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Impact America Fund becomes Social Enterprise in Residence at Pace University’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

02/06/2014

Impact America Fund becomes Social Enterprise in Residence at Pace University’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

NEW YORK, February 6, 2014 — Impact America Fund and Pace University’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship join forces as Impact America Fund becomes the Wilson Center’s Social Enterprise in Residence.

The Social Enterprise in Residence program connects an innovative social enterprise with the Pace community, giving the resident organization the opportunity to fully participate in the academic community, and offering Pace students and faculty members a living case study, or learning laboratory, through which to study social enterprise in action.  

Impact America is an early-stage equity fund that invests in high growth companies that aim to generate real financial returns while improving the well-being of underserved communities and creating quality jobs in America. Impact America focus sectors are Health & Well Being, Education, and Big Data for Good. 

“There are large untapped market opportunities in underserved communities in America. We believe companies that offer affordable goods and services that enhance the well-being of these communities are uniquely positioned to scale with strong competitive advantages and loyal consumers and employees,” says Kesha Cash, the Director of Investments at Impact America Fund.

Kesha has been actively engaged with Pace over the past two years through guest lecturing and mentoring. The Wilson Center has also had access to other advisors and entrepreneurs, a valuable network which will be made available to Pace students through this partnership. “Impact America gives the Wilson Center an opportunity to highlight the growing area of impact investments and social finance,” said Rebecca Tekula, PhD, Executive Director of the Wilson Center.

About Impact America Fund

Impact America Fund is the evolution of Jalia Ventures, a three-year minority-focused impact investing initiative that was executed with the support and collaboration of leading investors, accelerators, community organizations, university programs, and industry experts across the country. With the support of Serious Change, LP and Josh Mailman, Kesha Cash launched and managed this initiative. Kesha deployed $5 million of which $3.5 million was invested into 9 minority owned companies to create the Jalia Ventures demonstration portfolio. Prior to Jalia Ventures, Kesha spent three years as a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Merrill Lynch and then six years as a consultant to inner-city businesses in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. In the summer of 2009, Kesha worked in London at Bridges Ventures, a leading $475 million UK private investment firm that delivers both financial and social returns. Kesha is a lifetime member of the Social Venture Network. She received her BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and her MBA from Columbia Business School.

About the Wilson Center

The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship is an institute of Pace University aiming to serve students and nonprofit organizations by encouraging more effective and efficient nonprofit management practices through research, colloquia and continuing education programs. The Center was launched with a $5 million gift from Helene and Grant Wilson, entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose involvement with nonprofits has convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help these organizations increase their impact.

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 Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu

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

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CNET News: "Spotify vs. Beats: The super cool battles the Super Bowl"

02/04/2014

CNET News: "Spotify vs. Beats: The super cool battles the Super Bowl"

. . . Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business, estimated that between the cost to air a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl -- this year it's being pegged at about $3 million to $4 million -- and the cost of recruiting DeGeneres as a spokeswoman, Beats Music could be shelling out something in the vicinity of $10 million.

That would represent a sixth of the $60 million the company raised last year to split off from Beats Electronics.

"That's a lot of money to spend, but given the fact they have to play catch-up with so many streaming music services, the only way they can fast forward is to do exactly what they're doing," Chiagouris said.

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TechNewsWorld: "Mac Birthday Video Stars iPhone"

02/04/2014

TechNewsWorld: "Mac Birthday Video Stars iPhone"

. . . "When you read the commentary that goes with the video, it seems like it's more a video promoting the iPhone than promoting the Mac," Darren Hayes, a professor at the Pace University Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, told TechNewsWorld.

"You'd think that a video celebrating 30 years of the Mac might show the evolution of the Mac, but it seems like a big advertisement," Hayes added.

There's another subtle pitch in the video.

"There also seems to be an emphasis on China -- where they're trying to increase their appeal because they feel it has the greatest growth potential for them," noted Hayes.

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/79910.html

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amNewYork: "Usher in the Year of the Horse in NYC"

01/31/2014

amNewYork: "Usher in the Year of the Horse in NYC"

Lunar New Year Celebration

A special performance by the renowned and colorful United Nations Singers will be accompanied by Chinese hip hop, martial arts, and a lion dance. These world famous performers will grace Pace University's stage at this cultural exchange. Feb, 2. from 1-3 p.m. at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street; free.

Read more: http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/usher-in-the-year-of-the-horse-in-nyc-1.6912717

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Comcast SportsNet Washington DC: "Riggins remembers chat with Gibbs before Super Bowl"

01/30/2014

Comcast SportsNet Washington DC: "Riggins remembers chat with Gibbs before Super Bowl"

John Riggins’ favorite Super Bowl memory is not his famous 43-yard TD run in Super Bowl XVII. His favorite memory actually happened a few days before the game, when Riggins had a hear-to-heart chat with coach Joe Gibbs.

Riggins wanted to win desperately. He also wanted the ball. So for the first time in his career, Riggins said he sought out a pre-game meeting with Gibbs. “I used to talk with (assistant coach) Joe Bugel all the time,” Riggins said Wednesday during an appearance for Steiner Sports at Pace University. “So when I told Joe, ‘Hitch the wagon to me,’, he said, ‘Don’t tell me. Tell the old man (Gibbs).’

“I had never even been in the coach’s locker room before. When I went in, Gibbs was the only one there. So I said to him, ‘Joe, I’m ready to play. Don’t worry about me getting tired. If I’m tired, I’ll come out of the game. Give me the ball.’ “Joe just looked at me. He finally said, ‘OK’. I really wasn’t sure what he was thinking. But it meant a lot to me, because it was one of those moments you look back on, when you needed to stand up and you did. I let him know that if he needed to come to me, I was the guy. And I felt even more pumped up after that.”

Read more: http://www.csnwashington.com/football-washington-redskins/talk/riggins-r...

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New York Observer: "To Do Wednesday: Football and Baseball Join Forces"

01/29/2014

New York Observer: "To Do Wednesday: Football and Baseball Join Forces"

Football and baseball fans, your favorite sports join forces tonight. First, mingle at a V.I.P. networking reception with Super Bowl XLVII champion Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens, a New Rochelle native, and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee John Riggins, former running back for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins (sorry, no autographs). Then learn the tricks of the sports trade from Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing and author of You Gotta Have Balls, who will discuss the intersection of business and sports in his talk “How a Kid from Brooklyn Bought Yankee Stadium” at Pace University’s “Inside Track” series, along with Pace President Stephen J. Friedman.

Read more: http://observer.com/2014/01/to-do-wednesday-football-and-baseball-join-forces/

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Year of the Horse Lunar New Year Celebration to be held at Pace University’s Schimmel Theatre, Sunday, February 2nd

01/28/2014

Year of the Horse Lunar New Year Celebration to be held at Pace University’s Schimmel Theatre, Sunday, February 2nd

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Contact: Ansel Lurio (212) 346-1686 Program Coordinator, Confucius Institute at Pace University

Year of the Horse Lunar New Year Celebration to be held at Pace University’s Schimmel Theatre, Sunday, February 2nd

Event co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at Pace University,  the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (Pace CSSA), and the New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS)

Celebration will feature a lion dance, Chinese hip hop, martial arts, crosstalk, and a special performance by the United Nations Singers

NEW YORK, NY, January 28, 2014 -- To mark the Year of the Horse, the Confucius Institute at Pace University, in partnership with Pace’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (Pace CSSA), and the New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS), will host the Fourth Annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Pace University. The event will take place on Sunday, February 2nd in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at 3 Spruce Street on the New York City campus from 1 to 3 pm.

NYCOS has performed at Pace the last seven years as part of the annual Winter Cultural Exchange Festival. One of the highlights of the afternoon will be a dance excerpt from the Peking Opera "Farewell, my Concubine." 

The United Nations Singers date back to the earliest days of the UN.  Dressed in the colorful costumes of their native cultures while joined together in traditional harmonies from around the world, they hope to convey a message of tolerance and a celebration of other cultures and religions.  They have performed in venues throughout the world, including at the opening of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Other scheduled entertainment will include a traditional lion dance; a contemporary Chinese rap; a martial arts demonstration by Master Xu Lin and her students; and a performance of traditional Chinese crosstalk comedy.  Leaders from Pace and other schools, and representatives from the local and international communities will be in attendance.

About the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Horse

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by people from China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and other Asian countries and territories. It usually lasts 16 days, from Lunar New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival on January 15th of the lunar calendar. Once upon a time, according to tales and legends, the start of Lunar New Year celebrations began with a fight against a mythical beast called the Nian.  On the first day of Lunar New Year when the beast came, ancient Chinese villagers would scare this beast away by wearing red and lighting firecrackers. They would also prepare lots of food since they believed the Nian beast would eat the food instead of attacking them.  That is how the celebration came about. Today, Nian is equivalent to the word “year” in Mandarin.  This year will be the Year of the Horse.  The Horse is a symbol of intelligence, warmth, energy, and ability. 

About the Confucius Institute at Pace University

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.

About the Pace University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (Pace CSSA)

Pace CSSA serves Chinese students, scholars, alumni and other interested members of the Pace community. It is dedicated to organizing social, intellectual and cultural activities, and building friendship and academic exchange among its members. Pace CSSA provides a variety of services to members, such as promoting Chinese culture, providing an information platform, and guiding members in their school lives and careers, especially those new to Pace University.  Due to efforts in recent years, Pace CSSA has built connections with other area organizations, including Columbia University CSSA (CUCSSA), CSSA in Greater New York Area (CSSANY) and the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, providing Chinese students at Pace with enhanced social and career opportunities.

About NYCOS

The New York Chinese Opera Society, Inc. (NYCOS) is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers, opera admirers, trained artists and musicians. NYCOS believes and appreciates that Chinese Opera with its known historical significance is an important and integral part of Chinese heritage. NYCOS also believes that through the efforts of organizations such as theirs, the traditions of Chinese Opera with its distinct style of music, singing, instrumentation and staging can be preserved and enhanced for everyone to enjoy.

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 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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Wall Street Journal: "Higher Ed Goes Downtown"

01/28/2014

. . . Pace has long been in the area, but has increased its residential footprint over the past five years, opening new dormitories and expanding academic facilities. On deck for the 2015-2016 academic year: a new 34-story, 385-bed dormitory.

"Pace was once a local commuter school," said Bill McGrath, senior vice president of the university, but students "desire more of a residential experience then they did in the past."

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USA Today: "Cruise ship heads home after illness outbreak"

01/27/2014

USA Today: "Cruise ship heads home after illness outbreak"

. . . Dr. Andrew Coggins, who teaches courses on travel and tourism management at Pace University, says a passenger likely brought the virus onboard after his or her symptoms subsided. "Last-minute cancellations usually result in forfeiting the cruise fare so if someone doesn't have travel insurance they are going to try to make the cruise as long as they can get from toilet to toilet," he said.

"RCI is taking the right action," Coggins said. "By returning early, they will get everyone off the ship and can do a thorough top-to-bottom disinfection. It will be very expensive in terms of lost revenue, refunds, and bad publicity, but they will protect the next sailing."

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/27/illness-outbreak-on-cruise-ship/4936777/

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Setting the Pace

01/27/2014

Setting the Pace

Downtown's Hometown College Grows by Leaps and Bounds

Pace University officials formally opened the new residence hall for Pace students at 182 Broadway in October 2013. Left to right: Provost Uday Sukhatme, Residence Hall Association President Steven Nolte, Dean for Students Marijo Russell-O'Grady, President Stephen J. Friedman, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Bill McGrath, and Student Government Association President Michael Creneti

Earlier this month, Pace University announced a $3.1-million grant from longtime supporter and trustee emeritus Alfred R. Goldstein to renovate and upgrade the university's science labs at One Pace Plaza. Work on the ten cutting-edge, multipurpose Alfred R. Goldstein Laboratories began last summer and is expected to be completed in three years, with the first biology and chemistry labs in use for this year's spring semester. 

 

The new Pace dorm at 

182 Broadway

 

The grant is part of Pace's answer to rising demand for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. As William McGrath, the University's senior vice president and chief administrative officer, explains, "the generous gift from Mr. Goldstein will allow us to transform our science facilities to the most current industry standards. The new laboratories will include new technology and are designed for collaborative group learning and study, which is the trend in higher education."

 

Other innovations in science and technology education are in evidence at the College of Health Professions, at 163 William Street, where two new floors were added to incorporate high-tech nurse practitioner labs equipped with robotic "patients." Mr. McGrath describes these mannequins as "incredibly realistic, I'm amazed by it. When you get off on these floors, you really feel like you're in a medical facility; a professor observes the students from behind a glass wall and directs the mannequins to respond either positively or negatively. The preparation it provides the students for their encounter with live patients is just terrific."

 

Student nurses train with simulation robotic patients in 

newly-renovated clinical education labs in the College of Health Professions

 

Similar facilities in the School of Education enable teachers-in-training to get invaluable hands-on preparation in virtual classrooms equipped with computer-animated "avatars," controlled by staffers, that act out five personality types. Pace is the only school in the northeast and one of only ten universities in the United States that has this technology, which is also used to research teacher effectiveness.

 

Another indication of the university's creative use of technology education is that two of its initiatives were among the ten winners of the inaugural Pilot Health Tech NYC competition launched in 2013 by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The Pilot program, which announced its 2014 kickoff on January 23, provides a total of $1 million to fund innovative projects that advance new health technologies by partnering with key New York City healthcare service organizations. Pace University received a grant for nursing and computer students to partner with eCaring and the Henry Street Settlement to implement new ways of monitoring the wellbeing and health of homebound senior citizens. A second grant enabled Pace students to partner with Vital Care Services to test the benefits of remote patient monitoring in four senior living centers, including the Hallmark in Battery Park City.

 

Jean Coppola, a professor in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Services, is one of the founders of a Gerontechnology Program. Some of her students partnered with nursing students to help develop a prize-winning telehealth startup called Vital Care Services which monitors the health of senior citizens remotely

 

Pace's growth is not limited to the sciences, however. Last April, a new Performing Arts Center opened at 140 William Street. With state-of-the-art facilities including studio classrooms, dance studios, a soundstage, a digital design lab, and a 100-seat theater, it houses the University's performing arts program which, according to Mr. McGrath, "is one of Pace's fastest growing programs and one of the major drivers of our growth."

 

Students in the new Pace Performing Art Center at 

140 William Street

 

Pace's growth has been apparent to Lower Manhattan residents in the form of several construction projects, the result of a 2010-2015 Strategic Plan that calls for development of a distinct campus district Downtown and creation of living space for all residential students within walking distance of One Pace Plaza. Growing enrollment (a steady increase from 4,700 in 2008 to 5,500 today) has been accompanied by an increasing number of students living in residence halls (up from 33% to 40% over the same time period, with 72% of freshmen currently living in dorms). This transformation from a commuter college to a residential campus has gathered steam since 2000, when Pace was able to house 500 students Downtown, to this year, when 2,500 students will be in residence, as two large new dorms come online.

 

The first of these opened last October at 182 Broadway, one block from the Fulton Transit Center, and accommodates 600 students. Another 30-story building that will house 700 students is under construction at 33 Beekman Street, at the corner of William Street, and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2015.

 

Caroline Press

photos courtesy of Pace University

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