JASPER JOTTINGS Week 07 - 2012 February 12     

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



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POSITRACTION: Tebow demonstrates class


Sports Amid Tebow-Mania, a Quiet, Dream-Come-True Gesture Reveals Another Side of Quarterback’s Impact
Posted on January 14, 2012 at 11:53am by Dave Urbanski

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With each dramatic, down-to-the-wire win, the unlikely legend of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow increases.

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But amid the media hype over his on-field successes—and press-conference declarations of faith—Tebow‘s charitable work and plain ol’ expressions of kindness don’t grab nearly as many headlines.

Like his pregame meeting last Sunday with Bailey Knaub, a Loveland, Co. high schooler who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease when she was 7 and has since undergone 73 surgeries, including the removal of one of her lungs.

“[Tebow] just came over and said ‘Hi Bailey. It’s such a great opportunity to meet you.’ And he gave me the ball, and I was so excited,” she told CBS Denver.

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“Here he’d just played the game of his life, and the first thing he does after his press conference is come find Bailey and ask, ‘Did you get anything to eat?‘ He acted like what he’d just done wasn’t anything, like it was all about Bailey.” Tebow even added extra star power, calling over receiver Demaryius Thomas (who caught the game-winning touchdown) and uber-iconic John Elway to meet the enthralled 16 year old.

“It was the best day of my life,” Bailey said. “Tim Tebow gave me the greatest gift I could ever imagine…the strength for the future. I know now that I can face any obstacle placed in front of me. Tim taught me to never give up because…today might seem bleak but it can’t rain forever and tomorrow is a new day, with new promises.”

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[JR: That's a class act. In a day when too many of those physically gifted individuals forget "there but for the Grace of God". I'm not a big fan of the MP4B (i.e., “Millionaires Playing For Billionaires”). This story convinces me that at least one of them has his head screwed on straight. ]

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JEMAIL: Apoldo, Lou (MC1963) urges public excommunication

Re:  Obama vs. Catholics

John, I agree with your endnote that it is time to stage a counter-offensive against the secular progressives at work in our government who are staging a stealth war against all religion, and Catholicism in particular.

I suggest that the American bishops announce that anyone who publicly promotes or supports the government's imposition of mandated healthcare insurance requirements that include insurance paid abortion and/or contraceptive services upon Catholic institutions in violation of their First Amendment religious freedom rights will be publicly excommunicated.  That should put every nominally Catholic politician (like Nancy Pelosi) between a rock and a hard spot, as they must chose between supporting their political party bosses or the moral teachings of the Church, all under the watchful eyes of their Christian constituents who have the power to retain them or dethrone them from their elected offices.

I look forward to watching those phonies squirm under those conditions, as their true principles are revealed.  This represents a critical juncture for the American Catholic Church, and our church leaders must show the courage to take this fight directly to the attackers of our religious freedoms, so that our government does not continue to trample our rights and our Constitution to a point where a Second American Revolution becomes necessary.

Lou Apoldo
BCE '63

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Apoldo, Lou (MC1963)

[JR: Yep, it's going to be "fun". But we have to do this for the right reasons. Not political. Not personal. Not venial. We must be prepared to call out BOTH sides of the duopoloy -- R's as well as D's. For letting this happen. It's about First Amendment rights for all religions to be left alone. I'm sure that Pastor Martin Niemöller's words should carry the argument: "First they came for ...". And, the American bishops have not been up on the front so far. We can debate the reasons. But they've just been AWOL. ]

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JEMAIL: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) points out birth control


Your endnote of 2/4/12 indicates that the Department of Health and Human Services ruling was about abortion and sterilization. It was not. It was about birth control. The Catholic Church has their "head in the sand." More than 95 percent of Catholics in the US have practiced birth control. The less birth control there is, the more abortions there are. Do you believe that it is a bad thing for anyone to practice birth control?

Ken Jablon '62

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[JR: Ken, I believe that ruling tells employers what benefits that they MUST provide to their employees. Without any "conscience exemption". Despite promising that exemption to Catholic Democrats, the Obama administration has reneged. So the Catholic Church's hospitals, schools, and other enterprises must violate their consciences and pay for the all sorts of things that they consider morally reprehensible. It's not about who practices birth control. It's not even about what I believe. It's about the Gooferment infringing on the First Amendment rights of the Catholic Church, Catholics, and pro-lifers. The issue is the Gooferment is out of control. Something the Dead Old White Guys were justifiably afraid of. And, so should we be too. Since you asked, I'm for individual liberty. I never practiced "control"; birth or any other kind. Sadly, I think that folks are being propagandized by the "Secular Progressives" (aka Marxist Communists) into beliefs and actions that long-term suicidal. But, I'd never use FORCE on people to make them do what I think is right. And, I'd like to extended the same courtesy.]

Jablon, Ken (MC1962)

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JEMAIL: Georgetti, James [MC1997] id by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1997.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Georgetti, James [MC????] Mng Ptr Atlanta's Doc Tech Inc. NY
James Georgetti Named Managing Partner of DTI's New York Office
Brendan McKenna Law Technology News
January 30, 2012

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Georgetti, James [MC1997]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) points out an MC typo

Dear John,

I believe that there is a typo in the second paragraph of this piece on Lisa.  She works for "District Council 37" not "District County 37".


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. But, now you're proofing the MC stuff. ROFL! You think that MC could make a mistake? Where ever she's working, it's pretty impressive. I'll refrain from commenting about lawyers. But I must admit track star and "ambulance chasing" did come to mind. Sorry, couldn't help it. Just slipped out. On a technical note, you'll observe that the new MC webpage doesn't invite feedback or corrections. Like those emails, that companies send out. "This message is from an unmonitored email account. Any replies are discarded. We don't care what you have to say back to us." As far as mistakes go, I make a lot. But I welcome correction. And, there is no truth to the rumor that deliberately insert them to generate message traffic. ]

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JHQ: Daley, Lisa [MC1993] cited for her accomplishments
On the Fast Track with Alumnus Lisa Daley
Posted on February 02, 2012

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At the age of 41, Lisa Daley ’93, a former Jasper track superstar, is still winning big on the track field. This summer, she walked away with four gold medals at the World Masters Athletics Championships, and also set a new American Masters record of 63.9 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles — breaking her existing record of 64.0 seconds.

When Daley, a public interest lawyer for District County 37, New York City’s largest public employee union, is not in court or the office, she travels to Columbia University’s Baker Field three times a week to train with the Central Park Track Club.

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JFOUND: Keenan, John Fontaine [MC1951] as a judge


John Keenan

Current Court Information:United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   New York, NY
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   09/20/1983 - 12/30/1996
Senior:   12/31/1996 - Current
Preceded by:   Lloyd MacMahon
Succeeded by:   Colleen McMahon
Personal History
Born:   1929
Home State:   New York, NY
Bachelors:   Manhattan College, B.B.A., 1951
Law School:   Fordham U. Law, LL.B., 1954
Military service:   U.S. Army 1954 - 1956

John Fontaine Keenan is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the court in 1983 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He is serving on senior status.

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Keenan, John Fontaine [MC1951]

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JFOUND: Ellis, Ronald L. [MC1972] as a judge


Ronald Ellis
Current Court Information:United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Magistrate Judge
Station:   New York, NY
Service:Active:   1993 - Current
Personal History
Born:   1950
Home State:   LaFourche, LA
Bachelors:   Manhattan College, B.S., 1972
Law School:   New York U. Law, J.D., 1975

Ronald L. Ellis is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was appointed to this position in 1993.[1]

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Ellis, Ronald L. [MC1972]

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JOBIT: Provost, George M. [MC1953 RIP] by O'Connor, Bob (MC1953)

John -

George M. Provost, 53B, died on 14 November 2011.

I do not have an obit. His nephew called me to let me know.

George had lived in Stonycreek, NY for many years.

Bob O'Connor, '53B

[JR: Thanks, Bob. Much appreciated. I looked in Legacy and Google; couldn't find an obit either. Sorry to miss another Jasper. Maybe the readership can help?]

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O'Connor, Bob (MC1953)

Provost, George M. [MC1953 RIP]

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JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) "when is it?"

Dear fJohn,

It is a good question you ask there – when is it?

And I think what we should agree on is that people of faith and goodwill disagree about the answer – and should be allowed to decide for themselves.

If you think it is the “moment of conception” - then you should never consider terminating a pregnancy.

But others- following their own consciences – may not believe that’s when “it” is and should not be demonized for not believing the same thing as you.

This is one where we should stay our of other people’s ethical and moral reasoning.

mike toner
buffalo, ny
BEE ‘72

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[JR: When is it? Well, it could begin as early as the coupe decided to <synonym for the act of procreation> or as late as the "child" becomes strong enough to defend itself and its "rights". In the Zulu culture, a boy becomes a man when he takes his short spear and kills a lion. Since we don't have enough lions as it is, maybe we could substitute a politician? Just joking, I think. As long as I don't have obey a diktat or pay for someone else's choices, then we agree. Everyone yelling and forcing is counter productive. (Ever see a child who doesn't want to do something that's "good for them"?) And, the Gooferment is just about the worst way to solve a difficult problem where men of goodwill disagree. Gooferment is force. And, the politicians and bureaucrats use that force to divide and conquer. Us little L libertarians want freedom and liberty for everyone; so, we can selfishly have it for ourselves.]

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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JHQ: MC Green Club posts a crazy rant


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Manhattan (College) Green Club

The purpose of The Green Club shall be to:a) Educate members about environmental issues and topics of conservationb) Bring students and faculty member together to discuss pressing ecological issues and host eventsc) Volunteer/Assist in “green” campus initiativesd) Connecting with local Community in “green” projects Email: greenclub@manhattan.edu

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Don’t vote Republican, I think they want to kill us.



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[JR: Highly intelligent analysis on the MC Green Club blog. Guess there's no faculty moderation. I don't think this reflects well on MC. I know it makes me think: "crazy".]

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MVIDEO: Seven minute Reflection on St. John Baptist de La Salle


St. John Baptist de La Salle Reflection

Uploaded by manhattancollege on Jan 30, 2012
No description available.Category:
Manhattan College    Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Standard YouTube License

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[JR: Seven minute video. Soft spoken. No idea who's "manhattan college" or who was speaking.]

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MNEWS: MAAC Sports said MC Men's game was on ESPN3 — not!


MAAC Basketball Doubleheader on Saturday on ESPN3 ...Manhattan College's Draddy Gymnasium will be the site for the next MAAC men's and women's basketball doubleheader to be broadcasted this season on ...www.maacsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID...


MAAC Basketball Doubleheader on Saturday on ESPN3
Updated: February 03, 2012 
By: MAAC Sports   
bullet  ESPN3 All-Access Guide
bullet  Marist at Manhattan (Women's) - 2/4/12 (ESPN3)
bullet  Iona at Manhattan (Men's) - 2/4/12 (ESPN3)

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[JR: The Men's Game was NOT on ESPN3. I tried to find it. NOT there.]

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JNEWS: Zambito, Joseph [MC2010] member of Top 20 Under 40


Joseph Zambito
Pursuing curiosity on the road to choosing a career
27, Project Engineer
New York
Joseph Zambito has had a fascination with mechanical systems since he was a kid, spending hours in his grandfather's garage taking things apart, reassembling them and learning how they worked. He says it was that curiosity that led him to pursue an engineering career. He attended Manhattan College, earning a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 2010. Zambito currently works as a project engineer in his firm's energy business department. His projects include work for the New York City Housing Authority's Hot Water Heater Replacement program and the award-winning Wards Island Water Pollution-Control Plant. He was selected as a project engineer to work on his current project, the Rikers Island Cogeneration Plant. Zambito has traveled the United States under his firm's contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, using his technical knowledge to mitigate damages and provide economic relief for communities ravaged by natural disasters. In 2008, while still in school, he worked closely with the Engineers-Without-Borders, New York Chapter, doing research in conjunction with Columbia University and traveling to Uganda. He has now been to Uganda twice with Columbia students to design and install engine components for agricultural equipment and rainwater harvesting systems for a war-torn school. AECOM has presented him with its Making A Difference award for exemplary work within the company.

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Zambito, Joseph [MC2010]

[JR: Sigh, ahhh, to be young again!]

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JNEWS: Genereux, Paul [MC1972] cited for nearly 40 years of service


Duty Calls: Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Genereux cited for nearly 40 years of service
By Terry Brown
Updated 10:37 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2012

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Brigadier Gen. Paul Genereux, assistant adjutant general of the New York Army National Guard, received a Distinguished Service Cross during his retirement testimony after nearly 40 years of military service.

Major Gen. Patrick Murphy, adjutant general and commander of the state's militia forces, presented the medal to Genereux during the ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Jan. 14.

Genereux received recognition for leading New York Army National Guard soldiers through the Army's transition from the Cold War, through the Gulf War and into the new millennium's overseas contingency operations in Iraq and Aghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center and elsewhere.

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Genereux, Paul [MC1972]

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JHQ: MC Prez visits Rwanda scouting opportunities for charity work


President Travels Around the World to Witness Global Catholic Work
Posted on February 06, 2012

Since Manhattan College was first established in 1853, it has been committed to an educational mission that puts service to others at its core. When Manhattan’s president, Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., recently received an invitation to travel to Africa to witness the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), he saw it as an opportunity to deepen the College’s connection with the U.S. Catholic Church’s preeminent global service organization. 
“I hope that the college presidents who went with us on this trip, including President O’Donnell, got to see how we are all part of one human family, and how solidarity really can transform the world. I hope they also saw how we learn from those we serve,” says Ken Hackett, former president of CRS, who traveled with the delegation. “Finally, I hope they were inspired to find ways to collaborate with CRS to bring our experience on the ground.”
On Jan. 9, O’Donnell traveled from New York City to the city of Kigali in Rwanda, a nation that is still recovering from the 1994 genocide that killed approximately 1 million people. Accompanied by Mary Lyons, Ph.D., president of the University of San Diego; Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., president of Marywood University; and Rev. Stephen Privett, S.J., president of the University of San Francisco; O’Donnell and the group began their trip throughout Rwanda and Burundi with CRS.
CRS is the official humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community and is dedicated to assisting impoverished and disadvantaged people around the world regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. The organization started its work in Rwanda more than 50 years ago and planned a full itinerary for the group to hear about the history, culture and progress CRS and its partners have made there.

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[JR: It'd be "easy" to sit back on the campus and "coast". Although, if today's Jaspers are as "high spirited" as when I was there, there's probably very little "coasting". It takes physical courage to go to these strange places. Just being in that country, that continent, is a risk. Although I'm sure the CRS folks have a vested interest in "don't let the tourists get eaten by the hippos, else they won't allow their students to come help us." Still accidents happen. Applause is well deserved!]

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JHQ: Frechette, Nicole [MC2006] entertains the troops


Manhattan Grad and Rising Country Star Returns to Nashville
Posted on February 06, 2012

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A. Book a gig. B. Hire a band. C. Get people to come.

It seems like a simple recipe for success, but a little more than five years ago, singer Nicole Frechette ’06 hadn’t crossed out any of the steps on her list.

Fast forward to 2012 and Frechette has not only conquered A through C dozens of times, but also has built her name as a rising star in the country pop circuit – making the trek from her home in Madison, Conn., to Nashville, Tenn., as often as possible.

Her most recent trip to the capital of country music in January felt different though, she explained, as if all of the puzzle pieces were finally coming together.

This time, 26-year-old Frechette arrived to find hosts of people eager to help her market her brand, produce her new album and mentor her song-writing process.

To those who know the humble songstress, it should come as no surprise that Frechette’s supporters are lining up to see her off to stardom. After all, she’s given them quite a lot to smile about in recent months.

After a friend left to serve in Afghanistan, Frechette was inspired to spend two weeks in July and August performing for American troops at Army bases in Germany and Kosovo.

“I love working with charities and those who deserve support and notoriety,” Frechette says, referring to the international tour as the glue that’s kept her year together. “It’s proof to me that there’s a nice way to do what I want to do, that I don’t have to resent [this lifestyle] ever. There are good ways to do things.”

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Frechette, Nicole [MC2006]

[JR: Bob Hope became a national treasure by "doing" the USO. Be great to see a Jasper become so beloved.]

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JLINKEDIN: Pesantez, Fabricio [MC2010] Jr estimator at Wiedenbach-brown


Pesantez, Fabricio [MC2010]
Junior estimator at Wiedenbach-brown
Jamaica, New York (Greater New York City Area)    
Building Materials

Summary: Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics from Manhattan College; currently working on Masters in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College; Four years varsity soccer.

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JTWITTER: Ragusa, Michelle [MC????] returns to campus


My alma mater (@ Manhattan College w/ 3 others) [pic]: http://t.co/EHbsmqJ3by MichelleRagusa (Michelle Ragusa)My alma mater (@ Manhattan College w/ 3 others) [pic]: http://t.co/EHbsmqJ3

Ragusa, Michelle [MC????]

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JFOUND: Fraser, Jessica [MC2000] a four-year point guard mentioned


2/7/2012 6:03:30 PM

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With the airborne puck located behind Ferriero and Lupul in varying degrees they both had to twist and reach back to catch the puck. From this posture, with their skates already in motion and as they continued to move, it was a natural motion and reaction to twist forward and drop the puck to the ice onto their stick.

It would take a Michael Jordan manoeuver to bring the puck from behind the back or through their legs which would also involve a closing of the hand on the puck. As a matter of fact my daughter Jessica, a four-year point guard at Manhattan College in N.Y. could dribble two basketballs at one time, bringing both behind her back and through her legs. She of course wasn't wearing hockey gloves at the time! Travelling in the modern game of basketball is pretty much non-existent as well.

What I'm suggesting here is that neither Ferriero nor Lupul could catch the puck and drop (or "place" it as the rule states) behind them nor would it be reasonable to expect that any player would do so.

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?Fraser?, ?Jessica? [MC????]

[JR: Could NOT quickly find any such person? Maybe a different last name or it was a while ago. Have to rely on others to fix this. But I did love the "traveling non-existent" comment. So true. Especially in the Pros. Bball was a game of style and grace. Now it's push and shove. Mens and womens. All about offense to make an "exciting product" for the consumer. Never forget it's all about money! Argh!!!]

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Dear John,

           I find a Jessica Fraser listed in the Class of 2000.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Fraser, Jessica [MC2000]

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JOBIT: Geoghegan, Sr. Patricia [MC1967 RIP]


January 19, 1934 - February 7, 2012
Newburgh, NY

Sr. Patricia Geoghegan, (Sr. Mary Matthias) of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, entered into rest on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh. She was 78. Daughter of the late Patrick J. and M. Agnes (Walsh) Geoghegan, she was born on January 19, 1934 in Long Island City, NY.

Sr. Patricia entered religious life on September 8, 1951 at Mount St. Joseph, New Windsor, NY. She made her first vows on April 22, 1954 and final vows on April 27, 1957.

She graduated from St. Michael's High School, Manhattan, received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Fordham University in 1961 and earned a Masters in Theology from Manhattan College in 1967.

Her teaching ministry included: St. Frances of Rome School, Bronx from 1954-1959, SS John & Mary School, Chappaqua from 1959-1964, St. Jude School, Manhattan from 1964-1967, Our Lady of Solace School, Bronx, where she was also Principal, from 1967-1971, and John S. Burke High School, Goshen from 1971-1979. From 1979-1983 she was the Patient Advocate at the Madonna House, Brooklyn, and from 1983 until her retirement in 2004, she was the Pastoral Care Minister at the Kateri Residence. She ministered part time as Chaplain at St. Theresa's Nursing Home until 2009.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Antoniotti of Glen Cove, NY; nephews: Vincent Maier of Holmes, NY, William Maier of Warwick, NY and Patrick Geoghegan of Yorktown Heights, NY, and niece, Patricia Antoniotti of Glen Cove, NY. She was predeceased by her brother, William Geoghegan and sister, Anna Maier.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 at Mount St. Joseph, 64 Presentation Way, New Windsor, NY 12553. A prayer service will take place at 6:30 pm. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 10 at Mount St. Joseph Chapel. Burial will follow in Mount St. Joseph Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 84 Presentation Way, New Windsor, NY 12553.

Arrangements are under the direction of Brooks Funeral Home, BrooksFH.com or (845)561-8300.


Geoghegan, Sr. Patricia [MC1967 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120209/NEWS0301/302099995/-1/SITEMAP#respond

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MFOUND: Skating rink for VC Park approved at MC


City approves skating rink for VC Park
The Riverdale Press

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Approximately 80 members of the community, including families with young children, showed up to the CB 8 meeting at Manhattan College's School of Engineering on Corlear Avenue Feb. 2, to express their support for the project.

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“What’s better than ice skating?” said 13-year-old Skyler Hall.

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[JR: Hosted at MC. And remember that the private ice skating rink went broke. So, it's socialism.]

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JNEWS: Strecansky, James [MC????] runs for Bonita utility board


Bonita utility board hopefuls promote change
Candidates make pitch for open government and accounting to cost-saving measures.
11:28 PM, Feb. 8, 2012
Written byMark S. Krzos

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James Strecansky — 71, was appointed to the BSU board in 2008. He has lived in Bonita Springs since 2000, when he retired as division VP and GM with Air Products & Chemicals, the Fortune 500 company he joined in 1962. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College and participated in the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. He serves as vice chair of The Brooks CDD and is a member of the Lee County Catalyst Club and the Estero Business Development Group.

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The majority of the eight candidates vying for three seats on the Bonita Springs Utilities board of directors want to change the way the utility conducts its business, focusing on getting issues out in the open and trying to find ways to save money for 40,000 members.
Ballots are scheduled to be mailed today and are due back March 9. Election results will be announced at a March 20 meeting.
During each election, members vote for the candidates to serve a three-year term, beginning in April.

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Strecansky, James [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1962.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Strecansky, James [MC1962]

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JEMAIL: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) publishes on Kindle

Just a note to let you know that I've published my first e-book for Kindle (available on Amazon.com). 

MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick (MC1989)


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[JR: Hey, that's great. I spotted it yday when I was on my IPAD, but couldn't remember my AMAZON password. I hope you sell a million downloads. Ya got one this morning. ]

McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

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MFOUND: MC football cited


February 6, 2012
Past Venue: Ebbets Field
New York, NY (Brooklyn)

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Other tenants of note:
Brooklyn Dodgers (MLB – NL), 1913-57
Manhattan College (college football), 1932-37
Brooklyn Eagles (baseball Negro leagues), 1935
Long Island University (college football), 1939-40
Long Island University (college baseball), 1959

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[JR: I remember Ebbets Field; I was take to Dodgers Game. One of my male relatives almost suicided when the Dodgers slipped out of town.]

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JNEWS: Sciara, Paul [MC????] doing City Island Beer


Third start-up beer brand bubbles up in the Bronx, with entrepreneur brothers brewing City Island Beer
Nautical neighborhood new scene for craft beer
By Daniel Beekman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 6:00 AM

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They hope to build a microbrewery on City Island eventually but don't have enough cash yet. Jonas Bronck’s is brewed upstate and

The Bronx Brewery partners with a producer in Connecticut.

"The goal is to have a presence on City Island," said Sciara, a father of three who grew up in Pelham Bay and graduated from St. Theresa School, Mount Saint Michael Academy and Manhattan College. "We want to be a local brand and we want to be here."

The neighborhood is famous for summer fun and starred in the 2009 Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies flick "City Island."

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Sciara, Paul [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Paul is a member of the Class of 1992.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sciara, Paul [MC1992]

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MNEWS: MC's insurance plan covers birth control


N.Y. Law on Contraceptives Already in Place, and Catholic Institutions Comply
Published: February 10, 2012

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Although Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York has vociferously argued that a national requirement for religiously affiliated institutions to cover birth control in their insurance plans is immoral and unacceptable, some Roman Catholic organizations in his own backyard have for 10 years been grudgingly complying with a state law making them do precisely that.

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But some Catholic institutions now offer health insurance plans that include contraceptive drugs among the services they cover for employees and students, though with caveats.

Manhattan College, which was founded in 1853 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order, has an employee insurance plan that “covers birth control prescriptions, and as with all prescriptions, requires a co-pay,” a spokeswoman, Liz Connolly Bauman, said. She added, however, that “under no circumstances does the college provide students with prescriptions,” nor does its employee plan cover “abortions, drugs that induce abortion, sterilization or services relating to the restoration of fertility.”

Students needing prescriptions obtain them from their personal physicians, she said.

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[JR: Wow, that's a revelation! Would have thought that Alma Mater didn't have the huevos for a First Amendment fight. Don't we have any Jasper lawyers who take up the gauntlet and fight for her? Even if they didn't want the fight, alums should "help" Leadership. Then we would NOT have to report this embarrassing admission. You only have the rights you're willing to fight for.]

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JFOUND: McCarthy, Joseph R. [MC1984] in poetry


Thursday, February 9, 2012
You've Been Gone for Eight Years and Five Months

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It is November of 1980, and
The Philosopher says that Love
is the child of Plenty and Want.
You’ve been gone for eight years and five months,

but you’re with me wherever I go -
you're with me at Manhattan College;
you're with me in Philosophy 101;
you're with me at the end of the beginning.

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Mike: What do you think? Is this a Jasper? Or just a finding? fjohn

Dear John, We have a Joseph R. McCarthy in the Class of 1984 who was a teacher and who might be the J R in question. Mike

McCarthy, Joseph R. [MC1984]

[JR: Mike's the expert in all people Jasper, so we'll call it that way. Now who is "jayarespoems" and what's the connection to MC?  ]

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JTWITTER: MC —  Fair Trade College on 2/16


[JR: The Twittersphere erupted with tweets and retweets. I don't see the big deal but, I'll report anything.]

"Manhattan College To Receive Fair Trade College Status on Feb. 16 http://t.co/nER6wkW2 #college #edu"

[JR: By at least 50 people.]


Manhattan College To Receive Fair Trade College Status on Feb. 16

For the last five years, Manhattan College has worked to expand fair trade to campus as part of the College’s commitment to social responsibility, and as a result, will be the first college in New York City to receive Fair Trade College status.

“Fair trade practices respect human dignity and are committed to social justice, important elements of our mission,” said Lois Harr, director of campus ministry and social action and adjunct instructor of religious studies.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. (PRWEB) February 10, 2012

For the last five years, Manhattan College has worked to expand fair trade to campus as part of the College’s commitment to social responsibility, and as a result, will be the first college in New York City to receive Fair Trade College status. On Thursday, Feb. 16, a steering committee from Fair Trade Colleges and Universities in partnership with Fair Trade USA will honor Manhattan College with a certificate of achievement at a gathering on campus at 3:30 p.m. in Café 1853.

“Campus ministry and social action, along with the student group JustPeace have been raising awareness about fair trade since 2007,” said Gwendolyn A. Tedeschi, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics. “But this year, working with a great and diverse group of people across campus, including Gourmet Dining and the eFollett Bookstore, we’ve brought our fair trade campaign to a new level.”

The Manhattan College community is dedicated to globally reducing poverty and building sustainable businesses by carrying fair trade products within all campus dining halls, restaurants, cafes and the bookstore. The majority of fair trade-certified products in the United States are monitored by Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that manages transactions between U.S. companies and international suppliers. Through a regimented process, Fair Trade USA ensures farmers and workers receive fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, and provide tools, training and resources to help a community thrive.

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JOBIT: Szeligowski, John J. [MC???? RIP]


John Szeligowski, 69
Published: Friday, February 10, 2012, 8:27 AM    
Updated: Friday, February 10, 2012, 8:28 AM
By Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — John J. Szeligowski Sr., 69, of St. George, an environmental engineer involved in local issues, died Wednesday in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in Manhattan.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, he moved to Grymes Hill in 1968 and settled in Bay Street Landing, St. George, in 2003.

He had been working as an environmental engineer with AECOM, a Manhattan environmental firm. His work required travel around the country and the world to supervise and consult on projects. Closer to home, he was one of the lead advisers in drafting the environmental impact statement for the former Navy home port in Stapleton.

Mr. Szeligowski began his 35-year working career at Consolidated Edison. He also lent his expertise as a volunteer with Staten Island Citizens for Clean Air, and advocated for the closure of the Fresh Kills landfill.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Manhattan College, the Bronx, and received his master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona.

In his leisure time he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and playing golf. He also was a fan of Notre Dame’s “Fighting Irish” football team and the New York Yankees.

Mr. Szeligowski was a member of the board of the Bay Street Landing Home Owners Association.

His wife of 40 years, the former Alexis Smith, died in 2009.

Surviving are his son, John Jr., his daughter, Karyn Fitzgibbons; his mother, Genevieve Szeligowski; a brother, Ted, and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be Monday from the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Tompkinsville. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp.

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John J. Szeligowski of St. George on February 8, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Alexis. Loving father of Karyn Fitzgibbons and John J. Szeligowski, Jr. Cherished son of Genevieve Szeligowski. Fond brother of Ted Szeligowski. Dear father-in-law of Kevin Fitzgibbons and Joanna Heim. Adored grandfather of Jack and Thomas Fitzgibbons and Brandon Szeligowski. Funeral from Harmon Home for Funerals, 571 Forest Ave, West Brighton. Monday 9:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial Our Lady of Good Counsel Church 10 A.M. Interment Moravian Cemetery. Friends will be received Saturday 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. and Sunday 2-5 P.M. only. K. Terrance McGinley, Director, Harmon Home for Funerals www.SILive.com/obits

Published in Staten Island Advance from February 10 to February 12, 2012


Szeligowski, John J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/siadvance/guestbook.aspx?n=john-szeligowski&pid=155818650&cid=full

[JR: First time I've ever seen a diff between the published obit and the one reported in Legacy? Hopefully not a trend.]

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JTWITTER: Brooks, Richard [MC????] interviewed by MC



@rbrooksDPT aka "Richard Brooks" tweeted:

Just did an interview about my career for my alma mater. Physical Therapy is moving on up! #physicaltherapy #ManhattanCollege

9:02 AM - 10 Feb 12 via Twitter for iPhone

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Brooks, Richard [MC????]

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MFOUND: MC as a tourist attraction


Travel Informations
Your Best Guide To Around The WorldNew York City Travel: Bronx, High Line, SI Ferry, South St. Seaport & Times Square

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October 17, 2010 started with bright sunshine and punctually at 10 am I met my local New York City expert, Ed Botwin, in the lobby of my hotel. Ed is a volunteer with the Big Apple Greeter Organization, an organization that welcomes out-of-town visitors and puts them together with local volunteers who show them around all the neat spots in their city. The Big Apple Greeter program is one of the best ways of getting to know the city. Ed and I were going to explore the Bronx today, and to do so we went on a long subway ride straight north until we had to switch to a bus to finally arrive at the upscale Fieldston neighbourhood. From here we went on a long walk on leafy winding streets past Manhattan College to Van Cortlandt Park with its 18th century mansion, the Bronx’s oldest building. Our next stop was in the Belmont neighbourhood, home to New York City’s largest Italian-American community. We popped into the historic Arthur Avenue Retail Market for an authentic Italian shopping experience and a delicious deli lunch. Then we strolled further south past Italian, Albanian and Mexican stores as well as the imposing Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Back on the bus we passed by poet Edgar Allen Poe’s cottage ...

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[JR: Love Arthur Avenue. I know at least one Jasper who's Big Apple Greeter. Wish I could write like this.]

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Comment on: JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) points out an

by Liz Bauman

Submitted on 2012/02/06 at 10:31 am

Thanks for pointing this out and this has been updated on the MC website.

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Comments on “JLINKEDIN: Bonell,  Kristen (MC????) Account Specia”

by    Kristen Bonell
Submitted on 2012/02/07 at 12:11 pm

What is this regarding?

- Kristen B.

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[JR: Just trying to give you your 15 minutes of fame among your fellow Jaspers. LinkedIn pointed you out as a new Jasper, so I passed that along to our fellow alums. So what year did you graduate MC?]

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ENDNOTE: Thinking of Captain Coward and Captain Sully


Ship's Captain To Be Put Under House Arrest

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"Now you go to the bow, you climb up the emergency ladder and co-ordinate the evacuation," the official reportedly tells him. "You must tell us how many people, children, women and passengers are there and the exact number of each category."

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[JR:  Is anyone struck by the contrast between Captain Coward and Captain Sully? I wasn't in either situation. (I guess I'd be more like C and less like S.) But, I'm just struck by the comparison. I hope I'm more like S. I'm sure my fellow alums are S's in the garb of commoners. Just waiting for the right situation, to emerge in their Super Hero costume. ]

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