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"Daily Voice" featured Seidenberg's director of Development Deth Sao in "2018 Rising Stars Unveiled By Business Council of Westchester"

05/07/2018

"Daily Voice" featured Seidenberg's director of Development Deth Sao in "2018 Rising Stars Unveiled By Business Council of Westchester"

There is no doubt that Westchester is overstocked with talent. And The Business Council of Westchester recognizes that during a prestigious annual awards ceremony.

This year, prominent doctors, realtors and bankers as well as the spokeswoman for Westchester's new county executive, the owner of Walter's Hot Dogs, the director of creative culture at the Jacob Burns Film Center and a funeral home director are among the 40 "Rising Stars" being honored by The Business Council of Westchester, on June 21.

The county’s leading business membership organization announced its 2018 class of Rising Stars, a diverse and highly talented group representing an impressive array of professions.

The winners will be honored during an evening reception at 800 Westchester Ave. in Rye Brook.

The Rising Stars program is modeled after the national business recognition program “40 under 40.” Rising Stars honorees were chosen based on professional and/or entrepreneurial accomplishments, professional and/or business affiliations, and demonstrated leadership skills.

“Each year I am impressed with the quality and diversity of candidates, and this year is no exception,’’ said Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester. “I congratulate the winners who represent a new generation of up and coming professionals in Westchester."

The 2018 Rising Stars are:

Deth Sao, director of Development-Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems Pace University

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Producing the Documentary travel course featured on Tiempo on ABC 7

05/06/2018

Producing the Documentary travel course featured on Tiempo on ABC 7

Communications Professor Maria Luskay and student Gabe Rivera were interviewed by Joe Torres for Tiempo on ABC Channel 7 about their experience with the Dyson travel course Producing the Documentary. This year the group traveled to Puerto Rico to film about the devastation 6 months after Hurricane Maria. The resulting documentary, Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark, highlights the stories of the people and their experience in their voices. The group interviewed more than 50 people from 11 areas of the island. The film touches on the politics and solutions for the future of Puerto Rico. 

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"Study Breaks" featured Pace University student Sammi Li in "Sammi Li Brings Asian Representation to Pace University"

05/04/2018

"Study Breaks" featured Pace University student Sammi Li in "Sammi Li Brings Asian Representation to Pace University"

Pace University’s Sammi Li is proudly bringing cultural education to campus as president of the Asian Student Union. The sophomore, who started the club her freshman year, grew up in a predominantly Asian community in her hometown of Flushing, New York, but decided to branch out during her college years by attending Pace.

While at Pace, Li noticed a lack of representation for Asian students on campus, so she formed a club that would bring Asian students from all walks of life together and promote diversity on campus.

The ASU hosts multiple events throughout the year dedicated to celebrating Asian cultures and educating students who may not know much about these cultures. Their Taste of Asia event, for example, brought awareness to different foods from Asian countries and their “Stay Woke” discussion introduced students to successful Asian figures, as well as issues that the Asian American community faces that are not as well known to the general public.

Li hopes that the Asian Student Union will continue to thrive after she graduates and continues to promote awareness. She also encourages students who have similar visions to form their own clubs and inspire others with their messages.

KP: What has your experience been like as an Asian-American student?

Sammi Li: I’m from Flushing, New York, which is in Queens, and that area is a predominantly Asian community. What made me choose to come to Pace in Pleasantville was that it was out of the city and was a completely different environment.

Coming to Pace was a huge change because everyone was of the same ethnicity back home and it was rare to see a white person there. Everyone here is really different and I wasn’t used to being in this type of environment.

Even though Pace is only about 40 minutes outside of the city, I still consider it a rural area because of all the small towns. Culture-wise, I did feel a little bit out of place because I wasn’t used to seeing all these different faces, but I found different people that I connect with and that’s what made it all work.

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"Bloomberg" featured Haub Law Professor Bennett Gershman in "Ex-Goldman Sachs Programmer’s Conviction Upheld in New York "

05/04/2018

"Bloomberg" featured Haub Law Professor Bennett Gershman in "Ex-Goldman Sachs Programmer’s Conviction Upheld in New York "

...“This ruling should certainly clear up any questions that prosecutors have about the reach of the statute,” said Bennett L. Gershman, a professor at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains. “This 50-year-old statute is now being used in the high-tech digital age and it seems able to accommodate not only film and photography, but technology that involves the downloading of computer source code."

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"Fios1" featured Dyson Professor Dr. Maria Luskay and senior student Kelly Whritenour in "Pace University students find hope amid devastation in documentary on Puerto Rico"

05/03/2018

"Fios1" featured Dyson Professor Dr. Maria Luskay and senior student Kelly Whritenour in "Pace University students find hope amid devastation in documentary on Puerto Rico"

A new documentary about Hurricane Maria's impact on Puerto Rico debuts in the Hudson Valley this week and it was put together by a group of college students.

A group of Pace University students screened their documentary on Puerto Rico Tuesday at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

“Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark” is about how the country continues to recover from a hurricane that brutally damaged the country.

"We went down six months later and there was still a lot of devastation. A lot of really tough situations that everybody was living in and people kind of forgot about it so our job was to go down there find out what's still going on and share their stories," Pace University senior Kelly Whritenour said.

"I'm hopeful for them which is the reason ‘Hope in the Dark' is the name of the documentary. We're hopeful that the people of Puerto Rico come through and pull themselves out of this devastation," Pace media professor Dr. Maria Luskay said.

The students spent a week on the island filming the documentary. Spending time at 11 different locations and interviewing more than 60 people. The students spent six weeks editing the documentary together as part of a class at Pace University.

"We were filming literally all day from 7 a.m. sometimes we got back at 10:30 p.m. and everybody had a different role whether it was filming on camera, audio, interviewing. We all did a little bit of everything," senior Kelly Whritenour said.

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"The Examiner News" featured Dyson Professor Maria Luskay in "Pace Student Documentary Highlights the Suffering in Puerto Rico"

05/03/2018

"The Examiner News" featured Dyson Professor Maria Luskay in "Pace Student Documentary Highlights the Suffering in Puerto Rico"

A group of Pace University student filmmakers will have the chance to watch their work on the silver screen next week as they premiere their documentary film project at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.

The students’ film, “Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark,” depicts the devastating impact Hurricane Maria left in its path six months after the storm slammed into the island. The two-hour documentary, which will be screened at the Burns on May 1, will share stories of the Puerto Rican people’s strength, hope and resilience as they continue to restore their lives and homes.

For the past 15 years, Pace Professor Maria Luskay has led students on exploratory one-week trips as part of her Producing the Documentary course at the Pleasantville campus. Students have traveled to the Florida Everglades, Cuba, Belize, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica and The Netherlands documenting important stories that need to be told, Luskay said.

While her course teaches students the conception, production and editing of a documentary, she said her experiential class allows its participants to take in other cultures and provide them unique opportunities.

“Students are learning in the field and experiencing another culture, another world, outside of their classroom,” Luskay said.  “They learn the value and importance of teamwork and organization as well as how to solve problems and adapt to changes in the story as it develops.”

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"Washington Examiner" featured law professor Bennett Gershman in "Mueller questions 'leak' could mean trouble for Trump lawyers: Experts"

05/02/2018

"Washington Examiner" featured law professor Bennett Gershman in "Mueller questions 'leak' could mean trouble for Trump lawyers: Experts"

...“It seems like the legal team disclosed it to someone outside the legal team, which is a violation of the rules, and that person disclosed it to the Times,” said Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office and an expert on legal misconduct.

Gershman said members of Trump’s legal team could only share the document with outside experts or White House staff with Trump’s explicit or implied permission. “A lawyer has to advise him of the risks, and then his consent is valid,” he said.

"Even if it’s negligent, sloppy, whatever — you’re violating the rules. You have to safeguard this information,” Gershman said. “This is one of the critical rules that embraces lawyer-client relationships. This is one of the most critical rules there is in our legal system.”

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"Hudson Valley News Network" featured the Pace Immigration Law Society in "Bracco Receives Immigrant Advocate Award"

05/02/2018

"Hudson Valley News Network" featured the Pace Immigration Law Society in "Bracco Receives Immigrant Advocate Award"

Carola Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link, was honored by the Pace Immigration Law Society (PILS) at its Second Annual Persistence Dinner.

The organization started three years ago with the intention to provide education and outreach in the law school and in the local community.

The Persistence Dinner was held at Pace Law School recently in White Plains. It honors warriors in the immigration field who do not give up in the face of adversity while advocating for immigrant rights.

As executive director of Neighbors Link, Bracco played a vital role helping to craft legislation that became the Immigrant Protection Act (IPA). The act was vetoed by the former County Executive, Rob Astorino. The bill was reintroduced and signed into law by current County Executive George Latimer and is considered a model for New York State.  Through her leadership and work on the IPA, Bracco helped bring together the community of service and advocacy organizations that work with the immigrant population of Westchester.

Comprised of the 20 member coalition of organizations that worked together toward passage of the IPA, this committee will give Westchester its first cohesive working group to support immigration policy and services. Bracco currently serves on the boards of Northern Westchester Hospital, the National Council for Workforce Education, Nonprofit Westchester, and the New York Immigration Coalition. She is also a member of the New York State Taskforce for Agricultural Labor. Often quoted in the press, Bracco is highly sought after to speak at conferences and before legislative committees.

Emily Bendana, president of the Pace Immigration Law Society and Student Attorney with John Jay Legal Services, said of Bracco’s selection, “She is a leader we look up to and try to emulate. She is strong and shows perseverance in the face of adversity. She is an innovator. She is compassionate and passionate. She is all the things we strive to be. It was never a question that Carola needed to be the person PILS honored. Her name came up over and over again. I personally am from Passaic County, New Jersey. Westchester is not my backyard and PILS members don’t know everyone involved in Westchester, but we do know Carola. Her leadership reaches that far.”

Bendana went on to say, “Every hour we spend learning, practicing, advocating, and fighting is with the intention to someday be able to have the type of impact on the community and on individual lives that she and Neighbors Link have had.  We chose Carola because of her gifts of shrewd strategy, profound wisdom, prudent judgment, and the ability to create brilliant, patient, discerning teamwork.”

In her remarks, Bracco said, “I am grateful for this honor from the Pace Immigration Law Society because it sends a loud, clear message that this work is critical.  I represent a whole team of people that includes our exemplary legal team of Karin Anderson and Elizabeth Mastropolo, plus Neighbors Link staff and our supportive board of directors.  They have all put their hearts and souls into this work and have equally earned this award.”

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"The Examiner News" featured Biology Dyson Professor Dr. Melissa Grigione in "Coyote in Thornwood Park Attack Had Rabies"

05/02/2018

"The Examiner News" featured Biology Dyson Professor Dr. Melissa Grigione in "Coyote in Thornwood Park Attack Had Rabies"

...Dr. Melissa Grigione, a professor at Pace University’s Department of Biology and Health Science, said it is uncommon for a coyote to attack a person in northern Westchester.

Unusual behavior is one of the first signs that an animal has rabies, according to the county Department of Health. A rabid animal may become abnormally aggressive, may lose its fear of people, act excitable or irritable or unusually tame or lethargic. Staggering and frothing at the mouth is another sign.

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Press Release: Pace Student Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant

05/02/2018

Press Release: Pace Student Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant

Dyson Honors College senior Kelsey Parker awarded a Fulbright to conduct research on the effect of mine sites on soil health in Zambia

Pace University announced that honors student Kelsey Parker has been selected to receive a Fulbright award to conduct research in Zambia. Parker is a senior majoring in Environmental Science in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. Her proposed research, “The Effects of Copper Mining on Soil Health in Zambia,” will involve a comparative study of the soil ecology of active and restored mine sites in Zambia to determine what is necessary to treat them.

“I’m so happy for and proud of Kelsey,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “She’s an amazing example of the smart, ambitious students we educate at Pace, and this Fulbright award is yet another great opportunity for her to learn and explore. We’re excited to see the research she brings back from her studies of soil ecology in Zambia.”

While at Pace, Parker has been a part of the Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Program conducting research with Marcy Kelly, Ph.D., professor and assistant chair of the Department of Biology. “I have watched Kelsey grow from a reserved first-year student living in New York City for the first time to one of the most talented, engaging and courageous students that I have ever worked with,” said Professor Kelly. “Kelsey is passionate about what she believes in and puts all of her energies into each endeavor in which she engages. It is not at all surprising that Kelsey was awarded the Fulbright.”

“I’m overjoyed and still surprised that I got a Fulbright,” said Parker. “I came to Pace from a tiny town in West Virginia, a state with the lowest education attainment levels in the United States, so even graduating was a huge accomplishment. I have to thank Theresa Frey, the Fulbright advisor for Pace for meeting with me and encouraging me so much along the way. I’m looking forward to an exciting year ahead and once I complete my Fulbright I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in environmental science.”

After completing her Fulbright, Parker hopes to write her findings in a manuscript, earn a doctorate in conservation biology, and pursue her career goal to combine the above and below ground aspects of plant growth to restore ecosystems.

About The Fulbright Program:  The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) and in cooperation with a number of private organizations. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university lecturing, and classroom teaching.. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals’ year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Approximately 370,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. Select Pace University students have been receiving the Fulbright award for the past 17 consecutive years.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law). The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

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 Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

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