JASPER JOTTINGS Week 31 - 2012 July 29    

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



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POSITRACTION: Muslims protect Christians


Muslims in Kenya vow to protect Christian churches
CWN - July 05, 2012

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Reacting to a massacre at a Christian church in Garissa, Kenya, a group of local Muslim leaders have promised to recruit volunteers to guard other Christian churches.

Adan Wachu, who heads the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims, said that the Islamic community in Kenya does not want to see sectarian divisions in the country. "There are people out there who are determined to make Kenya another Nigeria," he said, alluding to the Christian-Muslim clashes in that country.

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[JR: As should Christians protect our Brothers of all Faiths. Call it "Blessed are the peacemakers". Call it "venial self-interest". Call it as the Buddhists do: "We are all fingers on the same hand". Call it "Universal Brotherhood". Whatever you call it, it's seems in the vein of WWJD.]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: What can "WE" do with this?

CIC receives these "helpful" emails from LinkedIn trying to induce me to spend $ that are not in the budget. Can "we" do anything with these results? From time to time, when one of them has some attribute that makes them unique to Google, I can find them. Or sometimes, other Jaspers turn up. Now that I have a mortgage and a real job again, it's hard to find time to "play". Any thoughts?

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We found 18 new results that match your saved search "new jaspers linkedin":

Jose S.
Civil Engineering Professional

Student at Manhattan College
Order Fulfillment at Boulder Liquor Mart

Danielle G.
MFT Intern at Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center

Demetrest F.
LifeBEAT Advocate at LifeBeat, Inc.

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Civil Engineering Professional
Greater New York City Area Civil Engineering
LinkedIn Member
Student at Manhattan College
Greater New York City Area Civil Engineering
LinkedIn Member
Order Fulfillment at Boulder Liquor Mart
Greater Denver Area Retail
Danielle G.
Danielle G. 3rd
MFT Intern at Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center
San Francisco Bay Area Mental Health Care
LinkedIn Member
LifeBEAT Advocate at LifeBeat, Inc.
Greater New York City Area Health, Wellness and Fitness
LinkedIn Member
Preferred Relationship Consultant at Merrill Lynch
Greater New York City Area Financial Services
LinkedIn Member
Production Assistant/Media
Greater New York City Area Media Production
Joseph M.
Joseph M. 3rd
Chief, Aircraft Capabilities, AF/A10-CW at USAF
Washington D.C. Metro Area Defense & Space
LinkedIn Member
Business Supplies and Equipment Professional
Greater New York City Area Business Supplies and Equipment
LinkedIn Member
Senior Research Engineer at Nestle Product Technology Center, Inc.
Columbus, Ohio Area Food & Beverages
LinkedIn Member
Wilmington, North Carolina Area Financial Services
LinkedIn Member
Copywriter at Foot Locker/CCS
Greater New York City Area Writing and Editing
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Project Engineerr at Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc.
Greater New York City Area Construction
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Director of Human Resources at Starwood/W Hotels
Greater New York City Area Hospitality
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Assistant Account Manager at Tag Worldwide / Employbrands
Greater New York City Area Media Production
Michael C. 3rd
Accounting Manager/Assistant Controller at Teamsters Local 560 Benefit Funds
Greater New York City Area Accounting

LinkedIn Member
National Director, Financial Operations at Foundation Source
Greater New York City Area Financial Services
LinkedIn Member
Architecte chez Dubar Ltee
Canada Architecture & Planning
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Seems like a "gold mine", do we have any "miners" out there who like a scavenger hunt?

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JEMAIL: O'Connell, Bill (MC1976) disagrees with Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961)


A reply to Mr. Stebbins re: 2nd Amendment.

Point 1: The government banned automatic weapons (i.e., machine guns) in 1934, which pretty much kills Mr. Stebbins whole argument that the government shouldn’t allow such things. They don’t.

Point 2: “I was much more in danger from a gun toting nut than I am from the ‘gooferment’”. In the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, the shooter was known to be “mental” for six years prior. But in our politically correct world, no one wanted to haul him before a magistrate to have him declared mentally impaired. So when he went to buy his gun, he passed the background check with flying colors. Someone in his condition cannot buy a gun under either federal or Arizona law. Mr. Stebbins likes to have the laws written, but where is the follow through? Arizona has very permissive gun laws and yet in the crowd surrounding Gabby Giffords, only one individual in a store some distance away, was legally armed and responded to the shots being fired. So much for the argument that if we relax gun laws, bullets will be flying in all directions when a car backfires.

In the Virginia Tech shooting, an English teacher of the shooter, Cho, noticed his odd behavior some time before the shooting. She reported it to her superiors but was told that since he was over eighteen years old, he could not be forced to get counseling against his will. Again, another fair warning, with no action taken. As an adolescent he had been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder. But because of federal privacy laws (i.e., gooferment) Virginia Tech was not notified of his illness. He, too, should have been barred from buying a gun. Cho carried on his attacks for over two hours. Virginia Tech is a “gun free” zone. That is, the gooferment is protecting you. It is also preventing students and faculty who can legally carry a firearm off campus, from carrying on campus, which is no different than issuing a gooferment guarantee that all of his potential victims were defenseless.

Point 3: The Founders views on the right to bear arms:

"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." (Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J.Boyd, Ed., 1950])

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves...and include all men capable of bearing arms." (Richard Henry Lee, Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer (1788) at 169)

“...to disarm the people - that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them." (George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380)

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244)

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States" (Noah Webster in `An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution', 1787, a pamphlet aimed at swaying Pennsylvania toward ratification, in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at 56(New York, 1888))

"Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people" (Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788)

Since Mr. Stebbins uses the typical left-wing fallback that the 2nd Amendment only pertains to the militia, perhaps he needs to understand exactly what is meant by the militia in the US. According to the “gooferment”, 10 USC 311 – Militia: Composition and Classes:

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are—

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

So, Mr. Stebbins, perhaps no longer but at one time in your life you were a member of the militia in the United States. So I have a question for you. Were you prepared to do your duty by having your firearm at the ready, or were you going to rely on the gooferment to provide it to you if the need arose?

O'Connell, Bill (MC1976)

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[JR: Much more eloquent than I.]

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JUPDATE: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Mento, Cynthia [MC1992]

> JNEWS: Mento, Cynthia [MC????] director of diagnostic imaging at Crystal Run Healthcare
> http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120717/HEALTH/207170309/-1/HEALTH02
> Mento earns radiology administrator credential

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Dear John,

I believe that Cynthia (McGimpsay) is a member of the Class of 1992.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mento, Cynthia [MC1992]

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JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) disagrees with Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961)


Fully automatic weapons have been severely controlled since the National Firearms Act (1934). No new automatic weapons have entered civilian possession since the days of Bill Clinton.

Everyplace in the Constitution where "the people" are mentioned, it applies to individuals, not to the Federal or State governments. The Founders were able to distinguish between these three entities, as anyone able to read English, never mind able to graduate from Alma Mater, should be capable of doing today. This right must not be infringed, lest all the others be at risk.

Gerard M. Delaney '75
Molon Labe

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Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)

[JR: "We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid." from the inet gun culture!]

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JUPDATE: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Bullock, Barbara [MC1985]

JNEWS: Bullock, Barbara [MC1985] 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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Dear John,

I believe that Barbara is a member of the Class of 1985.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bullock, Barbara [MC1985]

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JOBIT: Calogero, Thomas J. [MC1980 RIP]


Thomas J. Calogero (1958-2012)

ONEIDA -- Thomas J. Calogero, 54, of Oneida, N.Y. passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, N.Y.

Tom was born April 29, 1958 in Utica, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Regina Clare (Waterman) Calogero. He was a graduate of Westmoreland Central High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Manhattan College. Tom was vice president and principal of Allied American Abstract Corporation.

He had a hungry imagination as a boy; he read everything he could get his hands on including: Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Later in life he enjoyed authors such as Thomas Wolfe, Gayle Lynds, Ken Follett and Laura Hillenbrand, among others. His life and values were formed by this hunger and scholarly pursuit. He travelled extensively each night when reading. He often remarked how he visited many exotic locations and was able to explore new ideas when he read.

His approach to life was formed by the interesting places he visited in his reading, and his spirit and soul were shaped by the value and importance he had for family.

In his personal and professional life, he was dedicated, devoted, respectful, compassionate and most of all generous of his time and talents. Never would a request by family or friend go unanswered or ignored; he was always optimistic, steady and strong. He knew that there was nothing that could not be overcome.

He embodied a big heart, a sharp mind and a gentle soul. He was inspiring in his determination, resolve and energy; he was always a warm, caring, patient and nurturing son, brother, uncle and friend. We are all grateful for the generous and unwavering support he always provided through many happy times and through occasional hardship.

Surviving are three brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Mary Calogero of Clifton Park, N.Y., Michael and Christine Calogero of Westmoreland, N.Y., Peter and Mary Calogero of Sherrill, N.Y.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Helen and Timothy Newman of New Hartford, N.Y., and Mary Beth Calogero of Liverpool, N.Y.; nieces and nephews, Christine Newman Burns and husband Kevin, Rachel Calogero, Mary Kay Calogero, Melissa Newman, Christopher and wife Katie Calogero, Michael Calogero, Matthew Calogero, goddaughter Clare Calogero and great-nephew Colin Burns. Tom also leaves numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends. Tom was a proud Jasper and cherished his inclusion and friendship with the "fellows."

Relatives and friends are invited and may call Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, 470 French Road, Utica, N.Y. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, Clark Mills, N.Y. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Oneida, N.Y.

Please consider a donation to the family for a scholarship fund in Tom's name at Manhattan College or The Westmoreland Children's Reading Program at the Pool, PO Box 237, Westmoreland, NY 13490. Envelopes for both will be available at the funeral home.
Messages of sympathy at: www.nunnandmcgrath.com.

Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on July 23, 2012


Calogero, Thomas J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/oneidadispatch/guestbook.aspx?n=thomas-calogero&pid=158709354&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1980.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Calogero, Thomas J. [MC1980 RIP]

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JOBIT: Wood, John Robert [MC???? RIP]


John Wood (1932 - 2012)
John Robert Wood

ATHENAS, COSTA RICA - John Robert Wood, 80 years old, passed away Monday July 9th in Atenas, Costa Rica.

John was born April 17th, 1932 in the Bronx NY. He was a life-long Yankee fan and spent most of his youth hanging out at the stadium, usually ending up in the bleachers trying to get as close as he could to his idol, Joe DiMaggio (and later Mickey Mantle). He lived with his parents and brother in a one bedroom apartment on Webb Avenue in the Bronx for many years.

He served in the US Army from 1952 until he was discharged in 1955. A short time later John married Norma Sanger (now Norma Kaiser) in Canaan, CT.

After marrying, he attended Manhattan College and New York University while working as a mechanic for TWA, frequently working during the day and attending school at night, finally earning a degree in Industrial Engineering.

John then worked at Teleregister Corporation until finally starting work at IBM in the mid-sixties, moving to Poughkeepsie, NY and working for the company for over 28 years. He was a technical writer, writing the two volumes of the IBM Dictionary of Computer Terms for the company which were eventually published, and serving as the company's Publication Standards chair which allowed him frequent travel for the company which he enjoyed immensely.

He remarried around 1977 to Sirkka Annell and they were married for almost 19 years, divorcing in 1995.

He then lived in North Carolina and finally Jacksonville, FL before visiting Costa Rica and developing a life-long love for the country, and lived there happily until his recent death. While in Costa Rica he wrote and published a popular travel book for Costa Rica, entitled "Costa Rica by Bus'. His son plans on updating the book periodically, keeping it current, in his father's memory.

John leaves behind his first wife, Norma Kaiser; his second wife, Sirkka Annell Wood of Atenas, Costa Rica; Tiina (Sirkka's daughter from a previous marriage); a son, Christopher Wood; a daughter, Cynthia Livengood and her husband Larry Livengood, both of Cape Coral, FL and grandchildren Monica, Mark and Meredith Livengood.

Services were private.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 25, 2012


Wood, John Robert [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/poughkeepsiejournal/guestbook.aspx?n=john-wood&pid=158719071&cid=full

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my "stuff" for John.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JHQ: 5 Jasper Traditions


Top 5 Jasper Traditions

While each Jasper experience is unique, there are certain rituals that bond all members of the Manhattan College community long past graduation. So take time to share in our favorite enduring Jasper traditions, both old and new!

1. Senior Walk

At freshmen orientation, all incoming Jaspers walk backward down the central pathway of campus, pledging to walk the perimeter of the Quad (even if they’re late to class…) and to not set foot on Senior Walk until they’ve earned senior class standing. Ceremonially, on Moving Up Day in the spring semester, the newly elected senior officers become the first of their class to take the walk of fame with the Senior Deed, which is handed down from the previous year’s class officers.

2. Seventh Inning Stretch

One of three claims in Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame states that Manhattan's Brother Jasper of Mary, the first athletic director and prefect of discipline, called a timeout before the seventh inning at-bat of a muggy summer game in 1882. Realizing the crowd was restless, he told the students to stand up and stretch until the game resumed. The “seventh inning stretch” caught on in the majors as the College played the New York Giants into the 1890s and is still practiced by millions of fans annually!

3. New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Manhattan was the first college to march up Fifth Avenue in New York City’s world-famous St. Patty’s Day Parade, which is more than 250 years old. Led by the College’s Gaelic Society and the Pipes and Drums Band, Manhattan College’s sizeable cohort includes students, faculty, staff, family, friends and alumni donned in Jasper green each year.

4. Springfest

When the nice weather returns each spring, Jaspers gear up for Springfest – an all-day celebration that includes a carnival, barbecue on the Quad and a concert. Bringing big acts to campus echoes an earlier tradition that lasted throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s – a rock concert series held in Gaelic Park that featured Fleetwood Mac, Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead, to name a few.

5. Battle of the Bronx

Each year, the Manhattan Jaspers go head-to-head with their cross-Bronx rivals, the Fordham Rams, in what always promises to be a heated men’s basketball game. The century-old series dates back to the 1911-12 season and has been played annually since the 1922-23 season, with the exception of two seasons during World War II. While the competition remains fierce year after year, the Jaspers currently hold the series lead at 54-50.

Posted on July 16, 2012

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JNEWS: Mason, Rosalee [MC2004] 2012 Olympic Torch Relay


Former Manhattan Jasper Basketball Player Rosalee Mason Carries Olympic ...
Boxscore News

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LONDON - Former Manhattan College women's basketball star Rosalee Mason '04 participated in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on Sunday. The Jaspers' all-time leading rebounder, Mason carried the flame through the London Borough of Bexley.

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After graduating from Manhattan, Mason became a key member of the British National Team, which was founded in 2005 (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all had separate national teams previously). She won a bronze medal with England at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Mason was selected as a torchbearer because of her contributions to British basketball and for being an inspirational role model. She coaches at basketball camps every summer and regularly speaks at community events. In addition, she has gotten involved with the girls basketball team from the Wandsworth Borough, where she's from, helping it prepare for the annual London Youth Games.

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Mason, Rosalee [MC2004]

[JR: Congrats to a fellow alum "running" away with praise. Well done! ]

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JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) doesn't want to wear body armor

Hello John,

The discussion in Jasper Jottings on Colorado is silly. I believe in the 2nd amendment because it does protect us from the rise of fascism. The attacker had the weaponry because of the 2nd amendment. The victims had their 2nd amendment rights and could have been armed. They chose not to be armed. This was a wise choice. The attacker was in full body armor. The victims would have needed armor piercing bullets to fight back, else they would have been killed and had no effect. This is not a statement for the 2nd amendment unless everyone should wear body armor as well as carry a gun. I like the 2nd amendment, but I am not going to buy body armor and walk around in it. <GG>

Mark A. Mangone

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Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

[JR: Unfortunately, the theater goers are systematically deprived by the politicians and bureaucrats of their RKBA. The politically correct Leftist environment makes an armed citizenry impossible. The victims didn't get a choice; Aurora's (unConstitutional imho) laws prevent self-defense. Luckily, "We, The Sheeple" are recognizing that one can NOT depend upon the police for protection from the hazards of life. In some ways, those same police are in the category of "hazard". I'd carry, but that is IMPOSSIBLE in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee. All these diktats do is to ensure that there are pools of unarmed victims. Body armor isn't necessary; sheep dogs mixed in the flock is all that's needed. Look at these shootings and you'll see that there's jams, reloads, and such that prove a window of opportunity for a warrior to emerge and put the killer down. That would happen LONG before the bureaucrats aka the police arrive on scene. "We, The People" are the "police".]

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JOBIT: Scholl, Sr. Mary Charles [MC1948 RIP]


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July 13, 1928 - JULY 23, 2012

Goshen, NY

Sr. Mary Charles Scholl 94, of Goshen, NY died Monday, July 23, 2012. She was born July 13, 1918 in Bronx, NY to the late Charles G.I. and the late Luia (Dorsam) Scholl.

Sr. Mary's congregation was Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in New Windsor.

Sr. Mary entered religious life January 23, 1940 at Mount St. Joseph, New Windsor, NY. She graduated from Cathedral High School, NYC in 1941, made her first vows August 15, 1942 and her final vows August 15, 1945. She graduated from Manhattan College, BA in 1948 and St. Vincent Nursing School, RN in 1972.

Her ministry in elementary education included: 1942-1945, teacher at Holy Rosary, Bronx; 1945-1952, teacher at Our Lady of Solace School, Bronx; 1952-1961, teacher at St. Jude School, Manhattan; 1961-1964, teacher at St. Andrew's School, Clifton, NJ; 1964-1970, principal at St. Bartholomew School, Yonkers, NY; 1970-1976, teacher at St. Paul's School, Yonkers, NY;1976-1988, teacher at St. Andrew's School, Clifton, NJ; she retired in 1988.

Survivors include her brother, Robert Scholl of Scarsdale, NY; niece, Margaret Nagle of River Edge, NJ; nephew, Daniel Scholl of Utica, NY and grand-nieces and nephews.

A Wake will be held Tuesday, July 24 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. at Mount St. Joseph, 64 Presentation Way, New Windsor, NY. A Funeral will be held Wednesday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Mount St. Joseph. Burial will be at Mount St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sisters of the Presentation, 84 Presentation Way, New Windsor, NY 12553.

Arrangements are under the direction of Brooks Funeral Home. Brooksfh.com or 845-561-8300.


Scholl, Sr. Mary Charles [MC1948 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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JNEWS: Murphy, Charles [MC????] NYU's Favorite Professor


Favorite Professors
Favorite Professors: NYU's Charles Murphy
Posted by: Victoria Black on July 23, 2012

Charles Murphy
Stern School of Business, New York University
Courses Taught: Investment Banking: The Financial Service Industry

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NYU-Stern investment banking professor Charles Murphy describes the industry he teaches as cyclical. Because of this, he approaches the subject from both an historical and geographical standpoint. “It’s important to see how the industry has worked in the past, how it’s working currently, and what we can expect in the future,” he says. Murphy likes to show his diverse population of students—his investment banking course is open to undergrads and MBAs—how the world is connected, how markets were created in the U.S., how they moved over to Europe, and eventually how they expanded to Asia. “These kids are going to be the managers and leaders of the future,” Murphy says. “You want to convey to them personal and business-related experiences—lend them your knowledge so they can pick up on it and find better ways to work in the future.”

Murphy holds an undergraduate degree from Manhattan College and an MBA from NYU. While working as a consultant at Credit Suisse, Murphy joined Stern as an adjunct professor in 1998 and began teaching full time in 2009. He now teaches 850-1,000 students a year, ranging in age from 18 to 60.

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Murphy, Charles [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, Charles [MC1969]

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JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) correct my misstatement about immigration

Hello John,

You said, “There's no need for "immigration" if there's no welfare.” The primary reason people immigrate is employment, not welfare. Immigration began in earnest long before there was welfare, e.g., my grandparents. Immigration would continue in large numbers without welfare. It is driven primarily by the terrible conditions and lack of hope in the countries of origin.

Mark A. Mangone

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Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

[JR: I misspoke. "There is no need for all this immigration control craziness if there is no welfare". If there's no welfare, you don't need to hassle employers over "illegal immigration". No Homeland Security / ICE / Whatever TLA "sweeps" because there's no problem. Immigration is good. We want to take the current "garbage bag" off the Statue of Liberty and welcome all these "Human Resources" to work here.]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) is against private ownership of guns

Dear Jasper John

The danger of private ownership of guns can not be exaggerated. In this case a trained police officer killed his own son!! What a tragedy. And you guys want untrained people to have guns for protection. The person most likely to be killed is one of your own!!

Sincerely yours

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961)

[JR: I have no doubt that you're sincere in your belief. May I point three things out: (1) Kops are notorious at most gun ranges for being totally dangerous. At my range, the Range Officer announces "LEO on the line!". And, call for his assistants to come ont he line. More than once, kops have been suspended or kicked off or out for safety violations. Far more than non-LEOs. They don't practice enough and they're not humble about their abilities. (2) Anyone who's been to a gun schooled are taught and drilled to positively identify your target AND what's behind it. Bullets don't generally stop at the human body. If they do, you need a bigger gun. It's called "stopping power" for a reason. (3) Most lops never fire their weapon in their career, other than "qualification". Most uses of a gun go completely unreported especially when shots are NOT fired.]

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MOBIT: Danton, Mary K. [MCStaff RIP]


Mary K. Danton

SAUGERTIES- Mary K. Danton died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck.

She was 80 years old. She was born Jan. 13, 1922 in Manhattan, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth MacPartland Coppey. She was pre-deceased by her husband Harry Danton on June 8, 2006.

She worked as a Secretary to the President of Manhattan College.

She was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist in Centerville where she was also a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. She was a member of Cursillo and of the Saugerties Columbiettes. She was also a member of the Benedictine Auxiliary and a volunteer at the Benedictine Hospital.

She is survived by her brother, Richard Coppey and his wife Barbara of Saugerties; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by her brother Joseph Coppey.

A funeral procession will form 9:15 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2012 at Buono Funeral Service, Inc., Saugerties, and then proceed to St. John the Evangelist Parish Center in Centerville, where a 10:00 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow immediately in St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery, Barclay Heights. Friends may call Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Buono Funeral Service, Inc. Please offer your condolences for Mary at www.BFSser vice.com.

Published in the Daily Freeman on July 28, 2012


Danton, Mary K. [MCStaff RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/dailyfreeman/guestbook.aspx?n=mary-danton&pid=158779974&cid=full

The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow "Jasper Maker" and the family at this time. Staff -- current and past -- are recognized, remembered, and prayed for. We are mindful of the service of these good men and women that comprise the Jasper "forge" that making us what we are. 

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MVIDEO: Prof. Mehnaz Afridi, Dir. of Manhattan College's Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center


Published on Jul 24, 2012 by MEMRILantosArchives

Prof. Mehnaz Afridi -- Pakistan-born Director of Manhattan College's Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center and author speaking at the 2012 Lantos MEMRI Briefing

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[JR: Interesting. Definitely a paradigm & meme breaker.]

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MOBIT: McGrath, Eleanor [MCStaff RIP]


July 25, 2012
Former school board member Eleanor McGrath was 81

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Eleanor McGrath, a longtime advocate for students and secretary to the Dean of Students at Manhattan College, died Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 81.

A lifelong resident of the Bronx, Ms. McGrath has spent time in two of the borough’s most prominent colleges. She earned a degree from Fordham University and went on to work at Manhattan College in the Office of Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life for 22 years before retiring in 2001.

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At Manhattan College, she often worked directly with students and their parents and always had a jar of candy and tissues ready for students who came to speak with her, according to Manhattan College Telecommunications Phone Coordinator Rosemary Jimenez, who called Ms. McGrath her mentor.

“She was very good with the students,” Ms. Jimenez said. “She was like a second mother to them.”

She was also an advocate for her colleagues at MC and would send college employees home, telling them they couldn’t “help everybody in one day,” and that work could still be done tomorrow, Ms. Jimenez added.

During the first weeks of a semester, Ms. McGrath would spend her time alleviating the fears of new freshmen. During the summer, she would work with parents who were about to send their kids off to college, Brother Robert Berger, associate professor and Residence Director at Jasper Hall, recalled.

“She was the first person they would meet when they came into the office,” Brother Berger said, adding that Ms. McGrath was always a willing and loyal employee. “You knew when you went to her that it would get done.”

Brother Berger said she was also a woman of faith, serving on the St. Margaret of Cortona advisory board, and was devoted to her family.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Philip McGrath Sr.; her daughters Maura and her husband, Howard, Johannssen and Elizabeth Ann; sons Philip and his wife, Catherine, Maurice and his wife, Bette and Matthew and his wife, Theresa; her sister Betty Ann Kirchhofer and her husband, Donald; and sister-in-law Anne Smith and her husband Mennona.

She was predeceased by sons Brendan and Paul, as well as her sister Peggy Brundage and brothers Philip, Edward and John.

Services will be held at St. Margaret of Cortona on Friday, July 27, at 10:45 a.m. Condolences may be sent to the McGrath family at 5550 Fieldston Road Apt. 8E, Bronx, N.Y. 10471.

In lieu of flowers, Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home has asked that donations be made to Calvary Hospital or St. Margaret’s School Fund.

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McGrath, Eleanor [MCStaff RIP]

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Staff -- current and past -- are recognized, remembered, and prayed for. We are mindful of the service of these good men and women that comprise the Jasper "forge" that making us what we are.

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JBLOGGER: Manhattan MBA in Brazil


Preflight Jitters

Manhattan MBA in Brazil

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I just finished attending the Graduate commencement ceremony and I'm back in the office thinking about our trip to Brazil, which is approaching rather quickly. I'm so excited but at the same time nervous because I've never been responsible for a group of 7 students outside the country before. Well I hope these lucky 7 are as excited as I am and ready for class. In case you didn't know, this blog is dedicated to the experiences that our group from Manhattan will encounter on our trip to Brazil. The Lucky7 have all had me as an instructor for a course at some point in their lives and for some reason want me as an instructor again (you'd think they had enough of me the first, or in some cases, the second time around). But they're a great group of students and I'm anticipating a lot of adventure and lively discussion throughout our trip. As for our trip, we'll be flying out this Monday from JFK and touching down in Sao Paulo that evening ready to learn so much...well at least I hope so.

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[JR: No idea who's writing. But I think it's "our" MC.]

Manhattan MBA in Brazil [MC????]

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JNEWS: Bedard, James “Jake” [MC????] AARP volunteer tax consultant


July 25, 2012
Down by the schoolyard
Class of '54 recalls high times at St. Mary's Academy
By ROBIN CAUDELL, Press-Republican Press-Republican

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James “Jake” Bedard, like many of his peers, participated in sports at St. Mary’s. After he graduated, he studied for the priesthood for three years before deciding to become a different kind of father. He went to Manhattan College and was stationed in Europe as a French interpreter for the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961. After he separated from the military, he went into the insurance business, from which he took an early retirement.

“I was the vice president and trust officer for a private bank in New Hampshire and retired at 65 from that,” said Bedard, who lives five months in Cape Cod, Mass., and seven months in Palm Harbor, Fla.

An active senior, he golfs three times a week, bikes between 100 and 150 miles, and works out three times a week. In his free time, he is an AARP volunteer tax consultant.

At the reunion luncheon, Bedard made a toast:

“To a great bunch of kids who turned out OK,” he said

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Bedard, James “Jake” [MC????]

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ENDNOTE: Pat Robertson and early onset Alzheimer's or Parkinson's dementia

I had an experience today that brought me to tears.

That's the basis of my RANT.

I was getting a haircut. A monthly affair were I have to be nice to some poor woman whose economic circumstances or chosen advocation requires her to touch me. After she is doing something for me that I can't do for myself.

(In case you haven't guessed, I have an aversion to being touched or patted on the back. Don't know why. Probably need hours of getting my head shrunk to figure that out. My sainted wife thought it was quite funny and would very gently tease me to understand that I don't come with a sign that says "Do Not Touch The Fat Old White Guy Injineer" . When she wanted to make a point, she pat my back because she knew that would instantly awake "the Observer". Most wives would kick the blundering spouse under the table to make their spouse shut up. She'd go for the back, or say to someone "Hey, pat him on the back, his ego is a few ponds low of hot air." People would laff, but I knew EXACTLY what she meant. TMI!)

So today I was getting my haircut, and there was a lady getting her hair done. I quickly could tell from her conversation with the hair lady that she had problems. The conversation was almost child like. Her husband was hovering around. She'd say things like: "My hair's wet.", "Why do I have to do this?", and the one that broke my heart "I'm afraid". He was reassuring her. "It's ok the young girl is going to make it nice for you." "You have the wedding tomorrow." "It's OK; I'm right here for you. I won't leave". Here were two stylists working on her quickly, putting a lot of "hustle" into it

After the last one, she said: "I love you". And, she turned her head to be kissed. Which he did. Then she said to the two young women working with her: "that's my husband." With the biggest smile you can imagine.

When they left, with the wife clinging to him tightly, the one younger of the two ran to the back tears streaming. Everyone in the place was quietly silent.

I had a tear rolling own my cheek.

The lady working on my "sheep shearing" said: "Did I hurt you?" "No allergies." "I understand." And we left at that.

Obviously, some type of early onset Alzheimer's or Parkinson's dementia.

It made me think how I hovered over Frau Reinke during the last two years as we separately tried to prevent the inevitable. Unsuccessfully.

I was going to say something to the man. But I couldn't think of anything that would convey my admiration of his conduct.

… a few minutes later ...

Then for some reason I thought of Pat Robertson. And, his advice to the man that he could / should divorce his wife with Alzheimer's because "she was no longer the woman he married".

That proscription really made me mad.

At the time I kind of understood it as sort of OK. Now I really do. What terrible advice! The fellow Robertson really booted that one.

I'd give anything to have another day. No matter what the quality. And, I have no criticism for those that live with it and make tough decisions.

This RANT, and the associate spleen, is for the "monday morning quarterbacks" who don't understand how a marriage changes you. If you're serious about it! If you can't understand the "till death do you part" or " … I will be with you to my last breath", then you (Robertson) should just keep your mouth shut until you do.

Made me jealous of what that man had.

Dona Nobis Pacem!

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