10 Things to Inspire You - Spring 2020

1. The Winner’s Circle

Lubin School of Business graduate students Hifza Rahim ’19, Sushmitha Mudda ’20, and Manushi Dave ’20 won the A+E Networks’ 2019 Interactive Case Competition! Their innovative new streaming model, which capitalizes on ad skipping, beat out the competition. They qualified as one of the top four teams in the first round, and in the second, they beat out the likes of Carnegie Mellon, NYU, and Drexel. By the end, all three Setters swept the competition and won first prize.

2. Collections for a Cause

medical supply collectionIn the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pace’s College of Health Professions and Dyson College of Arts and Sciences donated more than 15,000 gloves, 60+ N95 masks, 250 standard face masks, and nearly 50 disposable gown kits to the health care workers at Westchester Medical Center and New York State. We’re helping to combat the critical shortage of personal protective equipment necessary to keep our health care professionals healthy and our communities safe.

3. Stemming the Tide

Of hundreds of submissions, Andrea Saum ’21 was selected as one of only five finalists for the #CreateCOP25 contest, which sought to curate diverse visual stories on climate change and to engage people on issues that often feel overwhelming or terrifying. Her contemporary dance piece, “Tides,” was performed by her commercial dance classmates and shown as part of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid this past December.

4. Justice for Survivors of Violence

Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC) has been recognized as an Organization Changemaker by Nonprofit Westchester. A collaboration between PWJC, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and My Sister’s Place, this program is creating change in the community through PWJC’s Family Court Legal Program, which provides emergency legal services on a walk-in basis to nearly 1,000 victims and survivors of domestic violence annually.

5. $224,000

Amount raised through the generosity of Pace’s Student Government Associations and  donors for the Pace Cares Fund,  used to help students facing economic hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

6. Spreading Cheer

neon light that reads Together ApartMatt Carino ’20, a Dyson student studying lighting design, was featured in The New York Times for his innovative and uplifting display outside his home in Montclair, New Jersey, in light of the COVID-19 health crisis. “I wanted to send a simple, strong, and positive message to the community,” he said.

7. As Fate Would Have It

Kizzmett Pringle ’20, The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA programBefore she was even accepted into The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA program, Kizzmett Pringle ’20 created a graduate school vision board, which included winning a prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Award given to some of the nation’s most outstanding emerging performing artists. In 2019, that vision became a reality as Tony Award-winning Hamilton star and Princess Grace Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. announced Pringle as the recipient of the Princess Grace Theater Honoraria.

8. Cooking Up Something Good

The brothers of Pace’s Pi Lambda Phi headed to the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley to help prepare breakfast for families with critically ill and traumatically injured children. The brothers dished up a healthy breakfast feast for more than 30 people staying at the house.

9. A Tree Glows in Pleasantville

What’s nearly 15 feet tall, weighs 2,755 pounds, and is now providing 1,400 watts of energy to Pace’s Pleasantville Campus? A brand new solar tree that’s so lit it’s serving up more than just clean energy: students can now relax and, quite literally, recharge with USB ports, WiFi, an interactive LCD display screen, night lighting, seating for six, and more. Thanks to Con Edison for the support in making Pace an even greener campus.

10. Semper Fi

United States Marine Corps veteran and recent Pace graduate Bonita Rodriguez ’19The embodiment of Semper Fidelis (“Always Faithful”), United States Marine Corps veteran and recent Pace graduate Bonita Rodriguez ’19 was named Student Veterans of America’s 2020 Student Veteran of the Year, the organization’s highest individual honor. Their dedicated network of more than 1,500 on-campus chapters represents more than 750,000 student veterans in 50 states and four countries. “It has truly been an honor to have served my chapter as former president of the Pace University Student Veterans of America and be able to give back to our student veterans on campus,”  says Rodriguez.