JASPER JOTTINGS Week 15 - 2013 April 14    

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



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POSITRACTION: A small village in the DR


Missioners Change Lives – Often Their Own – In D.R.

Teenagers and adults from St. Luke's have been traveling to a small village in the Dominican Republic for more than 10 years; the trips have left their mark.

By Elizabeth McNamara

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The expression "mission trip" conjures up images of do-gooders looking to better the lot of poorer people. But these days, people on mission trips are often the seekers, the ones looking for God's grace in a faraway land. Sometimes that's because, quite simply, that grace is easier to see when you are away from the distractions of your everyday life.

So it is that St. Luke's found Mount Transfiguration, an Episcopal camp in El Pedregal, our destination this past February. The trip is part of the religious education of teenagers at St. Luke's.

There are 11 teens (mainly 15 and 16 year olds) and 9 adults, although we are reunited with a fellow St. Luker upon arrival. Heather MacDonald is teaching in the D.R. now, after first traveling here as a teen missioner several years ago. She'd been back a couple times and, after full-time teaching jobs proved elusive in Rhode Island, she decided to sign on to a two-year teaching job in Jarabacoa, the town nearest El Pedregal.

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[JR: When "men of good will" inspire, the particular flavor of their beliefs matters not. Good works speak for themselves. "Suffer the little children to come unto me." Peace!]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: No news this morning

Surprising, because usually the filters are chock full of "stuff" on Sunday mornings.




Perhaps, Google has taken the week end off?

Open to "reports".


Well, no excuse now, not to work on my taxes!

Fate worse than death!

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JTWITTER: Sierpinski, Justin [MC2012] featured in ad?

Justin Sierpinski is the face Manhattan College http://t.co/7pO7PjuuHy
by vfdevita (Vincent DeVita)


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Justin is a member of the Class of 2012.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JHQ: MCFineArtsDept has uploaded … …


MCFineArtsDept has uploaded Brahms Serenade No. 1 Op. 11 at Manhattan College

Brahms Serenade No. 1 Op. 11 at Manhattan College
MCFineArtsDeptMCFineArtsDept·11 videos
Published on Apr 7, 2013

The Lyons Chamber Players performed their 11 instrument edition of Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, op.11 at Manhattan College on March 6, 2013.

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[JR: Unfortunately, the audio of the opening remarks are not distinguishable. Did anyone listen to this before posting? Let's get some of the injineers from down the hill to design, test, and implement the audio capture. Argh! Also there's "no branding"! Not presenting a consistent message. Oh well, the music is good. And, loud. That's from the pov of an un-kultured fat old white guy injineer!]

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JLINKEDIN: Sasser, Paul [MC1994] Vice President of Engineering at Reliable Automatic Sprinkler


Sasser, Paul [MC1994]
Vice President of Engineering at Reliable Automatic Sprinkler
Greenville, South Carolina Area

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JEMAIL: Peter Lutz [1981] supplies some content; how did I miss it?

Best regards,

Peter Lutz
"Bridging the gap between Business and Information Technology"
Peter Lutz [1981] 

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From: Franciscan Media
Date: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 6:08 AM
Subject: Saint of the Day (Sunday, April 07, 2013) - St. John Baptist de la Salle

Sunday, April 07, 2013
St. John Baptist de la Salle

Complete dedication to what he saw as God's will for him dominated the life of John Baptist de la Salle. In 1950, Pope Pius XII named him patron of schoolteachers for his efforts in upgrading school instruction. As a young 17th-century Frenchman, John had everything going for him: scholarly bent, good looks, noble family background, money, refined upbringing. At the early age of 11, he received the tonsure and started preparation for the priesthood, to which he was ordained at 27. He seemed assured then of a life of dignified ease and a high position in the Church.

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JNEWS: Murphy, Sean [MC????] nominated by the Irish Echo newspaper for the Irish Small Business 50 People's Choice Award

Lauren Mehnert Asnis

Calling all Manhattan College Alumni - please help out a fellow Jasper:
Hi Everyone! Sean Murphy has been nominated by the Irish Echo newspaper for the Irish Small Business 50 People's Choice Award. Please click and give him some votes. Many thanks! Sean founded MurphGuide in 1997, MurphGuide.com has grown a loyal following of fun New Yorkers and visitors looking for fun things to do in NYC, creating an on-line community that meets off-line in the real world at events listed on MurphGuide.com

"Irish Small Business 50 People's Choice" award.
Please vote on-line:

http://irishecho.com/?page_id=75306 — with Jon Asnis and 2 others.

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Murphy, Sean [MC????]

[JR: He needs about 200 to win! Anyone care to help?]

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JLINKEDIN: Forde, Jim [MC1986] STEM Professional/ GEFDFinED Grant Manager


Forde, Jim [MC1986]
STEM Professional/ GEFDFinED Grant Manager
Stamford, Connecticut (Greater New York City Area)
Education Management


My objectives revolve around trying to find the best place for me to make a difference in the lives of kids. I have special interests in STEM education, PBL and the application of ed tech to learning.

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JLINKEDIN: Donohue, Peter [MC1999] Project Manager at Adelhardt Construction Corp.


Donohue, Peter [MC1999]
Project Manager at Adelhardt Construction Corp.
Greater New York City Area

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JLINKEDIN: Kane, Jeffrey [MC1977] Attorney at Law Office of Jeffrey J. Kane, Esq.


Kane, Jeffrey [MC1977]
Attorney at Law Office of Jeffrey J. Kane, Esq.
Katonah, New York (Greater New York City Area)
Law Practice

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JOBIT: Schmalzl, Frank A. [MC1961 RIP]


Frank A. Schmalzl

Frank A. Schmalzl
Clifton Park

Frank A. Schmalzl, 80, of Clifton Park, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. He was born in the Bronx on March 26, 1933, the son of the late Frank and Johanna Kropfl Schmalzl.

He was a graduate of Mount St. Michael High School and Manhattan College. Frank did graduate work at Union College. He served in the U.S. Air Force.

Frank married his best friend and sweetheart, Anne McGarry Schmalzl on July 21, 1978.

Frank worked in radar design and installation for Sperry Gyroscope and later was a design engineer for Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna, retiring in 1993.

He belonged to the Clifton Park Sportsmen's Club, the National Rifle Association, the American Legion and Elfun Society. Frank was a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Anne McGarry Schmalzl; his brothers-in-law, Edward McGarry (Donna) and Robert McGarry (Sandra); several nieces and nephews, and his devoted felines, Lydia Darough and Madison James. Frank had a great devotion to his church and his country. He loved people and enjoyed conversing with his many good friends and neighbors.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9 a.m. Friday, April 12 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary's Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Birth Right, 40 Front Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. A special note of gratitude for the exceptional care and concern provided to Frank by his doctors and nurses from Seton Health and Samaritan Hospital.

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on April 10, 2013


Schmalzl, Frank A. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/dailygazette/guestbook.aspx?n=frank-schmalzl&pid=164152846&cid=full

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Dear John,

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

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Schmalzl, Frank A. [MC1961 RIP]

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JEMAIL: Menchise, Louis (MC1987) clarifies on gun violence

Menchise, Louis (MC1987)`
Apr 7

The point I was trying to make is that the 16 year old should have been sure the person in his house was indeed a stranger bent on evil and not his 12 year old brother. If he had armed himself with a knife or a baseball bat, and if he was close enough to the person, he would have used them - perhaps with the same results.

Juridictions differ in the US. When I obtained handguns twenty years ago, NYC (where I live) required me to take a class. I do not know if they still do. I did not have to prove to the licensing agency (the NYPD) that I knew how to operate a handgun. The NYPD simply asks if you have ever had mental health treatment. I doubt they do any checks. If you receive a presecription for certain medications like controlled substances (which require a special prescription - which also have expiration dates - that are tracked by I forget which entity) the NYPD will call you in, and perhaps force you to surrender your guns. The NYPD requires me to have locks on the triggers of my guns, and that they be in a case that is also locked. Many rural areas have juridictions that do not have the manpower to do background checks on gun applicants.

A gun is a very efficient and effective tool for doing harm to individuals. The question has always been, "What if someone's gun(s) are stolen?" and "What if the sane gun owner suddenly becomes insane, and does not go for treatment and receive a prescription for a controlled substance?" There are also no tests for common sense.

The 2nd Amendment ends with the words, "shall not be infringed." The 1st Amendmant has infringments. One cannot yell, "Fire!" in a crowded theater, nor can one distribute child pornography - to cite just two examples. Should the 2nd Amendment be changed? Should there be a Federal gun regulation and licensing agency? Should responsible, sane individuals who want to own guns suffer because of insane or irresponsible people? No one wants innocent people to die from guns, or by any other means.

Louis Menchise

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[JR: We've gone so far beyond "infringe" it's silly. The Gooferment makes laws and they don't enforce them. Zero federal gun crime prosecutions in Chicago! Don't talk to me of new rules, laws, or diktats until the tons that are the books are enforced. Then, maybe we can have a conversation. Argh!]

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JNEWS: Kelly, Ray [MC1963] in the WSJ

Dear John,

This is an interesting piece about Ray Kelly.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

The Political War on the NYPD


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kelly, Ray [MC1963]

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JNEWS: Cardillo, James [MC1981] VP STV Inc., Douglassville


STV Inc., Douglassville, promoted James Cardillo to vice president. Previously, Cardillo of Bethlehem, Lehigh County, was chief structural engineer for STV's Buildings and Facilities Division. He joined STV in 2010. He has more than 30 years of experience in structural design, including forensic engineering and the analysis and design of repairs to distressed structures. Cardillo has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Manhattan College and a master's degree in engineering from Cornell University.

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Cardillo, James [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1981.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cardillo, James [MC1981]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) calls for prayers for Mike's friend

Good Evening All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for a Retired NYPD Officer that Mike has known for a number of years. Tom S. has been diagnosed with a fast growing Cancer and is in ICU. Please keep Tom, his wife Penny and their family in your prayers during this very difficult time. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) reports Latino Alumni Club

Dear John,

On Tuesday evening the Manhattan College Latino Alumni Club sponsored a presentation by NYPD Deputy Chief Ruben Beltran on the development and use by the Department of various technological tools to help make the City a safer place. His boss, Deputy Police Commissioner, James Onalfo was also present and participated in the discussion as well. It was a very interesting and encouraging to learn how far the Department has come in utilizing modern technology to aide the cop on the street with his day to day duties. I was impressed with what I learned Tuesday evening.

There was an Article in Wednesday's April 10, 2013 Edition of the New York Daily News at page 2, highlighting some of these new techniques.

I have a copy if you need it.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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JFACEBOOK: Murphy, Sean [MC1986] is in Irish Echo poll

Margaret Martin via Tim Casey
7 hours ago ·

Please vote for fellow Jasper Sean Murphy! Very simple, click the link, check the box next to his name. Help him earn Irish Echo's small business people' choice award. Voting ends tomorrow.
Irish Small Business 50 People’s Choice


Murphy, Sean [MC1986]

Martin, Margaret (MC1998)

[JR: Like good Democrats, we should vote early and often! (That's a joke, folks. I have no doubt the R's do the same! Argh!!!]

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JNEWS: Musto, Richard V. [MC1966] joins AUCNY


The Largest Independent Provider Of Urology Services Continues to Expand With New Doctors & Locations
New York Advanced Urology Center continues to expand with new physicians and additional locations.

Melville, NY (PRWEB) April 10, 2013

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Three new doctors have joined Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), the largest independent provider of urology services in the United States. Richard V. Musto,MD; Manuel E. Grinberg, MD; and Michael W. Kleeman, DO will lead three new AUCNY locations in Port Jefferson, East Patchogue, and Riverhead.

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Richard V. Musto, MD, of Port Jefferson, has been practicing Urology for more than 40 years. Previously with Urological Associates of LI, he is affiliated with Mather Memorial Hospital, Saint Charles, Peconic Bay Medical Center, and Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Musto received his B.S. from Manhattan College. After receiving his undergraduate degree he attended SUNY Downstate for his medical degree and upon graduation, he completed his training at St. Vincents and in the U.S. Navy.

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Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), a division of Integrated Medical Professionals, a clinical affiliate of Mount Sinai Hospital, is comprised of community physicians committed to providing the highest level of medical service and patient care available. With more than 40 locations in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Manhattan, Westchester, Rockland County and The Bronx, AUCNY is the largest urology group practice in the United States, and leading regional provider of urology services. AUCNY physicians represent some of the country’s top urologists, many of whom are active in clinical and academic research, participate in postgraduate medical education and lecture internationally on cutting edge breakthroughs in medicine. AUCNY urologists are on staff in most hospitals in the New York Metro region and participate in most insurance plans, including Medicare.

To learn more about Advanced Urology Centers of New York call 516 931-0041 or visit http://www.aucofny.com.

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Musto, Richard V. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Richard is a member of the Class of 1966.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Musto, Richard V. [MC1966]

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JLINKEDIN: Conroy, Kerry [MC2004] Director of Guidance at La Salle Academy


Conroy, Kerry [MC2004]
Director of Guidance at La Salle Academy
United States
Primary/Secondary Education

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JLINKEDIN: Rambaran, Michael [MC1992] Principal, HVAC Technologies USA, Inc.


Rambaran, Michael [MC1992]
Principal, HVAC Technologies USA, Inc.
Greater New York City Area
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

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[JR: confused? ]

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JOBIT: Bette, Michael [MC1959 RIP]

Good Afternoon All,

Tom McCarthy asked that I share with you President O'Donnell's message regarding the death of Fellow Jasper, Michael Bette ' 59. Some of us knew Michael and we will all mourn his death. Please keep Michael, his Wife, Mary Ann, and their family in your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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From: Brennan O'Donnell
Date: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM
Subject: Sad News: Michael Bette '59

Dear Friends,

With great sadness, I write to inform you of the death of our dear friend Michael Bette, who died yesterday while visiting campus for a reception honoring scholarship donors. We will be in touch about arrangements as soon as information becomes available, but I wanted to let you know as soon as possible, as you have been among Mike's closest friends and colleagues over the years.

I spoke with several of Mike's children this morning by conference call. While they of course are shocked and deeply saddened, they also said that, if there was one place where Mike would choose to be in his final hour, it would be his beloved Manhattan, and that it is somehow fitting that he was called to God while participating in the life of the College.

He will be sorely missed. I know that we will all be keeping Mary Ann and the entire Bette family in our prayers.

May he rest in peace,
Brennan O'Donnell

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JEMAIL: Moore, Kevin (MC1980) remembers Dr. John Ansbro

Kevin Moore
Apr 11 (2 days ago)

Good Morning,

It was with much sadness that I read of the passing of Dr. John Ansbro in your last issue of Jasper Jottings. Dr. Ansbro was the chairman of the Philosophy Department while I attended Manhattan and even convinced me to minor in philosophy in my sophomore year. He had a keen sense of what we would now call “social justice”. He was working on a book on Dr. Martin Luther King while I was at MC, although I am not sure he ever finished it. He also used to organize “World Hunger Days” in the resident, commuter, and engineering cafeterias once or twice a semester whereby students would give up their breakfast, lunch and/or dinner have the monies allocated by the college to that student to the food service donated to a world hunger organization. I admit it was quite easy for the residents to be a part of this as most of them skipped breakfast (it started way too early) and the pizza at Broadway Joe’s was far, far superior to anything available in the cafeteria for lunch. I was privileged to work with him on many of these projects which hopefully raised some awareness and help some of those less fortunate than we Jaspers. He was a good man with a sly sense of humor. May he rest in peace.

Kevin Moore
BA 1980

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JLINKEDIN: Rambaran, Michael [MC1978] Principal, HVAC Technologies USA, Inc.


Rambaran, Michael [MC1978]
Principal, HVAC Technologies USA, Inc.
Greater New York City Area
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering


Highly successful career creating, coaching and motivating individuals and teams. APICS and ISM certified Materials Manager, SixSigma (GE) and Lean Leader (NCR) Certified, multiple Oracle ERP implementations.

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[JR: confused?  ]

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ENDNOTE: AN attack on civilization


28 arrested for Mag Mile, CTA mob ‘disturbances’ and fighting
BY BRIAN SLODYSKO AND ALLISON HORTON Staff Reporters March 30, 2013 10:32PM

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… …  and a group of women were attacked on a CTA train.

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“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

I note that this women were denied an "equalizer"; this being the Pepuls Republik of Chick-ago!

Do you think that even the POSSIBILITY of these women having effective tools to defend themselves might have stopped this?

The phrase in popular culture I believe that is operative is: "the witches be crazy"!

Imagine if just one of the women was armed with a modest handgun. Say a nice pink girlie 380!

What would have the headline read?

<the sound of crickets chirping>

Because these young gentlemen would have excused themselves as fast as possible and went how to change shorts.

Or, if they had watched too many Hollywood movies, they'd have been put down like the mad dogs they are.

If we can't have peace, then let's make sure that the battle of the sexes is a battle of equals.

Oh, and when I pass muster, I'll be packing. Us fat old white guy injineers are not up to a physical fight anymore, so I'll be carrying my tool.

As a little L libertarian pro-lifer, I'll do all I can to avoid using it. Sticks 'n' stones will not be tolerated.

Why do "Liberals" fail to trust women to NOT be crazy? I can understand fat old white guy injineers; we're all nuts. But, the nonsense has to stop.

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