JASPER JOTTINGS Week 17 - 2010 April 25

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



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POSITRACTION: Improving the divorce rate with some science


Saturday, March 27, 2010
Life as Play

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I was reminded of Brown when I discovered that psychologists who study relationships have found they can watch a 15-minute tape of a couple and predict divorce with a 95% accuracy rate. They can watch the tape with the sound off and look for microexpressions of, first and foremost, contempt.

The other three expressions and behaviors they look for are defensiveness, stonewalling, and criticism.

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[JR: Sounds like The Church could do more in its pre-Cana role. (It's been a long time since I was pre-Cana-ized. Funny since Frau and I did "it" separately. She with Father Somebody in NJ one night a week for seven weeks; Mine was with a Military Chaplin Father Somebodyelse in one afternoon for three hours while we sat around over coffee. Boy, was Frau annoyed.) Seems like it could add some "science" to pre-K!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 18 2010 12:37 PM

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) on the “stadium”

Dear John,

   I am not sure about “stadium” but that looks like the ball field where the “Shacks” were built during the 2nd World War and where the Gym stands now The rest of the campus looks good in the picture.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Mike, I never saw the campus without the shacks. So there could have been a stadium or a gold mine for all I knew. History is fun as long as there's no grade.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 18 2010 1:30 PM

JBLOGGER: Eckenfelder, William Wesley Jr. [MC1946 RIP]
by Cleary, Joseph G. [MC1971]


The Passing of Wes Eckenfelder marks the End of an Era in Industrial Wastewater Treatment Profession
Posted April 12, 2009
By Joe Cleary

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Dr. William Wesley Eckenfelder passed away on Sunday March 28, 2010. Wes was a pioneer and living legend in the profession and also a great friend and colleague. I had the distinct priviledge to work with him on many projects and workshops over the last ten years. What a great tribute to Wes last week at the service in Nashville on April 1, 2010. Anyone who was there will never forget it nor forget Wes. He was the “godfather” of our industrial wastewater profession for many years.

I have so many great memories of Wes and would like to share a few here. I graduated from Manhattan College’s Environmental Engineering in the early 70s. Wes graduated from Manhattan in the mid 40s and taught there for several years. He was a legend there and left for the University of Texas in the mid 60’s and then to Vanderbilt in 1969. I used Wes’s textbooks in school, and I learned about him from a couple of my professors. Don O’Connor, the professor who really got me interested in Environmental Engineering, was a colleague of Wes and co-author of his first book in 1960. I missed by about 5 years having Wes as a teacher. I then missed Wes at Hydroscience Inc. since he had left a few years prior to my arrival. Don and Wes started Hydroscience in 1961. Over the years I met Wes a few times at the Manhattan Alumni Plumbers dinners but never really got to know the man, the legend. I never imagined I would get to work with him and become friends with him many years later.

It wasn’t until the year 2000 when I was recruited to Brown and Caldwell (B&C) that I had the opportunity to get to know and work with Wes. The main reason for taking this job over others was to be able to work with Wes, the legend I had heard so much about. I was always amazed when I met someone who had attended one of his workshops years ago and still spoke about it as a memorable experience.

Wes and I conducted many workshops over the last ten years at several key WEF industrial waste conferences and other venues and universities. The first workshop we did together was held at the El Conquistador hotel in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. We had invited pharmaceutical industry clients who filled the room. One of the highlights for me at these workshops was Wes always telling the audience that he always finished by 5 PM, so he did not miss any of the time allotted for the cocktail hour. The cocktail hour was always very special with the clients listening to Wes’s stories.

I could not believe that Wes asked me to fill in for him one year at the Manhattan College’s Summer Institute and do his talk, which I had heard many times at workshops. That was in 2002 and I am still doing the Summer Institute today. I spoke with him each year to review how to improve the content of the course. One of the key memoirs was at the 50th Anniversary of the Summer Institute. Wes was one of the four speakers that Friday afternoon at a major gathering of alumni who were to attend the Plumbers dinner that Friday night. Wes, Bob Thomann, Charles O’Melia and Dom Ditoro, the four keynote speakers all gave presentations. It was a great event in which Wes led off with the 50 years of history of industrial wastewater treatment technology developments. Wes is the only engineer in the business who could do that talk because he was one of the co-founders 50 years ago. Even though he could not see well, he went through all the slides and received a standing ovation. It may have been the best presentations I have seen Wes perform. He had the unique ability and talent to take a complex subject and present it so that is easily understood as well as very entertaining and enjoyable.

After working together for several years and spending time with him on numerous trips I was honored to know Wes now as a friend. He has been a great colleague and mentor to me on projects, proposals and workshop presentations. I am amazed at how he continued to have the passion for helping clients solve their wastewater issues as well as the passion to teach engineers and students at the workshops. He did all of this with hardly any vision left and a need to sit during the lectures. He is truly one of the greats in the Environmental Engineering field and Industrial Wastewater profession.

A final memoir for me was in July 2007. Wes received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Water Environment Federation at the Industrial Waste Conference in Providence Rhode Island. No one is more deserving of that award, which was named in his honor. Sometimes I envy the students who were lucky to have him in college and the long time friends who knew him much longer, but I feel so very fortunate to have had the opportunity late in my career with my colleague and friend. I will really miss him and know that many of you will also. He was truly one of a kind with a great heart and a great mind.

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Joseph G. Cleary, Principal, HydroQual, Inc.

Joe is an industrial wastewater treatment specialist with over 30 years of professional engineering experience. His expertise includes: feasibility studies; treatability and pilot studies, process development, engineering design, construction, and operation and maintenance of industrial wastewater and groundwater treatment plants. He has been involved with projects in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and beverage, refinery and pulp and paper industries.

Mr. Cleary received his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. He is the Vice Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Industrial Waste Committee and Chair of the Microconstituents Community of Practice . Mr. Cleary is a Licensed Professional Engineer in several states and Puerto Rico and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He has lectured at the Manhattan College, the Merck Symposium at the University of Puerto Rico and the New Jersey Water Environmental Association Technology Transfer Seminars.

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Cleary, Joseph G. [MC1971]

Eckenfelder, William Wesley Jr. [MC1946 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 18 2010 2:36 PM

MFOUND: Chant History at Manhattan College?


Saturday, April 17, 2010
Chant History at Manhattan College
by Jeffrey Tucker

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The Abbey, Regina Laudis (Bethlehem, CT.) took part in a chant event at Manhattan College on April 8, 2010. This institution used to be known as the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart and it was host to the Pius X School of Liturgical Music until the late 1960s. The event recognized the remarkably huge importance that the institution was for Gregorian chant in America.

Back in the day, the Society of the Sacred Heart here brought the greatest chant scholars in the world to the US and let them lecture and teach. The relationship between this institution and Gregorian chant was not ended by a praise-music onslaught, however; it was a victim of an internecine struggle within the chant movement itself, and the entire institution came to be cut off from its funding source. The details of this sad event were reported in the last issue of Sacred Music. In any case, it is a grand thing to see this institution recognize its history, especially with the invitation issued to the Abbey.

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[JR: More MC history that I have no clue about. Details, explanation, amplification anyone?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 18 2010 3:43 PM

JOBIT: Duggan, Robert James [MC1957 RIP]


Robert James Duggan


Robert James Duggan, died Thursday, April 15, 2010 at the Ludlow Center in Fairfield. Robert was born in New London to the late Richard and Mary Duggan and is survived by his wife Agnes.

Robert graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and from Columbia University with a Masters in Electrical Engineering.

He joined Bunker Ramo Corp. in June of 1961 where he became manager of Logic Design and vice president of Engineering and Operations. During his time at Bunker Ramo, he was the author of six patents. In 1986, he formed his own company, Multicomm, Inc. where he developed a product to provide Multiport/Multipoint capabilities to modems. Robert joined General DataCom in June of 1990 after selling them his patent and rights. He was an outstanding troubleshooter and problem solver.

His favorite past-time was doing the New York Times Crossword puzzle in pen.

In addition to his wife Agnes, he is survived by his four children, Agnes, Betty, Rob, and Jamie; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Mary Dugan; along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Richard and Bill.

The family would like to extend its thanks and gratitude to the Passport and 3rd floor staff of Ludlow Center for their kindness and compassion.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, Monroe Turnpike, Monroe at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2010. There will be no calling hours and internment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity or cause that is important to you. Arrangements are in the care of Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home. For further information, please go to www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com

Published in Connecticut Post on April 18, 2010


Duggan, Robert James [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/y4ennbj

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Dear John,

   I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1957.

   May He Rest In Peace,


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Duggan, Robert James [MC1957 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 18 2010 4:28 PM
    * Updated: Sun, Apr 18 2010 10:36 PM

JLINKEDIN: Alfalla, Damien [MC1998] VP PennantPark Inv Corp


Alfalla, Damien [MC1998]
Vice President at PennantPark Investment Corporation
Greater New York City Area
Venture Capital & Private Equity

Summary: Progressive 10+ years experience in public and private industry with a demonstrable history of leadership. Significant experience in accounting and reporting; internal and external audit; and operations and treasury management. Well rounded professional with experience in financial, project and relationship management. Dedicated professional with a strong desire to learn and ability to adapt to changing environments.

Specialties: Private Equity, Venture Capital, Real Estate and Business Improvement; within financial service firms.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 18 2010 6:04 PM

JPLAXO: Mazzella, Frank (MC1975) Plant Mgr Kobo Products

Mazzella, Frank (MC1975)
Plant Manager
Kobo Products Inc.

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 19 2010 6:03 AM

MFOUND: Yet Another Off Site site — MC Fashion’s Night Out\! 4/21 @ 7PM Smith


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This year’s Arabian Nights Fashion Show blends traditional Middle Eastern fashion inspiration with modern NYC influences, promoting the collective talents of some of New York’s most gifted designers and musicians, all while raising money for our selected non-profit organization.

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Fashion Student Association is an extracurricular club at Manhattan College that was started in 2007 in order to bring the fashion industry to the students on campus.

Created by then-sophomore, Jasmine Humphrey, the FSA has already become one of the most popular and active social groups on campus, sponsoring an annual charity fashion show each Spring which draws hundreds of spectators each year.

Providing students with a real-world connection to the bustling NYC fashion industry, the FSA is an excellent forum for members to experience the fashion world like never before. With exciting sample sales, designer showroom tours, and lectures form industry insiders, the FSA provides students with more than just a chance to express their inner fashionista, but also allows them to develop skills and make connections that will be helpful to them moving forward in their education and careers.

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[JR: I KNOW that there’s a ton of “free” web space provided for students, faculty, staff, and organizations. (Everybody but alumni!?) It’s interesting that “organizations” go rogue and put up “MC” sites in strange places. Why? The answer I’m most concerned about is that they just don’t know how to do it “correctly”. The planners have put a lot of effort into good connectivity. Hate to see it “unused”.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 19 2010 10:20 AM

JLINKEDIN: Beckerle, Robert (MC2005) ProjEng at J. Fletcher Creamer


Beckerle, Robert (MC2005)
Project Engineer at J. Fletcher Creamer & Son
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 19 2010 6:47 PM

REMEMBRANCE: McCormick, Thomas R. [MC1964 RIP]


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A program from a memorial service.

[JR: It's a PDF on the "jaspermemorialgarden" Google site.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 19 2010 8:07 PM

JHQ: Communications Students to present papers at regional conference


RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Two Manhattan College communications students have had their papers accepted for poster presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in Baltimore, MD, which will be held April 22-25, 2010.

The students Melissa Bekisz, who wrote “Enchantment of the Law,” and Melissa Scarlino, who wrote “Gender Role Representations: A Child’s Point of View,” are both seniors. They completed their papers last fall as part of Senior Seminar, taught by Dr. Rebecca Kern, assistant professor of communication.

The Eastern Communication Association Conference expects between 1,000 and 2,000 attendees. According to the conference’s website, “The Eastern Communication Association was initially established in 1910 and continues as the oldest professional communication association in the United States. As a distinguished service-oriented organization with a history of achievement in research, criticism, communication theory, and excellence in teaching, the association welcomes members who share the goals and objectives of a membership dedicated to participation in state, regional, and national activity.”

Manhattan College’s communication department provides three areas of concentration: broadcasting/telecommunications, journalism, and corporate communication (which includes advertising and public relations).

For more information on this event, please email lydia.gray@manhattan.edu. 

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:24 AM

JHQ: Manhattan student accepted into Teach for America


RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College student, Mike Bienkowski, class of 2010, has been accepted into Teach for America, a highly competitive program whose mission is “to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.”

Teach for America currently has 7,300 corps members serving in 35 urban and rural regions. Since 1990 nearly 17,000 alumni have worked with approximately 3 million students.

For more information on this event, please email lydia.gray@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:26 AM

JPLAXO: Miller, Stephen (MC1989) Associate Parson Consulting

Miller, Stephen (MC1989)
Parson Consulting

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 6:10 AM

ADMINISTRIVIA: JHQ has pushed out a bunch of old press releases

Don’t blame me. I have this site tagged with two different change detectors. And, they both detected the additions yesterday.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:27 PM

JHQ: Mark Green presented on 3/3


Mark Green will present “It’s 2012: Who Won The Obama-GOP Battle?” at Manhattan College

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Mark Green, former public advocate, public interest attorney, and author, will present “It’s 2012: Who Won the Obama-GOP Battle?” on Wednesday, March 3, at 4:30 PM at Manhattan College. The lecture is sponsored by the departments of history and government and will be held at the College’s O’Malley Library, Room 100. It is free and open to the public.

A native of Brooklyn, Green is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. During the 1970s he was one of Ralph Nader’s first “Raiders,” ran Congress Watch from 1977-1980, and founded the Democracy Project, a public policy institute, in 1981. Over the past few decades Green has been a prominent figure in New York City politics, serving as the city’s Consumer Affairs Commissioner from 1990 to 1993 and as its first Public Advocate for two terms from 1994 to 2001. In these offices Green exposed and helped break up the criminal garbage cartel; enacted the law protecting the victims of domestic violence from unjust firings; filed the Federal Trade Commission petition that led to the elimination of Joe Camel advertisements aimed at youth; and twice successfully sued Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in cases involving police misconduct and racial profiling.

The author, co-author or editor of 22 books, Green had two bestsellers: Who Runs Congress?, published in 1972 and co-written by Michael Waldman; and The Book on Bush, published in 2004 and co-written by Eric Alterman. A regular on TV and radio news talk shows, Green has made hundreds of appearances on CNN’s Crossfire, PBS’s Firing Line, and MSNBC’s Hardball. He also debated co-panelists Ed Koch and Al D’Amato on NY1’s weekly segment “Wiseguys” from 2002 to 2008, and was president of Air America Radio from 2007 to 2008.

For more information on this event, please contact george.kirsch@manhattan.edu or call (718) 862-7127.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:29 PM

JHQ: Riverdale UNA grant to MC’s peace studies program


February 19, 2010  

United Nations Association to award grants to a number of New York organizations

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Riverdale United Nations Association (UNA) will award grants to a number of New York organizations. The awards will be given as part of a reception at Manhattan College in the Alumni Room of the O’Malley Library on Friday, April 9, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The recipients of the grants are: Manhattan College- Peace Studies Program, Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy Middle School-Model UN, In-TECH Academy Middle School -Model UN and Riverdale Country Middle School- Model UN who will work in partnership, Riverdale Presbyterian Church-Mission Work, Christ Church Riverdale-Mission Work, NGO- Disarmament for Peace & Security, World Peace,One Falafel at a Time, UNA- USA for Student Alliance Program (Materials & Program in Riverdale/Kingsbridge Schools), and UNA- USA for the Formation of New Bronx UNA Chapter.

The funds for this project come from the Patricia Kozma bequest to the UNA-USA Riverdale Chapter. Kozma was a longtime Riverdale resident and Riverdale Chapter Board member. She was devoted to the purposes and objectives of the United Nations and UNA-USA and made the bequest for the furtherance of these goals.

Margaret Groarke, director of the College’s peace studies program and an associate professor in government, said, “We are grateful to the Riverdale UNA. This grant will allow Peace Studies and JustPeace, the student activist group, to do more work on peace and justice issues over the next few years, and will help us reach out to invite Riverdale and Bronx residents to our events and do more collaborative work on important issues.”

Expected to join in the celebration will be Congressman Eliot Engel, NY State Senator Eric Schneiderman, NY State Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, and NYC Council Representative Oliver Koppell.

For more information on this event, please email lydia.gray@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:32 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JHQ: MC’s Peace Studies program wins award


February 19, 2010

Pax Christi to award Manhattan College at its annual reception

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY) has named Manhattan College’s Peace Studies program one of this year’s PCMNY Peacemakers. The award will be accepted by Dr. Joseph J. Fahey, co-founder of the program and professor of religious studies at the College. The program will be honored along with the New Sanctuary Movement and Eugene Moretta at its annual reception on Sunday, June 13, from 3 to 6 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Greenwich Village Casserly Hall.

The College’s Peace Studies program, established nearly 40 years ago, is dedicated to the search for solutions to the problems of war and human injustice. It is an interdisciplinary academic program that examines arms races and wars; economic, political and social justice; conflict creation, management and resolution; nonviolent philosophies and strategies of resistance; world community and world government and more. Manhattan College was the first Catholic college or university in the nation to offer a B.A. in peace studies.

The New Sanctuary Movement is known for working nonviolently for immigration reform and family unity. Moretta is a longtime ever-faithful PCMNY office volunteer and conscientious objector.

Pax Christi takes a threefold approach to peacemaking that fully involves prayer, study and action. It facilitates a number of programs and events throughout the year that are meant to engage its members, the Church and the world in the struggle for peace.

For more information on this event, please email lydia.gray@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:34 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JHQ: Engineering senior has co-authored a book


February 25, 2010

Briarcliff Manor resident in engineering has co-authored a book and has been accepted to several prestigious doctoral programs

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Francesco Ricci, a senior in the chemical engineering program at Manhattan College and a resident of Briarcliff Manor, has co-authored the textbook Thermodynamics for the Practicing Engineer by Louis Theodore, Francesco Ricci and Timothy Vanvliet. He has also recently been accepted into doctoral programs at Princeton University, Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. The book was published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in 2009.

Ricci is currently co-authoring a textbook on the topic of mass transfer, Mass Transfer Operations for the Practicing Engineer (L. Theodore and F. Ricci) which is scheduled for release by Wiley in mid-2010. His other publication experience includes serving as a contributing author to Introduction to Environmental Management. During his tenure at Manhattan College, Ricci has received numerous academic awards and scholarships. Ricci is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon, and Pen & Sword honor societies. His GPA at Manhattan is currently 3.99.

Thermodynamics for the Practicing Engineer is written for all practicing engineers and anyone studying to become one. The authors focus on applications of thermodynamics. They cover the technical and pragmatic problems in the field, and provide readers with a solid base in thermodynamics theory.

This textbook includes sections on enthalpy effects, equilibrium thermodynamics, environmental concerns, economics, ethics, “exergy” analysis and more. It offers both detailed examples and practice problems to give the reader an opportunity to explore real-world problems.

The co-authors are Louis Theodore, ENG SCD, a consultant for Theodore Tutorials, a company specializing in providing training solutions to industry, academia and government, and Timothy Vanvliet, Manhattan College chemical engineering alumnus and a member of Omega Chi Epsilon. Both have distinguished resumes. For more information about this book, please e-mail frank.ricci88@gmail.com.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:43 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JEMAIL: Dandola, John A. [MC1970] does read Jasper Jottings


Your latest JJ report of a meeting has my graduation year wrong MC70 not 69 – I think you want me to be older than I really am:)


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Dandola, John A. [MC1970]

[JR: Guess I have to apologize. He does read it. And, he is "old". ROFL.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:46 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JFOUND: Professor Joseph P. Reynolds Scholarship for Chemical Engineering

Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, New York City, New York 10471-4098
(718) 862-7185 fax (718) 862-7819 chmldept@manhattan.edu
Chemical Engineering Department

April 8, 2010

Mr. Ferdinand J. Reinke
3 Tyne Court
Kendall Park, NJ 08824-1424

Dear Mr. Reinke:

Approaching the third anniversary of our father’s death, the end of another school year sends a new class of Manhattan engineers out into the working world, just as another crop of high school seniors prepares to start at the College. As his former students ourselves, it is difficult for us to imagine those classrooms without Joe Reynolds, that future engineers won’t witness his dedicated love of teaching or enjoy the wit that so many of us miss every day.

On more than one occasion, we’ve heard a particular tale about Dr. Reynolds that speaks to his teaching style: unfailingly prep red and always enthusiastic. While lecturing during a Materials class and using the overhead pr jector to show a diagram, the projector’s light bulb suddenly went out. The hopeful students perked up, believing they were about to be dismissed early because he couldn’t continue ithout it. But, probably while still talking, Dr. Reynolds walked over to his well-worn briefcase pulled out a spare bulb, and had the projector running again in moments, no doubt with a smile for his students. The lecture would continue.

Surely, Dr. Reynolds’ spirit continues to smile down on the halls of Leo, and we want to ensure the college lives on, please consider making a contribution to the Professor Joseph P. Reynolds Scholarship for Chemical Engineering. Awarded annually, the scholarship is already providing financial assistance to students in need. These students won’t have the chance to know Dr. Reynolds, but we hope they still will benefit from the unqualified dedication shared by so many of the current professors throughout the School of Engineering.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,
Megan M. Reynolds ’96 Marybeth Reynolds Radics `98

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[JR: While it's addressed to me, I'm sure that they'd like all of you to consider donating.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 2:32 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JLINKEDIN: Hess, George [MC1970] Writing Pro


Hess, George [MC1970]
Independent Writing and Editing Professional
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Writing and Editing

Summary: George has published two well-received novels “Class Reunion” http://tinyurl.com/y5ezuha and “Best in Class.” http://tinyurl.com/y34xo6p They are available at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. George is currently working on three new books.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 20 2010 6:59 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JEMAIL: Smith, Joseph H. (MC2011) about Latin Mass

Smith, Joseph H. (MC2011) writes:

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Dear Friends,

It is my hope this finds you well in this beautiful season of Eastertide. I received a letter from the office of Campus Ministry-Social Action earlier this week in regards to a letter I wrote them in the latter part of March concerning the possibility of having the Latin Mass offered in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. In short, our request has been denied. While this is a disappointment and a set back to our cause, please do not lose faith in our movement. I am uncertain as to our next course of action, but I do ask for your prayers. Please tell a friend or two about our group and the Latin Mass movement, particularly at MC and other college campuses. It is currently being offered at Fordham University and Seton Hall on a regular basis and at Catholic University of America and Boston College on an occasional basis. We must keep this in mind when discussing this topic with our classmates. Thank you for your prayers and continued support.

Best Regards,
Joseph H. Smith

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[JR: Interesting request. Not sure I understand why? Maybe if he wrote his request in Latin, then he'd be able to claim an ADA or language discrimination issue? Given the lack of crowds at daily Mass with a supposedly Catholic student body, maybe it should be in Greek or Rap.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 21 2010 12:05 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JFOUND: Squires, Pete [MC1974] @ Circle BMW Eatontown NJ


Circle BMW Welcomes Pete Squires as Client Advisor

Circle BMW, one of the region’s leading BMW dealerships, today announced that Peter Squires has joined the company’s sales team as a Client Advisor. In his new role, Squires, the founder of New Balance New Jersey Shore and an award-winning marathon runner, will cultivate relationships, educate customers and close deals.

“Pete has a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales and marketing that, combined with Circle BMW’s existing sales staff, will further strengthen our team’s collective expertise,” explained Circle BMW President, Tom DeFelice. “Through his participation and involvement in the running arena, Pete has established a loyal following and network,” added DeFelice.

In 2001, Squires co-founded New Balance Jersey Shore in Shrewsbury, N.J., a retail establishment specializing in running footwear, apparel and accessories. Earlier in his career, he was the president of Atlanta, Ga.-based Globemark Sports and Events Marketing from 1989 to 1996 and served as the director of Sports Marketing for Adidas from 1977 to 1989.

Always passionate about running, Squires was a high school, National Collegiate Athletic Association and U.S.A. all American and two-time Olympic qualifier. Throughout the past thirty years, Squires traveled worldwide setting records and winning marathons. He is a three-time winner (1977, 1980 and 1981) of the Yonkers Marathon, 1979 winner of the Finland Marathon, 1977 winner of the Jersey Shore Marathon, 1984 Penn Relays Steeplechase Champion and former world record holder for running to the top of the Empire State Building.

Squires holds a B.S. from Manhattan College.

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Squires, Pete [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Pete is a member of the Class of 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Squires, Pete [MC1974]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 21 2010 2:18 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

MFOUND: MC ChemE Car contest finished first


Bucknell second in mid-Atlantic ChemE Car contest
Posted: April 20, 2010
By Sam Alcorn

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Manhattan College first

In the Mid-Atlantic competition, Manhattan College finished first with an entry stopping one-inch from the end of the 65-foot course. Bucknell’s entry stopped just two inches from the line, locking up a solid second place. Cornell University’s car finished third, 18 inches from the line.

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[JR: Great news. Too bad it gets announced on another school's site.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 21 2010 2:30 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JPLAXO: Moran, James (MC1988) Mergis Group

Moran, James (MC1988)
Mergis Group

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 21 2010 6:13 AM

JUPDATE: Sbarra, Robert A. (MC1956)

By Jasper John 68 on MC1956

Sbarra, Robert A. (MC1956)

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[JR: As you can see, I'm not a fan of ISP email addresses and "sigh" every time I have to do an address change. You really want an "eternal email address". I have one "reinkefj at alum dot manhattan dot edu" from one of the MC abortive efforts at giving alums the service. I'll have to check and see how they are doing. BTW you can subscribe and unsubscribe with the following email addresses.]

Subscribe: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-subscribe at yahoogroups.com

Unsubscribe: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-unsubscribe at yahoogroups.com

[JR: By implication you can know that Jasper Bob is changing his email address. And, it's to an ISP. Now all you have to guess is which ISP and what his user name is. That's why i use names like: JXYMXU7S, v2y2r0n, and YMVC8N! Guess those if you can. I hate spam.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 21 2010 3:38 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JNEWS: Forras, Vincent [MC1979] Seeks US Senate from CT


Vincent Forras to Address Windsor Locks RTC April 21, 2010
Windsor Locks RTC
Windsor Locks Town Hall, 50 Church St, Windsor Locks. We meet in the Large Conf. Room at 7:00 pm.

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Vincent Forras of Ridgefield, Connecticut, is a Patriotic American who holds time-honored values and life affirming principles. He is a lifelong Republican who is seeking the support of the people to win former Senator Christopher Dodd’s seat in the upcoming 2010 election. Mr. Forras is a man of the people — a volunteer firefighter, who answered the call on September 11th, 2001 to serve when America was attacked and who stands ready to answer this call if given the privilege and opportunity by the people.

Running on a platform that addresses major critical issues like wasteful government spending, skyrocketing budget numbers, higher taxes, growing unemployment and the economy; homeland security, universal healthcare, encouraging cleaner and renewable energy, the preservation of human life, immigration and human trafficking, among others. Vincent has seen the best of what America can be and believes that by expanding upon the foundation of the late President Ronald Reagan real common sense solutions will emerge.

His overarching vision is for Connecticut to restore our state and our nation to the values, freedoms and the opportunity to create the economic security sought after by others; and to restore the faith and confidence you once had in your public servants. This will require a bold commitment and determined action from us all because we did not get here over night. But together we can make this happen if we are committed, vigilant, patient and persistent. Now is the time to kick it up a notch and let your voice be heard.

In Vincent’s own words, “I believe the solution to what’s happening in our country right now is in each of us. Our founding fathers knew that the American people, inspired by their belief in God, were the ones who could make it happen. My message is simple: We don’t have to reinvent anything. Everything we need to make America great again is right here.”

He was born in 1957, a first generation American, in Queens, NY, to Mary and Vincent Forras. Along with his brothers, David and Gary, his was a family of hardworking parents, a strong sense of family values, and unwavering loyalty and dedication to the people around him and his country.  

While growing up, Vincent spent his summers working at his father’s company, Chase Scientific Research. Chase Scientific Research was a manufacturing company that produced precision castings used in rotating components within ac synchronous fractional hp motors which are used within guidance systems of most missile systems and aircraft including rockets – he learned literally the industry from the ground up.

Upon graduation from Manhattan College with a teaching degree in 1979; he accepted his father’s request to take over the company upon his retirement. Through the work ethic instilled by his father Vincent expanded that operation into a business that included distribution of components necessary in various military and aerospace systems design. Customers included Bendix Aviation, Honeywell, General Dynamics, Montevideo Technology, Jet, Singer Kearfott Division and many others.

From the time Vincent took over Chase Scientific Research he transformed through growth and diversification from a half million dollar business into three diverse businesses with combined annual sales of $10 million by the time he answered the call on September 11th, 2001.

In 1985 Vincent took that expertise on his own and formed The Phoenix Group which was a distributor of military spec components mainly for use by NATO contractors and US Defense contractors. His entrepreneurial vision coupled with the experience in his father’s company serviced customers like Northrop, Honeywell, Raytheon, Rolls Royce, Westland Helicopters, Normalaire Garret, Smiths Aviation, Lucas Aerospace, British Aerospace, Muirhead Vactric and most Chase customers.

Through the success of The Phoenix Group, they expanded their market and maintained offices and sales force in London and New York State, Munich Germany, and Budapest Hungary.

Additionally Vincent opened business dealing with China at the request of British Aerospace on Airbus Wing fuel sensors. The Phoenix Group was responsible for complete kitting programs for Flight Refueling partnership with McDonnell Douglas on KC135 refueling pods.

The success of the “kitting” program became the template for many other programs that came afterwards with contracts with companies such as: Hughes Aircraft NASA (Space Platform, and space shuttle), Hubble systems, Maverick, IR Maverick, Harpoon, Slam and numerous other systems including full kit partnership for Oliver Hazard Perry Class US Navy Fin Stabilizer Systems.

In 1988 to comply with US Government request to partner with “Disadvantaged” business, Vincent also founded Aegis Electronic Systems. Soon afterwards they also purchased VEGA Systems, a UK Based precision PC board manufacturer capable of manufacturing the highest level space application assemblies.

Aegis was responsible for most major US defense systems with content and participation and serviced customers like Electric Boat, General Dynamics, Newport News Shipbuilding, Raytheon, Hughes, McDonnell Douglass, Sikorsky Helicopter, Otis, Bath Iron Works, and Norden Systems. In 1991 the Group developed a partnership with Hungarian Optical Works, MOM importing first Gyro Theodolite Systems used to calibrate our most sensitive guidance platforms.

His business involvement lasted through the 9/11 tragedy where he had a life altering experience when he was buried amid the rubble during a rescue operation. After that near-death situation, Vincent decided to dedicate his life to helping others.

He founded Gear Up Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families of those who perished at Ground Zero through his charitable actions around the world and here at home. Donations included fire engines, equipment, training and a school that continues to operate in Ecuador for poor children seeking to learn how to help others through our combined noble actions. Additionally, Vinny and the foundation have worked hard to keep the memory alive about what happened that terrible day and how we need to continue to care for our brave first responders AFTER such an event.

Soon after 9/11, Vincent met Monica Carrera, who was in NYC on a special assignment at the Ecuadorian Consulate as a delegate of the Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil. They partnered in life, worked together on the Gear Up Foundation and were married in October of 2003.

Vincent’s goal was to set an example for his three children, Michael, Brittany, and Danielle. His message was “you can’t just take, you must also give back.” That message continued after his marriage and his family grew by four more children. Today, Daughter Brittany has graduated college and Denisse, Danielle and Gaston are all in college. Daughter Alejandra is in high school. Oldest daughter Andrea remains in Ecuador, her home, as a fashion designer and she recently married Agustin Loor.

Inspired by Vincent’s sacrifice and commitment his son Michael dedicated himself to his country through his enrollment, directly after high school graduation, into the U.S. Marine Corps. He continues to proudly serve our country to this day.

Vincent continues to dedicate his life to the brotherhood and humanity that he experienced firsthand at Ground Zero. He counts on those closest to him to carry on that dedication worldwide. He plans to dedicate his future work in the U.S. Senate to bringing back simple ideals and values to the people of Connecticut and the United States; the values upon which this country was built.

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[JR: One quibble. It's not Dodd's seat! Argh! Good luck.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 21 2010 3:47 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JLINKEDIN: McShane, Bill [MC1965] Pres at KLD Eng


McShane, Bill [MC1965]
President at KLD Engineering, P.C.
Greater New York City Area

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 21 2010 6:07 PM

JNEWS: Smith, Bobby [MC1968 RIP] remembered on Saturday 4/24 on Staten Island

From the March 2, 2010 Staten island advance

Bob was a MC ’68 alumni. He died as he was about to enter Yankee Stadium last year.


A new date has been set for the unveiling of the street sign renaming Lawrence Avenue at Forest Avenue, West Brighton, in memory of Bobby Smith. The original date had to be rescheduled, since it was the day of our penultimate snowstorm. The new date is this Saturday at 2 p.m., to commemorate what would have been his 65th birthday.

FYI: Bobby was born on Feb. 5, 1945, and lived at 35 Lawrence Ave. for most of his life. For his entire lifetime, Forest Avenue was his turf. As a young teen, he worked at Pal Joey’s Pizzeria and served as their deliveryman for more than 30 years, his work interrupted only by a stint with the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea. Bobby’s day job was that of a physical education teacher at Sacred Heart School in his home community.

According to his brother Jim Smith, for a number of years Bobby owned the Courtyard Tavern on Forest Avenue, and even though he didn’t drink alcohol, he was noted for the down-home hospitality shown to each and every patron.

Bobby was part of the Pepper Martin Race Committee each July 4. At the time of his sudden death in May 2008, he worked for Meislohn-Silvie Funeral Home on Forest Avenue in Port Richmond.

“Anyone who met him along Forest Avenue was witness to his gregarious and friendly personality,” adds Jim. “He knew everyone and they all knew him.” It was no wonder, then, that his friends gave him the title of “The Mayor of Forest Avenue.”

The public is welcome to attend and share memories of their many meetings along Forest Avenue with Bobby.

Tom McGoey

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McGoey Tom (MC1969)

[JR: Hope someone can go and file a report with pictures. Aren't 68-ers supposed to live forever? Sadly not!]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 21 2010 7:30 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 23 2010 9:57 PM

JPLAXO: Mehnert, Nick [MC1993] VP Billing Admin CME Grp

Mehnert, Nick [MC1993]
Vice President, Billing Administration, CME Group
The Rock

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 22 2010 6:18 AM

JOBIT: Macchio, Henry A. “Hank” [MC1960 RIP]


Henry A. “Hank” Macchio

Henry Andrew Macchio Henry “Hank” A. Macchio, age 70, of Solvang, passed away suddenly, Wednesday, April 14, 2010 of a heart attack while walking with friends in Santa Ynez.

He was born in New York City, NY on October 6, 1939 to Henry and Helen Macchio. Hank graduated from Manhattan College in 1960 with a BEE in engineering and 1962 he earned a Masters Degree in electrical engineering from New York University (NYU) in NY. He continued at NYU and completed extensive pre-Doctoral work in Operations Research. He was a senior telecommunications executive with more than 40 years in the industry. His career spanned international and domestic telecommunications with experience in wireless communications, satellite communications, cellular telephony, fiber optics, and switching systems. He had a combined 13 year career with International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) and Hughes Network Systems. In 1990 Hank was a co-founder and charter member of the Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering at University of California San Diego. Later, he was recruited as President and CEO of UC Wireless (now WI-LAN Technologies in Calgary, Canada). In 1994 he served as General Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Universal Personal Communications in San Diego. He was recruited to UC Wireless in Santa Barbara as President and CEO. Later he negotiated the sale of that company to WI-LAN Technologies in Calgary, Alberta where he served as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. He recently founded and President of Trilogy Enterprises, LLC.

Hank was a board member of VISTAS Lifelong Learning; an avid golfer, member of the Janin Acres Hiking Club, and the Winchester Canyon Gun Club. He also was very active in the RCIA program at Old Mission Santa Ines, where he was a Lector.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 47 years, and his children, Dianna, Elena and Henry. His sons-in-law David and Michael and his daughter-in-law Kelley. He is Gramps to 5 grandchildren, Lindsay, Henry, Max, Paul, and Vincent; his sister, Elaine Caligiuri, and many nieces and nephews.

Rosary/Vigil was held on Monday, April 19th, 7 PM, at San Lorenzo Seminary in Santa Ynez. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 20th, 9:30 AM, at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Mission Santa Ines Council, P.O. Box 408, Solvang, CA, 93464. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors

Published in Santa Ynez Valley News from April 22 to April 26, 2010


Macchio, Henry A. “Hank” [MC1960 RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/2apnslj

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 22 2010 10:14 AM

JLINKEDIN: Auletta, Joe [MC1972] Tech Advisor at USAF


Auletta, Joe [MC1972]
Tech Advisor at USAF
Albuquerque, New Mexico Area

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 22 2010 6:11 PM

JPLAXO: Morgante, Michael (MC1995) Principal Arden Consulting Eng

Morgante, Michael (MC1995)
Arden Consulting Engineers, PLLC

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 23 2010 6:32 AM

JHQ: Rodriguez, Kaitlin (MC2011) Outstanding Physical Education Major


April 21, 2010

Manhattan College Student Honored As Outstanding Phys Ed Major Of The Year

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Kaitlin Rodriguez, a junior at Manhattan College and a resident of Warwick, NY, was recently honored as the Outstanding Physical Education Major of the Year from Manhattan College by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). NASPE, which has been setting the standard for the profession for over 31 years, is the largest of the five national associations of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD).  

During her years at Manhattan, Rodriguez has been a member of the varsity softball team, playing in the outfield. She was selected to attend the AAHPERD Student Leadership Conference at Camp Letts, MD. She also presented “Big City Big Classrooms: Cardio Kickboxing” at the NYS Annual Convention and the Southeastern Zone Election Day Conference and was named NYS AHPERD’s Future Professionals Section President- Elect. Rodiguez is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi (teacher education) and Phi Epsilon Kappa (physical education) honor societies.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding students majoring in athletic training, exercise science, fitness/wellness, health and human performance, physical education, pre-physical therapy, recreation and sport management from colleges and/or universities that have professional preparation programs throughout the country. Only one student per major from each institution is recognized each year. To learn more visit www.naspeinfo.org.

A nonprofit membership organization of over 17,000 physical education and sport professionals, NASPE is the only national association dedicated to strengthening basic knowledge about sport and physical education among professionals and the general public.

For more information please email lydia.gray@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 23 2010 4:35 PM

JLINKEDIN: Peláez, Myriam Toiber [MC2002] Industria textil y moda Profesional


Peláez, Myriam Toiber [MC2002] Industria textil y moda Profesional
Barcelona y alrededores, España
Industria textil y moda

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 23 2010 6:15 PM

JNEWS: Pompey, Aliann (MC1999) better than ever



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At 32, Aliann Pompey Is Running Better Than Ever

For a 400-meter runner, that’s quite a distinction. Pompey, a Manhattan College graduate from Guyana, was a 2006 Commonwealth Games gold 2009 New Balance Games Armory, NYC, NY January 24, 2009 Photmedalist and was named 2009 Co-Sprinter of the Year in South America, but her fifth-place finish at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in March was “huge for me and something I worked hard for a really long time,” notes Aliann Pompey. “I never gotten this far, I’ve never made the finals in the World Championships before.” She gives a lot of credit to her coach, Joe Ryan, “who has seen me grow from that 17-year-old kid that walked into Manhattan College to now doing this, it hasn’t been easy.” Pompey says she loves running “too much at this stage for it to be a pressure-consuming thing. I feel like I can still get my personal best time and have the mentality to be fun.” Ryan calls Pompey “a tremendous person and very humble,” and she’s all that and extraordinarily gracious. On a personal note, she’s the last person I profiled after a long tenure writing for New York’s alternative “Village Voice,” and the article from 2003 is framed on the wall of her home. That may be one of MY proudest accomplishments. (photo of Aliann Pompey by Victah Sailer)

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[JR: Good press. Hard to believe that she can keep it up. Maybe she was an injineer and ran up the hill between classes?]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 23 2010 11:23 PM

JLINKEDIN: McCauley, Jennifer [MC2002] Dir Retirement Market NYLI


McCauley, Jennifer [MC2002]
Director of Retirement Market
New York Life Insurance
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 24 2010 6:19 AM

JVIDEO: Romando, Dan (MC1955) shares a link to a video


Bill Coyle, who was president of the college Glee Club in the early 50′s, sent members of the college Octet a DVD of our performance on the “Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour” on April 3, 1954. Bill’s son was able to secure a copy from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. This was the 1,000 broadcast of the Amateur Hour. We came in second. I don’t remember who won. We sang Jac. Arcadelt’s “Ave Maria.” I think we would have won if we were able to sing our best selection which was “The Three Bells.” Due to time constraints for the show we were not able to perform this selection. The performance can be viewed on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9KZgWXpjUc The quality is surprisingly quite good. I think people may enjoy this.

Best Regards,
Dan Romando B.B.A. 55 

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[JR: Thanks. A great contribution. Amazing that it was available after all this time. Great report. Made my Saturday! Ora Pro Nobis, Amen.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 24 2010 10:12 AM

ENDNOTE: The Age of Anomie


The Bucket List Generation in the Age of Anomie
by Brett & Kate McKay on March 21, 2010

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At the turn of the 20th century, French sociologist Emile Durkheim was interested in a similar question. While suicide is often thought of as the result of deeply personal problems, Durkheim wanted to investigate if the act was really influenced by larger cultural factors. He studied countries’ weather and religion and economy, looking for what might negatively or positively effect the suicide rate. What he concluded, in his seminal 1897 work, Suicide, was that the suicide rate was greatly impacted by the presence in society of something he called anomie.

Anomie, which literally means “without law” in German and French, was defined by Durkheim to be a state of “normlessness.” Durkheim posited that in times of social change and upheaval, clear societal standards and expectations for individuals vanish. Without “clear rules, norms, or standards of value” people feel anxious, rootless, confused, and even suicidal. Life in an age of anomie can often feel empty and meaningless.

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[JR: Well, that’s what the USA has become. No “norms” any more. The people blunder around trying to find their principles. Luckily, Jaspers have had their illusions shattered by the challenges of MC’s “liberal education” (i.e., classical liberal when I went. Can’t vouch for now.) Hopefully, we’ll all survive this terrible time, epoch, or era. I’m not so sure about that!]

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"