Dyson Celebrates Women's History Month

We are very proud of the many achievements women at Dyson College have made.

Public Administration
Andrea Stewart-Cousins ’86, ’08

How NY’s State Senate Got Woke (It Took a Pace Grad.) – It took the Democrats in the New York State Senate seven years to break up a group of their colleagues who had crossed party lines to form an alliance with the Republicans. It took the State Senate more than 200 years to choose a woman as the body’s leader, and to place an African-American woman at the top. But when the State Senate broke through all those barriers at once in January and selected State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins ’86, MPA ’08 as the majority leader, it took almost no time to learn what her historic ascent would mean.

Public Relations
Stephanie Nazario and
Dean Tresmaine Grimes

Meet the Dean – Executive Vice President of Pleasantville's Student Government Association and Public Relations major Stephanie Nazario '21 sat down with Dean Tresmaine R. Grimes in her first interview since arriving to Pace University in August.

Communication Studies
Brooke Salamone '21

"Communications is essential to the functionality of society, and as communicators, it is our job to propel important conversations."

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History and Political Science
Zuher Ibrahim '20

"I chose to attend Pace because of opportunities I felt would become available to me within Dyson and, more specifically, the New York Political Science Department."

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Courtney Koprowicz '23

"At Pace, I can channel my passion where it thrives: learning and creating ways to change the economy for the better."

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Actors Studio MFA
Kizzmett Pringle '20

"One of my favorite assignments, which was during my first year of school, was animal work as part of the Stanislavski System."

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Performing Arts
Dominique Fishback

PPA Alumna Stars in Feature Film – With the release of Judas and the Black Messiah by first-time writer-director Shaka King, Pace Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback is shining in the spotlight and grabbing hold of the mic. The film tells the real-life story of former Black Panther leader Fred Hampton (Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya) and William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield), a small-time criminal recruited as an informant in an FBI operation to take down Hampton. Fishback stars as Deborah Johnson (known today as Akua Njeri), Hampton’s fiancĂ©e, who was more than eight months pregnant at the violent conclusion of the operation.

Akhila Ramesh '21

"While I've been at Pace, I've participated in meetings for the Programming Board, a student-run organization that creates on-campus events, helped form a singing choir..."

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Environmental Policy
Daisy Rivera Dominguez '20

"I want to be an advocate for the environment, supporting policy efforts that encourage sustainability initiatives, climate policy, and wetlands conservation."

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Environmental Studies and Science
Anne Toomey and Monica Palta

Profs Selected as Periclean Faculty Leaders – Assistant Professors Anne Toomey, PhD, and Monica Palta, PhD, in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science, have been selected for the first cohort of the Periclean Faculty Leaders (PFLs) program in STEM and Social Sciences. The program was established last year to support scholars in incorporating civic engagement into their curriculum and empower students to tackle real-world problems. Toomey and Palta will receive funding to coteach a course, expected to be offered this fall, that will bring students and community-based waterfront groups together through the implementation of civic science.

Peace and Justice Studies
Cindy Kamtchoum ’21

Pace Student Addresses UN – United Nations delegates from around the world heard from Pace University student Cindy Kamtchoum ’21 earlier this month, when she delivered a statement on youth and disarmament. Kamtchoum, who is majoring in peace and justice studies and has interned with the Scottish chapter of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, delivered the statement virtually. It was authored primarily by Pace political science students.

Brenna Hassinger-Das

Psy Prof on Children and YouTube Learning – Assistant Professor of Psychology Brenna Hassinger-Das, PhD, has co-authored research with a colleague from The Ohio State University indicating that very young children prefer to watch YouTube more than phone videos. They found that the children believe YouTube holds greater educational value than either phone or television videos, and the children were marginally less likely to believe that individuals on YouTube are real versus people in a video on a phone.

Performing Arts
Ashley Romans '15

Prof and Students Conduct Cutting-edge Cancer Research – Professor of Biology and her students make innovative strides in their research on how cancer cells function and make the decision to grow. Krucher and student researchers have developed a methodology to stop the proliferation of cancer cells.

Musical Theater / Film and Screen Studies
Hilary Leavitt '10

Alumni Profile – A scrappy, working-class kid with big dreams manages to make it big in Hollywood with the help of some special mentors.

Criminal Justice
LaKresha Roberts ’04

In the Race for Attorney General – The Dyson criminal justice alumna is running for Delaware’s chief law enforcement officer, the office formerly held by the late Beau Biden.

Actors Studio Drama School
Kathleen Simmonds '01

Producing Emmy-nominated Success – “My ASDS teachers opened my eyes to a bigger world, one where I can tell stories and help audiences to reflect on their lives in a more meaningful way,” says Simmonds. “I have found that my greatest successes have come from staying true to myself and only choosing projects that I have a deep personal connection to, and feel like I am making a meaningful contribution to society.”

Criminal Justice
Cristina Alesci '01

From Pace to CNN – "Pace afforded me a great education in the middle of New York City—and I mean that literally.  Pace offered me a partial scholarship, which enabled me to earn my degree without the burden of  enormous  student loans. Low debt was one reason I was able to take a risk on journalism several years later."

Political Science
Andrea Marra '17

Political Science Alumna Vies for Senate Seat – Andrea Marra ‘17, Political Science, is running for the state senate seat for New York City’s Queens District 13. If she wins the election, she would be the first transgender state senator and the first Asian-American state senator in New York history.

Nancy Krucher

Prof and Students Conduct Cutting-edge Cancer Research – Professor of Biology and her students make innovative strides in their research on how cancer cells function and make the decision to grow. Krucher and student researchers have developed a methodology to stop the proliferation of cancer cells.

Performing Arts
Nabiyah Be '14

PPA Alumna in Marvel's "Black Panther" – Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna, Nabiyah Be ’14 plays the character Linda in the critically regarded film, Black Panther. Be appears alongside an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, and Michael B. Jordan.

Film and Screen Studies
Melanie LaRosa

Prof's Work Screen at Aussie Film Fest – Melanie La Rosa, clinical assistant professor of Media and Communication Arts, two short films, How To Power A City: Puerto Rico and How To Power A City: Las Vegas, were screened at the Transitions Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

Art History
Janetta Rebold Benton

Fulbright Scholar to Teach in China – Distinguished Professor of Art History Janetta Rebold Benton has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. She will be a visiting professor at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China to teach graduate students about American art history.

Jillian McDonald

A Journey to the Arctic Circle – In October, Jillian McDonald, co-chair and professor of Art, sailed through international waters, ten degrees from the North Pole, to the island of Svalbard, Norway. McDonald explored the breathtaking landscapes to shoot footage for a new video piece titled Freeze.

Performing Arts
Shea Glover '19

Viral Video Becomes Samsung Ad – Shea Glover '19, Pace School of Performing Arts, Acting, co-directed and starred in a commercial for Samsung Mobile, which was featured in Adweek. The ad idea was sparked by Glover's high school project that turned into a viral YouTube video.

JamieLee Rizzo

Chem Prof's Compound Awarded Patent – Professor of Chemistry JaimeLee Rizzo collaborated with students to develop groundbreaking antimicrobial technologies that kill the H1N1 flu virus and MRSA. The project was awarded a U.S. patent.

Environmental Policy
Christina Thomas ’19 and Margaret Doyle ’19

Defending the Hudson River – Engaging in one of the most potentially volatile Hudson River controversies in years, Environmental Policy Clinic students Christina Thomas ’19 and Margaret Doyle ’19 are fiercely defending the right to a clean river.

Brenna Hassinger-Das

Transforming spaces into "Urban Thinkscapes" – Psychology professor and leader of "Urban Thinkscape," Brenna Hassinger-Das, transforms urban spaces in disadvantaged neighborhoods into playful learning environments for kids to develop valuable skills.

Communication Studies
Opal Vadan '15

Alumna Assisted Hillary Clinton's Campaign – Opal Vadhan ‘15, Communication Studies, was profiled in Teen Vogue about her experience working on Hillary Clinton’s national advance team during her presidential campaign.

Kenya Velez '17

The Road to Med School – Kenya Velez was born with education opportunities her parents never dreamed of. Velez earned a degree in Chemistry and became the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Performing Arts
Dominique Fishback

She's the "One to Watch" – Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback has starred as a regular on the HBO hit The Deuce. Her latest role in the Sundance drama, Night Comes On landed her on The Hollywood Reporter's list of "5 Breakout Stars."

Maria Luskay

First-gen College Faculty – Like many Pace University students, Professor Maria Luskay, director of the Media and Communication Arts graduate program, is a first-generation college graduate and a go-getter.

Sara Juncaj '09

First Doctorate of Philosophy Degree Earned by First-gen – Sara Juncaj a first-generation college graduate, earned one of the first doctor of philosophy degrees from Dyson, which was given in Mental Health Counseling. This is her story.

Nina Freeman ‘12

Forbes Magazine Named Her One of Their 30 Under 30 to Watch – Nina Freeman is a rising star in the indie game design world, garnering praise for her character-driven, highly relatable story lines. Forbes Magazine named her one of their 30 under 30 to watch.

Environmental Studies
Gian Joseph ’16

Green Roofs and the Plants That Love Them – Green roofs mitigate the impact of human activities upon the urban environment. Environmental Studies alumna, Gian Joseph ’16, researches the best plants for the job.

Yvonne Rafferty

Psych Prof named Fulbright Scholar –Psychology Professor Yvonne Rafferty was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Southeast Asia to continue her research on the mental health and psychosocial recovery of child victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Mental Health Counseling
Poonam Doshi

First PhD Grad in Mental Health Counseling – In the fall of 2017, Poonam Doshi became the first PhD to graduate from Pace’s Mental Health Counseling doctoral program, which was established in the fall of 2013 on the Pleasantville campus.