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Three, Two, Won!

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ICYMI, we’re the most underrated college in America, our NYC Model UN team took home seven awards in DC, and much more in this roundup of big wins.

We may have fallen back, but Pace students didn’t get that message, because they’re springing forward!

A Capitol Performance
The Pace NYC Model UN team took on issues at the forefront of international relations and were recognized with seven awards at the 2015 National Model United Nations Conference in Washington, DC, on October 31–November 1. Pace was ranked fifth out of 68 participating universities and organizations from 20 countries.

Pace students represented Croatia, Slovenia, and Serbia in simulations of the UN General Assembly, UNESCO, UN Environmental Programme, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The students representing Croatia were recognized with an Honorable Mention delegation award. The following students were recognizing with individual awards:

  • Yousra Bashir and Amandine Tristani—Outstanding Delegation and Outstanding Position Paper Awards for representing Croatia in the General Assembly First Committee (on Disarmament and International Security)
  • Syuyumbika “Susha” Galimova and Prabjoot Lally—Outstanding Position Paper Award for Slovenia in General Assembly First Committee 
  • Hani Bousaleh—Outstanding Position Paper Award for Croatia in the General Assembly Second Committee (on Economic and Financial issues)
  •  Margarita Moffett and Ingrid Soto Tornero—Outstanding Position Paper Award for Croatia in UNESCO
  • Nicholas Mucerino and Jason Vargas—Outstanding Position Paper Award for Serbia in the UN Environmental Programme

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Pace University Pleasantville took home program honors at the Northeast Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls 2015 Regional Conference on October 30–November 1. RHA won third place for their display and first place for Program of the Year. Additionally, Pace student assistant Christine Latorres was honored as a Top Ten Program.

Huòjiǎng míngdān
The New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS) awarded four Pace students with cash prizes at a press conference on Monday, November 2, as part of the 5th Annual NYCOS Essay Competition.

Under the supervision of Professor Anna Shostya, PhD, Pace students Annamaria Watson and Tadhg Looram won first place for their essay entitled “The Balance of Free Market and Centralized Decision-Making in China’s Special Economic Zones” and Ingrid Soto-Tornero earned second place for “Rising Wages in China: A Blessing or a Curse?” Global Asia Studies student Ilona Kereki finished in third place for her essay that examines the “model minority” myth. The students were also recognized during a reception at the NYCOS 9th Annual Cultural Exchange Festival on November 6. Read more in an article featured in China Daily.

Honors for Honors
The NYC Pforzheimer Honors College’s e-newsletter The Honors Herald won third place in the National Collegiate Honors College national competition. The Honors College will receive its award at the national conference held on November 11–14 in Chicago.

Hit the Write Note
NYC Teaching Fellow and Pace MST in Adolescent Education student Obiora N. Anekwe has written several books on post-secondary education and bioethics. This year, he tried his hand at a children’s book. Urged by SOE Professor Kathryn De Lawter to expand his research on the topic of Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins—a blind and autistic musical genius—into a book, Obiora chose to write and illustrate The Adventures of Blind Tom himself. The publication, which came out earlier this year, focuses on recurring themes of racial identity and facing challenges in a way that younger children can understand and even relate to. Anekwe will have a reading and book signing of The Adventures of Blind Tom at the Barnes and Noble in White Plains on November 21. For information on the event, contact Read more about Anekwe’s incredible journey here.

And last but not least...

We’re #1!

If you’ve been boycotting social media and the Pace website for the last week, you may not have heard that Business Insider has named Pace University the most underrated college in America. In their annual ranking of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America, Business Insider highlighted the strength of Pace’s experiential learning program and its media mid-career salary of $95,200.

“Pace University offers a world-class education that combines classroom instruction with real-world experiences,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman. “We have an entrepreneurial approach to our programs, and we evolve as the needs of employers change with a strong focus on outcomes. As the value proposition of higher education is debated on a national level, we are uniquely preparing our students to succeed—and as the salary data shows, it’s working.”

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