JASPER JOTTINGS Week 36  - 2015 Sep 06    

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



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POSITRACTION: The first one to jump saves lives



Europe, Obama Hail Americans Who Stopped Train Attack

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Among the other heroes of the night-time drama was a Frenchman on his way to the toilet who was first to tackle the assailant as he entered the carriage, and a 62-year-old Briton who still had blood spattered over his shirt as he spoke to journalists on Friday night.

But it may have been Stone, 23, of Lajes Air Base, Azores, who took the biggest risk. Eskel said his nephew's height of at least 6 feet 2 inches (1.9 meters) and Jujitsu martial art and American football background probably helped him.

"He was the first one to jump on him, he's the one who got cut up ... none of us are injured but Spencer took a few injuries and he just had no fear," 23-year-old student Anthony Sadler, told Reuters.

"That's our friend so once we saw him go we had to go and join him ... we couldn't have just left everybody die like that. It was a crazy situation, said Sadler, a student at Sacramento State University.

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There’s a survival theory about the three types of reaction — 50% freeze, 40% panic, and 10% act. And, it’s the action ones that survive.

So we have about 5 of the people in that car who acted.

Pretty interesting.

In another story, the criminal asked for his gun back?

As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, I’m surprise that the criminal survived.

When defending yourself, most training is to kill. But, I guess these fellows were really good at controlling their emotions. After all it’s “kill or be killed”; not “restrain the perp or be killed”.

Criminals are not stupid. That’s why mass murderers seek out gun free zones.

We have to just change the incentives.


Anyway, hope that I can act like this hero and save some lives.

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JNEWS: Marshall, Thomas [MC1969] interim CEO Lehigh Regional Medical



CHS has appointed a new interim CEO for Lehigh Regional Medical Center
Posted by Editor on Aug 28, 2015 in Local, News

2015 08Aug 29 Thomas Marshall

Thomas Marshall

Thomas Marshall was recently appointed interim chief executive officer of Lehigh Regional Medical Center. Marshall has more than three decades of healthcare administration experience. Over his career, he has served in numerous leadership roles at hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country, including as CEO, Chief Financial Officer, and Acquisition Transition Coordinator. Thomas has experience Long Term Care; Outpatient Rehab; Inpatient Rehab; Psych Practice Management and Acute Care; also 4 years’ experience in Law Firm management with a Top AmLaw 200 firm.

According to Bill Rice Owner, William T. Rice & Associates LLC, “Thomas is a great leader in the Health Care Business”

Thomas is not a stranger to hard work, and long hours as he serviced as an Officer in the US Navy and a graduate of Manhattan College.

According to Diann Cimring the Marketing Director of Lehigh Regional Medical Center in an email; “Thomas will provide leadership at the hospital until a permanent CEO is appointed.”

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Marshall, Thomas [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1969.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Marshall, Thomas [MC1969]

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JLINKEDIN: Santella, Gennaro [MC1993] Contractor at GJG Home Improvement



2015 08Aug 30 geno

Santella, Gennaro [MC1993]
Contractor at GJG Home Improvement LLC
West Harrison, New York

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GOOGLE+: Gerstner, Ronald [MC1962] Lives in Sydney Australia



Gerstner, Ronald [MC1962]
Attended Rensselaer Politechnic Institiute
Lives in Sydney Australia

retired computer consultant
retired computer consultant, present
IBM, Cybertron Computer Services

Rensselaer Politechnic Institiute
Electrical Engineering, 1958
Xavier High School
1954 - 1958
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Physics, 1959
Manhattan College
Electrical Engineering, 1962

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


Good Morning All,

From Mike McEneney, our Prayers are requested for Dina, a young Mother who is having a Breast Biopsy today. We pray that the Biopsy proves out that Cancer is not present. We pray that all is as we pray for this young Mom. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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QUADRANGLE: Flashback?



2015 Sep 01 gd quad

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JHQ: Bookstore does BOGO for Alumni



BOGO for Alumni

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JOBIT: Semon, Eugene John [MC1968 RIP] on 2015-Aug-30



Eugene Semon


Eugene John, 68, of Englewood, formerly of Paramus, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015. He was a proud alumni of Bergen Catholic High School class of '64 and Manhattan College class of '68. Eugene was a Chemical Engineer and a Biological Science enthusiast. Eugene was an Army veteran who served our country proudly during The Vietnam War.

Cherished father of Jeffrey Semon and his wife Nicole of Woburn, MA. Beloved brother of Theresa White and her husband Tom, Susan Roach and her husband Bob, Michael Semon and his wife Gari, Eileen Almeida, John Semon and his wife Tiffany, Maureen Melchiorre and her husband Michael and Loretta Detitta and her husband Chris. Loving grandfather of Eleanor. Eugene is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Thursday September 3, 2015 from 6-9 PM at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home 113 South Farview Avenue, Paramus, New Jersey. Funeral Service will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday September 3, 2015 at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, Paramus. Cremation will be private.
For further information www.vanderplaat.com

Vander Plaat Memorial Home
113 South Farview Avenue
Paramus , NJ 07652
(201) 843-3100

Published in The Record on Sept. 1, 2015


Semon, Eugene John [MC1968 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/northjersey/eugene-semon-condolences/175708508?cid=full

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

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JNEWS: Cividanes, Nicole [MC2004] Laser Gum Surgery to Brewer, ME



Dr. Nicole Cividanes Brings Minimally Invasive Laser Gum Surgery to Brewer, ME Dental Practice
August 31, 2015 8:01pm
Brewer, ME (PRWEB) August 31, 2015

Laser gum surgery is now being offered by Dr. Nicole Cividanes at her practice. The advanced BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ system is a good treatment choice for people suffering from gum disease in Brewer, ME, because it is both precise and minimally uncomfortable. The speed with which laser-based surgery can be performed is yet another reason why Dr. Cividanes is proud to treat patients with the BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ system.

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About the Doctor

Dr. Nicole Cividanes graduated Magna Cume Laude, receiving her Bachelor's in Radiographic Sciences, from Manhattan College. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and completed her General Practice Residency at Harlem Hospital in NY. Dr. Cividanes is very excited to give the best quality dental care to patients in Brewer and the greater Bangor area.

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Cividanes, Nicole [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Nicole is a member of the Class of 2004.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cividanes, Nicole [MC2004]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Ms McCullough


Good Afternoon All,

John Reinke, Jasper Jottings, makes a wonderful point when he said " Not a Jasper but sad we can't save them all." Please go to this link. Keep Ms McCullough, these two precious gifts from God in your prayers as well as those Millions aborted which again as John says, " compare this to the Abortion Industry and it makes me sad." Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon


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Since early August, McCullough has been living at the Ronald McDonald House, Aurora. She has also appealed that as many people from the public as possible should pray for her.

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JHQ: Alumni Events




Friday, Sept. 18 - Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 | Bishop Molloy Retreat House
Reality Retreat WeekendMonday, September 21, 2015

Broderick "Jasper 66" Dinner and Golf Outing
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | Winchester Country Club

Boston Alumni Reception
Sunday, October 25, 2015 | Manhattan College Campus

Open House Alumni Brunch
Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Manhattan College Campus

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner


Manhattan College Now Offering Two New Online Master's Programs
Support Current Students by Becoming a Mentor
Manhattan Engineer Powers the Future with Renewables at California Electric Company

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JOBIT: Guarino, Frank [MC1970 RIP] on 2015-Aug-31



Frank Guarino, 67
By Staten Island Advanceon
September 02, 2015 at 7:45 PM, updated September 03, 2015 at 1:05 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Frank Guarino, 67, of New Dorp, a retired IRS facilities planner who will be remembered as a loving brother and uncle, died Monday at home.

Born and raised in New Dorp, he graduated from Monsignor Farrell High School.

Mr. Guarino earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, the Bronx, and received a master's degree in business administration from Pace University, Manhattan.

He had a 30-year career with the Internal Revenue Service, beginning as a collection agent in Manhattan and becoming a facilities planner after being transferred to Washington, D.C. He retired in 2005.

He then came back to the Island and lived in Grant City  until he was displaced by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and returned to his family's home in New Dorp.

Mr. Guarino was a New York Yankees fan. He loved to read and was fond of birds. He had an uncanny ability to recall movie details, family said, and especially enjoyed science fiction and horror films. He also enjoyed watching British television programs.

With no children of his own, he was close to his nieces and nephew and extended family.

He was a parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Peace R.C. Church, New Dorp.

Surviving are his brother, Richard, and his sister, Roseanne Guarino.

The funeral will be Friday from the Hanley Funeral Home, New Dorp, with a Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, also New Dorp.


Guarino, Frank [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I believe that Frank is a member of the Class of 1970.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Guarino, Frank [MC1970 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Josephson, John Francis [MC1969 RIP] on 2015-Sep-02?



John Francis Josephson
By Staff Reports posted 14 hours ago September 3rd, 2015. Updated 19 hours ago


John Francis Josephson was born in New York City on June 21, 1947 to Arthur and Cecilia Josephson. After attending Catholic elementary and high school he graduated from Manhattan College. He was accepted to the University of Bologna Medical School in Italy. John arrived in Bologna six months early to learn Italian.

Upon graduating he was accepted into a residency program at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City where he met his wife Kathleen. They were married on January 12, 1980.

John began his medical career on August 13, 1980 at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa later moving to St. John Hospital. He joined a small group then left to open Tulsa Bone and Joint working there until his death.

John was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers Artie, Tommy, Bobby and Jimmy. Surviving him are his wife of 35 years Kathleen; son, Sean; and daughter, Kara; two children from his first marriage, Kristi and Michael; four grandchildren, Madeline, Jackson, Ethan and Luke; and his brothers, Joe and Willie. John adored his dogs ("the girls") Lexie, Hailey, and Sasha.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Tulsa Humane Society (www.TulsaPets.com).


Josephson, John Francis [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the class of 1969.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Josephson, John Francis [MC1969 RIP]

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Good Afternoon All,

Our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper, John Francis Josephson MD '69 BS of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Please keep John, Kathleen and their Family in your prayers as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one.
The Family have posted the following Obituary. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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MNEWS: Alma Mater maybe hosting an authoress with a message



Marie Williams surviving and moving forward
By TRUDY TOMLINSON | 9/3/2015, 11:18 a.m

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Self-published author and rape survivor Marie Williams, 31, has opened up about her life, sharing and discussing the horrific experience she’s had with rape. In doing so, she is hoping to touch the life of someone else who could benefit from her story.

Williams book, “The Remedy,” chronicles her story of surviving and overcoming rape while attending the University of Virginia. Williams has arranged and conducted a book tour and has given lectures at campuses such as the University of Virginia and Lehman College. Williams’ tour will resume with a speech at Manhattan College.

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[JR: Not sure if it’s Alma Mater, but if it is, then I think its worth listening to.]

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JEMAIL: Lyons, Pat (MC1965) recommends the retreat


Dear John,

Pat Lyons, '65, sent this to me, while on vacation, and asked me
to forward it on to you for inclusion in Jasper Jottings as a report on his experience with the Retreat.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Since 1999, I have been attending the Manhattan College Businessmen’s Reality Retreat. It helps me reconcile all my gifts with the demands of life, without getting burned out. Going to the sacraments is optional, but going to reconciliation here, for me, is very special and thought provoking.

For more info: visit the website http://www.ManhattanCollegeRetreat.com, or facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Manhattan-College-Reality-Retreat/212056118986514.

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Lyons, Pat (MC1965)

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JOBIT: Schilling, William 'Bill' [MC1956 RIP] on 2015-Sep-02



In Memory of
William Schilling
September 25, 1934 - September 2, 2015

Hamilton – William (Bill) Schilling, 80, died peacefully on September 2, 2015 at Brookdale at Hamilton, his home for the past 10 months.

Raised in the Bronx, NY, he was a long time Hightstown resident before moving to Whiting and most recently Hamilton.

Bill was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with family and friends.

A graduate of Manhattan College, he was employed for many years as an electrical engineer at various companies including Western Union, RCA, Fifth Dimension, EMC Technologies and the federal government at Fort Monmouth before retiring to Whiting in 1998.

He was a lifetime member, treasurer and Melvin Jones Fellow for the Lions Club, in both the Hightstown-East Windsor and Lakehurst-Manchester Chapters.

Bill was predeceased by his wife Mildred and his parents, William and Henrietta (Ethel) Schilling. He is survived by his four sons Domenick (Lori Cain) of Raleigh, NC; Kenneth (Michelle) of Pennington, NJ; Christopher (Lisa) of Boothwyn, PA and Matthew (Colleen) of Myrtle Beach, SC; one daughter Mary Ellen (Michael) Congleton of Bordentown, NJ; three "adopted sons" John O'Rourke, George Crampton and Antonio Frederick; and 14 grandchildren – Kelly, Sean, Megan, Ryan, Jack, Juliet, TJ, Camden, Brayden, Anthony, Catherine, Julia, Avery, and Aryn; a sister Jerry Budzinski of Inverness, Florida, and her children, Sue, Julie, Pat and Lauren, as well as many other friends and relatives.

Arrangements under the direction of Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Whiting, NJ.


Schilling, William 'Bill’ [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1956.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Schilling, William 'Bill’ [MC1956 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Harold, Frank J. [MC1942 RIP] on 2015-Sep-01



Frank Harold
Friday, September 4, 2015

Frank J. Harold, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Saint Francis Medical Center.

He was born June 13, 1921, in Brooklyn, New York, to John and Mary Morrisey Harold. He and Mary Kotch were married Oct. 2, 1954, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania. She preceded him in death Dec. 23, 2009.

Frank grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Manhattan College in New York in 1942. He immediately entered the Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

After his wartime service, Frank graduated from Fordham Law School in 1951 and worked at Sargoy and Stein law firm in New York City. In 1953, he began a career in personnel management with GAF Corp. in Linden, New Jersey.

In 1966, he accepted a promotion to the Calvert City, Kentucky, plant and moved his family to Paducah, Kentucky. He retired in 1987. In 1988, he moved to Atlanta and then to Cape Girardeau in 2000. Since 2010, he had been a resident at the Missouri Veterans Home.

Frank was a member of the New York and Kentucky state bar associations and was appointed by Gov. Louie Nunn to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He became an avid runner at age 45 and continued the discipline into his seventies. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and received all of his formal education, from first grade through his law degree, in Catholic schools.

Survivors include four children, Nancy (Andy) Grayson of Atlanta, Mark J. (Florence) Harold, Jane (Larry) Schnurbusch and Thomas J. (Diana) Harold, all of Cape Girardeau; a sister-in-law, Regina Kotch of Beaver Meadows; 11 grandchildren, Anastasia and Annalyse Grayson, Kathleen, Sean and Karoline Harold, Bailey and Landon Schnurbusch, Sara (Austin) Gelsheimer, Emily (Aaron) Huey, Nathan Meystedt and Alex Harold; and two great-grandchildren, Emmalyn Grayson and Graham Huey.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau.

The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Revs. David Hulshof and Milton Ryan, CM, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.

Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Harold, Frank J. [MC1942 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Frank-Harold/

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

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JNEWS: Pavlista, Alexander [MC????] UNL specialist receives lifetime award



UNL specialist receives lifetime award
September 03, 2015   

Dr. Alexander Pavlista, potato specialist and crop physiologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, has been awarded the Honorary Life Membership (HLM) by the Potato Association of America (PAA) for lifetime achievement and impact on the potato industry. It is the highest honor given by PAA.

Pavlista received the honor at The PAA banquet recently in Portland, Maine. According to the PAA website, “The most significant way to recognize outstanding contributions to the potato industry is the awarding of Honorary Life Membership (HLM).”

Pavlista has been the Potato Specialist at the University of Nebraska since 1988, when he came to Scottsbluff from Princeton N.J., where he was a research biologist with American Cyanamid Co.
Pavlista was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and came to the United States in 1951, growing up in New York City. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College, he worked for two years at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee.

Returning to New York, he received a Ph.D. from City University of New York in 1977. After working as a Research Associate for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for two years at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, he joined American Cyanamid Co. in 1979.At UNL, his potato work has centered on plant growth regulators and hormones, environmental response and deficit irrigation, vine desiccation, and the control of pests such as potato psyllids and early blight.

He released the cultivar Red Cloud and has published five book chapters on potato. He has published 42 journal articles on potato and 25 on other crops, such as corn, wheat, dry bean, canola, and camelina. His extension achievements include the website Potato Education Guide (cropwatch.unl.edu/potato), 20 volumes of the newsletter Nebraska Potato Eyes, 22 Extension publications (NebGuides and Circulars), more than 20 years of cultivar evaluations (many published in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “National Potato Germplasm Evaluation and Enhancement Reports”), and pest control reports and alerts for potato growers.

In nominating Pavlista, members of the potato industry said the honor was well deserved.
“I have had occasion to talk with several of the Nebraska growers that Alex’s research has helped. They were all highly respectful and grateful of this New York transplant and his many efforts to help them be better growers,” said Sam Thornton of Syngenta Corp. “His newsletter was anticipated and well read by many in the potato industry and Alex always chose timely subjects that would benefit all potato producers.”Joe Guenthner of the University of Idaho said “The PAA Honorary Life Membership instructions say that nominees should ‘have made significant contributions to the potato industry … from activities related to research, extension, education, production, processing, and marketing. Through PAA and through his faculty position as a distinguished potato scientist and educator, Dr Pavlista has accomplished that, not just for one or several, but for all of those activities listed.”
Phillip Nolte of the University of Idaho noted the award (HLM) was created to honor exceptional and supremely dedicated people like Dr. Pavlista.

J. Creighton Miller Jr. of Texas A&M University also said the award was well-deserved. “I have known Alex as a respected colleague for more than 20 years, have followed his career with interest, and have been most impressed with his extension work, including the website ‘Potato Education Guide’ and his newsletter Nebraska Potato Eyes.”

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MOBIT: O’Brien, Philip V. [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2015-Sep-02



Philip O'Brien

Philip V. O'Brien of West Nyack died peacefully on September 2, 2015 at the age of 98. He was born on April 18, 1917 to the late James and Catherine O' Brien.

Phil is survived by his beloved wife of 74 years, Helen (Hawe), his children, Sr. Mary Eileen O'Brien, O.P., Vincent O'Brien, Rose Marie Diercksen ( James) , Philip O'Brien and Margaret O'Brien, his sister, Irene O'Brien, He was the proud grandfather of Kristen, Erica, Joseph, Kim, Diane, Kevin, James, Alice, Marianna, Catherine, John, Paul and Michael and great grandfather to Jana, Ronan, Jessica, Jack, Miles, Madelyn, Aidan, Tyler, Kaitlyn, Ashley, Anthony, Kevin, Ryan, Brandon and James.

Phil served for twenty years as a member of the New York City Fire Department and then having studied at Fordham, Yeshiva and the New School, taught Mathematics at Manhattan College for two decades. He was a faithful member of St. Aedan's Church in Pearl River, NY

Phil's family will receive friends on Monday from 3-8pm at Assumma-Shankey Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Aedan's Church on Tuesday at 10 am, interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

In lieu of flowers donations made be made in Phil's memory to Joe Raso Hospice Residence Center, Untied Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956

Assumma-Shankey Funeral Home
34 N Summit St
Pearl River, NY 10965
(845) 735-4849

Published in the lohud.com on Sept. 6, 2015


O’Brien, Philip V. [MCxfaculty RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/philip-obrien-condolences/175749418?cid=full

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ENDNOTE: Joe-Sixpack strategy "get small in your hole"



Posted on August 22, 2015 by keywestlou
Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957)

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Market down 530 points friday. Monday will tell if the market was adjusting or we are at the start of another recession. China the culprit. All has to do with oil.

Trump announced 36 thousand for last night’s rally. He had to get a stadium to hold all the people. Turns out the stadium was only half full. Twenty thousand. Still a good number. In fact, an excellent one.

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The market volatility imho is due to China but not the way everyone is pitching it. By disconnecting the Yuan from the US Dollar, China has prepared the way to exit from buying US Treasuries to maintain the value of the Yuan versus other foreign currencies.

I believe that the Wall Street types are realizing that days of the US Dollar as the world's reserve currency are numbered.

AND, this move puts the FED on the horns of a dilemma.

(a) if the FED raises rates, then the Chinese will not be buying Treasuries in the quantities that they have, the FED will have to buy -- like QE3-4-5, and the market will see the flaw.

(b) if the FED does not raise rates, they will admit they are powerless and the "man behind the curtain" will be exposed as "having no clothes" (i.e., the much touted recovery is political propaganda).

Like most of the doomsayers, the best Joe-Sixpack strategy is to "get small in your hole". Eliminate debt, but real assets, and maintain a widely diversified equity portfolio. Think of Cyprus and Greece as the model for going forward.

We need the "political class" to eliminate the deficit with "real cuts" while paring back the welfare / warfare state. Especially the job killing "regulations", the Crony Capitalism, and the vast increase in "entitlements".


Trump & Sanders have tapped into the disgust of Main Street with the professional political class.

Argh squared!!

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