JASPER JOTTINGS Week 14 - 2013 April 07   

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



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POSITRACTION: Pompous NBC millionaires lecturing the Pope


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Liberals demand that the Catholic Church bow to their infallible instincts. You can’t just dress humbly, preach the gospel, and serve the poor. You have to grant indulgences to the feminists, the homosexuals, and the contraceptive industry.

NBC medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman lectured the new pope that “poverty without birth control begets more poverty....this is a chance to take the humility and the poverty and say now we're really going to talk about this in a civilized way and move it forward.” Deutsch added: “And we can talk about tolerance with gays and attitudes towards women.” Snyderman threw in “And women in the Church.”

If only the Vatican had thought of that.

Is there anything funnier than a couple of pompous NBC millionaires lecturing the pope about poverty and humility?

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When will the Liberal Media start holding people accountable for their choices?

Poverty means you can't restrain pro-creation until you're NOT poor?

Seems to completely underestimate the power of a human being.

Look at what people accomplish!

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Yahoo turns on approval again

Argh! Last night, I went to bed after posting the weekly issue. This morning, I find out that Yahoo now (again) requires an approval before sending it out. Of course, I approved it this morning. Argh!

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JOBIT: Masullo, Giulio "Jerry" [MC1950 RIP]


Giulio Masullo

MASULLO, GIULIO "JERRY", 83, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at his home.

He was the beloved husband of Linda (D'Auria) Masullo for 59 years. Giulio was born on June 17, 1929, in New York, NY and grew up in the Bronx, NY. After graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School, he received a BS from Manhattan College and a MS from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Giulio retired from North America Philips Corporation in June, 1994 after a distinguished career of over 30 years in which he held positions of increasing responsibility in operations and strategic planning.

In addition to his wife, Giulio is survived by his children, Karen Masullo Harnett of East Greenwich; Anthony Masullo of Mystic, Connecticut; and Andrew Masullo of Tulsa, Oklahoma; as well as his six grandchildren, Julia Harnett Lenzi and Daniel Harnett; Stephen, Cara and Andrea Masullo; and Julian Masullo; in addition to many nieces and nephews.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Giulio was happiest when surrounded by his family, especially during summer vacations while on his sailboat, Alchemy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00am at St. Gregory the Great Church, Cowesett Rd., Warwick. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Calling hours: Monday 5-8pm at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich.

Published in The Providence Journal on March 31, 2013


Masullo, Giulio "Jerry" [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/providence/guestbook.aspx?n=giulio-masullo&pid=163938436&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Giulio is a member of the Class of 1950.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Masullo, Giulio "Jerry" [MC1950 RIP]

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JNEWS: Wilson, Toyelle [MC2003] gets press coverage


What if: Women's coaches weigh in on 1-on-1 games
Published: March 29, 2013
By DOUG FEINBERG — AP Basketball Writer

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Prairie View A&M coach Toyelle Wilson liked her chances against Mulkey in the opening round. Her team lost by 42 to Baylor to start the NCAAs. It was easy for her to come up with a strategy against Mulkey, since she wouldn't have to worry about facing Griner.

"I'd be digging on her and pressuring her and hopefully forcing her to take some fadeaway shots, kind of like how Brittney (Griner) makes people take those type of shots," Wilson said.

Wilson doesn't believe Mulkey's claim that she can't "shoot a lick."

"I think that's some sort of trickery that she's putting up and making me stay off her so she can take some set shots," said Wilson who played at Manhattan College. "I would start out pressuring her, just like she teaches her players."

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957) cites BC and Birth Control


Posted on March 30, 2013 by keywestlou

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It is true. What goes around, comes around. Generally to bite the first doer in the ass.

Such is the situation with Boston College and its student body. Over the issue of birth control.

A war has begun. Freedom of religion the issue. I love it! All the makings of big time legal drama.

I was so turned on that I wrote next week’s KONK Life column concerning the topic. Immediately published it on Amazon.Kindle, also. Read it in either place. I believe you will find both the article and the Constitutional issue fascinating.

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3/28/13 at 12:44 PM
Boston College’s Anti-Condom Rule Makes No Sense
By Sally Holmes

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Earlier this month, Boston College, a Jesuit university, ordered the end to so-called Safe Sites — the eighteen student-run outlets on and off campus that provide free contraceptives and information on sexual health. According to the Boston Globe, the letter stated that providing their peers with forms of birth control conflicted with the students' "responsibility to protect the values and traditions of Boston College as a Jesuit, Catholic ­institution." The university is threatening disciplinary action against the condom-lovers who are handing them out and the American Civil Liberties Union is promising a legal battle in return, but what's most shocking is that in 2013, this is even a thing.

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[JR: I was unaware of the blossoming controversy. Interesting. Unfortunately "Catholic" Universities, having taken the Gooferment's money, will find out about the "golden rule". As far as I am aware, only Liberty University doesn't take any Gooferment money. Can't be half slave and half free. ]

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JBLOGGER: Williams, Harry Roger III [MC1970] on electric isolation


Saturday, March 30, 2013
Let's Grow Up!

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A column in today's Boston Globe by Carlo Rotella, “A good cry in digital isolation” bemoans how insular we have become as we “connect” electronically via devices while acting as if we are oblivious to those who actually surround us, even when sensing that they might need help or attention.

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The article and the column taken together tell me that how we “reach out” is far less important than learning to be fully human. Our choice of technology is insignificant compared to our need for maturity.

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[JR: Jasper Jottings would not be practical or cost effective without the current digital capabilities. The reader can assess if there's value in it. Basically all I have invested is a lot of time. Don Quixote or modern day "connector"? I'll never know. If some one picks it up after I pass, that's when we'll know if it's valuable.]

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MFOUND: Criticism of Alma Mater's Womens Bball coach


Opinion: John Olenowski should be on the hot seat this year
Posts: 77

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There's been something that really irked me down the stretch about MC's WBB team. It was the decided indifference that the players had towards the game. Sitting at the last home game, I couldn't help but think that the team just knew they weren't playing for anything, and on a very quiet senior night, the mood was somber as our ladies showed their disapproval through their apathy. I can't help but think that it's time for MC to start thinking about moving on from John Olenowski.

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[JR: One can understand losing; one can't understand a losing attitude.]

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MFOUND: The Quad in 1923


[JR: Copyrighted. But insightful! ]

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JHQ: Garcia, Jennifer [MC2013] intern Assembly Linda Rosenthal


Student Shines in Albany as State Assembly Intern

Jennifer Garcia ’13 excels in prestigious legislature internship program with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal

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Jennifer Garcia ’13, who grew up in the Dominican Republic city of La Romana, remembers her first experience in which she was inspired to help others — only to find that she couldn’t make much of a difference. During a senior-year high school service trip to the La Romana slums, Garcia encountered emaciated citizens who, she recalls, “were dying-starving.” That unsettling image stayed with her.

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Garcia, Jennifer [MC2013]

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JLINKEDIN: Hardardt, Mark [MC1976] Global Sales, Strategy and Channels Executive


Hardardt, Mark [MC????]
Global Sales, Strategy and Channels Executive
Greater Boston Area
Information Technology and Services


* Innovative, results oriented, Senior Sales, Sales Operations and Business Development Leader. Proven ability to lead, architect, execute, recruit and manage.

* Major strengths include Sales Leadership, Organizational and Operational Efficiency, Strategic Planning, Team building, Business Transformation, Consistent Over performance, Channels & Partners

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Dear John,

I believe that Mark is a member of the Class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hardardt, Mark [MC1976]

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JUPDATE: Troy, Denis [MC1970] re-election fundraiser Th 4/4 1730 Pearl River

MTWITTER: Re-election fundraiser for fellow Jasper, Otown's Denis Troy? (Troy, Denis [MC1970])
legislatorjohnmurphy legislatorjohnmurphy ‏@legislatorjohnm

Attention Manhattan College alumni: Re-election fundraiser for fellow Jasper, Otown's Denis Troy, Thurs 4/4 5:30p at the Pearl River Saloon

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Dear John,

I believe that Denis is a member of the Class of 1970.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Troy, Denis [MC1970]

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JEMAIL: O'Connell, Bill (MC1959) reports the email found him


JJ arrived via email yesterday so it looks like things are back to normal..

Thanks for all you do to keep JJ coming. I enjoy reading every issue.

All the best.

Bill O'Connell, '59

O'Connell, Bill (MC1959)

[JR: Yes, you get what you pay for. If Yahoo has such poor quality control, I wonder what they screw up that we don't see. Six sigma this ain't. Thanks for the compliment and the report. I'm just collecting; not doing!]

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JUPDATE: Costantini, Daniel W. (MC1974) changes ISPs

Costantini, Daniel W. (MC1974)

[JR: Another argument for one's own domain name. (Laff, can't miss a chance to nagg!)]

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JEMAIL: Menchise, Louis (MC1987) poses anotehr unhappy alternative

Would Donald Stebbins '61 have felt better if the 16 year old had killed his brother with a knife or baseball bat?

Menchise, Louis (MC1987)

[JR: No, I think he was pointing out that it was an event that couldn't have happened without a gun in the hands of an untrained individual. A better question is "if it had been a real intruder who killed a defenseless 16 year old, would that have been better?". In all case, death is so final. Even though I'm a little L libertarian pro-gun nut (and pro-life pro-choice), I think it is foolish to put any dangerous tool in the hands of ANYONE who's in capable of operating them safely. This goes for chainsaws, lawnmowers, smartphones, cars, or computers. No doubt our fellow alum would point out me and computers as a danger!]

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MTWITTER: Why does Manhattan College have to be $52,000 a year?!

Why does Manhattan College have to be $52,000 a year?!
by ItsJayMacc (Jay Maclearie)

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[JR: Ouch! IS that right? I don't know if my Mom could have afforded it for me.]

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JLINKEDIN: Roche, Kevin [MC1992] Sales Representative at Ram Abstract


Roche, Kevin [MC1992]
Sales Representative at Ram Abstract
Greater New York City Area
Real Estate

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JLINKEDIN: Manning, Charles [MC1973] Senior Vice President, North America Highways and Bridges at AECOM


Manning, Charles [MC1973]
Senior Vice President, North America Highways and Bridges at AECOM
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering


* Professional Engineer - NY, NJ, CT, MD, WV

* Professional Planner - NJ


* Charlie Manning has over 35 years experience in a broad variety of infrastructure engineering programs and projects. He has dedicated the last 15 years at AECOM to transportation, primarily Highway and Bridge projects. He also has significant prior experience in water supply, wastewater treatment, hazardous waste, waste-to-energy and power. Mr. Manning has also participated in traditional design-bid-build as well as alternate delivey methods such as design-build and PPP projects.

* He has directed and managed large complex projects and has significant experience in every project aspect ranging from conception, planning, design, permitting/licensing, construction inspection, program and construction management, start-up and operation.

* Mr. Manning has dedicated significant portions of his career to public service at the federal level, consulting engineering project management and consulting engineering business management and corporate development.


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JOBIT: Briscoe, Elizabeth A. [MC1987 RIP]


Briscoe, Elizabeth A.

Elizabeth Ann McNulty Briscoe, age 47 of Newtown passed away peacefully on Sunday March 31st at Norwalk Hospital after a heroic ten year battle with breast cancer. She was the wife of Patrick C. Briscoe. Liz was born in White Plains, NY on December 5, 1965 a daughter of John and Geraldine (Griffin) McNulty of Newtown.

She grew up in Valhalla, NY with her parents, siblings and many dogs over the years and attended Holy Name Elementary School. Elizabeth graduated from Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, NY in 1983 and went on to Manhattan College where she graduated with a BA in 1987. She later earned her CPA and worked for KMPG and Pitney Bowes for many years.

A devoted wife and dedicated mother, Liz loved being surrounded by family, friends and her adored dog, Bally. Liz was an active member of Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown.

In addition to her parents and husband of 20 years, she is survived by her children Emma, Patrick and Thomas; her siblings, Mary Ann McNulty of Ridgefield, John McNulty and his wife Kelly of North Barrington, IL and Susan LoPiccolo and her husband Frank of Newtown as well as several nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth's family is grateful for all the continuous support, prayers and acts of kindness. Special thanks to Dr. Richard Zelkowitz and the staff of Norwalk Hospital Smilow Cancer Center.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday April 3rd from 4:00pm to 8:00pm in St. Rose of Lima Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:30am also in St. Rose of Lima Church. Interment will follow in Newtown Village Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit www.honanfh.com

Published in News Times on April 2, 2013


Briscoe, Elizabeth A. [MC1987 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/newstimes/guestbook.aspx?n=elizabeth-briscoe&pid=163986127&cid=full

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JHQ: Charles Thornton, Charles [MC1961] Alma Mater's keynote address


Engineering Luminary Charles Thornton ’61 to Speak at Manhattan College’s Commencement on May 19

College will present Thornton with honorary doctorate during ceremony

Charles H. Thornton ’61, Ph.D., P.E., chairman of Charles H. Thornton & Company, LLC, a management and strategic consulting firm, will deliver Manhattan College’s keynote address at the College’s 171st Commencement on Sunday, May 19.

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) has two additions

Good Morning All,

Mike McEneney has asked for our prayers for a friend of his, Lewis Weller, who has been undergoing extensive Chemo Treatments on and off for the past year. Please keep Lewis and his family in your prayers as we pray that the treatments have the hoped for results.

At Mass on Sunday we saw a friend, Wally Hansen, who for the past 5 Months has been undergoing treatment for his Blood Cancer. He looked good and was so relieved to have completed his regimen. It is the first time in this period that we saw Wally smile and joke around again. Please keep Wally and his family in your prayers as we pray that his treatments have had the desired results and of course that we offer up a prayer of thanks.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JHQ: Jaspers at the FED

School of Arts Faculty and Student Accomplishments: April 2013
by News
Faculty and Student Accomplishments

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On Feb. 13, seven communication majors participated in the New York Federal Reserve’s Financial Awareness Video Festival at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Stephanie Brooks ’13, Colleen Doyle ’13, Alexandra Giambattista ’12, Dominique Girardi ’14, Gabrielle Gonnella ’14, Susanna Klehr-Keyes ’14, Devin Parry ’14 and Claire Reinhard ’13 produced public service announcements about responsible financial decisions, and the judges included Suze Orman, Tribecca Film Festival programmer Jose Rodriguez and actor Ashley Springer. Michael Grabowski, Ph.D., associate professor, and Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the department, accompanied the students to the festival.

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JHQ: School of Engineering Faculty and Student Accomplishments: April 2013

School of Engineering Faculty and Student Accomplishments: April 2013
by News

Alex Bertuccio ’11 and ’12, an adjunct instructor in the chemical engineering department, presented two papers on collagen production and application at the International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management on March 11 in Philadelphia. Ahmed Mohamed El- Khaiary, a visiting chemical engineering student from Alexandria University in Egypt in the summer of 2012, also discussed ASPEN-HYSYS Simulations for the Small Scale Conversion of Waste Plastics into Gaseous and Liquid Fuels at the conference. Both Bertuccio and Mohamed El- Khaiary collaborated with Gennaro J. Maffia, Ph.D, professor of chemical engineering, on their papers.

Anirban De, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor and associate chairman of the civil and environmental engineering department, presented his paper “Effects of Surface Explosions on top of Earth Embankment Dams” at the GeoCongress 2013 conference held in March in San Diego. The paper, co-authored with Sean Butler ’13, a master's student, and Thomas F. Zimmie, Ph.D., a professor of civil and geotechnical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is based on research De is conducting through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The paper is included in “Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III – Geotechnical Special Publications 231” published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Alberto Morgante ’13, a civil and environmental engineering major, was also invited to the GeoCongress 2013 conference to present his poster. “Pull-out Capacity Analysis of Offshore Torpedo Anchors Using Finite-Element Modeling” was selected as a finalist amongst posters submitted by graduate and undergraduate students nationwide. Morgante conducted the research for this work under the guidance of De through a National Science Foundation grant.

A few professional societies recently honored five civil and environmental engineering seniors. The Moles Organization awarded Mohammad S. Qasim with The Moles Student Award, and Kathryn A. Inzinna, Chris K. Oommen and Marissa Z. Peragine each received The Moles Scholarship. The General Contractors Association of New York gave Morgante a student scholarship.

Tim J. Ward, Ph.D., P.E., dean of the School of Engineering, will formally be named the winner of the Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in May at the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Cincinnati. He received this award in recognition of his initiative, leadership and numerous contributions to education, research and service.

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JLINKEDIN: Mackey, Peter [MC1973] Head, CFA Examinations at CFA Institute


Mackey, Peter [MC1973]
Head, CFA Examinations at CFA Institute
Charlottesville, Virginia Area
Investment Management

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JLINKEDIN: Corrigan, Richard [MC1966] President and CEO at Rainrock Enterprises


Corrigan, Richard [MC1966]
President and CEO at Rainrock Enterprises
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Area
Financial Services


* Large project financing using government loan programs.
* Trade Finance
* Corporate Finance
* International Banking and Operations

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MOBIT: Ansbro, John [MCfaculty]


John Ansbro
ObituaryAnsbro, John

John Ansbro, longtime Yonkers resident, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013. He was 80 years old. John was born in New York City on November 16, 1932 to Thomas and Catherine (Reilly) Ansbro and attended Saint Elizabeth Elementary School and Cathedral Prep High School studying for nine years in the Seminary system for the Archdiocese of New York. Though he was not ordained, after obtaining a doctorate in Philosophy at Fordham University, he taught philosophy to seminarians at Cathedral College for over three decades. At the same time, he taught part time at Fordham University and full time at Manhattan College as chair of the philosophy department. Dr. Ansbro was extremely generous to and raised money for the missionary work of the Church.

He is survived by his brother, Monsignor Francis J. Ansbro of Assumption Church in Peekskill. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at Assumption Church in Peekskill on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM. The interment will take place immediately after at Assumption Cemetery in Cortlandt Manor. Visiting will be at the Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home, 1100 Cortlandt Street, Peekskill on Sunday, April 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Published in the The Journal News from April 5 to April 6, 2013

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JNEWS: Santoro, Carmelo [MC1963] Semtech Corporation BoD


Semtech Appoints Two New Directors
By Business Wire
Posted 04/03/2013 04:05 PM ET

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CAMARILLO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced the appointment of Sylvia Summers and Dr. Carmelo Santoro to its Board of Directors.

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Dr. Santoro is a business consultant with Santoro Technology Associates, which provides general management, strategic planning, marketing and operations services for the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, disk drive, networking, technology services, biotechnology and financial services industries. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Attensity, Inc., a leading provider of social analytics and engagement solutions. His prior experience includes executive positions with Platinum Software Corporation and Silicon Systems. Dr. Santoro currently serves on the boards of several privately-held companies. He earned his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Physics from Manhattan College.

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Santoro, Carmelo [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Santoro, Carmelo [MC1963]

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JLINKEDIN: Gorman, John [MC1977] Fundraising Consultant at Gorman Management Consulting, Inc.


Gorman, John [MC1977]
Fundraising Consultant at Gorman Management Consulting, Inc.
Greater New York City Area
Nonprofit Organization Management


Results-driven nonprofit executive experienced in developing and implementing innovative fund development and communication programs for a variety of non–profit organizations. Proven ability to provide team leadership, driving performance, program improvement, quality initiatives to achieve revenue goals. Visionary leader known for the ability to win community support, develop key coalitions and build relationships with a shared sense of purpose. Strong background in management principles, budgeting practices, cross departmental project management, information technology utilization, team building and public speaking.

I specialize in working with start up, grassroot organizations to mid-size non-profits that need guidance and assistance with their operational funding needs in helping them fulfill their mission.


Developing strategic and operating fund development plans that includes, direct mail, major gifts, planned giving, capital campaigns, corporate and foundation giving, that mirrors and compliments a sound communications strategy that focus' on the institutions mission and strategic direction.

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JEMAIL: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) LSMA Alumni Association Man Of The Year

Hi John:

Long time no write. I have been enjoying your weekly Herculean efforts to keep us Jaspers together. Since we last communicated, my book Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners which looks at Hollywood's treatment of Christians in about 200 movies by decade from 1905 through 2008 has sold out its hardback and is in a more affordable paperback on Amazon.

The children's book Perry's Baltimore Adventure: A Birds-Eye View of Charm City is in its second printing and is being used in the Baltimore City and County Public Schools. Life on the Lower East Side: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff 1937-1950 is in its fourth printing and selling well at The Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

I self-published a book entitled Colette's Story about the grace and beauty of my wife's life and especially during her battle with breast cancer. I printed 200 books for distribution to family and friends.

I have just self-published a book entitled La Salle Military Academy Pro Deo Pro Patria: The Life and Death of a Catholic Military School. It documents the erosion of its Catholic and Military ethos and finally its closure after 118 years. It can be considered a Yearbook of Yearbooks with two pages devoted to each of the 74 classes that existed as La Salle Military Academy from 1928-2001. It was feeder school for Manhattan. The book will debut at the LSMA Alumni Association reunion on Friday April 26th. I plan to attend this year and they have decided to name me LSMA man of the year, I guess for being crazy enough to take on the project. It's better than being Time Magazine's man (or is it person, thing, whatever!) of the year. The book will be available for sale on the Alumni Association website and probably on Amazon. the details are being worked out.

Again thanks for your hard work. Though you may not get the accolades you deserve, rest assured that many alums are indebted to you and Mike McEneney.

Best regards.

P. S. I finally did get a website, http://www.physicianatthemovies.com.

Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)

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Dear Doc Dans,

You're kind praise is appreciated.

I wrote "Sharp Elbow; Warm Heart" to document my Evlynn's good life and my good wife. I too printed and distributed to family and friends. Not a day doesn't go by when I miss her. Seems a fitting honor that any spouse can do. (To our fellow Alums who still have their soul mate with them, I'd urge treasuring every day. I'd love to have some of the even bad days back.)

Sounds like your been burring out the word processor. Or are you still like some of our older Alums using the old quill pen. (I laff when a co-worker is doing Statistics and I can whip out my old K&E and solve complex equations. It's called my "magic stick". When EMP hits I'll still be able to figure out loads and confidence intervals.)

Congrats on Man Of The Year. Sounds like a labor of love.

The self-publishing revolution means everything can be captured. Alma Mater's library has a section for Alumni Authors if you send them in. I"m told my modest contribution is there. I keep threatening Maire Duchon (MCstaff) that I'm going to come check.

Great getting the website. Now you'll be in Google. Maybe even Wikopedia.

I've been stuck with Writer's Block, but, like constipation and diarrhea, this too shall pass. Certain of my family, friends, and fellow alums would find correlation between those topics and what emits from my keyboard. But what do they know of "great art" from a sensitive fat old white guy injineer!


Thanks for the lift.


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JLINKEDIN: Bender, Lauren [MC2012] Associate at MEC


Bender, Lauren [MC2012]
Associate at MEC
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising

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COMMENT: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)  on Ansbro, John [MCfaculty]

Submitted on 2013/04/05 at 10:54 am

My! I did not know that Msgr. Ansbro was related to Dr. John Ansbro of Manhattan College! Assumption is our parish church. Thanks for posting the information regarding the Funeral Mass. Regards, MaryAnn

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ENDNOTE: A great gift the folks at United

Airline holds flight to help man reach dying mother's bedside

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It was only a matter of minutes, but Kerry Drake will forever be grateful for the precious sliver of time.

On Jan. 24, the San Francisco man booked the first possible flight to Lubbock, Texas, via a connection in Houston after his brother informed him that their mother Dolores was dying and might not make it another 24 hours. However, his United Airlines flight to Houston experienced a 30-minute delay coming out of San Francisco, leaving him distraught that he might not be able to be with his mother in her final hours.

As he sat on the plane trying to deal with his emotions, flight attendant Sofia Linares brought him napkins to dab his tears while fellow flight attendant Lan Chung relayed his flight number to the captain. When the plane landed in Houston, it appeared as if Drake would miss his connection, which was the last plane to Lubbock for the day. He needed to take an air train to another terminal just to reach the gate for his connection and figured it would be too late.

But when he arrived, he received an unexpected gift.

“What I felt was just an amazing relief when I turned the corner and the gate agent called my name out and said they had been expecting me,’’ Drake told TODAY.com. “It was the first time I realized that they had all conspired to make sure I was going to get there.’’

Drake found out that United employees had held the flight from Houston to Lubbock for him, “only 15 or 20 minutes, if that,’’ he said.

He made it to his mother's bedside at a Lubbock hospital in time to be with her during her last hours, and was sitting with his father in the middle of the night when they witnessed her final moments of coherence before her death. Dolores Drake died at age 76 in the early morning hours of Jan. 25, after having suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for much of her life and being worn down by the drugs used to treat her condition.

“(United) went above and beyond,’’ Drake said. “It was a matter of minutes, but it made all the difference in the world. That really blew me away.’’

His luggage also managed to make it on the connecting flight, and he said he heard no complaints of any kind from the passengers waiting on board. The airline did not receive any formal complaints from other passengers regarding the short delay, United spokesperson Megan McCarthy told TODAY.com.

“I've heard anecdotally of this happening before, but it’s rare,’’ McCarthy said of the flight being held for special circumstances. “Many of our employees, if they can help a customer, will go above and beyond if there's a way that they can make it happen. It’s not always the case that we can do something like this because of other considerations, but it looks to me like all these employees worked together to make it happen.’’

Drake followed up his experience with a complimentary letter to United on Feb. 24, thanking the airline and staff, including pilot Edward Goldstein and first officer Dirk Chilian, for their kindness in a difficult situation. The letter appeared in the company’s employee newsletter with his name removed

“My only motivation was to recognize the people at United who were so kind,’’ he said. “It was a greatly unusual and appreciated thing.’’

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What a great gift the folks at United and the delayed passengers gave this man.

I wonder if the delayed flight got an explanation and they all walked in the man's moccasins?

Next time, I'm tempted to be a horse's ass about something, I hope I can remember this story. I can only imagine what it would be like to miss a last opportunity to be with loved one before passing.

This story touched me. Maybe it should be a POSITRACTION, but I made it an ENDNOTE.

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