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"MarketWatch" featured Pace University in "These 10 solid U.S. colleges prove you don’t need Harvard or Yale to achieve the American Dream"

09/20/2019

"MarketWatch" featured Pace University in "These 10 solid U.S. colleges prove you don’t need Harvard or Yale to achieve the American Dream"

For years we’ve heard about how Americans’ upward mobility is broken and middle-class income has stagnated.

The data backs it up, which is probably why the percentage of 30-year-olds in the U.S. earning more than their parents did at the same age is plummeting.

Policymakers have failed to address this wealth, income, and opportunity gap, but some institutions of higher learning are taking up the slack. A recent study by a team of academic superstars including Harvard University’s Raj Chetty and the University of California at Berkeley’s Emmanuel Saez — a frequent collaborator of French economist Thomas Piketty, whose idea of a wealth tax inspired Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — has identified the U.S. colleges and universities that best promote upward mobility. 

That study, which assigned hundreds of U.S. universities a score for their success at moving its graduates up the income scale, is posted in several formats on a splashy website, along with a link to an interactive tool from The New York Times that allows you to see how your favorite college rates.

The researchers found that highly selective colleges and universities such as Berkeley, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, and Swarthmore (which I attended as a first-generation college student) actually do a very good job of elevating lower-income kids to the middle-class and beyond. But they take so few kids from the bottom 20% — less than 4% of enrollment — they can’t move the needle much.

Good state and local universities, however, can and do. That’s why they dominate the list of the 10 colleges that are most effective in helping their graduates move from the lowest 20% (family incomes below $25,000 a year) to the top 20% ($110,000 and above). That’s the stuff of Horatio Alger stories, yet it happens all the time at these American Dream machines.

Two of the top 10 — Pace and St. John’s — are private. Only Stony Brook University (of the State University of New York) cracks U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 national universities rankings for 2020. ”The colleges that have the highest bottom-to-top-quintile mobility rates.” the study’s authors write, “are typically mid-tier public institutions” — colleges the kids of entitled parents like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin would avoid at any cost. All of these 10 schools are located in California, New York, and Texas. 

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"The Chronicle-Journal" featured Pace University in "New report finds Pace University Contributes More Than $1 Billion Annually to New York Metro Area"

09/20/2019

"The Chronicle-Journal" featured Pace University in "New report finds Pace University Contributes More Than $1 Billion Annually to New York Metro Area"

A new report released today shows that Pace University contributes more than $1 billion every year to the New York metropolitan area’s economy. Pace has three campuses in New York City and Westchester. In New York City, Pace’s total economic impact to lower Manhattan is $682 million annually.

“As an institution of higher learning that has helped generations of students achieve upward economic mobility, we strive to educate our students so that they will succeed in their careers and their lives,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “But our importance in New York extends beyond our students, our classrooms, and our campuses—we are also a vital community resource and potent economic engine in the region.”

The economic analysis, prepared by The Helene T. and Grant M. Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University, examined payroll, construction, procurement, and other data such as student and visitor spending on meals, entertainment, transportation, and local retail from 2017 (the latest data available).

Report highlights include:

* Every year, Pace attracts 178,000 visitors to Lower Manhattan, where they spend $24 million. Students in New York City spend an additional $93 million off-campus every year.

* Pace University has more than 13,000 students, more than 3,300 employees and approximately 150,000 alumni. More than 65% of Pace alumni live in the New York metropolitan area.

* In New York City, 9,300 students and 1,800 employees live, study and/or work in Lower Manhattan.

* Over the past five years, Pace has invested $485 million in revitalizing its campuses, which added 5,500 jobs to the New York metropolitan area. Of that, $192 million went into its Lower Manhattan campus.

* With a strong history of volunteerism, Pace students in New York City contribute 39,000 volunteer hours to local organizations every year.

* Pace students are fueling area businesses and nonprofits with over 7,000 students completing internships, co-ops, practicums, field experiences, and clinicals each year. These often lead to full-time jobs. The top employers of Pace graduates are: AT&T, J.P. Morgan Chase, NBCUniversal, NYS Department of Education, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Northwell Health, and Verizon.

For over 100 years, Pace has been preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success. To read more about the economic impact of Pace University and the methodology of the study, visit the report’s website.

“This study shows what we’ve all known, that Pace University is an institution from which all New Yorkers benefit,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer.

"This study reinforces what we have long-known: institutions like Pace University are vital to New York City's strong economy," said Jessica Walker, President and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. "In particular, Pace University's continuous investment in its campuses and the surrounding communities has created thousands of quality jobs, prepared students of all backgrounds for careers and economic advancement, and helped businesses secure the top talent they need to thrive."

"This study demonstrates that Pace not only enriches our minds and culture, they enrich our economy," said Jessica Lappin, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York.

“There’s no doubt that Pace has a major economic impact on our community, but more than that, they are part of the fabric of our community and city at large.” Stated Anthony Notaro, Chairperson, Community Board 1. “Pace as an institution, coupled with their growing number of students and alumni who live and work in the area, make lower Manhattan what it is and all it can be in the future.”

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Press Release: NY Assemblyman: Constitutional Rights Must Be Preserved

09/19/2019

Press Release: NY Assemblyman: Constitutional Rights Must Be Preserved

Pace Hosts Constitution Day, Kicks-Off First Amendment Mural Contest

Democracy in the United States is a slow and deliberate process that works best when its citizens are engaged -- and that’s how our founders wanted it.

This was among the many messages that Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, a lawyer, had for students at Pace University who attended “Constitution Day” on September 16 in the Multipurpose Room of the Kessel Student Center. From questions about free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to concerns about gun control and the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment, Abinanti, a Democrat whose district includes Pleasantville, told students that the U.S. Constitution was the blueprint that our nation was built upon.

"Free and open debate -- that's what this country is all about,” Abinanti told the students. “In this country, you are supposed to be able to share your views.”

Abinanti spoke for about an hour on a range of other issues facing students, such as student debt, and the need for higher education and technical training. Each student was also given a pocket size U.S. Constitution.

Pace also used the occasion to kick off a First Amendment Mural Contest. The winning design will be announced on January 27, 2020 and dedicated in May. The 8x12 mural will be located on the western side of Willcox Hall. 

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. Follow us on Twitter at @PaceUnews or on our website: http://www.pace.edu/news

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"The River Journal" featured Pace in "Pace University Welcomes Westchester Community to Attend Inaugural Communiversity Day"

09/13/2019

"The River Journal" featured Pace in "Pace University Welcomes Westchester Community to Attend Inaugural Communiversity Day"

Daylong festival to feature The Harris Project CODA walk, children’s activities, music, giveaways, and more

Pace University, for the first time, will hold Communiversity Day, a daylong celebration to thank residents of Pleasantville, Mount Pleasant, and neighboring communities and welcome them to their 200-acre campus to experience all Pace has to offer.

The inaugural Communiversity Day on Saturday, September 28, will be a day of fun and discovery for all ages with activities that include a charity walk, football and soccer games, drone and robotic demonstrations and workshops, Environmental Center tours featuring Pace’s resident animals, a birds of prey demonstration, children’s activities, music, food trucks, giveaways, and more.

“Pace University is a big part of Westchester, and we want to make sure our neighbors know it,’’ said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “There are classes, concerts, sports, and activities going on here every day. We want Westchester to experience all of that—and keep coming back to visit us.”

In 2017, Pace University completed a five-year, $100 million transformation of its Pleasantville Campus that included new residence halls, a new Environmental Center complex, expansion of its Jeanette and Morris Kessel Student Center, a 14,000-square foot athletics field house, new softball and baseball fields, and a new multi-purpose field. There are more than 3,400 students enrolled on campus, which employs more than 2,000 people (full- and part-time), and attracts 78,000 visitors to the area. It’s estimated that in 2017 Pace contributed $278.5 million in spending to the regional economy.

“If you haven’t been to campus in a while, you haven’t experienced Pace University,’’ said Provost Vanya Quiñones. “Communiversity Day provides the perfect opportunity for families to enjoy our facilities and experience Pace as a community destination.’’

The day will start at 10:00 a.m. with the 2nd Annual Harris Project CODA (co-occurring disorders) Walk, which will bring together hundreds of community members and sports teams from across the region for a two mile walk to raise awareness and funds to promote better treatment for people with mental health and substance abuse issues. DJ Mike Allan of NEW 102.7 will emcee the walk.

The walk will be followed by a day of activities which include:

  • 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.:  Family Fun Activities in the Alumni Quad. Family-friendly fun with Pace’s student organizations and clubs hosting a variety of activities including arts and crafts, carnival booths, photo opportunities, and games! Food trucks, including Crafty ‘Cue BBQ, Waffle Box, and Westchester Burger, will be available along Shirley Beth’s Way.
  • 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Drone and Flight Experience. Learn how to operate a mini-quadcopter! Participants will be given hands-on drone flight training prior to experiencing the joy of a successful indoor flight.
  • 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Pace University Football vs. Saint Anselm in Pace Stadium. Catch the Setters as they take on rival St. Anselm in a key Northeast 10 game at Pace Stadium. Be one of the first 100 to register for Communiversity Day and get a free ticket. Don’t forget to wear your blue and gold!
  • 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Birds of Prey at the Environmental Center
    Join James Eyring, assistant director of the Dyson College Nature Center and master falconer, for an unforgettable demonstration with hawks, owls, and falcons. Meet our gyrfalcon, Elvis, and learn about the role these predators play in a healthy natural community and the Nature Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight!
  • 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Meet the Animals at the Environmental Center
    Come visit the animals who call the Dyson College Environmental Center home. A student guided visit will introduce you to the Environmental Center and the places you can go to visit the animals. Our farm animals and birds are popular with the entire Pace community giving smiles, helping to relieve stress, and in some cases providing substitutes for pets left at home.
  • 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Organic Vegetable Gardening at the Environmental Center
    Walk through our organic vegetable garden and talk to the students and staff who care for it. Learn about some of the techniques and methods used to grow vegetables without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Perfect for the beginner who wants to grow vegetables at home next spring. The program is ongoing so you can come and go at any time between 3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m.: Pace University Women’s Soccer vs. Assumption in Pace Stadium
    Cap off your day by watching Pace women’s soccer battle with Northeast 10 conference foe Assumption at Pace Stadium. Admission is free!

Registration and information is available at the Communiversity Day website.

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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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"Onstage Blog" featured the Pace School of Performing Arts in "The Top 30 College Dance Programs for 2019-2020"

09/12/2019

"Onstage Blog" featured the Pace School of Performing Arts in "The Top 30 College Dance Programs for 2019-2020"

At the beginning of each new school year, we here at OnStage Blog like to announce what we feel are the best performing arts for the coming year. For those of you wondering how we select these schools, it starts in the previous spring.

Starting in April, we tasked a committee of just over 20 people to research these programs. They consisted of theatre educators, students, alumni and parents. We wanted people who knew how to evaluate a performing arts program and what questions to ask. This is what we feel separates us from every other college ranking article, these folks know what’s important in theatre education.

This year we based our criteria on a number of factors including: Cost vs. Scholarships, Quality of Facilities, Performance/Production Opportunities and Post-Graduate Support. We also asked questions about the diversity of students as well as the faculty.

Each year, we also like to include a new category that factor into our rankings - on/off-campus safety. We feel this is a factor that is often not made a priority. So in addition to cold-calling the schools, we also took a look at their Clery Reports and asked questions about how proactive these schools are when it comes to safety.

This year we also decided not to ranking the schools 1-30. When looking at the scores, often these schools were separated by one to two points. So rather, this year we’re simply naming who we feel are the best, in no particular order.

We must also preface this by saying that while these are some great schools to start your search with, ultimately the best college theatre program out there is the one you feel most confident and comfortable attending.

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Let’s kick off our rankings with Dance. We feel that college dance programs are at a crossroads right now. With the amount of dance content on TV and streaming networks, job opportunity, casting changes and plus the popularization of more obscure styles of dance, there has never been a better time to get your degree in dance.

Thankfully, a number of colleges in this country offer outstanding and innovative dance programs for prospective students. Here are 30 that we feel are the best. We also wanted to celebrate the students in these programs, so we’re including videos of some of their performances and highlights.

Why we love it: The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Commercial Dance in the Pace School of Performing Arts is the only one of its kind in New York City offering comprehensive dance training that bridges the gap between classical dance technique and the professional world of commercial dance. The Commercial Dance major blends the highest quality of dance and theater training preparing students for diverse careers on stage, television, film, and the entertainment industry.

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