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GoodCall: "How Important Is Your College Major?"

08/08/2017

GoodCall: "How Important Is Your College Major?"

COLLEGE MAJOR CHOICE: PASSION VERSUS PAYCHECK?

The popularity of STEM and business majors has led many to pursue degrees in these disciplines, but Jennifer Lee Magas, MA, JD, clinical associate professor of public relations at Pace University, tells GoodCall®, “I’ve seen students miserable in classes they either dislike or struggle with because they feel pigeonholed into a certain major.”

Magas has spent more than 20 years helping students choose a college major, and she thinks making the decision based solely on job demand is a recipe for disaster. “Students who don’t base their choice of major on the job market may find that they’re struggling to get a job in that field, but the extra effort it takes is worth the outcome.”

She believes it’s important for students to pursue their passions. “As they say, choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life; while a bit contrived, the message is true.”

Magas admits it may take time for liberal arts majors to find a well-paying job – and be promoted to the position they want. “Eventually, you’ll have a career that you’ve worked hard for and that gives you satisfaction at the end of each day, and that is worth more than any ‘secure’ job you hate.”

However, she also stresses the importance of aligning a college major with your skillset. “If you’re no good at math, don’t go to school for actuarial science because you hear it has good pay and job security.” In the long run, she says it’s more important to choose a career that accentuates your strengths. “Having polished and excellent skills at something makes you invaluable – it just may take a little longer to get the job that requires those skills.”

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HVNN: "Westchester Named a Top 10 Digital County for 5th Straight Year"

08/08/2017

HVNN: "Westchester Named a Top 10 Digital County for 5th Straight Year"

For the fifth consecutive year, Westchester County has been named one of the top 10 digital counties in the United States by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACO).

“This award recognizes how the hardworking employees in our Information Technology department are leveraging technology every day to deliver critical services and improve the lives of our residents,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “I’m very glad to hear that Westchester County is once again a leader in its field, from cybersecurity to social media.”

Westchester has been named a top 10 digital county for 12 of the past 15 years thanks to the county’s focus on cost-saving initiatives, efficiencies, and shared services, added Astorino.

“For Westchester, this means strategic investments in a world-class telecommunications network, advanced applications and solutions to streamline the delivery of government services, and collaboration with local municipalities,” said John McCaffrey, Westchester’s Chief Information Officer. In addition to the county receiving the prestigious honor, McCaffrey himself has been named one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2017. Each year, the magazine selects 25 individuals or teams who move government forward, using innovative technology to solve public-sector challenges and improve the performance of critical programs. “It’s a tremendous honor, and I certainly owe a great deal of gratitude to the vision of county leaders who understand that innovation is central to running an effective 21st century local government.”

Successful initiatives over the last year include:

  • Mobile Application Development Bowl in partnership with Pace University to show how mobile applications can be used to address real world challenges within the community. In April 2017 more than 350 students from over 40 high schools and colleges competed in the competition.

 

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The Journal News: "Coast Guard must do full, public review on Hudson anchorages: View"

08/07/2017

The Journal News: "Coast Guard must do full, public review on Hudson anchorages: View"

Michelle D. Land is clinical professor and director of Pace’s Master of Arts in Environmental Policy program. John Cronin is senior fellow in the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at Pace University.(Photo: Submitted/Russell Cusick)

Pace Environmental Professors Michelle Land and John Cronin authored an op-ed that appeared in "The Journal News." From the op-ed:

In a stunning about-face on June 28, the U.S. Coast Guard announced it will “suspend future rulemaking decisions” regarding 10 anchorages, with spaces for 43 oil barges, on the Hudson River, while it conducts a Port and Waterways Safety Assessment, a study of river navigation issues. But that study and much more are required to ensure protection of the Hudson Valley, as the Environmental Policy Clinic of Pace University’s Dyson College warned Coast Guard Commandant Paul F. Zukunft more than seven months ago.  

In December, Pace Clinic students wrote Adm. Zukunft requesting he withdraw the proposed anchorage plan because his agency had not complied with its procedural manual, Waterways Management: Anchorage Management Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures, which requires a safety assessment.

Had the Coast Guard conducted the safety assessment in the first place, it could have saved the public considerable time, expense and worry. The tug and barge industry's allegation that special anchorages would address an unproven surge in safety problems was suspect at best. More likely, the anchorages were intended as 43 parking spaces for Bakken oil. But the Coast Guard published the industry claim as its own in the Federal Register, refused public and media requests for more information, and declined repeated invitations to participate in public meetings.

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NPR: "The Brian Lehrer Show: Affirmative Action and the Value of Diversity"

08/04/2017

NPR: "The Brian Lehrer Show: Affirmative Action and the Value of Diversity"

The New York Times reported that the Trump administration plans to investigate and then sue "suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants." Marvin Krislov is the new president of Pace University after 10 years at Oberlin College. He was general counsel at the University of Michigan at the time of the Grutter v. Bollinger case concerning affirmative action. Krislov shares his thoughts on the college admissions process and the criteria for evaluating prospective students.          

Listen to the podcast of the interview on NPR or on Pace Media Space

 

 

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Daily Voice: "Class Is In Session For Pace University's Newest President"

08/04/2017

Daily Voice: "Class Is In Session For Pace University's Newest President"

NEW YORK -- For most students, the first day of school is still weeks away. However, preparations for the upcoming semester are already underway at Pace University, as the school's incoming president, Marvin Krislov, begins his presidency this month.

Having come to Pace after serving as president of Oberlin College for the past 10 years, Krislov, 56, succeeds Stephen J. Friedman, 78, who announced in February 2016 that he planned to step down after 13 years with Pace, including the last 10 as president.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead Pace University during this exciting period of growth and revitalization as the university advances its position as one of the nation’s foremost institutions in fostering the leaders of tomorrow,” said Krislov. “Pace’s commitment to access and pathways to success for students inspires me."   

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Huffington Post: "Listen Up"

07/24/2017

Huffington Post: "Listen Up"

Photo: Brock Blomberg (left) and Marvin Krislov

The following was co-written by Marvin Krislov, the incoming president of Pace University in New York City and president emeritus of Oberlin College, and Brock Blomberg, president of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.

On the surface, two college presidents with deep roots in the liberal arts are quite similar.

One recently led Oberlin College—a liberal arts institution of 3,000 students located southwest of Cleveland—for a decade; the other is entering the third year of his presidency at Ursinus College—a liberal arts college of 1,600 students located in the suburbs northwest of Philadelphia. Both championed new strategic plans reinforcing the institutions’ existing strengths while developing new capabilities.

On the other hand, we’ve had life experiences viewed through very different lenses: a Democrat of Jewish faith who hails from Kentucky and served in Bill Clinton’s administration in the White House Counsel’s Office and Labor Department; and a moderate Republican raised in a conservative, Christian household in Texas who served in George W. Bush’s administration as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors.

This enumeration of similarities and differences could culminate, like Casablanca, with the “beginning of a beautiful friendship.” When we met at a recent conference in Rome, co-sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the Council of Europe, neither our similarities nor our differences proved the primary aspect of our interaction.

What mattered most was the experience of listening across those differences. We believe such listening is a pre-condition for mutual understanding.

The conference focused on the topic of “Higher Education for Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Community: A Democratic Imperative.” This topic is broad, yet concerns us both as leaders in higher education.

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Journal News: "High school bonds forged again, after years lost to wrongful conviction: Jeffrey Deskovic"

07/24/2017

Journal News: "High school bonds forged again, after years lost to wrongful conviction: Jeffrey Deskovic"

Photo: Jeffrey Deskovic, exoneree, attended his 25th Peekskill High School reunion.

Deskovic founded The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation, which aids in the exoneration of the innocent and pursues policy changes. He obtained a master’s degree and recently completed his first year at The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in pursuit of his dream of exonerating others who have been wrongfully convicted.

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Sides drawn on net neutrality rollback plan"

07/20/2017

Westchester County Business Journal: "Sides drawn on net neutrality rollback plan"

The Federal Communications Commission is considering rolling back net neutrality regulations approved in 2015 under President Barack Obama. If it does, there will likely be implications for business in Westchester, according to Jonathan H. Hill, dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University.

“Westchester is a really important tech hub, in health care R&D, telemedicine, financial technology, even the startup scene,” Hill said. “Westchester is getting to be a really exciting place. And all of those businesses thrive on open access to the internet.”

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Journal News: "Colleges find ways to help students stay: Editorial Spotlight"

07/20/2017

Journal News: "Colleges find ways to help students stay: Editorial Spotlight"

. . . "We have a moral obligation, I think, if you accept a student, to be committed to help them find a path," said Nira Herrmann, interim provost for Pace University. 

Pace recently hosted officials from more than 25 private and public colleges to share ideas about helping freshmen persist.

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New York Times: "Trump’s Twists and Turns on the Health Bill"

07/19/2017

New York Times: "Trump’s Twists and Turns on the Health Bill"

Photo: President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “How a Health Care Bill Failed: G.O.P. Divisions and a Fed-Up President” (news article, July 19):

Here we go again with health care legislation! Einstein is credited with saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” It is time, President Trump, to shift tactics and form an inclusive team to consider an improved approach to ensuring health care that builds on what we already have.

Trying to tear down an entrenched system behind closed doors won’t work. A bipartisan commission of senators and representatives, along with health providers, consumers, insurers and other high-stakes groups, and a one-year timeline to forge a new plan is what we need, not the “old boys” concocting a plan in isolation.

HARRIET R. FELDMAN

BELLMORE, N.Y.

The writer is dean and a professor at the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/opinion/trumps-vow-to-let-obamacare-fail.html

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