www.seidenberg.pace.edu
INTERIM DEAN OUTLINES AGENDA
TO CATCH A THIEF - USE THE RIGHT SOFTWARE
SEIDENBERG UNDERGRADUATES PREFER SUMMER LEARNING TO LEISURE
SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS PROGRAM INCREASES BY SIX
SEIDENBERG FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN NSF-SUPPORTED ROBOTICS CURRICULUM PROJECT
SERVICE LEARNING COURSE WITH AHRC EVOLVES INTO AN ONGOING PARTNERSHIP
STUDENTS STUDYING SECURITY AND IA OBTAIN COMPREHENSIVE SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE
PACE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER OFFERS NEW WEB DESIGN COURSE
PACE/SKILLPROOF IT INDEX REPORTS DECLINE IN REGIONAL IT JOBS
ALUMNI UPDATE
UPDATE ON IT'S TIME: THE CENTENNIAL CAMPAIGN
 
 
INTERIM DEAN OUTLINES AGENDA


Constance A. Knapp, PhD
Interim Dean

Constance A. Knapp, PhD, outlined her agenda for her tenure as interim dean of the Seidenberg School and has shared it with the faculty, staff, advisory board members and alumni/ae of the School. High on her list of priorities are 1) growing the school by developing new interdisciplinary programs; 2) revising its administrative and academic structure; and 3) working with the faculty to update the curriculum in each of the programs currently offered by the School.

Although undergraduate enrollment has decreased over the past few years, she hopes to increase the number of students studying computing at the Seidenberg School by working with the faculty to enhance the attractiveness of the school's program offerings. In addition, she is encouraging continued outreach into high schools, direct involvement of advisory board members in recruitment efforts, and expanded distribution of a revised Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index (PSII) to inform guidance counselors, parents, and prospective students about the IT job market. Dean Knapp believes that the Seidenberg School is the premier place to study technology in the New York area and is looking to "get the word out" about the many advantages a Pace University degree in computing can provide.

Enrollment at the graduate level has been on the rise and is expected to continue during these difficult economic times. Conventional wisdom advises those considering a career change to do so during an economic downturn so that they are well situated when the economy improves. Those already in the field are also encouraged to return to school to update or expand their skills. In addition, our graduate programs are seeing more international students than they have in recent years.

The Seidenberg School is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the opportunities these times present with our downtown and White Plains locations supplemented by online courses, and our programs in computer science, information systems, Internet technology and software development and engineering. The University's strong career services connections, and its support to both current students and alumni/ae in networking and job searches, are important benefits at all times but even more so now as the competition for technology jobs increases. Plans are under development to restructure the School to make it more agile and responsive to the needs of our students as they prepare to enter or advance in the IT industry. The new structure that Dean Knapp hopes to have in place by spring will facilitate and support the curricular changes that are currently under consideration by the faculty.

In addition to taking a hard look at course content and existing offerings, Dean Knapp hopes to leave her mark by developing exciting interdisciplinary programs with Dyson College and the other schools that comprise Pace. The possibilities are many including digital art, computer forensics and e-government with Dyson College ; an updated, more rigorous information systems presence in Lubin's BBA and MBA curricula; an enhanced education technology graduate-level program with the School of Education; nursing/medical informatics with Lienhard; and security, cyberlaw and environmental law with the Law School . Dean Knapp has been meeting with the deans of each of the schools/college at Pace University to identify those programs with the greatest potential and to lay the groundwork for true collaboration.

Dean Knapp is "looking forward to implementing change and embracing the many exciting challenges and opportunities that will present themselves over the next few years." She is dedicated to upholding the school's reputation as one of the most forward looking, comprehensive schools of computing in the country and "keeping pace with the future."


TO CATCH A THIEF - USE THE RIGHT SOFTWARE


Jose Caceres (BS/CS)

Jose Caceres, an undergraduate computer science major in Pleasantville, left his 2-day-old MacBook laptop on the roof of his car for only a few minutes in order to carry heavy packages into the house. A few minutes, however, was just enough time for someone to take off with it. Although Jose immediately reported the theft to the White Plains Police, he did not sit passively by hoping against hope that they would be successful in recovering it. Rather, he took solving the crime into his own hands. In fact, he almost did so proactively by wisely installing LogMein, a software product that allowed him to access his computer remotely without logging on.

Jose did not access his account right away but when he did he realized that the thief was using his MacBook. He was able to obtain his IP address but that was insufficient to track him down without becoming involved in complicated legal procedures. So he waited. For two long weeks the thief amused himself by surfing pornographic Web sites but did not reveal himself. Finally, Jose’s patience paid off. The thief decided to sign on to a government Web site and in the process provided his name, date of birth, home address, and phone number! Jose immediately called the police and was told to come over with the information. Five hours later, he received a call from Detective Robbins of the White Plains Police Department saying "Jose, we have your laptop!"

This new method of crime solving through technology has captured the attention of the media on several occasions in recent months. Jose’s story appeared in the October 1 issue of The Journal News and on Fox 5 as well as WABC TV. To view the WABC TV news clip, [click here].

Jose Caceres, 27, is a computer science major minoring in business. He plays tennis for Pace and is a student aide to Mike Winn, associate athletic director in Pleasantville. He plans to pursue an MBA after completing his undergraduate degree and would ultimately like to put his problem-solving skills to use as a business analyst.

SEIDENBERG UNDERGRADUATES PREFER SUMMER LEARNING TO LEISURE

Jose Diaz-Gonzalez (BS/CS)
Jose Diaz-Gonzalez (BS/CS), one of the first Seidenberg Scholars to enter Pace last year, spent the summer working as an intern for Sun Microsystems. Joseph Bergin, PhD, recommended Jose to Rinaldo Digiorgio, a recent DPS recipient and senior staff engineer at Sun, who was looking for a talented student to assist him with a project.

Jose worked directly with Rinaldo on a Rich Internet Application (RIA) developing a specific application to track projects. To accomplish this, he needed to learn and apply a variety of technologies and products such as RIA, MySQL, PHP, Glassfish, extjs and Open Solaris. Rinaldo was impressed with how well Jose was able to work independently and how quickly he was able to absorb new material and likened him to a sponge saying that "Jose was willing to look at new languages and technologies and use them to build a project without a detailed description of what needed to be done."

Jose continues to work for Sun Microsystem as an intern on a variety of projects. He spends most of his time exploring different problems presented to him and coming up with possible solutions and is learning which tools to apply to realize a given solution. Jose often seeks support from fellow Seidenberg Scholars in regard to problem-solving and finds their input invaluable. "Being able to sit down with my peers and hash out issues that I don't understand is a benefit of being a computer science student at Pace and has been more than a godsend. So while I may not have been completely up to par when I started my internship, I would consider myself more well-rounded now because of the experience."

Paul Dumoulin (BS/CS)
Paul Dumoulin , a senior computer science major and participant in the Pforzheimer Honors College, spent his summer working for the Security Industry Automation Corporation, commonly referred to as SIAC. SIAC is a division of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and serves as its operational backend.

For his assignment, Paul was asked to redesign the Connectivity State Monitor (CSM) networking software that is used by various internal operations groups responsible for the proper functioning of the Exchange's technology systems. The CSM, in turn, helps NYSE employees serve the traders who are its customers. Problems with the current system were numerous as it was generating inconsistent data and was often overwhelmed by too many events happening on the server it was monitoring. Paul found this assignment both challenging and interesting, requiring a considerable amount of creative problem-solving. The reprogramming required in-depth knowledge of the Java programming language which Paul possessed. Knowledge of networking was also essential. Although his knowledge in this area was limited, he taught himself what he needed to know and quickly came up to speed. He worked independently with little assistance for two and a half months and was able to rid the software of its flaws.

On October 2, Paul was asked to demonstrate the software on the floor of the NYSE before traders and a number of high-level executives. Asked if he was intimidated by the presentation, Paul said "it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be." A colleague helped him with the presentation but he fielded the "tough questions." Since he had worked on the software for more than two months, he knew it "inside and out" and did not have trouble answering questions. The software was well-received and is currently in use -- quite an accomplishment for a college senior!

Paul said that fulfilling his assignment was "pretty rewarding knowing that he was making others' jobs easier," which, when you think about it, is what technology is all about.

Paul Dumoulin continues to work for SIAC one day per week. He is currently developing a new e-mail module to go on top of the application he just revised. Paul will be graduating at the end of this semester and is both looking for a job and applying to graduate school. At present he is currently planning to pursue a career as a software engineer.

SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS PROGRAM INCREASES BY SIX

In fall 2008, six outstanding freshman joined CSIS' growing cadre of Seidenberg Scholars. They came from as nearby as Bedford, New York and from as far away as San Diego, California and Buenos Aires, Argentina. All came with impressive academic credentials – one scholar was class valedictorian and another completed high school in three years. All participated in extracurricular activities including athletics, volunteer work, and the arts.

Freshmen Julie Gill, Brendan Minogue, Matthew Kendris and Marius Agica talk with Microsoft's Toby Tobescu at the Microsoft Envisioning Center

Five of the students opted to study on the New York City campus. They include Marius Agica from Bucharest, Romania; Julie Gill from San Diego, California; Matthew Kendris from New Oxford, PA; Brendan Minogue from Patchogue, New York; and Marcelo Zimmler from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The lone dissenter who chose to study on the Pleasantville campus is Max Wagner from Bedford, New York, who says he likes "going to college in Westchester because I find large cities too overwhelming and unnecessarily cluttered, thereby interfering with my studies and my social life."

These Seidenberg Scholars were recruited from the nation's "best and brightest" as requested by Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., the man behind the Seidenberg Scholars Program . It is his hope that the Seidenberg School that bears his name will one day assume a position at the forefront of America's effort to reclaim global IT leadership. To bring this about, a substantial portion of the $15 million gift he made to the school in 2005 will be dedicated to providing scholarships to students in the program. Each student accepted into the Seidenberg Scholars Program receives $10,000. Since these students are so strong scholastically, they also qualify for the Pforzheimer Honors College that provides an additional $15,000. Between the two scholarships and any additional financial aid they might receive, these students are fortunate to have nearly all of their tuition expenses covered.

In addition to this considerable financial assistance, the scholars, all computer science majors with the exception of Matthew Kendris who is majoring in information systems with a criminal justice minor, were attracted to Pace by the quality of the faculty and the content of the curriculum. New York City, too, was a big draw. As Marcelo Zimmler put it, "I always liked the City... because it's a place where a lot of people come to make their dreams come true."

In their spare time, the scholars enjoy a wide variety of pursuits. Julie Gill enjoys theatre, dance and museums; Marcelo Zimmler has many interests including video games, classical music, tennis and cooking; Matthew Kendris likes to explore the city, play chess and read in the park; and Max Wagner also likes computer and video games and enjoys playing golf.

When asked about their plans for the future, most of the students said that it was too early to decide what career path to pursue and wanted to use their college years to explore different possibilities. Matthew Kendris, however, is pretty certain about the direction he wants to take. He would like to work for the Department of Defense and use his skills to help enhance the nation's security.

Although these Seidenberg Scholars have only been at Pace for a few months, they seem to be enjoying college life both in and outside the classroom. In response to a question about her experience to-date, Julie Gill said that it was "Wonderful! There is so much to see and do in the City that four years seems hardly enough. I also love my classes and couldn't be happier."

To learn more about the program, go to Seidenberg Scholars.

SEIDENBERG FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN NSF-SUPPORTED ROBOTICS CURRICULUM PROJECT

Pauline Mosley, DPS, Associate Professor of Technology Systems

Through the efforts of Pauline Mosley , DPS, the Seidenberg School is a partial recipient of a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $870,521 in support of an Advanced Technology Education project for the development of a Robotics Technician Curriculum at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). Seidenberg's share is $70,000.

A number of partners representing academic, corporate, and governmental entities interested in encouraging the production of qualified technicians for the emerging autonomous robotics and associated industries are collaborating in attaining the goals of this grant. Baltimore City Community College, Morgan State University, and Pace University/Seidenberg applied for and received the grant while Carnegie Mellon University, Juxtopia, a virtual reality company, and Lockheed Martin will provide input into curriculum development and make internship and permanent employment opportunities available to students and graduates.

Dr. Mosley's role is to work on curriculum and course development for the robotics program. Other goals of the joint project are to increase the success rate of BCCC Electronics/Computer Information System/Computer Aided Drafting Design (CADD) technician programs through robotics instruction and to introduce robotic concepts to 11th and 12th graders in select high schools in the Baltimore City Public School System as well as improve their mathematical problem-solving skills. In addition, students wishing to continue on for a bachelor's degree in a broader area of computing such as information systems or IT, will be encouraged to come to Pace; those who want to remain focused on robotics are encouraged to enroll at Morgan State.

SERVICE LEARNING COURSE WITH AHRC EVOLVES INTO AN ONGOING PARTNERSHIP
Projects to Extend Through 2011

Many sections of CIS 102 Web Design for Non-Profit Organizations last for only one semester. Students become engaged in developing a Web site for a client over the course of a semester, the project is completed, and the students move on. But James Lawler, DPS, had a different idea of what the course should be and changed its title to Community Empowerment through Information Systems and Technologies with the promise of developing more sophisticated systems and employing advanced technologies over a longer period of time to enable nonprofit organizations to operate more efficiently and, consequently, provide better services to their consumers.

James Lawler, DPS, and Muskaan Kheh (BBA/ACC) assisting AHRC consumer with her computer skills

In fall 2007, Dr. Lawler forged a partnership with AHRC NYC, a nonprofit organization headquartered in lower Manhattan that serves intellectually challenged people, in order to provide service learning opportunities for Pace undergraduates. A group of students designed forums for art and multimedia presentations and developed a prototype of an intranet portal system for AHRC counselors. The relationship did not stop there. In spring 2008, a different group of students implemented a search system for AHRC with open source software. Both systems enable AHRC staff to manage educational programs for their members. These projects were showcased by the students at a public Art and Multimedia Show at the end of 2007 and at a private Technology Open House at the Seidenberg facilities at 163 William Street the following spring. To gain a better understanding of the relationship between AHRC and the Seidenberg School and the involvement of the students in this course, please view this video.

This fall, students are working with counselors at AHRC headquarters to help individual members learn more about the fundamental features of desktop technology, including playing games on the Web. In addition, they are expanding the search systems developed last year with new enhancements, and are also implementing a small business site for AHRC with Web tools. The highlight of the semester will be joint member/student presentations of the projects at a Technology Solutions Summit once again at Seidenberg in December.

In spring 2009, students will mentor AHRC staff members individually in learning more advanced Web technology skills. Future plans extending into 2011 include projects involving social networking technologies that will enrich the lives of AHRC members. These projects will be supported by a special grant in the amount of $25,000 from AHRC in appreciation of the work done by Pace students to-date and to encourage the continuation of this mutually beneficial partnership. The high quality projects that the students have implemented and will continue to undertake will have a lasting impact on both AHRC consumers and staff. The students, hopefully, will also benefit from their experience by gaining a better understanding of those less unfortunate than themselves and from the sense of satisfaction that results from providing service solutions through information technologies that might otherwise be unattainable.

STUDENTS STUDYING SECURITY AND IA OBTAIN COMPREHENSIVE SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

Over the past four years, Pace, through the Seidenberg School, has awarded five scholarships made available by the Department of Defense (DoD) through their Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP). The value of these awards exceeds $400,000.

Andrew Harris (MS/CS) and Elaine Tatis (BS/CRJ) are this year's scholarship recipients. The award provides full financial support, including full tuition, books and a stipend as well as exciting internship opportunities and full-time employment upon graduation.

Andrew Harris, a Seidenberg graduate student, has been selected for the IASP program for the past two years. As an IASP scholar, Andrew interned with the DoD for two summers and is currently the engineering team lead on a major DoD project.

Elaine Tatis is a Dyson undergraduate student. As an IASP scholar, Elaine will complete her bachelor's in criminal justice with an information assurance minor and enroll in a master's program in the area of information assurance starting next fall. During breaks in her studies, Elaine will also intern with the Department of Defense. Prior to being awarded the information assurance scholarship, Elaine held two internships with the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, one of which was in the High Technology Crime Bureau.

Pace University students choosing information assurance (IA) as a minor or concentration are eligible for these comprehensive scholarships as a result of the school's designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. This recent award of two scholarships is a tribute to the high caliber of these Pace University students and a confirmation of the quality of the school's information assurance education program.

Interested in applying for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program? Please visit www.seidenberg.pace.edu/ia or contact Andreea Cotoranu at acotoranu@pace.edu.

PACE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER OFFERS NEW WEB DESIGN COURSE

Have you ever wanted to build a Web site or know enough to manage and update your own existing Web site? 

If so, please note that the Pace Computer Learning Center (PCLC) is now offering Adobe Web 2.0 Design focusing on the skills to plan, design, and build your own Web site. This 45 hour, hands-on course provides instruction in 1) the Adobe Creative Suite of tools; 2) soft skills to understand the planning, designing, and building phases; 3) an introduction to other technologies such as XML, HTML, Actionscript, Javascript, CSS; and 4) Web design and functionality.

Those enrolled will learn to build a fully functional Web site with a shopping cart utilizing e-commerce capability, a multimedia gallery to launch audio or video, and other Web 2.0 functionality such as blogging, creating an events calendar, and the ability to create forms to capture user input data. There are no formal prerequisites for the course other than possession of good keyboarding skills, familiarity with the use of the mouse, and the ability to use a Web browser to navigate a Web site as well as access information via a search engine such as Google.

Adobe Web 2.0 Design will meet twice weekly from 6:00 to 8:30 pm and will be offered at both the Pace Midtown Center and the Graduate Center locations beginning January 20, 2009.

For more information, call 914-422-4054 or visit http://pclc.pace.edu.

PACE/SKILLPROOF IT INDEX REPORTS DECLINE IN REGIONAL IT JOBS

During the 3rd quarter of 2008, IT jobs declined moderately in New York City and more sharply in Westchester County. For details, read the latest issue of the Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report.


ALUMNI UPDATE

New Facebook Application Available to Alums

Beginning this November, all Pace alumni/ae will be able to access the networking features of the Alumni Online Community from their Facebook account. They will also be able to read the latest alumni news and learn about upcoming events. To establish a link to the Alumni Online Community, simply follow these directions at Alumni on Facebook.


Holiday Party Planned

The Alumni Holiday Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3rd . For details and to register, go to Alumni Events.

UPDATE ON IT'S TIME: THE CENTENNIAL CAMPAIGN

The university continues to make excellent progress towards its capital campaign goal of $100 million. To-date, over $86 million has been raised. The Seidenberg School has exceeded its $20 million dollar goal and is now at nearly $20.9 million through the combined efforts of Susan Merritt, dean emeritus; Kimberly Bendus, Seidenberg's former development director; and the Office of Philanthropy.

Since 2003, 524 alumni/ae, friends, corporations, foundations and organizations have made contributions to Seidenberg with 61 at the $5,000 or higher level and 103 in the $1,000 - $4,999 range.

Seidenberg is optimistic that it will substantially exceed its goal by the time the campaign winds down in 2010. If you would like to help with this effort and contribute to the Seidenberg School segment of the capital campaign, please contact Caroline Wolf, resident campaign director, at (212) 346-1290 or contribute online via www.pace.edu/givenow.






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