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Pleasantville Project

Pleasantville Project

The Pleasantville Project is a collaborative initiative designed to increase the quality and attractive power of the Pleasantville Campus. The overarching goal of the project is to increase enrollment and retention in Pleasantville, ensuring that the major investments the University is making in the campus yield desired results. Click the links below to read recent updates on all Pleasantville Project initiatives from Bill McGrath, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Pace’s Westchester campuses.

Read a presentation by Aisha Moyla, Director of General Services and Communications, on construction and campus improvements as well as new academic programs, student life, new athletics programs and facilities. This was presented to the Westchester Administrative Staff Council on March 4, 2016.

Pleasantville Project Update (PDF)

Pace University has embarked on a major strategy as a forward-thinking leader in higher education to enhance the student experience and continue to attract high-quality students. Pace provides students with a strong return on their investment—innovative academic and co-curricular programs, professional preparation, internships and job placement, and a superior campus environment.

Exceptional academics

Pace offers a quality education for the professions with proven results in internship and job placement. New academic programs at Pace in Westchester include Digital Cinema and Filmmaking, Digital Journalism, Master of Arts in Environmental Policy, and Healthcare Management.

New facilities enhance academics

New facilities at Pace in Westchester include the renovated and expanded Kessel Student Center with collaborative spaces for student study and interaction; new state-of-the-art sound stages for the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts programs; the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (DCISE) complex with energy efficient classroom building, barns, hawk cages, outdoor classroom, and event space and rebuilt farmhouse; Alumni Hall, the first of the new residence halls planned for Pace in Pleasantville that enhance the living-learning experience for students with First Year Interest Group (FIG) themed communities, study lounges, classroom and collaborative study spaces, and faculty members in residence. Elm Hall will open in fall of 2016.

Also part of phase 1A of the Master Plan for Pleasantville are new athletics fields including Finnerty Field for baseball, a multi-purpose field that will service the new women’s lacrosse and field hockey programs among other sports, and a new field house named Ianniello Field House in honor of Pace alumnus and trustee, Joseph Ianniello, '90. A new lecture hall and event space opened in early 2016 in Willcox Hall.

The following resources will help the Pace University community share news about the exciting things happening at Pace University in Westchester.

New Academic Programs at Pace University in Pleasantville

Pace’s Media, Communications, and Visual Arts program in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is among the best in the nation and very highly regarded as exemplary in preparing students for careers in media, journalism, communications, public relations, advertising, video production and film.

Dyson College has announced two innovative media programs—the BS in Digital Cinema and Filmmaking and the BS in Digital Journalism. A new sound stage in Willcox Hall was recently completed as part of the Master Plan and serves as a new and improved space with the latest technology for film production adding to the already robust offerings of the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts program.

Dyson College's new Environmental Studies and Science department is housed in the newly developed Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment in Pleasantville. The new complex is the nexus for Pace University’s environmental academics and community engagement as the home of the Environmental Studies and Science department; the Dyson College Nature Center; the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities; and the groundbreaking new MA in Environmental Policy program launching fall 2015. It will also remain a focal point for the local community. The new complex includes a classroom building, a replica of the former farmhouse building, which services as a key faculty and student facility; raptor muse (with various birds of prey); animal barns; and an open, outdoor classroom and event space. As evidence of Pace’s commitment to sustainability, the new environmental classroom building incorporates geothermal heating and solar panel systems. The complex includes space for students to attend seminars and for informal gatherings with their peers and faculty members. Programs served by the institute include the Environmental Studies, BA, Environmental Science, BS, Environmental Science, MS and Environmental Policy, MA.

Other Pleasantville Project Links and Resources

Pleasantville Master Plan website
for more information on the Master Plan for the Pleasantville Campus, view the Master Plan Brochure (PDF).

Kessel Student Center
The Kessel opening is a great opportunity to demonstrate the Master Plan projects coming to completion and offering benefits to the whole Pace community. The expansion of Kessel includes new student lounges, an expanded dining and servery area, a multi-purpose room, student government offices and Dean’s Suite. Fern Dining Hall was named for generous donors Jim and Dolores Fernandez. Boudreau Lounge was made possible by the generous gift of donors Don and Susan Boudreau. The expanded dining area boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the improved pond in the center of campus. Students in Pleasantville now have new contemporary space in the Kessel Student Center that can be utilized for events, meetings and casual gatherings. The more inviting student center serves as a hub for living-learning activities and events on campus. An official ribbon cutting ceremony (PDF) took place on April 23, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. in the renovated Kessel lounge, now named Boudreau Lounge. View photos of the event and Kessel Student Center ribbon cutting poster.

Alumni Hall (PDF)
Alumni Hall is the first new residence hall as part of the Master Plan for Pace’s Pleasantville Campus. Students in Pleasantville now have a state-of-the-art living area with living-learning communities an integral part of the planning of the space. Alumni Hall is a 4-story residence hall with a total of 477 beds. The 125,000-square-foot building will house residential suites, study lounges, a faculty in residence apartment, food service, classrooms and offices. Alumni Hall is primarily a freshman building with semi-suite living. A typical suite will hold 4 beds, 2 per room and all four students will share a bathroom. The new residence halls on the Pleasantville Campus at Pace University will offer students additional opportunities to interact with students of similar interests through First Year Interest Groups (FIGs) – themed communities in residence halls that bring together students with common interests. Each FIG has a dedicated faculty member and resident assistant to help program around the theme and connect students to the university. Students choose their interest group and are invited to participate in all FIG programming. View the Alumni Hall Brochure (PDF).

New fields and facilities for Athletics include Finnerty Field for baseball; a Multi-Purpose Field; new Women's Softball Field; and a new field house to be named Ianniello Field House for Pace alumnus, trustee and donor, Joseph Ianniello, '90. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Athletic Center Complex is planned for April 30, 2016.

Westchester Student Affairs Strategic Plan (PDF).

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