Academic Year 2018 - 2019

 

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FIRST WOMAN NYS SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

On November 26, 2018, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins '86  '08, General Studies, Public Administration, was elected by her peers to serve  as New York State Senate Majority Leader. She is the first woman to lead either  legislative chamber. Pace President Marvin Krislov shared his congratulations, “Pace students and alumni are hard-working, driven leaders, and we’re so proud  of Senator Stewart-Cousins for all her hard work, drive, and great  accomplishments.” Stewart-Cousins was featured in the Daily Voice.

 

DYSON ALUMNI ARE POLITICAL TRAILBLAZERS

Following the 2018 midterm elections, two Dyson College graduates are poised to make history. New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Dyson double alumna, successfully won her bid for reelection and she is now set to become the first black woman—and the first woman—to lead either legislative chamber once confirmed as State Senate Majority Leader. Additionally, Charles Fall '14, Master of Public Administration, will be the first Muslim—and first African American—to represent Staten Island in Albany.

 

PACE STUDENTS ADDRESS THE UNITED NATIONS

Sydney Korman ‘21, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Terrie Soule ’19, Peace and Justice Studies, delivered a statement to the United Nations General Assembly calling for greater participation of youth, women, survivors of violence and people from the 'Global South,' (Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East), in peace and security policymaking. "Disarmament education can and should emphasize the humanitarian, human rights and environmental consequences of arms, militarism and armed conflict…empower the next generation of leaders to seek peace and alternative conflict resolution processes rather than relying on violence and war,” they said. Last year, Korman and Soule worked with professors Welty and Bolton and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Read more.

 

DYSON PROFS LAUDED FOR EXCEPTIONAL WORK

Three Dyson professors have been recognized for their outstanding work. Assistant Professor of Photography Inbal Abergil was awarded grant funding from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, established to provide financial assistance to artists through Lee Krasner, a leading abstract expressionist painter and widow of Jackson Pollock. Additionally, Assistant Professor of Psychology Lisa Rosenthal was honored with the Division 1 George Miller award from the American Psychological Association for her work on intersectionality, the ways in which different forms of social stratification intersect and connect, and Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Collica-Cox was selected as the first recipient of the “Ken Peak Innovations in Teaching Award,” from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

 

Pace Featured in UN Disarmament Report

A report on nuclear disarmament education from UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlights the significant contributions from Pace University students and faculty. According to the July 2018 report, “Pace University plays a globally recognized leading role in disarmament education ..." Read more about Pace's involvement in Nobel Peace Prize-winning efforts, and learn about the International Disarmament Institute here.

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Social and Natural Sciences

 

COLLEGE MAG RANKS CRIMINAL JUSTICE #1

College Magazine has ranked Pace’s Criminal Justice program #1 on its list of the “Top 10 Criminal Justice Colleges in the U.S.” Pace is praised for its cutting edge curriculum, vast internship program, variety of minors that complement the study of criminal justice, and the Criminal Justice Society.

 

PACE PSYCHOLOGY DEPT. LAUNCHES NEW PHD

Pace University’s Department of Psychology (New York City campus) is now accepting applications for a newly approved PhD Program in Clinical Psychology (Health Care Emphasis), set to begin this fall. Designed to prepare students to be scientist-practitioners with the skills to address the mind-body interface, the program is expected to gain full American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation as soon as possible, consistent with APA regulations. “Training will emphasize competencies in research, assessment, diagnostics, interventions, prevention, and health promotion,” says Professor of Psychology and Program Director K. Mark Sossin, PhD. “Our program is distinctive in its attention to global health, issues of wellness and illness across the lifespan, and multi-modal theoretical perspectives.” Other graduate level psychology programs currently available are the MA in Psychology, and an MSEd in School Psychology.

 

HUNDERSMARCK HONORED WITH RES LIFE AWARD

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Lawrence Hundersmarck received the inaugural Honoring Excellence Award from Pace’s Office of Residential Life and Housing. Prior to this year’s annual Academic Achievement banquet, students were asked to nominate a faculty or staff member who has supported their academic growth and pursuits during their time at Pace University. Hundersmarck was selected as the honoree out of more than 40 nominations. “Professor Hundersmarck is kind, helpful and open-minded during discussions in and outside of the classroom," said one student. "He encouraged me to study abroad, and is one of the most welcoming professors I have encountered thus far.”

 

NYACES ELECTS PSYCH PROF AS PRESIDENT

Professor of Psychology Joseph Franco was elected in January to a two-year term as downstate president to the New York Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. In this role, he will work closely with counselor educators to promote quality education and supervision to master’s and doctoral students, partnering with the NYS Office of the Professions and the Department of Higher Education. Franco also serves as editor in chief for the Journal of Clinical Counseling, a publication of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association.

 

THEY'RE HIRED! ALL ENV ’18 GRADS REPORT EMPLOYMENT

Dyson College’s 2018 class of MA, Environmental Policy graduates has reached 100 percent job placement success. Alumni have taken positions supporting local nonprofit organizations and politicians. Their achievements stand as a testament to Pace University’s mission to provide Opportunitas, and the ongoing focus on student success outcomes. This marks the inaugural class of graduates for the program, established in 2016. Read more about what these alumni are doing.

 

U.S. NEWS RANKS HOMELAND SECURITY NO. 24

Pace University’s MA in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals has been ranked No. 24 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program by U.S. News & World Report. The program is praised for its highly qualified faculty and students, and combination of theory and practice. Additionally, Onlinemasters.com named the graduate program No. 8 in the nation, including the designation of “Most Flexible.” Pace also received recognition from Collegefactual.com, which ranked the University at No. 7 in the nation on its 2019 list of "Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges in the U.S."

 

MODEL UN TEAMS SHINE AT DC CONFERENCE

The Pace University Model United Nations teams from NYC and PLV excelled at the 2018 National Model UN conference in Washington DC in November, where students from around the world simulate global policymaking processes. The 23-member PLV team was one of the largest ever, including 18 newcomers to the program. The team represented Germany and Slovenia, and for their efforts won honorable delegation, the conferences' third highest award, and distinguished delegation, the second highest award. In addition to these delegation awards, the students were also awarded two outstanding position paper awards, given to the highest quality research papers submitted to a given committee. The NYC team received five awards including distinguished delegation for their excellence in diplomatic practice representing Benin, Malawi and Togo.

 

PROF EXPLORES EMOTION IN SPORTS

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Yunus Tuncel has authored Emotion in Sports, Routledge, 2018, which examines emotion in sport from a philosophical perspective, building on concepts developed by ancient Greek and modern philosophers.

 

PROF EARNS SPOT ON NEW ADVISORY BOARD

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Collica-Cox was unanimously approved and confirmed to serve as a member of the Westchester  County Corrections Advisory Board. The board consists of nine members with backgrounds in criminal justice who will assist the Department of Correction in  improving programs and services available to inmates, as well as propose methods  to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed an Executive Order in July to create the Board, and each  of the Board’s members are subject to the approval of the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

 

PACE STUDENTS MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD

During the recent midterm elections, Pace  University students took action, and the media took notice. News 12 reported on a group  of students who worked to get more of their peers registered, and interviewed Julia Ferrugio '22, Applied Psychology and Human Relations, on election day about her support for LGBT rights and  women’s rights. News 12 also spoke with Florence L. '22,  Global Studies, who expressed her thoughts on President Trump’s plan to reverse transgender identity, and being trans in America, “I'm  proud of being trans because I don't think there's another option. It took a  lot of people a very long time to get us to where we are now,” she said.

 

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING CACREP APPROVED

Pace has earned accreditation for its MS and PhD Mental Health Counseling programs from The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), following a rigorous external review and self-assessment. Only 25 institutions in New York State offer a master or doctoral mental health counseling program with CACREP accreditation. Both programs are housed in Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. The master’s program is the first in Westchester County and sixth in New York City to receive CACREP accreditation in mental health counseling and the PhD was the first doctoral degree of its kind in New York State when it launched in 2013 and is the only program in the New York metropolitan area and the third in New York State to receive CACREP accreditation.

 

PROF WINS NATIONAL CONFUCIUS ESSAY COMP.

Anna Shostya, associate professor of economics and assistant chair of Economics NYC, won the People-to-People Award, a national essay competition organized by the Confucius Institute U.S. Center. She was among 10 honorees at the 2018 Confucius Institute National Honors Gala in Washington, D.C. on September 15, 2018. Shostya’s award-winning essay, “My Confucius Institute Story,” recalls a trip she took with a group of Dyson students to Shanghai and Beijing for an intensive two-week faculty-led study abroad program, organized by the Pace Confucius Institute. The transformational experience inspired a number of her students to pursue global careers.

 

MPA GRAD WINS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

Charles Fall ’14, MPA, has won New York’s Democratic primary on Sept. 13, emerging over two challengers in an open race to represent Staten Island’s North Shore in the state assembly. There’s no Republican running against the 29-year-old, which guarantees him the seat in the November general election. Read more.

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Arts and Humanities

 

 

PROF'S ESSAY PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORKER

Sarah Blackwood, associate professor of English, had her essay published in The New Yorker on the work of twentieth-century portrait photographer Hugh Mangum, a white man who in an era of racial terror and Jim Crow laws, set up makeshift portrait studios open to white and black customers alike.

 

 

PROF PENS BOOK ON CULTURAL MEMORY

Chair and Professor of English Erica Johnson authored, Cultural Memory, Memorials, and Reparative Writing, Palgrave Pivot 2018, in which she examines the ways personal and cultural memory are used in critical theory and memoir writing. Johnson looks at how cultural memory is signified by monuments and memorials in public spaces, such as the Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia and the newly unveiled Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. Read what inspired her here.

 

PR PROF TALKS BEZOS WITH CNET

In an article for CNET, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Relations Jennifer Magas has weighed in on recent actions by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos that have become national news.

 

NEW TEXTBOOK AUTHORED BY ENGLISH CHAIR

Chair of English and Modern Language Studies Laurie McMillan has authored a new textbook, Focus on Writing: What College Students Want to Know. The first-year composition rhetoric reader uses a conversational style, and prompts for informal and formal writing projects keep the focus on writing and help students meaningfully apply writing scholarship to their own lives. Read a Q&A with the author.

 

DYSON VET EARNS A+E FELLOWSHIP

Gerald Olvera ’18, Media, Communications, and Visual Arts, has received the Sgro Fellowship for Veterans in Media Technology from A+E Networks, a competitive, 18-month program for veterans to enter careers in media production. Gerald, who joined the US Navy just weeks before the 9/11 attacks, came to Pace after serving around the world for 11 years. “The resources gained from this fellowship will allow me to confidently pursue my next career endeavor, becoming an editor, and eventually a teacher,” he says.

 

KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING IN THE CLASSROOM

Satish Kolluri, associate professor of communication studies, discusses in The Chronicle of Higher Education how the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing provides a unique learning opportunity for his students. He streamed the September 27 hearings in his political satire and public speaking classes and integrated discussion during session breaks. “I basically threw the lesson plans for the day out of the window, and I decided that this is much more important,” Kolluri said.

 

PROF PENS BOOK ON DEMOCRACY & JOURNALISM

Seong Jae Min, associate professor of communication studies, authored As Democracy Goes, So Does Journalism: Evolution of Journalism in Liberal, Deliberative, and Participatory Democracy, Lexington Books, June 2018. The book explores the symbiotic relationship between democracy and journalism in an engaging historical narrative and attempts to answer the vital questions facing journalism today, namely its identities, functions, and relationship to democracy and the good life. Read a Q&A with the author here.

 

PROF AWARDED GRANTS FOR ENERGY DOC

Media, Communications, and Visual Arts prof Melanie LaRosa is one step closer to completing her documentary film project, “How to Power a City.” She has received grant funding from the Puffin Foundation, which provides financial support for arts projects by underrepresented creators; the Yip Harburg Foundation, which funds projects that promote social justice and equality; and the Solutions Journalism Network, supporting reporting and investigation of the response to social problems. The film showcases clean energy efforts at the grassroots level, and Pace students, including Irene Mercado ’17, Nick Ostrander ’16, and Anthony Parker ’15, have been involved in filming, research, writing and website development.

 

PACE FILMMAKERS REMEMBER HURRICANE MARIA

Commemorating the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance will present a free panel discussion and bilingual (English/Spanish) with subtitles screening of Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark, an award-winning Pace docs project. The film is a look at resilience in aftermath of the storm. RSVP to attend the screening, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23, 2pm at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling. Additionally, the film will air on WTTN, the Chicago PBS affiliate.

 

Bloomberg Doc Features Dyson Art Prof

Art Professor Will Pappenheimer discussed his work in augmented reality (AR) recently, for ART + TECHNOLOGY, an online short documentary series from Bloomberg Media Group, produced in partnership with Hyundai Motor Company. Pappenheimer is a multimedia artist who has exhibited internationally, and is a founding member of the Manifest.AR collective. Episode 27, featuring Pappenheimer, debuted January 14 and focuses on the question on whether AR offers new realities. Watch now.

 

Forbes Ranks PPA's Dominique Fishback

Pace Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback, has been named in Forbes 30 Under 30 - Hollywood & Entertainment 2019. The Brooklyn, NY, native is bestknown for her role as Donna 'Darlene' Pickett on HBO’s The Deuce. Last year, she made her film debut in Night Comes On, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She also appeared in The Hate U Give, released nationally in theaters in October.

 

DANCING THROUGH THE RANKS: PACE IS NO. 3

Pace has been ranked #3 in College Magazine’s list of the 10 Best Colleges for Aspiring Choreographers. The Pace School of Performing Arts' BFA in Commercial Dance earned the Top 3 spot by understanding the needs of today’s dance industry and preparing students to choreograph anything from Broadway productions to commercials. Pace students use their techniques to choreograph and perform more than 50 annual productions, including the highly-selective Dance Out Loud and Dancespace concerts, and they have the opportunity to travel to L.A. for a dance intensive taught by award-winning choreographers like Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance and La La Land.

 

ACTING PROF ON WORKING WITH GANDOLFINI

Susan Aston, director of acting, Actors Studio Drama School, was featured in an article marking the 20th anniversary of the HBO hit drama The Sopranos. She reflected on her time working as acting and dialogue coach for the late James Gandolfini, who heavily credited Aston for his award-winning performance as Tony Soprano. Read the full story in amNEWYORK.

 

ULTIMATE MUSICAL THEATER AUDITION GUIDE

Amy Rogers Schwartzreich, associate professor, Performing Arts, authored The Ultimate Musical Theater College Audition Guide. The book includes advice from program directors of top-tier musical theater programs across the country to give students an edge over the competition, including wardrobe suggestions and repertoire options for their auditions. Read a Q&A with the author.

 

PPA ALUMNA MAKES BROADWAY DEBUT IN WICKED

Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Emily Rogers ‘15, Musical Theater, made her Broadway debut in Wicked on December 17, 2018. She joined the ensemble, and will act as understudy for the lead role of Elphaba. See the full cast here.

 

PPA WELCOMES STANDOUT INCOMING CLASS

The Pace School of Performing Arts welcomed 176 students to the incoming class of 2022, after receiving a record 3,700 applications from hopefuls hailing from six continents, including 49 states, and Puerto Rico. “I am impressed by the immense talent of the students and the drive and focus they have demonstrated to get to this point,” said Jorge Cacheiro, executive director, Pace School of Performing Arts. Pace was recently ranked by Playbill in their top ten most represented colleges on Broadway in the 2018–19 season. Onstage Blog included PPA in their national rankings, with the Musical Theater major ranked number four in the country, its Acting major number six, Commercial Dance major number 16, and the Production and Design major number 23. Broadway World reported on the incoming class.

 

PACE NAMED AMID TOP MUSICAL THEATER BFAs

OnStage Blog has listed Pace University no. 4 among the “The Top 25 BFA Musical Theater Programs for 2018-19.” The competitive program is praised for its attention to the business, as well as the art, of performing. Rankings are based on a variety of factors. Read more.

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