Student Notes

History Students Visit UN

Joseph Lee, PhD, History Professor (History, PNY) and honors students from his class “Nonviolent Activism in Modern Asia” visited the United Nations General Assembly during the guided tour of the UN Headquarters on November 23, 2009. Left to right, back row are: Lilibeth-Anne Rivera, Julie Gill, Samantha Haisley, Prof. Lee, Arnold Yu, Sarah Leclerc, Rachel Menth, Kristina Hodelin, Ying Cao; and front row, Sophie Cheung, Ashley Rodriguez, Jillian Mojica, and Megan Hanson.

Students Volunteer at National Chemistry Week

On October 24, 2009, Dyson faculty and students celebrated National Chemistry Week by volunteering at the New York Hall of Science. The students put on demonstrations including “gooey slime” and “super-duper bubbles” for kids from ages 5-13. Faculty volunteers included Zhaohua Dai, PhD, Chemistry and JaimeLee Rizzo, PhD, Chemistry, who served as project coordinator. Student volunteers included Patrick Carney, Alyssa Feldman, Herby Jeanty, Maykel Khilla, Shey Kimura, Michelle Mallery, Kelly McDaniel, Melany McKenna, Amanda Mickley, Sarah Pylinsky, Amanda Pneuman, John Ponessa, Arianna Porrata-Doria, Faiza Sheikh, Vishaia Singh, Christine Toledo, Lyanne Valdez, and Sabina Vysotskaya.

Students Present at Undergraduate Science Research Conference

Pace students, faculty and staff members attended the Eastern College Science Conference (ECSC), an undergraduate science research conference held at Wagner College, on April 25, 2009. Students from 21 colleges and universities presented 120 posters, over 100 platform talks, and 13 submitted manuscripts. Pace students presented 14 posters during two poster sessions and two platform talks. The only Pace platform talk was made by John Ponessa, who won for platform talk with his presentation based on research he conducted at Haskins Laboratory titled, “Evaluation of Novel Compounds Targeting Cryptosporidium parvum.” Pace students who presented posters included Dorothy Clavin, Travis Korosh, Alba Pllana-Dervishaj, Aleksandra Miucin, Amanda Pneuman, Alison Quirch, Eric Rayner, Victor Sanchez, Surabhi Srivistava, Sandra Terry, Dana Verdell, and Alexis Wells. Other Pace students in attendance included Isabel Metzger, Nancy Nininger, Omar Sharif, Faiza Sheikh, and Sabina Vysotskaya. Pace faculty members who attended included Erica Kipp, Daniel Strahs, PhD, Mary Morada, and Nigel Yarlett, PhD. The 2010 ECSC conference will be held at Pace University.

A Weekend at Harvard

Diann Pena, Robert Spence, and Taylor Vogt, along with Angelo Spillo, Director of Pace University’s Environmental Center, attend the June 11-13, 2009, American College Personnel Association Institute on Sustainability at Harvard University.

PA Students Walk to Fight Cancer

Physician Assistant Studies students participated in the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday October 18, 2009, as part of the Academy of Physician Assistants PA week.

Watson Fellows Named

Caroline Craig and Lorendra Pinder have been awarded Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships. The three-year Fellowship program offers paid summer internships, mentoring, and enhanced educational opportunities to New York City undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding leadership skills, and commitment to the common good.

Darling Wins Scholarship

In recognition of her academic achievement as well as other criteria including community and professional service and involvement, Claire Darling received one of only four $1,000 scholarships awarded by the New York State Society of Physician Assistants.
Economics students earned district second place in the Federal Reserve Challenge on November 20, 2009. Coached by Professor Mark Weinstock, the students competed by acting as advisors to the Federal Open Market Committee as to the direction of the next move in interest rates. After a first round victory on November 5, 2009 at the Sheraton New York, Pace University’s College Federal Reserve Challenge Team went to the New York Federal Reserve Bank and won the semi-finals in the morning and then advanced to the finals in the afternoon, winning second place in the District. The team also won the Lloyd Bromberg Award for Excellence, specially presented for coordination and recognition for team presentation excellence. The student participants included team captain Christopher Buckingham, Samir Espiritusanto, Kevin Murphy, Michael C. Robinson, and Bethany Rolfs, all business economics majors in Dyson College.
On May 13, 2009, Adam Crail, Ivanna Cheban, Jacki Munson, Ariel Sanzo, Amanda Tejada, and Andrew Williams were inducted into the New York Kappa Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.
The independent film, “When Harry Tries to Marry,” a romantic comedy about an young Indian-American college student who shocks his assimilated Indian family when he insists that he wants an arranged marriage, was filmed at Pace University’s New York City campus this fall. Grant Kretchik, Performing Arts Professor, and 25 Pace students got involved in the action. Spencer Bazzano, Ginger Graham, Kayla Mason, Julie Robles, Aitan Shachar, and Eric Tronolone all had speaking roles in the film. Student interns on the production include Diana Federico, Hilary Leavitt, Mickey Lee Nelson, and Alex Scardapane. Read about the students experiences filming on the Dyson Blog.
Associate Professor Christopher Malone, PhD and students Stephanie Robayo and Jaclyn Kopel are the recipients of the 2009 Project Pericles Faculty-Student Research Grant. Dr. Malone, Robayo and Kopel will investigate levels of civic engagement and political participation among New York City high school students. Pace University is a member of Project Pericles, a national organization of colleges and universities committed to making socially responsible and participatory citizenship an essential part of educational programs in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. Project Pericles at Pace offers grants, teaching assistantships, and community placement assistance for faculty and students.
When Benjamin Moore (Paint) and O, The Oprah Magazine held the contest “The Color of Inspiration” in June 2009, and invited readers to help make a difference in their community by nominating a local shelter in need of a facelift, Isabell McHugh, Staff Assistant for the Department of Criminal Justice, nominated a Westchester shelter. When she learned that her nomination was chosen, she volunteered to help with the shelter’s facelift and asked if the students in Pace University’s Criminal Justice Society and Pace faculty could also participate. Faculty volunteers included Joseph Ryan, PhD, Margaret FitzGerald, JD, Bobbi Spielman, Ghassan Karam, and George Picoulas. Student volunteers from the Criminal Justice Society included Shannon Beadle, Christopher Henry, Natalie Hinz, and Kimberly Sieber. Isabell’s husband Charles McHugh also pitched in. The event was held the weekend of October 3, 2009 during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
For the sixth year in a row, the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program sent a team to compete in the Medical Jeopardy Tournament at the annual New York State Society of Physician Assistant (NYSSPA) Fall Conference in September 2009 in Saratoga Springs. Alyssa Paloian, Allison Porter, and Gregory Welsh competed against seven other teams from Physician Assistant programs in New York. Approximately 40 Pace students and faculty were seated in the audience excitedly cheering on their team to an audience comprising over 300 conference attendees.The Pace team played well and reached the second round, but this year’s winner was Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York/Harlem Hospital Center. Undaunted, the Pace team is now honing their medical trivia and will compete in the 2010 National Medical Challenge Bowl hosted by the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants at the 38th Annual American Academy of Physician Assistants conference in May in Atlanta.
Matt Alford was reviewed for his performance in “To Whom it may Concern” by Aurin Squire in NY Theater, Show Business Weekly, Stage Buzz, and Backstage.
Mary-Catherine Breed participated in the Lipper Internship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust this summer. This prestigious program brings together graduate and undergraduate students from across the Northeast to train to teach public middle and high school students about the Holocaust. Students are provided with an intensive two-week training program at the museum, during which they meet with museum staff, hear testimony former Holocaust survivors, and learn appropriate teaching methods. They then visit schools to give a pre-visit lesson in the classroom, guide their class around the museum when it visits, and return to the school for a post-visit discussion. This is the second year a Pace student (or students) have been accepted to the Lipper Internship. Read more about previous Pace participants.
Geri Brown performed in the FringeNYC 2009 Musical Theater Festival in Tales from the Tunnel. Read a review.
Margaret Dudasik was featured in the Wall Street Journal as a member of the Irish girl band, Girsa. Read the article.
Nichole LeFebvre, a Pforzheimer Honors College student and English major, has just published the lead article in a special Harry Potter issue of the prestigious online journal The Looking Glass. Her paper was accepted in spring 2009 through the Emerging Voices program of the journal and the editors decided to build the current fall 2009 issue around her work on Harry Potter. Nichole’s essay, “The Sorcerer’s Stone, Mirror of Erised and Horcruxes: Choice Individuality and Authenticity in Harry Potter,” also won the award for the top research paper in the Humanities at the 2009 Dyson Society of Fellows Annual Student Conference in February. This summer she received a Leadership Alliance-Mellon Initiative fellowship to research at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Nishna Nadir was honored at the April 2009 Awards Day at Pace University in recognition of her paper “Math Research Project 1: ‘Probabilities in the Dry Cleaning Business’.” This was based on work she did in Professor Shamita Dutta Gupta, PhD’s Writing Enhanced Course in Elementary Statistics.
Vicky Pompillus, got first place at the All Stars Talent Show in May singing “and I’m telling you” by Jennifer Holiday and moves on to the finals on December 5, 2009. In the spring she made it to the final round of The Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night.
Taylor Vogt was one of 20 students from around the globe recognized for his contributions to the IBM Smarter Planet University Jam. He was recognized for having “made insightful and/or innovative contributions to the Jam discussion on how technology and business can help build a smarter planet in areas such as energy, traffic, water, education, and healthcare.”