JASPER JOTTINGS Week 11 - 2010 March 14

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



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POSITRACTION: Focus on the Family retools after Leader retires


Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson Leaves Pro-Life Group After 33 Years
by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor
February 25, 2010

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Colorado Sprins, CO (LifeNews.com) — After three decades of leading one of the premier pro-life organizations in the country, Dr. James Dobson is saying goodbye to Focus on the Family. The psychologist turned the organization into one of the largest in the nation by focusing on moral values and helping families born and unborn.

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Daly has said the group will retain its mission opposing abortion and the immensely popular Tim Tebow ads are an indication that is the case. He emphasized in a recent Wall St. Journal interview that the pro-life group would tout positive stories like Tebow’s and do more to promote adoption efforts.

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[JR: Amazing what one fellow accomplished. As a little “L” libertarian, I have always thought that the battle for the “hearts and minds” of the country should be focused on the value of every person. Does it do any good to save a life from an abortion mill and then throw them to “The Fates”. IMHO: You can’t be against abortion and not be concerned with poverty. You can’t be against abortion and for government intrusion into medicine. You can't be against abortion and ignore assisted suicide. You can’t be against abortion and not the death penalty. IMHO.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 7 2010 12:37 PM

JEmail: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) Aerospace Studies 201 class

Subject: Peace through superior firepower


During my sophomore year, the Aerospace Studies 201 class was titled “Peace Aspects of Air Power” or something similar. The first session was the largest section of ROTC I had ever seen. I’m not sure who was more surprised, the instructor (Major Bolland?), at the size of the class, or the Peace Studies students who hadn’t realized that Department 14 in the catalog was ROTC.

Gerard M. Delaney ‘75
(Very) Late an Officer of the United States

[JR: No one understands the need for peace more than those, who have had to put aside their life for the "common defense". The need for such sacrifice is problematic, given the politics around venial politicians. Dona Nobis Pacem.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 7 2010 1:37 PM

JNews: Suraci, Anthony [MC1943 RIP] has “his” street


Street renamed for activist Anthony Suraci
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 5:42 PM EST

A western Queens street now bears the name of one of the community’s longtime supporters.

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Friends, family and City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer helped rename a street at 39th Place in Long Island City in honor of longtime community activist Anthony Suraci.

During the ceremony, which took place on February 20, Suraci’s son, Joe, 58, told the 40 people in attendance how proud the family was to have the street renamed after his late father.

“We are very proud of it because our father did a lot for his community in his lifetime, and he deserves this honor,” Joseph said.

Anthony Suraci was born in Italy and grew up in upstate New York before he moved to Sunnyside in his early 20s. During the next 60 years, he called Queens his home and was involved in many community organizations, including serving as the president of the Thompson Hill Civic Association and the Woodside Republican Club.

In addition, he served as a Republican district leader, a cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 221, and was the driving force behind starting the United Republicans of Western Queens (URWQ).

“URWQ was involved in a lot of charitable work,” Joe said. “They distributed surplus food to the needy communities and there was also an annual holiday toy drive to the New York Foundling Hospital in Manhattan.”

In addition, Anthony Suraci also raised a lot of money for Manhattan College where he received his degree in business, according to Joe.

“My father was a Certified Public Accountant and he helped a lot of people who came in to his office for taxes and financial advice,” said Joe. “He was enthusiastic about things and did anything to help out his community.”

Joe said he also helps his community as much as he can by donating clothes to the Salvation Army or being involved in Middle Village community organizations, where he resides.

“My father encouraged public service and we all try to follow in his footsteps,” Joe said.

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Suraci, Anthony [MC1943 RIP]

[JR: Next time I'm in Queens, I'll have to snap a pic for Jottings. (That was a hint!)]


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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 7 2010 2:37 PM

JBlogger: Jasper “OwnItLiveIt” [MC????] does racing


Saturday, March 6, 2010
Bike Road Race+Tight Packs+Drafting+Rain+COLD=Crash

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OK, I have been dying to do a bike road race for some type now… but its kinda dumb to do 1 with NO outside training, NO training in packs, and in the freezing rain. I would usually suck it up, but its soooo not worth a crash, esp with the ONLY bike I have, my road bike with acts as my training bike and my racing bike for the last SIX years because me or my parents can’t afford a racing bike. Its sad, I would rather spend my money on races, then spend it on a bike and not race. Some people don’t realize how good they have it! NO IDEA…..

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I am a college graduate from Manhattan College with my degree in exercise science. I have a passion towards exercise, training, and racing in many spectrums. I am passionate about promoting exercise by training people and training myself for big races I set out to do. On my free time, you can often find me dancing at a club all night just for the pure sake of dancing, at a concert, or at the movies. I am anti drug and believe strongly that racing triathlons is my high. I am starting this blog so I can use it for my daily thoughts

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Jasper “OwnItLiveIt” [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 7 2010 3:26 PM

JLinkedin: Emanuele, Cirino [MC1997] VP at Citi


Emanuele, Cirino [MC1997]
Structured Finance Securitization- Relationship Manager at Citibank N.A.
Greater New York City Area

Cirino Emanuele’s Summary

Currently provide Trust Services for established Asset-Backed securitization clients. Faciltiate issuance of both Commercial Paper/Long Term debt. Also involved with establishing interal process flow for transactions issued by internal divisions.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 7 2010 7:13 PM

JLinkedin: Emanuele, Christine [MC2002] @ Nine West Footwear


Emanuele, Christine [MC2002]
Production Temp at Nine West Footwear
Greater New York City Area
Apparel & Fashion

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 8 2010 7:17 AM

JEmail: Tejada, Fernando [MC1998] ided by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

>Tejada, Fernando, 1998 Sys Admin EMI Music North America

Dear John,

   I believe that Fernando received his Masters in 1998.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tejada, Fernando [MC1998]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 8 2010 8:48 AM

MFound: The Gonzalez era at MC


At Manhattan College, the Memories of Gonzalez Are Not So Fond
Published: March 7, 2010

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To illustrate just how difficult Bobby Gonzalez was to manage when he coached at Manhattan College from 1999 to 2006, Athletic Director Bob Byrnes told a story about the bus company Manhattan used to travel to games.

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[JR: It’s the TImes and it’s just collateral about MC. So here’s a “fair use” quote and you can hit their site for a free read if you’re interested.]

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UPDATE: Here’s some related stories.




[JR: Not that anyone cares, but all these spurious search hits are clogging up my process. :-) And, the bad press won’t make any students come to MC either.]

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UPDATE: Bobby’s sister has a blog post about it.


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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 8 2010 10:45 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Mar 9 2010 9:53 AM

JBlogger: Bortolussi, Gina (MC2008) is “GirlLeastLikelyTo…”



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Monday, March 8, 2010

Zach Galifoifhejheklhfklhs

Sorry I couldn’t take the time to correctly spell his last name, but I think you guys know who this post is about. That really funny, bearded dude from The Hangover. I thought SNL was just alright this past Saturday, which is the writers fault not the host’s, but the highlight was definitely Zach’s monologue. My favorite part of the monologue had to be when Zach is at a piano, talking about himself and giving his audience a few tidbits about his personal life. From watching SNL, I now know that Zach’s girlfriend “looks a little like Charlize Theron and a lot like Dog The Bounty Hunter.” I watched that shit like eighteen times.

For me, I think it’s a combination of the tone in which he says the things he says and the actual words he says, along with his usual deadpan facial expression. I really don’t care what it is that makes him funny, I just want him to keep making me laugh because whenever he is on the screen I slightly pee in my pants and that’s what keeps me going, folks. GO ZACH. Oh also, you should check out The Hangover, in case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t gotten the chance to yet, and his show that you can view on funnyordie.com called Between Two Ferns, where he makes his guests feel super awkward and creeped out.

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Bortolussi, Gina (MC2008)

[JR: Hmmmmm???? Likely to do what?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 8 2010 9:43 PM

JFacebook: Russo, Dan (MC2007) “Any MC Ed Grads looking for teaching jobs?”


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Russo, Dan (MC2007) “Any Manhattan College Education Graduates looking for teaching jobs? I have info on a Charter School in the Bronx with 4 openings on second grade next year. Also, a brand new Charter School in Brooklyn with 200 openings K-12. I know the job market is tight so I wanted to share the info. Message me for details.”

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 8 2010 11:20 PM

JLinkedin: Ferenz, Peter [MC1975] @ Univation Tech TX


Ferenz, Peter [MC1975]
Univation Technologies, LLC
Houston, Texas Area

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 9 2010 7:22 AM

MFound: An unknown Jasper injineer changes careers


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from FLmomof5
Old Yesterday, 07:55 AM
Default Re: Second Career Nursing student


I am a third career changer! LOL!

Currently, I am 48 (just turned it last week) and a 3rd term NS. My first degree was a B.E.E.E. (Elect Eng) out of Manhattan College. I spent 8.5 yrs in satellite operations, 17 yrs as a mainframe programmer and now I am heading into the world of nursing.

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[JR: WOW! No there is no way to follow up or id this person. So claims have to be taken with a grain of salt. To change careers at 48? From injineering? From programming? Great Brother Jasper’s Ghost!!! And, I feel bad at being “kicked to the kurb” by the marketplace at 63? Look at all the “human waste” our gooferment is causing with its Socialism. Argh! I feel bad for me, for her, and for all the Jaspers who are out of work. What a waste of human capital, lost productive capacity, missed opportunities, education, knowledge, and financial capital. Argh!]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 9 2010 7:59 AM

JFound: Buongiorno, John [MC????] selling house in West Islip


News > West Islip

Modular construction co. exec selling in West Islip
by Amy Anderson, published March 8, 2010 ShareThis

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John and Angela Buongiorno have listed for sale a three-bedroom, two-bath home at 53 Webster Ave. in West Islip for {Privacy Invoked}.

Thomas Sellitti of RE/MAX Best is the agent for the listing. The home was built in 1965 in the West Islip North neighborhood.

Mr. Buongiorno is director of modular division and human resources at Axis Construction Corp., a solutions provider for the healthcare, educational and commercial industries utilizing modular construction.

He most recently was a regional sales manager at Space Master Buildings. Prior to that, he worked at Williams Scotsman as branch manager. He also was a sales manager at International Harbor Services.

He received a B.S. in business from Manhattan College.

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Buongiorno, John [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 9 2010 8:04 AM

MFound: Photo of the Day site has Manhattan College Pipe Band


Monday, March 8, 2010

Photo of the Day

Manhattan College Pipe Band Marching at
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway on Saturday

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 9 2010 8:39 AM

JNews: Mishkin-Elam, Virginia [MC????]


News Beat
Monday, March 8, 2010 6:13 PM EST
Bronx Times-Reporter

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Liam Murphy, deputy director for Emergency Management in Westchester County, and Bronx Community College Radiology Professor Virginia Mishkin-Elam will be honored at the 25th Irish Heritage Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Bronx Community College.The event will be held in Colston Hall, 2155 University Avenue at 181st Street, from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Tues., Mar. 9.

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Also being honored is Virginia Mishkin-Elam, a Bronx native. She is the program director of the Radiologic Technology Program in the Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Department at Bronx Community College. Mishkin-Elam developed and implemented the Radiography Program at BCC with the help of Jack Prince, former chairperson of the Physics and Technology Department, and in collaboration with Columbia Presbyterian and Montefiore Medical Cen-ters.

After graduating from St. Luke’s Hospital Radiologic Technology Program, Mishkin-Elam worked as a radiologic technologist for Gracie Square Hospital. She continued her education and received her bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College. Upon receiving her degree, she worked in Radiation Safety at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center where she began her studies for the Master of Science at Columbia University’s Teachers College.After graduation, she was recruited by the Nobel Prize recipient in Nuclear Medicine, Roslyn Yallow, to work as a medical physicist at the Bronx Veterans Hospital.

Mishkin-Elam is a product of the Parochial School System of the Diocese of New York.Her Irish ances-tors hail from Donegal, Ireland.Her childhood was filled with many colorful memories from her mother and grandmother. With limited education, her mother single-handedly raised two daughters who both have professional careers in health care. Her mother al-ways stressed the importance of education. She attributes her gift for “blarney” to her grandmother.

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Mishkin-Elam, Virginia [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 9 2010 9:37 AM

JFound: Pereira, Segundo [MC????] Dep Asst Sec Diversity Management


Segundo Pereira
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Diversity Management and EEO

Segundo Pereira serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Diversity Management and EEO (ODME) in the Department of Health and Human Services. ODME provides leadership in planning, directing, and implementing diversity management and equal employment opportunity programs and policies at the department level. In coordination with the OPDIVs, provides advice, counsel, and policy oversight for operational diversity and equal employment opportunity activities.

Mr. Pereira is a retired Colonel and combat veteran from the United States Air Force. Mr. Pereira has a Master of Science degree in International Studies from the Air War College, and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. His undergraduate studies were conducted at Manhattan College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Created date: January 12, 2010
Reviewed date:
Last revised: February 26, 2010

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Pereira, Segundo [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 9 2010 11:28 AM

MFound: Rating MC; a lot of grousing about it. Needs our input!


Manhattan College

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Overall Grade: C+(5.6)
Out of 47 Surveys
Education Quality
5.8, B-
Social Life
5.0, C
Extracurricular Activities
4.8, C

University Resource Use
5.3, C+

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It’s not the depth of the well that determines how much water you carry away, but the size of the bucket you bring.

Looking back four decades, I can see how dumb I was. There are so many many opportunities if we are open to the possibilities. When I was a student, I wanted the data and information to succeed at my chosen field. The school offered so much more that I didn’t perceive the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. DO I blame the school for not force feeding me? Or do I thank them for getting as much as I could stomach into me? I think now that if I had more “life skills” its message would have been more effective. And I could been in a better place.

(This ignores my usual advice that “The Couldas, Wouldas, and Shouldas will kill you!” Meaning that the past is past and you can’t change it. To look back with anything but a historical recognition is a waste of effort. Take lessons from the past and bring them forward to get better results in the here and now.)

If I had ONE criticism of both the school, the alums, and the students, it would be that there is not a cohesive strategy to exploit the granfalloon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granfalloon that these three represent. The school doesn’t do enough to facilitate it; the alums don’t demand it; and the students don’t realize their role in it. TO everyone’s detriment.

(Even reading some of the comments, as some one who’s been on both sides of the hiring decision, I can see the incorrect mindset that I believe prevents the commentator from achieving what they want.)

Dona Nobis Pacem

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[JR: I strongly SUGGEST that alums add their experience to give the school a fair report. MC may not be an A+, but it's not a C-!]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 9 2010 12:26 PM

JObit: Rode, Harry Paul Jr. [MC1950 RIP]


Harry Paul Rode, Jr.

84, of Jupiter, passed away suddenly but peacefully on March 6, 2010 at his home. Born to Dorothy and Harry Rode on January 9, 1926 in New York City, New York.

Harry graduated from All Hollows High School and Manhattan College with a degree in engineering. He taught at Peter Cooper Institution, Engineering in New York City. Harry was President of the Civil Engineering Society of New York City. He worked for the Peter Bratti Association Construction Company for many years. He started his own business, Tile, Marble, and Stone.

He loved riding his bicycle all through Jupiter every AM. He served in the US Navy as a Radar Specialist during WWII. Harry was also active in the Palm Beach Power Squadron for many years.

Survived by his wife Vaura Mary Rode; Sons Harry Paul Rode, III of Tarrytown, NY, Gerard Ryan Rode of Jupiter, FL, John T. Rode of Jupiter, FL and Philip Rode of Oreland, PA, 6 grandchildren Maria, Colleen, Gerard, Christopher-Paul, Ellia, and Kylon.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 12th from 1-2PM with funeral services at 2PM, Aycock Funeral Home, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL.

We will all miss grandpa, Harry “The Chief”-Dearly.

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Rode, Harry Paul Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Harry-Rode&lc=4818&mid=4165209

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Dear John,

  I believe that Harry is a member of the Class of 1950, and I believe his son Harry is a member of the Class of 1983   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Rode, Harry Paul Jr. [MC1950 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 9 2010 7:28 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Mar 11 2010 11:50 AM

JLinkedin: Usmani, Mohammad Shami [MC2009] Proj Coord @ ConEd


Usmani, Mohammad Shami [MC2009]
Management Associate – Project Coordinator
Con Edison
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 10 2010 7:27 AM

JObit: Reilly, William Francis “Bill” [MC1953 RIP]


REILLY, William Francis

William Francis “Bill” Reilly, 78, of Avon, formerly of Simsbury, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, (March 7, 2010) at UConn Health Center.

He was born in New York City on August 7, 1931 to loving parents John J. Reilly and Katherine (Cunningham) Reilly. His father was a member of the New York City Police Department and his mother an integral member of the Christian Brothers community at Manhattan College. Growing up in Riverdale, NY with brothers John “Jack”, George, and sister, Ellen, he graduated in 1953 from Manhattan College and went on to pursue his MBA degree at Siena College in Loudonville, NY.

He married Joanne Elizabeth Forster on October 16, 1954. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Germany during the Korean War. In 1967 he moved with his family to Simsbury to begin a capital campaign for The Westledge School. He became a co-founder of Westledge Associates Real Estate and continued to be an active and respected member of the CT real estate community for the duration of his professional career.

He took leadership roles in youth baseball and football programs in Simsbury. Throughout his life, he continued to support several religious and non-profit organizations and most notably A Better Chance program and the St. Mary and St. Catherine churches.

The love and legacy of his life was his family. He is survived by his wife, Joanne, of 56 years and the joy of his life, their six children, Thomas and wife Kerri of Ridgewood, NJ, Bill Jr. and wife Ellyn of Madison, Lisa and husband Michael Lockhart of Franklin, MA, Megan of Marblehead, MA, Michael and wife Caroline of Litchfield and John of Boston, MA; 15 grandchildren, Kate, Liz, Maggie, Annie, Ben, Courtney, Will, Seamus, Connor, Michael, Kathleen, Sean, Lauren, Owen, and Grafton; brothers, John and wife Claudia Reilly of Sacramento, CA and George and wife Peg Reilly of San Jose, CA, and sister-in-law Frances Reilly; and, many nieces and nephews. In addition to his family, Bill had many lifelong friends whom he deeply cherished as well. He is predeceased by his daughter, Eileen (d. July 1, 1973), sister, Ellen and her husband Thomas Raftery of Glastonbury.

Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury on Thursday, March 11, from 4 – 7 p.m. The funeral will be Friday, March 12, 9:45 a.m. from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Simsbury. Burial will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Tariffville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc., UConn Health Center Development Office, 10 Talcott Notch Road, Suite 100 Farmington, CT 06032 (denoting the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Research Endowment Fund). For online condolences please visit www.vincentfuneralhome.com. The Reilly family will be forever grateful to Dr. W. David Hager and Dr. Christopher Pickett and the entire UConn Health Center staff who enabled us to have many years of wonderful memories.

Published in Hartford Courant on March 10, 2010

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Reilly, William Francis “Bill” [MC1953 RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/yg8bvjd

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Dear John,

   Willy was a classmate of mine and a great Jasper. His friendship and support of Junius Kellogg, coupled with his sense of Humor will long be remembered. May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. I'm sorry for your loss. Losing a Classmate is a disturbing event.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 10 2010 10:29 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Mar 11 2010 11:50 AM

JUpdate: Hines, Margery (MC2009) tutoring on her way to a PhD

Hines, Margery (MC2009)

* Northeastern ‘13
* PhD, Electrical Engineering

Employer:   ME!
Position:   Tutor
Time Period:   January 2000 – Present


   Tutoring for nine years and running, and looking for some new summer students, so please if you need help or someone you know, refer them my way! I now tutor:

   – Any form of math from algebra through calculus. diff eqs, and linear algebra

   – Physics I & II

   – Basic accounting and finance

   – Probability and Statistics on any level

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[JR: Anyone need tutoring? And, help a Jasper on her way to higher ed. I don't have a location but, if you pay enough, I'm sure travel is possible. :-) Usually, I say don't forget to ask for the Jasper discount. In this case, don't forget to PAY the Jasper premium.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 10 2010 6:44 PM

JObit: Newbrand, Charles [MC1942 RIP]


Charles H. Newbrand Naples, FL

Charles Newbrand passed away on March 8, 2010. He was born in Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY on August 25, 1920 to Charles W. and Rose Newbrand, deceased. He attended New York City public schools and graduated high school in 1938. He attended Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY and graduated in May, 1942 with a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration.

He served in the U.S. Army 81st Infantry Division from 1942 to 1946. He was commissioned a second lieutenant infantry in 1943 and saw combat action in the South Pacific.

In 1946 he joined Arthur Anderson and in 1949 he was employed by Foote,Cone and Belding a leading world wide advertising agency. He was elected secretary-treasurer in 1960 and retired in 1981.

Charles had been a full time resident of Naples since 1983. He was a member of North Shore C.C. in Illinois and of Imperial Golf Club in Naples and served on the Finance Committee of St. John the Evangelist Church and Naples Community Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith K; two sisters; and a brother.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and his son, C. Michael and his wife, Clare from Glen Allen, VA; one granddaughter, Alexis Cooke, her husband, James David Cooke III; and greatgrandson, James David Cooke IV. There are three stepchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.

Charles was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to Avow Hospice, Naples or Manhatten College, Riverdale, N.Y.

A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2010 in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with an burial to follow in Naples Memorial Gardens.

Published in Naples Daily News on March 11, 2010

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Newbrand, Charles H. [MC1942 RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/yblcbj8

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 11 2010 7:11 AM

JLinkedin: O’Keefe, Luke [MC1980] VP, Tech Risk at GE Energy Fin


O’Keefe, Luke [MC1980]
VP, Technical Risk at GE Energy Financial Services
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services


Global energy industry expert, experienced in risk underwriting and technology assessments in support of equity and debt investments. Demonstrated leadership in project development and business origination. Recognized top performer. Expertise in global gasification industry.


Technology and risk assessment, contract negotiation, industry analysis, project development, strategic planning & financial analysis, policy advocacy, due diligence, benchmarking.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 11 2010 7:34 AM

JHQ: MC Admissions has a new video?


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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 11 2010 10:07 AM

MFound: MC and Saint Mary’s College of California, sister colleges Lasallian tradition


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TO: Full Board
FROM: Joseph P. Frey
SUBJECT: Permission to Operate in New York State: Saint Mary’s College of California
DATE: February 23, 2010


Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)

Should the Board of Regents give Saint Mary’s College of California permission to offer courses from its Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in Performing Arts in New York City?

Reason(s) for consideration

Required by State regulation.

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Saint Mary’s College of California, located in Moraga, CA, seeks Regents permission to offer 12 courses from its Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in Performing Arts in New York City. These 12 Liberal Arts courses would be offered to professional dancers in the New York City area at convenient class locations, with scheduling that accommodates the dancers’ work obligations.

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Saint Mary’s College is seeking authorization to offer courses in New York City because it believes that it can serve a unique and underserved population of students: professional dancers, who often do not have an opportunity to pursue an academic education beyond secondary school due to the constraints inherent in their rigorous training, performing, and touring schedules. Consequently, the College has packaged this sub-set of courses from its B.A. degree program in Performing Arts, which it has designated the “LEAP Program” (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals), to enable professional dancers to pursue coursework within a flexible schedule and at locations convenient to their performance venues.

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Courses would be held in media-equipped conference rooms of conveniently located upscale hotels and would be taught by Saint Mary’s faculty (40 percent full-time, 60 percent adjunct). All full-time faculty are doctorally credentialed or have other terminal degrees in the subject which they would teach. Through an agreement with Manhattan College (Saint Mary’s sister college in the Lasallian tradition), students will have full access to the Manhattan College library as well as to the Saint Mary’s College library via delivery of books and materials to students’ homes, interlibrary loan, and comprehensive online services.

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Fordham’s response also described the resources and structures the University has established to accommodate professional dancers who enroll in the adult degree programs offered by the University’s College of Liberal Studies at each of the University’s campuses. According to its response, Fordham expects a class of about 40 dancers for fall 2010. Fordham’s response states that their program is growing and that they often attract students from Saint Mary’s program, in part because it doesn’t offer full services of a developed undergraduate program.

Saint Mary’s College provided a comprehensive response to Fordham’s objections. Key points and program attributes include the following:

When Saint Mary’s College was developing its LEAP model in 1998, Fordham generously provided data and support to Saint Mary’s. In addition, after the College was licensed to operate in New Jersey, the LEAP Director met with the Associate Dean of Fordham’s College of Liberal Studies. At this meeting, it was concluded that together, Saint Mary’s and Fordham could serve the New York dance community well.

Forty percent of LEAP’s students are retired, ethnic, freelance, or unemployed dancers, a population that was previously not being served.

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In addition, the College’s application for Permission to Operate in New York City included letters of support from the American Ballet Theatre, Steps on Broadway, and Career Transition for Dancers, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York City whose mission is to assist and counsel dancers through the transition they face when finishing their dance careers.

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   It is recommended that permission be granted to Saint Mary’s College of California, to offer 12 courses from its Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts program, for a period beginning on March 9, 2010 and ending on March 8, 2015.

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[JR: And, YOUthink I'm a tin foil hat nut that raves about the "gooferment" taking away our liberties? Can some one explain this one? Argh!]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 11 2010 10:18 AM

JFound: Murphy, John A. [MC1957] Board, Rockland Psychiatric Center


Senate Approves Members To Key Hospital, Transportation, Labor And Quality Of Care Boards

Posted by on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

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The New York State Senate confirmed 36 appointees to key boards today, including members to the New York State Department of Labor, Advisory Council to the Commission on Quality of Care & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Board of Visitors of the Rochester Psychiatric Center, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, among many other entities.

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John A. Murphy (Orangeburg)

Member, Board of Visitors of the Rockland Psychiatric Center

Since 1971, Mr. Murphy has been a Rockland County Legislator focusing on the mentally handicapped. He has also been the President of Camp Venture for over 25 years and is Co-Founder and President of Loeb House and Joseph’s Home, both of which serve the mentally ill and the mentally ill homeless. He is a Member of the New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of Manhattan College.

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Murphy, John A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1957.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, John A. [MC1957]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 11 2010 10:22 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Mar 12 2010 11:47 PM

JFound: Caputo, Richard [MC1961] speaks Th 3/18 in LA


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ASES Board Member speaking in Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers presents:

LA ASME January Presentation: “Are Renewables Enough to Avoid Hitting the Climate Change Wall”
At The Metropolitan Water District, Conference Room 101.
Thursday, March 18th, 2010, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
All ASME members, student members, public, engineering students and teaching staff are invited.
Plenty of free parking is available.
Prior to the presentation there will be a short business meeting of the LA Section Executive Committee.

Topic: Solutions to the dual crisis of peaking global oil production and global warming will be presented. Nine non-carbon energy options are considered and we will see how they stack up against the goal of an 80% reduction of carbon emissions by 2050. Superseding the technical issues is the inability to reach policy support long enough to support solutions to a century long problem. The concept of “energy tribes” is borrowed from the cultural anthropologists as an aid in understanding the nature of the conflicts over energy perceptions and policy. An attempt is made to find a way to use the conflicts to fashion an approach to a solution. This presentation is taken from the book, Hitting the Wall: A Vision of a Secure Energy Future.

Speaker: Richard Caputo, author of Hitting the Wall: a Vision of a Secure Energy Future. He obtained his MSME at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and his BME at Manhattan College, New York City, New York. Richard has retired after 25 years as an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Caltech and has been a mediator who has done court mediations in three states. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Solar Energy Society and is active in the San Diego Chapter.

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Caputo, Richard [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Richard is a member of the Class of 1961.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Caputo, Richard [MC1961]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 11 2010 4:44 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Mar 12 2010 11:47 PM

JLinkedin: Ferranti, K. Michael [MC1991] Owner @ GOTHAM AYURVEDA


Ferranti, K. Michael [MC1991]
Greater New York City Area
Health, Wellness and Fitness


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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 12 2010 7:43 AM

JNews: Beaton, Bob [MC????] helps coach


Published: March 12, 2010 01:21 am ShareThis PrintThis

Meet the Beatons Father, daughter a winning coaching combination for Sachems

By John Shimer

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WEST NEWBURY — Their names didn’t show up in the papers throughout the course of the season, but they’ve quietly played key roles in helping get Pentucket into tomorrow’s Division 3 state championship game.

Assistant coaches Amy Beaton and her father Bob Beaton have helped the 26-0 Sachems enjoy the best season in school history.

“It’s been invaluable the support I’ve had,” said head girls basketball coach John McNamara. “Last year Carol Fichera did a great job as the JV coach, but to have a full-time varsity assistant with Bob has been an incredible advantage. (Bob) can take over practices, and Amy has put in double duty coming to a lot of our practices and at times practicing with the girls.

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Bob, a 1971 grad, played basketball for four years at Pentucket, a year for Manhattan College as a walk-on, and watched his sons Tim and Jeff play for the Sachems.

Amy got involved with the Sachems when her cousin Lyndsay was a senior on the team, and Bob, who had been Amy’s scorekeeper when she was the freshman coach, took on a more significant role when Amy decided to go to grad school.

Bob Beaton said, “It’s great to be with Amy and teach some of these kids some back-to-basics things. It’s strange because I was always the one giving instructions. Every once in a while she’ll turn to me and say, ‘I’ve got it,’ a chance to yell at the old man, which probably makes it more fun for her.”

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 12 2010 9:03 AM

JLinkedin: Flaim, Stephan [MC1982] Dir HR @ Mount Sinai Medical


Flaim, Stephan [MC1982]
Director, Human Resources
The Mount Sinai Medical Center
Greater New York City Area
Hospital & Health Care

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 13 2010 7:51 AM

Comment on MFound: Rating MC; a lot of grousing about it. Needs our input! 

By Carolyn Predmore

Our new Dean of the School of Business would like to forge closer ties with alumni and perhaps use their business experiences to aid in experiential learning for present students. Closer ties with alumni with present students – perhaps leading to business incubator or entrepreneurship focus. Things are moving and Dr. Salwa Ammar would welcome comments from alumni

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 10 2010 9:03 AM

Comment on MFound: Rating MC; a lot of grousing about it. Needs our input! 

By reinkefj

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Closer ties with alumni with present students
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Well, that would be a refreshing change. As I see it, “the College” has a lot of ground to make up. The students (excusably) don’t understand the need; the alumni have been “burned” before.

I’d suggest that the strategy should begin with something I learned in my networking, and preach often in my tagline on my networking email account, (don’t remember where I stole it from. I’d never make a good academic researcher or a lab rat. too disorganized):

Remember the adage “first seek to help; then be helped”.

Unfortunately, with the alums and MC relationship, the “development” has turned many people off.

My take on the strategy is that it should offer something, (anything), to the alums. Might not even be very “valuable”, but it’s that “seeking to help” first step.

You’re the only Prof, and one of a few MC staffers, who get it. (Hi Ms. A. and Ms. BB! I know they read Jasper Jottings!)

Perhaps every “School”, Dean, Prof, and staffer should be blogging and wikiing and Facebooking … and … you get the idea. Make “stuff” available and suck the alumni in? Then, after “helping”, ask for help.

The journey of a thousand miles …

(Stole that from somewhere too.)


Thank you for your comment,

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[JR: I should have said that Prof P is the one of the Prof that I know "gets it". When I'm pontificating ex cathedra from my enormous belly button I tend to make sweeping generalizations. I'm sure there are others that "get it", I just haven't met them yet. Argh! But, I know a lot of folks on the hill that don't!]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 10 2010 10:12 AM

ENDNOTE: The Pelosi Doctrine


The Pelosi Doctrine: Claiming Good Catholic Status While Promoting Abortion
by Paul Kengor
February 23, 2010

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Perhaps it’s old hat. Maybe we’re dead to it now, inured from continued shock —chastened, numb.

In a recent interview that received surprisingly little attention even from Catholics, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a Catholic, talked to Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift. Pelosi was asked about her “brushes with the [Catholic Church] hierarchy.”

Madam Speaker knew what that meant: abortion.

“I have some concerns about the Church’s position respecting a woman’s right to choose,” she shared, as if endeavoring to correct the Church’s errors — but not without a heavy heart: “I practically mourn this difference of opinion.”

This difference of opinion was most lamentable, added the lifelong Catholic — who attended Catholic private school, Catholic colleges (Trinity College in Washington, D.C.), and Mass in the San Francisco (St. Vincent de Paul Church) and Washington dioceses — for a couple of reasons. First, because she was “raised to believe … what I profess,” and, second, because, “we are all endowed with a free will.” Indeed, insisted Pelosi, “women should have that opportunity to exercise their free will.”

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From the pulpit, to the office, to the kitchen table, to the classroom, let’s look to the Pelosi Doctrine as a teachable moment to shed the light of truth.

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[JR: I’m not the moral arbiter here. But, I’m sure that I’m not leading others astray. Of claiming to be something I’m not. Sigh! It’s sad.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 13 2010 6:37 PM

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