JASPER JOTTINGS Week 21 - 2015 May 24    

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



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POSITRACTION: Therapy “Dissolves” Tumor



Home Health In Successful Cancer Trial, Therapy “Dissolves” Stage IV Tumor in 3 Weeks
by Terry Turner - April 29, 2015

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An experimental drug combination dissolved a cancerous tumor so fast, it caught researchers completely off-guard. The two-drug combo completely eliminated a woman’s melanoma — and left her completely cancer-free — in just three weeks.

Researchers were surprised at how well the drug combination worked, shrinking tumors at least 80% in more than half of the 142 patients in the trial. And the combination completely eradicated tumors in 22% of patients.

In the rapid recovery case, a 49-year-old woman was given the drugs to treat a large tumor on her chest. Doctors continued to monitor her after the treatment and she remains cancer-free. (The image on the left shows the cancer mass with an asterisk* and the photo on the right is magnified)

“I was astonished; I’d never seen anything like that,” Dr. Paul Chapman, head of the melanoma section at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York told Live Science. “She said the tumor had just kind of dissolved.”

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We, Humans, know so little about anything.

Hopefully this will be come widely available to everyone afflicted.

And, along the way, we get a little humility about our “knowledge”.

As for me, I have lot to be humble about already.

I also read about a young woman committing suicide off the GW bridge because she had a brain tumor. Perhaps she could have been help if she just had faith?

Dona Nobis Pacem

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MFOUND: The story of getting the windows installed at Manhattan College


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One of my oldest friends and fellow Inwoodite, Jim Casey, returns to my "johnmac's Radio Show"  microphones to detail his 10 year effort to the return beautiful stained glass windows made in France around the turn of the 20th Century for the De La Salle Christian Brothers to the Christian Brothers. In the course of the conversation, we will discuss the history of the Brothers in France and the US, the history of the Windows, the Brothers' move to Barrytown, NY, Jim's own experience as a Christian ?Brother, the transfer of the Barrytown property from the Brother to the Unification Movement (a/k/a "Moonies"). Jim's re-awakened interest in the Windows and his research in France and the US, photography, book about them, and, finally, his successful campaign to have the Windows removed from Barrytown and installed at Manhattan College.

Join us at 7:00PM Eastern Time, Sunday April 17th by clicking  http://tobtr.com/7607471 on your browser or by calling 646 716-9756 on your phone (use the same number to call in with questions or comments -- I hold the call-ins to near the end of my inteview with my guest).

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John F. McMullen is a writer, poet, college professor and radio host. Links to other writings, Podcasts, & Radio Broadcasts at his web home, www.johnmac13.com, his books are available on Amazon (bit.ly/johnmac), he may be found on Facebook, LinkedIn & Skype as johnmac13 and he blogs at http://open.salon.com/blog/johnmac13. He is also a member of ACM, American Academy of Poets, ACLU, and Freelancers Union

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JOBIT: DelBello, Alfred [MC1956 RIP] on 2015-May-15



Al DelBello, First Democratic County Executive, Passes Away at 80
DelBello was elected Westchester County Executive three times in the 1970s and '80s.
By Alfred Branch (Patch Staff)
May 16, 2015

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Alfred DelBello, Westchester’s first Democratic County Executive, passed away Friday at the age of 80.

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Mr Del Bello was born on Nov. 3, 1934 in Yonkers. He graduated from Halsted School and, in 1956, from Manhattan College, with majors in economics and political science. He received his law degree from Fordham University Law School and entered private practice after a brief tour with the National Guard. Mr. Del Bello’s political career started as councilman in Yonkers, before he became mayor of Yonkers in 1970.

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DelBello, Alfred [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None reported

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Dear John,

I believe that Alfred is a member of the Class of 1956

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

DelBello, Alfred [MC1956 RIP]

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

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JFACEBOOK: Almonte, Arinely [MC1995] seeks reuniorers

Arinely Almonte
Yesterday at 7:24pm New York, NY
Those of you on here from the class of 1995, register online by May 22nd for our reunion. A friendly reminder. Don't be bashful! 20 years went fast! I'm looking forward to it. My friend also from our class is going. Trying to get others to go.

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Almonte, Arinely [MC1995]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) updates on Dillon, Joe [MC1962]


Good Morning All,

Some wonderful news regarding Joe Dillon. Tom McCarthy spoke with Joe who is now at home. Tom tells us Joe sounded great, he will be out of commission a bit for the immediate few weeks and won't be able to drive for six months but he is doing well and in good spirits. As Tom said, " Happy to hear our good friend is doing well." I am sharing below an update sent by Joe. Please keep Joe, Judy and their Family in your prayers as we give thanks for Joe's recovery and pray for his continued well being and recuperation free of complications.Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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From Joe Dillon. -  Thank You

    I am pleased to report that  I am on the road to recovery after a near death experience following a heart seizure while attending my grandson's lacrosse game at the local HS. Fortunately, my surgeon son-in-law saw me go down and began applying CPR within minutes. At one point while at the first hospital the doctors began preparing my family and close friends to say goodbye after which I began to rally and they moved me to the heart center at Morristown Hospital. Certainly the superb medical care was a factor in my recovery as was God's intervention in response to your prayers for which I am eternally grateful. Please express my thanks and gratitude to the staff, alumni and Brothers community at MC for their support and prayers. I hope to see you at an alumni event in the near future.

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[JR: Certainly good news.]

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JHQ: New Jaspers



The festivities began on Saturday afternoon, as more than 200 students received master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the Spring Commencement.

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[JR: Sadly, I don’t have them as readers. Argh! Maybe I should take out an ad in the program?]

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MPICTURE: Congrats 2015

2015 May 18 congrats


[JR: Let’s get them on Jasper Jottings. Thought this was funny. ] 

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MFOUND: Business Analytics Competition at Alma Mater 5/19-21


Le Moyne to Complete in Business Analytics Competition

Le Moyne College's inaugural business analytics team will compete at the business analytics competition at Manhattan College, May 19-21.

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[JR: No pr from Alma Mater?]

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MFOUND: McVey, Alanna [MC2017?] is maid of honor soon



Caitlin McVey and Scott Mahlmeister's Wedding - The Knot

15 hours ago - Alanna is the bride's little sister and best friend since the day she was born in 1985. After graduating from Manhattan College, Alanna began working as a talent ...

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[JR: Behind a pin. So since I’m a white hat, this is all I have. But google has more!] 


Caitlin and Scott
February 13, 2016 in Dunedin, FL
271 days to go!
Wedding Party

Alanna  - Maid of Honor

Alanna is the bride's little sister and best friend since the day she was born in 1985. After graduating from Manhattan College, Alanna began working as a talent agent in NYC. She recently transferred to LA, where she is soaking up the sun and laid back California vibes. Cait is so excited to have her baby sister by her side on this big day. Alanna will surely bring lots of laughter to the the reception and some serious moves to the dance floor!


Before Manhattan: Transferred from LeMoyne College after running at the D-II institution for one year... as a college freshman, she qualified for the NCAA Division II XC Regional at Franklin Park in Boston... finished 50th at the Northeast-10 XC Championships (20:07)... earned a spot on the Dean's List with a 3.7 GPA... ran for a state-ranked high school squad... served as the captain and senior team mediation leader for Warwick Valley.

Personal: Comes from a family of runners, as several family members ran at the college level for Holy Cross, Assumption, and Lafayette... her birthday is December 18, 1985... daughter of William J. and Margaret McVey... has a brother (Michael) and a sister (Caitlin)... communications major.

[JR: So I assume she’s 2017?] 

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JFOUND: Spence, Jean Healy [MC1985] interviewed about risk-taking



Jean Healy Spence
Class of 1979
Major: Chemical Engineering
Originally from Brooklyn/ Massapequa, NY
Currently lives in Wilmette, IL

While at Clarkson, Spence was a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Zeta Gamma Sigma (sorority), and she worked in the cafeteria and as an admissions tour guide. She began her career as a process engineer at Procter and Gamble in Staten Island, NY. In 1985, Spence received a master of engineering degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College. From 1981 to 2015, Spence worked at the same company, which changed names from General Foods to Kraft Foods to Mondelēz International, and rose up to the executive level. She joined Kraft as a research engineer for Maxwell House coffee, and she retired from Mondelēz as Executive Vice President of Research, Development, and Quality. She holds three national and international patents for her development work. Since 2006, Spence has served on Clarkson’s Board of Trustees and is currently Vice Chair. She is married to Robert Spence, class of 1979, and they have two children, Daniel and Kerry.

In this interview clip, Spence discusses her decision to be on the management track after 10 years of work in process development and three patents to her name, as well as her decision to work as Director of Diversity in her company for three years, issues surrounding maternity leave, and risk-taking.

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Spence, Jean Healy [MC1985]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Elsie H.


Good Morning All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for his Daughter's Mother-in-Law, Elsie H. Elsie is undergoing a Heart Catherization today having suffered some severe symptoms. We pray that all goes well with no further complications. Thank you.God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JHQ: 05/20 Nationals vs. Yankees


Good Morning,

Thank you again for registering for tomorrow's Nationals game. We're glad you're able to attend! We do still have some tickets available if anyone is interested in purchasing a few more for family or friends. We'd hate for any tickets to go to waste!

Also, it's worth noting that metal detectors have been added at the park and guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Take care and enjoy the game (and Memorial Day Weekend)!


Ainsley T. Kelley
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

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JLINKEDIN: Keating, John (MC2008) looking Boys and Girls Club help


john Keating Guidance Counselor at ROADS Charter School
1 hour ago
Former Jasper looking for support to educate his students

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My name is John Keating and I am the Middle and High School Program Coordinator for a Boys & Girls Club in Long Island and a Manhattan Undergraduate alum 08’ and Graduate Alum 12’.

I have been working with this organization and the Boys and Girls Club movement for 8 years and have been developing programming to curb the gender and ethnic gap in STEM fields by introducing Computer Science and Coding programs into our after-school curriculum.

To get the kids really inspired and motivated and participating in the programs, it goes a long way to produce ‘EXPOSURE OPPORTUNITIES’ for our young club members to meet professionals working in the field and in companies they can identify with (Especially SOCIAL MEDIA!)

If there any Manhattan Alumni who forward me a point of contact in companies such as Snapchat, Vine, Spotify, Google, Facebook, Instagram or any of the sort that have New York offices, I would be incredibly appreciative.

We have come a long way to integrate academics into our after-school programming and as an organization we are dedicated to making our Technology programs as special as our Reading, Writing, Arts and College Prep.

Being a Jasper is where I learned the importance of service, and I would be beyond grateful for your help today to open doors and introduce my youth to a wealth of experience for them to learn from.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I can be reached at {Privacy Invoked}.

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[JR: Anyone can drop me an email here and I patch you together with him. This is my spam prevention measure; not a desire to be the man in the middle.] 

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JHQ: Alumni Defensive Driving Class 6/20



Liberty Mutual Defensive Driving Class
Saturday, June 20 at 9:00am to 3:00pm
De La Salle Hall, 205 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy., Bronx, NY 10471

In partnership with the Alumni office, Liberty Mutual Insurance is hosting a Defensive Driving Class for Manhattan College alumni and employees through the National Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI). The course is offered to Manhattan College alumni and employees at a reduced rate. Upon completion of this course, New York licensed drivers will:

Receive a 10% insurance discount on collision and liability premium for the principal driver on the policy, valid for 3 years.
Reduce the total points on your driving record up to 4 points for violations occurring within the past 18 months.
Refresh your driving skills and learn techniques for collision prevention.
To RSVP, please email Shane Moran at shane.moran@libertymutual.com by June 15 to reserve your seat.

The cost of the class is $22 (check/money order made payable to NTSI).

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JNEWS: Young, J. Bret [MC????] Managing Director, INTECH Investment



INTECH Adds Two Institutional Sales Professionals

Andreea M. Georgiu and J. Bret Young Hired as Managing Director, Business Development, to Continue Expanding Business Opportunities

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- INTECH Investment Management (INTECH) has announced the hiring of Andreea M. Georgiu and J. Bret Young to fill the newly created positions of managing director, business development. In this role, Georgiu and Young, who joined the firm on May 11, 2015, are responsible for developing and managing new business opportunities, with the goal of establishing new client relationships for INTECH. They report directly to John F. Brown, executive vice president, head of global client development.

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Mr. Young joins INTECH from Curian Capital/Jackson National Life Insurance, where he held the position of senior vice president, head of institutional and private wealth distribution. His other investment-industry experience includes director of institutional sales and consultant relations at Thomson Horstmann & Bryant; senior vice president U.S. institutional sales leader at GE Asset Management; executive vice president, national sales manager/director managed assets at Dreyfus Investments. He earned an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree, marketing, from Manhattan College. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses, as well as the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation from the Investment Management Consulting Association, of which he has been a member since 2004.

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Young, J. Bret [MC????]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957) diverticulitis episode


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


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I was in the emergency room from 11 last night to 6:30 this morning. Oh, the pain. diverticulitis. Not the first time. Waiting fro Lisa to get here with my prescriptions. Ergo, no blog this morning. Tomorrow, I will share the bloody details with you.

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

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JFOUND: Benzaia, Michael [MC????] LA X-ray tech and actor



Michael Benzaia lives the LA dream as X-ray tech and actor
By Tony Capobianco on May 20, 2015 in People

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If you had a normal first conversation with Michael Benzaia, he would tell you that he is just a regular Italian-American guy from New York. However, as someone who is both an actor/television personality and a CT/XR Technologist at Resolution Imaging in Santa Monica, he is living the LA life in a most unique way.

“I might be the only CT/X-ray tech/actor in the world,” Benzaia said. “It’s very LA.”

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Shortly upon earning his X-ray tech certification, he worked to become a CT-tech, which he got after graduating with a degree in radiological sciences at Manhattan College. He finally topped it all off with a masters degree in health care administration at Nyack College in Hudson Valley, N.Y.

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Benzaia, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find any thing in my 'stuff' for Michael.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: Miller, William J. [MC1948 RIP] on 2015-May-20


A short while ago this evening John Nason shared some very sad news. William J. Miller (Bill), a friend to several of us, was called home unexpectedly of Congestive Heart Failure. Mr. Miller of Pearl River, NY, Rockland County, a respected and loved Member/Fellow Jasper of our Manhattan College Community was a Graduate of the Class of 1948. He was an ardent supporter of Track and Field sports with a particular love and interest in High School Track. For some 50 years, Bill, was a Freelance Writer/Stringer for the New York Times covering High School Track. Some have justifiably said he probably put High School Track Sports coverage on the Map. Bill was inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Bill is survived by his children Thad, Chris, Timothy, Tracy and Alethe.

Visitation will be Friday, May 22, 2015, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Wyman Fisher Funeral Home, 100 Franklin Street, Pearl River, N.Y., (845)-735-2161. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:00 AM, At St. Aedan Roman Catholic Church, Pearl River, N.Y. The Family have asked that, if you wish, in lieu of Flowers, a donation may be made to St. Jude Hospital For Children, Memphis, Tennessee. Please keep Bill and his Family in your orayers as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. Bill will be missed by many. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)


Miller, William J. [MC1948 RIP]

Guestbook: None

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William J. Miller
(June 19, 1923 - May 20, 2015)

William J. Miller died on May 20, 2015, at the age of 91, surrounded by his loved ones. His smile, zest for life, and gift of storytelling will be missed by all who knew him.

Born on June 19, 1923, in New York City to Alexander and Sara Miller, Bill graduated from Manhattan College with a BA in History. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 13th Air Force, from 1943 to 1945 in New Guinea, then at the end of World War II under General Douglas MacArthur at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and ultimately as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. On February 19, 1949, he married Joan Gibson at Sacred Heart in the Bronx. Bill lived in Pearl River, NY for the past 62 years and was an active parishioner at St. Aedan Catholic Church.

Mr. Miller owned a medical publishing company and was a sports journalist for the New York Times for 60 years. Among his many publications, his Dialogues in Pediatric Urology earned recognition from the Society for Pediatric Urology. His passion was track and field, for which he received numerous accolades, notably, the Penn Relays Jesse Abramson Award and the NYC Armory’s Stan Saplin Sports Media Award; additionally Hall of Fame inductions for Catholic High Schools Sports, Manhattan College Athletics, and just this week into the Rockland County Track & Field.

He is the loving father of Thad (Maryellyn) of Houston TX, Chris (Ray Reyes) of Jersey City NJ, Timothy (Tom) of Pearl River NY, Terence (Joan Kelly) of Milwaukee WI, Alithe (Tom) Thompson of Highland Mills NY, and Tracey (Chris Zamberlan) Miller of Chevy Chase MD. He is the dear grandfather of Thaddeus (Britt), Cameron, Matthew, Tyler, Ali, Gabriela, Quinn, Aidan, Magdalena, and Fiona; and the great-grandfather of Zadie. He was preceded in death by his wife who died in 1993. He will be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cherished friends.

Bill’s life will be celebrated at the Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home in Pearl River from 4-8pm on Friday, May 22. The funeral Mass will be at St. Aedan’s in Pearl River at 10am on Saturday, May 23, followed by interment at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne NY. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/donation.do?cID=14262&pID=24671


Miller, William J. [MC1948 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/Batesville/guestbook.aspx?n=william-miller&pid=174909487

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) forwards email from Walsh, Meg (MC1979)


Good Afternoon All,

The following is a message sent out by our Alumni Board President, Meg Walsh. Her message of Community, Friendship, Values and Hope resonate clearly with what Manhattan College Stands for. Her comments are so on the money. We Congratulate the Graduating Class of 2015 and of Course Kelly and Grace, recipiants of this year's Gunn Medal Award. We will keep all of our Jaspers in our prayers. Thank you Meg. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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From: Walsh, Meg
Sent: Thu, May 21, 2015 10:29 AM
Subject: Gunn Medal and Graduation Weekend

Hi Everyone,

I spent this past weekend participating in the Graduation exercises and festivities; the energy and hope these new young Alumni exhumed was contagious and I want to share that with each of you.

The excitement started at the Awards ceremony Thursday evening – it is at this event the Gunn Medal is awarded. We were a little coy at our last Society meeting in May, because as you know the Gunn Medal is a big secret until the end of the Awards ceremony. (You may recall we had Student guests at the meeting and we were very careful not to give away our big surprise!)

The Class of 2015 was outstanding and we had a pool off 11 candidates to consider for the Gunn Medal. After several rounds of voting we realized we had a tie vote. With the help of Counsel (Mike M) and some quick thinking by Ainsley we reviewed the Constitution and found we did in fact have the authority to award two medals. Our winners were Ms. Kelly Douglas and Ms. Grace Hoffman, both from the School of Business. Both young ladies had been active in volunteer work, co-curricula activities and embodied the LaSallian teachings. When the names were revealed there was quite a bit of excitement. As it turns out they are best friends and were sitting next to each other. I think the thunderous applause validated the review and voting process yielded the right result. (There are a few pictures from the event on the Photo page of the College website.)

Mike De Luca and the entire Committee deserve their own round of applause- this is a huge effort and their hard work is truly appreciated. Thank you Mike and team!

The Graduation ceremonies were very special. Saturday we awarded Eileen Murray (Class of ‘80) an Alumna an Honorary Doctorate; and Sunday we awarded one to David O’Brien. I think the most inspiring story however was of the Undergraduate Valedictorian a young lady from Cambodia, recruited by one of our own Math professors while on a teaching mission in Cambodia, Timsy Tor. This Fall Timsy will be heading to Paris, where she will continue her Math studies; with the long term plan of returning to Cambodia. In her speech she thanked the Manhattan Community for essentially being her “family” these last few years and for the encouragement and friendships she made while with us in the Bronx. (She also thanked the O’Malley family.)

And as I stated last year, the Singers made our Sunday morning Mass beautiful as did the words of Nelson Da Luz as he shared his experiences of his L.O.V.E. mission trip. At the Mass, we also blessed those students going on to do volunteer work; this year we even had one young man entering the Seminary.

The College does a beautiful job on the Graduation events – and even provided refreshments to the Students and their families in the Quadrangle where lots (and lots) of pictures were taken.

Throughout the weekend, I heard a theme repeated – many of the speakers spoke about the “friendships” they made at Manhattan College. As I contemplated what that really meant I realized that many of the friends I hold nearest and dearest to me were met through Manhattan College (and we are talking quite a few years since graduation!); and each time I am with a group of Alumns I find myself making new friends. I think this is a message that will help us in our work to foster Alumni re-engagement with the College – we are a Community, and that bond will be there forever.

– On other notes, Tom McCarthy continues to give improving updates on Joe Dillon and I even understand he is now resting at home. (I sent a card to him from all of us.) As Phil says, let’s keep up the volume of our prayers for Joe’s continued recovery.

Best wishes to everyone for a great summer, I hope to see you at one of the summer events - Saratoga for sure and hopefully a few others along the way. Come out and join us!

Thank you for a great year, Meg

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Memorial Day


Dear Friends,

This weekend we are celebrating, if you will, Memorial Day when we will be Remembering Our Fallen. I am taking the liberty of sharing some thoughts. Some are mine and some are those that I came across that so poignantly express feelings of loss, love, sacrifice, memories and yes pain. We all have relatives, friends, comrades that live in our hearts and memories when we say "Some Gave All, All Gave Some." If you have ever visited an American Military Cemetery in the United States or abroad, you will know what I mean when I say, you can feel the drumbeat of their hearts, the courage of their commitment of their lives given and the pride with which they served. If you have been present and experienced the playing of " Taps " you know what I mean when I say, you will have shared a union of soul and emotion with those that lie there at rest that is incomparable to anything else you will ever feel.

The American Family Association in a recent article wrote the following in speaking of Memorial Day.

" To some it is just a flag, resting in a triangular box on a mantle. To others,
It explains why there is an odd number of place settings at the table, why
the opposite side of the bed stays cold, why there's a vacant seat at
Graduation, why a bride walks down the aisle alone."
" To some, it is just a day, an excuse for a three day weekend to barbecue
and celebrate the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day to be
alone, remembering daughters they can't hug, dads they can't call,
friends they couldn't save, brothers who saved them with the ultimate

Some of you have never read in its' entirety, " In Flanders Fields. Please allow me the further liberty of sharing it with you as we Remember The Fallen.

In Flanders Fields the Poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place;

And in the sky the larks still bravely

Singing, fly scarce heard amid

The guns below.

We are the dead.

Short days ago we lived, felt dawn,

Saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved,

And now we lie in Flanders Fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you with failing arms we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep,

Though poppies grow in

Flanders Fields.

To those who gave their lives for our freedom, we pray and know they are at peace and rest in God's Eternal Embrace. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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[JR: I feel the best way to honor the fallen, to “thank some one for their service”, and / or “be a patriotic American”, is to DEMAND that we bring all the girls and boys home now. Maybe it’s not the time for “politics” — BOTH the R’s and D’s are chicken hawks with other people’s children — but I don’t think this is political. Death is unavoidable, but dying in “other people’s wars” is most avoidable. Dona Nobis Pacem] 

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ENDNOTE: Pope Francis is NOT infallible on economics



Being Frank
by L. Neil Smith

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Just for the record, when private capitalism came into being, it was a revolutionary economic, political, and social system that has since fed, clothed, and housed—not to mention educated and cured—more individual human beings than any other system in history. When it appeared on the world scene in the mid-1700s, a person's average life expectancy at birth—in London, the most advanced and civilized city on the planet—was about 20 1/2 years. A hundred years later, life expectancy was three times that number, and it is now approaching four times.

If only for those reasons (and there are many others), capitalism has been the target of centuries of relentless, vicious attack by evil parasites who wish to be perceived as humanity's benefactors without actually benefiting anybody at all, Today, virtually every member of what the great essayist H.L. Mencken called the "booboisie" believe (you can't really say "think") that capitalism and capitalists are evil.

Capitalism's gravest "sin" in this connection is that it has made more widespread and greater individual freedom available than ever before (even though in his abysmal ignorance—or ideological delirium—the Pope accuses it of imposing " a new tyranny" that is "causing people to die". That, of course, is why there are seven billion people in the world today, as opposed to a few hundred cold and starving millions when his gang of terrorists was running things.).

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It gets worse. The Pope, it says here, is calling for a radical (Stalinist) overhaul of the world financial system. The trouble is, he is an economic ignoramus. He knows absolutely, pathetically nothing about economics. That isn't really my long suit, either (history is, I guess) but even I know that wealth, under "unfettered capitalism" is more evenly distributed among human beings than at any other time in world history. The article ends with ominous and violent threats against Americans who won't get with the Glorious Socialist Five Year Plan.

Unfortunately for the Pope and his orcish minions, capitalism is nothing more (and nothing less, as communist China is discovering to their dismay) than the economic expression of "unfettered" individual liberty. Operationally, mechanically, it is simply a system under which people refrain from consuming their wealth today, in order to put it aside somewhere where it will grow, so that they can consume much more tomorrow. As author and lecturer Robert LeFevre pointed out, this has proven to be the only rational way to handle wealth, thus every country, every culture across the face of the planet does it, whether they like to admit it or not. In that epic struggle between capitalism and its mortal enemies, the war is long over; capitalism won.

What remains is the decision whether the wealth in question will be tucked away by individuals who have created and own it, or by the political criminals who routinely steal it, doing with it whatever they wish, most recently claiming that the original owner didn't really make it, or could not have done so without the government to help.

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I knew when I heard “unfettered capitalism” from Rome that we were going to get a dose of economic “barbara streisand”. Which was then followed up by adoration of “climate change”.

It was one of the wise old Christian Brothers in Good Shepherd grammar school, when covering “Rerum Novarum” by Pope Leo, commented on the limits of Papal infallibility.

I didn’t recognize it at the time, but he was calling attention to the flaw in the Pope venturing into economics.

“Wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner.”

Shifts responsibility from the worker to the business owner.

It’s an axiom of little L libertarian thinking that a business owner dare NOT to underpay his workers, gouge his Customers, or commit any other misstep. Underpaying workers allows competitors to lure them away. See Henry Ford’s wage policy.


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