Choate House on the Pace Pleasantville campus

Monthly YES Recognition Winners

New York City - May

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!

Westchester - May

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!              

Yes I Make It Happen Monthly Nominees

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


Previous University-Wide Monthly YES Winners

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, NYC:

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!

January 2021

Jillian Gorry, University Relations, New York City

Recognized by Sue Maxam, Office of the Provost/EVP Academic Affairs, Westchester/NYC:

Thank you, Jillian, for all that you do to support our student success efforts...from highlighting key opportunities in the oh-so-amazing Pace Pulse that are brought to your attention (as well as the gems you dig up yourself!!) to putting together comprehensive lists of key student stories and university initiatives for a project I am currently working on! But more than that, thank you for being YOU...someone who truly cares about our students, takes pride in highlighting their accomplishments, and goes out of her way to support her colleagues! You are such a pleasure to work with, Jillian!!!

Theresa Nahim, English Language Institute, Westchester

Recognized by Daniel Lenkowsky, English Language Institute, NYC:

Thank you so much for taking the time to plan and lead the "How to Lead Successful Global Teams" hands-on workshop for Education USA - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The online workshop was well attended, and the participants enjoyed it! In a competitive market, your contributions help set Pace University apart from other programs. Now there are 30+ more people across the world who have benefited from the high-quality instruction that Pace provides.

December 2020

Matt Brown, Center for Academic Excellence, New York City*

Recognized by Jennifer Talbot, Center for Academic Excellence, Westchester:

Cathy, Matt and Carolyn did a great job in creating and presenting sessions for prospective FY and TR students at the Winter Open House event on Sunday. I am grateful for their efforts and willingness to partner with our colleagues in Enrollment Management to offer these sessions and especially for how well they convey all the wonderful opportunities and resources for students at Pace. Their presentations showed the welcoming and caring community at Pace that we create for our students and their families.

*Cathy Raynis Meeker and Carolyn Endick were also nominated. Matt Brown was the winner of the random movie ticket drawing.

John Sassano, Finance & Administration, Westchester**

Recognized by Matt Renna, Human Resources, Westchester/New York City:

On behalf of the Human Resources department I want to thank you for serving on the Special Awards Nomination Committee this year. Your time and effort were extremely valuable in the review and assessment of all the nominations for 2020. Thank you for volunteering for this very important committee!

** Marcus Braga Alves, Liza Bell, Beth Buls, Purnima Deshwal, Elizabeth Luongo, and Jennifer Rosenstein were also nominated. John Sassano was the winner of the random movie ticket drawing.

November 2020

Darrell Lee, Financial Aid, New York City*

Recognized by Jill Olimpieri, Seidenberg School of CSIS, Westchester:

A bit thanks to Darrell and Regina for supporting the Seidenberg School through UNIV 101. Our students highly benefit from their informative presentation about budgeting scholarships the financial aid process/deadlines and so much more. I'm so thankful for both of their time this semester for assisting our students on both the PLV and NYC campus. Many of my students were proactive after the presentation to submit the FAFSA and check into scholarships really appreciate this opportunity! Thanks again Regina and Darrell.

*Regina Robinson was also nominated. Darrell Lee was the winner of the random movie ticket drawing.

Dany Swindler, College of Health Professions, Westchester

Recognized by Justin McManus, Enrollment Management, Westchester:

I would like to thank Dany for completing a last-minute request to publicize a recruitment event! Even though I submitted the request at 4:00pm it was posted to LinkedIn within minutes. I have always appreciated her responsiveness, but this example takes the cake!