2013-2014 Student News

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Pace Westchester at Southern Model UN

Pace Westchester at Southern Model UN in Atlanta

Pace Westchester’s Model UN Team garnered three awards at the Southern Model UN conference held in Atlanta, GA. The team will go on to compete at the National Model United Nations-New York (NYMUN) conference in the spring. For the past two years, the Pace Westchester team won the outstanding delegation award at the national conference, and they are are hoping for a “three’pete.”

Pace NYC at National Model UN

Pace NYC at National Model UN in DC

Pace’s NYC Model UN team was recognized with four awards for their poised and adroit representation of global policymaking on peace, security, development and human rights in the National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC (NMUN DC). Pace was in third place in terms of awards received, out of nearly 100 participating universities and student groups.

College Fed Challenge

College Fed Challenge Team Heads to Nationals

For the second year in a row, Dyson’s College Fed Challenge team advances to the nationals finals. The team took first place in the New York regional finals and on December 2, they will compete against four other teams, including Harvard University, in Washington, D.C.

College Fed Challenge

Fed Challenge Team Advances to Semi-finals

On November 5, Dyson’s award-winning College Fed Challenge team advanced to the New York regional semi-final competition.  Thirty-six colleges participated and Pace was one of only six teams to advance.   The semi-finals will take place on November 18. 

CHEMTERTAINMENT: More Fun Teaching and Learning Chemistry

Students Present at American Chemical Society Meeting

Dyson students Sophia Anne Miotto '13, Orkhan Mammadov '14, Robert Marvin '14, Nadina Horril '14, Maximillian Barria '15, Tyler Brescia '15, and Eric Nguyen '16 presented scientific posters at the American Chemical Society Regional meeting in October.   Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, Elmer-Rico E. Mojica, presented an oral paper CHEMTERTAINMENT: More Fun Teaching and Learning Chemistry.

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Journal News: Westchester Exec Race

“...What’s important is not just cutting taxes and cutting programs but having a plan to better the county,” said Sam Fandrich, a graduate student at Dyson College’s Master of Public Administration program and a panelist for the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Westchester and Pace.  Watch the debate video and read the article here.

Wildlife Conversation Film Festival

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival at Pace

¡Viva la Tortuga!, the short documentary by Media, Communication, and Visual Arts students, was accepted to the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. The film will screen as part of a festival workshop with the filmmakers at 1 Pace Plaza at 2pm on Friday, October 18. Advance registration is required. RSVP here.

Brett Thiele

Backstage with Brett Thiele

Brett Thiele ‘14, musical theater major, was profiled in Broadway Spotted.  He discusses how Pace Performing Arts training help him to land a Broadway debut in Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark.

Josie Blair

Josie Blair Awarded American Society of Microbiology Fellowship

Biology and Health Sciences undergraduate, Josie Blair, received the 2013-14 Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) to support her research on the molecular stimulation of mycobacterial growth.

¡Viva la Tortuga!

¡Viva la Tortuga! Documentary Accepted to NYC Film Festival

Dyson Media, Communications, and Visual Arts students’ documentary short, ¡Viva la Tortuga!, was accepted to the 4th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival, a showcase for the best in independent cinema. The documentary will screen at the festival in October.

Pi Gamma Mu

Dyson Students Recognized by Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society

Kelsey Berro, Daniel Boutarel, William Helander, and Sofya Sternik, Dyson students who comprise the winning National College Fed Challenge team, were recently recognized by the New York Tau chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, the international honors society in social studies, at a brunch event held at the Homer S. Pace Study. Also at the event, six other Dyson students were initiated into the society.

Microbiology Conference

Biology and Health Science Majors Present Research at International Conference

Biology and Health Sciences majors Josie Blair ’14, Neil Patel ’13, and Josh Rivera ’14, and Professor Marcy Kelly earned the rare opportunity to present their research on the impact of a molecule on the growth of a bacterium that causes tuberculosis at the 2013 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Patel was the first author on the project.

¡Viva la Tortuga!

¡Viva la Tortuga! Documentary on the Huffington Post

¡Viva la Tortuga!, the most recent documentary by Media, Communications, and Visual Arts students and an accompanying article about the project were reposted to the Huffington Post website. The video has been viewed more than 4,500 times.

AliReza Vaziri

Undergraduate Research Showcase Winners

The winners of this year’s Undergraduate Research Showcase are, professor John Horne and Ruchi Sheth ’13 for their work on the olfactory system in zebrafish, and, professor Marley Bauce and senior AliReza Vaziri for their project on Pace’s campus-wide sustainability initiatives. The research showcase is the culmination of research carried out under the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program.

English Department Writing Awards

English Department Writing Awards

A ceremony on April 30 honored recipients of the English department (NYC) writing awards. The awards recognize excellence in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, literary and film criticism, and LGBT writing. For a list of award winners, please see the English department website.

Adelia Williams Class of the Society of Fellows

New Members Inducted into the Society of Fellows of Dyson College

On April 25, sixteen full fellows and fifty-three associate fellows, likely the largest number in the history of the society, were initiated into the Adelia Williams Class of the Society of Fellows. This year, the Charles H. Dyson Award was given to two exceptional recipients, Matthew Ceurvels and Yahdon Israel. Madelyn Farris received an honorable mention.

Jacqueline Kelleher

Gilman Scholarship Winner to Study in Hong Kong

Dyson College Political Science major Jacqueline Kelleher ’15 was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This summer she will study at Lingnan University in Hong Kong as part of the Pace Exchange Program. The scholarship provides awards for undergraduate students who are receiving Pell grants to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Danielle Stout

Danielle Stout Interns at Madison Square Garden Company

Senior BFA Acting major Danielle Stout was recently hired as a student associate with Rockette Operations in the Radio City Music Hall division. “It is a humbling experience to realize how many people it takes to get a production up and running. The internship has taught me never to take for granted the people who work hard to make an actor’s job easier,” Stout said.

¡Viva la Tortuga! Student Documentary in New York Times’ DotEarth blog

“¡Viva la Tortuga! Meshing Conservation and Culture in Magdalena Bay,” the latest addition to a series of prize-winning short videos shot and produced by Media and Communications Arts students and faculty, is featured in Andrew Revkin’s “DotEarth” blog in the New York Times.

Earth Day

Chemistry Students March
for the Earth

Approximately 175 students and faculty from Dyson College and other local colleges and universities walked the Brooklyn Bridge to raise awareness about Earth Day. The march was part of the American Chemical Society’s 2nd Annual Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Event. Adjunct Professor Marley Bauce, gave a keynote address about the interconnectedness of the human species and the planet earth.

Kerry McBroome

Dyson College Senior Wins Fulbright Grant

Graduating senior and psychology major, Kerry McBroome ’13, was awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program Grant in Malaysia. After a month of intensive language training in Kuala Lumpur, she will transfer to a post in rural Malaysia where she will work with primary and secondary students. Upon returning to the United States in November 2014, McBroome will begin a doctoral program at Stanford University.

Marisch Perera

New York Women in Communications Scholarship Winner

Communication Studies sophomore, Marisch Perera, was awarded a New York Women in Communications Scholarship.

Model United Nations Teams

Pace’s Model United Nations Teams Bring Home Nine Awards!

Pace Westchester and Pace New York City Model United Nation teams competed against 90 universities in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference, themed “Change Your World.” The two teams were recognized with a combined total of nine awards, including the top honor of Outstanding Delegation for Pace Westchester.


A Win for Media, Communications and Visual Arts students and Program Director Maria Luskay

The group’s short documentary film, The Battle Behind the Bottle: A Film on the Cork Question, was awarded the Bronze Reel for Outstanding Student Work at the 44th Annual Media Communications Association – International (MCA-I) Media Festival.

Hayley Griffith

Acting Major Lands Role on Law and Order SVU

Freshman BFA Acting Major Hayley Griffith has been cast in an upcoming episode of Law & Order SVU where she will play the role of Hannah on episode 20. Her past credits include a supporting role in the independent film “Five Years Later,” as well as a national commercial for Burlington Coat Factory. Currently, Hayley is working on Pace’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Sea Turtles

Media, Communications and Visual Arts students’ sea turtle documentary project mentioned in New York Times’ Dot Earth Blog

Undergraduate and graduate MCA students spent spring break in Baja, Mexico filming a documentary about endangered sea turtles. Andrew C. Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace Academy and NY Times’ Dot Earth blogger, mentions the production in his recent blog post.

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break: Pace Students Make Sweat-Equity Investment in Staten Island

As part of Pace’s Center for Community Action and Research’s Alternative Spring Break program, students from both campuses contributed to the rehabilitation of Staten Island, a community still impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Students prepared homes for reconstruction by removing drywall and helped to run a food bank and soup kitchen.

Opal Vadhan

Opal Vadhan Wins New York Women in Communications Foundation Scholarship

Dyson College sophomore, Opal Vadhan, wins the prestigious New York Women in Communications Foundation WEtv Scholarship. Based on academic achievement and leadership, the scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a career in broadcast production. Vadhan is a Communications Major and a Marketing and Women’s and Gender Studies Minor.

David Armanino

Pace Acting Student Featured Online

Pace BFA Acting student David Armanino ’15, who has performed in various productions including at Theatre Row, the Abingdon Theatre Complex, and various other venues, is this week’s featured performer on Broadwayworld.com.