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NBC New York: "World's Tallest College Dorm Opens at Pace University in Manhattan"

10/20/2015

NBC New York: "World's Tallest College Dorm Opens at Pace University in Manhattan"

Talk about higher education.

The world's tallest college residence hall has opened at Pace University in lower Manhattan.

The 34-story dormitory on Beekman Street is 340 feet tall and contains 172,000 square feet of space. The new building, which officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, is one block from Pace's main academic building and campus center, One Pace Plaza.

“Our new residence hall at 33 Beekman Street is a transformative addition to our campus, a potent symbol of the new Pace University in New York and a reminder to all that Pace is a vibrant presence in lower Manhattan,” Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman said.

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYC-Tallest-College-Dorm-In-World-P...

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WORLD’S TALLEST COLLEGE RESIDENCE HALL OPENS AT PACE UNIVERSITY’S MANHATTAN CAMPUS

10/20/2015

’33 Beekman’ Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Marks Opening of Pace’s Fifth NYC Residence Hall

NEW YORK, October 20, 2015 – Pace University today formally opened 33 Beekman, a 34-story residence hall that is now the tallest college or university residential building in the world. The building, located on Beekman Street in Lower Manhattan, will house 770 students and features state-of-the-art amenities and spectacular views of the new World Trade Center and the East River. The 172,000 square foot residence hall is one block from Pace’s main academic building and campus center, One Pace Plaza.

“Our new Residence Hall at 33 Beekman Street is a transformative addition to our campus, a potent symbol of the new Pace University in New York, and a reminder to all that Pace is a vibrant presence in lower Manhattan,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “Thousands of young men and women will live and work in this building and discover the true meaning of Pace’s motto of Opportunitas.”

“New York is a great college town in so many ways, and we are so proud that Pace University is showing the way forward for Lower Manhattan's rich set of higher education institutions,” said Manhattan Community Board 1 chair Catherine McVay Hughes. “Bringing students to live together, here at 33 Beekman, will mean they encounter New York, and college, as a team and a community. The lucky students who get to live here and study here will have their college years enriched immeasurably by all that New York has to offer, and all of New York, downtown especially, is richer for the diverse offerings of Pace University.”

Each residential room at 33 Beekman has ample living space, city views and a private bathroom. The 340-foot tall building also features three unique student lounges, a multifunction recreational space, an in-house fitness facility and a kitchen for student use. A new, 3,000 square foot public plaza at the building’s entrance is a welcoming public space for both students and the surrounding community. There is a faculty member in residence, enhancing the student experience and making the hall a true living-learning facility.

The new residence hall was developed by SL Green Realty Corporation and its partners and designed by Gene Kaufman Architects. SL Green Realty Corp. also developed the nearby 182 Broadway, Pace’s 609-bed residence hall, which was completed in 2013. Pace also has three other residence halls within a short walk of Pace Plaza: 55 John Street, 106 Fulton Street and Maria’s Tower at One Pace Plaza.

Other recent facility enhancements at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus include a new performing arts building, newly renovated science labs, and new clinical education nursing labs.

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


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TODAY.com: "Sobbing during spin cycle? Here's why Laundromats can make you sad"

10/19/2015

Today.com: "Sobbing during spin cycle? Here's why Laundromats can make you sad"

. . . Roger Salerno, a psychoanalyst and professor of sociology at Pace University who has written books exploring urban alienation and estrangement, calls Laundromats "iconic places of loneliness," in part because they rouse up subconscious longings for domestic stability.

"The cleaning of clothes is something that is supposed to be domestic," Salerno told TODAY.com.

"In a Laundromat, you have the lack of domesticity for a domestic chore."

At the root of it all is a feeling Salerno calls "the missing of attachment.

In general, Salerno added, women are more susceptible to this Laundromat-induced loneliness than men, because women have been historically more socialized toward domestic activities and the concept of having a family to care for.

Read more: http://www.today.com/health/sobbing-during-spin-cycle-heres-why-laundromats-can-make-you-t50761

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President Obama Recognizes Latino U College Access for Commitment to Action as part of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

10/19/2015

President Obama Recognizes Latino U College Access for Commitment to Action as part of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Organization is Pace University Alumna Venture and 2015-2016 Social Enterprise in Residence at the Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

NEW YORK, October 16, 2015 —Latino U College Access was recognized as part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, at a White House ceremony yesterday. Latino U College access is the venture of a Pace University alumna, and earlier this year the school’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship selected the organization as its 2015-2016 Social Enterprise in Residence.

On October 15, 2015, on the culmination of the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month, the President announced 150 Commitments to Action with a collective investment of nearly $340 million which will build on, and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education, from cradle-to-career for the nation’s Latino community.   

Latino U College Access, a Westchester County nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase college enrollment and completion rates among Latino youth who are first in their families to go to college, answered the call to action with its Commitment FAFSA First! Westchester County Coalition to Support Hispanic Student FAFSA Completion.  The Commitment joins together Latino U College Access and 11 Westchester County Community stakeholders to engage in a community-wide effort and promotion to increase awareness of financial aid and FAFSA completion by Hispanic students and families. 

"We are honored to lead this coalition and to be recognized as one of over 140 public and private sector leaders who answered the Call to Action,” said Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Executive Director of Latino U College Access.  “Through our Commitment, we are helping to improve the educational attainment of Hispanic youth in Westchester County by supporting their college dreams so that they may fulfill their academic potential and ensure the success of future generations.” The Coalition has committed to assist over 900 Hispanic students with FAFSA completion over the next three years. 

Latino U College Access was founded by Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, a double Pace alumna, after she completed her Master in Public Administration at Pace in 2012. She articulated her vision for Latino U in a business plan assignment for her Social Entrepreneurship course in the program. Since its early stages, the Wilson Center and Pace University have played an important part in the development Latino U College Access.

“This White House recognition is a testament to the power of Shirley’s vision,” said Rebecca Tekula, PhD, Executive Director of Pace’s Wilson Center.  “Latino U College Access is a great example of a social venture grown at Pace, and we are proud to partner with them through our in-residence program to strategically support their continued growth and impact.” 

The Wilson Center’s Social Enterprise in Residence program connects an innovative social enterprise with the Pace community each year, giving the resident organization the opportunity to fully participate in the academic community, and offering Pace students and faculty members a living case study of social enterprise in action.  

“I, too, was a first-generation Latina college student,” Buontempo says. “The education I received at Pace University has transformed my life and the opportunities before me. The support that we have received during the formation of Latino U College Access has enabled us to grow and succeed beyond expectation.  I will be forever grateful to my alma mater.”

 “It is an honor to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the Initiative’s 25th anniversary,” said Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, White House Initiative for Educational Excellence. “These commitments will bring critical resources to Latino students and families across this country, are examples of meaningful investments being made in support of the largest, youngest and arguably the fastest growing minority community in the country and will help fulfill America’s future.”

About Latino U College Access

Founded by Westchester County resident Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Latino U College Access is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase college enrollment and completion rates among Latino youth who are first in their families to go to college.  The organization provides educational access and guidance through education, outreach, collaboration and advocacy, enabling students to reach their full academic and life potential.

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 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

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NBC News: "Hispanic Leaders Break With Party Conservatives, Line Up With Bush"

10/16/2015

NBC News: "Hispanic Leaders Break With Party Conservatives, Line Up With Bush"

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, center, rear, poses for a selfie with students during a town hall at La Progresiva Presbyterian School, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

. . . Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, director and chair of political science at Pace University in New York, described the list of Bush's Hispanic leadership committee as an "accumulation of two presidencies and two governorships."

"These are political operatives and people who have been doing campaigning for a long time," Lavariega-Monforti said. "It's not surprising they are backing and like Bush."

But she said Bush is still regarded as a candidate who will survive the primaries at a time when the GOP nomination race is being seen as a side show.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/hispanic-gop-leaders-break-party-conservatives-line-bush-n445366

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TechNewsWorld: "iMac Refresh Advances Retina Revolution"

10/14/2015

TechNewsWorld: "iMac Refresh Advances Retina Revolution"

. . . In all, the latest refresh to the iMac line is still just an incremental update, according to Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

There's nothing groundbreaking, though Apple's PR people will call this a big deal, he told TechNewsWorld.

"That is their job to call it a big deal," he said. "Are these improvements? Yes. However, these improvements have been long awaited and are long overdue."

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/iMac-Refresh-Advances-Retina-Revolution-82606.html

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New York Observer: "NYPD Deputy Commissioner: Gun Buybacks Don’t Work for NYC"

10/14/2015

New York Observer: "NYPD Deputy Commissioner: Gun Buybacks Don’t Work for NYC"

Firearms aquired in a buyback in Los Angeles (Photo: David McNew for Getty Images)

NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Collaborative Policing Susan Herman today told a crowd of anti-gun violence advocates that gun buybacks—a program long employed by New York police and politicians to exchange firearms for cash in hopes of preventing shootings—do little to reduce the number of weapons on city streets.

Speaking at an event on gun policy at Hunter College hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Ms. Herman argued that buybacks tend attract people crossing state lines in search of a quick buck, not city residents. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton appointed Ms. Herman, a criminal justice professor at Pace University, to help oversee Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new “neighborhood policing” program earlier this year.

“It has minimal impact,” she said. “Typically when we do gun buybacks, actually they’re often people from other states coming to give us—Pennsylvania, New Jersey people—coming into New York to sell their guns. That’s a good thing, it’s good for America to get more guns off the street. It doesn’t particularly reap a lot of benefits here in New York.”

Read more: http://observer.com/2015/10/nypd-deputy-commissioner-gun-buybacks-dont-work-for-nyc/

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Kerry Kennedy, activist, author and President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, speaks at Pace University’s InsideTrack series

10/08/2015

Kerry Kennedy, activist, author and President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, speaks at Pace University’s InsideTrack series

New York, NY – October 8, 2015 – Kerry Kennedy, American human rights activist, writer and President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, was the featured guest at Pace University’s InsideTrack speaker series with President Stephen J. Friedman on Tuesday, October 6 at the Schimmel Center, One Pace Plaza.

Friedman spoke with Kennedy in a live interview about equal justice and poverty eradication, and her lifelong effort to promote and protect basic rights, and preserve the rule of law. As founder of the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) project, Kennedy also discussed her vision for a future where equality is common and oppression is rare.

“We really need to find ways to integrate ourselves and understand how people struggle and how people live, and grow that sense of empathy and compassion of walking arm-in-arm with one another to make our country more just,” Kerry Kennedy said.

The event began with four Pace University students presenting one-minute monologues from Kennedy’s Speak Truth To Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark. Themes within the monologues guided some of the subjects covered during the 90-minute conversation, including STTP’s work on LGBT rights, violence against women, right to water and the right to education, all vitally important issues that address poverty.

Kennedy believes that part of the solution rests in activism, in particular efforts to inspire those from the next generation to see themselves as activists through STTP, which includes an education program, a play and music/video contest. 

The event ended with Kerry Kennedy presenting the Call for Rain video, which required the participation of the entire audience. 

InsideTrack with President Stephen J. Friedman brings renowned thought leaders and policymakers to Pace for captivating discussions on topics that affect us all. Previous discussions have featured Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing, Inc.; Thomas J. Quinlan, III '85, President and CEO of R.R. Donnelley and Sons; William C. Dudley, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and Mario Gabelli, founder, chairman, and CEO of GAMCO Investors, Inc.

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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Pace University, TECHO and Univision launch Poverty Awareness Week to discuss the challenges of global poverty and identify solutions to a growing problem that affects virtually every nation.

10/08/2015

Pace University, TECHO and Univision launch Poverty Awareness Week to discuss the challenges of global poverty and identify solutions to a growing problem that affects virtually every nation.

Event features pop-up slum, conversation with activist/author Kerry Kennedy, Google hackathon and flash performance by 47 commercial dancers from Pace Performing Arts.

New York, NY – October 8, 2015 – Pace University, TECHO and Univision, in partnership with Oxfam, UNICEF, The Inter-American Development Bank, The Global Poverty Project, and the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, launched its Poverty Awareness Campaign that runs from October 6 to 8.

Beginning on World Habitat Day, the three-day event at Pace features panel discussions and activities focused on raising awareness of poverty. The campaign seeks to act as an agent of change for New Yorkers in their role as key players in overcoming the obstacles faced by the global agenda.

Pace President Stephen J. Friedman, Juan Cristobal Beytia, President, TECHO, Borja Echevarría de la Gándara, Vice President of Univision News Digital, and Raymond C. Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America, discussed the theme of the campaign, ‟Poverty and Inequality in the Cities: Innovation and Action,” at a press conference on October 6 to kick off the events at the University.

“Over three billion people, 43% of the world’s population, live on less than $2.50 a day. The UN’s new sustainable development goals are the world’s to-do list for the next 15 years – and the number one goal is to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere,” Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman said. “TECHO, Univision and Oxfam are working hard to create the future everyone wants. Pace is proud to support their efforts.”

An installation simulating an informal settlement placed on Pace's downtown New York City campus serves as a focal point for fundraising efforts and satellite events. A flash mob of 47 Pace Commercial Dance students from Pace School of Performing Arts performed around the event installation.

Poverty Awareness Week features a series of panel discussions with experts on the subject of effectively managing the growing challenges of poverty on local, state and national governments and infrastructure. A panel discussion on “New York as a global hub to create impact and awareness” featured Andrea Voyer, Assistant Professor, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Pace University; Paloma Escudero, Director of Communications, UNICEF; Raymond C. Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America; and moderator Sergio Fernández de Córdova, Chairman & Co-Founder, PVBLIC Foundation.

“Local Initiatives to Eradicate Poverty Panel” were discussed by panelists Shola Olatoye, Chair & Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA); José Calderón, President, Hispanic Federation; Andrea Jung, President & CEO, Grameen America; Susan Davis, President & CEO, BRAC USA; and moderator Archana Shah, Associate Director, The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Pace University.

A study panel on “Enhancing undergraduate student attitude and empathy towards those living in poverty through simulation” featured Angela Northrup, Assistant Professor, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University; Elizabeth Berro, Clinical Assistant Professor, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University; and moderator Harriet R. Feldman, Dean and Professor, College of Health Professions, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University.

In addition to the panel presentations, a unique piece of Poverty Awareness Week will take place off-site and leverage the power of technology to promote awareness, courtesy of the world’s largest internet search engine. Google will host an all-day hackathon at its New York City offices on the third and final day of the campaign.

The first day activities for Poverty Awareness Week included a special InsideTrack event. Kerry Kennedy, writer, activist, and President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, joined Pace President Stephen J. Friedman for a one-on-one conversation at the Schimmel Center, One Pace Plaza on October 6. Kennedy, an American human rights activist and writer, has devoted her life to the pursuit of justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law.

A detailed agenda for Univision TECHO Poverty Awareness Week is available at www.zeroslums.org/global.  

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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