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Fast Company: "Three ways to get the most out of your group sessions"

10/28/2015

Fast Company: "Three ways to get the most out of your group sessions"

1. Make a plan

Many meetings don’t have a particular agenda, but it’s important to know what you want to accomplish going in. "Keep meetings short by limiting the agenda to three items or less," says Alan Eisner, professor of management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. "Afterward, send out minutes using your agenda so everyone knows what to work on."

2. Banish distractions

Put nonagenda thoughts into an "idea parking lot." "People bring up ideas that are important to them but not on-topic," says Cary Greene, coauthor of Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting & Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace. "Instead of losing them, write them down." Don’t let the parking lot be a black hole: Assign follow-up steps right at the end of the meeting.

3. Play musical chairs

Walking meetings are gaining popularity, but you can get a similar benefit without hitting the hallway. Set a timer for 30 to 45 minutes. When it goes off, have everyone get up and move. "You can stand and shake it out a bit as a group, which lightens everyone up," says workplace psychologist Karissa Thacker. "Moving regularly is good for us in all kinds of ways, including improving our ability to focus."

Read more: http://www.fastcompany.com/3051540/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/15-habits-that-will-totally-transform-your-productivit#1

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Huffington Post: "S.T.E.M.+ O = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Oysters"

10/27/2015

Huffington Post: "S.T.E.M.+ O = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Oysters"

The Billion Oyster Project serves students, community and New York Harbor. Be part of the conversation at Pace University (more below).

"How does a city of this magnitude bring young students to the water, and have them feel a sense of ownership and community?" asks Professor Lauren Birney from her lower Manhattan office at Pace University's School of Education.

"Oysters."

A century ago, the oyster was New York's pearl. Oystering was as integral to New York Harbor's identity as the Statue of Liberty. The waters of the city and New Jersey boasted more than 260,000 acres of oyster beds spread throughout the harbor, its bays and estuaries, the lower Hudson and East rivers. New Yorkers ate more oyster meat than beef. The original New York "foot-longs" were Gowanus oysters, gathered from Gowanus Bay and Creek in Brooklyn and exported to Europe as a delicacy.

In present day New York, oysters are better associated with the Oyster Bar in the cellar of New York's Grand Central Terminal, where oysters from Apalachicola Bay in Florida and Chincoteague Bay in Maryland are now the delicacy. Generations of pollution drove out New York oystering, and the name "Gowanus" is identified less with the bay and more with the canal, a toxic, Federal Superfund site (hopefully on its way to a major cleanup).

But the Billion Oyster Project aims to change all that by enlisting hundreds of thousands of city school children to restore a billion oysters to city waters. "In short, students are driving the restoration of New York Harbor," said Birney.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johncronin2/stemo-science-technology-_b_8373904.html

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Tribeca Trib: "The Billion Oyster Project: A Look at a Collaboration"

10/26/2015

Tribeca Trib: "The Billion Oyster Project: A Look at a Collaboration"

Pace University Professor Lauren Birney and Mr. Jon Forrest Dohlin of the NY Aquarium, will discuss their partnership and the Billion Oyster Project, a unique effort to restore the ecology of New York Harbor through education and engagement of our city’s public school students. 

Read more: http://www.tribecatrib.com/content/billion-oyster-project-look-collabora...

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“InsideTrack with Kerry Kennedy": Couldn’t attend InsideTrack? Watch President Friedman’s conversation with Kerry Kennedy

10/20/2015

“InsideTrack with Kerry Kennedy": Couldn’t attend InsideTrack? Watch President Friedman’s conversation with Kerry Kennedy

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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


Cara Cea / 914-906-9680

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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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