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From the Desk of President Krislov

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President Marvin Krislov shares his thoughts on his first weeks at Pace, upcoming midterm exams and office hours for students, and the transformational power of a Pace education.

It feels like the semester has just begun, but in fact we are almost halfway through! Now that I’ve had a moment to catch my breath, I thought I would take the opportunity to write to the Pace Community informally to share my thoughts on my experiences so far and my continued encouragement and support for all of our students who are in the midst of the semester schedule.

As we head into the midterm exam season, I want to encourage everyone to take care and be aware of the need for sleep, stress reduction, health, and wellness. The pressures of this period can be difficult and we have resources to assist all members of our community. Pace offers students a wide variety of resources they can take advantage of, including the Learning Assistance Center, extended library hours, the Counseling Center, among others.

On another note, since I’ve arrived on campus this summer, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with members of our community and I wanted to reflect on one of the many discussions I’ve had with alumni, faculty, students, and staff. In meetings with our alumni advisory board, I heard over and over about the transformational power of a Pace education and the difference it has made in the lives of our alumni. Our alumni expressed the desire to give back, to help mentor our students, and to connect students with employers and opportunities. The desire to give back to the University in this way, I think, is the catalyst to the transformational power that I’m seeing more and more as I integrate with the community, and is evidenced by the upward mobility demonstrated by Pace students and alumni. This is something that I want to share with the world at large.

Earlier this month, I was invited to speak at The Atlantic’s Future of Work forum in Washington, DC. The forum brought forth discussion and conversation on upward mobility and the American Dream and the facets and challenges facing the future generation. Stepping back and thinking about the future of work, I shared what we see as skills that students need in this global economy. In addition to critical thinking and analytical skills—and oral, written, and quantitative skills—we talked about the growing need for global competency, technological awareness, and the ability to work on a team and have empathy. Our panel touched upon important policy questions about health care and retirement benefits in the “gig economy.”

Pace is helping our country grapple with these important challenges faced by our society. For instance, the Cybersecurity conference on the Pleasantville Campus brought together business, government, and academic leaders to talk about the growing cybersecurity threat in every sector and how we might work together. Interestingly, one of the major lessons for me was the need for all community members to learn, educate, and train themselves and to have responsibility in their area.

In that regard, I have been so impressed by the many faculty, staff, and students and the commitment to having an impact in the broader world. Congratulations to Pace University students and Professors Matthew Bolton and Emily Welty of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences who for three years worked on negotiations of a nuclear weapons ban treaty with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. This is just one of the many great accomplishments by members of our Pace Community. This month, I invite you to join me at the Faculty and Student Showcases planned as part of my inaugural week, where students and staff will have the opportunity to share their research, experiences, and accomplishments with the wider Pace Community.

I’m also looking forward to learning more about our students and neighborhoods through my Snapchat Challenge and student office hours (those will begin soon, so please email Jennifer Ross for an appointment), and ongoing meetings with faculty and staff.

Until next time, I wish you all a very happy and hopefully stress-free midterm season (that goes for both students and faculty!).