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New York Times ArtsBeat: "Battery Dance Festival to Kick Off Aug. 15"

07/01/2015

New York Times ArtsBeat: "Battery Dance Festival to Kick Off Aug. 15"

If summer is sleepy for New York dance, then the Battery Dance Festival is a caffeine boost to help tide it over until the fall.

Formerly known as the Downtown Dance Festival, the series runs Aug. 15 to 21 and comes as the Battery Dance Company celebrates its 40th anniversary. Each performance is free, with the New York Harbor at dusk as the backdrop. The finale is at Pace University’s Schimmel Center for the Arts.

Read more: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/battery-dance-festival-to-k...

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USA Today: "Macy's is the latest to cut ties with Donald Trump"

07/01/2015

USA Today: "Macy's is the latest to cut ties with Donald Trump"

. . . And this could only be the beginning, according to Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

"We are witnessing a jumping on the bandwagon by others who do not want to appear out of step with the trend to put distance between themselves and Donald Trump," Chiagouris says.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/07/01/macys-donald-trump-menswear/29560123/

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USA Today: "Taiwan becomes first Asian nation with Silicon Valley launch pad"

07/01/2015

USA Today: "Taiwan becomes first Asian nation with Silicon Valley launch pad"

. . . The opening of the Taiwan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in San Jose, Calif., makes it the ninth country to open an office to facilitate companies coming from overseas to find their way in Silicon Valley.

Currently France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland all have some form of outpost here.

"Everyone looks to Silicon Valley as a mecca of innovation and entrepreneurship," said Bruce Bachenheimer, director of the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University in New York City. "They have to be here."

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/06/19/taiwan-silicon-valley-soft-landing-bridge/28928305/

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Associated Press: "Will Latest Inflammatory Comments Tarnish Trump's Brand?"

06/30/2015

Associated Press: "Will Latest Inflammatory Comments Tarnish Trump's Brand?"

. . . Despite the loss of his NBC deal, Larry Chiagouris, marketing professor at Pace University in New York, said it's likely that after his presidential bid winds down that Trump will wind up with a show on another network.

"I bet you'll see a Trump brand show of some kind on CBS or ABC or FOX," he said. "The Trump name still brings attention and eyeballs."

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/06/30/us/ap-us-donald-trump-the-brand.html

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The Hill's Congress Blog: "Obama's trade bill faces tough opposition by unions"

06/30/2015

The Hill's Congress Blog: "Obama's trade bill faces tough opposition by unions"

Union leaders are against President Obama's trade bill because they are fearful that increases in wages and employment in the export and foreign trade sectors will further diminish the role of unions and the huge salaries and many perks they receive, writes John Alan James, a professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and chairman emeritus of its Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation. Those established trade unions carry heavy weight, and in some cases the key vote, in many 'blue' states.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/labor/244887-obamas-trade-bill-faces-tough-opposition-by-unions#

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San Jose Mercury News: "Amazon, eBay and other retailers ban Confederate flag merchandise in alliance with consumer protests"

06/30/2015

San Jose Mercury News: "Amazon, eBay and other retailers ban Confederate flag merchandise in alliance with consumer protests"

. . . While political decisions around the Confederate flag have always been contentious, the move by retailers to ban it was far simpler -- it's what their shoppers want, and it looks good, say retail experts.

"Their taking this action is a wonderful public relations play," said Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University in New York. "It's a position that is convenient for them. It makes them appear that they are listening to consumers."

If retailers actually wanted to make a bold ideological statement, he said, they would have kicked Confederate-themed items off their shelves long ago.

Although avid Confederate flag shoppers are a small slice of the population -- the bans won't impact retailers' bottom line -- thirst for the paraphernalia among this group soared after the Charleston, South Carolina, massacre. The sale of Amazon's top-selling flag soared 5,466 percent, according to data provided on the website Tuesday.

Don't expect the Confederate flags and associated items to disappear anytime soon. Niche websites selling Confederate-themed items are likely to crop up and existing sites will see a jump in traffic, retail experts said. And some are skeptical Amazon, and particularly eBay, will be able to effectively police the bans. eBay, which has an estimated 800 million active listings, has historically been a site for taboo deals, including the sale of pornography and even body parts, according to industry analysts and news reports.

"I am going to predict that the sales of Confederate flags will probably go up within the next few weeks because of the fanatics," Chiagouris said.

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_28369143/amazon-ebay-and-other-retailers-ban-confederate-flag

 

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CNN: "Can Washington keep your data secure?"

06/08/2015

CNN: "Can Washington keep your data secure?"

. . . While consumers were able to file a class action lawsuit against Target resulting in a $10 million settlement in March, it is unlikely that similar actions will be taken against the federal government said Dr. Darren Hayes, the director of cyber security and an assistant professor at Pace University in New York.

"It's very difficult for citizens to prove that the government or any other entity was negligent," Hayes said. "There is no recourse really."

Part of the problem is the fact that many government agencies use outdated hardware and software systems that make them more prone to hacks and data breaches, Hayes said. The federal government is also a prime target for countries like Russia and China that have sophisticated hacking operations meant to take down American infrastructure, Hayes said.

"I do sympathize with the government agencies and private sector companies who are trying to protect data," he said, "But they are up against the threat of thousands of people dedicated to stealing this information."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/05/politics/us-government-hacked-data-security/

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Wall Street Journal: "How to Survive Being an Overnight Success"

06/04/2015

Wall Street Journal: "How to Survive Being an Overnight Success"

. . . For businesses that can’t get by with temporary workers—those that need skilled labor to handle long-term projects, for instance—experts advise that founders or trusted early employees stay involved in the hiring process for quality control.

As a company grows, it’s “very difficult for them to maintain that culture,” warns Bruce Bachenheimer, a management professor and executive director of the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-survive-being-an-overnight-success-14...

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Press Release: Project Rebirth Announces Two New Board of Director Members

06/02/2015

Project Rebirth Announces Two New Board of Director Members

NEW YORK, June 2, 2015 - Project Rebirth, Inc. (www.projectrebirth.org), the resilience resource for those who serve community and country, announced two new additions to their Board of Directors today, Vanessa J. Herman and Darryl Powell.

“Vanessa and Darryl have led efforts to advance Project Rebirth’s resilience building among our key communities in their respective organizations. We are very pleased that they have accepted our offer to join the Board as a way to further deepen our relationship with Pace and the 100 Black Men, and to bring their own skills and energy to advancing our mission with other partners,” said Brian Rafferty, Board Chairman.

Herman brings more than 25 years of experience in government, community, and public relations to the Board.  At Pace, Herman leads the Office of Government and Community Relations and serves as the primary liaison for the Campus Community in New York City and Westchester with federal, state and local elected officials, staff, government agencies, key stakeholders and the community at large.  Prior to joining Pace, Herman was the Assistant Director of Governmental Relations at Stony Brook University for more than 12 years and served as Press Secretary, Executive Assistant, Director of Community Relations and campaign staff for former US Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY) from 1991 to 1999 in New York City. Herman has a B.A. in Political Science/ Sociology and an M.A. in Literature, both from Stony Brook University and an A.A.S in Criminal Justice from Suffolk Community College. Her husband, Mike Donohue, is a Master Sergeant with the New York Army National Guard.

Herman said: “It is truly an honor to join the Board of Directors at Project Rebirth, to be part of an organization that cares so much for our military, veterans and first responders is something I cherish.  I look forward to working with Project Rebirth to help them achieve their mission to build resilience after suffering grief, loss and trauma.” 

Powell serves as the Vice President of Mentoring for the 100 Black Men of Virginia Peninsula. Darryl is a senior Department of the Army Civilian assigned to Fort Eustis, Virginia and a US Army Veteran with service as an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist from 1981 through 2002.  As Vice-President of Mentoring, Darryl builds teams of volunteers who work one-on-one and in groups with youths in Virginia. Darryl has been instrumental to Project Rebirth’s work with the 100 Black Men, helping us to identify how stories from film participant Charles Cook continue to resonate in the African American community and to further develop our programs for youth.

Powell said: “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to join the Board of Directors of Project Rebirth and look forward to championing our work with the 100 Black Men of Virginia Peninsula as well as with the other communities Project Rebirth serves.”

About Project Rebirth

The not-for-profit Project Rebirth combines its eleven films based on the eight-year first person accounts of 9/11 First Responders and survivors and the world’s largest time lapse project -- including the Peabody Award-winning documentary Rebirth -- and the talents of its diverse team to create and share unique educational and resilience building programs for First Responders, Military & Veterans, and Educators & Community Leaders.

Project Rebirth: a resilience resource for all who serve community and country.

Project Rebirth Facebook page:
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Project Rebirth Twitter feed: @ProjectRebirth
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Project Rebirth Instagram:  https://instagram.com/project_rebirth

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New York Times Music Review: "Heidi Melton Debuts With a Daunting Recital Program"

05/22/2015

New York Times Music Review: "Heidi Melton Debuts With a Daunting Recital Program"

Heidi Melton, the American soprano, accompanied by the pianist John Parr,  performed a program that included works by Weill and Wagner for her New York recital debut at Pace University’s Schimmel Center. Credit Kevin Yatarola

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/arts/music/review-heidi-melton-debuts-...

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