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Don’t Miss Your Reunion, page 45

Pace Goes to China

Meet an Alumnus with a Real-Estate Empire and 1,200 Cool Cars


Dear Reader: In my role as the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, I often see the powerful Pace network in action. Pace alumni mentor students, provide internships, fund scholarships, hire new graduates, and the list goes on. The success and commitment of our alumni inspires pride throughout the University. And so, in this issue of Pace Magazine, we touch on a few alumni stories that illuminate the impact and importance of the Pace network. I recently finished Adam Grant’s book Give and Take, which focuses on different interpersonal styles. The essential thesis is that helping others creates a virtuous circle that reverberates throughout your life in wonderful ways. The data is clear– people who are generous with their time and resources are happier, healthier, and more successful. The best part of my job is that I get to see that principle in action every day. Pace alumni do wonderful things for today’s students and these acts of kindness and generosity will influence the lives of these young people for decades to come. The best part is that the lives of our alumni are enriched along the way, perhaps even more so than the students. It just feels good to lend a helping hand to a hardworking young person. And what’s better than that? So, read on, get inspired, and then...call us! We have so many ways for you to get involved; our students need you and, I promise, your life will be all the better for it. Sincerely,

Jennifer Bernstein alum@pace.edu (877) 825-8664



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Departments 05 Letter from the President 06 Letters to the Editor 07 Keeping Pace • Commencement 2014 • NYC's new mayor recruits experts from Pace


• Major gift creates new  science labs • Pace names new  Law School dean • Athletics welcomes  new head coaches • Remembering a  Pace legend

34 Research at Pace 38 Bookshelf

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The Pace Power Network

A degree from Pace is not only the key to that first job, and many internships along the way, but to a lifetime of opportunities

Big Wheel

40 Class Notes 43 Upcoming Events 44 Flashback

Pace alumnus Michael Dezer ’68, who will receive an honorary doctorate in May, has built a real estate empire and one amazing car collection


24 The Evolution of T-Bone 26 Thinking Outside the Blue Box

The story behind Pace’s favorite mascot


Tiffany & Company executive Jim Fernandez ’78 tells students to expect the unexpected in their careers, as his own story well illustrates

29 Pace Goes to China

The University’s appeal to international students is now reflected in a network of prominent alumni a world away



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Report from China THERE IS A CHINESE WORD, guanxi. It refers to building a network of personal relationships over time that includes extended family members, school friends, and work colleagues. Guanxi relationships often expand out in many directions. My recent trip to China (see page 29) was an exercise in guanxi. My goal was to reinforce our bond with alumni, parents, business leaders, and academic partners in the region and to begin forming new bonds that will further enhance Pace’s reputation as the university where driven, entrepreneurial, and innovative students come to start successful careers. Pace is well known to college-bound Chinese students. Our tradition of educating thinking professionals through experiential learning in the business capital of the world has produced a large, growing Chinese student population and alumni presence. These graduates understand that their country’s economic transformation has positioned them for limitless opportunities, and they’re using their Pace educations to attack these opportunities from China’s growing position in the global business world. During the trip, I visited with alumni in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. I was very impressed with their success

and the enthusiastic way they talked about Pace. They see the connection between their Pace experiences and current roles. For example, Charlie Mak ’77, ’80, and his wife Audy ’77, live in Hong Kong. Charlie is senior adviser to the Investment Banking Division of Asia Pacific for Morgan Stanley and our unofficial alumni relations coordinator in the area. He regularly coordinates dinners and networking events to help Pace alumni succeed. I also met Kee Tung Chao ’84, chairman of Ningbo Yongxin Optics Co., Ltd. (Novel Optics), a manufacturer of microscopes, optical parts, and precision equipment in China; Wilfried Brouwer, PhD, ’95, a senior vice president with A.O. Smith Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment; and Thierry Roques ’87, a vice president and CFO with CocaCola in Greater China. Pace also has many partners in China. I met with Yue Tan, president of China Publishing Group Corporation (CPG), one of the largest publishing conglomerates in the world. We also met in China three years ago. He is the past chairman of Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG), a large and influential group focused on publishing, real estate, finance, hotel logistics, and printing. Pace educates CPG and PPMG

President Friedman at a reception during his recent visit to Beijing , Shanghai, and Hong Kong.


executives on everything from international taxation and finance to on-demand printing and cloud technology—fostering a greater understanding of the issues confronting the industry in both China and the United States. I also spoke at the global Confucius Institute Conference. The Pace Confucius Institute promotes Chinese language, culture, and cultural exchanges; the program is making a big impact on our classrooms and in our community. The academic programs engage faculty, students, and our Lower Manhattan neighbors. The community has responded, which generates more interest in our programs. This powerful combination has helped increase the number of registered students at Pace Confucius Institute eight-fold since 2010. Our Chinese alumni and business and academic partners will continue to be an important part of our future. Neil Braun, dean of our Lubin School of Business, will return to China next year to continue Pace guanxi in the region. In the meantime, if you or someone you know is traveling to China please tell us. Let’s expand our Pace guanxi whenever we can! Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman President

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Letters to the


A grateful grad

Annalisa personally, nor did I know she was not a Pace student. I was just sitting with a small group of students following my talk. As the picture clearly shows, Annalisa and I were involved in a conversation that obviously appealed to both of us. She was dynamic, bright and interested… the qualities that always delight me in students.”

Congrats on the new Pace Magazine. Today is Thanksgiving day and, when I think of all the things to be thankful for, there are no words to express my gratitude for my education at Pace. James W. McRae, ’74 Oakdale, NY

The new look The redesigned Pace Magazine looks great! It’s so visually appealing and I really like all of the content about alumni. I didn’t realize until recently how many great services are still available to me as a Pace alumna, and it’s been great to reconnect with the University after several years of being away. Keep up the great work! Lauren Smulski ’11 Brooklyn, NY

I am truly impressed with the new look of Pace Magazine! Congratulations to the many Pace staff members who worked so hard to make this happen. I am proud to be a Pace alumnus and a part of the Pace family! Zach Dayton ’09, ’11 Pleasantville, NY

‘Our holiday miracle’ Currently I have a daughter who is a senior at Pace in 6


Pleasantville. We receive your magazine at our home. I will admit, I have never opened one up, but I do put it on the desk in her room for when she comes home. This issue was on the table, and when I picked it up to place it on the staircase, it opened to page 16. I was shocked to see a picture of another daughter of mine, where it appears she is in an animated conversation with Professor Paul Kurnit. She is the woman holding the black case over her shoulder, wearing a black suit, with long hair. The surprise was that this daughter, Annalisa Scalia, passed away two years ago on September 3, 2011. Annalisa was never a student at Pace, but did graduate from John Jay College with her bachelor’s and then from Marist with her master’s. She was a paralegal working in Westchester for a large law firm. Needless to say, the photo literally took my breath away! It’s classic Annalisa, hair tie around her wrist, only black suits, that dazzling beautiful face, those

slender fingers, and classic Annalisa animation with her hands when speaking. If you can find any information about this photograph, we will be eternally grateful. Our daughter Alessandra will be graduating in May 2014 and will probably be attending graduate school at Pace also. This is a wonderful shout out to her that her precious older sister is saying, “I am always with you!” An amazing coincidence? No, it’s our holiday miracle. Kathy and Peter Scalia Campbell Hall, NY

Mrs. Scalia’s letter took our breath away, as well, and we tried to find out more about the photo. Professor Kurnit also shared his recollections: “I remember the photograph and the place it was taken. We were in Miller Lecture Hall on campus and the photo followed an event at which I spoke. I don’t remember the specific event or the date, but obviously it was some years ago. It must have been a talk about careers in marketing or a lecture I gave open to the University. I didn’t know


Our fall issue cover story, “The Faculty-Alumni Bond,” misidentified a photo for one of the faculty members profiled, Lubin Accounting Professor Barbara Farrell, EdD. Here’s the real Professor Farrell, top right, along with her former student and current Pace alumnus Nick Bueti ’99.

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2014 It’s cap, gown, and diploma time for the Class of 2014, as well as for some stellar speakers and honorary degree recipients. Here’s what’s planned for the New York City and Westchester campuses in May. For more about Commencement 2014, including directions and other details, visit www.pace.edu/commencement.

Undergraduate Commencement (New York City Campus) n 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 21 The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient: Emily Kernan Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Honorary degree recipient: Michael Dezer ’68, founder of Dezer Properties (see page 20 of this issue) Undergraduate Commencement (Westchester Campus) n 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 23 Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center, Pleasantville Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient: Lawrence Otis Graham, Esq., Special Counsel, Cuddy & Feder LLP, and author of the books Member of the Club and Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class

Graduate-Level Commencement n 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 21 The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient: George Rupp, PhD, former President and CEO, International Rescue Committee Law School Commencement 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 13 Pace Law School, White Plains Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient: Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit




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NYC’S NEW MAYOR RECRUITS EXPERTS FROM PACE ≥ Recently elected Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new administration have called on Pace faculty and alumni to fill some key slots in New York City government. De Blasio named Carmen Fariña ’88 to the highly visible job of New York City Schools Chancellor in late December, shortly before his inauguration. A 40year veteran of the City’s public school system, Fariña spent

22 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a principal, a superintendent, and then deputy chancellor. Asked what she considered most important in her new role, Fariña told an interviewer, “It’s a time for renewed focus on instruction. Rote memorization and recitation of facts don’t make an excellent student— our young learners need to question,

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Carmen Fariña at a press conference with Mayor de Blasio.

critique, and think independently. I want to bring our schools back to the basics, to the fundamentals of what great teaching, and great learning, look like.” The mayor’s newly appointed New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton named Pace faculty members to fill two of his three new

deputy commissioner posts in mid-January. Susan Herman, Dyson associate professor of criminal justice and the former executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, was named deputy commissioner of collaborative policing, a role that draws on her expertise in building better relationships between

the police and the communities they serve. She is taking a leave of absence from Pace to begin her new position. Benjamin B. Tucker, a former Dyson associate professor of criminal justice and security, was named deputy commissioner of training. Tucker previously held positions under mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg, as well as in the Obama administration. A New York Police Department veteran himself, Tucker will now oversee the training of all NYPD personnel. n

Pace Online Programs Earn High National Rankings Matter of Degrees iPace offers AA, BBA, and BS programs.



≥ U.S. News & World Report awarded the University’s iPace Degree Completion Program and the NACTEL program third place in its latest rankings of the best online bachelor’s degree programs, released in January. Nearly 1,000 distance education programs answered the questionnaire that U.S. News used to evaluate the programs. The U.S. News ratings take into account student engagement, a measure of how much opportunity online students have to interact with their instructors and fellow classmates; faculty credentials and training; student

services and technology; and the program’s reputation among its peers in the education sector. This is the third year Pace was ranked in the top five programs nationally, and this year it was the only private institution in that group. iPace and NACTEL currently offer degrees in business, technology, nursing, communications, and disability studies. The nursing degree is a “blended” program, combining both online and traditional, in-person classes. Pace also earned five stars, the highest possible grade, in Reviews.com’s recent ratings of 223 online bachelor’s degree programs. n

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Oscar-Nominated Inside Llewyn Davis Partly Filmed at Pace Alison Rosa ©2012 Long Strange Trip LLC

≥Inside Llewyn Davis, which

Oscar Isaac as the title character.

was nominated for two Academy Awards in March, was partially filmed at the Briarcliff Dining Hall. The film crew transformed the interior of the building into a replica of a 1960s-era Fred Harvey Oasis restaurant overlooking the Illinois Tollway outside of Chicago. It appears in a key scene of the movie involving the actors John Goodman, Garrett

Hedlund, and Oscar Isaac. The scene was filmed in the spring of 2012. More recently, Pace’s New York City Campus has served as the backdrop for several major television series, including CBS’s Elementary and Person of Interest, and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. n Action! Pace has also been a setting for Spider-Man films.

A student at the microscope in one of the new labs.

Major Gift Creates New Science Labs in Lower Manhattan ≥ Pace Trustee Emeritus Alfred R. Goldstein has made a $3.1 million gift for new science laboratory facilities on the New York City Campus, the University announced in January. The newly renovated space has been renamed the Alfred R. Goldstein Laboratories. Ten new, fully equipped, cutting-edge multipurpose laboratories will enable students and faculty

members to break through barriers between academic disciplines, uniting the University’s laboratory space in one core center. Construction of the first biology and chemistry labs started in the summer of 2013 and students began using the new space during the “THIS GIFT IS JUST spring semester. THE LATEST EXAMPLE The new facility will OF MR. GOLDSTEIN'S include a 765 square ENORMOUS foot general biology lab, a 2,000 square foot GENEROSITY, research lab, and a crime WHICH CAN BE FELT reconstruction lab for ACROSS AN ARRAY students to study forensics OF PROGRAMS AND and pathology. Additional INITIATIVES AT THE conference rooms and UNIVERSITY.” common areas will allow students and faculty —Pace President members to discuss Stephen J. Friedman results and classwork together, confer on experimental findings, and share knowledge across

academic disciplines. In the fall of 2010, Pace also completed a major renovation of the science laboratories in Dyson Hall on the Westchester Campus. “Al Goldstein’s generous gift supports Pace’s cutting-edge science programs and our goal of combining classroom and experiential learning experiences,” Pace President Stephen J. Friedman notes. Among his many contributions to Pace over the years are two landmark buildings at the Pleasantville location: the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center; and the Goldstein Academic Center. n



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Former FASB Chair to Lead New Center ≥ Leslie F. Seidman, former chairman

of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), was named executive director of the new Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting at the Lubin School of Business in December. In her new role, Seidman will stimulate discussion about current topics in financial reporting through conferences and other gatherings, as well as other activities aimed at identifying best practices and promoting enhanced reporting. In addition, she will guest lecture and mentor advanced accounting students at Lubin. Seidman served as chairman of the FASB from December 2010 through June 2013. She was originally appointed to the FASB in July 2003 and was reappointed twice. She currently serves on the board of directors of Moody's Corporation. Previously, Seidman was an auditor with Arthur Young & Co., a vice president of accounting policy with J.P. Morgan & Co., and a member of the FASB staff. Immediately prior to joining the FASB, Seidman founded and managed a financial reporting consulting firm, serving corporations, accounting firms, and law firms. Seidman was named CPA of the Year in 2013 by the American Woman’s Society of CPAs and ranked among the Top 10 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today from 2010 to 2012. She authored the first three editions of Financial Instruments: A Comprehensive Guide to Accounting and Reporting. n 10


PACE NAMES NEW LAW SCHOOL DEAN ≥ Dean David Yassky became dean of Pace Law School in April, succeeding Michelle S. Simon, who served as dean for the past seven years and will return as a full-time faculty member. A graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University, Yassky most recently served for four years as chair of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. He is credited with implementing a number of initiatives to improve service for taxi passengers, raise living standards for taxi drivers, and streamline the TLC’s administrative operations. Yassky also served for eight years in the New York City Council, representing the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg. Before his election to the Council, Yassky had a distinguished legal career in government service, private practice, and academia. In the 1990s, he served under then-Representative Chuck

Welcome David Yassky at www.pace.edu/ deanyassky

Schumer as Chief Counsel to the House Subcommittee on Crime, helping to enact the Brady Law, the Assault Weapons Ban, and the Violence Against Women Act. He also represented major corporations and financial institutions in acquisitions and securities offerings. In 1998, Yassky joined the faculty of Brooklyn Law School, specializing in administrative and constitutional law. His scholarship on the Bill of Rights has been published in leading law reviews and cited widely in academic journals and judicial opinions. He has also taught at NYU Law School. Asked by The New York Times about his new role, Yassky said, “The mandate is to think creatively about how Pace has to adapt with the changes in the profession.” n

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Athletics Welcomes New Head Coaches and Announces New Women’s Sports ≥ The Pace Athletics Department has made six head coach appointments since our last issue, as well as announcing the introduction of two women’s athletic programs. So look for some new faces on the sidelines and at the pool: n Andrew Rondeau has joined Pace as the new head football coach. He was most recently at the College of the Holy Cross, where he served as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the past two seasons. He has also held coaching

positions at Old Dominion University, the University of Maine, University of Buffalo, University of Tennessee-Martin, North Dakota State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Northeastern University. n Tom Mariano is the new men’s lacrosse head coach. He comes to Pace from the Major League Lacrosse team the Ohio Machine, where he served as assistant coach and offensive coordinator. He also spent 17 years as a head coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he transitioned the lacrosse program from Division II to Division I, and saw the program move up to the Northeast Conference. n Alumnus Michael Spinner ’99 is Pace’s firstever head women’s lacrosse coach. A goalie for the Pace men’s lacrosse program

from 1996 to 1999, Spinner was most recently head girls’ varsity lacrosse coach at Trumbull High School in Connecticut. Earlier, he was the first coach of the women’s lacrosse team at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He has also coached at Manhattanville College and Salisbury University in Maryland. n Valerie Hickman is the new head field hockey coach. She served as an assistant field hockey coach at Dickinson College for four years and at Stevens Institute of Technology for two seasons. n Lindsay FarringtonCentonze will be the men’s and women’s cross country head coach. She began her running career

as a student-athlete on Concordia College’s cross country team and is also a personal trainer and fitness instructor in Westchester County. n Logan Pearsall is Pace’s new men’s and women’s diving coach. He was most recently the head coach at Wheaton College and has also coached at the Larchmont Shore Club, Greenwich YMCA, and Greenwich Country Club. As a student at Clarion University he earned four NCAA Division II Diving Championships, a record that ties him for the most ever in that division. Pearsall was also NCAA Division II Diver of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. The new women’s lacrosse program is scheduled to start in the spring of 2015. The new women’s field hockey team will debut that fall. n


“ L ower Manhattan, the rapidly changing swath of land at the island’s southern tip, is developing a new reputation—as the city’s college town…. Pace has long been in the area, but has increased its residential footprint over the past five years, opening new dormitories and expanding academic facilities. On deck for the 2015-2016 academic year: a new 34-story, 385-bed dormitory.” —The Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2014 W WW.PACE .E DU


Keeping Pace Peter X. Finnerty, Pace’s late Athletics Director, served the University for four decades.

Remembering a Pace Legend ≥ Few people have had a greater impact on Pace University than Peter X. Finnerty. He founded the Athletics and Recreation program in 1947 and served as the University’s inaugural Director of Athletics, a position he held for 41 years. He also served as a coach, professor, and director of Alumni Relations. In 2001, a lasting tribute to Peter Finnerty was established to celebrate his commitment to the University as well as his legacy of leadership and service to the community with the Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award. Honorees are chosen for “the characteristics for which Peter Finnerty was best known: hard work, a spirit of

competition, and the ability to serve and lead with integrity and to inspire others to do the same.” This year’s recipient was Joseph M. Pastore Jr., PhD, ’66, professor emeritus of management. The Finnerty family has continued his tradition of service to Pace, most recently through a gift to support a renovation project that will turn Peter X. Finnerty Baseball Field into a stateof-the-art facility. “I have watched Pace Athletics grow and develop for generations, with my family proudly

playing a major role in that growth,” Mrs. Peter X. Finnerty said in making her family’s most recent gift. “I am delighted to celebrate Peter’s accomplishments on behalf of Pace by helping to transform his field into a leading varsity facility.” Mrs. Finnerty’s stepson, Brian L. Finnerty ’72, is also a wellknown Pace alumnus, a star baseball player for the Setters, who was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. Peter X. Finnerty Baseball Field, originally dedicated in 1989, serves as a practice

and training space, as well as the setting for competitive games. The renovation of the field is a central part of the multi-year revitalization plan for Pleasantville’s athletic facilities, which will include the conversion of the existing football field into a multipurpose artificial turf field for football, soccer, and lacrosse; a new field house; and a new grass softball field.

Alumni are invited to share their memories and anecdotes about Peter X. Finnerty. Submissions will be compiled into a book that will serve as a living reminder of Peter’s legacy at Pace. Visit www.pace. edu/rememberingfinnerty or call 1 (877) 8ALUMNI to share your memory today. n

THE SKINNY ON SKIMMER FRAUD AND HOW TO PREVENT IT ≥ Fraud involving credit, debit, and other payment cards costs retailers, financial institutions, and consumers billions of dollars a year. And the problem is only getting worse. What to do about that scary statistic is the subject of “Skimming the Surface: How Skimmer Fraud Has Become a Global Epidemic,” a new report authored by Seidenberg Assistant Professor Darren R. Hayes, DPS, and sponsored by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants USA. Skimmer fraud involves the use of electronic devices, sometimes concealed in ATM card slots, to “skim” data from payment cards, which is then used to loot those accounts. Hayes conducted his research for the project over a 15-month period, traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, where much of the crime originates. He interviewed experts 12


in law enforcement, financial services, and the payment card industry. His report, available online (in the Research and Insights section of www.accaglobal.com), lays out a number of steps that industry and government can take to prevent, or at least reduce, skimmer fraud. Pace Magazine also asked him what individual consumers can do to protect themselves. Among his suggestions: n Cover the keypad when entering your PIN at an ATM to avoid prying eyes and hidden cameras. n Wiggle the card dip reader. If it’s loose, it may have been tampered with. n Ask your credit card issuers to send you new cards with an embedded global chip (an EMV card); it will limit fraud at some terminals. n Put a free fraud alert on your file at one of the three major credit agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). The alert will automatically go to the other two agencies and make it difficult for anyone other than you to open an account in your name. n

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≥ Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor at the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, has received an American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award for 2013. Feldman’s book, Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, 2nd edition, coedited with Rona F. Levin, PhD, RN, a former Pace professor currently affiliated with New York University, took second-place honors in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education category. Dean Feldman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing as well as the New York Academy of Medicine, and past editor of the journals Nursing Leadership Forum and Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice. She is also the author or editor of ten books on nursing topics. In February she was elected to the board of The American Association of Colleges of Nursing for a two-year term. n

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Using the Arts to Draw Students to Science ≥ If you aren’t already familiar with the acronym STEM—for science, technology, engineering, and math—expect to hear a lot of it in coming years, as the U.S. seeks to attract more students to those fields. You may soon be seeing another acronym, too—STEAM, which adds an A (as in “Art”) to the subject list. The Pace STEAM Program, a pilot project supported by a grant from Time Warner Cable, is a pioneer in the experiment.

“For many students who might not otherwise feel drawn to STEM topics, the arts can inspire engagement through the music, dance, and art forms they already love,” says Lauren Birney, EdD, assistant professor at the School of Education and co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace, a joint effort of the School of Education and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “From the geometry a painter uses to create perspective to the physics underlying a dancer's pirouettes, science and math abound in the arts and make them the perfect vehicles for introducing and exploring STEM concepts.”

In March, for example, Pace professors led an interactive workshop, featuring the acclaimed dance-theater group JUNK, to illustrate computer science topics for middle school students in New York City’s East Village. The dancers gave a short performance, after which the professors explored the math and science topics embedded in the piece. Students learned that choreography is much like a computer code, with strict instructions for movements, turns, and jumps. Through its various programs, Pace’s STEM Center Collaboratory is currently reaching nearly 5,000 students in underserved, diverse public schools in the New York area. n

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The innovative dance troupe JUNK, which made its New York debut at the Schimmel Center in March, helped Pace professors explain math and science topics. W WW.PACE .E DU


Cover Story ­— The Pace Power Network




PACE POWER Network A degree from Pace is not only the key to that first job, and many internships along the way, but to a lifetime of opportunities.

By Sheryl Nance-Nash Photography by Jayne Wexler



Cover Story ­— The Pace Power Network

Go, team: Pace’s NBC Sports contingent includes, from left, James Rosafort, Eric Fortier, Jonathan Quartuccio, and Michelle Birch. Below, Mike McGrath.

As a student, Mike McGrath ’07 had a few gigs as a runner at NBC Sports, getting coffee and doing whatever else was asked of him. Then, the semester before the media and communications major graduated from Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, he was hired as a production manager. He wasted no time reaching back to Pace. “I happened to sit right outside the office of the person hiring interns,” he says. “I knew people from school were hard working, and I felt confident constantly passing along resumes.” That connection translated into opportunities for Nick Eisenberg ’08 and Nikki Spetseris ’07. Spetseris then paid it forward and passed along the resumes of



Jonathan Quartuccio ’08 and Michelle Birch ’12. “We’ve invaded NBC,” jokes Quartuccio, who graduated with a degree in communications. “It’s nice to see Pace making its mark alongside the Ivies.” It’s often said that it’s not what you know, but who you know. In today’s insanely competitive job market, that has never been truer. Connections count, probably as much as a highly polished resume. Whether you’re entry-level, mid-career, or top management, somebody’s good word can make all the difference in getting your foot in the door to that next position. Pace graduates not only get a degree with a pedigree but become part of a powerful network that can lead to a lifetime of opportunities. Here’s a closer look at how the Pace network can change the courses of both careers and lives.

Forty Years in the Pace Network The Team at NBC


cGrath remembers years ago when he and Spetseris worked as runners for the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting at NBC. Since that time he has climbed to senior manager for marketing operations at NBC Sports, a perch that gives him the power to hire. Spetseris worked full-time as a production assistant for NBC for a time before turning freelance. She just finished working her third Olympics for NBC. Quartuccio paid his dues as a runner, became a production assistant, and is currently supervisor of the Ticker Editorial, which provides up-to-the-minute sports news. “We all got to be good friends during school,” McGrath recalls. “We had many classes together and really got to know each other, especially when we traveled as a class for a week during spring break to film a documentary. You learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I know they can write and produce. They know what to do.” “The Pace network is instilled in us,” says Spetseris. “When you’re not working, you should be networking.” Pace professors often play a vital role, too. Maria Luskay, EdD, ’85, an associate professor in the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Department at Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, connected Spetseris and Michelle Birch. “We met in the city for coffee, and I was impressed with her,” Spetseris recalls. “She had a good head on her shoulders. I got her resume, and when I heard NBC was looking for an entry level production assistant, I passed her resume along.” Birch got the job. Though the members of the NBC contingent are moving along in their careers, they have hardly left Pace behind. Every year the group returns to the University for the Connections in Communications networking program, to give presentations about working at NBC and to offer career advice.

David Pecker ’72 may have graduated from Pace more than four decades ago, but the University is still very much a part of his life. Pecker, who earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the Lubin School of Business, has been the chairman, president, and CEO of American Media since 1999. He estimates that at least 50 of the company’s approximately 400 employees are Pace alumni. Even before he took charge at AMI, he was reaching out to Pace students. He was deeply involved in the internship program at Hachette, another major publishing company, where he served as president and CEO from 1990 to 1999. Pecker has given back to his alma mater in other ways, as well. The David J. Pecker Distinguished Professorship makes it possible for Pace to recruit publishing leaders to teach and lecture within Pace’s MS in Publishing program, giving students the opportunity to learn from the most successful, innovative, and influential people in the business. The David Pecker Scholarship has allowed many students with high merit and/or need to attend the University. Pecker received an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Pace in 1998 and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2009. “I came from Pace, I know the education process,” he says. “Pace has professors with real-life experience. I know what I’m getting when someone from Pace is hired.”

 he Pace network T is instilled in us. When you’re not working, you should be networking.



Cover Story ­— The Pace Power Network

The Path to the Fed


eth Rolfs, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in economics from Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, was captain of the Pace Economics Team, which competed at the College Fed Challenge, a national academic competition similar to mock trials for aspiring lawyers. “You learn about how the Fed works and you have to give a presentation,” Rolfs explains. A Pace professor introduced Rolfs to another student, Nashrah Ahmed ’13, and recommended her as a strong candidate for the team. Ahmed not only made the team, but Rolfs, who started with the Federal Reserve of New York in the Rotational Analyst program, later put her in contact with her bosses. Ahmed is now working in that program just as Rolfs once did. Last year, Rolfs was promoted to an analyst position in the Fed’s mortgage-backed securities analytical team. She is also working toward a master’s degree in quantitative methods for the social sciences at Columbia University.

Rolfs and Ahmed are just two of the many Pace alumni at the bank, more than 100 in all, Rolfs estimates. “We try to stay connected, informally,” she says. An effort is also underway to put together a more formal network. The Fed is one of the participants in Pace’s recently relaunched Corporate Representative Program, which helps connect alumni within major organizations, as well as provide internship and employment opportunities for students and other alumni. Rolfs says if she were giving Pace a grade, she would mark it an A+. “Pace professors look out for you, especially if they see you are trying hard,” she says. “My four years at Pace were incredible. I got the confidence to go after my dreams.” Just as Rolfs helped her, Ahmed is now helping others. She frequently visits Pace to speak to incoming economics students about her personal experiences at the University and in the working world. “I want to do my part to try to motivate or inspire them to take advantage of all the resources available through Pace,” she says.

Inside Big Blue’s Big Network Paula Summa ’78, ’84 is general manager of

Lubin Luncheon have been especially helpful in her ongoing

IBM Inside Sales and leads a 5,000-person,

networking efforts, she says. “These activities gave me an

worldwide team. Yet she still finds time for

opportunity to meet people with whom I have developed a

all things Pace.

professional relationship.”

Summa graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in

ways, as well. Summa is a long-time member of the Lubin

1978. She went to work for IBM but soon

Advisory Board. In 2010, she participated in the Executive in

returned to Pace for graduate study in

Residence program, visiting the University for a day to speak on

the evenings. She obtained her MBA in Finance in 1984, again

current business issues and share her real-world insights with

graduating with honors.

students. This past fall, Summa and her team partnered with

Summa believes having Pace on her resume was a door opener to IBM. “There is a great affinity between Pace and

the Lubin School to sponsor and judge the first annual Business Strategy and Insights Case Competition.

IBM,” she says, adding that the network of Pace alumni at IBM

Reflecting on her career thus far, Summa says, “I think it

is huge. Indeed, as this magazine reported in its fall 2013 issue,

was a bit easier for me because there was a network of Pace

IBM is the single largest corporate employer of Pace alumni.

people at IBM. I understand the need to encourage students and

The Lubin School of Business Golf Classic and the annual


She helps keep the Pace network going and growing in other


give back.”

Nashrah Ahmed, left, and Beth Rolfs met through the Pace Economics Team. Now they’re both at the Federal Reserve of New York.

From Student to Resource


atrick Caulfield ’93 graduated with a degree in marketing from Lubin and went directly to grad school at the University of Miami. In 1997 he joined ESPN, starting as a production assistant and working his way up to director of ESPN Stats & Information Group. He is currently responsible for all of the research on the TV network’s tickers and also operational oversight of ad sales initiatives, staff recruiting, and development. Caulfield returns every year to talk to Pace students. “I’m on the lookout for talent,” he says. “Career Services is always delighted when alumni like Patrick come back to campus, whether it is to speak on an industry-specific panel or information session, attend a career fair, conduct a campus interview, or be a guest at a networking event,” says Helene Marie Cruz, director of Employer Relations at Pace. “It’s a wonderful way to engage our students as

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well as add to their company’s talent pipeline.” Caulfield also engages with students on LinkedIn. “I have put in a word for people who have reached out to me,” he says. “I try to be a resource.”

A Network Within the Network


ynda Hullstrung ’89 earned her BBA in Accounting at Lubin. She landed a job at Deloitte LLP as an assistant right out of college and has been there ever since. She is now a partner. Pace, she says, has a good reputation in her field, and major accounting firms like hers often recruit from the University. But she admits she never imagined that one day she would be back on campus recruiting on behalf of Deloitte. “It’s about students helping each other,” says Hullstrung. She notes there are at least 50 Deloitte partners in the Northeast who are Pace alumni. “We network within the firm. Our affinity is our Pace experience. We migrate toward each other and support each other.” Hullstrung doesn’t stop there. She also mentors Pace alumni, is a past president of the Lubin Alumni Association Board, and currently serves on the Lubin Advisory Board. “I wouldn’t be where I am without Pace,” she says. n



Feature - Big Wheel



BIG WHEEL Pace alumnus Michael Dezer '68, who will receive an honorary doctorate in May, has built a real estate empire and one amazing car collection.




Feature - Big Wheel


hen People magazine profiled Michael Dezer ’68 back in 1988, it characterized him as a “self-made, no-nonsense guy” who “made millions in real estate.” It also noted that he had a thing for vintage cars, with a collection of more than 300 of them. Twenty-five years later, Dezer may still be a selfmade, no-nonsense guy, but his car collection has long since surpassed 300. Today it numbers more than 1,200 vehicles, and includes bicycles, motor bikes, boats, helicopters, and even a submarine and Soviet tank. Much of it is housed in Dezer’s own auto museum in North Miami. There, visitors can see familiar vehicles from movies and TV shows such as The Dukes of Hazzard, The Beverly Hillbillies, Miami Vice, Ghostbusters, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Munsters, and Back to the Future. His James Bond collection alone numbers more than 46 vehicles, and Batman is represented with enough vehicles to stock several Batcaves, including a classic 1966 Batmobile. The man with the keys to all those cars was born in Israel and came to the U.S. in the early 1960s. He enrolled as an evening student at Pace not long thereafter and graduated in 1968 with a BBA in Marketing. “If it wasn’t for Pace I would never have been able to finish my degree at such a rapid pace,” he recalls. “I did 17 credits a semester, and I had a fulltime job and a wife.”



Degree in hand, Dezer went into the advertising and direct marketing business, but soon had an epiphany. “In the mid-’70s I saw that real estate is a much better business than marketing,” he recalls. “So I sold that business and I went 100 percent into the development of lofts. I bought 35 buildings at the time, starting at $200,000 apiece. Today we’re still the largest landowner in Chelsea.” Dezer is credited as a major force in the neighborhood’s renaissance, and his office space holdings there now total more than 1 million square feet. In the mid-’80s Dezer expanded to Las Vegas and then to Miami, where his holdings included a portfolio of 11 hotel properties that are being converted into luxury condominium towers on the beaches of sunny Miami. The latest project for Dezer Development, which he founded, and which his son, Gil, now serves as president, is the Porsche Design Tower Miami, in Sunny Isles Beach, just north of Miami Beach. In what may be its most talked-about feature, residents of the 60-story luxury tower will enjoy the world’s first personal car elevator, bringing them directly to their living units. As Dezer looks forward to other real estate projects, he also looks back fondly on his time at Pace, where he will return in May to receive an honorary doctorate of commercial science during the undergraduate Commencement ceremony at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. “Pace was very helpful to me,” he says. “The teachers were very nice, they understood that we were working guys. And P.S.—Pace alumni can always get the best deals on my office buildings in Manhattan and my hotels in Miami!” n

Michael Dezer visits one of his construction sites. At top right, a model of his much-discussed Porsche Design Tower, currently under construction in Florida. This Chelsea loft, right, is one of his many New York City properties.



Feature - The Evolution of T-Bone

The Evolution of T-Bone 24



ther universities can have their fearsome lions, tigers,

A dog's life: 1) A real Pace Setter, flanked by

and bears. We have T-Bone, the gentle, fun-loving Irish Setter

football coaches Carmine Limone (left) and John Hagen (right), from the early 1980s.

who has been Pace’s mascot for longer than anybody can

2) Another Setter from that era, this time in

remember. What recent alumni may not know is that T-Bone originated

living color. One of the ’70s and ’80s dogs

as one or more real dogs, then known simply as the Pace Setter, before

is said to have belonged to former Pace

his metamorphosis into a furry mascot during the past decade.

President Edward J. Mortola. 3) This plaque, courtesy of the Class of 1953, adorns the

Pace had chosen the Setters as the official name for its athletic teams

entrance to the 41 Park Row building on the

through a student contest in April 1949. The winner received two tickets to

New York City Campus. 4) Today’s T-Bone

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, which had made its Broadway debut

celebrated the 50th anniversary of Pace’s

just two months earlier.

Pleasantville location this past summer.

Much of T-Bone’s tale is currently lost to history, so we’d welcome

5) A design for the current T-Bone. 6) A costumed mascot on the sidelines, probably

your photos and reminiscences at URnews@pace.edu. Here are some

in the 1980s. We can only hope it was less

images of the Pace Setter, past and present. n

scary in color!


3 2



A design for the current T-Bone, circa 2005-2006. Special thanks to: Dean Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD; Joseph F. O'Donnell; Joseph M. Pastore Jr., PhD; Ellen Sowchek; and John Tagliaferri.




Feature ­— Thinking Outside the Blue Box

Thinking Outside the Blue Box Tiffany & Company executive Jim Fernandez ’78 tells students to expect the unexpected in their careers, as his own story well illustrates. James N. Fernandez ’78, may be best known to Pace alumni as the man behind the Breakfast at Tiffany’s program, which brings students to the internationally renowned jeweler’s New York City headquarters for bagels, coffee, and some real-life lessons in running a successful global business. Currently Tiffany’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, Fernandez joined the company three decades ago as an accounting manager and has seen it grow from nine U.S. stores and $100 million in revenue, to a $4 billion enterprise with 289 stores in 24 countries. Fernandez recently sat down with Pace Magazine to reflect on his career and the role Pace played in making it possible.




Jim, what made you want to go to college and study accounting? James N. Fernandez: I was always interested in mathematics, and when I got out of high school, I actually thought I wanted to be a mathematics teacher. We lived in New Jersey, so I started out at William Paterson University. At the end of my sophomore year, I was taking advanced trigonometry, and I said to myself, ‘What am I going to do with this?’ That’s when I decided to look at accounting.


What brought you to Pace? Fernandez: I had an uncle who was a comptroller for a division of AMF at the time, and he had gone to the Pace Institute, as it was called back then. He invited me up to see him in Connecticut. He showed me what being a comptroller was about, and I left there all charged up about it. Pace was affordable for me, and my uncle had gone there, so I signed up.


And why Pleasantville? Fernandez: I wasn’t interested in going to school in the city at that point, and I also needed to be able to go

home to New Jersey on weekends, and Pleasantville was very convenient.


Did you take to accounting immediately? Fernandez: I really did, right from the start. I couldn’t get enough of it. I especially enjoyed the theoretical part of it, and the practical part came pretty easily to me. I had a great group of teachers, and I felt that Pace’s philosophy at the time of having many teachers come out of private practice, rather than just pure academics, was very valuable.


And how did you like Pleasantville? Fernandez: It was a great experience. They put all the transfer students in the same dorm in Briarcliff, Howard Johnson Hall. The whole group was accounting majors. We ended up working together, helping each other with assignments, and formed good friendships.


How did you get your first job after Pace? Fernandez: Well, I wanted to go into public accounting. There were eight big accounting firms back then and my grades got me campus interviews with all of them. I was only invited

to a second interview by one of them, and I didn’t get hired. But I happened to know somebody, who knew somebody, who got me in as a payroll accountant at Avon Products. It obviously was not my dream job, but I said O.K.


How well would you say Pace prepared you for that? Fernandez: The prep that Pace gave me for accounting was totally appropriate. When I moved into general accounting and cost accounting at Avon, I always felt competitive and technically competent because of my Pace training. Shortly after that, I moved into an audit role in the internal audit department and, within a year, I was managing audit teams around the country.


And how did you make the move from Avon to Tiffany? Fernandez: Not many people know it, but Avon had purchased Tiffany back in 1979. I had done an audit of Tiffany, and the results were not very good. The CFO at Tiffany at the time had come out of Avon and knew me. He said, ‘Jim, Do you want to come here and fix this for me?’ So I said yes and transferred here in ’83.



Feature ­— Thinking Outside the Blue Box

Q “...You can’t always plan out every detail of your life. You have to take advantage of the opportunities you have.” —Jim Fernandez

Does Avon still own Tiffany? Fernandez: No. In 1984 Avon decided to sell the company, and we did a leveraged buyout. Then we went public in 1987, so I got to make presentations to potential investors and see that end of things. In 1989, I was made CFO. I was just 33 at the time, and it was a dream job. I was CFO for 21 years, until 2011, when I became COO. It’s just been a great ride, and Pace definitely helped prepare me for it.


What do you try to impress upon the students you speak with at your Breakfast at Tiffany’s events? Fernandez: I’ll go through Tiffany’s strategies and how we’re applying them, and I’ll talk some about my career because students always seem interested in different people’s career stories, just as I was at their age. In the last couple of years, I have told them about how I couldn’t get exactly the job I wanted when I first started, because these students are facing a difficult time

due to the economy. They like hearing that people who are successful now weren’t necessarily successful coming out of school. I think it’s healthy to tell them that you can’t always plan out every detail of your life. You have to take advantage of the opportunities you have.


You’ve given back to Pace in other ways over the years, including a generous gift recently toward the creation of a new dining hall in the soon-to-be remodeled Kessel Student Center in Pleasantville. What inspired that? Fernandez: When Stephen [Pace President Stephen J. Friedman] told me about the plans for Pleasantville, where I went to school, I wanted to support it. To be a part of that to me is fun. I do think it’s important to give back, whether it’s talking to students or financial support, because the school needs that, too. And the best people to do it are alumni. n

Giving Back The Jim and Dolores Fernandez Dining Hall, made possible by a generous gift from the Fernandez family, will be part of the newly renovated Kessel Student Center in Pleasantville, shown here in an artist’s rendering. Construction on the building is expected to start right after Commencement in May and to be completed in January 2015.



Feature ­— Pace Goes to China

Pace Goes to

CHINA The University’s appeal to international students is now reflected in a network of prominent alumni a world away.

University officials made their latest trip to China this past December, spending eight days in three major cities, meeting with Pace alumni, parents, and academic partners and participating in the Confucius Institute Global Conference. The delegation included President Stephen J. Friedman, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Jennifer Bernstein, and University Principal Gifts Officer Roselyn Lanzano. “Pace is proud to have a wonderful community of many highly successful alumni and friends in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong,” says Bernstein. “Our international alumni are a source of strength for Pace on many levels. We hope this will lay the foundation for much more robust outreach in the region.” Pace currently has more than 1,400 international students in attendance, including 650 from China.

“These students see the United States, and New York in particular, as the cultural center of capitalism and the market economy,” says Friedman. “They move 7,000 miles away from their family and friends to study management, marketing, finance, and technology with us because they see a Pace education as their ticket to success in a market economy. I have a lot of admiration for these students and I think their personal drive and courage is impressive.” The University also has several partnerships with leading Chinese universities, a Confucius Institute at Pace, and a new Global Asia Studies Program at Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. On the next four pages, you’ll meet some of the prominent Pace graduates who currently live and work in China.



Feature ­— Pace Goes to China


Charles M. Mak ’77, ’80 Kowloon, Hong Kong Currently: Senior adviser to the Investment Banking Division of Asia Pacific, Morgan Stanley. Career path: Began his career as an accountant for Morgan Stanley in New York in 1980. Transferred to the legal department and then into sales. Joined the Hong Kong office in 1989, leaving in 1992 to work with a number of private client specialist firms. Rejoined Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management group in 1997 as executive director and senior investment adviser. Became a managing director of Morgan Stanley and head of Morgan Stanley Asia Private Wealth Management in 2001. Became president of International Wealth Management in 2011.



Why he chose Pace: Mak’s father worked in the Wall Street area and walked past Pace College (as it was known until 1973) every day. He resolved that his son, who was living in Hong Kong at the time, would one day attend college there. At Pace, the younger Mak also met his future wife, Audchariya “Audy” Ruangthammakit ’77. Together they recently established the Mak Family Scholarship Fund with a gift to support recruitment scholarships for students enrolled in the Business Honors Program in Pace’s Lubin School of Business. The fund will grant two awards a year to incoming students over a three-year period, based on academic excellence and financial need, and the awards will be renewed for the duration of the student’s time at Pace or for a maximum of four years, provided that he or she remains academically eligible.

Favorite class or professor: “Professor John Ward, who at that time was the head of the Accounting Department,” Mak says. “I was a marketing major, and I took a course called Accounting for Marketing Students. I was the only one who passed the mid-term exam, so he summoned me to his office, and tried to figure out whether I was brilliant or I had cheated. I told him I took some basic bookkeeping courses when I was in high school in Hong Kong, so the course was relatively easy for me.” Ward also suggested that Mak consider accounting as a major. “I listened to him and made the switch.” Reflection: “Pace’s New York City Campus is located in what is probably the most diverse and interesting city in the world and a top financial center. If anyone wants an exciting metropolitan city exposure, Pace will be a great place.”

Wilfried Brouwer, PhD, ’95 Nanjing Currently: Senior vice president–Asia, A.O. Smith Corporation and president A.O. Smith (China) Investment Company Ltd. Career path: Began work as a research associate at Akzo Nobel, an Amsterdambased multinational manufacturer of paints, coatings, and specialty chemicals, in 1985, after receiving his PhD in Chemistry from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Moved to Singapore in 1997 as part of a team involved in establishing joint ventures in the Asia Pacific market. Joined A.O. Smith, a global water technology company headquartered in Milwaukee, in 2009. Why he chose Pace: The head of Brouwer’s division at Akzo Nobel suggested he enroll in an Executive MBA program to gain business skills to match his technical expertise. Having recently relocated from the Netherlands to Dobbs Ferry, NY, he was happy to find a well-regarded program just 15 minutes away at Pace’s White Plains Graduate Center. Favorite class or professor: Finance Economics, a class that began at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings. “The professor would often require us to provide a verbal summary of a few chapters or a book we had to read. As it was not always possible to complete all the reading or to fully capture its meaning, the


professor showed through his comments that, often in work, one cannot know every detail and each new subject to perfection. But for managers, it is important to show up, show your interest by your presence, and be able to grasp what the subject is about. There is so much truth in this.”

Reflection: “[Studying abroad] helps to make you a broader person and more respectful of others who come from different places and backgrounds…The Pace Community of students, professors, and staff provide a great environment for self-development.”

Feature ­— Pace Goes to China

Jem Z. Li, Esq., ’99


Beijing Currently: Managing partner, Minter Ellison Beijing Office. Career path: After receiving his law degree from Pace, he worked for the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he focused on capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings. Moved to China in 2004, where he worked as a managing partner at Morrison & Foerster and as an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Became a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s Beijing office in 2010, then the managing partner at Winston & Strawn LLP’s Beijing office later that year. Joined Minter Ellison in early

2014. Minter Ellison is one of the Asia Pacific’s leading law firms, established in Sydney, Australia, in 1827. Why he chose Pace: The Law School’s reputation, particularly for environmental law and its White Plains location, which was a convenient commute from his then-home in New Jersey. Favorite class or professor: Thomas McDonnell’s course in legal writing is one that Li particularly recalls. Though he had already earned a master’s degree in British and American literature before arriving at Pace, he soon discovered that legal writing was very different from

literary criticism. “I can still hear Professor McDonnell saying that good legal writing should be simple, clear, straightforward, and every statement we make should be supported by facts or logical reasoning.” Reflection: “I went to Pace Law School when I was almost 40, and it was a major change in my life and my career…The professors’ love of the legal profession, their devotion to teaching, and their genuine care for their students’ learning and career development gave me confidence from the early days of law school that this change of course in life was the right decision.”




Thierry Roques ’87 Shanghai Currently: Vice president and chief financial officer, Coca-Cola Greater China. Career path: After earning his Pace MBA in International Business, he returned to his native France and then West Africa to complete his military service requirement. Worked as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Paris and Prague before joining CocaCola in Atlanta in 1995, where he rose to the position of principal auditor. Moved to South East Asia in 1998 and held different finance roles in Malaysia, then Singapore, and Thailand before transferring to China in 2005, where he assumed his current role two years later. As of late 2013, Coca-Cola had 43 bottling plants throughout China and employed some 50,000 local workers.

Why he chose Pace: To participate in the U.S. graduate education system, which he calls “the best in the world,” in Pace’s very international environment. Favorite class or professor: “Every single course was useful and influenced my way of thinking,” he says. “I particularly remember Carl Crego, PhD, who was a wonderful teacher and a great mentor for his students.”

Reflection: “Pace helped me to build a critical thinking mental model, challenge the status quo, and look for excellence in everything I do.”

David J. Ettinger, Esq., ’92 Shanghai Currently: Managing partner, Shanghai Office, Keller and Heckman, LLP.

Career path: Began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Nassau County, NY, then served as a trademark attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 1995 to 1999. Joined Keller and Heckman, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, in 1999. Worked at the firm’s Belgium office from 2006 to 2007. In 2012, he moved to Shanghai, where he focuses on the Asia market and counsels companies on food, drug, and chemical regulation matters. Why he chose Pace: For its professors, who had practiced law at a high level and brought that experience to the classroom.

Favorite class or professor: While he had many wonderful professors at Pace, Ettinger says, the one who stands out is the late Willem Vis. “I can recall spending hours in his office with my classmates simply talking about the law and his international experiences,” he recalls. “In fact, it was Professor Vis who convinced me to go for my LLM in international law. He loved teaching students and he tried to help in any way he could; I will always consider him as one of my great mentors.” Reflection: “One of the turning points in my life was my participation in Pace Law School’s London Exchange Program. I always regretted not doing a semester abroad in college, so when I discovered

that Pace had an exchange program, I could not overlook my second chance. I immediately fell in love with London and the experience of international law and international travel. Each student had an opportunity to do an internship at one of the Inns of Court, and I ended up working with a criminal barrister. To this day, as I sit in my Shanghai office in China, where I practice international law, I look back at how and why I ended up where I am today, and the answer is always the same: the Pace/London experience. I will be forever grateful to Pace University for giving me the opportunity to experience the study of law on an international level, as it clearly drove me to where I am today.” n



A glimpse at some of the fascinating projects

Thalia Goldstein, PhD

HOW MAKE-BELIEVE HELP S US UNDERSTAND THE REAL WORLD Dyson Psychology Professor Thalia Goldstein, PhD, investigates the intersection of fantasy and reality in children and adolescents. A PERFORMER FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE, Dyson Professor of Psychology Thalia Goldstein, PhD, was involved in theater and dance all through her childhood. When she got to college, she double-majored in Psychology and Theater. After college she moved to New York to pursue a career on the stage, putting psychology aside for a time. “I was a waitress and a tutor and a nanny—I did a whole bunch of odd jobs while I was trying to be an actress. I had a little bit of success, and after a while, I decided that I really missed psychology and thinking about science. I missed academia,” says Goldstein. She became a lab manager at NYU and after a year, began work on her PhD at Boston College. In the years since, Goldstein has been able to combine her passion for performance with her love of psychology. She began her research on the effects of acting on children and adolescents at Boston College, then won a National Science Foundation fellowship to become a post-doctoral scholar at Yale. “I was focused on figuring out what are the intersections between being engaged in fiction and pretend and acting and role play and understanding other people, understanding emotions and personality and characteristics, and all the things that make us human,” she explains. At Pace, Goldstein founded the Social Cognition and Imagination (SCI) Lab. With the help of her research team—which includes several graduate and undergraduate students—she 34


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looks at how acting and pretend-play might help with the development of empathy, compassion, and altruism in children and adolescents. She recently received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to conduct a large scale, longitudinal study on four-year-olds and how role play helps with their social and psychological development. She’s also researching how children learn to understand the pretend-reality boundary, using short video clips of an actor pretending to respond to various kinds of events. “Threeand four-year-old kids seem to think that even if you’re pretending to be a character (and we do tell them it’s pretend) who is sad or has just hurt their knee, then you really are sad and really do have an injured knee,” Goldstein says. “By the time the kids turn five, they are able to determine the realness of a physical characteristic—for instance, if an actor gets beat up, they know that that’s pretend. However, they do still have trouble determining if an actor is really sad if they are crying.” But it isn’t just kids who have trouble distinguishing reality from illusion. It may be part of the reason we go to the movies or watch television. Even though we know what we are seeing is not real, we have emotional reactions. “We want to be moved, we want to have an emotional reaction,” she says. This could be why actors who play doctors, like Hugh Laurie of House, receive fan mail seeking referrals or diagnoses, or why soap opera actors are often questioned about why their characters did something or other on the show. In the future, Goldstein plans to expand her research to include personality traits, knowledge, skills, and less-temporary characteristics, such as shyness. For more about the Social Cognition and Imagination Lab, visit http://scilabpace.weebly.com.

Research at Pace

Are Video Games Today’s Literature? Dyson English Professor Jane Collins, PhD, examines the language of digital gaming for an Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program project. THIS PAST HOLIDAY BREAK,

while students caught up on the video games they didn’t have time for during the semester, one Dyson professor was joining them. Jane Collins, PhD, has been mixing work and play for an Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program project titled, “Gaming as Literature: Assessing the Literary Value of Modern Day Storytelling.” Collins teamed up with English major Daniel Rubado ’14 to study the emerging field of literature in digital gaming. The topic piqued her interest while at dinner with fellow English faculty and students, when Rubado said he believes some of the most intriguing narrative work being done today appears in video games. “At the time, I had been having similar kinds of discussions with my son who’s 14 years old and who also likes gaming,” says Collins. But, she adds, she didn’t know much about the field at that point and hadn’t played any of the games herself. That’s when she encouraged Rubado to pursue the topic further, with her assistance. The pair is doing a survey of the

field, starting with a review of all the published work on the topic—a “higher order of research than what usually gets done on an undergraduate level,” Collins notes. Rubado is compiling an annotated bibliography, and they are beginning to publish their own findings. Their work was accepted for the 2014 Humanities Education and Research Conference (HERA) in Washington, D.C., where they presented in late February. They will present again at Pace’s Undergraduate Research showcase at the end of this semester. Collins, meanwhile, continues to conduct primary research—playing video games. She’s currently playing the latest version of Tomb Raider, which features more narrative about the development of the main character, Lara Croft. She also notes that, as a genre, video games are becoming increasingly Jane Collins, PhD

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sophisticated. “Video games are evolving now so that they look more like films, and they’re having longer and deeper and more substantial story lines,” she says. Collins believes that, in time, the study of video games will become more prevalent in literature and English courses. However, she says, a demographic gap exists between younger academics, who grew up playing the games, and older ones, who didn’t. “I see it as a field of study that’s going to grow as increasing numbers of people who have experienced this literature come into the academy,” she adds. That’s one reason she was glad to team up with Rubado through the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program. She says their partnership not only gives her a better window into this area of study, but also provides an opportunity for Rubado to prepare graduate-level work in the future. “He’s making himself an expert in the field, which is an emerging field, so he’s really positioning himself for a fantastic academic career,” she says.



Exploring the Predictive Power of Consumer Data Seidenberg Professor Constance Knapp, PhD, teams up with a Seidenberg and Lubin student to take a closer look at predictive analytics and data mining. HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED

how your favorite online retailers manage to suggest products tailored to your individual tastes? Information systems and quantitative business analysis double major Hannah Cherian ’14 is studying just that, a technique called predictive analytics, through the Pace Undergraduate StudentFaculty Research Program. In her project, titled “How Do They Know What I Want to Buy?: Customer Analytics and Data Mining,” Cherian, with the help of her faculty partner, Seidenberg Professor Constance Knapp, PhD, is exploring the growing sophistication of predictive analytics. Since Cherian has been offered a full-time job at Fannie Mae after graduation, the two have focused their research on the financial world. As a Seidenberg and Lubin student, Cherian says predictive analytics fit with both her majors and was an area of interest to her. When Knapp approached her with the possibility of pairing up for the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program, Cherian was eager to get started.



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However, during an initial literature review, they were surprised to see just how vast the topic was. “I had no idea how widely used predictive analytics were and how many different areas there are,” says Knapp. “For me, predictive analytics were always the Amazon thing—you know, ‘People who bought this book also bought that book,’ but it’s much broader than that.” In fact, Knapp says that predictive analytics are even used in universities to help determine which college courses should be offered in the future. That’s when Knapp suggested they focus on an area that would directly benefit Cherian as she begins her career at Fannie Mae. “I really appreciate that she did that because I would have never thought to do that, and it makes so much sense now that I’m looking at it and taking a step back,” says Cherian. This spring, after graduation, she will enter a two-year rotational program at Fannie Mae, where she has requested to work on

data analysis in addition to her other areas of interest. “It excites me that I’m doing something now that’s going to help me, very specifically, for my job at Fannie Mae,” she says. Cherian and Knapp both express gratitude for being included in the selective research program. About 150 students applied for this year’s program, with only 30 available spots. For Cherian, it has been an opportunity to see a real-world application of her studies. “It’s really taking what I’m learning in the textbook and what I’m doing on the job and tying it all together. It’s an integration of the two. I’ve always studied business and IT separately, so to see how they tie together is something that’s huge for me now,” says Cherian. For Knapp, the program has provided a chance to explore a body of research she can now incorporate into her classroom teaching. “For the first time in a very, very long time, I got to sit at a table with folks from all over the University who are working in areas that I might never have known about,” she says. “I love this idea of a research community, and I think it’s really fascinating.”

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REDISCOVERING SOME FORGOTTEN WOMEN WRITERS OF THE 19TH CENTURY Dyson Lecturer Ying Wang, PhD, explores how early French female novelists used characters with disabilities to question the restraints in their own lives. IT’S NO COINCIDENCE, suggests Ying Wang, PhD, a lecturer in Dyson’s Modern Language and Cultures Department, that female writers of the 19th century often built their stories around characters with disabilities or other impairments, especially in sentimental novels. Wang believes it may stem from fact that, in the 19th century, the concepts of femininity and disability were closely linked. The male body was considered “normal,” the female body weaker and inferior. The novels Wang primarily focused her research on were Anatole (1815) by Sophie Gay, a love story featuring a deaf and mute man; Olivier ou le Secret (1824) by Claire de Duras, a tragic love story that deals with male impotence; Delphine de Girardin’s Monsieur le Marquis de Pontanges (1856), a story about a woman who must choose between her mentally impaired husband and a handsome, young seducer; and Juliette Adam’s Laide (1878), a dramatic tale of a young woman cast from her home by her sculptor father for having an ugly face. “I want to wake them up,” says Wang, “I want to wake up their long-forgotten work, and I want to wake up the disabled figures represented in their novels. I think

there must be meaning behind it—how Western women within the context of the 19th century were considered disabled—not equal to men—and how women writers used disabled figures to question the norm and the constraints imposed by society on their gender.” Wang, who has spent the last several years investigating the representation of the disabled body in 19th century women’s sentimental novels, says France’s literary women have been forgotten and their work rarely incorporated into the canon—not because of the quality of their writing, but because the literary establishment favored male writers while marginalizing their female counterparts. A woman’s role was defined as being private—the angel of the house. “Only man had the right to write, and [do] those sorts of public things,” she says.

“The women writers of that time were seen as abnormal. They were popular and famous at the time, but have since disappeared from our anthologies and literary collections,” explains Wang. “They were considered as hybrids—possessing the body of a woman, but the mentality and intelligence of a man.” For Wang, that difference is critical to understanding why women writers often included disability in their work and how the disabled figures influenced the narrative structure of their novels. “For example, when there are disabled figures—when the hero is deaf—the disability initiates that story. It motivates that story to explain what happened and why,” she says. “One of the major functions of this deviance—this absence of normalcy—is to initiate a story to tell.”

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The Picnic: A History BY WALTER LEVY, PHD In The Picnic: A History (AltaMira Press), Levy, a professor emeritus of English at Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, explores the origins and history of the word “picnic,” classic picnic fare in the U.S. and abroad, and the depiction of picnics in popular arts and the media. Did you know that a “piquenique,” as the French called it, originally referred to a meal eaten indoors? Or that Gemini 3 astronauts John Young and Gus Grissom held the first picnic in space in 1965, dining on a smuggled corned beef and coleslaw sandwich? Levy’s book is a feast in its own right.

Entrepreneurship: Theory, Role of Economic Laws and Development Regulations and Practices in Global Chapter by Bruce Bachenheimer ’83 and Robert A. Isaak, PhD

Strategic Management: Text and Cases BY GREGORY G. DESS, PHD; G. T. LUMPKIN, PHD; ALAN B. EISNER, PHD; AND GERRY MCNAMARA, PHD The new, seventh edition of the textbook Strategic Management: Text and Cases (McGraw-Hill), co-authored by Lubin Professor of Management Alan B. Eisner, addresses traditional topics in strategic management as well as current issues such as intellectual assets, internet strategies, crowdsourcing, environmental sustainability, blogging, social networking, and more.

Strangers and Neighbors: Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Community in America BY ANDREA M. VOYER, PHD

Voyer, an assistant professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, spent five years observing the city of Lewiston, ME, known colloquially as “Maine’s Mogadishu” because of its large Somali immigrant population. In Strangers and Neighbors (Cambridge University Press), she depicts the experiences of Somalis, Lewiston city leadership, anti-racism activists, and even some racists. Her study reveals both the promise and difficulties of achieving community.

Stealing Cherries

In her fourth and latest book, Stealing Cherries (Manic D Press), author and alumna Rubin offers 74 flash fiction stories, each 150 to 300 words in length, written in a style characterized as “Sholem Aleichem 38


In their contribution to the book Entrepreneurship: Theory, Role of Economic Development and Practices (Nova Publishers), Lubin Professors of Management Bruce Bachenheimer and Robert A. Isaak, and Andrew Isaak of the University of Mannheim, Germany, discuss the question of scalable entrepreneurship and its implications for growth and job creation.


meets Sex in the City.” Rubin is an active member of the Dyson Society of Fellows and has presented her work at the Annual Meeting under faculty sponsor and Pace poet in residence Charles North.

Financial Markets

By Roy Girasa, PhD Lubin Professor and Chair of the Law and Taxation Department Girasa focuses on the major financial scandals of the past decade and their influence in the world of finance in Laws and Regulations in Global Financial Markets (Palgrave Macmillan).

He analyzes the international legal and regulatory developments that affect investment advisers and brokerdealers, banks and credit ratings organizations, and other financial sectors.

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ANTHONY DELUCA, BBA, was appointed to Chief Financial Officer of Multimedia Plus, a technology-driven communications firm.

was promoted to Chief Financial Officer at Natera, Inc. Rosenman has been on the company’s Board of Directors since 2013.


PACE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS Four new members were inducted into the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame in March. The honorees are Tom Grega (football), Kory Langley ’99 (volleyball), Henry Manning ’91 (baseball), and Joe Vuotto ’00 (men’s lacrosse). The Hall of Fame was started in 1997, with this year’s ceremony marking the thirteenth induction class. Honorees are chosen based on distinguished performance on the athletics field; a record of outstanding service, beyond athletic accomplishments, following graduation; and a record of outstanding service to the Pace University Athletics program and community. New Hall of Famers, from left: Henry Manning, Kory Langley, Joe Vuotto, and Tom Grega.



joined the Naples Trust Company as President, to spearhead new business initiatives and to build and enhance client relationships.


1986 MARIA F. SHAMMAS, BBA, sales professional at Tarvin Realtors in Ridgewood, NJ, was honored for her sales success in October 2013, exceeding $1.2 million for the month.

1987 CHERI MOORE, BA, was named


former NBC Sales Chief, has joined Horizon Media as its new Chief Investment Officer.

the new Chief Operating Officer of the Atlanta Sharks. Moore will also provide counseling to the team.





McGuireWoods LLP’s New York firm as Partner in the Debt Finance Department.

was appointed to Corporate Vice President and President of Large Enterprise Operations, at Xerox.


was named to the Board of Directors of the MGA Foundation. Currently, Reardon is the Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at EmblemHealth insurance company.

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1989 GARRY ARRICK, MBA, has joined

Kroll Firm, the global leader in risk mitigation and response solutions, as Managing Director of the New York office.


was recently appointed to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Westchester Bank. Wiggins will be based out of the Yonkers headquarters.

1990 KRISTIN A. DOLAN, MS, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation. She is also a member of Cablevision’s Board of Directors.


promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Delta Dental.


AllianceBernstein LP as the firm’s Senior Vice PresidentHead of Alternatives Product Management.

FUAD SABA, MS, has joined the Chicago office of WTP Advisors, where he will supervise the Midwest region’s International Tax Client Services. BERNARD TAK LUN SHUM, MBA,

was appointed the Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi for its Hong Kong location.


has been named the Director of Human Resources and Client Services at Prestige Employee Administrators, Inc.


appointed Vice President of Employee Relations at Selective Insurance Group.

1997 ROBERT M. POLISENO, BBA, was appointed Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Officer of ACE Group, Mid-Atlantic region. VINEET SEHGAL, BBA/MS, was promoted to Managing Director of AlixPartners’ Information Management Services group.

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JAMES HECHLER, BBA/MBA ’12, married Shana Marowitz on October 5, 2013, at the Belvedere Mansion in Rhinebeck, NY.


SANDRA GREER, MBA ’93, married Jane Post on December 8, 2013, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.


LAURA SONN, MST ’09, married Andrew Litschi on July 13, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wenatchee, WA.





ANDREA PIRROTTI, MBA, has joined WUN Systems as Chief Marketing Officer.

ERIC COLE, PHD, is being inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame at Infosecurity Europe 2014.


2000 SERGEI KRYLOV, BBA, has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC. GIUSEPPE TULUMELLO, BBA,

was named Senior Associate of Gannet Fleming. Tulumello serves as Senior Architect.




2001 STEPHAN RAPAGLIA, JD, was appointed to Chief Operating Officer of Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc.


was promoted to Managing Director of Clarfeld firm. Grijalva is also the Deputy Director of the Risk Management division.

MATTHEW JAROS, MBA, was named Business Person of the Year by Pleasantville’s HamletHub newspaper. DANIEL KATZENBERG, MBA,

joined Baird, an international financial services firm, as Senior Analyst. EMILIE RUTH NELSON, MBA,

was named Vice President of Marketing Operations to New York Independent Systems Operator.


successfully opened an additional location of his business, Work it Out Fitness Studio, in Hoboken, NJ, along with praise from Olympic gymnastics medalist Nastia Liukin.

University of Miami School of Law’s winning team at the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court competition, hosted by Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, in March.


has joined Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano LLP as an Associate Attorney.


was appointed to the Board of Director’s for Ferrum Americas Mining Inc.


named an Irish Top 40 Under 40 2014 Honoree by the Irish Echo newspaper.


May 7–11

Pace Performing Arts presents Big Love (NYC)

May 13

May 30–31

Reunion 2014 in NYC (NYC)

May 30–June 1

Law School Commencement (WP)

Pace Presents From the Horse’s Mouth (NYC)

May 15

June 11–14

Rethinking STEM-D Education: Innovative Practices from the Field (WP)

May 16–17

Reunion 2014 in Westchester (PLV)

May 18

Center for Literacy Enrichment’s Shakes on the Green (WP)

May 21

New York Undergraduate Commencement (NYC)

May 21

Graduate Level Commencement (NYC)

May 23

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences’ 2014 Conference “Welcome to the Anthropocene” (NYC)

June 18

Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History (NYC)

July 7

Summer Session II Begins

September 2

Seventh Annual Convocation

September 8

2014 Pace Athletics Golf Classic

Westchester Undergraduate Commencement (PLV)

September 20

May 27

October 17–18

May 27

October 20

Summer Session I Begins 16th Annual Lubin Golf Classic

May 29

19th Annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception featuring Philip R. Wiser, Chief Technology Officer, Hearst Corporation (NYC)

Family Fest (PLV)

Westchester Homecoming 2014 (PLV) Summit on Resilience II: The Next Storm (NYC)

October 24–25

NYC Homecoming 2014 (NYC)



Flashback Edward Bernays (left), the “father of public relations,” chats with Pace students.

PACE PREVIEWS VIRTUAL LEARNING (IN 1963) “IF NEW YORK CITY’S PACE College has its way, telephone switchboards may someday replace faculty clubs…” —Holiday magazine, 1963

Well, not exactly, but a clever experiment half a century ago did offer an early glimpse of what today is often referred to as virtual learning, using what was then cutting-edge technology: the speakerphone. As The New York Times explained it, with a touch



of awe, “A telephone device that enables the speaker to carry on a conversation without lifting the receiver is being used by classes at Pace College in New York City for long-distance conferences with experts in a variety of fields. The arrangement permits a busy ‘visiting professor’ to offer his views and answer questions put by members of the class without having to leave his desk.” Imagine!

The experiment seems to have begun in May 1962 when 50 Pace students in an American government class heard from Carlos Lacerda, a Brazilian governor, speaking from Rio de Janeiro. Pace officials, The Times reported, believed that it was the first time an American university had placed an international call as part of class instruction. Cost of the call: $206.80—roughly $1,550 in today’s dollars. Later that year, 200 Pace

students heard Senate minority leader Everett Dirksen expound on civil rights legislation from Washington, the Associated Press reported, while an English class arranged a call with the Shakespearean actor Sir John Gielgud, then appearing in a play in Philadelphia. Did you participate in one of these historic calls as a Pace student? If so, please share your memories with us at www.pace.edu/flashback1963.




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