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ANNUAL AWARD PRESENTATION SETS
ALL-TIME RECORD
FORTY EXCEPTIONAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS SUMMER EXPERIENCE
NATIONAL CENTER OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE EDUCATION DESIGNATION RENEWED
SEIDENBERG STUDENTS IN DEMAND
PACE/SKILLPROOF PARTNERSHIP RECEIVES IBM FACULTY AWARD
BERNICE HOULE HONORED FOR SERVICE AND ADVOCACY OF WOMEN
MATT GANIS RECEIVES ADJUNCT INNOVATION IN TEACHING AWARD
PACE ANNOUNCES
IT'S TIME: THE CENTENNIAL CAMPAIGN
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN ICT STRATEGY AND INNOVATION TO BE OFFERED AS OF SUMMER II
CLOUT AND PACE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER PARTNER WITH NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYEES
BANK OF NEW YORK EMPLOYEES COMPLETE GRADUATE CERTIFICATES
SERVICE LEARNING COURSES CONTINUE TO ATTRACT STUDENTS
SEIDENBERG IN THE NEWS
 
 
ANNUAL AWARD PRESENTATION SETS ALL-TIME RECORD
Naomi Seligman Honored -- Ivan Seidenberg Featured

Naomi Seligman, honoree, and Ivan G. Seidenberg, guest speaker
This year's Leadership and Service in Technology (LST) Award Reception generated a record-breaking $235K for the benefit of the Seidenberg School's Endowed Scholarship Fund. The event, an annual get-together of Pace faculty, students, staff, alums and friends as well as members of the IT community, honors an individual or company that best exemplifies leadership in the field of technology. This year's award went to Naomi Seligman , best known as co-chair of the influential CIO Strategy Exchange, and senior partner with Ostriker von Simson, Inc. Ivan G. Seidenberg , Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., Pace alumnus and Board of Trustees member, and benefactor of the school that bears his name, served as guest speaker.

The event was appropriately held at the Global Community Digital Sandbox, 55 Broad Street , New York City, the hallmark building in lower Manhattan where Silicon Alley was born. Charles Costa, CIO, Global Technology Infrastructure, JPMorgan Chase, and Mark Kay, CEO of StrikeForce Technologies, Inc., served as event co-chairs and were assisted by Austin A. Adams, former executive vice president and CIO, JPMorgan Chase, last year's honoree.

Following the presentation of the Leadership and Service in Technology Award, Ms. Seligman addressed the audience on the topic of "Reclaiming Global IT Leadership." She expressed confidence in the U.S.'s ability to provide global leadership through the powerful combination of innovation and intellect provided that "there are sufficient numbers of young people with technical expertise, market insights, and determination to seize the moment" such as those graduating from the Seidenberg School .

Ivan Seidenberg, guest speaker, expanded on the theme. In order to reclaim and sustain our position of leadership in the 21 st century, the U.S. must nurture a culture that values innovation and creates the conditions that allows it to flourish.

Over 200 people attended the event. Many agreed that this was the best LST ever.


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FORTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN 2ND ANNUAL SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS SUMMER EXPERIENCE

They came to experience New York City . They came to be exposed to the field of computing in a college environment. They came to meet other high school students with similar interests. They left exhausted. They left with new friends. They left with memories they will never forget!

The 2nd Annual Seidenberg Scholars Summer Experience (SSSE) began on Sunday, June 24, with 40 academically strong students about to enter their senior year in high school, descending on the New York City campus. They came from 16 different states including CA (4), CO (1), CT (2), GA (1), IA (1), IL (1), LA (1), MD (2), NJ (6), NY (13), OH (1), OR (1), TX (3), UT (1), VA (1), WI (1). Two of them had perfect scores on both the verbal and math sections of the SAT exam.

Ivan Seidenberg chats with students during a design sprint

Utilizing the popular LEGO robotics computing tools, the students participated in a challenging, hands-on program to design software and a system to address the problems and opportunities related to finding Alternative Energy/Renewable Resources. Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., after whom the program is named, dropped by to speak personally with the students during one of their design sprints.

When not working on their projects, the participants had the opportunity to experience New York City as well as nearby Westchester . They enjoyed, among many other activities, a trip to the Industry Solutions Lab (ISL) at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, NY, a session at the Environmental Center on Pace's Pleasantville campus, time at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, a ramble through Central Park, dinners in Times Square and in Chinatown, and an off-Broadway show.

The primary purpose of the Seidenberg Scholars Summer Experience program is to identify and recruit the second group of Seidenberg Scholars who will enter the University in fall 2008 and to advance the Seidenberg School's reputation as a nationally prominent and innovative school of computing.

The participants appeared to enjoy the experience tremendously. One summed it up as "nothing short of awesome.I will never forget the experience and the friends that I made."

[ To visit Seidenberg Scholars Web site ]

UNIVERSITY'S DESIGNATION AS A NATIONAL CENTER OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE EDUCATION RENEWED

Pace University, through the efforts of the Seidenberg School , was recently redesignated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education for academic years 2007-2012. The original designation was awarded in 2004.

Narayan Murthy, PhD (l-center) and Li-Chiou Chen, PhD (r-center) accept redesignation award on behalf of Pace

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) Program is an outreach program designed and operated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance (IA) and graduating a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines.

To attain certification, an institution must demonstrate commitment to academic excellence in IA by meeting rigorous requirements in areas such as curriculum, faculty qualification, research efforts, laboratory and library resources, and partnerships. Pace is currently one of only 86 institutions nationwide to be recognized as a Center.

These achievements were officially recognized on Tuesday, June 5. Dr. Narayan Murthy , chair of the Computer Science Department in Westchester, represented the university at an awards ceremony in Boston during The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education.


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SEIDENBERG STUDENTS IN DEMAND
Co-op and Full-time Position are Plentiful

Students majoring in the computing disciplines continue to be in demand. Jody Queen-Hubert, executive director of Cooperative Education and Career Services, reports that over 300 computer-related internships and 400 full-time, entry-level positions were posted by her office during the 2006-07 academic year. These numbers represent a significant increase over the past few years.

Forty-seven Seidenberg students, both undergraduate and graduate across both campuses, participated in the Cooperative Education program with some experiencing more than one internship. To date, 33 members of the Class of 2007 have reported finding full-time, entry level or advanced positions by the time they graduated. Many graduates received job offers from their co-op employers or through participation in the university's Campus Recruiting Program.

These numbers bear out the findings reported in the Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index (PSII) that the IT job market in Manhattan and Westchester County is robust.


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PACE/SKILLPROOF PARTNERSHIP RECEIVES IBM FACULTY AWARD
New Technology to Support Job Market Research

Susan M. Merritt, dean, has received a Faculty Award from IBM. The award will enable Pace University and SkillPROOF, Inc., the creators of a new quarterly index of major companies' demand for IT specialists in Manhattan and Westchester County , New York, to expand their research into other job markets and locations. The IBM Faculty Award comes with technology support from IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center . It will encourage SkillPROOF, Inc., a private firm specializing in job market research, to assume a leadership role in applying technologies such as deep Web mining and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to labor market research.

The index of IT employment trends that the partners developed - the Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index, or PSII, tracks and weights actual online job postings of firms in the areas it covers, providing a guide to students, educators, and human resources executives.


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BERNICE HOULE HONORED FOR SERVICE AND ADVOCACY OF WOMEN

Bernice Houle, PhD, award recipient
Bernice Houle , associate dean, was honored at the Spring Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Westchester/Rockland Region of the American Council on Education/National Network of Women where she received the 2007 Dr. Carol S. Russett Award. The event was held on April 27th in Tarrytown, NY.

This prestigious service award is given annually to a woman educator who exemplifies the mission of ACE/National Network of Women Leaders; dedicates herself to higher education by generously serving her students, colleagues, and institution; demonstrates a personal commitment to professional growth and enrichment; has unselfishly given of her time and energy in assisting other women in their professional development; and demonstrates an interest and concern for her community outside the academic environment.

Concrete examples of Dr. Houle's ongoing commitment to the betterment of children, women, and students, and her strong leadership abilities were cited as illustrations of her deservedness. They included, among her other achievements, involvement with CLOUT, a program that provides technical job training to unemployed mothers of young children; organizing and implementing special summer computing experiences for at-risk high school students as well as for prospective Seidenberg Scholars; developing and delivering an 18-hour computing program for senior Girl Scouts; and coordinating the highly successful FIRST LEGO League Tournaments that have become an annual event on the university calendar.

MATT GANIS RECEIVES ADJUNCT INNOVATION IN TEACHING AWARD

Matt Ganis, DPS, with Susan Merritt, dean, at Commencement 2007
Matthew Ganis, a triple Pace alumnus, was named this year's recipient of the Innovation in Teaching Award for an Adjunct Faculty Member by the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Matt teaches for both the Computer Science Department in the Seidenberg School and the Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department in Dyson College. The award was presented at a reception hosted by The New York Times on May 16th in New York City.

Matt holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA in Information Systems from Pace. This May he also earned a Doctor of Professional Studies (DPS) in Computing from the Seidenberg School and was named the recipient of the DPS Student Service Award. In addition, he has been an active alum, frequently speaking on behalf of the Seidenberg School , serving on the Center for Advanced Media Advisory Board, and acting as liaison between IBM and the university as an Academic Ambassador.

Matt is currently a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM's sales and distribution organization where he is responsible for www.ibm.com site architecture. He began his career at IBM as an intern through Pace's Cooperative Education program.


PACE ANNOUNCES IT'S TIME: THE CENTENNIAL CAMPAIGN
Seidenberg School's Campaign Fundraising Nearing Goal

On April 24, 2007, Pace University launched its capital campaign, It's Time: The Centennial Campaign for Pace University. Since its inception in 2003, Pace alumni/ae and friends have contributed more than $65 million in gifts and pledges toward the campaign's $100 million goal. This comprehensive campaign, the most ambitious in the university's 100-year history, is securing investments to fund scholarships and dynamic student opportunities; augment and support a highly talented faculty; create the campus of tomorrow with state-of-the-art technology and modern spaces for teaching and learning; and ensure top-flight academic programs.

Seidenberg's campaign goal is $20 million. To date, with the combined efforts of Dean Susan Merritt, Kimberly Bendus, Seidenberg's director of development, and the Office of Philanthropy, the Seidenberg School has raised $18.4 million, representing 91.9 percent of its goal.

The largest gift in Pace's history was awarded to the School of Computer Science and Information Systems in October 2005 - $15 million from Ivan G. Seidenberg , CEO of Verizon Communications, Pace alumnus, member of the Pace Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Centennial Campaign. One-third of his gift will support the Seidenberg Scholars Program, a program dedicated to recruiting and supporting top computing students from across the country.

Another significant gift was made to the school by Allan Deering, a long-time friend and advisory member, and his wife Carol in the amount of $250,000. The Allan and Carol Deering Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide financial support to qualified undergraduates in need.

Since 2003, 467 individuals, corporations and foundations have made contributions with 77 at the $5,000 level or higher.

If you would like to help the Seidenberg School reach and hopefully surpass its goal, please contact Julie Davidson at jdavidson@pace.edu, (212) 346-1661.

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY AND INNOVATION TO BE OFFERED
AS OF SUMMER II

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems initiated a new Advanced Certificate in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategy and Innovation in mid-July with the offering of IS 660D Information and Communications Technology Innovation. Additional courses have been scheduled for the fall. The goal of this master's-level certificate program is to provide students with strong grounding in the strategic and innovative uses of technology, probably the most highly prized and distinctive quality that IS professionals at all levels in an organization can possess.

Until now, effective training to develop this elusive quality could rarely be found in a formal academic setting, but with the availability of this new certificate program, information systems students will now be able to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to develop excellence in highly levered and tactical uses of technology.

Interested students may contact James Gabberty, DPS, program coordinator, at(212) 346-1008 or at jgabberty@pace.edu for further information.


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CLOUT AND PACE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER PARTNER WITH NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYEES

CLOUT, a Seidenberg School program that prepares the unemployed and underemployed to seek meaningful employment utilizing PC skills, and the Pace Computer Learning Center that offers noncredit application, technical and project management training, recently partnered with the City of New York Parks and Recreation Department to offer training in technology to park employees participating in the Parks Opportunity Program (POP), one of the nation's largest transitional employment programs. CLOUT offered one in administrative training while PCLC offered a program in A+ certification. Both programs were delivered over a nine week period at the Midtown Center.

In CLOUT's Certificate for the Workplace Professional offering, 14 POP participants attended one hundred hours of training in customer service, business communications, and Microsoft Office applications. This training provided students with the skills needed to secure employment as an administrative assistant. In the words of the instructor, Helen Uzamere, "The Workplace Professional program truly gives the participants a second chance at initiating a career in the corporate world. There is a strong emphasis on mastering the Microsoft Office suite of products and dealing with people in the workplace. It was rewarding to see the students gain confidence and prepare to embark on a corporate career." One of the students who completed the program remarked "I really enjoyed The Workplace Professional class here at Pace University. It works for everyone from beginners to the advanced student. The teacher really gives students personal attention and 'hands-on' instruction."

Helen Uzamere, CLOUT instructor, 3rd from top left, with POP students enrolled in the Workplace Professional program

In the program offered by the Pace Computer Learning Center, 13 POP employees participated in a 128-hour training class in which they learned the basics of PC support. The class prepared students for the two A+ exams offered by CompTIA. Students learned to take apart and reassemble a PC, install and configure the Windows operating system, troubleshoot PCs and printers and learn the basics of networking. It was a challenging program, and students worked hard, gaining sufficient expertise to qualify for entry-level IT positions.

On June 24, Lynne Larkin accepted a New Partnership Award on behalf of the university at a reception sponsored by the NYC Parks and Recreation Department held in Central Park .


BANK OF NEW YORK EMPLOYEES COMPLETE GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Bank of New York employees with Sotirios Skevoulis, PhD, chair of the New York City Computer Science Department,
1st top row-left
In late 2005, the Bank of New York asked the Seidenberg School to offer two graduate-level certificate programs to its employees onsite at its 101 Barclay Street location in lower Manhattan . Bank employees had the option of pursuing either an Advanced Certificate in Software Development and Engineering or one in Security and Information Assurance . Students attended classes one night per week over a period of 18 months.

On Monday, June 25, thirty-five bank employees celebrated the completion of their certificate programs at a reception held at the bank. Kurt Woetzel, CIO of the Bank of New York, and Susan Merritt, dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, presented the graduates with their certificates. Kurt Woetzel, in his remarks, encouraged students to continue with their studies towards a master's degree.


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SERVICE LEARNING COURSES CONTINUE TO ATTRACT STUDENTS

Lauren McMann, a Pace student enrolled in Intergenerational Computing works one-on-one with Martha Revette at UHGC
Pace undergraduates had a number of exciting service learning courses offered by the Seidenberg School to choose during the spring semester. Virtually all of them filled quickly and several had substantial waiting lists. The course offerings included Web Design for Non-Profit Organizations, Intergenerational Computing, Problem-Solving with LEGO Mindstorm Robots, and Computers for Human Empowerment.

This semester, Darren Hayes, DPS, and his Web Design for Non-Profit Organizations class helped a number of organizations in the community develop professional-looking Web sites. Among them was the Muslim Consultative Network, a faith-based organization that seeks to promote understanding of the Muslim community in New York and to perform charitable activities. Students also worked with Saltwater Critters, an organization of international aquarium enthusiasts who can now cultivate and swap coral through a Web site portal developed by Pace students. Other projects included a Web site for the New Jersey Historical Society created by Professor Julie Khan-Nomee's class. Other students worked on a site for Children of Promise, a nonprofit organization that provides help and support to children with special needs.

Professor Khan-Nomee also taught Computers for Human Empowerment, as did Professor Catharina Daniels. This spring, students worked with Club Access, a center that supports the advancement of mentally challenged students, and with the Connelly Center, a girls' school that seeks out students who have underachieved in the public school system and helps them reach their true potential. Students taught application software to students at both centers.

The Problem-Solving with LEGO Mindstorm Robots classes are always very popular, especially when Richard Kline, PhD, and Pauline Mosley, DPS, are the instructors. One is never too old to enjoy tinkering with LEGO blocks as evidenced by the way in which students have tremendous fun while learning important programming concepts. Pace students then become teachers to middle school children in schools such as PS/IS188 on the Lower East Side and the Isaac Newton School for Math and Science in East Harlem . They also mentored middle school children participating in after-school LEGO robotics clubs at these schools.  Both schools expect to enter teams in the FIRST LEGO League competition hosted by Pace next year. Students enrolled in the LEGO course offered this summer enjoyed assisting high school students participating in the Seidenberg Summer Scholars Experience.

Intergenerational Computing was one of our newer offerings and this year it attracted so much interest that an additional section had to be added on the New York City campus. In Pleasantville, Jean Coppola, PhD, a pioneer and advocate for seniors, and her students worked with the elderly at the United Hebrew Geriatric Center (UHGC) in New Rochelle. In New York City, Seidenberg partnered with The Department of Parks and Recreation to instruct seniors throughout the City's Network of Computer Resource Centers.

The value of service learning becomes clear when students ask if they can continue volunteering once the course is over.
SEIDENBERG IN THE NEWS

The Seidenberg School continues to make the news on an ongoing basis. Most recently, the school was cited in several publications for its new IT job market index - the Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index or PSII - that provides proof of strong IT job growth in recent months and forecasts sustained strength for the foreseeable future.




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