JASPER JOTTINGS Week 19 - 2010 May 09

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



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POSITRACTION: MIT Student $3 Healing Device


MIT Student Develops $3 Cutting-Edge Healing Device, Field Tested in Haiti
BY Cliff Kuang
Wed Apr 14, 2010
The new device could radically improve healing times for tens of millions, at a cost of $3.

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No more. Danielle Zurovcik, a doctoral student at MIT, has created a hand-powered suction-healing system that costs about $3. The device is composed of an airtight wound dressing, connected by a plastic tube to a cylinder with accordion-like folds. Squeezing it creates the suction, which lasts as long as there’s no air leak. What’s more, where regular dressings need to be replaced up to three times a day—a painful ordeal—the new cuff can be left on for several days.

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[JR: Wow, a simple idea! There is so much potential in the human mind to improve the human condition. 3$! Where are all the smart people?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 2 2010 12:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, May 4 2010 1:30 AM

JPLAXO: Fossaceca, John (MC1986) Comtech Mobile Datacom

Fossaceca, John (MC1986)
Comtech Mobile Datacom

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 2 2010 1:37 PM

MNEWS: Three future Jasper make their mark


Student Award Winners and New Life Members Recognized by YMF

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Outstanding local college students and the Met Section’s new life members were recognized by the Younger Member Forum at its annual Ridgway Awards Dinner and Life Member Installation, which was held on April 29, 2010 at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn. This year’s event also included the presentation of the annual Met Section Scholarships to student members.

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Ridgway Award Winners

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Courtney McMohan, Manhattan College

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Younger Member Forum Award Winners

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Thomas Matarazzo, Manhattan College

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Alvaro Aranguren, Manhattan College

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McMohan, Courtney [MC????]

Matarazzo, Tom (MC2010)

Aranguren, Alvaro [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 2 2010 2:37 PM

JFOUND: Tormenta, Luis M. [MC1983] The Liro Group

Civil engineer snags in Mamaroneck Village 
by Ginny Cox, published May 1, 2010

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Luis M. Tormenta and Debra A. Tormenta bought a six-bedroom, two-bath home at {Privacy Invoked} in Mamaroneck Village from Jean P. Valentine for {Privacy Invoked} on March 26.

The 3,507-square-foot house was built in 1920 in the Mameroneck Village Inland neighborhood.

Mr. Tormenta is vice chairman and chief executive officer at The Liro Group. He also is an adjunct professor of the graduate level construction management for the Executive 21 Graduate Program at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.

He received a degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College.

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Tormenta, Luis M. [MC????]

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Luis M. Tormenta, P.E. – Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

A highly accomplished leader in the region’s design and construction industry, Mr. Tormenta has over thirty years experience, and has led many of New York City’s complex construction projects and the administration of several public capital programs. Formerly the founding Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction, Mr. Tormenta was appointed by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to create and manage the “super construction agency”.

Today, as CEO, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of The LiRo Group, with a focus on maintaining high quality service standards while increasing market share and expanding services regionally.

Mr. Tormenta prides himself as a skilled hands-on manager, and on selective projects, is directly involved in the management and oversight of LiRo’s work. His knowledge of the New York Metropolitan design and construction market is invaluable to many of LiRo’s clients.

Mr. Tormenta teaches graduate level Construction Management for the Executive 21 Graduate Program at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute as an adjunct professor. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from Manhattan College, and has been a Professional Engineer since 1984.

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tormenta, Luis M. [MC1983]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 2 2010 3:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, May 4 2010 1:30 AM

JBLOGGER: Phelps, Stephen (MC1968) seeks to rally St. Vincent’s colleagues


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Phelps Communications

Reminiscences and commentary posted in the hope that you will read them, be gobsmacked, and offer me large sums of money to write stuff for you.

Steve Phelps

New Hempstead and Ticonderoga, New York, United States

I’m a writer and editor and a corporate communications specialist. I was a clinical social worker and a healthcare and social service agency administrator for years, so I have a good feel for communications for not-for-profit agencies — I speak the language. My Web site at stephenphelps.com can most chartitably be described as a work in progress; don’t judge it too harshly, eh?

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

St. Vincent’s Colleagues Please Note

St. Vincent’s colleagues please note: I’ve been approached by a group of former SVCMC non-union co-workers interested in protecting our interests through the bankruptcy process. Other interest groups, including our union-represented colleagues, will be represented in bankruptcy court . Go to http://groups.google.com/group/stvincents-non-union-employees/web/interests-of-non-union-employees to learn more. Note that joining does not obligate us to any cost, and your participation will not be made public. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ALL OUR NON-UNION CO-WORKERS.

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Phelps, Stephen (MC1968)

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 2 2010 4:37 PM

JLINKEDIN: Honors, Michael [MC2003] Financial Services Professional


Honors, Michael [MC2003]
Financial Services Professional
Greater New York City Area

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 6:34 AM

JFOUND: Benton, Jason [MC2004] reported in Kuwait


Internet links Florida National Guard soldiers to families at home: Soldiers stationed at base in Kuwait
May 03, 2010 (Sun Sentinel – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) –
Mike Clary

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Wearing a white T-shirt, Jason Benton, a former basketball player for Manhattan College, was sitting on his bed, bent over his laptop, looking into the camera. The springs of the upper bunk were visible behind his head. It was just before 5 p.m. here, but nearly 1 a.m. in Kuwait.

During a 30-minute conversation punctuated by static and dropped connections, the couple talked about the behavior of their son Allen, nearly 4; Isbaella’s feeding schedule; and Jason’s progress in an online master’s degree course in finance.

“OK,” said Cathy, signing off. “E-mail me when you get up.” “Tell the kids I love them,” typed Jason when his voice link was lost.

“OK,” said Cathy. “Love you too.”

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Benton, Jason [MC2004]

[JR: I pray for the safe return of all our boys and girls. Dona Nobis Pacem.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 7:17 AM

JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (1977) disagrees with Positraction conclusion

FROM: Mangone, Mark (1977)
DATE: Mon, 3 May 2010 10:25:37 -0500
SUBJECT: RE: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 18 – 2010 May 02

Hello John,

Comment on Positraction!

Your sentiments are up beat, I do not necessarily agree with your conclusions.

<<Greed is good. It’s motivating. And, the paradox is that someone can only get rich by serving their fellow man. Amusing?>>

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[JR: Well, I was trying to show how "inspiring" greed is. Like most little L libertarians, I think you have to be pragmatic, holistic, and "greedy". I've blogged about "certificates of appreciation" and "elections in the marketplace". I do think there's a pair of doxes in "greed". Thanks for the feedback.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 11:56 AM

JOBIT: De Lasho, S. James [MC1936 RIP] reported by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

   I received a phone call from my Classmate Tom Kelleher, ’53 that Sunday’s Journal News had an Obituary for S. James De Lasho, Esq. who I believe is a member of the Class of 1936.

   I do not have a copy.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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S. James DeLasho, 98, of Yonkers passed away on April 27 at Calvary Hospital, in New York.

He had a long and productive life. He was born to Vincenzo and Theresa D’Urso DeLasho on April 2, 1912, the youngest of six. He lived the early part of his life in the Park Hill section of Yonkers. He attended Yonkers public schools and then graduated from Manhattan College with high honors and was a member of the glee club. He worked on his brother’s truck delivering bread at night and played the trumpet in his own band to finance his education. Summers in the 1930′s saw his band playing on Atlantic voyages and also, playing engagements on the European continent. He attended Harvard Law School and graduated from St. John’s Law School.

In the summers he worked at a golf course in the Catskill Mountains where he met the glamorous Luise Bennett from Brooklyn. After he returned from serving in the US Army in WW II they married in 1944 and settled in Yonkers. He first worked in the field of Copyright Law at the New York firm of Nims Verdi and Martin and then opened an office in Yonkers where he practiced Law for more than 60 years until he retired at 94. They had one son, Robert J. DeLasho of Bronxville.

“Jimmy” as he was called spent many years in public service, both state and local. He served as a Justice in the Yonkers Court, was Chairman of the Library Board and referred to as “the Father of the Yonkers Sprain Brook Library.” He was also a co-founder of the Enrico Fermi Scholarship Fund which still grants college scholarships to young students. He was a published author of many booklets on Criminal Justice and the Law. He also served as President of the Yonkers Lawyers Association, Yonkers Exchange Club, Harvard Club of Westchester and the Manhattan College Alumni Association. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Bronxville for 55 years and a resident of Bryn Mawr Knolls for that same period.

He and his wife spent their later years traveling the world and in his spare time he enjoyed reading and working in his garden. He was a charter member of “the greatest generation” and is survived by his wife Luise Bennett and their son, Robert. A Mass in celebration of his life will be held at St. Joseph’s church in Bronxville at a future date.

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De Lasho, S. James [MC1936 RIP]

Kelleher, Tom [MC1953]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 3:58 PM

JBLOGGER: Stagnaro Melissa (MC1997) on stones


Evening Sun Blog » Kidney Stones on Route 66
By Melissa

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John features prominently in a lot of stories from both my Manhattan College days, as well as the years which followed when we both lived in the DC area. I could blog about our combined exploits all day – and already have on more than …

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[JR: Jasper stick together. Stones and all.]

Stagnaro Melissa (MC1997)

[JR: Correcting typo!]

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 4:19 PM
    * Updated: Tue, May 4 2010 6:11 PM

JUPDATE: Mastaglio, Peter James (MC1963) Partner Cullen and Dykman LLP

Mastaglio, Peter James (MC1963)
Cullen and Dykman LLP

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 9:27 PM

JUPDATE: Tallarita, Eric Joseph (MC2009) Civil Engineer 1 Mass DOT

Tallarita, Eric Joseph (MC2009)
Civil Engineer 1

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 9:30 PM

JUPDATE: Tifigiu, Stefan (2009) Structured Credit ICAP Plc

Tifigiu, Stefan (2009)
Structured Credit
Maspeth, NY 11378

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 9:35 PM

JUPDATE: Westby, Michelle (MC2009) Consultant Support Teacher

Westby, Michelle (MC2009)
Lindenhurst Senior High School
Consultant Support Teacher – 10th Grade
Lindenhurst, New York

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 11:20 PM

JUPDATE: DeAngelis, Tina (MC2009) Marketing Coordinator NJ

DeAngelis, Tina (MC2009)
First Mutual Corp
Marketing Coordinator
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

I organize marketing campaigns and write marketing materials for a mortgage company.

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 3 2010 11:24 PM

JFOUND: Etufugh, Alozie (MC1993) NYC Law Offices


Etufugh, Alozie (MC1993)

Law Offices of Alozie N. Etufugh, PLLC

Services: Intellectual Property Law (Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights). We provide counseling and procurement initiatives and services, assisting our clients from their initial ideas to the final issuance of their patents, trademarks or copyrights.

30 Central Park South Suite 4D, New York, NY 10019

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 4 2010 6:37 AM

JOBIT: Murphy, Joseph Aloysius Jr. [MC1956 RIP]


Murphy, Joseph Aloysius Jr.

A longtime resident of Staten Island died May 3, 2010 in Paramus, New Jersey. He was eighty-eight years old. Mr. Murphy was born on October 1, 1921 on Staten Island.

He graduated from St. Peter’s Grammar School & High School, Manhattan College, and St John’s Law School.

He served as a Marine Corps. Fighter Pilot, Flying Corsairs, in the Pacific in WW II, and again in the Korean War: rising to the rank of Colonel in the Reserves. Mr. Murphy was a detective in the New York City Police Department for approximately 15 years, serving for a time in the laboratory.

He left the police department to become a pilot with Pan American World Airways, rising to become a Boeing 747 Captain.

Mr. Murphy was a dedicated, industrious man who was supported and loved by his wife of 64 years. Mary Margret Murphy (nee Mulry), who predeceased him by three and ½ months.

They had relocated to Closter, New Jersey in 1960. They were also parishioners of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Closter.Surviving are son, Gerald, a daughter, Kathleen Mardula and son in law Mark, a sister, Irene, and three grandchildren. Visiting hours Tuesday 2-4 PM at Moritz Funeral Home, Closter. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s R.C. Church on Wednesday at 11 A.M. to be followed by internment with his wife and parents at St. Peter’s cemetery on Staten Island, NY.

Published in The Record and Herald News on May 4, 201


Murphy, Joseph Aloysius Jr. [MC???? RIP]

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

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Dear John,

   I believe that Joe is a member of the Class of 1956.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, Joseph Aloysius Jr. [MC1956 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 4 2010 8:01 AM
    * Updated: Tue, May 4 2010 6:11 PM

JVIDEO: Rheinheimer, Kevin [MC2012] stars for MC on YouTube


Kevin Rheinheimer Manhattan College MAAC Championships

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Rheinheimer, Kevin [MC2012]

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 4 2010 4:41 PM

MFOUND: Epic Beer Chug; obviously not ours?

Reader Email – Epic Beer Chug From Manhattan College


Subject: James takes a trip to the hospital
From: “K”
Date: Sun, May 2, 2010 11:02 pm
To: nyctips@barstoolsports.com

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Our college had springfest this weekend and my friend thought that it was a perfect time to take the bet. The bet: Drink the whole glass full of beer. The one thing my friend hates doing is disappointing a large group of people so he naturally makes a brilliant move and uses his head. Best part is the expression on his face after he does it. 1 minute 30 seconds is when it gets good.

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[JR: Obvious this could NOT be one of OUR MC students. No Jasper would (a) waste beer; (b) injure themselves drinking (After a Zia final, maybe; drinking never!); and (c) give a rat's tail about "disappointing a large group of people".]

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 4 2010 8:30 PM

MFOUND: MC in Saint Pat’s


St Patrick’s Cathedral

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* The Saint John Baptist de la Salle altar remains one of the few original side-chapel altars commemorating the patron saint of catechists and teachers. The adjoining stained-glass window depicts the Papal bull (a type of letters patent) of approbation granted by the Vatican to the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools who, since 1848, have conducted numerous parish grade and high schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York, as well as Manhattan College, Riverdale (in The Bronx borough of New York City) and Lincoln Hall.

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 4 2010 8:49 PM

JHQ: Spring Commencement


May 4, 2010

Manhattan College To Award Degrees At Spring Commencement

College to honor Nel Noddings, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, Stanford University

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College will award more than 300 degrees at its Spring Commencement on Wednesday, May 26. The ceremony will be held in the College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. Dr. Noddings will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy.

This is the first Commencement Ceremony at the College for the newly installed President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University.

Noddings spent 15 years as a teacher, administrator and curriculum supervisor in public schools; served as a mathematics department chairperson in New Jersey; and was director of the Laboratory Schools at the University of Chicago. At Stanford, she received the Award for Teaching Excellence three times. She also served as associate dean and acting dean at Stanford for four years.

She is a past president of the National Academy of Education, Philosophy of Education Society and John Dewey Society. In addition to 17 books — including Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education; Women and Evil; The Challenge to Care in Schools; Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief; and Philosophy of Education — she is the author of more than 200 articles and chapters on various topics ranging from the ethics of care to mathematical problem solving. Her latest books are Happiness and Education; Educating Citizens for Global Awareness; Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach; When School Reform Goes Wrong; and The Maternal Factor: Two Paths to Morality (forthcoming, 2010). Her work has so far been translated into 12 languages.

She is a Laureate member of Kappa Delta Pi and holds a number of awards, including: the Anne Rowe Award for contributions to the education of women, Harvard University; Willystine Goodsell Award for contributions to the education of women (AERA); Medal for Distinguished Service, Teachers College Columbia University; Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association (Division B); Award for Distinguished Leadership in Education, Rutgers University; and honorary doctorates from Columbia College, Montclair State University, Queen’s University, Canada, and Lewis and Clark College.

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JHQ: 168th Commencement


May 4, 2010

Manhattan College To Award Undergraduate Degrees At 168th Commencement

College to honor Brother Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C., Chancellor, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and President, Christian Brothers Investment Services-European Union

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College will award more than 700 degrees in some 40 major fields of study from its five schools in arts, business, education, engineering and science at its 168th Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 23. Students who completed their studies in September 2009, February 2010 and May 2010 will participate in the ceremony in the College’s Draddy Gymnasium.

This is the first Commencement Ceremony at the College for the newly installed President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Brother Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C., will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and deliver the keynote address. He is the president of Christian Brothers Investment Services-European Union (CBIS-EU). He also serves as chancellor of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and senior fellow of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Br. Louis was founder and served as chairman of the corporation of Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc., an investment advisory firm registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. He also was a director of the Galaxy Funds, Boston, which managed mutual funds with collective assets of c.20 billion dollars.

He continues to speak and write about the power of an ethical financial world as a dynamic tool for creating a better future for humanity. Br. Louis has written extensively and co-authored the book Paradigms and Parables — The Ten Commandments for Ethics in Business, which frames the current issues in business ethics through the creative use of engaging, modern-day parables to achieve transformations in the thoughts and actions of today’s leaders. His latest book, which he co-authored, Doing Right in a Shrinking World, explains how corporate America can balance ethics with profits for the benefit of all.

A recipient of several honorary doctorates, including a Doctor of Laws from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota in 2008 and Doctor of Pedagogy from St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York in 2004, Br. Louis has received many awards and honors throughout his career. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1963 and his Ph.D., specializing in financial management, from the Union Institute and University in Ohio in 1982.

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 5 2010 12:09 AM

JLINKEDIN: Felton, Richard [MC1985] Internal Auditor Higher Education


Felton, Richard [MC1985]
Experienced Internal Auditor
Greater New York City Area
Higher Education

Summary: Senior Internal Auditor with 15+ years of diverse experience in higher education, healthcare, airlines, food service management and banking. Core competencies include: IIA Standards, COSO, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book), and GASB. Protection of University’s interests as to pertinent state and federal regulations, statutes,

Specialties: Operational and financial audits, academic, budgeting, finance, financial accounting, management, microsoft excel, microsoft word, policy analysis, risk assessment, risk management, systems analysis,

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 5 2010 6:37 AM

MOBIT: William J. Reel, a 1996 MC honoree


William J. Reel

NORTH SUTTON — William J. Reel, 71, of Shaker Road, died May 3, 2010 at home.

He was born in Canaan, Conn., April 14, 1939, to Joseph Slocum and Cynthia (Parsons) Reel. He graduated from Salisbury School, in Salisbury, Conn. in 1957 and attended Yale University for two years. In 1959, he moved to Staten Island, N.Y., where he lived for 44 years.

He worked for the Daily News in New York City for 38 years, beginning as a copy boy in 1962, then as a makeup editor, feature writer, cityside reporter and religion reporter before becoming a columnist in 1974. He moved from the Daily News to Newsday in 1991 and retired in 2001. In retirement, he wrote a weekly column for The Tablet until 2007.

His columns celebrated ordinary New Yorkers, and often told of down-and-outers touched by grace and restored to happy and useful lives.

IN HIS LIFE: A book of selected Newsday columns, Get Reel — The Brooklyn Boy and Other Stories of Faith in the City, was published in 1995 by Andrews and McMeel.

In 1980, the Society of Silurians honored Bill with an award for humorous writing. Twice in the 1980s, the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association recognized him for columns capturing the dedication of police officers. In 1996, Manhattan College awarded Bill an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Lastly, in 2009, he received the Reflection Award at the 22nd annual Good Counsel “Ball for Life” event at the New York Racquet and Tennis Club. The plaque read: To Bill Reel — Who wrote about ordinary New Yorkers in an extraordinary way.

He leaves his wife of 45 years, Sue Ellen Reel of Sutton; a son, Joseph S. Reel of Sutton; a son and daughter-in-law, John J. Reel and Virginia Fuentes Valencia of Seville, Spain, and Sutton; a daughter and son-in-law, Ursula and Matthew Hennessey of New York City; and five grandchildren, Clara, Magdalena, Blas, Patrick and Ryan.

SERVICES: A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday at noon at Our Lady of Fatima Church in New London. Calling hours will be before the Mass, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main Street, New London.

Donations may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon 03756 or to Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, P.O. Box 2209, New London 03257.

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Reel, William J. [MChonoree RIP]

[JR: Honorees recognized on the theory "if it was important enough for the College to show us an exemplar, then we can spare a few prayers".]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/25vt4lk

[JR: A 45 year marriage sounds "Jasper-ish" to me. And, any one, who memorialize so many inspiring stories, is a kindred spirit.]

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On May 5, 2010, at 9:09 AM, McGoey Tom (MC1969) wrote:

Dear John:

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



Honorary degree holder and Daily New columnist dies.

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[JR: Thanks, Tom. Just "processed" it from the normal search results. But, it doesn't hurt to "call it in". Automagic searches make mistakes. Much appreciated.]

[JR: Note two different sources. "SI LIVE" and "Union Leader / Legacy". I never saw the SILIVE in the Google searches. SILIVE must not allow Google to index them. Interesting? A blind spot for Google; a big loss for SILIVE in exposure. Hmmm! Keep those eyeballs peeled. Please.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 5 2010 9:59 AM

JNEWS: Pearson, Antoine [MC2010] gets a shot at the Nets

RBA Sports is proud to announce that Manhattan College Senior PG Antoine Pearson will be trying out for the NJ Nets tomorrow.

[JR: We'll have to root for them if they pick him.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 5 2010 5:49 PM

JOBIT: Roncallo, Angelo D. [MC1950 RIP]

Dear John,

   I received the attached from my niece tonight.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Please thank your niece as well.]

———— Original Message ————

Subject: Hi Uncle Mike

Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 21:35:55 -0400


To: Mike McEneney 

Just got sad news that Angelo Roncallo died this morning – thought you might know him, Manhattan College, NYS Supreme Ct. Judge and I THINK Assemblyman from Nassau Co.. Has had congestive heart failure, hospitalized though for gallstone surgery, never made the table. Failing this month. Very close family – with him last night.

We’re friendly with his son Paul & wife Joanne.

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Angelo D. Roncallo

RONCALLO – Angelo D. of, Massapequa on May 4, 2010. Beloved husband of Priscille (nee Pouliot). Loving father of Paul (Joanne), John (Bernadette), James (Beth), Jean Marie and the late Marc. Devoted grandfather of Hannah, John Angelo, Patrick, Christina and Daniel. Cherished brother of Sister Anthony Therese, O.P. and Gracemarie Whitfield (Deacon Gerry). Fond uncle of many grand nephews nieces. Reposing at William E. Law Funeral Home, 1 Jerusalem Avenue, Massapequa. Mass of Christian Burial Friday 10:00am at Maria Regina RC Church, Seaford. Interment VA Cemetery. Family will receive friends, Wednesday 7-9:30pm and Thursday 2-5 and 7-9:30pm. In lieu of flowers Mr. Roncallo requested donations be sent to the Interfaith Nutrition Network.

Published in Newsday on May 5, 2010


Roncallo, Angelo D. [MC1950 RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/25v2k3h



N.B.: This was invisible to the Google “manhattan college” search. We need eyeballs looking for our fellow alums in the news.

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JOBIT: Ryan, William J. [MC1947 RIP]



William J. Ryan

William J. Ryan, age 87 of Palm Coast, Fla., passed away Saturday, April 24, 2010.

He was born May 29, 1922 in Provi-dence, R.I. to George and Madeline Ryan. He graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelors Degree in History and earned Masters Degrees in both Education and Administration from Fairfield University. Mr. Ryan served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the China-Burma-India theater. An accomplished athlete, he taught and coached basketball and track at LaSalle Academy in Providence. He continued his career in education at Danbury High School, first as English teacher ultimately retiring as principal. Mr. Ryan guided Danbury High School through many turbulent years of societal change.

Revered by many as an outstanding educator, he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean Carney Ryan; two sons, Michael Ryan and Mark Ryan; three daughters, Jean Tepas (Joseph), M. Virginia Ryan (William Storey), and Sheila DeBold (Kenge); five grandchildren; six great-grand-children. A man of great integrity and faith who loved his family, the play of words, and his Irish heritage, Mr. Ryan lives on in the hearts of his family and friends. Donations may be made in his honor to the Danbury High School Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Published in News Times on May 6, 2010


Ryan, William J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/byNT


Dear John,

   I believe that Bill is a member of the Class of 1947.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ryan, William J. [MC1947 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Thu, May 6 2010 3:36 PM

JUPDATE: Fuhrman, Lisa (MC2009) NY1 News Asst, Research/Assignment Ed

Fuhrman, Lisa (MC2009)
NY1 News Assistant, Researcher/Assignment Editor
Manhattan, New York

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    * Posted on: Thu, May 6 2010 4:55 PM

JEMAIL: Which is best?


Yahoo Answers — Resolved Question

SUNY Oswego vs. Drew University vs. Manhattan College?

Hey i got into all three. In terms of quality of education and reputation, which is best?

   * 6 days ago

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My favorite quote, saying, or meme is “It’s not the depth of the well that determines how much water you’ll carry away; it’s the size of the bucket you bring.”

I’m only familiar with Manhattan College. Class of 1968 Engineering. I know, from my work with the College, that the IT infrastructure is excellent and cost effective. I know from the faculty I’ve met, they are interested in helping student achieve their potential, their dreams, and their destiny. The Staff moves mountains to make it all possible.

To my first quote, you should be looking at how you match the three institutions. Manhattan College has a “rural feel” while being a subway ride from all of NYC. That’s either a treasure chest or a dumpster depending upon what you seek out. Drew is more rural and a little further from the city. Oswego, I assume, is truly rural. Reputation-wise, who cares? After your first job, unless you went to an Ivy or Duke or such, no one cares where you went or what your index was.

I have some advice. Success for your generation is: (1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt; (2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you; (3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux; (4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber; (5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open; (6) a free time hobby that generates income; and (7) a large will-maintained network of people who can “help” you.

How your wishes, wants, and desires line up with that formula will tell you what school is for you. Time for you to take responsibility for your decisions and make one. Unfortunately, I GUARANTY that you will make tmistakes. Just try and make them above the waterline, quickly, and learn from them.

Good luck!

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[JR: My answer was the best answer. ... ... before you get to excited ... ... it was the only answer.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, May 6 2010 9:19 PM

JLINKEDIN: Mueller, James G. [MC1992] DepComm at NYCDEP


Mueller, James G. [MC1992]
Deputy Commissioner at NYCDEP
Greater New York City Area
Environmental Services


* New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  MBA Finance and Statistics 2003

* Manhattan College
  Masters Environmental Engineering 2000

* Manhattan College
  Bachelors Civil Engineering 1992

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    * Posted on: Fri, May 7 2010 7:11 PM

MNEWS: Skrec, Allison [MC2014?] has some nice words about MC


NJ BASKETBALL: Skrec takes Manhattan
By Chris Orlando/For The Star-Ledger
May 06, 2010, 12:04AM

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Allison Skrec, the Union County Girls Basketball Player of the Year the past two winters, has given a verbal commitment to play basketball at Manhattan College.

Skrec, a 5-6 senior guard, was an instrumental part in Roselle Catholic’s success the past four seasons. She helped lead R.C. to the Union County Tournament title the last two years and finished her career as the all-time leading scorer – boy or girl – at the school with 1,338 total points.

“I chose Manhattan College (located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx) for both athletic and academic reasons,” Skrec said. “I know that Manhattan is very strong academically, and also has a very competitive basketball program. I know that Manhattan is going to challenge me to be the best that I can be both basketball-wise and academically and that is what I was looking for.”

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“It was very important for me to play basketball in college and there was no way that I could see myself not playing,” Skrec said. “Playing basketball is what I love to do and I could not give up the chance to play for another four years.

“When I first went to the Manhattan campus I knew that it was a place that I could definitely see myself at. The size of the college is exactly what I was looking for.”

There are several connections between Roselle Catholic and the Jaspers.

R.C.’s first track coach, Frank Gagliano, launched a coaching career at Manhattan as an assistant and Lions’ graduate, Denis Kanach competed in track and field at Manhattan before returning to coach the sport at Roselle Catholic.

Also, track superstar and R.C. grad, Joe Savage is in the Manhattan College Hall of Fame and current R.C. assistsant basketball coach Charlie Wischusen is a Manhattan College graduate.

“The Jaspers are a very competitive team in the MAAC and it is really exciting to know that we will be competing for a MAAC championship,” said Skrec. “Coach (John) Olenowski took over the program recently and it is headed in the right direction.”

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[JR: I don't cover sports. It duplicates the very complete GOJASPERS site. In this case, I liked what she said about MC. And decided to share it with my favorite 7k+ fellow alums.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 8 2010 1:13 AM

JLINKEDIN: Mihalik, Edward [MC????] Aviation – Aerospace Professional


Mihalik, Edward [MC????]
Aviation & Aerospace Professional
Greater New York City Area
Aviation & Aerospace

Summary: Mechanical Engineer experienced in maintenance and operation of complex support facilities. Strengths include design, construction, and supervision of high pressure process piping systems including compressors, cooling systems, cryogenic pumps, pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

Specialties: Process piping design, control systems, compressors, vacuum systems, cryogenics, data acquisition, data analysis, materials management, microsoft excel, microsoft outlook, microsoft powerpoint, microsoft windows 2007, microsoft word, OSHA, safety, environmental compliance, machining, welding.

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 8 2010 7:29 AM

JUPDATE: Tully, Rev. Gerard P. (MC1983) heads to TN

Tully, Rev. Gerard P. (MC1983)
Associate Pastor
Immaculate Conception Church
Knoxville, TN 37902

[JR: Now our fellow alum has to get some appropriate TN Vols orange outfits.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 8 2010 10:57 AM

JOBIT: Cahill, Rev. Frank E. [MC???? RIP]


Rev. Frank E. Cahill III

Cahill, Rev. Frank E., 78 of Lighthouse Point, FL, passed away on May 6, 2010.

He was born in New York City. He graduated from St. Ann’s Academy, Manhattan College and Columbia University.

After serving in the U.S. Army and pursuing a career in Motion Pictures and Television he was ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Miami, FL. He was the first person to be ordained from the Seminary of St. Vincent de Paul in Boynton Beach, FL. In over thirty years of ministry, Father Cahill was a parish priest, a prison chaplain, a seminary professor, and for ten years Director of Production for Radio and Television for the Archdiocese of Miami. He was listed in Who’s Who in Motion Pictures and Television. He was a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and also the American Film Institute; a member of the Columbia University Club of New York and Sigma Nu Fraternity, and member of the Military Order of the World Wars.

In retirement he served part time at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Lighthouse Point, FL. He served in Parishes at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Miami, Blessed Trinity, Miami Springs, St. Francis deSales, Miami Beach, St. Vincent, Margate and St. Paul the Apostle, LHP.

Visitation will be Monday, May 10, 2010, 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church with a Wake Service 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be said 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at St. Paul the Apostle Church followed by burial in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, N. Lauderdale, FL. KRAEER FUNERAL HOME, 1199 E. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33064. (954) 946-2900. www.kraeerpompanobeach.com

Published in Sun-Sentinel on May 8, 2010


Cahill, Rev. Frank E. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/ynQE

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 8 2010 11:16 AM

Comment on JBLOGGER: Stagnaro Melissa (MC1997) on stones 

By Melissa Stagnaro

Hey, don’t age me prematurely! I graduated in 1997, not ’77. Lol.

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 4 2010 3:16 PM

Comment on JBLOGGER: Stagnaro Melissa (MC1997) on stones 

Hey, what’s a few decades between fellow alums. And, I’d never make any illusions to a Lady’s age. Maybe you were a child prodigy. Oh yeah, that makes it worse. Maybe I should not report class years for alums of the female persuasion. Or maybe I should just shut up and quit while I’m behind. :-) Sorry for the typo.

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 4 2010 3:55 PM


ENDNOTE: So what do you expect from a dinosaur?

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A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of
its recipients. The following addresses failed:
SMTP error from remote server in greeting:
host email.uophx.edu[]:
550 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable.

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Obvious marketing and product failure here. Not the technology. But the shortsightedness of leadership. Even if I had to cut a deal with Google for Gmail to offer to all my alumni, I’d have done it. It’s a great marketing ploy.

Future sales. Referrals. References. Social networking. Free advertising when folks use it. Alumni networking.

Never mind that they’d capture the alumni’s working email address forever! Never mind that they are perceived as offering a value to the alumni for free.

Boy, did they blow it. They may have the next generation in the “education” model, but they still have old thinking at the top.

Traditional schools most flub it as well, but they’re dinosaurs so what would you expect!

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Quite unconsciously I wrote this. And then thought of our beloved Manhattan College!

And, all the attempts at alumni email. USER dot alumni at manhattan dot edu! A real email box. Twice. A redirector. A combo. So many many attempts. I KNOW the tech folks behind the scenes at MC. They are not the problem. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars …” It’s in the thinking of Leadership. Throughout the years. It seems it always is. The fatal conceit. Boy, did they blow it.

So now I have to update the last sentence of my blog post.

“Traditional schools, like Manhattan College, most flub it as well, but they’re dinosaurs so what would you expect!”

I’m tired of the fight. Just better to go along and get along. Maybe that’s what getting old is all about.

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[JR: Soon after I wrote this, I heard that MC was going to relaunch the alumni email. Great! Too bad it took so long. It was NOT due to the geeks.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 8 2010 6:37 PM

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