Prof. Diane Cypkin Brings Joy to U.S. Veterans

Calvin Witter, Gulf War Veteran and Pace Variety Players

Calvin Witter, Gulf War Veteran and Pace Variety Players

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Pace Cheerleaders

Pace Cheerleaders

Diane Cypkin and Pace students perform "Everything&squot;s Coming Up Roses"

Diane Cypkin and Pace students perform “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”

Professor Chris Malone playing the guitar

Professor Chris Malone playing the guitar

Pace Variety Players

Pace Variety Players

Pace students belly dancing

Pace students belly dancing

As part of Pace University’s Centennial Celebration, which is encouraging at least 100 volunteer activities in surrounding communities, Pace’s Pleasantville Campus has accomplished something both unique and patriotic. A theatrical troupe, “The Pace Variety Players,” comprised of singers, dancers, athletes, and musicians, entertained ailing veterans at the Bronx Veterans Administration Medical Center this spring.

It is not at all surprising that Professor of English Communications Diane Cypkin organized this event. She has never forgotten that it was Allied soldiers who rescued her parents and brother during World War II, nor has she ever forgotten the kindness of the American soldiers at the American Displaced Persons Camp where she was born, a kindness her mother spoke about for years. Because of this experience, she later eagerly sang in a theatrical troupe that entertained American soldiers during the Vietnam War. As a natural consequence, she created “The Pace Variety Players” and this event. It is her way, and the Pace Variety Players way, of humbly saying “Thank you.”

The “Springfest” variety show was presented by Professor Cypkin and a group of Pace administrators, faculty, staff, and students including Kevin Banks, dean for students at the Pleasantville Campus; professors Chris Malone and Ellen Mandel; staff members Noreen McGuire and Angela Nally; Pace students Amanda Cerreto, Priscilla Garcia, Sara Kropf, Lucia Martinez, Deidre Pennington, Kristina Scoppa and Gibraltar White; and the Pace University Cheerleaders.

Read Professor Cypkin’s Essay, “Thank You,” In the Name of My Mother, Father, Brother, Me, and Many, Many Others