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Press Release: Pace University Media Class Premieres Documentary on Hawaii Volcano Aftermath at the Jacob Burns Film Center

05/31/2019

Press Release: Pace University Media Class Premieres Documentary on Hawaii Volcano Aftermath at the Jacob Burns Film Center

Students in Pace University’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts (MCVA) department premiered their latest documentary on the aftermath of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano earlier this month at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

“Living on the Edge in Paradise was the result of work by a team of 20 students and two professors who traveled to Hilo, Hawaii March 17 – 23 to conduct interviews and capture footage for the documentary. The film highlights the stories of those affected by the eruptions of Kilauea and the Hawaiian culture’s relationship with volcanos which are part of the way of life on the Islands.

Each year, Pace University's award-winning communications class produces a documentary on an environmentally and culturally relevant subject.

“The question at the core of this documentary is how does this affect life in Hawaii?” said Maria Luskay, EdD, professor and program director, Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts. “We portray the real Hawaii to the world.”

On May 7 a reception and screening was held at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville and attended by students, faculty and the community, as well as Pace University President Marvin Krislov.

“This is Pace University at its finest, doing what we do best: giving students a real world, hands-on education with the tools they need to jump into the careers of their choice,’’ said Krislov.

The student film producers are part of the BA in Communications and/or the MA in Media, Communications and Visual Arts (MCVA). The Producing the Documentary course, offered by the MCVA program in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace, is highly regarded for preparing students for careers in media, journalism, communications, public relations, advertising, video production and film. The Hawaii documentary is the 16th student-produced documentary from Pace’s Producing the Documentary course.

Last year, 18 Pace graduate students went to Puerto Rico to film the destruction of Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make landfall on the island in 85 years. Other Pace documentaries have received accolades in various film festivals including the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (October 2018), Miami Independent Film Festival (June 2018), Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (June 2018), and Best Short Competition (June 2018). The Puerto Rico documentary can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR7s8H9najw&t=9s.

Please see link to documentary on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/Wz91Xl5iMZU

Link to photos from the premieres:   https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CZ427eS5fSFFa2UFH_ukwjFRrzij5jXv?usp=sharing

Production photos from the trip:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IfS4IPApG70S4tMjJq3tDJ-O1ua6OnBt?usp=sharing

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: 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 numerous courses that fulfill 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.

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 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. www.pace.edu

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Press Release: Pace University Students Conquer the US Debt

04/23/2019

Press Release: Pace University Students Conquer the US Debt

Team Places Third in National College Fiscal Challenge Competition

NEW YORK, April 23 2019 – Pace University’s inaugural Fiscal Challenge team won third place in the College Fiscal Challenge in Washington, D.C.  Of the top four finalist teams that competed in the nationals, the Pace Team finished behind first and second placed Stanford University and the University of Notre Dame, and bested the University of Chicago, which placed fourth. The Pace Team placed in the top 8% of all of the universities in the competition.

The team of three students, all economics majors in Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences was captained by Brooke Jefferds ‘20, and included Luke Artola ‘20, and Christian Morris ’21. Their winning proposal consisted of changes to taxes, entitlement programs, and defense efficiency, as well as an increase in education for low-income students with potential.

“Being a part of a driven, successful team was an amazing experience that I look forward to being involved with in future years. My team motivated each other daily, continually inspiring one another to be our best, and that resulting in our earning a national ranking in a highly competitive competition,” said Jefferds.

“Watching the Pace Fiscal Challenge Team compete in Washington, D.C., along with the finest universities in the United States, was inspiring and exciting,” said Economics Professor Mark Weinstock. “It made me proud to be part of Pace University's Economics Department where we offer such a topnotch experience for our majors – well beyond anything done simply in a classroom. Students master the skills needed so that they can work as an analyst or a consultant after graduation and make a difference in real world economic policies.”

The team was coached and trained by Weinstock, who was assisted by Economics Professor Sam Baruch. This win, as well as numerous wins of the Pace Federal Reserve Challenge teams, is a testament to the high quality education and superior mentoring offered by the Economics Department at Pace University, where both a B.S. in Business Economics and a B.A. in Economics are STEM designated degrees.

Thirty-five schools participated in the College Fiscal Challenge (including Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Columbia University, Clemson College), a competition that requires the teams to submit and present their plan to set the U.S. Debt-to-GDP ratio on a sustainable path. The teams then answer questions from a panel of professional economists.

The Fiscal Challenge is a registered 501(c)(3) educational non-profit founded in 2013 by Professor Mike Aguilar.  The competition has been operating at the collegiate level since its founding, and expanded to high schools in 2016. More than 40 universities have participated nationally and internationally. The mission of the Fiscal Challenge is to enhance students’ understanding of fiscal policy through the use of experiential education. Learn more about the Fiscal Challenge on their website

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences:  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 fulfill 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.

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 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. www.pace.edu

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Pace University Professor Honored by ArtsWestchester for Teaching Documentary Filmmaking Class

04/19/2019

Press Release: Pace University Professor Honored by ArtsWestchester for Teaching Documentary Filmmaking Class

A Pace University professor, who has traveled the world creating award-winning documentary films with her students, has been honored by ArtsWestchester for her work teaching filmmaking in a unique, hands-on program at Pace. 

Maria Luskay, Ed.D., professor and program director, Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts, was presented with the Sophia Abeles Education Award, at the annual Arts Awards Luncheon on April 11 at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook. She was one of seven artists honored at the event.

“What makes Pace University special is that we make sure our students get real-world experience alongside academic instruction," said Marvin Krislov, Pace's president. "Dr. Luskay's ‘Producing the Documentary’ class is a fantastic example of that. Her students spend a semester as professional filmmakers, producing world-class documentaries. It's been a transformative experience for so many aspiring filmmakers, and both her students and I are deeply grateful to Dr. Luskay for vision and dedication.’’ 

“Mahalo,” said Luskay as she accepted the award. “I say Mahalo because I just got back from spending a week with 20 of my students in Hawaii, telling the story of the people of the big island and the Kilauea eruption. I truly know what I am thankful for. Thank you to Arts Westchester for this honor.”

“I remember my father who worked for the city of Yonkers for over 25 years telling me that I should love what I do,” said Luskay. “If I did, it wouldn’t be considered work at all. I am truly humbled by this honor bestowed upon me and I am grateful for each day that I spend with these rising filmmakers. Thank you to Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University, my students, and my husband who are with me today.”

Each year, students in Pace University's Media, Communications and Visual Arts (MCVA) department’s “Producing the Documentary” class choose an environmentally and culturally relevant subject and travel to various parts of the world to create a documentary film. Students, conduct interviews, film, edit and produce the documentaries under Luskay’s guidance. Her class recently returned from Hilo, Hawaii where 20 students and two staff members chronicled the effects the Kilauea volcano eruption and how the volcano has shaped the lives of the Island’s people for generations. The latest documentary will premiere at the Jacob Burns Film Center on May 7. 

The class has produced award-winning documentaries in locations across the world, including Cuba, Brazil, Costa Rica, Portugal, The Netherlands, and Curacao. Last year, they documented the effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico. These films have been recognized and featured on WABC, as well as various newspaper and television news outlets. Luskay, is an alumna of Pace and has been teaching at the university for more than 25 years.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: 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 numerous courses that fulfill 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.

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 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.

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Press Release: Pace University Launches Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

04/11/2019

Press Release: Pace University Launches Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Program focuses on mind-body relationship to optimal health

Pace University announced today that beginning in the fall it will offer a new doctoral program in Clinical Psychology with a Health Care Emphasis on its New York City campus. It will be the first such program in Manhattan.

The curriculum will focus on the psychologist’s role in the promotion of wellness, prevention, treatment, recovery, and the development of optimal coping skills in the face of physical or psychiatric illness.

The program, housed in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace, is designed to train clinical psychologists who have a rigorous foundation in science, along with a continuum of professional skills that will allow the graduate to work effectively in interdisciplinary health care settings.

“This Ph.D. program is distinctive in its attention to diversity and global health and in its emphasis on developmental and lifespan considerations of wellness, illness, and health,” says K. Mark Sossin, Ph.D., professor and director, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

"At Pace, we are continually updating our curriculum to meets the changing needs of the population and the work force," said Vanya Quiñones, Provost at Pace University. "This new program addresses the latest in health care, providing an understanding of how health, lifestyles, and culture affect health and wellbeing. ​This program will prepare psychologists to partner with health care providers to address mind-body relationships for optimal health."

Clinical psychologists diagnose and treat mental illness and psychological distress. Clinical health psychologists additionally address numerous aspects of mind-body interaction through research, assessment, early risk detection, and intervention. Mind and body are reciprocally involved: biological factors mediate psychological, behavioral, emotional, and cognitive factors and vice-versa. The health care emphasis of this program highlights the interface of biological, psychological and social factors as they relate to resilience, illness and emotional and physical health. This program will familiarize students with scientific inquiry, sophisticated ethical research methods, as well as psychological evidence-based services for the understanding of behavioral, emotional, psychiatric, and cognitive difficulties.

Chronic diseases threatening the lives of so many are related to compromising lifestyles that often include poor diet, lack of exercise, and irregular sleep as opposed to infectious diseases. For example, heart disease and diabetes are primary causes of death and disability in the United States. This program will train psychologists to work alongside physicians, physical therapists, nutritionists, and others in multidisciplinary teams to understand how health, lifestyles, culture, and context affect health and wellbeing.

Graduates of this Ph.D. program will have opportunities for professional careers in university, teaching, research, and health delivery services venues. They will be qualified to function as psychologists at the highest levels in clinical, community, and public health settings. This program particularly trains psychologists to work collaboratively with physicians and other health care providers in attending to mind-body relationships for optimal health. Professional trajectories may reflect the individual graduate’s research and applied interests, which may include clinical health psychology specialization in pain, stress-management, obesity, diabetes, or in biobehavioral factors in cardiac, neurologic, pediatric, gastrointestinal, or other specialty areas.

The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology with a Health Care Emphasis joins the Department’s long-standing, highly regarded, American Psychological Association-accredited Psy.D. Program in School/Clinical-Child Psychology. The Ph.D. program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree who show evidence of potential to excel in realms of scientific research and practice.

For more information about the program, visit the website.  To learn more, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (212) 346-1531. 

About Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Department of Psychology (NYC): A leader in the field of education and professional training, the Department of Psychology (NYC downtown campus) offers a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology, and an M.A. degree in Psychology with three research tracks: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Global Psychology, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. An M.S.Ed. in School Psychology is offered, as is the Psy.D. in School/Clinical-Child Psychology.

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 fulfill 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

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 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. www.pace.edu.

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Press Release: Pace University Students Go from Class to Screen in Los Angeles

02/22/2019

Press Release: Pace University Students Go from Class to Screen in Los Angeles

Pace School of Performing Arts Students Cast in “NCIS” CBS television series to air March 5

NEW YORK (Feb. 22) – While studying in the Pace School of Performing Arts Los Angeles Acting program, two students won coveted roles in the CBS TV series “NCIS” in an episode that will air March 5.

The Pace students, Shea Vaughan-Gabor and Jason Marrs, landed the roles while studying in the school’s LA Acting Intensive Program. The program is a senior-year experience where students from the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting (BFA) program travel to Los Angeles, California, for a three-week immersion program that introduces them to and demystifies the Hollywood acting profession. While in Los Angeles, they meet and work with leading industry professionals in on-camera acting technique.

“NCIS” Casting Director Jason Kennedy said, "I was incredibly impressed with the Pace Performing Arts BFA Acting students and their talent, work ethic, diverse backgrounds, and creative brilliance. These young actors were so well-trained that their performance and audition technique rivaled many professional actors who come into the room. Excellent training as an actor is one thing, but being prepared and professional throughout the audition process is something that set these actors apart from recent graduates at other schools."

Pace School of Performing Arts Associate Director Grant A. Kretchik said, “I am extremely proud of the work the students and our faculty accomplish. We have been running this LA intensive for five years now and each year is successful in its own way. I have always believed that an actor-training program could synthesize rigorous training in the craft with the entrepreneurship of the entertainment business. I hope the BFA Program is evidence of that. It is highly unusual to have current seniors book network gigs through introductions their university made.”

Marrs says the BFA program prepared him for this “NCIS” role in all aspects. “Three years ago, I certainly would not have had the confidence I had walking onto set, but after this program I’d say by the time I arrived at the studio, the nerves were gone and I was just excited,” said Marrs. “It’s a small role but it felt really wonderful and validating to book a job on television on my first professional audition of my career. I feel a lot more momentum propelling me towards my goals.”

“The LA journey has been a wild one,” said Vaughan-Gabor. “I went out there not expecting anything really other than a chance to explore Los Angeles and learn about marketing ourselves as actors. But I got a whole lot more. At first, Jason and I were a little nervous, but we have been receiving top notch training for the past four years, so the nerves melted away quickly and we had so much fun on set.”

“The LA Intensive was designed to give the students an immersive industry experience,” said Wendy Kurtzman, co-producer of the LA Intensive and adjunct full professor, BFA Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials at Pace. “It exposes students to the professionals who will be hiring them.”

“Pace Performing Arts is a true leader in bi-coastal undergraduate performing arts education,” said Jorge Cacheiro, executive director of the Pace School of Performing Arts.

Housed in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the Pace School of Performing Arts LA Intensive was created and introduced in 2015 by Kretchik and Cacheiro. Professors Kurtzman and Caroline Liem have been the architects and producers of the LA Intensive Program since its inception. Past guests include Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, executive vice president of Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion, and Communications at CBS; Mary Lou Belli, an Emmy award-winning director, writer, and producer; Nat Bernstein, executive producer and writer for “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Ally McBeal,” “Baby Boom;” Iris Grossman, Echo Lake Entertainment; Ron Butler, actor, director and comedian of “Bunheads,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia;” David Marshall Grant, executive producer and writer, “Brothers & Sisters,” “Nashville,” “Smash,” “Code Black;” Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, LA executive director of SAG-AFTRA; Matthew Lessall, Lessall Casting; Gary Marsh, CEO of Breakdown Services; Mike Page, director of casting, TNT and TBS; Tim Payne, Payne Casting; David Rubin, David Rubin Casting; Larry Shapiro, Ensemble Digital Studios; Mark Teschner, Teschner Casting; and Seth Yanklewitz, executive vice president of casting at MGM Studios.

The “NCIS” episode featuring Vaughan-Gabor and Marrs will air Tues., March 5 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. The episode is the latest in season 16 and is called, “Crossing the Line.” The popular Emmy-nominated television show is a drama revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) who match wits with dangerous and elusive criminals. For more on the show, visit: https://www.cbs.com/shows/ncis/

Vaughan-Gabor is from Chicago, Illinois and Marrs is a native of Los Angeles. This early career success is part of a tradition at Pace of talented performing arts students earning valuable professional experience even before they graduate. Recently, a Pace student majoring in Production and Design for Stage and Screen, Jonah Camiel, worked as a moving light programmer on Broadway’s production of “True West.” This past summer, Pace Commercial Dance major, Christine Shepard, debuted in Broadway’s “Head Over Heels,” a musical comedy.

For more on Pace University’s School of Performing Arts visit: http://performingarts.pace.edu/.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

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 numerous courses that fulfill 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.

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 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.

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