JASPER JOTTINGS Week 35 - 2010 Aug 29  

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




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POSITRACTION: This man’s resolve to contribute demonstrates
why we need everyone’s contribution


Vernon J. Baker
Medal of Honor hero dies at age 90
REBECCA BOONE, The Associated Press

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Vernon Baker, a black U.S. soldier who belatedly received the Medal of Honor for his World War II battlefield valor after historians concluded he’d been wrongly denied the military’s top award because of his race, died at his home near St. Maries, Idaho. He was 90.

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[JR: The lesson to "We, The People" is that we can not afford, as a society, to NOT allow everyone to make their contribution to the commonweal. (Little C; not capital C!) When we discriminate based on race, sex, age, religion, eye color, then we subtract from the total possibilities. That's why when other countries keep women tied down, it's like spotting us 50% of their human resource in the global marketplace. So why should we not recognize it? Does it take a sharp stick in the eye to see it? Let everyone be free, and hang on for the ride, because we are going places fast. imho! I'm sure my fellow alums know this, but for me it's a long slow journey to enlightenment. Spread the word, we need all the hep we can get.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 22 2010 12:37 PM

JEMAIL: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) has a website for his book

Hi John:

Check out my website at www.physicianatthemovies.com. A year or two ago you encouraged me to set one up, but what seemed easy to you was not easy for me, so I procrastinated. Then this summer, the Authors Guild made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Setting it up was free through Sitebuilders with a monthly maintenance charge of $6. The Domain registration cost $18. That was it.

I hope you like it.

Best regards,

Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)

[JR: Better late than never. And, that's a pretty fair price. I pay about 10 for domains as part of my package. Sometimes you can get a deal. But, I've seen the con artist try to charge 100s, plus site hosting fees, plus "design services", and and and. That's why I tell people the hosting company I use. http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=9113251 Not for the "big bucks" referral, (disclaimer I probably get a quarter for each sign up), but so that folks don't get ripped off. Congrats; now if it generates sales. Mine never did, but it was a labor of love. My love story. The sad part is I could have written mine when I was in the Prep. Maybe if I had, I could be a Patterson. More likely a starving artist. Site looks great. Now you are immortal. Thanks to the Internet Archive. Well done.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 22 2010 1:37 PM

JOBIT: McGrath, Michael E. [MC1973 RIP]


Dr. Michael E. McGrath

TROY – Dr. Michael E. McGrath, 59, a Troy physician, of Lakewood Place, died Friday, August 20, 2010.

Mickey died the way he lived, with courage and dignity, and surrounded by his family.

Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Edward ‘Mugger’ McGrath and Mary Alice Benoit McGrath and loving husband of Aileen Daly McGrath.

Raised and educated in Lansingburgh, he was a graduate of Catholic Central High School, class of 1969, and an All City football and baseball athlete. Mickey was inducted into the Catholic Central Athletic Hall of Fame and received the Friends of 112th Street Sportsman Award.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Manhattan College in 1973 with a degree in chemical engineering. Dr. McGrath graduated from Albany Medical College, where he was voted favorite resident.

He started his medical practice in Troy in 1980 with his good friend, Dr. Charles Sulzman. He cared for his many patients in a kind and passionate way. He was not only their doctor, but also their friend.

After retiring in 2001 due to illness, Seton Health designated McGrath Lane in his honor.

He was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and Syracuse basketball. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Survivors in addition to his wife Aileen include three children, Melissa Leach (Rick) of Delmar and Nicole McGrath and Michael McGrath, both of Troy; two grandchildren, Samantha and Daniel Leach; three brothers, Hon. Patrick J. McGrath (Louise) of Troy, Edward J. McGrath (Marilyn) and Kevin B. McGrath (Erin), all of Lansingburgh; a sister, Kathleen Buckley (Robert) of East Lyme, CT; and his beloved nieces and nephews. Mickey was predeceased by his brother Timothy ‘Whitey’ McGrath.

Special thank you to Annmarie James and Dr. Charles Sulzman who have cared for Mickey throughout his illness and Valerie and Meredith Estess for all the love and hope you have given us.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Pawling Avenue, Troy. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Troy. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.

Memorial donations in memory of Dr. McGrath to Project ALS, 900 Broadway, Suite 901, New York, NY 10003, would be appreciated.

For online guestbook visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.


McGrath, Michael E. [MC1973 RIP]

Guestbook: Not available


Guestbook: http://goo.gl/8ojF

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Lansingburgh’s doctor dies
Published: 10:31 a.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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TROY — Funeral services are being held Wednesday for Dr. Michael E. “Mickey” McGrath, a renowned local high school athlete and popular physician, who died last week, nine years after he was diagnosed with having Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 59.

McGrath, who died Friday, was a member of a family that has made a significant contribution to the political life of Troy. His brothers include state Supreme Court Justice Patrick McGrath, City Councilman Kevin McGrath and former city Councilman Edward McGrath.

“He was a legend in my generation and Lansingburgh from his educational prowess to his academic prowess to becoming Lansingburgh’s doctor,” Neil Kelleher, former Rensselaer County Legislature chairman and a Lansingburgh resident, said Tuesday.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 22 2010 1:53 PM
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JOBIT: Von Hagen, Jayne [MC1994 RIP]


Jayne Von Hagen
* DIED: August 20, 2010
* LOCATION: Mamaroneck, NY

Jayne Von Hagen, beloved daughter of Arthur and Jane Von Hagen, passed away on August 20, 2010 after a brief illness. She was 38. Jayne was born and raised in Yonkers. She graduated Manhattan College in 1994. She was a Vice President of S.L. Financial in Westport, CT. Jayne treasured her close relationships with her family and many friends. She also had a great love and respect for animals which showed in the way she cared for her pet cat. One of Jayne’s great pleasures was belly dancing. Mastering this art form brought her much joy and satisfaction. Jayne is survived by her loving parents Arthur and Jane, and two brothers, Art and Anthony. Mass of the Resurrection 9:30 AM Monday Sacred Heart Church, Dobbs Ferry Visiting 2-4 and 7-9PM Sunday Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society are greatly appreciated.


Von Hagen, Jayne [MC1994 RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/WF8C

    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 22 2010 3:17 PM

JLINKEDIN: Reynolds, John [MC1969] president at lidarc


Reynolds, John [MC1969]
president at lidarc
Greater New York City Area
Computer Networking

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 22 2010 4:14 PM

JOBIT: Hamilton, Eugene Anthony [MC1950 RIP]


Eugene Hamilton

Eugene Anthony Hamilton, 82, died Friday, August 20, 2010 at Grand Strand Health Care.

Mr. Hamilton was born on September 20, 1927 in Chicago, Ill. He grew up in Bronx, N.Y. and went to Cardinal Hayes and Manhattan College.

He was a veteran of World War II. He worked for Price Water House in Venezuela.

Mr. Hamilton moved back to the States and worked for Arthur Anderson in N.Y. and retired from the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. and moved to Murrells Inlet in 1995. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Burnedette O’Byrne, who died in 1984; and his friend, Lorraine Keil of Garden City.

He is survived by his son, Eugene Joseph Hamilton and wife Christine Ayers Cammeron of Annnaudale, Va. and many friends of the Elks Lodge in Murrells Inlet.

Mr. Hamilton will be remembered during the 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 24, 2010 mass at St. Michael Catholic Church. A graveside service will be held in Barnesville, Md. at a later date.

Please sign a guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Hamilton, Eugene Anthony [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/tLf6



I believe he is a member of the class of 1950.


McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Hamilton, Eugene Anthony [MC1950 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 23 2010 2:10 PM
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JHQ: USNR MC “One Of America’s Best”


August 23, 2010

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Manhattan College As One Of America’s Best Colleges

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College prides itself on being one of the best institutions in the country, and the College was recognized for just that in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” survey. Manhattan topped the list as the No. 17 regional university in the North for the second year in a row. In addition, Manhattan College’s chemical engineering program was selected as the fifth best in the nation — a standout in an already top-ranking engineering school. The annual survey will be published in the September magazine on Aug. 31 and the 2011 guidebook, is available at newsstands on Aug. 24.

“This year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings continue to place Manhattan College among the very best colleges of its kind. The overall ranking, combined with the national recognition of our strength in engineering, recognizes our commitment to academic excellence across all five of our schools,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College.

Led by the chemical engineering department, Manhattan College’s renowned school of engineering received an overall ranking and tied for 38 out of 190 engineering schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees. U.S. News ranks undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET, Inc. (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).

Manhattan College not only ranked 17 out of the 126 best regional universities in the North, but also the College attained additional recognition in economic diversity. Among all of the schools surveyed in the regional universities category, Manhattan College was listed as one of the top-ranked schools for economic diversity due to a significant amount of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants for low-income students.

“Manhattan College has long been committed to providing an excellent educational experience for students from widely various backgrounds; the economic diversity of our student body is a great strength in itself, as well as an indication of our fidelity to our mission,” added O’Donnell.

The Best Regional Universities (North) category also includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs but offer few, if any, doctoral programs. The 572 universities in the category are ranked within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West – because they tend to draw students mostly from surrounding states.

The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges. U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges’ ranking methodology and presentation. For more details on these changes, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth. For more information about Best Colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges. To access the Premium Online Edition, go to www.usnews.com/collegestore.

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 23 2010 2:26 PM

JLINKEDIN: McGrath, Rob [MC1986] Head of Trading, Americas at Schroders


McGrath, Rob [MC1986]
Head of Trading, Americas at Schroders
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 23 2010 3:02 PM

JNEWS: Ucan, Veysel [MC????] building “bridge” East and West


Turkish Cultural Center aims to bridge East and West
Published: 12:00 a.m., Monday, August 23, 2010

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Neither man wanted to get into a debate about the hot-button issue of an Islamic center and mosque proposed to be built two blocks from ground zero in Lower Manhattan.

“I don’t think it’s necessary to have a mosque there. It could be just a cultural center,” said Ucan, 31, who came to the U.S. in 2001 and earned a master’s degree in computer engineering at Manhattan College. He worked at the Turkish Cultural Center in New York City before being hired in Albany last August. He and his wife, Ozgul, have a 2-year-old daughter, Fatma, and live in Troy.

“I hope people learn to separate Muslims from terrorists,” Ucan said. “A true Muslim cannot be a terrorist. Most of our American friends understand that difference, hopefully.”

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Neither Can nor Ucan wanted to engage in a discussion of sensitive and controversial issues pertaining to Turkey. Those include the Armenian genocide of 1915, which included the massacre and forced deportation of more than 1 million Armenians living in Turkey. There is also a violent history with ethnic Kurds living in Turkey and Turkey’s strained relationship with Israel.

“We don’t want to get into arguments over those matters,” Ucan said. “I can’t stress enough that we’re not a political or a religious organization. Our focus is strictly cultural. We want to promote understanding of Turkish culture. The Capital Region has given us many opportunities. Now, it’s time for us to give something back.”

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Ucan, Veysel [MC????]

[JR: Donna Nobis Pacem! For everybody.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 23 2010 5:37 PM

JLINKEDIN: Cordova, Lisa [MC????] Nokia Performance Engineer at AT+T – Bechtel


Cordova, Lisa [MC????]
Nokia Performance Engineer at AT&T – Bechtel
Greater New York City Area

Summary: I enjoy writing and aspire to be a screenwriter someday.

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About Me: I’m a native New Yorker. Professionally, I’m an electrical engineer who has worked in the wireless industry for some time. In my spare time, I write screenplays, hoping to some day see my words translated on screen.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Aug 24 2010 2:02 PM

JHQ: MC PE+HP Dinner Saturday 10/2 @ 5pm


JasperAlumni: MC Anniversary of the Department of Physical Education & Human Performance celebration dinner on Sat., Oct. 2, 2010 @ 5pm. Call (718) 862 – 7215

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 25 2010 11:33 AM

JLINKEDIN: Cokeley, Kara [MC2009] Chem Mkt/SalesRep at Aceto Corporation


Cokeley, Kara [MC2009]
Chemical Marketing/SalesRepresentative at Aceto Corporation
Greater New York City Area

Summary: I graduated from Manhattan College in May 2009, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and May 2010 with a M.S. in Chemical Engineering. I am currently working as a Chemical Marketing/ Sales Representative at Aceto Corporation in the Flavors and Fragrances section of the Specialty Chemicals Division.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 25 2010 2:00 PM

JHQ: MC gets Grant To Fund Graduate Education


August 25, 2010

Manhattan College Receives Grant To Fund Graduate Education
NYCDOE Awards Administration and Supervision Grant

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), Bureau of Nonpublic School Reimbursable Services (BNPS) presented Manhattan College with a grant for $1,250,000 towards the school building leadership graduate program. The grant program serves nonpublic school principals and teachers who work in one of the five New York City boroughs, and seek to advance their leadership skills and/or acquire New York State certification in school building leadership. The program can certify education professionals as: grade level coordinators, subject areas coordinators, heads of schools, assistant principals and principals.

Manhattan College offers both a Master of Science in education, school building leadership and a Professional Diploma in school building leadership. Starting this fall, new and existing school building leadership students meeting the grant guidelines and approved for enrollment by the BNPS, will receive free tuition. The total funds will be dispensed annually over five years.

“The students who enroll in Manhattan College’s school building leadership program are committed to improving education in New York City and providing youngsters with a quality education based on and grounded in excellence, dignity and connectedness,” said Sr. Remigia Kushner, professor in the school of education and program director for the school building leadership program. “To learn how to implement such a structure, our students not only receive traditional classroom instruction, they also advance their skills by networking with colleagues, participating in workshops and conferences, and learning firsthand from peers’ personal experiences.”

For more information about Manhattan College’s school building leadership program, please visit http://home.manhattan.edu/%7ESBL/leadership/.

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The weeklong celebration will feature a series of Air Force exhibitions and displays across the city that will include a flyover of jets at Citi Field on Air Force Night, August 26.

“Our borough is happy to host this hometown celebration of the Air Force and acknowledges its continuing role in defending our freedoms and ideals,” Marshall said.

Air Force Week will also provide outreach and community relations programs that will include visits and talks by Air Force officials, flight demonstrations and displays that will take a detailed look at the men and women serving on the front lines. Events aboard the Intrepid Air and Space Museum and in Times Square are planned for the week.

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The Northeast Ceremonial Band performed many favorites, including “The Colonel Bogey March” and “The Air Force Song”. The Manhattan College Air Force ROTC Color Guard presented the flag.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 25 2010 9:36 PM

CARTOON: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) summarizes the Park 51 Project

John: Here’s my latest political cartoon, on the subject of President Obama’s firm support for the “Ground Zero” Mosque in downtown Manhattan (that is, before he sort of qualified his support through a spokesman the very next day). I’d like to clear up a couple of misunderstandings on this issue. Supporters of the project claim that it’s not at Ground Zero and it’s not a mosque.

First of all, while the location is not part of the World Trade Center site, the present building on the site is one of the buildings damaged in the 9/11attack and subsequently condemned. I would say that puts it AT Ground Zero. Also, while the project’s promoter, Imam Feisal Rauf, tells American news media that it’s a community center with prayer space, but “not a mosque”, he repeatedly tells European and Middle Eastern news outlets that it IS a mosque.

Also, to grasp the significance of the location, you have to look at where conquering Muslims throughout history built their mosques. In Jerusalem, they built the Dome of the Rock smack dab in the middle of Temple Mount, the location of the Jewish Temple. In Egypt, they also built mosques on the site of old Egyptian temples. In Constantinople (now Istanbul), they seized the world’s largest Christian Church and turned it into a mosque.

The significance of the proposed mosque’s location would be understood by anyone in the Muslim world. Its purpose is not to promote interfaith ecumenical understanding. It’s clearly intended as a celebration of the success of the 9/11 attack on America.

- Jerry Breen ’71

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[JR: Have to agree that you hit the nail on the head. As a little L libertarian, I think we better wise up. It's a dangerous world out there, and wishing isn't going to make it any less so! We have to be like Switzerland when it comes to foreign policy -- MYOB and like the old USSR or the Mafia on defense -- you mess with me, I break your legs. Argh!]

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JOBIT: Lord, Donald F. [MC???? RIP]


AGE: 87

Donald F. Lord, 87, of Fairway Mews, Spring Lake Heights and formerly of River Edge, returned to his eternal home on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his devoted wife and loving family.

Born Nov. 13, 1922 in Bronx, N.Y., he was a graduate of Fordham Prep and Manhattan College. Upon entering World War II, Mr. Lord served his country as an officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Harrison in the South Pacific, where he received medals for the European/Africa/Middle Eastern campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, American Canpaign, China Service and Occupation Service in Asia. After serving his country, Mr. Lord joined the FBI as a Special Agent in Washington, D.C. He was later transferred to the New York Office untill his retirement in 1977. He was extremely proud of his commitment and was devoted to the FBI. Whenever asked about cases, smiling, he would use the proverbial quote,” If I told you, I would have to kill you”. After his retirement, Mr. Lord formed a partnership as a Government Consultant, specializing in private investigation and security issues for the Department of the State.

After moving to Fairway Mews in 1980, Mr. Lord became involved with the community serving on the local Board of Directors; was an avid golfer; one of the original FWM “Sharks” winning numerous awards and always known as a “true gentleman”. For many years, he volunteered in various positions at Jersey Shore Medical Center helping those in need. Mr. Lord was a dedicated Catholic and was a communicant of St. Catharine Roman Catholic Church, Spring Lake, where he attended mass every Sunday and Holy Days. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him and by all who knew him.

Mr. Lord was pre-deceased by his first wife, Irene (Foy) Lord and his brother, Robert Clarkson Lord of New York City. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Murphy) Lord; his children, Christopher Lord and his wife Cholpon, Gypsum, Colo., John Lord and his wife Christina, Amherst, Mass.; his loving daughter, Patricia Lord, Sarasota, Fla.; granddaughters, Caroline and Clair Lord, Amherst, Mass.; his sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Lord, Sarasota, Fla., and Greta Foy, Austin, Texas; his step-children, Denise Clayton and husband Jeff, Manasquan, and Debra Bianco and her husband Robert, Pawtucket, R.I.; his step-grandson, Kyle Clayton; and 23 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 at the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St., Manasquan. A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at St. Catharine R.C. Church, Spring Lake. Entombment will follow at St. Catharine Cemetery, Wall. A celebration of Don’s wonderful life, in the true Irish spirit, will be held a Doolan’s Restaurant, Spring Lake Heights following services. For more information or to post a tribute, please visit www.neary-quinnfuneralhome.com.

Published in Asbury Park Press on August 27, 2010


Lord, Donald F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/YioK

    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 27 2010 10:10 AM

JHQ: MC ChemE win AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition


August 26, 2010
Chemical Engineering Students From Manhattan College Awarded First Place At AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – A team of eight future chemical engineers, rising juniors and seniors from Manhattan College, demonstrated their skills in building a chemically powered automobile at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Chem-E-Car Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and received a first place finish. The regional conference was held at Johns Hopkins University, and Manhattan College will compete in the national competition in Salt Lake City in November.

This year’s AIChE Chem-E-Car Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference reached its highest attendance with 250 undergraduate student participants from 22 Eastern region colleges and universities. Student teams faced the task of designing and constructing a chemically powered automobile, the battery and stopping mechanism. The team spent several weeks prior to the event calibrating their car to address any distance and load that may be assigned. More specifically, the exact distance the vehicle is required to travel (between 50 and 100 feet) and the load it is to carry (between 0 and 100 grams) are not revealed until one hour before the competition begins.

“The Chem-E Car competition is an opportunity for chemical engineering programs from different schools to compete on the same playing field,” said James Patrick Abulencia, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical engineering. “It is quite an honor for our students to be competing with peer groups such as Cornell, Cooper Union and Johns Hopkins, and I am proud of their outstanding achievements.”

Bucknell University, Cornell University, Drexel University and The Cooper Union also finished in the top five.

For more information, please visit the Chem-E-Car Competition’s website at:


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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 27 2010 1:06 PM

JHQ: MC to offer 5 year BS/MBA Fall 2011


“Manhattan College School of Business has its ok to start a 5 year BS/MBA Fall 2011 and a full-time MBA focusing on entreprenuership and flexibility in business.”

—- Predmore, Carolyn E. (MCfac)

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 27 2010 1:23 PM

JLINKEDIN: Drury, Bernie [MC1975] VP, Sales Marketing, Aviation at HBE


Drury, Bernie [MC1975]
VP, Sales&Marketing, Aviation at HBE
Greater New York City Area
Security and Investigations

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 27 2010 2:29 PM

JEMAIL: Lawrence, Richard (MC1968) looking Alan Derry [MC1968]

Good Afternoon F. John,

I am trying to locate one of our classmates, Alan Derry, class of ’68. I am trying to contact Al about a 50th grammar school reunion that we are having on Sept. 25. Searching the JJ archives, I see that his e-mail bounced back in Feb. 2000: “@akron.wnyric.org”.

I also tried “@newpaltz.k12.ny.us” which did not bounce but got no reply. This appears to be a school district e-mail address so it might be dormant for the summer. Snail mail to Alan Derry, 189 DuBois Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 was returned as undeliverable.

Since the time frame is rather short, any information about Al from JJ subscribers can be sent to my IEEE e-mail alias: Richard_Lawrence@ieee.org Yes, that e-mail address is for publication and just to avoid to F. John harangue about “owning your e-mail address” the IEEE alias is spam scanned and then forwarded to a domain name that I own.

Thanks for your assistance and best regards,

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[JR: I did a quick search of Legacy for an obit. Luckily, none found. So here's your email exposed to every nigerian spammer to solicit you. I'd have promptly forwarded any response, but this is less work for me.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 27 2010 4:43 PM

JEMAIL: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) is in an anthology

The attached information is for the very first anthology to feature the work of poets living in Mount Vernon, New York. It is edited by James Fair. Kindly post and/or distribute as you see fit!!

With best regards,
MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick

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[JR: Send an email to Jasper Jottings and I'll happily pass it along.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 27 2010 8:52 PM

JNEWS: Hackett, Paul [MC????] Account Manager, Technology Finance Group


U.S. Bank EF Names Hackett Account Manager, Technology Finance Group
Friday, August 27, 2010

Paul Hackett has joined U.S. Bank Equipment Finance as account manager for its technology finance group. Hackett is responsible for providing equipment leasing and financing solutions to middle market clients in the Northeast.

Hackett is an industry veteran with over 15 years of equipment finance and leasing experience. Most recently, Hackett served as financial account manager with Hewlett-Packard Financial Services. Previous to this, he spent nine years as vice president with ORIX Financial Services and earlier in his career served as a leasing account executive with US Leasing International. Hackett holds a B.S. in Management from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.

“We’re pleased to welcome Paul to the technology finance group and believe that he will be an important part of our continued growth in the Northeast.” said Kyin Lok, senior vice president, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance. “Paul is one of several new senior account managers we’ve brought on board as part of an overall strategy for growth and enhancement of our product offering to our valued customers.”

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Hackett, Paul [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 28 2010 9:22 AM

MFOUND: MC’s stairs pictured


Post Road Iron Works
Structural & Ornamental Metalwork since 1927

Manhattan College
Riverdale, New York

This grand stair connects three stories of Manhattan College’s main building, connecting floors adjacent to a section enclosing what was once an exterior wall of the 19th century building.

The stair is made of painted steel, with steel and stainless steel handrails.

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[JR: Any publicity is good publicity. Maybe MC will attract a whole group of "bannister sliders"? For some reason, I thought this was funny. Warped, I know.}

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 28 2010 9:44 AM

JLINKEDIN: McCallum, John [MC????] Dir, Worldwide Sales, Microsoft BusSols


McCallum, John [MC????]
Director, Worldwide Sales, Microsoft Business Solutions
San Francisco Bay Area
Computer Software

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 28 2010 1:45 PM

ENDNOTE: Drinking water — a “right”?


UN: Access to drinking water is a human right
July 30, 2010

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By a 121-0 vote, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution stating that access to drinking water and sanitation is a human right. The United States and 40 other nations abstained.

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If it’s a “right”, then who has the “duty to pay for it”?

I can say “pink elephant”, but that doesn’t mean it exists.

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"