JASPER JOTTINGS Week 49  - 2016 Dec 04    

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



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POSITRACTION: "Don't worry about what you can't control"




On this episode:

The #1 Election Question
Add These Conversations to Your Holiday To-Do List
How Long Will It Take the Economy to Respond to a New President?
Related Content

7 Ways to Prepare for a Trump Presidency
3 Tips to Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season
Stay Cool, Calm and Collected When Investing

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I don’t recommend this for Ric comments about Trump. (Although I liked them. Basically, it’s no big deal.)
I did for the email he reported from a 99 year old Customer about the secret to a long and happy life.
Essentially simple.
"Don't worry about what you can't control"
Ric compared that to another 50 year old Customer, who had just made a huge financial mistake based on what he thought the market would do when Trump was elected. To the tune of 100k$ in taxes, a huge amount in transaction fees, and 8% of his total portfolio!!!
This advice, and his other four points, are worth at least considering.
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JLINKEDIN: Berrios, Peter [MC2008] CSOC Supv at Alice USA



Berrios, Peter [MC2008]
Customer Service Operations Center Supervisor at Alice USA
Bronx, New York


Highly experienced leader with 11 years of experience providing customer support in a busy contact center environment for a major Telecommunications Company. A self-motivated professional with expertise working in high pressure and competitive environments. An articulate communicator with the ability to motivate others through leadership and strategic planning. Seeking a leadership role with an organization where I can enhance productivity and apply my core competencies such as: strategic planning, attention to details, team building, budget management and leading management team.

Selected Areas of Expertise:

Call Center Management
Skills Based Routing
Genesys Administrator
Business Continuity & Vendor Management
Workforce Management
Aspect eWFM and Aspect Empower
ACD/IVR Management
Team Building, Leading, Mentoring & Motivating
Lean Management
Continuous improvement
Call Center Flow & Routing Design
Operations Planning
Cost Reduction / AvoidanceExecutive
Leadership Presentations
Process & Performance Improvements
Six Sigma White Belt

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for John S' result


Good Evening All,

We have been praying for John S., a Fellow Jasper and High School Classmate of Mike McEneney. John writes, " The Doctors have signed off on me, so I guess I am cured. Thank the Prayer Group for me. I guess it worked. " Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) shares pictures of Little Luke


 Good Evening All,

I hope this works out as I am trying to share some pictures of our Littlest Jasper, Lukie, as he celebrates his Ninth Birthday. His Mom asked me to share these pictures with you and thank you for all your prayers. Judging by his smile, Lukie is enjoying himself. He is having a wonderful year and making great strides in school. So I ask you to keep the prayers going for our littlest Jasper. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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[JR: Great. Thanks. On an editorial note, I had to edit the first and third pictures because the software kept trying to rotate them. Hope no one minds. ] 

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JOY: Barkz, Brian [MC????] engaged to Lauren Arcuri



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Brian Barkz with Lauren Arcuri.
November 23       

Got Engaged to Lauren Arcuri
November 23

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Barkz, Brian [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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

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JOBIT: Roden, Donald F. [MC???? RIP] on 2016-Nov-29



Donald F. Roden, 90, of Westfield, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday November 29. 2016.

Donald's visitation will be on Thursday December 1st, from 2-4 and 7-9PM at Gray Funeral Directors, 318 E. Broad St., Westfield. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:15AM Friday December 2, 2016 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Westfield. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery, Newark.

Donald was born October 17, 1926 in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan and grew up in the Bronx. He began teaching at the age of 20 and received a B.A. From Manhattan College. He later earned an M.A.from Seton Hall University and pursued doctoral studies at Fordham University. From 1958 to 1993 he taught at Seton Hall Preparatory School and from 1994 to 2006 at Oratory Preparatory School. At the age of 80 he began teaching at Union County College, which he continued until he turned 87. For many years he also taught at Seton Hall University. Over the course of his career, spanning 66 years in the classroom, he touched many lives.

Before moving to Westfield, he lived in Michigan, Newark, and Springfield.

He leaves his wife of 56 years, Arlene; his son Dr. Frederick Roden, and his partner Dr. Joseph Portanova; and his granddog Hildegard. He is also survived by two brothers, Charles of Arizona and James of Maine, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was lovingly cared for by Dr. Paolo Salvatore and his friends Martha, Esther, and Edwin.

In lieu of flowers, contact a family member regarding a charity. To leave condolences please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com.


Roden, Donald F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

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

                      May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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

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JFOUND: VerBrugge, Yine [MC????] ExxonMobil pipeline division



Yine VerBrugge: The problem solver

Any time that I’m back home in New York, I try to stop by Aquinas High School (class of 2003) in the Bronx. The school is just a few blocks from the Bronx Zoo and I credit the place, its teachers and the friends I made there for helping me get to where I am today – working for one of the world’s largest energy companies.
New York City is home. It’s where I was born and went to high school and college, at Manhattan College, where I majored in civil engineering. Through grade school, I also got to spend some time in my parents’ homeland, the Dominican Republic (DR), with my grandparents in Santiago, the island’s second-largest city. I still go back to the DR to vacation with my sisters and to visit friends and family.

Math and science always came easy to me. At Aquinas, I credit my tenth grade math teacher, Mrs. Horwath, an electrical engineer, for showing me how I could use my science and math skills to pursue a career in engineering.

I was initially connected with ExxonMobil thanks to a college scholarship that I earned from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. ExxonMobil helps support the foundation, so in addition to tuition I was introduced to a company mentor. Much like Mrs. Horwath back at Aquinas, my mentor showed me how I could use my engineering degree in the energy industry.

I’ve now been at ExxonMobil for a little more than eight years. My first assignment was in New York, where I helped maintain and replace the massive underground tanks that store the gasoline we sell at our service stations. Since then, other jobs have allowed me to travel the world.

Right now I work for our pipeline division. In June, my team and I completed one of our challenging projects, at our Beaumont refinery in Texas. We were tasked with connecting a pipeline extension to an operating pipe. I know this may sound like a real simple task but believe me, it wasn’t. That’s because the pipe we connected to the extension fed the entire facility, so shutting down that particular pipe would have taken the whole refinery – and the 345,000 barrels of oil it processed every day – offline. Talk about pressure…that’s equivalent to the average daily fuel consumption of about 10 million U.S. cars.

Add to this that we only had a three-day window to perform the operation. But thanks to careful preparation and great teamwork, we pulled it off without a hitch. The new extension has increased Beaumont’s daily capacity by more than 5 percent, helping to meet the energy demands of America.

Those are the types of team achievements that I share with students any time that I am back at Aquinas. I also tell them how the teachers there pushed me to excel and how the confidence that they instilled in me has helped me get to where I am today.

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VerBrugge, Yine [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Primerano, Lauren [MC2003] NYC Parks Manager of the Year



Lauren Primerano added 3 new photos.> 1 hr New York, NY >>

Grateful and honored to be selected as NYC Parks Manager of the year. I was extremely nervous but I got through my acceptance speech. A huge thank you to Commissioner Silver, Commissioner Adena Long, Louis Vazquez, and the entire team at Ocean Breeze for helping to make Ocean Breeze the best Indoor Track Complex in the United States.

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Primerano, Lauren [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe that Lauren is a member of the class of 2003.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Primerano, Lauren [MC2003]

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JHQ: December Alumni Connection page


[JR: The link on Alma Mater’s site to this content isn’t working.] 

Monday, January 23, 2017 | TPC Sawgrass, Live Oak Room
Jacksonville Alumni Reception
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | Palmer Legends Country Club, Oak Room
The Villages Alumni Luncheon
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Quail West Golf & Country Club
Southwest Florida Golf Outing & Dinner
Thursday, February 9, 2017 | The Waldorf Astoria
De La Salle Medal Dinner
Alumni Spanning Five Decades Inducted Into 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame
Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols Returns to Campus
Manhattan College Named to Victory Media's 2017 Military Friendly Schools List

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Remember Stella D'Oro?



Betsy O'Hagan
5 mins   
This is a public service announcement - especially to all Riverdalians. Remember how growing up when Stella D'Oro was making breakfast treats the entire neighborhood smelled like almond? Then they were sold to Nabisco and the smell was gone and the cookie was never really the same. Now they've been sold again and the result is CRAP. I bought Swiss Fudge Cookies to bring somewhere today and when they were opened they were dry, chalky and basically horrible. IS NOTHING SACRED???? :(
This is a public service announcement - especially to all Riverdalians. Remember how growing up when Stella D'Oro was making breakfast treats the entire neighborhood smelled like almond? Then they were sold to Nabisco and the smell was gone and the cookie was never really the same. Now they've been sold again and the result is CRAP. I bought Swiss Fudge Cookies to bring somewhere today and when they were opened they were dry, chalky and basically horrible. IS NOTHING SACRED????

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[JR: While not by a Jasper, I read this and remembered. Thought my fellow Jaspers would get a laff out of it. I remember the Mounties that used to hand with “us” would swear that the scent add to their waistline and their cyclic depression. Laugh! I think I can still remember the scent of those cookies. Argh! Now I just added to my circumference. Sorry for the aside, but I connect Stella D’Oro with Alma Mater.] 

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JNEWS: O’Neill, Kyle [MC2018] opines on the Mets



About The Author

Kyle O'Neill

Kyle is from Pearl River, New York. Been with Baseball Essential since Nov. 2015. He is currently a junior at Manhattan College in the Bronx with aspirations of turning this into a full-time career.

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O’Neill, Kyle [MC2018]

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

Good Afternoon All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for the repose of the soul of Bob Muhr. Bob, a retired Firefighter from Worcester, MA was married to Cathie's Cousin. We pray for Bob, his Wife, Celeste and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one, this good man who dedicated his life to help save others. Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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ENDNOTE: Why some don’t donate?



The Volokh Conspiracy
Why I don’t donate to my alma mater, Yale Law School
By David Bernstein November 1 at 10:06 AM

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I graduated from Yale Law School in 1991, and the 25th reunion was held recently. As you might expect, I was solicited to contribute to the law school.

I was ready to give at least a modest gift, but then I started thinking about how unlike literally every other “elite” law school, Yale Law School has never in my lifetime hired a conservative public law (constitutional law, administrative law and so forth) scholar. (Robert Bork was hired as an antitrust scholar, and only wrote about constitutional law later.) This was true even during the Dean Guido Calabresi era, when the law school hired several free-market-oriented law and economics private law scholars.

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Not that I personally expect a job at Yale, but I can’t see why I should support, even via a nominal donation, an institution that wouldn’t hire someone like me who was otherwise qualified for the job.

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Could it be that “schools” have wandered too far from their alums?

Not everyone is in complete disagreement with the way that “catholic education” has strayed from core principles. As is evidenced by awards to CINO politicians or having speakers that are abhorrent with their views.

It’s sad. But it is a marketplace of ideas, and many alums just are not “buying”.

There’s a principle in business networking that goes something like — “first help; then seek to be helped”. Perhaps “schools” need to go back to that principle.


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