JASPER JOTTINGS Week 05 - 2012 January 29     

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



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POSITRACTION: Community comes together for disabled Marine


The Good Sheppard is Healing Our Heroes’ Homes

“Seldom do we hear stories of people who give.  We always hear stories about people who take.  Meet the good Sheppard and learn something.”
by Ken Smith

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I got an email from someone who knew someone who knew something that they thought might be important to me.  ”You wantta hear a story about how a combat wounded, disabled Marine in California had repairs done to his house by a group of 50 college students he asked?”    Sure I said, what’s the story?   Read the email I am about to send to you.

50 San Diego Students Volunteer 24 Hours of Labor to Renovate the Home of Purple Heart Marine Veteran for Embrace H3 Nonprofit Program on December 10th

Over $30,000 worth of labor and donated or purchased materials went into the restoration of disabled Marine Sgt. Jason Swofford’s Oceanside home

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[JR: Why don't these stores get more coverage. As opposed to the politicians and bureaucrats who "support the troops"? A good deed is its own reward. ]

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JNEWS: Movie review mentions Gallagher, John [MC1991 RIP]


Tom Hanks' New 9/11 Movie Gets Thumbs Up from First ResponderJanuary 21, 2012 3:58pm | By Murray Weiss, DNAinfo Criminal Justice Editor / Columnist

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MANHATTAN — Tom Hanks' controversial new 9/11 movie "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" received a thumbs-up from a former NYPD detective commander whose brother-in-law died in the attacks on the World Trade Center — and he does not believe the movie is at all a case of Hollywood exploitation.

In fact, retired Det. Sgt. Kevin Campbell thinks the film, which opened Friday after limited release in December and drew warnings about flashbacks, is an important one that finally portrays the complex challenges faced by families who lost loved ones on that fateful day more than a decade ago.

“This movie shows you that there were a lot more victims that day than the nearly 3,000 people who died,” said Campbell, a former Bronx detective squad commander who became a key aide to former NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Operations Garry McCarthy, now Chicago's police superintendent.

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On 9/11, Campbell’s brother-in-law, John Gallagher, was a 31-year-old energy trader for Cantor Fitzgerald working on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center, which turned out to be the exact floor where Tom Hanks becomes trapped in the film.

Gallagher was a younger brother of Campbell’s wife, Therese. He grew up in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx and attended St. Raymond’s High School, eventually graduating from Manhattan College.

On Sept. 8, 2000, Gallagher married his sweetheart, Francine. The couple celebrated their first anniversary just three days before 9/11. And they had a six-week old son, James.

On the weekend before 9/11, the Gallaghers attended a wedding with four other young couples with whom they were friends. Two of the husbands were New York City firemen, Michael Lynch and Dennis Mulligan. Like Gallagher, they too did not survive.

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Gallagher, John [MC1991 RIP]

[JR: And may their souls, and all those of the faithful, departed rest in peace. Dona Nobis Pacem.]

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JHQ: MC LAX alumni game 02/11 1600



February 11th  Saturday         (Alumni Game)                                 Home              1PM

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JOBIT: Vulcano, James "Jim" Sr. [MC1969 RIP]


James Vulcano Sr.

James (Jim) Vulcano Sr. of Danbury passed away Thursday, January 19, 2012. Jim was born in Danbury on August 31, 1925 to Mike and Gladys (Horn) Vulcano.

Jim graduated from Danbury High School. He was a World War II Veteran having served in the United States Navy. Upon return from his service, Jim graduated from Western Connecticut State Teachers College and from Manhattan College with a Masters Degree in Education and taught in Connecticut and New York State for over 30 years.

A passionate golfer, after retiring he enjoyed a second career as a professional golf instructor in Connecticut and Florida.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Florence; daughters Brenda and her husband Al (Farrah) of Danbury, Diane Vulcano of Bridgeport, Mary Vulcano of Woodbury, and his son Jim and his wife Karen of Brookfield. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Douglas Farrah, Emily, Rebecca and Stephen Vulcano, sister-in-laws Helen Vulcano of Ridgefield, Connecticut and Betty Vulcano of West Palm Beach, Florida along with several nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Michael, Kenneth, Eugene and his sister Jane.

The family extends their deepest gratitude to the Danbury Hospital Dialysis Unit, Danbury Hospital, and the staff at Glen Hill Rehabilitation Center for their wonderful care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30am at St. Peter Church, Danbury, with the Rev. Gregg Mecca, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jim's honor to the Danbury Hospital Nelson A. Gelfman Dialysis Unit, 111 Osborne Street Suite 211, Danbury, CT 06810.

Published in News Times on January 22, 2012


Vulcano, James "Jim" Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/newstimes/guestbook.aspx?n=james-vulcano&pid=155605503&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1969.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Vulcano, James "Jim" Sr. [MC1969 RIP]

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JNEWS: Otivich, Bill 'Otto' [MC1970] honored as coach teacher in Irvington


Irvington Honors Bill "Otto" Otivich
by Meredith Shamburger

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Irvington Recreation Supervisor Joe Archino remembers when “the Legend of Otto” was cemented in his mind: long-time coach Bill “Otto” Otivich was umpiring an over-40 adult baseball game in the late 1980s when he ducked to miss a ball heading toward him, hit the ground and missed the game-deciding play.

Archino thought Otivich would call on him to decide whether the play was good. Instead, Otivich stood up and yelled, “Do-over!”
“These are adult softball players who are not the easiest people in the world, and they all listened,” Archino said. “They all went back.”

Mayor Brian Smith recently honored Otivich with a proclamation noting his many years of service to the village. Otivich served as a coach and teacher in Irvington schools for several decades. For the past 23 years, he has been running the youth basketball program for the recreation department.

Otivich is a Hastings native who began working for Irvington just after graduating from Manhattan College.

“I'm truly touched,” Otivich said while thanking the village and his family for their support.

Otivich said he's “now coaching kids of, kids of, kids I've had.” People ask him all the time how he knows so many people and Otivich said, “I'm just old.”

Smith noted that he had Otivich as a high school gym teacher. Both of his children have also had Otivich as a teacher in “Ottoball,” the nickname given to the youth basketball program.

“I'm just glad I had Bill Otivich as my teacher,” he said.

Trustee Rocco Rasulo grew up having Otivich as a mentor. He said Otivich has the ability to be a teacher, coach and friend.
“It's a quality not often seen,” he said.

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Otivich, Bill 'Otto' [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Bill is a member of the Class of 1970.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Otivich, Bill 'Otto' [MC1970]

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JFACEBOOK: Manhattan College Players are on FACEBOOK



Manhattan College Players

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JBLOGGER: Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986) speaking San Antonio WED 2/8 1930


Monday, January 23, 2012
Murder, Mystery and Egon Schiele's Dead City February 8 at Jewish Federation of San Antonio

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Thanks to the Federal Bar Association and the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, I will be speaking at the Jewish Federation of San Antonio on February 8 about Egon Schiele's Dead City and the mystery and litigation that it has spawned since District Attorney Robert Morgenthau seized it in 1998 at the Museum of Modern Art.The MoMA's possession and concealment of artworks stolen from Holocaust survivors has come under fire recently, check out William Cohan's MoMA's Problematic Provenances in December ArtNews here.For more stolen art by Egon Schiele at the MoMA visit Art Stolen from Fritz Grunbaum.

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Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986)

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JFOUND: Rizzotti, Matt [MC2007?]  stuck in Philly's system?


Philadelphia Phillies: Top 25 Positional Prospects in the System
ByGreg Pinto(Featured Columnist) on January 23, 2012

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Matt Rizzotti is another fringe prospect with some upside.

Drafted by the Phillies in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft out of Manhattan College, Rizzotti is a big, powerful first baseman that has taken quite a while to develop in the system. Though the Phillies promoted him to AAA Lehigh Valley in 2010, he struggled and played the entire 2011 season with AA Reading.

A left handed power hitter, he is blocked at the MLB level in the Phillies' organization, and thus, isn't quite as valuable as he should be to other teams. Unable to play any other positions on the diamond, Rizzotti may be most valuable to the Phillies in a trade, but even then, his value is minimal.

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Rizzotti, Matt [MC2007?]

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JNEWS: Muscarella, Frank [MC1994] SVP WSP Flack + Kurtz


WSP Flack + Kurtz Promotes Muscarella, LEED AP, PE to Senior Vice President
January 24, 2012by New York RealEstateRama

NEW YORK, NY – January 24, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — WSP Flack + Kurtz, the international engineering firm, has promoted Frank Muscarella, LEED AP, PE, to senior vice president, announces David Cooper, PE, LEED AP BD+C, the firm’s president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Muscarella, who is also the assistant department head for WSP Flack + Kurtz’s New York HVAC practice, previously served as vice president. He has more than 17 years of experience, all with WSP Flack +Kurtz, in the design of mechanical systems for a wide range of project types.

Throughout his tenure, Mr. Muscarella, 39, has worked on many notable projects, including the Goldman Sachs Headquarters, the New York Times Headquarters, and Cornell University’s Bailey Hall.

“We hired Frank in 1994, just after he graduated,” says Mr. Cooper. “17 years later, we’re still congratulating ourselves on this hire. He has made outstanding contributions to WSP Flack + Kurtz, and we hope he’ll stay with us for at least another 17 years.”
Mr. Muscarella received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. A native of the Bronx, he currently resides in Mahopac, NY.

WSP Flack + Kurtz is a multi-faceted engineering firm that has completed significant projects with internationally acclaimed architects for the world’s largest corporations, developers and institutions. The firm’s services include mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, security, information technology, architectural lighting design, and commissioning.

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Muscarella, Frank [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Muscarella, Frank [MC1994]

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JNEWS: Kovac, Natalie [MC2007] passed the NY Mechanical PE exam


For Immediate Release: January 23, 2012  
Natalie Kovac Is Now A Licensed Professional EngineerLong Island Press Releases & NewsLong Island Press Releases —
Passes New York State Mechanical Professional Engineering Exam

(Long island, NY) Natalie Kovac, Project Engineer in the Mechanical Engineering Division of H2M architects + engineers since May 2009 has passed the New York State Mechanical Professional Engineering Exam and is now a licensed professional engineer (P.E.). Her successful completion of the two-part exam authorizes Ms. Kovac to practice mechanical engineering and under a professional title in the State of New York.

“I am excited to have my P.E. and start the next phase of my career,” says Kovac.

At H2M, Ms. Kovac’s work includes the preparation of heating and cooling load calculations, equipment selection, piping and duct system design, site investigations and evaluation of existing HVAC and Plumbing Systems, shop drawing review, and construction management.

She is a LEED Accredited Professional by the USGBC, certified TRANE Air Conditioning Clinic & TRANE HVAC Software Training. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, Air Conditioning Engineers; Pi Mu Epsilon; ACE Mentor Program.
Ms. Kovac holds an M.S. & B.S., Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and is resident of Franklin Square, Long Island, NY.

For more information about H2M and its current project list, visit www.h2m.com.
About H2MH2M is a full-service consulting and design firm offering the expertise of more than 250 architects,  engineers (water supply, civil/site, structural, M/E/P, wastewater and environmental), planners, designers, inspectors, surveyors and scientists. H2M meets the challenges associated with buildings and infrastructure and has been serving various markets throughout Long Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut for more than 75 years.

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Kovac, Natalie [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Natalie is a member of the Class of 2007.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kovac, Natalie [MC2007]

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JOBIT: Quirk, John F. [MC1956 RIP]


John F. Quirk

NEEDHAM, Mass. - John F. Quirk, 78, of Needham, died Jan. 24, 2012.

He was the beloved husband of Dorothy "Doss" Hand Quirk for 50 years; son of the late John I. and Marion R. (Stanton) Quirk; loving father of John Quirk and his wife, Audrey Korsgaard, of Columbia, S.C., Timothy Quirk and his wife, Jeanne, of Dedham, Kathleen Quirk and her husband, Michael Pasciak, of Needham, Patricia Quirk and her husband, Tim Foley, of Natick, Kevin Quirk and his wife, Karen, of Natick and Brian Quirk and his fiancée, Ashley Donoghue, of Dorchester; dear brother of Virginia Desrosiers Hill of Enfield, Conn., loving grandfather to Lucy, Johnny, Tommy, Erin, Colleen and Jack.

He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Manchester, N.H., in 1951. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1955 from Manhattan College and a master's in structural engineering from Northeastern University in 1962.

He retired in 2001 from the U.S. Department of Transportation and General Services Administration as a structural engineer. He was an avid churchgoer and enthusiastic sports fan, enjoyed his grandchildren and was a true family man.
SERVICES: A funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 1305 Highland Ave., Needham, is Saturday at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Bartholomew Church, Needham, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Needham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., #501, Boston 02210-1258. For an online guestbook and directions, go to gfdoherty.com.

Published in Union Leader on January 26, 2012


Quirk, John F. [MC1956 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/unionleader/guestbook.aspx?n=john-quirk&pid=155641558&cid=full

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JOBIT: Ryan, Matthew Sr. [MC???? RIP]


Matthew Ryan Sr. (1946 - 2012)

Hyde Park - Matthew William Ryan Sr., 65, a Hyde Park resident for forty years previously of Valley Cottage, NY died Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx.

Born in Yonkers on December 30, 1946, he was the son of the late John M. Ryan and Catherine Watson Ryan. His mother survives in Warwick.

He received a Bachelor's Degree from Manhattan College.

Mr. Ryan's mission in life was to help others in recovery. He was a counselor at the Villa Veritas Foundation, Inc., in Kerhonkson for many years and retired due to his illness. During his time at Villa Veritas, he was proud to have helped many 9/11 first responders.

Matthew was past president of the Hyde Park Rotary, a former Hyde Park Town Councilman, and active with the Hyde Park Little League while his sons played. He also enjoyed reading and was an avid NY Yankee and NY Giants fan.

He was responsible for the creation of the Saturday night ALANON group at the Hyde Park Dutch Reform Church.

Mr. Ryan proudly served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his two sons, Matthew W. Ryan Jr. and his significant other, Cambria Evans, of Providence, Rhode Island, and Eric S. Ryan of Atlanta, GA; two granddaughters, Sophia May and Emma Avalyn Ryan; five brothers, Paul J. Ryan and wife, Laura, of Arlington, VA, Neil R. Ryan and wife, Lois, of Warwick, John M. Ryan and wife, Heather, of Yonkers, D. Sean Ryan and wife, Lisa, of Westown, and Patrick F. Ryan and wife, Carol, of Middletown; and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, Friday, January 27th at Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc., Rte.9, Hyde Park.
Funeral services will be 12:30 pm, Saturday, January 28th at the funeral home. Fr. Jack Hauser will officiate.

Graveside services and burial with military honors will take place at 11am, Monday, January 30th at St. Mary's Cemetery, Yonkers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Villa Veritas Foundation, Inc., PO Box 610, Kerhonkson, NY 12446.

To send a condolence or for directions, please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on January 26, 2012


Ryan, Matthew Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/poughkeepsiejournal/guestbook.aspx?n=matthew-ryan&pid=155638483&cid=full

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JNEWS: Laue, Kevin [MC2013] story told in Syracuse


The Daily Orange > SportsNational |
One-handed Laue overcomes adversity to play Division-I basketball for Manhattan
By Stephen Bailey
Asst. Copy Editor
Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2012 02:01

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"All right," the longtime high school coach said, "now I want you to tie your shoe with one hand."

Speaking at a basketball camp last summer, Collins watched as each player —ranging from fourth to eighth grade —tried again and again with no success. He continued speaking.

"I know a guy with one hand who can tie his shoes. He doesn't have a Velcro strap. He has regular, high-top shoes, size 17, and he ties them with one hand."

Collins was referring to Kevin Laue, who he coached for two seasons at Amador Valley (Calif.) High School. Now playing for Manhattan College (14-7, 7-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), the 6-foot-11, 230-pound junior center is believed to be the only one-handed player in NCAA history to earn a Division-I scholarship.

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[JR: No new news here. But it is a impressive story.]

Laue, Kevin [MC2013]

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JFACEBOOK: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) self-described "a struggling artist"


Jerry Breen posted to Richard Billies:

"I'm still a struggling artist. I've been living in the Baltimore area for almost 30 years. I'm married and I have a 20-year-old son. I never did succeed in getting a comic strip syndicated, which was my main ambition. I've continued to draw political cartoons over the years, and since the arrival of the internet they've begun to attract some attention. No real money, though. You can check out some of my artwork on my website at www.newbreen.com . - Jerry Breen"

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[JR: Last year, my wife passed and I wanted something special for Christmas gifts. Jerry agree to do "something" from some of her favorite pictures. Here's the result.]

[JR: Everyone was blown away by the work. And, it gave everyone something ... ... Well, if you need some art work done, I have nothing but high praise for Jerry's work and work ethic. I think he really nailed "it" whatever "it" was. He really didn't have lot of direction from me. I just gave him the pictures and asked for something "memorable". I think it is. Up to you to decide. I know Jerry can use the work. That "starving artist" stuff must get old. Thanks, Jerry, for great gifts. And, he made all the copies (11) I needed. Not Xeroxed either. What he called an "original copy". As opposed to an "original composition". Some day maybe I'll understand the distinction. ]

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JNEWS: Mannarino, Al [MC1982] does webinar 2/1


Join Embarcadero for Free Webinar on InterBase, the High Performance Zero Admin Embedded & Workgroup

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SAN FRANCISCO – January 26, 2012 – Developers looking for a low cost, high performance workgroup or embedded database can learn about the InterBase XE in a free one-hour webinar from Embarcadero Technologies on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.  The speakers include Al Mannarino and Stephen Ball, evangelists for Embarcadero.

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Anyone interested in attending this webinar can register at: http://forms.embarcadero.com/forms/AMUSCA1202InterBaseWebinar2-01? and choose to attend any one of the three sessions at 6 a.m., 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. PST. Tweet about this event:Webinar for #developers looking for a low cost, high performance embedded #database, #InterBase is your answer. http://embt.co/ib-wbnr. In this webinar, attendees will learn:
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About Al Mannarino, EvangelistAl Mannarino is the Lead Systems Engineer and Evangelist for Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. Before joining Embarcadero, his last three years was spent at CodeGear from Borland and the prior five years was spent as a Lead Systems Engineer with Borland helping to sell ALM/SDO/Developer Tools solutions. Al has over 25 years of Software Development experience including OOAD and the responsibility for developing and deploying production applications. Prior to Borland, Al was an SE for Objectivity, Versant, Red Brick Systems, Information Builders, and an Electrical Engineer with Grumman Aerospace where he performed real application implementations on complex electrical-mechanical systems. Al has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.

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Mannarino, Al [MC1982]

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JHQ: Mariani, Paul [MC1962] summarized in MC press release


Poetry in Motion: An Alumnus' Brush with the Big Screen
Posted on January 25, 2012

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He’s published 16 books and hundreds of essays, but it was his biography of the poet Hart Crane that Paul Mariani ’62 knew was different.

Mariani, who spent the last 11 years as the University Professor of English at Boston College, had his biography of Crane published in 1999 (W.W. Norton & Company) — the poet’s 100th birthday.

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Mariani is still working his day job, a career he started almost immediately after leaving the College.

Following his graduation from Manhattan with a B.A. in English and world literature, Mariani went on to get his master’s at Colgate University, eventually teaching his first college classes there.

He did his doctoral studies in English and comparative literature at Hunter College, teaching there, as well as at Lehman College and John Jay College ofCriminal Justice. His dissertation was on the poetry and poetics of Gerard Manley Hopkins with a fellowship from the Newman Center at Columbia College.

After moving to Montague, Mass., in 1968 with his wife, Eileen, and their three children, Mariani began working at Amherst, where he reworked his dissertation into a book, Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life, which was published by Cornell University Press in 1970. Before he left Amherst to move to Boston College, he was made Distinguished University Professor of English.

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After all his success, the 16 books and hundreds of essays, reviews and poems he’s published, his awards — a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Humanities and one National Endowment for the Arts fellowships — Mariani can trace his fascination of English and poets back to Riverdale.

“It was Manhattan College, which taught me a love of books, and — considering both my parents, who were smart but Depression-era kids — the school gave me the chance to move on and up,” Mariani says. “What I learned there, I have tried to pass on to several generations of college kids in my turn, as well as to keep alive and young by learning.”

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Mariani, Paul [MC1962]

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MVIDEO: Men's Basketball promo


Uploaded by ManhattanJaspers on Jan 25, 2012
2011-2012 Manhattan Men's Basketball Intro Video

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[JR: Minute Forty Four. Only critique, I would have cited Junius as an exemplar.]

Kellogg, Junius [MC1953 RIP]

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JNEWS: Hussey, Daniel [MC2015?] Eagle Scout


Eagle Scout project

An Eagle Court of Honor celebrating the achievement of Daniel Hussey of East Northport, Boy Scout Troop 125’s 87th Eagle Scout, was held on Jan. 7 at the Commack United Methodist Church. For his Eagle Project, Daniel designed, built and installed five historical interpretive signs for the Smithtown Historical Society in Smithtown. These signs can be found in front of the Roseneath Cottage, the Epenetus Smith Tavern, the Judge J. Lawrence Smith Homestead, the Franklin O. Arthur Farm House and the Brush Barn. They will help visitors better understand the historical buildings and their significance in the history of Long Island. Daniel’s project aids the Smithtown Historical Society in their commitment to the preservation, restoration and interpretation of Long Island’s heritage for the education and enjoyment of all who visit. A total of 363.8 hours was logged into the project by Daniel, 23 additional youths and 14 adults from the planning stage through its completion. About why he chose this project, Daniel said, “The project gave me the opportunity to lead boys in research, planning, construction and installation of the signs. I also felt it was a worthwhile project that would inform visitors to the history of Long Island and the Smithtown Historical Society.”

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Daniel just finished his first semester at Manhattan College where he is majoring in civil engineering. He is a graduate of Commack High School, where he had the distinction of graduating with an International Baccalaureate Diploma (a highly regarded worldwide recognized achievement, a program that only a few districts throughout Long Island offer and from that only a very small percentage of students earn this achievement). He was also a member of the cross country, winter and spring track teams and was a varsity member since his sophomore year.

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Hussey, Daniel [MC2015?]

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JTWITTER: Ferrarotto, Amanda (MC2012) reports on grass at MC


@aferrarotto aka Amanda Ferrarotto tweeted:

"After spending so much money on the *useful* patch of grass outside memorial hall the least they could do is keep it green #manhattancollege"

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Ferrarotto, Amanda (MC2012)

[JR: Guess they didn't expect summer in late January. Maybe they were expecting it to be snow covered. Me, I'll take brown grass.]

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JLINKEDIN: Graba, Meghan (MC2011) Associate Buyer at PCH


Graba, Meghan (MC2011)
Associate Buyer at Publishers Clearing House
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising

Specialties: Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, familiar with Adobe IllustratorFreelance writing, drawing, and painting

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Comment on “JNEWS: Pisco, Jay T. [MC1980] Commissioner Westche”

by Mike

It should state "Mechanical Engineering" degree from Manhattan College... Multiple news articles wrongly cited this.

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[JR: Thanks. Can't trust the media to get it completely right. Something we should remember when we read "news". Even Jasper Jottings.]

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ENDNOTE: Rare medical condition should teach us empathy and thanksgiving


Irish woman trapped in a 12-year-old girl’s body, pleads for medical help
25-year-old Kate Quinn suffers from rare Caudal Regression Syndrome
By CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Saturday, January 7, 2012, 7:45 AM
Updated Saturday, January 7, 2012, 7:45 AM

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A brave Kilkenny woman has gone public to reveal her torment at being trapped in a 12-year-old’s body – at the age of 25.

Kate Quinn from the village of Mooncoin suffers from a rare medical condition called Caudal Regression Syndrome (CRS) which results in an abnormal development of the lower spine.

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There stories should be read to children. Those tweens and teens who can't possibly value the gift that they've been given. Good health!

I read this story, and I admit my bias since Frau Reinke died of an unidentified blood disorder, and felt tremendous empathy for this young woman.

The lesson I hope that I take away is that life is complex. The old man in the funny white hat, as his predecessors have done, campaigns for human dignity and the sanctity of life itself.  In my blunt fat old white guy injineer's way, I'd phrase it differently: "Don't mess with what you don't, maybe can't, understand. Add that to the fact that the USA has aborted enough babies to populate a large city. And, you have a feel for the depth of the problem.

Here we have human afflictions that beg us "study me" and "we" have a lot of time, talent, resources, and attention focused on a species-wide extermination project. Wether it's aborting girls in India, subsequent children in China, or the inconvenient here in the USA, it's just nuts.

For my part, I just marvel at the Universe's, God's Plan, or Evolution's miracle.

Hopefully, my fellow alums will see this as motivating them to do their part in this adventure.

Dona Nobis Pacem

p.s., I am sending this to my "old" friend who insists that CRS stands for "can't remember <synonym for excrement>". Obviously, he better be careful when he checks into the hospital and puts that on his form.

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