JASPER JOTTINGS Week 30 - 2012 July 22    

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



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POSITRACTION: Kennedy, John [MC1995] reports on child heroic exemplar


June 27, 2012
Bender: How to face spiritual battles
John Kennedy
NY Catholic Examiner

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At eight years old Adam Bender has played more team sports than most professional athletes will do in a life time. This is his story. Adam was born with cancer. When Adam was one year old instead of learning how to be a kid Adam’s doctors had to remove a dangerous maligniant tumor from his left leg. As a precaution all Adam’s bone tissue and muscle was removed up to his hip joint. With no anchor to use for prosthetic support, Adam would be confined to a wheel chair his entire life. His parents worried that his cancer would return.

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Adam quickly learned to play despite his disability, becoming a catcher and lead hitter for his baseball team: the Southeastern Kentucky, Astros. With passion and entusiasm for his sport, Adam continues to play on between seasons.

Adam plays baseball, football, soccer and is even on the wrestling team. Adam strives for excellence is unmatched while leading his team to victory. And he does it all with just one leg.

Today Adam continues to play sports and through his example teaches young men about tenacity and his enduring legacy continues to show, that when given a chance, what one courageous young man can do.

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And we think we have "problems"?


Note: Kennedy, John [MC1995]

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MVIDEO: Green Club recently launched a rooftop garden


Published on Jul 12, 2012 by manhattancollege

Manhattan's Green Club recently launched a rooftop garden on the Broadway Parking Garage, which will allow the College to provide its own fresh produce for dining services and the community.

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[JR: Seems like a lot of effort for very little, other than psychic, reward. Maybe I'm just a fat old white guy injineer. It doesn't scale; so unless it's for education purposes, why? Sigh, guess I should sign this Grumpy. Least they don't have to worry about deer, but isn't it a "bird buffet"?]

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FINDLING: Campus pics


Manhattan College Campus :) http://t.co/uJrjU9kw
by Ley_Blayy (TheSingingSinger :))

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JHQ: MC faculty expert in a specific field

Looking for a faculty expert in a specific field? Check out Manhattan College's expert list. http://t.co/6Wz3Wn6V
by MCNewsRoom (MCNewsRoom)

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MTWITTER: Predmore, Carolyn (MCfaculty) MC MBA international Marketing Research

Manhattan College has a MBA international Marketing Research / consulting class for January 2013 - start-up company in Paris needs help

by cpredmor (Carolyn Predmore)

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Predmore, Carolyn (MCfaculty)

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JHQ: Pompey, Aliann (MC1999) does Q&A before London


Q&A With Seasoned Olympian

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Manhattan College sat down with alumna Aliann Pompey on the eve of her fourth Summer Olympic Games to hear more about her training schedule.

At 34 years old, Aliann Pompey ’99 & ’04 is a regular on the Olympics scene and is preparing to embark on her fourth Olympic Games, representing her native Guyana in London. Since her early days as a Jasper starting in 1995, Pompey has continued to excel on and off the track. Nowadays, she is also using her passion for education and sports to inspire future young athletes.

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Pompey, Aliann (MC1999)

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JUPDATE:McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Mossey, Susan [MC1994]

JNEWS:  Mossey, Susan [MC1994] owns Nancy Langlois School of Dance


July 8, 2012
New owners at Langlois School of Dance
By DAN HEATH, Press-Republican Press-Republican

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mossey, Susan [MC1994]

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JUPDATE: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Kraus, Ronald J. Sr. [MC1961 RIP]

JOBIT: Kraus, Ronald J. Sr. [MC1961 RIP]


Ronald J. Kraus, Sr.
1939 - 2012

NASHUA, NH - Ronald Joseph Kraus, Sr., 73, local businessman, philanthropist, educator, retired US Air Force Vietnam Veteran, of Nashua, New Hampshire died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Mr. Kraus was born in New York, New York on January 16, 1939, a son of the late Joseph W. and Alice (Schwagerl) Kraus. He was the husband of Donna (Varney) Kraus whom he married on October 8, 1989. They shared 22 years of marriage.

Education was a driving force in Mr. Kraus' life and as such he completed many avenues of study including his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Manhattan College in New York, NY, Certificate in Atmospheric Physics from Mass Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, MBA in Business Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO, Master of Education in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Boston University.

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Published in The Republican from July 13 to July 14, 2012

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Dear John,

I believe that Ronald is a member of the Class of 1961.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: McKeon, Robert D. "Bob" [MC1951 RIP]


Robert D. "Bob" McKeon (1930 - 2012)

McKeon, Robert D. "Bob"

Robert D. "Bob" McKeon, of Crestwood, NY on July 18, 2012.

Born in the Bronx, NY on May 1, 1930 to the late John and Jenny(nee Pushnitha) McKeon.

Beloved husband of Mary (nee Devine) for 60 years. Loving father of MaryEllen Herzog, Robert, Timothy, Noreen, Michael and Patrick, grandfather of 20, great grandfather of 4. Brother of Grace, Dorothy, Sally, Rose, Lillian, Maryann, Joseph and Dennis and the late Lavinia, Genevieve and John. Uncle to 68 nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes H.S., Manhattan College and earned his Master's from NYU. Served in the US Army, from 1951 to 1953, as part of the counter intelligence unit. Retired executive from IBM after 35 years.

He also coached the Hillcrest Lakers for 15 years, highlighted by coaching the First Hillcrest team to win the City wide Baseball Championship in 1967.

Proudly served as an usher for the 11:30 Sunday Mass at Annunciation Church. He was the co-founder of the New York State Right to Life Party in 1978 and served as Westchester County RTL Chairman for 30 years.

Calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, Funeral Home between the hours of 5 to 8 pm Thursday and 4 to 8 pm Friday. Mass of Christian Burial Annunciation Church, Crestwood, on Saturday July 21 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to Right to Life, Box 263 Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.

Published in the The Journal News from July 19 to July 20, 2012


McKeon, Robert D. "Bob" [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=robert-mckeon&pid=158618232&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1951.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1951.

May He Rest In Peace.


McKeon, Robert D. "Bob" [MC1951 RIP]

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MBLOGGER: “To touch lives is the greatest miracle.”


To Touch Lives

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As always, Father Jim was right. It is the greatest feeling in the world. When I began my graduate studies at Manhattan College, I became aware of this as well. De La Salle Hall is named after St. John Baptiste De La Salle–a Lassalian Christian Brother who was known for the following quote: “To touch lives is the greatest miracle!”

Now I can truly say that I “understand” what it means–and that I believe it. “To touch lives is the greatest miracle.”
– St. John Baptiste De La Salle

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[JR: No idea who this is.]

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JNEWS: Weiss, Jessica [MC????] diagnostic imaging manager Orange Regional Medical Center


Orange Regional Medical Center announces diagnostic imaging department promotions
Published: 2:00 AM - 07/17/12

TOWN OF WALLKILL — Orange Regional Medical Center has announced two promotions within its diagnostic imaging department.

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Jessica Weiss, MPA, B.A., LNMT, has been promoted to diagnostic imaging nuclear medicine fusion imaging, PET CT, CT manager.

Weiss joined Orange Regional six years ago as a nuclear medicine technologist and most recently held the position of nuclear medicine fusion imaging PET/CT coordinator. She received her bachelor's degree in nuclear medicine with a concentration in health care administration from Manhattan College and recently earned a master's degree in public administration from Marist College.

Weiss will be responsible for the continued development of these highly specialized services.

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Weiss, Jessica [MC????]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) reacts by repealing the Second Amendment

A gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater in the Denver suburbs early Friday morning, killing at least 12 people and wounding 50 others, the local police and federal officials said.

Dear Jasper John,

Before today's massacre I had written and managed to "lose" a letter saying that I was much more in danger from a gun toting nut than I am from the "gooferment". Actually in this case I do blame the government for allowing the private ownership of automatic weapons. These weapons serve no rational purpose in modern society and should have been banned long ago. The second amendment ( to those of us able to read English) clearly applies only to State militias and not individuals. And I can not imagine that the "dead old white guys" you adore would have approved the ownership of automatic weapons today if they were nearly as intelligent as you say.

Strong action to reduce carbon emissions should be first on our national agenda - see the latest edition of Rolling Stone for a frightening article by Bill McKibben. But controlling our descent into violence should also be a prime goal, and that starts with a repeal of the second amendment.

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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[JR: Dearest Jasper Stebbins: What can I say? There are none so blind as those who can't see. ALL of the great genocides in history and all the massacres come when the people are disarmed. … … Our reliance as a society on the Gooferment for all dimensions of our life is what makes us weak. In that theater, there was not one armed citizen was ready to defend themselves. … … In the Columbine shooting, the killers had time to reload with impunity. … … We need to sprinkle a few sheep does in the flock. … … Sorry, but I am still more afraid of a Nazi-style genocide that kills MILLIONS, which has happened MANY times in human history, than if we had every day where 10 innocents lose their lives. … … I'd rather allow anyone to defend than to depend on the Gooferment bureaucrats we call "police" to come along after the fact and write reports. "We, The People" are the "police".]

[JR: By The Way, the Second Amendment guarantees the RIGHT of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms. No one has found that this right isn't the same as your ability to possess a printing press. If you don't have the Second, you won't have the First very one after that. The politicians and bureaucrats MUST fear The People.] 

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JNEWS: Mento, Cynthia [MC????] director of diagnostic imaging at Crystal Run Healthcare


Mento earns radiology administrator credential
Published: 2:00 AM - 07/17/12

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TOWN OF WALLKILL — Cynthia Mento, director of diagnostic imaging at Crystal Run Healthcare, has earned the credential of certified radiology administrator from the Radiology Administration Certification Commission.

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She holds a bachelor of science degree in healthcare administration from Manhattan College and is active in the Association of Medical Imaging Management, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

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Mento, Cynthia [MC????]

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JOBIT: Hammer, Edward E. [MC???? RIP]


Home > Obituaries from The Plain Dealer > Real Time News

Edward E. Hammer of Nela Park invented compact fluorescent light bulbs: news obituary
Published: Friday, July 20, 2012, 3:54 PM Updated: Friday, July 20, 2012, 4:01 PM
By Grant Segall

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Mayfield-- Edward E. Hammer invented the compact fluorescent light bulb and more.

The retired Nela Park scientist died July 16 at Kindred in Lyndhurst. He was 80.

"Don't tell Ed Hammer he can't do something because he'll likely prove you wrong," Rocky Kistner wrote last year on his blog for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Ellis Yan, chief executive officer of Technical Consumer Products in Aurora, said Hammer was both a great scientist and a great popularizer. "He wanted everyone to share his excitement for CFLs [compact fluorescent lights] and was able to explain the complexities of CFLs in a manner that anyone could understand."

Hammer helped to develop many other products, including the F40 Watt Miser lamp. He shared in at least 35 U.S. patents, 14 foreign ones, and more than 40 papers. He won many national and global honors.

He was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's of science degree at Manhattan College. He played semi-pro hockey at Madison Square Garden, where he met his future wife, Gertrude Filsinger, from Euclid.

Hammer worked briefly in California, then joined General Electric's lighting headquarters at Nela Park in East Cleveland from 1957 to 2001. He became widely known as the father of fluorescent signature analysis, studying the light's eventual decay.

The energy crisis of the 1970s spurred the compact fluorescent. Hammer needed a long, narrow bulb that fit a standard socket and came up with a double helix. It worked well but took long, expensive work by glassblowers to make. So the invention sat on the shelf until the 1990s, when companies such as the local Technical Consumer Products found ways to produce the bulbs inexpensively.

In retirement, Hammer consulted widely. He searched for mathematical relationships among subatomic particles. He also helped to develop computer chips to improve the efficiency of compact fluorescents now hitting the market.

"This will revolutionize everything about low wattage," he told Kistner.

Hammer's many honors included the Edison Gold Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, where he was made a lifetime member. The Smithsonian Institution displays one of his first compact fluorescents.

The Hammers wintered in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in Florida. There they liked to roller-blade, a sport reminiscent of their meeting over hockey.

Survivors: wife, the former Gertrude Filsinger; son, Edward D. Hammer of Solon; and three grandchildren.

Memorial event: private.

Contributions: Hospice of the Western Reserve, Attn.: Development, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110, hospicewr.org.

Arrangements: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.


Hammer, Edward E. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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JNEWS: Bullock, Barbara [MC????] retires as principal at St. Joseph School in Fort Collins


Denver Catholic Register

Three longtime principals retire from Catholic schools
By Julie Filby

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Barbara Bullock
St. Joseph School, Fort Collins

Barbara Bullock retired last month after serving as principal at St. Joseph School in Fort Collins for 28 years. She said the best part of each day was the students.

“The children were always the daily highlights,” she said. “They’re great kids, great students … they’re funny.”

Bullock spent her entire career in Catholic schools including six years teaching middle school in upstate New York before moving to Colorado in 1984. She is proud of the accomplishments of the school community during her tenure including: the addition of a preschool and middle school grades to St. Joseph, as well as a two-story addition to the middle school completed in 2000, which increased the number of classrooms and added art and music rooms.

“(I’ve appreciated) the great staff, great parish staff and pastors—and great parents,” she shared. “Throughout the 28 years, I’ve worked with so many great families really dedicated to Catholic education.”

Bullock holds a bachelor’s degree from Oneonta State College and a master’s degree in school supervision and curriculum from Manhattan College, operated by the Christian Brothers, in New York City. Her areas of certification are social studies and school district administrator. She also holds a certification of completion in biblical studies from Denver’s Catholic Biblical School.

After visiting family in upstate New York this summer, she plans to take time to consider opportunities for the future.

Julie Filby

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Bullock, Barbara [MC????]

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ENDNOTE: USCCB’s position on health care reform falls into the welfare trap



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Supreme Court decision does not address fundamental flaws in the law Legislation still needed to fix conscience, abortion funding, immigration problems

WASHINGTON—Today (June 28, 2012) the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan—the so-called “individual mandate.”

For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and continue to be consistent advocates for comprehensive health care reform to ensure access to life-affirming health care for all, especially the poorest and the most vulnerable. Although the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) did not participate in these cases and took no position on the specific questions presented to the Court, USCCB’s position on health care reform generally and on ACA particularly is a matter of public record. The bishops ultimately opposed final passage of ACA for several reasons.

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In the Middle Ages, if my movie history is to be believed, Holy Mother Church stood to thwart Royalty from oppressing the serfs.

Why don't they adopt that role today?

Gooferment oppresses the poor and deludes them with false promises.

Holy Mother Church should castigate and expel the State from: welfare, money, and everything other than DEFENSE, not offense, of the nation.

By eliminating welfare, EVERYONE should be part of the commonwealth. Let's have free market solutions that can quickly and cheaply address the issues. There's no need for "immigration" if there's no welfare.

By eliminating the State from "money", the poor and those on fixed income won't be robbed of their purchasing power by inflation. (And, don't tell me that it's zero. Go buy food and see bigger packages of air at higher prices.)

By eliminating past distortions of the free market in health care, like create true national markets, individual deductibility of healthcare premiums, and disconnect it from employment.

By systematically wringing fraud out of medicare and medicaid by hving a 1% deductible. Or even .1%, over 100k. Ever see senior citizens go over a dinner check?

The bishops, and Holy Mother Church, go astray when they get into the messy details.

If they would focus on "freeing the people" of oppressive Gooferment then there would be more than enough resources to improve the human condition.

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