JASPER JOTTINGS Week 48 - 2011 November 27     

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



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Nov 20, 2011 

POSITRACTION: Babies attract resources; why can’t fetuses?


An Irish family pleads for their baby’s life
Only an operation in Boston can save little Elie
By The Madden family, Estie, Eddie and Emie, IrishCentral.com Special Report
Published Sunday, October 30, 2011, 8:17 AMUpdated Sunday, October 30, 2011, 9:40 AM

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Our current target for fundraising is 30,000 dollars.

This should cover accommodation, living and transport expenses for 4 months in Boston. However, should the outcome of Elie’s surgeries not go to plan, we may need to stay longer there with her. We will keep you updated at all times on our target.

Many thanks for your continued support.

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October 25th Update

We are two thirds the way to our goal. This is super and we thank you all for your donations. We have been in touch with The Childrens Hospital in Boston and await news of dates for the surgeries.

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[JR: Ahh, true charity, it’s a beautiful thing. Maybe Jaspers can put a few coins in the basket. Maybe a Boston Jasper or two can reach out a hand when they’re local. It’s got to be tough to be in a strange country with a “foreign” language. Amazing what pre-Obamacare has been able to do. Sad that we’re going to throw this excellence all away based on the promises of politicians and bureaucrats that a different system will be better and cheaper.]

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Nov 20, 2011

MVIDEO: Looks like a new MC ad “Dreams Delivered”


Looks like something has “leaked out”? It’s very well done and “branded” besides.

1 minute 21 seconds.

“Dreams Delivered”

Love the tag line!

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Nov 20, 2011 

JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] on bullying

From: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]
Date: Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Subject: Hey! Good to hear from Rob Kuhn, ’73 from Crysosthem! (did I spell that right? LOL!)

It’s great to see another ’73r on the list here! :)

Speaking of bullying… :>

I was getting some recent “bullying” from one of the antismoking heavyweights out there, a fella named James Repace who styles himself as a “Secondhand Smoke Expert” and who blew it big in a recent court case involving smoke from a condo renter’s neighbor.

Hmmm… for anyone interested the story is probably best told by visiting:


where you’ll see a lengthy set of exchanges between me and the gentleman (Use a “find” on “McFadden” to hop through the 300+ postings there) where you’ll quickly see why he doesn’t like me very much… :>

Then take a visit to a blog run by Dr. Michael Siegel, a medical doctor and professor at Boston University who’s gotten fed up with the lies coming out of the antismoking establishment after having supported and worked closely with them for 20 years:


and his followup blog:


So, as you can see, I have had to deal with my own share of bullies out there. Fortunately I’ve learned how to hit back pretty effectively: Truth is mightier than the sword!

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, 1973

[JR: Ahh, yea, but I'd prefer my 1911 to all the pens and swords. :-) Good thing I'm the peaceable type. Seriously! "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." --- Robert A. Heinlein And, my experience with bullies is they are cowards. And, trolls have to be ignored. You have more patience with extensive dialogues. But then I'm just fat old white guy injineer with a short attention span. ... ... Now what were we saying?]

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Nov 20, 2011 

JEMAIL: About Dooley, John [MC1965 RIP]

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 1:10 AM
Subject: John Dooley,’65 RIP

Dear John,

The note by Dean Rust talking about the late John Dooley,’65 is a great tribute. It is too bad that we do not learn these things until some one has died.

May He Rest In Peace.


October 28, 2011

John was one of the smartest yet humblest persons I’ve ever met. We worked closely on nuclear issues during the 1980s and 1990s- John in State and me in the Arms Control Agency. I had the highest respect for his intelligence and fairness. And his grasp of substance and process were second to none. Dealing with John was a pleasure – you learned a lot and often went away smiling from some new absurdity that John had discovered within the realm of nuclear politics. He represented the best in public service and was a valued colleague. I offer my sincere sympathy to the family.


Dean Rust,
Alexandria, Virginia

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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. I am in awe of the accomplishment and humbled by the respect expressed for our fellow Jaspers. It is indeed sad we find these things out after they pass. Makes me sad to have missed the opportunity to publicize their goodness. We always seem to hear what's wrong.]

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Nov 20, 2011 

JHQ: Jazz Band Concert 11/29 2000


Jazz Band Concert
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 8.00pm

Join us for this free concert by the Manhattan College Jazz Band, to be held in Dante’s Den.

Enjoy an eclectic mix of music ranging from the swing style of the 1940s big band era up to and including pop/rock hits through the 1980s…and more!

Featured songs will include:
Chase the Clouds Away (as composed and performed by Chuck Mangione)
Here’s that Rainy Day (standard jazz ballad composed by James Van Heusen and performed by many major jazz artists)
Mood Indigo (as composed/performed by Duke Ellington)
Mr. P.C. (as composed/performed by John Coltrane)
Open Arms (as composed by Steve Perry and performed by Journey)

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Nov 20, 2011 

JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) on Top 10 Scandals

From: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)
Date: Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Subject: Scandals


What that article did not mention, of course, is that Junius Kellogg blew the whistle on the basket ball scandal. Kind of like saying the arresting officer was “involved” in a murder.

Gerard ’75


Gerard M. Delaney
Go mbeannai Dia, a Mairha, a Padraig thu.
(May God, Mary and Patrick bless you!)

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[JR: I'm sure that was just an oversight. :-) Probably by the time the writer got to ten, they were tired. At least, MC is now not in his top 10! Good observation.]

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Nov 20, 2011 

MVIDEO: ‘Art of Flight’ premier


Red Bull’s ‘Art of Flight’ premier recap at Manhattan College

[JR: Less than a minute.]

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Nov 20, 2011 

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) remembers Fandel, John [MCxfac RIP]

From: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) 
Date: Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Subject: John Fandel. Manhattan College English Professor

Dear Jasper John

I remember John Fandel from the colloquia that the German Honor Society (Delta Phi Alpha) sponsored during the my years at Manhattan- 1957-1961

Harry Blair also participated along with the primary organizer, Edmund Tolk, the German Professor, and several others.

He wrote many poems in many collections but did not get the attention many thought he deserved.

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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John Fandel was poetry editor at Commonweal from 1963 to 1979 and is emeritus professor at Manhattan College, after a teaching career of 39 years at Notre Dame, Fordham and elsewhere. He was Frost Poetry Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Vermont.

One Afternoon
John Fandel | NOVEMBER 26, 2007

I sat upon a window-seat.
“Sit here.” I squatted at his feet.

“I could not see you for the light.”
Sun shone that day with solstice might.

At the feet of the master, I
was held, eye by glistening eye.

Seventy-five spoke; twenty-five
listened; poetry came alive:

“The thinking heart; the feeling mind.”
“Delight and wisdom.” All in kind.

Flown, fifty-five years—flown, not lost,
that afternoon with Robert Frost.

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Bach and a Catbird by John Fandel

John Fandel’s collection of poems, Bach and a Catbird published by Roth Publishing in 1978 contains 50 poems, mostly short poems in formal meter and rhyme, although a few are in free verse. John Fandel is not a household word. In fact, information about him and his poems is meager, despite the fact that his first collection was published in 1947 and he is now 85 and still writing and publishing. The back cover of this collection states, “John Fandel has published many poems (384) in a number of periodicals (90). In addition, he has brought out collections (4), chapbooks (8), privately printed pamphlets (16), and hand-made brochures (24). “ He now probably has double the amount of publications mentioned above. His lack of recognition among the outlets for contemporary poetry is a mystery to me.

The first poem in the collection, “The Aging Astronomer” – which recalls the famous Whitman poem-has a line that characterizes Fandel’s overall technique: “ He had a windowful of sky..and wonder.” Fandel is a poet of the wonders of the physical world. But he is not a poet of the deep forest, instead the poet of the garden; not the poet of the Windhover, instead the poet of the Cardinal and the Mockingbird; not the poet of the deep sea, but the poet of the Sandpiper along the ocean’s edge. Fandel’s poems have the feel that they were influenced by both Gerard Manly Hopkins and Robert Frost (with maybe a touch of Richard Wilbur and Robert Francis thrown in), and an even more distant influence of Keats and Milton. They are deceptively simple, replete with word play, puns and all the literary devices that makes these poems a joy to read. Fandel’s classical education is obvious though subtle.

The selections I admired most in this collection are: “Mostly about Calendulas.” one of his many Ars Poetica poems; “Laws,” “Lilacs,” “Sandpiper,” “Map Reading.” and “Blessing Them,” a poem about the feminine influences in his life.

Because, as mentioned earlier, Fandel’s poems do not show up on a simple Google search – it is actually easier to locate them at Amazon or Abesbooks than to try to get them from a University or Local library- I will print out “Laws,” “Lilacs,” and “Mostly about Calendulas” below:


How the wind shook the FULL STOP sign!
How the Law stood up to it, twinned!

Neither seemed one to resign-
Though it looked pretty good for the wind.

Wind was its own legislature;
FULL STOP shook FULL STOPS like a clan.

But when has the law of nature
ever bowed to the laws of man.

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[JR: Thanks, Jasper Stebbins. I never had him or any interest in poetry. It seems that all too often folks don't get the attention that they deserve. Lady Gaga and Snooki seem to command the filed of battle for "attention". Sad. Would have like to have something to remember. Too soon these giants pass us by.]

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Nov 20, 2011 

MTWITTER: MC NYWEA student chapter


check out this website my friend @fokaaaaa just showed me. Green Initiatives at Manhattan College http://t.co/Fa8ad4mt

by YOaliRez (AliReza Vaziri)

check out this website my friend @fokaaaaa just showed me. Green Initiatives at Manhattan College http://t.co/Fa8ad4mt


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Nov 20, 2011 

MFOUND: Xcountry track circa 70's

FROM: Anonymous





Found online: MC cross-country runners at Van Cortlandt Park (circa 1970’s?) Anyone remember their names?

[JR: A little help here?]

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Nov 21, 2011 

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) spots Bordas, Stephen [MC1976 RIP]

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Subject: Stephen Bordas,’76 RIP

Dear John,

Here is a very nice tribute to the late Stephen Bordas,’76.

May He Rest In Peace.


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Fordham Mourns Longtime Administrator

A member of the Fordham community for more than 30 years, Bordas was known as much for the caring work culture he cultivated as his supervision the day-to-day tasks of the registrar’s office.

When he received the Archbishop Hughes Medal in 1997 for 20 years of service to Fordham, he was lauded for innovative initiatives such as the first mail registration process for freshmen and a sophisticated interactive voice system.

In March 2010, he was one of three Fordham employees to be honored with the inaugural Sursum Corda award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the life and mission of the University.

He was cited as a creative and compassionate man who had shepherded many undergraduates through four years of work-study employment in his office, only to have them continue to work with him after graduation.

“He has built a family-like environment in the enrollment services offices of the enrollment group that embodies the values of cura personalis and magis so central to Jesuit education,” the Sursum Corda citation read.

“His approach to work with colleagues and students alike is guided by those values and recognition of the mutual dependence that enables all of us to make our way in this world.”

Peter A. Stace, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment, called Bordas a dear friend, a caring mentor and dedicated colleague.

“He always told us, ‘I am here for you guys,’ and to his dying day, he was,” Stace said.”

“Steve’s dedication and commitment live on in the those whose lives he touched. Fordham will be forever grateful to Steve for his life as an inspiration to all; an exemplar of the Jesuit ideal of selfless service to others.”

A viewing will be held at Clark’s Funeral Home, 2104 Saw Mill River Road in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. on Tuesday, November 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. For details, please call (914) 962-3333.

Ram Van transportation to Clark Funeral Home will be available. Vans will depart at 1:30 p.m. from the front of the McGinley Center and returning an hour after they arrive in Yorktown heights. There will be a sign in the window displaying “Clark Funeral Home”.

Please reserve a seat in advance by calling (719) 817-4346 or e-mail ramvan@fordham.edu. The trip is approximately one hour each way.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Fordham University Church at the Rose Hill campus. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society are requested.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.


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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. A nice find. And nice words for a fine fellow Jasper. Even if he was working for the rivals. We poke a lot of good natured fun at Fordham, but since they sent us a Prez when we needed it, guess we have to recognize that they are not the epitome of all the evil in the world. And, Stephen, as Class of '76, was taken far too young. Guess his work here was done. But when I get to the Last Judgement, I'm going to lodge a strong complaint about all those who cut in line. Dona Nobis Pacem]

Bordas, Stephen [MC1976 RIP]

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[JR: Great find, Mike. Keep at it and in another 30 years, you'll get off the Research Desk at the Virtual Jasper Newsroom and move up to the Findings Desk. Then you'll be in the big time, reading the slush pile of news articles sifting for the gems. But, you'll have to watch out for paper cuts. They're deadly. (Yeah, I know get life and not even funny.)]

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Nov 21, 2011 

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) “started by Mario Savio”

From: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961)
Date: Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Poet-Bashing Police – Movement started by Mario Savio, one time Manhattan College Student

Mario Savio went to Manhattan for one year (1960-1961) at his father’s request according to his bio.


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November 19, 2011
Poet-Bashing Police
Berkeley, Calif.

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It is also the place where students almost 50 years ago touched off the Free Speech Movement, which transformed the life of American universities by guaranteeing students freedom of speech and self-governance. The steps are named for Mario Savio, the eloquent graduate student who was the symbolic face of the movement. There is even a Free Speech Movement Cafe on campus where some of Mr. Savio’s words are prominently displayed: “There is a time … when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part.”

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Robert Hass is a professor of poetry and poetics at the University of California, Berkeley, and former poet laureate of the United States.

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[JR: I'm far from a "liberal" (in today's vernacular) and, although accused, also far from being a "conservative". As a little L libertarian, I prefer to think of myself as a "classical liberal" who favors "the people" over "the King" or "the Church". Maybe that's a paleo-liberal. All that being said, the Gooferment is out of control with its use of force. And, while I think the Occupy folks are counter-productive, one can't help but be shocked at how "the Man" is treating them. Interesting to see this MC connection. Dona Nobis Pacem ]

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[JR: Kudos to Jasper Stebbins for a good find and remembering the MC connection. Although he probably shouldn't be reading the lame street media. He's already got too many liberal tendencies. LOL! Serious, thanks for the detective work and the report. Power to the people! Or maybe just Dona Nobis Pacem?]

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Nov 21, 2011 

JOBIT: Grauso, Mario A. [MC1951 RIP]


Mario A. Grauso  

Grauso, Mario A.

Mario A. Grauso, 90, of Yonkers, passed away on November 18, 2011. Mario was born March 6, 1921 to the late Ralph and Mary (nee Pallano) Grauso. He was a US Army WWII veteran serving as a Staff Sergeant in the South Pacific. He received his Engineering Degree in 1951 at Manhattan College in the Bronx and worked for the NYC Comptroller’s Office as a Civil Engineer for most of his career.

Beloved husband of Edna E. (nee Dearborn-LaBrie) Grauso. Loving father of Ralph Grauso, Lorraine Grauso-Herman and her husband Alan Cress, and Rose Grauso-Shaw and her husband William. Cherished grandfather of Amanda and Dana Herman. Devoted brother of Roselle Bucci and the late Dominick Grauso.

Calling hours will be at FLYNN MEMORIAL HOME, on Central Park Avenue, on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, 10:30 am, at St. Eugene’s Church. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Flynn Memorial Home, Inc. 1652 Central Park Avenue Yonkers, NY 10710 (914) 963-5178 flynnmemorialhome.com

Published in the The Journal News on November 21, 2011


Grauso, Mario A. [MC1951 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=mario-grauso&pid=154704364&cid=full

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Nov 21, 2011 

JOBIT: Davis, Robert [MC???? RIP]


Robert Davis (1949 – 2011)  

Davis, Robert

Davis, Robert , 62 a lifetime resident of Yonkers, NY, passed away on November 20, 2011, at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Robert was born in Yonkers, on October 31, 1949, he was the son of the late Catherine and Harold Davis.

A graduate of Manhattan College. Robert worked in the construction industry. He was a talented athlete in his youth, and he had a lifelong passion for a wide range of intellectual pursuits.

He is survived by his long time, beloved companion, Rita Doak. He is also survived by his sisters, Alice Heusinger of Hopewell Junction NY, Carol (Joseph) Kotash of Ossining, NY. Arlene (John) McGrath of Yorktown Heights, NY, and his brother Dr. Daniel (Leonie) of Stonybrook, NY. Also survived by five nieces and three nephews.

Visitation at the Flynn Memorial Home Inc., (325 South Broadway) Tuesday 5-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning at St. Denis R. C. Church. Committal Service will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, NY . Memorial donation may be made to the Calvary Hospital, 1740 Eastchester Ave. Bronx, NY 10461 www.calvaryhospital.org

Published in the The Journal News on November 21, 2011


Davis, Robert [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=robert-davis&pid=154704815&cid=full

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Subject: Davis, Robert [MC???? RIP]

Dear John,

I do not find anything in my “stuff” for Robert.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Maybe someone in the readership can help?]

Davis, Robert [MC???? RIP]

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Nov 22, 2011 

JNEWS: Normoyle, Maureen [MC1986] BoD EWI


EWI Announces Three New Board Members and Chairman

Emily DeRocco, Brian Cummings, and Maureen Normoyle added; Richard Rogovin elected to Chair

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — EWI announced that it added three new members to its Board of Directors and elected Richard Rogovin as Chairman of the Board.

The new members of the EWI Board of Directors are:

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Maureen Normoyle, General Manager for the GE Aviation/Transportation Repair Technology Center of Excellence, where her team is responsible for identifying, developing, and supporting repair solutions for the Technology Infrastructure businesses. In addition to managing the aviation repair technology portfolio, Normoyle also brings experience from GE’s Energy and Transportation businesses. She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College.

According to Henry Cialone, EWI President and CEO, “These three new additions to our Board of Directors bring diverse perspectives and experience that align well with our business growth strategies. Emily DeRocco, who is widely known in the manufacturing world, will help us focus our new technology investments as we expand our portfolio beyond materials joining and into broader manufacturing innovation. Brian Cummings has a considerable track record in technology commercialization which will be valuable as we mature EWI’s commercialization program. Maureen Normoyle represents one of EWI’s most important business relationships, and her insights will be helpful in focusing EWI on continual improvement of its service to GE and other commercial clients.”

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About EWI

EWI is an international thought-leader on materials joining and allied technologies. It uses manufacturing technology innovation to increase the competitiveness of over 2,700 member locations of global leaders in the aerospace, automotive, defense, petrochemical, government, heavy manufacturing, and electronics industries. EWI also operates a variety of technology-based centers and consortia to further increase manufacturing innovation. To learn more, visit www.ewi.org, email info@ewi.org, or call 614.688.5000.



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Normoyle, Maureen [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 4:04 PM
Subject: Normoyle, Maureen 1986 BoD EWI

Dear John,

I believe that Maureen is a member of the Class of 1986.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Normoyle, Maureen [MC1986]

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Nov 22, 2011 

JTWITTER: Bhagat, Alpa (MC????) on Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie


Bhagat, Alpa (MC????): “Steve Jobs dies, the world goes in frenzy over it. A week later Dennis Ritchie dies. The man who invented modern computing gets no tribute.”

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[JR: Excellent point!]

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Nov 22, 2011 

JFOUND: Pintauro, Joe [MC1954] is cited on two websites


Persistent Voices: Joe Pintauro
Nov. 22nd, 2011 at 10:35 AM

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Joe Pintauro was born in Ozone Park (New York) on November 22, 1930. After studying at Manhattan College, he earned a degree in American literature at Fordham University, then a degree in Philosophy at Saint Jeromes College (Ontario), after which he attended for four years the Faculty of Theology at Niagara University. From the beginning, his books of poetry are published by Harper & Row also in collaborations with artists such as Corita Kent and Norman Laliberte. Pintauro has also written short stories and novels: it must be remembered the quartet called Rainbow Box. He worked for eight years as an advertisement executive for the Young and Rubicam.

His three-act plays about the life of Italian-Americans in New York, named Cacciatore, was his first critical acclaim. Snow Orchid, his first long work, was later produced with Olympia Dukakis, Peter Boyle and Robert Lupone at Circle Rep. The work was brought to London with Jude Law and Paola di Ognisotti. His fondness for the one-act has given birth to many works as American Divine, staged in Chicago, and Moving Targets, staged at Vineyard Theatre in New York.

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Source: http://www.arcadiateatro.com/authors/100

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Pintauro, Joe [MC1954]

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Nov 22, 2011 

MFOUND: MC has “Foreign Language Scholarships”


College Offers Foreign Language Scholarships for Prospective Students
November 21, 2011

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For years, Manhattan College has encouraged students to broaden their knowledge of an increasingly connected world by learning second languages, traveling abroad and pursuing cultural studies.

The College continues this mission by offering a special scholarship opportunity for high school students who are learning Spanish, French or Italian and wish to pursue language study in college. The scholarship is ideal for students considering international careers, teaching or graduate and professional schools.

“The exam was intended to promote the study of modern languages and literature,” said Caitlin Read, coordinator and director of enrollment management operations, who mentioned that more than 60 students registered for the exam last year.

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[JR: Looks like a scrape of the MC site. That being said, I guess, any mention is good press. Like that famous quote: "Did they spell my name right?" And, it begs the question, why isn't everyone learning Chinese?]

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Nov 22, 2011 

JHQ: Dante Seminar 12/8 1600


Dante Seminar
Thursday, December 8, 2011 4.00pm

Adam Koehler, “Complicating ‘Craft:’ Re-imagining Creative Writing, Composition Studies, and Craft Criticism” in O’Malley Library/Alumni Room.

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Nov 22, 2011 

MTWITTER: “School of Education” is on Twitter


[JR: Looks like the School of Education has opened a Twitter account. With the new branding. I think "Dreams Delivered" is a winner.]


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Nov 22, 2011 

MFOUND: MC scores mostly B’s


Manhattan College

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Overall Experience is one that you will never forget and this is real. All jokes aside (and their have been a lot throughout this book), you will have fun at this college. It is a small college located in the greatest city in the world. You have the opportunity to know half of the college, which is something you can’t do at other colleges or universities. There is a great student to faculty ratio and I believe it is 15:1 now. So, the teachers in all likelihood will know you by your first name. If they don’t call you by your first name, they may not like you, because trust me they know. The professors here care about the students and making sure that they graduate and are prepared to succeed in the real world. There are some things that are missing from this college, like a football team, but this college still has a lot of energy and life.

The best part of this college is the people. Now, look there are going to be people that don’t like the college or that don’t seem to like the people, but the majority of the people here are nice. The trick is getting to know them, if you go out to get to know the students and faculty, you can see just how cool and fun everyone is. The professors are intense in the classroom to do their jobs the best way they can, but outside the classroom they are really chill and are always looking to help you, with a few exceptions. You are going to have your students that are slackers and ones that are really hard workers, the majority of the school is in the middle. They work hard to get good grades, but at the same time they are not hermits. They get involved in clubs and go out to clubs or bars (mostly bars) and build themselves a unique social life.

This college does not have a lot of on-campus parties, mostly just friends drinking in their rooms, which can be a good and bad thing. Good, because it is quiet and allows students to concentrate on their studies. Bad, because it can get slightly boring and the same thing happens every week, no excitement at all. But, that is not a problem or a reason to not be interested in the school. The school gives you everything you could want from a small and comfortable atmosphere to the thrills of a Division One school. After all that was written here, what is not to like about Manhattan College, you will get the experience of a lifetime and you won’t regret coming here.

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Nov 23, 2011 

JNEWS: Pepe, Thomas A. [MC1994] Treasurer Morris Community College


Morris. Twp’s Ricca Named to College Board
Morris Township man elected treasurer of the board
By Jane Primerano
November 22, 2011

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Another Morris Township resident, Thomas A. Pepe, was elected treasurer of the board.

Other officers are: Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq. of Denville, chair; Omland, vice chair; and Dr. Kathleen C. Serafino of Wyckoff, secretary.

Pepe, a former banking executive, is chief financial officer of Communications Strategies, Inc., a public relations and marketing communications firm based in Madison. He was first appointed to the CCM board in 2009. He is a volunteer with Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as council president, and over the years has assisted his alma mater, Manhattan College, with various fundraising and student mentoring activities. He holds an MBA in finance from Adelphi University and a B.S. in mathematics from Manhattan College.

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Pepe, Thomas A. [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Subject: Pepe, Thomas A. 1994 Treasurer Morris Community College

Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1994.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pepe, Thomas A. [MC1994]

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Nov 23, 2011 

JHQ: Christmas program 12/4 1630


A Festival of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 4, 2011 4.30pm

The Manhattan College Singers and Orchestra will host their Christmas program, A Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers, with preludes beginning at 4:15 p.m. For the second year, alumni from the Manhattan Singers and the College’s glee club are invited to take part in the event, which is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

The hour-long program is a unique and festive celebration that combines traditional Christmas carols and hymns, readings from sacred Scripture and contemporary arrangements. Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of the College, will present a reading and Andrew Skotnicki, Ph.D., chairperson of the religious studies department, will offer a reflection. The concert will feature three selections from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, the French Renaissance piece Allons, Gay Bergeres by Costeley and a jazz version of Carol of the Bells. Keeping with tradition, the ensembles will also lead hymns, including a candlelit Silent Night, in which the congregation is invited to participate.

Following the concert, the Singers will walk by candlelight onto the Quadrangle and light the College’s Christmas tree. The event will conclude with a reception in Smith Auditorium.

For more information about this event, please contact William Mulligan, coordinator of performing arts, at (718) 862-7254 or e-mail william.mulligan@manhattan.edu.

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Nov 23, 2011 

JHQ: Pictures from the NY Club’s 11/17 meeting


Alumnus Presents Inside Look Into 2012 Presidential Campaigns

Manhattan College alumnus Russell J. Schriefer ’80, partner at the Stevens & Schriefer Group, presented to an eager group of alumni gathered at the fall New York City Alumni Networking Reception held on Nov. 17.

Schriefer, whose firm consults in media, branding and politics, is currently advising the campaign of Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential hopeful.

Nearly 100 Jaspers gathered at New York Life Insurance Company’s historic Madison Avenue building to hear Schriefer’s reflections on the current political environment. He discussed the outlook for U.S. House and Senate affairs and focused primarily on the upcoming presidential primary season.

For more than 20 years, Schriefer has built a reputation as a successful strategist and media consultant, working on four of the last five presidential campaigns. Before joining Romney’s campaign, he served as the media consultant to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the first Republican to be elected governor of the Garden State in more than a decade.

Outside of politics, Schriefer has provided direction to a variety of Fortune 500 companies and national associations, and he has written, directed and edited hundreds of commercials. During his days as a Jasper, he studied government with a concentration in business.An active question and answer session continued into the following reception, providing attendees the chance to learn more from Schriefer and network with fellow alumni, students and professionals from a number of industries.

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Nov 23, 2011 

JNEWS: McGovern, Michael [MC1984] Head of Debt Cap Mkts PrinceRidge


November 22, 2011 06:03 PM Eastern Time

The PrinceRidge Group LLC Names Michael McGovern Head of Debt Capital Markets

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The PrinceRidge Group LLC, the institutional client-oriented broker-dealer founded by John Costas (Chairman) and Michael Hutchins (CEO), has named Michael McGovern as Head of Debt Capital Markets, reporting to the Head of Investment Banking, John McNicholas, and the COO of Corporate Credit, Scott Vandersnow. Mr. McGovern will be a valued addition to PrinceRidge, specifically helping expand its banking and placement efforts.

“Mike has vast experience across the spectrum of debt products. He will lead our efforts to bring customized debt financing solutions to our middle-market issuer clients.”

“We are delighted to have Mike join PrinceRidge,” said McNicholas. “Mike has vast experience across the spectrum of debt products. He will lead our efforts to bring customized debt financing solutions to our middle-market issuer clients.” Vandersnow adds, “Our sales and trading business looks forward to working with Mike to assist his origination efforts by leveraging PrinceRidge’s extensive distribution capabilities.”

Mr. McGovern will add over 25 years of investment banking and debt capital markets experience to the PrinceRidge team. Most recently, Mr. McGovern co-founded Regian Capital Advisors, an investment banking advisory boutique. He previously served as the Head of US Leveraged and Acquisition Finance for HSBC. Prior to joining HSBC, Mr. McGovern was a Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase for 18 years, holding a variety of leadership positions including Head of Origination for Global Syndicated Finance, and Head of Corporate Finance for Consumer and Healthcare Investment Banking. Mr. McGovern earned his B.S. in Finance and Economics at Manhattan College, and his Masters in Business Administration at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

About The PrinceRidge Group LLC

PrinceRidge is a financial services firm built upon extensive industry experience, professionalism and integrity. The firm is client-oriented and fixed-income focused. PrinceRidge offers a variety of financial services to their institutional customer base including sales and trading in corporate credit and structured products and investment banking services such as new issue placements, underwritings and M&A advisory. PrinceRidge is committed to employing the highest quality professionals with significant industry experience, deep product knowledge, integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. For more information about The PrinceRidge Group LLC please visit www.princeridge.com.

Contacts: The PrinceRidge Group LLC Colette Dow, 646-792-5601 cdow@princeridge.com

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Subject: McGovern, Michael 1984 Head of Debt Capital Markets PrinceRidge

Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1984.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McGovern, Michael [MC1984]

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Nov 23, 2011 

JFOUND: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) poetry online


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[JR: Us fat old white guy injineer types don't understand this poe-a-tree stuff. But we can sure find it.]

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Nov 24, 2011 

JEMAIL: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) remembers Fandel, John [MCxfac RIP]

23 NOV 2011

In September, 1961, I was an entering engineering freshman. An honorable discharge from the United States Navy permitted reinstatement of my New York State Regents Scholarship (Series 1957), so I chose the only Catholic engineering college in New York City, Manhattan College. (I was an AT2, Electronics Technician, USN.)

English professors, Harry Blair and John Fandel, helped me immensely to re-enter the academic world. Early in my studies, Mr. Fandel allowed me to take an “Advance Composition” course, in which he showed me, ever so gently, that I was a good mechanic with the English language, but not an artist.  

John P. Fandel WAS an artist. He demanded simple, concise Anglo-Saxon words to describe a scene and practiced what he preached in his poems. His poems seem so simple but are so deep. His work has been compared to that of the more famous Robert Frost (1874-1963). In 1963, Manhattan College celebrated the centennial of its chartering by the State of New York. John Fandel wrote a poem, entitled, “A Chartering”, in which he captured the essence of a young school struggling with its future. I cherish the printed, heavy stock hand out with the poem. Now, I will cherish the memory of John P. Fandel.

John P. Rooney
MC 1965
Cardinal Hayes H.S. 1957

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Fandel, John [MCxfac RIP]

[JR: Thanks, John. Much appreciated. Had no idea when I "caught" it that it would resonate so much with the readership.]

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Nov 24, 2011 

JFOUND: Curry, Thomas [MC1978] Comptroller of the Currency


Comptroller of the Currency: Who Is Thomas Curry?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
- Matt Bewig

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In the midst of an ongoing economic crisis many economists blame on reckless behavior by banks and other Wall Street financial players, President Barack Obama on July 2, 2011, named an experienced state-level bank regulator to serve as the new Comptroller of the Currency. The head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) serves as the chief bank regulator and fiscal watchdog for most of the banking industry. Curry’s Senate confirmation hearing was held n July 26, but he has yet to be confirmed.

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Born September 1, 1957, in Greenwich, Connecticut, Curry is a 1978 graduate of Manhattan College, and earned his law degree from the New England School of Law in 1981. He entered public service in 1982 as an attorney with the Massachusetts Secretary of State. Curry’s career soon turned toward bank regulation when he joined the Massachusett’s Division of Banks in 1986.

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Nov 24, 2011 

MFOUND: MC sparks better prep in nyc hs


Principal’s Report
How Are We Defining College Readiness?
Nov. 23, 2011, 2:02 p.m.
By Rashid F. Davis

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Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy, where I was a principal from August 2006 to March 2011 (I am now at the new Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn), was founded in partnership with the Manhattan College School of Engineering, a private college in the Bronx.

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The results show that a school’s academic culture is slightly different when its students are prepared to compete for admission to private colleges, and the challenge to students becomes even greater when the focus of the school is engineering.

Rashid F. Davis is the principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn.

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Nov 25, 2011 

JBLOGGER: Vacca, Nicole Marie (MC2013) needs some comments on her blog


Friday, November 25, 2011
Why I Do What I Do
Vacca, Nicole Marie (MC2013)
Musings of a Female College Student

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I write blog entries in hope that someone actually does care enough to read. I rarely get any actual comments, but I like to think that someone I know read the entry and understands how I feel (I know I do get occasional readers because I check my stats).

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[JR: I detect some "holiday depression". So I've given her some "link love" (i.e., when one blog points to another blog). Get your minds out of the gutter. And, you can pay her blog a visit and leave an encouraging comment. What else do you have to do on Black Friday.]

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Nov 25, 2011 

ADMINISTRIVIA: Giving platelets this afternoon

I’m continuing my quest to repay all the blood and platelets that Frau Reinke received (i.e.., 175 units of blood and 75 bags of platelets in the last seven months of her life as the doctors struggled unsuccessfully to figure out the cause). Today, I’m again donating platelets.

Holidays are always “shortage days” at the Blood Bank. I know personally because when Our Girl was on that last spiral she needed blood and platelets roughly twice a week. When it was a holiday week, or week end, we’d go knowing that we’d have to wait for them to come from some far off place. Once they were flown in from the midwest. Another time, driven in from Long Island thru NYC rush hour traffic in a snowstorm.

(I’m saying a silent prayer of Thanksgiving for all those unknown people that did for us.)

So feel free to join me. It truly is the gift of life.

(Last month I hit a triple — three bags of platelets came out — which I’m told that translates into 6 units of platelets. Approximately 200+ ml. That can sustain a “normal patient” for a month. Makes me feel good. In Our Girl’s case, it only meant a few days, but she was in so many ways “not normal”.)

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After action report. I “qualified”. BP still up; other chemistries OK. But only a “double” this time. They have this neat device that does some key chemistries. The whole process is neat. It, from a few drops of blood, (OK, a little pipette), gives them a a quarter page of numbers. One of which is how many platelets that they can safely harvest.

(Interesting platelet fun fact #1 — with apologies to the writers of “How I Met Your Mother” — your body replenishes your normal platelet volume within 24 hours.)

Last visit, I must have been a excellent “heifer” — guess that should be “Holstein”; or should it be “Whole-Stein” as in beer — prior to “milking” because they were able to get a “triple”. Today, not so much, they only got a double.

Oh well, only was able to help two people this month.

Funny thing is the only thing that really hurts is the dumb finger stick. And, it’s one of my typing fingers. ROFL!

Seriously, why not “join me” in spirit. The vampire ladies told me that their crews are out doing whole blood donations EVERY day somewhere in “North” Jersey. The need is so desperate during the holidays that they will deploy a team for only one prospective pint. That’s pretty sad in my mind.

OK, maybe giving blood is NOT as dramatic as being the Good Samaritan. But, it’s essential.

I inquired if I should be giving whole blood as opposed to or in addition to platelets, and was told no. Platelets are essential to cancer patients. And it’s even harder to get platelet donations.

(Note for file, you really can’t do both it was explained to me because the chemistries don’t recover that quickly into the “acceptable” range. And, they’d rather have the platelets.)

So for ninety minutes I was hooked up to this neat machine that takes your blood and returns “blood lite” as the vampires tell it. (They think that “Bud Lite” joke is so funny.)

Quietly, I say a quick prayer that my tuckus sends out the best platelets in stock for the troubled person receiving it. Is there such a thing as “high energy platelets”? And fat old white guy injineer platelets should be more valuable since they’ve been highly educated where to go! (I’ve been told where to go so often. There must be some residual instruction left in them.)

Any way, I also think about that Engineering Brother Prof, (I think it was Br. Barry Austin),who announced that they were running a blood drive up at Plato’s Cave. And, ended with the classic line “You guys are really dumb, but probably not too stupid to bleed correctly.” Now don’t everybody run out at once. But please go. Too late for Frau Reinke, but not to help some other soul. This probably has to help if and when I’m lucky enough hit Purgatory. Hmm, wonder if Dean Weil will be at the Pearly Gates, saying to Saint Peter: “Saint Pete, I got this one. Mister Reinke you’ve squeeeezed by again. Are you ever going to put some effort into anything.” And, I’ll point to my platelet donation permanent record and say: “Well, I was able to bleed correctly”. And he’ll just shake his head like he always did.

Hope this made you laff and to consider going out and “bleeding correctly”. It really is the “gift of life”. No substitute for it. And, for people like Frau Reinke, there lives depend upon it.

And it’s really easy.

Dona Nobis Pacem

(I’m scheduled for December 23 in Edison NJ. Feel free to join me. Holiday donations are important.)

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Nov 26, 2011 

JVIDEO: Schuermann, Kerry [MC2015] by Schuermann, Anthony [MC????]


Manhattan College Swim Team
by Ken Schuermann
Joined November 2011

Photos from meets during Fall 2011 including Fairfield, Baruch, and St. Farncis

[JR: Hmmm, interesting. Very interesting. A nice >3 minute video which is still with some music and minimal titling. IS this a coach or a swimmer?]

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Kerry Schuermann
Position: Backstroke
Year: Freshman
Hometown: East Rockaway, N.Y.
High School: Kellenberg Memorial

Before Manhattan: Was captain of swim team her senior year at Kellenberg.

Personal: Born February 23, 1993…daughter of Kenneth and Elaine…grandfather, Anthony, attended Manhattan…volunteers at her local CYO.

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[JR: ahhhh, a doting dad. wonder if Jasper Kerry knows. :-) Love it. I'm sure she's in these stills somewhere. Nothing wrong with doting.]

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Schuermann, Kerry [MC2015]

Schuermann, Anthony [MC????]

[JR: And a solid old Jasper connection. Neat!]

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[JR: Wonder if Dad will be allowed to post more. Shhhish, no one tell Jasper Kerry. Who knows what else we'll discover?]

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Nov 26, 2011 

JNEWS: Sweeney, Christopher [MC????] has a hand in corneal transplants


Sweeneys honored for commitment
Friday, November 25, 2011

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Christopher and Rita Sweeney of Sciota, former West End business owners, were recently recognized for their support and commitment to the Northeast Lions Eye Bank.

Chris is a member of the Western Pocono Lions Club, a Past District Governor and State Council Chairman of District 14 for Lions Clubs International. He is a graduate of Manhattan College and Bucknell University.

Rita is a graduate of Daemen College, has served as Co-Chairperson for the Lions State Convention, has been Past President for the Western Pocono Lioness and Stroudsburg Lions Clubs and has been active in the Northeast Pa Lions Eye Bank.

They are the parents of six children and thirteen grandchildren.

Both Chris and Rita have been associated with the Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank since 1985. They were among those honored for their long history of service to their community and in particular as members of the Eye Bank board of directors. Chris has been the Board President for 17 years and has been instrumental in establishing the endowment fund responsible for providing 2,000 corneal transplants annually.

The Eye Bank message is “if your next of kin does not know of your organ donor wishes at your death, they will not be able to carry them out.” Under Lions’ leadership and guidance they have assisted in the development of a strong program that encourages tissue and organ donation and ensures the viability of the future of the Eye Bank.

The awards breakfast for National Philanthropy Day was held at DeSales University.

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Sweeney, Christopher [MC????]

[JR: Applause for our fellow Jasper and spouse. Doing the Lord's work silently. A great example of what Jaspers do.]

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Nov 23, 2011 

Comment on JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) on Top 10 Scandals 

by jamesjbrown

Good for Gerard, A lot of us thought the same thing but were too lazy to write. But Kellog was approached by a former Jasper player if I remember correctly.

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Nov 23, 2011 

Comment on MTWITTER: “School of Education” is on Twitter

by Rich Kaufmann

Not really crazy about the new logo. Liked the old one better.

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Nov 23, 2011 

Comment on MFOUND: MC scores mostly B’s

by jamesjbrown

After reading the info, it looks like an A to me

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Nov 26, 2011 

ENDNOTE: Hard money is good for the poor


Truth & Charity
by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
August 07, 2009

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The system we have now involves a government-privileged central bank with a monopoly on the creation of legal-tender money, charged with watching over a cartel of ostensibly private but also state-privileged commercial banks. Its debasement of money makes it very difficult for people to save for the future without having to become speculators of one kind or another. A hard-money system, on the other hand, permitted the average person to save for the future simply by accumulating precious-metal coins, which, back in the days when they served as money, held or increased their value over time. Who today would save for the future by piling up Federal Reserve Notes? Society’s most vulnerable now must enter the stock market or take other kinds of risks just to hold on to their wealth. Is this not a moral issue?

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Papal infallibility, I was taught at the Prep and MC, was limited to “matters of faith and morals”.

Here we have the Vatican, as it often does, speak on economics.

Normally, I’d snooze thru these. But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen HOW the manipulation of money screws the little people.

The problem of “poverty”, like we see in Africa, is the corrupt governments. And, the “system” of foreign aid turns the poor into chattel slaves.

And, it just keeps getting worse and worse.

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