AgingToday: Forging Intergenational Connection and Friendship

Many older adults, even some older professionals who work in the aging services industry, struggle to make sense of our technology-infused world—a landscape constantly reinventing itself. But there are innovators who are trying to make technology more age-friendly: they can be found at the intersection of design, aging and technology, in places like the Gerontechnology Program at Pace University, New York, N.Y.

Jean Coppola, one of the program’s founders and professor in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Services, began offering an intergenerational computing course in 2006.

Read the full article by Kate Finn in AgingToday.

NEWS RELEASE: Political Science Professor Matthew Bolton Presented Statement on Disarmament to UN General Assembly

Political science professor, Matthew Bolton, PhD, addressed the United Nations General Assembly First Committee, on behalf of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on disarmament, peace building and humanitarian issues.

On behalf of global civil society organizations, political science professor calls for disarmament and arms control “driven by the needs and rights of people most affected by armed violence.”

New York – A Pace University New York City political science professor, Matthew Bolton, PhD, addressed the United Nations General Assembly First Committee, on behalf of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on disarmament, peace building and humanitarian issues.

“We call for an approach to disarmament that is driven by the needs and rights of people most affected by armed violence, not by the discretion of states and organizations most responsible for it,” said Bolton to representatives of the 193 UN member states, as well as UN agencies and NGOs. The First Committee has responsibility for disarmament and international security.

The NGO statement, endorsed by 11 organizations, congratulated states on “some noteworthy progress” in recent international discussions on the elimination of nuclear weapons, the recent Security Council resolution on small arms and light weapons as well as the Arms Trade Treaty, signed by over 100 states since June.

Members of the Pace University community played an important role in the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in July 2012 and March 2013. Bolton was an advisor to Control Arms, the civil society coalition advocating for a “bulletproof treaty” and numerous students interned or worked with the campaign.

Despite these developments in global policy-making on controlling weapons, however, Bolton asserted that “now is not the time for resting on laurels.” The NGO statement identified numerous concerns, including the abuse of the consensus rule in disarmament forums, exclusion of meaningful civil society participation, lack of equal opportunities for women in decision-making and the marginalization of the voices of victims and survivors of armed violence.

“Creativity and new human-centered approaches must be a requirement for all states advocating nuclear disarmament, conventional arms control and reduced military expenditure,” said Bolton, reading the NGO statement. “We can and must replace stalemate and watered-down outcomes with alternatives that advance human security and social and economic justice.”

In addition to teaching classes on international politics, Bolton also leads Pace University’s New York Model United Nations program. Last weekend – 25-27 October – 25 Pace students participated in the National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC, representing Argentina, Denmark and Kenya in simulations of the First Committee and other UN decision-making bodies.

Pace was recognized by the conference with four awards, for students’ excellent diplomatic skills, public speaking abilities and political savvy. Given their success, Bolton asked his students for their advice on how to deliver his statement at the actual United Nations. “They were happy to oblige,” said Bolton.

Bolton is an expert on global disarmament policy. He is author of Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance: Governance, Politics and Security in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan (I.B. Tauris, 2010) and a forthcoming travelogue Political Minefields (I.B. Tauris, 2014). He has written widely on the politics of landmines, cluster munitions, the Arms Trade Treaty and fully autonomous military robotics (“killer robots”). His recent lecture on the politics of landmines and military robotics is available on the Pace University’s iTunes U account.

Located only two express subway stops from the iconic United Nations complex on the East River, Pace University’s scholars actively engage with global policymaking debates. This June, Pace hosted an expert symposium on Robotic Weapons Control, and the university has partnered with the UN Commission on the Status of Women to create workshops on global policies that affect women and girls.

Pace University has a 60-year history of excellence in regional, national and international Model United Nations conferences and encourages its students to develop the skills and capacities needed to thrive as global citizens. Drawing students from around the world, Pace has numerous academic programs related to international affairs, including political science, peace and justice studies, global Asia studies, international management, Latin American studies, modern languages and cultures, women’s and gender studies and environmental studies.

Contact:

Matthew Bolton, PhD
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Pace University
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

+1 (212) 346 1828

mbolton@pace.edu
http://politicalminefields.com
@politicalmines

Sustain What? Colleges Gather to Question Their Environmental Role

Presidential Adviser Turned Activist to Be Honored by Higher Education Consortium

“Environmental sustainability” may be a catch phrase of the 21st century, but who knows what it really means?  The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities will wrestle with that problem at its tenth annual conference Friday and Saturday. On hand to lend guidance will be James Gustave Speth, former adviser to President Bill Clinton and founder of the World Resources Institute. 72 year-old Speth made headlines in August 2010 when he was arrested at the White House for protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Event: Tenth Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities.

Date and Time: Friday, November 8, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday, November 9, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Location: Pace University, Kessel Student Center, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY, entrance 3.

“Our colleges and universities occupy more than 40,000 acres of land in the Hudson-Mohawk watershed, and employ, teach and house more than 1 million people in over 100 different locations,” said Michelle Land, director of both the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and the Environmental Consortium. “Our job is to make sense of what ‘environmental sustainability’ means to that complex picture.” Land will give welcome remarks at the conference.

David Hales, President of Second Nature, will deliver the opening keynote on Fri., Nov. 8.  Prior to assuming this post, Hales was President of College of the Atlantic, the first U.S. institution of higher education to be a “NetZero” emitter of greenhouse gases.

James Gustave “Gus” Speth, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School will be presented with the Environmental Consortium’s “The Great Work Award, in honor of Thomas Berry” and deliver a keynote on Saturday.

The conference is open to the public. The rate for people affiliated with institutions in the Environmental Consortium is $20 for students ($30 for non-members), $100 for members ($125 for non-members).  Group discounts and single day registrations available ($50 for members, $65 for non-members). The fee includes admission to conference, meals and breaks, Friday reception, dinner and music, exhibitor expo, and poster session. Media admission is by press pass.

Newly Renovated Clinical Education Labs and Simulation Experiences Give Future Nurses an Edge

PLEASANTVILLE, NY – Every  day nurses make countless decisions that impact patient care and ultimately save lives. How do they know they are making the right decision?  They have been taught by experts in the field and have developed crucial skills such as clinical reasoning and critical thinking, and they’ve had hands-on experience.

One way they get that experience is through simulation.

New labs in the College of Health Professions at Pace University allow students to take part in simulations that expose them to a range of scenarios so they know exactly what to do when faced with these situations in real life.  The labs also enable students to practice skills, familiarize themselves with electronic medical records, and prepare medications using computerized systems to reduce the chance of error.

The new Clinical Education Labs are set to be formally unveiled at a grand opening reception scheduled for Friday, November 8.

The labs have the latest generation of human patient simulators (HPS), along with a video capture and playback system that includes camera feeds from the simulation rooms.  Videos are stored and viewed on computers, allowing faculty members to evaluate and debrief students on performance. Students may also review their own performance in scenarios, as self-reflection is a vital component to learning in the simulation environment.  Several of Pace’s clinical partners throughout the region will also use the space to develop and reinforce critical clinical skills required of health care workers.

The new labs include a “control room” so students will be immersed in simulations without faculty members having to be in the same room. This helps students suspend their disbelief and helps them to be fully present in the simulation experience.

“Students are on their own. Without interference of faculty members, the situation becomes more real,” says Professor Elizabeth Berro, RN. She notes that faculty members are still able to cue students with phone calls, patient behaviors (controlled through computerized mannequins), and “standardized patients” (actors playing the role of patients) to meet the overall objectives of the scenario.

The renovations enable multiple acute scenarios to take place simultaneously, so students are exposed to situations where patients need a specific course of action to be taken; these situations may not occur in a hospital every day, but students need to learn about them so they know exactly what to do when they occur.

The improvements allow for an area designated for standardized patients (actors) to get ready for their scenarios.  Keeping them separated from students increases the authenticity of the scenario, aiding in the learning experience.  The actors will be able to watch scenarios unfold on monitors so they know when to join the scene.

The renovations also mean there is ample space for students from all programs to learn and practice basic skills.  There are skills rooms for family nurse practitioner (FNP) students and physician assistant (PA) students to provide physical exams and to be evaluated by their professors.  The labs will be heavily used in the upcoming semester; in fact, according to Marybeth Carpiniello, MPA, RN, Clinical Education Labs manager, there will be more than 500 “events” in the lab this semester, from simulations to skills learning, to tutoring.

Feedback from students has been extremely positive so far. “They look forward to practicing in the labs; they are so excited, and they benefit from the safe environment we create.  A mistake made and learned from in the lab today under the watchful guidance of a faculty member could help save a life tomorrow in a real clinical setting,” says Clinical Instructor Joanne Knoesel, RN.

According to Dean and Professor Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, “Our students get evidence-based learning experiences that are deeply meaningful while at the same time realistic and safe. They develop confidence in their skill set before moving on to the clinical setting.”

Hospitals and other health care organizations seek out students with simulation on their resumes, according to Associate Dean Gerrie Colombraro, PhD, RN, “Our students have a competitive advantage when they graduate because they’ve done simulation. It shows potential employers that they’ve worked in teams to solve problems and that they’ve been exposed to complicated or high risk scenarios.”

About the College of Health Professions: Pace’s College of Health Professions is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies program. Students at the College learn evidence-based care, cultural competence and primary health care in an interprofessional setting in programs preparing them to be family nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, registered nurses and clinical leaders.

About the CEL: The Clinical Education Labs at Pace’s College of Health Professions create an active interprofessional learning environment which promotes intellectual curiosity and integration of clinical and didactic health care knowledge utilizing current effective technology in full collaboration with Pace University, the College of Health Professions, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high-quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu, 914-906-9680.

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing Prepares Student for Future Career Challenges

White Plains resident, Jacqueline Alleva, RN often reflects on how she prepared for the challenges of her life-saving work as a nurse on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx through her education at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing.

One recent patient often comes to mind when she thinks about how her clinical work as part of her degree program prepared her for her current challenges.

A two-year-old child with heart failure had arrived at the unit after being placed on the Berlin Heart, a mechanical device for babies and children awaiting transplant. “When she first came in, this little girl wouldn’t look at anybody,” Alleva recalls. “She wouldn’t look anybody in the eye; that’s how scared she was. And when you’d walk into her room, she’d say two words — ‘Night night’, which meant ‘Get out’.”

During the time that the child was on the Berlin Heart, Alleva and her colleagues saw her not only regain some of the energy that heart failure had stolen, but open up to the PICU staff as well. “After a while, when I would walk into her room, her whole face would light up,” Alleva says. “She would touch my face, we’d interact, and we’d play. That’s what happens when you get deeply involved. She understood that we were there for her and that we cared, and that built trust.”

Alleva’s story encapsulates the work of cardiac nurses at Montefiore, and the daily challenges that they meet. Their patients, from infants to the elderly, are severely ill and can be at Montefiore for weeks or months at a time. Cardiac nurses have to stay constantly current on the complexities of the devices and transplant protocols that are these patients’ last hope. In both the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit, for adult patients, and the PICU at Montefiore, nurses take simultaneous responsibility for patients, their family support systems and the machines that are keeping them alive.

Alleva has learned first-hand that nursing is a profession that combines personal and professional intensity, exemplary skill and extraordinary reward. Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing prepared Alleva well for this profession.  She said, “My shift as a PICU nurse always starts the same way, with the pinning of my Pace pin. It’s a bit of an outdated practice I’m sure, but for me, my nursing pin inspires me each shift, reminding me of where I’ve been and why I am here.”

Alleva obtained a liberal arts degree from Pace and later went back to study nursing.  She said, “I learned many things in the nursing program, from pathophysiology to pharmacology, to medical surgical nursing and pediatrics.  All these courses prepared me for my boards, and clinicals gave me a taste for what each specialty in nursing had to offer.”

Alleva determined where she wanted to work after graduation as a result of her preceptorship.  “I was in a PICU and was amazed at how much teamwork was involved,” said Alleva.  “From seeing my first ‘code’ to learning all about vasoactive drugs, I still recall the rush I felt each shift. It’s the same way I feel now when I know I’m going to have a busy shift. I know that I will get through whatever the PICU will throw at me because not only do I have the base of knowledge necessary, but I also have the emotional supports needed for when days are rough.”

Alleva has friends from her nursing program that she relies on for support, as well as her mother, who also happens to be the Associate Dean of the College of Health Professions at Pace and a nurse herself. “I have a wonderful mother who listens to me cry about the bad things and laugh about the inane things I see,” said Alleva. “My husband, although not a medical professional, has gotten more comfortable with my tales of the PICU. And when I go running downstairs screaming, ‘My patient got her heart’, he may not completely ‘get’ all that she went through and what a big accomplishment it is for her and my unit, but he knows to smile and jump up and hug me.”

Alleva is now halfway through her graduate work in the family nurse practitioner program at Pace. “Each day I wear my Pace pin, I am proud of how far I have come and where my journey has led me. I get to save lives every day, and make children smile while I do it. It’s not always sing-a-longs and play dates, but on challenging days, I think about the really great days, like when my patient got her heart and how great post-transplant hugs are, and I rub my pin to gain some strength and keep pushing forward.”

Researchers At Pace University Explore the Lived Experiences of Families Members That Have the Possible Risk of Genetic Mutations That Cause Sudden Cardiac Death

Inter-professional Care provided to a 9 year old girl with genetic mutation for Long QT Syndrome

NEW YORK – As a researcher at Pace University in New York, Esma Paljevic, EdD, RN, CPNP, was astonished to find out that according to the American Heart Association there were 4000 deaths per year in individuals under the age of 35 due to undiagnosed disturbances of heart rhythm, such as long QT Syndrome (2009).

Paljevic is an assistant professor of nursing at Pace University’s College of Health Professions. She found this statistic to be especially alarming since the 2003 Human Genome Project has changed the general focus from disease management to disease prevention. Healthcare professionals now largely concentrate on providing personalized medicine to individuals instead of waiting for a potential sudden cardiac event. Paljevic is part of an interprofessional group of healthcare specialists in a “cardiogenetics clinic” that assesses, evaluates, tests and treats families at risk for sudden cardiac death.

One particular family that has benefited from this inter-professional cardio genetic approach to care is that of a 9 year old girl who lost her father and brother to sudden cardiac death a year ago.

Paljevic and her team were able to determine that both deceased members of her family had genetic mutations that caused their sudden cardiac death. They tested the young girl’s blood and found that she had the same mutation her father and brother had.

They then prescribed specific beta blockers and provided her with an internal defibrillator to prevent potential sudden cardiac events and prevent her from having the same deadly outcome to which her father and brother succumbed.

Paljevic does research on this comprehensive approach to cardiogenetic care that provides hope with scientific knowledge. Her recent research study explored the challenges that family members experience with feelings of guilt, fear and ambivalence of genetic testing. Her research uncovered the encouraging feelings family members often have regarding the inter-professional approach of this cardiogenetics clinic. Her research revealed family members had feelings of “being heard” and “meaningfulness” when asked about their experiences in the cardiogenetics clinic.

Before this approach, many families encountered “fragmented care” and found this distressing. They were trying to find out what happened to their loved one who died of a sudden cardiac death and what it meant to the rest of their family, especially the children. The families needed to make separate appointments for the adult cardiologist, the geneticist, the social worker, the pediatric cardiologist. This was very frustrating and inconvenient for the families and the practitioners did not have time to talk to one other regarding the same patients. The families received mixed information and were unclear of what their risk was and how to proceed.

Paljevic’s team participated in educational events for primary care practitioners to describe this unique approach, what to look for and when to refer families that may be at risk.

Research shows that families that are referred to Paljevic’s clinic feel that they are understood and heard. They prefer this approach to that of the fragmented “standard” approach.

“The young girl’s mother and grandmother now feel very reassured that everything is being done for the child and that there were health professionals that really understood the complexity of this health issue,” Paljevic said.

 

Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

NEWS RELEASE: Pace Residence Hall Opens in Lower Manhattan as Part of Revitalization Plan

Pace University officials formally opened the new residence hall for Pace students at 182 Broadway in lower Manhattan on Monday afternoon in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ribbon cutting was followed by an open house with tours and reception.

182 Broadway Officially Opened in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 

NEW YORK – Pace University officials formally opened the new residence hall for Pace students at 182 Broadway in lower Manhattan on Monday afternoon in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ribbon cutting was followed by an open house with tours and reception.

Pace officials on hand included President Stephen J. Friedman, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer William J. McGrath, Provost Uday Sukhatme, PhD, and Dean for Students Marijo Russell-O’Grady. President of the Residence Hall Association at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus, Steven Nolte, and Student Government Association President Michael Creneti represented students.

“This new 23-story residence hall provides wonderful housing for 600 students,” said Friedman at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “It is just one of three new buildings in our growing footprint in Lower Manhattan. Earlier this year, we opened a new Performing Arts Center at 140 William, home to Pace Performing Arts, one of our fastest growing programs and one of the best in the nation. And in 2015, we will welcome 700 students to Beekman Tower, another residence hall under construction at the corner of Beekman and William.”

“This new residence hall will be a major enhancement for generations of Pace students who value the experience of living and learning in lower Manhattan,” said McGrath. “We’ve been providing professional leaders and scholarship to the community since we started here 107 years ago, and we intend to be a force in the area’s continuing rebirth.”

The official unveiling followed four years of planning and construction as part of Pace University’s Master Plan to revitalize its campuses in lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY.

The residence hall at 182 Broadway opened its doors this fall to students. Other University residences downtown are at 55 John Street, 106 Fulton Street and in the University’s multi-function building at 1 Pace Plaza, just east of City Hall. Construction recently began on another new residence hall at 33 Beekman Street. The university broke ground last week on a $100M revitalization project for its Pleasantville campus which includes two new residence halls and several other enhancements.

SL Green has conveyed a long-term ground lease condominium interest to Pace for the residence hall portion of the new building at 182 Broadway. Karl Fischer Architect from Montreal, Canada, with offices in New York City, is behind the design of the building. Pace’s real estate interests were represented by David A. Falk of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; it was represented legally by Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Law School, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

Daily Voice, Hudson News, Street Insider and others; PLV Breaks Ground On Master Plan

PLEASANTVILLE, NY – Pace University’s Pleasantville campus is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary along with breaking ground on its Master Plan.

“As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of our Pleasantville campus this year, we now prepare for the next half century with a major transformation of our campus,”said Pace President Stephen Friedman.

The breaking ground ceremony took place on October 23rd and has been covered by multiple news outlets, to read more click any listed below:

Crain’s New York Business: New Yorkers test-drive telehealth.

. . .”We want to increase the quality of care, expand health care access and reduce health care costs,” said Chris Gaur, a Pace graduate, speaking at a panel discussion on innovations in telehealth hosted on October 17th at Pace’s Westchester campus.

Earlier this year, a telehealth startup called Vital Care Services was selected with partner Pace University as winners of PILOT Health Tech NYC, an initiative launched by the city of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corp.

Read the full story on Crain’s New York Business

Daily Voice: Pace University’s Accelerated Nursing Program Wins Grant For Scholarship

The Daily Voice reported that Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program. (Left: Sharon Wexler, right, project director on Pace’s new grant with principal investigator Martha Greenberg.)

The Daily Voice reported that Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program.

The school received $50,000 for the 2013-14 academic year to support students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Five students entering Lienhard’s accelerated degree program in January 2014 will be awarded scholarships of $10,000 each.

Read the full article here: http://pleasantville.dailyvoice.com/news/pace-university-s-accelerated-nursing-program-wins-grant-scholarship.