Alumni, Student, and Faculty News
As reported on www.governor.ny.gov: Michael Kopy ’96, Liberal Studies, has been appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo as Governor’s Office director of emergency management. Kopy has been with the New York State Police for more than 30 years, and served as the volunteer fire chief of the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department, a role for which he was named Westchester County Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.
Cuauhtémoc Castillo '06, History, was recently promoted to vice president at Credit Suisse in Semantic Technology, Analytics and Machine Intelligence.
Manav Thaker '09, English, recently co-founded Subziwalla, a business offering home delivery of high-quality Indian groceries to customers in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
As reported by Broadway World: Actors Studio Drama School faculty member and alumna Kate T. Billingsley ’14, wrote and starred in the play Barefoot, which received an extended run at the Gene Frankel Theater that ended March 2.
PPA Alumna Dominique Fishback was named in the Hollywood Reporter's “Film Critics Pick the 30 Best Performances of the Year.” Fishback was selected for her work in the Sundance Film Night Comes On, and the HBO series The Deuce.
As reported on www.buccaneers.com: Maral Javadifar ’12, Biology, has joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Javadifar, along with Lori Locust, assistant defensive line coach, are the first full-time female coaches in the NFL franchise’s history, and the team is now the first in the NFL with two female coaches on staff.
Thiago Piwowarczyk ’14, Forensic Sciences, is CEO, founder, and principal investigator at New York Art Forensics in Brooklyn, New York. Piwowarczyk’s work was recently featured in a Wired magazine video about the use of forensic science on art forgery detection.
Justin Richard ’14, Film and Screen Studies, has been honored for work implementing and administering new employee development and training software at Rhode Island-based Care New England Health System. Richard serves as the organization’s enterprise learning management system administrator, and the project received the “Excellence Through Knowledge” award from HealthStream, which manufactures the software.
As reported by Deadline: Acting alumna Ashley Romans ’15, Theater Arts, has been cast in a recurring role on the supernatural fantasy horror drama NOS4A2, based on Joe Hill’s bestselling novel of the same name and premiering June 2 on AMC Premiere. Romans most recently recurred on two Showtime series, Shameless and I’m Dying Up Here.
Kathleen Simmonds ’16, Actors Studio Drama School, was line producer on the film Reversing Roe, which debuted at the Telluride Film Festival and premiered on Netflix in September 2018. Also last year, a short film that Simmonds worked on about diversity in Hollywood was shown at the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony.
As reported by The Park Record: Susie Carroll ’19, Musical Theater, made her Broadway debut in The Prom on March 5.
As reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Wesley Goodrich ’20, Political Science and Directing, staged a reading of his play, A Good Place to Raise a Boy, as part of the first New Works Festival at Lionheart Theatre in Norcross, Georgia. The play is a look at the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, which became a seminal event in the Civil Rights movement, and the festival was established by Sam Casey ’19, Directing.
As reported by Time Square Chronicles: Directing student Jack McManus ’21, wrote the book and lyrics to the musical Sparky, the true-life story of Charles M. Schulz. The 90-minute musical received a developmental reading last November, and a fully staged production at the 2019 New York WinterFest.
Pace New York City students were recognized at the 2019 National Model UN conference in New York City. The 22 students representing Nigeria received an Honorable Mention award. Additionally, Matthew Thomas ‘19, Political Science, and Wesley Goodrich ’20, Political Science and Directing, were recognized with an Outstanding Position Paper award.
Associate professor of English Sarah Blackwood's essay on the work of portrait photographer Hugh Mangum was recently published in The New Yorker. Magnum was a white man who, in an era of racial terror and Jim Crow laws, set up makeshift portrait studios in which he welcomed white and black customers alike.
Michelle Chase, assistant professor of History, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend. This award will support her work on her book, focused on Cuban anti-communist exiles and the Cold War from 1960-1990.
Professor of Psychology Joseph R. Franco has been elected for a two-year term as Downstate President to the New York Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, a division of North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Franco will work government partners and counselor educators to promote quality education and supervision to master’s and doctoral students.
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Lawrence Hundersmarck received the inaugural Honoring Excellence Award from Pace’s Office of Residential Life and Housing. Prior to this year’s annual Academic Achievement banquet, students were asked to nominate a faculty or staff member who has supported their academic growth and pursuits during their time at Pace University. Hundersmarck was selected as the honoree out of more than 40 nominations.
Chair and Professor of English Erica Johnson authored Cultural Memory, Memorials, and Reparative Writing, a book that examines the ways personal and cultural memory are used in critical theory and memoir writing. It includes a discussion of how cultural memory is signified by monuments and memorials in public spaces, such as the Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the newly unveiled Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama.
Adrienne Kapstein, assistant professor, Pace School of Performing Arts, was commissioned by Lincoln Center Education to create and direct Scurry, a new play for the very young, which premiered in the LC Kids Season on April 6, 2019.
Eve Laramee, professor of Art, had three of her works acquired by The Bates Museum in Lewiston, Maine, one of which was specially commissioned by the museum.
Professor and Chair of Economics NYC Joseph C. Morreale has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor, the highest honor Pace University bestows on a faculty member, in recognition of a sustained record of extensive, extraordinary research and scholarship, outstanding teaching, and exemplary service to the University, community and the faculty member’s professional field. Morreale has been a professor of economics and public administration at Dyson College and an academic administrator at Pace University for 29 years.
Amy Rogers Schwartzreich, associate professor, Performing Arts, authored The Ultimate Musical Theater College Audition Guide. The book includes advice from program directors of top-tier musical theater programs across the country to give students an edge over the competition, including wardrobe suggestions and repertoire options for their auditions.
“The Brass Fly,” a short story by Publishing Director Manuela Soares is included in the book Behind the Stars, More Stars: The Tagus/Disquiet Collection of Luso-American Writing, now available from University of Massachusetts Press.