For these seven standout students, graduation is
only the next step along their Pace Paths

 

 
Sam Casey
Acting – International Performance Ensemble
“I am a creator, and Pace has provided me with the skills required to perform, produce, develop, direct, write, and facilitate new theatrical works on a professional level.”

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Sam's Pace Path — “I am a creator, and Pace has provided me with the skills required to perform, produce, develop, direct, write, and facilitate new theatrical works on a professional level. I serve as the artistic associate for Concrete Temple Theatre, a professional visual theater company here in New York City, and I’ve had a lifelong relationship with Lionheart Theatre Company in Norcross, Georgia. I’m the founder and director of The Lionheart Clown Company, a troupe of physical theater actors who create original work and lead workshops in local schools. This year, I founded The Lionheart New Works Festival with the goal of presenting devised theater and traditional plays side-by-side. I wanted to bring the wonderful work we’re doing here to Atlanta-area audiences, and our inaugural festival featured three unique pieces from Pace, all in different stages of development. A Good Place to Raise a Boy, written by Wesley Goodrich ’21, Directing–International Performing Ensemble and Political Science, was the traditional development process. Sun(Day) and The Tale of the Boo Hag were the two devised pieces presented at the festival.”

What are your plans for after graduation?

“I look forward to expanding the Lionheart New Works Festival and continuing to spread awareness of devised theater and new works in the South. After graduation, I will serve as the Director of Devised Theater at Merely Players in Atlanta, Georgia, and I have accepted the position of middle school theater director and instructor for 2019-2020 at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, my alma mater.”

 

 

 
Marylynn Hearn
Political Science
“New York has so much diversity and offers access to so many opportunities for a political science major, and I have been very lucky in this regard while a student here.”

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Marylynn's Pace Path — “New York has so much diversity and offers access to so many opportunities for a political science major, and I have been very lucky in this regard while a student here. …I’ve worked as an immigration legal intern at the International Rescue Committee and was also a peer mentor there for the Refugee Youth Summer Academy, a school-readiness program for children that have just moved to the US. Currently, I am a tutor in their Saturday Learning Series, which helps continue what the academy started. In addition, I have been a Peace Boat US Youth Delegate, assisting with events while the UN General Assembly is in session, and have participated in the 2018 National Model United Nations conference as a head delegate, preparing my fellow students for their success.

What are your plans for after graduation?

“After graduation, I plan to gain more experience and then pursue graduate work with an interest in studying conflict resolution and the intersectionality between gender and disarmament.”

 

 

 
Fatimah Majors
Applied Psychology and Human Relations
“One of my major accomplishments at Pace was winning a 2018 Bronze Medal for Public Service from the Jefferson Foundation. ”

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Fatimah's Pace Path — “One of my major accomplishments at Pace was winning a 2018 Bronze Medal for Public Service from the Jefferson Foundation. I spend a lot of my free time volunteering at a nonprofit organization that helps women and children who have experienced domestic violence, so I was very thankful to receive that award. Another one of my major accomplishments at Pace was bringing more awareness to food insecurity. I have worked with the Center for Community Action and Research to decide what are the best ways to decrease food insecurity on campus. As a result, a food pantry comes to the Pleasantville campus once every month to provide fresh vegetables, fruits and other foods to students and faculty.”

What are your plans for after graduation?

“My plan for after graduation is to work for a nonprofit organization that specializes in children and families to help them excel in all aspects of life. I want to be able to make a difference in their lives.”

 

 

 
David Shapiro Sharif
Political Science
“Pace has allowed me to embrace my passion for global awareness through my travels and helped me overcome adversity after being diagnosed with autism.”

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David's Pace Path — “Pace has allowed me to embrace my passion for global awareness through my travels and helped me overcome adversity after being diagnosed with autism. During my undergraduate career, I have traveled abroad five times; one time in South America, and four times in Europe. During my senior year, I worked as a research assistant, conducting research on the challenges and successes of students with autism spectrum disorders pursuing postsecondary education. I have presented my research at three conferences and have spoken on numerous panels about my goals for independence.”

What are your plans for after graduation?

“Having been diagnosed with autism at the age of four, and succeeding with an unfiltered background, I am hoping to implement comprehensive support systems at educational institutions across the world. To begin this journey, I will be teaching English in Suzhou, China, through the China Educational Association of International Exchange program for the next academic year. In this position, I will be empowering Chinese students to broaden their horizons. . . . After taking one or two years off from advocating for autism awareness, I plan to pursue a graduate career in global or educational leadership.”

 

 

 
Kaleigh Ryan
Chemistry
“I have had an excellent experience here. There is a real community atmosphere that exists throughout the department, and my greatest source of support within the program is Professor Krumpfer, PhD, my advisor and mentor. ”

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Kaleigh's Pace Path — “I have had an excellent experience here. There is a real community atmosphere that exists throughout the department, and my greatest source of support within the program is Professor Krumpfer, PhD, my advisor and mentor. Since freshman year, he has shown me what actions to take to attain the career I want, encouraging me to start research early, attend conferences, and apply for a fellowship. Last summer I received a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, I studied hybrid perovskites, a material that has displayed potential for use in solar panels. These experiences showed me that I love doing research, and the significant amount of time I have spent in the lab has helped me become more comfortable and confident as a chemist. [Recently,] my research on [polymers was awarded first place in the poster presentation competition at the American Chemical Society National Conference]. These particular polymers have several significant applications, most notably in the fields of medicine and solar energy.”

What are your plans for after graduation?

“After I graduate, I will be attending Rutgers for a PhD in materials science and engineering.”

 

 

 
Gabrielle Marie Weiss
Communication Studies
“I love the drive that Pace students have, and I knew there would be countless opportunities and doors opened once I came here. ”

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Gabrielle's Pace Path — “I love the drive that Pace students have, and I knew there would be countless opportunities and doors opened once I came here. As a Communication Studies major, my department has helped me find my passion for media through my digital media minor, and Professors Adam Klein and Emilie Zaslow have proved to be the best possible mentors I could have asked for. On campus, I am vice president and head of marketing of Students Supporting Israel, and off-campus, I am a digital ambassador for ISRAEL21c. My role is to highlight the meaningful and positive news that comes out of Israel. I have also worked in social media as a Hasbara Fellow and joined the Israeli American Council in their New York media room, running campaigns to take down anti-Semitic and anti-Israel posts.”

What are your plans for after graduation?

“I will be working for Hasbara Fellowships as their Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisor, advising students from the tristate area who are active on campus in advocating for Israel and Judaism, as well as continuing my work as Social Media Manager.”

 

 

 
Kimberly Zuniga
Applied Psychology and Human Relations
“Being a first-generation college student, I had no idea what I was doing when I started at Pace University [...] I could not have even dreamt of these opportunities as a high school senior.”

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Kimberly's Pace Path — “Being a first-generation college student, I had no idea what I was doing when I started at Pace University. My parents and older siblings, all immigrants from El Salvador, did not have the same access to education that my sister and I have had here in America. As a freshman, I volunteered with the Successful Learning Center through my involvement in the Setter’s Leadership and Service House. This experience gave me the confidence to go after my first internship sophomore year, where I worked with young adults with special needs through the JCCA for a program called Theater for Action. Inspired by professors like Paul Griffin, PhD, Angela Legg, PhD, and Sarah Juncaj, PhD, I started developing a greater interest in research, specifically in the realm of organizational psychology. Following my sophomore year internship, I applied to an Organizational Science Summer Institute at UNC-Charlotte. I was lucky to be one of the 10 students selected. I was also one of six interns selected to work for the Yale School of Management’s Micro-Organizational Behavior Program this past summer. I had the opportunity to collaborate with Yale professors, and PhD candidates at Yale and Columbia Universities, and to present my research findings at a conference at the end of my internship. I could not have even dreamt of these opportunities as a high school senior.

What are your plans for after graduation?

“What was supposed to be a side job for me this year, actually changed my future career plans completely. While spending my mornings babysitting for a local family, I found that instead of pursuing a PhD in organizational psychology and becoming a university professor, I wanted to work with children. I have accepted a teaching position at South Bronx Classical Charter School and will start my new job and fully funded master’s degree in childhood education in June. I am excited to be able to give back not only to an underserved community in New York, but also to the community I am originally from.”