At the annual Faculty Convocation, held on Aug. 31 the College welcomed new members and congratulated all who have received promotions in the past year. The deans of the five schools welcomed 26 new faculty members (see the complete list), and William Clyde, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost, introduced new administrators and staff.
In the Provost's address to the convocation, Clyde spoke on what it means to be a role model, and how each one of us is a role model to our students and others in everything we do. He also pointed out that Manhattan College "has a long and rich history filled with worthy and challenging role models" beginning with John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers, who set a high standard in caring for his students and was an incredible innovator in education.
With the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Manhattan College is welcoming several new faculty and administrators to campus, and each person's extraordinary experiences and backgrounds will contribute to the academic and professional success of the College.
On Aug. 25, Andrew Ryan, P.E., became vice president for facilities at Manhattan College, and his first major project will be overseeing the construction of the College's Student Commons, a centerpiece in Manhattan's new strategic plan. Earlier this summer, Constantine E. Theodosiou, Ph.D., also started as the new dean of the school of science. In addition, Cheryl Harrison, Ph.D., began as the new executive director of the school of continuing and professional studies in the spring. Another new face to Manhattan College is that of Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., the new director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center. Mitchell S. Aboulafia, Ph.D., recently started as professor and chair of the philosophy department.
Pictured above: Andrew Ryan
To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Manhattan College is presenting a five-day We Remember series of events, Wednesday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 11 to pay tribute to the victims of the tragic attacks. The events include: a panel presentation by graduates of the College on Sept. 7; a faculty teach-in on Sept. 8; a commemorative service with The Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani '65, former Mayor of New York City, as the featured speaker on Sept. 9; a campus-wide service day on Sept. 10 in honor of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an act signed by President Obama in 2009 officially designating Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance; and a memorial Mass on Sept. 11. The College will also introduce an exhibition at the Mary Alice and Tom O'Malley Library during the week to commemorate the fallen Manhattan College alumni.
"On Sept. 11, 2001, the College lost 20 graduates and scores of relatives and friends of our extended community; in honor of them, their families and all of the other victims, the College is hosting the We Remember series," said Brennan O'Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College.
Manhattan College's Lasallian Leaders logged more than 1,806 service hours during the 2010-2011 school year. The program, which launched in 2005, will have a new crop of Lasallian Leaders on campus this fall.
The College awarded nine 2011 high school graduates dedicated to serving their community with Lasallian Leaders scholarships. The scholarship program was founded as a way to acknowledge prospective Manhattan students, who previously attended a Lasallian Catholic high school and are committed to community service and expanding service to the College community similar to the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
"Students who receive the Lasallian Leaders scholarship attempt to develop creative ways of integrating the mission with campus life programs," explained Br. Charles Barbush, F.S.C., program coordinator of the Center for Career Development's Mentor Program and the Lasallian Scholars Program.
The Union Community Health Center (UCHC), a community-based health care provider in the Bronx, elected William Clyde, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at Manhattan College, to the UCHC Board of Directors on Aug. 10 for a five-year term. Clyde launched his career with the College a year ago and has been instrumental in spearheading Manhattan's strategic plan, which incorporates the College's longstanding commitment to service and instilling this commitment in every student.
"Union Community Health Center is honored to have Dr. Clyde join the UCHC Board of Directors. His organizational and financial expertise will contribute greatly to fulfilling UCHC's mission," said Douglas L. York, chief executive officer for UCHC. "His commitment to educating and improving the lives of individuals living and working in the Bronx is perfectly aligned with the work we do at UCHC."
With many communication and journalism jobs moving to cyberspace, Manhattan College is continuing to prepare future journalists and communications professionals to go after their dreams by awarding annual scholarships for students to work on the College newspaper, which also publishes an online edition each week. Starting in 2002, Manhattan College launched the Quadrangle scholarship, and annually awards $5,000 to 20 students (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) to write, edit and manage the campus newspaper, the Quadrangle.
Five new Manhattan College freshmen are selected to receive the Quadrangle scholarship each year after submitting a portfolio and attending an interview. The students' work is evaluated at the end of the academic semester, and in addition to reporting and writing a certain number of articles and attending weekly newspaper meetings, all recipients must participate in a series of three one-credit courses during their first two years at the College.
Former editor of the Quadrangle, Meg Driscoll '10, a resident of Hoboken, N.J., and a double major in communication and Spanish, received the scholarship as a freshman, and spent four years learning and trying to find her own voice. Driscoll credits her overall organizational, leadership and management skills to her Quadrangle experience.
Sociology 319, a summer course called Practicing Empowerment facilitated Manhattan College students the opportunity to help Bronx residents who are struggling with deteriorating housing conditions for the third year in a row.
"There is no better way to learn about community organizing than by doing it," said Margaret Groarke, Ph.D., associate professor of government.
The class focuses on community organizing, and students were involved in this process.
Working with organizers from the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, students knocked on doors to find out about the conditions tenants were living in, and invited them to organize into tenant associations to advocate for repairs and better service. The Northwest Bronx Coalition, founded in 1974, has a tradition of broad-based, membership driven, social justice community organizing, and a history of working on housing issues in particular.
Students read about the strategies community organizers have developed and campaigns in which the Coalition and others have engaged. They saw and discussed some documentary films about organizing work, and role-played to practice for their work in the neighborhood.
This is the third time Practicing Empowerment students have organized with the Northwest Bronx Coalition.
"Students get a chance to see how people working together can make a difference; the Coalition gets assistance in its organizing efforts, and people in the Bronx get some help in their efforts to make their apartment buildings and the Bronx a better place, and to struggle for justice," said Groarke.
The International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) selected Manhattan College (ISSR) as a recipient of the ISSR's Library Award. The ISSR granted the College the award on the basis of an application prepared by Robert Geraci, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies. As part of the award, Manhattan College will receive 250 books on topics relevant to the study of religion and science. The books, which will initially be on display after their arrival, will eventually be shelved and available for student and faculty researchers.
Manhattan College alumnus and City of Yonkers Mayor Philip A. Amicone '71 visited the closing ceremony of Manhattan College's school of engineering summer program on Aug. 11 to offer congratulations to 14 high school students from Yonkers Public Schools. The mayor made a speech at the closing ceremony and presented students with certificates of completion.
The program gives rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to become more exposed to the engineering field through guest speakers, experiments in mechanical (aerospace and energy), civil, electrical, environmental (water filtration) and computer engineering, class lectures and the college admission process. Walter P. Saukin, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering at the College, was in charge of running four high school engineering programs this summer, which included two programs for women and minority high school students, and two Yonkers Public School sessions.
Pictured above: From left to right, Mayor Philip A. Amicone, Walter P. Saukin and Dean Tim Ward
Shawn Ladda, Ed.M. and Ed.D., physical education and human performance professor and past president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), attended the Women's Soccer World Cup in Germany this summer.
"Having attended all Women's World Cups since the inaugural one in China 1991, the level of play is higher, and parity among many more nations has emerged," said Ladda. "This tournament in Germany had the most knowledgeable soccer fans who appreciated excellent play and scolded players for cheap fouls or unsportsmanlike behavior."
Ladda is currently engaged in a research project, which includes interviews with multigenerational women to help document soccer development and assist in others understanding the rich history.
At the final game, Ladda had the chance to meet and talk with Chelsea Clinton.
Pictured above: Chelsea Clinton and Shawn Ladda
With the start of the new semester, Manhattan College students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to experience the new dining services offered by Gourmet Dining LLC, which includes integrating healthy and environmentally friendly options for all. Gourmet Dining became the new food provider for the campus in June and has wasted no time in updating the College's facilities to enhance the dining experience, including the four student dining centers and the faculty dining room.
"During the summer vacation, 15 Manhattan College students participated in creating a fruit, vegetable and herb garden next to Chrysostom Hall as part of Gourmet Dining and the College's combined focus of creating a sustainable commitment to the dining experience," said Michael Frungillo, vice president of Gourmet Dining LLC. "This year, we will showcase the garden and spotlight homegrown vegetables in certain meals to demonstrate that it was grown here and came from a Manhattan College garden."
Perhaps the largest change on campus from Gourmet Dining can be found in Plato's Cave, with the construction of an all-natural café, which will include a text-to-pickup station, a Starbucks cafe, a restaurant set-up with waiter service, and comfortable seating. Plato's Cave will open its doors in mid-September and will also feature a Starbucks kiosk, offering a full line of Starbucks brand items, grab-and-go sandwiches, and salads and desserts.
Dante's Den also received a renovation during the summer and now features a create-your-own service area called Leaves & Grains, a salad and sandwich shop. In addition, it will feature Hale and Hearty soup, brick oven New York style pizza, Chipotle-style Tex Mex, and a grill that offers the basic options, and vegan and vegetarian specialties. There will be two types of coffee available: Green Mountain, a fair-trade option, and the Starbucks brewer. Students can also save time picking up their food by using the ordering kiosks at Leaves & Grains, with their order sent directly to the staff without the crowded lines. After placing an order, the customer can shop through the food court and once the order is ready, they will receive a sms message to come pick up their order. The Leo cafeteria development mirrors Dante's Den and will have a similar menu each day with an Italian Tratorria theme.
In addition, Locke's Loft was completely revamped and new menu options consist of: health & you station, exhibition (made to order) station, carving station, brick oven pizza, vegan/vegetarian station, and an allergy friendly station. The exhibition area allows frequent restaurant goers to try something new on campus, and gives adventurous eaters a chance to try something unique every night. The faculty dining room will also have the specialty stations, as well as the carvery and rotisserie options.
"With the new dining experience at Manhattan College, we wanted a home-style kind of feel, with more restaurant style options, a high-end feeling, and overall more relaxed type of dining," explained Anthony Frungillo, general manager of the Manhattan College Gourmet Dining Experience. "The prices were kept very reasonable and still fit within a student's price range, while the food is being cooked fresh-to-order and without the fats and preservatives."
Plato's Cave, Dante's Den and Locke's Loft will be open all day, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at certain times. The cost of the meal plans will remain the same, with ACDs and Jasper Dollars still available to the campus community.
Pictured above: Plato's Cave
During the last academic year, more than 150 Manhattan College undergraduate and graduate students from all five schools of the College studied abroad in 14 countries on five continents in programs administered by the College or by partner institutions. Some were abroad for a year, others for a semester, summer or January intersession. The College offers a broad array of options, ranging from faculty-led programs in Argentina, England, France, Italy, Nicaragua and Spain, exchange programs with MICEFA-Paris and LaSalle-Barcelona, collaboration with consortium partners and provider institutions.
The study abroad office is committed to providing students with the opportunity to have an international experience before graduating and has set a goal to increase faculty and student involvement in education abroad by developing new study abroad options.
To learn more about study abroad, attend a general meeting on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in Miguel 311. The study abroad fair will also take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.
Molly Easo Smith, Ph.D., executive director of the Initiative to Develop Women as Academic Leaders, which is sponsored by the International Association of University Presidents, will present the second annual Newman Lecture at the College on Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. in Hayden 100. She will speak on The Liberal Arts: Engaging the Global Community and focus on developing interest in liberal arts centered education globally.
Smith was born in Chennai, India, and earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in English from Madras Christian College, University of Madras and her doctorate from Auburn University. She has published widely on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and held faculty and administrative positions at Ithaca College, St. Louis University, University of Aberdeen, Seton Hall University and Wheaton College, and served as the 11th President of Manhattanville College.
Manhattan College launched the annual Newman Lecture last year to celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman's beatification, which occurred on Sept. 19, 2010, in Birmingham, England, at a ceremony presided by Pope Benedict XVI. The goal of the lecture series is to reaffirm the significance of the liberal arts as the core of undergraduate education. The series is named after Cardinal Newman, whose The Idea of a University stressed the central place of the liberal arts in the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as education in the professions.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the urban affairs program and history department are co-sponsoring a lecture with Jeremy Black, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of Exeter on the city of London. The event is the inaugural lecture in the Great Cities series, and will start at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library.
Drawn from his 2009 book, London: A History, Black offers a uniquely balanced look at the 2,000-year history of London. By examining wealth and poverty, development and decay offers a more complete and nuanced perspective on London’s distinct urban history. Black is the author of more than 100 books, especially on 18th century British politics and international relations. Recent publications include War and World 1450-2000, The British Seaborne Empire, Maps and History, George III and European Warfare in a Global Context, 1660-1815.
For more information, please contact Cory Blad, Ph.D., director of the urban affairs program, at (718) 862-3868 or email@example.com.
The Major Authors Reading Series (M.A.R.S.), sponsored by the English department, the school of arts and Manhattan Magazine, will begin its fall season with distinguished essayist, novelist and film critic Phillip Lopate on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library. Lopate is the author of several essays, nonfiction, fiction, poetry and film criticism books including, Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan, Notes on Sontag and Being With Children, a teaching memoir, and is also the editor of the bestselling anthologies The Art of the Personal Essay and Writing New York.
The other two M.A.R.S. events will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 12 with award winning poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and Thursday, Nov. 3 with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Claudia Emerson.
Manhattan College’s newly expanded Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center will host the Hope & Healing Post 9/11: An Interfaith Dialogue from a Woman’s Perspective discussion on Monday, Sept. 26 from 4-6 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library. Three distinguished women from different backgrounds including Daisy Khan, executive director of ASMA (American Society for Muslim Advancement); Rori Picker Neiss, a student at Yeshivat Maharat, a pioneering institution training Orthodox Jewish women to be spiritual leaders and halakhic (Jewish) legal authorities; and Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College; will bring together their own personal responses to 9/11 and discuss the relationship of each faith with one another. Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D. the new director of the Center, will be the moderator of the event.
Also, please save the date for the fourth annual Frederick M. Schweitzer lecture on Monday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Peter Black, Ph.D., senior historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Rebecca Erbelding, archivist of the museum, will present Kristallnacht: The Diary of Robert Harlan and Preserving Jewish Experiences.
Joe Dillon '62, the new president of the Alumni Society, recently started his term for the 2011-2012 academic year, and explained a few of the Society's upcoming goals. The first goal is to position the Alumni Society as an umbrella organization for the various alumni activities already in place, such as athletic groups, academic-focused activities, career service programs and more. In this role, the Alumni Society will provide support and manpower as needed, including being a liaison to campus personnel.
The Society is also committed to developing programs and activities specifically for Manhattan College young alumni (graduates of the 1990s and 2000s), and for alumni affinity groups (Latino, African American, New York City and other regional clubs). As a way to reach these goals and commitments, the Society appointed a new executive board with responsibility for activities related to undergraduate liaison, faculty liaison, alumni clubs and communications.
"As the new president of the Alumni Society, I will be able to take advantage of my 10 years experience as a staff member (vice president of college advancement and director of alumni relations) at the College," said Dillon. "It is very important that the Alumni Society and the alumni relations staff work as partners in planning and executing alumni events. We also have been fortunate to have so many alumni willingly support our activities and events."
Dillon also expressed that as the Alumni Society enhances its social media efforts, communications to alumni will be further broadened.
"It is an exciting and challenging time for Manhattan College," added Dillon. "We ask that all alumni join us in our efforts to support the College, to support the students and enjoy the fellowship of working with and socializing with our fellow alumni."
On Aug. 9, more than 120 alumni and supporters of Manhattan College gathered to participate in the 23rd annual Jasper Open golf tournament at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y. Guests battled the elements, but enjoyed the event, which netted more than $110,000 in support of scholarships and athletics programs at the College.
The evening was highlighted with remarks by President Brennan O'Donnell and best-selling author James Patterson '69.
On behalf of all Manhattan College students, the College thanks those who continue to make the event a huge success.
Pictured above: From left to right, Michael Passarella '63, trustee and retired partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, William Bisset, vice president for enrollment management, James Patterson and Kenneth Rathgeber '70, executive vice president & CCO with Fidelity Investments.
The Construction Industry Golf Outing was held on July 25, and 140 golfers attended the 14th annual event. The tournament, established by the late Joseph Van Etten '57 as a means of networking while enjoying a great day of golf, is dedicated to providing support to Manhattan College's school of engineering. A $2,500 scholarship award was presented by Robert Van Etten '66 to Joseph Portaro '13, a civil engineering student.
Pictured above: Robert Van Etten and Joseph Portaro ’13
The Alumni Society will host the first meeting of the fiscal year on Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. in the Charter Room of Memorial Hall and will conclude with lunch in the faculty dining room at 12 p.m.
If you’re interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 862-7432.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Businessmen’s Retreat at the Bishop Molloy 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 25th anniversary Donald R. Broderick Memorial Scholarship golf outing and reception will be held on Monday, Sept. 26. at the Westchester Hills Country Club, White Plains, N.Y.
For more information about this event or to register, visit http://www.jasper66.com or call (914) 948-1372.
The Manhattan College Spiked Shoe (track & field and cross country) reunion will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 5-11 p.m. All Jaspers that have ever put on the Manhattan singlet and others associated with the team are welcome to attend the event.
For more detailed information and a list of those who have already responded, please contact one of the following committee members: Al Novell '70 by phone at (914) 760-9569 or e-mail email@example.com; Mike Keogh '74 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; Dan Sullivan '71 by e-mail at email@example.com; and Mark Codd '71 by e-mail at Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Manhattan College men's soccer team will be holding an alumni game on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Gaelic Park at 4 p.m. After the game, players, parents and alumni will also gather for a picnic.
For more information on this event, please contact Tom Lindgren '78 by phone at (919) 761-8340 or e-mail at email@example.com.
The Manhattan College men's and women's lacrosse teams have announced that their annual alumni games will both take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Gaelic Park. This marks the third 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 p.m., followed by the men's alumni game at 4 p.m.
For more information, contact men's lacrosse head coach Tim McIntee at (718) 862-7841 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 12-4 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.
Alumni are welcome to bring college-bound high school and transfer students to a complimentary brunch hosted by the Alumni Society on Sunday, Oct. 30. 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. The open house is an opportunity for prospective students to visit campus and meet representatives from all areas of the College.
For more information, register at the link below or call (718) 862-7432.
The 2011 Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12. It will honor Robert T. Baker, football coach from '73-'82; Mark P. Connor '72, baseball; The Rev John Cullinane '51, team chaplain; Lori A. Graham '99, lacrosse; James A. Gillcrist '51, track & field; Thomas J. Leder '61, baseball & basketball; Kathleen McCarrick-Weiden '79, women's basketball; and Manny Silverio '80, track & field. The 1986 women's cross-country and track & field teams will also receive special recognition.
Mass will be offered in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at 4 p.m., cocktails will be served in Dante's Den at 5:00 p.m. and the dinner and ceremony will take place in Smith Auditorium at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend this special event.
For more information, register at the link below or call (718) 862-7432.
Please save the date for the New York City Club Reception on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at New York Life, Ben Feldman Room. The cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m., guest speaker (TBD) at 7 p.m. and networking will take place from 8-9 p.m.
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 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.
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 via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Manhattan Monthly questions or comments, please e-mail email@example.com.
Robert Berger, FSC, professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, presented at the Called to be Brothers retreat hosted by DENA (District of Eastern North America) with more than 250 Brother participants at LaSalle University from July 1-Aug. 5. Along with the Br. Berger, presenters focused on consecrated religious life, vows and how Brothers can work more closely with lay partners and other religious congregations to continue to reach those in poverty.
Marvin Bishop, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and computer science, and Brian Merriman ’11, a computer science major, published Monte Carlo Simulations of Two Dimensional Hard Particle Binary Mixtures this summer.
Robert Geraci, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, published the paper Martial Bliss: War and Peace in Popular Science Robotics in Philosophy & Technology.
He also was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to support his research entitled EAGER -- Virtually Meaningful: The Power and Presence of Meaning in Virtual Worlds, and will carry out the research with a team of four undergraduates with a 15-month commitment. See the preliminary webpage at:
George Kirsch, Ph.D., professor of history, gave a talk at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Aug. 16 on Baseball, Nationalism, and the Civil War. Afterwards, he signed copies of his book, Baseball in Blue and Gray: The National Pastime and the Civil War.
Also, this year, for the second consecutive summer, he taught a six-week course entitled Sports History in the U.S. at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
John Leylegian, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, presented at the 47th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, held Aug. 1-3 in San Diego, Calif. He presented a paper, A New Method of Chemical Kinetic Model Reduction for CFD Applications, co-authored by graduate student Tamal Paul.
Liam Mulligan, director of performing arts, presented a two-day workshop for cantors at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in St. Cloud, Fla., Aug. 9-10. The workshop utilized the materials from the Catholic Studies class that he taught last semester, entitled The Mass and Its Music. Twelve cantors took part in the workshop, which included a theological overview, current movements in liturgical thought and a practicum with voice training.
John Barry Ryan, Ph.D., professorial lecturer of religious studies, presented a paper, Mohawks and Jesuits: Strategies of Baptism in Seventeenth Century New France, at the biennial Societas Liturgica meeting on Aug. 10 in Rheims, France.
Robert Sharp, Ph.D., professor and the Donald J. O’Conner Endowed faculty chair of environmental engineering, will receive the prestigious Eddy Wastewater Principles/Processes Medal from the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in October at WEFTEC® 2011. The medal is awarded for research that makes a vital contribution to the existing knowledge of the fundamental principles or process of wastewater treatment. Sharp is being recognized for his research on the characterization of dissolved organic nitrogen, and its sources and fates in wastewater treatment plants and receiving waters.
The new employee orientation will take place on Friday, Sept. 16 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the William Scala Academy Room in Leo Hall.
Manhattan College welcomed 10 new employees this month including:
Kimberly Woodruff, instructional designer; Anne Rotundo, admissions counselor; Amandine Corten, development assistant; Tiffany Corbett, assistant director of admissions; Charles Lippolis, one card system coordinator; Br. David Trichtinger, academic adviser of athletics; James Duffy, head men's baseball coach & athletic department coordinator; Gladys Cordero, housekeeping/Christian Brothers Center;
Dharanjit Singh, lab technician; Andrew Ryan, vice president for facilities; and Amanda Rodela, residence director.
Congratulations to all of the following people who celebrated an anniversary in September:
Michael Carey, dean of students
Dennis Lonergan, controller
Anne Lavelle, office of dean of engineering
George Kuzma, business manager
David Reddick, security
Luis Ubiera, security
Brennan O'Donnell, Ph.D., president of the College, has been selected to represent the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) on the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance. His four-year term begins on Sept. 1, and his participation on the committee will further promote the College's commitment to academic success for all student athletes.
Manhattan College's multipurpose athletic facility, Draddy Gymnasium, is undergoing its largest improvement project since the building opened in 1978. The state-of-the-art renovations are scheduled to be completed this fall, which include a new indoor track and flooring throughout the facility, top-of-line strength training and cardio equipment, as well as a newly designed basketball floor and video scoreboards.
Milan Jotanovic '08, who was named All-American five times while at Manhattan College, competed in the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, on Aug. 31. Jotanovic represented his native Serbia in the shot put competition.
Representing her native Guyana, Aliann Pompey '99, former Manhattan College track & field star, was in action on Aug. 27 at the IAAF World Championships from Daegu Stadium. Pompey competed in the women's 400 meters, but didn't advance out of the first round.
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Moving forward will be a big theme this year for the Manhattan College men's soccer program. Back for his second year at the helm, Ashley Hammond, head coach, is looking to use the bright spots from 2010 as the foundation for a successful 2011 campaign. A group of 12 fresh faces, highlighted by 10 freshmen, will be the cornerstone as the Jaspers try to move closer to their goal of fighting for the MAAC Championship and a place in the NCAA Tournament.
The women's soccer team enters the 2011 campaign prepared to vie for the MAAC title with a balanced roster consisting of a variety of experience. Under the direction of Brendan Lawler, second year head coach, the Jaspers look to build on a transition season behind new leadership last year. Manhattan finished strong in 2010 and played its best soccer of the year down the stretch by picking up three of its five wins in the last three weeks of the season, despite being challenged with an injury plagued roster.
The day after the men's track & field team was recognized for its academic success by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the Jasper women received the same honor on Aug. 11. Manhattan College was one of 164 institutions to earn Division I All-Academic Women's Track & Field Team status.
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