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Ms. Magazine featured Vanessa Herman, assistant vice president of government and community relations, in "Weekend Reading for Women's Representation: The Results of a Changing Electorate"

06/29/2020

Ms. Magazine featured Vanessa Herman, assistant vice president of government and community relations, in "Weekend Reading for Women's Representation: The Results of a Changing Electorate"

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation in politics, on boards, in sports and entertainment, in judicial offices and in the private sector in the U.S. and around the world—with a little gardening and goodwill mixed in for refreshment!

Vanessa Herman is the Assistant Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Pace University. She is responsible for daily oversight and management of the Office of Government and Community Relations in NYC and Westchester. Create and implement comprehensive government, community and public relations plans to promote and benefit Pace University and its many constituencies. Herman is skilled in building community coalitions, advocacy, government, crisis communications, media relations, fundraising and event planning/execution.

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"New York Post" featured Pace University’s assistant vice president of government and community relations Vanessa Herman in "Pace University pushing MTA to put school’s name on subway stations"

02/19/2019

"New York Post" featured Pace University’s assistant vice president of government and community relations Vanessa Herman in "Pace University pushing MTA to put school’s name on subway stations"

Pace University is pushing the MTA to put its name on subway stations near its downtown campus — but so far its effort has garnered an F with the agency.

For the second time in six years, the private college is asking for the school’s name to be included on signage at the Fulton Street (2/3/4/5/A/C/J/Z) or Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (4/5/6/J/Z) stations.

Right now, only six colleges in New York City have had their names added to subway stops — Columbia University, NYU, CCNY, and Hunter, Brooklyn and Lehman Colleges.

Pace says it deserves the designation, because it’s in the midst of a renaissance, including a $190 million renovation and climbing enrollment.

“Pace has grown. We were established in 1906 and we are a longtime, upstanding member of the community,” Vanessa Herman, Pace’s assistant vice president of government and community relations, told The Post.

“We now have over 9,000 students who call this campus home and we really feel we are an integral part of the neighborhood. So could we get a secondary name?”

But the MTA has been historically stubborn when it comes to renaming stations, and Pace isn’t willing to pay for the label, Herman said.

“Let the Barclays Center know we are open to having that conversation with them. Maybe they could pay for it,” Herman quipped in a nod to the $4 million Barclays developer Forest City Ratner paid to be included in the Atlantic Avenue station name.

Pace sought the approval of the downtown community board before they plan to take their pitch to the MTA. The board is expected to back Pace and ask the MTA for permanent Pace “identification at the City Hall subway stop to be done in an artful and thoughtful manner,” according to a draft resolution. An MTA spokesman said the agency would be “happy to review” the proposal.

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"Broadway World" featured Pace University's Vanessa J. Herman in "D.C. Area Theaters To Present THE THE BETSY DEVOS CONFIRMATION HEARING"

09/12/2018

"Broadway World" featured Pace University's Vanessa J. Herman in "D.C. Area Theaters To Present THE THE BETSY DEVOS CONFIRMATION HEARING"

As the school year begins across the country, Broadway Producers Fran Kirmser and Chris Burney team up with area D.C. theater organizations to present AMERICAN SCOREBOARD's back-to-school performance of The Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing for The Secretary of Education to take place at The Mead Center for American Theater at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, D.C. on September 17th, 2018 at 6pm. This will mark the first visit of Kirmser and Burney's American Scoreboard educational program to the D.C. area.

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD is an ongoing series that reflects the issues that face the current administration, President Trump and the American people today. Conceived and produced by two-time Tony Award winning Broadway Producer Fran Kirmser and created and produced by Tony Nominee and University Professor Christopher Burney, AMERICAN SCOREBOARD are readings of timely verbatim Senate hearing transcripts presented in the theater performed by stage and screen actors.

"Theater provides the perfect platform for American Scoreboard to present, as conceived, verbatim readings of US Senate hearings. The tech-free, respectful and intimate environment of the theater encourages audiences from both sides of the aisle to simply listen to the language of our government leaders," says producer Fran Kirmser.

Casting for the D.C. production will hail from a collaborative process with the education programs at Signature Theater, Imagination Theater and Studio Theater. The young actors being cast to play the US Senators will be announced shortly. Says producer Chris Burney, "Being able to work with students passionate about the political process shows the power of story to engage audience for social change and provides hope for the future."

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD's first readings were presented at HB Studio Players Theater on January 24, 2017. It highlighted the topic of corporate fraud from the hearing of Wells Fargo. The second reading, The Tom Price Confirmation Hearing, was presented on March 1st, 2017, and the third installment on The Investigation of Russian Interference in the 2016 Election with Clint Watts was presented on June 26th, 2017. Gun Violence was read via podcast appearance on January 16th, 2018. The Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing was originally co-produced with Pace University in the Fall of 2017 at the 700 seat Schimmel Center in New York, New York.

"Pace University was proud to partner with American Scoreboard for this series that brought education policy in this country into vivid life for our faculty, staff and students. The work being done by American Scoreboard is important and an innovative way to engage our students and the viewer in today's political process," said Vanessa J. Herman, Government & Community Relations, Pace University.

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"The Pleasantville Patch" featured Vanessa Herman and Bill Colona in "Pace Gets $250,000 Tech Grant Through Murphy"

06/14/2018

"Pleasantville Patch" featured Vanessa Herman and Bill Colona in "Pace Gets $250,000 Tech Grant Through Murphy"

From The Office of Senator Murphy: Notebooks and laptops have replaced sneakers and basketballs at Pace University's Willcox Hall. Thanks to a $250,000 grant from Senator Murphy,

Willcox Hall, which once served as a gym, has been transformed into a lecture hall and multi-purpose room. The renovation produced a much-needed academic classroom that promotes a collaborative active learning environment.

"Education is the key to success, particularly in this day and age in which technology plays such a vital role. Providing the funds to refurbish Willcox Hall to turn it into a state-of-the-art facility is an investment that will ultimately benefit both students and the community," said Senator Murphy. "The renovation of Willcox Hall will help Pace's ability to attract students who will contribute to the Hudson Valley's economic development by living and working in the area."

"We are very grateful to Senator Murphy for his ongoing support of Pace and his efforts to secure funding for this worthwhile endeavor," stated Vanessa J. Herman, Assistant Vice President for Government & Community Relations at Pace University. "The space is extremely popular with our faculty, students, and staff and we are delighted to be able to host community events in the newly refurbished space."

"The renovations to Willcox Hall have provided Pace with another way to connect with our community and have helped transform our campus," said Bill Colona, Director of Government and Community Relations at Pace University. "Thanks to funding from the State and Municipal Facilities Program and Senator Murphy, our newly-renovated spaces provide the community with opportunities to come to Pace for meetings, hearings, ceremonies, and conferences that are open to the public, and for Pace students, faculty, and staff to gather for special lectures, workshops, and programs."

The Willcox Gym was the primary facility for Pace's Athletics Department. In 2002, the Athletics Department relocated to the Goldstein Health Fitness and Recreation Center, with the Willcox Gym still used for sports and events during the winter months. A new facility to house the entire Athletics Department was built in 2015, providing an opportunity to repurpose Willcox Hall.

As Westchester County's largest university, Pace is committed to providing a world-class higher education while also ensuring that the University's graduates obtain skillsets that meet the demands of the regional economy. Pace hosts hundreds of events each year, many of which are open to local communities.

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