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"Broadway World" featured two Pace University alumni in "Pace University Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards To Study Abroad"

10/25/2019

"Broadway World" featured two Pace University alumni in "Pace University Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards To Study Abroad"

Two Pace University alumni are studying abroad after receiving the prestigious Fulbright Award. Gerrard James, an alumnus of The Actors Studio Drama School (ASDS) at Pace, has received a Fulbright Award to study classical acting at Oxford University in London. Sabrina Vasques, an alumna of Pace's College of Health Professions, has been awarded a teaching assistantship in Ecuador.

"Gerrard and Sabrina are continuing a proud tradition of Pace students embodying the ideals of the Fulbright program and creating pathways of study and educational exchange between the US and other countries," said Pace Provost Vanya Quiñones, PhD. "We are proud of them and looking forward to seeing their contributions through their courses of study and work."

Dean Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the College of Health Professions said, "Sabrina Vasques is a shining example of our graduates at Pace-ambitious and always looking for ways to help her community. Her Fulbright teaching assistantship will allow her to positively impact the people of Ecuador and beyond."

Vasques works at the Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy, and Education Success (BELLE) Lab at New York University School of Medicine as a parent-child interventionist. She works to reduce poverty-related disparities in child development by strengthening the parent-child bond and enhancing cognitive and language development in young children. "I've worked with a lot of Latino Spanish-speaking families here, including many immigrant families," said Vasques. "Working with these individuals inspired me to give back to this community in a greater way. Ecuador is working hard to close the literacy gap, especially among indigenous populations. I want to be able to contribute to this change, and will volunteer with organizations that work to bring literacy to children and adults when I am not teaching English. I strongly believe that education and equality are the key factors in broadening individuals' understanding of the world, which is why I want to continue language development outreach in Ecuador while undertaking my English Teaching Assistantship. I really hope to be able to engage with students and show them the importance of being able to speak a second language. I want them to be able to see that this will not only open doors to getting better jobs, but will allow them to make connections with other individuals from all walks of life."

Vasques says she is excited to fully immerse herself in the Ecuadorian culture and strengthen her teaching skills. She would like to eventually work in a university setting. "I would like to come back to the United States to study speech language pathology," said Vasques. "My experience in working in Ecuador's literacy development organizations and serving as an English teaching assistant will guide me in my future career as a practicing speech language pathologist. I would love to work with Spanish-speaking clients in underserved communities specifically in a hospital setting."

James says he is honored and grateful to receive the award. "It is not lost on me that J. William Fulbright also studied in the United Kingdom where he earned his masters at Oxford University," said James. "This sparked his desire to eventually create the Fulbright Program, which gives recipients the opportunity to build mutual understanding with other countries. I am in the fortunate position to build upon my dream of diversifying both American theater culture and British film culture to further unite the artistic industries in both countries."

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"Daily Voice" featured Pace alumni Bartek Szymanski in "Norwalk Actor Makes TV Debut On NBC's 'Chicago PD'"

10/24/2019

"Daily Voice" featured Pace alumni Bartek Szymanski in "Norwalk Actor Makes TV Debut On NBC's 'Chicago PD'"

An actor and director from Norwalk will soon make his television debut on the NBC series, “Chicago PD.”

Bartek Szymanski will guest star in the fifth episode of the seventh season of the show, premiering Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Born in Stamford, Szymanski is known for independent films including “Creedmoria” and “The Farthest Apple From the Tree.” He graduated from Brien McMahon High School in 2014 and served as the Senior Class President, studying BFA Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials at Pace University in New York City.

Szymanski was elected Executive President of the Student Government Association at Pace University, the highest office a student can hold. He is also credited for helping to add two new Student Senate seats for the Performing Arts School, adding theater spaces for students and creating round tables between business leaders and student creators.

Szymanski says that he is “proud to come from Norwalk and hopes to open more doors for students in the arts, especially within his childhood community.”  

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"Deadline" featured recent graduate of Pace University's BFA Acting Program, Rafael Silva in '"9-1-1: Lone Star': Natacha Karam & Brian Michael Smith Among 4 Cast In Fox Spinoff Series"

09/24/2019

"Deadline" featured recent graduate of Pace University's BFA Acting Program, Rafael Silva in '"9-1-1: Lone Star': Natacha Karam & Brian Michael Smith Among 4 Cast In Fox Spinoff Series"

Silva, a recent graduate of Pace University’s BFA Acting Program, will star as Austin Police Officer Carlos Reyes, while Works will step into the role of rookie firefighter Mateo Chavez.

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"Broadway World" featured Dyson College PPA graduates Talya Groves and Christine Shepard in "Meet the Current Cast of MEAN GIRLS on Broadway!"

07/09/2019

"Broadway World" featured Dyson College PPA graduates Talya Groves and Christine Shepard in "Meet the Current Cast of MEAN GIRLS on Broadway!"

This cast has found where they belong! Mean Girls is well into their second year on Broadway and we're taking a look at the current class at North Shore High School.

Produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures, Mean Girls is currently playing at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). A US National Tour launches this fall.

Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

Talya Groves (Vacation Swing):

Talya Groves feels so fetch about being a part of Mean Girls on Broadway! Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Motown the Musical. Off-Broadway: Clueless the Musical. Proud graduate of the musical theater program at Pace University! Thanks to Mama, the whole family, ladies of BWA, Telsey + Company, Casey, John, and WOF fam. Instagram: @missgroves_ifyourenasty

Christine Shepard (Ensemble):

Entering Broadway as a swing for Head Over Heels, this will be Christine's ensemble debut. This spring she will receive a BFA in Commercial Dance and a Business minor from Pace University. Many thanks go to Clear Talent Group, Pace faculty, and her ever supportive family and friends. @chrisnshep

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"Daily Voice" featured Pace University's double alumna Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Westchester in "Stewart-Cousins' Elevation As NY's First Female Majority Leader Lauded By Cuomo, Pace President"

11/27/2018

"Daily Voice" featured Pace University's double alumna Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Westchester in "Stewart-Cousins' Elevation As NY's First Female Majority Leader Lauded By Cuomo, Pace President"

There no longer will be "three men in a room" negotiating key state legislation, with the first woman in the state's history being tapped as a leader in the New York General Assembly.

"Congratulations to Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on her much-deserved election to be leader of the Senate majority and the first African-American woman to lead a majority conference in the Legislature," Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Westchester Democrat, said in a statement on Monday, Nov. 26.

Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers also drew praise from Pace University's president, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees.

Cuomo added: "Since the beginning of her career in public service, Leader Stewart-Cousins has always been a trailblazer. From being the first African-American woman to serve as Director of Community Affairs in the City of Yonkers, to authoring and passing landmark legislation in the Westchester County Legislature to strengthen gun laws and protect human rights, to taking on local property taxes and fighting for our communities in the State Senate, she is a proven leader and a skilled legislator."

"Today more than ever, we need people like Leader Stewart-Cousins to forge the path ahead for this great state. I look forward to working with her to stand up to the extreme conservative agenda and to fight together for our bold progressive priorities," Cuomo said.

Stewart-Cousins received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees at Pace University.

Pace President Marvin Krislov said: “Congratulations to State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who was elected today as majority leader of the New York State Senate."

"She’s a double alumna of Pace University, and now she’s the first woman to a lead a chamber in our state legislature," Krislov said. "Pace students and alumni are hard-working, driven leaders, and we’re so proud of Sen. Stewart-Cousins for all her hard work, drive, and great accomplishments.”

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"Westchester Rising" featured Pace University Golden Grads in "Pace’s ‘Golden Graduates’ Relive Summer of ’68"

06/06/2018

"Westchester Rising" featured Pace University Golden Grads in "Pace’s ‘Golden Graduates’ Relive Summer of ’68"

Pace University’s “Golden Graduates” Class of 1968 at the Pleasantville campus’ 2018 commencement.

Fifty years after walking across the stage at Pace University’s first commencement ceremonies, eight graduates of the Class of 1968 returned to their alma mater to relive their first graduation.

Pace’s “Golden Grads” joined the procession at the commencement ceremonies on the Pace University Pleasantville campus May 16. The alumni represented the first class to graduate from Pace’s Westchester campus in Pleasantville in 1968. The group received well wishes from President Marvin Krislov at a lunch in their honor following the ceremony.

Class of 1968 graduates who participated in this year’s ceremonies were Dennis Fitzgerald, Gehr Brown, Rosemary Speight, Robert Harrington, Dom Summa, Ken Foley, Corinna Bracciale, and Carol Martin.

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