Spotlighting Dyson College Graduating Seniors

We are very proud of the achievements our seniors have made this academic year.

Environmental Science, NYC
Kelsey Parker

Fulbright Winner Will Travel to Zambia – Kelsey Parker ‘18, Environmental Science, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. The award will fund her research in Zambia on the effects of the country’s copper mining on soil health and overall sustainability.

Media, Communication, and Arts, PLV
Gabriel Rivera

Pace Filmmakers on ABC7's "Tiempo" – Gabriel Rivera ’18, MCA, was interviewed live on ABC7’s morning talk show Tiempo with Joe Torres. Rivera recounted his emotional journey back to his hometown in Puerto Rico and his role in the powerful documentary Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark.

Musical Theater, NYC
Micailah Lockhart

PPA Student sings at Prestigious Dinner – Micailah Lockhart ‘18, Musical Theater, performed the national anthem for a crowd of 900 business leaders at the Business Council of Westchester’s Annual Fall Dinner, including keynote speaker and guest of honor Hillary Clinton.

Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies, NYC
Taslim Tavarez

A Change Agent in the Community – Taslim Tavarez '18, Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies, was selected as a 2017 Truman Scholar where she received a scholarship toward graduate school. She plans to become an immigration attorney to help undocumented immigrant high school students–like she once was.

Economics, NYC
Klejdja Qosja and Marina Testani

Fed Challenge Team Outpaces Harvard – Pace University’s fed challenge team won the 14th annual national College Federal Reserve Challenge in Washington D.C. Klejdja Qosja ’18 and Marina Testani ’18 led the team among co-captains to beat finalists from Harvard University and Princeton University.

Psychology, NYC
Sarah Davis

Excellence in Research – Sarah Davis ’18, Psychology, has drawn upon her bond with Professor Leora Trub to produce some truly compelling psychological research, and establish herself as an expert on the evolving digital realities of therapy.

Communications, PLV
James Best

Giving His Best in Sports Journalism – James Best ’18, Communications, set out to achieve his dreams of working in sports journalism, interning with NBCUniversal and NBC Sports Group as a digital and editorial intern with the newsroom. In February, he helped cover the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Commercial Dance, NYC
Kathleen Laituri

The Radio City Rockette – In the fall of 2017, Kathleen Laituri ’18, a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College and the BFA Commercial Dance program, joined Radio City Music Hall as a Rockette alongside 35 fellow Rockettes in the world famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Political Science, NYC
Victoria Gonzalez

Advocating for Activism – Victoria Gonzalez ’18, Political Science, is the co-founder of #PaceUEndRape, a Jefferson Award winner, member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the National Society of Leadership, and the Success Alpha Chi Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Digital Cinema and Filmmaking, PLV
Kelly Whritenour

Finding Hope amid Devastation in Puerto Rico – Kelly Whritenour ’18, Digital Cinema and Filmmaking, was interviewed by Fios 1 where she recounts her trip to film for “Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark." Kelly spent a week on the island at 11 different locations and interviewing more than 60 people.

Biology, NYC
Cesar Ballesteros

Volunteer Spotlight – Cesar Ballesteros ’18, Biology, is VP of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, a member of Student Leaders in Service, Jefferson Award winner and one of the co-founding members of Pace’s new Global Brigades chapter.

Communications, PLV
Keyshana Dupuy

She's the First – Keyshana Dupuy ’18 is a first-gen Communications major, first-ever female Housing Assistant on the PLV Campus, and currently interning for She’s the First, a nonprofit. She’s making quite the name for herself on the PLV Campus by racking up a ton of prestigious memberships.

Biology, NYC
Hana Malik

Activist Spotlight – Hana Malik ’18, Biology, has dreams of becoming a doctor – and she’s a published poet as well as an activist for Syrian Refugees working with the United Muslim Relief.

Acting, NYC
Bartek Szymanski

Acting, President – In the fall of 2017, Bartek Szymanski ’18, Acting, was elected president of the Student Government Association (SGA) on the New York City Campus. Szymanski was also a member of the Mock Trial team where he won an All-Regional Witness award.

Communications, PLV
Tara Bernstein

Reporter in the Outfield – Tara Bernstein ’18, Communications, is an outfielder for Pace’s softball team and a major sports fan pursuing sportscasting. She’s covered everything from human interest stories for NY1 News to hype for the New York Mets. Talk about a home run!

Digital Journalism, PLV
Tabatha Gonzalez

Fielding Goals – Tabatha Gonzalez ’18, Digital Journalism. As a Pace soccer player, she is writing her path to victory one good story and game at a time. Plans to pursue a career at an online newspaper or magazine writing about sports or global politics.

Comm Studies and Film and Screen Studies, NYC
Joshua Lovell

Putting the Lovell in Leadership – Joshua Lovell '18, Comm Studies and Film and Screen Studies, participated in the highly prestigious Hesselbein Global Leadership Summit as was just one of 50 students chosen from around the world, and the only student selected from NY.

Economics and Peace and Justice Studies, NYC
Ali Phelan

Creating Her Own Opportunities – Ali Phelan '18, Economics and Peace and Justice Studies, volunteered in Muizenberg, South Africa, where she participated in a childcare and teaching program offered by an organization called International Volunteer Headquarters.

Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials, NYC
Noura Boustany Jost

Navigating Her Own Production Timeline – Noura Boustany Jost '18, Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials, has multiple serious film credits, worked on a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) short film that she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in, and a member of the Pace Student Film Club.

Communications, PLV
Andre Arias

Setting His Pace – Andre Arias '18, Communications, has served as a UNV101 peer leader, worked on student engagement for Dyson’s Center for Community Action and Research, helped win a Distinguished Delegation award for Pleasantville’s Model United Nations team at the 2015 National Model UN Conference, and more.

Biology, NYC
Elliana Gianacopoulos

Mastering the Medical Field – Elliana Gianacopoulos '18, Biology, is conducting cutting-edge research, a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College and Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, biology discussion group peer leader, Dean’s List first honors recipient, and currently serves as the president of Pace’s Pre-Professional Medical Society.