JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16 - 2011 April 17    

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




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Apr 10, 2011 

POSITRACTION: To be a surfer girl in Maui


Life’s Swell

To be a surfer girl in Maui is to be the luckiest of creatures. It means you’re beautiful and tan and ready to rip. It means you’ve caught the perfect dappled wave and are on a ride that can’t possibly end.

By Susan Orlean

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After a few minutes, Theresa appeared up on dry land. She was a big, broad-shouldered girl, 16 years old, fierce-faced, somewhat feline, and quite beautiful. Water was streaming off of her, out of her shorts, out of her long hair, which was plastered to her shoulders. The water made it look inky, but you could still tell that an inch from her scalp her hair had been stripped of all color by the sun. In Haiku, where the McGregors lived until four years ago, Theresa had been a superstar soccer player, but Hana was too small to support a soccer league, so after they moved Theresa first devoted herself to becoming something of a juvenile delinquent and then gave that up for surfing. Her first triumph came right away, in 1996, when she won the open women’s division at the Maui Hana Mango competition. She was one of the few fortunate amateur surfer girls who had sponsors. She got free boards from Matt Kinoshita, her coach, who owns and designs Kazuma Surfboards; clothes from Honolua Surf Company; board leashes and bags from Da Kine Hawaii; skateboards from Flexdex. Boys who surfed got a lot more for free. Even a little bit of sponsorship made the difference between surfing and not surfing. As rich a life as it seemed, among the bougainvillea and the green hills and the passionflowers of Hana, there was hardly any money. In the past few years the Hawaiian economy had sagged terribly, and Hana had never had much of an economy to begin with. Last year, the surfer moms in town held a fund-raiser bake sale to send Theresa and two Hana boys to the national surfing competition in California.

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[JR: The writer catches these young girls pursuing their passion — surfing. And, he demonstrates his gift by making this reader feel as if he’s there. So much passes one by when you’re not “in the zone” chasing your “passion”. All to soon, we all have “to go work the farm” like the one young boy he describes. I hope in reading this, whatever your age, you go out and pursue your dreams. Before the limitations, real and slef-imposed, intrude and limit you. For me, those self-imposed ones are the heaviest to bear. What could have been. You never want to “leave the game” with your “bucketlist” not empty. Are you “going for the gusto”? Like those kool Hawaii girls? With every obstacle surmounted, one becomes able to tackle bigger ones. For me, I just need small ones.]

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Apr 10, 2011 

JNEWS: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) gets publicity

Publication of poems in OBSOLETE! Magazine #3, and Contemporary Literary Horizon, Jan.-Feb. 2011. Poetry readings at the Mount Vernon Public Library and Lola’s Tea House in Pelham, NY are scheduled for 14th April and 29th April, respectively.

MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick, Arts & Sciences, 1989.

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[JR: Hope you receive the acclaim and rewards you deserve.]

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Apr 10, 2011 

JEMAIL: Ferrarotto, Amanda (MC2012) Haiti Outreach Pgm needs alumni help


Hi FJohn,

Amanda invited you to She’s the First Presents: A SMALL ACT Screening.

She’s the First Presents: A SMALL ACT Screening
Sunday, May 1 at 7:00pm
Location: Barnard College

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FJohn Reinke April 9 at 7:16am

Are you a Jasper? Is this something you’d like me to publicize on Jasper Jottings with your recommendation?

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Amanda Ferr April 9 at 8:41pm Report

Yes, I am! I am a junior and president of the Manhattan College Chapter of She’s The First (www.shesthefirst.org), a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating girls in the developing world. Last semester, we raised enough money to send two girls to primary school in Haiti through the Haiti Outreach Program and this semester we are focusing on spreading awareness (through events like the “A Small Act” presentation) so that we can gear up for a huge fundraiser next semester. Thank you so much for your help!

-Amanda Ferrarotto ’12

She’s the First | Girls’ Education in the Developing World


100% of your donations to our partner organizations goes to those programs you indicate. She’s the First fundraises separately for overhead and administrative costs of our not-for-profit.

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Ferrarotto, Amanda (MC2012)

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Apr 10, 2011 

JEMAIL: Wessbecher, Francis W. [MC1950 RIP] id McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

RE: JOBIT Wessbecher, Francis William [MC1950 RIP]


Francis W. Wessbecher  

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/starledger/guestbook.aspx?n=francis-wessbecher&pid=150095050


Dear John,

   I believe that Francis is a member of the Class of 1950.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Wessbecher, Francis William [MC1950 RIP]

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Apr 10, 2011 

JEMAIL: Doeberl, Robert [MC1977] id by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

RE: JLINKEDIN Doeberl, Robert [MC1977] President at Premiere Global Marketing, Inc


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Dear John,

   I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1977.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Doeberl, Robert [MC1977]

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Apr 10, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Zbacnik, Raymond Eric (MC1977) Chem Process at SSOE Group


Zbacnik, Raymond Eric (MC1977)
Chemical Process at SSOE Group
Toledo, Ohio Area

Summary: Over thirty years of chemical engineering experience involved in development, design, engineering management, operation and research for power plant air quality control systems (AQCS) and design of acid gas removal plants, chemical plants and petroleum refineries. Areas of expertise include engineering management, AQCS design for national and international projects including 14,000 MW of WFGD design, 7,000 MW of Owner’s Engineer WFGD experience, 700 MW of dry FGD design, 3000 MW of Owner’s Engineer dry FGD experience, 70 OEM carbon dioxide capture designs using amines (natural gas, synthesis gas) as well as Boiler MACT work for industrial boilers, coal gasification clean-up systems, fluid catalytic cracking units, refinery flares and chemical plants.

Specialties: Process Supervision, Process Design, Process Development, Chemical Process Engineering, Project Engineering, Research, Operations, AQCS, Air Pollution Control, Refineries, Chemical Plants, Power Plants.

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Apr 11, 2011 

RUMOR: Steve Masiello


Steve Masiello to Manhattan
By Adam Zagoria on April 10, 2011, 6:34PM

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Louisville assistant Steve Masiello has agreed to a five-year deal to become the next head coach at Manhattan College, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv Sunday.

“It’s done,” said another candidate who was in the mix.

Masiello was a former Manhattan assistant under Bobby Gonzalez from 2001-5 before joining Rick Pitino’s staff at Louisville, where he has successfully recruited the New York area and helped Louisville become a perennial Big East and national contender.

“Steve is from Westchester,” New York Panthers director Gary Charles told SNY.tv before the news broke. “When he was at Louisville, he recruited Edgar Sosa, Samardo Samuels, Earl Clark and Francisco Garcia. Everyone in New York knows Steve Masiello.”

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Apr 11, 2011 

JNEWS: Brennan, Sean [MC1997] Louisville asst coach Steve Masiello to MC


APRIL 10, 2011 9:03 PM
Masiello and his new staff head to Riverdale

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Now that Louisville assistant coach Steve Masiello is ready to take the reins at Manhattan, he also seems to be settlled on who will comprise his new coaching staff.

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Apr 11, 2011 

JNEWS: Fitzgerald, Vicky [MC2015?] coming to MC track


Athlete of the Week: Vicky Fitzgerald
Plymouth South’s Vicky Fitzgerald is our first spring season Athlete of the Week.
By Ryan Collins | April 10, 2011

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What are you future athletic goals? How about your future personal/career goals?

My future athletic goals include a successful college track career, and improving in my events (sprints, hurdles, jumps). My personal goal is to be an editor, or the head of a publishing firm.

What makes a successful team captain? How do you personally lead and motivate your team?

To be a successful team captain, you need to be able to relate to your teammates-not just boss them around. They need to enjoy their captains, and not see them as a figure who just gives orders. I’d say that I have been more friendly and interactive with my team, and have lead them by showing, rather than telling.

Are you planning on going to college? Where and why?

I’m going to Manhattan College. I really want to go to New York City, major in English and run track for a talented team. This school met all of my guidelines.

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Fitzgerald, Vicky [MC2015?]

[JR: Sounds like a real go getter coming. Good metal into "the forge". Glad standards were lower when I applied.]

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Apr 11, 2011 

JNEWS: Mitchell, Mike [MC2004] teaches science at St. Luke’s


St. Luke’s Teacher Shares Love of Physics
by Melvin Mason

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Mike Mitchell wants his science students to do more than just “solve for X.”

“I look at a building, but I see through the walls and see what holds it up,” said Mitchell, a physics teacher at St. Luke’s School. “I keep that wonder of a child and explain how it works. It’s much more interesting that solving an equation. For me, it’s about the application, and I’m fortunate enough that I learned this as an engineer.”

Mitchell, in his fourth year of teaching physics at St. Luke’s, says he finds joy working with and learning with his students about how things work. But he wasn’t always interested in becoming a teacher. He was introduced to it during the summer of 2003, in between his junior and senior years at Manhattan College in the Bronx, N.Y.

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Mitchell, Mike [MC2004]

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Dear John,

   I would like to point out that Michael comes from a long line of Jaspers: His Grandfather, Anton Miorin, ’52 RIP was a Jasper Engineer as was his Great-Grandfather. In addition, his Uncle Todd Miorin is a member of the Class of 1993, and Todd’s twin brother, James, is a member of the Class of 1996. I have had the pleasure of knowing (and sharing a glass) with all 5 of them!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

RE: JNEWS: Mitchell, Mike [MC2004] teaches science at St. Luke’s

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Apr 11, 2011 

ADMINISTRIVIA: One of my modest efforts to “sell” MC


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I have to make a decision before the 1st of May on which college to choose.Can any one help?

The choices are SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, Pace University (NYC Campus), Manhattan College, SUNY Stony Brook, and Concordia College. My major is English, so what i really want to know is which one has the best english department, which one is the best when it comes to its facilities like the dorms and cafeteria food and which has a really good atmosphere student body wise and the social life surrounding the college. Also which one looks the best on job applications in the future. Thanks for any and all help.

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“It’s not the depth of the well that determines how much water you’ll carry away; it’s the size of the bucket you bring.”

Instead of worrying about the “depth of the well”, I suggest the “size of the bucket” you are carrying.

What are your goals? Wants and desires? How much “education” are you ready to absorb?

Don’t ask strangers to make your decision — the most important decision that you’ll probably ever make — maybe more important than who you’ll marry!

I’d suggest that you call, fax, or contact: Dr. Rocco Marinaccio , Chair of the English Department, Manhattan College, Telephone: (718) 862-7503 Fax: (718) 862-8044 e-mail: rocco.marinaccio@manhattan.edu and ask him to “sell” you on MC.

I think it’s a great place to get an “eddykation”! You can have some fun, learn lots of stuff, meet some great people, and at the same time transform yourself into a Jasper! Capable of leaping small buildings in a single bound. OK, that’s an overstatement. Able to recognize small buildings in a single glance.

And, you’ll emerge with dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) that will change your paradigms and memes. MC is a life changing, life affirming, stretching place.

Read about some of your future fellow alums at my ezine Jasper Jottings.

good luck whatever you decide,
F. John Reinke
MC alum 1968

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Apr 11, 2011 

MNEWS: Manhattan College has named Steve Masiello


Steve Masiello Named Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Release: 04/11/2011

Masiello Brings Over 10-Years of Division I Coaching Experience to Riverdale

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College has named Steve Masiello its 23rd head men’s basketball coach in program history as made official on Monday. A formal meet and greet to announce the Jaspers’ newest basketball coach is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Draddy Gymnasium.

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Apr 11, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Althaus, James [MC1979] Fin Svcs Consultant 


Althaus, James [MC1979]
Financial Services Consultant and Professional
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

[JR: With ZERO connections, this maybe an illusion. http://goo.gl/Ag2CU]

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Apr 11, 2011 

JUPDATE: Curran, David (MC1971) Writer, Prod, Dir at D F Curran Prods


Curran, David (MC1971)
Writer, Producer, Director
D F Curran Productions
From Yonkers, New York
Missoula, Montana

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Apr 11, 2011 

JOBIT: Costello, Joseph Vincent [MC1943 RIP]


Joseph Vincent Costello
BORN: November 4, 1921
DIED: April 6, 2011
LOCATION: Oceanside, CA

Joseph V. Costello Sr died peacefully on Wednesday April 6, 2011 in Oceanside, California after a brief illness. He was 89.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 4, 1921, the oldest child of Frank J. Costello and Elizabeth Tague Costello.

A member of the Greatest Generation, he served proudly in the Marines during World War II and Korea.

He earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College in New York City in 1943 before joining the service. Upon leaving the service he obtained his Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University in 1947. He was a licensed Professional Engineer. Over a 30 plus year career in engineering, he worked in New York City and Boston for M. W. Kellogg and Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation.

On February 12, 1954 he married Yvonne Marie Louise Trum in Floral Park, New York. They settled in Queens, New York then Williston Park, Long Island where they raised 6 children.

Joe moved to Oceanside, California in 1991 where he enjoyed golf, woodworking and traveling to visit with his 11 grandchildren. He also loved watching the New York Yankees and the NY Giants football.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years Yvonne, his third son Brian and two brothers John and Frank Costello.

To cherish his memory, he leaves behind 5 children, Joseph (Susan), Paul (Betty), Claudia, Kathy and Timothy (Tina) and 11 grandchildren, Katie, Bobby, Michael, Kristen, Tina, Pam, Jeff, Sarah, Jack, Gregg and Jim and numerous friends and relatives.

A Mass will be held 10am April 13, 2011 at Corpus Christi Parish Catholic Church, 100 James Street, South River, NJ. Interment will be at Holy Cross Burial Park immediately following the Mass. (Section C, Row 64, and Grave 94).

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Mama’s Kitchen the address is 1875 Second Ave, San Diego CA 92101 the phone number is 619-233-6262. www.mamaskitchen.org/waystogive/waystogive.php

Wednesday April 13
10:00 AM
Corpus Christi Parish Catholic Church
100 James Street South River, NJ


Costello, Joseph Vincent [MC1943 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/91202399


Apr 12, 2011 

MNEWS: Lady Jasper Softballers do good


MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
Win Or Lose, The Lady Jaspers Are Champions

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This past Saturday, when the Manhattan College softball team traveled to Niagara to continue their heated rivalry with the Purple Eagles, a team that had eliminated them from the past two MAAC tournaments, they found it in their hearts to take up a collection for former Niagara player Jenna Baker, who was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma.

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[JR: Applause from this keyboard. Outstanding conduct. Lisa92 would be so proud.]

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Apr 12, 2011 

JNEWS: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) is doing the pr circuit


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CONTACT: Shelby Sledge (512) 478-2028 x227

Author, political blogger urges Americans to use their voices in new book

NEW YORK – From “hope and change” and the Tea Party movement to the revolutions happeningacross the Middle East, people taking a collective stand has redefined the political landscape around the world, yet most American citizens still consider themselves powerless when it comes to making a difference in political issues.But if political blogger and author Bill O’Connell has anything to do with it, Americans will find their voice, get off the sideline and start speaking up – more than ever before. Whether it’s for or against teachers unions, health care reform or any other political issue, O’Connell believes a single vote every two or four years isn’t enough to preserve American liberties. In his new book, Liberty’s Lifeline: Engaging the Grassroots Movement to Stop the Erosion of American Freedoms (Bridgeway Books, April 2011),O’Connell offers concrete steps for seeing real change in Washington.

“We are facing perilous times,” O’Connell says. “Our government is spending at an accelerating pace and encroaching on our liberties at the same time. It’s time for the people to get into the arena.”

Liberty’s Lifeline takes a hard look at governmental policies, pointing out the urgent need for citizeninvolvement in politics, while avoiding the mudslinging that so often accompanies American politics.

Based on his political blog entries, Liberty’s Lifeline tackles the day’s most prominent issues, includinghealth care, the fiscal crisis and the war on terror. O’Connell compares politics today to those of the Founding Fathers and discusses America’s need for political competence.

“There is an arrogance among the governing class that says they are far better qualified to solve America’s tough problems and tell us how to live our lives, never mind that this country was built by millions of individual men and women who solved their problems without asking for the government’s help or advice,” says O’Connell.

In an interview, O’Connell can discuss:
* Liberty’s Lifeline: Why America needs restoring and how we can do it
* Getting politically active: What it takes and what you will gain
* Politics 101: How to stay on top of a constantly changing subject
* Voicing your opinions: The impact an individual can have on the political landscape
* From health care to terrorism, the side-effects of big government
* How the Tea Party movement takes America back to the basics

Bill O’Connell received his Bachelor of Engineering from Manhattan College, his Master of Business Administration in finance from Fordham University and his Master of Science in computer science from Pace University. He started his political blog in 2008 and has since become an active member of Tea Party365, a New York City branch of the Tea Party. O’Connell currently resides in Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and their four children. For more information about Liberty’s Lifeline libertyslifeline.com.


To schedule an interview with Bill O’Connell, or receive a review copy of Liberty’s Lifeline ,contact Shelby Sledge at (512) 478-2028 ext. 227 or ssledge@phenixpublicity.com.

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Book is available at: http://libertyslifeline.com/book/

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Apr 12, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Bendala, Sanjay [MC1990] Director: IT Quality at Infocrossing


Bendala, Sanjay [MC1990]
Director: IT Quality at Infocrossing
Greater Denver Area
Information Technology and Services

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Apr 12, 2011 

JHQ: MC ranks #13 on ROI


Bloomberg Businessweek/PayScale.com survey ranks Manhattan 13th out of 50 colleges.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. –– In a survey released by Bloomberg Businessweek/PayScale.com on April 7, Manhattan College placed 13th out of 50 colleges and universities in the Fifty Affordable Colleges With the Best Return on Investment category. The survey revealed findings that 50 leading colleges and universities, including Manhattan College, delivered a 30-year net return on investment (ROI) greater than $1 million for graduates.

The complete Bloomberg Businessweek/PayScale.com survey analyzed 693 schools’ ROI, and Manhattan College ranked 30th overall. This year’s survey calculated the cost of a degree at each school and integrated the average financial aid grant award, which improved the ROI for various schools because last year’s survey only analyzed a school’s total cost. In the 2010 survey, Manhattan College ranked 37th out of 554 schools.

“Once again this year, the survey quantifies what we all know: that Manhattan College alumni are extraordinarily successful men and women,” said Brennan O’Donnell, president. “At a time when students and their families are rightly asking tough questions about the value of a college education, it is good to be able to point to such tangible proof of the value of a Manhattan College education.”

In addition to Manhattan College, the following colleges and universities were cited as 25 of the most affordable with ROI, including:

{Extraneous Deleted}

#13 Manhattan College

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Apr 12, 2011 

JEMAIL: Cardona, Anthony V. [MC1962] honor by McEneney, Mike (MC1953) 

Dear John,

   Here is an announcement that Judge Cardona, ’62 will be honored at a dinner this Thursday, April 14th, up in Rotterdam New York. He has been ill as of late, and it is encouraging that he will be able to attend.


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Cardona, Anthony V. [MC1962]

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Dear John,

   Here is a report on the Dinner, where Judge Anthony Cardona, ’62 received an award, by one of my Albany contacts. It sounds like it was a great affair!


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Dear Michael,

The New York State Capital Region Italian American Bar Association Annual Dinner was held April 14, 2011 at The Rotterdam ELKS, Schenectady, NY.

The inaugural presentation of The Hon. Anthony V. Cardona award was presented with a crowd of 250 in attendance, with over 100 Judges representing every court, to honor Judge Anthony V. Cardona, The presentation was very moving.

The Hon. Vito Caruso presented a feast which will be remembered by all as the five course meal was served for many hours, that was ended with two different home made cheese cakes and coffee.

A night to remember the great Hon. Anthony V. Cardona.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Apr 13, 2011

JOBIT: McMullen, Jim [MC1951 RIP]


Jim and Mary Lee McMullen | Visit Guest Book

Jim and Mary Lee McMullen
Residents of San Jose

Jim McMullen and Mary Lee McMullen were both born in the 1920s in Queens, NYC, New York and Newark, New Jersey, respectively. Jim attended Manhattan College and the graduate school of the University of Texas (UT) in Austin where he received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. His education was largely financed by the GI Bill benefits he received after his enlistment in US Army during WWII. Mary Lee also attended UT were she studied design. She had lived in Austin for many years after she and her family traveled with her father who worked in civil engineering. Mary Lee spent most of her life in the Southern United States or in Central and South America. Jim grew up in New York City. They met in the early 1950s and were married for 49 years from 1953 until Jim passed away in 2002 from lung disorders. Mary Lee lived on until recently when she passed away after a fourteen year struggle with Alzheimer’s. Jim was actively involved in the semiconductor industry for his entire career. He was an innovator, entrepreneur and one of the founders of several notable semiconductor companies. Jim and Mary Lee resided together in Sunnyvale and in the hills along the eastside of the Santa Clara Valley, where they lived with numerous children, horses, donkeys, chickens, dogs, cats, fish and bats.

They are survived by Jim’s older brother William (Buddy) their 5 children, Jim. Jr., Bill, Tom, Robert and Libby as well as 5 grandchildren Chase, Chandler, Jay, William, and Kelsey. Jim was one of five children including his sisters Betty, Florence, and Peggy. Mary Lee was an only child.

There will be a memorial gathering on Tuesday, April 19, at 12:30 p.m. at the Spring Valley One (SV-1) picnic site at Ed Levin, Santa Clara County Park, 3100 Calaveras Road, Milpitas. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or Foundation at www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asy or www.alzfdn.org.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on April 13, 2011

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McMullen, Jim [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/mercurynews/guestbook.aspx?n=jim-mcmullen&pid=150241318&cid=full

[JR: This is an unusual one. More like a memorial than an obit. I don't have my 2002 files handy. Guess I should be more organized. But, ou get what you pay for. Here's a 49 year story. Ending with Alzs. Makes me sad.]

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Dear John,

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

   May They Both Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. And, amen. I find it "interesting" that many Jaspers have multi-decade marriages. I don't have stats; just anecdotal stories.]

McMullen, Jim [MC1951 RIP]

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Apr 13, 2011 

JVIDEO: Cetinski, Andreas [MC1992] X Factor Audition



Heres my X Factor Audition song #2 “Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra

Its on my youtube channel, heres a direct link


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Apr 13, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Williams, Edward [MC1986] Telecommunications Manager


Williams, Edward [MC1986]
Former Marine Officer and Telecommunications Manager
Greater New York City Area

Summary: Customer-focused field manager. Supervised technicians engaged in installation and maintainance of residential and business telephone, internet and television services.

- Assigned daily workload to field force.
- Conducted Safety & Skills training.
- Critical inspection of in-progress and completed work.
- Cross-department cooperation to accomplish tasks.
- Use of multiple computer applications in order to dispatch work, track overtime, create schedules, order tools & equipment, respond to customer inquiries, document training, discipline, union grievances, absence, accident investigations, damage claims, FMLA and disability cases, correct/approve time sheets.

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Apr 13, 2011 

MNEWS: “We are going to create a new brand”


Updated: April 13, 2011, 8:10 PM ET
New coach has big plans for Manhattan
White Plains native Steve Masiello says Jaspers will become best program in NYC
By Kieran Darcy ESPNNewYork.com

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NEW YORK — The newest college basketball coach in the metropolitan area made a bold statement Wednesday afternoon at his introductory news conference.

“As far as Manhattan basketball [is concerned], everybody better watch out,” said Steve Masiello, the new head man at Manhattan College. “Because we are going to create a new brand, and it’s gonna be the best in the city. And we are gonna take New York back over, and be where we belong.”

That wasn’t the only bold prediction Masiello dished out at Draddy Gymnasium. Here’s another one:

“I know one thing about my program, and our program: We are gonna be the hardest-working team in the country, bar none. We will be in the best shape in the country, bar none. And we will be the most prepared team there is.”

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[JR: My nephew-in-law rushed this article to my attention. Maybe I'm getting into my role as the Eighth Dwarf, you know, Grumpy, but my first reaction was "I'd drug test him." My news filters are overflowing with stories about this decision. More than when Bobby G was picked. Guess everyone forgets that all the work in the world can't offset natural talent. Men, who have their eye on the NBA, are not coming to MC. And, MC's long term survival will be determined by its ROI to its stake holders; not by bball results. I've clobbered the NCAA and College Basketball in my ENDNOTES and blog as corrupt. As long as we insist that our team learn their lessons, they are not going to be able to spend time to beat the fellows who don't have to learn to read. That is to the NCAA's shame; not MC's. Let's hope that the new coach keeps up the standards. That's more important than W's, imho.]

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Apr 14, 2011 

JNEWS: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) Cato, Am Except, and Education


Cato, American Exceptionalism, and Education
by BILL O’CONNELL on APRIL 12, 2011

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* It used to be you spent four years getting a BA to mature and grow. In the old days you had a more distant relationship with your professor, more like a supervisor at work. He didn’t care how many other courses you had, he gave you an assignment and he expected you to finish it on time, if you didn’t you failed. Which brought to mind a professor I had at Manhattan College who taught math. His famous saying was, “Engineer build bridge, bridge fall down, no partial credit.” Today that’s not the case. If you miss an exam, you take the makeup test. If you don’t like your grade, you whine to the professor.

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O’Connell, Bill (MC1976)

[JR: Great review of the Cato conference.]

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Apr 14, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Collins, Michael [MC1985] Sr Cnsl: Bond, Schoeneck + King


Collins, Michael [MC1985]
Labor/employment lawyer and commercial litigator representing management;
Senior Counsel: Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Greater New York City Area
Law Practice

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Apr 14, 2011 

JOBIT: Galligan, Barbara [MC1983 RIP]


Barbara Galligan  

GALLIGAN Barbara, EMT of New York City, Navy Veteran, Manhattan College graduate. Beloved daughter of Mary. Dear sister of Brian, Michael, and Robert. Devoted aunt of Sean and Ryan. Cherished great-aunt to Alexa and Victoria, and dear friend of many. Visitation, Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Moritz Funeral Home, Closter. Funeral Mass Saturday 10 AM at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Closter.

Published in The Record and Herald News on April 14, 2011


Galligan, Barbara [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/northjersey/guestbook.aspx?n=barbara-galligan&pid=150261745&cid=full


Dear John,

   I believe that Barbara is a member of the Class of 1983.

   May She Rest in Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Way too young!]

Galligan, Barbara [MC1983 RIP]

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Apr 15, 2011 

JNEWS: Reilly, Thomas A. [MC1978] Managing Director Jones Lang LaSalle


Jones Lang LaSalle Promotes Thomas A. Reilly to Managing Director
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, April 14, 2011, 04:01 PM EDT

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Thomas Reilly

Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that it has promoted Thomas A. Reilly to Managing Director. Reilly, an office leasing specialist, played an instrumental role as part of the team that launched Jones Lang LaSalle in New Jersey in January of 2005. He is based in the firm’s Parsippany, N.J. office. Reilly has been a commercial real estate professional specializing in New Jersey’s office market since 1982. He joined Jones Lang LaSalle in 2004 as an executive vice president, and is one of four senior executives involved in growing the firm’s agency leasing business in Northern New Jersey.

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Reilly earned a bachelor of science degree in economics and his MBA in finance at Manhattan College. He has received numerous industry awards for outstanding achievements.

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Reilly, Thomas A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1978.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Reilly, Thomas A. [MC1978]

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Apr 15, 2011 

JNEWS: Mariani, Paul [MC1962] reads Th 4/28@1800 Georgian Court U


Internationally Known Poet to Give Reading at Georgian Court
Apr 14, 2011
Written by Tara Strickland
Reader Submitted

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Poet Paul Mariani Will Read from His Extensive Collection on Apr. 28

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 13, 2011 Join Georgian Court University for a poetry reading by critically acclaimed poet, literary critic, and biographer Paul Mariani on Thursday, April 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus.

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The reading is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please contact Dr. Cappucci at 732.987.2310 or pcappucci@georgian.edu.

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About Paul Mariani

Paul Mariani was born in New York City in 1940 and grew up there and on Long Island in a working-class family. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College, a masters degree from Colgate University, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York.

Dr. Mariani has published over 200 essays and reviews and is the author of sixteen books, including five biographies and six volumes of poetry: “Deaths & Transfigurations” (2005), “The Great Wheel (1996), Salvage Operations: New & Selected Poems”(1990), “Prime Mover “(1985), “Crossing Cocytus” (1982), and “Timing Devices” (1979).

He has published numerous books of prose, including “Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius” (2002), and “God and the Imagination: On Poets, Poetry, and the Ineffable” (2002). Other books include “A Useable Past: Essays, 19731983″ (1984), “William Carlos Williams: The Poet and His Critics” (1975), and “A Commentary on the Complete Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins” (1970). His biographies include “The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane” (1999) and “Lost Puritan: A Life of Robert Lowell”(1994), both named New York Times Notable Books of the year; “Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman” (1990); and “William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked” (1981), which won the New Jersey Writers Award, was short-listed for an American Book Award, and was also named a New York Times Notable Book of the year. His latest biography, “Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life” (2008), was listed among the Washington Posts Best Books of 2008.

Dr. Mariani has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts, and two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. In 2009 he received the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. He has lectured and read from his own work across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He also served as poetry editor of America: The Jesuit Weekly from 2000-2006. He was the Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught from 1968 until 2000, and is currently a university professor of English at Boston College. Dr. Mariani is currently working on a biography of Wallace Stevens and a memoir of growing up in New York in the 1940s.

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Mariani, Paul [MC1962]

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Apr 15, 2011 

JNEWS: Giuliani, Rudy [MC1965] Cornell University’s Commencement 5/28


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Rudy Giuliani, former NYC mayor who guided his city through 9/11 aftermath, will speak at Cornell’s 2011 Commencement Weekend

ITHACA, N.Y. – Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City whose deft resilience in the face of tragedy helped the city cope following the Sept. 11 attacks, will speak at Cornell University’s Commencement Weekend on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at noon, Schoellkopf Stadium.ITHACA, N.Y. – Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City whose deft resilience in the face of tragedy helped the city cope following the Sept. 11 attacks, will speak at Cornell University’s Commencement Weekend on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at noon, Schoellkopf Stadium.

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Giuliani, Rudy [MC1965]

[JR: Nice to see that MC's "only" graduate is still going strong. (I'm being sarcastic and poking fun at MC's collective ego. From the time he became mayor until his divorce, you could not see anything from MC in any media that didn't tout him. Nothing against Rudy; he accomplished a lot. I don't agree with his politics. But, MC made him out to be the next JFK. And, like most Catholic politicians, especially JFK, feet of clay. Which is to say "human". Sigh. There are few "heros" in politics. There are few in life. And, they are usually not recognized until they pass. Sadly, in this hero worship culture, we are usually disappointed. Although I do wish, Joe Dimaggio had been a Jasper. He seemed to fit the bill. Maybe he could have saved Marylyn? MC should have given him an honorary. Classy guy.)]

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Apr 15, 2011 

JOBIT: Helmken, Henry [MC1957 RIP]


Dr. Henry Helmken …

… son of Henry and Caroline Helmken, was born on August 7, 1935 in New York City. He passed away on April 12, 2011 in Delray Beach, Florida. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in New York, and Manhattan College, where he received a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics. Doctorate in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Worked at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Harvard College Observatory in Cambridge, Mass. He traveled the world making high altitude balloon measurements of cosmic gamma rays. Later he worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory until he moved to Florida in 1986, maintaining a working relationship with MIT until 2010. Also obtained a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and in 1986 became a professor of Electrical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Until being diagnosed with leukemia in December of 2010, he maintained an intense professional career of research and consulting in addition to teaching. In the last fifteen years of his life, he was instrumental in helping establish Roseaire Retreat, where many ordinary people have attended spiritual conferences and retreats. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 8725 SW 32 St. at 11:30 am on Saturday, April 16. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to Roseaire Retreat.

Published in Sun-Sentinel on April 16, 2011


Helmken, Henry [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/sunsentinel/guestbook.aspx?n=henry-helmken&pid=150296196&cid=full

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Dear John,

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

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Helmken, Henry [MC1957 RIP]

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Apr 15, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Patel, Sanjay [MC1989] Mng Prncpl at Inst Capital Partners


Patel, Sanjay [MC1989]
Managing Principal at Institutional Capital Partners, LLC
Greater New York City Area
Investment Management

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Apr 15, 2011 

JHQ: NC lecture Ronald L. Ellis ’72 4/28@7PN

St. Thomas More Law Lecture
Thu, April 28, 19:00 – 20:30

Patricia M. Sheridan, J.D., assistant professor of law and pre-law advisor, and the Thomas More Law Society cordially invite alumni to attend this spring’s annual law lecture featuring guest speaker The Honorable Ronald L. Ellis ’72, U.S. magistrate, on Thursday, April 28, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The free event will be held in Alumni Room of O’Malley Library, first floor, and refreshments will be served.

Please R.S.V.P by phone at (718) 862-7432 or e-mail alumni@manhattan.edu


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Apr 16, 2011 

JOBIT: Bannan, Alfred J. “Al” [MC1958 RIP]


Alfred J. “Al” Bannan  

Bannan, Alfred J. “Al” DAYTON, Ohio Alfred J. “Al” Bannan, 74, died suddenly March 28, 2011. Born April 1, 1936 in Albany, N.Y., son of the late John and Madlyn Bremm Bannan. Al was a graduate of Vincen-tian Institute. He pursued his passion of history at Manhattan College and Notre Dame University. An esteemed professor of history at the University of Dayton for his entire professional career, he retired in 1996. Al co-authored a book, Documentary History of Eastern Europe and enjoyed his many years with his colleagues and close friends. Al enjoyed family visits to Albany, golfing, reading, classical music and dinners with friends from University of Dayton. He is predeceas-ed by sisters, Helen (Joe) Barrett and Jacqueline (Bob) Messenger and infant brother, John Bannan. He is survived by his brother, William (Patricia) Bannan and his sister, Peg (Richard) Nare; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to a funeral service, April 30 at 10 a.m. at Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet Shaker Road, Albany, N.Y. Interment will follow. Memorial contributions can be made to the University of Dayton History Department, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469. To leave a special message to the family online, visit his obituary notice at timesunion.com .

Published in Albany Times Union from April 16 to April 27, 2011


Bannan, Alfred J. “Al” [MC Connection Unclear RIP]

[JR: Jasper, I doubt it. Attendee, maybe. xFaculty, possibly. I could use a little help here? The University doesn’t have his CV up; can’t find his book publisher’s bio’ Amazon shows the book cover only. Argh! Frustrated. Spare a prayer for a good man. I’ve written my own obit; how about you?]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/timesunion-albany/guestbook.aspx?n=alfred-bannan&pid=150309547&cid=full


Dear John,

   I believe that Al is a member of the Class of 1958.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. That obit confused me.]

Bannan, Alfred J. “Al” [MC1958 RIP]

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Apr 16, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Mangiacotti, Peter [MC1975] Cnslt CommEng at NYC MTA


Mangiacotti, Peter [MC1975]
Consultant – Communications Engineer at New York City – MTA NYCT
Greater New York City Area

Summary: Communications Field Engineer; contractor management, site QA and test oversight, for a large network build of SONET/DWDM/ATM equipment and new FOC cables in an harsh and challenging environment as in the 468 NYCT passenger stations and 15 central PBX/data center sites.

Specialties: Telecommunications: field engineering, site QA, testing, troubleshooting, contractor oversight, etc.

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ENDNOTE: “I know not what course others may take …”


Be courageous Catholics, Archbishop Chaput urges Notre Dame students
By Kevin J. Jones

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South Bend, Ind., Apr 9, 2011 / 07:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver encouraged a gathering of pro-life University of Notre Dame students to be courageous in fighting for their beliefs and to always remember what being Catholic really means.

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Christians should act on their beliefs always with humility, charity and prudence, but also always with courage, he emphasized.

“We need to fight for what we believe,” he said. “Nothing we do to defend the human person, no matter how small, is ever unfruitful or forgotten. Our actions touch other lives and move other hearts in ways we can never fully understand in this world. Don’t ever underestimate the beauty and power of the witness you give in your pro-life work.”

The archbishop also described abortion as “the foundational human rights issue of our lifetime.”

“We can’t simultaneously serve the poor and accept the legal killing of unborn children. We can’t build a just society, and at the same time legally sanctify the destruction of generations of unborn human life,” he added.

Abortion is no longer the only major threat to the right to life, which now faces a range of challenges including physician-assisted suicide, cloning, genetic screening, genetic engineering, and cross-species experimentation.

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“Virtue does matter,” the archbishop said as he finished his talk. “Courage and humility, justice and perseverance, do have power. Good does win. And the sanctity of human life will endure.”

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[JR: I'd shorten it up to just "Be Courageous". Who cares what others think or do? Remember Patrick Henry. "I know not what course others may take; but as for me ... ...". And the "And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? " -- apocryphal movie quote attributed to Saint Thomas Moore. Just do it!]

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