The CollegeSurfing Insider: “Big Test – Studying During the Holidays as an Adult Student”

As Thanksgiving approaches, the distractions increase … with thoughts of turkey, shopping, and family time taking you away from studying, writing papers, and finishing end-of-the-semester college projects. With these top tips, you can enjoy your holiday traditions (yum, pumpkin pie!) and finish up the semester strong.

Family get-togethers, holiday shopping, holiday cooking and more are all filling your calendar in Thanksgiving and December. With a bit of planning and preparation, these helpful hints should allow you to enjoy the holiday and keep from having to finish a key assignment or study for a final at the last minute:

Schedule your holidays.
Just like timing the components of a holiday meal, designate days and hours for studying/coursework, holiday commitments, and family time. For example, complete a homework assignment before you head out for Black Friday shopping, so you can enjoy the madness along with other deal seekers. Choose which holiday parties you will attend based upon school deadlines, so that you have enough time to study and have fun, says Richard Shadick, director of the counseling center and an associate adjunct professor of psychology at Pace University in New York.

Set realistic goals.
This may be the year that you hand off certain Thanksgiving dishes or holiday parties to someone else. Adult students often feel like they are unable to give anything their “all,” but if you set reasonable expectations about school, home and work, you will feel less stressed, Shadick says.

Don’t overindulge.
Enjoy that (one) cup of eggnog, as Shadick points out that drinking too much, overeating, or staying up later than normal makes it difficult to study effectively.

Be thankful for help.
If you feel overloaded, consider going to your school’s counseling center to talk to a professional about your holiday and school-related stress.

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WCAX-TV “The 9/11 Generation”

A look at the terrorists’ attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA, through the memories of young Lubin sophomore Jarid Raftery, who was 10 years old at the time.

September in Vermont is traditionally filled with stories of leaves changing colors and kids heading back to school. But on a bright September morning 10 years ago, the story for many young Vermonters was one of sadness, uncertainty and fear.

Eighty miles north in Richmond, then-10-year-old Jarid Raftery learned of the attacks when he found his mom in tears.

“My mom was sitting on the couch watching TV crying,” Jarid recalled to a reporter from his Burlington, Vermont, hometown TV station, WCAX. “And I was with my sister and her two friends and we were basically asking her, what’s wrong, what’s going on?”

For a little boy used to playing in the park behind his home in a setting fit for postcards, the attacks were scary, too.

“Especially here in Vermont, we all feel really safe, it’s a great environment, it’s a great place to grow up. So to see that happen even somewhere like 6 hours away, it was just scary for us, definitely scary,” Jarid said.

Jarid memories of the attacks on New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pa., are like so many others who watched the horrors through young eyes.

The Rafterys stayed glued to the TV.

“We went and sat down and watched it with her and were just watching this catastrophe happen,” Jarid said.

Jarid’s mom, Ayeshah Raftery, was a flight attendant at the time. She’s from New York City and couldn’t keep the tragedy from her kids.

“A lot of parents were deciding whether to tell their children what was going on, but I needed to tell them what was going on because we had family there,” she explained.

The Rafterys were spared– their family was OK. But a decade later Jarid still thinks of the thousands who died that morning.

“It was almost hard to believe that two of the tallest buildings that I have ever seen in my life don’t exist anymore and that all of those offices and people who worked there, were there every day and essentially spent their lives there are now dead or very injured or escaped by the skin of their neck, basically,” Raftery said.

Stories and images from 9/11 did not stop Jarid from leaving Vermont and heading to college in the city home to the largest terrorist attack the United States has ever seen.

“It looks unreal and you go there today and this is not what you see,” Jarid said.

Jarid is a sophomore at Pace University, a short distance from where the twin towers went down.

“I walk by it all the time and I always just see the gates and every time I look at that area, it just brings back instantly that memory,” he said.

He was at ground zero last spring when Osama Bin Laden, the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks was killed by U.S. forces.

“It was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever been through in my entire life,” Jarid said.

An experience that continues to shape the 20-year-old’s 9/11 story.

“This one man stood up on the gates of ground zero that said, I’m Muslim, don’t panic and led everyone in the crowd in singing the pledge of allegiance, saying the pledge of allegiance and singing that national anthem,” Jarid said.

Ten years later as the bright September skies return, Jarid knows the 9/11 memories he shares with other young people will not fade.

“It clicks for everyone, something inside of them definitely changes and shifts and it is something that as Americans we can all relate to and definitely bond over,” he said.

MEDIA ADVISORY: NYC Press Center for Journalists Covering 10th Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks Announced by Pace and National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center

Pace’s Multipurpose Room will be transformed into a newsroom for reporters worldwide covering the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 10am – 8pm; Sunday, September 11, 7am – 7pm

WHERE: Pace University (east of City Hall; blocks from the World Trade Center site).  Use Pace’s Spruce Street courtyard side entrance for Multipurpose Room.  Directions to Pace’s NY Campus

WHAT: High-speed wireless Internet access, workspace, pool broadcast on large-screen monitors, full-service cafeteria, snack shop and peer camaraderie. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Space granted on a first-come, first-served basis to those showing a New York City press badge or media organization credentials.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • We cannot help with parking. Call 212-NEW-YORK (639-9675) for more information, or visit www.nyc.gov/apps/311.
  • Pace’s Internet portal is robust and highly reliable, but due to construction in the neighborhood, we cannot absolutely 100% guarantee uninterrupted service.
  • To plan your trip to the 9/11 Memorial, use the online reservation system at www.911memorial.org

9/11 ON CAMPUS:  Highlights include: “Witness to Tragedy and Recovery”: Comprehensive exhibition of photos of the terrorist attack and subsequent recovery, a collaboration between Pace and the National Press Photographers Association; student candlelight memorial vigil on Sunday night (time TBD); interviews with Pace faculty experts on 9/11 topics

9/11 MEMORIAL MEDIA CONTACTS: Michael Frazier: office 212-312-8800; cell 347-415-0219; mfrazier@911memorial.org;  Sarah Lippman: office 212-312-8800, cell 646-703-4503, slippman@911memorial.org

PACE MEDIA CONTACTS: Christopher T. Cory: office: 212-346-1117; cell 917-608-8164; ccory@pace.edu;  Samuella Becker: office: 212-346-1637, cell 917-279-5419; sbecker2@pace.edu

NEWS RELEASE: “With a Shrug” by Playwright Nicholas Priore (MFA ’10, The Actors Studio Drama School) Among 40 Elite Semi-Finalists in Samuel French’s 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival – Will Be Presented July 22 in NYC

Chosen from over 1,030 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs, and professional companies nationwide, “With a Shrug” by Playwright Nicholas Priore (MFA ’10) will be presented at the 36th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway (OOB) Short Play Festival at 8 pm on July 22nd at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). Powerhouse theatrical publisher Samuel French is one of the largest and most prestigious publishing houses in the world.

Pace Media Contact: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172

With a Shrug by Playwright Nicholas Priore (Actors Studio Drama School MFA ’10) Semi-Finalist in

Samuel French’s 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

– July 22, 8 pm at The Lion Theatre on Theater Row, New York City

NEW YORK, NY, July 13, 2011 – Chosen from over 1,030 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs, and professional companies nationwide, With a Shrug by Playwright Nicholas Priore (MFA ’10, The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University) and produced by Pamela Scott/Aching Dogs Theatre Company will be presented at the 36th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway (OOB) Short Play Festival at 8 pm on July 22nd at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC).

The week-long festival features a full program of 40 selected plays performed for a panel of judges comprised of established playwrights, agents and Samuel French editorial staff.  Six finalists are chosen to have their plays licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

 “It’s a great honor to be involved with the Samuel French OOB Festival this summer…our team is very excited to share this work,” said Priore.  “Everyone involved With a Shrug is associated in some way with the Actors Studio, “he added. “Gina Bonati, a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio, stars as Shelley, who is cleaning out her old childhood home after the death of her reclusive father when David Holmes, currently an intern at the Actors Studio who plays Chris, pays a visit to retrieve something he had her father borrow.  With a Shrug is directed by Robert Haufrecht, a member of the Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop.” 

For additional insight into the play and Priore’s thought process in creating it, go to http://oob.samuelfrench.com/index.php/the-final-forty/with-a-shrug-by-nicholas-priore

About the Playwright

Nicholas Priore was born and raised in Utica, NY, where he endured a Catholic education and graduated from Notre Dame High School.  He studied fiction and poetry for four years at SUNY-Purchase, earning a BA in Creative Writing, and went on to study playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, where he graduated with an MFA (May ’10).  He spent the past year as a finalist at the Actors Studio, and as a member of their Playwright Directors Workshop and Playwright Directors Unit.  Some of his plays include Unearthing the Tramp (ASDS Rep), Better than Nothing (Manhattan Rep), Beanie (Actors Studio PDU), Stuck (American Global Theatre), With a Shrug (Gallery Players) and Broken Record (Actors Studio PDW).  

About the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

For more information about the festival, plays, playwrights and participating companies, please visit the official festival website at www.samuelfrench.com/oobfestival. By requiring authors to collaborate with a producing organization and present their work in performance, Samuel French seeks to encourage the collaborative and creative process of playwriting.

All tickets are $18.  For more information and ticket purchase, call Telecharge 800-432-7250 or log onto www.telecharge.com. The 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival will run July 19th – July 24th at The Lion Theatre, Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY). 

The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is the only MFA theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The entire faculty is chosen and approved – and the curriculum is designed and supervised – by the leadership of The Actors Studio through its Curriculum Advisory Committee, including the Presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. All students –actors, directors, playwrights – train side-by-side as actors. All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton.

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DNAinfo.com: “Barren Pace University Plaza Could Become Urban Oasis”

A DNAinfo.com article features Pace University and the school’s plan to apply for funding to transform the plaza in front of its lower Manhattan campus.

A DNAinfo.com article features Pace University and the school’s plan to apply for funding to transform the plaza in front of its lower Manhattan campus.

Tobias Bisharat, Pace’s director of facilities, explains that Pace’s plaza doesn’t “invite the community into the area” and they would like for it to do that.

If the idea is approved by the Department of Transportation, then the plaza could open in a 2-3 years.

Read the full article at DNAinfo.com to learn more details!

The New York Times: “True Blue in District Nine”

Christopher Malone, an associate professor of political science at Pace University and the director of the Pforzheimer Honors College on the New York City campus, writes an opinion article for The New York Times. Malone shares his opinion on Anthony Weiner, and politics.

Christopher Malone, an associate professor of political science at Pace University and the director of the Pforzheimer Honors College on the New York City campus, writes an opinion article for The New York Times. Malone shares his opinion on Anthony Weiner, and what the New York congressman’s sins could mean for his party. From the article:

Ultimately, though, Weinergate is just the latest example of the blurring of the lines between the public official and the private individual. I’m not sure this is a good thing. It makes us all dumber. I’d be willing to bet that most Americans can now tell you all about what Weiner did without being able to say one word about his legislative record as a US Congressman. And that is a shame.

Read the full opinion article in The New York Times.

NewsFactor: “Wall Street Traders Mine Tweets for Investing Clues”

A Study done by a Pace PhD candidate Arthur O’Connor which showed a correlation between stocks and social-media was mentioned in the NewsFactor article “Wall Street Traders Mine Tweets for Investing Clues”.

A Study done by a Pace PhD candidate Arthur O’Connor which showed a correlation between stocks and social-media was mentioned in the NewsFactor article “Wall Street Traders Mine Tweets for Investing Clues”. NewsFactor.com reports that the “Online surveillance of social-networking sites is emerging as a must-have tool for hedge funds, big banks, high-frequency traders and black-box investment firms that run money via computer programs.”

Excerpt from the article:

Interest in the marriage of social media and finance remains high. In March, a study done by a Ph.D. candidate at Pace University showed a positive correlation between stock price performance and the social-media “popularity” of well-known brands Starbucks, Coca-Cola and Nike. The Pace author, Arthur O’Connor, also found that brand popularity online may be a “lead indicator” of stock performance. And a team of economists at TUM School of Management, or Technical University of Munich, has created a Web site, TweetTrader.net, that attempts to profit from similar Twitter research.

Read the full article on NewsFactor.com.

DNAinfo, The Nation, The Guardian: “Left Forum Will Draw Thousands of Activists to Pace University”

The Left Forum, an annual conference held at Pace University which covers local and international political issues, was covered by DNAinfo, The Nation and The Guardian (which has a whole series on the theme of the conference).

Cornel West, writer and activist, will speak at the Left Forum Friday night at Pace. (Richard Alan Hannon/Getty Images)

The Left Forum, an annual conference held at Pace University which covers local and international political issues, was covered by DNAinfo, The Guardian, and The Nation.

Excerpt from the DNAinfo.com article:

This is the third year the Left Forum has been held at Pace University, but it has its roots back in the Socialist Scholars Conference in the 1960s. Every year, the Left Forum brings activists together to take a step back from their day-to-day work and see what others are doing in different fields all over the world.

It is expected to be the largest Left Forum yet.

You can also read coverage of the Left Forum at Pace University in The Nation and The Guardian, which has a whole series on the theme of the conference.

The New Yorker blog, Investor’s Business Daily and others: “IBM’s Watson Aims Far Beyond ‘Jeopardy’ Matchup”

Professor Darren Hayes is quoted in multiple articles about a Jeopardy game show which tests man against machine (IBM’S Watson supercomputer). Hayes showcases his knowledge of homeland security and computer forensics.

From the Investor’s Business Daily (Investors.com) article:

Darren Hayes, computer information systems program chairman at New York’s Pace University, adds national defense to the list. Hayes is not connected with IBM or Watson, but based on his expertise in computer forensics and homeland security, he says the technology could significantly assist in that arena.

“The focus (on homeland security) has been on information gathering — license plates, credit card transactions, Internet activity, flight manifests, telephone records, bank transactions, and so on — for millions of people. Synthesizing those terabytes of information is tremendously challenging,” Hayes said, adding that Watson can pull together these vast amounts of data much faster than earlier technology.

Hayes’ knowledge and expertise was also used in The New Yorker blog, NYConvergence.com and the Seattle Weekly blog.

Since December, Hayes has been sought after by multiple media, from CNN and Fox News to Government Executive Magazine, for views on other topics including the security of federal computer systems and Wikileaks.

Check out Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems here.

BroadwayWorld – “Pace University Confronts the AIDS Crisis with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS”

No “Humbug” This Season.

Just like Scrooge decided to give money to the less fortunate after his eye opening journey with the three ghosts, “A Christmas Carol” Director Grant Kretchik along with his cast of over 40 will fundraise after each of their eight shows and donate the money to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.

BC/ EFA is an organization that has raised over $195 million dollars since 1988 to provide people living with AIDS, as well as other critical illnesses, necessary services and care.

“This was the first organization that was even mentioned as an option for our fundraising,” says Tommy McKiernan, a cast member. “It’s a charity that was born right out of the theater community and benefits a cause that is a major health problem not only in the United States, but all around the world. It was a no brainer.”

Bethany Xan Jeffery, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge’s diligent housekeeper -Mrs. Dilber in “A Christmas Carol,” wrote the article on the inspiration behind Pace confronting the AIDS crisis that got picked up by BroadwayWorld –broadwayworld.com/article/Pace_University_Confronts_the_AIDS_Crisis_With_BCEFA_20101130#ixzz16nw5A4YB

Wrote Jeffery:

“HIV/ AIDS is a rapidly growing disease that is plaguing the world and if we don’t help the government by raising money to fund the research ourselves, then who knows when it will cease consuming millions of lives. You can help by donating to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids at www.broadwaycares.org or any of the HIV/ AIDS charity organizations.  All it took was one person to contact BC/ EFA from Pace University to organize a major effort against the AIDS crisis. It could be you.”