1. Beta Alpha Psi (BAP)
Mentoring High School StudentsLubin’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) conducted a financial literacy event for high school students involving 40 students participating in the Academy of Finance and Upward Bound programs. Beta Alpha Psi students conducted three informative presentations on financial management, credit cards, and financing for college. Also, through a partnership with Dominicans on Wall Street (DOWS), , the Pace Chapter of Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) undertook a high school mentoring initiative.
Tax Time Help
One of the most successful and largest programs of its kind in New York City, the Pace VITA program, sponsored by the University’s Iota Lambda Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), offered free tax help once again this tax season. To become qualified VITA volunteers, Beta Alpha Psi members received training from the IRS and sat for a basic proficiency examination. In 2006, 77 Lubin BAP volunteers logged in 900 hours, processed 458 returns yielding a total of $338,000 in refunds, and helped over 400 families.
Can You Hear Me Now?
Pace’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national honors fraternity for financial information professionals, celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Wednesday, April 19. Ivan Seidenberg ’81, CEO, Verizon Communications Inc., was the keynote speaker and was inducted as an honorary member of Beta Alpha Psi. Samuel DiPiazza, CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, received the Outstanding Leadership Award. Dr. Marion Posey, the Lubin chapter’s first faculty advisor and a recently retired accounting professor at Lubin, as well as alumna Jeanne Kovalski ’05, were also honored.
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2. Dominicans of Wall Street (DOWS)
Dominicans on Wall Street (DOWS), the Pace chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) undertook a high school mentoring initiative.
3. Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP)
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and Pace University are celebrating the 20th year of the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) Program with 37 high school juniors attending the 2006 residency program at Pace’s Pleasantville and downtown Manhattan campuses from June 25 to June 29. Over 950 students have graduated from the Pace COAP Program since it began in 1987, and over 1,500 students have participated in the COAP program over the twenty years since. The program now takes place on nine college and university campuses across the state.
The COAP program began due to the lack of minority professionals in the accounting field. Even today, only two out of ten new accounting hires are from minority backgrounds. By attending COAP courses and seeing accountants in their work environments, these students are given an invaluable opportunity to see what possibilities lie ahead of them. All of the sessions are conducted by CPAs as well as other professionals in business and academe, some of whom are Pace University staff and alumni. The COAP students live on the Pace University Pleasantville campus during the program, giving them a first hand look at college life.
The Pace COAP program, which is free of charge for the students, includes classes taught by NYSSCPA members as well as field trips to MTVN and Ernst & Young. The students also work in teams during the COAP week to develop skits related to professional themes or topics, which are then presented to a panel of CPAs, including a partner of Ernst & Young and members of the Pace COAP Advisory Board, who will select the best skit. The winning team will be recognized at the closing banquet and invited to have lunch with partners of selected CPA firms. The program will conclude with a banquet and keynote addresses by Carol Greene, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Joseph Baczko, Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. Some of the topics to be covered during the five day program include:
Accounting Overview/Career Opportunities, Networking, Goal Setting, Preparing for College, Dining Etiquette, Financial Literacy, andCommunication Skills
Pace Law School
The attorneys with the Pace Investor’s Rights Clinic (PIRC) of the Pace Law School published an Investor’s Guide to Security Disputes. PIRC is a non-profit legal services organization that provides free legal services to help persons in disputes with their securities brokers or firms. PIRC aims to protect the rights of individual investors, particularly investors of modest means who traditionally have been underrepresented in the legal system. The brochure was funded by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
The Financial Aid website at Pace University offers calculators and video tutorials to guide students through the financial aid process. Counseling is available to students in order to provide an information rich support experience.
Financial Education Day
In the Fall, 2012, Pace University sponsored a Financial Education Day with guest speakers Kiran Chetry and Willie Geist. The program included workshops and seminars as well as individual sessions with financial planning experts. Topics covered included retirement, estate planning, eldercare, social security, financial health, credit, and home purchasing to name a few. Pace University partnered with United Way of West Chester and Putnam, GreenPath, the Financial Planning association of the Greater Hudson Valley, and the Center for Financial and Economic Education. Sponsors included Ameriprise, Merril Lynch, Maier, Markey & Justic LLP, Keane & Beane, Attorneys at Law, Academic Federal Credit Union, TPG Seminars LLC.
Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entreprenuership
The Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship was created in 2005 to serve the nonprofit community and Pace University. Devoted to honing the risk-taking spirit and managerial skills of nonprofit organizations, the center was launched with a pledge of $5 million for Helene and Grant Wilson, Boston-area entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose philanthropic endeavors convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help social ventures increase their impact.