JASPER JOTTINGS Week 12 - 2009 March 22

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



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POSITRACTION: One man’s struggle for his daughter Beatrice


DNA: One Father’s Attempt to Hack His Daughter’s Genetic Code
By Brendan I. Koerner Email 01.19.09

Beatrice Rienhoff is sick. A flaw hidden deep within her genes has baffled the best doctors in the world. So her father is combing through her DNA, one nucleotide at a time.

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“Do you want to see my flashlight?” Five-year-old Beatrice Rienhoff bounds into the foyer of her family’s home, sporting a blond Prince Valiant haircut and a bashful smile. She plops down on the floor and starts unscrewing the top of her toy flashlight, eager to show off its innards. Her hazel eyes brim with curiosity. Beatrice looks like any other healthy preschooler until she leaps into her father’s arms for a hug. As she does, her shorts push up a bit, exposing her legs. They are, as her dad calls them, “little bird legs,” entirely lacking in visible muscle. There is no curve of calf or quadricep, just twiggy bones pressed against flesh. It’s surprising that Beatrice can get around so fluidly on such gaunt limbs.

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Deep down, Hugh Rienhoff knows this. And he realizes that his DIY search for a diagnosis may never pan out. “I never pretend to know what’s going on, because I don’t,” he says. “You can see—anybody can see if they look closely enough—that I don’t have the answer to the story.”

But he keeps hacking his way through Beatrice’s genome, mostly because it’s the only way he has of feeling some measure of control over an uncontrollable situation. Rienhoff compares his work on Beatrice’s DNA to journalist Peter Matthiessen’s search for the snow leopard, documented in an award-winning book. Matthiessen never found the big cat in the mountains of Nepal, but his futile quest helped him come to terms with his wife’s death from cancer.

The altered nucleotide at the root of Beatrice’s problems “is as elusive and mysterious as the snow leopard,” Rienhoff says. “And like Matthiessen, I may not find it. Curiously, it may not be important at all.”

The journey, in other words, is its own reward. Of course, Rienhoff knows he can afford to be philosophical because Beatrice’s condition isn’t dire, at least not at the moment. “I am not watching my child melt away, which is the most desperate situation to be in,” he says. “I can’t even imagine that—I’d be working 24 hours a day.”

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[JR: Heroic futile struggle. One man’s response. Every human life is infinitely to someone. Yet, as a society, we throw people away. Abortion, old age. Discrimination and prejudice. When do we learn? I found this report strangely motivating. No matter how fruitless, this man demonstrates “right to life”. imho]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 15 2009 1:37 PM

JEmail: Sbarra, Bob (MC1956)

From: “Sbarra, Bob (MC1956)”
Date: March 15, 2009 9:18:30 PM EDT
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 11 - 2009 March 15


As I recall, Junius was the only one on the team offered a bribe. He told coach Norton about it and they set the wheels in motion to nab the perps. No one else on the team was involved, let alone implicated.


[JR: Thanks. I didn't remember anyone else "tarred".]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 15 2009 11:21 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) remembers the scandal

From: “McEneney, Mike (MC1953)”
Date: March 15, 2009 10:54:24 PM EDT
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Junius Kellogg RIP

Dear John,

   My recollection is that the two Manhattan players involved were Henry (Hank) Poppe and Jack Byrnes. I remember Byrnes driving a white Ford convertible at the time. I believe that Poppe held the record for the longest set shot in the old Garden, and Byrnes was a standout Ball handler. I believe that it was Poppe, who had graduated, who tried to get Junius to join in the scheme. I am not sure if Byrnes had graduated as well.

   I am sure some of the other old timers will correct me or, at the least, add to the report.


[JR: Hmmm, so the article was correct, if your memory is good.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 15 2009 11:29 PM

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Jasper’s daughter having a rough spell


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The good news is that Caitlin seems a bit better today. She still has a nasty cough, expecially when trying to rest, and a touch of a fever, but is in much better spirits today. She hasn’t thrown up again since early this morning. We are still working on eating and drinking, but she managed to have something in the early evening. Naturally, she still has her colon and gas pains, but they seem to be a little bit less frequent which is good.

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I would also like to request prayers for a family whose daughter earned her wings on Friday. We had the honor of getting to spend a good deal of time with Wendy and her beautiful daughter Madisyn at Sloan. The most disturbing part of the whole thing is that it was not Madi’s cancer, but a bacterial infection that ultimately claimed Madi’s short life here on Earth. Unfathomable. Please lift this family up in prayer.

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[JR: My observations: (1) Caitlin’s far from out of the woods as evidenced by her little friend succumbing. (2) While in hell’s handbasket, our fellow alum asks for prayers. Not for herself. But, for another family in distress. That’s a Jasper. (3) How lucky are we to have what I’d call “minor problems” in comparison. IMHO.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 16 2009 8:42 AM

MFound: Manhattan College Featured in Nike Commercial



[JR: Da Great White Hype (a Jasper blogger) spotted this.]

Manhattan College Featured in Nike Commercial.

from Da Great White Hype by Da Great White Hype

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I was there when CP3 took us out in the second round back in 2004 in NC. Cool commercial that shows the quad and a few of the players that year on the teams.

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[JR: Great find. A little "edgy". Can't put my finger on it. But, it was a good find. Wonder if the College approved it?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 16 2009 10:33 AM

MFound: MC’s appearance in that Nike commercial being cited


Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:47 pm EDT
The 10 best moments from the 2009 Selection Show
By Eamonn Brennan
The highlights — and lowlights — from everyone’s favorite (and maybe the world’s only) annual one-hour show. In no particular order:

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5. Those Nike folks are good at this marketing thing. Chris Paul is the star of lots of good Nike commercials, and his latest certainly isn’t the best of them. Jordan Brand’s “There Are No Cinderellas” ad has yet to be topped. But Jordan’s new series comes dangerously close. It shows a priest blessing all of Manhattan College’s campus, and then explains why by cutting to footage of Paul beating Manhattan in 2004. It is awesome.

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 16 2009 12:43 PM

JFound: Connor, James [MC????] still leading


James Connor of Naples leads the marchers from his alma mater, Manhattan College, at the St. Pat’s Parade in 2009. W. Paul Mead


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Connor, James [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 16 2009 2:55 PM

JFound: Sola, Ray [MC1983] on Twitter


Sola, Ray [MC1983]

Why was the St.Patrick’s DAY Parade on Sunday? Manhattan College would never give us the day off even though 90% of the students took off.

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Manhattan College
B.S. Business Administration, May, 1983
Major: Computer Information Systems
Minors: Accounting and Management

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 16 2009 7:46 PM

JEmail: Mawn, Joseph (MC1963) is in the Holy Land

Mawn, Joseph (MC1963): “We are visiting the Holy Land this week. Tonight we are in Jerusalem. Our group carried the Cross along the same route taken by Jesus. Very moving…”

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 16 2009 8:41 PM

JObit: Mallon, Patrick Joseph [MC1947]


Patrick Joseph Mallon

A 58 year resident of the South Bay and resident of Palos Verdes Estates, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2009 in Torrance at 87 years of age. Born in New York, New York, Patrick served in the Army during World War II and received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1947. Patrick joined Hughes Aircraft in 1952, working in various positions throughout his career, and retired after 35 years in 1987. He was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Eileen Nilon. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bette Mallon of Palos Verdes Estates; sisters, Joan McGrath and Peggy (John) Sheehan; daughter, Abby Raven (Dutch); son, Kevin Mallon (Teri); grandson, Drew Morgan (Anne); granddaughter, Erin Mallon; and great-grandsons, Jack and Charlie.

A private memorial service will be held at McCormick Mortuary in Redondo Beach on Thursday, March 19, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Little Company of Mary Hospital. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. Please go to the mortuary’s website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages and to share memories.

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Mallon, Patrick Joseph [MC1947]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/cn8xp6

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 17 2009 8:49 AM

MFound: marching with Manhattan College

erinmurray11: “Saint Patty’s Day Parade in the city ..marching with Manhattan College with the imposter Smelly!!”

[JR: Confused? I am.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 17 2009 10:31 AM

JNews: McGourty, Colleen [MC????] “Little drummer girl”



Little drummer girl

Colleen McGourty, a member of Manhattan College Pipes & Drums, performs during last year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The college band, which is made up of thirty to forty pipers and drummers, will play again in this year’s parade on March 17.

This is part of the March 12, 2009 online edition of The Riverdale Press.

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McGourty, Colleen [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 17 2009 10:34 AM

JHQ: Three-day celebration of College’s founder


March 16, 2009

The Faith Club Authors To Speak At Manhattan College
Event highlights three-day celebration of College’s founder.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Authors Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner will speak about their acclaimed book The Faith Club in Manhattan College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, highlights the College’s De La Salle Days, an annual celebration of Manhattan’s founder, John Baptist de La Salle.

The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew – Three Women Search for Understanding, was written by three mothers of different faiths who initially convened to write a book for their children that would highlight the connections among their religions. Only after realizing that their differences lead to misunderstandings did the trio write a memoir of spiritual reflections that allows readers to eavesdrop on their private conversations, provocative discussions and often controversial opinions and conclusions.

A Palestinian Muslim, Idliby grew up in both Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and McLean, Va. She graduated from the school of foreign service at Georgetown University before studying at the London School of Economics.

Oliver, an Episcopalian, was raised in the suburban Midwest before moving to New York City, where she spent several years as a financial journalist at Financial World, Forbes and SmartMoney.com. She met Idliby at their daughters’ kindergarten school bus stop in September 2001.

Warner studied Torah, Jewish history and Hebrew as a youth in Rhode Island. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she became an advertising art director in Boston, met her husband and relocated to New York City. Inspired by her two sons, Warner began to write and illustrate children’s books, and authored two dozen picture books, two novels and two screenplays before a telephone call led to the partnership with Idliby and Oliver.

The three authors have been featured on NBC’s Today Show, as well interviewed by CNN, Hallmark Channel’s The New Morning Show and National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show.

De La Salle, designated by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of Teachers, founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He formed a community of religious Brothers who devote themselves as teachers to work for the well-being of the children of artisans and the underprivileged. The Order founded Manhattan College in 1853.

The following events have been scheduled in celebration of De La Salle Days 2009:

Tuesday, April 14

2:30 p.m. Presentation of Schools, Quad

3:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social with the Brothers and the Manhattan College Community, Quad

4:00 p.m. Mass, Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers

Wednesday, April 15

1:00 p.m. De La Salle Challenges, Quad

3:00 p.m. De La Salle Models of Learning and Teaching, Quad

6:30 p.m. Presentation by The Faith Club authors, Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers

Thursday, April 16

12:00 p.m. Living Lasallian luncheon, Alumni Room, O’Malley Library

1:00 p.m. Repeat of Living Lasallian luncheon

5:00 p.m. Lasallian feast, Quad

7:30 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Manhattan, Smith Auditorium (sponsored by student activities)

(schedule subject to change)

For more information about the De La Salle Days events, please call Nancy Cave at (718) 862-7527 or e-mail nancy.cave@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 17 2009 12:55 PM


MC is on the NBC parade coverage at 1334!

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 17 2009 1:37 PM

MNews: WRCM 4/22 B of B


What: Concert


Start Time: Wednesday, April 22 at 8:30pm

End Time: Wednesday, April 22 at 11:30pm

Where: Plato’s Cave

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 17 2009 6:25 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) was watching the parade too

From: “McEneney, Mike (MC1953)”
Date: March 17, 2009 11:07:19 PM EDT
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Parade

Dear John,

   For the second year in a row, I did not march. The first time I marched in the parade was in 1943 with St. Barnabas Elementary School Band (I carried the flag!). After that I marched with Mount Saint Michael and than Manhattan. After a few years off for the Army and other obligations, I started marching in front of the NY State Courts Pipers and that lasted until two years ago. That is a long way of telling you that is why I was watching the parade on Channel 4., and not marching. At one point, one of the commentators mentioned that a Pipe Band from Iceland was formed by a young lady, who was a Piper in the Manhattan College Band, when she graduated and returned to Iceland. Unfortunately I did not pickup her name.

   You never know what a Jasper will do, or where!


[JR: I heard that but was distracted seeing if I knew anyone. :-) I was sad to hear that Brother President was looking forward to retirement. It's a big change. Change never seems to be for the better.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 18 2009 12:10 AM

JHQ: First Ladies Historian speaks at MC Sat 3/28 1PM


March 17, 2009

First Ladies Historian Dr. Betty Boyd Caroli To Speak At Manhattan College

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Dr. Betty Boyd Caroli, historian and biographer of first ladies in the United States, will speak at Manhattan College on Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the Capalbo Room of De La Salle Hall. The event, part of Manhattan’s celebration of Women’s History Month, is free and open to the public.

Caroli is the author of numerous books, including First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Laura Bush, The Roosevelt Women and Inside the White House: America’s Most Famous Home. She was among a select group of historians invited to meet with former first lady Laura Bush in 2008, and frequently appears on national television and the BBC to discuss the role of presidents’ wives in American politics. Caroli has been a guest on the Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, PBS’s NewsHour and C-SPAN’s Booknotes.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Caroli holds a master’s degree in mass communications from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American civilization from New York University. A Fulbright scholar to Italy, she also held fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, and others.

For more information about this event, please contact Julie Leininger Pycior, professor of history, at (718) 862-7126 or e-mail julie.pycior@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 18 2009 1:19 PM

MFound: Marketing Club Dinner Dance - April 16 alum welcome
w/ ad order form

Carolyn Predmore Marketing Club Dinner Dance - April 16, New Leaf Cafe, Fort Tryon, any alumni want to come - come on, want to put a note in our souvenir journal - do it.

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MC Marketing Club

School of Business

Riverdale, NY.


The following is a contract between the Manhattan College Dinner Dance Advertising Committee and you, for advertising to appear in our 20th Anniversary Dinner Dance Souvenir Journal, to be distributed on April 16, 2009. Upon request, a copy of the journal will be forwarded to you.

Rates: Holding the line at the 1989 prices!

Centerfold $150.00 Half Page $60.00

Back Cover $125.00 Quarter Page $40.00

Full Page $100.00 Eighth Page $25.00

Enclosed is $____________________ in full payment of a ____________________ page asvertisement in the 20th anniversary Marketing Club Dinner Dance Souvenir Journal. Copy for the Ad appears on the reverse side of this contract.


Contributor’s Signature

Received from __________________________________________________________

The amount of ___________________ dollars for a ____________________________ page ad in the 20th anniversary Marketing Club Dinner Dance Souvenir Journal.

For the Marketing Club


Rep’s Signature.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 18 2009 6:54 PM

JObit: Knapp, Francis “Frank” [MC1964]


Francis “Frank” Knapp

KNAPP - Francis (Frank), 66, of Easton, PA, former resident of Cold Spring Harbor and Hicksville, L.I., passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 after a short, courageous battle with an illness. Born and raised in Belle Harbor, Queens. Graduated Manhattan College in 1964. Served as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, and retired after 35 years of service in Federal Law Enforcement as a Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Customs Service. Beloved husband of Kathleen (Cunningham). Devoted father of Matthew (Christina), Brian (Eileen) and Shannon. Adoring grandfather of Griffin, Frances, Anders, Katie, Brian, Jr. and Kelly John. Dear brother of George, James and Anne Hickie. Youngest son of the late George, Sr. and Annette. Cherished friend of Arch and Clare Findlay. Proud Godfather of Robert Findlay. Faithful friend to his Customs colleagues and Highlands neighbors. Family will receive friends at M.A. Connell Funeral Home, Huntington Station, NY, on Friday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Mass at 9:30am on Saturday at the Church of St. Patrick, Huntington, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations to CancerCare and St. Francis Hospital Heart Center, Roslyn, NY would be appreciated.

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Knapp, Francis “Frank” [MC1964]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/dcmhag

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 19 2009 7:59 AM

MFound: Pete Delany’s Photos - Bob and Frank at NYC St P Parade


“Bob and Frank at NYC St P Parade” by Pete Delany

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 19 2009 10:37 AM

MFound: Manhattan College Players present 3/27-29

Danny invited you to “THE BIBLE: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)” on Friday, March 27 at 8:00pm.

Event: THE BIBLE: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)
What: Performance
Host: Manhattan College Players
Start Time: Friday, March 27 at 8:00pm
End Time: Sunday, March 29 at 10:00pm
Where: The Box

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 19 2009 1:43 PM

JHQ: Music Out Of Oppression 4/6


March 18, 2009

Manhattan College’s Holocaust Resource Center Presents Music Out Of Oppression

Event features composer Ronald Senator, pianist Miriam Brickman and soprano Marni Nixon

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Manhattan College Holocaust Resource Center will host a special program, Music Out of Oppression, on Monday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The event, which is co-sponsored by the College’s department of fine arts, is free and open to the public. The program also commemorates Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is April 21.

Music Out of Oppression features composer and lecturer Dr. Ronald Senator, his wife, pianist Miriam Brickman, and soprano Marni Nixon. The night includes a discussion and presentation of examples from Senator’s Holocaust Requiem. Brickman and Nixon will perform piano pieces, soprano solos and cabaret songs written in or about the concentration camps.

Senator was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in the United States after the New York City premiere of Holocaust Requiem under composer Lukas Foss in 1990. He has composed six operas and musicals on texts by notable modern authors, including Anthony Burgess, Peter Porter and Ursula Vaughan Williams. Senator was a founding member of the Montserrat Composers’ Association for Sacred Music and the founding director of the National Association of Music Theatre in the United Kingdom.

Brickman is active throughout the world as a chamber musician and a soloist in many orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic and Brooklyn Philharmonic. She has performed in Town Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as elsewhere in the United States, England, France, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Since 1991, she has been invited to Russia four times for solo, chamber and orchestral concerts, including several concerts that featured music by her husband.

Nixon’s career includes opera, chamber and symphony, oratorio soloist and Grammy-nominated recordings both popular and classical. She is the winner of four Emmys for best actress on her children’s TV show Boomerang, and she earned two Gold records for Songs From Mary Poppins and Mulan. Nixon was also the singing voice of Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn in the motion pictures and on the soundtracks of The King and I, An Affair to Remember and West Side Story.

For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Jeff Horn, director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Manhattan College, at (718) 862-7129 or jeff.horn@manhattan.edu.

The history of the Holocaust Resource Center dates back to 1996, when discussions among concerned faculty and administrators at the College and in the Riverdale community led to its founding with the mission to promote Catholic-Jewish dialogue and educate future generations about the Holocaust. The center inaugurated its Visiting Scholars Program the next year, and in 2006, an additional annual lecture was added to the series that focuses on genocides other than the Holocaust.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 19 2009 4:38 PM

JNews: Pfaff, Mark (MC1980) EVP New York Life


New York Life Elects Chris Blunt and Mark Pfaff as Executive Vice Presidents

NEW YORK - New York Life Insurance Company announced today that Chris Blunt and Mark Pfaff have been elected executive vice presidents by the company’s Board of Directors. The two executives report to President and Chief Executive Officer Ted Mathas.

Posted : Thu, 19 Mar 2009 13:19:05 GMT

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NEW YORK - (Business Wire) New York Life Insurance Company announced today that Chris Blunt and Mark Pfaff have been elected executive vice presidents by the company’s Board of Directors. The two executives report to President and Chief Executive Officer Ted Mathas.

Mr. Pfaff is responsible for U.S. Life Insurance and Agency, which includes the company’s career agency distribution and its life insurance manufacturing and marketing. Mr. Blunt is responsible for Retirement Income Security, an organization formed in November that includes income and investment annuities, long-term care insurance and the distribution of mutual funds.

President and CEO Mathas said, “Both Mark and Chris have outstanding records of executive leadership. Their promotions reflect their many contributions and the size and importance of these two key business operations. With the strong leadership being provided by Chris and Mark in their respective areas, New York Life is well positioned to be the preeminent provider of life insurance in the U.S. and a leader in providing retirement income security.”

Mr. Blunt and Mr. Pfaff also are both members of New York Life’s Executive Management Committee, which is comprised of its senior executive leadership and assists the CEO in setting policy for the company.

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Mr. Pfaff joined New York Life in 1985 as an agent in the Central Jersey General Office. He became sales manager in 1988, and in 1994, was appointed managing partner of the Vermont General Office. In 1997 Mr. Pfaff transferred as managing partner to the Park Avenue General Office; later that year he was promoted to agency vice president of Northeastern Agencies. In 1999, he became the zone vice president of Northeastern Agencies, and in the fall was asked to take over the Manhattan General Office as managing partner. In April 2004, he was named senior vice president of Northeastern Agencies and became senior vice president of the company’s Agency Department in January of 2006. He was appointed senior vice president in charge of U.S. Life Insurance and Agency in 2008. Mr. Pfaff received a B.A. from Manhattan College and an A.A. degree from Westchester Community College. He resides in Charlotte, Vermont with his wife, Claudia, and their three children.

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings from all four of the major credit rating agencies. Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments* provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as institutional and retail mutual funds.

Visit New York Life’s Web site at www.newyorklife.com for more information.

*“New York Life Investments” is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 19 2009 9:39 PM

JUpdate: Wanless, John W. (MC1967)

Wanless, John W. (MC1967)

Director of Quality Assurance
Palo Alto, California 94306

University of North Florida, M.B.A., 1975
Manhattan College, B.E.E., Electrical Engineering – Nuclear Engineering minor, 1967

APICS CPIM Certification, February, 2005
Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, No. PE-01877-E
ASQ Certified Quality Manager, No. 02732

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 20 2009 2:18 AM

JObit: Crispino, Jerry L. [MC1952]

From: “McEneney, Mike (MC1953)”
Date: March 20, 2009 6:47:23 PM EDT
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Hon. Jerry L. Crispino, ‘52

Dear John,

   Attached is a notice containing the arrangements for the Wake and Funeral for Judge Jerry Crispino who is a member of the Class of 1952.

   May He Rest In Peace.


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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Crispino, Jerry L. [MC1952]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 20 2009 7:52 PM

JOY: Jasper “wendyj” reports in 10 months late


Upstate, NY
Birth Date: May 14, 2008
My age 35 years old
my job School Psychologist

03-20-2009 at 10:00 AM

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OK, I feel like an old fogey, but here goes:
Manhattan College, 1996, BA Psychology
Penn State, 1998, MS School Psychology.
Should have gotten my PhD, too, but eh, wanted a life more.


Our munchkin came 4 weeks early.

Ian is 10 months and 1 week old.

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[JR: Neat what you can find on the net. Any one know the real "wendyj"?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 21 2009 2:59 AM
    * Updated: Sat, Mar 21 2009 11:07 AM

JFound: O’Connor, Dennis [MC????] marketing intern



Dennis O’Connor stepped up and is going to be one of Jetty’s marketing interns this summer! We’re going to put him to work & test his encyclopedic knowledge of the surf industry. Dennis is currently attending Manhattan College and competes in local contests. Here he is getting a few turns in after our meeting! Welcome to the fam!

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O’Connor, Dennis [MC????]

[JR: My kinda of internship!]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 21 2009 6:54 PM

Comment on JHQ: Three-day celebration of College’s founder 

By Joe Mawn (MC1963)

The Brother’s mission is to teach the poor. Yesterday I visited Bethlehem where the Brothers have a college to teach the Palestinian young men and women. Brother Thomas Scanlon has served there as the President of Bethlehem University. Several other Manhattan College Brothers have served there in the past as well. Perhaps education is the solution to that area’s problems.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 17 2009 4:39 PM

ENDNOTE: Good lesson about “Christian charity”!


Covenant coach who beat Dallas Academy 100-0 is fired
06:04 AM CST on Monday, January 26, 2009
By BARRY HORN / The Dallas Morning News

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The Covenant School fired its girls basketball coach Sunday, the same day he posted a message on a youth basketball Web site saying he disagreed with school officials who had publicly apologized for the team’s 100-0 victory over Dallas Academy.

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Grimes said in his Sunday post that his team stopped applying full-court defensive pressure after the score reached 25-0 three minutes into the game, then dropped into a relatively benign zone defense and began resting its starters in favor of its three bench players.

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She said the parents of the team’s eight players met with school officials Saturday and outlined three goals for the program:

“We want to represent Christ with the highest respect, we don’t want to humiliate anyone ever and we want our students to be enthusiastic in everything they do.”

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Funny as it sounds, when my wife was coaching 6-8 grade girls basketball, she ran up against teams that didn’t have a clue.

She, however, was a sharp enough coach to realize watching the other team warm up, that they were clueless. A point guard who dribbled head down. a “5” who was shorter than her shortest guard, or even a coach who was an inexperienced mother who was doing it so the girl could have a team.

It never got to that point.

She had 15 girls on her team. (At that age level, she felt it was supposed to be fun for everyone.) But, she MANAGED the game. (Something that coach in the story missed.) Starters started until the first dead ball. Then, the second team went in for a while. (After they scored a few times!) Then it was the third strings turn.

But, alas, even they were better than the other team. One of our kids, who could barely reach the basket, drilled one from 12 feet.

First team went back in with ORDERS to do a Clemson style stall. (It was good practice for them. Later in the season, it was used to run out the clock in a tough game.)

In life, you have remember what the REAL objectives are. Embarrassing our fellow human being is really NOT doing the Lord’s work.

And, as many pro sports franchises have learned, it motivates your opponent next time.

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"