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Variety: "TV Networks Likely To Push Back Against Republican Debate Demands"

11/03/2015

Variety: "TV Networks Likely To Push Back Against Republican Debate Demands"

. . . One of the reasons why Republicans might be angered by current debates is the nature of trying to pin down a candidate early in the campaign process, said David A. Caputo, president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University in New York. The moderator of a debate is trying to pin a candidate down on a particular issue or provoke an interesting response, the academic said, but candidates want distance from issues so they aren’t pigeonholed as the field narrows. In early debate, “if you notice, nine times out of ten, the question is not answered or it’s answered in such a way that it is critical of the question and the person who asks the question,” said Caputo. “It’s to be expected.”

Read more: http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/republican-debate-demands-tv-news-1201631633/

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Fast Company: "Three ways to get the most out of your group sessions"

10/28/2015

Fast Company: "Three ways to get the most out of your group sessions"

1. Make a plan

Many meetings don’t have a particular agenda, but it’s important to know what you want to accomplish going in. "Keep meetings short by limiting the agenda to three items or less," says Alan Eisner, professor of management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. "Afterward, send out minutes using your agenda so everyone knows what to work on."

2. Banish distractions

Put nonagenda thoughts into an "idea parking lot." "People bring up ideas that are important to them but not on-topic," says Cary Greene, coauthor of Simple Sabotage: A Modern Field Manual for Detecting & Rooting Out Everyday Behaviors That Undermine Your Workplace. "Instead of losing them, write them down." Don’t let the parking lot be a black hole: Assign follow-up steps right at the end of the meeting.

3. Play musical chairs

Walking meetings are gaining popularity, but you can get a similar benefit without hitting the hallway. Set a timer for 30 to 45 minutes. When it goes off, have everyone get up and move. "You can stand and shake it out a bit as a group, which lightens everyone up," says workplace psychologist Karissa Thacker. "Moving regularly is good for us in all kinds of ways, including improving our ability to focus."

Read more: http://www.fastcompany.com/3051540/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/15-habits-that-will-totally-transform-your-productivit#1

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Latino U guides first-gen students to college"

10/28/2015

Westchester County Business Journal: "Latino U guides first-gen students to college"

. . . The program, which is supported through grants, corporate sponsors and the Westchester County Youth Bureau, has been recognized by the White House for its commitment to increasing Hispanic enrollment in the free application for federal student aid, or FAFSA. Latino U is also this year’s social enterprise in residence at Pace, which connects organizations with the academic community.

Clearing the path to higher education for Latino students is a job Shirley Acevedo Buontempo said she has spent her life preparing for because her story is much the same as many of her students in Latino U.

After leaving Puerto Rico with her family at 10 and moving to the Bronx, Acevedo Buontempo became the first in her family to attend college. She graduated from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree in business.

“I found the whole experience to be transformative, life-changing and impactful for me,” she said.

For the next 15 years, Acevedo Buontempo had jobs in Hispanic marketing and advertising as a brand manager and account executive with different companies, including the Font & Vaamonde division of Grey Advertising, Block Drug Company Inc., Bestfoods and Conill Advertising.

Acevedo Buontempo said she left the industry after having children, but eventually decided to go back to work, this time for a nonprofit — Katonah-based Community Center of Northern Westchester — where she became assistant director.

“It was that experience that really inspired me to dedicate myself to nonprofit as a second career path,” she said. “I wanted to give back to my community and be of service to my community as opposed to selling product.” To help do that, she went back to Pace for a master’s degree in public administration.

Around this time, in 2009, Acevedo Buontempo’s eldest daughter entered her senior year of high school. This was when Acevedo Buontempo became aware of the challenging college application process.

“The fact that I felt overwhelmed by it and here I was educated, bilingual with resources and I said, ‘This is not right,’” she said.

From there, Acevedo Buontempo researched and framed the nonprofit idea for her capstone project at Pace, which is how she uncovered the difficulties many first-generation Latino students face when it comes to SAT preparation, having college essays reviewed, filling out the applications for schools and funding.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/75153/latino-u-guides-first-gen-students-to-college/

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Tribeca Trib: "The Billion Oyster Project: A Look at a Collaboration"

10/26/2015

Tribeca Trib: "The Billion Oyster Project: A Look at a Collaboration"

Pace University Professor Lauren Birney and Mr. Jon Forrest Dohlin of the NY Aquarium, will discuss their partnership and the Billion Oyster Project, a unique effort to restore the ecology of New York Harbor through education and engagement of our city’s public school students. 

Read more: http://www.tribecatrib.com/content/billion-oyster-project-look-collabora...

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TODAY.com: "Sobbing during spin cycle? Here's why Laundromats can make you sad"

10/19/2015

Today.com: "Sobbing during spin cycle? Here's why Laundromats can make you sad"

. . . Roger Salerno, a psychoanalyst and professor of sociology at Pace University who has written books exploring urban alienation and estrangement, calls Laundromats "iconic places of loneliness," in part because they rouse up subconscious longings for domestic stability.

"The cleaning of clothes is something that is supposed to be domestic," Salerno told TODAY.com.

"In a Laundromat, you have the lack of domesticity for a domestic chore."

At the root of it all is a feeling Salerno calls "the missing of attachment.

In general, Salerno added, women are more susceptible to this Laundromat-induced loneliness than men, because women have been historically more socialized toward domestic activities and the concept of having a family to care for.

Read more: http://www.today.com/health/sobbing-during-spin-cycle-heres-why-laundromats-can-make-you-t50761

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President Obama Recognizes Latino U College Access for Commitment to Action as part of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

10/19/2015

President Obama Recognizes Latino U College Access for Commitment to Action as part of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Organization is Pace University Alumna Venture and 2015-2016 Social Enterprise in Residence at the Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

NEW YORK, October 16, 2015 —Latino U College Access was recognized as part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, at a White House ceremony yesterday. Latino U College access is the venture of a Pace University alumna, and earlier this year the school’s Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship selected the organization as its 2015-2016 Social Enterprise in Residence.

On October 15, 2015, on the culmination of the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month, the President announced 150 Commitments to Action with a collective investment of nearly $340 million which will build on, and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education, from cradle-to-career for the nation’s Latino community.   

Latino U College Access, a Westchester County nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase college enrollment and completion rates among Latino youth who are first in their families to go to college, answered the call to action with its Commitment FAFSA First! Westchester County Coalition to Support Hispanic Student FAFSA Completion.  The Commitment joins together Latino U College Access and 11 Westchester County Community stakeholders to engage in a community-wide effort and promotion to increase awareness of financial aid and FAFSA completion by Hispanic students and families. 

"We are honored to lead this coalition and to be recognized as one of over 140 public and private sector leaders who answered the Call to Action,” said Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Executive Director of Latino U College Access.  “Through our Commitment, we are helping to improve the educational attainment of Hispanic youth in Westchester County by supporting their college dreams so that they may fulfill their academic potential and ensure the success of future generations.” The Coalition has committed to assist over 900 Hispanic students with FAFSA completion over the next three years. 

Latino U College Access was founded by Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, a double Pace alumna, after she completed her Master in Public Administration at Pace in 2012. She articulated her vision for Latino U in a business plan assignment for her Social Entrepreneurship course in the program. Since its early stages, the Wilson Center and Pace University have played an important part in the development Latino U College Access.

“This White House recognition is a testament to the power of Shirley’s vision,” said Rebecca Tekula, PhD, Executive Director of Pace’s Wilson Center.  “Latino U College Access is a great example of a social venture grown at Pace, and we are proud to partner with them through our in-residence program to strategically support their continued growth and impact.” 

The Wilson Center’s Social Enterprise in Residence program connects an innovative social enterprise with the Pace community each year, giving the resident organization the opportunity to fully participate in the academic community, and offering Pace students and faculty members a living case study of social enterprise in action.  

“I, too, was a first-generation Latina college student,” Buontempo says. “The education I received at Pace University has transformed my life and the opportunities before me. The support that we have received during the formation of Latino U College Access has enabled us to grow and succeed beyond expectation.  I will be forever grateful to my alma mater.”

 “It is an honor to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the Initiative’s 25th anniversary,” said Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, White House Initiative for Educational Excellence. “These commitments will bring critical resources to Latino students and families across this country, are examples of meaningful investments being made in support of the largest, youngest and arguably the fastest growing minority community in the country and will help fulfill America’s future.”

About Latino U College Access

Founded by Westchester County resident Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Latino U College Access is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase college enrollment and completion rates among Latino youth who are first in their families to go to college.  The organization provides educational access and guidance through education, outreach, collaboration and advocacy, enabling students to reach their full academic and life potential.

About the Wilson Center

The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship is an institute of Pace University aiming to serve students and nonprofit organizations by encouraging more effective and efficient nonprofit management practices through research, colloquia and continuing education programs. The Center was launched with a gift from Helene and Grant Wilson, entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose involvement with nonprofits has convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help these organizations increase their impact.

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 www.pace.edu

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The Journal News: "Pace University opens new dorm, environmental center in Pleasantville"

10/16/2015

The Journal News: "Pace University opens new dorm, environmental center in Pleasantville"

Photo from left to right: Westchester County Association CEO, William Mooney, Jr.; AVP and Dean for Students Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo; Pace Alumnus Dr. Ivor Whitson; Pace Trustee Mark Besca; Sr. VP and COO William J. McGrath; President Stephen J. Friedman; Town of Mt. Pleasant Councilman Denis McCarthy; Dyson College Dean Nira Herrmann; Dyson College Nature Center Director Angelo Spillo; Dyson College Associate Dean Rich Schlesinger; Director of Environmental Studies and Science Melanie DuPuis

From The Journal News:

Pace University marked the opening of a new residential hall and environmental complex at its Pleasantville campus in a ceremony this week.

The 125,000-square-foot Alumni Hall is the first of the new residence halls planned for the Pleasantville campus. The four-story residence hall houses primarily first-year students with space for returning students in suites.

The new Environmental Center Complex includes a classroom building and a replica of the former farmhouse building which serves as a key facility for faculty and students. There is also a raptor museum featuring birds of prey; animal barns; and an open outdoor classroom and event space. The complex includes space for students to attend seminars and for informal gatherings with their peers and faculty members.

Completion of the two projects, along with new athletic fields and field house, represents the near completion of the first phase of a $100 million master plan to revitalize the 200-acre Pleasantville campus.

Read the original article here.

 

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News 12 and Daily Voice: "Pace Celebrates Opening of New Buildings"

10/16/2015

News 12 and Daily Voice: "Pace Celebrates Opening of New Buildings"

Photo from left to right: President of Pace Resident Hall Association Kathryn Dunn; AVP and Dean for Students Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo; Dyson College Dean Nira Herrmann; Pace Trustee Mark Besca; Sr. VP and COO William J. McGrath; President Stephen J. Friedman; Town of Mt. Pleasant Councilman Denis McCarthy, County Executive Robert P. Astorino; Town of Mt. Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi; Pace Alumnus Dr. Ivor Whitson, Village of Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer

Local media came to the Pleasantville campus to capture the opening celebrations for Alumni Hall and the Environmental Center Complex.

On hand to cover the event were News 12, Westchester County Business Journal and the Pleasantville Daily Voice. 

From the Sam Barron from the Daily Voice:

It was a busy day of ribbon cuttings at Pace University in Pleasantville Thursday.

The university celebrated the grand opening of its Alumni Hall residential building and new Environmental Center Complex with more than 100 students, faculty, staff and elected officials and business leaders attending.

"Our commitment to Westchester is stronger than ever," Pace University President Stephen Friedman said. "There is a new sense of energy on campus. This is a wonderful environment. This will add to the legacy of greatness for years to come."

Mark Besca, chairman of the Pace University Board of Trustees, said he never imagined the new buildings would turn out this well.

"This is beyond my expectations," Besca said. "I couldn't be prouder. I want everyone to walk around with Pace swagger. This is an amazing institution and it's getting better everyday. When kids come to campus, they will know this is the number one place to be."

County Executive Rob Astorino said it was a great day for Westchester.

"This is what 21st century education is all about," Astorino said. "Having an educated workforce in Westchester means everything. You've come a long way, baby."

Astorino, a Fordham graduate, joked that if he could do it all over again, maybe he would've gone to Pace.

The 125,000-square-foot Alumni Hall is the first of three resident halls planned for the Pleasantville campus. The four-story building will house primarily first-year students. A second residence hall adjacent to the facility will be completed next fall.

The Environmental Center Complex features a raptor museum with various birds of prey and animal barns and a replica of a former farmhouse building. The complex includes space for students to attend seminars and for informal gatherings.

The grand openings come at a time of upgrades at Pace. In April, the university celebrated the reopening of its renovated and expanded Kessel Student Center and recently completed the Peter X. Finnerty baseball field and new Pace Stadium. Ianniello Field House is scheduled to be completed next month.

To view the News 12 video clip, click here.

To view the Daily Voice article, click here.

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NBC News: "Hispanic Leaders Break With Party Conservatives, Line Up With Bush"

10/16/2015

NBC News: "Hispanic Leaders Break With Party Conservatives, Line Up With Bush"

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, center, rear, poses for a selfie with students during a town hall at La Progresiva Presbyterian School, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

. . . Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, director and chair of political science at Pace University in New York, described the list of Bush's Hispanic leadership committee as an "accumulation of two presidencies and two governorships."

"These are political operatives and people who have been doing campaigning for a long time," Lavariega-Monforti said. "It's not surprising they are backing and like Bush."

But she said Bush is still regarded as a candidate who will survive the primaries at a time when the GOP nomination race is being seen as a side show.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/hispanic-gop-leaders-break-party-conservatives-line-bush-n445366

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