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"The New Orleans Advocate" featured Dyson Professor Thomas Keith in "Letter perfect: Tennessee Williams’ correspondence at Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary fest"

03/19/2018

"The New Orleans Advocate" featured Dyson Professor Thomas Keith in "Letter perfect: Tennessee Williams’ correspondence at Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary fest"

In these days of email and text, we often forget what treasures letters are — fragile pieces of paper where we share our sweetest affections, our deepest dreams, our greatest hopes, even our moments of despair. Tennessee Williams was a prolific letter writer — by turns, witty, hilarious, insightful, concerned, loving and sharp. A new volume, “The Luck of Friendship: The Letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin,” edited by Peggy L. Fox and Thomas Keith, collects Williams’ correspondence with his publisher. The book is a centerpiece of programming at this year’s Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Thursday through Sunday, March 21-25.

Fox, Williams’ last editor at New Directions, was overseeing one of his plays at the printer when Williams died. She pays tribute both to the playwright and his longtime publisher — and her longtime colleague — in this volume. Keith, a professor at Pace University in New York, is a festival favorite. The two have worked on many posthumous publications of Williams’s work.

“In ‘The Luck of Friendship’ we are able, for the first time, to follow both sides of correspondence between the playwright and a close friend, and it extends over four decades,” Keith said. “We learn for the first time about Williams’s own response to the difficulties he faced, personally and professionally, in the 1960s and ‘70s, how he came to take the injections from ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ Max Jacobson, and how he felt about pushing forward with his writing even after the confinement in Barnes Hospital.

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"The Wave" featured Pace University Students in "Rebuild Crew Comes To Belle Harbor"

03/16/2018

"The Wave" featured Pace University Students in "Rebuild Crew Comes To Belle Harbor"

Pace University students chip in on local relief effort

As many college students indulged in the sun and sand of Cancun, Los Cabos and other tourist destinations during their spring break, a group of community-minded Pace undergraduates opted to spend their week contributing in the rebuild of a Belle Harbor residence that hasn’t yet fully recovered from the onslaught of damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy.

Starting on Tuesday, March 13, the 16 students spent three days toiling at the Newman residence at Beach 126th Street, where they installed new sheetrock in the basement that had been flooded with eight-feet of water during Superstorm Sandy over five years ago. The work also included the addition of new insulation along with painting and finishing upstairs.

The basement was still attracting mold, according to St. Bernard’s Project (SBP) Disaster, Relief and Recovery Community Engagement Manager Angela Calabro, who was at the site monitoring the work along with two of her supervisors and two Pace program coordinators, Ashley Kueneke and Tyler Kalahar.

The homeowners were able to get some money from their flood insurance company to address their living space on the main floor, according to Calabro, but they weren’t able to obtain any financial assistance to address the other areas of the two-story dwelling.

The homeowners were able to get some money from their flood insurance company to address their living space on the main floor, according to Calabro, but they weren’t able to obtain any financial assistance to address the other areas of the two-story dwelling.

Pace University’s Annual Spring Break (ASB) effort has agreed to lend a hand in the renovation of homes, like the Newman property, by teaming up with SBP by allowing students to perform much-needed volunteer work for low-to-moderate homeowners on the peninsula.

“SBP coordinates all the contracts. So, once we leave here, another group comes in,” explained Kueneke, who along with Kalahar, select and help train the ASB applicants before driving the students to their work sites in school vans.

“They sign up for this because they’re interested in volunteering and they want to get more involved in the community,” continued Kueneke. “We’re from this area, so they get to learn a little bit about the Rockaways. It’s an opportunity to give back and learn a little about disaster relief. We talk about the impacts of race and class, and so it’s an educational experience.”

ASB has been helping in the relief effort on the peninsula since 2012 by providing new rotations of student workers, who spend eight-hour days tearing down old walls, ceilings and floors as well as replacing damaged infrastructure, under the supervision of SBP personnel that remain on-site to ensure that the work is performed both properly and efficiently.

Calabro informed The Wave that the Newman home is on-schedule for a March 30 completion, and unlike Build-It-Back contractors that specialize in elevating residential properties, SBP is a non-profit organization that focuses on interior work.

SBP, which is reportedly the only remaining rebuilding agency, is a nationwide outfit that most recently partnered with NFL star J.J. Watt in rebuilding homes in Houston and is actively contributing to the disaster relief taking place in Puerto Rico. The group came into existence 13 years ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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"NY1" features Pace University in "Students' Spring Break At The Beach — To Fix Sandy-Damaged Home"

03/15/2018

"NY1" features Pace University in "Students' Spring Break At The Beach — To Fix Sandy-Damaged Home"

College students are hitting the beach for spring break — but it's not warm and sunny.

16 Pace University students are spending their vacation at Beach 126th St. in the Rockaways, repairing a home that Hurricane Sandy damaged.

"When you're, you know, our age and in college, you have a lot of free time on your hands — more than you probably realize — so it's a good time to make a difference," said volunteer Joseph Kelly, a college junior.

They are volunteering with the storm recovery non-profit organization, the Saint Bernard Project.  For four days this week, they are renovating and painting.

The students also take part in a series of discussions about the impact natural disasters can have on a community.

While the homeowners did not want to appear on camera, they said they felt blessed to have the support.

They lived in their Belle Harbor house for 27 years before Sandy hit, and said they cannot wait until it feels like home again.

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"News12" features "Pace University journalism students to cover Puerto Rico"

03/14/2018

"News12" features "Pace University journalism students to cover Puerto Rico"

A group of Pace University journalism students plans to head to Puerto Rico in an effort to shed light on the continuing hardships residents of the island are facing following the slow recovery after Hurricane Maria.

About a dozen students are preparing to head out next Tuesday and cover what appears to be the biggest story of their fledgling careers.

But it's also going to be educational.

"Students learn how to tell a story from start to finish," says Maria Luskey, who has overseen the school's documentary program for the past 15 years.

Past trips have sent students to Costa Rica, Brazil and Cuba. The school had planned to go to Puerto Rico earlier, but the storm forced Pace to cancel those plans.

Months later, with the recovery lagging and many on the island left isolated and ignored, the school decided to try again.

"These are 3.5 million American citizens who are in a desperate and dire situation, that months after the hurricane, they still need our help," says Gabriel Rivera, a Bronx native who has relatives in Puerto Rico.

In the next two weeks, News 12's Aime Rodriguez will be following the class to Puerto Rico for updates.

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"LI Herald.com" featured Pace University in "33 New York colleges pledge prospective students will not be penalized for anti-gun violence walkout"

03/13/2018

"LI Herald.com" featured Pace University in "33 New York colleges pledge prospective students will not be penalized for anti-gun violence walkout"

With high school students on Long Island and nationwide preparing to walk out of school on Wednesday to protest gun violence, more than 200 colleges and universities have pledged students’ admission prospects will not be affected by any discipline they might face at their schools for participating.

The pledge to not hold students’ protests against their chances at admission, at press time, had been made by 33 schools in New York state, including Adelphi University in Garden City and Hofstra University in Hempstead.

According to the National Association of Admissions Counselors, other colleges in the greater metropolitan area that have made the pledge include:

• Barnard College

• City University of New York

• Columbia University

• Cornell University

• Fordham University

• Manhattan College

• New York University

• Pace University

• Sarah Lawrence College

• The New School

For a complete list of schools, including a list by state, click here

" We would not take account of school discipline in a circumstance of peaceful protest on a pressing matter of national debate,” NYU officials wrote in a statement.

The number of schools pledging their support may provide some reassurance from students on the fence about participating in the demonstration Wednesday, in which students nationwide are expected to walk out for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 people who died at the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Students at Sanford H. Calhoun High School, in Merrick, and others across Nassau County, have indicated that they will participate in the demonstration. School districts, however, have been largely silent on how they will handle the walkouts on a policy level.

The New York State School Boards Association issued a statement on its website warning districts choosing not to discipline students who participate that they could set a precedent for other disobedience of school policies.

The NYSSBA warned districts against explicitly supporting the walkouts.

“It would be ill-advised for a school district to provide such support, based upon the established principle that school districts have no express authority to engage in political activities,” NYSSBA officials said. “Accordingly, school district sponsorship of such activities would not appear to be a viable option.”

New York State United Teachers, the statewide union, has not endorsed the March 14 walkout, but is encouraging educators to wear orange that day. Orange is the color of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. 

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"U.S.News & World Report" featured Lubin Associate Professor Walter Antognini in "Taxation Procrastination: Where to Go for Last-Minute Tax Filing Advice"

03/13/2018

"U.S.News & World Report" featured Lubin Associate Professor Walter Antognini in "Taxation Procrastination: Where to Go for Last-Minute Tax Filing Advice"

...Go to the IRS. While there's no need to call or visit the IRS headquarters, it's a wise idea to visit their website's page, "Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Selection Qualifications," says Walter Antognini, associate professor of taxation and graduate program chair at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York City.

If you type in your ZIP code, you'll quickly get a list of tax preparers who are "recognized by the IRS as being qualified to practice before the IRS," Antognini says.

But remember not to panic if your tax preparer doesn't turn up in the collection of contacts the IRS provides you. There are many qualified tax return preparers who won't be on the list, Antognini says. It's just that the people on the IRS list will likely be the most qualified. Still, your tax preparer should at least have a preparer tax identification number or PTIN. If they don't have this information, that's a red flag that something is wrong.

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"News12" featured "Pace University journalism students to cover Puerto Rico"

03/13/2018

"News12" featured "Pace University journalism students to cover Puerto Rico"

A group of Pace University journalism students plans to head to Puerto Rico in an effort to shed light on the continuing hardships residents of the island are facing following the slow recovery after Hurricane Maria.

About a dozen students are preparing to head out next Tuesday and cover what appears to be the biggest story of their fledgling careers.

But it's also going to be educational.

"Students learn how to tell a story from start to finish," says Maria Luskey, who has overseen the school's documentary program for the past 15 years.

Past trips have sent students to Costa Rica, Brazil and Cuba. The school had planned to go to Puerto Rico earlier, but the storm forced Pace to cancel those plans.

Months later, with the recovery lagging and many on the island left isolated and ignored, the school decided to try again.

"These are 3.5 million American citizens who are in a desperate and dire situation, that months after the hurricane, they still need our help," says Gabriel Rivera, a Bronx native who has relatives in Puerto Rico.

In the next two weeks, News 12's Aime Rodriguez will be following the class to Puerto Rico for updates.

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Statement from President Marvin Krislov on the passing of Erivan Haub

03/12/2018

Statement from President Marvin Krislov on the passing of Erivan Haub

“On behalf of the trustees, students, faculty, and staff of Pace University, I mourn the passing of Erivan Haub, a longtime friend and philanthropic supporter of Pace and especially our law school,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “Erivan’s passion for the United States and for the environment, inspired by his mother, Elisabeth, led to the Haub family’s long and successful partnership with Pace. We present the annual Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy, and in 2016 we were honored to name our law school the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, in recognition of our long partnership and a generous gift from the Haub family. We send our deepest condolences to the Haub family, and most of all to Liliane Haub, Erivan’s daughter-in-law, who serves as a Pace trustee. Erivan’s leadership, friendship, and generosity will not be forgotten.”

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"Pleasantville Patch" featured "Pace University Students Learn 1st Lesson: New York is Our Campus"

03/12/2018

"Pleasantville Patch" featured "Pace University Students Learn 1st Lesson: New York is Our Campus"

More than 300 admitted Pace University students from 25 states slept at the American Museum of Natural History last week, highlighting that Pace students have the greatest campus – New York City. Typically admitted students stay in residence halls but this year they experienced their own "Night at the Museum."

"Pace students get much more than what's learned in the classroom, said Robina Schepp, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Placement at Pace. "Students graduate from Pace with the skills and training that prepare them for the real world. Here, the City is our campus, and what better way to experience the City then spending a night at one of the most iconic institutions in New York—The American Museum of Natural History."

The overnight experience at the Museum of Natural History included dinner, orientation, exploration of the museum rooms, tours, animal presentations, and a space show. The group arrived back at Pace after breakfast at the Museum. As part of the admitted student experience, Pace also showcases college life at the university, including offering students a chance to attend classes for a day.

Participants in the admitted student event learned more about Pace and its academic programs, toured the campus, met future classmates, students, alumni, and deans, as well as enjoyed panel discussions and presentations. The future Pace students had the option of attending a university activities fair with representatives from various academic programs, student clubs and organizations, housing, financial aid, residence life, career services, study abroad, counseling, the center for academic excellence and more.

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Press Release: Inaugural Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series at Pace University Brought Together Thinkers and Leaders to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion

03/09/2018

Press Release: Inaugural Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series at Pace University Brought Together Thinkers and Leaders to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion

NEW YORK, March 9 – The inaugural College of Health Professions Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series at Pace University, a discussion of diversity and inclusion, was held March 5 at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus.

 “I believe diversity is one of the most pressing issues facing all of us today – in healthcare, in higher education, and across society,” said Harriet R. Feldman, dean and professor of the College of Health Professions. “We have in common a need to ensure diversity and inclusion in our workplaces, our schools, and our lives.”

“We are barraged daily with headlines and controversies, policy proposals and angry protests, on so many issues that relate directly to diversity and inclusion issues,” said Feldman. “I have had a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, both personally and professionally. I could not be more proud of the progress we have made during my 25 years at Pace, both within our College and the University as a whole, to educate so many dedicated and diverse students, faculty, and professionals.”

The event was attended by more than 120 community members and brought together an expert panel of thinkers and leaders in the health professions to discuss diversity and inclusion. The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series at Pace will be an annual event bringing important topics forward for discussion.

Pace President Marvin Krislov quoted statistics that demonstrate Pace’s commitment to diversity. “We’re fully committed to diversity and inclusion at Pace,” said Krislov. “We’re proud of our diverse student body, and we’re actively working to further diversify our faculty and staff. Diversity and inclusion are keys to the best education, preparing students to succeed in the workplace.”

Dr. Rumay Alexander led the panel. Alexander is chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and president of the National League for Nursing.

Alexander was joined by four panelists:

*Pace President Marvin Krislov.

*Professor Randolph McLaughlin, a civil rights attorney and professor at Pace’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law. 

*Pace College of Health Professions Professor Joanne Singleton, an accomplished clinician, educator and researcher.

*Cornell Craig, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of Multicultural Affairs at Pace.

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

Follow us on Twitter at @PaceUnews or on our website: http://www.pace.edu/news

 

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