Dean's Message

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  Nira Herrmann

Dyson = Opportunity

I am so very proud of the ways that Dyson College is continuing to create new and even greater opportunities for an enriching educational experience for our students.  As you take a few of your hard-to-find moments of free time to read this newsletter, I know that you’ll be just as pleased to learn how we are finding new ways to engage our students in learning in the liberal arts through innovative teaching, student-faculty collaborations, and a high level of scholarship. 

Scholarly lectures present opportunities for our students, as well as for our alumni, to hear from new and respected voices from inside and outside the Pace community. As part of the celebration of the Pace Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary, on April 7 we are co-sponsoring a lecture by Kenneth Jackson, the preeminent authority on New York history and frequent television guest expert, who will discuss The Ideal Suburb: The Evolution of Westchester County in the 20th Century.  Please visit the webpage to RSVP – space is limited! 

From far-ranging opportunities in the humanities andthe sciences, students are learning in novel research collaborations with Dyson faculty. For instance, in this issue you’ll learn how Jane Collins, Associate Professor, English in Pleasantville, and student Daniel Rubado are studying the emerging field of literature in digital gaming.  In another collaboration, JaimieLee Rizzo, Professor, Chemistry in New York City, and student Sophia Miotto presented their research on the synthesis of compounds to treat neuromuscular disorders to the Pace Board of Trustees. 

In this newsletter, I’ve shared just some of the many ways that Dyson College is continually shaping programs that are innovative and relevant to today’s marketplace and provide students the tools they need for success.  When we say “Dyson = Opportunity,” it means that we strive to continually develop myriad opportunities for students to engage in studies, research, and activities that are meaningful to their personal, educational, and career goals.

I look forward to seeing you on campus – whether it’s to attend the Kenneth Jackson lecture, or to just say hello and reconnect with faculty.  And if you have any news to share, please contact Angela Nally, assistant dean for communications, at  We’d be happy to hear from you!

Best wishes,

Nira Herrmann

Nira Herrmann, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences