Choate House on the Pace Pleasantville campus

Monthly YES Recognition Winners

New York City - August

Andrew Coggins, Lubin School of Business, New York City*

Recognized by Jaclyn Kopel, Honors College, New York City:

Thank you so much for helping out today with our first day of Welcome Week. We appreciate you giving up some of your time to work with our students. We know the students will be in good hands with you in the fall as well.

*Michelle Deale, Carolyn Endick and Wayne Petro were also nominated. Andrew Coggins was the winner of the random movie ticket drawing.

Westchester - August

Jessica Ready-Jackson, Information Technology Services, Westchester

Recognized by Sue Maxam, Office of the Provost/EVP Academic Affairs, New York City/Westchester:

Thank you, Jessica, for working so intensively with Len and me to set up our "grade book" and Qwickly the other day! You have the patience of a saint (well, thousands of them!!) and we truly appreciated it!!

Yes I Make It Happen Monthly Nominees

All Employees recognized in the month of August 2021 (PDF)

Previous University–Wide Monthly YES Winners

July 2021

Mariah Jusino, Office of the Registrar, Westchester

Recognized by Nathan Thienel, Former Student

Extremely efficient and extremely helpful!

Tara Vassallo, English Language Institute, New York City

Recognized by Jeff McIlvenna, English Language Institute, New York City

Professor Vassallo went above and beyond in her work with the English Language Institute to develop and implement a successful workshop despite many changes and last-minute pivots.

June 2021

Renee Brown-Cheng, UG Admissions/Pleasantville, Westchester*

Recognized by Sue Maxam, Office of the Provost/EVP Academic Affairs, New York City/Westchester

Thank you so much for serving as a co-facilitator for our 3rd annual Student Success Summit! Your assistance in this role made all the difference in ensuring the first round of discussions were productive and engaging. And, thank for staying for the remainder of the Summit despite the technical hiccups preventing additional small-group discussions!! The break-out room notes and the comments in the chat will all prove incredibly helpful as we determine which recommendations the various divisions (ideally in partnership with one another) throughout the University will ultimately take on!! THANK YOU!

*Kathryn Winsted, Jennifer Talbot, Cathy Raynis-Meeker, Sophie Kaufman, Ohnma Kyaw, Keith Gorman, Katherine Torres, Marie Charles, Sheryl Scalzo, Heather Novak, Daniel Lenkowsky, Randi Priluck, Inita Mix, Zafir Buraei, Ross Christofferson, Rachel Simon, Erin Mysogland, Mark Weinstock, Meagan Mullen, Lisa Kraft, Shaquana Gadsden, Eileen Engelke, Richard Shadick, Maria Iacullo-Bird, Regina Robinson, Amy Greis, Shawn Livingston, Deborah Fain, Adelia Williams-Lubitz, Eileen Murphy, Robina Schepp, Shamita Dutta Gupta, Noreen McGuire, Emily Bent, Vincent Birkenmeyer, Cassandra Hyacinthe, Marc Potolsky and Rosa Ament were also nominated. Renee Brown-Cheng was the winner of the random movie ticket drawing.

Nicole Harrow, iPace, New York City

Recognized by Myriam Lacrete-Sackes, Enrollment Management, New York City

As a staff and student trying to navigate my course load, Nicole made me feel confident by being accessible for any questions I had. She was proactive in giving me information that I would need in advance to hit my goals for my new major. She followed up with my change of major request and I was at ease because she made me feel that she was my advocate. She handled herself in a professional manner during our advisement appointment.

May 2021

Justin McManus, Graduate Admissions, Westchester

Recognized by Keville Frederickson, College of Health Professions, Westchester.

Justin McManus consistency goes out of his way to facilitate successful recruitment information sessions online. Today, a few hours before we were to conduct a session, we asked for a change in the PowerPoint which included the addition of a photo and a chart. Not only was Justin able to accomplish this, but he did so with a smile! The result was a major benefit to the recruitment PowerPoint. This is not unusual with Justin. He consistently is willing to make changes accommodate our needs and reach out to students. He truly facilitates Opportunitas!

Edith Arenas-Rivera, Dean for Students, New York City

Recognized by Sue Maxam, Office of the Provost/EVP Academic Affairs, New York City/Westchester

Thank you Edith for joining the commencement team this year! It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and you have proven to be an incredible and valued addition to our team! Your positive can-do attitude and eagerness to help with anything and everything are all appreciated more than you can know! This included but was certainly not limited to: Coordinating all of the cardboard cut-outs of the Deans and T-Bone; assisting with the in-person events; volunteering to serve as a chat monitor; responding to various student and parent inquiries; helping with troubleshooting; and so much more!  The fact that I absolutely LOVE working with you because you are so kind, fun and collaborative is additional icing on the cake! Thank you, Edith, for all that you do and all that you are!      

April 2021

Ellen Sowchek, Office of the University Librarian, New York City*

Recognized by Greg Murphy, Birnbaum Library, New York City:

I would like to commend Brendan, Kristina, and Ellen on establishing the Oral History program for the libraries and making the material accessible to the global public through the Pace Digital Commons. This is an important initiative that preserves Pace history and connects us more closely with our alumni. Great Job Everyone!

*Brendan Plann-Curley and Kristina Bilello were also nominated. Ellen Sowchek was the winner of the random movie ticket drawing.

Tony Soares, Educational Media Law School, Westchester

Recognized by John Blackwell, Office of Academic Technology, Westchester:

Helped out the Office of Academic Technology while short-staffed.

March 2021

Kimberly Alonso, Welcome Center, New York

Recognized by Kellie Moran, Enrollment Management, New York City:

Kim was able to assist with getting panelists for the Dyson INTL Admitted event quickly and efficiently to ensure great student participation for the event. Thank you, Kim!

Kathi Reczek, University Health Care, Pleasantville*

Recognized by Bernadette Baumann, Human Resources, New York City:

The Employee Relations Team would like to recognize the following individuals (Teriann Sterling, Sharon MacArthur, Kathi Reczek and Todd Smith-Bergollo) for going above and beyond to support an international student in a difficult and urgent situation. This student was in need of a quick COVID test to be able to travel internationally and return home; she was already in financial distress due to having to abruptly interrupt her studies and purchase a flight on short notice, so to have to pay for a COVID test it was too much. These individuals stepped in and helped guide the student in finding and securing a free test to be able to get on her flight. Kudos to all!

*Teriann Sterling, Sharon MacArthur and Todd Smith-Bergollo were also nominated. Kathi Reczek was the winner of the random movie ticket drawing.

February 2021

Vicki Williams, Registrar Office, New York City

Recognized by Denise Moreno, Psychology, New York City:

Ms. Williams goes above and beyond especially now during such unprecedented times. She is ready and willing to help students and colleagues. We are so fortunate to have her as a member of the University!

Marjorie Nelson, Finance Departments, Westchester

Recognized by Erin McNamara, Residential Life, Pleasantville:

Marjorie is always available when we have time sensitive questions for Purchasing. Thank you!