Advice for new students from your new Seidenberg family

Welcome new students to the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University! In special events held on each of our campuses, the Seidenberg School gave a little taste of our culture to our new family.

In New York City, a pre-convocation breakfast set up new students for their big day. We had a great turnout of new undergraduate students from all over – from New York to California, and from countries afar like Ukraine, India, and China. The party in Pleasantville was a gathering in the evening, where current students, staff, and faculty turned out to meet our fresh faces.

Dean Jonathan Hill welcomes new students on the New York City campus.

Along with Seidenberg School Dean Jonathan Hill, Seidenberg students, faculty, and staff gave some of their top advice to the incoming class. We’re sharing what some of them said below:

On the environment at Seidenberg School

“We are in an environment that is very friendly; you will have lots of support.” Dr. Christelle Scharff, Chair, Computer Science.

“What makes Pace different is this environment. This is going to be your family for the next four years.” Dr. Miguel Mosteiro.

“If you find yourself getting overwhelmed at any time, don’t panic. Talk to your advisors, reach out and talk to us. We were in your positions many moons ago.” Dr. James Gabberty, Associate Dean.

On university life

“It’s a big change going from high school to college. One thing I’d advise is taking care of your time management – there are only 24 hours in a day, so use them wisely.” Vicente Gomez (BS in Computer Science).

“Health and wellness is super important now that you’re in college.” Vivian Ng (BS in Computer Science).

“Be proud that you are here.” Dr. Jonathan Hill, Dean.

Dean Hill with some of our awesome returning students on the Pleasantville campus.

On studying in New York City

“As a previous international student at Pace University, New York City – not just Pace – became my classroom. Huge opportunities will come your way.” Stephanie Elson, Assistant Dean of Recruitment and Retention.

“Networking is key.” Dr. Darren Hayes.

On making the most of university

“You can work, study, do an internship, do a research project with a faculty member, but you will have to pick and choose. Do what you love and you will do well.” Dr. Christelle Scharff.

“It’s not just what you do in the classroom but what you do outside.” Dr. Darren Hayes.

“You are about to put many years into accomplishing something. The proof in the pudding is when you get a job after graduation. You are now preparing for a career, so think about what you want to do now and start taking the steps you need to get where you want to be.” Dr. James Gabberty.


New or returning to Pace University and want to talk? Stop by the Seidenberg School at any time on either campus. We are always here for our students and want to help you have the best experience you can at Pace University. Contact us to set up some time to talk or just drop by.

Seidenberg hosts inaugural student-faculty lunch in newly renovated Pleasantville office

by Kate Houlihan

On Friday, January 26th, 2018 Seidenberg students on the Pleasantville campus came out for a luncheon with Dean Hill, Seidenberg faculty & staff, and fellow students to kick off the new semester! This lunch was the first major student event held in the newly renovated Seidenberg office (which you can find on the third floor of Goldstein Academic Center) and was a huge success. 

It was wonderful for the community to reconnect after a month of being on break! Despite it being Australia Day, the Seidenberg family munched on a “delicioso” Mexican spread from Sundance Deli in Pleasantville, NY. Bellies were full and the the small amount of leftovers were taken home.

Highlights of the renovation include a newly-painted reception area, two new lounge spaces for students to congregate, a 90-inch flatscreen TV, and a spacious kitchen!

We are thrilled to host many more events in this new, functional space in the near (and distant) future for faculty and students. Keep an eye out for future events, and don’t hesitate to stop by the 3rd floor of Goldstein Academic Center to check the new space out for yourself!

Seidenberg Peer Mentoring Program goes into its second year

The Seidenberg community was delighted to kick off the second year of our student mentoring program on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. When the program first began last year, we saw great success as senior students took incoming Seidenberg majors under their wings to help navigate the Seidenberg – and Pace University – experience.

Now in its second year, the program has seen a swell in new and returning students flocked back to meet one another and grow our Seidenberg family. The program aims to help new students settle into life at Pace, learn about how Seidenberg and the University operates, and meet new friends. For experienced students who are mentoring our n00bs, they learn how to provide guidance to new students and valuable skills that are extremely useful in the working world.

Director of Recruitment and Retention and Academic Advisor Stephanie Elson led the welcome presentation, which laid out the expectations of both mentors and mentees – including the requirement to take as many pictures as possible! #SeidenbergSelfie!

Our newest advisor on the NYC campus, Matt Brown, also welcomed the students. “Your relationship as mentees and mentors is about teamwork,” Matt said, emphasizing the community aspect of the program. “You all are part of a greater community, and individually you bring something great to this team.”

Matt also touched on one of our greatest assets here at Pace – “Pace is a global community with people from different backgrounds – be supportive, be non-judgmental.”

New students also got to meet community manager Olga Bogomolova, who welcomed them to the program and reminded them to take care of our space and each other.

The Seidenberg Peer Mentoring program is one of our points of pride. If you’ve been through our doors, you know that community is everything to Seidenberg, so we are delighted to see such a robust cohort of students entering and returning to the program this year.

We can’t wait to see how our mentors and mentees do! Welcome and welcome back to all of you!