FALL 2005 SPECIAL EDITION

Dear [first-name]:

I am honored and pleased to announce that at a recent meeting, the Pace University Board of Trustees voted to rename our school the Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University.

The Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., Mr. Seidenberg has been a loyal alumnus, trustee, and donor to Pace, recently making a gift of $15 million to the University, the largest ever in Pace history.  This generous gift will build endowment for CSIS and create a unique scholarship program that will enable us to recruit the most promising students to study computing at Pace.   The students, known as Seidenberg Scholars, will receive tuition assistance and laptops, participate in mentoring sessions with faculty members and industry leaders, and have new options for travel and internships.  They will complement the very fine students who comprise CSIS today.

In designating his gift for CSIS, Mr. Seidenberg gives tribute to the rich academic experience that we provide and in particular, acknowledges the talent and dedication of our faculty and staff and the promise of our students.  His gift will enable us to transform CSIS into a school with international prominence.

Mr. Seidenberg is a visionary in our field and this is a wonderful endorsement for our vision of practical, empowering, interdisciplinary education in our programs.  He believes that we can nurture the intellectual capital that is essential to today's innovation-centered economy.  I am confident that CSIS is up to this task.

I thank you for your steadfast commitment to CSIS and I look forward to working with you to make the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems a global leader in educating computing professionals and entrepreneurs for the future.

Sincerely,

Susan M. Merritt
Dean
Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems