Letter from the Deans, Winter 2012
Though battling the elements during Hurricane Sandy tested our mettle, the Pace Community proved resilient, strong, and most importantly, caring. Our students, faculty, and staff pulled together to support each other and our neighbors in countless ways during that wet and windy week.
Throughout the ordeal, the safety of our students was of primary concern for everyone at the University—as it is every day at Pace. From ensuring that students’ physical needs were addressed with alternate housing and dining arrangements, to supplying emotional support with round-the-clock resident advisers, to providing security with trained 24/7 security staff. We also know that keeping loved ones up to date is critical, which is why we reached out to parents and families with regular e-mail updates, text updates, phone calls, and daily posts to our website and social media outlets.
And as the recovery and rebuilding continues around us, we plan to continue to provide resources to our students in need as well as to the community. Pace has launched the Pace Cares Fund, to assist students who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our Provost, deans, and faculty are working closely together to ensure that the disruption in courses will have no negative impact on students’ academic experience. And of course, our wonderful students and community members have been busy volunteering, donating, and raising funds to help others in more dire need.
As we head into the winter months, with the potential of ice and snow storms, we want to ensure you that we will continue to make your students’ wellbeing our top priority. If your student hasn’t already added you as an emergency contact in the Pace Alert system, we encourage you to point them to the site at: www.pace.edu/pace-alert. This will enable us to reach out to you via phone and text in case of campus emergencies, in addition to our regular email updates.
Although like all of you, we were dismayed to see the damage to the surrounding area, we were so very grateful that both our students and our campuses weathered the storm well. As we move into the new year, we look forward to starting a new semester back on schedule and ready to take on the everyday challenges and opportunities of college life!
Wishing you all a very happy—and safe—holiday season.
Dean Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD, Westchester Campus
Dean Marijo Russell O’Grady, PhD, New York City Campus