NEWS RELEASE: Left Forum Convenes at Pace NYC March 18-20

“Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Middle East uprising” is one of the current topics up for discussion starting tonight when the Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University. The conference runs through Sunday, March 20.

Fresh, often controversial ideas on Middle East, anti-labor moves, health care, to be aired at Pace University this weekend

Cornel West, Malalai Joya, Barbara Ehrenreich to keynote largest US conference of left and progressive scholars and activists

Cornel West

Left Forum convenes at Pace University downtown Manhattan campus March 18-20

NEW YORK, NY, March 18, 2011– “Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Middle East uprising” is one of the current topics up for discussion starting tonight when the Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University. The conference runs through Sunday, March 20.

Other topical “tracks” of linked presentations include “Public sector labor mobilizes nationwide”and“Transforming healthcare.”

Plenary speakers opening the forum tonight at 6:30 are:

  • Cornel West, Culture critic and d distinguished professor, Princeton University
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed”
  • Laura Flanders, best-selling author and; host of GRITtv
  • Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight economics editor.

Other plenary speakers include

  • Malalai Joya, former member of Afghan parliament
  • John Nichols: author of ”The ‘S’ Word,” correspondent for The Nation
  • Carlos M. Vilas, Universidad Nacional Lanus, Argentina, Editor, Latin American Perspectives.

All events take place at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, One Pace Plaza (Spruce St, just east of City Hall, between Park Row and Gold St). Media admission by press pass.

Portions of the event are being streamed and broadcast during the weekend, by freespeechtv.com.

The three-day conference will bring together 700 speakers, 200 panels, and over 3,000 participants. The theme is “Toward a Politics of Solidarity.” Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, and Jesse Jackson were last year’s keynoters.

Rollback of social democracy achievements?

This year’s forum is taking place “as the people of Egypt and Tunisia overthrow their dictators, and students and workers from Greece to France and England challenge the rollback of social democracy’s greatest achievements,” a statement from the organizers points out.

The diversity of topics ranges from local environmental struggles to analysis and reports from around the world on new forms of solidarity, labor militancy, and transformative democratic uprisings.

In the history of the forum, the statement adds, “never before have so many people organized so many panels, debates, round tables, themed panel tracks, and activist workshops.”

Speakers from Canada to India

Other speakers come from a broad, non-sectarian left of scholars, labor activists, anarchists, students, and movement organizers from around the world, including Greg Albo (York University, Canada), Luciana Castellina (Il Manifesto, Italy), Andrea Cely (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), Bogdan Denitch (Brac, Croatia), Carlos Esquer (Sindicato Mineros, Mexico), Raquel Garrido (Party of the Left, France), Timothy Hall (UK), Zhidong Hao (University of Macau), and Sang-Hwan Jang (Gyeongsang National University, South Korea).

Also Ian Camilo Cintrón Moya (Union de Juventud Socialista-Puerto Rico), Gautam Navlakha (Economic and Political Weekly, India), Sowore Omoyele (Sahara Reporters, Nigeria), Victor Alverez Rodriquez (Centro Internacional Miranda, Venezuela), Ariel Salleh (University of Sidney, Australia), and Albert Scharenberg (Freie Universitaet, Berlin).

The speakers and panels are listed on www.leftforum.org, a site that also has registration information. The conference fee ranges from $20 to $60 for from one to three days.

“Violence and social misery”

Cornell West, in a statement, noted a “right that is on the march—for free market fundamentalism, an aggressive militarism, and escalating authoritarianism. It is a triumphant Right that attacks the social democratic policies that are the achievements of the Left.”

The Left is broad, he says, including people concerned about “structural violence… exploitation at the work place, institutionalized contempt against gay brothers and lesbian sisters, hatred against peoples of color, and the subordination of women.”

Identifying with the Left “means that you are willing to fight against, and to try to understand the sources of social misery at the structural and institutional levels, as well as at the existential and personal levels,” and to “defend people against the brutality of a globally expansive and predatory capitalism.”

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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NEWS ADVISORY: A New Women’s Issue? Aging Gracefully

Aging gracefully and other issues could become a new chapter in the women’s movement around the world. They will be explored Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, September 24 and 25, at an international conference of experts in New York City at Pace University’s downtown campus just east of City Hall, entrance on Spruce Street.

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

A NEW WOMEN’S ISSUE? AGING GRACEFULLY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

PACE UNIVERSITY PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT IS SPONSORING AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE EXPLORING NEW CHALLENGES TO “AGE GRACEFULLY” FRIDAY, SEPT. 24 AND SATURDAY, SEPT. 25

Co-Sponsorship with New York Academy of Sciences, and New York State Psychological Association – Academic Division, Division of Women’s Issues, and Division of Independent Practice

NEW YORK, September 20, 2010 — Well-educated women in mid-life and older are vigorously redefining what it means to “age gracefully.” But with that comes new pressures and challenges not easily met.

What about women who don’t fit the new stereotypes? What about women too poor to age gracefully?

Those issues could become a new chapter in the women’s movement around the world. They will be explored Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, September 24 and 25, at an international conference of experts in New York City at Pace University’s downtown campus just east of City Hall, entrance on Spruce Street.

The opening session begins Friday at 4:30pm; Saturday’s sessions run 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Registration is through www.nyas.org (212.298.8600). The conference is open to the public. Non-members pay $25; students pay $20. Media admission by press pass.

“Can’t Have it All”

The organizers are two psychologists from Pace University, Florence Denmark, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor and Mercedes A. McCormick, Ph.D., Coordinator of MA program in General psychology; and psychologists Joan Chrisler, Ph.D.,  from Connecticut College and Varda Muhlbauer, Ph.D., Netanya Academic College in Israel. They will make presentations, along with scholars from institutions that include Harvard and NYU Medical Schools, the Universities of the West Indies, Lisbon, and British Columbia; the Borough of Manhattan Community College and the University of Pittsburgh. The complete list and schedule is at www.nyas.org psychology section.

Co-organizer Florence Denmark is a professor of psychology emerita at Pace who is one of the pioneers in defining the psychology of women.

The presentations will begin with “Can’t Have it All: Representations of Midlife Women in Popular Culture” and an analysis of news coverage of women who become mothers in midlife and of “The benefits – and costs – of Internet use for aging women.”

Later presentations will move on to attitudes toward cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery, take up the question of whether age is “the new status symbol,” and the impact of “myths” about older women “that negatively impact independence, health and a sense of self-worth.”

“Retiring but not shy.”

Saturday afternoon will include discussions of midlife change and psychological development as the foundation for healthy aging, stereotypes in health care decisions, aging women in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Portugal, violence against older women, older women as leaders and mentors.

A pair of presentations will discuss the competing demands of older women’s “leadership” versus “retirement” and what it means to be “retiring but not shy.”

An opportunity to discuss issues with the audience will be provided each day. This is a “coming of age” conference designed to explore new territory.

Professional education at Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has offered professional education that combines liberal arts with practical experience and the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York. It enrolls more than 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Health Care Industry Issues and NY Health Policies to be Discussed at Pace Conference April 25

With health care emerging as a major issue in the U.S. presidential campaign, on Friday morning, April 25, Pace University’s Center for Health Policy Education and Research will present a half-day conference on “Rebalancing the Competitive Forces in Health Care” and the impact of consolidation in the health insurance industry on New York State and the Hudson Valley.

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Contact:
Cara Halstead, Public Information Officer
914-773-3312, chalstead@pace.edu
Frank J. Maddalena, Director
Center for Health Policy, Education and Research, 914-422-4295

EDITORS: For immediate release as an announcement. Coverage welcome.

HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY ISSUES AND NY STATE HEALTH POLICIES
TO BE DISCUSSED AT PACE UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE IN WHITE PLAINS APRIL 25

Issues to include affordability, availability, reimbursements

WHITE PLAINS, NY —With health care emerging as a major issue in the U.S. presidential campaign, on Friday morning, April 25, Pace University’s Center for Health Policy Education and Research will present a half-day conference on “Rebalancing the Competitive Forces in Health Care” and the impact of consolidation in the health insurance industry on New York State and the Hudson Valley.

The conference will take place from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in room 208 at the Pace Graduate Center, 1 Martine Avenue in White Plains. It is open to health professionals and interested members of the general public at a cost of $75. Information and registration are available at (914) 422-4298.

A panel of influential experts will make presentations, engage in discussion with one another and take audience questions. The speakers are Neil Abitabilo, President, Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association; Kenneth Adams, President/CEO, Business Council of New York State; Adam Bradley, Insurance Committee Member, NYS Assembly; Paul Macielak, President, New York Health Plan Association; William M. Mooney, Jr., President, Westchester County Association; John Powell, NYS Insurance Department; and Michael H. Rosenberg, MD, President-Elect, Medical Society of the State of New York.

Reimbursement policies. Speakers will address how the current New York State reimbursement structure and policy affect various interest groups; what can be done to make health care more affordable and available to all consumers; and how other State policies impact these issues.

The moderator will be Prof. Frank J. Maddalena, director of the Center for Health Policy, Education and Research at Pace University.

The conference is co-sponsored with the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association and the Healthcare Financial Management Association-Hudson Valley Chapter.

The Center for Health Policy, Education and Research was founded in 1996 by the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Political Science to advance health care policy education and research activities at Pace and to assist health care providers in the Greater New York area in meeting the demands of the community.

Professional education. Since 1906 Pace University has offered professional education that combines liberal arts with practical experience and the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York. It enrolls more than 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

Thirty Pace University Nursing Students to Get Scholarships With Commitment to Work in NYC Hospitals

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today announced a $1.3 million program to provide nursing scholarships for 30 individuals in exchange for a commitment to work at an HHC facility for four years.

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Contact:
Cara Halstead, Public Information Officer, Pace University
914-773-3312 Office, 914-906-9680 Cell, chalstead@pace.edu
Ana Marengo, NYC HHC, 212-788-3386

Note: The first students accepted are available for interviews.

THIRTY PACE UNIVERSITY NURSING STUDENTS TO GET FREE TUITION IN EXCHANGE FOR FOUR YEAR COMMITMENT TO PRACTICE
IN NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC HOSPITALS

$1.3 million grant from Helene Fuld Health Trust, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Trustee, will tap professionals who change careers to address critical nursing shortage

Program accelerates growing trend

NEW YORK, NY, May 14, 2007 – Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today announced a $1.3 million program to provide nursing scholarships for 30 individuals in exchange for a commitment to work at an HHC facility for four years.

The program is designed to quickly move nursing graduates into the profession and serve as a model for addressing the national nursing shortage. It is the city’s first nursing program that will offer a residency program and include a service commitment to the public hospitals.

The program is funded by a $1.3 million grant to Pace from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Trustee, the nation’s largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education.

Scholarship grants worth $40,000 will be given to men and women who want to change careers, already have a bachelor’s degree, and can earn their undergraduate nursing degree in one year under Pace University’s combined degree program (CDP). The first ten students will begin their residencies this fall.

“The scholarship money can be a life-saver to some of these people, since many of them need to quit their jobs to complete the CDP within a year,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Pace’s Lienhard School. “They generally are not eligible for many federal financial aid programs because they already have baccalaureate degrees.”

A Model that Works in Teaching. The scholarships cover tuition, and then a one-year paid Registered Nurse (RN) residency program with options to focus on critical care, specialty nursing, long term care and geriatrics.

The graduate RNs will conduct their residencies at HHC’s Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility in Manhattan, Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, and Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. After the initial residency program, the RNs will work at HHC for an additional three years.

“We have seen successful incentive programs that recruit professionals to the teaching profession in exchange for a commitment to our city’s kids. Why not do the same to encourage talented individuals to consider nursing as a career with a promise to serve the 1.3 million patients who rely on the city’s public hospitals and nursing homes?” said Marie L. Ankner, MSN, RN, CNAA, Assistant Vice President of nursing for medical and professional affairs at HHC.

She added: “This effort is a true collaboration between a healthcare system and academia and is a win-win for all since it guarantees the hospitals a pool of employees while it assists students and institutions of higher education. We expect this program to be easily replicated by others who want to have an immediate impact on the nursing shortage.” (The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a national need of 1.2 million new and replacement nurses by the year 2014.)

Trend to similar partnerships. Collaborative programs like this recently have gained momentum nationwide as an answer to the nursing shortage, with more and more partnerships forming to support these students. According to the website of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, a health care system such as HHC could spend more than $3 million in nurse recruitment costs over a three year period just to recruit the necessary number of qualified healthcare workers. The grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust saves HHC some of that cost and increases the supply of qualified workers.

In addition to the $1.3 million grant, the Trust also has awarded Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing a $550,000 endowment, payable over the next three years, to be used for 10 scholarships of $2,500 a year to other students in the school’s CDP. Previous funding from the Helene Fuld Health Trust has benefited Pace students in programs including the Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Applicants for the grants may contact Sophie Kaufman, Administrative Director of the Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice and International Affairs at the Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, LH 314, Pleasantville, NY 10570, (914) 773-3336, skaufman@pace.edu.

Partnership members. For more than 100 years Pace University has been preparing students to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience and the New York advantage. Pace has three campuses, in New York City, Westchester, and White Plains. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls nearly 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) has been preparing nurses for more than 40 years and was one of the first in the nation to implement a special program for career changers over 30 years ago. With more than 600 students enrolled in baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, all approved by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, LSN partners with communities to foster human growth and dignity and provide primary care. The School of Nursing is devoted to preparing individuals, families, and communities at local, national, and international levels, to meet health care demands now and in the future. For inquiries about the nursing programs at Pace, please email nursing@pace.edu, or call (914) 773-3552. www.pace.edu

Dating back to a foundation created in 1935 by Dr. Leonhard Felix Fuld and his sister, Florentine, in honor of their mother, Helene, the Helene Fuld Health Trust since 1969 has been overseen and administered by HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country, is a $4.9 billion public benefit corporation that serves 1.3 million New Yorkers and about 400,000 who are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 80 community based health centers. For more information about HHC, visit www.nyc.gov/hhc.

Free Program at Pace to Encourage Middle School Students to Consider Healthcare Careers

The 2006 Summer Scholars Program for Nursing and Health Careers is a new initiative designed to encourage middle school students (in 6th, 7th and 8th grades) in Westchester County to explore nursing and health care as career choices as well as to increase awareness of personal health and to promote wellness in these students. This program originated as a long term solution to the regional and national nursing shortage crisis.

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Contact:
Cara Halstead, Office of Public Information,
Pace University, 914-773-3312, Cell: 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu

WESTCHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS OFFERED CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN NURSING AND HEALTH CAREERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FREE OF CHARGE

Information session Wed., Feb. 1: Program designed to entice middle school students into careers in healthcare; could serve as model for other schools to replicate nationwide

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, January 24, 2006 – The 2006 Summer Scholars Program for Nursing and Health Careers is a new initiative designed to encourage middle school students (in 6th, 7th and 8th grades) in Westchester County to explore nursing and health care as career choices as well as to increase awareness of personal health and to promote wellness in these students. This program originated as a long term solution to the regional and national nursing shortage crisis.

Because the program is made possible through a grant awarded to Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN), there is no charge for any component of it. The grant is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration through the efforts of Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (NY-18).

“We see this program as just one step toward alleviating the national nursing and nursing faculty shortage,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of LSN. “We’d like to inspire and encourage students early on, so that health care is a top of mind career choice as they enter their decision-making years.”

There are three components of the program to take place this year. The first are information sessions – in the winter and spring, a spring break trip to Washington, DC and a summer camp.

Information sessions on nursing and healthcare careers
Middle school students who are interested in health careers are invited to attend the first information session on Wednesday, February 1st, from 5pm – 7pm on the Pleasantville campus of Pace University, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance 3, Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite. On Wednesday, May 3rd, the second information session will be held from 5pm – 7pm, in the same location.

WHO: For Westchester middle school students
WHAT: First information session of 2006 Summer Scholars Program for Nursing and Health Careers
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1st from 5pm – 7pm
WHERE: Pleasantville campus of Pace University, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance 3, Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite

The first session will feature a local Physical Therapist, a Pace Athletic Trainer and an Orthopedic Nurse from Phelps Memorial Hospital. Each session will also be attended by members of Student Nurses at Pace, so attendees will have the opportunity to talk about nursing school with students currently enrolled.

Space is limited, so students and their parents who would like to attend the February 1st Information Session should RSVP by calling Cira Raciti at 914-773-3322 or via e-mail at nursing @pace.edu by 1/27/06. Those who would like to attend the May 3rd information session should RSVP on or before 4/26/06.

Spring break trip to Washington, DC
A six day course will be offered during spring break, leaving Friday, April 7 and returning Wednesday, April 12. During their stay, the students will visit the Department of Health and Human Services to learn about federally funded scholarships for careers in nursing and health care, tour a military hospital and base where they will hear about scholarship opportunities in the armed services and visit Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office. Throughout the trip, students will maintain a digital journal using personal digital assistants (PDA’s).

Summer camp
This week long summer day camp for middle school students, called Summer Scholars Program for Nursing and Health Care Careers, will take place on Pace’s Pleasantville campus. Each camper will participate in one five day camp session either Week 1 or Week 2. It will focus on careers in nursing and health care as well as personal health and wellness.

Career options will be explored throughout the week through sessions with health care providers, on-line research, and field trips to health care facilities, helping students envision healthcare careers that they might be interested in pursuing as they prepare for high school and college.

The program will encompass all six dimensions of health: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, occupational, and intellectual. Physical fitness activities, meditation, and healthy eating will be on the daily program, along with a special appearance by an organization such as Mad Science® (www.madscience.org) to stimulate critical thinking. Throughout the week, campers will have time in the computer classroom to participate in electronic activities using distance learning technology.

Each camper will be given a PDA with digital camera/video camera. They will be required to maintain a digital journal of their experiences and to monitor their personal goals for wellness.
Students will be asked to create web pages related to “Healthy Workforce 2015,” the theme of the program. The campers will share their web pages on the final day and discuss what career choices they might now be considering. Graduates of the program will be given their PDA’s to keep.

How are the students for the spring break trip and summer camp selected?
All middle school students in Westchester County are eligible. Acceptance into the programs is competitive, and preference will be given to those applications that are complete and submitted by Feb. 28 for the spring break trip and May 31 for the summer camp. Up to 20 students will be selected for both the spring break trip and the summer camp. Selection criteria include interest in: nursing and healthcare careers and personal health and wellness; proficiency in science and math, computer skills.
Set within culturally diverse urban and suburban settings, Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) is committed to innovation and excellence in education, research, and practice in primary health care. With more than 600 students enrolled in baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, all approved by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, LSN partners with communities to foster human growth and dignity and provide primary care. The School of Nursing is devoted to preparing individuals, families, and communities at local, national, and international levels, to meet health care demands now and in the future. For inquiries about the nursing programs at Pace, please email nursing@pace.edu, or call (914) 773-3552. www.pace.edu

Founded in 1906, Pace University educates achievers who are engaged with critical issues both locally and globally. Known for its outcome-oriented environment that prepares students to succeed in a wide-range of professions, Pace has three campuses, including New York City (downtown and lower Manhattan), Westchester (Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and the White Plains Graduate Center), and the Pace School of Law in White Plains. The Pace Hudson Valley Center is located in Orange County New York. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls more than 14,000 students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, and School of Education. Visit Pace University at www.pace.edu.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Visits Pace University to Present $1 Million Nursing Grant

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced a grant of $1,048,300 to the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in New York. The grantee is one of 12 winners selected from nearly 230 applicants competing for funding under the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative. A total of more than $12 million is being awarded nationwide to address opportunities to build a world-class health care and biotechnology workforce.

The following news release is from the US Department of Labor:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DOL Contacts:
David James 202-693-4676, Mike Volpe 202-693-3984

Pace Contact:
Cara Halstead 914-906-9680

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Visits Pace University To Present $1 Million Grant to Workforce Investment Board

New York Grantee is One of 12 Nationwide Sharing $12 Million
For Health Care and Biotechnology Training Projects

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.—U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced a grant of $1,048,300 to the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in New York. The grantee is one of 12 winners selected from nearly 230 applicants competing for funding under the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative. A total of more than $12 million is being awarded nationwide to address opportunities to build a world-class health care and biotechnology workforce.

“Health care and biotechnology are two of the fastest growing industries,” said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. “This $1 million grant to the Orange County WIB, like the other 11 projects funded through this competition, will help workers prepare for careers in professions that are in high demand.”

The Orange County WIB will form a consortium with area health care, education and training providers to address nursing faculty shortages which have limited enrollment in local nursing programs, a situation which has led to shortfalls in skilled nurses and health care professionals.

As a result of this project, 50 nurses will be trained as instructors; 100 nurses will be trained as mentors; 70 nurses will be trained as adjunct instructors; and 1,000 students will be admitted to health care education and training programs. Key project partners include the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association, Pace University – which will do all faculty training – and seven WIBs that comprise the Southern/Mid-Hudson Valley.

“Regional partnerships among employers, educators, and the workforce investment system will be the key to meeting businesses’ demand for workers with the skills to succeed in the competitive, global economy,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Emily Stover DeRocco.

Of the 12 grants awarded as a result of a Sept. 17, 2004, Department of Labor Solicitation for Grant Applications, four will fund biotechnology industry training, six will fund health care industry training, and two projects will provide cross-industry training. Additional information about the grants, which will advance projects in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin, will be available Tuesday, June 7.

Through the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, the Department of Labor has been conducting executive forums with leaders of expanding industries to identify critical workforce gaps and issues. Solutions are competitively chosen and are carried out in cooperation with employers, educational institutions and the public workforce system. For more information, visit www.doleta.gov/BRG/JobTrainInitiative.

Pace Nursing Dean Proposes Solutions for the Nursing Shortage

By 2010, less than seven years from now, 1,000,000 new and replacement nurses will be needed in the U.S. health care system. While the health care community readily acknowledges the problem, most current approaches only scratch the surface of this mounting national crisis.

Contact: Jamie Holloway M Booth & Associates 212.481.7000

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SOLVING THE NURSING SHORTAGE IN AMERICA

New Book Offers Pioneering Solutions for Escalating Crisis

Pleasantville, NY, August 26, 2003 – By 2010, less than seven years from now, 1,000,000 new and replacement nurses will be needed in the U.S. health care system. While the health care community readily acknowledges the problem, most current approaches only scratch the surface of this mounting national crisis.

A strong commitment to applying resourceful solutions is needed and can help avert the crisis, according to “The Nursing Shortage: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Practice and Education” (Springer Publishing Company), the latest book from Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN and Dean of Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing.

Although the rising pay brought about by the shortage is beginning to draw more people to the field, Feldman and her co-authors offer strategies and solutions that move beyond the domain of “supply and demand.” The collection of case studies and cutting-edge research becomes a true “call to action” based on proven best practices from leading health care and teaching facilities.

Feldman’s cases offer policy, education and retention perspectives from diverse settings across the health care system – from a 60-bed acute-care facility in rural Missouri or the Denver Children’s Hospital to a hectic level-1 rural trauma center. From them, the book argues, decision-makers and health care leaders elsewhere can draw relevant solutions.

A common thread running through “The Nursing Shortage” is the belief that solving the shortage isn’t as simple as filling vacancies. Nurses with the right educational background and skill set are needed to handle the complex and technologically advanced demands of today’s health care system. “The challenges for today’s nurses are endless,” explains Feldman. “To meet the demands of a population that is aging, with increasingly complex health problems, today’s nurse must be educated in both the care of patients and the management of sophisticated equipment and technology.”

Specifically, Feldman recommends tested recruitment and retention techniques, preceptor and mentoring arrangements that help nurses to excel as experts, private and public funding initiatives that support the education of future nurses, and strategic partnerships between the nursing industry and educational institutions.

In an era of expanding – and competing – career opportunities for women and men, these proven tactics will encourage nurses to enter and stay in the profession to teach the next generation of nurses as enrollments expand. The scarcity of faculty is yet another bottleneck to addressing the nursing shortage.

Feldman is a national authority on nursing and has authored more than 90 articles, book chapters, and editorials. She recently co-authored “Nurses in the Political Arena: The Public Face of Nursing.”

The Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University offers degree programs to approximately 550 students, including a 4-year BS program; a baccalaureate completion program for RNs; an accelerated RN/BS/MS for RN’s; combined degree BSN/MS program for non-nursing college graduates; master’s programs in family nurse practitioner, women’s health care nurse practitioner, and nursing informatics; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study option in selected master’s specialties. The LSN also has three centers of excellence that enrich the educational experience and support student learning: 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 committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It has campuses in New York City and Pleasantville and White Plains, N.Y., and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, N.Y. More than 14,000 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, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu

Pace University to Honor Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, Chief Medical Examiner of The City of New York

Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences will honor Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, Chief Medical Examiner of The City of New York at the Sky Club on the 56th floor of the MetLife Building beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th.

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

Pace University to Honor Dr. Charles S. Hirsch,
Chief Medical Examiner of The City of New York

New York – March 27, 2003 – Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences will honor Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, Chief Medical Examiner of The City of New York at the Sky Club on the 56th floor of the MetLife Building beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th.

The evening celebrates the service, scholarship and successes of exceptional faculty and alumni and honors the achievements of a public figure who has made extraordinary contributions to the arts and sciences.

“We are pleased to present this award to Dr. Hirsch for his outstanding leadership and contribution to New York City and to the families of the victims of September 11, the most difficult and important forensic investigation in the history of this country,” said Dean Gail Dinter-Gottlieb. “He is an exemplary role model for our students.”

The Medical Examiner’s Office has made history with the forensic investigations resulting from the terrorist attack of September 11 and the crash of American Airlines flight 587, using new scientific techniques and data management systems in the evaluation of just under 20,000 body parts from these tragic events.

Five full-time forensic scientists employed in the Medical Examiner’s office are faculty members of Pace University’s forensic science program. Dr. Melvyn Oremland, director of the program, says, “All of these outstanding teachers think the world of Dr. Hirsch, both as a role model for what a forensic scientist can be, as well as a director who knows his employees and maintains a warm relationship with each of them.”

Dyson College will also present awards to two alumni, Carlos M. Ramos, ’67, managing director, Provident Group, and Everett C. Schreiber, ’75, senior technical writer, Varian Incorporated. Professor Martha W. Driver, Ph.D., professor of English, and Ellen L. Weiser, Ph.D., chairperson and professor, department of chemistry and physical sciences will also receive achievement awards.

Tickets are $105. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dyson scholarship fund. For more information, call the Dean’s office at (212) 346-1350.

The Dyson College of Arts & Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, humanities and sciences, and guides the general education of all Pace University undergraduates. The College’s teaching philosophy stresses a combination of classroom instruction, technology, practical experience, and community service

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 14,000 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, and Pace Law School

Lienhard School of Nursing Creates New Institute for Healthy Aging

The Lienhard School of Nursing of Pace University has recently established the Institute for Healthy Aging (IHA) on its New York and Pleasantville campuses. The Institute will provide education and research geared toward individuals 40 years of age and older and to Health Care Professionals and Allied Professionals servicing this population. Initial funding for the Institute was provided by grants from the Mary and Milton B. Rosenbach Foundation

NEW YORK – September 25, 2002 – The Lienhard School of Nursing of Pace University has recently established the Institute for Healthy Aging (IHA) on its New York and Pleasantville campuses. The Institute will provide education and research geared toward individuals 40 years of age and older and to Health Care Professionals and Allied Professionals servicing this population. Initial funding for the Institute was provided by grants from the Mary and Milton B. Rosenbach Foundation

“Since so many adults are now between 40-65 the time is ripe for a call to action for a proactive and strategic approach to the challenges of the aging,” said Joanne Singleton, co-director of the IHA at Pace University. “Healthy aging is the conscious intent and participation in the biological-psychological-sociological-spiritual care-of-self over time. Through multidisciplinary education and research the IHA will provide educational activities and develop programs for individuals, families and communities to promote healthy aging.”

The Institute for Healthy Aging (IHA) will host its first conference on Saturday, November 9, 2002 from 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. at Pace University’s New York City campus. Specialists in nutrition, sports science, neurobiology and aging will be featured throughout the day and will include, Walter Willett MD, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and author of the best selling book, “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy”. Advance tickets are available for $99 when paid fourteen days prior to the conference otherwise the fee is $125.

For more information on the conference contact Joanne Singleton, jsingleton@pace.edu or (212) 346-1430 or visit conference site info at www.pace.edu/adult/ace

The Lienhard School of Nursing Awarded $750,000+ Federal Grant for Primary Health Care Program

ace University’s the Lienhard School of Nursing was awarded $750,000+ from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing for the outreach project, Primary Health Care for Urban Underserved and At-Risk.

Pleasantville, N. Y. — Pace University’s the Lienhard School of Nursing was awarded $750,000+ from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing for the outreach project, Primary Health Care for Urban Underserved and At-Risk. This funding will provide additional ongoing care for underserved populations and other high-risk groups, such as the elderly, individuals with HIV-AIDS, substance abusers, the homeless, and victims of domestic violence through placing health care providers at community sites throughout the New York area and Westchester County.
“The presence of health care providers at community sites increases the proportion of persons who have a specific source of ongoing health care, and will hopefully help increase the number of nursing graduates that will practice in these underserved areas as a result of clinical experiences as students,” said Dr. Lillie M. Shortridge-Baggett project director, professor and director of international affairs at the Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice, and International Affairs.
This 3-year funding will facilitate efforts already in place with several community partners through Pace University’s Primary Health Care Associates (PHCA). The PHCA at the Lienhard School of Nursing was established in 1997 through the School’s Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice, and International Affairs. PHCA provides a wide range of primary health care services in a variety of settings through contract agreements with community agencies/clients. The PHCA is staffed with advanced practice nurses, registered nurses with specialized certification, and undergraduate and graduate students who are hired as clinical practice interns.
“Through these partnerships primary care services are available to the community without the need to physically set up additional expensive clinics. It also creates a venue for faculty practice and student clinical experience,” said Jamestta A. Newland, program director and director of clinical practice at LSN.
PHCA provides a wide range of services, including: primary care visits (e.g., annual physicals, acute and chronic illness care, and immunizations), consultation and referral, health case management, health education, summer camp coverage, a Personal Health Management Program (nutrition, physical fitness, and stress management), and training (e.g., first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Every effort is made to also accommodate special needs.
PHCA practice sites are established at the Henry Street Settlement and WE CAN, a bottle and can redemption center for the poor and homeless, in Manhattan. Other agencies include Pathways for Youth, an after school program in the Bronx; Yonkers Spectrum School Health Program, nurse-managed school-based clinics in Yonkers and Greystone Child Care, a pre-kindergarten day care center, also in Yonkers; and St. Christopher-Ottilie Foster Care Adoption Agency in Queens. Other Westchester partners are Ossining Open Door, Hudson River HealthCare in Peekskill, and the Westchester County Department of Health and Department of Social Services. The Bergen County Department of Health Services is a New Jersey partner.