JASPER JOTTINGS Week 48 - 2009 November 29

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



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POSITRACTION: Evidence of humanity


The Lord Hears The Cry Of The Poor
November 7, 2009

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Just in case you were wondering, the title of this little piece is a line from a hymn I often sing at funerals. It came to me as I was thinking about a little sentence embedded in a story I just read.

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Aside from the fact that they are readily identifiable as recordings of crying babies, they are quite different. Scientists, at least the ones studying this, point to these differences as typical for the sound patterns of German and French speech. They conclude from this that infants are mimicking and practicing their native language, communicating as they can, from the very earliest.

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[JR: A Jasper blogger has given us a lot of food for thought. And, evidence that there's a person in there somewhere.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Nov 22 2009 12:37 AM

MFound: The first college lacrosse game


November 22 – The first college lacrosse game is played between New York University and Manhattan College.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Nov 22 2009 12:37 PM

JNews: Lichte, Arthur J. [MC1972] remembers the Bornx


Air Force general has fond memories of borough
Manhattan College grad raised in Highbridge
By Patrick Rocchio
Friday, November 20, 2009 2:13 PM EST

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General Arthur Lichte and his wife Chris met former Yankees player Tino Martinez and manager Joe Girardi after throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees spring training game in 2008. Lichte grew up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Photo courtesy of the United States Air Force.

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An Air Force general who grew up in the borough and is a graduate of Manhattan College’s R.O.T.C. program urges the borough’s young people to consider military service.

General Arthur Lichte, who is in charge of the Air Mobility Command that includes 140,000 airmen who fly missions every 90 seconds, grew up in Highbridge. His command does all of the refueling, evacuation and medical transport for troops around the world. He has been in the Air Force for more than 38 years and will retire and relinquish his command by November.

Lichte said that he grew up in the “shadows of Yankee Stadium” on E. 162nd Street, and attended Sacred Heart School located at 95 W. 168th Street. He said the parish, with its never-ending athletic and social possibilities, was the center of his existence as a young man.

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Lichte, Arthur J. [MC1972]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Nov 22 2009 1:37 PM

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Alum’s child is doing better

Saturday, November 21, 2009 11:06 PM, EST

Just a quick update to say that {Privacy Shield Invoked} is doing well and the fevers are all gone as of today. YAY! As always, thank you for your prayers. xoxoxoxox

[JR: Good news for Thanksgiving.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Nov 22 2009 2:35 PM

MFound: MC mentiooned several times in a blog


A 12 hour tour (or longer), where “516 the boy, became 212… an older boy”.
$15.00…no children under the age of reason allowed.

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This extensive tour of the Bronx and Manhattan features a panorama of what life was like in NYC between 1973 through 1977 when a young 505 matriculated at Manhattan College (and held some non-”government sponsored bullshit jobs” to get himself through school).

The tour begins once a week at 242nd St and Broadway (the terminus of the #1 Subway Train) on the campus of Manhattan College. We’ll initially follow the route that 505 and his future roommate/lifelong buddy took on their first day of college. A short stroll from the main campus to nearby Van Cortlandt Park. While the rest of the freshman class were attending welcome seminars and speeches, 505 and his friend spent the day golfing in the Park. (paid for 9 holes, played 18). “So this is college”.

Following a bucket of balls at the range, we’ll head back to 242nd Street and Broadway for a kickoff cocktail at each of the bars that sat underneath the elevated subway platform. Special “beer and schnappes” prices have been negotiated with The Green Leaf, The Pinewood and The Terminal Bar (or whatever their names are now). As my new roommate had declared so often, “My final selection of a college to attend was based upon how many bars were in walking distance.”

[JR: And on and on rambling at length.]

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[JR: I found it, but still don't know who wrote it or if it's a Jasper. Opinions?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 8:30 AM

JFound: Webb, Joe [MC1978] free webinar on 12/09/09


Hear Dr. Joe Webb’s Contrarian Outlook on the Recovery and What’s Ahead in Upcoming Economic Outlook Webinar
Monday, November 23, 2009
Press release from the issuing company
Event Sponsored by the WhatTheyThink Peer Groups

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Lexington, Kentucky USA — WhatTheyThink.com today announced the opportunity for industry professionals to attend a free printing industry economic webinar with forecaster and commentator Dr. Joe Webb. The event will be held Wednesday, December 9th, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST (-5 GMT).

No-charge registration is available at the webinar registration page.

During this one-hour event, Dr. Joe will provide insight into where we are relative to the state of the economy and discuss what printers should expect—and be doing—in 2010. Advance questions for the webinar Q&A session can be submitted by visiting WhatTheyThink’s Economics & Research Center and selecting “Ask Dr. Joe.”

“We are all tired of this sluggish economy,” said Randy Davidson, President, WhatTheyThink. “Dr. Webb will let us know what to expect in the coming year. Whether the news is positive or not, we know Dr. Joe calls it as he sees it. Industry executives don’t need sugar-coated forecasts, They need objective and independent perspectives. Dr. Joe’s track record has been excellent in this respect.”

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Webb, Joe [MC1978]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 8:37 AM

JObit: Finan, William J. [MC1949 RIP]


William J. Finan
Goshen, NY

William J. Finan, 86, of Goshen, died Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Horton Campus, Middletown, NY.

Bill was born February 24, 1923 in Goshen, the son of William J. Finan and Helene Brown Finan. He was the widower of the late Ione “Tomi” Elizabeth (Aiken) Finan.

William J. Finan, known to most as “Bill”, is a Goshenite. Not only was he born in Goshen, so was his father. His grandfather was the founder of T.H. Finan & Sons. It was a coal, ice, and horse feed business. He attended Goshen schools and graduated from Goshen High School. He attended Manhattan College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and attended N.Y.U. Executive Management Program. He interrupted his engineering studies during World War II and became a B-24 navigator.

He met his beautiful wife Ione, while at Valley Forge army hospital. He retired from the Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant. Soon after they were married, they adopted their four children: Sheila Ann Finan of Peekskill, William J. Finan, Jr. and wife, Denise of Irrondaquiont, Donna Helene Finan of Syracuse, and Joseph and wife, Donna Graham Finan of Goshen; and his grandson, William J. Finan III.

Bill spent most of his business life with Foster Wheeler (thirty-seven years). Foster Wheeler is an international engineering, manufacturing and construction firm. Bill has been active in local government. He served as a Village Trustee for four terms during which he was Deputy Mayor, and Sewage & Water Commissioner. He served 18 years on the planning board, during which he was chairman for ten years.

On the county level, Bill was a former Vice President of the Orange County Citizen’s Foundation and a former Chairman of its Waste & Water Committee. He is past President of the Orange County Golf Club, member of Goshen Rotary, Goshen Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime parishioner of St. John’s Church.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 24, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., 82 S. Church St., Goshen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, November 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Murray Ave., Goshen. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Goshen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to N.Y. Foundling, 590 Avenue of the Americas, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

Arrangements entrusted to Donovan Funeral Home; 845-294-6422. For information, directions or to light a candle in memory of Bill, please visit www.donovanfunerals.com.

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Finan, William J. [MC???? RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ybc77dp

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Dear John,

   I believe thar Bill is a member of the Class of 1949.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Finan, William J. [MC1949 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 8:45 AM
    * Updated: Mon, Nov 23 2009 4:20 PM

JObit: Condon, Robert Owen [MC1950 RIP]


Robert Owen Condon


Robert Owen Condon, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Joan Costello Condon died Saturday, November 21, 2009 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport.

Born in Hartford on August 31, 1926, he was the son of the late Margaret Light Condon and Robert W. Condon. Robert was a lifelong resident of Fairfield and a 1944 graduate of Roger Ludlow High School. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran serving 1944 to 1946 in the Asian Pacific on the U.S.S. Lenore. Following the War Robert graduated from Manhattan College with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1950. He was the owner of Southern Connecticut Calculators and retired in 1990 after being in business in Fairfield and New Haven Counties forty years.

Robert was a member of American Legion Post 143 in Fairfield and a lifelong member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Fairfield. In his spare time he enjoyed golf. Survivors include his beloved wife of 54 years Joan, devoted daughters, Linda Condon Tippy of Huntington, NY, and Margaret Condon Brown and her husband William of Windham, Maine; grandchildren, Glenn Tippy, Kristan Brown and Megan Brown York and her husband Mark; great grandson, Brock York; sister-in-law, Mary Collins Condon of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Thomas Condon.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. meeting directly at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford. Friends may call Monday 4 to 7 p.m. in the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull. To send online condolences please visit www.redgatehennessy.com.

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Condon, Robert Owen [MC1950 RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/y96ddhh

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 8:54 AM

JObit: Maher, John E. [MC1964 RIP]



MAHER John E., age 76, of Ramsey, NJ, died on Friday, November 20, 2009 at home after a short illness. John, also called Jack by his family and many friends, was born on December 16, 1932 in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan to Edward Maher of Tipperary, Ireland and Mary Ellen O’ Gorman Maher of Tipperary. Jack graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1950. He joined the US Army in July 1952, served in the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in April 1954. He attended Manhattan College at night under the GI Bill, graduating in 1964. He worked in accounting and finance for IBM Corporation from 1954 until his retirement in December 1988.

Jack was a proud member of the Tipperary Association, the Thomas Davis Irish Players, the Irish Arts Forum of Rockland County and the Bergen County Players of Oradell, NJ. In 2007 he was nominated by the New Jersey Association of Community Theater for Outstanding Production of a Musical. He was an accomplished woodcarver and an avid reader. He enjoyed movies, especially film noir and loved to travel.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Maureen Maher Kitson, his brother, Edward Maher, his first wife, Pat Moffett, and his son, Johnny (USMC). Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Judith Keenan Maher, his daughter, Susan Maher Greco and her husband, Michael and his two granddaughters, Taylor and Bryce Greco. Also surviving him are his niece, Diane Kitson Ranaghan and her husband, Brian, his nephew, Joseph and his wife, Maureen and his three grand nephews, Kevin, Danny and John Ranaghan. Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He was a loyal friend who made us laugh with his sense of humor. He will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday November 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey, NJ. (201-327-0030). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday November 25, 2009 at 10 AM at St. Paul RC Church, 200 Wyckoff Ave, Ramsey NJ. Burial will follow the mass at Ascension Cemetery , East Saddle River Rd., Monsey, NY. Donations, in Jack’s name, may be made to the County Tipperary N and B Association of New York Scholarship Fund, c/o Gerry Nugent, 49 Mile Square Road, Yonkers, NY 10701. Please send tributes, memories and condolences @www.vanemburghsneider.co

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Maher, John E. [MC1964 RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ybuxtdo

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 9:00 AM

MObit: Hargadon, Brother Kevin [MCxfac]


HARGADON–Brother Kevin, FSC, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, died peacefully on Thursday evening, November 19th. Brother Kevin, a De La Salle Christian Brother for 62 years, was a member of the Christian Brothers Community at Manhattan College before going to De La Salle Hall, a skilled nursing facility in Lincroft, NJ in August 2009. Brother Kevin, retired at Manhattan College, had been an Associate Professor of Psychology from 1981-1995 and an adjunct lecturer 1996-2000. Earlier in his professional career, Brother Kevin taught chemistry at La Salle Academy, Providence, RI and the Christian Brother Scholasticate in Troy, NY and Washington, DC. Brother Kevin also served as Executive Director at Lincoln Hall and as President of Christian Brother Academy, Syracuse, NY where he also served as Director of the Brothers’ Community. Viewing will be at Christian Brothers Center, 4415 Post Road, Bronx, NY on Monday, November 23rd 2pm -5pm; 7pm-9pm. There will be a vigil prayer service at 8:30pm. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at Manhattan College on Tuesday, November 24th at 10am. There will be a viewing at the Chapel 9:15am -9:45am. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven, Valhalla, NY. Predeceased by his parents, Mary (Houlihan) and Michael Hargadon, and a sister, Barbara Kepesky, Brother Kevin Hargadon is survived by his two devoted sisters, Margaret Conway of Rutherford, NJ and Eileen Jones of Scarsdale, NY and by many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations to: DeLaSalle Christian Brothers District of Eastern North America 444A Route 35 South Eatontown, New Jersey 07724 would be appreciated.

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Hargadon, Brother Kevin [MCxfac]  

[JR: Mindful of the service of good men and women that comprise the Jasper "forge", making us what we are, we remember these good people.]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ybwy7f9

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 9:20 AM

JFound: Mulligan, Sarah (MC2009)

Mulligan, Sarah (MC2009)

Art Intern at Desi Hits!
    Greater New York City Area


Print design, web design, graphic design, promotional & live music photography, video editing, and illustration.

Design ad banners for sponsors using strict IAB guidelines. Recropping and retouching of recipe and talent images. Manage images using the image Content Management System (CMS).

Honors and Awards
    New Jersey Communications Association: Award for best undergraduate research paper, “The Evolution of the Magazine: An Analysis of Digital Publications in Print Media” (March 2009)


[JR: Impressive. She has her domain and is well along establishing her "personal brand". All before she graduates. Way better than I was when I was an undergrad. (But then that's not a very high bar.)]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 1:07 PM

JEmail: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) remembers Bryk, William (MC1977)


Bill Bryk, if I remember properly (we both lived on DeLaSalle 4 for a couple of years), is not a Brooklyn native. He’s originally from upstate.

Gerard ‘75

Gerard M. Delaney
Orlando, FL 32828

[JR: Easily possible. But if elected, I'm sure he'll move out. ROFL! To the District of Corruption. As disconnected at the oligarchy there is, I'm sure no one would notice. But, I trust, like our fellow alums, he would resist temptation. And start cleaning up the place.]

Bryk, William (MC1977)

Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 1:23 PM

JNews: Pompey, Aliann [MC1999] balances track and school


Monday, November 23, 2009
Aliann Pompey: ‘Balancing track and school has ensured my success’
By Stabroek staff | November 21, 2009 in Sports

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Guyanese track star Aliann Pompey has been on the international circuit since 2000 and although she has not yet agreed to participate in the London Olympics she remains committed to representing Guyana at other imminent meets.

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SS: “Tell us about your academic achievements and how you managed both academics and sports?”

AP: “I finished my Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Communication in 1999. Four years later I finished my MBA (Masters in Business Administration) at Manhattan College, the same place I got my undergrad. While in college, balancing track with schoolwork was something I had to do. I knew I couldn’t stay in track if my grades were not good.

“To be honest, I never thought I’d be doing track after I graduated, so I spent a lot of time on my school activities. However, it didn’t take too long for me to develop a routine that was very efficient and ensured that I got the important things done. It takes a lot of self-control and sacrificing. Today, when I talk to the younger student-athletes, I tell them to think of the things they want to attain at the end of this journey. If it’s big enough and important enough, they will find a way to do what they need to do to get there.”

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Pompey, Aliann [MC1999]

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Dear John,

   Aliann was inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame a few weeks ago. She is a very impressive young lady and a loyal Jasper.


[JR: Thanks, Mike, for reminding me. Impressive to be in a HOF so young. Always glad to hear the background.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 5:16 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Nov 24 2009 1:02 PM

PRAYERSREQUESTED: There a traffic jam at the colon!

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… for abdominal XRays and they noted that she has a large backlog of stool in her colon. Part of her colon is dilated. This explains the pain in her side, but I was told that a backlog of stool should not in and of itself cause fevers.

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The plan, for now, is to push drinking, give tylenol, give Miralax, and wait to see what the test results and tomorrow brings.

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[JR: Need all those sanitary injuneer prayers now. Worked last time. I hate to think of any child in pain. Other pray-ers fill in as needed.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Nov 23 2009 6:01 PM

JFound: Cummings, Richard [MC1971] NC nip ‘n’ tuck


North Carolina Plastic Surgeon Embracing Social Media to Connect with Patients and Reach Out to Community
Posted : Tue, 24 Nov 2009 08:02:35 GMT

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Kinston, N.C. (Vocus) November 24, 2009 — North Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Cummings has joined the popular social networking site Facebook to expand his reach and keep an ongoing dialogue with current and prospective patients. With over 300 million users, Facebook has become one of the most popular social networking sites in the world and enables users to share videos, pictures, and dialogue like never before.

By creating a Facebook page for his practice, Dr. Cummings hopes to make it easier for individuals to access before-and-after photos, connect with others who have already undergone treatment, and learn about the procedures that are available at Cummings Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cummings plans to use social media to reach out to people throughout North Carolina and the rest of the country who are interested in breast enhancement or body contouring.

After only a few weeks, Cummings Plastic Surgery has over 135 fans on Facebook, and several of Dr. Cummings’ patients have already posted video testimonials or left comments thanking him for their results.

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About Dr. Cummings

After attending Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, Dr. Richard Cummings earned his medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his general surgical residencies in several hospitals in Miami and his plastic surgery residency at the Loyola University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1984, Dr. Cummings has performed procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and liposuction in North Carolina at his plastic surgery practice in Kinston. Throughout that time he has also served as Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. He is board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Richard Cummings can be reached by phone at 1-800-682-2662 or 252-523-7082. His practice is located at 5080 Highway 70 West, Kinston, North Carolina 28504. Dr. Cummings’ practice can also be reached via website at www.cummingsplastic.com.

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[JR: I wonder if there is a “Jasper discount”?]

Cummings, Richard [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that the Doctor is a member of the class of 1971.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cummings, Richard [MC1971]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Nov 24 2009 8:41 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Nov 26 2009 9:43 AM

JHQ: The Battle of the Bronx – Manhattan vs. Fordham

The Battle of the Bronx – Manhattan vs. Fordham

Spend your Thanksgiving weekend in Riverdale as Manhattan College welcomes longtime rival Fordham University for the 102nd meeting of the Jaspers and the Rams. Please join us for a pregame buffet dinner at $25 per person ($75 for a group of 4).

Families are encouraged to attend.

Date: Saturday, November 28

Time: 5:00 p.m. reception; 7:00 p.m. tip-off

Location: Faculty Dining Room, Thomas Hall

Price includes beer, wine, soda and buffet dinner.

Tickets for the game can be purchased by calling the Manhattan College Ticket Office at

(718) 862-7795 or by e-mailing jaspers.tickets@manhattan.edu.

General admission tickets may be available at the reception, subject to availability.

Register Online Here

Registration is required and must be completed by Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 25.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Nov 25 2009 9:40 AM

JEmail: McGrath, Erin (MC1992) remembers Brother Kevin


First off, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Br. Kevin had a very lovely presence. He was warm, friendly and kind-hearted. I would see him at basketball games over the years and he always took the time to stop by my table (for breast cancer awareness) to say hello and offer his support. I remember him most for his wonderful smile.

-Erin McGrath ‘92

[JR: I hope you and all our fellow alums have a excellent Tday. I hope we remember the boys and girls in far away places in our prayers. As well as all the unemployed and under-employed who have to struggle. If we can get the congress critters out of the way, I'm sure we can return to better times. Thanks for your recollection of Brother Kevin. All to easy to fail to recognize that the faculty makes MC a special place.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Nov 25 2009 2:54 PM

JFound: Magliano, John V. [MC1966] on Editorial Board


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Advisory Board

Consulting-Specifying Engineer is proud to present its 2009 Editorial Advisory Board.

The veteran board members and newcomers represent expertise and leadership in engineering, building science, commissioning, and business practice. Representing the diverse climates, codes, and construction types found in the United States, board members—as authors, reviewers, and speakers—provide breadth and depth across the mechanical, electrical, fire, and life-safety engineering topics we cover. Below are the qualifications of each member.

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John V. Magliano, PE, chairman, CEO, SH Group Inc., New York City

Licensed in 12 states, Magliano works in commissioning sustainable designs, energy conservation, on-site generation, central utilities, master planning, and architectural lighting. He is a member of several professional societies including ASHRAE, IEEE, and IES. Magliano received his BEE from Manhattan College.

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Magliano, John V. [MC1966]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Nov 25 2009 7:46 PM

JObit: Tureck, Richard [MC1971 RIP]


Richard Tureck, 60, in-vitro pioneer
By Walter F. Naedele
Inquirer Staff Writer

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Richard W. Tureck, 60, of Bryn Mawr, director of reproductive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center from 1994 to 2006, died of a heart attack Oct. 28 while swimming off the Caribbean island of Anguilla.

On Sept. 23, 1983, the first baby to be conceived in a glass dish in Philadelphia was born at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tureck had been director of the In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer Program at Penn since May 1982, and at the time of the birth, Penn was the only hospital in the region offering the procedure.

In vitro is the procedure in which an egg is removed from a woman’s body, fertilized with sperm in a glass dish, and then planted in the woman’s uterus.

On the night of the delivery, Dr. Tureck told a reporter, “The last thing I remember seeing approximately eights months ago was an embryo composed of four cells under a microscope.

“Following this pregnancy right through, and seeing a human life born, was really a tremendous experience for us all.”

The baby, a girl weighing 7 pounds, 41/2 ounces, was named Jillian Elizabeth, the child of Linda and Robert Johnston of Woodbury.

Steven Sondheimer, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Penn, said recently: “That baby girl has grown into a healthy adult woman who is now the mother of a newborn child, conceived without the need of infertility treatment.

“Dr. Tureck was a pioneer in the field of infertility.”

Dr. Tureck led Penn’s in vitro program until he became director of reproductive surgery there in 1994.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Dr. Tureck graduated from Mount St. Michael Academy there in 1967. He earned his bachelor of science degree at Manhattan College in 1971 and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1975.

After completing his internship and residency at the Hospital of Columbia University Medical College in 1979, he joined the Penn faculty.

A fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, he was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Fertility Society, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.

Dr. Tureck is survived by his wife, Pamela; sons Brett and Richard Jr.; and a grandson.

A Funeral Mass was said Nov. 7. Burial was in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.

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Tureck, Richard [MC1971 RIP]  

Guestbook: None cited

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    * Posted on: Thu, Nov 26 2009 11:50 AM

JEmail: Fennell, Jim (MC1951) reports on Santa


This years Macy parade made it clear that they fujlly imtend to eliminate any referenced to Christrmas. Santa,the children’s symbol of Christmas did not mention Christmas but rather greeted the crowd with “Happy Thanksgiving.” Last year Santa said nothing. What’s coming next is probably Happy Holiday.

Please urge the troops to contact Macys and express their displeasure by shopping elsewhere.


It’s about time we stood up.

Jim Fennell ‘51

[JR: Jim, I didn't see the end of the parade. I always watch a little and go back to the happier times when life was simple. Mom and I went to the parade. Wish I could roll back the tape and do it again. How much smarter I'd be. Did anyone see the end of the parade and can confirm what Santa did or didn't say? If they are doing that "Happy Hoy Days" stuff, it deserves a reaction.]

Fennell, Jim (MC1951)

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    * Posted on: Fri, Nov 27 2009 11:28 AM

Comment on JEmail: Fennell, Jim (MC1951) reports on Santa 

By Rich Kaufmann


I saw the end of the parade and I can confirm that Santa did not mention Christmas.

He said Happy Thanksgiving!

Rich Kaufmann MC’68

[JR: Thanks, Rich. Much appreciated. Clearly with confirmation, this is actionable!]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Nov 27 2009 12:28 PM

JEmail: O’Connell, William (MC1976) found a charitable idea

William O’Connell sent you a message:

At this time of Thanksgiving, Chase has come up with an interesting approach to reaching out to the community. They have money they want to give to local charities, but they want you to decide which ones. You can do that by going to their facebook page and vote on a charity. The charities that get the most votes, get the money. It doesn’t cost anything to vote.

I became aware of this from a friend who is voting for America’s VetDogs. This organization helps our veterans who may have been wounded, or are elderly and can benefit from a working dog that can either help them as a guide dog, or in other ways. What a great way to give back to those who gave their all for us. Give it a look http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/

Please check out Chase Community Giving Program on Facebook or Twitter – vote for America’s VetDogs and pass it on to your contacts – Your vote really does count!

Thank you and have a great Thanksgiving.



[JR: Good idea. Maybe some of our fellow Jaspers would like to "vote".]

O’Connell, William (MC1976)

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    * Posted on: Fri, Nov 27 2009 10:25 PM

JNews: Bulla, Ashley [MC????] herds the big cats


Big cat interns help out, grow
Work changes their perspective
Saturday, November 28, 2009

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LITTLE ROCK — Much to the surprise of intern Ashley Bulla, three months of 50-hour weeks scooping tiger dung and handling raw meat taught her something: self-reliance.

The 23-year-old New Yorker who used to let mom and dad carry her luggage and do her laundry now gets by on her weekly earnings of $50 for groceries.

“I can go out and live by myself and be an independent person,” said Bulla, who scored one of a dozen six-month internships at the Turpentine Creek WildlifeRefuge just outside of Eureka Springs.

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“I was beyond ecstatic. I was screaming when I got the call that I was accepted,” said Bulla of Monroe, N.Y., who is halfway through her internship.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve learned here. From weedwhacking to much more important thingslike feeding the cats correctly and reading their behavior,” said Bulla, who has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Manhattan College in the Bronx.

“It’s really exciting to educate people; big cats don’t make good pets,” Bulla said. She’s considering a career as a biology teacher.

Bulla has grown up during her internship. “I’m not even the same person I was when I arrived in August.”

Bulla has applied for a second internship at the refuge.

“I wake up every morning and I don’t have to work, I get to go to work.”

Bulla and her fellow interns start at 8 a.m. to clean the cages, which takes hours, then they break for lunch, and work on building habitats and preparing the food, donated by Tyson and Wal-Mart. The refuge uses between 800 and 1,200 pounds of meat a day.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 9 on 11/28/2009

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Bulla, Ashley [MC????]

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ENDNOTE: Obama Will Remove Abortion Funding Ban


Obama Will Remove Abortion Funding Ban From Health Care Bill, Advisor Says
by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor
November 15, 2009

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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Top Obama advisor David Axelrod on Sunday confirmed what pro-life advocates already suspected would happen. He said President Barack Obama will work with congressional Democrats to remove the abortion funding ban the House approved in its version of the government-run health care bill.

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[JR: Is anyone surprised that there would be a double-cross?]

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