JASPER JOTTINGS Week 26 – 2008 JUNE 29




JEmail: Who are the parents of Christopher Prunty (MC2005)?

JEmail: Cute “spam” that cites MC

JEMAIL: an Edward J. Dillon Class of 1950 reported by Kaufman

JEMAIL: Jerry Plunkett ‘83 asks “any chance?”

JOY: Oberle, Kelly Lynne (MC????)

JNEWS: Athletic Hall Of Fame Selections

JNEWS: Ritzel, Nicholas J. (MC2008)

JNEWS: Vascotto, Lorenzo (MC1983) Founding & Managing Director VVA, LLC

JNEWS: Medica, John (MC1980) Elected to National Instruments Board of Directors

JNEWS: Fenton, Dennis (MC1973) Joins Amira Board of Directors

JNEWS: Brady, James (MC1950) Keynote speaker, columnist and author

JEMAIL: Bottlik, Geza (MC1960) Social justice

JEMAIL: Michael Toner (MC1972) Return of “Curmudgeon”, et al

JFOUND: Brazil, John (MC2006) has an album of his music for sale

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) votes “for” but disagrees sometimes

JNEWS: Cudahy, Jim (MC1982) Sabinsa Corporation Names President

JObit: Rambone, Nicholas Arthur (MC1932)

JObit: Schiffer, Robert P. (MC1967)

JNEWS: Robert [MC1993] Steinberg weekends at WRFF 104.5 “Radio 104.5″ PHILADELPHIA!!!

JNEWS: Kehoe, John (MC????) CFO

JNEWS: Fish, Chris (MC????) CFO QBE

MFound: and Manhattan College students stumble riotously home

JNEWS: Scanlon, Dr. James (MC????) final day as president of Missouri Western State University

Comment on JObit: Dillon, Edward J. (MC????) by McEneney, Mike


JEmail: Who are the parents of Christopher Prunty (MC2005)?

[JR: Obviously, not the one's this woman is looking for. But Jaspers always like a 'project'! Besides "Pop Pop". Now that's priceless. Brings a tear to an old grump's eye. Specially since it's a good label for a fellow who makes Jasper Jottings more than a monologue.]

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From: “Mike McEneney”

Date: June 22, 2008 1:21:07 AM EDT

To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”

Subject: Fw: JEMAIL: Geneologist wants to know who are the parents of Christopher Prunty (MC2005)?

Dear John,

See what my Grand daughter said.


—– Original Message —–

From: Lauren Johnson

To: Mike McEneney

Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2008 6:25 PM

Subject: Re: JEMAIL: Geneologist wants to know who are the parents of Christopher Prunty (MC2005)?

Hi Pop Pop,

Yes I did send that to you. It’s not the same Chris, he was born 1983. And most of his relatives are in NY. Sorry!

Love ya!


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On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:42 PM, Mike McEneney wrote:

Dear Lauren,

Did you send me this announcement of their impending marriage?

Pop Pop

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From: Thatcher, Bette

Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:23 PM

Subject: JottingsLink


I am working on the Prunty genealogy and I found your notice of Christopher and Victoria getting married. Any chance of finding out who his parents are?

I have a Christopher, b. in 1967, whose parents are Eugene and Barbara, living in Braxton, WV. I am hoping that is them.


Bette Thatcher, IST

Production Data Guidance, State Controller’s Office

Sacramento, CA 916 322-2002

H 916 488-5854

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin

[JR: This has to be in the running for the most odd thing I've been asked. So far this life time. :-) Anyone care to shed any light. Mike?]

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JEmail: Cute “spam” that cites MC

From: “Mike McEneney”

Date: June 23, 2008 12:23:38 AM EDT

To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”

Subject: Fw: You know you’re from the Bronx if……

Dear John,

Not necessarily for publication, but I thought Dottie’s comment was interesting and the fact that Manhattan College is in the Bronx was one of the criteria.


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You’ve played Ringaleevio and Kick the Can around your apartment building.

You know what a Spaldeen is.

You kept your bike underneath the stairway on the first floor hallway of your

apartment building.

Your fire escape was the closest thing you had to a back yard.

You know someone who went to Roosevelt, Taft, Morris, Columbus, Evander, Smith,Gompers, Addams, Dodge, Kennedy, Truman, Lehman, Clinton, Walton,Science,Monroe, Stevenson, All Hallows, Catherine’s, Ursula, Fordham, Rice, Aquinas, Barnabas, The Mount, Stock, Preston, Helena’s, Hayes, Butler, Raymond’s (boys or girls), Spellman, Scanlon, Truman, Tolentine and others.

You know that Lehman College is really Hunter College and that Manhattan College is in The Bronx.

You actually think the subway is fun and a very reliable form of transportation.

You’ve taken the Bx 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 31, 34 or 41 bus at least once in your life.

You agree that the Grand Concourse has too many lights and no parking!

When people ask you where you’re from you tell them the closest train stop or your parish.

You don’t go to Manhattan. You go ‘downtown.’ You say downtown and expect everyone to know that this means Manhattan.

You never realize you have an accent until one of your new neighbors tells you.

There was at least one pizza place about one block from your house.

You went to Orchard Beach and walked all the way to section 13 which was the best section.

You went to Rye Playland at least once a year.

Your friends came over to hang out on the stoop or in front of your house.

You’ve been to the Bronx Zoo & Botanical Gardens on class trips.

You shopped at Alexander’s on Fordham Road.

You call it the Stadium, not Yankee Stadium.

You used to go to Fordham Road to buy jewelry, clothes and household appliances and attend the movies.

You bought a slice of pizza AND a soda for $1.00.

You still don’t understand why people are crazy enough to drive to the Stadium for a Yankee game, when you can take the 4 or the D train.

You know that Riverdale is really the Bronx.

You know how to get on a bus using the rear door.

You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.

You know that the Bronx is the best borough of all, except for maybe Manhattan……maybe.

In high school, you cruised the strip on Central Ave in Yonkers.You had to take city buses and/or the subway to get to high school, unless you went to Spellman and you got your own special bus.

Your mother would yell your name out the window when it was time to come home.

You played stick ball and stoop ball.

Jaywalking is imaginary. It is an important skill you were taught when learning how to cross the street.

You knew New Jersey sucked before the phrase came into vogue…..

You have a great sense of humor.

During the summer, you went to the public park to play in the sprinklers.

You know that all people from places outside of the Bronx don’t know what they missed out on — it’s the only borough with The (’da) in its name!

And..you know you’re from the Bronx if this email made you a little nostalgic, and you wish you could go back and do it all over again, but you know that it will never be the same again for the rest of your life!!

You were privileged to have been there at the right time and place!!!

Live Your Life in Such a Way that

When Your Feet Hit the Floor in the Morning

Satan Shudders and Says,

“Oh No, She’s Awake”

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[JR: Reflections of a simpler time, place, era, and people. Change is not always for the better. And, made me a little sad for allt hat we've lost and most don't even realize it. ... ... I do think to be in tune with the spirit of the piece, the final blessing should have been the one that the Nuns drilled into our heads "Always act so that you'd be proud to tell your Mom what you had done." Seemed like a very simple standard; even an adult could understand.  :-)  Even a future injineer!]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 23 2008 9:02 AM



JEMAIL: an Edward J. Dillon Class of 1950 reported by Kaufman

From: Dick Kaufmann

Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 11:36 AM

To: John Reinke

Subject: JJ Edition 06/22/08

Hi John,

I found an Edward J. Dillon Class of 1950 in the 1999 MCAD.

Isn’t it a shame that Alma Mater still cannot get an online directory up and running after all these years?

Just look at all the history and alums they will never again capture anything on.

Dona nobis pacem.

Rich Kaufmann, MP’64, MC’68

[JR: It must just not be important to them. I really really don't understand it. Ive talked until I am blue in the face. Social Media is hot. LinkedIn is valued at a billion dollars. Advertisers would die to sponsor ads on a network of 6k fat rich old (mostly white) guys with more money than brains. But, they have the old meme of "milk the alums". The famous inet quote about 'conversations' is never more accurate in the sense of Alma Mater and Alumni. The alums would flock to a site that was just average.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 23 2008 9:27 AM



JEMAIL: William Bryk and “Social Justice”

From: William Bryk

Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 1:49 PM

Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 25 – 2008 JUNE 22

Catholics, who believe that Jesus rose from the dead and in the Life everlasting, should have no problem dealing with social justice. Those of us who listened to the priests and brothers who sought to introduce us to the Church’s traditional teachings on social justice so many years ago would also know that it involves much more than a living wage, but the proper governance of all relations between employer and employed and the rich and poor.

Far too often, libertarians treat the labor of the poor as merely a commodity for sale at whatever price the market offers, instead of an aspect of their God-given humanity, possessing a far greater intrinsic value than any mere material object.

If the teachings of the Church on personal morality are to be followed and enforced with enthusiasm, so should those on social justice. I might have left the Church years ago if it weren’t for my undying hope that someday Catholics might take those teachings seriously.


William Bryk ‘77

On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 9:26 AM, Ferdinand J. Reinke  wrote:

[JR: Labor is Just a commodity. Let's differentiate economics from charity. This Libertarian thinks that: (1) Social Justice is a code word for Gooferment interference in people's lives. (2) Labor is the third leg on the milk stool of prosperity -- capital, liberty, and labor. If we don't have liberty to make choices -- even bad ones -- how can we learn to make good ones. (3) Labor has fallen under the spell of the Socialists, Gooferment, and corrupt 'leaders'. The ability to withhold one's labor is the ultimate veto. In a truly free society, we can exclude those who offend us. A very powerful weapon. Unfortunately, Holy Mother Church has been led astray by its challenges. It is failing to be the traditional refuge of people oppressed by governments. The recent support of the American bishops for a higher minimum wage exposes them as flunkies of gooferment. Reducing liberty and ceding to gooferment a role it should not be playing -- arbiter of what two people can agree on. The fact that it throws poor people out of work and puts more people on the dole which means more gooferment seems to escape their notice. Social justice indeed. Virtual slavery is more like it.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 23 2008 9:53 AM



JEMAIL: Jerry Plunkett ‘83 asks “any chance?”

From: Jerry Plunkett

Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:04 PM

Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 25 – 2008 JUNE 22


I miss your libertarian commentary at the end of your e-mails. I know the old e-mail you sent out would take a lot of time, but I found the last word pretty relevant. Any chance of including that in the weekly e-mail.

Jerry Plunkett ‘83

[JR: There were two text block in the old issues. One I did where I tried to pass along something inspirational. And one done by another Jasper, who shared my Libertarian leanings. He preferred to not be identified. And, I'm easy. In the revamp, I offered for him to continue or uncloset or drop. He chose drop. At the risk of being politically incorrect, many folks just want the Jasper news and nothing but news. No sports; just news. I'll ask. Does any one else feel as Jerry does?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 23 2008 10:05 AM



JOY: Oberle, Kelly Lynne (MC????)


Kelly Oberle and Joseph Tweed

Published: June 22, 2008

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Kelly Lynne Oberle, the daughter of Bonnie Oberle and Dennis C. Oberle of Wyckoff, N.J., was married there on Saturday to Joseph MacDonald Tweed, a son of Joanne Tweed of South Dennis, Mass., and the late Joseph A. Tweed. Msgr. Thomas M. O’Leary performed the ceremony at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Elizabeth.

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Kelly Lynne Oberle and Joseph MacDonald Tweed

The bride, 33, will become the director of admissions next month at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, N.J., where she has been a guidance counselor and the director of special programs. She graduated from Manhattan College and received a master’s degree in counseling from Fordham.

The bridegroom, 34, is the director of college counseling at Trinity-Pawling, a private school for boys in Pawling, N.Y. In 2006 and 2007, he was the president of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling. He graduated from Bates College and is studying for a master’s degree in education at Manhattan College.

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Oberle, Kelly Lynne (MC????)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 23 2008 10:15 AM



JNEWS: Athletic Hall Of Fame Selections


Athletic Hall Of Fame Selections

(06/20/08 11:26:19)

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Congratulations to Jason Hoover ‘97 who was selected on Wednesday night for induction this December!

He will be joined by Pete Beyer ‘60 (Track), Patrick McGrath ‘95 (Track & Field), Dean Noll ‘50 (Track), Luis Ostolozaga ‘81 (Track), Dine Potter ‘97 (Track), Tom Walraven ‘76 (Baseball), and Carrie Wujick-Drum ‘96 (Softball). This is indeed a distinguished group featuring two Olympians (McGrath & Potter) and multiple All-America selections.

It was my pleasure to have prepared Jason’s nomination package. No other basketball player was nominated, so its not to early for this group to start thinking about candidates for next year. Graduates from 1998 and earlier are eligible.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 24 2008 9:36 PM



JNEWS: Ritzel, Nicholas J. (MC2008)



Tue Jun 24, 2008, 03:35 PM EDT

Winchester, MA -

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{Extraneous Deleted}

· Nicholas J. Ritzel, of Winchester, earned an undergraduate degree from Manhattan College at the school’s 166th commencement.

{Extraneous Deleted}

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Ritzel, Nicholas J. (MC2008)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 24 2008 9:41 PM



JNEWS: Vascotto, Lorenzo (MC1983) Founding & Managing Director VVA, LLC


Lorenzo Vascotto Founding & Managing Director VVA, LLC

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Name: Lorenzo Vascotto

Title: Founding and Managing Director

Company: VVA, LLC

Birthplace and year: Glen Cove, NY, February 11, 1961

Family: Wife and 3 kids

College: Manhattan College, also a licensed professional engineer and real estate broker in New York State

First job outside of real estate: Auto mechanic in grade school

First job in real estate or allied field: Engineering for Syska & Hennessey. Started in college then continued full-time with the company.

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? VVA, LLC is a leading full service, independent project management and consulting company headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington, D.C. and Sao Paulo, Brazil. VVA is regarded as an expert in project management for a variety of industries, including law firms, financial services, media and entertainment, libraries, museums, healthcare facilities, mission critical facilities, hotels, building development and renovation. VVA continues to grow by expanding its scope of services and diversifying its client base by providing project management services to new clients in various industries.

Favorite book: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Favorite movie: Any Indiana Jones movie

Keys to success: Balance in life and keeping our options open

If you had to choose another vocation what would it be? Developer, because it’s similar to being a project manager in that they both make nice environments for tenants. The big difference is that developers take on more risk but have the potential for much greater returns!

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Dear John,

I believe that Loremzo is a member of the Class of 1983.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Vascotto, Lorenzo (MC1983)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 24 2008 9:44 PM

    * Updated: Fri, Jun 27 2008 8:13 AM



JNEWS: Medica, John (MC1980) Elected to National Instruments Board of Directors


John Medica Elected to National Instruments Board of Directors

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AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced that John Medica, former senior vice president for Dell and former senior director for Apple, was elected to the NI Board of Directors.

“Throughout his career, John has demonstrated strong business, product and technology leadership, and I believe these qualities along with John’s experience in the PC industry will benefit NI,” said Dr. James Truchard, NI chairman, president and CEO. “We welcome John to National Instruments and look forward to his contributions.”

Medica retired from Dell in April 2007 as senior vice president and co-leader of the product group responsible for worldwide development, marketing and quality. He spent 14 years at Dell and served in a variety of leadership positions, such as president and chief operating officer of the Japan division, vice president of the Web products group and vice president and general manager of the transactional product group.

Before joining Dell, Medica spent 10 years at Apple serving as project leader for the Macintosh II, director of the Macintosh CPU projects group and senior director of PowerBook Engineering.

Medica also serves as the vice chairman and corporate advisor of Compal Group. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College.

About National Instruments

National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,800 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past nine years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company’s investor relations department by calling 512-683-5090, e-mailing nati@ni.com or visiting www.ni.com/nati.

LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1980.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Medica, John (MC1980)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 24 2008 9:47 PM

    * Updated: Fri, Jun 27 2008 8:13 AM



JNEWS: Fenton, Dennis (MC1973) Joins Amira Board of Directors


Dr. Dennis Fenton and Dr. Steve Kaldor Join Amira Board of Directors

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SAN DIEGO, March 31 /PRNewswire/ — Amira Pharmaceuticals, a small molecule pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of compounds to treat inflammatory disease, today announced the appointment of two additional members to its board of directors: Dennis M. Fenton, Ph.D. and Stephen W. Kaldor, Ph.D.

Dr. Fenton has 30 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience, including over two decades at Amgen where he played an instrumental role in the development of the company into a global, fully-integrated, multi-billion dollar organization. Fenton’s broad background includes executive leadership roles in manufacturing, process development, sales and marketing, operations and quality control. His most recent role at Amgen was as Executive Vice President of Operations.

Fenton holds a B.S. in Biology from Manhattan College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Rutgers University.

“Dennis is a biotechnology pioneer,” said chief executive officer, Bob Baltera. “His experience and insight from his years at Amgen will be extremely useful for Amira as we plan our future. In addition to Dennis, we are also very pleased that Steve Kaldor will join our board of directors. Steve’s experience in successful start-up companies further deepens our pool of experience and knowledge and I’m sure he will serve as a great partner for us.”

Dr. Kaldor is currently president and chief executive officer of Ambrx, a private biotechnology company focused on the development of next-generation, protein-based medicines. Prior to joining Ambrx, Kaldor served as president and chief scientific officer of Syrrx, a structure-based drug discovery company, which he led through its $270 million acquisition by Takeda in 2005. He also spent over twelve years in various research and development roles at Eli Lilly and is a co-inventor of Viracept(R), a marketed AIDS drug.

Kaldor holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University.

About Amira

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in San Diego, Amira Pharmaceuticals is a small molecule pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and early development of compounds to treat inflammatory disease.

The company combines the rigor of a big pharmaceutical company with the ingenuity and energy of a small company, creating an environment for efficient and effective pre-clinical and clinical program decisions. Its scientific founders have successfully worked together for more than a decade and were pivotal in the discovery of a number of inflammatory drugs, including Singulair(R). The drug hunters at Amira are now actively leveraging their history of success to create high-value compounds for the future.

In February 2008, Amira Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline entered a global agreement for Amira’s FLAP inhibitor program. The deal follows positive phase 1 data from novel product candidate AM103 for the oral treatment of respiratory disease.

Amira has raised $40 million to date from investors including Novo A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark), Avalon Ventures (San Diego, CA), Prospect Ventures (Palo Alto, CA) and Versant Ventures (Menlo Park, CA). For more information, visit http://www.amirapharm.com.

Website: http://www.amirapharm.com/

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Dear John,

I believe that the Doctor is a member of the Class of 1973.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Fenton, Dennis (MC1973) Joins Amira Board of Directors

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 24 2008 9:51 PM

    * Updated: Fri, Jun 27 2008 8:13 AM



JNEWS: Brady, James (MC1950) Keynote speaker, columnist and author


0n D-Day anniversary, a Fighting 69th fundraiser

County executive speaks of our duty to veterans; town supervisor unveils flag depository

By Arlene Gross

June 19, 2008 | 12:54 PM

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Marking the 64th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, hundreds of people gathered June 6 to raise money and support for the Fighting 69th infantry, which was deployed in March on a mission to Afghanistan.

Troops’ families along with veterans, politicians and Huntington citizens filled the Terrace Room of Oheka Castle for breakfast, musical entertainment, and a salute to the men and women who have served as well as those who are serving our country.

More than $8,000 was raised for the 137 members of the Fighting 69th infantry, for “whatever they need to ease their lives while they’re serving these 15 months,” said Carol Rocco, coordinator of veteran’s affairs for the town.

As part of the U.S. National Guard, troops from the Fighting 69th infantry — from Company B, Huntington Armory and Company D, Bay Shore — are stationed throughout Afghanistan to help train the Afghan National Army and Police Force

During Friday’s event, County Executive Steve Levy spoke of the county’s commitment to returning veterans. “It’s our duty as American citizens to make sure they’re not only welcomed back with open arms but we’re there to care for them and their families,” he said.

To that end, Levy said a new county-owned and operated East End health clinic for veterans will open by late 2008 or early 2009 at the Riverhead County Center in the Town of Southampton.

He added that operation “Veterans Stand Down” — a county partnership with nonprofits and local agencies that provide housing, financing, employment, food and clothing to veterans — aims to “make sure that in Suffolk County there’s no such thing as a homeless veteran. I can tell you, we’re going to help fight until that is a reality.”

Town Supervisor Frank Petrone waxed poetic in his introduction of Beth Delli Pizzi, president of the Family Readiness Group that serves the infantry’s families. “When people volunteer and they give of themselves, they don’t really recall where it starts or where it comes from,” Petrone said.

Introducing Lieutenant Colonel Charles Crosby, the Fighting 69th battalion commander, Petrone said, “The Fighting 69th count on him. We count on him, and he hasn’t let anyone down.”

Commander Crosby said when the troops are in harm’s way, they’re stronger and safer from the support they get from community.

Keynote speaker, columnist and author James Brady, who recently penned a book entitled “Why Marines Fight,” regaled the crowd with humorous personal tales.

“I didn’t want to be drafted, so I joined the Marine Corps,” Brady said. “Smarter people have found better ways to avoid the draft…. When I graduated from Manhattan College in June of 1950, the Korean War began 15 minutes later.”

Of the Marines he served with, Brady said, “Ladies and gentleman, they were giants. And there are giants in this room today.”

Petrone then unveiled a mailbox that the town will keep at Town Hall as a depository for old flags. “This mailbox will sit in our lobby to collect tattered and worn flags so they can be disposed of properly,” he said.

Following the breakfast, Jennifer Fullam, whose husband, Captain Michael Fullam has been in Afghanistan with the Fighting 69th since January, said she is taking it “day by day.” Jennifer, who lives in Malverne with their six-month-old daughter, said she communicates with her husband sporadically, depending on the modes available to him, and hopes to see him in September, when he expects to get leave.

Having already served a year in Iraq two years ago, Sergeant Michael Cantley was leaving the next day for his second tour in Afghanistan. “I thought it was going to be easier the second time around, but it’s just as hard,” his wife, Lily Cantley, of Smithtown, said. “Anything can happen.”

Acknowledging that the hardest part is the emptiness she feels in spending holidays alone, Cantley said, “You just have to pray and keep your hopes high.”

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Brady, James (MC1950) Keynote speaker, columnist and author

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 24 2008 9:54 PM



JEMAIL: Bottlik, Geza (MC1960) Social justice

From: Bottlik, Geza (MC1960)

Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 2:23 PM

Subject: Social justice

re you remark on the last jottings: If the church does not stand for social justice, what good is it?

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[JR: The Church should stand for the people. If you think that means "social justice", then I bet you'll find there are a lot of different definitions. Today, "social justice" means "more government (gooferment) interventions that leave us less free". imho!]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 24 2008 10:05 PM



JEMAIL: Michael Toner (MC1972) Return of “Curmudgeon”, et al

From: Michael Toner (MC1972)

Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 3:21 PM

Subject: Return of “Curmudgeon”, et al

Dear John,

In response to Jerry Plunkett’s e-mail, you asked if others were interested in the return of the “unnamed Jasper’s” comments.

Although I mostly disagreed with the libertarian comments (and BTW, I, too, think that the labor of another human being should be recognized as something more than a “commodity”) of the CIC and “curmudgeon”, I enjoyed reading them and sometimes responding to them and I would welcome them back.

mike toner

bee ‘72

buffalo, ny

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[JR: Well I can expend a unit of commodity labor and inquire if he's interested in restarting. If "labor" isn't a commodity, please tell me what it is?]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 24 2008 10:14 PM



JFOUND: Brazil, John (MC2006) has an album of his music for sale


After playing in several cover bands in Boston and New York over the past few years, twenty-three year old singer-songwriter John Brazile has written an album of his own called Commencement.

The album is a mix of gritty Americana and roots-rock in the style of Ryan Adams, the Wallflowers, and The Counting Crows. Brazile recorded much of it in his home studio in Worcester, Massachusetts in early 2008. He has recently been racking up car mileage for gigs in Memphis and New York in support of the album.

College audiences were introduced to Brazile via his previous EP, Sessions, as it received spins at a handful of college radio stations in the Northeast. Subsequent shows from ski resorts to frat-house basements have helped the band to develop their live act.

Brazile is currently performing weekly shows at New England clubs and working to promote Commencement. Tours of the East Coast and South are planned for the remainder of 2008. There are two new albums in the works as well.

This page is currently the primary source for news, music and upcoming shows. The website www.John.Brazile.com will be launched in late June.

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John Brazile


Manhattan College Alum ‘06



Interested In:      


Relationship Status:     

Married to

Suzanna Brazile


June 28, 1984


Worcester, MA

Political Views:   

Conservative Independent

Religious Views: 

Roman Catholic

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Brazil, John (MC2006)

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Jun 28 2008         10:00P

          Up Or On the Rocks     Hartford, Connecticut

Jul 14 2008 6:00P

          For-Play Radio Show - 1550am (WNTN)          Watertown / Boston, Massachusetts

Jul 24 2008 8:00P

          Cask’n Flagon (Oliver’s Room)       Boston, Massachusetts

Aug 8 2008          5:00P

          Pig’s Eye Pub      Hartford, Connecticut

Aug 16 2008        8:00P

          The 13th Floor w/ JV Myka  Baltimore, Maryland

Sep 10 2008         8:00P

          TBA  Boston, Massachusetts

Sep 11 2008         9:00P

          Kenny’s Castaways w/ JV Myka     New York, New York

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 25 2008 8:37 AM



JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) votes “for” but disagrees sometimes

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:58 PM

To: Jasperfjohn Reinke

Subject: Re: JEMAIL: Jerry Plunkett ‘83 asks “any chance?”

Dear John,

Even though it is a lot of work, and I did not always agree, I miss it as well.


[JR: Three votes; disagreeable but ‘for'.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 25 2008 9:32 AM



JNEWS: Cudahy, Jim (MC1982) Sabinsa Corporation Names President


Sabinsa Corporation Names Jim Cudahy President

2008-06-25 - Sabinsa Corporation

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., June 25, 2008 - Sabinsa Corporation today announced that Jim Cudahy has joined the company as president, responsible for managing day-to-day operations of both the New Jersey and Utah offices and leading efforts to achieve long-term goals of continued growth and expansion, specifically for the company’s newly announced, full-service contract manufacturing division.

Cudahy has more than 26 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, working for several Fortune 100 companies in the food space including Kraft and Kellogg. ?He has additional experience in the natural products industry, having worked for Nellson Nutraceuticals, a formulator and manufacturer of functional bars and powders. ?With his strong experience in manufacturing, supply chain, quality, engineering, contract manufacturing and sales, Jim will provide Sabinsa with comprehensive business knowledge to help grow the company’s business. Cudahy graduated from Manhattan College with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

“Jim’s proven track record as a leader in product and brand development, and multi-faceted experience in both the food and natural products markets, make him a perfect fit to help Sabinsa move to the next level,” said Muhammed Majeed, Ph.D., founder of Sabinsa Corporation. “We are pleased to welcome Jim as the newest member of our growing management team.”

Sabinsa Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals. Celebrating its 20th year servicing the natural products industry, Sabinsa’s mission is to provide alternative and complementary natural products for human nutrition and wellbeing. Over the past several years, the company has brought to market more than 50 standardized botanical extracts and privately funded several clinical studies in conjunction with prestigious institutions in support of these products. With more than 100 scientists working full time conducting ongoing research both in India and the United States, Sabinsa continues to develop and patent phytonutrients for the world market. Sabinsa has six state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in India dedicated to the production of herbal extracts, phytochemicals, biotech ingredients and supercritical extracts. In the U.S., the company operates a 42,000-square-foot facility in Payson, Utah, which provides cutting-edge capabilities for the development of capsules, tablets, bulk custom pre-mixes, drum-to-hopper blends, stick packs and powdered drinks. All of Sabinsa’s facilities use effluent water treatment systems and are environmentally conscious and friendly. All products are intended for human consumption and certified Kosher. For more information visit www.sabinsa.com.

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Dear John,

I believe that Jim is a member of the Class of 1982.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 25 2008 6:08 PM

    * Updated: Fri, Jun 27 2008 8:13 AM



JNEWS: Massucco, Mark Edward (MC2008) graduates

By Jasper John 68 on JNews


Massucco graduates Manhatten College

The Manchester Journal

Article Launched: 06/19/2008 12:23:06 PM EDT

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Friday, June 20, 2008

RIVERDALE, N.Y.Arlington, Vt. resident Mark Edward Massucco, was among close to 700 graduates of Manhattan College awarded a degree at its 166th Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 18.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 25 2008 8:53 PM



JObit: Rambone, Nicholas Arthur (MC1932)


Nicholas Arthur Rambone

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Nicholas Arthur Rambone, age 98 of Danbury, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Mr. Rambone was the husband of the late Margaret (Hickson) Rambone. He was a dedicated father who put love of family above all else. He was born in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, November 14, 1909, a son of the late Costabile and Mary (DiPietro) Rambone. Nick graduated from Manhattan College with a B.S. in Engineering in 1932 and with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1933. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nick retired in 1983, in New York as a professional engineer from Naclerio Contracting Company. In his long career, he worked on many bridge, tunnel and highway construction projects in the Metropolitan Area, including the Henry Hudson Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge and Delaware Aqueduct Tunnel. Other projects included LaGuardia Airport and the World’s Fair of 1939. Due to his involvement with public works projects, he worked closely with New York City’s “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Mr. Rambone was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 15 D, NYC. Mr. Rambone raised his family in Eastchester, N.Y. and Scarsdale, N.Y. and was a volunteer for the Eastchester Fire Dept., a president of the Holy Name Society of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale and served as a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 2 in Scarsdale. He was past president of Manhattan College Alumni Association, Westchester Chapter. Nick was an avid golfer, playing into his 95th year. He was a member of the Richter Park Senior Men’s Club. For the last 25 years he made his home on Candlewood Lake and enjoyed summer, sun, lawn and garden work and family cook- outs. He will be missed by his family and friends. Nick is survived by two sons, Robert Rambone of Montpelier, Vt. and Stephen Rambone of Newtown; a daughter, Joanne Rambone Creeden of Litchfield; a sister, Gloria Salomone of Pleasantville, N.Y. He was the proud grandfather of Chris, James, Lane, Matthew, Michael, Allison, Corey and Bridget. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory the Great Church, 85 Great Plain Rd, Danbury, Saturday June 28, 2008 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. Friends may call in the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown, Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Rambone, Nicholas Arthur (MC1932)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 26 2008 8:33 AM



JObit: Schiffer, Robert P. (MC1967)

Robert P. Schiffer


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Reddick - Robert P. Schiffer, M.D., 62, of Reddick, FL, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at the home he shared with his loving wife and family. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Manhattan College, and received his medical degree from Georgetown University. He is survived by his wife and partner, Donna Rae Schiffer, his two daughters Bridgette Claire Schiffer and Dorothy Delia Schiffer, his son Robert Brian Schiffer, daughter-in-law Amanda Manning Schiffer, and three grandchildren Madison Lynn Bergmann, Brianna Elizabeth Bergmann, and Robert Brian Schiffer, II. Robert cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren and shared every facet of their lives. “Poppy” leaves an impression on their lives that they will never forget. He loved to travel, spend time with his loving wife, children, and grandchildren, and of course his love for the New York Giants. A funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2008, at Blessed Trinity Church. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Park. Arrangements are being handled by HIERS-BAXLEY FUNERAL SERVICES, Ocala.

Published in the Ocala Star-Banner from 6/25/2008 - 6/27/2008.

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Dear John,

I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1967.

May He Rest In Peace,


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 26 2008 8:42 AM

    * Updated: Fri, Jun 27 2008 7:12 AM



JNEWS: Robert [MC1993] Steinberg weekends at WRFF 104.5 “Radio 104.5 PHILADELPHIA!!!


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June 26, 2008 - Thursday



Let me start off by telling you a bit of a dream I had as a child and a teenager. Remember, I’m just a stupid hick from Randallstown, Maryland! I was obsessed with a few things: the radio industry, my birth home of Philadelphia and a rock group called The Smiths. Never in my life did I think I would live the dream of combining all three passions, until this month. It is with excitement and sadness, that I announce to you my friends, that this Saturday night will be my final night on 95.1 WZZO, as I make the transfer to my new radio challenge: weekends at WRFF 104.5 “Radio 104.5 PHILADELPHIA!!! This is my dream come true!

The last four years in the Lehigh Valley have been some of the best times in my career and my life! I will truly look back on my Saturday programs with fondness and great memories. I’ve not only had a blast airing some crazy phone calls and sharing a part of my life, I’ve also worked with some amazingly talented people and met some friends for life. I met so many of my favorite bands and hung out at so many crazy places. You also were part of my life as I bought a house; lost 60 pounds and most importantly, I got to share the stories when my daughter was born. I can’t thank you enough for letting me be a part of your life!

It would take forever to thank every single person who helps make this happen! In my 18(wow!) years in the media, soo many great people have been by my side in every move I’ve made. However, I will take a second and thank John and Wendy from Radio 104.5’s Programming department for putting faith in me, Brian and Renie at Clear Channel for keeping me buys at the station and getting my face out there, and to my friends Soscia, Meg, Zach and Josh for listening to endless “air checks” and answering a million times, “How does this sound?” Most importantly, I thank the two most important people in my life, my wife Melissa and my daughter Kimberly who have sacrificed many, many nights and weekends, and are as excited about Daddy being home as I am!

For now, you can catch me Sunday evenings on Radio 104.5 or www.radio1045.com from 6-9pm. I honestly can say, musically this is the greatest radio station in the world!

This Saturday I look forward to one more night at WZZO, and hopefully we’ll decide where to celebrate afterwards. I will keep this my space, and all my other contact information the same. I truly can not thank all of my listeners and co-workers at WZZO enough for everything! Not bad for a dumb hick from Randallstown, Maryland.

With love and gratitude,

Bob Stei

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 26 2008 8:47 PM



JNEWS: Kehoe, John (MC????) CFO

By Jasper John 68 on JNews


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Schilling Robotics, Inc.: John Kehoe Appointed New Chief Financial…

from Bloglines Search: “manhattan college”

General, and Texas Instruments Incorporated. He earned his BBA at Manhattan College and his MBA at Fordham University.

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Schilling Robotics, Inc.: John Kehoe Appointed New Chief Financial Officer; Part of Expanded Management Team

Wednesday June 25, 6:24 pm ET

DAVIS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Schilling Robotics, Inc., a leading global producer of subsea control systems, ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), and other high-technology equipment and services for oil and gas subsea exploration, appointed John Kehoe as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Kehoe joins the company amid 40% annual revenue growth and accelerated offshore drilling activity. Schilling is buttressing its financial controls and analytical capabilities as well as expanding other areas of its administrative infrastructure to better serve its growing client base. Kehoe will not only head up finance but will also direct other administrative functions.

Philip F. Otto, Schilling’s president and CEO, commented, “John comes aboard as our administrative and financial tasks become more complex and as we free up other key management for critical tasks in their areas. In particular, our founder and chairman Tyler Schilling is now tightly focused on leading-edge development of new products that will take advantage of our solid development platform but also keep us in the forefront of our industry. Before the end of 2008, we expect to complete the task of installing a fast-response, agile management organization.

John will be drawing on his experience at Level One Communications, where he played a key role in rapidly expanding the company’s growth by 50% per annum between 1995 and 1998. His duties there included not only the management of internal growth but the successful completion of some small acquisitions. Then in 1999, he assisted in the sale of Level One to Intel for $2.2 billion.”

Kehoe has broad experience, having served in a variety of financial and senior management roles in technology companies that include Intel Corporation, Focus Surgery, Inc., Celeritek, Inc., Poqet Computer Corporation, Silicon General, and Texas Instruments Incorporated. He earned his BBA at Manhattan College and his MBA at Fordham University.

A Global, Deep-Ocean Robotics Company. Founded in 1985, Schilling Robotics is a robotics technology company that today produces control systems, ROVs, and other subsea equipment primarily for deep-ocean petroleum and gas exploration around the world. Schilling Robotics’ customers include offshore oilfield equipment and service providers such as Acergy UK Limited, Bourbon Subsea Services, Expro North Sea Limited, and Oceaneering International, Inc. Headquartered in Davis, California, the company also has offices in Houston, Texas and Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2008, it became an employee-owned company, and its total staff at year end 2007 was 275. Further information about the company can be found at www.schilling.com. The Schilling Business Diary (http://www.globalprovince.com/schillingroboticsindex.htm) includes information about Schilling, the ROV industry, and emerging technology in offshore exploration.


Schilling Robotics, Inc.

Barbara Gardner, +1-530-753-6718

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Kehoe, John (MC????) CFO

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 26 2008 8:55 PM



JNEWS: Fish, Chris (MC????) CFO QBE


QBE the Americas Announces Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

Posted : Thu, 26 Jun 2008 20:23:51 GMT

Author : QBE the Americas

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NEW YORK, June 26 /PRNewswire/ — QBE today announced that Chris Fish has been appointed chief financial officer, QBE the Americas. He has been with QBE since 1995 and has held several key positions within the company’s finance organization.

Fish moves into this senior management position from his role as chief financial officer and executive vice president of QBE Specialty and QBE Reinsurance, two business units of QBE the Americas. In his former role, Fish was responsible for overseeing five functional departments including financial services, tax, actuarial, internal audit and risk, and strategic planning. He has more than twenty years of experience within the financial services industry, holding management positions at American International Group (AIG) and Reinsurance Corporation of New York before joining QBE.

“We are pleased to have the depth of talent within our operations that allows us to fill this leadership position internally,” said Vince McLenaghan, chief operating officer, QBE Insurance Group. “Chris’ industry experience and knowledge will further contribute to our strategy of growth and focused diversification.”

Fish graduated magna cum laude from Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including, Society of Insurance Financial Management (SIFM), Reinsurance Association of America (RAA), Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and Insurance and Accounting Systems Association (IASA).

About QBE the Americas

QBE the Americas is a division of Australia’s QBE Insurance Group Ltd, one of the top 25 insurers and reinsurers worldwide. The Americas division, headquartered in New York, is a leading North and South American insurer and reinsurer. The division conducts business through various property and casualty insurance subsidiaries in eight countries. QBE the Americas is one of the top 20 property and casualty insurers in the United States, with an estimated premium of more than US$4.0 billion and a combined policyholders’ surplus of more than US$2.0 billion in 2008. For more information, visit qbe.com.

SOURCE QBE the Americas

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MFound: and Manhattan College students stumble riotously home


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They tell me people are supposed to write books in Brooklyn or Manhattan, but I didn’t get that memo in time. Outside my window in the Bronx, neighbors exchange greetings in Greek by day, and Manhattan College students stumble riotously home from parties at night. When I’m writing, though, I tend not to look outside but inside, often at the pictures of the people without whom I would write next to nothing.

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[JR: She can't be referring to OUR mc. Our students don't stumble?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jun 28 2008 8:07 AM



JNEWS: Scanlon, Dr. James (MC????) final day as president of Missouri Western State University


Scanlon ‘eternally grateful’ for time at Western

Outgoing president will return to East Coast

by Jimmy Myers

Saturday, June 28, 2008

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Dr. Jim Scanlon is Irish, Catholic and spiritual. So it’s not surprising that he believes God has a hand in his good fortune.

“And I’m eternally grateful that providential design has me here — best place I’ve been,” the retiring president of Missouri Western State University said from his office last week.

He makes his final Western-related public appearance today at an alumni association function in Kansas City. From there, he and his wife, Lauren, will navigate a van (the Clampett van, as they refer to it) stacked with their belongings to their beach home in North Carolina.

Being back on the East Coast brings Dr. Scanlon’s life full circle.

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Scanlon lost his father at a young age. His grandmother on his mother’s side, who immigrated from Ireland, moved into the home soon after the death of his father, who also was of Irish stock.

“There is a very poetic strain in the Irish — a strong interest in literature and poetry,” he said of his path in education that led to a doctorate in English literature.

In a house full of Irish women (and a younger brother), Dr. Scanlon learned one truth: “It was never a question in my mind after that experience that women and men are equals,” he said. “They were strong, capable women.”

He paid his way through Manhattan College, taking the subway to jobs in neighboring boroughs, studying in his spare time and

eventually earning a graduate position at an Ivy League school — Brown University. He took his first job after graduation at the University of Illinois as an English professor. A year later, he was chairing the school’s rhetoric program.

Dr. Scanlon came to Western, his fifth university in a nearly 40-year career, to fill the vacant president’s seat in 2001. Under his watch, Western earned its university designation, garnered more than $10 million in private donations and saw campus building improvements and additions. He also established the foundation of the new American regional university, a phrase he coined that describes a university steeped in applied learning and community involvement.

In the final week of his presidency, the university released findings that suggest three athletes were given a total of more than $1,000 cash, which is in violation of NCAA rules. Asked if the event would mar his legacy, Dr. Scanlon said, “No. Not at all.”

“The forthright and thorough way the university dealt with this demonstrates the university’s integrity,” he responded. “Western is an institution of integrity.”

Former president Dr. Janet Gorman Murphy’s retirement, announced in 1999, was followed by a fruitless round of searches for a successor. Finally, the governing board came across Dr. Scanlon, a provost at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Although he was Ivy-League educated, it wasn’t in administration. Rather, Dr. Scanlon was and is a man of Shakespeare.

“Shakespeare helps us understand human motivation, how humans interact in a way that is very helpful when you work with people,” he said.

Taking questions about his retirement, Dr. Scanlon’s eyes, on occasion, well with tears. But it’s not in thinking about his nearly four decades in education that provokes the water works.

“The people make it most difficult to leave,” he explained of leaving the students, faculty, and staff at Western and residents of St. Joseph. “For both Lauren and me, it has been our best time.”

Dr. Scanlon, 64, asked a retired friend some time back how he knew when it was time to retire. The friend replied, “You just know.”

“I think about a year or so ago, I think I just knew,” Dr. Scanlon said.

Karen Elifrits, Dr. Scanlon’s executive associate, has worked side by side with him for the past seven years. She described Dr. Scanlon as a “what you see is what you get” kind of guy who hasn’t changed since Day 1.

“He taught me that everyone is equal,” she said. “He always said, from the custodian on up, he values everyone. He values people, and that’s his greatest strength.”

Though his doctorate is in English literature, Dr. Scanlon loves to read mysteries. As he relaxes at his beach home in North Carolina, he’ll start work on mystery books of his own.

“God only knows if they’ll ever be published,” he said of the novels he plans to pen. “But that isn’t a critical factor, in my point of view.”

Retirement, he said, will allow the Scanlons to “reconnect” with family on the East Coast. Birthdays will no longer be celebrated through the phone lines.

“This is a wonderful life,” he said, “but it doesn’t go on forever.”

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Scanlon, Dr. James (MC????) final day as president of Missouri Western State University

[JR: What are the odds of the Last Name match? Wonder if he's interested in MC?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jun 28 2008 8:13 AM

    * Updated: Mon, Jun 23 2008 8:58 AM



Comment on JObit: Dillon, Edward J. (MC????) by McEneney, Mike

By McEneney, Mike

Dear John,

I believe that Ed is a member of the Class of 1950.

May he rest in peace!


    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 23 2008 8:49 AM



"Bon courage a vous tous"