A New Home for the Performing Arts Department

The undergraduate Performing Arts Department will move to its new home during the fall 2012 semester. On January 6, Pace University signed a 21-year lease for 140 William St., a 47,200-square-foot  building which will house rehearsal spaces, classrooms, a television studio and a 100-seat theater. Read what the The Wall Street Journal said, visit the department website or watch our video.

Chemistry Department Awarded ‘Project of the Year’ by DnDi

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative has recognized the work of Professors Cyrus Bacchi, PhD, and Nigel Yarlett, PhD, of the Haskins Laboratories, with the Project of the Year 2011 Award for the development of the first new drug to go to clinical trial and the first new treatment for Human African Trypanosomiasis (“sleeping sickness”) in more than 40 years.

Alternative Spring Break Gives Students a 360-Degree View of Homelessness

Through the Center for Community Action and Research, students participated in Alternative Spring Break volunteering at a food bank warehouse in the Bronx, learning about poverty and the shelter system, as well as helping the homeless setup email accounts to start searching for jobs. >> Read more

Pace Team Wins Second Place at College Federal Reserve Challenge

Professors Gregory Colman, Anna Shostya and Mark Weinstock coached the team at the national academic competition that beat out St. Johns and Columbia in the semi-finals and in the final round beat Cornell and Hamilton. >> Read more

‘Summit on Resilience’ Brings Together Government and Corporate Leaders

The Hon. Tom Ridge, President and CEO of Ridge Global, and first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security delivered the keynote address at the Summit on Resilience, which brought together key stakeholders from the government and corporate sector to discuss how the two can work together to rebuild after disaster strikes. >> Hear what the secretary has to say about the academics role in this process.

Students Raise Sexual Assault Awareness with Citywide Collaboration

On April 14, Pace University hosted FlipIt, a New York City-wide conference on sexual assault awareness. Pace students participated in the conference which will launch a new network of college students looking to proactively address sexual assault on NYC campuses. >> View Photos

Model UN Team: From Geneva to NYC

Pace University’s Model UN team participated at the Geneva International Model United Nations’ conference and in the National Model UN conference in New York City. Follow their blog at

Award-Winning Travel Documentary Course Unveils Latest Film

The student-produced documentary film “Battle Behind the Bottle” premieres May 2. Each spring, this travel course takes our students to far off locations in search of the stories behind the biggest issues facing our environment today. Last year’s student-produced documentary “Linda Thornton: Seeking Sustainability, One Shrimp at a Time,” is the recent winner-Best Shorts Competition for Best Short Documentary Award of Merit. Prior year’s documentaries have included: “Social Media: Redefining Communication” in 2008, “Mugello: One Step Closer to Sustainability” in 2007, “Mugello, Italy’s Untapped Gem” 2007, “The Constitution Comes Alive”, 2007 “Ecotourism: The Double Edged Sword” 2006, “The March of Time: the History of Pace University” 2006, North Castle Community Television, Best Documentary Winner, “The Life of an American Ambassador” 2009 – recipient of Best in Category Award Winner for the “Documentary” category of the 2010 Indie Short Film Competition.

MPA Celebrates Three Decades

Pace’s Master of Public Administration program, located at the White Plains Graduate Center, has been teaching future leaders for over 30 years. To honor the program’s dedicated faculty, staff, students and our alumni celebrated three decades of the MPA’s success with an anniversary event, with keynote address by Bill Mooney, President of the Westchester County Association. >> View Photos

Benton Awarded Fulbright to Teach in Russia

Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, has received a Fulbright Scholar Lecturing Award and an invitation from European University in St. Petersburg to teach in their art history graduate program in fall 2012 on the topic of “Increasing Cultural Exchange with Russia through the History of Art.” Summary of Project Statement: “The art of a country reflects its aesthetics as well as fundamental attitudes and values. Yet the art of Russia, a country of vast dimensions and long history, receives only minimal attention in American curricula and texts. I have been invited by European University in St. Petersburg to teach in their graduate program in Art History, where I would collaborate with Russian colleagues using a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach with the goal of fostering significant exchanges of ideas. This will enable me to bring an accurate representation of Russian art to my own students and to give Russian art appropriate recognition in my next book, Masterpieces of Global Art.”

Earth Month Returns to Pleasantville Campus

Earth Month, held each year on the Pleasantville campus, offers a month of environmental programming, spearheaded by Environmental Center Director Angelo Spillo. Every year, it gets a little big bigger. Read More

Students’ Health App Places in Major Competitions

John Robb, Art and Communications major and Peter Franceschini, a computer science major, placed fourth at The Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative (BMIC) University Mobile Challenge, and have been invited to compete at the Mobile Health Challenge in Cape Town, South Africa in May. John and Peter also participated in the Pace Pitch contest and won first prize for their Candoo mobile application. Read more

Meet the Staff: Director of Development Jeanne Hayes

Eugenia “Jeanne” Hayes joined Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at the start of this academic year as the Director of Development for the college. Working closely with Dean Nira Herrmann, Jeanne is responsible for the fundraising initiatives of the college. Over the course of this academic year, she has enjoyed getting to know the Dyson community including faculty, staff, and students and has especially enjoyed hearing stories from alumni about the impact their education has had on their lives. Prior to joining Pace University, Jeanne served as Director of Alumni Relations and Reunion Programs for the Yale School of Management. Jeanne has broad experience in alumni relations, marketing and communications, strategic planning, business administration and working with alumni associations. Jeanne had been at Yale University since 1998, first serving as publisher of the Yale Alumni Magazine and later as executive director of the Yale Center for Customer Insights at the School of Management. Prior to her tenure at Yale, Jeanne held various positions at the Ivy League Magazine Network, The American Scholar, Circulation Specialists Inc, U.S. News & World Report, and The Atlantic. Jeanne received her MA in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University and her BA in Economics from the University of Maryland. Please feel free to contact Jeanne at or (212)346-1907.

In Memoriam

The Performing Arts Department of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences mourns the loss of two beloved colleagues.

Anne Lommel, 48, of Monticello, MN, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, passed away on February 9, 2012.  Prof. Lommel joined the department in 2000 as the Costume Shop Supervisor and Adjunct teacher of Costuming.

Patricia Ann (nee Conway) Woodward, 62, of Little Falls, NJ, formerly of Montclair, a longtime member of the Performing Arts Department staff and an adjunct faculty member, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012. Pat received her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from Pace University in 1976, and had worked in the Performing Arts Department at Pace University since 1990.