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Dyson Year in Review 2011-2012

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The Good Life W hat's the secret to sustaining balance in a fastmoving society? What defines a "good life" and how do we get it? The Annual Society of Fellows Weekend Retreat in 2011 explored the answers to these questions with an engaging discussion on "The Good Life: Interdisciplinary Perspectives" that was followed by a course of the same title in spring 2012. It culminated in a March panel discussion, "The Good Life: Your Guide to Living a Life You Love," the first event in the Pleasantville spring lecture series. Led by faculty member Ross Robak, PhD, chair of Psychology and Mental Health Counseling and director of the Master of Counseling program, the panel included psychology professors Anthony Mancini, PhD, and Paul Griffin, PhD; Susan L. Maxam, EdD, university director for Student Success from the Center for Academic Excellence at Pace; and financial expert Rosario Girasa, JD, of Pace's Lubin School of Business. The panel explored society's tendency toward increasingly busy lives made more complex by relationships, career ambitions, financial obligations, and technology. A Continuing Commitment to the Environment N ine years ago, Angelo Spillo, director of the Environmental Center, started Earth Month as a way for the Pace Community to extend Earth Day and learn to fully appreciate the environment. This year, that tradition continued with a variety of lectures, courses, volunteer opportunities, and nature events offered throughout the month. Highlights included: a celebration of green poetry, a panel on hydrofracking, special exhibits at the environmental center, nature walks, recycling projects, a lecture on Hudson River painters and their influence, and the opening of Pace's first solar classroom. "It's very rewarding because now it has evolved into an interdisciplinary event that involves all components of Pace, including faculty, staff, and students from all of our schools and departments," says Spillo. "The Pace Community, I believe, has a responsibility as an institution of higher education to do everything it can to promote environmental awareness." Select Earth Month lectures and events are available from Pace on iTunes U: www.pace.edu/itunes. Year in Review 2011-2012 | 13

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