Worst of Times, Best of Times
Dickens’s famous opening quote has been the theme of the past few months in Dyson College: “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”
Dyson lost two dear colleagues from the Performing Arts Department this year: Anne Lommel and Patricia Woodward. Both Anne and Pat gave their all to our programs, to our students and to their colleagues. They set a wonderful example of dedication, commitment, and skill and are sorely missed.
Together with their colleagues in Performing arts, they helped lay the foundation for the growth of our programs and the long-term lease of our new building at 140 William Street. This 7 story building will house the Department and extend the Pace campus down William Street as part of the new Master Plan for the University.
Our community continues a tradition of involvement, responding to the worst of times by offering aid and compassion. Alternative Spring Break is a way for students to give back to our community. Working with the Center for Community Action and Research, our students are making a major difference! Students are also participating in Flipit to raise awareness of sexual assault and, following a Pace tradition, celebrating Earth Month.
Our students continue to excel as well, through the Model UN team, the Federal Reserve Challenge, and the creation of a Health App, just to showcase some of the latest achievements of Dyson majors.
Our Faculty also excel, from competing successfully for a Senior Scholar Fulbright Award to guiding students in production of an award-winning documentary (yet again!!) to earning 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 to organizing a hugely successful Summit on Resilience on the Pace NY campus.
As Dyson continues to grow, we are working hard to foster the intellectual and personal growth of every member of our community, to provide opportunities for our faculty, students and staff to excel and create a climate of mutual respect and shared endeavor. We invite you to join us on campus and through our Web pages to keep in touch with Pace and the College!
Nira Herrmann, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences