JASPER JOTTINGS Week 09 - 2018 Mar 04   

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POSITRACTION: Can kindness help?



When Teens Are Asked to do Something Kind, They Write 5,100 Notes to Uplift Every Student in School
By Good News Network-Feb 24, 2018

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When the students at Carmel Clay High School were asked to do something kind for their fellow classmates, they did not just rise to the occasion; they owned it.

Sarah Wolff, who teaches a ceramics class at the school in Carmel, Indiana, asked a group of her pupils to do something nice for their fellow students. She figured that – following the tragic events at the school in Parkland, Florida last week – her students could benefit from even a trickle of positive vibes.

The teens then agreed to write and print out inspiring notes for their peers—not just the ones they were friends with, but a note for every student in the school.

As a result, the youngsters wrote 5,100 individual notes of inspiration and taped them to the school lockers on Wednesday.

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I’m no goody two shoes but I’d like to hope this is more effective than any “gun prohibition”.

Clearly, the Parkland Florida was a disturbed individual, but perhaps, just if just one person had taped such a note to his locker, things might have been different.

Maybe if we all listen and reach out a little more, we can be that change?

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Pamela's Mother


Good Afternoon All,

From Terry Gaffney. Terry a couple of days ago met Pamela Jimenez at the Dominican Scholarship function and Pamela asked for our prayers for her Mother. Pamela's Mother, is recovering from Brain Surgery and needs our prayers as her recovery continues. We pray for Pamela's Mother that her recovery continues as hoped for, free of any complication and that it be complete and speedy.

Pamela, is the Director of The Camino Program at Manhattan College and we met her as she spoke of the program at our last Alumni Board meeting.

Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JUPDATE: Granchelli, Joseph A. [MC1952 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: Granchelli, Joseph A. [MC1952 RIP] 2018-Feb-21



GRANCHELLI - Joseph A., died peacefully in the arms of his loving wife Margaret on February 21, 2018 at the age of 88.

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

                I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1952.

                      May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Granchelli, Joseph A. [MC1952 RIP]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) spots a typo that Mike and I missed


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From: Mike Toner
Date: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 12:50 AM
Subject: Jasper Jottings Report Items
To: jasper@reinke

What did you find?: In the recent web-published JJ - ace reporter Mike McE reports on the following:

John J. Hallissey III
1961 - 2018

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1953.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hallissey, John J. III [MC1953 RIP]

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It just seems a bit hard to wrap one's head around a Jasper born in 1961 who graduated alma mater in 1953...

Perhaps Mike has an explanation for this Back to the Future phenomenon...

Thanks as always for your and Mike's good and generous work...

Mike Toner
Buffalo, NY
BEE 1972

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Dear John,

               Mike's correct - I blew that one!

              Sorry about that. It should have read 1983 - those typos will get you every time.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Mike, don’t feel too bad. I just breezed on by it too. ]

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


Good Morning All,

I ask for your Prayers for a close Family friend, Marcie Knox. Marcie is going in for Brain Surgery and Stent Implant today Monday, February 26, 2018 down here in Delaware. We pray that God guide the Surgeon's hand and we pray for Complete and speedy recovery free of any complication. We pray for Marcie's Daughter, Sherry who is by Marcie's side and my Sister, Myrna, Marcie's best friend. Thank you. God Bless.

Update: Nancy Maksomski has shared the good news that her Dad's knee replacement surgery went very well free of complication and requiring local Anesthesia which eliminated complications. Mr. Maksomski will begin Home Therapy on Monday, February 26, 2018. Nancy and her Family thank you for your prayers. We pray that he is up and around soon. Nancy says that a visit from Granddaughter Charlotte will be speeding up the healing process as she  brings a big smile to his face.

Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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QUADRANGLE: Weikel, Scott [MC1994] remembers Brother President



Letter to the Editor: A Reflection On My Time with Brother Thomas Scanlan
Posted on February 26, 2018 by The Quadrangle in Letters, Opinions & Editorials, Top Stories
The following letter to the editor was sent by Manhattan College alum Scott Weikel, class of 1994. It has been lightly edited for publication.

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JOBIT: Lester, Thomas [MC???? RIP] 2018-Feb-27



Thomas Lester

Thomas Joseph Francis Lester (77), Lincoln, CA, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by those who loved and cared for him. Tom (Butch to his family) was born in Butte, Montana and attended Central High School in Butte. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Iona College and received a Master's Degree in Mathematics from Manhattan College in New York.

While enrolled in a PhD program at UC Davis, he began teaching mathematics in the Del Paso Heights area of Sacramento. This experience fueled a long career in education, including positions at CSUS, the California Department of Education, and WestEd. He created a statewide program, Math Matters, to provide high quality professional educational development that supported the teaching of mathematics with the goal of making it entertaining and more accessible to all students. Through Math Matters, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge and strategies with teachers, and his eyes twinkled in a magical way as he saw teachers' jaws drop when their students engaged in and grew excited about mathematics.

He was named an Emeritus Member of Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics, and in 2003, he was honored with the prestigious California Council of Mathematics' Edward Begle Memorial Award.

In addition to his career as an educator, Tom was one of the founders of Plexers, the entertaining word puzzles that could be found in the Sacramento Bee and Montana Standard. He could often be found jotting down ideas or quick notes for future puzzles and loved sharing them with all.

Tom loved spending time being active and outdoors, carrying this love even into his final days. Though he loved playing, coaching and watching all sports, golf was by far his favorite, especially after his retirement. He could be found almost daily on his own backyard putting green, often joined by his grandchildren, or on his favorite local courses. He loved attending the annual celebrity golf tournament held in South Lake Tahoe with friends and family.

He especially enjoyed planning vacations and celebrations that brought his family and friends together. He also loved traveling to places like Australia, Ireland and Hawaii. Tom spent his life surrounded by a loving family and caring friends.

He is survived by his life partner and friend, Susan Iida; his two children, Christopher (Mandi) Lester and Cara (Michael) Kopecky; his grandchildren, Henry, Alexander, Ruby, and Sophia; his siblings, JoAnn Anderson, Sister Lynn Lester, James (Wilene) Lester, Kim (David) Scott; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Margaret Lester (Torpy); and brother-in-law, Ralph Anderson. A celebration of Tom's life will be held on March 4, 2018 at the Sun City Lincoln Hills Clubhouse at 2:00pm.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 27, 2018


Lester, Thomas [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/sacbee/thomas-lester-condolences/188300170?cid=full

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MOBIT: Burke, Robert Joseph Sr. [MCattendee RIP] 2018-Feb-25



Robert Joseph Burke Sr.
MARCH 16, 1922 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018

"Life Is But A Wink In The Eye Of Time"

Robert Joseph Burke, Sr., age 95, of McLean, VA and Northport, NY, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 25, 2018 in the loving arms of his daughters at home in New York. Born March 16, 1922 in Hells Kitchen, NY, he was the only child of Nelle Burke. Robert graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine in1940 and attended Manhattan College for 2 years. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted with the US Navy in 1942, serving aboard the TBF Avenger aircraft in the South Pacific. Robert was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Purple Heart. In 1947, Robert married his devoted wife of 45 years, Cecelia O'Rourke Burke, and together they raised 5 children. He enjoyed a very successful business career, including the role as Executive Vice President for Giant Food, Inc.

Robert was the loving father of 5 children; Kathy Burke Rhodes (John), Patricia Ann, Therese Lee, Robert Joseph, Jr. (Terry) and Michael Anthony, Sr. (Rosemary) and cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5 – 8 PM at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA. A funeral Mass will follow on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1 PM at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis TN. Online condolences may be made at www.murphyfuneralhomes.com


Burke, Robert Joseph Sr. [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers". Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many went to never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

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JNEWS: Fischer, Amanda [MC2010] Sr Mktg Mgr at Updater



YOUTecH with Amanda Fischer
Staff Writer — Feb 28 2018

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Knowing Amanda…

Wait, but first, who is she?!

Senior Marketing Manager at Updater!

Basically, the lady behind the management, coordination and implementation of all marketing efforts and programs for the company, (ultimately driving strategic business value through marketing.)

Amanda - Then and now…

Amanda graduated from Manhattan College back in 2010 (where she played on the women’s soccer team!) with a double major in marketing and global business. Since then, she’s weaved her way through various industries, starting in sports, then moving to fashion, and ultimately, landing in what she claims to be her favorite (and therefore the most glamorous – relocation!). Why relocation you ask? Well, “it’s something nearly everyone can relate to – who hasn’t moved?” she responds. (That, and the fact that Updater happens to be a relocation technology company!)

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JLINKEDIN: Dumont, Wayne [MC1976] reinterprets the "Cold War"


Jasper Alumni - Manhattan College — 1,516 members

Wayne Dumont


First One !

I wrote an article on an experience early in my career. Its published in LinkedIn . It is rare and hopefully people in their careers now will have an experience like this.

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My 1st position out of Manhattan College was an interesting position. Within a year I was handling Corfo, NY's 35 bank accounts and buying foreign exchange on the spot market to pay off foreign debt and buying equipment overseas to be shipped to Chile (VALPO).

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Wayne Dumont
Berger Hardware
The Culinary Institute of America

Until the right opportunity comes I will continue to be involved in my causes, investments, school events, & new experiences.

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JNEWS: Power, Mary [MC????] seeks Hingham selectman reelection



CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT: Hingham selectman Mary Power to run for reelection
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at 3:24 PM
Editor’s note: Campaign announcements are provided by the candidates and/or their committees.

Mary Power, Chair of the Hingham Board of Selectmen, announces that she will run for reelection in the April 2018 Town election.

“Serving as a member of your Board of Selectmen has been a great honor. Over the past three years, I have been guided by the principles of respectful leadership, responsible stewardship, and upholding Hingham’s tradition of civil discourse.

“I’m proud of our accomplishments. We’ve maintained our Aaa bond rating, and have delivered balanced budgets. With the issuance of a building permit for Broadstone Bare Cove, we will have achieved our 40B affordable housing minimum requirement until 2030, giving us greater control as we continue to grow our affordable housing inventory. We initiated an accelerated road-building plan and preserved over 50 acres of open space in Glad Tidings Plain.

“Looking ahead, we have several large capital projects on the horizon, and must determine how to prioritize and pay for them without overburdening our citizens. We need to pursue economic development opportunities in order to keep residential tax rates low, while preserving Hingham’s character and our quality of life. We must manage leadership transitions with the retirements of the Fire Chief and Town Administrator.

“During my tenure, I’ve demonstrated a strong work ethic, an independent mind-set, the ability to make difficult decisions, and a commitment to our Town Meeting form of government. I’ve been accessible and responsive to citizens, and have represented Hingham well, both within and outside the community.”

Prior to serving on the Board of Selectmen, Ms. Power was a member of the Hingham Advisory Committee, where she was elected by her peers to the positions of Chair, Vice, Chair, and Secretary. She served on Friends of Hingham Public Schools, the Zoning Permit Study Committee, and the Bare Cove Park Committee.

In addition to her public service, Ms. Power is a member of the Hingham Music Parents Association, the League of Women Voters, and the Hingham Historical Society. Her past volunteer and community service includes the Hingham Food Pantry, various PTO Committees, the Hingham Women’s Club, Cub Scout Pack 4, and Boy Scout Troop 1.

Ms. Power is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Manhattan College and received an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. She worked for two Fortune 50 companies in both financial and human resources roles. For over twenty years, she has worked as an Organization Development specialist, helping companies develop and implement their business and people strategies.

Ms. Power and her husband Dan are the parents of two children who attend Hingham High School.

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Power, Mary [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JHQ: Alumni Connection | March 2018



Alumni Connection | March 2018

March 3, 2018 | Albany, NY and New York, NY

2018 MAAC Tournament
Alumni Pre-Game Reception and NYC Watch Party
  • March 3 | Albany | Alumni Pre-Game Reception
  • March 3 | NYC | Watch Party

March 11-17 and March 26, 2018 | Florida
Manhattan College Returns to Florida

  • March 11 | Southwest Florida Luncheon
  • March 13 | Winter Park Reception
  • March 14 | Sarasota luncheon
  • March 15 | Naples and Bonita Springs Reception
  • March 17 | Naples St. Patrick's day Parade
  • March 26 | West Palm Beach Golf Outing and Dinner
  • March 15, 2018 | New Hyde Park, NY

Long Island St. Patrick's Day Luncheon
March 15, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. St. Patrick's Day Cocktail Reception

March 17, 2018 | New York, NY
NYC St. Patrick's Day Breakfast and Parade

Looking Ahead… Save the Dates!

  • April 11 | Financial Services Advisory Reception
  • May 14 | 30th Annual Jasper Open
  • June 1-3 | Reunion Weekend 2018

  • Manhattan College Mourns Passing of President Emeritus, Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC
  • Annual De La Salle Medal Dinner Toasts Eileen Murray '80, Hon. D.Sc. '15
  • Help Us Develop Our Mascot for the Jaspers
  • New Chemical Engineering Faculty Making Connections to Job Placements, Industries
  • Hiring Summer Interns? On-Campus Housing Available for All Students This Summer
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JHQ: Reunion Weekend 6/1-3 — '68 Gold & '93 Silver


Dear Alumni:

The College hopes you've marked your calendars for reunion weekend, June 1, 2 & 3, 2018.  This year celebrates those graduates from years ending in 3 and 8, however, all are welcome!  Special events are planned for the class of 1968 celebrating their 50th Anniversary and the class of 1993 celebrating their Silver Anniversary.  Look for you invitation in the mail that will be arriving in about a week.


Kathy Muskopf
Director, Advancement

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Jim Brown ‘58 commented on JHQ: Reunion Weekend 6/1-3 — '68 Gold & '93 Silver

2018-Mar-03 Dear Alumni: The College hopes you've marked your calendars for reunion weekend, June 1, 2 & 3, 2018.  This …

Reminder, many of us are celebrating our Diamond “60th” also. Please join us.

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


Good Morning All,

From Terry Gaffney, our prayers are requested for Chris Devlin, 43 year old Son of Andrew Devlin, a Classmate of Terry's. Chris collapsed from a Pulmonary Embolism and he needs our prayers. We pray for his recovery and we pray for his Family. Please raise the volume for this young Man. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Good Afternoon All,

From Andy Devlin through Terry Gaffney, Andy asks for our continued prayers for his Son, Chris. Andy has just told us that his Son, "Chris is right now undergoing High Risk Surgery at MUSC and a few more prayers would be most appreciated." We pray for Chris and ask that God guide the hand of the Surgeon in this delicate surgery. We pray for complete recovery, free of complication and soon returning Chris to his loving Family. Please raise the volume once again. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Edmund and family


Good Morning All,

Pete Sweeney shared the sad news of the passing of Edmund Donovan who has been in our prayers. Peter, Peter's Family and the Donovan Family extend their thanks to each of you for your prayers. Ed was called home on Tuesday, February 22, 2018. Ed rallied long enough to permit Family and Friends from Long Island to California to visit over the weekend. Ed showed his appreciation with a twitch of his eyebrows or a head nod and at the end, one last squeeze of his Wife's hand.

As Peter shared, continued prayers for Ed's Wife, Valerie, their 9 year old Son, Andrew and their extended Family would be welcome. We pray that they find some peace in the certain knowledge that their loved one is at rest in God's Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of heaven. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: Will "History repeat itself" yet again?



How the Nazis Used Gun Control
December 2, 2013 9:00 AM

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In 1968, bills to register guns were debated, with opponents recalling the Nazi experience and supporters denying that the Nazis ever used registration records to confiscate guns. The bills were defeated, as every such proposal has been ever since, including recent “universal background check” bills.

As in Weimar Germany, some well-meaning people today advocate severe restrictions, including bans and registration, on gun ownership by law-abiding persons. Such proponents are in no sense “Nazis,” any more than were the Weimar officials who promoted similar restrictions. And it would be a travesty to compare today’s situation to the horrors of Nazi Germany.

Still, as history teaches, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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The facts speak for volumes. For as tragic as nay mass school shooting is, it doesn't measure in body count to what many governments has done to its own "sheeple",

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