JASPER JOTTINGS Week 40 - 2009 October 04

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



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POSITRACTION: Britain’s Schindler


Jews who escaped Nazis as kids recreate train trip
Sep 4 08:15 AM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

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LONDON (AP) – A vintage train carrying Holocaust survivors pulled into London on Friday, ending a three-day trip across Europe that marked the 70th anniversary of their extraordinary rescue by a young British stockbroker.

Waiting to greet them at London’s Liverpool Street Station was Nicholas Winton, age 100, who organized the rail “kindertransports” that carried hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to safety in 1939.

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Winton’s wife persuaded him to have his story officially documented. A film about Winton’s heroism won an International Emmy Award in 2002, and then-Prime Minister Tony Blair praised him as “Britain’s Schindler,” after the German businessman Oskar Schindler, who also saved Jewish lives during the war. Winton rejected the comparison and the description of himself as a hero. Unlike Schindler, he said, his life had never been in danger.

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[JR: A good man who did what he saw as right. Way too few. Inspiring? Hopefully, we can all see our duty and do it as well. Regardless of the personal consequences.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Sep 27 2009 12:37 PM

JObit: Nolan, Lloyd J. [MC1940 RIP]


Lloyd J. Nolan
September 25, 2009

September 27, 2009

Lloyd J. Nolan, 92, of Stroudsburg, died Friday, Sept. 25, at Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. He was the loving husband of Dorothea Abele) Nolan, with whom, on Oct. 7 of this year, he would have celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Born in Cornwall, Canada, he was the son of the late Peter and Cassie McDonald) Nolan. Lloyd moved to the Stroudsburg area in 1964, residing here for the past 45 years.

He graduated from the Manhattan College class of 1940, where he received his engineering degree.

He owned and operated Nolan Fuel Oil Co. of Stroudsburg for the past 49 years. He started the business in 1968 and retired in 2007.He was also vice-president of Montgomery Wards Company of Manhattan, N.Y., where he was in charge of research and technology.

He was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church of Stroudsburg, the Stroudsburg Rotary Club and the Torch Club of Stroudsburg. He enjoyed life to its fullest and always had a smile and a kind word to everyone. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren, and will be missed by all. He was known by many for his infamous letters to the editor in the Pocono Record.

In addition to his wife, Dorothea, he is survived by two sons, Brian Christopher Nolan and his wife, Joan, of Stroudsburg and Mark R. Nolan and his wife, Molly, of Sciota; two daughters, Gail Nolan-Mosiman and her husband, Peter, of Evergreen, Colo., and Kimberlee Wallace and her husband, Peter, of Toronto, Canada; and six grandchildren, Bailey, Colin, Nolan, Kristin, Emma and Cassie.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28 from St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 818 Main St., Stroudsburg, with the Rev. Father Carmen Perry as celebrant. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Notre Dame High School, 60 Spangenburg St., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.

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Nolan, Lloyd J. [MC1940 RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/y9rykdp

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    * Posted on: Sun, Sep 27 2009 1:37 PM

JObit: Bertschi, Sr. Virginia [MC1973 RIP]


Sister Virginia Bertschi

Sister Virginia Bertschi, R.S.M., 67, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, died at home in Cresson, Pa., on Friday, September 25, 2009.

Sr. Ginny was the senior vice president for Administrative Services at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, Pa.

Mary Virginia, a daughter of Otto and Mary (Joyce) Bertschi, was born on Feb. 23, 1942, in the Bronx, N.Y. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1959, and professed her religious vows on Aug. 16, 1962. Then known as Sr. M. Kevin Joseph, she professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 16, 1967.

Sr. Ginny was a graduate of Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville, N.Y., and Misericordia University, Dallas. She received an M.A. in Catechetical Theology from Manhattan College, N.Y., and an advanced diploma in Educational Administration from St. John’s University, N.Y.

During her 50 years as a Sister of Mercy, Sr. Ginny served in the Pennsylvania Dioceses of Harrisburg, Altoona-Johnstown, Scranton; in the New York Dioceses of New York, Brooklyn, Rockville Center; and in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio. She also ministered with the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, and Rosslyn, South Africa.

In addition to her work as a gifted college administrator, Sr. Ginny was a teacher and principal for many years. She was principal of Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset, N.Y.; Dean of Students at St. Catherine Academy, Bronx, N.Y.; and Principal of McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio. She was a member of the faculty at St. Francis Prep., Fresh Meadows, N.Y., and Bishop Reilly High School, Flushing, N.Y.

She was the Assistant Director of Education in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. She also served in community leadership as the Director of Ministry for the Sisters of Mercy, Dallas.

Sr. Ginny was a member of the board of trustees, Misericordia University. She also was the chairperson of the Sisters of Mercy Healthy Communities Initiative Endowment Fund.

Sr. Ginny is survived by her brothers, Thomas Bertschi (Barbara), Bethpage, N.Y., Steven Bertschi (Ginny), Southold, N.Y., Robert Bertschi (Jane), Babylon, N.Y.; her sisters, Catherine Schneider (Dennis), Greene, N.Y., Janet Bertschi-Young (Arthur), South Orange, N.J., Carol Bertschi (partner, Gregory Livote), Bethpage, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her loving Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

A wake service will be held at the Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, 233 Keystone Ave., Cresson, today. Transferal to Mercy Center, Dallas, will be Monday at 2 p.m. The viewing will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Memorial contributions in the name of Sr. Ginny may be made to the Mount Aloysius Scholarship Fund, 7373 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson, PA 16630, or to the Retirement Fund, Sisters of Mercy, PO Box 369, Dallas, PA 18612.

Arrangements are by E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.

Published in Times Leader on September 27, 2009

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Bertschi, Sr. Virginia [MC???? RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/y96s2ku

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Dear John,

   I believe that Sister received her Masters in 1973.

   May She Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bertschi, Sr. Virginia [MC1973 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Sep 27 2009 2:37 PM
    * Updated: Mon, Sep 28 2009 1:43 PM

JUpdate: Barkley, John (MC1968)

Barkley, John (MC1968)

2009 – Present

Cardinal Spellman High School 1964
Manhattan College 1968

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    * Posted on: Sun, Sep 27 2009 3:37 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids St.John, James Thomas [MC1953 RIP]

RE: St.John, James Thomas [MC???? RIP]  

Dear John,

   I believe that Jim is a member of the great class of 1953.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

St.John, James Thomas [MC1953 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 28 2009 8:10 AM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Beach, Gary [MC1972]

RE: Beach, Gary [MC????]


Dear John,

   I believe that Gary is a member of the Class of 1972.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Beach, Gary [MC1972]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 28 2009 8:20 AM

JFound: Cahill, John (MC1964)


Cahill, John (MC1964)

CIO at Retired
   Greater New York City Area

   * Retired in NC at Hill Hospitality Services

Manhattan College
B.A., Liberal Arts
1960 – 1964

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 28 2009 11:46 AM

JFound: Kosch, James [MC1977] will speak

Title: Pre-Law Reception
Date: Monday, October 19, 2009
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Calendar: Office of Post-Baccalaureate Studies
Contact: Office of Post-Bacc Studies
Location: Alumni Room of the Library

All are welcome to attend. The reception is a chance for alumni/ae to interact with students interested in pursuing a law career.

The speaker will be James Kosch, Esq.’77, a strong supporter of Manhattan College. His topic will be “Alumni as an Untapped Resource for Undergrads and the College.”

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Kosch, James [MC1977]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 28 2009 5:46 PM

JHQ: Sunday Mass is 7:30 PM in the Chapel of DeLaSalle and His Brothers

Dear Fjohn / Jasper Jottings

That would be great! Right off – Sunday Mass is 7:30 PM in the Chapel of DeLaSalle and His Brothers

We have a staff metting tomorrow – I’ll ask around.

Lois Harr

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 28 2009 8:35 PM

MNews: MC, bed bugs, bad PR!


Bed bugs have invaded a Manhattan College off-campus dorm in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.
Updated: Monday, 28 Sep 2009, 8:02 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 28 Sep 2009, 8:02 PM EDT

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MYFOXNY.COM – Some students at Manhattan College say that bed bugs have invaded their off-campus dormitory. They also say that neither the building manager nor college officials are handling the situation correctly.

The bed bugs have hit Overlook Manor on West 238th Street and Waldo Avenue in Riverdale, not far from the main campus.

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[JR: Yuck! Gives new meaning to the old Irish night time prayer "Don't let the bed bugs bite!". LOL!! Seriously, that's going to hurt enrollment. Argh!]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 29 2009 9:03 AM

JHQ: MC has some job listings

Residential Account Executive (Outside Sales) team at Cablevision
Sell FX cash and option products CALYON NEW YORK BRANCH
Evaluation Coordinator HELP/PSI Bronx
Business Development Matrix Information Consulting NY/NJ

… and several more

c/o Bernadette Blocker
Recruitment Coordinator
Center for Career Development

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 29 2009 3:21 PM


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Social & Business Networking
September 30 / October 21 / December 16, 2009 / January 27, 2010 7-9 PM
Looking for a new job or employee?
Perhaps you want to meet other people?
Here is an opportunity to come together and interact with others seeking the same
Snacks and One Beverage Included
$10 / Per Event
Bring your business/calling cards, enthusiasm, open mind, and leave with new friends/contacts, opportunities, and perhaps resources you never knew existed.
To Register or for More Information
Inter-Village Continuing Education
914- 693-6300 ext 2224 or visit our website

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[JR: Supplied by a Jasper who wishes to remain … anon!]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 29 2009 6:58 PM

JFound: McArdle. John [MC1976] joins Battelle Memorial Institute


Battelle to develop its water treatment programs
9/29/2009 4:33:49 PM

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COLUMBUS, OH — Nonprofit independent research and development organization Battelle Memorial Institute (Batelle) has hired John McArdle to coordinate its research and commercial activities in water and wastewater treatment technologies, according to a September 9 Battelle press release.

Prior to joining Battelle, McArdle, a recognized expert in water and wastewater treatment technologies with an emphasis on membrane filtration, worked for Koch Membranes Systems Inc. as director of business development and business manager for industrial water, the release said. In these positions, McArdle was responsible for the commercial introduction of membrane filtration technologies in several novel water and wastewater treatment applications. He also was closely involved with the introduction of membrane filtration technology into the very rapidly growing water and wastewater treatment markets of China and India.

In the newly created Battelle position — manager of business development, water technology — McArdle initially will focus on the development of Battelle’s worldwide strategy in collaboration with the national laboratories that Battelle manages and co-manages for the Department of Energy.

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McArdle has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, a master’s in chemical engineering from Northeastern University, and an M.B.A. in finance and international business from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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McArdle. John [MC????]

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Dear John,

   In my “stuff” I find 3 John McArdle’s, John C. 1976 has a BA, John F.1951 has a BE and John J. 1960 has a BA. I think there must be another one.


[JR: We’ll have to get some help. Thanks.]

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[JR: I emailed Battelle and it’s “C”.]

McArdle. John [MC1976]

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[JR: Trimming out several intermediate emails.]

You may be interested to note that John F is my father who graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in EE exactly 25 years before I graduated.

John C. McArdle

[JR: Not surprised to see "Jasper families". Thanks for the context. Serendipity.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 29 2009 7:53 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Oct 1 2009 3:16 PM

JHQ: MC To Inaugurate Brennan O’Donnell 10/28


September 29, 2009
Manhattan College To Inaugurate Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., As 19th President
Installation ceremony to be held in College’s Draddy Gymnasium on Wednesday, Oct. 28

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College will inaugurate Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., as its 19th president on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The installation ceremony, the culmination of a weeklong series of events under the theme The Work is Yours: Work, Career & Vocation in Lasallian Catholic Education, will take place in the College’s Draddy Gymnasium at 1:00 p.m.

O’Donnell, who began his position on July 1, is the first layperson to serve as president in the 156-year history of Manhattan College, a Lasallian Catholic institution founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. The Brothers’ history dates back to 17th-century France and their founder, John Baptist de La Salle, designated by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of Teachers.

“The inauguration gives us an opportunity to commemorate the College’s past, celebrate its present and imagine its future,” O’Donnell says. “Events will include liturgical celebrations, student performances, academic symposia and historical exhibitions, all focused on the great work we’re so privileged to do here at Manhattan – educating students not just to take their palce in the world of work, but to find their life’s vocation within a rich context of values.”

Prior to arriving at Manhattan, O’Donnell served as dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University’s oldest and largest school, a college of arts and sciences with more than 3,200 students and over 200 faculty – an academic unit close to the size of Manhattan College.

A complete listing of inaugural events can be found at www.manhattan.edu/inauguration. Members of the media who would like to cover the installation ceremony should contact Scott Silversten at (718) 862-7232 or e-mail scott.silversten@manhattan.edu. Manhattan College is located at West 242nd Street near Broadway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one mile from the Westchester County line and accessible by MTA subway line No. 1.

O’Donnell spent nearly two decades (1987-2004) as a professor in the department of English at Loyola College of Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland), where he also served as director of the honors program (1999-2004), overseeing university-wide interdisciplinary humanities program that enrolls about 200 students under the instruction of more than 20 faculty members from seven departments. His career began as a teaching assistant in the department of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983-1986).

O’Donnell has been a member of the board of Collegium, a national organization of Catholic colleges and universities that supports faculty seeking to deepen their understanding of the intellectual tradition informing their institutions, and the board of the Lilly Fellows Program, which seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning for the 21st century.

O’Donnell earned his B.A. in English at Penn State University (1981) and received M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature and language from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Passion of Meter: A Study of Wordsworth’s Metrical Art and Numerous Verse: A Guide to the Stanzas and Metrical Structures of Wordsworth’s Poetry, as well as numerous other journal articles and papers. In addition, he is the recipient of various awards and honors, including membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society.

In taking over Manhattan College, O’Donnell succeeds Brother Thomas Scanlan, F.S.C., who stepped down from the position after 22 years of leadership. Scanlan, Manhattan College’s longest-tenured president, was inaugurated on Oct. 29, 1987.

Founded in 1853, Manhattan College is an independent, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning offering more than 40 major programs of undergraduate study in the areas of arts, business, education, engineering and science, along with graduate programs in education and engineering. For more information about Manhattan College, visit www.manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Sep 30 2009 12:03 AM

JHQ: Neuhauser, John [MC1964] Honorary Doctor Of Science


September 29, 2009

John Neuhauser ’64 To Receive Honorary Doctor Of Science At Manhattan College’s Fall Honors Convocation

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – John J. Neuhauser ’64, Ph.D., president of Saint Michael’s College, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science at Manhattan College’s Fall Honors Convocation on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. The event is part of a weeklong celebration marking the installation of Dr. Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., as Manhattan’s 19th president.

During the ceremony, nearly 150 seniors will be recognized for their academic excellence and inducted into Epsilon Sigma Pi, the oldest college-wide honor society. Induction into Epsilon Sigma Pi is considered the highest scholastic honor that can be earned by a Manhattan College student.

A native of New York City, Neuhauser earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Manhattan and master’s and doctorate degrees in operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was appointed to the presidency of Saint Michael’s as of Aug. 1, 2007.

Prior to St. Michael’s, Neuhauser established a distinguished career at Boston College, where he served as chair of the computer sciences department (1972-1979); dean and professor of the Carroll School of Management (1977-1999); and as academic vice president and dean of faculties (1999-2005). In his six years as academic vice president, he was responsible for leadership of the faculty in seven schools and colleges, comprising 670 full-time and nearly 400 part-time faculty members. During that time, grant funding doubled to more than $40 million per year, and undergraduate applications increased by 50 percent.

Neuhauser also serves on the boards of several for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations in the financial services and health care sectors.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Sep 30 2009 12:06 AM

JFound: Johnson, Sr. Elizabeth [MC1970] speaks 10/6 Fontbonne U St Lou


Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, to Speak at Fontbonne University
September 22nd, 2009

SAINT LOUIS – Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, a teacher, speaker and author, will speak at Fontbonne University on Oct. 6, 2009. Johnson, distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University, will discuss the “Quest for the Living God.” The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Doerr Memorial Chapel in Ryan Hall on Fontbonne’s Clayton campus.

“Sr. Johnson was inspired as a young nun by Gaudium et Spes, one of the major documents produced by Vatican II,” said Jill Raitt, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought at Fontbonne. “The force of her experience has influenced her life and her career, and I know that the passion and wisdom she offers will inspire the entire community.”

Johnson received her master’s degree from Manhattan College and holds a doctorate from the Catholic University of America. She has also authored numerous articles and six books, the latest of which is titled “Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God.”

Part of Fontbonne’s Carondelet Lecture Series, this event explores how Catholic thought may engage a pluralistic world. It is an activity of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought and is co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province. To RSVP, email acadaffr@fontbonne.edu or call 314.889.1401 by Sept. 29.

Learn more about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

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Johnson, Sr. Elizabeth [MC????]

[JR: Here's a chance for Saint Louis area Jaspers to: (1) get out and support a fellow Jasper; and (2) report back on the topic. I personally am interested in how to "engage a pluralistic world". I disagree it's "pluralistic"; I'd call it "sec progressive; religiously hostile!". But I r just an injineer.]

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Dear John,

I am having trouble with my email account today. Unusual Messages. I am on the web mail now.

I believe that Sister received her Masters in 1970.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Good luck with your email. Sigh, computers were SUPPOSED to make us more productive.]

Johnson, Sr. Elizabeth [MC1970]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Sep 30 2009 7:41 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Oct 1 2009 6:48 PM

JNews: McGowan, Kevin [MC????] investigated organized crime


Blowing the whistle
Kevin McGowan investigated organized crime during his 28 years as a detective with the Waterfront Commission. He resigned in February.
Cops fought the Mob, then their own bosses
By Peter McDermott
September 30, 2009

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There’s often a price to be paid for doing the right thing. In the cases of Kevin McGowan and Brian Smith — two decorated police officers with unblemished records — it was their jobs.

McGowan was a career detective in the police division of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, a bi-state agency set up in 1953 to combat organized crime and improve hiring practices on the docks.

Smith was a longtime federal agent who was appointed its police chief in 2005.

“The key phrase is ‘improve hiring practices,’” Smith said of part of the agency’s mission.

But serious concern about the Waterfront Commission’s own recruitment policies led its top two police officers to contact the authorities in both New Jersey and New York, a move which initiated an investigation into the agency.

McGowan, who was assistant chief, and Smith had wanted the police division to recruit women and minority detectives in accordance with present-day norms. New Jersey Commissioner Michael J. Madonna blocked their efforts and instead proposed a series of white suburban males with whom he was friendly. Background checks proved each of them to be unqualified and unsuitable, according to McGowan and Smith. They were hired anyway.

As the agency’s full-time executive director Thomas De Maria and its New York Commissioner Michael Axelrod always backed Madonna, the two cops felt they had no option in May 2007 but to become whistle blowers.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer ordered a probe into “allegations of malfeasance and nonfeasance by personnel of the Waterfront Commission, including allegations of misconduct, conflicts of interest, abuse and waste.” Days before the publication of the New York State inspector general’s scathing 60-page report last month, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine fired Madonna. Axelrod and De Maria had already moved on.

Recently at a downtown coffee shop, McGowan and Smith couldn’t help but laugh at times when discussing the ludicrousness of the hires that made a respected agency that fought the Mafia look like the Keystone Cops.

Of course, the episode had its less than amusing sides. Smith was dismissed without reason in September 2007. McGowan followed him out of the agency last February, having served 28 years. The assistant chief, who was born in 1952, just months before the Waterfront Commission was established, had hoped to continue as a detective until he was 62. However, despite the reported clean sweep at the top of the commission, John Hennelly, an ally of Madonna’s with whom McGowan had clashed repeatedly, was appointed the new police boss.

McGowan and Smith’s alliance grew out of a rivalry of sorts: they went to different Christian Brothers schools. “Our basketball teams, our track teams — we were just in fierce competition,” Smith said of La Salle Academy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, which he attended, and Power Memorial on the West Side.

“The Christian Brothers were the foundation of my education,” Smith added. “The Mafia didn’t scare me after that,” McGowan jokingly agreed.

Waterfront crusader

Their biographies have certain parallels with that of the Rev. John Corridan, the Jesuit priest whose work fighting Irish gangsters, as well as mobbed-up businessmen and union officials, led to the formation of the Waterfront Commission, and whose sophisticated media outreach began his association with “On the Waterfront” screenwriter Budd Schulberg.

The cops, too, were from upwardly mobile New York Irish-American families and went on to Catholic colleges after school. Both even have roots in Kerry, where Corridan’s parents were born.

Two of Smith’s great-grandparents were from Tralee. McGowan’s mother was a native of Ballylongford and he’s a regular visitor, as his wife Mercedes is also from Kerry. His father was an immigrant from Sligo who worked for a time as a longshoreman before becoming a transit worker. He was chairman of TWU Local 100 when he retired. And like Corridan, the future Waterfront detective went to school with people who chose a life of crime. McGowan, who got his degree at Manhattan College, knew future members of the Westies at Power Memorial.

He joined the Port Authority Police Academy in 1980 after gaining experience in different aspects of law enforcement. The Port Authority had one of the best-paid police forces in the country (it still has), and its training academy was for the first time choosing people based on merit rather than who they knew or were related to. McGowan came second in a class of 60.

Coming near the top of the class a few months earlier was a 25-year-old graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, Brian Smith, who then began his career with the Port Authority police. Smith went on to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior and was later a special agent for the U.S. Customs Service. He was regional inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in the six years before he was appointed police chief of the Waterfront Commission.

His path would cross with McGowan’s from time to time over the years. One connection was Smith’s brother, who was an officer with the Waterfront Police. “We remained friendly,” McGowan said.

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McGowan, Kevin [MC????]

[JR: The whole brain trust came up empty for a Class Year. Help?]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Sep 30 2009 8:13 PM

JFound: Skladony, Robert [MC1978] retires from USPowerGen


Robert Skladony concluded his 30-year career at USPowerGen

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YONKERS, NY, September 30, 2009 /Cambridge Who’s Who/ –Robert Skladony, who retired as Vice President and General Manager from USPowerGen, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in energy engineering.

Mr. Skladony enjoyed a fruitful three decades in the energy industry. In 2008, he concluded his career at US Power Generating Company, where he was in charge of New York City operations. His responsibilities included supervising the maintenance and operation of steam and gas turbine plants, managing capital and O&M projects, and overseeing budgeting and cost control of plant operations to maximize plants’ earning capabilities. Additionally, he was charged with developing short- and long-term strategies to enhance the operating life of plants, and ensuring the maintenance of power plant equipment.

A respected authority on mechanical engineering, Mr. Skladony is a published writer. He wrote the article “Reverse Thrusting of Industrial GE MS5001 Gas Turbines” for the January 1988 issue of Turbomachinery International magazine, and jointly published a paper for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) entitled, “Starting System Upgrade for General Electric Frame 5 Gas Turbine Generators.” More recently, he published a feature, “Lubricant Additive Regains Lost Turbine Capacity,” in the June 2000 issue of Power Engineering magazine. Mr. Skladony attributes the success that he enjoyed in various aspects of his industry to his hard work and willingness to put in long hours.

Mr. Skladony received his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 from Manhattan College. He is affiliated with the ASME and the Combustion Turbine Operations Task Force, and sits on the board of directors of Sacred Heart High School. He gives generously to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and participates in the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Revlon Walk for Breast Cancer. Though officially in retirement, Mr. Skladony is open to opportunities to offer consulting services on the business of power generation.

USPowerGen owns and operates 58 generating units at six facilities with a capacity of over 5,000 megawatts. Its subsidiaries sell energy and capacity into the NYISO and ISO-New England deregulated markets. The energy it generates can serve approximately 20 percent of the overall load in New York City and 50 percent of the overall load in the Boston metropolitan area. For more information, visit http://www.uspowergen.com.

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Skladony, Robert [MC1978]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Oct 1 2009 9:19 AM

JEmail: Tyniec, Jack (MC1966) retired and busy


Don’t know if this will get to you but wanted to send you an update.

As of June 1, I retired from Deloitte Consulting after almost 4 years there, heading up the insurance benchmarking function, following Deloitte’s acquisition of my firm, TCi Consulting and Research in 2005.

I’ve enjoyed beginning my retirement in the summer of this past year. It has given me a chance to spend a lot of time with my wife, Maureen, my son and his family, including three grandchildren. We’ve gone on several family camping vacations together, to work on my golf game and to re-connect with friends.

Speaking of re-connecting, I was happy to see several Manhattan and Loughlin alumni at the annual Lion/Lancer Golf outing in June.

Trying to keep busy, I’ve been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Riverhead Free Library for 3 years and was recently elected President. We have been actively pursuing a number of “green” projects and were happy to welcome U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in June to announce federal funding for projects such as the installation of a 10kw solar panel array at the library. Photo is at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/riverheadlibrary/3714101368/.

I’m looking forward to an engaged and interesting retirement. Back in the early ’80’s I taught evening students at Manhattan’s School of General Studies in mid-town, NY and am seeking a part time adjunct position at a college in Suffolk County, NY.

Thanks for keeping this weekly news update going.

Best regards,
Jack Tyniec

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Tyniec, Jack (MC1966)

[JR: Remember to wear out not rust out! Retirement isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Need to have "outlets" to soak up all the time and attention. No thanks needed. I'm just the "collector"; I need everyone to supply the "content".]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Oct 1 2009 1:13 PM

JFound: Worden, Michael [MC????] Also Investigates Ghosts


Port Jervis Police Detective Also Investigates Ghosts
By Sharon E. Siegel

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PORT JERVIS, NY – Port Jervis Police Department’s Detective Michael Worden has the perfect sideline business to what he does in his professional life. He uses his skills as a detective, combined with lifelong natural instincts and interests to seek out and deal with the paranormal. In other words – ghosts.

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This is the book cover for Michael Worden’s new book about ghosts. His ghost investigating partner Linda Zimmerman wrote the forward for the book. It is his first published book, although he used to write a fitness column for The Gazette and has been published in trade magazines for the fitness industry and wrote a political column for the Quadrangle, the newspaper for the Manhattan College he previously attended. Worden is now available for lectures, presentations and book signing events and may be contacted via my websites if anyone is interested in hosting one.

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Worden, Michael [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Oct 2 2009 10:11 PM

JFound: Heithaus, John L. [MC????] SVP Sales and Marketing


SentriLock Names John Heithaus as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

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With a client roster that includes 200 REALTOR® Boards and Associations and more than 200,000 sales agents, SentriLock President and CEO Scott Fisher is focusing his sites on even larger growth. To help the company achieve it, Fisher recently appointed respected industry veteran John L. Heithaus as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Heithaus’ 28-year career in residential real estate and relocation spans management and executive positions with Coldwell Banker, Prudential Real Estate and Relocation and Internet startup Monstermoving.com. For the majority of his career, Heithaus has specialized in business development and strategic alliance management. He and the teams he has led have been widely credited with pioneering mutually beneficial and long-lasting alliances with residential real estate organizations and ancillary service providers. These include national mortgage programs, home inspection companies and residential closing and title services. In addition, Certified Closing Network, a national closing services firm Heithaus co-founded, was acquired by First American Residential in 2005. Heithaus is a frequent keynote and panel speaker at regional and national industry events. “To say we are thrilled to have John join our executive team would be an understatement,” Fisher said. “We’ll immediately tap into his nearly three decades of real estate industry experience to guide our sales and marketing efforts to advance SentriLock’s growth as we continue on our record-setting pace.” Educated at Iona College, Manhattan College’s MBA program and Georgetown University’s McDonough Graduate School of Business, Heithaus is currently matriculating for a Ph.D. in Organizational Theory and Design. Heithaus received The Employee Relocation Council’s coveted President’s Award in 1996, in addition to three Distinguished and two Meritorious Service Awards, for his contributions to the industry’s educational and technological initiatives.

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Heithaus, John L. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Oct 2 2009 10:20 PM

JUpdate: Rooney, John Peter (MC1963) reports

Rooney, John Peter (MC1963)
RE: [ManhattanCollegeAlumni] October in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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Reply to Manhattan Alumni.

October in Plymouth: the leaves are turning colors,
and the wild turkeys, from Myles Standish State Forest,
are walking across the front lawn.

John Peter Rooney
Senior Member IEEE

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[JR: Too good not to report. Of course, if you're seeing "Wild Turkeys" walk across the lawn, then I'm coming to catch the "adult beverage". ROFL! Great post. Almost poetic. Is this "hi coo"?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Oct 3 2009 4:54 AM

JNews: Kelly, Raymond W. [MC1963] St. P’s Grand?


Ray Kelly set to be named Grand Marshal for New York’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 7:10 AM

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Well-placed sources tell IrishCentral.com that New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will next week be named Grand Marshal the 2010 St Patrick’s day Parade in New York.

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Kelly, Raymond W. [MC1963]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Oct 3 2009 5:59 AM

ENDNOTE: Others see the problem


Nature Red
September 8, 2009 · 2 Comments

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Someone I know observed a bit of nature close up a while ago…one creature of the Peaceable Kingdom capturing and swallowing whole another one, this swallowing was done after a decent period of playful softening up. Dinner needed I suppose a bit of persuasion to become just that, and tenderizing of course. One wonders if that was how the word “cuisine” entered the languages of man.

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Good St. Isaiah pray for us!

I once worked with a person like the one above, who shudders; another very gentle person. She was a member of PETA and would not hear of the things we humans do to other creatures that we may keep body and soul together. “I will eat nothing that has a face,” she once told me. “Oysters, then?” I asked one day after having worked my way through most of the animal kingdom to an unwavering resounding “No.” But, even without faces, oysters were out. Or, in… Anyway, oysters, pussycats and such were all equally allowed the right to whatever we have been endowed with. Of this my co-worker was as certain as I am that oysters are definitely worth eating, raw, fried and Rockefellered.

One fine day I asked her whether or not she felt as strongly about saving little humans as she did about saving little kittens. Though it was all of twenty years ago I remember her reply clearly. “I have only enough energy for one cause at a time.” It was as clever a non-answer as any Kennedy or Cuomo ever gave. She once told me that she would have a hard time deciding whether or not to rescue all of her nine pussycats or her one daughter should a deadly fire strike her house. I thought seriously about making her a gift of a home sprinkler system for the poor child.

I am quite frankly puzzled by the way such people think. My former co-worker could not bear to think of steak without choking up, no pun intended. The person who was so horrified at the story about dinner al fresco worked for a number of years in the “reproductive health” industry. I was one of those entities whose chief work is promoting something called “reproductive freedom” through, among other things, advocacy of “reproductive rights” which is most often accomplished through the termination of the “reproductive process”. We need not consider how that sometimes is accomplished, or what it always means.

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[JR: Interesting. I think this is a Jasper, but I’m not sure. I do find it interesting the train of thought. PETA-wise. “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” Saddening.]

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