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Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night at Pace Another Success"

02/26/2020

Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night at Pace Another Success"

Pace University hosted its annual LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night during the men's and women's basketball games on Tuesday, Feb. 11, versus Southern Connecticut.

As part of the festivities, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members turned out for the doubleheader inside the Goldstein Fitness Center, which marked the fourth Pride Hoops Night as the Pace Athletics Department teamed up with the LGBTQA Center to celebrate the Pace community's inclusiveness and diversity.

“I am extremely proud of the leadership exhibited by our students and our community with respect to this initiative,” said Pace’s Director of Athletics, Mark Brown. “Pace University is a place that celebrates and embraces everyone and truly values the richness that a diverse and inclusive population adds to our community.”

Halftime of each game featured drag performances by Flower Tortilla (Pace University alum and drag queen) and Ms. D. Carter (Pace staff member Suede Graham). Free t-shirts were also given to the first 500 fans in attendance.

Rachel Simon, Interim Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs who runs the LGBTQA Center at Pace’s Pleasantville campus, is excited about the event’s continued growth and success each year.

"Now that we're in our fourth year of Pride Hoops I can really see its impact,” Simon said. “We have community partners here interacting with a wide range of Pace students. It is wonderful to see so many rainbows and feel the support for the LGBTQA community at an event with such broad attendance and appeal. It is also nice to have a Pace staff member and a Pace alum perform in drag this year!"

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Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "Con Ed Funds 'Solar Tree' at Pace University"

01/08/2020

Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "Con Ed Funds 'Solar Tree' at Pace University"

Bringing together imagination, technology and sustainability, Pace University recently unveiled a “solar tree” on its Pleasantville campus with the support of Consolidated Edison Company of New York.

The Modern-art style e-tree, located on the lawn between El and Alumni Halls and Kesssel Student Center, was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 22 with local officials and representatives of Con Edison present.

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Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Visit Pace University"

01/08/2020

Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Visit Pace University"

Former First Lady, Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton were at Pace University in Pleasantiville on Dec. 18 to talk about their new book, “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience,” on the final stop of their 2019 book tour.

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"Westchester Rising" featured Dr. Maria Luskay in "Pace Professor Honored By Arts Westchester"

05/01/2019

"Westchester Rising" featured Dr. Maria Luskay in "Pace Professor Honored By Arts Westchester"

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 deep 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.

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"Westchester Rising" featured Pace Law Professor Leslie Garfield Tenzer in "Pace Law Professor’s Podcast a Big Hit"

01/24/2019

"Westchester Rising" featured Pace Law Professor Leslie Garfield Tenzer in "Pace Law Professor’s Podcast a Big Hit"

Pace Law professor Leslie Garfield Tenzer’s podcast, “Law to Fact” recently celebrated its first anniversary and has been downloaded nearly 35,000 times. She describes the podcast as “the go-to podcast for students in law school, going to law school or studying for the bar.”

The podcast episodes often center on a discussion with fellow law professors and discuss key topics in core law school classes. So far, Tenzer has covered areas including personal jurisdiction, homicide, proximate cause, landlord-tenant law, will contests, the statute of frauds, the Commerce Clause, and more.

“I’m always looking to explore new technological outlets and I wanted to provide students with unique learning tools,” Tenzer explained. “I had noticed that podcasts were gaining in popularity, so it seemed like making podcasts would be a way to impart information while providing me with an opportunity to learn a new medium.”

“At Pace Law, we bridge the gap between legal theory and practice and make the concepts discussed inside the classroom relevant and interesting,” said Dean Horace Anderson. “Professor Tenzer’s podcast is just one example of this and how our faculty make law school and legal concepts accessible to all.”

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"Westchester Rising" featured Pace University in "Pace & Feeding Westchester Launch a Mobile Food Pantry"

10/31/2018

"Westchester Rising" featured Pace University in "Pace & Feeding Westchester Launch a Mobile Food Pantry"

Pace University has launched a mobile good pantry through a partnership with Feeding Westchester. Pace President Marvin Krislov attended the first mobile food pantry event Sept. 27 and spoke with student volunteers who participated by passing out produce to students and local residents.

“It was a really great experience to be able to help others, especially people so closely tied to our community,” said Noelani Rivera, a first-year student at Pace.

Tyler Kalahar, program coordinator at Pace’s Center for Community Action and Research in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, said the new mobile food pantry is in keeping with Pace University’s position as a leader in economic mobility in higher education.

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