Welcome to the Fall 2012 Semester!

Dear MS in Publishing Graduate Students, Faculty, Advisory Board Members, and Alumni:

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Fall 2012 semester and to extend my best wishes for a successful academic year.

This semester we are proudly offering  new courses on Publishing Comics and Graphic Novels and Supply Chain Management, taught respectively by Paul Levitz, former President of DC Comics, and Thomas Dimascio, Director of Supply Chain Management at DC Comics. In addition, PUB 621, E-books: Technology, Workflow, and Business Models, is being offered online and is very popular, with over 20 students enrolled.

If you have any questions concerning your course schedules, contact Ms. Barbara Egidi, MS in Publishing Program Manager, at begidi@pace.edu.

Please note that on Monday, September 10, 2012, from 5:00 – 6:00 PM, we will hold a New Student Orientation for our students at the Pace Midtown site in the Multi-Media Lab.  All students are welcome, but I strongly encourage newly enrolled students to attend the session. Prof. Denning, Prof. Soares, Ms. Egidi and I look forward to seeing you there.

I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that Arthur A. Levine (http://www.arthuralevinebooks.com/) will serve as the Visiting Distinguished David Pecker Professor this year. In November, Mr. Levine, the Publisher and Editor of the Harry Potter series who was responsible for bringing J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter to the U.S.A., will present his first lecture (details will be posted at a later date). Mr. Levine, who has done so much for literacy and publishing, deserves this honor, and we at Pace are excited that he will be working with our faculty and students this year.

Please feel free to come in and see me and the staff if you have any questions. I look forward to working with you all this semester as our program prepares you for and educates you about the dynamic changes that are transforming the industry today.

Again, my best wishes to all for a very successful 2012-13 academic year.

Sherman Raskin

Professor of English/Publishing
Director MS in Publishing Program
Director Pace University Press
Pace University
551 Fifth Ave,. Room 805E
New York, NY 10176
212-346-1417

Staff in the Spotlight: Barbara Egidi, Program Manager, M.S. in Publishing

If you are a student taking classes at the Midtown Center or an online student, chances are that you have heard from or met with Ms. Barbara Egidi, the Program Manager for the M.S. in Publishing program.

Ms. Egidi, who began working at Pace over 40 years ago and who holds two degrees from Pace, an A.A.S. in General Business and a B.S. in Office Information Systems, works diligently to keep meticulous records for all of the students in the program.

She is also the “go to” person if students have any questions about their course schedules, course planning, course substitutions, status in the program, graduation questions, and just about anything else our graduate students might need help with.  “I enjoy working closely with students, assisting and advising them through the many ups and downs they face while trying to pursue their graduate degree.  It is most fulfilling being a part of the process and being there when our students finally complete their degree.”  Ms. Egidi says she often feels like a “mother hen who is not only very protective of her flock but also very proud of them too.” 

When asked what advice she would offer to new students entering the program, Ms. Egidi replied, “I would like to remind them to always use their worksheet that they are given when they enter the program.  They should be completing it every semester as they continue to enroll in courses.  By doing so, they will always be aware of their status in the program and will be assured of graduating on time.  Students who do not have a publishing background should enroll in our strong internship program.  Not only is it an asset on one’s resume but an internship may open a door to a full-time publishing position.  I always like to remind students to network with other students, the faculty, guest lecturers, and the M.S. in Publishing Advisory Board.  And I cannot stress enough that if a student is running into difficulty in a course that they should contact their professor immediately.  Faculty are always willing to work with students.”

Ms. Egidi is also an invaluable resource for the M.S. in Publishing Faculty and the other staff members in the program.  If a Professor has a question about a particular student, a particular procedure, or simply needs someone to talk to, Ms. Egidi is there for them.

One of the most remarkable things about Ms. Egidi is her ability to give each and every student her utmost care and attention – nothing falls through the cracks under her care and guidance.  Many students have benefitted from her wise advice and kindness, and she is a wonderful colleague and friend to those who work with her.

The best way to reach out to Ms. Egidi is via email at begidi@pace.edu – 7 days a week!