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Pace University’s 54th Annual Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner Honors President Stephen J. Friedman with the 2017 Leaders in Management Award on Wed., June 14

06/15/2017

Pace University’s 54th Annual Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner Honors President Stephen J. Friedman with the 2017 Leaders in Management Award on Wed., June 14

Faculty award honoree is William Offutt, Professor of History and Faculty Adviser of the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace

Young Alumnae Emcee: Ashley Scott ’17, BFA Acting Major, Pace School of Performing Arts

New York, NY – June 15, 2017 – At its Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner last night, Pace University recognized President Stephen J. Friedman as the honoree of the 2017 Leaders in Management Award, and this year's Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award recipient, William Offutt, JD, PhD. The event was held at the American Museum of Natural History.

“President Friedman has overseen a period of tremendous accomplishment and growth, one that has set the stage for Pace to reach new heights in the coming years,” said Mark M. Besca ’81, Chairman, Pace Board of Trustees. “Thanks to his vision and commitment, Pace leads the way in educating the next generation of thinking professionals who will take the reins of the 21st century economy and form the executive, entrepreneurial, and innovator class of tomorrow.”

Friedman is the seventh President of Pace University. President Friedman has presided over an increase in enrollment, and advocated for the value of combining education in liberal arts and professional preparation, all for the purpose of creating opportunity for students and improving the nation’s global competitiveness.

Under his leadership, Pace has established new academic and study abroad programs, launched significant renovations of the New York and Pleasantville campuses, and built a solid financial foundation for advancing Pace’s mission.

Prior to his presidency, he served as Dean of Pace’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law and is a former Senior Partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLC. He served as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and law clerk to Justice William Brennan at the Supreme Court of the United States. He also has an extensive background as a leader of nonprofit organizations.

The 2017 faculty award honoree is William Offutt, Professor of History and Faculty Adviser of the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace’s New York City Campus. He has been a Pace faculty member since 1990. He has taught classes on colonial and revolutionary America, the Civil War, Constitutional history, and American women’s history. An accomplished scholar, his book, Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution in New York City, 1775-1776, is part of a simulation game in the “Reacting to the Past” series, which has been adopted by dozens of colleges around the world. He was director of Pace’s New York City Honors Program (2001-07), which in 2003 became the Pforzheimer Honors College. He has advised hundreds of Honors College students and graduates.

The Spirit of Pace Awards Dinner began in 1962 as the Leaders in Management Award Dinner to highlight the support and encouragement the University receives from the corporate community. Pace's signature fundraising event celebrates the University's continued advancement and honors distinguished individuals with remarkable entrepreneurial and visionary talents. This gala embraces the University's identity as a leader in higher education. Proceeds from the dinner directly support student scholarships and special projects, including the New York City Masterplan—making a critical difference in the lives of Pace students and their educational futures.

Pace University is shaped by its enduring traditions of opportunity and innovation. More than 100 years after its founding, Pace continues its commitment to providing access to a diverse population while innovating to meet the needs of the global economy. A January 2017 study ranked Pace first in New York and second in the nation at catapulting students from the bottom fifth of income distribution into the top fifth. The Equality of Opportunity Project study found that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennials.

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. www.pace.edu.

Media contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

 

 

 

 

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Washington Times: "U.S. formally rejects Paris climate treaty at G-7 environmental meeting"

06/13/2017

Washington Times: "U.S. formally rejects Paris climate treaty at G-7 environmental meeting"

In this June 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

. . . By leaving the deal, some specialists say that the main risk to the U.S. in the years to come is that its chief economic rival, China, could be in a better position to dominate the flourishing world of clean energy.

“As the U.S. withdrew from the Paris agreement, China has stepped up to play a proactive role in global climate diplomacy. This should give Beijing an opportunity to advance a China-driven agenda in multilateral negotiations over global climate governance, and to grow its own green energy industry,” said Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, co-director of the Global Asia Studies program at Pace University in New York.

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San Francisco Chronicle: "Are Geek Squad agents spying for the FBI?"

06/12/2017

San Francisco Chronicle: "Are Geek Squad agents spying for the FBI?"

. . . Much depends on what the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit turns up. Should the organizations uncover documents that show a close relationship between Best Buy and the FBI, it and other firms offering tech support risk losing the confidence and trust of customers. Amazon and Best Buy, for example, have been trying to expand tech services to homes and businesses.

“We need to see what comes out” of the foundation’s efforts, said Darren Hayes, an assistant professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York. If Best Buy and the FBI are shown to be working together, he said, it “raises legal and constitutional problems: Is Best Buy acting as an agent of the government?”

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Long Island News Radio: "Pace University's David Caputo LIVE on L.I. on the A.M."

06/06/2017

Long Island News Radio: "Pace University's David Caputo LIVE on L.I. on the A.M."

David A. Caputo, President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science at Pace University, appeared on Long Island News Radio to discuss the Paris Climate Accord.

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Accounting Today: "Accountants need to stress ethics, says ACFE prez"

06/05/2017

Accounting Today: "Accountants need to stress ethics, says ACFE prez"

Accountants and other financial professionals need to stress ethics in the workplace to succeed in deterring financial fraud, according to James Ratley, president of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Speaking at a conference Friday at Pace University sponsored by the New York chapters of the ACFE and the Institute of Internal Auditors, Ratley discussed both personal and organizational ethics.

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Advertising Age: "How Quicken Loans' New CMO Moved from Fiat to Home Finance"

06/05/2017

Advertising Age: "How Quicken Loans' New CMO Moved from Fiat to Home Finance"

. . . Of course, while car marketers can rely on brand identity to help promote product, mortgage providers are not image-driven.

"That's going to be a challenge—you can't really sell a mortgage service like a car," said Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University's Lubin School of Business. "No one goes around letting people know who their mortgage company is."

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Variety: "MSNBC Chief Sees Hard News Focus, Trump Scandals Driving Ratings Surge"

06/05/2017

Variety: "MSNBC Chief Sees Hard News Focus, Trump Scandals Driving Ratings Surge"

. . . The network still has a reputation as a place for left-leaning viewers. MSNBC’s evening hosts “keep talking about each day’s developments as if they are progressing toward something, and that something is not stated, but what I think they’re thinking of is either resignation or impeachment,” says David A. Caputo, professor of political science at Pace University. “That attracts a number of people.”

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New York Business Journal: "Shoptiques: The website for independent boutiques"

06/05/2017

New York Business Journal: "Shoptiques: The website for independent boutiques"

Olga Vidisheva, founder of Shoptiques.

. . . Bruce Bachenheimer, executive director of the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University in New York, said Shoptiques’ rapid growth suggests that it “must be offering the boutiques it serves a real value proposition.” Moreover, exclusivity with Shoptiques provides an “ability to participate in the network, which should provide additional revenue,” he noted.

However, its growth has its pitfalls. If shoppers sense that by entering Shoptiques it’s “just being directed through a conglomerated chain of stores rather than discovering a special boutique,” it could lose its charm and pizzazz."

Hence Bachenheimer concluded, “If they can successfully consolidate this fragmented market segment, they will likely build a profitable and scalable business.” But in order to sustain their dominant position, Shoptiques must “develop a distinct and trusted brand that is widely recognized by boutiques and shoppers,” he said.

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Los Angeles Times: "Sean Hannity goes on vacation as advertisers drop out of his show"

05/25/2017

Los Angeles Times: "Sean Hannity goes on vacation as advertisers drop out of his show"

Photo: Sean Hannity speaks during a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on March 2016 in Phoenix. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

. . . If Fox News severed its ties with Hannity, it would be a statement on how much latitude it’s willing to give its opinionated hosts. It could also raise questions about whether advertisers have undue influence in what political ideas can be shared on cable news.

“Moving away from a news story that may or may not be true suggests brands are now taking political positions,” said Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York. “It may cost them sales in the long run as some consumers push back and drop their support for the brands that take political positions.”

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Chronicle of Higher Education: "Meet the Professor Who’s Writing a Trump-Based Lesson Plan on the Go"

05/25/2017

Chronicle of Higher Education: "Meet the Professor Who’s Writing a Trump-Based Lesson Plan on the Go"

A lot has been said about President Trump’s first 100 days in office, but he crossed another milestone that many inside the Beltway might have missed: He’s been president for the length of a college course — specifically, a course taught by David A. Caputo, a professor of political science at Pace University.

Pace’s spring semester began on January 23, three days after the inauguration. Mr. Caputo’s course, "Presidential Leadership Workshop," wrapped up earlier this month, but the professor said he’s confident President Trump’s tenure will provide interesting classroom material for years to come.

Mr. Caputo has been offering the workshop for several years, but Mr. Trump’s unpredictable nature has created a special challenge. About half of the material, Mr. Caputo said, is scripted on traditional textbook readings and analysis. "The other half, you never know," he said. "Sometimes I decide literally as I am walking out the door, depending on what analysis I have read or what I think is most interesting."

That often means on-the-fly thinking. Consider the travel ban and its fallout. Mr. Caputo knew that he needed to explain to students why legal challenges to the ban were filed in Hawaii and Washington as opposed to other states. That led to a wider discussion about federalism as a whole.

And as President Trump often takes to Twitter early in the morning, Mr. Caputo wakes at 5 a.m. to make sure he doesn’t need to change the day’s lesson plan. He tries to shut down his consumption by 11 p.m., though breaking news may keep him up later.

The professor, who served as Pace University’s president from 2000 to 2007, said that during the academic year, he’ll spend six to eight hours reading dozens of outlets — including The New York Times, Fox News, and Huffington Post — or poring over articles sent to him by colleagues or former students. A self-described C-SPAN junkie, he also immerses himself in the wonky public-affairs cable network whenever he’s not reading.

Including the day’s headlines, he said, gives his students something they say they want: relevancy. "It’s an interesting way to teach, but it’s something that you constantly have to be rethinking," he said.

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