Melissa Grant is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Academic Advising and Student Development. Prior to joining Pace University, she has devoted nearly 18 years to teaching and designing programs for student & staff success at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, The City University of New York, Parsons School of Design, and The New York Department of Education. Dedicated to developing services that enhance academic, professional and social success, Dean Grant prides herself on being highly collaborative and accessible to students, faculty, and staff. When she's not brainstorming with her amazing team for new ways to support Lubin students, she is most likely training for one of her many half and full marathons. You can always stop her in the hallway to chat, but good luck stopping her on a race track.
Welcome to Pace! I'm proud to say I have been a part of the advising team in the Office of Graduate Academic Advisement and Student Development at Pace for the past two years. As an advisor, I enjoy working with a diverse population of graduate students. I love connecting to others and speaking with students about their educational and professional goals. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Florida State University and later graduated Florida International University with a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. I'm a southern girl at heart, but couldn't be more excited to be living and working in the heart of Manhattan! During my free time, I enjoy spending it with my adorable Caviler King Charles Spaniel, Jefferson. Please feel free to stop by my office (W-446) if you have any questions or concerns. Meeting with an Advisor is just one of the many keys to help you become a successful student. I look forward to meeting you!
Originally from Southern California, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology & Social Behavior and Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine in 2007. Realizing immediately after graduation that I could get an advanced degree in Higher Education and essentially stay in school forever, I earned my master's from New York University in 2010. During my two years at Lubin, I've had to opportunity to meet students from all over the world – their perspectives, stories, and eagerness to succeed here are what make this job worthwhile. I have aspirations for a bicoastal life where I can spend time with my dog, Murray, and maintain my California tan while concurrently advising students and enjoying the changing seasons here in NYC – this is a work in progress. In the meantime, I spend my weekdays helping out students with the rest of the Graduate Advisement team and my weekends in search of Mexican food that is comparable to home.
Sabrina Hines has worked at Pace since 1994 as the office manager. Sabrina enjoys working with students and making a difference in their lives as they pursue their graduate degrees. She prides herself on providing excellent customer service to students and the Pace community; her outstanding commitment was recognized one year as she received the President Extra Mile Award, nominated by the Pace Community. Sabrina is the mother of two beautiful children and the grandmother of five. She enjoys spending time with her family and brings that warmth to the workplace, creating a connection with everyone with whom she comes into contact. During her time away from Pace she is also very involved in her church community. She has a love for reaching out and helping those who are less fortunate. One of the highlights of her community service has been providing coordination for two homeless ministries within her church: The Early Bird Ministry (for homeless man where they came in and received showers as well as a hot meal) and then the Women's Ministry for homeless women, which provides shelter and comfort to women in need.
Charles Zhang is the graduate assistant to the wonderful department of Graduate Advisement. He is also currently pursuing his MBA in accounting. He attended Grinnell College in the Midwest to pursue his undergraduate degree in Economics. Pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of people there, he strives to emulate their all American values here in New York. He has played the piano for 15 years and loves to create music, listen to music, and dance to music. He also loves stand-up comedy, so if you know any good jokes, he would love to hear it.
Claudia Velez is a student aide in the Graduate Advisement department. She is a freshman at the Lubin School of Business majoring in Arts and Entertainment Management. She comes from the island of Puerto Rico and is happy to be achieving her dream of living in NYC. Her future plans include working professionally in the theater industry. She is thankful to be working at the office of graduate advisement and hopes to continue learning to ropes needed to work in this office.
Mary O'Connor has worked for Pace University since 1987. She started her career as a secretary for the Pleasantville Registrar's Office, better known now as OSA (Office of Student Accounts). Her daily connection with students allowed her to help steer them in the right direction and offer advice. She also worked for a short time in the White Plains Registrar's office in Aloysia Hall. In her current position at the Graduate Center, she found a new outlook on school life from working with Lubin faculty and students. Mary has three daughters. Two are Pace University graduates and one from Geneseo. Her oldest recently received her masters degree. Many visits are made with her four beautiful grandchildren. During the weekend she is active in her church choir and is a Eucharistic Minister. Her husband sometimes taps her to help with his electioneering.