JASPER JOTTINGS Week 12 - 2015 Mar 22    

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



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POSITRACTION: Gilberto Bosques Saldivar -- why have we never heard of him?


Gilberto Bosques Saldivar
by Accidental Talmudist

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Gilberto Bosques Saldivar was a Mexican diplomat who saved 40,000 Jews and Spaniards from the Nazi and Franco fascist regimes.

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Bosques sprang into action. He rented a castle and a summer camp in Marseilles, and maintained that the properties were part of the consulate and therefore Mexican territory under international law.Bosques began issuing visas to Jews, as well as Spaniards fleeing the fascist Franco regime. Bosques housed the refugees at his compound in Marseilles, and chartered ships to get them safely out of the country.Bosques issued visas to approximately 40,000 Jews and Spaniards. In the accompanying image, he writes one of those tickets to life.In 1943, Bosques, along with his wife, three children, and 40 members of the consulate staff were arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in Germany for a year.They were released in 1944 after Mexican President Manuel Avila Camacho imprisoned German citizens in Mexico and then arranged a prisoner swap.

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For courageously saving the lives of 40,000 people at great personal sacrifice, we honor Gilberto Bosques Saldivar as this week's Thursday Hero at Accidental Talmudist.

With thanks to Lily Izarraras Hamade

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When Evil is confronted, it take great moral courage.

To have that courage never recognized in life is a disgrace to all of us.

I’m not sure I’d have the huevos muchos grande to act this way. But I pray I would.

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COMMENT: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) approves of the endnote


Tom Rooney
Submitted on 2015/03/14 at 7:05 pm

RE: ENDNOTE What happened to Hollywood?

Well said and all too true!!!

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Rooney, John Peter (MC1965)

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JFOUND: McGrath, Patrick J. [MC1975] Judge Rensselaer County



Patrick J. McGrath is a justice for the Rensselaer County Supreme Court and the Columbia County Supreme Court in the 3rd Judicial District of New York. He was elected to the Rensselaer County Supreme Court in 2004 and his current term expires in 2013.[1][2]Education
McGrath received his B.A. degree from Manhattan College in 1975 and his J.D. degree from the Albany Law School of Union University in 1978.[1]Career
McGrath began his career in 1978 as a chief clerk of the Albany County Surrogate's Court. He then worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Rensselaer County from 1980 to 1982. He served as a Troy Police Court Judge in Rensselaer County from 1985 to 1994. He was elected to the Rensselaer County Supreme Court in 2004.[1]

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McGrath, Patrick J. [MC1975]

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JOBIT: Walsh, Eugene ‘Gene’ Edward [MC???? RIP]



Eugene Walsh


Eugene (Gene) Edward, of Washington Township, formerly of Englewood, passed away on March 13, 2015.

Born in New York, NY, in 1932, he was raised in the Highbridge section of the Bronx and later lived in Englewood for 50 years.

Beloved husband of Ann (nee Duddy) for 54 years. Cherished father of Maureen and Kevin Barry, Kathleen and David Kaminsky, Sheila and John Lopez, James and Andrea Walsh, Annie and Scott Mitchell and Sean and Kim Walsh. Devoted grandfather of Jack and Alec Lopez, Katie Kaminsky, Tyler, Dylan and Liam Walsh, Ainsleigh and Brendan Walsh and Grace Mitchell. Also survived by his sister Margaret Regan and his brother Dennis Walsh and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his son Eugene Joseph in 1967, and by his parents, Margaret (Twomey) and Cornelius Walsh and his brothers, John, Cornelius and William Walsh.

Gene attended Manhattan College and then joined the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was honorably discharged after serving as a counter-intelligence agent in the OSI in Germany.

Upon returning home, he met his future wife at a Sunday night Irish dance in Croke Park in the Bronx. They were married in 1960 and raised their family in Englewood, NJ.

Gene believed in service to the community and was elected to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1964, serving until 1967. One of his proudest accomplishments during that time was voting to establish Bergen Community College in 1965, and appointing its first Board of Trustees in 1966. He served as an Adjunct Professor at the college for eleven years, teaching Municipal Land Use and Real Estate Law. He was named "Man of the Year" in March 2012 by the Bergen Community College Foundation and was honored at the May 2013 Commencement.

Gene was an active member of the Democratic party beginning in 1960, and was inducted into the Bergen County Democratic Hall of Fame in 2014. His dedication to the Englewood community included serving as a member of the Englewood Police Advisory Committee in the 1960's, Chairman of the Englewood Department of Public Works Advisory Committee in the seventies, and Commissioner of the Housing Authority of the City of Englewood in the 1980s. Gene served as Director of General Services for the County of Bergen from 1975 until 1980. In 1980, he established the Department of Economic Development for Bergen County, coordinating the Private Industry Council, economic development grant programs, and conducting area job fairs to help find employment for displaced workers when local plants were closing.

Beginning in the 1980's, he returned to his real estate career, establishing Walsh Management Associates and later Penwal Affordable Housing Corporation, developing low and moderate income housing for hundreds of senior citizens and multi-family households. He was recognized by the State of NJ as an expert in Zoning and Planning, often testifying before the Superior Court of NJ, and served as Vice President of the NJ Community Development Association.

Gene was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Cecilia R.C. Church in Englewood, where he and Ann were married. He served as a lector, usher and member of the Parish Council, and Chairman of the Real Estate Committee. He also held a number of offices with the St. Cecilia Holy Name Society, including President and Member of the Executive Committee. In his later years, Gene was a Member of the Development Committee of the Inter-

[JR: This is all that is on the Legacy site. Checked the newspaper site and there’s nothing there?] 

Published in The Record/Herald News from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2015


Walsh, Eugene ‘Gene’ Edward [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/northjersey/eugene-walsh-condolences/174402722?cid=full#sthash.qlwARZtU.dpbs

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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Dear John,

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

May He Rest In Peace


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: Jacobs, James Wriley [MC???? RIP]



James Wriley Jacobs
1923 - 2015

Mr. James Wriley Jacobs passed away peacefully at his home, March 14, 2015. He was born July 25, 1923 son of Normal Bliss Jacobs and Roberta Columbia King Jacobs. James Wriley was a lifelong resident of his beloved home town of Gaithersburg and enjoyed sharing stories and memories of his life in a small town. His family home, in Old Town Gaithersburg was built by his father and brothers. The Jacobs brothers ran the Wheelwright Shop near their homes on East Diamond Avenue where Jake often observed and listened as his father and uncles repaired and built wagons. Jake obviously learned by watching and listening for later in life Jake was quite the accomplished carpenter.

During Jake's early years, Gaithersburg was a bustling farming community. His father was the manager of Gaithersburg's Thomas and Company Canning Factory and his first job was helping his Dad cleaning the corn cutters.

He met his bride, Betty Jeanne King through Epworth United Methodist Church. The Church was located on Brooks Avenue where his mother Bertie and Betty Jeanne's mother Elizabeth were members. The church was the center of all their lives at that time – both spiritually and socially. So, it was not unusual that Jake and Betty Jeanne would reconnect after World War II.

James Wriley played sports throughout his elementary and high school days and after the war became a physical education teacher in the Montgomery County Public School System. But, before his career started, he was called to service while attending Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. He met many of lifelong friends there including Kenneth Studley and Authur Spaulding. Jake was drafted in the US Infantry to active duty during the European Theater of Operations with the 89th Infantry Division 353rd Regiment, Company L, as a Combat Platoon Leader and as Personnel Officer Special Services Staff Sections of General Mark Clark. He was released from active duty July 1946 as a First Lieutenant. After the war, Betty Jeanne and Jake were married in 1947. Jake retired from MCPS as Associate Superintendent and then worked in the family business until his second retirement.

Jake was a graduate of Gaithersburg High School, Green Mountain College and Manhattan College. He attended George Washington University where he majored in Education and earned his Doctorate degree in that field.

James Wriley, was an active member of his community and served as Superintendent of Sunday School at Epworth United Methodist Church, the Gaithersburg Rotary Club, Gaithersburg Lions Club and served as a Director, Trustee or Board Member of the following: Save the Children Federation; Montgomery County Library Board; American Red Cross, Montgomery County Chapter; The Washington Ear; Montgomery General Hospital, First Montgomery Bank and Green Mountain College.

In the 1990's James Wriley decided to write his biography which was published in 2014. Memories of a Small Town Boy is now circulating throughout the community to family and friends.

In addition to his wife Betty Jeanne, he is survived by his children, daughter, Betsy J. Rippeon and husband David, son James Wriley Jacobs, Jr and wife Peggy, and son Mark Jacobs, and Sally Jacobs. Eight grandchildren: Jonathan Rippeon and wife Michelle, Michael Rippeon and wife Deanna, Brian Jacobs and wife Ashley, John Jacobs and wife Emily, Caroline Horowitz and husband Ari, Courtney Jacobs, Jessica Bartlett and husband Brian, and Tyler Jacobs. Great Grandchildren: Jake Rippeon, Andrew Rippeon, Jackson Rippeon, Grady Rippeon, Maddie Rippeon, Allie Rippeon, Sara Kate Rippeon, and Landon Jacobs

James Wriley was preceded in death by his sister Hazel Jacobs Jones and his brother Norman B. Jacobs.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers Tom Durkin, Donnie Lynch and Comfort Home Care for their loyalty and compassion for without their assistance homecare would not have been possible.

Funeral services will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church, 9008 Rosemont Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877, Monday March 23rd at 11:00 a.m., concluding with graveside services at Forest Oak Cemetery. Reverend Gerard Green, Jr. and Pastor Jennifer Fenner will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to James W. Jacobs Scholarship Fund, c/o Gaithersburg High School, 314 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg 20877, or to Epworth United Methodist Church 9008 Rosemont Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.molesworthwilliams.com
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post from Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2015


Jacobs, James Wriley [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

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

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Big John


Good Afternoon All,

From Pete Sweeney and John Reinke, our prayers are requested for Pete Sweeney's Dad, John (who is also John Reinke's Uncle). Mr. Sweeney is home from Hospital but still struggling to get his leg back in condition to the point where it is not constantly draining. Mr. Sweeney will be back to the wound care specialist on Tuesday to assess progress. Please keep Mr. Sweeney in your prayers as we pray that the MDs are able to stabilize and maintain the healing of his leg. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Good Afternoon All,

Pete Sweeney has updated us regarding his dad, John. Mr. Sweeney has an infection in his lower right leg for which he is being treated. It is thought to be a Staph Infection. The visiting nurse comes in on a daily basis. Pete and Mr. Sweeney are meeting with the Ifection Control Doctor on Monday. Please keep Mr. Sweeney in your prayers as we pray that the infection is brought under control and eliminated. Thank you Pete and John Reinke for sharing the update. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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JFOUND: Caraccio, Anne [MC2009] spoke at Nerd Nite Orlando XXI



Nerd Nite Orlando XXI: To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!

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Join us for our 21st Nerd Nite in Orlando to learn about how NASA will travel farther into space than any human has gone before and what they are doing in preparation to pioneer Mars!

Nerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines – all while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere. Speakers present for 20-25 minutes each on a fascinating subject of their choice, often in an uncanny and unconventional way.Following the presentations is a brief Q&A with the audience.

Quench your curiosity! Come meet up, drink, and learn something

Thursday, November 13th
Talks 7:00 – 9:00pm
Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Rd. Winter Park, FL 32803.

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“Total Recall: The Simulated Martian” by Anne Caraccio

Anne Caraccio is a chemical engineer on several projects that support deep space exploration at Kennedy Space Center. As a crew member of the 2014 HI-SEAS Mars analog simulation, she supported a 120 day psychological study and performed various research projects while living in an isolated Mars-like habitat with an international crew. She is from Long Island, New York and earned her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida.

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Caraccio, Anne [MC2009]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: On to the Final Four!


gojaspers at manhattan dot edu

Hi John,

We are going to Dayton, Ohio to play Hampton University in the first round on Tuesday, March 17th. If you are interested, could you please provide me with the amount of tickets you are looking to purchase and a contact number to reach you at?



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One ticket for every game that we win. Especially after we KO kentucky.

“[Luke:] I can’t believe it. [Yoda:] That is why you fail.” -- Yoda (Fictional character from George Lucas's "Star Wars" movie)


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[JR: Guess I’ll be buying clean undies at WalMart after the Jasper knockoff Kentucky! Then, I’ll buy some lotto tickets! ] 

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Tom Rooney

Submitted on 2015/03/15 at 10:22 pm

Oh yeh of little faith. GO JASPERS!!!

[JR: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) ] 

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JFOUND: Murphy, J. Emmett [MC1963] Westchester County Supreme Court



J. Emmett Murphy

J. Emmett Murphy is a justice for the Westchester County Supreme Court in the 9th Judicial District of New York. Following election, he took office on this court in 1997. He was re-elected in 2010 and his current term expires in 2024.[1][2]

Murphy received his B.A. degree from Manhattan College in 1963 and his J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1966.[1]

Prior to his judicial career, Murphy worked as First Deputy Corporation Counsel for the Yonkers Law Department. In 1980, he joined the Yonkers City Court. He served on this court through 1991 and served as the Supervising Judge from 1987 to 1991. He joined the Westchester County Court in 1992 and then took office as a Supreme Court Justice in 1997.[1]
2010 election

In an eight-way race, Murphy was one of the four judges elected.[3]

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Murphy, J. Emmett [MC1963]

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MVIDEO: Jasper Nation celebrating



Join Jasper Nation in celebrating the 2015 NCAA Tournament!

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957) Go Jaspers!



Syracuse No, Manhattan Yes
Posted on March 16, 2015 by keywestlou

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Last night was watching the NCAA seeds. I have no Syracuse to pull for. However, my undergraduate school made it. Manhattan College. A small Catholic college at the north end of New York near the Yonkers border.

Manhattan has a tough roll. They must play their way in. They first must beat Hampton. Their reward for winning is Kentucky. Number 1 and number 16 facing each other.

Manhattan’s coach is Steve Masiello. Played college ball for Louisville as a walk on. Got to two Final Fours, one won. Thereafter, he was an assistant coach to Rick Pitino at Louisville for six years.

Go ‘Cuse now becomes Go Jaspers!

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Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957)

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JFOUND: Medici, Mark D. [MC1989] Clarkstown Orthopedics Rockland County



Clarkstown Orthopedics
Mark D. Medici, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Joint Reconstruction

“Clarkstown Orthopedics is committed to providing quality, comprehensive, advanced orthopedic care in a compassionate and caring manner to each and every one of our patients. My family and I are lifelong residents of Rockland County and my staff and I look forward to serving you.”

– Mark D. Medici, M.D.

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Medici, Mark D. [MC1989]

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JOBIT: Lindsell, John R. [MC???? RIP]




John R. Lindsell, 86, died March 13, 2015 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian.

He was born in Rye, New York and has wintered in Sebastian for 12 years coming from Stratford, CT.

John graduated from Xavier Military Academy, High School, NYC and received his BBA from Manhattan College, NYC. He was a four year US Navy veteran and served during the Korean War.

John was an Information Manager for Insurance Services in New York City.

He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and formerly in the same position at St. Marys in Dumont, New Jersey. John was also a Third Degree Knight of Columbus at St. Marys in Dumont.

Survivors include wife Patricia Lindsell, daughters Colleen Hauser (James) of Fairlawn, New Jersey and Sheila Ebert (Chuck) of Arnold, Maryland, sons Charles Lindsell (Carolyn) of Highland Mills, New York and Brian Lindsell (Carole) of Middletown, New York, granddaughters Stacy Masler, Jaclyn Londono, Dawn Aniello and Kelly Muniz, grandsons, Michael Lindsell, Patrick Lindsell, Jason Lindsell, Sean Ebert, Kevin Ebert and Ryan Ebert and nine great- grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101- 9908. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM on Friday, March 20, 2015 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, FL. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Sebastian. An online guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com

Published in the TC Palm on Mar. 17, 2015


Lindsell, John R. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/tcpalm/john-lindsell-condolences/174410657?cid=full

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Dear John,

I do not find a John R, but I do find and John F who I believe is a member
of the Class of 1960. I believe that this may be the deceased,

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for the seven Marines


Good Morning All,

This was sent to me by a dear friend and Marine Vietnam Fighter Pilot. Please pray for these young men, Patriots all, who lived doing the right thing for Family, for Country, for all of us. Please keep them and their Families in your prayers during this terrible time. We can only imagine their pain and loss. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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God bless them all....Semper Fi!!

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JFOUND: Costigan, Bridget Robeson (MC1988) Head Coach Vogues Basketball



5th Grade National
Vogues Basketball
Bio – Bridget Robeson Costigan

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Head Coach Bio – Bridget Robeson Costigan (Coach B)

Coach Bridget (aka Coach B) has been coaching various high school, AAU, travel and house level teams together for over 10 years.  She brings a balance of perspective, preparation and expertise that maximizes the individual and team development of the players she leads.

A native of Vienna, VA, Bridget was former member of the 1983 Vogues Junior Olympic Basketball team. She graduated from Marshall High School in Falls Church, where she was the second leading scorer in Northern Virginia and was selected to several First Team All Metropolitan, Regional and District teams.

Bridget played Division 1 Women’s Basketball for Manhattan College, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.  A four year starter, she was the Lady J’s leading scorer and rebounder and the 5th Lady Jasper to hit 1000 points. As a junior, Bridget led the Lady Jaspers to its 1st MAAC Championship Title earning MVP honors and breaking three tournament records. Coach Bridget launched the Lady Jaspers their first bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament against Duke University, giving Manhattan College a ranking within the top 20 teams in the nation.  In 2002, Coach Bridget was inducted to the Manhattan College Hall of Fame and was presented an award for being one of the greatest players in the first 30 years of the Women’s basketball program.

Prior to the women’s professional league, she also played semi-professional basketball for the AAU/USA Women’s Basketball Alliance and a tried out for the Washington Mystics in the second season of the WNBA in 1997.

After College, Coach B  remained in Northern Virginia to start a technical consulting business and coach her Alma Mater George C. Marshall Girls Varsity Girls’ Varsity Basketball (’89 – ‘91). A sports enthusiast, she continues to compete at the regional and national levels in women’s basketball, volleyball and tennis and enjoys coaching and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Most recently, Coach B was the 2014 Potomac Valley AAU 4th Grade National team coach leading her team to a top finish at 5th Grade Dvision 1 Nationals in Orlando Florida. This year, Coach B was named the 2015 Most Valuable Coach for the Girls 5th Grade D1 Fairfax County Youth Basketball League (FCYBL) with an undefeaded 19-0 regular season.

Bridget is also member of the Potomac Valley Vogues and Chantilly Youth Basketball Boards and runs regular youth basketball skills clinics for both programs.

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Costigan, Bridget Robeson (MC1988)


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ADMINISTRIVIA: Live at the game!

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FROM Alma Mater

Manhattan falls to Hampton 74-64. We're incredibly proud of our back-to-back MAAC Champions...

Less than two hours till tip-off and we’re ready to dance! LET’S GO JASPERS! #GoJaspers...

RT @mikecsontos: Tough outcome today, but proud of my @GoJaspers for a great season and overcoming...

RT @BASMRMSW: Proud of my Jaspers. @GoJaspers @steve_masiello @ManhattanEdu great season. The...

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Back at the ranch after a disappointing trip to the "First Four". Argh! Sadly, I think the Jaspers were beaten when they were seeded -- both as MAC champ to play in and as fodder for the KY #1 seed. My analysis of the game was that when Hampton ran off 7 quick ones, they were never able to catch up. Some really questionable calls went against them. And, my pet peeve, when they played good defense and we going to get a turnover -- change of possession was imminent, two coach called timeouts and one player called time out, saved the turnover. Credit the H coach for calling timeout late in the second half, when two of the H players were losing their composure. Last spurt was just too little too late. Argh! "Once in a lifetime". (Ticket was 62.50? AND 10 to park. Argh!)

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FROM Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964)

Argh Squared.

Agree that officiating was dreadful in that the Zebras allowed play to get much too physical. Hampton is not that good. Our seniors were flat out awful. If MC had played a game like that in any round of the MAAC tournament, we would have lost just as badly. I was on campus Sunday evening for the Selection party with the team. When CBS posted that we were in a play-in game for right to meet Kentucky, the air was sucked out of the room. I think it hurt our Coach as well since it seemed like selection committee set up a situation where his resume issue and subsequent belated graduation from Kentucky would become a front page story again this year.

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JLINKEDIN: McPherson, Sam [MC????] Retired Sr IT Mgr JCPenney



McPherson, Sam [MC????]

Information Technology - Senior Manager at JCPenney (Retired 2008)

Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Health, Wellness and Fitness


Very knowledgeable about Technology and the computing industry with over 40 years in the Information Technology. My experiences cover software and hardware from large scale computers, personal computers and telecommunication networks..

Served over 20 years volunteering in community service with PISD school system, City of Plano and various non-profit organizations.

Specialties: Software architecture and infrastructure management.

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JFACEBOOK: Rowen, Dolores [MC2011] SBA National Women's Business Council


Rowen, Dolores [MC2011]

Now that I have officially accepted the offer -- I am happy to say that I will be starting my new position at the National Women's Business Council part of the Small Business Administration in April. I am so excited for this opportunity and am so blessed to have had such an amazing support system during this process.

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JEMAIL: Ferrara, Richard (MC1972) points out why Alma Mater made the Final Four


Interesting trivia:


The Margin Archives
March 18, 2015, 10:17 a.m. EDT
These two No. 16 seeds make the Final Four in what really matters

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Ferrara, Richard (MC1972)

[JR: This cheered me up after my road trip.] 

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JOBIT: Meade, Thomas Francis [MC1956 RIP]



In Memory of
Thomas Francis Meade

Meade, Thomas Francis. Age 80 on March 14. Passed peacefully on March 14 surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was born on September 17, 1934 and raised in Bellerose, NY. He was the youngest of six children born to Kathryn and James Meade.

Tom was a long time resident of Brookville, NY, having served as President of the Brookville Taxpayers Association, as a volunteer firefighter in the Jericho Fire Department and as a lector for 40 years at St. Paul the Apostle Church – a parish he loved and helped to build.

Tom attended Manhattan College, graduating in 1956 with a BS. He began his career at Bankers Trust Company while earning an MBA from New York University. After working on the Municipal Bond desk at Smith Barney, Tom joined Bear Stearns as a talented and spirited fixed income salesman. He loved the bond business and was a passionate mentor to many young professionals heading to Wall Street. Ultimately retiring from Bear Stearns as a Senior Managing Director, Tom earned the respect and, most importantly, the friendship of customers, colleagues and competitors.

Tom loved, and was beloved by, his family and his friends. He would often regale them with stories of his shenanigans in school and stickball in the street. All who knew him were touched by his kindness, his generous spirit and his enormous heart. Tom was always an optimist and quick with an encouraging word whenever one was needed. Tom shared his time, talent and treasure with many charitable organizations.

Over the years, he served as a Trustee of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, and was a fundraiser for The Ronald McDonald House, The Boy Scouts of America, The Archbishop's Council for the Laity and many others. He sold thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and was the long-time "official Santa" at Bear Stearns.

Tom's true love was his family. He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He and his loving wife Joan were married for 58 years. His three children, Paul (Bernadette), Charlie (Julie) and Regina (Anthony) and the loves of his life, his eight grandchildren, Lauren, Gregory, Courtney, Marielle, Perry, Gracie, Tommy and Xavier were adored by him.

An avid reader of US History, Tom enjoyed being surrounded by books and maps. He enjoyed classic WWII movies with his favorite treat, Junior Mints. He loved golf, always commiserating about his game with his buddies. When not on the golf course, he was often spotted with his leaf-blower, making sure the driveway was pristine. A summer barbecue, a dip in the pool, a Macanudo cigar in his hand while pushing a grandchild on a swing made a perfect day for Tom and that is how his family will always remember him. Tom was surrounded with love and laughter throughout his life and in his final days. His brilliant light will live on in our hearts forever. Please keep him in your prayers.

Donations may be made in his honor to: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis or to the charity of your choice. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 12:30pm, Saturday, March 21 at St. Paul the Apostle RC Church, Brookville, NY. He will be interred at the Locust Valley Cemetery in Locust Valley, NY.


Meade, Thomas Francis [MC1956 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JFACEBOOK: Durden, Bethany [MC2012] -- Father passes


Durden, Bethany [MC????]

May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again may The Lord hold you in the palm of his hands. RIP Papa

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Dear John,

I believe that Bethany is a member of the Class of 2012.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Durden, Bethany [MC2012]

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MFOUND: Redevelop Inwood including Alma Mater


FROM: Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964)
VIA: Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964)


Plan Would Transform Swath of Inwood Into Tech and Health-Care Hub
By Lindsay Armstrong on March 18, 2015 10:36am

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INWOOD — An Uptown politician wants to plug Northern Manhattan into the city’s growing tech sector.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez plans to announce a proposal to redevelop a large swath of land in the easternmost part of Inwood into a hub for the technology and health care sectors.

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Rodriguez envisions replacing some of this with a development that approaches technology on multiple levels. He described a space that could include a tech incubator, as well as labs for local institutions such as Columbia University, Manhattan College and CUNY to partner on advanced research. The councilman highlighted the educational and job-training opportunities a development like this could create.

"I want to build a tech community within our community,” he told DNAinfo New York. “To put together a space where Apple or Google can say, ‘We can come teach coding in this community,’ so people can get that $60K a year job.”

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[JR: Of course, having created the disaster with their social and zoning policies, “he wants to build”. With taxpayer money! “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein Argh!] 

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GOOGLE+: Zbacnik, Raymond [MC1977] in September issue of Chemical Engineering


FOUND in Zbacnik, Raymond [MC1977] GOOGLE+ news stream

Chemical Engineering magazine editor approved outline of paper that the water doctor (Ben Pakzadeh, Ph.D.) and I submitted; Second pass of article text was approved by Kiewit Omaha.  Final draft will be submitted on Earth Day.  The article, "Technologies and Applications for Secondary Treated Wastewater,"  will be published in September issue of Chemical Engineering.

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JFOUND: Muller, Mark [MC1996] UoMn IATP



University of Minnesota


Muller, Mark [MC????]


Since starting at IATP in 1997, Muller has worked on a wide variety of issues, including agricultural diversification, nutrient management, agricultural transportation, regional food systems and renewable energy production. He has been involved in both regional project-based efforts and national policy development. He has had opinion pieces on agricultural policy appear in newspapers throughout the Midwest. Muller has a B.A. in physics from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a M.S. in environmental engineering from Manhattan College. Prior to joining IATP, Muller worked as an environmental engineer and high school science teacher.

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Dear John,

I believe that Mark is a member of the Class of 1996.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Muller, Mark [MC1996] UoMn IATP

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JNEWS: Strecansky, James [MC1962] Bonita Springs Utilities member re-elected



Incumbents re-elected to the BSU board

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Bonita Springs Utilities members re-elected Mike Malloy, Dave McKee and Jim Strecansky to its board of directors.

Six candidates, including three incumbents, ran for the three seats on the board of directors. BSU mailed 23,001 ballots, and volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Lee County counted 4,212 valid ballots. Malloy received 2,911 votes, McKee earned 2,585, and Strecansky pulled 2,295.
Malloy, a BSU board member since 2012, has served as vice president, client services for MACH Energy since 2006. He holds an engineering degree from Brown University in Providence, R.I. Malloy has 30 years of experience in the utility industry and served in management positions with utility companies including Dynegy and Aquila.

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Strecansky, a BSU board member since 2008, has served as vice president and is the current president. He retired as division vice president and general manager with Air Products & Chemicals and holds a degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College and participated in the Harvard Business School advanced management program.

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Strecansky, James [MC1962]

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JLINKEDIN: O’Day, John (MC1976) new job SVP Morgan Stanley



O’Day, John (MC1976)
Senior Vice President & Financial Advisor, Corporate Retirement Director at Morgan Stanley
Greater New York City Area   
Investment Management

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JHQ: MARCH 2015 Accomplishments




School of Arts

Adam Arenson, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director of the urban studies program, was mentioned in an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune because of his knowledge of the Civil War and familiarity with San Diego. Read the article

On March 5, he published After the Dred Scott Decision, Citizenship was Determined in the Civil War West on werehistory.org. In addition, he is the co-editor of Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States, which was released in March.

Roksana Badruddoja, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies, was the keynote speaker at Sarah Lawrence College’s 17th annual Women’s History Conference, March 6-7.

The Associated Press quoted Julie Leininger Pycior, Ph.D., professor of history, on March 5 in an article remembering the brutal beatings of protesters in Selma, Ala.

Pamela Chasek, Ph.D., professor of government and director of the international studies program at Manhattan College, was a keynote presenter at the workshop on “Options and Opportunities for the United Nations Responding to the SDGs” in Lund, Sweden, March 8-9. In February, Chasek presented “Breaking the Mold: A New Set of Multilateral Negotiations for a New Set of Sustainable Development Goals” at the International Studies Association annual meeting in New Orleans. Chasek also participated in a workshop in Redondo Beach, Calif., in late January on Political Obstacles to More Effective International Climate Agreements and presented apaper on What Could “Plan B” Look Like?: Climate Change Negotiations and Regime Structure Options.

Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the communication department, weighed in on the recent decision reached by the FCC on the net neutrality ruling, an idea that the Catholic Church strongly supports. Gencarelli is the past president of the Media Ecology Association and founding chair of the “Next Generation” communication program at the College. Read the article by the National Catholic Reporter

Jeff Horn, Ph.D., professor of history, released his fifth book, Economic Development in Early Modern France: The Privilege of Liberty, 1650-1820 this month. Read more

School of Business

Charles Geisst, Ph.D., Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Professor of Economics and Finance, was quoted by Politico.com on March 2 in an article titled, “The Goldman Sachs primary.”

Posted on March 20, 2015

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JFACEBOOK: Westby, Michelle (MC2009) engaged


John Griffen
Got Engaged to Michelle Westby
March 14

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Westby, Michelle (MC2009)

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MFOUND: Isn't a basketball program with a school attached



civil engineering wrote:

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If you took a poll and asked students: "Would you like MC to pay coach Masiello more money to ensure that he stays at the college?", the overwhelming answer would be yes.

If you took another poll and asked students: "Would you be willing to pay higher tuition to ensure that coach Masiello is paid more and does not leave the college?", you would get a very different response.

No objection to paying him more if and only if the basketball program is self-supporting. Beyond that, no. If he's unhappy making $250k a year (or up to the point that the program is self-supporting), then he shouldn't let the door hit him on the ass on his way out.

My $0.02.

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I'm there with you. Manhattan College isn't a basketball program with a school attached to it, it's an institution of higher learning that's got a pretty decent basketball team. The last thing I'd ever want to see is the school lose sight of the fact that delivering a high quality education is its mission.

I just want to know how other schools with comparable student populations and comparable (and sometimes smaller) endowments manage to pay up when it comes to athletics. I'm not going to claim to be an expert in higher education finance, but it certainly seems doable, especially when we have a guy who's earned it.

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) cites Catholic New York and Gatens, Brian [MC1982]


Dear John,

The March 19. 2015 Edition of Catholic New York, at page 26, has an article.
about the JASPERS making the NCAA National Championship for the Second time in
a row.

The article ends with the following:
"The Jaspers are making their eighth overall appearance in the tournament and will
be rooted on by Jaspers fans from past and present.

Brian Gatens, class of 1992, told CNY that the energy and enthusiasm is special at
Manhattan and the party atmosphere of Selection Sunday brings him back to when
he was a student.

'My best memories are Manhattan College,' he said. 'I loved going here. I loved being
part of the tradition of Manhattan College. It is great to be with everybody and be on
campus and see what is happening here. I'm looking forward to the first game and to
the second game we are going to play in the tournament."



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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Gatens, Brian [MC1982]

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JFOUND: Cunningham, Sean M. [MC1979] Executive Director, Capstone Advisory



Cunningham, Sean M. [MC????]

Executive Director, Capstone Advisory Group, LLC

Mr. Sean M. Cunningham previously served as Executive Director at Capstone Advisory Group, LLC. Mr. Cunningham served as Senior Managing Director of FTI Consulting and Policano & Manzo from 1999 to January 2004. Prior to joining Policano & Manzo in 1999, Mr. Cunningham was one of the founders of TransCare Corporation, a national medical transportation company where he served as Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to that he held various senior financial management positions at Curaflex Health Services and Avon Products Inc. He serves as an Executive Director of Capstone Advisory Group, LLC. Mr. Cunningham is a Member at Capstone Corporate Recovery, LLC.

He specializes in financial restructuring advisory services to the workout and financial community for companies, creditors, equity holders and third-party purchasers. Mr. Cunningham has been responsible for representing various parties-in-interest in numerous troubled-company situations, including K-Mart (Financial Institutions Creditors Committee), Vlasic Foods International (Lenders), NationsRent Inc. (Lenders), Carmike Cinemas (Lenders), W.R. Grace (Unsecured Creditors), U.S. Office Products (Lenders) along with a number privately held entities. Industry experience includes retail, manufacturing, chemicals, healthcare, food and beverage, consumer products and automotive related.

Mr. Cunningham holds a B.S. in Accounting from Manhattan College and an M.B.A in Financial Management from Pace University.

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cunningham, Sean M. [MC1979]

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ENDNOTE: Obits and Fear of Dying



Our Primal Fear of Dying

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I think over time we grow into our mortality as we do our maturity. That said, I’ve seen 70- year-olds who grasped desperately to the bitter and fearful end. Likewise, I’ve seen 7-year-olds dying of cancer accept their death with a knowing grace that both stuns and humbles. When we can emotionally as well as intellectually place ourselves within a larger storyline and accept life as the grand primal epic that it is, we find a right place within life – and perhaps make peace with death as a meaningful dimension of it.

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I guess some folks live an epic.

I read about my fellow Jaspers accomplishments and I am humbled.

Too late now, but I’m impressed with their adventures.

It’d have been great training for a much younger me to “collect” these stories back then to get a sense of what was possible.

Too late, I get smart.

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