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CFO: "Beware of a Tax Reform Revolution"

07/13/2016

CFO: "Beware of a Tax Reform Revolution"

It is somewhat ironic that many politicians, including numerous ones who refer to themselves as conservatives, espouse radical changes to our tax system, writes Philip G. Cohen, a retired vice president of tax and general tax counsel at Unilever United States, who is currently an associate professor of taxation at Pace University Lubin School of Business. They claim our tax system is broken and requires a drastic transformation. I’m skeptical of following their guidance. Many of them and their predecessors helped create the system that they now profess is shattered. I’m wary of panaceas promised from politicians, including replacing the corporate income tax with a value-added tax (VAT) or quasi-consumption tax. We should resist taking extreme measures that could make our budget problems as bad as those of Greece and/or create other havoc in our economy.

Read more: http://ww2.cfo.com/tax/2016/07/beware-tax-reform-revolution/

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NY1: "Panel Talks Complicated Discussion Over Policing, Criminal Justice Reform and Racial Inequality"

07/13/2016

NY1: "Panel Talks Complicated Discussion Over Policing, Criminal Justice Reform and Racial Inequality"

A panel - Carla Shedd, a Columbia University sociology professor and author of the book, "Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice"; Dr. Darrin Porcher, a retired NYPD lieutenant and Pace University professor; and Minister Kirsten John Foy, the Northeast Regional Director of the National Action Network - joined Errol Louis to talk about the complicated discussion over policing, criminal justice reform and racial inequality in the wake of the fatal shooting of police officers in Dallas and a string of fatal police shootings of black men.

Watch the video: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2016/07/9/ny1-online--panel-talks-complicated-discussion-over-policing--criminal-justice-reform-and-racial-inequality.html

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WPIX: "Navy vet finds himself in the military -- and sets a course to college"

07/12/2016

WPIX: "Navy vet finds himself in the military -- and sets a course to college"

Watch the video: http://pix11.com/2016/07/05/new-pix11-partnership-aims-to-help-vets-pay-their-college-education/

NEW YORK — For many returning veterans, getting a college education is a priority.  But paying for it isn’t always easy.

That’s why PIX11 has partnered with the Veterans Education Challenge (VEC).   It’s an organization dedicated to sending U.S. military vets to college, and provides them with needed scholarships that the GI Bill does not cover.

VEC founders, Avis and Bruce Richards, started the “Veterans Education $1 Million Matching Challenge” to help fund higher education for returning veterans.  Every dollar donated between Veterans Day 2015 and Veterans Day 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Richards up to one million dollars.

We share the story of U.S. Navy Veteran Raphael Harry who got high marks for his military service before pursuing a college degree.

His friends didn’t think he’d make it in the military. In fact they even laughed at him. But Raphael Harry proved them all wrong.

Soon after joining the U.S. Navy in 2008, the logistics specialist from Nigeria caught the attention of his boss.

“One day I came to work and my boss just told me, ‘you’re going to take charge,’ and I was put in charge of the people in the Navy longer than myself, and with time I got to realize somebody sees something in me, and is encouraging me.”

He spent the last 16 months of his active duty in Bahrain, where members of the now famous Seal Team Six trained for their mission to capture Osama Bin Laden.

“It kind of made me feel special,“ Harry said. We all knew somehow we all contributed to assisting them.”

After proudly completing his service in 2012, Raphael struggled to find his place in civilian life.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as I had planned.  I ended up losing all my savings.  I was at my lowest then.  I was on my own, no support,” he said.

Fortunately a friend steered him to vet friendly Pace University in Manhattan.  Taking advantage of being 100 percent covered by the post 9/11 GI Bill, Raphael, now 34, pursued a BA in business administration. He graduated in May.

“Pace has helped me with networking, has been able to expand my opportunities I see myself as qualified for,” Harry said.

 

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NBC New York: "Second Amazon Prime Day Aims to Better Last Year's Reviews"

07/12/2016

NBC New York: "Second Amazon Prime Day Aims to Better Last Year's Reviews"

. . . Amazon faced a backlash on social media during last year's Prime Day event — with the hashtag #PrimeDayFail trending — after many members complained about a lack of in-demand deals and items selling out too quickly.

Larry Chiagouris, marketing professor at Pace University, told The Associated Press after the sale that if people get disillusioned with Amazon's sales announcements they won't trust future sales. "They haven't damaged the trust people have in the overall Amazon brand, but they have done major damage to the credibility of sales announcements going forward," he said. "People are going to get numb to sale announcements and they'll no longer provide the traffic kick start they're designed to."

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Second-Amazon-Prime-Day-Better-2015-Reviews-386390431.html#ixzz4ECp7ywrD

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Observer: "Meet the Collective That’s Connecting LGBTQ Foster Youth With the Arts"

06/30/2016

Observer: "Meet the Collective That’s Connecting LGBTQ Foster Youth With the Arts"

Photo: Britton Smith, Rebeca Rad, Keelay Gipson, and Josh Adam Ramos, the members of the Lost Collective. Courtesy of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

“Aside from finding your voice, the arts is a thing that allows you to be your own individual,” Shuffle Along actor Britton Smith, one fourth of the Lost collective that’s working to bring this feeling to LGBTQ youth in the foster system, told the Observer.

The Broadway actor, along with Keelay Gipson, Rebeca Rad, and Josh Adam Ramos, has formed the collective with the Administration for Children’s Services and the Department of Cultural Affairs in a program called Public Artists-in-Residence (PAIR), which seeks to engage LGBTQ youth in the foster care system with the arts. Old friends from their time at Pace University, the four came together to bring to life the show written by Gipson, titled The Lost.

Read more: http://observer.com/2016/06/meet-the-collective-thats-connecting-lgbtq-foster-youth-with-the-arts/

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amNewYork: "NYC college dorms: Study compares cost of campus living to surrounding neighborhoods"

06/27/2016

amNewYork: "NYC college dorms: Study compares cost of campus living to surrounding neighborhoods"

There are a lot more reasons to choose a Manhattan college dorm room than just the cafeteria food.

A study released Thursday by StreetEasy found that students attending schools in Manhattan were saving a lot of cash by sticking to campus housing compared to their peers who attend outer borough schools.

Read more: http://www.amny.com/news/nyc-college-dorms-study-compares-cost-of-campus-living-to-surrounding-neighborhoods-1.11959328

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Westchester County Business Journal: "What could Brexit mean for New York, U.S.?"

06/24/2016

Westchester County Business Journal: "What could Brexit mean for New York, U.S.?"

Photo: Supporters of the “Leave” campaign celebrating today near Parliament in London. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times

British voters opted to cut ties with the European Union Thursday, a historic decision that caused turmoil in the markets and forced the resignation of its prime minister.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to step down early Friday morning after leading the campaign to stay in the EU, saying the country would need “fresh leadership” for its transition. Meanwhile, the announcement sent the British pound plunging to its lowest level since 1985. The S&P 500 Index opened down 3 percent Friday in the U.S.

But what further impacts Britain’s decision, coined Brexit, could have in the United States and in New York are not yet clear, according to Larry Bridwell, professor of International Business and chair of the Undergraduate Management Program at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York.

“This is a classic example of a big-picture story,” Bridwell said.

He noted the trouble on Wall Street in the U.S. and the declining pound as the immediate impacts on the global economy.

“But as far as the American economy as a whole, a lot of activity are exports, imports and that I don’t think is going to be affected that much,” he said.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/80325/what-could-brexit-mean-for-new-york-u-s/

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Tribeca Trib: "How Many? New Study Counts the Stuff on Lower Manhattan Sidewalks"

06/22/2016

Tribeca Trib: "How Many? New Study Counts the Stuff on Lower Manhattan Sidewalks"

No one knows Lower Manhattan sidewalks like Cammie Flippen. As the Urban Fellow for Community Board 1, Flippen recently oversaw what is sure to be one of the most comprehensive inventories of non-human objects that populate a city’s sidewalks.

Last fall she directed a team of Pace University urban planning students who examined, block by block, four Downtown neighborhoods: Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Seaport/Civic Center and the Financial District. They counted just about any type of permanent object that could be found on a sidewalk, from pay phones and planters to trash cans and tree pits. There were nearly 7,000 in all.

Read more: http://www.tribecatrib.com/content/how-many-new-study-counts-stuff-lower-manhattan-sidewalks

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace appoints new computer science dean"

06/21/2016

Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace appoints new computer science dean"

The new dean of Pace University’s computer science school says Westchester and Fairfield counties are poised to become a significant technology hub, and the college intends to be a part of that.

Pace named Jonathan H. Hill as dean of Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, effective July 1, after a lengthy national search. He had been serving as interim dean since September and was previously the associate dean.

Hill said there has been a lot of talk about the loss of technology jobs as Fortune 500 companies have moved out of the region. But there is a counter-trend. Many technology jobs are unfilled here, and young professionals, for example, are moving out of Brooklyn to places like Tarrytown and Mount Kisco to work for technology companies.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/80169/pace-appoints-new-computer-science-dean/

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Jonathan H. Hill named Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University

06/20/2016

Jonathan H. Hill named Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University

New York, NY – June 20, 2016 -- Pace University has appointed Jonathan H. Hill dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Hill was chosen after a national search.

“I am delighted with Jonathan’s appointment as the new dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems,” said Pace University president Stephen J. Friedman. “His dedication, leadership, vision, record of achievement, and management skills make him the right person to lead the Seidenberg School to new heights of excellence and reputation.”

As Dean of the Seidenberg School, Jonathan Hill brings a combination of experience in both academia and the private sector that spans nearly three decades, including 15 years on the faculty of Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), where he developed successful educational programs in technology and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hill came to Pace in 2003 and has distinguished himself for innovation that has enhanced the reputation of the Seidenberg School and positioned its students for learning and internship opportunities and career success with some of the most recognized companies of our time. He has also contributed to recent strong growth in the school's overall enrollment, with very significant growth in its graduate programs.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Pace, Dr. Hill has served as Program Chair (Computing Information Systems), Director of Special Programs and Projects, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and most recently as Interim Dean. He is a founder and director of the Pace STEM Collaboratory, as well as Seidenberg Creative Labs. He also planned and developed the Seidenberg Scholars program for gifted and talented first-year students, and has cultivated government and corporate programs with organizations that include Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Bank of New York Mellon, Hewlett Packard, NYC Department of Education, New York City Economic Development Corporation, and others. In addition, Dr. Hill has extended significant research partnerships, most notably with the Verizon Foundation and AT&T.

"At a time when the tech industry is growing exponentially, it is a tremendous honor to be chosen to serve as dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and to aid in solving significant problems facing our city, our nation, and our world,” Hill said of his appointment. “All of us in the Seidenberg community look forward to answering the call to provide better-trained technologists who can design and code better products and solutions to the problems of our time.”

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of the Pacific, Dr. Hill holds a Master of Business Administration from the City University of New York (CUNY) and a Doctor of Professional Studies from Pace University.

About Pace University: Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and College of Health Professions. http://www.pace.edu

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

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