Pace Magazine: Spring 2021 Issue
Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue of Pace Magazine. In this issue, we’re celebrating the Class of 2021, fueling faculty innovation, and introducing you to amazing students and alumni. You’ll have an opportunity to read the magazine’s regular features including our Leadership Letter, 10 Things to Inspire You, and the latest student and faculty research in an amazing new format—keep an eye out for plenty of amazing videos and great images. We’re so excited about our new look—we hope you like it, too.
Charging Into the Future
A university is always changing, but this feels like an especially pivotal moment. Read what President Marvin Krislov and Board of Trustees Chairman Mark M. Besca ’81 have to say about the University’s bold new vision to move us forward.
Celebrating the Class of 2021
We celebrated the bold and brave Class of 2021 and more than 25,000 people from around the globe tuned in to our virtual ceremonies (completely filmed and produced by Connor Morgan ’21!) and nearly 1,000 students attended our in-person celebrations in New York City and Westchester.
Fuel for Faculty Innovation
Pace’s Faculty Center has long been an important component of the University’s DNA. With the inaugural class of Teaching Fellows, Pace University’s Faculty Center is building upon its strong foundation to become a major hub for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation at Pace.
Community Mapping for COVID
Professor Claudia Green, director of Pace’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program, was faced with a challenge as she prepared to teach her civic engagement and public values course remotely: How would the class build a community project when the students were located around the world? The solution: Use Google Earth and open-source mapping tools to create a database of COVID-19 friendly tourism activities worldwide.
10 Things to Inspire You
In a year unlike any other, the transformative power of Pace has the ability to uplift and hearten. Here are just a few of our most inspiring Pace moments.
As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs faced-off for Super Bowl LV, Pace’s Maral Javadifar '12 was right there with them. Not only is she the Buc's assistant strength and conditioning coach, but she's also one of only three women to coach in a Super Bowl.
Launched in Summer 2020, the Resilience Internships program has funded more than 100 Pace students to work for nonprofit organizations that are supporting communities in need in and around New York City and Westchester. From data analysis to policy and advocacy, Pace students aren’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic slow down their ability to earn hands-on experience.
This April, film and screen studies student Myles Rowe ’22 hit the track as Force Indy’s inaugural driver in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. The new IndyCar team was created to help bring diversity to all areas of motorsports—driving, engineering, mechanics, marketing, and more. The car he’s driving? No. 99 to honor one of America's first Black racers, Dewey Gatson, who drove a roadster with that number.
See the rest of our top ten most inspiring Pace moments. We’ve got an incredible student whose letting nothing stop in his way, an alumna who is working alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, an inspiring team of student artists, and so much more.
Building a Legacy
Dean Harriet Feldman has been an institution at Pace for many years—taking on different roles throughout her tenure, paving the way for a thriving CHP, nurturing new programs at Pace, and leading the way during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Buzz Around PaceDocs
Twenty students were set to embark on a trip to Paris, France, last spring to produce a documentary on urban beekeeping and spotlight the rooftop bees that survived the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame fire.
Passports were secured. Tickets were booked. And all of the groundwork and arduous pre-production work, including setting up interviews and securing location approvals, were complete for a week-long shoot overseas. It would be a working Spring Break unlike most others.
But that was March 2020.
The Latest in Research
One way a Pace education stands out from the pack? At Pace, research isn’t just for faculty and advanced graduates—it’s also for undergraduates. In fact, Pace has spent the past several years taking undergraduate research to the next level.
Isabelle Labianco '22 was able to rebound quickly when her summer internship plans fell through. Instead of a summer in an office cubicle, Isabelle was accepted to the Provost’s Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research program, and spent the next several months researching the intersection between behavioral economics and media messaging; particularly, how they combined in rather unique fashion during the early months of the pandemic.
When Christine Suddeth ’21 enrolled in the Pace School of Performing Arts as a musical theater student, she was in the midst of recovering from a voice injury—one that her voice teacher, PPA Professor Amanda Flynn, helped her recover from. “Doing this research opened my mind a bit more—as a performing arts major, you can get tunnel vision,” said Christine. “It was liberating in a way that I could expand my breadth of study.”
Your Virtual Interview is Ready
The School of Education has combined forces with Pace's OASIS program to get students on the Autism spectrum career-ready by using virtual reality avatars to simulate a job interview scenario.
Putting Equity and Inclusion at the Center
Announcing the establishment of the Barry M. and Jackie Gosin Center for Equity and Inclusion. This new center, established via a donation from the Gosins, supports ongoing efforts at Pace in anti-racism and equity, expands work to elevate job placement and entrepreneurship among Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) students, and enhances academic scholarship in these areas.
Recent Alumni: Go for GOLD
As part of Pace's new Alumni Association, Graduates of the Last Decade, or GOLD, is a network exclusively designed for recent graduates to get connected to one another and to take advantage of the many opportunities our robust alumni network has to offer.
The Show Goes On
In a year when stage lights across the world went dark, Pace's School of Performing Arts found creative ways to keep the show going.
Spirit of Pace Awards
The Spirit of Pace Awards celebrates Pace University’s role as a national leader in providing a college education of clear value—one that is built on a powerful combination of liberal arts and professional preparation, propelling young people to succeed in their careers and lives. This event provides us with the opportunity to come together as one Pace Community, proudly celebrating our rich history and bright future.
About Pace Magazine
Pace Magazine is a publication of the Department of Marketing and Communications, Office of University Relations, published twice a year, and distributed free to alumni and friends of Pace University. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of its staff or of Pace University.