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PACE UNIVERSITY AND NEW YORK SERVICE CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDY FELLOWS, INC. TO HOST 5th Annual Chinese Bridge East USA Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students

04/07/2014

PACE UNIVERSITY AND NEW YORK SERVICE CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDY FELLOWS, INC. TO HOST 5th Annual Chinese Bridge East USA Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students

 

PACE UNIVERSITY AND NEW YORK SERVICE CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDY FELLOWS, INC. TO HOST 5th Annual Chinese Bridge East USA Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students;

REGIONAL FINALS OF COMPETITION IN KNOWLEDGE OF CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE FOR TRIP TO FINALS IN BEIJING; Celebrating Chinese Culture and Language Education

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Pace University Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY

Press Conference to be held on Monday, March 24 at 12:00pm at the Confucius Institute at Pace University, 41 Park Row, 4th Floor, New York, NY  

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Cara Cea, Pace Media Relations, 914-773-3312, cell 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

NEW YORK, NY, March 24, 2014 – On Sunday, March 30, from 9:30AM – 4:00 PM in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, 24 non-Chinese contestants will try to impress a panel of judges with their knowledge of the world’s most spoken language and its culture. 

The theme for this year’s competition is “Confucius Institute and Me,” in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institutes.  Contestants will deliver 1) speeches in Chinese, and 2) Chinese culture-focused talents, including Chinese songs and dances, paper cutting, calligraphy, and martial arts demonstrations, and answering questions on China – both its past and present. 

The winners will be nominated to compete against contestants from around the world in a final round this summer in Beijing, all expenses paid, where they could win scholarships to study in China for a semester. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 3 Spruce Street, just east of City Hall.  A press conference will be held at noon on Monday, March 24th at the Confucius Institute at Pace University (41 Park Row, 4th Floor). 

The competition is part of the 13th annual “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition, a large-scale international contest sponsored by Hanban, a nonprofit organization focused on spreading knowledge of Chinese language and culture around the world.  This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Hanban’s Confucius Institutes, which currently number more than 400 worldwide.  The competition aims to persuade students in various countries to learn Chinese and strengthen the world's understanding of Chinese language and culture. It consists of competitions for foreign college students, foreign high school students and foreign students in China. In recent years, the competition has been carried out by Hanban in co-operation with local governments, and presented to the public through TV broadcasts. 
Officially known as the Chinese Bridge Eastern USA Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, the event has been co-hosted by the Pace CI and the New York Service Center for Chinese Overseas Study Fellows, Inc., for the past four years.

The 24 contestants were selected by committee from a total of 43 submissions during a preliminary online video competition in February.  The selection committee was highly impressed by the strong caliber of applicants, and noted the breadth of schools and states represented.

The students competing this year are the cream of the crop of American university students in terms of their fluency in Chinese and their knowledge of Chinese culture.   The entrants are studying at universities across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont including Pace University, SUNY Binghamton, Rutgers, Princeton, Gettysburg, University of Pittsburgh, Cleveland State, University of Vermont and Middlebury. 

About the Pace Confucius Institute

Located at the financial, civic, and cultural center of Manhattan, The Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based institute of its kind in New York City. Founded in partnership with Nanjing Normal University and China’s Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, Pace’s Confucius Institute integrates pedagogical, scholarly, and professional expertise to promote the learning of Chinese language and culture and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding between people in the United States and China. www.pace.edu/confucius

About the New York Service Center for Chinese Fellows, Inc.

The New York Service Center for Chinese Study Fellows, Inc. (NYSC) is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1995 in New York. As a branch of the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, NYSC is dedicated to promoting Sino-American educational, cultural, and scientific exchange and cooperation. NYSC engages in international education services, supports Chinese students who are pursuing international study in the U.S. and fosters dialogue and communication between educational organizations on international cooperation and exchange programs.  NYSC is also dedicated to promoting Chinese language and culture in the U.S. by supporting the Chinese Proficiency Competition and standardized Chinese language proficiency tests.  http://www.chinesehighway.com/aboutus.asp (in Chinese)

About Pace University

Since 1906 Pace University 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 New York City and Westchester County, New York, 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, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.  www.pace.edu
 

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Network World: "Security pros talk about playing defense against cybercrime"

04/04/2014

Network World: "Security pros talk about playing defense against cybercrime"

Network World - Security professionals are playing defense against cybercrime, and often feel outgunned by tech-savvy hackers and insiders out to steal sensitive data from within the business. They see a shortage of qualified security personnel to call on, but also believe that threat-detection tools are getting better.

Those were sentiments shared today by security experts from two large financial services companies, Citi and AIG, together with a special agent of the FBI at a panel discussion at Pace University in New York. When asked about the kind of things that worry them most, they were quick to point to the kind of attacks that are hard to stop and the difficulty in chasing cybercriminals around the globe.

Read more: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/040314-cybercrime-280395.html

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Edward F. Murphy, former executive vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, named first Mentor in Residence at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business

04/02/2014

Edward F. Murphy, former executive vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, named first Mentor in Residence at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business

NEW YORK, NY – April 2, 2014 -- Edward F. Murphy, the former chief financial officer and executive vice president of the Corporate Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has been appointed the first Mentor in Residence at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

“We are extremely grateful to Ed Murphy for serving as our first Mentor in Residence,” said Neil S. Braun, Dean of the Lubin School. “His long and distinguished career in banking and finance and broad experience as a senior executive will provide students with a robust platform to help them achieve their career goals and success.”

Professional experience and career guidance and success are integral aspects of business education at Lubin. Through its vast alumni network, Lubin leverages its New York locations and access to Fortune 500 headquarters and leaders in every industry to create unique career-building opportunities for students. 

The new Mentor in Residence program will bring Lubin alumni who are senior executives in their fields to engage with students on campus. The first students who will be mentored by Murphy will be from Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the International Honor Organization for Financial Information Students and Professionals. Lubin’s Iota Lambda chapter of this organization has consistently distinguished itself maintaining gold chapter status and winning Best Practices awards in their annual competitions. Murphy will engage with BAP students, graduate students and business honors students on an individual basis as well as in small groups.

Murphy is a retired financial and audit executive with 40 years of global financial services, auditing, and regulatory experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JPMorgan Chase, and Coopers & Lybrand. Murphy began his career with C&L auditing large international manufacturing firms and high profile not-for profit organizations. After nine years with C&L, he joined JP Morgan where for more than 20 years he held successively expanded leadership roles in the areas of finance and accounting, auditing, internal controls, compliance, operational processes, and risk management. He held several global leadership positions at JP Morgan including Principal Accounting Officer, Global Internal Audit Director, and Chief Operating Officer for the businesses conducted in the Asia Pacific Region, for which he relocated to Tokyo. Following the merger of JP Morgan and Chase, Murphy served as the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer of Chase’s retail division.

Following his retirement from JPMorgan Chase as an executive vice president in 2004, Murphy joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as the Bank’s CFO and as the executive vice president of the Corporate Group. During Murphy’s tenure he introduced new management information technology systems, established the Operational Risk and the Diversity Advisory committees, and established a business process excellence (six-sigma) capability. He retired from the Federal Reserve in June 2013, after eight years.

Murphy is a certified public accountant and received a bachelor of business administration degree in 1974 from Pace University, where he has served as a Trustee since 1997.

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace’s suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by the region’s largest co-op program, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers.  www.pace.edu/lubin

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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University Business: "Keeping cyber attacks at bay"

04/01/2014

University Business: "Keeping cyber attacks at bay"

Hackers are often portrayed in the media as pale skinned, basement dwelling lone wolves, creating nuisance viruses that disrupt networks. But Darren Hayes, a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, says times are changing. “These people are rapidly being replaced by sophisticated government-backed infiltrators and criminal cyber-spy rings that can inflict far more damage than a Distributed Denial of Service that takes a network offline.”

He’ll discuss this new breed of hacker in his UBTech session “Cyber attacks on the rise and how to stop them.

Read more: http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/keeping-cyber-attacks-bay

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Detroit News: "GM shareholder files securities fraud suit over ignition recall"

03/27/2014

Detroit News: "GM shareholder files securities fraud suit over ignition recall"

. . . Pace University professor John Alan James said shareholders will also get hit at GM if the company pays massive fines.

“In the end, fines are paid by shareholders,” James said.

He said huge fines on most firms result in a short range drop in the share price. “Recovery depends on whether the buyers think the stock is worthy of holding.”

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NBC News: "Why Facebook Is Betting on Virtual Reality as the Next Big Thing"

03/27/2014

NBC News: "Why Facebook Is Betting on Virtual Reality as the Next Big Thing"

. . . Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University, said Oculus "really fits into Facebook's mission" of connecting the world on a social level.

"When Facebook first began, it was the sharing of text — then it became photos, then videos, and now what's left?" Chiagouris told NBC News. "Virtual reality will be the next battleground for the sharing of experiences."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/why-facebook-betting-virtual-reality-next-big-thing-n62616

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China Daily USA: "Pace Univ 'bridges' US-China gap"

03/26/2014

China Daily USA: "Pace Univ 'bridges' US-China gap"

As scholars and academics continue efforts to encourage the study of China, Pace University, in Lower Manhattan, is trying an alternative tack to promote its students' interests in the world's second-largest economy - by subsidizing a chance to study abroad.

The Annual Chinese Bridge Eastern USA Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students offers participants from a number of schools the opportunity to study in China, provided their knowledge of the Chinese language and culture stands out.

Weihua Niu, a director of the Confucius Institute (CI) at Pace, said this event has become one of the program's highlights since it began in 2010.

"Each year there are more than 20 students from at least 10 universities who submit their materials," Niu said Monday. "This event really allows students to showcase how they can use their language skills to contribute to future experiences - so it's not a competition, it's a celebration."

Read more: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/2014-03/25/content_17378539.htm

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USA Today: "Oculus acquisition: Why Facebook and not Google?"

03/26/2014

USA Today: "Oculus acquisition: Why Facebook and not Google?"

. . . virtual reality augmenting the way we connect is likely more a matter of when than if, says Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University.

"This is a brilliant move on Zuckerberg's part, and a big contrast to Google's Glass," he says. "Facebook is all about sharing, and this technology clearly will allow sharing beyond anything we've seen this far."

Chiagouris allows that mass adoption will hinge on a Rift successor being far smaller than the present device, which is the size of ski goggles. But he adds that if there is one inviolable tech trend, it's the miniaturization of everything.

"This purchase is just a small step in the direction we're all heading, which is an immersive experience for all of the senses," he says. "If someone tomorrow invents something that allows you to explore someone's thoughts, I'm sure Facebook will buy that, too."

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/03/26/oculus-facebook-vs-google/6915611/

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Robert J. Chersi, former CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments, named Executive Director of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation at Pace University

03/26/2014

Robert J. Chersi, former CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments, named Executive Director of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation at Pace University

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Robert J. Chersi, former CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments, named Executive Director of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation at Pace University

Chersi to succeed John Alan James, who will become Chairman Emeritus of the Center

New York, NY – March 26, 2014  – The Lubin School of Business at Pace University today announced that Robert J. (“Bob”) Chersi has been appointed executive director of its Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation. He will succeed John Alan (“Jack”) James, who will become Chairman Emeritus of the Center.

“Bob possesses a deep understanding of financial institutions given his extensive leadership experience in that industry,” said Neil S. Braun, Dean of the Lubin School of Business and former President of the NBC Television Network and CEO of Viacom Entertainment. “He is well-positioned to lead the Center in the next phase of its development.”

Chersi is an accomplished corporate financial and risk executive who joined Lubin as the Center’s Advisor in July 2013 and also serves as an adjunct professor of finance and economics.  His business career included experiences as CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments, Member of the Group Managing Board of UBS AG, and CFO for U.S. Wealth Management. In these roles, he functionally led finance, risk and compliance organizations, and served on many industry committees and associations. He started his career servicing financial institutions industry clients as a CPA with KPMG, after graduating from Lubin. 

Jack James, an internationally recognized corporate governance leader, joined Lubin as an adjunct professor in 2003 and was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of the Center in 2012.  During his tenure he created a new course, Comparative Corporate Governance Systems, and modified a second course to reflect the growing need for academic input on regulatory strategies. The two courses form the basis for the initial sessions of the Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional (CCRP®) program and qualify certificate winners with credit for applying toward a graduate degree at Lubin.  James is a former management consultant with Hewitt Associates and McKinsey & Co., and he also created his own firm, Management Counsellors International, S.A.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

"We want to thank Jack for his leadership and commitment and look forward to his continuing contributions,” said Braun. “He led the development of our successful CCRP® program and created a strong foundation for the Center’s further growth in today’s complex and evolving regulatory environment.” 

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace’s suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by the region’s largest co-op program, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers.  www.pace.edu/lubin

About the CCRP® Program and the Association of International Bank Auditors:  The CCRP® (Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional) Program is a six-month premier certificate program for compliance professionals in the financial institutions industry. The program is jointly sponsored by the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and the Association of International Bank Auditors (AIBA) and recently commenced its fifth cycle of certification of industry professionals. The AIBA membership consists of internal audit, compliance and internal control professionals of nearly 100 U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks.  The mission of the AIBA is to foster the professional standing of its members by increasing their knowledge and capacities to carry out their responsibilities with respect to international banking.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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The Atlantic: "How Actors Create Emotions: A Problematic Psychology"

03/24/2014

The Atlantic: "How Actors Create Emotions: A Problematic Psychology"

. . . In truth, cognitive scientists and psychologists have been reluctant to embrace acting as a serious subject of study. But researchers like Thalia Goldstein, an assistant professor of psychology at Pace University, have recently started to investigate the links between the two fields with the idea that both disciplines can be enriched by a study of their commonalities. In a joint paper from Goldstein and Yale professor Paul Bloom, “The mind on stage: why cognitive scientists should study acting,” Goldstein argues that psychologists can look to how actors create emotions in order to understand human nature in a new way.

“I think that at their cores, psychology, cognitive science, and theater are all trying to do the same thing, which is understand why people do the things they do, our range of behavior, and where it comes from,” Goldstein says. “It’s just two different ways of looking at the same question.”

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/how-actors-create-emotions-a-problematic-psychology/284291/

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