JASPER JOTTINGS Week 44 - 2012 October 28    

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



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POSITRACTION: Institute of Catholic Culture reminds me of Theology class at Alma Mater


Mission Statement

The Institute of Catholic Culture is an adult catechetical organization, faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and dedicated to the Church’s call for a new evangelization. The Institute seeks to fulfill its mission by offering education programs structured upon the classical liberal arts and by offering opportunities in which authentic Catholic culture is experienced and lived.

The Challenge and the Opportunity

Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has repeatedly stressed the need for adult catechesis. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the Catholic Church is faced with a two-fold challenge. We are witnessing not only the lack of awareness of God and the great doctrines of the Catholic Church, but also the inability of those who profess Him to communicate their faith to others.

Before Catholics can be a light of Christ to a world in darkness, they must themselves be formed in the knowledge of the Truth which saves.

On February 23, 2012, the Pope made some comments to the priests in Rome that truly pinpoint the need for adult faith.

One great problem facing the Church today is the lack of knowledge of the faith, ‘religious illiteracy’ . . . With such illiteracy we cannot grow. … Therefore we must reappropriate the contents of the faith, not as a packet of dogmas and commandments, but as a unique reality revealed in all its profoundness and beauty. We must do everything possible for catechetical renewal in order for the faith to be known, God to be known, Christ to be known, the truth to be known, and for unity in the truth to grow. We cannot, Benedict XVI warned, live in ‘a childhood of faith.’ Many adults have never gone beyond the first catechesis, meaning that ‘they cannot – as adults, with competence and conviction – explain and elucidate the philosophy of the faith, its great wisdom and rationality’ in order to illuminate the minds of others. To do this they need an ‘adult faith.’ This does not mean, as has been understood in recent decades, a faith detached from the Magisterium of the Church. When we abandon the Magisterium, the result is dependency “on the opinions of the world, on the dictatorship of the communications media.” By contrast, true emancipation consists in freeing ourselves of these opinions, the freedom of the children of God. We must pray to the Lord intensely, that He may help us emancipate ourselves in this sense, to be free in this sense, with a truly adult faith … capable of helping others achieve true perfection … in communion with Christ.
As reported by the Vatican Information Service – http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2012/02/christians-need-to-understand-their.html

In his letter to the bishops of the Catholic Church, March 10, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI stated,

In our days, when in vast areas of the world the faith is in danger of dying out like a flame which no longer has fuel, the overriding priority is to make God present in this world and to show men and women the way to God. Not just any god, but the God who spoke on Sinai; to that God whose face we recognize in a love which presses “to the end” (cf. John 13:1) – in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. The real problem at this moment of our history is that God is disappearing from the human horizon, and, with the dimming of the light which comes from God, humanity is losing its bearings, with increasingly evident destructive effects. Leading men and women to God, to the God who speaks in the Bible: this is the supreme and fundamental priority of the Church and of the Successor of Peter at the present time.

The Holy Father continued these thoughts when on his apostolic journey to Angola he stated,

Today it is up to you, brothers and sisters . . . to offer the Risen Christ to your fellow citizens . . . Someone may object: “Why not leave them in peace? They have their truth, and we have ours. Let us all try to live in peace, leaving everyone as they are, so they can best be themselves.” But if we are convinced and have come to experience that without Christ life lacks something, that something real – indeed, the most real thing of all – is missing, we must also be convinced that we do no injustice to anyone if we present Christ to them and thus grant them the opportunity of finding their truest and most authentic selves, the joy of finding life. Indeed, we must do this. It is our duty to offer everyone this possibility of attaining eternal life.

While we see a lack of “adult faith,” as our Holy Father notes, we also see great opportunity to educate all who seek in the saving Truth of Jesus Christ, and thereby fulfill the Church’s call for a “New Evangelization.” Our goal is not only to give our attendees and visitors to our web site “a packet of dogmas and commandments, but…a unique reality revealed in all its profoundness and beauty….” By integrating different areas of study (history, theology, liturgy, etc.), the Institute seeks to show all the splendid glory, richness and majesty of the Catholic Church. With its cultural programs and educational series, Institute attendees are able to rediscover how to live a rich and deep life in their Catholic Faith.

All are welcome to join the Institute of Catholic Culture and seek the Truth revealed in our Lord and God, Jesus Christ.

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[JR: An interesting resource in a troubled world. Not sure how it relates to Jasper Jottings, but it reminds of Father Bruce Ritter's Theology class in which he was afflicted with fat "old" (in spirit) white guy injineers.

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JEMAIL: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) defends the moral center of agnostics or an atheists


Relative to your Endnote: why do you believe that an individual can have "no moral center" if he/she does not belong to an organized religion or even is an agnostic or an atheist. These individuals can be as moral or more moral than those who profess religious beliefs.
Ken Jablon '62
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My point was that there are two big effects of this finding: (1) that children are being indoctrinated with a "different region" "Secular Humanism" and (2) without the organizational label, one can NOT assume a common body of  dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) or experiences or beliefs or tradition or …
We don't have anything in common.
So what is a "moral center" in today's world?
What does it mean to be "moral" with that organizational component?
CINO's are disgrace and imho examples of what you say about "profess".
Pro-life and First Amendment arguments will be much harder to make when there is no common ground.
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JNEWS: Rubino, Richard J. [MC????] CFO Aerie Pharmaceuticals


Aerie Pharmaceuticals Appoints Richard J. Rubino as Chief Financial Officer

October 18, 2012 By: NCTechNews Category: Pharmaceuticals

BEDMINSTER, N.J. & RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–Aerie Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatments for glaucoma, today announced the appointment of Richard J. Rubino to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Rubino has over 30 years of financial, business and strategic planning experience, most recently with Medco Health Solutions, Inc.

Thomas van Haarlem, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aerie Pharmaceuticals, commented, “Mr. Rubino joins Aerie at a very exciting time for the Company as we advance through Phase 2 clinical studies for two of our first-in-class products. His extensive financial leadership and strategic planning experience in the healthcare industry brings an important skill set to the management team. Also, Mr. Rubino’s strong networks in the financial and payor communities will play an important role in the growth and development of Aerie. We are pleased to have someone of Rich’s caliber join our Executive Team.”

Mr. Rubino commented, “I am delighted to join the Aerie team and look forward to working with my new colleagues in driving value through the rapid advancement of Aerie’s promising glaucoma pipeline. I feel privileged to join Aerie as we prepare for important clinical data and am very excited about prospects for the future success of the Company.”

Prior to joining Aerie, Mr. Rubino spent nearly 20 years at Medco, holding positions of increasing responsibility, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. During his tenure at Medco, M r. Rubino was responsible for all aspects of Finance, including strategic and financial planning, accounting, treasury, SEC reporting and investor relations. Earlier, Mr. Rubino served in various accounting and business alliance positions with International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, and was a Senior Auditor at Price Waterhouse & Co. Mr. Rubino received his BS in Accounting from Manhattan College. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Rubino is a board member and Treasurer of Northside Center for Child Development, a not-for-profit organization based in Harlem, New York.

About Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Aerie Pharmaceuticals is a privately held, clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel treatments for glaucoma. Aerie’s internal research and development engine has generated an innovative glaucoma pipeline. The Company’s lead product candidate, AR-12286, is a highly selective Rho-kinase (ROCK) inhibitor designed to lower intraocular pressure by improving outflow of fluid via the trabecular pathway with the potential of restoring normal function. Aerie currently is evaluating AR-12286 in multiple Phase 2 clinical studies as a standalone therapy and in combination with a commercially available prostaglandin. In addition, the Company is in Phase 2 clinical development for AR-13324, a novel product candidate with a dual mechanism of action that represents the first of a new proprietary class of glaucoma drugs. The Company is located in Bedminster, New Jersey and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

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Rubino, Richard J. [MC????]

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JFOUND: Cook, Rebecca [MC????] raises contributions for Autism Speaks


10 Tips for College Campus Fundraisers!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Autism Speaks U View Comments

Autism Speaks U hosted a Facebook Q&A on October 10, where Autism Speaks U chapters from over 55 colleges and universities across the country shared tips and strategies for fundraising on campus. See below for the top 10 tips shared.

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10. Rebecca Cook, Manhattan College
“We just hosted an event called "Wake Up and Get Your Drink On" where we sold coffee tumblers and water bottles, with each purchase/donation they were able to fill up their cup. Since college students need coffee and water through the day especially with it being midterm week, we had a great turn out! I think picking unique fundraisers that will help out the students are the most effective!”

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Cook, Rebecca [MC????]

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JFOUND: Sole, Christopher [MC2008] PhD candidate


Christopher Sole, MS, CSCS, USAW-1

Originally from Middletown, New Jersey, I received my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Manhattan College (2008) in Riverdale, NY. Following my undergraduate studies, I earned my Master’s degree in Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (2009). After ESU, in addition to being an adjunct faculty member at Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ) and County College of Morris (Randolph, NJ) I worked for 2 years in the private strength and conditioning/sports performance facility. I’ve recently moved to Johnson City, TN to pursue a Ph.D. in Sports Physiology here at ETSU. My research interests include: post activation potentiation and its application in complex training methods, the effects of accentuated eccentric loading on jumping and reactive strength, and the role of various leg muscle qualities (RFD, stiffness, reactive strength etc.) in agility and change of direction movements. My favorite sports are track and field, ice hockey, and weightlifting.

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Sole, Christopher [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Christopher is a member of the Class of 2008?


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sole, Christopher [MC2008]

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JNEWS: Brunetti, Alexandra [MC????] a SoulCyclist (Whatever that is?)


Got To Get You Into My Life
Thu, Oct 18, 2012
By Roxy Kirshenbaum

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Exercise is work. It’s supposed to be uncomfortable and most people would rather take a nap instead. SoulCycle is exercise in disguise. It takes an aggressive form of exercise and makes it fun. Turning a difficult workout into an enjoyable experience can be a great motivating tool, but for some it can be a problem.

Indoor cycling, otherwise known as spinning, has been around since the early 90s, but in 2006 a spinning company called SoulCycle entered the workout scene. Picture a dark room lit with candles and 50-plus stationary bicycles packed closely together, full of people you see so often it feels like a club. The doors are closed. Upbeat music blasts over the surround sound speakers. Riders aren’t just spinning; they are pedaling on beat almost as if they were dancing.

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SoulCycle is meant to be an all-encompassing experience. Alexandra Brunetti, 19, a student at Manhattan College spins six times a week. The fervent SoulCyclist says it frees her mind and when the instructor gives motivational speeches it applies to more than just the bike.

“I remember the last song (during my last class) was ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay. The instructor made us close our eyes and ride at our own pace,” she says. “When we were at the top of the third hill, it wasn’t about the bike anymore, she talked about what we wanted to be on and off the bike,” Brunetti says.

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Brunetti, Alexandra [MC????]

[JR: Maybe "ours"?  ]

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JNEWS: Remigino, Lindy [MC1953] honored by Staten Island Track, Running and Community


Staten Island Track takes to the seas
Staten Island Advance By Staten Island Advance
on October 21, 2012 at 5:29 AM, updated October 21, 2012 at 5:41 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - A cruise hosted by Staten Island Track, Running and Community (SITRAC) will set sail Nov. 1, departing from Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, West 23rd Street, Manhattan. Tickets are $150, includes a cocktail hour at 6 p.m.; followed by dinner and a three-hour cruise around Manhattan aboard the Atlantica. Send checks payable to SITRAC and mail to Jack Minogue, 704 Delafield Ave., Staten Island, 10310 or call 718-273-9271 for more information.

SITRAC will honor two of its own, board members Dr. Ted Brown and Dr. Adley Raboy, community activists who have deep roots in track and field; and Lindy Remigino, winner of two gold medals at the 1952 Olympics.

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Lindy Remigino, a member of the 1952 team at the Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, won gold medals in the 100-meter dash and as a member of the 4 x 100-meter relay. Since then, the Manhattan College graduate has earned numerous honors and been inducted into 10 halls of fame as a teacher and coach at his alma mater, Hartford High School, Connecticut, which won 31 state championships during his tenure.

SITRAC is the lead community organization campaigning for the indoor track currently being built in Ocean Breeze.

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Remigino, Lindy [MC1953]

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JLINKEDIN: Meade, Robert [MC1980] Chief Operating Officer, Partners for Advanced Transportation Technolgy at the University of California, Berkeley


Meade, Robert [MC1980]
Chief Operating Officer, Partners for Advanced Transportation Technolgy at the University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco Bay Area


Bob has a diverse background in the management of research and the implementation of new tools, technologies and systems.

In the past he was involved in the development, deployment and commercialization of alternative fueled vehicles, tools for non-destructive testing, as well as a variety of risk management tools and techniques for pipeline networks.

Currently, Bob serves in a program management capacity, facilitating the success of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists working at the leading edge of transportation sciences. This team collaborates with auto manufactures, their equipment suppliers, transit agencies as well as state and national transportation agencies - to create components, systems and software that will enable the transportation systems of the future.


Research Program Management, Project Management and Contract Management

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JNEWS: Mone, Bryan [MC2006] New Milford Police Department


New Police Officers Join NMPD
Losing almost one-third of its force to retirements and departures, NMPD begins the process of rebuilding its ranks.
By Ann Piccirillo
October 16, 2012

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Officers Bryan Mone and Michael Lafrano joined the New Milford Police Department Monday in the department's first step in replenishing the ranks depleted by retirements and departures over the course of the past five years. Both Mone and Lafrano are certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission and do not have to attend the Bergen County Police Academy.

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Mone graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy under the Alternate Route program in December, 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Manhattan College. He was initially hired by New Jersey Transit Police in March 2011 where he was employed until accepting the position in New Milford. Prior to that he worked as a dispatcher for the Closter Police Dept.

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Mone and Lafrano will be officially sworn in on October 22 at the Mayor and Council meeting and have begun a three month orientation period with a training officer. Both will serve a one year probationary period.

Both officers are Bergen County residents.

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Mone, Bryan [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Bryan is a member of the Class of 2006.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mone, Bryan [MC2006]

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JOBIT: Connor, John H. [MC1953 RIP]


New Milford Spectrum
Sunday, October 21, 2012
John Connor, 81, worked in packaging industry
Published 8:56 p.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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John H Connor, 81, of New Milford died Oct. 12 in New Milford.

Mr. Connor was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Queens, N.Y.

A native of Forrest Hills, N.Y., he graduated from La Salle Academy in New York City and Manhattan College in the Bronx, N.Y. While at La Salle, Mr. Connor played four years of varsity baseball. Upon graduation from Manhattan College, he served as troop information and education specialist in the U.S. Army Signal Corps at the conclusion of the Korean War.

Mr. Connor decided to "make a difference in corporate America" and began a 40-year career in marketing and sales management in the packaging industry with Reynolds Metals Co. and Jefferson Smurfit Corp.

While at Reynolds, he spearheaded development of unit-dosage packaging for pharmaceuticals, employment of women in the sales force and recyclable packaging for resource recovery and conservation.

He was a longtime participating member of the Sales and Marketing Executive Club of Greater New York.

As a member of the New York Athletic Club for 40 years, Mr. Connor entertained friends and customers while staying in shape to play tennis. An avid tennis player with a strong serve, he enjoyed memberships in tennis clubs in Manhattan, Amagansett, N.Y., and New Milford.

His first love, however, was baseball. He had a love for the game's subtleties and nuances, which he maintained throughout his life and passed on to his sons.

He was also a member of the St. George's Society, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City and the New Milford Historical Society.

Mr. Connor was an ardent patron of the arts. As a member of the National Arts Club, he and his artist-wife, Rosemary, enthusiastically supported museums, galleries and benefits throughout the U.S. and Europe.

He loved music; he lived life with a song in his heart, which he often aired on key in full voice. An excellent dancer, he delighted in winning dance contests with Rosemary.

In 2009 Mr. Connor published his autobiography, "John V," for his family. The book exemplified his extraordinary writing skills, as well as his excellent sense of humor, passion for life and love of family.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Connor is survived by two sons: John, and his wife, Paula, of Southlake, Texas; Courtland, and his wife, Allison, of Keller, Texas; three grandchildren, John, Miles and Nora; a sister, Eileen, of Long Beach, N.Y.; and seven nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place today (Friday) at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Route 109, New Milford. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford.

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Connor, John H. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of that Great Class of 1953.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Connor, John H. [MC1953 RIP]

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JOY: Mias, Christopher [MC2010] engaged to Nicole Lillian

Mias, Christopher [MC2010] changed his FACEBOOK status to ENGAGED to Nicole Lillian

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JHQ: Southern Italy trip

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Travel with Manhattan College and other alumni to explore the beauty of Southern Italy. Sorrento and Rome will serve as "home base" while you explore the rich Italian history and culture with visits to the Blue Grotto in Capri, the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Pompeii, Positano, and the Colosseum.
$2,499 per person/double occupancy
(plus air taxes exceeding $200, pending air confirmation)
*$2,449 p/p if deposit is received by April 25, 2013
9-Day Tour Includes:
Roundtrip Airfare
Seven (7) Nights Accommodation
Luxury Motor Coach Throughout
Professional Tour Manager
Breakfast Daily
Welcome Dinner
Five (5) Additional Dinners
Farewell Dinner
Sightseeing per Itinerary
Wine & Cheese Tasting
Air Taxes up to $200

Program Info for Download
Program Flyer
Registration Form
To reserve your space, contact:
World Cultural Tours
PO Box 548
Uxbridge, MA 01569
(877) 218-8687

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JLINKEDIN: Poulin, Jessica [MC2013] Public Relations and Communications Student at Manhattan College


Poulin, Jessica [MC2013]
Student at Manhattan College
Bronx, New York
Public Relations and Communications

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JHQ: 2012-2013 Basketball Season Preview

2012-2013 Basketball Season Preview
Join the College and other Jasper fans for the annual basketball season preview. Manhattan head coaches John Olenowski and Steve Masiello will be on hand to discuss the upcoming campaign for their respective programs.
When: Thursday, October 25
Where: Draddy Gynansium
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 per person
(includes beer, wine & hors d'oeuvres)
Register Now!
For more information about this event, please contact the alumni relations office at (718) 862-7432 oralumni@manhattan.edu. For a full list of upcoming alumni events, please visit

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WALDO: Director of Student Activities at De Marillac Academy

Paul A. 
Director of Student Activities at De Marillac Academy
San Francisco Bay Area Primary/Secondary Education

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JLINKEDIN: Fiorentino, Susan Megan (MC2012) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Recruitment Specialist


Fiorentino, Susan Megan (MC2012)
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Recruitment Specialist
Greater New York City Area
Public Relations and Communications

My name is Susan Megan Fiorentino. I am a recent Manhattan College graduate and earned a Bachelor of Arts in May 2012. As an undergrad, I was actively involved in the Manhattan College community. Through volunteering opportunities and my personal drive, I am currently employed as a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Recruitment Specialist for The American Cancer Society. I also have the ability to further raise awareness on several charities with my position as an Author with Miss A.

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JLINKEDIN: Henning, Bill [MC1982] Adjunct Lecturer at Center for Worker Education, City College of New York


Henning, Bill [MC1982]
Adjunct Lecturer at Center for Worker Education, City College of New York
Greater New York City Area
Public Policy

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JEMAIL: Kelly, Jack (MC1968) reached out to Steponkus, Bill (MC1957)

On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM, Kelly, Jack (MC1968) wrote:


I noted that Bill Steponkus (MC1957) has changed is email address and, of course, you rightly redacted it. I wonder if you could pass along a private request for him to contact me or AASalumni-info {Privacy Invoked}, so that we'll have his new address. Bill was a member of the AAS and we have the occasional reunion.


Jack Kelly '68

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Jack: Sure, I bcced him on this email so the ball is in his court. fjohn68

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) reports the passing of Marion Gunn

Dear John,

The October 18th Edition of CATHOLIC NEW YORK at page 33 has the following item of interest:


Marion Gunn,100, a longtime volunteer at Cardinal Spellman Retreat House in Riverdale, the alumni relation office of Manhattan College and the school library of her parish, St. Margaret of Cortona in Riverdale, died July 31 at her Riverdale Home.

A member of St. Margaret's Parish for 72 years, she had also been a member of St. Margaret's Ladies Guild.

Mrs. Gunn spent 45 years volunteering at Cardinal Spellman Retreat House, where she served on the executive board and was chair of membership for the Gethsemane Auxiliary women's retreats.

She volunteered at Manhattan College in the alumni relations office from 1981 to 1999. Her association with the College dated back to Nov. 5, 1935, when she and her husband Joseph, a Manhattan Alumnus, were the first couple married in the college's Chapel of De La Salle and his Brothers.

Mrs. Gunn was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grand children and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was offered Aug.4 at St. Margaret of Crotona Church. Burial was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne."

Marion's Husband, Joe, was a tireless volunteer at the College, I believe that he is a member of the class of 1932. His son Joe,'76 has been a member of our Retreat Team and the conference room at the College where the retreat team meets is the "Joseph J. Gunn Room". In addition Joe's daughter, Patricia Gunn Doherty is along time valued employee of the College, and at least one granddaughter is also a JASPER. A great Manhattan Family!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks for a great find.]

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JNEWS: Laue, Kevin [MC2012] is on the big screen


October 24, 2012 2:24 PM
Kevin Laue Story to hit the big screen
BY Sean Brennan

Kevin Laue, the former Manhattan College hoopster who was born with only one fully functional arm, will have his inspirational story told on the big screen when "Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story" makes its' premiere at the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street on Friday night, October 24.

Laue, who was born with a left arm that ended just below the elbow due to a complication in the womb when the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, cutting off blood flow, made a national name for himself when former Manhattan coach Barry Rohrssen offered the California product a scholarship, making Laue the first one-armed player to evern suit up for a Division I basketball program.

Laue graduated last spring from Manhattan.

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Laue, Kevin [MC2012]

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JNEWS: What's on the honorary degree given to Patterson, James [MC1969]


Citations Given With Honor, And, at Times, A Little Levity
Published: May 31, 1999

Colleges and universities herald their honorary degree recipients with a citation -- a brief resume, at times lighthearted, at times poignant, of an accomplished life. These excerpts are from citations provided by the institutions. Honoris causa . . .

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Author, former advertising executive

''Parents both celebrate and lament your successful declaration that 'I'm a Toys ''R'' Us kid.' ''

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Patterson, James [MC1969]

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JNEWS: Meara, Edward [MC????] joins Aminpour & Associates


Auto Accident Lawyer Edward Meara Joins the Firm of Aminpour & Associates
Meara, Who Has Over 20 Years of Experience, Will Be Aminpour’s Senior Litigation Attorney

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Quote startWith his extensive legal experience and commitment to his clients, Meara is already fitting in well in his new role at Aminpour & AssociatesQuote end

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

Edward Meara, an attorney with over two decades of experience, recently joined the law office of Aminpour & Associates in San Diego, Calif. Meara, who is a member of the New York and California Bar Associations, will work as Aminpour’s senior litigation attorney.

According to an article on the firm’s website Your Law Office, Meara is now part of a group of attorneys that has over 50 years of combined experienced in the field of auto accidents. Since it first opened for business in 1996, the knowledgeable team has helped thousands of injured clients.

Because of Meara’s vast experience working as defense counsel on thousands of personal injury cases—for example, he worked for 10 years as in house counsel for a major insurance company—he truly understands the ins and outs of each case. As an auto accident lawyer, Meara is passionate about making sure his clients will receive the maximum amount of compensation.

After studying with the La Salle Christian Brothers at Manhattan College in New York City, Meara graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He then completed law school at Pace University in White Plains, New York, where he was a member of Law Review.

Before beginning his distinguished career as an attorney, Meara served as a Sergeant in the United States Army as an Atomic Demolition Munitions Specialist in Europe. There, he became conversant in German, Spanish, Russian and French. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the Third Infantry Division NCO Academy, Rock of the Marne.

As his bio noted, Meara first began his legal career clerking for the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.

“Following his clerkship with Judge Mahoney, Ed worked as an associate in the New York office of Coudert Brothers,” the bio noted, adding that after three years in the New York office, Meara was transferred to work in the litigation department of Coudert Brothers in Los Angeles where he focused on complex litigation.

“While still working with Coudert Brothers in Los Angeles, he also completed the Trial Attorney Project and prosecuted cases with the City Attorney's Office.”

With his extensive legal experience and commitment to his clients, Meara is already fitting in well in his new role at Aminpour & Associates. He shares his co-workers’ commitment to providing clients with dedicated and experienced legal representation.

About Aminpour & Associates:

Aminpour & Associates, located in San Diego, is one of the leading personal injury firms in California. Since 1996, the firm has helped thousands of accident / injury victims and their families recover compensation for their injuries and loss. For more information, please visit http://www.yourlawoffice.com

317 Ash Street
San Diego, CA 92101

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JOBIT: Moran, William F. [MC???? RIP]


William F. Moran (1925 - 2012)

Dr. William F. Moran, 87, of Walden, died Oct. 4, 2012, with his family at his side.

He was born March 1, 1925.

He was raised in Manchester, N.H., attended Manhattan College , received his master's degree from the City University of New York and earned his doctorate in education from Fordham University . He served with the Brothers in New York City before setting off on a career of teaching and coaching beginning at Tappan Zee High School in Piermont. Although he had a short coaching career, because of a promotion to assistant principal, Moran took the Tappan Zee boys basketball team to a PSAL title in 1957-58 and earned Coach of the Year honors two years in a row.

As an educator, Dr. Moran was appointed the Valley Central principal in 1963 before taking over as superintendent of Valley Central schools only one year later. Bill would remain in this position for nearly 20 years. Under his leadership, the district grew in terms of facilities, students and curriculum to the point where it was once the fifth-largest school district in the country. He also guided the district toward tripling the rate of students acquiring a Regents diploma while turning Valley Central athletics into an Orange County powerhouse. He would go on to serve as the executive director of both the Mid Hudson School Study Council and state School Boards Association in Albany, representing the interests of kids and teachers across the state.

With his passion for athletics and the value of competition never far from his mind, for 16 years (1983-1999) Dr. Moran served as Section IX's first executive director and was widely regarded as its most influential director. He would also serve for 17 years on the state Public High School Athletic Association Executive Committee, working tirelessly at ensuring leagues in his section teamed up to rewrite the section constitution and bring fair representation in athletics. In 2008, he was inducted into the state Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his wife, Carol (nee VanWyck); a daughter, Judy Mottola and her husband, John; three sons, Bill and his wife, Patricia, Mike and his wife, Tracey, and Bob Moran; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 12 at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Walden.

Charitable donations may be made in William's memory to Josephine-Louise Public Library, 1 Municipal Square, Walden, NY 12586, or to Montgomery Food Pantry, P.O. Box 423, Montgomery, NY 12549.

Millspaugh Funeral Directors, 22 Bank St., in Walden, handled his funeral arrangements. To leave an online message of condolence, visit http://www.millspaughfuneralhome.com/.

Published in Newsday Westchester on October 25, 2012


Moran, William F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.millspaughfuneralhome.com/obits/obituary.php?act=entertrib&id=211107

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JOBIT: Rocks, Thomas M. [MC???? RIP]


Thomas M. Rocks (1934 - 2012)

Rocks, Thomas M.

Thomas M. Rocks, a former Suffern, NY resident, passed away Oct. 24, 2012 at the age of 78. Born Jan. 5, 1934 in Queens, NY to Thomas and Elizabeth Rocks, Thomas attended St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School in Woodhaven, NY, Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, NY and Manhattan College. He was a retired Battalion Chief with the FDNY Ladder 49 in the Bronx, NY. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maureen Rocks; six children, Michael (Donna), Kathleen Chichetti, Patrick, Dennis (Jill), Maryalice and Stephen Ruggiero, and Kevin (Monika), as well as 17 grandchildren, and 1 sister, Maureen Boller. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Mahwah, NJ. Burial will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont, NY. Friends may call on Friday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 Pm at the SCARR FUNERAL HOME, INC. Route 202 Suffern. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 would be appreciated.

Scarr Funeral Home, Inc.
Rt. 202 Suffern, N.Y.
"Suffern's Only Family Owned Funeral Home"

Published in the The Journal News on October 25, 2012


Rocks, Thomas M. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=thomas-rocks&pid=160636992&cid=full

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JLINKEDIN: Schiliro, Sal [MC1985] Executive Director at UBS


Schiliro, Sal [MC1985]
Executive Director at UBS
Greater New York City Area

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JEMAIL: McEneney Edward J. (MC1959) cites Kelly, Ray [MC1963]


The title; "Does Ray Kelly Have the World's Toughest Job?"

Fortune Magazine October 29, 2012 Page 153.


Edward J. McEneney 59B

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[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated. I'll look for it online.]

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JLINKEDIN: O'Connell, Robert [MC1983] Area Sales Vice President, Verizon Business


O'Connell, Robert [MC1983]
Area Sales Vice President, Verizon Business
Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services


Senior Level Sales Leader with a track record of increasing sales and revenue while building profitability of the business. Transforms underperforming teams into world-class sales organizations. Experience in building and running a global sales organization that collaborated with coworkers around the world. Implemented strategies focused on selling global outsource deals with heavy emphasis on IT/Cloud and Security services.


Global Sales Leadership and New Business Development * Talent Acquisition and Development * Mergers and Acquisitions * Transformational Thinker * Account Management/Retention * Corporate Integration * General Management * P&L and Budget Management * Solutions Development * Client Relationship Management * Performance Management * Planning & Organization * Cross-Functional Collaboration * Workforce Planning * Change Management

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JLINKEDIN: Westley, Robert [MC????] Tax Accountant at Gassman & Golodny LLP


Westley, Robert [MC????]
Tax Accountant at Gassman & Golodny LLP
Scarsdale, New York (Greater New York City Area)
Financial Services

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ENDNOTE: A future Nobel Prize winner was "far from satisfactory"


John Gurdon, Nobel Prize Winner In Physiology Or Medicine, Wasn't The Best Science Student
10/09/12 12:48 PM ET EDT AP

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LONDON -- Teacher knows best?

That doesn't appear to be the case for one teacher who called a future Nobel Prize winner's dreams of becoming a scientist "quite ridiculous" in a scathing report card.

John Gurdon's future success was almost nipped in the bud in 1949 when a schoolmaster at elite Eton College wrote on his report card that pursuing science would be a waste of time.

"His work has been far from satisfactory," the teacher wrote. "If he can't learn simple biological facts he would have no chance of doing the work of a specialist, and it would be sheer waste of time, both on his part, and of those who have to teach him."

The teacher said that the teenage Gurdon had gotten into trouble several times and didn't listen.

The scientific community could argue it's a good thing he didn't.

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And you wonder why I'm not big on "teachers".

My literary career, if any, was short circuit by a teacher's ridicule.

Maybe we should try a different paradigm or meme!

Self education, home schooling, or inet teaching.

All cheaper that Gooferment Skrules.

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