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Pace University Announces Funding For First Phase Of Campus Renovation

04/03/2014

Pace University Announces Funding For First Phase Of Campus Renovation

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. --  Pace University has announced that it issued $100.6 million par amount of tax-exempt fixed and variable rate bonds that will primarily fund the first phase of its master plan for the revitalization of its Pleasantville campus and to pave the way for future growth. 

The first phase of Pace’s master plan for Pleasantville includes two new state-of-the-art residence halls with living-learning spaces, enhanced athletic facilities and fields, an upgraded student center and dining hall and new environmental center facilities.

These transformative changes allow for the sale of the Briarcliff location and will enhance student life on campus. More open green space, including a central campus “green,” and additional pedestrian pathways are also part of the planned enhancements.

The Westchester County Local Development Corporation recently offered the Pace University Revenue Bonds, Series 2014A, which are secured by a pledge of revenues and by a mortgage. Pace issued $85.7 million in two fixed-rate, sinking fund bonds due in 2034 and 2042 (Series A) and $14.9 million of variable rate bonds due in 2044 (Series B).

“We are very pleased with the market reception to our bond issue,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “Investors’ strong interest in these bonds reflects confidence in the future of Pace University. The Pleasantville master plan is part of a broader project to further build the academic and student life and attractive power of the Pleasantville campus. It is a major strategic initiative for Pace University.”

As Westchester County’s 13th largest employer, Pace contributes approximately $64 million annually to the county’s economy in direct and indirect spending.

“With this project we will realize our vision for a modern residential campus designed to enhance the educational experience and improve student life at Pace University in Pleasantville,” said William J. McGrath, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Pace’s Westchester campuses.

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Pace University Hosts Women In Leadership Panel

04/02/2014

Pace University Hosts Women In Leadership Panel

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University hosted a women in leadership panel, “Suffragette to CEO," in celebration of both Women's History Month and the Pleasantville campus' 50th anniversary on Thursday, March 27.

Panelists included Jody Fay, president, Westchester County Bar Association; Dean Harriet R. Feldman, College of Health Professions, Pace University; Marsha Gordon, president and chief executive officer, The Business Council of Westchester and Stacey Hengsterman, associate vice chancellor for government relations, State University of New York.

The panelists shared insights gleaned from navigating traditionally male-dominated industries. Several students asked panelists questions about their career paths, the consequences of their life choices and career advice. 

Bill McGrath, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Westchester campuses of Pace, offered welcoming remarks. He spoke of a time during his previous career at Con Edison that a concerted effort was made to hire and promote women in an otherwise male-dominated field.

Some of the highlights of the discussion included:

·      Significant barriers to female leadership: Marsha Gordon stated, “When people talk about male barriers to success, to me it’s not even part of the conversation.” Pace University College of Health Professionals Dean Harriet Feldman added, "The most significant barrier for women is the one we place on ourselves."

·      Discrimination or derogatory name calling throughout their careers: Westchester County Bar Association President Jody Fay noted that organizations such as the Westchester Women’s Bar Association were helpful in combating negativity. She spoke of a time early in her career when male colleagues assumed she was there to get coffee simply because she looked young.

More than 80 people gathered to hear the stories.

The next event in the 50th anniversary series at Pace is a lecture with renowned historian and Columbia Professor Kenneth Jackson on Monday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pace’s Pleasantville campus, 861 Bedford Road, Entrance 3, Kessel Student Center.

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Pace University Announces Selection of Design Build Team for Athletic Facilities Featured in Master Plan for Pleasantville Campus

03/24/2014

Pace University Announces Selection of Design Build Team for Athletic Facilities Featured in Master Plan for Pleasantville Campus

Pace University Announces Selection of Design Build Team for Athletic Facilities Featured in Master Plan for Pleasantville Campus

 

Andron Construction and OSports Selected for Project that Includes

Varsity Field House, Turf Fields with Lights among Numerous Program Upgrades

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (March 2014) -- Pace University has announced the selection of Andron Construction and OSports as the design build team for the Athletic Department component of the Master Plan for the revitalization of the Pleasantville campus. Andron will handle construction management and OSports will provide architectural and engineering services. 

Based in Goldens Bridge, NY, Andron is one of the region's leading general contractors and construction managers. Founded in 1969, the company provides all phases of construction, from program development through final completion. Andron has provided construction management services for projects in public and private education, healthcare, senior living and science and technology. The company has managed several major construction projects for Pace University including the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center in Pleasantville, a three-story classroom building at the Pace University Law School in White Plains and a 32,000-square-foot building that houses the computer science department and business school in Pleasantville.

OSports has a rich heritage of sports and recreation planning and design dating back to 1909. Since then, it has designed some of the nation's most famous venues including the original Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and old Comiskey Park. More recently, OSports has provided master planning and architectural and engineering services for Ohio State University's 102,329-seat football stadium known as the "Horseshoe." The firm, which is based in Cleveland, also specializes in designing facilities for small- to medium-size colleges, universities, schools and communities.

The Athletics Department component of the Pleasantville Master Plan includes the renovation of Peter X. Finnerty Field with a turf surface and lights for night games. Finnerty Field is home for the Pace Baseball team and will become the game field for the newly formed Women’s Field Hockey program. Pace Field, currently the home field for Pace Football and Men’s Lacrosse will be renovated to a synthetic surface with lights, approximately 1,000 seats, and a new press box. The new field will be the home for the Pace Football, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Lacrosse and Women’s Lacrosse teams. Other athletics-related improvements include the creation of a new softball field behind Dyson Hall to replace the field currently on the Briarcliff campus and construction of a varsity field house with locker rooms, administrative offices, a varsity weight room, sports medicine training facilities, and a VIP Room overlooking the field.

Ground was broken this past fall on the $100 million first phase of the Master Plan for the transformation of the Pleasantville campus. It is the most extensive expansion and improvement project since the campus opened over 50 years ago. The fully approved four-year Master Plan will result in the consolidation of the Briarcliff campus at Pleasantville and include a wide range of important improvements including significantly expanded and upgraded athletics facilities. 

In addition to the athletic facilities, the Master Plan includes construction of new residence halls, an expansion of the Morris and Janet Kessel Student Center, relocation of the Pace Environmental Center to an expanded site of the campus and an overall reorientation of the campus to a pedestrian-friendly design.

The announcement of the design build team for the Pace Athletics facilities comes as the department prepares to induct its 50th member into the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame at the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 28 beginning at 6pm. The Pace Pleasantville campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Hall of Fame dinner will be held at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, NY.

About Pace Athletics: Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference that sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports. Pace also sponsors a Spirit Squad which includes Dance and Cheerleading teams. In the Fall 2013 semester, 57% of Pace student-athletes achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher with five recording a perfect 4.0 GPA. 

About Pace University: Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York city and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and College of Health Professions. http://www.pace.edu

 

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Pace University and ULI Westchester/Fairfield to Sponsor Conference on Trends in Sustainable Development and Construction Financing

03/20/2014

The latest trends in sustainable development and financing of major construction projects will be the topic of a conference sponsored by Pace University and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Westchester/Fairfield.

April 24th Conference to be Held at Pace Pleasantville Campus

PLEASANTVILLE, NY (March 2014) -- The latest trends in sustainable development and financing of major construction projects will be the topic of a conference sponsored by Pace University and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Westchester/Fairfield. The conference will be held Thursday, April 24 from 8:30 – 10:30 am at Pace University's Pleasantville Campus, 861 Bedford Road, entrance 1, Kessel Student Center, Gottesman Room.

The conference will focus on Pace University's Master Plan to reposition its Pleasantville campus. The $100 million project, which broke ground last October, is one of the largest development projects in the Hudson Valley Region.

Conference panelists will include: Robert Almon, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pace University; Jim Coleman, Executive Director of the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation; William J. McGrath, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Pace University, and Andy Tung, Partner of Divney Tung Schwalbe. Laurence Gottleib, President & CEO of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. will be the moderator.

In addition to the panel discussion from 9:00 – 10:30 am, the conference will also include breakfast from 8:30 – 9:00 am and a walking tour of the Pleasantville campus from 10:30 – 11:15 am. Registration is $30 ULI Members, $40 Non-Members and $25 ULI Young Leaders Group Members and Public Members. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit www.west-fair.uli.org.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace 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 Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Pace University, Urban Land Institute To Discuss University's Master Plan

03/20/2014

Pace University, Urban Land Institute To Discuss University's Master Plan

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University and Urban Land Institute Westchester/Fairfield will hold a conference to  focus on the latest trends in sustainable development, the financing of major construction projects and the university's reconstruction plan.

The conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Gottesman Room of the Kessel Student Center on the Pleasantville campus.

Pace University is located at 861 Bedford Road. For entrance to the event, use Pace University's Entrance 1. 

The university's master plan is a $100 million project, which broke ground last October, is one of the largest development projects in the Hudson Valley region.

Conference panelists will include Robert Almon, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Pace University; Jim Coleman, executive director of the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation; William J. McGrath, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Pace University, and Andy Tung, partner of Divney Tung Schwalbe.

Laurence Gottleib, president and chief executive officer of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. will be the moderator.

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New York Times: "How to Profit Modestly by Moving to a Nonprofit"

03/18/2014

New York Times: "How to Profit Modestly by Moving to a Nonprofit"

. . . In November, Pace University in New York started the Encore Transition Program, aimed at helping executives and professionals explore changeovers from midlife careers to nonprofit and public service organizations. (Pace's program, like the one at the University of Connecticut, has no ties to Encore.org.) The tuition is $1,250, and classes are limited to about a dozen students.

The five-session program provides an overview of New York's nonprofit and public service industries. Leaders in the arts, education, health care, social services and government meet with the group to share stories and allow students to make connections to tap for possible job openings or informational interviews.

''This is not a job placement program, but an exploration of opportunities,'' said Joan K. Tucker, the program's director.

''What I learned is that when you think that you might be at the end of one career, that's not necessarily so,'' said Patricia Carroll, who enrolled in the inaugural course.

For the last 20 years, Ms. Carroll, 56, a Rutherford, N.J., nurse has held executive-level positions in health care administration. But, she says, she is ready to explore all alternatives. So she signed up for the Pace program.

''The course helped me explore what my 'next step' might be,'' she said. ''Hearing from people working in the nonprofit sector who have already made the transition showed me that I'm not too old to have five-, 10-, 15-year goals just like my children in their 20s do.''

Students are also encouraged to check out complementary programs at the university. For instance, Pace offers a Master of Public Administration with a track for nonprofit management, as well as certificate courses on topics like grant writing.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/education/how-to-profit-modestly-by-moving-to-a-nonprofit.html

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Pace University To Host Panel Discussion In Honor Of Women's History Month

03/18/2014

Pace University To Host Panel Discussion In Honor Of Women's History Month

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University will be hosting a panel discussion in celebration of Women's History Month and Pace University's 50th anniversary on Thursday, March 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m in Butcher Suite of the Kessel Student Center on the Pleasantville campus. 

Networking and cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m.

Be inspired by powerful women who have made their marks in government, business and higher education. Hear their stories of trial and triumph as they navigated these traditionally male-dominated industries.

Panelists will include Jody Fay, president, Westchester County Bar Association; Dean Harriet R. Feldman, College of Health Professions, Pace University; Marsha Gordon, president and chief executive officer, The Business Council of Westchester; and Stacey Hengsterman, associate vice chancellor for government relations, State University of New York. 

The discussion will be moderated by Vanessa J. Herman, assistant vice-president, government and community relations, Pace University and Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean for students, Pace University Westchester Campus.

RSVP on or before Wednesday, March 19, tocommunityrelations@pace.edu.

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Pace University To Host 15th Annual PrideWorks Conference For LGBTQ Youth

03/18/2014

Pace University To Host 15th Annual PrideWorks Conference For LGBTQ Youth

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The 15th Annual “PrideWorks” Conference for LGBTQ youth and their allies will be held this year at Pace University on the Pleasantville campus on Wednesday, March 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The conference is at capacity with 500 participants expected, mostly from area high schools and colleges.

The conference will begin in Willcox Hall with workshop sessions taking place in Miller Hall. For entrance to this event, use Entrance 3 located at 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville. 

The conference will be filled with workshops throughout the day on topics ranging from choosing a college, combating bullying, coming out and bisexuality.

The keynote speaker will be Dale Guy Madison, an educator, writer, performance artist, filmmaker and former host for the QVC network.

His one-man show, "FREEda Slave: Mask of a Diva," addressed issues of discrimination in the gay community. Madison's autobiography, "Dreamboy: My Life as a QVC Host & Other Greatest Hits" was recently filmed.  His latest book, "Sissy Sammy in the Land of WEHO 90069," is a fairy tale. It is the story of a feminine boy, who after a bullying incident, wakes up in an all-gay town.

Other presenters for the event include Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW, a psychotherapist, author, presenter and activist on gender and sexuality; Edgemont high school student Tiffany Jiang; and Devon Spencer, an undergraduate at SUNY Purchase College, who is majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Gender Studies.

For complete workshop schedule, visithttp://prideworksforyouth.org.

For more information on PrideWorks, email info@prideworksforyouth.org.

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Journal News: "Common Core: Aspiring NY teachers face new certification hurdles"

02/28/2014

Journal News: "Common Core: Aspiring NY teachers face new certification hurdles"

. . . The new exam will require that students plan a sequence of lessons aligned to the Common Core, use video to show their instruction, and assess students' results. Detailed questions ask teacher trainees, for instance, to connect their material to students' academic and cultural backgrounds.

"They're asking students to do things we value," said Christine Clayton, chair of the Education Department at Pace University's Pleasantville campus. "We just wish it was more about improving teacher preparation and less punitive. We're talking about people's careers."

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/2014/02/27/common-core-aspiring-ny-teach...

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New York Times: "Pace Picks Yassky, Ex-Taxi Chief, as Its Law School Dean"

02/27/2014

Law school deans are rarely familiar faces, but Pace University is getting one who should be recognizable to anyone who slid into a New York City taxi cab in the past few years.

Starting in April, its law school will be led by David S. Yassky, who served as taxi commissioner under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and greeted all riders from their seat-back televisions.

Mr. Yassky, who received his law degree from Yale, has previously taught at Brooklyn Law School and New York University Law School.

“This is going to be a ball,” he said in an interview on Wednesday. “What could be more fun than working at a law school at this moment?”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/nyregion/pace-law-school-picks-yassky-ex-taxi-official-as-dean.html

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