JASPER JOTTINGS Week 08  - 2016 Feb 21    

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



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POSITRACTION: Roll with turbulence -- acquire knowledge in other fields



The Single Wisest Thing You Can Do with Your Money
By Doug Casey
Doug Casey's International Man
February 6, 2016

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Who knows what skills may be required in the years to come? What you’re doing now, be it teaching school, practicing law, laying brick, or selling insurance, may be in low demand. But preparing French cuisine, fixing autos, keeping books, or offering financial counsel may be in high demand. Or perhaps the other way around.

The single wisest thing you can do with your money is not buy gold. It’s to take courses and acquire knowledge in other fields, as unrelated to what you are now doing as possible. Anything related to science, and in particularly, technology would seem especially suitable. Computer science, medicine, mechanics, agriculture, and electronics are all going to remain in demand.

In the TV series Star Trek, the supremely knowledgeable Mr. Spock bailed the crew out as often as anyone. It’s hard to imagine him unemployed, for that reason. More knowledge can only increase your understanding of the way the world works now, and if it stops working the way it presently does, you’ll be able to continue. It will then no longer be the end of the world if you lose your present job.

And a lot of people will.

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Funny, that is what I think I learned at Alma Mater and the USAF. Flexibility and adaptability.

That, and one can be very wrong about you think will bring you success. Of course, I didn’t learn that until I was too old make use of that key discovery.

I used to tell youngsters or anyone that would listen what I thought.

Success for your generation is: (1) ruthless financial discipline -- no bad debt; (2) a life long interest in learning -- education -- a degree -- they can't take it away from you; (3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux; (4) a blue collar skill for hard times -- never saw a poor plumber; (5) one or more internet based businesses -- your store is always open; (6) a free time hobby that generates income; and (7) a large will-maintained network of people who can "help" you.

Now, I keep my own counsel because I’m “old”. And, not only do others need what I thought was important then, but they have to figure it out on their own. Just like I did.

Today I content myself with “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. – Buddha"

Dona Nobis Pacem

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MOBIT: Hustler, Constance A. Joao [MCxstaff RIP] on 2016-Feb-13



In Memory of
Constance A Heusler
February 16, 1946 - February 13, 2016

Constance A. Heusler (nee Joao), a longtime Yonkers resident, died on Saturday February 13, 2016 at St. John's Riverside Hospital. She was 69 years old.

She was born on February 16, 1946 to Delfim and Anna Matis Joao in the Bronx. She was raised and educated in the Bronx and Yonkers and graduated from Commerce High School. Mrs. Heusler was a housekeeper at Manhattan College and for the library at the college for several years prior to her retirement.

She was a parishioner of Christ the King Church and enjoyed sewing in her spare time.

On November 7, 1970, she married her loving husband, Paul A. Heusler at St. Margaret of Cortona Church in Riverdale. Mr. Heusler survives and lives in Yonkers. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by a son, Delfim of Yonkers. She was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Joao, Sr.

Visiting hours will be at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday February 17th at 10am. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to My Sister's Place, 1 Water Street #390, White Plains, N.Y. 10601.

Whalen & Ball Funeral Home
168 Park Ave.
Yonkers, N.Y. 10703


Hustler, Constance A.  Joao [MCxstaff RIP]

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GOOGLE+: Ruano, Eric [MC1977] former candidate



eric ruano
Works at Goverment, and private
Attended San Carlos, New York University, Manhattan College
Lives in NEW YORK

former candidate for usa congressman 1992, mayor of the city of new york 1993 and 1997, us senator 1997 and 1998, first hispanic to run for the us senate in in n.y. married  three ago, 4 children last son 5 months old. i was born in guatemala, my grand parents were mayors in in states in guatemala, four generations of military officers in guatemala c.a. i wiil be running for nyc mayor in three years.
San Carlos, New York University, Manhattan College


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Dear John,
           I believe that Eric is a member of the Class of 1977.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ruano, Eric [MC1977]

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JLINKEDIN: Cooke, John [MC2006] CMO at Credible Mobile



Cooke, John [MC2006]
CMO at Credible Mobile
New York, New York


Senior marketing and strategy leader with 5 years of experience in building steep growth trajectory for businesses by aligning market needs with business strategy through quantitative analytics.

Designed and executed over 30 million dollars of profitable growth strategies. Built numerous profitable whitespace ideas from concept through execution.

Expertise across multiple industries including telecommunications and Logistics, and Financial Services.

+ Lean Startup
+ Innovation
+ Market Strategy
+ Customer Insights
+ Sales Force Effectiveness
+ Competitive Positioning
+ Pricing Strategy
+ Market Analytics

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) updates us on Jim Smith


Good Morning All Once Again,

I just spoke with Jim Smith and we were able to catch up a little. He sounds good, wants to know what is going on at the College and cannot thank each of you enough for your prayers and good thoughts. It is hard to keep a good man down and in my book, Jim is one of the best. In rehab, they keep him busy with somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 hours daily of increasingly more strenuous Physical Therapy and Jim is dealing with that well. He sends his regards to each of you and please keep the prayers coming. Keep Jim, Kathleen and their Family in your prayers as we pray for Jim's continued and complete recovery. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JLINKEDIN: Usiak, Michael [MC2002] Senior Sales Coordinator at Juice PLUS+



Usiak, Michael [MC2002]
Senior Sales Coordinator at Juice PLUS+ International franchise
New Britain, Connecticut
Health, Wellness and Fitness

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MNEWS: Mock border on Manhattan College’s quad



Border opens discussion
By Isabel Angell
Posted 2/17/16

2016 02Feb 17 border

Students erected a mock border on Manhattan College’s quad to draw attention to the pope’s visit to border areas in Mexico.

Photo by Naomi Vaughan

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Students erected a mock border on Manhattan College’s quad to draw attention to the pope’s visit to border areas in Mexico.

Walking through Manhattan College’s quad this week, visitor will notice a new addition: a freestanding chain-link fence, about 30 yards long, covered in posters with pro-migrant slogans.

Sophomore Brianna DelSantos explained that the fence is a “mock border,” meant to represent a border between two countries that are divided and should be unified — like, she said, the borders between Mexico and the United States or Guatemala.

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JNEWS: Hogan, Patrick M. [MC1986] SVP PG&E


PG&E Appoints Patrick M. Hogan as SVP of Electric Transmission and Distribution and Dinyar B. Mistry as SVP of Human Resources
February 18, 2016 09:49 AM Eastern Standard Time

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it has promoted two leaders to fill key roles in its Electric and Human Resources organizations. Patrick M. Hogan was named senior vice president, Electric Transmission and Distribution of PG&E. Dinyar B. Mistry was named senior vice president, Human Resources of PG&E and its parent company, PG&E Corporation.

Pat Hogan will report to Geisha Williams, president of Electric. Dinyar Mistry will report to John Simon, executive vice president of Corporate Services and Human Resources of PG&E Corporation. Both appointments become effective March 1, 2016.

"As the energy landscape continues to experience incredible change, we need executives who will help strategically position PG&E for success in the years to come. Both Pat and Dinyar are time-tested and proven leaders in our organization and in the utility industry. This is a well-earned recognition of their success, and a testament to the deep bench of talent we continue to develop within our company," said Tony Earley, PG&E Corporation chairman, CEO and president.

Hogan currently serves as vice president of Electric Strategy and Asset Management. He joined the company in 2013 and had been responsible for leading strategy across the electric organization, including asset investment, Smart Grid, and reliability planning.

Prior to joining PG&E, Hogan held leadership and officer roles in transmission and distribution operations for British Columbia Hydro, National Grid and KeySpan. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and an MBA from Hofstra University.

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Hogan, Patrick M. [MC????]

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Dear John,

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



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hogan, Patrick M. [MC1986]

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JNEWS: Cann, Francis [MC????] VP at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff



WHO’S NEWS, Construction & Design: Frizzell named VP, Dinkels joins AFG
BY REW •   FEBRUARY 18, 2016

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Francis Cann has been appointed a vice president at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Cann serves as business development director in the firm’s power group, responsible for business development strategies in power generation, transmission and distribution, hydropower and energy services projects across the U.S. Cann has over 35 years of experience in the power engineering and construction industry. Before joining WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, he served as vice president of the power and industrial business for the New York metro region at a global architectural engineering and construction company, responsible for the multi-billion dollar P & L for the business unit. Cann received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College. He is a member of the Project Management Institute.

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Cann, Francis [MC????]

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JOBIT: Squeri, Joseph P. [MC1956 RIP] on 2016-Feb-15



In Memory of
Joseph P. Squeri
November 6, 1929 - February 15, 2016

Joseph Squeri passed away on February 15, 2016 after a noble battle with Lymphoma.

Son of the late Joseph Squeri and Celesta (nee) Bertani. Joseph was born in Manhattan on November 6, 1929, Later in life Joseph Married the Love of his life the former Lorraine Leahy in February 1955, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1956 with a B.S Degree in Business Management and had a very successful career working for Colgate, CBS and Bloomingdales.

Joseph loved his country, his Italian heritage, The Mets, the Jets and Classic Films. HE ALSO LOVED his Family particularly HIS GRANDCHILDREN. Joseph served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corp; A Proud & Beloved Father and BEST FRIEND of Stephen, Robert, Joseph & Thomas, Dear Father in Law of Donna, Jen & Tina. Devoted and Loving Grandfather of Marissa, Monica, Julia, Joey, Madison, Austin, and Logan. also survived by his loving sister Catherine Fecci and his brother , the late Lawrence Squeri and sister, the late Marlene Pervinich.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday and Thursday Feb. 17 & 18 at Morisco Funeral Home 35-20 Broadway Astoria, N.Y. 11106. Funeral Mass will be held Friday Feb. 19 10 A.M. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Church 23-25 Newtown Avenue Astoria, N.Y. 11102 followed by internment at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, N.Y. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Joseph Squeri Scholarship at the Columbus Citizens Foundation at 8 East 69th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021 Att: Dave Iommarin, Executive Director or The Lymphoma Research Foundation at www.lymphoma.org in honor of Joseph P. Squeri.


Squeri, Joseph P. [MC1956 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Martin, Katherine M. [MC1970 RIP] on 2016-Feb-19



Katherine M. Martin
Myrtle Beach

Katherine M. Martin, 81, died peacefully Friday, February 19, 2016 at Brightwater.

Katherine was born in 1934 in the Bronx, NY, the first child of Michael J. Feeney and Catherine McDermott Feeney.

She graduated from Aquinas High School in 1952 and a year later she entered the Sisters of Mercy, a religious order dedicated to education and hospital work. After her religious training and five years in schools in New York City, she was assigned to Our Lady of Victory Academy in Dobbs Ferry, NY. It was in OLVA that she would spend the next 36 years of her life as a Social Studies teacher.

She earned her BA from Mary Mount College in Tarrytown, NY and in 1970, a Master's Degree in history from Manhattan College.

In the years that followed, she amassed 30 more graduate credits by attending seminars and summer institutes around the country.

As a teacher, Katherine brought a no-nonsense approach to the classroom that won her the respect of the students and faculty alike. She had the ability to create an atmosphere where learning could take place. She taught the full range of Social Studies from freshman introductory course to advanced placement history to the more gifted.

In 1971 she left Sisters of Mercy and a year later married Victor Martin, whom she met at OLVA. Katherine retired from teaching on 1999 and she and her husband moved to Little River, SC. They both worked at North Strand Helping Hand for approximately 5 years.

She was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

Katherine is survived by her husband, Victor A. Martin, Jr. and two sisters, Margaret Grifferty of Scarsdale, NY and Nancy Manning of Bronxville, NY.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Tuesday, February 23 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Burial will follow at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens.

A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

11840 Highway 90 P. O. Box 1116
Little River, SC 29566
(843) 390-2525

Published in The Sun News on Feb. 21, 2016


Martin, Katherine M. [MC1970 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/myrtlebeachonline/katherine-m-martin-condolences/177778634?cid=full

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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 Georgie


Good Morning All,

I ask for your prayers for a young man, Georgie, 30 years old, on Long Island who has been troubled and addicted to drugs, now to heroin, much of his life. He and his roommate overdosed on Heroin yesterday. The police responded rushing one of them, thought to be the roommate to Hospital and pronouncing Georgie dead from an overdose. As it turned out, Georgie was revived and his roommate had died. Georgie has another shot at life or he can continue on his path with drugs and end up as perhaps the next victim. Please pray for Georgie, his Family. Pray that this episode revives his will to live and trust in God. We pray that having survived this most recent episode helps Georgie to seek and listen to the help he needs. We pray too for his roommate and his Family during this terrible time.
A recent statistic was recorded on Long Island, 200 deaths reported this past year due to Heroin overdose. Please pray for those souls and their Families. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JNEWS: McGuinness, Joseph A. [MC1983 RIP] mourned



HS Sports Community Mourns Loss Of 'Once-In-Lifetime Guy' Joe McGuinness
by Skip Pearlman 02/20/2016 sports

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BARDONIA, N.Y. - The Albertus Magnus, Rockland County and Hudson Valley athletic communities are all mourning a big loss -- Joe McGuinness, a longtime coach and athletic director at Albertus Magnus High School, died Feb. 12 after battling cancer.

Born Nov. 18,1960 in Suffern to John J. and Florence McGuinness, McGuinness graduated from Clarkstown South High School and Manhattan College.

A New City resident, McGuinness had previously attended West Point where he played basketball under now Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Krzyzewski wrote a letter of recommendation earlier this year supporting McGuinness' nomination to the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame. You can read the letter here. McGuinness will be inducted posthumously into the hall later this year.

He married the former Cynthia Pierce of Manhasset, NY on June 6, 1987. He is survived by Cynthia and his three children, Megan, Patrick and Conor, and by 24 nieces and nephews. His family was his life.

"Joe was a wonderful guy - a great husband, teacher and coach," Albertus Magnus interim AD Tom Collins told Daily Voice. "There were over 2,000 people at his funeral. He had an affection for people, and people had an affection for Joe."

Approximately 4,000 attended a wake held for McGuinness at Albertus.

"His ability to be an athletic director, coach and teacher were second to none," Collins said. "He made ordinary players and people better. And everyone will tell you the same thing. He was very strong. He was a once-in-a-lifetime type of guy."

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McGuinness, Joseph A. [MC1983 RIP]

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COMMENT: Costello, Donald (MC1954) offers prayers and help


Donald Costello commented on:

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Georgie
2016-Feb-19 Good Morning All, I ask for your prayers for a young man, Georgie, 30 years old, on Long Island who has been …

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I have been very involved in the recovery movement for many years. When I say I, I mean I and my family.

We will certainly pray for Georgie and his family. If Georgie want to talk with me or one of my sons who has been in recovery for awhile he should call. If Georgie’s parents what to talk they should call…any time…402-570-2809

Every year or so I gave a talk back at Manhattan to those groups of students that have these problems.

If the problem is alcohol Matt Talbot is the almost Saint that is you man. I can send you Matt Talbot prayer cards to give out at your parish.

If drugs are the problem, St Maximillian Kolbe is the key.

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Costello, Donald (MC1954)

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ENDNOTE: Like most tools, guns need care



5 Things Every Reasonable Gun Owner Ought To Know
By Marc J. Victor
February 13, 2016

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There are countless people who regularly carry firearms safely and responsibly.  Most of them will never have any problems at all relating to those firearms.  Carrying a firearm ought to be boring.  You should be comfortable with the fact that you will never likely have to pull it out.  Like flood insurance, we hope to never need it.  However, it is important to have in the event you actually need to use it.  If you are carrying a firearm because you want some action, or you are constantly looking for reasons to pull it out, I suspect you will need my services someday.  As I previously said, there are few ways to ruin the rest of your life more quickly than by misusing a firearm.  I have seen it time and time again.  I hope you will learn from the mistakes of others currently sitting in prison serving long sentences.  Don’t be an idiot with a gun!

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I think that “the law is an ass”.

I agree that this one tool should be one’s last resort.

“Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.”

That’s the standard that I’d use.

That being said, “We, The Sheeple” are stupidly relying on the police, politicians, bureaucrats, and “The Gooferment” to keep them safe. There are many Gooferment Court decisions that say they have no specific duty to protect you. You have to protect yourself.

How can you do that if you stipulate that the bad guys can be armed?

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

"God made men and women; Sam colt made them equal." — Unknown

While one can’t do “bumper sticker” philosophy, it communicates the point effectively.

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