NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Named as a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate

IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program announces Pace University as a 2012 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.




PACE selected from pool of 500 entrants from 25 countries

New York, NY —March 14, 2012— IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program today announces Pace University as a 2012 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

Five years ago, Pace professor Dr. Jean F. Coppola developed the university’s “Gerontechnology Program” which instructs students how to teach senior citizens basic computer skills including use of email, SKYPE, Wii, Google Search, instant messaging, among others. Partners on the project, Drs. Sharon Stahl Wexler and Lin Drury (Pace Nursing Faculty) prepare the students for instructing the seniors with “sensitivity training” that includes simulation glasses to replicate vision problems and popcorn in students’ shoes to mimic mobility issues and help them empathize with older people.

With baby boomers aging and a society increasingly dependent on technology, Professor Coppola’s program is filling a growing need.

The students teach at numerous community organizations in Westchester and New York City including United Hebrew of New Rochelle, Henry Street Settlement, and Hallmark of Battery Park City.

Pace’s Gerontechnology program is different from others for several reasons: in addition to the sensitivity training, an interdisciplinary team works on this project including nurses and tech gurus, social science educators, and statistical data experts. Pace also collaborates closely with the Westchester Department of Senior Programs and Services, Westchester Community College (Prof. Barbara Thomas) and Fordham University (Dr. Janna Heyman) for expert data analysis and social work research experience.

Moreover, this program has very strong ties to a growing list of community partners including The Wartburg, MAZII in Brooklyn to Cerebral Palsy of Westchester. This year, Dr. Coppola and her colleagues, Pace professors Mark Surabian and Dr. Sandra Flank, received a Thinkfinity grant from the Verizon Foundation for “Integrating the iPad into the Educational Technology Curriculum and Community: Facilitating Accessibility Awareness and Experimental Learning.”

“We are very pleased to be recognized for our work in intergenerational computing, and especially proud of the partnerships we have forged with geriatric facilities and government agencies under the leadership of Dr. Jean Coppola,” said Dr. Constance A. Knapp, Interim Dean of Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “It is an honor for us to receive recognition as a Computerworld Honors Laureate, and to be named among those who have applied information technology to promote positive social and educational change.”

“There’s no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward.  It ensures an organization’s ability to compete, innovate, communicate and to thrive.  What the Computerworld Honors Laureates so clearly demonstrate is technology’s role in moving society forward.  Computerworld acknowledges and applauds the outstanding work being done by individuals and organizations who have successfully used technology to improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations,” said John Amato, Vice President/Publisher of Computerworld. “Computerworld is proud to name the 2012 class of Laureates and celebrate their initiatives benefiting society through the innovative use of IT.”

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 4, 2012 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

About The Computerworld Honors Program

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies, as well as oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.

About Pace University

For 105 years Pace 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.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning web site (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, September 2011). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

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Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597,



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