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. 


Pace Performing Arts proved that we’re #NewYorkTough this spring with the world’s first socially-distanced flash mob, featuring the work of Pace alumni Marjorie Lewitt and Danny Hammond. Their PSA was in response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Wear a Mask” campaign. 

Three Cheers

During the height of the pandemic, the fine folks of New York's FiDi neighborhood gathered (at a safe distance) every night to cheer on the amazing health care workers at the NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, right across the street from Pace’s NYC Campus. You're going to want to turn on your volume for this.

Tech for a Cause

Seidenberg Associate Professor of Computer Science Rick Kline, PhD. Kline“It's gratifying to have found something concrete I can do to help out in a small way during these troubling times,” says Seidenberg Associate Professor of Computer Science Rick Kline, PhD. Kline worked with volunteer group NYCMakesPPE.com to refine and create, using 3D printers, much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers in New York. “I’ve helped with several further iterations among discussions with half a dozen other people, many with expertise in design and manufacturing. I've also printed 50 copies of their ‘production’ frame design, which was published in the public domain by a Swedish company, 3DVerkstan.” Since the spring, Kline has created and distributed more than 500 to groups in Westchester and New York City.

Life-saving Service

Miles Mendez ’23, donating peripheral blood stem cells to a 57-year-old woman fighting leukemia during the height of the pandemicAs part of a yearly team tradition, Pace Football partners with Be the Match, aiming to spread awareness about blood cancers, the US Marrow Donor Program, and why it is so important for people to sign up for the donor registry. This spring, football player Miles Mendez ’23 had the opportunity of two lifetimes—donating peripheral blood stem cells to a 57-year-old woman fighting leukemia during the height of the pandemic. For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. “If you have a chance to save a life,” said Miles, “just do it. It’s worth it.” Ready to be the match for someone fighting for their life? Sign up online for Be The Match.

The Millenium Fellows

Last spring, the United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network launched the Millennium Fellowship. This program convenes, challenges, and celebrates bold student leadership that advances the sustainable development goals on campus and in communities. After a competitive application process with more than 15,000 applicants from over 1,400 campuses across 135 nations, nine Pace students were selected to become Millennium Fellows in 2020. This is a huge achievement!

Food for the Frontline

Doctors and nurses receiving food packages from PaceGoing above and beyond in support of healthcare workers on the front lines during the height of the pandemic, nursing alumna Dana Umbro ’20 is the personification of “Opportunitas in Action.” Working alongside her long-time friend, Mar Healy and Mar’s mother, Margaret Healy, a critical care nurse, Dana put together and distributed care packages for nurses in area hospitals. Their project is aptly named Code Frontline. “While this may be a small contribution to a big problem,” Dana said, “We strive for these care packages to be a positive gesture in the nurses' days and hope that these packages alleviate some of the stressors faced on the front lines. In these challenging times, I have come to understand how important it is to support one another.”

Coding for Climate Change

2020 IBM Call for Code logoTeam Agrolly, comprising Pace’s Ajinkya Datalkar ’20, Manoela Morais ’20, Chimka Munkhbayar ’20, and Helen Tsai ’21, won the prestigious IBM Call for Code 2020 challenge and received $200,000 to advance their app, which uses IBM technology to assist farmers with limited resources in making informed decisions to improve their economic outcomes. By combining weather forecasts from The Weather Company and historical data from NASA with crop requirements published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Agrolly’s platform provides tailored information for each farmer by location, crop type, and growing season. Read more about the team and their work.

The Show Must Go On

Broadway might still be closed, but that hasn’t deterred Pace Performing Arts alumna Maddie Rodrigue and current student Trent Soyster. They created a mini-production of Broadway at Home while in quarantine as a tribute to New York’s beloved Broadway community. Maddie Rodrigue completed her first season as a Radio City Rockette in the 2019–2020 Christmas Spectacular, and Trent Soyster was a featured performer in the Broadway National Tour production of Escape to Margaritaville prior to cancelations due to COVID-19. Their collaboration was featured in Broadway WorldPlaybill, and on local news stations.

Career Services Named a COVID Hero

The Business Council of Westchester named Pace’s Career Services a COVID-19 Hero for their efforts in responding to the economic fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic that has wiped out jobs and decimated incomes. Pace’s Career Services offered its resources to students' parents who have lost jobs. “To lose a job in the middle of a pandemic—the team is heartbroken to think how overwhelmed some of our students’ families must feel now,” said Phyllis Mooney, executive director of Career Services. “This is where we can, and are happy to help, no matter what kind of job a Pace parent is looking for.”

Athletes for Activism

Pace University athletes marching to protest racial injusticeLed by student athletes, the Pace Community came together to raise their voices against racial injustice and police brutality. Nearly 100 students marched from the Pleasantville Campus to Thornwood, NY, where Pace student and football player Danroy “DJ” Henry was killed by police in 2010. “Thank you to everyone that came out today in honor of, not only our teammate Danroy Henry, but all the other black lives that have been affected by police brutality across the nation,” said Pace quarterback Carlton Aiken Jr. ‘21, “This does not end here. Our voices must be heard and changes must be made!”