Manhattan College is pleased to announce the phase one launch of its newly redesigned website, www.manhattan.edu and social media platforms.
The new website is one of the major projects of the Promise, a yearlong marketing and promotional campaign that involved extensive research and focus groups with current and prospective students, faculty, the Christian Brothers community, parents, alumni, donors, trustees and other stakeholders. The Promise campaign presents Manhattan College in a powerful way by communicating what makes a Manhattan education distinctive and valuable. It highlights key information about the history of the College and defines the distinctive values of a Manhattan College education through a variety of platforms including social media, advertising, the new website and much more.
Incorporated in the website are the College’s new logos, branding and enhanced marketing materials – visible through scrolling home page features that highlight the Promises of a Lasallian Catholic community, a New York City-based experience, and a valued education steeped in tradition and combined with innovation.
The initial launch of the website will be in phases, and the office of marketing and communication will be continuing to enhance and tailor various sections of the website in the coming months. Please check back frequently to find new multimedia content that will put real faces and stories to Manhattan College’s Dreams Delivered campaign.
At the bottom of the website, users can click on buttons that direct to Manhattan College’s official Facebook page, Linkedin profile, Flickr account, Twitter feed and YouTube channel. To build a better online community, we encourage active participation through all of these social media platforms.
Any questions or comments can be directed to the office of marketing and communication’s web communications staff:
Assistant Director of Web Communications
Manhattan Alumnus’ Mentoring Program Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Charles H. Thornton ’61 is changing the lives of high school students around the country with the ACE Mentor Program, and the program is a recipient of the White House’s Presidential Award.
Pictured right: Charles Thornton and ACE student
Manhattan College will present John M. Dionisio, chairman and chief executive officer of AECOM Technology Corporation (AECOM), and Frederick W. Werner ’75, president of corporate development for AECOM, with the De La Salle medals at the College’s annual fundraising dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.
Pictured above: Frederick W. Werner and John M. Dionisio
John Fandel, renowned poet, artist and professor emeritus of English and world literature, passed away on Nov. 15 at the age 86. Fandel began teaching at Manhattan College in 1958 and served 29 years in various roles, including professor, chairman of the College lecture series and poet-in-residence. He was also poetry editor at Commonweal magazine from 1963-79. A native of Yonkers, Fandel attended Trinity College in Connecticut, was an H.E. Russell Fellow at Yale University and earned a master’s from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English as a Robert Frost Poetry Scholar. He was honored in 1957 with the Poetry Society of America’s Reynolds Lyric Award. His collections, including the notable Testament and Other Poems (1959) and 5 a.m. and Other Times (1981), have been published in many anthologies and magazines, as well as The New Yorker, The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times.
Manhattan College alumnus Russell J. Schriefer ’80, partner at the Stevens & Schriefer Group, presented to an eager group of alumni gathered at the fall New York City Alumni Networking Reception held on Nov. 17.
Emmanuel “Sonny” Ago, Ed.D., was recently appointed Manhattan College’s first assistant vice president for student life at the College.
Pictured above: Sonny Ago
Recently, Manhattan College has made visible efforts to strengthen its commitment toward community and Lasallian education by building national and international partnerships.
In September, several representatives from Manhattan’s admissions office attended the 2011 National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Conference in New Orleans. At the conference, Brother Edward Hoffman, FSC, assistant director of admissions at La Salle University in Philadelphia, hosted a dinner at De La Salle High School in New Orleans for professionals from Lasallian high schools and colleges to discuss ideas and endeavors. To continue this collaboration, Br. Hoffman coordinated a joint visit to La Salle and Manhattan for a group of students from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis.
On Dec. 5, the group of four students and the president of the school, Michael England, toured Manhattan College’s campus and engineering facilities, dined in Locke’s Loft and met with admissions for an information session. Brother Robert Berger, FSC, associate professor of religious studies, spoke to the group about the value of a Manhattan College Lasallian education.
Shortly before the Christian Brothers College High School visit, three representatives from the Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais in France visited Manhattan College on Nov. 16, as part of a tour of Lasallian colleges and universities in the United States. During their stay, Jérôme Colin, director of educational mission and vice president of student life, Philippe Choquet, director of LaSalle Beauvais, and Véronique Llorens, provost of LaSalle Beauvais, toured campus and met with senior administration at the College. The visitors were particularly impressed with Manhattan’s focus on innovation with strong roots in tradition.
“De La Salle is our past but also our future,” Colin said, sharing Manhattan’s philosophy. “We want to formalize a connection between Lasallian universities.”
Pictured above: Staff from LaSalle Beauvais and William Clyde, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at Manhattan College
The Manhattan College Singers and Orchestra hosted their Christmas program, A Festival of Lessons and Carols, on Dec. 4 in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. The hour-long program was a unique and festive celebration, which combined traditional Christmas carols and hymns, readings from sacred Scripture and contemporary arrangements. The concert featured three selections from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, the French Renaissance piece Allons, Gay Bergeres by Costeley, and a jazz version of Carol of the Bells. Keeping with tradition, the ensembles also led hymns, including a candlelit Silent Night.
Following the concert, the singers walked by candlelight onto the Quadrangle and lit the College’s Christmas tree.
More than 100 juniors and seniors from 64 tri-state high schools took the first step toward a Manhattan College degree on Nov. 11 at Engineering Awareness Day.
On Nov. 9, Manhattan College welcomed to campus Superior General Brother Álvaro Rodriquez Echeverria, FSC, leader of the 6,000 De La Salle Christian Brothers and 100,000 associates who teach nearly 1 million students in 82 countries.
Manhattan College held its 33rd annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction on Nov. 12 in Smith Auditorium, sponsored by the Manhattan College Alumni Society. The eight honored inductees were: Robert Baker, football coach from 1973-1982; Mark Connor ’72, baseball; the Rev. John Cullinane ’51, chaplain for Manhattan College athletics; James Gillcrist ’51, track and field; Lori Graham ’99, soccer and lacrosse; Thomas Leder ’61, baseball and basketball; Manny Silverio ’80, track and field; and Kathleen McCarrick Weiden ’79, basketball.
In addition, the 1986 women’s cross country team, which became the first Manhattan College team to capture a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship, was honored at the ceremony.
Pictured above top row, from left to right: James Gillcrist ’51; Thomas Leder ’61; Brennan O'Donnell, Ph.D., president of the College; Mike Quigley ’71 who accepted on behalf of Mark Connor ’72; Manny Silverio ’80; and Rev. John Cullinane ’51.
Bottom row, from left to right: Robert Baker; Kathleen McCarrick Weiden ’79; Lori Graham ’99; and Lisa Toscano ’79, Hall of Fame committee chair and associate professor of physical education and human performance.
Ainsley Woakes recently joined the alumni relations office at Manhattan College as assistant director. A graduate of Bryant University with a degree in communication and minor in marketing, Ainsley’s proficiency in social media, design and writing will be effectively utilized in her new role. Her professionalism and work ethic will no doubt benefit our alumni and the College community.
“Ainsley’s experiences in event and relationship management have been numerous, and I’m confident she’ll bring the same drive and enthusiasm to the alumni relations office,” said Thomas McCarthy, alumni relations director. “I’m excited and optimistic for the future of the alumni office with Ainsley joining the team.”
Ainsley can be contacted by phone at (718) 862-7454 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A great crowd of nearly 90 Jaspers gathered at Jim O’Leary’s ’75 Saint James Restaurant and Bar in Mineola, N.Y., on Nov. 9. The event, which was hosted jointly by Geri Gregor ’85, John Kirrane ’78 and John Nason ’52, was the first in a series of outreach efforts on Long Island. Future gatherings will be planned for Nassau and Suffolk Counties and out on the eastern end of the island.
For more information or to help plan an event in your area, contact the alumni office at email@example.com or call (718) 862-7454.
Pictured above: Alumni at Saint James Restaurant and Bar.
Members of the class of 2011 are invited back to campus to receive their Manhattanite yearbook and enjoy catching up with classmates on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the new Café 1853 (formerly Plato’s Cave, Thomas Hall). The celebration, hosted by the alumni relations office, marks the class of 2011’s first alumni event. Complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres are provided.
Advance online registration is available below. Those alumni unable to attend will receive their yearbooks by mail, so please make certain your current address is updated. Yearbooks are FREE!
Join us in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, for our annual pregame gathering as the men’s basketball team faces the Siena Saints at the Albany Times Union Center. Dinner this year will be held at 5 p.m. at Wolf’s 1-11 (formerly Broadway Joe’s) at 51 South Pearl St. in Albany, and tip-off is at 7 p.m. The reception is $35 per person, which includes the game ticket and a selection of finger food, two complimentary alcoholic beverages and other refreshments.
Bob Fink ’57 will host Atlanta-area Jaspers in their annual brunch joined by Tom McCarthy, director of alumni relations, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Cherokee Country Club (665 Hightower Trail, Atlanta, Ga). The reception begins at 12:30 p.m., and the luncheon starts at 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.
Recent graduates are encouraged to pursue opportunities available to further their academic goals. To view some of the current offerings, including the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship and White House Fellows, download the PDF below.
Reunion Weekend 2012 will be held Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3, 2012. Manhattan College welcomes home alumni returning to campus to celebrate the 143rd Alumni Reunion Weekend. Special receptions will be planned for classes ending in either 7 or 2.
For more information on how to be a part of this important event, please call the alumni relations office at (718) 862-7977 or e-mail 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 engineering, business, communications, psychology, medicine and veterinary medicine.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Brother Charles Barbush, FSC, mentor program coordinator, by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (718) 862-7519.
Please consider Manhattan College as you make your end-of-year 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
For Manhattan Monthly specific questions or comments, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergrad Business Students Compete in Federal Reserve Challenge
Ten undergraduate business students (Ali Beydoun, a sophomore and double major in finance and economics; Christina Costas, a senior and double major in finance and economics; Christopher DeVito, a senior and finance major; Rachel Foscaldi, a senior and double major in economics and finance; Daniel Goll, a senior and double major in finance and global business; Alison Landy, a senior and double major in accounting and finance; Mary McGowan, a senior and finance major; Kimberly Mohn, a senior and double major in accounting and finance; Nicholas Miras, a senior and double major in economics and global business; and Patrick Otchy, a senior and double major in finance and economics), competed in the regional competition of the Eastern Economic Association’s Federal Reserve Challenge competition on Oct. 28. After participating in a competition within Manhattan College’s school of business on Oct. 26, the group of 10 was chosen to represent the College at the regional competition.
The students presented for 15 minutes on the current state of the economy, the causes of the recent recession and the optimal future monetary policy. The group scored very well and received positive reviews from the judges. Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., professor of economics and finance, was the faculty mentor assisting students with their presentations.
15 Engineering Students Receive SAME Scholarships
The Society of American Military Engineers, New York City Post, awarded 15 scholarships to Manhattan College students, and three of the recipients attended the annual dinner-dance on Nov. 5 to receive recognition on behalf of the College. Theresa Bebber, a sophomore and civil engineering major, received the Anthony G. Posch Scholarship; Luis Ramos Herrera, a sophomore and civil engineering major, received the John F. Hoban Scholarship; and Erica Mulligan, a senior and electrical engineering major, received the McGraw-Hill Construction Scholarship.
In total, more than 200 scholarships were awarded to students from more than 70 academic institutions across the United States.
MBA Students Case Study Accepted As Finalist
Joanna Kaminski, Cara Vullo and Samantha Marchese, all first-year MBA students, prepared a case study last summer with Janet Rovenpor, Ph.D., professor of management, and the case study was recently accepted by the Baylor-USASBE Student Case Research Competition as one of six finalists. The students will present the case study, Equal Exchange: Trading Fairly and Making a Profit, on Jan. 12 at a conference in New Orleans.
Mu Sigma Receives Fourth Consecutive ACE Award
Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for educators, honored Manhattan College’s chapter Mu Sigma at the convocation in Indianapolis with the Achieveing Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award. This is the fourth consecutive year that Manhattan College received the award, and also the chapter’s 40th anniversary. More than 20 members of the College community attended the convocation, which celebrated Kappa Delta Pi’s 100th anniversary.
Communication Student Invited to IRTS Workshop
Stephanie Brooks, a junior and communication major, was invited to participate in the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Multicultural Career Workshop in New York City on Nov. 17 and 18. Close to two dozen juniors and seniors from across the country are given the unique opportunity to attend a variety of events, network with industry professionals and meet with recruiters from several companies in the broadcasting and telecommunications business.
Two Engineering Teams Participate in ACM Programming Contest
On Oct. 30, two teams of Manhattan College students competed in the
ACM ICPC Greater New York Regional Programming Contest held at Adelphi University. Abraham Asfaw, a senior and electrical engineering major, and Joseph Fiscella and Matthew Waldron, both seniors and computer science majors, were part of one team, and Jonathan Langke, Fuad Musa and Jose Rodriguez, all juniors and electrical and computer engineering majors, were on the other team. Both teams finished strong.
Civil Engineering Students Acknowledged By Professional Societies
Seven civil engineering students were recently honored by professional societies. Sean O’Connell, a senior, was awarded The Moles Student Award and Marisa Chee, Jose Tejeda and Nolan Woyner, all seniors, received The Moles Scholarship from The Moles organization. Joseph Saunders, a senior, won the Peggy Cornell Benline Scholarship by the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York. In addition, Gillian Carzzarell, a senior and Ryan Conry, a master’s student, received the SEAoNY Scholarship presented by the Structural Engineers Association of New York.
Deborah Adams, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical education and human performance; Shawn Ladda, E.d.D., professor of physical education and human performance; and nine undergraduate students presented From Squaring to the Rap to Hip Hop Hoedown at the Southeastern Zone Conference and the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD) Conference.
Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., director of Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center and assistant professor of religious studies, served as a moderator at the Building a Global Muslim/Jewish Alliance panel at the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association on Nov. 17.
Fran Clemente, Ph.D., adjunct faculty member of physical education and human performance; Shawn Ladda, E.d.D., professor of physical education and human performance; and Lisa Toscano, E.d.D., associate professor of physical education and human performance; presented Reaching Teen Brains: Translating Brain Research into Classroom Practice at the Kappa Delta Pi Convention in Indianapolis.
Ashley Cross, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented a paper titled Reinventing Mary Robinson: Keats, Shelley and the Politics of Sensibility at the International Conference on Romanticism on Nov. 5 in Montréal.
Robert Geraci, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, presented the paper A Novel Society: Science Fiction Stories as Religious Vectors at the American Academy of Religion’s annual meeting on Nov 20.
Michael Grabowski, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, presented at the National Communication Association on Nov. 18. His paper, titled The Voices on the Screen Become the Voices in Our Heads: An Ecological Model of Mediated Narratives examined the emerging connections between communication and neuroscience.
Sr. Mary Ann Jacobs, SCC, assistant professor of education, presented the new New York State Common Core Standards for Mathematics at the Archdiocese of New York Educators' annual conference from five upstate counties, including Rockland, Sullivan, Orange, Dutchess and Ulster.
Shawn Ladda, E.d.D., professor of physical education and human performance, was selected to deliver the Dr. Ron Feingold Lecture at the NYSAHPERD Conference. The title of her lecture was From Active to Athlete: Changing Opportunities in Sports for Girls and Women. Feingold is a long time faculty member and dean at Adelphi University.
John Leylegian, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, presented a paper at the 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, held Nov. 11-17 in Denver. The paper, Design of Experiments to Evaluate Thermal Resistance of a PTAC Unit, was co-authored by Mohammad Naraghi, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering, and recent graduates Steven Montoni, Mark Kaszczak and Vincent Garafolo.
Leylegian also recently had a paper accepted for publication. An Investigation of Short Contact Time Reactors for Regeneratively-Cooled Hypersonic Vehicles, will appear in the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.
William Merriman, Ph.D., dean and professor in the school of education, Brother Augustine Nicoletti, FSC, Ed.D., associate professor of education and chair of the department, and Jeff Cherubini, Ph.D., associate professor of physical education and human performance, presented the workshop Teaching the Next Wave of Students: The Alpha Generation at the Kappa Delta Pi 48th Biennial Convocation in Indianapolis on Nov. 3.
John Tomer, Ph.D., professor of economics, gave a presentation of his paper entitled Improving the Standard of Living through Investment in Intangible Capital at the Brighter Future Conference at the Colorado Policy Studies Center at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Oct. 21, 2011. This paper, along with the other presented papers, are designated to become part of a book edited by Daphne Greenwood and Ric Holt and published by M. E. Sharpe.
In addition, the following two articles written by Tomer were published: “Enduring Happiness: Integrating the Hedonic and Eudaimonic Approaches” and “What Causes Obesity? And Why Has It Grown So Much?”
Lisa Toscano, E.d.D., associate professor of physical education and human performance, and Tedd Keating, Ph.D., associate professor of physical education and human performance, presented The Use of Technology in the Assessment of ACL Risk at the 2011 Greater New York Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting at NYU’s Medical Center on Nov. 12.
Kudret Topyan, Ph.D., professor of economics and finance, was recognized with the Hong Kong Asian Capital Markets Research Prize for his co-authored research project, Cross-Sectional Stock Return Predicability in China.
Annual Christmas Party
The annual Christmas Party will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Dante’s Den.
Manhattan College welcomed three new employees this month including:
Emmanuel Ago, Ed.D., assistant vice president for student life; Ainsley Woakes, assistant director of alumni relations; and Steve Galante, system administrator for information technology services.
Congratulations to all of the following people who celebrated an anniversary in December:
Mary Allgaier, office of the dean of the school of business
Thomas McCarthy, director for alumni relations
Melinda Creaney, O’Malley Library
Ramon Mercedes, public safety
In front of a boisterous sellout crowd at Draddy Gymnasium, the Manhattan College men's basketball team defeated Fordham in a 81-47 victory.
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The 2011 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion (MAAC) Manhattan College baseball team members received their rings during halftime at the men’s basketball game against Fordham on Dec. 7.
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On Dec. 1, the Manhattan College men’s and women’s track and field teams got a chance to formally compete on the new surface for the first time when they hosted the annual Manhattan College Opener.
The Jaspers men’s soccer team beat Iona College in double overtime in the MAAC Semifinals at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports on Nov. 5.
Dan Mecca, head track and field coach, was recognized for his 25 years of service to the College at the annual fall Faculty Convocation on Nov. 14.
Manhattan College freshman outside hitter Malia McGuinness, a member of the volleyball team, was named Second Team All-MAAC by the conference's 10 head coaches on Nov. 18.
Sophomore guard/forward Monica Roeder of the Manhattan College women's basketball team was named MAAC Player of the Week on Nov. 21.
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