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Setter Success: Fall 2019

News Story

A lot has been accomplished this semester at Pace—from outstanding individual achievements, to another national championship for the Fed Challenge team, to a commitment to sustainable initiatives in Westchester.

Up For the (FED) Challenge

Fed Challenge TeamThe College Federal Reserve Challenge team won the National Competition in monetary policy an unprecedented fourth time since first entering the competition in 2012. This year, the team beat out Harvard University (who finished in second place), Loyola University, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania (who received honorable mentions). A rigorous competition that requires months of preparation, the challenge tests students' knowledge of the macroeconomy, central banking, and monetary policy, and requires the team to present to a panel of Federal Reserve high rank officials.

Housed within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, this year’s team consisted of economics and business economics majors Scarlett Bekus ’20 (captain), Sean Freda ’19, Joseph Drennan ’20, Dylan Seals ’21, Marissa Kleinbauer ’21, Gabriella Serebryanaya ’22 (alternate), Yesenia Vazquez ’21 (alternate), and Olivia Speno ’21 (alternate). Bravo, Setters!


(Sustainably) Powering Pleasantville

Solar Tree CuttingBringing together imagination, technology and sustainability, Pace University recently unveiled a “Solar Tree” on its Pleasantville Campus with the support of Consolidated Edison Company of New York.

The modern art-style e-tree, located on the lawn between Elm and Alumni Halls and the Kessel Student Center, was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 22 with local officials and representatives of Con Edison.

“Pace University is committed to environmental stewardship, just as we’re committed to providing a welcoming campus where students, faculty, and staff can convene and collaborate,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “We are grateful to Con Edison for making the Solar Tree project a reality, and for providing a focal point where our community can relax, recharge, and learn about renewable energy.”


On the (Interactive) Case

A+E Case CompetitionGraduate students Hifza Rahim ’19, Sushmitha Mudda ’20, and Manushi Dave ’20, recently won the A+E Networks’ 2019 Interactive Case Competition! Their innovative new streaming model, which capitalizes on ad skipping, beat out the competition and impressed the judges. They qualified in the first round as one of the top teams on the docket, succeeding over other schools such as MIT Sloan and Columbia Business School. In round two, the three bested the likes of Carnegie Mellon, NYU, and Drexel.

Their new streaming model idea, which is the first of its kind to capitalize on consumer ad skipping, offers numerous benefits in terms of improving data analytics, exponentially increasing ad revenues and inhibiting the problem of password sharing in the media and entertainment industry. Read more about their recent win in the latest My Pace Path feature!


A Doggone Good Program

Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD, was profiled in the Daily News for her continued excellent work in growing the Parents, Prisons, and Pups program. The program, the first of its kind, helps incarcerated mothers in New York learn coping and parenting skills through interaction with therapy dogs. 

“There’s no other facility that incorporates therapy dogs within a structured parenting curriculum,” said Collica-Cox. “We’re able to form a community while we’re here, and the women really see the dogs as part of that community.”