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Benzinga featured Pace University in "Report: Where Do Women Go to Law School in the U.S.?"

03/02/2021

Benzinga featured Pace University in "Report: Where Do Women Go to Law School in the U.S.?"

In 2020, women accounted for 54.09 percent of all students in ABA-approved law schools, while men made up 45.70 percent of law school students. The number of people who identified as "other" increased from 149 students (0.13%) in 2019 to 232 (0.20%) in 2020. The top 20 ABA-accredited law schools by female enrollment in 2020 were: 14. Pace University

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Gotham Gazette featured President Marvin Krislov piece "New York’s Colleges and Universities are Key to Its Revival"

03/01/2021

Gotham Gazette featured President Marvin Krislov piece "New York’s Colleges and Universities are Key to Its Revival"

We knew our city never was or would be dead. Vaccines are here, restaurants have re-opened for indoor dining, and commercial life is returning. Apartment sales, rental volumes, and prices are back on the upswing. And throughout the downturn, major, forward-thinking employers like Facebook and TikTok signed giant new office leases in Manhattan.

But we still need to do everything we can to bring in the next generations of New Yorkers. And that means recognizing what an economic engine New York’s colleges and universities are for our city and state. We attract the young, ambitious, and diverse talent our city needs to restart and rebuild. 

There were nearly 1 million undergraduates enrolled in New York’s colleges and universities in the last academic year, according to statistics from the state Education Department. More students travel to New York for college than to any other state, according to data from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York. And these students are the people who will help rebuild New York and drive our future.

At Pace University, with campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester, we have a proud 115-year history of helping hard-working, ambitious young people to transform their lives through the power of a college education. Our student body of 13,600 undergraduate and graduate students—many of them the first in their families to attend college—come to Pace from 47 states and 99 countries.

New York’s private colleges and universities, Pace among them, generate $89 billion in economic impact annually, and support 415,600 jobs in the state, according to CICU. The sprawling SUNY system drives another $28.6 billion, according to a study by the Rockefeller Institute for Government. In total, that’s more than $117 billion in economic activity in our state attributable to higher education—more than one-and-a-half times the $74.6 billion output of the state’s manufacturing sector (per the National Association of Manufacturers).

In Washington, the new Biden administration is committed to supporting colleges and universities. President Biden has promised to expand the Pell grant program that provides government aid for low-income Americans. That’s an important and overdue change, as the size of those grants have not kept up with inflation. He wants to make federal loans easier for students and their families to navigate and less costly, both very welcome measures. And he has said he’ll expand student loan forgiveness for students who go into public service, which will help both students and our important public sector.

The relief package passed at the end of last year included some aid for higher education, and President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, currently being debated in Congress, promises more.

But colleges and universities are in a deep financial bind right now. Tuition revenue has fallen because of the pandemic, in some cases precipitously, and expenses for student, faculty and staff health and safety, including extensive testing protocols, have increased. Strapped state budgets aren’t able to fill the gap, and tuition increases are out of the question. We need more support from our government along with corporate partners to do our work effectively. 

We’re doing our part by trimming budgets and looking for creative ways to help our dollars go further. We’re finding additional ways to reach our students and serve our communities, even through challenging times.

We play a crucial role in our regional economies. We bring in the next generation of workers, and we give them the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow. We incubate new ideas and develop new talent. We provide jobs and invest in our communities. 

And now we’re turning to federal, state, and local partners for help. College and universities are key to maintaining the vibrant and ambitious economic landscape of New York. With the help of our partners, we’ll be an integral part of rebuilding it.

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Marvin Krislov is the President of Pace University. On Twitter @PaceUniversity.

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Press Release: Pace University Art Gallery Launches ‘Substance’

03/01/2021

Press Release: Pace University Art Gallery Launches ‘Substance’

Exhibition Includes Artist Talks, Residency, Virtual Exhibit and Gallery Showing in the Fall

New York, NY (March 1, 2021)- Pace University Art Gallery has launched the Substance exhibition and associated programs that include online artists’ talks, an artist residency, and a virtual exhibit – all culminating with an in-person exhibit in the fall 2021, the University announced today.

Substance brings together five abstract artists—Diego Anaya, Liz Atz, Linda Ekstrom, Adebunmi Gbadebo, and Alberto Lule—who express meaning via their materials rather than through representational imagery.   

To celebrate the launch of the digital exhibit, at 6:30 p.m. on March 1, the Gallery will host a Zoom artist talk by Diego Anaya. Anaya’s work is minimalist in imagery, yet he celebrates his Mexican heritage through the use of ground corn, corn ash, and sand with which he creates rough and uneven surfaces. The texture compels the viewer to examine the work closely and even to want to touch and smell the granular surface, creating an immediate and intimate connection between the viewer and the artist.

From March 2-22, the Gallery will host a residency by Liz Atz during which she will create a large-scale window installation on-site. Made of mycelium mushroom-based plastics she casts herself, Atz’s bright, immersive installations critique commercialism, materialism, and consumption. During the three-week residency, Atz will experiment further with chitosan, a substance sourced from waste shell material from the shrimp, lobster and other shellfish industry, adding pigment, and laser cutting the installation. Atz will also give a Zoom talk about her work at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16. 

Pace students, faculty and staff are invited to drop in to see the process in the gallery Tuesday through Thursday from 1p.m.-3p.m. or by appointment. The public will be able to see the process unfold via the window installation at 41 Park Row.

At 3 p.m. on March 10, the Gallery will present a Zoom artist lecture by Alberto Lule who critiques and exposes the prison industrial complex in America as a form of modern slavery. His Investigation series offers insight to his experience as a formerly incarcerated person by using fingerprint powder—a tool used by police to prove someone was at the scene of a crime—as his drawing material. Thereby, Lule reclaims his past, present, and future, stating that he isn’t at the mercy of the corrupt American prison system any longer. 

The pre-launch included a Zoom lecture by Linda Ekstrom on Feb. 25. Ekstrom’s works from her Word series use text from religious sources as a form of inspiration and commentary. Many of her artworks are made from altered pages of the Bible, which is representative of how Ekstrom explores feminist issues, particularly within the role of Jewish and Christian religious history and tradition.  Her work addresses the suppressed stories of women both in the Bible and throughout art history via the process of disassembling and then reassembling this book which has been used to inspire, divide, and control readers. Recordings of all Substance exhibit lectures will be available in the gallery’s Instagram bio at @paceuniversityartgallery.

Also included in the both the digital and in-person exhibits is artist Adebunmi Gbadebo who writes: “My material is human hair from people of the African Diaspora. Our hair is so connected to our culture, politics, and history!” She represents identity and history in Blues People by incorporating prints of historical documents onto paper embedded with Black hair. In so doing, she exposes the grim history of American slavery that has been erased by white-centric narratives and materials. In Black hair, she finds “a material and a history in which to root my own work that positions the people who looked like me as central to my practice.” 

The Substance exhibit was curated by Sarah Cunningham, Art Gallery director/assistant clinical professor, with Samantha L. Smith, ‘21, gallery intern/research fellow, with support from the Provost’s Academic Year 2020-2021 Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Award through the Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE). The in-person exhibit has been re-scheduled for September 27-October 30, 2021.

About the Pace University Art Gallery: Founded with the conviction that art is integral to society, the Pace University Art Gallery is a creative laboratory and exhibition space that supports innovation and exploration for both artists and viewers. Open to students, staff, and faculty from across the Pace campuses and, equally, to the Lower Manhattan community and visitors from around the world, the Art Gallery encourages personal investigation and critical dialogue via thought-provoking contemporary art exhibits and public programming. Enhancing the Art Department's BA and BFA programs, the Art Gallery offers students real-world opportunities to exhibit their own art and to work directly with professional artists to install and promote exhibitions.

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 the Pace University Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE): The Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) in Dyson College of Arts and Sciences provides leadership, coordination and support to student-faculty research collaborations, faculty grant-funded research projects and programs, and opportunities for service learning. CURE is part of Dyson College’s long-standing, ongoing commitment to build a research culture at Pace University. CURE is one component in Dyson’s efforts to innovatively enhance the quality of both the academic experience and overall student life.

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 the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on the Pace News website.

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New York Post featured Pace University’s recovery internship program in "College students are turning to nonprofits for valuable intern opportunities"

03/01/2021

New York Post featured Pace University’s recovery internship program in "College students are turning to nonprofits for valuable intern opportunities"

When her teaching assistant internship got scrapped overnight last summer, Pace University student Vicky Trieu, 22, of Secaucus, NJ, didn’t miss a beat.

The child education major landed a replacement opportunity through a new Pace initiative, New York Recovery Internships, which pairs students with local nonprofit organizations. Trieu joined up with the Urban League, a civil rights and urban advocacy organization, for 28 hours each week.

“This came at a time that I unexpectedly needed it the most,” said Trieu, who worked on education research. Although it was not a teaching role, she said it “ultimately enabled me to grow as a future educator.”

Last year, Pace placed 65 of its students with 24 nonprofits, paying interns $15 an hour raised by the school.

Phyllis Mooney, executive director of career services at Pace, said, “This program is a highlight of my career. It’s growing two trees with one seed. Such a fantastic opportunity for the students and for the nonprofits who were impacted by COVID-19.”

In addition to gaining skills and helping nonprofits that typically rely on in-person events for fund-raising, interns got a glimpse into nonprofit careers. “Students think nonprofit means no money,” said Mooney. “Look at these nonprofits! Don’t eliminate nonprofits from your thinking. There is a future, this is great work, and it pays.”

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Patch featured Pace University in "Pace & UCLA Partner to Explore Digital Mapping in Latinx Studies"

03/01/2021

Patch featured Pace University in "Pace & UCLA Partner to Explore Digital Mapping in Latinx Studies"

The neighborhood surrounding Pace University's Lower Manhattan campus was once home to a thriving Spanish-language publishing community that—like many such publishing centers located throughout the United States in the nineteenth century—has largely been forgotten. Associate Professor of English Kelley Kreitz, PhD, also an affiliate faculty member in Latinx Studies, has been working to recover that history with her students. 

In partnership with Marissa López, professor of English and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, Kreitz has been awarded $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities to continue and expand this groundbreaking work along with Latinx Studies scholars working on similar projects across the country.

"Professor Kreitz has been on the forefront of this fascinating new field of digital humanities, bringing her expertise into the classroom for Pace University students," said Tresmaine Grimes, PhD, dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education at Pace University. "Her participation as a co-director in this prestigious grant is a testament to her innovative scholarship in this field." 

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