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Pace renovates clinical labs, upgrades technology

12/09/2013

Reporter Crystal Kang from the Westchester County Business Journal reported in-depth about Pace's newly renovated Clinical Education Labs in the College of Health Professions in Pleasantville. Crystal spent a day touring the labs and interviewing standardized patients, Dean Harriet Feldman, Associate Dean Gerrie Colombraro, students and faculty. The article appeared in print on November 27.

In a $608,000 makeover, Pace University’s College of Health Professions installed video cameras, patient monitors, headboards and a control room in two newly reconfigured labs. Mannequins in hospital beds wearing breathing tubes and armbands feature fake wounds and droplets of sweat to resemble real patients. Students in the college’s registered nursing, accelerated B.S. in nursing, family nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs can now access 4,276 square feet of academic space in six labs as they tend to their human simulator patients in lab exercises using enhanced technology for more hands-on training.

The new technology in the simulation labs will give Pace students a competitive edge in the workforce, said Geraldine Colombraro, associate dean for Pace’s College of Health Professions.

“Hospitals and other health care organizations seek out students with simulation on their resumes,” Colombraro said. “Our students have a competitive advantage when they graduate because they’ve done simulation. It shows potential employers that they’ve worked in teams to solve problems and that they’ve been exposed to complicated or high risk scenarios.”

Each of the six labs is fully equipped with tools such as monitors and respirators to help students learn patient care skills, familiarize themselves with the medical equipment and make decisions in medical exercises. Students interact with standardized patients or actors hired by the school for training in medical situations. These standardized patients stick to certain scripts and act out the scenes in a way that cues students to use their clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills.

“We enact various characters according to guidelines,” said Leigh Trifari, a Pace standardized patient actress. “Sometimes we have a script of character description and we improvise our responses and create a back story. We acted out a scenario where a set of parents had a daughter with traumatic brain injury and they had to decide whether to pull the plug. We know how to react as patients and respond in a way that will give the students the proper learning experience.”

The control room allows faculty members to separate themselves from the students and still observe their performance. The students are encouraged to suspend their disbelief and fully immerse themselves in the lab exercises. The video cameras help students review their performance and debrief with faculty members after each lab exercise.

“We take a look at what happened and what should’ve happened,” said Elizabeth Berro, co-director and professor of Pace’s clinical lab. “We find out what was going on in the student’s head. Did they know an oxygen device was needed? Through the debriefing process, we know exactly where the students’ level of understanding is and we’re able to clarify what the missing pieces of information were for each of them.”

The College of Health Professions plans to open its simulation labs to Pace’s clinical partners and even develop partnerships with area hospitals, which would give nursing employees opportunities to re-learn and develop critical clinical skills, said Marybeth Carpiniello, Pace clinical education labs manager.

“We would like to partner with different hospitals in Westchester and re-certify employees through programs in our simulation labs,” Carpiniello said. “We’re trying to share our resources with hospital employees and nurses to provide a platform for continuing education.”

The renovated lab provides more space for Pace students across all the health profession programs to learn and practice basic skills training in group settings. The simulation labs will run more than 500 classes and activities this semester ranging from tutoring to skills development training, Berro said.

“We want to teach students about patient safety, emergency situations and how to improve communication among health professionals starting at the classroom level,” Berro said.

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Pace University Team Wins Awards In United Nations Competition

12/09/2013

Pace University Team Wins Awards In United Nations Competition

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Pace University’s Model United Nations team won honors at the Southern Regional Model United Nations conference in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 21 to 23.

Pace students represented the Kingdom of Spain and the Kingdom of Jordan in the intercollegiate competition attended by nearly 1,000 students from some of the nation’s major universities.  

The students studied and then applied negotiating, public speaking, research, and writing skills in the competition, which addressed major international issues such as the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs, managing health crises after natural disasters, and the impact of terrorism on economic growth.

The students representing the Kingdom of Jordan were awarded Honorable Delegation honors while the Kingdom of Spain team was named a Distinguished Delegation.  In addition Pace students also received awards for excellence in the research paper component of the conference.

This year 20 Pace students attended the conference.  “We had a broad mixture of students ranging from freshman to seniors,” said faculty adviser Paul Londrigan. “We had majors from political science, biology, communications, criminal justice, business management, environmental studies, and finance.”

As soon as Pace ‘s spring semester starts in late January the team will begin to prepare for the national Model United Nations conference to be held in New York City in the spring.

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Susan Wallach Elected to Pace University Board of Trustees

12/04/2013

Susan Wallach Elected to Pace University Board of Trustees

 

NEW YORK, December 4 – Susan S. Wallach, JD, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Pace University in New York, Pace President Stephen J. Friedman announced.

Wallach joins the Board at a time of great change. Pace has recently experienced several years of growth with higher enrollments, new academic programs, national recognition for the high employment rate and earning power of Pace graduates, and significant investments in the learning and living facilities on Pace’s campuses in New York City and Westchester. This year Pace celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Pleasantville location.

“Susan Wallach is a marvelous addition to our Board of Trustees,” said Friedman. “Her unwavering belief that one person can make a difference by applying skills and passion to worthy endeavors will no doubt have a profound impact on our students–the aspiring heart of America.”

“I am so pleased to welcome Susan to our Board,” said Board Chairman Mark M. Besca, ’81. “Her accomplishments in the legal and academic arenas speak for themselves and will help us as we continue Pace’s commitment to academic excellence and the overall student experience.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Pace Board,” said Wallach. “The university is on an excellent trajectory, with a forward-looking president and dedicated trustees.”

 

Wallach served as a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers from 2005 to 2011 and is currently chair of the dean’s advisory council at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. As a trustee of Radcliffe College, she played a central role in the negotiations between Radcliffe College and Harvard University leading to the creation of the Radcliffe Institute in 2000. Last year she received the Harvard Medal for extraordinary service to the university.

 

Wallach is currently a trustee of Deerfield Academy and a director of the Harvard Law School Association of New York City, as well as a member of advisory councils or committees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard College, Columbia University, New York University and Louisiana State University.

 

Wallach graduated cum laude from both Harvard/Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School. Wallach retired in 2005 from law practice after 34 years. She spent much of her career at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York. She lives in New York City with her husband, Kenneth L. Wallach. They have two grown children, Dana Wallach Jones and Keith N. Wallach, and three grandchildren.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University 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 New York City and Westchester County, New York, 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

Media Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu.

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The Journal News: Around the Campus

11/27/2013

The Journal News: Around the Campus

The Journal News covered all of the main events and updates occuring in schools in the area this semester. 

 
Read more about Pace University here.
 

 

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Free Day Film Festival on Dec. 7 at Pace University, Pleasantville

11/27/2013

Student-run festival is part of 50th celebration of the campus

PLEASANTVILLE – On Saturday, from residents be heading to Pace University Pleasantville for a day of fun, film and food at a day film festival celebration of the 50th of Pace’s Pleasantville campus.

 

The festival, is free and open to the public, feature iconic films from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Classic films to be shown Willy Wonka, Mary Poppins, Social Network, Saturday Night Fever, Jurassic Park, Life of Pi, Lillies of the Field, and When Harry Met Sally. The featured films were chosen they are emblematic of time and for influence and social impact decade. After the film Social Network, be a panel discussion with Pace faculty about the impact of the film and on society

 

The films be shown from 11a.m.–6:30p.m. at Pace Pleasantville, 861 Bedford , entrance 3, the Kessel Student Center, Lienhard Hall and Miller Hall.

 

The film screenings be followed by a free gala reception from 6:30p.m.–9:30p.m. the Gottesman room of the Kessel Student Center. tie is not required but guests can dress retro garb they did past, walk down a carpet and take photos with cardboard cutouts of famous actors.

 

The event is being planned, curated and run by students from Pace’s , Communication Visual Arts program. The film festival also the of the , Communications and Visual Arts department’s student-produced documentary on the history of Pace University Pleasantville.

 

Families are welcome. Seating for the films is limited and on a first come, first served basis. RSVP for the gala is required: filmfestival@pace.edu. For an updated schedule of panel discussions and film screenings, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/filmfestival2013

 

The event is sponsored by the Dyson of Arts and Sciences at Pace.

 

The public is invited to share photos on and Instagram using the #PLV50. For more 50th events at Pace, visit www.pace.edu/plv50.

 

contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu.

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P4K; Dance Marathon

11/26/2013

P4K; Dance Marathon

This past Saturday Pace University in Pleasantville held the first all night dance marathon to benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. Nearly 300 members of the Pace community and friends of the hospital attended the event which raised $19,069.00 for the children’s hospital so far.

“It seems almost surreal that the dance marathon even happened,” said Caity Kirschbaum, the event organizer whose brother had life-saving surgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. “To see Pace students come together and make such a huge impact is so gratifying.”

Kirschbaum, a staff member at Pace and a Pace University double alumnus, thanked all who were involved after the event on her Facebook page. “You have no idea how truly grateful I am to all of you who were involved. Thank you for standing behind P4K. Thank you to the Committee! Without their hard work and dedication yesterday would not have happened. I can't believe we raised over $18,000 together! I can't wait to see how P4K will outdo itself for next year!”

Those who wish to contribute may still donate through the end of the day on Friday through the website for the event.

Although this event was held in Pleasantville, a team of five students from Pace’s New York City campus raised participated in the marathon as well. The organizers at Pace plan to make the dance marathon an annual event and anticipate increased involvement from the city campus next year.

“This weekend we created a new Pace tradition and it feels amazing,” Kirschbaum said.

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Peace Activist to Speak At Pace University Dec. 2

11/26/2013

Peace Activist to Speak At Pace University Dec. 2

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly will speak at Pace University on Monday, Dec.  2.

The lecture and discussion, which are free and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gottesman Room of the Kessel Student Center, 861 Bedford Road in Pleasantville.

A longtime activist, Kelly is currently a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a Chicago-based organization campaigning to end U.S. military and economic warfare.  She will be visiting Pace as a Periclean activist-in-residence. Project Pericles is a national initiative to promote social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of college and university education. During their stay, activists-in-residence work with students and give open lectures on campus.
The event is sponsored by the Center for Community Action and Research at Pace’s Dyson College.

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Pace University Dance Marathon Raises $19,000 For Children’s Hospital

11/25/2013

Pace University Dance Marathon Raises $19,000 For Children’s Hospital

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Pace University in Pleasantville held the first all-night dance marathon to benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla on Friday night and into Saturday. Nearly 300 members of the Pace community and friends of the hospital attended the P4K (Pace for Kids) marathon, which has raised $19,069 for the hospital so far.

“It seems almost surreal that the dance marathon even happened,” said Caity Kirschbaum, the event organizer, whose brother had life-saving surgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. “To see Pace students come together and make such a huge impact is so gratifying.”
Kirschbaum, a staff member at the university and a Pace double alumnus, offered thanks on her Facebook page:  “You have no idea how truly grateful I am to all of you who were involved. Thank you for standing behind P4K. Thank you to the Committee! Without their hard work and dedication yesterday would not have happened. I can't believe we raised over $18,000 together! I can't wait to see how P4K will outdo itself for next year!”
Those who wish to contribute may still do so through the end of the day on Friday through the website for the event.
A team of students from Pace’s New York City campus came up to Pleasantville to participate in the dance marathon as well. The organizers at Pace plan to make it an annual event and anticipate increased involvement from the city campus next year.
“This weekend we created a new Pace tradition, and it feels amazing,” Kirschbaum said.

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Pace President, Rep. Lowey Host Higher Education Forum

11/17/2013

Pace President, Rep. Lowey Host Higher Education Forum

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman led a roundtable discussion last week of senior college administrators and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland).

The discussion, at Pace Law School in White Plains, focused on President Barack Obama’s College Affordability Plan introduced in August as well as other areas of interest to higher education administrators such as Federal Financial Aid stability and The College Scorecard.

“I was so pleased to hear directly from experts in our region’s higher education community. Their feedback and perspective is invaluable,” said Lowey in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with our higher education leaders to ensure that a quality, affordable college education remains in reach for Lower Hudson Valley families.”

Friedman thanked Lowey for taking a leadership role in what he called an important isue.

“More than 50 percent of our student body receives some form of federal financial aid and institutional aid remains one of our largest expenses, ”he said. “Making sure that college remains accessible and affordable for everyone is something of paramount importance to all of us in this room.”

Attendees at the round-table included financial aid and admissions administrators from Long Island University, Westchester Community College, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Manhattanville College, Rockland Community College, Nyack College, SUNY Purchase, Mercy College and Dominican College.

“The intentions behind the President’s proposal are good,” said Robina Schepp, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Pace University. “It is in the implementation and the execution that the challenges arise. One of the unintended consequences might be a loosening of the requirements for graduation. This is the opposite of what the President intends. The Score Card that was rushed out was incomplete. Better information exists. Placements and earnings power information on graduates still is not there.”

Lowey and Friedman plan to submit comments and concerns from the group at large to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a meeting in Washington DC to be scheduled soon.

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Pace University Hosts Meeting of American Physical Society

11/15/2013

Pace University Hosts Meeting of American Physical Society

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pleasantville's Pace University School of Education will host the 109th Annual Meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society on Saturday.

The meeting will take place in the Lienhard Lecture Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The one-day conference will explore how physics can be applied to the study of nature and biology. Students will have the opportunity to attend and present a poster—on any topic—for the chance to win a cash award.

Topics that will be covered will include: Ocean physics, biophysics of small organisms, physics of living systems, teaching physics to adolescents and the state of physics education in New York State.

Click here to register for this event. 

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