JASPER JOTTINGS Week 03 - 2009 Jan 18

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



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POSITRACTION: Oldest person dies; Not a Jasper


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LISBON, Portugal (AP) - A woman who lived to see five of her great-great grandchildren born and was believed to have been the world’s oldest person living, has died in northwest Portugal at the age of 115, officials said Friday.

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[JR: We most certainly don't know His Plan for us. But one has to see that life spans are lengthening. I guess to give us time to accomplish what we are supposed to get done? For some reason, I find this inspiring. How a society treats the too old, too young, and too poor is it's measure?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 11 2009 12:37 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

JNews: Fluhr, George J. [MC????] 2009 chair of the Upper Delaware Council


Wayne Independent
Sat Jan 10, 2009, 06:57 PM EST

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NARROWSBURG, NY - Shohola Township, PA Representative George J. Fluhr was sworn in as the 2009 chairperson of the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. at the UDC’s annual meeting held January 8 in Narrowsburg.

Justice Ronald J. Edwards, magistrate for PA District 22-3-04, administered the oath of office to Fluhr, who succeeds 2008 UDC Chairperson Alan Bowers of Westfall Township, PA.

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Fluhr has served as an alternate or representative of Shohola Township on the UDC since the non-profit organization’s inception in 1988. He was the first recipient of the Council’s Distinguished Service Award in 1989, recognizing his role as a founder of the Conference of Upper Delaware Townships, a drafter of the “River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River”, and a strong advocate for local governments taking the lead in protecting both the river and private property rights.

A retired educator with degrees from Manhattan College and Columbia University, Fluhr was elected as a Shohola Township Supervisor for six consecutive, six-year terms from 1977 to 2008.

He has also served as the township’s official historian since 1972 and as Pike County Historian from 1977-87 and 1996 to the present. Fluhr is a current member of the Shohola-Lackawaxen Multi-municipal Comprehensive Plan Committee, a life member of Shohola Volunteer Fire & Rescue, a founding member of the Shohola Area Lions Club, and author of seven historical books, numerous articles and pamphlets.

Fluhr previously chaired the UDC in 1992 after two terms as vice-chairperson in 1991 and 1997. He is a member of all three of the UDC’s standing committees.

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The Upper Delaware Council is a not-for-profit corporation which has operated since 1988 under a Cooperative Agreement partnership with the National Park Service to oversee the coordinated implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, a component since 1978 of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Council members are eight NY towns (Hancock, Fremont, Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Highland, Lumberland, and Deerpark) and five PA townships (Berlin, Damascus, Lackawaxen, Shohola, and Westfall) that border on the Upper Delaware River, as well as the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Wayne County, PA townships of Buckingham and Manchester remain eligible to join to complete the full roster of municipalities. The Delaware River Basin Commission is a non-voting member. The National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is a partner.

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Fluhr, George J. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 11 2009 1:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

JUpdate: Schmidt, John (MC1972)

Schmidt, John (MC1972)

Professional ExperienceDirector, QA/ OperationsNASDAQ1979 - 2006Managed QA and Operations -responsible for managing the testing of all software products and implementation of all systems changes in the Production environment; Managed customer testing group and conducted large scale industry tests and user tests.EducationPace University-New York Financial Management, MBA, 1978Manhattan College Electrical Engineering, BEE, 1972
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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 11 2009 3:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

JNews: Johnson, Sr. Elizabeth [MC1970] authors
“Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God”


January 11, 2009
Her search for God touches politics, ecology
By Ellen S. Wilkowe
Daily Record

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Historical and current events continue to stoke a renaissance in the understanding of God in different parts of the church and around the world.

The book “Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God” (Continuum International Publishing Group, $24.95) explores how people of faith have adapted and applied their relationships with God to such events.

“I teach courses on this, and it was too good to be kept a secret from the people at large,” author Elizabeth Ann Johnson said in a phone interview. “It nourishes the faith of people in the church.”

A distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University and current president of the American Theology Society — to name just a few credits in a long line — Johnson will share insights into her book Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Drew University’s Seminary Hall in Madison.

Presented by the Northern New Jersey chapter of Voice of the Faithful, Johnson’s appearance keeps with one of the group’s missions of promoting discussions about changes in the church. The 300-member group formed in 2002 as a result of the sex abuse scandal in the Boston Diocese.

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Johnson, the eldest of seven siblings, joined the religious order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, headquartered in Brentwood, N.Y.

“As a little girl I wanted to be a tugboat driver but was told girls can’t do that,” she said. “I joined the convent and became an elementary school teacher, which was the route of most sisters.”

Energized by the Second Vatican Council, she fell in love with theology and pursued a master’s degree in religion from Manhattan College and a Ph.D. in theology from Catholic University of America.

A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Johnson’s main areas of teaching and writing focus on God, Jesus Christ, Mary and the saints, science and religion, the problem of suffering, ecological ethics, and issues related to justice for women.

Her decorated career includes Fordham University’s Teaching Award and the John Courtney Murray Award of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

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Johnson, Sr. Elizabeth [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Sister received her Masters in 1970.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 11 2009 5:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

JEmail: Email exchange about a 2007 Obit Burns, Lou [MC1938]

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Author : ulf lagerstrom (IP: , c9356abf.virtua.com.br)

I am a track writer and am writing a mini-bio on Lou Burns (as well as his team mate Howie Borck, both outstanding half milers).

Obviously Lou was a fine runner even as a teenager, at Bryant HS. Did he leave any clippings or notes from those days ?

Best regards
Ulf Lm

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To: Ulf
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 1:08 PM
Subject: Thank you for your comment - re: Lou Burns

>Submitted on 2009/01/11 at 7:56am
>I am a track writer and am writing a mini-bio on Lou Burns

I’m unaware of Lou Burns’ running. But perhaps one of my fellow alums will know more.

Due to spam, I’m waiting for your response to this message before “approving” the comment. Have to have some evidence of identity. It’s amazing what spammers do to get the credibility of a blog. It enables them to “sneak in” elsewhere.

Thanks, sorry to be a hold up,


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On Jan 11, 2009, at 11:11 AM, Ulf Lagerstrom wrote:

Your message rec´d ok.

Lou Burns was the intercollegiate (IC4A) champion at 880 yds in 1936. In 1937 he took the mile final in- and outdoors.

His Jasper team mate Howard Borck was also a standout in those years. However, none of them qualified for the 1936 Olympics.

Would it be possible for you to pass on my original message to his family ?



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From: “reinke, fjohn68″
Date: January 11, 2009 11:31:46 AM EST
To: Ulf Lagerstrom
Subject: Re: Thank you for your comment - re: Lou Burns

Ulf: I received that update via the College and don’t have the family’s address. That was back in 2007. I’ve bcced my contacts at the College for his son’s email address. Perhaps they would forward it along to the family and allow them to decide if they wish to participate in your article. (I would, but my family member hasn’t passed. They may prefer to NOT open old wounds.) All I can do is ask. I’ll also fjohn

Tom, Grace, and Mike: Ulf has a valid email address, and an apparently valid request. Can you pass this on to Jasper Lou’s family for their consideration? Thanks, fjohn68

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From: “Ulf Lagerstrom”
Date: January 11, 2009 12:34:06 PM EST
To: “reinke, fjohn68″
Subject: Re: Thank you for your comment - re: Lou Burns

Thanks for your help.


PS the coach at the time was Pete Waters. He took Manhattan to (collegiate) t & f leadership in the 1930´s.

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[JR: Hope this works out. Any good stories about our fellow Jaspers I find inspiring.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 11 2009 7:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

JObit: Thompson, James Leo Sr. [MCatnd]



James Leo Thompson, Sr., 84, died Saturday, January 10, 2009, at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mr. Thompson was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. In his youth he trained and became a champion diver, performing at various pools in Staten Island. In addition he played baseball with the Travelers Team. After graduating from St. Peters High School, he Went To Manhattan College For One Year Before Enlisting In The Navy. He served until the end of WWII in the Seabees, his duty including both the European and Pacific arenas.

Jim worked for over 40 years in the petroleum industry, managing terminals for Hess Oil in New Jersey and as East Coast District Manager for Apex Oil Company in Baltimore, MD, until his retirement in 1989.

While living in Baltimore his great love was sailing his boat on the Chesapeake Bay.

After retiring to Wilmington, NC, Jim was able to pursue his interest in golf which he so enjoyed playing. Some of his best hours on the golf course were when he could play with his son Jim, his grandsons Nate, Zach and Chris, his grandson-in-law Jamie and Jim’s good friend Donald Shaw. He loved to spend time at “his” beach in Wrightsville, and he also enjoyed taking care of his lawn, reading, watching sports, and particularly breakfasting with his wife Vicki as they watched the birds from their sunroom.

Jim’s surviving family include his wife Vicki; his son Jim Thompson (Roxanne) of Wilmington, and his daughters Eileen Kuehn (Frank) of Easton, MD, Sally Fortman (Mark) of Crofton, MD, and Amy Lundberg (Dave) of Owings Mills, MD, and his former wife and their mother Marion Thompson of Annapolis; his stepdaughter Lisa Cuevas (Ray) of San Diego, CA. “Pop” will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren: Erin, Nathan, Lauren and Zachary of Wilmington, Michael, Matt, Chris, Kyle, Mariah, Megan and Joshua of Maryland and his great-grandson Luke of Wilmington and Jordan, Victoria and Gregory of San Diego. In addition he is also survived by his sister Mary Romanelli (Charlie) of Staten Island, sister-in-law Shanda Mahurin (Randy) of Spring Hill and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Wrightsville Beach.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com

A Valley Chapel Service

Online condolences at StarNewsOnline.com

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Thompson, James Leo Sr. [MCatnd]

[JR: Attendees recognized on the theory "if it's important enough for someone to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers".]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/7l3lc8

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From: Tom McGoey (MC1969)
Date: January 14, 2009 11:26:58 AM EST
To: reinkefj
Subject: Check out this page on SILive.com

Dear Jasper Jottings:

Tom McGoey thought you would be interested in this item from SILive.com


Tom McGoey

Matriculation cut short by WW II.

[JR: Yes, I always try to report the "attendees", especially from the WW2 and Korean era. For two reasons. One, they may have gone into the service due to what they learned becomeing Jaspers. Two, if someone wrote the obit mentioning that MC time, then the deceased must have been proud of it. If they were, so am I of them. Third, (I lied) some of the attnedees have inspiring life histories with admirable accomplishments and long marriages. In short, I'm pretty flexible in these cases as to what is a "Jasper" and what we Jaspers should be reading for "inspiration". imho, open to feedback.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 12 2009 7:19 AM
    * Updated: Wed, Jan 14 2009 2:20 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Yatto, Robert [MC1969]

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 12, 2009 12:29:39 AM EST
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Robert P. Yatto, ‘69

>JFound: Yatto, Robert [MC1969] is a gastroenterologist on talk radio today

Dear John,

   I believe that The Doctor is a member of the Class of 1969.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 12 2009 10:37 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

MFound: A yellow card at a Jasper basketball home game.


* Manhattan College Basketball > General Discussion > Yellow Card

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How many people can say they got a yellow card at a Jasper basketball home game. Well I can clim 2 of them, one last year and one today, actually ckjasper also got a yellow card today as well. I can say that in close to 20 years of going to Jasper GAmes I have never received a yellow card not even a warning, the closest thing I ever got at a game to a yellow card was perhaps the famous look from Bro Scanlon. Until today I did not realize how sterile and bland things have gotten at Draddy, if you are not sitting with legs crossed as quiet as an alter boy at the game you are in violation!!! I am a little bit shocked and disappointed that this is what Draddy Gym has turned into.

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i never have made a comment on this board but read it all the time. i know exactly what he is saying. i showed up to all the basketball games when at school and usually make a few loud comments usually during foul shots. i never curse but this year one of the first games of the year i showed up after class and yelled something out like morgan state thats a great academic school or something and brother scalan came up to me at half time and told me im pushing the limit and need to knock it off. like give me a break. in high school we had a cheering section and i went to a catholic school and we went nuts no one complained. this school its like we are 5 years old and will get detention for saying something to another team. in my opinion schools a joke. i play a sport here nd when i travel i hear some crazy things being said and not one word gets said to those players.

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[JR: Interesting. Anyone have any details? Does Brother President actually have a yellow card? Fascinating!]

[JR: Upon reflection, can he revoke a diploma for bad conduct at a game? LOL]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 12 2009 12:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

JObit: Leone, Ron [1967 EE]

Dear John,    FYI   Mike

—– Original Message —–

From: “Grace Feeney”
To: “‘Mike McEneney’”
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 9:29 AM
Subject: FW: Ron Leone

—–Original Message—–

From: Jack Tuohy
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 1:48 PM
To: grace feeney
Subject: Ron Leone


I received an error message on my first attempt to send this. I am resending just in case the first try did not go through.

Jack Tuohy

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I spoke with you on Friday about Ron Leone (1967 EE). Ron was a volunteer at Manhattan and the way he lived his life is a credit to the education and principles that we learned at Manhattan. I was a classmate of Ron’s in High School as well as at Manhattan. You could not find a better man.

As I promised, I am forwarding information on the wake and funeral.

The link to the funeral home website is


Martin Funeral Home 1761 Rt. 31 Clinton, NJ 08809 908-735-7180

I cut and pasted some pertinent information from the site below.

Visiting Hours will be on Monday, January 12th from 2:00 to 4:00 & from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the funeral home. At 8:00 pm there will be a “Time of Sharing”.

There will be a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, January 13th at 10:00 am at the Immaculate Conception RC Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ 08801 - #908-735-7180.

Note: Family and Friends are asked to meet directly at church Tuesday morning for the Funeral Mass.

Interment will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery on the Church grounds.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be in memory of Ronald A. Leone to:

Bergen Catholic High School, 1040 Oradell Ave, Oradell, NJ 07649 or to

Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471

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[JR: On a personal note, Ron was Jasper Jottings subscriber from 2002. Makes me sad. I can't afford to lose any of my readers. Especially one who didn't complain. Good man; till we meet again. (I hope for my sake.)]

Leone, Ron [1967 EE]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 12 2009 3:45 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

JUpdate: Carpenito, Christopher (MC1996)

Carpenito, Christopher (MC1996)

Hometown: South Brooklyn, NY
Relationship: Married
Activities: Wine Collecting, Target Shooting
Favorite Music: Various
Favorite TV Shows: Scrubs, 24, House M.d., The Simpsons
Favorite Movies: Saving Private Ryan, Juno, Gladiator, Any Abbott and Costello movie, any Marx Brothers Movie

    * Manhattan College ‘96
    * Accounting, Computer Info Systems
High School:
    * Franklin K.Lane High School ‘91

    Hunter Roberts Construction
    Senior Vice President of Finance
    April 2008 - Present
    Manhattan, NY

   Turner Construction
   Vice President of Finance
   January 2001 - March 2008
   Manhattan, NY

   Arthur Andersen
   September 1996 - January 2001
   Manhattan, NY
   Construction And Real Estate Audit and Consulting 

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 12 2009 4:42 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

MNews: MC is going GMAIL


JasperNet Email 2.0……..Powered by Google!
Posted in January 2nd, 2009
by Jake Holmquist in Email, JasperNet Services

Announcing a major upgrade to the JasperNet Email System:

January 5th, 2009 — Manhattan College has teamed up with Google to provide Email and Messaging solutions to Manhattan College Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Students. In addition, other features that are part of the “Google Apps for Education” family will shortly be available to all campus users.

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[JR: Like many other schools, Manhattan College is going with Google. Smart. imho!]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 12 2009 10:33 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

JObit: Brosnan, Frank C. [MC1951]


Frank C. Brosnan

BROSNAN Frank C. Brosnan, age 81 of Stratford, beloved husband of Janet (Lulejian) Brosnan, entered eternal life Monday, January 12, 2009 at the Caroltan Nursing Facility, Fairfield. Mr. Brosnan was born December 9, 1927 in Manhattan, N.Y., son of the late Daniel and Margaret (Durnin) Brosnan. He was born and raised in Manhattan, was a 1951 graduate of Manhattan College, and was a World War II United States Army veteran, having served in the Pacific Theatre. A Stratford resident the past 47 years, he was the founder and president of MAREC Inc., of Stratford and also worked as a physicist at Handy and Harmon, Bridgeport. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his love of learning and sharing of knowledge. He was a mentor and friend to many. Frank was a fixer of anything, a resource of unusual facts and tid bits, and a master of cheese cake. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children, Christopher Brosnan and his wife, Barbara of Easton, Barbara Cooper and her husband, John of Trumbull, Kerry Brosnan and his wife, Andrea of Newtown, and Tara LaReau and her husband, Jeffrey of Stratford; six grandchildren, Trish (Cooper) Weller and her husband, Devin, Jeff and Betsy Cooper, Olivia and Milea Brosnan, and Maggie LaReau; two brothers, Daniel Brosnan of Flushing, N.Y. and Joseph Brosnan and his wife, Helga of Pocasset, Mass.; his sister-in-law, Grace Lulejian of Sarasota, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. In the spirit of his lifelong dedication to learning, Frank has donated his body to the Willed Body Donation Program at the Yale School of Medicine. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass, Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. by meeting directly at Our Lady of Peace Church, Stratford Road in the Lordship section of Stratford. Friends may visit with the family Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main Street, Stratford. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The VNS of Connecticut, Hospice at Home, 40 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611 Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Brosnan, Frank C. [MC1951]

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

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 13 2009 7:42 AM
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JOY: Levendosky, John [MC????] becomes engaged


Erica McCarthy, John Levendosky
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Staten Island Advance

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Albany, N.Y., residents Erica McCarthy and John Levendosky, who is formerly of Richmond, are engaged. The announcement has been made by the future bridegroom’s parents, Lori and Jay Levendosky of Richmond. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Marianne Castiglia of Hudson, Fla. and Michael McCarthy of Albany and the stepdaughter of John Castiglia and Donna Chillemi.

Miss McCarthy is a graduate of Schenectady (N.Y.) High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, in international studies from Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y., and master of arts degrees in international relations and economics from Syracuse (N.Y.) University. She is a legislative economic and fiscal analyst with the New York State Assembly in Albany.

Mr. Levendosky is a graduate of the Michael J. Petrides School, Sunnyside. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and philosophy from Manhattan College in the Bronx, where he was named to the history and philosophy honor societies. He earned a master of science degree in education from The College of St. Rose in Albany and is a high school teacher with the Capital Region Board of Cooperative Education Services in Albany.

An April 2010 wedding is being planned.

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Levendosky, John [MC????]

[JR: Congrats to our fellow Jasper. He's a lucky man.]
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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 13 2009 10:11 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

MFound: “Herb Kopf” Wikipedia update


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  (Redirected from Herbert M. Kopf)

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Herbert M. “Herb” Kopf

College Manhattan College

Sport College football

Career highlights

Overall 18-24-1 (NCAA)

Herbert M. “Herb” Kopf was a American football coach who was head coach of Manhattan College from 1938-1942 and the Boston Yanks from 1944-1946.

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[JR: This article was updated 1/13/9. Interesting.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 13 2009 10:16 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Jan 13 2009 8:20 PM

MObit: Murtha, Sr. Catherine [MCxfac]


Sr. Catherine Murtha
New Windsor, NY

Sr. Catherine Murtha (the former Sr. Mary Damien), died on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at Mount Saint Joseph Convent. Born in New Rochelle, NY, Sr. Catherine was 93 years of age.

Sr. Catherine entered the Sisters of the Presentation in New Windsor, NY in 1936 and served as a teacher and administrator in the Archdiocese of New York.

Sr. Catherine taught in St. Frances of Rome School in the Bronx from 1939 to 1949, in the former St. John’s High School in Goshen, NY from 1949 to 1961. Sr. served as the principal of St. John and Mary School in Chappaqua, St. John Elementary School in Goshen, and St. Frances of Rome Elementary School in the Bronx. In addition, Sr. Catherine taught history as an adjunct professor at Manhattan College in the Bronx and Presentation Junior College in Newburgh, NY.

Sr. Catherine retired from community service in 2004 and lived at the Retirement Center at Mount Saint Joseph.

The wake for Sr. Catherine is today, Monday, January 12, from 3-5 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection is on Tuesday, January 13, at 10 a.m. The wake and funeral liturgy will take place at Mount Saint Joseph Convent in New Windsor.

Sr. Catherine is survived by her niece, Barbara Bernard from East Sandwich, MA and grand nieces.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Presentation Building Fund, 880 Jackson Ave., New Windsor, NY 12553.

Arrangements under the direction of Brooks Funeral Home. To send a personal condolence, please visit BrooksFH.com or call 845-561-8300.

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Murtha, Sr. Catherine [MCxfac]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/87d3fq

[JR: Mindful of the service of good men and women that comprise the Jasper "forge", making us what we are, we remember these good people.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 13 2009 2:37 PM

JObit: Marren, John [MC1970]


Manhattan Athletics Hall of Famer Passes Away

Release: 01/13/2009

RIVERDALE, N.Y. � Manhattan College is deeply sadden to announce former men’s basketball standout John Marren ’70 passed away last week in Alexandria, Va. Marren was inducted to the Manhattan Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998 after a decorated playing career wearing the Kelly Green and White. He is survived by his wife, Carol Marren; one brother Lawrence Marren; numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-laws and friends.

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Marren, John [MC1970]

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John Marren

MARREN JOHN THOMAS MARREN Of Alexandria, VA on Saturday, January 3, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Carol Marren; one brother, Lawrence Marren; numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law and friends. Friends may call at the DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, 520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, where the family will be present on Tuesday, January 6 from 6 to 8 p.m., and where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 7 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Fairfax Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John’s memory to S.O.M.E., 71 O St., N.W., Washington, DC 20001.

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Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/9hatu9

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 13 2009 5:10 PM

JNews: Meehan, Kathleen [MC1980] makes engineering news


Grant will pay for expansion of Virginia Tech’s Lab-in-a-Box program online
VT News Release
Published: January 13, 2009

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech an almost $500,000 four-year grant to expand its Lab-in-a-Box program for electrical and computer engineering classes to reach online students, while helping Blacksburg students with after-hours questions.

Professor Bob Hendricks of the materials science and engineering department and Assistant Professor Kathleen Meehan in the electrical and computer engineering department , along with Peter Doolittle, associate professor in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technology within the Virginia Tech School of Education and director of the

Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT) , will use the NSF Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Phase II award to spearhead the project, Lab-in-a-Box: Development of Materials to Support Independent Experimentation on Concepts in Circuits and Electronics.

Meehan will serve as principal investigator, while Hendricks and Doolittle will serve as co-principal investigators. Richard Clark, head of the engineering program at Virginia Western Community College, also will participate on the grant.

The project builds on previously NSF-funded work that helped Hendricks and others within Virginia Tech develop Lab-in-a-Box, an inexpensive laboratory kit that allows students enrolled in a lecture-based beginning electrical engineering class to design, build and test various DC and AC circuits at home.

The kit includes a digital multimeter, a powered circuit trainer with an attached breadboard, reams of wire, connectors, receivers, and various tools, all from the New Jersey-based Electronix Express, and a software oscilloscope program developed by Professor Christian Zeitnitz of the University of Wuppertal in Germany.

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Meehan’s research interests include optoelectronic device, optical sensor design and fabrication, silicide-semiconductor devices and sensors, process development, optical spectroscopy of biological, and biochemical substances. She earned her bachelor’s of science from Manhattan College in 1980, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in 1982 and 1985, respectively.

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Meehan, Kathleen [MC1980]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 13 2009 5:35 PM

JFound: Guernsey, Nancy “Red” (MC1977 BEME) saves a life


CentraState Fitness & Wellness Center. 732.845.9400
January 2009
Red Carpet Treatment

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A victim of the 9/11 tragedies and former volunteer firefighter, member Red (Nancy) Guernsey knows how to react in a crisis. Combined with CPR skills, she recently managed to resuscitate a colleague who collapsed on her office floor from a massive brain hemorrhage. With February as National Heart Health Awareness month, Red’s story demonstrates the importance of first-aid awareness, particularly CPR …

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Part of training to become a firefighter teaches these future heroes how to react in an emergency. In addition to learning first-aid basics like CPR, students are taught the importance of a calm and positive mental attitude. This is the training that prepared Red for reality. Emergencies do not happen in slow motion with an instructor patiently explaining the next step of a process. “A coworker entered my cubicle and asked if I had something for pain. Before I could dig out some ibuprofen, he collapsed on my carpet and started to turn blue in mere seconds,” tells Red.
Although it had been several years since Red was last certified in CPR, she immediately phoned 911 and proceeded to deliver those lifesaving compressions to the victim’s chest. She was joined by another colleague who learned CPR over 30 years ago. “It all came back to him as we struggled to restart this man’s heart,” Red shares. Out of approximately 100 employees assigned to that floor, only these two took action. “The others stood around in shock,” she indicates, further demonstrating the significance of reacting calmly, quickly, and with sharp wits.

“Between the two of us, we were able to restart a person’s heart, to give another chance at survival. It was the biggest miracle of my life,” shares Red, now emotionally charged from the memory. Red kept talking to the victim throughout the process, urging him to persevere. “Come back for your grandchildren,” Red insisted. It was this mention that sparked the “fight response” in an otherwise limp body.

Knowing what to do in a crisis is different than knowing how to do it. Sure, anyone can read about and learn the process of CPR through illustrations and hands-on practice with dummies. How one takes it beyond the classroom (with its emphasis on standard techniques) and to the emergency scenario, can make the life-saving difference. Many who are CPR certified lack the confidence or control to take action, evidenced by this incident with 100 onlookers. Red suggests, “Learn CPR and be ready to act. You never know when you might need it.”

Red’s Own Health Journey

Red is not without her share of personal health scares. As a Bridge Design Engineer for the NYC Department of Transportation, she works four blocks from 9/11’s Ground Zero. A building evacuation on 9/11 left her ashen-covered from the suffocating black “tornado” that swept past her on the street. Five years later, she collapsed while training at the Monmouth CountyFire Academy and was rushed to CentraState Medical Center.

After many tests that focused on Red’s heart, her lungs and vocal cords proved to be the issue. It took time and a series of diagnostic tests before doctors linked the cause for Red’s fainting episode and breathing trouble to yet more residual effects from 9/11. During this medical investigation, which spanned over a year, Red was advised to stop exercising. Once she was diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction and asthma, and given approval to workout, she quickly joined the CentraState Fitness & Wellness Center. A one-year hiatus left Red and her personal trainer, Ken Cheng, with some work to do.

“God bless Ken! He puts up with me and that says a lot,” laughs Red. Red is considering scuba diving training at the Center, to expand her fitness enjoyment. “The breathing tanks are similar to the firefighting equipment, so it would be good for me to get familiar with them in the water,” informs Red. In addition to exercise, Red also is a student trumpeter to help improve her lung capacity.

She hopes to return to some form of fire prevention, and is considering the fire police. (Formerly, she was a member of Gordon’s Corner Fire Company in Manalapan.) A very talented woman, Red possesses two engineering degrees, and is a licensed pilot, a published writer, and a life member of Mensa. Red truly possesses the skills, mindset, and physical stamina necessary to help those in dire need. The Center is happy to help this hero in our community be her healthiest, best self.

As Heart Health Awareness month approaches, keep watch for the Center’s special cardio-focused programs and events. We hope this story inspires you to consider CPR training. Knowledge is power. Perhaps you can be someone’s hero, too.

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[JR: That’s why I always ask for “the easy problems”. Here’s one Jasper that is “inspiring” in my book. Excellent example. She modestly reports that the co-worker succumbed two days later. That's unimportant to me. Gave his family two more days. Even if she had been completely unsuccessful, the effort demonstrates love for her fellow man. As I know from my time on the First Aid squad, lot of times there's not much you can do. Above a rescuer's pay grade. You just do what you were taught and hope it works out for the best. Not much else you can do. But your best. May not be enough but in this case, two days is a lot. imho. Well done, Red77!]

Guernsey, Nancy “Red” (MC1977 BEME)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 14 2009 4:18 PM

JObit: Hubbard, John H. (MC1941)

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 14, 2009 11:16:40 PM EST
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Fw: Death of an alumni

Dear John,

   He is a member of the Class of 1941.

   May He Rest In Peace.


—–Original Message—–

From: Peter Hubbard
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Subject: Death of an alumni

I’m not sure who I should contact, so I thought I’d start with you. My father, (John H. Hubbard), (Class of 1941, Engineering I think), died on July 24, 2008. I wasn’t sure if you list recent deaths in your newsletters and also wondered if you needed to remove him from your mailing list.

Pete Hubbard

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 14 2009 11:28 PM

MFound: MC students sighted doing good works; interesting characterization


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Galveston - Day Three (Blustery Winter Day in Texas)

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One of the common experiences of short term ministry opportunities is that one seems to see God’s finger prints (some people call them God-sightings) a little easier. It is not the trip that makes God more obvious but the heightened expectancy. One is hearing more about the Lord each day. One is looking more intently for God to show up. One can easily read into events a divine intervention that we might miss dismiss in our life-as-usual routine.

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An unexpected part of this ministry is that not all the volunteers are Christ-followers. This is another opportunity. This week there are volunteers from HERSHEY, of course, Illinois, Minnesota, student group from Manhattan College, Olympia,Washington and there is a long term volunteer family from northern Alberta.

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[JR: Amusing that the author doesn't categorize a group from a Catholic college as NOT being "Christ-followers". An interesting taxonomy at work there!]

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MFound: Riverdale Garden by MC has closed


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Also absent was Riverdale Garden, which closed its doors at 4576 Manhattan College Parkway in February after running into money problems.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jan 15 2009 12:54 PM

JUpdate: Siskowski, Frank (MC1969)

Siskowski, Frank (MC1969)

Danville, California
2008 - Present

Manhattan College 1969
St Patrick’s High SChool 1965

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jan 17 2009 7:32 AM

Comment on JObit: Lou Burns, Class of 1938 by ulf lagerstrom

I am a track writer and am writing a mini-bio on Lou Burns (as well as his team mate Howie Borck, both outstanding half milers).

Obviously Lou was a fine runner even as a teenager, at Bryant HS. Did he leave any clippings or notes from those days ?

Best regards
Ulf Lm

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 11 2009 7:56 AM

ENDNOTE: Enright, Joe (MC1968) –The View From Argyle Heights blog — 


Enright, Joe (MC1968) –The View From Argyle Heights blog

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Thursday, January 1, 2009
West Paterson Un-Westernizes!

Today, January 1, 2009, West Paterson, New Jersey, officially became Woodland Park. From the AP Wire: “City fathers in the Passaic County town … expect the move will increase property values by removing the association with Paterson, its gritty industrial neighbor. The name change follows a narrowly passed November referendum in which voters approved the change by 25 votes. Officials said residents don’t need to change their addresses for bills. The borough plans to implement the name change gradually, to spread out the cost of paying for new signs. Workers have placed new logos on municipal vehicles.”

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[JR: You have to love politicians. They love to fool the people. Change the name; not fix the problem! NJ Cities are sewers. That's what you get when you get when you use force to deprive the people of liberty. Demotivated people. Locked into poverty by their leaders and in their own minds. With skrools that don't teach expensive at that. Argh! How long will they be content to live on this modern plantation? It's a disgrace. The psuedo war on drugs has destroyed everything. It's a wonder that htese hopeless places are not even MORE violent. Like changing a name will change that.]

[JR: My thanks to Jasper Joe for calling this out!]

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"Bon courage a vous tous"