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While You Were Away

News Story

Technically, the University is supposed to take a breather during the summer. But thanks to our hardworking staff, faculty, and institutional commitment to Opportunitas, the ball has never stopped rolling.

For some, the summer months are for beaches, deserved respites, and the general recharging of batteries. For others, it’s a perfect opportunity to continue to build upon the great ongoing work happening at the University. Here's what you might've missed while you were away:

Panels, Roundtables, and More

On July 16, Pace hosted the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) Conference, titled The New Economy 2019. Moderated by Madhuri Kommareddi, director of the new NYS Office of Workforce Development, the panel focused on economic inclusion in the innovation economy, and featured experts and officials from throughout the state.  

Earlier this summer, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Pace University hosted a book talk and screening with renowned scholar and Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The event coincided with the recent publication of Gates’ new book titled Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, as well as the release of a new documentary series, Reconstruction: America after the Civil War, presented by PBS. The event featured more than 400 attendees, many of whom were students. After the event, Gates wrote to the Institute, noting “It was one of the great evenings in my career.”

In addition to hosting Professor Gates, Pace and Gilder Lehrman hosted two seminars at the University in July—one focusing on the two major waves of American immigration, and one examining the long movement to abolish slavery, from the American Revolution to the Civil War.  

Seidenberg, in conjunction with ongoing grants from the NSA, once again hosted Camp Cryptobot, cybersecurity training for high school teachers and secondary school students. The program, which brings high school teachers to Pace from all over the country—this year’s crop included teachers from Arkansas, Wisconsin, Florida, and more—aims to introduce important cybersecurity concepts to secondary school classrooms, to help students and teachers become more familiar with this ever-growing field.

“We are looking to build a community of high school teachers that could support each other, and be effective educators, mentors, and advisors,” said Andreaa Cotoranu, director of Pace’s GenCyber Teacher program. “The community is the most powerful thing, and it is probably one of the aspects that the teachers appreciate most.” 

In June, religious leaders and law enforcement officials convened at Pace for a symposium focused on “Keeping Worshippers Safe.” The panel, which included FBI officials, community leaders, and survivors of faith-based terror attacks, discussed ways to best prepare and prevent violence at houses of worship, as well as effective protocols that can ensure institutions remain safe and secure.

On Tuesday, June 18, Inside the Actors Studio returned to the New York City Campus for a special segment with guest host Kelsey Grammer. A Julliard-trained actor, Grammer is best known for his celebrated turn as Dr. Fraiser Crane on CheersWings, and Fraiser. Grammer welcomed major creative talent James Burrows, the co-creator, producer, and director of Cheers. Throughout his distinguished career, Burrows has received ten Emmys, the Television Critics Association's Career Achievement Award, and countless other accolodes, and has also worked on FriendsWill & Grace, Frasier, Night Court, and more. 

New Beginnings

The Class of 2023 (yes, you read that correctly) has begun acclimating themselves to their lives as the newest members of the Setter family. Pace’s Orientation introduces students to the numerous campus resources at their disposal, and includes sessions on Residential Life, Academic Advising, Money Matters, Campus Involvement, and First-Year Interest Groups. Through Orientation, Setters are immediately able to build their Pace Path.

As Provost Vanya Quiñones, PhD, told Patch, "It's important for students to feel welcome and connected in their new environment. With the Pace Path, we ensure that every student maximizes their college experience through mentoring, support, planning, soft-skill building, and real-world experiences. Summer Orientation is a fun and relaxing way for our students to get a head start on their Pace Path.''

In New York City, the area around Spruce Street has become even more spruced up! Fresh off the new transformation of One Pace Plaza, an exciting new decal has been installed right outside of our NYC home base. Walk by and see it for yourself!

A Blueprint for Teaching Worldwide

Earlier this summer, the School of Education launched a new Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International. The 30-credit program, which can be completed in one year, will be offered in both New York City and Westchester, and aims to better prepare teachers to be as effective as possible in our increasingly global economy.

Said Provost Quiñones, “This new one-year MS in TESOL comes at a time when there is an increased need for English language teachers and a growing interest of educators to teach English here and abroad,” said Provost Vanya Quiñones, PhD. “Students in New York City and Westchester will gain valuable skills with our nationally-recognized faculty in this new TESOL International program.”