JASPER JOTTINGS Week 34 – 2008 Aug 24



POSITRACTION: Nashville man finds baby girl left in front of his house
REMEMBERANCE: Gebrian, Sr. Susanne M. (MC1969)
Remembrance: Lisa Marie Muccilo ‘92 (Five years ago today)
JFound: Lamiano, Frank (MC1956) … (on FACEBOOK)
JFound: Avvento, Paul (MC2007) … (on FACEBOOK)
JFound: Buran, Bill (MC1999) running for NY State Assembly
JEMAIL: “UPS > Delivery Failure” virus circulating
JEMAIL: Morgan, Jim (MC1957) says “you could be too old some day”
JNEWS: Evans, Artie (MC1961) annual tourney honor
REMEMBRANCE: Fitzpatrick, John Francis “Jack” (MC1951)
JNEWS: Santerre, Josh (MC????) named UVM assistant
JEMAIL: Vaccarino, Carmine (MC1957) urges participation in an MSNBC poll
Remembrance: Durocher, William G. (MC????)
JEmail: Emond, Doug (MC1984) 9/25 at McFadden’s of Boston owned by Sullivan, John (MC1988)
JNEWS: Logan, Doug (MC????) new head of USA Track & Field
JFound: Levine, Barbara S. (MC1979) a South Florida Broker who is nuts about golf
MObit: Tragedy impacts a possible future Jasper!
JEMAIL: McGrath, Erin M. (MC1992) reports “Manhattan College” students interviewed about the lower drinking age
JEMAIL: Maher, Kevin (MC1980) is appointed Vice President-Middle East and Africa Sales, AT&T Global Services.
JNEWS: Harkins, Patrick (MC2004) reports a benefit  for his cousin, Kyle Fleischmann, who has been missing
JObit: Bania, Stephen (MC????)
MFound: Ken Norton remembered as part of a courageous act!
MFound: Hanrahan, Elizabeth (MC2010?) titled Queen of Roscommon
JFound: Lalor, Mary Jo (MC????) is the power behind the throne
JHQ: Manhattan College Names Dr. Tim Ward New Dean Of Engineering
JHQ: U.S. News & World Report Ranks School  Of Engineering Among The Best In The Nation
JEmail: Avvento, Paul (MC2007) (on FACEBOOK)
JObit: Mazza, Sr. Mary Assumpta (MC1945)
Comment on REMEMBERING: Lisa Marie Muccilo ‘92  by Erin McGrath
ENDNOTE: Let’s NOT forget the child survivors of all  botched abortions on election day!
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POSITRACTION: Nashville man finds baby girl left in front of his house


Nashville man finds baby girl left in front of his house

Metro police are investigating the case of an infant left in a South Nashville front yard.

A man found a newborn baby girl about 6 p.m. Friday as he worked in his yard at 407 McDonald Drive, police said.

Contacted Saturday at home, the man, Joel Stitt, said he was speaking only to police.

The baby was sunburned but otherwise unhurt. She was taken to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for observation and then given to the Department of Children’s Services.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 862-8600.


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[JR: A sad testiment to a family failure; good that the man was there to rescue the child. Who knows what could have happened? Hope we are all alert to our opportunities. Not all of them are as blatant as a baby on your lawn. Personally, I need easy “grounders” like that one. I’ll leave the big challenges to my fellow Jaspers who are so much better than I am.]

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* Posted on: Sun, Aug 17 2008 1:00 PM

REMEMBERANCE: Gebrian, Sr. Susanne M. (MC1969)

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* Posted on: Sun, Aug 17 2008 6:47 PM

Remembrance: Lisa Marie Muccilo ‘92 (Five years ago today)

Lisa Marie Muccilo ‘92

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* Posted on: Mon, Aug 18 2008 6:00 PM

JFound: Lamiano, Frank (MC1956) … (on FACEBOOK)


Lamiano, Frank (MC1956)

Troy, NY

“Getting an education on the net, at my age. See you can teach a old dog new tricks”

[JR: Way to go! Jaspers are ‘life long learners’.]

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* Posted on: Mon, Aug 18 2008 7:07 PM

JFound: Avvento, Paul (MC2007) … (on FACEBOOK)


Avvento, Paul (MC2007)

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[JR: Which exposed some other facets!]


So as most of you know, my name is Paul and I’m just a 22 year old Graduate of Manhattan College.  What some of you may not know is that for the next two years I will be volunteering to teach with the Christian Brothers in schools in poor neighborhoods.  The program offers many phenomenal opportunities, such as being able to live in a prayerful community with experienced teachers, travel the country, teach children who want to learn, and prepare for a Masters Degree.

I have been extremely fortunate throughout my life to be around loving and caring people, both friends and family, and have been given many opportunities that others were not afforded.  It is because of these people that I know the Lasallian Volunteer program is the exactly what I should be doing with my life.

I will be in San Francisco, living at Cathedral Hill and teaching in the Tenderloin District at De Marillac Academy (www.demarillac.org).

Being away from home may be difficult, but I hope that as you read this blog you stay in touch with me.  Thank you.

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* Posted on: Mon, Aug 18 2008 7:18 PM

JFound: Buran, Bill (MC1999) running for NY State Assembly

The GOPyr
The online blog edition of the New York State Young Republicans’ GOPyr Newsletter.
Christopher Dziedzic, Chairman, NYSYR
Jonathan J. Judge, Editor-in-Chief, GOPYR
Saturday, August 16, 2008
YRs at the Plate

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Bill Buran
Lives In: New York, NY
Occupation: Marketing
Running For: State Assembly, 72nd AD
Website: http://www.BillBuran.com

Born and raised in the Binghamton region of Upstate New York, Bill quickly learned that personal responsibility and self reliance are the principles that make this country great.

Bill attended Manhattan College in Riverdale section of the Bronx. There he studied Finance and Economics while volunteering his time as the Baseball Team Manager and working for the Sports Media Relations office.

Upon graduating college, Bill stayed in New York and built his career in Advertising and Marketing. After a few years living in Brooklyn, Bill moved to Inwood in 2005. During this time, Bill and his business partner Vidura Barrios created a new media company called Inner Splendor Media, which employs three people and utilizes many of the other small businesses in the Inwood/Washington Heights area.

Politics entered Bill’s life in August of 2007 during the Presidential primaries. Bill’s belief in limited government, free markets, low taxes, civil liberties and strong property rights lead him to Congressman Ron Paul’s campaign. Bill comes to the Republican Party from the traditional conservative wing such as President Taft, Reagan and Senator Goldwater.

Bill currently is a proud resident and business owner of Upper Manhattan.

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Welcome to my website and my campaign.

This year change is all about having a choice. Not a choice between a left and a right, but a choice between an up or down. I believe the issues confronting us today cross party lines. Simply do we believe in our capacity of self government, or confess that a few intellectual elite at a distant capital can plan our lives for us, better than we can plan them ourselves. I want to introduce freedom of choice in how you educate your children, freedom of choice in quality health care, choice in more affordable housing and economic freedom with fewer taxes. I have faith that you have the ability, the dignity and the right to make your own decisions and determine your own destiny.

Thank you,

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Buran, Bill (MC1999)

From Facebok


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* Posted on: Tue, Aug 19 2008 6:03 PM

* Updated: Wed, Aug 20 2008 12:25 PM

JEMAIL: “UPS > Delivery Failure” virus circulating
From: Carmine Vaccarino [MC1957]
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 10:23 AM

Subject: The newest virus circulating is the> “UPS > Delivery Failure”

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A new virus. This is true, not a hoax. Go to the snopes link below for full details. I have not received any but had this warning forwarded to me and as always, I check them out on snopes.



The newest virus circulating is the> “UPS > Delivery Failure”.
You will receive an email from UPS Packet Service along
with a packet number.NOTE: The word packet is mis-spelled on this line as paket.
It will say that they were un-able to deliver a package sent by
you on such and such a date. It then asks you to print out the
invoice copy attached. The attached zip file contains a document
that masquerades as a WORD document.
Pass this warning on to all your PC operators at work and home
and to all your address book.
This virus has caused millions of dollars in damage in the past
few days. It was first reported on in July (last month)

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[JR: Carmine is correct. Some folks at work got burned by this one. HOWEVER, no home user should be running “naked”. That is without proper security software on their home pcs. Some ISPs give to you free. Note: that one can use “purposed” emails to detect phish, spam, or phrobes. So for example, for it to be a valid UPS message to the ‘reinke dot cc’ it would have to come addressed to “UPSXXXXYYYY at reinke dot c c” where XXXX and YYYY are super secret codes. On XP, Outlook rules, and, on my mac, mac smart rule, would filter the message into a dedicated mailbox for UPS. I have about 100 of these setup. The value is that any bad stuff comes in and might as well smell like a dead fish. SO, why would a message from my bank be anywhere but in my Bank’s dedicated folder. With your own domain, this stuff is trivial to set up and costs nothing extra! Message me if you want help to set it up.]

p.s., I got the bad message at work but it failed my similar setup there so I knew it was ‘poison’.

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* Posted on: Tue, Aug 19 2008 6:26 PM

JEMAIL: Morgan, Jim (MC1957) says “you could be too old some day”
From: Jim Morgan 57B
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 2:40 PM
Subject: You could be too old some day

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says that if you are 75 years or older, you are too old (at an age of “competing causes of death”) to have prostate cancer screening. In the August 5, 2008 Issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, they recommend that doctors do not screen such patients or those who have a life expectancy of 10 years or less (the time required to experience a “mortality” benefit). Their technical reason is that the psychological impact of false-positive test results could be harmful. In addition, elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening tests could lead to the discomfort of a prostate biopsy, which in turn could lead to treatments that could cause more harm than good.

As a 76-year-old recent prostate cancer survivor, I can’t agree with them. Shouldn’t everyone have the same opportunity I had to use all available medical procedures? Or, is this perhaps a not so subtle example of the allocation of resources?

Has “someone” concluded it is a waste of Medicare money not only to treat those over 75 with prostate cancer, but also to even bother testing them to see if they have it?

The good news is, if you are 75 or older, you don’t have to pay any attention to Prostate Cancer Awareness month in September.

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[JR: Welcome to the world of Socialism and Socialized Medicine! As a Libertarian, I think if you want to pay for it, you should have it. Making me pay for anything for you is wrong. We’ve morphed into socialism. The Old should just be put on an iceberg! Leaving their estates to the wise and caring gooferment bureaucrats who will provide for everyone! Barf!!]

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* Posted on: Tue, Aug 19 2008 6:33 PM

JNEWS: Evans, Artie (MC1961) annual tourney honor


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Hillside Swim Club is going to celebrate the lives of Artie and Midge Evans next Saturday … and rightfully so.

Longtime fixtures at the Bulls Head club, the Evanses could always be found laughing or competing, and usually both.

Artie, a legendary track star at Manhattan College as well as an accomplished touch tackle football and tennis player, was on his way to play tennis at Hillside when he suffered a fatal heart attack in 2003.

Midge, another ball of energy, passed away of leukemia last October.

The club will honor the couple with — what else? — a memorial tennis tournament which will run in conjunction with a health fair and blood drive.

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Evans, Artie (MC1961) annual tourney honor

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* Posted on: Tue, Aug 19 2008 7:35 PM

REMEMBRANCE: Fitzpatrick, John Francis “Jack” (MC1951)

John Francis “Jack” Fitzpatrick

[JR: It makes me sad when there is no other entry in the Guest Book other than mine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I put it there if for no other reason than it marks the place. I just wonder how many things (i.e., stories, information, knowledge, wisdom, jokes) are now lost forever. Each time we lose the essence of … … the human community?]

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* Posted on: Tue, Aug 19 2008 8:01 PM

JNEWS: Santerre, Josh (MC????) named UVM assistant


Santerre named UVM assistant
August 19, 2008
Staff and Wire Reports

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BURLINGTON – Josh Santerre, a former standout pitcher at Manhattan College, has been named a part-time assistant baseball coach at the University of Vermont.

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A native of Essex Junction, Santerre is a 2007 graduate of Manhattan where he had an outstanding four-year career in the Jaspers’ rotation starting a school-record 48 games. A second team All-MAAC starting pitcher as a senior, he finished his career ranked among the school’s all-time single season leaders in victories, complete games, innings pitched, and strikeouts.

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Santerre is the second new member of the Vermont coaching staff joining Mike Cole (’01), who returned to UVM in July after serving four years as an assistant at Manhattan.

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Santerre, Josh (MC????) named UVM assistant

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* Posted on: Tue, Aug 19 2008 8:02 PM

JEMAIL: Vaccarino, Carmine (MC1957) urges participation in an MSNBC poll
From: Carmine Vaccarino (MC1957)
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 3:15 PM
To: Unspecified
Subject: MSNBC Poll on “In God We Trust”

Here’s your chance to let the media know where the people stand on our faith in God, as a nation. NBC is taking a poll on whether ‘In God We Trust’ should be removed or stay on our American currency. Please send this to everyone you know so they can vote on this important subject. Please do it right away, before NBC takes this off the web page.

Poll is still open so you can vote.


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[JR: CV urges us, in the good old American tradition, to vote early and often. Even though you have to ask, “does it matter?” And, even in American Idol the books get cooked. But Jasper Jottings can astroturf with the best of them. GO vote and make an old Jasper Happy!]

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* Posted on: Wed, Aug 20 2008 6:00 AM

Remembrance: Durocher, William G. (MC????)

William Durocher

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* Posted on: Wed, Aug 20 2008 6:30 PM

JEmail: Emond, Doug (MC1984) 9/25 at McFadden’s of Boston owned by Sullivan, John (MC1988)
From: “Douglas Emond” (MC1984)
Date: August 20, 2008 8:42:17 AM EDT
To: “reinke, fjohn68?
Subject: Re: Pandering for news to report in Jasper Jottings

Hi John

The Manhattan College New England Alumni are getting together on 9/25 at McFadden’s of Boston @ 6:00 pm – we are going to hang a Manhattan Jasper flag on the wall and call the place our satellite office – since McFadden’s is owned by a Jasper~! (John Sullivan 88)

Doug Emond – Jasper 84 – Business

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[JR: Wish I could be there! Hope you fill the place.]

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* Posted on: Wed, Aug 20 2008 7:11 PM

JNEWS: Logan, Doug (MC????) new head of USA Track & Field

Sports of The Times
A Chance for Track to Regain Its Past With Wider Appeal
Usain Bolt on Jamaica on Tuesday after competing in the men’s 200m semi-final.
Published: August 19, 2008

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As it happens, Coe has found a kindred soul in Doug Logan, the new head of USA Track & Field. Logan, the first commissioner of Major League Soccer, has called on President Bush to not commute the six-month sentence of Marion Jones, who is jailed for lying in connection with the Balco scandal and who has lost her Olympic medals because she used performance-enhancing drugs.

“Nobody will succeed if drugs continue to be the first or second or third question,” Logan said, referring to track’s news conferences. Then he lamented the marginal state of the sport.

“Track and field kept ambling down the road while all those Ferraris passed them,” he said. “The N.F.L.; what David Stern did with basketball; Mark McCormack, a genius, built golf on a new business model; Donald Dell and others in tennis; the France family with Nascar.”

Born in Cuba, Logan attended Manhattan College and fell in love with big-time track of the 1960s, particularly the Millrose Games. He said, “I can still hear the footsteps on those wooden boards, with all those splinters — Ron Delany, Eamonn Coghlan in the Wanamaker Mile.”

Now, he said, “We’ve got to blow it up and start all over.” He lamented the Balkanized calendar that had American athletes qualifying in the trials in June but then there was “a five-week hiatus, with four or five European meets, with our kids flying all over the place.” As a result, he said, many performances are down from their peak in June.

The sport could be “a marketer’s dream,” Logan said, adding: “The rules are simple — get there first. Everybody has tried to race his older brother.” He also criticized the cost and elapsed time of the world championships, noting that the Prefontaine meet in Oregon every spring “gets it all done in 2 ½ hours.”

He concluded: “U.S.A.T.F. has to be the promoter of the last resort. We have to cajole people out of their narrow point of view.” As a former rock promoter, Logan predicted that Usain Bolt could “fill Icahn Stadium single-handedly any time he wants,” referring to the modest stadium under the Triborough Bridge.

On May 31, Bolt set a world record of 9.72 at that stadium, and the other night he dropped it to 9.69 while thumping his chest. Bolt has galvanized the Bird’s Nest. With new leadership, maybe Bolt and his Jamaican running mates could make the “granddaddy of them all” relevant more than once every four years.

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Logan, Doug (MC????) new head of USA Track & Field

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* Posted on: Wed, Aug 20 2008 8:06 PM

JFound: Levine, Barbara S. (MC1979) a South Florida Broker who is nuts about golf


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“As a South Florida Broker who is nuts about golf, I’ve always taken the extra time to get to know the golf communities the best. My expertise goes beyond the houses near the fairways; it extends to the courses, the club houses, the flavor and the lifestyle. I’m on a Florida Golf Association committee that rates Florida courses and I have always belonged to a private equity club.

“My greatest joy in real estate is working with homebuyers who want as perfect a place to live as they do a perfect place to play… a true ‘Life on the LinksTM.’ “Let me show you how the communities are different. To find a home and golf community to suit your unique lifestyle, call me.”

– Barbara S. Levine, Broker

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I’ve had the fine education in new york city…ranging from an ultra sophicated private school education pre-college..to 2 universities in new york city: graduated from manhaattan college in riverdale new york.with a b.s received a graduate degree in labor realtions an public administration from new york university…mpa- mlr. presently a broker/consulatantand director of sales and marketing for lowell international realty group. my business goals:

“As a South Florida Broker who is nuts about golf, I’ve always taken the extra time to get to know the golf communities the best. My expertise goes beyond the houses near the fairways; it extends to the courses, the club houses, the flavor and the lifestyle. I’m on a Florida State Golf Association committee that rates Florida courses and I have always belonged to a private equity club.

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Levine, Barbara S. (MC1979)

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* Posted on: Wed, Aug 20 2008 8:22 PM

MObit: Tragedy impacts a possible future Jasper!


From North County News
Mary Sullivan
Mother her favorite role
Mary Sullivan impacted people in amazing ways
By Pat van den Beemt
Posted 8/20/08

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Mary Patricia Sullivan was many things to many people. She was a dedicated worker who lived in Uganda for seven years as she established an AIDS research facility; a tireless staff member at the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine; a talented artist whose scarves and shawls were best-sellers at a Monkton shop and the mother of three daughters.

Of those labels, it was the last that meant the most to Sullivan, 47, who was killed Aug. 12 when a stolen truck crashed into the Victorian house she and her three daughters rented on York Road in Hereford.

The Web site set up in Sullivan’s memory and to accept contributions for her daughters, Caileigh, Shannon and Aiden Meehan, is fittingly named http://www.marysgirls.org.

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Caileigh, 18, graduated from Hereford High School in May and will be a freshman at Manhattan College in New York; Shannon, 16, is a junior at Hereford High, where she runs track; Aiden, 14, starts Hereford High next week as a freshman.

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Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund for the girls at http://www.marysgirls.org, or checks made payable to “Mary’s Girls” can be sent to The Division of Infectious Diseases, 1830 E. Monument St., Suite 437, Baltimore, MD 21205.

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* Posted on: Thu, Aug 21 2008 8:34 PM

JEMAIL: McGrath, Erin M. (MC1992) reports “Manhattan College” students interviewed about the lower drinking age
From: McGrath, Erin M. (MC1992)
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:45 AM
To: Jasper FJohn68
Subject: Manhattan College in the news (sort of)



click on audio clip by Steve Sandberg – he interviews “Manhattan College” students.

I heard it several times over the course of the day on August 19th.

[JR: From our new Jasper Jottings reporter. Guess she took that business card seriously?]

[JR: p.s., the correct age imho is ZERO! But you knew I’d say that.]

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* Posted on: Thu, Aug 21 2008 8:48 PM

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JEMAIL: Maher, Kevin (MC1980) is appointed Vice President-Middle East and Africa Sales, AT&T Global Services.
From: Lindgren, Tom (MC1978)
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:30 PM
To: Jasper FJohn68
Subject: FW: Enterprise Business Sales – Organization Announcement


This is Kevin Maher ‘80 Business School from Manhattan. His Mom worked as a Secretary at the School


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From: Global Business Services (AT&T)
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:05 PM
Subject: Enterprise Business Sales – Organization Announcement

August 21, 2008

AT&T Global Services
Enterprise Business Sales
Effective September 1, 2008

Kevin Maher, Sales Center Vice President-Global, AT&T Global Services, is appointed Vice President-Middle East and Africa Sales, AT&T Global Services.

Kevin will be located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and will continue to report to me.

John Finnegan
Senior Vice President-Global Sales
AT&T Global Services

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Maher, Kevin (MC1980) is appointed Vice President-Middle East and Africa Sales, AT&T Global Services.

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* Posted on: Thu, Aug 21 2008 8:58 PM

JNEWS: Harkins, Patrick (MC2004) reports a benefit
for his cousin, Kyle Fleischmann, who has been missing

Harkins, Patrick (MC2004)
Today at 3:57pm

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This is a benefit for my cousin, Kyle Fleischmann, that has been missing since this past November.

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Hailey Cobb, LGA Monika Weymouth, LGA
704 552-6565 ext. 103 704 552-6565 ext. 109
Cobb at lgapr dot com or Weymouth at lgapr dot com


Golf Tournament & Banquet Commemorate One-Year Anniversary of Kyle’s Disappearance

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 19, 2008) – On Saturday, Nov. 8, one year after the disappearance of 24-year-old Charlotte native and Elon University graduate Kyle Fleischmann, Kyle’s family, friends and The Kyle Fleischmann Foundation (KFF) will hold a charity golf tournament and banquet dinner at Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte.

The tournament’s shotgun start will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Golf Club at Ballantyne Resort and the banquet will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballantyne Resort Pavilion. Funds raised will benefit The Kyle Fleischmann Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to raise awareness and provide educational tools for families of missing adults.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in January 2007 there were more than 50,000 missing adults in the United States and that number continues to grow. The sudden disappearance of Kyle Fleischmann on Nov. 9, 2007 led his family and friends to turn their tragedy into an educational opportunity so that others would know where to go for help and information in the critical first days of a person’s disappearance. The inaugural fundraiser will help strengthen the foundation so it is able to fund a speakers’ bureau, educational materials, an active Web site and provide DNA kits, scent pads and other necessary materials to people looking for answers when an adult loved one disappears.

KFF is seeking 100 participants for the inaugural golf tournament and multiple corporate sponsors for the golf tournament and banquet dinner. Participation in the golf event is $125 per golfer or $400 for a foursome. Banquet dinner tickets will be around $50 per person. Sponsorships are available at $1,200 for each hole; $1,500 to sponsor the putting contest; $5,000 to be the tournament sponsor; and $4,000 to sponsor the banquet.

“As we sadly approach the one-year anniversary of Kyle’s disappearance, we feel it is important to not only remember Kyle, but also to give back to the community as Kyle did in his life,” said Bryan Padgette, friend and board member of KFF. “The foundation we have created in Kyle’s memory will help others find direction and answers through a very difficult and emotional time.”

The Kyle Fleischmann Foundation is in the process of launching its Web site (www.thekff.org) and creating materials that will highlight statistics on missing persons, spotlight existing missing adult cases and offer safety tips and steps to take for families searching for a loved one that is missing. The Web site also will offer the option of making donations to KFF online.

In the future, KFF hopes to provide educational grants to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students who wish to pursue a career in the not-for-profit sector focusing on missing persons. As the organization grows, opportunities for internships may also become available.

For more information on The Kyle Fleischmann Foundation, please visit http://www.thekff.org.

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* Posted on: Fri, Aug 22 2008 7:35 PM

JObit: Bania, Stephen (MC????)


Friday, August 22, 2008
The Oregonian

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Stephen S. Bania

Stephen S. Bania of Eugene died Aug. 1, 2008, of Parkinson’s disease at age 86.

Stephen S. Bania was born Oct. 19, 1921, in Bayonne, N.J. He graduated from Manhattan College and served in the Navy during World War II. He lived in the Beaverton area from 1965 to 2007. He was a plant manager for Stauffer Chemical and a commissioner of Rural Fire District No. 1 in Portland. In 1957, he married Esther Martinson; she died in 1998.

Survivors include his son, Neil; daughter, Carla Reinholtz; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Remembrances to the United Leukodystrophy Foundation. Arrangements by Andreason’s.

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Bania, Stephen (MC????)

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* Posted on: Fri, Aug 22 2008 7:37 PM

MFound: Ken Norton remembered as part of a courageous act!

Long Island University Blackbirds’ Boycott of 1936 Berlin Olympics Resonates Today

Top-ranked basketball stars refused to compete in Nazi Germany, sacrificing their Olympic dreams to uphold their principles

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Brooklyn, N.Y.– When the U.S. Olympic Committee decided to participate in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, they didn’t speak for a certain university team in the heart of Brooklyn. Long Island University’s top-ranked basketball team refused to compete in the Olympics because the games were being held in Nazi Germany.

Basketball had just become an Olympic sport, and the top college hoops programs in the country were invited to vie for the honor of representing the United States at the Berlin Olympics. The Blackbirds had won 33 straight games over a two-year period under legendary basketball coach and innovator Clair Bee. A Division I powerhouse, they were considered to be a sure bet to represent the United States and odds-on favorites to win medals.

The team (comprised of Jews, Protestants and Catholics) met in Coach Clair Bee’s office to vote on whether or not to participate. Olympic glory was tantalizingly within reach, but they decided that if, given the world situation, one man’s conscience told him he couldn’t see fit to attend, the whole team would not go. More than one player voted to boycott, and the team united in support of that decision. They sacrificed their Olympic dreams to uphold their principles.

Coach Clair Bee stood beside his men, and Dean Tristram Walker Metcalfe not only stood beside them but pointedly and proudly spoke for them. He announced that the Blackbirds “had decided not to compete because the university would not under any circumstances be represented in Olympic Games held in Germany.” Other universities also declined to participate, but Long Island University was the only one to actually cite the political situation in Germany as the reason for the decision.

The players who made this bold statement were Ben Kramer, Marius Russo, Jules Bender, Ken Norton, Leo Merson, Arthur Hillhouse, Bill Schwarz and Harry Grant. After graduating from Long Island University, six of them went on to build careers in athletics.

Russo became a pitching ace for the New York Yankees. His daughter, Marian Markovich of Fort Myers, Fla., carries on his spirit of social consciousness—she has been active in the recent protest against China’s cancellation of a visa for a former Olympic athlete who criticized China’s role in Darfur.

Bender, Hillhouse, Kramer and Merson played basketball professionally in the American Basketball League, the top pro league in the East at the time. Hillhouse also played professionally as part of the Basketball Association of America, the forerunner of the NBA, while Ken Norton became a prominent college basketball coach (Manhattan College).

In an era where the potential for securing big-bucks sponsorship deals seems to dictate many athletes’ career decisions, this Olympic season offers a great opportunity to reflect on a time when giants on the court used their conscience as their guide.

Posted: August 21, 2008

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[JR: Good work! Here’s a Manhattan College connection with courage. I think this is why I’m down on the current Olympics in China. I blogged on it. http://tinyurl.com/5htk2d  And, my disgust with it! The oppressed people have their noses rubbed in their suffering while the world “celebrates” another tyrant. Where has American’s spine gone?]

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* Posted on: Fri, Aug 22 2008 7:52 PM

MFound: Hanrahan, Elizabeth (MC2010?) titled Queen of Roscommon


Roscommon Queen From New York
August 22, 2008
By April Drew

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THE granddaughter of a Roscommon-born woman from New York has won the prestigious title Queen of Roscommon at a beauty pageant held in Castlerea at the beginning of the month.

Elizabeth Ann Hanrahan, 20, is a junior finance student at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York.

Hanrahan’s grandmother (on her mother’s side), Nora Clarke-Dowd was born and raised in Tibohine, Co. Roscommon and moved to New Jersey when she was 20.

Hanrahan’s maternal grandfather came to New York from Tipperary when he was a teenager. Hanrahan’s father’s family also originate from Ireland but “his roots are slightly more detached from the country,” explained the newly crowned queen.

Hanrahan was accompanied by her mother and grandmother to Roscommon for two weeks in July where she was one of six girls vying for the title of queen. According to Hanrahan, they all “had a grand old time there.”

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Hanrahan, Elizabeth (MC2010?) titled Queen of Roscommon


* Posted on: Fri, Aug 22 2008 7:57 PM

JFound: Lalor, Mary Jo (MC????) is the power behind the throne


Friday, August 22, 2008
Lalor Chooses “Running Mate”

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Kieran Michael Lalor, who is running for Congress against first-term Democrat John Hall, today announced his “running mate” for the 2008 Election and for life.

Lalor, who this week filed more than 6,200 signatures in order to appear on a third-party line called “Energy Security Now!” in addition to the Republican and Conservative lines, announced that his running mate is his lovely wife of three years, Mary Jo. “MJ,” as Kieran affectionately calls her, has been the backbone of Lalor’s upstart campaign since it began.

“I am proud to have my wife Mary Jo’s enthusiastic support,” Lalor said. “MJ and our daughters Riley and Katie have been an inspiration to me and my campaign, and her support has been tremendous every step of the way.”

Mary Jo and Kieran met just days after he returned to law school after a tour in Iraq and a two year leave of absence for military service. Said Lalor, “Leaving law school for Marine Corps duty turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. Had I not left, I would not have met Mary Jo and wouldn’t have my two gorgeous little girls.”

Said Mary Jo, “Our family knows the challenges that families face when it comes to paying taxes, making tough health care choices, and paying for escalating gas and electric bills. Because our family faces the same challenges that most families in the Hudson Valley must deal with, we are confident that the people of the district will select a down-to-earth, middle-class guy like Kieran, rather than a 1970’s pop star, to represent them in Washington.”

She continued, “Kieran worked his union job midnight to eight so he could provide for our family and take on the millionaires and political elites. That he essentially gave up sleep for an entire year to make sure middle-class people in the Hudson Valley have a voice in Washington tells you everything you need to know about my husband and the type of Congressman he will be.”

Mary Jo Lalor is a reading teacher in Rockland County. She is a graduate of Pace Law School who also holds two Masters Degrees in education in addition to an undergraduate degree from Manhattan College.

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* Posted on: Fri, Aug 22 2008 10:24 PM

JHQ: Manhattan College Names Dr. Tim Ward New Dean Of Engineering
August 22, 2008

Manhattan College Names Dr. Tim Ward New Dean Of Engineering

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Dr. Tim Ward has been named the new dean of Manhattan College’s school of engineering, effective Aug. 18.

Ward previously served as professor of civil engineering and chair of the department of civil engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He earned his bachelor’s degree in geological engineering at the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno; his master’s degree in geological engineering at the University of Nevada; and a doctorate in civil engineering at Colorado State University.

“Manhattan College has a long history of being an outstanding place for undergraduate engineering education,” Ward says. “A number of National Academy of Engineering members have come through the programs at Manhattan, so there is a lot of very positive things associated with not only the school of engineering, but also Manhattan College in general.”

At UNM, Ward also had been in the roles of associate director of WERC (a consortium for environmental education and technology development) and assistant vice president for research.

Ward began his academic career in the civil engineering department at Colorado State and has held positions at the Research Institute of Colorado, the University of New Castle (England), New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the University of Nebraska.

Ward is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering and a Licensed Professional Engineer. His professional memberships include ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute; Watershed Management Technical Committee; Soil and Water Conservation Society; American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

During his career, Ward conducted several funded research projects totaling nearly $10 million while at UNM and NMSU, and has written more than 200 publications, papers and reports. His research interests include hydraulics, waste management, watershed management, rainfall simulation studies, and erosion and sediment transport.

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* Posted on: Sat, Aug 23 2008 12:48 PM

JHQ: U.S. News & World Report Ranks School
Of Engineering Among The Best In The Nation
August 22, 2008

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Manhattan College’s School Of Engineering Among The Best In The Nation

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – U.S. News & World Report has ranked Manhattan College’s chemical engineering program fourth in the specialty category of best undergraduate engineering programs. The College’s ranking appears in the print and online versions of U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” released this week.

This isn’t the first time the College’s chemical engineering program has received a top spot in the popular survey. In the 2006 edition, Manhattan’s program ranked fifth in the same category. Other schools ranked with Manhattan in this year’s survey include Cooper Union, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Bucknell University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Overall, Manhattan College’s school of engineering earned a peer review rating of 2.9 and was ranked 38th among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s.

U.S. News ranks only undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. The rankings are based solely on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty who rate overall programs and best programs in various specialties. Forty-three percent of the individuals surveyed returned ratings.

In the Best Universities-Masters (North Region) category, Manhattan College ranked 19th. The Best Universities-Master’s category includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, but offer few, if any, doctoral programs. The 572 universities in the category are ranked within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West – because they tend to draw students from surrounding areas.

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* Posted on: Sat, Aug 23 2008 12:49 PM

JEmail: Avvento, Paul (MC2007) (on FACEBOOK)

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Paul Avvento

Today at 12:40pm

Hey John,

My name is Paul Avvento. I’m sure we have met a few times. As the former student body president and Gunn medal winner I want to say that I think it’s great seeing you on facebook and continuing the great connection that alumni need. Now that I’ve moved out west I find it difficult to stay involved, but I think you’re doing a great thing.

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John Reinke

Today at 12:53pm

Hi Paul: As an ITSJ, I hide behind the keyboard. So I don’t think we’ve met. I’ve been “connecting” Jaspers for decades. http://www.jasperjottings.com hasall the recent history. I’ve been doing it since Compuserve in the late 80’s. I can always use “reporters”! :-) fjohn

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Paul Avvento

Today at 12:55pm

I’ve been following Jasper Jottings since I was a senior (only 2 years ago) and absolutely love it. It’s an incredible way to keep up with all the great things our alumni are doing. Thanks for the hard work!

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John Reinke

Today at 5:59pm

Thanks, want to take over? :-) No one ever volunteers for that. lol

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{JR: Forgot to ask him if say a traffic spike after we featured his site. And, to ask him about the fantastic thing he’s doing in SanFran.]

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* Posted on: Sat, Aug 23 2008 6:18 PM

[PUBLISHER’S NOTE: DOH! I know realize how confused I was. I pushed the story in daily. A week hadn’t passed. What a dumb mistake. Okdsheimer’s setting in!]

JObit: Mazza, Sr. Mary Assumpta (MC1945)


Sister Mary Assumpta Mazza

New Windsor, NY

Sister Mary Assumpta Mazza, PBVM, of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, entered into rest on Thursday, August 21, 2008 at Mount St. Joseph, New Windsor. She was 95.

Daughter of the late Nunzio and Guiseppina Russo Mazza, she was born on June 25, 1913 in New York City.

She entered religious life on February 2, 1937 at Mount St. Joseph in New Windsor, made her First Vows on August 15, 1939 and Final Vows on August 15, 1942.

She received her BA in History from Manhattan College in 1945, Masters Degree in History in 1948 and Doctorate in 1957 from St. John’s University.

Sister’s ministry as a teacher began at Mount St. Joseph Academy from 1939-1942, then on to St. Michael’s High School, Manhattan from 1942-1960, Manhattan College from 1948-1952, St. John’s High School, Goshen from 1960-1963, Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh from 1960-1983, Seton Junior College from 1983-1988 and St. Michael High School, Manhattan from 1988-2002 as an advisor. She was also dean of Presentation Junior College from 1964-1967.

She is survived by her nephews, Frank and Edward Judice and grand-nephew, Albert Mazza, Jr.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, August 24 at Mount St. Joseph, New Windsor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 25 at Mount St. Joseph Chapel. Burial will follow in Mount St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sisters of the Presentation, Building Fund, 880 Jackson Ave., New Windsor, NY 12553.

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Mazza, Sr. Mary Assumpta (MC1945)

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/5ncl7a

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* Posted on: Sun, Aug 24 2008 7:00 AM

Comment on REMEMBERING: Lisa Marie Muccilo ‘92
by Erin McGrath
August 18, 2008 (Lisa’s 5 Year Anniversary) – Update

We were able to raise more than $25,000 which was used to renovate the women’s basketball team locker room. Details regarding a dedication ceremony will be made public shortly.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. We feel blessed and privileged to have known Lisa and this tribute to her life will be a fitting one.

-Erin McGrath ‘92

* Posted on: Mon, Aug 18 2008 2:35 PM

ENDNOTE: Let’s NOT forget the child survivors of all
botched abortions on election day!
By Jasper John 68



August 23, 2008
By J. Matt Barber

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How does one properly describe another who would — for purely selfish political reasons and with deliberation — intentionally refuse a thirsty child water or a hungry child food?

More specifically, what does one call a lawmaker who would condemn to death the child survivor of a botched abortion by permitting doctors to refuse that child, once born alive, potentially life-saving medical treatment and nutrition?

A number of things come to mind. Mr. President isn’t one of them.

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It’s hard to imagine how this issue can swept under the rug under the rubric of “hope & change”!

For a pro-life Libertarian, it’s hard for me to imagine a better exemplar of the gooferment in action. Following it’s perverted logic to the ultimate extreme, gives us this “law”. And we wonder historically how the “Good German People” allowed genocidal death camps?

The answer is one step at a time!

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* Posted on: Sun, Aug 24 2008 7:05 AM

“Bon courage a vous tous”



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