Jefferson Awards for Public Service


Nominations are typically due in February each year.

Nominations for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service are faculty, staff, and students solicited from the Pace University community. Finalists are selected based on their personal, sustained commitment to service, and for the model of spirit and service they provide the university community.  One Jefferson Awards winner is selected by the national program to represent Pace at the national Jefferson Awards for Public Service ceremony in Washington D.C. each summer.

For more information about the Jefferson Awards for Public Service visit http://jeffersonawards.org/. Questions about nominating an individual for the Jefferson Awards should be directed to Heather Novak, Associate Director on our Pleasantville Campus at hnovak@pace.edu, or Daniel Botting, Associate Director on our New York City campus at dbotting@pace.edu.

2013-2014 Bronze Medal Award winners include:

Hasin Ahmed Hasin I. Ahmed is an International marketing major and a peace and justice studies minor at Pace University, New York City campus. He is originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh and calls New York City his second home. He has been volunteering and interning in the non-profit sector since his senior year of high school. As an undergraduate student, he has served as the Student Outreach Coordinator for the CCAR at Pace University since his freshman year. His work at the Center allowed him to plan and coordinate various volunteer service events with several NYC-based non-profit organizations and disseminate his passion for volunteer service work with Pace University’s students, staff, and faculty. He has worked/volunteered with organizations such as Common Cents, Generation Citizen, Computers for Youth, Brooklyn for Peace, etc.

Furthermore, Hasin has served as FACES assistant for Dr. Welty’s Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies class, where he was in charge of managing the civic engagement component of five courses over a span of two years. Hasin will be graduating with five years of work experience in the non-profit sector and he hopes to establish himself as a seasoned professional in the international non-profit/NGO sector.

Lisa Moscoroloto Lisa Bardill Moscariloto is the dean of students for Pace University on the Pleasantville campus. As a student affairs professional and educator for more than twenty years, Lisa has recognized the impact that service and community engagement has on student learning and the community, and has worked to make it an integral part of the Pace experience. Lisa was the driving force behind the creation of Pace Makes a Difference Day, a program where students, faculty and staff can spend a day volunteering in the community. This program, which now has grown to involve more than 350 students yearly, has been part of the campus culture for the past five years. Lisa was also the founder of the Setters Leadership and Service House (SLH). SLH students are required to volunteer one to two hours a week, participate in workshops, and take a one-credit class based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and Servant Leadership practices. There are currently 20 SLH students, with plans to expand to 40 in the fall of 2014. Lisa co-taught a course on Leadership and Sustainability Practices where students were required to create sustainability projects for incorporation into the University’s master plan.

Before moving to Westchester to work for Pace, Lisa worked, lived, and went to college in Florida, where she helped to organize her church to provide food and supplies to those with HIV and AIDS, and served as a Red Cross volunteer for four years. She also organized students to volunteer in soup kitchens, and received a grant as a result of her work with students and the migrant farmworker population from Florida Campus Compact. Dean Lisa was selected nationally for as the Jefferson Awards Champion recipient.

Daniel Borakove Daniel Borakove is a psychology major in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences on Pace University’s Pleasantville campus. Daniel has a long a long and varied history of commitment to his community. Before entering Pace, he had extensive experience working with the disabled, from his time at the Birchwood school to his volunteer work with the Special Olympics. He carried this interest into his work at Pace with his work with Successful Learning Center, a program that provides a college like experience to developmentally disabled young adults and Camp Venture. He raised funds for school supplies for children in South Africa, and for the Pace Academy’s Water Walk. Daniel has also been a teaching assistant for Professor Christopher Walther’s Psychology of Civic Engagement course.
David Cassuto David Cassuto is a professor of law at Pace University’s Law School in White Plains, New York, and the founder and Director of the Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE). BAILE’s mission is to work for the improvement of environmental protection and sustainable social and economic development. A former professor of English specializing in literature and the environment, Professor Cassuto has published and lectured widely on legal, literary, and environmental issues. David serves on the Board of Directors of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and is the founder and editorial director of the Animal Blawg, a blog devoted to animal law and policy. Currently, the Animal Blawg is reaching one million page views. David volunteers to teach environmental law and water law at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil each summer. From bicycling across the Amazon, raising money for rainforest causes while he was a graduate student at Indiana University, to working to end animal cruelty and exploitation through his work on the Board of Directors of Instituto Abolicionista Animal (IAA), a Brazilian NGO, David believes you do what you can for your community, a community that extends across borders and species boundaries and include entire ecosystems. In 2012, the IAA awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award.
George Feis George L. De Feis is an adjunct assistant professor of management in the Lubin School of Business, New York City campus. In his prior life as a civil engineer, he was engaged in the call for "sustainable development" for over 25 years in the not-for-profit, academic, and professional (corporate) sectors. Two years ago, Dr. De Feis was awarded a Project Pericles Fellowship at Pace University for developing a new course ̶ Global Sustainable Development ̶ where students integrate the civic service they have performed with management learning, towards a full, comprehensive learning experience.. He has taught this course in spring 2013 and spring 2014. Dr. De Feis serves on the board of a new environmental not-for-profit, AirSoilWater. Dr. De Feis completed his D.P.S. in management/marketing at Pace University in 2013. He holds an M.B.A. in finance/investments (1987) from Bernard M. Baruch College (CUNY) and a B.E. in civil engineering (1982) from The Cooper Union.
Sara Digiovanna Sara Digiovanna is a marketing student in the Lubin School of Business on the Pleasantville campus. Sara has been involved in service projects since the age of 12 when she first organized a fundraiser for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. At St. Thomas parish, Sara volunteered as an Alter Server and worked at church picnics. In high school she was an avid community supporter and member of the National Honor Society and various leadership programs. As a member and later a mentor of the Youth Leadership Sandoval County in New Mexico she learned to develop and inspire leadership, civic responsibility, and community involvement in Sandoval County youth by providing opportunities for education, exposure, and interaction. She was a member of the Carrie Tingley Youth Advisory Board, a non-profit organization that helps New Mexico families and children reach their full potential. The organization supports the University of New Mexico Carrie Tingley Hospital, but also funds several services and programs that assist individual families and children. Sara also mentored developmentally challenged students ages 18-24 and taught them everyday activities of responsibility such as going to work, cooking and cleaning, so that they would be self-reliant upon graduation from high school. Since arriving at Pace, Sara has continued to work with developmentally challenged children. Her first year at Pace she was a part of the Setters Leadership house and was a volunteer at Atria senior living home and Bedford Road Elementary School with students who had disabilities. In her sophomore year, Sara was chosen captain of the cross-country team and is currently organizing the first 5k “Color Run” to raise community awareness and support for athletics at pace. Sara was also a University 101 peer leader.
Harriet Feldman Dr. Harriet R. Feldman is the dean of the College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University. Her interest in service started with watching her parents give community service. Their role modeling greatly influenced her decision to enter a service profession, nursing. While at Pace, Harriet was instrumental in re-starting Pace’s Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects in research, acting as its first chair. As Interim Provost, she supported the creation of Pace’s LGBTQ center and has served on the University’s Diversity Task Force. Outside of Pace, Harriet has been a member of the New York State Board for Nursing and the grassroots liaison of the Government Affairs Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), where she NYS Deans in political action initiatives. She is a former member of the Board of Nyack Hospital and of the Task Force on the Future of Westchester Medical Center. She is an emerita member of the Board of Nurses Educational Fund, an organization that offers nursing scholarships for graduate nursing education. She was recently elected to the AACN Board and is past chair of the national nursing.
Jered Harvey Jered Harvey, is a business economics student in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences on the Pace New York campus. Once a great while an individual does something extraordinary selfless that qualifies them for a Jefferson Award. In fall 2013, Jered non-violently intervened in a domestic dispute between a couple that turned violent. His service, resulted in him being struck and thrown off the subway platform onto the tracks, He cites his mother as his inspiration, "The only consistent thing in my life is my mother. Since I was born my sister, mother, and I have been on the move. Constantly changing towns, schools, states. But no matter where we went our mother made sure to remind us to show love for others. She led by example, having people in crisis stay with us in our home, volunteering in our community, and raising money for various causes. Personally I always preferred one on one help than abstract helping a cause. Offering conversation to crying strangers, giving directions to someone who is lost, making sure someone gets home safely when they've had one too many. Both in and out of Pace I'm involved with a few groups and clubs that try to help, raise awareness, or bring a little joy.”
Ann Marie Pavia Ann Marie Pavia, believes in the power of education and in our democracy to alleviate poverty, social injustice, and inequality. Ann Marie is a student leader at Pace and is graduating next year with a degree in economics. She is the current treasurer for Pace University’s OXFAM chapter. Ann Marie was a key founder and executive director of Pace University’s chapter of Generation Citizen, a program that works in area high schools to empower youth to solve problems in their community through a rigorous action-civics course. She then worked to successfully create the Generation Citizen at Pace student club, where she served as president. In addition to her work with Generation Citizen and OXFAM, Ann Marie worked with high school students on the issues of teen depression and bullying, leading them to organize a coalition to plan events tackling these problems. She helped led a youth retreat in her church for young adults with the goal of educating them about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, and on how to cope with the pressure of being in middle school and high school. She has also volunteered weekly in her town’s local church’s food pantry and thrift shop. She strongly believes that her faith and the message of the gospel have been a strong foundation in helping her grow in her desire to serve others. Ann Marie is currently working with Dr. Morreale on a research paper on the effectiveness of No Child Left Behind Act on education inequality among low-income Hispanic students. Ann Marie believes, as Nelson Mandela once said, that "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Christina Rufo Christina Rufo, is an accounting student in the Lubin School of Business on the Pleasantville campus. Christina states “knowing that I have made a difference in someone else’s life is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. The thought of being a part of something bigger than myself keeps me committed to helping others in any way I can.” Her fundraising beneficiaries include the Elizabeth Glacier Pediatric Aids foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the MS Society. She has participated in numerous service events at the Pleasantville Cottage school and spent a semester working with at risk youth at Children’s Village, both residential treatment facilities for children. In addition, she worked with JP Morgan’s Good Works project, and on a KPMG community clean-up day.
Dorothee Greenberg Dr. Dorothee Von Heune Greenberg, is a professor of English and Women’s Studies at Pace University on the Pleasantville campus. Dorothee’s community commitment spans over four decades. As a Pace professor, Dorothee has been an active member of the Pace Pleasantville community, designing one of the first service learning courses on the campus “Women’s Studies – Civic Engagement Edition,” engaging hundreds of students in service around women’s issues, in addition to incorporating service into non-civic engagement courses, like Gender, Race and Class. She has organized campus conferences on The Ethnic Mosaic: Issues for Educators and Islam and Globalization: Muslim Women’s Perspectives to raise dialogue and discussion on the campus. Her community-based research led to the confirmation that the Underground Railroad ran through Westchester county before and after the Civil War. In her personal life, Dorothee has volunteered at My Sister’s Place, St. Bartholomew’s Soup Kitchen in White Plains, and assisted in the recording memoirs of Ms. Esther Weiz Grun, Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz and Ravensbruek, which now resides in the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

Past Jefferson Awards Winners include:

Year 2012-2013

BRONZE Medals:  Tracy Basile (Faculty, PLV), Zach Dayton (staff, PLV), Joan Katen (faculty, PLV), Shyam Nooredeen (student, PNY), Mark Stephens (staff, PLV), Alireza Vaziri (student, PNY), Dana Weingartner (student, PLV)

Year 2011-2012

BRONZE Medals: Alyssa Feldman (student-NY), Alisha Hayes (student-PLV), Richard Kline (faculty-NY), Ellen Mandel (faculty-PLV), Surendra Kaushik (faculty-NY), Diana Martinez (staff-NY)

Year 2010-2011

National GOLD Medal: John Cronin (Staff)

BRONZE Medals: Michael Boyle (student), Donald Doernberg (faculty), Naphtalie Librun (student), Yvonne Rafferty (faculty), and Hannah Tall (student).

Year 2009-2010

BRONZE Medals: Vincent Birkenmeyer (student), Matt Ganis (faculty), James Lawler (Faculty),
Isabell McHugh (staff ), Tom Nardi (faculty), Breanna Romaine Guiliano (student),
Mary Stambaugh (staff), Miki Tamura (student), Christopher Uhlick (student), and Christopher Walther (staff)

Year 2008-2009

BRONZE Medals: Atalya Kozak (student), Sue Maxam (staff), Kaya Castronova (student), Karla Jay (faculty), Christian Cano (student), Jean Coppola (faculty) Anne DeFalco (staff) and the University's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (students)