John M. Dionisio, chairman and chief executive officer of AECOM Technology Corporation (AECOM), and Frederick W. Werner '75, president of corporate development for AECOM, were honored with the De La Salle Medal at the 2012 Dinner on Jan. 17.
Pictured above from left to right: John Dionisio, Frederick Werner and Brennan O'Donnell
As a way to help freshmen with the transition from high school to college, Manhattan College launched the Arches learning and living program in 2011.
Kenneth A. Rathgeber, executive vice president and chief compliance officer for the Investment Adviser and Fidelity Mutual Funds for Fidelity Investments, has been named chairman of the board of trustees of Manhattan College.
The Irish Voice newspaper recognized Brennan O'Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, as one of the top figures in education with an Irish heritage at an awards ceremony on Dec. 14 at the home of Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny. O'Donnell was named to the Irish Education 100 list along with other significant educational leaders in North America.
Pictured above from left to right: Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny and Brennan O'Donnell
Imagine traveling nearly 9,000 miles to attend college in a foreign country without family or friends by your side. This is exactly the adventure that Kimsy Tor, a freshman from Siemreap, Cambodia, embarked upon this fall.
With the launch of Manhattan College's new website last month, the College is also working to grow its online presence through an official Facebook page, Linkedin profile, Flickr account, Twitter feed and YouTube channel. Please like us on Facebook at the below link and follow us on Twitter.
Manhattan College will present a film screening of The Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave on Monday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Winner of the 2011 Kansas International Film Festival and the 2011 Chicago United Film Festival Jury Award for best documentary, the film is based on an experiment Ron Jones, a high school history teacher, conducted in 1967 on fascism with his class of sophomores.
On Jan. 8, alumni members of the men's basketball program gathered for a scrimmage in Draddy Gymnasium before the Jaspers vs. Fairfield University Stags game. A few of the alumni players included: Keith Bullock '93, Jamal Marshall '95, Chris Williams '93 and Kenny Minor '06.
During halftime of the Jaspers vs. Stags game, the 1991-92 men's basketball team was also honored as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their historic National Invitation Tournament (NIT) run. The Jaspers defense resulted in a 53-51 victory against the Stags.
Pictured above: Alumni members of the men's basketball team
Join us in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, Feb. 14 for our annual pregame gathering as the men's basketball team faces the Siena Saints at the Albany Times Union Center. This year's reception will be held at 5 p.m. at Wolf's 1-11 (formerly Broadway Joe's) at 51 South Pearl Street in Albany, and tip-off is at 7 p.m. The event is $35 per person, which includes the game ticket and a selection of finger food, two complimentary alcoholic beverages and other refreshments.
This year's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Basketball Championships are being held March 1-5 in Springfield, Mass., at the MassMutual Center. Fans are encouraged to make the most of the experience and several events, including a Fan Fest at the adjacent convention center, are planned. Springfield, the birthplace of basketball, is home to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and session passes include admission to the Basketball Hall of Fame where a special Manhattan exhibit is being displayed.
Information regarding tickets, hotels and tournament brackets may be found at http://maacachusetts.com/. Details on alumni-fan receptions will be forthcoming as seeds are placed in the tournament.
Bob Fink '57 will host Atlanta-area Jaspers in their annual brunch joined by Tom McCarthy, director of alumni relations, Ainsley Woakes, assistant director of alumni relations, and Pamela Bottge, director of the campaign for the Raymond W. Kelly '63 Student Commons, on Sunday, Feb. 26 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.
Alumni, spouses and friends are welcome to join the College on Sunday, March 11 for a pre-luncheon reception at 11:30 a.m. at the home of Jim Connors '57 (3440 Lakemont Drive, Bonita Springs, Fla.). Meet and greet fellow Jaspers and Ainsley Woakes, our new assistant director of alumni relations.
A brunch buffet will follow at 1 p.m. at Pelican Nest Golf Club (4450 Pelicans Nest Drive, Bonita Springs, Fla.). The cost for this event is $25 per person and advance registration is required. For more information, contact Ainsley Woakes by phone at (718) 862-7454 or email Ainsley.Woakes@manhattan.edu.
Gulf Coast alumni are invited to a luncheon on Wednesday, March 14 hosted by Neil O'Leary '60, at 12 p.m. at the University Park Country Club (7671 The Park Boulevard, Sarasota, Fla.). For more information, contact Neil by phone at (941) 358-7720 or email email@example.com.
Plan to march with Manhattan College in the largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world led by the Manhattan College Pipes and Drums and the Gaelic Society, on Saturday, March 17. Lineup details will be available soon.
Join us for a special breakfast reception at Club Quarters, (40 West 45th Street) from 10-11:30 a.m. at a cost of $30 per alumni/friend and $15 for students. Pre-registration is required.
Southwest Florida alumni are again welcome to attend a pre-parade gathering hosted by Jim Connors '57 on Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at his home and enjoy a hot Irish dinner (3440 Lakemont Drive, Bonita Springs, Fla.). A $20 donation to support this event will be collected at Jim's home. If you're interested in attending, please contact Ainsley Woakes by phone at (718) 862-7454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, come march with other Jaspers in the 34th Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 17. The group will meet at St. Ann's Church (475 9th Ave. S. Naples, Fla.) at 10:30 a.m. and step off at 11 a.m. A private reception at the Cove Yacht Club will be held immediately following the parade. For more information, contact Jim Connors '57 by phone at (239) 495-3616 or email email@example.com.
Please join Manhattan College for the 24th annual Jasper Open, which will be held on Monday, May 7 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y. For more information, visit manhattan.edu/jasperopen.
Mark your calendars for Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3, 2012, when 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. Visit manhattan.edu/reunion for further information.
To help with reunion efforts and to join your class committee, please call the alumni relations office at (718) 862-7432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last month, Mark Codd '71 presented a check to Bob Byrnes, athletic director for the College, and Dan Mecca, head track and field coach, for the Spiked Shoe Scholarship Fund. The amount was garnered from residual funds from the Oct. 1, 2011, cross country and track and field reunion that brought together nearly 200 Manhattan College athletes and friends. Codd was one of the organizers of the event, along with Al Novell '70, Mike Keogh '74, and Dan Sullivan '71.
Pictured above from left to right: Mark Codd, Dan Mecca and Bob Byrnes
Become a regional chapter representative for your area. The alumni office's regional chapter program is designed to strengthen alumni ties to the Manhattan College community offering opportunities for social, recreational, networking and educational programs. We hope that you will consider assisting us in planning events and participating in a regional chapter in your area.
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.
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Five Engineering Students Awarded ACEC New York Scholarships
The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) recently honored five Manhattan College seniors with scholarships. The five students include: Brian Paupst, recipient of the ACEC New York Mid-Hudson Region Scholarship; Sean O'Connell; recipient of the Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers Scholarship; Paul Marzuillo, recipient of the STV Group Scholarship; Anthony Raguseo, recipient of the Syska Hennessy Group Scholarship; and Nolan Woyner, recipient of the Thornton Tomasetti Scholarship. Please see page A17 of the ACEC advertising supplement to see a photo.
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MBA Students Case Study Wins Second Place
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 presented the case study, Equal Exchange: Trading Fairly and Making a Profit, at the Baylor University-USASBE Student Case Writing Competition on Jan. 12. The team won second place and a $1,000 award at the conference.
Joan Cammarata, Ph.D., professor of Spanish, presented the paper Cervantine Perspectives on Conduct and Manners at the Second Central Texas Cervantes Symposium held at the University of Texas at Austin in October. As a member of the Executive Council of The Cervantes Society of America, Cammarata participated in the annual business meeting.
Robert Geraci, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, was interviewed on The Agenda with Steve Paikin on Jan. 4. He also authored an essay, "Cyborgs, Robots, and Eternal Avatars: Transhumanist Salvation at the Interface of Brains and Machines" in The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science, which was published during the fall of 2011.
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Sr. Mary Ann Jacobs, SCC, assistant professor of education, was invited to be on the New York State Network Team Equivalent for nonpublic schools throughout the state. As a member of the team, Sr. Jacobs will provide professional development to nonpublic schools through the Catholic School Administrators Association of NYS. The focus is on the state's new common core curriculum, which will be used to evaluate teachers and principals throughout the state.
Claudia Setzer, Ph.D., professor of religious studies, presented a day-long seminar, Whose Book is it? The Bible and American Culture at the Westar Institute in Berkeley, Calif., on Nov. 17.
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John Wilcox, Ph.D., director for the center of Lasallian studies at Manhattan and professor emeritus of religious studies, presented at the James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society last March on Together and by Association: The Legacy of James Luther Adams and the Future of Religious Colleges and Universities. As a result of his presentation, the paper was recently published in AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education.
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Welcome New Employees
Manhattan College welcomed six new employees this month including: Gregory Cowart, project manager; Edward Lally, major gifts officer; Noah LeFavre, senior associate director of athletics; Alejandro Martinez, assistant business manager; Katharina Riehle, graphic designer; and Tiana Sloan, director of corporate foundation relations.
Manhattan College Milestones
Congratulations to all of the following people who celebrated an anniversary in January:
Scott Blumberg, athletics
Angelo Evans, physical plant
Linda Laboy, public safety
Russell Stevens, admissions/financial aid
Katherine Ciarletta, chemical engineering
Amy Surak, O'Malley Library
Mehmet Ulema, accounting/computer information systems
Pamela Chasek, government
Joanne Habenicht, radiological and health professions
In honor of Habenicht's 15th anniversary as program coordinator for the radiation therapy technology program, Megan Byrne '13, Sharon Armstrong Fennessy '99, Rebekkah Korn '11, Kayla Valentino Lasaponara '07 and Melissa Fortuna Miceli '00 took her to dinner and presented her with a plaque.
Manhattan College Promotions
Congratulations to all of the following people who received a promotion:
Dianna Cruz, assistant dean of the school of arts
Robert Moran, associate director of information technology
Richard Musal, assistant director of client services operations and information technology
Caitlin Read, director of enrollment operations
George Beamon matched a season-high 24 points to help propel the Manhattan men's basketball team to its fifth straight win with a 71-64 victory over Niagara (9-12, 4-5 MAAC) on Jan. 22.
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The 2012 Manhattan College softball schedule begins on Feb. 29 with a doubleheader against Quinnipiac at Gaelic Park, one of seven home dates on the schedule.
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First-year head baseball coach Jim Duffy announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 academic year. The former Seton Hall assistant used his New Jersey roots to ink three standout athletes who will bolster the defending MAAC Champions roster at a variety of positions.
First-year head coach Diane Haddeland and the women's lacrosse team served their community during the offseason, partaking in multiple nationwide community service events.
College Sports Madness has recognized Manhattan College senior forward Lindsey Loutsenhizer as its MAAC women's basketball player of the week for the week ending Jan. 1.
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