JASPER JOTTINGS Week 05 - 2014 Feb 02    

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



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POSITRACTION: Phelps, Stephen E. Jr. (MC1968) finds a lesson for us all


FROM A FACEBOOK SHARE BY Phelps, Stephen E. Jr. (MC1968)


Shanell Mouland
Mother, teacher and writer

Dear 'Daddy' in Seat 16C
Posted: 01/13/2014 8:22 am

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Dear "Daddy,"

I don't know your name, but Kate called you "daddy" for the entire flight last week and you kindly never corrected her. In fact, you didn't even flinch as you could probably tell that she was not confusing you with her own "daddy," but instead making a judgment regarding your level of "safety" for her. If she calls you "daddy" then you better believe she thinks you are alright.

I sat Kate, my 3-year-old who has autism, in the middle seat knowing full well that there would be a stranger sitting next to her for the duration of this flight. I had to make a quick decision and based on her obsession with opening and closing the window shade, I figured she might be less of a distraction if she sat in the middle. I watched the entire Temple basketball team board the plane, and wondered if one of these giants might sit by Kate. They all moved toward the back. She would have liked that, she would have made some observations that I would have had to deal with, but she would have liked those players. I watched many Grandmotherly women board and hoped for one to take the seat but they walked on by. For a fleeting moment I thought we might have a free seat beside us, and then you walked up and sat down with your briefcase and your important documents and I had a vision of Kate pouring her water all over your multi-million dollar contracts, or house deeds, or whatever it was you held. The moment you sat down, Kate started to rub your arm. Your jacket was soft and she liked the feel of it. You smiled at her and she said: "Hi, Daddy, that's my mom." Then she had you.

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Not long before we landed Kate had reached her limit. She screamed to have her seatbelt off, she screamed for me to open the plane door and she cried repeating, "Plane is cwosed (closed)" over and over. You tried to redirect her attention to her toys. She was already too far gone at this point, but the fact that you tried to help your new little friend made me emotional.

In case you are wondering, she was fine the moment we stepped off the plane. Thank you for letting us go ahead of you. She was feeling overwhelmed and escaping the plane and a big, long hug was all she needed.

So, thank you. Thank you for not making me repeat those awful apologetic sentences that I so often say in public. Thank you for entertaining Kate so much that she had her most successful plane ride, yet. And, thank you for putting your papers away and playing turtles with our girl.

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The next time I’m somewhere with a non-somnambulant (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/somnambulant) child that’s disturbing me, I will remember this lesson.

I hope I can measure up to this “Daddy”.

At the same time, the picture of a beautiful child, befuddled by autism, makes me frustrated.

With all our “science”, we understand so little.

At least with dementia in the elderly and not so “old”, one can say “they had a life”. With this child, and too many others, they have been truly robbed.

Instead of Gooferment wasting money on things of dubious value, I wish they robbed me, and all of us, so that I could set the priorities for funding research.

As much as wished for a cure for my wife, I much more wish for a cure for this little girl.

Kudos and BZ to whoever this “Daddy” was. You’ve taught me a lesson.

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JFACEBOOK: Tyniec, Jack [MC1966] teaching International Business at LIU



Tyniec, Jack [MC1966]

Taught my first class in International Business at LIU on Thursday (Tuesday cancelled due to the snow). Just to get a sense of what students knew, I gave them a blank map of the world, asked them to list the top 10 countries by GDP and label them on the map. Well, most students could place the US, China, UK, India, & France, but several put Japan in Indonesia, Germany in Poland, France in Italy, etc. Almost no one could place the major trade choke points except for Panama and Suez. No one could place Gibraltar, Hormuz and Malacca. I was very disappointed given that the majority are Juniors and Seniors. Lots of education to do this semester.

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JOBIT: Huszcza, Anthony J. [MC1964 RIP] Jan. 1, 2011 (reported January 24, 2014)



Friday, January 24, 2014
Anthony J. Huszcza
By Contributor
January 5, 2011

July 21, 1941 — Jan. 1, 2011
Anthony Huszcza

Anthony J. Huszcza died on Jan. 1, 2011, in Placerville, Calif. He was a Master Builder and Civil Engineer. Mr. Huszcza was born July 21, 1941, in Alexandria, Vir., to Anthony and Anna Huszcza (nee McMahon). He graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. He was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Coast Guard with a rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade).

After an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, Mr. Huszcza worked as a Project Manager for Gilbane Building Company. His projects included the John Hancock Tower in Boston and several buildings at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. He was Construction Manager for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority before retiring to Placerville, Calif.

Anthony J. Huszcza is survived by his three children, Jennifer, Anthony and Andrew; his two sisters, Mary Anne Pond and June McMahon; and by the Pond family, with whom he lived for many years in Placerville.

Services will be held at St. Patrick Church in Placerville on Friday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m.


Huszcza, Anthony J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

[JR: Sadly. I don’t know why stuff comes up as “new” years after the fact. I know that Google isn’t infallible. And, I know the inet is not “the all seeing and all knowing eye”. This just proves it. Hope that all the readers and non-readers share what they find. I know I don’t “collect” it all. Funny how it runs in spurts.]

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Dear John,

I believe that Anthony is a member of the Class of 1964.

May He Rest In Peace.


PS John, The 2014 Alumni Directory has Anthony listed as deceased.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Guess I just missed it?]

Huszcza, Anthony J. [MC1964 RIP]

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JLINKEDIN: Strini, Thomas [MC1971] new job Member - Board of Directors at League of Women Voters


Thomas Strini has a new job.
Now Member - Board of Directors at League of Women Voters.

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Strini, Thomas [MC????]
Member - Board of Directors at ACLU - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Charlotte, North Carolina Area



Tom Strini is an IT/telecommunications professional with over 20 years of experience that includes the successful management of technology projects for large industrial customers (including Eastman Kodak, Xerox and IBM), educational institutions, government entities and all size retail establishments . He is known for his well-rounded business perspective, having acquired significant management experience in field operations, project management, engineering, and customer service. Tom possesses the ability to quickly understand and evaluate situations and identify key issues. His interpersonal skills allow him to understand diverse viewpoints and facilitate communication in order to build consensus, establish relationships and direct multi-location teams and contracted vendors. Tom has developed workforce productivity metrics and management reports that have helped maximize productivity, quality and profits.

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1971.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Strini, Thomas [MC1971]

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JOY: Griffith, Kristine Noelle [MC2007] engaged



Engagement: Kristine Griffith & Daniel Robinson

Jan. 26, 2014 | Filed Under Celebrations


Mr. and Mrs. William Griffith of Airmont, NY and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Robinson of Center Moriches, NY are very pleased to announce the engagement of Kristine Noelle Griffith to Daniel Jason Robinson.

Kristine graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in marketing. She is currently employed as a Marketing Manager at Eyeking LLC in Plainview, NY.

Daniel graduated from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology & business. He is working as a financial planner for First Investors Corporation in Westbury, NY.

Their wedding is planned for September, 2014 on Long Island, NY.

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Griffith, Kristine Noelle [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Kristine is a member of the Class of 2007.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Griffith, Kristine Noelle [MC2007]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) cites Manhattan College Businessmens Reality Retreat Team on Facebook


Dear John,

         The Manhattan College Businessmens Reality Retreat Team has recently approved an enhanced social media approach to communicate news about the Retreat. In association with that, the Retreat’s new Facebook fan page launched just this week.   Once the page reaches 30 “likes”, we will have access to many useful features, including special naming and metrics.

         If a reader is a Facebook user, we ask that they please consider helping to ensure a successful launch, by simply visiting our page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manhattan-College-Reality-Retreat/212056118986514 and giving us a “like”.  This will help us to surpass that initial threshold number. This years Retreat will be held on September 12, 13 and 14 at the The Bishop Molloy Retreat House in Jamaica, Queens.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. I was number 27. So just a few more are needed.]

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JOBIT: Pickles, Sister Henrietta Clare [MC1951 RIP]



Sister Henrietta Clare Pickles OP
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Pickles, OP, Sister Henrietta Clare

Sister Henrietta Clare Pickles, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on January 22, 2014 in Jacobi Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY on February 20, 1916, Harriet was the daughter of Thomas and Frances Keenan Pickles. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on July 2, 1934 and received the name Sister Henrietta Clare, professing her first vows in 1936 and her final vows in 1941.

Sister Henrietta Clare earned a BA in Education from Manhattan College in 1951 and a MA in Elementary Education from City College of NY in 1973. Sister Henrietta Clare was a teacher who served in the Archdiocese of New York and the dioceses of Brooklyn and Syracuse. She taught at St. Rita, Staten Island, NY (1939-44); St. Rita, Bronx, NY (1944-48); St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1948-51); St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1951-52); St. Paul, Norwich, NY (1952-53); St. Mary, Fulton, NY (1953-54); St. Helena, Bronx, NY (1954-66); St. Edmund, Brooklyn, NY (1966-67); Mary Queen of Heaven (1968-78); and St. Ann, Bronx, NY (1978-82). From 1982-2002, Sr. Henrietta Clare was a substitute teacher and Bookstore Manager at Msgr. Scanlan HS in the Bronx.

Sister Henrietta Clare was predeceased by her parents and siblings, Thomas, Sr. Marie Magdalen Pickles, OP, Helen, Dolores, William and Edward. She is survived by her nieces and nephews Kevin Pickles, Edward Rosolie, Lynda Florkowski, Gerard Rosolie, Nancy Regan, William Pickles, Theresa Knox, Daniel Pickles, Keith Hughes, Gary Pickles, Michael Pickles, Ronald Pickles, Roger Pickles, and Robin Pickles; many grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, and many friends.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Sparkill, NY, on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:30am. Visitation is on Monday, January 27, 2014 from 3:30 to 8:00pm at Dominican Convent, 175 Rte. 340, Sparkill, NY. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Arrangements are by Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Dominican Sisters, at the above address, attention Sister Henrietta Clare Murray, President.

Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc. 321 South Main Street New City, NY 10956 (845) 634-6110 www.mjhigginsnewcity.com

Published in the The Journal News on Jan. 26, 2014


Pickles, Sister Henrietta Clare [MC1951 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=henrietta-pickles&pid=169277226&cid=full#sthash.JHLw1B2A.dpbs

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JFOUND: Russo, Danielle [MC2005] Manager Audit Citrin Cooperman NYC



Citrin Cooperman
Danielle Russo

Danielle Russo is a manager in the audit department in the New York City office. Aside from the attest and assurance services she provides for privately held companies, Danielle often lends an ear to her clients for strategic tax planning advice.

Although she works with clients from a variety of industries, Danielle has concentrations in manufacturing/distribution, professional service firms and employee benefit plans. Additionally, Danielle has experience with providing auditing services to portfolio companies of private equity firm clients.

Danielle is a graduate of Manhattan College and a member the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In her spare time Danielle enjoys training for triathlons, yoga, travelling and spending time with her family. Danielle is also certified as a therapy dog handler and volunteers her time with her therapy dog Sammy by visiting special education classrooms and children’s hospitals in the metropolitan area.

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Russo, Danielle [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Danielle is a member of the Class of 2005.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Russo, Danielle [MC2005]

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JOBIT: O’Hara, Noreen E. [MC1991 RIP]



Noreen E. O'Hara

O'Hara, Noreen E.

Noreen E. O'Hara, 50, of Somers, NY, died Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Westchester Medical Center, Mt. Pleasant, NY.

Noreen received a BA from Manhattan College and her Masters Degree from Columbia University. She was an Assistant to the Provost at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.

Noreen is survived by her father, Thomas and was predeceased by her mother, Catherine, and her brothers Kevin and Patrick and her sisters Maureen and Kathleen.

The family will receive friends at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd., Katonah, NY on Tues. from 4-7 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Josephs RC Church, 95 Plum Brook Rd., Somers, NY on Wednesday at 10:00am. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, www.cff.org.

Clark Associates Funeral Home 4 Woods Bridge Road Katonah, NY 10536 914-232-3033 www.clarkassociatesfuneralhome.com

Published in the The Journal News on Jan. 28, 2014


O’Hara, Noreen E. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=noreen-ohara&pid=169357655&cid=full#sthash.hufZ2urL.dpbs

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Dear John,

I believe that Noreen is a member of the Class of 1991,

May She rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Hara, Noreen E. [MC1991 RIP]

[JR: Argh! Would it do any good if I command that my fellow Jaspers are NOT allowed to cut in line for the Pearly Gates. I’d volunteer to sub in. But we have so many many politicians and bureaucrats who we can well afford to go first. Requiescat In Pacem  ]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) adds a name to the list


Good Morning All,

Bob Mattis requests our prayers for a good friend of his, Richard D. who has been recently diagnosed with a Glioblastoma. As Bob says, "Richard is a good man" facing a very difficult journey. A Glioblastoma is a Brain Tumor. We pray for Richard and his family. We pray for his comfort and strength during the coming days of decisions and therapies. Please raise the volume for this good man and his Family. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JFOUND: Ragusa, Michelle [MC????] “Cisco World Wide Innovation and Growth Award”



Michelle Ragusa
Relationship Manager

Michelle Ragusa is a Cisco Veteran and proud recipient of the “Cisco World Wide Innovation and Growth Award”. She was recently recognized by SMB Magazine as one of the 150 most influential people in the global IT Business Community.

Self named "Chic and Geek", she is well versed in technology with CCSE & CCDA networking certifications. Currently, she is the Relationship Manager and the liaison between Cisco and three of the top five largest global service providers in the US. Prior to this role, she was recognized for her Sales achievements with the prestigious "Cisco Commitment to Excellence Award".

Michelle serves on the Executive Council of Advancing Women in IT for CompTIA. She is also a long standing member of the National Women in Technology Group, where she has given speeches for young women in technology - most recently at NC State University. Michelle was also featured on a CompTIA Video about Advancing Women in IT around the world. She also contributes to the CompTIA IT Service and Support Community. 

As a community and social media expert, Michelle is a highly visible member of the Global IT community and acts as a connector for Cisco in multiple areas. She is an avid blogger and has taken her passion for women in technology, world travel, health & wellness to create awareness and inspire others.

She graduated cum laude from Manhattan College where she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship. She completed a double Major in Global Business and Marketing, and a minor in Peace Studies. Having visited 46 countries, she is well on her way to her goal of touching all seven continents.

Michelle has a passion for giving back to the community. She is the Founder & Chairperson of Cisco Club Red, benefitting the Red Cross. Recently they raised $20,000 for their cause, and led the community to make over 1,000 care kits for Tornado Victims in need. She is also an advisor and advocate for U Touch - an organization focused on transforming lives in disadvantaged regions by providing Technology, Training and eMentoring.

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Ragusa, Michelle [MC????]

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JFOUND: Byrnes, Rich [MC1983] does comics



About the Author
Rich Byrnes

Name: Rich Byrnes

Bio: Rich Byrnes is a native New Yorker who attended Manhattan College where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1983. After graduation, he was Commissioned as an Officer in the United States Navy Nuclear Submarine Program, and attended the Naval Nuclear Power School achieving a Masters level Education in Nuclear Engineering. Rich served overseas operating out of Holy Loch Scotland on active duty, and was assigned to Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarines. After leaving the Navy, he joined the DuPont Company in Wilmington, DE where he filled Management roles in R&D, Production, Maintenance & Construction, Project, and Technology Development at their sites in Deepwater NJ, Wilmington DE, and LaPorte TX. Rich then accepted a role as Plant Manager at King Industries, a privately held Specialty Chemical, Coatings and Lubricant Additives Company in Norwalk CT. He is now their Director of Engineering responsible for their Process Improvement and Business Development Capital Projects, and the Corporate Process Safety Management Program. Although not formally trained in art, Rich's interest in this field started at a very young age, learning from the works of the masters in comic books, newspapers, and magazines. His work has been published in his high school & college year books, Antique Collectors Magazine, and most recently for the VFW and the Sikorsky/Connecticut Fallen Heroes Committee. Rich resides in Shelton Connecticut and is married to Christina, formally of Yonkers NY, and has two daughters, Nicole who is college bound and Jessica who is now attending High School. Full page images from my comic Boil's Law can be seen at http://chenected.aiche.org/boil’s-law-comics/

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Byrnes, Rich [MC1983]

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JFOUND: DiPietro, Joseph [MC1992] CPA Director audit and litigation support Citrin Cooperman



Joseph DiPietro, CPA Director

As a director of audit and litigation support, Joseph DiPietro brings over 20 years of experience to the New York office. He has extensive expertise providing audit, review, and accounting services to privately held business clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, importing, publishing, construction, real estate, investment partnerships, professional services, internet services, and software developers. Helping growing businesses adopt accounting principles (generally accepted in the United States of America) and implement appropriate accounting policies and procedures, clients benefit from his proficient and practical approach to enhancing their financial reporting requirements.

In addition, Joseph provides litigation support, forensic accounting, and investigative accounting services to law firms, including analysis of financial transactions, and reconstruction of accounting records. He also provides assistance to attorneys representing individuals and corporations in connection with criminal and civil litigation matters. With a wealth of knowledge in both forensic analysis and business, he is highly skilled in helping attorneys resolve complex litigation issues for their clients.

Prior to joining Citrin Cooperman, Joseph was a Director of Audit and Litigation Support at Leon M. Reimer & Co., P.C. He was also previously an Audit Senior in the Financial Services Practice of a Big Four accounting firm, providing attest services for international financial service clients.

Affiliations Joseph is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). He is also a member of the business honor society, Delta Mu Delta.

Education & Licenses Joseph received his B.S. in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, in 1992 from the Manhattan College School of Business. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.

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DiPietro, Joseph [MC1992]

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JNEWS: Babka, Jeff [MC1981] CFO Applied Predictive Technologies



APT Hires Jeff Babka as Chief Financial Officer
Industry Veteran Brings Thirty Years of Financial Management Experience to Company


WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) January 28, 2014

Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), the world’s largest purely cloud-based predictive analytics software company, announced today that Jeff Babka will join the company as Chief Financial Officer. He will be based out of APT’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Mr. Babka comes to APT from Vibrant Media, an in-text advertising technology company, where he held positions of Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer, and led the acquisition of ImageSpaceMedia in 2012. Prior to his work at Vibrant, Mr. Babka was CFO of Sophos, a global IT security firm, where he readied the company for an IPO. Sophos was ultimately acquired by Apax Partners for a valuation of over $830 million.

Previously, Mr. Babka served as SVP and CFO of NeuStar, Inc., where he led the company’s $700 million IPO in June 2005. Later that year, NeuStar was awarded “IPO of the Year” by International Financing Review and Renaissance Capital. In addition, Mr. Babka has presented the “IPO Best Practices” seminar at Ernst & Young’s annual IPO Bootcamp and was the recipient of the CFO of the Year Award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council in 2006.

Mr. Babka graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dayton, earned an MBA with honors from Manhattan College, and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.

“Having spent the majority of my career in the technology space, I can say with confidence that APT has one of the most impressive software suites and client service teams in the market today,” said Mr. Babka. “I’m excited to be joining the APT team. I look forward to applying my experience to drive growth across industries and geographies, and to help companies use APT’s offerings to make critical business decisions.”

Anthony Bruce, CEO of APT, adds, “Jeff’s wealth of relevant experience will complement the talents of APT’s team. He brings a proven track record in financial management of public and private companies with a focus in the technology sector, including Software as a Service. We are thrilled to welcome Jeff and look forward to his leadership as APT continues to grow.”

Please visit http://www.predictivetechnologies.com to learn more about APT.

About APT
APT is the world’s largest purely cloud-based predictive analytics software company. APT’s Test & Learn software is revolutionizing the way Global 2000 companies harness their Big Data to accurately measure the profit impact of advertising, marketing, pricing, merchandising, operations and capital initiatives, tailoring investments in these areas to maximize ROI. APT’s customer portfolio includes Walmart, Staples, Lowe’s, SunTrust, Hilton Hotels, Anheuser-Busch InBev, McDonald’s and others. APT has offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Tokyo, and Taipei. For more information, please visit http://www.predictivetechnologies.com.

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Babka, Jeff [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Babka, Jeff [MC1981]

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JNEWS: Fernandez, Fernando E. [MC1986] Co-Founding Partner and Chief Client Officer of d'exposito & Partners



NEW YORK, January 27, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Fernando E. Fernandez, Co-Founding Partner and Chief Client Officer of d'exposito & Partners, has been named a VIP member by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in multicultural marketing and advertising.

Mr. Fernandez started in marketing and advertising after completing a Multicultural Advertising Internship Program with the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA). His career has steadily progressed ever since and almost nine years ago, he co-founded CMS Partners, now d'exposito & Partners, along with other industry colleagues. The communications agency provides a full array of multi-cultural marketing and advertising services, from consumer research/strategy to creative, production, media services, direct marketing, public relations, social media, promotions and event marketing for leading consumer companies. With his expertise and bilingual proficiency in Spanish and English, he oversees the account management services of the company and several of its clients.

In 1986, Mr. Fernandez earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Manhattan College, majoring in marketing. He was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding and attributes his success to doing what he loves. He volunteers his time with the International Lion's Club, helping them in their fundraiser endeavors , and in his spare time, he listens to and collects vinyl records. He is also an avid soccer fan. Looking ahead, Mr. Fernandez intends to continue along his career path, perhaps expanding into international marketing and advertising.

For more information about d'exposito & Partners, visit http://newamericanagency.com. To learn more about Fernando, visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/fernando530/.

About Worldwide Branding
For over 15 years, Worldwide Branding has been the leading, one-stop-shop, personal branding company, both in the United States and abroad. From writing professional biographies and press releases, to creating and driving traffic to personal websites, our team of branding experts tailor each product specifically for our clients needs. We are dedicated to empowering our 600,000 clients with effective branding tools to help them achieve success. From healthcare to finance to education and law, our constituents represent every major industry and occupation, at all career levels.

An international company, we provide our members with access to members in over 52 countries including, the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Sweden and The United Arab Emirates, just to name a few.

We presently have two offices, but we are headquartered on Long Island. Our team comprises more than 100 staff members and spans 10 key departments.

For more information, please visit http://www.worldwidebranding.com.

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Fernandez, Fernando E. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Fernando is a member of the Class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Fernandez, Fernando E. [MC1986]

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JHQ: Dale Malik ’80 AT&T’s No. 1 Innovator



How Failure Becomes Invention: AT&T’s No. 1 Innovator Unveils Secret to Success

Alumnus Dale Malik ’80 discusses his transformation from struggling freshman to tech industry leader.

Innovator Dale Malik ’80 always has an array of top-secret developments at his fingertips.

With more than 170 patents to his name, the No. 1 innovator at AT&T Labs has led the PC, Internet and wireless revolutions. His inventions are so prolific, they’ve become woven into our current culture of connectivity — he delivered voice caller ID before caller ID became commonplace, banned the annoying dial-up Internet busy signal and made your iPhone capable of setting DVR.

Malik remembers the day in early 1980 when his career path first became clear. It came in the form of a casual yet pointed suggestion from James Ley, Manhattan College’s then chair of electrical engineering: “You should work for Bell Labs.”

Bell Labs was the birthplace of the laser, Unix operating systems and C programming languages, as well as the first single-chip digital signal processor. Bell contacted him directly, following Ley’s referral, and after interviewing with four different departments, Malik found himself with four resounding offers on the table.

Malik’s reaction? Disbelief. Just three years earlier he was struggling to maintain a 2.1 GPA.

“Everybody would like to believe that life is linear, but it’s far from it,” Malik says. “Believe it or not, I was not your model student when I arrived on campus. I was full of ideas and potential, but a work in progress. Thankfully James Ley, head of the department, saw that in me and was patient as I evolved from a C student to an honors graduate.”
Learning to Succeed

Malik, a lifelong tinkerer, attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens. It’s where he took his first hands-on electronics course, learning to program on paper tape machines and fix transistor radios.

“I loved to figure out how things worked, and I was fascinated by computers and what they might be able to do when connected to other things,” says Malik. “I was lucky my high school was fairly forward-looking at the time because I never considered going into anything else in college having had that exposure.”

But Malik adds, “I had no idea what studying and homework was like because I could get by — a good SAT score got me into the College.”

An electrical engineering major, Malik first met Ley in a freshman computer science class and admits he would have rather been playing basketball—for him, the material was mostly review. He approached Ley after the first class and said, “Look, I know this stuff. I did this in high school. Can I just come for the test?”

They eventually struck an agreement: If he could complete a coding project, he’d be awarded an A for the course.

Malik happily squirreled the four-inch thick paper printout assignment back into his dorm room and ran it across the floor, literally “walked his code” and corrected lines with pen. He earned the A and Ley’s respect, which eventually translated into a graduate fellowship at the College. Malik earned his first 4.0 GPA during his first graduate semester.
Early Career

Malik worked in Bell Labs for his first three years out of college where he says he was “just swimming in possibility.” During that time he got involved with a digital music project for Stevie Wonder. A colleague needed his digital and analog electronics design expertise and programming skills to integrate an array of musical instruments into a digital music system, which helped the blind musician compose the Woman in Red album.

In 1983 he transferred to a new division at Bell to help launch personal computers. He participated in product consortiums with his peers including industry heavyweights Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and he returned from California with one of the first 5 -inch hard disc drives designed for PCs.

“I was fortunate enough to participate in the writing of the original interface standards for PC disk drives,” Malik says. “It was an important step in miniaturizing computers systems to go into home and offices.”

He left AT&T in 1989 to pursue his own entrepreneurial endeavors in the early medical emergency response business, and helped to found Link Technologies. It was a valuable crash course in business and marketing but ultimately, in 1992, he relocated to Atlanta to run the BellSouth innovation lab, where he developed early smart telephone services and led the war on Internet spam and viruses.
A Prescription for Success

Today, Malik is the director of AT&T’s Home Solutions Foundry efforts, a relatively new area of the company that is focused on innovation, technology and accelerating changes into the broadband and home entertainment market.

“There’s something exciting about being able to step back from something, asking the question, ‘Is this the best you can do? Is that right — it may have been then— but is it now? Maybe it’s not right and we’ve just accepted it to be that way.’”

Although his work projects are top-secret, Malik reveals that he is busy breaking into the customer service arena in the hopes of updating the way that people communicate to solve problems with customers.

Looking back on his journey but ahead in his industry, he reminds himself, “You’re always a work in progress.”

“I’m very fortunate,” says Malik. “My experiences at the College really set me up to do some awesome things in my career — things that most people could wish they could get involved in. If you feel you really have something and are looking to figure out how to turn it on, Manhattan is a great place to do that.”

Discover more Jasper success stories.
Posted on January 17, 2014

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JHQ: Enrique Sola ’09 Bring Education to All in the Philippines



Engineering Alum Seeks to Bring Education to All in the Philippines

With the support of his Jasper family thousands of miles away, Enrique Sola ’09, ’11 is providing the needy of his native country with food, clean water and the greatest gift of all — an education.

November’s Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) left the Philippines in an unbelievable state of emergency. Homes were flattened into piles of wood and metal on the beach. Trees were blown bare or swept away altogether. Villagers slept in graveyards and constructed tent cities using sheets and cardboard strewn across the heavy marble tombstones that had weathered the storm.

But amidst the wreckage, tarps with the words “Clean Water Free from Manhattan College” began to appear. A young man and his mother, donned in green Jaspers T-shirts, handed out cups of drinking water that they filtered in front of skeptical but very thirsty and thankful survivors.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Enrique Sola ’09, ’11 (M.S.) helped his home recover by distributing 38 gravity-powered water filters that provide up to 500 gallons of potable water a day, funded by his Jasper family halfway around the world.

“We have been so busy since the typhoon,” he says. “But it’s a good kind of busy — one that I am not getting tired of. It reminds me of those late nights in the Chem E lab, finishing the experiment. It reminds me of studying for that last exam of the semester in the Chrysostom common area.”
A Second Family

Eight years ago, Sola, a timid but driven freshman, left the Philippines to call Chrysostom Hall home. Not only was Manhattan College close to a family house in Hartsdale, N.Y., where he spent many summers growing up, but it was also touted as one of the nation’s premiere chemical engineering schools by an alumnus Sola met by chance at a Hartsdale restaurant in 2003.

“The school gave me a thirst for knowledge I had never known. The professors constantly challenged me,” he says, noting that Annmarie Flynn, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the chemical engineering department, became a mentor and a second mother.

“He came to us what feels like a million years ago in fall 2005, alone and thousands of miles away from home,” Flynn says. “He is humble beyond your wildest imagination. I wish I could believe for a moment that I influenced his magnanimous, philanthropic work, but I suspect it is purely DNA.”

Sola says Flynn’s energy instantly reminded him of his own mother, Teresa Chan, the daughter of a poor Chinese immigrant, who helped her father build a successful sugar business in the Philippines. When Martial Law forced Chan’s father to give up his sugar mills in 1985, he left the Philippines and opened an office at 100 Wall Street in New York, where the Chans traded sugar and remotely managed a steel mill.

A strong work ethic runs in the family. After earning his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Manhattan, Sola returned to the Philippines to put his engineering skills to work at the family steel company.
One Meal, One Opportunity

To Sola’s family, success has always gone hand-in-hand with a responsibility to address the disparity of wealth in their country.

“To those much was given, much is expected,” Sola says. “From those blessings, my capacity to make a difference in the lives of others for the better has grown.”

In addition to an orphanage Chan runs in the Philippines, Sola and his mother founded the 1Meal Program in 2011, which partners with restaurants to collect five pesos from diners who have a meal costing more than 200 pesos (In USD, 12 cents for a bill of $4.50). The charges are voluntary and go toward a variety of needs.

Thus far, the 1Meal Program has helped feed and clothe more than 250 students, and has built, repaired and provided more than 20 classrooms with books, chairs and computers. More than 90 of the program’s students are enrolled in college, and recently, 1Meal sent 10 public school teachers abroad to pursue master’s degrees in education, so that they return as more effective teachers.

We have chosen to support education because we believe it is the best legacy to leave the future generation.

“We have chosen to support education because we believe it is the best legacy to leave the future generation,” says Sola, who hopes to reach all 1,100 public schools on the island of Panay. “Education is the key for many impoverished children to improve their lives and have a better future.”
Engineered Relief

Inspired by the Lasallian themes of the program, Flynn and her senior chemical engineering students decided to sponsor a 1Meal class during the fall of 2013. Just a few weeks before the two classes were scheduled to connect through an end-of-semester Skype session, Typhoon Haiyan hit.

The Manhattan students decided they could do one better than just sending smiles. Branding themselves as Engineered Relief, they raised enough money to purchase and ship 38 water filters to Sola.

In addition to distributing some of the filters to doctors on medical missions, Sola and Chan traveled to many remote communities overlooked by foreign aid and personally instructed villagers on how to use and maintain the filters.

“Manhattan College has given me the ability to [make] positive changes in my environment through the education I have received, just like how the College, through Dr. Flynn, was able to assist so many lives in recovering their normalcy through science,” he says. “I hope that I will be able to do that in the future.”

Learn more about and contribute to the 1Meal Program >>

Chemical engineering students explain what it means to be a Jasper >>

Photos courtesy of 1Meal
Posted on January 09, 2014

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JOBIT: Hart, John C. “Jack" [MC1954 RIP]



In Memory of
John C. Hart
April 28, 1931 - January 28, 2014

John C. "Jack" Hart, of Fall River, passed away January 28, 2014 at the age of 82. He was the husband of Joan M. (Canole) Hart to whom he had been married for 55 years.

He was born in Fall River, the son of the late Angela (Greene) Hart and James D. Hart. John was a graduate of Coyle High School and Manhattan College, NY, Class of 54'. He joined the Marine Corps in 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1959. He also served on the Promotion Board of the Marine Corps in Washington DC. After retiring from the Marine Corps he served as Commanding Officer of the 1st 155 Howitzer Battalion in Providence, RI.

John taught at Diman Regional Vocational High School where he coached baseball and basketball and served as the school's first Athletic Director. After leaving Diman, John became Juvenile Probation Officer at Fall River District Court until his retirement in 1993.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his six children, Jayne T. (Hart) St. Pierre and her husband Paul of Mattapoisett, Stephen M. Hart and his wife Pamela of Auburn, ME, John C. Hart Jr. of Somerset, Carlin Hart and his wife Katie of Oak Bluffs, Paul B. Hart of Fall River and MaryEllen (Hart) Yalmokas and her husband Kevin of West Barnstable; a brother Joseph Hart of Fall River; 12 grandchildren, Kathryne St. Pierre Hall, William St. Pierre, Andrew St. Pierre, Abigail Hart, Jack Hart, Cadet Patrick Hart, Jennifer Hart, Kailyn Hart, Paul Hart Jr., Matthew Hart, Joseph Yalmokas and Emma Yalmokas and several nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his brother James D. Hart Jr. and sisters Janet Fontaine and Joan Benevides.

His funeral will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8am from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT CHERRY PLACE, 178 Winter St., Fall River followed by his funeral mass at 9am in Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover St., Fall River. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 to 7PM. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River.


Hart, John C. “Jack" [MC1954 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=john-hart&pid=169381418

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JOBIT: Ford, Brian J. [MC1958 RIP]



Brian Ford

Ford, Brian J.

On January 27, 2014, Brian J. Ford passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

Son of the late William and Barbara Ford of Garden City, NY, he was born June 1, 1934, and spent his youth summering in Birch Groves on Candlewood Lake in New Milford, CT. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1954 and was an avid swimmer and member of his high school and college swim teams. After marrying the girl next door and starting their family, they moved full-time to New Milford in 1972. Brian was an Air Force ROTC cadet at Manhattan College where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.

After graduating in 1958 he was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and then was called to duty in 1959 to serve as a base engineer at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. He later served at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, AK and was reassigned to Eareckson Air Station on the island of Shemya, AK in the Aleutian Islands. Capt. Ford was offered a commission by President John F. Kennedy, but decided to return to his civilian post at the FAA.

In 1964, he became the Manager of Design and Construction for Trans World Airlines. He was responsible for projects that ranged from the design of TWA's ambassador clubs and the corporation's Kansas City administrative headquarters to hangers for jumbo jets and a campus for flight attendants. Brian was also instrumental in the design and construction of the famous TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport. He was promoted to Director of Properties and Facilities in 1980. He founded Birchwood Builders, a residential building business, after his retirement from TWA in 1985. He was passionate about town politics and community matters, all in an effort to make his community a better place to live. Many knew him from his various positions on town committees and boards including the Board of Education, Sewer Commission, and High School Building Committee and he was a dedicated Scout Master of Troop 432 in New Milford, CT.

He is survived by his beloved wife Anne C. Ford (Menasoff), his son Kevin and daughter-in-law Ellie Ford of New Milford, his daughter Karen and daughter-in-law Laurie Fletcher-Ford of New Milford, daughter Kathleen and son-in-law, Jason Van Praagh of London, UK, daughter Debra and son-in-law Daniel Keuper of New Milford, daughter Kimberly and son-in-law, Christopher Rotondo of Milford, CT and grandchildren, Harrison, Hudson, Hunter, Liam, Sally, Henry, Lucy, Sarah, Julia, Emme, Kate, and Aaryn. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara and husband, Charles Kurtz of Shelton, CT, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Patricia Friese of New Milford.

Calling hours will be held at Lillis Funeral Home 58 Bridge St. New Milford on Friday, January 31 from 5 pm to 8 pm. A Catholic Mass will be held in celebration of his life on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11 am at Our Lady of the Lakes RCC in New Milford, CT. Contributions may be made in Brian's memory to the American Heart Association .

Published in News Times on Jan. 29, 2014


Ford, Brian J. [MC1958 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/newstimes/guestbook.aspx?n=brian-ford&pid=169375792&cid=full#sthash.X5b5it44.dpbs

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JFOUND: Navalo, Jharavick E. [MC2003] Thomson Reuter Rooters Toastmasters Club



Jharavick E Navalo, CC
Vice President Public Relations
Jhara Navalo is an active member of the Thomson Reuter Rooters Toastmasters Club since January 2013. She currently works at CancerCare as a Director of Donor Development and Integrated Fundraising where she uses her skills as a data strategist to build meaningful relationships. Jhara graduated from Manhattan College in 2003, where she studied Business Administration with a focus in Accounting and Computer Information Systems.

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JFOUND: Cafaro, Craig [MC1992] Partner Citrin Cooperman



Craig Cafaro, CPA, CFF


With over 20 years of experience, Craig Cafaro is a partner specializing in providing litigation support and forensic accounting services with a concentrated focus in the areas of tax controversies, tax examinations, and criminal and civil investigations. He also has extensive experience advising clients in connection with the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs, as well as various state programs. In addition, Craig successfully represents clients before various taxing authorities regarding tax examinations, penalty abatements, the Offer in Compromise program, and other tax complexities.

Craig’s background also includes tax planning and compliance for high-net worth individuals, as well as auditing, tax, and accounting services for a wide variety of industries that include real estate and manufacturing.

Prior to joining Citrin Cooperman, Craig was a partner at Leon M. Reimer & Co., P.C., and also served as an internal auditor in the banking and insurance industries.

Craig is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). He is also an AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Section Member.

Education & Licenses
Craig received his B.S. in Accounting, Cum Laude, from Manhattan College’s School of Business in 1992. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York and is also accredited as Certified in Financial Forensics.

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JHQ: Upcoming Basketball Pregame Receptions

Upcoming Basketball Pregame Receptions

Alumni, family and friends, are invited to join the College and other Jasper fans before upcoming men's basketball games. Further details, including ticket information, can be found by clicking through each registration link.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.
The MAC at Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, NJ
$30 per person, includes access to premium suite for pregame reception and game, finger foods & refreshments (beer, wine, soda)

Friday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.
Wolf's 1-11 (adjacent to arena)
51 S. Pearl St., Albany, NY
$35 per person, includes game ticket, buffet dinner and two drink tickets

Save the Date: 2014 MAAC Tournament
Thursday, March 6 - Monday, March 10
MassMutual Center
Springfield, MA

Please contact the Alumni Relations office at (718) 862-7432 or email alumni@manhattan.edu with any questions.

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JFOUND: Romero, Jaime [MC1999] VP of Marketing for enter:marketing and Sparkmotive



Jaime Romero

Currently the VP of Marketing for enter:marketing and Sparkmotive, an online motivation and gamification platform. Prior to enter:marketing, I was responsible for developing the marketing organization for LocalVox, a local, social & mobile marketing platform that helps local businesses market themselves online, as well as Axial, the leading network for financial professionals. I has built and executed online and offline marketing strategies at IQPC, the world's leading conference organization, and Reed Exhibitions, a global producer of leading trade shows across multiple industries and markets. I hold a BS and MBA in Marketing from Manhattan College and was elected to the National Marketing Honor Society in 2002.

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Dear John,

I believe that Jaime is a member of the Class of 1999.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Romero, Jaime [MC1999]

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JFACEBOOK: Vaughn, Kate [MC????] Teacher at Westside Park Elementary School Newark, NJ



Kate Vaughn


Teacher at Westside Park Elementary School Newark, NJ
Past: Windward School and Manhattan College
Studied at Manhattan College
Past: Northwest Catholic High School
Lives in Bronx, New York
From West Hartford, Connecticut
In a relationship

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JHQ: LOVE to Jamaica



Manhattan College L.O.V.E Jamaica 2013 - YouTube
05:02 - A group of Manhattan College students spend a week in Montego Bay, Jamaica at Blessed Assurance home serving orphans with disabilities.

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JFOUND: Priore, Richard L. Jr. [MC1987] SVP Wealth Management Morgan Stanley



Richard L. Priore, JR, CFP

Rich is a Senior Vice President—Wealth Management who has earned several prestigious designations during his more than 20 years with Morgan Stanley* and is a Portfolio Manager and a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP). He focuses on corporate cash management, financial, education and retirement planning with The Lenox Group, as well as 401(k) plans and advisory services.

Rich’s clientele has included closely held companies and nonprofit organizations, as well as corporate executives and retirees. He joined a Morgan Stanley* predecessor firm in 1987 after graduating from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, with a minor in Marketing.

A finance committee board member of White Plains Hospital, Rich also served as an advisor to the Felician School for Exceptional Children in Lodi, NJ and board member of Green Chimneys, a nationally renowned, nonprofit organization that works to create positive futures for children with emotional, behavioral, social and learning challenges, in Brewster, NY.

He is an active member of the Parents Association for Byram Hills Schools in Armonk, NY.

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Dear John,

I believe that Richard is a member of the Class of 1987.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Priore, Richard L. Jr. [MC1987]

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ENDNOTE: A pet loses his human



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Most of us have experienced the loss of a pet. But there are times when a pet loses his human. That’s what happened to Tommy. According to the Daily Mail, Tommy is a 7 year old German Shepherd living in Italy. He was adopted as a stray by a woman named Maria. The two were super close – Tommy even went to church with his mom! Maria died two months ago, and Tommy showed up at the church without anyone bringing him to the funeral. What happened next is a tribute to the undying love between pet owner and pet. Please watch and share with all pet lovers – if you’re a dog lover, please look below the video. Make sure you click the SHARE links above.

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Funny, some animals are more loyal than human.

We see examples in Nature that are “lessons”.

Infidelity in marriage is too common place; this dog can give those “dogs” a lesson.

I find this moving.

Credit to the parish for the lesson.

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