SEIDENBERG CELEBRATES ITS NEW IDENTITY
LEADERSHIP EVENT MOST SUCCESSFUL TO-DATE
SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS SUMMER EXPERIENCE A RESOUNDING SUCCESS!
SCHOOL ACTIVELY RECRUITING FOR SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS PROGRAM
SEIDENBERG INCREASES SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
LEARNING CENTER TO PARTNER WITH RED HAT
STUDENTS STUDY SECURITY ABROAD
GRADUATE CURRICULUM CHANGES AND NEW DUAL DEGREE OFFERING
CLOUT LAUNCHES NEW PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES
WILSON CENTER CREATES ONLINE COMMUNITY FOR THOSE TRANSITIONING TO NONPROFIT EMPLOYMENT
TOP STUDENTS GIVE SCHOOL TOP MARKS
 
SEIDENBERG CELEBRATES ITS NEW IDENTITY

Ivan G. Seidenberg (center) surrounded by students in the school bearing his name

Pace University's 22 year-old computing school formally celebrated becoming the Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at naming ceremonies held in Pleasantville on May 8 and in New York City on May 9. Seidenberg faculty, staff, students, friends and numerous University administrators were in attendance as were Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, his wife Phyllis and daughter Lisa. Mr. Seidenberg is also a Pace alumnus and trustee.

Last fall, Pace's Board of Trustees voted to name the school after Mr. Seidenberg after he pledged $15 million to the school, the largest gift ever in University history.

In recognition of his generosity and support for its endeavors, the school presented Mr. Seidenberg with a section of the first transatlantic telegraph cable from 1858 sold by Tiffany & Co. to commemorate that great achievement. Although the cable failed shortly after it was installed, it did set the stage for future technological breakthroughs. In keeping with the expectation of similar technological innovation originating at Pace, the inscription on the gift reads "with great appreciation, Pace University/Seidenberg School will connect generation to generation through your generous gift..."

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LEADERSHIP EVENT MOST SUCCESSFUL TO-DATE
Honoree Urges Students to Acquire Business Know-how Along with IT Skills

(l-r) Ivan Seidenberg, speaker; Austin Adams, honoree; Susan Merritt, Seidenberg Dean; and University President, David Caputo
On June 6th, 2006, the Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University celebrated its 11th Annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception. It was a record breaking event, garnering nearly $215,000 in support of student scholarships and various school-based initiatives. The event was chaired by Bank of New York Chief Information Officer, Kurt Woetzel, and honored Austin A. Adams, the Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer of JPMorgan Chase, the 3rd largest bank holding company in the world. Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications and benefactor of the school, was the guest speaker for the evening. The event was held at 55 Broad Street at a venue known as the "Digital Sandbox," the birthplace of Silicon Alley.

Mr. Adams' commitment to leadership in technology goes well beyond the corporations he has worked for over the years. He believes deeply, as he stated in his remarks at the event, "We simply have to develop IT professionals with a high degree of business savvy and excellent leadership and communication skills. ... This has to be a paradigm shift beyond the traditional skills of systems analysis, design and programming - and one supported by innovative programs that combine business and IT curricula - such as those offered at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems."

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SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS SUMMER EXPERIENCE A RESOUNDING SUCCESS!
31 Top High School Seniors from Across the Country Participate


Students participating in the Seidenberg Scholars Summer Experience work on their project
In an effort to identify prospective Seidenberg Scholars scheduled to enter in fall 2007, the Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems hosted a special summer experience for exceptional high school students from across the country. Thirty-one students about to enter their senior year of high school participated in the program based on the New York City campus from June 25-29.

The program was structured to provide the students with a challenging, interactive, intellectual experience and to introduce them to the sights, sounds and tastes of New York City. Once they arrived midday on Sunday, June 25, they were divided into teams and given their assignments by Richard Kline, PhD, who designed them and served as their mentor throughout their stay. Each team was assigned two challenges involving alternative energies and renewable resources - one involving solar energy, the other wind power - and were charged with developing workable solutions for each using LEGO robotics computing tools. When not working on their projects, the students were busy taking in the sights of the City, trying ethnic food, and attending an off-Broadway theatrical performance. One day of their experience was spent in Westchester touring the IBM Industry Solutions Lab and visiting the Pleasantville campus.

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SCHOOL ACTIVELY RECRUITING FOR SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Beginning this fall, the Seidenberg School will actively seek outstanding high school students interested in studying computing in college to join its recently established Seidenberg Scholars Program. The program was established at the request of Mr. Ivan G. Seidenberg who, at the time he made his gift of $15 million to the school, stipulated that a substantial part of it be used to recruit and nurture talented students with a flair for innovation from among the nation's "best and brightest." The first group of Seidenberg Scholars is expected to enter in fall 2007. In addition to receiving nearly full scholarships, Seidenberg Scholars will gain admission to the Pforzheimer Honors College, receive a free laptop, and be given numerous opportunities for research, paid internships, and travel, among other benefits. For information about the program, contact Bernice Houle,associate dean, at bhoule@pace.edu.

SEIDENBERG INCREASES SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

In recent years, service learning has become an integral part of courses offered through the Technology Systems Department. Students enrolled in one of several sections of CIS 102 Web Design for Nonprofit Organizations or TS 105 Computers for Human Empowerment have the opportunity to assist any number of organizations by developing Web sites to raise their visibility or are empowered to share their newly acquired technology knowledge with various populations in the surrounding community.


Students, faculty and community partners celebrate their accomplishments on Service Learning Day

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LEARNING CENTER TO PARTNER WITH RED HAT


Beginning September 2006, Pace Computer Learning Center (PCLC) will launch its Red Hat Academy partner program. Red Hat is the largest and most successful platform for open source computing in the world. From managing desktop PC's to entire data centers, Red Hat provides a wide variety of products and services to support enterprise-wide computing. PCLC will become one of two Red Hat Academy partners in New York State that offers Linux certification and the only one in the New York City metropolitan area (including Connecticut).

PCLC is constantly seeking new programs to support its corporate partners and their employees in their effort to keep up with today's technology demands. Currently, Linux is the fastest growing operating system in the world. Businesses in the U.S. are rapidly adopting "open source" technology as a cost effective solution to their enterprise computing needs.

Certification in Linux computing was rated #1, the most desirable IT/IS certification for 2006 by Certcities, an organization that measures the demand for various types of technical certifications. The Red Hat Academy program offers two certification options - Red Hat Certified Technician and the Red Hat Certified Engineer. Students can elect to take any combination of courses totalling four that best suits their learning needs. Presently, Linux skills are in short supply and demand for them is high. Driven by low cost and the ability to customize software, businesses are moving towards the Linux operating system as the computing platform of choice. For further information about the program, please contact Jim Irvine, Business Development and Program Manager at jirvine@pace.edu or call PCLC at (914) 422-4054.

STUDENTS STUDY SECURITY ABROAD

Thirteen students and six members of the Seidenberg School faculty and staff traveled to London and Paris at the end of the spring semester to learn firsthand how issues relating to network security are managed in other countries. The trip was an extension of IT 690B International Perspective on Network Security, one of many international travel courses offered through the University.


Students studying security abroad visit Citibank offices in London. Paul Capewell (second from right) served as host; Marc Pagano (fifth from right) a Pace alumnus, is an employee of Citibank in London

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GRADUATE CURRICULUM CHANGES AND NEW DUAL DEGREE OFFERING TO GO INTO EFFECT FOR FALL

The curriculum of the MS in Computer Science has been revised. The new program will allow career changers and students new to the field to complete the degree in less time due to the elimination of prerequisite course work. Those entering with an undergraduate degree in computer science may waive one or more core courses with permission, allowing them to explore additional areas of interest from a wide array of electives. Changes to the MS in Computer Science have resulted in similar changes to the MS in Telecommunications since the two programs traditionally shared the same prerequisite and foundation core courses. All changes are effective fall 2006. Also available, beginning fall 2006, is a dual degree in computer science, a combined BA/MS for the qualified undergraduate computer science major. Students enrolled in the program begin graduate course work in the junior year enabling them to complete both degrees in less time than it would take to complete each one independently.

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CLOUT LAUNCHES NEW PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES

In alliance with the University's Women's and Gender Advisory Board, administrators associated with the CLOUT program have initiated a series of activities designed to enhance and further the personal and professional development of CLOUT students. CLOUT, an acronym standing for Computers-Literacy-Opportunity-University-Technology, is a 15-year old program developed by the Seidenberg School in partnership with Westchester County to assist unemployed women on public assistance become economically self-sufficient through the acquisition of highly marketable PC skills. In recent years, CLOUT has provided similar opportunities to people in New York City on a short-term basis. Besides the academic component, the program strives to provide additional support services and co-curricular activities to help its graduates succeed.

The series began in April with a viewing and discussion of the movie "Crash" followed by a "Dress for Success" program co-sponsored by Co-op and Career Services and Daffy's of White Plains. Most recently, the students participated in an all day visit to Heineken USA, Inc. that included a "Keys to Success" presentation, a luncheon and small group tours of the corporate headquarter facility. Additional activities are planned for late summer and the fall.

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WILSON CENTER CREATES ONLINE COMMUNITY FOR THOSE TRANSITIONING TO NONPROFIT EMPLOYMENT


James Gabberty, a Wilson Fellow, with Grant Wilson at the inaugural of the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship
The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship was established in 2005 to serve the nonprofit community and Pace University. Its mission is "to promote social change through entrepreneurship." The Center has recently launched http://2Nonprofits.org, a Web site providing an online community (blog) for those interested in making the transition from business to nonprofit employment.

The Seidenberg School strongly supports the mission of the Center. James Gabberty, DPS, a Seidenberg faculty member, served as a Wilson Fellow this year. He will be succeeded by Dennis Anderson, associate dean.

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TOP STUDENTS GIVE SCHOOL TOP MARKS

Award-winning members of the Class of 2006 and a continuing Honors College student in a dual degree program were recently asked to reflect on their Seidenberg experience. Their comments indicate that their experience was a positive one.


Seidenberg School award recipients at this year's Westchester Awards Ceremony

Here are several excerpts:

"Pace has an amazing pool of teachers. They have provided me with the tools necessary for me to excel. In addition, the teachers at Pace allowed me to maintain a full-time schedule when I had two back surgeries during the 2005 spring semester. During that time, the teachers were always patient and helpful, but most importantly caring."

- Andrew Harris
  Frank LoSacco Memorial Scholarship Recipient
BA/MS Computer Science


"My experience at Pace, particularly in CSIS, has been more than satisfying. As an international student, I was nervous about coming to a new country, meeting new people, and adjusting to a new culture. At Pace, I met very accommodating and friendly people, and had a chance to work with excellent and supportive professors. In all, I am greatly satisfied with my Pace experience and will always cherish the memories of being a part of the Seidenberg family."

- Parthiv Malani
  Alumni Achievement Award
MS in Computer Science '06


"Great teachers! Great Location!"

- Mariasol Castellanos-Flouty
  Internet Technology for e-Commerce (ITE) Award Recipient
MS/ITE '06


"I have found the DPS program to be effective, challenging and great fun. The faculty and students have created a supportive and collaborative environment. The atmosphere has made the hard work pleasurable and eagerly anticipated. As I come to the end of my studies, I am both happy and sad. Happy for what I have accomplished and sad that the experience is now over."

- Carl E. Abrams
  Outstanding Student of the Year
DPS in Computing '06


"Although I am a 'virtual' student, I have never felt alone out there in the 'virtual' world. The support of the faculty and the staff at Pace has been fantastic, and much better than any I have encountered in the traditional college environment."

- Casey Windrider
  Professional Technology Studies (PTS): Telecommunications Award Recipient
BS/PTS '06



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And Don't Forget the Annual Fund

Since 1906, Pace has prepared its students for the professional world. Year after year loyal Annual Fund supporters provide the financial basis for an outstanding educational experience that leads to career readiness. Every gift greatly enhances the value and prestige of a Pace University Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems degree. Especially during our Centennial year, your gift can make a difference. Please join the thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, and students who support Pace annually and make your gift today at www.pace.edu/givetopace and don't forget to designate your gift to the Seidenberg School!




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