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March 2014


Professor Joe DiBenedetto Honored at Spirit of Pace Awards
We are pleased to announce that Professor Joseph DiBenedetto will receive the Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award at the 2014 Spirit of Pace Awards on June 18 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award pays tribute to a distinguished faculty member who has dedicated his or her career to Pace and our students.
Dean Braun Visits California
In February, Dean of the Lubin School of Business, Neil Braun, travelled to California to meet with several prominent alumni in the entertainment, accounting, and investment industries. While there, alumni Peter Alliegro '93, Senior Portfolio Manager at US Trust Corporation and Michael Savoy '73, managing director Gumbiner Savett along with Dean Braun, hosted an alumni breakfast and presentation on forensic accounting by Marty Laffer '69, partner at Laffer & Gottlieb. With more than 1,500 alumni living in California and a growing number of Pace students hailing from the west coast, the trip was an opportunity to reconnect with alumni as well as build the University's national presence. Click below to hear what our alumni have to say about the visit and learn when Pace will next visit the west coast.
Remembering Peter X. Finnerty
Peter X. Finnerty, former Director of Athletics, Director of Alumni Relations, athlete, professor, coach, and inductee of the Pace University Athletics Hall of Fame, was instrumental in transforming the club teams to varsity status, thereby creating the Pace Athletics program. Mr. Finnerty served the University and its students for over 40 years. As we plan to transition the baseball field, named in his honor in 1989, to a turf field, we invite you to share your memories of Peter X. Finnerty HERE. To read more about the Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award, which will be presented to Dr. Joseph Pastore, Jr. '66 at the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 28, 2014, click here.
Entrepreneurs Roundtable
On February 20, Pace alumni David Arabov '12, Lenny Kharitonov '02, and Craig Tashman '03 along with renowned entrepreneur, Gurbaksh Shahal, participated in a roundtable discussion on entrepreneurship and the challenges entrepreneurs face. Faculty member and fellow Pace alumnus, Bruce Bachenheimer '83 moderated the discussion. Click here to watch Gurbaksh Shahal's key note address or click here to watch the discussion.
Pace Welcomes Leslie Seidman
Leslie F. Seidman, former chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, was named executive director of the new Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Seidman will lead discussion about current topics in financial reporting, lecture on campus, and mentor advanced accounting students. She will also consult with Pace faculty on relevant research and curricular topics. Check out Leslie's in-depth interview just published in the CPA Journal.

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Shirley Acevedo Buontempo '84, '10Shirley Acevedo Buontempo '84, '12 uses her Pace degrees to help first-generation Latino students realize their college dreams.

Athletics News
The 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is on March 28, 2014. Celebrate with our newest inductees: Tom Grega,Football; Kory Langley '99, Volleyball; Henry Manning '91, Baseball; Joe Vuotto '00, Men's Lacrosse. Dr. Joseph M. Pastore Jr. '66 will receive the Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award, and the 1984-85 Women's Basketball Team will be honored as a Team of Distinction.

Did You Know ...
Lubin's Beta Alpha Psi chapter is once again offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) at One Place Plaza, providing free tax preparation to retirees and individuals with low-to-moderate income. BAP volunteers are fully trained and must pass IRS proficiency examinations to be certified as tax preparers. VITA will begin on February 20 and will be open every Monday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until April 10. For additional information, email

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