Alumni, Faculty & Student News
Lawrence E. Johnson ‘67 (English) celebrated the 50th anniversary of his graduation from Pace University. He has since received a master’s degree from Harvard University and two Harvard Fellowships.
Joseph Vricella ‘69 (Social Science) retired in 2009 after a long career as a New York City schoolteacher (‘69–‘93) and high school social studies department chairperson (‘93–‘09) in Copiague, NY.
Kenneth J.E. Berger ‘72 (Mathematics, and Physics) is a professor of geography at San Diego Mesa College. In the summer of 2016, he published the book, “Philippine Emergency Notes: Counterstamped, Signed & Initialed (CSI) - Cebu Province,” and was awarded a grant by the Central States Numismatic Society to perform further research on the topic at Museo Sugbu (Cebu Provincial Museum) in the Philippines.
Susan E. Brenner ‘79 (Medical Technology) celebrated four years working as a blood bank supervisor at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Brian Donlon ‘78 (Journalism) is a senior producer at CNBC and adjunct professor of broadcast news and journalism at Iona College.
Sena Garber (née Hecht) ‘71 (Medical Technology) is a local study team leader and former clinical research scientist with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, DE. She previously worked as a research scientist at Dupont Pharmaceutical where she was involved in the development of the HIV antiviral drug Sustiva.
Samyama Flowering Tree (née Norma Olson) ‘75 (Speech Arts) is a spiritual astrologer and life mentor coach, and co-grandmaster and co-seer of the Taoist Yogi Christ Lineage International. She also authored the book “Karttikeyan Yoga Nidra, a Course Manual on Eastern Guided Imagery and Creative Visualization,” published in 2017.
Cliff Ader ‘89 (Criminal Justice) is a retired NYPD officer and assistant professor at SUNY Rockland Community College.
Glen Brandow ‘82 (Literature and Communications) recently celebrated five years as managing director of global media relations and social media at FedEx world headquarters in Memphis, TN.
John Ciampoli ‘81 (Political Studies, and Biology) served as a Nassau County Attorney (’10–’13), one of the largest suburban counties in the country. He later served as Commissioner of Investigations of Nassau County before returning to the New York State Senate as counsel to Majority Legislative Services. In September 2016, he was appointed counsel to the Board of Directors of Nassau University Medical Center.
Maria Filippelli (née Velock) ‘82 (English) graduated from the Pace Law School in 1988 and went on to become deputy chief claims counsel at Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.
Lisa Daniel Sabin ‘81 (Social Science, and Political Science) is a special education teacher in Scottsdale, AZ. She serves on the school safety committee and recently served on the committee to hire principals for the district.
Joseph Ferraro ‘99 (Literature and Communications) is an English teacher, coach, and podcaster set to complete his 18th year teaching at Valhalla High School. He recently celebrated the 50th episode hosting the baseball podcast @KWBRadio.
Zev-Hayyim (né William) Feyer ‘99 (Mathematics) is completing a doctoral program at Claremont School of Theology, with a focus on the Hebrew Bible.
Kelvin Jeremiah ‘95 (History) is president and CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and was named one of the 2016 Most Admired CEOs by the PhiladelphiaBusinessJournal.
Michael T. Marino ‘92 (Technical Theatre) celebrated one year as director of research and operations at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research in February.
Nicholas J Oliva ‘96 (Psychology) earned three degrees from Pace—BA, MS, JD—and started his career as a paralegal at Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America, Inc. in New York, NY. He advanced his career at Bristol-Myers Squibb before returning to Mitsubishi Chemical in his current role as general counsel and chief compliance officer.
Lenny (Leonard) Valure ‘94 (English Communications) has ten years of experience managing print production for a major fashion company and now works as a print production specialist at RR Donnelley in Port Chester, NY.
Ann Bettina Lopez ‘09 (Communication Sciences and Disorders) celebrated five years with Hackensack Meridian Health System and recently accepted a position as senior level speech-language pathologist at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, NJ.
Dan Cain ‘07 (Psychology) has worked in higher education for 10 years, and currently serves as a career counselor for engineering and computer science students at Binghamton University.
Tania Adelaide Carvalho ‘09 (Communications) produced a video interview for CNN featuring David Beckham speaking about his partnership with UNICEF to end violence against children.
Rose Buscemi Connelly ‘09 (English Literature, and Women’s and Gender Studies) is a ninth-grade English teacher and tenure candidate heading a writing program at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, one of the city’s top public high schools.
Vincenzo Ferraro ‘05 (Public Administration) celebrated 20 years of dedicated health care work, most recently as director of operations at Union Community Health Center in Bronx, NY.
Shibani Gambhir ‘00 (Public Administration) is director of operations and finance at the NYC based nonprofit IMPACCT Brooklyn. She has served in the nonprofit sector since 2000.
Kareem G. Gayle ‘04 (Psychology) has a 13 year career in the luxury industry, working with Tiffany & Co. and Burberry as human resources manager, and most recently as HR director at Richemont, the parent company of several luxury brands including Cartier, Montblanc and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Nicole (Bonelli) Genua ‘06 (Communications) celebrated six years as an English language arts teacher in Bronx, NY.
Selma Handzar ‘06 (Psychology) has worked with Google for more than six years, formerly as a non-tech recruiter and currently as a tech student recruiter.
Michelle A. Rivas ‘05 (Speech Communication) is a graduate academic advisor at Pace’s Lubin School of Business, a career goal after years working in varying areas of education management.
Benjamin A. Saltzman ‘07 (English) has been awarded a 2017-18 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for his research of the literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England, focusing on texts written in Old English and Anglo-Latin. Saltzman is an instructor in Medieval British Literature at Caltech, and is finishing work on a book, “Bonds of Secrecy: The Cultural and Literary Mechanics of Concealment in Early Medieval England.”
Albana Sela ‘05 (Psychology) is a tenure-track school counselor of a career and technical program.
LaKresha Roberts (née Stanford) ‘04 (Criminal Justice) was recently named chief deputy attorney general for the State of Delaware, the second-highest ranking official in the Delaware Department of Justice.
Victor Almanzar ‘15 (Actors Studio Drama School, Acting) was profiled in the Playbill.com article, "For Military Veterans, Theatre Saves Lives" about the pivotal role that theatre played in his transition from the military to civilian life.
Frenie Antoine ‘16 (Language, Culture and World Trade) celebrated four years as pastor and administrator at The Salvation Army and is pursuing a master’s degree in biblical studies.
Ryan Barone ‘16 (Economics, and Mathematics) is CEO, CTO, and co-founder of RentRedi, Inc., a mobile app designed to help college students, young professionals, and new renters be prepared with everything they need to rent before viewing. In December 2016, he left his role as an associate in risk assurance for banking and capital markets at PwC to launch RentRedi.
Amanda Braun ‘15 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Musical Theater) joined the national tour of the smash Broadway musical “Hamilton,” which kicked off its run on March 10 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. The cast was profiled in a Broadway World article.
Maybe Burke ‘14 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Directing) performed in the Honest Accomplice Theatre's new show “ReconFIGUREd,” an exploration of the realities of what it means to live in and with female and trans bodies.
Cat Byrnes ‘15 (Fine Arts) is a photographer and photo editor at Scholastic, and has recently taken on the role of creative director and photographer on a major merchandizing redesign project.
Conrad J. Cantor ‘11 (Political Science) is program manager for healthcare growth services at the NYC Department of Small Business Services.
Spencer Clark ‘16 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Commercial Dance) joined Cirque du Soleil’s first Broadway musical, “Paramour.”
Michael Crowe ‘12 (Actors Studio Drama School, Acting) worked as a production coordinator on the NBC reality philanthropy series “Give,” hosted by Blair Underwood and Jenna Bush Hager, which has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards.
Lissette De Leon ‘16 (Communications) is a digital media coordinator at Univision Communications in New York City.
Ashley Dominguez ‘16 (Psychology) is a family counselor at SCO Family of Services in New York, NY.
Dominique Fishback (Pace School of Performing Arts, Acting) will appear as the character “Darlene” in the upcoming HBO drama series “The Deuce,” the story of the legalization and rise of the porn industry in New York beginning in the 70s and the ensuing rise of HIV, violence, and real estate booms and busts.
Vernal Ford Jr. ‘12 (Psychology) completed a leadership program at the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities in January, and is a behavior intervention specialist.
Danny Gorman ‘15 (Actors Studio Drama School, Directing) made his Broadway debut on February 9 as Assistant Director on “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Glenn Close and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Lonny Price.
Talya Groves ‘15 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Musical Theater) has joined the ensemble of the new Broadway musical "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Carolyn Hachmeyer ‘14 (Criminal Justice) is a paralegal at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.
Jessica Haylock ‘16 (English and Creative Writing) is a legal assistant at Lerner, Arnold & Winston, LLP in New York, NY.
Miriam Kay ‘14 (Biology) is a staff research associate in pediatric neurology at UCLA.
Andrea Lea Martzipan ‘13 (Actors Studio Drama School, Acting) is a working actor, represented by Boom! Talent and Modeling Agency.
Christopher Matcovich ‘11 (Public Administration) is a JD candidate at Pace University, and previously worked at TiqIQ, a NYC based internet start-up.
Chris Miller ‘16 (Applied Psychology and Human Relations) is a residential counselor.
Elinor Naor ‘11 (Mathematics) is pursuing a master of science in Interdisciplinary Sciences at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Ana Luiza Ban de Gouvea Pedroso ‘15 (Publishing) is a contracts and rights manager at Experiment Publishing in New York City, after starting with the company as an associate for production and rights.
Alexander Saliba ‘15 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Theater Arts) appeared on NBC's hit crime-drama TheBlacklist: Redemption on March 2.
Vincent Sparaco ‘14 (Professional Studies) is a supervising physical therapist aide at Access Physical Therapy, and will begin a doctorate of Physical Therapy program in September.
David Spillo ‘14 (MS Environmental Science) is a wildlife caretaker with Green Chimneys Children's Services in Brewster, NY, where he has worked for four years, previously as farm animal caretaker. He recently received a New York State rehabilitation license and a federal rehabilitation license.
Mohenda Surage ‘13 (Economics) is a contract specialist at the US Corps of Engineers.
Geordi Taylor ‘15 (Economics) recently completed a graduate program at the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom while interning full-time at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Gulzhan Tuzelbayeva ‘12 (Actors Studio Drama School, Acting) is a working actress, producer, and screenwriter in Kazakhstan.
Kimberly Willard ‘11 (Actors Studio Drama School, Acting) is an assistant professor of theatre at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, KY.
Molly Esther Wilson ‘14 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Acting) played the lead role of "Lorrie" in a new off-Broadway comedy "It's All About Lorrie."
J. Justin Woods ‘15 (Public Administration) is a lecturer in Pace’s Public Administration program, and is constructing a dual PhD/SJD doctoral degree program in Environmental Studies and Environmental Law at Antioch University and Pace Law School respectively.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Hasan Arslan appeared on a panel at St. Joseph’s College entitled, “Violence and Peace in Islam.” He and the other panelists were quoted in an article in The Long Island Advanceentitled“Rewriting the narrative of fear."
Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Janetta Rebold Benton was quoted in The Washington Post article, “Hot or not? These four pieces of art illustrate beauty standards of eras past," lending her expertise to an analysis of the beauty ideals represented in art from the past, contrasted with today's standards of beauty.
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Susan Berardini’s article, “New Leadership Brings Innovation to the Teatro 25 de Mayo” was published in the online theater journal and news portal
The Theatre Times.
She also presented her paper, “Leyendas e intertextos en el teatro argentino contemporaneo” at the XIX Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispanicos in Buenos Aires in March.
Associate Professor of Political Science Matthew Bolton contributed to a WallStreetJournal article about the Trump administration’s stance on the United States’ involvement in the United Nations, and to Kyodo News about international disarmament.
He also authored two articles on The Hill's Pundits Blog about the Trump administration's foreign policy, and the International Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Adjunct professor of English Steve Bookman presented “Using the resume assignment to teach eportfolios: Beyond the business writing classroom” at the 2017 Rebundling Higher Education Conference in New York on March 2.
Adjunct professor of English Chris Campanioni had a number of works published including: “Four poems,” in Gorse; “Let’s meet at the beginning of water,” in Bellingham Review; “How Do I Look?” and “Artificial Paradise,” in At Large Magazine; “Ash Wednesday,” in Ambit Magazine; “To be named,” in RHINO Poetry; “Now & Laters,” in White Wall Review; and “The Poet As Caretaker (having said too much having not gotten it all down),” in The Brooklyn Rail.
He was also a featured author in Poets & Writers, and Small Press Distribution, and received honorarium from Hudson Writers Center and Yale University to teach during the Yale Writers’ Conference.
Professor of Political Science David Caputo was quoted in a number of media outlets regarding Trump’s inaugural speech, first days in office, and travel ban, including USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily News, and LIinthe AM.
He was also quoted in the entertainment trade magazine Variety about Trump’s contentious relationship with the media, and his vendetta against Cable News Network (CNN).
Adjunct MFA Playwriting professor Clay McLeod Chapman’s book, “Nothing Untoward: Stories from ‘The Pumpkin Pie Show,’” a collection of darkly humorous, sometimes heartbreaking short stories was published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.
Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs John Cronin was interviewed on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio about Trump’s targeting of the EPA.
He also weighed in on the proposed renaming of the Tappan Zee Bridge on CBS News.
Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andriy Danylenko was awarded Honorary Professorship from the Kharkiv State Technical University of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Kharkiv, Ukraine, for his contribution to the development of Slavic studies in the US and Ukraine.
He also published the article, “Oleksandr Popov (1855–80) and the reconstruction of Indo-European noun Inflection” in the peer-reviewed journal Language and History, and authored two encyclopedia entries, “Panteleimon Kulish” in The Literary Encyclopedia: Exploring Literature,H history and Culture, and“Bible/Classics Translation: Ukrainian” in the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism.
Art professor Jane Dickson had her work on display at the "SPRING/BREAK Art Show" in Times Square, at UNIQLO Soho, and at Pace's “Up, In, Out and Away: Painting Across Landscapes” exhibition in the Fingesten Gallery.
Distinguished Professor of English Martha Driver edited volume eight of the TextsandTransitions series for scholarly publisher Brepols, and volume 19 of the Journal of theEarlyBookSociety, a scholarly journal published by Pace University Press.
Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies and Science Melanie DuPuis’s 2004 book “Smoke and Mirrors: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution” has been translated into Mandarin.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Thalia Goldstein co-authored a blog on Huffington Post about children's susceptibility to violence in the media.
Professor of Biology Melissa Grigione’s research study on international border wildlife conservation was cited in The Washington Post. Her research identifies potential conservation areas on the border of the United States and Mexico.
Assistant Professor of Public Administration Lijun He presented “Board Configuration and Private Foundation’s Transparency in China–Effectiveness of Collaborative Governance” at the Emerging Governance Issues and Policy Design in Comparative Perspective conference organized by Seoul National University at CUNY-Lehman College on January 14.
She also co-presented “The individual Factors and the Impact of International In-Service Training Programs on the Capacity Building of the Direct Social Service Organization in Taiwan” at the American Society for Public Administration Conference on March 20.
Adjunct professor of English Elliot L. Hearst and Angelica Roman ‘19 (Philosophy & Religious Studies), who collaborated as part of the Pace Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Program, had their paper on Holocaust remembrance published in Remember.org. The paper, “Escape From The List: Courage, Sacrifice, Survival,” is the story of a Jewish girl who survived the Holocaust after being hidden by Christians in and around the city of Amsterdam.
Professor of Art Linda Herritt had her solo exhibition "Grease Rust Soot Sweat" on display at the Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn. The large-scale, text-based installation was based on a selection of famed inventor Buckminster Fuller’s most impactful creations, and was sponsored in part by a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council.
Associate Professor and Chair of Media, Communications and Visual Arts Bob Klaeger announced his retirement after 41 years of dedicated teaching and service at Pace University.
Associate Professor of Public Administration Hillary Knepper was the national winner of the Marcia P. “Marcy” Crowley Service to SWPA Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the American Society for Public Administration, Section for Women in Public Administration.
She was invited to appear on the panel, “Women in Leadership: Myths, [Mis]perceptions, and Alternate Realities Professional Development Workshop” at the American Society for Public Administration 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta, and also presented “Considering Value, Risk Management, and Decision-making with Analytics,” and “Sources and Structure of ‘Big’ Health Care Data WCA Health Analytics” at the Westchester County Association Hudson Valley Workforce Academy.
She co-published the article, “Considering Disparities: How Do Nurse Practitioner Regulatory Policies, Access to Care, and Primary Care Health Outcomes Vary Across Four States?,” in Nursing Outlook, and co-published the article, “The Path Not Chosen: Effective Succession Planning,” in PA Times.
She also had a conference publication of her article, “Health Disparities Across Four States: Exploring Variation Among Health Workforce, Policies, Access to Care & Services, and Population Health Outcomes” at the National Academies of Practice in Philadelphia, PA, and with Assistant Professor of Public Administration Gina Scutelnicu, a conference publication of their article, “How Does Gender Diversity Affect Research Productivity in Academia? Evidence from NASPAA Accredited and Affiliated MPA Programs” for the American Society for Public Administration 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Associate Professor of Communication Studies Satish Kolluri spoke to NBCNews about reports of mass sexual harassment in India during the New Year’s celebration, including police action taken and the “social systemic problem” that exists in India.
Assistant Professor of History Jared Manasek has been awarded a summer stipend grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will support his research project entitled “Humanitarianism and Refugees at the End of Empire, 1848-1918.”
Assistant Professor of Art Brenda McManus had her work featured on a prominent graphic design industry blog, Graphis, including her letterpress printed series titled “Trianimals,” a series of abstract geometric animal illustrations, which is to become the bases of a unique children’s book.
Associate Professor and Chair of English Laurie McMillan co-led a conference faculty workshop, “Cultivating Capacities, Creating Change: Teachers as Activists and Video Makers” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Portland on March 15.
Adjunct professor of History Glenn Martin Miller was quoted on CNBC about the immigration fee hike.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Seong Jae Min’s 2010 study comparing how race and gender are reported on several major news stations was cited in an article in the Huffington Post.
Associate Professor of Media and Communication Arts Allen Oren produced a new PBS documentary “The Four Sons and all Their Sons: A Passover Tale,” which premiered on public broadcasting stations nationwide on April 9.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Judith Pajo’s article, “Recycling Entrepreneurs: Reflections on the Enterprise of ‘Scavenging’ Beverage Containers in Berlin and New York” was published in the international journal of anthropology and linguistics Anthropos.
Associate Professor and Co-chair of Art Will Pappenheimer had his participatory augmented reality art piece,Boon 1, on display at Moving Image New York February 27–March 2.
Adjunct professor of English Brice Particelli's essay, “Paddling the Sewershed,” was recently released as an audio story produced by Aaron Leeder, and won a Silver Medal Traveler's Tales annual Solas Award in March.
Adjunct Actors Studio Drama School professor and alumnus Brian Rhinehart co-authored a chapter in the book “Playing Offstage: The Theater as a Presence or Factor in the Real World” that examines trekking theater—productions, which move among various locations in the community and use citizens as actors.
Professor and Chair of English Eugene Richie was interviewed in the February 2017 issue of Words Without Borders, an online magazine for international literature, about editing the two volume “Collected French Translations” of the internationally renowned poet John Ashbery.
Professor of Chemistry and Physical Sciences JaimieLee Rizzo was profiled by The Graduate Center at her alma matter, CUNY, for her success as an educator.
Adjunct Pace School of Performing Arts professor Amy Rogers was quoted in American Theatre about the ever evolving teacher-student relationship, and about the PPA policy of letting students audition for professional gigs outside of school.
Adjunct professor of English Judd Lear Silverman’s work was recently presented at the Stage It! Festival at the Arts Centers of Bonita Springs, FL, resulting in two of his plays, “The Last Holdout,” and “Violating Uncle Piggy” being published. He also has productions of his work coming up at the University of St. Martin’s in Houston, at Onion Man Productions in Chamblee, GA, and at Brooklyn’s own Gallery Players, as part of their 20th Annual Black Box Festival 2017.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Marcella Szablewicz was quoted in an article in the Los Angeles Times on the problematic preoccupation with Internet usage in China.
Adjunct professor of English Laura Toffler became a resident playwright at Manhattan Rep, an Off-Off-Broadway company in NYC, and her one act play, “Coney Island,” premiered during an evening of one act performances in February.
Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andrés Villagrá presented “The ‘American Trilogy’ of Victor Fuentes: a Life in Exile” at the XIX Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicosin Buenos Aires March 8-10.
Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies Jason Whitesel published the article, “Intersections of Multiple Oppressions: Racism, Sizeism, Ableism, and the ‘Illimitable Etceteras’ in Encounters with Law Enforcement,” in Sociological Forum. It examines those with multiple marginalized identities and their often-volatile interactions with law enforcement.
Adjunct professor of Public Administration and alumnus J. Justin Woods lent his expertise as an urban planner to two articles inTheJournalNews, one about the repurposing of outdated and abandoned suburban office parks, and another about the nationwide micro-apartment phenomenon gaining popularity among millennials in Yonkers.
Melissa Bowley ‘19 (Economics), Joshua De Leon ‘20 (Business Economics), Elizabeth Lipov ‘17 (Business Economics), Melissa Navas ‘19 (Economics), and Mariana Villada ‘20 (Business Economics) presented their research at the prominent Eastern Economic Association Conference on February 24 in New York City.
William De Feis ‘17 (Sociology and Anthropology, and Women’s and Gender Studies) presented a paper titled “’I Now Pronounce You Husband and Wife’…But Wait, We're Gay! Marriage as a Space for Same-Sex Couples” at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of Fellows of Dyson College.
He is currently a development intern at Immigration Equality, the nation’s largest LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, and was awarded a Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences Grant for his summer 2016 project, in which he explores lesbian and gay inclusion in mainstream society, particularly weddings.
Stephanie Del Valle ‘19 (Communication Studies) was crowned the winner at the 2016 Miss World pageant. She represented Puerto Rico in the competition. See her shout-out on NBCNews.
Anna Friedman ‘17 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Acting) appeared on the new NBC crime-drama series ChicagoJustice.
Caroline Jackson ‘19 (Business Economics) and Ashley Kaminski ‘19 (Political Science) have each been awarded a competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which provides students with funds toward a study abroad experience. Jackson will use the award to attend the University of Mannheim in Germany, and Kaminski will study at John Cabot University in Rome.
Rowan Lanning ’19 (Environmental Studies, and Modern Languages and Cultures), and Christina Thomas ’20 (Environmental Studies, and Economics) won first prize in the national Project Pericles Debating for Democracy competition held March 30 at The New School. The team defended their proposal mandating an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coast Guard’s plan to develop oil-barge anchorages on the Hudson River. They took home first prize in a fierce competition of more than 60 schools including Swarthmore College, Reed College, and Carleton College, and the win was a first for Pace University. The two were profiled by the Downtown Express.
Joshua Lovell ‘18 (Communication Studies, and Film and Screen Studies) was profiled in The Pulse about his participation in the highly prestigious Hesselbein Global Leadership Summit in Pittsburgh, PA last summer. The summit aims to develop experienced, ethical, and innovative global leaders. Lovell was one of 50 students chosen from around the world, and the only student selected from New York State.
Carly Sheinberg ‘21 (Environmental Studies) was quoted in USA Today College on the Trump administration’s immigration ban.
Taslim Tavarez ‘18 (Political Science) was selected as a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a highly competitive federal scholarship for juniors who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Her proposal called for increased accessibility to higher education for undocumented students in her home state of Florida. Tavarez has previously been awarded a Watson Fellowship and a Gilman Scholarship.
The Actors Studio Drama School hosted Academy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin for some intimate shop talk on February 24. Baldwin sat down with MFA students and shared insights on acting, directing and the professions.
The Dyson Women’s Leadership Initiative kicked off Pace’s inaugural Femmepowerment Conference on March 24 with a panel discussion entitled, “Women's Empowerment in the Post-Election Political Climate: Fears and Possibilities.”
Environmental Policy Clinic students were joined by State Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin for a press event in support of the Elephant Protection Act on February 17. Penned by the students and introduced in the New York State legislature by Senator Murphy, the act calls for New York to be the first state to ban the exhibition of elephants in entertainment venues.
Pace’s Homeland Security graduate degree was ranked 15th in a five-way tie by U.S. News&WorldReport’s ranking of the Best Online Programs.
The Pace School of Performing Arts was praised by American Theatre for its innovative teaching methods and for training students to be “quadruple threats.
Students from Pleasantville’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts travel documentary course traversed Florida during spring break to gather footage for their upcoming documentary, “Ridge to Ranch to River to Reef: Florida’s Conservation Connections,” slated to premiere on May 10 at the Jacob Burns Film Center. Check out their travel blog.
The 2016 MCVA travel documentary, “Cuba’s Crossroads: Hope, Rock, and [R]Evolution,” was awarded a 2016 Spotlight Documentary Film Gold Award, an international film competition open to new and seasoned filmmakers around the globe.
A select group of students from the New York City Model UN Team attended an international conference in Scotland during the first week of March. The full team also attended the National Model UN conference in NYC, March 19–23. (Asked M Bolton for more info, none yet)
The Pace Pleasantville Model United Nations team travelled to Charlotte, NC to compete in the Southern Regional Model United Nations Competition March 30 to April 2. The team won Outstanding Position Paper awards, the highest academic award of the conference, for all three countries they represented—the Russian Federation, Ecuador, and Eritrea. Additionally, students representing the Russian Federation received Distinguished Delegation awards for their portrayal of Russia's foreign policy and diplomacy. Several students won Best Delegate in their respective committees for their efforts, and one team member was awarded Most Improved Delegate over the course of the conference.
The Thirty-Sixth Annual Meeting of The Society of Fellows of Dyson College was held on Saturday, March 4 on the New York City campus. Students gathered to present their faculty-sponsored scholarly and artistic projects during a day full of plenary and panel sessions.