SF Gate: "Governor Cuomo Signs Elephant Protection Act"
Governor Cuomo Signs Elephant Protection Act (SF Gate)
Forcing elephants to perform in circuses and other entertainment venues has been relegated to a bygone era under legislation originated by students of Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Environmental Clinic and signed into law Thursday by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The Elephant Protection Act, sponsored by state Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, makes New York State the first in the nation to implement an outright ban on the use of elephants in entertainment. Pace students first brought the idea for the bill to the legislature in 2016 and spent the next two legislative sessions lobbying for its passage.
“It is time society put an end to this barbaric relic of another age,” said Michelle Land, clinical professor of environmental law and policy at Pace. “Wild elephant populations are in dire straits globally. By recognizing its duty to end entertainment acts that perpetuate misinformation and false values about the species, New York State is setting an example today that we believe other states will follow”
The student clinicians, who actively lobbied in Albany and collected 1,100 student signatures in support of the bill, wrote to the governor, “The contention of circuses, trainers and managers that performing elephants are ‘educational’ is demonstrably false -- one has only to attend a performance to understand. Silly tricks such as headstands, balancing on stools, and parading in foolish costumes undermine a child’s appreciation and understanding of wildlife.”
The training of elephants to perform tricks for audiences has come under fire for years, even forcing some big name circuses out of business. New York State law now recognizes that ordinary animal welfare laws cannot protect elephants from an industry whose practices are inherently cruel. At present, as many as nine circuses bring elephants through New York State annually.
“We are so pleased that this important legislation came out of the work of the students and faculty of the Pace Environmental Policy Clinic," said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “Dealing with real world issues and making a community impact is what a Pace education is all about.”
Senator Terrence Murphy said, "Thanks to the advocacy of the students, staff and faculty of the Pace University Environmental Policy Clinic, New York State has now passed significant legislation that will protect elephants from cruel and inhumane treatment. Once again, New York State is proving to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves."
“Elephants have been exploited and abused in entertainment acts for too long,” Paulin said. “Confinement, torture and unhealthy living conditions have led to early death for these intelligent, gentle animals. Today, New York has become the leader in ending this horrible practice. Elephants will no longer be subjected to cruel treatment for our amusement.”
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U.S. News & World Report:"Why Meal Timing Is Important for Better Diabetes Control"
Why Meal Timing Is Important for Better Diabetes Control (U.S. News & World Report)
...On the other hand, eating breakfast can actually help you maintain or lose weight. The best practice is to eat within a maximum of 1.5 hours after you wake up and have a breakfast that combines at least two of the food groups. If you’re trying to lose weight, just trim your portion size, recommends Christen Cupples Cooper, assistant professor and founding director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the College of Health Professions at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.
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News LI: "Energy Assistance Programs at Risk in DC Budget Battles"
Energy Assistance Programs at Risk in DC Budget Battles (News LI)
With cold weather on the way, programs that help low-income New Yorkers keep warm are still in jeopardy in Washington.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services has begun distributing funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2018 fiscal year. But the Trump administration has said the program is no longer necessary and wants to eliminate it and other energy assistance programs from the budget.
According to Sheryl Musgrove, senior staff attorney with the Pace University Energy and Climate Center, LIHEAP is vital to the health and safety of the most vulnerable families.
“It served 1.2 million New York households in 2014,” Musgrave said. “And 94 percent of these households had either an elderly member, a disabled member or a young child.”
Funding for LIHEAP is included in the Continuing Resolution passed by the House and the Senate, which expires on December 8. That sets the framework for negotiating the final 2018 budget.
Also at risk is the Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income families cut energy costs. Musgrove pointed out that in 2015 almost 13,000 low-income families in New York received more than $57 dollars through that program.
“Through weatherization improvements and home-efficiency upgrades, it’s estimated that the average household will save at least $283 per year on their energy bills,” she said.
Musgrove added that the efficiency upgrades also make homes healthier by removing asthma and allergy triggers, saving families money in avoided medical costs. And she noted that the energy-efficiency programs are cost effective, returning almost $4 for every $1 invested.
“They bring economic development to the state as well,” she said. “They bring jobs, they increase health and they bring money in, which provides a boost to our economy.”
In a single year, she said the Weatherization Assistance Program brought more than $192 million in economic benefits to New York.
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The Journal News: "Video: Pace University plants tree for new president"
Video: Pace University plants tree for new president (The Journal News)
Pace University in Pleasantville held a tree planting ceremony Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 to celebrate the inauguration of the college's new President Marvin Krislov.Pace University/Submitted
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Westchester Magazine: "Making College Dreams a Reality for First-Generation Latino Students"
Making College Dreams a Reality for First-Generation Latino Students (Westchester Magazine)
...When it came to her own choice for college, Buontempo decided to stay close to her family in the Bronx. She attended Pace University in Pleasantville, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984. After college, she was able to parlay her business background and bilingual skills into a career in Hispanic marketing. Working for Font & Vaamonde, a Hispanic subsidiary of Grey Advertising, Buontempo served as an account executive on such prestigious accounts as Procter & Gamble’s Downy fabric softener and Crisco Corn Oil.
In 1987, Buontempo (née Acevedo) married her high-school sweetheart, Anthony Buontempo. Also the first generation in his family to go to college, he’s now the chief operating officer for a Greenwich high-net-worth family, overseeing their finances and real estate portfolio. The couple had their first daughter, Cassandra, in 1993, followed by Alexa two years later.
Ever since her days at Pace, Buontempo’s hope was to come back and raise her family in Westchester. In 2001, they moved from New Jersey to Somers, and Buontempo found herself in a dreamlike situation, living with her husband and girls in a beautiful home with a pool. She soon began to feel guilty about how blessed she was and started to look for ways she could give back to the community.
“Shirley has always had a terrific heart, and that’s what attracted me to her ever since we were teenagers,” says Anthony. “She’s a beautiful person inside and out, and I’ve always admired her commitment to giving back to the community. As the kids have grown up, we’ve discussed as a family how important it is to do something to help someone else, to give back to help your neighbor or friends or anyone who needs it.”
Buontempo and her daughters started volunteering at a food pantry operated by the Katonah-based Community Center of Northern Westchester, which provides meals, clothing, and other support services to families and individuals in need. More than 75 percent of the center’s clients are Hispanic, so when they found out about Buontempo’s many skills — including the fact that she was bilingual — they asked her to come onboard. For the next four years, she served as their assistant director and focused on client intake.
“That was my first job in the nonprofit world, and it touched my heart and soul in ways I never imagined,” says Buontempo. “I felt that this is what I really want to do: I want to help families in our community have better lives.”
As she continued her new career path at organizations that gave back to the community, Buontempo strengthened her devotion to working for social good and became enthralled with the business of the nonprofit industry. Deciding to pursue a master’s degree in nonprofit management, she enrolled in Pace University’s public-administration program in 2009.
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Forbes: "This Halloween Buzzkill Could Shrink Your Waistline And Fatten Your Wallet"
This Halloween Buzzkill Could Shrink Your Waistline And Fatten Your Wallet (Forbes)
Tonight is the night, Hallow's eve. Time to don your favorite super hero cape and hit the 'hood with your young ones hoping to snag a pillow case full of treats. The best part...coming home and spreading your scores across the kitchen table and "sneaking" your favorite candies before your child notices it's gone.
Before you dig in to your kids Halloween booty think about that sweet treat and how your psychological sugar addiction is affecting your financial well-being.
Americans spend between $2 and $3 billion on Halloween candy and sweets, says Dr. Christen Cupples Cooper, assistant professor and founding director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the College of Health Professions at Pace University. "There is evidence that having 'just one' is nearly impossible."
Research points to the fact that these foods are engineered to make it difficult to stop eating them once you have started. It is also a fact that today’s highly available and quite affordable processed foods, both sweet and salty, are engineered to provide the ideal taste experience. Everything from the texture to the color and “mouthfeel”— the way foods feel in the mouth — is evaluated. Manufacturers then tweak foods to have the perfect flavor, texture, crispiness, softness and moisture. Today’s food system has allowed us access to much more food and much more flavorful food than our bodies actually need, said Cooper.
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News12: "New Pace University President"
New Pace University President (News12)
The installation ceremony was held for Marvin Krislov. Krislov served as Oberlin College's President for a decade and graduated from Yale. He is the universities 8th President.
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The Journal News: "Video: Pace University president inaugurated"
Video: Pace University president inaugurated (The Journal News)
Despite heavy rain, hundreds came out to Pace University in Pleasantville today, Oct. 29, 2017, to witness the inauguration of the college’s new President, Marvin Krislov. Krislov became Pace’s eighth president. Pace University/Submitted
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Tap Into: "Somers Woman Helps Guide Hispanics Through College Admissions Process"
Somers Woman Helps Guide Hispanics Through College Admissions Process (Tap Into)
SOMERS, N.Y.--The Hispanic population has fewer students graduating from college than any other ethnic group in the county and one Somers resident is trying to change that.
Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, 54, is the founder and executive director of Latino U College Access, a nonprofit that helps Hispanic students get into college and supports them until they get their degree.
Acevedo Buontempo, who left a decade-long marketing career to work with local nonprofits in Westchester for 10 years, said she was inspired to launch Latino U in 2012 while she was helping her own daughters—now 24 and 21—through the admissions process for college.
“I became very aware of how complex, competitive and expensive the process was,” Acevedo Buontempo said. “I was going to graduate school for my master’s at Pace University and was doing research on educational equity and recognized that the Hispanic community had the lowest admission rates to college of all ethnic groups.”
According to the Pew Research Center, until 2013, Hispanics were the least enrolled ethnicity in college.
The same study showed that Hispanics are less likely to graduate with a four-year degree than other groups. In 2014, 15 percent of Hispanics ages 25 to 29 had a bachelor’s degree or higher. It was the lowest percentage among the same age group of other ethnicities.
“That gap in education and the complexity of the process was really what inspired me to say that something needed to be done. There were a lot of great kids going to local high schools in Westchester that can go to college but are not achieving their goals because of the complexity and the barriers they face in admissions and financial aid.”
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The Register Citizen: "Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities to hold graduation event Oct. 25 in Torrington"
Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities to hold graduation event Oct. 25 in Torrington (The Register Citizen)
TORRINGTON — Four clients from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, attended Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities’ team training session at Camp Wah-nee, where they were each paired with a service dog who meets their specific needs.
The people and their dogs will graduate in a special and always poignant ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m, at Camp Wah-nee, 126 Wahnee Road, Torrington.
In addition to the clients, this team training class included Drs. Joanne Stapleton and Lucille Ferrara from Pace University, Pleasantville, N.Y., and a representative from the DA’s office in Poughkeepsie. These three are learning what it takes to handle a facility dog, a canine whose training and temperament allows them to become a member of the staff, working in various ways with many demographics.
The DA’s office has had Bosch, an ECAD facility dog, as a member of its staff for three years. In addition to working in the courtroom when needed, Bosch also works with the Family Services department.
Pace University will now have facility dog Spirit, who was deemed the right dog for the job by Lu Picard, co-founder and director of programs of ECAD. Having a facility dog on campus will augment a program launched by the College of Health Care Professionals (CHP) in 2016. The mission of this program, of which ECAD has been an integral part, is educating interprofessional health care providers on service dogs and therapy animals to meet the palliative care needs of patients with visible and invisible disabilities.
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