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There are great things happening in Westchester. Here's what you need to know about updates to academics, buildings, facilities, programs, and so much more.

There are great things happening in Westchester. Below is an update on the Pleasantville Project, a collaborative initiative designed to increase the quality and attractive power of the Pleasantville Campus. The overarching goal of the project is to increase enrollment and retention in Pleasantville, ensuring that the major investments the University is making in the campus yield desired results.

Promising new academic programs are scheduled to launch in the fall 2015 semester. Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is launching the MA in Environmental Policy and the College of Health Professions is launching the BS in Health Science. There is significant interest and enthusiasm around these programs and we expect they will attract more students to the Pleasantville Campus. Additional new program offerings across all of the schools will be announced over the next few academic years.

Student Affairs, along with the First Year Interest Group (FIG) Advisory Board, has selected Robert Mundy, PhD, as the first faculty-in-residence for Alumni Hall. Mundy has been with Pace for two years and is serving as an assistant professor of English. He is looking forward to working closely with students and working on student research projects. He will also work closely with our faculty partners in running our FIG program for all first-year students.

The 2015–2018 strategic plan for the Athletics department has been completed with specific goals and measures.

The Pleasantville Campaign has raised $3.6 million including the recent $2 million naming gift from Joseph Ianniello '90, the chief operating officer at CBS Corporation, and a recent addition to the Board of Trustees. Additionally, the Campaign has recently received an anonymous gift of $250,000, a $25,000 gift from a Pace parent to name a field house locker room, and a new donation for Alumni Hall. The 2015 Westchester Homecoming events, including the Alumni Hall ribbon cutting and the Third Annual Faces of Pace dinner, will be held on October 17. We look forward to the opportunity to tour Alumni Hall in the coming months with prospects for the campaign, leading to the ribbon cutting event as part of Homecoming.

The first meeting of the Westchester President's Council was held on June 3 in Pleasantville. The most recent addition to the group is Peter Porrino '80, a Pleasantville graduate, a former Gold Ribbon committee member, and the EVP and CFO at XL Group in Stamford.

Pace's partnership with Pleasantville's Jacob Burns Film Center has grown substantially. Of note, our media, communications, and visual arts students screened their documentary film, Curacao's Coral Challenge, on May 12 at the Burns theater. This first-time event was attended by 140 students, faculty, and families. The film was followed by a Q&A moderated by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Todd. In addition, the Environmental Studies and Science Department welcomed the JBFC staff for a tour of the new Environmental Center complex and a presentation on their growing department. All came away excited to explore partnering on environmental film presentations and education initiatives in the coming year.

A Marketing Sub-Committee has been formed as a subset of the Pleasantville Project Committee to develop a communications strategy that increases visibility and raises the reputation of Pace as a higher education leader in Westchester. A website was created to provide detailed information on the Pleasantville Project.

The Graduate Center at One Martine Avenue in White Plains is officially on the market for sale. All programs are being relocated and a graduate classroom wing will be created in Miller Hall for the start of the fall 2015 semester.

Construction activity continues to progress. Here is a status report:

  • >> Alumni Hall is on schedule to open for the start of the fall 2015 semester. The building is impressive and has stunning views of the campus from the upper floors. The student lounge space is themed around the FIG programs in the building such as an ESPN and Body and Mind rooms. There will be University 101 classes held in the new classrooms on the first floor of the building this September. There will also be a small dining area on the first floor.
     
  • >> Work on our athletic facilities is progressing. The turf for Finnerty Field, home to the baseball and field hockey teams, will be installed by mid-July. Turf for the multi-purpose field will follow and will be completed by mid-August. Work on the new softball field will begin in August and is scheduled to be complete in October. Work on the new Ianniello Field House is underway. The foundations and steel work are complete. The building is scheduled to be complete in December.
     
  • >> Foundation work is complete for Residence Hall B. Production on the modular units is also complete. The modular units will be delivered and assembled during the summer months. The building will be erected by September. Work on the interior and exterior of the building will follow and the building will be ready for occupancy by the fall 2016 semester.
     
  • >> Landscaping and site work projects are underway throughout campus. A significant amount of new trees have been planted. Martin Road is being raised to align with the new residence halls and new quad in the center of campus. Paving of most of the new roads and parking lots will occur over the summer and Shirley Beth's Way will be restored to its original look. Most of the site work will be completed by September.

For further information and regular updates on the Site Plan or Pleasantville Project, please visit our website at http://paceplvmasterplan.com or contact Aisha Moyla at amoyla@pace.edu.