NEWS RELEASE: “Pace University and Hitachi America, Ltd. Encourage Educators To Take A Technological “Leap” Forward on February 29, 2012”

On Leap Day 2012, The Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University and Hitachi America, Ltd. are teaming up to offer a free program to encourage educators to “leap” into the technological future and explore innovations such as the use of avatars in the classroom.

Pace University and Hitachi America, Ltd. Encourage Educators To Take

A Technological “Leap” Forward on February 29, 2012

– -Hosting Free Program on the Role of Technology in Education–

(Tarrytown, NY) February 24, 2012 – Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT/TSE: 6501) located in Tarrytown, NY, and Pace University’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship are co-sponsoring a free, full-morning education program for nonprofit and education organizations focused on the role of technology in education and helping students reach their full potential.

This year’s program is entitled “Inspired Education: Learning, Teaching and Technology.” The program will explore the impact of technology on education, how it has altered the way we teach and the way the students learn. The use of avatars in the role of virtual students is just one technological innovation that will be discussed. Pace University is one of only 10 universities nationwide to use the TeachLivE avatar lab technology, which immerses future teachers in a simulated classroom where they practice making real-time decisions in response to the dynamic features of classroom learning.  Similar to the way pilots use simulators to hone their skills, the avatars help future teachers practice managing a classroom and students with various personalities and challenges before being in a live classroom. The forum will also explore how technology has both narrowed and widened the gap between affluent and low income students and how it is being employed to help some students with special needs. Panelists include a professor from Pace who is actively involved in the TeachLivE avatar lab, a curriculum consultant, the administrator for a school that works specifically with dyslexic children and the executive director of an education non-profit organization in Yonkers.

 The program will take place at Pace University’s Graduate Center located in downtown White Plains, NY and will run from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. The campus is located at 1 Martine Avenue. Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 9:00 am and the panel discussion will begin at 10:00 am. Media admission by press pass.

Panelists include:

The program is free, but advance registration is required due to limited seating. Attendance is limited to members of nonprofit organizations. Participants can register online at:

Pace University/Hitachi America, Ltd. Nonprofit Forum Registration

This is the fourth year that Hitachi America, Ltd. has spearheaded this program and the third year that Pace University’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship has served as a co-sponsor.

The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship was created in 2005 to serve the nonprofit community and Pace University. The Center provides scholarly research, academic programs, advisory services and roundtable discussions to encourage excellence and enhance managerial leadership skills of professionals within the nonprofit sector.

“Educational programs that encourage thoughtful exploration of issues surrounding nonprofit effectiveness and efficiency are at the core of our mission at the Wilson Center,” said Rebecca Tekula, PhD, the Center’s Executive Director. “We are proud to once again work with Hitachi America, Ltd. on what promises to be an enlightening discussion for the nonprofit, education and student communities.”

“We are excited to be sponsoring this educational program that will engage participants in a discussion about the role of technology in education,” said Lauren Raguzin, Director of Community Relations for Hitachi America, Ltd. “I am appreciative of our continued partnership with The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University in putting this program together.”

About Hitachi America

Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies, offers a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit Hitachi’s website at www.hitachi.com.  

About the Wilson Center
The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship is an institute of Pace University aiming to serve students and nonprofit organizations by encouraging more effective and efficient nonprofit management practices through research, colloquia and continuing education programs. The Center was launched with a $5 million gift from Helene and Grant Wilson, entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose involvement with nonprofits has convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help these organizations increase their impact.

About Pace University

For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

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Contacts: 
Lauren Raguzin
Hitachi America, Ltd. 
(914)333-2986 
Lauren.Raguzin@hal.hitachi.com

Non-Profits in a Harsh Economic Climate

On Thursday, March 25, Hitachi America, Ltd. in partnership with the Pace University Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship will present a free full morning education program for non-profit professionals. During the past two years, non-profit organizations and corporations alike have faced difficulties due to the harsh economic climate. At the same time, both groups have witnessed tremendous growth in the area of social networking and have been forced to consider how best to utilize this new medium. The new decade brings both increased potential for exposure and fundraising along with new challenges in the areas of management, constituency needs and the changing donor landscape.

MEDIA ADVISORY

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

FREE MORNING EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR NON-PROFIT PROFESSIONALS

Topics to include dealing with a harsh economic climate, changing donor landscape, increased exposure via social media

WHITE PLAINS, NY, March 24, 2010 – On Thursday, March 25, Hitachi America, Ltd. in partnership with the Pace University Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship will present a free full morning education program for non-profit professionals. During the past two years, non-profit organizations and corporations alike have faced difficulties due to the harsh economic climate. At the same time, both groups have witnessed tremendous growth in the area of social networking and have been forced to consider how best to utilize this new medium. The new decade brings both increased potential for exposure and fundraising along with new challenges in the areas of management, constituency needs and the changing donor landscape.

WHEN: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 8:30 – 11:45AM

WHERE: Pace University Lubin Graduate Center, 1 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY

WHO: Free and open to non-profit professionals. Media admission by press pass. Presentations by seasoned fundraising and grants professionals Mark Popovich, Jay Frost and Betsy Hills Bush (bios below).

For directions and parking information:
www.hitachi-america.us/about/community_relations/events_conferences/

Agenda
8:30 – 9:00AM  Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15AM  Welcome

Rebecca Tekula, PhD
Executive Director, Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Lauren Garvey
Director, Branding, Corporate Communications and Community Relations, Hitachi America, Ltd.

9:15 – 10:00AM  The Great Recession and the State of Corporate Giving in the United States

Mark Popovich
Senior Program Manager, The Hitachi Foundation

10:00 – 10:45AM Fundraising 2.0: New Rules for a New Culture

Jay Frost
Principal, Frost on Fundraising

10:45 – 11:30AM Turbo Charge Your Board without Getting Burned

Betsy Hills Bush
Bush Program Officer, Westchester Community Foundation
Adjunct Professor, Pace University

11:30 – 11:45AM  Q&A and Closing Remarks

Mark Popovich

Bio
Mark Popovich is a Senior Program Officer at The Hitachi Foundation and is responsible for their Business and Communities Grants Program. This program supports the Corporate Social Responsibility field. They also make investments aimed at improving prospects for lower wealth people through skills training and career development. He has helped shape the biannual State of Corporate Citizenship Surveys with Boston College. And he has contributed to the development of two national multi-foundation initiatives. The Jobs to Career Initiative focuses on work-based training for frontline workers across the health sector. The Hitachi Foundation is also a founding partner in the $50m National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Presentation
The Great Recession and the State of Corporate Citizenship in the United States – To quote Thomas Paine, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Hard times make for hard choices. And choices made and actions taken in the tough times are the true gauge of the depth and durability of our values. We see concrete evidence for cautious optimism based on the attitudes, actions, and investment decisions emerging from a large, national, representative sample of business leaders surveyed at the heights of the economic recession.

Jay Frost

Bio
Jay Frost is a 25 year veteran of the fundraising field. He has played a leadership role in a number of companies including FundraisingINFO.com (FRI), WealthEngine and Wealth ID, as well as serving as a fundraiser in New York and Washington and a grantmaker with the federal government. Today, Jay serves as a partner in BFTConnect LLC, providers of ContactReporter, and as Principal of Frost on Fundraising, the platform for his work as a lecturer, trainer and consultant on philanthropy and fundraising around the world.

Presentation
Fundraising 2.0: New Rules for a New Culture – Is your organization on Facebook? Is your donor tweeting? Are your colleagues LinkedIn? Should you care? We’ll take a close look at how fundraising is changing in the wake of the Web 2.0. We will explore the topics YOU think are important to determining what tools to use and how to use them and look at real world examples of organizations adopting or ignoring the social networks which surround them today.

Betsy Hills Bush

Bio
Betsy Hills Bush is Program Officer for the Westchester Community Foundation. Betsy has twenty years of experience in the non-profit field, both on staff and as a volunteer and board member. She was legislative liaison with the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, then went to the law firm of Perlman & Perlman, where she founded their department of state registration and charitable solicitation law compliance for non-profit clients. Betsy also authored a monthly column on state and federal fund-raising laws for The Non-Profit Times. She received both her B.F.A. and her M.A. from New York University. She is an adjunct professor with the Dyson School of Public Administration at Pace University.

Presentation
Turbo-Charge Your Board without Getting Burned – Just as for-profit entrepreneurs need to line up investors who have both money and expertise to invest in their enterprises; non-profit executives need to think of board members as extending the expertise and resources of the organization at all times, not just during galas and fundraising campaigns. The board needs to be seen as a valuable resource for the organization and utilized accordingly. We’ll look at examples of how the right board members can really get an agency on the right track and make it “hot” – helping it bring in more resources and board members.