JASPER JOTTINGS Week 02 - 2009 Jan 11

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Scientists Build Neonatal Incubator From Car Parts


Scientists Build Neonatal Incubator From Car Parts

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“The NYTimes ran a story this week about a group of scientists who have built a neonatal incubator out of automobile parts, including a pair of headlights as a heat source, a car door alarm to signal emergencies, and an auto air filter and fan to provide climate control. The creators of the car-parts incubator say that an incubator found in any neonatal intensive care unit in the US could cost around $40,000, but the incubator they have developed can be built for less than $1,000. One expert says as many as 1.8 million infants might be spared every year if they could spend just a week in the units, which help babies who are born early or at low birth weights regulate their body temperature until their organs fully develop. Experts say in developing countries where infant mortality is most common, high-tech machines donated by richer nations often conk out when the electricity fizzles or is restricted to conserve power. ‘The future medical technologists in the developing world,’ says Robert Malkin, director of Engineering World Health, ‘are the current car mechanics, HVAC repairmen, bicycle shop repairmen. There is no other good source of technology-savvy individuals to take up the future of medical device repair and maintenance.’”

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[JR: Folks say they are pro-life. These guys are pro-life. Just seems that there are so many small opportunities that are overlooked.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 4 2009 12:37 PM

JBlogger: Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) calls our attention to Africa

FROM JBlogger Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) @ pattigibbons.com


January 3rd, 2009

Bishop Love: Fast for our brothers and sisters in Sudan and Nigeria

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From today’s Diocesan Update from Bishop Bill Love of Albany:

   I have been particularly grieved by the reports coming out of the Diocese of Maridi in Southern Sudan, as well as those from the Diocese of Jos in Nigeria, where our brothers and sisters in Christ have come under attack and persecution, primarily because of their faith in Christ. Following is an excerpt from an email I just received from Bishop Justin Badi, Bishop of our sister diocese of Maridi:

   “Last night (January 1st) the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) came in Nzumara village which is three miles south of Maridi town. They chopped seven people to death, destroyed properties, tortured people and have taken over twenty to the bush. It is a very miserable situation here in Maridi. We very much value your prayers for us.”

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Jasper Gibbons adds:

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Even if you are not from the Diocese of Albany, please join in upholding these Christian brothers and sisters whose faith may cost them their lives. If you know of others in these for whom we should pray, feel free to

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[JR: Seems appropriate to add the unfortunates as she requests. Personally, I wonder what blame we have to shoulder for the USA's interventionist foreign policy. George Washington said it best -- MYOB. Paraphrasing of course.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 4 2009 2:37 PM

JUpdate: Maguire, Dannell (MC1967)

Maguire, Dannell (MC1967)

Account Executive
Brown Harris Stevens
New York, NY

hometown New York
relationship status Married
interests Bicycling; Argentine Tango; Holland Lodge No. 8, F.&A.M.
music Classical
books Your Money and Your Brain

Professional Experience

Account Executive
Brown Harris Stevens
2008 - Present


Manhattan Prep 2014

Harvard Business School

MBA, Finance, 1972

Manhattan College

BA, Political Science, 1967

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JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids JNews: James Strecansky [MC1962]

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 5, 2009 12:51:30 AM EST
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”

>JNews: James Strecansky [MC1962] BSU

Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1962.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 5 2009 7:54 AM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids O’Neill, Joe [MC1967] chairman of the ICE

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 5, 2009 12:57:13 AM EST
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Joseph O’Neill, ‘67

>JNews: O’Neill, Joe [MC1970?] chairman of the ICE

Dear John,

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


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 5 2009 8:01 AM

JUpdate: McCall, Tom (MC1972)

McCall, Tom (MC1972)

Networks: Dallas / Fort Worth, TX
Sex: Male
Hometown: Frisco, TX
Relationship Status: Married
Political Views: Conservative
Religious Views: Christian - Catholic
Activities: Auto Racing, Hunting, Fishing, Shotgunning
Interests: Karen, Dave, Christina, Katherine, Joseph, Emma, Kaili, Matthias
Favorite Music: Ecclectic
Favorite Movies: Shoot ‘em up!
Favorite Books: Higgins, Ludlum, Clancey, Grisham, Rowlings

Education and Work

   * Manhattan College ‘72
   * BSBA - Accounting
High School:
   * Gorton High School ‘68

    MileMeter Insurance Company
    Chief Operating Officer
    July 2008 - Present
    Dallas, TX

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 5 2009 8:26 AM

MFound: MC mentioned in the Epiphany homily


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Homily for the Week of January 4, 2009|
The Epiphany of the Lord, 2008
First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

Manhattan College is one of the oldest Catholic Colleges. It is located in New York City. It was started by a group of Christian Brothers in the 19th Century. It athletic teams are called the Jaspers after Brother Jasper. One of the greatest achievements of Brother Jasper was that he brought the then little-known sport of baseball to Manhattan College and became the team’s first coach. During one particularly warm and humid day when Manhattan College was playing a semi-pro baseball team called the Metropolitans, Brother Jasper noticed the Manhattan students were becoming restless and edgy as Manhattan came to bat in the seventh inning of a close game. To relieve the tension, Brother Jasper called time-out and told the students to stand up and stretch for a few minutes until the game resumed.

Since the College annually played the New York Giants in the late 1880’s and into the 1890’s at the Polo Grounds, the Manhattan College practice of the seventh inning stretch spread into the major leagues, where it has now become a time-honored custom practiced by millions of fans annually.

In the Catholic Church this weekend is like the seventh inning stretch. It is towards the end of the spiritual season of Christmas, and today is THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS. As the song goes: on the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve drummers drumming. Today is the twelfth day of Christmas, or what we call Epiphany.

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Welcome to St. James Cadyville! Thank you for visiting the website of St. James Parish located in Cadyville, New York.

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[JR: More Seventh Inning Stretch propaganda?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 5 2009 4:13 PM

JObit: Cohane, Francis G. [MC1949]


Francis G. Cohane

COHANE–Francis G., Esq., Hawthorne, NY died peacefully on January 4, 2009. Beloved husband of 51 years of Marion (Duffy) Cohane. Devoted father of Francis, Jr. (Kathleen), Thomas, Kevin (Kate), Brian (Lori), Katherine and Christopher (Jacqueline). Loving brother of John (dec.), Gerard (Sally), Joseph (Mary), Kathleen Sussingham (dec.), Marion Peterson (dec.) and Laura Jones (dec.). Cherished grandfather of 12 and a well-loved uncle of numerous nephews and nieces. A native of the Bronx and a World War II, U.S. Navy veteran, Frank held degrees from Manhattan College, St. John’s Law School and the NYU School of Law. He pursued a successful career as a tax attorney, serving with distinction such corporations as Union Carbide, Union Pacific, CIGNA and GTE. A man of extraordinary warmth and humanity, his gifts for love, laughter and generosity will be missed by a large company of colleagues, friends and family. Mass 10am, Wednesday Holy Rosary Church, Hawthorne, NY. Visiting 2-4 and 7-9pm Tuesday, Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, Dobbs Ferry (914693-3330) In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Cabrini Nursing Home 115 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

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Cohane, Francis G. [MC1949]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/7qurvn

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Dear John,

   I believe that Francis is a member of the Class of 1949.

   May He Rest In Peace,


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 6 2009 7:38 AM
    * Updated: Wed, Jan 7 2009 12:05 AM

JObit: Coleman, Charles T. [MCatnd]


Charles T. Coleman

HINGHAM Charles T. Coleman of Hingham, died on Monday, Jan. 5th, 2009 at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. He was 93. Mr. Coleman was born in Hingham and was a lifelong resident of the town. He graduated from Hingham High School and attended Manhattan College. He was an insurance salesman for 35 years with the John Hancock Insurance Co. and in recent years, was an officer of the East Weymouth Savings Bank. Throughout his life, Mr. Coleman was an active volunteer worker in both Hingham and Florida. He was especially popular in South Shore nursing homes where he would frequently entertain the residents with his piano playing. An accomplished musician, he also sang in the Glastonbury Abbey Choir in Hingham. Mr. Coleman loved to travel and was an avid golfer and sports fan, and especially enjoyed the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (McKee) Coleman and the late Josephine (Calvi) Coleman; and was the devoted father of Nancy A. Hanson and her husband Peter of Hingham, Carolyn Coughlen and her husband William of Granby, CT, Charles T. Coleman, Jr. and his wife Frances of Marshfield, Richard Coleman and his wife Dona of Quincy and Mary Ann Majchrowski and her husband Francis of Dalton, MA. Brother of the late Constance Courtney, Francis H. Coleman, Jr. and Margaret M. Falconer. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 9th at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 147 North St., Hingham Square. Interment in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Hingham. Friends may visit at the Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel, 21 Pond St., Hingham on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull St., Hingham, MA 02043. For directions and online guestbook, please visit www.downingchapel.com

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Coleman, Charles T. [MCatn]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/a2ky5a

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 6 2009 7:50 AM

JUpdate: Kelly, Bob (MC1965)

Kelly, Bob (MC1965)
Rive Vale, NJ

Ford Motor Company
various sales and marketing positions
6/1972 to 3/2007
Retired from Ford Motor company,
enjoying life and my two grandchildren.
Lillian Cautherine and Ronan Robert

hometown River Vale NJ
relationship Married

Professional Experience
National Account Mgr (retired)
Ford Motor Company
1972 - 2007

Manhattan College BA, Economics and philosophy, 1965
Regis HS 1961

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 6 2009 2:29 PM

JFound: Beegan, Carolyn A. (MC1987)


Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Hamptons.com - The Arts
Hamptons Artists of the Hamptons
Updated: January 06, 2009 11:27am   

Artist Among Us - Carolyn A. Beegan
Eileen Casey

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Sag Harbor - Carolyn A. Beegan was born in 1965 in New York City, and attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, College of Mt. Saint Vincent, Queen’s College, and graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College in 1987 with a degree in computer sciences.

Having been raised in a strict Irish Catholic household Beegan credits her upbringing and the 16 years she spent in parochial schools with the strong religious imagery that is evident in her early work. Her family’s ties to Ireland have influenced her work as well, including studies of religious iconography, and she keeps both a U.S. and Irish passport.

Although she did not “declare” herself a full-time artist until 1994 when she was in her mid-20s, Beegan abandoned a successful career as a systems analyst in the oil industry to study at the Art Students League in Manhattan.

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How do you support yourself as an artist?

CB: For the past 15 years, I have supported myself by showing with a number of galleries in Manhattan and on the East End. I have also recently set up a website, or visit www.sagharborartist.com. By contacting me through the site, one can purchase paintings, collages, and drawings.

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Beegan, Carolyn A. (MC1987)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 6 2009 7:18 PM

ADMINISTRIVIA: LEGACY, Jasper obits [Updated 10JAN09]

UPDATE: 1/10/9 working

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UPDATE 1/9/9 : Still broken!

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UPDATE 1/8/9 : Still broken!

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From: Info <Info@legacy.com>
Date: January 7, 2009 6:50:27 PM EST
To: “‘jasper’”
Subject: RE: General Inquiries

Thank you for contacting Legacy.com.

We are currently experiencing a temporary technical issue with the keyword search function on our site. Please know that our full technical resources are currently being devoted to this issue, and we hope that it will be resolved shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and invite you to try your search again in the coming days.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.


—–Original Message—–

From: jasper
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 7:24 AM
To: Info
Subject: General Inquiries

Name: reinkefj
Email: jasper

Message: This morning your search is broken. My query that puts “manhattan college” but no name returns 1200+ entries but is not using the qualification. System change last night?

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LEGACY, the site from whence Jasper obits come, is broken. I’ve message them for a fix. But for now, I’m “blind”.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 7 2009 8:34 AM
    * Updated: Sat, Jan 10 2009 1:04 PM

JFound: Yatto, Robert [MC????] is a gastroenterologist on talk radio today


Dr. Robert Yatto, M.D., Gastroenterologist, will be our Guest Speaker on Diva Talk Radio.

When: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Where: Diva Talk Radio (http://blogtalkradio.com/DivaTalkRadio)

Topic: Dieting the healthy way

About Dr. Yatto:

Dr Robert Yatto is a gastroenterologist in practice in Crossville, TN. He is a graduate of Manhattan College and the University of Bologna in Italy. He did post graduate training at The Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, where he served as Chief Resident in Medicine, and completed a Gastroenterology Fellowship.

He was Chief of Gastroenterology at the VA Hospitals in the Montrose and Castle Point NY facilities and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York Medical College, and was in private practice in New York before relocating to TN.

Dr Yatto has contributed over 30 articles to medical journals and has presented at national gastroenterology and endoscopy meetings during his career. In 2007 he received an American College of Gastroenterology President’s Award for a presentation on long term follow-up of patients treated with endoscopic therapy for reflux disease at Cumberland Medical Center, where he is Director of Endoscopy.

As a self-proclaimed gastroenterologist “on the back nine,” he continues to remain active in his practice as well as with the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and concepts such as this radio program. He was interviewed for input in a discussion on Irritable Bowel Syndrome for a Dr Oz column in Reader’s Digest in an effort to bring cutting edge medical knowledge to the lay public, an important new concept in an age of sometimes inaccurate information dispensing.

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Yatto, Robert [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 7 2009 9:27 AM

JHQ: Manhattan College Partners With WCBS-TV
To Sponsor Special Television Advertising Obama Inauguration


January 6, 2009

Manhattan College Partners With WCBS-TV To Sponsor Special Television Advertising And Web Programming Surrounding Obama Inauguration

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College has partnered with WCBS-TV New York on a special sponsorship of television advertising and web programming scheduled to cover the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

As part of the agreement, the College will be receiving:

   * Sponsorship of 35 vignettes that will run between Jan. 5-20. The 30-second spots, produced by WCBS-TV, look back at past presidential inaugurations (see schedule below).

   * Ten 30-second commercials to air on Jan. 20, prior the inauguration. Commercials to be included are Manhattan Master Builders, What America Needs, Teaching the Leaders of Tomorrow, and two Best of Both Worlds spots. The commercials will run during various times during the day’s coverage of the inauguration (schedule still to be determined).

   * Sponsorship of the “Countdown to Inauguration” clock on the WCBS-TV home page at http://wcbstv.com/.

   * Total sponsorship of the WCBS-TV politics Web page for the month of January at http://wcbstv.com/politics.

   * Exclusive sponsorship of the WCBS-TV home page on Jan. 20.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 7 2009 12:15 PM

JHQ: Manhattan College’s School Of Business Receives Extension Of Accreditation


News Release

January 6, 2009

Manhattan College’s School Of Business Receives Extension Of Accreditation From Prestigious AACSB International

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The school of business at Manhattan College has received an extension of accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the premier accrediting agency for business programs worldwide. Of the 555 institutions throughout the world to hold AACSB accreditation, only 42 institutions are undergraduate-only programs such as Manhattan.

To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students and commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

Some of the factors in Manhattan’s extension of accreditation included the College’s institutional commitment to Lasallian values that are understood by the students and supported by the faculty, staff, administration and alumni; the willingness of the faculty to expand its efforts to embrace a culture that includes intellectual contributions; and the support, interest and commitment of the College’s president and provost, the dean of the school of business, James Suarez, and the school’s board of advisors.

“The extension of AACSB International accreditation is external confirmation of the overall high quality of the school’s educational program,” Suarez says. “This achievement reflects the outstanding teaching and scholarship of our faculty, the strong academic talent and skills of our students, and the success, dedication and loyalty of our alumni.”

Manhattan’s school of business, which was established in 1928, is comprised of 30 full-time and 12 part-time faculty members and currently enrolls 830 students.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is excellence in management education in colleges and universities. Headquarted in St. Louis, Mo., AACSB is the premier accrediting agency and service organization for business schools.

To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International Website at www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 7 2009 12:17 PM

JHQ: New GoJaspers

New GoJaspers.com Look

from Manhattan College Basketball by yuku.com

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Looks like they updated the layout of GoJaspers.com. Looks good!

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 7 2009 5:50 PM

JNews: Liccardi, Thomas V. [MC1948] a victim in the Madoff scam


Aged Madoff Investors Wonder About the Rest of Their Days
Published: January 7, 2009

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Thomas V. Liccardi knew all about how people should prepare for retirement. He was an accountant who specialized in tax returns for estates — often dealing with people whose elderly parents had died, usually after long and comfortable lives.

He himself kept on working through his 60s and his 70s and into his 80s, doing a few tax returns every year and helping younger accountants he knew in White Plains.

He had planned for his own retirement, of course. By last year, even after two heart attacks and a serious stroke, Mr. Liccardi, 86, was confident that he had no financial worries: he had become a millionaire, wealthy enough to afford $130,000 a year for assisted-living accommodations in a home for the elderly and the round-the-clock health aides whom he and his wife depend on.

The computer-generated financial statements he received every month showed that he had $2.7 million, an impressive increase from the $400,000 he had originally invested with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, back in the late 1990s.

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A veteran of the Army Signal Corps in World War II — bronchitis kept him from shipping out with his company when it received orders for Europe — he set up an accounting practice in the Bronx and in Westchester County after he graduated from Manhattan College. Over the years. he was careful with his money, and he counseled his clients to be careful with theirs.

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“I don’t know where we’re going to get the money to continue here,” he said. He said they have less than $100,000 in bank accounts — not enough to make it through 2009.

Their two grown daughters live in other states, and he said it would not be realistic to move in with either one. “I thought I’d be able to help them with the Madoff fund I had,” he said. “I can’t do it now.”

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Liccardi, Thomas V. [MC????]

[JR: I hope there is a special hell for fraudsters like Madoff. And, the policitican’s for the Social Security Ponzi scheme. No good time to find yourself broke. But at the end of your life, tragic.]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 8, 2009 11:21:43 PM EST
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Thomas V. Liccardi,’48

Dear John,

   Today’s NY Times (1/8/09), at page A24, has an article about Tom Liccardi and his wife Edith and their plight after investing most of their life savings with Madoff. It appears that Tom had made due inquiry into the operation years ago and was convinced that it was on the up and up. A sad story!


PS. I have a copy if you need it.

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. But I got it. Not the Class Year though. That's invaluable.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jan 8 2009 12:22 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Jan 8 2009 11:39 PM

JBlogger: Brennan, Sean (MC????) blogs at the NY Daily News


Sean Brennan has been with the Daily News since 1985. The lifelong Bronx resident spent his formative years hanging out in gyms watching hoops, especially at Manhattan, Fordham and Iona. For the last 12 years he has made a fine living of covering the city’s local college teams - when not spending endless hours at Yankees and Mets games from April to October. The Manhattan College grad currently resides in the North Bronx, just a few miles from Manhattan, Fordham and Iona – sort of the Bermuda Triangle of local college hoops.

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Brennan, Sean (MC????)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jan 8 2009 2:56 PM

JObit: Betron, Frank [MC????]


Frank Betron

Frank Betron 66, passed away Monday January 5th, 2009. Celebration of life Friday, January 9th at 10:30 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano. Born December 30, 1942 in New York City, Frank earned an Engineering degree from Manhattan College, an MSEE from Ohio State University, and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Frank enjoyed astronomy, tennis, and was a licensed pilot. Preceded in death by father Frank Barry Betron and mother Anna Welgess Betron. Survivors; Mary - wife of 45 years, children Frank, Susan, Michael, and Christine, son-in-law Richard Hanna, daughter-in-law Wendy Betron, grandchildren Katelynn, Lindsey, Lydia, Haley, and Andrew, and sisters Carol Betron Wagner and Ruth Betron.

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Betron, Frank [MC????]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/93wcg8

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jan 8 2009 7:30 PM

JObit: Sontag, William Bill [MC1949]


William (Bill) Sontag
1926 - 2008

William (Bill) Sontag was born to Anna and William Sontag on August 8, 1926, in Englewood, New Jersey. He moved to New York City in 1938 and graduated from George Washington High School in 1944. He served in the Army Air Force and was discharged in 1945. Bill then attended Manhattan College and graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree in 1949. He has been a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers since January 1, 1991. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joanne. He leaves behind to cherish his memory two sons, Mark and John Michael. He also considered their wives, Teresa and June his daughters. He was the proud grandfather of Brandon, Julie and John C. as well as one great-grandson, Xander. After working one year for the City of New York, he relocated to Burlington, Iowa where he was employed by the Iowa Ordnance Plant. There he designed a product for the Atomic Energy Commission. Bill met his wife, Joanne, in Burlington and they were married in 1952. In 1954 he was transferred to the Nevada Test Site located outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. He worked as a structural engineer on various facets of atomic testing until 1956. At that time Bill moved to Los Angeles County where he spent 29 years working for Pascoe Metal Building Systems. During that time he received many awards and was involved in the design of approximately 30,000 buildings. He was a registered engineer in California and 22 other states as well as one province in Canada. In addition to being a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers he also belonged to the Light Steel Fabricating Association of Southern California and represented Pascoe Steel on the technical committee of the Metal Building Manufacturers’ Association and served 3 years as Chairman of that Committee. In 1986 Bill retired as Engineering Manager of Pascoe Metal Building Systems and moved to Bear Valley Springs in Tehachapi. He then did private consulting for ten years. He moved to Bakersfield in 1998. After moving into the Greens, he served on the finance committee for many years. Bill wished to thank CBCC and especially Dr. Mukhopadhyay and his medical assistant, June, as well as the entire staff and his internist, Dr. Raj Patel, for their caring and compassionate care during his five years battling prostate cancer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 4600 Stockdale Hwy., Bakersfield. In lieu of flowers, Bill wished everyone to donate to the charity of their choice.

Published in the Bakersfield Californian on 1/7/2009

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Sontag, William Bill [MC1949]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/8s7avs

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jan 8 2009 7:42 PM

JUpdate: Malley, MaryEllen Mel Doherty (MC1992)

MaryEllen (Mel) Doherty Malley - class of ‘92. Lady J basketball team ‘88-’92. Looking to network with other Jasper alumni.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jan 8 2009 8:26 PM

JHQ: January 2009 NEWSLETTER


January 2009 NEWSLETTER


Manhattan College Partners With WCBS-TV To Sponsor Special Television Advertising and Web Programming Around Inauguration

College Will Honor Syska Hennessy Group Chairman at De La Salle Dinner

School of Business Receives Extension of Accreditation


New Scholarships Strengthen Lasallian Tradition

Men’s Lacrosse Supports Special Olympics New York

Relay For Life Cancer Walk

Let It Snow


Marketing Professors Contribute Paper to Peer-Reviewed Journal Insights to a Changing World

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Welcome New Employees

Manhattan College Milestones

For all your Jaspers sports, breaking news and ticket information, visit www.gojaspers.com.


Service Trip Planned to the Ninth Ward in New Orleans

Yearbook Release Party for Class of 2008

Treasure Coast Alumni Luncheons

Men’s Hoops vs. Iona at MSG

Manhattan vs. Siena at Times Union Center

Central Florida Alumni Luncheon

Greetings Jaspers in Dubai!

Jaspers Helping Jaspers

Does Your Class Year End in a 4 or 9?


January 2009

01 New Year’s Day

14 Treasure Coast Alumni Luncheon, Stuart, Fla.

16 Class of 2008 Yearbook Release Celebration

19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

20 First day of classes

24 Men’s Basketball vs. Iona at MSG

21 De La Salle Medal Dinner

February 2009

05 Mentor Dinner, Smith Auditorium

05 Central Florida Alumni Luncheon

12 Men’s Basketball at Siena, Albany, NY

16 President’s Day

18 Senate Meeting

18 Treasure Coast Luncheon, Stuart, Fla.

22 Jaspers of Georgia Annual Brunch

25 Ash Wednesday


Jaspers Host Iraq War Veterans Appreciation Day

Men’s Hoops Squad Begins Key Homestand

Women’s Basketball’s Lindsey Loutsenhizer ’12 Earns MAAC Rookie of the Week Honors

Baseball’s Kevin Nieto ’10 Is Named to 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List

Manhattan Athletics Expands JasperVision Platform

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 9 2009 6:15 PM

JFound: Dianora, Mario (MC1967) practices  “Classic Exchange”


Classic Exchange — A Vintage Radio Contest By Mario Dianora, N2AK
Warm-up those filaments for the Classic Exchange contest, January 25/26 and February 15/16.
January 09, 2009

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Do you have any old equipment from the bygone days of radio? Are you a homebrewer who likes to make nifty low power (QRP) radios or replicas of old rigs? Well the good news is that you can put those pieces on the air in an operating event that will make you feel like you are in another era. That event is called Classic Exchange (CX) and it is held twice a year. The purpose of CX as described in their newsletter is to “Encourage restoration, operation and enjoyment of older commercial and homebrew ham gear.” Some years ago, I heard stations on 40 meter CW calling “CQ CX.” After some research, I discovered that this was a contest for vintage and homebrew gear. It sounded like a great way to get some use from the old rigs I had in my basement. Since then, I have rediscovered the magic of radio and await the next CX event for more of it.

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Mario Dianora, N2AK, was first licensed as WV2ODC in Staten Island, New York, at age 15. He obtained an Electrical Engineering degree from Manhattan College in 1967 and began a 36 year career as a civilian Electrical Engineer with the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia. Employed by the Navy until January 2004, he entered retirement in 2006. Mario enjoys designing QRP equipment, restoring vintage radios and operating both. He enjoys working 80 meter CW for the South Jersey Radio Association’s Field Day operation and sailing his Catalina 25 along the Jersey shore.

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Dianora, Mario (MC1967)

[JR: Didn't know this stuff was still active. Must be a dying art. Brings back memories.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jan 10 2009 6:01 AM

JEMail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) highlights “job hunting” resources

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 9, 2009 10:09:43 PM EST
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Attached

Dear John,

   This might be worth while to include in J J as an indication of what the Alumni Society is doing.


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Jaspers Helping Jaspers

The National Alumni Council and alumni relations office have partnered with our center for career development to provide assistance with career advisory services (outlined Here http://www.manhattan.edu/student_life/career-ccd/alumni.html ). We encourage alumni to list openings and view job postings through career development’s affiliate, NACElink Here https://manhattan-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php?cck=1&au=&ck= . It is especially important that we seek individuals who work in human resources, career placement offices or as career coaches and would be available to support our alumni. In this down economic time we need to do what we do best – help a Jasper! Those who are able to provide help with the job search process or seek career development assistance should e-mail careerdevelopment@manhattan.edu. Also, we invite you to join the Manhattan College alumni groups on LinkedIn and Facebook to connect with other Jaspers. As always, our events present a great way to network with alumni who can assist in your job search

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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Done!]

[JR: Unfortunately. IMHO as an acclaimed "turkey master" http://tinyurl.com/lxu93,who has been networking with the out-of-work for decades, ever since I first was nuked, this is a case of "much to little; much too late". Sorry, but one doesn't begin this effort when it is most needed. Mike, as you know, I have been very hard on the "alumni office" and all involved ever since I was exposed to what the Ivys were doing back in the 80's. Duke for example has an AGGRESSIVE networking effort, led by their alumni office, that featured every willing alum having three touch points into the Duke networking community. Jasper Jottings itself arose out of that frustration. I learned about it when a coworker, in the next office with whom I was chatting with, was called by one of his "touch points". He was told about a job, an out of work colleague, and urged to pass it on to his two "cell mates". I was stunned. Bet the Dukies are trying to fire up "networking activities". Sigh! Having now gotten that out of my system. Maybe this will help some one. But networking is like farming. You have a long time between "seeding" and "harvesting". Argh! And, what is being offered to the alums appears to be an after thought.]

[JR: Upon reflection, maybe I wasn't critical enough. Where's that alumni directory everyone was hustled to sign up for. That, and an online system, would be the best networking help the College could do for the alum! Double Argh! Or is that Argh squared?]

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Dear John,

   I do not disagree with you, but at least this is a start. My brother Ed, and some of his fellow Alums, ( Kevin Dolan, ‘68 and Phil Colon, ‘62),had started an effort during the last “slow down” to run seminars, on campus, for those Alums in transition to help with resume writing, job interviewing and how to network. It lasted 2 or 3 years but could not be sustained. Maybe this one will stick.



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    * Posted on: Sat, Jan 10 2009 9:46 AM
    * Updated: Sun, Jan 11 2009 6:49 AM

JFound: Ellis, Ronald L. [MC1972] is on the Madoff bench


Madoff’s underground connection with Judge Ellis exposed
George S May Blog
Posted under Ethics by gsmwriter on Friday 9 January 2009 at 2:47 pm

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The SEC caught wind that over the holidays Madoff and his wife tried to mail his sons what could be up to $1 million in goods, (mostly jewelry), and they are upset to say the least. Monday, the SEC called a hurried court hearing in which they asked the judge to immediately revoke his bail and send him straight to jail for the remainder of his trial.

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But not so fast. According to Honorable Ronald L. Ellis, the decision is not so black and white. In fact, today is Friday Jan. 9th, and we are still waiting for a ruling. But before I comment on as to why I think this ruling is taking so long, I want to take a peak at Judge Ellis’ resume.

He has a B.A. degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College (1972). He got his J.D. from New York University in 1975. He worked for a short time as a Patent Attorney after being admitted into the Patent Bar. In 1976 he began working for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. and stayed there up until 1993 when he was appointed as a magistrate judge.

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So, as Madoff sits silently behind the desk looking up at the honorable Judge Ellis, I guarantee you he is not as nervous as everyone thinks he might be. Why? Because he knows that, regardless of the fines he receives, or the money that is taken from him, the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis will see to it that Madoff never steps foot inside a jail cell for as long as he lives.

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[JR: I didn’t know about the Jasper on the bench. And, this sounds very much like a “hit piece”. I’m sure the Jasper Jottings attorney pro bono might have something to say about such “barbara streisand” (i.e., innuendo, slander, libel, defamation). Betcha the writer doesn’t know that a fellow (eighty year plus) Jasper and his wife may be tossed out of their nursing home due to their losses with Madoff. I bet if Madoff’s lawyer knew that he’d be asking for a substitute. Sad. Sad to is the character assassination that passes for blogging these days.]
    * Posted on: Sat, Jan 10 2009 3:28 PM

ENDNOTE: Suggest Holy Father aim at Secular Progressive Socialist Gooferment


Pope decries selfishness in economic crisis
Dec 25, 7:57 AM (ET)

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VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas message Thursday warned that the world was headed toward ruin if selfishness prevails over solidarity during tough economic times for both rich and poor nations.

Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on the day Christians commemorate Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, Benedict declared that the “heart of the Christian message is meant for all men and women.”

The traditional papal Christmas Day message “Urbi et Orbi” - Latin for “to the City and to the World” - usually covers the globe’s hot spots, but this year Benedict also addressed the gloomy economic conditions worrying many across the planet.

Amid near daily news of layoffs, failing companies and people losing homes they can no longer afford in many parts of the world, Benedict’s words seemed tailored in part to the global economic crisis.

He said his Christmas message also applied to “wherever an increasingly uncertain future is regarded with apprehension, even in affluent nations.”

“In each of these places may the light of Christmas shine forth and encourage all people to do their part in a spirit of authentic solidarity,” Benedict said. “If people look only to their own interests, our world will certainly fall apart.”

Without citing countries, Benedict said he hoped the light of Christmas would radiate to places where “the basics needed for survival are missing.”

Wearing a crimson mantle against a damp chill, Benedict told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square that God’s saving grace could “alone transform evil into good” and “change human hearts, making them oases of peace.”

Benedict dedicated part of his message to Africa, singling out Zimbabwe, where hunger is spreading and deepening. He said that people there were “trapped for too long in a political and social crisis which, sadly, keeps worsening.”

International pressure has been mounting for longtime Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe to step down, following disputed elections in March. Millions of Zimbabwe’s people need food aid, and a cholera epidemic has sharpened problems in a country once considered African’s breadbasket.

Suffering also continues in the war-raged region of Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in Darfur, Sudan, the pope added. In Somalia, people are weighed down with “interminable sufferings” as “the tragic consequences of the lack of stability and peace,” he said.

Benedict spoke of violence and tensions in the Middle East, lamenting that “the horizon seems once again bleak for Israelis and Palestinians.”

He denounced what he called the “twisted logic of conflict and violence” and said he hoped dialogue and negotiation would prevail to find “just and lasting solutions to the conflicts troubling the region.”

Benedict also cited Lebanon and Iraq.

Without naming any particular groups, the pope called for an end to “internecine conflict” dividing ethnic and social groups and disrupting peaceful coexistence. He also denounced terrorism “wherever” it continues to strike.

After reading a litany of the world’s woes, the pope added a lighter touch, reciting holiday greetings in 64 languages, including Latin, the Church’s official tongue.

The pope had rested for a few hours after celebrating Midnight Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the early hours of Thursday.

During that ceremony, the pope lamented the suffering of children who are abandoned, living on the streets or forced to serve as soldiers in conflicts.

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Not that I’m any moral authority, but the Pope should focus the laser of criticism on the governments, the politicians, and the elite.

Gooferment seems to be the biggest enslaver of the people.

Now maybe I read the Three Musketeers, and too much English and French history, but Holy Mother Church was the political counter-balance of the Monarchs. And, direct opposition to tyrants. That role is sorely lacking. Just because the Monarchs are gone. Just because for the most part tyrants tend to get toppled. And, the gooferments purport to “democratic”. I don’t see it.

In the USA, we have the family dynasties of the elite. We have Socialist gooferment.

Putting my tin foil hat on, I think the Secular Progressive Socialist Gooferment here in the USA deliberately ignored the pedophilia scandals until such time as they critically damaged the power of the Church to oppose the Gooferment. Then, they rammed the Secular Progressive Socialist agenda down the throat of the Church, Church-related organizations, and Church members. Catholic Charities eviscerated. Catholic Hospitals embroiled with the Gooferment. Catholic Education destroyed.

Nothing to oppose the power of the Almighty State.

I’d critique that before people who act in self-interest. Self-interest requires satisfying other’s needs. How else do you get them to give you those “social contract ious”. (It’s not “money”.)


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    * Posted on: Sat, Jan 10 2009 8:37 PM
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"Bon courage a vous tous"