JASPER JOTTINGS Week 18 - 2015 May 03    

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



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POSITRACTION: From Tents to Modular Solar Shelters



IKEA to Upgrade 10,000 Refugee Family’s Tents to Modular Solar Shelters
by Good News Network - April 13, 2015

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Fortunately, the IKEA Foundation has teamed up with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to design the “Better Shelter,” which is safer, sturdier, easy to transport and assemble, and can house five people at a time. It boasts built-in solar panels that can charge batteries and power four hours of LED lighting at night, and can better protect its inhabitants from rain, heat, and wind for up to three years — six times longer than the lifespan of tents used in many refugee camps today.

After two years of design work and testing them with 40 refugee families in Ethiopia and Iraq, Better Shelters and IKEA announced plans to produce 10,000 of them starting this year.

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Amazing that no one else thought of this?

We can make things better for our fellow man.

Maybe these can be used instead of FEMA trailers?

I guess I’ll have to go buy something at IKEA now.

But my last “adventure” assembling a desk did NOT go so well.

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JFOUND: Woodhams, Erin [MC????] British School of Chicago – Lincoln Park


Erin Woodhams
Director of Admissions & Marketing - Lincoln Park

Erin Woodhams

I am thrilled to join the team at the British School of Chicago – Lincoln Park and am excited about being part of a vibrant international community of learners and educators.

After receiving a B.A. in psychology from New York University and a M.S. Ed. from Manhattan College, I spent eleven years working in the New York City independent schools in admissions and communications. My most recent post was the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for a Nursery–Grade 8 independent school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. During my time in New York I served on the board of trustees for the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) as the communication chair. My family and I relocated to Chicago, my hometown, in April 2014 and I began consulting for School Choice International, helping families relocating to the Chicago area find a good fit school for their children.

Teaching to provide the whole child with the inspiration, support and desire to become life-long learners and individuals who will make a difference in the world is clearly a priority in the British School of Chicago. I have already witnessed a joy of learning buzzing through the classrooms as each student is working towards their own personal goals as well as collaborating with their peers.

I have two young boys, Oliver and Luke, who keep me busy in my free time. We spend a lot of time outdoors, when possible, going on adventures in the neighborhood or walking our chocolate Lab. We enjoy going to Maine in the summer to swim, hike and boat as well as visiting my husband’s family in the UK whenever possible. We love entertaining so large dinner parties with lots of friends and family visiting our home is a weekend staple, good food and good conversation!

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Woodhams, Erin [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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MOBIT: Ferrante, Raymond Paul [MCattendee RIP]



1946 - 2015 | Obituary

Raymond Paul Ferrante Decorated combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam War with 101st Airborne and Air America; personal pilot to Donald Trump, 68

Raymond Paul Ferrante of Long Valley, N.J., died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was 68 years old.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Ferrante residence on May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. The funeral will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. For online condolences and information, visit williamjleberfh.com.

Raymond was born on Nov. 4, 1946, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Marie (nee Morel) and Ugo Ferrante; they predeceased him along with his brother, Louis, and step-father, James Myers.

After two years at Manhattan College, Raymond joined the Army's 101st Airborne Division as a helicopter pilot, which would become both his lifelong passion and career, with over 25,000 flight hours. In Vietnam, he completed over 2,100 hours of combat flight time and received 48 Air Medals, three with valor, as well as a Bronze Star. He returned to Vietnam with Air America for three years, met his wife, Sherry, in Saigon, and then worked around the world in Iran, Mexico, the Arctic, Morocco, the Bahamas, and Saudi Arabia.

Raymond joined Trump Airlines in 1984 and later served as Donald Trump's personal pilot.

He retired from the N.J. National Guard in 2006 as a CW5 master chief warrant officer - the highest rank achievable by an Army warrant officer - with over 20 years of service.

A skilled carpenter and builder, and devoted lover of all things mechanical (especially classic cars), he passed away in the 1961 Chevrolet Corvette he meticulously restored piece by piece.

No man can be summed up in a single paragraph, least of all Raymond Ferrante. He was a true wealth of knowledge and possessed wisdom, wit, strength, work ethic, loyalty, and integrity that was apparent to all he encountered. Raymond will be remembered as an uncommonly generous and selfless man, never thinking of himself and always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be profoundly missed.

A beloved husband, father, son, and friend, he leaves behind a family bereft: his wife, Sherry, daughter, Nancy, and sons, James and Warren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his name are made to the Army Aviation Association of America, the NJARNG Yellow Ribbon Program, or a national veterans' charity of one's choosing.

Published in Star-Ledger on Apr. 26, 2015


Ferrante, Raymond Paul [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: same link

[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers". Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, VietNam interrupted many plans. It was a national tragedy for my generation — for those that went, stayed, or evaded. A good many of those who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities. Seems like he found his passion and wife as a result of the war. Dona Nobis Pacem]

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

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JEMAIL: Moore, Kevin (MC1980) remembers the many venues



Dear CIC,

During my stay at Manhattan College from 1976 to 1980, residents had several options when overwhelmed with thirst. Besides the Greenleaf and the Pinewood, there were also the Terminal and C & B’s on Broadway and there was a bar whose name I can’t remember just up the street from Overlook. In fact each spring there was a race held with each contestant having to stop at each bar for one cup of beer before moving on to the next bar. There was also Pauline’s and a couple of other places around 231st street. My freshman year the Greenleaf with it’s special of 5 cups of beer for $1 was the place to be. The Terminal introduced $2 pitchers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and became the place to be sophomore year. The Pinewood with its proximity to Broadway Joe’s Pizza was where we spent most of our time junior and senior year. The Pinewood had a lunch special ( a sandwich from the deli next door and two beers for $5) that beat anything on offer from the cafeteria by a mile. They also had free pizza from Broadway Joe’s on Sunday nights. When our intramural basketball team returned to play in the alumni league for a couple of seasons and actually won it one year, the Pinewood sprung for champagne for us. What a great place. So sorry to see it go.

Kevin Moore

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Moore, Kevin (MC1980)

[JR: Sigh.Those were the “good old days”.] 

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MEMAIL: Email about Miola, Steven R. [MC1972 RIP]


Message from Paula Sarday,

Thank you for your condolences. Let me know if you would like a copy of the eulogy composed & delivered by his twin brother Robert & sons Anthony, Steven & Joseph. Steve's wife Paula

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[JR: Not sure how I let her know. It came via legacy; it’s not setup for responses.] 

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JEMAIL: O'Connell, Bill (MC1976) reports incident at funeral of Robles, Jose Louis [MCstudent RIP]


O'Connell, Bill (MC1976)

“A Manhattan student."


Six Are Shot, Two Fatally, Outside a Brooklyn Church After a Funeral

The gunfire began about 8:30 p.m. on Flatbush Avenue, the authorities said. It was not immediately clear how many people fired shots.

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Mr. Robles, a father of two who lived in Brooklyn, was known as Cheo. He died on April 16. An obituary included in a flier from the service described him as having overcome “many obstacles” and said that he was 60 credits away from a degree in neuroscience from Manhattan College. Mr. Marroquin, a close friend of Mr. Robles, said in an interview early Tuesday morning that Mr. Robles had served time in prison for murder. “He got married in that church, he changed his life 100 percent. He left the streets. He left the life. Right now, a war started. This is a war.”

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Robles, Jose Louis [MCstudent RIP] (d:2015-Apr-16)

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A Manhattan College spokesman confirmed that Robles was a part-time commuter student who was not currently registered at the Bronx school. He had completed 27 credits and had not yet declared a major in the College's School of Arts.

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Good Evening All,

Bill O'Connell, a good Friend and regular attendee at our Manhattan College Retreat shared a sad story regarding a past student of Manhattan College, non-graduate, Mr. Jose Louis Robles. Bill reported to Jasper Jottings what he came across. We have no in depth information as to what transpired but ask for your prayers for Mr. Robles, his Wife and their Family.

Six Are Shot, Two Fatally, Outside a Brooklyn Church After a Funeral

The gunfire began about 8:30 p.m. on Flatbush Avenue, the authorities said. It was not immediately clear how many people fired shots.

Mr. Robles, a father of two who lived in Brooklyn, was known as Cheo. He died on April 16. An obituary included in a flier from the service described him as having overcome “many obstacles” and said that he was 60 credits away from a degree in neuroscience from Manhattan College. Mr. Marroquin, a close friend of Mr. Robles, said in an interview early Tuesday morning that Mr. Robles had served time in prison ........“He got married in that church, he changed his life 100 percent. He left the streets. He left the life."

We pray for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper and his Family, as the Family mourn his passing. May he rest in peace. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: Bangert, James G. [MC1948 RIP] on 2015-Apr-26



James G. Bangert (1924 - 2015)

James G. Bangert, 90, of Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Planins, NJ, formerly of Nanuet, NY, entered into eternal life on Sunday, April 26.

Jim grew up in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He served his country as a bombardier, in the 8th Air Force, in the European theater. His proudest accomplishment was dropping relief packages, over Holland, near the end of the war. After the war, he graduated from Manhattan College in the Bronx.

He met and married "Tina" while they were both working at General Foods in Hoboken, NJ. He finished his career, as a Food Chemist, at Nabisco in East Hanover, NJ. He was an avid painter and had a great love of history.

Jim was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Ernestine.

Surviving are his six children, John Bangert (Jill), Janet Hendry (Alan), Robert Bangert-Drowns (Diana), Ellen Bangert-Purcell (Edward), Jean Albertson (Richie), Martin Bangert (Erin), 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, May 1 at 11:30 at St. Anthony's Shrine Church in Nanuet, NY. Entombment to follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a veterans group of your choice or the American Heart Association .

Funeral Home
Joseph W Sorce Funeral Home Inc
728 W Nyack Rd West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 358-4433

Published in the The Journal News on Apr. 29, 2015


Bangert, James G. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/james-g-bangert-condolences/174738251?cid=full#sthash.GWaiFyLZ.dpbs

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

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Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1948.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bangert, James G. [MC1948 RIP]

[JR: Graduated the year after I was born. Wish we could capture all these stories.] 

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JFACEBOOK: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) exhibits two collages 6/6-7


"MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick (1989) will be participating in the Peekskill Arts Alliance 18th Annual Open Studios, to be held in Peekskill, New York on 6th and 7th of June 2015. She will be exhibiting two collages, entitled "Objects of Desire" and "The Cocktail Hour" at the Westchester Community College gallery, located at 27 North Division Street.

This annual event is comprised of 100+ artists, 25+ studios, galleries, and special exhibition spaces--including the Hat Factory, EMBARK Peekskill, The Paramount Hudson Valley, Westchester Community College, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA), and the Truck Stop Gallery--will open their doors to the public for this year's event. For details visit:


Information and maps will be available on 6th and 7th June at the Peekskill gazebo, at the corner of North Division and Central Avenues.

In addition, MaryAnn, along with two other poets/spoken word artists, will be reading new work, focusing on art and the creative process, at the Kickoff Party-- which is open to the public-- for Open Studios weekend. This will be held on the evening of Friday 5th of June, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, located at 1008 Brown Street. The gallery at the Paramount will allow party goers to get a "sneak peek" at the work of artists who will be opening their studios on the 6th and 7th."

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McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

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JFOUND: Bricker, John [MC1976] Shareholder Polsinelli



Bricker, John [MC1976]

Even when a real estate transaction might become adversarial to some, John Bricker remains focused on the common goal of closing the deal. John has structured his real estate finance practice with that primary goal in mind. His experience and reputation is built on innovative work in a wide range of projects financed with public securities and traditional mortgage lending. He prides himself on understanding a client’s business and operations in order to achieve the client’s financing goals. John is familiar with the large loan structures and offering documents used in connection with current securitizations. John is passionate about resolving any obstacles that arise in each closing in a manner that is cost-effective for all parties. At a time when legal fees are top of mind for all parties involved in a transaction, John’s approach of identifying the major issues and working efficiently toward common, workable goals in a timely manner has served clients well.

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MOBIT: Fager, Jean Elizabeth [MCspouse RIP] (d: 2015-Apr-24) Fager, John [MC1951 RIP]



Jean Elizabeth Fager

POWAY -- Jean Elizabeth (McGinty) Fager passed away April 24, 2015, at age 86, at Belmont Village Sabre Springs, due to complications of Alzheimer's.

Jean was born and raised in the Bronx New York. She graduated from Aquinas Catholic High School. Her cousin set her up on a blind date with John Fager, a soldier who had returned from the war and was attending Manhattan College. John and Jean were married in June, 1951.

In 1959 they moved to San Diego. With three young children, and Jean pregnant with their fourth child, they packed up the Plymouth station wagon and traveled across the country. They settled in the Clairemont/Bay Park area of San Diego.

Jean was an active member of St. Mary Magdalene Parish for over 45 years. She participated in almost every activity, club and group with the church and school. She spent her Sundays delivering communion to the ill and elderly. Jean also volunteered at Sharp Hospital.

The family spent their summers camping at National Parks. There are many family tales of being caught in floods, cornered by bears and Jean boiling diapers over a campfire. John and Jean traveled the world. Jean said many times that her life was bigger and more adventurous than she ever dreamed it would be.

John and Jean celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before his passing in 2001.

In 2005, Jean moved to Poway to be closer to her daughter Barbara. She became a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and made new friends in the neighborhood. Jean dedicated her life to service of her family, her dear friends and her church. She loved caring for her husband, children, grandchildren, garden and home.

She is survived by her five children, Michael Fager, Pat Fager, Barbara Fager, Kathy Ashton, Bernadette Garzone, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass scheduled at St. Michael's, 15546 Pomerado Road, Poway, Friday, May 1, 2015, at 1 p.m. Contributions in Jean's name may be made to San Diego County Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org/sandiego/

Published in U-T San Diego on Apr. 29, 2015


Fager, Jean Elizabeth [MCspouse RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/utsandiego/jean-elizabeth-fager-condolences/174741061?&nocache=true&cid=addentry&sign=0

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Message from Pat Fager

Thank you so much for contributing to my mothers online obit. That was a wonderful thing to see. Dad was John A Fager, class of 1951, I believe.

[JR: De minimus. Have to see if McEneney, Mike (MC1953) agrees on ’51.]

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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 Dillon, Joe [MC1962]


Good Morning All,

I have just heard from Tom McCarthy with some unfortunate news. Joe Dillon is in a medically induced Coma related to a heart incident yesterday. We have no further information at this time but Joe, Judy and their Family need our prayers. Please raise the volume for this good man and dear Friend to so many of us. As I have more information, I will let you know. We pray that the Doctors are able to quickly diagnose the problem and start Joe to complete recovery. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

Dillon, Joe [MC1962]

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JHQ: Undergraduate Commencement Keynote David J. O’Brien



David J. O’Brien to Deliver Undergraduate Commencement Keynote Address

The leading Catholic scholar and peace activist will address Manhattan College’s graduating class of 2015 on May 17.

David J. O’Brien, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history and Catholic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, will deliver the keynote address at Manhattan College’s 173rd Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m. He will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

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MFOUND: Jasper collection at Yale



Yale Home
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut
Admission is free

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Title Solenne processione vaticana del Corpus Domini : diretta da uno de' cerimonieri di Sua Santitą Gregorio XVI ...
Creator Busuttil, Salvatore, artist, engraver.
Contributors Gregory XVI, Pope, 1765-1846.
Cattaneo, G.
Classification Language material
Imprint Roma : Presso l'Editore Deodato Minelli, [1839?]
Physical Description [1] leaf, [1], 33 leaves of plates : ill. ; 32 x 43 cm.

BEIN Italian Festivals Folio 23: Engraved title leaf is front pastedown, the unumbered leaf and 33 leaves of plates are loose in binding, mounted on fabric and folded accordian style, measuring 1377 cm. in length. All leaves are hand colored. Armorial bookplate with motto: Semper progrediens [Rudolf Ritter von Gutmann?] Bookplate: The Brother Julian F.S.C. Collection, Manhattan College, New York. Binding: rebacked red Morocco, gold tooled with the Papal arms of Gregory XVI.

Consists of 34 engravings by Salvatore Busuttil after his own designs, signed and dated between 1837 and 1839. Title leaf signed: G. Cattaneo.

Abbey, J.R. Life, 538

BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy (Life 538). Incomplete: comprises only 10 of the plates, disbound, lacking the title leaf. Hand colored and heightened in gold.

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JOY: Testa, Rachele [MC2007] and Schaefers, Christian [MC2007]



Rachele Testa & Christian Schaefers
June 13, 2014 in New York, New York

2015 Apr 29 Testa Schaefers

Photography by
Maring Visuals

Rachele Testa and Christian Schaefers met over 10 years ago while attending Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. It was not love at first sight for the couple. They shared many mutual friends and would bump into each other at parties or around the Business School. They never truly knew one another or had any other feelings until Halloween 2006 when one of their mutual friends threw a Halloween bash.

Christian looked dapper as ever in a Phantom of the Opera costume and Rachele was a fierce kitty cat. The two locked eyes, that night, and he turned to her and said, "Hey girl, you look good tonight." Rachele saw him in a new light and the next day he called her to ask her out to lunch at Jakes Steak House. The two have been inseparable since.

After dating for six years, Christian proposed. Since the two were dating for so many years, Rachele had been imagining and anticipating her proposal forever! The two took a fabulous trip to Costa Rica for Thanksgiving in 2012 and Rachele for sure thought this was the trip. After the proposal did not happen on their vacation, she was totally bummed. Two days after the trip, Christian caught her off guard and proposed in their New York City apartment.

Rachele belonged to the Parish of St. Francis Xavier so she always knew it would be the place she would get married. For their reception, they had a specific vision in mind and wanted a raw loft space to fit their unique personalities. So, they choose Studio 450, in their hometown of Manhattan. The planning process was intense because they literally had to create the entire vibe and event aesthetic. They wanted to have a wedding that was modern yet chic, warm and romantic.

The wedding took place on Friday, June 13th. The weather was fickle with waves of rain and sunshine throughout the day. When Rachele left the hotel, on her way to St. Francis, the rain finally dissipated and everyone was smiling ear to ear as she arrived in a custom Angel Sanchez silk faille gown with embroidery from France.

To add to the vision, Rachele held a cascading orchid bouquet mixed with peonies and English roses. Her father was starting to get very emotional asking her over and over if she was “Ready.” She turned to him and said, “Dad, I love you, and now are you ready?” Finally, gulping down their emotions, they proceeded down the long aisle.

Rachele never took her eyes off of Christian, as she walked toward him. The ceremony was traditional Catholic. During their first kiss, Christian picked his bride up, sweeping her off her feet. The guests went wild, cheering and clapping. As they exited, it was completely down pouring; the newlyweds just froze and looked back at all their family and friends.

After their photographer took photos of them, the couple proceeded to Studio 450 for their robust cocktail hour. They decorated the venue with various arrangements in large black vases with dogwood, blueberry and eremurus as well as mirrored vases with peony, jasmine, English roses, clematis, geranium, oregano and Queen Anne’s lace creating a very chic yet organic floral scape. The colors they chose were white, taupe, silver, grey and black.

Guests enjoyed a five-tier cake custom-filled with banana and strawberry buttercream. The couple’s first dance was to John Legend’s “All of Me” with the last 2 minutes being the Tiesto mix. This set the tone for the entire evening. The couple’s motto was, “CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP.”

Rachele and Christian spent their honeymoon at The Gansevoort in Turks and Caicos and will be heading to Italy for part two in the fall.

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Testa, Rachele [MC????]

Schaefers, Christian [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that both Rachele and Christian are membe rs of the Class of 2007.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Testa, Rachele [MC2007]

Schaefers, Christian [MC2007]

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MFACEBOOK: A Facebook group for the patron saint of teachers



Today’s Birthdays:

John Baptist DeLa Salle

Birthday of “jbpdlsa”

“Let us remember … …”

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JFOUND: Guerrero, Angel [MC1992] professional speaker



Mr. Angel Guerrero was born and raised on the great island of NYC and while facing the hard life of the concrete jungle he was able to complete his education and receive a Masters of Chemistry from Manhattan College. His passion for health and fitness lead him also to complete certifications in nutrition and fitness training of which he applied to his life and the lives of hundreds of others over the years. He has worked in the corporate world for leading fortune 500 companies. In 2000 he took a leap of faith and jumped full steam ahead as an entrepreneur and became an award winning business owner shortly afterwards.

In Greensboro NC Angel Guerrero is a professional speaker, Multi-preneur, evangelist in training. He has helped countless of start-ups, small and midsized businesses thrive by teaching and empowering them with offline and online marketing strategies, self development and building faith that allow them to be successful and stand out above their competition. The results have been millions of dollars being poured into the Triad economy. Angel’s focus is to be consistently consistent in service, integrity, boldness and godly character. He has served on several boards and councils in the Greensboro community to aid in civic awareness, education, homelessness, and youth empowerment.

He has been blessed with 2 daughters Angelina, Nora and son Angel Gabriel and his lovely bride of 11 years Sharon. His motto of life is “Help a lot of people get what they want and need and you will be blessed.”

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Guerrero, Angel [MC1992]

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JOY: Coughlan, Tim [MC1994] weds Dawn Marie


Dear John,

I believe that Tim is a member of the Class of 1994.


On 4/26/2015 2:49 PM, Jasper Fjohn68 wrote:
> https://www.facebook.com/Taig.coughlan?fref=nf
> Tim Coughlan
> 2 hrs · Bay Head, NJ ·
> A new Mrs. Coughlan!

2015 Apr 30 Coughlin

Dawn Marie Coughlan

Coughlan, Tim [MC1994]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) shares Khury, Maria [MC1977]


Good Afternoon All,

Maria Khury, kind of Piggybacking on Jen's comment, wrote a special thought and prayer for Joe and I am sharing it with you .

Joe is a tough CAT !
He still has much to give.
God is making us work for his stay.
We are deserving dear Lord of Joe's wisdom, talents but mostly his being.
Let it be your will. But we pray that you hear ours.
Joe has a strong loving family. He'll be around....

Thank you Maria. Please keep the volume up. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) for Joe


Good Afternoon All,

From Jennifer and Tom McCarthy, we have some good news. Jennifer tells us,
" God is listening so far.......Joe is responding to verbal commands and acknowledging the Family. Non-verbally." Please keep the volume up for our Brother Joe. There is much to do yet but this news is a wonderful beginning. Once again, the Family is so grateful for your thoughts and prayers. Please keep the volume up. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Laure and her Donor


Good Evening All,

This evening has been one for good news, first, concerning Joe Dillon and now we hear from Teri Johnson updating us on her dear and good Friend Laure who received her Kidney Transplant this past Tuesday. Teri tells us that the Transplant went well and that Laure and her Donor are recovering nicely. A prayer of thanks is in order but we need to keep the volume up for Laure as well. Her journey is just beginning. Thank you all for your prayers and kindness. You make a difference. Thank you Teri. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for two people


Good Morning All,

Your prayers are requested for a good friend to several of us and his Family. Their daughter is a Type One Diabetic who has had some difficult set backs and the Family is going through a tough patch with this. We pray that this good man's love as it continues to embrace and protect his Wife and Daughter and his trust in God brings them through this difficult time. We pray that the MDs get to the root of the problem and its' solution. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Good Morning All,

Your continued prayers are asked for this good woman and her Family. Jim Kennedy has shared the following story of her journey and we need to be there for her. Please keep Francine in your prayers as we pray for her continued healing and good health. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Kennedy
To: philcolon
Sent: Fri, May 1, 2015 09:33 AM
Subject: Francine McGuire - she's OK! Praise Jesus!


I wanted to share with you that my friend Francine has been doing well and is home with no damage from a stroke.

A little over a month ago, her father passed away. Fran had always, since a child, been the one to handle the affairs for her Italian immigrant parents. Well, as sick as she was feeling, she made sure her fathers funeral went without a hitch - arrangements etc. - but at the wake I could clearly see she needed help. I urged her (as well as her three kids) to "get mom's medicine" up in Mahopac while Fran stayed in the Bronx for the wake/funeral.

A few days after the burial, she had a heart attack. 49 years old. But God was good and she survived unscathed. No damage! Incredible. Praise Jesus!

Then this month, she still wasn't 100% and had been on anti-coagulants/blood thinners - this, along with medicine for her Lupus condition precipitated a stroke. Again, she survived with NO BRAIN DAMAGE.

I just wanted to say thanks for your prayers and update you since our meeting at Manhattan College.

She's got 3 great kids - 2 are finished college and her concern was her youngest who is going to the University of Philadelphia this fall. Her main concern most of her adult life was that they'd be ok - they are. But I told her "that doesn't mean you give up. You've got a lot of life to live yet" - I thank the Lord that he's granted her safe passage through this health crisis. I can't thank you enough for your prayers and the prayers of others.

Look forward to seeing you in a few weeks at the college.

God Bless,


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JFOUND: Rigatti, Maria C. [MC????] CFO Southern California Edison Company



Maria C. Rigatti
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Southern California Edison Company


Ms. Maria C. Rigatti has been Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President at Southern California Edison Company since July 28, 2014.

Ms. Rigatti served as the Principal Financial Officer, Vice President and Manager at Midwest Generation LLC.

Ms. Rigatti served as Vice President and Principal Financial Officer of Mission Energy Westside Inc., the general partner of EME Homer City Generation LP.

Ms. Rigatti also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Edison Mission Group Inc. She served as Chief Financial Officer of Edison Mission Energy since January 31, 2011, Treasurer since 2008 and served as its Senior Vice President. She served as Vice President of Edison Mission Energy since 2008. She served as the Treasurer and Vice President of Edison Mission Group Inc. since 2008. Ms. Rigatti served as Vice President of Project Structuring and Valuation where she was responsible for managing finance and valuation support for EMG growth opportunities. She served as Managing Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. She joined EMG's Business Management organization in 1999, with responsibility for the commercial aspects of the East Coast thermal portfolio. she served as a Director with PIRA Energy Group, an energy consulting firm, and a vice president with Gas Energy Inc., an unregulated affiliate of KeySpan Corp., a group of regulated natural gas and electric utilities with unregulated subsidiaries. She serves as Director of Mission Energy Westside Inc.

She graduated with honors from Manhattan College with a Bachelor's degree in finance, and earned an MBA in finance from New York University.

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JOBIT: Moses, David J. [MC1973 RIP] on 2015-Jan-02 reported 2015-May-01



David J. Moses

David J. Moses, 63, of Schenectady, New York, formerly of Brushton, died January 2, 2015. He had a stroke in February 2012 from which he did not recover fully.

David is survived by two sons, Eric and Jason, both of Schenectady; a brother, Paul of Clay, New York; and his father Albert of Brushton, New York. He is also survived by five grandsons, and two cousins, Phyllis Gonyea and Philip Byrnes.

His mother, Alice (Stamatiades) Moses died in November 2008.

David graduated with honors from St. Joseph’s Ursuline Academy, Malone, New York, in 1969. He graduated with honors from Manhattan College, Bronx, New York, in 1973.

His marriage to Constance Cornell in 1973 ended in divorce many years ago.

David worked as a computer programmer for the New York State Dept. of Labor for 36 years. He retired July 1, 2012 at level 27, the highest competitive rating in the Dept. of Labor.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Brushton, on May 25, 2015 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Brushton.

Memorial contributions may be made to one’s choice.


Moses, David J. [MC1973 RIP]

Guestbook: None specified

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MOBIT: Hegarty, Mary Ellen [MCspouse RIP] on 2015-Apr-05 reported 2015-May-01



Mary Ellen Hegarty
By Star staff | April 30, 2015 - 2:24pm

Mary Ellen Hegarty, who split her time between Glen Head and Montauk, died on Easter morning at home in Glen Head. She was 75 and had had cancer for over eight years.

She had lost sensation in her hands and feet a year and a half ago and began using a wheelchair or needing help to walk, but her spirits never dampened, her family said. At Christmas, they said, nothing, not even cancer, could keep her from shopping, and she managed to purchase a plethora of gifts for her 10 grandchildren.

Mrs. Hegarty and her husband, Michael J. Hegarty, bought a Leisurama home in Montauk in the early 1970s after falling love with Montauk while visiting friends. Their home in Montauk was filled with family, friends, and parties, from Christmas in July to Halloween in August, complete with trick-or-treating from bedroom to bedroom, her family said. The family had also re-enacted Hurricane Bob by shutting off the power and cooking the same meal they had eaten back in 1991.

Their grandchildren, all of whom survive, were the center of many of the couple’s activities, and a sign at their North Farragut Road house in Montauk read, “Careful, Grandparents at Play.” When Mrs. Hegarty lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy, the grandchildren proved their affection for her by hosting a Crazy Hat Party.

Born Mary Ellen Duggan on Dec. 6, 1939, to Helen and James Duggan, Mrs. Hegarty was raised in the Bronx. She graduated from Blessed Sacrament Academy.

Her husband was a student at Manhattan College when they met, her daughter, Ellen McDonald of East Hampton, said. Mr. Hegarty and his fraternity brothers used to joke by saying they were going to a dance with Mary Duggan as a code for going stag. At one particular dance, Mr. Hegarty met Mary Duggan, introduced her to his friends, and the rest is history. They were married on Jan. 26, 1963.

Mrs. Hegarty is survived by her husband of 52 years and her children, Michael Hegarty of Westbury, Brian Hegarty of Golden’s Bridge in Westchester, N.Y., and Ms. McDonald.

A wake was held earlier this month at the Whitting Funeral Home in Glen Head, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Glen Head. She was buried at the Locust Valley Cemetery.

Memorial donations have been suggested to Recanati/Miller Kidney Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1049, New York 10029, or online.


Hegarty, Mary Ellen of Glen Head, NY on April 5, 2015. Beloved wife of Michael J. Loving mother of Michael (Liz), Brian (Madeleine) and Ellen McDonald (Joseph). Cherished grandmother of Caitlin, Danielle, Nicole, Erin, Joey, Michael, Matthew, Mary, Cameron and Megan. Dear sister of Bill Duggan (Ellen). Visiting Wed. 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Whitting Funeral Home 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, NY 11545 www.whitting.com Funeral Mass 9:30 am Thur. at. St. Hyacinth R. C. Church, Glen Head, NY. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, NY. Contributions may be made to Mount Siani's Recanati-Miller Transplantation Institute

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Hegarty, Mary Ellen [MCspouse RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.whitting.com/tribute/details/552/Mary_Hegarty/add-condolence.html#content-start

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

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JFOUND: McGinley, Brian [MC1992] Greenvale Strategies Co-Founder



Since 2008, Greenvale Strategies has guided our clients through the intersection of commerce and philanthropy.

Brian McGinley, Co-Founder

Brian's career path over the past 19 years has served as an excellent vehicle for bringing value to nonprofit organizations seeking to increase and diversify their revenue generation. His experience confirms that fundraising and advocacy are best defined as simply “telling your story” as a compelling and relevant narrative.

Brian's fundraising, development, and cause marketing skills have been honed at the local, national, and international levels. He has managed projects totaling over $92 million raised from public and private sources. The bulk of his expertise is in corporate relations, board development, capital campaigns, government relations, prospect research and cause marketing sponsorships. He also has ample experience in major gift solicitations, direct, e-mail, events marketing, e-advocacy.

As for education, Brian received a B.A. in Government and Politics with a minor in history from Manhattan College. In addition, he's received his Fundraising and Non-Profit Management Certification from Columbia University and has done cause-related coursework at New York University.  He is also a candidate for a Masters in Non-Profit Management at Regis University.

Brian's experience as Executive Director of Co-operation Ireland, a respected international peace and reconciliation nonprofit, introduced him to the wide array of major donors, trustees, corporate foundations and public funding sources. He fully understands the value exchange and trust levels that must exist for product cause marketing and fundraising efforts to be successful. A comprehensive bio is available upon request.

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Dear John,

I believe that Brian is a member of the Class of 1992.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McGinley, Brian [MC1992]

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JOBIT: Jarczynski, Sr. Helen [MC1973 RIP] on 2015-Apr 29



In Memoriam: Sister Helen Jarczynski, SC

Sister Helen was a guiding spirit for her students and continued her relationships with them for many years.

Sr-Helen-Jarczynski-webSister Helen Regina Jarczynski (Sister Maria Francis) was born on February 27, 1922 in Manhattan, one of four girls and three boys of Francis and Katherine Gillon Jarczynski. Helen attended Saint Margaret of Cortona School and Saint Barnabas High School in the Bronx. She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 7, 1940, and was followed by her sister, Virginia Catharine, in 1946. Sister Maria Francis received a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Counseling from Manhattan College, and New York State Certification in Education and Counseling.

Sister Helen’s early ministry was in elementary education. She taught first grade in Saint Francis Xavier and Ascension Schools in Manhattan before being missioned to the Bahamas in 1947. There she served as Headmistress of Sacred Heart and Saint Francis Xavier Schools. Sister Helen returned from the Bahamas in 1961 and was missioned to Saint Agatha Home in Nanuet as a teacher and a principal. She was then assigned to Saint Augustine School in the Bronx where she taught for seven years. From 1970 until 1990, Sister Helen served as the Math Lab Coordinator in Emerson Junior High School in Yonkers.

Sister Helen was a guiding spirit for her students and continued her relationships with them for many years. During the time she lived in Yonkers, Sister Helen was a member of a Sisters of Charity Committee that sponsored a “boat family” from Laos as they entered the United States. She worked tirelessly to help them adapt to their new way of life and was present to and for them, whether it was a trip to the supermarket or the doctor. Sister Helen remained in contact with the family over the years and recently attended the wedding of the youngest child. Upon her retirement from education, Sister Helen directed Saint Peter’s Parish Food Pantry in Yonkers, where volunteers packed and distributed bags of food three times a week.

From her earliest years, Sister Helen has been an innovative advocate for the poor. Her kindness, understanding and compassion will long be remembered by her many students and all those whom she served. Your work is now over, Sister Helen. Be at peace and enjoy the presence of your loving God whom you served so well.

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Mount Saint Vincent Convent
6301 Riverdale Ave.
Bronx, NY 10471
Sunday, May 3 , 2015, 2–6 pm
4:15 pm Prayer Service

Mass of the Resurrection
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Monday, May 4, 2015, 10 am

Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY


Jarczynski, Sr. Helen [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None

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Dear John,

I believe that Sister Helen received her Masters in 1973.

May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Jarczynski, Sr. Helen [MC1973 RIP]

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JFOUND: Walter, Mike [MC1992] 21 year media industry veteran



In Case You Missed It April 2015

Nielsen Rebrands Online Ratings As Digital, Includes Mobile: Unclear How It Will Disclose Accreditation

MediaPost by Joe Mandese

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About the Author

Mike Walter is a 21 year media industry veteran having previously worked at The Katz Media Group, Clear Channel, and Interep National Radio. Much of his time at these companies was spent as Director of Research for various divisions, working with stations on their national sales strategies. Mike holds a Bachelor's Degree from Manhattan College and resides in Los Angeles.

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Dear John,

I believe that Mike is a member of the Class of 1992.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Walter, Mike [MC1992]

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JOBIT: Vitagliano, Vincent J. [MC???? RIP] on 2015-Apr-30




Vincent J. Vitagliano, (87) peacefully passed into eternity on April 30th, 2015 surrounded by his children, at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton.

Born October 29th, 1927 in the Bronx, to Alphonso and Giuseppina Vitagliano, he graduated from Cathedral Prep, and got engineering degrees at Manhattan College, VPI and a doctorate from NYU. He first worked as a Structural Engineer and then taught Engineering at Manhattan College for 9 years.

Vincent later worked at IBM for 26 years retiring in 1989.

He actively volunteered at the PB Sheriff's Office for almost 20 years and Our Lady of Lourdes Church for over 25 years.

Vincent raised his family in Mount Vernon and Valhalla, NY.

His wife Audrey predeceased him in 2006. He is survived by his nine children (Rita Gleason of Santa Ana, CA.; Dr. Mary Russell of Boca Raton; Teresa Golden of Hopewell Junction, NY; Aldo of Port Chester, NY; Dr. Blaise Vitale of Grantsburg, WI; Norma Drummond of Wappinger Falls, NY; Laura Marcinauskis of Shelton, CT; Grace Roth of Westfield, NJ; and Jay from Boca Raton), 24 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Vincent is also survived by his older sister Yolanda Izzo of Pawling, NY.

A 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, May 2nd at Our Lady of Lourdes. Interment will be in a private graveside service at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

Contributions to the Sr. Geraldine Vitagliano Scholarship established in honor of his oldest sister to assist children in Catholic Schools, c/o Pallotine Sisters, Box 118, Harriman, NY 10926 or Hospice-by-theSea, 5300 East Avenue, WPB, FL, 33407.

Published in Sun-Sentinel on May 2, 2015


Vitagliano, Vincent J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/sunsentinel/vincent-j-vitagliano-condolences/174767393?cid=full#sthash.I8yXW4ro.dpbs

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JHQ: May 2015 Alumni Connection

[JR: Couldn’t find it online. Only an email.] 

Join Us for Reunion Weekend!
Friday, June 5 - Sunday, June 7
All Jasper alumni are invited to celebrate their time at Manhattan College with classmates and friends during Reunion Weekend 2015. Graduates of classes ending in -5 and -0 are encouraged to return to Riverdale for their special anniversaries and a fun-filled weekend. An exciting line-up of events has been planned and highlights include the Golden Jaspers Cruise, Young Alumni Reception, Reunion Reception, 10th & 25th Anniversary Champagne Toasts, and much more! REGISTER»
For the full schedule of events and important weekend information, download the brochure or visit manhattan.edu/reunion.

Manhattan College Alumnae Honored by St. Catharine Academy
On Thursday, April 23, three Manhattan alumnae received the Woman of Distinction Award at St. Catharine Academy's 125th Anniversary Gala at Glen Island Harbor Club in New Rochelle.
Pictured left to right: Constance Ward Iervolino, Ed.D., '77, Sr. Patricia Wolf, RSM, '74, and Kathleen McCarrick Weiden, Ph.D, '79. Nora Murphy Sharkey '71 was honored posthumously.

San Francisco After-Work Mixers
Join alumni hosts Steve Burchik '67 and Steve Laruccia '67 and other Bay Area Jaspers for a happy hour get together and enjoy mixing and mingling with fellow alumni. Food and beverages may be purchased directly from the restaurant. Each event will take place from 5 - 8 p.m. To RSVP for the mixers, please contact Steve Burchik '67 at (925) 998-9433 or steveburchik@yahoo.com.
East Bay
Thursday, May 14
FAZ Restaurant, Four Points by Sheraton
5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, CA
South Bay
Tuesday, May 19
theGREATROOM, Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley
46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA

Washington Nationals Outings
Join alumni host Elli Nesbitt '81 and other Washington, D.C. Jaspers for two upcoming Nationals games at Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol St., SE). A limited number of tickets are available and advance registration is required.
Wednesday, May 20
Nationals vs. Yankees
Tickets are located in sections 406 and 409 and are $35 each. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, August 30
Nationals vs. Marlins
Tickets are located in section 409 and are $17 each. Game time is 1:35 p.m.

Capital District Alumni Reception
Thursday, May 21
Join the College and alumni host Rev. Erwin Schweigardt '61 for an evening cocktail reception at Mohawk Golf Club (1849 Union St., Niskayuna, NY). Attendees will be joined by Thomas Mauriello, vice president for college advancement, and William Bisset, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. and is $30 per person. Advance registration is required.

Boston Alumni Reception
Wednesday, June 17
Alumni, family and friends living or working in the Boston area are invited to join the College for an evening reception at The Lansdowne Pub (9 Lansdowne St., Boston, MA) from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Connect with other Jaspers and hear about what's new in Riverdale! The reception is $25 per person and advance registration is required.

Alumni Office Offers Savings with Liberty Mutual
You could save up to $427* on Auto and Home Insurance by switching to Liberty Mutual.¹ They offer personalized coverage, multi-car and multi-policy Discounts, 24-hour claims assistance and more. Liberty Mutual is trusted countrywide for quality coverage and exceptional service. For more information, call 1-800-9400 or learn more online.



Queens University Belfast appoints Thomas J. Moran '74 as its new Chancellor. 

National Science Foundation awards Manhattan College grant to fund engineering scholarships.

New online bridge courses prepare alumni for MBA program.

David J. O'Brien to deliver undergraduate commencement keynote address.

Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Deadline

Inductee nominations for the 2015 Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame are due by Friday, May 22. Each year, we seek to induct a broad representation of qualified candidates.

We recommend detailed attention when collecting and presenting biographical information to acheive the desired results in this competitive process. Learn more about submitting a nomination. For more information about the Athletic Hall of Fame, visit manhattan.edu/HallofFame.

Yankees vs. Phillies Alumni Outing

Alumni, family and friends are invited to join the College for a night at Yankee Stadium on Monday, June 22 as the Bronx Bombers take on the Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets are limited and advance registration is required. Learn more.

Regional Alumni Chapters

Manhattan College has several regional alumni chapters in cities and states across the nation. Even if you're far from Riverdale, you can still keep in touch with fellow Jaspers. Explore our regional map!

If you are interested in organizing events in your area, please complete our volunteer form.

Alumni Resources & Benefits

As an alumnus/a of Manhattan College, we invite you to explore many opportunities, discounts and benefits available. We encourage you to take advantage of these fantastic services. Learn more.

Stay Connected to the College!

Get the latest on alumni events, news, announcements and more. Stay connected to Riverdale and your fellow Jasper graduates through social media with our official Manhattan College alumni presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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[JR: Send me an email request and I’ll forward it to you.]  

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ENDNOTE: Scandalous Commencements



Scandalous Commencement Honors Announced at Eight Catholic Colleges
April 22, 2015, at 1:33 PM  |  By Kimberly Scharfenberger 

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At least eight Catholic colleges have announced scandalous speakers or honorees at their 2015 commencement ceremonies, according to The Cardinal Newman Society’s annual review of college graduations.

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Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., will award an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and host former Senator George Mitchell as commencement speaker on May 17, despite his legacy of pro-abortion support.

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Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Penn., will host Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as the undergraduate commencement speaker and present him with an honorary degree on May 16. Earlier this year, Nutter officiated a ceremony granting marriage rights at Philadelphia City Hall to a same-sex couple— Israeli diplomat Elad Strohmeyer and his partner.

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Saint Peter’s University in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., has selected Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to serve as the commencement speaker for the University’s 2015 class and recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on May 18. The NAACP advocates for same-sex marriage, and although Brooks is also a minister in the African-American Episcopal Church, which has consistently voted against supporting same-sex marriage, Brooks has indicated that he would “defend” the NAACP’s position. -

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How can one have a “brand” when this is allowed to take place?


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