2010-2011 Student News

Roberto Chavez

Roberto Chavez, a Dyson College history major, was awarded the first Kelly Herbert Writing Award for his poem “Not in This Neighborhood” on May 4 at the annual NYC English Writing Awards ceremony.


Read more about Dyson’s new Commercial Dance program spearheaded by nationally renowned choreographer Rhonda Miller on Broadwayworld.com.



Project Girl Performance Collective, a nonprofit founded by Dyson alumna Ashley Marinaccio ’07, Theater and Sociology/Anthropology dual major, performed at the White House this past Friday at the request of First Lady Michelle Obama. Dyson student Dominique Fishback, a current junior BFA Acting major, also performed with the group. Read more



Incoming Dyson freshman musical theater student Jess LeProtto has made it to the top 10 of the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.”



Dean Nira Herrmann shares her first impressions on China in her blog. Read the dyson dean blog.



Follow a group of professors during their trip to China on the Dyson blog. Professor Rebecca Martin shares her learning about the history, language, people and contemporary culture of China.



Pace students traveled to Rome with Professor Larry Hundersmarck as part of INT197G: Rome the Eternal City travel course. The program runs from May 19 through June 10, 2011. View the video and the flyer.



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Live Confucian

Read the third newsletter of the Confucius Institute at Pace University, “Live Confucian.”


Neil Patel

Biochemistry major Neil Patel ‘13 was selected for the American Society for Microbiology’s 2011 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, an elite opportunity presented to the brightest rising young scientists. Patel recently shared his research on the physiology of the organism that causes TB, which he conducted alongside Biology and Health Sciences Professor Marcy Kelly, with the Dyson Society of Fellows and will present it again at the American Chemical Society meeting and the Eastern Colleges Science Conference.


Rahul Rai

Pace student and actor Rahul Rai, is highlighted in the April 29, 2011 issue of Hicksville Illustrated News. Rahul starred in “When Harry Tries To Marry” currently playing in theatres now.


Sarah Jessica Anfora

The Downtown Express speaks with Pace’s Actors Studio about the repertory season and the diverse backgrounds of the graduating class.


Sarah Jessica Anfora

The Hudson Reporter highlights the Pace Actors Drama Studio repertory season in April 28, 2011 interview with Actor Drama Studio graduate Sarah Jessica Anfora. Ms. Anfora discusses her experience in the program and plans for the future.



On April 28, 2011 the Society of Fellows of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences inducted its 30th class named for University Historian and History Professor Dr. Marilyn Weigold. View our photo gallery



On April 22, Pace University hosted the movie premiere of “When Harry Tries to Marry” which was filmed on Pace University’s NYC campus. View our photo gallery


Neil Patel

Biochemistry major Neil Patel ‘13 was selected for the American Society for Microbiology’s 2011 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, an elite opportunity presented to the brightest rising young scientists. Patel recently shared his research on the physiology of the organism that causes TB, which he conducted alongside Biology and Health Sciences Professor Marcy Kelly, with the Dyson Society of Fellows and will present it again at the American Chemical Society meeting and the Eastern Colleges Science Conference.


Rahul Rai

Pace student and actor Rahul Rai, is highlighted in the April 29, 2011 issue of Hicksville Illustrated News. Rahul starred in “When Harry Tries To Marry” currently playing in theatres now.


Sarah Jessica Anfora

The Hudson Reporter highlights the Pace Actors Drama Studio repertory season in April 28, 2011 interview with Actor Drama Studio graduate Sarah Jessica Anfora. Ms. Anfora discusses her experience in the program and plans for the future.


Three Dyson students, biology major Michael Boyle, psychology major Hannah Tall, political science major Naphtalie Librun, and Psychology Professor Yvonne Rafferty, PhD, received the Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals from The Center for Community Action and Research, for 2010-2011. The Jefferson Awards for Public Service recognize individuals for outstanding commitment to volunteer and community service, and is known as “The Nobel Peace Prize” for Public Service.


The Confucius Institute co-sponsored the “Lunar New Year Celebration” in partnership with The New York City Council. Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman was quoted about Pace’s commitment to the Lower Manhattan community in “City Officials Kick Off New Year,” on February 14.


For the last 12 years, Criminal Justice and Security students have been providing tutoring to student at the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry as part of an AOK 1 course. The students attend an hour lecture at Pace University and then visit the Children’s Village weekly to provide an hour of tutoring. The hands-on approach helps Pace University students gain practical experience working with at-risk kids in the community as well provide service. Read more about it in the Children’s Village Winter 2011 newsletter.


Pace University hosted the Model United Nations Invitational, designed to provide budding high school delegates the opportunity to discuss and debate the pressing issues of our time, on January 21-23, 2011.


Actors Studio Drama School MFA student and Pace CVM AmeriCorps member Artisha Mann talks about the importance of volunteer work in her My American Story PSA.



“When Harry Tries to Marry” will premiere on April 22. Tickets to the exclusive Pace Premiere will be available in the Meeting Room, near the Student Union in 1 Pace Plaza on Tuesday, April 12 from 1-4 p.m. Watch a video about the making of the film on Pace’s NYC campus.


Dyson Performing Arts students fill in for A-listers during rehearsals of “Company.” Read the article in the April 7, 2011 New York Times.


Film and Screen Studies student Geoffrey Kappenberg has written, directed, and produced “Finding Fred”, a 10 minute documentary selected for screening at the 2011 Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this spring. The film is one of the oral history projects on individuals with disabilities, which students produce each semester in Seindenberg’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems courses, in partnership with AHRC New York City. Geoffrey was a student Professor Jim Lawler’s Fall 2010 “Community Engagement through Information Systems and Technologies” course.



Kevin Eng talks about his favorite class at Pace and about his plan to audition for “The X Factor”. >> Read the Dyson blog



Three Dyson students, Michael Boyle (Biology), Hannah Tall (Psychology), and Naphtalie Librun (Political Science) and one Professor of Psychology Yvonne Rafferty received the Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals from The Center for Community Action and Research, for 2010-2011. The Jefferson Awards for Public Service recognizes individuals for outstanding commitment to volunteer and community service, and is known as “The Nobel Peace Prize” for Public Service.


AVS TV Network interviews Rahul Rai about his character “Harry” in the film “When Harry Tries to Marry”.


Performing Arts major Rahual Rai ’13 won “Best New Talent” at the London Asian Film Festival for his title role in the film “When Harry Tries to Marry,” which also won the “Audience Award for Best Film” and “Best Crossover Film”. A Pace premiere of the film will be held on April 22.



Fifteen Pace students blog about their experiences working with people who are affected by poverty as part of the Alternative Spring Break program. >> Read more



Students in Professor Maria Luskay’s Media and Communication Arts class will travel to Belize during spring break to film a documentary on shrimp farming sustainability with Pace professor and New York Times blogger Andrew Revkin. Follow them on their blog and on Twitter.


Film and Screen Studies student Geoffrey Kappenberg has written, directed, and produced “Finding Fred”, a 10 minute documentary selected for screening at the 2011 Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this spring. The film is one of the oral history projects on individuals with disabilities, which students produce each semester in Seindenberg’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems courses, in partnership with AHRC New York City. Geoffrey was a student Professor Jim Lawler’s Fall 2010 “Community Engagement through Information Systems and Technologies” course.


Spark

Inspired by her “Economics and Sex” course, environmental Science major Alyssa Hammel speaks out against the sexualization of girls, helping to SPARK a movement.



On February 20, Pace’s Women’s and Gender Studies department co-hosted “Girls Stand Up,” an orientation event for the international conference of the Working Group on Girls, the NGO Committee on UNICEF. >> Read more


Melissa Recine
Dyson Blogger Melissa Recine gives us a closer look at her position as a production intern for the Rachael Ray show. >> Read more on the Dyson College blog



Dyson Blogger Kevin Eng talks about his community service project in his AOK1 course at Pace and what it feels like to help others. >> Read more on the Dyson College blog


3 From Tennessee
Pace’s Performing Arts department was spotlighted in Broadwayworld.com, the leading site for Broadway shoes, theatre, and live entertainment, in “La Mama and Pace Dept. of Performing Arts Celebrate Tennesse Williams’ 100th Birthday,” on February 15. Performing Arts department students, faculty, and alumni were noted for their upcoming performance of three of Williams’ plays at award-winning La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, showing from March 4 to March 6, 2011.


Maria Alexa Gee
Dyson fashion blogger and Communication Studies major Maria Alexa Gee was interviewed about Fashion Week in the Feb. 7 New York Daily News.


Jillian Gorry
Dyson Blogger Jillian Gorry describes her study abroad experience last fall in Cork, Ireland. >> Read more on the Dyson College blog


Shaz Khan

2011 ASDS MFA Acting Candidate, Shaz Khan, recently visited Matador, TX to conduct research for his upcoming thesis project, “Hello Out There” by William Saroyan.


Working Group on Girls

Pace University’s Women’s and Gender Studies department will co-host “Girls Stand Up” an orientation event for the international conference of the Working Group on Girls, the NGO Committee on UNICEF, on February 20 on Pace’s New York City Campus.


Melissa Recine

Melissa Recine, a communications major, jumped at the chance to get a makeover to look like Taylor Swift and ended up with an internship on the Rachael Ray television show.


Kevin Eng
Dyson Blogger Kevin Eng takes us on his journey to encorporate his two loves, writing and music, into his studies at Pace. >> Read more on the Dyson College blog


Performing Arts
Dominick LaRuffa, a student in the Performing Arts department, has been cast in the film “Goat,” currently in production and expected to be released this time next year. “Goat” is directed by Paul Borghese and features LaRuffa as 17 year old Nick Baldano. LaRuffa has become a card carrying member of the Screen Actor’s Guild for the work he has done on this film.


National Science Foundation
Michael D’Angelo, a Dyson College student majoring in criminal justice, was awarded a National Science Foundation scholarship to prepare for a career in the evolving field of cybersecurity. Read more


Live Confucian

Read the second newsletter of the Confucius Institute at Pace University, “Live Confucian.”


Peking Opera

New York Chinese Opera Society performed December 17-19 a contemporary Chinese opera, “Peking Opera.”


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Smarter Planet

Taylor Vogt, Political Science junior, has been spearheading the growth of “Students for a Smarter Planet” - an international student organization that allows students to help create a smarter planet.


A Christmas Carol
Pace University’s Department of Performing Arts will be giving a gift to an outstanding charity organization in Manhattan: Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids. The Department is putting up a new adaptation of the classic A Christmas Carol and along with this piece, they are trying something new. Scrooge’s decision to give money to the less fortunate after his journey with the three ghosts has inspired director Grant Kretchik and his cast of over 40 to fundraise after each of the eight shows and to donate this money to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids. To find out more, read the article “Pace University Confronts the AIDS Crisis with the BC/EFA” on Broadwayworld.com.


Samantha Egan
Dyson blogger Samantha Egan shares her experiences using ePortfolio, an online collection of her work designed showcase accomplishments and enable reflection on learning. Read her blog. Learn how to create an ePortfolio.


Kiss and Fly

Last spring, Film and Screen Studies Major James Carujo submitted his film The Contract (made in Pace’s 16 mm film production course) to the Cannes Films Festival Student competition. Only 300 films from all over the world were selected. Carujo’s was one of them. As a part of the Creative Minds at Cannes contest, in which five small groups were given a week to complete a film, Carujo made an additional five-minute short film, Kiss and Fly, and placed second.


Pace University and The Department of Performing Arts will present selections from the December Production of A Christmas Carol adapted by Assistant Professor Grant Kretchik based on the novel by Charles Dickens during the Tree Lighting Ceremony at South Street Seaport on November 26, 2010. This presentation will consist of Christmas Carols with original arrangement by Junior Performing Arts Student Meggan Herod who is the Music Director on the show. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 6pm and we will be presenting about 15- 20 min. of material.


When Harry Tries to Marry

The film “When Harry Tries to Marry” premiered at the Austin Film Festival on Friday October 22nd and the buzz around the  movie has been great! The movie has already received a 4 star user rating. The film also had its international premier on October 27th at the Mumbai Film Festival in India, and Director Nayan Padrai was interviewed by Mumbai’s biggest radio station – Radio Mirchi. To see pictures from the Austin Film Festival, watch the video slideshow of the interview, or just to find out more about “When Harry Tries to Marry,” visit the film’s Facebook Page. Read more about it in Variety and BroadwayWorld.


On October 10, 2011, Broadway director, producer, and lyricist Jack O’Brien held a masterclass for Pace University BFA Musical Theater and BFA Acting students in Schimmel Auditorium. O’Brien has earned three Tony Awards, an additional seven Tony nominations, and five Drama Desk Awards for his work in musicals, plays, and opera. His directorial work includes Hairspray, The Full Monty, Porgy and Bess, and Henry IV.  Musical theater majors Maisie Salinger, Taylor Noble, Jeffrey Perri Jr., Grace Caudle, and Sarah Nathan performed song selections for Mr. O’Brien.  Scenes from The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, 'Night, Mother, Uncommon Women and Others, and Lonesome West were performed by Pace students Alionka Polanco, Mike DePaulo, Shannon Agnew, Gina DeMay, Emily Asaro, Sandra Bates, Austin Sprague, and Patrick Pribyl. The students were thrilled to learn from such a successful director whose work spans many genres. Jack O’Brien joins an impressive list of Broadway professionals who have given masterclasses at Pace, including the actress Joanna Gleason, director Michael Greif, and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.


Pace University’s improv troupe “Nacho Cheese” will be opening for the “Upright Citizens Brigade” in a Variety Show being put on the by University with Homecoming. “Nacho Cheese” is made up of the Performing Arts’ Level II Improv Class taught by Kelli Porterfield. Opening for “Upright Citizens” is a huge honor and we hope you will come and support the students in their efforts. The show will take place Friday October 22 at 6pm in the Layton Student Union.


A new opera called I FIORETTI IN MUSICA that is produced by La MaMa E.T.C and features Pace Univerisity theatre students, alumni and faculty, will run for 12 performances only starting Sept 30, 2010 at La MaMa E.T.C. on East 4th Street. Gian Marco Lo Forte who has recently joined Pace as a faculty member in the Technical Theatre department, conceived, designed and directed this exciting new Italian Opera based on the 14th century book of poems in vulgar Italian I Fioretti (Little Flowers- The miracles of Saint Francis of Assisi) with libretto and visual concept that explore the importance of St. Francis’ teachings, such as peace and tolerance, in contemporary society. The cast includes Pace students and alumnae/i Spencer Bazzano, Dana Marcolina, Dorothy James Loechel, Kimberly Diamond, and Kayla Mason.


BFA acting major Cooper Rivers is currently shooting Mark Mann’s feature film Generation Um… in the Lower East Side. Starring Keanu Reeves, Bojana Novakovic, and Adelaide Clemens, the film is expected to be released in 2012.


Brandon Contreras

Brandon Contreras, a junior musical theater major, will be joining the first national tour of In The Heights, as the male swing and understudying the roles of Sonny and Graffiti Pete. Brandon will be on the road until April, even making a stop in Puerto Rico. Visit http://www.intheheightsthemusical.com/tour-ticket-info.html for dates.


Cailan Rose

Cailan Rose, a junior musical theater major, will be hitting the road this October in the national tour of Hair. She will be playing a Tribe member, a role she also held with the Broadway company this past spring. Visit http://www.hairontour.com/ for dates!


Kate Bristol

Junior musical theater major Kate Bristol will be joining the national tour of The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy. Kate will be on the road for five months starting this November. Visit http://www.wizardofozontour.com/ for more info!


Lyle Colby Mackston

Junior musical theater major Lyle Colby Mackston is now a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and will be starring as Leaf Coneybear in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The show begins an out of town run in Philadelphia this November, then returns to the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ from January 19th to February 13th, 2011.


Melissa Johnsen

Melissa Johnsen, Theater Arts senior, made her New York City theater debut this past August appearing in the play titled, “Trepidation Nation.” The play was performed at the Roy Arias Theater Center Tuesday, August 24th through Sunday, August 29th. For more information, read “No stage fright for Johnsen as she prepares for ‘Trepidation Nation’,” an article featuring Melissa in the August 18th Denville Edition of Neighbor News.


Michael D’Angelo, Criminal Justice student, was selected as a recipient of the Scholarship for Service (SFS) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will be asked to sign a Service Agreement which will state that he agrees to pursue a degree in the information assurance fields and serve in the Federal Government in a covered position for a period of up to two years upon completing academic degree requirements.


National Tour
Three Musical Theater students booked National Tours this summer. Cailan Rose was in the Broadway company of Hair and will be leaving for the 1st National Tour. Brandon Contreras will be in the National Tour of In The Heights. Kate Bristol will be in the National Tour of Wizard of Oz.


Geri Brown
The New York Times calls Pace Musical Theater student Geri Brown’s Off-Broadway performance “ferocious.” Read more


Confucius
People’s Daily Online interviewed Nira Herrmann, Dean of Dyson College, about how Pace’s Confucius Institute is bridging east and west as well as community and scholarship. Read the August 13, 2010 article, “A Home to Support Cultural Expression.”


Christopher Bert
Christopher Bert, a Junior, BFA Acting Major has booked a leading role in “The Green,” an upcoming feature film starring Julia Ormand, Cheyenne Jackson, Illeanna Douglas the film also stars Jason Butler Harner, Karen Young and Bill Sage. Learn more


Pace New Musicals

Want to see your work performed on stage? Open submissions announced for Pace New Musicals. Read the article on Broadwayworld.com.


Osas Ighodaro
MFA student Osas Ighodaro has been named Miss Black USA.


ePortfolio
A team of Pace faculty, staff, and students including Linda Anstendig, PhD, Beth Gordon Klingner, PhD, Jim Stenerson, PhD, CIO Ravi Ravishankar, and students Chiara Travia and Samantha Egan presented Pace’s ePortfolio initiatives at the 1st annual ePortfolio conference in July hosted by the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning.


2010 SOF Induction Ceremony
The Dyson Society of Fellow inducted a new class of Associate Members: this year’s class is named for the late Professor Thomas O’Sullivan of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies who served on the Executive Board of the society and was an enthusiastic participant in society events.


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