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JASPER JOTTINGS Week 07 – 2010 FEB 13

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 07 – 2010 FEB 13

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2011/jj2011W07.html

 

INDEX

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Feb 6, 2011

POSITRACTION: Baseball Player Says “Don’t Deserve $12M”

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/Baseball-Player-Quits-Says-I-Dont-Deserve-12M-114712809.html?dr

Baseball Player Quits, Says “I Don’t Deserve $12M”
Royals starter Gil Meche walks away from a guaranteed contract
By GREG WILSON

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“When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it,” Meche told the paper from his temporary home in Lafayette, La. “Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it. I didn’t want to have those feelings again.”

Meche made more than $50 million playing baseball, with most coming in the five-year, $55 million deal he signed with the Royals when he left Seattle in 2007.

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[JR: One of my “nails on the chalkboard” things is MP4B! (“Millionaires Playing For Billionaires”) Not that I begrudge them taking what is offered in a free market transaction. Wish someone would pay me for jumping (to conclusions), carrying (grudges), or one of my other physical skills (cut’n’pasting Jasper Jottings). What really puts the knot in my shorts is that they, as a group characteristic, are “ungrateful”. They should get up every day and thank their lucky stars. Instead they engage in perverse self-destructive actions! Farve thinks girls want to see his unique physical attribute. Vick thinks that dogs can be tortured. And, even the vaunted Jeter cheats on his taxes. When I see athletes visit children’s hospitals, doing “charity events”, and reaching out to individual appeals, it restores my faith that some of these blessed individual get it. This fellow has put a mark on the positive side of the ledger. Where are you putting your mark?]

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Feb 6, 2011

JHQ: Interfaith Roundtable Discussion 2/14@1630 in Library

(On the MC homepage)

Interfaith Roundtable Discussion
Mon, February 14, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Where: Alumni Room (O’Malley Library)
Manhattan College Public Events Calendar
Created by: mpekarik@gmail.com

The Departments of Modern Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies, and Campus Ministry & Social Action (CMSA) are sponsoring a roundtable interfaith discussion with several guest speakers. Speakers will present for 5 min. and answer student questions.

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Feb 6, 2011

JHQ: “New Muslim Cool” 2/16@1600 Miguel

Wed, February 16, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Where: Rodriguez Room (Miguel 311)
Manhattan College Public Events Calendar
Created by: mpekarik@gmail.com

Interfaith Week continues with a screening of the documentary “New Muslim Cool”, followed by a Q&A with Zaher Ali, one of the producers. The documentary follows three years in the life of Puerto Rican American Muslim hip-hop artist Hamza Pérez, his family, and community – following his spiritual journey through America’s hip-hop scene.

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Feb 6, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Rentoulis, Vicky [MC????] Associate Broker at Century 21 Royal

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/vicky-rentoulis/13/4a7/a72

Rentoulis, Vicky [MC????]
Associate Broker at Century 21 Royal
Greater New York City Area
Real Estate

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Feb 6, 2011

JFOUND: Perrone, Michael [MC2012] on an odd site

http://www.aftercollege.com/profile/michaelperrone/

Perrone, Michael [MC2012]

[JR: I don’t know what kind of a site this is. But, I found a Jasper there. I’d advise steering clear until the bona fides are proven. This ain’t LinkedIn!]

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Feb 7, 2011

MFOUND: Peter J. Boettke (xMCfac) talks about Walter Williams

http://ewot.typepad.com/the_economic_way_of_think/2011/02/friendship-and-type-1-and-type-2-errors.html

February 06, 2011
Friendship, and Type 1 and Type 2 Errors
Peter Boettke

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Back in 1998 I called my Dad for some advice. I had in the fall of 1997 joined the faculty of Manhattan College and retained a position as a research professor at New York University, but soon after joining the faculty at Manhattan College two schools started recruiting me to join their faculty: Carthage College in Wisc and George Mason University in Fairfax. Eventually I was offered a job from both — the Clausen Professor in Political Economy from Carthage College for a 6 figure salary and promotion to full professor with tenure, and an associate professorship from George Mason University at a much smaller salary and without tenure (though the promise of a short tenure clock). So I faced the following choices around this time of year 13 years ago: stay in NY and in my house in NJ and work at Manhattan College and part-time at NYU; move to Wisconsin and live in Kenosha; move to Fairfax and join the faculty at GMU for less pay than the other two and less job security.

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[JR: Walter Williams is one of my icons. And, he answers his own email. I thought this was interesting. MC’s loss.]

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Feb 7, 2011

MFOUND: MC taken to the woodshed again

http://frdangallaugher.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/would-a-federal-investigation-find-you-are-really-catholic/

Would a federal investigation find you are really Catholic?
By Fr. Dan Gallaugher

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The agency was the National Labor Relations Board; and the college was Manhattan College, located in New York City, founded about 150 years ago by the Christian Brothers, whose founder was St. John Baptist de la Salle. …

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[JR: Another soft slam on MC as “not Catholic enough”. Of course, I have to rise to the defense.]

Dear Father Dan,

May I call to your attention the response of Manhattan College’s (non-Christina Brother) President Brennan O’Donnell? http://goo.gl/pkRrH

In particular, one quote:

“What is most disappointing and disheartening in the union’s arguments and in the NLRB’s decision is the complete lack of appreciation for what it means to be a 21st century Catholic college whose mission requires engagement with the broader culture of American society and higher education.”

He’s very eloquent; I’m just a grumpy fat old white guy injineer, who’s more sinner than saint. But, I do speak up for my Alma Mater when I think she’s being treated badly.

The Gooferment, The King, The Gang in DC are very clever. They rig the game and then jump on a participant when they follow their rules. MC has been “mousetrapped”. It had to survive when the rules of “financing College Education” demanded “secularization”. (Only that mid-West college, Hillsdale in Michigan, doesn’t allow its students to use Federal money?) It had to survive the wave of feminism and Title IX (i.e., it had to admit women). It had to survive when the King competed with it directly for students (i.e., SUNY gave generously to MC’s target market of students). It had to survive when even the Church itself didn’t stand up for its own “brand” (i.e., the Catholic in Name Only politicians like the Kennedys, Pelosi, and on and on). It had to survive when the child abuse scandals wracked Catholic institutions. Then, when MC does survive, everyone piles on saying “not catholic enough”.

(Actually, let’s make a comparison to its peers. It doesn’t give honorary degrees to a pro-abortion President Obama like Notre Dame. It doesn’t cover up its crucifixes like Georgetown. It hasn’t been “de-listed” like Marymount Manhattan. So maybe MC has some redeeming characteristics?)

Just one note in support of the argument about tough economics, I note that Catholic Grammar Schools are not doing so well financially. Maybe this fact alone will lend credence to my argument about the King trying to “kill” the Church as surely as a hive can only have one Queen Bee.

MC is supposed to be a University; it has NEVER been an indoctrination camp. Like a cult. I remember attending a Theology Class or two — anathema for an injineer — and having been told that “Free Will” means having to make up your own mind. And, that if you couldn’t defend what you believe in, then you were leading an “unexamined life”.

Now, maybe you’re being a lot like the NLRB, if someone doesn’t celebrate the Presentation like the SuperBowl, then they are “not Catholic enough” by your standard. Sounds a bit like “judge not” to this old injineer.

In my self-imposed labor of collecting alumni news for a little alumni ezine I “write” Jasper Jottings (http://www.jasperjottings.com) — maybe not so little since I’m told I have a lot of readers; it is fun when young alums tell me they read it! — I report on the obits of my fellow alums. I consistently read them. I’m certainly no judge of “catholic-ness”, but if we exclude the religious, I read about men who are hard working, faithful to their wives, raise families, send children to Catholic schools, do impressive charitable works, and lead scandal free lives. In an age, when that’s unusual. (I say “men” because women began being admitted as undergraduates in the late 60s haven’t begun dying yet in significant numbers.)

We’re told by their works, you shall know them. Based on that standard, I’d urge you to consider MC “catholic enough”. Even though imho, no one should be judgmental? Scandal is a different type of judgement. But, I don’t think you’re making that case.

For the record, I’m probably “not catholic enough” either. I’d freely plead “guilty” to that. I didn’t “celebrate” the Super Bowl. MP4B (“Millionaires Playing For Billionaires”) turns me off. Nor did I know that last Wednesday was the Feast of the Presentation. (Despite having the “catholic calendar” on my computer.) So I didn’t celebrate that either. Let me point out the fallacy of your standards. I might squeak under the wire. I do know the Annunciation is 3/25. Annunciation was the first Catholic Grammar School I attended. The good Nuns beat that date into my hand literally. But, I’ve forgiven them in accordance with the diktat “as you forgive others, so too”. So maybe there is hope for me yet?

I sure hope Saint Peter at that Gate is a more liberal judge than you are about MC. There is a Gate right? Otherwise this is all moot.

F. John Reinke
Manhattan College Alumni
Class of 1968

P.S.: I evaluated this response on the scale of: “Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?” And, I think it passes that test. I hope you agree.

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Feb 7, 2011

JNEWS: Daly, Michael J. [MC1968] BoD Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

http://www.westchester.com/news/westchesternews/health/14653-burke-hospital-board-elects-4-new-members.html

Burke Hospital Board Elects 4 New Members
Monday, 07 February 2011 00:00

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White Plains, NY – The board of directors of The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital recently elected four new members: Michael J. Daly of White Plains, Charles V. Glennon of Larchmont, Pamela B. Rosenthal, M.D., of Manhattan, and Kenneth J. Sweeney of Katonah.

Michael J. Daly

Mr. Daly recently retired as a managing director of UBS AG, the global financial services firm that provides investment banking, asset management, and wealth management services for private, corporate, and institutional clients worldwide.

A certified public accountant, Mr. Daly received his master’s degree in finance from Pace University, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Manhattan College.

Mr. Daly currently is president of both the board of trustees of Preston High School, Bronx, N.Y., and the board of governors of the Westchester Hills Golf Club. He previously served as president of the Gedney Association, Our Lady of Sorrows’ parish council and the Daniel Gray Fishing Club of White Plains.

In addition, he was a member of the board of trustees of St. Agnes Hospital and is a member of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in the County of Westchester.

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Daly, Michael J. [MC????]

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[JR: The “research staff” just checked in.]

Dear John,

I believe that Mike is a member of the Class of 1968.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Didn’t realize it was “my Daly”.]

Daly, Michael J. [MC1968]

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Feb 7, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Persaud, Randy [MC2003] Resource Development Mgr at Modis

http://www.linkedin.com/in/rp1126

Persaud, Randy [MC2003]
Resource Development Manager at Modis
Greater New York City Area
Computer Software

Summary:

•Professional with 10 years of agency and corporate HR recruitment/generalist experience, dealing with all levels of employment.

•Responsible for new-hire orientation and training throughout the company.

•Recruited for industries such as Information Technology, Engineering, Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment, Marketing and Advertising, Healthcare, Chemical and General Manufacturing.

•Created and managed innovative full-cycle recruitment strategies and methods for exempt and non-exempt employees.

•Responsible for the development and delivery of creative, efficient, and effective and sourcing and recruitment campaigns in response to client’s needs.

•Represented company or client at Career Fairs, college campuses, company events and on-site assignments.

•Broad understanding of HR practices and related Employment laws and regulations; EEO, ADA, ADEA and AA.

•Experience and strong skills in using tools and technology for recruitment and staffing; experience with candidate search databases and applicant tracking systems (ATS).

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Feb 7, 2011

JNEWS: Rosso family honored (Jennifer ’06, Melissa ’09, and Alessandra ’14)

http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2011/02/07/bronx/bronxtimes-yn_bronx_front_page-3-rosso.txt

St. Catharine inducts Rosso family into Hall of Fame
By Patrick Rocchio
Monday, February 7, 2011 12:26 PM EST
Bronx Times-Reporter

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St. Catharine Academy is set to honor a Bronx family who has devoted much of their time to the high school.

The Rosso family will be inducted into St. Catharine’s Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 2. All of the women of the Morris Park family graduated from the school, including Lisa in 1978, and her daughters Christina in 2001, Jennifer in 2002, Melissa in 2005 and Alessandra in 2010.

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The fact that St. Catharine’s is in walking distance from the family’s home helped to convince Lisa Rosso on sending her daughters to her alma mater. All of the girls attended St. Catharine’s on scholarship. After graduating, they were also able to attend college on scholarship, with Christina attending Manhattanville College and Jennifer, Melissa and Alessandra choosing Manhattan College.

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Rosso, Jennifer [MC????]

Rosso, Melissa [MC????]

Rosso, Alessandra [MC????]

[JR: Never heard of such a thing?]

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Dear John,

Jennifer is a member of the Class of 2006, and I would guess that Melissa is a member of the Class of 2009, and that Alessandra will be a member of the Class 2014.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. That’s making the old MC cash register ring. You’ve got an instant alumni association there.]

Rosso, Jennifer [MC2006]

Rosso, Melissa [MC2009]

Rosso, Alessandra [MC2014]

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Feb 8, 2011

JOBIT: Purtell, Thomas D. [MC1951 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mycentraljersey/Obituary.aspx?pid=148453449

Thomas D. Purtell
AGE: 81 ? Basking Ridge

Thomas D. Purtell died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. Mr. Purtell was born in Binghampton, NY and resided in Somerset, NJ for 25 years before moving to Basking Ridge in 1997. He retired as the Distribution Manager for Leviton Manufacturing Co., Long Island, NY and had been a retired Major in the US Air Force Reserves after serving active duty as a veteran of the Korean War. A graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, NY, he received his BA degree from Manhattan College, NY. Mr. Purtell was also a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville, NJ.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Ann Purtell; a son, Thomas Patrick Purtell; a daughter, Linda Carol Purtell and a granddaughter, Ashley Nicole. His sister, Mary Alice Markel had predeceased him in 1972.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Friday, February 11 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville. Interment to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh, NY. Visiting hours from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, February 10 at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Macular Degeneration Research, 22152 Gateway Center Drv., Clarksburg, MD 20871.

Published in Home News Tribune on February 8, 2011

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Purtell, Thomas D. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/mycentraljersey/guestbook.aspx?n=thomas-purtell&pid=148453449&cid=full

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Dear John,

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

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Purtell, Thomas D. [MC1951 RIP]

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Feb 8, 2011

MBLOGGER: Megan McCarthy may be a Jasper?

http://eachnewadventure.blogspot.com/2011/02/trials-of-laundry.html

Each New Adventure
Monday, February 7, 2011
Trials of Laundry

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I will never complain about Manhattan College laundry facilities again. In the entirety of the Student Village where I life, there is one laundry room, and joy of joys, it costs 10 shekels to wash and 10 shekels to dry. That’s about $3.50! To put it in perspective, just a wash (not including drying) is the same price as a kilo of lentils, or 2.5 kilo of oranges, or a half kilo of mushrooms. My one roommate washes her clothes by hand, which makes me feel really lazy. Luckily, I was able to infiltrate the secret world of the Jeff Seidel Jewish student center. All you have to do is sign up for a time and laundry is free!! It might take about 2 hours minimum, but with a comfy lounge and wifi, it’s a great place to go study. It’s a pain if people don’t abide by the sign- up sheet, but at the student center they will also feed you, making it even more desirable than the laundry room. It might be a pain once the semester start, but for right now, I would rather do my laundry for free and spend my money on oranges. J

Posted by Megan McCarthy at 2:32 PM

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[JR: Not sure that this is a Jasper. Help?]

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Feb 8, 2011

MNEWS: Brennan, Sean [MC1997] reports no Globetrotters

http://208.7.160.123/blogs/basketcase/2011/02/globetrotting-on-hold

Basket Case
By Sean Brennan

FEBRUARY 8, 2011 12:17 AM
Globetrotting on hold
BY SEAN BRENNAN

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Well it was fun while it lasted.

The Harlem Globetrotters scheduled visit to Manhattan College Tuesday has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Brennan, Sean [MC1997]

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Feb 8, 2011

JNEWS: Bachmann, Michael [MC1992] CFO Hearst Entertainment

http://www.mnilive.com/2011/02/michael-bachmann-named-vp-hearst-entertainment-syndication/

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 | Posted by Lilly Thomas
Michael Bachmann named VP Hearst Entertainment & Syndication

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New York : Michael Bachmann has been named vice president and chief finance and administrative officer of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, a unit of Hearst Corporation. The appointment was announced today by Scott Sassa, president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, and is effective immediately. Nelson J. Maione, who Bachmann is replacing, is retiring after more than 40 years at Hearst Corporation and will become a consultant to the Company.

Bachmann was formerly assistant group finance and administrative officer for Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, and has been with Hearst since February 1996. Prior to Hearst, he held accounting positions at Reliance Group Holdings and W.R. Grace & Co. Bachmann has a bachelor’s in accounting and finance from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. in finance from Pace University.

Commenting on the announcement, Sassa said, “Michael has been instrumental in expanding and strengthening the many dynamic properties within the Entertainment & Syndication Group. His expertise continues to be integral to our success and I applaud him on this well-deserved promotion.”

{Extraneous Deleted}

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Bachmann, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

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

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bachmann, Michael [MC1992]

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Feb 8, 2011

JNEWS: Spence, Jean E. [MC1982] funded a chair at Clarkson

http://clarkson.edu/news/view.php?id=2617

07 Feb 2011 [Printable Version]
Two Clarkson University Alumni Create Professorship in Sustainability

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A generous gift from two Clarkson University alumni has enabled the University to create the Jean ’79 and Robert ’79 Spence Professorship in Sustainable Environmental Systems.

Jean E. and Robert C. Spence of Wilmette, Ill., have funded the position to advise the University on sustainability matters; integrate sustainability principles into scholarship, teaching, and service; and to provide a focal point for the exchange of ideas with other institutions worldwide.

Jean Spence is executive vice president of research, development and quality at Kraft Foods Inc. After graduating from Clarkson with her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1979, she joined Procter & Gamble as a process supervisor. She went on to join General Foods (later Kraft Foods) in 1981 as a research engineer for Maxwell House. She earned three U.S. and worldwide patents for her research and has just celebrated 30 years at Kraft Foods. Jean earned her master’s degree in chemical engineering at Manhattan College and currently serves as a Clarkson trustee.

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Spence, Jean E. [MC1982]

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Feb 8, 2011

MNEWS: Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel 3/1 Smith

http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=meet.regrec.event&eventid=96838

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel
Manhattan College
3/1/2011

Come hear about the Peace Corps experience from those who have done it!

Manhattan College
March 1, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Smith Hall
Manhattan College Pkwy
Riverdale, NY 10471

* this event is open to the public, but please be aware that parking is limited.

Contact: Lisa Reitmeier

Last updated Feb 07 2011

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Feb 8, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Kouloumbis, Maria [MC1991] SysSupAsst at St Vladimir Orthodox

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maria-kouloumbis/4/134/81a

Kouloumbis, Maria [MC1991]
Systems Support Assistant at St Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary
Greater New York City Area
Aviation & Aerospace

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Feb 9, 2011

JOBIT: Jensen, Br. Thomas Jude [MC???? RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lohud/Obituary.aspx?pid=148463995

Thomas Jude Jensen (1940 – 2011) | Visit Guest Book

Jensen, Br. Thomas Jude

Jensen, Rev. Brother Thomas Jude C.F.C. passed away on February 7, 2011. Brother Jensen was born on November 22, 1940, in the Bronx, the son of George and Mary Hermina Jensen. He entered the Congregation on September 10, 1955 and took his final vows on June 27, 1966. He attended St Anthony of Padua and Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. Br. Jensen received his BA degree in classical language & literature from Iona College and a MA from Manhattan College. His ministry took him to many positions including those at Cardinal Hayes High School, Power Memorial Academy, Iona Prep, Bergen Catholic High School, and St. Joseph Residence. He is survived by two sisters: Christophina and Agnes and one sister-in-law: Gwen Jensen. He was predeceased by two brothers: George A. and Hans; two sisters: Beryl and Marie. A wake will be held at St. Joseph’s Care Residence Community, 30 Montgomery Circle, New Rochelle, NY on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Church, Mayflower Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804 on Friday at 9:30 AM. Burial will follow at the Christian Brothers Cemetery in West Park, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Residence in his memory.

Published in the The Journal News on February 9, 2011

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Jensen, Br. Thomas Jude [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=thomas-jensen&pid=148463995&cid=full

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Feb 9, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Hallinan, Sean [MC1981] Events Services Professional

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sean-hallinan/5/2a2/308

Hallinan, Sean [MC1981]
Events Services Professional
Greater New York City Area
Events Services

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Feb 9, 2011

JEMAIL: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) is slightly offended

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/02/08/confession-a-roman-catholic-app-receives-an-imprimatur-and-you/

Confession: A Roman Catholic App receives an imprimatur and your sins
by Victor Agreda, Jr. (RSS feed) on Feb 8th 2011 at 4:30PM

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Little iApps has created Confession: A Roman Catholic App, which aims to remove some of the trepidation of those visits by logging your sins, tracking your prayers, offering a step-by-step guide to the sacrament and offering some religious guidance by way of an “examination of conscience.” If you’re worried about people seeing all the bad things you’ve been up to, there’s also password-protection for your profiles. It happens to be the first iOS app to receive an imprimatur, which is essentially a blessing from the church to publish the app. I spoke to one of the developers this afternoon and he informed me that Little iApps is donating a portion of the proceeds to various Catholic charities, so the US$1.99 price is not just a way to get money from the devout iDevice users out there.

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[JR: For some reason, this offends me and strikes me as vaguely “anti-catholic”. Will this developer do a “Muslim” app? Or maybe a photo album of the Amish? Maybe I’m just overly skeptical. This sounds like the application developer going for the “gold”; no matter what rathole or cesspool they have to go down. Or shovel up. I don’t know why this app engenders my concern. Maybe because I have a lot of sins? I’d need a Google size data center to contain my lists. And, a data leak of transgressions might be potentially embarrassing. I don’t see any indication of controls on the data. Password means your spouse can’t see; if it drops a message to HQ, is there a “priest penitent” privilege? Given that Newt just converted, a leak might be very political as well.]

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UPDATE: 2011-02-09 @ 16:00

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=9199

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Reacting to a spate of publicity about an Iphone application that helps people prepare for Confession, the Vatican has issued a reminder that the sacrament of Penance requires oral confession to a priest.

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[JR: Can’t avoid the contribution requirement either? :-) Can you have the priest online or on the line? LOL!]

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Feb 9, 2011

JEMAIL: O’Sullivan, Neil (MC1990) bring Eshoo, John (MC1961) in

Hi John,

Please add John Eshoo ’61 to your jasper jottings list.

Thank You,

Neil O’Sullivan ‘90

[JR: No, thank you for the recruiting. Without word of mouth propagation and alumni reporting, Jasper Jottings would become a very boring monologue.]

O’Sullivan, Neil (MC1990)

Eshoo, John (MC1961)

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Feb 9, 2011

JFOUND: Masucci, Vincent J. [MC1972] Contract Eng for NY Power Authority

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/contract-engineer-powers-into-the-ranks-of-stanford-whos-who-195459.php

WHITE PLAINS, NY, February 9, 2011 /Stanford Who’s Who/ — Stanford Who’s Who welcomes Vincent J. Masucci to the ranks of leading professionals as a result of his exceptional effort in the Energy Industry. As a Contract Engineer for the New York Power Authority, Mr. Masucci has consistently demonstrated the vision, dedication and diligence necessary to be considered among the best.

The New York Power Authority is the country’s largest state public power organization, producing some of the cheapest electricity in North America. Their 17 generating facilities and over 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines produce the power to help sustain more than 380,000 jobs statewide. They are a national leader in promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable-fuel and clean-energy technologies.

Vincent is responsible for reviewing new construction for buildings as well as enforcing and monitoring state codes and building requirements. He works with project engineers, and negotiates and coordinates outside contractors. During his educational career, Vincent earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Manhattan College. He is a Certified New York State Building Official and a Certified New York State Code Enforcement Officer. Vincent is part of the New York State Building Officials Conference.

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Masucci, Vincent J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Vincent is a member of the Class of 1972.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Masucci, Vincent J. [MC1972]

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Feb 10, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Vasiladiotis, Bill [MC1967] Independent Utilities Professional

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bill-vasiladiotis/21/1b9/17b

Vasiladiotis, Bill [MC1967]
Independent Utilities Professional
Greater Pittsburgh Area

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Feb 10, 2011

MEMAIL: Father Dan responds to my defense of MC

Dear Mr. Reinke,

I wondered if I would receive a comment from someone who was specifically concerned with Manhattan College! (I should note that I have been on retreat the last several days, so I only found your e-mail this afternoon when I accessed the Internet for the first time since Sunday.)

I ask you, first, to view what I wrote through the lens of what it is: a Sunday homily to my parishioners in Maryland, far from NYC. My purpose in citing the NLRB-Manhattan College investigation was to use it as a tool to help my parishioners to better understand Jesus’ words about salt and light, and to apply them introspectively to their own lives, right here and now. The spectacle of a government agency digging into a Catholic college’s claims about its religious identity and practice seemed wonderfully useful for this purpose.

At the same time, however, I did read and think about both the NLRB’s document, and Manhattan College’s press release in response; and I do have some brief observations to make directly to that situation. And I have to say that I find Manhattan College’s response, however “eloquent,” to be quite a red herring; and I would urge you to think more carefully about what both sides are saying, and not just jump blindly to the defense of alma mater. Love means desiring the good of the loved one; and one thing we should desire of the loved one is that they be honest and truthful.

As the NLRB summarizes in their document, they have a mandate from the government that involves overseeing and taking certain actions related to labor organizing within certain organizations/businesses. But they have a big exception: a “church-operated school” is exempt from their jurisdiction. Why? Because, as we can well imagine, and as they explain, if a school is truly governed by a church organization, is funded by it, sets goals of indoctrinating its students in belief and practice, and imposes requirements of belief and practice when hiring its employees– well, there is no way for the NLRB to do its labor-related job in such an institution without becoming entangled in religion, and so it is just supposed to stay out.

So, the NLRB has concluded that Manhattan College does not qualify as a “church-operated school.” Which seems like an obviously correct conclusion to me, based upon what I read.

Now, Manhattan College has responded that it is being a good Catholic college, and the NLRB just doesn’t understand what a Catholic college is, and is bringing in foreign concepts about how it should be indoctrinating etc. But that is a red herring.

It is the NLRB’s mandate and definitions that are in question here. It is Manhattan College that has been claiming that it meets the NLRB’s definition of a “church-operated school.” And it seems clear that it does not meet this definition.

Why then is Manhattan College trying to claim this? And why, when the truth is pointed out, is it trying to cloud the issue? (Do you notice that, in both the press release and the president’s letter, the key NLRB phrase “church-operated school” is never used once?) And why, still further, is it trying to evade the NLRB’s oversight in the first place? In trying to evade some sort of labor organizing, is it acting contrary to Catholic teaching on the just treatment of labor?

I ask these questions rhetorically. Of course it doesn’t want government interference; no one does. Of course it doesn’t want to deal with a union; no one does. But it doesn’t seem to be scoring high in being truthful, as far as I can see.

Have you read the NLRB document? Here it is: http://www.nyorganizing.org/Manhattan/DDE.2-RC-23543.ManhattanCollege..PDF

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Dan Gallaugher

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Father Dan,

I hope your retreat went well. I knew you were away from your OOO message. And, yes, I did read the NLRB “decision”.

My consternation with the whole affair is that no one has expressed how the adjuncts are being mistreated. Why should there be a union in the first place? If the MC Administration is doing something terrible, then the alumni would be interested. I can understand why “liberals” would like to have a “union” on a Catholic College so as to enforce its beliefs upon the “victim”. As far as I can tell, no one has asserted that MC is not treating its “labor” fairly (i.e., in any way contrary to Church teaching).

I think I’ve already hit my best points: (1) jurisdiction of the NLRB; (2) their competence in deciding what’s “catholic enough”; and (3) the First Amendment. Having been forced to fight in the Gooferment’s dojo, one can’t complain when one fights with the only weapons one has. The NLRB can’t be allowed to define the vocabulary (i.e., “church run whatever”); the First Amendment trumps the NLRB. If the Archdiocese of New York hasn’t “de-listed” MC, then I’d assert that it meets the “Catholic enough” standard.

As far as the homily, I’m sure that it always hard to explain “salt” to Americans who probably never have had salt go bad. The exemplar might better be America after the War of Northern Aggression. That was the turning point of “government interference”. You say that no one wants it, but I’m not so sure that’s true. When there are more “takers” than “earners”? When there is such a thing as an “illegal alien”? And when the Government “kills” The Church with its diktats. The “salt” of the great American Experiment is tasteless.

I hope you’ll think better of MC, and its Jaspers.

Thanks for your response,
fjohn68

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Feb 11, 2011

MNEWS: MC gets hit in USATODAY for the spat with the NLRB

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-02-11-Catholic_labor_union_10_ST_N.htm

[JR: Nothing new. Just more bad PR.]

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Feb 11, 2011

ADMINISTRIVIA: Note the date 15 May 2011

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=9214

All Catholics are obligated to promote vocations, Pope writes
February 10, 2011

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In his message for the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Benedict XVI says that “every Christian community, every member of the Church, needs consciously to feel responsibility for promoting vocations.”

The World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed on May 15. The papal message for the occasion—dedicated to the theme, “Proposing Vocations in the Local Church”– was released by the Vatican on February 10.

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[JR: Note that Sunday May 15, 2011 is the Feast Day of Saint John Baptist de la Salle. All Jaspers, of course, have this date circled on their calendars. Or the non-Luddites have it as an annual event on there computers. So TWO prayers are required that day. LOL!]

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Feb 11, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Valentin, Nidza [MC????] Executive Assistant at Mendes + Mount

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/nidza-valentin/8/547/163

Valentin, Nidza [MC????]
Executive Assistant at Mendes & Mount
Greater New York City Area
Law Practice

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Feb 11, 2011

JHQ: Lacrosse 2011 Alumni Game 2/12@1300 Gaelic Park

RIVERDALE, N.Y.- The Manhattan men’s lacrosse team will host their 2011 Alumni Game this Saturday afternoon at Gaelic Park. Beginning at 1 p.m., the contest will pit the current team’s roster against past Jasper Greats.

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Feb 11, 2011

JBLOGGER: Rodriguez, Vincent (MC1984) does VDay montage

http://vrod62.blogspot.com/

Just posted a Valentine’s Day photo montage that I am trying to get out to as many people as possible and as you will see, it is a timely issue and posted today on my blog.

Rodriguez, Vincent (MC1984)

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Feb 12, 2011

JTWITTER: Llewellyn, John [MC2012]

john llewellyn

@jllew7 New York, New York

I play lacrosse and study business at manhattan college #7, hard work pays off.

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#7 John Llewellyn

Position: Defense Height: 5’8″ Weight: 165 Year: Senior City/State: Brookhaven, N.Y. High School: Patchogue-Medford/Pace University

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Feb 12, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Agranovich, Elena [MC1997] IntAudit Mgr at Gleacher + Co

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/elena-agranovich/22/5b8/1a8

Agranovich, Elena [MC1997]
Internal Audit Manager at Gleacher & Company
Greater New York City Area
Banking

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Feb 6, 2011

Comment on MOBIT: Myra Ellen Mahon, wife of Mahon, Arthur J. [MC1955]

by R. O’Neill

Myra was the wife of Arthur J. Mahon. MC Class of 54. A good friend and fraternity brother. rf oneill

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Feb 7, 2011

Comment on JNEWS: Daly, Michael J. [MC1968] BoD Burke Rehab Hospital

by Rich Kaufmann, Rich (MC1968)

John,

Isn’t this our Michael J. Daly from the Prep?

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Feb 7, 2011

Comment on JNEWS: Daly, Michael J. [MC1968] BoD Burke Rehab Hospital

by Reinke, F. John (MC1968)

Don’t know? No picture. And, it’s not a unique name. Have to wait for the “research staff” to confirm a class year.

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Feb 7, 2011

Comment on JNEWS: Daly, Michael J. [MC1968] BoD Burke Rehab Hospital

by Reinke, F. John (MC1968)

“Research staff” just confirmed.

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Feb 8, 2011

Comment on MOBIT: Myra Ellen Mahon, wife of Mahon, Arthur J. [MC1955]

by Kevin O’Reilly

Art also served for many years on the Board of Trustees of Manhattan College.

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Feb 12, 2011

ENDNOTE: Right of individuals to choose freely to commit suicide

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=8996

European court: right to commit suicide is among human rights
January 24, 2011

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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the “respect for private life” found in the European Convention of Human Rights includes the right of individuals to choose freely to commit suicide. The court also ruled that nations are not obliged to provide individuals with the means to commit suicide.

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[JR: This is a tough one for me. It is after all your life. As a “below the waterline” decision, I’d need to see a lot of controls before we allow professionals to help. It’s sad. We’re allowing babies to be killed; now oldsters. We’re destroying ourselves. It’s our own thinking — the memes and paradigms — that is destroying human lives. Is this to save “Social Security”?]

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