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Pace University To Host Environmental Conference

11/07/2013

Pace University To Host Environmental Conference

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities will hold its tenth annual conference on Friday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus, Kessel Student Center, 861 Bedford Road  The theme of this year’s conference is ”Sustain What? Preparing our Students by Greening our Campuses.”

The Environmental Consortium was established in 2004 with a mission 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. It currently has 60 member institutions and headquarters situated within the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University in Pleasantville.  
James Gustave "Gus" Speth, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School will be presented with the Environmental Consortium's "The Great Work Award, in honor of Thomas Berry" and deliver a keynote on Saturday.  Speth is co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and founder of the World Resources Institute. He is considered one of the great environmental leaders of our time through his diverse positions in government, advocacy, and education.
Michelle Land, Director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Director of the Consortium, will give welcome remarks. 
Other conference highlights will include an opening keynote on Friday by David Hales, President of Second Nature.   Breakout sessions will include discussions of sustainability in higher education. Plenaries include “Preparing our Campuses for an Uncertain Future” on Friday, moderated by Andrew Revkin, New York Times Dot Earth blogger and Senior Fellow of Environmental Understanding at Pace University. Middlebury College will share its campus as a case study on Saturday in a roundtable discussion, “The Middlebury Campus as a Learning Laboratory via the Classroom and the Boardroom.”  The conference will also include an exhibitor expo and special musical guests Andy Revkin's Breakneck Ridge Revue. 
The conference is open to the public. The rate for people affiliated with institutions in the Environmental Consortium is $20 for students ($30, nonmembers), $100 for members ($125, nonmembers).  Group discounts and single day registrations are also available. The fee includes admission to conference, meals and breaks, Friday reception, dinner and music, exhibitor expo, and poster session.
For more information: www.environmentalconsortium.org

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Newly Renovated Clinical Education Labs and Simulation Experiences Give Future Nurses and Edge

11/05/2013

Newly Renovated Clinical Education Labs and Simulation Experiences Give Future Nurses and Edge

 

PLEASANTVILLE, NY – Every  day nurses make countless decisions that impact patient care and ultimately save lives. How do they know they are making the right decision?  They have been taught by experts in the field and have developed crucial skills such as clinical reasoning and critical thinking, and they’ve had hands-on experience.

One way they get that experience is through simulation.

New labs in the College of Health Professions at Pace University allow students to take part in simulations that expose them to a range of scenarios so they know exactly what to do when faced with these situations in real life.  The labs also enable students to practice skills, familiarize themselves with electronic medical records, and prepare medications using computerized systems to reduce the chance of error.

The new Clinical Education Labs are set to be formally unveiled at a grand opening reception scheduled for Friday, November 8.

The labs have the latest generation of human patient simulators (HPS), along with a video capture and playback system that includes camera feeds from the simulation rooms.  Videos are stored and viewed on computers, allowing faculty members to evaluate and debrief students on performance. Students may also review their own performance in scenarios, as self-reflection is a vital component to learning in the simulation environment.  Several of Pace’s clinical partners throughout the region will also use the space to develop and reinforce critical clinical skills required of health care workers.

The new labs include a “control room” so students will be immersed in simulations without faculty members having to be in the same room. This helps students suspend their disbelief and helps them to be fully present in the simulation experience.

“Students are on their own. Without interference of faculty members, the situation becomes more real,” says Professor Elizabeth Berro, RN. She notes that faculty members are still able to cue students with phone calls, patient behaviors (controlled through computerized mannequins), and “standardized patients” (actors playing the role of patients) to meet the overall objectives of the scenario.

The renovations enable multiple acute scenarios to take place simultaneously, so students are exposed to situations where patients need a specific course of action to be taken; these situations may not occur in a hospital every day, but students need to learn about them so they know exactly what to do when they occur.

The improvements allow for an area designated for standardized patients (actors) to get ready for their scenarios.  Keeping them separated from students increases the authenticity of the scenario, aiding in the learning experience.  The actors will be able to watch scenarios unfold on monitors so they know when to join the scene.

The renovations also mean there is ample space for students from all programs to learn and practice basic skills.  There are skills rooms for family nurse practitioner (FNP) students and physician assistant (PA) students to provide physical exams and to be evaluated by their professors.  The labs will be heavily used in the upcoming semester; in fact, according to Marybeth Carpiniello, MPA, RN, Clinical Education Labs manager, there will be more than 500 “events” in the lab this semester, from simulations to skills learning, to tutoring.

Feedback from students has been extremely positive so far. “They look forward to practicing in the labs; they are so excited, and they benefit from the safe environment we create.  A mistake made and learned from in the lab today under the watchful guidance of a faculty member could help save a life tomorrow in a real clinical setting,” says Clinical Instructor Joanne Knoesel, RN.

According to Dean and Professor Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, “Our students get evidence-based learning experiences that are deeply meaningful while at the same time realistic and safe. They develop confidence in their skill set before moving on to the clinical setting.”

Hospitals and other health care organizations seek out students with simulation on their resumes, according to Associate Dean Gerrie Colombraro, PhD, RN, “Our students have a competitive advantage when they graduate because they’ve done simulation. It shows potential employers that they’ve worked in teams to solve problems and that they’ve been exposed to complicated or high risk scenarios.”

About the College of Health Professions: Pace’s College of Health Professions is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies program. Students at the College learn evidence-based care, cultural competence and primary health care in an interprofessional setting in programs preparing them to be family nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, registered nurses and clinical leaders.

About the CEL: The Clinical Education Labs at Pace’s College of Health Professions create an active interprofessional learning environment which promotes intellectual curiosity and integration of clinical and didactic health care knowledge utilizing current effective technology in full collaboration with Pace University, the College of Health Professions, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners.

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

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

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Job Seekers Invited To Pace University Boot Camp

11/04/2013

Job Seekers Invited To Pace University Boot Camp

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Pace University’s Career Services department is inviting the community to attend an employer-run job search boot camp on its Pleasantville campus. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 12, and is free and open to the public.

Attendees will learn directly from top company professionals what it takes for job search success. Indeed.com, a major website for job postings, will explain how your resume can make the cut. Hear from PepsiCo what you need to ace an interview. Robert Half will share how to use LinkedIn and social media. It should be a great opportunity to network directly with these company representatives and get your job search moving in the right direction, according to Pace.

Plus, free pizza and soda will be provided.

The site of the event will be Pace’s Kessel Student Center, Butcher Suite, 861 Bedford Road in Pleasantville. For more information and to RSVP, contact: careers@pace.edu.

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The Hall Monitor blog: Science Saturdays

11/01/2013

The Hall Monitor blog: Science Saturdays

. . . Pace University’s School of Education is entering its third year of Science Saturdays for participating students in grades 4-8 in Croton, White Plains and Briarcliff schools. Sessions began in early October 2013 and will continue through late April.

Read about it on Journal News blog The Hall Monitor.

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace Teacher's Article Cited by Liberian Court"

11/01/2013

Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace Teacher's Article Cited by Liberian Court"

An article written by Pace Law Professor Alexander “Sasha” Greenawalt was cited by the Special Court for Sierra Leone when it upheld the conviction and 50-year sentence of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Read about it in Westchester County Business Journal.

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Pace University Improves Science Education, Participation Locally Through Science Saturday Enrichment

10/31/2013

Pace University Improves Science Education, Participation Locally Through Science Saturday Enrichment

Pleasantville, NY -  October 31, 2013 — Entering its third year, Science Saturdays brings a myriad of science concepts to life for participating students in grades 4-8 in Croton, White Plains and Briarcliff schools. Sessions began in early October 2013 and will continue through late April.

Each monthly session lasts for three hours and students learn about a science concept from a Pace University professor and then complete their own experiments, bringing science to life in new and exciting ways.  The program expands this year from four sessions to six, and planned topics include computers, microbiology and ecology.

The approach works. In a White Plains session last year, 4th and 5th grade boys conducted chemistry experiments with Sandra Flank, PhD, professor emeritus at the School of Education. “I liked it and I want to take chemistry in high school,” one boy reflected. “I think that [the session] was too short, especially that I was having fun. I wish I could spend the whole day with [Professor] Flank doing this.”

The following workshops will take place at the Croton Harmon High School science labs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

•           November 23 – “Making Computers Talk, Part 1” with Dr. Gerald Ardito

•           December 14 – “Making Computers Talk, Part 2” with Dr. Gerald Ardito

•           February 8, 2014 – “Reducing Our Impact On the Environment” with Professor Angelo Spillo

•           March 8, 2014 – “Ecology: Change Right Under Our Noses” with Profs. Carl and Charlene Hoegler

•           May 10, 2014 – “Investigating Microscopic Critters” with Professor Andrew Weir

The following two-hour workshops for White Plains students, as part of the “Making Computers Talk” series with Dr. Gerald Ardito, will take place in the Fall and Spring during the White Plains Saturday Academy:

•           October 26 and January 25, 2014 – Making Computers Talk, Session #1: The Basics of Scratch

•           November 16 and February 22 – Making Computers Talk, Session #2: Beyond the Basics of Scratch

•           December 21 and March 29 – Making Computers Talk, Session #3: Connecting Scratch to the Outside World-Sensors and Motors

 Members of the media are invited to attend to see first-hand how the School of Education at Pace University is making a difference in engaging students in science and generating interest in STEM fields.

Instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is taking on a new importance as American student performance in these areas continues to decline, and these disciplines command greater importance in our evolving global economy. Part of the problem is also encouraging traditionally underrepresented minority students and women into these fields and supporting their pathways to success. The need for more than 100,000 STEM teachers in the next 10 years underscores the need for quality instruction to keep students competitive and encourage American innovation and economic strength.

Science Saturdays are just one example of Pace’s deep commitment to improving science study and STEM instruction. Pace’s School of Education and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems are partners in the Pace STEM Collaboratory, a program that facilitates interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, and improves and supports STEM teaching and learning at the middle and high-school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region.

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 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, 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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Sister St. John Delany Presented with Proclamation by Mayor Tom Roach Declaring "Sister St. John Delany Day" in White Plains

10/25/2013

Sister St. John Delany Presented with Proclamation by Mayor Tom Roach Declaring "Sister St. John Delany Day" in White Plains

Lifelong educator Sister St. John Delany presented with proclamation by White Plains Mayor Tom Roach declaring October 24, 2013 “Sister St. John Delany Day” in the City of White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, October 25 – White Plains Mayor Tom Roach declared October 24, 2013 to be “Sister St. John Delany Day” at a ceremony at the Center for Literacy Enrichment located on the Pace Law School campus yesterday.  Mayor Roach presented Sister St. John Delany, PhD, Founder and Director of the Center for Literacy Enrichment with an official proclamation to mark this special occasion. The room was filled with Sister’s friends and supporters from the Westchester community, including Interim Superintendent of White Plains schools Timothy Connors and fellow educators and administration officials from Pace University.

In a heart-felt speech Mayor Roach spoke about Sister’s dedication to teaching and her contributions to literacy in Westchester and the countless students she has taught through the years. “Sister Delaney is a remarkable person who has been teaching and caring for others for most of her life.  You can see the affection that the young people who work with her have for her and it is heart-warming and inspiring to watch. That’s the kind of thing you can’t quantify.”

“Sister St. John absolutely exemplifies the values of the Pace University School of Education,” says Dean Andrea (Penny) Spencer, Dean of the School of Education. “As a teacher, she is a tireless advocate who ensures that all students have the skills and opportunities to grow into excited and life-long learners. She further serves as a beloved instructor and mentor to pre-service educators, inspiring them to create caring classroom communities where learning is a joy not a task.”

Sister St. John taught first grade in White Plains from 1941 to 1972 before founding the Center for Literacy Enrichment and becoming an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Pace University. Sister’s former students include U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006) Billy Collins, football great Bob Hyland and Pat Casey, editor of the White Plains Examiner. Sister will also be honored on December 6 at a lunch at the Marriot in Tarrytown as a Senior Hall of Fame Honoree for her significant contributions to enhance educational opportunities and achievement for Westchester County children.

Years before commercial tutoring centers became the norm, Pace University’s Center for Literacy Enrichment was established offered affordable literacy instruction to students of all ages. This year, the Center is proudly celebrating its 41st anniversary with its founder and Director, Sister St. John Delany who is 90 years young. “We encourage students in their efforts with their studies,” said Sister at the ceremony. “We tell the students, ‘You can do it. You can do better’ … and they do.”

About the Center for Literacy Enrichment

The Center for Literacy Enrichment, part of the School of Education at Pace, is housed on Pace University’s Law School campus in White Plains. The Center is staffed by trained literacy tutors, many of whom are enrolled in the Masters in Literacy Program at Pace. The Center serves a broad range of students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Instruction to improve reading skills is provided in small groups or private sessions to K-12 students – both U.S. and foreign-born. The Center takes a skills-based approach with an emphasis on literature.

About Pace University

Since 1906 Pace has produced 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, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact:

Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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Daily Voice, Hudson News, Street Insider and Others; PLV Breaks Grounds on Master Plan

10/24/2013

Daily Voice, Hudson News, Street Insider and Others; PLV Breaks Grounds on Master Plan

PLEASANTVILLE, NY - Pace University’s Pleasantville campus is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary along with breaking ground on its Master Plan.

“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,”said Pace President Stephen Friedman.

The breaking ground ceremony took place on October 23rd and has been covered by multiple news outlets, to read more click any listed below:

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Journal News: Westchester exec race: Astorino, Bramson tangle for last time (video)

10/24/2013

Journal News: Westchester exec race: Astorino, Bramson tangle for last time (video)

. . . “What’s important is not just cutting taxes and cutting programs but having a plan to better the county,” said Sam Fandrich, a graduate student at Pace University and a panelist for the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Westchester and Pace.

Watch the video of the debate on LoHud.com

 

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