Jefferson Awards

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service recognize individuals for their public and volunteer service, and dedication to improving the quality of life in their communities. 

Faculty, staff, and students can nominate any individual from the Pace University community. Self-nominations are also welcome. Nominations are typically due in October each year.

It’s easy to nominate someone using the online nomination form

The most up-to-date information about the application and nomination process can be found at www.jeffersonawards.org.

For more information, contact Heather Novak, Associate Director on our Pleasantville campus at hnovak@pace.edu, or Daniel Botting, Associate Director on our New York City campus at dbotting@pace.edu.

Pace University is a Jefferson Awards Foundation Champion. Champions are organizations that partner with the Jefferson Awards Foundation to engage in meaningful public service and celebrate their communities with Jefferson Awards.

2017-2018 Pace Bronze Medal Award winners include:

Cesar Ballesteros ‘18 is a Biology major in the Dyson College Arts and Sciences on the New York City campus. Cesar has been serving the community since a young age, focusing on projects that he is passionate about. He has participated in numerous projects at Pace University, including Paint a School Day in Brooklyn; working with children at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital; and, during his freshman year, Alternative Spring Break, helping to rebuild and reconstruct homes damaged during Superstorm Sandy. Now, as the student outreach and new media projects coordinator for CCAR NYC, he has devoted countless hours as a community service leader. Outside of Pace, Cesar has devoted a great deal of time serving in the medical field, from being a medical cart assistant at Weil Cornell Medical Center, to traveling to Nicaragua with Global Brigades, to helping lead an international medical brigade in an underdeveloped community.

Neil Braun is the Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. From providing pro bono assistance to non-profits as a young lawyer, to being on the board of educational non-profits such as The Writing Revolution that benefit students and teachers, he has followed his passions with his service. At Pace, he serves on the Business Council of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and co-teaches the capstone course in the BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management program. Outside of Pace, Neil is a board member of, and the Audit Committee Chair for, Share Our Strength, a non-profit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the US through its NoKidHungry campaign. He is also a founding board member of the Westhampton Performing Arts Center, where he helped raise money to secure an abandoned movie theater and transform it into the biggest provider of children’s art education in Suffolk County.

Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Security in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences on both campuses. She has nearly 19 years of experience working with incarcerated populations. She is a certified PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) and ACA (American Correctional Association) auditor and has served as a professional trainer in the cross-section between HIV and incarceration since 1997, working with inmates, correctional staff, and community-based service providers. At Pace, she serves as the adviser to the Criminal Justice Society and Alpha Phi Sigma student organizations. As part of her commitment to students and community service, she developed a civic engagement course, which resulted in the creation and implementation of the Parenting, Prison and Pups (PPP) program, where she volunteers her time as the program’s director and lead trainer. PPP is an AAT (animal assisted therapy) integrated parenting program offered to female inmates in Manhattan at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC – a federal jail) and in Westchester at the Westchester County Department of Correction (WCDOC – a county jail). PPP is a partnership among Pace University, The Good Dog Foundation, MCC and WCDOC.

Reginald Flowers is an adjunct professor in the School of Performing Arts at the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences on the New York City campus. Reginald is the founder of Falconworks Artist Group, a non-profit that uses popular theater techniques to build capacities for civic engagement and social change. He is a nationally recognized Theater of the Oppressed practitioner, sitting on the national board of Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed, Inc. At Pace University, Reginald has designed and teaches the AOK1 Course, PAGE 273 Theater of the Oppressed, and arranged volunteer positions for students through Falconworks Theater Company. Along with his work with theater, he works to support the LGBTQA community in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and previously participated in the planning of Red Hook Pride in 2011. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Reginald worked closely with Red Hook’s community leadership, residents, and city officials to organize recovery efforts, and was the key facilitator for community meetings of more than 200 community members and allies.

Victoria Gonzalez ‘18 is a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Master of Public Administration combined degree program major in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences on the New York City campus. Victoria is the co-founder and former communications director of #PaceUEndRape, an organization that has fostered collaboration among Pace University faculty, staff, and students to organize events that raise awareness of campus sexual assault and to support Pace University’s adoption of an Affirmative Consent policy. She has contributed her time to Sanctuary for Families, advocating for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and has worked with The Hunger Project to renew grant funding to end global food insecurity. Additionally, Victoria is a proud advocate for mental health and is the founder and co-chair of Pace University’s first Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to support suicide prevention, research, and education through the non-profit organization, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

(Duke) Tsun-Chueh Huang ’20 is a double major in Peace and Justice Studies and Art in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences on the New York City campus. While working with many non-profit organizations such as Volunteermatch, New York Cares, The Green Living Planet, and CCAR at Pace University, Duke has found a passion for making an environmental difference in the world. He works primarily with Grow NYC and Added Value’s Red Hook Community Farm, composting food scraps and using them to build new composting mounds at the farm. He spent a semester teaching high school students how to make a difference in their communities by volunteering, and in summer 2017 travelled to Arusha, Tanzania, teaching students in a local preschool and helping to remodel their school.

Eric Kessler, PhD, is the Henry George Professor of Management at the Lubin School of Business on the New York City campus. Through professional and public service over the course of many years, he has dedicated countless hours to building a stronger community and supporting international peace work. At Pace, Kessler has mentored students in the direction of service and citizenship through academic as well as co-curricular endeavors. As founding director of the Business Honors Program, he was among the first in the business school to make a commitment to reorient his course curriculum toward public service. As a professor, he has overseen nearly 200 community leadership projects across the NYC metro area. As the Henry George scholar (now in his second term), he has presented events with prominent speakers to demonstrate how businesses and society can simultaneously “do well” and “do good.” Outside of Pace, and following 9/11, Kessler served at both the regional and federal levels of the US Department of Defense’s National Security Education Program with the mission of increasing the quantity and quality of expertise in critical fields and regions to meet US security interests. He has also worked with several prominent government initiatives, such as the Pentagon’s efforts to help bridge the military-civilian divide. In addition, he has served on the National Screening Committee of the US Department of State’s Fulbright Program with the mission of increasing mutual understanding among peoples of different countries.

Kelly Lang ’18 is an Applied Psychology and Human Relations major in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences on the Pleasantville campus. Kelly’s service started back home in high school where she volunteered more than 300 hours with Build On, a non-profit organization that provides youth service programs across the country and builds schools in developing countries. Since coming to Pace, she has expanded her horizons, becoming as involved as possible. As a freshman, she volunteered for Pace 4 Kids, an annual fundraiser for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, eventually becoming its volunteer manager, where she recruited volunteers. She then joined the Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority on campus. Through this sorority, she has completed numerous hours of service and worked with community partners such as Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Relay for Life, and many others. She now serves as the President of Gamma Sigma Sigma. Outside of Pace, she has worked with various organizations to help provide food to the homeless, support to low-income families, and endorse events that benefit children.

Amanda Marshall ‘18 is a Biology major in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences on the Pleasantville campus. Amanda’s service commitment began with the Girl Scouts of America, first as a girl scout and later as a group leader. As a freshman, Amanda was a part of the Setter’s Leadership House, a residential freshman community committed to service and leadership growth. She has been a site supervisor for the last two years for Pace Makes a Difference Day and an active member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority. During the last four years, Amanda has volunteered for Pace 4 Kids, Pleasantville Cottage School, Greenburgh Nature Center, and the Successful Learning Center. “I volunteer because I believe the knowledge I am continuously learning from those who have different experiences than me help broaden my perspective.

Pauline Mosley, PhD, is Professor of Information Technology at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems on the Pleasantville campus. Mosley has dedicated many hours of service to the Pace Community and to the children of her own community. At Pace, she has been teaching a Civic Engagement course called CIS 102W Web-Design for Not-for Profits (which to date has served 63 organizations), where she guides her students as they design websites for nonprofits in need. Mosley has also been teaching CIS 102Q Problem Solving Using Lego Robotics, which sends Pace students out in the tristate area to engage young people in STEM competitions. Since 2005, she has organized interactive robotic workshops, showcasing robotics for the Seidenberg School as part of Take Your Children To Work Day. Outside of Pace, Mosley sits on four community boards: The YWCA; White Plains Youth Bureau; The Youth Mission of Life Church; and the Westchester County Youth Board. Through these boards, she has connected education and service to minorities all across her community. Recently, she designed and developed a Cybersecurity 2016 Summer Camp for Students as a recipient of National Security Agency grant funding.

Rachel Simon is the associate director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, an LGBTQA coordinator, and an adjunct professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Dyson College of Arts and Sciences on the Pleasantville campus. At Pace, she runs the LGBTQA Center, which offers programs and trainings in support of the LGTBQA Pace community and allies including Q Camp; Best Practices for Serving Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students; LGBTQA Lunch Discussion Groups; and many more. She has also been a trainer, panelist, and presenter at many conferences serving trans students and advocating for social justice within and beyond higher education. Outside of Pace, Rachel has served the community by committing herself to social justice causes. She currently serves as the vice president of the Board of Pride Works for Youth, an organization that serves approximately 600 LGBTQ high school students in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties with a yearly conference. Simon started her work as a facilitator at the conference 12 years ago and still presents on non-binary sexualities for Pride Works. For 10 years, she worked as an educator within a New York State maximum-security prison, teaching writing courses and as a volunteer writing tutor. Rachel has also dedicated time to environmental causes, human rights advocacy, prison reform, and the fostering of dogs with NY Pet Rescue.

Rohana Karina Sosa ‘19 is a Computer Science major in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems on Pace University’s Pleasantville campus. Rohana works to create a balance between connecting the world through technology and actual in-person interaction to help heal those in most need. She volunteered in the Dominican Republic in January 2017 as part of an initiative to restart the Juan Bautista Gautreaux Foundation. Rohana worked with approximately 70 children and 12 homes of elderly people to help them become self-sufficient, donating food, clothing, toiletry and school supplies. At Pace, she has been a part of the Pace Setters Leadership Program and volunteered 15 hours of service a week in support of promotional events and a Benefit Dinner in November 2016, that raised funds for her charity project in the Dominican Republic. She also works with the Pace Computer Resource Center and previously worked as a graphic designer for the Seidenberg School. Rohana has volunteered for Pace 4 Kids; the student-run fall Leadership Conference; Pace Makes a Difference Day; and Seidenberg’s Accepted Students’ Day. Outside of Pace, she volunteered her service in countless ways, as a teacher’s assistant; treasurer of her high school’s National Honor Society; president of the National Hispanic Honor Society; as well as a volunteer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Performance Rehabilitation, a physical therapy provider. Rohana is now an undergraduate researcher with a Seidenberg School team that will teach mobile device literacy in Senegal, Africa, in 2018.

Past Jefferson Awards Winners include:

Year 2016-2017

Bronze Medals: Tiffany Bermudez (Residence Director, Pleasantville), Matthew Bolton (Professor of Political Science, New York), Shari Crandall (Associate Director of Residential Training and Development, Pleasantville), Angelica Fabian (Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications and Arts & Entertainment Management, New York), Kenesha Henry (Applied Psychology & Human Relations, New York), Mr. Dylan Jusino (Finance, New York), Emerald Rodriguez (Nursing, Pleasantville), Marijo Russell O’Grady (Dean of Students, New York),  Natalie Sobchak (Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pace Women’s Justice Center, Law), Tracy Van Ness (Assistant Clinical Professor in the College of Health Professions, New York),  Emily Welty (Professor of Peace and Justice Studies, New York).

Year 2015-2016

Bronze Medals:  “Nelli” Pamela Marianelli Villarta Agbulos (Political Science, and Women and Gender Studies double major, New York City campus),  Caitlin Boley (Political Science and Religious Studies double major, New York City campus), Dr. Melissa Cardon (Management and Management Science Professor, Pleasantville campus), Rosanna Corvino  (Web Services for Information Technology Staff, Briarcliff campus), Melanie Greene (Information Technology major, New York City campus),  Giovanni Lemus (Acting major, New York City campus), Debra Sassano (College of Health Professions, Dean’s staff, Pleasantville campus), Christelle Scharff (Computer Science professor, New York City campus),  Carolyn Phillips (Political Science major, New York City campus), Ashley Marinaccio, Pace School of Performing Arts professor and alumna, New York City campus), James “Jim” Stenerson (Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology; Women and Gender Studies professor, Pleasantville campus), Raevin Adria Walters (International Management major, Pleasantville campus)

Year 2014-2015

Bronze Medals: Brando Brandini (student, New York City campus), Kylah Bruno (student, Pleasantville campus), Diane Cypkin (faculty, Pleasantville campus), Dr. Brian Evans (faculty, New York City campus), Remy Gallo (student, New York City campus), Jason Gonzalez (student, New York City campus and national conference attendee), Michelle D. Land (faculty, Pleasantville campus), Diana Mendez (student, New York City campus), Kim Novak (student, New York City campus), Robert D. Rahni (staff), Alexander Saitta (student, Pleasantville campus)

Year 2013-2014

National Champion Winner: Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo (Staff, Pleasantville campus)

Bronze Medals: Hasin I. Ahmed (student, New York City campus), Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo (staff, Pleasantville campus), Daniel Borakove (student, Pleasantville campus), David Cassuto (faculty, Pleasantville campus), George L. De Feis (faculty, New York City campus), Sara Digiovanna (student, Pleasantville campus), Dr. Harriet R. Feldman (faculty), Jered Harvey (student, Pleasantville campus), Ann Marie Pavia (student, New York City campus), Christina Rufo (student, Pleasantville campus),  Dr. Dorothee Von Heune Greenberg (faculty, Pleasantville campus).

Year 2012-2013

Bronze Medals: Tracy Basile (faculty, PLV), Zach Dayton (staff, Pleasantville campus), Joan Katen (faculty, Pleasantville campus), Shyam Nooredeen (student, New York City campus), Mark Stephens (staff, Pleasantville campus), Alireza Vaziri (student, New York City campus), Dana Weingartner (student, Pleasantville campus)

Year 2011-2012

Bronze Medals: Alyssa Feldman (student, New York City campus), Alisha Hayes (student, Pleasantville campus), Richard Kline (faculty, New York City campus), Ellen Mandel (faculty, Pleasantville campus), Surendra Kaushik (faculty, New York City campus), Diana Martinez (staff, New York City campus)

Year 2010-2011

National Gold Medal: John Cronin (Staff)

Bronze Medals: Michael Boyle (student), Donald Doernberg (faculty), Naphtalie Librun (student), Yvonne Rafferty (faculty), and Hannah Tall (student).

Year 2009-2010

Bronze Medals: Vincent Birkenmeyer (student), Matt Ganis (faculty), James Lawler (faculty), Isabell McHugh (staff ), Tom Nardi (faculty), Breanna Romaine Guiliano (student), Mary Stambaugh (staff), Miki Tamura (student), Christopher Uhlick (student), and Christopher Walther (staff)

Year 2008-2009

Bronze Medals: Atalya Kozak (student), Sue Maxam (staff), Kaya Castronova (student), Karla Jay (faculty), Christian Cano (student), Jean Coppola (faculty), Anne DeFalco (staff), and Pace University's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (students).