On Wednesday, April 9th Pace University’s MS in Publishing program held its third Student Appreciation Dinner. The dinner was focused on the successes of the MS in Publishing Students, whether currently in the program or graduates of the program.
The event took place on the 18th floor at 158 Williams Street at the downtown Pace University campus. Maria Iacullo-Bird, the Assistant Dean of Grad Programs, and Susan Ford, the University Director of Graduate Admissions along with other Pace faculty and MS in Publishing Advisory Board members were in attendance. Dr. Uday Sukhatme, Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Nira Hermann, Dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and Professor Sherman Raskin, Director of the MS in Publishing program, welcomed the students, staff and faculty and our distinguished guests.
Roger Friedman, CEO of Lebhar-Friedman and former BPEF Chair spoke about the Edgell Scholarship as well as on the merit of entering the BtoB side of the magazine publishing industry. Elizabeth Reid, the Community & Special Projects Manager at ABM, spoke about the opportunities the BPEF Internship Program afforded her and about the Edgell Scholarship/Internship opportunity available to students this summer (applications due April 19th).
Professor Denning and Professor Soares both talked about their internship and thesis courses and about the remarkable talent and ambition of the students enrolled in their classes. They also shared their exciting news about a panel that Prof. Soares will be moderating on Digital Marketing Strategies for YA Books at the upcoming panel BEA for the NYC Chapter of the Women’s National Book Organization of which Prof. Denning is the President. Each year Dyson College supports our students and faculty by providing them with the opportunity to attend the BEA-something that both faculty and are grateful for.
Perhaps the most vibrant time during the dinner was when the students themselves got to speak. Graduate Assistant Andrea St. Aubin opened with a lighthearted and poignant speech on how Pace was making her long-time publishing dreams come true, where as Dominique Ingram spoke on how the program has prepared her and motivates her to fiercely pursue her passions and dreams. Three graduates of the program, Noah Efroym of Simon & Schuster, Hannah Bennett of Rosetta Books, and Kristen Flanagan, who will be a teaching in the program during the Fall 14’ semester, had the chance to speak on what the program meant to them both personally and professionally.
It was a wonderful evening and we all appreciated the opportunity to gather with other students, faculty and industry professionals.