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Jessica Bacher, executive director of Pace University’s Land Use Law Center featured in "Westchester Business Journal" talking about the new “Land Use Development Playbook”

02/21/2018

Jessica Bacher, executive director of Pace University’s Land Use Law Center featured in "Westchester Business Journal" talking about the new “Land Use Development Playbook”

Westchester Business: "Westchester County Association, Pace team up for land use ‘playbook"

By Ryan Deffenbaugh

As real estate developers eye projects such as mixed-use apartment buildings across Westchester County, it’s important that municipal zoning keeps up.

That’s at least part of the thinking behind the new “Land Use Development Playbook,” a collaboration between the Westchester County Association and Pace University’s Land Use Law Center. The book is expected to be published this spring. The idea is to help Westchester’s local governments improve the rules and systems that guide their zoning and land use approval processes.

“There’s a lot of disconnect currently between planning and zoning and the market,” said Jessica A. Bacher, executive director of the Pace Land Use Law Center. “This is to bring those closer together and take the time to evaluate those trends in conjunction with planning and zoning.”

Bacher said those trends include “interest in mixed-use development, opportunities near transit, opportunities for live-work space, the need for affordable housing in our region and the reuse of office parks.”

The playbook would offer strategies that could adjust to those trends in the market, while also considering community feedback, helping the municipal tax base and promoting employment and affordability.

Municipalities throughout the county have already rethought planning and zoning in some cases to attract development. New Rochelle has a number of large-scale apartment and retail projects under construction in its downtown as part of a master plan that calls for attracting $4 billion in investments around the city’s downtown Transit Center.

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Pace University Business Marketing and Management major Angilee Sewkarran answers questions about getting into college in "Westchester Magazine"

02/21/2018

Pace University Business Marketing and Management major Angilee Sewkarran answers questions about getting into college in "Westchester Magazine"

Westchester Magazine: "Getting Into College"

Interviews by Cathleen Kenney

Nine county freshmen share insights from their getting-into-college experiences

Pace University Business Marketing and Management major Angilee Sewkarran answers questions about getting into college in Westchester Magazine.

Westchester Magazine: What was the most difficult aspect of the college-admissions process?

Angilee Sewkarran: "Having to narrow down what topic I wanted to write my essay on. There is so much I wanted to convey, but I only had a 650-word count. You wouldn't believe how many drafts I went through!"

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President Marvin Krislov profiled in "Westchester Magazine" speaking about "How to Get Into College"

02/21/2018

President Marvin Krislov profiled in "Westchester Magazine" speaking about "How to Get Into College"

Westchester Magazine: "How to Get Into College"

President Krislov and five other college presidents were interviewed at a round-table discussion recently in Westchester County. "Westchester Magazine" profiled the higher ed leaders in an article offering advice for high school students on how to get into college.

From the article in "Westchester Magazine" by Amy R. Partridge:

Six Westchester college presidents share their thoughts on what local high school students should do - and not do - to up their chances of admission.

Pace President Marvin Krislov said, "One area where we can help parents do a better job is in encouraging them to let their students navigate problems by themselves. We can help parents help their children by teaching them the skills to work within the institutional framework."

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Pace University graduate Nabiyah Be feature film debut "Black Panther" featured in "Westchester Magazine"

02/21/2018

Pace University graduate Nabiyah Be feature film debut "Black Panther" featured in "Westchester Magazine"

Westchester Magazine: "Watch This Pace Alumna Kick Ass in Marvel's Epic 'Black Panther'

by Dave Zucker

The Westchester grad Nabiyah Be's feature film debut is also slated to be one of the biggest movies of the year.

Marvel’s Black Panther premiered over the weekend, bringing with it critical acclaim, massive box office revenue, and cementing itself as a cultural touchstone; its predominantly black cast features butt-kicking women (who actually pass the Bechdel test) and introduces Western audiences to an afrofuturistic utopia.

Pace University graduate Nabiyah Be had another reason to be excited: the film marked the Brazilian actress’ feature film debut.

“Before I came to Pace, I knew that I had the potential to create, but I didn’t know exactly how to create on my own,” said Be in a video interview for the Pace School of Performing Arts. “I’m born and raised in Salvador, which is the capital of Bahia in Brazil, and they say that people in Bahia are not just born, they debut. Pace enabled that for me.”

Be appears in the film alongside Hollywood superstars like Chadwick Boseman (King T’Challa/Black Panther himself), Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Basset, and Forest Whitaker. And when we say, “appears alongside,” we really mean alongside.

We’d tell you to catch Be in Black Panther in theaters, but with a $235 million opening weekend, you probably already have tickets, so we’ll just say "Enjoy!"

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Professor Bennett Gershman from New York’s Pace University Law School is quoted in "Bloomberg" about jury's verdicts

02/21/2018

Professor Bennett Gershman from New York’s Pace University Law School is quoted in "Bloomberg" about jury's verdicts

Bloomberg: "Shkreli's Ex-Lawyer Says Juror Threats Are Grounds for New Trial"

by Christie Smythe

From "Bloomberg"

...Shkreli was jailed in September and is slated to be sentenced March 9. No sentencing date is set for Greebel.

Overturning the verdict based on the juror’s claims isn’t likely, said Bennett L. Gershman, a law professor at New York’s Pace University.

"A jury’s verdict can’t be impeached," Gershman said. "It’s basically to provide finality, and to try to prevent what’s happening here: Getting jurors to say things that happened inside the jury room that may or may not be true."

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Pace University is offering new donor funded scholarships featured in "Westmore News"

02/21/2018

Pace University is offering new donor funded scholarships featured in "Westmore News"

Westmore News: “Pace University is offering new donor funded scholarships”

From "Westmore News:"

Pace University is offering new donor funded scholarships for students who are NYS residents. The Opportunity Scholarship will support new students in the Pforzheimer Honors College who would be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship if they attended a public institution in New York. Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to qualifying students of all backgrounds.

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Pace University announced it is offering new donor-funded scholarships that will benefit incoming honors students, called the "Opportunity Scholarship" featured in the "Gazette"

02/21/2018

Pace University announced it is offering new donor-funded scholarships that will benefit incoming honors students, called the "Opportunity Scholarship" featured in the "Gazette"

The Gazette: "Pace offers new scholarships to attract 'best and brightest'

From the "Gazette:"

As part of a continuing effort to attract the "best and brightest" students to Pace University, the university has announced it is offering new donor-funded scholarships that will benefit incoming honors students. The "Opportunity Scholarship" will support new students in the Pforzheimer Honors College who would be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship if they attended a public institution New York.

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Pace University has hired communications strategists Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld featured in "The Holmes Report"

02/20/2018

Pace University has hired communications strategists Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld featured in "The Holmes Report"

The Holmes Report: "Corporate People News In Brief"

From "The Holmes Report:"

New people in new roles at Medtronic, IDM Mining, Pace University and Sabre Security.

...Pace University has hired Marie Ternes and Jesse Oxfeld, both communications strategists, to support the school’s president Marvin Krislov and highlight the university’s successes. Ternes, who comes to Pace from DKC, will serve as executive director of media relations. Oxfeld, a former journalist and Ogilvy copywriter, will be director of executive communications.

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"The New York Times" highlights increase in Pace Applicants and New Scholarships for New York Students by David W. Chen

02/20/2018

"The New York Times" Highlights Increase in Pace Applicants and New Scholarships for New York Students by David W. Chen

The New York Times: "Private College Applications Rise Despite Cuomo Tuition Plan"

By David W. Chen

From "The New York Times:"

"... Interviews with more than two dozen private schools in every corner of the state, from small religious colleges like Roberts Wesleyan in Rochester to larger schools like Pace University in New York City and Westchester found that an overwhelming majority also reported increases in freshman applications.

The president of Hartwick, Margaret L. Drugovich, had originally warned that “the proposal would be harmful to the college.”

But in September, the college announced a new scholarship, the Hartwick College Founders’ Award, guaranteeing $10,000 a year for state residents, with no income limits or post-graduation residency requirements, beginning in the fall of 2018. And even before the Excelsior announcement, the college, where tuition, room and board, and fees will be $56,627 next year, had been planning to aggressively recruit students earlier in their high school careers, said Karen P. McGrath, vice president for enrollment management.

“Families are realizing that there are times when a private college is as affordable as a state school,” she said.

Other schools have announced new scholarships, too. Two weeks ago, Pace — which pointedly explains on its website that Excelsior offers “conditional and unguaranteed free tuition” and “does not cover fees, room or board” — announced a new scholarship of $5,000 per year for honors students from New York with household incomes less than $125,000." 

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Pace Students Rally in Albany for Student Aid Funding During the Annual New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day with More than 1,000 High School and College Students from Across New York featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

02/20/2018

Pace Students Rally in Albany for Student Aid Funding During the Annual New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day with More than 1,000 High School and College Students from Across New York featured in "Pleasantville Patch"

Patch: "Pace Students Rally in Albany for Student Aid"

In the photo left to right: Larissa Szilagyi, STAFF – Program Coordinator, Office of Government and Community Relations, Pace alumna, class of 2017; Deidre Neafsey, a New York City-based senior in the Dyson School of Arts and Sciences; Jenna Hager, a New York City-based junior in the Pforzheimer Honors College; Emerald Rodriguez, a Pleasantville-based junior in the College of Health Professions; Bill Colona, Director, Office of Government and Community Relations.

From "Patch:"

More than 1,000 high school and college students from across New York gathered in Albany earlier this week to advocate for student aid funding during the annual New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.

Bundy Aid, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Science and Technology Entry programs (STEP/C-STEP), the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) saw proposed funding cuts of a combined $50 million in this year's Executive Budget. On Tuesday, students met with lawmakers from across the state to urge them to restore critical student aid funding.

During a student "speak-out," high school and college students shared their personal stories about the value of student aid programs and opportunity programs like Bundy Aid, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Science and Technology Entry programs (STEP/C-STEP), the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

"Pace University offered me robust educational programs, incredible student leadership opportunities, and a stellar network for internships that have prepared me to enter the workforce," said Jenna Hager, a senior in the Pforzheimer Honors College. "Without a combination of generous scholarships and grants from Pace, and the state's Tuition Assistance Program, I wouldn't have been able to attend my dream school."

Students from about 65 public and private, not-for-profit campuses attended the rally to show their support for student aid programs and urge lawmakers to restore student aid funding. A virtual Advocacy Day was held simultaneously on Twitter with students and supporters from across the state sharing stories about what student aid and opportunity programs have meant to them using the hashtag #StandUp4StudentAid.

"The experience that Pace University has given me throughout the past few years has helped develop me into someone I am proud to be. Throughout my time at Pace I've had various leadership roles and challenging courses, and have been able to be a part of something bigger than myself," said Emerald Rodriguez, a junior in the College of Health Professions. "Because of these opportunities, I have grown into someone who is well-rounded and ready to be a part of the working world; none of this would have been possible without programs like the state's Tuition Assistance Program and the generous scholarships Pace has offered me."

Students across New York rely on student aid programs to enable them to achieve their college dreams. For example, Bundy Aid, a 50-year-old state aid program that provides funds for student aid and other student assistance at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities. Bundy Aid benefits nearly 500,000 students on those campuses across the state. The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) serves more than 300,000 New Yorkers attending college, providing them with more than $900 million in student aid.

The New York Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of colleges and universities and other stakeholder organizations that support funding vital student aid programs for students in New York. This is the 10th year the organization has hosted an Advocacy Day in Albany.

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