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Pace University 2014 Graduates to Hear Commencement Speakers who are Influential Leaders in the Arts, Education, and Federal Judiciary

04/14/2014

Pace University 2014 Graduates to Hear Commencement Speakers who are Influential Leaders in the Arts, Education, and Federal Judiciary

 

Pace University 2014 Graduates to Hear Commencement Speakers who are Influential Leaders in the Arts, Education, and Federal Judiciary

Speakers are Emily Kernan Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Lawrence Otis Graham, Esq., Special Counsel, Cuddy & Feder LLP; and George Rupp, Former President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

Commencement Ceremonies to be held on May 13, 21, and 23

NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 – This year’s commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients at Pace University are driving forces in the arts, education, media, real estate, and U.S. federal bench.

New York City Ceremonies

New York Undergraduate Commencement: Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 AM, The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Emily Kernan Rafferty, president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

As president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the United States, Rafferty oversees 1,500 employees and serves ex officio on its Board of Trustees. Rafferty joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art thirty-seven years ago and became its president in 2005.

Rafferty also serves as chairwoman of NYC & Company, the City’s tourism and marketing agency, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.  In 2011, she began a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and was named chairman in December, 2012.  Also in 2012, Rafferty received the New York University Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City. Born and raised in New York City, Rafferty earned her BA degree cum laude from Boston University. 

Michael Dezer, founder and owner of Dezer Properties, Inc., will receive an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dezer came to the United States in 1962 to further his education. He completed a BBA in marketing at Pace University in 1968. Dezer has become an enormously successful real estate developer in New York and Southern Florida. He is founder, owner and developer at Dezer Properties, Inc., a commercial real estate firm.

Dezer is credited as a major contributor in the rebirth of Chelsea, as well as Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Since 1970, Dezer Properties has developed a New York portfolio that encompasses more than 1.3 million square feet of rental space and owns eleven hotels and over 25 oceanfront acres in the city of Sunny Isles Beach, FL. In 2003, Dezer joined forces with Donald Trump to create Trump Grande Ocean Resort and Residences, a development with a luxury condominium hotel, as well as two condominium residence towers.

Graduate Commencement: Wednesday, May 21, 4:00 PM, The Theater at Madison Square Garden

George Rupp, former president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, and former President of Columbia and Rice, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

As president of the International Rescue Committee from July 2002 through August 2013, Rupp led the agency’s life-saving work on behalf of people uprooted by war and conflict in countries around the world. Before joining the IRC, Rupp was president of Columbia University. During his nine-year tenure, he focused on enhancing undergraduate education, on strengthening the relationship of the campus to surrounding communities and New York City as a whole, and on increasing the university’s international orientation. He also completed both a financial restructuring of the university and a $2.84 billion fundraising campaign.

Prior to his time at Columbia, Rupp served as president of Rice University. Rupp serves on the boards of the Committee for Economic Development, the Institute for International Education, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Josiah Macy Foundation.

Rupp earned an AB from Princeton University in 1964, a BD from Yale Divinity School in 1967, and a PhD from Harvard in 1972. He is the author of numerous articles and five books, including “Globalization Challenged: Conviction, Conflict, Community” (2006).

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Pace Law School Commencement: Tuesday, May 13, 4:00 PM., at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws

Robert A. Katzmann became Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on September 1, 2013. At his appointment in 1999, he was Walsh Professor of Government, Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University; a Fellow of the Governmental Studies Program of the Brookings Institution; and president of the Governance Institute. A lawyer and political scientist by training, Judge Katzmann received his AB (summa cum laude) from Columbia College, AM and PhD in government from Harvard University, and a JD from the Yale Law School, where he was an Article and Book Review Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is the author of several books. He currently chairs the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch.  He conceived of and advanced the creation of the Immigrant Justice Corps.

Judge Katzmann received the American Political Science Association’s Charles E. Merriam Award. He is also the recipient of: the Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence of the Federal Bar Council; the Chesterfield Smith Award of the Pro Bono Institute; the Stanley H. Fuld Award of the New York State Bar Association; the Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the Public Interest Scholarship Organization Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Green Bag's "Exemplary Legal Writing" honoree recognition. His lectures include: the James Madison Lecture of New York University School of Law; the Orison Marden Lecture of the NYC Bar Association; and the Robert L. Levine Distinguished Lecture of Fordham University School of Law. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Westchester Undergraduate Commencement: Friday, May 23, 11:00 AM, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY, Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health and Fitness Center

Lawrence Otis Graham, Esq., special counsel, Cuddy & Feder LLP, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

A lawyer, TV commentator and New York Times bestselling author, Lawrence Otis Graham gained public attention with his 1995 book “Member of the Club,” based on his experiences as a lawyer-turned undercover waiter in an all-white Connecticut country club, and for his book, “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” a social commentary written as a member of the black elite in the U.S.  

Graham has written 14 books and has served as a columnist for Gannett Westchester newspapers and as a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report  and Reader’s Digest. He is special counsel at Cuddy & Feder, LLP where he practices real estate and land use law. He is also an on-air commentator for Cablevision’s News12.  Graham has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University and an adjunct professor at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he taught American Government.

Graham serves on the board of the Purchase College Foundation, the board of overseers at University of Pennsylvania and the board of Horace Mann School, where he chairs the Annual Fund and the Academic Affairs Committee.  He is on the board of the Westchester County Association, and American Theatre Wing, the founder of the Tony Awards.  Graham is chairman of the Westchester County Police Board. He earned his BA at Princeton University in 1983, his JD at Harvard University in 1988 and is a graduate of White Plains High School.

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 https://www.pace.edu/

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Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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The Journal News: "Bill aims to delay test for new teachers"

04/11/2014

The Journal News quotes education chair Christine Clayton.

. . . Christine Clayton, chair of the education department at Pace University's Pleasantville campus, said a delay would help college programs better prepare students. But she hopes the state will consider other changes, such as making the exam part of college programs rather than a certification requirement.

"That would make a world of difference in how this assessment affects the student teaching experience," she said.

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2014/04/10/teacher-certification-test-delay/7562891/

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Ossining Adopts Pace Students' Energy Resiliency Plan

04/11/2014

Ossining Adopts Pace Students' Energy Resiliency Plan

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The village of Ossining Board of Trustees recently adopted an energy resiliency policy created by students in Pace University's Environmental Policy Clinic.

The policy lays the groundwork for creating a community microgrid and competing for some of the $40 million that will be available under the NYPrize program Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his 2014 State of the State Address.

“Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene awakened communities up and down the Atlantic Coast that they must be energy self-sufficient in order to protect key services that assure public safety,” said Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, which launched the clinic in January.

“A microgrid is a locally based energy supply and distribution system that uses cutting-edge technologies to produce reliable power even when the rest of the grid goes down.”

The four undergraduate Pace students who are on the Energy Resilience Team worked closely with Pace Law's Energy and Climate Center, its Land Use Law Center and the village’s Planning Department.

The resolution by the village board enacting the new policy is a first step toward the development of its Energy Resiliency Strategy 2014, which will use microgrids to serve the village and collaborating public and private entities in times of emergency.

“Communities along the tidal Hudson are vulnerable to a new generation of coastal storms and hurricanes that are more destructive due to the effects of climate change,” said Land. “In the case of Ossining, essential facilities are located on or near the water’s edge and in harm’s way during extreme storm events.”

In adopting the resiliency strategy, the village trustees recognized the importance of a constant flow of power for essential village services and the economic and environmental benefits of these new technologies as well. 

The adopted resolution can be found on theEnvironmental Policy Clinic’s blog.

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Village of Ossining Adopts Energy Policy Authored by Pace University Students

04/10/2014

Last week, the new Environmental Policy Clinic at Pace University celebrated its first victory when the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an energy resiliency policy authored by clinic students.

Village of Ossining Adopts Energy Policy Authored by Pace University Students

Undergraduates are trained citizen advocates from the Environmental Policy Clinic of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, April 9, 2014 – Last week, the new Environmental Policy Clinic at Pace University celebrated its first victory when the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an energy resiliency policy authored by clinic students. The policy lays the groundwork for creating a community microgrid, and competing for some of the $40 million that will be available under the NYPrize program Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in his 2014 State of the State Address.

“Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene awakened communities up and down the Atlantic coast that they must be energy self-sufficient in order to protect key services that assure public safety,” said Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, which launched the clinic in January. “A microgrid is a locally-based energy supply and distribution system that uses cutting-edge technologies to produce reliable power even when the rest of the grid goes down.”

The four undergraduate Pace students who compose the clinic’s Energy Resilience Team worked closely with Pace Law's Energy and Climate Center, its Land Use Law Center and the village’s planning department. The resolution by the village board enacting the new policy is a first step toward the development of its “Energy Resiliency Strategy 2014” that will use microgrids to serve the village and collaborating public and private entities, particularly in times of emergency.

“Communities along the tidal Hudson are vulnerable to a new generation of coastal storms and hurricanes that are more destructive due to the effects of climate change,” said Land. “In the case of Ossining, essential facilities are located on or near the water’s edge, and in harm’s way during extreme storm events.”

Ossining’s waterfront is an infrastructure hub in the Lower Hudson that includes Westchester County’s Ossining wastewater treatment plant, the Ossining Metro North commuter station and parking, a Metro North substation, a Consolidated Edison substation, and Sing Sing Correctional facility. In addition, the Ossining Village Water District, which requires an uninterrupted power source, serves a population of more than 30,000, including residents of the neighboring Town of Ossining.

In adopting the Resiliency Strategy, the village trustees recognized not only the importance of a constant flow of power for essential Village services, but the economic and environmental benefits of these new technologies as well. From the resolution:

“Governmental policies that affect our energy infrastructure affect every New Yorker. Consequently, New York’s energy policy must meet the interrelated goals of providing affordable and reliable energy, improving our environment and creating jobs and economic growth through energy policy as we transition to a more efficient, lower carbon and cleaner, greener energy economy.”

A key element of Governor Cuomo’s statewide energy strategy released in 2010 is support for local power generation that is cost competitive, meets environmental goals, and creates jobs and economic activity that support the State and local tax base.

The adopted resolution can be found here on the Environmental Policy Clinic’s blog.

About Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies

The mission of Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies is to advance the understanding of the mutually enhancing relationship between nature and society through a University-wide program of interdisciplinary pedagogy, scholarship, policy development and service. A freestanding institute within the university, Pace Academy is dedicated to renewing and deepening Pace’s time-honored commitment to environmental research, scholarship, and service.  Pace Academy’s website is here.

The Environmental Policy Clinic is a program of full-time civic engagement where student clinicians, in a team setting, work as professional environmental policy practitioners under the supervision of faculty from Pace Academy, and in consultation with faculty from across Pace schools and colleges. Their primary responsibility is to design and implement new policies and policy reforms that address real world environmental issues by representing “client,” non-profit and governmental organizations from the community and region.

Clinic faculty include: Michelle Land, professor of environmental policy and law, and director of both Pace Academy and the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities; John Cronin, Pace Academy’s senior fellow for environmental affairs and former Hudson Riverkeeper; and Andrew Revkin, Pace Academy’s senior fellow for environmental understanding, and blogger for The New York Times Dot Earth blog.  More about the Clinic here.

Pace Academy also serves as the headquarters for the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities.  The Environmental Consortium was established in 2004 to help facilitate our understanding of the cultural, social, political, economic, and natural factors affecting the region.  The Environmental Consortium’s mission is to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning with a special emphasis on the greater Hudson-Mohawk River watershed. More about the Consortium here.

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 Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Law School, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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

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The Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace University closes $100M bond issue"

04/08/2014

The Westchester County Business Journal published a story about the closure of Pace's $100 million bond offering as a part of the master plan to revitalize the Pleasantville campus. The story was also published in the Daily Voice and over 250 other websites and newspapers across the country including The Boston Globe and Worth Magazine.

Pace University closes $100M bond issue

Pace University announced the closure of it $100 million bond offering Thursday as a part of its master plan to revitalize its Pleasantville campus.

Westchester County Local Development Corp. offered the bonds for two weeks, issuing $85.7 million in two fixed-rate bonds due in 2034 and 2042, and $14.9 million in variable-rate bonds due in 2044.

The funding will be used for two new residential halls with living-learning spaces, enhanced athletic facilities and fields, an upgraded student center and dining hall, as well as a new environmental center.

“We are very pleased with the market reception to our bond issue,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman in a press release. “Investors’ strong interest in these bonds reflects confidence in the future of Pace University. The Pleasantville master plan is part of a broader project to further build the academic and student life and attractive power of the Pleasantville campus.”

The campus changes are expected to help the university entice additional students to enroll, as well as help sell its Briarcliff location. The university’s goal is to create a more modern residential campus to enhance student life and students’ educational experience.

Recently, the university also renovated its science labs and began new academic and extracurricular offerings.

Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in the university between its campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Pace is the 13th-largest employer in the Westchester.

 

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Pace University To Host Young-Adult Novelist Cerreto

04/08/2014

Pace University To Host Young-Adult Novelist Cerreto

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. --  Novelist and Pace University alumna Amanda Cerreto will be reading from her young-adult novel "Fall from Grace" on Tuesday, April 29.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 12:15 p.m. in Butcher Suite of the Kessel Student Center on the Pleasantville campus. For entry to the event, use Entance 3 at 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville.

Cerreto's reading is part of an end-of-semester event to launch the latest issue of Vox Arts and Literary Magazine and the English department’s Celebration of Writing. 

Students who write for the magazine will also present their work.

 

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Pace University’s Second Annual Research Days to be held in New York City on Wednesday, April 9 and Pleasantville on Thursday, April 17

04/07/2014

Pace University’s Second Annual Research Days to be held in New York City on Wednesday, April 9 and Pleasantville on Thursday, April 17

New York -- April 7, 2014 -- The Office of Sponsored Research at Pace University will host its second annual “Research Days” for Pace faculty members to present their current research projects. The events will be held on Wednesday, April 9 on the New York City campus in the Student Union at One Pace Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, April 17 on the Pleasantville campus in the Gottesman Room at Kessel Campus Center, 861 Bedford Rd. (entrance 3), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our faculty members have risen to the occasion, with over 200 scholars participating in this year’s events, including authors, co-authors, and students,” said Victor Goldsmith, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Sponsored Research and Economic Development at Pace. “Much of this research is being supported by external funding obtained competitively.”

In the last complete fiscal year, Pace faculty members submitted 151 proposals for external funding (the most ever in one year) and received 89 external awards. Those who received external funding will be recognized during the Research Days award ceremonies with a certificate, and will also receive 5% of the indirect costs in their awards to use to further their research.

Pace researchers will present their work on a variety of topics in business, law, education, technology, science and health. A partial list follows:

-           Illegal Corporate Activities and Their Effect on Financial Statement Disclosures: How Forensic Accountants Can Help.

-           Strengthening American Competitiveness and Reenergizing Globalization: From What Washington Needs to do to Issues the World Needs to Be Concerned About Now.

-           Building a National Database for U.S. Police Shootings.

-           Predictors of Distinct PTSD Trajectories Following the Virginia Tech Shootings: A Prospective Study.

-           Music-Induced Hearing Loss (MIHL): What Do College Students Know?

-           The Effect of Video Games and Other Media Usage on College Students’ Studying Habits and Academic Performance.

-           Suicide Among College Students of Color Who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual: An Empirical Analysis.

-           Prescription Drug Abuse With Diverse College Students.

-           The Security Risk Perception Model For the Adoption of Mobile Devices in the Healthcare Industry.

-           On the Trail of a Potential New Drug for African Sleeping Sickness – Haskins Laboratory’s Role.

-           A New Scheme to Evaluate the Accuracy of Knowledge Representation in Automated Breast Cancer Diagnosis.

-           Public Private Affiliation Networks - Which Relationships Count in Health Care Safety-Nets?

Members of the media must RSVP to attend. Email wcaldwell@pace.edu.

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, N.Y., 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, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Executives to mentor Pace business students"

04/07/2014

Westchester County Business Journal: "Executives to mentor Pace business students"

Edward F. Murphy, the former chief financial officer and executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Corporate Group, has been appointed the first mentor in residence at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

The school’s new mentor program will bring Lubin alumni who are senior executives in their fields to engage with students on campus. The first students to be mentored by Murphy individually and in small groups will be from Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/61915/executives-to-mentor-pace-business-students/

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