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Pace University Receives Financing To Renovate Pleasantville Campus

02/07/2014

Pace University Receives Financing To Renovate Pleasantville Campus

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Pace University received access to $98 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the renovation of its Pleasantville campus, the most extensive improvement plan in its 50-year history.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced Thursday that the county’s Local Development Corporation approved a resolution awarding the bond financing.

The project, which consolidates all aspects of the school’s Briarcliff campus to the Pleasantville campus, will help attract the brightest students from around the globe, revitalize the local economy and transform education in Westchester at no extra cost to taxpayers, the county said in its announcement. This project will create 600 high-wage construction jobs and strive to source building materials from local businesses.

“Pace’s renovation is exactly the kind of project the LDC was created to support,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “It’s a win for everyone. At no cost to taxpayers, we’re able to help one of our great educational institutions broaden its reach and do what it does best.”

Pace is the county’s largest university and contributes approximately $64 million to the local economy through direct and indirect spending.  The county’s 13th largest employer, 75 percent of its employees and more than 20,000 of its alumni live in the county.

“This project will transform the Pace student experience. It will enable the University to continue to attract and retain excellent students and prepare them for successful careers in a highly competitive market,” said Bill McGrath, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Pace Westchester. “We could not have done this as quickly and at such a low cost without the Westchester LDC.”

The first stage of the project broke ground in the fall of 2013. Multiple components of the construction and renovation will happen concurrently and be completed by the end of 2016.

Before the LDC board voted to approve this signature project, McGrath shared the details of the plan:
• Construction of two, four-story residence halls with a total of 760 beds and approximately 221,00 square feet.
• The two buildings will incorporate “living learning” style communities with residential suites, faculty apartments, food service, classrooms and offices.
• Renovation of the Kessel Student Center with a two- story addition totaling approximately 9,500 square-feet to accommodate a 200 dining-seat capacity and associated kitchen upgrades.
• Upgrade and expansion of athletic facilities including a new 23,000 square-foot field house, a new softball field, new bleachers and re-surfaced fields.
• Relocation and enhancement of the Environmental Center.

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Astorino's LDC Supports Pace University with $98 Million in Low-Cost Financing for Upgrade Project

02/06/2014

Westchester County’s Local Development Corporation (LDC) approved a resolution that will give Pace access to $98 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the renovation of its Pleasantville campus.

ASTORINO’S LDC SUPPORTS PACE UNIVERSITY WITH $98 MILLION

IN LOW-COST FINANCING FOR UPGRADE PROJECT

Improvement plan will create 600 high-wage construction jobs, boost county’s ‘intellectual capital’

 

            County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that the county’s Local Development Corporation (LDC) approved a resolution that will give Pace University access to $98 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the renovation of its Pleasantville campus, the most extensive improvement plan in the 50-year history of the campus. The project, which consolidates all aspects of the school’s Briarcliff campus to the Pleasantville campus, will help attract the brightest students from around the globe, revitalize the local economy and transform education in Westchester at no extra cost to taxpayers. This project will create 600 high-wage construction jobs and strive to source building materials from local businesses.

            “Pace’s renovation is exactly the kind of project the LDC was created to support,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “It’s a win for everyone. At no cost to taxpayers, we’re able to help one of our great educational institutions broaden its reach and do what it does best.”

Pace is the county’s largest university and contributes approximately $64 million to the local economy through direct and indirect spending.  The county’s 13th largest employer, 75 percent of its employees and more than 20,000 of its alumni live in the county.

“This project will transform the Pace student experience. It will enable the University to continue to attract and retain excellent students and prepare them for successful careers in a highly competitive market,” said Bill McGrath, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Pace Westchester. “We could not have done this as quickly and at such a low cost without the Westchester LDC.”

The first stage of the project broke ground in the fall of 2013. Multiple components of the construction and renovation will happen concurrently and be completed by the end of 2016.

Before the LDC board voted to approve this signature project, McGrath shared the details of the plan:

·         Construction of two, four-story residence halls with a total of 760 beds and approximately 221,00 square feet.

·         The two buildings will incorporate “living learning” style communities with residential suites, faculty apartments, food service, classrooms and offices.

·         Renovation of the Kessel Student Center with a two- story addition totaling approximately 9,500 square-feet to accommodate a 200 dining-seat capacity and associated kitchen upgrades.

·         Upgrade and expansion of athletic facilities including a new 23,000 square-foot field house, a new softball field, new bleachers and re-surfaced fields.

·         Relocation and enhancement of the Environmental Center.

Special notes about the project:

·         Kirchhoff Consigli Construction Management, a Hudson Valley based firm, was selected to manage the construction of the environmental center complex, the residence halls and student center.

·         The Pleasantville Project will strive to use building materials or products that have been extracted as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site, and closer where possible, thereby supporting the regional economy and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

 “Making an investment in our universities is making an investment in our future,” said LDC Chairman Stephen J. Hunt. “We are preparing our young people today for the jobs of tomorrow. This is exactly what government should be doing: partnering with our institutions to provide what our businesses need most and that’s intellectual capital.”

The board also voted to give Kendal on the Hudson, a continuing care retirement community in Sleepy Hollow, $18 million in tax-exempt bond financing to support the renovation of its health center.

With the Pace Pleasantville and Kendal on the Hudson projects, the LDC will have leveraged $429 million in investments to Westchester non-profits helping six of the county’s largest hospitals and universities reduce their financing costs, expand their facilities and create more than 1400 new jobs.  There is no financial risk to county taxpayers.

Astorino established the county LDC in April 2013 to fill a void that had existed since January 2008, when the state's Industrial Development Agencies, including Westchester's, lost the authority to issue bonds on behalf of non-profit organizations.

Created under the state's Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, the LDC consists of a board that reviews requests from non-profits seeking tax-free bonds and other financial incentives. The board consists of seven individuals, four of whom are appointed by the county executive, two from the Board of Legislators (one by the legislative majority conference, one by the legislative minority conference) and a representative from labor.

The LDC provides non-profits access to millions of dollars in low-cost, tax-exempt bonds for the financing of job-creating construction projects. There is no financial risk to the county. The obligation for repaying the debt rests solely with the non-profit organizations. The LDC acts as a conduit to enable the non-profits to receive tax exempt status.

Any non-profit organization looking to access the low-cost and tax-exempt project financing made available through the LDC should contact Jim Coleman, executive director of the LDC, at (914) 995-2963 or jcoleman@westchestergov.com.

 

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Pace Nursing Professor Wins Book Award

02/04/2014

Pace Nursing Professor Wins Book Award

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Harriet R. Feldman, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean and professor at the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, has received an American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award for 2013.

Feldman’s book, “Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, 2nd edition,” co-edited with Rona F. Levin, Ph.D., R.N., a former Pace professor currently affiliated with New York University, took second-place honors in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education category.
Professor Feldman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing as well as the New York Academy of Medicine, and past editor of the journals Nursing Leadership Forum and Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice. She is also the author or editor of five books on nursing topics.

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Pace University Lecture To Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/30/2014

Pace University Lecture To Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University will hold its 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., commemoration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31.

The keynote speaker will be Carl Hart, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, who will address “How drug policies cause injustice.” Hart is the director of the Residential Studies and Methamphetamine Research Laboratories at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A major focus of his research is to understand complex interactions between drug abuse and the physical and environmental factors that influence human behavior.
Hart is the author or co-author of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology, co-author of the textbook “Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior,” and a member of a National Institutes of Health review group. He was recently elected to Fellow status by the American Psychological Association (Division 28) for his outstanding contribution to the field of psychology, specifically psychopharmacology and substance abuse.
The event, which will begin with a brunch, is free and open to the public. In addition to a student speaker from Pace and other members of the Pace community, high school students from Mount Vernon and the Bronx are expected to attend. It will take place at the Kessel Student Center, Gottesman Room, 861 Bedford Road, entrance 3, in Pleasantville. Please RSVP toMADP@pace.edu.

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Pace University Welcomes Returning Students

01/27/2014

Pace University Welcomes Returning Students

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University’s spring semester begins Monday, with the return of students and the resumption of classes.

Some 2,300 undergraduate students attend Pace’s Westchester campus in Pleasantville. Another 4,800 undergraduate students go to its New York City campus.
The Pleasantville location, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year, is home to five schools: the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Professions, the Lubin School of Business, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and the School of Education.

Upcoming events this spring as part of the 50th anniversary celebration include a panel on Women in Leadership to celebrate Women’s History Month on March 27 and a lecture by renowned historian Kenneth Jackson, a Columbia University professor, on April 7. For more information on this semester’s public events go to www.pace.edu/plv50.

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Journal News: "Little progress seen on Tappan Zee Bridge tolls"

01/22/2014

Journal News: "Little progress seen on Tappan Zee Bridge tolls"

. . . Farrokh Hormozi, an economist and chairman of the public administration department at Pace University, said people need to remember that with the toll increase, they are getting a brand-new bridge.

“If you look at it rationally, it’s a no-brainer, in terms of transportation, accessibility, the amount of time-saving that would be generated because of a better bridge,” he said.

Read more:

http://www.lohud.com/article/20140119/NEWS/301190025/Little-progress-seen-Tappan-Zee-tolls

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Virginian-Pilot: "Andy Rondeau named head coach at Pace University"

01/17/2014

Virginian-Pilot: "Andy Rondeau named head coach at Pace University"

Former Old Dominion defensive coordinator Andy Rondeau, who helped the Monarchs begin their football program, has been named the head coach at Division II Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y.

Read more: http://hamptonroads.com/2014/01/andy-rondeau-named-head-coach-pace-unive...

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Oscar-nominated 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Partly Filmed At Pace University

01/16/2014

Oscar-nominated 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Partly Filmed At Pace University

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which was announced Thursday morning as a finalist for cinematography and sound mixing in this year’s Academy Awards, was partially filmed at Pace University’s Briarcliff Dining Center.

The film crew transformed the interior of the Pace building into a replica of a 1960s-era Fred Harvey Oasis restaurant overlooking the Illinois Tollway outside of Chicago. It appears in a key scene of the movie involving the actors John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Oscar Isaac. The scene was filmed at Pace in the spring of 2012.

This year’s Oscar winners will be announced on Sunday, March 2.

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Pace University Names Andrew Rondeau New Football Coach

01/16/2014

Pace University Names Andrew Rondeau New Football Coach

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- Andrew Rondeau has been named the seventh head coach for Pace University's football program, university Director of Athletics Mark Brown announced.

“Today we start a new era of Pace Football history. I am so pleased to be able to welcome Coach Rondeau to Pace. He has a resume rich with both Division I and Division II experience and fully embraces the role a quality football program plays on a college campus. His energy, enthusiasm and work ethic is exactly what our football program needs,” said Brown.

Rondeau comes to Pace from the College of the Holy Cross, where he served as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach the past two seasons. At Holy Cross, he was also responsible for organizing community service initiatives for the football team as well as assisting with recruiting.

Prior to Holy Cross, Rondeau was part of restarting the football program at Old Dominion University, where he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2007-11. During his time with the Monarchs, Rondeau helped lead the team to an overall record of 27-8 in his final three seasons, with the school earning its first-ever bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2011.

In 2010, Rondeau’s defense ranked 11th in the nation in tackles for loss and 19th in quarterback sacks. In the first season of varsity play in 2009, Rondeau’s defense ranked eighth in the country in takeaways. His first two seasons at Old Dominion (2007 and 2008) were spent building the program from the ground up, prior to the team’s first season of varsity competition in 2009.

Prior to Old Dominion, Rondeau had stops at the University of Maine, University of Buffalo, University of Tennessee-Martin, North Dakota State University, University of Pittsburgh and Northeastern University.

“It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I accept the position of head football coach at Pace University,” Rondeau said. “Based on the leadership of Mark Brown in the athletic department and the master plan for the Pleasantville Campus it is clearly an exciting and new time at Pace.  I am thrilled to do my part and lead this football program to new heights. I can't wait to meet our current players and see what they are all about as well as begin recruiting new players. Together we will find a way to get it done. I cannot completely express in words how excited the Rondeau family is to become a part of the Pace University family.”

Rondeau earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Syracuse in 1991. He and his wife, Tiffany, have two sons (Ryan and Jack) and two daughters (Alison and Kiley).

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Pace Actors Studio Alum Bradley Cooper Gets Oscar Nomination

01/14/2014

Pace Actors Studio Alum Bradley Cooper Gets Oscar Nomination

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Bradley Cooper, an alumnus of what is now Pace University's Actors Studio Drama School, was nominated Thursday morning for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Cooper received the nod for his role of Richie DiMaso in American Hustle.

Cooper is a graduate of the Actors Studio at the New School, now Pace University's Actors Studio Drama School. He has also done an Inside the Actors Studio interview at Pace’s Schimmel Theater. Cooper received his MFA from Actors Studio Drama School in 2000.

This year’s Oscar winners will be announced on Sunday, March 2.

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