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Experiential Learning Professional Competitions and Conferences

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
PROFESSIONAL COMPETITIONS AND CONFERENCES

Whether your interests lie in starting businesses or solving crimes, Pace students regularly participate in a variety of competitions and conferences, putting their classroom knowledge into action both on campus and across the globe. Many of them are held on campus and give winning students the opportunity to interview for positions at large firms, as well as offer prize money to fund their ventures.

Here are just some of the competitions and conferences Pace students are participating in:

Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition

Pace Advertising students work on a year-long advertising and integrated marketing communications campaign as part of the American Advertising Federation competition, the premier college advertising competition, for a national company and brand. Students must research the product and its competition, identify potential problem areas, and devise a completely integrated communications campaign for the client. Each student team then "pitches" its campaign to a panel of judges. Past campaigns include Nissan, Coca-Cola Classic, and Yahoo!. In addition, Pace students Michelle Sanchez and Ashley Small were named among the AAF’s 50 Most Promising Minority Students for 2014. "To have the opportunity to collaborate with other students who are dedicated to achieving excellence is the greatest academic honor I could possibly receive in my undergraduate career. My development has been greatly influenced by my education at Pace and my participation in our Ad Club and also our Ad Team programs. This new recognition will provide me with networking, interviewing, and industry immersion opportunities, all of which will enhance my knowledge and career," says Sanchez. >>Read More

Associated Collegiate Press Conference

Each year, Pace student media organizations including The Pace Press, The Pace Chronicle, and POP TV attend the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Conference comprising hundreds of students from diverse collegiate news organizations, and are given the opportunity to hone leadership, judgment, critical thinking skills, and ethical sensibilities. In March 2014, the ACP National College Journalism Convention was held at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, and students participated in workshops, exhibits, and break out sessions, and heard from a variety of keynote speakers. In addition, The Pace Press placed fourth for the Best in Show category.

Environmental Consortium Annual Conference

Spearheaded and hosted by the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities aims to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning with a special emphasis on the greater Hudson-Mohawk River watershed. Each year, the Consortium hosts a conference to bring advocates from universities around the country together to discuss some of the most important issues affecting our environment. Students, faculty, and staff often present posters and participate in plenaries. >>Read More

GroupM Case Competition

GroupM Business Science and Pace University's Lubin School of Business partner to offer the GroupM Case Competition, which gives students the opportunity to provide critical perspectives and real solutions to marketing problems/topics and have their ideas judged by professionals in the industry. This competition serves as a dynamic opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills and enhance their theoretical foundation in the marketing discipline. Final presentations are made at GroupM headquarters and winning teams are offered interviews for internships. >>Read More

IBM Case Competition

In November 2013, Lubin and IBM partnered to host the first annual Business Strategy and Insights Case Competition, where student teams competed against one another to perform an audit of online conversations, specifically, to identify and rank the preferred social channels and IBM's participation rate versus competitors and non-competitors. Real-world business questions insights and solutions were presented to a panel of expert judges from IBM and Pace and finalists were offered interviews for positions at IBM. >>Read More

Interactive and Direct Marketing Lab (IDM Lab)

Pace’s IDM Lab is an exclusive, student-run direct and interactive marketing agency that offers internships approved for undergraduate or graduate credit. Interns in New York City and Pleasantville complete lab projects, participate as team members of the IDM Lab, and write papers recapping their experiences. Interns are given the opportunity to apply all the skills they have learned while in school to real life, real-time marketing challenges for small and large business clients. Interns also have the opportunity to attend free seminars and meetings with industry specialists outside of Pace. >>Read More

IRS Special Agent for a Day

The annual IRS "Special Agents for a Day" allows students to work with experienced Special Agents from the IRS, who coach them and provide learning points along the way. The students act as honorary agents for the day and learn how to follow the paper trail of a simulated white collar crime.

Leadership Conference

Each year, the Office of Student Development and Campus Activities brings presenters to Pace to share their experiences and helpful tips on how to become leaders. Presenters and break out sessions enlighten students by promoting the refinement of their leadership skills in order to truly embody the qualities of a modern leader.

Left Forum

For the last five years, the Left Forum—one of the largest gatherings of progressive intellectuals, activists, academicians, and organizations from around the world—has been held on Pace’s NYC Campus. The Forum highlights and encourages pushing forward progressive agendas for social change and includes panels of all kinds to discuss variances, commonalities, and alternatives to current difficulties in the world, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming it, and features Pace students, faculty, and staff panels each year, alongside big-named guest speakers like Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Jesse Jackson, and Michael Moore. >>Read More

Model United Nations

Pace University’s Model UN teams in NYC and Westchester have enjoyed a rich history of recognition at prestigious conferences for the teams’ ability to analyze complex global issues, engage in policy debate, and propose compelling solutions. Uniquely integrated into the Political Science curriculum, Model UN fosters students’ familiarity with world politics, cross-cultural awareness, leadership, public speaking, problem-solving, and knowledge of legislative rules of order through classwork, simulations, and conferences. Students participate in a variety of conferences, including the National Model UN Conference in Washington, DC, where the NYC team was recognized with four awards in 2013; the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in New York City, where Pace took home nine awards in 2013; the United Nations University for Peace Model UN Conference in Costa Rica; and the prestigious Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) held at the Palais des Nations in Switzerland.

“Model UN is a rewarding experience that expands your knowledge of global politics, diplomacy, and the workings of the United Nations, but the best part of the experience is surprising yourself and discovering a new passion. It has given me skills that are applicable to the real world and has encouraged me to consider a career in international work.”—Shade Quailey ’16 >>Read More

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Each February, law students from around the country assemble at Pace Law School to compete in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC). Conceived by Pace Law students, the competition began in 1989 as a modest endeavor with 22 schools participating. It is now the largest interschool moot court competition of any kind under one roof, regularly attracting in excess of 200 competitors from diverse law schools and 200 attorneys who serve as judges for the three days of oral arguments.

New York Federal Reserve Bank’s College Fed Challenge

Each year, the Pace Economics Team competes at the College Fed Challenge, a team competition for undergraduate college students inspired by the working of the Federal Open Market Committee. In 2012, the team won first place in the district and went on to place third in the nation, where they met Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke. In 2013, the team struck again, placing first and advancing to nationals, where they received an honorary mention. Pace team captain Kelsey Berro credits the Fed Challenge with her success in college and her professional work. "The Fed Challenge has defined my college experience here at Pace University," she says. "The program teaches you how to work hard and gives you connections that will last a lifetime. Everything I have learned is applicable in someway or another. The competition enables you to be able to talk with professionals about the current state of the economy and financial topics as well the confidence to express your opinion using facts and knowledge to back your argument. This ability to speak the 'language of economics' helps you tremendously in interviews and professional work." >>Read More

NYSSPA Conference

Each year, Pace Physician Assistant students attend the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) conference. The 2013 conference, held in October, gave students the opportunity to enhance their classroom studies by attending a series of student-targeted lectures, exploring topics such as mechanical ventilation, arterial blood gases, and managing unusual findings in the clinical setting. Three students, Amy Rosentel, Stephanie Levy, and Evan Schumann, participated in the annual Student Medical Jeopardy competition; and Devora Gelbfish (a didactic year student) was recognized as one of four recipients of the highly competitive NYSSPA annual scholarship.

Pace Business Plan Competition

The Pace Business Plan Competition, open to current undergraduate and graduate students and recent Pace alumni, fosters the entrepreneurial spirit among students, promotes practical business skills, and encourages the creation of new ventures. Plans may be submitted for commercial businesses as well as social ventures.

Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS)

The Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS) encourages research in the connections between urban environments and regional concerns. It engages in interdisciplinary research, dedicated to the production and dissemination of environmental knowledge, and works on solutions to pressing environmental problems through a visiting scholar program, seminars, and conferences, including the PIERS Conference where students are invited to submit their original research on the environment and papers written for an environmental studies class. >>Read More

Pace Mobile App Design Contest

The Pace Mobile App Design Contest gives Pace students the opportunity to create a concept for a mobile app that demonstrates innovative design in helping meet user needs. Past designs include an app that provides adults living in senior homes with a “music listening list,” a sound to text transformation service, an app that arranges and shares peoples schedules, a stress level tester, and more. >>Read More

Pace Pitch Contest

For the last 10 years, Lubin has given entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their new venture ideas to a distinguished panel of judges in three minutes, highlighting their idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, for a chance to win funding. >>Read More

Pace University Small Business Development Center

Since its start in 1986, the expert advisors of the Pace University SBDC have worked directly with 15,061 businesses, helping them to invest $160,916,245 in the area's economy, and create or save 6,555 jobs. Advisers help clients understand the importance of a business plan, find sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, develop marketing plans, and more, all free of charge to the client. >>Read More

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) xACT Challenge

Hosted by the Pace chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the premier professional business and financial information honor society, the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Challenge increases students’ exposure to professional services and the world of public accounting. In October 2013, more than 60 students presented a relevant business scenario and were required to provide recommendations to solve financial, social, and sustainability issues related to the biofuel industry. Students were mentored by faculty and PwC professionals and the competition was judged by a panel of esteemed PwC professionals. The two winning Pace teams received a prize in the amount of $1,000 and moved on to compete against other schools at the next PwC Challenge.

Psychology Conference

Every spring, seniors and juniors can participate in the annual Psychology Conference sponsored by the Psychology Department on our NYC Campus. Student presentations are of professional quality. This is an opportunity to learn how to present papers in a professional and scientific setting.

The Society of Fellows of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

The Society of Fellows of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is the premier honors organization in the college. The Society fosters undergraduate scholarship in the arts and sciences by providing enriching experiences for students with outstanding academic ability. Participation and membership in the Society of Fellows affords students an opportunity to develop their intellect and display their talents in a variety of settings. Each fall the Society hosts an off-site weekend retreat where students, faculty, and alumni share in a lively debate on a chosen topic in a casual setting. At the Society’s annual conference held in early spring each year, students present scholarly research and artistic projects. >>Read More

Student Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIP)

Each year, students in FIN 357 manage of a portfolio worth about $300,000 sponsored by the University. Students engage in direct contact with leading financial analysts and hedge fund managers, conduct research on individual companies and use G-PACT stock analysis packages, and recommend purchases and sales. During the 2012-2013 year, Pace’s SMIP outperformed the Dow Jones, S&P, and NASDAQ with a 24.74% return, versus 13.13%, 16.06%, and 17.05%, respectively. "The amazing performance of these Pace students at the Pleasantville and New York campuses testifies to the pedagogical soundness of the experiential learning approach to educating 21st century scholars," states Professor Ron Filante, who teaches the course. >>Read More

Student-Operated Restaurant

Founded in 2010 by Pace students, The Pace Perk Cafe was opened under the Briarcliff cafeteria for what was supposed to be a five-week run. Today, it remains a successful student-operated business that serves students food, drinks, and events each day.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Run by Pace Beta Alpha Psi students and volunteers, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help for low-to moderate-income (under $52,000) people, who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Volunteers are trained by IRS materials and obtain certification from IRS by passing a basic proficiency exam in preparing income tax returns. The BAP VITA is one of the largest and most successful in NYC.