Academic Year 2018 - 2019


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Research Council Honors Dyson Professor

Clinical Associate Professor of History Maria Iacullo-Bird, PhD, has been honored with the Volunteer of the Year 2019 Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Iacullo-Bird, who is also assistant dean for undergraduate research, grants, and special projects and executive director of the Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences at Pace, served as elected chair of CUR’s Arts and Humanities Division from 2016-2019.

“Dr. Iacullo-Bird is exceptionally deserving of this special recognition,” said Elizabeth Ambose, CUR executive officer, in a letter announcing the recognition. “[As chair], Maria expanded her advocacy by working with the National Humanities Alliance and Americans for the Arts to support federal funding for undergraduate research, and to advocate for the value and importance of the arts and humanities.”

CUR is a global organization established to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. The award was officially presented to Iacullo-Bird this summer at the group’s annual business meeting in Columbus, Ohio.


Want to succeed? Study Liberal Arts

In an editorial in the Westchester County Business Journal, Dyson College Dean Nira Herrmann explains why “liberal arts programs are relevant to today’s job market.” The bottom line: liberal arts programs teach the core skills that enable individuals to thrive in every field of employment. At Pace, that’s combined with a wide range of internship, research and experiential opportunities to give students the practical skills employers demand. Read more


Rewarding Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research

The Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Initiative Award, a 10-week summer immersion experience for students working with faculty on research or artistic projects, honored nine projects for 2019. Topics included Chinese religions, natural wound dressings, and Alzheimer's Disease, with support and funding provided by Dyson College’s Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE).


Commemorating Stonewall: Karla Jay Speaks

Distinguished Professor Emerita at Pace University Karla Jay, an esteemed activist, author, and pioneer in the LGBTQ+ and women’s movements, shared some thoughts in various media outlets on the Stonewall uprising, in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Read what she has to say about her experience and influence over the years, as well as where we are today and what the future may hold.

"Some of the people I struggled with are still among my closest friends because they love the world the same way I love the world." (source: The New Yorker)

"I'm happy to support [Gen Z]. It's not like I'm giving up my torch, I'm still clinging to it. But we can go together. We don't have to go the same way, but we can all do something." (source: Panel: The Stonewall Generation Meets Gen Z)

"[Young people] will define [their] own issues, and [they're] going to see that, in 50 years, people will think that discrimination against LGBT people was a science fiction movie." (source: PBS News Hour)

"The fact that we decided not just to fight back for one day, or for four days as at the Stonewall, but to fight back for a lifetime, that was the message of the Gay Liberation Front." (source: ABC News)

“For those of us who live in New York and are surrounded by many LGBTQ people who are out and proud, we forget that many of us are still a hidden minority in many parts of the United States. And so, for us to claim our visibility, 50 years later, and to tell our history, is really important.” (source: amNewYork)


Celebrating Academic Excellence

In celebrating the culmination of the academic year, Dyson College and Pace University once again honored the standout achievements of exceptional students. As is tradition, top graduates were recognized in Pleasantville and New York City.

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At the Dyson College Annual Awards Ceremony, held on May 19, Sierra Leach received the Dyson College Scholastic Achievement award and Joshua Michael Barry was recognized as Dyson’s Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year. Leach also received University honors for scholastic achievement at the May 20 commencement ceremony, along with Eric Huang. Other University award winners from Dyson College included Sven Latinovic, honored with the Pace University Trustees Award, and Paula Medina, who received the Academic Leadership Award.

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On May 22, at the Dyson College Annual Awards Ceremony, Emily Hirokowski received the Charles H. Dyson award, Joseph Reich and Cathy Qi Tan were recognized as the outstanding graduate students of the year, and Frida Josefine Bidegard and Sydney Leone Tisch were honored for scholastic achievement within Dyson College. Bidegard and Tisch also received the Pace University Scholastic Achievement Award at commencement on May 23. Also at the graduation ceremony, Joseph Colella received the Pace University Community Service Award, Katrina Alonso was honored with the Pace University Trustees Award, and Servando Martinez gave the Student Address. Georgiana Paolillo had the honor of speaking at the graduate commencement ceremony.

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Dyson’s premier honors organization, The Society of Fellows, welcomed 25 new members this spring as they inducted the Helane Levine-Keating class. Twenty students and 5 faculty members presented outstanding research projects and artistic works that were reviewed by an executive board and accepted for recognition at the annual Initiation Ceremony. As part of the Society of Fellows, the inductees will develop their critical thinking skills, and intellectual and artistic creativity in a supportive academic community.



Top think-tank the Brookings Institution took its Fiscal Ship policy simulation game on the road for the first time by coming to Pace in April. As part of this event, approximately fifty Economics and Business Economics students organized in small groups to match values and priorities related to tax and spending to a sustainable budget. They were also able to ask questions on policy and learn of job opportunities at the renowned Washington, DC-based organization. Learn more about the event and what students thought.



Professor and Chair of Economics NYC Joseph C. Morreale, PhD, 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. Read more.



On November 26, 2018, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins '86  '08, General Studies, Public Administration, was elected by her peers to serve  as New York State Senate Majority Leader. She is the first woman to lead either  legislative chamber. Pace President Marvin Krislov shared his congratulations, “Pace students and alumni are hard-working, driven leaders, and we’re so proud  of Senator Stewart-Cousins for all her hard work, drive, and great  accomplishments.” Stewart-Cousins was featured in the Daily Voice.



Following the 2018 midterm elections, two Dyson College graduates are poised to make history. New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Dyson double alumna, successfully won her bid for reelection and she is now set to become the first black woman—and the first woman—to lead either legislative chamber once confirmed as State Senate Majority Leader. Additionally, Charles Fall '14, Master of Public Administration, will be the first Muslim—and first African American—to represent Staten Island in Albany.



Sydney Korman ‘21, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Terrie Soule ’19, Peace and Justice Studies, delivered a statement to the United Nations General Assembly calling for greater participation of youth, women, survivors of violence and people from the 'Global South,' (Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East), in peace and security policymaking. "Disarmament education can and should emphasize the humanitarian, human rights and environmental consequences of arms, militarism and armed conflict…empower the next generation of leaders to seek peace and alternative conflict resolution processes rather than relying on violence and war,” they said. Last year, Korman and Soule worked with professors Welty and Bolton and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Read more.



Three Dyson professors have been recognized for their outstanding work. Assistant Professor of Photography Inbal Abergil was awarded grant funding from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, established to provide financial assistance to artists through Lee Krasner, a leading abstract expressionist painter and widow of Jackson Pollock. Additionally, Assistant Professor of Psychology Lisa Rosenthal was honored with the Division 1 George Miller award from the American Psychological Association for her work on intersectionality, the ways in which different forms of social stratification intersect and connect, and Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Collica-Cox was selected as the first recipient of the “Ken Peak Innovations in Teaching Award,” from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.



A report on nuclear disarmament education from UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlights the significant contributions from Pace University students and faculty. According to the July 2018 report, “Pace University plays a globally recognized leading role in disarmament education ..." Read more about Pace's involvement in Nobel Peace Prize-winning efforts, and learn about the International Disarmament Institute here.

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Social and Natural Sciences


Profs Receive $372K NSF Grant

Professors Nancy Krucher and Sergey Kazakov and Assistant Professors Aaron Steiner and Sally Marik in the Biology and Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department were awarded $372,304 from the National Science Foundation through its Major Research Instrumentation Program. This will allow the purchase of an automated high-resolution fluorescence imaging system in fall 2019, which will be used across several research areas, such as neuroscience, developmental biology, cancer biology and novel drug delivery systems, as well as enhance undergraduate research and training. On the benefits of the technology to students, Principal Investigator Marik says, “This microscope will allow Pace students in the sciences access to cutting-edge equipment, strengthen their quantitative skills, and provide them real research experience in our teaching laboratories.”


Criminal Justice Ranks Third

Pace has been nationally ranked third in College Factual's list of 2019 Best Criminal Justice Programs for Returning Adults Analysis, placing the University in the top 1 percent of all US schools for nontraditional students studying criminal justice. This ranking was created to help those seeking criminal justice programs that provide support for nontraditional students and successful outcomes for graduates.


Env Prof Explains "Manhattanhenge"

In a recent AccuWeather segment, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Monica Palta discussed “Manhattenhenge,” a phenomenon which occurs when the rising and setting of the sun aligns perfectly with the unique east-west street grid of New York City. Palta describes events like the solar eclipse and “Manhattenhenge” as those that “really draws us out of our place.” It occurs annually around the summer and winter solstices, and weather permitting, you can catch the next "Manhattanhenge" event on Friday, July 12 at 8:20 pm, and Saturday, July 13 at 8:21 pm.



The Pace community recognized the work of two Dyson College research teams recently, at the annual Student-Faculty Research Showcase events on the New York City and Pleasantville campuses. In New York, Madison Ames ’21, Chemistry, and Professor Jaimelee Rizzo took the top honor for their work investigating coconuts and combatting bacteria. In Pleasantville, Bryan Volpe ’22, Biology, and Assistant Professor Aaron Steiner were awarded for their research on cell regeneration in zebrafish. Both teams were selected by a panel of faculty and staff judges, and received $2,000 to present their research at a future conference. The student-faculty research program, established to facilitate collaboration, is sponsored by the Office of Student Success.



At the annual GreenPace Awards, held recently, Carly Sheinberg ’19, Environmental Studies, was honored for her work assisting Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. Sheinberg is vice president and a founding member of the Pace Sustainability Initiative (PSI), through which she has actively collaborated with various administrators and partners on efforts to minimize the University's environmental footprint. PSI also won a GreenPace award, becoming the first to receive the honor two years in a row. 



Pace University is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience, recently approved by the New York State Education Department. The degree, available on both campuses, is set to prepare students for a variety of career paths, including neuroscience research, government work, psychology, science writing and patent law, as well as graduate study or medical school. It includes foundational coursework in biology, psychology, chemistry, and physics (for pre-med students), as well as specialized study in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Students will also have opportunities to gain hands-on experience through research, or internships at prestigious scientific, pharmaceutical, medical, and biotech organizations.



Global news outlet VICE recently featured Richard Shadick, a professor of psychology and director of the counseling center at Pace University, in "Is 13 Reasons Why Really as Dangerous as People Say? It's Complicated." In the article, Shadick commented on seemingly contradictory new research on the impact of the controversial television show depicting teen suicide. Read more.



Several Pace University students received special recognition last month, at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference. Approximately 30 Setters from across the University attended the annual forum, held this year at Manhattan College, and three from Dyson College took home awards. Gwen Iannone ’20, Chemistry, and Lyric Wyan ’19, Forensic Science, received Best Manuscript distinctions, and Eric Casper ’19, Biology (pictured), was awarded Best Microbiology Platform Talk for research on the organisms that cause tuberculosis. Casper worked with Professor of Biology Marcy Kelly, PhD, and will present their work at an upcoming American Society for Microbiology Microbe meeting.


Dyson DREAMer Speaks at Gillibrand Rally

Lisdy Contreras-Giron ’19, Criminal Justice, took the microphone on March 24, 2019, sharing her story with the crowd gathered in front of Trump International Hotel in New York City for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)’s 2020 presidential campaign kickoff rally. Contreras-Giron, who arrived in the US from Guatemala at age five, spoke about being a DREAMer and her Pace Path to success. “Embrace your story, embrace your background, embrace your struggle. It is your fight against adversity that has built your resilience to be here at this moment,” she told the audience. Speech begins at 2:10 at this link. Lisdy also spoke with Dyson College about her Pace experience.


CHE Student Wins 1st Place at National Conference

Kaleigh Ryan ’19, Chemistry, won first place for her poster presentation at the American Chemical Society National Conference recently. Ryan displayed her research in polymer chemistry, conducted in collaboration with Professor Joseph Krumpfer, and says the findings could have significant practical applications in the fields of medicine and solar energy. She was honored along with several well-known scientists in the field and plans to pursue a PhD in materials science and engineering at Rutgers University.



Twenty-three Pace students traveled to Dallas, Texas, recently, to attend the annual Economic Scholars Conference. Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the event is an opportunity for students to showcase their work and network with other scholars and potential employers. The Pace group, all economics and business economics majors, made up the largest delegation at the event, and more than half presented original research. “What I enjoyed most about attending the conference was being able to talk to some of the economist and researchers who work at the Dallas federal reserve,” said Sophia Uwase ’18, Economics, “I was able to ask them questions about being an economist and what problems they might run into while conducting research.” Uwase, an international student from Rwanda, presented her work on mobile money and financial inclusion in Kenya. The other Setters who presented were: Gladys Ang ’19, Economics; Carly Aznavorian ’19, Economics; Sapna Bhuva ’18, Business Economics; Joseph Colella ’20, Economics, Political Science; Monica Colino, ’21 Business Economics; Julia Coloso ’19, Business Economics; Mark Gallo ’19, Economics; Josina Genetti ’19, Economics; Noelle Howard ’19, Business Economics; Caroline Jackson ’20, Economics; Brooke Jefferds ’20, Economics; John Keane ’19, Economics; Veronica Lee ’20, Business Economics; Michael Maher ’19, Business Economics; Mahir Rasheed ’19, Economics; and Serena Vasquez ’21, Economics.



Pace University’s Department of Psychology (New York City campus) has announced that it will offer a new PhD Program in School Psychology. Applications are now being accepted for the program, set to begin fall 2020. The program is designed to train school psychologists who are equipped to assume leadership and academic/research roles within the field. “With a special focus on the developmental processes of children and youth within the context of schools, families, and other systems, this program will provide our graduates the training and knowledge required to address a range of psychological services that serve as an integral component in support of the mental well-being of our children, which is greatly needed in today’s world,” says Professor of Psychology Anastasia E. Yasik, PhD, program director. The new PhD Program in School Psychology joins the department’s PhD in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) program, also recently approved, and the long-standing APA-accredited PsyD Program in School-Clinical-Child Psychology.



Pace economics students placed third at the College Fiscal Challenge, held recently in Washington, DC. This marks the team's first time participating in this national event, which included 35 institutions and enhances students' understanding of fiscal policy through experiential education. The winning team was Stanford University, and Notre Dame took second place. "My team motivated each other daily, continually inspiring one another to be our best and earn a national ranking in a highly competitive competition," says Brooke Jefferds '20, team captain for Pace. The other participants were Luke Artola '20, and Christian Morris '21. Read more.



College Magazine has ranked Pace’s Criminal Justice program #1 on its list of the “Top 10 Criminal Justice Colleges in the U.S.” Pace is praised for its cutting edge curriculum, vast internship program, variety of minors that complement the study of criminal justice, and the Criminal Justice Society.



Pace University’s Department of Psychology (New York City campus) is now accepting applications for a newly approved PhD Program in Clinical Psychology (Health Care Emphasis), set to begin this fall. Designed to prepare students to be scientist-practitioners with the skills to address the mind-body interface, the program is expected to gain full American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation as soon as possible, consistent with APA regulations. “Training will emphasize competencies in research, assessment, diagnostics, interventions, prevention, and health promotion,” says Professor of Psychology and Program Director K. Mark Sossin, PhD. “Our program is distinctive in its attention to global health, issues of wellness and illness across the lifespan, and multi-modal theoretical perspectives.” Other graduate level psychology programs currently available are the MA in Psychology, and an MSEd in School Psychology.



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. “Professor Hundersmarck is kind, helpful and open-minded during discussions in and outside of the classroom," said one student. "He encouraged me to study abroad, and is one of the most welcoming professors I have encountered thus far.”



Professor of Psychology Joseph Franco was elected in January to a two-year term as downstate president to the New York Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. In this role, he will work closely with counselor educators to promote quality education and supervision to master’s and doctoral students, partnering with the NYS Office of the Professions and the Department of Higher Education. Franco also serves as editor in chief for the Journal of Clinical Counseling, a publication of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association.



Dyson College’s 2018 class of MA, Environmental Policy graduates has reached 100 percent job placement success. Alumni have taken positions supporting local nonprofit organizations and politicians. Their achievements stand as a testament to Pace University’s mission to provide Opportunitas, and the ongoing focus on student success outcomes. This marks the inaugural class of graduates for the program, established in 2016. Read more about what these alumni are doing.



Pace University’s MA in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals has been ranked No. 24 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program by U.S. News & World Report. The program is praised for its highly qualified faculty and students, and combination of theory and practice. Additionally, named the graduate program No. 8 in the nation, including the designation of “Most Flexible.” Pace also received recognition from, which ranked the University at No. 7 in the nation on its 2019 list of "Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges in the U.S."



The Pace University Model United Nations teams from NYC and PLV excelled at the 2018 National Model UN conference in Washington DC in November, where students from around the world simulate global policymaking processes. The 23-member PLV team was one of the largest ever, including 18 newcomers to the program. The team represented Germany and Slovenia, and for their efforts won honorable delegation, the conferences' third highest award, and distinguished delegation, the second highest award. In addition to these delegation awards, the students were also awarded two outstanding position paper awards, given to the highest quality research papers submitted to a given committee. The NYC team received five awards including distinguished delegation for their excellence in diplomatic practice representing Benin, Malawi and Togo.



Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Yunus Tuncel has authored Emotion in Sports, Routledge, 2018, which examines emotion in sport from a philosophical perspective, building on concepts developed by ancient Greek and modern philosophers.



Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Collica-Cox was unanimously approved and confirmed to serve as a member of the Westchester  County Corrections Advisory Board. The board consists of nine members with backgrounds in criminal justice who will assist the Department of Correction in  improving programs and services available to inmates, as well as propose methods  to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed an Executive Order in July to create the Board, and each  of the Board’s members are subject to the approval of the Westchester County Board of Legislators.



During the recent midterm elections, Pace  University students took action, and the media took notice. News 12 reported on a group  of students who worked to get more of their peers registered, and interviewed Julia Ferrugio '22, Applied Psychology and Human Relations, on election day about her support for LGBT rights and  women’s rights. News 12 also spoke with Florence L. '22,  Global Studies, who expressed her thoughts on President Trump’s plan to reverse transgender identity, and being trans in America, “I'm  proud of being trans because I don't think there's another option. It took a  lot of people a very long time to get us to where we are now,” she said.



Pace has earned accreditation for its MS and PhD Mental Health Counseling programs from The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), following a rigorous external review and self-assessment. Only 25 institutions in New York State offer a master or doctoral mental health counseling program with CACREP accreditation. Both programs are housed in Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. The master’s program is the first in Westchester County and sixth in New York City to receive CACREP accreditation in mental health counseling and the PhD was the first doctoral degree of its kind in New York State when it launched in 2013 and is the only program in the New York metropolitan area and the third in New York State to receive CACREP accreditation.



Anna Shostya, associate professor of economics and assistant chair of Economics NYC, won the People-to-People Award, a national essay competition organized by the Confucius Institute U.S. Center. She was among 10 honorees at the 2018 Confucius Institute National Honors Gala in Washington, D.C. on September 15, 2018. Shostya’s award-winning essay, “My Confucius Institute Story,” recalls a trip she took with a group of Dyson students to Shanghai and Beijing for an intensive two-week faculty-led study abroad program, organized by the Pace Confucius Institute. The transformational experience inspired a number of her students to pursue global careers.



Charles Fall ’14, MPA, has won New York’s Democratic primary on Sept. 13, emerging over two challengers in an open race to represent Staten Island’s North Shore in the state assembly. There’s no Republican running against the 29-year-old, which guarantees him the seat in the November general election. Read more.

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Arts and Humanities


Opportunitas in Action: Dyson Profs, Alumna Receive Inaugural Awards

Two Dyson professors and a distinguished alumna received Pace University’s first-ever Opportunitas in Action Award. This new honor, presented at the 2019 commencement ceremonies, recognizes innovative thinkers who have contributed positively to the community in the spirit of the university’s mission of Opportunitas. In New York City, Matthew Bolton, associate professor of Political Science, and Emily Welty, associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of Peace and Justice Studies, were recognized for empowering students to make a difference, both in the classroom and through Pace’s award-winning Model UN program. Their work with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, involved student participation. In Pleasantville, the recipient was Shirley Acevedo Buontempo ’84, ’12, MPA, who was honored for her work establishing Latino U College Access, a nonprofit that provides college resources and support to first-generation students and their families.


Professor Celebrates Film Fest Win

Solar Libre: A Family Affair, by Assistant Professor Melanie LaRosa, Media, Communications, and Visual Arts, won the Director’s Choice Award at the 2019 Rincón International Film Festival in Puerto Rico. The short film showcases clean energy efforts at the grassroots level.


NY Times Features Alum's Book Club

Pace alumnus and former editor-in-chief of Brooklyn Magazine Yahdon Israel '12, English, was featured in the New York Times about his book club Literaryswag, which Israel created to unite his passion for literature and fashion and ultimately bring people with similar interests together. “You know these meetings are a tryout. The people at them are gonna be your collaborators, your co-conspirators, the people you start businesses and families with," Israel said.



Student Documentary Wins Best Short

Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise?, produced by student filmmakers from the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts department, has won a Best Shorts Competition Award of Merit for documentary short. Watch the film here.



To inspire Anne Frank's ideals of hope, justice, and equality, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect hosts the annual Spirit of Anne Frank Awards to recognize distinguished students, educators, and community leaders. Elliot Hearst, an adjunct professor of English on the New York City campus, has been honored with the 2019 award for “Outstanding Educator.” Through the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program, he has guided students through extensive research, including documenting stories and identifying photos of one of the families who assisted Anne and her family in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. His paper, Escape from the List: Courage, Sacrifice, Survival, was co-written by Angelica Roman ’19, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and included first-person interviews with descendants of Holocaust survivors.



Assistant Professor of History Michelle Chase has been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities funding for her new research project on transnational expressions of Cuban anti-Communism during the Cold War. Chase will receive a stipend to support summer research trips to the Cuban Heritage Collection archives at the University of Miami, and complete her forthcoming book, Cuban Anti-Communism in Cold War Latin America, 1960–1990.


NYC Model UN Team Takes Home Conf Honors

Pace University’s NYC Model United Nations team was recognized recently, at conferences in Rome and New York City. Representing the People’s Republic of China, Pace students received a Diplomacy award for their outstanding work at the 2019 Model UN Rome conference, held in Italy at the headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Participating students were: Joseph Colella ’20, Economics, Political Science; Selini Drakos ’21, Political Science; Seneca Forch ’19, Peace and Justice Studies, Political Science; Mary-Lynn Hearn, ’19, Political Science; Katherine Ketterer ’21, Political Science; David Sharif ’19, Political Science; and Carissa Veltri ’19, Political Science. At the 2019 National Model UN Conference New York City, 22 Pace students representing Nigeria were recognized with an Honorable Mention award. Additionally, Matthew Thomas ’19, Political Science and Wesley Goodrich ’20, Directing–International Performance Ensemble and Political Science, received Outstanding Position Paper awards. New at this year’s event, participants had the opportunity to express concerns in a debate about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, held in the UN General Assembly Hall. Kannon West, ’20, Political Science and History, spoke about the importance of education at the same podium heads of state use in addressing the world. “It was an honor and a privilege to speak at the UN,” said West. “In my speech, I decided to encourage international institutions to provide better opportunities to students, like paid internships or compensation for internship work. Pace’s motto of Opportunitas ​definitely played a role in me deciding what to speak about.”



Samantha Williams ’21, Musical Theater, will make her Broadway debut on May 7, stepping into the role of Alana Beck in the Tony-award winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. “I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of Dear Evan Hansen. This is such an important story, so I am so honored to be able to share it with the world,” said Williams. “Being on Broadway has always been my biggest dream, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my professor, mentors, and peers at PPA [Pace Performing Arts].”



In the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings that have killed more than 355 people in Sri Lanka, Department of English and Modern Language Studies Lecturer Vyshali Manivannan has been mourning the tragedy by sharing her personal thoughts and speaking out. In a piece for the preeminent art and literature publication, The Paris Review, Manivannan, whos parents are from Sri Lanka, commented on the attack in the context of her own life. She also shared the piece at a candlelight vigil held April 23 in New York City’s Union Square.



Professor Maria Luskay, EdD, Media, Communications, and Visual Arts, received the Sophia Abeles Education Award from Arts Westchester, an organization that celebrates the extraordinary people and organizations whose vision, commitment, and leadership have enriched the cultural life of Westchester County. Luskay was honored at the annual luncheon on April 11, 2019 at the Hilton Westchester. Read more.



Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Brenda McManus’ collaborative letterpress children’s book titled Drew’s ABCs has received the 2019 “Award of Excellence” in Communication Arts’ annual typography competition. The  book was created almost entirely by hand and used as a teaching tool for students. “We know that working in this way is the greatest way to sharpen one’s typography skills,” McManus said. “When hand-setting type, the students then become acutely aware of just how much detail matters in typography, and also notice the anatomy of the type." Read more.



Sarah Blackwood, associate professor of English, had her essay published in The New Yorker on the work of twentieth-century portrait photographer Hugh Mangum, a white man who in an era of racial terror and Jim Crow laws, set up makeshift portrait studios open to white and black customers alike.



Chair and Professor of English Erica Johnson authored, Cultural Memory, Memorials, and Reparative Writing, Palgrave Pivot 2018, in which she examines the ways personal and cultural memory are used in critical theory and memoir writing. Johnson looks at 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. Read what inspired her here.



In an article for CNET, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Relations Jennifer Magas has weighed in on recent actions by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos that have become national news.



Chair of English and Modern Language Studies Laurie McMillan has authored a new textbook, Focus on Writing: What College Students Want to Know. The first-year composition rhetoric reader uses a conversational style, and prompts for informal and formal writing projects keep the focus on writing and help students meaningfully apply writing scholarship to their own lives. Read a Q&A with the author.



Gerald Olvera ’18, Media, Communications, and Visual Arts, has received the Sgro Fellowship for Veterans in Media Technology from A+E Networks, a competitive, 18-month program for veterans to enter careers in media production. Gerald, who joined the US Navy just weeks before the 9/11 attacks, came to Pace after serving around the world for 11 years. “The resources gained from this fellowship will allow me to confidently pursue my next career endeavor, becoming an editor, and eventually a teacher,” he says.



Satish Kolluri, associate professor of communication studies, discusses in The Chronicle of Higher Education how the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing provides a unique learning opportunity for his students. He streamed the September 27 hearings in his political satire and public speaking classes and integrated discussion during session breaks. “I basically threw the lesson plans for the day out of the window, and I decided that this is much more important,” Kolluri said.



Seong Jae Min, associate professor of communication studies, authored As Democracy Goes, So Does Journalism: Evolution of Journalism in Liberal, Deliberative, and Participatory Democracy, Lexington Books, June 2018. The book explores the symbiotic relationship between democracy and journalism in an engaging historical narrative and attempts to answer the vital questions facing journalism today, namely its identities, functions, and relationship to democracy and the good life. Read a Q&A with the author here.



Media, Communications, and Visual Arts prof Melanie LaRosa is one step closer to completing her documentary film project, “How to Power a City.” She has received grant funding from the Puffin Foundation, which provides financial support for arts projects by underrepresented creators; the Yip Harburg Foundation, which funds projects that promote social justice and equality; and the Solutions Journalism Network, supporting reporting and investigation of the response to social problems. The film showcases clean energy efforts at the grassroots level, and Pace students, including Irene Mercado ’17, Nick Ostrander ’16, and Anthony Parker ’15, have been involved in filming, research, writing and website development.



Commemorating the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance will present a free panel discussion and bilingual (English/Spanish) with subtitles screening of Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark, an award-winning Pace docs project. The film is a look at resilience in aftermath of the storm. RSVP to attend the screening, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23, 2pm at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling. Additionally, the film will air on WTTN, the Chicago PBS affiliate.


Bloomberg Doc Features Dyson Art Prof

Art Professor Will Pappenheimer discussed his work in augmented reality (AR) recently, for ART + TECHNOLOGY, an online short documentary series from Bloomberg Media Group, produced in partnership with Hyundai Motor Company. Pappenheimer is a multimedia artist who has exhibited internationally, and is a founding member of the Manifest.AR collective. Episode 27, featuring Pappenheimer, debuted January 14 and focuses on the question on whether AR offers new realities. Watch now.


Forbes Ranks PPA's Dominique Fishback

Pace Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback, has been named in Forbes 30 Under 30 - Hollywood & Entertainment 2019. The Brooklyn, NY, native is best known for her role as Donna 'Darlene' Pickett on HBO’s The Deuce. Last year, she made her film debut in Night Comes On, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She also appeared in The Hate U Give, released nationally in theaters in October.



Pace has been ranked #3 in College Magazine’s list of the 10 Best Colleges for Aspiring Choreographers. The Pace School of Performing Arts' BFA in Commercial Dance earned the Top 3 spot by understanding the needs of today’s dance industry and preparing students to choreograph anything from Broadway productions to commercials. Pace students use their techniques to choreograph and perform more than 50 annual productions, including the highly-selective Dance Out Loud and Dancespace concerts, and they have the opportunity to travel to L.A. for a dance intensive taught by award-winning choreographers like Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance and La La Land.



Susan Aston, director of acting, Actors Studio Drama School, was featured in an article marking the 20th anniversary of the HBO hit drama The Sopranos. She reflected on her time working as acting and dialogue coach for the late James Gandolfini, who heavily credited Aston for his award-winning performance as Tony Soprano. Read the full story in amNEWYORK.



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. Read a Q&A with the author.



Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Emily Rogers ‘15, Musical Theater, made her Broadway debut in Wicked on December 17, 2018. She joined the ensemble, and will act as understudy for the lead role of Elphaba. See the full cast here.



The Pace School of Performing Arts welcomed 176 students to the incoming class of 2022, after receiving a record 3,700 applications from hopefuls hailing from six continents, including 49 states, and Puerto Rico. “I am impressed by the immense talent of the students and the drive and focus they have demonstrated to get to this point,” said Jorge Cacheiro, executive director, Pace School of Performing Arts. Pace was recently ranked by Playbill in their top ten most represented colleges on Broadway in the 2018–19 season. Onstage Blog included PPA in their national rankings, with the Musical Theater major ranked number four in the country, its Acting major number six, Commercial Dance major number 16, and the Production and Design major number 23. Broadway World reported on the incoming class.



OnStage Blog has listed Pace University no. 4 among the “The Top 25 BFA Musical Theater Programs for 2018-19.” The competitive program is praised for its attention to the business, as well as the art, of performing. Rankings are based on a variety of factors. Read more.

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