Jefferson Awards for Public Service
Nominations are typically due in October 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. Applicants or nominees that best represent a dedication to service and to community from Pace win each year, one of which is selected by the national program to represent Pace at the national Jefferson Awards for Public Service ceremony in Washington D.C. each summer.
The most up to date information on deadlines, applying for, or nominating someone for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service can be found here.
For more information about the Jefferson Awards for Public Service visit http://jeffersonawards.org/. Questions about nominating an individual (or applying for the award yourself) for the Jefferson Awards should be directed to Heather Novak, Associate Director on our Pleasantville Campus at email@example.com, or Daniel Botting, Associate Director on our New York City campus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014-2015 Pace Bronze Medal Award winners include:
|Brando Brandini, is a Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Environmental Studies student who has taken courses in both New York and Westchester campuses. An Eagle Scout, and member of the Boy Scouts since age 12, Brando has focused his service on encouraging others to become involved in their community through causes including the environment and disaster relief. In high school, he founded the Community Action Team, the school’s first community service organization. Since he came to Pace, Brando has organized multiple community service projects including Pace Beautification Day and an E-Waste recycling event. Brando served as a student supervisor on Alternative Spring Break for two consecutive years, focusing on Homelessness and Hunger and Disaster Response: Hurricane Sandy. Brando Brandini’s recent application to the Peace Corps exemplifies his life-long commitment to public service and volunteerism.
|Kylah Bruno, is a Math & Adolescent Education: School of Education student on the Pleasantville campus. Drawn to serve the Pleasantville campus, Kylah organized multiple community service projects during her time here at Pace. Through her work with the Center for Community Action and Research she organized events at Green Chimney’s, Pleasantville Cottage School, and the Sharing Shelf, and supervised Paint a School day and the Successful Learning Center’s bowling trip and Spring Fling dance. Additionally she volunteers at her local community center, Hudson Guild Teen services.
|Diane Cypkin, is a Professor of Media, Communication, and Visual Arts on the Pleasantville campus and a trailblazer when it comes to service. Whether in years past entertaining the troops as part of the USO, or being one of the original service learning faculty members on the Pleasantville campus, Diane has a long and storied commitment to community service. Her Oral Interpretation course has Pace students working with seniors to give voice to the issues they face through the transformation of informational interviews into one act plays performed for the seniors and the community. She is also committed to sharing entertainment by performing her own one woman shows (concert/lectures) at libraries, senior centers and her local community.|
Brian R. Evans is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the School of Education on the New York Campus. Dr. Evans has traveled to Uganda to teach mathematics problem solving and inquiry approaches with Educate Uganda. He has participated in Pace Makes a Difference Day and The Hattie Carthan Community Garden Cleanup, and has recruited students from the resident halls. Dr. Evans has also participated in disaster relief response after Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.
|Remy Gallo is a Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science student at Pace’s New York City campus. Remy, who is passionate about agricultural issues, worked to co-found the Pace University Vegetable Garden with now alumni Alireza Vaziri by receiving the Pace Opportunity Grant. He has, in addition to taking care of the garden with recruited volunteers, been organizing events to promote the garden which is now giving produce back into the community. Remy is also a volunteer hockey coach for the New York Rangers Youth Street Hockey Program, in which he teaches the fundamentals of hockey and teamwork.|
Jason Gonzalez, is a first-year graduate student studying Nonprofit Management at Dyson College Arts & Sciences on the NYC campus. A Pace New York City undergraduate alumni, Jason has been committed to community work since he served on the Youth Leadership Council of Angels’ Place as a freshman in high school. Dedicated to serving the community, he co-founded the Rotaract Club of Pace University, a youth version of Rotary International, and from September 2013 through May 2014 he was responsible for coordinating and fulfilling over 600 service hours between him and his fellow Rotaract members.
|Maria Lane is a Dyson College Arts and Sciences Biology student on the Pleasantville Campus. Maria's community service began with service projects through her high school's Interact Rotary Club and spread to involvement in her local parish's Senior Youth Group. Maria holds two leadership roles on campus: Vice President of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority and VP of Finance for Colleges Against Cancer. She is an avid member of Pace Makes A Difference Day and supporter of all service and philanthropic efforts of organizations on campus.|
|Michelle D. Land is the Director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies on the Pleasantville campus, a position she has held since 2009. A tireless advocate for universities to mobilize their resources in service to the environment, Michelle was at the forefront of the launch of Pace Academy for the Environment in 2002, the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities in 2004 and was a legal intern for the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic in 2000, bringing opportunities for collaboration, engagement and exploration of pressing sustainability issues from local to global. She has served both on Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano’s Global Warming Task Force and Climate Change Advisory Council, an academic advisor for Governor George Pataki’s Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, and was an Executive Committee board member of MetroPool, Inc. from 2007 – 2012. As a faculty member of Pace's Environmental Policy Clinic, Michelle leads students in research, legislative drafting and advocacy in areas of animal welfare and wildlife conservation.|
|Diana Mendez, is both a Dyson School of Arts and Lubin School of Business: International Management And Sociology student on the New York Campus. An activist for global justice and peace, Diana was chosen as one of only 50 students across the country for the OXFAM Change Leaders program and founded the OXFAM chapter on the New York City campus 2013. In the same year, she interned for a non-profit organization called Latino U College Access that was organized by the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship. In her early teen years, she has volunteered locally with the Glen Oaks Nursing Home, the Daughters of Isis Foundation. Throughout this year she has intern for the Success Upper West Academy, a Day-Care Center in Puerto Lopez Ecuador and now for the ALSAC St. Jude Children Research Hospital. Also, interning for the Office for student Success she has been able to bring together the Global Peace Foundation and Pace to give other students the opportunity to serve their community.|
|Kim Novak, is a Lubin School of Business: Hotel Management Hospitality & Tourism Management student on the New York Campus. A former girl scout, Kim has a long list of community service work, from working on playground construction for the Charter School of Excellence in Yonkers, to walk-a-thons for the March of Dimes, and for finding cures for Leukemia and muscular dystrophy. She fosters awareness of, and worked to raise supplies for, kids in El Salvador and has participated in Knitting for a Cause for the Harlem Hospital Cancer Unit with Pace’s Office of Multicultural Affair.|
|Robert D. Rahni, is the Assistant Director of Transfer Credit/Veterans Services, Office of student Assistance, at Pace University as well as Adjunct Instructor in the Dyson School of Arts & Sciences. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate in Mental Health Counseling. A proud advocate of student veterans at Pace and beyond, Rahni created a veterans transition course entitled, “ From Combat to Classroom,” specifically designed to help student veterans transition into higher education. He has organized the Young Veterans group to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, organized and volunteered in collaboration with The New York Knicks and PlayStation a coat/ food drive and basketball clinic for underprivileged/homeless veterans entitled, “Hoops for Troops,” and has volunteered with the VA Hospital 23rd Street Manhattan.|
|Alexander Saitta is a Dyson College Arts & Sciences, : Senior Biology student on the Pleasantville campus. Alexander is a leader on the campus as both a committed 3rd year Resident Assistant, and chair of RA Council. Currently, he has completed over 250 volunteer hours with Phelps Memorial Hospital and is still an active volunteer. Alex also volunteers as a local firefighter and EMT. He is an active volunteer in campus-wide service events. He was a participant in Alternative Spring Break 2012: Disaster Response: Hurricane Sandy with CCAR, and has organized multiple donation drives while at Pace, for the Westchester Food Bank and most recently, the Susan G. Komen foundation.|
Past Jefferson Awards Winners include:
NATIONAL CHAMPION WINNER: Lisa Bardill Moscariloto BRONZE Medals: Hasin I. Ahmed (student, PNY), Lisa Bardill Moscariloto (Staff, PLV), Daniel Borakove (student, PLV), David Cassuto (faculty, PLV), George L. De Feis (faculty, PNY), Sara Digiovanna (student, PLV), Dr. Harriet R. Feldman (faculty), Jered Harvey (student, PLV), Ann Marie Pavia (student, PNY), Christina Rufo (student, PLV), Dr. Dorothee Von Heune Greenberg (faculty, PLV).
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)
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)
National GOLD Medal: John Cronin (Staff)
BRONZE Medals: Michael Boyle (student), Donald Doernberg (faculty), Naphtalie Librun (student), Yvonne Rafferty (faculty), and Hannah Tall (student).
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)
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)