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Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther” featured in "Pleasantville Daily Voice"

02/16/2018

Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther” featured in "Pleasantville Daily Voice"

Pleasantville Daily Voice: "Pace Alumna Shines In 'Black Panther"

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Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther,” the mega-hit movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Nabiyah Be plays Linda, the criminal associate of Erik Killmonger. Be appears alongside an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. The film has a nationwide release set for February 16.

“They say ‘Black Panther’ is on track to have a record-setting opening weekend,” said Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “It’s already setting records for excitement here at Pace, where we’re proud to witness the film debut of Nabiyah Be, a graduate of our School of Performing Arts. She graduated with a BFA in acting, but she’s an accomplished singer, too. We’ll be rooting for many more big hits from her—and for many more Pace students to follow in her footsteps.”

“Before I came to Pace, I knew that I had the potential to create, but I didn’t know exactly how to create on my own. I’m born and raised in Salvador, which is the capital of Bahia in Brazil, and they say that people in Bahia are not just born, they debut. Pace enabled that for me,” said Be in the following video.

Krislov will see “Black Panther” with students from the Pace School of Performing Arts and cheer on Be’s film debut.

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Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther,” the mega-hit movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

02/16/2018

Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther,” the mega-hit movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

Pleasantville Patch: "Pace Alum Shines in Black Panther"

From "Pleasantville Patch"

Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther,” the mega-hit movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Nabiyah Be plays Linda, the criminal associate of Erik Killmonger. Be appears alongside an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. The film has a nationwide release set for February 16.

“They say ‘Black Panther’ is on track to have a record-setting opening weekend,” said Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “It’s already setting records for excitement here at Pace, where we’re proud to witness the film debut of Nabiyah Be, a graduate of our School of Performing Arts. She graduated with a BFA in acting, but she’s an accomplished singer, too. We’ll be rooting for many more big hits from her—and for many more Pace students to follow in her footsteps.”

“Before I came to Pace, I knew that I had the potential to create, but I didn’t know exactly how to create on my own. I’m born and raised in Salvador, which is the capital of Bahia in Brazil, and they say that people in Bahia are not just born, they debut. Pace enabled that for me,” said Be in the following video.

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Darren Porcher, a law enforcement professor at Pace University spoke to Fox 5 about reporting odd or threatening behavior to police

02/16/2018

Darren Porcher, a law enforcement professor at Pace University spoke to Fox 5 about reporting odd or threatening behavior to police

Fox News: "Police urge public to speak up about warning signs"

By: Linda Schmidt

From "Fox News:"

...Fox 5 spoke to Darren Porcher, a law enforcement professor at Pace University and a former lieutenant with the NYPD. He said that the public should report the odd or threatening behavior to police or the FBI and don't assume that authorities will ignore your information. If police deem it necessary or appropriate, they will investigate.

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Assistant Professor Brenna Hassinger-Das, a psychologist at Pace University who leads Urban Thinkscape is featured in "Smithsonian" transforming public spaces into places where kids and their caregivers could engage in “playful learning"

02/16/2018

Assistant Professor Brenna Hassinger-Das, a psychologist at Pace University who leads Urban Thinkscape is featured in "Smithsonian" transforming public spaces into places where kids and their caregivers could engage in “playful learning"

Smithsonian: "Weaving Games and Puzzles Into the Fabric of a City"

By Emily Matchar

From "Smithsonian"

Before, the triangular plot of land in West Philadelphia didn’t have much to interest a child. There was just a bus stop, a strip of sidewalk and an adjacent lot sometimes used as a garden. Today, though, the area is a miniature wonderland, with a puzzle wall, a rubberized hopscotch pad and a whimsical metal sculpture.

But this is not just a playground. Specially designed to stimulate child-caregiver interaction and learning, the play zone is part of a project called “Urban Thinkscape.” Kids move puzzle pieces on the back wall of the bus stop, developing their spatial and math skills as they go. They practice concentration by following the footprints on the hopscotch pads. They build on their literacy skills by naming pictures that decorate a climbing area. 

The creators of Urban Thinkscape—a team of psychologists, educators and architects—hope that planting such learning environments in disadvantaged neighborhoods could help close the achievement gap between local children and their wealthier peers.

“At the beginning of all of this we were really thinking about the idea that even in the preschool years there’s the ‘30 million word gap’ between kids in lower socioeconomic backgrounds versus kids in higher socioeconomic background,” says Brenna Hassinger-Das, a psychologist at Pace University who leads Urban Thinkscape. “There are differences in kids’ skill levels before they even start formal schooling in kindergarten.”

The “30 million word gap” refers to an influential 1995 study that showed children from the lowest socioeconomic classes heard 30 million fewer words by age 3 than children from the highest socioeconomic classes. This is a big deal, as vocabulary skills in toddlerhood relate to later school success.

One proposed solution is universal free preschool. But, as Hassinger-Das points out, kids only spend 20 percent of their waking time in school.

“So if we address the school-based thing, there’s still the other 80 percent that’s spent outside school,” she says. “How can we address the other 80 percent in settings where kids spend a lot of their time?”

So Hassinger-Das and her colleagues came up with the idea of transforming public spaces into places where kids and their caregivers could engage in “playful learning.” The thinking was that art and play installations incorporated into everyday spaces could spark conversations between parents and children, creating opportunities for teaching and learning.

They received funding from the William Penn Foundation and scoured Philly for the right spot for the pilot playspace, settling last year on the street where Martin Luther King Jr. launched a 1965 freedom rally. They met with community members about their needs and wants and contracted Israeli architect Itai Palti, known for incorporating behavioral science into design. Palti designed the installations based on community input and on the latest research about how children develop skills like executive function, spatial reasoning and literacy. 

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Professor Jay Duckworth from Pace Performing Arts is props master on Hamilton and more at The Public Theater in NYC featured in "Broadway World"

02/16/2018

Professor Jay Duckworth from Pace Performing Arts is props master on Hamilton and more at The Public Theater in NYC featured in "Broadway World"

Broadway World:  "Guns From HAMILTON and More Theater, Movie, and Television Props on Display in MA"

From "Broadway World:"

In film, television and theatre, a hero prop is any item intended to be held or used by one of the main actors. Examples of hero props might include Shylock's money box, as used by Al Pacino in The Merchant of Veniceat New York's Public Theater; the Red Apple Tobacco tin used in Quentin Tarantino's film Hateful Eight; or the Mendl's chocolate box from the film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

All of these objects, plus watercolors from La La Land, sketches from Moonrise Kingdom and other beautiful works of art, appear in Props and Fine Art from Movies, Television and Theater and Working Objects: Props by Ross MacDonald, opening in the Beard & Weil Galleries at Wheaton College in Norton MA, March 1 through April 13, 2018.

On March 1 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, Haas Visiting Artist Ross MacDonald will give a talk about his work, followed by an opening for both exhibitions from 6:00 to 8:00. The public is invited to attend.

Curator Elizabeth Keithline commented that "prop makers are required to make objects that integrate perfectly into the action, both historically and aesthetically. Prop makers often have deep background knowledge on their subject, yet to create something that would take audience attention away from the action would be the worst kind of mistake. Hidden in plain sight, the props and artwork in this show often remained unnoticed by the audience, yet they drove plot completely."

In the Beard Gallery, Props and Fine Art from Movies, Television and Theater

Annie Atkins specializes in graphics for filmmaking, which means that she makes any graphic pieces outlined by a period film script-like postage stamps and banknotes to help create Wes Anderson's fictional State of Zubrowka in The Grand Budapest Hotel; or shopfront signs and fake passports for Steven Spielberg's New York as depicted in Bridge of Spies. Other films she has worked on include Box Trolls, Wonderstruck, and Isle of Dogs. For the Mendl's chocolate box exhibited at Wheaton, Atkins also credits the artists Wes Anderson, Liliana Lambriev, Jan Jericho, and prop master Robin Miller.

Buist Bickley - According to Crains New York Business, "Bickley is one of the most in-demand prop supervisors on Broadway." Current productions include Spongebob Squarepants, Frozen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dear Evan Hansen, and Fun Home. In the February 4 Playbill, Bickley was quoted as saying "Picture frames, rugs, chandeliers, sconces, any picture on the wall-those are all props. ... I always say that the ceiling, the floor, and the walls are sets. Everything that makes it what it is, is a prop."

Jay Duckworth - Jay Duckworth is props master at The Public Theater in NYC. In over three decades in theatre he has worked from an old Mule Barn up to Prop Master on Hamilton. He's founded the Prop Summit for all properties people to meet, network, and learn; given keynote speeches for KCACTF and USITT. He is currently curating the first Props Lab at USITT's National conference, he is a contributor to Stage Directions Magazine and is a Professor at Pace University. Duckworth's website, the Proptologist, can be explored here: https://www.proptologist.com/.

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Former Rockette, Performing Arts Adjunct Professor in the Commercial Dance Department at Pace University Holly Evans is set to teach a series of free, 'Rockette-style' Dance Master Classes hosted by The Connection on Sunday, February 25 featured in "Tap

02/16/2018

Former Rockette, Performing Arts Adjunct Professor in the Commercial Dance Department at Pace University Holly Evans is set to teach a series of free, 'Rockette-style' Dance Master Classes hosted by The Connection on Sunday, February 25 featured in "Tap Into Summit"

Tap Into Summit: "Kicking It Up a Notch, The Connection Hosts 'Rockette Style' Dance Master Classes Feb. 25"

From "Tap Into Summit:"

The Connection is set to host a series of free, 'Rockette-style' Dance Master Classes -- taught by former Rockette Holly Evans -- on Sunday, February 25, beginning at 11 a.m.

Evans, who spent 10 years as a member of the Rockettes and served as a Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer for the Rockettes during her tenure. She currently is an Adjunct Professor in the Commercial Dance Department at Pace University. The area resident also teaches guest classes at many private dance schools and Universities across the country.

The series will include:

Teen Jazz Class -- 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Class will emphasize technique and placement through warm up and across the floor exercises while teaching Rockette type combinations and kick lines. Students will learn about precision dance, movement dynamics, performance qualities and how to pick up choreography quickly.

Question and Answer Session  -- 12:30 - 1 p.m.

Adult Beginner Jazz Class -- 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Experience what it is like to be in a kick line while also learning a fun combination based on the Rockette style using precision dance. Open to all.

2:30-3:30 – Adult Advanced Tap -- 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Rockette-style tap dancing is very unique and precise. Participants will learn a tap routine and kick line which emphasize the line of the whole body as well as clean tap sounds.

The workshop series -- free and open to the public -- is made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Some prior dance experience is recommended.

For those who love to dance and want to keep moving to the music beyond the workshop, The Connection offers a full range of adult dance classes, free to Total Facility Members of The Connection. Members can free their minds and get in shape with the following weekly dance classes: Ballet, Ballet Body Sculpt, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom Dance, Belly Dancing, Cardio Dance Fusion, Lyrical, and Zumba.

Enjoy unlimited adult dance and fitness classes in addition to The Connection’s five-lane pool and Fitness Center for the monthly price of $67.

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Press Release: Pace Alumna Shines in Black Panther

02/16/2018

Press Release: Pace Alumna Shines in Black Panther Nabiyah Be plays criminal associate to Erik Killmonger in the highly anticipated Black Panther film

Nabiyah Be plays criminal associate to Erik Killmonger in the highly anticipated Black Panther film

Be says Pace education unlocked her skills to create and be an artist

NEW YORK, NY, FEBRUARY 16—Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna, Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther,” the mega-hit movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios.

Nabiyah Be plays Linda, the criminal associate of Erik Killmonger. Be appears alongside an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. The film has a nationwide release set for February 16.

“They say ‘Black Panther’ is on track to have a record-setting opening weekend,” said Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “It’s already setting records for excitement here at Pace, where we’re proud to witness the film debut of Nabiyah Be, a graduate of our School of Performing Arts. She graduated with a BFA in acting, but she’s an accomplished singer, too. We’ll be rooting for many more big hits from her—and for many more Pace students to follow in her footsteps.”

“Before I came to Pace, I knew that I had the potential to create, but I didn’t know exactly how to create on my own. I’m born and raised in Salvador, which is the capital of Bahia in Brazil, and they say that people in Bahia are not just born, they debut. Pace enabled that for me,” said Be in the following video.

Krislov will see “Black Panther” with students from the Pace School of Performing Arts and cheer on Be’s film debut.

About the Pace School of Performing Arts

The Pace School of Performing Arts in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is one of the most sought-after undergraduate training destinations in the United States. Dedicated to providing the finest possible pre-professional education, groundbreaking programs re-imagine how young artists are trained for today’s industry. In addition, Dyson College’s strong liberal arts curriculum provides students with a solid educational foundation that enriches their professional development as artists, giving students a deeper understanding of themselves and the world. The school’s mission is to prepare students for careers as performers, designers, and technicians in today’s ever-changing entertainment industry with curricula that train students for both the world of theater and dance as well as film and television. At the Pace School of Performing Arts, curricula are taught by leading artist-educators from across many disciplines. With more than 50 productions a year in New York City and internationally, intense training led by more than 125 prominent artists and teachers, and unique networking opportunities across the entertainment industry, the Pace School of Performing Arts is the place for aspiring artists to pursue their dreams.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

Follow Pace’s Office of Media Relations on Twitter at @PaceUnews or on the web: www.pace.edu/news.

 

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Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld have joined Pace University as Executive Director of Media Relations and Director of Executive Communications featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

02/16/2018

Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld have joined Pace University as Executive Director of Media Relations and Director of Executive Communications featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

Pleasantville Patch: "Pace University Hires Communications Strategists"

From Pleasantivlle Patch:

Seasoned communications strategists will support Pace President Marvin Krislov and highlight University successes.

Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld have joined Pace University as Executive Director of Media Relations and Director of Executive Communications, respectively.

Ternes comes to Pace from DKC, a public relations firm consistently named one of the most influential public relations companies in the United States, where she served as executive vice president. Her client list included Fortune 50 companies, tech start-ups, biotech firms, and real estate leaders. Prior to that she worked as Chief of Staff to former Congressman Anthony Weiner in New York and Washington, D.C. As Executive Director of Media Relations, she will sharpen the University's focus on press engagement and help tell the story of the nation's most upwardly mobile private nonprofit university.

Oxfeld began his career as a journalist and has more recently worked in marketing communications. He was an editor at "New York Magazine" and the theater critic for the "New York Observer." He has been a copywriter at Ogilvy and the director of content at Vox Creative, Vox Media's content studio. He has also worked on speechwriting and editorial projects for several political communications firms. In his new role reporting to President Marvin Krislov, Oxfeld will develop presidential communications and work closely with the university's media relations and editorial staff to ensure consistent messaging that strengthens Pace's position as a leading private educational institution.

"Pace has an impressive story of student success, and more than any other private university we demonstrate the transformational impact of an education," said Krislov. "We are a well-kept secret that needs to be less well-kept. I know Marie and Jesse will use their skills and expertise to shine a bright spotlight on the important work that we do."

"With President Krislov at the helm, there has never been a more exciting time to be at Pace," said Ternes. "Every day Pace is creating transformational opportunities for its students and I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of that."

"Pace does important, meaningful work, and not enough people know about it," said Oxfeld. "I'm excited to help President Krislov tell that story."

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Pace University's Schimmel Center Presents Niyaz: The Fourth Light Project featured in "Broadway World"

02/14/2018

Pace University's Schimmel Center Presents Niyaz: The Fourth Light Project featured in "Broadway World"

Broadway World: "Schimmel Center Presents Niyaz: The Fourth Light Project"

From "Broadway World:"

Persian, Middle Eastern, Indian electroacoustic supergroup Niyaz-comprised of vocalist and composer Azam Ali, and multi-instrumentalist and composer Loga Ramin Torkian-in collaboration with interactive designer and visual artist Jerome Delapierre, is featured in The Fourth Light Project on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.at the Schimmel Center. The immersive multimedia experience combines live music and sacred whirling dance with advanced projection and body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. Through a seamless synthesis of sound, space, image and light, NIYAZ creates a new kind of digital scenography and live musical experience.

Through its performances, Niyaz offers audiences a bridge between the East and the West, with a synergistic combination of elements from ancient times to present day including ancient Sufi poetry and folk songs from the Middle East to India, rich acoustic instrumentation, and state of the art electronics.

The production features songs from the group's latest album, The Fourth Light, which is inspired by the first female Sufi mystic and poet Rabia Al Basri, who was born in the 8th century in Iraq.

Niyaz's music has garnered rave reviews from NPR, Huffington Post and MTV and has been featured in several major film and television scores, including True Blood, Nip/Tuck and Crossing Over.

Schimmel Center tickets are available at www.schimmelcenter.org, by calling 212-346-1715 or by visiting the box office located at 3 Spruce Street. Through February 16th, the Schimmel Center box office is open Monday through Friday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Beginning February 20th, the Schimmel Center box office is open on Tuesday through Saturday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and three hours prior to performances.

Schimmel Center, located in the heart of downtown Manhattan at Pace University, presents a unique and diverse array of internationally acclaimed artists, encompassing genres including dance, cabaret, music, comedy, world music, and family programming, in an intimate setting with affordable ticket prices. For more information, visit SchimmelCenter.org.

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Psychologists at Pace University found that couples with similar texting styles were happier in their relationships overall than their counterparts featured in "Romper"

02/14/2018

Psychologists at Pace University found that couples with similar texting styles were happier in their relationships overall than their counterparts featured in "Romper"

Romper: "What Your Partner's Texting Style Says About Your Relationship"

From "Romper:"

The issue with texting, as we all know, is that it can be tough to figure out a person's tone. Does that lack of punctuation mean your S.O. is being curt, or are they just in a hurry? Or what if you find yourself waiting for a response longer than usual — is there trouble brewing or is your partner just stuck in meeting? In one study, psychologists at Pace University found that couples with similar texting styles were happier in their relationships overall than their counterparts, with both the content and frequency of messaging being taken into account, according to The Daily Mail. While it might seem like NBD, if your texts are constantly being misinterpreted or ignored (or the other way around), it's bound to start an argument eventually. Or a compromise: My husband, for example, knows that I interpret any text that doesn't end with an exclamation point as outright hostile. (I know, I'm a weirdo, it's just this thing I have, okay?)

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