JASPER JOTTINGS Week 37  - 2016 Sep 11   

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



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POSITRACTION: Katie Couric took a cut to save other's jobs



News Anchor Secretly Took $1Million Pay Cut to Save Dozens of Jobs
by McKinley Corbley - Aug 27, 20160

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Katie Couric, former news anchor for “CBS Evening News” took a $1 million pay cut in 2009 in order to save the jobs of other employees.

The story is only just now coming to light because of the Amazon best seller Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency by James Andrew Miller – through a string of sources, Miller was told about how Couric met with CBS News president Sean McManus after only 3 years of working with the company to address rumors of the significant layoffs.

Couric proposed covering the necessary budget shortfall from her own salary, and only requested that there be “no public or private acknowledgement of the deed.”

Since the book was published on August 9th, the journalist has received widespread applause and admiration despite her modest wishes.

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It’s no secret that I am “hard” on liberal media “celebrities” for their biased reporting.

In this case, I must “give the devil his due”.

That was a nice thing to do.

Given her low ratings caused the show to be cancelled, it was a hollow victory.

But kudos for the attempt.

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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on the Quad's "smoking" story


Just submitted to the Quadrangle...

It's sitting "In Moderation" though.  Wanna bet on whether they'll publish it?  Or even allow the students to SEE it online?

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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This includes marijuana smoking I assume?  After all, if the campus has the ability to enforce a rule against tobacco smoking, particularly in places like dorm rooms, it clearly has the ability (and legal obligation under state and federal law I believe) to enforce the law against marijuana smoking.  The College will not be able to claim that student drug use was beyond its control once it has admitted that it can and does indeed exercise the ability for such control.  It's quite possibly a dangerous can of legal  worms to open.

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, 1973

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[JR: Laugh! Always “pulling the tiger’s tail” I see. No sucker money here.]

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JOBIT: Zito, Gary S. [MC1987 RIP] on 2016-Sep-02



Gary S. Zito
1965 - 2016

May 12, 1965 - September 2, 2016
Cary (formerly of New York)

Gary S. Zito, 51, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016. Gary was born on May 12, 1965 in Brooklyn, NY to Frank Zito and the late Maria Zito (nee Musaracchio).

Gary received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Manhattan College. He was employed at Quintiles, Durham, NC.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, JoAnn Zito (nee Hinnerschitz) and his two children, Michael Zito (21) and Samantha Zito (14), his brother Nick Zito and his wife Wendy of Rathdrum, ID, his sister Lauren Parks and her husband Jeff of Fenton MI and his sister Angela Rush and her husband Bill of Monroe NY and several nieces and nephews.

Gary will be remembered for his devotion to the NY Mets, NY Jets, his love for his guitars and music.

Relatives and friends will be received from 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, September 7th at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St., Apex and are invited to celebrate a Mass on Thursday, September 8th at 11 am at St. Michael's the Archangel, High House Road, Cary. Friends and family are invited for lunch at St. Michael's Gallery immediately following the mass for lunch.

The family would like to thank Duke Hospice Care and the doctors and nurses at Hock Family Pavilion for their care and compassion over the past several months.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in memory of Gary.

Condolences may be sent to www.ApexFuneral.net
Published in The News & Observer on Sept. 4, 2016


Zito, Gary S. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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Dear John,

           I believe that Garry is a member of the Class of 1987.

               May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Zito, Gary S. [MC1987 RIP]

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COMMENT: Trynosky, Stephen K. (MC1968) thinks I am ...


Author    Stephen K. Trynosky
URL    https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/1255896778/
In Response To    ENDNOTE: An old, white bigot disconnects from his alma mater
Submitted on    2016/09/03 at 10:33 pm
How totally insensitive of you JR.

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Trynosky, Stephen K. (MC1968)

[JR: Well, I am a fat old white guy injineer. 

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JLINKEDIN: Jensen, Stephen [MC2013] Account Manager at Xaxis



Jensen, Stephen [MC2013]
Account Manager at Xaxis
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising

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JFACEBOOK: Strocchia, Leonard D. [MC1989] has an entry level Accountant job



Leonard D. Strocchia
2 hrs

Seeking to employ a Manhattan grad for an entry level Accountant to work full time in Bridgeport, CT for my steel construction company. Any interest? Email lenny c/o jasper@reinke dot cc

Visit Yankee Metals.

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Dear John,

            I believe that Leonard is a member of the Class of 1989.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Strocchia, Leonard D. [MC1989]

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JFOUND: Szeliga, Donna A. [MC1993] posts her resume



Donna A Szeliga Resume updated 2016 11h

EDUCATION Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y., B.S. Management, Minors: Marketing, Religious Studies. Knowledge and Operational Experience: Microsoft Office & Outlook J.D. Edwards ERP - OneWorld (AS400) …

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Szeliga, Donna A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Donna is a member of the Class of 1993.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Szeliga, Donna A. [MC1993]

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QUADRANGLE: Make MC Safe (Again?)???



Make MC Safe (Again?) – A Quad Staff Member Op-Ed
Posted on September 7, 2016 by MANHATTAN QUADRANGLE

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Editor’s Note: Several resident assistants were quoted anonymously in this op-ed, some of their names have been changed to protect their jobs and identities.

As part of Opening Weekend, incoming freshmen as well as transfer students are required to attend a “Fundamentals for First Year Students” presentation.

Some methods of this presentation caused a lot of frustration among various members of the student body.

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[JR: Seems to have some biased, strange, and possibly wrong advice. Quad does a good job on pointing them out.] 

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JOBIT: Barry, James J. [MC1959 RIP] on 2016-Sep-05



James J. Barry
February 17, 1938 - September 5, 2016   
Alexandria, Virginia

James was born on February 17, 1938 and passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016.

James was a resident of Alexandria, Virginia at the time of his passing.

A 1959 graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York.

He was married to Cynthia.

Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304, or at alexandriaanimals.org.


Barry, James J. [MC1959 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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JOBIT: McNamee, Robert 'Bobby' A. [MC???? RIP] on 2016-Aug-21



Robert A. McNamee
1923 - 2016
AGE: 93 • Estero, FL

Robert "Bobby" A. McNamee, 93, of Estero, Fl, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 21, 2016 in Port Charlotte, Fl.

Bobby was born in Yonkers, NY to Molly Fedo and Charles McNamee on April 12, 1923. A Graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Bobby also attended Manhattan College. He married Mabel Flower on November 24, 1949 at Sacred Heart Parish Yonkers, NY. He worked as a Salesman for Cooney Brothers Construction and retired from Area Paving Corp. Bobby served in WW II from 1943-1945 in the 752nd Engineer Supply Unit of the United States Army in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon. He was a Coach at Sacred Heart High School and always had a love for sports, competition, and a good card game.

Bobby will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Predeceased by his daughter, Marcia Lally, Bobby is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mabel F. McNamee, his children Robert McNamee, Mark McNamee (Elizabeth Farrell McNamee), and son-in-law James Lally, grandchildren Christopher, Amy, Elizabeth, Ryan Caroline, Gregg and Julianne, and his great-grandchildren Michael Tessa, and Raegan. We love you Bobby!

A Memorial Mass will be offered on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:30am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Inurnment of cremated remains will follow at St. Mary's Parish Cemetery, Bayview Ave., Manahawkin. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the above address to the St. Francis Aquatic Center in memory of Bobby McNamee. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 12th St., Ship Bottom.

Published in Beach Haven Times on Sept. 8, 2016


McNamee, Robert 'Bobby' A. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

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

                         May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Goldman , Stephanie [MC????] Assistant Principal at Parsons



HCSD Welcomes Stephanie Goldman As New Assistant Principal at Parsons
Promoted To New Role Following Highly Successful Tenure as Classroom Teacher and Literacy Specialist
By Harrison Central School District (Open Post) - September 7, 2016 2:20 pm ET

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The Harrison Central School District is excited to announce that Stephanie Goldman has assumed a leadership position as the new Assistant Principal at Parsons Memorial Elementary School. Ms. Goldman was promoted to this leadership role following her highly successful tenure as classroom teacher at the Parsons School.

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Goldman, Stephanie [MC????]

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JOBIT: Sexton, John Robert 'Jack' [MC1955 RIP] on 2016-Sep-06



John "Jack" Sexton
(1933 - 2016)

John Robert Sexton, ("Jack") 83, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, the 6th of September 2016. Jack was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to William Vincent and Rhoda Mary Sexton and had four siblings : William, James, Michael and Patricia.

Jack graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and subsequently obtained a Master of Science Industrial Management degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (New York University Polytechnic) .

He moved to Houston in 1979 and worked in the energy industry until his retirement in February 2015, spending his first 30 years at Texaco Inc., and his last 30 years in safety and environmental consulting as the President and Owner of HESC.

Jack was most happy when spending time with his wife and family, whether traveling or enjoying the company of the people that loved him. In 2005, Jack and Kathy built a beach house in Galveston with the specific goal of creating a space which they could share with their children, grandchildren and extended family. The family has enjoyed countless unforgettable moments over the past ten years at the beach house having ice cream drinks, playing poker, crabbing, boating, shooting fireworks, spending Sunday mornings at Holy Rosary Church or simply watching the grandchildren grow.

Jack has been an active member of St. Martha Catholic Church for the past 36 years, and has been active in the community from coaching youth soccer teams to teaching Sunday school at St. Martha . A devoted husband and father, he was preceded in death by his parents William and Rhoda and his brother Jim. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen as well as two daughters, Kathleen and her husband Greg and Maripat and her husband Paul; two sons, John and his wife Cindy and Tim and his wife Debra. He also leaves behind his ten grandchildren, Patrick, Colleen, Sarah, Claire, Katherine, Ellie, Luke, Charles, Nathan and Will .
Jack was professionally successful and personally loved by all of those touched by his wonderful sense of humor and zest for life that are unforgettable and sorely missed.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the evening of Sunday, the 11th of September at Darst Funeral Home at 796 Russell Palmer Rd., Kingwood, TX 77339. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday , the 12th of September, at St. Martha Catholic Church, 4301 Woodridge Pkwy, Porter, TX 77365 .
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Baylor College of Medicine's Alzheimer's Research Fund Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, MSC# 800 , PO BOX 4976 , Houston, TX 77210 or online at www.bcm.edu/giving - you are welcome to note it is a memorial gift in the name of John Sexton in the Tribute Information section. Or to the American Cancer Society .

For more information about Jack, to sign the online register book, to offer your condolences or fond memories of Jack to his family, please visit DarstFuneralHome.com.

Darst Funeral Home
796 Russell Palmer Rd
Kingwood, TX 77339
(281) 312-5656

Published on youratascocitanews.com from Sept. 8 to Sept. 21, 2016


Sexton, John Robert 'Jack' [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/atascocita/john-sexton-jack-condolences/181342951?cid=full

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Dear John,

             I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1955.

                  May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sexton, John Robert 'Jack' [MC1955 RIP]

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JFOUND: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) calling all "associates"


Attn: Mr. Edward Lampert
Chairman and CEO
Sears Home ServicesSears Holding Corporation
3333 Beverly Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60179

Dear Mr. Lampert:

We have been attempting, since 31st August 2016, to get our Kenmore washing machine fixed.

On 31st August we were visited by technician 0003101 and were told that the repair would cost $770.00.
While we briefly considered purchasing a replacement washer, this became impractical when we were informed that our (still functioning) dryer would not be able to stack correctly upon a newer model dryer. At this point we decided upon repairing the machine.

When I called to make a subsequent appointment— presumably for the repair– I made it abundantly clear what the problem was.Still, when we were visited a second time, on 3rd September 2016, all technician 0819755 did was charge us $344.97.

Yesterday, when I called, I was told that the next available appointment was for 15th September.

So far, we have paid Sears $436.23 and I have an ever-growing pile of laundry that wants washing.

I have to wonder, if we had ordered a new washer and dryer, how eager Sears would be to arrange for their installation.

Please be advised that the delay in executing this repair will have an immediate effect on whether or not we ever purchase another Sears product, or, indeed, patronize any of your stores.

In the coming years we may likely decide to replace our range, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and air conditioners. Do you think it likely, given the way this matter has been handled, that we will choose to purchase these units from Sears? I don’t think so.

In addition, you may rest assured that we will share this negative experience with our friends, associates, and relatives. They purchase appliances too.

I noted, in your listing in Hoover’s, that you have 40,000 employees. Is it possible that one of them might be available, today, to fix our washer?

Yours sincerely,
MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick

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McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

[JR: Argh!] 

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JNEWS: Lasher, Micah [MC????] state Senate district candidate



Micah Lasher for state Senate
The standout choice (NYC Mayor's Office)
Friday, September 9, 2016, 7:44 PM

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Voters in the Manhattan state Senate district that stretches from the borough’s northern tip to Chelsea have an unusually worthy choice in energetic, knowledgeable up-and-comer Micah Lasher.

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Born in the Dominican Republic, Alcantara came to the U.S. as a child and graduated from Manhattan College. As a Bernie Sanders Democratic convention delegate, she is surely committed to progressive principles, but she lacks seasoning for the post.

The Daily News endorses Lasher in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

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Lasher, Micah [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Alexander, Richard [MC1981] Roxbury school board candidate



Educational group backs three for Roxbury school board
Sep 9, 2016

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ROXBURY TWP. -- An organized group which says it strongly supports the educational system in the grades K-12 school district has backed three candidates, including two incumbents, for the Nov. 8 school board race.

When voters go to the polls to vote for the next president of the United States, they will also be choosing three candidates to sit on the school board for three years each.

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Richard Alexander

Alexander and his wife Anne are 24 year Roxbury residents. Their three daughters are products of the Roxbury school system.

Alexander is a product director for Asurion and holds a masters in finance along with a bachelor's degree in computer information systems and a minor in accounting. He is a Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and U.S. Olympic Trials participant. He has been active in the community as former head coach of the Roxbury Recreation Track and Field program for seven years. He served as religious education board member, parish council finance liaison and religious education teacher at St. Elizabeth.

He is on the Personnel and Facilities committees and is the Chair of the Community Relations and Shared Services Committee, where he spearheaded the establishment of the Roxbury Distinguished Alumni Award. Additional focus areas have been ongoing communications through newsletters and frequent press releases, as well as gaining strong community involvement during the establishment of the district’s five year strategic plan. The district also gains input into areas such as the school calendar through a committee of parents, community members and multi-denominational clergy to meet the need of township residents.

“I’m passionate about Roxbury and developing our children to the best of their ability. I’m proud of our educational and extra-curricular achievements as well as our infrastructure advancements and recognized fiscal accountability.”

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Alexander, Richard [MC1981]

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JHQ: Alma Mater's ROI video



manhattancollege has uploaded Manhattan College's Return on Investment & Career Outcomes

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Pancreatic Cancer sufferer


Good Afternoon All,

Bob Mattis asks for our prayers for the Sister of a very close friend of his. She has been recently diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. She is being treated and is responding and needs our prayers. Please raise the volume as we pray that her treatment is completely successful in curing her Cancer. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: What are your "defaults"?



Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World
The many ways we act by default (without even knowing it).
by Lena Groeger ProPublica, July 27, 2016, 8 a.m.

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In the U.S. when you register for your driver’s license, you’re asked whether or not you’d like to be an organ donor. We operate on an opt-in basis: that is, the default is that you are not an organ donor. If you want to donate your organs, you need to actively check a box on the DMV questionnaire. Only about 40 percent of the population is signed up to be an organ donor.

In other countries such as Spain, Portugal and Austria, the default is that you’re an organ donor unless you explicitly choose not to be. And in many of those countries over 99 percent of the population is registered. A recent study found that countries with opt-out or “presumed consent” policies don’t just have more people who sign up to be donors, they also have consistently higher numbers of transplants.

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I’m an organ donor only because I am trying to “sneak into” Heaven.

Seriously, if what I no longer have use for can help someone else, then why not.

Over and above that, I’m going to start looking at “my defaults”. They may be more important than any of my many faults.

Maybe I can remind you all to select recycling “your parts”?

Dona Nobis Pacem

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