JASPER JOTTINGS Week 15 - 2012 April 08     

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



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POSITRACTION: India and Pakistan deadly enemies; maybe peace signal?


How the border between India and Pakistan is closed, every day.

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Now you can watch this short video and laugh at the exaggerated marching. And, you can also remember or read the history of the civil strife that accompanied the birth of these two nations. For the youngsters, watch the epic movie Gandhi and see the sectarian violence.

(Be glad we had the 13 colonies who wanted their own religion to be the "state sponsored religion". When they couldn't agree, somehow we got the First Amendment. And dodged a pretty big bullet.)

But with all that in mind, I saw a very positive sign in this performance. Did you see it?

Spoiler alert: http://goo.gl/8Kcea

So, my take away is to always look for the path to peace.

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MJOY: Malone, Mary Ellen [MCstaff] sees her daughter wed


Monica Malone, Mark Murphy
Published: April 1, 2012
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Monica Jeanne Malone and Mark Daniel Murphy were married Saturday at Holy Rosary Church in Hawthorne, N.Y. The Rev. John Fraser, a Roman Catholic priest and the church’s pastor, performed the ceremony.

The bride, 31, works in Stamford, Conn., as a director at UBS, the Swiss bank, where she oversees a portfolio of Brazilian banks. She graduated from Tulane and received an M.B.A. from New York University.

She is a daughter of Mary Ellen Malone and Robert E. Malone of Hawthorne. The bride’s father, who works in Queens, is the deputy chief financial officer for Queens Hospital Center. Her mother raises money for Manhattan College in the Bronx as its director of planned giving.

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The couple met in May 2010, while hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes. Although they were in separate groups, they were paired together as part of a larger, 14-person group for a grueling four-day hike that would take them nearly 8,000 feet above sea level.

“We didn’t speak much the first day, but on the second day of the hike, we were far ahead of the others in the group and just started talking,” Ms. Malone recalled. “He was very easygoing and very smart.”

They soon found they had much in common, especially a love of the outdoors and a passion for participating in athletic events. In fact, they were both training for the New York City Marathon later that year.

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Malone, Mary Ellen [MCstaff]

[JR: Mozel Tov. I'll report on happiness any chance I get. The only thing better is births. And, of course, pizza and beer. But that's from a different taxonomy.]

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JNEWS: Edwards, Stacy Jack [MC1987] Berks PA HoF


Originally Published: 4/1/2012

10 set to enter Berks Chapter of state Hall
Reading Eagle

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The Berks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct 10 members at its 37th annual banquet Sunday, April 15, at Riveredge.

The inductions will bring the Berks chapter to 324 members, including 29 who have been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

The banquet, open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m.

Tickets and reservations are available by contacting Dave McCoy at 484-332-3273.

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Stacey (Jack) Edwards

Stacey (Jack) Edwards was the first girls player in Berks scholastic basketball history to score 2,000 points, finishing her Kutztown career with 2,034 in 1983.

She still ranks fifth on the all-time list.

She went on to become an All-Metro section and All-American nominee at Manhattan College, where she scored 1,665 points. She still ranks fourth in career points and career rebounds at the school.

She has been inducted into the Kutztown High School and Manhattan College halls of fame.

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Stacy (Jack) Edwards '87  Graduated second on the Lady Jaspers' all-time basketball list with 1,665 career points and 833 career rebounds. Ranked among the nation's top 10 with a 85% free throw shooting percentage in 1986. Earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors that season. Earned MAAC All-Academic Team honors three times. Academic All-American as a senior.

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Edwards, Stacy Jack [MC1987]

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JEMAIL: Faison, Charlene [MC1989] idedby McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Charlene Faison work with science on the job, church at home
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 11:40 am | Updated: 11:38 pm, Thu Mar 29, 2012
By STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff

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“I always felt that my calling in my life was to be helpful,” said Charlene Faison while sitting in a waiting room at the Convent Baptist Church in Harlem, where she serves as associate minister. “Not only in the church, but in my secular occupation.”

Faison was honored as one of “25 Influential Black Women in Business” by the Network Journal during a March 22 ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis, and it’s easy to see why. Faison is currently the manager of nuclear licensing for Entergy and one of the few Black women to be found in the realm of science. However, her journey tells a much more complex story—one that centers around what so many continually debate: religion and science. Both are on an equal plane for Faison, and both are important parts of her life.

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[JR: Sounds Jasper-ish to me. Pragmatically Optimistic that we can make the world better. One Jasper at a time?]

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2012-Mar-31 @ 08:20

Dear John,

I believe that Charlene is a member of the Class of 1989.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Faison, Charlene [MC1989]

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JEMAIL: Galimi, Kellyann [MC1990] idedby McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Dinner and show fundraiser promoting breast cancer awareness in Westchester
Kellyann Galimi, Westchester County Motherhood Examiner

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Dear John,

I believe that Kellyann is a memmber of the Class of 1990.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Galimi, Kellyann [MC1990]

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JFOUND: Boland, Mark (MC1994) opens MC Jasper Alums on LinkedIn


Manhattan College / Jaspers / Alumni Group is now an open group

I am pleased to announce that, as the owner of this group, I have just switched us to an open discussion group. All future discussions will be fully visible, searchable, and shareable on the Web. All past discussions are now closed in a members-only archive. I look forward to our future discussions now joining the broader conversation of the wider Web.

7 months ago

Mark Boland  
Greater Denver Area

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[JR: For some reason this popped as new. It's a forum that Jaspers should use for networking. Remember it's "open" to the inet. So caution and circumspection are warranted. imho.]

Boland, Mark (MC1994)

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JNEWS: Veliz, Tierney [MC2011] has her brother pass

FROM: Jude DiGidio, CFP 
DATE: 3:10 PM
TO: Jasper Fjohn68

Last Saturday we were able to report the beautiful event of Tierney Veliz going back to church for the first time since her accident. 

This week we have much sadder news that her younger brother Chase, age 20, has left this earth for a more beautiful and kinder place. Chase was unable to speak for the last 10yrs of his life and was bed ridden for the last six years but during that period he was able to teach many people what true courage and love was. His family was always there for him as were many other people, but somehow his kind expression of his face gave back to people more than anyone could do for him.

Chase had a short life in years but his impact was that of a man of many years, a giant in courage and strength, two qualities that make up the whole Veliz family. As we enter Holy Week, a favorite time of year for Chase’s mom Rose, let’s keep this family in our thoughts and prayers and continue our Rotary quest to a successful May 1st golf outing and fundraiser for this precious family.


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Veliz, Tierney [MC2011]

[JR: How much bad stuff can hit one family. I'm speechless. Another name to add to the prayer list.]

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JLINKEDIN: Mayotte, Mark (MC2012) Mechanical Engineering Student


Mayotte, Mark (MC2012)
Mechanical Engineering Student at Manhattan College
Hopewell Junction, New York    
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

Summary: I am a graduating senior with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics from Manhattan College. I am very excited to start a professional career in a well respected engineering firm.

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JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) disagrees with the last ENDNOTE

FROM: Mark Mangone
DATE: 10:38 AM (8 hours ago)
TO: Distribute_Jas.

Hello John,

The endnote reached new lows in prejudice and offensiveness.  There has been and is an ongoing effort to win an argument by insulting and degrading opponents to discredit them, so as to avoid having to conduct an intelligent discussion.  “greens are dumb” does just this and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Environmentalism has always been about efficiency.  If you make a product and use 90% of your raw materials and throw away 10% you will have more of an environmental effect than if you can 95% and only throw away 5%.  Over the long haul good environmental practices improves efficiency and the bottom line and always will.  The essence of environmentalism is efficiency.  The opponents of environmentalism intentionally deceive to avoid this because they know that it is correct.

Most environmentalists do not oppose global cooling or global warming as long as it is natural.  They oppose climate change that is manmade and any other change to the environment that is manmade and unintentional.  If it is well thought out and planned it is acceptable.

The issue is when someone makes money and does harm and leaves it for someone else to pay for.  This is stealing and immoral.

If your neighbor did not pay for garbage removal and dumped his garbage and you had to pay for your neighbors garbage to be removed you would think that is bad.

If many people pollute a river and the town at the mouth of the river must pay twice as much to clean the water to make drinking water for their town, you think it is acceptable and taxing the polluters to clean it up is bad.  Shame on you.  Responsibility is important. Efficiency is important.

You should be printing pieces that make a point, not denigrating other people who disagree with you.  Of course you think that anyone who disagrees with you is dumb.  Again, I say shame on you.


Mark A. Mangone
Senior Environmental Engineer
Buckman International

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[JR: I don't think I denigrated anyone. And, there are two Jaspers in that ENDNOTE; not just me alone. And, "Green" isn't about efficiency or inflicting harm on someone else. "Green" is commonly a "watermelon"; green on the outside and red inside. Environmental cover over a communist core. "Greens" want to issue orders. And, control how people live their lives! The Chevy Volt is prime example. A car no one wants that the taxpayer has to pay for. The Global Warming Carbon Tax, Carbon Credits Exchange, and the run away EPA are all examples of "command and control" being imposed upon "We, The Sheeple". Al Gore has a carbon footprint like Bigfoot, but that's OK. As an injineer, I like efficiency AND effectiveness. As a little L libertarian, I'm all for making property rights sacrosanct; any damage done by another should be fixed by restitution. For the record, the biggest polluter is always the Gooferment. Environmentalism has become a cult of the "Secular Progressives" advancing their agenda of socialism. So maybe I wasn't as polite as I could have been, but remember I am an injineer. ]

Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

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JHQ: April Alumni Connection


Jasper Open Golf Tournament
Explore the Beauty of Southern Italy with Manhattan College
San Francisco Bay Area After-Work Mixers
Three Senators Event
D.C. Alumni and Admissions Reception
Bergen County Alumni Reception
Financial Services Alumni Reception
Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations

Summer Events
07/20 Spring Lake, N.J., Alumni Luncheon
07/23 Construction Industry Golf Outing
07/27 Saratoga Day at the Races

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JOBIT: Greene, Donald F. Jr. [MC1961 RIP]



GREENE DONALD F. GREENE, JR., native of Hackensack, NJ and longtime resident of Fairview Park, OH, passed quietly on March 24, 2012.

Born June 2, 1935, Don was a graduate of Holy Trinity High School (1953) and Manhattan College (1961).

His dearest accomplishment was enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, where he became a Sergeant serving in the First Battalion, Ninth Marines in Okinawa.

Don leaves behind his children Elizabeth, Amy, Christopher, and Daniel; grandchildren Christopher, Nicholas, and Ana Cristina; dedicated and loving sister, Barbara and brother-in-law Frank and their children; best friend and cousin Malcolm Greene and his wife Michelle; special friends and special people the Keatings; and many cousins and lifelong friends.

Graveside service, Wednesday, April 4, at 11am in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, OH. Please meet at entrance.

CORRIGAN CRACIUN FUNERAL HOME 440-331-0500. www.corrigancraciun.com


Greene, Donald F. Jr. [MC1961 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/cleveland/guestbook.aspx?n=donald-greene&pid=156844347&cid=full

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MOBIT: MacEnroe, Patricia Brennan [MCspouse RIP] rejoins ...

... MacEnroe, John W. [MC1948 RIP]


Patricia B. MacEnroe
New Hartford

Patricia Brennan MacEnroe died Friday, March 30, 2012. She was born on March 17, 1925, in Flushing, Queens, the daughter of Frank A. and Miriam Heidenis Brennan.

Pat was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford, NY, where she was a Eucharistic minister, a lector, a parish visitor, a charter member of the funeral choir, and served on the Bereavement Ministry. She was also a member of the New Hartford Adult Dining and Activity Center where she was President of the Senior Council. Pat loved New York City and was delighted that she had grown up there. She made her social debut at the Knights of Columbus Charity Ball held at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Pat met her husband, John MacEnroe, while they were students. She was at Fordham University; he had returned to Manhattan College after having served three years in the Army Air Force, Pacific Theatre. The intense rivalry of the two schools in the sports arena in no way dampened their friendship. They were married in St. Kevin's Parish in Flushing on July 2, 1954.

John and Pat were selected by the town of New Hartford in 1990 for its Community Service Award and were chosen Senior Citizens of the Year by the Oneida County Office for the Aging in 2003. John died on August 7, 2010.

Surviving Pat are her five adult children and their spouses. They are John and Susan and their children, Patrick, Meghan and Adam, Tricia and Cliff, Paul and Michelle and their son, and Alex, Maureen and Sam and their daughter, Jenny, and Mary. She is also survived by her sister, Miriam; and brothers, Ed and his children, Miriam, Mary, E.J., Peter, Kevin, Virginia and Catherine, and John and Charman and their children, Ian and Sarah. She is survived, too, by a niece and nephew, Patricia and Frank Brennan; and her Goddaughters, Miriam Potthoff and Shelley Bialka. Pat was predeceased by a brother, Frank, in 2009.

On Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 66 Oxford Rd., New Hartford, NY. Interment will be in Saratoga National Cemetery next to her husband, John. Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, 470 French Road, Utica. In your charity, please consider St. John the Evangelist Church or Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Messages of sympathy at www.nunnandmcgrath.com

Published in The Observer-Dispatch from March 31 to April 9, 2012


[JR: Maybe I'm naïve hopeless romantic, but I too hope to rejoin my spouse when time permits. Obits usually bum me out, but this one didn't. For some strange reason.  ]

MacEnroe, Patricia Brennan [MCspouse RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/uticaod/guestbook.aspx?n=patricia-macenroe&pid=156780949&cid=full


MacEnroe, John W. [MC1948 RIP]

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JNEWS: Rocco, Matthew [MC????] wins WSJ first Blindfold Brackets contest


The Daily Fix
The Journal's all-purpose sports report.
April 3, 2012, 2:49 PM
NCAAs: Flying Blind and Finishing First
By Adam Thompson

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All hail the Platypuses!

The results are in from the Journal’s first Blindfold Brackets contest, and we have a winner. Matthew Rocco of Freehold, N.J., all of 20 years old, struck gold by correctly predicting that Kentucky would top Kansas to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. He has won a personalized hedcut, the hand-made stipple drawings that are staples on the Journal’s front page.
Rocco, a journalism student at Manhattan College in Bronx, N.Y., describes himself as a casual college hoops fan – just the kind of person Blindfold Brackets were designed to help.

To review: the Journal took all 68 teams in this year’s tournament and shielded their identities by giving them pseudonyms. The Wildcats became the Platypuses. The Jayhawks became the Nurse Sharks. The idea was to eliminate the biases people bring to their brackets and letting them decide purely on more objective ratings of the teams’ strengths and weaknesses. Kentucky accounted to 14.3% of all predicted winners in the contest, while KU was our readers’ clear favorite, with 69.4% picking the Jayhawks to run the table.

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Rocco, Matthew [MC????]

[JR: A First. A winner. And, "lucky"? All the things we expect of a Jasper. I'm sure there are Statistics and Pshyc lessons in this story. Personally, I'm glad that Jasper Matt isn't wasting his time on things like studying. That win definitely should go on his LinkedIn profile, resume, and "accomplishments". Worth as much as 4.0 imho. Congrats.]

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MFOUND: Emma Straub comments on her invite to MC


Tag Archives: manhattan college
Day Off: NYC
Posted on April 2, 20121

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Today was our first day off since Austin, and boy, did we need it.

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Meanwhile, I took the subway up to the Bronx and did a reading at the lovely Manhattan College. ‘Major Author’ might be a stretch, but hey, I’m working on it.

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[JR: As a self-published vanity author I don't think "major author" is a stretch at all. Anyone gets paid in "real money" is a "major author" to me. imho! ]

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MNEWS: Fanny Farmer gets an addition?


Browse: Home / Construction, Front Page News, Notices/Announcements / TONIGHT:
Land Use Committee discusses Broadway Plaza, Manhattan College Commons

TONIGHT: Land Use Committee discusses Broadway Plaza, Manhattan College Commons
By Margaret on April 3, 2012

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The Community Board 8 Land Use Committee will be meeting tonight to discuss plans for the development of Broadway and 230th St, and to hear further news on Manhattan College’s plans to build a student commons on what is now a parking lot at the end of West 240th Street. (The project is intended to include both a cafe and a bookstore open to the community.)

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[JR: Interesting. Will the cardroom in the cafe be open to the rubes? I'd loved to get some non-student money when I was in skrule. Some say I majored in Bridge, the card game, and minored in Pinochle. (When there were no "no bid is the best bid" players to harvest money from. Right, JohnD? And, of course, BillF was my favorite coconspirator, but he thought going to class and graduating was more important than picking pockets. His future wife gave him that silly idea. My turn came a year later. Maybe that was Dean Weirdly's plan all along. Funny how he knew ALL the girls' names?  And what is "Fort Independence Park"?  ]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) blames Somalia on the Libertarians

For your reading “In 1991, when the government collapsed, that was the worst time in my life,” she said. “So how can I leave now? We can smell a government coming.”

Dear Jasper John:

I thought this might be of interest to you and other libertarians who tout the elimination of governments - I have  thought that Somalia was a place libertarians could call home but they are making what  most people call progress with the help of governmental power.

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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Appended NYT copyrighted article.


[JR: McEneney, Mike (MC1953), on the Jasper Jottings Legal Desk, forbids me from including copyrighted material in Jasper Jottings but here's the link.]

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[JR:  How quickly you forget that the general peace of the various warlords was disrupted by the UN picking a winner to be the official Somalia Gooferment. The article refers to the corruption and weakness of that UN imposed Gooferment. So, because that backwater country didn't have the ability to resist the UN tyranny, you blame the Libertarians? Out of control Government is worse than no government at ll. Old TJ said it best: "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." I'd assert that we've long past the point. And, the USA should "downsize" into probably more than 10, but less than 50 smaller countries. All government should be "local".]

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JEMAIL: Antenucci, John (MC1959) proves there's life after graduation

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Subject: Manhattan College Reunion Photo March 2014 University Park Country Club

John Antenucci

Dear Fellow Jasper,

Courtesy of John Antenucci I am forwarding this email which contains two pictures of attendees at our luncheon.

The following attendees are in the first picture:First Row, Left to Right:Jim MaGuire, Neil O'Leary, Frank DeLuca, Bob O'Brien, Ed Codd, Lindy Remingino, Wally Pina, Joe Centofanti, John Antenucci, Jack Zurlini.

Second Row, Left to Right:Mike Gainor, Marty Garry, Joe Pero, Jack Lyons.

The second picture has the following attendees:Left to Right:Wally Pina, Neil O'Leary, Lindy Remingino and Jack Zurlini.

Don Ryan who attended the luncheon had to leave before the pictures were taken.

Hope everyone had an enjoyable afternoon.

Best regards,
Neil O'Leary

PS:  We'll be having another luncheon in the fall either in late November or early December -- I'll contact you by email.

[JR: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) will be going nuts at the "class-i-fiction" desk. That'll give him something to do. ]

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MVIDEO: MC's New Arches Program


manhattancollege just uploaded a video:

Living the Mission: The New Arches Program

During the fall 2011 semester, 108 freshmen kicked off college life within the Arches program. See a glimpse of their experiences.

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[JR: About 4 minutes; interesting. ]

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MEMAIL: Veliz, Tierney [MC2011] eulogizes her brother

FROM: Jude DiGidio, CFP
TIME: 10:23 AM (10 hours ago)
TO: Jasper

Many times in our busy lives we never really take time to think what a dynamic and generous club we have been over 30yrs. How many children, families, causes we have helped, too many to count but too many never to forget. Kittatinny, Pope John, Mckeown, Lafayette school, Reverend Brown, Make a Wish, Fireman, Cops, Teachers, Children, Camp Merry Heart, 911 victims, Scarc, Hospice, on and on and on. What an honor it has been to work with you guys on so many causes with so many outstanding individuals and organizations, where would all these people be without you guys and your efforts, hard to say.

Some great news, our Make A Wish child on 2009 feels good enough to go to Australia this upcoming Easter week with his family , without you that never happens, and our 2010 child already has visited Disney with his family, let’s hope our 2012 child Brennan feels better soon to do his trip.

As we go forward in our golf  some positive news, my brother Mark who has all the talent in my family just got someone to sponsor the carts for a $1000, I just got $100 in the mail from Kevin’s mailing plus I think another 500 has come in already, Lakeland bank has joined in for a birdie sponsorship, Mike DeAngelis a former Rotarian and always a Hampton friend a couple of Tee signs, and it keeps picking up steam. If you guys can do us a favor, we are trying to get an idea how many golfers we will have, 16 have paid already, many more to follow, we need at least 80.

I know Tierney’s lawyer Kevin Kutyla has 4 new golfers for us this year, I would hope someone would check with Kevin Bent, Marc Fortunato, Bob Charlton to see if we can count on them as always, as the same with Dom and Lou. Kevin and I have a foursome as I am sure Keith will as well so we are closing in on the 80 mark.

I received a call from St Joes that they will have a foursome or two, but if you can please let Dan or Ed know if you do have a foursome so we can contact Newton country club and plan an accurate number.

On Wednesday I had the beautiful experience to attend Chase Veliz funeral mass, and it was powerful and inspiring. The Veliz family story is so powerful, filled with beauty and grace that I feel very humble  to be called their friend, the feeling you get when you stand next to the ocean or a flawless painting, you know that you just can’t match up to that but try your best to be like that, even though Chase has left us, his story continues with his family and the 180 people who were  at his  funeral and his legacy will last for generations to come.

Tierney’s eulogy was spoken with the grace of a living angel, with intelligence  and love. I have had the privilege to hear many speeches in my life, from some big hitters, nothing was ever close to hers. She is maybe 23 but with the wisdom of someone way older, her honesty and insight to  her brothers mission in his life on earth was perfection in thought and performance, no doubt an act of Providence.

With these thoughts in our minds let us go forward and celebrate our 30th year as a club with the beautiful Veliz family, success is right in front of us again, all we need to do is tell our clubs long history and the Veliz story, we have three weeks from Tuesday to finish strong, tell the story and enjoy May 1st, we have never had a better cause, enjoy the hard work,


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Veliz, Tierney [MC2011]

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JNEWS: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1967) needs out help

From: Gregory Flynn
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Subject: Fwd: Greetings from Br. Greg Flynn

Hello, family and close friends,My apologies for this group e-mail but it is unavoidable under the present emergency circumstances.As most of you know, I have had ongoing and serious medical issues (ongoing chemo for colon cancer). For the foreseeable future, I will still be facing these challenges. My declining health has prohibited me from returning to Addis Ababa for the present time and from being more active in fund raising. Concurrent with this are the inflationary costs of running the Addis Hope program and the financial crises many of you are facing in this lasting recession. A perfect storm!

As I write this, we are down to less than one month’s operating expenses with no significant funds expected. I feel like I have come to you, hat in hand, too many times. Yet you never fail to impress me with your unbelievable generosity. Please know that I never take this for granted.

At this juncture, there is one proposal that can breathe some life into the program for the immediate future and help sustain it for many years to come. First a little background. In the earlier years of raising funds for Addis Hope, we had a single donor who gave substantial donations to help launch and sustain the program. Ruth Girmay, my colleague and founder of the program invested some of these funds into two rental units in a shopping mall complex that was under construction.  The goal then and now was to generate funds for Addis Hope through rental income. As investments go, it was a wise one.  Ruth’s instincts about the desirability of that property were spot on. The area has developed into a second metropolis outside the city and this shopping mall is only the second in a city of three million. China is developing a railroad that will run from the old city to the new commercial area. There are numerous businesses who have signed leases and others waiting for availability. You are probably asking, “Where is the ‘but’?” 

The simple answer is, “But, we need to finish our payments to take ownership and start collecting rents.” All our donations in the last two years have been used to run the ADDIS HOPE program and have prevented us from completing the payments on the rental units. We are within reach of that goal but need another $11,800 within the next few weeks to be full owners and start leasing the two shops. If we cannot raise the balance of the money for the contract, we will lose almost all the funds already invested.I am hoping that you can reach even deeper than usual to help us close the contract on the building.  One donor has pledged $1000 and another $500. If you pledge any amount that is within your means, we will be able to judge the feasibility of reaching our goal and proceed with the current owners. If the sum of all the pledges fails to meet the goal of $11,800, we will not ask for your donation as this is a special “drive.” 

In any case, each and every one of you is in my daily prayers. I ask you to do the same for the Addis Hope program and me.Happy Easter!!Br. Greg Flynn (Jack)Please reply to this by email as soon as you receive this. Due to the short time we have to complete (or lose) the contract, we need to know as soon as possible if you can donate money for this special drive and how much you can donate.(If you need to delay or spread the payments out over time, two generous donors have agreed to put the cash up front and be reimbursed later.)


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[JR: Argh! That's the problem with a KEY person in any organization — all the eggs in one basket. I made my pledge; what about you? ]

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JHQ: Latino Alumni Club Presents "Three Senators" Th 4/19 @ 1830

Manhattan College Latino Alumni Club Presents "Three Senators"

All alumni, friends, and family are invited to join us for a special evening on campus featuring State Senator and Manhattan Alum José M. Serrano '95 (D-Manhattan/Bronx) along with State Senators Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) and Adriano Espaillat (D - Manhattan/Bronx). The Senators will share the new dynamics in Albany under Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration as well as the relevant issues affecting our community.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 
6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.
First Floor Lobby, Hayden Hall

Featured Guest Speaker - Senator José M. Serrano '95
Panel Discussion and Q&A
Hayden Hall Auditorium (Room 100)

The reception, which includes finger food, beer, wine and other refreshments, is $20 per person ($25 for outside guests).
Register Now!

For more information about this event, please contact the alumni office at alumni@manhattan.edu or call us at 718-862-7432.

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JNEWS: Pompey, Aliann (MC1999) cited on NPR


Olympic Sprinter Runs Track, College Prep Program
by Sami Yenigun
All Things Considered
[4 min 22 sec]
April 2, 2012

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Sprinter Alainn Pompey has a busy schedule to say the least. Not only is the 400 meter specialist training for her fourth appearance at the Summer Olympics, she's also heading up the Armory College Prep program at the New Balance Track and Field Center in Manhattan. The program serves more than 200 underprivileged students a year and helps them get into college. When Pompey isn't running the track, she can be caught teaching, modeling, writing, coaching and consulting.

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Pompey, Aliann (MC1999)

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JNEWS: Brophy, Thomas J. [MC1980] Spring Mountain Capital, Distressed Municipal Strategies Group


press release
April 2, 2012, 8:46 a.m. EDT

Spring Mountain Capital Establishes High Yield and Distressed Municipal Strategies Group to Spearhead New Investment Initiatives Focused on Distinct Investment Opportunities in Municipals--~ High yield and distressed municipal bond specialist Garey M. Fuqua to lead the newly-formed team and Spring Mountain Capital's credit focused, value driven, opportunistic municipal bond "activist" strategy focused on healthcare, education and other essential public or social-purpose sectors --~~ The High Yield and Distressed Municipal Strategies Group currently manages and advises on more than $230 million in assets

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Spring Mountain Capital, LP (SMC), an investment management firm that focuses on alternative asset investing, today announced the establishment of its High Yield and Distressed Municipal Strategies Group, and the hiring of high yield and distressed municipal bonds specialists Garey M. Fuqua, Thomas J. Brophy and Sandra T. Matthews to lead its investments in this asset class. Fuqua will lead the team and serve as Managing Director and Group Head of High Yield and Distressed Municipal Strategies.

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Thomas J. Brophy, Portfolio Manager Mr. Brophy has more than 20 years of experience in public finance. Prior to joining Spring Mountain Capital, he was a portfolio manager with Ofelia Capital and before that a Co-Portfolio Manager of high-yield municipal bonds at Aroya Capital. He also served as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager with Neuberger Berman for nine years where he managed national and state specific municipal closed-end funds, as well as accounts for high net-worth individuals with net assets in the combined portfolio of approximately $2 billion. Additionally, Mr. Brophy spent 12 years in various portfolio management capacities at Columbus Circle Investors where he developed and implemented investment strategies for over $1 billion in actively managed tax-exempt assets. Mr. Brophy earned a B.S. from Manhattan College (1980) and an M.B.A. from Pace University (1983).

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Brophy, Thomas J. [MC1980]

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JHQ: Learn about the graduate counseling program at MC


Uploaded by @MCGraduateCounseling on Apr 6, 2012

Learn about the graduate counseling program at Manhattan College
Manhattan College Graduate Counseling Program ...
7 min

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[JR: Oh, she gets injineers who want to be "mental health professionals"? Most of us injineers NEED a "mental health professional"!]

[JR: Not withstanding my "joke", a well done personal invitation.]

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ENDNOTE: Jesus, gay people, and pay grades


Jesus loves gay people
Sean Brennan
Gay Christian Examiner

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So why not start with the main message right from the start: Jesus loves the gays!  How do I know this?  Well besides the obvious--that He loves everyone--it seems to me that minorities like gay people have a special place in Jesus' heart.  Yes, right there in the sacred heart of Jesus is a special place for me and my fellow homos.

Now I'm no theologian, but I've read my bible cover to cover several times, have my bachelor's degree in theology from Manhattan College, and lived as a monk for four years.  Does any of this make me an expert?  No.  But neither are most loudmouths you'll hear on this topic either.  And I can tell you with every fiber of my being that Jesus Christ Himself was and is gay friendly.

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I too have had all the courses.

At least those theology courses required of a fat old white guy injineer — Man, did I hate hiking up the hill; always late and sweaty. Almost as much as Father Bruce Ritter hated having "the barbarians from down the hill" in his class. Him and his constant references to "Danny Lou" and "God and the ways of knowing. I have the D's to show for my miniscule effort and even smaller understanding — but one thing that Father Bruce did communicate is that when you fail to "love" another human being, you are "wrong-er". Even the worst sinner is a "child of God".

So, Father Bruce's point was the "beam in your own eye; rather than the mote in your neighbor's".

So, like many things in this Universe, it's far above my paygrade. I have too many flaws of my own to work on. Not the least of which is recognizing that my fellow alums are further along the path to enlightenment than I am. That path, was probably NOT designed by an injineer, because it would be a superfast highway with explicit signage.

I'll bring that up when I arrive at the Finish Line. If directed to the down escalator, I argue it wasn't my fault — poor signs — and appeal. If directed to the up escalator, who cares!]

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