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on campus The College receives recognitions in ratings and accreditation, new grants and new staff, Lasallian Look, lectures and more.


sports A Jasper returns home to coach, plus news and recaps of the spring season.

20 From Baghdad to the bronx On a quest to pursue her college degree, an Iraqi student leaves the editorial Lydia Gray, Director of College Relations Kristen Cuppek, Editor Annie Chambliss, Assistant Editor Contributors Joe Clifford Liz Connolly Dorothy Conigliaro Amy Coppe Stephen Dombroski Amanda Ferrarotto Dylan Horowitz Molly Pekarik John Sandrowicz Lonny Unger Photographers Ben Asen Bleacher + Everard Matt Carr Joshua Cuppek Marty Heitner Christopher Pope Design Charles Hess, chess design Published by the office of college relations, a division of college advancement, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY 10471

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Middle East to attend Manhattan, as part of the Iraqi Student Project.

24 serving those who served our country With the number of veterans enrolled at the College doubling since the Post9/11 GI Bill, Manhattan is doing its part to educate these brave students.

30 commencement The College celebrates recent grads at its Commencement ceremonies.


advancement Alumni give back through scholarships, energy chairman will receive the De La Salle Medal and new announcements.


alumni Reunion weekend brings alumni back to campus, alumnotes and Jasper profiles.


obits In Memoriam, Brother Leo Michiels, Leon Chen


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Prestigious Academy Elects Another Alum


Dr. Ladda Goes to Washington Shawn Ladda, Ed.M., Ed.D., associate professor of physical education and human performance and chair of the department, attended the launch of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on June 23, hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. As part of Ladda’s role as president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), she was invited to attend the event along with current and former professional athletes. In addition, Ladda was asked back one week later to bring a group of eight Northeast-area girls’ soccer players to the White House to meet President Barack Obama. The invite was part of the championship celebration of the New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC, which won the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) title in 2009.

ohn P. Connolly ’73 and ’75, Ph.D., former Manhattan College environmental engineering professor and alumnus, and senior technical advisor at Anchor QEA, LLC, in Montvale, N.J., was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) this year. Because NAE election is among the highest professional distinction an engineer can receive, the College’s school of engineering honored him with a plaque unveiling ceremony in the William J. Scala Academy room in June. He is among 15 other distinguished engineering alumni elected to the NAE and recognized with plaques displayed throughout the Scala Academy room. At the ceremony, Connolly was asked to present his research that the NAE cited in his election — his development of integrated water-quality models used for remediation and management planning for large, contaminated water bodies. “Dr. Connolly continues a long line of Manhattan College graduates who have gone on to distinguish themselves in engineering,” said Tim Ward, Ph.D., P.E., dean of the school of engineering. “His work on Hudson River contamination is internationally known and grows

Dominic Di Toro ’63 (left), former professor of environmental engineering, and James Mueller ’62 (right), professor emeritus of civil engineering, join National Academy of Engineering inductee John P. Connolly ’73 (center) at the College’s plaque unveiling ceremony in his honor.

out of his education as an environmental engineer at the College. The school of engineering and Manhattan College are proud of Dr. Connolly’s election to the National Academy of Engineering, once again demonstrating the potential of a Jasper engineer.” In addition to his work at Anchor QEA, LLC, an environmental consulting firm, Connolly has conducted research and consulted in the areas of contaminant fate and transport and bioaccumulation. He holds

a B.S. and M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Manhattan College, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. A faculty member at Manhattan for 14 years, he worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the late 1970s while pursuing his Ph.D.; served as a partner at HydroQual, Inc. for five years; and was president of Quantitative Environmental Analysis, LLC from 1998 to 2009.

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DID YOU KNOW? Among Manhattan’s graduates are two Cardinals of the Catholic Church, Patrick Hayes of New York and George Mundelein of Chicago, classes of 1888 and 1889, respectively.

Brothers Honor Devoted Colleague


ith only a select number of other members, Ann Clohessy, special advisor to the president, has become one of a distinct group of people honored by the Christian Brothers. In recognition of her service to the Brothers and Manhattan College, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools conferred the Diploma of Benefactor upon Clohessy at a Mass and reception on May 15. “Benefaction recognizes a person who has contributed in an extraordinary way to enable the Brothers to achieve our Lasallian mission of providing a Christian and human education to the young men and women entrusted to our educational care here at Manhattan College,” said Brother Thomas Scanlan, F.S.C., Manhattan College president emeritus, whom Clohessy served for more than 20 years. After Brother Robert Berger, F.S.C., associate professor of religious studies, Brother George Berrian, F.S.C., associate professor emeritus of education, and Br. Scanlan jointly proposed her name to the community, the Brothers of the Manhattan College Community unanimously nominated Clohessy for the honor of Benefactor to the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. They then petitioned Brother Dennis Malloy, F.S.C., provincial of the District of Eastern North America, on the recommendation of his council, to approve the community’s nomination and forward her name to Brother Alvaro Echeverria, superior general in Rome, for his approval. His confirmation was received on Feb. 20. In addition to contributing to the life and work of the Brothers, a nominee has to exemplify, in his or her own life, the two spirits of the Institute: faith and zeal. At the Mass on May 15, the Feast of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, Br. Scanlan spoke highly of Clohessy’s devotion, faith and work ethic. “Zeal is defined as enthusiastic devotion to a cause and tireless diligence in its furtherance,” Br. Scanlan said. “Now, that is Ann in a nutshell. Ann is absolutely unequaled in her efficiency and the amount and quality of her work, and I guarantee she

will not be replaced by any one person.” In her remarks, Clohessy thanked everyone involved in this honor and expressed how blessed she is. “I am truly honored, proud and humbled on this the feast day of St. John Baptist de La Salle to officially be made a member of this Institute, the Brothers of the Christian Schools,” she said. “This is a celebration I shall never forget.” Being a benefactor brings the benefit of being included in the Brothers’ daily prayers and remembered by name on the anniversary of the recipient’s passing. Clohessy, who was also named Distinguished Lasallian Staff Member in 2006, has served the College for 40 years and will retire in January.

Benefactors Clohessy joins a small group of nominees from the New York District (in the past 40+ years). H. Stephen Christenson (1992) Brian Clemente (1985) Thomas Clemente (1985) Ann Clohessy (2010) Luba Corso (1995) Louis Corso (1995) Charles DeFeo, M.D. (1995) Michael Dominczak (1997) William Edwards (1995) Lena Ewasutyn (1996) Kathleen Fahey (2000) Michael Fleming (1995) Joan Franz (2005) George N. Glass (1969) James and Nolan Higgins (2007) Katherine Houlihan (1997) John Johnson (1983) G. Richard Lewis (1995) Mary Lyons (2002) Msgr. Thomas G. Madden (1989) Robert Mansfield (2002) Joan Mossner (1995) John Potvin (2002) Vivian Strain (2008) Dolores Sullivan (2009) Valaire Torrence (1986) Dante M. Torrese (2006) George Unis (2006) Anna Uva (2002) Dorothy Welch (1985) Judith White (2008) John Yanas (1983)


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Grants and Grads Engineering The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded Manhattan College with $661,000 of the $2.6 million Flushing and Gowanus Green Infrastructure Grant Initiative to support the installation of a modular green roof for the New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, N.Y. Out of the five grant recipients, the College received the highest amount of grant funding to back a green project. The DEP grant program was created in order to integrate the use of green infrastructure projects to regulate and capture storm water runoff during wet weather. The project’s goal is to decrease the amount of storm water and wastewater being diverted into New York City’s adjacent waterways. DEP currently manages New York City’s water supply and supplies nine million residents with one billion gallons of water each day. Scott Lowe, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental engineering and lead investigator for the project, is partnering with HDR Engineering, an architectural, engineering and consulting firm, to design and install 20,000 square feet of modular green roof. Manhattan engineering students will be involved in every stage of the project, and, once the roof is installed, they will gather and analyze data during a fouryear period to determine how much water is being captured.

Fall foliage envelops founders bridge Students coming from and going to the O’Malley Library enjoy one of those last perfect autumn days and take advantage of the warm weather.

Education The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), Bureau of Nonpublic School Reimbursable Services (BNPS) presented Manhattan College with a grant for $1,250,000 for the school building leadership graduate program. The grant program serves nonpublic school principals and teachers who work in one of the five New York City boroughs and want to advance their leadership skills and/or acquire New York State certification in school building leadership. The program can certify education professionals as: grade level coordinators, subject areas coordinators, heads of schools, assistant principals and principals. The College offers both a Master of Science in education, school building leadership, and professional diploma in school building leadership. Starting this fall, new and existing school building leadership students meeting the grant guidelines and approved for enrollment by the BNPS will receive free tuition. The total funds will be dispensed annually throughout five years.

five stars eatin’ good in the jasper hood There are lots of foods to choose from these days in the College’s cafeterias, but the top five most popular purchases in Dante’s Den are: 1- Shakes 2- Salsa Rico burritos 3- Smoothies 4- Chicken tender wraps 5- Salad

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DID YOU KNOW? The department of physical education and human performance celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

NEWFACES New Dean of Students Michael Carey, Psy.D., was named dean of students in July. In his new role, Carey acts as the chief judiciary officer for the campus and supervises the areas of residence life and student development. Since 2006, Carey has served as the director of counseling and health services at the College. While reporting directly to the vice president for student life, he supervised both departments and helped to integrate enhancements to key policies, including improving the model of services in the counseling center and adhering to Middle States Evaluation standards. During the past four years, Carey has demonstrated his leadership and strong commitment to Manhattan’s student body by providing direct counseling services, teaching and mentoring graduate students as an adjunct professor and launching the campus club Peer Educators to increase outreach among students. Carey, a Bronx native, began his career as a religious studies teacher at his alma mater, Fordham Preparatory School, after graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in religious studies. He went on to graduate from San Francisco State University with an M.S. in clinical psychology. With nearly 20 years of psychology experience, Carey first worked as a counselor and eventually became a psychologist. He earned a Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies.

New Vice President for Mission Brother James Wallace, F.S.C., became vice president for mission on July 1. He succeeds John Wilcox, Ph.D., who is now director of Lasallian studies. The vice president for mission assists the president and Manhattan community in its understanding and realization of the College’s mission and Lasallian Catholic identity. Br. Wallace previously served as assistant vice president for mission and, before that, as auxiliary provincial of the Lwanga District of the De La Salle Brothers, Africa. In this capacity, he visited 19 schools in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Eritrea to provide assistance in the form of workshops, evaluation and encouragement. Prior to his role as auxiliary provincial, Br. Wallace spent many years in the field of education throughout Africa. He served as headmaster of LaSalle College in Johannesburg, South Africa, and dean of studies at Christ the Teacher College in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was responsible for hiring teachers, presenting workshops on instructional strategies and meeting with individual teachers before and after classroom visits. From 1990 to 1996, he was an assistant professor at Manhattan College in the school of education. Among the many courses he taught were: School Administration and Supervision; Learning and Teaching Styles; Educational Decision Making and Change; and Teaching Reading to Exceptional Students. Br. Wallace earned his B.A. in American history and M.S. in guidance and counseling from Canisius College, as well as an Ed.D. in teaching and curriculum from Syracuse University. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Reading Education and Anthropology.

Top: Michael Carey, Psy.D., Bottom: Brother James Wallace, F.S.C.


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Cramming for a Career

T School of Ed Earns An A+ The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) awarded national accreditation to Manhattan College’s teacher education program for 10 years with no weaknesses or stipulations earlier this summer. The U.S. Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the New York State Education Department recognize TEAC as a national accreditation organization. The College’s teacher education program joins more than 110 accredited programs in 21 states with TEAC-accredited education preparation programs. To be accredited by TEAC, a teacher education program must have solid, independently verifiable evidence of its graduates’ competence. In particular, the program must show that its graduates understand the subject matter they are certified to teach, understand the process of learning and teaching, and possess teaching skills that lead students to appropriate levels of achievement. The program must also have an ongoing process for reviewing and improving itself and must demonstrate that it has the capacity to offer quality education.

his year, the center for career development launched the College’s first Senior Career Week, from Sept. 11–17. This program was filled with activities and events that helped students of different backgrounds learn what it takes to find employment after graduation, a critical concern for seniors. Events were hosted by experts in each field, including members of the administration and other business professionals who were invited to share their insight with students. The workshops covered all objectives of career development, from securing an internship to managing personal finances as a working member of society. Internship, presentation and interview training workshops were offered at various times throughout the week. Résumés were critiqued and vital information was provided for students on finding employment in their field of study. In addition, a workshop held by Columbia University’s Center for Career Education, “Finding a Job or Internship Using Social Media,” instructed students on the use of new, digital outlets to create and maintain networking opportunities. The career athlete presentation was added for studentathletes who wish to excel in the workforce by utilizing their athletic abilities. Perhaps the most informative event was presented by David Goldwasser, a financial planner for MetLife, titled “Life After Graduation: Budgeting for Real Life,” which

enabled students to learn not only about gaining employment but also following through and nurturing the monetary responsibilities that will accompany these jobs in the future. Senior Career Week proved to be a success, with strong attendance and positive feedback. “All of the events were wellattended and big hits,” says Marjorie Apel, director of the center for career development. “Students found them to be informative and interactive, and recommended that all the workshops be repeated in the coming years for future seniors.”

Jaspers Helping Jaspers Are you looking for a job or do you want to make a career change? Conversely, do you need to hire someone? Then check out Jaspers Helping Jaspers. Jaspers Helping Jaspers, brought to you by the alumni relations office and center for career development, is a four-pronged program that offers: • Networking — with other alumni • Job listings — both part-time and full-time, from other Jaspers • Connections — Alums act as point people in their companies to alert the career development office of job opportunities • Volunteering — to reach out to companies for openings In addition, the program includes access to JasperLink, a job board open 24/7, and inclusion in the LinkedIn network of alumni. For more information, please contact Bernadette Hicks, recruitment coordinator, at bernadette.hicks@manhattan.edu or (718) 862-7965.

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College Scores in the Ratings Manhattan College topped the list at No. 17 in the best regional universities (North) category for the second year in a row in U.S. News & World Report’s annual 2011 America’s Best Colleges survey. In addition, the College’s chemical engineering program was selected as the fifth best in the nation — a standout in an already top-ranking engineering school, which received an overall ranking and tied for 38th out of 190 engineering schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees. According to CNNMoney.com/PayScale. com’s 2010-2011 College Salary report, Manhattan College ranked 30th out of 999 schools in the mid-career median salary category. The report demonstrated how the median salary of Manhattan alumni nearly doubled from entry level to mid-career ($55,300 to $105,000). The starting salary employee information was compiled from full-time employees who had five years of experience or less in their careers; whereas, the mid-career figures came from employees with at least 10 years of experience in their fields. The Bloomberg Businessweek/PayScale. com survey, entitled Which Colleges Are Worth Your Investment?, indicated a high return on investment for a Manhattan College education. Manhattan ranked 37th out of 554 schools surveyed, with a 30-year net return on investment in excess of $1 million. In addition, Manhattan College was listed on Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges 2010 list as No. 149 out of 610 of the best public and private colleges and universities from the student’s point of view.

gathering by the grotto Students get together by the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, which originally was located where Thomas Hall is today. Brother Angelus Gabriel Cashin, F.S.C., professor of English, designed and supervised its construction in 1935.

a declaration of concentration What’s your major? With more than 40 major programs of study, these five majors, in order of popularity, pack the classrooms: 1- Civil Engineering 2- Communication 3- Psychology 4- Mechanical Engineering 5- Finance


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All’s Fair in Social Action


atholic Relief Services has partnered with campus ministry and social action (CMSA) to bring awareness of fair trade to the Manhattan College community. Fair trade, the practice of transparent trading partnerships that seek greater equity in international trade, is one of the issues Catholic Relief Services has identified as an important social justice movement. The College has received several grants from Catholic Relief Services to create programs that educate the community about fair trade, what it is and why it is important. “Our involvement with Catholic Relief Services is a very practical way for the College to hook into what we talk about in the mission about reflection on faith and values, and commitment to social justice,” says Lois Harr, director of CMSA. This June, CMSA organized a workshop to show faculty how to integrate discussion of fair trade into their curriculum. Nine members of the faculty, from various programs, attended the workshop. The concept of fair trade touches on a wide variety of important issues that translate to classroom studies, such as those in economics, politics and ethics. Then in September, Harr, along with several faculty members and students, attended the Fair Trade Futures conference in Boston.

The conference had several breakout sessions that examined topics such as advocacy and community involvement. There was also a fair trade marketplace featuring fair trade vendors offering information about how to distribute their products. On Sept. 15, the College hosted a lecture featuring Pedro Ascencio from Las Colinas Coffee Cooperative in El Salvador, who spoke about fair trade practices and the impact fair trade farming can have on a community. More than 120 people attended the lecture. To celebrate October being Fair Trade Month, CMSA hosted screenings of The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary about the violence and virtual slavery surrounding chocolate grown in West Africa. It also sponsored a handcrafts sale showcasing fair trade products. In addition, Sodexo, the campus food services company, has become involved by selling fair trade coffee on campus and catering desserts that feature fair trade chocolate and bananas. CMSA’s Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.) program also has been selling fair trade coffee, Jasper Java, with proceeds benefiting the group’s annual service trips. In the future, the College hopes to continue working with Catholic Relief Services on fair trade projects, including grants for faculty research projects that will explore various fair trade issues.

Programs Spotlight

A Renaissance for Arts Beginning this fall semester, students in the school of arts have the option of majoring in art history. The new major, the first for the College’s fine arts department, will examine art and architecture created from the ancient to the contemporary worlds within broad historical and cultural contexts. By developing a visual vocabulary, multiple perspectives on key monuments, and an understanding of the crossdisciplinary nature of art history, students learn to analyze visual materials, organize ideas, and write and speak persuasively about representational issues. Through an emphasis on historical research, written analysis and observational interpretation, the art history major helps prepare students for careers in museum and gallery curatorship, marketing and new media, teaching, as well as professions that require visual analysis, such as creative art, international relations, law and medicine. Art history majors will be required to take courses in both the earlier (Ancient to Renaissance) and later (Baroque to Modern) periods, as well as courses in world arts and art history methodologies. Electives ranging from ancient to American art can also be structured to emphasize museum studies and to take advantage of the numerous opportunities for internships in the New York area. Majors will study the world-class architecture, galleries, libraries and museums in New York City. The newly introduced course in Monasticism and the Arts will draw heavily on the collections of the Cloisters, just as the course on the New York City Skyscraper focuses on buildings in midtown and downtown Manhattan.

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Exploring History and Mission


anhattan College presented its 18th annual Lasallian Convocation this past September. The lecture, Our Lasallian Heritage in Action: Helping Children in Crisis, featured a presentation by Skip Gaus, director of De La Salle in Towne, St. Gabriel’s System, and Brother Raymond Blixt, F.S.C., CEO of the Martin de Porres Schools and Group Residence. Their presentation examined the history of the Lasallian mission to help underprivileged children, how a worldwide system of schools developed from Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s first school in France, and how many of the troubles that 17th century impoverished children faced are the same issues we still face today. “The Convocation was just what we hoped for,” said Brother James Wallace, F.S.C., vice president for mission. “It dealt with the origins and history of Lasallian work with young people in crisis, De La Salle’s motivation in embracing this mission, the founding of the Catholic Protectory, and the establishment of our current apostolates to help troubled young people. The entire program honored the traditions upon which all Lasallian ministries, including Manhattan College, have been founded.” After Br. Wallace welcomed the audience with an invocation, Gaus began the presentation by speaking about the founding of the first Lasallian school in 1679 and what a radical innovation this was at the time. His presentation followed the historical timeline of the development of Lasallian schools throughout France in the 18th century and then in North America throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. “The conditions of poverty haven’t changed much from the 1600s to today,” Gaus said. “The conditions of poverty that many of our children live in present home situations where parents often leave their kids to their own, and it’s up to our child care institutions to take up that role just as it was taken up by De La Salle.” Br. Blixt’s portion of the program focused on the current state of modern Lasallian schools, and the crucial services that these schools are providing to underserved communities and kids who face difficult hardships. He showed a video highlighting the work of the Martin de Porres Schools, which included interviews with school administrators, as well as students whose lives have been turned

around due to their participation at the school. “We are engaged in a mission that goes back to the founding roots of De La Salle, but it’s also a mission that evolves over time in response to very specific needs of kids,” Br. Blixt said. “There are many levels of service we provide. It’s beyond the classroom, we’re going into family’s homes, doing outreach service, providing psychological and psychiatric counseling.” Br. Blixt has had a long career in youth services that began in 1964, when he began his ministry at Mater Christi Diocesan High School and served as teacher, department chair and vice principal. In 1972, he founded the Martin de Porres Ministry for troubled and at-risk youth, where he has worked in a number of capacities throughout the years, including principal, executive director and CEO. Br. Blixt recently celebrated his 50th anniversary as a De La Salle Christian Brother. Gaus has worked in the field of youth services for more than 30 years and has been the director of De La Salle in Towne since 1989. The center is a component of St. Gabriel’s System, a service of the Juvenile Justice Division of Catholic Social Services. St. Gabriel’s System serves more than 2,000 court adjudicated clients annually in residential, reintegration services and day treatment programs.

Brother Raymond Blixt, F.S.C., and Skip Gaus discuss the history of the Lasallian mission at the annual Lasallian Convocation in September.


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Celebrating a Cardinal with a New Lecture


n September, the College launched the inaugural Newman Lecture to celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification, which occurred on Sept. 19 in Birmingham, England, at a ceremony presided by Pope Benedict XVI. Michael Baur, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, presented the lecture: What Cardinal Newman Really Said About the University, and Why it Really Matters. “People who champion Vatican II, people who are deeply suspicious of Vatican II, people who call themselves traditionalists or progressives, conservatives or liberals, antimoderns or pro-moderns, thinkers today find something that is appealing and attractive in Newman,” explained Baur, as he started the lecture. Baur is a founding member of the Society for the Study of Cardinal Newman, which is designed to promote “thoughtful dialogue and genuine understanding regarding the life, work, and legacy of John Cardinal Newman.” A specialist in German idealism, 19th century continental thought, and philosophy and law, he is the editor/co-editor of 14 books. He has also published more than 30 articles, presented almost 50 papers and has spoken at several professional conferences and universities. “In my 23 or so years working in Catholic higher education, I have met few scholars and teachers who work as effectively or as passionately in that ethos and spirit as does Mike Baur,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College. “As a scholar, a teacher and a colleague, I think he is someone whom Newman would recognize as a companion on the journey.” Baur used key themes from Newman’s most famous works, The Idea of a University and his autobiography, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, to discuss the nature of liberal arts education, its contemporary significance and social consequences through Newman’s eyes. For example, Baur described how Cardinal Newman was a radical thinker, especially when he was asked to start the Catholic University of Dublin. By recruiting educated lay people, establishing the University’s medical school and appointing a professor of engineering, Cardinal Newman helped to advance and shape university education within the liberal arts tradition.

Cardinal Newman was named cardinal in 1879 by Pope Leo XIII and continued his work as a prolific scholar of early Christianity. With the launch of the new annual lecture and Baur’s inaugural discussion, the College community has the opportunity to learn not only about Cardinal Newman’s tremendous impact on university education but also about others who have shaped liberal arts in higher education.

Fordham University professor Michael Baur, Ph.D., gives the College’s first Newman Lecture, a new annual event.

cardinal john henry newman A few dates in the life of the noted theologian, philosopher, writer and saint Born: Feb. 21, 1801, London Died: Aug. 11, 1890, Birmingham, England Matriculated: 1816, Trinity College, Oxford University Ordination: May 25, 1825 (Anglican priest) May 30, 1846 (Catholic priest) Named Cardinal: 1879 by Pope Leo XIII Beatified: Sept. 19, 2010 Feast Day: Oct. 9 (Roman Catholic Church, the date of his conversion to Catholicism in 1845) Aug. 11 (Anglican Church)

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Activism and the French Revolution


rench Revolution scholar Suzanne Desan, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, delivered the ninth annual Costello Lecture, a lecture named in memory of Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello, F.S.C., former chair of Manhattan College’s history department and dean of the College. The author of several books, Desan presented Foreign Activists in Revolutionary France: The Politics of Territory and Identity. Each year, the College invites a remarkable historian to educate Manhattan’s community in honor of Br. Costello, who played an instrumental role in shaping the history department. In fact, Br. Costello’s former student, Roger Goebel ’57, professor of law at Fordham University and director of the Center on European Union Law, sponsors the yearly event to remember his professor and mentor.

At the start of the event, Jeff Horn, Ph.D., professor and chair of the history department, introduced Desan to the Manhattan community and summarized her experience and expertise in the French Revolution, including the publication of her books: • The Family on Trial in Revolutionary France (2004) • Reclaiming the Sacred: Lay Religion and Popular Politics in Revolutionary France (1990) • editor of Family, Gender and Law in Early-Modern France (2009). Desan began the presentation by describing her current project and how it focuses on foreign activists, especially Anacharsis Cloots and Helen Maria Williams, and their influence on French politics and political culture as they tried to spark revolution in their home countries. She described Cloots as a tireless Prussian radical, “who envisioned

the French Revolution as a canvas for reinventing himself alongside creating a universal republic.” Williams was called an undaunted British poet and author who lived in Paris during the French Revolution and published multiple books on behalf of the republic. “Cloots and Williams each lent their pens, their politics and their personas to the cause of cultivating revolution, recording revolution and making it into a cosmopolitan crusade,” Desan explained. “They tied their freshly made identities to their international visions.” Desan’s lecture reinforced the importance of fighting for a cause, and how Cloots and Williams tried to make a change during the French Revolution. Thanks to her talk and Costello’s memory, the lecture allowed others to not only learn but also have a prime example of how to take a stand and make a difference.

Programs Spotlight

Getting Ahead in Business Starting in the fall of 2011, the school of business will introduce a new graduate M.B.A. program for qualified students. The program will give undergraduate students the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s degree and an M.B.A. in five years. The University of the State of New York approved the 36-credit M.B.A. on Aug. 19 and confirmed that the degree meets the state’s educational requirements for the CPA (Certified Public Accountancy) license. The new M.B.A. program is designed to increase students’ awareness of the multifunctional aspects of business and enhance their ability to integrate business knowledge in decision-making. In addition to the 36-credit requirement, undergraduate candidates for the M.B.A. program will be required to take prerequisites typically fulfilled in the undergraduate business and accounting majors. The business school is in the process of finalizing all courses and admission details for the new program.


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Rebounding Career Former women’s basketball star player, Caitlin Flood ’08,

fter finishing her career as one of the most prolific scorers that the women’s basketball program has ever seen, Caitlin Flood ’08 knew that there was more basketball in her future. With that in mind, Flood headed to England, where she played professionally for two seasons. During a trip home early this summer, however, things changed. The chance to become an assistant coach at her alma mater presented itself, and she jumped at the opportunity to return to the College. “I stayed in England for two straight years,” she says. “I definitely wanted to come home over the summer, but I had every intention of going back. However, the question was in my mind. I thought my [playing] career was ending. My body was getting tired. Then this opportunity came up, and it was the perfect situation.” When she returned to the United States in May after her second season in England, Flood called women’s basketball head coach John Olenowski to see if he could use her help at the team’s summer camp. Midway through the conversation, Olenowski

asked Flood if she would be interested in interviewing for the Lady Jaspers’ vacant assistant position. She hadn’t been thinking about coaching until that point, but she was definitely interested. And the interest was mutual. When the job was offered, Flood made the difficult choice of leaving her playing career behind. “I did some coaching in England,” Flood says. “We were successful, and I enjoyed it, but Division I coaching is very different. I’m still getting my feet wet and still learning. It definitely would’ve been harder to go somewhere else, but here everyone knows me and feels comfortable with me. Being at Manhattan gives me a little more pride and a reason to work harder.” The decision to bring Flood back to Manhattan was a little easier because Olenowski and women’s basketball associate head coach Sonia Burke were both familiar with her as a player. Burke recruited Flood to come to Manhattan and was her position coach for all four years. Under Burke’s tutelage, Flood earned First Team All-MAAC honors as a senior in the 2007-08 season,

when she averaged 17 points per game. Olenowski’s relationship with Flood goes back even longer. He was her AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) coach for four years while she was growing up in New Jersey. “Caitlin’s one of those players who was a coach’s dream,” Burke says. “She did everything she was asked and had a great work ethic. She was competitive but also a leader from the start. It was an absolute pleasure to coach her.” Perhaps the one thing that has made the transition easiest for Flood is her familiarity with the team. Current seniors Alicia Marculitis, Nadia Peters and Abby Wentworth were freshmen during her senior year, and many of the underclassmen had the chance to get to know her while they were being recruited. While the coach-player dynamic is definitely different than the one between teammates, Flood thinks that those pre-existing relationships have actually been a help. “In fact, I think it makes things a little easier,” Flood says. “Rather than trying to learn what type of players I’m dealing with, I already know what they like to do, which

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makes it easier to help them. They respect me, so the transition’s been easy.” “I was a little surprised at first, but I’m definitely happy and excited to have her back,” says Wentworth, who started 21 games as a freshman and is one of the captains of this year’s squad. “I definitely think it helps that she played with us. We can relate to her; that makes the connection between the players and the coaches a little easier.” If not for the opportunity at Manhattan, Flood most likely would have returned to Europe for a third professional season this fall. Flood, who concedes she probably had only about two years of competitive basketball left in her, was considering resigning with the Nottingham Wildcats, her 2009-10 club, or taking an offer to play in Germany before deciding to hang it up. “I wasn’t sure [about coaching] at first,” says Flood, who graduated with a degree in finance. “But now I definitely see myself coaching long-term.”

Caitlin Flood ’08 joins the College’s sports staff as the new women’s basketball assistant coach. Flood in 2007, during her last season as a Lady Jasper, was one of the basketball program’s leading scorers.


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Alums Claim Titles and Medals Manhattan College had two of its former track and field athletes win national titles in their respective countries this past summer. Malin Marmbrandt ’10 won the triple jump at the Swedish National Championships, and Jake Freeman ’03 won the hammer throw at the United States National Championships. Marmbrandt set a personal-best jump of 41 feet, 9 and half inches (12.74 meters). Freeman won his competition with a second-round throw of 76.51 meters (251 feet), which was 20 centimeters more than the silver medalist, Kibwe Johnson. Lisa Daley ’93 also found success in competition during the summer. Daley took home three gold medals at the United States Masters Championships held at Sacramento State University. Daley finished first in her age group in both the 200-meter dash and the 400, and she was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team. Jaspers Shine at Empire State Games Six Manhattan College student-athletes represented their hometowns at the 2010 Empire State Games, New York’s Olympic-style amateur sports festival held in Buffalo in late July. Three athletes, softball player junior Melissa Donnelly, men’s basketball player junior Liam McCabe-Moran and pole vaulter sophomore Melissa Yap, took home silver medals, while long jumper Jamie Spataro ’10, men’s basketball player senior Nick Walsh and former Manhattan softball player Kiera Fox ’06 also participated in the games. Donnelly was part of the Long Island team that finished with a 4-2 re-

cord and won the silver medal. McCabe-Moran was a member of the Hudson Valley team that went a perfect 3-0 in pool play but settled for the silver after an 86-81 loss to Western in the gold medal game. Yap claimed the silver medal in the women’s pole vault for Western as she cleared 3.19 meters (10 feet, 5 and a half inches) to place second in the competition. Jaspers Honored at ECAC Banquet Former Manhattan College men’s basketball player, coach and athletic director Jack Powers ’58 received the James Lynah Distinguished Service Award, and current men’s basketball sophomore Kevin Laue earned the Award of Valor at the annual Eastern College Athletic Conference Honors Banquet on Sept. 28 at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Mass. Powers has served as the executive director of the National Invitation Tournament since 1988. He previously spent nine years as the athletic director at his alma mater, where he ranks in the top 25 in program history in scoring (1,139 points). He performed on two Manhattan teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and his 28-point effort in the 1958 tournament led the Jaspers to an upset of topranked West Virginia. Powers served as the Jaspers’ head coach from 1968-1978, where he compiled 142 victories during his 10-year term. The James Lynah Distinguished Service Award is bestowed to an ECAC athletics administrator who has achieved outstanding success and has made significant contributions to intercollegiate athletics. Laue, a 6-foot-11-inch center from Pleasanton, Calif., is believed to be the first one-handed player to earn a Division I basketball scholarship. As a freshman, he appeared in 19 games and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds at Vanderbilt. The Award of Valor honors ECAC athletes whose courage, motivation and relentless determination serves as an inspiration to all. Hall of Fame Coaches Come for Clinic Manhattan College played host to an annual coaches’ clinic in September orchestrated by Howard Garfinkel, the founder of Five Star basketball camp. The event featured sessions instructed by Naismith Hall of Fame coaches C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers); Jim Calhoun (Connecticut); Lawrence Frank, the NBA’s New Jersey Nets franchise winningest coach; Tom Izzo (Michigan State), who has led the Spartans to six NCAA Final Fours and the 2000 National Championship; and Jay Wright (Villanova), former Naismith College Coach of the Year.


New Faces The Manhattan men’s basketball program added assistant coaches Scott Adubato and Scott Padgett to its reconfigured staff in July. Adubato, a former NBA and Big East assistant, most recently served as an assistant coach at Seton Hall for the past three seasons. Padgett played eight years in the NBA after enjoying a decorated college career at the University of Kentucky, where he helped the Wildcats go to a National Championship. He spent the 2009-10 season at his alma mater. New Lady Jaspers’ soccer head coach Brendan Lawler completed his first season in Riverdale after stepping to the helm in June. Lawler has eight years of coaching experience, which includes collegiate stints at the United States Military Academy and Marist College. Soon after his appointment, Lawler named former college standout Alicia Tirelli as assistant coach on his staff. Tirelli finished her career at Florida Atlantic University with 66 points on 27 goals and 12 assists. She has played professionally during the past four years within the USL W-League and brings collegiate, high school and club coaching experience to Riverdale.

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Manhattan teams that have played NCAA

Tournament games (baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse,

women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, volleyball)


Olympic appearances


by Manhattan track & field alumni

years Manhattan has been a member of the Metro

Atlantic Athletic Conference (along with Army, Fairfield, Fordham, Iona and Saint Peter’s, Manhattan


was a charter member of the MAAC in 1980)

years Brother Jasper served as head coach of the Manhattan baseball team (1863-94), the


longest coaching tenure in school history

track star racks up race medals

green banners hang in Draddy Gymnasium

varsity season for the women’s 1978-79 first basketball team, the first women’s


athletic program at Manhattan

victories for Ken Norton

(men’s basketball, 1946-68),


Manhattan’s all-time winningest team

varsity Manhattan basketball games (men’s and

women’s) have been played in Draddy Gymnasium

since it opened in 1978, entering the 2010-11 season



year of Manhattan’s only bowl appearance (a 7-0 loss to Miami in the Palm Festival, the

predecessor to the Orange Bowl)

members (individuals and teams) of the

Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame,

Representing her native Guyana, former Manhattan track & field star and Athletic Hall of Fame member Aliann Pompey ’99 captured a silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, on Oct. 8. Pompey, who was the Commonwealth Games gold medalist in 2002, ran a seasonbest time of 51.65 seconds to take the silver. The Commonwealth Games, one of the premier international sporting competitions in the world, brings together athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations (primarily former British colonies and territories) every four years. This marked Pompey’s third career Commonwealth Games appearance, and her silver medal capped a very busy and successful season on the international stage. In February, Pompey competed at the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar. She qualified for the final in Doha and placed fifth in a time of 52.75 seconds. Her fifth-place finish marked her best result at an Olympics or World Championships (indoor or outdoor). Then in July, she represented Guyana at the Central American & Caribbean Games, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Pompey claimed the silver medal in the 400 and finished second in the final with a time of 52.33 seconds. She also ran the 200-meter dash in Mayaguez and reached the final in that event. Pompey, who was the 2000 NCAA indoor champion in the 400 while at the College, is a three-time Olympian (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) and qualified for the semifinals at the 2008 Beijing Games. She has also participated in the last five World Outdoor Championships and was a semifinalist at the most recent edition, Berlin 2009.

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Men’s Lacrosse The men’s lacrosse team made its thirdstraight MAAC Tournament appearance in 2010 — the first time in program history the team reached the postseason three years in a row. Manhattan got there in unusual fashion — winning a random draw with Marist and Canisius after all three teams finished 5-3 in the MAAC. The Jaspers fell to MAAC champion Mount St. Mary’s in the semifinals and finished with an overall record of 7-9. After playing one of the toughest nonconference schedules in school history, the Jaspers opened MAAC play with an 11-8 win over conference newcomer Detroit and then convincingly beat VMI. However, the highlight of the MAAC season was a three-game winning streak from April 21-28. After posting home victories over Wagner and Saint Joseph’s, the Jaspers notched a 10-6 win at Marist. Manhattan posted a perfect 4-0 record in conference home games, and two of the three MAAC losses were by one goal. Offensively, senior James Synowiez paced Manhattan for the second straight season. Synowiez finished with 38 goals and 50 points, the third-highest single-season totals in program history, and was named First

Team All-MAAC for the second-straight time. He tied a school single-game record with seven goals in the win over Saint Joseph’s and reached 100 career points in his 34th game — making him the quickest player to reach that milestone in school history. Joining Synowiez on the All-MAAC First Team was senior defenseman Steve Sternberg, who picked up 34 ground balls during his final season in a Manhattan uniform. After the season, Sternberg became just the second player in program history to play in the annual USILA North-South All-Star Game. Sophomore defenseman Kyle Moeller earned a place on the All-MAAC Second Team, while senior defenseman Kyle Ochwat and freshman face-off man Chace Calkin were both named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team. In addition, 11 members were selected to the MAAC All-Academic Team: seniors Sternberg, Luke Dilillo, Sal Perrotto and Joe Variano; juniors Justin Jensen, John Llewellyn, Mike Llewellyn and Brett Miranda; and sophomores Moeller, Steve Harvey and Joe Lenihan.

Steve Sternberg ’10

For the women’s lacrosse team, a key highlight of the season was sophomore Chrissy Gutenberger backing up her outstanding freshman season with another stellar year and being named to the AllMAAC Second Team. Nine of her teammates also showed their prowess in the classroom, as they were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team. As Manhattan’s offensive leader, Gutenberger led the Lady Jaspers in goals this season with 41 and in total points with 49. She was third in the MAAC in goals per game with 2.93 and fourth in the MAAC in points per game at 3.50. She also stood third in the conference in shots per game at 6.21. Gutenberger was one of three Lady Jaspers to post more than 30 points during the season, with graduate Caralyn Hickey rack-

ing up 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists, and junior Phelicia VanOverbeke posting 34 points on 29 goals and 5 assists. Defensively and in the midfield, the team’s leaders were graduate Keri Morrison, sophomore Breana Leonard, graduate Helen Kerrisk and junior Kristen Brenner. Morrison had 38 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers, while Leonard picked up 40 ground balls and caused 20 turnovers. Kerrisk had 28 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers, and Brenner had 34 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. Among the 64 MAAC players who received this honor, nine Lady Jaspers were named to the 2010 MAAC Women’s Lacrosse AllAcademic Team: Hickey, Kerrisk; senior Liz Pfeiffer; juniors Brenner, VanOverbeke, Julia Lavelle, Ashley McHale, Cristina Tarulli; and sophomore BrieAnna Spatarella.

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Women’s Tennis The women’s tennis team was young in 2009-10. There wasn’t a senior on the roster, and five of the six starters were either freshmen or sophomores. Perhaps as a result of their inexperience, the Lady Jaspers struggled through a 4-13 campaign. Freshman Lili Johnson immediately stepped in and played at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles in all 17 dual matches. Johnson led the squad with eight singles wins and had a six-match winning streak during the fall season. She also won seven doubles matches with three different partners. Another freshman who played in all 17 dual matches was Christina Puleo. Puleo tallied seven singles wins and posted a 4-3 MAAC record at No. 4 singles. She went 4-1 over a five-match span from March 24-31. The third freshman in the regular lineup was Stephanie Tsao, who played No. 5 singles and was Johnson’s primary partner at No. 1 doubles. Tsao ended the regular season with consecutive singles victories at St. Bonaventure and Niagara, and she and Johnson also tallied an

8-7 doubles victory over the Purple Eagles. The “veteran” leadership was provided by sophomore captains Hilary Valenzuela and Christina Ton. Valenzuela spent a majority of the season at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles, while Ton occupied four different places in the singles lineup. The Lady Jaspers won their first two dual matches and opened the season with a 5-2 home win over Monmouth. In their next match, against Fordham on Oct. 4, Valenzuela clinched a 4-3 victory with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 win at No. 3 singles in a match that took more than three hours to complete. When MAAC play began on March 24, Manhattan posted an easy 5-2 victory over Rider. The Lady Jaspers also notched a 5-2 win over MAAC rival Saint Peter’s on March 31. The team was seeded sixth in the MAAC Tournament and took on third-seeded Loyola for the second-straight season. Unfortunately, the Lady Jaspers saw their season come to an end with a 7-0 loss to the Greyhounds. Lili Johnson ’13

Outdoor Track & Field After the men’s track & field team won its 14th straight MAAC Indoor Championship, and the women claimed their 13th title in 14 years, the outdoor season got off to a successful start at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., where sophomore Heidy Palacios claimed the gold medal in the women’s 400-meter dash. The Jasper men also won three gold medals in field events at the meet: sophomore Albert Johnson III won the long jump, senior Kosta Randjic was victorious in the triple jump and senior Seid Mujanovic claimed victory in the hammer throw. Then at the prestigious Penn Relays, senior Malin Marmbrandt tied the school record with a long jump of 6.02 meters. A day later, Marmbrandt won the College Women’s Triple Jump Eastern section with a leap of 12.38 meters. Also at that meet, Johnson took third in the Men’s College Long Jump Eastern section with a mark of 7.71 meters. At the MAAC Outdoor Championships, the team continued to dominate. The women scored 234.50 points, 47.50 better than runner-up Rider, while the men tallied 224 points, 35 more than Rider.

Among the highlights on the women’s side was Marmbrandt setting a pair of meet records. After breaking the long jump record on Saturday, she posted a mark of 12.45 meters to break the MAAC record and win the triple jump. Another highlight was freshman Ashley Bowman taking home four gold medals in the sprints. On the men’s side, Johnson won the long jump and triple jump, as well as the 200-meter dash. He was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer for Field Events. Head Coach Dan Mecca was also named the MAAC Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year. Two weeks later at the ECAC/IC4A Championships, Marmbrandt won the long jump and triple jump and became the first woman in Manhattan history to pull off that feat. She long jumped 6.05 meters and posted a mark of 12.65 meters to win the triple jump. After taking silver in the long jump, Johnson won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 15.73 meters. Both Marmbrandt and Johnson earned All-East honors, as did freshman Brian McGovern, who set a school record in the men’s pole vault, sophomore Alex Hudak in the men’s 800-meter dash, and the women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Palacios, Bowman, junior Jackie Hargrove and freshman Cara Rostant. The season concluded with five Jaspers heading to Greensboro, N.C., for the NCAA East Regional Championships. Marmbrandt just missed qualifying for the National Championships in the triple jump and finished 15th at Regionals with a jump of 12.56 meters.

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sports Jaci Rahey ’11

Softball Tom Pardalis took over as head coach of the softball team in 2010 and inherited a squad that returned all of the key contributors from a 2009 team that won the first MAAC regular season title in school history. Pardalis guided the Lady Jaspers to 25 wins, their most since 2006, and a return trip to the MAAC Tournament. Manhattan started the season with its annual trip to Florida for the Rebel Spring Games and had an impressive week. Its 7-3 victory over Columbia on March 14 was the first of five the team would collect during the trip. Junior Erika Sullivan was responsible for much of the team’s early success. She tossed three shutouts, including a pair of 1-0 victories and was recognized as MAAC Pitcher of the Week twice during the season. Junior Jaci Rahey belted the go-ahead grand slam in Manhattan’s victories at Columbia and Central Connecticut, and the Lady Jaspers rallied for a number of late-inning wins. Junior center fielder Kristina Walraven crushed a walk-off home run in a 2-1 win over Wagner on April 7, while junior Melissa Donnelly’s two-run shot beat Niagara on April 18. The Lady Jaspers posted their third walk-off win of the season when junior Ashley Rampino drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth against Monmouth on April 27. Solid pitching by Sullivan, Donnelly and Rampino also propelled Manhattan to victories. The Lady Jaspers snapped a 13-game losing streak to Canisius on April 17 behind Sullivan’s one-run, three-hit performance. She also got the win against Niagara the next day and threw another shutout, her fourth of the season, against Albany

on April 13. Donnelly tossed three shutouts, including back-to-back blankings of Rider and Saint Peter’s on May 1-2. Rampino, meanwhile, recorded six wins and a save. The trio had nine shutouts. Rahey, who earned MAAC Player of the Week honors on March 29, was named First Team All-Northeast Region and First Team All-MAAC after one of the most prolific offensive seasons in program history. She led the Lady Jaspers in nine different offensive categories, including batting average (.409), home runs (10) and RBIs (58). Her batting average was the eighth highest single-season mark in program history, and she moved into second place on Manhattan’s single-season RBI list. She is the second player in program history to belt double-digit homers in one season. Donnelly joined her on the All-MAAC First Team for her play as the team’s shortstop, while Sullivan was named Second Team AllMAAC as a pitcher. Also selected for the Second Team All-MAAC was junior third baseman Nicole Michel. The MAAC Player of the Week on May 3, Michel ranked second on the team with a .352 batting average, eight home runs and 30 RBIs.

Golf The golf team had a successful year in both tournament and match play. Starting the season on a high note, the Jaspers won the Golden Eagle Tournament sponsored by St. Joseph’s College. The team was led by freshman Matthew Creamer, who shot a two-under 70 to win individual tournament honors by four strokes. The following day, the team provided one of the year’s top highlights and broke a 37-year-old school record for the lowest competitive round. Junior Thomas Romano posted a six-under par 66 to lead the Jaspers to a dual match win over Yeshiva University. On the par 72, 6,229 yard layout at Glenwood Country Club in Old Bridge, N.J., Romano shot a scorching 31 on the front nine and followed with a 35 on the back for his record-breaking 66. The score superseded the record set in 1972 by George Fisher at the Leewood Country Club in Eastchester, N.Y. Manhattan continued its fall season success by taking first place overall at the 2009 Susquehanna

Fall Invitational. Sophomore Robert Kehoe finished in a tie for fifth individually, while Creamer ended in a tie for seventh. The Jaspers tallied a team score of 306. In all, 14 teams took part in the tournament, which was held at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club in Hummels Wharf, Penn. In October, senior Nicholas La Banca’s score of 75 helped lead the College to a 308-322 dual match victory over Assumption College. In its next competition, the team took third place at the Southern New Hampshire Tournament. Highlights of the spring included a dual meet win over Saint Francis College and second-place finishes at the Susquehanna Spring Invitational (Creamer 71) and inaugural Jasper Classic (Romano 73). The team ended the year with an eighth-place finish at the MAAC Golf Championships. Held at the Celebration Golf Club in Celebration, Fla., La Banca topped all Jasper golfers and posted a three-round score of 231 to tie for 13th overall.

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Chad Salem ’11

Baseball The baseball team enjoyed another memorable campaign as it went over the 30-win plaChrissy Gutenberger teau for the fifth-straight season and qualified for the program’s eighth consecutive MAAC Tournament. Nearly unbeatable at home, the Jaspers won 15 straight games during the season at Van Cortlandt Park and tied for the third-longest streak in NCAA Division I at the time. The 2010 campaign also featured individual highlights as senior Kevin Nieto (.257) shattered the Jaspers’ all-time hits record and head coach Kevin Leighton surpassed the 150-careerwin mark in just five seasons at the helm. Nieto earned All-MAAC honors for the fourth-consecutive season and was joined on the First Team by juniors Mark Onorati and Chad Salem. Seniors Anthony Armenio, Tom Costigan, junior Mike McCann and freshman John Soldinger were named to the All-MAAC Second Team. In addition, the conference tabbed Soldinger the MAAC Relief Pitcher of the Year for his superb season out of the Jasper bullpen. The Jaspers gave a preview of what was to come in 2010 when the squad picked up its first win of the season at No. 10 Miami and served the nationally ranked Hurricanes its first loss (12-7) on Feb. 28. The win marked Manhattan’s first over a ranked opponent since 2006, when the Jaspers defeated No. 6 Nebraska and Cornhuskers starter Joba Chamberlain, currently a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, in the NCAA Tournament. Manhattan proceeded to win six of its next seven games, including series victories at Delaware and Big East member West Virginia. Five days later, the Jaspers defeated their second Big East opponent of the year and knocked off Seton Hall, 3-2. The Jaspers saved some of their superb play down the stretch run, as they won 14 of their final 19 contests of the regular season. To qualify for the MAAC Championships, Manhattan was forced to make one of the biggest comebacks in program history as it erased a 12-run deficit in the final game of the regular season to knock off Siena at Van Cortlandt Park in a 19-18 extra inning triumph. The Jaspers carried their late inning heroics into the postseason and used two ninth-inning home runs by Onorati and Nieto to defeat Marist, 6-5, before the season came to a premature end, when they were eliminated the next day by Canisius. Manhattan graduated one of the program’s winningest classes in program history in seniors Armenio, Costigan, Mike Gazzola, Zac Goyer, Tom Moran and Nieto, who compiled 131 wins and two MAAC Regular-Season championships during their four years. Moran and Costigan were also recognized for their hard work in the classroom and were named for the third-straight year to the MAAC All-Academic Team.

farewell to freddy “sez” Manhattan College lost one of the Jaspers’ biggest fans with the passing of longtime supporter Fred “Freddy Sez” Schuman. Schuman died on Oct. 17 at the age of 85. He was known for his homemade signs and frying pan, which he would bang with a spoon to rally the fans. Schuman was a staple at Manhattan College basketball games for many years. He was also a common sight at Yankees games and became a famous figure at Yankee Stadium. Hot Prospect Matt Rizzotti Former Manhattan standout Matt Rizzotti became the second Jasper to be promoted to the Triple A level of minor league baseball last season, as the slugger, who hails from Long Island, finished the 2010 campaign with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs of the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Rizzotti, who led all of Double A ball in batting (.361) prior to his promotion, joined former teammate NIck Derba ’07 and advanced to the top tier of minor league baseball. Derba had a stint with Triple A Memphis Redbirds of the St. Louis Cardinals organization in April. Rizzotti completed his season with a .343 batting average, 17 home runs, 36 doubles and 76 RBIs; splitting his 125 games played in all three levels of the minor leagues. He was a sixth-round selection of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.


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From Baghdad an iraqi student’s journey to the United states in search of education and with the hope of helping her home country at the end BY KRISTEN CUPPEK • PHOTOS BY MATT CARR

Many people are familiar with the news and images of the Iraq War: roadside bombings, soldier casualties, displaced families and rampant destruction. What isn’t as widely discussed is the plight of Iraqi students. College students from Iraq, often forced to stop their studies due to dangerous circumstances or the annihilation of their colleges, have had to flee their home country in search of safety and education. It’s a situation Raghdah “Randa” Mohammed knows all too well. She grew up in Baghdad and was attending college there while the conflict escalated. “The situation was terrible, it was impossible to stay there,” Mohammed says. “And it was not safe. What I decided was to go to Syria. It’s safer. The idea was just to stay there until the situation was stable again and come back.” But this stability never happened, and the war continues, so Mohammed needed to come up with a plan B. That’s when she learned about the Iraqi Student Project (ISP). Founded just a few years ago, the ISP is a grass-roots effort to help young people who have studied in Iraq acquire the education they need to participate in rebuilding their country. To this end, it seeks the help of American colleges to offer these students an excellent undergraduate education. For Mohammed, it meant an excellent, Lasallian education. A sophomore, she started at the College this fall and enrolled in the school of business. But the road to Riverdale wasn’t easy. Like so many young people from Iraq, she fled to Syria in 2007 — by herself. It’s been a common journey for them to go to Syria or Jordan to try to continue their education or look for work. “All these Iraqis, we left home because we couldn’t enter college, or we couldn’t continue,” she says. “Some of us were actually in college, but we couldn’t continue there. I was in col-

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lege. I finished two years, and after these two years, I had to leave because the situation was really not safe. And my story is kind of similar to any Iraqi student. We were in the middle of college, and we had to leave, displaced to Jordan and Syria.” But the universities in Syria are very expensive and exclusive for nonSyrians, she explains, and it’s really difficult to find work there because they are not citizens. While in Syria, Mohammed heard about the ISP from a friend and applied. The founders of the project, Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak, who are based in Damascus, Syria, created the program in response to this situation and to help the displaced students. Mohammed stayed in Syria for another year with them, working on her English and writing skills and learning how to apply to colleges. “They work to sharpen our English, to help us culturally and economically,” she says. “We had TOEFL courses with them, English classes, writing classes, writing workshops. They help you through this year to help you get ready to go the U.S.” While the ISP is preparing students in Syria for American universities, the organization also is working with colleges and universities in the United States to secure tuition waivers or full scholarships, and with local communities to build support groups for each student. It recommends students from Iraq for tuition waivers based on their academic records, English language ability, economic need and overall likelihood of success. Before coming to Manhattan College, Mohammed first went to the Technical Careers Institutes-College of Technology in New York City and studied there for a year. Wanting the opportunity to finish a four-year degree and liking what she heard about Manhattan College, she transferred here this fall.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that more than two million Iraqis have been displaced to neighboring Middle Eastern countries.

Meanwhile, William Merriman, Ph.D., dean of the school of education, had been approached about working with the ISP in 2008. A friend of his had arranged a meeting with the ISP founders. He brought it to the attention of the president and admissions office, but at the time, the 2008-2009 academic year, the College was concerned about enrollment and, while interested, couldn’t participate. The ISP didn’t give up and called Merriman again while he was serving as interim provost this past spring semester. This time around, even with the College still concerned about enrollment, President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., made it happen. “The idea of the project just struck me as a good fit with our mission — a peaceful, constructive and personal act in response to the violence that has displaced these young men and women,” O’Donnell says. “Lasallian education has always been about attentiveness to students in vulnerable situations, and the Institute has in recent years identified the situation of immigrants and displaced populations as a focus of its ministry.” So for the next three years, Mohammed will receive a full tuition waiver, as well as a waiver for campus housing, from the College. The ISP, in return, through its New York City support group, will provide for all of her other

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educational and personal needs, including food, books and a cell phone. “I think that our students There are other support groups throughout the country, as more than 30 colleges have ISP students, including Dartmouth College, Fairfield University, Holy Cross College and Wellesley College. benefit immensely by “At the time that we were negotiating this, the way the ISP works is that each student has a support group, of local people, that helps with her living having an opportunity to expenses,” Merriman says. “They do fundraisers to help the students with what they need.” get to know someone In addition, these local support groups offer advice and counsel and help meet the emotional and social needs of the student. “I have a big support group,” Mohammed says. “They’ve been supporting from a place and a culme on all levels — financially, emotionally, and with any kind of problem. They are like a second family here.” ture that is too often Mohammed studies computer information systems management and keeps herself busy with activities and clubs. She joined the international caricatured in our media club and outdoors club and is thinking about starting a Muslim club. “What I like is that you can get yourself 24-hours busy,” she says. “I always have to be active. That’s what I found here.” and through our political The transition has been surprisingly easy for her. There has been a lot of support from the College, from the international student adviser, Debra rhetoric.” Damico, to the writing center, to all of her professors. She also feels comfortable in the city and on campus. —President Brennan O’Donnell “I lived in the city, and it’s diverse; I fit in there, and I loved it,” she says. “It’s the same here on campus. It’s all multicultural, diverse, and everyone here is nice and helpful. I’ve met a lot of really nice people.” At the same time, Manhattan College benefits from having Mohammed as one of its students. “I think that our students benefit immensely by having an opportunity to get to know someone from a place and a culture that is too often caricatured in our media and through our political rhetoric,” O’Donnell says. “It reminds us that, while our country may be at war in Iraq, the people of the U.S. and of Iraq can live in peace and can learn from one another.” She not only adds a more global perspective to discussions but also brings an authentic view of Iraq. “If students get to know her, they would learn something about Iraq other than what we read in the newspaper — from an Iraqi person,” Merriman says. “I think for our students, she would add a lot to discussions and to the understanding of what Iraq is about to whomever she becomes friends with here. I think that’s part of the mission, for American students to get to know their Iraqi peers, what their thoughts are about the U.S. and world in general.” While she misses home, Mohammed feels especially thankful to be at Manhattan College and in the United States. “I consider myself lucky to be here in the U.S. because I am doing something for my future,” she says. “I was excited when I joined the program and came to the U.S., not just because it’s the U.S. or New York City, but more because I’m going to enter the U.S. and do something for my future, and I have something when I go back.” And the plan is to go back and make a difference in Iraq. “We try to get a degree, and then one day we can go back to our country and try to help rebuild it and try to get a job there,” Mohammed says. “That’s the whole mission of the program.” M


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Serving Those Who Served Our Country At the core of the College’s Lasallian mission is a focus on service, and Manhattan is proud to honor and educate veterans who have selflessly placed service at their core .


By Liz Connolly • Portraits by Bleacher + Everard

profiles in courage Name: Shantel Evans Year: Junior Major: Peace Studies Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. Type of Military Service: U.S. Air Force Stationed: Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and Misawa Air Base, Japan Deployment Countries: Iraq (two tours) — Balad Air Base and Talil Air Base Dates: 2002-2010 Why Manhattan?

Before Evans was released from the Air Force or nearly a century, Manhattan College has invested in the education in 2010, she was required to attend a transition of veterans, spanning from World War I to the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. assistance program, which is how she first heard Most recently, the College is helping to support the education of 45 veterans of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Knowing she wanted to through the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which President Barack Obama approved last year. major in peace studies, Evans chose Manhattan College because of the program’s reputation and Since the bill was passed, Manhattan has doubled the number of enrolled veterans. small student-to-faculty ratio. Once she started An ever-growing number of young men and women in the United States joined the miliat Manhattan last January, Evans realized how tary to fight for their country in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and to help others around different life in the Air Force was compared the world receive the same freedoms that U.S. citizens have. According to the 2009 U.S. to college but has since transitioned to a fullCensus’ American Community Survey, nearly 1,670,511 veterans in the United States are befledged college student. She hopes to attend medical school after college and become a physician tween the ages of 18 and 34. But thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, most veterans now will have serving in developing nations. a better chance of receiving education benefits that, in most cases, pay for 100 percent of their college degrees. “My experiences in the military and having been “Manhattan College is proud to welcome our veteran students to campus and honor these able to see the reality of war on two different ocmen and women for their service,” says Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of the College. casions really forced me to come to grips with “They not only bring skills, experience and values to add to our community but also contribwhat I believe regarding my morals and the value ute to the Lasallian education of placing service at the core.” of human life,” Evans says. “I wanted to learn how to achieve justice in the world, with struggle, The Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed on Aug. 1, 2009, and allows veterans who served in acbut without violence or war. The Post-9/11 GI tive duty on or after Sept. 11 to receive educational benefits from a college or university Bill affords me the opportunity to do what I felt I approved for GI Bill benefits, such as Manhattan, and pays up to the highest public in-state couldn’t while serving in the Air Force. Instead undergraduate tuition. In order to fund remaining tuition costs, the Yellow Ribbon proof attempting to bring about peace with the bargram was created as a provision to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and permits institutions of higher rel of a gun, I made the journey from war to noneducation to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs violent action against war. That’s what brought (VA) to support tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate me to Manhattan to study peace.”

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The College’s Veteran Demographics Current Veterans: 45 Undergraduate Students: 27 Adult Degree Completion Students: 18 Male: 38 Female: 7 Veterans from New York: 40 Veterans from the Middle Atlantic (NY, PA and NJ): 42 Veterans from New England (CT and MA): 2 Veterans from Puerto Rico: 1

veteran students’ tuition can be fully covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. In addition to veterans, the new bill allows active duty service members to transfer education benefits to a dependant or spouse. As a partner in the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Manhattan College veteran students are eligible (based on length of service) for up to full tuition, up to $12,293 per term for student fees (program fee, orientation fee, telecom fee, etc.) and up to $1,000 per year for books and supplies. Undergraduate veterans also will receive a housing allowance of $2,751 per month. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, and benefits are generally payable for up to 15 years following release from active duty. “We are very proud of the increasing number of veterans who are pursuing their education as part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill at Manhattan College,” says Richard Satterlee, Ph.D., vice president for student life. “In my experience, these men and women are often some of our most serious students and recognize in a unique way what a true privilege it is to be on a college campus.” Veterans currently participating in the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) are also eligible to switch to the Post-9/11 GI Bill but may not receive benefits from both programs. The MGIB is for veterans that served after July 1, 1985, and is a voluntary program in which active military personnel can choose to pay $100 a month during their first year of service and, as a veteran, receive tuition allowance and a monthly stipend for up to 36 months. One of the key differences between the programs is that the Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients’ benefits are paid directly to colleges and universities, whereas MGIB benefits are paid to individuals. From the first day that veteran students express an interest in attending Manhattan, the College strives to make the process as smooth as possible with assistance in admissions, financial aid and residence life. Students work directly with Agnes Flynn, the College’s certifying officer for veterans, who administers all of the paperwork for admission and registration, as well as answers questions. In addition, student financial services meets with veteran students, when they start, to explain the reimbursement process. Manhattan’s student development and residence life teams are also dedicated to helping students become acclimated to campus life and the overall transition process. “Whether a veteran student chooses to live on or off campus, student development is available to assist and support students with any questions,” says Michael Carey, Psy.D., dean of students. “From the start of the semester, we encourage students to join clubs and activities and immerse themselves in campus life.” Carey also added that as a way to welcome veteran students, student development planned a dinner for them in November. As an active Post-9/11 GI Bill supporter, the College’s admissions office hosted two information sessions this semester on Nov. 22 and Dec. 6 to make others aware of the tremendous benefits of the program. “We at Manhattan are grateful for our veterans’ gift of service, and we are happy to do our part to help these students to make the transition to the next stage of their lives,” O’Donnell says. M

profiles in courage Name: Matthew Cusack Year: Senior Major: Double Major in Accounting and Finance Hometown: Eastchester, N.Y. Type of Military Service: U.S. Air Force Stationed: Barksdale Air Force, La., and Lackland Air Force, TX Deployment Country: United Arab Emirates Dates: Feb. 2005-March 2009 Why Manhattan?

After being released from the U.S. Air Force in March 2009, Cusack moved back to the state he grew up in — New York — and decided to follow in his family’s footsteps and attend Manhattan College. His father, two uncles and aunt all attended Manhattan College, and when his grandparents had emigrated to the United States from Ireland, they moved to Riverdale. After starting at the College in fall of 2009, he attributes much of his transitional success to getting involved in campus life, including Lasallian Collegians and Beta Alpha Psi — the international honor society for accounting, finance and computer information systems. “My experience in the Air Force gave me a much greater appreciation for the value of education,” Cusack says. “Serving in the Air Force, I learned the direction, discipline and drive needed to achieve my educational and professional goals. The Post-9/11 GI Bill has provided me with the amazing opportunity to earn a quality education from Manhattan College, which I otherwise would not be able to afford.”

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profiles in courage Name: Adam White Year: Sophomore Major: International Studies and Minor in Arabic Hometown: Winchester, Mass. Type of Military Service: U.S. Army Stationed: Fort Hood, TX (4th Infantry Division) and Fort Gordon, Ga. (202nd Military Intelligence Battalion) Deployment Countries: Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait Dates: 2004-2009 Why Manhattan?

White started exploring international studies programs and was attracted to Manhattan College after talking to the admissions office. Since beginning at Manhattan this fall, he is still transitioning to life in New York City but is pleased with how smooth the process has been. Attending a Catholic high school, he recognizes and values the College’s sense of community. “I always approached the Army as a chapter of my life, and I know the importance of education,” White says. “The GI Bill has changed the landscape of my life and given me the ability to go back to school for free.”

profiles in courage Name: Michelle Boitel Year: Senior Major: Psychology Hometown: Edison, N.J. Type of Military Service: Her father has served in the U.S. Army Reserves since he was 18. Stationed: Fort Dix, N.J. Deployment Countries: Kuwait and Iraq Why Manhattan?

Boitel, a dependant covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, started at Manhattan as a freshman in 2007 and picked the College because of its small student body and close proximity to New York City, which offers more opportunities for professional experience. She found out about the Post-9/11 GI Bill through her father when she was a sophomore, and Boitel and her sister received educational grants that will have covered nearly 80 percent of their college education. “The Post-9/11 GI Bill program is a wonderful gift and has tremendously helped me finance my education,” Boitel says.

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MARCHING THROUGH THE YEARS Manhattan College has a long history of educating and supporting veterans. The timeline, below, illustrates its enrollment of veterans throughout the decades. POST-WORLD WAR I: • With the decreasing number of students during World War I, Brother A. Edward Saunders, F.S.C., president of Manhattan College from 1912-1918, petitioned the War Department to include Manhattan on the list of technical schools that had the privilege of deferment from the military draft and the United States Civil Service. The College then was placed on the prepared list and formed the Student Army Training Corps (SATC) on Oct. 1, 1918 — and enrollment increased. • Manhattan College’s enrollment also increased in 1919 after World War I, when more than 100 hundred freshmen were accepted. POST-WORLD WAR II: • With the passage of the GI Bill of Rights, 2,300 students were enrolled at the College in the fall of 1946, versus 1,200 in the pre-war years. • In this year, approximately 900 freshmen were enrolled, many of whom were veterans, and the majority of the upperclassmen were men returning from service. • According to the Survey of Veteran Enrollment, 1,485 veterans were enrolled at Manhattan College during the 1948-1949 academic year. • The 1946 President’s Annual Report stated that the College had experienced a 100 percent increase in enrollment each semester since the fall of 1944. There were 508 veterans in the school of arts alone. • The same report notes that, at this time, 80 percent of the College was comprised of veterans. • The 1947 President’s Annual Report charts the growth in the enrollment at the school: Year Enrollment 1944–45 250-350 1945–46 500-900 1946–47 2,100 1947–48 2,670 • Manhattan College was involved with the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) and the AST Reserve Program (ASTRP) after 1943. The ASTRP became available to 400 students in the spring of 1944 and was created to provide 17-year-old men the opportunity to have one to three terms of college and physical training before they reach the age of induction. POST-KOREAN WAR: • The 1952-53 President’s Annual Report specified that there were 202 veterans enrolled at Manhattan College. • The 1953-54 report noted the success of the Air Force ROTC program after its third year at the College, as 900 students were registered in the program at the end of the year. • In September of 1953, 180 veterans were enrolled in all schools at the College, of which 119 were in attendance under provisions of the Korea GI bill. POST-VIETNAM WAR: • The class of 1976, entering as freshmen in 1972, had the largest percentage of veterans enrolled at any college or university in the New York metropolitan area. The 868-body freshmen class included 50 veterans. • The 1973 President’s Annual Report shows that 260 veterans were enrolled at the College, however, they were noted as a diminishing group.

Signed by the assistant secretary of war on nov. 22, 1921, this certificate recognizes the college for “loyal service in connection with the World War.” the army Specialized training Program (aStP) unit stands for inspection on “the Hill,” where Draddy Gym is located, during the early 1940s. at the aStP commencement exercises in 1945, certificates were given to those completing the basic course. the college’s commencement, sometime between 1953-1962, recognized servicemen.


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Class of 2010 Processes Toward the Future The College’s 168th Commencement featured a return to a ceremonial custom and a send-off filled with sagacious advice from a worldly Brother and an astute student.


“As students in the Lasallian tradition, we do not succeed for accolade but, instead, are compelled to do by our passions, our genuine interests, and our commitment to service.” ­— Margaret Driscoll

he class of 2010 celebrated the end of its tenure as Manhattan College students with the Commencement ceremony on May 23 and Spring Honors Convocation on May 20. This year’s Commencement ceremony marked a return to a traditional graduation rite, as students were individually conferred by President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., while they crossed the stage in Draddy Gymnasium. All in all, more than 700 students were awarded bachelor’s degrees in all 40 majors from the schools of arts, science, engineering, education and business. For its 168th Commencement ceremony, the College awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Brother Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C., chancellor of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and president of the Christian Brothers Investment Services–European Union. In his speech to the graduating class and

their assembled family and friends, Br. DeThomasis took a note from recent headlines and urged students to ask the tough questions and help those in need. “The reality today, the reality for you, is that no longer can faith and finance, the sacred and the worldly, be easily separated,” Br. DeThomasis said. “Globalization put an end to the wall that once stood up between faith and finance. And in this globalized world, on this our shrinking globe, if you try to reconstruct that wall then terror and hatred will surely continue … Ethical considerations, in how we do business, in how we do government, even in how we do religion are more essential than ever before.” Ethics in business are of particular interest to Br. DeThomasis, who is a senior fellow at the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership, an academic resource and forum for the exploration of ethical issues. He has also written several books on the subject

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Opposite page: Brother Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C., who was awarded an honorary doctorate, is hooded by trustee Anthony Scala Jr. ’74 and Brother Augustine Nicoletti, F.S.C., associate professor of education, at Commencement. Top left: President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., presents Liaisha White ’10 with a certificate of her induction into the Epsilon Sigma Pi honor society at the Spring Honors Convocation. Top right: Valedictorian Margaret Driscoll ’10 addresses the crowd in Draddy Gymnasium.

lenges of post-collegiate life of business ethics including with grace. Paradigms and Parables — “It is important to The Ten Commandments for remember that we are Ethics in Business, and Doing Manhattan College graduRight in a Shrinking World, ates and soon to be Jasper which explains how corpoalumni,” Driscoll said. “We rate America can balance have completed four years ethics with profits for the of Lasallian education benefit of all. and, thus, hardly recognize Br. DeThomasis has our own accomplishments extensive firsthand knowlbecause we don’t see them edge of the business world. as such. They are small He has served as chairparts of our educational, man of Christian Brothers life pursuits. As students in Investment Services, Inc., an the Lasallian tradition, we investment advisory firm do not succeed for accolade that manages assets of c.5 but, instead, are compelled billion dollars. He was also a director of the Galaxy Funds, to do by our passions, our genuine interests, and our Boston, which managed mutual funds with collective commitment to service.” O’Donnell concluded the assets of c.20 billion dollars. ceremony with some inspirThe class of 2010 also ing words for the newly received some sage advice minted graduates. from its peer, Margaret “What you do with your Driscoll, who gave the talents and your education valedictory speech. Driscoll, is obviously of extreme who received a bachelor’s importance,” O’Donnell said. degree from the school of “If the work is God’s, and if arts, noted that in spite of God works only in collaborathe sputtering economy and tion with us, then it follows, bleak jobs forecast, Manhatthat God’s work is ours. The tan graduates are uniquely work is yours, Lord, and the prepared to tackle the chal-

work is ours become the same thing. It’s a vision in which each of us has work to do, and in which the project of a human life is to find that work and do it.” Three days earlier, more than 250 of Manhattan’s top students, along with their proud family and friends, gathered in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers for the Spring Honors Convocation, a prestigious event celebrating the academic accomplishments of the College’s best and brightest. Students were inducted into 33 honor societies that recognize academic success in specific courses of study. The deans then awarded 41 medals and prizes to individual students for specific achievements in their schools, and O’Donnell awarded the top eight medals to the College’s most exemplary students. O’Donnell ended the ceremony with congratulatory remarks and then invited everyone to attend a reception in Dante’s Den.

PAST HONORED SPEAKERS • 2010: Br. Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C. Chancellor, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and President, Christian Brothers Investment Services− European Union • 2009: Br. Thomas Scanlan, F.S.C. President, Manhattan College • 2008: William Baker, Ph.D. President Emeritus, Educational Broadcasting Corporation • 2007: Jan Crawford Greenburg Legal Correspondent, ABC News • 2006: John Fahey Jr. ’73 President and CEO, National Geographic Society • 2005: Monika Hellwig President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities • 2004: Gwen Ifill Moderator, Managing Editor, Washington Week, and Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer


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College Celebrates Spring Commencement

I Above: Students from the graduate schools of education and engineering and the adult degree completion program assemble for Spring Commencement in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers.

Master’s candidates and students in the adult degree completion program gathered in the Chapel of De La Salle to receive their degrees and recognition at a Commencement ceremony of their own.

t was a proud day for nearly 300 students in the graduate schools of education and engineering, and the adult degree completion program, as they were awarded their degrees at the Spring Commencement ceremony on May 26 in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. In recognition of her work and significant career in education, the College awarded Nel Noddings, the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University, an honorary Doctor in Pedagogy. She is past president of the National Academy of Educa-

tion, Philosophy of Education Society and John Dewey Society. She has also written 17 books and more than 200 articles, and is a three-time winner of the Stanford University Award for Teaching Excellence. In her congratulations to the graduates, Noddings advised them to focus on finding meaningful work and to avoid the excesses and subsequent meltdown that created the country’s current economic troubles. “Some claim that it is wonderful to get rich, and I will not argue that it is not,” she said. “But there are riches more worthy than

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money, riches found in warm relationships, work that you love, and a constantly growing intellectual life. Especially at this time, we might take a pledge to live a life of economic moderation. If we must have excesses, let them be in love, learning and giving.” The valedictorian, Sean McCarthy, also addressed the graduates and their guests. McCarthy, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school of engineering, remarked that though the graduating students would be pursuing careers in different fields, they should all be working for a common good. “None of [our] disciplines have operated in a vacuum,” McCarthy said. “We are all, and will be, reliant on each other to confront the vexing problems facing the world. All of us have exemplified the work ethic and determination to succeed, and we are the prescription for achievement. Our disciplines, although distinct, are and will be inexorably intertwined.” The students then processed to the front of the chapel to receive their diplomas from President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D. Upon conferring all degrees, O’Donnell gave congratulatory remarks. “This evening you have participated in a rite of passage in which we reaffirm our sacred charge here at Manhattan College to carry forward the legacy of Saint John Baptist de La Salle,” O’Donnell said. “For more than 150 years, the College has prided itself on educating people who will make a difference in the world — people with the intelligence, imagination, and know-how to do hard work well; people with the desire, dedication, compassion, and strength of character to use their God-given talents for the benefit of their fellow human beings. People, that is, like you!” And on that celebratory note, the graduates and guests departed the chapel for a reception in Dante’s Den.

Top: With College trustee Anthony Scala Jr. ’74 (left), President Brennan O’Donnell presents Nel Noddings with an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy. Bottom: Sean McCarthy ’10 gives the valedictory address.

spring COMMENCEMENT: The Graduate Schools AT a Glance • Within the school of education, three master’s degrees and four professional diplomas are recognized: Master of Arts, Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Master of Science in Education; and Professional Diplomas in Consultant Teacher, Counseling, Administration, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. • The school of education inducts students into its Kappa Delta Pi honor society at Commencement, as well. • The school of engineering offers six different master’s degrees: Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. • Five medals and awards are given at the ceremony: Award for Excellence in the Study of Environmental Engineering; Fitzpatrick Family Medal; Sigma Xi Medal for Research in Science; Frank Derbenwick Award (chemical engineering); and James Strecansky ’63/Air Products Award (chemical engineering).


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Paying it Forward


n 1939, Warren Donahue ’42, a senior at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, received a letter from Manhattan College with the news that he was not only accepted into the freshman class but also a recipient of a full scholarship. Donahue was thrilled. He came to Manhattan and graduated in three and a half years, after which he joined the Navy’s war effort and was an officer on a submarine chaser in the Atlantic. He was promoted to executive officer and served through 11 invasion landings. After the war, he attended New York University Law School and earned a J.D. in 1950; wrote for the New York Daily News as a freelancer; and launched an advertising career as the founder and principal of Warren Donahue Associates. As he attained many accomplishments, he never forgot Manhattan College or his high school. So when he began planning his estate, he decided to give other young men a leg up in the same way he was helped — a scholarship. He established the Warren Donahue ’42 Scholarship to specifically provide support to young men who graduate from Mount St. Michael Academy and attend the College. Donors have a great deal of flexibility in the way that they set up and fund their scholarships. They may define their beneficiaries (students from Mount St. Michael, in Donahue’s case) and fund it during their lifetimes or set it up to become funded after they pass away. Basically, there are two types of scholarships: endowed and restricted. Endowed scholarships have a $50,000 minimum principal balance and will remain in perpetuity. The principal remains untouched, and income from the funds is disbursed to the defined student(s). Restricted scholarships are funds that are spent to benefit defined students, and the principal is spent down. Within those two basic categories, scholarships can be testamentary (planned during one’s lifetime and funded after one’s

death), memorial (established in honor of another party), or current. Donahue’s scholarship was established as a testamentary scholarship, which became fully funded after he passed away earlier this year. The Dr. Howard and Maxine Floan Scholarship is also a testamentary scholarship. Howard R. Floan, Ph.D., was professor emeritus of English and World Literature at Manhattan College, specializing in 19th century American fiction. “I always wanted to return something to the College that provided me a teaching opportunity while I was struggling in graduate school after completing World War II service,” Floan had explained while planning the scholarship. Floan’s scholarship will provide tuition assistance to Manhattan students in need of financial aid in perpetuity. Some scholarships, however, are designed by family members or friends who wish to memorialize a loved one. The Professor Alfonse R. Petrocine Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife, Mona, to honor the popular business law professor after he passed away in 2007. Petrocine was known for his warm disposition, ready sense of humor and eagerness to help. The endowed scholarship was designed to provide assistance to business students at Manhattan and carry on his tradition of helping others. Current scholarships are set up and funded during one’s lifetime. Chris Hughes ’74, a project manager at Con Edison, decided to create a current scholarship during the Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign. Hughes was a scholarship recipient when he attended Manhattan and designed the Christopher F. Hughes ’74 Scholarship to aid students in civil engineering, his field. “If people look back at their college experience and have appreciation for that, and have the ability to help, it’s always good to give back,” Hughes says.

Alfonse Petrocine Warren Donahue ’42 Howard Floan

Why a Scholarship? • Change many lives for the better. • Ensure Lasallian education is available in the future. • Reap tax benefits by naming the College as a beneficiary of excess IRA funds. • Pass on the help you may have received from others. • Honor a favorite professor. • Memorialize a loved one in perpetuity.

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And the 2011 De La Salle Medal Goes to... Valero Chairman Bill Klesse Bill Klesse, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Valero Energy Corporation, will receive the 2011 De La Salle Medal at Manhattan College’s annual dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Pierre Hotel. The De La Salle Medal Dinner honors executives and corporations who exemplify the principles of excellence, corporate leadership and service to society. Former honorees include: Anne Mulcahy, chairman, Xerox Corporation; Sy Sternberg, chairman and chief executive officer, New York Life Insurance Company; Rudolph Giuliani ’65, former mayor of the City of New York; and Eugene McGrath ’63, former chairman and chief executive officer, Con Edison. Prior to his appointment in January 2006 as CEO and in January 2007 to chairman, Klesse served as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was responsible for all operations, including refining and marketing for Valero Energy. Klesse joined Diamond Shamrock, now Valero, in 1969 as a junior process engineer and worked in various managerial positions in engineering, petrochemical feedstocks, planning and development and marketing. He was named vice president of logistics and strat-

egy in 1982. Klesse subsequently was named director of corporate development in 1984 and has held the positions of vice president of planning and development and group vice president of planning and public affairs. He was named senior vice president in 1989. Throughout his professional life, Klesse has remained committed to supporting the communities in which he lives and works. A board member of the nonprofit San Antonio Food Bank since 2002, he works alongside Valero volunteers on Habitat for Humanity projects and is an annual participant and top fundraiser in the charity Bike MS: Valero Alamo Ride to the River. He also served as chairman of the board for the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County for the 2009-2010 campaign season, among other efforts. Proceeds from the dinner provide discretionary resources for the College and are applied to a wide variety of needs. For more information about this event and how you or your company can participate, please call Susan Bronson, director of corporate and foundation relations, at (718) 862-7837 or e-mail susan.bronson@ manhattan.edu.

Bill Klesse

de La Salle Dinner Milestones • The De La Salle Medal was established by Manhattan College in 1951, the year marking the tricentennial of the birth of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. It was established by Brother Bonaventure Thomas McGinty, F.S.C., president of the College from 1944-1953. • It was deemed appropriate that this first medal be given to a layman who was involved in Catholic education. • The Hon. John F. Brosnan ’11, chancellor of the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, was the first recipient. In 1967, Brosnan also became the first lay chairman of the board of trustees. • The first woman to be honored with the medal was Sister Mary Emil, I.H.M., a leader in the Sister Formation Conference, in 1957. • The De La Salle Medal had been awarded 14 times to laymen, religious women, members of the Catholic hierarchy and two Christian Brothers by 1966. • In 1973, the board of trustees appointed a committee to reexamine the criteria for the medal, and it recommended the medal no longer be restricted to Catholics and be designated as a means of recognizing significant contributions to the moral, cultural or educational life of the nation.


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A Common Cause


The President’s Dinner recognized generous donors and offered guests a preview of the new capital campaign.

anhattan College held its annual President’s Dinner on the Starlight Roof at the Waldorf=Astoria. The black-tie event demonstrates the College’s appreciation for its recognized donors, whose generosity has funded many of this year’s campaigns. Nearly 200 guests, including members of the Chairman’s Circle, Founder’s Forum and the President’s Council, gathered in September to be honored for their dedication to Manhattan. Thomas Mauriello, vice president for college advancement, welcomed everyone and extended his appreciation to the loyal and generous supporters. He believed the best way

for the College to show its appreciation would be to have a direct beneficiary speak on behalf of the student body and introduced Michael Borger ’11. As student government vice president, Borger spoke to the honored guests about how Manhattan College has attributed to his growth as a person throughout the past four years and emphasized the significance of the Lasallian tradition within the community. “Manhattan College has prepared me for my future, not just by educating me in the classroom or allowing me to partake in many great events, but by enriching me as a person the best way it could, through my faith,” he said. William Chandler ’70, chair of the Fund for Manhat-

An initial rendering of the Student Commons, though the structure is still undergoing changes.

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learning; that is, the kind of programming that is commonly called integrated learning, and that is crucial for deepening and sustaining the sense of community without which we cannot fulfill the imperatives of our mission,” he explained. O’Donnell shared the state-of-the-art building’s layout to the audience and revealed that the structure will hold a wireless lounge, bookstore, café, cafeteria, faculty dining room, student government office, staff offices, practice and meeting spaces, and a band room that the College community will be able to access at any time. “It will be the place in which we This new showcase will be develop new ways for students to designed using the latest technologies available and bring together their formal and follow the Leadership in Energy and Environmental informal or out-of-class learning.” Design (LEED) practices in —President Brennan O’Donnell meeting environmental standards and benefiting the neighborhood. The Student Commons is estimated Ph.D., who unveiled the plan to build a fiveto cost about $40 million, $15 million of story, 64,700 square-foot student center which has already been pledged by certain on campus. O’Donnell explained that this donors in the silent stage of the campaign. new building, the Student Commons, will O’Donnell said that construction is expectrepresent the College as the “front door” to ed to begin in 2012, with the intentions of the community and will unify the students having it completed and opening in fall 2014. within the College under one newly conWhen sharing his thoughts about these structed roof. He described how the building new fundraising goals, the president afwill serve as a “campus living room,” which firmed, “We have a not insignificant way will help the student population grow and to go here, but I am confident that the develop around this central theme of unity. extended community of Jasper alumni and The Student Commons will stand between supporters will band together to make this the northern and southern campus, in what dream a reality.” is now the Waldo Parking Lot, and is meant The night ended with a few closing reto symbolize the College’s mission: it is a marks regarding future fundraising opportusingle, close-knit community whose many nities and called for the continued support divisions share one common purpose. to Manhattan College as it enters the begin“It will be the place in which we develop ning of a new and exciting year ahead. new ways for students to bring together their formal and informal or out-of-class tan, and Thomas O’Malley ’63, chair of the board of trustees, also said a few words commending the efforts of all those who have remained loyal to the College and have helped Manhattan become an outstanding institution operating in a competitive environment. Although the night was filled with exciting news of changes within the College community, including the introduction of new administrators, the biggest announcement was made by President Brennan O’Donnell,

Bottge Joins Team Jasper New Capital Campaign Director Pamela Bottge isn’t a stranger to the Manhattan College campus. In fact, she grew quite familiar with Draddy Gymnasium as an undergrad — an Iona undergraduate women’s basketball player. “We always looked forward to playing at Draddy; we relished the rivalry,” she says. “As a Lady Gael at Manhattan, she admits, “We were beaten more than we were victorious.” Now she hopes to score one — a big one — for the Jaspers in heading the campaign to build the $40 million Student Commons. She comes to Manhattan from the New York Institute of Technology, where she served seven years as the senior director of development and headed a $30 million capital campaign. Prior to that, she worked in fundraising and event planning for the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester. Bottge expressed enthusiasm about the College’s alumni, whom she had the chance to meet during the President’s Dinner in September. “It was absolutely fantastic to see the turnout, the dedication and the passion of Manhattan alumni,” she says. “The scope and breadth and history of the institution is remarkable, and the fact that there are legacy alumni — that’s the best verifying statement about the huge value of a Manhattan education.”


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From the Alumni Society THe Alumni Society has been very active in recent months. Its work, along with that of the active members of the Jasper clubs throughout the country, is the key to the success of the Alumni Society. Please contact me to get involved. We need you. The primary alumni event each spring is the annual reunion. This year’s event was a wonderful time for alumni of every year to return to the campus but especially for those celebrating their 25th and 50th anniversaries. If you have not been back to the campus in a while, I encourage you to do so. During the summer, there were a number of exciting alumni events. The 22nd Jasper Open, held this year at the Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford, N.Y., was, after a rain postponement, an outstanding success. I hosted the annual Jersey Shore Jasper Luncheon in Spring Lake, N.J., which grows every year. This year, we had 80 Jaspers in attendance. The summer also brought our usual gatherings at the Saratoga and Monmouth racetracks and Shakespeare night at Boscobel in Garrison, N.Y. A spiritual highlight for alumni in the fall is the annual men’s retreat. The committee provided an outstanding retreat with speakers on the theme “The Breath of God.” The retreat has been held since its inception 19 years ago at the Passionist Retreat House in Riverdale but, unfortunately, it is closing, and we will have a new location next year.

In these difficult economic times, the greatest service the Alumni Society provides is in the area of jobs, specifically in helping students and alumni find jobs. The annual Career Fair in October, which is organized by many people but spearheaded by Ken Kelly ’54 and Joe Dillon ’62, brings more than 80 companies to campus for what is the best organized career fair in the metropolitan area. For our alumni, we have been at the forefront in organizing and supporting Jaspers Helping Jaspers, the Web-based program to connect Jaspers with employers (see page six for additional information). More than 3,000 jobs have been posted since its inception. Also in October, the Alumni Society sponsored a Mass and brunch for alumni and their high school sons, daughters and grandchildren. This is a prelude to the general open house for prospective students organized by the admissions office. At the beginning of basketball season, we had a season preview dinner with the men’s and women’s head coaches on Oct. 28. The Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner on Nov. 13 is one of the most exciting events of the year. There were special recognitions of the 1930-31 basketball and 1965-68 club football teams, along with the inductions of eight new members. Once again, I encourage all alumni to become involved in the events. Please feel free to give me your thoughts and feedback at harkinsw@aol.com. Thanks and go Jaspers! —Bill Harkins ’67

Exploring Opportunities in Croatia While traveling in Croatia in June, Brennan O’Donnell, president, and Tom O’Malley ’63, chair of the board of trustees (far right), took the opportunity to meet with Don Hudspeth, dean and president of RIT’s American College of Management and Technology (second from left), in Dubrovnik. Edmund Hajim, chair of the board at Rochester University (second from right), was also visiting. The purpose of the meeting was exploratory, as the College continues to look for opportunities to expand international possibilities for its students.

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Reminiscing and Reuniting


asper alumni from across the generations arrived on campus June 4-6 for the annual Reunion Weekend, where the class of 1985 celebrated its 25th anniversary, and the class of 1960 toasted its 50th anniversary. The Reunion Weekend festivities kicked off on Friday evening with a reception in Jasper’s Tavern for all classes. Later, the class of 1970 celebrated its 40th anniversary with a dinner on campus, as the class of 1985 gathered in Smith Auditorium for a 25th anniversary dinner dance. President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., presented each of the silver anniversary celebrants with a special award to congratulate them on this milestone. Meanwhile, the class of 1960 celebrated its 50th anniversary aboard the Klondike Princess, a dinner cruise that took the Jaspers through the Long Island Sound, down the East River and past the New York Harbor, as it treated the crowd to spectacular views of the New York City skyline

at twilight. Back on campus, young alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years were hosted at Gaelic Park for a party that included karaoke and special salutes to the five- and 10-year anniversary classes. On Saturday, the class of 1960 was honored with a special brunch and awards ceremony, where O’Donnell presented each alumnus with a special commemorative medal. That afternoon, Jaspers could choose from a variety of activities including a tasting tour of Arthur Avenue, a wine tasting seminar in the faculty dining room and a special cabaret performance by the Manhattan College Players. The highlight of the weekend was Saturday evening’s clambake on the Quadrangle, which was attended by more than 300 people from graduating classes throughout the years. “My 50th Reunion Weekend had me meeting many fellow students whom I had not seen in 50 years,” Jim Smith ’60 said. “That was a rewarding experience. Of particular

Jubilarians come together for a class photo during Reunion Weekend. Young alums gather at the Bar at Gaelic Park for a party in their honor. Members of the class of 1985 celebrate their silver anniversary at a reception and dinner dance.

significance were the 20-plus fellow liberal arts graduates in attendance. Our conversations showed that the 1956-1960 Manhattan College arts program had a significant impact on all of us personally, professionally and spiritually. For me in particular, the program made me the person I am today.” The 2010 Reunion Weekend concluded on Sunday with a trip to the New York Botanical Garden and lunch at the Garden Café. Please save the date for next year’s reunion, June 3-5, 2011. The weekend will feature many of these same events, as well as some surprises for anniversary classes ending in 6 and 1. If you would like to join your class committee, please call the alumni relations office at (718) 862-7977 or e-mail alumni@manhattan.edu.


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An article in the Sag Harbor Express chronicled the stories of several surviving WWII veterans living in that community. Among them is Andy Neidnig, who while serving with the Second Armored Division at the Battle of the Bulge, had many narrow escapes and managed to return to friends and family. At age 91, he still thinks back to these experiences.


Father William Murphy celebrated his 60th jubilee at Saint Catherine of Sienna Church in Franklin Square, where he assists. He was ordained June 3, 1950.


Andrew W. Barone was one of the roughly 130 veterans attending the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Tribute last June to receive personal congratulations from General David H. Petraeus.


John (Jack) Fruin, Ph.D., P.E., received a lifetime achievement award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce. It was given in recognition of his contributions to “the field of pedestrian movement that has established the technical basis for building codes, computer models and movement theory.”


Joseph A. MacDonald’s third book, Rigging Equipment & Systems: Maintenance & Safety Inspections Manual, was recently published by McGraw-Hill. Currently, he is writing a biography about Henry J. Gielow, Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, designers of some of the largest luxury yachts built in American shipyards. During Gielow’s presidency from 1925 to his untimely death in 1935 at age 39, the firm designed more than 30 classic luxury yachts, including J.P. Morgan’s legendary Corsair.


George J. Fluhr, former Shohola town supervisor in Pennsylvania, presented a historical society program on the story of the 1864 train wreck that occurred in Shohola carrying Civil War prisoners.


Don Bracken emerged from early retirement and launched the History Publishing Company LLC in 2007. Since then, he has published a dozen books, including five prizewinners in the independent and university press category. Eight new titles are forthcoming in 2011.


Celebrating 50 years since his ordination, Brother Edward Breslin, F.M.S., spent his career as assistant superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Newark, and has had teaching assignments in Florida and New York. John C. Gallagher was confirmed by the SUNY board of trustees as chair of the Quality Assessment Review Board at University Hospital, Stony Brook.


Michael Carberry has been appointed an executive in residence at the Kogod School of Business of American University, in Washington, D.C. In September, the Structural Engineers Association of New York presented Richard Tomasetti with its Honorary Member Award. Tomasetti’s long list of accolades includes Technical Writing Award, Engineer of the Year Award, Leader of Industry Award, and a citation as one of Those Who Made Marks. He is founding principal of Thornton Tomasetti, and his 40 years of experience as a structural engineer include such notable projects as the design of the World Financial Center in New York to Plaza 66 in Shanghai, the tallest all-concrete building in China. Tomasetti also is an adjunct professor at

Columbia University and an active author and lecturer.


Bill Boerum was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Northern California Health Care Authority, a multicounty organization of community hospital districts north of San Francisco. He is also chairman of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District.


Vitesse Semiconductor, a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrier and Enterprise networks in Camarillo, Calif., announced that G. William LaRosa will join its board of directors. He is currently CEO of G.W. LaRosa & Associates, a global technology sales and business development firm with more than 20 years of experience with industry-leading companies.


Lawrence H. Cox, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant director for official statistics at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS). Sister Regina Bechtle, who is charism resource director for the Sisters of Charity of New York, sends these recent updates: “I research, write, develop resources and give programs and retreats about Sr. Elizabeth Seton and the Vincentian spirit and heritage of the Sisters of Charity.” She is co-editor of a four-volume collection of Seton’s writings, available from the Vincentian Studies Institute, Chicago, and has contributed essays to two books on lay ministry. Tom Collins has been honored many times in his career as athletic director of Pearl River High School, most recently last June. The Valley Cottage native, who became the youngest athletic director in New York upon graduation from Manhattan at 21, has helped countless kids get into colleges, many of those into Manhattan, where he played baseball.

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did you knoW? The College has alumni in every state, including five in the U.S. Virgin Islands. New York tops the list with the most Jaspers, while Alaska and North Dakota tie for the fewest, with five each.


neil lucey is senior vice president in the New York office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure in strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has just been inducted as chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. Early this year, construction engineer daniel reddan joined STV as a vice president to serve as project executive on the new police academy for the NYC Police Department in Queens.


roBerT c. BarreTT was elected chairman of the board of Switchboard of Miami, which provides the Miami-Dade County community with comprehensive telephone crisis counseling. He is also chief executive officer of AlphaNet, working on behalf of those afflicted with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. During the last academic year, roBerT o’connell was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study engineering education practices at Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. O’Connell is an electrical engineering professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he also received the 2010 Senior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. A note from Bill oWenS, congressman from New York’s 23rd district, reads: “I am very proud to tell you that I have just been appointed to the Agriculture Committee. Now I will be able to expand my role serving New York’s farmers in addition to my work on the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees. Upstate New York’s strong agriculture industry helps to power our diverse economy, producing dairy, apple and maple syrup products, to name a few … I am very happy that I will be able to protect these interests.” He was re-elected this past November.


cHarleS BarreTT, director of catering sales at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, is one of the founding members of the NYC Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives and currently serves as vice president on the board of directors. The Brookhaven Town Ethics Board has appointed ron manning as chairman. He is currently acting associate dean for planning and operations for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. THomaS F. mcgoWan, president and founder of Atlanta-based TMTS Associates, an engineering and consulting firm, presented a Webinar organized by Process Heating, focusing on “Minimizing Greenhouse Gases with VOC Oxidizers.” The event took place in October in a no-cost online seminar. McGowan has had more than 35 years of experience in combustion, air pollution control and industrial ventilation.


Frank Silvia was appointed executive director of the Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center of Beverly Hospital, Newburgh, N.Y. Silvia is a healthcare executive with more than 37 years of experience in that field.


Saratoga National Bank & Trust has appointed JameS m. daWSey to its board of directors. Dawsey is president of MLB Construction Services of Malta, N.Y. The FRIENNDS Foundation of Northport, N.Y., honors those who better children’s lives. Among the honorees this year was JoHn lyncH, who has served as guidance counselor, chairperson of guidance, and assistant superintendent of pupil services. THomaS a. pepe, chief financial officer of Communications Strategies in Madison, N.J., was appointed to the board of trustees of the County College of Morris. He was also

Join JaspErs onlinE you noW Have THe opporTuniTy to have Google-powered e-mail, calendars, document sharing, chat and a host of ever-evolving cloud computing applications — all from a free manhattan.edu alumni account. The College implemented Google Apps for Education campuswide in January 2009, and it has been a tremendous success. We want to share the benefits of this with our alumni. If you register, here are just a few of the features you’ll get: • Web-based g-mail account with 7+ gB of storage. you can even access your e-mail from most of today’s data phones (e.g. Blackberry, iphone, droid). • google calendars to help organize your life and share calendars with friends to plan events. eventually, you’ll be able to subscribe to public calendars to stay on top of happenings on campus. • google chat to converse with family, friends and classmates. • google docs to create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations online from anywhere and even download them to your favorite desktop applications. This is great for collaborative projects — in and out of the classroom. Sign up at www.manhattan.edu/ alum/email. You will need to use the nine-character code listed on your mailing label (for example, M#r47nE56) to register. For questions, please call the alumni relations office at (718) 862-7432.


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elected president of the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America. Lloyd Toone’s signature nontraditional artwork was featured at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Conn., in its new exhibit Barns and Farms: Iconic Rural Images. The exhibit ran from Sept. 16 to Oct. 28.


American International Group’s board of directors elected William N. Dooley as executive vice president, financial services. GEI Consultants, a leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources and ecological science and engineering firm, announced in July that Joseph Engels has rejoined the firm as a vice president and senior practice leader in its headquarters in Woburn, Mass.


Michael Bachynsky has been ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J. He currently serves as a deacon at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church in Flemington. He and his wife, Mary (Thomann) ’80, have three children, Joan ’07, Andrea and Joseph. Two roommates from the class of 1978, Chris Cusack and Frank Tripoli, recently took a 200-mile bicycle ride along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The two roomies, friends since 1974, spent three days riding along the Potomac River at the end of June this year. John A. Mirando was elected to the board of directors at the Nassau County Firefighter Museum and Education Center and was recognized at a special reception in Garden City on July 14.

City of Yonkers Mayor Philip Amicone ’73, a student from the high school engineering program and Walter Saukin, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering, during the closing ceremony of the engineering summer program.

The Rev. Robert Cozzini celebrated 50 years in the priesthood since his ordination in May 1960. Radioactive Air Sampling Methods, CRC Press, 2010, was co-edited by Mark Maiello. The text fulfills a need for a single source of measuring naturally occurring and industrially related airborne radioactivity. William Osterndorf was one of three Republicans to run for judge of probate for the New Canaan-Darien Probate Court.


The San Diego Union-Tribune featured an article in June about Jim Avery, “the man responsible for keeping the lights on in San Diego.” As senior vice president of power supply for San Diego Gas and Electric, he recently demonstrated two innovative technologies for turning sunlight into electricity. One uses the heat of the sun to run a helium-filled engine, and the other concentrates rays onto tiny but efficient photovoltaic panels. Richard J. Duggan has joined Granite Springs Asset Management as principal and managing director of fixed income portfolio management. For the last 29 years, Philip A. Romeo has been senior principal for a software engineering company in New Jersey.


Meet the Mayor Philip Amicone ’73, mayor of the City of Yonkers, visited the closing ceremony of Manhattan College’s school of engineering summer program on Aug. 12 to offer congratulations to 16 high school students from Yonkers Public Schools. The mayor gave a speech and presented students with certificates of completion. The program offers rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn more about the engineering field through


guest speakers, experiments and class lectures, as well as the college admissions process. Walter Saukin, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering at Manhattan College, coordinated three high school engineering programs this summer, which included a program for minorities and women and two Yonkers Public School sessions.

Virtual Law Partners LLP has announced an expansion of its intellectual property practice with the addition of Jim Markey as partner. Prior to practicing law, he worked as a design engineer. Carl Williams, on the Baldwin, N.Y., Board of Education since 2009, works as an electrical engineer for National Grid. Known as an active community member, he was also sworn in as a Baldwin Library trustee.


Richard Bach is senior vice president of Turner Construction, responsible for over-

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seeing the company’s Southwest region, with offices in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Philip Gorrasi, a longtime administrator of Archdiocesan schools, has been named associate superintendent for mission effectiveness. Residents of Eastchester consider Stephen Huvane a hero. For 16 years, he has volunteered as a coach for recreational baseball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer. He also volunteers with Swazi Legazy Inc., a notfor-profit that raises money to help educate children orphaned in Swaziland. The father of two sons and two daughters, he has been married for 23 years to wife Kathleen. Sister Mary Bernice Murphy has celebrated 60 years as a nun, having taught at various schools in New Jersey, New York, Minnesota and Georgia. Harry J. Weber stepped up to take the place of the Republican candidate on the ballot for Ramsey, N.J., council president after council president Art Nalbanian announced his withdrawal from the race.


Brigadier General William Bender was a participant in Queens Borough Air Force Week last August. A native of Albany, he was commissioned in 1983 and is currently based at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Paul Hackett has joined U.S. Bank Equipment Finance as account manager for its technology group. Jim Malone, currently working at Middle School 224 in the Bronx, attended the National Institute for Urban School Leaders at Harvard University last July.


The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke announced in May that Stephen Manetta has joined the firm’s intellectual property group as counsel in the New York Office. He comes to Chadbourne from General Electric Company. Edward Piccinich, executive vice presi-

dent for SL Green, recently oversaw the award-winning redevelopment of 100 Park Avenue. In his position, he manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in New York, and oversees all redevelopment and capital asset improvements.


For his work with students and as past president of the Rockland Community College Faculty Senate, Peter Arvanites has won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence from the State University of New York. In addition to duties as math professor and chess club advisor, Arvanites has been a leader in setting policy for the college.


The American College of Physician Executives has awarded fellowship to Dr. Paul P. Antonecchia of Yonkers, N.Y. It denotes one of the highest levels of achievement, demonstrating significant contributions to the advancement of medical management. Antonecchia serves as vice president for medical affairs for St. John’s Riverside Hospital and the Riverside Health Care Systems. Carmine LoFaro is senior partner of the law firm LoFaro & Reiser in Hackensack, N.J. Katherine Gill-Charest was appointed senior vice president and controller for Viacom. In this role, she will have responsibility for financial reporting, accounting and financial compliance activities of Viacom and its subsidaries.


Tom Pirone is an assistant vice presidentmanager at Moody’s Investors Service, working with the public finance group. He lives in Berkley Heights, N.J., with his wife and children, and is a Boy Scout Merit Badge Councilor in the district for Citizenship in the Community, Nation and World. In June, he ran for town council in the Republican primary.


Staten Island resident Daniel C. Marotta was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law section of the New York State Bar Association.


Elias Dagher manages and oversees the designs of high-performance systems for buildings. He is senior principal with Dagher Engineering in New York. Edward Dai is the proprietor of Pristine Industries in Brooklyn, N.Y., specializing in custom closets and home organization. MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick is a contributor to a forthcoming anthology presenting the work of Mount Vernon, N.Y., poets and writers. The book, Blood Beats in Four Square Miles, is edited by James Fair.


For more than 20 years, Vic Bozzo has been instrumental in the creation and growth of successful communications and technology companies. In July, he joined Pac-West Telecomm in Riverside, Calif., as president of its newly formed emerging technologies business.


Anthony Mancino of Congers, N.Y., will serve as the new general manager of Con Edison’s Bronx gas operations. Laser Spine Institute of Scottsdale, Ariz., has named Paul Palma as an outside sales rep, responsible for building relationships with the medical community in the Phoenix area.


The Monroe-Woodbury School Board recently appointed David Bernsley as its new high school principal. For a time after his Manhattan graduation, Bernsley played professional basketball in Israel and returned to the States to begin a career in education. Craig R. Smith has become a partner in MANHATTAN.EDU N 43

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the firm of Lando and Anastasi in Cambridge, Mass. Smith has been involved in matters before federal district and appellate courts, as well as the International Trade Commission and the European Patent Office. He has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer – Rising Star by Law & Politics magazine, and was previously named one of 15 Up & Coming Lawyers by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.


Barak Realty announced the return of William Vilkelis to its team as vice president, where he was a top producer from 2006-2008.


NYPD’s 45th Precinct (Bronx) named Russell Green as its newest captain. At 36, he is the youngest captain to serve this local precinct. He has previously served as executive officer of the 42nd, 43rd and 44th precincts. Markel Elortegui, a resident of Ridgefield, Conn., was promoted to associate of Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. He will work from the firm’s White Plains office to oversee the delivery of watertreatment projects to clients in the U.S.


Lawrence Bartelemucci was named a shareholder in the New York law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick. He practices in the area of construction law and represents clients in both transactional and disputeresolution matters. Bianca Fernandez was married to Steve Mulqueen on Aug. 6, 2010. They were happy to share this day with many alumni friends: including brother Sergio Fernandez ’01; matron of honor Jennifer Romero Lanigan; maid of honor Sheila McChesney ’98; bridesmaid Ann Marie Hanley ’98; and groomsman Erik Dobransky. Fernandez currently works as a school psychologist in Westchester, N.Y.


Jasper pole vaulter Sean McKenna, a veter-

an of 17 triathlons, finished the Nautica New York City Triathlon in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 17 seconds in July.


Vantage Properties of New York and New Jersey appointed Raquel Batista as vice president for corporate responsibility and compliance, with oversight of the real estate company’s commitment to provide residents with high quality affordable housing. She earned her J.D. from CUNY School of Law at Queens College. Patrick Costello was appointed to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars Caucus System, a research and policy development program designed to garner the input of local and regional subject matter experts. He is an attorney at the Naples office of Quarles & Brady.


Brianne Devine and Christopher Penn are engaged to be married in the spring. Classmate Louis Guglielmo will marry Jamie Anne Porco next June. Fort Lee, N.J., resident Kyongah Hwang has been named manager of South Nassau Community Hospital’s Center for Comprehensive Radiation Services and Long Island Gamma Knife Center.


Heather O’Connell has joined the faculty of Maui Preparatory Academy. A math and science teacher, she pursued biochemistry at Manhattan. After analyzing pharmaceuticals for Pfizer and conducting sleep research with Weill Cornell Medical College, she returned to school and received her master’s in education from Pace University. Janet Toborg was named senior accountant at Goldstein Lieberman & Co., a New Jersey accounting firm.


Michael Conforto was promoted to senior accountant at Goldstein Lieberman. The Irish Echo profiled Caroline Cummins Dumont, a special education teacher in

Flushing, Queens. She is the mother of a fiveyear-old, attends graduate school, and in her spare time she’s publicity chairwoman for the Putnam Northern Westchester St. Patrick’s Day Committee. Cheryl Shaw graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine last May. Shaw plans to enter the family medicine program at Harpers Ferry Family Medicine clinic in West Virginia. She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and psychology from Manhattan, and was a member of Sigma Sigma Phi. Josephine Kaiser is an associate, mechanical engineering, at Dagher Engineering in NYC. Upon graduation, she served for a time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Prairie View A&M University has promoted Toyelle Wilson to head coach of the women’s basketball team. At Manhattan, she was a four-year letter winner on the court.


Gina Saretto and Ryan Newsome plan to be married in June 2011. Former Jaspers pitcher Mike Parisi is recovering from a bone chip in his throwing elbow, an accident that knocked him out for the season as a starter with the Chicago Cubs. Rehabilitating in Arizona, he hopes to pitch in the Winter Leagues in either Mexico or the Dominican Republic. He previously pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals.


Carl Gianatiempo has been promoted to commercial portfolio manager at TD Bank in Manhattan.


When Marissa Olivieri was interviewing for a job teaching freshman English at Port Richmond High School, she also mentioned her eight years running track and field at Notre Dame Academy and Manhattan College. She ended up as head coach of girls’ cross country and track and field, and also got the teaching position. A new Turkish Cultural Center was created in Albany and its executive director,

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Veysel Ucan, hopes that it serves as a bridge between East and West and that it will help dispel misunderstandings about Turkey.


Currently working at the Rusk Institute in Manhattan, Richard Brooks earned a doctorate in physical therapy from NYIT in May of this year. Lisa D’Elena is engaged to Timothy Fisher, and the couple plans to be married next September.


Maribeth Albin has been hired as a full-time probationary physical education teacher with the Pelham Middle School. James Mazzucca has joined the Bronxville, N.Y., police department and is studying for a master’s in public administration from John Jay College.


Mike Bienkowski has been accepted into Teach for America, a highly competitive program whose mission is to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s promising future leaders in the effort. After a stellar career at Manhattan, Rita Welsh has been hired as assistant volleyball coach at La Salle University, where she plans to pursue a graduate degree in education. Teresa M. Moynihan, Anthony Cuccaro and Timothy Peters have been commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Moynihan will be assigned to the 91st Operations Support Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Cuccaro to the 14th Operations Support Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.

JASPER BOOKSHELF 1. After a career in the insurance business, Ken Gorman ’54 made the transition to writing novels. In his fourth novel, Compelled, which is due out in December, he writes of a wounded soldier who copes with a compulsive disorder and becomes a magnet for confrontation. His other books include The Atkinsen Ticket and In Honor of Justice. 2. In 2007, Peter Quinn ’69 retired as a speechwriter, having worked for two New York governors and the chairmen of Time Warner. Since then, he’s been writing novels. The latest, The Man Who Never Returned, revisits the mysterious disappearance in 1930 of New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Force Crater. Quinn sets the novel 25 years later, when a detective named Fintan Dunne is hired to solve the case. Like his fictional character, Quinn is an Irish-American who was born and grew up in New York — the city he also used as settings for his previous novels, Banished Children of Eve and Hell’s Kitchen. 3. Robert Murphy ’70 has a new book, After Many a Summer: The Passing of the Giants and Dodgers and a Golden Age in New York Baseball, which was released this May. It is the first book that discusses both moves in tandem and offers a fresh perspective on the characters involved. It is not only about baseball history but also New York history.

BIRTHS Ann Rimey ’93 & Patrick Basil, daughter, Morgan Aleksandra, 3/10/10 Patrick & Mary Ann Minson ’99, daughter, Emma, 4/4/10 Kristin Seraphine ’04 & Kevin Cavanagh ’96, daughter, Emma Rose, 6/30/10



Hilary Phalen & John Beirne, 8/7/10

1996 If you have any news to share, please send it to alumnotes@ manhattan.edu.

Dr. Maite Del Carmen La Vega Delgado & Michael S. Massello, 7/31/10


Carolyn Morris & Daniel Sheridan, 6/29/10


Erica Rustad & Nelson Jose Ferreira, 8/7/10


Danielle Correale & Matthew Andrews, 10/24/09 Christina Bergonzo & Daniel Roe, 6/19/10 Erica McCarthy & John Levendosky, 7/17/10


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Pipe Dreams Coming True torian and science fiction elements. ALthough the College does not With its themes of murder, war and have a theater or music major, anyone revenge, at first glance, Macbeth may who has ever seen a Manhattan Colnot seem to be a likely candidate for lege Players production can attest to musical interpretation. But Martin, a the abundance of sheer talent found member of the show’s ensemble, says among Jaspers. Dozens of undergrads that audiences will be pleasantly are involved in the Players’ productions surprised to find that Shakespearean each year, and now alumni can continue drama as a musical is a perfect fit. their theatrical pursuits after gradua“It really takes people by surprise tion with PiPE DREAM theatre, a newly that we’re doing Macbeth the musical,” formed theater company that is putting Martin says. “It’s definitely not what on shows in off-Broadway theaters. people think of when they think of PiPE DREAM theatre is the braintraditional musicals, but what’s great child of Liz Muller, director of the about it is that it’s this modern retellPlayers, and Collin Simon, the Players’ ing, so it makes Shakespeare’s story so musical director. The two have worked much more accessible.” together at Manhattan College since Audiences who may find it difficult 2006, and during that time they have to trudge through Shakespeare’s mounted more than 50 Players produciambic pentameter and Elizabethan tions — an impressive number for a dialogue will appreciate this retellprofessionally, so it’s real dedication,” school of Manhattan’s size. In 2007, the says Brigid Martin ’07, who works in ad- ing, which captures the essence of duo started writing their own original Macbeth, but presents it in a relevant, vertising sales, was involved in Players full-length works, with Muller taking mesmerizing and modern format using during her undergraduate years and the lead on lyrics, and Simon writing contemporary dialogue, captivating is now a part of PiPE DREAM theatre. the score. In mid-2010, they officially launched PiPE DREAM theatre in order “For me, this is really giving me that cre- music and choreographed fight scenes. Muller and Simon were interested in ative outlet that you don’t have when to have a theater company to showdoing a musical adaptation because of you’re working 40 hours a week.” case their original works, as well as the story’s passion and drama. PiPE DREAM theatre’s first producother theatrical projects. “We’d always talked about doing tion was Briar Rose, an adaptation of “Collin and I were sitting around Macbeth because it’s so passionate,” Sleeping Beauty written by Muller and talking about how it would be cool to Muller says. “It has every human emoSimon, that played to sold-out houses have a theater company, so we could tion. And because it’s so focused on in a Times Square off-Broadway thedo whatever we wanted to do, and we wartime, the emotions are heightened, ater earlier this year. joked about it being our pipe dream. so it lends itself to a musical really easThe company’s latest work is an origAnd then we were like, ‘well that’s kind ily because music heightens emotion, inal musical retelling of Shakespeare’s of cute,’” Muller says. and when you can no longer say things Macbeth that was written by Muller, PiPE DREAM theatre has tapped with words, you have to sing.” Simon and Juan Cardenas ’07. This new its Manhattan College community As for the rest of 2011, the company resources for support, and about 85 per- version of the classic play is set in a already has an entire season planned. cent of the group is comprised of alumni, macabre retro-future world evocative It’s not just a pipe dream anymore. of the steampunk genre that fuses Viccurrent students or people otherwise connected to the College. Most of the Jaspers involved with PiPE DREAM theatre don’t work proWILL CALL fessionally in theater, which makes Macbeth opens Jan. 19, 2011 at Theater 80 on St. Mark’s Place in the their dedication and talent all the East Village. It runs through Jan. 23. Tickets can be purchased at www. more special. theatre80.net. For info on the theatre, visit www.pipedreamtheatre.com. “None of us really does theater 46 N FALL 2010

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A Rockin’ Career


casino side and figuring out ot every new States, as well as abroad. how to take a global brand employee has the Prior to his new move to the strategy and leverage it chance to meet company’s headquarters locally to connect with our The Who within his first few in Orlando, Galloway has consumers,” he says. weeks on the job or listen worked in cities such as New And at the heart of this to Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder York City, Boston, London, locality, for Galloway, are and Paul McCartney at his Boulder and Chicago. the people, the employees company’s big music fest in In that time he also of Hard Rock. London. But John Galloway crossed paths with another Although seeing rock leg- Jasper, Denise Giordano ’89, Hard Rock Internationends in concert is definitely al’s new vice president and ’89, whom he had met on a perk — “Probably the best chief marketing officer, met campus while a student, experience I’ve had yet is these rock icons as part of but didn’t click with until a listening to Paul McCartney his job, the first before the chance meeting five years play for two and a half hours later. The couple married 2010 Super Bowl and the latter at Hard Rock Calling — in London and play just two years afterward. about every Beatles’ song all in a day’s work. When Galloway transI’ve ever wanted to hear” — As vice president and ferred to the College from his biggest highlight at work West Point during his sophochief marketing officer, a is the staff. position he has held since more year, he thought he “The people here have January 2010, Galloway wanted to be a sports writer. such a huge passion for the oversees marketing initiaThe communications major Hard Rock brand,” he says. tives across Hard Rock’s and lacrosse goalie was a “The neat part about it is that sports editor for The Quadportfolio of properties, the passion of the people re- rangle. Yet, after his first which includes 170 venues ally starts with our servers. in 52 different countries, the job in the public relations They take the credibility of majority of which are cafes. field, he had a stronger bend The company, which turns 40 what they are as ambassatoward marketing, advertisnext year, has 135 cafes glob- dors of the Hard Rock brand ing and public relations. and ambassadors of music ally, a portfolio of 14 hotels “Eventually I realized I very seriously.” and casinos, and a number wanted to be on the client Before coming to Hard of live musical venues. side because I just have a Rock, Galloway worked It can seem like a lot ton of passion for anything for 13 years for PepsiCo in to manage in a typical I’m working on, and I really various capacities, including wanted to have not only the day, with brands scattered vice president of marketing, passion for the brand that across the globe. But GalGatorade; vice president/ loway narrows down the I was working on, but I also general manager, IZZE global span by focusing lowanted to have ownership Beverage Co.; vice president, of the results for the good cally, and considers that his sports and media; and brand and for the bad,” he says. job, in many respects, is to support the local properties. manager, Mountain Dew. He will need that pasPreviously, he worked at “While we are very much a sion for his new challenge Tracey Locke Partnership global brand, we’re a brand — making consumers more and Young & Rubicam. that really wants to be loaware of the Hard Rock With more than 20 years cally relevant, so we spend a brand again — or in his case, ton of time working with our of experience in the marketa new opportunity. ing industry, his jobs have local cafes, our franchise “The biggest opportunity also crisscrossed the United partners on the hotel and is keeping pace with culture,”

he says. “We are a brand that is about music. We’re a brand that is about memorabilia and all of those things are infinitely within our grasp to keep on pace with culture if we’re just evolving at the same pace as music.” In the past few years, the company has been evolving its perspectives. Now, Galloway is on board to make sure consumers know about these changes and drive them into the cafes, hotels and casinos. He looks forward to this goal, both from a professional and personal perspective, as a chance to make a difference and learn. “To be running the hotel, casino and café marketing for a large brand is a challenge,” he says. “But it’s an awesome one where I feel like I’m getting as much out of it as the company is. And it’s helping build me from a personal growth perspective as well.”

John Galloway ’89 in the Rock Vault, a secret location in Orlando, where more than 73,000 pieces of Hard Rock memorabilia are stored.


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A Path Well-Taken

Sophia Rodriguez ’06, M.D., is the first graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Hispanic Center of Excellence Summer Undergraduate Mentorship Program to earn a medical degree.

AS a child, Sophia Rodriguez ’06, M.D., didn’t have many career aspirations. The daughter of immigrants, initially, she wasn’t even sure if education would be important in her life. “I would have never foreseen going to medical school when I was young,” she says. “Both my parents came to the U.S. from El Salvador with nothing. No one in my family is a doctor or anything that needed a college degree, so as I grew up, I didn’t see education as important and actually believed those positions were unattainable.” Fast forward a decade or two and not only were those positions attainable but also major achievements for her. In June, Rodriguez became the first graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Hispanic Center of Excellence Summer Undergraduate Mentorship Program (SUMP) to earn a medical degree from Einstein. Now a resident at Montefiore Medical Center, she attributes much of what she has accomplished in her medical career to this program. “It gave me the faith I needed in myself to achieve anything I wanted,” she says. “SUMP was a turning point in my life and continues to be a positive part of my present.” Founded in 2002, SUMP is a six-week undergraduate program created to offer minority and economically disadvantaged students exposure to the realities of the medical profession through shadowing with physicians, participation in workshops and lectures, and research experience. Rodriguez learned about the program during her junior year at Manhattan College from Irene Snitkoff, coordinator of the post baccalaureate studies office, whom she credits with giving her the confidence to persist in her studies. At the time, the biology major, who has a minor in chemistry, wasn’t sure about achieving her dream of medical school. “The College helped me meet dedicated professors and people like Irene Snitkoff, who went out of their way to help someone realize their potential,” she says. “Honestly, in undergrad, I had dreams but not a lot of willpower to reach them. I felt like becoming a doctor would be too hard for me.” Rodriguez started to aspire to become a doctor, more specifically a medical examiner, in ninth grade. She then decided to go to Gorton High School, a magnet school for the medical and health care fields, in Yonkers, N.Y. “It is still, until this day, one of the best decisions I have ever made,” she says. After graduating from Manhattan College, the Epsilon Sigma Pi and Phi Beta Kappa member pursued her medical studies at Einstein. Thanks to SUMP, she already knew a lot about the school and liked the program.

The medical school also was appealing because of its stipends for students who want to practice abroad and in regions within the United States that desperately need help. Rodriguez was particularly interested in doing a rotation in a Native American reservation and had the opportunity to do so in her fourth year. Her fascination in pathology also stems from high school, when she fell in love with law enforcement and biology. In medical school, Rodriguez considered other specialties, such as surgery. However, after her third-year rotations, she didn’t have a passion for any one specialty, and there had been little exposure to pathology. But she was still interested and took electives in pathology during her fourth year. “I loved seeing medicine through the perspective of a pathologist,” she says. “Aside from sometimes using laboratory data like other specialties, pathologists are able to make definitive diagnoses by actually seeing diseased tissue.” One of her electives, at the medical examiner’s office in Manhattan, also reassured her that pathology was the right fit. So in the middle of her fourth year, Rodriguez had a specialty and applied to pathology residencies. “Now, every month I rotate between different subspecialties of pathology, and needless to say, I really enjoy my autopsy month,” she says. For someone who wasn’t sure if she could have a professional career, let alone be a doctor, Rodriguez certainly has exceeded in her field. She’s even picked up some awards, including the Irving Ratner Prize for Excellence in Pathology. So what’s next for this future leader? Definitely a forensic pathology fellowship. Then maybe the FBI. But at this stage of her career, she is still open to possibilities — and those are limitless.

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Helping Haiti


n January of 2010, I watched in horror as the images and stories emerged from Port-au-Prince following the earthquake. The days and weeks that followed were filled with tragedy and suffering, and the world began to ask itself how it could help the Haitian people. As an educator, I have both a great deal of experience working with people and the luxury of having an extended period of time off during the summer months. Coupled with that, I also have experience in various forms of construction. Rather than simply writing a check, I decided to find a way to offer them my time and talent instead. After a few months of searching, I came across a nonprofit organization that had established ties in Haiti. The Colline Foundation had been founded a few years ago in an effort to promote education in the poorer districts of Haiti. Its first foundation, the Colline Academy, was built in Leogane in 2008. Unfortunately, it was short-lived; the entire structure collapsed in the earthquake. The foundation was now seeking volunteers to come to Haiti and join in one of three missions: running a summer camp for the students, assisting in the rebuilding of the school, or providing medical care for the students and their families living in the surrounding tent cities of Leogane. While I love my work in education, I am more than happy to throw on my jeans, boots and tool belt and construct something. So on Aug. 5, I packed some basic clothing, a few toiletry items and enough mosquito repellant to fog the East Coast and boarded a plane bound for Haiti. Having done missionary work before, I have learned what to expect when I arrive in these countries. However, very little could have prepared me for what I found waiting in the streets of Port-au-Prince. The air hung thick with the smell of exhaust, decaying trash and sewage. There was still a great deal of rubble and debris left littering the streets from the collapse of buildings. There, living and moving amidst this squalor, however, I discovered Haiti’s greatest national resource: its people. In the week that followed, I had the chance to work side-by-side with and for the Haitian people. Our entourage left the compound in the early morning hours each day and made the hour-long trip from Port-au-Prince to Leogane. As a member of the construction team, my task for the week was to reconstruct the wall surrounding the academy, which allows the materials to be securely stored for

John Sandrowicz ’97 starts building the walls for a school in Leogane. In Port-au-Prince, he works with orphans during the evenings. Celebrating with the Leogane community at the end of his week, Sandrowicz plays with one of the children.

further reconstruction. Working with the Haitian construction team initially was challenging, as there was a language barrier. Furthermore, the tools and techniques they use would seem antiquated compared to what we use in the United States. Yet, once we were able to get past these initial roadblocks, I found the workers to be welcoming and appreciative of our efforts. I also developed a tremendous appreciation for their methods because they showed real craftsmanship and ingenuity. The many calluses and blisters on my hands gave testimony to the strength needed for this type of labor. Rebuilding a school, however, is a relatively easy task. The greater challenge presented to us was assisting people in rebuilding their lives. One of the things that makes us human is our ability to hope and to dream, to see beyond what stands before us. For many in Haiti, I fear, that ability is slipping away. All they see is suffering and misery, with no end in sight. This was an obstacle apparent to us from the first moments there, both in the adults and, even worse, the children. And yet, though my team was only there for a week, we saw something happen during that time. Through our interaction with the people, the walls we built, the classes we taught, the games we played and the medicines we dispensed, we saw smiles beginning to emerge. Heads that initially hung low were now being raised. Eyes that appeared empty began to shine again. It was in those moments, I think, the real rebuilding of Haiti was taking place. The principal of Colline Academy said that it was the first time since the earthquake that he had seen the children laugh freely and fully. Mother Teresa once said, “What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” My week in Haiti felt like that in many ways, a mere drop in the ocean. As I was thinking about it on the flight home, however, I realized that every drop also causes a ripple effect in the same vast ocean. I am not sure what my contribution to Haiti was, but I recognize and still feel its impact on me. In turn, I have made it part of my mission to raise awareness of the conditions there and to try to inspire ordinary people, like myself, to do something extraordinary. John Sandrowicz ’97 teaches ninth-grade mathematics in the Bronx.


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Manhattan College records with sorrow the deaths of the following alumni: 1936

William E. Haskell, 8/13/10 Edward F. Noonan, 6/13/10

Angelo D. Roncallo, 5/4/10 Salvatore R. Santaniello, 6/7/10 Joseph A. Thein, 6/16/10 John Toomey, 6/25/10



John Peter Gildea, 5/26/10


William J. Burke, 7/26/10 Eugene J. Gormley, 6/14/10 Carlton G. Morgan, 6/2/10 Sr. Mary Jean Morrow, 9/29/10 Donald F. Sullivan, 5/23/10

1941 Michael J. Kovach, 8/8/10

1943 Daniel J. Wagner, 9/14/10




James M. Doyle, 7/20/10 Gerard L’Heureux, 5/22/10 James Muldowney, 3/5/10 Edmund C. Schwartz, 9/5/10

Gerald Matthews, 6/19/10

Dolores Susan Cahill, 6/4/10 Msgr. Ralph V. Curcio, 5/9/10






John F. Havey, 9/28/10 Br. Claudius Anthony Lamb, 6/22/10 Lawrence F. Leonard, 7/8/10 Edward J. Maloney, 9/6/10 Bernard X. McGeady, 9/28/10 Anthony Pintauro, 7/2/10

1950 Sr. Mary Virginia Brown, 6/16/10 Eugene A. Hamilton, 8/20/10 Donald M. Hand, 3/23/10 Elwood Hughes Jr., 6/9/10 Robert D. O’Brien, 8/2/10

Br. Martin Joseph Fragala, 7/12/10 Mary P. Healy, 6/19/10 Sr. Agnes Carmel McKernan, 8/22/10

John J. Burke, 7/6/10 Daniel J. Keenan, 7/4/10 Frank L. Prewoznik, 8/12/10

Joseph M. Gibbons, 3/26/10 Donald F. Lord, 8/25/10 John W. MacEnroe, 8/7/10




Thomas Michael Martin, 4/29/10 Thomas J. McCarthy, 9/8/10 Albert M. Vadon, 6/5/10

Herbert A. Braun, 9/26/10 Joseph L. Ceccarelli, 7/19/10 Robert J. King, 7/3/10 Thomas A. Trainor, 7/22/10 Henry J. Weidner, 3/30/10 Richard S. Zurmuhlen, 6/2/10

Richard T. Higgins, 7/18/10

John W. Halko Sr., 3/26/10 Edward J. Laux Sr., 9/19/10 John L. Mancini, 1/12/10 Jeremiah P. Murphy, 5/25/10

Br. Frederic Altenburg, 6/2/10 Rev. Frank E. Cahill III, 5/6/10

1955 Kenneth G. Berkley, 8/7/10 Sr. Dorothy Fowler, 7/12/10 Sr. Mary Virgilius O’Brien, 6/18/10

1956 John D. Nagle, 5/10/10

1957 James M. Doyle, 7/20/10 John Horan, 7/25/10

1958 Donald R. Gettings, 6/9/10

John A. Keough, 6/9/10 George J. Lissandrello, 6/4/10 Gerald C. McDonald, 7/16/10

1962 Daniel P. Bohan, 8/5/10

1963 Stephan F. Schady, 5/12/10


1975 Diane Wanagel, 2/17/08


Robert Rivera, 9/4/10

1982 Kevin M. Roche, 8/9/10

1980 Paul E. Schwerman, 7/23/10

1986 Gary A. Aiello, 7/27/10


Joseph Adelhardt, 8/15/10 Michael F. Minozzi Jr., 8/1/10

Genevieve R. Hemsing, 9/25/10



Edward J. Doyle III, 7/17/10 Patrick Tynan, 12/31/09

1969 Albert Charles Hall, 5/16/10


Jayne Von Hagen, 8/20/10

1996 William J. Reel, 5/3/10

2002 Paul Paris, 9/29/10

John J. McLoughlin, 5/19/10 Stephen Wuertz, 6/26/10

1972 Dennis Franz Brooks, 6/8/10

1973 Thomas A. Kerley, 6/29/08 Michael E. McGrath, 8/20/10

Correction: In the spring issue, Joseph A. Murphy Jr. ’56 was incorrectly listed as deceased. We apologize for the error.

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Brother Leo Michiels ’59, F.S.C.


rother Leo Michiels ’59, F.S.C., Ph.D., retired professor of chemistry, died on Oct. 9, 2010. He was 82 years old. Br. Michiels was a Christian Brother for 64 years and an educator in the Catholic school system for 51 years, including 27 years at Manhattan College. “Leo Michiels was a great Brother. He was a man of prayer, a dedicated teacher, one who found happiness in helping others, and one who was always willing to lend a hand to help others,” says Brother Anthony Flynn, F.S.C. “He will be missed by all who knew him.” Br. Michiels was born and raised in Detroit, Mich., where he attended St. Joseph’s High School, a Christian Brothers school. Early on, he knew he wanted to enter the Brotherhood and, at the age of 15, he entered the Juniorate, followed by the Novitiate three years later. He received the religious habit in 1946 and pronounced his perpetual vows in 1954. After taking his vows, Br. Michiels attended The

Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he began coursework for a B.A. in chemistry before moving to New York to teach at St. Raymond’s High School. He completed his B.A. at Manhattan College and began work on a master’s in mathematics. During the next few years, Br. Michiels worked in a number of different schools, including Christian Brothers’ Academy in Syracuse, his alma mater St. Joseph’s High School in Detroit, and De La Salle Collegiate in Detroit. While in Michigan, he completed both his master’s and Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Detroit. In 1974, Br. Michiels came to Manhattan College to teach in the school of science. He was a member of the Manhattan College Singers and traveled with the group to Rome, where they met Pope John Paul II. After retiring from Manhattan College in 2001, Br. Michiels moved to De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, N.J., where he enjoyed listening to classical music and following baseball.

Leon Chen


eon Lung-Chen Chen, Ph.D., retired associate professor of mechanical engineering, died on Sept. 18, 2010. He was 72 years old. Chen was an accomplished engineer who specialized in solar energy technology. He was one of the most beloved professors in the engineering school and was known for his friendly, outgoing manner. He earned a B.S. from the National Taiwan University in 1962 and then moved to New York City and earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York in 1965. Chen did his doctoral studies at Polytechnic Institute of New York, where he focused on thermal engineering and mathematical aerodynamics, and received his Ph.D. in mechani-

cal engineering in 1976. After finishing his studies at City College, Chen worked as a mechanical engineer for Eastern Research Corporation, and then as a design engineer for Allied Chemical Corporation. He started his teaching career at Polytechnic Institute, working there as a teaching fellow and also a solar energy consultant. He joined Manhattan College’s school of engineering in 1976 as an assistant professor. While at Manhattan, Chen made a name for himself as one of the engineering school’s most engaging and gregarious faculty members. “Among the students, he was one of the most popular faculty in the department,” says Nand Jha, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering. “He was very friendly

and had very good relationships with all of his students. Everybody wanted to take his course. He was kindhearted.” Chen was the faculty moderator for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, an international organization that seeks to advance the technologies of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems worldwide. He was also involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. After his retirement from Manhattan in 2001, Chen spent time with his family in College Point, N.Y., and worked on inventions, including a patented solar power electric generation systems for use in residential homes. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Correction: In the spring issue, Brother Kevin Hargadon’s date of death and surviving family members were incorrectly listed. He died on Nov. 19, 2009. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Kepesky, and is survived by two sisters, Margaret Conway and Eileen Hargadon Jones. We apologize for the errors. MANHATTAN.EDU N 51

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