JASPER JOTTINGS Week 23 - 2018 June 17   

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



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POSITRACTION: "Get a grip on your lives"



Internet Can’t Believe This Amputee Soldier Would Respond Like This To Muslim Man ‘Blowing Him Up’

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Chris Herbert lost his leg in 2007, after a roadside bomb exploded next to his British Army vehicle in Basra, Iraq. Aged just 19 at the time, he also had to deal with the loss of his best friend, who died in the attack.

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Blaming all Muslims for the actions of groups like Dashe and the Taliban, is like blaming all Christians for the KKK or the Westboro Baptist Church.

Get a grip on your lives, hug your family, and get back to work.

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A very mature attitude from a fellow who has “seen the elephant”.

While I might quibble that most, if not all, Christians condemn both the KKK and Westboro, but I don’t hear Muslims condemning radicals.

I don’t group people; I let them self-identify.  If you’re a little L libertarian like me, I MYOB.

I hope many are swayed by this eloquent fellow with some honest, yet colorful, language.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JLINKEDIN: Silfa, Juan [MC2012] T&D Op Eng @ United Illuminating



Silfa, Juan [MC2012]
Transmission & Distribution Operations Engineer
at The United Illuminating Company
Greater New York City Area

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JHQ: Clean water for Puerto Rico


2018 06Jun 10 jhq

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JOBIT: Ruffalo, Nicholas [MC1957 RIP] 2018-Jun-06



Nicholas Ruffalo
1936 - 2018

Eastchester - Nicholas Ruffalo, 82, of Eastchester died on June 6, 2018. Beloved husband of Hilda Ruffalo. Loving father of James (Mary) Ruffalo, Patricia (Nicholas) Cioppa, and Michael (Denise) Ruffalo. Cherished grandfather of Christina (Shane) Moncrief, Lauren Ruffalo, Shannon Ruffalo, Nicole Cioppa, Brianna Ruffalo, Vincent Cioppa, Nicholas Ruffalo, Emma Ruffalo, Kylee Ruffalo, Maxwell Ruffalo, and step grandfather of Andrew Walters.

Nick was a former board member with the Eastchester Eagles Sports Club, a 4th Degree member with the Knights of Columbus, a former parish council member with Assumption Church, and a former trustee member with the Order Sons of Italy (Garibaldi Lodge).

The family will receive friends at the WESTCHESTER FUNERAL HOME, INC. EASTCHESTER Tuesday June 12th and Wednesday June 13th 4-8pm. Mass, Thursday June 14, 2018 at 9:30 am at Assumption Church, Tuckahoe. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to the Calvary Fund, www.calvaryfund.com, or Manhattan College, https://manhattan.edu/giving/ in his memory. To sign our online guestbook visit www.westchesterfuneralhome.com


Ruffalo, Nicholas [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I believe that Nicholas is a member of the Class of 1957.

                 May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ruffalo, Nicholas [MC1957 RIP]

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COMMENT: O'Connor, Bob (MC1953) reports Pintauro, Joe [MC1953 RIP] rather than [MC1954 RIP]


Joe was a member of the class of 1953. A Classmate whom I remember well.

O'Connor, Bob (MC1953)

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JUPDATE: Chasin, Brian [MC2012] and Victoria Ann [MC2012] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOY: Chasin, Brian [MC2012] and Victoria Ann [MC2012] wed

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Dear John,

I believe that Brian is a member of the Class of 2012.

I find two JASPERS with the name Victoria Ann in the Class of 2012:

Ms. Epstein and Ms. Scala. Not sure which Victoria may be the Bride!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Chasin, Brian [MC2012]

Victoria Ann [MC2012]

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JNEWS: Kilcoyne, Moira A. [MC1983] BoD Citrix



Citrix Systems appoints Kilcoyne to board of directors
By Emon Reiser  – Digital Producer, South Florida Business Journal
a day ago

Citrix Systems Inc. has appointed a former Morgan Stanley technology executive to its board of directors

The Fort Lauderdale-based software company (Nasdaq: CTXS) on Monday announced the election of Moira A. Kilcoyne, who retired from the New York investment bank in 2016.

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”We are fortunate to have Moira join the Citrix board,” Citrix President and CEO David Henshall said. "Moira brings extensive experience in the financial services industry – both domestic and international – to the board, having served in multiple technology and operational executive positions with Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and most recently as a board member for U.K.-based Quilter PLC."

Kilcoyne is credited with having a critical role in Morgan Stanley's acquisition of Smith Barney in 2009. She also held multiple senior roles with the bank during her 27-year tenure there.

She left Morgan Stanley for Merrill Lynch in 2007, but was recruited back to the firm, becoming COO of global operations in technology and data. She eventually became Morgan Stanley's global co-chief information officer. She began her career at IBM, where she held multiple roles in development and client solutions engineering.

In addition to her role at Citrix, Kilcoyne serves as a consultant to financial and technology firms on complex change programs and multiyear strategic planning projects. She is also on the board of Quilter PLC and is a trustee of Manhattan College.

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Kilcoyne, Moira A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe that Moria is a member of the Class of 1983.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kilcoyne, Moira A. [MC1983]

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JNEWS: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) is in Peekskill exhibit


2018 06Jun 12 McCarra

McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

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JFACEBOOK: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) has a warning about depression and toxins


Jerry Breen
June 8 at 12:02pm

So sad to hear of the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Both bright, talented people. To an outsider, they would seem to have charmed lives. As a survivor of depression myself (50 years ago), I know that it has nothing to do with the circumstances in your life (although the disease itself makes you think that). It's an imbalance in your brain chemistry that can have many causes. In my own case, I figured out more than 30 years later that I had turpentine poisoning caused by the oil paints I used in college. After college, I switched to acrylic paints, because I hated the smell of turpentine on my hands. This saved my life. I keep telling my painter friends to abandon toxic oil paints and use acrylics, but they never take my advice.

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Breen, Jerry (MC1971)

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JNEWS: Pompey, Aliann (MC1999) has her third annual meet



Aliann Pompey Prepares for third annual track meet
Lois Elman | 6/14/2018, 12:38 p.m.

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It is year three for the Aliann Pompey Invitational in Georgetown, Guyana, a proud accomplishment for the track meet’s founder. A graduate of Manhattan College and now an assistant coach at St. John’s University, Aliann Pompey long dreamed of bringing high profile track and field talent to the country where she was born and which she represented at four Olympic Games.

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Pompey, Aliann (MC1999)

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


Good Morning All,

I ask for your prayers for Mrs Joan Callaghan. This good woman is fighting the good fight against Cancer and needs our prayers. Mrs. Callaghan is the Mother of a Friend of Peggy and I, Sister John Elizabeth, Oblate Sisters of Saint Francis de Sales. Sister John Elizabeth is Principal of Mt. Aviat Academy, Childs, Maryland, Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware. Please raise the volume for Mrs. Callaghan as we pray that her treatments clear the Cancer totally and free of complication. We pray that Mrs. Callaghan feels the peace and love of our Heavenly Father as she fights the good fight. Please keep Sister John Elizabeth and her Community in your prayers as well. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: Doherty, Walter {MC1958 RIP] 2018-05-22 by Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)


RE: Walter Doherty ’58 BS, RIP, 5/22/18

Good Evening All,

From Mrs. Margaret (Peg) Doherty I received the sad news of the passing of her Husband, Fellow Jasper, Walter J. Doherty. This good man was called home on May 22, 2018. We pray for Walter, his Wife of almost 60 years, Peg, their Children Jim, Joe, Marge, Teresa, Ann, Cathy and their Family as the Famiky mourn the loss of their loved one. We pray that the Family find peace in the sure knowledge that Walter is at peace in God's Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. From matt Hazzard, Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Mahopac, N.Y., I received Walter's Obituary. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at St. John The Evangelist, Mahopac, with interment following. Walter will be remembered in our Prayers at the Manhattan College Retreat. Thank you Mrs. Doherty, Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Walter. J. Doherty

Walter Joseph Doherty was born September 24, 1936 to Helen (Gierum) & Walter Doherty in Queens, NY.  Walter graduated from St. Gabriels School in East Elmhurst then after graduating from Regis High School he went to Manhattan College and majored in Math.  Walter started dating Margaret McAnanly in Freshman year of college. They married September 1, 1958 and were happily married for almost 60 years.  They were blessed with 6 children Jim (Rose), Joe (Kathy), Marge Momberger (Terry), Teresa Capozzi (Ray), Ann Walter (Chris) & Cathy Doherty.  Their 12 precious grandchildren are John (Danielle), Steven & Samantha Walter;  Christina, Jamie & Kimberly Doherty; Shannon, Kelly & Sean Doherty; Raymond, Tom & Lisa Capozzi.  Walter is survived by his brother John, his brother-in-law, Michael McKenna and predeceased by his parents, sister Ellen McKenna and sister-in-law, Joan Doherty.

Upon college graduation Walter taught math in Canterbury HS New Milford, CT. He joined IBM Research in 1960 where he worked for 33 years. In 1964 he developed computer assisted instruction which was used in many schools including Mahopac.  Walter traveled a great deal for IBM & gave over 1,500 lectures in Universities & Corporations in many parts of the world. He retired from IBM in 1993.

Walter loved to sing, joining his first choir at the age of 10.  He founded & directed the first choir St. John's had on a regular basis & was an active member through their 2016-2017 season. He joined the Chorus of Westerly where his family had a vacation home and was 1 of the 3 tenors from Mahopac in the Archdiocesan Festival Chorale.  Walter was active in the Holy Name Society, Nocturnal Adoration and  Respect Life Society at St. John's.  He was a member and Historian of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He enjoyed golfing, genealogy and gardening.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a visitation on Tuesday, May 29th from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 30th at 10 AM at St. John The Evangelist Church, also in Mahopac.  Interment will follow at St. Denis Cemetery in Hopewell Junction, NY.


Doherty, Walter {MC1958 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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JNEWS: Spencer, Mars [MC????] VP of Financial Markets @ Predata



Predata names Mars Spencer as VP of financial markets
10 hours ago  |  1025 views  |  0Source: Predata

Predata is pleased to name Mars Spencer as VP of Financial Markets. Mars joins the Predata team with 20 years of experience, most recently in institutional trading software and technology sales and business development.

In his role, Mars will be responsible for growing the financial markets vertical and empowering Predata’s financial customers, including hedge fund traders and portfolio managers, with predictive analytics to assess and act upon geopolitical, security and market-moving event risk.

Mars joins Predata from FIS’ Global Trading group. As a Senior Sales Executive, he led execution algorithm sales to quantitative trading desks. Prior to this role, he was Vice President of Sales at Perseus, providing low-latency infrastructure solutions to high-frequency trading firms.

Earlier in his career, Mars worked as a management consultant, investment banker, chief financial officer, and start-up advisor. He was born in Brazil and has spent most of his life in New York City. He graduated with B.S. degrees in Economics and International Business from Manhattan College in Riverdale.

We are excited to welcome Mars to the team as he brings a wealth of diverse experience and a deep understanding of financial markets and trading technology, which will be pivotal in strengthening our financial markets segment as well as helping our clients be more proactive in managing geopolitical risk. Welcome, Mars!

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Spencer, Mars [MC????]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Father's Day


Good Afternoon All,

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 17, 2018, is a special day for each of us as Fathers, Sons, Daughters. From the first moment Peggy and I met our Son Scott in the delivery room at LIJ Hospital, I knew that the title that would always mean the most to me was Father, otherwise known as Dad. Through life's trials,  hurts and joys, meetings with teachers (good and not so good, meetings and teachers) rave reviews from Coaches, some iffy ones from School Principals, dented fenders, sharing dissappointments and successes, seeing him mature and grow into the man he is today, being fortunate to be able to learn from him as well. Those things all come to mind for me on Father's Day as I am sure they do for you. For those of us whose Fathers have been called home, praise God because we had them in our lives, remember them in your prayers. You are remembered in mine.

Happy Father's Day. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: Book by it cover?


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A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston and walked timidly, without an appointment, into the Harvard University President's outer office.

The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard, & probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge.

"We'd like to see the president," the man said softly.

"He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped.

"We'll wait," the lady replied.

For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away

They didn't, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted.

"Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave," she said to him.

He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, and he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office.

The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

The lady told him, "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus."

The president wasn't touched. He was shocked. "Madam," he said, gruffly, "we can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery."

"Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard."

The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard."

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now.

The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a university? Why don't we just start our own? " Her husband nodded.

The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment.

Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California, where they established the university that bears their name, Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them.

--- A TRUE STORY By Malcolm Forbes

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No idea if this is true, but, like most stories, it reinforces a lesson hopefully we all learned a long time ago.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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