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Embracing the Future Sports teams can “go on a roll.” Political campaigns can “build up a head of steam.” The concept of momentum is pretty simple—success breeds success, and winning is a habit. Pace University has been on a roll the past few years and has a full head of steam as it embarks on its 2015–2020 Strategic Plan, Opportunitas: Embracing the Future. The University’s growth and momentum is providing opportunities for our students that they could only dream about before coming to Pace. As we continue the progress and achieve our goals, we will help more students embark on winning careers and successful lives. Our students are the aspiring heart of America, and they go on to do great things. Our ability to enable them to imagine new futures and advance their lives is at the core of our University motto of Opportunitas. We created our 2015–2020 Strategic Plan against a backdrop of transition and transformation at Pace. Over the next five years, we will see changes in student

demographics, on our campuses, and in our staff and faculty. At the same time, we will adapt to dynamic change in the higher education landscape. Evolving perceptions of the value of a degree, combined with ongoing innovations in technology, are changing how we teach and what we teach. This plan will sustain Pace’s mission through these transitions and provide the flexibility to adapt to an evolving environment. The plan prioritizes improvements in our core operations while capitalizing on the momentum made possible by the major investments of the past five years. By 2020, Pace University will have made significant strides in completing several major initiatives currently underway and will have developed innovative approaches to ensure the success of our students and alumni, while enhancing the University’s reputation and stature. By focusing on four themes—Student Experience, Student Outcomes, Institutional Vitality, and a Community of Excellence—we will emerge a stronger institution with a unique and essential mission well suited to meeting the needs of students today and in the future.

President Friedman




Student Experience


ace students deserve engaging and transformational experiences. These experiences, both within Pace and our communities, will allow students to work side-by-side with high-achieving individuals, position them to address realworld issues, and empower them to achieve their unique academic, professional, and personal goals. A key component of every undergraduate’s experience will be the Pace Path. This critical initiative takes students beyond the typical college experience and helps them become more effective professionals and people. The Pace Path focuses on the soft skills—understanding personal strengths and weaknesses, understanding and succeeding in an organization’s culture and value system, and managing personal relationships—to succeed in organizations and life. Mentors and coaches will

help each student grasp these important issues. The Pace Path combines the best elements of a Pace education—including one of the largest internship placement programs of any university in the New York metropolitan area, exciting student/faculty research projects, an alumni mentoring program, and experiential learning opportunities that give our students the chance to compete against the best students from the best schools in America. The Pace Path will become a truly distinguished element of a Pace education.

Student Outcomes


tudents who attend Pace are some of the most driven students in America. We are committed to helping them attain their degrees and achieve their post-graduation goals. Their best

chance to succeed is augmented when we complement the high-quality, rigorous academic programs Pace is known for with reimagined advising and student support services that are consistent with the evolving needs of our 21st century world. Our advisers are the first line of support against the many academic and social challenges students face today. One of our most important imperatives is to recognize at-risk students and give them the help they need to stay in school and graduate. While Pace already has strong post-graduate full-time job placement rates, we must stay nimble and responsive. This includes maintaining a constant dialogue with alumni leaders and others in business, government, the arts, and non-profit worlds to ensure we develop innovative degree programs, create new delivery systems to bring degree programs to working adults, and expose every student to discipline-specific technology so he or she is prepared to use that technology upon graduation.

Institutional Vitality


he most visible symbol of our institutional vitality is our reimagined campuses in Pleasantville and New York City. In Pleasantville, the campus transformation is taking shape before our eyes and this fall, the first students moved into Alumni Hall—the first of two



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new residence halls students will occupy on campus. The 2015–2020 Strategic Plan reminds us that we must remain diligent and complete all our Pleasantville Project goals—including the $10 million Campaign for Pleasantville currently underway. In New York City, we will complete and implement the Master Plan for the campus. The plan focuses on new homes for Dyson College and the Lubin School of Business, new and exciting student spaces, modern teaching and laboratory spaces, and an exterior worthy of our students’ aspirations. We’ve already made significant investments in our science labs, residence halls, and nursing and performing arts spaces.

Community of Excellence


ur faculty and staff play a vital role in our students’ success. For a number of years we have been hiring 20–35 talented, new full-time faculty each year—just at a time when


the increasing pace of educational technology requires a new look at traditional methods of teaching and learning. New faculty helps evolve our curriculum to keep pace with technological advancements and increased international competition in our society. It is critically important that we embrace a culture of leadership, development, quality improvement, and shared values to keep our faculty and staff motivated, engaged, and committed to Opportunitas.


The ingredients for a successful future are there. It is up to us to artfully leverage our resources and programs. We possess the knowledge and instincts to create sumptuous futures for generations of Pace students. There is no such thing as “too many chefs” when taking a great University to the next level. We need everyone collaborating and working together to succeed. Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman President


rench chef Marcel Boulestin once said, “Cooking is not chemistry, it’s an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.” Similarly, we will create a great University for current and future Pace students if we approach our 2015–2020 Strategic Plan as an art. Pace faculty, staff, and alumni must work together within the recipe embodied in our plan.



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• The Class of 2019 gets oriented

• The Pforzheimer Honors College welcomes its founding dean

• President Friedman sits down with Kerry Kennedy

• Performing arts topped the charts

• Westchester gears up for Giving Tuesday

• Athletics celebrates successful seasons

• Prestigious scholarships take students around the world

36 Research at Pace 39 Big Numbers 40 Bookshelf


Momentum: A Roundtable Discussion

A conversation about University-wide momentum, the challenges of the future, investment in Westchester, and more.


Anticipating the Future


The Education of Joe Ianniello


Pleasantville: New and Now


Building for Tomorrow

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Class is in session with new programs and academic initiatives preparing students for today’s and tomorrow’s careers. From the locker room to the board room, and back again. One alumnus returns to and supports his Pace roots. Can’t make it to Westchester to see the new face of Pleasantville? We’ve got you covered with pictures worth 1,000 words.



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This summer, incoming students and their families joined us on the Pace campuses for 21 different Orientation sessions that catered specifically to freshmen, transfer students, and international students. These newcomers registered for courses; learned all about Pace’s services, clubs and organizations, and programs; met future classmates; and stepped aboard the famous Orientation boat cruise! Orientation leaders on both campuses welcomed new students and their families to the Pace Community and guided them through the Orientation process.

“I wanted to be an Orientation leader because I wanted to make their Orientation experience memorable just like my Orientation leaders did for me.”—Amber Borrero ’17

“It is truly a self-honoring experience. Seeing these students grow by the end of the Orientation lets me know I changed lives this summer.”—Alex Negron ’17




Convocation 2015 Pace welcomed the Class of 2019 at the Eighth Annual Convocation, setting the tone for the coming academic year. With ceremonies on both the New York City and Westchester campuses, this year’s theme was Finding and Pursuing Your Passion. Freshmen on both campuses participated in pre-Convocation activities and met in small groups with their peers and academic advisers to discuss topics related to this year’s theme. Students in New York City heard from keynote speaker Richard Ebil Ottoo, PhD, a

former tenured associate professor of finance at the Lubin School of Business and current vice president of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), who spoke about the unmatched importance of education and the challenges, obstacles, and ultimate rewards of finding and pursuing one’s passion. Meanwhile, students in Westchester heard from keynote speaker Matthew Ganis, DPS, adjunct professor of computer science and astronomy at Pace and a senior technical staff member with IBM in Somers, New York. n


Celebrating Commencement 2015 This past May, more than 2,100 students joined Pace’s alumni community of 139,000 worldwide. The processional for each ceremony was led by members of the New York City Police Department Pipe Band, and, in Westchester, graduates were showered with 157,500 pieces of blue and gold fluttering confetti. This year’s honorary degree recipients and Commencement speakers included Charles Phillips, chief executive officer of Infor®; Charles C. Krulak, general in the US Marine Corps (Retired), 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, and president of Birmingham-Southern College; Preet Bharara, United States attorney for the Southern District of New York; and Barry Klarberg ’81, ’85, founder and CEO of Monarch Business and Wealth Management. n 8


The Pforzheimer Honors College of Pace University, with branches in Westchester and New York City, welcomed Susan Eileen Dinan, PhD, as its founding dean on August 3. Dinan will serve as the ambassador of the Honors College and spearhead the articulation, development, and implementation of a comprehensive vision that positions the Honors College as a first-choice destination for high-achieving students. Previously, Dinan served as the director of the Honors College at William Paterson University in New Jersey for nine years. During her tenure, she doubled the

size of the College to about 400 students and received the Student Government Association’s “Students First” award for creating a studentcentric campus culture. She also received the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Service Award. Dinan’s academic interests include Reformation history and French history, on which she has published multiple scholarly articles. She lives in Chatham, New Jersey, with her husband and daughter. n

“I am delighted to be part of the Pace Community in New York City and Pleasantville. I look forward to working with the students to make their college experience challenging, exciting, and rewarding as we continue to create a dynamic and purposeful Pforzheimer Honors College.” –Susan Eileen Dinan, PhD


A New Name for the Literacy Center On May 1, Pace University renamed the Center for Literacy Enrichment the Delany Center for Educational Enrichment in honor of its director and founder, Sr. M. St. John Delany, PhD. After teaching first grade in White Plains for more than three decades, Sr. St. John founded the Center in 1972 and became an associate professor in the School of Education. Years before commercial tutoring centers became the norm, the Center offered affordable literacy instruction to students of all ages. “Sr. St. John has been an inspiration to generations of students in White Plains,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, who attended the ceremony. “Her tireless dedication and seemingly boundless energy has helped steer so many students toward success. She has truly made a lasting impact on this city and its residents.” Celebrate Sr. St. John

Delany and the Literacy Center’s renaming at  www.pace.edu/ sisterdelany. n

Prestigious Scholarship Winners n Recent grad and former Lubin finance major Anthony J. Leo ’15 has been awarded a 2015–2016 Fulbright US Student Award and will pursue a research study grant in Albania, focusing on the barriers to foreign direct investment. He is the 43rd Pace student to be awarded a Fulbright since 2002. n Dyson Master of Public Administration student Anasthasia Agyemang ’16 has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to Ghana for 2015. Agyemang will be conducting research on youth inclusion in civil society and politics through technology. She is the first Pace student to be awarded a Boren since the award’s inception. n Dyson political science major and environmental science minor Kiefer Oliver Kofman ’16 was awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to India for summer 2015. He is the 20th Pace student to have been awarded a Gilman scholarship since 2002. n

Speak Truth to Power Members of the Pace Community joined President Stephen J. Friedman and Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, for an in-depth discussion about social justice at InsideTrack on October 6. The event, which occurred during the TECHO Univision Poverty Awareness Week campaign co-hosted by Pace, touched on subjects including poverty, race, human trafficking, and the work of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “We really need to find ways to integrate ourselves and understand how people struggle and how people live, and grow that sense of empathy and compassion of walking arm-in-arm with one another to make our country more just,” said Kennedy. During their conversation, President Friedman shared a photo of himself and Kennedy’s father Robert F. Kennedy touring the Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant, which appeared in The New York Times in 1966. Kennedy concluded the event by leading attendees in a call for rain in Sudan in an effort to keep the country’s women safe as they travel long distances for water during the drought season. n




SUMMER IN THE SILICON ALLEY This summer, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems welcomed the nation’s brightest high school seniors with a passion for computing to the New York City Campus for the 10th annual Seidenberg Summer Scholars Experience. With endless possibilities now open to computer science graduates, the program provides scholars an early glimpse at the world of app development, technology, and college life by immersing them in a creative educational experience while housing them together in Pace residence halls throughout the duration of the program. This year’s scholars traveled from all over the country to collaborate together and spend a week learning from and visiting NYC’s top tech companies, such as Google and Microsoft, and museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History. To follow their experience and to learn more about the program, visit www.pace.edu/SSSE2015. n

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A-List Programs The Hollywood Reporter once again named Pace University’s performing arts programs in its annual list of best drama schools around the world. This year, both graduate and undergraduate programs made the cut, with the Actors Studio Drama School ranking 19 on the “Best 25 Drama Schools for a Master of Fine Arts” list, and the Pace School



of Performing Arts ranking 22 on the “Top 25 Undergraduate Drama Schools” list. The Actors Studio also welcomed the following six Pace alumni as lifetime members after passing a successful series of auditions: Fig Chilcott ’14, Lash Dooley ’12, Taylor Plas ’13, Samantha Tan ’14, Kate Taney ’14, and Jillian Waters ’14. n

Pace University’s Career Services Department is pleased to announce that its online services are now powered by Handshake. The new platform features a user-friendly database system for students and recent alumni and offers a better connection between students and potential employers. Pace is one of the first schools in the nation to implement Handshake’s services. “The switch to Handshake is part of a larger revamping of Career Services,” says Executive Director of Career Services Phyllis Mooney. “Other new developments include increased staffing, easier processes for students to obtain internships, workshops, and school-specific career advising that all contribute to Pace’s ranking as one of the largest internship placement programs in the New York metropolitan area.” Recent alumni who graduated within the last year or employers who are interested in joining Handshake should visit pace.joinhandshake.com/login. n


Getting Ready to Give

Not for Sale Forensic traumatologist and human trafficking expert Halleh Seddighzadeh, PhD, spent four days on both the New York City and Westchester campuses, where she shed light on the global epidemic of human trafficking as the University’s spring 2015 Periclean-in-Residence. During her residency, Seddighzadeh participated in 19 events, including an activist training workshop, Twitter chat, theatrical performance, crime-mapping project, lectures, and more, challenging students to

become agents of change. “Every member and discipline on the campus plays a pivotal role in counteracting this domestic/international humanitarian crisis, from the nursing students in Pleasantville, to the computer science students on the Manhattan campus,” she said. A group of students will continue to work with Seddighzadeh remotely on a human trafficking crime-

EDUCATION WITHIN REACH Pace introduced a new scholarship this fall for incoming transfer students who have graduated from Westchester Community College (WCC) with an associate degree. The University now offers a $25,000 tuition credit each year to full-time students who maintain a 3.2 grade point average while at Pace’s Westchester Campus. Students who transfer from WCC will automatically be screened for qualification for the scholarship; an unlimited number of scholarships are available. The scholarship was awarded to nearly a dozen students in its inaugural year. n

mapping project that will be the first of its kind at educational institutions in the nation. “Her presence at Pace will be something to remember for years,” said Pace student Jacqueline Kelleher ’15. Interested in learning more? Watch a video produced by Seddighzadeh’s team that documents the visit at www.pace.edu/ traffickingvideo. n

In partnership with Nonprofit Westchester (NPW), The Journal News, and lohud.com, more than 80 leaders from Westchester’s nonprofit sector gathered at Pace University in June for NPW’s kick off event for #GivingTuesday, a global movement to encourage giving. Community leaders heard from keynote speaker Henry Timms, executive director of the 92nd Street Y and founder of the worldwide initiative, as well as from various panelists on ways to run successful #GivingTuesday campaigns. “#GivingTuesday clearly shows that people are drawn to the opportunity to give, to come together around generosity,” said Timms. Pace is gearing up for its own #GivingTuesday campaign and will continue to support the initiative by assembling a panel of judges from the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences for a video contest later this fall. n

Pitching It Out of the Park This year, the Lubin School of Business’ 11th Annual Pace Pitch Contest welcomed eight finalists to present original business ventures to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $1,000 in start-up funds. Based on the elevator pitch, the Pace Pitch Contest challenges student entrepreneurs to present business plans, marketing strategies, competitive analyses, and more in three minutes or less. Ultimately Alexa McKenna ’17, a BBA in Management student, took home first place for her business idea EaTcard, an app that allows students to “Earn and Track” rewards at their college or university’s cafeteria, eliminating the need for multiple cards and reducing time at the cash register.

Second place was awarded to Codapillar, a website that teaches web programming; and third place to RamPak, a disposable liner designed to keep water and hydration sources clean for soldiers and athletes. n




Setters’ Starting Lineup n Drew Brown rejoined Pace as the associate athletic director for external operations in June 2015. Brown was previously the director of athletic development (2012–2013) at Pace. In his new position at Pace, he will oversee athletics marketing, promotions, and communications, as well as athletics alumni relations and sponsorships. n Matt Healing has been named the head basketball coach for the 2015–2016 season. Healing was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the program and oversaw scouting, academics, game preparation, scheduling, and travel.

n Damian Mincey has been named

defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the 2015 football season. Mincey was most recently the head football coach for the Capitol Region Education Council school district. n Steve Ciocci has been named offensive line coach for the 2015 football season. Ciocci comes to Pace from Wagner College, where he was the tackles and tight ends coach.

A Lacrawesome Season The Pace University Men’s Lacrosse team started out the season with a loss to Mercy. But as we know, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. After ending their regular season on a threegame winning streak and earning a playoff spot in the NE-10 Championship for the first time since the 2010 season, the Setters were selected as the #2 seed to the ECAC Division II Championship, where they netted 12 goals to defeat the top-seeded Mercy Mavericks and earn the title. The Setters were also named Lacrosse Magazine’s #14 ranked team in the nation for Division II. n

Grand Slam Manning Pace Head Baseball Coach Henry Manning was selected to manage in the 18 and under Tournament of Stars, presented by Major League Baseball, in June. This was Manning’s second year coaching with USA Baseball as he once again led the “STARS” team onto the diamond. “I am honored to be selected once again to be part of the coaching staff that will represent the USA this summer,” Manning said. Following the Tournament of Stars, the coaches and eight members of the event’s taskforce evaluated the athletes and selected the 18U National Team that represented the USA in amateur play against other international teams later in the summer. n

SETTERS MAKING HERSTORY Coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent history as they finished the regular season with a 24-14 record, the Pace Softball team was selected to its first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament. Additionally, several Setters were recognized this season with selections to the ECAC All-Stars teams, Daktronics/ Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-East Region First Team, CoSIDA Capital One Academic AllDistrict Team, and National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-Region squad. n





MOMENTUM F rom the President’s boardroom with some of the University’s most forward-thinking minds, to a look at the drawing boards behind a few new academic programs, and even to the scoreboard of a new

athletic facility and the football alumni who helped make it possible. In the pages that follow, Pace Magazine will introduce you to the

faces, new spaces, and more that are driving Pace University ahead.



Feature ­— Momentum: A Roundtable Discussion



t occurred to us at the magazine that something was in the air surrounding Pace. A definite feeling that something is going on; a crackle of energy…excitement…optimism for the future. Although there are many responsible parties, we pulled together a group of people we believed are doing much to drive momentum at Pace for a roundtable discussion. This far-reaching conversation addressed various topics such as the challenges of the future, investment in Westchester, and student life—plus a couple of curveballs. The participants included President Stephen J. Friedman; Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD; Vice President for Enrollment and Placement Robina Schepp; Pace Path Coordinator and School of Education Professor Brian Evans, EdD; and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean for Students Westchester Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD. The following are excerpts from the discussion, which has been condensed and/or edited due to magazine space considerations. The transcript in its entirety can be found at www.pace. edu/momentum. —Peter Sikowitz, moderator

Peter Sikowitz, Pace Magazine: There’s

a feeling of momentum surrounding Pace right now. How do you think that is manifesting itself? President Stephen J. Friedman: I think there’s an extraordinary amount of positive change going on in every corner of the University, and every aspect of the

University. Certainly, the most visible parts are the modernization changes in our campuses, and the amazing changes in Pleasantville speak for themselves. But in New York City, there have been a lot of changes. We have two new residence halls and a new performing arts center; we are modernizing 14 laboratories; we have the new nursing and physician assistants’ space, new space for international students, new space for Honors students. These physical changes have a very interesting, subtle, but real impact on the way people act and relate to each other. So when, for

example, we modernized the laboratories in Pleasantville, the life science programs that use those laboratories just burgeoned in enrollment. When students feel good about their living quarters, I believe that retention will increase. Pace Magazine: More than a hundred

new faculty have been hired in the last five years. What is the expected outcome of that? Provost Uday Sukhatme: The reputation of the University depends very much on the quality of the faculty, of course, as well as the students and the staff.

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The roundtable participants from left to right: President Stephen J. Friedman; Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean for Students Westchester Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD; Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD; Vice President for Enrollment and Placement Robina Schepp; Pace Path Coordinator and School of Education Professor Brian Evans, EdD.

It is very important for an active university—a flourishing university— to have a renewal of faculty at a steady pace. And it is true that new ideas and new opportunities come up, and if the reputation of the University improves, you’ll not only be able to attract more new faculty of high quality, but you’ll have more new students of high quality. So these new faculty have been hired not only to do high-quality teaching, which is of course an expectation, but they are excited about the prospects of doing high-quality research as well. So, I do expect that this turnover, which is roughly a quarter of our full-time

faculty in about four years, is a major move to position Pace for the future. Pace Magazine: Are students different now than in years past? Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean for Students Westchester Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo:

Well, I have been at Pace for eight years. Since I have been here, I think students appreciate the changes that are taking place around our campuses. With the recent changes on the Pleasantville Campus, students are very optimistic about what is happening. Students are also more aware of

injustices. They’re quick to want to help, to volunteer. They are quick to want to respond to things that happen, whether it is locally or globally. I think students are used to—in high school—volunteering and getting involved, and I think that continues in college. And I see that continuing on our campus. Also, parents are now a very important part of their experience. Students really want their parents involved, and they get them involved. Students care what they think about their experience on a college campus. Pace Magazine: The Pace Path has been

an enormous initiative for Pace. What is it and what makes it so important? President Friedman: Pace Path is interesting because it is both new and, on the other hand, reaches deep into the roots and the DNA of Pace University. The Pace Path is designed to do two things. One is to more closely relate professional real-world




Here are some additional excerpts of the full transcript, which can be viewed at www.pace.edu/ momentum.

Pace Path Coordinator and SOE Professor

Brian Evans On technology’s role in education: “It’s going to profoundly change the way we operate, and I think our biggest challenge is to make sure that we’re ready for that adaptation, and that we adapt well. I think we’re laying the groundwork for those changes now.”





Stephen J. Friedman

Uday Sukhatme

On the feeling of momentum at Pace: “Virtually every school at the University has a whole series of new programs that are very exciting and are increasingly well aligned with the changes that are going on in our broader society.”

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean for Students Westchester

Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo On the revitalization of the Westchester Campus: “I’m excited that we’re consolidating the campus and that this is the last year we will be using the Briarcliff location. With the athletic facilities and housing on one campus, we will have a stronger sense of community.”

On the most significant change the University faces: “…the challenge which any great university faces is not only to maintain, but to build and enhance its reputation. The reputation of a university is, ultimately, what attracts faculty, which attracts students.”

Vice President for Enrollment and Placement

Robina Schepp On the investments and outcomes being made in Westchester: “…enrollment is growing and there is more interest now in the Pleasantville Campus, both among prospective students and also among school counselors. We’ve had more visitors over the last year than in years prior.”

experiences with what goes on in the classroom. And the second is to give our students the kinds of life skills that employers all over the country say they don’t see in students when they graduate from college—and I’m talking about students from virtually every college and university. So, these are skills like understanding your own strengths and weaknesses, and how to build on those strengths and compensate for your weaknesses. Understanding the culture and the values of the organization you work for, and how to navigate and succeed in that culture. And basically learning how to relate to the people you work with and for; managing up, down, and sideways. And at the center of this process will be a much-enhanced advising system and a system of mentors or coaches. Ultimately, we will be in a position where every student at Pace will have experiences like this and will have a mentor or coach to tie all these pieces together. Obviously, and this is a way of laterally growing, the nature of what a student thinks about and learns differs radically if you’re in the School of Education and are headed towards being a high school teacher, or if you’re headed toward finance, or nursing, or the non-profit world. So, the particular shape of Pace Path will vary significantly from school to school. And Brian [Evans] has the enviable task of making sure all that happens smoothly and quickly. Pace Path Coordinator and School of Education Professor Brian Evans: The

Pace Path’s framework is the historic

Feature ­— Momentum: A Roundtable Discussion

Pace University mission, which is to prepare graduates for a broad range of professions with a strong foundation of liberal learning. The Pace Path is a four-year innovative program for Pace University students that is unique to each student, their area of interest, what they want to do, what they want to study. It prepares them for success in college, and also career and life beyond graduation, whether that be the job market for many, or that could be professional or graduate school. It gives them strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, inquiry skills, communication skills, and adapting to the professional environment in which they would like to reside. It’s important that college is more than a collection of courses and requirements for graduation, but rather, it’s a holistic experience that really, truly leads itself to shaping innovative and successful people. Pace Magazine: What kind of students

do best at Pace? Vice President for Enrollment and Placement Robina Schepp: Well, as

you’ve heard, Pace is very focused on preparing students for their future professions, and so, what we’ve found is that students who do well at Pace have three things in common. First of all, they are very focused and attentive on their studies, and are committed to doing well in the classroom. Then, second in importance is being focused on what’s next after college. Successful students usually have goals, a career plan, or ideas of what they may want to explore during their time at Pace. Third, it really comes down to being involved.

“It’s important that college is more than a collection of courses and requirements for graduation, but rather, it’s a holistic wexperience that really, truly leads itself to shaping innovative and successful people.” —Brian Evans, EdD

On either campus, students will find that challenging, rigorous classroom environment and the professional preparation, but the lifestyle and how a student might get involved in activities outside of the classroom might be very different depending on which campus location is chosen. Pace Magazine: What changes or tools

are we giving to the students to help them excel at Pace? Sukhatme: Some of the tools needed for success are making the student feel at home at a university and excelling here, socially as well as academically. This is a coming-of-age for them and they need to develop both academic as well as co-curricular skills. And they also need a fair amount of help in making sure that they can manage their money well. So Pace provides a very substantial amount of academic help, but it also provides a lot of financial help, which many students need in order to succeed. Pace tries to look at it from all points of view. President Friedman: Let me expand on that just a little. I think one of our most

important functions is to widen the horizons, not just intellectually, but in terms of a student’s sense of what his or her world is. Many students come to college with a very narrow view of what their world is. It may be confined to Queens or New Jersey or New York State or Westchester, when, in fact, their world is so much broader. And one of the most exciting and gratifying aspects of working at a university is the palpable way in which you can see students’ horizons expand when they have an experience. So when students have a significant international experience, they study abroad or they spend three weeks in a country, all of a sudden, they realize that that’s their world. It may be Rome; it may be Kenya. We had a group of students from the Lubin School that visited Kenya three or four years ago. And they realized that people in Kenya are basically just like them and they can function in that world, just the way they function here. And that’s a truly transformative experience. So, it’s not really a tool; I think an essential function of a college education is to



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really broaden a student’s relationship with the rest of the world. Schepp: In terms of how students are introduced to the social aspects, we’ve always had things like preview events and Orientation, where students have the opportunity to meet each other and get to know more about the school and make some friendships before they come here, but one of the more recent additions to that is the opportunity to connect through social media. We have a platform that is limited to students who have been admitted to Pace. So in that community, students are forming friendships and connecting among interest groups. So that’s one of the ways where students are already doing this before they get here. Bardill Moscaritolo: A parent told me that the moment her student got to check-in at Orientation, her daughter saw another student and said, “Oh! Hi!” Her mother asked, “How do you know this person?” She said, “Oh, we’ve been talking on Facebook for three weeks. And I was so excited she was coming to the same Orientation I was!”

Pace Magazine: How will online classes

affect the growth of Pace, or will they even be a part of it? Evans: The phrase used is “disruptive innovations,” and in this case, that would be disruptive technologies— technology that revolutionizes the way we function and operate, and changes an industry for the better, but also can be quite frightening for many. We have the benefits and the challenges of being a dual-campus University. We obviously want to utilize the resources from both campuses. One thing we’ve been heavily investing in is video conference technology. No longer, in many cases, do people commute 30 miles in New York metropolitan area traffic to meet each other. Rather, we do it virtually. There is an increase in online classes, so students from both campuses can benefit from an instructor who’s on either campus, and students can have colleagues on either campus, all within an online learning environment. I think we have to be cautious, though, to think that it’s just going to be more online courses. I

“Pace remains very strong in its traditional strength of preparing students for their professions. Every year we are better connected with the employers in —Robina Schepp the area.”



think that’s probably true, but it’s also going to be different than what we have now. Pace Magazine: Of all the momentum

and projects in the works at Pace, which is personally most exciting to you and why? Schepp: The Pace Path is the most exciting to me because I think it is a way of ensuring that what Pace does best—and the great value that it brings to students—is a universal experience for all students. President Friedman: You’re trying to get me to choose among my children. And I’m not going to do it! [Laughter.] Bardill Moscaritolo: With my roles in Westchester, I can play favorites! [Laughter.] So I would say, for me, I think the whole Pleasantville Project, the consolidations of our two locations to one campus in Pleasantville, and then the Master Plan, is a favorite for me. It has been a great professional experience to design new facilities to improve the student experience, so that’s also a favorite. Sukhatme: I think what I have found most exciting is the gradual but steady change to the faculty really appreciating the value of high-quality scholarship and research. It’s a change of culture, but it’s really happening and many people have embraced it. I find that very satisfying. Schepp: I would just like to point out that one of the changes that we haven’t talked about much in this discussion, but I think might be of interest to the readers of the magazine, is the way that the student body has changed, in terms of the number

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President Student Government Association Westchester Campus of students who live in residence halls. The geographic diversity of the students— we’ve seen many, many more students now from California, North Carolina, and Texas, as well as from around the world. And so, I think our alumni who studied here many years ago would find that Pace looks very different to them. In addition to that, even the graduate population has changed pretty significantly in that many more students are full-time now than in past years. In past years, many students came here to study for an MBA or some other part-time degree while they were working full-time. And now, we have a large number of full-time graduate students as well as part-time, and the programs range from the various health professions, to education, drama, forensics, computer science, and business, but even in business we have many new degree programs like the MS in Social Media and Mobile Marketing that we offer in partnership with Media Storm. President Friedman: Just to put a number on the change in residential students, 15 years ago we had 500 residential students in New York City. Today, we have 2,500. A big change.

Pace Magazine: What is your message to alumni who continue to support Pace and maintain their relationship with the University well after they’ve graduated? Schepp: I’d like to say that Pace remains very strong in its traditional strength of preparing students for their professions. And I think every year we are better connected with the employers in the area. President Friedman: My message to alumni is, “Come home.” Truly, come back and be part of the life of the University. We really need your advice. We need your participation on a whole variety of advisory boards we have. We need your participation as mentors for our students, and mentors and coaches in the Pace Path. And we need your financial support, like every university does. Evans: My message would be one of profound gratitude toward our alumni, because so many of them have been involved and remain in the Pace Community, have stayed on as mentors for our students, as Steve said, for the Pace Path, and that’s growing. And so many of them have financially supported the University to ensure that the current students and the new students are getting the top experience, like they did. n

DANIEL GARCIA ’17 BA in Applied Psychology and MS in Mental Health Counseling

Pace Magazine: How have you seen or experienced momentum during your years at Pace? Daniel Garcia: The last three years of my college experience have been full of Pace’s forward-thinking to prepare students to enter the workforce, but on a much greater level. I personally have seen an emphasis and innovation with the University’s ability to create leaders. Whether you look at the student experience from an academic or involvement perspective, our campus is full of students ready to take advantage of what Pace has to offer them. From my personal experience, it was thanks to the momentum of a leadership culture within my academics and co-curricular activities that I realized I could invest in myself and others. Students now see the bigger picture: by embracing our strengths and making each other aware of them, we can make a difference in our own lives and others’, no matter how big or small an impact. Each year only presents more opportunity and growth for students, so long as they are willing to work hard and stay dedicated to their passions and what they believe. The history of our University is rooted in the dreams and labors of many, but I’m sure Homer and Charles Pace would be glad to know that since 1906, Pace does and will always have Opportunitas.





by Paul Lee


hile the recent physical transformation of its two campuses is impressive, the innovations taking place in Pace’s academic programs are just as dramatic. Here’s a look at some of the ways Pace is preparing students for today’s and tomorrow’s careers.



THERE ARE SIGNS OF GROWTH everywhere around Pace. In Pleasantville, the excitement of a newly-renovated and newly-unified campus. In New York City, the rise of high-end student facilities amid a revitalized downtown neighborhood. In the classrooms and research labs, the addition of hundreds of accomplished new faculty hires.

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And it doesn’t end there. There are scores of innovative new programs, a strong focus on athletics, the introduction of premier PhD programs—the list goes on. This isn’t just coincidence. What you’re starting to see click into place is the result of a long-term, concerted effort by Pace to achieve new excellence at all levels. “We’re in a time of institutional transition and transformation,” states Adelia Williams, PhD, associate provost for academic affairs. Driving this change, according to Williams, is the University’s vision of the future. “Pace has really prepared itself to anticipate what the future might look like,” she explains. “The academic programming that’s been going on at Pace is truly exceptional, not just the new programs, but also the ways that each of the schools has been responding to market forces and student demands.” In the pages that follow, you’ll get a better understanding of exactly what Williams means. You’ll not only be introduced to pioneering and adaptive new degrees and programs that run the gamut from health care to education, showcasing just how receptive Pace is to evolving to industries’ needs, but you’ll also see the consistency of Pace’s distinct tradition that ties it all together: the University’s entrepreneurial culture, its constant push toward multidisciplinary learning, and, of course, its commitment to educating thinking professionals and readying them for contemporary careers.

The American Classroom


ver the last 10 years, American public schools have seen a 51 percent increase in English Language Learners (ELLs). So how do schools deal with this changing landscape? When you’re sometimes seeing five or six languages represented in a single classroom, it’s not always as simple as hiring a teacher who’s proficient in a second language. To tackle the complexities of the modern classroom, Pace’s School of Education (SOE) recently launched its Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, an emerging certification that employs a multifaceted approach to address a dynamic problem. Linda Guyette Hamell, director of student services within the SOE, explains, “We’re looking not only at how ELLs acquire language, but also the cultural differences, so that we have teachers in classrooms who are sensitive to the difference in how students learn as well as their culture of learning—their culture at home.” This is just one of many examples of Pace responding to real needs in real job markets after hearing from diverse public schools in Westchester and NYC. As a result, the program is seeing strong interest. “Not a week goes by that my phone is not ringing with questions about TESOL,” says Hamell. “We’re hearing from

schools, we’re hearing from candidates. This will prove to be one of the School of Education’s most popular programs.” It’s not only the curriculum that Pace’s TESOL students find appealing. MST candidate Anna Maria Charalambous ’16 names a few of the advantages, saying that, in addition to being one of very few schools to offer a TESOL graduate program that provides pre-K–12 education courses and certification without requiring candidates to hold undergraduate degrees in education, “There’s a perfect mix of online and oncampus classes that makes scheduling

flexible. Professors create assignments and fieldwork experiences that students can and will use in the classroom,” she says. “My experience in the TESOL program has been nothing short of amazing.” n



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Tackling Health Care’s Growing Problems


ith the passing of the Affordable Care Act, which turned the entire industry on its head, health care has become one of today’s hottest topics. And while people might continue to passionately disagree about the best way to approach the shortcomings of the healthcare industry today, it’s hard to deny that the system remains in serious need of innovation— and that need is growing fast.



That’s where Pace is stepping in. With its close ties to nearby healthcare corporations and its historic commitment to producing thinking professionals, Pace is perfectly positioned to fully prepare industry newcomers for an increasingly complex field. “What you really have at the heart of the healthcare problem is a management problem,” says Patrick McGuigan, DPS, professor and director of the health

care management program at the Lubin School of Business, citing the fact that other nations seem to be getting a much higher return on their investments in health care compared to the US. To help solve that problem, Pace just launched the BBA in Health Care Management. “We’re trying to promote managerial solutions to management problems,” explains McGuigan, “which is about administration and efficient allocation of resources.” Health care is currently the largest industry in the US. Considering its sheer size then, it’s essential that students’ education is focused and precise, leading to a specific career within that larger industry. That’s where the new health care management program shines. It’s designed to be highly customizable and practice-oriented, providing students with invaluable hands-on experience. By the time they graduate, says McGuigan, “students will have cultivated a perspective

so they can go out into the marketplace knowing exactly what they’re looking for.” Ultimately, however, the program’s vision is even larger than that. “The most exciting thing is to work collaboratively with other schools across the University and truly build out a multidisciplinary program,” says McGuigan. “That’s really the exciting area, where we can bring together the disparate expertise we have and really immerse the student in this rich ecosystem that we have.” The curriculum blends Lubin’s renowned business teachings in management with the College of Health Professions’ foundation in compassionate care, rounding out students’ academic experience in the program. Similarly, the College of Health Professions at Pace is redefining students’ path to the healthcare sector through its BS in Health Science program, introduced in the fall of 2014. “It’s a new breed of program,” says Jane Bear-Lehman, PhD, the chair of the Department of Health Studies. Breaking new ground in the College of Health Professions, whose chief undergraduate programs are nursing and communication

sciences and disorders, the program provides a much broader base of study for students who are looking to enter health care, including both the clinical and non-clinical sides of the industry. Students choose one of three tracks: pre-nursing, pre-physician assistant, or generalist. From there, they can study one of a growing number of concentrations, including global health and emerging industries. “There’s a tremendous, growing population of jobs and needs for people who have an understanding of the healthcare industry and especially the non-clinical side of the corporation model, dealing with insurance and co-payers and all kinds of policy makers,” explains Bear-Lehman. To aid this cause, the program emphasizes hands-on learning in students’ concentration of choice, sending them out to internships to gain crucial real-world experience. Upon graduating, students will be sufficiently prepared to either navigate the complexities of the industry or apply competitively to master’s and doctoral programs. “Students are given the opportunity to see where their strengths are, where their passions are, and to learn about the different types of delivery models, both nationally and globally,” says Bear-Lehman. “It gives students a wonderful foundation in the industry.” n


Athlete and pageant queen. PLV and NYC. Two sisters on the University’s two campuses sound off on what makes Pace the one and only place for them.

Dominique Harloff (PLV) “It’s going to be a big year,” says Dominique Harloff ’18, the older of two sisters from Mt. Sinai, New York, who are currently attending Pace on different campuses. As a sophomore and member of the women’s lacrosse team in Westchester, with a year of Pace experience

and know-how under her belt, she speaks enthusiastically about the campus revitalization happening in Westchester. “It’s coming along so beautifully,” she says. “It’s going to be a good year for everyone.” A dedicated athlete, Harloff is especially excited about the new Ianniello Field House, renovated sports fields, growing school spirit, and the impact the new campus unification will have on her team. When she’s not on the lacrosse field, this older Harloff can be found cracking the books and cases in another type of field as a criminal justice major interested in forensics. “All the criminal justice classes at Pace are so interesting. I’m taking two more this coming semester, and I honestly can’t wait.”

Danielle Harloff (NYC)

The younger of the two Harloff sisters, Danielle ’19, is starting her first year at Pace and paving her own path at the University. While Danielle initially learned about Pace from her older sister Dominique, she chose New York City over Westchester. “Once I got in, it was a no-brainer,” she says. “It was my number one from the beginning.” This Harloff, who holds the 2015 title of Miss Long Island Teen, wants to pursue a career in entertainment media, whether in front of the camera, behind the scenes, on the runway, or on the red carpet. To that end, Pace’s internship program was a big draw for her, especially its close relationships with MTV and other topnotch media companies. In addition to all that, of course, it’s hard to

deny the appeal of life in the city in general. Ellen’s Stardust Diner, “where they sing to you,” Harloff notes, is one of her favorite spots in Manhattan.



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Defining a Signature Program


t’s not just students you’ll find living at Pace these days. In the recently constructed Environmental Center, the new, consolidated home for all of Pace’s environmental programs, you might run into a falcon, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, or a Nubian goat—some of the charismatic residents whom Pace thinks of as ambassadors for wildlife and the environment. Pace has always been known as a leader when it

Untying Students from the Classroom



comes to environmental issues. In fact, Pace created its environmental center in 1971, just one year after Earth Day was established. Today, that tradition continues on through new and innovative degrees like the MA in Environmental Policy, new departments such as the Department of Environmental Studies and Science, and new institutes such as the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (DCISE), which are all

housed under one shiny new roof in Pleasantville. These new offerings are designed to bring together the previously segregated branches of environmental academics and initiatives at Pace. “The idea,” explains Richard Schlesinger, PhD, director of the new DCISE, “was to provide the ability to develop more inter- and multidisciplinary environmental programs.” There are all kinds of benefits to combining the different branches


he legal industry is changing. For a long time, law students were able to think of their first legal job as a continuation of their education. While law school provided students with a theoretical foundation, the first job provided the necessary practical training. Nowadays, however, employers are increasingly finding that they lack the resources to train newly minted lawyers. Pace has always prided itself on its emphasis on practical education, so it’s no surprise that Pace’s School of Law is leading the way again in responding to the evolving realities of the industry and marketplace. Its new initiative, Semester in Practice, makes a bold statement in this regard, allowing law students to spend an entire semester in extensive

externship placements, earning credits while working up to 40 hours a week. “Law graduates have to come out of school knowing how to do more,” explains Horace Anderson, the Law School’s associate dean for academic affairs. “The concept is analogous to the type of co-op programs that you see in engineering and business, where you allow students to continue their

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President Student Government Association New York City Campus of environmental study and science. The breaking down of these walls will give students and faculty access to the full breadth of the field, “from the philosophical aspects of the environment to the hard science, all the way through the law and policy,” as Schlesinger explains. A perfect example is the new MA in Environmental Policy program, which showcases the kind of dramatic crossover that is now possible. “The program will provide scientific underpinnings for people involved in environmental policy,” says Schlesinger, emphasizing the clear advantages that a graduate of

the new program will have when entering the workforce. “It gives them a background in science, in policy, and it also brings in issues of how legislators work in terms of policy. That’s something fairly unique.” E. Melanie DuPuis, PhD, the chair of Environmental Studies and Science Department, sums it up, saying, “Environmental issues and sustainability involve every one of the schools [at Pace], whether it’s green business, environmental education, environmental health, art history, or law, so it’s a good place for convergence to happen. We’re all very excited about the possibilities here.” n

RYAN BARONE ’16 BA in Economics and BA in Mathematics

Pace Magazine: Of all the changes happening on your campus, what are you finding that students are most excited about? Ryan Barone: Our university motto is Opportunitas; I’m finding that students are most excited that in every facet of Pace, this has never been truer than it is today.

learning out in the field instead of tying them to the classroom.” It’s actually not an entirely unprecedented idea. In a way, according to Anderson, it’s a throwback to the old apprenticeship model in which students would study and train under the guidance of a master. And while that model was phased out in favor of the intellectual rigor of a classroom education, schools are now increasingly acknowledging the necessity of balancing the theoretical education with hands-on experience. Underscoring this initiative is the introduction of the Law School’s first two concentrations: criminal practice and real estate and land use. Targeting two of the most in-demand areas of law, the concentrations were developed in consultation with practicing lawyers to emphasize the experiential learning that will allow students to hit the ground running. According to Anderson, this is only the beginning. “We want to be able to do this for as many areas of practice as are feasible. Ultimately, we want students to be putting their energies in directions that will make them more employable.” n

It’s exciting knowing that, as students, it becomes more possible every year to create whatever it is that we desire, and to propose solutions to problems that come our way. I have noticed that this is especially meaningful as it relates to the extremely varying passions of Pace students—from biology to business and commercial dance to computer science. I have seen performing arts students recognize a void for a particular type of show they were interested in, so they created a multi-year, student-run production. I have seen a computer science student recognize a void in class scheduling, so he created a beautifully designed app that pulls course information into an easier, more navigable and readable format for students. Projects like these show that Opportunitas is limitless, and that is truly exciting.



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was going through my high school yearbook recently,” Joe Ianniello ’90 tells me from the 35th floor of the CBS building, where the former star high school athlete from Brooklyn now works. “I can’t tell you the number of notes other students wrote in the book like, ‘See you in pinstripes in the future!’” True, he isn’t wearing the pinstripes that grace the home uniforms of the Yankees or Mets. But nonetheless, he still wears suits with stripes often in his role as the chief operating officer of CBS and as a member of Pace University’s Board of Trustees. Sports have always played a big part in Ianniello’s life. He chose to attend Pace to both play baseball and earn his BBA. He admits that, unlike the pitching he experienced in high school, the Division I curveball gave him trouble, so he switched to Pace Football. Yes, he was that good. Ianniello went on to earn his MBA at Columbia. From there, he worked for KPMG in various capacities and at Viacom, serving as senior vice president of finance and treasurer, prior to the company’s separation from CBS. In his current role as COO at CBS, he oversees all financial operations of CBS Corporation, as well as strategies for monetizing the company’s content. He’s a good guy, and a nice guy, too, which may not be the first adjective that comes to mind when describing a former college football-playing COO of a major global corporation. But he’s also very Pace: well-rounded, smart, unpretentious, hardworking, and grounded. And he credits Pace for providing a most valuable core education. “Pace was really the foundation for me,” he says. “I came in as a young man—a kid or a boy, really— and I left as a man. Coming here helped me develop interpersonal skills that were an outgrowth of attending a very culturally diverse University. That helped me greatly in my career and also shaped my perspective and world view in general.”

There was also someone closer to home who helped him shape his perspective. “It was actually my mother who pointed out to me that few athletes will make it to the professional level, so you’ve got to have something to fall back on. She’s always encouraged me to pursue my dreams and desires, but to be realistic as well.”


ooking to give back to the institution that has meant so much to him, he recently made a $2 million commitment to build a field house on the Westchester Campus, which will open later this year. The 14,010-squarefoot facility, to be known as the Ianniello Field House, will provide athletes and coaches a place for practice, conditioning, and gatherings, and will include a sports medicine component. Spectators and visitors will also travel through the facility to enter the outdoor athletic complex. “Facilities matter if you want to have a winning sports tradition,” he says. “And you may not have that today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make changes that could make it happen in the future.” Ianniello has many great memories of his years at Pace, where, in addition to being a rigorous student in the classroom and athlete on the field, he also found time to make lifelong connections with his fraternity brothers in Alpha Chi Epsilon. But it was his time on the gridiron that taught him how to work on a team, pick himself up and brush himself off when he stumbled, and to keep going. Or as he calls it, his “Put me in, Coach” mentality. “What I learned at Pace is that you can’t just do one thing right,” he says. “We live and work in a competitive marketplace, so you have to do everything right. We’re in the process of breaking ground as a whole in Westchester. Let’s do that right. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position to help with that, so that’s what I’m going to do.” n

Lessons learned in the classroom, on the baseball diamond, and on the football gridiron have made Joe Ianniello ’90 a model for success. by Peter Sikowitz W WW.PACE .E DU


Pleasantville: New and Now Pleasantville, a rich part of the Pace tradition, is delivering on the dream: building for present and future generations of Pace students.

Photography by Drew Levin



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Kessel Student Center

The goal of the Pleasantville revitalization was to create a vibrant, distinct campus. From facilities designed to enhance student life to a center for sustainability and environmental studies to sports and more. These changes have helped create a shift in the ambiance of the campus, creating a more traditional and inviting suburban campus feel designed to inspire students.



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Kessel Student Center

The renovated Kessel Student Center is a focal point of the campus as part of the new quad with green space surrounded by new residence halls. Students now have more inviting spaces amid a traditional campus that can be used for events, meetings, and casual gatherings and serve as a hub for livinglearning activities. Features include new student lounges, an expanded dining and servery area, a multi-purpose room, student government offices, and Dean’s Suite. Fern Dining Hall was named for donors Jim and Dolores Fernandez, while the Boudreau Lounge was made possible by the gift of donors Don and Susan Boudreau.

Alumni Hall

This residence hall represents a major step toward achieving Student Affairs’ goal of creating superior living-learning communities on campus to serve students’ academic pursuits, personal interests, and goals. Alumni Hall is home to student suites, multipurpose classrooms, modern study spaces, a cafÊ, lounges, and faculty residences. First Year Interest Groups (FIGs) help students make a smoother transition to college both academically and socially by offering them the opportunity to live and connect with others who share similar academic, career, and lifestyle interests. Examples of FIGs include Body and Mind (this group takes a holistic approach to living a healthy life), Honors (students in the Pforzheimer Honors College), and Setters Leadership House (students interested in campus involvement and leadership roles).



Dyson College Nature Center



Part of the new Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, the Dyson College Nature Center is the nexus of the University’s environmental engagement. It also continues to be a focal point for the local community; the Center hosts more than 2,500 school children each year who visit the Marty McGuire Museum, farm animals, and birds of prey. The Center also includes an environmental classroom building that incorporates geothermal heating and solar panel systems.

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Athletics Fields

The new Pace Stadium (home to football, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s lacrosse), Peter X. Finnerty Field (for baseball and field hockey), and softball field provide superior facilities for athletic teams and intramural sports. The only project like this in the Northeast-10 Conference, Pace Stadium and Finnerty Field improvements include top-of-the-line FieldTurf, enhanced lighting, and additional seating. The softball field features natural grass. In September, the women’s soccer team was the first to play in the stadium, kicking things off with a victory over Queens College. The new 14,010-square-foot Ianniello Field House gives athletes and coaches additional locker rooms as well as a space for meeting, strength training and conditioning, and sports medicine.






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t’s not just lecture halls and strong academics that make for a great college experience. There’s also life beyond the classroom, where students build their own communities, forge lifelong connections, and immerse themselves in the greater world around them. That’s why Pace just opened its newest residence hall this fall. Joining four other residence halls within a five-block radius of One Pace Plaza, the New York City Campus’ buzzing central hub, the newest addition at 33 Beekman Street exemplifies Pace’s continued commitment to fostering a distinct campus in vibrant downtown Manhattan. The new 34-story building features 764 beds in mostly double rooms, and state-of-the-art amenities, including attached bathrooms, a fitness center, a media room, a study lounge, and a social lounge, the latter three of which can be merged to serve as a larger multi-purpose area as needed. “We wanted to make sure this was a much higher-end feel for our students,” explains A. Patrick Roger-Gordon, the director of housing and assistant dean for students, speaking of the style choices they made with the fixtures, furniture, and flooring. “It also has amazing views. The building is at the corner, which means it has great sunlight in most rooms, and on the upper floors there are some really stunning views in all directions.” It’s all part of Pace’s New York City Master Plan over the past several years to take the University to the next level, which includes building state-of-the-art facilities and establishing new, cutting-

33 Beekman Facts

edge programs to better serve students. For the New York City Campus, a major aspect of that is accommodating the fastgrowing student demand for pedestrianfriendly housing. It’s not surprising that more and more students are opting for on-campus housing in New York City. As Pace has surged in recent years, so has the neighborhood surrounding it, with Lower Manhattan enjoying a dramatic revitalization as a center for art, culture, and commerce. Alongside the new World Trade Center complex, the shiny new Fulton Center, and the South Street Seaport, the Beekman residence hall is yet another addition to a thriving neighborhood. “I’ve been here for 10 years,” says Roger-Gordon, offering some perspective, “and there’s been a tremendous change. The area is vibrant and active and safe well into the night, which gives people an opportunity to create a community. It’s just night-and-day, and it’s clear that that’s the path we’ll be on for some time.” n

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Angela Northrup, PhD, and Colleen Spang ’15

Empathy and Empty Wallets A new approach to the realities of a life in poverty THEY WERE EITHER OVERWORKED OR UNEMPLOYED. Their days were too short, their responsibilities overwhelming. Some waited in line at the welfare office for hours, others hoarded their food stamps and pawned their valuables to make ends meet. Meanwhile, their children were neglected at home. Facing eviction, some of the more desperate found themselves turning to crime. Meet Pace’s newest class of undergraduate nursing students. If it sounds like college students have it rough these days, don’t worry— these freshmen were actually involved in a simulation experience designed to educate them about the day-to-day realities of life in poverty. In the Willcox Gym in Pleasantville, various stations manned by volunteers were set up to represent a school, a bank, a welfare office, a police station, a grocery store, a homeless shelter, and a pawn shop. Meanwhile, with play money and Social Security cards in hand, participating students took on different roles, such as that of a high school student, a mother with two jobs, or a father who was recently laid off. 36


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When Assistant Professor of Nursing Angela Northrup, PhD, started teaching undergraduates at Pace, she was disheartened to discover that many of them had little concept of the realities of living in poverty. “A lot of students from middleclass backgrounds come in with this naive attitude that if you just pull yourself up by the bootstraps, you’ll be fine.” Of course, Northrup explains, dealing with low-income patients is an expectation of the job for nurses—which is why it was important to sensitize students to the realities of living in poverty. Northrup was inspired to partner with Clinical Assistant Professor Elizabeth Berro to try out a poverty simulation designed by the Missouri Association for Community Action—billed “a virtual experience of life on the edge.” It wasn’t a trivial effort. The kit itself, which includes signs, props, a ton of papers, play money, name badges, and even homework for the children, cost them $2,000. Volunteers were required who were willing to work on a weekend. Eventually, after a ton of preparation and a frantic search for volunteers, the simulation was ready. With the students assembled into family groups with individual character roles and detailed economic situations that they had to play out, Northrup blew a whistle at the gym to signal “go.” At that point it was a scramble. With the simulation organized into four 15-minute “weeks,” there was a real sense of limited time in which to do everything that needed to be done: the kids needed to be fed and taken to school, the parents needed to go to their jobs (or find a job), the bills and the mortgage needed to be paid, etc. The point was to simulate a real life, with all of real

Research at Pace

–Paul Lee

Nanomaterials and the Science of Small Undergrads discover that tiny particles can have huge impact SO, WHAT DO NANOMATERIALS have to do with a goopy, white nose? A lot. Think back to days spent at the beach—the thick, white zinc oxide-based sunscreen you slathered on your face protected you from a sunburn, but it made you look pretty silly. Nowadays, newer ways of manufacturing sunscreen have made the iconic goopy, white nose pretty much obsolete. This is partly due to nanomaterials, materials of which a single unit is sized between 1 and 1,000 nanometers (10−9 meter). That’s small. Really small. The nanomaterials used today to make sunscreen allow for far less tint to products containing zinc oxide—smaller particles mean less goopy sunscreen. For Elmer-Rico Mojica, PhD, an assistant professor of chemistry and physical sciences at Dyson College, it’s the long-term effects of these relatively new materials that pique his interest. “Sometimes we only look at the shortterm applications, but the long-term effect is where the problem comes in,” he says. “Like the insecticide DDT, at first it was a miracle formula. It took care of the problems caused by mosquitoes and other insects, but it became problematic in the long-term.” At Pace, Mojica works with undergraduate students to unravel the mysteries of nanomaterials. In the lab, students collect and analyze data that helps assess the potential toxicity of nanomaterials. The small size of the particles means that the absorption rates of the materials are sped up, possibly increasing the danger of the materials.

Elmer-Rico Mojica, PhD

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life’s responsibilities, time constraints, economics, and consequences. “By the third round,” says Northrup, “the students were literally running to go where they needed to go.” But even hustling as hard as they could, many found themselves losing their jobs, becoming homeless, or hearing from child services. Approached during the simulation by a “drug dealer” offering work, “some found the potential for easy money unexpectedly appealing,” adds Berro. As the students were quickly realizing, sometimes the lack of time, money, and opportunity can make it virtually impossible for a family to stay afloat—bootstraps notwithstanding. Recruiting a nursing student, Colleen Spang ’15, to help collect and process the data, they used the Undergraduate Perceptions of Poverty Tracking Survey to measure students’ attitudes before and after the simulation. The results were clear: following the experiment, students’ perceptions of people living in poverty improved significantly. Northrup and Spang went on to present their research project at Pace’s Fourth Annual Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Showcase on the Westchester Campus, where they won top honors and were awarded $2,000 to attend a national conference. Since last fall, the simulation has become incorporated into every firstyear nursing students’ curriculum at Pace, and the difference is palpable. “The students get it,” says Northrup. “They get that you can’t just get by with nothing, with no resources. It’s not realistic.” Aptly, she draws an analogy to another game that involves play money: “It’s like playing Monopoly and someone else took all the property except for Baltic Avenue. The odds are so stacked against you—that’s what being born into poverty is like.”

“In the lab, we do analysis of how different proteins respond to nanomaterials. We use albumins (human serum albumin and bovine serum albumin) because they are the most abundant proteins and hemoglobin. We also mix the nanomaterials with the enzyme catalase, which converts the hydrogen peroxide in our bodies to the much safer water and oxygen,” he says. So far, his results show that some nanomaterials do have an interaction with the proteins—specifically with aluminum oxide. He believes his work with students in the lab will be the foundation they need for graduate-level or professional lab work. “For me, at the undergraduate level, this is the time educators have to make an impact on the student,” he says. “I believe you can learn more if you do research outside the traditional classroom. I’m trying to build a scientific culture at Pace and make sure students have the opportunity to do research.” –Alyssa Cressotti



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Dusting for Fingerprints

YOU’RE A DETECTIVE, combing a crime scene for clues. By all appearances, the perpetrator was careful—there are no witnesses, nothing left behind. But you’re cool as a cucumber, because you’ve just dusted the credenza and discovered a big, beautiful fingerprint, perfectly intact. Confidently, you reach out with your rubber tape to lift the print, and—oops! You smeared it. Real smooth. Did you just blow your only lead? If a chemistry professor at Pace can help it, not necessarily. Of course, we all know that the ridges and furrows of a fingerprint are unique to an individual, and DNA analysis has taken off recently as well. But DNA evidence can often be difficult to obtain, and, as we’ve seen, fingerprints don’t always come whole. What if there was a third method of identifying people? From her time as a researcher at Weill Cornell Medical College studying atherosclerosis (the clogging of blood vessels), Pace Associate Professor Rita Upmacis, PhD, developed an interest in the lipids in the plaque that builds up on artery walls. She explains, “I’ve always been interested in fatty acids, and I wanted to extend this idea to see if we could analyze the fatty acids in fingerprints.”



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Exploring the potential for a new approach to forensic fingerprint analysis: chemistry

Rita Upmacis, PhD Why fingerprints? As it turns out, we’re all a little different from each other, chemically speaking. “A dog, for example,” says Upmacis, “can identify its master by the scent that results from a unique combination of oils.” The same principle, she concluded, might be applicable to the oils left by fingerprints. Enter mass spectrometry—a method of identifying chemicals in a sample by mass. Inspired by new advances in the technology, Upmacis worked with undergraduate Ivelisse Dyson ’16 to test her hypothesis. Gathering six test subjects, they washed their fingertips with ethanol and analyzed the ethanol washes with a leading-edge mass spectrometer. What they found amazed Upmacis. “When we started, we weren’t sure what we were going to find. I was thinking we would detect maybe six to ten lipids for each individual.” Instead, she found that there were over 100 lipids per individual—in some cases, over 200. “The upshot,” says Upmacis, “is that there’s a lot of information contained in the oils in our fingerprints. This composition can be influenced by dietary factors, genetic factors, environmental factors, things we’ve touched, moisturizers we’ve

used. The point is that the variation in these oils tells us something about the person. The day-to-day variation in a person’s oil composition is still something that needs to be better understood, and considering the sheer number of lipids in a person’s fingerprint, it’s difficult to know what exactly to focus on. “It’s a big project,” says Upmacis. “We’ve realized that it’s possible, but it’s going to take a lot more work. Sometimes you go into a project with a question, and what you get is 10 new questions.” Still, the potential is exciting. While traditional fingerprint analysis can only be used for rudimentary matching, when it comes to chemical analysis we might eventually be able to glean all kinds of information, such as the age and gender of the person, or whether the person is a smoker or a vegetarian. And it’s not just about forensics—it’s easy to see how this research could have implications in medicine and other fields. So can you nab your criminal? Maybe not just yet, but you might want to hold onto a swab of that smeared fingerprint.

–Paul Lee

Pace is building greatness in Pleasantville, one brick at a time. Here’s a look at what’s really been going on at the Westchester Campus.


Square-foot addition to Kessel Student Center for dining, lounges, offices, and more


Evergreen and ornamental trees planted on campus


cubic yards of fill affectionately referred to as “Mount Homer” by the Pace Community


Number of spectator seats in Pace Stadium


Modular units comprising Alumni Hall, weighing in at 64,000 pounds each


Bikes that can be stored in Residence Hall B’s new bike storage room

140,000 Number of bricks used to build Alumni Hall



Solar panels on the Environmental Center Complex roof

Total square feet of the campus quad— that’s 2.2 acres of green space W W W. PACE. EDU


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Surveillance Cinema BY CATHERINE ZIMMER, PHD In Surveillance Cinema (NYU Press), Catherine Zimmer, PhD, associate professor of English and director of film and screen studies, examines how technology and ideology have converged in cinematic form to play a role in the politics of surveillance. She also reflects on the relationship between TV and film; the current political landscape; and daily imagery of anxiety, suspicion, war, and torture.

Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution in New York City, 1775–1776 BY WILLIAM OFFUTT, PHD

Small Consolations BY GARY GLAUBER ’06

After nearly 200 individual works published in a wide array of journals and magazines, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) is the first poetry collection from writer and teacher Gary Glauber ’06. This collection focuses on narratives; the poems tell life stories that focus on situations and create snapshots of situations both real and surreal. These pieces explore the shifting terrain of rueful human experience—a world alive with thought and action, where we manage the feat of being both present and absent all at once.

Professor of History William Offutt, PhD, has published Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution in New York City, 1775–1776 (W. W. Norton & Company), a book that is part of the award-winning Reacting to the Past educational role-playing game series. In this book, the classroom is transformed into New York City in 1775, with students assuming roles of historical characters in the American Revolution.

Peconic Bay: Four Centuries of History on Long Island’s North and South Forks BY MARILYN WEIGOLD, PHD Professor of History Marilyn Weigold, PhD, has published Peconic Bay: Four Centuries of History on Long Island’s North and South Forks, a book that examines the past 400 years of the history of a region bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. By introducing readers to the people in this region’s colorful history, she brings to life its rich sense of place and unique role in our nation’s history.

VISIONS THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY Pace Law alumnus David I. Aboulafia’s first book, a dark psychological horror novel entitled Visions Through a Glass, Darkly, was 40



released in summer 2015. His second book, also published this summer, is a collection of comedic essays entitled Snapshots from My Uneventful Life.

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JACK HIDARY, BBA ’76, a member of the Board of Trustees at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, was among the winners of the Distinguished Trustee Awards presented by the United Hospital Fund (UHF) at the WaldorfAstoria Hotel in Manhattan, New York, in May 2015. The award honors individuals for their leadership and service in the field of health care.


was cast in micro-budget indie hit film Tangerine, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. The film has garnered wide success and is currently showing around the country.


1991–92 BRIAN CHU, BS ’91, and his sister NATALIE CHU, BS ’92, are

saddened to report the passing of their mother, HELEN H. F. CHU, on August 10, 2015. Helen was also affiliated with Pace University, having received a certificate in real estate from the Lubin School of Business.

1996 DAWN DOOLEY, MS ’96,

a Board-certified nurse practitioner, has joined Health Quest Medical Practice’s recently opened office in Modena, New York.

associate director of graduate business at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, has been accepted to Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in the Doctor of Management program, designated for the class of 2018.

2001 STEPHEN S. MAKRINOS, MS ’01, was named a Garden

City Village Trustee in Garden City, New York. He has worked in the finance industry since 1993, currently as a vice president/executive director with Goldman Sachs & Co.

LUBIN HONORS A LEADER Steven Ku, BBA ’91 Chief Operating Officer and Partner of Visium Asset Management Steven Ku will be honored with the prestigious Lubin Alumni Achievement Award at Celebrate Lubin! in November. The award, which is considered Lubin’s highest honor, is being presented to Ku in recognition of his community service, continued support of the Lubin School, and excellence in leadership. While he has enjoyed career success from his public accounting studies in Lubin, Ku remembers important lessons he learned from outside electives as well. “One of my favorite classes was speech… it was just eye-opening. That’s where I actually learned a lot about human behavior,” he recalls. In addition to his duties at Visium, Ku is the co-founder of the SunnyGlen Foundation—an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through increased access to education. He founded SunnyGlen with his wife Mia Chang, BA ’93, and has traveled abroad on humanitarian missions on behalf of both SunnyGlen and NextGen Church with Chang and their two daughters. Ku also remains committed to the continual growth and advancement of Lubin, and has helped push his alma mater to new heights by serving as a member of the Lubin Advisory Board.



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2003 RUMIT MEHTA, MBA ’03, is a founder and owner of Immersion Journeys, which for the third time was recognized on National Geographic Traveler’s annual list featuring the “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” Their tour, Gujarat: The Land of Legends, Culture, and Craft, was recognized for its authenticity and for being the most innovative, most immersive, best guided, and most sustainable tour.

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of Goldens Bridge, New York, was promoted to partner at Bleakley, Platt & Schmidt in the firm’s Commercial Finance and Real Estate Practice Groups in White Plains, New York. As a long-term associate who has been promoted to partner, she advises and represents lenders and borrowers, in residential and commercial real estate transactions.

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was featured in a story by



NewsTimes.com about her career with the Setters and becoming the first-ever women’s soccer player inducted into the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame.

2009 MELISSA MANNA-WILLIAMS, JD ’09, MBA ’10, of Wappingers

Falls, New York, has joined the attorneys at the law offices of Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner, & Martuscello, LLP as an associate and will practice in the Marlboro, New York, office.

2010 ABBY GOODE, MST ’10,

was selected as one of 10 Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies for 2015 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Rice University.


was featured on the Huffington Post for her works as the founder/executive director of Drive Change, which builds and operates state-ofthe-art, locally sourced food trucks that employ formerly incarcerated youth while raising awareness of recidivism via a farm-to-truck food truck called Snow Day, which serves maple grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Pace Remembers… AINSLEY ADAMS

School of Education Professor Most of us are lucky enough to have experienced “that teacher” in our lifetimes. The one who inspired us to do great things; to challenge ourselves in ways that we may not have even thought were possible. For many students at the School of Education, “that teacher” was Professor Ainsley Adams. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Adams. He was surrounded by his family in Trinidad and passed away quietly in his sleep. It is truly an understatement to say that he will be missed.


Professor of Information Technology A big part of the Seidenberg School community, and considered a colleague, friend, and mentor by both students and faculty, Pace University sadly says goodbye to Professor John Molluzzo, PhD. His passion and talent for technology came through in his classes. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and prayers to his wife and family. He will be truly missed.

Coach Calaicone, center right, at the athletic facilities groundbreaking ceremony in 2014.

COACH FRED “FRITZ” CALAICONE Former Baseball Head Coach

Fred Calaicone served for 20 seasons as head coach of the Pace University Baseball program. During his tenure at Pace, Coach Calaicone took the program from Division II to the Division I level, and many players under Calaicone continued their baseball careers professionally after their stints in Setters uniforms, including current Baseball Head Coach Henry Manning. "The loss of Coach Calaicone will be felt by all in the Pace Baseball family. He was a remarkable mentor for me as a player and later as I returned to take over head coaching duties at my alma mater. He will be missed by all of the lives that he touched over the 35 years he has worked at Pace," says Coach Manning.

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teach English to university students majoring in the sciences in Cameroon, West Africa. She is one of 165 fellows selected for the prestigious program.



published two essays, “Circle Circle Dot Dot” and “Making It: A Miseducation,” in the online journal The New Inquiry.

Mary E. Clark, ARPN, FNP-BC ’88

MICHAEL RYAN, BFA ’13, a Boston native, was featured on BostonHerald.com for landing the role of Morris Delancey in the national touring production of Newsies.

A trailblazer in the truest sense of the word, at 82 years young, Mary Clark is currently practicing as a locum tenens in rural Alaska and Washington State. Her career, however, spans several decades back, as Clark spent much of the ’70s and ’80s making a difference in the earlier days of the nurse practitioner profession— working with communities to provide care in remote regions that otherwise would not have full access to health care. Among other roles, Clark worked on an isolated island near Seattle; remote Alaskan villages; and in Nome, Alaska, where she served as a trainer and physician, and fought to advance the effectiveness of health care. In many of these villages, Clark interacted with local health aides—shamans, midwives, and other caregivers—and worked with each community to help improve their health coverage. “As an older person with a nursing background, I was able to gain the confidence of the village healthcare givers and was welcomed as I gave advice that matched their cultures,” Clark says.

2013 JUSTIN GUIDO, JD ’13, is a

prosecutor at the MiamiDade Office of the State Attorneys and obtained a guilty verdict in a case that






wrote and directed Waiting for AAA, an all-female comedy play inspired by Beckett’s Waiting for Godot that explores friendship, empowerment, and what it means to face the unknown, which was performed at FringeNYC in August.

was published in the Miami Herald in Miami, Florida.




has been accepted into the US Department of State’s English Language Fellows Program and will

assistant clinical professor, co-wrote a manuscript titled “Vaccinations: Myths



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and Misconceptions.” In May 2015, they presented “Overcoming Vaccination Hesitancy” at the annual American Academy of Physician Assistants conference in San Francisco, California. CHARLIE FRANKLIN, BFA ’14,

joined the cast of The Book of Mormon on Broadway in New York City in December 2014 as a member of the ensemble. DAVID PEPE, BBA ’14,

a former Pace baseball player, has signed with minor league baseball team the Bluefield Blue Jays, representing the twin cities of Bluefield, West Virginia, and Bluefield, Virginia, as an outfielder.


and current PPA student KELLY GLEASON ’18 joined the ensemble of the upcoming national tour of the musical 42nd Street. The tour launched in Salt Lake City, Utah, and continues to more than 60 US cities.


a former Pace baseball player, has signed with minor league baseball team Fargo-Moorhead


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Jassen Trenkow ’04 RedHawks, based in Fargo, North Dakota, as a pitcher. LEIGH ELLIS, JD ’15, recently

completed a 250-mile hike of the Camino de Santiago, which spans between France and Spain. She also recently cycled across her home state of Nebraska.


has joined the national tour of Motown the Musical. Groves is one of two female swings on the tour. This tour of Motown makes stops in nearly every major city in the US, as well as one stop in Canada.

He has been around the world and back again. Before even enrolling at Pace, Jassen Trenkow—born in Bulgaria and raised in Germany—served as a sergeant in the German Military Police and as a member of the NATO-led Stabilization Force in BosniaHerzegovina. While at Pace, Trenkow utilized the co-op program, which enabled him to work while studying and eventually land a job at Goldman Sachs. He spent 10 years with the company as an executive director and business manager/COO of the asset management division in Asia. During that period, Trenkow spent a considerable amount of time in Hong Kong. “I wanted it and planned for it,” he says of his time abroad. “I made sure the right people thought I could deliver. I drove my own career, raised my hand, volunteered, and never hid behind new problems or additional work.” Trenkow returned to New York City in May 2014, where he currently serves as director and chief of staff to the CFO of Barclays Investment Bank and Barclays in the Americas. Given his experiences living on three different continents amongst a diverse array of cultures, Trenkow has learned what it takes to succeed in an increasingly globalized world.


Welcome to the Club Graduation is just the beginning. Pace’s 139,000-strong alumni network is excited to have you. We look forward to staying connected and seeing you soon. Want to learn more? • Call us at 1 (877) 8ALUMNI • E-mail pacealum@pace.edu • Visit www.pace.edu/alumni



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November 4–14

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November 8

January 31

Pace School of Performing Arts’ Drop Dead! (NYC) Pace Football Senior Day (PLV)

Celebrate Lubin!

Silent Film: Diary of a Lost Girl (NYC)

November 8

The Bacon Brothers (NYC)

November 10

Celebrate Lubin! honoring Steve Ku ’91 (NYC)

Join the Lubin School of Business in honoring Steven Ku ’91, chief operating officer and partner at Visium Asset Management, for his community service, continued support of Lubin, and excellence in leadership. Celebrate Lubin! is an opportunity to honor the Lubin School’s legacy of alumni leadership, reflect on the School’s growth and excellence, and look toward the School’s bright future.

November 10

Sing-a-long-a Grease (NYC)

Pace Men’s Basketball at Villanova University Silent Film: Wings (NYC)

Celebrate Lubin! Honoring Steven Ku ’91

Voce Rising Opera Stars in Recital: Leah Crocetto (NYC)

November 18–22

Pace School of Performing Arts’ American Idiot (NYC)

November 21

February 6

February 10

Julian Bliss Septet: A Tribute to Benny Goodman (NYC)

February 12–14

The Flying Karamazov Brothers (NYC)

February 17

Great American Masters: Louis Comfort Tiffany (NYC)

Pace 4 Kids Dance Marathon (PLV)

November 21

Pace Men’s and Women’s Basketball Doubleheader (PLV)

December 2

VOX Arts and Literary Journal Launch with featured reader Ana Bozicevic (PLV)

December 4

Holiday Party (PLV)

December 4–6

Pace School of Performing Arts’ Dance Space (NYC)

January 22–23 Taylor 2 (NYC)



Flashback MAY 1970: A History of Activism and the Hard Hat Riot


ace College students upheld the University’s history of activism through peaceful protest during a time of war. Hundreds of Pace students stood together to oppose the invasion of Cambodia and shootings at Kent State, voicing their concerns through meetings and by camping outside of Pace President Edward J. Mortola’s office. Pace became part of what is known as the “hard hat riot” on May 8, 1970, when a non-Pace-affiliated anti-war demonstration turned violent

One of those students, Stuart Litvin ’71,’74, recalls his account as he exited One Pace Plaza after having lunch with a colleague that day. “I had no idea. I knew there was going to be a demonstration down by the Federal building, but I had no inclination that it was going to be coming up to City Hall, nonetheless Pace University. I hear the



at the nearby Federal Hall National Memorial. An attack broke out by construction workers protesting the demonstration. They stormed Pace Plaza, beating students, staff, and faculty, and vandalizing the University along the way. Today the tradition of activism continues through student organizations and events, such as the Communitarian Fair that encourages freshmen to find their passion, get involved, and start making a difference from their very first day at Pace.

noise and I look up, and there are four or five guys rushing me, wearing hard hats. I didn’t know what they were doing until one of them starting coming right at me and raising a fist.” Litvin received stitches that day and says a scar is still visible in his left eyebrow. In total, nine students and one staff member were sent to the hospital with injuries.


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