NEWS RELEASE: Ossining Councilman Peter Tripodi and Ramapo Councilman Daniel Friedman to Speak at Pace

In today’s economy, college graduates are increasingly pursuing careers in government, healthcare and the non-profit sector. So say Councilman Peter Tripodi of Ossining and Councilman Dan Friedman of Ramapo who will share insights on “Making Your MPA Work for You, Connecting with Your Local Community” on Monday, June 20 at 6:00pm, at Pace’s Graduate Center, 11 Martine Avenue in White Plains. The event is free and open to the public. (Left: Peter Tripodi).

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Pace University’s Master of Public Administration Student Association Hosts First Leaders Night at Graduate Center

Tripodi is a Pace MPA student; Freidman is a Pace MPA alum

WHITE PLAINS, NY, June 17, 2011 – In today’s economy, college graduates are increasingly pursuing careers in government, healthcare and the non-profit sector. So say Councilman Peter Tripodi of Ossining and Councilman Dan Friedman of Ramapo who will share insights on “Making Your MPA Work for You, Connecting with Your Local Community” on Monday, June 20 at 6:00pm, at Pace’s Graduate Center, 11 Martine Avenue in White Plains. The event is free and open to the public.

Councilman Peter Tripodi, who is pursuing his MPA in Government at Pace, is a lifelong resident of Ossining. He began in his career in politics while interning for the New York State Assembly in 2008. Tripodi ran for the Ossining Town Board, winning the seat in 2009, and is currently the youngest elected official in Westchester County.  Councilman Tripodi sits on Westchester County’s Housing Opportunity Commission, appointed by County Executive Rob Astorino. He is a member of the Ossining Chamber of Commerce, a trustee of the Ossining Historical Society and a volunteer firefighter with the Ossining Fire Department. 

Councilman Daniel Friedman has served the town of Ramapo since the beginning of 2010, inaugurated just days after his twenty-fourth birthday, and is the youngest elected official in Rockland County. As a Councilman, he has passed legislation cutting costs to lower property taxes, and has been advancing a landmark government consolidation plan. Friedman has proposed and passed several pieces of green legislation reducing energy use and costs, particularly by replacing the municipal fleet with a hybrid fleet. His involvement in government began at the age of 15, when he interned for the New York State Assembly. He also served as President of the Rockland County Chapter of the Young Democrats of America and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Government in 2008, and his MPA in 2010 from Pace University.

 The event is sponsored by the Master of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA) of Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.  

About Master of Public Administration Student Association

Through organized social and community service events, the MPASA seeks to help students in the government, health care, and nonprofit specializations forge meaningful and long-term relationships with professionals already practicing in their fields. The MPSAS community engages young professionals through technology and social media along with events that facilitate a civic minded student-body. For more information on MPASA please visit www.pace.edu/dyson/publicadmin/mpasa

Master of Public Administration at Pace University

The Master of Public Administration Program of Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences offers degrees with tracks in environmental management, government, health care, not-for-profit management, as well as combined degree programs and professional programs including law, business, computer and information sciences, education and nursing. The program is designed to cater to the needs of public and not-for-profit entities through a multi-pronged curriculum and close interaction with local government agencies, health care entities and the non-profit sector providing a unique work and study program for students. The program will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2011. For more information on this event and the MPA program please visit www.pace.edu/dyson/mpa.

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.

Contact:

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

Daniel Friedman

The Journal News: Bronxville’s Margaret Reilly, 77, gets 2 college degrees in 2 weeks | LoHud.com

Margaret Reilly was 74 and recovering from brain damage when she went back to college. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Pace on May 22 for coursework she did in the 1980s, and she will receive her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies/community and human services Sunday, June 5 from SUNY Empire State. (Left: Margaret Reilly. Photo credit: Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News.)

Seventy-seven-year-old Margaret Reilly received her master’s degree in public administration from Pace on May 22 for coursework she did in the 1980s, and she will receive her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies/community and human services Sunday, June 5 from SUNY Empire State.

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NEWS RELEASE: Women’s Advocate Overcomes Near-Fatal Brain Injury to Receive Two College Degrees at 77

Margaret Reilly of Bronxville, who is graduating this year with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, has fought for women’s and children’s rights in child support cases in Westchester County and New York State for more than four decades – but her biggest battle was waged from a hospital bed.

Bronxville grandmother to receive her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree this spring

Margaret Reilly will walk in two graduation ceremonies – Pace University’s on May 22 and SUNY Empire State University’s on June 5

NEW YORK, NY, May 9, 2011 – Margaret Reilly of Bronxville, who is graduating this year with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, has fought for women’s and children’s rights in child support cases in Westchester County and New York State for more than four decades – but her biggest battle was waged from a hospital bed.

Her degrees come 14 years after a severe brain injury nearly killed her.

Now 77 and healthy, she will receive her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Pace University on May 22 and her Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Empire State University on June 5 with her five children and eight grandchildren cheering her on.

For Reilly, the degrees represent the culmination of her life’s work. She began her career during the height of the women’s movement as an advocate for women and children with Westchester County in 1969, the year California became the first state to adopt a “no fault” divorce law.  In the mid-1970s she was the first woman promoted to investigation and enforcement officer in the Office of Child Support. By the time she retired, she was a supervisor of the Court Liaison Team with a staff of 14.

A month after her retirement in 1995, Reilly joined the Coalition for Family Justice in Irvington as a volunteer and prepared to go back to school to finish her education.

But two years later a near-fatal head injury from a fall while vacationing in Ireland put her dreams on hold. Reilly underwent emergency surgery for bleeding on the brain and to remove damaged brain tissue. Reilly was in a coma for eight days. Her recovery took more than a year and included intensive physical and mental rehabilitation.

She rejoined the Coalition for Family Justice and became director for Family Court cases as an advocate and court watcher.

At age 72, six years after losing her husband, Reilly was ready for a new challenge and enrolled at SUNY Empire State University in 2006.

A graduate of Yonkers High School of Commerce, Reilly took courses during her career in Public Administration at Pace and attended Westchester Community College. She completed all the requirements for her MPA nearly 20 years ago in 1982 but did not receive the degree at that time because she had not yet completed her undergraduate degree program. Reilly completed her undergrad degree program in February of this year.

On Sunday, May 22 she will be walking in Pace University’s graduate commencement ceremony in New York City at 4:00pm at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

Ironically, she will officially receive her Bachelor’s degree exactly two weeks after her MPA in a ceremony at SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center on June 5 at 3:00pm.

“A degree is something I wanted all my life because most women didn’t go to college when I was young,” says Reilly. “It is an accomplishment, but it’s more than that. At 77, my degree gives me the credentials I need to keep on helping people.”

About Pace University

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

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