Manhattan College is launching the first phase of The Promise, the College’s new advertising and promotional campaign, designed to deliver clearer and sharper messaging and a more recognizable public image. The Promise campaign will highlight key information about the history of the College and define the distinctive values of a Manhattan College education. It will also initiate a new approach to promoting the College through various forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Linkedin), a new website, admissions marketing materials, and a standards and usage guide, which are all part of phase two of The Promise campaign and will debut in fall 2011.
The campaign is the product of a year-long process that involved extensive research and focus groups, and included current and prospective students, faculty, parents, alumni, donors, trustees, the Christian Brothers community, and other stakeholders. The Promise campaign seeks to distinguish Manhattan as a premier Lasallian Catholic institution with a special emphasis on the College’s heritage.
“Our new strategic plan commits us to strive for a new level of excellence and our marketing campaign will make a bold statement about that commitment to prospective students and the wider community,” says Brennan O'Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College. “The marketing initiative is intended to get people to sit up and take notice, and to inform them in a powerful way about what makes a Manhattan College education distinctive and valuable.”
Along with the campaign, the College is unveiling a bold new official logo. The logo represents the College’s identity through three key elements encased in a traditional crest: the symbolic M representing the institutional name, the founding date 1853 positioned as the foundation, and the Lasallian Star of Faith (“Signum Fidei”), which symbolizes the five core principles set forth by St. John Baptist De la Salle. Those principles are faith in the presence of God, respect for all people, commitment to quality education, an inclusive community, and concern for the poor and social justice. The font and color selection are classic and true to the College’s heritage.
In addition to the official College logo, Manhattan College will also retain an updated version of the Jaspers block M athletic logo.
“We are proud to be central to the development of Manhattan College’s new brand identity, an identity that is traditional yet fresh and enduring. This revitalized new brand sets us apart to become the first choice educational selection for millennials,” says Ed O’Hara, senior partner of the NYC-based branding firm SME.
Application of the logo will begin immediately with implementation continuing throughout the academic year. Logo management and guidelines will be coordinated by the college relations’ office.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently recognized Manhattan College as one of the 15 winners of the 2011 Green Infrastructure Grant program. The College will receive $420,125 to retrofit two parking lots (located near Leo Hall on Corlear Ave. and the other lot is at West 238th and Tibbett Ave.) with porous concrete and reduce the amount of stormwater and combined sewer overflow (CSO) being diverted into the Harlem River.
The Green Infrastructure Grant program is part of the New York City Green Infrastructure Plan, which was created to invest $1.5 billion during the next 20 years to reduce sewer overflows. The grant program awarded $3.8 million to community organizations, businesses and not-for-profits to improve water quality in New York Harbor, and fulfills a 2011 State of the City commitment made by Mayor Bloomberg.
Constantine E. Theodosiou, Ph.D., started on July 1 as the new dean of the school of science. He most recently served as vice provost for research, dean of the graduate school at Montclair State University and professor of physics, and supervised all aspects of graduate education and the grant proposal process for research projects. Under his leadership, Theodosiou helped the graduate school implement an electronic graduate admission application process, and also integrated an electronic grant proposal system in the office of research.
Pictured above: Constantine Theodosiou
Pamela Chasek, Ph.D., associate professor of government and director of the international studies program at Manhattan College, recently attended a meeting in Ethiopia to analyze and discuss reforming Africa’s international environmental governance in anticipation of Rio+20.
“One of the big issues on the agenda is governance because we have this massive system of international environmental governance, including multiple treaties and organizations with overlapping mandates,” explained Chasek. As an expert in international environmental policy and foreign policy, Chasek was one of five representatives from outside the African Union, invited to the May 23-24 consultation to discuss the African priorities and contribute to the African preparatory process.
Brother Anthony Flynn, FSC, retired associate professor of accounting, law and computer information systems and former director of the computer center at Manhattan College, passed away on June 7 at the age of 84.
Throughout his academic career, Br. Flynn worked at: St. Jerome’s School, St. John’s School and St. Raymond’s School in New York City; Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, N.Y.; Lincoln Hall in Lincolndale, N.Y.; St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., where he was the assistant principal; and De La Salle School in Detroit, Mich., where he served as principal.
He received both a bachelor’s degree in arts in 1952 and a master’s in arts in 1958 from Manhattan College, and a doctorate in 1975 from the University of Notre Dame.
Pictured above: Brother Anthony Flynn
As an academic component to Manhattan College’s new graduate M.B.A. program launching this fall, 10 graduate business students from the Class of 2012 embarked on a two week trip to India earlier this summer to gain a first-hand look at the rising Indian market.
Prior to departing for India, the students had two classroom meetings to discuss and analyze India’s unique place in the global economy and how businesses operate. Students must submit a final paper at the end of summer as part of the completion to this academic component. The trip was designed to offer students the opportunity to visit a variety of local companies and factories, and learn more extensively about day-to-day business operations in India. In addition, students attend onsite seminars with Indian businessmen, politicians, intellectuals and social activists to discuss contemporary issues and problems relating to the Indian economy and the business environment.
The trip began in Delhi, India with a visit to the U.S. Embassy, and students heard about careers in the State Department and the current economic and political situation within India. On the second day, the students listened to presentations on Model Rural Youth Development Organization (MRYDO), a non-profit organization that provides services to underdeveloped communities (such as Najafgarh, Delhi and Haryana) at the company’s main office in Prem Nagar. In particular, MRYDO explained how the company is helping to empower the women of these communities through self-help groups.
“This was one of the more rewarding stops on the trip and prior to visiting MRYDO, all I knew about micro-finance groups was what I read about in class or in the newspaper in relation to Haiti and other third world countries,” said Eduardo Baez ’11. “Getting the opportunity to see the inner workings of these groups provided me with insight as to how people from rural communities and villages are able to empower themselves and start their own business, and the concept of inter-person lending is powerful and its potential had far reaching effects. One of the women in the village was able to send her daughter off to college and others were able to start their own businesses.”
“We were told that the women and children within these groups are taught several skills in order to better their lives and their financial situations,” added Baez. “We got to see the classrooms where they were taught cosmetology and sewing.”
The remainder of the trip was spent touring and seeing other companies including: Brenntag Ingredients, a distributor of industrial and specialty chemical ingredients; Quatrro BPO Solutions, a global business process outsourcing market share company; and Tata Consulting Services (TCS), a subsidiary of the Tata Group. The students also saw the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIM), a prestigious institution, which offers post-graduate programs.
In addition to the academic portion of the trip, students were able to explore and experience the city of Bangalore’s Bull Temple, botanical garden and the palace, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, go to an elephant camp and much more.
“I feel there is no better way to learn about doing business in India than to actually be there on the ground,” said Grishma Shah, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and marketing in the school of business. “This not only engages the students with professionals on the field, but more importantly, it enables them to observe, experience and absorb the thousands of things going on around them. All of this culminates in a holistic experience, which allows for a much greater understanding of the larger paradigm in which business operates in India.”
To learn more about Manhattan College’s new M.B.A. program, visit http://manhattan.edu/academics/business/MBA_Curriculum.shtml and read the group's blog.
Pictured above: Manhattan College M.B.A. students gathered at Brenntag Ingredients (photo taken by Joseph Fernandes).
Shawn Ladda, Ed.M. and Ed.D., physical education and human performance professor at Manhattan College and past president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), participated in Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports, an event hosted by Hilary Rodham Clinton, secretary of state, on June 6 at the state department. Members of the United States women’s national soccer team along with international soccer players and their coaches from Bolivia, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories and South Africa were also present at the event.
The event is part of an initiative to highlight the value of sports in empowering women and girls leading up to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup (June 26 - July 17 in Germany) and the 40th anniversary year of Title IX.
Ladda departed for Germany on July 5 to observe the World Cup and add these observations to her research in documenting international women’s soccer development. She has attended all official World Cups since the inaugural one in 1991 in China (1995, Sweden; 1999, United States; 2003, United States; 2007, China; and 2011, Germany).
From June 8 through June 11, five Manhattan College mechanical engineering students (Mark Kaszczak ’11, Christopher Grech ’11, Michael Flynn ’11, Joseph Messina ’12 and Walter Trapp ’13) attended the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja competition in Peoria, Ill., at the Caterpillar Testing and Education Facility. Prior to attending the conference, clubs from schools across the country designed, built and tested small off-road vehicles.
The three-day competition included an examination of each school’s vehicle design, a formal presentation by students, a rigorous safety check and individual events (hill climb, a maneuverability test, a suspension test and a top acceleration event). On the last day, each vehicle participated in an endurance race around an off road track with rough terrain, bumps, jumps, ledges and hills as many times as possible in four hours.
Manhattan College placed 82nd out of the 115 registered schools and since returning from the competition, the students plan to complete performance tests this summer to further enhance next year’s vehicle.
Pictured above: Manhattan College vehicle
On June 15, close to 300 of the more than 800 Manhattan College students from the class of 2015 arrived on campus to participate in a two-day orientation, which is the second of four orientations hosted by the College. The first full day of orientation commenced with welcoming remarks from Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of the College, and informational sessions on the school of arts, business, education, engineering and science for students to learn more about the variety of academic programs and major options. Students spent the remainder of the afternoon hearing about student life, commuter and residence life, and the Lasallian family at Manhattan College.
Sister Clare Fitzgerald, SSND, Ph.D., an international lecturer, will discuss education issues as part of Manhattan College’s Global Leadership course, July 18-22. The course is open to all educators either for graduate credit or professional development starting at 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Academy Room of Leo Hall.
The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) officially recognized Manhattan College as a student chapter of ISPE last month. The New Jersey chapter is an active area organization emphasizing networking between pharmaceutical and life science professionals. Membership is open to all engineering and science students with an interest in a professional career in the life sciences industries.
Contact the chapter advisor, Thomas Twardowski via e-mail at email@example.com for more information.
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.
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.
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 be held 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 Bill Blanco by phone (718) 517-9304. 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. For any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 862-7502.
Manhattan College is offering its alumni the unique chance to experience Shakespeare at its 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 additional picnicking items as well, and the park opens at 5 p.m.
*A limited number of tickets are available.
On Saturday, 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).
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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 begun. The event 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 email@example.com.
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 seeking 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider Manhattan College as you make your charitable gifts. Your support helps provide essential student programs and services that make this Lasallian Catholic educational experience uniquely Manhattan.
Should you have any questions, please contact the development office at (718) 862-7582 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Ricardo A. Dello Buono, Ph.D., chair of the sociology department, participated in the Collegium at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in mid-June. His extensive study of recent constitutional changes in Latin America entitled Estructuras Legales Transformadoras (co-authored with Ximena de la Barra) appeared in the June issue of the Spanish journal Cuadernos África-América Latina. Buono is continuing his research in Latin America this summer thanks to a Manhattan College summer research grant.
Michael Carey, Psy.D., dean of students, was reappointed as a trustee to Yonkers Public Schools, and sworn in on June 30 at City Hall in Yonkers, N.Y.
Marlene Gottlieb, Ph.D., professor and chair of the modern foreign languages department, recently published “Don Juan from a Feminist Perspective” from the Philological Papers, and a “Preface/ Prefacio” to La Araucana, An Annotated Critical Edition of a Seventeenth-Century Spanish Auto-Sacramental Text (Patricio Lerzundi).
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, presented Jasper Fit: A Personalized Fitness Program (which is a college-wide opportunity for individuals to have a personal trainer) at the national conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance.
George Kirsch, Ph.D., professor of history, gave a talk at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Baseball, Nationalism, and the Civil War. He also held a book signing for Baseball in Blue and Gray: The National Pastime During the Civil War (Princeton University Press, 2007).
Shawn Ladda, Ed.M. and Ed.D., physical education and human performance professor, presented The Current State (and beyond) of Title IX at the national conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance. She also was an invited speaker at the Women’s Health Virginia 14th Annual Conference on women’s health hosted by the University of Virginia, and presented From Active to Athlete: Changing Opportunities in Sports for Girls, Teens and Young Women and Added Benefits from Participation.
Claire Nolte, Ph.D., professor of history, presented a paper entitled Celebrating Slavic Prague: Festivals and the Urban Environment, 1891-1912 at the Prague as Represented Space conference in Regensburg, Germany this past May.
Thomas Twardowski, Ph.D., a visiting chemical engineering professor, organized a three-day symposium on Composites for Nanotech 2011 held in Boston, Mass., June 13-16th, presented by the National Science and Technology Institute (NSTI). In addition, he taught the short course Nanocomposites: Processing and Applications.
Twardowski conducted hourly demonstrations on the science of fireworks for the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) First Friday event Stars, Stripes and Science on July 1 in Philadelphia, Pa., an all-ages, Independence Day–themed science fair. Rising senior Christopher Critelli also helped attendees make their own bouncy ball.
Manhattan College welcomed four new employees this month including:
Joshua Carchi, campus security officer; Jamie Golle, student services representative; Nicole Faison-Jeter, assistant director of residence life/housing operations; and Patrick Waldron, assistant coach women’s basketball.
Congratulations to all of the following people who celebrated an anniversary in June:
Melissa Cerezo, biology dept.
Rochelle Leichter, ROTC
Kelvin Moreaux, computer information systems
Carol Ann O’Connor, dean of art’s office
Caitlin Read, admissions/financial aid
Luz Torres, registrar
Jason Caban, computer information systems
Jackie Hargrove, a senior on the Manhattan College women’s track & field team was nominated on June 20th by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which recognizes graduating female student-athletes for their achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics. Hargrove and Siena soccer player Tabitha Tice were the conference’s two nominees.
After winning the 2011 MAAC Championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history, the Manhattan College baseball team is still receiving honors with four players earning the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Northeast Region team award. Senior Mark Onorati and sophomore John Soldinger earned ABCA First Team recognition, while seniors Mike McCann and Chad Salem were named to the Second Team.
The women’s basketball team will begin their 2011-2012 season with a matchup against America East Conference champion Hartford in the first-round of the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The team found out when the bracket was unveiled on June 21.
Manhattan College graduate Patrick Waldron has been added to the women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2011-2012 season. Waldron has served as the team’s head student manager for the past three seasons.
Junior Colin Quirke was awarded Second Team All-America honors by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), and placed 15th in the country in the discus throw at the NCAA Championships.
After leading the women’s basketball team to a school-record with 24 victories and the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) during the 2010-2011 season, John Olenowski, Manhattan College head coach, has been given a contract extension. Olenowski, who has two years remaining on his original deal, received a five-year extension that will keep him on the Lady Jaspers’ bench through the 2017-2018 season.
The Capital One Academic All-District men’s and women’s track & field/cross country teams were announced in early June, and three student athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom. Senior Jackie Hargrove was named to the women’s squad, while juniors Albert Johnson III and Tobias Lundgren were selected on the men’s side. All three now move on to the national ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America Team.
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