Celebrating Our ‘Firsts’
This year Dyson College celebrates the first anniversary of the Confucius Institute at Pace University, the first year of its new Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts program, the pilot of the exciting ePortfolio project, and now the launch of our First Generation initiative aimed at connecting those who have had successful academic careers as the first in their families to graduate from college with students who are the first in their families to attend college.
The “first in the family” story is one commonly told by Pace graduates, and a point of pride for the university. We look forward to continuing to nurture our students through a variety of programs, including our successful “Houses” program which was expanded this year and will continue to expand in the coming year. We started with two “houses” two years ago as a way for mainstream students on the New York City campus to find a “home” within Dyson College by connecting with like-minded peers. Starting next year, we are excited to announce that all incoming first-year Dyson students on the NYC campus will be able to join a house if they want to, and --- this is the really exciting part --- many will actually be able to live together on themed floors in Maria’s Tower.
Dyson College continues to grow and innovate through student-centered programming as well as through curricular innovations. Starting in the fall, we will launch our new Master of Arts in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals in response to market demands. From landing roles on Broadway to publishing scientific research, from interning in the White House to joining the Peace Corps, Dyson College students and alumni/ae are thriving. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Dyson College community! I hope you enjoy this issue of the Dyson Digital Digest.
Nira Herrmann, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences