Spring 2011

Gary Butler, CEO of ADP, to be Honored at Annual Fund-raiser

Gary C. Butler, president and CEO of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), will be honored for his outstanding leadership and numerous contributions to the field of information technology at the upcoming Leadership and Service in Technology (LST) Award Reception sponsored by the Seidenberg School. The reception, an annual event, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, and will once again be held at the midtown headquarters of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

A panel discussion, focusing on the emerging field of “cloud computing” technology, will also be featured. Panelists include Laura Wallace, general manager, NY Metro District, Microsoft; David McQueeney, vice president, software, IBM Research; Michael Capone ’93, CIO, ADP; and Matthew Knell ’00, director, social media, AOL.

As an added attraction, there will be a special demonstration led by IBM's Watson of Jeopardy! fame. [more] [register now]

 

Dean's Message

We have a new look!

We've hinted at a change and now it's here! Welcome to the inaugural issue of Refresh, our redesigned electronic newsletter.  Hopefully you will find it engaging, relevant and fun to read.

In celebration of our new look, readers of the inaugural issue of Refresh are eligible to enter a drawing for a $75.00 American Express gift card to be chosen at random by the Dean. All you have to do to be in the running is to look for and click on the hidden Watson icon while reading through Refresh. [full message]

Three Resident Advisers Pitch "Reslutions" – A Winning Idea

Jeremy Pease (BS ‘13) and Stiliyan Lazarov (BS ’10, MS ’13), both from the Seidenberg School, and Robert Caucci (BBA/BS ’11) from the Lubin School of Business, placed first in the New Business Concepts category at this year’s Pace Pitch Contest held on the downtown campus on April 11. [more]

Student Team Participates in Cyber Defense Marathon

For approximately 20 hours over a period of three days, a team of eight Seidenberg students participated in the 2011 Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition organized by Northeastern University and hosted by EMC. The event took place outside of Boston in early March. [more]

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Online Student Places 2nd Nationally in IBM Mainframe Competition

For the second consecutive year, Jay Thomas, an online student in Seidenberg’s NACTEL program for telecommunications workers, competed in IBM’s Master the Mainframe Contest. This year he completed the “extremely difficult and time-consuming” Part 3 and placed 2nd in a field of over 3,500 competitors. [more]

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Verizon Scholarship

The Dr. Susan Merritt Verizon Woman in Technology Award, to be given annually to a young woman planning to study technology in college, was recently established by the Verizon Foundation. Named in honor of the former dean of the Seidenberg School and current professor emerita-in-residence, the $3,000 scholarship was presented to Kayana Jean-Phillipe, a graduating senior from Harrison High School. The presentation took place at the Westchester County Women's Hall of Fame and Scholarship Awards Luncheon recently held at the Rye Town Hilton.

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From Borders to Bosnia

Thomas “Tom” Lombardi recounts his personal and professional odyssey from selling books in Borders to serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of IT Leadership at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. Along the way, he earned MS and DPS degrees from the Seidenberg School; worked as a consultant, system administrator and software developer; taught and assumed an administrative role at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and travelled throughout the Balkan peninsula, eastern Europe, and Italy.

He credits his Pace experience in making all of this possible in “From Borders to Bosnia.” [more]

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Finding Fred

"Finding Fred," a film written, directed and produced by Geoffrey Kappenberg (Dyson/Film and Screen Studies) based on his interaction with a client from AHRC New York City was selected for screening at the 2011 Sprout Film Festival held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last month. Geoff was a student in CIS 102W Community Engagement offered through the Seidenberg School and taught by Professor Jim Lawler. [more]

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Seidenberg In The News

Several Seidenberg Faculty have recently been either quoted in the press or interviewed on radio for their professional expertise –

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Professor Jean Coppola's course in intergenerational computing (CIS102T) was featured in a segment shot at the Hallmark senior facility in Battery Park City that aired on WCBS TV on April 15 and again on April 18. [video]

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Jonathan Hill, assistant dean and director of special programs and projects, was quoted in the "Education Life" section of the NY Times about Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts being among the top 10 fastest growing career fields and the various organizations that employ people with this knowledge. He was also cited in ComputerWorld in "China set to surpass U.S. in PC purchases."

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Five master's level students–one from Pace, two from India, and two from Senegal–worked collaboratively over a period of nine weeks to develop a mobile application for use as a teaching tool in underdeveloped African countries using agile methodology. Articles about this Global Software Development (GSD) project, spearheaded by Professor Christelle Scharff with funding from IBM and Sun Microsystems, appeared in both campustechnology.com and drdobbs.com.