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Pace University President Marvin Krislov Names Neurobiologist Vanya Quiñones as New Provost

02/05/2018

Press Release: Pace University President Marvin Krislov Names Neurobiologist Vanya Quiñones as New Provost

Champion of diversity in science and arts joins Pace from CUNY’s Hunter College

NEW YORK AND WESTCHESTER, NY, FEBRUARY 5—Pace University President Marvin Krislov has announced that Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and biopsychologist who serves as Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention at CUNY’s Hunter College, will assume the role of Provost of Pace, effective July 1, 2018.

Quiñones brings to Pace decades of experience in scientific research, academic administration, program- and research-focused fundraising, and a long record of working to improve diversity in science and the arts.

As a young researcher at The Rockefeller University, Quiñones realized that she saw few who looked like her. This led to her career-long focus on creating opportunities for underrepresented students across scientific disciplines and within the arts. Quiñones holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s in cell biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a doctorate in neurobiology and physiology from Rutgers University.

“We were looking for a creative and inspiring provost,” said Krislov. “We found one in Dr. Quiñones. She has a compelling vision for our academic program, and she shares our commitment to diversity and inclusion. She’s an impressive academic, an inspirational leader and a champion of student success. Most important, she is a tireless advocate for the transformative impact of an education.”

“Pace University routinely demonstrates how higher education can change lives,” said Quiñones. “I have dedicated my career to improving minority representation in STEM and the arts, and Pace is the perfect place for me to build on that work. I’m honored to have been selected as provost and will work tirelessly to help faculty and students maximize their potential.”

Pace Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Besca added, “There has never been a more exciting time at Pace University. As the nation’s number one four-year private university for driving social mobility, we are creating life-changing opportunities for our students. I’m confident that with Dr. Quiñones serving as our new provost, Pace will build on its strong foundation of academic excellence and student achievement.”

Quiñones will succeed Interim Provost Nira Herrmann, Ph.D., who will reassume her role as dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. Herrmann has served as interim provost since July 2017, and will continue in that role for the remainder of this academic year. “Dr. Herrmann’s stewardship has been instrumental in advancing Pace’s vast academic endeavors during a year of considerable transition and the entire Pace Community is grateful for her service,” Krislov said.

This appointment follows an exhaustive national search that included exceptional candidates from across the country.

Photo of Quiñones available here.

Background on Quiñones: Quiñones joined Hunter College in 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. As a tenured professor, she went on to lead its biopsychology and neuroscience doctoral graduate sub-program before assuming the role of department chair. During her 20 years at Hunter she has held numerous positions culminating in her current role as associate provost for student success and retention. A few highlights from her distinguished career include:

• Published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and given over 200 presentations, monographs or invited papers.
• Brought more than $25 million in funding for Hunter from the NIH, private foundations, the Department of Education, among others grants. Many of the grants were to support underrepresented minorities, including the NIH’s Career Opportunities in Research and Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Education Experiences (ENDURE) programs.
• Supported cross-departmental infrastructure projects at Hunter, including renovating the Baker Theater Building and Library Learning Centers, developing a STEM flex laboratory, and design/renovation of the Online Technology Center.
• Increased department funding by $3.4 million during her six years as chair of Psychology (Hunter’s largest and highest extramurally funded department).

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 College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

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The New York Times: "Online Learning Successes"

02/02/2018

Online Learning Successes (The New York Times)

President Krislov published a letter in "The New York Times" about the value of online education, particularly for returning adult students.

From The New York Times:

"I applaud many of the points raised in the article. However, an important segment of online learners not mentioned are adult students looking to advance in their careers who are often juggling a full-time job and family responsibilities. A 2016 survey found that more than two-thirds of students felt time spent in online academic programs was worth it.

Pace University was an early adopter of online learning nearly 16 years ago, largely to meet the needs of students who don’t have the ability to attend classes full-time or conform to a schedule. We’ve learned that older students, often beginning studies after many years of work, need more feedback and engagement with professors and classmates.

Online programs work best when they are part of a university curriculum that is monitored by quality faculty and offers classroom and experiential learning opportunities.

While online learning might not be one-size-fits-all, I’ve seen it transform lives for the better.

MARVIN KRISLOV, NEW YORK

The writer is president of Pace University."

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Pace University Announces New Scholarship for Honors Students who are New York State Residents

02/02/2018

Pace University Announces New Scholarship for Honors Students who are New York State Residents

As part of a continuing effort to attract the best and brightest students to Pace University, the university is offering new donor funded scholarships that will benefit incoming honors students.

The “Opportunity Scholarship” will support new students in the Pforzheimer Honors College with $5,000 awarded to those who qualify.

“This new scholarship helps keep the doors of opportunity open for students of all backgrounds,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “We are so grateful that our friends and donors are making these dreams a reality for these driven and deserving students who will add vibrancy and tenacity to the classroom.”

This new scholarship will be an addition to the Honors Scholarships currently awarded to students at Pace.

Pace already provides substantial financial aid to students, with 92% receiving aid, and nearly half are the first in their families to attend college. Also, Pace participates in the New York State Enhanced Tuition Awards program that provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a private college or university in New York State. Recipients receive $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, ETA award and a match from their institution.

Approximately 20% of the new students admitted to the Honors College are candidates for this award. To be eligible for an Opportunity Scholarship, students need to be enrolled in the Honors College at Pace in their freshman year, be a New York State resident, and have a family adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less. Students could renew the $5,000 award for their four years at Pace assuming they remain in good standing and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Those interested in applying to the Pforzheimer Honors College can get more information here.

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. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

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Huffington Post: "Richard Foreman’s Avant-garde Piece ‘Lava’ is Reconstructed in ‘In the depths of LAVA’ in New York City"

02/01/2018

Richard Foreman’s Avant-garde Piece ‘Lava’ is Reconstructed in ‘In the depths of LAVA’ in New York City (Huffington Post)

In the depths of LAVA is a reconstruction of Richard Foreman’s play Lava as well as an homage to him as a ground breaking theatrical force. The original play was a co-production with The Wooster Group in 1989. This reconstruction sets the piece in 1953 where the CIA administered LSD as part of Project MkUltra. The piece takes a re-imagined inside look at one of the experiments and how they reshaped the identity of 3 human subjects who unwittingly participated. Through this piece, the human subjects take an exploratory journey where a new sense of self is manifested. the human subjects in this experiment in particular are everyday citizens. In the depths of LAVA plays at The GloveJanuary 16-18 @ 8pm - Click here for more information. To reserve tickets click here.

Polina Ionina (Monitor)  is a Kazakh-born Russian-American actor and director. A Pace University BFA Acting graduate, she has performed extensively with the Grotowski-based theater group Dzieci, and the immersive theater workshop PlayLab with Jeff Wirth. Polina is a co-founder of The How, a collaborative performance ensemble based in Brooklyn. A major influence on Polina’s thinking and practice comes from her time spent in Kyrgyzstan studying the meditative techniques of Sufi Whirling.

Amber Jaunai (Kyle/Peter) is a recent graduate of the BFA acting program at Pace University. Some of her recent credits include Law and Order (NBC), Polaroid Stories (Dir. Raelle Mydrick-Hodges), An Octoroon (Dir. Jean Randich), Hair (Dir. Saheem Ali), and Kaspar (Dir. Scott Davis). Always grateful.

Alec Funiciello (Matthew) - is a NYC based actor most recently seen as Romeo in Psittacus Production’s Romeo and Juliet at The Clark Theatre- Lincoln Center, White Heron Theatre -Nantucket, and the W.H.A.T on Cape Cod. He’s also performed in Cosmin Chivu’s The Mutilated, nominated for Best Revival 2015 by the Drama League. Alec has lately been curious in film and television, starring in a Volkswagen TV Commercial and most recently a Manhattan College Commercial. Alec is very connected to this ode to Richard Foreman and the multiple layers of elasticity that are being closely examined in Davis’s reimagining. 

Keith Boratko (Neil)  is an actor and musician based out of Brooklyn, and is thrilled to be presenting In The Depths Of LAVA! Keith received his BFA in Acting from Pace University in 2016. Among other credits, as an actor, Keith had the privilege to perform in the Sibiu International Theatre Festival In 2016, And was most recently seen portraying the title roll in Shakespeare’s ‘Pericles’ with the Fools and Kings Project this past summer. Keith’s musical experience has also led him to perform around the world at some remarkable venues, from Lincoln Center in New York to the Tomb of Agamemnon in Greece. Most recently, Keith had the great opportunity to act as the music director and pianist for the Tennessee Williams Festival, also earlier this summer. Keith would like to thank Scott Davis and the cast and production team for their hard work, and for including me in the process. Enjoy the show!

Scott F. Davis (Director) is a Brooklyn based collaborative theater artist who focuses on the reconstruction of classic/preexisting texts. His work has been seen at various venues including The Sibiu International Theater Festival, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, IRT, Axis Theater, The Sheen Center and many others. Scott is an alumni of Pace School Performing Arts (2016) , The Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2017) and Directors Lab West (2017).

Carlo Antonio Villanueva (Movement Director) is a Pilipinx-American dance and performance artist, born and raised in New Jersey. He is a performing member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and has also been engaged this season in the work of multidisciplinary choreographer Walter Dundervill (NYC), performance artist Barbora Kleinhamplová (Prague), and visual artist Kendell Geers (Brussels). Villanueva makes performance works collaboratively with his friend and creative partner, Miriam Gabriel.

Tanner Simpson (Technical Director/Lighting and Sound Designer) is a NYC based Lighting, Sound & Video Designer, & Production Manager for high-profile events & theatre. Design work has been featured at the Freedom Tower, 4 Times Square, the New York Public Library, Pace University, Brooklyn Academy of Music, IRT, HARD Summer, & more. Selected projects include: “A Star Has Burnt My Eye” (BAM Next Wave Festival 2016 & NY Times Critics’ Pick), & “HAIR” (Midtown Arts Center, Fort Collins, CO). He has also done work for clients including: Genius Music, Cartier, The Durst Organization, Fetty Wap, Benjamin Moore, Stone Island, the US Open of Tennis, Snapchat, Euphoria Music Festival & many more.

John Erickson (Projection Designer) is a Brooklyn based projection designer and programmer. Originally from Colorado, John is a graduate of Colorado State University. Projection design credits include Who Knows? (Independent film), Cracked Orlando (Juliard), The Bridgette Hobbes Connection (Tisch School of the Arts), and Winners (Ensemble Theatre). Assistant Design credits include 50 Song Memoir (International Tour), Josephine (Asolo Rep), Marley (CenterStage Theatre) and Aida (The Muny Theatre).

YAMILA CHIAPPE (Set Designer) is a scenic and prop designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Some of her recent credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Schimmel Center for the Arts, New York), Look Back In Anger (Schaeberle Studios, New York), Bernarda Alba and See What I Wanna See in-rep (Schaeberle, New York). She has also recently designed props for the Fallen Angels Theater Company production of When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout (Theater Row, New York), which was picked by the New York Times as Critic’s Choice. She is a recent graduate from Pace University with a major in Production and Design for film and stage.

Avery Stray (Assistant Director) is a senior Directing Major at Pace University. Her past credits include: Look Back in Anger (Asst. Dir.), Translations (Asst. Director.), Tristan and Yseult (Asst. Dir.), Self Accusations (Asst. Dir), COCK (Sound Designer) No One Goes To Heaven (Director). She will be debuting her production of In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play this spring through Pace University and The Drama League.

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Food & Wine: "Florida High School Students Performed a Musical About Publix"

02/01/2018

Florida High School Students Performed a Musical About Publix (Food & Wine)

...To give you an idea just how dedicated Floridians are to telling the story of their precious Publix, Ryland Marbutt, a recent graduate of Harrison School for the Arts, who now attends Pace University, actually returned to his home town just to play the lead role of George Jenkins.

You might be thinking that Publix is just a grocery store—how great could it be? Well, one recent study found that people actually report an improvement in their mood after shopping there. Just how good goes it make them feel? Good enough to sing, apparently.

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WNBC Channel 4: Students and President Krislov Sing New York's Praises

01/29/2018

WNBC: Students and President Krislov Sing New York's Praises

NBC's "The Voice" came to Pace and WNBC Channel 4 News was on hand to capture students auditioning and President Krislov singing karaoke in the cafeteria.

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Z100: "INTERN BLOG: I did It!"

01/29/2018

INTERN BLOG: I did It! (Z100)

I survived my first week at Elvis Duran and the Morning Show! I actually have to pinch myself everytime I say that to make sure it’s real. I’ve only had three days of work so far but so much has happened.

First of all… Hi I’m Intern Amy :) I’m a junior (weird) at Pace University and I’m studying Communications and Arts and Entertainment Management. I have a sick obsession with Harry Styles, I enjoy reading rock music biographies and my favorite movie is The Goonies.

My first day at EDMS was last Thursday and boy, what a day. Camila Cabello came in for an interview to promote her new album (‘Camila’ out now on iTunes, get it) and was nice enough to take pictures with everyone afterwards! The whole train ride home I was texting all of my friends saying how we hand-hugged. After the interview, Brody aka the best boss evaaaa (I know you’re reading this) took me on a tour around the studio and office and we just so happened to bump into John Leguizamo. WHAT. He shook my hand and wished me luck. I refrained from screaming out “I LOVED YOU IN ‘CHEF’”. I am a #professional.

Day two of the internship and I have learned so much already- prepping the studio, going through emails, using Audacity for airchecks and Protools (still in the learning phase). After completing my daily tasks, Brody had me, and Liv, the other Tuesday/Thursday intern, create questions to be used for an interview with Darren Criss AND questions to ask Joe Gatto of the Impractical Jokers. Trust me, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I’m working here.

And lastly, today. I was the only radio intern in and was so frightened I would royally screw everything up. Shoutout to Yaritza for helping me through everything from the phone calls to emails to life- you’re the bomb.com. Pete Wentz and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy came in today to promote their new album and of course I sat at my desk staring. This place is so surreal.

Truly, I don’t know how I got so lucky to be here but I am counting my blessings everyday!

Intern Amy is here to update you on all things Intern Amy.

Stay tuned, you never know what’s going to happen here!

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Jewish Link: "Amsterdam to Teaneck to London: Lost Tefillin Returned Thanks to Social Media’s Jewish Community"

01/29/2018

Amsterdam to Teaneck to London: Lost Tefillin Returned Thanks to Social Media’s Jewish Community (Jewish Link)

While I typically prefer to write the news instead of being featured in it, there are moments in life when your personal and professional lives intersect, which is exactly what happened in this story that zig zagged from the United Kingdom to Amsterdam to Teaneck to Ireland to Monsey to Zurich and beyond, ultimately reuniting a 17-year-old London teen with his lost bar mitzvah tefillin.

Nachum Tzvi Lobenstein was traveling from Manchester to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on December 25 when a gate attendant informed him that he would have to check his hand luggage instead of taking it with him on the plane. Lobenstein, whose family is of German descent and therefore wears a tallis despite being unmarried, was concerned that his checked baggage might be misplaced, prompting him to remove his tallis and tefillin from his bag so that he could carry the items with him on his flight for safekeeping.

But shortly after arriving in Amsterdam, Lobenstein realized he had neglected to take his tallis and tefillin with him when he got off the plane. Returning to the airport, he was told that his items had not been found and that the plane had returned directly to Manchester, according to Lobenstein’s brother, Barry Lobenstein, director of BML Office Solutions in London.

“We tried Manchester Airport who said they didn’t have it and we tried contacting the highest authorities at both airports hoping to find the tefillin,” Lobenstein told The Jewish Link.

Devastated by the loss, Nachum Tzvi Lobenstein continued calling the airport daily, each time hanging up disappointed, but as it turns out, good news was on the way, albeit through a rather circuitous route.

Teaneck resident Meylekh Viswanath was returning home from a trip to Ireland with an early-morning stopover in Amsterdam on January 14 when his life became unknowingly entangled with Lobenstein’s. Taking advantage of his waiting time at Schipol to daven Shacharis, Viswanath, a professor of finance at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, was approached by an airport worker who saw him wearing his tallis and tefillin.

“He came to me and told me that someone had left a bag similar to mine in the airport,” said Viswanath. “He asked if I would look at the bag to try and figure out whom it might belong to. I saw a name on the bag in Yiddish but no address. Still the presence of a Hebrew/English Artscroll siddur led me to believe the person may be American.”

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Patch: "Pleasantville Names New Administrator"

01/24/2018

Pleasantville Names New Administrator (Patch)

The Board of Trustees has found a replacement for Patricia Dwyer, who is retiring as Village Administrator after nearly three decades. Fredrick Morrissey, an assistant to the adminstrator in Croton-on-Hudson, will start working for Pleasantville Feb. 15, according to the Examiner.

This is one of just two big changes in store at Village Hall. Also retiring is Village Clerk Judy Weintraub, after 25 years in the post.

Before working in Croton, Morrissey was the director of government and community relations at Pace University. Dwyer has long been an adjunct professor at Pace in public administration.

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Broadcasting & Cable: "CBSI Digital Architect Not ‘Just a Media Guy"

01/22/2018

CBSI Digital Architect Not ‘Just a Media Guy’ (Broadcasting & Cable)

...In 2006, a mutual friend recommended DeBevoise to former NBC president Neil Braun, who was looking for someone to launch a digital operation at IDT Entertainment, which was later sold to Liberty Media and then merged with Starz after DeBevoise took the job.

“He was digital before digital was cool,” says Braun, now the dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. “Marc’s background in cable and broadcast companies, as well as Wall Street,” gave him the perfect combination of tech and business savvy to capitalize on TV and digital media’s convergence.

DeBevoise’s work landed him on several lists of up-and-coming TV execs, and caught the attention of CBS Interactive’s Lanzone, who hired him in 2011. DeBevoise has the no-nonsense , direct speaking style of an investment banker but Lanzone stresses that his people skills and his ability to “galvanize teams” have played a major role in their successes at CBS Interactive.

“Maybe he picked this up playing college basketball but it’s been super important at CBS, because our group operates across the entertainment, sports and news divisions,” Lanzone says. “Without everyone’s trust in Marc” and his ability to work closely with all those divisions, “we wouldn’t have been able to make this much progress so quickly on things like All Access [and] CBSN.”

Those products have also helped CBS bring in younger demos. “The demos for both services are incredibly young relative to the overall demo [and] they’ve allowed us to discover things about ourselves that can be incredibly relevant to the next generation of viewers,” DeBevoise says.

The next generation is also his big priority outside of work: With two young kids, DeBevoise says most of his free time is happily spent with his family. But he’s also managed to carve out time to help young people in New York City as the president of the board at The Door, which serves about 11,000 underprivileged youth aged 12 to 21. “It is a big-time commitment but has been incredibly rewarding,” he says.

DeBevoise says that he got involved with The Door after reaching out to a friend who led outside board recruitment for Robin Hood, which is one of The Door’s larger funders. After explaining that he hoped to work with young people and that he was looking to be involved with a not-for-profit that was “something close by, in my community, if possible…she introduced me to The Door,” he says. “I fell in love with it quickly.”

“It really fits [what I wanted to accomplish by helping] underserved, at-risk youth ages 12-21 and its main location is a building on Broome St. and 6th Ave. which is less than 1 mile from my apartment in the West Village,” he says. “I later joined the University Settlement board—essentially the parent organization to The Door—and we also launched a charter school inside The Door named Broome Street Academy.”

At work, a major priority continues to be expanding the reach of their digital properties, both on new devices and in newer market. “We are already in over 100 markets [for CBS All Access] and will be in 135 by the end of the year,” he says. “That will give us 85% coverage, which is tremendous progress in just over a year.”

“You still haven’t seen another broadcaster roll out as many stations on any platform other than TV as we have,” he adds.

Looking forward, they are working to launch on additional platforms. “You can now subscribe [to it] on Roku and you’ll see us coming to new platforms in the next few months,” he says. In addition, “we are looking at what additional bundles we can do—who we can development marketing relationships with and have co-billing relationships with.”

Developing better systems for analyzing data is also important, both for improved ad targeting and for their content strategies. “We don’t have show-stacking and full-season offerings and the ones we do go after to get back and buy from third party studios…will be based on user trends,” he explains.

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