JASPER JOTTINGS Week 27 - 2010 July 04  

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




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POSITRACTION: What was it you said that you couldn’t do?


Frenchman with no arms or legs set to swim the 22 miles across English Channel
By Peter Allen
Last updated at 11:58 PM on 1st June 2010

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A Frenchman who lost all his arms and legs in a freak accident is preparing to swim cross the English Channel.

Philippe Croizon will instantly earn himself a place in the record books if his 22 miles crossing from Folkestone, Kent, to Cap-Gris-Nez, near Calais, is successful.

He has flippers connected to his specially designed swimsuit and an extra long snorkel that runs straight up between his eyes.

Amazingly though, he was was barely able to swim two lengths of his local pool two years ago.

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[JR: I just shake my head and ask myself: “What is it EXACTLY that you think you CAN’T do?”. “Learned Helplessness” is a well-known phenom.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 27 2010 12:37 PM

JFOUND: Leonard, John [MC1982] Capital District Bball HoF


Saturday, June 26, 2010
Many from MAAC in Upstate N.Y. Hall

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The Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame might only be in its second year of existence, but it has already gone a long way to honor top hoopsters from the upstate New York region.

And, a good deal of those being inducted in a class of 50 Sunday night (June 27) have Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference connections.

The hall is directed by local businessman Rene LeRoux, who also just completed a book about the history of basketball at Siena. This year’s event, which still has a limited number of tickets available at the door ($75 per person), is being held at the Crowne Plaza in Albany with a reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner and ceremonies to follow.

All individuals selected to the Hall must have played high school basketball in New York’s Capital Region.

Here’s a list of this year’s inductees who have touched the MAAC:

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- John Leonard: A 6-4 guard, he was a two-time team MVP at Manhattan College who was a senior in the MAAC’s inaugural season (1981-82), and was a 10th–round draft pick of the NBA New York Knicks. Leonard later coached at Manhattan.

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Leonard, John [MC1982]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 27 2010 1:06 PM

ADMINISTRIVIA: VWBBIE down from Saturday night until this morning. Argh!

(1) I experienced an outage Verizon Wireless Broad Band (VWBBie) network from 2230 Saturday 26 Jun 10 until 0547 Sunday 27 Jun 10.

(2) When was 24 hour support eliminated?

(3) Why does the 914 error point me to a non-working number?


NOT recommended!

That’s why Jasper Jottings was late this week. Argh!

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 27 2010 1:37 PM

MFOUND: MC Faculty on Wikipedia?


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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 27 2010 1:49 PM

JLINKEDIN: Ratanakomol, Siratat [MC1999] Dir PM at e5 Global Media


Ratanakomol, Siratat [MC1999]
Director of Project Management at e5 Global Media, LLC
Greater New York City Area
Online Media

Summary: Proven Project Manager with a strong list of accomplishments including launching medium to large scale digital products in the online media industry with a concentration in Music & Entertainment. Strong background in Front End Web Development and Information Architecture.

Specialties: Business Analysis, Product Strategy, Requirements Gathering, Product Specifications, Risk Management, Change Management, Contract Assessment, Resource Cost, Usability, Interactive Design, Microsoft Project, HTML, CSS, Javascript

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 27 2010 3:22 PM

JEMAIL: Alline, Vince (MC1968) submits …

JEMAIL: Alline, Vince (MC1968) submits … … a joke. Titled: “GARDEN SNAKES CAN BE DANGEROUS …”.

[JR: Due it's length and it's a inet "circular file" type item and people get testy about "off topic" stuff. (As if this effort had a topic. Other than spam, investment advice, sales pitches, and chain mail, it's all good. We deliberately skip sports because you can get that better at GoJaspers dot com.) I put it on the back lot for all to enjoy eternally should they wish to know why the Sweetwater man shot his wife.]


[JR: It was funny.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 27 2010 3:37 PM

JEMAIL: McEneney Edward J. (MC1959) catches us up


>JFOUND: Leddy, Daniel P. [MC????] Medical Physicist http://wp.me/p3FoL-1qO

I believe that Daniel Leddy is in the class of 1980.

>JOBIT: Healy, Mary P. [MC???? RIP] http://wp.me/p3FoL-1qI

I believe that Mary P. Healey is in the class 1974 MA.

>JNEWS: Logan, Doug [MC????] CEO for USATF http://wp.me/p3FoL-1qA

I believe that Doug Logan is in the class of 1965 BS.

Mike will be transferred to Burke Rehabilitation Center soon.


[JR: Thanks, Ed. Is that where the sexy stars go for ... rehab? What no wifi so he can get back to this important work? I'd have to have wifi for any rehab assignment. Tell Mike we was a missing him.]

McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 27 2010 4:41 PM

JEMAIL: Nason, John (MC1952) clarifies the rules on “Jasper-ness”?


If I’m not mistaken, the college considers everyone who registers for even a semester or two as an alumnus for the year that he or she would have graduated. When I chaired the Reunion of the Class of ’52 eight years ago, the “official” list of our class members I received from the Alumni Office included several who transferred long before graduation – including a young Joe Sullivan. Since he later rose to the rank of bishop, I’d have to say he made the right move . . . and he still qualifies as an alumnus. Hope this clears things up.

John Nason

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[JR: Thanks. Interesting. I do something similar when I find "Attendees" in the obit search. But, don't see them very often. Guess we'll just have to muddle along.]

Nason, John (MC1952)

[JR: "Making the right move". That triggered a familiar train of thought. Who knows? That's why I love the movie "Groundhog Day" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/ Like the weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again, we don't have the luxury of "do overs". Nor do we have the "Eternal Possibilities Machine". (1) That's been featured in many Science Fiction stories. Even mine! It would let us see all the possible outcomes. Maybe he'd have cured cancer, brought about world peace, or maybe even invented the next frisbee. Sigh?]

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(1)  “… Eternal Possibilities Machine, which generates all the possibilities for use in creating the alternative worlds. In all those probability lines where …” CHURCH 10●19●62 (Volume 1) Chapter 12 page 45

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 27 2010 6:08 PM

JNEWS: Dubois, Arturo [MCattendee] still playing


Hoops in the Sun notebook: Miles High, Bingo jump past BSC
Last Updated: 1:30 AM, June 28, 2010
Posted: 1:29 AM, June 28, 2010

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DDN/Sean Bell All-Stars 103, Hoop Street 95: Fairleigh Dickinson’s Cameron Tyler had 19 points, former Manhattan College star Arturo Dubois had 18 points and Daon Merritt (Richmond and South Alabama) and Justin Marshall (Iona) both had 15 apiece for Sean Bell. Former UConn star Rashamel Jones had 22 points and Loyola’s Brett Harvey had 20 points to lead Hoop Street.

“I’m a firm believer that no matter who won the championship [last year], whenever we’re in a tournament the bull’s eye is on our back,” Sean Bell coach Raheem Wiggins said. “Just because of what we bring to the table. When people see Sean Bell on their schedule they come to play. They bring their ‘A’ teams, they play like they want to win.”

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Dubois, Arturo [MC2007?]

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[JR: Correcting a misidentification.]


New York Post Updated: Sun., Jun. 27, 2010, 10:54 PM
Former Jaspers star loving Portugal
Last Updated: 10:54 PM, June 27, 2010
Posted: 10:53 PM, June 27, 2010

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Arturo Dubois has noticed a major difference between basketball then and now. When he was a student at Rice HS in his native Harlem, the powerful big man played for pleasure. Now, he plays for money – which is just the nature of the industry.

“Back when you’re 13 years old and all that, it was for fun,” Dubois said. “Now, it’s kind of a business. It’s your future. … I gotta feed my family.”

The former Manhattan College star, who transferred to Delaware State for his senior year, just finished his first season playing overseas in Portugal. He isn’t sure where he’ll be headed next season, but he definitely enjoyed where he was.

Playing for Cv. Alianca Sangalhos, Dubois averaged 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for a team that made the second round of the playoffs.

“The people make you feel really welcome,” Dubois said of Portugal. “I didn’t get home sick a lot. The food was great, too. It’s a beautiful country.”

Since he’s home for the summer, he’s doing some of that playing for pleasure again – and to keep in shape, too, of course. At Hoops in the Sun, Dubois scored 18 points to help the Sean Bell All-Stars beat Hoop Street, 103-95, on Sunday at Orchard Beach in The Bronx. This is his first summer with Sean Bell, which features mostly Queens natives.

“I always liked his game,” said coach Raheem Wiggins, who has known Dubois since he played at iS8 as a high schooler. “I always wanted him on my team. I knew he’d be a good fit for Sean Bell.”

He has certainly been that. With former Christ the King and Iona big man Justin Marshall, Dubois, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound powerhouse, gives the team a serious front line.

“I think he brings toughness, he brings heart and he’s gonna leave it on the floor,” Wiggins said. “He plays the game the way Sean Bell plays the game.”

Dubois, 24, graduated from Delaware State in 2009 with a degree in history after “needing a change” and leaving Manhattan. He said one day he could use that degree, but right now he said he’s young enough to keep playing basketball and that’s what he wants to do for the foreseeable future.

“I love the game so much, so this is all I know,” Dubois said. “As long as I’m blessed to keep playing, I’m gonna keep playing. I take it seriously.”

Doesn’t sound like someone who is doing it for business purposes.

“You can make a lot of money off this game, playing something you love,” Dubois said.

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[JR: At least he was able to complete his degree somewhere. No of my business why he left. But I'm hard on other schools that have players that don't graduate. No reason I'd be any less hard on MC. I hope it's the rare exception. I'd hate to think I supported exploiting a talent for venial purposes. I always thought that the athlete get the "you know what" end of the stick. Perhaps, there should be an NCAA rule to address such behavior. By the school and the coach?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 28 2010 8:34 AM

JLINKEDIN: Pizarro, Hugo [MC1990] VPHR at Catholic Health Care Sys


Pizarro, Hugo [MC????]
Vice President, Human Resources at Catholic Health Care System
Greater New York City Area Hospital & Health Care

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I believe Hugo Pizarro is a member of the class of 1990.


[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

Pizarro, Hugo [MC1990]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 28 2010 2:29 PM
    * Updated: Wed, Jun 30 2010 10:52 AM

JEMAIL: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) remembers Beardsley, Robert [MC1950 RIP]

Dear John:

I was saddened to hear about the death of Robert Beardsley ’50. I had the good fortune of having him as a teacher of biochemistry. He was in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. at Columbia. His course was identical to the one I had the next year as first year medical school at Columbia. It certainly made medical school a lot easier for which I will be forever grateful. I also worked in his lab as a glass washer. One day I broke some of the equipment. He handled it with his usual equanimity and never docked my pay. Not mentioned in the obituary in the Manhattan Quarterly was that he also was very helpful to the founder of Carvel, who started out in Westchester, in making sure that their products were safe.


[JR: Guess he knew how valuable you'd be later on ... ... as the medical editor of jasper Jottings. LOL. I remember the Carvel commercials; didn't know about the Jasper connection. So much is hidden from view. One is always remembered well for the good deeds. Even the smallest ones, can be huge for the recipient.]

Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)

Beardsley, Robert [MC1950 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 28 2010 4:20 PM

JEMAIL: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) dismayed as MC hits a bad list

Hi John:

I was dismayed to see Manhattan College on the list of “Catholic Colleges” that had commencement speakers at odds with Catholic teachings (see below). Like the Jesuits (whose schools are in the Jesuit tradition), Manhattan wraps itself in the “La Sallian tradition.” I have no problem with that as long as they are authentically Catholic which many Jesuit schools are not. At least Manhattan didn’t sponsor the “Vagina Monologues” this year.

Peter ’57

[JR: Stunning report.]

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In Aftermath of Notre Dame Controversy, Catholic College Commencement Scandals Decline in 2010

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UPDATE 6/21/2010

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Manhattan College (N.Y.)

Dr. Nel Noddings, professor of education at Stanford University, was commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient at Manhattan College on May 26. Dr. Noddings expounds a complex pro-abortion position in her book Caring. She says that abortion is permitted because women have no “responsibility to care” for the unborn child since no “responsibility of care” exists yet. She writes that until an unborn child is developed enough to respond to caring, a woman bears no ethical responsibility to that child.

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Dr. Nel Noddings Honored at Spring Commencement

At the ceremony, Noddings encouraged the graduates in these challenging economic times. “Especially at this time, we might take a pledge to live a life of economic moderation.” She said, “If we must have excesses, let them be in love, learning, and giving. If you make that pledge, you need not be embarrassed by your salary as a pre-school teacher, repair man, delivery driver, or nurse’s aide, or even by temporary unemployment. Are you doing something for the common good? Something to which you are devoted? Something that makes you happy? If so, when you return in a few years for a class reunion, you can say honestly to your fellow alums, I’m doing great!” Noddings was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy at the College’s Spring Commencement on May 26. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to those in the adult degree completion program, along with master’s degrees awarded to those in the schools of education and engineering.

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[JR: I'll defer to the "experts", but clearly there's an issue here. I read some of the reviews of the cited book and found it "upsetting". Can't form an opinion on such limited evidence. But it sounds like there's a lot of "feminism" being expressed. Personally, I have always found "feminists" missed the point of "complementary pairs". It's never: "men good; women bad" or the opposite. Frankly, that's what gives us a lead over the cultures that send any "group" to the back of the proverbial bus. We need all the good ideas and energy from whatever source. That all being said, someone is going to have to explain that "a woman bears no ethical responsibility to that child" concept to a fat old white guy injineer. Sounds bad to me.]

[JR: Sadly submitted for your consideration.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 28 2010 4:41 PM

MNEWS: MC’s ROI is 12; 37th place nationwide


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What’s Your College Degree Worth?

For students and their parents, it’s an important question and one that has been devilishly difficult to answer—until now. PayScale, which collects pay information from individuals using its online pay comparison tools, dug into its trove of 1.4 million reports on U.S. college graduates for Bloomberg Businessweek and put a price tag on the college diplomas handed out at graduation ceremonies this month. The upshot: With the typical college degree from the schools in this report, a graduate will earn about $1.95 million over a 30-year career, netting about $670,000 more than a high-school graduate. Not all schools are created equal, though. At MIT, grads can expect a net return of $1.7 million, making it the most valuable college degree in the nation, while at other schools the earning power of graduates is far less. Before deciding on a school, check out our interactive table of 554 schools—you may be surprised.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 29 2010 7:56 AM

JNEWS: Palma, Paul [MC1991] Outside Sales Rep at Laser Spine Institute


Laser Spine Institute Adds Outside Sales Representative

Paul Palma Joins Laser Spine Institute Scottsdale

PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 28, 2010 – SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – Bill Horne, CEO of Laser Spine Institute (www.laserspinesinstitute.com), the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, has announced that Paul Palma has been hired as an outside sales representative. In this position, Palma will be responsible for building relationships and educating the medical community in the Phoenix metro area on the benefits of Laser Spine Institute and its process. With more than 15 years of experience in healthcare sales, Palma has established relationships in family practice, internal medicine and cardiology. Prior to joining Laser Spine Institute, Palma worked as a pharmaceutical salesman for GlaxoSmithKline and Innovex.


“Laser Spine Institute is pleased to welcome Paul to our Scottsdale team,” said Horne. “His industry experience will make him an excellent resource as we continue to grow our presence in that area.”

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- Palma graduated from Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

- A native of Portugal and Yonkers, N.Y., Palma resides in Surprise, Ariz. with his wife, Christina, and daughter, Miranda.


Laser Spine Institute offers a safe and effective alternative to open back and neck surgery by using the latest techniques in minimally invasive procedures, alleviating the painful symptoms of sufferers from around the world. The leader in endoscopic spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute treats a variety of spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, bone spurs, bulging/herniated discs and sciatica. Laser Spine Institute’s renowned medical team provides treatment at three accredited surgical centers in Tampa, Fla.; Scottsdale, Ariz. and Philadelphia, and consultation at facilities in San Diego, Beverly Hills, Calif., The Villages, Fla., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more information, visit http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/.

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Palma, Paul [MC????]

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I believe Paul Palma is a member of the class of 1991.


[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated. Very prompt. Mike'll think you're after his job. Maybe that will make him rehab faster. LOL!]

McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

Palma, Paul [MC1991]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 29 2010 8:34 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Jul 2 2010 11:45 PM

JHQ: New Jersey Shore Alumni Luncheon Friday, July 16 30$

Alumni and friends living at or visiting the Jersey Shore are invited to attend our annual luncheon hosted by Bill Harkins ’67

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New Jersey Shore Alumni Luncheon
Friday, July 16, 2010 12:00 noon
The Spring Lake Manor 415 Route 71 Spring Lake, NJ 07762
$30 per person
Special Guest: Dr. Brennan O’Donnell, President

Price includes choice of three entrees and a complimentary beer or wine. With nearly 500 Jaspers in the surrounding area, the luncheon should be a great opportunity to have a summertime gathering. For directions, visit www.springlakemanor.com.

Should you have any questions, contact the alumni relations office by phone at (718) 862-7432 or e-mail alumni@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 29 2010 10:25 AM

JHQ: MC Saratoga Day At the Races Friday, July 30, 2010



Saratoga Day At the Races
Friday, July 30, 2010
Chairman: Bill Chandler ’70
Saratoga Race Track
Saratoga Springs, NY
$100 per person includes admission to track, program,
buffet and reception at the Saratoga Inn.
Luncheon – 1:30 p.m.

Note our new luncheon location: the Carousel on the 2nd floor of the Clubhouse. For more information on the track and dining facility click

Post Time – 2:45 p.m. Sunset Racing

Bill Chandler ’70 cordially invites all alumni and their guests who are going to the racetrack to attend a reception at the Saratoga Inn after the races.

Reception – 7:00 p.m. at the Inn at Saratoga (231 Broadway)

Please make your reservations early!

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 29 2010 11:59 AM

JLINKEDIN: Moloney-Bates, Maria [MC????] PM/SysImp Specialist


Moloney-Bates, Maria [MC????]  Project Management/System Implementation Specialist

Ireland Financial Services

Summary: Accomplished project management and business analyst professional with extensive management and problem-solving skills. Proven ability to juggle multiple tasks in fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with excellent communication, supervisory and organisational qualifications.

Specialties: Project Management / Systems Implementation Specialist / Business Analyst

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McEneney Edward J. (MC1959) >> Maria Moloney Bates NO RECORD in Alumni Directory

[JR: Well, we know that they have a lot of mistakes in it. Maybe I should put up a Jasper Jottings Wiki. An open Wikipeida like Alumni Directory? :-) That would really endear me to the powers that be. Seriously, I wonder if Google would host it for free. ROFL!]

[JR: We'll have to ask the "research staff" (i.e., the readership) to help us out.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 29 2010 1:37 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Jul 2 2010 11:45 PM

JHQ: Alumni email available


[JR: You need the validation code on your printed issue of the Spring 2010 of the Manhattan glossy.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 29 2010 5:03 PM

JHQ: MC Shakespeare August 19 at 7:00 p.m



Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 2010

The Taming of the Shrew on August 19 at 7:00 p.m.

$30 ticket include admission to the performance and a picnic of wine, cheese and sandwiches on the beautiful grounds of Boscobel in Garrison, N.Y The grounds open at 5:00 p.m. and Manhattan’s picnic will begin at about 5:15 p.m.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 29 2010 5:37 PM

MFOUND: J.R. McCarthy [MC1984] mentions MC; Jasper?


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

You’ve Been Gone for Eight Years and Five Months

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It is November of 1980, and
The Philosopher says that Love
is the child of Plenty and Want.
You’ve been gone for eight years and five months,

but you’re with me wherever I go -
you’re with me at Manhattan College;
you’re with me in Philosophy 101;
you’re with me at the end of the beginning.

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J.R. McCarthy is a large and sweaty man from the Bronx. He currently resides in a reasonably safe neighborhood called Bronxville, with Tricia, his beautiful and virtuous wife. He is a high school teacher by trade, an author by aspiration, and by his own admission, something of a windbag. Recently, he came to grips with the fact that he would never achieve his lifelong goal of becoming a child prodigy. The rest is silence – not! J.R. McCarthy’s first slim volume, “AMBIVALID and BACK IN THE HOLY BRONX” is available from Serious Ink Press, the lively publishing arm of ARTISTSILOVE.COM. J.R. loves you, but if you don’t visit ARTISTSILOVE.COM each day, you simply don’t love him. Wink at someone homely today.

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[JR: Calling all the investigators, new mystery?]

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I believe that J.R. McCarthy is a member of the class of 1984.


McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McCarthy, J.R. [MC1984]

[JR: Mystery solved! Needs to be reclassified as JFOUND.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 30 2010 8:28 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Jul 2 2010 11:45 PM

JFOUND: Callender, Gina (2000) is doing an update


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Hi everyone,

There’s a new henna gallery up on my website! Please stop by and check it out. Also, I am looking to revamp my website…stay tuned for the new look!


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My name is Gina Callender and I have been binding books and making soap since 2000. I started by taking a bookbinding class from an SCA East Kingdom University Event taught by Countess Aidan ni Leir. From there, I read books and did research on-line. I was also interested in how people actually made soap and I did research on that as well.

One thing lead to another and I found myself selling my wares at the Stockwood Renaissance Faire in 2001. Later in the year, I sold my wares at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire (formally Olde World Renaissance Faire). I also work at the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, NY at the Henna Booth.

   * Some of my interests include: SCA

   * The Silver Horde, my SCA persona belongs to this household

   * VDK, my SCA persona also belongs to this household, since I became an apprentice to Mistress Michel Almond de Champagne.

   * Chinese culture & calligraphy

   * Calligraphy & Illumination

   * Japanese Stab Bookbinding

   * Viking Wire knitting

   * Cross Stitching

   * Crocheting

   * Glass Lamp work beads

   * And many more things that I don’t have time for

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 30 2010 8:36 AM

JLINKEDIN: Heffernan, Thomas [MC1993] Exec Sales Rep at Williams Ins Agency


Heffernan, Thomas [MC1993]
Executive Sales Representative at Williams Insurance Agency, Inc.
Life & Health Specialist
Greater Philadelphia Area Insurance

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 30 2010 2:44 PM

JNEWS: Gillott, Victoria [MC2009] at Corinthian Events in Boston


JUNE 29TH, 2010
More New Faces

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We’ve added two new members to the Corinthian Events family – to learn a little bit more about them, keep reading!

Victoria Gillott

Victoria joined the Corinthian Events team in May. Since graduating from Manhattan College in 2009, she has been on the hunt for the perfect job and is psyched to have found it with CE, back in her native Beantown! Victoria worked on several events in New York City over the last few years and really developed a passion for event planning. She looks forward to applying the skills she honed in NYC to upcoming events in the Boston area and learning all that she can from the highly skilled Corinthian Events team. When she’s not helping plan all of your fabulous events, she hopes to be sitting under a palm tree somewhere. If that isn’t possible, you’ll probably find her strolling around Boston in search of the city’s best cupcakes or enjoying a nice meal with family and friends.

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Gillott, Victoria [MC2009]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 30 2010 4:02 PM

JNEWS: Chipouras, Susan [MC1978] Facilities Dir at Greenwich CT schools


Freund names consultant as schools’ new facilities director
Colin Gustafson, Staff Writer
Published: 08:35 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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A consultant tapped to take over as the school system’s interim facilities director back in January, following the unexpected departure of former Director of Facilities Tony Byrne, has been hired for the permanent position.

Susan Chipouras begins work as director of facilities Thursday, overseeing facilities, maintenance and custodial departments for the district’s 15 schools and its central office at the Havemeyer Building on Greenwich Avenue.

“I’ve loved my interim period, and I’m really glad to be on board, full time,” Chipouras said Wednesday.

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In a statement on Chipouras’ appointment Wednesday, Freund said he was confident in her ability to manage the school system’s current projects, adding that he looks forward to working with her to improve the district’s infrastructure.

“Susan stepped into the role a few months ago and has already demonstrated her strong leadership and technical skills,” Freund said. “She is poised to oversee the completion this summer of over $12 million in capital projects.”

As facilities director, Chipouras will also serve as the district’s liaison to the town departments that do work in the public schools. She will earn a base salary of $135,000, according to Freund.

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Chipouras has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, most recently as founding owner of SMC Consulting Inc., a Ridgefield-based project management and construction consulting company, officials said. In this role, she managed a $78 million renovation and expansion of Staples High School and a $22 million conversion of Bedford Middle School to Saugatuck Elementary School in Westport, according to the district.

Chipouras has worked for Milford-based Turner Construction as a senior project manager and purchasing agent. She began her career as a project manager with a New York City-based general contracting and construction management firm, H.M. Hughes Co. Inc.

Chipouras received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., in 1978.

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Chipouras, Susan [MC1978]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 1 2010 9:01 AM

MOBIT: Slavin, Brian [MCattendee RIP]


Brian Slavin, Former Yorktown Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Dies at 70
During his 32-year tenure, Slavin developed numerous programs and one of the most extensive swim complexes in the county.
By Plamena Pesheva
June 30, 2010

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Former Yorktown Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Brian Joseph Slavin, who served the town for 32 years, died of cancer on June 28 at his home in Sleepy Hollow. He was 70.

In 1970, following his graduation from Lehman College with a Bachelor’s degree in Education Recreation, he joined the Town of Yorktown Department of Recreation and remained there until he retired in 2002. During his 32 years of service he built a state of the art aquatic facility at Shrub Oak, which was named for him on his retirement. He was responsible for some of the largest expansions of programs and facilities within the Yorktown Parks and Recreation Department. He was also credited with the recreational and sporting leagues for the youth of Yorktown.

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“He was the most wonderful mentor,” she said. “He was a person you could talk to very easily. He was committed to his family, and loved his wife dearly.”

Although he was not a Yorktown resident, Slavin was very knowledgeable about the town and his dedication went beyond the recreation program because he truly cared about everybody, Gallagher said.

“He was so dedicated to his municipality,” Gallagher said. “He really cared about the residents, this staff, and the parks and recreation. He wanted everything to be perfect.”

The North Tarrytown native was a member of the first graduating class at Sleepy Hollow High School in 1958. He attended Manhattan College before joining the Navy in 1963. He was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, the Viet Nam Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation during his service.

Among Slavin’s accomplishments were the establishment of the trails at Turkey Mountain and the summer concert series with the Lions Club, which he coordinated. He served on the board of Nor-West Regional Services, a company which provides recreational services to people with disabilities, for 26 years. He received the Peter J. Mayer Award of Merit for lifetime achievement in recreation in 2002.

Only a few months ago, Slavin was diagnosed with cancer, which originated in his lungs and spread into his bones.

He is survived by his wife Peggy; a brother, Kevin and wife Rita of Yorktown; step-children Mary Beth and Jeff Schreier of Katonah; Anne Daly of Tarrytown and John and Regina Daly of Ossining; and three step-grandchildren, Kathleen and Michael Blair of South Grafton, Mass., and Kara and Megan Schreier of Katonah.

Wake services were held yesterday and visitations will continue today from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Coffey Funeral Home, 91 North Broadway in Tarrytown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on July 1 at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow with interment to at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

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Slavin, Brian [MCattendee RIP]

[JR: Perhaps MC formed some of those abilities that are remembered.]

[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers". Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 1 2010 9:09 AM

MNEWS: The Chapel Hill saga and the MC connection


A Riverdale palace is becoming a home
By Jason Fields

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Villanova Heights has finally become a home.

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Before Mr. Fitzgerald took it over, the site — on the highest point in New York City —was something of a white elephant. In 1925, Genevieve Griscom purchased it for use as a Theosophical retreat. She spent three years building a sumptuous mansion on the densely wooded land but, by all accounts, her family never lived in the house they called Fair Hill. Instead they lived, with other followers of their sect, in wooden shacks on the property, remnants of which were still visible decades after the Griscoms had moved on.

Manhattan College purchased the property — by then commonly known as Chapel Farm — in the 1960s with hopes of extending its campus onto the site.

When those plans proved too ambitious, the college extended options to a succession of developers. Each one expired without a shovel going into the ground until architect Bob Kahn bought the 15 acres and enticed local attorney John Fitzgerald to join the project in 1991.

Struggles with neighbors, the community board and other land-use agencies over the size and scope of the development blocked most work on the site for more than a decade. In 2005, with Mr. Stern in place as architect, construction finally began in earnest.

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[JR: A sad end of the tale. I had hopes that MC would continue to grow. I remember the optimism that the Chapel Farm expansion brought. It's sale crushed that hope MC would expand. How does that folksy aphorism go? Green, growing; brown, dying. The failure to grow, expand, and thrive makes one wonder about entropy. Too bad; so sad.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 1 2010 9:24 AM

JLINKEDIN: Ramirez, Diana [MC1998] Office Mgr/HR Coord at Turner Logistics


Ramirez, Diana [MC1998]
Office Manager/Human Resources Coordinator at Turner Logistics
Austin, Texas Area

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 1 2010 3:51 PM

MFOUND: Manhattan College, 1853-1953 book



The tree bore fruit: Manhattan College, 1853-1953 [Unknown Binding]
Casimir Gabriel (Author)
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[JR: Detectives, Please!]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jul 2 2010 12:23 AM

JOBIT: Toomey, John J. “Jack” [MC1950 RIP]


Home / Lifestyles / Announcements / Obituaries

John J. “Jack” Toomey
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 9:43 pm | (6) Comments

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EDWARD – John J. “Jack” Toomey, 88, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday morning, June 25, 2010, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Middlebury, Vt.

Born in the “east end” of Glens Falls on Oct. 2, 1921, he was the son of Timothy and Lena (Duggan) Toomey. After losing both parents at the age of eight, he was raised by his cousins; Misses Mary, Anna, Catherine, Florence and Helen Murphy, and Misters Timothy, Joseph and Neil Murphy, who all predecease him.

Jack graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls and Dean Academy in Franklin, Mass. He received his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and his masters in science and education from Columbia University.

He served proudly in the United States Army for four years during World War II in the Signal Corps. He fought for his country in the battle of Saipan and at Iwo Jima.

Jack married Jean Elizabeth Page on April 10, 1950, in St. Alphonsus Church of Glens Falls. Jean passed away in 2003, after 53 years of marriage.

Many knew Jack as an outstanding area athlete. He was a half-back and line-backer on the St. Mary’s Academy varsity football team, starring in the historic scoreless game of 1940 against Glens Falls. Jack pitched and played infield for four years on the SMA varsity team with a 27-6 record; pitching three no-hit games and had a batting average of .352. Jack was also a quick and aggressive basketball forward, leading the 1940 team to a conference championship.

Jack was awarded a football-baseball scholarship to Dean Academy where athletic accomplishments continued. After returning home from the war, Jack attended Manhattan College and was rated the number one pitcher for four years, led the league in strike outs, and was named to the All-Metropolitan team for his entire college career. He was inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1961. Jack also pitched for the St. Jean’s of Quebec team in the Canadian-American League and is remembered as delivering the fastest ball on the circuit. Jack was inducted into the Glens Falls Sports Memorial Hall of Fame in 1988.

Jack was an educator and coach at Fort Edward Junior/Senior High School for 33 years. He taught science and coached baseball, football, basketball and golf. He was a strong role model who had great influence on many of his former students and athletes. Later in life, he took great pleasure in following the successes of his students in their athletic endeavors and more importantly their contributions to the community. Upon his retirement, he was honored with The Fort Edward Historical Society School Bell award.

He directed the Saturday morning basketball league for 25 winters, the swimming program on the Hudson River and was instrumental in the building of the Fort Edward municipal swimming pool. In Glens Falls, he directed the highly successful summer morning baseball league, always remembering what a positive influence that program and “Danny Reardon” had made on his own life.

Throughout his life, Jack cherished the time spent with his closest friends and shared many memories of those friendships with his family.

For over forty years Jack and his brother, Ed, were the proprietors of “Toomey’s Liquor Store” in Fort Edward.

Jack was a long time member of St. Joseph’s Church and the Knight’s of Columbus.

Besides his parents and wife, Jack was predeceased by his sisters, Elizabeth and Regina; his brothers: Howard, Francis, Timothy and Edward; his sisters-in-law: Betty Jane, Harriet, Barbara and Joanne; his brother-in-laws, Mel Helitzer and Joe Wells II; his nephew, Joe Wells III; his beloved aunts, Mayme and Helen, and his daughter-in-law, Jane Toomey.

Survivors include his three sons: John P. Toomey and his wife, Antoinette, of Fort Edward, Michael J. Toomey and his wife, Patricia, of Glens Falls and Patrick P. Toomey and his wife, Leslee, of Salem; his two daughters, Helen Toomey-Covey and her husband, Eric, of Middlebury, Vt. and Collette Molloy and her husband, Peter, of Saratoga Springs: his grandchildren: Melissa, Shannon, Page, Ashley, Megan, Katherine, Justin, McKenna, Abigail, Jack, Claire, Kelly, Casey and Jackie, and his great-grandchildren, Madison and Abigail. Jack is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Friends may call on the family from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, 2010, at the M. B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY. The Knights of Columbus Fort Edward Council No. 336 will gather at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Please send your fondest memories of Mr. Toomey at www.kilmerfuneralhome.com or prepare a note to leave for the family at the funeral home.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Church, 164 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

The Rite of Committal will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fort Edward. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jack Toomey Memorial Scholarship, c/o Fort Edward High School, 220 Broadway Fort Edward, NY 12828 or to Elderly Services Inc.112 Exchange St. Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

Posted in Obituaries on Saturday, June 26, 2010 9:43 pm

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Toomey, John J. “Jack” [MC???? RIP]

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I believe Jack Toomey is a member of the class of 1950.


McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Toomey, John J. “Jack” [MC1950 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jul 2 2010 7:11 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Jul 2 2010 11:45 PM

JLINKEDIN: Masters, Ryan [MC2009] Financial Advisor at MS/SB


Masters, Ryan [MC2009]
Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
Financial Services

Specialties: Series 7 and Series 66 licensed

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jul 2 2010 2:56 PM

JEMAIL: McEneney Edward J. (MC1959) reports on McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


My brother is scheduled to leave Burke Rehab center on Sunday July 4th.

He is making solid progress and will have PT 2 or 3 days a week in the months to come.

Thank you for your good wishes and prayers for Michael.


McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Great news. I'm sure your ready to give him back this "thankless task". Thanks.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jul 2 2010 10:34 PM

JEMAIL: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) gets a “best answer”


June 20, 2010

How diverse is Manhattan College?

I am interested in attending Manhattan College but before anything I will like to know how diverse the institution is. Can someone answer this for me? I don’t want the statistical answers I will like someone that knows from experience.

(A Yahoo Member since April 06, 2007)

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response by reinkefj
Member since:   September 11, 2006
Total points:   1239 (Level 3)
Best Answer – Chosen by Asker

Interesting question.

I can attest to the fact that there’s a lot of different people on the campus. I serve on an advisory board advising the leadership on IT strategy and Information Security. I go to the campus several times a year. I see lots of young men and women going about their business. I don’t count noses. I recently made a presentation to the marketing club it was 50/50 male female and 40% non-white. (That could include Italians. One of my best friends is an Italian who’s frequently mistaken for black. Especially in hte summer when he does a lot of sailing.)

That question disposed of, I’d suggest that there is more important question that you should be asking imho,

“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.”

You need to be worried about your ROI and how good a “fit” there is between you and the school. And, how does the school prepare you for your planned career. And, how much “flexibility” is there if you change your mind. For example, I went into Manhattan for “civil engineering”. Because all flavors of “engineers” take identical courses for the first two years, I was able to switch to electrical with just some “tuning” (i.e., no “lost” credits; hustle up and take some “required courses” double up).

So, I’d suggest you may want to “tune” your questions to establish how good it’s for you.

Good luck,

p.s., Did you see the recent Business Week article that list Manhattan as 37th USA wide on their ROI scale and a solid 12% ROI. I think that is impressive.

Personal experience

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Asker’s Comment:

   Thank you that was very informative.

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[JR: Don't get too excited. It was best because it was the only. Maybe I helped get us another applicant, student, or Great Brother Jasper's Ghost!!! a fellow alum. ROFL. Hey, what have you done today? More than me I'm sure.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 3 2010 6:58 AM

MFOUND: Rebecca Kern (MCfac)


Home / Thursday, Top Sessions / Stout, Whaley to be Recognized for Commitment to Free Expression at AEJMC Denver Conference

Stout, Whaley to be Recognized for Commitment to Free Expression at AEJMC Denver Conference

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The Cultural and Critical Studies Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award. The CCS Division will recognize Jon Stout and Free Speech TV as well as Monte Whaley and the Denver Post for their commitment to excellence and integrity on Thursday, August 5, in an award ceremony and panel session at 3:15 p.m. during the 2010 AEJMC Denver Conference at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

The session is entitled “Giving Voice to Those Outside the Power Circle” and will feature the insights of Jon Stout and Monte Whaley. Jacque Lambiase of Texas Christian University and Rebecca Kern of Manhattan College will serve as discussants.

Bob Trumpbour, Head of the CCS Division, said he is thrilled to welcome both recipients. “I am proud of the division’s choice for 2010, as it is a tremendous reflection of the quality we have come to expect in CCS. I am looking forward to this as a showcase event for this year’s convention.”

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Assistant Professor of Communication

[JR: I spent time "catching" thinking the story might be about a Jasper. Since I did the work, felt I'd share it.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 3 2010 7:43 AM

MFOUND: Keith Coutreyer — author, coach, and MC attendee

[JR: In my never ending hunt on the inet for Jaspers, (think the “Hunt for Red October” with Jaspers jetting silently beneath the surface unobserved, I as Sean Connery bring them “home” — yeah, I know it doesn’t match the story and I’m no Sean just a fat old white guy injineer — but allow me some self-delusion), I followed this lead.]


Thursday, July 1, 2010
New Howard University coaches have local ties

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Coutreyer and Nickelberry have known one another for 20 years, going back to the early 1990s when Nickelberry was the head women’s coach and assistant men’s coach at Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Takoma Park, while Coutreyer was playing there. Lyons, who grew up in Hyattsville, was one of the area’s top players during his high school career. As a senior in 1993-94, the 6-foot-4 forward averaged 16 points, 8.7 rebounds and four assists per game. He went on to play at Manhattan College, where he had an experience his freshman year that has influenced his coaching career. He’s spent the past 10 years as an assistant coach at Manhattan and Fordham University.

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[JR: This piqued my interest for two reason: (1) a possible Jasper? and (2) what was the experience.]



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About the Author

Born in The Bronx New York on October, 25, 1967 Keith Coutreyer is the son of Helen and the late Melvin R. Coutreyer. He has two brothers Dwayne and Craig Coutreyer. Keith is a graduate of Pine Forge Academy, a private boarding school in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school he earned his bachelors degree in journalism from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. Keith is married to Andrea Morris-Coutreyer and they have a beautiful 1 year old son, Keith Leander Coutreyer. The family lives in Laurel, Maryland both Keith and Andrea have spent the last 11 years as educators in the Prince George’s County Public School System. Keith earned his Special Education certification from Trinity College in Washington D.C. He has also taken educational courses at both Catholic University and Morgan State College. Keith is also the proud father of a 17 year old daughter Cortney Joann Coutreyer, and a 13 year old son Devin Anthony Coutreyer. Coutreyer has spent the last 11 years as a basketball coach at the high school level. Five years were spent as an assistant coach and he has spent the last six years as a head coach helping some 20 players move onto the Division I, II or III levels. Prior to the start of his teaching and coaching career he spent four years as the director of sports camp for the Montgomery County Recreational Department in Silver Spring, Maryland. His experiences in athletics and in education have given him a unique perspective on the importance of the relationship between parents and children. This book is an attempt to share that perspective and help others to realize how important it is for parents and children to have an interaction that builds and enhances lives.

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[JR: Here the research trail peters out. He played at MC. He didn’t graduate. Something happened freshman year. He did graduate from somewhere else. He wrote a book. He might have been an assistant at MC, but GOJASPERS search shows nothing.]

[JR: I now turn it over to my “research staff”, you the readership, to answer the left open question: What happened in Freshman Year at MC that “influenced his coaching career”? Respectful of the man’s privacy, I had my curiosity piqued. Sounds like someone who’s a Jasper at heart. Would love to know more. If only I had a travel budget. :-) Or an investigative reporter in the DC area?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 3 2010 8:13 AM

JLINKEDIN: Collins, Richard [MC1968] AVP at Bank of New York Mellon


Collins, Richard [MC1968]
Asst. Vice President at The Bank of New York Mellon Corp
Greater New York City Area

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 3 2010 2:45 PM

Comment on Remembrance: Nagle, John [MC1956MCxfac RIP] 

By Joe

Deeply sorry to hear of John’s death. He was, perhaps, the best teacher I have ever had, and the only one that could have interested a class in the difficult jigsaw prose of James Joyces Ulysses!

RIP Dr John Nagle

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 27 2010 6:08 PM

Comment on MFOUND: MC Faculty on Wikipedia?

By Carolyn Predmore

Yes, Peter was here for a few years before George Mason offered him a great position with a chaired position. He was a well liked professor and I am sorry that we could not keep him. He has an inquiring mind and is a great teacher.

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 28 2010 10:18 AM

Comment on Remembrance: Nagle, John [MC1956MCxfac RIP] 

By Richard Peterson

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Nagle’s passing. He was my student advisor my first year (1972). I was also lucky enough to attend his Freshman 101 Literature class.

This man was the most exceptional teacher I ever had. Unfortunately, when I switched to the School of Business, I was unable to gain entry into any of his other classes, but, I’m eternally grateful that I had the chance to meet him and to be regaled by his exceptional knowledge. He opened my eyes to a wonderful world and I’m a happier and better person for it.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 30 2010 12:05 PM

ENDNOTE: Where are the parents?


Pennsylvania Teenager Does Self-Abortion, Older Boyfriend Buries Baby’s Body
by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor
June 7, 2010

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Lehigh, PA (LifeNews.com) — A 13-year-old Pennsylvania girl reportedly conducted a self-abortion using a lead pencil after her much-older boyfriend subjected her to statutory rape. The 30-year-old boyfriend, officials say, then buried the body of the dead unborn child after the abortion was completed.

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[JR: Thirteen year old "dates" a thirty year old? I can't imagine any father's reaction to that. If he was bigger and stronger than me, I'd get my shotgun to help argue my case. He'd have to kill me cause, if the shotgun didn't work, my 30-06 would. He's not a human; he's a dangerous predator. And, I'm a RTL kinda guy. So were was Dad? Or even Mom? Don't mothers protect their young? Argh!]

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