JASPER JOTTINGS Week 09 - 2012 February 26     

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



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POSITRACTION: Youngster raises enough to save Granny's house


US Young Boy Raises $10,500 to Save His Grandmother’s Home From Foreclosure
Posted on February 8, 2012 at 1:36pm by Billy Hallowell

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In a Jan. 5 blog post, Noah described his grandmother’s need as well as her past goodwill in assisting children in her community:
I want to help someone who is very dear to me for my next dream…

My Grandma has fallen on hard times and is going to loose her home. My Grandma in case you don’t know her has a heart of gold. She has given so much to our community since I can remember!!! She has done Foster Care ever since I was born and has helped 100′s of children who would not have had a safe place to stay in the middle of the night when their own parents were not able to care for them. Her home will go for auction on Feb 15th. Please help me save her home so the kids of Portage Cty in need still have a place to go that is safe!!

Checks streamed in from all over the country, inevitably allowing Noah to go $500 beyond his initial $10,000 goal. As can be imagined, his grandmother is elated.

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[JR: I've always said that we don't empower children. Keep them "infants" until they're 22 and then are surprised at "failure to launch". I always remember being urged to go to work and do stuff. I wonder what the underlying story of the foreclosure is. No margin; no mission. But that's for another day. A good act; a greater one would have been to save a stranger's house. And, of course, the Gooferment is the reason we are in this mess. But applause for a job "well done".]

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JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) finds MC credit

Reporter: Toner, Mike (MC1972)


At the end of a column about the contraceptive compromise (that you'll probably disagree with...) Bill Moyers acknowledges the contributions of MC history professor - quote follows - "My thanks to Julie Leininger Pycior, professor of history at Manhattan College, for her insights and counsel on this essay"

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[JR: I read this. Didn't report here cause I didn't call it "Jasper related". Not for any content conflict with Moyers' opinion. I don't agree with him, but I'll defend his right to say it. The compromise is STILL a First Amendment issue. The Insurance company mandate is itself a Fifth Amendment issue. Who's BHO44 to "order" the insurance company to give something away. And, we all know this is a fig leaf. The insurance company has to charge their Customers in some way. So the Catholic institutions will be paying for something they can not support in violation of the First amendment. I just think that we have to stop using force on people. Insurance coverage of contraception is like insurance for an oil change or insurance for an accessory. Where's the common risk pool like cancer or accidental death or an accident? Any more and I'll be writing an endnote. Thanks much for the find. Your interest in it makes it "Jasper related". :-) Yeah, I know a weird standard.]

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MFOUND: 1948 Continuous Dancing

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JHQ: MC has smart runners


Manhattan Named All-Academic Team by USTFCCCA
Posted on February 17, 2012

Two days after the Manhattan College women's cross country team was recognized for its academic success by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the men's squad received the same honor.  The Jaspers, who had five athletes named to the MAAC All-Academic Team, were one of 147 squads named a Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team on Wednesday.  Manhattan had a 3.06 team GPA during the fall semester.

All teams that started at least five runners at their respective NCAA Regional Championship and had a team GPA of 3.00 or higher were eligible for all-academic status.  The Jaspers placed 29th at the NCAA Northeast Regional.

The nation's highest GPA was the 3.81 posted by Chattanooga.  The Scholar Team of the Year, which goes to the program that earned All-Academic honors that had the highest team finish at the NCAA Championships, went to Wisconsin.  The Badgers, who won their fifth National Championship in 2011, had a team GPA of 3.08.

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JHQ: "A Century of Black Cinema" 2/23 Noon


Manhattan College To Host History of Black Film Event on Feb. 23
Posted on February 17, 2012

The Manhattan College diversity committee will host a history of black film event on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Smith Auditorium to commemorate Black History Month. The event will take place at 12 p.m. and will feature the documentary A Century of Black Cinema, along with a presentation by retired New York City crime photographer and film collector Walter Taylor.

A Century of Black Cinema chronicles black film from its early history to modern works. In conjunction with the documentary, Taylor will bring rare films from his personal collection to display and discuss. Those in attendance will also have the chance to participate in a trivia challenge hosted by the members of the diversity committee, and movie posters will be given away as prizes.

“Movies bring people joy and they are something that everyone can relate to,” said Vicki Cowan, director of human resources at Manhattan College and a member of the diversity committee. “Hopefully people will go back and look up some of the historical movies that are discussed at the event.”

The public is welcome to attend the College’s history of black film event on Feb. 23.

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JNEWS: Sommerfeldt, Torgrim [MC2015?] dreams enable by science


Manhattan basketball's Torgrim Sommerfeldt turned to stem cell treatment to get him back on court
Sophomore forward from Norway has Jaspers flying high
By Sean Brennan / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS {{JR: Brennan, Sean [MC1997]}}
Saturday, February 18, 2012, 11:09 PM

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From a young age, Torgrim Sommerfeldt set his sights on chasing his sports dream, one that had nothing to do with skiing, bobsledding or speed skating, winter sport staples in his native Drammen, Norway.

The 6-6 Sommerfeldt wanted to follow his two brothers and sister to the United States, soak up the college experience, and play a little college hoops along the way.

“It’s been my dream since I was 10 years old, especially to come to America,” says Sommerfeldt, a sophomore forward at Manhattan College. “I watched my brothers and sister go to the University of Missouri on track and field scholarships. When I was young I got a taste of what college life was like here and it was something I wanted to experience.”

Sommerfeldt didn’t know at the time that for his American dream to come true, he would eventually need to turn to a new and, in some circles, controversial, treatment: stem cells.

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“It really was now or never for me,” Sommerfeldt says. “I don’t think mentally I could sit out another year.”

With that mindset, Maddalo contacted Dr. Steven Victor from Lenox Hill Hospital, who is also CEO of Intellicell BioSciences Inc., in New York City.

Victor’s process amounts to harvesting fat cells from a patient and separating stem cells from the fat. It’s a procedure similar but not exactly like the one former Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon underwent prior to the 2011 season.

“What we do is take two ounces of fat from people and then we use our special technology, we use sound waves and water, where we actually separate the stem cells from the fat,” Victor says. “Then we return the stem cells to the orthopedic surgeons, in this case Tony Maddalo, and they inject the cells into where the problem is. These cells are actually anti-inflammatory and they increase blood flow and grow new tissue.”

Colon’s procedure included using the addition of enzymes, which is not approved by the FDA and can only be performed outside the country, according to Victor.

Sommerfeldt’s first treatment came in December of 2010, his second one about six weeks later.
Sommerfeldt didn’t notice any changes right away and, due to the meniscus surgery and stress fracture, says it was hard to tell when the pain in his knees started to subside.

But after spending almost the entire 2010-11 school year on crutches, Sommerfeldt finally got into his first college game on Jan. 20 when Manhattan played at Marist.

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[JR: Long well written article. If you didn't want to study (adult) stem cells after reading this, you must have NO imagination. Great story of courage. Finding a way. And, brilliant science. Of course, the Gooferment's FDA is in the way. ROFL! Applause for all involved for improving the human condition. Ethically.]

Brennan, Sean [MC1997]

Sommerfeldt, Torgrim [MC2015?]

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JFACEBOOK: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) wins poetry contest


MaryAnn McCarra: "Many many thanks to Siopa.com! I greatly appreciated the opportunity to enter this competition and thank you for sponsoring it."

"Siopa.com -- Shop in Ireland....as if you were there."

"Congratulations MaryAnn McCarra!! You have won our poetry competition :) Thanks so much to everyone for entering, we have been very impressed we the response and all your well written poems. We are definitely going to have more competitions in the future!, thanks again :)"

Friday, February 17 at 10:11am ·

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McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)
[JR: Congrats. I'll confess I bought her kindle poetry book. And, I should stick to log tables. YMMV! Applause for the most famous living Jasper poetess that I know.]

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JNEWS: Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988)


It's the Little Things
By Patrice E. Athanasidy 
It's The Little Things: Hug Is Worth the Wait
Peter and hugs have always been a challenge.

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One morning was really hectic and I forgot to give him the hug. Peter was halfway between our front door and the open bus door when he turned around and ran back to me. He threw his arms around me and said, “You almost forgot to give me your heart.”

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About this column: About this column: The column is about parenting, the joys and frustrations that come along with raising a child with autism in Northern Westchester. Patrice Athanasidy has three children, ages 12, 9 and 8. Her son Peter was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. About the author- Patrice Athanasidy has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years throughout the New York metropolitan area.

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Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

[JR: Cute by a heroic Mom. Click over and read the short page.]

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JOBIT: Mordente, Eugene Frederick [MC1943 RIP]


Eugene Frederick Mordente

MORDENTE - Eugene Frederick D.D.S.

Dearly beloved father and husband passed peacefully on February 17, 2012 at age 89.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Manhattan College B.S., New York University College of Dentistry-Doctor of Dental Surgery. A war veteran of both the Navy (W.W.II) and the Army (Korean War).

He practiced dentistry for over 50 years in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Flushing, Queens.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helen, daughters Teresa, and Gena Zimmer (Doug), son John Mordente, M.D. (Denise) and his beloved grandson Luke Anthony, dear sisters Edith Geraci and Olga D'Esposito and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In repose at Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home, 36-46 Bell Blvd., Bayside, N.Y. Monday 2-5 and 7-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial St. Andrew Avellino RC Church Tuesday 9:30am Northern Blvd. and 158th Street. Flushing, N.Y.

Published in Newsday on February 20, 2012


Mordente, Eugene Frederick [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/newsday/guestbook.aspx?n=eugene-mordente&pid=156014342&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe Eugene Frederick Mordente is a member of the class of 1943.

Ed McEneney

McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Mordente, Eugene Frederick [MC1943 RIP]

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JBLOGGER: Gallaher, Peter “peardarban” (MC1965) hits the point


Bringing the Heat!
Posted on February 20, 2012

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While in New York recently for the marriage of two lovely people, my wife and I attended Mass in Freeport, LI, on Sunday February 12.  Oddly enough that day was the 74th anniversary of my parents’ wedding.  I remembered both of them and the newlyweds in my prayers when we were commended to do so during the Prayers of the Faithful, that part of the Mass when we as a body petition God on behalf of the church and the world.  But my attention was a bit distracted from my purpose by the first general petition that the lector read in a clear voice, and the people answered with a kind of intentional force:

That all Catholics, in union with Pope Benedict XVI and our Bishops, will continue to speak out whenever governments fail to secure our inalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, WE PRAY:  (It is here on this page in the same form as it appears on the page from which it a was read at mass.  No, not read, proclaimed, is it can be said one proclaims a prayer.)

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Gallaher, Peter “peardarban” (MC1965)

[JR: I'd say that Jasper Peter is "bringing the heat" as well.]

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JNEWS: Baird, Bob (MC1969) reading “The Useful Moose”


Baird: Rockland residents help students embrace joy of reading
11:51 PM, Feb. 18, 2012

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Columnist Bob Baird, reading “The Useful Moose,” by Fiona Robinson, to Kathy Fatato’s first-grade class, was among adults who visited Lincoln Avenue Elementary School on Friday as part of the annual Parents as Reading Partners program. / Photo courtesy of Kris Sweeney

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Baird, Bob (MC1969)

[JR: Well done. I'll even forego the jokes about what the guys up the hill can do. In this case, inspiring little children is far more important.]

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MVIDEO: English class took a drumming workshop


Uploaded by manhattancollege on Feb 16, 2012

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On Wednesday, Feb. 15, a group of freshmen in Dan Collins' Arches English class took a drumming workshop from Grace Drums, an organization that teaches and performs traditional West African and Haitian percussion.

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[JR: Biting my tongue, I have only one question. "Professor, will this be on the final?" I thought two semesters of Comparative Religions was a waste for a fat 'old' white guy injineer, but it wasn't. So maybe this is similar. But, I have to admit LMAO at bunch of kids 'learning' how to drum. Funny way to start the day.]

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JNEWS: Monaghan, Denis [MC1975] returns an MIA bracelet after 40 years


Published: 05:50 AM, Tue Feb 21, 2012
Missing Link: A man who kept an MIA bracelet for 40 years, will give it to soldier's family
By Drew BrooksStaff writer

For decades, Denis Monaghan has kept a simple metal bracelet alongside some of his most prized possessions.

The bracelet is not a family heirloom. It wasn't a gift, and it wasn't expensive. But it has enjoyed a place of honor next to Monaghan's father's wedding ring and has followed him throughout his adult life.

Like thousands of other people during the Vietnam War, Monaghan ordered his bracelet - inscribed with the name of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Newton - in the early 1970s. By then, Newton had been missing in the jungles of Vietnam for at least a year.

Monaghan knew it was a long shot, but he liked to imagine that he would one day give the bracelet to Newton.

He won't get that chance. The remains of Newton, who had been a Green Beret stationed at Fort Bragg, have been identified, along with two other soldiers who went missing with him on the same day.

The three were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery last fall in a ceremony that brought a semblance of closure to the families who had suffered since 1969.

Now, through the wonders of the Internet, Monaghan is making a pilgrimage to Washington, where he plans to give the bracelet to a member of Newton's family this spring.

"I always wanted to either give it back to him or his family," Monaghan, a commercial real estate manager, said from his home in New Jersey. "It's where it belongs."

Monaghan was a student at Xavier High School in Manhattan when Newton disappeared.

Newton and the other two missing Green Berets - Staff Sgts. Douglas Dahill and Charles Prevedel - were ambushed by Vietcong fighters on April 17, 1969.

Outnumbered, Dahill called for an emergency extraction from a stream bed in Vietnam's Quang Nam province. When rescue helicopters arrived a short time later, they were unable to make radio contact with the men.

That was the last day that the three soldiers - members of Reconnaissance Team 6, part of Detachment B-52 of the 5th Special Forces Group - were known to have been alive.

Monaghan knew virtually nothing about Newton when he received the bracelet.

But he wore it for the next four years, until graduating from Manhattan College in New York.

For 40 years, Monaghan often wondered what happened to the man who continued to bring him hope and inspiration.

In the past decade, the remains of all three soldiers were excavated or turned over by Vietnamese officials.

All three were posthumously promoted - Prevedel and Dahill to sergeants first class; Newton to master sergeant.

After helping his daughter move to Glen Allen, Va., Monaghan said, he began searching the Internet for information about Newton.

Monaghan said he wanted to plan a trip to the Vietnam War Memorial. While searching for where Newton's name might be on the wall, he saw a reference to Newton's recent memorial at Arlington.

Monaghan said his daughter then found a Fayetteville Observer story about the memorial. Through the newspaper, he was able to contact the Newton family. They will meet March 9, he said.

"This is important. This is special," he said. "This is the highlight of the trip."

Monaghan said the upcoming meeting brings full circle a connection he has felt since the early 1970s, when he first sent away for the bracelet.

"At first, it was just a small way to show support for the troops," he said. "But this, this brings closure to a lot of things."

Newton's brother, John, said the family, too, has been looking forward to the meeting.

"It would be an honor to be in touch with someone who has worn the bracelet all these years," John Newton said.

Newton has previously said his brother grew up in a close-knit family in the small town of Canadian, Texas.

Charles Newton was a modest man who did not brag about his military exploits. For decades, the family held out hope that he had somehow survived.

"There's not a day goes by I don't think of him," John Newton said before the memorial. "We never gave up hope."

Newton's remains were found during a trip to the ambush site in October 2006 and were identified through forensic evidence in June 2007.

The Newton family was told of the identification in August 2010.

According to Task Force Omega, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the full accounting and return of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action, Dahill, Prevedel and Newton were ambushed a few days into a long-range reconnaissance mission.
Defense officials have said U.S. soldiers searched for the three men for eight days after the attack but found nothing.

Staff writer Drew Brooks can be reached at brooksd@fayobserver.com or 486-3567.

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Monaghan, Denis [MC????]

[JR: One thing I notice about Jaspers is that they are typically "faithful". Long marriages. And, here's another data point. Forty years is long time to remember a POW/MIA. This nation forgets very quickly. If Jasper Jottings had a Washington bureau, I'd assign a reporter to cover the return. Maybe the DC Alumni club could have a service. But, most people aren't "faithful". Guess it's not kool.]

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Dear John,

I believe Denis Managhan is a member of the class of 1975.

Ed McEneney

McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Monaghan, Denis [MC1975]

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JFOUND: Brewer, Rob [MC????] speaking at MC 2/21 1300


A&E Practice Leader, Rob Brewer to Speak at Manhattan College
Posted on 02.20.12 by Grassi & Co

Tomorrow, February 21, 2012, Grassi & Co. Partner Rob Brewer, CPA, CCIFP will be speaking as part of the Manhattan College School of Engineering National Engineers Week Celebration.  Rob is scheduled to speak at 1:00 p.m. at the LEO Engineering Building (The Scala Academy Room) on “The Role of the Accountant in the Engineering Industry.”

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Brewer, Rob [MC????]

[JR: Sorry, pushed it as soon as I saw it.]

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Dear John,

I did not find a listing for Rob Brewer in the directory,

Ed McEneney

McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

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JLINKEDIN: Marra, Amanda [MC2010] Behavioral Health Associate at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network


Marra, Amanda [MC2010]
Behavioral Health Associate at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
Greater Philadelphia Area    
Hospital & Health Care

Summary: I have always striven to help others, and hope to do so as my career. I have a long history of both leadership and volunteer work, and my punctuality and dedication to any task I am faced with maximize my dependability and success.

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JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) points to TN Catholic schools

Hello John,

You speak a lot about the decline of the Catholic schools.  However, this depends on where you are.  I live in Shelby County, TN, a suburb of Memphis.  Many inner city schools were closing or threatened with closure due to finances.  Now, most of these schools were renovated and even new schools opened.  These schools are called jubilee schools.  This effort was financed by local businesses, who are primarily non-Catholic, because they felt that this was the best hope for the inner city children, the future of the inner city, and their businesses.  Competition can be successful based on quality.

Mark A. Mangone

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[JR: Well, that's optimistic. But economics is against them. The Gooferment's "free" education is an irresistible competitor. Business can only subsidize Catholic schools for a while. Their competitors are being given an edge against them. Eventually that will grind them down. The problem really is a "Freedom of Religion" issue. Catholics are forced to pay for an education that they don't want, don't want to use, and are morally opposed to what's being taught. The Church Leadership's failure to fight lost that battle without a shot. The rest of the story is entropy. It'll all just wind down. Let's see what happens in your neck of the woods after a decade. IF you're right, they'll thrive. If I am, they'll be in a death struggle. Unless, "We, The Sheeple" demand the separation of Education and the State. Thanks for the positive news.]

Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

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JFACEBOOK: Some unknown Jaspers


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MNEWS: MC Preservation Engineering


Preservation Engineering at Manhattan College
by Marie Ennis on February 21, 2012

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Preservation Engineering is being taught as a new course this semester at Manhattan College, as part of what we hope will become a masters degree program within the Civil Engineering department. Pat Morrissey (Conspec) recruited interested preservation professionals through a LinkedIn website to participate in establishing a course at his alma mater. After several meetings with the Department Chair, Dr. Moujalli Hourani, Marie Ennis and John Matteo (Robert Silman Associates) developed the syllabus for the class and recruited lecturers. Lecturers include Marie and John, Donald Friedman, Timothy Lynch, Joseph Tortorella, and Derek Trelstad.

The course, which is open to senior undergraduate and graduate students, provides an overview of preservation engineering including philosophy, terminology, the evolution of building codes and the development of various building systems. There are lectures focused on the analysis of historic materials – iron, steel, concrete, masonry, wood – that augment the students recently acquired analytical tools for the design of new buildings. Investigation and evaluation are touched on throughout the course.

The subject of higher education for engineers in the preservation and conservation fields has been the focus of many professional groups including the Association for Preservation Technology over the past decade or so. We at OSE are very excited about the nascent program at Manhattan College and are pleased to be participating in its development.

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[JR: No copyright in evidence, so I'll echo it here. Important to grow as a entity if MC is to survive the coming crunch.]

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MVIDEO: Fair Trade College Status on 2/16


Manhattan College Receives Fair Trade College Status

On Feb. 16, Manhattan College became the first school in New York City and the fifth higher learning institution in the U.S. to receive Fair Trade College status. A steering committee from Fair Trade Colleges and Universities in partnership with Fair Trade USA awarded the College with a plaque for its commitment to social responsibility.

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[JR:  About a 2½ minute video. Hmmm, wonder if you can get Jasper Java by mail?  Always good to be first.]

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JOBIT: Wilson, Paul F. [MC???? RIP]


Paul F. Wilson (1920 - 2012) 
Wilson, Paul F.

Paul F. Wilson long time resident of Larchmont passed on February 20, 2012 at the age of 91. Born in Batavia, New York, and a graduate of Manhattan College, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant during World War II. He was a lifelong opera buff, avid hiker, and was an active member of Westchester Trails Association. He was a contributing editor of The New York Walk Book.

He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Elizabeth. He is survived by his loving children, Irene Amy, Paul Wilson, Mary Humphrey (Jack), Anne Dellis (Fred), Richard Wilson (Pat), and John Wilson (Marie), 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Visiting Today 2-4 and 7-9 PM at The John J. Fox Funeral Home in Larchmont. Mass Thursday 10 AM at Sts. John & Paul Church in Larchmont. For more info go to his listing at www.jjffh.com

Published in the The Journal News on February 22, 2012


Wilson, Paul F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=paul-wilson&pid=156026239&cid=full

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JOBIT: Gaffney, Br. James Venantius [MC???? RIP]


Brother James Gaffney F.M.S.
February 22, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

GAFFNEY, Brother James Venantius, F.M.S., a member of the Marist Brothers of the Schools for 64 years, died on February 8, 2012 at Champagnat Hall, the Brother's residence in the Bronx. He was 80 years old.

Bro. James entered the Marist Brother's Novitiate, at Poughkeepsie, New York in 1948. He professed his first vows in 1950. After completing his religious and academic studies at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, he began his ministry in the Archdiocese of Boston at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA. He ministered at Central from 1952 to 1955, then from 1961 to 1968 and after studies in Fribourg, Switzerland, again from 1969 to 1977.

Bro. James received his undergraduate degree from Marist College in French, his Masters degree in French from St. John's University and a Masters degree in Reading from Manhattan College.

Bro. James also served in the Archdiocese of New York at Cardinal Hayes High School from 1955 to 1962. He taught at Central Catholic High School, Wheeling, WV from 1962 to 1968. He taught at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx from 1977 to 1984. From 1984 to 1990 he taught at Holy Trinity School in Poughkeepsie, he returned to Mount St. Michael in 1990 where he ministered until he retired in 1999,

A funeral Mass was celebrated at the chapel at Mount St. Michael Academy on Friday evening, February 10, followed by burial on Saturday, February 11 at the Marist Brother's Cemetery in Esopus, New York.


Gaffney, Br. James Venantius [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I believe that Brother received his Masters in 1969.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gaffney, Br. James Venantius [MC1969 RIP]

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JOBIT: Stokes, Cordi Decosta [MC???? RIP]


Cordi Stokes wrote "The Gift" about cancer: news obituary
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 4:55 PM    
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 5:02 PM
By Grant Segall

Cordi Decosta Stokes was found dead at home Monday in Cuyahoga Falls, according to the Summit County coroner's office.

Stokes, 50, had struggled with cancer for 10 years and written "The Gift," a scene about her famous family's battles with the illness.

"She was feisty, full of energy, full of life," said Peter Lawson Jones, former Cuyahoga County commissioner. Jones played the spirit of Stokes' late father, Carl, former Cleveland mayor, in a scene of "From Breast Cancer to Broadway" at Karamu House and New York's Cherry Lane Theater. Carl died from complications of esophogus cancer at 68.

The Plain Dealer's Julie Washington called the Stokes scene the most affecting in the show.

Codi Stokes grew up watching her father become the first black Democrat in the Ohio House, then the first black mayor of a major U.S. city. She watched her uncle, Louis, become the state's first black member of Congress. And she once lay on the floor of her home with her family because of threats from angry whites.

The next year, the family moved to Manhattan, N.Y., where Carl became the first black TV news anchor. She attended Martin Luther High School and Manhattan College there, according to a brother, Cordell Stokes.

She spent most of her adulthood in Cleveland and Shaker Heights. She worked for the Ohio Lottery and was a finalist for the Cleveland school board in 1988. She helped manage Sacks Discount Drugs, owned by her late stepfather, Nathan Sacks. She spent the last few years selling insurance.

Survivors include her mother, Shirley Sacks of Beachwood; a daughter, Sybil Quinn McBee of Atlanta; and two brothers. Lucas Memorial Chapel is handling her private arrangements.


Stokes, Cordi Decosta [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I was unable to find a listing for Cordi Decosta Stokes in the directories.

Edward J. McEneney ‘59

McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

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MNEWS: Who'll be Autism Speaks University Chapter in Greater NY area


Fordham Autism Speaks Branch Created
Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 01:02

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The puzzle piece decorated ribbon represents autism awareness. The club hopes to adorn Keating with blue lights soon.
Fordham University students Adrian Whiting, FCRH '14, and Mike Chernichaw, FCRH '14, founded a new chapter of Autism Speaks on campus.

The club is not only the first official autism awareness club on campus, but is also racing Manhattan College to be the first official Autism Speaks University Chapter in the Greater New York area. The club is currently waiting for approval of its constitution.

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[JR: In a race with the Rams?]

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JOBIT: Khoo, Khay Jin Philip  [MC1971 RIP]


A privilege to have travelled with you, Khay Jin
By Aliran, on 21 February 2012
Francis Loh pays tribute to Aliran’s long-time friend and supporter, the scholar-activist Philip Khoo Khay Jin, who passed away in December 2011.

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So many friends showed up at the apartment on the night of 22 December 2011, as soon as they heard that Khay Jin had breathed his last. Many more then attended the wake the following night and the funeral service held in the Catholic Church in Pulau Tikus, Penang, on Christmas Eve.

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For me, he was the model of a scholar-activist, a public intellectual. He was my fellow traveller. Perhaps I can share a bit more about some of Jin’s last thoughts about his projects and dreams. For, not only have I have known Jin for some 50-odd years, but I had the privilege to re-unite and interact with him quite intensely these past two months as he struggled with his failing health.
Jin grew up in Penang and attended St Xavier’s Institution like I did. He must have excelled in Mathematics like some have said; what I do remember was that he was the school’s pianist and on several occasions played concertos with the school’s orchestra. In the late 1960s, when it was still unfashionable to go to the US for further studies, he won a scholarship to attend Manhattan College in New York City, where he majored in Mathematics and Philosophy.

It was in the 1970s when we were undergraduates, and then graduate students in northeast America, that we first began to interact with one another intensely. Whereas most Malaysian students in the US studied the sciences, we turned to the social sciences. Those were heady times in the US and we were also caught in the throes of the social and cultural turbulence that engulfed American society, especially its youths then. We learnt as much in classes as outside them.

We next became colleagues in the School of Social Sciences in USM, Penang. Apart from teaching the same students and fighting the same battles in the School Board, we also conducted joint-research. Not for us to be ivory-tower academics for we desired a more just and free Malaysia and to this end we egged each other on to dedicate ourselves to be scholar-activists. We had lunch together, and debated on all kinds of issues over coffee and cigarettes, almost every day. We were fellow travellers.

But Jin was always several steps ahead of me. He had read more, had a more inquisitive mind, and had deep powers of absorption. While I would still be mulling about a problem, he had decided what ought to be done to overcome the predicament. Although I possessed a PhD and he did not, he was always more insightful and intelligent. He was my mentor.

In 1995, after 20 years in USM, Khay Jin transferred to Kuching. It was the beginning of a new phase in his life: for he turned anthropologist, trekked into the forests, and developed a special relationship with the Penans and other Orang Ulu in Sarawak. He was already there before the Bakun Dam project was launched. He took lots of photographs, filled many log books, and collected invaluable data about those times. Over the next fifteen years, he witnessed the worsening of the Penans’ plight first-hand. Inevitably, he took up their cause.

In this regard, Jin was very different from so many of us would-be scholar-activists. For as many of his peers grew in intellectual stature and moved up the academic hierarchy, and not a few becoming globe-trotting public intellectuals and assuming overseas positions, Khay Jin did the reverse! He dug deeper into the Borneo hinterland … and into local political issues. He even extended his interest to fathoming the ethnic violence in Kalimantan, across the border. And when Jane decided, upon her retirement from Unimas, that she wanted to move back to Penang to establish a new laboratory, Jin was reluctant to leave Sarawak

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Khay Jin, Philip Khoo [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I believe that Khay Jin Philip Khoo is a member of the Class of 1971.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Khoo, Khay Jin Philip  [MC1971 RIP]

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JHQ: Winning MC Flickr photo contest


Manhattan College

Congratulations to James Breen for winning our Flickr photo contest last week! We thought his photo captured the true beauty of Manhattan College's campus.

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[JR: Need a URL to point folks to. It's locked up here on FACEBOOK.]

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Manhattan College All of the photos can be viewed at flickr.com/groups/MCSocial11:37am

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MVIDEO: LOVE Namibia 2012 by Nelson, Tegan [MC2015]


L.O.V.E. Namibia 2012

This is the second of Manhattan College's student-produced L.O.V.E. trip videos from the 2012 winter intercession, created by Tegan Nelson, a sophomore international studies and Spanish double major.

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Nelson, Tegan [MC2015]

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JFACEBOOK: Horgan, Brian (MC1979) to lunch with Iwo Jima survivors


Brian Horgan shared The History Channel Club's photo. 9:40am (3 hours ago)

"Semper Fidelis. Tomorrow I will be honored to have lunch with survivors of this Battle."

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On this day in 1945, Navy Corpsman John Bradley and five U.S. Marines—Ira Hayes, Michael Strank, Rene Gagnon, Harlon Block, and Franklin Sousley—raise the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the fight for Iwo Jima. Sousley, Block, and Strank would not survive the battle, but the courage of the six men was immortalized by a snapshot that became an enduring symbol of American heroism.

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Horgan, Brian (MC1979)

[JR: Love to have a video recording of that slice of living history. Were the 6k+ KIAs at Sulfur Rock the final reason to drop the A bomb on Japan? Tragically fascinating topic.]

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JOBIT: Kelly, Patrick J. [MC1954 RIP]


Patrick J. Kelly
AGE: 79 • Somerset

Patrick J. Kelly, of Somerset, died on February 22 at home. He was 79 years old. Born in Manhattan, NY, he lived in Westchester before moving to Somerset 46 years ago. Mr. Kelly was employed as a property and casualty underwriter for many years with the Continental Insurance Company in Cranbury, retiring in 1992. He was an Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart Grammar School and Cardinal Hayes H.S. in the Bronx. He then graduated from Manhattan College in 1954 with a B.A. in History. He was a communicant of St. Matthias Church in Somerset and an usher for 25 years. He was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity. He also enjoyed woodworking.

He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and a sister. Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years Maureen Mahon Kelly, two sons Thomas Patrick Kelly of Pittstown, NJ and Christopher Kelly and his wife Debbie of Franklin Township, two daughters: Catherine and her husband Stephen Andrews of New Fairfield, CT and Maura and her husband Paul Rusen of Morristown. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Virginia, Caroline, Sara and Emily.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 8:15a.m. from the Boylan Funeral Home, 188 Easton Avenue in New Brunswick followed by a 9a.m. Mass at St. Matthias R.C. Church in Somerset. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 7-9p.m. only. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to: The American Cancer Society , 2600 U.S. Highway 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 or Habitat for Humanity, 100 West Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08873.

Published in Home News Tribune on February 24, 2012


Kelly, Patrick J. [MC1954 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/mycentraljersey/guestbook.aspx?n=patrick-kelly&pid=156067085&cid=full

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JNEWS: Zambito, Joseph [MC2010] 2012 New Faces of Engineering finalist


Joseph Zambito

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Joseph Zambito has been recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a 2012 New Faces of Engineering finalist. The New Faces of Engineering is a prestigious, U.S.-based program highlighting the exciting and unique work of young engineers and their impact on society.

Joseph was also named in McGraw-Hill Construction's 2011 "New York Top 20 Under 40" list. McGraw-Hill Construction's "Top 20 Under 40" program distinguishes forward-thinking leaders under the age of 40 in the engineering and construction industry.

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Zambito, Joseph [MC2010]

[JR: Wow, he's got a lot of "juice". Who's his PR agent? I expect him to announce for Mayor any minute.]

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JOBIT: Devey, Roger G. [MC???? RIP]


Roger G. Devey

Manning, S.C. - Roger G. Devey passed away on February 21, 2012.

He was born in Elmhurst, Queens, N.Y. on August 20, 1931 and graduated from Manhattan College, New York University and the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served four years during the Korean War, progressing from Private to First Lieutenant.

His career included 32 years with IBM and close to 20 years with Bryant & Stratton College.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Doris; his brother Donald and wife Ellen of Katonah, N.Y.; his children, Richard, Frank, Judy, Maureen and Pamela; and grandchildren, Richard, Anthony, Louis, Matthew, Hannah, Kerry and Sara.He was preceded in death by two sons, William and Kevin.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated at the Mended Hearts Society, Treasurer, Mended Hearts, Clarence Clodfelter, 2622 Marrow Dr., Newport News, VA 23606.

A memorial service will be held in the spring in Westchester County, N.Y.Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, SC, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.www.stephensfuneralhome.org

Published in The Virginian Pilot on February 25, 2012


Devey, Roger G. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/pilotonline/guestbook.aspx?n=roger-devey&pid=156078989&cid=full

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JFACEBOOK: Miscia, Dana (MC2009) Triathlon coach for Goldman


Dana Miscia: "I am excited to announce that not only am I the head of the runner club for Goldman Sachs right now as a coach, I am now the triathlon coach for Goldman! :D! Teaching clinics in May + June + poss throughout the summer!"

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[JR: Congrats, but teaching investment bankers to run fast? Hmm, won't that make it harder for the Occupy folks to catch them for the guillotine when the revolution comes? LOL! Remember they're "smart", so you'll have to use small words. And, the attention span of a third grader. With apologies to all the third graders reading this.  ]

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Comment on: Gallaher, Peter “peardarban” (MC1965) hits the point

by Twomey, John J.  (MC1969)


Hope this helps our Jasper family to voice its opposition to the President’s mandate attacking our religious beliefs.

Subject: Respect for Rights of Conscience Act

Please consider writing to your congressman in opposition to the Health and Human Services regulations

Simply click on to http://www.usccb.org. Then click to write Congress now. Next click to send E-mail to congress now.
You will need one letter for your Senators and one for your Representative.

The name an address of theses individuals will appear automatically once you put your address in. Then just submit.

John J. Twomey
Good Shepherd ’61
Manhattan Prep ’65
Manhattan College ’69

ENDNOTE: More abuse claims


Milwaukee archdiocese faces 550 abuse claims in bankruptcy proceeding
February 03, 2012

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More than 550 people have filed claims for compensation because of sexual abuse by clerics of the Milwaukee archdiocese.

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[JR: This shameful episode in Church history just keeps going on. It's like the Inquisition, the Crusades. or selling indulgences. Can't get past it.]

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