Alumni

Fall 2019

Maral Javadifar

A Woman’s Place

From the basketball court to the NFL sidelines, Maral Javadifar’s got game. Her maturity, her focus, and her determination to succeed was what originally made Maral Javadifar ’12 stand out to the Pace University Athletics Department. Javadifar, still in high school and just a prospective student-athlete for the Pace Women’s Basketball team, was recovering from what could have been a career-ending torn ACL when she was recruited by Coach Carrie Seymour and Assistant Coach Patrina Blow. Amid her own concerns that she wouldn’t be able to play basketball at the...
Coffee, latte, and macaroons on a table

Pace Means Business

From dim sum to macarons, meet 15 businesses owned by Pace alumni. Entrepreneurship at Pace Entrepreneurship is more than building a business—it’s about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value. It’s about opportunity. And at Pace, we live opportunity. Pace Small Business Development Center (SBDC): provides free one-on-one advisement, training, and research to help small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs grow or launch their ventures. Since 1986, the Pace SBDC has worked with 16,000+ small businesses, helping them invest more...
Jeffrey Deskovic, Elisabeth Haub School of Law Alumn who was wrongfully convicted

Fighting For Freedom

After serving 16 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Jeffrey Deskovic ’19 is free and fighting for others. You gotta fight. For your right. To party. It’s karaoke night at a local bar and Jeffrey Deskovic is belting out the popular Beastie Boys song alongside some of his closest friends. To the twentysomethings at the bar, they may look like a group of guys who stopped in for a quick beer before heading to a baseball game, but what the audience doesn’t hear is that what sounds like a crowd-pleasing party hit is actually an anthem and this group of men, who all spent years in prison for crimes they...
Pace University President, Marvin Krislov and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mark Besca

Letter from the President and Board Chairman

By Marvin Krislov Pace’s greatest strength is our people. That’s always been true. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni come from a vast range of backgrounds—culturally, ethnically, socioeconomically. Since our founding as a fully co-educational institution in 1906, what has always mattered at Pace is that you work hard, have ambition, want to get ahead. As long as you’re driven to succeed, you’re Pace material. That’s what makes people want to be at Pace— whether students or faculty or administrators or...

Spring 2019

Thomas Mansley ’89 and Janice Mansley ’90 posing with young children in Haiti.

Thomas Mansley ’89 and Janice Mansley ’90

By Robert Schurz ’18 Thomas Mansley ’89 and Janice Mansley ’90 met at Pace University while they were both working toward their MBAs. As fate would have it, they had a class together in New York City. “Tom would always sit in the same seat in every class,” Jan recalls. “I thought he was really cute. One day, I got there early and stole his seat.” Adds Tom, “That was how it all started. Our first date was October 13, 1988, and the rest was history!” For Tom and Jan, a Pace education had an immediate and lasting...

Class Notes - Spring 2019

Family of Pace Athletics Founder Gives $1 Million Gift B.J. Finnerty, wife of the late Peter X. Finnerty, has chosen to support Pace Athletics and honor the legacy of her late husband, the father of Pace Athletics. “I am thrilled to be able to announce such an impactful gift to support Pace student-athletes and our community,” says Director of Athletics Mark Brown. “Private support is integral to the continued success of Pace Athletics and we thank Mrs. Finnerty for her incredible generosity.”...
Cooper shares a light moment with program chair Andreas Manolikakis.

Star Power

Alumnus Bradley Cooper surprised Actors Studio Drama School students last fall as he reminisced with former professors about how his time there meant “redefining everything as an artist, as a human being.” The Grammy-winning Cooper starred in, directed, produced, and co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated film A Star Is Born.
Illustration of a man and a woman cutting a mushroom cloud in half with a saw

World Without End

By John T. Ward Two Pace professors made a commitment to each other—and to wiping out nuclear weapons. Being instrumental in the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was icing on the cake. At the risk of trivializing their profoundly important work, it’s worth noting that the initial encounter between Emily Welty and Matthew Bolton had a meet-cute quality right out of Hollywood. Arriving early for the first session of intermediate Spanish one summer evening in Washington, DC, Welty found that another student had gotten there even earlier: a tall young man with a soft British accent. He was eager to chat and moved to sit beside her. She was focused squarely on finishing her...
Andrea Stewart-Cousins celebrating her win on election night

How NY’s State Senate Got Woke (It Took a Pace Grad.)

By Kelley Freund It took the Democrats in the New York State Senate seven years to break up a group of their colleagues who had crossed party lines to form an alliance with the Republicans. It took the State Senate more than 200 years to choose a woman as the body’s leader, and to place an African-American woman at the top. But when the State Senate broke through all those barriers at once in January and selected State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins ’86, MPA ’08 as the majority leader, it took almost no time to... Stewart-Cousins (who represents Greenburgh, part of White Plains, part of New Rochelle, part of Yonkers, and Scarsdale in Westchester County) has long been known as a strong advocate for issues like human rights, quality education, affordable health care, and making government more efficient. And once she took charge, there was no stopping her. First up, election reform: In an effort to reverse New York’s reputation as a state with one of the lowest voter turnouts in the nation, the Senate...

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