MSNBC’s Your Business – Bruce Bachenheimer – Tips to Better Your Business

“Too often entrepreneurs mix up passion and persistence with arrogance and they need to step back and listen,” advised Bruce Bachenheimer, Pace’s Director of Entrepreneurship, on a December 15 segment of MSNBC’s Your Business.

Tips to help you better your business, provided by Bruce Bachenheimer on MSNBC’s Your Business (December 15):

  • Entrepreneurs are optimists by nature – and that’s good. But what they really have to do is put themselves in their customer’s shoes.
  • It’s difficult but entrepreneurs need to ask themselves: What do my customers really want? What are they really willing to pay for my products or services?  What do they honestly think of me, my brand, my products?   
  • Social media is a great way to get close to the customer.  Listen carefully.  Don’t be defensive or dismissive; be as objective and analytical as possible.
  • With technology in particular, the most important thing is to get your product out there. Then be prepared to refine it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Technology’s impact on environmental problems – friend or foe?

October 21, 2010

CALENDAR LISTING: Technology’s impact on environmental problems – friend or foe?

Pace University roundtable Nov. 1 in Pleasantville to probe advocacy and answers with naturalist, author, and activist Janisse Ray and Pace University Senior Fellows Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger for The New York Times, and Hudson River advocate John Cronin

Panel kicks off Ray’s week at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies as Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

WHO and WHAT: Environmental scholars and experts Janisse Ray, Andrew C. Revkin, and John Cronin will discuss “Where Activism Meets Technological Innovation: The Challenge of Environmental Problem Solving.” The event is co-hosted by Pace’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, and Center for Community Action and Research.

WHEN and WHERE: Monday, November 1, 2010, 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite. Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY. Use campus Entrance 3.
RSVP: Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, PaceAcademy@pace.edu or (914) 422-4077 by Oct. 27th.

BACKGROUND: In 2010, the natural world is little improved since decades-old environmental laws were enacted. Environmental degradation is accelerating globally with local consequences. Advocacy and technology have each played a part in successes and failures, but how much should each be leveraged to face new environmental challenges? Has advocacy lost its way? Is technology a blessing, curse, or both? This discussion will explore the relative value of advocacy and technology – and the idea that a union of the two may be the only way forward.

Janisse Ray has organized movements and organizations to protect the environment and has written three books about it, including a memoir about growing up in a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast, “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood.” From November 1-5 she will be in residence at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies through the Council of Independent Colleges’ Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Program, leading classes, workshops, informal discussions, and speaking at a University conference.

Andrew C. Revkin is author of the “Dot Earth” blog on the opinion website of The New York Times, where from 1995 through 2009 he was a pathbreaking science writer covering environmental science, movements, and politics. He is now Pace Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

John Cronin directs the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a non-profit research center for innovative technology. Among the Institute’s programs is a collaborative network of sensors and robotics along the Hudson River, sampling and analyzing real-time data for researchers, policy makers, and educators. Widely known as the Hudson Riverkeeper from 1983 – 2000, and a founder of the worldwide “keeper” movement, he is Pace Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs.

Moderator: Michelle D. Land is Director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, where she also directs the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities. With expertise that spans environmental law and policy, wildlife biology, interdisciplinary education, and campus sustainability, she is a unique national voice for the emerging role of colleges and universities in environmental affairs. Land is also an adjunct associate professor in the graduate environmental science program at Pace University.

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Bank of New York Mellon CEO Kurt Woetzel to be Honored at Pace University Reception June 3

Bank of New York Mellon CEO Kurt Woetzel will be honored at Pace University’s Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception on June 3rd.

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

May 14, 2008

MEDIA ADVISORY

BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CIO KURT WOETZEL
TO BE HONORED AT PACE UNIVERSITY’S
LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE IN TECHNOLOGY
AWARD RECEPTION, JUNE 3

Award recognizes not only leadership in information technology but also innovation in “application of technology to serve people”

WHO: This year’s honoree is Kurt D. Woetzel, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Bank of New York Mellon.

WHAT: 13th Annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception, celebrated by Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. The award honors individuals and companies not only for “leadership in the field of technology,” but also for “innovation in the application of technology to serve people, and commitment to community service and education.”

The annual award reception serves as the primary fund-raiser for the school. All proceeds are used to support the school’s Endowed Scholarship Fund and various initiatives.

WHEN and WHERE: Tuesday, June 3, 6 pm, JPMorganChase, One Chase Manhattan Plaza, New York, NY. Media admission by press card.

BACKGROUND ON WOETZEL: Woetzel is responsible for the company’s Information Technology organization worldwide. In this role, he oversees the technical infrastructure, software development and business processes of an IT organization that is supported by over 5,000 technology professionals. He is also responsible for the company’s Office of Innovation, where he directs company resources and establishes processes in support of accelerating new product development and innovation across global markets.

He held the same position at The Bank of New York Company, Inc. prior to its merger with Mellon Financial Corporation in July 2007. Before that, Woetzel headed up the software development process at that company, developing the technical architecture governing the integration of numerous and complex, large-scale acquisitions involving extensive client portfolios.

Woetzel is a member of the company’s Executive Committee, the organization’s most senior management body, which oversees day-to-day operations. He is a former director of the Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications and the Government Securities Clearing Corp, and a current member of the advisory board of Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

The 2006 Executive Summit: Marketing and Technology – The Next Frontier

The Summit will cover mobile marketing, podcasts, blogs, search engines, interactive TV, social networking, licensing technology, retail applications and next wave Internet, and will address new business and new product development issues. It is geared toward executives and senior managers responsible for strategic planning, product or service marketing, sales growth, new business or channel development, retailing, advertising, or other marketing communications.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Robert Pittman, Founding Member, Pilot Group, LLC, and Robert Ingalls, President, Verizon Broadband and Retail Markets, to speak at The 2006 Executive Summit: Marketing and Technology, Pace University, September 15

WHAT: “The 2006 Executive Summit: Marketing and Technology – The Next Frontier,” a major industry conference sponsored by Adweek Publications (Brandweek, Adweek and Mediaweek), McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Marketing Executives Networking Group, and the Marketing Department of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.

The Summit will cover mobile marketing, podcasts, blogs, search engines, interactive TV, social networking, licensing technology, retail applications and next wave Internet, and will address new business and new product development issues. It is geared toward executives and senior managers responsible for strategic planning, product or service marketing, sales growth, new business or channel development, retailing, advertising, or other marketing communications.

WHO: Keynote speaker: Robert Pittman, Founding Member, Pilot Group, LLC. Luncheon speaker: Robert Ingalls, President, Verizon Broadband and Retail Markets.

Richard Guha, Principal, The New England Consulting Group and Co-Chairman of the Executive Summit, moderates a panel on “Television 3.0: Real Time Insight into Convergence and Targeting” featuring Bob DeSena, Partner, Mediaedge: CIA; Rob Master, Marketing Director, Skin Cleansing, Unilever Home & Personal Care; Shelly Palmer, Managing Partner, Advanced Media Ventures Group; and Lynne Seid, Founding Partner, Visible World, LLC.

Simon Hay, dunnhumbyUSA CEO, moderates a panel on “Disruptive Technology at the Retail Point Of Sale” featuring James B. Coleman, Partner, Accenture and Robert Passikoff, CEO, Brand Keys; John Stichweh, Director of Worldwide Interactive Marketing, The Coca Cola Company; Paul C. Ritchie, Director, Marketing, International Biometric Group; and Paul Keung, Executive Director, Internet, New Media and E-Commerce, CIBC World Markets.

Paul Kurnit, Clinical Professor of Marketing, Pace University, moderates a panel on “Privacy, Identity Theft, Social Networking: The Devil in the Database” featuring Jessi Hempel, Business Week journalist and Jim Nail, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Cymphony.

Ipshita Ray, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Pace University, moderates a panel on the “Future of Marketing & Advertising” featuring Barton Weitz, J.C. Penney Professor, University of Florida; Joseph F. Hair, Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Education and Family Business Studies and the Alvin C. Copeland Endowed Chair of Franchising at Louisiana State University; Charlotte H. Mason, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina; and Michael Belch, Professor, San Diego State University.

WHEN: Friday, September 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University, One Pace Plaza (across from City Hall), New York City.

Conference agenda: www.pace.edu/executivesummit

Media admission is by press card.

he 2006 Executive Summit: Marketing and Technology – The Next Frontier

“The 2006 Executive Summit: Marketing and Technology – The Next Frontier,” is a major industry conference sponsored by Adweek Publications (Brandweek, Adweek and Mediaweek), McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Marketing Executives Networking Group, and the Marketing Department of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Robert Pittman, Founding Member, Pilot Group, LLC, and Robert Ingalls, President, Verizon Broadband and Retail Markets, to speak at The 2006 Executive Summit: Marketing and Technology, Pace University, September 15

WHAT: “The 2006 Executive Summit: Marketing and Technology – The Next Frontier,” a major industry conference sponsored by Adweek Publications (Brandweek, Adweek and Mediaweek), McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Marketing Executives Networking Group, and the Marketing Department of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.

The Summit will cover mobile marketing, podcasts, blogs, search engines, interactive TV, social networking, licensing technology, retail applications and next wave Internet, and will address new business and new product development issues. It is geared toward executives and senior managers responsible for strategic planning, product or service marketing, sales growth, new business or channel development, retailing, advertising, or other marketing communications.

WHO: Keynote speaker: Robert Pittman, Founding Member, Pilot Group, LLC. Luncheon speaker: Robert Ingalls, President, Verizon Broadband and Retail Markets.

Richard Guha, Principal, The New England Consulting Group and Co-Chairman of the Executive Summit, moderates a panel on “Television 3.0: Real Time Insight into Convergence and Targeting” featuring Bob DeSena, Partner, Mediaedge: CIA; Rob Master, Marketing Director, Skin Cleansing, Unilever Home & Personal Care; Shelly Palmer, Managing Partner, Advanced Media Ventures Group; and Lynne Seid, Founding Partner, Visible World, LLC.

Simon Hay, dunnhumbyUSA CEO, moderates a panel on “Disruptive Technology at the Retail Point Of Sale” featuring James B. Coleman, Partner, Accenture and Robert Passikoff, CEO, Brand Keys; John Stichweh, Director of Worldwide Interactive Marketing, The Coca Cola Company; Paul C. Ritchie, Director, Marketing, International Biometric Group; and Paul Keung, Executive Director, Internet, New Media and E-Commerce, CIBC World Markets.

Paul Kurnit, Clinical Professor of Marketing, Pace University, moderates a panel on “Privacy, Identity Theft, Social Networking: The Devil in the Database” featuring Jessi Hempel, Business Week journalist and Jim Nail, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Cymphony.

Ipshita Ray, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Pace University, moderates a panel on the “Future of Marketing & Advertising” featuring Barton Weitz, J.C. Penney Professor, University of Florida; Joseph F. Hair, Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Education and Family Business Studies and the Alvin C. Copeland Endowed Chair of Franchising at Louisiana State University; Charlotte H. Mason, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina; and Michael Belch, Professor, San Diego State University.

WHEN: Friday, September 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University, One Pace Plaza (across from City Hall), New York City.

Conference agenda: www.pace.edu/executivesummit

Media admission is by press card.

Ribbon cutting and tour of Pace SCI 2 Incubator at nValley

A ribbon cutting and tour of the SCI 2 Incubator at nValley, a new business incubator established by Pace University, Springlab, LLC and the City of Yonkers for early-stage companies. This is the first public viewing of the rehabilitated state-of-the-art facility, including room for approximately 20 businesses, 2 spacious conference rooms and a cyber café.

MEDIA ADVISORY

June 29, 2004

Contact:
Christopher T. Cory, Director, Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1117, C: 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Julie Edwards, Office of Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, 202-225-6506, Julie.Edwards@mail.house.gov

Patricia Harrington, City of Yonkers Office of the Mayor, 914-377-6300, patricia.harrington@cityofyonkers.com

Ribbon cutting and tour of the Pace University
Second Century Innovation and Ideas
Business Incubator
at nValley in Yonkers, NY

WHO: Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, City of Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone, Pace University President David A. Caputo and Springlab, LLC Partner Emanuel Martinez

WHEN: Wednesday, June 30, 2004, 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: In 13,000 square feet of the recently renovated nValley Technology Center, 470 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers – 2nd floor.

WHAT: A ribbon cutting and tour of the SCI 2 Incubator at nValley, a new business incubator established by Pace University, Springlab, LLC and the City of Yonkers for early-stage companies. This is the first public viewing of the rehabilitated state-of-the-art facility, including room for approximately 20 businesses, 2 spacious conference rooms and a cyber café.

The Pace incubator is the only business incubator for early-stage companies in the Hudson Valley region. Tenants in Yonkers will draw on the expertise of Pace’s well-known business and computer schools. They also will receive business and commercialization assistance and venture capital through Springlab, LLC. The long-term goal is to bring business and long term job opportunities to the region.

Sites of interest:
· SCI 2 (Second Century Innovation and Ideas Corporation) http://www.sci2.org
· Pace University Office of Sponsored Research and Economic Development
page.cfm?doc_id=10682

About the SCI 2 SpringLab Incubator at nValley

More advanced than start-ups, “early stage” businesses have a product that works and initial sales. For all new businesses, incubators provide low-cost space, economic incentives, and assistance in general business techniques and commercialization.

Interested businesses start the incubator application process by sending a one-page email that requests an application package and briefly describes their company and its plans. They receive a full application, which requires completing a three-page form and supplying a business plan.

Selection starts with due diligence research performed jointly by SpringLab and faculty members and students of Pace’s Lubin School of Business. The research investigates the company’s concept, potential for exploitation and financial soundness. Companies deemed to fit the incubator’s criteria go before an acceptance committee of people with technical and financial expertise in the area of the company’s proposed activity. Companies accepted by the committee then negotiate with the incubator to define a set of outcomes and periodic goals for progress.

Manhattan link. Pace also announced that it is creating a second business incubator in New York City. Housed at 163 William Street, on Pace’s downtown campus near City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street, its facilities will be available to tenants of the Yonkers incubator.

Pace will operate both incubators under the name of SCI 2 (Second Century Innovation and Ideas Corporation), a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the university (www.sci2.org). Companies interested in the commercialization assistance of the SCI2/Springlab partnership, and/or that wish to apply for residency in the new SCI 2 Yonkers or New York City incubators should contact SCI 2 Executive Director Victor Goldsmith, PhD, at 212-608-8282 or vfg@sci2.edu.

The nValley Technology Center, a local non-profit development corporation, was developed by the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA), which bore the estimated $2 million cost of renovations. Pace will share in the increased economic value of successful incubator companies.

Pace expects the new incubators to provide practical experience for students, help keep faculty members at the cutting edge of new developments, and assist in the economic development of the Hudson Valley region and beyond.

300 jobs. Said mayor Amicone, “For forty years this facility was owned and occupied by Purdue Fredrick Pharmaceutical, and from here Purdue grew into an international company. Under the guidance of Pace we see the products of the new incubator following a similar path.”

“Clearly, this is a superb location,” he added. “It is within three minutes of three major parkways and highways, five minutes from Metro North Railroad and the soon to be announced ferry service to Battery Park city. It is within the New York State Empire Zone and the federal Empowerment Zone, which allow businesses to operate virtually tax free. The cost of doing business in Nepperhan Valley is a fraction of what it would be in Manhattan or White Plains. The building is wired as a smart building and is connected to the ATM switch which provides ultra high speed data transfer.”

Amicone pointed out that the nValley Technology Center is the first building to be redeveloped in the Nepperhan Valley district and said, “We believe this will be the spark to ignite a complete redevelopment of the entire valley.”

“We expect that within twelve months over three hundred new jobs will be created at the nValley Technology Center,” he said. “We are very pleased to have Pace University join us in the continued re-growth of our city, which has re-emerged as one of the premier cities in which to live and work in the State of New York. With institutions like Pace joining us, we are confident that the effort will continue to grow. This is only the beginning of what promises to be another great step forward for the City of Yonkers.”

Congresswoman Lowey agrees. “Nepperhan Avenue is the gateway to the City of Yonkers waterfront and I think seeing projects like these come to fruition is a tribute to the vision that I, Mayor Amicone, and many others share for the city and the county,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland). “I’m proud of the fact that through federal appropriations, I was able to secure almost $300,000 to be put toward the renovation of this building, and I commend Pace University and the City of Yonkers for all their hard work. I hope other private sector leaders in the region will get involved in this project because partnerships like this one contribute so much to the community, and to the future of our area.”

Future CAT. Said Caputo, “We are pleased to be leaders with Yonkers in helping create this new economic engine for the Hudson Valley. It fits our motto of ‘opportunitas’ by offering superb professional advice from our business and computer schools, and by giving our students and faculty members exposure to entrepreneurial opportunities. It also should bring us some additional revenue. We are particularly excited by the partnership with SpringLab and with its partners, the WBA and GreenHills Ventures.”

Caputo added. “We’re the largest institution of higher education in Westchester County, so we have a strong obligation to share our expertise and take an active role in economic development.”

“Looking ahead,” Caputo said, “we hope this incubator will be the catalyst for a Center for Advanced Technology. CATs have been created under the New York State Technology and Research Program in 13 regions of the state. The Hudson Valley is overdue for one.”

Said Martinez, of GreenHills Ventures, “This joint venture incubator will greatly improve our ability to make investments in promising early stage companies. Our ability to combine our intellectual capital and disciplined proprietary approach towards investing in early stage businesses gives those companies a greater chance to succeed. We are very excited about our partnership with Pace University and look forward to seeing some of our companies graduate into the mainstream.”

Tax incentives, student help, boot camps. Qualified early-stage businesses locating in the Yonkers incubator will benefit from factors including:
· Below market rents.
· Tax incentives and access to low cost loans, available because of the incubator’s location in both a New York State Empire State Development Zone and a federal Empowerment Zone.
· The active involvement and expertise of Pace University faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students. These are expected to come primarily from Pace’s Lubin School of Business and Pace’s computer school, the School of Computer Science and Information Systems.
· Top quality business development advice and, when appropriate, funding including seed financing or venture capital funding.
· Access to venture capital boot camps, via the partnership with SpringLab, that will help with presentation skills and provide exposure to top venture capital firms seeking to make early stage investments.

Partners. The nValley Technology Center is a former Alexander Smith Carpet Company factory, built in 1922. Purdue-Frederick Scientific Laboratories, now Purdue Pharma L.P, later used it for pharmaceutical research. The company sold the building to the YIDA for $1 in 2000 on condition that it be used for economic development.

New York State has roughly 25 incubators and North America has approximately 950, according to the National Business Incubation Association.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that instills lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, 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

GreenHills Ventures, LLC is a New York based early stage private equity fund (GHV Fund, LP) and investment banking firm. It applies financial management expertise coupled with direct investment to help companies achieve enduring, high growth businesses. Its proprietary, milestone-based ProjectScope™ investing process establishes strong business fundamentals and helps increase company valuation while preserving investors’ and founders’ equity. The firm takes a value added, hands-on approach to investing. It works closely with companies and entrepreneurs to help them achieve measurable and quantifiable milestones by providing business focus, milestone planning, strategic guidance, and access to key industry resources in order to achieve a sound and viable business. Its comprehensive network of high quality external investors and strategic corporate partners helps companies execute their plan better and cost efficiently. Through its extensive investment and professional resources, vast collective experience, and access to direct co-investments, GreenHills Ventures helps early stage companies validate their business approach and turn themselves into viable, profitable, mature and high growth enterprises. More information is available through www.GreenHillsVentures.com

The Westchester Business Accelerator, LLC, is a Westchester County-based advisory firm whose objective is to strategically access and integrate the intellectual capital and resources of Westchester County to stimulate economic development and job creation for the early-stage business sector. For businesses needing assistance for funding and/or growth opportunities the WBA offers access to a strategic network of the County’s business leaders and financiers. The WBA has assisted entrepreneurs to identify private equity funding, strategic alliances, go-to-market intelligence and government assistance. The WBA has a partnership with the Westchester County Association and the Westchester Venture Group that integrates their membership and networks of partners and specialists to provide intellectual capital, growth alliances and funding.

Pace Expert on Managing Innovation and Technology Elected Head of Eastern Academy of Management

Eric H. Kessler, Ph.D., an expert on corporate innovation and technology and an Associate Professor of Management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, has been elected President of the Eastern Academy of Management (EAM). The EAM is the northeastern U.S. regional affiliate of the Academy of Management, the leading professional association for scholars in over 80 countries dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations.

Contact
Christopher T. Cory, Director of Public Information, Pace University
212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

PACE UNIVERSITY EXPERT ON MANAGING INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
ELECTED HEAD OF EASTERN ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT

New York, NY, May 24, 2004 — Eric H. Kessler, Ph.D., an expert on corporate innovation and technology and an Associate Professor of Management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, has been elected President of the Eastern Academy of Management (EAM). The EAM is the northeastern U.S. regional affiliate of the Academy of Management, the leading professional association for scholars in over 80 countries dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations.

Kessler’s current research focuses on decision making in organizations, particularly in the management of innovation and emerging technology. His scholarship has been widely published in leading journals and book series and he has won several awards for outstanding scholarly papers.

He also directs the Lubin Leaders and Scholars Program, which provides outstanding BBA students with an enhanced academic experience to prepare them for careers of global leadership in business. In recent years he has brought to campus such luminaries as legendary HP technologist Joel Birnbaum, Academy of Management President Rosalie Tung, and the world-renowned music ensemble, The Shanghai Quartet. This year he will lead a group of Lubin Leaders students to Japan to study comparative leadership paradigms.

Kessler also is a contributor to the National Security Education Program, which seeks to improve the country’s ways of educating United States citizens to understand foreign cultures as a means to strengthening U.S. economic competitiveness and enhancing international cooperation and security. He earned his BA from St. Lawrence University and his MBA and Ph.D. from Rutgers.

The EAM’s membership includes management professors from over 110 institutions including Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Wharton and Cornell as well as Pace. Kessler will remain President-Elect until May 2005 and formally serve as President thereafter until May 2006. He will continue to have a major role in strategic visioning as well as planning the EAM’s annual conferences, which feature research papers, symposia, experiential exercises, cases, distinguished speakers, professional workshops and developmental consortia.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, 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

Up to 20 Companies May Use New Pace Business Incubator

Mayor Philip A. Amicone and David A. Caputo, Ph.D., President of Pace University, have announced that up to 20 “early-stage companies” may be part of the new business incubator run by Pace University at the nValley Technology Center in Yonkers.

Contact: Patricia Harington
April 27, 2004 377-6054

Up to 20 Companies Expected to Use New Pace University Business Incubator at nValley Technology Center

Yonkers, N.Y. Mayor Philip A. Amicone and David A. Caputo, Ph.D., President of Pace University, have announced that up to 20 “early-stage companies” may be part of the new business incubator run by Pace University at the nValley Technology Center in Yonkers.

The incubator will occupy approximately 13,000 square feet of space at the Center and will provide “early stage companies” access to low-cost space, economic incentives and assistance in general business techniques and commercialization.

Applications to become incubator resident companies are now being encouraged. Information is at www.sci2.org or from the Executive Director, Victor Goldsmith, at 1-800-821-2456.

“This project is one of many that is contributing to the rebirth of a growth sector in Yonkers,” said Mayor Amicone. “We are very pleased to have Pace University join us in the continued re-growth of our city, which has emerged as one of the premier cities in which to live and work in the State of New York. With institutions like Pace joining us, we are confident that the effort will continue to grow. This is only the beginning of what promises to be another great step forward for the City of Yonkers.”

Amicone noted that the building is within the New York State Empire Zone and the federal Empowerment Zone and will definitely be a draw for businesses in the region. In addition, the property is wired as a smart building and is connected to the ATM switch that provides ultra high-speed data transfer.

“Our partnership with Yonkers is moving this project rapidly toward creating a new economic engine for the Hudson Valley,” said Caputo. “We are pleased that it will bring the expertise of our university to new businesses and will bring additional practical experiences to our students and our professors.”

Pace previously unveiled an additional location for the incubator in downtown Manhattan, near its campus across from City Hall.

The Yonkers building was constructed by Alexander Smith Carpet Mills in 1922 and for 40 years was home to Purdue Frederick Pharmaceuticals. In 2000, the facility was donated by the firm to the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA). The YIDA formed the nValley Technology Corporation, to build out, lease and operate the facility.

The nValley Technology Center has undergone over $14 million in renovations and will also house the following offices: AtlanticBank, Hudson Valley Bank, Empire Zone, a Small Business Development Center, the Yonkers Police Department, federal Empowerment Zone, and an nValley Café.

Pace University to Host FIRST LEGO League Tournament

The FIRST Organization, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway Human Transporter, has teamed up with the LEGO Company to create FIRST LEGO League. Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) will host the FIRST LEGO League Tournament, an annual event that over the last six years has encouraged children to use their imagination, work with LEGOs, and learn about science and technology in a fun and exciting way.

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY

January 26, 2004

PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST FIRST
(FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
LEGO LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

This year’s challenge — Mission: Mars

WHAT: The FIRST Organization, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway Human Transporter, has teamed up with the LEGO Company to create FIRST LEGO League. Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) will host the FIRST LEGO League Tournament, an annual event that over the last six years has encouraged children to use their imagination, work with LEGOs, and learn about science and technology in a fun and exciting way. This is the first time the tournament will be held in Westchester County and hosted by Pace University. Each year, there is a different internationally announced challenge for the tournament. This year’s challenge is Mission: Mars.

Teams of children, ages 9-14, from local schools, Girl Scout troops, and neighborhoods, have been presented with the task of designing a robotic device using LEGOs to explore and colonize a simulated, tabletop version of the Martian surface. In addition to the predetermined tournament missions that the robot will need to complete, the teams will be judged on robot design and programming, a 10-minute research presentation, and demonstrated teamwork.

WHO: Groups competing in the tournament include a team sponsored by the Westchester/Putnam Girl Scout Council, an all-girl team sponsored by MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) of White Plains Middle School, teams from other local schools (Greenburgh 7, St. Augustine’s in Ossining, St. Pius X in Scarsdale, Fox Lane Middle School) and a number of independent teams.

The tournament is run completely by volunteers, including CSIS students, staff and faculty, and members of the Westchester community. Teams of CSIS students have created a Web site to disseminate information about the tournament, have learned the Lego Mindstorms programming package and will staff an online help desk for teams and coaches during the event. CSIS students and recent graduates will serve as referees. Judges are from major corporations in the area, including IBM TJ Watson Research, Apple Computer, and Quintel Consulting.

WHEN: Sunday, February 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening ceremonies at noon.

WHERE: Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Goldstein Fitness Center, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY

For more information or to volunteer, contact Bernice Houle, (914) 773-3492, bhoule@pace.edu .

Web sites:

FIRST Organization http://www.usfirst.org/jrobtcs/flego.htm
CSIS at Pace http://csis.pace.edu

Pace University receives $25,000 from J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation

Nonprofit organizations in lower New York State will be able take advantage of today’s technologies to operate more effectively, thanks to free or low-cost training that Pace University will provide with help from a $25,000 grant from the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.

Editors: we can easily arrange access to the centers mentioned below.

Pace University receives $25,000 from The J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation to expand training in information technology for nonprofit organizations

– Lessons from five years “at the elbow” –

White Plains, NY – April 8, 2003 – Nonprofit organizations in lower New York State will be able take advantage of today’s technologies to operate more effectively, thanks to free or low-cost training that Pace University will provide with help from a $25,000 grant from the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.

The grant is being made to the Technology Center for Education and Community Empowerment, part of Pace’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS). “Our plan is to provide services to selected agencies in Manhattan, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties,” said Babette Kronstadt, the center’s director.

Interested nonprofit agencies are invited to call (914) 422-4328 to find out more about training opportunities.

The grant will allow the Technology Center to continue carrying out its mission of helping non-profit organizations succeed through more efficient use of technology. The grant also gives significant recognition to Pace’s five years of experience in this kind of work. The Technology Center has worked with nonprofit agencies, K-12 schools, and government agencies since 1997, expanding on earlier efforts by the School of Computer Science and Information Systems and the Pace Computer Learning Center.

Training non-profits to help themselves. Training people with little or no experience in computers can be challenging, according to Sylvia Russakoff, the Center’s associate director. Because many nonprofits have not been able to keep pace with the business world in the technology arena, employees often lack the basic knowledge about computer applications that their peers in the business world take for granted.

“They don’t have the foundation in knowing what a computer can or cannot do, nor the human infrastructure to be able to go down the hall and talk to a co-worker when they have a computer-related question,” says Russakoff.

To make sure students are successful, Pace instructors go the extra mile in a curriculum that concentrates on standard business applications and how they can help the organizations better meet their goals.

“We work with nonprofits to develop a training model that meets their needs. One training model includes ‘at the elbow’ support,” says Technology Center director Kronstadt. “That is, after the course is over, we wait a few weeks and then visit the students at their work place. We meet with individual students and ask what’s working, what’s not working, and even more important, what repetitive tasks are you still doing that perhaps we can automate? This gives the student a unique opportunity to personalize the instruction so they can make maximum use of the learning.”

Support from Bell Atlantic, Texaco. The Technology Center for Education and Community Empowerment was created in 1997 with a grant from the Bell Atlantic Foundation. It has continued and expanded its work in Westchester during the last two years with a grant from the Texaco Corp, offering free or reduced-fee training that has helped close to 20 nonprofits get up to speed on basic computer skills. As part of its work under the Texaco grant, the center surveyed the technology training needs of Westchester nonprofit agencies, finding that significant gaps in understanding and use of technology existed in many of them. The new grant will help meet part of that need.

Previous clients of the center have included the Union Child Care Center in Greenburgh, the Family Service Agency of Westchester, and H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere, Inc.) in Yonkers. Brief vignettes of their work are attached.

Pace was one of the first universities in the U.S. to create a cross-disciplinary school focused on computers instead of teaching computing in separate academic departments like mathematics and engineering.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor. 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.

Case studies follow.

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COMPUTER TRAINING FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

THREE CASE STUDIES FROM THE TECHNOLOGY CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT OF PACE UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Union Child Care Center. Letti Dowell is controller for the Union Child Care Center (UCDC) in Greenburgh, which operates before and after school programs for lower income families and takes care of children, from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. She lists among her job responsibilities chief accountant, bookkeeper, information systems and webmaster. “I wear many hats,” she says. Proper training in each of these functions is essential but not in the budget. Excel, Word and Access are essential office skills these days, and in order to get that training for her staff, at no cost, Dowell turned to Pace University’s Technology Center for Education and Community Empowerment. Dowell and many of her co-workers have taken courses at Pace in Excel, Word and/or Access. Previously, UCDC’s three bookkeepers did not know how to prepare spreadsheets, but now they can create these documents easily. “This training really helped us speed up the work,” says Dowell. She hopes to send more of the agency’s 120 staff members through the program at some time in the future.

The Family Service Agency of Westchester, another Technology Center client, serves thousands of customers every year through its social and mental health programs. According to Maureen Stano, administrative director, computer work was a struggle for many of the 260 staff members…but not any more. She says that thanks to the training provided by the Technology Center, employees report “they can do their reports more easily” and are saving time using computer shortcuts. The 25 employees who have taken at least one course so far have “welcomed the chance to learn,” says Stano, and would like to learn more. Since training for staff is not something the agency can afford, this would have been impossible without the Pace program. “Pace has been absolutely wonderful to work with,” according to Stano, “and we hope they can provide follow-up training and more advanced courses in the future.”

Helping Out People Everywhere, Inc. Pace’s student-centered approach to training has met great success with Winifred Hartnett, founder and executive director of the H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere, Inc.). When she heard about the Pace program, she knew many on her staff who had been struggling with computer work that could really use the training — including herself.

Her agency handles eviction prevention, housing and domestic violence counseling, among other services, for roughly 800 homeless families per year. “For a ‘dinosaur’ like myself, I found the training program in both Word and Excel absolutely wonderful,” says Hartnett. And it came just in the knick of time. Hartnett learned she had just three days to submit a grant proposal – complete with tables and charts – and would not have known how to merge documents without the Pace training. “It was a life-saver for me,” says Hartnett.

Out of H.O.P.E.’s 27 employees, 23 have participated in the program and the agency has already seen direct benefits. Caseworkers, who have to prepare monthly caseload grids that were previously a big chore, now find that by using Excel the reports are no longer “a big deal to do.” The training has not only helped the employees perform their jobs better, faster, easier, thus improving productivity, but also has heightened their self confidence. Hartnett reports “this is the first training that I’ve ever seen them excited about.”