JASPER JOTTINGS Week 33 - 2009 August 16

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



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POSITRACTION: Adoption in a good light


MTV Acts Responsibly?
The MTV summer series “16 and Pregnant” explored the very real-world consequences of the hook-up culture that MTV usually promotes.
By: L. Brent Bozell
August 01, 2009 06:45 ET

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The standout episode focused on Catelynn and Tyler, who firmly chose to put their baby up for adoption. Only about one percent of all women make that hard choice. It is doubly courageous and unselfish: avoiding the quick and dirty abortion and accepting the stigma of teenage pregnancy, only then to face the pain of giving up the child to someone else.

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Amazing that two out of six did the “right thing”. Wish that more would. We can only pray that their hearts are softened.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 9 2009 12:37 PM

JFound: Sanger, Joseph William [MC1962]

Sanger, Joseph William [MC1962]

OCCUPATION: cell biologist

BS, Manhattan College, 1962
PhD, Dartmouth College, 1968
MA (hon.), University Pennsylvania, 1976


Associate in anatomy University Pennsylvania School Medicine, Philadelphia, 1971-72, assistant professor, 1972-76, associate professor, 1976-85, professor, 1985-2005; chair, cell biology grad. program University Pennsylvania, 1990-95, interim chairman Department Cell and Devel. Biology, 2003-2005; professor, chair department cell & devel. biology State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York , 2006-, interim vp research, 2007-2008

Career Related

Executive trustee Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 1991-93, trustee, 1990-93, Bermuda biological St., Saint George’s Bermuda, 1977-79; visiting scientist EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany, 1979-1980.

Creative Works

Editor: (video) Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton, 1991-98; editorial board cell motility and cytoskeleton Wily-Liss, New York City, 1986-, associate editor, 2006-, editorial board Chinese Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, 2004-06; contributor articles to professional journals


Humboldt fellow Humboldt Foundation, 1979-80.


Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (nominating committee 2000-2003), AAA (elected member board director 2008-).


Son of Joseph James and Mary Jackson S.; Married Jean McGilvray, September 12, 1964; children: John McGilvray, Matthew Kernan.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 9 2009 9:31 PM

PrayersRequested: Jasper’s son going in harm’s way

I know a young man, son of a Jasper, who is going to serve his country. Even now, he’s in Kuwait waiting to go up to Iraq. He’s courageous (does he know the danger?); his Mom does. I’d ask my fellow Jaspers to pray for his safe and uneventful return. And, the return of all the boys and girls regardless of where their parent did or didn’t go to school.

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[JR: Without turning this into an endnote, didn't O campaign as the "peace candidate"? I supported Ron Paul who was the true "peace candidate". Only politicians should go fight. "Dona Nobis Pacem"! Not a minute too soon for all young men and young women.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 10 2009 2:56 AM

Joy: O’Sullivan, Neil (MC1990) intros Bridget Kathleen

Hi John,

Hope all is well. Some good news to share. My wife and I welcomed our second child and first daughter, Bridget Kathleen, on July 14, 2009.

Both mom and baby are doing great. I have also recently changed my e-mail address to {Privacy Shield Invoked}. Thanks as always for your work with the jottings,

Neil O’Sullivan ‘90

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O’Sullivan, Neil (MC1990)

[JR: Congrats to the wife. We know they do all the "heavy lifting". I appreciate you sharing the good news with us.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 10 2009 3:08 PM

MFound: Inbound frosh injineer looking for gamers


Smash Director
Location: Burbank/Pacoima(818) Southern, CA

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Going to school at Manhattan college in the fall, looking for people to play

Im going to be going attending manhattan college school of engineering, which is apparently in the Bronx.

Im looking for good players in the area that wanna play.

Im part of the norcal melee community, and I am no noooob!

The people Iv been on regular bases quite good and include Zelgadis, cubaisdeath, and bob$.

I also play Silent Spectre a lot because he regularly attends brawl tournaments I help run, and I make sure that there is always a melee friendly TV. =D

I was at Genesis, so I might have already played you if you went too.

I main Falcon and Marth.

Alt Ganon and Falco.

So if you in the area I would love to play anyone.

I move in the 26th of august.

Show me your moves!

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[JR: ROFL! I think Soon To Be Jasper Mike may need all his energy, spells, and "moves" in injineering class. (At least I did.) Then there's the matter of girls. This is the time to find a mate, my unknown game playing future fellow alum. You know the old "be fruitful and multiply". LOL, how our past thinking, determines our future.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Aug 11 2009 8:45 AM

JNews: Owens, William L. [MC1971] will run for Congress


Dems pick Plattsburgh attorney
23RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: Owens, a registered independent, helped redevelop Air Force base site

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Plattsburgh attorney William L. Owens will represent the Democratic Party in the expected race for the 23rd Congressional District seat.

Mr. Owens, 60, secured the nomination after impressing the district’s 11 Democratic county chairpersons …

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It was unknown as of late Monday whether Mr. Owens received unanimous support from all the leaders and whether multiple rounds of balloting were needed to pick a candidate.

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Mr. Owens is a managing partner at Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane & Trombley, where he specializes in business, estate and tax law. The firm is an offshoot of one founded by Ronald B. Stafford, a prominent Republican state senator.

Mr. Owens is not a Republican, but he’s not a Democrat, either. The attorney is a registered independent.

A Brooklyn native, Mr. Owens stayed in Plattsburgh following his service in the U.S. Air Force. When the military abandoned the base in 1995, the leaders said, Mr. Owens helped create the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp., which recruited private companies to reuse the space.

The base is now home to companies such as Bombardier, a Canadian passenger railway car maker. The chairpersons said more than 500 jobs were created at the site since the military left.

“We did it by taking advantage of our regional assets – a well motivated workforce, good infrastructure, good schools and colleges, and access to outside investment and markets,” Mr. Owens said in a statement. “We can do the same thing throughout the 23rd District if we work together with total dedication. That’s what I will do in Congress.”

Mr. Owens is a 1971 graduate of Manhattan College. He received his law degree from Fordham University in 1974.

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Owens, William L. [MC1971]

[JR: Probably not a good time to run as D given the healthcare backlash?]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Aug 11 2009 9:31 AM

JNews: Brown, Durelle [MC????] has a classic in CT 8/14


Home > Sports
Local Announcements
Hartford Courant

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Durelle Brown Classic: The benefit game will be held Aug. 14 at Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford. Among those scheduled to participate are Brown, who played at Kingswood, Manhattan College and in several countries overseas, Jared Jordan (Marist), Edmund Saunders (UConn), Tyson Wheeler (Rhode Island) and Jeff Viggiano (UMass). The game begins at 7 p.m. in Hewitt Gymnasium. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students 18 and under. All proceeds benefit the American School for the Deaf. For more information and tickets, call 860-233-3500, Ext. 2296.

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Brown, Durelle [MC????]

[JR: Attention Hartford CT Jaspers could use some reporters. $4. Be a sport's reporter for a day. No expense account. This is a low budget operation. Ask Mike.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 12 2009 7:00 AM

MFound: Brother Robert Berger has a fan page on FACEBOOK


Fans of Br. Robert Berger


While he may reject all friend requests on facebook, he is still a Manhattan College legend. Share your favorite Br. Rob memories from the classroom, Quad or Jasper Hall.

Contact Info

Office: Manhattan College

Location: Manhattan College Pkwy

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[JR: Amazing. I'm speechless. So I became Brother Berger groupie. :-) Strange place the internet.]


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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 12 2009 7:26 AM

JBlogger: Colello, Sean (MC2010)

Colello, Sean (MC2010)


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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 12 2009 2:51 PM

JFound: Owens, William L. [MC1971] gets flack


Wednesday, August 12, 2009
“NY 23rd District Open Seat…” Dan Francis   Upstate, in Watertown, New York

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On top of all that, Mr. Owens publicly stated he does not support the Obama health care reform proposal.President Obama, as president of the United States, is the head of the nation’s Democrat Party. Mr. Owens even by his statement thus, does not hold the principles of the head of the party or for a major principle for the party that supports a common need for national health care. (If Mr. Owens feels no need for such a program, then he should have run as an Independent or Republican – as both are opposed to the Obama plan). That is not change!

Also, Mr. Owens on the issue of same-sex marriage is even to the right of his Republican opponent Dede Scozzafava and of the Conservative nominee, Mr. Hoffman. Owens does not support full marriage for gays and he opposes any federal action on the “states rights issue” – saying to one reporter, “I fully support equal rights for everybody, and certainly civil unions are in that mix. For religious reasons, I have difficulty with the use of the word marriage in that process.” That is not change!

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REFERENCE: JNews: Owens, William L. [MC1971] will run for Congress

[JR: Any politician, that doesn't see the enraged electorate over healthcare, is going to walk into a buzzsaw. It would seem that an incumbent congresscritter might be an endangered species in the mid-term 2010 elections. As an L. I don't care for either party. And, maybe parties should be eliminated. Better idea, maybe gooferment should be eliminated. It is after all the meme that kills.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 13 2009 8:47 AM

JFound: Delany, Dave [MC????] Associate FreemanWhite in NC


Dave Delany Named Associate At FreemanWhite
Local Healthcare Design Firm Promotes Senior Electrical Engineer


PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 12, 2009 – RALEIGH, N.C. – Ned Jennings, principal at FreemanWhite (www.freemanwhite.com), an architectural, engineering, interior design and consulting services firm for healthcare organizations in the United States, has announced that Dave Delany, PE, a senior electrical engineer with the firm, has been promoted to an associate.

A native of New York, Delany earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. He has eight years of experience as an electrical contractor and more than 30 years of experience in hospital construction and design. After working with FreemanWhite as a consultant since 1990, Delany joined the firm in 2001. A member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Delany resides in Cary, N.C.

Founded in 1892, FreemanWhite is the oldest architectural firm in North Carolina and focuses on providing top quality architectural, engineering, interior design and consulting services for healthcare organizations in the United States. For more information, visit www.freemanwhite.com.


“I am pleased to announce Dave’s promotion to firm associate,” said Jennings. “Dave is a wonderful asset to the FreemanWhite team and we are fortunate to have him with us. We know he will continue to do a great job in his new position.”

About FreemanWhite:

FreemanWhite provides architectural, engineering, interior design and consulting services for healthcare organizations in the United States. Founded in 1892, the firm has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C. and San Diego, Calif. FreemanWhite has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being ranked as the largest North Carolina architectural firm in 2008 by the Triangle Business Journal, and the 13th best architecture firm to work for nationally in 2007 by ZweigWhite. The firm also received the Citation of Merit Award from Healthcare Design magazine for their work on Pitt County Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Palliative Care Unit in Greenville, N.C. For more information, please visit www.freemanwhite.com or call (919) 782-0699.

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Delany, Dave [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 13 2009 8:59 AM

JFound: Brown, Mark G. [MC1975] joins Foundation Radiology Group in Pittsburgh


Foundation Radiology Group Adds Dr. Erik Richter and Dr. Mark Brown to Growing Physician Staff

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Foundation Radiology Group (FRG), the premier provider of diagnostic imaging professional services, headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, is pleased to announce the additions of Erik Richter, M.D., and Mark G. Brown, M.D. to its rapidly growing radiology staff.

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Dr. Brown, who also joins FRG as a staff radiologist, brings 11 years of experience to the position.

Most recently, Dr. Brown served as Section Chief of both Nuclear Medicine and Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Jeanes Hospital of the Temple University Health System in Philadelphia. Dr. Brown holds his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College, and received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. Following an internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, Dr. Brown completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and special competency training in Nuclear Medicine at Deaconess Hospital/Harvard University, in Boston. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at St. Lukes-Roosevelt/Columbia University, in New York. He brings experience in all modalities, including PET/CT.

“Dr. Brown brings a wealth of experience to this position,” said Dr. Brandon Chan, Chairman and CEO, Foundation Radiology Group. “The addition of Dr. Brown to our staff increases our capabilities as a practice, which helps us to provide the highest level of service to our clients.”

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Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, … …

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SOURCE Foundation Radiology Group

Website: http://www.FRG-Rad.com

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Brown, Mark G. [MC????]

Dear John,

   I believe that the Doctor is a member of the Class of 1975.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Brown, Mark G. [MC1975]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 13 2009 9:08 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Aug 14 2009 12:40 PM

JFound: Fenton, Dennis M. [MC1973] BoD XenoPort


Aug 13 2009, 7:30 AM EST
XenoPort Appoints Dennis Fenton to Board
News source: Business Wire

XenoPort, Inc. (Nasdaq:XNPT) announced today the appointment of Dennis M. Fenton, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Dr. Fenton has over 30 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience, including over 25 years at Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company.

“We are pleased to welcome Dennis to the XenoPort board,” said Ronald W. Barrett, Ph.D., chief executive officer of XenoPort. “Dennis’ broad experience in key areas of the pharmaceutical industry will provide great value to XenoPort as we pursue our vision to make important new medicines available to patients.”

During his tenure at Amgen, Dr. Fenton held numerous positions including executive roles in process development, manufacturing, sales and marketing and research and development. Most recently, Dr. Fenton served as Executive Vice President, responsible for worldwide operations, manufacturing, process development and quality. Under Dr. Fenton’s leadership, Amgen established manufacturing operations in California, Colorado, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island. Dr. Fenton has a B.S. in Biology from Manhattan College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Rutgers University. Dr. Fenton serves on the board of trustees of Rutgers University and the Keck Graduate Institute. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Amira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and CytomX Therapeutics, LLC.

About XenoPort

XenoPort, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing a portfolio of internally discovered product candidates that utilize the body’s natural nutrient transport mechanisms to improve the therapeutic benefits of existing drugs. XenoPort is developing its lead product candidate, XP13512, in collaboration with Astellas Pharma Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing GSK’s new drug application (NDA) for XP13512 as a potential treatment for moderate-to-severe primary restless legs syndrome in the United States. XenoPort’s product candidates are also being studied for the potential treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, migraine headaches, neuropathic pain, spasticity related to spinal cord injury, acute back spasms and Parkinson’s disease.

To learn more about XenoPort, please visit the Web site at www.XenoPort.com.

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Fenton, Dennis M. [MC????]

Dear John,

   I believe that Dennis is a member of the Class of 1973.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Fenton, Dennis M. [MC1973]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 13 2009 9:23 AM
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JObit: O’Brien, Terrence Patrick [MC1951 RIP]


Terrence Patrick O’Brien   Terrence Patrick O’Brien, 80, died Aug. 8, 2009, at VNA Hospice House. He was born in Atlantic City, N.J., and lived in Vero Beach for 29 years, coming from Annandale, Va. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps and served as a tank platoon commander during the Korean War. He received his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College and later graduated from Georgetown University Law School. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, and the Marine Corps Tankers Association. He was appointed to the Subversive Activities Control Board and was an attorney for the Federal Communication Commission. He worked as a legislative liaison for Fairfax County, Va., and as an attorney for the city of Vero Beach and Indian River County. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Maureen; sons, Michael and John O’Brien, both of Vero Beach; daughter, Lisa Jansen of Blacksburg, Va.; and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Services: A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Arrangements are by Thomas. S. Lowther Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A guest book may be signed at lowtherfuneralhome.com.

Published in the TC Palm on 8/11/2009

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O’Brien, Terrence Patrick [MC???? RIP]  

Guestbook: http://lowtherfuneralhome.com/obituaries.php

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Dear John,

   I believe that Terrence is a member of the Class of 1951.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Brien, Terrence Patrick [MC1951 RIP]  

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 14 2009 11:42 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Aug 14 2009 4:59 PM

JUpdate: McNulty, Joseph James III (MC1987)

McNulty, Joseph James III (MC1987)

Registration Electric Supply Company
Roselle, New Jersey 07203-1703

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 15 2009 9:26 AM

JFound: Jasper question over on LinkedIn

Linkedin Groups    August 14, 2009
Manhattan College Alumni Society

Are there any MC Engineers who could answer some basic questions about electricity transmission line technology? I am particularly interested in learning more about Overhead vs Underground.  

Started by Matt McGrath, Attorney in Private Practice

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 15 2009 10:21 AM

ENDNOTE: Gooferment “healthcare” is a call to action


Time to go, Grandpa
Posted: August 04, 2009
Pat Buchanan

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To traditional Christians, God is the author of life, and innocent life, be it of the unborn or terminally ill, may not be taken. Heroic means to keep the dying alive are not necessary, but to advance a natural death by assisting a suicide or euthanasia is a violation of God’s commandment, Thou shalt not kill.

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In Weimar, Germany, two professors published “The Permission to Destroy Life Unworthy of Life,” which advocated assisted suicide for the terminally ill and “empty shells of human beings.” Hitler’s Third Reich, marrying Social Darwinism to Aryan racial supremacy, carried the concepts to their logical if horrible conclusion.

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[JR: It's hard to imagine government run "healthcare" with abortion and euthanasia. But, it will have it. And, we will be paying for it with our taxes. Personally, will the Church -- it's leadership and laity -- have the "stones" to on the day it is passed to do TWO things: (1) close ALL Catholic hospitals (i.e., shut them down and don't sell the facilities to the government; just leave them idle); AND (2) call on all Catholics and like minded souls to engage in civil disobedience. THe civil rights movement demonstrated how to do it. Do Catholics have the moral courage and intestinal fortitude to stand up for their beliefs?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 15 2009 6:37 PM

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"