Setters Reaching Success
Pace students are succeeding in research and advocacy, and in democracy, innovation, and chemical competitions this month.
Environmental Policy Clinic students Christina Thomas and Rowan Lanning took the $3,000 first prize in the national Project Pericles' Debating for Democracy competition, beating out more than 60 schools for the honor. Before a panel of three former ranking government officials, they defended their proposal to Congressman Jerrold Nadler to amend the Coast Guard and Marine Transportation Act to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coast Guard plan to create 43 oil-barge anchorages on the Hudson River.
Twenty students from Pace PLV’s Model United Nations team travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to compete in the Southern Regional Model United Nations Competition, where they won Outstanding Position Paper awards—the highest academic award of the conference. This semester, the students were assigned the task of representing the Russian Federation, Ecuador, and Eritrea. The topics of debate included preventing gender-based violence, economic development, smart cities for urban sustainability, protecting the rights of children during armed conflict, and more. After three days of intense competition, little sleep, and countless hours engaged in mock diplomacy, the Model UN team walked away victorious with the Outstanding Position Paper awards for all the countries they represented, as well as the Most Distinguished Delegation for their portrayal of Russia’s foreign policy and diplomacy. Several students won Best Delegate in their respective committees for their efforts, and one of the delegates was awarded Most Improved Delegate over the course of the conference.
Presenting Party Platforms
Student Xueer Wang and Dyson Professor David Caputo, PhD, will be presenting their research paper Political Party Platforms—Change and Similarities from 2000 to 2016 at the Midwest Political Science Association's meeting. The duo used a new Office of the Provost travel grant to attend.
Taking Care of Business
The Lubin School of Business student team placed second in the National Finals of the Deloitte Foundation 2017 National Audit Innovation Campus Challenge in Dallas, Texas. As second place winners, each student was awarded a scholarship, and they visited Deloitte University, which provided a unique and beneficial professional development and networking experience. In fall 2016, the Lubin team won first place in the East Coast Regional Competition.
Standing up for Students
Honors student Larissa Szilagyi had an op-ed published in the Journal News in response to the article Fake “Free Tuition” Promise Squeezes Private Colleges. In her op-ed, she discusses the issue of college affordability and raises several potential consequences and discrepancies in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for free tuition in New York State.
Chemical (Research) Reaction
Seventeen Pace students presented their research at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in San Francisco on topics including sulfa drugs, antioxidant activities of tea samples, interactions of tetracyclines, chemical analysis of the Billion Oyster Project restoration sites, antimicrobial surfaces, and more. The students who presented research included Ami Asakawa, Solmaz Azimi, Tabitha Batte, Kaitlyn Chhe, Samantha Cobos, Josephine Farshi, Alexis Javornik, Elijah Jones, Ashley Kuptsow, Samantha Pace, Lauren Reilly, Hunter Tonn, Amanda Tremblay, Kenya Velez, Amanda Villaggi, Lyric Wyan, and Jahaira Zapata. Their trip was funded by grants from the Pforzheimer Honors College, SDACA, Office of Student Success, and through start-up funding from Dyson Professor Elmer-Rico Mojica, PhD.
Jungmok Lee, a student from South Korea in Pace’s English Language Institute, took home the first place trophy at the New School Intercollegiate SpELLing Bee Finals, which featured students competiting from the New School and Pace. Lee’s winning word was “accommodate.” He was also the winner for the Pace Spelling Bee Finals that took place on March 30.
Nothing to Mock
After a stellar performance at the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament, Pace’s Mock Trial team on the NYC Campus advanced for the first time ever to the Opening Round Championship Series in Lancaster, PA. There, they won two ballots, which placed them in the top one third of the country, making them now nationally ranked for the first time as well.
After a record number of votes, the 2017–2018 Student Government Association officers have been chosen for both campuses! In NYC, 74% more students voted this year in comparison to last year. The new officers are: Bartek Szymanski, president; Louisa Chu, vice president; Alexis Cusumano, secretary; Lina Huang, treasurer; Amanda Crockett, parliamentarian; Joseph Colella, Dyson president; Holly Phillips, Lubin president; Melissa Correa, Lubin vice president; Jonathan Looi, Seidenberg president; Charlotte Coffin, Seidenberg vice president; Cole Witmer, junior class president; Keith Glidewell, sophomore class president; and Shoma Nath, sophomore class vice president.
In Pleasantville, 27% of the full-time student body voted for the new SGA officers: Julian Alston, president; Ashleigh Titre-Barnor, executive vice president; Luiz Guzman, vice president of finance; Keyshana Dupuy, vice president of programming; Jadiel Martin, vice president of administration; Malcolm Reynolds, vice president of unity and justice. Representatives for each college and school are as follows: Lubin representatives, Chrystal Fermin and Harshini Rajkumar; Dyson representatives, Lisdy Contreras-Giron and Felicia Robcke; College of Health Professions representatives, Cati Amaral and Bethzaida Carrasquillo; School of Education representatives, Katherine Santana and Maria Angulo; and Seidenberg representatives, Laina Posner and Angel Rodriguez.
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