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NEW DEGREE TO LAUNCH NEXT FALL
RICHARD KLINE, PHD, APPOINTED ASSOCIATE DEAN
SEIDENBERG TO CHAMPION FIRST TECH CHALLENGE
CHRISTELLE SCHARFF, PHD, DEVELOPS MOBILE APPLICATIONS TO PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITY IN SENEGAL
SEIDENBERG WELCOMES EIGHT NEW SCHOLARS
LI-CHIOU CHEN, PHD, AWARDED NSF GRANT
ANASTASIA "STACI" BURKE, ATTENDS 2009 GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN COMPUTING CONFERENCE
FEDERICO YOUNES, RECEIVES UPE SCHOLARSHIP
PACE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER: FALL UPDATE
TECHNOLOGY JOB FAIR COMING UP IN NOVEMBER
TWO UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS REACCREDITED BY ABET
PACE/SKILLPROOF IT INDEX REPORTS IMPROVEMENT IN THE IT JOB MARKET IN BOTH MANHATTAN AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY
 
 
NEW DEGREE TO LAUNCH NEXT FALL
BS in Information Technology will enable students to combine individual interests with emerging technology

Beginning fall 2010, students will be able to pursue a new degree available through the Seidenberg School - the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. This exciting offering, characterized by considerable flexibility, hands-on practical projects, and a real-world internship option, allows students to pursue a field of study of particular individual interest and combine it with courses in the latest technologies in preparation for professional success.

As the viral proliferation of computing technology continues to impact all areas of our lives, the need for competent IT professionals increases. There are many opportunities for careers in information technology that are both fun and financially rewarding. This unique degree, believed to be one of few currently available, was designed to respond to the numerous economic, political, and social changes brought about by ever advancing technologies, providing graduates with the knowledge and experience to thrive in today's work environment.

Interim Dean Constance Knapp and the Seidenberg School Faculty, "believe that this program of study will become one of our premier offerings, attracting a new generation of undergraduates seeking to major in computing."

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RICHARD KLINE, PHD, APPOINTED ASSOCIATE DEAN

Richard Kline, PhD
Constance Knapp, Interim Dean of the Seidenberg School, appointed Richard "Rick" Kline, associate professor of computer science, to a recently reinstituted associate deanship based in New York City. The appointment became effective on August 1, 2009. As associate dean, Dr. Kline is focusing on three main areas: cultivating interdisciplinary partnerships within the school and other areas of the University; working with faculty to identify appropriate funding opportunities; and coordinating the academic schedule in collaboration with the departments to better serve the school and its students.

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SEIDENBERG TO CHAMPION FIRST TECH CHALLENGE

Volunteers for Upcoming FIRST Tech Challenge Attend Kick-off Event in Pleasantville in October.
After an absence of a year, the Seidenberg School has repositioned itself to host another regional robotics competition - the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Only this year, the event will be for high school students, ages 14 - 18 rather than for middle school children. The students, working in teams of up to 10, design, build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT system along with high-quality aluminum parts and powerful motors to meet the annual challenge posed by FTC. The Lower Hudson Valley Tournament, which should be more exciting than ever, is planned for February 21, 2010 on the Pleasantville campus. Please consider volunteering to mentor a team or help with the event.

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CHRISTELLE SCHARFF, PHD, DEVELOPS MOBILE APPLICATIONS TO PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITY IN SENEGAL

On sabbatical, Dr. Christelle Scharff spent most of academic year 2008-09 in Senegal implementing her vision for social change through technology. Her activities were supported by a Sustainable Vision Grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). With input from computer science students at the University of Thiès, she and the students developed and implemented mobile applications for entrepreneurial women interested in expanding the market for traditional Senegalese crafts.

Dr. Scharff with Senegalese Students after Graduation from Mobile Application Development Bootcamp.

In order to sustain and perpetuate her initiatives after the funded period, Dr. Scharff taught faculty from seven universities across Senegal so that they, in turn, could pass their knowledge of mobile programming on to their students.

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SEIDENBERG WELCOMES EIGHT NEW SCHOLARS

Jonathan Hill, DPS, (rear row/center) surrounded by Seidenberg Scholars representing the class of 2011, 2012 and 2013.
For the third consecutive year, the Seidenberg School has recruited an outstanding group of students as Seidenberg Scholars bringing the total number to 18. The students came from as near as Brooklyn and as far away as Soldotna, Alaska. They all had outstanding high school academic records and excelled in sports and other extracurricular activities. Seven of the eight are living on the New York City campus. Of those seven, all are pursuing the BS in Computer Science with the exception of one who is undecided. The other scholar chose to live on the Pleasantville campus and is enrolled in the BA in Computer Science which allows him to pursue a minor in business or alternative discipline.

This year's entering Seidenberg Scholars include: Michael Basov (Brooklyn, NY), Andrew Cimino (Plainville, CT), Austin Delaney (Mount Sinai, NY), Nulan Krug (Glen Head, NY), Keith McPherson (Worland, WY), Colin Murray (Soldotna, AK), Howard Resnick (Howell, NJ) and Stephanie Ukpere (Albany, NY).

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LI-CHIOU CHEN, PHD, AWARDED NSF GRANT

Li-Chiou Chen, PhD
Li-Chiou Chen, PhD, recently received notification from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that her "Collaborative Project: Secure Web Development Teaching Modules" was approved. While Dr. Chen was the principal investigator, Lixin Tao, PhD, and Chienting Lin, PhD, also contributed to the development of the proposal. The approved project, which will extend over two years, will be undertaken in collaboration with the City University of New York - City College. The total amount awarded was $149,900 with $99,956 going to Pace as the lead institution. The funding will be used to support the development of an innovative teaching tool - SWEET ( Secure Web D evelopment Teaching) - for undergraduates. SWEET will facilitate the teaching of secure Web development through structured lectures, laboratory exercises, and project modules for building problem-solving skills.

ANASTASIA "STACI" BURKE, MS/IS '10, ATTENDS 2009 GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN COMPUTING CONFERENCE

Staci Burke presenting at recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.
Anastasia "Staci" Burke (MS/IS '10), received an all expense paid scholarship to attend this year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference held in Tucson, Arizona from September 30 - October 3. At the gathering, she participated in a "Birds of a Feather" panel discussion on "Non Trads: Women Following a Non-traditional Path in Pursuit of a Technical Degree and Career" with several women she met at last year's event. Staci found it "extremely inspiring to see so many technical women come together in one forum to share their experiences and find support in each other." Since her return, she says "I am more passionate about my studies, my work, and in introducing young women to this incredibly exciting field."

FEDERICO YOUNES, BS/CS'10, RECEIVES UPE SCHOLARSHIP

Federico Younes (BS/CS'10)
Federico Younes (BS/CS '10), a computer science major on the Pleasantville campus, was one of two undergraduate students nationwide to be awarded a $1,000 UPE Scholarship. UPE, short for Upsilon Pi Epsilon, is the only international honor society for the computing and information disciplines. While this scholarship has been available for a number of years, this is the first time that a Pace student has applied for consideration.

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PACE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER: FALL UPDATE

The Pace Computer Learning Center (PCLC) got off to a strong start this fall. Both registrations and attendance are up, in part, due to new program offerings and the availability of federally funded grants for dislocated workers in the NY area. Existing offerings in business analysis, project management, Web design, and Web application development have been expanded. The Business Analysis program now provides 14 full days of classroom time with a certified business analysis instructor and a new 10 week program in iPhone Application Development is currently under development.

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TECHNOLOGY JOB FAIR COMING UP IN NOVEMBER

The 3rd Annual Technology Job Fair, co-hosted by the Seidenberg School and Co-op and Career Services, will take place on Thursday, November 12 on the New York City campus. This is a great opportunity for both students and alumni seeking jobs or looking to make a change to meet recruiters and network with other Pace graduates. To-date, 24 employers, seeking a wide range of technology specialists from interns to seasoned professionals, have committed to attend.

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TWO UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS REACCREDITED BY ABET

The University was recently notified that both the BS in Computer Science and BS in Information Systems programs offered through the Seidenberg School were reaccredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, Inc. ABET, Inc. is the nationally recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. The BS in Computer Science, initially accredited in 1986, is one of only 10 similar programs in New York State to receive this recognition; the BS in Information Systems, first accredited in 2001, is the sole accredited program of its kind in New York State, at this time.

PACE/SKILLPROOF IT INDEX REPORTS IMPROVEMENT IN THE IT JOB MARKET IN BOTH MANHATTAN AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY

IT Job losses appear to have bottomed out in Manhattan and small gains in most job categories indicate an upturn in Westchester. For details, read the latest Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report.