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Pace University announced it is offering new donor-funded scholarships that will benefit incoming honors students, called the "Opportunity Scholarship" featured in the "Gazette"

02/21/2018

Pace University announced it is offering new donor-funded scholarships that will benefit incoming honors students, called the "Opportunity Scholarship" featured in the "Gazette"

The Gazette: "Pace offers new scholarships to attract 'best and brightest'

From the "Gazette:"

As part of a continuing effort to attract the "best and brightest" students to Pace University, the university has announced it is offering new donor-funded scholarships that will benefit incoming honors students. The "Opportunity Scholarship" will support new students in the Pforzheimer Honors College who would be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship if they attended a public institution New York.

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Pace University has hired communications strategists Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld featured in "The Holmes Report"

02/20/2018

Pace University has hired communications strategists Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld featured in "The Holmes Report"

The Holmes Report: "Corporate People News In Brief"

From "The Holmes Report:"

New people in new roles at Medtronic, IDM Mining, Pace University and Sabre Security.

...Pace University has hired Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld, both communications strategists, to support the school’s president Marvin Krislov and highlight the university’s successes. Ternes, who comes to Pace from DKC, will serve as executive director of media relations. Oxfeld, a former journalist and Ogilvy copywriter, will be director of executive communications.

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"The New York Times" highlights increase in Pace Applicants and New Scholarships for New York Students by David W. Chen

02/20/2018

"The New York Times" Highlights Increase in Pace Applicants and New Scholarships for New York Students by David W. Chen

The New York Times: "Private College Applications Rise Despite Cuomo Tuition Plan"

By David W. Chen

From "The New York Times:"

"... Interviews with more than two dozen private schools in every corner of the state, from small religious colleges like Roberts Wesleyan in Rochester to larger schools like Pace University in New York City and Westchester found that an overwhelming majority also reported increases in freshman applications.

The president of Hartwick, Margaret L. Drugovich, had originally warned that “the proposal would be harmful to the college.”

But in September, the college announced a new scholarship, the Hartwick College Founders’ Award, guaranteeing $10,000 a year for state residents, with no income limits or post-graduation residency requirements, beginning in the fall of 2018. And even before the Excelsior announcement, the college, where tuition, room and board, and fees will be $56,627 next year, had been planning to aggressively recruit students earlier in their high school careers, said Karen P. McGrath, vice president for enrollment management.

“Families are realizing that there are times when a private college is as affordable as a state school,” she said.

Other schools have announced new scholarships, too. Two weeks ago, Pace — which pointedly explains on its website that Excelsior offers “conditional and unguaranteed free tuition” and “does not cover fees, room or board” — announced a new scholarship of $5,000 per year for honors students from New York with household incomes less than $125,000." 

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Pace Students Rally in Albany for Student Aid Funding During the Annual New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day with More than 1,000 High School and College Students from Across New York featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

02/20/2018

Pace Students Rally in Albany for Student Aid Funding During the Annual New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day with More than 1,000 High School and College Students from Across New York featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

Patch: "Pace Students Rally in Albany for Student Aid"

In the photo left to right: Larissa Szilagyi, STAFF – Program Coordinator, Office of Government and Community Relations, Pace alumna, class of 2017; Deidre Neafsey, a New York City-based senior in the Dyson School of Arts and Sciences; Jenna Hager, a New York City-based junior in the Pforzheimer Honors College; Emerald Rodriguez, a Pleasantville-based junior in the College of Health Professions; Bill Colona, Director, Office of Government and Community Relations.

From "Patch:"

More than 1,000 high school and college students from across New York gathered in Albany earlier this week to advocate for student aid funding during the annual New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.

Bundy Aid, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Science and Technology Entry programs (STEP/C-STEP), the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) saw proposed funding cuts of a combined $50 million in this year's Executive Budget. On Tuesday, students met with lawmakers from across the state to urge them to restore critical student aid funding.

During a student "speak-out," high school and college students shared their personal stories about the value of student aid programs and opportunity programs like Bundy Aid, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Science and Technology Entry programs (STEP/C-STEP), the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

"Pace University offered me robust educational programs, incredible student leadership opportunities, and a stellar network for internships that have prepared me to enter the workforce," said Jenna Hager, a senior in the Pforzheimer Honors College. "Without a combination of generous scholarships and grants from Pace, and the state's Tuition Assistance Program, I wouldn't have been able to attend my dream school."

Students from about 65 public and private, not-for-profit campuses attended the rally to show their support for student aid programs and urge lawmakers to restore student aid funding. A virtual Advocacy Day was held simultaneously on Twitter with students and supporters from across the state sharing stories about what student aid and opportunity programs have meant to them using the hashtag #StandUp4StudentAid.

"The experience that Pace University has given me throughout the past few years has helped develop me into someone I am proud to be. Throughout my time at Pace I've had various leadership roles and challenging courses, and have been able to be a part of something bigger than myself," said Emerald Rodriguez, a junior in the College of Health Professions. "Because of these opportunities, I have grown into someone who is well-rounded and ready to be a part of the working world; none of this would have been possible without programs like the state's Tuition Assistance Program and the generous scholarships Pace has offered me."

Students across New York rely on student aid programs to enable them to achieve their college dreams. For example, Bundy Aid, a 50-year-old state aid program that provides funds for student aid and other student assistance at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities. Bundy Aid benefits nearly 500,000 students on those campuses across the state. The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) serves more than 300,000 New Yorkers attending college, providing them with more than $900 million in student aid.

The New York Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of colleges and universities and other stakeholder organizations that support funding vital student aid programs for students in New York. This is the 10th year the organization has hosted an Advocacy Day in Albany.

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Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther” featured in "Pleasantville Daily Voice"

02/16/2018

Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther” featured in "Pleasantville Daily Voice"

Pleasantville Daily Voice: "Pace Alumna Shines In 'Black Panther"

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Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther,” the mega-hit movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Nabiyah Be plays Linda, the criminal associate of Erik Killmonger. Be appears alongside an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. The film has a nationwide release set for February 16.

“They say ‘Black Panther’ is on track to have a record-setting opening weekend,” said Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “It’s already setting records for excitement here at Pace, where we’re proud to witness the film debut of Nabiyah Be, a graduate of our School of Performing Arts. She graduated with a BFA in acting, but she’s an accomplished singer, too. We’ll be rooting for many more big hits from her—and for many more Pace students to follow in her footsteps.”

“Before I came to Pace, I knew that I had the potential to create, but I didn’t know exactly how to create on my own. I’m born and raised in Salvador, which is the capital of Bahia in Brazil, and they say that people in Bahia are not just born, they debut. Pace enabled that for me,” said Be in the following video.

Krislov will see “Black Panther” with students from the Pace School of Performing Arts and cheer on Be’s film debut.

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Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther,” the mega-hit movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

02/16/2018

Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther,” the mega-hit movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

Pleasantville Patch: "Pace Alum Shines in Black Panther"

From "Pleasantville Patch"

Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna Nabiyah Be makes her film debut in “Black Panther,” the mega-hit movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Nabiyah Be plays Linda, the criminal associate of Erik Killmonger. Be appears alongside an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. The film has a nationwide release set for February 16.

“They say ‘Black Panther’ is on track to have a record-setting opening weekend,” said Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “It’s already setting records for excitement here at Pace, where we’re proud to witness the film debut of Nabiyah Be, a graduate of our School of Performing Arts. She graduated with a BFA in acting, but she’s an accomplished singer, too. We’ll be rooting for many more big hits from her—and for many more Pace students to follow in her footsteps.”

“Before I came to Pace, I knew that I had the potential to create, but I didn’t know exactly how to create on my own. I’m born and raised in Salvador, which is the capital of Bahia in Brazil, and they say that people in Bahia are not just born, they debut. Pace enabled that for me,” said Be in the following video.

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Darrin Porcher, a law enforcement professor at Pace University spoke to Fox 5 about reporting odd or threatening behavior to police

02/16/2018

Darrin Porcher, a law enforcement professor at Pace University spoke to Fox 5 about reporting odd or threatening behavior to police

Fox News: "Police urge public to speak up about warning signs"

By: Linda Schmidt

From "Fox News:"

...Fox 5 spoke to Darrin Porcher, a law enforcement professor at Pace University and a former lieutenant with the NYPD. He said that the public should report the odd or threatening behavior to police or the FBI and don't assume that authorities will ignore your information. If police deem it necessary or appropriate, they will investigate.

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Assistant Professor Brenna Hassinger-Das, a psychologist at Pace University who leads Urban Thinkscape is featured in "Smithsonian" transforming public spaces into places where kids and their caregivers could engage in “playful learning"

02/16/2018

Assistant Professor Brenna Hassinger-Das, a psychologist at Pace University who leads Urban Thinkscape is featured in "Smithsonian" transforming public spaces into places where kids and their caregivers could engage in “playful learning"

Smithsonian: "Weaving Games and Puzzles Into the Fabric of a City"

By Emily Matchar

From "Smithsonian"

Before, the triangular plot of land in West Philadelphia didn’t have much to interest a child. There was just a bus stop, a strip of sidewalk and an adjacent lot sometimes used as a garden. Today, though, the area is a miniature wonderland, with a puzzle wall, a rubberized hopscotch pad and a whimsical metal sculpture.

But this is not just a playground. Specially designed to stimulate child-caregiver interaction and learning, the play zone is part of a project called “Urban Thinkscape.” Kids move puzzle pieces on the back wall of the bus stop, developing their spatial and math skills as they go. They practice concentration by following the footprints on the hopscotch pads. They build on their literacy skills by naming pictures that decorate a climbing area. 

The creators of Urban Thinkscape—a team of psychologists, educators and architects—hope that planting such learning environments in disadvantaged neighborhoods could help close the achievement gap between local children and their wealthier peers.

“At the beginning of all of this we were really thinking about the idea that even in the preschool years there’s the ‘30 million word gap’ between kids in lower socioeconomic backgrounds versus kids in higher socioeconomic background,” says Brenna Hassinger-Das, a psychologist at Pace University who leads Urban Thinkscape. “There are differences in kids’ skill levels before they even start formal schooling in kindergarten.”

The “30 million word gap” refers to an influential 1995 study that showed children from the lowest socioeconomic classes heard 30 million fewer words by age 3 than children from the highest socioeconomic classes. This is a big deal, as vocabulary skills in toddlerhood relate to later school success.

One proposed solution is universal free preschool. But, as Hassinger-Das points out, kids only spend 20 percent of their waking time in school.

“So if we address the school-based thing, there’s still the other 80 percent that’s spent outside school,” she says. “How can we address the other 80 percent in settings where kids spend a lot of their time?”

So Hassinger-Das and her colleagues came up with the idea of transforming public spaces into places where kids and their caregivers could engage in “playful learning.” The thinking was that art and play installations incorporated into everyday spaces could spark conversations between parents and children, creating opportunities for teaching and learning.

They received funding from the William Penn Foundation and scoured Philly for the right spot for the pilot playspace, settling last year on the street where Martin Luther King Jr. launched a 1965 freedom rally. They met with community members about their needs and wants and contracted Israeli architect Itai Palti, known for incorporating behavioral science into design. Palti designed the installations based on community input and on the latest research about how children develop skills like executive function, spatial reasoning and literacy. 

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Professor Jay Duckworth from Pace Performing Arts is props master on Hamilton and more at The Public Theater in NYC featured in "Broadway World"

02/16/2018

Professor Jay Duckworth from Pace Performing Arts is props master on Hamilton and more at The Public Theater in NYC featured in "Broadway World"

Broadway World:  "Guns From HAMILTON and More Theater, Movie, and Television Props on Display in MA"

From "Broadway World:"

In film, television and theatre, a hero prop is any item intended to be held or used by one of the main actors. Examples of hero props might include Shylock's money box, as used by Al Pacino in The Merchant of Veniceat New York's Public Theater; the Red Apple Tobacco tin used in Quentin Tarantino's film Hateful Eight; or the Mendl's chocolate box from the film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

All of these objects, plus watercolors from La La Land, sketches from Moonrise Kingdom and other beautiful works of art, appear in Props and Fine Art from Movies, Television and Theater and Working Objects: Props by Ross MacDonald, opening in the Beard & Weil Galleries at Wheaton College in Norton MA, March 1 through April 13, 2018.

On March 1 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, Haas Visiting Artist Ross MacDonald will give a talk about his work, followed by an opening for both exhibitions from 6:00 to 8:00. The public is invited to attend.

Curator Elizabeth Keithline commented that "prop makers are required to make objects that integrate perfectly into the action, both historically and aesthetically. Prop makers often have deep background knowledge on their subject, yet to create something that would take audience attention away from the action would be the worst kind of mistake. Hidden in plain sight, the props and artwork in this show often remained unnoticed by the audience, yet they drove plot completely."

In the Beard Gallery, Props and Fine Art from Movies, Television and Theater

Annie Atkins specializes in graphics for filmmaking, which means that she makes any graphic pieces outlined by a period film script-like postage stamps and banknotes to help create Wes Anderson's fictional State of Zubrowka in The Grand Budapest Hotel; or shopfront signs and fake passports for Steven Spielberg's New York as depicted in Bridge of Spies. Other films she has worked on include Box Trolls, Wonderstruck, and Isle of Dogs. For the Mendl's chocolate box exhibited at Wheaton, Atkins also credits the artists Wes Anderson, Liliana Lambriev, Jan Jericho, and prop master Robin Miller.

Buist Bickley - According to Crains New York Business, "Bickley is one of the most in-demand prop supervisors on Broadway." Current productions include Spongebob Squarepants, Frozen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dear Evan Hansen, and Fun Home. In the February 4 Playbill, Bickley was quoted as saying "Picture frames, rugs, chandeliers, sconces, any picture on the wall-those are all props. ... I always say that the ceiling, the floor, and the walls are sets. Everything that makes it what it is, is a prop."

Jay Duckworth - Jay Duckworth is props master at The Public Theater in NYC. In over three decades in theatre he has worked from an old Mule Barn up to Prop Master on Hamilton. He's founded the Prop Summit for all properties people to meet, network, and learn; given keynote speeches for KCACTF and USITT. He is currently curating the first Props Lab at USITT's National conference, he is a contributor to Stage Directions Magazine and is a Professor at Pace University. Duckworth's website, the Proptologist, can be explored here: https://www.proptologist.com/.

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Former Rockette, Performing Arts Adjunct Professor in the Commercial Dance Department at Pace University Holly Evans is set to teach a series of free, 'Rockette-style' Dance Master Classes hosted by The Connection on Sunday, February 25 featured in "Tap

02/16/2018

Former Rockette, Performing Arts Adjunct Professor in the Commercial Dance Department at Pace University Holly Evans is set to teach a series of free, 'Rockette-style' Dance Master Classes hosted by The Connection on Sunday, February 25 featured in "Tap Into Summit"

Tap Into Summit: "Kicking It Up a Notch, The Connection Hosts 'Rockette Style' Dance Master Classes Feb. 25"

From "Tap Into Summit:"

The Connection is set to host a series of free, 'Rockette-style' Dance Master Classes -- taught by former Rockette Holly Evans -- on Sunday, February 25, beginning at 11 a.m.

Evans, who spent 10 years as a member of the Rockettes and served as a Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer for the Rockettes during her tenure. She currently is an Adjunct Professor in the Commercial Dance Department at Pace University. The area resident also teaches guest classes at many private dance schools and Universities across the country.

The series will include:

Teen Jazz Class -- 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Class will emphasize technique and placement through warm up and across the floor exercises while teaching Rockette type combinations and kick lines. Students will learn about precision dance, movement dynamics, performance qualities and how to pick up choreography quickly.

Question and Answer Session  -- 12:30 - 1 p.m.

Adult Beginner Jazz Class -- 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Experience what it is like to be in a kick line while also learning a fun combination based on the Rockette style using precision dance. Open to all.

2:30-3:30 – Adult Advanced Tap -- 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Rockette-style tap dancing is very unique and precise. Participants will learn a tap routine and kick line which emphasize the line of the whole body as well as clean tap sounds.

The workshop series -- free and open to the public -- is made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Some prior dance experience is recommended.

For those who love to dance and want to keep moving to the music beyond the workshop, The Connection offers a full range of adult dance classes, free to Total Facility Members of The Connection. Members can free their minds and get in shape with the following weekly dance classes: Ballet, Ballet Body Sculpt, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom Dance, Belly Dancing, Cardio Dance Fusion, Lyrical, and Zumba.

Enjoy unlimited adult dance and fitness classes in addition to The Connection’s five-lane pool and Fitness Center for the monthly price of $67.

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