Goldstein Charles F. Jacey Jr. ’57 Anthony J. Marano, MD Ian McDougall ’54

Retired Vice Chairman and CFO INCO Limited

Henry G. Miller, Esq.

Senior Member Clark, Gagliardi, and Miller, PC

Edward J. Noha ’51

Chairman Emeritus CNA Financial Corporation

Carl H. Pforzheimer III

Chairman Emeritus and Managing Partner Carl H. Pforzheimer & Co., LLC


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Pace University Leadership Hal J. Upbin ’61

Chairman Emeritus Kellwood Company

Artist’s rendering, Kessel Student Center, Pleasantville

Charles J. Urstadt

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Urstadt Biddle Properties, Inc.

J. Fred Weintz Jr.

BCRS Associates, LLC

Ivor A. Whitson ’68

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer The Whitson Group Inc.

Senior Administration Stephen J. Friedman President

Robert C. Almon

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Henry Baker

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management

Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD Associate Vice President and Dean for Students

Jennifer Bernstein

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Neil S. Braun

Dean, Lubin School of Business

Stephen Brodsky University Counsel

Dominick Bumbaco

Assistant Vice President for Academic Finance

Joseph Capparelli

Associate Vice President for Finance/Controller

James Curry

Assistant Vice President for the Office of Student Assistance

Christopher Elarde

Assistant Vice President for Information Technology Services

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean, College of Health Professions

Angelica Ferreira

Assistant Vice President of Budget and Planning

Jean Gallagher

Associate for Strategy and Analysis Office of the President

Elizabeth Garti

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Victor Goldsmith

Associate Provost for Sponsored Research and Economic Development

Amar Gupta, PhD

Dean, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Cindy Heilberger

Chief of Staff, Special Assistant to the Board of Trustees

Vanessa Herman

Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations

Nira Herrmann, PhD

Matt Renna

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Marijo Russell-O’Grady, PhD Associate Vice President and Dean for Students

Robina C. Schepp

Vice President for Enrollment and Placement

Christine Shakespeare

Assistant Vice President for Continuing and Professional Education

Peter R. Sikowitz

Associate Vice President for University Relations, Marketing and Communications

Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Andrea (Penny) M. Spencer, PhD

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Uday Sukhatme, ScD

Special Assistant to the President and Provost

Nicole Thompson

Robert G.M. Keating Adèle MacKinlay

Dean, School of Education

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Susan Maxam, EdD

Assistant Vice President for Financial Operations

Frank McDonald

Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education Associate Vice President for General Services

William McGrath

Senior Vice President and COO for the Westchester Campus

Arletha Miles

Affirmative Action Officer/ Title IX Coordinator

Barbara Pennipede

Assistant Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research

Heather Truscinski Clare van den Blink

Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer

Frederica N. Wald

Vice President for University Relations and Chief Marketing Officer

Adelia Williams, PhD

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

David Yassky

Dean, School of Law

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