JASPER JOTTINGS Week 21 - 2009 May 23

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



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Woman finds $357,959 cashiers check and returns it
By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press Writer

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LOS ANGELES — As she walked from a post office, Talon Curtis thought she’d found one of those gimmicky sweepstakes offers on the ground that scream something like “$357,959.55″ in big bold letters and “This is not a real check” in much smaller type. But just as she was about to do her part for a cleaner planet and deliver the paper from the parking lot to a trash can, she noticed it was a real cashier’s check with a real signature.

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There are honest people in the world. She didn’t take a reward of anything. About the only thing that would make it better would be if it was cash.

May all my challenges be little one.

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 17 2009 12:37 PM

JEmail: Lawrence, Richard A. (MC1968) ids problem and Waddell, Tom [MC1981]

On May 17, 2009, at 7:34 AM, Richard A. Lawrence wrote:

F. John,

Is the JJ RSS feed down? Haven’t received anything since 5/13 @ 9:27 pm.

Also, Tom Waddell is class of 1981; father of Kyle Waddell, sophomore pitcher on the current MC baseball team.


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[JR: RAL, No, I have a sub to check and I am receiving mine. Other than adding 7 days to May 10th and making it the ninteenth? (I must be getting old!) Thanks for the update.]

Lawrence, Richard A. (MC1968)

[JR: I believe all systems are operational at this end! But what do I know.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 17 2009 1:37 PM

JEmail: Athanasidy, Patrice Liquori (MC1988) in print

Athanasidy, Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

Hi. Please feel free to share my newest link as a Jasper that is writing about Special Needs. Story ideas welcome.

This is my latest story. I would like to write about other topics and special needs kids as well.


Sacraments are challenging for those with special needs – NY Special Needs Kids Examiner

Source: www.examiner.com

Sacraments are challenging for those with special needs by NY Special Needs Kids Examiner, Patrice Athanasidy

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[JR: Page views might be important. It's a quick read that I recommend highly.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 17 2009 2:37 PM

JFound: Webb, Joe [MC1978] free webinar on 6/10/9


FREE Webinar

Q2 Economic Webinar with Dr. Joe Webb

Sponsored by MindFireInc

This one-hour event will include the latest data and analysis relative to the state of the economy and suggest what we might expect to see through the balance of the year, both in the economy at large and within the printing industry. Advance questions for the webinar Q&A session can be submitted here.

When: Wednesday, June 10th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern Time (What Time?)
Where: Anywhere – all that is required is an Internet connection and a web browser that supports Flash.
What: “Q2 Economic Webinar with Dr. Joe Webb ” Webinar
Who: Event sponsored by MindFireInc and moderated by Cary Sherburne

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Webb, Joe [MC1978]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 17 2009 3:37 PM

JObit: Fitzsimons, Terrence J. [MC1961]


Terrence J. Fitzsimons

Terrence J. Fitzsimons Terrence J. Fitzsimons, age 70 of Danbury, beloved husband of Anna Marea (Fox) Fitzsimons, died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, at Danbury Hospital, Friday, May 15, 2009. He was born in Manhattan, N.Y., December 12, 1938, son of the late Peter and Alice (Collins) Fitzsimons. He was a graduate of Manhattan College. Mr. Fitzsimons worked as a banker for Chase Manhattan in New York for more than 30 years. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Danbury and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an active man who loved going to the Cardiac Rehab Center at Danbury Hospital and walked four miles a day. He also enjoyed traveling to Ireland to visit family. A devoted family man, he will be sadly missed by his wife, Anna; his cherished son, Colin Michael Fitz-simons of Danbury; and his sister, Margaret Fitz-simons of Danbury. He is also survived by his cousins, James Dunne and his wife, Gloria, Alice McMahon, and Andrew Dunne and his wife, Patricia; as well as many cousins in Ireland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Danbury. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury, Sunday, May 17th between the hours of 2 and 4 and 7 and 9 p.m. Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Danbury. To light a candle of hope and remembrance please visit our website at www.CornellMemorial.com.

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Fitzsimons, Terrence J. [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/oaau4q

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[JR: Grace Feeney (MCstf) messaged me: "Terrence Fitzsimons was the class of '61". Thanks, Grace, much appreciated.]

Fitzsimons, Terrence J. [MC1961]  

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 18 2009 6:41 AM
    * Updated: Mon, May 18 2009 5:19 PM

JFound: Local Class of 2009


Manhattan College Graduation

Manhattan College held its graduation ceremonies May 17.

Read on for the list of local graduates.

Looking for your friends? You can view the graduation lists or photo galleries for all local high schools and colleges by clicking on theses links!

Congrats to all!

Class of 2009: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam counties:

Nithin Susan Abraham Lauren Elizabeth Adessa

Denis Agalliu / Michael Erick Alamon / Brett D. Albert / Mahmoud Almadani / Claudia Aparicio / Dayna Marie Arena / Ruth Rebecca Arias / Gianpaolo Arpaia / Miles D. Arvidson / Elizabeth Catherine Au-Coleman / Devon Andre Austin / Sharbel T. Ayoub / Angelito B. Bantug / Mirac M. Barmaksiz / Joseph Nicholas Battista / Joshua E. Berman / Christopher M. Bianco / Daniel Michael Borrani / Kathleen Elizabeth Bulson / Madison Elizabeth Cahn / George Michael Calvi / Matthew M. Calvi / Peter K. Camardella / Sara Ines Cano / Alissa Marie Carelli / Laura Carrea / Christina Cercone / Thomas Anthony Chianese / Anthony C Cicalo III / John Anthony McCue Cincotta / Matthew Jon Cioffi / Jaime Lee Clayton / Charles Vincent Clemente / Kara Anne Marie Cokeley / Danielle Leigh Concialdi / Thomas Connelly / Kelton Winston Cumberbatch / Ann K. Cunningham / Hernane De Almeida / Taylor O. DePauw / John William DePinto / Gregory DeSantis / John A. Dolan / Amanda T. Dolce / Daniel Richard Domato / Amela Dybeli / Brett Eagel / Gary A. Fioretti / Jaclyn Rita Fitzmaurice / Daniel J. Fitzpatrick / Michele E. Fitzpatrick / Michael Edward Fitzpatrick / Kaitlin Anne Flaherty / Jonathan Hugh Flood / Paul Americo Alves Franco / Gerry Joseph Giamundo / Josiah Nathanael Giuliano / Danielle Elizabeth Gizzo / Cecilio Gomez / Maria Emelina Gonzalez / Vera C. Gouchev / Mary Kelly Gutekunst / Joseph P. Hallinan / Christian A. Hellmann / Michael Arduino Hoffman / Thomas John Hoffman / Timothy Nicholas Hoffman / Keri Lacy Horan / Katherine Horton / Michael Charles Hutton / Carmine S. Iallonardo / Andrew Stephan Kakos / James C. Kemp / Fadi Zahi Khader / Jena-grace Kole / Michael R. Kunzmann / Thomas Lam / Michael V. Lawler / Philip J. Leonti / Catharine M. Lindberg / Phil Anthony LoGrippo / Fernando Londono / Patrick D. Lonergan / Dennis Lowenwirth / Kelly Leigh Lynch / Thomas M. Madigan / Daniel Patrick Maher / Jacqueline M. Malone / Meaghen Marrama / Fatima Andrea Martinez / Erica Louise Mastromarino / Ryan D. McAuliffe / Christine A. McCann / Dana McGill / Ryan Thomas McHale / Vincent Mele Jr. / Lisa K. Menzie / Rosanna F. Messina / Christopher Mias / Claire Valerie Mockler / Matthew J. Moore / Ryan James Mulcahy / Meghan Mullally / Amanda M. Mulvaney / Brian Patrick Murphy Jr. / Erin M. Murrray / Carol E. Murray / Ali Nawazuddin / Carl Nelson / Robert Ngoy / Megan O’Keefe / John Palazzolo / Christine Panetta / Joseph Ralph Pardo / Steven F. Parinello / Sara Jane Pascal / Kurt R. Paxton / Saul Perez de la Cruz / Valerie M. Peters / Roman J. Petrina Jr. / Timothy Monroe Piazza / Dana Marie Pischera / Karina June Plankl / Christina M. Polchinski / Nicole Patrice Porette / Christina Pozzuto / Christina Eileen Preston / Daniel Robert Putnam / Luciano Ranallo / Andrea Reiff / Sean P. Reilly / Karlos Rivas-Adames / Alexander Rivera / Jillian Erica Rizzo / Michelle Roman /Anthony John Ronchick / Heather Kathleen Rowell / Meagan Patrice Ryan / Stephanie Marie Ryan / Dianne Salgado / Michael Salvador / Luciano Scarano / Felicia Scavone / Robert K. Scott Jr. / Maximilian Livingston Seeger / Patrick Gary Seeney / Edward M. Sheeran / Susan Michelle Slowik / Salvatore Matthew Spataro / Marie Spina / David R. Stefanini / Matthew John Stewart / Patrick C. Toal / Taisha Marie Turnier / Harrison James Uffer / Kevin J. Vachna / Matthew J. Vanagas / Daniel Pedro Vaz-Pocas / Anthony Paul Venuto / Miquel Xavier Verhagen / Kristina Vigorita / John Joseph Vinchot / Kristin White / Maria D. Wienberg / Julianne Kristen Wilson / Daniel E. Yedowitz / Matthew Young

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[JR: Congrats to all my, our, new fellow alums. I always need new readers of JJ! Now I wonder how many google their own name?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 18 2009 7:33 AM

JFound: P. (?), Francis Eugene [MC1960]


Sunday, May 17, 2009
Orange County CA English / Writing Tutors Available Now
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Francis Eugene P.
Degree Education College of St. Rose MS 1966
Other English Literature Manhattan College Graduate 1960
Degree English The Catholic University of America BA 1956

Teaching Style

I always enjoyed teaching. I often was able to teach high school English classes part-time even while I served as college advisor and Guidance Director in 2 different private high schools. I especially liked English literature. It was challenging to get teenage boys to like literature, so I often used videos & other visual aids to help them understand and enjoy reading good literature.

Experience Summary

I always wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in the upper grades of grammar school. After attending a private high school on scholarship, I earned another scholarship for university attendance. After graduating, I taught for 9 years in elementary schools. I taught part-time for the next 14 years in a private high school, and also served as college advisor. Since 2003, I have been teaching adults in driving classes part-time.

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P. (?), Francis Eugene [MC1960]

[JR: Need help iding the mysterious P?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 18 2009 8:13 AM

JEmail: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) ships a book

Hi John:

At long last, my book Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners will be shipped by the Publisher Rowman and Littlefield to the warehouse and then to distributors on May 20th. It looks at the portrayal of Christians and Christianity in almost 200 films from 1905 through 2008. If we’re lucky, Turner Classic Movies will devote a number of films to the theme in December. I’ll keep you posted.

I am turning my attention to a book about my late wife to be written with our four children and another about my high school La Salle Military Academy which closed after more than 100 years of existence in various iterations in 2002. I visited the LSMA archives at Manhattan College last week and found most of the 32 boxes to be unidentified. I am hoping that come October when the archivist Amy Surak is back from maternity leave that more work will be done sorting them out.

Keep up the good work!

Best regards
Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)

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[JR: I'm very please to call this everyone's attention. (Us authors have to stick together. ROFL) Hope you sell a million; I'd be happy with 1000. LOL!]

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 18 2009 5:50 PM

MFound: MC came from French separatism?


Of a Childhood, a City and a Church’s ‘Douceur de Vivre’
May 18, 2009 by Olga Statz

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The story begins in the 1830s, when word got back to the French religious leaders of the day that the French Catholics in New York were leaving the church in droves. Unwilling to sit through sermons in English, they opted to attend French Protestant services or not go to church at all. Alarmed at this trend, the Archbishop of Nancy preached a mass in French at St. Peter’s on Barclay Street, urging the French to establish their own church, like the Germans and the Italians, had in order to strengthen their community and family ties, and create a visible link to France for their rapidly Americanizing children. The French heeded the call, and by 1841 the French had their own church on Canal Street, St. Vincent de Paul. In the 1850s, the parish moved to its present location in Chelsea, on West 23rd Street.

The pastor of the church was Annet Lafont, a French priest from the order of the Fathers of Mercy, a French Missionary order. By all accounts, he was an extraordinary leader. He founded orphanages in New York City and Tarrytown, homes for the elderly and young women’s residences, and what is now known as Manhattan College grew from his parish school. Chronically short of funds, he accomplished all this, it seems, from sheer force of will.

Father Lafont, however, was not content simply to mind his own flock. In a document celebrating the centenary of the Fathers of Mercy, we are told that “Father Lafont was moved by the truly pitiable condition of the Negroes in New York. They could hold no real estate, were permitted in no public vehicle or place of amusement, and when traveling, they had to use a special car which was little better than those for cattle, and they suffered many indignities and acts of oppression.” Though this list of sociological and legal facts gives us an indication of the poor conditions in which Blacks lived in this city, nothing is more startling than reading eyewitness accounts of the mental and physical violence they daily suffered. In an 1846 letter to Paris describing life in New York and the work of Father Lafont, a Frenchman, Henry de Courcy, gives us just such a first hand account of daily life in the antebellum years:

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[JR: Interesting. Any MC history buffs out there? Need confirmation.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 19 2009 8:29 AM

MFound: Reunion Weekend, June 5-7

Group: Manhattan College Alumni Society
Subject: Manhattan College Alumni Reunion Weekend 2009

Reunion Weekend 2009

Register Now! Please leave don’t leave it to the last minute – make your plan to join us now…

We are less than 3 weeks away from Reunion Weekend, June 5-7, the best time you’ve had in Riverdale since graduation.

For a complete schedule of activities and more information, as well as online registration, use the following link: http://www.manhattan.edu/reunion.

Posted By Thomas McCarthy

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 19 2009 2:25 PM

JNews: Grabowski, Joseph [MC????] marketing manager


McGuire Sponsel Welcomes Joseph Grabowski

May 19, 2009

Carmel, Ind.— McGuire Sponsel is pleased to announce that Joseph Grabowski has joined the company as marketing manager in the Dallas area. Grabowski will manage McGuire Sponsel relationships as well as perform business development duties.

Prior to joining McGuire Sponsel, Grabowski has more than a decade of experience managing relationships for cost segregation and other specialty tax services.

Grabowski graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science degree. He resides in Dallas, Texas with wife Christina where he enjoys cycling and swimming.

For more information, visit www.mcguiresponsel.com.

About McGuire Sponsel

McGuire Sponsel is a specialty tax group that works with CPA firms to better serve their current and prospective clients. Its unique model utilizes engineers, accountants and business consultants to provide Research Tax Credit and cost segregation analysis. Located in Carmel, Ind., McGuire Sponsel employs a proven, methodical approach to this procedure that withstands IRS scrutiny. Visit www.mcguiresponsel.com for more information.

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Grabowski, Joseph [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 19 2009 4:14 PM

JObit: Lesko, Richard P. [MC1944]


Richard Phillip Lesko

Richard P. Lesko of Waldwick passed away on Friday, May 15, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. The family will hold a remembrance service at his home on 100 Crescent Ave., Waldwick, on Monday, May 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Richard was born on Sept 17, 1925, and attended Manhattan College for engineering at the early age of 16. On weekends he played saxophone with his Uncle Bill to raise money for his college tuition. His college days were cut short when World War II broke out and Richard was drafted into the Navy. He proudly served as a seaman first class and was honorably discharged in 1946. Upon his return he graduated from college and began a very brief career as an engineer before deciding to pursue his passion as a professional musician. His career highlight came when he toured with Mary Martin in “Peter Pan.” The Waldwick community will also remember him as the beloved “Mr. Dick”, a role he cherished as a teacher at the Crescent Nursery School started by his mother, Jane (Fecica) Lesko in 1954. Here he found his true calling as the ever smiling teacher of music and life lessons to the myriad of youngsters who attended the nursery school. Richard, one of eight Lesko siblings, is survived by his sister, Barbara Vasil of California and many, many nieces and nephews.

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Lesko, Richard P. [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/oywjvd

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[JR: Interesting how war screws up so many lives.]

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[JR: Grace Feeney (MCstf) messaged me: " Lesko, Richard P. [MC1944] “]

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 20 2009 8:11 AM
    * Updated: Wed, May 20 2009 8:49 PM

JNews: Kelly, Raymond [MC1963] at graduation


Commissioner Kelly congratulates Manhattan College graduates

Manhattan College’s graduation ceremony was also a celebration of the school’s president, Thomas Scanlan, who is leaving his post later this year, after 22 years.

The speaker at the ceremony was New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who graduated from the school in 1963. In a copy of the speech provided by the college, Mr. Kelly spoke both about Mr. Scanlan’s accomplishments, such as increasing applications to the school by 120 percent, raising SAT scores of those accepted by 100 points, and what he called “a wholesale transformation into a residential college and one of the premiere institutions of higher learning in the country.”

Mr. Kelly also spoke directly to the more than 700 graduates, urging them to stay true to the school’s core principles.

“They are manifest, Brother Scanlan, in your vocation, handed down from the Christian Brothers through generations of Manhattan graduates: a commitment to service, social justice, and the dignity of every human being,” Mr. Kelly said.

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 20 2009 10:27 PM

JFound: Kuzler, Francis J. [MC????] DecadesOut


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For over ten years, Frank has been writing, directing and producing independent film and theatre. A strong believer in the development of new talent and the expression of new ideas, Frank has built the foundation of his career developing projects that come from new voices and have a fresh and unique perspective.

He was most recently a producer on Rain, the first independent feature to be indigenously produced in the Bahamas. Currently playing the festival circuit, Rain has been called a “trailblazer” sure to lead the way for new voices. Other film credits include 2004’s uncompromising film After The Apocalypse by Japanese filmmaker Yasuaki Nakajima which was called “a triumph in independent filmmaking,” and which received acclaim in over 30 international film festivals.

As a theatre producer, Frank is the Managing Director of the award-winning Boomerang Theatre Company, a staple independent theatre company in NYC’s Off-Off Broadway world. During his tenure, the company has received several awards for its productions, notably NYIT’s 2008 Caffé Cino Award for Outstanding Independent Theatre Company. He has also written and produced several shows that premiered in the NY International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America.

Frank is currently working on two documentary films (Burning to Communicate: A Retrospective History of the Beginnings of Off-Off Broadway; and New Land New Life, a look at the mass migration behind Hurricane Katrina and other large scale human movements) through DecadesOut as well as a feature film, The Orange Cyclist, a story about reconstruction after tragedy through his multimedia company DedPro Inc.

He holds a BA from Manhattan College in English literature, a Juris Doctorate degree and is a member of the New York State Bar.

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Kuzler, Francis J. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Thu, May 21 2009 12:11 AM

JNews: Sie, John J. [MC1957] cited


Chinese American Hero: John J. Sie

May 20, 2009

Name in English: John J. Sie

Name in Chinese: 谢诚刚 [謝誠剛]

Name in Pinyin: Xiè Chénggāng

Gender: Male

Birth Year: 1936

Birth Place: China

Current location: Denver, Colorado

Philanthropy: Yes

Profession(s): Cable Television Executive, Entertainment Visionary, Philanthropist

Education: Bachelor Electrical Engineering, Manhattan College, 1957; Master Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn

Awards: 2003, Inductee, Cable Television Hall of Fame; 2001, Chairman’s Award, Cable Television Administration and Marketing Association (CTAM); 2001, Stanley B. Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Minorities in Communications (NAMIC); 2001, Bridge Builder Asian American Leadership Award, The AURA Fund and aMedia, Inc. ; 2001, Bill Daniels Business Leader of the Year, The Denver Business Journal; 1986, Grand Tam Award CTAM; 1982, Robert H. Beisswenger Memorial Award (Vanguard Associates Award) by the National Cable Television Association (NCTA); 1960, RCA David Sarnoff Fellowship.

Contribution(s): John J. Sie is the Founder and Chairman and former President and CEO of Starz Entertainment LLC. Sie, a native of China, came to the United States at the age of 14 in 1950. He stayed at a Catholic orphanage on Staten Island, N.Y. until he graduated from high school in 1953 and went to college. In 1960, he co-founded Micro State Electronics Corp, later becoming president of it as a subsidiary of Raytheon. In 1972, Sie joined Jerrold Electronics Corp, a subsidiary of General Instrument Co., as Sr. Vice President of the CATV division. In 1977, he joined Showtime Entertainment as Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing advocating the then revolutionary idea that people would be willing to pay for more than one premium cable channel. In 1984, Sie joined Tele-Communications Inc., as Senior Vice President in charge of strategic planning, programming, marketing, technology, and government relations. He pushed cable operators to pool their money and buy programming that would be attractive to much bigger audiences than the 30% of US households they were then getting. Most industry professionals thought he was insane but when the NFL agreed to air Sunday games on ESPN in the same year it increased cable viewer ratings tenfold. In 1993, he founded Starz Encore, pioneering theme channels and subscription video-on-demand, now mainstream concepts of the cable television industry. Sales neared $1 billion yearly by the time he retired as President and CEO in 2004.

Philanthropy: The Anna and John J Sie Foundation supports the sharing of knowledge amongst peoples and cultures in the global community, with emphasis on media, business, technology, and education. The foundation is a supporter of the Starz Film Center, the University of Colorado’s “The Sie Family Down Syndrome Break-Through Research Initiative”, the Denver School of Science and Technology, the Denver Art Museum, and the Festival Italiano. Sie also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Denver Art Museum and the University of Denver.

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Sie, John J. [MC1957]

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    * Posted on: Thu, May 21 2009 2:15 AM

JUpdate: Hallenback, Cheryl (MC2006) joins Mercy College staff

Hallenback, Cheryl (MC2006)

Assistant Director of Recruitment
Graduate Admissions
Mercy College

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    * Posted on: Thu, May 21 2009 9:47 AM

JFound: Hutzler, Kayla [MC????] writes women’s news


Kayla Hutzler, a journalism major at Manhattan College, is an editorial intern with Women’s eNews.

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    * Posted on: Thu, May 21 2009 4:25 PM

PRAYERREQUESTED: MC Alum’s daughter doing better

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In the meantime, Caitlin has been doing really well. Seriously. I find myself smiling more when people ask me how she is doing. We are apparently reaping the rewards of all the extra prayers people said during the Easter season! I don’t give the token “She’s coming along” response anymore. It’s amazing. We will see if this is too good to be true or not when we return for counts and chemo next week.

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[JR: Let's keep "pouring it on". Don't know what kind of prayer to ask for (i.e., appetite prayer; colon prayer; stomach prayer); so let's focus on "more of the same" prayer. Feels nice to be able to joke about it.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, May 21 2009 4:48 PM

JObit: Cross, Alice Elizabeth [MC????]


Alice Elizabeth Cross

CROSS, ALICE ELIZABETH, passed away on Wednesday May 20, 2009 at the age of 66. She was born on October 19, 1942 in Staten Island, NY to the late John and Alice O’Brien. Alice was involved in education her entire life, both as a student and as a teacher. She graduated from St. Joseph Hill Academy, Staten Island, received a BA from Mount St. Vincent University, a MA from Manhattan College, and her EdD from Nova Southeastern University. As a teacher for over 38 years enjoyed teaching at Volusia County Public Schools, and cherished her years at Deltona Lakes Elementary School as well as Pine Ridge High School and Deltona High School.

In her retirement Alice enjoyed substituting at Leesburg High School to have contact with our youth, “our next generation of leaders”. Through-out her career Alice received many awards for her achievements in education, and was also very active in various PTA organizations on the local and national level. She enjoyed traveling, camping, reading, and worked very hard to promote environmental causes.

She is survived by her husband Alexander A. Cross of over 38 years, two sons Alexander (Melissa) Cross of Bradenton, FL., and Jonathan (Toni) Cross of Wesley Chapel, FL. She is also survived by four grandchildren, two brothers Kenneth O’Brien of Staten Island, NY., and Timothy O’Brien of Dingmans Ferry, PA. as well as many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother William O’Brien.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday May 26, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Leesburg with Fr. Mark Wegg officiating. Friends and family may call at the Page-Theus Funeral Home on Monday May 25th. from 5-7PM. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials in Alice’s honor be made to Cornerstone Hospice or am Environmental Club of your choice. Page-Theus Funeral Home 914 W. Main St Leesburg, FL

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on 5/22/2009

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Cross, Alice Elizabeth [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/opkyhy

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    * Posted on: Fri, May 22 2009 7:44 AM

JObit: Shields, Randolph “Randy” [MC????]


Randolph “Randy” Shields

SHIELDS, Randolph “Randy” 81, of Spring Hill, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2009 at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center in Brooksville. Born in New York, NY on Feb. 5, 1928. He was a graduate of Manhattan College, a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea and worked as a business risk manager for the McCoy Corporation. He was also a member of St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church and a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus St. Jude Council in Spring Hill. Randy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan Shields of Spring Hill; 1 daughter, Susanne Fraser of Lindenhurst, NY; 4 grandchildren, Erin, Brendan, Sean and Jonathan; also many nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Joanne. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 25, 2009 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Grace Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 16931 U.S. 19, Hudson 727-863-5471. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10 am at St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church, Spring Hill. Burial to follow at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hernando-Pasco Hospice.

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Shields, Randolph “Randy” [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/r4o6vs

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    * Posted on: Fri, May 22 2009 7:49 AM

MFound: Ref to a Jasper, but technology blocked


Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night (PDF)

from Bloglines Search: “manhattan college”

He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Manhattan College and summa cum laude with an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt…

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[JR: Here's a link I wasn't able to follow up. Some technology is blocking the page. Any one else care to try?]

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    * Posted on: Fri, May 22 2009 11:12 AM

JOY: Mulligan, Kevin C. [MC1988] weds


Lisa Hirsch, Kevin Mulligan

Published: May 22, 2009

Lisa L. Hirsch and Kevin C. Mulligan were married Friday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Island Park, N.Y. The Rev. John J. Tutone, the pastor of the church, performed the ceremony.

The bride, 37, and the bridegroom, 44, work for the City of Long Beach, N.Y., where she is the assistant city manager and he is the commissioner of public works.

The bride graduated from Columbia and received a master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard and a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington. Her previous marriage ended in divorce.

She is the daughter of Patricia Harvey and Dr. Stephen Hirsch, both of Lido Beach, N.Y. Her father is a urologist at Island Urological Associates, a division of Integrated Medical Professionals, in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Her mother is the billing director and the office manager for Radiological Associates of Long Island in Oceanside, N.Y. The bride is the stepdaughter of Jeanne Hirsch and Harold Harvey, both of Lido Beach.

The bridegroom graduated from Manhattan College, from which he also has a master’s degree in environmental engineering.

He is a son of Mary T. Mulligan and Thomas J. Mulligan of Mahwah, N.J. His father retired as the president of HydroQual, an environmental engineering and consulting firm in Mahwah, N.J.

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Mulligan, Kevin C. [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Kevin is a member of the Class of 1988.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Mulligan, Kevin C. [MC1988]

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 23 2009 11:34 AM
    * Updated: Sat, May 23 2009 4:57 PM

JNews: Criscuolo, Aldo [MC????] Tasti D-Lite Darien, Stamford


Tasti D-Lite coming to Darien, Stamford
Updated: 05/22/2009 09:16:15 PM EDT

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Brothers Joe and Aldo Criscuolo have developed a reputation for their pizza as the owners of three shops in the region. Now, they hope to extend their culinary prowess into ice cream as operators of the first Tasti D-Lite franchises in Connecticut.

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Aldo Criscuolo became familiar with Tasti D-Lite as a student at Manhattan College. The brothers said they realized that many people who commute to New York City every day have been exposed to the product and would patronize the suburban shops.

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Criscuolo, Aldo [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 23 2009 2:40 PM

ENDNOTE: Lotto winnings after 4 years


Unemployed woman gets lotto winnings after 4 years
Apr 17, 3:29 PM (ET)

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NEWPORT, Maine (AP) – An unemployed woman who won $1 million in a Maine State Lottery game has collected her winnings – four years after she bought the scratch ticket in a store that’s since burned down. Brenda Ripton told the Central Maine Morning Sentinel that she had received her $700,000 check from the lottery on Thursday.

Ripton had just learned two days earlier that she won the million-dollar prize in the Texas Hold ‘em game. The government took the rest of her winnings for taxes.

Ripton said both she and her husband are out of work. Her winnings came in a second-chance lottery in which non-winners fill out the back of the ticket.

It took this long to declare winners because the state had to sell all of its Texas Hold ‘em tickets first.

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[JR: There are TWO points that make me rant. #1 — “the state had to sell all its tickets” — even though though the prize had been one. #2 — FOUR YEARS! Argh!! The gooferment.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 23 2009 8:37 PM

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