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.

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

The Pleasantville Daily Voice: Pace Exhibit Highlights Artistic Talents Of Faculty And Staff

The Pleasantville Daily Voice published a story about the Choate Gallery art show this month featuring work by Pace faculty and staff members. (Left: A portrait by ITS staff member Fran Megerdichian.)

Fran Megerdichian may spend her days working on information technology projects at Pace University, but when the computers get powered off, the pencils come out and she becomes a pet portraitist.

Megerdichian is just one of the staff and faculty members whose talent is being showcased this month at the Choate Art Gallery on Pace’s Pleasantville campus.

The show, which is free and open to the public, includes paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics.

It runs through Oct. 5, with a reception on Sept. 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gallery hours are: Monday through Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m.; Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

The gallery is at Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, Entrance 3 in Choate House.

Specializing in canine and equine portraits, Megerdichian uses graphite, charcoal, and colored pencil to make the animals come to life.

“I love seeing an image come out through the paper,” she says. “That’s my inspiration.”

What started as a request from someone to draw a dog to surprise her husband for his birthday has now turned into a part-time business.

“People say it’s never too late,” Megerdichian says. “When I picked the pencils up again, I was 43 or 44. They were from third grade. But I picked them up.”

Pace Exhibit Highlights Artistic Talents Of Faculty And Staff | The Pleasantville Daily Voice.

The Pleasantville Daily Voice: Pace University Celebrates 50 Years in Westchester

The Pleasantville Daily Voice reported on the launch of the 50th anniversary celebration with cupcakes available campus-wide on the first day of classes Septemeber 4 in Pleasantville.

The Pleasantville Daily Voice reported on the launch of the 50th anniversary celebration with cupcakes available campus-wide on the first day of classes Septemeber 4 in Pleasantville.

“Pace University kicked off a year-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of its Pleasantville campus this past Wednesday, the first day of classes for the 2013 fall semester.

Upcoming festivities will include both student-centered and public events. On Sept. 16, a Beatles tribute band will play at the Kessel Student Center at noon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first day of classes at Pace in Pleasantville.

The first event in a special lecture series will be a panel discussion on telemedicine and the latest trends in healthcare to be held on Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. An anniversary dinner is planned for Oct. 26 as part of Pace’s homecoming weekend.

For more information Pace University’s 50 anniversary of its Pleasantville campus visit its website.”

Read the original article here.

NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University to Host Left Forum 2013 with Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone

For the fifth year The Left Forum–one of the largest gatherings of progressive intellectuals, activists, academicians, and organizations from around the world– will be held on Pace University’s NYC Campus from Fri., June 7 through Sun., June 9.

Pace University to Host Left Forum 2013 with Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone

Over 1,000 speakers and panels will complement this year’s theme: Mobilizing for Ecological/Economic Transformation

NEW YORK, June 7, 2013– For the fifth year The Left Forum–one of the largest gatherings of progressive intellectuals, activists, academicians, and organizations from around the world– will be held on Pace University’s NYC Campus from Fri., June 7 through Sun., June 9.

The Forum, which will focus on Mobilizing for Ecological/Economic Transformation, features Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, and hundreds of speakers and panels. All events take place at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, One Pace Plaza (entrance on Spruce St., just east of City Hall, between Park Row and Gold St.). Media admission by press pass. The speakers, panels and schedule are listed on www.leftforum.org.

U.S. political theorist, activist, professor, and author Noam Chomsky, who will provide a global political analysis. Oscar Award-winning director Oliver Stone will be joined by co-writer Peter Kuznick, Bill Fletcher, Jr., and Donna Murch, to discuss his 10-part Showtime series, Untold History of the United States, and the political challenges it raises today.

Eleven Pace faculty members will participate in eight panels on topics including climate justice, overpopulation, sustainability and a special Authors Roundtable on Occupying Political Science: The Occupy Wall Street Movement from New York to the World, featuring Pace Political Science professors and authors Christopher Malone, Meghana Nayak, Emily Welty, and Matthew Bolton. For more on the panels, click here.

Schimmel auditorium events include: Richard WolffLaura FlandersFrances Fox PivenJohn NicholsJeff MadrickRas Baraka.

Interviews with featured speakers will be available on site at media row in the Schimmel auditorium lobby and recording of key sessions and plenary events can be arranged in advance. See full schedule online for speakers and panel names. For interviews, press passes, or other media queries, please email media@leftforum.org.

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, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Pace contact: Bill Caldwell, wcaldwell@pace.edu

NEWS RELEASE: Pace Media and Communication Arts Students Travel to Mexico to Film Endangered Turtles

¡Viva la Tortuga! Meshing Conservation and Culture in Magdalena Bay, the latest addition to a series of prize-winning short documentaries on sustainable use of the world’s living resources shot by Pace University students and faculty, will premiere at a screening on May 7.

Documentary Film Premiere at Pace University May 7

Pace Media and Communication Arts Students Travel to Mexico to Film Endangered Turtles

PLEASANTVILLE, NY – ¡Viva la Tortuga! Meshing Conservation and Culture in Magdalena Bay, the latest addition to a series of prize-winning short documentaries on sustainable use of the world’s living resources shot by Pace University students and faculty, will premiere at a screening on May 7 at 4 p.m. at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance 1, Willcox Auditorium.

The student filmmakers and their professors will hold a panel discussion on the making of the film. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Contact Bea Simon at bsimon@pace.edu.  Media admission is by press pass.

This year’s filmmaking team ventured to Magdalena Bay, an 870-square-mile haven for whales, dolphins, sea birds and five species of sea turtles tucked along the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja peninsula north of the tourist hub of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The documentary chronicles how communities that once depended on sea turtle poaching and other extractive activities depleting the region’s rich natural resources are now testing with a new economic model, one built around conservation and sustainable tourism.  The short film provides an intimate portrait of those working to balance economic advancement with environmental protection and striving to create a better life for both the community and the endangered sea turtles.

The documentary was shot, written and edited by a team of 12 students led by Professor Maria Luskay, PhD, program director of the Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts at Pace University and Senior Fellow Andrew Revkin of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, who also writes the award-winning Dot Earth blog for The New York Times.

In the documentary course, created 10 years ago by Luskay, a mix of graduate and undergraduate students produce a short film each spring, spending January and February reporting and planning the shoot – which consumes much of their March spring “break” — and then editing and producing the final product. In past years Luskay has taken students to the Netherlands, Portugal, the Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Tuscany, and elsewhere to produce films. Previous films can be seen on The New York Times Web site.

For interviews with the student filmmakers, Luskay or Revkin, contact Cara Cea in the Pace office of public information, ccea@pace.edu, (914) 906-9680. The making of the film is detailed on the students’ blog. Follow the students on Twitter @PaceBaja and on Facebook. Click here for the link to information on last year’s documentary and a list of previous films and the awards they have won.

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

Newsday: “Westchester’s Pace to host college fair for Hispanics”

A National Hispanic College Fair for Westchester and Rockland County junior and senior high school students will be held at Pace University in Pleasantville from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 17.

A National Hispanic College Fair for Westchester and Rockland County junior and senior high school students will be held at Pace University in Pleasantville from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 17.

National Hispanic College Fairs provide Hispanic and Latino high school juniors and seniors access to college representatives as well as scholarship and grant information.

Peter Thompson, spokesman for National Hispanic College Fairs, said representatives from 70 colleges and universities as well as 1,500 to 2,000 students are expected to attend the fair at Pace.

For more information on the Hispanic College Fair go to www.collegefair.info

The fair will take place at Pace University’s Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center, 861 Bedford Rd.

http://newyork.newsday.com/westchester/westchester-s-pace-to-host-college-fair-for-hispanics-1.5008926

Downtown Express: “Ball fields ready for Downtown Little League to open”

. . . More than 900 kids have registered to play in the Downtown Little League this year. They range in age from the 5-year-olds, who play T-ball, to 17-year-olds in the Senior League. The opening day festivities will begin with a parade starting at City Hall Park. Players in uniform and their families will assemble at 8 a.m. and depart at 8:30 a.m., led by Marijo Russell-O’Grady, dean of students at Pace University.

Ball fields ready for Downtown Little League to open:

There should be a rousing celebration on Sun., April 7 when the Downtown Little League takes to the Battery Park City ball fields for the opening of the 2013 season. Were it not for the intercession of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and advice from synthetic turf experts for the New York Mets, the ball fields, wrecked by Superstorm Sandy, would not have been ready in time.

The 85,000-square-foot fields, covered with $3 million worth of artificial turf, had to be completely remade.

“There’s nothing better than having a deadline that’s real,” said B.P.C.A. chairperson Dennis Mehiel at the Authority’s board of directors meeting on March 26, when he announced that the B.P.C.A. had issued a permit for opening day.

More than 900 kids have registered to play in the Downtown Little League this year. They range in age from the 5-year-olds, who play T-ball, to 17-year-olds in the Senior League.

The opening day festivities will begin with a parade starting at City Hall Park. Players in uniform and their families will assemble at 8 a.m. and depart at 8:30 a.m., led by Marijo Russell-O’Grady, dean of students at Pace University. Escorted by the N.Y.P.D., the group will march across Park Place to Greenwich St. and then to Murray St.

Read more on Downtown Express – Online.

NEWS RELEASE: Mid-Life Game Changers — A Pace Panel on Encore Careers

The Encore Careers Town Hall will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, One Pace Plaza.

Mid-Life Game Changers — A Pace Panel on Encore Careers

A Pace University Town Hall on Making a Difference in the Second Half of Life

 

Pace University and Encore.org, a nonprofit promoting mid-life job shifts that serve the greater good,  are joining forces on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for an evening of interviews, panel discussions, and networking sessions to encourage professionals ready to change careers to find new occupations that could help change the world instead.

The Encore Careers Town Hall will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, One Pace Plaza, entrance at 3 Spruce St.

Farai Chideya, an award-winning journalist and professor, will moderate a panel discussion with Marci Alboher, vice president of Encore.org and author of  the recently published “Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life.” The book will be available at the Pace bookstore and Alboher will sign copies.

Pace President Stephen J. Friedman, an advocate and role model for encore careers, will open the evening’s program with insights and lessons learned from his own mid-life professional transition from senior partner and Co-Chair of the Corporate Department of Debevoise & Plimpton to Dean of Pace Law School, a position he held for three years before being named president of Pace University.

“This trend has the potential to be a new social norm much the way that the dream of the golden years, of a leisure-based retirement, was an aspiration for the generation before,” Alboher, a former New York Times career columnist, recently told the Associated Press. She will be interviewed on the Schimmel stage by Chideya, prior to the panel discussion.

Friedman sees such potential in the trend Alboher will outline during the town hall that a Pace Encore Career Transition Program is being planned for the near future. Still in development, the program is planned to include guiding participants through career transitions, helping develop ways to transfer professional skills to nonprofit organizations, and providing opportunities to explore these new careers through Pace’s relations with nonprofit and community organizations.

“Since 1906, Pace has been a leader in educating young people for the professions,” Friedman said. “The Pace Encore Career Transition Program represents a natural extension of our mission, offering the Pace advantage to an older generation in a new century.”

The panel discussion following Alboher’s interview will include Peter Johnson, Pace Lubin School graduate student and Fordham professor, Kate Felsen, Encore Fellow and vice president of communications at Turnaround for Children, Suwon Smith, college preparatory adviser with ReServe, and Mark Goldsmith, a social entrepreneur.

After questions from the audience, a networking session in the student union will include representatives from more than 10 organizations, including FEGS Health and Human Services, Five O’Clock Club, Human Resources Associations of New York, Idealist, Pace Career Services, Encore Fellows, The Transition Network, ReServe, and more.

In addition to his tenure at Debevoise & Plimpton LLC, Friedman has served as Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Capital Markets Policy at the United States Treasury Department, and as executive vice president and general counsel of the Equitable Companies Incorporated and the E.F. Hutton Group Inc. He was a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and Chairman emeritus of the American Ballet Theatre. Friedman also serves as a trustee of New York Downtown Hospital and the Practising Law Institute, and as a member-at-large of the executive board of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

About Marci Alboher and Encore.org: In addition to her other work, Alboher is also the author of “One Person/Multiple Careers,” and created the Shifting Careers column and blog for The New York Times. Her work and commentary have been featured in countless national media outlets, including USA Today and NBC’s The Today show. Encore.org has been dubbed “the nonprofit making it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good.”

About Farai Chideya: Chideya has worked in print, radio, television, and online journalism at such media outlets as Newsweek, CNN, ABC News, MTV News, Oxygen Media, and NPR. She is a novelist and a graduate of Harvard College, where she earned her BA in English. Currently, she is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

About Pace University: For more than 100 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, 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

Media contacts: Michael A. Oricchio, (212) 346-1117, moricchio@pace.edu in New York, or Cara Cea, (914) 906-9680, ccea@pace.edu in Westchester County.

Hello Central New York: FIRST Tech Challenge

A segment on Hello Central New York, a local news program that covers the Utica area, covered a FIRST Lego scrimmage and mentioned the upcoming Pace tournament several times.

The Hudson Valley FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Tournament is once again happening at Pace in Pleasantville on Sunday, January 27.

A segment on Hello Central New York, a local news program that covers the Utica area, covered a FIRST Lego scrimmage and mentioned the Pace tournament several times. 

View the segment here.