Alumni Notes

Pace President Interviews CNBC’s Gasparino

On November 17, 2009 Dyson alumnus Charles Gasparino ’85, on-air editor for CNBC, was interviewed by Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman, former Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in a discussion entitled, “How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System” at Pace University’s New York City campus. Following the interview, Gasparino signed copies of his new book, The Sellout.

Hall Pens Guide to Independent Cinema

Dyson alumnus, film critic, and historian Phil Hall ’86 had his book, The History of Independent Cinema, published by BearManor Media in spring 2009. According to a press release from the publisher, “If you thought you knew all about independent cinema, think again! The History of Independent Cinema offers the most comprehensive odyssey through the long and tumultuous life of American filmmakers who worked outside of the studio system…Ideal for the dedicated film scholar, the aspiring film student, or the casual film lover, The History of Independent Cinema is a perfect guide to understanding the full depth and scope of this extraordinary sector of the motion picture world.” Hall is a contributing editor for the online magazine Film Threat and a journalist whose cinema-related writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News and Wired Magazine. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies (2004), Independent Film Distribution (2005) and The New PR (2007).

Alekshun Keynotes Research Symposium

Pace University hosted the May 2, 2009 American Chemical Society’s 57th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium featuring keynote speaker and Dyson alumnus Michael N. Alekshun, PhD, ’91 who presented “Contemporary Issues in Antibiotic Resistance: Problematic Bugs and the Therapeutic Strategies Used to Treat Them.” Dr. Alekshun is an Associate Director of Research and Development Licensing at the Schering-Plough Research Institute (Kenilworth, NJ). The symposium was co-chaired by JaimeLee Rizzo, PhD, Chemistry. Student presenters included: Patrick Carney, Matthew Chiarello, Carlo Crespo, Michael Fischman, Hisham Hosein, Herby Jeanty, Travis Korosh, Amanda Mickley, John Ponessa, Christina Rivera, and Faiza Sheikh. Student moderators included Renee Corsillo, Confidence Ekeanyanwu, Raymond Hunce, Nicholas Imperial, Brandon Lentine, Rebekah Loban, Nancy Nininger, Bridgette Perez, Amanda Pneuman, Dominique Ruffolo, Savpreet Singh, Anu Thomas, and Sabina Vysotskaya. Faculty mentors included: Zhaohua Dai, PhD; Raifah Kabbani, PhD; Sergey Kazakov, PhD; Mary Morada, JaimeLee Rizzo, PhD; Ellen Weiser, PhD (Dr. Alekshun’s undergraduate professor); and Nigel Yarlett, PhD.

Bradley Cooper Stops by the Actors Studio Drama School

Last spring, Actors Studio Drama School (ASDS) alumnus, Bradley Cooper visited with ASDS students and his former acting teacher, Andreas Manolikakis, who is now chair of ASDS. Pictured: (top left) Natalie Holly, Mr. Manolikakis, Bradley Cooper, Chelese Belmont, Ashley Love; (bottom row) Thesa Loving and Gino Costabile. Cooper’s credits have included: He’s Just Not That Into You, “Nip/Tuck,” “Kitchen Confidential,” Failure to Launch, and Wedding Crashers to name a few.
Alumna Carmela Fava ’07 is taking what she learned in the classroom at Pace University and passing it on to her high school students at Good Counsel Academy in White Plains, NY. In the fall of 2006, as her project for the Pace University course on “Keys to Global Peace,” she taught a class in Nonviolent Communication to students at Good Counsel Academy, where she now teaches the course “Nonviolent Communication -Global Peace.” This year her class is doing a project to raise funds to build a well in Kenya. Read an article about her work in the White Plains Times.