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Pace University Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Breaks Ground On Master Plan

10/23/2013

Pace University Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Breaks Ground On Master Plan

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – As Pace University celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Pleasantville campus on Wednesday, it also broke ground on a project that will heavily impact its next half-century.

State, county and local joined university officials in the first phase of Pace's new Master Plan that will transform and revitalize the 200-acre campus. The $100 million project is designed to enhance the quality of the campus's experience, and will be completed over the next five to eight years.

“As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of our Pleasantville campus this year, we now prepare for the next half century with a major transformation of our campus,” Pace President Stephen Friedman said. “This project, together with new academic programs and related enhancements, represents a significant investment in and commitment to the future.”

The plan is one of the largest construction projects under way in the entire Hudson Valley region, and is expected to create more than 550 construction jobs in Westchester County. As the county’s 13th largest employer, Pace contributes approximately $64 million annually to the county’s economy in direct and indirect spending.

“Today, we break ground on a project that will make Pace even better, not just in terms of modern 'green' buildings, but in terms of what it will offer its future students,” County Executive Rob Astorino said. “Apart from the Tappan Zee Bridge project, this is the largest construction project going on in our county today.”

The project will enable Pace University to consolidate functions that are now split between campuses in Pleasantville and Briarcliff. Currently, 690 students reside on the Pleasantville campus and 590 live at Briarcliff. The 35-acre Briarcliff campus, which Pace opened in 1977, is for sale. While no classes are taught in Briarcliff, the plan will allow athletic and certain administration functions that are now there to be brought to Pleasantville.

The first phase of the project, “Phase1A,” will entail creation of two new residential buildings, an expanded student center, the relocation of the environmental center and athletic facilities necessary to replace those being vacated at the Briarcliff campus. Improvements to the infrastructure, more open green space and improving pedestrian accessibility are also part of the planned enhancements.

Pace Class of 2014 President Qadry Harris acknowledged that while the construction will be an inconvenience for the students currently enrolled at the university, it is crucial the student body recognizes the positive impact the project will have for future generations.

“With these enhancements, Pace pride will grow, I’m sure,” he said.

Pace anticipated the planned improvements to have minimal visible impact on the surrounding area, promises that the 115-acre internal wooded buffer that wraps around the north, east and southeast portions of the campus will remain undisturbed.

“The plan, which is the result of extensive study and analysis, adheres to sustainable development standards in a manner that is sensitive to the existing environmental conditions of the site and the surrounding community,” William McGrath, senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Pace, said.

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Pace University Dance Marathon To Benefit Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

10/23/2013

Pace University Dance Marathon To Benefit Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Pace University will hold a dance marathon to raise money for Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla On Nov. 22. Here is one former Pace student’s very personal story of why she’s involved.

When she was a junior at Pace University, Caitlin Kirschbaum’s brother Christopher suffered a massive aneurism in the area next to his brain stem, the cerebellum. It was on a snowy day in January 2009, just a week into the spring semester. Christopher was transported from Greenwich Hospital to Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. The family was given no assurance that he would survive the 25-minute drive.

On arrival Christopher was rushed straight to the emergency room, where a team of 10 prepped him for surgery. The doctors in pediatric neurosurgery were able to stabilize him after an eight-hour operation, but said that he was not out of danger just yet. The family was told that the next 48 hours were critical and that his chances of survival would increase with each hour.

“While I waited, I contacted the director for Student Development and Campus Activities at Pace and told him that my brother was in lifesaving surgery and that I didn't know what to do about schoolwork and classes,” Kirschbaum recalls. “He said that he would contact the dean and my advisors on my behalf and not to worry. My professors were so incredibly understanding and sympathetic to the situation that to this day I continue to look at them as protectors.”

Christopher came out of a medically induced coma three days after surgery. “I had more support than I could have ever imagined from the Pace University community while my family battled through such uncertain times. Two surgeries and three years later my brother was back to normal again, and from that moment on I wanted to hold a fundraiser for an amazing hospital that is only three miles away from the Pleasantville campus,” Kirschbaum added.

Kirschbaum has since graduated and now works in Student Development and Campus Activities for Pace. “Over the years I have participated in fundraising opportunities for the hospital and last spring finally came across an opportunity that could potentially bring together two phenomenal institutions, Pace University and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital,” she says. With the assistance of colleagues and students, she helped plan the P4K Dance Marathon to be held on November 22-23 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Pace’s Pleasantville campus, 861 Bedford Rd., Willcox Gym, entrance 1. P4K stands for “Pace for Kids.”

“I have worked with an amazing group of dedicated students to bring this to fruition, and our hope is to raise $20,000 for the hospital during the 12-hour dance marathon,” she says.

Earlier this month Kirschbaum also participated in a radiothon on 100.7 WHUD to raise money for the hospital. The annual fundraiser features families and miracle patients who share their experiences. This year WHUD listeners donated $150,000 over two days.

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Pace University Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Pleasantville Campus and Breaks Ground on Major Transformation Project

10/23/2013

Pace University Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Pleasantville Campus and Breaks Ground on Major Transformation Project

Pace University Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Pleasantville Campus and Breaks Ground on Major Transformation Project

Pace President Stephen J. Friedman is joined by State, County and Local Leaders for this milestone event

PLEASANTVILLE, NY (October 23, 2013) – State, county and local leaders today joined with Pace University administrators to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pleasantville campus and break ground on the first phase of a Master Plan to transform and revitalize the 200-acre campus.

“As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of our Pleasantville campus this year, we now prepare for the next half century with a major transformation of our campus. This project, together with new academic programs and related enhancements, represents a significant investment in and commitment to the future of the Pleasantville campus,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman.

Today’s formal groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by more than 100 government and business leaders and members of the academic community, represents the culmination of more than four years of extensive planning resulting in a Master Plan designed to enhance the quality of the Pleasantville campus experience. The $100 million project is one of the largest construction projects under way in the Hudson Valley region. The planned improvements are anticipated to be completed over a period of five to eight years.

“Today, we break ground on a project that will make Pace even better, not just in terms of modern ‘green’ buildings, but in terms of what it will offer its future students. Apart from the Tappan Zee Bridge project, this is the largest construction project going on in our county today,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino.

“These are truly exciting times for Pace University and the Town of Mount Pleasant. As Pace University celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Pleasantville campus and begins construction on its extraordinary Master Plan, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to have Pace in our community. For over 50 years the University has been exceptionally committed to giving back to our Town through an array of annual community service initiatives, charitable activities and serving as an open campus to our residents. Pace is a tremendous academic, economic and cultural resource to our Town, and the start of its Master Plan marks the University’s reinvestment in the Mount Pleasant community for the next 50 years and beyond,” said Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Joan Maybury.

The project will enable Pace University to consolidate functions that are now split between campuses in Pleasantville and Briarcliff. Currently 690 students reside on the Pleasantville campus and 590 at Briarcliff. The 35-acre Briarcliff campus, which Pace opened in 1977, is for sale. While no classes are taught in Briarcliff, the plan will allow athletic and certain administration functions that are now there to be brought to Pleasantville.

The first phase of the project (Phase1A) will entail creation of two new residential buildings, an expanded student center, the relocation of the environmental center and athletic facilities necessary to replace those being vacated at the Briarcliff campus. Improvements to the infrastructure, more open green space and improving pedestrian accessibility are also part of the planned enhancements

“This Master Plan is a vision for a modern and sustainable campus designed to improve the student experience,” said William J. McGrath, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Pace. “It will enable Pace to continue to attract and retain high quality students and to fulfill our educational mission. The plan, which is the result of extensive study and analysis, adheres to sustainable development standards in a manner that is sensitive to the existing environmental conditions of the site and the surrounding community.”

The planned improvements will have minimal visible impact on the surrounding area and the 115-acre internal wooded buffer that wraps around the north, east and southeast portions of the campus will remain undisturbed.

The Master Plan represents a significant investment by Pace University in the local and regional economy. As Westchester’s 13th largest employer, Pace contributes approximately $64 million annually to the county’s economy in direct and indirect spending. Of its total workforce, 934 live and work in Westchester; of that total 205 reside in the Town of Mount Pleasant. Additionally, some 18,384 Pace alumni live in the county with 1,900 residing in Mount Pleasant.

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

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Pace University Hosts Discussion On Women’s Leadership

10/19/2013

Pace University Hosts Discussion On Women’s Leadership

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The first in a series of discussions on women in leadership was hosted Friday by Pace University’s Student Development and Campus Activities office. About 45 women attended the event, which came about through a new partnership with the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (EFLI).

Irvington, N.Y.-based EFLI promotes leadership in young women through self-empowerment, connection with others, and activism in their communities. The objective of the Pace/EFLI partnership is to create a forum for students, faculty, and staff to explore topics relevant to women’s leadership development. Staff members from EFLI helped facilitate the discussion. 

“We hope that the ideas generated from this event will help guide future partnership efforts between Pace and EFLI in programming for college women and leadership on college campuses,” said Rachel Carpenter, director of Student Development and Campus Activities at Pace in Pleasantville.

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Pace Hosts Panel On Advances In Telehealth Oct. 17

10/16/2013

Pace Hosts Panel On Advances In Telehealth Oct. 17

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -– Pace University and the Westchester County Association are co-sponsoring a panel discussion on “The Latest Trends in Health Care: Telehealth” on Thursday. The event, which starts at 8 a.m., is free and open to the public.

Telehealth involves the use of communications technology to, for example, send health data from a patient at home to a medical provider elsewhere. The first panel will focus on how telehealth is used to help care for our aging population and discuss a pilot program that is testing its effectiveness. The second panel will focus on the latest innovations in the field.

Panelists will include: 

  • Dr. Simeon Schwartz, CEO of WestMed
  • Chris Gaur, co-founder of Vital Care Services
  • Professor Jean Coppola, of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Professor David Sachs, of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Neil Abitabilo, past president of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association and adjunct professor of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman will make the opening remarks.

The event is the first in a lecture series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pace University’s Pleasantville campus. It will be held at the Goldstein Health and Fitness Center VIP Room, 861 Bedford Road, Entrance 3, in Pleasantville.

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Westchester County Business Journal: "WCA to host 2nd annual Career Fair"

10/15/2013

Westchester County Business Journal: "WCA to host 2nd annual Career Fair"

The Westchester County Association will partner with schools and businesses to host its second annual career and internship fair on Oct. 18. Recruit Westchester 2013 will be held at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a VIP session from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pace University is among the higher education institutions participating.

Read the story by Westchester County Business Journal.

 

 

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Pace University A Pilot Participant In New Internship Matching Program

10/13/2013

Pace University A Pilot Participant In New Internship Matching Program

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell unveiled a new Web portal designed to connect locally enrolled college students with internship opportunities at employers throughout the two counties last week.

The site can be accessed online. Pleasantville’s Pace University is among the pilot participants.

At the event, Pace Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Bill McGrath spoke of the high priority Pace gives to placing interns and its ranking as number five in the nation and number one in New York State for internship placement according to “U.S. News and World Report.” McGrath is also a member of the Coalition for Business Development and a board member of the Business Council of Westchester.
The Westchester-Putnam Internship Connex program was developed by the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in partnership with 13 area colleges and universities, the Business Council of Westchester and other businesses. The program matches students in specific fields of study with local businesses needing workers with those skills.

More than 90 businesses and almost every college in the two counties have signed up to participate. Among them are Regeneron, WestMed, Candela Systems, Buzz Creators, ArtsWestchester, The New NY Bridge, Harquin Creative and the Westchester Bar Association.
Pace University will promote Connex to its student body, assist students in the application process and support students during their internships. Pace business major Idia Ogala spoke at the launch of his internship experiences at Silverback Social in White Plains. “Every opportunity is a stepping stone,” he said. “My internship experience has been incredible.”

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Pace University Hosts Play About Dating Violence Awareness

10/12/2013

Pace University Hosts Play About Dating Violence Awareness

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University will host an educational performance on dating violence on Friday at 12:10 p.m. at the Pleasantville campus.

“The Yellow Dress” is a dramatic one-woman play based on stories of young women who were victims of dating violence, Pace officials said.  The program is intended to provoke thought and discussion about relationships.

The program is put on by Deana’s Education Theater, a nonprofit organization that’s goal is to prevent relationship violence by developing and producing comprehensive education theater for grades kindergarten to 12 grade, its website said.

Pace University is located at 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville.

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Stewards of Company Finances Honored"

10/10/2013

Westchester County Business Journal: "Stewards of Company Finances Honored"

“It’s hard to be a CFO,” Robert J. Chersi, a Pace University faculty member and former corporate CFO, told a White Plains audience at the first CFO of the Year Awards ceremony recently presented by the Westchester County Business Journal.

The job has grown in the last 10 to 15 years, said Chersi, a former CFO at Fidelity Investments and in the U.S. wealth management division of UBS AG. That growth is in part due to the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which set new requirements for financial accounting and reporting by public companies and imposed greater regulatory oversight and stiff penalties for violators. CFOs also “carried” many of their companies through the Great Recession, Chersi said.

It takes more than a person good with numbers to fill the role of a corporate CFO today, which has evolved, said Chersi, to “a position of leadership within the corporation.”

Yet the CFO’s expanded and demanding duties hardly attract public notice or inspire popular culture. “Any action heroes modeled after CFOs?” Chersi asked his audience, which erupted in laughter.

Read the article in Westchester County Business Journal.

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Hudson Valley Reporter: "Pace Football Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Support"

10/10/2013

Hudson Valley Reporter: "Pace Football Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Support"

The Pace University football team will participate in the “Pace Goes Pink” program when it takes on Northeast-10 Conference foe Bentley University on Saturday. The school will sell “Pace Goes Pink” T-shirts at the game for $5 apiece, and the proceeds will go toward Northern Westchester Hospital’s Breast Institute.

Read the article by Hudson Valley Reporter.

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