Just a few short years ago, we celebrated Pace's 100th anniversary and now we are following up with the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville campus. In September of 1963, Pace first opened the Pleasantville campus with 143 day students and another 265 evening students--you can read the details on the website of Dyson Professor of History, Dr. Marilyn Weigold. Our campus has grown to the point where we are now Westchester's largest university and 13th largest employer!
This year, the Pleasantville campus is on the move again, with an amazing Master Plan that is adding new dorms, reconfiguring our roads and parking to create a pedestrian-friendly central campus, and modernizing and renewing the campus to carry us through the next 50 years, and beyond! The groundbreaking for our new construction is this month.
As you will read in this issue, we have many wonderful events scheduled on the campus, including events sponsored by Dyson. I hope you will visit the campus to participate—we are planning a film festival so look for an invitation coming soon; we also invited the renowned historian Kenneth T. Jackson, the Jacques Barzun Professor in History and Social Sciences at Columbia University, to speak on campus in the spring. In between, there will be many other events, so come to our webpage and then come to Pace!
In New York, Dyson continues to innovate: we have three new programs approved by NY State Education Department. The Master of Public Administration degree, originally established in White Plains, has extended its highly successful program to the NYC campus. We also received approvals for a new BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials and a new BA in Global Asia Studies.
I look forward to welcoming you to all our events in New York and Pleasantville!
Nira Herrmann, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences