JASPER JOTTINGS Week 19 - 2012 May 05    

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



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POSITRACTION: Are we beginning to understand "life"?

Found this interesting link on the Drudge Report:

Arizona Bill Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks But Defines Pregnancy as Starting Before Conception
Posted on April 20, 2012 at 12:35pm by Liz Klimas


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Last week, the Arizona legislature passed a bill, which was signed by the governor, banning abortion at 20 weeks or more of gestation. Here’s the kicker though: the bill’s language places pregnancy as beginning before the child is even conceived.
How does this make sense? The bill defines gestation as ”the age of the unborn child as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman.” New Scientist explains this would mean the “fetal clock” would start ticking about two weeks before conception would even take place.

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So are we getting closer to a real definition of "when life begins"?

Sounds like it's the "first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman"!

I can live with that. WWJD! Or say: "Silly, man, why do you need such a definition?". Then, we'd get the "birds of the air" speech. Like the idiots we are.

Sounds like my new definition of when does life begin. And, of course, from that, when is it OK to end that life for an obvious reason like the life of the mother. When is OK for the non-obvious kinda optional reasons like rape and incest?

I continue to believe that this is an area for a minimal State interest. The mother —informed by her doctors, properly motivated family members, and her clergy — is the ultimate judge. With some modest oversight of the State, that this is not an abuse of a future citizen.

The State may decide when it has a duty to protect that potential citizen's God given "right to life". That's a different conversation that what is being had now.

Pretty heavy thinking for a fat old white guy injineer. I'm sure my fellow alums have the handled with much greater ease than I have.

"But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." [Taught to me by my maternal Protestant Grandmother, with great vigor and sternness. To me, a young heathen "Catholic" boy who wasn't being taught the Bible in that Devil's parochial school. As she would say: "Condemning the young lads to Eternal Damnation!" Wonder why she ignored the girls at school? Requiescat In Pacem, Grandma.]

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JNEWS: Dunne, Niall (MC1998) Young Global Leader / World Economic Forum

The Irish Times - Friday, April 6, 2012
Greening the business ecosystem for the better

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NIALL DUNNE describes himself as “not a traditional greenie”. Though he runs to work, has a worm farm at home and sources his food locally, he’s mindful that his green credentials don’t frighten anyone off.

“I believe that if you paint yourself as part of the green movement, you don’t get the opportunity to work within the heart of business and really drive change,” he says. Appointed chief sustainability officer at BT last year, the Dubliner is all about changing things from within.

Dunne first left Ireland in 1994 when, having represented his country at athletics, he was granted a scholarship at Manhattan College to study finance. There followed a Masters in computing at Colorado State University, but Dunne admits: “At that stage in life, all I cared about was running.”

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To crown his green credentials, Dunne has just been nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He describes this as “quite humbling” but also an opportunity to network and get things done.

So has the emigration experience been positive for him?

“You look back at the Angela’s Ashes era and you think, ‘wow, how difficult was it for those people’,” but with cheaper travel and Skype, he says things have fundamentally changed.

“The world has come a long way from emigration being the end of relationships, in a way it can be an enhancement.

“I think I’m a lot more interesting to my friends than I was before I went away – I certainly have a lot more to talk to them about. I would just say follow your dreams and take a global view.”

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Dunne, Niall (MC1998)

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JTWITTER: Hmmm, bac is higher than our gpa?

A tweet by @dthom318 <aka danielle nicole>

"The amount of alcohol I can drink is disgusting. I blame manhattan college. Our bac is higher than our gpa…"

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[JR: As the proud possesor of the 1968 engineering "anchor" index — someone has to hold down that bell shaped curve for the good of the rest of the class — of a 2.010308, I find this tweet to be scientifically insupportable! Obviously not an injineer. But in the interest of accuracy, I will seek a grant to study the student bodies … student body for an accurate BAC. (Some of my fellow future Jaspers are absolute knock outs. Maybe they'd be interested in a fat old white guy injineer? They could be thinking the old coot CAN'T live for ever; can he? Nah, no Jasper would ever be a gold digger motivated by mere money. ROFL! I doubt my BAC was ever over 2. My index was occasionally over 2. The expression "nipped at the wire" comes to mind.]

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JOY: Crasto, Irene [MC2005] and Bolin, Shane [MC2005], engaged!


Published: April 29, 2012

Irene Crasto and Shane Bolin, together with their families, announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Diane Crasto and the late Salvatore Crasto, Bronx, N.Y.

The prospective groom is the son of Carmen and Mary Beth Bolin of Wyoming.

The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, N.Y.

She earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Manhattan College in 2005. She is a CPA with the accounting firm of KPMG in Manhattan.

The prospective groom is a 2001 graduate of Scranton Prep High School, Scranton. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Manhattan College in 2005.

Upon graduation, he joined the NYPD and is a six-year veteran in the special crime unit.

A June 30, 2012 wedding is planned in New York City.

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[JR: Twice the JOY in one blog post. This is going to be a good day. Went to a wedding. Now, have two Jaspers engaged. And zero obits. There IS joy in Muddvile.]

Crasto, Irene [MC2005]

Bolin, Shane [MC2005]

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JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) sympathizes with my "losing streak"

Hello John,

I feel for your past defeats. We in Shelby County TN are currently fighting the entrenched government forces. The Memphis School system tried to merge with the county school system. It was put on the ballot and the vote went against the merger. Memphis then dissolved its school district. If a municipality does not have a school district, then the county must provide the schooling. Memphis has more population then the non-Memphis county, so they get more representation on the school board. Basically, Memphis is executing a hostile takeover of the county school system.

The other small municipalities are trying to have their own school districts. The vote was scheduled for May 10th. Memphis has managed to influence the Board of Elections to cancel the vote. Nonetheless, no one is giving up.

Additionally, this is the best boost to private schools. Private schools and catholic schools are thriving. I do not have any children in public schools. Nonetheless, there is no question that property values are affected by the local school system. That is why people without children are happy to pay for good schools. We do not think that we are being held up with a gun to pay for schools. We do feel that Memphis is trying to attack us.

Mark A. Mangone

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Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

[JR: Funny. We never have this problem with McDonald's or Burger King. "Voting with money" is so very much more effective.]

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JNEWS: Regan, Michael J. [MC1963] Lifetime Brands BoD


May 01, 2012 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Lifetime Brands Nominates Michael J. Regan to Board of Directors

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lifetime Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: LCUT), a leading global provider of kitchenware, tabletop and home décor products, today announced that Michael J. Regan has been nominated for election to the Company’s Board of Directors. The election of Directors will take place at Lifetime’s annual meeting, scheduled for June 13, 2012.

“Mike’s distinguished career as an audit partner in a large international accounting firm, his financial, business and strategic acumen, his knowledge of the retail and consumer products industries, and his extensive public company board experience will all be extremely valuable to Lifetime Brands. We look forward to his contributions.”

Mr. Regan is a former Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of KPMG LLP and was the lead audit partner for many Fortune 500 companies during his 40-year tenure with KPMG. From 1993 – 1996, he was National Partner in Charge – Operations for Manufacturing, Retailing and Distribution. He also served as KPMG’s SEC Reviewing Partner for 13 years.

Mr. Regan currently is a Director of DynaVox Inc., a provider of speech generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software, and of Scientific Games Corporation, an entertainment and media company.

“We are delighted to nominate Mike to our Board of Directors,” said Jeffrey Siegel, Lifetime’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mike’s distinguished career as an audit partner in a large international accounting firm, his financial, business and strategic acumen, his knowledge of the retail and consumer products industries, and his extensive public company board experience will all be extremely valuable to Lifetime Brands. We look forward to his contributions.”

Mr. Regan joined KPMG in 1962 and was elected to the partnership in 1975. He received a bachelor of business administration degree from Manhattan College and served for four years in the U.S. Navy. He previously served on the Boards of Directors of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation and Allied Security Holdings LLC.

Lifetime Brands, Inc.

Lifetime Brands is a provider of kitchenware, tabletop and other products used in the home. The Company markets its products under such well-known kitchenware brands as Farberware®, KitchenAid®, CasaMōda®, Cuisinart®, Cuisine de France®, Guy Fieri®, Hoffritz®, Kizmos™, Misto®, Pedrini®, Roshco®, Sabatier®, Savora™ and Vasconia®; respected tabletop brands such as Mikasa®, Pfaltzgraff®, Creative Tops®, Calvin Klein®, Gorham®, International® Silver, Kirk Stieff®, Nautica®, Sasaki®, Towle® Silversmiths, Tuttle®, Wallace®, V&A® and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew®; and home solutions brands, including Elements®, Melannco®, Kamenstein® and Design for Living™.

The Company’s corporate website is www.lifetimebrands.com.

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Regan, Michael J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1963.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Regan, Michael J. [MC1963]

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JEMAIL: McNally, Cathy (MC1979) reports Long Island IEEE 2012 Awards

I enjoy reading your Jasper Jottings. I thought you might be interested in knowing that the Long Island IEEE section recently held their 2012 Awards dinner. Manhattan College alumni were well represented:

William Pawlowski was issued the Harold Wheeler Award "for developing and managing Create FPGA RADAR solutions and Exemplary Mentoring of Engineers". He works for Telephonics. I do not know his year of graduation.

Robert Schmid was awarded "Outstanding Young Engineer Award" for "Innovative Contributions to Power Distribution and Relay Protection". Robert graduated from MC in 2003 and works for PACS Industries

Thomas Lanzisero was awarded the "Technological Innovation Award" for "Innovative Technical Contributions for Applied Safety Science and Engineering Techniques (ASSET)". Thomas is a Senior Research ENgineer at Underwriter's Laboratories. I do not know his year of graduation.

Cathy McNally
BEE Class of 1979

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Lanzisero, Thomas [MC????]

McNally, Cathy (MC1979)

Pawlowski, William [MC????]

Schmid, Robert [MC2003]

[JR: Thanks, I didn't know that. And, thanks for the kind words. I can assign you the "LI IEEE" desk in Virtual Jasper Newsroom. It's behind Mike's but I'm sure you'll find him hilarious.]                                                                                       

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Dear John,

I believe that William Pawlowski is a member of the Class of 1989 and Thomas Lanzisero is a member of the Class of 1983.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lanzisero, Thomas [MC1983]

McNally, Cathy (MC1979)

Pawlowski, William [MC1989]

Schmid, Robert [MC2003]

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[JR: Upon reflection, it's really "not mine". Any more than a Mom "owns" the child as it grows and develops. I inherited the name from a Jasper, who was glad to see it revived. I accumulated readers who were nostalgic or annoyed at the lack of "news". I've connected old friends who had lost touch. I've mourned Jaspers that are forgotten. I've celebrated the joys of engagement, marriage, and children. I've tifted with liberal Jaspers and conservative Jaspers alike. (Since everyone is wrong but me.) I've shared my personal joys and sorrows. And, I've tried to inspire and irritate every week. But it's really "not mine". It's all of yours. And, you decide to take it for what it is worth. Hopefully, I'll eventually find someone to take up the banner when my time passes. But that is not very reassuring.]

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JOBIT: Sullivan, Thomas [MC2007 RIP] may have perished in a fire at his home


Reports: Larchmont Police Captain, 3 Family Members Die in Carmel House Fire [VIDEOS]
Responders reportedly got the call around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
By Ashley Tarr

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Fire investigators are conducting a grim search this morning at the wreckage of a Carmel home that collapsed after a massive blaze overnight, which is believed to have claimed the lives of a Larchmont police captain, his wife and teenage daughters.

Capt. Thomas Sullivan and his family members are unaccounted for after a "rapid" fire engulfed their Carmel home. Firefighters said that within 10 minutes of their arrival at the home the structure collapsed — with none of the trapped family members able to get out.

Carmel Police Chief Mike Johnson would not confirm whether all four died in the fire, stressing that the 2 a.m. blaze at Wyndham Lane is still under investigation. However, other officials and published reports cited the deaths of Sullivan and his family members.

The investigation process could take weeks, Johnson said at a press conference this morning. Neither Johnson nor fire department officials would comment on a cause. Fire investigators from Putnam County and the State of New York, as well as detectives and an excavator, are working the scene, Johnson said.

Sullivan's son, a college student, reportedly escaped through the garage and is being treated at an undisclosed hospital for smoke inhalation. Larchmont police officials were in Putnam County this morning working in conjunction with local officials.

Larchmont Lieutenant Antonino Rigano described Sullivan as a well-liked police officer and family man.

"A great guy, devoted to his wife and kids," Rigano said this morning. "A great individual."

Rigano said the Larchmont Police Department was moving cautiously with spreading news about Sullivan to members of the department, waiting more information to develop from the investigation in Carmel.

According to the Larchmont Police Department Web site, Sullivan joined the New York City Police Department in January 1986 and moved to the Larchmont Police Department in August 1992. He became a sergeant in April 1996. In April 2001, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was soon promoted to the Captain. He was the department's executive officer. Sullivan graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management.

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Sullivan, Thomas [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my "stuff" for a Thomas Sullivan that would be about his age.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Hi All,

I believe this Thomas Sullivan graduated from our continuing education program (formerly adult degree completion) in 2007 – it matches the degree in organizational management.

Sad story and I didn’t realize it was one of our own.


Thomas A. McCarthy '06
Director of Alumni Relations

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McCarthy, Thomas A. [MC2006MCstaff]

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MEMAIL: Fund-raiser for Veliz, Tierney [MC2011] exceeds expectations

Jude DiGidio,
02 May 2012 10:56 AM
to Jasper John

A quick update, between golfers and people who came for dinner we had about a 115 people.

Tierney spoke before dinner, and it was a beautiful talk about her life and struggles, she was breath taking and powerful, not often do men and women at a golf outing, and workers at the club sit still and listen, than cry and remain speechless for a few minutes.

The whole Veliz family came except her dad, who was working to put food on the table.

A very nice day, the weather was perfect, golf went off on time and all was enjoyed. I will follow up with an email next week when we have more concrete numbers, we are still working on some details for the family, getting them to FLA, tickets maybe to Disney for a couple of days for the family, it will all work out. The driveway was paved the day before the outing, it looks great, Pope John high school, Tierney’s old school, came up huge for the outing, it all work out.

f this was a marathon race we are at mile 20 going strong, but the race starts at mile 20, people can still help if they choose, I would love even a stronger finish, great trip to FLA, work on her van, but I have to admit we had help from above and beautiful people, man they came through,


[JR: Great news; great turn out. All due to Jude.]

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JHQ:Commencement announcements

Former Bacardi CEO To Speak at 2012 Spring Commencement on May 19
John Esposito ’69, retired president and CEO of Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. and Bacardi North America, will deliver the keynote address at the College’s Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m.

College To Recognize Alumnus and Chairman of the Board of Trustees With Honorary Degree
Manhattan College will honor Thomas D. O’Malley ’63, executive chairman of PBF Energy Company LLC, with a Doctor of Humane Letters at the College’s 170th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m.

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JOY: Agostino, Kara [MC????] and Barrows, Robert Scott [MC????] engaged


Agostino-Barrows engagement
Robert S. Barrows and Kara Agostino.
Danvers Herald
Posted May 01, 2012 @ 12:00 PM

Danvers —

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Agostino of Pearl River, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kara, to Robert Scott Barrows, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barrows of Danvers.

Ms. Agostino graduated from Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Arts in counseling psychology and obtained a Master of Arts in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently a head teacher at the McCarton School in Manhattan, N.Y.

Mr. Barrows is a graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers. He is also a graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and received his J.D. from Albany Law School. After passing the New York State Bar exam last November, Mr. Barrows is a staff attorney for the law firm Boies, Schiller, and Flexner LLP in Albany, N.Y.

Their wedding will take place on Aug. 18, 2012, in Pearl River, N.Y.

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Agostino, Kara [MC????]

Barrows, Robert Scott [MC????]

[JR: a double Mozel Tov!]

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MVIDEO: MC Digital Video course


Digital Video Manhattan College

Published on May 1, 2012 by MCFineArtsDept

The course focuses on creating works of video art while examining and reflecting upon filmic history. There is extensive instruction in Final Cut Studio Pro and DVD Studio Pro, giving students the skills to begin making video in the first two weeks. Students create conceptual, engaging work that is critiqued at length. While examining video art's historical roots and contemporary video artists, students develop their video projects that build upon ideas and techniques realized from the first video assignment.

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[JR: No standard branding, but I think it's "our" MC? ]

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MVIDEO: MC International Education Program


Published on May 1, 2012 by hfaith412
Manhattan College - International Education Program/Study Abroad

This video documents the Ecuador Study Abroad experience of Hilary Krombel in 2010.

The video was conceived, written, filmed and edited entirely by the students (Hilary Krombel, Jason Kalmanowitz, and Amanda Grzymala) without any professional or faculty aid.

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[JR: Looks sharp and has "branding".]

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JFOUND: Krejcarek, Peter [MC2010] tutoring in Manhattan Beach CA


Introducing Peter
» Posted in Tutors at 5:27 pm

I am the newest member to the great team of the Study Hut there in Manhattan Beach. My name is Peter Krejcarek I received my Environmental Engineering degree from Manhattan College in 2010. For the past two years I have been tutoring independently back East in Florida focused on the areas of math and sciences. A couple of months ago I made the move out here to the wonderful state of California but was missing tutoring. I was walking around Manhattan Beach area one day and came across the Study Hut, from the outside it looked very friendly and a great place for students to work. So I sent in my resume and asked if they needed anymore tutors. Luck has it I am back tutoring again. The study Hut is a great place, all the tutors are super nice and all the kids are very interested in learning. Being at here has allowed me to take my tutoring to the next level and improve my teaching techniques.

I have now been working for the Study Hut for 3 weeks and it has been a great time. My first impressions were right; the Study Hut is a great place to work and an awesome place for students. The atmosphere is great and positive; all the students are enjoying themselves and learning a lot at the same time. I hope to be a tutor at the Study Hut for a while, they really have a great thing going and I am very lucky to be part of it.

Date posted: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 5:27 PM | Under category: Tutors

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Krejcarek, Peter [MC2010]

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JNEWS: Profaci, Dominick [MC1985] vying for New Paltz school board


Six vying for three seats on New Paltz school board
Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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Profaci, 44, has lived in the district for 20 years and ran unsuccessfully for a board seat two years ago. He is a financial advisor with Edward Jones and with wife Iva Profaci, a teacher in the district, has three children. He is a 1985 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1989 from Manhattan College in the Bronx, where in 1995 he received a master’s degree in environmental engineering.

“The school district for the most part is being operated in a very frugal way,” he said. “There’s been cuts in the district of staff, cuts in approaches and different programs.”

“The biggest issue right now is the shift in funding what’s being provided from the state and federal government to fund public schools. There’s been a dramatic shift away from that over the past few years,” he said.

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Profaci, Dominick [MC1985]

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JHQ: 57th annual Institute in Water Pollution Control 5/21-24


Manhattan College Hosts Institute in Water Pollution Control, May 21-24
Posted on May 04, 2012

Decades before World Water Day was established to raise awareness to the water issues around the world, Manhattan College launched a summer institute focused on the study of water pollution control. The College’s environmental engineering program will sponsor its 57th annual Institute in Water Pollution Control from Monday, May 21 to Thursday, May 24.

This year’s Institute is offering a four-day course in Treatment Plant Operations and Process Control, and attendees are eligible for up to 28 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or 28 New York State Wastewater Operator Contact Hours. Directed by Robert Sharp, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Jeanette Brown P.E., DEE, adjunct professor in environmental engineering and former national president of the Water Environment Federation, the courses are taught by highly experienced professional engineers and licensed operators. This year’s topics include nutrient removal process control, anaerobic bio-energy production operations, odor control systems, health and safety, instrumentation, side stream nutrient treatment and more.

More than 2,500 professionals have attended these courses since the inception of the Institute in 1955, and attendees are often engineers, scientists and plant operators. Past instructors have included William Wesley Eckenfelder ’46 (deceased), Ph.D., a Manhattan alumnus and pioneering environmental engineer; and National Academy of Engineering members and former professors of civil and environmental engineering, Robert Thomann, Ph.D., Dominic DiToro, Ph.D., and Donald O’Connor (deceased), Ph.D.

For more information on the Institute, visit www.mciwpc.org or contact Robert Sharp at Robert.sharp@manhattan.edu or by phone at 718-862-7171.

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[JR: That's the kind of "green" thinking I understand. Not a lot of experts (i.e., Communists) telling us how to live our lives, but folks making a difference. Like that movie scene: "I was just trying to convince the Colonel that digging the latrines downstream of the camp will make the coffee taste better." Education, real education -- not the eddykation we see today -- is the human species secret weapon in the war for survival. The hyena gaffs; humans should be the learning animal.]

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MVIDEO: Why Manhattan?


Published on May 4, 2012 by manhattancollege

Our students share why they chose to attend Manhattan College.

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[JR: Why indeed? Cause of the GREAT alumni, of course. Especially Class of '68, '53, '59, '70, '72, … … and you the reader.]

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JFOUND: Nussbaum, Hazel [MC????] does tennis jewelry


Love Tennis by Hazel: Jewelry line launches
May 4, 2012

New York City, New York – How many times have you searched for jewelry that truly reflects your devotion to tennis only to find a pair of $20 fuzzy yellow tennis ball earrings? Introducing Love Tennis by hazel, a game-changing new jewelry line that celebrates passion for the game with elegantly hand-crafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even cuff links for him. The line includes a total of four collections named after the Grand Slam cities. Designed by a native New Yorker, the line will debut with the New York collection on May 7th, with the other collections launching on their respective Grand Slam schedules: Paris collection on May 27th, London collection on June 25th, and Melbourne collection in January 2013. Each piece renders intricate details from the court with understated grace. A lariat necklace in the New York collection features a subtle gold-plated handle on a tiny silver racquet. In the London collection, a cascade of tiny silver tennis balls and pearls shimmer over a double necklace. Versatile and beautiful, the pieces from Love Tennis by hazel are worn as perfectly on the court as out on the town.

I started playing tennis as a young girl in New Rochelle, New York, thanks to my Swiss mother. Inspired by fellow Swiss players Martina Hingis and Roger Federer, I have competed all my life – playing high school varsity, captaining the team at Manhattan College and now playing USTA league tennis. When I couldn’t find the right piece of jewelry to celebrate my passion for the game, I took matters into my own hands and created my own jewelry line – one that I think is worthy of the game. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. See you on the courts! – Hazel Nussbaum

For More Information: Hazel Nussbaum, Love Tennis by hazel info@LoveTennisByHazel.com

Pictures available at: www.lovetennisbyhazel.com/


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Nussbaum, Hazel [MC????]

[JR: Ours?]

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1967) update

One month has passed since you so generously responded to my appeal for funds to acquire rental units within a mall in a suburb of Addis Ababa. But, so much has changed in that time. Please know that I am eternally grateful to you for your selfless support of Addis Hope. Now I need to give you an update regarding our pursuit of the rental properties and ask how you would like me to proceed with your donation. As you likely have noticed, your check has not been cashed and the following will explain why.

Because I am currently thousands of miles away from Addis Ababa, we felt it important prior to final payment to verify that the acquisition of the rental properties remained a sound investment. To that end, we contracted with an Ethiopian translator who was fluent in both English and Amharic, and had experience in real estate matters. We asked that he look into the progress and plans of the mall properties. Regrettably, his findings were mixed, but with enough red flags that we think it unwise to continue with this transaction.

In reviewing the translated purchase contracts, we believe we can recoup a substantial amount of the investment made prior to the appeal, taking into account the exchange rates at the time of payment. And so, given the degree of risk of investing further, we have decided not to proceed with the purchase and to redeem the money invested to date. I am keenly aware that this was to be your investment, not mine, an investment made at great sacrifice.

That said, part of my appeal in early April, (i.e., the need to support day to day operations,) still remains critical. Because of some recent donations and the prospect of getting a partial refund on our investment, we have roughly enough money to continue the children's program for roughly another five months. Ironically, the revenue stream we thought the rental stream would bring will not come to fruition, again making us totally dependent on your donations.

So, once again I turn back to you with options. Should you want your check returned or simply destroyed, we can do that. If you want to apply it to our day to day operations, I remain, as I opened this note, eternally grateful. Please respond as soon as reasonably possible so we can accommodate the handling of your donation in whatever manner you'd like.

To simplify your response, please get back to me, indicating your preference on how to handle your donation:

- Please destroy my check.

- Please return my check.

- Please accept my check as a donation to the day to day operations.

- Other. We are happy to accommodate your wishes.

I am sorry this venture did not prove fruitful. However, please know that your outpouring of financial and spiritual support has been inspiring to me.

On a personal note, my spirits are buoyed by the prospect of having only one more chemo treatment ahead. While it has been a long journey, as in all difficult things in life, there have been so many rewarding personal experiences along the way. I will likely remain in the States for a number of more months after treatment before returning to Ethiopia, God willing, and hope to see many of our Addis Hope donors during that time. If you have any questions regarding the program, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Brother Greg Flynn (Jack)

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ENDNOTE:Will the "values" vote?


Published on Mar 10, 2012 by creativelab7

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Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? Some things are more important than high gas prices or a faltering economy. They are life, marriage and freedom. This November, Catholics must stand up and protect their sacred rights and duties.

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[JR: Seems like the gloves are coming off in the battle of Church and State. Now, I'd like to this I always vote my principles. Even though, I rarely vote for a winner. The ad doesn't say who to vote for, but I think it's obvious. Should be a "fun" election.]

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