NEWS RELEASE: Documentary Produced by Pace University Students Wins Best Documentary in 2010 Indie Short Film Competition

Fifteen students in a Pace communications class taught by Prof. Maria Luskay, Ed.D., can now add “film competition winner” to their resumes. Their documentary, titled “The Life of an American Ambassador: The Netherlands,” was chosen as Best in Category for “Documentary” in the 2010 Indie Short Film Competition. (Left: Luskay’s students filming winning documentary in Holland.)

“The Life of an American Ambassador: The Netherlands” focuses on an Obama appointee

Next week: Belize and sustainable shrimp farming

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, March 9, 2011 – Fifteen students in a Pace University communications class taught by Professor Maria Luskay, Ed.D., can now add “film competition winner” to their resumes.

And Fay Hartog-Levin, the American Ambassador to Holland who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, can add “subject of prizewinning documentary” to hers.

Their documentary, titled “The Life of an American Ambassador: The Netherlands,” was chosen as Best in Category for “Documentary” in the 2010 Indie Short Film Competition.

The Pace students wrote, directed, filmed and produced the half-hour film that follows several days in the life of an American Ambassador. Over the 2010 spring break, the students were given full access to the Embassy and the Ambassador’s residence. They followed her to meetings, public speeches and public relations events.

“I don’t think I have ever seen my students work so hard – and love every minute of it,” said Luskay on the project’s blog, which gives a play-by-play of the trip and the project. “They began shooting at 8 am and logged and blogged until after 10 pm.”

“We are honored to have spent time with Fay Hartog-Levin,” continued Luskay. “She is an awe inspiring leader and someone that we all hold in high esteem. Her staff was incredibly accommodating and went above and beyond what we had ever anticipated. This truly was an experience that my students and I will never forget.

Next week, Luskay takes a new class to Belize, to film a documentary on Linda Thornton, a female shrimp farmer who does sustainable shrimp farming.  Media inquiries welcome. The students will blog about their activities and are available for interviews before and after their trip.

The spring class taught by Luskay is titled Producing the Documentary and in past years has taken students to Nassau, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Tuscany, to produce their own films.

“The editing process has taught the entire class how to truly appreciate the time and effort that goes into making all types of film,” said last year’s students on their blog. “We learned to understand what editors go through and the fiascos and challenges they endure.”

The students continued: “Many of us are beyond tired but are thrilled to be nearing this documentary’s final phases where we will be using dissolves and audio sweetening, transition effects, titles, and credits. Upon our completion we hope to … [enter] it into several student documentary contests and film festivals. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!”

The finger crossing worked last week then their award from the Indie Short Film Competition (ISFC) was announced. Winning filmmakers and screenwriters in the competition are “honored for their exceptional achievements and receive awards, cash prizes, merchandise, and services that can help further their careers” according to the ISFC. Winners gain international exposure and recognition in the film and screenwriting industries.

From the Indie Short Film Competition web site: The ISFC is not your usual brick and mortar film festival, it is a unique and innovative online international short film and short script competition. The main focus is to find the next generation of talented filmmakers and screenwriters. The Indie Short Film Competition is accepting entries for their 4th annual competition.

More info about the making of the winning documentary can be found on the class blog: http://hollanddocumentary.blogspot.com/ 

The documentary can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/user/paceuniversity#p/u/35/sx3N0ctTuaI

About Pace University. For 105 years, Pace University 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. www.pace.edu

Pace professor’s film traces Kol Nidre’s origin, impact | LoHud.com | The Journal News

Allen Oren, a Dyson professor and producer of a PBS documentary on the Kol Nidre prayer, is featured in The Journal News. The film will air Sunday, September 12 at 7:00pm on Channel 13, WNET, and on other public television stations in 34 cities throughout the month including WLIW, Channel 21 at 7:00pm September 16.

Allen Oren, a Dyson professor and producer of a PBS documentary on the Kol Nidre prayer, is featured in The Journal News. The film will air Sunday, September 12 at 7:00pm on Channel 13, WNET, and on other public television stations in 34 cities throughout the month including WLIW, Channel 21 at 7:00pm September 16. The story begins on the front page of the paper and continues on page 10 with a photo of Oren with a copy of the documentary in his home in New Rochelle.

(Photo: Meagan Kanagy/The Journal News)

Pace professor’s film traces Kol Nidre’s origin, impact | LoHud.com | The Journal News.

The program was highlighted in NY1’s weekly segment “Your Weekend Starts Now,” which shows entertaining picks for great things to do each weekend around the city.

http://www.ny1.com/content/ny1_living/arts/125532/your-weekend-starts-now-9-16-10

More on “18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre” from Professor Oren below. The following was used in a pitch to media by Pace Public Information:

“A number of years ago I was leaving the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., when my attention was wrested by a video testimonial on a large screen on the wall.  A survivor was testifying to his story.

He told of how his work detail in a Nazi labor camp was exhausted on the afternoon before Yom Kippur day, the holiest day in Judaism.  Suddenly the sky turned black, the guards allowed a weather break, and the inmates saw it as literally a heavenly sign.

First one, then another began singing the Kol Nidre, the prayer that begins the Yom Kippur observance.   Some knew the words, many hummed haltingly, but all chanted in unison.

“How,” I asked myself, “did one prayer, the Kol Nidre, become so important to one people, the Jews?”

Finding the answer led to “18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre,” a documentary and DVD I recently completed that’s scheduled for broadcast in New York as a pledge piece on WNET’s THIRTEEN on September 12 at 7 p.m. and on WLIW21 on September 16 at 7 p.m.

It will also air this High Holiday season in more than 34 other cities across the country, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, Baltimore, Miami, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, and Denver.

How did the Kol Nidre become a Jewish anthem and, as it turned out, an object of intense interest for non-Jews as well?  How did a prayer that doesn’t even mention God overcome centuries of persecution and save itself with a haunting melody?

The answers arrive when 18 storytellers in the piece, most from New York City, share their tales about the prayer.  Some are top experts on the chant, some are just those who have been changed by chanting it. Each tells his or her story with the help of unique visuals and unique musical settings for the melody.

The 18 voices—18 storytellers—include a Hassidic rabbi who tells the tale of a stable boy who is illiterate and can’t read the Kol Nidre prayer, but in frustration lets his shepherd’s flute fill the synagogue with spirit.

Also, famed African-American author Julius Lester, a convert to Judaism as an adult, who recalls as a boy practicing the melody on piano “as its beauty and pain twisted together like the braids of a girl’s hair.”

And a composer demonstrates how the chant has reached beyond Jewish circles, adapted by non-Jewish musicians from Beethoven to Johnny Mathis to the Electric Prunes.

Then a film critic shows how the prayer burst onto the pop scene with the first talking film, “The Jazz Singer” in 1927, which included, among the first words heard on film, the Kol Nidre.

In short, we learn the secrets of a sacred chant from those who have been touched by it.”

Professor Oren is a full-time associate professor of Journalism at Pace and a long-time working journalist, first in print, including a stint as Entertainment Editor of USA Today, then in broadcast, recently winning an Emmy for a series on the history of Madison Square Garden and an Emmy nomination for a documentary on the topic.

Oren is a long-time student of Jewish history and religion and his late father was a rabbi in Queens for 50 years.

For more on the documentary, visit www.18voices.com.

Pace University Names New Trustee: Thomas J. Quinlan III ‘85

Pace University has announced a new member of the Board of Trustees: Thomas J. Quinlan III, President and Chief Executive Officer of RR Donnelley, a leading provider of integrated communications products and services with approximately 55,000 employees, annual revenues of nearly $10 billion, and more than 600 locations around the globe.

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

Pace University Names New Trustee: Thomas J. Quinlan III ‘85, President and CEO of RR Donnelley, Global Provider of Integrated Communications Products and Services

NEW YORK, MAY 20, 2010 – Pace University has announced a new member of the Board of Trustees: Thomas J. Quinlan III, President and Chief Executive Officer of RR Donnelley, a leading provider of integrated communications products and services with approximately 55,000 employees, annual revenues of nearly $10 billion, and more than 600 locations around the globe.

RR Donnelley is currently ranked as the 240th largest American corporation by Fortune magazine on the basis of 2009 revenue. Quinlan, 47, was named to his current position in April 2007 and is one of the youngest to lead a Fortune 500 company.  With Quinlan at the helm, RR Donnelley has introduced a series of technology innovations, including breakthrough advances in high speed variable digital printing and sophisticated web-based systems used in a wide variety of business-to-business applications.

Quinlan’s achievements extend beyond the boardroom.  He is active in supporting organizations that focus on literacy, health and development and serves as a director and a member of the Executive Committee for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  He is also the 2009 recipient of Pace’s distinguished Leaders in Management Award. The award, along with an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree, was presented to Quinlan at a Pace dinner which raised nearly $500,000 for scholarships.

“Tom is an outstanding business and community leader, and I’m delighted that he has agreed to serve his alma mater,” said Aniello A. Bianco ’61, Chair of the Pace Board of Trustees. “His breadth of experience and perspective will be of great value to us as we implement our strategic plan for the future.”

Quinlan joined RR Donnelley in February 2004, and in 2006 became Group President, Global Services (comprising approximately 40% of RR Donnelley’s revenues), and Chief Financial Officer. From 2004 to 2006, he served RR Donnelley as Executive Vice President, Operations, with primary responsibility for the integration of RR Donnelley and Moore Wallace. Previously at Moore Wallace (2000 to 2004), Quinlan served variously as Executive Vice President, Operations; Executive Vice President, Business Integration; and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chief Executive and Treasurer. At Moore Wallace, he also had primary responsibility for the integration of Moore Corporation Limited and Wallace Computer Services. He also had oversight for all of Moore Wallace’s sales and manufacturing functions, as well as all corporate staff functions, including human resources, information technology, benefits, legal, treasury, tax and credit, and collections.

Additionally, Quinlan served in various finance capacities at World Color Press (1994 to 1999), including Senior Vice President and Treasurer. He has previous finance and treasury experience at Walter Industries, Marsh & McLennan and Kidder Peabody.

Quinlan holds an MBA in finance from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pace’s Lubin School of Business.

“At Pace, the professors are doing the important work of helping to prepare the leaders of tomorrow,” said Quinlan. “The University’s motto – OPPORTUNITAS – is so much more than just a dusty Latin word.  For the students who take full advantage of the exceptional resources here, Pace offers a degree … and opens the door to a world of opportunities.”

About Pace University

For nearly 104 years Pace University 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Pace Offers New Communications Master’s to Meet Growing Demand in the Field

With job growth for communications specialists expected to soar through 2014, Pace University has created a new 36-credit Master of Arts degree in media and communication arts at its Pleasantville, NY campus.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu Note: Photos of Luskay with students are available upon request.

COMMUNICATIONS JOB FORECAST: 26 PERCENT GROWTH. PACE UNIVERSITY OFFERS NEW MASTER’S TO MEET DEMAND

Noted department now offers advanced preparation for careers in corporate scriptwriting, public relations, video production and web content

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, October 12, 2009 – With job growth for communications specialists expected to soar through 2014, Pace University has created a new 36-credit Master of Arts degree in media and communication arts at its Pleasantville, NY campus.

The demand for skilled communicators is projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to expand nearly 26 percent a year for the next five years. Mirroring a BLS finding that media and communications is one of the fastest growing areas of study in North America, in the last few years the undergraduate major has been one of the fastest-growing at Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

The new advanced degree is intended for people interested in becoming media and communications specialists, corporate scriptwriters, public relations professionals, media producers and editors, and web content specialists. Its courses include media production and editing, media writing, public relations, law and ethics and international communications.

Approved by New York State in June, the program already has a dozen students. Applications are being accepted for the spring term at http://www.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=788#Dyson.

Star graduates: The new degree is being offered by a communications program whose graduates have become executives in national and international media like CBS, Clearchannel, NBC, A&E Television Networks, public television and MTV. They have also become leaders in local and regional media including WFAS radio, News 12 and the Jacob Burns Film Center.

Notable alumni include Paul Ryan, Senior Producer of CBS News and instructor in the Pace communications department; Mary O’Grady, a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board, and Rossana Rosado, one of the first Hispanic women to hold a high ranking position in newspaper publication as CEO of El Diario La Prensa. She is a former producer and Emmy Award winner for WPIX-NY Channel 11. Kate Crocodilis, a 2007 graduate, is currently working in production at CBS’s As The World Turns and has also worked on casting for NBC’s 30 Rock.

Another alumnus, Rob Decina, teaches “Casting and Careers” in the department. He is a five-time Emmy-nominated casting director whose credits include Guiding Light, Dawson’s Creek, and The West Wing. As an expert and commentator he appears regularly on programs like CBS’ Early Show and Bravo’s “It Factor.”

“Timeless and current” Initial demand for Pace’s new degree has been strong. After the program was approved, program director Maria Luskay, PhD, an award-winning documentary producer, started viral messaging about it on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The Facebook page quickly attracted over 30 fans, many of them recent graduates of Pace’s undergraduate media and communication arts program.

Pace alum Vanessa Dones graduated in May and found a job as a public relations coordinator at a food and wine PR agency. “But in this economy,” she says, “and with growing competition in the field, I felt this was a great time to add to my resume. I spent four of the best years of my life at Pace so I knew I would be in good hands.”

She added, “I envision this program helping me climb the career ladder, validate a pay increase, and secure other job options if I decide to move on.”

Noted Matthew West, another student in the program: “Knowing communication business techniques, law, and practices is absolutely necessary for career advancement. The class discussions about these topics are both timeless and current, and they’re just phenomenal. Classes are four hours each, yet it feels as though you’re only in there for a few minutes.”

Michelle Veillette, who finished her BA more than two years ago, applied the day she heard about the program. “I hadn’t started my Master’s before this because I couldn’t find a program that suited my existing communications background,” she said. “In class we review public speaking, persuasion, interpersonal communication, and everything in between, and it’s especially interesting to revisit these topics in greater depth now that I have real-world experience.”

High definition: Students in the new MA program put theory into practice by: • Producing oral and written communications for traditional and viral messaging • Mastering digital audio and visual technology • Communicating in cross cultural business contexts • Using effective media relations • Managing programs, processes and people in the media industries. Students have access to the Pace media center, which includes high definition cameras and Mac and PC-based Final Cut Pro and AVID editing systems. Courses frequently include case studies.

The 36-credit-hour Master’s includes 16 hours of required courses and 20 hours of electives. A comprehensive exam is required upon completion. Prospective applicants can get more information online at http://www.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=22334 or by contacting Luskay at (914) 773-3790, mluskay@pace.edu.

About Pace University: For 103 years Pace University 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit Pace on the web at www.pace.edu | Facebook | Twitter (@PaceUNews) | Flickr | YouTube

Pace Honors Student Stefania Sainato Wins Glamour Magazine Scholarship

Stefania Sainato, a junior in the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University double-majoring in English and communication studies with a minor in journalism, has been awarded The Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine.

Pace University Student Stefania Sainato Wins Prestigious Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine; Honored by New York Women in Communications at 2008 MATRIX Awards

NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2008 –Stefania Sainato, a junior in the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University double-majoring in English and communication studies with a minor in journalism, has been awarded The Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine.

The Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine is awarded to a college student who has had some experience in writing, reporting or design and who has a demonstrated interest in magazine journalism or publishing. Sainato, the 2008-09 academic year recipient of this honor, is currently an editorial intern at CosmoGIRL! magazine, where she has written articles on “everything from fashion to politics” since September 2007. Past internships include working in the digital department for Maxim magazine, and at Bene magazine, a publication devoted to Italian travel, culture, and design.

Sainato, a native of Brooklyn (Dyker Heights), New York, was formally recognized alongside some of the most extraordinary women in the communications industry at the New York Women in Communications, Inc.’s 2008 Matrix Awards earlier this month. Earlier that morning, she appeared with other scholarship recipients before a national audience on NBC’s Today Show.

On campus, Sainato’s accomplishments include first honors on the dean’s list every semester and being awarded first place in journalism for the 2007 English Department Writing Contest. She passes along her passion for magazine journalism to others as a founder of Ed on Campus at Pace.

Ed on Campus at Pace is a chapter of Ed2010, a national organization dedicated to helping aspiring magazine editors achieve their dream of working in the publishing industry. Reports Sainato: “Ed on Campus at Pace hosts panels with magazine editors, resume/cover letter workshops, and day trips to magazine offices. Several of our members have received internships as a result of our activities. We are fortunate that Pace is located in New York City, home to the largest media conglomerates in the world.”

Although graduation looms slightly more than a year away, Sainato already has her ideal job in sight. “When I graduate, I plan to work as a magazine editor. My dream job is an editorial position at Glamour magazine.”

Having just been awarded The Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine by Women in Communications … Stefania Sainato is surely taking a big leap in the right direction towards her goal.

About Pace University: For 102 years Pace University has combined exceptional academics with professional experiences and the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling more than 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Pace University, Public Information
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212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172