JASPER JOTTINGS Week 23 - 2010 June 06  

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




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POSITRACTION: Memorizing. John Milton’s epic poem?


May 04, 2010
Paradise learnt:

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The journal Memory has a remarkable case study of a man who began memorising the whole of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost at the age of 58. The researchers tested him at age 74 and found they could pick any part of the 10,565 line poem and he could successfully remember the next 10 lines.

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[JR: Wish I had a penny for everything I forget. I started playing Sudoku because the Japanese believe it prevents Alzheimer's. Here's a demonstration of a possibility. What do you do that's "impossible"? If not, why not? Could it be we have no bounds; other than the one's we impose on ourselves? Remember the elephant bound by a thread because he was trained to think it was unbreakable? What's tying us down?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 30 2010 12:37 PM

JBLOGGER: Jasper “Key West Lou” [MC1957] remembers lost friends


Sunday, May 30, 2010

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It was September 1953. My first week in college. Manhattan College in New York City. Frank Ravioli from New Haven, Dick Lewis from Albany and I took the subway to Times Square. We went to the movies. To the Paramount. And saw Battle Cry.

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[JR: Poignant!]

Ravioli, Frank [MC1957?]

Lewis, Dick [MC1957?]

Jasper “Key West Lou” [MC1957]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 30 2010 1:37 PM

JNEWS: Neidnig, Andy [MC1941] served in WW2


WWII Ended 65 Years Ago
Posted on 30 May 2010

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Not many veterans of that global conflict are still with us. To commemorate the sacrifices they made to preserve our freedom, the Express will publish the stories of a few of the men and women in our community who served the nation in a time of great peril.

By Jim Marquardt

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Andy Neidnig lived a quiet life before World War II, thinking only of finishing college and getting a job. A few years later he was fighting to survive, coming close to being killed battling the German army in Europe. Andy grew up in Ozone Park and graduated from Manhattan College in 1941. At that time, young men were required to serve a year in the military and Andy wanted to get it over with so he could move on with a career. He didn’t know the Army would take five years of his life. Once the global war was underway, he was promoted to corporal and sergeant, then was sent to Officer’s Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Eager for action he was shipped to an infantry unit in the Second Armored Division that was advancing into Germany in 1944. He no sooner joined the division than the Battle of the Bulge erupted and his unit raced into position to block the German advance.

They confronted elite Panzer divisions in Belgium in bloody fights with the outcome in doubt for over a month. On Christmas morning, 1944, Andy had hitched a ride on a Sherman tank when a shell hit the tank and sent him flying. A little later while talking to another officer he heard a sniper bullet zip by his head. They captured the sniper and found he was wearing American Army boots, probably from a fallen soldier. His closest brush with death was near a small Belgian village. He was walking alongside a Sherman tank when it was hit on the other side by a rocket from a “panzerschrek”, the German version of our bazooka. A huge red flash knocked out the Sherman tank and killed his captain. Out of his company of 60 men, 48 were killed or wounded. In the fiercest winter of the war, men who fell froze in position. Andy jokes that while he was sleeping on icy ground, Army regulations took $30 room and board from his lieutenant’s salary of $175 a month. The Bulge broke German resistance and the European war ended a few months later. He and his buddies waited fearfully for orders to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan, but the A-bomb ended the war.

Andy remembers his homecoming as a quiet reunion with his family, without fanfare. He says he thinks frequently about his experiences so many years ago when his only hope was to survive. He and his wife moved permanently to their home on Glover Street in 1982. He will be 91 on July 3rd.

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Neidnig, Andy [MC1941]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 30 2010 2:37 PM

JLINKEDIN: Gray, Richard [MC1989] Realtor at Koppell River Realty


Gray, Richard [MC1989]
Realtor at Koppell River Realty
Greater New York City Area
Real Estate

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 30 2010 4:48 PM

JOBIT: L’Heureux, Gerard [MC???? RIP]


Gerard L’Heureux

Gerard L’Heureux 1930 – 2010

BREWSTER – Gerard L’Heureux, 79, of Brewster, died on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at his home. He was born in Springfield, son of the late Frederick and Mildred (Clark) L’Heureux and was a graduate of South Hadley High School and Manhattan College. Gerard was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a Civil Engineer for many years, as well as a self-employed logger.

He was the widower of Claire (Desnoyers) L’Heureux, who died in 2005. Gerard is survived by two sons, John L’Heureux of CO and Stephen L’Heureux of Granby; three daughters, Marie Kaplan of NY, Sarah Allaine of Dracut, and Barbara Hopper of FL, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one brother, John L’Heureux of CA. He was predeceased by his son Daniel L’Heureux in 2004.

A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke. Burial will follow at St. Rose Cemetery, South Hadley. Calling hours will be held Wednesday morning from 8:30 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice & Pallative Care of Cape Cod, 34 Route 134, Suite D3, South Dennis, MA 02660.

Published in The Republican on May 31, 2010


L’Heureux, Gerard [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/cr1a

    * Posted on: Mon, May 31 2010 9:48 AM

JEMAIL: “Cooking with Caitlin: Following a Neutropenic Diet” a jasper connection

May 31 at 12:16pm

Dear Friends,

As many of you know my family and I have been working on A Cookbook fundraiser in honor of my niece, Caitlin Anne Martin, called “Cooking with Caitlin: Following a Neutropenic Diet”.

The cookbook is now ready for purchase.

Caitlin’s dad & my brother-in-law, Michael Martin, will be running in his second NYC Marathon in November 2010, as a part of Fred’s Team.

Fred’s Team raises money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

This is also the hospital where Caitlin receives her treatments.

The proceeds from this cookbook will go towards Mike’s 2010 run with a donation in Caitlin’s name towards The Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


We are now accepting orders via PAYPAL!

Click the link below to order and to pay with PayPal



Download the order form and mail it in


Thank you again for all of your support thus far and please pass this email onto your family and friends and help us raise money for a good cause!

Warmest Regards,
Michele Kelly

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Finch, Bernadette Kelly (MC1995)

Martin, Margaret (MC1998)

[JR: Here's an easy way to support a family with Jaspers raising money for a cure.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 31 2010 2:06 PM

JLINKEDIN: Dilodovico, Tony [MC1975] VP RegSvcs Consultant at Birdsall SG


Dilodovico, Tony [MC1975]
Vice President – Regulatory Services Consultant at Birdsall Services Group
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 31 2010 3:12 PM

JNEWS: Desmarais, John [MC????] Round Rock Research, patent-holding company


Tuesday June 1, 2010
Billion-Dollar Lawyer Desmarais Quits Firm to Troll for Patents
By Carlyn Kolker

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June 1 (Bloomberg) — John Desmarais, a former top earner at the 1,500-lawyer firm Kirkland & Ellis, spent more than 15 years representing some of the world’s largest patent owners. Now he’s one of them, and he’s gearing up to slay the kinds of companies he once defended.

Desmarais, 46, in December bought a portfolio of 4,500 patents from Micron Technology Inc., the biggest U.S. maker of computer-memory chips. Today he opens the doors of a new law firm, New York-based Desmarais LLP, which will look for potential infringers of the patents owned by Round Rock Research LLC, his new patent-holding company.

The move is a leap from one side of the patent world to the other: from big-firm lawyer to small-firm chief, and from a champion of companies that makes real products to leading one that simply owns patents.

“It’s a huge change,” said Desmarais, who withdrew from Kirkland’s partnership and the firm’s management committee in December and left in May. “I never just get my toes wet doing something different. I jumped in with both feet.”

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Round Rock, based in Mount Kisco, New York, is named for a formation near the beach in Madison, Connecticut, where Desmarais, who is married with two teenage children, has a vacation home. His 14-year-old daughter designed the company’s logo and his business card.

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At Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis, Desmarais built a reputation trying patent cases for large companies with hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of dollars at stake.

$1.5 Billion Verdict

He was the lead trial lawyer for Forest Laboratories Inc. in an effort to block Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. from selling a generic version of the antidepressant Lexapro. He represented Boston Scientific Corp. in litigation over patents for drug-coated stents. And he won a $1.52 billion verdict for Alcatel-Lucent against Microsoft in 2007, then the largest patent verdict. It was reversed, and Microsoft and Alcatel- Lucent later settled most of their patent dispute.

His skill lies in presenting scientific and technological concepts in a plain-spoken manner to a judge or jury, say clients and lawyers who have worked with him.

“He’s a fabulous trial attorney,” said Mallun Yen, vice president for worldwide intellectual property at Cisco Systems Inc., the biggest maker of networking equipment. “He is at complete ease in the courtroom and he has a likeability about him that spans across jurisdictions and judges and juries.”

Desmarais was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and lived with his mother, who became a hairdresser after she and his father, a construction worker, divorced. He moved to Valhalla, New York, where he played high school football and met the cheerleader who became his wife.

Chemical Engineering

Desmarais earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, and graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988.

He spent three years trying drug and bank robbery cases in the federal prosecutors’ office in Manhattan. That was followed by a job at a law firm specializing in intellectual property. Then Desmarais joined the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis in 1997.

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“What we’re not going to do is reinvent the big law firm experience,” Desmarais said.

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“It fills a market niche that doesn’t exist right now in legal services” Desmarais said.

The firm has hired three attorneys. It will probably reach about 12 lawyers by the end of the year and not exceed 25, Desmarais said.

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“John has a keen business sense,” McKool said. “I think this is a terrific thing for John.”

–With assistance from Susan Decker in Washington and Ian King in San Francisco. Editors: Charles Carter, Mary Romano.

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Desmarais, John [MC????]

[JR: And, he going to hire some lawyers.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 1 2010 8:09 AM

JFOUND: McCarra-Fitzpatrick , MaryAnn (MC 1989) on 04 Jun 730PM Pelham, NY

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MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick will be reading (along with others) at the Lola’s Tea House Open Mic Night on Friday 4th June 2010, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. — an evening of spoken word/poetry. Lola’s is located at 130 Fifth Avenue in Pelham, NY, in Westchester County. $5.00 cover, $10.00 minimum. For further information: 914-738-2100 or http://www.lolasteahouse.com

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McCarra-Fitzpatrick , MaryAnn (MC 1989)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 1 2010 11:38 AM

JLINKEDIN: Handren, Ed (MC1965) Owner at Handren Consultants


Handren, Ed (MC1965)
Owner at Handren Consultants
Indianapolis, Indiana Area
Real Estate

Summary: Results-oriented executive with significant progressive leadership and management experience in design, construction, real estate, project management, facilities management and procurement with major public and private multinational companies. Combines technical and professional skills with initiative and flexibility. Consultant to senior management on strategic issues. Demonstrated team building and communications skills.

Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction
Strategic Facility Development Programs
Real Estate Acquisitions and Disposal
Process Change, Integration and Implementation
Strategic Sourcing, Purchasing and E- Procurement
Facilities Operations and Maintenance
Office Lease and Sublease Negotiation
Financial Analysis, Forecasting and Budgeting

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JFOUND: Nacinovich, Mario R. Jr. [MC????] Facilitator BU


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Home > Health Communication > Health Communication in Action > Meet Our Accomplished Facilitators

Meet Our Accomplished Facilitators

Students in the online Master of Science in Health Communication (MSHC) program are assisted by a facilitator throughout each course. The course facilitator provides guidance and support to students, including help with assignment instructions, achieving course learning objectives, and participating in online chat and interaction sessions.

Facilitators in the MSHC program have years of professional experience in a variety of disciplines such as marketing, public relations, communications strategy, health care branding, and more.

See below for biographical information of all the facilitators for the Summer 1 course, Contemporary Public Relations (MET CM 701):

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Mario R. Nacinovich, Jr.

Mario Nacinovich is the Managing Director for AXON US and the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication in Healthcare. Previously, he served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for QD Healthcare Group, Chief Growth Officer for Caudex Medical, and Co-CEO for Fission Communications, part of McCann Healthcare Worldwide from 2001-2008.

Mario holds an undergraduate degree in Managerial Science with minors in Economics and Psychology from Manhattan College and his Master of Science degree in Health Communication from Boston University. He also holds graduate certificates in Strategic Marketing for the Healthcare Industry from the Executive Education program within the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and from the Institute on Political Journalism from The Fund for American Studies at Georgetown University.

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Nacinovich, Mario R. Jr. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 1 2010 6:34 PM

JNEWS: Toborg, Janet [MC2002] and Conforto, Michael [MC2003] promoted


Goldstein Lieberman & Co. promotes 3 accountants
By Taryn Clark
Published: 2:00 AM – 06/02/10

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MAHWAH, N.J. — Goldstein Lieberman & Co. announced the following promotions:

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Michael Conforto has been promoted to senior accountant. Conforto began his career at Korn, Rosenbaum, Phillips & Jauntig before joining the firm in January 2006. He received his B.S. in accounting from Manhattan College in May 2003.

Janet Toborg has been promoted to senior accountant. Toborg joined Goldstein Lieberman & Co. in January 2006. Previously, she was employed by Korn, Rosenbaum, Phillips & Jauntig, where she completed a post-graduate internship. Toborg graduated from Manhattan College in 2002 with a B.S. in accounting.

Goldstein Lieberman & Co. is a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm.

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Toborg, Janet [MC2002]

Conforto, Michael [MC2003]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 2 2010 8:38 AM

JEMAIL: Reinke, FJohn (MC1968) is holding an estate sale

Estate Sale
Saturday 12 June 2010 from 10AM to 4PM — No early birds
90 Gold Street Apartment 19k, NYC, NY 10038

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[JR: Ask for your Jasper discount!]

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JLINKEDIN: Burns, Edward [MC????] ADA at New York County


Burns, Edward [MC????]
Assistant District Attorney at New York County District Attorney’s Office
Greater New York City Area
Law Practice

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JNEWS: Lucey, Neil [MC1970] SVP Parsons Brinckerhoff


Neil Lucey named senior VP at Parsons Brinckerhoff
June 02, 2010 | Press Releases

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Neil Lucey has been named a senior vice president in the New York office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization.

In his new position, Lucey will serve as Area Manager for PB’s New York office, responsible for client management and project performance of all New York operations. He has nearly 40 years of experience in planning, design and construction for infrastructure projects and programs. Prior to joining PB, he served as a senior vice president for a consulting engineering company, responsible for the Northeast Transportation practice. In his career, Lucey has managed numerous high-profile transportation and facilities projects in the New York metropolitan region.

Lucey holds a master of science degree in transportation from Polytechnic University of New York and a bachelor of civil engineering degree from Manhattan College. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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Lucey, Neil [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Neil is a member of the Class of 1970.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lucey, Neil [MC1970]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 2 2010 8:46 PM
    * Updated: Sat, Jun 5 2010 9:02 AM

JOBIT: Altenburg, Br. Frederic FSC [MC1954 RIP]


Brother Frederic Altenburg

ALTENBURG – Brother Frederic F.S.C 80, of Lincroft died Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at De La Salle Hall, Lincroft, NJ. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and had received the Holy Habitat of the Christian Brothers, on September 7, 1948. Brother Frederic was a graduate of Manhattan College, New York City where he earned a master of Theology Degree and State University of New York, Buffalo where he earned a Master of Library Science Degree. His assignments included La Salle Institute, Troy, N.Y., Bishop Loughlin High School, Brooklyn, N.Y., De La Salle Institute New York City, St. Joseph’s School, West New York, Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, N.Y., Manhattan School of Theology, New York City, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Buffalo, N.Y., De La Salle College, Washington, D.C., St. Joseph’s College, Buffalo, N.Y., Paramus Catholic High School, Paramus, Manhattan College. He had been in residence at De La Salle Hall since 2006. He is survived by a brother, Ronald Altenburg, Florida. The viewing will be held at De La Salle Hall on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial at De La Salle Hall will be celebrated at De La Salle Hall on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. followed by interment at. St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Marlboro Township. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to De La Salle Nursing Development, 810 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 would be appreciated. HIGGINS MEMORIAL HOME, Freehold, NJ is in charge of arrangements.


Altenburg, Br. Frederic FSC [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/WUms

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Dear John,

I believe that Brother is a member of the Class of 1954.

   May he rest in peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Altenburg, Br. Frederic FSC [MC1954 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 3 2010 8:43 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Jun 4 2010 10:39 PM

JNEWS: O’Connor, Owen [MC1982] Top Irish American in the Life Science Industry


Owen O’Connor, MD, PhD, Named Top Irish American in the Life Science Industry by Irish Life Science 50
June 02, 2010

Owen A. O’Connor, MD, PhD, deputy director of clinical research and cancer treatment at The Cancer Institute (CI), chief of the division of hematologic malignancies and medical oncology in the Department of Medicine, and professor of medicine and pharmacology, was recently named one of the “Irish Life Science 50.” The award was provided by the Enterprise Ireland, in conjunction with the Cork Cancer Research Center, IDA Ireland and the Irish Voice newspaper for Dr. O’Connor’s contribution to medicine as an Irish-American. The Irish Life Science 50 aims to recognize and reward the diverse accomplishments and advancements of Irish-Americans in the industry of life sciences. Mary McAleese, the president of Ireland, attended the ceremony in honor of the awardees.

“We are proud to have Dr. O’Connor at our Medical Center and for receiving this honor in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a physician researcher and as an Irish-American,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO at NYU Langone Medical Center. “Dr. O’Connor’s significant work in the discovery of new therapies and treatment for non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s lymphoma is to be commended. He and his team play a critical role towards our institutional commitment to gain a better understanding of the lymphomas in an effort to advance the care of patients with these diseases.”

Dr. O’Connor began his career as an environmental chemist, studying the relationship between environmental contaminants such as PCBs and dioxins and cancer. While pursuing his PhD in biochemical toxicology and chemical carcinogenesis in 1990 at NYU School of Medicine, he realized that many of the chemicals used to treat cancer can also cause it by giving rise to mutations in DNA, turning on cancer causing oncogenes. The recognition that the biochemical mechanisms by which environmental carcinogens and anticancer drugs appeared to affect the cell were eerily similar, led him on a search for chemicals that could inhibit the unique growth and survival pathways in tumor cells, while not affecting normal cells. Believing that he could help people directly as a physician researcher, he pursued his medical school education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) with the goal of becoming a physician-scientist focused on creating new drugs for cancer.

In his current position at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. O’Connor not only treats patients with different forms of lymphoma, but is also a researcher and directs over six major, ongoing laboratory studies evaluating the biological effects of experimental treatments for lymphoma and myeloma. His efforts have led to numerous patents on novel small molecules, and have produced one of the largest portfolios of new drugs for the treatment of lymphoma in the world. Over the past decade, his work has contributed to the FDA approval of distinct drugs for the treatment of relapsed and refractory mantle cell lymphoma, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma. In fact pralatrexate, a drug he co-invented and developed with Frank Sirotnak, PhD, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, became the first drug ever approved by the US FDA for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma.

In addition to receiving his PhD at NYU School of Medicine, he received his BS in biology, magna cum laude, from Manhattan College in 1982, and his medical degree from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1994. He then went on to complete a medical internship and residency at The New York Hospital Cornell University Medical Center. Following his medical residency, he completed a fellowship in medical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he was also chief fellow, and a fellowship in clinical pharmacology at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical School. Prior to arriving at NYU Langone, he was the director of the Lymphoid Development and Malignancy Program at Columbia University, and chief of the lymphoma programs at The New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center.

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O’Connor, Owen [MC1982]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 3 2010 9:55 AM

JLINKEDIN: Kemp, John [MC1971] Commercial Real Estate Professional


Kemp, John [MC????]
Commercial Real Estate Professional
Greater New York City Area
Commercial Real Estate

Summary: Real Estate Finance professional with an extensive background in credit risk management, including commercial mortgage-backed securities (“CMBS”) and real estate investment trusts (REITs”). Core competencies include:

• Ability to re-value structured finance products, such as CMBS

• Deep understanding of commercial and residential real estate markets

• Proven team leadership and project management skills

• Known for developing strong, collaborative working relationships across departments

Specialties: Knowledge of securitization structures, Housing market analysis, Asset and Portfolio management, Real estate underwriting and valuation, Commercial real estate loan restructures

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Dear John,

   I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1971.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kemp, John [MC1971]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 3 2010 3:32 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Jun 4 2010 10:39 PM

ADMINISTRIVIA: Jasper Jottings available on the Kindle

Jasper Jottings Weekly (Kindle Edition)


Jasper Jottings Daily (Kindle Edition)


[JR: 2$ per month. No one is going to get rich on that. Or go broke reading it. ]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jun 4 2010 8:29 AM

JNEWS: Olivieri, Marissa [MC2006] builds a winning Track team


Port Richmond track program was built from the ground up
Tom Dowd, June 03, 2010 2:09 p.m.

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There’s probably a more tactful way to put it, a spin that would soften things up, but the bottom line is that Marissa Olivieri got ambushed.

There she was late in the spring of 2006, fresh ink on that new diploma from Manhattan College, ready to chart her path, the same as another group of graduates are doing right now.

Olivieri chose teaching late. She enrolled at Manhattan as a biology major, thinking about becoming a chiropractor. She didn’t take an education course until her junior year. After a stint student teaching at DeWitt Clinton HS, she was hooked.

“I loved every second of it,” said Olivieri. “I still do. I love teaching.”

She walked into Port Richmond HS expecting to interview for a job teaching freshman English. In her cover letter, Olivieri had mentioned her eight years running track and field for Notre Dame Academy and Manhattan and that she might be interested in coaching someday.

Before she could get a word in about Shakespeare or sentence structure, Olivieri found herself with athletic director Susan Rossi, being interviewed for the school’s girls’ cross country and track and field head coaching job.

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“I wasn’t expecting this,” said Olivieri. “At first I didn’t want it. It wasn’t what I was looking for.”

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The early days of a revolving door at practice — who’s here? who’s not? — slowly slipped away. Olivieri preached consistency, set standards, tracked the girls through the building. Athletes responded to the approach, numbers grew, results followed. With that came credibility for the program in the school that drew more runners.

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“I set the bar high for the girls, high enough that it’s reachable, but not frustrating,” said Olivieri.

“Something attainable so you know you can get there. You don’t want to be over the top so the girls are feeling down or that they’ve disappointed you.”

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“It turned out to be one of the best decisions and one of the most amazing things in my life,” said Olivieri. “I wouldn’t give it up for the world.”

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Olivieri, Marissa [MC2006]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jun 4 2010 8:46 AM

JFOUND: Weinberg, Erick (MC1968) theoretical physicist at Columbia


My major interest is in elementary particle theory. In the past, this has led me to work on topics in quantum field theory, including the study of topological and nontopological solitons. Because the very early universe can be used as a laboratory for testing fundamental theories, the major focus of my research in recent years has been on cosmology. Much of this work has been devoted to the study of the dynamics of cosmological phase transitions. Closely related to this has been the investigation of methods of implementing the inflationary universe scenario for solving the cosmological horizon and flatness problems. In other related research, I have also studied aspects of the primordial monopole problem.

I have also continued to work on noncosmological issues. Most recently, I have been interested in the properties of classical black holes. By endowing these with a magnetic charge, one discovers a variety of unexpected phenomena, including an instability of the Reissner-Nordstrom solution, the existence of black holes with hair and of static black hole solutions that have no rotational symmetry.


Erick Weinberg is a theoretical physicist who has spent most of his career at the Department of Physics in Columbia University. He obtained a PhD from Harvard in 1973.[1] His advisor was Sidney Coleman with whom he discovered the Coleman-Weinberg mechanism for radiative spontaneous symmetry breaking. He has also worked in black holes, vortices, Chern-Simons theory, magnetic monopoles in gauge theories and cosmic inflation. He is an editor of Physical Review D.[2] Weinberg was educated at Manhattan College (BA 1968) <from the German Wikipedia>

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jun 4 2010 12:32 PM

JLINKEDIN: Gancsos, Ben (MC1999) Owner at Ben Gancsos Photography




Gancsos, Ben [MC1999]
Owner at Ben Gancsos Photography
Greater New York City Area


A graduate of the International Center of Photography, Ben is based in Stamford, Connecticut and works throughout the tri-state region while readily traveling to various parts of the country as well as abroad.

His commercial work focuses on architecture and the performing arts. Working with architects, builders, designers and decorators, he makes images that communicate the creators’ ideas and intentions while granting viewers a taste and feeling of the spaces. In a similar way, Ben photographs dance, theatre and performances in ways that invite viewers to experience the moments themselves.

Architecture firms, corporations, foundations, dance companies, schools, ad agencies, non-profit groups and performing arts organizations routinely use his work in portfolios, annual reports, brochures and marketing materials.

Ben’s personal work revolves around human-interest stories. He’s often involved in humanitarian, social justice projects. Working on personal projects and with various non-governmental groups, he has traveled to parts of the rural south as well as overseas to document humanitarian aid activities.

Represented by Wonderful Machine, Ben gladly accepts assignments anywhere in the world.


Architecture – commercial, institutional and residential exteriors and interiors.

Performing arts – dance, theater, ballet, stage.

Portraiture – studio and environmental.

Fine art – hand-made unique mixed-medium portraits and landscapes.

Technology and troubleshooting in areas that cross the analytical/abstract boundaries. Idea questioning and scrutinizing. Brainstorming and idea generation.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jun 4 2010 2:41 PM
    * Updated: Sat, Jun 5 2010 5:50 PM

JOBIT: Morgan, Carlton G. [MC???? RIP]


Carlton G. Morgan

Carlton G. Morgan, of Marietta, Ga., and formally of Uxbridge and Hopedale and died on June 2, 2010 at the age of 94. Mr. Morgan attended schools in Milford Mass. He graduated from Manhattan College in New York where he was an outstanding athlete. Upon graduation Mr. Morgan joined the Navy in lieu of playing professional baseball. He served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S.Bogue. After the war Mr. Morgan was a regional sales manager for womens specialty sportswear.

Mr. Morgan was an active member of St. Michaels Church in Canfield for many years. He was an avid golfer, playing his last nine holes at age 88. As an accomplished artist many of Mr. Morgans painting are displayed in local business and homes of dear friends.

Mr. Morgan is survived by his wife of 67 years Eileen Morgan; daughters Michele Overend of Selbyville, DE.; Mary Beth Rudd of Hinsdale, Ill.; Melissa Marlin of Marietta, Ga.; son Carlton G. Morgan Jr. of Columbus, Ga.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Major Robert J. Morgan, USMC and grandson, Cpl .Robert J. Morgan Jr. USMC.

A memorial mass will be held June 8, 2010 at St. Anns Catholic Church in Marietta, Ga. Burial will be private.

Published in Milford Daily News on June 5, 2010


Morgan, Carlton G. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/MloO

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JNEWS: Sargent, Greg [MC????] is the father of star runner


Posted on Fri, Jun. 4, 2010
Sargent: Southeastern Pa. girls’ track athlete of year

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It was a simple question. One that Sara Sargent immediately answered.

Moments after completing her final race at the PIAA state track and field championships, the Pennsbury freshman was asked the one person she would like to meet.

“Kim Gallagher!” Sargent answered on the Seth Grove Stadium infield at Shippensburg University. “If I could meet one person, it definitely would be her.”

The 15-year-old was well aware that Gallagher, a two-time Olympian and former Upper Dublin standout, died of a stroke in 2002. But if Gallagher were still alive, Sargent would try to soak up as much knowledge as possible.

The Pennsbury standout is infatuated with the runner who dominated area tracks decades ago. She has been that way for as long as she can remember.

Her father, Greg, who ran at North Penn and Manhattan College, knew Gallagher from their days as members of the Ambler Track Club.

Once his daughter showed interest in track, he frequently told her about Gallagher’s accomplishments.

“I said I wanted to be as good as her,” said Sara Sargent, The Inquirer’s Southeastern Pennsylvania girls’ track and field athlete of the year. “Like when she was in high school at each grade level, I wanted to be as good as Kim Gallagher or even better.”

So far, so good.

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Sargent, Greg [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jun 5 2010 8:17 AM

Comment on JLINKEDIN: Gancsos, Ben (MC1999) Owner Ben Gancsos Photography

By Ben Gancsos

hi there,

feel free to add my official website to the mix:


it’s been a while since my jasper days but nice to see this blog and see some familiar names.

– ben

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jun 5 2010 4:07 PM

ENDNOTE: “Buck a Day Biden”, a “charitable” pro-abortion “Catholic” politician?


Hard Luck Stories – Reading Between the Lines
Apr 22, 2010
Bill O’Connell, Bill (MC1976)

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Unlike the people in the articles, I believe I have responsiblity first and foremost for my actions. If I need help beyond myself I turn to my family and then the charity of my church. I believe many conservatives share my views, which is why on average conservatives give 30% more to charities than liberals. It is why I gave the moniker “Buck a Day Biden” to Vice President Joe Biden because in his financial disclosure forms he reported give only about $300 a year to charity. Here is a man who has been drawing six figure salaries from the taxpayers for years, is a millionaire, but will not reach very deep into his own pocket to help his fellow man, but has no problem reaching into your pocket and mine to create some government program to give your tax dollars to someone else.

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“Judge not; lest ye be judged”

“Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” Leviticus 19:15

“Everyone in life has a purpose, even if its to serve as a bad example” Unknown

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