JASPER JOTTINGS Week 32 - 2013 August 11    

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



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POSITRACTION: Tania Luna's personal story


Tania Luna co-founded Surprise Industries, a company devoted to designing surprise experiences.

Why you should listen to her:

Tania Luna has an unusual title: she calls herself a “surprisologist.” The co-founder and CEO of Surprise Industries, Luna thinks deeply about how to delight, and how to help individuals and teams thrive in uncertain circumstances and develop the bonds needed to get through them.

When Luna was invited to take part in TED’s Worldwide Talent Search in 2012, she expected to give a talk about surprise and the importance of not being attached to outcomes. However, she was inspired to tell a more personal story -- one many of her closest friends didn’t know -- about her Ukrainian family getting asylum in the United States when she was 6-yeard-old and arriving in New York with virtually nothing. She sees her work as connected to her upbringing -- in which a piece of Bazooka bubble gum, a thrown-out toy or a mis-delivered pizza was magical -- because it gave her an appreciation for the joy of little surprises.

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It's a five minute video. I find it hard to believe that any of my fellow alums wouldn't find it … engaging.

No matter how rough you think you have it, …

I found it compelling.

I hope you do too.

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MFOUND: Leaden, Claire [MC????] gets a "Top Story" published


Column: Straight from the mouths of tourists

By Claire Leaden | 08/04/2013 8:00 AM | Columns, Featured Story, Top News

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This was an exchange between two stars on the last episode of the reality TV show “Princesses: Long Island,” the latest offering from Bravo. Though the girls on the show hail from Nassau County, they ventured out to the Sparkling Pointe vineyard in Southold for the July 28 episode.

Reactions to our homeland were varied: One girl compared the vineyard to the Garden of Eden, while another actually relieved herself in between the rows of grapes.

As drama ensued, one character cried to her parents on the phone, asking if there were an airport nearby so she could take a private jet back to her hometown. As she started walking to Route 48, her friend screamed, “Don’t walk toward the freeway!”

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Of course this column is meant to be funny. I recognize the tourism economy is a great thing for my hometown and most of the folks who come out here get what we’re all about.

Just do me a favor, though, next time you come visit: Try not to pee in the vineyard.

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Ms. Leaden is a student at Manhattan College. She lives in Cutchogue and worked at Times/Review Newsgroup this summer as an intern on a New York Press Association scholarship.

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Leaden, Claire [MC????]

[JR: Ahh, yes, there is no hope for humanity, it one gets lost in a vineyard. Congrats to our future fellow alum for getting published. But how did it get tagged "Top Story"?  ]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) points out with SMC or MC is wrong; not him

On Sat, Aug 3, 2013 at 12:26 AM, McEneney, Mike (MC1953) wrote:

Dear John,

I believe that Brother is a member of the Class of 1951.

May He Rest In Peace.


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On 8/3/2013 10:08 AM, Reinke, F. John (MC1968) wrote:

The original longer obit from Saint Mary's cites 1950.


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On Saturday, August 3, 2013, Mike McEneney wrote:

Dear John,

Both the 1995 and the 2009 Alumni Directories have him listed in the Class of 1951.



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On 8/3/2013 3:38 PM, Reinke, F. John (MC1968) wrote:

Appeal your case to Saint Mary's College. Lafff!

May he Requiescat In Pacem regardless of year..


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Dear John,

When someone in the administration complains that we have the wrong year, we can point to St. Mary's!


[JR: Mike takes his duties very seriously. Laff!]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) corrects McTague, Kieran [MC1980]

Dear John,

It must have been a bad night! Kieran (who I know well!) is a member of the Class of 1980 NOT 1950 as I reported.

Sorry about that.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

NEWS: McTague, Kieran [MC1980] Guild/DDI SVP

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. No big deal. Let's see who notices?]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports results

Good Evening All,

I have some wonderful news to share regarding some of those recently in our Prayers.

Patrice Liquori Athanasidy '88 tells us..." This Baby is Amazing, He is fighting the fight and doing well. Thanks to so many for all the Prayers." Patrice is referring to the Newborn child of a friend of hers that required an operation. He has been in our prayers. Please keep the volume up for this little fellow as we give thanks and ask for his continued improvement and recovery and peace of mind and heart for his parents.

We have heard from Scott's close friend and Business Partner, Dino, whose Mother, Mrs. Lucia Andreakos, has been in our prayers. The MDs have said the cancer is localized in the Lymph Nodes and has not spread to her Bones. They have told Mrs. Andreakos that Radiation should take care of the Cancer. Dino thanks you all for your prayers. As we offer a prayer of thanks, please keep Mrs. Andreakos in your prayers for a swift and complete recovery.

My Daughter-In-Law's Father, Clive Owens, came home today from Hospital after his Intestine surgery. He is a little weak, has lost some weight and has to take things easy for a while but is doing well. Scott, Melissa, and Cliva thank you for your prayers. As we give thanks, please keep Cliva in your prayers for a complete recovery.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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MFOUND: Garvin, Michael J. [MC????] cited in Bronx Borough Courthouse Wikipedia article


Bronx Borough Courthouse

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In 1903, The first President of the borough, Louis F. Haffen bestowed the contract for a courthouse design worth $40,000 to then Building Commissioner, the first of the borough, Michael J. Garvin, a graduate of Manhattan College and an experienced architect who created the Haffen Building (1901-1902).[5] Garvin soon left his position in office to focus on the design and construction of the courthouse which was to be of great significance. Despite early efforts, his initial concepts were rejected by the New York Art Commission, which denoted them as substandard to the goal being attempted for the site. Left with the task still at hand, Garvin sought various consulting architects in the city to assist with planning. Over the course, he met with underemployed architect, Oscar Florianus Bluemner, a German émigré who had been a prize student at Berlin’s Royal Academy of Design. It presented a fortuitous opportunity for both men to collaborate. Though the story not fully concrete, it is believed that Garvin offered to share fees and credit for their combined efforts in return for an acceptable building. Garvin eventually on his own submitted a design that was well received by the Art Commission.[6]

Outraged of the news, Bluemner scandalized Garvin and claimed that the two had entered into an agreement which Garvin did not uphold. Bluemner sued and controversially won. His testimony lead to an array of investigations. Since Borough President Haffen, considered to be a prominent and noble representative in office,[7] was the delegate in charge who entrusted Garvin with the plan, he resigned in order to extinguish any attempts to taint the view of the resourcefulness and flourishing development in the prosperous borough. Bluemner, was awarded one-quarter of the amount he felt was owed, while it was concluded that Garvin had majority credit for the building. In disappointment and hovered by controversy, Bluemner left his profession within time, and turned to painting. Garvin remained as supervising architect through the beginning and completion of the project from 1905 to 1914, where by that juncture the population increased to over 500,000, and the total construction cost of the building amounted to $2,000,000. Bronx Borough Courthouse soon opened its doors to the judicial system and was the center of ordinance for the next twenty years.

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Garvin, Michael J. [MC????]

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JFOUND: Umstatter, Jack [MC1972] published book up on SCRIBD


Ready-to-Use Gamesand Activities That MakeLanguage Skills Fun to Learn
Jack Umstatter
illustrated by Maureen Umstatter

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Jack Umstatter has taught English on both the junior high school and senior high school levels since 1972. He has also taught Education at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York,for the past twelve years. Mr. Umstatter currently teaches English in the Cold Spring HarborSchool District on Long Island.Mr. Umstatter graduated from Manhattan College with a B.A. in English and completedhis M.A. in English at S.U.N.Y–Stony Brook. He earned his Educational Administration degree at Long Island University.S

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Umstatter, Jack [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Jack is a member of the Class of 1972.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Umstatter, Jack [MC1972]

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JFOUND: Geigel, Joseph Michael [MC1983] has thesis online



by Joseph Michael Geigel B.S. in Mathematics, May 1983, Manhattan College M.S. in Computer ...


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Geigel, Joseph Michael [MC1983]

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MFOUND: Boylan, John Joseph [MC???? RIP] From Wikipedia



Boylan, John J. [MC???? RIP]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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John Joseph Boylan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – October 5, 1938 (death)
Personal details
Born September 20, 1878
New York City
Died October 5, 1938 (aged 60)
New York City
Citizenship United States
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Manhattan College
Profession realtor

Religion Catholic

John Joseph Boylan (September 20, 1878 – October 5, 1938) was an American politician and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.


Boylan was born in New York City the son of Patrick and Elizabeth (McElroy) Boylan. He attended attended the public schools, Cathedral School, De La Salle Institute, and Manhattan College.

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[JR: Awaiting confirmation that it's true.]

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JLINKEDIN: Mason, Joanne [MC1968] Self-Employed Professional: Leadership, Management, Photography, Writing, Teaching


Mason, Joanne [MC1968]
Self-Employed Professional: Leadership, Management, Photography, Writing, Teaching
Greenwich, Connecticut (Greater New York City Area)




An Overview of My Current Activities:

• Research: Market analysis and other research, especially in education
• Writing: I'm currently at work on "Creating Women," essays with photographs on the work of women artists and other creative and professional women active in their 60s, 70s, 80s. Also at work on "Natural Visions," a new book of photography. Previously published "Landscapes of the American Southwest"
• Consulting
• Website development and management
• Photography

I'm an experienced professional with a unique combination of expertise and experience across multiple disciplines: education, management, mathematics, technology, digital media and photography. Most of my work has involved creating and developing new programs and organizations. I've been called an inspiring teacher and motivator who transforms organizations and a “big picture” thinker adept at handling complex details

Some Career Highlights:

• Built one of the top school mathematics departments in the country
• Completely turned around underperforming high school
• Managed long-range planning process, authored and implemented long-range master plans
• Created widely recognized teacher mentoring and staff development programs
• Led and achieved school-wide curriculum renewal across the disciplines
• Developed and implemented innovative programs in mathematics and technology education
• Initiated and managed strategic partnerships among universities, schools, government and industry
• Obtained and administered grant funding
• Developed and managed international marketing initiatives
• Coordinated international conferences in science/math/tech education and in gender & coeducation
• Taught high school and undergraduate mathematics with students achieving at highest levels
• Launched and managed branch office and production center

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JLINKEDIN: Silva, Nick [MC2003] Head Coach - Men's Lacrosse at Fontbonne University


Silva, Nick [MC2003]
Head Coach - Men's Lacrosse at Fontbonne University
Greater St. Louis Area
Higher Education

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MOBIT: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) passes along obit for Father Paul Fagan, Director of the Passionist Retreat House

Good Morning,

I received this sad message from Father Paul Fagan this morning and ask for your prayers. Some of us knew Fr. Malcolm and this good man will be missed my many. We the Retreat Team and attendees have been fortunate to have the Passionist Community in our lives for these many years as they shared their message of love and service. We have all been enriched by their dedication, caring and how they so often have been the light in our path to Jesus. Please keep Fr. Malcolm in your prayers as well as his family, friends and the Passionist Community. We celebrate his life in the sure knowledge that he has entered eternal life in God's Embrace.

For those of you who may not know Fr. Paul, he was Director of the Passionist Retreat House in Riverdale and is a good friend of the Manhattan College And Friends Retreat Team and Attendees. Thank you Fr. Paul.

Thank you. God Bless.

Dear Friends in the Passion,

Sadly, I pass along to you the passing of Fr. Malcolm Cornwell, C.P. who died yesterday evening (August 4, 2013) around 6:30 pm. He had been in the hospital since early July with a number of health issues. His wake will be on Wednesday August 7th and his funeral will be Thursday August 8th at St. Ann's Basilica Shrine in Scranton, Pa. Please keep Fr. Malcolm's family, friends and the Passionist Community at St. Ann's in your prayers.

Peace in Christ's Passion,
Fr. Paul
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
The Passionists
190 Mount Tom Road
Pelham, New York 10803
Cell: 347.920.0008
Alternate Email: frpaul@passionists.org

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JNEWS: McHugh, Kevin [MC1978] in Fight to End Obesity


Incoming Advisory Panel Members to Help ACE Gain Allies in Fight to End Obesity Epidemic
Press Release: American Council on Exercise – 9 hours ago


Five new additions to the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Industry Advisory Panel will help steer the nonprofit organization in its new efforts to build relationships among leaders in health care, corporate America and government.

The panel, comprised of experts in business, education, health care and fitness, serves as a critical asset as ACE continues to make progress in its mission to eliminate the obesity epidemic by 2035.

“We know tackling the obesity epidemic requires collaboration and that the fitness industry has much to offer in the fight as we build bridges with health care, policy and workplaces,” said ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune. “The advisory panel plays a big role in reaching out to other industries and getting people invested in this mission. Aligning our efforts with those of government leaders in Washington, fitness facilities in Europe, academic institutions across the country and new health care initiatives, will determine whether we succeed in making a difference long term.”

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 Kevin McHugh, COO of The Atlantic Club in Manasquan, N.J., has more than 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He has served as a multi-faceted executive in the consumer products and customer service industries, holding senior positions in sales, marketing, finance and human resources. McHugh holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Manhattan College.

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McHugh, Kevin [MC1978]

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Kevin in Class of 78

Tom Lindgren

McHugh, Kevin [MC1978]

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Dear John,

I believe that Kevin is a member of the Class of 1978.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McHugh, Kevin [MC1978]

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JFACEBOOK: O'Leary, Mary Kate [MC????] NYU graduate school

Mary Kate O'Leary accepted into NYU graduate school (reported on Facebook)

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O'Leary, Mary Kate [MC????]

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JFOUND: Adoptante, Shanie [MC2006] Research Jr Analyst Cushman & Wakefield


Adoptante, Shanie [MC????]
Research Jr Analyst
Cushman & Wakefield


Shanie Adoptante serves as Research Junior Analyst, responsible for analyzing office and industrial markets in LA County. Shanie joined Cushman & Wakefield in October 2012 as a Senior Administrative Assistant before transitioning to Research in 2013. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Shanie worked at Pathway Capital Management as an assistant in the Client Services and Marketing department. Shanie holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications with an emphasis from Manhattan College.

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Adoptante, Shanie [MC2006]

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MFOUND: George “Dut” Chalmers … big league players born in Scotland


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George “Dut” Chalmers is one of only seven big league players born in Scotland. He came to New York City as a young child and, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer “his baseball education was begun” with the Bradhurst Field Club which played their games at 145th and Lenox Avenue. He also played on amateur teams in Hoboken, New Jersey and Red Hook, Brooklyn.

After attending Manhattan College, Chalmers began his professional career in 1909 with the Scranton Miners in the New York State League, managed by Gus Zeimer. The Sporting Life said:

“In George Chalmers, the giant young Manhattan College grad, Zeimer has landed what looks to be the prize-package pitcher of the league. His work has been sensational.”

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MTWITTER: Nicholas Tommasini … Outstanding Undergraduate of Alpha Phi Delta


Congratulations to Nicholas Tommasini Manhattan College the 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate of Alpha Phi Delta National Fraternity.

[JR: No verification?  ]

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JLINKEDIN: Walsh, Megan [MC2007] Hedge Fund Administrator at Deutsche Bank


Walsh, Megan [MC2007]
Hedge Fund Administrator at Deutsche Bank
Quincy, Massachusetts

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JNEWS: Brendan Slattery, red-shirted senior, comments on A-Rod


Pittsfield Suns react to A-Rod suspension, address PEDs in baseball
By Howard Herman, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Posted: 08/05/2013 09:09:21 PM EDT
Updated: 08/05/2013 09:43:06 PM EDT

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PITTSFIELD -- Brendan Slattery, who grew up a Yankees fan in Danbury, Conn., was disappointed to hear that Major League Baseball suspended Alex Rodriguez for 211 games in the Biogenesis PED scandal.

"You know the Yankees have that pride and their program is built on tradition. It's a big thing when somebody gets caught like this," said Slattery, who attends Manhattan College. "It's kind of knowing that they should sign guys with a better track record.

"I liked the guy as a player. Everybody always got on him when he struggled. I understand baseball, and that just happens. I'm big on the guys that come up through the farm system."

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JFACEBOOK: O'Connor, John Edward (1974) passes along a great Brother George story

O'Connor, John Edward (MC1974) sent this along via FACEBOOK

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JLINKEDIN: Bevacqua, John [MC1964] Semiconductors Professional


Bevacqua, John [MC1964]
Semiconductors Professional
Fort Myers, Florida Area



A senior Global and Regional sales professional directing teams focusing on semiconductor solutions for strategic Fortune 500 industry leaders in the EMS, Computing and Communication sectors. Highly productive, with strong technical, problem solving, relationship building and communication skills utilized to achieve major demand creation and demand fulfillment goals on a global basis. Proven multitasking abilities, managing high achievement customer teams resulting in over $50M in annual sales. Developed and implemented short and long-term strategies, associated Business Plans and budgets, resulting in consistently exceeding sales goals and building strong customer relationships and partnerships.
Part of Corporate team developing efficient CRM tools to drive sales worldwide.

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JFOUND: Brennan, Bob [MC1982] CEO of of Veracode, Inc


Brennan, Bob [MC????]

Bob Brennan has been appointed CEO of of Veracode, Inc., the leader in cloud-based application security testing. Prior to Veracode, Bob Brennan served as president and chief executive officer of Iron Mountain from June 2008 through April 2011 after having been the company's president and chief operating officer since November 2005. As president and CEO, Bob developed and implemented global operating strategies to drive growth, enhance customer service and ensure consistency and efficiency across the organization. He oversaw the company's operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the worldwide Digital business unit, as well as all enterprise support functions including human resources, information technology, security and global standards.

Bob first served as Iron Mountain's president of North America when he joined in November 2004 through the acquisition of Connected Corporation, where he was chief executive officer. Prior to Connected, Bob was a general manager with Cisco; he also served as CEO of American Internet prior to its acquisition by Cisco. Earlier in his career, Bob held a series of increasingly senior general management positions at MicroAmerica and Merisel, both leaders in the distribution of technology products.

Bob holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Manhattan College.

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Dear John,

I believe that Bob is a member of the Class of 1982.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Brennan, Bob [MC1982]

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JNEWS: Mathews, Brian P. [MC1978] loan specialist at Ulster Savings Bank


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Loan specialist completes banking program — Brian P. Mathews, loan specialist at Ulster Savings Bank, recently graduated from American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. This is an intensive three-year program for bank executives.

Mathews, a Rosendale resident and graduate of Manhattan College, has more than 21 years of residential mortgage lending and sales management experience. He previously served as a board member of the Builders’ Association of the Hudson Valley. The bank, headquartered in Kingston, has 14 branches in Dutchess, Ulster and Greene counties.

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Mathews, Brian P. [MC????]

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Tom Lindgren

Brian is Class of 78 and attended the recent Alumni Day at Saratoga Racetrack

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Mathews, Brian P. [MC1978]

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JFOUND: Jederlinic, Peter J. [MC1974] Pulmonology


Peter J. Jederlinic, M.D.
Department: Pulmonology
Degrees: B.S., Manhattan College, Bronx, N.Y.; M.A., Columbia University, New York City
Residency: Internal medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Fellowships: Pulmonary medicine, New England Medical Center Hospitals and Boston University School of Medicine, both in Boston; Research, National Institutes of Health, New England Medical Center Hospitals, both in Boston
Board Certification: Pulmonary medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Jederlinic, Peter J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Peter is a member of the Class of 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Jederlinic, Peter J. [MC1974]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Jasper Jottings on Amazon's Kindle $1 per month

Seems to work for me. Just bought a new Kindle with an eye to doing more with respect writing for the Kindle.

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JOBIT: Botens, John N. [MC1953 RIP]


John N. Botens (August 9, 2013)

2:23 p.m. EDT, August 9, 2013

John N. Botens, 81, of Waters, died at home on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

Born in Middletown, N.Y., on Jan. 25, 1932, he was the son of Augustine and Catherine (Winner) Botens.

After graduating from high school in Middletown, John attended Manhattan College of the Christian Brothers where he received his bachelor’s degree. From 1954-56 he served on active duty with the U.S. Army. He served in the Army Reserves until 1961.

John settled in Michigan where he worked for a time in the missile division of Chrysler Corporation. He taught school at Kimball High School in the Royal Oak Public Schools from 1963 until retiring in 1994. While teaching, John returned to school himself, receiving his master’s degree from Wayne State University.

He taught Latin, was director of the school’s National Honor Society program and was an advisor with student theater. John was a member of the Michigan Education and National Education Associations and he served for a number of years as a negotiator. He was an avid skier and had a passion for trains.

In 1994, John was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Lane) Botens.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Peggy Borst Botens of Waters; a grandson, Christopher Michael (Adrienne Bell) Botens of Perrysburg, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Christopher Matthew and Ashley Grace Botens, both of Perrysburg; and a brother, Will (Rochelle) Botens of Berkeley.

He also was preceded in death by a stepson, Joseph Stellato III in 1967; and brothers, Paul and James Botens.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, at Gaylord Community Funeral Home, 850 N. Center Ave., followed by a Scripture Service at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at St. Mary Cathedral. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a charity to be chosen later. Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home.

Please share your memories or photos with the family at


Botens, John N. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.gaylordfuneralhome.com/obituaries/John-Botens/

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John N. Botens ' 53 BA of Waters, Michigan.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

[JR: Thanks, Phil. Much appreciated.]

Botens, John N. [MC1953 RIP]

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JNEWS: Platt, Joseph [MC1968] BoD GreenlightRe


Joseph Platt

Joseph Platt has been a director of our Board since July 2004. Mr. Platt is an active investor as the general partner at Thorn Partners, LP, a family limited partnership since 1997. Mr. Platt’s career at Johnson and Higgins, or J&H, a global insurance broker and employee benefits consultant, spanned 27 years until the sale of J&H to Marsh & McLennan Companies in March 1997. At the time of the sale of J&H, Mr. Platt was an owner, director and executive vice president responsible for North America and marketing and sales worldwide. Mr. Platt was head of the operating committee and a member of the executive committee. Mr. Platt is on the board of directors of Jones Brown, a private Canadian insurance broker, and serves as an independent director of the BlackRock Open End & Liquidity Funds. He is also a Director of the West Penn Allegheny Health System. Mr. Platt is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Platt received his Bachelor of Arts from Manhattan College in 1968 and his Juris Doctor from Fordham University Law School in 1971. Mr. Platt also attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1983.

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Platt, Joseph [MC1968]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) passes along a request from Khury, Maria [MC1977]

Good Morning All,

Maria Khury has asked for our prayers for William Lynch who died on Friday, August 9, 2013 of complications from Kidney Disease. Mr.Lynch was Deputy Mayor During the Dinkins Administration and for 40 years played an active role in City, State and National Politics in the Democratic Party. Many have said he was " A Good Guy......who worked behind the scenes." Bill served in the United States Air Force before entering NYC Politics and will be remembered and missed by many. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lynch, Son William Lynch, and Daughter, Stacy Lynch. Please pray for the repose of his soul and that his family and friends find peace as they mourn his loss. Funeral arrangements are pending. Please see WIKIPEDIA for comments. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JFOUND: Schwager, Michael M. [MC1978] CPA


Michael M. Schwager, CPA

Mike began his career in public accounting in 1978 after receiving his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College. He earned an MBA in taxation from Pace University in 1987. Mike became a CPA in New York State in 1986 and worked for KPMG and Price Waterhouse. After obtaining his CPA license in NJ in 1990 and working as a tax manager in a regional firm, he started Schwager & Associates in 1997. Since then, Mike has built a client base through referrals and acquisitions.

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Schwager, Michael M. [MC1978]

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ENDNOTE: Two Catholic Colleges


A Tale of Two Catholic Colleges
August 2, 2013, at 4:36 PM | By Matthew Archbold |

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Campus A is a modest, static and stable Midwestern Catholic college with about 750 students, who come from not too far away to study things like biology and education. The party scene is strong, with rampant “binge drinking” and a significant “hook-up culture.” Incoming freshmen are greeted with a “kegger,” an event that consistently draws some 400 students year after year. The school’s Catholic roots go back almost 150 years. Members of the religious order that founded the school still have a presence. But there’s no tmuch going on in the way of campus ministry, and while students imbibe the good life at house parties throughout the year, daily Mass on campus attracts only a dozen or so worshipers.

Campus B is a growing college with more than 1,700 students that is rediscovering its Catholic roots. The school has embraced Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Pope John Paul II’s roadmap for truly Catholic higher education.Administrators have promised (and planned) to make the school “one of the great Catholic colleges in America” by focusing on not only academic excellence but also a “thriving faith life.” The spiritual side of that equation is already in full play. The student population is 80 percent Catholic. There are almost 100 Bible-study groups on campus, drawing some 600 willing students. Daily Mass attracts about 400 attendees, Sunday Mass some 1,400. Hundreds attend Eucharistic adoration, which is available 12 hours a day, five days a week on campus and 24/7 at a nearby parish. A major Catholic student organization hosts a luau at the beginning of each year, and although no alcohol is served, the event is well attended. So are many other alcohol-free events throughout the year. Although enrollment has been growing, the number of student disciplinary cases has been dropping. Students hail from some three dozen states, attracted not only by the college’s particular academic strengths but also its Catholic identity. Campus ministry is active, with plenty of volunteer opportunities.Many students spend their vacations on mission trips to places like Iraq,Haiti, West Africa, and the inner city of New York. Every January 22, some 260 students take an 18-hour bus trip to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life.

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Interesting story to read.

And ponder.

Maybe if Alma Mater was College B?

It certainly wasn't College A when I went there.

Maybe the NLRB is right and the "Secular Progressive" have perverted "Catholic Education"?

Sigh, sounds like more "heavy thinking" than a fat old white guy injineer was ever taught to do.

(Remember build a bridge with a safety factor, then multiply by 100. Just in case you got a decimal point wrong. Theology and philosophy don't work like that. Or so, I am told.)

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