Pace Students Volunteer in Argentina for Spring Break

A group of students from Pace University will travel to South America during spring break to participate in a service-learning course and to volunteer their time for those in need. The eight undergraduate students will be in Argentina from March 7 through 15, stopping in Buenos Aires, San Miguel de Tucumán and the small village of Tafí del Valle in the Andes Mountains.

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NEW YORK — A group of students from Pace University will travel to South
America during spring break to participate in a service-learning course and to volunteer
their time for those in need. The eight undergraduate students will be in Argentina from
March 7 through 15, stopping in Buenos Aires, San Miguel de Tucumán and the small
village of Tafí del Valle in the Andes Mountains.

This three-credit course, a history elective titled “Service and Study in Argentina,”
examines the political structure, economics and the sociological aspects of this Latin
American country. In addition to the traditional classroom component, the course’s
highlight comes from the travel and service segment consisting of a few days exploring
Buenos Aires, followed by several days in the interior province of Tucumán.

One bilingual speech therapy student will assist at the Colegio de Sordomudos
“Don Bosco,” a high school rehabilitation institute for deaf mutes in San Miguel de
Tucumán; three nursing students will donate their services to provide prenatal nutrition
counseling to expectant mothers in a public medical clinic; and others will be painting
and providing other maintenance at the same clinic in the rural village of Tafí del Valle.

The eight students, along with Daniel Greenberg, professor of history and co-
director for Pace’s Institute of Latin American Service and Studies, will be accompanied
by a full-time translator. In addition to volunteering during the trip, students pay their
own transportation fees and other expenses. Course requirements include a midterm and
research paper.

“Argentina, the world’s eighth largest country, is a land of intriguing diversity,
including the culturally European metropolis of Buenos Aires, as well as those regions
that are culturally Indian and Latin American,” said Professor Greenberg. “Many public
facilities in more rural areas, like Tafí del Valle, are in drastic need of assistance.”

The Institute of Latin American Service and Studies at the Dyson College of Arts
and Sciences at Pace was founded in 1993 by Dr. Greenberg and Dr. Jordan Young. The
Institute’s first major initiative was its Service and Study Trip to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil,
in 1995, where students helped to renovate an elementary school named after Pace.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City
and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and
graduate 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 and Lienhard School of Nursing.

Pace Receives $400,000 NEH Challenge Grant

Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences has received a $400,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The 4-to-1 matching grant will result in $2 million in endowment for the Dyson College Humanities Education Initiative to support faculty and curriculum development, and to enrich the College’s service-learning program.

Contact: Public Affairs
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NEW YORK — Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences has received a $400,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The 4-to-1 matching grant will result in $2 million in endowment for the Dyson College Humanities Education Initiative to support faculty and curriculum development, and to enrich the College’s service-learning program.

“The University community is proud to be the recipient of the only 1996 NEH Challenge Grant in New York State and is excited by the potential the Humanities Education Initiative represents in advancing liberal arts education at Pace,” said University President Dr. Patricia Ewers. Pace must raise $1.6 million in matching funds to receive the full $400,000 award from the NEH.

Funding will help implement changes to the University’s new core curriculum, and in the development of innovative capstone courses for humanities major programs. Other initiatives include team-teaching and interdisciplinary approaches to enhance faculty-student interaction. The funds also will support new personnel to assist faculty in developing new service-learning curricula for the humanities.

Nationwide, 26 NEH Challenge Grants were awarded in 1996, of which 10 went to institutions of higher education. The NEH Challenge Grant program is one of only two federal programs that awards endowment funds. Since its inception in 1977, the program has distributed $340 million in federal funds, which in turn has generated more than $1.15 billion in support for the nation’s libraries, colleges, museums and other humanities institutions.

This is Pace University’s second NEH Challenge Grant. The first was awarded in 1983 and resulted in nearly $1.3 million in endowment funds for the humanities. These funds continue to support a distinguished chair in philosophy, the Straus Thinking and Learning Center, and humanities faculty and curriculum development activities.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate 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 and Lienhard School of Nursing.