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Tap Into: "Somers Woman Helps Guide Hispanics Through College Admissions Process"

10/24/2017

Somers Woman Helps Guide Hispanics Through College Admissions Process (Tap Into)

SOMERS, N.Y.--The Hispanic population has fewer students graduating from college than any other ethnic group in the county and one Somers resident is trying to change that.

Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, 54, is the founder and executive director of Latino U College Access, a nonprofit that helps Hispanic students get into college and supports them until they get their degree. 

Acevedo Buontempo, who left a decade-long marketing career to work with local nonprofits in Westchester for 10 years, said she was inspired to launch Latino U in 2012 while she was helping her own daughters—now 24 and 21—through the admissions process for college.

“I became very aware of how complex, competitive and expensive the process was,” Acevedo Buontempo said. “I was going to graduate school for my master’s at Pace University and was doing research on educational equity and recognized that the Hispanic community had the lowest admission rates to college of all ethnic groups.”

According to the Pew Research Center, until 2013, Hispanics were the least enrolled ethnicity in college. 
The same study showed that Hispanics are less likely to graduate with a four-year degree than other groups. In 2014, 15 percent of Hispanics ages 25 to 29 had a bachelor’s degree or higher. It was the lowest percentage among the same age group of other ethnicities.

“That gap in education and the complexity of the process was really what inspired me to say that something needed to be done. There were a lot of great kids going to local high schools in Westchester that can go to college but are not achieving their goals because of the complexity and the barriers they face in admissions and financial aid.”

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Erie News Now: "Pace is Ranked the Best Private University in the Nation for Upward Economic Mobility of Students"

10/24/2017

Pace is Ranked the Best Private University in the Nation for Upward Economic Mobility of Students (Erie News Now)

Pace University was ranked number one among private, non-profit, four-year institutions nationwide in a list published last week by the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Colleges with the Highest Student-Mobility Rates, 2014.”

The list is based on data from the Equality of Opportunity Project’s study, “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility” (Chetty, Friedman, Saez, Turner, and Yagan, 2017). The study compared the median parent household income for students at colleges and universities across the country with the earnings these same students achieved after graduation.

“This list reaffirms Pace’s commitment to successful outcomes for our students and that education is the path forward,” said Pace’s President Marvin Krislov.

New York is a national leader in this arena. Six of the top 10 private four-year institutions for economic mobility are located in New York State, while seven CUNY campuses are ranked in the top 10 four-year public colleges.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual earnings for Americans with less than a high school degree amounts to $25,636 while the unemployment rate for the same population is 8 percent, the highest of any of the educational categories. Workers with a high school diploma achieve a median income of $35,256 per year while experiencing an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. Americans with a bachelor’s degree earn significantly higher with median annual income of $59,124 per year and face a much lower unemployment rate at 2.8 percent. Median annual earnings continue to rise with advanced and professional degrees. In 2012, New York residents with a bachelor's or post-graduate degree earned a median annual income of approximately $70,700, which ranks among the highest in the nation. (New York Building Congress, 2014).

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. http://www.pace.edu.

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Broadway World: "Photo Flash: Michael Campayno, Rachelle Rak, James Whiteside and More Perform at HERO Awards"

10/19/2017

Photo Flash: Michael Campayno, Rachelle Rak, James Whiteside and More Perform at HERO Awards (Broadway World)

The HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) presented, in association with Stage 48, "The Fourth Annual Broadway and Ballet, HERO Awards" to benefit HERO, an organization that helps newly diagnosed and people living with HIV/AIDS. Below, BroadwayWorld has photos from the event, which featured ABT star James Whiteside, Broadway legend Rachelle Rak, Broadway star Michael Campayno and more!

The awards are given to those organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the HIV/AIDS community. The event screened short tribute videos highlighting the accomplishments of the honorees and organizations, and featured many stellar performances by Broadway and the ballet world's finest.

The evening also featured performances from Olympic gold medalist Ioannis Melissanidis, Cassandra Trenary (ABT Soloist), Michael-Leon Wooley (Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo, The Princess and the Frog), Michael Cusumano (All Shook Up, Chicago, American in Paris), Patrick Boyd (Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy, Touch: A Love Story), Sean Stewart(American Ballet Theatre), Alina Faye (American Ballet Theatre alumni), Jose Sebastian (American Ballet Theatre), Luis Villabon (A Chorus Line), Morgan Stinnett (soloist with Connecticut Ballet, member of Ajkun Ballet Company), Cristy Candler (Rock of Ages, Chicago), Georgina Pazcoguin (New York City Ballet Soloist), Ask la Cour (New York City Ballet Principal), Chris Messina (Jersey Boys, A Bronx Tale), Rachel Schur (Jersey Boys), Jesse JP Johnson (Wicked), Neil Starkenberg (Mamma Mia), Travis Nesbitt (Alter Boys), Seeley Stephens (American Idol Finalist), Evan Lacombe (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular), special performances by soloists Gabrielle Salvatto and Chelsea Keefer from Ballet West (artists appearing courtesy of Ballet West), and The Boy Band Project, the dance department of Pace University, featuring Kadin Mestas, Shannon Weir, and Taylor Rosenberger, with an opening number choreographed by Madeline Rodrigue.

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SouthEast Asia Globe: "A guide to nurturing ‘third culture kids"

10/19/2017

A guide to nurturing ‘third culture kids’ (SouthEast Asia Globe)

Alyssa has not lived in her home country for more than three years, but the 13-year-old still speaks with an Australian twang.

She moved to England with her mother and brother when she was ten years old after her mother took up a job at an English state school. A year later, Alyssa was on the move again, this time to Switzerland, where she picked up a smattering of French and bonded with other children living similarly transient lives. Two years later, Alyssa again had to say farewell when her family moved for a third time in as many years, swapping the order of Switzerland for the frenzy of Phnom Penh.

“I had a lot of friends staying for one or two years and then just going because they needed to,” Alyssa said during a conversation at her new school, Northbridge International School Cambodia. “I still keep in contact with them, but when they moved away, I don’t know, it [was] like losing someone; you just get used to it, I guess.”

Alyssa is a third culture kid (TCK), a term coined by sociologist Ruth Hill Useem in the 1950s based on research that revealed people living for significant periods of time in a culture outside their original home had a tendency to form a culture distinct from both their home and host countries.

The cultural awareness TCKs accrue through early exposure to multiple cultures holds them in good stead for international careers in a world defined by the relatively free movement of goods, ideas and people, according to recent research conducted by Ibraiz Tarique and Ellen Weisbord from New York’s Pace University. However, the transient nature of their existence means many lack a sense of belonging and, like Alyssa, are forced to say goodbye to friends more than they would like. If left unaddressed, these issues can manifest themselves in anxiety and depression in later life.

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Billboard: "If These Walls Could Talk': A Celebration of NYC's Bottom Line Draws Nona Hendryx, Garland Jeffreys, Darlene Love & More"

10/19/2017

If These Walls Could Talk': A Celebration of NYC's Bottom Line Draws Nona Hendryx, Garland Jeffreys, Darlene Love & More (Billboard)

The finale of “If These Walls Could Talk: Remembering the Life and Times of the Bottom Line” at Pace University’s Schimmel Center in New York on Oct. 14, 2017. In the projection above the stage are the co-owners of the famed music club, the late Stanley Snadowsky, left, and Allan Pepper, who put together the night’s celebration.

The stone building at the corner of West 4th and Mercer Streets in Greenwich Village is unremarkable now — and quiet. It contains a lecture hall and classrooms for New York University. Passersby don’t give the place a second glance.

But for nearly three decades, beginning on a February night in 1974, this was a vital center of music in New York — a 400-capacity nightclub where Bruce Springsteen sweated atop the piano, Stevie Wonder jammed with Dr. Johnand celebrities crowded the stage and tiny tables alike.

“If These Walls Could Talk: Remembering the Life and Times of the Bottom Line,” presented Oct. 13 and 14 at Pace University’s Schimmel Center, was put together by Allan Pepper, who co-owned the famed club with the late Stanley Snadowsky. 

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Broadway World: "Co-Op Theatre East to Present BUILDING A REAL BOY at Dixon Place"

10/18/2017

Co-Op Theatre East to Present BUILDING A REAL BOY at Dixon Place (Broadway World)

Co-Op Theatre East, The Dare Tactic and Eagle Project announce the Dixon Place workshop of Building A Real Boy, a multimedia theatrical telling of the life and work of computer activist Aaron Swartz who died tragically at the age of 26 while facing forty years in prison for downloading academic journals.

Devised collaboratively and performed by Co-Op Theatre East ensemble members Tyrus Holden, Ashley Marinaccio, and Michael Rehse, through Swartz's own writings, and a series of interviews with Swartz's colleagues and friends, and written by Tyrus Holden, Building A Real Boy sheds light on critical issues surrounding freedom of information, and internet privacy, in addition to the power of youth in fighting oppressive political systems.

Building A Real Boy

Dixon Place

161A Chrystie Street

New York, NY, 10002

Monday, November 20th 2017

$18 at the door/ $15 general/ $12 student and senior

Tickets available at http://dixonplace.org/performances/building-a-real-boy/.

One Night Only!

This workshop is open to the public. COTE Ensemble member, playwright and performer Tyrus Holden says, "Aaron helped pioneer the technologies we take for granted in the modern Internet era, but he also touched so many lives during the course of his own. I hope audiences are able to come away with an appreciation for his complexity and the beauty of his ideals and dreams. And if we're lucky, just some of those folks may find the passion to contribute to the important work he was doing and create their own positive delta." The show features additional performances by Nikita Chaudhry and Amy Chang. Building A Real Boy is made possible by generous grants from The Puffin Foundation, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

About Dixon Place: An artistic incubator since 1986, Dixon Place is a Bessie and Obie Award-winning non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature and visual art at all stages of development.  Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks, generate new ideas and consummate new practices.  Many artists, such as Blue Man Group, John Leguizamo, Lisa Kron, David Cale, David Drake, Deb Margolin and Reno, began their careers at DP. In addition to emerging artists, Dixon Place has been privileged to present established artists such as Mac Wellman, Holly Hughes, Justin Bond, Karen Finley, Kate Clintonand Martha Wainwright.  After spawning a salon in her Paris apartment in 1985, founding Artistic Director Ellie Covan pioneered the institution in her NYC living room for 23 years. Covan was a recipient of a Bessie, a New York Dance and Performance Award and a Bax10 Award for her service to the community. Dixon Place received two Obie Awards, and an Edwin Booth Award for Excellence in Theater. Dixon Place has organically developed and expanded into a leading professional, state-of-the-art facility for artistic expression.

About Co-Op Theatre East: Co-Op Theatre East believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. We provide an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. COTE produces theatre that deals with the questions of today, the situations we find ourselves immersed in as New Yorkers, Americans, and world citizens at this critical moment in time. We view the act of creating theatre as a political act and recognize the unique role that theatre has played in raising consciousness throughout history. The world is shaped by narrative. Stories unite, divide, enlighten and entertain. COTE produces theatre that explicates the world we live in. Learn more at cooptheatreeast.org.

About The Dare Tactic: Founded in 2014, The Dare Tactic is a New York based theatre company dedicated to producing new, innovative, original works by underrepresented voices. Under fiscal sponsorship by Fractured Atlas, The Dare Tactic has produced 10 Mainstage productions at venues including: The ShapeShifter Lab, St. Paul's Theatre, The White Horse Tavern, Melville Gallery, and more. The Dare Tactic has been nominated at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, appeared at Poetic License Festival, and collaborated with administration at Pace University. We dare our artists to cross boundaries, allowing the freedom for artistic exploration. www.thedaretactic.org.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Colleges With the Highest Student-Mobility Rates, 2014"

10/18/2017

Colleges With the Highest Student-Mobility Rates, 2014 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Chronicle List October 15, 2017

City University of New York campuses made a strong showing among colleges with the highest mobility rates, a measure of the percentage of all students in a birth cohort at a particular college whose parents were in the bottom 20 percent for household income, and who reached the top 20 percent for individual earnings. Seven CUNY campuses were in the top 10 for mobility rates among four-year public colleges, and five CUNY campuses were in the top 10 among two-year public colleges. Five historically black colleges and universities ranked in the top 40 for mobility rates among four-year private nonprofit institutions.

4-year private nonprofit institutions

Rank Institution Median parent household income Median child earnings, 2014 Mobility rate
1. Pace U. $68,600 $60,700 8.43%
2. St. John's U. (N.Y.) $69,200 $58,900 6.80%
3. College of Mount Saint Vincent and Manhattan College $94,800 $67,900 5.78%
4. Long Island U. system $59,000 $39,900 5.54%
5. New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury $78,500 $49,900 5.40%
6. Xavier U. of Louisiana $63,100 $48,400 5.26%
7. Tuskegee U. $54,400 $38,900 5.23%
8. U. of the Pacific $96,500 $59,000 4.25%
9. Howard U. $76,900 $49,600 4.00%
10. Fordham U. $113,300 $63,300 3.98%
11. U. of Southern California $120,100 $63,700 3.93%
12. Park U. $65,300 $43,600 3.87%
13. Saint Leo U. $57,300 $38,000 3.63%
14. New York U. $130,500 $58,100 3.63%
15. Mercy College $50,700 $31,100 3.52%
16. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U.-Extended Campus $92,400 $65,600 3.48%
17. Barnard College $148,000 $56,300 3.45%
18. Massachusetts Institute of Technology $141,000 $98,500 3.40%
19. Fairleigh Dickinson U. $87,000 $48,200 3.33%
20. MCP Hahnemann and Drexel Universities (now Drexel U.) $94,100 $65,500 3.30%
21. Clark Atlanta U. $54,500 $35,200 3.30%
22. Rochester Institute of Technology $95,700 $62,400 3.27%
23. Adelphi U. $96,300 $50,700 3.26%
24. Seton Hall U. $100,900 $56,900 3.18%
25. Kettering U. $100,100 $85,400 3.11%
26. Morehouse College $81,800 $49,800 3.10%
27. Campbell U. $69,900 $42,700 3.09%
28. Loyola U. Chicago $98,600 $53,500 3.08%
29. Columbia U. $169,600 $75,300 3.07%
30. Iona College $97,400 $56,200 3.05%
31. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute $114,200 $84,100 3.05%
32. U. of Rochester $129,200 $62,000 3.02%
33. Hofstra U. $105,300 $55,700 2.99%
34. U. of Miami $110,100 $54,800 2.98%
35. Clarkson U. $94,600 $73,300 2.97%
36. Saint Mary's College of California $110,500 $55,200 2.94%
37. Bentley U. $119,600 $79,800 2.94%
38. Syracuse U. $119,700 $61,100 2.94%
39. Hawaii Pacific U. $68,600 $41,100 2.92%
40. Cornell U. $143,300 $79,800 2.91%

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The Tribeca Trib: "American Scoreboard: Dramatic Readings of Confirmation Hearing of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos"

10/18/2017

American Scoreboard: Dramatic Readings of Confirmation Hearing of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (The Tribeca Trib)

American Scoreboard: The Trump Administration will present the fourth installment of its series of live dramatic readings on Monday, October 23, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. at Pace’s Schimmel Center at 3 Spruce St. There is no charge for admission.  Reserve tickets today. RSVP is required.

Ripped directly from the US Senate Chamber in Washington DC, the American Scoreboard series explores, from an all-new perspective, the serious issues facing President Donald Trump and the America public today. Conceived and produced by Tony Award-winning producer Fran Kirmser and Christopher Burney, American Scoreboard presents one-hour verbatim readings of Congressional hearing transcripts in a format that can’t be found on C-SPAN or CNN.

Coinciding with the fall 2017 semester and in cooperation with Pace University’s Office of Government and Community Relations, American Scoreboard's fourth installment features the confirmation hearing of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. US Senators represented in the hearing will be portrayed by current students and recent graduates including professionals from Broadway productions, colleges and universities, including Pace, and the New York City public school system. All actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Pace Performing Arts student Bartek Szymanski '18 will play Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania (D); Pace Performing Arts alumna Amber Jaunai '17 will play Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia (R); and Pace Performing Arts alumnus Cole Taylor '17 will be the clerk/narrator.

Broadway performers include: 

Lilla Crawford (Senator Patricia Murray), who made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical Billy Elliot and then booked the title role in the Broadway revival of Annie against 5,000 actresses who auditioned in a nationwide search. Crawford also starred opposite Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep as Little Red Riding Hood in Disney's Into the Woods, and is currently starring in the new Nextflix sketch comedy series, The Who Was Show.

Sydney Lucas (Senator Elizabeth Warren), who earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Small Alison in Broadway’s Fun Home.

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Metro: "Conspiracy theorists now claim Las Vegas shooting was an Illuminati ‘blood sacrifice’ ritual"

10/17/2017

Conspiracy theorists now claim Las Vegas shooting was an Illuminati ‘blood sacrifice’ ritual (Metro)

Why would someone make that up?

How do these crazy conspiracy theories spiral so out of control? Three main reasons, Adam Klein, who teaches classes about propaganda at Pace University, told Mother Jones: the absence of a clear motive, politicization of the event and, you guessed it, technology. Zilinsky’s YouTube video and Twitter post clearly prove the last point.

So be careful what you see reported about the Las Vegas shooting and Stephen Paddock. Klein explains that since trusted sources and fake news — and everything in between — freely mingle online, a conspiracy theory can easily run rampant because it works its way through a digital ladder. The theory makes its way onto sites like Reddit, fringe websites and (there it is again) Twitter, “which act as incubators, where they allow some of these conspiracies to grow through hashtags, and they graduate onto a mainstream website, a news channel, or a politician who repeats these narratives.”

Klein also told Mother Jones that conspiracy theorists don’t need to change people’s minds to profit from their posts. “They win simply by injecting doubt into the system,” he explains. And what are they trying to distract you from? The real issues. Like how gun control laws seem to be working in states that implement them, like Massachusetts.

“If we’re talking about conspiracies instead of talking about gun control or mental illness or whatever factor that is a legitimate debate to have around this, then they’re winning,” Klein concluded.

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Broadway World: "Pace School of Performing Arts to Present LYSISTRATA at 3-Legged Dog"

10/17/2017

Pace School of Performing Arts to Present LYSISTRATA at 3-Legged Dog (Broadway World)

"Lysistrata" is presented with a futuristic spin by the School of Performing Arts of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University. It was developed, and will be performed, at the 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center in Lower Manhattan.

Performances will take place at 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, Studio A, from October 27 through November 5. Wednesday - Saturday performances will be at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 7:00 PM, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased at lysistratapace.brownpapertickets.com.

3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich St. at Rector Street, New York, NY 10006. For directions, visit 3ldnyc.org/contact.html.

The year is 2069. In a country dominated by men and devastated by its leaders' obsession with an endless war, Lysistrata unites the women of Greece by persuading them not to have sex with their husbands until a peace treaty can be reached. This futuristic adaptation of Aristophanes' classical comedy about gender and politics is a visually striking re-imagination directed by Cosmin Chivu, associate professor at Pace University, with an original score by John Coyne and choreography by Maddie Rodrigue.

The cast includes: Brandon Adam, Austin Backus, Essence Brown, Zach Carter, Mazvita Chanakira, Quinn Corcoran, John Coyne, Erin DiIorio, Zane Fair, Kayland Jordan, Kelsey Leland, Michaela Marymor, Jason Marrs, Mesa Story Melton, Rob Milano, Justine Musselman, Zander Pacella, Ellie Pontecorvo, Chrizney Roth, Hannah Sikora, Miles Sullivan, Olivia Vordenberg.

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