JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16 – 2012 April 15

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16 – 2012 April 15

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2012/jj2012W16.html

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2011-12-04

POSITRACTION: Quiet is good; too much and we can’t function

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/how-long-could-you-last-in-the-worlds-quietest-room-the-record-is-only-45-minutes/

Science How Long Could You Last in the World’s Quietest Room? The Record Is Only 45 Minutes
Posted on April 5, 2012 at 1:29am by Liz Klimas

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“When it’s quiet, ears will adapt. The quieter the room, the more things you hear. You’ll hear your heart beating, sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly.

“In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound.”

And this is a very disorientating experience. Mr Orfield explained that it’s so disconcerting that sitting down is a must.
He said: “How you orient yourself is through sounds you hear when you walk. In the anechnoic chamber, you don’t have any cues. You take away the perceptual cues that allow you to balance and manoeuvre. If you’re in there for half an hour, you have to be in a chair.”

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If Orfield can only last in the chamber for about 30 minutes, how long do you think you could stand the silence?

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I had an interesting experience when I was working for AT&T many moons ago. It had to do with silence and how it changes you.

It was some one of their “fool” required “Management Exercises” — I swear that some PhD would come in and convince the Board that if they just ran all the middle management through their course every thing would be better — maybe if they had just let us do our work without drag us off for weeks at a time, everything would have been OK!

Any way, this was an exercise in “team building & trust” at Mohunk Mountain in upstate NY for a full 7 days.

When I checked in on SATURDAY night — and I was not pleased at that —  got the key to my room and discovered … not only no TV but no booze either. Argh!

So, many of the exercises were about sitting silent while a “facilitator” keep everyone quiet.

Weird.

So at the end of a week where I thought I was going crazy, I returned home to my very patient spouse very late on a Saturday night. By the end of the next day, I though I was going crazy with all the noise.

The interesting comment from her on Sunday night was: “You’re so quiet that I think you are really listening to what I am saying for the first time ever.”

Argh!

I guess after a week at a very stressful job, I reverted to old. She said the follow Sunday: “I miss quiet John”.

Maybe we should all a have quiet room?

I’m sure my fellow alum — to answer the article’s rhetorical question — could sit for hours in a quiet room. They’re really disciplined. Unlike this NOISY (and nosey) fat old white guy injineer!

Happy Easter.

Dona Nobis Pacem. … Quietly.

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2012-Apr-08

JEMAIL: Gearity, John [MC1961] liked our mention of Addis Hope

John, I am sure Brother Gregory appreciates the insertion of his recent appeal letter in this week’s Jasper Jottings. You are a true friend of Addis Hope. John Gearity ’61A

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Gearity, John [MC1961]

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John,

It’s really no bug deal for me to include ANYTHING that a Jasper wants to share.

At the risk of losing “credit” at that much feared Gate of judement — remember the commandment to do your good works in secret — I learned a lot about true charity from my long suffering,now passed wife. Long suffering with life long serious illness, many personal sorrows, and, of course, me and my foolishnesses. She did all sorts of stuff I’d call charity, usually sending a check, and never told anyone. Even me! When I’d find out about one or another, she’d say: “<Expletive Deleted>! Now I’ve lost credit for that.” LOL, silly Irish Catholic superstition?

So whenever anyone mentions something I’ve done, I remember her and the admonition to the rich young man wanting to do more and hearing: “sell all that you have, give it all to the poor, and come follow me”. I’m like that fellow.

So, the little I do for Addis Hope and, I do more than just publicize it — now I’ve lost credit for that, is minor in comparison to what these other heros do, have done, and will do.

I know my fellow alums are far more generous than I am and I feel is all Jasper Jottings has to do is pass along the information. And, they will action it from there.

But, thanks for your kind words that I don’t really deserve imho.

fjohn68

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2012-Apr-08

JHQ: MC’s Social Media Directory

http://www.manhattan.edu/social-media-directory

Social Media Directory | Manhattan College

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[JR: Sent the following feedback to the resistance underground deep under the Quad. Think “Hogan’s Heros”]

Dear Subversive Agent:

This is a great page. Seems like someone is finally getting the religion of social media.

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), of course, I have a few comments:

(1) Every page should have an explicit contact email address for suggestions, comments, and corrections.

(2) Every page should have an AS OF and PUBLISH date. (Might be the same, but both should be there. The web is awash in stale and obsolete poop.)

(3) The designer left out the grand daddy of social media the BLOG and it’s slightly younger tool the RSS FEED.

(4) A blog can, and should drive, all the other social media outlets. (For example, Jasper Jottings Daily drives content to FACEBOOK, TWITTER, a YAHOO GROUP, and LINKEDIN.)

(5) Every page should have a subscription link to the underlying content change notification mechanism, (It can, and imho should be, the blog that drives that page.)

Just some thoughts from hopefully your favorite grumpy fat old white guy injineer,
Good Easter wishes sent to you and yours from the isolation room at the corporate apartment in Mc(C)lean VA.
ROFL,
fjohn68

[JR: Yeah, I know, don’t quit my day job. As a comedian, not so funny. And an IT fat old white guy injineer, pretty good imho. ROFL! SPS! But if I don’t, who will?]

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2012-Apr-08

MTWITTER: National Autism Day @ MC

“Kevin Shiraldi”‏ tweeting as “@KShiraldi”

which was retweeted by “Manhattan College” as “@ManhattanEdu”
[JR: Remember there is no “authenticity” control in Twitter except in a few cases.]

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Everyone , For National Autism Day, join us at the steps of Smith at 7pm to help light the Quad blue with hundreds of candles!

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[JR: Seems like something worth supporting.]

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2012-Apr-09

JNEWS: Ferrucci, David [MC1983]

http://www.thedailynewrochelle.com/neighbors/david-ferrucci-speak-iona-graduate-ceremony

Neighbors 2 hours ago
David Ferrucci to Speak at Iona Graduate Ceremony
by Justin Stock

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – IBM Fellow and Principal Investigator for the Watson/Jeopardy Project David Ferrucci, Ph.D, has been named Iona College’s 2012 graduate commencement speaker for the May 19 ceremony. Ferrucci is also the recipient of an honorary doctoral degree.

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Ferrucci is an alumnus of Iona Grammar and Iona Preparatory Schools. He graduated from Manhattan College in Bronx, N.Y. with a bachelor of science in biology, the college said.

Ferrucci received his Ph.D in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. specializing in knowledge representation and reasoning, the college said.

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Ferrucci, David [MC1983]

[JR: I guess MC “stole” him from his Iona indoctrination. :-) I wish I was on the Watson team; what an accomplishment. I’m humbled as a fat old white guy injineer.]

[JR: Making a note to capture the speech for Jasper Jottings.]

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2012-Apr-09

MFOUND: GoJaspers’ Android App

http://www.zdnetasia.com/downloads/manhattan-jaspers-premium-40341897/

ZDNet / Mobile / Entertainment Software / Sports Software
Manhattan Jaspers: Premium
By NeuLion, Inc. on April 6, 2012 (3 days ago)

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Publisher’s description

Download the official premium Android App of Manhattan College Athletics, powered by GoJaspers.com!

With Manhattan Jaspers: Premium you can watch on-demand video from the Jasper Vision library and enjoy live game audio of your favorite Manhattan Jaspers sports. The premium app is a one-time charge for the 2011-2012 season. Download Manhattan Jaspers: Premium today and start enjoying: Instant access to the latest news Live stats & scoring updates Team schedules & results Photos On-demand videos Live game audio

Content rating: Everyone
Price  Purchase
File size  2.43 MB
Operating system  Mobile, Android, Android 2.3.3 – Android 2.3.7

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[JR: Interesting that 3 day old stuff pops as “new” today. Well, since the last time I looked, no more than 24 hours ago.]

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2012-Apr-09

JNEWS: Baird, Bob (MC1969) retires

http://www.lohud.com/article/20120408/COLUMNIST05/304080042/
Baird-Readers-show-bond-built-journalist?odyssey=tab|topnews|img|Frontpage

Baird: Readers show bond built with journalist
12:03 AM, Apr. 8, 2012

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A second or two later, with his kids gathered around him, he asked, “Hey, are you Bob Baird?”

When I confirmed his suspicion, he said, “I’m Ed Ryan. I really enjoy your column.”

I thanked him with a smile and told him to savor the next few because they will be my last.

For almost 40 years, I’ve been engaged in daily journalism, writing, editing or designing stories about residents’ triumphs and tragedies.

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I’ll be retiring Thursday after almost 40 years. That’s April 12, and just four days later I’ll turn 64.

I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.

I have some ideas about things I want to write, but for the summer at least, my plan is to be a degenerate baseball fan and to devote myself to something I’ve been urging others to do — getting my family history on paper. I’ve been working on that for several years, but now plan to go into high gear.

This decision has been kicking around for almost two months, since Gannett Co. announced a completely voluntary early retirement program that was just too good to pass up. The possibility prompted a lot of reflection, and that in turn brought a flood of memories.

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Seeing the Ryan kids made me think about Tracy playing in the cylindrical revolving lightlock door between the old newsroom and the photo darkroom – now a thing of the past. I came in on the day after Sean was born and wrote a “letter to the new kid” on Prairie Avenue, where my neighbors knew anything they did could end up in print. Kelly missed playing in Rockland newsrooms, but often would drive to our office and surprise her dad looking for money for a trip to the mall. So the newspaper has been very much a part of their lives, too.

They’re sad to see me retire, but truth be told, they’re also relieved that I won’t be telling the world their secrets anymore. I think they also know how very ready I am.

It’s been fun and frustrating, exhilarating and exhausting, hilarious and heartbreaking. I’ve witnessed history, met the famous and infamous and hope that along the way I did some good, righted some wrongs and gave people some comfort. I know I’ve made people cry, and I hope I’ve made them laugh, or at least smile.

And I’ve loved every minute of it, thanks to all of you.

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Baird, Bob (MC1969)

[JR: Another writer whom I’ve admired. As a society, can we really afford to be putting out our senior citizens to “pasture”. I know the economics of “golden handshakes” first hand — have received some “golden boots” and couple of “golden handshakes” personally. I’m just wondering, as a Society, can we afford the waste — the first 15 productive years of “our” youngsters from age 10 to 25, on education that may or may not be valuable to them or our society — and — then we “discard” the last 15 from age 65 to 80 while they are still capable of producing wealth for society. Seems dumb to this fat old white guy injineer. Wouldn’t do that with hardware. If fact, most people run stuff PAST is designed lifetime. Only “retiring” it, when the last drop of value has been “wrung out”. I still have VCRs that are in use. They work; so adapt to the old junk until it breaks. Should people be MORE valuable?]

[JR: That kvetch not withstanding, I wish our fellow Jasper a long healthy and prosperous retirement. Although I’d prefer he’d call it a “repurposing” or “redirection”.]

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2012-Apr-09

MOBIT: Loffredo, John A. [MC1984 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lohud/obituary.aspx?n=JOHN-LOFFREDO&pid=156913766

JOHN A. LOFFREDO (1922 – 2012)
Loffredo, John A.

In loving memory of John A. Loffredo who passed on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. John was born in the Bronx, NY on Jan. 17, 1922 to Vito Michael Loffredo and Frances Angelotti. He was educated at CCNY and Manhattan College. He also attended Virginia Tech. for the US Army and later served in the European Theatre during WWII. His unit, The Railsplitters, saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.

John taught math in the NYC public school system and spent many years as Deputy Superintendant of School district #8 in the Bronx. His retirement years were spent in Mamaroneck surrounded by his family.

He was predeceased by his brother Rudy and is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marie, his sons Michael (Linda), Paul (Christalo), and John (Faith) and his grandchildren Christina, Paul, Laura, Kathryn, Frances, Michael, John Anthony, and Alyssa.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April, 10th from 2:00- 4:00 pm & 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home: 767 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Wed. at 10am, 627 E 187th Street, Bronx NY.

Published in the The Journal News on April 10, 2012

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Loffredo, John A. [MCAttendee? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=john-loffredo&pid=156913766&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that John received his Masters from Manhattan in 1984.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Guessed wrong that time.]

Loffredo, John A. [MC1984 RIP]

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2012-Apr-10

JEMAIL: Keenan, James [MC1953 RIP]

” … phone call from the wife of  Dr. James Keenan ’53.  He died while in Sweden and was cremated there.  There will be a memorial service for him on Thursday, April 12 at 1PM at Fairfield University Chapel.  Refreshments to follow.Friday, April 13 at Gate of Heaven.”

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[JR: Cn’t find an obit. But, it’s one good authority. ]

Keenan, James [MC1953 RIP]

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2012-Apr-11

JLINKEDIN: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1967) gets at least two pledges

REPORTING LIVE FROM THE FACEBOOK NEWS DESK IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

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I emailed Br. Gregory my pledge.

Posted by Carolyn Predmore

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Predmore, Carolyn (MCfaculty)

[JR: Now Brother Flynn has at least two. What about u?]

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2012-Apr-11

JLINKEDIN: Sheridan, John [MC1973] asks about Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1967)

REPORTING LIVE FROM THE LINKEDIN NEWS DESK IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

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How do I respond to Bro. Gregory Flynn’s request? What do I need to do to pledge…email, other?

Posted by John Sheridan

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Sheridan, John [MC1973]

[JR: And maybe a third?]

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2012-Apr-11

JNEWS: Curry, Thomas [MC1978] the 30th Comptroller of the Currency

http://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2012/nr-occ-2012-58.html

NR 2012-58
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2012
Contact: Bryan Hubbard (202) 874-5770

Thomas J. Curry Takes Office as the 30th Comptroller of the Currency

WASHINGTON — Thomas J. Curry today took office as the 30th Comptroller of the Currency, following confirmation by the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2012.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to President Obama, Secretary Geithner, and the United States Senate for their confidence in my abilities to serve as Comptroller of the Currency,” said Mr. Curry. “The OCC’s distinguished history and the professionalism and dedication of its men and women make the OCC a special place.  Its mission of ensuring the safety and soundness of America’s national banks and federal savings associations has never been more important or more challenging.”
President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Curry in July 2011.

Mr. Curry has served as a Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) since January 2004, where he served as Chairman of the FDIC’s Assessment Appeals Committee and Case Review Committee and Chairman of the NeighborWorks® America Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the FDIC’s Board of Directors, Mr. Curry served five Massachusetts Governors as the Commonwealth’s Commissioner of Banks from 1990 to 1991 and from 1995 to 2003.  He served as Acting Commissioner from February 1994 to June 1995.  He previously served as First Deputy Commissioner and Assistant General Counsel within the Massachusetts Division of Banks.  He entered state government in 1982 as an attorney with the Massachusetts’ Secretary of State’s Office.

Mr. Curry served as the Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors from 2000 to 2001, and served two terms on the State Liaison Committee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, including a term as Committee chairman.
He is a graduate of Manhattan College (summa cum laude), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his law degree from the New England School of Law.

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Curry, Thomas [MC1978]

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2012-Apr-11

JNEWS: Wall, George [MC1980] Chevron VP Americas Products, East and Latin America

http://www.csnews.com/top-story-chevron_makes_two_management_moves_-60842.html

Chevron Makes Two Management Moves

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SAN RAMON, Calif. — Chevron Corp.’s Americas Products division announced two executive appointments. Brant Fish now serves as vice president, Americas Products West, while George Wall has been named vice president of Americas Products, East and Latin America.

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Wall, in his new position, is responsible for the profitability of the crude-to-customer value chain for the eastern United States and Latin America fuels, including manufacturing, supply and logistics, and sales and marketing assets, the company reported. He is also accountable for optimizing the value of the feedstock and product supply chains.

Previously, Wall served as general manager, Americas Marketing Sales and Services, where he was responsible for the Global Service Centers and all Global Card Marketing activities. Additionally, he managed the product line portfolio for the Chevron, Texaco and Caltex brands, and all retail marketing and commercial and industrial sales programs.

Wall joined Texaco Inc. in 1981 as a consumer marketing representative and sales engineer, before moving on to positions of increasing responsibility, including lubrication engineer, manager of national accounts for Texaco Lubricants Co. (TLC), general manager of TLC’s Interstate Oil Co. operations, and assistant to the president of TLC.

Other past promotions for Wall have included manager of commercial fuels for Texaco Europe in 1991; manager of retail sales in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands for the Texaco European business unit from 1994 to 1997; director of sales and marketing for Texaco Worldwide lubricants, coolants and fuel additives business units in 1997; vice president and general manager of global marine lubricants and U.S. East Coast fuels business unit in 1999; vice president of asphalt for Chevron Texaco’s supply and trading organization in 2004; and vice president of global marketing logistics from 2006 to 2010.

Wall holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College.

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Wall, George [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that George is a member of the class of 1980.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Wall, George [MC1980]

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2012-Apr-11

JOBIT: Murphy, Nora Sharkey [MC1971 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lohud/obituary.aspx?n=NORA-MURPHY&pid=156941181

NORA SHARKEY MURPHY

Nora Sharkey Murphy of Bronxville/Eastchester died on April 9, 2012, at the age of 71.

The educator, writer and radio host was born to Peter and Cornelia Sharkey in the Bronx on July 21, 1940. A graduate of Fordham University School of Education, she held a master’s degree in English from Manhattan College. She moved to Eastchester in 1966, when she was a teacher at Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale.

She married Michael G. Murphy on June 18, 1972, in the Fordham University Church on the Rose Hill Campus. He predeceased her in 2003. They had one son, Michael Timothy, now a resident of Covington, Washington.

Mrs. Murphy retired as the associate superintendent of schools for communications and marketing for the Archdiocese of New York in 2006. She had been a member of the superintendent’s staff since 1981 responsible for the internal and external communications. Prior to joining the staff, she was a reporter and education editor for THE CATHOLIC NEWS.

Mrs. Murphy was an adjunct professor in the Graduate School at The College of New Rochelle (2000-2011) in the Department of Art and Communications. Following her retirement, she was a communications consultant to schools, Catholic dioceses and non-profit organizations in the Northeast. She was the host of NORA’S NEIGHBORS on WVOX-AM ( 2006 -2011) and the author of A YOUTH GUIDE TO SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL (2007). Mrs. Murphy served on a number of boards of directors at schools and non-profit agencies. Most recently she was president of the Board of Directors of HOPE Community Services, Inc. in New Rochelle. She was co-president of the Tuckahoe School PTA (1965-1987) and chairperson of the Saint Joseph’s Parish Council (1988-1990).

Mrs. Murphy is survived by her son and three grandsons, Evan, Alexander and Aidan, as well as her godchildren Ellen Bednarz (Sayreville, NJ), Mary Sheil Williams (Centreville,Va.), Anthony A. Scott (Eastchester).

Calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, Funeral Home, Bronxville, between the hours of 6 to 9 pm Thursday and 9 to 10:30 am Friday. Mass of Christian Burial St. Joseph’s Church, Bronxville, on Friday April 13, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions to HOPE Community Services (50 Washington Avenue, New Rochelle) or The Marist Brothers (4200 West 115th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60655) would be appreciated.

Published in the The Journal News from April 12 to April 13, 2012

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Murphy, Nora Sharkey [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/nytimes/guestbook.aspx?n=nora-murphy&pid=156948835&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Nora is a member of the Class of 1971.

May She Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, Nora Sharkey [MC1971 RIP]

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2012-Apr-12

Comment: Brother Flynn’s email by Horan, Bill (MC1978)

RE: JLINKEDIN: Sheridan, John [MC1973] asks about Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1967)

Submitted on 2012/04/11 at 4:55 pm Horan, Bill (MC1978)

You can go here: http://addis-hope.com/Contribution_Form.htm?owner=addis_hope

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[JR: But, that’s not what Brother asked us to do. He asked us to email him a pledge and had instructions how to redeem it. Perhaps, he wants to segregate this special appeal from routine donations. I was thinking that the “payoff the rental property” has to be done differently that a routine contribution. I can envision that the Receiving Brother’s Community doesn’t feel that routine contribution intended for charitable work is appropriate to make a capital investment in a “business” even if the purpose is to fund the charity in the future (i.e., a funny kind of endowment). I know not what others will do, but I intend to follow Brother’s instructions.]

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2012-Apr-12

ADMINISTRIVIA: Sending “stuff” in

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2012-Apr-12

JEMAIL: Dolan, Paul (MC1982) reports on “Accepted Students Day”

Dolan, Paul (MC1982) reports:

Just wanted to let you know that I attended “Manhattan College Accepted Students Day” Wednesday April 11, 2012 with “Number 2 Son” Jack.  It was nice to be on campus again. A lot of changes even from when I was last there 5 years ago, particularly the Cafeterias in Thomas Hall.The one thing I wanted to tell you was that MC received about 6,400 applications for about 750 Freshman slots.  The numbers, even for a small school, amaze me. Jack is probably going to join his brother Kevin out in Milwaukee at Marquette. They are best friends after all. It had been a while since Jack had seen the campus and I wanted to see a small campus in case Marquette (about 8,000) is too big.

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[JR: Well, you just have to be a better sales person. It should be about Jack’s needs; not “following”. I went to MC because my cousin Peter did. I had USC, Notre Dame, and Catholic University acceptances. My Mom wasn’t hearing anything but MC. :-) P.S.: She was probably right since I almost flunked out of MC and probably would have at a “real” school. MC faculty and staff was ever tolerant of my hijinks. Maybe you can use that as a sales point.]

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2012-Apr-13

JEMAIL: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) back to a reconstituted MC ITAB

Last night, I went back to MC for the reconstituted ITAB (IT Advisory Board). The new Prez had nuked it as “unneeded”l he reconstituted it because it was “necessary to guide the College’s technology”. It’s smaller, but with the usual trouble makers.

One thing of interest is they want some new fresh blood with some specialize IT expertise. The powers that be don’t want honchos, but the honcho’s experts who actually know something. (A profound change of direction!)

Soooo, any alum, who like to give Alma Mater help in this niche, pro-bono, should get their stuff together. I don’t know what the process will be to get on the ITAB. I’d hope there is one. Some of the areas that imho should be of interest are: the future of academic information technology, IT Governance, Info Sec, BCP/DR/ITDR, IT Architecture, Quality, (Computer) Communications, Database, Oracle, Platform (Computer) trends, Applications architecture, Applications Change Control, and any other nose-bleed level IT discipline.

There’s probably a need for both temporary and permanent expertise on the ITAB. I doubt that adding more than 5 ± 2 people will be productive.

I’m not in charge. (Thank the Universe. Leading that mob required real skill.) I’m not sure I’m even allowed to talk about it. (There’s no NDA in place; plus all I was “paid” was a nice dinner. So no chance of a paycheck making an implied NDA.)

I saw students. They look so young. And the “costumes” are funny, shocking, and sexy. Makes me feel VERY old.

So maybe you’re interested. Let me know and I’ll keep you wired in to the process as it develops. Or not.

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2012-Apr-13

JHQ: “The Investigation of Martin Frankel-Con Man Geek” 17APR@1800

REPORTING LIVE FROM THE LINKEDIN NEWS DESK IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

Manhattan College Accounting Society
2012 Reception – RSVP Today

Manhattan CollegeAccounting SocietyPresents
“The Investigation of Martin Frankel-Con Man Geek”
By. Joseph P. Dooley, CPA/CFF/CITP, CFE, CIPP Managing DirectorStroz Friedberg
Tuesday, April 17th 6-9PM Alumni Room (1st floor of the MC Library)

Bring a friend, come back to campus, network with students, and hear a great speaker.Refreshments and snacks will be served.RSVP by Friday, April 13th, Aileen Lowry Farrelly at aileen.farrelly@manhattan.edu or 718-862-7223

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[JR: Sorry for the late post, but … post ’em when I see them. Who knew there was an “Accounting Society”? I’ll ask to get on the distribution list.]

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2012-Apr-13

MEMAIL: Email from Tierny’s (Veliz, Tierney [MC2011]) chief fund raiser

FROM: Jude DiGidio,

Thanks for sending this, Tierney will never give up in her quest to walk again, she is doing this not just for herself, she is doing it because she will want others to make progress as well. This maybe her cross to carry, and like her brother Chase she will carry it with dignity and strength, she has no fear of hard work and her goals are true. We all have helped her on this journey, she will help many others, in these last 20 days before May 1st, don’t be afraid to ask people to help her with her goals, maybe this place will be the start of a majestic journey for her, and as we all know in life no courage no glory, she has more courage than a human being could ever hope for ,lets give her this option is she so chooses. Also keep Rita Fisher in our prayers, she took a bad fall and is recouping at home, all be well and we are close to making this the Rotary clubs best effort ever, Jude

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This is beautiful.  Tierney had this on her facebook.  We have to get Tierney to this doctor and this gym.  I cried… it’s amazing…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOEnsArIep0&feature=share

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Veliz, Tierney [MC2011]

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2012-Apr-14

JNEWS: Bayer, Mark [MC1991] Principal at Somers High School

http://www.thedailysomers.com/schools/somers-high-welcomes-new-principal

Somers High Welcomes New Principalby Katherine Pacchiana

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SOMERS, N.Y. — As Irene Perrella retires as principal at Somers High School, the Board of Education is welcoming her replacement, Mark Bayer, an assistant principal at Chappaqua’s Horace Greeley High School.

Bayer will take on the probationary appointment as principal July 1. The probationary period expires June 30, 2015.

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Bayer attended Mahopac High School, studied math education at Manhattan College, then went on to SUNY-New Paltz, where he earned a master’s of secondary education and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration.

For 13 years, he taught high school math, including five years at Greeley, before he was named assistant principal.

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Bayer learned of his appointment a few weeks ago. “I was very excited,” he said. “I’ve spent 21 years in education. The kids have always come first, and they’ll continue to do so.”

Anything else? Bayer added, “I’m an avid snowboarder.”

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Bayer, Mark [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Mark is a member of the Class of 1991,

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bayer, Mark [MC1991]

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2012-Apr-14

JVIDEO: MC Women’s Soccer team packages love

http://youtu.be/P6pRqNw6PNU

Published on Apr 5, 2012 by ManhattanJaspers

On Sunday, March 25th, the Manhattan College Women’s Soccer team packaged up used soccer equipment to send to Beyond Sport Integrated, a non-profit group based in Zambia. Their goal of Beyond Sport Integrated is to bring sports and life skills to children in HIV/Aids affected areas.

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[JR: 35 seconds to promote a charity website.]

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2012-Apr-14

ENDNOTE: Starting to control the honors?

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=13853

Bishop nixes Catholic campus address by Ted Kennedy’s widow
March 30, 2012

Anna Maria College, a small Catholic institution outside Worcester, Massachusetts, has rescinded an invitation to Victoria Kennedy to be the school’s commencement speaker, at the prompting of Bishop Robert McManus.

Anna Maria College announced that it had withdrawn an invitation to Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, “with deep regret.” The statement said that the school’s administration continued to think that the invitation had been appropriate in light of Victoria Kennedy’s work on issues such as gun control and children’s safety.

Bishop McManus did not comment on the announcement, but a spokesman for the Worcester diocese pointed to the policy of the US bishops that “Catholic institutions should not be honoring Catholics who take positions publicly which are contrary to the Catholic faith’s most fundamental principles, particularly on the dignity of life from conception and the sanctity of marriage.”

Victoria Reggie Kennedy released her own statement decrying the bishop’s “judgment about my worthiness as a Catholic.” She said: “This is a sad day for me and an even sadder one for the Church I love.”

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Could it be that Holy Mother Church’s leadership is developing some stones?

For the longest time, they’ve allowed “the brand” to be adulterated. And, as anyone, who’s taken a marketing class, know that’s the road to ruination.

And, dispute Ms. Kennedy’s analysis, they’d didn’t opine on her “worthiness as a Catholic”; they did observe the fact that you can’t be “Catholic” if you don’t follow the Teaching of the Catholic Church. I’m no arbiter of morality or an exemplar of Catholic faith. But I do align with the moral principles that the Church espouses.

Dignity of Life, contraception, abortion, and Marriage are bug litmus test.

I hope that the leadership begins to call politicians and bureaucrats, who claim to be “Catholic”, to account for their public statements. I’d go so far as to ask them to refrain from using the label. Or worse.

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