Alumni, Faculty & Staff, and Student News
Kathie Beck ’70 (English Literature) is retired as an elementary school librarian from the Wissahickon School District in Blue Bell, PA.
Joseph Ernano ’72 (History) is an account executive at the Millennium Alliance Group in Syosset, NY.
Dimitri Galitzine ’72 (English Language and Literature) is a mechanical designer at Design Development Associates in Kingston, NY.
Max Riben ‘71 (Psychology) is pursuing a new career as a transformational nutrition health coach.
Lisa Sabin, neé Daniel ‘81 (History, Political Science) is an elected precinct committee person for the Republican Party in District 28 in Arizona.
John Vorperian ’83 (Public Administration) received the Front-Line Professional of the Year Award from the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association (ERICSA).
Rebecca Conley ’07 (Mathematics, Political Science) recently completed her PhD in Applied Math at Stony Brook University and is an assistant professor at St. Peter's University in Jersey City, NJ.
Sara DeFilippi ’03 (Languages, Cultures, and World Trade) is an assistant director for partner relations in the Office of Global Studies at St. John's University and indirectly helps Pace students who stay on the St. John's Rome campus as part of their Dyson College travel courses.
Tresha Erdman ’05 (Criminal Justice) will be celebrating ten years as a New York City police officer.
Lauren Kraker Forgione ’06 (Publishing) is an editorial manager at Choxi, NYC.
Adam Gonzalez ’05 (Theater Arts) is an executive producer of the hit series Mob Wives and is now contracted as an in-house executive producer and showrunner for VH1.
Victoria Hagman ’04 (Art History) was featured in a story on Real Estate Weekly for the company she started, Realty Collective.
Florentine Lehar ’09 (Publishing) is a digital education specialist at Barnes & Noble College, where she promotes student success through Barnes and Noble bookstores.
Eric Nelson ’09 (Biology) graduated from the York College of Podiatric Medicine and is in a three-year surgical residency at Bellevue Hospital, performing foot and ankle surgery.
Diego Romero ’07 (Business Economics) is a senior finance manager at Bayer Healthcare and on a short-term assignment in Shanghai, China.
Laura Senkevitch ’09 (Environmental Studies) is senior director of education and training at the Fortune Society in New York, NY.
Juanita Simmons ’00 (Criminal Justice) is a contract administrator at A&E Television Networks.
Richard Stewart ’00 (Biological Sciences) is an environment, health, and safety manager at the Consolidated Edison Company of New York.
Craig Tashman '04 (Physics), founder of LiquidText, a document annotation app for the iPad, was interviewed in a New York Times article on Apple’s relationship with app developers.
Aleisha LaNae' Allen ’13 (Communication Sciences and Disorders) will be graduating with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Columbia University.
Victor Almanzar ’16 (Actors Studio Drama School) performed in Stephen Adly Guirgis's Between Riverside and Crazy at the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Jessica Andrepont ’11 (Sociology and Anthropology, Women's and Gender Studies) is enrolled in a PhD program in Public Policy at Oregon State University with a focus in Environmental Policy.
Kate Billingsley ‘14 (Actors Studio Drama School) was featured in a New York Times article about her one-act play A Man of His Time.
Michelle Birch ’13 (Media and Communication Arts) worked for NBC during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kaitlynn Blyth ’12 (English Language and Literature) is SEO manager at Everyday Health.
Shanelle S. Brandon ’12 (Mental Health Counseling) is a re-entry specialist for the Osborne Association on Rikers Island Correctional Facility and an adolescent substance abuse counselor at the Outreach Development Corporation in Queens.
Yelena Bromberg ’15 (School-Clinical Psychology) received the Division of Psychoanalysis Scholar of the Year Award at the 36th Annual Spring Meeting of Division 39, APA, for her poster-presentation, “Maternal Dependency and Self-Criticism Embodied in Infant Sequential Shape Flow Facial Patterns.”
Maybe Burke '14 (Directing) is an award-winning transgender playwright and performer. Burke’s new play, Love Letters to Nobody, Or Insignificant Others made its world premiere at the Brick Theater as part of the inaugural Trans Theatre Festival.
Shirley Acevedo Buontempo ’10 (Public Administration) was awarded a $100,000 grant from Impact100 Westchester to launch a program that will support first-generation Latino college students by providing them with mentors, career coaching, and internship opportunities.
Margaret Dudasik ’13 (Film and Screen Studies, Musical Theater) was featured in the Hollywood Pantages production of Cabaret.
Rachel Fauth ’15 (English Language and Literature) was selected as a Fulbright Award Winner to South Korea.
Talya Groves '15 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Musical Theater) made her Broadway debut in Motown the Musical, which premiered at the Nederlander Theatre.
Carol Johnson ’12 (Criminal Justice) is a licensed attorney in North Carolina.
Betty Jones ‘10 (Liberal Studies) successfully defended her PhD dissertation in Interdisciplinary Studies “An Autoethnography of a Female Pastor's Journey through the Wilderness Toward Authentic Leadership” at Union Institute & University
Kelsey Jordan ’14 (Biology) is a lab technician at the New York Structural Biology Center in New York, NY.
Fleurette E. Khandaker ’15 (Business Economics) is a talent payment coordinator at Marvel Entertainment in New York.
Kimberly Murray ‘15 (Biology) is studying to be an optometrist at the College of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University.
Ruth Sanchez ’15 (Applied Psychology and Human Relations) is director for The Center for the Defense of Civil Rights and Equality and is pursuing a master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Hartford.
Kristin Stein ’15 (Communications) is an intern at MTV.
Oerta Trepca ’14 (Business Economics, International Marketing) is a senior advisory analyst at Nasdaq.
Jesus Ventura ’15 (Applied Psychology and Human Relations) is an admissions counselor at Pace University on the Pleasantville campus.
Matt Weiner ’10 (Communication Studies) is a lead writer at Mindset Digital in Columbus, OH.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Science Matthew Aiello-Lammens and Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs John Cronin, received a Local Stewardship Planning Grant from Governor Cuomo's $3 million NY State Hudson River Estuary grants program to develop a plan to improve drainage and decrease flooding during storms in the Pocantico watershed.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Prerna Arora co-authored “Current and Future School Psychologists’ Preparedness to Work with LGBT Students: Role of Education and Gay-Straight Alliances” in Psychology in the Schools.
She was also awarded a grant from the Society for the Study of School Psychology for her project, “Evaluating a Brief Behavior Rating Scale as a Progress Monitoring Measure for Depression in Schools.”
Actors Studio Drama School professor Susan Aston starred in the short film Father's Day, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in April.
Associate Professor of English Daniel Bender published " 'appertaining to thy young days': The End of the Academe in Love's Labour's Lost and A Curriculum for the Future" in the Journal of the Société Française Shakespeare.
Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Emily Bent has co-authored “Oppositional Girlhoods and the Challenge of Relational Politics” in Gender Issues, Special Issue: Girls’ Studies and “Precarious Politics and Girl Effects: Exploring the Limits of the Girl Gone Global” in Feminist Formations.
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Susan Berardini has co-edited with Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Iride Lamartina-Lens the book Stages of Desire: Scarred by the Wind, by Juan Carlos Rubio, and Dark Stone, by Alberto Conejero, published in the annual translation series Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays, and co-authored an essay with her "¡Ni una menos! Unas palabras sobre Espérame en el cielo…o, mejor no" in Casandras, an anthology of plays by Diana de Paco Serrano.
Adjunct Professor of History Marie Bratt received the adjunct 2016 Kenan Teaching Award.
President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science David Caputo was quoted in various media outlets on the presidential election season, including Bloomberg, Variety, San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times, and La Opinion.
Associate Professor Jane Collins and Assistant Professor Robert Mundy of English and Modern Language Studies co-edited The Human Journal on “Masculinities on Film.”
Assistant Professor of Public Administration Andy Crosby has published a peer-reviewed article ‘What Happened to the Illinois Economy Following the January 2011 Tax Increases? A Midwest Comparison” in the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy.
Professor Emeritus of Public Administration Anthony Cupaiuolo’s letter to the editor on manufacturing jobs in America was published in the New York Times.
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andriy Danylenko had his monograph “From the Bible to Shakespeare. Pantelejmon Kuliš (1819-1897) and the Formation of Literary Ukrainia” published by American Studies Press. He also wrote a chapter “Iazychie and Surzhyk: Mixing Languages and Identities in the Ukrainian Borderlands,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders; published the article “Aleksandr Popov (1855–1880) and the Reconstruction of Indo-European Noun Inflection” in Language and History; and was profiled by the Polish-American Fulbright Commission's website about his experience as a Fulbright scholar during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Distinguished Professor of English Martha Driver won the Dyson Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award for the arts and humanities.
Chair of the Environmental Studies and Science department, Melanie DuPuis’s book Dangerous Digestion: The Politics of American Dietary Advice was featured in an article in the Huffington Post, and she wrote an op-ed piece for the Huffington Post Healthy Living Blog about the poor state of the standard American diet. She also received a Hudson River Estuary grant along with Teatown Lake Reservation to create a baseline habitat assessment of the Pocantico watershed, and was interviewed for the documentary, Manhattanville: A New York Nexus.
Pace School of Performing Arts Professor Lee Evans published the article “Music Notation: A Brief Look at Its Historical Evolution” in Clavier Companion Magazine and a new solo-piano book, Classics with a Touch of Jazz, which consists of 27 famous works of classical music, in which he incorporates subtle touches of jazz.
Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Arts Kate Fink was quoted in Current about the use of drones in modern journalism.
Professor of Psychology Joseph Franco received the 2016 Outstanding Counselor Educator of the Year Award, which recognizes an exemplary educator who demonstrates a commitment to the profession and to his/her students in a variety of ways.
Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Antonia Garcia-Rodriguez published "Female Mexican Displacement and Dispossession in Early California in The Squarrer and The Don by Maria Ruiz de Burton” in Proceedings of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Thalia Goldstein won the Daniel E. Berlyne Award for Outstanding Research by an Early Career Scholar, APA Division 10. Goldstein and her research on how children understand fictional characters and the worlds they inhabit were the subject of a New York Magazine article.
Assistant Professor of Public Administration Lijun He was interviewed by the Chinese English-language newspaper Global Times on China's first specific law on charity.
Professor of Biology Marcy Kelly received the 2016 faculty Spirit of Pace Award.
Executive Director of the Graduate Publishing Program Jane Kinney-Denning has been inducted as the National President of the Women’s National Book Association.
Associate Professor Hillary Knepper and Assistant Professor Gina Scutelnicu of Public Administration have co-authored “Millennials at the Helm: Make Room for Women in 21st Century Public Service” in PA Times.
Professor of Biology Nancy Krutcher won the Dyson Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award for the natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences.
Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Iride Lamartina-Lens has translated Scarred by the Wind by Juan Carlos Rubio, which was published in the annual translation series Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays. She also co-authored an essay with Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Susan Berardini "¡Ni una menos! Unas palabras sobre Espérame en el cielo…o, mejor no" in Casandras.”
Associate Professor of Psychology Anthony Mancini’s article “The Trouble With Post-Traumatic Growth was published in Psychology Today
Assistant Professor of Biology Matthew Marcello is leader of a project for which the National Science Foundation has granted Pace $33,000 to research "MRI: Acquisition of a quantitative real-time gene expression monitoring system for undergraduate research and teaching at Pace University 2016."
Professor Rebecca Martin of English and Modern Languages was recognized as Outstanding LGBTQA Educator at Pace at the annual Lavender Awards ceremony on the New York campus.
She has also edited Critical Insights: Film: Bonnie and Clyde, a part of a series which provides detailed insight and contextual analysis of American film classics, for Salem Press, and was named Visiting Research Scholar in the Film Studies Certificate Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, in which she participated in a graduate course in French film theory and completed writing On Still and Moving Images for a book she is editing for the Salem Press.
Associate Professor of Art Jillian McDonald was one of the artists in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's new Process Space invitational residency on Governor's Island.
Pace School of Performing Arts Assistant Professor JV Mercanti wrote an article "How to Work on Your Craft This Summer" for Backstage.
Assistant Professor of English and Modern Language Studies Robert Mundy co-authored with Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Arts Paul Ziek an article in The Human Journal “Where We (Don’t) Belong: “Chasing” Kevin Smith’s Male Narratives of Space and Place.”
Associate Professor of Political Science Meghana Nayak’s book, Who is Worthy of Protection? Gender-Based Asylum and US Immigration Politics, was reviewed by the London School of Economics and Political Science Review of Books.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Judith Pajo’s article “Danger explodes, space implodes: the evolution of the environmental discourse on nuclear waste, 1945–1969," was published in the journal Energy, Sustainability, and Society.
Associate Professor of Art William Pappenheimer, a pioneer and early adapter of Augmented Reality (AR) technology, was part of a three-person exhibition at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery called ARt: Augmented Reality.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Aditi Paul was quoted in the article “Dating sites for Trekkies, vampire lovers and just about anyone else” on CNET.
Lecturer of Political Science George Picoulas received the 2016 Kenan Teaching Award.
Associate Professor of English Deborah Poe was Distinguished Visiting Writer at Seattle University for their 2016 winter term 2016 and also held the eight annual Handmade/Homemade events there in March.
Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Darrin Porcher was a guest on a number of media outlets on community race relations and recent police-shootings that have plagued the nation. Read transcripts of his appearance on NY1 and two on WNYW-NY (FOX) here and here.
Professor of Psychology Yvonne Rafferty’s articles “Child Trauma as an Outcome of Child Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation: A Human Rights Based Perspective” was published in Psychology and Society and “Challenges to the Rapid Identification of Children Who Have Been Trafficked for Commercial Sexual Exploitation” in Child Abuse and Neglect.
Professor of English Sid Ray was honored with the 2016 Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence.
Senior Fellow at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin spoke about the Louisiana flood and climate change on WNYC.
Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Joseph Ryan was interviewed by FiOS1 News in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting tragedy.
Professor of Art Roger Sayre had a solo exhibition entitled “Sound and Vision” as part of Art at Hamilton Square in Jersey City.
Assistant Professor of Economics Anna Shostya was named member of the month in March by The International Atlantic Economic Society, which consists of economists and financial experts from academe, government, and the private sector who contribute to a worldwide exchange of scholarly ideas and scientific research.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Marcella Szablewicz was quoted on body-shaming in China an article in the Washington Post.
Assistant Professor of Public Administration Rebecca Tekula has had published “Impact Investing: Funding Social Innovation and Related Actors in the Routledge Handbook of Social and Sustainable Finance.
Adjunct Professor of English Laura Toffler’s play The Latin Beat was a semi-finalist at the off-off Broadway Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s one act playwriting festival and competition.
Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Arts Paul Ziek co-authored with Assistant Professor of English and Modern Language Studies Robert Mundy an article in The Human Journal (special edition) “Where We (Don’t) Belong: “Chasing” Kevin Smith’s Male Narratives of Space and Place.”
Anasthasia Agyemang ’16 (Public Administration) has been accepted into the Peace Corps, where she will be going to the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
Kerstin Anderson '18 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Musical Theater) talked about her role in The Sound of Music in a video interview from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where she performed in July. Watch it here. She was also interviewed by KTVI-STL (FOX) in St. Louis, MO.
Ryan Barone ’16 (Economics, Mathematics), Thuy Hoang ’16 (Economics), Christopher Le ’17 (Business Economics), Tadhg Looram ’16 (Economics), Natalie Reff ’17 (Economics, Modern Languages and Cultures), Shayleen Reynolds ’16 (Economics), and Amandine Tristani ’15 (Economics, Political Science) presented their research at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank's Economics Scholars Program Conference, the premiere showcase for the best undergraduate research in the field of economics in the United States.
Zuleen Chia Chang ’16 (Biology) won the 2016 Cheryl Frye Pioneering Research Award for her research “Studies of a PQ type Calcium Channel Truncation Mutant associated with Epilepsy” at the annual Northeast Under/graduate Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON) conference held at Quinnipiac University.
Samantha Cobos ’17 (Chemistry) was part of the RISE summer research program at Rutgers University.
Perri Colburn ’17 (Economics), Elizabeth Donor ’17 (Business Economics), Yulia Palianok ’18 (Economics), and Natalie Reff ’17 (Economics, Modern Languages and Cultures) presented research at the Eastern Economic Association Conference in Washington, DC on "Topics in Human Capital and Economic Growth."
Ian Dickman ’16 (History) won the 2016 Benjamin T. Ford Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to an outstanding New York campus senior in the social sciences who has been accepted to a graduate school in social sciences or law.
Environmental Policy Clinic students wrote the Elephant Protection Act which passed, unanimously, the New York State Senate . The bill is the first to effectively ban the use of elephants in circuses and other venues in New York State. They were guided by Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at the Pace Academy John Cronin and Director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies Michelle Land. The achievement was mentioned in an article in the
Rachel Fauth ’15 (English Language and Literature) has won a Fulbright Award and will teach ESL in South Korea.
Joseph Gonzalez ’18 (Communications) and Professor of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Professor Maria Luskay appeared on ABC 7’s Tiempo. They discussed the experience of producing Cuba’s Crossroads, the short documentary filmed in Cuba as part of the department’s Producing the Documentary course. The Tiempo segment can be viewed in two segments, by clicking here and here.
Chris Harral '16 (Pace School of Performing Arts, Acting) was quoted in One Dublin on what it is like to be an actor.
Kyla Korvne ’16 (Peace and Justice Studies, Political Science) has won a Fulbright Award and will research female political empowerment in Senegal.
Alanna McCatty ’17 (Communication Studies) was awarded the New York Women in Communications $10K Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship from Scholastic.
Jessie Meredith ’16 (Peace and Justice Studies, Political Science) has won a Fulbright Award and will research urban refugees and city planning in Jordan.
The Pace’s New York Model UN team received 11 awards at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City in March, ranking 6 out of 180 universities and other educational institutions that participated in NMUN’s conference B in terms of awards received. They were honored with the title of Distinguished Delegation.
Carolyn Phillips ’16 (Political Science) worked as a volunteer in press relations at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and described the experience in her hometown paper, The Sentinel.
Yessi Rivas ’17 (Actors Studio Drama School) starred in the short film Let’s Play Dead Girl, which has made its way into four film festivals.
The Actors Studio Drama School and Pace School of Performing Arts have made “The Hollywood Reporter’s” 2016 list of the 25 Best Drama Schools for an MFA, and 25 Best Undergraduate Drama Schools, respectively.
The Department of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security’s Master of Arts in Public Safety and Homeland Security has been ranked #6 in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking of Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice programs.
A team from the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts was invited by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) to produce a short video about its history and mission for the NMAI centennial gala held in New York City in May.
Pace University was praised in a report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on “disarmament and non-proliferation education” for its Peace and Justice Studies major, Model United Nations programs, faculty research contributions, and student engagement in disarmament organizations.
As part of the 20th Anniversary of the department of Public Administration’s graduate Summer Study Abroad course to Oxford, United Kingdom, students, academics, and practitioners joined together to explore and compare through historical tours, site visits, lecturers, and round-table discussions with students from Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities.