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"Newsday" featured Pace alumn Sydney Mesher in "Radio City Rockette Sydney Mesher makes history as troupe's first dancer with visible disability"

12/05/2019

"Newsday" featured Pace alumn Sydney Mesher in "Radio City Rockette Sydney Mesher makes history as troupe's first dancer with visible disability"

“My parents say I started dancing before I could walk,” says Sydney Mesher, 22, who joyfully joined the ranks of the legendary Rockettes this season after her fourth audition in two years.

In the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular running through Jan. 5, she isn’t just realizing a personal dream come true with every twirl, tap and kick. Mesher is also making hoofer history and strides for inclusivity.

Born without a left hand, the exuberant Pace University graduate from Portland, Oregon, is the first dancer with a visible disability to be hired for the precision dance company founded in 1925. The troupe is famous for its uniformity. Mesher has bent the mold.

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Dance classes started early for Mesher. As a kid, her parents enrolled her in dance class just for fun. In her performing arts high school, she took classes in jazz, tap, ballet and hip-hop and got “tunnel vision” about dance. “It was something I loved and was good at,” she said. “I decided to do it as a profession.” Studies continued at Pace.

Mesher takes her physical difference — due to symbrachydactyly, a congenital limb-development condition affecting 1 out of 32,000 babies — in stride. “I don’t know anything different,” she said. That goes for whether she’s dancing, working out or donning an elaborate costume, like the reindeer outfit worn in a jolly, jingling number. Costumers have made some alterations where possible to help her with accessibility. In a number where the other dancers ring two handheld bells, Mesher rings one — a modification the audience may not even notice.

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"NJ.com" featured two Pace alums Alexandra Giaccone and Ali Kalu in "For N.J. couple, a love that defied loss from 9/11"

09/12/2019

"NJ.com" featured two Pace alums Alexandra Giaccone and Ali Kalu in "For N.J. couple, a love that defied loss from 9/11"

The Giaccone and Kalu families, while culturally very different, are now on the same page: Each of their children has found the perfect mate.

They met at Pace University, in the shadow of Ground Zero, and for years were just friends. Eventually a romance was kindled – Alex smiles in memory of Ali's persistence – and while she had no qualms about his religion, she wasn't sure how that would go over at home.

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"New York Post" featured Alumn Bruce Barish in "The craziest Tony goes to a Bronx dry cleaner"

05/07/2018

"New York Post" featured Alumn Bruce Barish in "The craziest Tony goes to a Bronx dry cleaner"

And the Tony goes to . . . Ernest Winzer Cleaners? Spot on!

On June 10, the Bronx dry cleaner that’s kept Broadway freshly pressed for 110 years will receive an award for Excellence in the Theatre.

“The cleaners, the ushers . . . they’re as much a part of our world as the superstars we’re lucky to work with,” says longtime producer and Tony committee member Paul Libin, who wrote the letter that snagged Winzer the award. (For the record, Libin tells The Post, he also wrote a letter recommending a special Tony for that other unsung hero — Bruce Springsteen.)

Libin says he’s known about Winzer since 1956, when he was an assistant stage manager for “Happy Hunting” and something spilled on Ethel Merman’s costume. Winzer’s whisked it away after the matinee and brought it back in time for the evening show.

“When you have an emergency, you dial 911,” Libin says. “It’s the same with Winzer Cleaners. Something happens, something spills — they come and get it and get it back.”

William Ivey Long seconds that emotion. “They deal with clothes that were rode hard and put away wet, and return them in incredible shape,” says the six-time Tony winner, who’s entrusted Winzer with everything from the Chrysler Building dress he made for “The Producers” to Roxie and Velma’s glitzy “Chicago” jackets.

Winzer Cleaners opened in 1908, but there hasn’t been a Winzer there since 1952, when Bruce Barish’s grandfather, Al Steinhorn, bought the business from Ernest himself. Since then, the shop passed to Barish’s father, Miles, and then to Bruce, who schleps in from Park Ridge, NJ, most mornings at 4 or 5 a.m. to join his 20-person crew in the sprawling, mostly un-air-conditioned building in Morris Heights, across from the Major Deegan Expressway.

“We see stuff the average cleaner would never know what to do with — beaded stuff, hand-painted stuff,” says Barish. The 53-year-old Pace graduate started working at Winzer when he was 7, doing whatever little things needed doing because “my dad was always here, and this was the only way I could be around him.” Neither of his own two kids are interested in the dry-cleaning business, says Barish, but his wife, Sarah, works with him, in an office lined with theater posters.

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"Staten Island Real-Time News" featured School of Education Alumnus Jermaine Cameron in "Young men of Eagle Academy are soaring to new heights"

04/16/2018

"Staten Island Real-Time News" featured School of Education Alumnus Jermaine Cameron in "Young men of Eagle Academy are soaring to new heights"

...ON A MISSION

Born in the West Indies, Principal Cameron moved with his family to Brooklyn at the age of 13 and graduated from Tilden High School.

"I always knew I wanted to teach," says the 38-year-old who plays the drums and enjoys rappelling. "I was always very driven, always setting goals."

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Hunter College, plus a master of science degree in secondary education and a master's degree in educational leadership and administration from Pace University.

Cameron taught English Language Arts (ELA) to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders for eight years at Brooklyn's Meyer Levin Intermediate School for the Performing Arts, and later became a staff developer and mentor for the Department of Education.

As Eagle Academy's founding principal, he knows each student by name and is deeply committed to making them college-and-career ready.

During spring recess, he accompanied 42 Eagle scholars on a five-day trip to Atlanta where they visited the campuses of Emory University, Clark-Atlanta University and Morehouse College. They also toured the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the Coca Cola Pavilion, the Atlanta History Center and The King Center.

During a summer bridge program, Eagle students attend classes on area campuses, including Wagner College, St. John's University, Brooklyn College, New York University and Rutgers University.

"Our young men need to know that college is an option for everyone," he says. "We ensure they have a college experience on every grade level."

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"Real Estate Weekly" featured Lubin School of Business Alumnus Andrew Essick in "2018’s RISING STARS OF REAL ESTATE"

04/16/2018

"Real Estate Weekly" featured Lubin School of Business Alumnus Andrew Essick in "2018’s RISING STARS OF REAL ESTATE"

JPMORGAN CHASE

Andrew started with JPMorgan Chase in 2014 and has been in the Real Estate Industry since 2009, previously working as an Investment Sales Broker at Massey Knakal Realty Services (now Cushman & Wakefield). During his time at Massey Knakal, he was involved in the disposition of over $517MM in aggregate transaction volume and evaluated over $1.2B in commercial properties using various evaluation techniques.

Andrew graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Real Estate Finance & Investment from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate in 2014 and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Pace University in 2010.

An active member of the NYU Alumni Community, Real Estate Services Alliance (RESA) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Andrew has also volunteered for numerous charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Hope Soup Kitchen, Arts Connection, Carry the Load, Catalog for Giving, Khal Bnei Torah and Street Soccer USA.

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