JASPER JOTTINGS Week 36 - 2012 September 02

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



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POSITRACTION: Another suicide I don't understand?


Director-Producer Tony Scott Jumped To Death From San Pedro Bridge In Suicide
By NIKKI FINKE | Sunday August 19, 2012 @ 8:56pm PDT

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3RD UPDATE, WRITETHRU: A source close to the Scott family just confirmed to Deadline that famed movie director and TV producer Tony Scott “has passed away. We ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.” Hollywood is shocked by this tragic news that he committed suicide because British-born Scott was well-liked personally and professionally and had a lauded and thriving career. “He was the loveliest guy. Genuinely,” a family friend tells Deadline. “He was one of the good ones.” Scott was best known for classic action films like Top Gun, Days Of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II,  True Romance, and Crimson Tide, and the most recent Unstoppable. He also is a credited producer on this summer’s Fox blockbuster Prometheus directed by his brother Ridley Scott.

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Wrote this up as filler from when there were (gladly) no Jasper obits found one morning.

"I'm praying for Tony Scott, his family, and friends. What drives a person to suicide. Maybe it's that cat parasite. Hope all tormented with this particular affliction, demon, bent, craziness find peace. My first encounter post suicide is another story.  ... Let us remember that we are …"

It brings to mind my first encounter post-suicide with a respected boss at AT&T. Lord rest his soul.

He was an "old" late 40-ish early 50-ish middle manager at AT&T. A genuinely nice guy. Family man. Children. Oldest boy was16-ish who found him hanging at home in the basement.

He was an "executive" who didn't have a good handle on technology and was frustrated by the change from mainframes to "distributed". He had 250 people in his organization. Including me and whole bunch of sharp smart people who liked him.

No matter how many times he ask the same questions, his people would rally around him and explain it again.

(Realization today as I write this! Maybe he was having early onset Alzheimer's? It was unknown to me in those days. And I knew a lot first hand about mental illness. I had, and still have, a lot of bat <synonym for excrement> crazy relatives on both side of my family tree.)

Any way, he had everything to live for. He treated his people well, fairly, and even handedly. He was well respected. Folks did tease him that "he'd have been comfortable working beside Bob Cratchet in Ebenezer's Accounting firm!" But it was all good natured ribbing and he seemed to take it well.

After it was announced, the most common refrain I heard was: "Why?". Followed by, "If he was afraid of technology, I would have helped."

Sad to say, maybe he was incapable of asking for help. And, I with all my education and experience was unable to see past my own nose to know there was a problem.

We know the returning troops have a suicide problem. We know that there is a cat parasite that causes suicides. We know that bullying can drive young people to suicide.

So what do we as Jaspers do about it?


Dona Nobis Pacem

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JUPDATE: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Joseph, Dieuner [MC1990]


JFOUND: Joseph, Dieuner [MC????] 8 Steps to Holistic Transformation

Title: Created to Live a Balanced Life: 8 Steps to Holistic Transformation
Author: Reverend Dieuner Joseph
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 20, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-1470085483
Reviewer: Dana Micheli

Joseph, Dieuner [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Dieuner is a member of the Class of 1990.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Joseph, Dieuner [MC1990]

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JOBIT: Brierley, James D. [MC???? RIP]



BRIERLEY - James D. passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Jim died in his home after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family, including his wife Anne Marie, five children and ten grandchildren.

Jim was 76 years old. Jim graduated from Manhattan College in 1957 as a Civil Engineer. He worked for Suffolk County until his career was cut short by a debilitating stroke.

Published in Newsday on August 26, 2012


Brierley, James D. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/newsday/guestbook.aspx?n=james-brierley&pid=159461095&nocache=true&cid=addentry&sign=0

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MFOUND: Arch of Bioluminescence


Arch of Bioluminescence

Credit: Copyright 2002, MSU-Bozeman Bioglyphs Project

This arch was composed with petri dishes “painted” with bioluminescent bacteria. The piece–approximately 9 feet high by 5 feet wide–was installed in December 2002 at the O’Malley Library, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY. The painting was created as part of the Bioglyphs project, composed of participants from Montana State University-Bozeman’s Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) and School of Art, in collaboration with environmental engineering students of Dr. Robert Sharp at Manhattan College. For more information about the project, visit the Bioglyphs website http://www.erc.montana.edu/Bioglyphs/

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[JR: A strangely erie (copyrighted) picture. Weird. But that fits MC? ]

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JNEWS: Malmsten, Brad [MC????] VP Fort Lauderdale Thornton Tomasetti


Malmsten promoted to VP in Thornton Tomasetti’s Ft. Lauderdale office

Malmsten's portfolio includes high-rise commercial and residential buildings, educational facilities and sports venues.
Posted by Tim Gregorski, Senior Editor
August 21, 2012

The Thornton Tomasetti Board of Directors and Managing Principals announced the promotion of Brad Malmsten, P.E. to Vice President in the Fort Lauderdale office of the international engineering firm.

Malmsten joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2001 and serves as the firm’s Construction Support Services practice leader for the mid-Atlantic and South U.S. region. He has 13 years of experience in the design and analysis of concrete and steel structural systems. His portfolio includes high-rise commercial and residential buildings, educational facilities and sports venues.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and Florida. Malmsten is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction; the American Concrete Institute and the ACI Committee 209–Creep and Shrinkage in Concrete; and the Structural Engineers Association of New York. Malmsten holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a master’s degree in engineering from Manhattan College in New York City.

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Malmsten, Brad [MC????]

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JTWITTER: Flynn, Jim [MC1983] tweeted "Our Internet TV platform is …"


Flynn, Jim [MC1983] tweeted as "‏@jamespflynn":

"Our Internet TV platform is now in production on Boxee's set-top-box. The first channel to deploy is Creepster, which Boxee users can find …"

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[JR: Interesting.]

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JHQ: Math Intensive Help


Free Math Intensive Helps Freshmen Succeed Before Fall Semester

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A pre-calculus course offered to 26 incoming freshmen gives students a second chance to start their college careers on track.

In an effort to assist incoming freshmen, the Manhattan College Mathematics department is offering a week-long intensive course in pre-calculus to 26 new students in the Schools of Science and Engineering.

The students, who scored mid-range on their math placement exams, will have the opportunity to take a pre-calculus final at the end of the week. Those who pass will be moved up to Calculus I in time for the start of the fall semester, an essential step to graduating on time for students in majors with rigorous math components.

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[JR: Shame that the students don't come out of high school with what they need to succeed in life. I try and explain to young 'ins that school teaches the minimum they need to know to thrive. And does it badly. (It communicates all the working paradigms and memes imho!) Of course, they look at me as the dodering old fool I am. Sigh!]

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JHQ: Don't forget to "like" the official Manhattan College Alumni page


by Manhattan College Alumni
Don't forget to "like" the official Manhattan College Alumni page: https://www.facebook.com/ManhattanCollegeAlumni

Manhattan College Alumni
The Manhattan College alumni society serves to strengthen the relationship of our alumni with the College. The purpose is to facilitate and support connections among alumni by organizing and participating in a variety of charitable, social, professional, educational and athletic events and activitie...

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JHQ: Simpler WIFI connection and network names


Monday, August 27, 2012
You spoke. We listened.
Simpler WIFI connection and network names.

Last year, major upgrades to the campus WIFI network were implemented. Along with the upgrades, a number of wireless networks with varying features and configuration were implemented to allow users a choice of how they connect to JasperNet WIFI.

The feedback: K.I.S.S (Keep it Simple)

In preparation for the Fall 2012 semester, ITS has simplified the JasperNet WIFI configuration. All WIFI deployments conforming to "JasperNet WIFI 2.0" standards (802.11n) will be universally accessible by the single network "JASPERNET" (note the ALL CAPS). A companion network, "jaspernet-guest" will also be universally available across all JasperNet WIFI 2.0 locations providing campus visitors with some access to the Internet. Please see our network map for these locations.

We've already begun to weed out any of the confusing additional network names, however, we will continue to support local WIFI networks with additional security features (such as dls-secure or hayden-secure). Additionally, in areas where JasperNet WIFI 2.0 is not yet available, 802.11a/b/g access will be provided by the legacy network names of "jaspernet" or "Jaspernet" (note the lower case).

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JFOUND: Froebrich, Alfred W. [MC????] Counsel Lucas & Mercanti, LLP


Alfred W. Froebrich

Alfred W. Froebrich’s active patent practice covers all aspects of drafting and prosecuting patent applications, including preparing appeal briefs and appearing before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. He has also authored patentability and infringement opinion letters, and assisted in litigation by performing legal research and in drafting briefs, motions, declarations, and affidavits.

He is experienced in a wide range of electrical and mechanical fields including electronic and optical communications devices, wireless communications devices and networks, electronic circuit design and devices, semiconductors, software, motor vehicle transmissions, suspensions and Instrumentation, industrial printing machines, and medical ultrasound devices.

Mr. Froebrich gained extensive practical experience in electrical engineering, mechanics and software as a plant electrical engineer at the Indian Point 3 nuclear power facility in Buchanan, New York.

In addition to his longtime experience in U.S. intellectual property matters, he has also obtained worldwide patent protection for clients by cooperating with various foreign patent attorneys in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

Mr. Froebrich, who can read and speak German, was formerly a partner with one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States.

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Froebrich, Alfred W. [MC????]

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JLINKEDIN: Ziccardi, Joseph (MC1980) Senior Vice President at IIT Inc.


Ziccardi, Joseph (MC1980)
Senior Vice President at IIT Inc.
Greater New York City Area
Staffing and Recruiting

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JOBIT: Richey, David Francis [MC1954 RIP]


In Memory of
David Richey
December 10, 1932 - August 19, 2012


Thursday, August 30, 2012
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Kennedy-Roth Funeral Home
41- 45 58th Street
Woodside, NY 11377
(718) 424-5430

Funeral Service
Friday, August 31, 2012
11:00am - 11:45am
St.Sebastian R.C. Church
58-02 Roosevelt Avenue
Woodside, NY 11377

Committal Service
Friday, August 31, 2012
12:15pm - 12:30pm
St.John Cemetery
8001 Metropolitan Ave
Middle Village, NY 11379-2948


Richey, David Francis [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=david-richey&pid=159481834

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Dear John,

I believe that David is a member of the Class of 1954.

May He rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Richey, David Francis [MC1954 RIP]

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JFOUND: Breen, James [MC????] a new Campus Sartorialist contributor


Monday, August 27, 2012
Moccasins and Chambray - Manhattan College

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We'd like to officially welcome a new Campus Sartorialist contributor, James Breen, who will be showing us what campus style is like at Manhattan College.

James is a recent graduate of Manhattan College where he got a degree in Chemical Engineering. He will be finishing off his Master's thesis this fall and then he'll be starting law school Fall of 2013. How does a chemical engineer, future lawyer get in to fashion one would ask? Well James has no idea but if you do, he'd love to hear! While he firmly believe that it is what's on the inside that is most important, it would be ignorant to pretend that what you wear has no effect on one's life. His fashion philosophy is simple: find what fits, find what you love, and find it cheap. Being so close to the Mecca of the fashion world, New York City, the styles of Manhattan College are changing constantly and are always on the cutting edge of what will hit big next, it's a microcosm of the fashion world. While he hopes his passion for photography and style have an influence on his campus, he is sure that they have an impact on him.

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Breen, James [MC????]


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JFOUND: Nolan, Peter J. (MC1956) Professor of Physics Farmingdale State College


Dr. Peter J. Nolan
Professor of Physics

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1995

Ph.D., Adelphi University
M.S., Adelphi University
B.S., Manhattan College

Office: Lupton Hall, Room 200J
Areas of Teaching Interest:
College Physics
University Physics
Electromagnetic Theory
Modern Physics

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Nolan, Peter J. (MC????)

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Dear John,

I believe that Peter is a member of the Class of 1956.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Nolan, Peter J. (MC1956)

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JHQ: Businessmen's Retreat September 14-16

21st Annual Businessmen's Retreat

Alumni and friends are invited to attend this year's men's retreat:

Where: Bishop Molloy Retreat House
Jamaica Estates, NY 11432

When: September 14-16

Click here for additional information, including registration http://goo.gl/bZnKv

This retreat, although deeply spiritual and moving, is designed also to be practical. We understand that you spend most of your time "in the world" in your day-to-day walk.

Wouldn't it be great to do that with a newfound peace, one that you could share with others?

If any (or all) of the above ways spark an interest, please contact us at TheRetreatTeam@ManhattanCollegeRetreat.info or click here to register.

10 Ways to Get Closer to God
1. Connect with Jasper alumni, family, friends, and colleagues over a weekend of fellowship and friendship at the Manhattan College Businessmen's Retreat.
This year's theme is "Speak, LORD; Your Servant is Listening."
2. Listen to Fr. Paul Fagan speak about "how words can inspire change"
3. Hear Fr. Jim Lloyd tell the story of how he has heard the Lord speak and guide his calling as a priest.
4. Listen to Tom McCarthy, who heads up alumni relations, talk about Lasallian spirituality.
5. Hear Judge Joseph Bellacosa talk about how the retreat theme applies to his life as a prominent, former jurist.
Receive the Sacramental "Trifecta" of:
6. Reconciliation,
7. Anointing (for strength and perseverance), and
8. The Holy Eucharist
9. Enjoy spiritual sustenance, peaceful prayer, great food, and a serene setting.
 And finally... the ultimate parting gift:
10. Take away God's grace and blessings with you, as you begin the new work week on Monday morning.

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JLINKEDIN: Damiani, Joseph L. [MC2006] Doctor of Physical Therapy at Rancho Los Amigos Nat'l Rehab Center


Damiani, Joseph L. [MC2006]
Doctor of Physical Therapy at Rancho Los Amigos Nat'l Rehab Center
Nanuet, New York
Hospital & Health Care

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JHQ: Annual Fall Career Fair 10/17

Dear Recruiter:

The Manhattan College Center for Career Development and the Alumni Office are again sponsoring the Annual Fall Career Fair. This event is a wonderful opportunity to share career, company, job, and internship information in an informal setting. This year we have scheduled the Manhattan College Fall Career Fair for Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm in Draddy Gymnasium.

CORPORATE: $425.00

*The registration fee includes one display table, lunch, and refreshments for up to two representatives. Each additional person over two people will cost $20.00 per person.

Due to space limitations and high demand, please return the enclosed registration form and payment ASAP so we could reserve a table for you OR register on-line at:

*Registration must be received no later than September 30th, 2012.

If your duties no longer include career fair travel, please forward this invitation to the appropriate individual(s). Confirmation, directions, and additional information for parking will be sent to all those who register. Please call our office at (718) 862-7399 with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this event.

We hope to see you at the Manhattan College 2012 Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, October 17th!

Center for Career Development

2012 Registration Form.doc: http://jasperlink-csm.symplicity.com/u/swKqfmqW

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JOY: Schilling, Colleen E. [MC2009] is engaged

[JR: This one was a "tough grounder" for Mike to "dig out". Applause to Mike for his diligence.]

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Subject: [JasperJottingsEditorial] May have a Jasper engaged or ...
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:00:39 -0000
From: Reinke_F_John

a jasper drop out.

Can you confirm?

Colleen Elizabeth (Schilling?)
Engaged to Michael AgostinoniFrom Troy, New York
Born on November 11
Manhattan College, SUNY Albany

Dee Schilling

Manhattan College, SUNY Albany

Michael Agostinoni

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Dear John,

It looks like Colleen is a member of the Class of 2009.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Schilling, Colleen E. [MC2009]

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[JR: Thanks to Mike and his sources, I can extend a "Mozel Tov" for our fellow alum. (Hey, what do you expect from a fat old white guy injineer who grew up in an "irish catholic jewish italian puerto rican neighborhood? Where you you could hear: "I know who you are and I know your mother in FIVE languages. LOL!]

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JOY: McDonald, Ashley [MC2010] and Battipaglia, Joseph Vincent [MC2010] engaged. Double JOY? Joy squared!


Joseph Vincent Battipaglia, North Hunterdon graduate, is engaged
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9:10 AM Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9:12 AM
Hunterdon County Democrat By Hunterdon County Democrat

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Vincent and Patricia Battipaglia of Union Township announce the engagement of their son, Joseph Vincent Battipaglia to Ashley McDonald. Ashley is the daughter of Thomas and Shelly McDonald of Latham, NY.

Joseph graduated in 2006 from North Hunterdon High School and in 2010 from Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. He is a project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in New York City.

Ashley is a 2010 graduate of Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education. She is an elementary special education teacher in New York City and is pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.

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[JR: A double winner. Make my day!]

McDonald, Ashley [MC2010]

Battipaglia, Joseph Vincent [MC2010]

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JOY: Galvin, Martin Jr. [MC2000] finds a bride in the Emerald Isle


Accent on people
Martin Galvin Jr. and Emer Larkin bring Riverdale and Ireland together
Posted 8/29/12

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Martin Galvin Jr. and Emer Larkin of Palisade Avenue will be married on Thursday, Aug. 30 at St. Barnabas Church in Woodlawn.

The marriage is a love story that crosses the Atlantic. A decade ago, in September 2002, Martin attended his cousin’s wedding in Mullingar, County Westmeath, in Ireland. Before the wedding, his mother told him he needed to look his best because he might meet his future wife there.

Sure enough, Emer spotted Martin as the American at the wedding because of his tan khaki pants and white socks. On their first date, Martin’s bicycle broke and he had to hitch a ride on a tractor to Rochfortbridge to meet Emer who was waiting in a car with her mother. Seven years later, the couple was engaged at a beach on the Jersey shore.

Martin is the son of Riverdalians Martin Galvin Sr., a prominent criminal defense attorney and well-known member of the Irish-American community. Martin’s mother is Carmel Galvin from Tyrrellspass, County Westmeath in Ireland. She works in the liver transplant unit at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Emer’s parents are Joe Larkin and Angela Larkin, who reside in Rahugh, County Westmeath, where they have a cattle farm.

Martin was born in the Bronx and grew up in Kingsbridge and Riverdale. He graduated from Fordham Prep, Manhattan College and Notre Dame Law School. He worked as a prosecutor at the Bronx County D.A.’s Office, as a law clerk to Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick of the New York State Court of Appeals and as an adjunct professor of Sociology and Spanish at Manhattan College. He now works as a court attorney to Judge Ralph Fabrizio in Bronx County Supreme Court. He was recently appointed to Community Board 8 and is very active in the Riverdale-Kingsbridge community.

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Galvin, Martin Jr. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Martin is a member of the Class of 2000. I know Martin both form the Parish and from his work at the Court of Appeals. He is a great lawyer and a good person. I wish he and his Bride many years of good health and happiness.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Galvin, Martin Jr. [MC2000]

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MOBIT: Ventriglia, Anthony Emilo [MCxFaculty RIP]


Anthony Emilo Ventriglia (1922 - 2012)
Ventriglia, Anthony Emilo

Anthony Emilo Ventriglia, of Bronxville, NY, passed away on August 28, 2012.

Anthony was born in NYC on June 20, 1922. He is survived by wife Lois, daughters Patti Maguire and Linda Carella and five grandchildren. Pre-deceased by brother Vincent Vente. Other family members include two nieces, Joanne Vente and Barbara Vente.

Anthony graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1938, obtained his Bachelor Degree from Columbia in 1942, received his Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics at Brown in 1943 and continued his studies at Cornell until 1944. Anthony served in the Army/Air force branch in Langley, VA from 1944 till the end of the war.

He was a Professor of Mathematics at Manhattan College for 45 years and retired in 1995.

Calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, Funeral Home, Bronxville, between the hours of 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Thursday. Service at The Reformed Church of Bronxville on Friday August 31 at 11 am. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to American Heart Association .

Published in the The Journal News on August 30, 2012


Ventriglia, Anthony Emilo [MCxFaculty RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=anthony-ventriglia&pid=159517757

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JFOUND: Terlato, Joseph S. [MC1983] Doctor @ Coastal Medical, Inc. Providence, RI


Joseph S. Terlato, MD
(401) 421-4400
1075 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02908

Hospitals: Rhode Island Hospital

Education: Manhattan College at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute New York Medical College

Residencies: Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY

Board Certifications

Diplomate ABIM Cardiovascular Disease
Diplomate ABIM Internal Medicine


Cardiology, R.I. Hospital
Brown Medical School

Clinical Expertise

Internal Medicine


Dr. Terlato attended Manhattan College earning his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Biomedical Engineering masters program. He earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his Internal Medical residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. He completed a fellowship in Cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital and started private practice in 1995. Dr Terlato is board certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown Medical School. He specializes in consultative cardiology and stress echocardiography.

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Terlato, Joseph S. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1983.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Terlato, Joseph S. [MC1983]

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JHQ: Seasoned Journalist Joe Cutbirth Assistant Professor


Seasoned Journalist Joe Cutbirth Named Assistant Professor of Communication at Manhattan College
Expert in media studies to advise student newspaper.

Media studies expert and seasoned journalist Joe Cutbirth has been named assistant professor of communication at Manhattan College and adviser to the College’s student-run newspaper, The Quadrangle. Cutbirth will also teach a series of classes and critique the journalistic work of recipients of the College’s Quadrangle scholarship.

“The Communication department is thrilled to have Joe Cutbirth aboard and is thrilled that he chose to come to Manhattan College to begin this next stage in his exceptional career,” said Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., chair of the department. “Joe is among that rare breed in our discipline in that he has both a Columbia J-School Ph.D. (as well as a substantial body of academic research) and professional experience — having worked as both a journalist and a communication director and media consultant in Texas state politics.”

Cutbirth will oversee the journalism major within the Communication department, and is teaching Introduction to Journalism, Advanced Reporting and Quadrangle I and II during the fall semester.

As a political blogger for the Huffington Post since 2007, he regularly writes about politics and examines the social impact of mass media. He was a recurring analyst for Politics Live with Sam Donaldson and Rick Klein on ABC News Now during the 2008 presidential election. Cutbirth also served as the former communications director for the Texas Democratic Party, and worked for Gov. Ann Richards’ 1994 re-election campaign and the Clinton-Gore 1996 Texas coordinated campaign.

Prior to working as a communication director, he reported on government and Texas politics for more than a decade, mainly for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His work also has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Texas Observer, Education Weekly, DogCanyon.org and Northwest Magazine. He was a contributing writer to the politics section of The Lonely Planet Phrase Book and a co-editor of Beaches, Bureaucrats and Big Oil: One Man’s Fight for Texas.

Cutbirth completed his Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University in 2011, and has researched and published an assortment of books, chapters and journal articles on the increasingly complex relationship between satire and traditional journalism in presidential politics. An international speaker on the topic, Cutbirth is cited as an expert by The New York Times, British Broadcasting Corp., Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CBC, CTV and The Globe and Mail.

Recently, Cutbirth was a visiting lecturer in the department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia during the 2011-2012 academic year. In the past, he has also taught at the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York University’s Department of Journalism, The New School’s Department of Media Studies, Rutgers University-Newark’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies, and Marymount Manhattan College’s Department of Communication Arts. He graduated from Georgetown University with an M.A. in communication and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Texas.

“The fight for industry leadership this decade will be won by newsmen and newswomen with the energy and vision to use technology to double down on journalism as a social practice,” said Cutbirth, when reflecting on the state of journalism. “Technology is how we gather, package and deliver news, but the fundamentals of telling stories richly and precisely, and of giving people information they need to govern themselves and prosper in a global society, are more important than ever before.”

Posted on August 29, 2012

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JFOUND: Skrobola, Michael [MC1982] practicing orthodontics at Bracesetters in NY


Meet Dr. Michael Skrobola

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Hello, I’m Dr. Michael Skrobola and it is my privilege to serve you here at Bracesetters. I have been practicing orthodontics for 22 years and it is still a thrill for me to see a shy young patient blossom into a confident person as his or her smile transforms throughout treatment. Being an orthodontist is the best job in the world other than a rock star and I am grateful every day for the patients who trust me to treat them.

My Education

I graduated Manhattan College with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and then went to Columbia University School of Dental Medicine where I graduated first in my class with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. From there I obtained my orthodontic degree at Eastman Dental Center. I have won several prestigious awards during my academic career, including the Alpha-Omega Fraternity Award for Academic Achievement throughout my four-year course of study at Columbia. After graduation I practiced general dentistry in Westchester, Orange, and Sullivan Counties before entering orthodontics.

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Something Personal

I am married to my beautiful wife, Mary, who is a nurse and a Certified Dental Assistant. We have four boys, one of whom will be attending dental school at the University of Buffalo. When I’m not in the office I enjoy weight training, bicycling, and fishing. I am also a youth soccer and football coach.

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Skrobola, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1982,


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Skrobola, Michael [MC1982]

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JHQ: Val Kolesnikov Chair of the Computer Science Department


Manhattan College Names Val Kolesnikov Chair of the Computer Science Department

New chair will play integral role in strengthening growing department.

Val Kolesnikov, Ph.D., was recently appointed chair of Manhattan College’s Computer Science department, and began his position in August. His new role at Manhattan will include teaching courses as an associate professor of computer science.

Kolesnikov will play a vital role in strengthening the new Computer Science department, which formally was part of the Mathematics department. Assistant Professor Peter Boothe, Ph.D., as well as the new hire Tina Tian, Ph.D., an assistant professor of computer science and former instructor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, will also assist Kolesnikov in growing the department.

“Dr. Kolesnikov combines a strong interest in both quality teaching and research,” said Constantine Theodosiou, Ph.D., dean of the School of Science. “His combined qualifications and experience will be critical in the firm establishment of the new department and its future growth.”

Kolesnikov most recently served as assistant professor at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., for four years and taught a variety of computer science courses from Introduction to Programming: C++ to the Introduction to Game Design and Development. Kolesnikov was also instrumental in creating Indigo framework and the development of optimization techniques for distributed algorithms.

Before coming to Baker University, Kolesnikov was a teaching assistant at Kansas State University in the department of Computing and Information Sciences, while finishing up his doctorate degree in computer science. He conducted more research on Indigo framework as part of his doctoral research.

Kolesnikov has a tremendous amount of experience working in the field of computer science. He spent time as a software engineer, software application developer and computer software development programmer from 1998-2004. Throughout his 17-year career in computer science, Kolesnikov has published several papers and received numerous honors for his research.

Kolesnikov holds a Ph.D. from Kansas State, an M.B.A. from Baker University, an M.S. from Slippery Rock University, and a B.S. from Sumy State University in the Ukraine.

“I am very excited to be at Manhattan College as the new department of Computer Science is being established. Together with my talented colleagues, we will work hard to make the Computer Science program a premier program,” Kolesnikov said. “Our students will experience academic excellence and learn the skills to succeed in today’s highly technological society.”

Posted on August 29, 2012

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JHQ: Green Book, a guide to the Lasallian Catholic campus

At yesterday's Faculty Convocation, President Brennan O'Donnell introduced the Green Book, a guide to the Lasallian Catholic presence on campus, in current programs and practices, and in the lives of distinguished faculty and alumni. The Green Book was distributed to all members of the MC community, and can also be accessed online here: http://bit.ly/PSxNo0


Green Book: Manhattan College and its Lasallian Catholic Mission

Distributed to all Manhattan College community members, this book is a guide to the presence of the Lasallian and Catholic tradition on our campus, in our current programs and practices, and in the lives of some of our distinguished faculty and alumni.

The book also provides a collection of quotations that are intended to assist with reflection on our core values and commitments. It is our hope that members of the Manhattan community—current and future students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni—will find this book a pleasant and helpful companion, one that may perhaps spark further study of and reflection on the rich legacy of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

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JEMAIL: Vozhilla, Mariela [MC2012 RIP] in an auto accident

Dear John,

Here is a notice of Mariea's passing.

May She Rest In Peace.

Peter Sweeney,'64 wrote:


Am always particularly troubled when one of our own is called home at such an early age. Mariela's death is more personal because I had her as a student in her final semester last spring. Mariela had the courage to step outside her comfort zone and take a course in marketing and finance for engineers. I recall her fondly as a gentle, shy student who worked diligently to complete the course and earn her BS. May the Lord hold her in the palm of his hand. "


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Subject: Re: Prayer Request
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:56:27 -0400 (EDT)
From: Phil Colon

Good Evening,

Tom McCarthy has shared some terribly sad news. Ms. Mariela Vozhilla, a Fellow Jasper of the Civil Engineering Program, who just graduated May, 2012, was killed yesterday, 8/30/12, in an auto accident on the Deegan Expressway.

Mariela will be waked tonight only, Friday, 8/31/12:

 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Williams Funeral Home
5628 Broadway, Bronx, N.Y.

Tomorrow, Saturday, 9/1/12, 9:00 AM, there will be a Service at the Williams Funeral followed by Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hastings, NY.

Details are on line at:


We can only imagine the pain and loss being felt by Mariela's Parents, Family and Friends. Please keep them in your prayers as we pray for the repose of Mariela's Soul. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Vozhilla, Mariela [MC2012 RIP]

[JR: No details. Google doesn't have the story. So many questions all lead to the one big one … WHY?]

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MNEWS: External review for the MC history department


Hood Reviews Manhattan College
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Professor of History and Paulsen Chair Clifton Hood recently served as an external reviewer for the history department of Manhattan College in Bronx, N.Y. Hood's primary research focuses on urban history and New York City - its elites and its vast transit system. The depth of his knowledge on the area brought a unique prospective to the review process.

Hood visited the campus, and met with history department faculty and students as well as the provost and deans.

"I met with many people individually so as to gain the most accurate perception of the situation as possible," explains Hood. "The goal is to make a contribution to the school and be able to provide a different way of seeing the department devoid of the internal politics."

At the end of the process, Hood will write a report assessing the department and making recommendations. Departments can suggest things that they want the reviewer to endorse, for example Manhattan College's history department was looking to hire an urban historian and was hoping for Hood's endorsement.

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[JR: Wonder if it gets published? Good or bad. It's a road map to MC either way.]

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MFOUND: Alma Mater gets a score


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Manhattan College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college in the Lasallian tradition in New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. Despite the college's name, it is no longer located in Manhattan...

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[JR:  Of special note, Alma Mater scores three 10's -- Alcohol Use, Professors Accessible, & Drug Culture. Wonder if that's a causal relationship?]

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JHQ: Kelly Ahn Director Career Development


Manhattan College Names Kelly Ahn Director of Center for Career Development

Kelly Ahn, Ed.M., has been named the director of Manhattan College’s Center for Career Development. She will play a key role in further developing the career counseling and mentoring services provided by the Center, including internship opportunities and job placement.

“I am delighted to have a professional of Kelly Ahn’s experience join our staff. Her background at Columbia has allowed her to work with students from a variety of fields with a diversity of interests,” said Richard Satterlee, Ph.D., vice president for Student Life at Manhattan College. “Kelly brings incredible energy and passion for helping students define meaningful career paths and attain positive post-college outcomes.”

Ahn most recently spent four years as an associate director of Columbia University’s Center for Career Education. In this role, she was instrumental in assisting undergraduate and graduate students within Columbia’s seven schools on career assessment, job/internship search and networking. She also spent a year co-developing and teaching a career development course.

Before coming to Columbia, Ahn served in a variety of roles in counseling and education. From 2001-2008, she worked as an international education consultant at the Pagoda Institute in Seoul, South Korea, consulting outbound international students. In 2006, she also spent the summer in Seoul as a program director for HanKook University of Foreign Studies, supervising a staff of more than 100.

Earlier in her career, while finishing up her master’s degree, Ahn worked in the counseling department at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Conn. In addition, she counseled urban minority college students at the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS from 1997-1999.

Ahn received her master’s in educational psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2000, and she also graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from Hamilton College in 1996.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Manhattan College community where students, faculty and administrators share the same Lasallian ideals and values,” Ahn said. “I am excited to serve as the director of the Center for Career Development, where we provide a safe and open space for students to be inspired, informed and actively engaged in finding opportunities that will lead to meaningful and fulfilling careers.”

Posted on August 29, 2012

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JLINKEDIN: Cox, Jim [MC1980] Professor in Computer Science Ph.D. program at CUNY Graduate Center


Cox, Jim [MC1980]
Professor in Computer Science Ph.D. program at CUNY Graduate Center
Greater New York City Area
Higher Education

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ENDNOTE: A senior saves the responding police with 165 yard pistol shot


Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 | Posted by Jim W. Dean
Citizen Shooter Saves Officer with Amazing Shooting
A 66 Year Old Texan Vic Stacey Puts Four 357 Magnum Pistol Rounds into a Killer Rifleman at 165 Yards

“Any man in combat who lacks comrades who will die for him, or for whom he is willing to die, is not a man at all. He is truly damned.” …author/historian William Manchester, USMC, Goodbye Darkness.

…by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor

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Charles Ronald Conner got into a dispute with a neighbor about his dogs. By the time it was over, the dogs, the neighbor and his girlfriend were all dead, shot with Conner’s 9mm.

Conner then grabbed a lever action, scoped 30-30 rifle and took up a position to add a few of the responding police officers to the bad day he was having.

Sgt. Means, the first responding officer, despite his having an AR-15 was pinned down in a bad position.

Despite the distance Vic Stacey knew he had to take the clear right flank shot that he had with his 5″ barrel 357 magnum. Vic estimated he was 165 yards out.

But as you are about to hear, that was not a problem for ole Vic.

"His first round got the double murderer in the thigh and put him down, but the guy amazingly chambered another round and got a shot off at Vic that almost got him. Vic fired four more times, got four more hits as the officer got the range and finally killed the shooter."

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Wow. That's more than a football field and a half. I'm not sure that I could make that shoot with a scoped battle rifle. In the Seventies maybe fresh out of boot. He's year older. Five for five. That's some shooting.

For those that don't understand that an armed citizen is "the police". They can put the bad guy down long before the police get there to write the report.

I find this story just amazing. The shooting aside, the man engaged a better armed younger man at an extreme distance to protect "comrades" in a fight.


Of course, this will never be reported in the Leftist Main Stream Media.

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