Alumni, Faculty & Staff, and Student News
Aleisha LaNae' Allen ’13 (Communication Science and Disorders) is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Communication Science and Disorders at Columbia University. She is applying to clinical fellowships.
Charles Brice ’12 (ASDS) stars in the indie romantic comedy How To Tell You're a Douchebag, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January.
Sergio Castillo ’11 (Actors Studio Drama School) starred in a feature film Hole In The Wall. The film will have its NYC premiere at the Manhattan Film Festival in April.
Matteo (Matthew) Ceurvels ’13 (Spanish, Latin American Studies) is senior officer of digital strategy and audience engagement at International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western hemisphere region.
Latoya Edwards ’15 (PPA) has been cast in the Netflix original series, The Get Down premiering in August 2016. The Baz Luhrmann-created musical drama series revolves around a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers in 1970’s New York.
Kristen Greco ’15 (Communication Studies) is an assistant account executive at Weber Shandwick in NYC where she serves as a key media strategist, supporting media relations for top clients including Verizon, Campbell Soup, and Mattel.
Omar J. Herrera ’13 (Communications) is the special assistant to the Acting New York Secretary of State Rosanna Rosado ’83.
Katelyn James ’14 (Political Science and History) is outreach coordinator for the New York City Office of Emergency Management. She created the superhero character Ready Girl who uses her superpower, emergency preparedness, to educate children throughout the city.
Kelsey Jordan ‘14 (Biology) is a lab technician at Simons Electron Microscopy Center at the New York Structural Biology Center in New York, NY. Jordan is pursuing a master’s degree in chemistry at City College.
Miriam Kay ’14 (Biology) is a staff research associate in Pediatric Neurology at UCLA.
Stephanie Kozofsky ’13 (English Literature, Language, and Culture) is a 10th grade History and English teacher at Pritzker College Prep in Chicago.
La Reina Lawrence ’14 (Art History, Art) is a Fulbright alumna and language assistant at Comunidad de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.
Justina Mante ’14 (Public Administration) is the director of social service at The Grove at Valhalla Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
John Morgera ’15 (Business Economics) is a staff accountant at Marcum LLP in Greenwich, CT.
Latifat Oladele ’14 (Applied Psychology and Human Relations) is a paid career development intern at the National Basketball Players Association.
Thomas Olsen ‘11 (Economics) is a police officer for the Mt. Pleasant Police, Valhalla, NY. He will complete his master’s degree in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security at Pace University in May.
Jonathan Abdel Aziz Savadogo ’14 (Business Economics) was promoted from director of Petrofa, an oil and gas subsidiary of Smaf International to managing director the managing director at Smaf International in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
In May, Grand Central Publishing will publish Amy Rose Spiegel’s ’12 (English) first book, Action: A Book About Sex. Her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, and many other publications.
Comedy writer Angela Spera ’11 (Communication Studies) has co-authored This Is Why You’re Single, a humorous dating guide about the pitfalls of the modern dating scene.
Jennifer Crespo ‘06 (Applied Psychology and Human Relations) was recently promoted to Student Success Coordinator in the Office for Student Success at Pace University.
John Mastronardi ’05 (Public Administration) is an administrator at Montefiore Medical Center, Schaffer Extended Care Center in New York.
Daniel Molina ’05 (Sociology/Anthropology) is the internship coordinator for Pace University’s OASIS college support program.
Diego Romero ’07 (Business Economics) is a Senior Finance Manager in Shanghai, China.
Cheryl Sonilal ‘07 (Applied Psychology and Human Relations) is the Lead Clinician for the Unaccompanied Migrant Children's Program at Leake & Watts, a nonprofit organization focused on children and families. She recently received LMHC licensure.
Richard Stewart ’00 (Biology) is EH&S manager at Consolidated Edison Company of New York.
Jinan (Becky) Zhao ’03 (Publishing) is senior editor at Springer Nature in Beijing, China. She recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary at Springer and is responsible for the biomedicine publishing program.
Olga Khvatskaya ’94 (Psychology) is assistant general counsel at Philip Morris International Management SA.
Anthony Miccoli ’90 (English) is the director of the Philosophy program and associate professor of Philosophy at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. He has been director of the program since 2007.
Eric Nelson ‘90 (Biology) is a podiatrist, currently in a surgical residency at Bellevue Hospital doing foot and ankle surgery.
Michael Panicali ’97 (Literature and Communications) is a seminarian at the Diocese of Brooklyn, and is studying theology at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. He plans to be ordained as a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn in June 2017.
Christine Shaefer née Quigley ’91 (English) is a faculty member at the US Office of Personnel Management, Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA. She earned a PhD in Leadership Studies from Marian University.
David MacDonald ’89 (Economics) is Vice President of Cloud Sales, North America at IBM, and celebrates 15 years with the company.
Rossana Rosado ’83 (Journalism) is Acting New York State Secretary of State. Rosado is a Peabody Award-winning journalist and recently served for 20 years as the first female editor and publisher of the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the country, El Diario. She is a former Pace University Trustee.
Lisa Sabin née Daniel ’81 (Political Science, Social Science) is a special education teacher in Scottsdale, AZ. She has taught in the district for 12 years.
Kathy Van Duzer ’89 (Journalism) is a public relations and marketing consultant, working for entrepreneurs, C level executives and their companies.
Lester Futernick ’71 (American History) is semi-retired, having served as a CEO for programs in the mental health and substance abuse field. He is currently a management consultant for healthcare.
Walter H Johnson ’74 (Economics) is the senior VP - Investments for Aegis Capital Corp in Holmdel, NJ.
Larry (Lawrence) J. Leavell ’77 (Sociology/Anthropology) is a retired US postmaster, whose service was recognized by a letter of recognition from the postmaster general of the US Postal Service and a commemorative 30-year gold lapel pin.
John Paternoster ’70 (Psychology), having retired from an administrative position at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), is an adjunct professor teaching courses for the counseling department and the business and technology department.
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Matthew Aiello-Lammens, assistant professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences, co-authored the paper “An efficient protocol for the global sensitivity analysis of stochastic ecological models.” Published in Ecosphere.
ASDS Lecturer Susan Aston had a featured role in the short film Father's Day, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Sarah Blackwood, associate professor of English, delivered invited lectures on her book projects at Columbia University, Hendrix College, and Pomona College.
Professor Susan Berardini of Modern Languages and Cultures had published Tales from the palomar: The Manhattan Premiere of Fernando Ferrer’s La intención de las palomas.” in the Latin American Theater Review, and “El principio de Arquímedes makes a Spectacular Splash in Downtown Manhattan” in Estreno 42.1.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Matthew Bolton was recently awarded a grant from the United Nations, the UNSCAR Arms Trade Treaty Academy Grant.
The Wall Street Journal gave ASDS adjunct professor Chris Clavelli a stellar review for his direction of the A.R. Gurney play, The Cocktail Hour.
John Cronin, senior fellow for Environmental Affairs, had published in Diplomacia Magazine an interviewed he conducted with Michel Jarraud, chair of UN-Water.
Professor Andriy Danylenko of the Modern Languages and Cultures department and Fulbright scholar gave an invited lecture
“The Ukrainian Bible and Imperial Russian Censorship” at Wolfson College, Oxford Universityand had published several articles including “Iazychie and Surzhyk: Mixing Languages and Identities in the Ukrainian Borderlands”,The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders, and “On the Mechanisms of the Grammaticalization of Comitative and Instrumental Categories in Slavic” in the Journal of Historical Linguistics.
Chair of Environmental Studies and Science department Melanie DuPuis, wrote an op-ed, “Looking for Food in All the Wrong Places,” for the Huffington Post Healthy Living Blog. In addition, DuPuis’ book Dangerous Digestion: The Politics of American Dietary Advice was reviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
PPA Professor Lee Evans has had published two articles, “Jazz, Ragtime, Blues” in The California Music Teacher, and “The Age of Ambiguity” in The Pace Press. He also had published the book, Classics with a Touch of Jazz: 27 Beloved Masterpieces for Solo Piano.
Modern Languages and Cultures staff member Iraida Garcia was chosen as the winner of the 2015 President’s Extra Mile Award for Customer Service for NYC campus.
Mark Hussey, distinguished professor of English and a Virginia Woolf scholar, was featured in the PBS broadcast Connecting with Virginia Woolf.
Sergey Kazakov, professor of Chemistry, had published the chapter “Lipobeads as future drug delivery system” in the book Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery, and the full-length paper “Liposome-nanogel structures for future pharmaceutical applications: An updated review” was published in Current Pharmaceutical Design 2016.
Communication Studies Assistant Professor Adam Klein's short article "How Anonymous Hacked Donald Trump" was published in scholarship-based news site The Conversation, and then republished in other outlets including the Business Insider and The New Republic.
Nancy Krucher, professor of Biology, was the recipient of the Dyson College Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award in the area of the natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences. This award recognizes exemplary performance in research by producing scholarly work of high merit.
Iride Lamartina Lens, professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, presented the paper “Las heridas del viento by Juan Carlos Rubio: Love’s Search for Authenticity” at the XVII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispanica (CILH) held in Merida, Mexico, and presented “Love Revisited in Scarred by the Wind by Juan Carlos Rubio” at IV Congreso Internacional Estreno held at Austin College, Sherman, Texas.
Media and Communication Arts Clinical Assistant Professor Melanie LaRosa and Professor Maria Luskay are in production on a video commemorating the centennial anniversary of the National Museum of the American Indian. The short video will screen in May at the Museum’s anniversary gala celebration in NYC.
James Lipton, the inimitable host of Inside the Actors Studio, won the 5th Annual Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host.
Associate Professor of Psychology Anthony Mancini has written a post on The Hill's Congress Blog, in which he relates his research on the positive psychological outcomes of trauma to recent terror attacks and society's collective increased anxiety.
Professor Rebecca Martin, English and Modern Language Studies, was named visiting research scholar at CUNY Grad Center.
Jillian McDonald, associate professor of art, showcased her video installation, Valley of the Deer, at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery in Ontario. She is also an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's new Process Space invitational residency on Governor's Island March 1st - June 30th, 2016, and concurrently artist-in-residence at the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Associate Professor of Political Science Meghana Nayak’s book, Who is Worthy of Protection? Gender-Based Asylum and US Immigration Politics, was reviewed in The London School of Economics Review of Books.
Charles North, Pace Poet-in-Residence, gave a poetry reading at the Dia Foundation.
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.
Deborah Poe, associate professor of English, served as Distinguished Visiting Writer for Seattle University.
Sid Ray, professor of English, and Women's and Gender Studies gave an invited talk “Lady Macbeth and the Gender/Power Problem” at the Lexington, VA branch of the English Speaking Union.
Eugene Richie, professor of English, was an invited participant in the Rain Taxi Magazine international tribute to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning poet James Tate. He was interviewed by poet and actress Hélène Cardona for articles in the magazine Le mot just en anglais and The London Magazine.
Modern Languages and Cultures Professor Antonia Garcia Rodriguez presented the paper “Las mujeres silenciadas en el Peru del siglo XX (Sllenced Women in Twnetieth Century Peru.” at Symposium Escriturss silenciadas: poder y violencia en las Americas (Symposium Silenced Writings: Power and Violence in the Americas) at the Universidad Andina del Cusco in Cusco, Peru.
Assistant Professor of Economics Anna Shostya was named The International Atlantic Economic Society distinguished member of the month for March 2016.
Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies awarded George Wallace, adjunct professor of English, a Visiting Artist grant. He will use the grant for a one-week residency at the center's Washington, DC campus.
Ying Wang, lecturer in the department of Modern Languages and Cultures gave the oral presentation “Réflexions sur la ‘déviance’ dans la littérature féminine du XIXe siècle” at the NeMLA Annual Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.
Ruis Woertendyke, PPA associate professor, edited Methods: A Journal of Acting Pedagogy.
Adjunct faculty of Art, Jody Wood, was the subject of a short video that was part of FIELDWORKS, a short documentary series exploring the beauty, rigor, and impact of socially engaged art
Five students from the department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, Tabitha Batte ’16, Kaitlyn Chhe ’17, Dustin Lee ‘16, Kevin Symczak ’16, and Kenya Velez ’18 presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting held in San Diego on March 13-17.
Zuleen Chia Chang ’16, a Biology major, won the 2016 Cheryl Frye Pioneering Research Award for her research “Studies of a PQ type Calcium Channel Truncation Mutant associated with Epilepsy.”
Love Has No Boundaries: How Two People From Different Worlds Found Love, a short film produced by MCA students Charlene Chen and Yumeng Ji ’17 premiered on Hooplaha.
Dream Team: Special Olympics' Dream Team Teaches Us Everyone Is A Winner, produced by MCA grad students Heidi Clorofilla ‘17, Andrew Cobian ’17, Stephen Gruber ‘17, and Sara West ’17 debuted on Hooplaha.
Economics students Perri Colburn, Elizabeth Donor ‘16, Yulia Palianok ‘16, and Natalie Reff ’16 presented research at the Eastern Economic Association Conference, a major East coast economics conference in Washington, D.C. Their session was entitled "Topics in Human Capital and Economic Growth."
Shea Glover ’20 (PPA) was featured in a People magazine article about a video she created that went viral, capturing more than 9 million views on YouTube. The video shows people reacting to being told they are beautiful.
Film and Screen Studies major Joshua Kennedy’s ’17 film Slave Girls on the Moon won Best Comedy at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival in January 2016. His film The Vesuvius Experiment was picked up for DVD release by oldies.com and his film The Night of Medusa is schedule for released by oldies.com this summer.
Heart of a Champion: A Life-Changing Accident Can’t Stop This Paralymic Cyclist, a short film by MCA grad students Jordean Matthews ‘17 and Jing Ning ’17, premiered on Hooplaha.
Curaçao's Coral Challenge, the short documentary film produced by MCVA students from the 2015 travel documentary course, screened at Cinemateca, a Dutch film festival held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in February 2016.
MCVA students from the 2016 travel documentary course traveled to Havana, Cuba and witnessed history in the making. Under the direction of professors Maria Luskay and Andy Revkin, the production team filmed on location and are in post-production on the short film, Cuba’s Crossroads – Hope, Rock and [R]Evolution.
Hooplaha premiered Addiction Angel: New York Addiction Angel Saves Heroin Addicts’ Lives, ashort film by Communications major Kristiana Padavona ’16.
The Pace Federal Reserve team won the National College Fed Challenge for the second consecutive year. The team includes Katherine Craig ’16, Daniella Gambino ’16, Jonathan Okane ’17, Melissa Navas ’18, and Yuliya Palianok ’18 (Economics majors); Jozef Lampa’ 18 (Business Economics); and Omar Habib ’19 (Economics minor). The team’s faculty advisors were Economics Professors Greg Colman and Mark Weinstock. The team was also featured in a Wall Street Journal article, “Can a College Student Outsmart Janet Yellen?”
Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies major Priya Sakaria ’16 won the award for excellence in playing the role of China in a simulation of the World Health Organization at the Geneva International Model UN Conference in March. In all, Pace students received 11 awards, placing sixth out of 180 in terms of awards received.