A Message from the Dean to School of Education Students Following Hurricane Sandy

A Message from the Dean to School of Education Students Following Hurricane Sandy

                                                                                                                                                            November 2, 2012

Dear SOE Students,

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration at the Pace University School of Education, I want to take a moment to express the deep concern we all share for the well-being of the members of our community who were directly and deeply impacted by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week.  

The School of Education is a community like few others. We pride ourselves as a community that cares, not just about the elementary and secondary students in our classrooms, but about each other. The impact of the storm on our classmates, students, professors, colleagues, friends and family is what has been significant and will likely take a while to fully resolve.

We are doing our best to connect to our colleagues and students in New York City as the constraints of the damaged and recovering electrical and telecommunications systems will allow. As you may know, the Pleasantville campus is now fully operational, while students on the New York City campus and in Manhattan residences are still experiencing effects of the storm and the continuing power outage. We expect that power will be restored shortly. Classes will resume on Wednesday, November 7th.  Your professors will let you know what accommodations to the curriculum may be necessary to make up for lost time, but we do not anticipate extending the semester. We encourage you to keep in touch with classmates and colleagues alike. We have been trying to share news about campus openings and safety through our Facebook and Twitter accounts as it becomes available, and we encourage you to stay connected to the best of your ability to Pace University’s website, www.pace.edu, for updates or you may call 914-923-2600.

As I write this, rescue and clean-up continues throughout the tri-state area, and mass transit begins to run again on a limited basis. We understand that some of you may be experiencing travel difficulties due to gas shortages. Please be sure to let your professor know in order to make arrangements to get important information about the class, any assignments or materials you may have missed.

I hope that you find comfort in the knowledge that we are standing with you during this trying time, ever committed to overcoming the adversities resulting from Hurricane Sandy. Whether you are based in Pleasantville or Manhattan, graduate or undergraduate, you are an integral part of the School of Education community and we will come through this trying time together.   

We look forward to seeing you in class and on campus again soon. Please know that you have the thoughts, concerns and support of the entire School of Education behind you.

In Solidarity,


Andrea (Penny) Spencer, PhD

Dean, School of Education

Pace University