CSIS to Confer First Doctorates of Professional Studies (D.P.S.) in Computing

After a rigorous three-year academic journey, 20 students will share the distinction of being the first recipients of Pace University’s Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.) in Computing at commencement ceremonies on Monday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Westchester County Center.
Peter Denning, a prominent computer scientist from George Mason University who has helped define Information Technology (IT) as a profession, will address the graduates and receive an honorary degree in conjunction with this milestone.

White Plains, N. Y. — After a rigorous three-year academic journey, 20 students will share the distinction of being the first recipients of Pace University’s Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.) in Computing at commencement ceremonies on Monday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Westchester County Center.
Peter Denning, a prominent computer scientist from George Mason University who has helped define Information Technology (IT) as a profession, will address the graduates and receive an honorary degree in conjunction with this milestone.

The D.P.S. in Computing is a unique, post-master’s doctoral degree designed to meet the needs of the practicing IT professional. It is an interdisciplinary program that encompasses the field of computing in its broadest sense and is structured to be completed in three years of part-time study. Traditional doctoral programs are generally narrowly focused, require a full-time commitment and can take up to 10 years to complete.

Pace D.P.S. students attend classes at the Graduate Center in White Plains one weekend per month. Between these monthly sessions students do coursework, pursue their dissertation research (which begins during the first semester of study), and interact with faculty and fellow students on an ongoing basis over the Internet. Unlike most traditional doctoral programs, student interaction becomes an essential part of the learning experience.

Of the 20 students in the D.P.S. class of 2002, four are women, which by percentage is higher than the national average in such programs. The class is also ethnically diverse with five African-American and five Asian-American students. The program’s structure also attracts students from a wide geographical area. Thirteen students are New York residents, two are from California, two are from New Jersey and the balance hail from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The students bring a considerable amount of professional diversity to the program, holding positions in areas such as software development, telecommunications management, data management and e-commerce with employers such as IBM, Verizon, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Wyeth Ayerst Research, E*Trade and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Now that the program has gone full cycle we see extraordinary synergy between faculty and students and among students,” said CSIS Dean Susan M. Merritt. “These are highly experienced and talented professionals who are contributing regularly to the knowledge base and profession of information technology. Their work is outstanding.”

The breadth of the students’ educational exposure is reflected in their dissertation topics which include: in-depth studies in aspects of data warehousing, genetic algorithms, and Web site personalization and privacy.
Pauline Mosley, a lecturer at Pace in New York became the first member of the class to successfully defend her thesis, “The Cognitive Complexities Confronting Developers Using Object Technology.”

Among the graduates, two will be cited for their outstanding accomplishments. Thanh Van Lam of Hurley, New York has been named the Outstanding Student of the Year for his excellent academic performance. In addition to this award, he received special recognition from IBM, his employer, for an idea relating to the programming of complex data entry systems that evolved while writing software for his D.P.S. projects. Christopher Iervolino of Amawalk, New York will receive the Student Service Award for outstanding service at the doctoral level.

The program was implemented in 1999. School of Computer Science and Information Systems Dean Susan Merritt originally conceived the idea after several years of development with input from faculty, members of the New York State Department of Education and a team of prominent outside reviewers.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

Women in Computing: Paths to Doctoral Education, Teaching and Research

Many of the pioneers in the computing field were women. Grace Murrary Hopper was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale; she left a teaching position at Vassar to join the U. S. Naval Reserve, where she became the first modern-day computer programmer working on the Mark I machine. Evelyn Boyd Granville was one of the first African American Women to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics (Yale’49). She developed computer programs that were used for trajectory analysis in the Mercury Project that sent the first manned mission into space and for the Apollo Project that sent U. S. astronauts to the moon.

Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)
To Host Panel Discussion, May 10

WHITE PLAINS, NY: — Many of the pioneers in the computing field were women. Grace Murrary Hopper was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale; she left a teaching position at Vassar to join the U. S. Naval Reserve, where she became the first modern-day computer programmer working on the Mark I machine. Evelyn Boyd Granville was one of the first African American Women to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics (Yale’49). She developed computer programs that were used for trajectory analysis in the Mercury Project that sent the first manned mission into space and for the Apollo Project that sent U. S. astronauts to the moon.

Despite the creative vision and intellectual contributions of these and other women to the growth of the computing field, the number of women in the United States pursuing doctoral degrees in computer science and information technology consistently lags behind that of men. The national percentage of women in doctoral programs has hovered around 17% for the past 20 years.

On Friday, May 10, Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems, in conjunction with its Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing program, will explore the trend, Women in Computing: Paths to Doctoral Education, Teaching and Research.

“The under-representation of women in the computing technology field translates into a loss of talent, perspective and contribution in a critically strategic part of the United States economy and culture,” said Susan M. Merritt, dean of CSIS. “The percentage of women in CSIS’s doctoral program is 27% and in other programs 37%, at least 10% higher than the national average. As leaders in the field we are assessing our success and looking for new ways to build on it that will make a difference in the future.”

Women in Computing: Paths to Doctoral Education, Teaching and Research will feature a distinguished panel of four women in the computing field, led by Susan M. Merritt, Dean of CSIS. The panelists will offer insights by sharing their individual paths to a doctoral education including what inspired and challenged them along the way.

Panelists include:

Mary Lynn Manns is a member of the Department of Management and Accountancy faculty at the University of North Carolina at Asheville; her area of specialty is Management Information Systems. Previously in the Computer Science Department, she has taught courses in various programming languages, research methods, analysis and design methodologies, microcomputer applications, systems and project management, and object-oriented technology. Ms. Manns is currently completing her Ph.D. at De Montfort University in Leicester, England and is defending her dissertation on Introducing Patterns into Organizations this month.

Linda Rising, an independent consultant specializing in patterns and retrospectives, has published numerous articles and several books and is currently working on a new book with Mary Lynn Manns, Introducing Patterns (or any innovation) into Organizations. Dr. Rising received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the area of object-based design metrics. Her background includes university teaching as well as work experience in industry in the areas of telecommunications, avionics, and strategic weapons systems.

Judith Spitz, a senior vice president in Verizon’s Information Technology Organization, is responsible for the design, development, delivery, and support for the company’s Network and National Operations Systems. She began her corporate career at NYNEX Science & Technology in 1986 as a member of the technical staff in the Speech Technology Group that focused on automating telecommunications services with advanced speech technologies such as automatic speech recognition and text-to-speech synthesis. Before joining NYNEX, Dr. Spitz was a research associate at C.U.N.Y.’s Center for Research in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and served as an adjunct professor at Hunter College for 6 years. Judy holds a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the C. U. N. Y. Graduate Center.

Susan M. Merritt was the first woman in the United States to be appointed dean of a school of computing. She has been Dean of CSIS at Pace University since its inception in 1983. Dr. Merritt received her Ph.D. and the M.S. in computer science from New York University’s Courant Institute. She makes regular contributions to the computing literature and makes presentations in computer science as well as in social, organizational and educational issues related to information technology.

The panel discussion will be held Friday, May 10, from 1:30 – 4:30 at The Evelyn and Joseph I. Lubin Graduate Center, One Martine Avenue, White Plains.

This event is part of an ongoing effort to encourage women to pursue careers in computing at the highest level. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, contact Chris Longo at (914) 422-4447 or clongo@pace.edu. For more information on
Pioneering Women in Computing see the CSIS Spring 2002 Communiqué at: http://csis.pace.edu/csis/communique.html. For directions to the Graduate Center go to: www.pace.edu.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart international Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of the Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

Pace University to Host Technology Forum for Non-Profit Organizations

Pace University’s The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute For Public Policy and Management and The Center for Community Outreach together with The United Way of Westchester and Putnam will host a technology conference for not-for-profit organizations, Use Technology… Instead of it Using You on Wednesday, March 20 from 8:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m. The conference will be held in Room 200 at Pace University’s Evelyn and Joseph I. Lubin Graduate Center at 1 Martine Avenue in White Plains.

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Pace University’s The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute For Public Policy and Management and The Center for Community Outreach together with The United Way of Westchester and Putnam will host a technology conference for not-for-profit organizations, Use Technology… Instead of it Using You on Wednesday, March 20 from 8:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m. The conference will be held in Room 200 at Pace University’s Evelyn and Joseph I. Lubin Graduate Center at 1 Martine Avenue in White Plains.

The conference was created in response to the growth of information technology use in the not-for-profit sector of Westchester County and the surrounding region. The conference is designed for the not-for-profit employees from the executive director of an organization to staff workers, who are handling technology issues with little formal training.

The conference features keynote speaker Matt Florence, Director of Techsoup.org, a
comprehensive not-for-profit information web site created by CompuMentor (a pioneer in not-for-profit technical advice). Workshops include: Tools for the Accidental Techie, Why are so many Grants Focused on Technology? and Using Technology for Every Day Activities, and Training.

The $25 admission fee includes breakfast and lunch. Seating is limited. For reservations or more information, contact Mary Ann Luna (mluna@uwwp.org) at 914.997.6700, ext. 740 or Heather Novak (hnovak@pace.edu) at 914.773-3464.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

CSIS Receives $850,000 from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) was awarded $850,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for two separate grant programs that will support the efforts to rebuild downtown New York. The Sloan Coop Scholarship Program grant of $350,000 will subsidize paid student internships at downtown New York area businesses and not-for-profits, while $500,000 will support the University’s initiative to create over 50 new online courses for New York City students whose education may have been interrupted or adversely impacted by the events of September 11.

Pace University Receives $850,000 from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
To Aid in 9/11 Recovery Effort to Rebuild Downtown New York

NEW YORK — Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) was awarded $850,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for two separate grant programs that will support the efforts to rebuild downtown New York. The Sloan Coop Scholarship Program grant of $350,000 will subsidize paid student internships at downtown New York area businesses and not-for-profits, while $500,000 will support the University’s initiative to create over 50 new online courses for New York City students whose education may have been interrupted or adversely impacted by the events of September 11.

Through the Sloan Coop Scholarship program Pace students will work for businesses and non-profit organizations located in lower Manhattan that were adversely impacted by the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. These internships will be at no cost to the employer. Internship placements include, a Web coordinator for DowntownNYC!, a broad-based coalition of arts organizations, civic groups, restaurants, and businesses working to help revitalize the downtown area; an accounting intern for a neighborhood hardware store that provides equipment to Ground Zero workers; a marketing intern to help a displaced area restaurant to implement a new marketing plan; and a publishing intern to work with a consulting firm to help develop materials for recouping business lost since September 11.

“The organizations and individuals we contacted or who have contacted us about internships have lost not only income but employees, friends and families. Most companies knew they needed help but did not have the funds to pay additional staff,” said Joan Mark, executive director of cooperative education and career services. “This funding will provide an invaluable educational experience for these students at no cost to the employers.”

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant for Online Course Development will be used to create 50 new undergraduate and graduate courses for fall 2002.The represented disciplines include computer science, information systems, technology systems, accounting, marketing, management, criminal justice, science and history.

“The focus of the grant is to enable Pace University to offer a wide array of online courses to NYC based students who may have been displaced by the attacks of September 11,” said Susan M. Merritt, dean CSIS. “Students will be able to access courses anytime, anywhere using the University’s online distance education infrastructure.”

In a collaborative effort faculty members from CSIS are working with the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, and the Lubin School of Business to create the new online course offerings. Additional staff members specializing in Web development will also be hired.

For complete information about the new online course offerings, individuals should look at http://online.pace.edu

For more information on Sloan Coop Scholarship Program please see the website: www.pace.edu/coopcs.

The Sloan Foundation also funded the development of CSIS’S NACTEL program, which has made it possible for hundreds of employees of four major phone companies and two unions to earn associate degrees in telecommunications online. Established by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., a former president and CEO of the General Motors Corporation, the foundation primarily funds initiatives related to science and technology and standard of living and economic performance.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

The National Science Foundation Awards Pace University $150,000 To Support Internet 2 Technologies

The National Science Foundation awarded Pace University $150,000 to support enhanced Internet technologies, “High Performance Network Connections for Science and Engineering Research: Internet 2 at Pace University.” Internet 2 is a new national high performance network initially intended for research, but with transformative potential for developing new ways of delivering and structuring teaching and learning through technology.

NEW YORK – The National Science Foundation awarded Pace University $150,000 to support enhanced Internet technologies, “High Performance Network Connections for Science and Engineering Research: Internet 2 at Pace University.” Internet 2 is a new national high performance network initially intended for research, but with transformative potential for developing new ways of delivering and structuring teaching and learning through technology.

Pace University’s initial Internet 2 project will be a course on the Middle Ages taught via the Internet in collaboration with Western Michigan University. Research is also underway for two projects at the School of Computer Science & Information Systems (CSIS), Collaborative Immersive Visualization and Common Wall: A Shared Collaborative Space. Future research projects under the grant also include: pervasive computing, virtual video conferencing, and enhanced student services for asynchronous distance learning.

“As a University with a School of Computer Science & Information Systems, Pace is uniquely positioned to contribute to further develop Internet 2 technologies and to facilitate transfer of these technologies to government industry and community,” said Dean Susan M. Merritt, dean of CSIS, “while at the same time enhancing the quality and availability of higher education for all of our students.”

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

The School of Computer Science and Information Systems To Honor Leslie Tortora, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Leslie C. Tortora, managing director and chief information officer at Goldman Sachs & Co., will receive the sixth annual Award for Leadership and Service in Technology from Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) at a reception beginning at 6 p.m., Monday, June 11. The reception is hosted by the Prudential Insurance Company of America at Prudential Securities, Inc., 1 New York Plaza.

Contact: Mary E. Horgan
(914) 923-2798
mhorgan@pace.edu

NEW YORK – Leslie C. Tortora, managing director and chief information officer at Goldman Sachs & Co., will receive the sixth annual Award for Leadership and Service in Technology from Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) at a reception beginning at 6 p.m., Monday, June 11. The reception is hosted by the Prudential Insurance Company of America at Prudential Securities, Inc., 1 New York Plaza.

The CSIS Award for Leadership and Service in Technology is presented annually to an individual that best exemplifies leadership in the field of technology and shows innovation in the development and application of technology.

“Leslie Tortora is a legendary leader in information technology,” said Susan M. Merritt, dean of the School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “She does an extraordinary job, exceptionally well.”

Ms. Tortora is Goldman Sachs’ Chief Information Officer and the head of the
firm’s Information Technology Division. The Information Technology Division is responsible for providing the firm’s technology applications and infrastructure for all of its activities. As Chief Information Officer, she is responsible for the Goldman Sachs’ overall technology strategy and for its technology operation.

Ms. Tortora is a member of Goldman Sachs’ Management Committee, Budget Committee, Strategy Committee and the Technology Committee. She joined the firm in 1984 in the technology area and became responsible for its global technology in 1994. She became a partner in 1992 and a managing director in 1996.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, she was Director of Technical Services for General Electric. She received her degree from Trinity College in Connecticut in 1978.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College and is also a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Stock Exchange.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Collaborative Nursing Informatics: Nursing and Computer-Information Systems Meet at Pace University, Spring 2001

Pace University is introducing a Nursing Informatics Masters Program that combines the primary health care expertise of the Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) with the technological expertise of the School of Computer Sciences and Information Systems (CSIS). According to LSN Dean Harriet R. Feldman, “This innovative program is unique in combining the expertise of two disciplines to better address the health management needs of individuals and groups through the effective use of data.”

Contact: Public Affairs
(914) 923-2798
News@Pace.Edu
NEW YORK — Pace University is introducing a Nursing Informatics Masters Program that combines the primary health care expertise of the Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) with the technological expertise of the School of Computer Sciences and Information Systems (CSIS). According to LSN Dean Harriet R. Feldman, “This innovative program is unique in combining the expertise of two disciplines to better address the health management needs of individuals and groups through the effective use of data.”

The collaborative Nursing Informatics program is designed to provide RNs, who have their bachelors’ degrees, with a curriculum that facilitates the learning and application of Nursing Informatics concepts. Nursing Informatics integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science for the purposes of identifying, collecting, processing, and managing data and information to support nursing practice, administration, education and research.

“The Nursing Informatics program grew out of a needs assessment survey, in which prospective graduate students expressed a strong desire for furthering their education in the field of informatics but focused on nursing,” said Karen Anderson Keith, chairperson of the department of graduate studies at the LSN.

The 36-credit masters program will combine graduate nursing core courses in primary health care at Lienhard with information systems core courses at CSIS, as well as two new Nursing Informatics courses. Nurses participating in the program will gain field experience while training in a variety of community-based systems, including acute care, home-care and public health agencies. A 24 credit Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Nursing Informatics is also available.

For more information please email nursing@pace.edu or call (914) 773-3552.

The Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University offers a number of degree programs including the baccalaureate completion program for RNs; an accelerated RN/BS/MS program for RN’s; combined degree BSN/MS program for non-nursing college graduates; the 4-year BS program; master’s programs in case management, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric nurse practitioner; nursing informatics; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study option in each specialty. The LSN also has three centers: The Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice and International Affairs, the Center for Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care, and the Learning Resource Center.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Pace University to Offer E-Business Seminars for Local Businesses

In an effort to raise awareness about emerging technologies for business applications and post-Internet competition, Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and School of Computer Science and Information Systems are launching a new series of Breakfast Seminars on e-business in Westchester County. Two seminars will be offered on November 16 and 30 at Pace’s Graduate Center, 1 Martine Avenue, in White Plains. The cost of the lecture and breakfast is $20 per event, $35 for both. For more information or to register, call (914) 422-4191.

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(212) 346-1637
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — In an effort to raise awareness about emerging technologies for business applications and post-Internet competition, Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and School of Computer Science and Information Systems are launching a new series of Breakfast Seminars on e-business in Westchester County. Two seminars will be offered on November 16 and 30 at Pace’s Graduate Center, 1 Martine Avenue, in White Plains. The cost of the lecture and breakfast is $20 per event, $35 for both. For more information or to register, call (914) 422-4191.

The first seminar, “Emerging Information Technologies,” Thursday, Nov. 16, from 7:45-9:30 a.m., will feature Charles Tappert, a published expert in computer science. Tappert recently joined Pace’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems as a professor after 26 years with IBM. His lecture will focus on small computing devices, communicating with computers, virtual reality and the implications of e-commerce.

Warren J. Keegan, an expert on marketing, global business strategy and strategic management, will offer the second seminar, “Winners and Losers after the Internet Revolution,” Thursday, Nov. 30, from 7:45-9:30 a.m. Keegan, the author of Global Marketing Management, and professor of international business and marketing at Pace’s Lubin School of Business, will examine the impact of the Internet on competitors and competition in round one of the Internet revolution.

The e-business seminars are being offered to meet the needs of local businesses and communities and will address timely and relevant business and technology issues.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. More than 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Pace University Receives $25,000 Grant from Texaco Inc. for Computer Technology Training for Local Nonprofit Organizations

Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems has received a $25,000 grant from Texaco Inc to fund the University’s new program, Westchester County Nonprofit Assessment and Training Initiative. This initiative will help local nonprofit organizations improve their use of computer technology so that they may better serve their communities.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems has received a $25,000 grant from Texaco Inc to fund the University’s new program, Westchester County Nonprofit Assessment and Training Initiative. This initiative will help local nonprofit organizations improve their use of computer technology so that they may better serve their communities.

“This program builds on Pace’s strong commitment to community service and record of computer training to businesses, government, educational and community groups,” said Pace University President David A. Caputo. “We are grateful to Texaco, which recognizes the value of developing the energy, talent and leadership potential of the nonprofit community.”

In presenting the grant, Robert C. Oelkers, Texaco Inc. Vice President and President of Texaco International Trader Inc. said, “Texaco believes that programs, such as Pace’s Westchester County Nonprofit Assessment and Training Initiative, are essential to nonprofits with respect to the efficiency of providing service to the community and in terms of a communication vehicle in the age of the internet.”

The project will be administered by faculty and staff at Pace’s Technology Center for Education and Community Empowerment and the Pace Computer Learning Center, both of which are operated by the School of Computer Science and Information Systems. They will conduct an in-depth, countywide needs assessment survey, analyze the data, develop training programs and train a targeted group of staff from nonprofit organizations.

A two-phased approach for providing technical support to the county’s nonprofit agencies has been developed. The goals of the first phase of funding are to assess the computer training needs of Westchester County nonprofit agencies and to develop a model of appropriate training and consulting solutions to meet these needs. The second phase will include providing low-cost or subsidized training to nonprofit agencies in the region.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. More than 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems to Honor William D. Friel with Technology Award, June 7

William D. Friel, senior vice president and chief information officer at The Prudential Insurance Company of America, has been selected to receive the fifth annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award from Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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NEW YORK – William D. Friel, senior vice president and chief information officer at The Prudential Insurance Company of America, has been selected to receive the fifth annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award from Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

The award will be presented to Friel at a reception in his honor on Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at the headquarters of Bloomberg at 499 Park Avenue in Manhattan. Prominent leaders in the fields of computer science, information systems and telecommunications, as well as members of the Pace University community, alumni and friends will attend the reception.

“Bill Friel is a master architect who demonstrates the strength of networking by bringing together the information technology research, telecommunications and data processing sides of the business at one of the largest financial services institutions in the world,” said Dr. Susan Merritt, dean of the School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “His commitment to education and service as evidenced through his involvement with New Jersey Tech Corps made him a natural for this prestigious award.

“We at Pace are pleased to be working with Prudential and continuing our association with the financial services industry, which included last year’s event at the New York Stock Exchange. This year’s event at Bloomberg enables us to extend our reach into the media and broadcasting industry,” Dean Merritt said.

The Leadership and Service in Technology Award is presented annually to an individual or company that best exemplifies leadership in the field of technology, innovation in the development and application of technology to serve people, and commitment to community service and education.

“Bill Friel’s knowledge, innovation, dedication and leadership abilities are an invaluable asset to Prudential. I am very happy to see that these qualities are also recognized by Bill’s colleagues in the technology industry. Prudential is extremely proud of Bill,” said Bob Golden, executive vice president and head of Operations & Systems at Prudential.

As CIO of Prudential, Friel is responsible for leading company-wide information systems and technology functions. Previously, he was chief executive officer of Prudential Service Company, with overall responsibility for data processing, telecommunications, information technology research, and corporate facilities and services. He joined Prudential in 1988 as a vice president in the Information Systems Department. In 1990 he was named executive vice president of the newly formed Prudential Service Company and was promoted to chief executive officer in 1993. He was named the company’s first CIO in 1995.

Prior to joining Prudential, Friel was employed by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. as vice president of Corporate Technology. He also held key information systems positions with the J.C. Penny Corporation, including vice president and director of Systems and Data Processing. Prior to that, he worked in the systems area of the National Security Agency.

Friel is a member of the advisory boards of Microsoft, IBM and Intel, and is the chairman of the New Jersey Tech Corps. In 1999 he was described as one of the most successful CIOs in the insurance industry by Insurance & Technology magazine and was named to their “Elite Eight.” More recently he was honored by NetworkWorld magazine as one of the “25 Most Powerful People in Networking.”

Friel has an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School. Friel and his wife, Pat, live in New York City. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Past recipients of the Leadership and Service in Technology Award, given by Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems, are Peter A. Miller, chief information officer at J.P. Morgan & Co.; Denis J. O’Leary, executive vice president of National Consumer Services at Chase Manhattan Bank; Frances Allen, IBM Fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center at IBM; and Casimir Skrzypczak, president of NYNEX Science & Technology.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.