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Press Release: Pace University Becomes a Certified ‘Bee Campus USA’

08/13/2020

Press Release: Pace University Becomes a Certified ‘Bee Campus USA’

Designation Raises Awareness on the Important Role Pollinators Play in Food Supply

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y., August 13, 2020 – Pace University’s Pleasantville campus has become certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. The program is an initiative of the Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation based in Portland, Oregon, which raises awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and encourages participants to enhance their habitats and educate students, staff, and faculty. More than 150 food crops in the United States depend on pollinators, including blueberries, apples, squash, strawberries and almonds.

“Becoming a Bee Campus is important to Pace as it shows our commitment to creating a sustainable campus that will function both as healthy ecosystem for native plants and animals and as a living laboratory for students,” said Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor Michael J. Rubbo, PhD. “We plan on creating pollinator gardens where pollinators (bees, butterflies, beetles) can find sources of food and where students can study pollinators and develop solutions for their conservation.”

Ryan McEnany, Pace University’s Director of Energy and Resiliency said: “The Bee Campus USA designation is significant because it brings attention to the fact that pollinator populations have been in decline. This extends further than the colony collapse disorder in honeybee populations and is also affecting local bees, butterflies and other organisms that help create fruits, flowers and other plant life. On a global level, 33 percent of the food we eat is made possible by insect pollinators, and 90 percent of wild plants and flowers need pollinators for survival.”

In the upcoming year, Pace will be working with students to create educational signage about pollinators and plans to have a number of pollinator-focused events. Pace joins over 90 Bee Campuses around the country.

The designation also comes at a time when a group of Pace University communication studies students are filming a documentary called Bee Aware, which focuses on the importance of bees and the role they play around the globe. Originally, the class was set to film in Paris, France, but after the pandemic hit – and all foreign travel halted – the students dispatched across the Northeast (New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) to interview local farmers and beekeepers. The students are working on the documentary through the summer and expect it will be completed in the fall.

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace University has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on the Pace News website.

About Dyson College: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as many courses that fulfil core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices. www.pace.edu/dyson

About Bee City USA

Bee City USA® urges municipalities, individuals, organizations, corporations, and communities to promote and establish pollinator–friendly landscapes that are free of pesticides. Since its inception in Asheville, North Carolina in 2012, five more cities and been certified and about fifty more are in the process of preparing applications. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee City USA community, visit beecityusa.org

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Fox News featured Dyson Professor Darrin Porcher in "Protesters swarm home of Seattle's police chief"

08/04/2020

Fox News featured Dyson Professor Darrin Porcher in "Protesters swarm home of Seattle's police chief"

Reaction from former NYPD Lt. Darrin Porcher and former Westchester County Sgt. Steve Kardian

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Fox 5 NY Street Soldiers featured Dr. Darrin Porcher in "Cease Fire - How do we stop the shootings?"

08/04/2020

Fox 5 NY Street Soldiers featured Dr. Darrin Porcher in "Cease Fire - How do we stop the shootings?"

Gun violence is up in many cities across the nation and is claiming more and more innocent lives. The question is why? While the debate over what's causing is rages on, the call for solutions is becoming even more urgent. Dr. Darrin Porcher offers his take.

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Yahoo Finance featured Tresmaine R. Grimes in "Pace University Names New Dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education"

07/30/2020

Yahoo Finance featured Tresmaine R. Grimes in "Pace University Names New Dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education"

After an extensive nationwide search that included candidates from across the country, Pace University today announced the appointment of Tresmaine R. Grimes, PhD, as dean of the Dyson School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.

In appointing Grimes in a dual role of serving as the new dean of its largest school and the School of Education, President Marvin Krislov cited the native New Yorker's impressive background in higher education; her steadfast belief in the power of education to transform lives; and her commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career.

"Dean Grimes is a student-focused leader with strong commitments to research, scholarship, and student success," said Pace President Marvin Krislov. "A first-generation college student passionate about supporting other first-gen students and a dedicated mentor to generations of students and colleagues, she has the vision to guide Dyson College and the School of Education into a strong future."

Grimes was born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan. She was the first generation in her family to earn a college degree after a high school guidance counselor saw potential and encouraged her to apply to college. She excelled on campus and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University with a double-major in Afro-American Studies and Psychology. She then pursued her studies at The New School for Social Research where she received a Master of Arts in Psychology, and later earned a Master of Philosophy and doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Grimes' rise in higher education is equally as impressive: Her career began at South Carolina State University as a member of the Psychology and Sociology Department. During her nine-year tenure at SC State, Grimes served as chair of the department for four years. In 2000, she joined the faculty of Iona College as an adjunct professor of psychology, and worked her way to become a tenured associate professor of psychology. Seven years later, Grimes was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Iona College, a position she held eight years. After Iona, she went to Bloomfield College where she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty and a psychology professor for four years.

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Amsterdam News featured Pace graduate Jessica Thomas in "Jessica Thomas’s mental health support and advocacy for inclusivity"

07/30/2020

Amsterdam News featured Pace graduate Jessica Thomas in "Jessica Thomas’s mental health support and advocacy for inclusivity"

As a Black, first-generation immigrant, Thomas discusses her experience going to Pace University for her bachelor’s degree.

“There was definitely a class dynamic,” Thomas said. “There were very few people that looked like me, which played a role in showing that I care, taking up space and finding places of support.”

After working at Pace’s counseling and LGBTQIA centers, Thomas noticed that many of the students shared the same issues of stress and transitioning into a new stage of their life away from their families. She noticed the disparity between who would usually take advantage of mental health resources.

“I hoped that more Black people and people of color were represented there,” Thomas said. “We deserve to have safe spaces where we don’t have to explain ourselves.”

She believes that Pace sparked her interest in pursuing psychology, but continuing her education at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology solidified her passion for the profession to become a therapist.

Now, Thomas (MHC, CASSC-P) works as a mental health and substance abuse counselor at Viva Wellness. 

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LI Herald featured Criminal Justice Professor Darrin Porcher in "Over 1,000 rally for law enforcement in Eisenhower Park"

07/30/2020

LI Herald featured Criminal Justice Professor Darrin Porcher in "Over 1,000 rally for law enforcement in Eisenhower Park"

One of the speakers was Darrin Porcher, a former New York City police lieutenant and an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Pace University. “We have elected officials and violent demonstrators driving the narrative that police are out here to kill citizens,” Porcher said. “They think social workers who parachute into our community could do the job of the police.”

The crowd broke into laughter, and Porcher continued, encouraging people to vote for leaders who support law enforcement. “This November could be a referendum on law enforcement if we let it happen,” he said.

After his speech, and many other times during the rally, the crowd chanted, “Four more years!” 

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CBS New York featured criminal justice professor Dr. Darrin Porcher in "Mayor Says Wrong Time And Place For NYPD To Arrest Protester In Unmarked Van"

07/30/2020

CBS New York featured criminal justice professor Dr. Darrin Porcher in "Mayor Says Wrong Time And Place For NYPD To Arrest Protester In Unmarked Van"

Dr. Darrin Porcher, a criminal justice professor at Pace University and former NYPD lieutenant, agrees.

“If I was still an active lieutenant in the NYPD, I would be 100% behind what took place,” Porcher told CBS2’s Jessica Layton.

Serving in the NYPD for 20 years, he calls this a sound tactic, even if it doesn’t look great given the times.

“The optics of arrest are always ugly,” he said. “Let’s say the officers elected not to take this individual into custody … That same individual goes out and continues to deface more security cameras … and then we have someone robbed or killed in that same area, and now people would bang on the desk and say, why don’t we have cameras? You know who this was that committed this act.”

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