JASPER JOTTINGS Week 45  - 2016 Nov 06   

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



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POSITRACTION: Social media delivers a save



Tip Saves Olympic Swimmer From Skin Cancer
 by McKinley Corbley - Oct 21, 20160

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Skin cancer is one of the most common and treatable forms of cancer in the world – but if gone unchecked, it can still be life-threatening.

That’s why Olympic swimmer Mackenzie “Mack” Horton is grateful that he has a guardian angel out there watching over him.

During the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, someone emailed the swim team doctor and said that the 20-year-old Australian athlete should get a mole on his chest looked at.

The anonymous spectator turned out to be correct in identifying the spot as cancerous.

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Great save by the social media.

Everyone should take any strange moles or their pictures to heart!

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MOBIT: Ruddy, Juliana Julie Burkard [MCspouse RIP] on 2016-Oct-27



Juliana Ruddy
1926 - 2016

Juliana (Julie) (Burkard) born in Queens, NY in 1926, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH.

She was the oldest of four daughters of Philip and Charlotte (Viebrock) Burkard of Forest Hills, NY. Julie graduated from Mary Louis Academy and Good Council College in White Plains (College of White Plains). Additionally, she completed two years at Fordham Law School. Julie married Walter Ruddy, a WWII vet and Manhattan College graduate in October 1949, and they had three children- Richard, Barbara and the late Donald (1992).

In addition to being a full-time mother, avid reader, knitter and bridge player, Julie was active in Glen Rock, NJ at the Public Library and St. Catharine's School, where she taught Sunday school and was active in the parish Rosary Altar Society. They lived in Glen Rock, NJ, from 1961 until moving to Cincinnati in 2009.

Walter died in 2012. Julie is survived by two children - Barbara Ruddy (Denver, CO), her children - Nicole Baran, Eric and Lauren Zell Baran, and Andrew Baran; Richard Ruddy and Barbara Wriston-Ruddy (Cincinnati, OH), their children - Charlotte Rebecca and John Davis, Amanda and Meg Ruddy.

A memorial service is to be planned. Memorials may be made to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Gay Men's Health Crisis. Condolences to hodappfuneralhome.com

Published in the Kentucky Enquirer from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2016


Ruddy, Juliana Julie Burkard [MCspouse RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Good Evening All,

Our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Juliana 'Julie' Burkard Ruddy, Wife of Fellow Jasper Walter R. Ruddy '48 BS (deceased, 2012). We pray for Juliana, Walter and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. The Family have shared the following Obituary. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JUPDATE: Scheer, Sr. Jeanne Clare [MC1954 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Dear John,

             I believe that Sister is a member of the Class of 1954.

                    May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

JOBIT: Scheer, Sr. Jeanne Clare [MC1954 RIP] on 2016-Oct-112016-Oct-27
Obituary | Sr. Jeanne Clare Scheer, OPSubmitted on October 27, 2016

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JHQ: New York City reception, hosted by Ed Martinson '91, at the Mason Jar


Manhattan College Alumni shared their event.
Jaspers, we're just over a week away from our New York City reception, hosted by Ed Martinson '91, at the Mason Jar. Guests will have a chance to "meet and greet" with the head men's and women's basketball coaches as well as catch up and network with other alumni.
Learn more and register today at connect.manhattan.edu/nyc (2006-2016 are invited to attend at a discounted rate)!

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JLINKEDIN: Trocciola, John [MC1963] Senior Technical Consultant at SRA



Trocciola, John [MC1963]
Senior Technical Consultant at SRA, a CSRA company
Renewables & Environment

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Dear John,

             I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1963.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Williams, Chris B. [MC1993] a positive energy coach



Motivational Speak Chris B. Williams Speaks with Crusader Athletic Leadership Council

October 30, 2016 at 8:17 PM

CLARK, NJ – Clark’s Crusader Athletic Leadership Council held their first meeting of the year of Tuesday, Oct. 25 with guest speaker Chris B. Williams.

Williams, a positive energy coach, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and mentor, came to discuss leadership as it pertains to all student athletes.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Williams was an All-City and All-State basketball player, before receiving a full scholarship to Manhattan College where he led his team to NCAA tournament, winning the MAAC Championships in 1993.  Today, Williams draws on these enriching experiences in his personal development programs through his company Williams Unlimited Inc.

Community involvement is a priority for Chris, and in 2013, he co-founded the Williams & Bullock Basketball Academy, an organization that helps aspiring athletes be better players and better people. In addition, he oversees a group called Keeping It Real, which helps teenagers connect spiritual ideals with current events. A lifelong basketball lover, Chris is also the voice of the Manhattan Jaspers, broadcasting all of the men and women’s televised and radio games.

“The C.A.L.C. would like to thank Chris Williams for coming in to share his thoughts on leadership,” Arthur L. Johnson High School Athletic Director Gus Kalikas said.  “His vast experience was not only interesting, but useful in our quest to develop better leaders amongst our student athletes.”

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Williams, Chris B. [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Williams, Chris B. [MC1993]

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


Good Evening All,

I ask for your prayers for a friend of our Niece Kerry. Karen Stevenson has had a major operation to remove a Brain Tumor. The Doctors feel they were able to get the entire Tumor but it was malignant and of a terrible species. It is considered one that generally recurs and the prognosis is not good. Karen has four boys. The oldest 14, the youngest 7. Karen and her Family need our prayers. Please raise the volume for this young woman as we pray that the MDs prognosis is wrong and that Karen's recovery is complete and that the malignancy does not grow once again. Your prayers will be so appreciated. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JNEWS: McGorry, Ken [MC1973] author of 'Ghost Hampton'



Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Interview with Ken McGorry, author of 'Ghost Hampton'

Ken McGorry has been writing since third grade. (He learned in first grade, but waited two years.) He started a school newspaper with friends in seventh grade, but he’s better known for his 23 years as an editor of Post Magazine, a monthly covering television and film production. This century, he took up novel-writing and Ghost Hampton and Smashed are examples. More are in the works, like the promised Ghost Hampton sequel, but he’s kinda slow.

Ken lives on Long Island with his wife and they have two strapping sons. There are dogs. Ken is also a chef (grilled cheese, and only for his sons) and he enjoys boating (if it’s someone else’s boat). He has a band, The Achievements, that plays his songs (try https://soundcloud.com/ken-mcgorry). Back at Manhattan College (English major!), he was a founding member of the venerable Meade Bros. Band. Ken really was an employee of Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons one college summer, and really did mow Dan’s lawn.

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McGorry, Ken [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe  that Ken is a member of the Class of 1973.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McGorry, Ken [MC1973]

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JHQ: November Alumni Connection page



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JFOUND: MC2012 Duo are now on different tracks



Dee & Judes: the story.
Posted on October 31, 2016 by EXXXTEELeave a comment

Compiling a few thoughts and inside jokes while enjoying personal supply of Cadbury chocolate. What’s better way to celebrate a favorite holiday than to tell the story of usDee?

2016 11Nov 01 duo

8:45AM; standing at a crossroads in Grand Central Station.

“This is me – I’m going to the train.”

“I have a few minutes. I’m running to the bathroom. This was fun – we should do it more often. Have some morning coffee, I’ll head to work a little later…”

“Sounds like a plan – see ya later!”

And for the first time since it’s happened, it finally sunk in that our era as roommates was officially no longer our reality.


August 2008: I sat down in the last possible row in Manhattan College’s chapel to kick off freshman orientation absolutely pretending to be too school for cool but really praying to dear God that someone would be my friend. A girl slid into the seat next to me.

The rest, my friends, is history.

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Ms. X [MC2012]

Ms. Y [MC2012]

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JOBIT: Sbezzi, Carmelo [MC1958] on 2016-Oct-28


Dear John,

     I believe that Carmelo Sbezzi is a member of the Class of 1958. He and his wife Henrietta were killed in a head-on collision on last Friday. See article below.

       May They Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sbezzi, Carmelo [MC1958]

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From The White Plains Daily Voice.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- A married couple from Tarrytown were killed Friday afternoon in a head-on collision that occurred on Route 100A in the Hartsdale section of Greenburgh, Greenburgh Police said Saturday afternoon.

The crash occurred around 2:15 p.m. near a residence at 313 West Hartsdale Avenue (Route 100A), police said.

Arriving officers found a 2009 Chrysler Town & Country operated by Michelle Bonet, 43, of White Plains and a Lexus E35 operated by Carmelo Sbezzi, 80, of Tarrytown and his wife Henrietta, 82, a passenger in the vehicle, had collided head on.

Greenburgh EMS treated and transported the three occupants with serious injuries to the Westchester County Medical Center where Henrietta succumbed to her injuries. A short while later her husband Carmelo was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Bonet was admitted to the hospital with injuries she sustained in the crash. She was also placed under arrest and charged with vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, a Class C felony, and was awaiting arraignment on the charge. No further details on the charges have been released.

Route 100A was closed through the afternoon and into the evening Friday for an investigation of the crash.
Greenburgh Detectives are continuing the investigation in conjunction with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Greenburgh Police at 914-989-1710

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JOBIT: Suarez, Robert ‘Bob' Michael [MC1963 RIP] on 2016-Nov-01



Robert Suarez
1940 - 2016


Robert (Bob) Michael Suarez, 76, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully in the early hours at Manor Care, Chambersburg on November 1, 2016 from complications of Alzheimer's.

Robert was born on May 7, 1940 in New York City, NY, to Benigno and Digna Suarez, originally from Perlora, Asturias, Spain. He was a 1958 graduate of St. Agnes High School and a 1963 graduate of Manhattan College, both in New York City (NYC). He had started his graduate studies at Fordham University, NYC, when his ROTC commission to the U.S. Air Force was activated in 1965. He received his MS in International Relations from Troy State University in 1983 while stationed in Germany.

Bob spent 25 years as an intelligence officer in the Air Force. He had tours of duty at Goodfellow AFB, TX, Myrtle Beach, SC, Udorn, Thailand, Washington, DC, Omaha, NE; and Zweibrucken and Ramstein, Germany. He met and married his wife, Judith (Judy) K. Schroeder, at Zweibrucken Air Base on January 22, 1977. Both he and Judy jointly retired from the Air Force on September, 30 1990 as Lieutenant Colonels.

He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal with one device, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one device, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Short-Term Ribbon, Air Force Long-Term Ribbon with one device, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with five devices, Air Force Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with one device, and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon.

Following his military service, he was employed by the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a contractor supporting the Department of Defense from October 1990 through May 2005, when he retired to St. Thomas.

Bob loved reading, photography, traveling, collecting books, coins, and stamps.He was an excellent chef, learning the basics working in his father's luncheonette in NYC.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Benigno and Digna Suarez, of New York City, NY. He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Judy; his brother, Alfred, of Bay Shore, NY; and his sister, Diana Barbas, of New City, NY; and several nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob's name to the Alzheimer's Association , 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, Pa 1711

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Suarez, Robert ‘Bob' Michael [MC1963 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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


Good Evening All,

George Skau asks for our prayers for his Cousin, Gordon Skau. Gordon is in Stonybrook Hospital on Long Island. At 85, Gordon is still in there pitching. He has dealt with Emphysema for the past 10 years or so and he is in serious condition having suffered a collapsed Lung and Congestive Heart problems. We pray for this good man's recovery and for his Family as they are of course
worried. We pray that the MDs are able to get his several and severe problems under control. nPlease keep up the volume. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JFOUND: Sullivan, Kevin [MC1991] cited as an example



November 3, 2016, 9:39 PM Last updated: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9:39 PM
Sullivan: Eli Apple trying to maintain Giant balance

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It is actually a breed I am intimately familiar with, having worked as a sportswriter since the early 1990s, having raised a son who would become a Division I athlete. My Kevin didn’t turn his javelin career at Manhattan College into a profession, nor did he deal with anything near the scrutiny Apple had at Ohio State and now with the Giants, but I know it would have been so emotionally challenging to write about subjects that would have affected him directly. Eli has lauded his mother’s burgeoning career in the past, expressing pride in her achievements despite knowing it could ripple his way. She did not return a message left Thursday.

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Dear John,

          I believe that Kevin is a member of the Class of 1991.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sullivan, Kevin [MC1991]

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ENDNOTE: Will "Catholics" vote the way this theologian expects?



Theologian Michael Novak: For Catholics, Hillary Is Simply ‘Unvotable’
30 Oct 2016

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Novak said that he believes that one of the essential dividing lines between the two parties today revolves around the liberal indoctrination received in American higher education and the subsequent control over U.S. culture.

“The main issue in this election is the divide between those who are college educated and those who have not attended,” says Novak. “The former have a firm grip on the country. They control the TV stations, newspapers, radio, universities, all the great vehicles of culture.”

“Some argue that they have formed a new social class, under the hegemony and control of the Democratic Party. They have drunk from a secular teaching that draws its content from New York Times editorials,” he said.

Catholics “are regarded with suspicion” by the academic elites, Novak said, “because the new politically correct class looks down on all those who do not think as they do, accusing them of sexism and racism.”
“If ordinary people are still realistic and live with their feet on the ground, the elites—well represented by the Democrats—are outside the world,” he said.

“In short, they have control of culture, but not of the neighborhoods, not of the streets,” he said.

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One can only guess.

Has the the “Secular Progressive” culture had a “corrosive” effect on Catholics?

I wonder.

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