September 2010 NEWSLETTER
Manhattan College Named one of America’s Best Colleges by
U.S. News & World Report has named Manhattan College the No. 17 regional university in the North for the second year in a row in its annual America’s Best Colleges survey. In addition, Manhattan College’s chemical engineering program was selected as the fifth best in the nation, and the school of engineering received an overall ranking and tied for 38 out of 190 schools. Among all of the schools surveyed in the regional universities category, Manhattan College was also listed as one of the top-ranked schools for economic diversity. To read more, click here.
College Appoints New
Michael Carey, Psy.D., former director of counseling and health services, has been named dean of students at Manhattan College. In his new role, Carey serves as the chief judiciary officer for the campus and supervises the areas of residence life and student development. To read more, click here.
New MBA Program to
Beginning in the fall semester of 2011, Manhattan College’s school of business will offer a graduate M.B.A. program. The State Education Department within the University of the State of New York approved the M.B.A. program on Aug. 19, 2010, and the new degree will consist of 36 credits. Undergraduate students now have the opportunity to complete both a bachelor's degree and an M.B.A. in five years in business administration and accounting, which will also meet the state’s educational requirements for the CPA (Certified Public Accountancy) license. More details on the new M.B.A. program will be forthcoming.
Manhattan Professor Visits the White House Twice to Celebrate Athletics
Shawn Ladda, Ed.M. and Ed.D., physical education and human performance professor at Manhattan College, attended the launch of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on June 23 hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. As part of Ladda’s role as president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), she was invited to attend the event along with current and former professional athletes. To read more, click here.
Ladda pictured with soccer players at the White House on July 1.
School of Engineering Receives Grant to Fund Green Roof
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded Manhattan College with $661,000 of the $2.6 million Flushing and Gowanus Green Infrastructure Grant Initiative to support the installation of a modular green roof for the New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, N.Y. Out of five grant recipients, Manhattan College received the highest amount of grant funding to back a green project.
Graduate Students from the School Building Leadership Program
In July, the College’s school building leadership graduate program received final approval on a grant for $1,250,000 from the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Bureau of Nonpublic School Reimbursable Services (BNPS). Starting this fall, new and existing school building leadership students meeting the grant guidelines and approved for enrollment by the BNPS will receive free tuition. The total funds will be dispensed annually during five years. The grant is intended for nonpublic school principals and teachers who work in one of the five New York City boroughs seeking to advance their leadership skills and/or acquire New York State certification. Click here to read more.
Taioseach Visits Gaelic Park
President O’Donnell pictured with Taioseach Brian Cowen, the prime minister of Ireland, during a visit to Gaelic Park to meet and play Gaelic football with campers. O’Donnell presented Cowen with a Manhattan College gift package to welcome the prime minister to the campus.
Annual Lecture Series Launches Sept. 20 to Honor Cardinal Newman
Manhattan College will celebrate the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers by establishing an annual lecture series. Michael Baur, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will speak on: What Cardinal Newman Really Said About the University, and Why it Really Matters. The lecture, focusing on Cardinal Newman’s views on the nature of liberal arts education, its contemporary significance and social consequences, will be followed by a reception. Cardinal Newman’s beatification will occur on Sept. 19 in Birmingham, England, at a ceremony presided by Pope Benedict XVI.
Manhattan Study Abroad Student Featured as “Active Adventurer”
Jessica Scarfuto, a Manhattan College senior and former Australian study abroad student, was recently recognized as an “Active Adventurer” on AustraLearn’s (a division of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad) website.
Scarfuto (front row second from left) on a hiking trip in the Blue Mountains with other AustraLearn students.
AustraLearn honors students that take part in out-of-the-ordinary activities to enhance study abroad experiences, and Scarfuto defined just that after attending the Australia University Games (AUGs) or Unigames in the Gold Coast. AUGs is a week-long national sporting event that occurs every year involving more than 7,000 athletes from 44 universities throughout Australia and New Zealand. Scarfuto was able to immerse herself in the culture and learn teamwork from the Aussies firsthand by joining the University of New South Wales women’s soccer team and playing in the games. To read Scarfuto’s story, click here.
On Sept. 23, Manhattan College will celebrate its annual Lasallian Convocation to honor the very traditions upon which the College was founded and to commemorate the beginning of the new school year. The Our Lasallian Heritage in Action: Helping Children in Crisis presentation will reinforce the importance of social justice by highlighting current work that Lasallians are doing for troubled young people.
Brother Raymond Blixt, CEO of Martin de Porres Schools and Group Residence, and Skip Gaus, director of De La Salle in Towne, St. Gabriel’s System (a division of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia) will be the presenters and lead a discussion afterward. The event will start at 3:45 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.
A buffet supper will follow. To R.S.V.P. for the event, please contact Brother James Wallace via e-mail at (email@example.com) or leave a message on his telephone (718) 862-7934.
Engineering Students Take First Place at AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition
A team of eight future chemical engineers, rising juniors and seniors, demonstrated their skills in building a chemically powered automobile at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Chem-E-Car Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and received a first place finish. The regional conference was held at Johns Hopkins University, and Manhattan College will compete in the national competition in Salt Lake City in November. To read more, click here.
Manhattan College to Host Fair Trade Speaker as Part of Northeast Tour
Señor Pedro Ascencio, a farmer and marketing manager at Las Colinas, a small farmer coffee co-operative in El Salvador, will lead a discussion on Fair Trade Coffee and its significance on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room of O’Malley Library. The presentation will be in Spanish with translation, and refreshments will be served. The event, co-sponsored by Equal Exchange and Catholic Relief Services, is part of a Northeast tour to inform and educate others on fair trade coffee. Ascencio will begin his trip attending the Fair Trade Futures Conference in Boston and visit colleges, parishes and church offices to speak about the lives of the farmers at Las Colinas and their compelling history of organizing and nurturing the co-operative, including receiving organic certification and a reusable water system for coffee processing and irrigation. For more information, please e-mail Lois Harr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manhattan College and ISP Partnership to Fund Iraqi Student Education
Starting this fall, Manhattan College and the Iraqi Student Project (ISP) will be working together to sponsor the education of an Iraqi student. The College is committed to forging partnerships like the ISP to help make American undergraduate education accessible to qualified international students unable to receive an education in their own country.
“The School of Business is thrilled to welcome the Iraqi student who has enrolled in the B.S. program,” said Salwa Ammar, Ph.D., dean of Manhattan College’s business school. “We consider this relationship an important responsibility and believe that it will lead to many enriching opportunities in our classrooms, and among our faculty and students.”
Join the Dept. of Physical Education & Human Performance for its 75th Diamond Anniversary Celebration
Manhattan College’s department of physical education and human performance will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the Diamond Anniversary Celebration. The event will start at 5:00 p.m. with mass, a 6:00 p.m. cocktail hour and a 7:00 p.m. dinner in Smith Auditorium. All are welcome to attend this event and click here for registration information. For additional information, please call (718) 862-7215.
ESL Classes Beginning this Fall for Housekeeping Staff
Roxanna Chowdhry-Velasquez, director of programs at Fordham Bedford Children’s Services (FBCS) will be teaching ESL classes to housekeeping staff on Saturdays this fall thanks to a joint effort between Sodexo and campus ministry. FCBS has placed many Manhattan College students in volunteer, internship and work-study programs. The classes started on Saturday, Aug. 28 and will continue to meet Sept. 11, 18 & 25, and Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in De La Salle 209.
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Patricia Sheridan, J.D., assistant professor of business law, presented “The Effect of Tax Apportionment Clauses” at the annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 19-20, 2010. The article originally appeared in the summer 2009 issue of the Westchester Bar Journal and was recently reprinted in the summer 2010 issue of the Trust and Estates Law Section Newsletter published by the Trusts and Estates law section of the New York State Bar Association. Sheridan also presented “Broken Vows — Emotional Distress Damages for Breach of Wedding-Related Contracts” at the annual conference of the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Ithaca, N.Y., on April 30-May 2, 2010.
Shawn Ladda, Ed.M. and Ed.D., physical education and human performance professor at Manhattan College and president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), appeared on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show on July 22. Ladda was invited to appear on the show to represent NAGWS and comment on the Quinnipiac University ruling that the university was in violation of Title IX after cutting women’s volleyball and two men’s sports teams and making cheerleading a varsity sport. To learn more, check out the CLIP.
Scott Lowe, Ph.D., associate professor of engineering, was influential in Manhattan College receiving approval for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant to support the installation of a modular green roof for the New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, N.Y.
Welcome New Employees
Manhattan College welcomed several new employees this summer including: William Clyde, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost of Manhattan College, and Richard Satterlee, Ph.D., vice president for student life. Both began their new positions on July 1.
For a full list of recent new employees, click here.
Manhattan College Milestones
Congratulations to all those who celebrate anniversaries in August and September: Lawrence Hough, radiological/health science (30 years), Michael Antolik, government (30 years), Gina Herlihy, O’Malley Library (30 years), Albert Hutchinson, physical plant (25 years), Charles Geisst, economics/finance (25 years), Behruz Fardanesh, electrical engineering (25 years), Celeste Crosby, residence life (20 years), Coralie Gale, electrical engineering (20 years), Robert Mahan, facilities management (20 years), Claudia Setzer, religious studies (20 years), Sr. Remigia Kushner, education (20 years), Carol Hurwitz, mathematics (20 years) and Geraldine Muranelli, school of science (20 years). For a complete list of recent anniversaries, click here.
Manhattan College Promotions
Congratulations to all those who received promotions including:
Become Your Class Representative
Reunion Weekend 2011 will be held on Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5, 2011. Manhattan College welcomes home our alumni who return to campus to celebrate the 142nd Alumni Reunion Weekend. Classes ending in either a 6 or 1 will have special receptions planned for them. For more information on how you can be a part of your class' organizing committee, please call the alumni relations office at (718) 862-7977 or e-mail email@example.com.
Alumni Men’s Retreat
This year is the 19th anniversary of the annual reality retreat at the Passionist Spiritual Center (5801 Palisade Avenue, Riverdale, N.Y.), which will be held Friday-Sunday, Sept. 24-26, 2010. The retreat spans 36 hours from 6 p.m. on Friday until noon on Sunday. The founding purpose of these retreats is to bring together alumni and friends of the College for 36 hours to listen to gifted speakers and hear presentations based on this year’s theme of “The Breath of God.” For more information and registration information, click here or e-mail Ed McEneney ‘59 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sippin’ By The River
Join other Jaspers at the 16th annual Sippin’ By The River in Philadelphia, Pa., which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing (located at Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street). The event runs from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and benefits the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Enjoy food from local restaurants, cooking demonstrations (with free samples) and live entertainment. Sample unique beer & wine (over 21, bring ID), enjoy gourmet cigars and watch on huge monitors as the Eagles take on the Washington Redskins. Tickets are $30 in advance (by Sept. 7), $35 (from Sept. 8- Oct. 2) or $40 at the gate. Interested? E-mail email@example.com for further details. More information on the festival can be found at www.sippinbytheriver.com.
Jaspers Night at McFadden’s
On Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Jaspers will gather simultaneously at McFadden’s bars in five locations to network, reconnect and enjoy an evening of great company. Participating locations so far include: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Sign up so we can send a toast your way by clicking here.
Redeo Alma Mater
Come together with other young alumni to share work and life experiences since leaving college this fall. The aim for this group is to develop organically, meeting several times a semester at Cornerstone, Miguel Hall from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The first session will take place on Thursday, Sept. 30. Refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by campus ministry and alumni relations. For more information, contact Father George Hill, chaplain, at (718) 862-7972 or Thomas McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soccer Alumni Games
The Manhattan College men’s soccer team will be holding an alumni game on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Gaelic Park from 2:00-4:00 p.m. After the game, players, parents and alumni will gather for a picnic. Alumni will adjourn to the Bronx Ale House (216 W. 238th Street) at 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Tom Lindgren ’78 at email@example.com.
Lacrosse Annual Alumni Games
The Manhattan College men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have announced that their annual alumni games will both take place on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Gaelic Park. This marks the second straight year in which both lacrosse programs are hosting an alumni game on the same afternoon. The day gets underway with the women’s alumni game at 2:00 p.m., followed by the men’s alumni game at 4:00 p.m. To cap off the day, the men's 2010-2011 team will play their annual “Green & White Scrimmage” at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact men’s lacrosse head coach Tim McIntee at (718) 862-7841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Thomas More Law Society Pre-Law
Manhattan College alumni who have entered the law profession are asked to lend their time and talent to mentor current students as they consider a career in law. This fall will feature a presentation by the Honorable John K. McGuirk, New York state supreme court justice for Orange County. The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room, O’Malley Library (First Floor). The event will include a light dinner and and discussion of the society’s mission for new members going forward. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com or call (718) 862-7977.
Basketball Season Preview
The alumni relations office invites you to come and greet Manhattan College’s men’s and women’s coaches and hear about the upcoming 2010-11 season on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, Thomas Hall, 4th Floor. Enjoy dinner and drinks with fellow sports fans and discuss the teams’ outlooks. Cost is $40 per person. For more information and to register (required), click here.
Save the Date for Career Fair ’10
The College’s annual Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Draddy Gymnasium. The career fair gives attendees a chance to meet with potential employers and is a terrific networking opportunity to reconnect with other Manhattan College alumni, many of whom act as company representatives. Ken Kelly ‘54 is coordinating the event and leading our enthusiastic alumni volunteers. To participate as an exhibitor, contact the center for career development at (718) 862-7399 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Open House Brunch for
Alumni are welcome to bring college-bound high school and transfer students to a complimentary brunch hosted by the Alumni Society on Sunday, Oct. 24. Mass will precede the event at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers and brunch will be in Dante’s Den (Thomas Hall) at 10:30 a.m. Advance reservations are required. Please e-mail email@example.com or call (718) 862-7431 to reserve your space (please include names of all guests attending). The open house is an opportunity for prospective students to visit campus and meet representatives from all areas of the College.
Hold the Date! New York City
On Thursday, Nov. 4, join us for a panel discussion of Manhattan College engineers who are currently working on the design and implementation of the New York City Second Avenue Subway. The event, co-chaired by Bill Chandler ’70 and Nancy Maksomski ’98, will be held at Con Ed’s Auditorium at 4 Irving Place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to invite alumni colleagues and enjoy a social networking atmosphere. The cost is $50 per person and includes refreshments. Registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 28 (security mandates that all guests be preregistered). For more information and to register, please click here.
Join the Manhattan Jaspers men’s basketball team at the 2010 Old Spice Classic Nov. 25-28 at the Milk House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., along with teams from Boston College, California, Georgia, Notre Dame, Temple, Texas A&M and Wisconsin as they battle in the Thanksgiving weekend early season tournament. The event will feature 12 games during three days, Nov. 25, 26 and 28. An alumni gathering will be held on Friday, Nov. 26. Contact Anthony Travel at www.anthonytravel.com or (888) 632-6951 for information about travel packages.
Jaspers Helping Jaspers
Since its inception in February 2009, the Alumni Society’s Jaspers Helping Jaspers initiative has posted more than 2,650 open positions on the College’s website click here. Alumni have contributed most of these job postings, but we need more. We have identified mostly large companies where there are many alumni employed. We will be contacting these alumni asking them to join our efforts to help unemployed Jaspers connect with open positions at their firms. In this economic environment, the personal touch of Jaspers Helping Jaspers is needed to help alumni who are unemployed and looking for work. This is a call to all of our alumni who are business owners and those in management positions at other firms. Please lend a hand to assist your fellow Jaspers. We need more interaction between alumni and this program. If you have open positions, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are looking for a job, send your résumé to Bernadette Blocker at the same e-mail address. If you would like to help our committee, contact email@example.com.
Giving to Manhattan
Please support the Fund for Manhattan, our annual fund program, with your gift today. Your support helps the College provide essential student programs and services that make this Lasallian Catholic educational experience uniquely Manhattan. For your convenience, you may make your gift on our secure giving site by clicking Alumni & Friends. Should you have questions about giving options, please contact Kathy Muskopf, director of annual giving, at (718) 862-7434 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Your Alumni Office
If you have moved recently, have changed jobs or positions, or have any other new information to share, please remember to contact the College's office of alumni relations:
Ellen Kiernan, director
Thomas McCarthy '06, assistant director
For questions or comments, please call
Manhattan Basketball and Soccer Programs Welcome New
The Manhattan men’s basketball program welcomes assistant coaches Scott Adubato and Scott Padgett to its reconfigured coaching staff. Adubato, a former NBA and BIG EAST assistant, most recently served as an assistant coach at Seton Hall for the past three seasons. Padgett played eight years in the NBA after enjoying a decorated college career at the University of Kentucky where he helped the Wildcats to a National Championship. Padgett spent the 2009-10 season at his alma mater on head coach John Calipari's staff.
New Lady Jaspers’ soccer head coach Brendan Lawler appointed former college standout Alicia Tirelli as assistant coach on his staff. Tirelli finished her career at Florida Atlantic University with 66 points on 27 goals and 12 assists. She has played professionally the last four years within the USL W-League, and brings collegiate, high school and club coaching experience to Riverdale.
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Lady Jaspers Honored for
The women’s lacrosse team has been named to the 2010 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Academic Squad. One of 51 teams to be honored for their efforts in the classroom, the team accumulated a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify for the distinction. To read more, click here.
Three Jaspers Win Silver Medals at Empire State Games
The 2010 Empire State Games were held in late July in Buffalo, N.Y., and six Manhattan College athletes represented their hometowns at New York's Olympic-style amateur sports festival. Three softball players, Melissa Donnelly (Long Beach, N.Y.), men’s basketball player Liam McCabe-Moran (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and pole vaulter Melissa Yap (Buffalo, N.Y.) took home silver medals. Long jumper Jamie Spataro (Middle Village, N.Y.), Nick Walsh (Bronx, N.Y.) of the men’s basketball team and former Manhattan softball player Kiera Fox (Class of 2006) also participated in this year’s games. To read more, click here.
Manhattan Women Earn USTFCCCA Team All-Academic Honors
The women’s track & field team has been selected as one of 151 Division I All-Academic Track & Field Teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). As a team, the Lady Jaspers posted a cumulative GPA of 3.22 during the 2009-10 school year. To read more, click here.
Lady Jaspers Recognized for Academic Success by CSCAA
The women’s swimming team has again upheld its superb reputation of success in the classroom for the 27th consecutive semester, dating back to spring 1997. The Lady Jaspers received Scholar All-America recognition by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). To read more, click here.
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