NEWS RELEASE: Pace Joins with Other Science Coalition Universities, Columbia and NYU, to Honor Lowey

Pace joined with fellow Science Coalition universities Columbia and NYU to honor Congresswoman Nita Lowey for her role in supporting issues related to global health and biomedical research, consistently advocating for robust federal support for targeted research initiatives. (Left: Dr. Jonathan H. Hill, Associate Dean, Pace University, Sean Solomon, Director of Lamont-Doherty, Congresswoma Nit Lowey and Dr. Kurt Becker, Associate Provost for Research, New York University.)

The Science Coalition presented Congresswoman Nita Lowey with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of her strong commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of New York at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and technological innovation. The award was presented jointly by officials from three Science Coalition universities, Columbia, NYU, and Pace, at an event at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York.

“I would like to thank Congresswoman Lowey for her leadership and ongoing support in Congress, in particular in the area of higher education research funding, she is a true Champion of Science,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “Without her voice it would be a challenge for Pace students, who represent the great middle class of American education and the aspiring heart of America, to assume leadership roles that are essential to creating jobs, stimulating the economy and keeping America competitive.”

Read the full press release here.

NEWS RELEASE: Former Clinton Adviser Tells Colleges to Get Radical and Work Outside the System

In a speech marked by pointed criticism of American environmentalism, James Gustave “Gus” Speth told regional colleges this weekend “It’s time for a new environmentalism” and for “going back to the ideas of the 1960s and early 1970s, rediscovering their more radical roots, and stepping outside the system in order to change it before it is too late.” (Left: Michelle Land and Gus Speth)

Former Clinton Adviser Tells Colleges to Get Radical and Work Outside the System–

Warns Higher Education Consortium of “The Specter of Failure.” Calls for Redesign of Environmental Education

PLEASANTVILLE – In a speech marked by pointed criticism of American environmentalism, James Gustave “Gus” Speth told regional colleges this weekend “It’s time for a new environmentalism” and for “going back to the ideas of the 1960s and early 1970s, rediscovering their more radical roots, and stepping outside the system in order to change it before it is too late.”

Speaking at Pace University, the former adviser to Presidents Clinton and Carter and former Yale University Dean pulled no punches with the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities.

“The environment continues to go downhill, fast,” he told the group. “Bottom line:  a specter is haunting U.S. environmentalists — the specter of failure.”

Now a professor at Vermont Law School, Speth made headlines in 2011 when he was arrested and jailed for three days following an environmental protest at the White House.

Echoing Speth’s theme, Michelle Land, Director of the Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Director of the Consortium, told the 124 representatives from colleges and universities, “It is our duty in the decade ahead to use our unique resources to transform our region into a world capital of environmental research, education and knowledge. . . Never have our collective talents and resources been more needed. And never has our duty to the future of the human and natural world been more clear.”

Land stunned the audience with an assessment of the size and impact of the region’s colleges and universities which she said number 130, and teach 870,000 students, employ 93,000 staff and faculty, occupy more than 40,000 acres of land and consume more than 20 billion gallons of water annually.

“Collectively, we are the largest community in the Hudson-Mohawk watershed, and the second largest community in the state of New York,” she said.

Speth was presented with the Environmental Consortium’s Great Work Award, in honor of Father Thomas Berry, former Riverdale resident and environmental author, and delivered his keynote address on Saturday.

Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at Pace, John Cronin, said, “Professor Speth is calling on us to radicalize or face environmental failure. He sees higher education as an institution that has the talent, knowledge and influence to lead society to success.”

Speth’s message to teachers and students was clear on that point: “We environmentalists can legitimately claim many victories but we are losing the struggle–losing the overall effort to pass our beleaguered planet on to our children and grandchildren. . . My hope is that you can help redesign the university’s approach to environmental studies, and environmental education generally, in a way that embraces the true keys to environmental success.”

About the Conference

Other conference highlights included the opening keynote by David Hales, President, Second Nature, on Friday. Hales spoke about living sustainably in the future climate. He believes that while evidence of climate change mounts, colleges and their communities are not prepared and have not assessed the impacts of climate on their missions, curriculum, infrastructure, operations, students, workforce, investments, and endowments.

“Institutions of higher education have a responsibility to create research-based knowledge aimed at assessing and responding to climate impacts and to prepare themselves and help others prepare,” said Hales.

Plenaries included “Preparing our Campuses for an Uncertain Future” (Fri.) moderated by Andrew Revkin, New York Times Dot Earth blogger and Senior Fellow of Environmental Understanding at Pace; and “The Middlebury Campus as a Learning Laboratory via the Classroom and the Boardroom” (Sat.) moderated by Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration at Middlebury College.

Revkin pointed out at the end of his panel that it is important to know your audience when framing discussions of climate resilience, because – in the business world particularly — “Not everyone believes climate change is a clear and present danger” but almost everyone agrees that it’s a bad idea to build in harm’s way.

Breakout sessions included discussions of various topics on sustainability in higher education. On Friday afternoon, Professor Ghassan Karam, a Pace University environmental economist, led a spirited discussion of limits to growth in which Liu Mingming, a visiting associate professor of environmental law from Shandong University of Science and Technology, took the stance that developing countries cannot be denied the right to advance their economies. There was wide agreement that the status quo is not sustainable and that universities play a vital role in testing new ideas.

There was also an exhibitor expo and musical performance by Revkin’s Breakneck Ridge Revue.

Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities:

The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities was established in 2004 to advance our understanding of the cultural, social, political, economic and natural factors affecting the region, and currently has 60 member institutions. By promoting collaboration among its members, the Consortium works to provide ecosystem-based curricular and co-curricular programming aimed at improving the health of the regional ecosystem. The mission of the Environmental Consortium is to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning with a special emphasis on the greater Hudson-Mohawk River watershed.

Spearheaded and hosted by Pace University, the Consortium’s headquarters is situated within the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies in Pleasantville, New York.  Among Pace Academy’s stated goals is to externally apply the university’s strengths to local and global environmental problems. As a testament to its commitment to interdisciplinary pedagogy, scholarship and service, the Academy provides essential administrative support that grounds the Consortium’s programs.

Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies: Pace Academy is the first of several centers envisioned by Pace University’s President, Stephen J. Friedman, to promote high-level collaborative and interdisciplinary programming in key thematic, academic areas throughout the University. The Academy is a freestanding institute that renews and deepens the University’s long-standing commitment to environmental research, scholarship, and service.

Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies builds on its predecessor, the Pace Academy for the Environment, created in 2002 and known for regional leadership spearheading the formation of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities and serving as the incubation office for the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, which concentrates on applied technological innovation.

The current breadth and depth of Pace University’s environmental programming is evidenced by globally recognized undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs augmented by related curricular, co-curricular, experiential, and service programs centered on the environment.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Sister St. John Delany presented with proclamation by Mayor Tom Roach declaring “Sister St. John Delany Day” in White Plains

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach declared October 24, 2013 to be “Sister St. John Delany Day” at a ceremony at the Center for Literacy Enrichment located on the Pace Law School campus yesterday.

Lifelong educator Sister St. John Delany presented with proclamation by White Plains Mayor Tom Roach declaring October 24, 2013 “Sister St. John Delany Day” in the City of White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, October 25 – White Plains Mayor Tom Roach declared October 24, 2013 to be “Sister St. John Delany Day” at a ceremony at the Center for Literacy Enrichment located on the Pace Law School campus yesterday.  Mayor Roach presented Sister St. John Delany, PhD, Founder and Director of the Center for Literacy Enrichment with an official proclamation to mark this special occasion. The room was filled with Sister’s friends and supporters from the Westchester community, including Interim Superintendent of White Plains schools Timothy Connors and fellow educators and administration officials from Pace University.

In a heart-felt speech Mayor Roach spoke about Sister’s dedication to teaching and her contributions to literacy in Westchester and the countless students she has taught through the years. “Sister Delaney is a remarkable person who has been teaching and caring for others for most of her life.  You can see the affection that the young people who work with her have for her and it is heart-warming and inspiring to watch. That’s the kind of thing you can’t quantify.”

“Sister St. John absolutely exemplifies the values of the Pace University School of Education,” says Dean Andrea (Penny) Spencer, Dean of the School of Education. “As a teacher, she is a tireless advocate who ensures that all students have the skills and opportunities to grow into excited and life-long learners. She further serves as a beloved instructor and mentor to pre-service educators, inspiring them to create caring classroom communities where learning is a joy not a task.”

Sister St. John taught first grade in White Plains from 1941 to 1972 before founding the Center for Literacy Enrichment and becoming an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Pace University. Sister’s former students include U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006) Billy Collins, football great Bob Hyland and Pat Casey, editor of the White Plains Examiner. Sister will also be honored on December 6 at a lunch at the Marriot in Tarrytown as a Senior Hall of Fame Honoree for her significant contributions to enhance educational opportunities and achievement for Westchester County children.

Years before commercial tutoring centers became the norm, Pace University’s Center for Literacy Enrichment was established offered affordable literacy instruction to students of all ages. This year, the Center is proudly celebrating its 41st anniversary with its founder and Director, Sister St. John Delany who is 90 years young. “We encourage students in their efforts with their studies,” said Sister at the ceremony. “We tell the students, ‘You can do it. You can do better’ … and they do.”

About the Center for Literacy Enrichment

The Center for Literacy Enrichment, part of the School of Education at Pace, is housed on Pace University’s Law School campus in White Plains. The Center is staffed by trained literacy tutors, many of whom are enrolled in the Masters in Literacy Program at Pace. The Center serves a broad range of students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Instruction to improve reading skills is provided in small groups or private sessions to K-12 students – both U.S. and foreign-born. The Center takes a skills-based approach with an emphasis on literature.

About Pace University

Since 1906 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

Contact:

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

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Pleasantville Campus and Breaks Ground on Major Transformation Project

State, county and local leaders today joined with Pace University administrators to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pleasantville campus and break ground on the first phase of a Master Plan to transform and revitalize the 200-acre campus. (Left: Pace administrators and students break ground on the second largest construction project in Westchester apart from the Tappan Zee Bridge.)

Pace University Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Pleasantville Campus and Breaks Ground on Major Transformation Project

Pace President Stephen J. Friedman is joined by State, County and Local Leaders for this milestone event

PLEASANTVILLE, NY (October 23, 2013) – State, county and local leaders today joined with Pace University administrators to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pleasantville campus and break ground on the first phase of a Master Plan to transform and revitalize the 200-acre campus.

“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. This project, together with new academic programs and related enhancements, represents a significant investment in and commitment to the future of the Pleasantville campus,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman.

Today’s formal groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by more than 100 government and business leaders and members of the academic community, represents the culmination of more than four years of extensive planning resulting in a Master Plan designed to enhance the quality of the Pleasantville campus experience. The $100 million project is one of the largest construction projects under way in the Hudson Valley region. The planned improvements are anticipated to be completed over a period of five to eight years.

“Today, we break ground on a project that will make Pace even better, not just in terms of modern ‘green’ buildings, but in terms of what it will offer its future students. Apart from the Tappan Zee Bridge project, this is the largest construction project going on in our county today,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino.

“These are truly exciting times for Pace University and the Town of Mount Pleasant. As Pace University celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Pleasantville campus and begins construction on its extraordinary Master Plan, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to have Pace in our community. For over 50 years the University has been exceptionally committed to giving back to our Town through an array of annual community service initiatives, charitable activities and serving as an open campus to our residents. Pace is a tremendous academic, economic and cultural resource to our Town, and the start of its Master Plan marks the University’s reinvestment in the Mount Pleasant community for the next 50 years and beyond,” said Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Joan Maybury.

The project will enable Pace University to consolidate functions that are now split between campuses in Pleasantville and Briarcliff. Currently 690 students reside on the Pleasantville campus and 590 at Briarcliff. The 35-acre Briarcliff campus, which Pace opened in 1977, is for sale. While no classes are taught in Briarcliff, the plan will allow athletic and certain administration functions that are now there to be brought to Pleasantville.

The first phase of the project (Phase1A) will entail creation of two new residential buildings, an expanded student center, the relocation of the environmental center and athletic facilities necessary to replace those being vacated at the Briarcliff campus. Improvements to the infrastructure, more open green space and improving pedestrian accessibility are also part of the planned enhancements

“This Master Plan is a vision for a modern and sustainable campus designed to improve the student experience,” said William J. McGrath, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Pace. “It will enable Pace to continue to attract and retain high quality students and to fulfill our educational mission. The plan, which is the result of extensive study and analysis, adheres to sustainable development standards in a manner that is sensitive to the existing environmental conditions of the site and the surrounding community.”

The planned improvements will have minimal visible impact on the surrounding area and the 115-acre internal wooded buffer that wraps around the north, east and southeast portions of the campus will remain undisturbed.

The Master Plan represents a significant investment by Pace University in the local and regional economy. As Westchester’s 13th largest employer, Pace contributes approximately $64 million annually to the county’s economy in direct and indirect spending. Of its total workforce, 934 live and work in Westchester; of that total 205 reside in the Town of Mount Pleasant. Additionally, some 18,384 Pace alumni live in the county with 1,900 residing in Mount Pleasant.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace 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 Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., 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

NEWS RELEASE: The Pacific Century – Pace Announces Global Asia Studies Major

This fall the Department of History on Pace University’s New York City campus launched a new major – Global Asia Studies, a program designed for the study of Asian cultures, languages, histories and economies.

The Pacific Century – Pace University Announces Global Asia Studies Major

NEW YORK – The 21st century is described as the Pacific Century – a century dominated, especially economically, by the rise of modern Asia-Pacific countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, India and Taiwan.  In recognition of this eastward turn, this fall the Department of History on Pace University’s New York City campus launched a new major – Global Asia Studies, a program designed for the study of Asian cultures, languages, histories and economies. The new program will focus on the development of bilingual specialists and the development of experts in comparative Asian cultures.

“In today’s global economy, the competitive advantage favors those who have foreign language skills and knowledge of international cultures in addition to their own.  The breadth and depth of the Global Asia Studies program will equip graduates with both,” Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Dean Nira Herrmann said.

Global Asia Studies is multidisciplinary and includes faculty from disciplines such as history, modern languages, literature, economics, and communication studies.  “Our program is unique among Asian studies because it focuses on the interconnectedness of Asian cultures and their links to the rest of the world,” said Ronald K. Frank, program co-director.

The program offers two tracks: The Asian Languages and Cultures track and the Comparative Asian Studies track. The Asian Languages and Cultures track is geared toward students who wish to become bilingual specialists.  The Comparative Asian Studies is tailored to students who wish to pursue professional careers in government, multinational institutions or academic careers. Curricular activities may be enriched with local internships and travel abroad opportunities.

Students majoring in Global Asia Studies will find numerous job opportunities in multinational corporations, international law, government, medicine, science, higher education, and cultural institutions.

“Pace University has always been an innovator, and this exciting new program reflects Dyson College’s commitment to grow and evolve with the world around it,” said Global Asia Studies co-director Joseph T. Lee.

To learn more about the program, call Ronald K. Frank or Joseph T. Lee. Dr. Frank can be reached at (212) 346-1463 or by email at rfrank2@pace.edu. Dr. Lee can be reached at (212) 346-1827 or by email at jlee@pace.edu. Visit the website at http://www.pace.edu/dyson/academic-departments-and-programs/history/ba-in-global-asia-studies.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional sciences (including pre-medicine and pre-law), as well as many courses that fulfil core curriculum requirements. The college offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

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 Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Staff Member Appointed Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives

Sophie R. Kaufman, DPS, has been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives at Pace University’s College of Health Professions.

Pace University Staff Member Appointed Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives

NEW YORK – Sophie R. Kaufman, DPS, has been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives at Pace University’s College of Health Professions.

Kaufman started at Pace in 2002 as Administrative Director and in 2011 was promoted to Executive Director of ALPS – Advancing Leadership, Partnerships and Scholarship, the College of Health Professions’ Center of Excellence.

During her time at Pace, Kaufman has facilitated the acquisition of millions of dollars of external grant funding, overseeing endowed student scholarships and other endowed accounts, assisting faculty to seek internal and external grant funding, coordinating the work of graduate assistants, fostering international partnerships for CHP faculty and students, and more. During the past few years she also pursued the Doctor of Professional Studies Degree at Pace/Lubin and walked at the May commencement to celebrate the culmination of this work.

Kaufman looks to continually expand opportunities for students and faculty to enhance their education and develop their scholarship by growing and diversifying funding for faculty research, student scholarships, and College of Health Professions programs. She supports innovative interprofessional and interdisciplinary initiatives, such as the $60,000 grant from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women that was the first grant to support both nursing and physician assistant students, and the first grant specifically for female veterans and their dependents at Pace, and the $100,000 grant from Pilot Health Tech NYC for Pace’s interdisciplinary project with eCaring LLC involving nursing and computer science students serving clients at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City.

About the College of Health Professions at Pace University: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will positively impact global health care.

About ALPS: The ALPS Center of Excellence is dedicated to supporting the academic mission of the College of Health Professions through external funding, facilitation of faculty scholarship, student opportunities, partnerships, and leadership development.  The center provides opportunities for faculty to develop their scholarship in education, research and practice through a variety of partnerships at the local, national, and international levels, and access to internal and external funding.

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

NEWS RELEASE: Lienhard School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program provides support to 52 schools of nursing for

second career nurses from groups underrepresented in the profession.

 

[New York, NY] – Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).  The Lienhard School of Nursing received $50,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to support students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program who are underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing second careers. Five students entering Lienhard’s accelerated degree program in January 2014 will be awarded NCIN scholarships of $10,000 each.

NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Pace University was among the first institutions to receive funding through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program in 2008; the program has already supported 20 Lienhard students. With the five additional students this year, Pace will have received a total of a quarter of a million dollars through the NCIN program.

Lienhard offered the second Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the country. Since 1984, Pace has offered this accelerated curriculum for college graduates who are not nurses to study and earn a first professional nursing degree. Students who graduate in as little as 12 months are eligible to take the licensure exam and consistently pass at 100%. The school also prides itself on preparing culturally competent leaders.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to help ensure the nursing field has a diverse population of culturally competent practitioners,” said Harriet R. Feldman, Dean of the Lienhard School of Nursing and of Pace’s College of Health Professions. “Our NCIN scholars go on to do great things – from winning Fulbright awards that enable them to work abroad, to doing research locally to improve the care of the elderly and more.”

Ted Bailly, a NCIN scholar, recently won best poster at the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) conference.  His research poster was entitled “Student Perceptions of Older Adults: Outcomes of an Aging Sensitivity Program, A Qualitative Inquiry.”  Bailly is a graduate of the BSN portion of the accelerated program and is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner student.  Bailly speaks about being a NCIN scholar here: http://www.pace.edu/lienhard/cdp-student-testimonials.

“At this time when the nation’s need for highly educated nurses is growing, we are delighted to be able to support nursing students who will bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field, and become capable, culturally-competent nurses,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “NCIN is not only helping these students succeed in school, it is helping prepare the nursing workforce to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

Martha Greenberg, PhD, RN, is the principal investigator on the grant, and she says, “Our grant is particularly innovative and unique because of the leadership and mentoring components.  NCIN scholars will go through pre-immersion programs where they will develop skills in the following areas: test taking, time management, professional writing, medical terminology, and study skills.  They will have the opportunity to assess their learning styles, and a tailored approach can be developed to help ensure their success.”

Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, project director, agrees.  “NCIN scholars will be paired with two mentors (one faculty and one non-faculty mentor), and they will have the opportunity to attend professional meetings and conferences with their mentors.  Former NCIN scholars will be mentors to the new group of NCIN scholars.”

In addition, NCIN scholars will write essays for the NCIN website as well as the Lienhard School of Nursing site; develop presentations on the accelerated program and the nursing experience; and present at information sessions, webinars, and at institutions with diverse student bodies.  They will also assume leadership of Student Nurses at Pace (SNAP) and will assume an evidence-based practice (EBP) research leader role in their nursing research courses.

“NCIN is strengthening nursing education and creating a culture of change at schools of nursing across the country,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our grantee schools are committed to enrolling students traditionally underrepresented in nursing, and students are benefiting from the emphasis on mentoring and leadership development that are hallmarks of the NCIN program. AACN is proud to collaborate with RWJF on this ground-breaking effort.”

Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,117 scholarships to students at 125 schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing.

The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher, and increasing the diversity of students to create a nursing workforce prepared to meet the health care demands of diverse populations across the lifespan. NCIN is helping to advance those recommendations, enabling schools to expand student capacity in higher education, and encouraging more diversity.

By bringing more nurses into the profession at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels, the NCIN program also helps to address the nation’s nurse faculty shortage. This trend is reflected in the NCIN scholars, as 91 percent of the students receiving funding in the first three years of the program indicate a desire to advance their education to the master’s and doctoral levels.

For more information about Lienhard School of Nursing’s Accelerated BSN program, visit http://www.pace.edu/lienhard/accelerated-BSN. To learn more about the NCIN program, visit www.NewCareersInNursing.org.

 

About NCIN: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to create New Careers in Nursing (NCIN): an RWJF Scholarship Program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through annual grants to schools of nursing, NCIN provides $10,000 scholarships to college graduates with degrees in other fields who wish to transition into nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s nursing program. For more information, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About AACN: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 720 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s and graduate degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research and practice. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu.

About CHP: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 in an effort to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will
positively impact global health care.

 

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

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

NEWS RELEASE: Actors Studio Drama School Alumni Produce “For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard”

Actors Studio Drama School alumni have joined together to produce a new play that will premiere August 9th at the New York International Fringe Festival. Every member of the production– the writer, director, actors, and designers– are alumni of the Actors Studio Drama School.

OUTSIDE INSIDE PRESENTS

FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL KATHY BLANCHARD

a new play by Michael Ross Albert

 

NEW YORK – Outside Inside returns to the New York International Fringe Festival with the world premiere of Michael Ross Albert’s new play, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard.

Directed by the company’s founding co-artistic director, Kaitlyn Samuel, the production stars Ross Wellinger, Kaitlyn Huczko, and two lifetime members of the legendary Actors Studio, Hannah Timmons and David Dempsey.

Set during the fourth game of the Stanley Cup Finals in a house undergoing major renovations, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard is a comedy about hockey, heartbreak, and the places we used to call home. The script was one of the Top Ten plays shortlisted for the Toronto Fringe Festival’s Best New Play Contest.

Lawrence is having a meltdown. Sky’s been kicked out of his house. Amanda’s career seems to be going nowhere. Mary refuses to leave until someone wins the Stanley Cup. And they’re all preparing for a devastating loss. But, Lawrence has a plan…

A combination of boisterous slapstick and surprising emotional honesty, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard is a play about a generation at split ends, trying to re-discover where they come from, and decide where they’re headed.

Playwright Michael Ross Albert is the author of several plays including The Big Sandy River Plays (Jenny Wiley Theatre), Screech (finalist, Samuel French OOB Festival) and Tough Jews (The Unit, Toronto). His one-act play, Starfishes, is included in the 2010-2011 anthology of Best American Short Plays. He received an MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School, and is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Presented as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard will be performed at Venue #10: The Kraine Theatre (85 East 4th St) on August 10 at 12:30; August 11 at 10:15; August 12 at 5:00; August 15 at 7:00; and August 24 at 4:00.  For a detailed performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.fringenyc.org or call 866.468.7619.

Every member of the production– writer, director, actors, designers– are alumni of the Actors Studio Drama School which is currently housed at Pace University.

Outside Inside is a New York City based theatre company, founded by co-artistic directors Kaitlyn Samuel, Michael Ross Albert, and Adam Levi.  Their inaugural production was Chagrin by Michael Ross Albert, which was presented in association with HUBO Productions at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. They returned to FringeNYC in 2012 with the critically acclaimed adaptation of Arch Oboler’s science-fiction melodrama, Night of the Auk. The company and its artists are dedicated to the independent production of exciting new works for the stage.

Twitter: @OutsideInsideCo

CONTACT: Robert Schorr

PHONE: (818) 427 -3206

EMAIL: 13-1916@fringenyc.org

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Alumnus and Adjunct Faculty Member Inducted as Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners

New Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners was among the first cohort of Pace’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program and is an adjunct faculty member at Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing.

Pace University Alumnus and Adjunct Faculty Member Inducted as Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners

NEW YORK – Stephen A. Ferrara, DNP, RN, FNP, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) during the AANP annual national conference in Las Vegas in June.

Ferrara graduated from the first cohort of Pace University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. He is a clinical preceptor, is an adjunct faculty member at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing, and is a health policy leader who has lectured at numerous conferences.

Ferrara is a practicing nurse practitioner with over 12 years of clinical experience. He is a senior clinical associate at Montefiore Medical Center’s Occupational Health Services in the Bronx, NY and the Executive Director of The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. He has experience in college, correctional and men’s health. He received the 2012 AANP State Award for clinical excellence. Ferrara has a passion for health care technology and integrating evidence into daily practice.

The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy. Priority initiatives of AANP are the development of leadership and mentorship programs for nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students. Fellows of the AANP are visionaries committed to the global advancement of nursing through the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practitioner leaders, and as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care outside the confines of traditional thinking. A limited number of nurse practitioners are selected for this highly coveted distinction each year.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is the largest, full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. With more than 45,000 individual members and 200 group members, AANP represents the interests of approximately 167,000 nurse practitioners around the country. AANP continually advocates for the active role of nurse practitioners as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, personalized, patient-centered health care.

About the College of Health Professions at Pace University: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will positively impact global health care.

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