JASPER JOTTINGS Week 25 - 2013 June 23    

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



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POSITRACTION: 'Lid for Every Pot'


Still Seeking Her Own Match, Marlboro Woman Plans to Find a 'Lid for Every Pot'

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While on the psychological rollercoaster that is living with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Shira Klein has been instrumental in helping to match up 23 bone marrow and stem cell donors and recipients.

In spite of battling her own disease for almost three years, or perhaps because of it, Shira Klein’s organization, Smiles4Shira has organized dozens of donor-registration events, at which over 10,000 potential donors have been “swabbed” and registered for the National Marrow Donor Program in just six months. People with leukemia, lymphoma, blood cancer and sickle cell disease now have more than 10,000 extra chances to locate a life-saving match.

Unfortunately, a match has yet to materialize for Klein herself, but she remains fervently optimistic.

“As my husband’s mother was known to say, ‘There is a lid for every pot,’” Klein said. “My lid may be out there, but I, and Smiles4Shira will not stop until every pot has a lid, one Smile at a time.”

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Greater love hath no man … then helping others when you have your own problems.

What can I say? Heroic.

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JUPDATE: Gunning, Thomas Patrick [MC1960 RIP] ided by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

JOBIT: Gunning, Thomas Patrick [MC1960 RIP]


Thomas Patrick Gunning
(January 29, 1938 - June 13, 2013)
U.S. Veteran

Thomas Patrick Gunning, 75, of Pompton Plains, died Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Chilton Memorial Hospital.

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/Batesville/guestbook.aspx?n=thomas-gunning&pid=165316170

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1960.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gunning, Thomas Patrick [MC1960 RIP]

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JNEWS: McClennan, Joe [MC2014?] breaks his hand in minor league ball


Grizzlies falter after quick turnaround between doubleheaders
Gaston Gazette

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Note: The Grizzlies will play the remainder of the season without Manhattan College infielder Joe McClennan, who broke his hand during Wednesday's game at Wilson. McClennan was batting .200 in six games (three starts).

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McClennan, Joe [MC2014?]

[JR: Tough luck. Hope he overcomes it.  ]

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JNEWS: Bowen, Kate [MC2014?] Recognized


Bowen Recognized, Honors Sandy Hook
By Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Former Newtown High School softball standout Kate Bowen, a junior at Manhattan College, was named the school’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year and was named First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). She also organized a Sandy Hook Tribute Game during the season.

The Manhattan team wore Sandy Hook T-shirts instead of jerseys for the game, and they sold shirts with 26 on the back, representing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. The team raised $2,000 for the 26 Angels Foundation. Manhattan’s team also recognized the Sandy Hook students and other Newtown residents during a pregame ceremony, and the attendees ran out onto the field with the team during the announcement of the starting lineups. After the National Anthem, both teams and the Sandy Hook children joined in a circle for a 26-second moment of silence. Survivors of the December 14, 2012 attack threw out the ceremonial first pitches before Bowen threw the official first pitch.

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Bowen, Kate [MC2014?]

[JR: Good works result in good press for Alma Mater. Too bad I didn't know about it, I'd a bought a shirt.]

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JFOUND: Vitali, Louis (MC1979) at Greenberg Traurig’s New York office


Vitali, Louis (MC????)

Louis Vitali is a shareholder in the Corporate & Securities Practice and the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Industry group of Greenberg Traurig’s New York office. He represents private equity real estate funds and public and private limited partnerships in connection with their formation and investment activities, including joint ventures, equity and debt financings and acquisition and disposition activities - both in the United States and Europe.

He is experienced in the negotiation of real estate joint venture transactions on behalf of real estate funds involving office development projects, multi-family and industrial property acquisition programs and “land bank” ventures. Louis also counsels real estate investment funds on domestic and international acquisition structuring and in connection with their ERISA and UBTI analyses.

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Dear John,

I believe that Louis is a member of the Class of 1979.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Vitali, Louis (MC1979)

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JLINKEDIN: Chung, David K.V. [MC1999] Senior Investment Compliance Professional


Chung, David K.V. [MC1999]
Senior Investment Compliance Professional
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services


Senior investment compliance professional with a background in selling, managing and developing financial products. Ability to multi-task and manage complex projects with short deadlines. Detail oriented with excellent communication and organizational skills. Hands-on experience leading teams or working in teams with excellent situational awareness skills.

Specialties: FINRA 2210 and 2211, GIPS, NFA 2-29 and 2-36, MSRB G-21, SEC 482, UK FCA (FSA), Singapore MAS, Hong Kong SFC and EU MiFID regulations. 206(4)7 SEC Investment Advisor annual audits and 38a-1 FINRA broker-dealer annual audits. In addition, social media compliance, email surveillance, compliance training and compliance project management.

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JHQ: Rodriguez, Jose D. [MC2013] Scholar of the Week


Jose D. Rodriguez, a recent graduate of the class of 2013 with a B.S. in electrical engineering, was featured as the Scholar of the Week on the Great Minds in Hispanics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) website.
Posted on June 17, 2013


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Rodriguez, Jose D. [MC2013]

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JOBIT: Davidson, John Joseph [MC1955 RIP]


John Joseph Davidson (1933 - 2013)
Guest Book

Davidson, John Joseph

John Joseph Davidson, 79, of Congers, NY, passed away on June 16, 2013. John was a devoted, loyal and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and son. He was fiercely dedicated to the Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the United States Army. He was a passionate sports fan, fervently supporting his Mets, NY Giants and Knicks until his final days.

John was born in Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan on October 27, 1933 during the height of the great depression. Nevertheless his can do spirit propelled him to the pursuit of education which would be one of many lifelong passions. He graduated from Sacred Heart Grammar School in the Bronx in 1947, Cathedral Prep in Manhattan in 1951, and Manhattan College in 1955.

In July 1956, he was drafted into the US Army where he became a paratrooper, thus starting a lifelong commitment to military service. At the completion of his active duty enlisted service, John joined the US Army Reserve as a 2nd Lieutenant ultimately retiring as a Brigadier General.

After he left the Army, ever tenacious (and sleep-deprived), John worked the midnight shift on the subway, taught school in the afternoon, and obtained an MA in English at Fordham University. Also in 1960, which John cited as his "banner year," John met the love of his life, Kathleen Patricia McNally whom he married in August 1961.

John and Pat's proudest accomplishment was bringing their four children into the world - Kathy Patricia, Siobhan Mary, John Joseph III, and Joseph Dignam Davidson.

John was a life-long educator, always teaching (whether you liked it or not!) inside and outside of the classroom. John served as an English teacher and Assistant Principal dedicating his live to education for over forty years. He most recently served as Assistant Principal of Clarkstown High School North which his four children attended.

Always the consummate student (and multi-tasker), while pursuing his career in education, John earned his PhD in administration at St. John's University in 1974 and graduated from Pace University Law School in 1982. Since his retirement from education, he practiced law and most recently worked for the Town of Clarkstown.

John is reunited in heaven with his beloved wife, Pat. He is survived by his children, Kathy Lambret, Siobhan Barra, John J. Davidson III, and Colonel Joseph Dignam Davidson and daughters-in-law, Elizabeth Davidson and Erin Hennessy Davidson. He was a loving grandfather to Patrick Lambret, Alexander Lambret, Regis Lambret, Brian Lambret, Joshua Barra, Robert Barra and the apple of John's eye (and the families') Christianna Davidson. John was a loving brother to Regina Anastasia, Dolores Bennett and her husband James, and brother-in-law to Veronica McNally, Ann Dagher, Thomas McNally and his wife Ann, and Bernadette Puccalla.

Visitation will be held at Higgins Funeral Home, 113 Lake Road East, Congers, NY, today from 7-9pm and Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9pm for family and friends. A Catholic funeral mass will be held on Thursday, 10am, at St. Paul's Church, 82 Lake Road West, Congers NY, followed by interment at Gethsemane Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's honor to Catholic Charities.

Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc. 113 Lake Road East Congers, NY 10920 www.mjhigginscongers.com

Published in the The Journal News from June 18 to June 19, 2013


Davidson, John Joseph [MC1955 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=john-davidson&pid=165379109&cid=full

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) passes along a prayer for a cure

Good Morning All,

I am forwarding this request from a Good Friend of mine, a Jasper who did not graduate, A U.S.Marine Vietnam Fighter Pilot and a Good Man. He is in Denmark at the moment and sent this to me because he knows of our Prayer Group. I am sending this as it was sent to me. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

We all have someone, Phil.

There are those of you who will get down on your knees and really do it. I'm sending this to some who will.
> This prayer means so much so please say the prayer for everyone and pass it on.
> Cancer is a strange cell.
> If you ever have it, you will never be free of it. If you never had it, don't feel too cozy, you can get it. Pray for the day there will be a permanent cure.
> 93% won't forward, but I'm Sure You Will.
> A small request.....Just one line
> Dear God,
> I pray that You will guide someone to find a cure for cancer in 2013 ....
> Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior amen
> All you are asked to do is keep this circulating, Even if it's only to one more person. In memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.
> A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.
> Please Keep This Candle Going

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JLINKEDIN: Hopf, Jennifer [MC1991] Sales and Visual Merchandising Professional


Hopf, Jennifer [MC1991]
Sales and Visual Merchandising Professional
Greater New York City Area
Luxury Goods & Jewelry


Jennifer is a results driven, fashion forward sales and visual merchandising specialist with more than 15 years field experience servicing luxury and designer brands. She consistently achieves and exceeds sales and merchandising goals. Known for quickly building effective and lasting partnerships with National, Boutique and Specialty accounts, she has excellent interpersonal skills. Jennifer has a keen eye for seeking talent and takes great pride in conducting skill based interactive training seminars for key in-store personnel. Considered a valued communicator acting as a liason from field to corporate office. In summary, Jennifer's strong analytical ability, love of training and sense of humor combined with her passion for fashion results in a very capable sales and visual merchandising manager.

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MEMAIL: Schwitter, William F. [MC1941 RIP] feedback

Message from Pam Schwitter ,

Thank you for your lovely message on the online guest book for my father. He loved Manhattan College and two years ago my sister and I took Dad in his wheelchair to the June homecoming alumni reunion Mass and cocktail hour to what was his 70th reunion there even though he was the only member of the class of 1941 present! We had a nice chat with the new president Dr. O'Donnell. Thanks for all your work with the Jasper Jottings and have a great summer. Pam Schwitter

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Schwitter, William F. [MC1941 RIP]

[JR: That's most kind of you to mention. I am always chagrined at the accomplishments of my fellow Jaspers. I have been to reunions and they are always a bittersweet reminder of our own mortality. Thanks for the kudos about Jasper Jottings, but I'm just a "collector". It's your Dad's and my fellow alums that make the news. When my time comes, I hope I can come close to what your Dad achieved. I'll have to get working on those good children now if I'm to catch up. (Not likely in any scenario!) I think that Jaspers always have a great sense of humor. Especially about themselves. That optimism came across in print. Dona Nobis Pacem!]

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JNEWS: Spiros, Kristin [MC2009] her Breakaway Soccer Camp


Spiros hopes to mentor new generation of players with girls soccer camp
By jbcozens on June 17, 2013 in Youth Sports

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For Kristin Spiros, it all started at the Head Start Soccer Camp run by her parents in the 1990s — a path that propelled her into the John Jay record book and a four-year Division I career at Manhattan College.

Now, she hopes to do the same for a whole new generation of girl soccer players with her Breakaway Soccer Camp, which will be held June 24-28 at John Jay High School. The camp is for girls entering grades K-12.

”I have had a life fulfilled by soccer in so many ways. It taught me how to work hard, be confident, win and lose,” said Spiros. “If this camp can cause even one girl to fall in love with the game the way I did, then I’ve done my job.”

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Spiros, Kristin [MC2009]

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JLINKEDIN: Young, Edward [MC2000] Managing Director at E.H. Young, Inc.


Young, Edward [MC2000]
Managing Director at E.H. Young, Inc.
Digital Marketing and Advertising Guru
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising


Results-oriented advertising, marketing and management professional with over 15 years domestic and international experience carefully crafting strategies that capitalize on market opportunities to transform businesses. Expertise in cultivating client relationships coupled with a unique ability to simplify complex problems and translate them into actionable client-driven solutions that deliver ongoing, measurable results.

Business Strategy, Branding, Digital Media, Advertising, Lead Generation, Product Marketing, Competitive Analysis, New Product Development, Marketing Strategy, Governance, Leadership and Management, Public Relations, Client / Customer Loyalty and Relationship Management, Messaging and Positioning and Sales Enablement, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Business-to-Business (B2B), Entertainment and Media


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JHQ: June Manhattan Monthly





Manhattan College Celebrates Commencement
The College community gathered on May 18 and 19 to celebrate the accomplishments of nearly 1,000 students receiving master’s and bachelor’s degrees. WATCH THE VIDEO AND SEE PHOTOS»

Read more about:

The James Patterson Scholarship recipients who recently graduated

The post-graduation plans of 13 members of the Class of 2013

The 2013 undergraduate valedictorian

The 2013 Spring Commencement (graduate) valedictorian

The 2013 Gunn Medal winner

Four seniors joining Lasallian Volunteers

One senior participating in NYC Teaching Fellows


On Campus

Manhattan College Honors NYPD Chief of Detectives
Phil T. Pulaski ’76, chief of detectives for the New York City Police Department (NYPD), gave the keynote address at the 61st annual environmental engineering alumni club dinner on May 30. READ MORE»



Women’s Swimmers Recognized for Work in Classroom
For the second straight year, the women’s swimming team has received an APR Public Recognition Award from the NCAA. The Public Recognition Award is presented annually to the teams that finish ranked among the top 10 percent nationally in the multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in each sport.


Two Members of the Track and Field Team Named All-Americans
On June 10, Mohamed Koita and Tom Bechert were named All-Americans by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. READ MORE»


Jaclyn Wood Joins Women’s Soccer Program as an Assistant Coach
Former Elon women’s soccer standout Jaclyn Wood recently joined the women’s soccer program as assistant coach. Wood was a two-time team captain at Elon and has four years of coaching experience on the soccer camp circuit and with the Olympic Development Region staff in the summer of 2012. READ MORE»




Generations of Jaspers Carry on Manhattan College Tradition
Since Manhattan College opened its doors 160 years ago, generations of Jaspers have followed in the tradition of their grandfathers and fathers and attended the College. Recently, Manhattan caught up with two particular families whose legacies in Riverdale continue to grow. READ MORE»



Jaspers Reconnect at Reunion Weekend
Manhattan College alumni gathered in Riverdale to celebrate the College’s 144th Reunion Weekend from May 31-June 2. READ MORE AND WATCH VIDEO»


Seventy Years Later, Manhattan College Graduate Hangs a Diploma
In 1942, Fred Grannis was drafted by the U.S. Army two months before graduating. Now, at age 93, he finally earned his degree. READ MORE»

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JLINKEDIN: Flores, Frank [MC1978] Executive Officer, Countywide Planning at Los Angeles County MTA


Flores, Frank [MC1978]
Executive Officer, Countywide Planning at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Greater Los Angeles Area

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JOBIT: Ohlandt, John Frederick [MC1945 RIP]


John Frederick Ohlandt (1923 - 2013)

Ohlandt, John Frederick - age 90 passed away peacefully on June 20th.

He was the beloved brother of Sr. Joanna Ohlandt, CSJ and Katherine Ohlandt-O'Connor, and also leaves a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law and 23 nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of Manhattan College and St. John's Law School, and served in the US Army.

He was employed in the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, and was a Patent Attorney with IBM before establishing his own practice which became Ohlandt Greeley Ruggerio & Perle LLP, from which he retired.

He will be remembered as a kind, thoughtful and considerate gentleman.

Calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, Funeral Home, Bronxville, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial St. Joseph's Church, Bronxville, on Monday, June 24 at 10 am.

Published in the The Journal News on June 22, 2013


Ohlandt, John Frederick [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=john-ohlandt&pid=165450440&cid=full

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Good Afternoon All,

The second Obituary shared by John Reinke, Jasper Jottings, is of Fellow Jasper, John Frederick Ohlandt '45 BS and St John's Law School. Being remembered as a kind, thoughtful and considerate gentleman and Jasper is a pretty good way of defining a lifetime. Please pray for the repose of John's soul and for the Peace of Jesus to descend upon his family. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

[JR: Thanks, Phil. Much appreciated.]

Ohlandt, John Frederick [MC1945 RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1945.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Tapia, Jiddu [MC????] a renewable energy development firm


San Diego’s Salka Looks to Develop Renewable Energy Throughout U.S.
Bruce V. Bigelow

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There’s a new renewable energy development firm in town.

Jiddu Tapia, who previously oversaw wind farm development for the U.S. subsidiary of the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa Technology, plans to pursue similar deals in wind and solar energy for Salka, a business he’s recently established in San Diego to arrange financing, develop, build, and operate utility-scale renewable energy projects.

Salka has formed a strategic partnership with Wofi Capital, which Tapia describes as a private equity firm based in New York and backed by “a family office of ultra-high net worth investors in the Persian Gulf.”

A native of Lima, Peru, Tapia says he immigrated to New York when he was 10, graduated with an engineering degree from Manhattan College, and has worked on renewable energy projects and development for the past decade. Before joining Gamesa in 2010, he spent two years in San Diego working for Eurus Energy America.

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Tapia, Jiddu [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Jiddu.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: Scanlon, Daniel E. [MC1941 RIP]


Thursday, June 20, 2013
Daniel Scanlon

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CLINTON — Daniel E. Scanlon, 93, died on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret M. (McCrink) Scanlon, with whom he would have celebrated 65 years of marriage on June 26; their children, Daniel E. Scanlon Jr. of New York City; Eileen Scanlon; Margaret Murphy and husband, Robert, of Lancaster; seven grandchildren, Caitlyn (Murphy) Smith and her husband, Ted, Brian Murphy and his wife, Elaina, Daniel, Maggie, Martha, Peter and Joseph Murphy; great-grandchildren, Margaret Smith, Lydia and Thomas Murphy.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Mary, Neil and Billy Scanlon.

Mr. Scanlon was born in New York City, N.Y., to the late Cornelius and Catherine (Maloney) Scanlon. He was a graduate of Cathedral Boys High School and later obtained a bachelor's degree in accounting from Manhattan College. He began his professional career in the private sector with accounting firm Price Waterhouse before joining the Internal Revenue Service, where he spent a successful 35-year career as an agent and chief of the racket squad in their New York City office. He returned to his alma mater, Manhattan College, to teach accounting for several years before ultimately retiring.

After his marriage, the two settled in Tuckahoe, N.Y., where they raised their children until 10 years ago, when they moved to Massachusetts to be near their grandchildren. In his later years he enjoyed golfing and playing tennis until the age of 85.

Throughout his lifetime he provided an abundance of love and joy to his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, June 22, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Lancaster. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., on Friday, June 21, in the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton. Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Scanlon to Spring House, P.O. Box 112, Berlin, MA 01503. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com.


Scanlon, Daniel E. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.philbincomeaufh.com/book-of-memories/1614716/Scanlon-Daniel/view-condolences.php

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Good Afternoon All,

John Reinke has shared two obituaries with us. We ask for your prayers for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper Daniel E. Scanlon ' 41 BA who passed away on father's day surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Margaret, their three children, Daniel, Eileen, Margaret and their families. Please keep Dan and his family in your prayers during this difficult time and that his family finds peace in the knowledge that Dan has entered the Kingdom of Heaven. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

[JR: Thanks, Phil. Much appreciated.]

Scanlon, Daniel E. [MC1941 RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Daniel is a member of the Class of 1941.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JLINKEDIN: Coyne, Jennifer [MC2004] Community Affairs Executive at PSEG


Coyne, Jennifer [MC2004]
Community Affairs Executive at PSEG
Greater New York City Area



Professional Training:
• Member of TYPP – The Young Professionals of PSEG
• ACCP – Corporate Contributions Professional Conference
• Volunteerism as a Business Strategy Maximizing Community Impact
• March of Dimes Board and Leadership Retreat
• IEG Sponsorship Conference
• Media Training

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JOY: Johnson, Lauren [MC2005] reports on a Jasper wedding

Dear John,

Here is note that I received from my Grand daughter Lauren Johnson,'05 who was a bridesmaid at Dan and Meghan's wedding on June 9th. A great group of Jaspers!


Attached is the picture (I attached two so you can choose the best one) and here is the order (from left to right, then in an S shape. It's awkward, call me tomorrow if you need clarification) and their graduation info too!

John Brazile Class of 2006, School of Arts
Meghan King (Faig) Bride, 2005, School of Arts
Daniel King Groom, 2005, School of Arts
CJ Gianatiempo, 2005, School of Business
Ryan Banks, 2005, School of Business
Vicki (Farley) Prunty, 2005, School of Arts
Chris Prunty, 2005, School of Engineering
Charlie Chamochumbi, 2005, School of Business (I think)
Suzanna Brazile, 2006, School of Education
Lauren Johnson, 2005, School of Arts

Notes of interest, we actually have 3 MC couples here, Suzanna and John actually were married in 2006 in the chapel, Vicki and Chris were married 3 years later in 2009 in Queens, and Meghan and Dan were just married on June 9! We also have original roommates from OV, Chris, Dan and CJ lived together for two years, Vicki, Meghan and myself lived together for two years as well, with Vicki and I living together for three, and CJ and Chris being roommates for all 4 years! We Have a pretty tight group!

Love you,

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Johnson, Lauren [MC2005]

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Made my Saturday morning!]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Ahh, yes, to be young again. I hope they stick like glue. To have all those comrades will serve them well in the future. (imho) Dona Nobis Pacem!  ]

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JNEWS: McGovern, Brian [MC????] at European Athletics Team Championships


Home / Athletics / Athletics: Irish Interest / Irish Men’s Team ‘ Raring to Go’ at European Athletics Team Championships this weekend
Irish Men’s Team ‘ Raring to Go’ at European Athletics Team Championships this weekend
By Michael O'Neill

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There is less than 36 hours to go to this weekend’s 2013 European Athletics Team Championships in the Morton Stadium, Santry, where both Irish teams will be striving to be give it their all and more in their chosen athletic events, in the challenge to retain our coveted 1st League status against stiff European opposition over the two days.

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Brian McGovern (Ballinamore AC) will go for Ireland in what promises to be a very exciting Pole Vault competition.

McGovern completed his preparations for this European Athletics Team Championships in clear fashion when he won the pole vault at the USATF East Region championships in New York last weekend. McGovern’s winning vault of 5.30m was just 6cm off his own Irish record of 5.36m, set in Tempe, Arizona, only last March. The young Manhattan College student, (22), will also take his previous experience of this highly competitive team championships from 2009, when he vaulted for Ireland in the event in Izmir, Turkey. Jan Kudlicka (CZE), with a SB of 5.76m, will be one to watch out for.

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McGovern, Brian [MC????]

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JLINKEDIN: Costello, Maura Kate [MC2010] English Teacher at Fontbonne Hall Academy


Costello, Maura Kate [MC2010]
English Teacher at Fontbonne Hall Academy
Brooklyn, New York (Greater New York City Area)
Primary/Secondary Education

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JNEWS: Pompey, Aliann (MC1999) Validus Prep Academy Keynote Address


June 21, 2013 – Validus Prep Academy Keynote Address

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Good afternoon faculty, guests, friends and family. Class of 2013, congratulations! It’s an honor and my pleasure to be able to share this wonderful occasion with you.

Since I was a young child, sports has been my metaphor for life. I loved everything about it. The idea that you devise a plan, put in the work, and see results is in it’s simplest and purest form the story of human success. If you think about it, success in the athletic field is a result of many parts working together in harmony. You can be in the best shape of your life, and still fail if you’re not mentally strong. And conversely, it doesn’t matter how determined you are to succeed it means nothing if you do not put in the work. Much of my advice to you was reinforced by my experiences in sports.

Be kind to the people that share your past, stay in connected with the people force you to be better. One thing I loved about sports is that unifying element, how it can bring people together. Whether it’s cheering for a team or against the Miami Heat, it can bring people together. When I was injured and side-lined, I had to seek medical back-up. I couldn’t possibly get better by continuing to do what I was doing. A trainer or doctor was my support. You have have that here. Sitting next to you and around you, are your support system – your family, friends, teachers, and administrators. Statistics show that there’s a great likelihood that someone in this room could be a future supreme court justice like bronx native Sonia Sotomayor. Or a Senator, like life long Bronx native Jose Serrano. Odds are that there are a few of you in this room that will be millionaires in a few years. Now if that’s not you, wouldn’t you at least want to be the friend of that millionaire?

In 2007, I was recovering from an injury. There were several important international competitions that year, including the World Championships. I was under a lot of pressure to compete. In my heart, I knew I wasn’t ready, and I wouldn’t be in time. But I did anyways, and ended up making a bad injury worse. That negatively affected my morale, and hurt my spirit. You’re all smart, trust your intution. As you go on to take on the world as young adults, do not let the things you see, or read, or hear convince you that what you know in your heart to be the truth, is anything else. As you go off to college, work or life in general, you responsibility is not just to learn as much as you can, but to teach others as well. Make sure that your reality, your history, thoughts an opinions are factored as part of this country’s solution.

In closing, I’d like to say to you that the only reason I’m standing before you here today is because I failed. More than half of my life was dedicated to reaching one goal – to win just one race, in just one Olympics. I never did. I tried four times, and fell short each time. I failed, but I achieved something else. I am a four time Olympian – and someone pointed out to me that there are fewer four-time Olympians than there are Olympic champions! It’s just not realistic that you will succeed at everything you attempt. But that doesn’t mean you give up, it doesn’t mean that you become less diligent. You will never know the outcome until after it’s all done. Be confident. You’ve been properly prepared to succeed by Validus Prep Academy. Your struggles will make you resilient, hardship builds character and creates leaders. And wherever life’s journeys take you, come back home to your community, and contribute in a way that leaves a meaningful legacy.

Thank you, and best of luck in all your endeavors!

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Pompey, Aliann (MC1999)

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JEMAIL:Comey, Brien [MC1953] has a son nominated

Dear John,

I was pleased to see that the President has nominated James Comey, the son of my Classmate, Brien Comey,'53 to be the new Director of the FBI! He must take after his father!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Amazing the Jasper connection.]

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ENDNOTE: Marriage is on the decline


June 6th, 2013 at 9:07 am
Living in a world where marriage is on the decline

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There wasn’t much disagreement on the panel: End welfare payments for single mothers, stop no-fault divorce, remove tax penalties for marriage, and fix “the culture.” From this list the only victory they got was ending welfare as we knew it, which increased the suffering of single mothers and their children but didn’t affect the trajectory of marriage and single motherhood.

So the collapse of marriage continues apace. Since 1980, for every state in every decade the percentage of women who are married has fallen (except Utah in the 1990s):

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I'm glad I didn't miss my soulmate.

I can't imagine my life without here.

Life didn't work out as either of us thought. But we knew we'd have limited time together and made the most of it.

I remember reading that "interdependence is the joining of two independent people to accomplish more than either could do on their own".

What are we losing, what have we lost, by this cultural shift?

Are the men and women happier without each other?

Or have we cheapened "life" so that it's not as worthwhile as our ancestors?

Marriage as an institution may have developed as a survival mechanism, but it certainly is more than just that.

Sadly, I don't see any change in thinking any time soon.

Too bad for them.

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