JASPER JOTTINGS Week 11 - 2019 Mar 17   

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



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POSITRACTION: Watch Golden Retriever Lead Ambulance



Watch Golden Retriever Lead Ambulance Through a Maze of Alleyways to Save His Owner
By Good News Network - Jan 23, 2019
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Paramedics may have had a very difficult time locating their patient if it had not been for a devoted Golden retriever who was waiting to show them the way to its owner.

The Chinese emergency crew had received a call about a garbage man who had collapsed in a residential alleyway in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province.

As their ambulance rushed through the narrow alleyways, a Golden Retriever suddenly appeared in front of the vehicle.

Instead of simply moving out of the ambulance’s path, however, it started to lead them in the direction of its collapsed owner.

Dashcam footage shows the dog anxiously looking over its shoulder several times in order to make sure the paramedics are following it before the pup picks up speed and runs through the maze of alleyways.

Thanks to the dog’s clever hand in the rescue, paramedics were able to find the man and bring him to the hospital for treatment.

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Still don’t believe in Guardian Angels or Divine Providence?

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JLINKEDIN: Arya, Vidhushree [MC2015] VP Health Care



Arya, Vidhushree [MC2015]
Vice President Health Care RN-DON at Confidential
Wichita, Kansas Area

As Vice President Health Care, I am responsible for all Health Care like RN,DON,NHA,CT Tech for our Clients Across North America. I handle a Dedicated Team of 30 SrRecruiters.

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JEMAIL: Colucci, Martin (MC1999) sets the record straight; appreciated




Colucci, Martin [MC????]
Adjunct Lecturer
Health and Human Performance
York College / CUNY
94 - 20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451

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Dear John,

              I believe that Martin is a member of the Class of 1999.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Colucci, Martin [MC1999]

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Just viewed my name on Jasper Jottings. Thank's for the pitch. Frankly articulating the information is not accurate.

1. I have been an adjunct instructor at Manhattan College for 13 years. I taught AHS 403 and 404. Both courses I designed and were approved by college curriculum committee. In addition, I taught Psych 330 "Special Topic."

2. I retired from York College (20 years) and still teach two sections of HE 342 Drug Use and Abuse.

3. Wrote a textbook (McGraw-Hill) third edition is in the process.

4. My degrees are as follows:

AA - School of Modern Photography
BFA - School of Visual Arts
MS - Fordham University
MA Manhattan College
PD - Manhattan College

5. Certifications:

Certified Addiction Counselor (CAS)
Master Addictions Counselor (MAC)
Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC)

6. License

Massachusetts State License Drug and Alcohol Counselor -1

Thank you,

Martin Alexander Colucci, P.D., LADC-1, CAS, MAC, CCDC

[JR: Glad to hear from you.  And I appreciate the correction.  As you can see, I sourced it from York so you may want to help them get up to date.]

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JOBIT: Ledermann, Edward F. [MC1973 RIP] 2019-Mar-07

Good Morning All,

Terry Gaffney asks for our prayers for Fellow Jasper and Friend, Edward F. Ledermann '73 BS. Ed was called home on March 7, 2019. As Terry says, " Ed was a giant of a man with a gentle soul." Ed is survived by his Wife, Patty and their Son, James. He would want us to mention his Dog Reba, a Sea Worthy pup. Ed's passions were his Family and boating. He will be missed by the many who knew him.
The Family have shared the following information. Thank you. God Bless

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Edward F. Ledermann,  September 21, 1951 - March 7, 2019

Visitation:   Monday 3/11/19 and Tuesday 3/12/19
                     2:00 PM - 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
                     Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home
                     448 West Main Street
                     Babylon, NY 11702

Church:       Mass of Christian Burial
                     Wednesday, 3/13/19, at 10:00 AM
                     St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church
                     39 North Carll Avenue
                     Babylon, NY 11702

Patty's Information:  61 Hamilton Avenue
                                     Babylon, NY 11472

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Ledermann, Edward F. [MC1973 RIP]

Guestbook: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/

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JOBIT: Cann, Burton John [MC1978 RIP] 2019-Mar-09



Burton John Cann
August 27, 1951 - March 09, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Burton John Cann announces his passing after an extended illness, on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the age of 67, surrounded by his loving family.

Burton was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1951 and has been a resident of Pawling, NY for more than 48 years. Burt attended Manhattan College, graduating with Bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Mechanical Engineering. He practiced in both fields for more than 30 years. Burt was an avid golfer and a member of Quaker Hill Country Club for many years. Burt lead a very active life with his family and friends, and will be forever remembered for his generous and kind ways.

Burt will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 years, Dr. Martha Bouchard, and his children, Burton and Christian, and his beloved dog, Wiley. Burton will also be fondly remembered by his brothers and their spouses Joseph Cann (Krissy) and Francis Cann (Mary); his sisters and spouses, Jean Miller, Elizabeth Sullivan (Jack), Nancy Bard (Gary), and Patricia Smith; In-Laws Barbara Cann, John Bouchard (Marie), and Rachelle Hendele (John). Burton was predeceased by his brother Fredrick Cann and sister Eileen Stirbis, and in-laws Joseph Miller, Donald Stirbis, and Elmer Smith. Burton will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

Calling hours will be on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM at the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY 12564. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St John's Church, 39 E Main St, Pawling, Tuesday, March 12th at 10:30 AM. Burial will be in the Spring.

Memorial donations may be made in Burt's memory to the Pawling Resource Center, 126 East Main Street, Pawling, NY 12564 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


Cann, Burton John [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: https://www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/obituaries/

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

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Dear John,

I checked the on line version, and the 1995 printed version and they both list his widow as Martha, and it matches up with the obituary. The online version also lists Burton Cann in the Class of 1978, but without an address.

I also note that his son in also Burton. So in light of that I would now go with 1978.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cann, Burton John [MC1978 RIP]

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JLINKEDIN: Romano, Peter [MC2001] Veterinarian @ Sleepy Hollow AH


Romano, Peter [MC2001]
Veterinarian at Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital
Greater New York City Area

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JLINKEDIN: Merlino, Therese McCarthy [MC1986] Consultant in IT Mgmt



Merlino, Therese McCarthy [MC1986]
Independent Consultant
Information Technology Management

Results-oriented technology professional with an emphasis on project management; proven leadership experience through design, implementation, and support of large-scale systems initiatives of commercially available, open source, or custom developed software.

Project Management Professional with notable success directing a broad range of IT initiatives; experienced with a proven track record of successful leadership managing IT operations for manufacturing, pharmaceutical, hospital, healthcare, academic medical, and high-tech industries.

Demonstrated capacity to implement innovative solutions and adhere to "best practices" to streamline business processes or solve business problems.; create road-maps and manage business process change to achieve those goals.

Proven leadership abilities; able to coordinate and direct all phases of project-based efforts while managing, motivating, and leading project teams.

Adept at developing effective business process improvements, project documentation, developing risk management/quality plans, and technical/business specifications.

Manage global system implementations of ERP, HRIS, CRM, MRP, Project Management, Business Intelligence in addition to other business productivity systems for hosted and cloud computing environments.

Well versed in HIPAA, HITECH, SOX, FDA, CFR, GMP and PCI regulations.

Experienced in procurement of software, services including the development bid proposals (RFI, RFP, RFQ), conducting bid review meetings, and response analysis.

Specialties: Managed system implementations for ERP, CRM, MRP. Financial Systems, HR/Payroll Systems, eProcurement, Project Management, eCommerce, PCI Remediation, Time & Attendance.

Significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry including validation experience of GMP regulated systems including the development of IQ, OQ, and PQ protocols.

In-depth understanding of hospital accounting, healthcare revenue systems, project accounting; well versed in health care regulations and auditing practices.

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JOBIT: Calligan, Br. Jeffrey L. FSC [MC1969 RIP] 2019-Fed-15



Brother Jeffrey L. Calligan FSC
1940 - 2019 Obituary

Brother Jeffrey L. Calligan, FSC, a De La Salle Christian Brother for 61 years, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on February 15, 2019 in Covington, LA at the age of 79.

Brother was a member of the San Francisco New Orleans District of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Brother Jeffrey was preceded in death by his parents, Jeffrey P. Calligan and Camile Schaeffer; his sisters, Jacqueline Calligan Freeman and Sr. Camile Calligan, CCVI; his uncle Ferddie Calligan; and his grandparents, Sylvester and Olive Calligan. He is survived by his sister Sandy Calligan Medine, her husband Calvin Medine and their children Tammy Gomez and Jojo Medine; Jacqueline's son, Michael Freeman; and other relatives, some of which are Haley Kolb; Morgan and Hunter, Kaci and Tyler Gomez; Trista, Duran and Dr. Amber Medine; Helen, John, and Carolyn Rodesta; Ivey, Chris, Mike, Cindy, Giselle, and Clinton Calligan; and Ray Schaevers.

Brother Jeffrey was born on February 5, 1940, in New Orleans, LA. He was given the name Jeffrey L. Calligan, although he was called Dennis by his family and candidates in the junior novitiate. At age 13, Brother Jeffrey entered the De La Salle Christian Brothers' junior novitiate in Lafayette, LA. He received the habit of the Brothers on September 7, 1958. He pronounced his first vows on September 8, 1959 and made final vows on June 30, 1965. Brother Jeffrey received his undergraduate degree in English In 1963 from St. Michael's College in Santa Fe, NM. In 1969 he received his MA degree in Theology from Manhattan College in New York, NY.

Brother Jeffrey served in a number of areas as a teacher, principal and spiritual director. He was a teacher at St. Michael's High School in Santa Fe, NM, St. Paul's School in Covington, LA and De La Salle High School in New Orleans, LA. In 1978 he became principal of St. Paul's School, and in 1989 he became principal of De La Salle High School. In addition, Brother Jeffrey was internationally known as a retreat master, Lasallian scholar and formator. In 1987, he attended the Lasallian International Center in Rome, Italy.

He was also an author, contributing to FSC Seminar Publications, Paulist Press Spirituality, St. Mary's Press, as well as the book John Baptist de La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education. He was a faculty member for the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies and Director of the Office of Lasallian Formation for the US/Toronto Region of the Brothers (now the Lasallian region of North America). On two occasions he served as Auxiliary Provincial of the former District of New Orleans-Santa Fe. From 2007 until 2014, he served as a staff member of Lasallian Education Services in Malvern, Australia.

In 2014, he was assigned to the St. Paul's School's retirement community in Covington, LA and worked in the school's Guidance and Religion Departments. Brother Jeffrey will be missed by all the many individuals whose lives he touched: his family, his religious community, alumni, students (both past and present), colleagues and friends.

The Brothers wish to thank Merle Dooley, Gina Hall, the Staff of R and R Health Care, St. Tammany Hospital and the Pontchartrain Guest House for the care they gave Brother Jeffrey in his final months.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on March 22, at 1:30 PM in the Gene Bennett Sports Complex on the St. Paul's Campus in Covington. Visitations will be held in the lobby of the Sports Complex (new gym) from 12:00 until 1:30 PM. Burial will take place at a later date at the De La Salle Cemetery in Lafayette, LA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund of De La Salle High School or St. Paul's School. Arrangements have been entrusted to E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, Covington, LA. Share a memory on the tribute wall at www.ejfieldingfh.com.

Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Mar. 19 to Mar. 22, 2019


Calligan, Br. Jeffrey L. FSC [MC1969 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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JOBIT: McKeown, Patrick J. [MC1950 RIP] 2019-Mar-11



Patrick J. McKeown
1927 - 2019 Obituary

Poughkeepsie - Patrick J. McKeown, age 92, of Red Oaks Mill, Poughkeepsie, NY, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 11, 2019.

Born on January 11, 1927, in Long Island City, Queens, he was the son of the late Dr. Patrick J. McKeown and Anna Curtin McKeown. He was also predeceased by his sister, Ann Mattison, in 2010.

Patrick "Joe" attended St. Bartholomew's Church and School in Elmhurst, Queens, then attended Bishop Loughlin HS in Brooklyn. After high school, he entered the Navy and was a proud veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1950 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, then received his Masters in Business Administration from St. John's University in 1968.

He married Joan Marie Gaus on November 24, 1951, and was first employed by Sperry Aeronautics, then Grumman Aerospace for 29 years until his retirement in 1990. It was a great source of pride that he helped design the first lunar module that landed on the moon. He and his wife raised five children in Syosset, Long Island from 1954-1990, and were members of St. Edward Confessor Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. While in the Naval Reserve, he taught oceanography and space technology.

In 1991, they retired to Poughkeepsie, NY and were members of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Red Oaks Mill. He volunteered with the Math Counts program at the school.

Patrick leaves behind his wife Joan of 67 years and the following children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and niece: Children: Rosanne Boguski of New Port Richey, FL, John (and Deborah) McKeown of Pittsford, NY; Paul McKeown of Olean, NY; Joanne (and Thomas) McKeown Corley of Bethlehem, PA; and Patrick (and Kathryn) McKeown of Hopewell Junction, NY; 14 Grandchildren: Katelyn Cuviello, William Boguski, Stephanie Sandwell, Emily Richardson McKeown, Grace McKeown, Molly McKeown, Megan McKeown Retchless, Kelly McKeown, Kaitlyn McKeown, Joy Rudi Yosua, Phillip Corley, John Corley, Thomas Corley, Patrick "Joseph" McKeown; 6 Great-Grandchildren: Juliette and Sophie Cuviello, Abigail and Peter Sandwell, Charlie and Wesley Yosua; and Niece: Amy Mattison Toman

He loved to read, especially history, genealogy and books about Ireland. He was extremely proficient in repairing and recycling anything, and always tried to help everyone. He adored his wife and all his children and family.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 5-8pm at McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday at 10:15am at St. Martin de Porres Church, 118 Cedar Valley Road, Poughkeepsie. Interment will be on Saturday at 11am at St. John's Cemetery, Queens.

Please visit Patrick's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Mar. 13, 2019


McKeown, Patrick J. [MC1950 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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MNEWS: Three Jaspers open Golf on 6 Indoor Golf Center



Golf on 6, Mahopac
March 13, 2019 By David Propper

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Everyone is welcomed at Golf on 6 Indoor Golf Center.

There are people that come in just to have some fun with friends and more serious players that want to sharpen their techniques. With three golf stimulators and a friendly atmosphere, the Route 6 location has quickly made a name for itself among golfing circles.

“You see all different types of players,” co-owner Dino Odoardi said.

The store opened Feb. 1, though for the first ten days people from the community were welcomed to come in and try the virtual courses free of charge. On Feb. 11, the first official day for business, customers kept flocking in to get some swings in while the weather is still too frigid and snowy to play outside. Odoardi, Jerry Delbene and Joe Vittoria, three buddies that play golf together, own the business.

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The three men, all graduates of Manhattan College, have known each other for decades, with Vittoria and Delbene first cousins and Odoardi and Vittoria brother-in-laws. The three have bonded over golf, playing on local courses for 20 years.

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Golf on 6 is located at 250 Route 6 in Mahopac and its phone number is 845-533-5335.

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Delbene, Jerry [MC????]

Odoardi, Dino [MC????]

Vittoria, Joe [MC????]

[JR: Fascinating.  I’m going to stop by if I’m ever up that way.]

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Dear John,

I believe that Dino is a member of the Class of 1980, and Joe is a member of the Class of 1984. I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Jerry.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Delbene, Jerry [MC????]

Odoardi, Dino [MC1980]

Vittoria, Joe [MC1984]

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


Wed, Mar 13, 6:00 PM (18 hours ago)

Good Afternoon All,

I have just spoken with Ken and I heard earlier in the week from Madeline and I can tell you that Ken is doing well. I spoke briefly with Ken because his dinner had just been brought in and he wanted to get to that before it got cold. As Ken says " We have been to hell and back but I am doing good." when Ken says We, he is talking about Madeline, their Children, Kenneth, Karen, Thomas, Steven and their Family. Friends like Jim Brown and others. They have been in this together and it has made a difference. When I spoke with Ken, he had that spark and commitment in his voice that we all know and that was great to hear. Losing a leg is no picnic, but Ken and his wonderful Family are making it work. Is it hard, yes, will Ken be stronger, he already is. It was great to talk with him. I am sure he would love to hear from you. He is at: CareOne 600 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell, N.J. 07649 (201) 967 - 0002 Room 121

Ken and his Family so appreciate your prayers and Good Wishes. Please keep the volume up for this good man. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JNEWS: Burke, Nate [MC2011] honored with “Cop and a Kid" trophy



March 14, 2019 12:51 PM

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COLONIE – Depending on your perspective, we’re either several months before or several months past the annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park, the annual fundraiser for Albany’s Police Athletic League. Either way, that helps support so many programs. And on Thursday morning at the Albany Marriott, supporters and graduates were honored with “Cop and a Kid" trophies.

"It's external validation for all the hard work I've done,” said Nate Burke, who joined PAL at age 13. He is now 29 and a PhD candidate studying economics at the University of Arkansas. “PAL was a huge part of me growing up."

Burke was among four honorees along with Paula Stopera of Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and David Bauer, PAL’s third ever board chairman. Business leaders from around the region attended Breakfast of Champions.

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But it was messages by PAL Alumni Joe Filomeno and Burke that resonated for so many.

"As a kid, I developed really late, I was having a rough time in school,” Burke said. “As a child, I spent most of my time in Brooklyn with my grandmother and so transitioning, coming up here and everything was really hard for me, I didn't really have anywhere I fit in."

He said one day officer Kelly Kimbrough rolled up in a police car and asked him if he needed a ride. That changed his life, Burke said.

"That's when everything changed for me and I found a much better group of people, mentors to actually guide me,” Burke said. “And that's when I switched from not really having direction to knowing that, OK, I don't know exactly what I want to do but I want to do something that's going to help benefit my community."

Burke created PAL’s track program and went to Manhattan College on a scholarship. Then he earned his Masters from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and now is at the University of Arkansas.

"I went to Alaska and Arkansas just because of him,” said Burke’s mother Iris Osorio. “Alaska's beautiful, Arkansas' very hot."

And Burke’s message: "Kids should be our entire investment…I think sometimes we as adults now forget that everything we're doing is just setting the stage for tomorrow's generation. So above all we have to make sure the kids come first."

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Burke, Nate [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Nate is a member of the Class of 2011.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Burke, Nate [MC2011]

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JNEWS: Murillo, Heather [MC????] next principal of Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary



Heather Murillo Named Next Principal of Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School
March 13, 2019
by William Floyd Webmaster

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Dr. Heather Murillo was appointed by the Board of Education as the next principal of Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School effective January 6, 2020.

After an extensive search, the William Floyd School District has appointed Dr. Heather Murillo as the next principal of Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School effective January 6, 2020. Dr. Murillo will serve as the instructional and administrative leader of Nathaniel Woodhull which educates 675 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and employs nearly 60 faculty members and 50 professional staff. Dr. Murillo has served as the school’s assistant principal for the past four years and is taking the reins from Monica Corona, who is retiring at the end of the calendar year after a distinguished 16-year career.

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Dr. Murillo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education (K-6th grade) at Manhattan College and a Master of Arts in Literacy Education (birth-6th grade) at the C.W. Post Graduate School. She also holds her Advanced Certificate in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership from St. John’s University and a Doctorate in Supervision and Educational Leadership from St. John’s University.

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Murillo, Heather [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JFOUND: Burchik, Steve [MC1967] announces a CA mixer


South Bay Alumni After-Work Mixer

Alumni, family and friends in the South Bay area are invited
to attend this after-work mixer at Steins Beer Garden. Kick back and
relax with fellow Jaspers! Food and beverages can be purchased directly
from the venue.

Steins Beer Garden
895 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

To R.S.V.P., please contact Steve Burchik '67 at (925) 998-9433 | steveburchik@yahoo.com

You may also like the following events from Manhattan College Alumni:

This Thursday, 14th March, 11:00 am, Long Island St. Patrick's Day Alumni Luncheon in New York
Next Monday, 18th March, 05:00 pm, North Carolina Alumni Dinner in Raleigh
Next Wednesday, 20th March, 02:30 pm, West Palm Beach Golf Outing & Dinner

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Burchik, Steve [MC1967]

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JLINKEDIN: Cunningham, Sean [MC1979] joined Conway MacKenzie



Cunningham, Sean [MC1979]
Joined Conway MacKenzie December 3 2018
New York, New York

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


Good Afternoon All,

Lou Calvelli has shared the sad news of the sudden passing of Kathleen D. Rathgeber. We pray for Kathleen and her Family as they cope with the sudden loss of their loved one. We pray that the Family's grief is overshadowed by their memory of having had Kathleen in their lives. She is at peace in God's Eternal Embrace. Kathleen is Cousin to Ken Rathgeber '70, Chairman of the Manhattan College Board of Trustees. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Good Morning All,

Mike Mceneney asks for our prayers for a long time past colleague of his, Retired Judge, Supreme Court, NY, Sharon Townsend. The request was asked of our Prayer Group by a good Friend of Mike's, Judge Richard Sise, after Judge Townsend's extensive Brain surgery to remove a very large benign tumor.

From Judge Sise: "She recently underwent brain surgery to have a very large benign brain tumor removed. She's rehabbing now from that traumatic 4.4 hour surgery. Unfortunately, during her work up for her brain surgery, a scan of her lungs found a mass. She has surgery the first week of May to remove this tumor which, according to her doctors, is likely cancerous. Sharon was a Family Court Judge in Erie County before being elected to the Supreme Court. She was the AJ in the 8th JD before becoming the Assistant Dean at the NYS Judicial Institute. She retired just a coople of years ago and moved with her husband Brad (42 yrs) to North Carolina to be near her Son and Daughter-in-law and their Children. She's a fighter. I. Have confidence that with communal prayer she will be OK. Dick "

Please keep Mrs. Townsend in your prayers as we pray for a complete and fast recovery from her Brain surgery and that her belief, strength, and Doctors bring her successfully through her surgery in May. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: Lewis, Thomas [MC1977 RIP] 2019-Mar-09



Thomas Lewis

Tom passed away unexpectedly while on vacation with friends near Anaconda, Montana on Saturday, March 9th , 2019. He was a resident of Brattleboro, VT; formerly of Conway, MA.

Tom was born the sixth child of Marie (O'Sullivan) Lewis and Hugh Elvet Lewis in Bronx, NY on May 16, 1955. Tom grew up in the Bronx, spending his later summers at his family's cottage in New Fairfield, CT, life guarding at Ball Pond. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1977 and went on to study at the University of Vermont's College of Medicine, earning his M.D. degree in 1981. He chose to stay in the area for his residency, living in Norwich, VT and working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where he met his future wife of 29 years, Marcia. He then went on to complete a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery in Santa Barbara, CA, afterwards moving back East to raise his family in Conway, MA.

He worked in private practice for 25 years in Northampton, MA and most recently practiced as a general surgeon at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Beyond medicine, Tom was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, spending much of his free time exploring the mountains and valleys of Vermont and Western Mass by foot, bike and ski. While living in Conway he dove headfirst into country living, deciding to raise a pair of oxen, whom he chose to name after his two brothers. He taught all his kids how to yolk and maneuver the oxen, entering them in many fairs in the area. At home, he used the oxen to collect sap for a small maple sugaring operation, which sweetened the lives of many friends and family.

Tom was an avid reader and lifelong learner; he especially enjoyed reading about American history and recently began exploring an interest in Shakespeare. He often traveled with multiple books in tow to read during spare moments throughout the day. Along with reading, he had a fondness for writing poetry and attending plays and performances in the region.

Tom always enjoyed sharing his love of Vermont with his family on weekend getaways to Saxtons River, VT and later Newark, VT. He was ecstatic when two of his children chose to attend college in the state and often would drop by campus unannounced to treat them to dinner or just a visit. His children were his pride and joy in life and he was passionate about supporting them in all their endeavors, be it attending horse shows or baseball games or snowmobiling the backcountry of Vermont. He was looking forward to retirement so he could travel and spend more time with his children and family.

Tom will be missed dearly by his loving family, including Marcia Lewis and his children Brian, Connor and Ellie Lewis. Tom is also survived by his siblings Maureen Dangelo, Jean Shen, Bob Lewis and Ken Lewis, their spouses and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Marie and Hugh Elvet Lewis and sister, Virginia Chandler. His family will most miss the humor and compassion he brought to their lives and to those around him.

Services will be held at the Hawks and Reed event space in Greenfield, MA on Saturday March 30th , 2019 at 11:30 am. All are welcome to attend and share stories about Tom at the service or with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom's name to the Rochester Area Sports Trail Alliance at www.rastavt.org.

Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 15, 201


Lewis, Thomas [MC1977 RIP]

Guestbook: https://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/gazettenet

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JOBIT: Whiteside, Richard “Dick” [MC1969 RIP] 2019-Mar-05



Richard ("Dick") Whiteside
1947 - 2019 Obituary

Whiteside, Richard ("Dick”) 71, of Glen Allen, Virginia passed away peacefully surrounded by many family members on March 5, 2019 after sustaining injuries in a car accident.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of forty-six years, Kathleen, his daughters Megan Whiteside and Elizabeth Whiteside (Nicolai Shuman), his three granddaughters Mia Vernon, Grant Shuman and Mathilde Shuman and many in-laws, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was born on June 9, 1947 in Pawtucket, R.I., son of the late Edward Jefferson Whiteside and the late Doris (Cardin) Whiteside. He was predeceased by his brother Edward Whiteside and his sister Doreen Whiteside.

A lifelong learner, Dick graduated from St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, R.I. He earned a B.A. from Manhattan College and holds two master's degrees from The Johns Hopkins University. His Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership was conferred by the University of Connecticut.

Throughout his career, Dick worked at various higher education institutions including The Johns Hopkins University, The University of Hartford and Tulane University, before transitioning to consulting work that he did with Royall & Company and EAB. He was considered an expert in higher education enrollment management and belonged to many professional organizations. During his time at Tulane University he was an integral part of the team responsible for bringing the university back after Hurricane Katrina and subsequently became a sought-after speaker in university emergency planning and recovery. Additionally, Dick authored many articles and book chapters on enrollment management.

Dick was a consummate storyteller who believed in the power of the spoken word and was always looking to entertain and include those around him. He put these skills to use professionally by tirelessly dedicating himself to helping colleges and universities manage their enrollments and strengthen their brands. He mentored countless colleagues, family and friends.

Dick cherished his family, especially his three granddaughters, to whom he will always be their beloved "Papa."

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23229, followed by a Celebration of Life luncheon. The family would love to gather remembrances of Dick and ask that any stories or pictures be emailed to whitesidememorial@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Richard Whiteside Scholarship Fund at Manhattan College, Manhattan College Development Office, and 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471.

Published in The Providence Journal on Mar. 16, 2019


Whiteside, Richard “Dick” [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

                I believe that Dick is a member of the Class of 1969.

                                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Whiteside, Richard “Dick” [MC1969 RIP]

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QUADRANGLE: Jasper Jottings Connects Alumni



Jasper Jottings Connects Alumni
Posted on March 15, 2019 by The Quadrangle in Features
by TAYLOR BRETHAUER, Senior Writer

It’s no surprise that the alumni network of Jaspers around the world is a strong one. But where is the best place for any and all alums to find up-to-date knowledge on old friends? That would be jasperjottings-daily.com.

The blog was started by Ferdinand J. Reinke, a graduate of the class of 1968, “back before I can remember” in his words. He now runs it with help from Mike McEneney ‘53 and Philip J. Colon ‘62.

The purpose of the blog came out of inspiration from a co-worker of Reinke’s. He explains, “I was energized by a co-worker from Duke where there was an extremely active networking effort. I felt we should have one too. Unfortunately, that never seemed to take root.”

He wasn’t seeing a response for a stronger network, where every former student of Manhattan College could see what the others were up to all compiled in one place. Thus, he took it upon himself and the Jasper Jottings was born.

Anyone visiting the site for the first time will see many blog entries ranging from letters written in to Reinke and his team inquiring about fellow classmates or press releases and articles written about Jaspers and their accomplishments. Each person named is formatted as such: “Last Name, First Name [MC####].” The pound signs are the year they graduated.

Specific posts are also labeled as such: for e-mails from alums, JEMAIL. For obituaries or death notices, JOBIT. For news about a specific person, JFOUND. There are many other headers, but these are the most common.

But how does this information seemingly fall into Reinke’s lap? That’s the power of the Internet.

“Each day, I have about ten Internet searches I run and collect anything interesting. On Saturday I compile it into a e-mail blast. It takes about an hour per day average. My fellow alum [McEneney], looks up all the missing class years he can find for me. [Colon] runs a prayer group that picks up my feed and often supplies prayer requests that he gets,” said Reinke.

He’s become a kind of celebrity in the Jasper world. He tells a story of when he was introduced as the “Jasper Jottings” guy at a friend’s party.

“There were several young alums and he introduced me as ‘Jasper Jottings’ and their response was fantastic. Made it all worthwhile. Several said they read every issue and especially enjoyed reading about folks’ careers in the obits. It gave them ideas what to pursue. [I] felt like a rock star,” said Reinke.

Don’t think that Reinke is doing this for the fame or recognition, though. He genuinely wants to give back to the community.

Plus, he definitely attains this goal. He says that about once a year, he’s able to put old friends back in touch through his posts.

Most of all, he is highlighting the amazing work Jaspers have been doing since leaving their alma mater. On the site’s “about” page, it says, “Jasper Jottings is an unofficial irreverent free-wheeling chronology of what the Manhattan College community is seen doing on the web. It’s a hobby. But over the years, they have impressive accomplishments. So [to] some extent, this is their applause.”

His next goal with the site is to invite any and all undergraduates to subscribe to his site. To do so, visit jasperjottings-daily.com, where you can enter your e-mail address on the right-hand column. Reinke sends out e-mail blasts every week.

If you’re looking for an efficient journal of all Jasper accomplishments, look no further than Jasper Jottings.

Or take it from Reinke, a prime example of a dedicated Jasper, who says, “I feel that I got more than I deserved from my education. And, I am just trying to pay it back in a small way.”

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JNEWS: Fife, William “Bill” (MC1967) celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary



Long Island
Love Story: Romance brewed at Sunday tea dance at Manhattan College in 1964

Bill and Patricia Fife of Merrick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2018.
By Newsday Readers
Updated March 14, 2019 6:00 PM

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Patricia Fife of Merrick recalls the day she met her husband, Bill.

We met at a Sunday tea dance at Manhattan College in November 1964. I was sitting with my friends when Bill Fife, a young man I hadn’t noticed before, came over and asked me to dance. It was the last dance of the afternoon.

He was a junior at Manhattan College studying engineering. I told him my name was Patti DeAngelis. I was a freshman at the College of New Rochelle studying nursing. I was 17. He was 20.

Bill and Patricia Fife of Merrick attend the Valentine's Day Military Ball in 1970 at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. The couple were married in August 1968 in Pelham Manor, in Westchester. Photo

Bill was a cadet with the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and asked if I’d like to go with him to an ROTC party the next Saturday. I said, “Yes.”

Since he didn’t have a car, he had to take a 90-minute ride on two different buses from his house in Yonkers to mine in Pelham Manor, in Westchester. We had a terrific time at the party. And, despite the bus commute, we continued dating. He was persistent.

We participated in many ROTC social events including the ROTC Military Ball at the Statler Hilton, now the Hotel Pennsylvania, and St. Patrick’s Day parades in Manhattan.

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Fife, William “Bill” (MC1967)

[JR: Bill was my bridge partner often down in the Ingineering Cafeteria.  Everyone humorously referred to them as “Fife and Wife” long before they were married.  They were inseparable.  There was no doubt of that.  So they were our “J-Rod” (Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod). Laugh!]

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JHQ: Financial Services Advisory Council 4/11/19


Manhattan College Alumni added an event.
March 14 at 3:56 PM ·

The Manhattan College Financial Services Advisory Council cordially invites you to attend the 16th annual spring reception featuring a discussion entitled, "Capitalism Under Fire: Is Corporate Social Responsibility a New Business Model?", presented by Manhattan alumnus John Paluszek, Executive Editor, Business In Society. The reception will be held at The Harvard Club. The cost of the event is $40 per person, and $25 for Graduates of the Last Decade (2008-2018). Advance registration required.


6:00 p.m. Refreshments
7:00 p.m. Presentation
8:00 p.m. Reception

The Harvard Club
35 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

For further information, call (718) 862-7432 or email alumni@manhattan.edu.

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ENDNOTE: Don’t give your bishop a dime



Don’t give your bishop a dime of charity
By Marc Thiessen March 6, 2019 | 6:52pm | Updated

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On Ash Wednesday, the holy season of Lent began — and so did the annual fundraising drives by many of the nation’s Catholic bishops. Don’t give them a dime.

Last fall, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was supposed to vote on a resolution to create a special commission to investigate bishops who cover up sexual abuse. At the last minute, Pope Francis barred the bishops from holding the vote.

But it isn’t clear the resolution would have passed. The bishops did vote on a nonbinding resolution that would have urged the pope “to release all the documentation that can be released consistent with canon and civil law ­regarding the misconduct of Archbishop [Theodore] McCarrick.” As they debated the wording, the ­National Catholic Register reports, “they could not even agree on the inclusion of the word ‘soon.’ ”

Even the watered-down resolution was rejected 137-83, with three bishops abstaining. Want to know how your bishop voted? You can’t. When I asked the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for the roll call, a spokesman replied, “Sorry, the votes are anonymous, so we don’t know who voted for what.” That’s their idea of transparency.

The situation in Rome is no better. This year, Francis reportedly informed Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley that he would not authorize a full-fledged probe into the McCarrick coverup.

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When your pastor hands you an envelope, hand it back empty — or better yet, send your bishop a letter explaining that he will get no financial support until the conspiracy of silence is ended and corrupt bishops are held accountable.

I offer this advice with a heavy heart, because I am, and will always remain, a faithful Catholic. I will never leave the church for one simple reason: I will not let Judas separate me from Jesus. But let’s be clear: There are Judases in the ranks of today’s successors of the apostles. They covered up or ignored sexual misconduct and moved around predator priests — and continue to do so. They made secret payouts to victims while requiring them to sign confidentiality agreements. They were told about McCarrick’s serial abuses and did nothing — in many cases because McCarrick helped them rise to powerful positions.

The church isn’t a democracy, nor should it be. It exists to spread the views of its founder, not its followers. But that doesn’t mean that the laity must tolerate the bishops who have overlooked, ignored or covered up abuse. We must demand every bishop who did so be held to account and removed from office. Clearly the outcry of the victims is not enough. We have to vote with our pocketbooks.

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Sadly, I have to agree.

The laity mist hold the leadership accountable.

These scandals and the cover ups have cost the organization Church any moral authority.

I doubt it can be saved.

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