NEWS ADVISORY: Lunar New Year Celebration (Chinese and other Asian cultures) with New York City Council and Pace University Confucius Institute

Public Lunar New Year Celebration will be hosted by New York City Council and Pace University Confucius Institute, with free Chinese music and refreshments. The event celebrates “lunar” New Year, the basis of festivals in China and other Asian countries.

 

1/31/11

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“HEAVENLY PEACHES”

Lunar New Year Celebration (Chinese and other Asian cultures) with New York City Council and Pace University Confucius Institute

WHAT: Public Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by New York City Council and Pace University Confucius Institute, with free Chinese music and refreshments. The event celebrates “lunar” New Year, the basis of festivals in China and other Asian countries. It will include brief remarks by City Council President Christine Quinn, Council Member Margaret Chin, and Pace President Stephen Friedman, a former corporate lawyer who has just returned from a trip to China, plus explanations of the new “Smart Chinese” language instruction offered by the Pace Confucius Institute.

WHERE: Student Union, Pace University downtown Manhattan campus, 1 Pace Plaza (just east of City Hall). Media admission by press pass.

WHEN: Sunday, February 13. Performance begins at 3 pm, buffet at 4:15. (The actual date of the Lunar New Year in 2011 is February 3, but the first fifteen days of the new year are all considered celebration days.)

WHO:  City Council President Christine C. Quinn

City Council Member Margaret Chin, District 1 (chief Council sponsor)

City Council Members Daniel Dromm (District 25) and Peter Koo (District 20)

Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman

Pace Professor Weihua Niu, Director, Pace Confucius Institute

PROGRAM: Costumed percussionists, singers and dancers from the Chinese Theater Works company will perform selections from the dramatic Kun form of Chinese opera with masks and drumming, the “Dance of Zhong Quei” from the repertoire of the Peking Opera, the Chinese lion dance, folksongs including “Fisherman’s Song at Sunset” and “Fighting the Typhoon,” and an excerpt from the “Monkey King” legend that is beloved throughout China, “Monkey King Steals the Heavenly Peaches.”

PERFORMERS: Singing and playing erhu, guzheng, and percussion will be Gang Tian, Qi Zhang, Junling Wang, Zhensheng Wang, Fuyin Zhai, Wenpang Zhang, Penghui Yang, Zhigang Liu, Kuang-Yu Fong, and Peking Opera percussionists Gang Tian, Shirong Huang, Qi Zhang, and Zhensheng Wang.

MENU will include dumplings and other traditional New Year foods.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED by February 7 to kmagee@council.nyc.gov

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace media relations, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Crain’s New York Business: “Tech job market takes fourth-quarter hit” but is up for the year and likely to improve further.

Crain’s coverage of the latest Pace SkillProof IT Index report shows the index is becoming more widely accepted.

Crain’s coverage of the latest Pace SkillProof IT Index report shows the index is becoming more widely accepted. Read the article.
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ALSO, Farrokh Hormozi, co-investigator, was quoted by Computerworld in an article about the recession hitting older tech workers harder.

“CNBC Davos 2011: Latin America Flexes Its Economic Muscle”

“People in Latin America are doing well for the most part and that shows up in the world economy,” says Jorge Pinto, a professor at Pace. “People are consuming goods and becoming wealthier. They are interested in the latest electronics and technology. As a whole, Latin America is doing well.”

 

“People in Latin America are doing well for the most part and that shows up in the world economy,” says Jorge Pinto, a professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. “People are consuming goods and becoming wealthier. They are interested in the latest electronics and technology. As a whole, Latin America is doing well.”

Read the article on CNBC.com.

NEWS RELEASE: IT Job Market Down Slightly in Manhattan, Remained Flat in Westchester County, New Pace U. Report Finds

The Pace SkillPROOF IT Index (PSII) registered 109 in Manhattan during the fourth quarter of 2010, approximately 8 percent lower than in the previous quarter, and remained flat at 141 in Westchester County.

 

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Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

IT Job Market Down Slightly in Manhattan, Remained Flat in Westchester County, New Pace U. Report Finds

New York, NY – January 24, 2011 – The Pace SkillPROOF IT Index (PSII) registered 109 in Manhattan during the fourth quarter of 2010, approximately 8 percent lower than in the previous quarter, and remained flat at 141 in Westchester County.

“The decrease in quarterly demand in Manhattan was minimal considering the impressive overall improvement throughout the year,” the researchers write. “On an annual basis, the IT labor market in Manhattan increased by more than 73 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

“In Westchester, the year-over-year comparison showed significant improvement, unlike the national labor market,” they write. “Relative to the final quarter of 2009, the Index registered an increase of 37 percent, jumping from 85 to 141. On a yearly basis, six categories increased significantly, three declined and two remained flat.”

Of the eleven categories that comprise the PSII, in Manhattan, seven dropped relatively significantly and four increased slightly. On the down side, the biggest loser during the fourth quarter was Computer Scientists, Research, which dropped by 31 percent but still was up by 57 percent for the year, followed by Computer Programmers, down by 22 percent on a quarter-to-quarter basis, but up 49 percent for the year. On the upside, demand for Other Specialists rose 13 percent this quarter and better than 74 percent for the year.

In Westchester, for the year, the demand for Network Administrators grew by over 900 percent followed by demand for Systems Analysts at more than 370 percent. On the low side, annual demand for Computer Support Specialists decreased by more than 80 percent, even though it showed signs of recovery with an 18 percent increase during the fourth quarter. The one profession demonstrating significant fluctuation in demand was Network and Systems Analysts, which dropped 78 percent in 2010 but had remained relatively flat for the previous three years with a slight increase of 2 percent in the last quarter of 2009.

The PSII is a composite index produced by Pace using data from the SkillPROOF company that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in separate reports for Manhattan and Westchester County. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“As an IT staffing professional, I concur that the job market in the region improved considerably during 2010 and that the outlook remains promising for 2011,” said Evelyn Sirena, a 1989 Pace computer science graduate and a Partner at Top Prospect Group, in a sidebar of the report. “In Westchester and Fairfield counties, the upswing is mainly due to companies seeking to hire Project Managers, Systems Engineers, Application Developers and Analysts with knowledge of Core JAVA, J2EE, C#.Net, ASP.Net, Oracle, and/or SQL, and 2-7+ years  of experience. Additionally, they are also seeking Data Modelers, Data Reporting and Data Warehousing specialists who can help analyze and drive their businesses.

“As for outsourcing, some companies are continuing to outsource various IT functions, but there is a significant demand for local IT talent, especially those with business acumen,” she added.

The reports are available at http://www.pace.edu/pace/seidenberg/features-special-events/paceskillproof-it-index/.

The Index partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Farrokh Hormozi, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data showing actual, listed openings that is provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.seidenberg.pace.edu

For 104 years 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

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Wall Street Journal: “Teens Take Elders to Tech Boot Camp”

Wall Street Journal “Careers” (online and in print): Pace’s technique of teaching students about computer applications by having them teach internet techniques to older people was the only University program mentioned in a long article about a national trend to such instruction.

 

Wall Street Journal “Careers” (online and in print): Pace’s technique of teaching students about computer applications by having them teach internet techniques to older people was the only University program mentioned in a long article about a national trend to such instruction. Read the article.

NEWS ADVISORY: SEC scrutiny of Goldman Sachs’ Facebook deal

“When faced with issues such as those raised in the current Facebook financing strategies and methods, investors find themselves in very murky waters,” says Professor John Alan James.

January 4, 2011

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

 NEWS SOURCE

 Topic: SEC scrutiny of Goldman Sachs’ Facebook deal

 “When faced with issues such as those raised in the current Facebook financing strategies, investors find themselves in very murky waters.”

 John Alan James, the expert on corporate governance and regulatory issues who created the first texts in English on laws governing companies in key European countries, is an adjunct management professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York City. At the Lubin School five years ago he was the first to introduce into an MBA curriculum anywhere in the world a course covering corporate governance systems in the leading world economies.

James is available to comment on Goldman Sachs’ investment in Facebook and possible SEC scrutiny on disclosure. He has appeared on Bloomberg Radio and Television to discuss the Madoff scandal and among other media appearances was quoted in the Financial Times about the Goldman Sachs scandal and on CFO.com about the Satyam scandal.

 “When faced with issues such as those raised in the current Facebook financing strategies and methods, investors find themselves in very murky waters.

 “The creation of the Special Purpose Vehicle provisions enables Facebook to raise huge sums of investor capital with ill-defined liquidity provisions, little to no transparency for very wealthy investors, vague definitions of ‘shareholder’ within the SEC recommended 500 investor limit, and a lack of clarity on whether and how smaller ownership units might be grouped into smaller number of ‘shareholders’ to remain within SEC limits.

 “It appears that the creativity within Goldman Sachs is to become expert on the existing letter of the law, find the vague areas and develop new instruments to take advantage of the lack of clarity. This could end with Goldman Sachs back in front of a House Committee (now Republican) to testify again on the firm’s definition of the ‘spirit of the law’.”

 Phone: 203-588-1668 (home), 203-979-3611 (cell); email: jjames@pace.edu

 BACKGROUND: As a professional management consultant, James and his Brussels-based staff created, edited and published the first texts in English on company law, corporate governance and industrial relations law in the 12 key countries of Western Europe. He has served as an advisor to the top managements of multinational companies with headquarters in the US, Europe, Japan, Asia and Latin America.

 He was an early contributor to the multinational business and economic seminars at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He co-chaired the first global conference on Multinational Companies and Multinational Unions at the U.N. International Labour Organization center in Geneva, Switzerland.

 James received his bachelor’s in political science from Northwestern University and graduate degrees in business economics at the Booth Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago. He has lectured at the World Economic Forum in Davos; INSEAD at Fontainbleau, France; CEI/IMEDE in Switzerland, the Northwestern and Harvard European Executive Programs; the IBM Management Development Centre in Brussels; the United Nations Management Training Centre in Torino, Italy; the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and the Cornell University School of Industrial Relations.

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NEWS RELEASE: Pace University’s Seidenberg School becomes first academic institution on eastern seaboard to prepare software engineers for IEEE Computer Society certification exam.

Pace now offers students in Software Development and Engineering a rigorous program of preparation leading to certification as Certified Software Development Associates (CSDAs).

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Pace University’s Seidenberg School becomes first academic institution on eastern seaboard to prepare software engineers for IEEE Computer Society certification exam.

New York, NY – January 10, 2011 — Only 32 percent of all computing projects “are delivered on time, on budget and with required features and functions,” according to a 2009 report by the Standish Group, an industry consulting firm. Some 24 percent “are cancelled prior to completion or delivered and never used.”

Better software engineering is the solution to this problem, and a rapidly emerging way to improve it is for software engineers to become certified via a standard exam, much the way engineers are certified in older disciplines like electrical and mechanical engineering.

To accelerate that trend, Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems now has become the first academic institution on the US eastern seaboard to offer students in Software Development and Engineering a rigorous program of preparation leading to certification as Certified Software Development Associates (CSDAs).

The CSDA, designed for entry-level software developers, was launched by the IEEE Computer Society in May 2008 to provide computer science and software engineering students their first credential toward a solid career foundation as a software development practitioner.

Beginning this fall, all Pace software engineering students will be required to take a course in Contemporary Software Engineering Theory and Practice as a core requirement in preparation for the exam. Students then will decide if they want to sit for the test, which will be given at an independent testing site. Under an arrangement with the IEEE Computer Society, Pace students will receive a 50 percent discount on the $400 examination fee.

Information is at www.seidenberg.pace.edu/sde or 212-346-1531.

Growing demand

Employers’ preference for workers with the certification is rising in step with the demand for software engineers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, through 2018 software engineering will continue to be among the fastest-growing occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher, with demand rising 30 percent.

In Manhattan and Westchester counties of New York State, according to the latest Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index, known as the PSII, which measures demand for various computing jobs, over the last year demand for software engineers rose 240 percent, surpassing even the pre-recession level of 2005.

“Sophisticated software now ranges from life- and mission-critical systems to recreational games,” said Sotirios Skevoulis, PhD, chair of Pace’s software engineering program. “Worldwide, the heightened importance of software has created the need for a well-educated and highly specialized workforce to design, implement and maintain it.”

He added, “Seidenberg was one of the first computing schools to bring hardware and software under one roof. Our experience tells us that for an economy increasingly based on high quality software, this kind of response is urgent.”

“The Seidenberg School provides professional education in the computing disciplines, and working with the IEEE Computer Society, as well as other professional societies, is a way in which we refresh our curricula,” according to Constance A. Knapp, Interim Dean of the School.

About Pace

For 104 years Pace 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, it 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu .

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of IEEE’s 38 societies, the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computing and information technology.

The  Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and professionals with books, conferences, conference publications, magazines, online courses, software development certifications, standards, and technical journals. The redesigned www.computer.org offers a rich repository of online content and tools, from Computing Now, which provides free articles and multimedia content, to the Build Your Career career-development site, and the e-Learning Campus, where members can access more than 3,000 online courses and 600 online books.

  The Computer Society’s Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The Computer Society is also the producer of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge.

Known worldwide for its computer-standards activities, the Computer Society promotes an active exchange of ideas and technological innovation among members and technology companies producing today’s innovative products and services.

http://www.computer.org.

 Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Flint Journal (Michigan): “WikiLeaks controversy prompts concerns over troops’ access to electronic communication while overseas”

“The Pentagon is dealing with a lot of sensitive material,” said Darren Hayes, a computer forensics and security expert and a professor at Pace.

“I do think free and open access to e-mail and social networking sites for troops stationed abroad is going to be debated.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of www.army.mil

“The Pentagon is dealing with a lot of sensitive material,” said Darren Hayes, a computer forensics and security expert and a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York.

“I do think free and open access to e-mail and social networking sites for troops stationed abroad is going to be debated.”

Read the story on MLive.com

Media Advisory: Call for a Federal Office to Guide Online Privacy

Catherine Dwyer, Ph.D., a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York, is an expert on online privacy management who is closely following the discussions about the creation of a federal office to guide online privacy.

December 17, 2010

NEWS SOURCE

Topic:  Call for a Federal Office to Guide Online Privacy

 “It is about time we catch up with Canada and Lichtenstein and have a federal privacy office and chief privacy officer.”

Catherine Dwyer, Ph.D., a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York, is an expert on online privacy management who is closely following the discussions about the creation of a federal office to guide online privacy.

 “It is about time we catch up with Canada and Lichtenstein and have a federal privacy office and chief privacy officer.

 “I am very interested in the turn this discussion has taken. The buzz earlier was that the Commerce Department would give the industry a pass (versus the Federal Trade Commission) but this is much more hardline than I expected.”

 Phone: 212-346-1728; email cdwyer@pace.edu.

 At Pace, Dwyer teaches courses in Online Privacy; Sociotechnical Systems; Social Computing; and Ethics and Information Technology. She has written research papers titled:

 “Trust and Privacy Concern Within Social Networking Sites: A Comparison of Facebook and MySpace”;

 “Behavioral Targeting: A Case Study of Consumer Tracking on Levis.com”;

 “Designing Privacy Into Online Communities”; and

 “The Effect of Behavioral Targeting on Trust in E-Commerce”

 Her work has been cited by BusinessWeek, Computerworld, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Dissertation topic: “Appropriation of Privacy Management Within Social Networking Sites”); M.S. in Computer Science from Pace University; M.A. in Music Education from The Manhattan School of Music; and B.A. (Double major English and Political Science) from Fordham University.

 Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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New York Chinese Opera Society to present large-scale performances December 17-19 at Pace University in downtown Manhattan

The New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS) will present three days of Chinese opera featuring internationally-known stars from China at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in downtown Manhattan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 17 -19.

 

New York Chinese Opera Society to present large-scale performances December 17-19 at Pace University in downtown Manhattan

Presentations to feature nationally known stars from China,

premiere of Biblical “Story of Ruth”

 NEW YORK, NY, December 14, 2010 — The New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS) will present three days of Chinese opera featuring internationally-known stars from China at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in downtown Manhattan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 17 -19.

Featured performers include Luoying Teng, from The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing, who performed in the US last year; Wei He, from the Peking Opera Theatre of Beijing, who specializes in “old man” roles in the Yang style; and Li Li, from the Peking Opera Theatre of Tianjin, a specialist in “faithful wife,” “lover,” and “damsel in distress” roles in the Shang style.

The program begins with Chinese opera excerpts (including “House of Hu,” “The Narrow Escape”, and “Farewell My Concubine”) at 7:30 pm Friday the 17th. “Story of Ruth,” a contemporary Chinese opera based on the Biblical story, follows at 2 pm Saturday; and “The Fourth Son’s Filial Visit” is at 1:30 pm Sunday.

Information on tickets and programs is at mail@nycos.org, or 516-798-3253 or 347-266-6714. Performances are in Chinese , with English subtitles and a brief English introduction in the beginning of each show.

 

New work based on Bible

The “Story of Ruth” is a premiere of a new work developed by NYCOS during a lengthy period of planning and three preview performances at other venues. The idea of Chi Chu, president of NYCOS, it was developed in a collective effort by NYCOS members and staff who worked together on the script, music, singing, dancing, and costumes. “The staff at NYCOS has collaborated selflessly, sincerely and passionately to create this contemporary Chinese opera,” said Chu.

In China, traditional opera enjoys a long history and is of rich cultural importance. It is one of the best representations of traditional Chinese culture, and includes music, dance, art, history, morality, and folklore.

Many local artists will join the Chinese performers. They include Xiangwei Yu, a well known performer from New York; Xiaoling Tong, head of the New York Xiaoling Tong Theatre Workshop; Qiuwei Zhang, also from New York, who is famous for playing “old woman” roles; Kuixi Han and Hong Wang, both playing the “clown” role; Qingyin Yue, playing the “old man” role; Yingchun Li, playing a “female warrior” role; Jinhong Li; and Qing Wang, known as the king of the “painted face.”

 

NYCOS has organized many popular performances since the company was established in June of 2006. Its performances at Pace on December 4, 5 and 6 of last year, which included “The Romance of Dragon and Phoenix,” “The Red Haired Galloping Horse,” and “Spring of the Jade Hall,” won special praise from fans of Chinese opera.

Essays on unpopular Hong Kong reforms, resilience after Japanese invasion

Before Saturday’s performance, the audience will witness prize presentations to Pace student authors of new essays about Chinese history– one analyzing the impact on the transfer of Hong Kong to China of unpopular education reforms conceived by the colonial government, the other about the resilience of a Chinese family after the Japanese invasion of China before World War II.

The essays are winners of the first “NYCOS Essay Competition at Pace University,” a contest established by the University’s Confucius Institute and NYCOS to promote Chinese culture. The first-prize essay, on Hong Kong education, is by Ben Oliveri, a Political Science student at Pace’s New York City campus; the second-prize work, on one family’s odyssey, is by Amanda Wong, a student studying Marketing and Management at the University’s Pleasantville campus.

The students will be awarded a cash prize on Saturday at 2 pm by Chu, the president of NYCOS, Nira Herrmann, PhD, Dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences of Pace University, and Weihua Niu, PhD, Director of the Confucius Institute of Pace University. 

About NYCOS

NYCOS is a non-profit organization formed by volunteers who love Chinese opera. The organization states: “We believe that through opera performances we can promote Chinese opera and educate American audiences about the art form, enhance cultural exchanges between China and the US, and bring diversity to community life.”

About Pace

For 103 years, 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Media contacts:

NYCOS: Wenhui Yu, 516-798-3253 or 347-266-6714

Pace media relations: Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1597. wcaldwell@pace.edu

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