On Thursday, April 12, the M.S. in Publishing program celebrated the achievements of students, alumni, and faculty at the annual Student & Alumni Appreciation Dinner. An honored Pace tradition, the event recognized the professionalism of graduates and the dedication of students at every stage of the program. It was a particularly poignant event as Professor Sherman Raskin – the director of the publishing program for the last 32 years – announced his intention to retire in March. Professor Raskin has been a distinguished member of the Pace community for 55 years. Continue reading “Spring 2018 Student & Alumni Appreciation Dinner”
Pace University’s MS in Publishing Program celebrated the hard work and accomplishments of students and alumni at this year’s Student Appreciation Dinner on April 13. The event was enjoyed by faculty and guests of the program.
Professor Sherman Raskin, the Director of the MS in Publishing Program and the Pace University Press, started the night off by sharing his pride in the program and the community created and fostered through it.
Established publishing industry professional and advisory board member Frank Gatti, the first guest speaker of the night, followed Professor Raskin’s lead by speaking about the talented staff and students of the program. Gatti also spoke about the unique education the program provides future publishing professionals, and how important their education from Pace is in contributing to their success in the industry.
Denolyn Carroll, who is both an alumni of the program and a former professor, was the second guest speaker of the night. Carroll spoke warmly about how Pace influenced her academic, professional, and personal journeys. She spoke about how she left Jamaica to move to New York to work in magazine publishing after she completed her undergraduate education, and how Pace helped her accomplish her goals by providing well-taught, relevant courses. Carroll also reflected on how Professor Raskin awarded her the Times Mirror Scholarship, making her the first recipient of the award at Pace. This recognition for her work in graduate school was important and meaningful for her. For her, one of the greatest strengths of the program is that the professors genuinely care about their students and do everything they can to help students succeed. As she spoke about her lengthy career in magazine editing, earning the title of Editorial Operations Director at Essence among many other achievements, Carroll still had plenty of positive memories about her time teaching at Pace to share.
The final speaker of the night was the Graduate Assistant of the Multimedia Lab, Kevin Mercado. Mercado told the dinner’s attendants how he found out about the program after attending an information session Professor Raskin hosted at his undergraduate school, SUNY Albany. Mercado considered himself “recruited” at this event, and he said he’s come a long way from when he first entered the program. From narrowing down his interests and defining his career path, to connecting with other Pace alumni and students, Mercado expressed gratitude to Professor Raskin and the program for all of the opportunities he’s had.
The talking didn’t stop after the speeches were over—everyone present spent the night networking and exchanging stories about their time at Pace while they ate. It was amazing to see how many friendly and successful people are connected to Pace, and how willing everyone was to connect with each other. The event definitely celebrated its students, but it also was a celebration of how important the program has been and is, in launching successful publishing careers.
The first event was a Student Appreciation Dinner held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 163 Williams St. The event’s purpose was reflective of its name: an evening dedicated to celebrating the success and hard work of the MS in Publishing students. It was an evening of celebration and good food and conversation.
In attendance were many Pace University officials including Uday Sukhatme, Provost and Executive VP of Academic Affairs, Nira Herrmann, the Dean of Dyson College, Eugenia Hayes, the Director of Development for Dyson College, Maria Iacullo-Bird, the Assistant Dean of Grad Programs, Susan Ford, the University Director of Graduate Admissions, and Professor Sherman Raskin, the Chair of the MS in Publishing program. Faculty members Manuela Soares, Jodylynn Bachiman, Xiao-Chaun Lian, Andrea Baron, and Paul Levitz were also in attendance alongside some new faculty including Rich Johnson and Kevin Callahan. Click here to view MS in Publishing Faculty bios!
Both David Delano and Kathy Sandler spoke about their experiences teaching in the program and their dedicated work in the publishing industry. To the students and young professionals in attendance who are getting ready to make their debuts, they offered words of advice and encouragement. Harry Wang and Ram Katri, recipients of the 2015 Edgell and Littleford scholarships, spoke about the opportunities that the Publishing program has provided for them, and Melanie Mitzman, Imprint Marketing Manager at Gallery/Pocket Books, shared with attendees her role in the industry and how her education in the program prepared her for that role.
Current students and alumni of the program also made up most of the audience, which included over 70 people. We are very fortunate to have such a dynamic and successful group of alumni (see our alumni interviews here), who frequently contribute to the Publishing program by attending events, teaching in the program, mentoring students and assisting them in their job and internship searches. This event provided students with a wonderful opportunity to network and to learn more about opportunities for employment within the publishing industry.
On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, students, faculty, and friends of the MS in Publishing program were invited to the Spring 2015 David Pecker Lecture. It was an honor to have Professor Paul Levitz serve as the David Pecker Distinguished Professor for the 2014-2015 academic year. Formerly president and publisher of DC Comics and presently teaching Publishing Comics and Graphic Novels and Publishing Transmedia at Pace University, Professor Levitz is a comic fan, editor, writer, and executive. He is currently working on a book on Will Eisner and the birth of the graphic novel for Abrams Comic Arts.
Professor Levitz has been in the comic book business as a writer and editor for more than 35 years, and has been in part responsible for the discovery of writers like Marv Wolfman and Alan Moore, and artists like George Pérez, Keith Giffen, and John Byrne.
Professor Levitz presented a lecture titled, The Era of Visual Information. Professor Raskin, the Chair of the MS in Publishing program, gave Professor Levitz a warm welcome and thanked him for his support of the program.
“We expect everything to be visual now,” said Levitz, detailing the rise of a visually driven society. “We are living in the era of visual information and visual communication, and as publishers we need to acknowledge that. More, we need to be prepared to accomplish that. Further, we need to advocate that.” Professor Levitz reminded attendees that the growing interest in visual content is not going to go away any time soon, and as such, publishers need to consider how to approach their field in a way that draws newer generations to storytelling.
The tools that allow laymen to create content are readily available, and as they continue to develop, more opportunities become available to a wider range of people. New avenues for curating and publishing content are emerging, and Professor Levitz presented a challenge to those in the industry: “We are obliged, as publishers, to find the best ways to connect our creators with the community that is interested in their work. We are obliged, as publishers, to be effective in presenting their work with the widest variety of forms and tools possible.”
The words of Professor Levitz are an urgent reminder to both those just starting in publishing and those who are already an active part to embrace the challenges that the changing publishing and media landscape are presenting. It is our responsibility to engage and present the work of authors and artists in a way that is most meaningful to our audiences and culture.
January 29, 2015
Dear Colleagues and Graduate Students,
I hope you enjoyed your winter break. Welcome back to Pace University. We have 13 new students and 81 current students enrolled in the Pace Publishing program for the spring 2015, a total of 94 students this semester. The faculty and staff look forward to working with you and assisting you this term.
Please mark your calendars for the following publishing events. Paul Levitz (http://mspub.blogs.pace.edu/2011/01/22/paul-levitz/) will give the spring semester lecture as the David Pecker Visiting Professor on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Mr. Levitz was formerly president and publisher of DC Comics and is serving as David J. Pecker Visiting Professor for the 2014-15 academic year. His lecture will take place at 163 William Street, 18th floor at the downtown NYC campus from 6-8pm. He will discuss issues currently facing the publishing industry. Refreshments will be served.
Another major event and date to place on your calendar is Wednesday, April 8, 2015. At that time, the Pace University Publishing Department will host the fifth Student/Alumni Appreciation Dinner that will celebrate student excellence. The Student Appreciation Dinner will be held at 163 William Street, 18th floor from 6 to 8pm. The dinner gives us opportunity to recognize student and alumni achievement and the uniqueness of our publishing students and graduates. Please make every effort to attend both events.
We wish you a very successful semester. Please feel free to contact me or faculty or staff if you have any questions during the semester. My very best to you for a successful fall term.
Director MS in Publishing Program
Director Pace University Press
On Thursday, November 7th Pace University’s MS in Publishing program held its second Student Appreciation Dinner. In addition to honoring the students in the program, this event was also dedicated to Mr. David J. Pecker, a Pace University alum and the CEO of American Media, Inc. Mr. Pecker is a special member of the Pace community because of his knowledge of the publishing industry and his continued generosity towards Pace students and faculty. This semester ten new students were awarded the David Pecker Scholarship. The scholarship is given to those with high merit and/or need. It supports the need to educate students and to prepare them for a profession in publishing.
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 Raskin, Director of the MS in Publishing program, welcomed the students, staff and faculty and our distinguished guests. Diana Cavallo, who is currently employed as a marketing assistant at AMI, told us about how much receiving the David Pecker Scholarship as well as her education at Pace University has impacted her life. Caitlyn Callegari, a first semester student in the program and a receipient of a David Pecker scholarship thanked Mr. Pecker for his generosity and the opportunities the program is providing her.
Mr. Michael Healy, Executive Director of International Relations at the Copyright Clearance Center, spoke to the group about his three years at Pace as the David J. Pecker Distinguished Professor. The Professorship enables Pace University to recruit and invite chief executive officers of major publishing companies as well as other industry leaders to teach and lecture in the program. Students are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best in the industry. Mr. Arthur Levine, Scholastic Vice-President and Publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books, as well as the editor for the Harry Potter series, was last year’s Distinguished David Pecker Professor. This year’s Distinguished Professor is, Cevin Bryerman, the Publisher of Publisher’s Weekly. He will be giving his first lecture on Wednesday, December 4th.
After a wonderful meal, Mr. Pecker gave an insightful presentation about the current and future states of the magazine publishing industry. It is true that print publishing has declined, but Mr. Pecker assured us that as brands, magazines will see a successful future. For example, Shape and Men’s Fitness magazines will be hosting a Super Bowl party for 2014. The party will host artists like John Legend and Mary J. Blige. Attendees must pay to get into the party, of course. A magazine becomes a brand when it does more than only being a magazine. Mr. Pecker also talked about a new women’s fitness clothing line from Shape as well as a health drink line. These products reach out to the market, seeding it with the Shape name.
At the end of the night, Professor Raskin presented Mr. Pecker with a Pace University plaque honoring Mr. Pecker for all of his contributions to the school. With stomachs full of pumpkin cheesecake and coffee, and our heads filled with new insights to the publishing industry, the Student Appreciation Dinner ended. It was a wonderful evening and we all appreciated the opportunity to gather with other students, faculty and industry professionals.
Written by: Andrea St. Aubin and Professor Jane Denning
Photo credit: Andrea St. Aubin