Summer 2018

 

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PACE IS TOP 3 FOR SERVICE / VOLUNTEERISM

Pace University was recognized in the top three colleges and universities for service and volunteerism in an annual report by the New York City Mayor’s Office. In 2017, Pace had over 1,699 volunteers and clocked 30,899 hours with non-profits across the city. Many of the service opportunities were organized through the Center for Community Action and Research at Dyson College (CCAR). Daniel Botting, CCAR associate director, said, “From hosting a Halloween party for children at a Lower Manhattan Community Center, to rebuilding homes for families who, even years later, continue to be displaced by Superstorm Sandy, Pace students continue to be responsible and active members in their communities. They understand that they are a part of their community and have a role to play in making it more fair and equitable.”

 

Dyson Prof Recipient of Prestigious Jefferson Award

Associate Prof of Criminal Justice and Security Kimberly Collica-Cox is the recipient of the Outstanding Public Service by an Employee Award for her work with incarcerated women by the Jefferson Foundation, the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to inspiring and celebrating public service.

 

DYSON SHINES AT SPIRIT OF PACE AWARDS

JaimeLee Rizzo, Chemistry and Physical Science; and Mark Weinstock, Economics, were each awarded The Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award at the 2018 Spirit of Pace Awards on June 13, 2018, at the American Museum of Natural History. The award honors faculty members whose commitment to education has had a transformative effect on generations of talented and successful students. It honors professors who have a proven record of setting their students off on a path to achievement and self-fulfillment. See photos from this year's event.

 

2018 KENAN AWARD WINNERS

Three Dyson College professors have been awarded the 2018 Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence. Each year the University selects faculty members, whose teaching performance their peers consider to be exemplary, and the recipients are recognized at Commencement. This year’s winners are Marcy Kelly, Biology; Len Mitchell, Philosophy and Religious Studies; and Bureen Ruffin, English.

 

Sciences

 

ENV GRAD GOES TO WORK FOR SEN. SCHUMER

Nicole Virgona ’18, Environmental Policy, has accepted the position of regional deputy director of Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) Hudson Valley office, sustaining the program’s 100 percent post-grad employment rate. Virgona credits earning her “dream job” to her experience in Pace’s Environmental Policy Clinic, and the dedication of Michelle Land, director of Pace’s Master of Environmental Policy program, and William Colona, director of government and community relations.

 

PROF AWARDED NIH GRANT FOR CANCER RESEARCH

Nancy Krucher, Biology, was awarded a $400K grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), entitled “CDK4/6 Resistance: An Alternate Strategy to Target RB Phosphorylation in Cancer.” The NIH grant will help further research that could lead to new treatment strategies for certain types of cancer and provide students valuable, hands-on research experience. Read more about her previous RB-related research here.

 

CHEM STUDENT'S RESEARCH POWERED BY NSF

Kaleigh Ryan ‘20, Chemistry, received a Research Experience for Undergraduates award, a competitive summer research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Ryan will perform cutting-edge research on renewable energy sources during a ten-week research stay at the University of Massachusetts Amherst during summer 2018. She is one of only ten awardees from more than 150 applicants for this prestigious award.

 

Env Prof and Students Present at Conference

Asst Prof of Env Studies and Sciences Michael Finewood and Dyson students presented on suburban-urban watershed challenges at an AESS conference.

 

PUTTING POLYMERS IN THE PUTTY

Pace students from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Pleasantville campus chapter, worked with visually impaired and emotionally compromised children to teach them about concepts in polymer chemistry. The New York Institute for Special Education hosted a science fair where Pace students and these children created substances such as putty and slime, using household items, to demonstrate how the mixing of compounds makes different substances. “I think it’s important to instill an interest in chemistry at a young age, because everything has a chemical basis, and this event accomplished that,” says recent Pace graduate and ACS chapter President Sarah Rahni. Watch video.

 

Humanities

 

EXPLORING THE MAGIC IN CINEMA

Assistant Professor of Film and Screen Studies Collin Williamson, authored Hidden in Plain Sight: An Archaeology of Magic and the Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2015). The book offers a wide-ranging investigation of how professional illusionists and their tricks have been represented onscreen for more than a century. It explores the powerful ways that magic has shaped our modes of perception and our experiences of the cinema, and how several key filmmakers, from Orson Welles to Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese, employ the rhetoric of magic.

 

MCVA Student Travel Documentary Wins Film Award

Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark, produced by student filmmakers, has won a Best Shorts Competition Award of Merit - Special Mention for student documentary short and a Spotlight Documentary Silver Award.

 

Arts


 

“LA TIMES” LAUDS PPA ALUMNA FISHBACK

Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback was interviewed by the LA Times about her stage and screen successes. Praised for her nuanced portrayals of tough yet vulnerable and resilient young women, she discusses her education at Pace, as well as some exciting upcoming film, television, and theater projects.

 

DANCE MAJOR PROFILED IN UNDER ARMOUR AD

Elsa Stallings ’21, Commercial Dance, was chosen to represent Under Armour in a video ad featured by Refinery29. The video focuses on promoting the serious work dancers put into their craft as athletes as well as artists. Watch the clip here.

 

PPA ALUMNA LANDS A "SHAMELESS" ROLE

Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Ashley Romans ‘15 has landed a recurring role on the hit Showtime comedy-drama series Shameless. Romans joins an all-star cast, including William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, for a historic ninth season, which will make Shameless the longest-running original scripted series in Showtime's history. Romans’ casting was reported in Deadline Hollywood; the new season premieres on September 9, 2018.

 

BROADWAY DEBUT IN "HEAD OVER HEELS"

Christine Shepard ‘19, Pace School of Performing Arts, makes her Broadway debut in Head Over Heels, a new musical comedy set to the iconic music of the 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s. The show is currently in previews and opens July 26 at The Hudson Theatre.

 

ASDS ALUMNUS CO-WRITING NEW PLAY

Actors Studio Drama School Alumnus Jeremy Kareken is co-writing a new Broadway play, as reported by The New York Times. The Lifespan of a Fact is an adaptation of a book about a thought-provoking battle between a writer and a fact-checker, and the challenges they face in the Information Age. The show will star Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, and Daniel Radcliffe. Previews begin September 20 and the show opens on October 18 at Studio 54 on Broadway.

 

Social Sciences

 

AWARD-WINNING PROF INTERVIEWED BY FIOS1

2018 Jefferson Awards recipient and Associate Prof of Criminal Justice and Security Kimberly Collica-Cox was interviewed by Fios1 on the success of her program “Parenting, Prison, and Pups.” Collica-Cox discusses how the program not only provides transformative emotional support for incarcerated women, but also incorporates real-world experience for students studying criminal justice. Watch the interview here.

 

HISTORY PROF ON NORTH KOREA-US SUMMIT

Professor of History Joseph Lee wrote an opinion piece in Taipei Times on the geopolitical dynamics surrounding the North Korea-US summit in Singapore.

 

STREAMING THE ACTION OF THE WORLD CUP

Matteo Ceurvels ‘13, Spanish and Latin American Studies, authored an article in Business Insider about the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and how fans around the world plan to watch and stream all the action. With more streaming options than ever before, including through mobile and social platforms, this year’s events have been called by some, the “Digital Cup.”