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JASPER JOTTINGS Week 20 – 2013 May 19

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 20 – 2013 May 19

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2013/jj2013W20.html

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2013-May-12

POSITRACTION: Boyle, Steve [MC????] says “coaching matters”

http://241sports.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/coaching-matters/

Coaching matters!
Posted on May 5, 2013

by Steve Boyle [MC????]

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I estimate that I’ve probably coached – in some capacity – over 20,000 kids in numerous towns, cities and states- literally from coast to coast. Teams, clinics, camps – be it track and field, cross-country, basketball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse – no matter the sport – coaching is coaching. It is building relationships with kids (and sometimes their families) in a way that is genuinely meaningful and then getting them uncomfortable enough to actually challenge themselves in ways they didn’t think possible.

Before I did all this coaching – I did an awful lot of playing. Growing up it was primarily soccer, baseball and basketball. In high school I dropped baseball for track and field. Finally in college I had the blessing and curse of having 3 different head coaches and 11 different assistants for 1 sport in my 4 years at Manhattan (as a future coach it was a blessing- as a player it was a bit of a nightmare).

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Of the 20,000 plus – I hope that at least some of them – when they do the recall of their athletic lives- will have me pop into their head as someone who made them feel valued.  Moving forward – all I can do is continually try to improve and hope that the 20,000 to come will continue to give me the opportunity to help them grow through the medium of athletics.  And I hope that as I mentor younger coaches they come to realize that winning and losing takes care of itself if the focus of your coaching is integrity and relationship building.  And that when you do make a mistake – how you handle that mistake may be the greatest lesson you give your kids.  After all – Coaching matters!

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Under the direction of my now passed wife, we coached 6-8th grade girls basketball.

I learned more about coaching, the personalities of young girls, my wife, a fellow Jasper, and myself.

Who was being “coached”?

Me!

Hope I’ve taken those lessons forward.

Funny, the lesson works also on the teacher.

Is that cause and effect?

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2013-May-12

MEMAIL: Denise Benner responded about Benner, Francis W. “Frank” [MC1968 RIP]

Denise Benner responded from Legacy:

Glad to see your message. Frank was planing on going to the reunion. It was important to him. Thanks

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JOBIT: Benner, Francis W. “Frank” [MC1968 RIP]
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?n=Francis-Benner&pid=164710404#fbLoggedOut

Francis Benner
Obituary

BENNER, FRANCIS W. ” FRANK” Francis W. Benner, “Frank”, of Monroe, CT, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

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2013-May-12

JNEWS: Patterson, James [MC1969] Alma Mater and the VietNam draft

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2013/may/11/james-patterson-life-in-writing

James Patterson: a life in writing

‘If I told my publishers I was writing only one book this year, rather than 10, they would have a heart attack’

Nicholas Wroe
The Guardian, Friday 10 May 2013

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As a high school valedictorian in one of the best Catholic schools in the area Patterson applied to both Harvard and Yale. “But I never even heard from them. Then I was told I had been accepted at Manhattan College, which was a Christian Brothers college I had not applied for. It turned out the brothers had never actually sent off my applications. Actually Manhattan College was fine and was where Rudy Giuliani went. But in those days if you were Catholic you went to a Catholic college.”

Although a star pupil at school, he only read enough “to get out of Newburgh”. It was not until his family moved to near Boston, just before he started college, and he took a part-time job at a mental hospital that he started to “read my brains out. And not commercial fiction. Stuff that really stretched me: The Tin Drum; One Hundred Years of Solitude. Working nights meant I was paid overtime and I’d go into Cambridge and buy maybe 10 books a week. The hospital was used by a lot of wealthy families, which was also a new socio-economic thing for me. And it had an artistic tradition: Robert Lowell was there for a while; Ray Charles used to check in; James Taylor; Sylvia Plath had been there before my time. There was a tradition of wonderful craziness.”

He left Manhattan College with an English degree and enrolled on an MA programme at Vanderbilt University. But after receiving a “lucky” high number in the Vietnam draft lottery, in 1971 he took a job in advertising at J Walter Thompson. “I never particularly liked advertising and it hadn’t been anything I’d had in mind.” But he says the job was right for him when his long-term girlfriend developed a brain tumour and subsequently died. “I wanted no time by myself so I threw myself into work and went from creative director to running the company in two and a half years.” Patterson was instrumental in award-winning campaigns for companies such as Kodak, Burger King and Toys R Us. But throughout this time he also wrote. It was while working at the mental hospital that he had first started “scribbling and found that I loved it. It seemed I was never going to produce a Ulysses or One Hundred Years of Solitude – although maybe I sell myself a little short in terms of magic realism, which I think I maybe could’ve done in an interesting way. But somewhere along the way I read Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist. I hadn’t read much commercial fiction, but I liked these and thought I maybe could do books that people turn the pages of.”

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[JR: I don’t cite a lot of James Patterson news because it boring boilerplate. I found this one interesting because it comes out he didn’t apply to Alma Mater. How did that work? And, the quoted reference to “lucky” with respect to the Draft. I was drafted and didn’t make it the lottery. As were many of my fellow Classmates. Some went to Canada, some went underground, some were drafted, and some never came back from their service. Either physically or mentally. How many more “James Patterson’s” did we lose? I wouldn’t have put “lucky” in quotes. I think Americans will carry the “curse” of that era for as long as we carry the “curse” of the War of Northern Aggression. Any way I found this article interesting and informative; as well as provocative and saddening.]

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2013-May-12

MFOUND: Aerospace Studies class at Manhattan College

http://bwog.com/2013/05/11/corps-requirements/

From the Issue: Corps Requirements

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Nico gives an assessment of military culture when I shadow him to New York City’s Air Force ROTC base at Manhattan College. “Standards are standards,” he says. “There’s no grey area, there are no excuses.” He shows me a cot pushed against the wall of the Cadet Lounge for cadets to practice making their beds. The sheets should be folded at the corners of the mattress to create a 45­-degree angle. The bottom edge should be six inches from the end of the bed. “It’s measured with a ruler and you get yelled at if it’s five,” says Nico. “You might ask why it matters—what’s the difference between five and six inches? But five or six inches on a map can be the difference between bombing innocent civilians and the enemy.”

Nico is the Cadet Wing Commander, the highest­-ranked cadet position in the AFROTC. He takes the subway to Manhattan College about five times a week. “When I first got here, I was petrified to tell anyone I was in the ROTC,” he says. Though most people have been supportive, Nico has dealt with negative reactions. The most extreme was after a class during his sophomore year, in which he had volunteered opinions based on his experience with the military. “This girl came up to me and said, “If you die in Iraq, those people will have justice,’ ” he recalls.

A Political Science major, Nico understands the spectrum of opinions about the ROTC and is well-­aware of the ethical implications of military work. “There are certainly people who have thoughts like, ‘Anyone killing anyone for any reason is wrong,’ and I totally respect that,” he says. “That’s a very noble idea. I might not see it the same way, but if someone said that to me I would be like, ‘Okay, I understand.’ ” Although he draws “a tremendous sense of pride” from his military work, Nico feels a responsibility to remain open-minded.

Nico’s Aerospace Studies class at Manhattan College is taught by Lieutenant Colonel Timothy McCaffrey, the commander of the AFROTC in New York City. Because of scheduling conflicts with Columbia, Nico takes a makeup class with another cadet.

Today’s lesson includes training on sexual harassment, which Air Force members will revisit at least once a year for the rest of their military careers. “If there’s a claim of sexual harassment, you investigate it,” Colonel McCaffrey says flatly. “Even if you don’t believe it. Investigate everything.” He reads through a series of scenarios and asks the cadets how they would respond. Some scenarios are ambiguous, including the case of a female guard who reports a male guard for calling her “honey.” It might not be sexual harassment, Colonel McCaffrey concedes, but it still violates military code of conduct. “Does he call everyone ‘honey’? Does he call the men ‘honey’? She trained as an airman,” he finishes. “She deserves to be called by her rank and name.”

In another scenario, a female officer accuses her superior of sexual harassment and reports to their commander, who is a close friend of the accused and insists it must be a misunderstanding. A related military policy has faced heavy scrutiny in recent months, after an Air Force commander used his authority to overturn a sexual assault conviction against a member of his force. Colonel McCaffrey sees no grey area. “I would expect the commander to be fired whether or not the sexual harassment case was true,” he tells the cadets. “She came to him and he did nothing.”

After he graduates this year, Nico will go to flight school to become a pilot. Eventually, he would like to work somewhere where he can use the Arabic and Hindi he studied at Columbia. He hopes that the ROTC’s relationship with Columbia will strengthen over time. “For LGBT students, there are resources; for students of color, there are resources,“ he points out. Nico suggests that an ROTC representative on campus, or an advisor who specializes in helping military students, would provide the support that cadets are currently missing.

He isn’t looking for special treatment for ROTC programs—just a little more recognition. “I don’t think Columbia needs to cater to us,” he stresses. “We’re just like any other student group, pretty much.”

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[JR: Found this interesting!]

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2013-May-12

MFOUND: 12 Staten Islanders made news May 17, 1943

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/05/historic_pages_from_the_archiv_437.html

Historic pages from the archives of the Staten Island Advance: May 17, 1943

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Degrees were awarded to 12 Staten Islanders at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. Six of the graduates were unable to attend the commencement ceremony because they had been called to serve in the military.

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[JR: I can’t read the picture. If I had a staff of cub reporters, then I’d assign each a follow up story. I think it would be fascinating to hear their stories. Did they come back? What did they see, accomplish, and learn? Argh!  ]

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2013-May-12

JHQ: Glassdoor and Jasperlink

http://www.manhattan.edu/student_life/center-career-development/resources/glassdoor-portal

Home>Student Life>Center for Career Development Resources>Glassdoor.com Portal

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Get a glimpse into potential employers with this tool from Glassdoor.com, which provides access to company reviews, likely interview questions, job listings and salary information for thousands of organizations worldwide.

Also don’t forget to visit Jasperlink, where you can find job and internship opportunities available only to Manhattan College students and alumni.

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https://jasperlink-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php?s=home

[JR: You have to have setup an account. I don’t remember doing, it does. Interesting. First I’ve heard of this.]

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2013-May-12

JLINKEDIN: Ruddy, John [MC1960] Chief Scientist, Integrated Missile Defense at MITRE

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-ruddy/b/741/b12

Ruddy, John [MC????]
Chief Scientist, Integrated Missile Defense at MITRE
Vienna, Virginia (Washington D.C. Metro Area)
Defense & Space

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1960.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ruddy, John [MC1960]

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2013-May-13

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) adds another name

Good Evening All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for, Ann, sister of a very good friend of Mike’s. Ann has gone into Hospice. She and her family need our prayers. Please keep Ann and her family in your prayers during this very difficult time as we pray that God’s Love bring Ann peace. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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2013-May-13

JFOUND: D’Estrada, Art [MC1982] Regional Property Manager Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Westchester

http://www.ngkf.com/home/about-our-firm/global-offices/us-offices/connecticutwestchester/professional-profiles.aspx?d=16813&title=Art-D%27Estrada

Professional Profiles
Art D’Estrada

Regional Property Manager

Art D’Estrada joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Westchester office in 1998 to serve as regional property manager. Mr. D’Estrada’s wide range of experience has equipped him with the ability to understand the product, added value, and the bottom line of the property at hand. Mr. D’Estrada’s 21 years of experience on the owner/developer’s standpoint, has enabled him to address the needs of tenants and the constraints of the market while maintaining a clear focus on the clients’ long-term objectives.

As Regional Property Manager, Mr. D’Estrada is responsible for overseeing all the operational and management activities for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Westchester, Connecticut, and Mid- Hudson Region commercial real estate portfolio that includes 12 properties totaling over 3 million square feet. A bottom line driven individual with unique hands-on experience in property and asset management, security, budgets and financial reports, corporate administration, and general construction, Mr. D’Estrada focuses on increasing the value of the property while maximizing the return on investment for the landlords he represents including The Winter Organization, Savanna Partners, Omnicom Group, Core Plus Properties LLC, Angelo Gordon & Co., and Newmark Knight Frank.

Mr. D’Estrada possesses extensive knowledge of the real estate industry and brings strong interpersonal skills, problem solving skills and an expedient manner to his team.

Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. D’Estrada was the facilities manager for Keren Developments Inc. at the “Landmark at Eastview” in Tarrytown, NY. Mr. D’Estrada managed a 750,000-square-foot research and development facility on a 250-acre campus. The buildings under his supervision were originally occupied by a single tenant, Union Carbide. Mr D’Estrada was responsible for converting the single tenant facility into a Class A mixed use R&D and multi-tenant office park.

While working at Keren Developments Inc., Mr. D’Estrada’s responsibilities included asset evaluation, preparation and administration of building operating budgets, and capital improvements. Mr. D’Estrada also acted as building liaison with tenants, contractors, vendors, unions, city, state and federal officials.

Mr. D’Estrada is a graduate of Manhattan College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is an active member of Westchester and Southern Connecticut BOMA, former member of Port Chester’s Zoning Board of Appeals, current official of Port Chester’s Architectural Board of Review and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers since 1983.

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D’Estrada, Art [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Art is a member of the Class of 1982.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

D’Estrada, Art [MC1982]

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2013-May-13

JBLOGGER: Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) reports on “Whole30 Challenge”

http://pattigibbons.com/i-finished/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pattigibbons%2FmQZg+%28pattigibbons.com%29

Whole30: I finished. I’m not stopping.

May 12, 2013 in life with 0 Comments

For quite a long time I have suffered with some chronic health issues. Essentially, I haven’t really felt “well” since October 13, 1999, when I was in a serious car accident. What prior to that had been a very active life, became a life guarded by pain where I’d been injured and then later diagnosed with some additional, painful and debilitating issues.

Some of these issues have no cure, so I am left to manage symptoms with varying degrees of success. I’ve become fairly adept at managing to do what I want to do, and much of the time people don’t even know that there’s something wrong unless they are present when I hit one of my limits head-on. But, I’ve always wondered if there was something more I could do to feel better.

It was a few years back that my publisher, Nadim Najm at SYM Group, started talking about a complete change in lifestyle he’d made that was just producing incredible results for him. I didn’t realize then that this lifestyle was about more than “diet and exercise” in the traditional American sense of “eat a low-fat diet and exercise a lot and you’ll feel great and drop weight.” You see, chronic pain and exercise don’t generate much in the way of incentive. I did eat a fairly healthy diet and I was as active as my pain permitted (sometimes more than that, actually). So, I was happy for Nadim and the results he and the others were seeing from their changes, but not terribly interested.

It’s amazing what a difference a few years and some research can do. There are foods — foods we all think are good for us and part of a healthy, low-fat, widely-recommended diet — that make what ails me worse. They cause inflammation, immune system reactions, and more — any one of which could have contributed to my pain. So, when Nadim and about 40 other friends decided to do the Whole30 Challenge, I convinced my husband (no easy feat!) to give it a go with me as a part of the group.

You can have all the details of this dietary change by clicking the image above, or by reading It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways [affiliate link] but I’ll summarize. I’ve had lots of food that isn’t grain, dairy, legumes, or sugar. I also had something of a head start because I’d given up most carbs for Lent, and I haven’t had coffee since before I went to Haiti in April because my brain would not get behind drinking it black. I did make myself a ‘regular’ cup of coffee this morning (after 6 weeks without it), drank about a third of it, was underwhelmed and gave up drinking it.

By the sixth day, I received the biggest benefit of my entire 30 day adventure. Four years ago, I suffered some nerve damage which took away much of the external feeling in my hands – it’s hard to describe, but think of it like wearing gloves all the time. There was a point early on, when the damage was new, when I couldn’t tie my own shoes or do anything like tie a sash behind my back. Muscle memory kept me working, but on that sixth day, I could feel the keyboard keys under my fingers. I can pick up small items cleanly, deal with thin plastic bags, and more. Major, major gift.

In addition, I started sleeping more soundly and waking up awake. If you know me, you know this is a huge difference! I also dropped 15 pounds, mostly around my core.

So here I am. Day 30. I have had LOTS of food. I’ve not felt deprived. I feel clear-headed. I have clear skin. I’m not sleepy at 3 pm every day. I feel my fingers! Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to my physical. I’ve always had high cholesterol — maybe I don’t anymore?

I finished my Whole30 Challenge. I’m not stopping.

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2013-May-13

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) resends a request

Good Afternoon All,

This was sent to you last week but never made it to you for some reason and I apologise. Mark Sheeran has asked for our prayers for his Mom’s Best Friend. Theresa has been battling breast Cancer for the past 5 plus years. She was recently admitted into Sloan Kettering and needs our prayers. The Doctors say the prognosis is not good. Please keep Theresa, her family and friends in your prayers and raise the volume for this courageous lady. We pray that Theresa feels the soothing and healing power of prayer. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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2013-May-13

JHQ: A sample of our new fellow alums

http://manhattan.edu/news/class-2013-graduates

What’s Next for the Class of 2013

As the class of 2013 prepares to head out into the world, 13 seniors tell us about their plans for after graduation and reflect on what made their Manhattan College experience special.

Julie Bies

Major: Physical Education

MC Involvement: L.O.V.E. Trips to Kenya and Ecuador; Pi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society; Resident Assistant for Overlook; Student Athlete Advisory Committee; and Varsity Women’s Volleyball

Post-Graduation Plans: After graduation, I will be continuing my education at The Ohio State University and pursuing a master’s degree in adapted physical education. I received a position as a GTA (Graduate Teaching Associate) in the department of human sciences, where I will be teaching undergraduate courses.

Jose Rodriguez

Major: Electrical Engineering

MC Involvement: Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers; Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society

Post-Graduation Plans: I will be joining ExxonMobil Corp. to work for its downstream company at a refinery in New Orleans as an electrical and instrumentation engineer. Since the company offers funding for graduate school, I am thinking of pursuing an MBA at Tulane University.

Amanda Cromwell

Majors: International Studies and Spanish

MC Involvement: Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi, Sigma Iota Rho and Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Societies; Honors Enrichment Program; L.O.V.E. Trips to Ecuador and Arizona; Model United Nations; Resident Assistant in Horan; Student Government; and Study Abroad in Argentina and Cuba

Post-Graduation Plans: After graduation, I will be getting my master’s in bilingual special education while I teach in the New York City public school system through the NYC Teaching Fellows.

Shannon Maiolica

Majors: Accounting and Finance

MC Involvement: Accounting Society; Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society; and Jasper Dance Team

Post-Graduation Plans: After graduation, I will be working full-time at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which is one of the big four accounting firms. I will be in the assurance department beginning in September. Since I will have the summer off, I plan to take my CPA exam and hopefully pass!

Chris Rypl

Majors: Biology and Psychology

MC Involvement: Beta Beta Beta and Sigma Xi Honor Societies; Jazz Band; Intramural Flag Football, Softball and Volleyball; Phi Delta Epsilon; and Faculty-Sponsored Research Projects

Post-Graduation Plans: After graduation, I am going to dental school at the University at Buffalo. I will be working toward my Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) for four years. I will also be living up in Buffalo.

Clare O’Connell

Major: Elementary Education (Spanish concentration)

MC Involvement: L.O.V.E. Trips to New Orleans and Montana; Quadrangle Copy Editor; Writing Center Tutor; James Patterson ’69 Scholarship Recipient

Post-Graduation Plans: Through the Lasallian Volunteers program, I will be working at De La Salle High School in Minneapolis, Minn.

Nathan Hunter

Major: Marketing

MC Involvement: Green Club Leader and Founder; Marketing Club E-Board; Resident Assistant; and Sustainability Committee Co-Chair

Post-Graduation Plans: I will be managing a family-owned plant nursery and stoneyard that retails annuals and perrenials. I will help with the operations of the nursery, maintaining inventory, tracking sales and facilitating promotional details. I will be at this job temporarily before heading off to volunteer abroad, working on farms internationally through World Wide Organic Opportunity Farming (WWOOF), an organization that matches you with family farmers. In exchange for the work on the farm, you receive free room and board, an opportunity that will allow me to travel around the world.

Meaghan Drugan

Major: Communication

MC Involvement: Student Government Communications Committee; Internships at Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and Jenelle Hamilton Publicity;

Post-Graduation Plans: I accepted a full-time position as a merchandising assistant at J.Crew Group, Inc., located in SoHo, where I will be working as part of the corporate production and merchandising team responsible for coordinating the upcoming lines each season.

Elena Rotunda

Major: Psychology

Post-Graduation Plans: In the fall of 2013, I’ll start working toward a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I will be working with rats to study the neural systems and molecular substrates supporting learning and memory.

Michael Estrada

Major: Mechanical Engineering

MC Involvement: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Resident Assistant for Jasper Hall; Student Court; Student Government; and WRCM Radio

Post-Graduation Plans: After graduation, I will be taking a full-time job with Bala | CSI Consulting Engineers as a mechanical engineer. I have been interning with them since August 2012.

Maggie Blair

Majors: Management and Finance

MC Involvement: Captain of the Women’s Varsity Basketball Team; Executive Member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee; and Pen & Sword

Post-Graduation Plans: After graduation, I will be working as an analyst at BlackRock, a financial firm where I was an intern last summer. I will be working in client support.

Chelsea Krajcik

Major: Secondary Education (French concentration)

MC Involvement: French Club; French Table; Green Club; Manhattan Magazine; Writing Center and Learning Center Tutor

Post-Graduation Plans: I will be attending the University of London at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) for a master’s degree in linguistics.

Perry Rizopoulus

Major: Philosophy

MC Involvement: Campus Tour Guide; Italian Lab Teacher; Lasallian Collegians; L.O.V.E. Trip to San Francisco; Kingsbridge Heights Community Center Volunteer, Orientation Leader; Pen & Sword; and Phi Sigma Tau, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi Honor Societies

Post-Graduation Plans: After graduation, my plan is to impact all the communities that have influenced me. I aim to continue my education and eventually obtain a Ph.D. in Italian studies. I have been accepted to the Comparative International Education Master’s Degree program at Columbia University. Also, I plan on continuing my work with Save Your City, a company I founded that aims to get clothing and educational supplies to the people who need them most. We have already given dozens of clothing items and books to our local community and have also sent books to Italy to help children there learn English.

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[JR: When I graduated my only concern was would I be drafted and how soon my fiancée and I could get married. Life was must simpler in those days. I knew I’d be working at AT&T for 45 years and retire with a big pension and a large family. How does that saying go: “Man plans; the gods laugh”?  I wish my new fellow Jaspers all the joy I had as my plans didn’t work out. ]

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2013-May-14

JFOUND: Cazorla, Michele [MC????] Western Connecticut State University Human Resources Administrative

http://www.wcsu.edu/catalogs/undergraduate/faculty-staff/

Western Connecticut State University
May 12, 2013

Cazorla, Michele [MC????]
Human Resources Administrative Operations Assistant, Human Resources; B.S.; Manhattan College.

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Michele.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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2013-May-14

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports a passing

Good Afternoon All,

I have just heard from Mark Sheeran informing me that sadly, his Mom’s best friend, Theresa, passed away last night. As Mark says, Theresa put up a courageous fight with her Cancer for 5 plus years. Theresa is survived by her Husband, Eric, and their Daughters Laura, Beezy and Trini. Please keep Theresa, her family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. Theresa has been called to God’s side but her family deeply mourn her. We pray for the repose of Theresa’s Soul as she is at peace in the Kingdom Of Heaven. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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2013-May-15

JOBIT: Cudone, John [MC1949 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=John-Cudone&pid=164799468

John Cudone
Obituary

Rhinebeck – John Cudone of Rhinebeck, NY, passed away on May 13, 2013, at age 90 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

John was born in the Bronx. He was a graduate of Manhattan College where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. At age 17 he joined the Army Air Forces and flew as a navigator on bombers over Europe during WWII with the 456th Bomb Group (746 Bomb Squadron). He was a long-term advisory engineer at IBM.

He and Adelaide (passed on last October) raised Gerry, Angela, and Joey here in Rhinebeck. John was an active member of St. Christopher’s Church and a member of the Holy Name Society. He lived his life with integrity and devotion to God, his church, and his family. He will be missed.

He is survived by Gerry and his wife, Sylvia, Angela and her husband, Jack, Joey, four grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

His family will receive friends on Sunday, May 19th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Monday May 20th at St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

On line condolences may be sent by visiting http://www.burnett-white.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 16 to May 19, 2013

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Cudone, John [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/poughkeepsiejournal/guestbook.aspx?n=john-cudone&pid=164799468&nocache=true&cid=addentry&sign=0

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1949.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cudone, John [MC1949 RIP]

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2013-May-15

JOBIT: Miggins, Brother Joseph [MC1957 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/app/obituary.aspx?n=Joseph-Fsc&pid=164800368#fbLoggedOut

Brother Joseph Miggins, F.S.C.
AGE: 89 • Lincroft

Brother Joseph Miggins, F.S.C., 89, of Lincroft died Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at De La Salle Hall, Lincroft. Brother Joseph was born in New York City and received the Holy Habit of the Christian Brothers on September 7, 1942. Brother Joseph was a graduate of Catholic University, Washington, D.C. and earned a Master of Arts Degree in English in 1957, a Master of Arts Degree in Theology in 1971, and a Master of Arts Degree in Guidance in 1972, all from Manhattan College.

His assignments included St. Raphael’s School, New York City, St. Augustine’s School, Brooklyn, N.Y., Bishop Loughlin High School, Brooklyn where he served as Dean of Freshmen, St. Bernard’s School, New York City, Lincoln Hall, Lincolndale, N.Y., Senior Novitiate, Barrytown, N.Y., LaSalle Academy, New York City, St. Raymond’s High School, Bronx, N.Y., St. Joseph’s Collegiate, Buffalo, N.Y. where he served as Director, Manhattan Theology, Manhattan College where he served as District Recruiter, St. Raymond’s Community where he served as Director, Sacred Heart School, Yonkers, N.Y. where he served as Director, and Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft where he served from 1988 to 2013. Brother Joseph was in residence at De La Salle Hall since March.

The viewing will be held at Alumni Hall at Christian Brothers Academy, 850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leo the Great R.C. Church, Lincroft on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment at St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Marlboro Township. Memorial donations to De La Salle Nursing Development, 810 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 would be appreciated. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Asbury Park Press on May 15, 2013

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Miggins, Brother Joseph [MC1957 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/app/guestbook.aspx?n=joseph-miggins&pid=164800368&nocache=true&cid=addentry&sign=0

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2013-May-15

JFOUND: Diaz, Ismael [MC1975] Western Connecticut State University Director, Pre-collegiate & Access Services

http://www.wcsu.edu/catalogs/undergraduate/faculty-staff/

Western Connecticut State University
May 12, 2013

Diaz, Ismael [MC????]
Director, Pre-collegiate & Access Services, Student Affairs; B.A., SUNY, Binghamton; M.S., Manhattan College.

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Dear John,

I believe that Ismael is a member of the Class of 1975.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Diaz, Ismael [MC1975]

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2013-May-15

MOBIT: Kwee Garam, Bernadette [MCfaculty]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lohud/obituary.aspx?n=Bernadette-Garam&pid=164810217#fbLoggedOut

Bernadette (Kwee) Garam
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Kwee Garam, Bernadette

Bernadette Kwee Garam, 69, a long-time resident of Irvington, passed away after a long illness at her home on May 15 surrounded by her loving family.

Bernadette devoted her life to serving others as a Maryknoll Sister; in developing programs for the disabled as a Social Affairs Officer for the United Nations in the Middle East; and most recently as a Professor of Sociology at Manhattan College.

She is survived by her husband Peter, her stepdaughters Jennifer Garam and Michelle Champagne, her brothers and sisters, Joseph Kwee, Catherine Gallagher, Margaret Laughlin, Peter Kwee, John Kwee and six nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held on Friday May 17 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Edwards Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry NY 10522. A Requiem Mass will be held at 10:30 on Saturday May 18 at Maryknoll, 10 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining, NY 10562.

A short committal service will follow at Ferncliff Crematory, 280 Secor Road, Harstdale, NY 10530.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maryknoll Sisters, P.O. Box 317, Maryknoll, NY 10545.

Published in the The Journal News on May 16, 2013

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Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=bernadette-garam&pid=164810217&cid=full

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2013-May-16

JFOUND: Markert, Anthony G. [MC1973] Western Connecticut State Assistant Professor, Justice & Law Administration

http://www.wcsu.edu/catalogs/undergraduate/faculty-staff/

Western Connecticut State University
May 12, 2013

Markert, Anthony G. [MC????]
Assistant Professor, Justice & Law Administration; B.S., Manhattan College; M.B.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., Ph.D., CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Dear John,

I believe that Anthony is a member of the Class of 1973.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Markert, Anthony G. [MC1973]

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2013-May-16

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) adds another

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for, Alex, 25 year old Daughter of an old friend of Mike’s. Alex is experiencing some health problems and is headed out to the Mayo Clinic for extensive Diagnostic Testing. Please pray that the MDs discover what the problems are and are further guided to develop a regimen of treatment to successfully solve those problems and set Alex on a course to complete recovery. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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2013-May-17

JFOUND: McGorry, Kaitlin [MC2008] Tickets-for-Charity Marketing Demand Team

https://ticketsforcharity.com/about/

What is Tickets-for-Charity®?

Tickets-for-Charity (TFC) works with top performing artists, professional sports teams, theaters and corporations to offer fans access to premium seats, special offers and unique VIP experiences. The difference? Every ticket purchased through TFC directly supports some of the world’s most respected nonprofits.

So, you pay the same or better price you’ll find elsewhere, for seats you won’t find anywhere else! And your favorite charities receive a donation at the same time (instead of unauthorized brokers and scalpers).

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Kaitlin McGorry

As part of the Marketing Demand Team, Kaitlin is responsible for creating and supporting marketing initiatives for Partner Artists, Teams and Charities in support of TFC’s Charitable Sale initiatives. She helps drive charitable ticket sales by acting as a voice to the TFC community through social media, email marketing, customer support and other direct-to-consumer communications. Kaitlin joins our team with 3 years of marketing experience. Prior to joining Tickets-for-Charity, Kaitlin spent three years at Swerve Point LLC in various roles, most recently Account Executive. As an AE at SwervePoint, she was responsible for selling communications merchandise and promotional products to Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies. Kaitlin graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and was a member of the school’s NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse team.

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McGorry, Kaitlin [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Katlin is a member of the Class of 2008.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McGorry, Kaitlin [MC2008]

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2013-May-17

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) adds two more

Good Morning All,

Fellow Jasper, John Reinke, asks for our prayers for his oldest friend, Pete Guston. Pete is in ICU with seriously high sugar and high white blood count with no Diagnoses as yet. As John says, he is sending ” Good Thoughts ” in Pete’s direction and he hopes we will do the same. Please keep Pete and his family in your prayers as we pray that the MDs diagnose the problem and are able to address it for Pete’s complete recovery.

I also ask you for your continued prayers for our Niece, Doreen. Our prayers have had some very positive results but other issues have presented themselves regarding Doreen’s Cancer. The MDs have taken her off the Hormone Treatments, they have put the Port back in her chest and have begun Chemo. 5 new spots have been discovered in Doreen’s liver and the MDs are addressing how to best treat them. The Tumor behind her eye is showing improvement and the MDs have worked out a way to continue treating it at no cost as her Husband’s Insurance will not cover it. Doreen is feeling the press of these new developments but she and her Mom feel that prayer has given her strength and she continues to soldier on. Please keep Doreen and her family in your prayers. Doreen and her Mom, Eileen, are so grateful and thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Thank You. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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2013-May-17

JHQ: NYC Catholic Alumni Networking Reception 6/17

http://calendar.manhattan.edu/event/nyc_catholic_alumni_networking_reception?utm_source=feedly#.UZaj64L_Tog

Jun 17, 2013: NYC Catholic Alumni Networking Reception at New York Athletic Club

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens will host the New York City Catholic Alumni Networking Reception; this gathering brings together Catholic Alumni in the New York Metropolitan area for a premier professional and social  networking experience.

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2013-May-17

JNEWS: Arceri, John [MC1964] oldest graduate of the Ave Maria School of Law

http://www.marconews.com/news/2013/may/15/never-too-old-never-too-young-two-unique-ave-law/?partner=RSS

Never too old, never too young: Two unique Ave Maria law school students among 165 graduates

By Robbie Spencer Citizen Correspondent
Posted May 15, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.

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John Arceri graduated high school in 1960 while Mellina Fortunato was born in 1992. The 71-year-old and 21-year-old, respectively, celebrated an accomplishment together on Saturday: being the youngest and oldest graduates of the Ave Maria School of Law.

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Arceri, John [MC1964]

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2013-May-18

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports two positive results

Good Evening All,

I just heard from Fellow Jasper MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick ‘ 89. We were praying for her little Boy, Brendan, who was having some Dental surgery. I am happy to tell you that Brendan’s surgery went well, no problems. MaryAnn thanks you for your prayers. They were much appreciated. This little Jasper handled it just fine. He puts me in mind of our Littlest Jasper, Lukie, whose indomitable Spirit is a very special example to us all. A prayer of thanks is in order for young Brendan’s successful surgery.

Please keep Lukie and his family in your prayers. He continues to gain weight and just keeps on smiling that beautiful smile.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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2013-May-18

JFOUND: Nicodema, Michael A. [MC1978] Partner at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Michael-A-Nicodema

Michael A. Nicodema

Michael Nicodema is a trial lawyer, commercial litigator and appellate lawyer. His trial practice is primarily focused on intellectual property law. Michael has wide-ranging litigation, trial and appellate experience for both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trade secret, copyright, unfair competition and intellectual property licensing matters. Over the years, Michael has tried cases involving intellectual property issues, contracts, products liability, employment disputes and civil rights.

He has litigated and tried cases in technology areas that include, chemical processes, metallurgy, biomedical implants, eCommerce/internet technology and business methods, computer software, plastics, material science, commercial pumping devices and processes for manufacturing enhanced vitamin and mineral nutritional supplements. Michael has won several precedential appeals in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on a variety of topical issues that have often been cited as precedent by Federal Circuit panels.

He has a masters degree in trial advocacy and is a certified instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). Michael is one of the lead faculty members of Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Academy, which provides intensive in-house programs in advanced trial training, expert witness preparation, deposition practice, motion practice and mediation.

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Nicodema, Michael A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1978.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Nicodema, Michael A. [MC1978]

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2013-May-18

ENDNOTE: Cardinals should lead!

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=17841&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CatholicWorldNewsFeatureStories+%28Catholic+World+News+%28on+CatholicCulture.org%29%29

Cardinal joins protest over Boston College commencement honor for Irish leader
CWN – May 10, 2013

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Responding to protests by a lay Catholic activist group in Massachusetts, Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has denounced plans by Boston College to award an honorary degree to Irish prime minister Enda Kenny.

Kenny is scheduled to be the principal speaker at Boston College commencement exercises on May 20. The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts had urged Catholics to oppose the invitation to Kenny, and to express their concerns to officials at the Jesuit- run school, to Jesuit superiors, and to Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

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It’s about time!

Now how about all the CINO politicians!

Revoke their right to proclaim that they are “Catholic” if they vote for abortion.

That’s for a start.

The Church should tell them how to vote, but should vigorously and publicly object to them labeling themselves as “Catholic”.

I’ve been to Funeral Masses where the Priest will take time to gently, politely, and lovingly explain to the Congregation about Communion and what it means. Should they do any less for the CINO politicians.

Argh!

Burns my butt. I’m a sinner; we all are. I just don’t proclaim that I’m a saint.

Argh!

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