Chronicle of Higher Education: A Week After Hurricane Sandy, Students Step Up Their Relief Work

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Caitlin Peterkin highlights efforts made by Pace students, despite their own adversity, to help those hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. (Left: Adelphi U. students sorted donations last weekend for delivery to areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Many of the items went to hard-hit Long Beach, N.Y., and another delivery is planned for Saturday. Photo credit: Michael Berthel, Chronicle of Higher Education).

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Caitlin Peterkin highlights efforts made by Pace students, despite their own adversity, to help those hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the damage it inflicted on many college campuses in the New York metropolitan area, there has been a swelling of support from students, including those who were personally affected by the storm. In the last week, students have called closed campuses to volunteer, organized donation drives, and delivered food and supplies to local residents, among other relief efforts.

At Pace University, whose main campus is in hard-hit Lower Manhattan, students are working on several clean-up projects coordinated by the New York City government and a local church. This week, the university’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee is holding a clothing drive.

Pace itself did not suffer serious damage in the storm, but it had to evacuate a residence hall, and buildings lost power. Classes resumed only on Wednesday. But last weekend, a group of students, flashlights in hand, went to Southbridge Towers, a nearby apartment complex with many older residents, to deliver hot meals to the homebound.

“They really jumped to help,” said Marijo Russell-O’Grady, Pace’s dean of students. “Afterwards they had tears in their eyes, telling me how wonderful it was.”

Jordan Hirsch, a junior majoring in film and screen studies, plans a food drive to honor emergency workers. “I know a lot of students are involved with helping victims,” he said, “and I thought it would be a great idea to have students thank these first responders.”

The drive will be called “The Guardians of the Holiday Meal,” said Mr. Hirsch, an intern at Paramount Pictures. “The first responders were like our guardians,” he said, “so we’re taking that theme to the food drive.”

Sleeping on Cots in a Gym

Service learning is a graduation requirement at Pace, and Stephen J. Friedman, the university’s president, estimates that last year students performed around 45,000 hours of community service. This year he expects much of the service to be focused on storm relief.

“Many of these students themselves were impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said Mr. Friedman. “It’s particularly a noble thing to do for students who themselves are sleeping on cots in a gym, to go out and help other people.”

Pace has set up an emergency-assistance table to connect students and employees who are still suffering from the effects of the storm with resources on and off the campus.”

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MEDIA ALERT/INSIDE TRACK DISCUSSION, OCT 25 at 7 PM – “Creative Destruction: Innovation in America and China” with Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman and Management Consultant/Best-Selling Author Richard Foster

Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter’s “gales of creative destruction” are blowing and many companies are being taken under by this storm. Richard Foster shares his view on how the changing economy of China will determine which U.S. businesses will survive and prosper, and which ones will wither and die.

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When: Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

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Who:  Richard Foster is an emeritus director of McKinsey & Company, where he founded the technology and innovation practice, the health care practice, and the private equity practice, and led McKinsey’s worldwide knowledge development. He currently advises health care service and technology companies on how to capitalize on disruptive innovation. He has written two bestselling books: Innovation: The Attacker’s Advantage and Creative Destruction.

Stephen J. Friedman became president of Pace University on June 4, 2007. Friedman is a former senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLC, commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury, executive vice president at The Equitable Companies Incorporated and the E.F. Hutton Group Inc., and U.S. Supreme Court law clerk. Friedman served for three years as dean of Pace University School of Law prior to being named president by the Pace University Board of Trustees.

What is Creative Destruction? The automobile cost blacksmiths their jobs; personal computers replaced the typewriter. The Internet has seriously impacted the publishing, music and film industries. Based on an “endless cycle of innovation” concept first popularized by economist Joseph Alois Schumpeter, creative destruction suggests that companies can outperform capital markets and maintain their leadership positions only if they creatively and continuously reconstruct themselves. In doing so, they can stay ahead of the upstart challengers constantly waiting in the wings.

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Pace Media Contact: Samuella Becker,, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172 “Cronin awarded Jefferson Gold Medal”

John Cronin has been a part of the Hudson River environmental movement since 1973 when he started with the Clearwater organization. He reflects how Clearwater founder Pete Seeger recruited him as a volunteer.

John Cronin is a senior fellow at Pace University and executive director of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

He can also add another title to his resume, a recipient of the Jefferson Award, named for Thomas Jefferson and founded by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as a “Noble Prize for public service.”

Cronin was described by the Jefferson Awards Board of Selectors as “Hero for the Planet [and] equal parts detective, scientist and public advocate.” The board said his efforts “have inspired a legacy of programs across the globe, fighting pollution on six continents.”

The MidHudsonNews reports Pace University President Stephen Friedman nominated Cronin for the award, for which Cronin said he was both humbled and honored.