Dyson News at a Glance: December 2016

 

PPA RANKED TOP THEATRE PROGRAM BY ONSTAGE

The Pace School of Performing Arts has been named the Best Theatre College in New York by theatre blog OnStage in their comprehensive ranking of the top theatre programs in each state. Ranking criteria included tuition, facilities, academic rigor, performing opportunities, career support, and location. PPA was recognized specifically for its progressive performing arts majors geared to today’s job market, and BFA in Commercial Dance, the only one of its kind in New York City.

 

PROFESSOR EMERITA ELLEN MANDEL PENS BOOK

Dyson College Professor Emerita Ellen Mandel has published Letters to Dr. Wiggy, a collection of letters penned to a friend who was fighting stage 2 breast cancer. The collection of comedic vignettes tackles topics including family, parenting, ranting, hair, travel, and Ellen’s own fight with leukemia. Before retiring in spring 2016, Mandel was a driving force at Pace University, leading the Susan Komen Race for the Cure team for years. A book for all, Mandel hopes the goofy, loving letters which brought laughter to a friend during a low point in life will remind readers that humor cures all ails.

 

PROF’S ART FEATURED IN NY TIMES #CAMPAIGN

The New York Times is asking readers to post their photos of art professor Jane Dickson’s mosaics to Instagram using #tsqrevelers. Dickson’s 68 mosaic figures can be found in the passage way connecting the Port Authority to Times Square. Commissioned by the MTA and unveiled in 2008, they depict a diverse crowd of party people ringing in the New Year. Dyson College community, take a selfie and tag @dysoncollege!

 

DYSON PROFS. RECEIVE INNOVATION GRANTS

Three Dyson College professors have been awarded 2016-17 Innovation in Teaching Grants from the Office of the Provost. Associate Professor of English Jane Collins received an award for her work, “Cellphone Strategies in the Classroom,” and Assistant Professors of Chemistry and Physical Sciences Karen Caldwell and Joseph Krumpfer for their work, “Virtualization and Implementation of Spectroscopy.” All faculty awardees will present their projects at the 2017 Faculty Institute on the NYC campus on May 16 and 17.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY CLINIC FIGHTS FOR THE HUDSON RIVER

Students from the Environmental Policy Clinic issued a rebuke to the U.S. Coast Guard in a letter calling for the immediate withdrawal of a proposal to create 43 anchorages for oil barges on the Hudson River. In the letter addressed to the Coast Guard Commandant, the students charged the Coast Guard with circumventing its own environmental protection procedures to the benefit of the shipping industry. Students from the Policy Clinic, along with Senior Fellow John Cronin, appeared at a press event on December 5 in support of their public appeal. Read the full press-release here.

 

PACE MODEL UN TEAMS TAKE HOME 14 AWARDS

Pace’s Model UN teams took home 14 awards from the National Model United Nations conference in D.C., tying for second place in a fierce competition of 45 universities and institutions. The Pleasantville team received awards for “Outstanding Delegation,” and “Outstanding Position Paper” for their representations of the Republic of Congo, and Venezuela. The New York City team received an “Honorable Mention” for its representation of Sudan in simulations of the UN General Assembly. Pace NYC students representing Sudan, Senegal and Zimbabwe also won seven awards for “Outstanding Position Papers.” Read more about the awards here.