The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently honored Manhattan College as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Manhattan College was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
The College awarded nearly 700 degrees in some 40 major fields of study in arts, business, education, engineering and science on May 22. Students who completed their studies in September 2010, February 2011 and May 2011 participated in the ceremony.
During the Commencement, William Kennedy was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. A novelist, he is the executive director of the New York State Writers Institute.
In a citation written by Peter Quinn ’69, a novelist, political historian and a former corporate editorial director for Time Warner, Quinn called Kennedy, “a great literary stylist, who has made a permanent contribution to American letters. Your voice is unique and unmistakable: hard-edged, ironic, unsentimental, filled with wisdom, understanding and penetrating insight, it is imprinted on every page of your work.”
“Creating something new means you change the world, even if you don’t intend to,” said Kennedy, as he addressed the class of 2011. Kennedy explained how he is about to publish a novel that he has been working on for nearly decade, and after all this hard work, he has reached his goal, which the graduates will, too, as they go out and face the world.
Katherine P. Krauss, the 2011 valedictorian, also encouraged her fellow classmates and said, “Each of us graduates has been given both a gift and a power through our education.”
Pictured above: William Kennedy and President O'Donnell
On May 21, Manhattan College awarded more than 200 degrees at its Spring Commencement. The College presented students from the adult degree completion program with bachelor’s degrees along with master’s degrees to those in the schools of education and engineering, and professional diplomas to students in the school of education. In addition, George J. Tamaro ’59, a structural engineer, received an honorary Doctor of Engineering.
At the ceremony, Tamaro encouraged the graduates during the keynote address and said: “Discover those moments when you experience or learn something that speaks and resonates with you, that reveals something about yourself or about the way the world works. It may come from a challenge you overcome or something you read or someone you meet or some aspect of your work. No matter where you go from here, don’t stop discovering, learning or growing.”
Tricia Dimino-Pao, a September 2010 graduate of the professional diploma in administration and supervision program and the 2011 valedictorian, also advised her fellow graduates to “surround themselves with people who are positive and uplifting. Those are the kind of people who will encourage and support you. Remember positive energy and a good attitude will get you through the day and take you far. Lastly, treat others with respect and dignity. I would ask that the educators be especially mindful of this when working with their students.”
In his address, Tamaro concluded, “In a world that is beset with so much rapid change, disorder and uncertainty, you are very fortunate. You have the knowledge, the values and essentials.”
Pictured above from left to right: William Clyde, George Tamaro and President O'Donnell
Manhattan College hosted a community reception to celebrate the College’s expanded Holocaust Resource Center on May 10. The Center, while remaining committed to its long-standing mission to educate the public about the Holocaust and genocide, will broaden its focus to promote a better understanding among Christians, Jews and Muslims through interfaith dialogue related to the College’s educational mission. To mark this expansion, the Center will now be called the Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, effective July 1, and a new resource space will also open for the Center in the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library this fall.
Starting in August 2011, Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., will become the new director of the Center, replacing Jeff Horn, Ph.D., who has served as director since 2007 and is a professor in and chair of Manhattan College’s history department. Afridi brings an impressive record of scholarly commitment to the study of the Holocaust and genocide, and years of dedicated work in interfaith relations, and will also be an assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College in the fall.
As many graduates start a new career or begin the interview process, a number of Manhattan College students are preparing to spend a year of service helping others in another country or state. With the College’s strong commitment to service, every student is encouraged throughout their four years to volunteer and help others locally and abroad.
A few of the graduates include:
Erin LeRoy, a secondary education major, was accepted into Teach for America and will begin teaching middle or high school English in the Mississippi Delta at the end of the summer. Teach for America’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort. Read the press release
Brittany Lee Ellis, a psychology major, will begin working with Rostro De Cristo, a volunteer and retreat program, in Ecuador later this summer. The program aims to immerse its volunteers fully into the community and emphasizes forming meaningful relationships with the Ecuadorians in the local neighborhoods surrounding the work sites (schools, soup kitchens, health clinics, etc.). Read the press release
Catherine Smith, a special education major, will spend a year in Denver, Colo., working with Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, a community of faith and action that strives to live in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul according to the Gospel. Smith will work three days a week with elderly, low income and homeless individuals, as well as tutoring two days a week. Read the press release
The Lasallian Volunteer Program also recently accepted new graduates: Kristen Brenner, a secondary education major, who will teach middle school at DeMarillac Academy in San Francisco, Calif.; Danny Creegan, a psychology major, who will serve as an after school activity coordinator and work in campus ministry at De La Salle North Catholic High School, Portland, Ore.; John White, a secondary education major, who will teach seventh grade at San Miguel School-Gary Comer Campus in Chicago, Ill.; and Dolores Rowen, a psychology major, who will be a teaching assistant and after school activity coordinator at St. Cecilia’s Academy in St. Louis, Mo. As a Lasallian volunteer, volunteers dedicate a year or more of service to a Lasallian ministry.
On April 15 and 16, civil and environmental engineering (CEEN) students from Manhattan College’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) participated in the American Institute of Steel Construction Student Steel Bridge Competition at Farleigh Dickinson University for the first time, and placed third out of 10 schools. Finishing not far behind New Jersey Institute of Technology and Cooper Union, Manhattan College constructed a bridge that was 22 feet long. Prior to the competition, six seniors from the class of 2011 designed the bridge, while four juniors and two sophomores assembled the bridge at the competition.
Ian Newhall, a rising senior civil engineering student, came in first place during the Daniel Mead paper competition after previously submitting a 2,000-word essay and presenting his work to a panel of judges. The following Manhattan College faculty from the civil and environmental engineering department were also integral in the success and preparation of the College’s students: Anirban De, Ph.D., associate professor; Powell Draper, Ph.D., assistant professor; Moujalli Hourani, Ph.D., associate professor and department chairman; Nicole Leo Ph.D., assistant professor, Goli Nossoni, Ph.D., assistant professor; and Robert Brakman, visiting lecturer.
Pictured above: Manhattan College students assembling bridge at competition.
On April 23, 2011, alumnus Vernon Dixon, Ph.D., passed away in Haverford, Pa. A 1954 graduate of Manhattan College with a B.A. in accounting and a 1990 recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Dixon was also an assistant professor of economics at the College from 1957-1967 and a former trustee. He spent the majority of his professional career working at Haverford College as a professor of economics for 35 years and retired in 2006. In addition, Dixon received a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from Princeton University.
More than 20 Manhattan College students attended the 2011 National Model United Nations conference from April 19-23, and had the unique opportunity to participate in a global simulation with 2,500 other college students from 50 countries. Manhattan students represented both the democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Plurinational State of Bolivia, and worked quickly to propose resolutions on a variety of issues, including drug trafficking, intellectual property rights, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, sovereignty over natural resources, energy security, conventional weapons surplus stockpiles, and elimination of all forms of racial and indigenous discrimination.
The Manhattan College team walked away from the conference with both an Outstanding Position Papers and Distinguished Delegation award, and gained more knowledge of the UN and new skills in diplomacy and compromise.
Pictured above: National Model United Nations conference
Manhattan College Business Students Assist More Than 1,000 Bronx Residents With Free Tax Preparation Services
During the spring semester, Manhattan College business students teamed up with the University Neighborhood Housing Program, Fordham Bedford Children’s Services (UNHP/FBCS) and Ariva, Inc., to provide free tax preparation services at the Refuge House in Fordham Bedford as part of the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. As a result of Manhattan College and Fordham University’s student volunteers, the VITA program helped a total of 1,100 clients avoid paying a preparation fee, and put money back in their pockets.
On May 19, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York presented five Manhattan College engineering students with a $2,500 scholarship.
The students include:
Paul Marzuillo (a senior and civil engineering major), STV Group Scholarship
Sean O’Connell (a senior and civil engineering major), Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineering Scholarship
Brian Paupst (a senior and civil engineering major), Mid Hudson Region Scholarship
Anthony Raguseo (a senior and civil engineering major), Syska Hennessy Group Scholarship
Nolan Patrick Woyner (a senior and civil engineering major), Thornton Tomasetti Scholarship
Starting on June 14, the Lasallian volunteers and other Lasallians are participating in a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness of poverty and the Lasallian mission. Please visit www.LVsRide.com to learn more about joining or donating to this cause.
On May 3, Serviam Gardens, a new green affordable housing development for low- and moderate-income seniors opened its door in the Bronx with the help of John Reilly ’75 and Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation. Reilly is the executive director of Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation, the company that helped to develop both phase one and phase two of Serviam Gardens.
Located on the former site of the Ursuline Sisters’ convent and next door to the Academy of Mount St. Ursula, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation and Ursuline Bedford Park Community worked with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Enterprise Community Partners and Chase to faciltate the opening of Serviam Gardens.
The second phase of Serviam Gardens was designed using Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, which is a set of guidelines that encourages green building practices for subsidized housing projects. Starting in January of this year, HPD now requires projects funded by the city to meet Enterprise Green Communities Certification.
On May 9, the College formally announced the launch of the new myMC portal to the College community. The myMC portal creates a common gateway to data and services for faculty, students and staff all in one location. Personal calendars, the main College calendar, Google groups, class and College alerts, featured College news, local weather, world news, a search link to the College website and library, a quick links tab (with direct access to Blackboard and self service), Listserv announcements, and an employee online directory can all be accessed via the myMC portal.
This is the first generation of the myMC portal and a work in progress. In the coming months, with the launch of the new Manhattan College website, the functionality and visual design of myMC will be complete.
On May 19, faculty and graduating seniors gathered in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers to commemorate Manhattan College’s honor societies at the Spring Honors Convocation. Departmental medals and prizes were awarded to students in schools of arts, business, education, engineering and science. General excellence awards were also presented to students, including: Jacqueline Hargrove received the Medal for Excellence in the Liberal Arts; Andrew Fesler received the Francis B. Taylor Medal for Excellence in Science and Mathematics; Steven Montoni received the Draddy Medal for General Excellence in Engineering; Victoria Scarinci received the Thomas H. Lindgren Medal for Excellence in Education; Samantha Koch received the Brother Cornelius Justin Brennan Medal for Business; and Catherine Smith received the David C. Broderick Medal for Campus Ministry.
In addition, Katherine Krauss was awarded the Donald J. Carty Valedictory Medal, and Michael Borger won the Joseph J. Gunn Alumni Medal, which is named in honor of Joe Gunn ’30. The Joseph J. Gunn Alumni Medal is awarded by the Alumni Society to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership, academic achievement and service, which are all qualities that are the ultimate goal of the Lasallian Catholic education.
Pictured above: President O'Donnell and Michael Borger
Starting at the beginning of June, the College welcomed Gourmet Dining LLC, as the new food service provider on campus. The hiring of Gourmet Dining comes after an extensive process involving the input and participation of many members of the Manhattan College community in evaluating, visiting and taste-testing the products, services and proposals of other food service companies.
Gourmet Dining plans to integrate a variety of enhancements to the dining experience at Manhattan College, including serving organic products, a renovation of Plato’s Cafe, new dining stations in Locke's Loft (Free Range Rotisserie Chicken, improved vegan and vegetarian options, New York style brick oven pizza, etc.), creating a 3,000 sq. ft. fruit, vegetable and herb garden next to Chrysostom Hall, a kitchen garden on the rooftop patio of Plato's Cafe and much more. Students will also collaborate with Gourmet Dining on the design of the two gardens. Stay tuned for more details.
Patrick G. Boyle ’75 and former executive vice president of New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM) received an honoree induction into Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society, on April 26. Salwa Ammar, Ph.D., dean of Manhattan College’s school of business, inducted Boyle at the award ceremony and banquet.
The awards ceremony also presented the students receiving honors from Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Iota Delta (computer information systems honor society), Beta Alpha Psi (honor organization for financial information professionals), Financial Management Association (national honor society specifically for finance students), Mu Kappa Tau (national marketing honor society) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (international honor society in economics).
Pictured above from left to right: Patrick Boyle, Dean Ammar and President O'Donnell
On May 1, 18 Manhattan College students were inducted into the Upsilon of New York chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in Miguel Hall. As the oldest and best-known American honor society, students must be enrolled in the school of arts and science, and demonstrate a high level of achievement in their coursework and a serious commitment to liberal studies to be considered for induction. Manhattan College’s chapter, Upsilon of New York, was chartered in 1971, and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
As part of the closing to the 2010-2011 academic year, Manhattan College celebrated faculty at the Faculty Recognition Convocation on April 27. Rosemary Farley, Ph.D., associate professor of math and computer science, Mohammad Naraghi, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Nervzat Ozturik, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, were honored with the Bonus et Fidelis Medal. The medal was established to honor faculty members who have devoted 25 years of consecutive or actual cumulative service to Manhattan College either in the classroom or as administrators.
Brother James Wallace, F.S.C., vice president for mission at the College and chair of the Lasallian Education Committee, and Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, presented Patrice Tiffany, Ph.D., associate professor of math and computer science, with the Lasallian Educator Award.
“As a student, you learned mathematics at Manhattan College from several former Distinguished Lasallian Educators,” read Rosemary Farley, in the citation on Tiffany.
“Your participation in the Lasallian Leadership Institute as a member of Cohort 5 for 2009 to 2012 has made you profoundly aware of the Lasallian community that exists beyond Manhattan College,” she added. “Because of the dedication that you have shown to Manhattan College and to the principles of Lasallian education, you are a most worthy recipient of the 2011-2012 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award.”
Pictured from left to right: Thomas Smith, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and computer science, Rosemary Farley, Patrice Tiffany and President O’Donnell
The College’s annual law lecture was held on April 28.
Pictured from left to right are: Steven Jochem, secretary of the Thomas More Law Society (TMLS); Patricia M. Sheridan, J.D., assistant professor of law and pre-law advisor; Erin Brennen, treasurer, TMLS; Speaker Hon. Ronald L. Ellis ’72, U.S. Magistrate; and Ray Mechmann, Co-Chair, TMLS.
Rosemary Derocher, a junior at Shaker High School in Latham, N.Y., received the Manhattan College Book Award on May 20 during an awards ceremony. In addition to being enrolled in an honors/AP program, she competes in the science Olympiad, plays in both the marching band and jazz ensemble, and accompanies the all-girls’ chorus. She also volunteers in both her parish and community.
The Book Awards are presented to high school juniors who show academic promise, such as Derocher, and their guidance counselors nominate recipients.
On May 7, the alumni society elected Joe Dillon ’62 as president and Elizabeth Hickey ’99 as vice president, both for a three-year term. Aileen Farrelly ’95 will continue to serve as treasurer for two more years and Damien Germino ’09 was elected as secretary for a two-year term.
The ninth annual Financial Services Advisory Council Reception was held May 3 at the Yale Club of New York and featured a panel of financial industry experts speaking about implementation and consequences of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Panelists James P. Bergin, counsel and assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; John J. Oberdorf Jr., a partner with LeClair Ryan; John J. Thurlow, managing director and chief operating officer, Americas Equities/Credit Suisse; and Donald T. Vangel, advisor, regulatory affairs, office of the chairman, principal, Financial Services Office, Ernst & Young LLP, responded to questions from moderator Stacey Guardino ’90, executive director of Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP, and the audience in a lively discussion format that appeared to be well-received by attendees.
In their opening statements, each of the panelists observed that the Dodd-Frank Act is the most sweeping financial legislation enacted since the 1930s, and while it primarily affects financial institutions, it also contains provisions, which can affect public companies and change corporate governance. While all panelists, noting that their remarks were personal, not representative of their institutions’ positions, agreed that the broad policy objectives of the act were good; they also suggested that the very breadth of the legislation made implementation challenging and the final impact unclear.
Pictured above from left to right: James Dillon ’69, James Kosch ’77, John Oberdorf and James Bergin
Pictured from left to right: Thomas Mauriello, vice president for college advancement, Pamela Bottge, director of Manhattan College’s Capital Campaign, Gina Keyes and Raymond Keyes ’42 during a visit to Naples, Fla.
Upcoming California Alumni Events With President O'Donnell
Alumni are cordially invited to join Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, at the following upcoming summer alumni events in California:
San Francisco Area Reception
Monday, June 27, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Marine’s Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Newport Beach/Orange County Area Reception
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Balboa Bay Club & Resort
1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach
Los Angeles Area Breakfast
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
La Jolla/San Diego Area Reception
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla
To attend one of the above events, please R.S.V.P. (please be specific as to which event you will be attending) by June 20 to Pamela Bottge by e-mail email@example.com or call (718) 862-7502.
On April 28, Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, William Harkins ’67, recent president of the College’s alumni society, hosted a gathering of the past presidents of the Alumni Society.
With 14 out of the 17 past presidents in attendance, O’Donnell thanked the presidents for their years of service, and updated them on the state of the college and his vision of the future. O’Donnell provided an update on the Middle States Accreditation, status of the new strategic plan and the critical need for the latest building scheduled for campus: the Student Commons.
Pictured from left to right in the back row: Kevin J. Dolan ’68, William F. Chandler ’70, James T. Smith ’60, John L. Paluszek ’55, Michael F. McEneney ’53, Peter Sweeney ’64, George H. Skau ’59, Anne Marie V. Burke ’77 and James V. Kearney ’69.
The front row from left to right includes: Martin W. Ronan ’59, Robert M. Fink ’57, President Brennan O’Donnell, Philip J. Colon ’62, Arthur J. Fox ’44, John W. Nason ’52 and William A. Harkins ’67.
Manhattan College celebrated reunion weekend June 4-6, and welcomed back alumni to campus. More than 400 alumni attended the weekend of festivities, which included special anniversary gatherings for the 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th reunion classes, and everyone was invited to attend the Saturday evening buffet on the Quadrangle.
A special blessing and unveiling of a commemorative marker for Manhattan Prep with Brother George Berrian, F.S.C., associate professor emeritus of education at Manhattan College and former director and principal of Manhattan Prep, which closed its doors in 1971, was also a highlight of reunion weekend.
The alumni relations department thanks everyone who attended and made the weekend a wonderful memory of all, and stay tuned for upcoming details for alumni reunion weekend 2012.
Alumni and friends living at or visiting the Jersey Shore are invited to attend the annual Jersey Shore luncheon on Friday, July 22 at 12:00 p.m. The luncheon is hosted by Bill Harkins ’67 at the Spring Lake Manor (415 Route 71, Spring Lake, N.J.,). Steve Masiello, head basketball coach and Richard Satterlee, vice president for student life, will join alumni and friends. The cost per person is $30 and includes a sit-down lunch and complimentary cocktail.
In honor of the Joseph E. Etten ’57 Civil Engineering Memorial Scholarship Fund, the construction industry annual golf tournament will occur on Monday, July 25 at the Westchester Hills Country Club (401 Ridgeway, White Plains, N.Y.) with check-in starting at 10 a.m. Manhattan College Alumni Society sponsors the event, and this year marks the golf outing’s 14th anniversary.
The Manhattan College Alumni Society and the Capital District Alumni Club invite alumni to a day at the races and reception on Friday, July 29 starting at 1:30 p.m. with cocktails. The cost is $120 per person and this includes admission to the track, program, buffet lunch at 2:30 p.m., and an evening reception at 7:00 p.m. at the Inn at Saratoga.
Reservations must be made in advance and completed online.
Join Manhattan College alumni as the Staten Island Yankees take on the Jamestown Jammers, on Saturday July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark. The $30 ticket price includes: all-you-can-eat freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, popcorn, soda and water; air-conditioned suite seating with 12 outdoor stadium seats; a free limited edition Staten Island Yankees cap for each member of Manhattan’s group; and a free game program. Contact Tom Conway by phone (718) 313-1308 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reserve tickets by mailing a check payable to Manhattan College Alumni Club of Staten Island, 194 Crystal Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y., 10302.
The 2011 Jasper Open has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 9. The annual outing will be held at Sleepy Hollow Country Club (777 Albany Post Road) in Scarborough, N.Y. The day includes golf, brunch, cocktails and a wonderful buffet dinner. Proceeds directly support athletic programs and scholarships at Manhattan College. The College appreciates the commitment of those inconvenienced by the change-of-date and welcomes others to attend. To find out more about opportunities to participate, e-mail email@example.com or call (718) 862-7502.
Manhattan College is offering its alumni the unique change to experience Shakespeare at his finest at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of Hamlet on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.
The $35 ticket includes admission to the performance and a picnic of wine, cheese and sandwiches on the beautiful grounds of Boscobel in Garrison, N.Y., overlooking the Hudson River and West Point. We encourage you to bring your own picnicking items as well, and the park opens at 5 p.m.
*A limited number of tickets are available.
On Aug. 13, join the College at the Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J., for the 38th annual Running of the Manhattan College Purse hosted by the Jersey Shore Alumni Club. The cost is $35 per person, which includes admission to the clubhouse, private seating, official track program and a hot buffet lunch (cash bar) in the Rivalry Room in Parterre Level II (a/c overlooking the track).
Tickets may be picked up at the will call window at the entrance to the track at 12 p.m.
For more information, contact Jim O’Brien ’60, co-chair, with inquires or questions by phone at (732) 859-3644.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Businessmen’s Retreat at the Bishop Malloy Retreat house (86-45 Edgerton Boulevard, Jamaica Estates, N.Y., 11432), which will be held Friday–Sunday, Sept 16-18. The retreat spans 36 hours from 6 p.m. on Friday until 12 p.m. on Sunday. The founding purpose of the retreat is to bring together alumni and friends of the college for the weekend hours to listen to gifted speakers and hear presentations based on this year’s theme The Beatitudes – An Everlasting Guide for Christian Life. E-mail Ed@ManhattanCollegeRetreat.info, call (718) 839-3412) or visit www.manhattancollegeretreat.info for additional information.
The planning for this year’s career fair for undergraduate students has started. The career fair will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Draddy Gymnasium from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Alumni volunteers are needed to assist with calling prospective exhibitors, and to host the students and exhibitors on Oct. 19.
Alumni interested in helping should contact Marjorie Apel, director of the center for career development, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mentor Program provides opportunities for Manhattan College students to gain insight into their intended careers by being paired with professionals, generally Manhattan College alumni in those careers. Students grow educationally, personally and professionally as they learn about their responsibilities and employment options within their career path. The Mentor Program is always looking for new mentors in all fields to assist our students, particularly in computer engineering and software, business, communications, law enforcement (FBI) and psychology.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Brother Charles Barbush, F.S.C., mentor program coordinator, by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (718) 862-7519.
Since its inception in February 2009, the Alumni Society’s Jaspers Helping Jaspers initiative has posted more than 4,450 open positions on the College’s website. Alumni have contributed most of these job postings, but we need more.
The center for career development has identified mostly large companies where there are many alumni employed and will be reaching out to 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 Bernadette Hicks, recruitment coordinator, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you’re looking for a job, send your résumé to Bernadette Hicks at the same e-mail address. If you would like to help our committee, contact Marjorie Apel, director of the center for career development, by e-mail at email@example.com.
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Ricardo A. Dello Buono, Ph.D., chair of the sociology department, was recently elected to president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), which promotes research on and serious examination of problems of social life.
Tedd Keating, Ph.D., associate professor of physical education and human performance and chair of the department, and Lisa Toscano, Ed.D., associate professor of physical education and human performance, along with graduating senior Sophia Hirakis will present The Effects of a Typical In-season Practice Session on Peak Ground Forces and Select Kinematic Variables in Women's Division I Basketball Players at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) national convention in Las Vegas, July 6-9.
George Kirsch, Ph.D., professor of history at Manhattan College, participated in a roundtable discussion of cricket and baseball in the U.S. on June 4 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. After the roundtable, Kirsch discussed his book, Baseball and Cricket: The Creation of American Team Sports, 1838-72 (University of Illinois Press, paperback, 2007), followed by a book signing.
On Aug. 16, he will return to National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for an afternoon talk on his book, Baseball in Blue and Gray: The National Pastime During the Civil War (Princeton University Press, paperback, 2007), followed by a book signing.
Adam Koehler, Ph.D., and Stephanie Fiorelli, both faculty in the English department, co-edited the seventh edition of Manhattan College’s Literary Journal of Contemporary Fiction, The Avery Anthology, which will be released this summer. The seventh edition includes contributions from Junot Diaz, the judge of the Small Spaces Fiction Prize, and the release party will be July 1. View a recent interview with the Review Review here.
Gennaro J. Maffia, Ph.D., professor of chemical engineering, presented Current Research in Water Treatment and Matrix Crosslinking for Insoluble Type I Collagen Nanofibrils on April 26, 2011, at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Research Liaison Committee of the American Leather Chemists Association hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The presentation was based on collagen research conducted by Maffia during his last year at Widener University, and first year at Manhattan College including the Sustainable Aqua Filtration Equipment (SAFE) project and additional research conducted with Kathryn Scherpf, a chemical engineering graduate student. Scherpf also worked with USDA on biomedical uses for the collagen nanofibrils, and a portion of her work was published in the proceedings of the International Solid Waste Conference, and the full research is being submitted to the International Journal on Solid Waste Management.
Michele Saracino, associate professor of religious studies, book Being about Borders: A Christian Anthropology of Difference was recently published.
Claudia Setzer, Ph.D., professor of religious studies, was a scholar-in-residence for the Interfaith Study weekend at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and Grace Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 13-15.
John Tomer, Ph.D., professor of economics and co-editor for the Journal of Socio-Economics, recently had two papers accepted for publication. The papers include: What Causes Obesity? And Why Has It Increased So Much? An Alternative View, which will appear inthe July/August issue of Challenge; and Enduring Happiness: Integrating the Hedonic and Eudaimonic Approaches will appear in a forthcoming issue in the Journal of Socio-Economics.
Manhattan College welcomed three new employees this month including:
Matthew Grady, assistant men’s basketball coach; Rashaun Burno, assistant men’s basketball coach; and Matthew Wilson, operations manager for men’s basketball.
Congratulations to Marvin Perez who was promoted to security supervisor for campus security.
Congratulations to all of the following people who celebrated an anniversary in June:
Carol McTiernan, career development
Robert Moran, computer center
Mary Levesanos, residence life/ housekeeping
Daniel Carpenito, chemistry
All milestones reflect full- and part-time service.
The Manhattan College baseball team went down fighting in its NCAA Tournament setback to Jacksonville University in the elimination round at the Gainesville Regional. The Jaspers memorable 2011 campaign, which featured the program’s second Metro Atlantic Athletic (MAAC) Conference title, and third regular-season title, came to an end on Saturday.
Pictured above: The 2011 baseball team
The Manhattan College Athletic Department hosted its 71st annual Block M Awards Banquet on May 11 to recognize the widespread success of its 19 Division I athletic programs. More than 300 student athletes received a certificate of merit for their participation on an athletic team during the 2010-2011 academic year, and each team recognized its Most Outstanding Performer and Jasper Academic Award Winner.
On May 19, Manhattan College head men’s basketball coach Steve Masiello announced the hiring of associate head coach Matt Grady, assistant coach Rashon Burno, along with coordinator of basketball operations Matt Wilson. They join assistant coach Scott Padgett, who will return for his second season at Manhattan.
Four members of the Manhattan College softball team were recognized by the MAAC conference at its annual postseason awards banquet on May 12 at the Marist College Cabaret. Seniors Jaci Rahey and Kristina Walraven were named First Team All-MAAC, while seniors Melissa Donnelly and Monica Evangelista were selected to the All-MAAC Second Team.
The NCAA announced on May 17 that Manhattan College men’s swimming team received the Annual Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award for its success in the classroom. The NCAA hands out the Public Recognition Award annually to those teams that finish among the top 10 percent in the multiyear APR in a given sport.
Sophomore Brian McGovern and junior Colin Quirke of the Manhattan College men’s track & field team were both selected to represent Ireland at an upcoming European Cup meet in Turkey. McGovern will compete in the pole vault, while Quirke was chosen in the discus throw.
On May 12, the MAAC league office announced eight student-athletes on the Manhattan men’s golf team were named to the 2011 All-MAAC Academic Team. Seniors Thomas Romano, Matt Baney, Jonathan Wilson, Anthony Dinelli, Michael Villarosa, Robert Thompson, junior Robert Kehoe and sophomore Matthew Creamer were all honored for their outstanding achievements in the classroom. Romano, a finance major, led all Jaspers with a 3.78 grade point average (GPA).
Malin Olsson competed in the women’s long jump at the NCAA East Regional Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 26, and placed 19th with a leap 5.99 meters (19 feet, eight inches).
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