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News from the Schools: March 2019

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Announcements, events, updates, and more from Seidenberg, Dyson, SOE, and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law.

Seidenberg School of CSIS

Seidenberg recently hired Jun Yuan, PhD, and Isaac Vaghefi, PhD. Yuan joins us from SUNY Stony Brook, and has acheived considerable acclaim in the field of research science. Vanghefi, who is joining us from SUNY Binghamton recently won an award at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)’ Paper-a-Thon entitled “Digital Detox? Understanding Users’ Abstinence from Social Network Sits Use.”

The Seidenberg Innovation Awards (SIA) will be held on April 24. Now in its 23 rd year, Seidenberg's signature event will honor industry leaders, trailblazers, as well as the students, alumni, staff, and faculty that have made Seideberg's continued exllence possible. Learn more


School of Education

Please join us in extending our best wishes to Patricia Kobetts, who will be retiring from the School of Education on March 8. Since 2014, Pat has served as the Director of School Partnerships with responsibilities that included securing school placements for all student teachers, acting as a liaison between the NYCDOE Teaching Fellows and Pace, and provided support to clinical field supervisors.

Pat is no stranger to education, as she started her career with the NYCDOE at the age of 19 as a teacher of fine arts. She progressed to become a NYC High School Principal, with her school earning the US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Designation, followed by Deputy Superintendent. Prior to joining Pace, Pat worked at New Visions for Public Schools and Turnaround for Children.

Pat was born and raised in NYC attending public schools throughout. Her parents were both illegal immigrants from the Ukraine, having entered the US through Canada, before being able to apply for and become American Citizens. She and her older sister were first-generation college students, and she attended CUNY Hunter College of the City of New York which was entirely free at the time. With this background, Pat identifies with and supports the Pace commitment to Opportunitas.

When asked if she had any big plans after retirement, Pat indicated that while still to be determined, she is looking forward to “New and different ADVENTURES.” Furthermore, she says “I have loved my time at Pace. The administration, faculty, staff, and students are absolutely wonderful.” 

Thank you, Pat, for all you have done for SOE, and we are excited for you as you begin your next chapter!


Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

A new Dyson College program has been approved by the state. The PhD Program in Clinical Psychology (Health Care Emphasis) will launch in fall 2019 on the New York City Campus.

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Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Lesly Santos '19, earned a prestigious Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship. Lesley is one of 27 graduates who were chosen from top law schools across the country to participate in this fellowship.

Alexandra Dunn, former dean of Pace Law’s environmental law programs was sworn in on February 20 as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.