JASPER JOTTINGS Week 38 - 2011 September 18     

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


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Sep 11, 2011  

POSITRACTION: Hemihypertrophy?


Rare good news from the war in Afghanistan

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It seems that every bit of news coming out of the war in Afghanistan involves human tragedy and suffering. But finally, some perfectly awesome good news.

Last year, an 8-year-old girl suffering from a severe case of hemihypertrophy that was guaranteed to give her a life of an outcast, as well as a very early death, was discovered in a remote village by Afghan soldiers. They brought her plight to the attention of American military men and women, who made a mission out of saving her life.

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[JR: I guess every cloud has a silver lining. I'm happy for these folks that their lives have been changed. I'm sad that the human race can't organize itself better. "We, The Sheeple" need to do a better job. But, this is an inspirational story. And, today, take a moment to think about our 911 Jaspers. Sadly, I will too. A lot lost since then.]

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Sep 11, 2011  

JEMAIL: Apoldo, Lou (MC1963) points out “fine distinctions”

From: Apoldo, Lou (MC1963)
Date: Sun, Sep 11, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Subject: Re: JASPER JOTTINGS Week 37 – 2011 September 11


I believe that you missed a fine distinction in your End Point discussion, equating the murder of a fetus by a doctor in an abortion with the murder of an adult enemy by one of our soldiers during a war. The primary difference is that the fetus is totally innocent and not trying to kill the doctor, while the adult enemy from the “Religion of Peace” is trying to kill our soldiers. Thus, while we can certainly agree to categorize the abortion as a “murder,” the killing of an adult enemy combatant is more correctly described as “self-defense” or possibly even “pre-emptive self defense.” Further, since the soldiers of Allah were the ones who started this global war on we infidels, they are deserving of all that we dish out as our soldiers dispatch them to their Paradise. As for capital punishment, I oppose it on the grounds that it is insufficient punishment for illegally taking a life. I propose that convicted murderers not be executed or even given life without parole in a country club prison, but instead be given solitary confinement for life with no parole, so that they can spend the remainder of their life totally alone contemplating the error of their ways and mentally atoning for their capital crime.

Lou Apoldo
BCE ’63

[JR: Well perhaps I did, and do, miss "fine distinctions" after all I am just a fat old white guy injineer with enough D's to prove I can miss a lot of things. IF "We, The Sheeple" had a discussion about the "Just War" and how any of the myriad conflicts meet those conditions, I might be chagrined to make the equivalence. And, if "our" Gooferment observed all the formalities that "touch all the bases" (i.e., Declaration of War; pay for it without borrowing against posterity's future), then I might be convince we are correctly assessing the threat. The lynch mob, steered by the Judas politicians, who never let a good crisis go to waste, demanding to turn the "holy cities" into "glass parking lots" shown on a prime time "reality" show, leaves me less sure of the decisions. On your capital punishment argument, I do recognize that there appears to be a "Doctor Lecter" class of career criminal that is like having a pet venomous snake or wild animal. Some things are too dangerous to live. But that's a tactical, not a moral or strategic, discussion. As a write this on Nine Eleven, I think of the 3k and the uncountable number that died as a result and wonder if it could have been different if "We, The Sheeple" were different. Lest you think I'm a complete loon, if I were King, there'd be a remembrance today, with more clergy and first responders, and less politicians, at the rebuilt WTC in the famous three finger design. But then I'm not king; nor ever like to be anything more than a cranky fat old white guy injineer. Donna Nobis Pacem ]

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Sep 11, 2011  

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) reports on Tighe, Bill (MC1954)

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sun, Sep 11, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Subject: Donald (Bill) Tighe, ’54 – Papa Ty the Magic Guy is Worldwide!

Dear John,

I received the email below from Bill Tighe ’54 which reports what he is doing in retirement. Bill is an old Woodlawn guy and an active Jasper. We never knew he had these talents.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Someone asked me recently what I “do” in my retirement. Here’s an example!

I’m very involved with a Veterans Support Club here in our Cascades Community, and as a fund-raiser, we recently had a Talent Show/Dinner Dance – and yours truly did some magic tricks, spaced throughout the evening’s entertainment. I was able to upload the opening “act” to You Tube – here it is!! Hope you enjoy!



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Tighe, Bill (MC1954)

[JR: Always amazed at the talents of our fellow alums. ]

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Sep 11, 2011  

MNEWS: MC soccer team; winning imho


Winless in 36 straight games, Manhattan Jaspers set sights on building a winning NCAA soccer program
Saturday, September 10th 2011, 12:41 PM

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The last stop on the No. 1 subway line will deliver you to the steps of quaint Manhattan College, whose most famous alum is arguably Rudy Giuliani and whose most infamous undergraduates are unquestionably the men’s soccer team.

“Everyone wants to be part of a successful program when they come to college,” says senior forward Deia Nassar. “You start off every season thinking ‘this is going to be the year.’ But the year goes on and it becomes depressing.”

Manhattan College is also the last stop, so to speak, in NCAA soccer. There are 204 Division I soccer programs and according to the RPI rankings Manhattan College ranks dead last. That’s where the Jaspers started and ended last season and that’s where they sit today.

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[JR: Now I'm sure that there are alums who are crazed at this story. Drinkers of the Green Kool Aide will insist that MC should be a "big time school" and "number 1 at everything". Unfortunately, that ain't the real world. "The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eaton". Us alums should get out an cheer for bravery, fortitude, and team spirit. It's like rooting for our version of the Chicago Cubs. Winning is the important thing. "Winning" is easy — look at the "steroid" pros, look at the paid "amateurs", look at all the bad examples — it's winning at the right things that's hard. The article misses that point imho. GO Jaspers!]

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Sep 11, 2011  

JBLOGGER: Kennedy, John [MC1995] remembers this day a decade ago


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Sep 11, 2011  

JNEWS: Evangelist, Mary Anne [MC1973] Asup Rye BoE



Rye BOE Appoints Evangelist as Interim Assistant Superintendent
Rye City Schools has tapped Dr. Mary Anne Evangelist to fill in as Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
By Renea Henry September 9, 2011

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“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Evangelist to the District and Central Administration,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edward Shine. “I have confidence that she will provide valuable contributions that will help our academic program move forward.”

And so it is that Dr. Mary Anne Evangelist was welcomed to the Rye City School District at the Wednesday night Board of Education meeting. Evangelist was tapped to step in as Interim Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

“I’m also looking forward to working with a caring and committed group of educators and a community that is dedicated to providing the best for its children. My job this year is to keep Dr. Shine’s curriculum, instruction, and assessment going so that those important aspects of the District are in good shape for the new superintendent and assistant superintendent,” said Evangelist in a released statement from Rye City Schools.

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Evangelist holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of New Rochelle, a Master of Arts Degree from Manhattan College, and a Ph.D. from Fordham University.

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Evangelist, Mary Anne [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 1:10 AM
Subject: Re: Evangelist, Mary Anne 1973 Asup Rye BoE

Dear John,

I believe that Anne Marie received he Masters in 1973.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Evangelist, Mary Anne [MC1973]

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Sep 12, 2011  

JHQ: Hope and Healing Post 9/11 on 9/26 @ 1600


Hope and Healing Post 9/11: An Interfaith Dialogue from a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, September 26, 2011 4.00pm

The Hope and Healing Post 9/11: An Interfaith Dialogue from a Woman’s Perspective event will be held in the Alumni Room of the Library.

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Sep 12, 2011  

JEMAIL: Schnurr, Jeremy (MC1978) settles the confusion

From: Schnurr, Jeremy (MC1978)
Date: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 8:36 AM
Subject: Me

Yes I am class of 78, English and History double major. I am also a subscriber. I understand that there was a Joseph Schnurr a few years ahead of me but as far as I know I am the only Jeremy or Jerry Schnurr alum.


Jeremy Schnurr. ’78

[JR: Well, I'm glad we finally cleared that up. But how can we be sure that you're "Schnurr". We'll need your credit card, social, and DOB to be really sure.]

[JR: Note to the humorly challenged, that's a joke. But given that scams abound, I figure that I better make it obvious.]

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Sep 12, 2011  

JFACEBOOK: Young, Matthew [MC2009] reports MC went Jesuit


Matthew Young

I didn’t know where else to share this, but is is directly MC related. I’m a Jasper ’09 and currently go to graduate school for my doctorate in clinical psychology in Ft. Lauderdale. I made a comment in class yesterday and the professor asked what undergraduate school i attended. I responded Manhattan College, and before adding the “it’s in the bronx idk” remark, he respnods with a “That is a great Jesuit education” I was surprised he has ever heard of it to be honest, and then he goes off praising the education i recieved. It was quiet cool…

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Young, Matthew [MC2009]

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Sep 13, 2011  

JNEWS: Fiadzigbe, Selasi [MC2014?] tells touching story



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Madam Boekuor Fiadzigbe or Maama, as we affectionately call her, is my grandmother. I lived with her in Mamobi, Accra, until my parents, who were in the States, came for me when I was ten. I am now a first year Engineering student in Manhattan College in New York City. I credit this to Maama. She always makes sure we did our homework and read. Having raised my dad to become a graduate of KNUST, she knew the value of education, even though she never had the privilege of going to school.

My memories and time with my grandmother in Ghana as a child are some of the most treasured moments of my life. She was tender, protective and very loving. She used to cook the best ‘waache’ in the world. I think she is the best cook. On Sundays, I always enjoyed the walk with Maama to the E. P. church near the Kotobabi police Station. Whatever I wanted grandma gave me. The truth is that she is just a naturally generous, kind and giving person.

For the past three years, Maama developed the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. She became forgetful and would complain that she had not eaten a few minutes after a meal. She developed the classic symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, such as wandering off and getting lost. Old age has taken a toll on her keen and intelligent mind. The family had to keep an eye on her every movement.

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When I saw the news article of the wicked accusations and attack of my grandmother, my initial response was to wish those who attacked my sick and helpless grandmother a taste of their own medicine. I wanted to wish that some old member of their family that they love very much would go through the same ordeal.

I wanted to pray that when they grow old they get dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and lose their memories and faculties, and wander away from home. I wanted to wish that some superstitious and ignorant crowd would surround them, torture them to confess they are witches and throw rocks at them.

But I cannot wish them that, Maama would never approve it. She is a true Christian and she raised me loving and forgiving people. She would want me to forgive them for they know not what they do. She would want me to grow stronger and wiser from the whole ordeal. She would want me to know that it is not how long we pray, it is not how fat our offering is in church or the mosque, it is not how long we fast, it is how we treat the least among us.

Selasi Fiadzigbe
Manhattan College,
School of Engineering.
New York, NY, USA

Source: Ghanaian Chronicle

Published: Monday, September 12, 2011

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Fiadzigbe, Selasi [MC2014?]

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Sep 13, 2011  

JNEWS: Drake, Barry [MC1968] @ Rhodes College Memphis 9/24 1900


Get schooled in rock at Rhodes
Submitted by Jeramia Trotter, WMCTV.com
Monday, September 12th, 2011, 5:45pm
Topics: Arts & Culture

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Rock Music Historian Barry Drake will present “70s Rock –The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” in the McCallum Ballroom at Rhodes College September 24.

Free and open to the public, the multimedia lecture begins at 7 p.m. and features hundreds of visuals and video clips for a “behind the music” look at the 1970s.

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JFound: Drake, Barry [MC1968]

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Sep 13, 2011  

JEMAIL: Moore, Kevin (MC1980) remembers Schnurr (MC1978)

From: Moore, Kevin (MC1980)
Date: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 8:45 AM
Subject: JEREMY SCHNURR, 1978

Dear CIC,

Mr. McEneney’s confirmation of Jeremy Schnurr as a member of the Class of 1978 does ring true to me, now that I think about it a little harder. Mr. McEneny’s original ID indicated that Jeremy was in the Class of 1970, or maybe I misread that. I remember Jeremy was a West-Hill-er like myself and a fellow English major. I am eternally grateful that I was able to spend all four years on the Hill, and feel sorry for today’s students who will never have that opportunity. As for Mr. McEneney’s son Mike, he was not only a fellow classmate, but we played on the same intramural basketball team one year.

[JR: Each era has its icons and its "rites of passage". In my era, it was playing cards in Engineering cafeteria with special "visits" from the Dean to "encourage" us to study. :-) Bet he wanted to cut in, but had an image to maintain. That and chasing girls. It was like a giant boy's club. Lost with the addition of women. Convenient though. Some of those "injineers" look pretty good. Good thing they were there in my time, woulda never left the cafeteria. All that would be missing would be beer and music. Sigh! At least that's how I remember it?]

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Sep 14, 2011  

JOBIT: Kehoe, John Leo [MC1967 RIP]


KEHOE, John Leo

John was born January 4, 1946 in Providence, Rhode Island and left us too soon September 10, 2011.

John was Senior Vice President and CFO for Shilling Robotics. His career included 35 years of financial and operations experience. He served as CFO and Controller in technology companies, such as Intel Corp., Focus Surgery, Inc., Poquet Computer and Texas Instrument, Inc. John earned a BBA from Manhattan College and an MBA from Fordham University.

John took pride in serving in the Army where he was awarded a bronze star. He enjoyed days of boating Incommunicado on Lake Tahoe with family and friends, golf at Serrano Country Club, collecting wine and following Nascar and Indy car racing.

John is survived by his wife of 19 years, Kathy, son Khristian, daughter Keather, his brother Walter, sister Hope, two grandchildren Isabelle and Sophia.

The viewing will be at Green Valley Mortuary, Cameron Park Wednesday, September 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Church, El Dorado Hills Thursday, September 15 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Veterans of Foreign Wars www.vfw.org

Published in The Sacramento Bee on September 14, 2011


Kehoe, John Leo [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/sacbee/guestbook.aspx?n=john-kehoe&pid=153628713&cid=full

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Subject: Re: [JasperJottingsEditorial] JOBIT: Kehoe, John Leo 1967 RIP]

Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1967.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kehoe, John Leo [MC1967 RIP]

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Sep 14, 2011  

JOBIT: Lee, Min Li “Michael” [MC1952 RIP]


Min Li Lee
February 8, 1931 – September 13, 2011

Min Li (Michael) Lee passed away peacefully on September 13, 2011, in the company of his wife and children.

He was born on February 18, 1931 in Shanghai, China. As a child he lived through World War II and the civil war between Nationalists and Communists. At eighteen he left China to attend Manhattan College, earning a bachelor’s degree, and then the University of Illinois, earning his master’s degree in electrical engineering. In 1953 he went to Taiwan and volunteered in the Air Force. Later, he joined the Taiwan Power Company and participated in Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program, receiving training in nuclear science at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs. Returning to Taiwan in 1959, he helped build the first research nuclear reactor there.

He met and married Dora. They had a daughter, Nancy, in 1961 and a son, Mark, in 1964. In 1964 he returned to the US to complete a PhD. in nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon finishing his PhD., he joined Con Edison in New York City. Over a 25 year career he rose to become Chief Nuclear Engineer and General Manager of its Indian Point power plant.

He and Dora moved to San Antonio in 2004. He has been active with the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Dora, his children Nancy and Mark and Mark’s wife Julia, and grandchildren Michael, Mark, and Mimi Fitzpatrick and Duncan Lee.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 20523 Huebner Rd. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org. To sign the online guestbook, please log on to www.sunsetnorthfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset North Funeral Home, San Antonio, TX.


Lee, Min Li “Michael” [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=min-lee&pid=153623511

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: Lee, Min Li “Michael” 1952 RIP]

Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1952.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lee, Min Li “Michael” [MC1952 RIP]

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Sep 14, 2011  

JHQ: MC scores U.S. News World Report #15


U.S. News & World Report Ranks Manhattan College as #15 in the Best Colleges Report

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Manhattan College was recognized once again by U.S. News & World Report in the 2012 rankings of Best Colleges as being one of the leading institutions in the country. U.S. News & World Report ranked Manhattan College as the No. 15 regional university in the North, moving up from No. 17 last year. This is the fourth year in a row that the College has placed in the top 20. The annual survey will be published in the 2012 guidebook and available on newsstands on Sept. 20.

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[JR: Good press. When the prediction is that the USA only needs 100, MC needs to do more with less faster.]

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[JR: Press release appears on the MC home page.]

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Sep 14, 2011  

JHQ: MC hosts a blood drive 10/4


MAAC Blood Drive Challenge Comes to Manhattan on Oct. 4

Manhattan College Athletics

RIVERDALE, NY – As a part of the first-ever MAAC Blood Drive Challenge, Manhattan College and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive in Smith Auditorium on Tuesday, October 4. The entire Manhattan College community and alumni are encouraged to …

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[JR: I don't retweet or echo GOJASPERS. No sense duplicating traffic. But in this case, it's important. As you know, I have a particular <expletive deleted> ... Ok let's say ... hot spot ... for donated blood. Personally I've got a platelet donation schedule to stick to for the benefit of a specific Cancer patient. But, I'd appreciate you sharing a pint where ever and when ever possible.]

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Sep 15, 2011  

JOBIT: Blackburn, Winona Mills [MC1976 RIP]


Winona Mills Blackburn

NEWBERRY – Winona Mills Blackburn, 77, daughter of the late Ralph Erskine and Floy Lominick Mills of Newberry, SC, died Saturday, September 10, 2011, at the Heritage at Lowman, in White Rock, SC.

A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, September 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in Rosemont Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Dr. David Seymour.

Winona grew up attending the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and the Newberry city schools. A graduate of Newberry College, she held a B.A. degree in music, as well as master’s degrees in both music education and counseling from Manhattan College.

Having spent her entire career devoted to both these fields, she had been the Department Chairman most recently in the Tarrytown, NY, schools. An arts enthusiast, she had been a Docent at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City before moving to the Heritage at Lowman.

She is survived by her daughter, Marcia Carroll Blackburn of Binghamton, NY; a brother, Robert E. Mills of Miami, FL; sisters-in-law, Mary Alewine Mills of Newberry, Faye Mills of Irmo, and Elaine Bronkhorst Mills of Miami, FL; and a number of much loved nieces and nephews and their families.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Beamon L. Mills, Ralph E. (Annie Laurie) Mills, Erskine L. (Mary Alma) Mills and Hubert P. Mills; and her special friend and companion, Mr. Lou Tambini of New York City.

Family and friends of Winona are invited to attend the funeral service and will be received immediately afterward at the graveside.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Midlands Chapter), 3223 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, West Columbia, SC 29169, or to the Bethany Employee’s Fund at the Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock, SC 29177.

The family will be at the home of her niece, Mary Linda M. Hill, 2021 Mower St., Newberry, SC, 29108.

On line condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitakerfuneralhome.com.

Whitaker Funeral Home of Newberry is assisting the family.

Published in The State on September 13, 2011


Blackburn, Winona Mills [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/thestate/guestbook.aspx?n=winona-blackburn&pid=153613794&cid=full


From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Subject: Winona Mills Blackburn,’76 RIP

Dear John,

I believe that Winona received her Masters in 1976.

May She Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Blackburn, Winona Mills [MC1976 RIP]

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Sep 15, 2011  

JHQ: “Textual Communities in Wartime” 9/21 1600


Costello Lecture
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4.00pm

The Costello Lecture, “Textual Communities in Wartime: Crafting Crusader Identity in Late Medieval Pilgrim Narrative” will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 21 with Suzanne Yeager

from 4 to 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.

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[JR: Hmmm, fascinating?]

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Sep 15, 2011  

JFOUND: Drugan, Meaghan [MC2013] CollegeFashionista


Style Guru Bio: Meaghan Drugan

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Hi there style enthusiasts, my name is Meaghan Drugan and I am a junior at Manhattan College in New York City. Currently I am pursuing a career in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Government. So how did I get to CollegeFashionista you ask? Growing up in a small town outside of Boston where fashion wasn’t so high up on the priority list is what got me here. When I was little I loved fashion, cities and all things that glittered. Upon my first trip to New York the bug bit me and I never got better; I couldn’t get enough. Not long after I was obsessed with Vogue, Carrie Bradshaw, and Fifth Avenue.

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Drugan, Meaghan [MC2013]

[JR: Yup, Jaspers have certainly become easier on the eye from the Neanderthal period; my time. Woulda never graduated.]

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Sep 15, 2011  

JLINKEDIN: Zimet, Samuel [MC1985] IT Consultant


Zimet, Samuel [MC1985]
IT Consultant
Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services

Summary: Seasoned IT professional with comprehensive technical skill set and expertise in systems integration, customer needs assessment, process improvement, requirements analysis, workflow design, testing, application integration, software development, and customer support.

* Systems Integration & Administration
* Server Configuration and Management
* Technical Instruction and Mentoring
* Advanced Technology Research
* Product Assessment and Needs Analysis
* Mixed Technology Integration
* Simple & Creative Solutions

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Sep 15, 2011  

MFOUND: H. D. Stopschinski may be a Jasper?


A Family Chronicle Now Available Through Xlibris

H. D. Stopschinski’s heartrending memoir to be featured at this year’s Frankfurt Book Exhibit.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 15, 2011

Xlibris, the print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of A Family Chronicle, a heartwarming memoir by author H. D. Stopschinski. This book is the author’s remembrances of the joyful and painful times gone by.

Written in two parts, A Family Chronicle tells of episodes once forgotten but were brought back to light. In the first part, Stopschinski reconstructs remembrances of his own childhood in Neuteich. Throughout the pages, he relives his experiences, along with diagrams and drawings of their house, garden, different appliances, etc. The second part of the book contains testimonies of the author’s family members who, like him, had to leave their hometown of Neuteich in 1945 when the Russian steamroller threatened to overrun the town. These stories were told to the author during their visits to Germany. It is written in German with an English translation thereafter.

Heartrending and moving, A Family Chronicle documents pivotal events so that they may not be forgotten. The author also wishes to give readers some thought to the cruelty of war and its terrible consequences.

This book will be featured at this year’s Frankfurt Book Exhibit in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 12 to 16, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author

Stopschinski was born in 1930 in a small town in the territory of the former Free State of Danzig. At the age of nine, with the beginning of the Second World War, life changed in this small town. There followed many years of living under the rule of Adolph Hitler. When he was fourteen, as Russia was pushing into Germany, he and his family were forced to flee to the West. After several months as a refugee traveling westward through Germany, a new home was found. He served his apprenticeship as an electrician in a salt mine and, with luck, obtained a US State Department scholarship to Manhattan College in NYC. In 1955, he immigrated to the US and settled in Houston, Texas, were he worked in the construction industry until his retirement in 2002.

A Family Chronicle * by H. D. Stopschinski

Publication Date: January 11, 2011

Trade Paperback; $19.99; 398 pages; 978-1-4568-4857-6

Trade Hardback; $29.99; 398 pages; 978-1-4568-4858-3

eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-4859-0

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit http://www.Xlibris.com. To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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[JR: Can't tell if he went to MC or just got lucky. It should be an interesting story. Self-publishing is how every story can be told. I don't understand why we're not seeing more. p.s., It's press release so I can copy it.]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM
Subject: Re: H. D. Stopschinski may be a Jasper?

Dear John,

I do not find anything in my “stuff” for the Author Stopschinski.


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[JR: Probably not a Jasper. But equally, probably a good story behind the man.]

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Sep 15, 2011  

JBLOGGER: Baird, Bob (MC1969) writes about his Mom


[JR: Yeah, he's a "real writer"; not a blogger. But what am I gonna have a category for Jasper Writers? It's worth a read. Wish I could write like that. It's short and sad.]

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Sep 15, 2011  

JHQ: MC Clothing Drive thru 10/20


GoJaspers Manhattan Jaspers

Manhattan Track & Field Teams Holding Clothing Drive fb.me/1aYnni6L2

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Sep 16, 2011  

JEMAIL: Mawn, Joseph (MC1963) says “nevermind”

From: Mawn, Joseph (MC1963)
Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM
Subject: Fwd: Unexplainable & Inexcusable

“never mind”

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Sep 16, 2011  

JHQ: MC + 10th Anniversary of 9/11


College Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

More than 2,000 members of the Manhattan College community joined together to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks. read more and see photos »


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Sep 16, 2011  

JHQ: 2011 MC Athletic HoF


Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Saturday, November 12, 2011 4.00pm

The 2011 Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12. It will honor Robert T. Baker, football coach from ’73-’82; Mark P. Connor ’72, baseball; The Rev John Cullinane ’51, team chaplain; Lori A. Graham ’99, lacrosse; James A. Gillcrist ’51, track & field; Thomas J. Leder ’61, baseball & basketball; Kathleen McCarrick-Weiden ’79, women’s basketball; and Manny Silverio ’80, track & field. The 1986 women’s cross-country and track & field teams will also receive special recognition.

Mass will be offered in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at 4 p.m., cocktails will be served in Dante’s Den at 5:00 p.m. and the dinner and ceremony will take place in Smith Auditorium at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend this special event.

For more information, register at the link below or call (718) 862-7432.


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Sep 17, 2011

JNEWS: Phoenix, Justin [MC1996] Centenary Women’s Basketball


Justin Phoenix takes over Centenary Women’s Basketball Program
Published: Friday, September 16, 2011, 3:09 PM Updated: Friday, September 16, 2011, 3:29 PM
By Warren Reporter

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HACKETTSTOWN — Centenary College hired Justin Phoenix to head the women’s basketball team, Director of Athletics Billie Jo Blackwell announced.

“We are excited to have Coach Phoenix join our staff,” said Blackwell. “His playing experience, both at the college and professional level, will be a tremendous asset to our program. We are confident that he will do an excellent job coaching our student-athletes and building upon the level of success that exemplifies Cyclone Athletics.”

“I am truly honored to be selected as the new women’s basketball coach, said Phoenix. “I am greatly appreciative to director of athletics Billie Blackwell and the entire search committee members for allowing me the opportunity to lead this program. It has been a long time dream to have my own program and from the moment I stepped on campus it felt like I belonged.”

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Phoenix played four seasons at Manhattan College from 1992-96. During his career at MC, he helped the team reach the postseason four times, including two NCAA Tournament and two NIT Tournament appearances. The Jaspers won the MAAC Championship in 1993. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Manhattan in 1996 and then spent several seasons playing abroad for various European club teams from 1996 to 2006.

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“Centenary is committed to excellence in academics, athletics and in the community and I am anxious to get to work and continue this tradition,” said Phoenix.

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Sep 17, 2011

JBLOGGER: Kortovich, Brian [MC????] works for an NBA shot


The constant grind, Kevin Durant and summer ball in New York City — Brian Kortovich’s Hoop Dreams Blog, NBA lockout edition
Published: Friday, September 16, 2011, 11:03 AM Updated: Friday, September 16, 2011, 11:09 AM
By Special to The Plain Dealer

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Brian Kortovich, who was born and raised in Brunswick and attended Holy Name and Brunswick High School, is on a quest to make the NBA. He played two years at Cuyahoga Community College before being recruited to play at Manhattan College in New York.

It was in New York City where he honed his game, eventually turning pro and playing in leagues in Kuwait, Italy, France, Israel and the Dominican Republic. He was drafted into the NBA D-League in 2009. He has earned invitations to both the New York Knicks” and New Jersey Nets” workouts and training camp during the past two preseasons, in 2009 and 2010. Kortovich’s nickname is “Smokin Aces,” a moniker given to him while he was playing at the legendary Rucker Park in Harlem.

Kortovich is writing a blog for cleveland.com as he tries to gain the attention of NBA teams.

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Kortovich, Brian [MC????]

[JR: I hope he, like every Jasper, "succeeds". Success is in the journey; not the achievement. But "achievements" are nice too.]

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Sep 17, 2011

JNEWS: Veliz, Tierney [MC????] recovering … benefit 9/24


Updated: September 16, 2011
Sparta Independent > News
Overcoming the odds
By Jennifer Jean Miller
Published: September 16, 2011

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Fredon — One of Tierney Veliz’s last recollections were of her hands slipping off the steering wheel of her Nissan Altima.

The 22-year old Manhattan College honors graduate said she was not wearing her seatbelt when her accident happened on June 5, on a quick and familiar five-minute ride from her parents’ home to her boyfriend’s parents’ house.

“I was only about 150 yards from their driveway,” she recalled.

Tierney’s car hit the left hand curb, struck a large rock, spun counterclockwise on Route 94, and then hit two signs before it landed on its roof, leaving her partially ejected from the vehicle.

She was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center with severe injuries.

Her spine was fractured in 16 places, her hip and collarbone were broken, and her brain was bleeding.

For five weeks, Tierney remained in Morristown’s Intensive Care Unit Trauma Department. Her survival was uncertain. She required many surgeries, including one that reattached her neck to her spine. The accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, only able to move her right arm.

“I didn’t know I was paralyzed initially,” Tierney said.

Tierney had difficulty breathing because of the fractures and required the assistance of a tracheotomy. Initially, she could only eat through a feeding tube.

Tierney is now a patient at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ. She has made small advances since her accident – a fact she reminds herself of daily.

She is no longer on the tracheotomy, and is now able to eat food in small bites. Doctors told her she would never be able to do either again.

She can now slightly lift her left arm, which doctors also said she would never be able to do.

Tierney has an iPad, and a special stylus and apparatus, which is strapped to her hand with Velcro when she uses it. She can now access Facebook and music programs to help pass the time.

She is optimistic she will walk again.

“Everything is going well,” Tierney said.

15 hours of therapy per week

“Therapy is pretty exhausting,” said Tierney.

She tries to pace herself between therapy and the stream of visitors who come to see her, but tires easily.

The accident has been emotionally devastating to her family.

“She was like the glue that has held this family together,” said Tierney’s mother Rosemarie. “She’s a brain, she’s beautiful, and she has many gifts.”

Tierney is a graduate of Pope John High School and was named Miss Fredon 2007. Tierney was accepted into Seton Hall’s PhD program for the fall with plans to become a clinical psychologist. She has postponed her admission to the school until she recovers further.

Tierney is the eldest of four children. Her brother, Chase, has Mucopolysaccharidoses, an incurable metabolic disorder that renders him bedridden and in need of 24-hour medical care. While her parents Rosemarie and Edmundo have cared for Chase, Tierney often helped look after her younger siblings, Christian and Marina.

Her family and friends have been by her bedside praying with her. Tierney believes these prayers have contributed to her progress.

“You have to believe,” Rosemarie said. “You can’t waver in this.”

Friends have planned a “Coming Home Benefit Event For Tierney Veliz” on Saturday, September 24, from noon to 9 p.m. at Lodestar Park in Fredon. The goal of the event is to raise money for the family to help with mounting medical bills and to defray the costs of remodeling their home to make it accessible when Tierney comes home from Kessler.

The fundraising event is $5 per person, with free entry for children under five years old. There will be live music, and the Knights of Columbus and Blairstown Rotary will have food concession stands. The Fredon Fire Department will host a beer tent. There will be a flea market and auction, and vendor tables are also available. Children can enjoy free games, clowns, pony rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting and balloons.

To donate to the Tierney Veliz Benefit, checks can be mailed to Lakeland Bank, Fredon Branch, 395 Route 94, Fredon, NJ 07860. For more information about the fund call 973-383-3802 or 973-383-4239 or email slbc58@ptd.net or maryannecondit@gmail.com.

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[JR: I hope all the Jaspers can go have a beer at the beer tent for her benefit. Or send a check, and have a beer on Saturday. And, let's all wear our seatbelts and say a prayer for her when buckling up.]

From East: Route 80 West to Route 206 North (exit 25) approx. 8-9 miles to Route 618 (Fredon-Springdale Rd) at the A&B Bagel/Deli. Turn left onto 618. Go to Route 94 (2-3/4 miles), turn left onto Route 94 South. Approximately 3/4- mile to Lodestar Park at blinker light.

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Sep 17, 2011

JOBIT: Brady, John “Jack” Richard [MC???? RIP]


BRADY — John R. (Jack) on 9/10/2011. Loving father of Cathy Ann Kelly (Mike). Devoted grandfather of Thomas (Toom), Kevin (Attila) and Meaghan (the prettiest girl in Brooklyn). Survived by his brother Gerry and many nieces and nephews. Son of the late Barney & Rose. Predeceased by his wife Ann Walsh and brother Jim. Proud alumni of Manhattan College, US Navy, the Knights of Columbus and TAG. Unique unto himself, his love of family, friends, heritage and life will be greatly missed. “So fill to me the parting glass, goodnight, and joy be with you all.” As with his wishes his Memorial Mass will be at Holy Name of Jesus Church on Sat. 9/24 at 11:30am. Arrangements entrusted to MJ SMITH SONS FUNERAL HOME.

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Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=john-brady&pid=153596969

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Sep 17, 2011

JNEWS: Petroski, Henry [MC1963] 9/30 St. Ambrose U


Posted Online: Sept. 16, 2011, 9:02 am
Renowned engineer to lecture at St. Ambrose University
Press release submitted by St. Ambrose University

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Sharing lessons learned from the engineering of bridges and ocean liners, Duke University Professor Henry Petroski will give a public lecture on the campus of St. Ambrose University. “From Failure to Success to Failure in One Century: How History Can Help Engineering,” will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, at noon in the Rogalski Center, located at the corner of Ripley and Lombard Streets, one block west of Harrison Street. The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations for the optional $12 luncheon are required and can be made by going to www.sau.edu. The event is sponsored by St. Ambrose, the Riverboat Development Authority and the German American Heritage Center.

Petroski is the author of 15 books and many general-interest articles and essays for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lectures frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad, and has been interviewed often on radio and television.

Petroski is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and chairs the History and Heritage Committee. A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineers, Ireland, Petroski has received five honorary degrees and is the recipient of distinguished engineering alumnus awards from Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y., and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

For more information or to register, contact Eric Johnson at 309/236-9917 or eric.o.johnson@gmail.com, or go to www.sau.edu.

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Sep 12, 2011

Comment on: Young, Matthew [MC2009] reports MC went Jesuit

by Bill Smith -

Manhattan College is a great LaSallian institution, but at least your professor’s heart is in the right place.

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Sep 17, 2011

ENDNOTE: Perhaps “churches” are a Gooferment extension?


“Come Out Of Her, My People”
by Chuck Baldwin

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(Editor’s Note: I wrote the article “Who Should Be The State’s Mortal Enemy? about this very subject. Chuck, a pastor in Montana, frames the subject in more religious terms than I did. If you like a good sermon, read on.)

It is no hyperbole to say that the vast majority of today’s churches do not remotely resemble the New Testament pattern. In the first place, the Church was never intended to be a government corporation! Yet, that is exactly what every 501c3 non-profit “religious” organization is: it is a government-created corporation. In the eyes of the government, pastors, elders, and deacons are not pastors, elders, and deacons; they are corporate officers. And put to the test, virtually any and all of these so-called “pastors,” “elders,” and “deacons,” will confirm that they are corporate officers. So, right out of the gate we must understand that we are dealing with government corporations and corporate officers, not with New Testament churches, pastors, elders, and deacons.

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The Gooferment absorbs everything. The Church is no exception.

The Golden Rule tells you who’s running the show.

That tax exemption moderates what and how criticism is leveled at the “churches”.

Maybe it’s time to seek a different meme.

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