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Patch featured Pace University's Criminal Justice Department in "Pace Program Gives Students an Inside Look at Criminal Justice"

05/04/2021

Patch featured Pace University's Criminal Justice Department in "Pace Program Gives Students an Inside Look at Criminal Justice"

Pace University's Criminal Justice Department joined with the Westchester County Department of Correction (WCDOC) to complete an Inside-Out course where Pace students learned in tandem with incarcerated students.

This was one of the very few Inside-Out programs able to operate nationally during the pandemic. Students participated virtually in a criminal justice course (CRJ 242) as a writing enhanced class – Crime & Public Policy – earning all participants three college credits for their successful completion.

Six inside students from the county jail and 11 outside students from Pace University graduated on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. 

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, based at Temple University, brings together incarcerated students and campus-based students for a semester long learning experience. Trainings are offered to become Inside-Out facilitators and there are over 150 colleges and universities that participate in the program around the world.

Kimberly Collica-Cox, Ph.D., a criminal justice professor at Pace University, became an Inside-Out instructor last year, and it's her second year providing college programming for the WCDOC. The course maintains a focus on theories of crime and crime typologies, as well as criminal justice policy. Students complete exams, papers, and a group presentation.

Typically, Pace students take this course at the jail alongside incarcerated men and women. This year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the use of innovate tools to maintain course integrity, while preserving the safety and health of all students.

While the majority of correctional institutions do not allow for the use of internet-based services, the WCDOC continues to be a leader in correctional programming and creative learning practices by allowing for the use of technology, according to Professor Collica-Cox.

The facility's smart televisions and remote tools allowed the instructor and outside students to "Zoom" with the jail. Pace University also donated laptops to the jail, which were utilized during class time, to allow the Inside and Outside students to work together on weekly projects in small groups, which is an integral component of the Inside-Out model. 

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Westport News featured Dyson Professor Maria Luskay in "Westport, Weston bees offer lesson in resiliency in documentary"

05/04/2021

Westport News featured Dyson Professor Maria Luskay in "Westport, Weston bees offer lesson in resiliency in documentary"

The world watched as a fire raged through the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in April 2019, leaving a wake of destruction. As the smoke cleared, people soon learned that the rooftop beehives survived, offering some hope amid a tragedy. It captivated the interest of Maria Luskay, a professor of media, communications and digital arts at nearby Pace University, so much so that she decided it would be the subject of her annual documentary program.

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Press Release: Pace Program Gives Students an Inside Look at Criminal Justice

05/03/2021

Press Release: Pace Program Gives Students an Inside Look at Criminal Justice

Inside-Out Partnership with Westchester Department of Correction among a Few Nationally to Operate During the Pandemic

17 Students, including six incarcerated men, earned college credit

 

PLEASANTVILLE & VALHALLA, N.Y. (May 3, 2021) – Pace University’s Criminal Justice Department joined with the Westchester County Department of Correction (WCDOC) to complete an Inside-Out course where Pace students learned in tandem with incarcerated students.

This was one of the very few Inside-Out programs able to operate nationally during the pandemic. Students participated virtually in a criminal justice course (CRJ 242) as a writing enhanced class – Crime & Public Policy – earning all participants three college credits for their successful completion. 

Six inside students from the county jail and 11 outside students from Pace University graduated on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. 

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, based at Temple University, brings together incarcerated students and campus-based students for a semester long learning experience. Trainings are offered to become Inside-Out facilitators and there are over 150 colleges and universities that participate in the program around the world.

Kimberly Collica-Cox, Ph.D., a criminal justice professor at Pace University, became an Inside-Out instructor last year, and it’s her second year providing college programming for the WCDOC.  The course maintains a focus on theories of crime and crime typologies, as well as criminal justice policy.  Students complete exams, papers, and a group presentation.

Typically, Pace students take this course at the jail alongside incarcerated men and women. This year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the use of innovate tools to maintain course integrity, while preserving the safety and health of all students.  

While the majority of correctional institutions do not allow for the use of internet-based services, the WCDOC continues to be a leader in correctional programming and creative learning practices by allowing for the use of technology, according to Professor Collica-Cox.

The facility’s smart televisions and remote tools allowed the instructor and outside students to “Zoom” with the jail.  Pace University also donated laptops to the jail, which were utilized during class time, to allow the Inside and Outside students to work together on weekly projects in small groups, which is an integral component of the Inside-Out model. 

“The WCDOC has always been committed to the safety of its residents and visitors,” said Collica-Cox. “Their commitment to rehabilitation demonstrates that technology can be used safely and securely to facilitate programming during the most difficult times. We are honored to have the ability to continue Pace’s commitment to social justice and higher education.”      

In addition to this course, Collica-Cox completed a civic engagement class during the fall 2020 semester at the WCDOC: the Parenting, Prison and Pups (PPP) program, which is an animal assisted therapy-integrated parenting program offered to incarcerated women, utilizing similar technology. 

“The impact of education goes beyond the walls of incarceration,” said Nory Padilla, first deputy commissioner, Westchester County Department of Correction. “Education has profound life changing benefits particularly for the incarcerated population. WCDOC is committed to rehabilitation and we welcome the opportunity to partner with Pace University and Dr. Collica-Cox to offer our residents the opportunity to participate in this Inside-Out college class. We are proud of our DOC student’s ability to successfully complete the class and we applaud their hard work, weekly participation and overall commitment to be actively involved in the class.”  

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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.

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. www.pace.edu/dyson.

 

 

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Westchester Magazine featured the PaceDocs team in "Check out the Latest Buzz on Pace University’s “Bee Aware” Documentary"

04/28/2021

Westchester Magazine featured the PaceDocs team in "Check out the Latest Buzz on Pace University’s “Bee Aware” Documentary"

Film students at the Westchester school pulled double-duty to shoot and edit the documentary about the buzzworthy creature in time for Earth Day. Pace University film students, known as the PaceDocs Team, have been busy at work all through the pandemic, putting together their latest film Bee Aware, which just premiered — aptly enough — on Earth Day.

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Patch featured Pace University Premieres 'Bee Aware' Documentary

04/28/2021

Patch featured Pace University Premieres 'Bee Aware' Documentary

After much hard work, dedication and anticipation, Pace University's documentary film team – PaceDocs – recently premiered Bee Aware, a film focusing on the environmental threats facing one of the most important pollinators for humankind.

The film aptly debuted online on Earth Day as it spotlights the vital role bees play in our food supply; their importance to the environment; and some of the challenges facing the insect and the environment. It was followed by a virtual Q&A with the filmmakers via Zoom.

"The PaceDocs team, under the guidance of Professor Maria Luskay, always does remarkable work," said Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University. "This year, they did something extraordinary, persevering through a pandemic to create a truly inspiring, thought-provoking, and poignant documentary. 'Bee Aware' is a wonderful example of Pace students' commitment to hard work, hands-on education, and environmental conservation. I couldn't be prouder of this group of young filmmakers."

The film was shot on location at bee farms throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, and can be viewed here.

Initially, the class -- made up of 20 graduate and undergraduate students from around the country -- was set to embark on a trip to Paris, France last spring to spotlight the rooftop bees that survived the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame fire. But the global pandemic halted all international travel, and the university, like most others around the world, immediately pivoted to remote learning.

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