Fall 2010
Dean's Blog
NSF Grant Supports Cybersecurity Aspirations
Women in Computing
Professor Coutras assumes CS Chair
Raccoon Research
FIRST Tech Challenge Coming Up
New Mac Lab Supports App Classes
Pace Computer Learning Center Update
Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report
The Clock is Ticking:
Support Seidenberg
Notes – Students, Faculty, Events, and Alumni
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Wednesday, December 22
CLOUT Closing Ceremony
Graduate Center,
White Plains
3:00 pm
Sunday, January 30
FIRST Tech Challenge
Robotics Tournament
Goldstein Fitness Center,
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
National Science Foundation Grant Supports
Cybersecurity Career Aspirations
Professor Li-Chiou Chen with one of the first of three NSF/SFS scholars

Matthew Kendris (Seidenberg '12), Marcus Hernandez (Seidenberg '12) and Michael D'Angelo (Dyson '12) all have something in common – the desire to serve their country by becoming cybersecurity experts.  And all three will have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams with support from National Science Foundation (NSF) funded scholarships under NSF's Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program, a highly coveted grant received by the University through a team effort spearheaded by Professor Li-Chiou Chen of the IT Department in Westchester ...Full story

Students Participating in Women in Computing Conference Return Energized

"Inspirational" is the word that best describes the experience that three students – Julie Gill (BS/CS '12), Allyson Miller (BA/CS '13) and Hang "Serene" Su (MS/CS '11) – had at the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2010 ...Full story

Professor Coutras Takes the Reins as New Computer Science
Chair in New York City

Constantine "Dino" Coutras, associate professor of computer science, assumed the position of department chair on the New York City campus this fall succeeding Sotirios Skevoulis who served for six years ...Full story

Do you Know How Many Raccoons Inhabit the
Rockefeller State Park Preserve?

That is a question that Daniel Farkas, chair of the Westchester IT Department, and Melissa Grigione, co-director of Dyson College's Master's in Environmental Science program, are trying to find out in an interdisciplinary collaboration applying technology and spatial analysis to the conservation of natural, environmental and ecological resources ...Full story

Get Over It!

Coming up on Sunday, January 30 on the Pleasantville Campus is FIRST Tech Challenge, the annual robotics tournament for high school students in the Hudson Valley region. The theme of this year's Challenge is "Get Over It!" in which participating teams will develop robotic vehicles capable of navigating difficult terrain ...Full story

New Mac Lab Allows for Wider Array of Offerings

The new Seidenberg Mac Lab, located at 163 William Street, NYC and fitted with 10 Mac desktop computers, currently supports Android and iPhone application development classes taught by the Pace Computer Learning Center. Additional offerings are planned for academic credit.

Pace Computer Learning Center to Partner with Learning Tree International

Beginning in January, the Pace Computer Learning Center will become part of a consortium of universities in New York and Connecticut that will partner with Learning Tree International to offer high-end technical courses ...Full story

PSII 3rd Quarter Report Indicates Robust IT Job Markets in Both Manhattan and Westchester

Pace/SkillPROOF  IT Index (PSII)

According to the 3rd quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index (PSII) Report, the Manhattan IT job market continued to gather momentum as the Index gained another nine percent over an exceptionally strong 2nd quarter.  Although the increase is relatively modest, it validates our belief that the recession for IT professionals has ended.

In Westchester, 10 of the 11 categories comprising the PSII showed positive growth.  However, the decline in heavily weighted Computer Scientists, Research brought down the entire Index for the quarter.

The Clock is Ticking:
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  • Fifty outstanding students and one faculty member were inducted into the New York Delta Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) of Pace University at a ceremony held at the the Graduate Center on October 19.
  • The Pace Web Media Lab, staffed by Seidenberg students led by Julie Gill (BS/CS '12) and Jeremy Pease (BS/CS '13) developed an attractive Web site with full functionality for the Rockland Alliance for Health.
  • Four exceptional freshmen joined our group of Seidenberg Scholars, bringing the total number to 15.  They are Valerie Cayo from Freeport, New York, Allan Hadaya, a native Israeli by way of Danbury, Connecticut, Joel LeBron of the Bronx, and Daniel Rings from Midland, Michigan.
  • Jinu Joseph (BBA/Mgt) and several other students, past and present, from Professor Jean Coppola's CIS 102T Topic: Intergenerational Computing course, are busy recycling, and installing used computers at various locations such as the Henry Street Settlement for use by the elderly and other underserved individuals.


  • Under the leadership of Jonathan Hill, assistant dean and director of special programs, faculty from both Seidenberg and the School of Education organized and presented a content rich professional development day for math instructors teaching in NYC technology-focused Special High Schools, including Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, and Suyvesant.
  • Constance Knapp, interim dean, gave the keynote address “Here, There, and Everywhere:  Blended Learning” at Kaplan University’s Village 2010 Online Education Conference – Connect, Communicate and Collaborate held in late September.
  • Darren Hayes, lecturer in information technology and coordinator of CIS 101/102 courses, had his book Skills for Success with Microsoft Access 2010, Comprehensive co-authored with Kris Townsend published by Prentice Hall in August.
  • James Lawler, associate professor of information technology, received a grant in the amount of $5,832 from AHRC New York City, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to pilot a mentoring program on computer science topics between Pace students and high school students at the AHRC High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
  • Professor Christelle Scharff recently spoke about mobile technologies at "Tech Talk," an informal lecture series for Seidenberg alumni held at Pace’s Midtown Center.


  • Ernest von Simson, a friend of the school and frequent participant in Seidenberg sponsored seminars on entrepreneurship, came to the Pace New York City campus on November 16 for a talk and book signing for his recently published Limits of Strategy.
  • The Seidenberg School hosted an “Internet is People” panel discussion on online education on November 17 on the downtown campus.  These discussions, initiated by Matthew Knell (BS/IS '00), are sponsored by the school and occur periodically throughout the year at various locations.
  • Also on the downtown New York City campus on November 11, BlackBerry provided prize money amounting to $10,000 for the pitch contest “Are You Serious?” sponsored by The Hatchery.


  • Mirkeya Capellan (MS/IS '99, DPS '10) is very active in encouraging young women to consider and pursue careers in computing.  She recently participated in “Mystery Women” at the Explore Your Opportunities – The Sky is the Limit Conference for middle school girls held at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx and is also mentoring undergraduates at the school.  In September, she was invited to speak at a meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Westchester Branch, on “Women Who Make a Difference.”
  • Chris Nwosisi (DPS/IT '08) presented a paper titled, “Constructing Binary Decision Trees for Predicting Deep Venous Thrombosis” at the 2010 International Conference on Software Technology and Engineering – ICSTE 2010 held in Puerto Rico in October.  He was also invited to become a senior member of the International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology.

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