Pace University’s Online Book Club Allows Readers to Chat in Cyberspace

It may be summer, but members of Pace University’s online
book club still have homework reading assignments. Participants will log on
to the Internet and discuss Ron Suskind’s “A Hope in the Unseen: An American
Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League” on Tuesday, August 31 from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those interested in joining the chat can log on to the
University’s website at www.pace.edu/chatdirections.html during the day of
the event.

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BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. – It may be summer, but members of Pace University’s online
book club still have homework reading assignments. Participants will log on
to the Internet and discuss Ron Suskind’s “A Hope in the Unseen: An American
Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League” on Tuesday, August 31 from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those interested in joining the chat can log on to the
University’s website at www.pace.edu/chatdirections.html during the day of
the event.

“We wanted to create an opportunity for the University community to come
together and discuss issues relevant to Pace,” said Joyce Papa, a Human
Resources training associate who coordinates the online book chats. “We
decided to read books that were not solely entertaining but that also would
be educational and would help us at the University,” said Papa, who started
the program with Amy Tully, Office of Transitional Advising, and Jan Schaeffler,
Office of Planning, Assessment, Research and Academic Support.

“The online format allows everyone a chance to participate from all of our
campuses in New York City and Westchester County and beyond,” Papa said.

Called BookBound, the online academic book club is a University-wide program
for all faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Pace. It is a forum
to build community and it supports the University’s Strategic Agenda. The
subjects of the books reflect the University’s core values and commitments,
which also support the mission and Pace Quality initiatives. Topics that
help meet the educational challenges of the 21st century are featured.

Previously discussed books during Pace University’s online book chats have
included “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert M. Pirsig and
“Coming of Age in New Jersey: College and American Culture” by Michael Moffatt.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City
and Westchester County. Nearly 13,000 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, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and
the World Trade Institute.

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