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Alumni Reunion Weekend Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Due Athletic Hall of Fame Meeting I New York Yankees Alumni Game Athletic Hall of Fame Meeting II
Manhattan names new president • Brother Thomas Scanlan is honored at farewell celebrations • New trustees join the board • College “goes green”• De La Salle Medal Dinner • and more
Seniors honored at Fall Honors Convocation • Student shares her experiences in Kenya • New school of arts awards • Lectures • Mentor Dinner • and more
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Hudson Valley Shakespeare Alumni Picnic & Performance Jersey Shore Luncheon Day at the Races, Saratoga, N.Y.
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Construction Industry Golf Tournament Day at the Races, Monmouth, N.J. Fall Semester Begins
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John K. O’Neill Scholarship Golf Tournament President’s Dinner Alumni Men’s Retreat Broderick Scholarship Dinner & Golf Tournament Kevin J. Frawley Scholarship Golf Tournament
sports Lacrosse goalie gives back • Fall and winter sports roundup
alumnI New York City Club event • Hall of Fame inducts new members • Alumnotes • Pro. les
39 obItuarIes James Brady • Br. Andrew Winka • Br. John Martin • John Dobbins Jr. • William Dougherty • Cynthia O’Donnell • John Azzariti
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National Alumni Council Meeting Fall Honors Convocation Career Fair, Draddy Gym Fall Open House Presidential Inaugural Events Presidential Inaugural Events Men’s Basketball Preview
Published by the office of college relations, a division of college advancement, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY 10471 Lydia Gray, Director of College Relations Kristen Cuppek, Editor Rose Spaziani, Assistant Editor
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Fall Engineering Awareness Day Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony New York City Club Fall Networking Event
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National Alumni Council Meeting Annual Christmas Concert, Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers
on the cover Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., Manhattan College’s new president. Photographed by John Madere
ContRibutoRS Morgan Brady Joe Clifford Amy Coppe Stephen Dombroski Samantha Feigman
Katie Kerbstat Mary Morgan Scott Silversten Lonny Unger
PhotoGRaPheRS Ben Asen Joshua Cuppek Marty Heitner John Madere Chris Taggart DeSiGn Charles Hess, chess design
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the College Welcomes new President, Brennan O’Donnell Br ennan O’DOnnel l , Ph .D., dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University, will become Manhattan College’s 19th president as of July 1. O’Donnell brings more than 20 years of experience in Catholic higher education to the College. As the chief academic officer of Fordham’s oldest and largest school, which has more than 3,200 students and nearly 300 faculty members in its college of arts and sciences, he is experienced in directing a college that is comparable in size to Manhattan. He also has some familiarity with being a layperson in charge of a Catholic institution. While O’Donnell is the first layperson to serve as president in the history of Manhattan College, he was also the first to serve as dean in the 165-year history of Fordham College. Although heading up a college continuously presided over by Christian Brothers may seem like a formidable challenge to a layperson — and a break in tradition — O’Donnell’s experience, dedication and faith have prepared him for such a role and to continue the Lasallian mission of Manhattan. “After 22 years of work in Catholic colleges, as professor and administrator, I consider the work of churchrelated higher education, along with my role as husband and father, as my vocation,” he says. “I don’t think of my work in terms of job or career; I think of it as a way of integrating my love of learning with my attempt to live a life rooted in faith, hope and love. “As I move into my third decade in Catholic higher education, I am increasingly convinced of the value and importance of Catholic higher education. We are inheritors of a wonderfully rich tradition, and we need to
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work hard to make sure that we pass it goals are to continue to build upon on to the next generation.” the core strengths of Manhattan while O’Donnell has been a member of looking constantly for opportunities the board of Collegium, a national to improve the education provided to organization of Catholic colleges and students and the service provided to universities that supports faculty its communities. members who want to deepen their “Of course, the first job of any colunderstanding of the intellectual lege is to strive for academic exceltradition informing their institutions, lence in all of its programs,” he says. and currently is a member of the “At Manhattan, the particular definition board of the Lilly Fellows Program, of excellence must be grounded in which seeks to strengthen the quality Lasallian educational values, which I and shape the character of churchinterpret as including (among many related institutions of higher learning other things) a deep respect for the for the 21st century. dignity of the human person, an abidCrediting Brother President Thomas ing interest in critiquing and challengScanlan for Manhattan’s transformaing the values of the contemporary tion into one of the premier Catholic world, and a passion for educating colleges in the nation, O’Donnell’s young men and women from a diver-
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Manhattan Names Four New Members to Board of Trustees sity of backgrounds, who will take the lead in promoting a more just and equitable world.” One of his priorities for the College is to explore new ways of integrating living and learning on campus. Throughout his career, O’Donnell has been involved with developing programs that challenge students’ tendency to think of learning as confined to the classroom. “I think that great colleges are distinguished by the quality of the extracurricular intellectual life of their students, and I’m looking forward to working with faculty and with people in student affairs and facilities to provide the spaces and programs that will help our students to integrate their in-class and extracurricular lives,” he says. “Promoting undergraduate research and service learning would be part of these efforts, as would encouraging faculty and students to explore new ways of using New York as a classroom.” Prior to assuming his current role in 2004, O’Donnell spent nearly two decades at Loyola College in Maryland, where he started as assistant and eventually became associate and then professor of English. He also served as director of the honors program (1999-2004) and oversaw a university-wide interdisciplinary humanities program that enrolls about 200 students under the instruction of more than 20 faculty members from seven departments. His career began as a teaching assistant in the department of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983-1986). O’Donnell earned his B.A. in English at The Pennsylvania State University in 1981 and received an M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature and language from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983 and 1987, respectively. He is the author of The Passion of Meter: A Study of Wordsworth’s Metrical Art and Numerous Verse: A Guide to the Stanzas and Metrical Structures of Wordsworth’s Poetry, as well as numerous other articles, papers and reviews. In addition, he is the recipient of various awards and honors, including Outstanding Service Award, Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, from Fordham University. He is married to Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, associate director (and acting co-director) of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham. She teaches English literature and creative writing, as well as Catholic studies courses, and is a published poet. The couple has three sons: Charles (25) is a teacher at a middle school in St. Paul, Minn., as part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Teaching Fellows Program; Patrick (22) is a senior at Columbia University and majoring in philosophy and music; and William (20) is a junior at Fordham and majoring in English. They live in Bronxville, N.Y., with their dog, Ollie.
Thr ee Dis Ting ui s h eD a lu ms and the president of St. Mary’s College in Minnesota join the Manhattan College board of trustees. John H. Banks III ’85, Brother William Mann, F.S.C., Roseanne T. Matzat ’82 and John A. McMaster ’78 join an outstanding group of board members led by chairman Thomas D. O’Malley ’63. Since 2002, Banks has been the vice president of government relations at Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), where he is responsible for the management of the company’s government affairs activities as they relate to policies proposed or enacted at all levels of government: city, state and federal. After earning his degree from the College, Banks worked as a financial planner for American Capital Financial Services. In 1986, he accepted the position of investigator in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations during the Edward Koch administration and focused on the Parking Violations Bureau scandal in spring of 1986. Following his time in the mayor’s office, Banks joined the Infrastructure and Economic Development Unit of the City Council’s finance division in 1990 and served first as unit coordinator and then, after a three-month stay at Brooklyn Union Gas Company, returned to the Council’s finance division as deputy director. He remained in that position until April 1999, when he became director of government relations at Con Edison. From 2000-2002, he again joined the City Council as chief of staff and oversaw all aspects of the city’s legislative branch. Br. Mann has been president of St. Mary’s since June 1, 2008. From 2000-2007, he was Vicar General of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, the second-highest officer of the international Catholic teaching order that comprises 5,300 Christian Brothers operating 930 schools and universities. A native of New York City, Br. Mann entered the Novitiate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1965 and has spent nearly 30 years in education. He began his teaching career in 1970 at La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, Long Island, where he also served as dormitory prefect and assistant principal from 1973-76. His career includes positions at Saint Raphael’s Academy (1976-79) in Rhode Island; Long Island-New England Province (1979-1984); USA/Toronto Regional Novitiate (1984-1990); Formation for the Brothers (1990-1996) in Rome, Italy; and the Long Island-New England District (1996-2000). Br. Mann is or has been a member of numerous religious and educational foundations, including the Editorial Board of Lasallian Publications, Advisory Board of the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, International Formation Com-
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mission of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and International Government Commission of the Brothers. He has served as trustee and/or chair of several corporate boards. Matzat is the co-chairperson of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Sub-Committee on Unsecured Creditors’ Strategies. She lectures on topics such as Revised Article 8 of the Uniform Commercial Code (revised in 1994 to reflect current practices in holding securities through indirect holding systems), bankruptcy issues relating to letters of credit, and abandoned property law. The managing director of the Fordham International Law Journal while earning her J.D., Matzat began her career in 1985 as an associate at Hahn & Hessen and has served in its bankruptcy department since 1993. She has helped to successfully litigate a number of seminal cases favorably impacting bankruptcy protections afforded to participants in the securities industry. Matzat also serves as counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act and trustee in both the M. Rimson & Co., Inc. and GFB Securities, Inc. SIPA liquidation proceedings. Currently a consultant with Volt Information Services, McMaster served as president and CEO of LSSi from August 2004 until the company was acquired by VoltDelta in September 2007. He has extensive global experience in the technology sector, including four years as CEO of KPNQwest, a Netherlands-based joint venture engaged in the construction of a 50-city pan-European fiber optic network with staff and operations in 18 European countries. After graduating from the program for management development at the Harvard Business School, McMaster embarked on a 20-year career at AT&T and held several significant officer positions, including managing director of AT&T-UK and senior vice president of AT&T’s $22 billion consumer communications division. During his time at AT&T, McMaster led several important initiatives, such as the One Rate Calling Plan, the largest and most successful calling plan ever launched in the United States. He also has been a board member of the New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, American School of The Hague and American Baseball Foundation in the Netherlands.
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Three distinguished alums and the president of St. Mary’s College in Minnesota join the Manhattan College board of trustees.
Clockwise, from top left: Brother William Mann, F.S.C. John h. Banks III ’85 roseanne t. Matzat ’82 John a. McMaster ’78
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Left: new York City Police Commissioner ray Kelly ’63, Brother President thomas Scanlan and Kevin ’66 and Virginia Brooks gather at the farewell fundraiser at the Siwanoy Country Club. right: Former new York City Mayor rudy Giuliani ’65 and Br. Scanlan share a few laughs during a tribute given by Brooks.
Brother Is Feted at Farewell Fundraiser Th e w Or D “le a Der ” seemed to echo within the walls of the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y., during the farewell celebration to honor Brother President Thomas Scanlan and to benefit the Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, F.S.C., Endowment for Lasallian Heritage. Wellwishers, friends and colleagues gathered at the April 23 event, which paid tribute to this leader of Manhattan College and recognized his 22 years of stewardship. After a welcome from Thomas Mauriello, vice president for college advancement, the program began with an invocation by Brother Frank Byrne, F.S.C., provincial of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Robert La Blanc ’56, president of Robert La Blanc Associates, Inc., gave the toast. He talked about the critical state of the College before Br. Scanlan’s arrival and compared it to the financially strong and academically competitive institution that it is today, with much of its progression due to Brother’s skillful management. “We have been truly blessed to have a wonderful person as our campus leader for the past 22 years,” La Blanc said. “We will surely miss Tom.” Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani ’65 then offered a few words about Br. Scanlan’s “exceptional leadership” and wonderful friendship. “He left Manhattan College a lot better off than he found it, by a mile,” he said. “We are enormously appreciative of what he’s done for this great school, and I’m personally grateful for what he’s done for me.” Up next was longtime friend Kevin Brooks ’66, president of First Mercury Emerald Insurance Services. In a tribute punctuated with humor and even a little irreverence, Brooks described Br. Scanlan as a person of ideas and pure brilliance. He also noted all of the improvements and enhancements that Brother President enacted at the College. “Thank you for all that you have done for this wonderful institution,” Brooks said. “Good luck in your next phase of life. You’ve earned our respect, our admiration and our gratitude.” Representing the board of trustees, chairman Thomas O’Malley ’63 talked about how Br. Scanlan filled every role as Manhattan’s leader and is an exceptional person in every way. In explaining how difficult it was to replace Brother as the College’s president, he compared his legacy to that of Joe DiMaggio’s. “Replacing somebody like Tom Scanlan is so difficult because, in
Tom Scanlan, we have the proverbial man of all seasons,” O’Malley said. Afterward, Br. Scanlan took the podium and thanked everyone for such warm words and great memories. He mentioned the next step in his career, and, as many expected, it’s not retirement. He will be an auxiliary visitor and representative to a number of boards of trustees of high school ministries sponsored by the Christian Brothers for the new District of Eastern North America (the New York, New England and Maryland provinces of the Brothers are joining to form the District of Eastern North America). Br. Scanlan discussed the foundation of Manhattan College — the Lasallian Catholic Charism — and the goal of full human development of each student. He also explained what makes a good leader, including having vision and resources and, particularly, having the help of collaborators with varied experience, expertise and insight. “Over these past 22 years, we have achieved our goals with focused attention and the full cooperation and dedicated effort by the board, the consultors, the alumni, by my fellow administrators, as well as by our competent and caring faculty and staff,” he said. “Their support of my leadership has made my presidency a successful one. I know and you know that I couldn’t have done it alone. And for your trust and help, I am most grateful.” At the end of the program, the speakers gathered around for the unveiling of the gift. As a symbol of gratitude, Br. Scanlan was given an etched crystal that featured a view of the Quadrangle buildings. More than $500,000 was raised for the Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, F.S.C., Endowment for Lasallian Heritage, which will: provide funds for the College to initiate new programs and activities that enhance its Lasallian heritage and Catholic culture; assist in the Lasallian formation of board members, administrators, faculty and staff; provide seed money for research projects on Lasallian themes and topics; help recruit and retain faculty who choose to engage in the religious education of our students; and further other College efforts related to its Lasallian heritage and Catholic culture. “My friends, it has been a great 22 years,” Br. Scanlan said. “I thank God, my Brothers, the board of trustees, my fellow administrators and all of you for entrusting our beloved Manhattan College to my stewardship. Onward Manhattan!”
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On aP r il 30, the College community gathered together in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers to celebrate Brother President Thomas Scanlan and the accomplishments he achieved during his 22-year tenure. After a welcome from Dr. Weldon Jackson, executive vice president and provost, and an invocation by Brother Robert Berger, vice president for student life, representatives from the students, staff, administrators, faculty and alumni paid tribute to Brother President. Damien Germino ’09, president of student government, expressed his honor to be speaking on behalf of the students and shared some of his personal experiences with Br. Scanlan. “Brother has worn many hats in his lifetime, from teacher, director, principal to vice chancellor, board member and president,” Germino said. “Nevertheless, over the 22 years, from the first moments of his administration to the last months in tenure, he has made decisions to help positively change tens of thousands of students’ lives. He is deeply appreciated and respected for all he’s done.” In conveying the students’ gratitude, Germino gave Br. Scanlan yet another hat, a Yankees cap inscribed with “Brother President,” to add to both his figurative and literal collection. Margaret McKiernan, president of the staff council, and Janice Melino, director of the computer center, then spoke for the staff and administrators, respectively. McKiernan presented Br. Scanlan with a GPS system, so he will always know the way back to Manhattan, and Melino gave him a wireless card, so he can continuously keep in touch with its community. Dr. Richard FitzPatrick, professor of management, who was one of two faculty members to pay tribute, described his rela-
tionship with Brother with a little jesting and some seriousness. He depicted a determined president, who achieved accreditation for the school of business, a “numbers guy,” who balanced budgets and improved the physical campus, and a genuine friend, who would inquire after his employees’ health and recognize their important milestones. “At some point in my journey from admiration to affection, I realized I loved the man, not in spite of his faults, foibles and idiosyncrasies but, in many ways, because of them,” FitzPatrick said. “Brother, it has been a pleasure getting to know you. You are a oneof-a-kind, whose presence has been large and whose legacy will be even larger.” Dr. Bruce Liby, president of the council for faculty affairs and associate professor of physics, followed FitzPatrick and, after a brief speech, presented Br. Scanlan with Bomber Bucks (Yankees gift certificates) to be used at one of Brother’s favorite pastimes — attending Yankees games. Next, George Skau ’59, president of the alumni society, discussed many of Brother’s accomplishments throughout the years, and with the help of several past alumni society presidents who joined him on stage, he gave Br. Scanlan a Manhattan College ring. As a colleague who has worked the closest and longest with Brother President, Ann Clohessy, assistant to the president, offered the final tribute of the program. She characterized him as a dreamer who is also a doer. “Brother, you are a dreamer, a visionary and, like most great men, you turn dreams and visions into reality,” Clohessy said. “The proof of this is all around us.” Noting that the date was also the birthday of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Br. Scanlan
then addressed the community with gratefulness and sincerity. “Together, we have guided the transition of our beloved Manhattan College from serious challenges that boded a most uncertain future to a strong, stable college — one that is academically robust; committed to nurturing the faith, values and ethics of our students; exhibits a remarkable spirit; is financially sound; boasts an attractive and well-maintained campus; and has a stellar reputation,” he said. Br. Scanlan compared his role to that of a conductor of an orchestra and likened each part of the orchestra to that of the College’s faculty, staff, administrators, board, alumni and benefactors, all of whom “harmonize with him to create the masterpiece” for the benefit of the students. “Each of you should rightly take pride and satisfaction in the wonderful transformation that you were an integral part of making happen,” he said. “My deep and heartfelt gratitude to each one of you.” After his response, Manhattan’s longestserving president received a standing ovation from those gathered in the chapel. In closing, John Fandel, professor emeritus of English and world literature, recited his poem Farewell, which he wrote for Br. Scanlan’s retirement from the College. The celebration concluded with a reception in Smith Auditorium. Left: after paying tribute to Brother President thomas Scanlan on behalf of the students, damien Germino ’09, president of student government, presents him with a personalized Yankees cap. right: President of the alumni society George Skau ’59 and past president Peter Sweeney ’64 give Br. Scanlan a Manhattan College ring at the farewell celebration on campus.
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de La Salle dinner honors John V. Magliano ’66 Fa c in g a DiFFicu l T ec On Omy and distressed financial industry, committee members for the 2009 De La Salle Medal Dinner redoubled their efforts again to make Manhattan’s most important annual fundraising dinner a success. The dinner, held at the Waldorf=Astoria, raised more than $1 million, which is among the historic high totals for the event. Many credited the honoree, John Magliano ’66, chairman emeritus of Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. for providing the inspiration for such support. The New York City building industry, as well as alumni and friends from various other fields, donned black tie and turned out en masse to honor Magliano, who is described, in the words of Richard Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress, as “an outstanding consulting engineer and creative civic leader.” Magliano was commended not only for his formidable professional accomplishments but also for his remarkable commitment to education and mentorship. The evening’s program began with a brief address by Thomas O’Malley ’63, chairman of Manhattan’s board of trustees, who praised Brother President Thomas Scanlan and his many contributions to the College throughout the years. Attendees then rose in a standing ovation to convey their thanks to Brother. Dinner co-chairmen Anderson, Thomas Farrell ’83, senior managing director of Tishman Speyer, and Richard Tomasetti ’63, founding principal of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., were next to speak. Anderson focused his
Brother President thomas Scanlan presents honoree John Magliano ’66, chairman emeritus of Syska hennessy Group, Inc. with the de La Salle medal in January.
Manhattan engineers have been remarks on Magliano’s leadership integrity and leadership. involved with around the world. “He is smart, insightful and of the ACE Mentorship Program “In addition, there are thouincisive,” Br. Scanlan said. “He is of Greater New York. sands of Manhattan engineers a leader by example, by being a “Mentoring is a time-honored involved in designing roads and guide, as well as by formal and noble undertaking, especialbridges, providing clean water in authority.” ly for building and construction,” developing countries, designing Upon receiving the award, Anderson said. “John Magliano the next generation of computers Magliano offered deepest thanks knows that when generations to his wife, family, colleagues and and communication technology, transfer skills and wisdom, they friends. He showered the College and applying other developments build capacity and strength in of pure science for the benefit of society. Without doubt, John Ma- and its school of engineering mankind,” Magliano said. with praise. gliano has been the single most The De La Salle Dinner, Man“When Brother Thomas first important contributor to this hattan College’s most significant asked me to be tonight’s hongrowth [of the ACE Mentorship annual fundraising event, tradioree, I realized that this would program] in New York.” tionally honors a business leader be a wonderful opportunity to Anderson’s co-chairs Farrell who exemplifies the principles of showcase the achievements of and Tomasetti also took turns at excellence and corporate leaderthe engineering school and of the lectern and noted Magliano’s ship. The proceeds benefit scholManhattan engineers,” he said. exceptional commitments to “The video you saw tonight barely arships and academic programs. his profession, engineering and scratched the surface in describeducation. ing the iconic structures that O’Malley returned to the lectern to introduce a brief video presentation. Manhattan College Master Builders shed light on the enormous contributions of the College’s engineers to New York City and the world. Afterward, Br. Scanlan offered his remarks, which were punctuated with master of ceremonies Jim r yan ’60 introduced the committee memgratitude. bers who worked to make the dinner a success, including vice chair“This leads me to express a men Vincent Des imone ’59, chairman, Des imone c onsulting engimost special, sincere and heartneers; James Donaghy, chairman, structure Tone, inc.; r alph esposito, felt ‘thank you’ to all of you who senior vice president, Bovis l end l ease; c yrus izzo ’87, co-chief executive officer, syska h ennessy g roup, inc.; c harles maikish, president have supported this dinner that and ce O, Toxin a lerting Building systems, l lc ; Peter musumeci Jr. ’72, is critical to our ability to conretired executive vice president and senior credit officer, c ommerce tinue our educational work, espeBank; michael Paliotta ’87, managing director, c redit s uisse; Kenneth cially in service of first-generation r athgeber ’70, executive vice president and chief compliance officer, college students,” he said. “These Fidelity Funds, Fidelity investments; Peter r iguardi, president, n ew extremely tough and challenging york r egion, Jones l ang l as alle a mericas, inc.; Frederic s alerno ’65, times shout loud and clear that retired vice chairman and chief financial officer, Verizon; a nthony you are truly the best of friends s cala Jr. ’74, president, l owy & Donnath, inc.; Thomas s carangello ’79, of Manhattan College.” chairman, Thornton Tomasetti, inc.; stephen s queri ’81, executive vice Br. Scanlan then praised Mapresident and chief information officer, a merican express; Brendan gliano for his many professional w eiden ’79, partner, Jaros Baum & Bolles, c onsulting engineers; c urt successes, his commitment to Zegler ’93, project manager, Turner c onstruction c o.; and journal cochairmen John Paluzsek ’55, senior counsel, Ketchum; and Thomas education and, most of all, his r yan ’69, vice president for finance, manhattan c ollege. personal qualities of compassion,
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School of Business Receives Extension of Accreditation from AACSB in Ja n ua r y, Manhattan College’s school of business received an extension of accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the premier accrediting agency for business programs worldwide. The accreditation is a recognition of past accomplishments but also an essential when competing to attract future Jaspers looking to enter the various business fields. The College, which first was accredited in 2004, achieved accreditation for an additional six years, with the next on-site maintenance review to occur during the 2013-14 academic year. Of the 555 institutions throughout the world to hold AACSB accreditation, only 42 institutions are undergraduate-only programs, such as Manhattan. “The extension of AACSB International accreditation is external confirmation of the overall high quality of the school’s educational program,” says Dr. James Suarez, dean of Manhattan’s school of business. “This achievement reflects the outstanding teaching and scholarship of our faculty, the strong academic talent and skills of our students, and the success, dedication and loyalty of our alumni.” To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, and commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. In awarding the extension, the three-person review team significantly cited Manhattan’s strong commitment to its Lasallian heritage. The College was commended for its overall dedication to students and student learning and the faculty’s strong dedication to promoting Catholic values within the curriculum. For example, in lower-level economic classes, students learn the principles of Catholic social justice, while others engage in service learning, such as the Beta Alpha Psi project Relay For Life,
an event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. The faculty also was praised for its high level of scholarly activities and intellectual contributions, such as refereed journal articles, during the past five years. In addition, the team noted the classroom accomplishments of many professors and their responsiveness to inquiries and requests, as well as their willingness to work outside the classroom on course assignments and academic advisement. Also receiving high praise was Suarez, who is quick to deflect credit to the school’s board of advisors, a group of distinguished alumni who meet three times annually and work to ensure that the College maintains the high standards needed to keep accreditation. Many current members of Manhattan’s board of trustees have in the past served on the school of business board of advisors. “The board of advisors consists of strong business minds, and their input and oversight is invaluable because it puts tremendous pressure on the dean and the faculty to meet the goals of our strategic plan,” Suarez says. “They hold us to high standards, and they really contribute in many ways. They are a truly important resource in this whole process.” Manhattan’s school of business, which was established in 1928, is comprised of 30 full-time and 12 part-time faculty members and currently enrolls 830 students. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., the nonprofit organization’s mission is excellence in management education in colleges and universities.
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Manhattan College “Goes Green” green is nO lOnger just a color at Manhattan College. On Dec. 5, Brother Thomas Scanlan signed a presidential proclamation declaring the College’s intent to take all feasible steps to increase its sustainability while ensuring that “going green” issues are a factor in all future major decisions, policies and contracts. To further this mission, the College has signed on to New York City’s 30-in-10 initiative, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent during the next two decades, and has become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an association of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada that works to create a sustainable future. In addition, in February, members of the College’s physical plant department began discussions with representatives from MillionTreesNYC, an ambitious initiative established by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office to plant 1 million new trees in the city by 2017. Members of MillionTreesNYC visited the campus in early March to scout locations for the planting of new trees, and the College is only responsible for caring for the trees in the future. The main objective of MillionTreesNYC is to increase the tree canopy coverage of New York City for the sake of improving air quality and reducing energy costs. While “green” factors have been incorporated into many renovation and building project decisions at Manhattan for nearly two decades, the proclamation further emphasizes the College’s commitment to doing its share to preserve the environment.
“I hereby declare that Manhattan College shall strive to take all feasible steps to increase its sustainability and to decrease its eco-footprint,” says Br. Scanlan in the proclamation. “Further, I request every member of our College community to review his/her own eco-habits and make appropriate improvements. And lastly, I request that environmental stewardship be an important component of each student’s education. Striving to be a green campus is our common goal.” Bloomberg’s 30-in-10 challenge is part of PlaNYC, a sustainability plan launched on Earth Day 2007 that strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide by 30 percent by 2030. Leading New York universities and colleges have joined the more aggressive 30-in-10 commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 30 percent by 2017. The city’s first-ever carbon emissions inventory found that energy use in buildings accounts for almost 80 percent of its overall emissions, and of that, 18 percent is from governmental and institutional buildings. By accepting the challenge, the higher education institutions are leading by example in helping to make a sizable dent in the city’s overall emissions. AASHE was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education — from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach — through education, communication, research and professional development. It aims to advance the efforts of the entire campus sustainability community by uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities.
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For more than 40 years, the college has conducted a nationally recognized master’s program in environmental engineering and has offered an environmental concentration option in the undergraduate civil engineering major since 1939. The faculty’s advanced research, especially in water quality, has contributed to improvements in the hudson river, new york harbor, long island sound and elsewhere. Planted a significant number of new trees. increased energy efficiency of college vehicles. Promotes transportation alternatives, such as carpooling, biking and public transit. conducts extensive recycling. installed motion sensors to turn on/off classroom and public space lighting. reset thermostat controls to be higher in summer, during unoccupied periods. replaced light fixtures/bulbs with more energy efficient ones. installed an energy management computer control system. east hill hall’s air conditioning units utilize nonozone-depleting refrigerants.
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Con Edison President Raises Energy Issues at Horan Lecture aT TenDees OF The JOhn J. hOr an enDOwe D l ec Tur e this past October were treated to a presentation by one of the energy industry’s seminal figures, Louis Rana, president and chief operating officer of Consolidated Edison Company of New York. The intimate gathering convened at a private club in New York City, where Rana gave an overview of energy systems and discussed electricity demands, current energy supply and future issues that will impact his industry. To begin, he described Con Edison’s energy services, which include electric, gas and steam, and span the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County. Con Edison supplies more than 3 million people with services. “If you have ever walked by a city street opening that has resulted from a water main break and stared into the abyss, you would notice the immense complexity of the infrastructure that serves New York City,” says Dr. Gordon Silverman, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Manhattan College, who attended the lecture. “It is a tangle of communication, water, power and steam lines. Perhaps no one other than an engineer can fully appreciate the enormity of the problem of maintaining a reliable, stable and cheap source of energy that impacts our lives in so many ways.” Rana demonstrated the importance of energy in peoples’ lives by tracing the history of electric demand from 1970 to the present. According to his data, demand generally increases despite periods of recession, such as during the economic downturn that followed Sept. 11. In 2008, demand for electricity surged to nearly twice the consumption that was required in 1970. Based on these trends, he predicted that consumption will rise 50 percent by 2020. During his discussion, Rana portrayed a complete picture of Con Edison’s energy infrastructure and detailed the types of energy used to generate electricity. Such forms of energy include natural gas, renewable, hydro and nuclear. In noting the sources of New York City’s gas supply, he explained that much of the supply piped into area homes comes from the southern Gulf Coast region of the United States and from as far away as Alberta, Canada, which hovers above North Dakota. On Rana’s agenda of pressing industry issues was how to meet demands for the ever-increasing consumption of electricity. He explained new models being developed to address these stresses and emphasized the efficient operation of the national power grid, of which Con Edison is a partner. He also discussed renewable energy and new generation projects for New York state that supply natural gas, wind, hydro, nuclear and biomass/landfill energy.
His presentation was especially timely because New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled his windmill power plan this past summer. The plan seeks to green the city’s energy sources through renewable technology and proposes building wind turbines to put on bridges, skyscrapers and waterways. For 40 years, Rana has held positions of ascending importance at Con Edison. In September 2005, he was named president and chief operating officer. Other leaders to hold the top spot at Con Edison include Manhattan College trustee and alumnus Eugene McGrath ’63, who served as chairman and CEO of the company for 16 years until his retirement in 2006. A respected professional in his field, Rana’s experience and knowledge provided powerful insight into energy supply and demand, as well as an in-depth look at one of the United States’ largest and most successful utility companies. His presentation reinforced the long-standing tradition of the John J. Horan Endowed Lecture Series, which is named in honor of John Horan ’40, former chairman and chief executive officer of Merck & Co., Inc. The lecture series seeks to inform, update and expand personal and professional development of Manhattan’s faculty by bringing small groups of educators together with leaders of American business, scientific, engineering and educational communities.
Louis rana, president and chief operating officer of Con edison, discusses the energy industry at the John J. horan endowed Lecture in october.
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Jaspers Receive Top Honors at Fall Convocation
Top: Dr. Thomas Heffernan ’68, Ph.D., the Kenneth Curry Professor in Humanities at the University of Tennessee, addresses students at the Fall Honors Convocation in October. Bottom: Alley Bradley ’09, a student in the school of business, is inducted into Epsilon Sigma Pi, the oldest honor society at Manhattan College.
Nea r l y 150 o f M a Nhat t a N’s most ambitious seniors from all five of the College’s schools were inducted into Epsilon Sigma Pi (ESP) during the Fall Honors Convocation held in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers this past October. The ceremony, which also honored Dr. Thomas Heffernan ’68, Ph.D., the Kenneth Curry Professor in Humanities at the University of Tennessee, drew family and friends of the students to campus, as they became members of the oldest college-wide honor society at Manhattan. Heffernan, who was presented a Doctor of Humane Letters by Brother President Thomas Scanlan, congratulated students for their hard work. A respected scholar who has built a career on the study of religious literature, Heffernan is the author of four books, including the recent Scripture and Pluralism. After he graduated from Manhattan College, he earned an M.A. from NYU in 1971 and later completed his Ph.D. in 1977 at Cambridge University, where he studied religious literature and reform in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Among other achievements, Heffernan edited the prestigious journal Studies in the Age of Chaucer for a decade and has written more than 50 scholarly essays and reviews. A soughtafter lecturer and contributor on National Public Radio and television broadcasts, he has taught at universities in the United States, England and Croatia. His work has garnered awards such as the Medieval Academy of America’s Van Courtland Eliot Prize.
Heffernan recalled his own induction into ESP 40 years ago during a time that he said was “angry, confused and volatile,” not unlike the circumstances of today’s world. In 1968, the Vietnam War raged, Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated within months of each other, and riots spread across the country. He said that despite these explosive times, optimism and steady thinking guided him, thanks to his Manhattan education. “It is your education that will liberate you and provide you with soundness of mind, integrity of spirit, a spirit of social justice and the ability to love freely and openly without rancor or hate,” he said. Following the presentation, the deans from the schools of arts, business, education, engineering and science introduced their candidates for ESP. To qualify for induction, each of these students maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher for six consecutive semesters with no academic failures. The inductees readily accepted their certificates and keys from Br. Scanlan. After the ceremony, students and guests extended the celebration to Dante’s Den, where they attended a reception in honor of their achievements.
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r o g er go ebel ’ 57, es q. , professor of law at Fordham University School of Law and a graduate of the College’s school of arts, has established two new awards for students in honor of notable Manhattan professors Dr. Alfred DiLascia, professor emeritus of philosophy, and the late Brother Charles Reutemann, former dean of the school of arts and sciences. “This is another example of professor Goebel’s generosity in honoring great teachers at Manhattan College,” says Dr. Mary Ann O’Donnell, dean of the school of arts. In addition to his current commitment, throughout the years Goebel has established the Brother Albert Paul Gladhill Scholarship and Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello Lecture at Manhattan. The Professor Alfred DiLascia Award for Philosophy will be awarded to the student who writes the best paper of the year in a philosophy course. DiLascia is currently professor emeritus of philosophy and has been a revered member of the faculty for 60 years. He received a B.A. from Queens College in 1946 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University. DiLascia was the recipient of a Danforth Teacher Study Grant for 1960-61, one of three chosen in the New York metropolitan area, as well as for 1963-64. In 1993, he was awarded the Premio Internazionale Luigi Sturzo for his lifetime contribution to the study of Sturzo’s philosophy. The Brother Charles Reutemann Award for Religious Studies will be awarded to a senior religious studies major who writes the best religion paper of the year. Br. Reutemann was a graduate of The Catholic University
of America and earned an M.A. from Manhattan College, and a Ph.L. and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the National Brotherhood Award from the National Association of Religious Brothers in 1988. Br. Reutemann taught theology and philosophy at Manhattan College from 1957 to 1967 and served as dean from 1959 to 1962. Both the awards will be presented in the spring during the award ceremonies for the individual honor societies. The Professor Alfred DiLascia Award for Philosophy will be given at the induction ceremony for Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society; and the Brother Charles Reutemann Award for Religious Studies at the religious studies honor society, Theta Alpha Kappa. Each recipient will be granted $500 dollars. The awards will be presented annually to students who exemplify achievement in philosophy and religious studies in honor of their predecessors. Goebel, a graduate of New York University School of Law, is the current director of the Fordham Center on European Union Law and was president of the American Foreign Law Association from 1997 to 2000. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship from the University of Tubingen, Germany, and was a partner at Courdert Brothers Paris in the Brussels and New York offices. He has served on the faculty of New York University School of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law and University of Paris, and was visiting chair at Jean Monnet of Bonn, Germany.
Alumnus Establishes New Arts Awards
Brother Charles Reutemann Dr. Alfred DiLascia
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Mary Morgan ’09, a double major in accounting and economics, on safari in Masai Mara national Park in Kenya.
Out of Africa Mary Morgan ’09 Reflects on Her Journey to Kenya Du r iNg w iNt er br eak , I went to Nairobi, Kenya, for 12 days with Lois Harr, director of campus ministry and social action (CMSA), and her husband, John Reilly ’75. We thought our purpose was to set up an immersion trip for the L.O.V.E. (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience) program. I pleaded with Lois to let me join them because, as a senior, I wouldn’t be able to go next year. While in Africa and upon our return home, we realized that our journey had a much bigger purpose than just setting up a L.O.V.E. trip. Kenya is a country of more than 36 million people, most of whom are trilingual and speak their tribal tongue, Swahili and English. There are more than 40 tribes that live harmoniously, with the exception of violence that erupted over a contested presidential election early last year. Although there has been progress in AIDS prevention and treatment, there are still more than an estimated 1.3 million people living with HIV and 1 million children orphaned from AIDS in Kenya. Arriving in Kenya on New Year’s Day, Brother Dennis Lee, former director of CMSA, greeted us at the airport, and from that moment on, we were part of a community of Christian Brothers from the United States, Ireland, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nigeria and Kenya. Two young Kenyan Brothers, Raphael and William, took us to Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya that is roughly the size of Central Park with 1 million inhabitants and no indoor plumbing. We met Jeremiah and Maurice, students who live in Kibera, and they welcomed us into their homes. Walking in Kibera proved to be a challenge with “houses” densely packed together, tin roofs jutting out, and drainage ditches in the middle of crooked and uneven paths. Concerned, Br. Raphael repeatedly asked me how I was doing because getting around was physically and emotionally difficult. There were moments I tried not to gag or cry, which made me ashamed because this is where people have to live. Jeremiah and Maurice offered some hope to the situation, as we heard all of the struggles that they have overcome. They are 21 years old like me, but their young age belies a maturity that comes from years of more experiences and responsibilities.
On Sunday of our visit, we celebrated Mass with singing and dancing children at Nyumbani, an AIDS orphanage. While walking around, you would have never known that it was an orphanage for HIV-positive children from the happiness of the children and beautiful facilities. We stayed the night in Nakuru, two hours outside Nairobi with Brother Steven, a Kenyan who barely survived the election riots last year, and Brother Brendan, who is from the United States and moved to Kenya almost 50 years ago. Br. Brendan oversees Mwangaza College, a training center for different professions, including “accounts.” As an accounting major, I was quite surprised when I saw their nearly identical curriculum and textbooks. Br. Steven took us to Child Discovery Center (CDC), a center for children that have been orphaned or abandoned. Nearly 70 children live there and about 50 more come for meals during the day. Although dressed in their best, most had gaping holes in their uniforms.
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A young man named Samuel gave me a tour, which started with their own Miguel Hall and St. De La Salle dining hall. Samuel showed me the sleeping quarters with small metal bunk beds topped with shabby two-inch thick mattresses. He asked me a question I will never forget. “Do people in the U.S. even care that we are here with barely enough food to eat?” I struggled for words because I could not lie to this 17-year-old. I asked Br. Steven about an unfinished building on the property and why three or four children have to sleep on each inadequate mattress. He explained that CDC had been awarded a €150,000 grant that was rescinded because of the economy. Its meager budget goes toward food and school fees first. CDC was the most difficult part of the whole trip for me. It was the complete opposite of Nyumbani, which we had seen only 24 hours earlier. Understaffed and underfunded, here the struggles of the children were obvious. I had seen Nyumbani and knew what CDC could and should be like. Br. Steven has such strength and dedication to work there every day. The next day, we saw Tangaza College, where the Brothers run Christ the Teacher Institute of Education (CTIE), one of Tangaza’s seven schools. In his office, surrounded by pictures of St. John Baptist de La Salle, Brother Paulos, director of CTIE, lit up as he explained how the Brothers prepare their students to be true educators who care for the whole student. The Brothers in Kenya have not forgotten their mission to educate the poor. Students such as Maurice attend CTIE on scholarship. These college kids are literally starving for an education; they spend their money on tuition, rent and transportation rather than on food. We also spent two days on an amazing safari in the Masai Mara National Park. It was by far the most incredible thing I have ever witnessed! We saw lots of elephants, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, lions and more. The sights are breathtaking and make you understand why the Kenyans are so proud of their beautiful country. I did not want to leave Kenya. The Brothers and Kenyans had taken us in and made us feel part of the Lasallian community. Living modestly, the Brothers work tirelessly for better education. In addition to the projects mentioned, they publish newspapers for the slums, work as campus ministers, teach and work as administrators in high schools, run religious education classes, and much more. Their concern and love for those they interact with is obvious. I was touched by how they each humbly bring their own personalities and talents to serve others. I went to Kenya without fully knowing what to expect. Little did I know that when we returned to New York, we would start fundraising for CDC and work to establish an alumni trip to Kenya, in addition to the student L.O.V.E. visit. I also did not expect to become so attached to Kenya. I realize more and more that I was on a Lasallian immersion trip that gave me more insight and respect for the Brothers’ mission and for the culture and struggles of the Kenyan people.
Matthew Bonney ’83 attends the Mentor Dinner with his mentee Michelle Parasimo ’11, an accounting major in the school of business.
Mentor Program Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary t he Ma Nhat t a N Co lleg e MeNto r Program marked its 10-year anniversary at this year’s dinner on Feb. 5. Nearly 200 mentors and students from the College’s schools of arts, business, engineering and science gathered to commemorate the milestone event. Guest speakers Jim Ryan ’60, former FOX 5/WNYW’s Good Day New York anchor, and Dr. John Lawler, former chair of Manhattan College’s board of trustees and one of the founders of the Mentor Program, addressed the audience. From year to year, the Mentor Program rotates speakers from different industries. Ryan, who has worked in TV and journalism, was chosen to welcome students from the College’s new communication department. “He gave us a wonderful explanation of broadcast history,” says Brother Charles Barbush, coordinator of the Mentor Program. “It was important for students to hear that he started from the ground up. Networking was how he worked up the ladder, along with hard work.” According to Ryan, the Mentor
Program is especially important for students who will graduate in the near future. “It’s a tough time to get a job in this economy,” Ryan says. “Every bit of assistance helps. The Mentor Program is wonderful assistance because it gives students the opportunity to experience the workplace.” Lawler described his experiences in the business world as an engineer and then discussed the program’s history. Since its inception, the Mentor Program has expanded to represent diverse fields. Currently, it aims to recruit more mentors and students in science and the arts. Interested alumni can sign up anytime to become a mentor. For more information, call Br. Barbush at (718) 862-7519 or e-mail charles.barbush@ manhattan.edu.
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Players Stage Two Productions The Manhattan College Players both excited and amused their audiences with two theatrical productions at the end of the fall semester.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress In Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, a comedy set at a society wedding reception in Tennessee, five bridesmaids find refuge in the upstairs bedroom of the bride’s sister. Rachel Moody ’11, who plays a religious Christian named Frances, is about to get a makeover from Trisha, a cynical Southern belle portrayed by Angela Raiti ’09, in this scene.
Wait Until Dark In the mystery thriller Wait Until Dark, Brendon Budness ’09 and John White ’10 play a couple of thugs who terrorize a blind woman, played by Roxanne Custer ’11, whom they believe has hidden their missing heroin. In this scene, Budness pretends to be on the phone with a police sergeant, while White plays along with the game, in order to manipulate the vulnerable heroine.
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Professor Makes Impact in Music Journalism aDju NCt p r o f esso r o f Mus iC John Kruth was honored with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Deems Taylor Award for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music for his biography To Live’s To Fly: The Ballad of the Late Great Townes Van Zandt (Da Capo Books). The award ceremony was held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, this past December. Kruth’s band, which includes Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton of The Be Good Tanyas, as well as Dave Dreiwitz of Ween, performed at the event. Other winners included renowned writer Oliver Sacs and creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Fred Rogers. In To Live’s To Fly, Kruth tracks the tremulous life of folk singersongwriter Townes Van Zandt. While the Texan singer never had a nationwide hit, his music has been a cited as an inspiration to rock legends Bob Dylan, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Neil Young. Van Zandt has written songs such as Pancho & Lefty for Willie Nelson and Nothin’, which was recently recorded by Plant and Alison Krauss on their Grammy-winning album Raising Sand. “Townes was important and deserving for someone to spend the time and energy to help bring his music to broader consciousness,”
Kruth says. “We know Springsteen and Dylan and whoever got corporate support of the large labels. Townes never got that corporate support, but that doesn’t mean his message or lyrics were any less great.” The book describes Van Zandt’s life through interviews and narratives, and shows how his commitment to songwriting overtook all other aspects of his life. Kruth calls himself a quiltmaker who takes the most remarkable stories and vignettes from Van Zandt’s friends and family, as well historical information and recordings, and sews them together in his book. Kruth titled his book after one of Van Zandt’s most famous songs, which symbolizes his tragic but significant career. “Townes had a difficult life, a lot was self-inflicted due to his addictions and wild lifestyle, but within these lyrics there is a pertinent message,” he says. “It’s anthemic. It’s about overcoming and getting through all the obstacles and darkness in life. It’s about the light at the end of the tunnel, and he was in the tunnel for a long time.” Kruth’s past work includes Bright Moments: The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He currently is working on a biography of blind musician Reverend Gary Davis.
Government Professor Publishes Book on Race and Voter Turnout a New b o o k t hat probes issues underlying race and voting in the United States has propelled Dr. Margaret Groarke to the attention of readers across the country. A familiar face on campus, Groarke, assistant professor of government and director of the peace studies program at Manhattan College, has co-written her first book, Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters (New Press), which was published this past February. As part of its Black History Month celebration, the Association for Black Culture
on Manhattan’s campus sponsored a talk about the book led by Groarke in the Alumni Room of O’Malley Library. To write the book, Groarke teamed with Frances Fox Piven, her advisor during graduate school at CUNY, and Lorraine Minnite, a former classmate at CUNY and current professor at Barnard College. Together, they describe how political leaders have used the demobilization of voters, particularly among blacks, to win elections. The book thoroughly discusses the history of voter discouragement and its recent resur-
gence with the Bush administration. It explains new tactics, such as the fear-mongering of voter fraud and ballot security. “Elections are won by demobilizing voters just as much as mobilizing voters … The administrative system can be manipulated for partisan advantage, usually because of claims of voter fraud, although there is little voter fraud in reality,” Groarke says. The book also contends that election reform can be used to overly complicate the voting process and cause confusion and miscommunication.
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Mexican Co-op Director Speaks About Fair Trade Coffee f o r t h o s e w h o s e Mor NiNg ritual begins with a steaming latte, Rigoberto Contreras Diaz’s lecture, What’s in Your Cup? Coffee and Economic Justice, on fair trade products showed how American consumers’ choices, even just one cup of coffee, affect developing countries. A marketing director and member of the Michiza Coffee Coop in Mexico, he spoke of the benefits of cooperatives while on campus in
October, a visit supported by a grant from Catholic Relief Services. Diaz explained that he is part of an organization of people who produce coffee and also own a piece of the enterprise. He said that without the cooperative, which farms fair trade coffee, his product would yield only one-fifth of the current minimum of $1.26 per pound. Being part of the cooperative protects the price per pound of coffee,
so it never dips below the minimum. The price can only go up with the market. Another bonus is the cooperative makes 20 cents per pound for organic coffee on top of the $1.26. He emphasized that everyone wins with fair trade coffee. Consumers drink a quality product, workers earn decent wages, and countries are better able to preserve their land and ecosystems for future generations.
Professor Discusses Romance and Religion Do NNa f re it as , assistant professor of religion at Boston University, gave an insightful lecture on her new book Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses. Freitas explained how her book evolved from a project developed in a course she taught at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. In class, a conversation about today’s “hook-up culture” made her realize that rather than meaningless hook-ups, her students wanted “meaningful relationships that integrate spirituality” into their dating lives. Such assertions were voiced by her students who produced their own paper on sex titled “Dateline,” as well as through a nationwide study on hook-up culture that she conducted at public, private, secular, evangelical and
Catholic colleges. Freitas, who defined hooking up as “a sexual intimate encounter that could be anything from kissing to other sexual activities that are casual in nature,” interviewed students on campuses about their true feelings toward hook-up culture and religion, two themes at odds with each other. About religion, Freitas said “80 percent of students on college campuses expressed interest in spirituality and religion.” However, hook-up culture still exists because students, especially freshman, feel as if they have to be part of this culture to be accepted. The lecture was co-sponsored by the department of religious studies, campus ministry and social action, residence life, student life, student activities and athletics.
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Net w ork iNg i s k ey to finding a job in a down market — at least that’s one truth three alumni from different generations all shared with students at the symposium Economic Recession 2008-2009: What does it mean for you? in February. The alumni, F. John Reinke ’68, proprietor of Yet Another Guru, Bert Zevzavadjian ’91, sales manager of Corporate Solutions at LinkedIn.com, and Shaleen Dastur ’04, business development manager at NorthPoint Solutions, returned to campus at the request of Dr. Carolyn Predmore, associate professor of marketing, to offer students the benefit of their experiences. Geared to job-seekers, the presentation emphasized how students can adapt to conditions and find a job in spite of the economic downturn. Some of the advice was common sense: students can’t afford to be picky in their job search; and finding a job is a “numbers game.” Yet some of it was inspirational and urged students to “step outside the comfort zone” and realize “the lens of opportunity is closing, so pick the risk farthest out and go for it.”
Alumni Advise Students on Job Market a mong the top 10 pieces of advice:
• Network by using LinkedIn, Facebook and friendships to “leverage your network,” but don’t create “digital dirt.”
• Create your own personal brand to differentiate yourself from others.
• Create an action plan and have written goals for the future focusing on five, 10, 20 and 30 years from now.
• Embrace fear and overcome failure; recognize even a .300 batting average means the batter hits only 30 percent of the time.
• Think outside the box. • Start one or more Internet-based businesses. • Realize there are lessons to be learned after every experience, good and bad.
• Always do your best “cheerfully, with panache.” • Be flexible. • Prioritize and have fun in spite of the task at hand. • Finally, take all advice with a grain of salt. “Solicit advice, consider it, but don’t take it as Gospel,” Reinke said.
Jasper Career Connections t h e a lu MNi r el at io Ns o f fi Ce and the career development center have joined together in a new initiative to bring resources to alumni seeking assistance with career preparation and job hunting. Your help is needed to make this endeavor successful. Please think of Manhattan College first when you hear of a job opening in your company or anyplace else. Are you a recruiter, headhunter, human resources executive or job coach? Are you
willing to be part of a network of alumni who will be available to talk with others seeking to make connections in order to find a job? You may not actually have a job for the person, but, if you can refer a person to someone else, that referral might have an opening. Please call the career development center at (718) 8627224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cartoonist Scott McCloud Blends Comics and New Media Ca r to o Nis t a ND Co MiC book theorist Scott McCloud entertained an audience of Manhattan students, faculty and guests with his November lecture, Comics: A Medium in Transition. To convey his main points, McCloud presented a humorous PowerPoint presentation to juxtapose comic images in a way that animated his life and journey. He explained creating comics was all about making a series of choices, including which moments to show, how to present frames, how to illustrate images, whether or not to use words, and how to guide the eye between panels and within panes.
McCloud’s main focus was on the potential of cartoons and new ways to enhance them with computers and the Internet. He described two types of Web comics: a print version on the computer screen; and one that takes comics to a new level by using the computer as a window rather than a page. He emphasized that with new media, comics change shape, and space no longer equals time. McCloud illustrated this concept with examples of Web comics, such as his own Zot!
Holocaust Survivor Speaks on Campus t h r o ug h t h e us e of familiar deannihilate the Jewish people. By May tails — baking potatoes, a carrot— 1944, Knopfler said the Jews in TransylHolocaust survivor Clara Knopfler vania were required to wear the yellow made a story about cruelty, abuse and star, hand over all their valuables to deprivation excruciatingly real to the the state, and told they would have to students who attended the Holocaust “go somewhere to be useful.” Resource Center’s fall lecture. “While the potatoes were still in the Knopfler covered the years from oven, three gendarmes came to take 1940, the year in her experience as a us away,” she said. “We had no idea teenager in Transylvania that everywhere we were going.” thing changed, to the war’s end. The family and local Jewish people “Out of 39 members of my family — were housed in a brick factory, a makefather, mother, brother, aunts, uncles, shift ghetto, without any toilet facilicousins — only two survived,” she said. ties. Within the next month, Knopfler Her mother was the other family saw her boyfriend hanged, spent survivor, as well as one of the world’s three days in a cattle car and, by June longest-living Holocaust survivors, 1, 1944, ended up in Auschwitz. who died in 1999 at the age of 101. She and her mother were transIn 1940, Hitler gave oversight of ferred from camp to camp until they Transylvania to Hungary, which carried were taken to East Prussia to dig out his plans to segregate and then anti-tank trenches to protect against
Russian invasion. Her mother became sick, yet the camp doctor (a dentist, by training) refused to let her rest. “I worked in the bottom of the trench,” Knopfler said. “A young man, a Hitler-Jugend, came to my mother and yelled at her … I heard him beating her, and I lost it.” She said she yelled at the boy, “Don’t you have a mother?” The boy returned the next day with a carrot and half a cigarette for Knopfler and urged her to eat and smoke to ward off hunger pangs. “He was, in this way, apologizing,” she said. It is for this reason — the apparent repentance of the boy — Knopfler speaks out now. “I hope we can change evil to good,” she said. “We have to educate people to try.”
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Dr. Samantha Power discusses genocide at the new Holocaust Resource Center lecture series that honors Dr. Frederick Schweitzer, professor emeritus of history.
Holocaust Resource Center Features Pulitzer Prize Winner at new Lecture Series t he Ma Nhat t a N Co lleg e Holocaust Resource Center presented the first lecture of its new Frederick M. Schweitzer Lecture Series this past October titled Can Genocide Be Stopped? U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Terror. It featured Dr. Samantha Power, a professor of practice of global leadership and public policy at Harvard University and a 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner. Power described four seminal dates in recent history. First, she discussed April 21, 1994 as the culmination of a two-and-a-half week killing spree during which 100,000-300,000 people were murdered in the Rwandan Genocide. She posed this question to her audience: “How is it that 50 years after the Holocaust there is so little being said about this [genocide] in Congress?” Next, she identified the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001 as an experience that enabled young Americans to identify with the Rwandan Genocide. She came back to the Rwandan Genocide with the third date, April 6, 2004, which commemorated its 10-year anniversary. That
April, the “endangered people movement” came into existence in the United States. “Young people drove this movement,” Power said. The final date that she mentioned was Nov. 4, 2008, the day of the presidential election that took place shortly after her lecture. Power noted it as the first time a black man would have the opportunity to be elected president. Power also gave a morning lecture session for students on the theme of genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. She compared this genocide to the overtly violent genocides that took place in Rwanda and under the Nazis and discussed strategies to stop it.
Catholic Relief Services Reports on Conflict in Uganda f o r t h e pa s t 2 0 yea r s , a little-publicized conflict has ravaged the African nation of Uganda, where thousands of children have been abducted and two million people have been displaced. Sister Pauline Silver Acayo, an Ugandan native and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) peacebuilding officer in the country, gave a startling account of the crisis for her lecture Peacebuilding in Africa: Healing Former Child Soldiers in October. Sr. Acayo described how the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a group of rebels who started the war to overthrow the Ugandan government, mindlessly kill fellow citizens and rape women. The rebels abduct boys who are forced to become child soldiers or else have their hands, ears or noses cut off. In the face of violence, CRS has enrolled more than 5,000 children in peace clubs at schools. They learn about conflict resolution, leadership skills and human rights in an effort to help rescued child soldiers rejoin society. Campus ministry and social action, National Society of Black Engineers, Association for Black Culture and Catholic Relief Services sponsored the talk.
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Columbia Professor Probes Impact of Latino Vote w he N aM er iCa Ns Ca st their ballots each Election Day, Rodolfo de la Garza always pays particular attention to the results for the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population: Latinos. As the Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science at Columbia University, Garza spoke on Analysis and Overview of the Latino Vote at Manhattan College during the run-up to the election this past September. “When we think about all the propaganda out there that Latinos are going to be influential [in the election], you have to put this into the equation: they register less and they vote less,” Garza said. Such trends apply to Latinos of all ages and levels of education. Garza dispelled such myths about the strength of the Latino vote with data from the 2004 election and a closer look at states with high numbers of this group, most notably New Mexico, where Latinos have the greatest concentrated voting presence. In the 2004 election, the Republicans won New Mexico, despite the Democrats’ appeal to immigrant groups. To make his point, he said, “If you double the Latino turnout in New Mexico using 2004 data, the Republicans still win.”
Christian Brother Reveals Work of Lasallians in the East t h e 17t h l a sallia N Convocation took the College community on a metaphoric trip to the Middle East. Brother Austin David Carroll, undersecretary general of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, drew from his experience to provide listeners with an understanding of how Lasallian education impacts some of the most embattled parts of the globe. He began his lecture, La Salle in the East: Educating for Justice and Peace, by describing the challenges faced by Catholic educators in hostile parts of the world, where Christian populations are dwindling. “You don’t have peace if you don’t have justice,” he said. Br. Carroll described the work of Lasallian educators throughout the East as “evangelization,” by which he meant a longer-term investment in the people and communities that model justice and peace. For their part, the
Brothers are working to not only maintain a Christian presence but also to evangelize through schools, alleviate human suffering and provide for the economic survival of the poor. Pointing to Bethlehem University as the “exemplar of evangelization,” Br. Carroll described the difficulties posed by the university’s location in the birthplace of Christ in Palestinian territory. Students have difficulties just getting to class through Israeli checkpoints, and administrators are restrained from raising tuition, currently around $410 a year, by Palestinian National Authority policy. One-third of the institution’s students are Christian, and two-thirds are Muslim. “Education has two sides. Do you teach people to hate or do you develop the whole person?” he said. “As Lasallians, we try to make them the best person they can be.”
Times Reporter Talks About Community Issues a s t h e eyes a ND ear s of the city, New York Times reporter David Gonzalez does what he considers to be his civic duty: spark discussion of issues that are important to local residents. A keynote speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month in October at Manhattan College, Gonzalez talked about how his upbringing in a working class section of the Bronx has influenced his work. “When you talk about the Bronx, you have to talk about its Latino population,” said Gonzalez, whose Puerto Rican parents worked multiple jobs to send him to Catholic school.
For Gonzalez, a typical week on the job is rarely dull. He might go to Bushwick in Brooklyn to find out how the influx of hipsters has caused prices to go up, or visit after-school programs to investigate budget cuts. “People are gorging on trifles like Paris or Britney and not paying attention to what’s going on in their communities,” Gonzalez said. “I spend my time writing about the people, places and issues that make up New York City.”
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Historian Discusses War and Peace at Costello Lecture to “renounce all aggressive war,” factors, he argued “changes t h e s eveNt h a NNua l Costelfollowed, ironically, two years lo Lecture, a series dedicated to in the cultural field of warfare” later, by a declaration of war on were more responsible for the the memory of Brother Casimir Austria, which was considered, increase in death rates. Gabriel Costello, F.S.C., former at the time and well in advance Before the French Revoluchair of the history department, of World War I, to be “a war to tion, he explained, the idea of featured Dr. David A. Bell, the bring about perpetual peace.” war as a part of the societal Andrew W. Mellon Professor “Apocalyptic notions of the order came under attack. Inof the Humanities at Johns last war,” of “regenerative war,” creasingly society “enshrined Hopkins University. In his lecas well as the “criminalizing of the ideal of a peaceful coexture, Culture of War and Peace enemies,” have endured from istence,” as well as the notion in Europe, 1750 – 1815, Bell conthis 18th century inception tended that warfare during the “commerce will replace war,” he point until today, as has the said. A counter-critique was period of 1750-1815 underwent launched questioning the value “twin” concept of eliminating all “a large, interesting shift.” war in favor of “peaceful coexisof a peaceful civilization and The post-revolutionary and tence,” Bell said. equating military prowess with Napoleonic periods showed The Costello Lecture Secivic vitality. Both ideas, though an explosion of war deaths in ries, established in 2002, is France and throughout Europe, apparent opposites, he said, sponsored by alumnus Roger “have departed from the aristowhich were not attributable Goebel ’57, professor of law and cratic vision of social stability.” to the technical evolution of director of the Center on EuroThe French Revolution abolweaponry. Typically, Bell said, ished the nobility and the mon- pean Union Law at Fordham the increase is attributed to University; Patricia Stack, Br. archy and, therefore, the arisrevolutionary ideology and Costello’s niece; and Jack Stack, nationalism. While acknowledg- tocratic notion of warfare. By her husband. 1790, there was a call in France ing the contributions of those
Dr. David A. Bell, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, delivers the annual Costello Lecture to an audience in Smith Auditorium, which includes Dr. Claire nolte, professor of history and chairperson of the department (left).
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Lacrosse Star Scores in L.O.V.E.
Man hat t an Men ’s l a c ro ss e goalkeeper John Geagan ’09 has backstopped the Jaspers to a berth in the MAAC Tournament, been a MAAC All-Academic selection and led the NCAA in save percentage in 2006, but his greatest contribution to Manhattan College has come off the field. Last summer, he led a group of 13 Manhattan students on a trip to Camp John Marc, a facility in Bosque County, Texas (85 miles southwest of Dallas), that gives children with physical disabilities or chronic illnesses the chance to experience a week of summer camp as “regular” kids. An education major, Geagan has participated in the L.O.V.E. (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Education) program during each of the past two summers. The L.O.V.E. program, which is organized by the office of campus ministry and social action, sponsors numerous service trips throughout the summer. The week-long trip to Camp John Marc is a product of Manhattan’s relationship with the National Kidney Foundation, which runs Camp Reynal for children with chronic kidney disease and is the first group to
visit the camp each summer. This year’s trip runs from May 30-June 5. “We’re one of the only full groups that goes down, and John was the leader of the trip last year,” says Jennifer Edwards, the coordinator of the L.O.V.E. program. “He can’t say enough about this trip and how much it’s changed him as a person. He’s so enthusiastic about going and working with the kids that he volunteered to lead the trip again this year.” Camp Reynal is one of several organizations that takes advantage of the unique opportunity that Camp John Marc provides for special-needs campers. Camp John Marc is a typical summer camp with games, fishing, horseback riding, arts and crafts and campfires. The only difference is that the campers, ages 9-16, all have different medical needs and physical limitations. “You see these kids with a lot more limitations than you have and the things they do, the zest for life that they have,” Geagan says. “They have so much energy, and there are so many limitations. They can’t live normal lives, but they’re so happy with the little things. “A tough thing for us as counselors is to go out there and treat them like normal kids. You want to handle them with white gloves, but the kids don’t like that. They know their
limitations, and they’re going to push themselves until they reach those limitations.” While the camp is designed to make the campers feel like typical kids, the fact that they need special medical attention remains. One of Geagan’s biggest fears going to Camp John Marc for the first time was that he’d be thrust into a situation involving a camper’s medical condition that he would not be able to handle. Upon his arrival, he learned counselors are given instruction during a situational course, but a full-time medical staff takes care of the campers’ medical needs. There are three nurses on-call throughout the night, and the medical center is located at the center of the facility near all the cabins. The Camp John Marc staff was so impressed with Geagan after his first year that he was invited to come back as a full-time counselor this past summer. He was the first person from New York ever asked to work as a Camp John Marc counselor. While he has not been able to take advantage of that opportunity yet, Geagan absolutely wants to return in the future, possibly for the whole summer. Camp John Marc has become such an important part of Geagan’s life that when he needed knee surgery last year, he postponed it until after the trip was over.
“I tore up my knee last November, and I went to the doctor over winter break,” Geagan says. “He told me that I couldn’t make it any worse, so if I was able to deal with the pain, I’d still be able to play and have surgery later. I played through it in the spring, and we made the MAAC Tournament for the first time since I’ve been here. We won two double-overtime games, and by the end of those games I could barely even walk, but I was really glad I stayed the season and did that. “I went to the camp right after that, and then I had the surgery. I was in an immobilizer for six weeks, and it took me forever to walk, but going to the camp was a real motivation to push myself and realize I could get better.” Geagan’s final lacrosse season began on Feb. 18, and he’s focused on earning a return trip to the MAAC Tournament. While he doesn’t know what the future holds, Geagan does know where he’ll be during the first week of June — Camp John Marc. “I’ve made a ton of friends out there,” he says. “It’s a great group of people and such a great experience. Whether I’m leading the trip this year or helping out, I’m definitely going back.”
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Men’s Basketball erans Appreciation Day during its game against American University. The event was inspired by Rohrssen’s and American head coach Jeff Jones’ participation in the United States Organization’s Operation Hardwood Tour this past summer, a morale-boosting program for military personnel that began in the nation’s capital before the team of coaches traveled to the Persian Gulf. The team earned four MAAC victories in January, with two dramatically decided in the closing seconds. On Jan. 5, Crawford lifted the Jaspers to a 59-57 victory at Canisius with a midrange jump shot with just five seconds remaining. Two weeks later, Pearson buried a heroic bucket at the buzzer to give the Jaspers a 62-60 home win over Saint Peter’s. A February surge featured road wins at Marist, Loyola and William & Mary in an ESPNU BracketBuster matchup. The Jaspers were also triumphant in their televised contest with local rival Iona and against Rider on Senior Day. Despite earning a No. 4 seed for the MAAC Tournament, Manhattan’s season ended prematurely with a 68-61 loss to Fairfield at the Times Union Center in Albany. The Jaspers will return 12 letter-winners next season, including four starters, who accounted for 80.6 percent of the team’s scoring offense.
t h e Men ’s ba s ket ba l l t ea M enjoyed a memorable 2008-09 campaign and posted the 56th winning season in the program’s 103-year history. Third-year head coach Barry Rohrssen guided the Jaspers to a 16-14 record and a fourth-place finish in the MAAC, which marked the best conference finish during his time in Riverdale. Senior forward Devon Austin completed his sterling career 19th in school history with 1,777 points. Junior guard Darryl Crawford emerged as a top performer in the league and earned AllMAAC Third Team honors. He led Manhattan in scoring (14.4 points per game) and played some of his best basketball down the stretch, averaging 19.2 points in the last 10 contests. Sophomore teammate Chris Smith also contributed to the Jaspers’ success with 13.4 points and a teambest 5.7 rebounds per game. Manhattan began the season strong with three straight victories, including a thrilling 6160 victory over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Morgan State on junior point guard Antoine Pearson’s game-winning reverse layup with nine seconds left. Three days later, the Jaspers took down Fordham, 81-67, in the 101st Battle of the Bronx. Crawford received the Mike Cohen Award as the game’s most valuable player after he accumulated 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. On Dec. 29, Manhattan hosted Iraq War Vet-
Devon Austin ’09
Women’s Basketball wo Men ’s ba s ket ba l l celebrated its 30th anniversary during the 2008-09 season. Numerous anniversary events were held throughout the season, which culminated in an on-court ceremony during the regular season finale against Fairfield on Feb. 28 that featured many of the greatest players in the program’s history. On the court, the Lady Jaspers successfully integrated five freshmen into a lineup that featured only two seniors and one junior. Two of those freshmen — guard Alyssa Herrington and forward Lindsey Loutsenhizer — were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team, which made Manhattan the first squad with two All-Rookie selections since 2004-05. Herrington drained 73 three-pointers, one shy of the single-season school record, and led the MAAC with 2.4 three-pointers per game. Loutsenhizer earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors twice during the season and recorded two double-doubles, including a 15-point, 10-rebound effort against Loyola in the MAAC Tournament. Senior center Kelly Regan had her best season yet and earned a place on the All-MAAC Second
Team after leading the team in scoring and rebounding. Against Iona on Feb. 9, she became the 17th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. She finished 14th in Manhattan’s records with 1,103 points and was named MAAC Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 23, after scoring a career-high 29 points against Marist. Despite finishing with a 10-20 overall record, the Lady Jaspers notched several memorable victories in 2008-09. Behind 17 points from Herrington on Nov. 30, Manhattan defeated eventual Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart 68-62 at Draddy Gymnasium. When the bulk of the MAAC schedule began at Iona on Jan. 4, the team trailed by one before junior guard Michelle Pacheco drove the length of the floor and sank the game-winning lay-up with two seconds remaining to give Manhattan a 57-56 victory. A league-high six Lady Jaspers were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team: Regan (for the third time), senior Annie McIntyre (her second selection), and sophomores Nicole Harrison, Alicia Marculitis, Nadia Peters and Abby Wentworth.
Kelly Regan ’09
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Indoor Track and Field t h e 2008-09 in d o o r track and field season ended like virtually all before it during the past decade — with a MAAC Championship for both the Manhattan College men’s and women’s teams and at least a gold medal or more for the Jaspers at the IC4A/ECAC Championships. For the 13th time in a row for the men, and the 12th time in the past 13 years for the women, the track and field squad captured the MAAC titles on Feb. 20. For Manhattan track and field head coach Dan Mecca, it was his 49th MAAC Championship (men’s, women’s, indoor, outdoor and cross country) in the past 12 years. At the Armory Track and Field Center in Manhattan, the women were led by sophomore Siri Fagerlund and junior Malin Marmbrandt. Fagerlund won both the 55-meter hurdles event in 8.23 seconds and the 55-meter dash in 7.36. Marmbrandt took gold in the triple jump with a personal-best record 12.22-meter mark and the long jump in 5.95. For those performances, Marmbrandt was selected as the meet’s Most Outstanding Women’s Performer for Field Events, and Fagerlund was voted the Co-Most Outstanding Women’s Performer for Track Events. The men had outstanding performances from freshman Albert Johnson III, senior triple jumper Kosta Randjic and junior middle distance runner Milos Vuckovic. Johnson won the 200-meter dash in 21.96 seconds, led a 1-2-3-4-5 finish in the long jump with a 7.21-meter mark and grabbed bronze in the triple jump (15.36). Randjic broke the meet’s triple jump record with a leap of 15.82 and also was second in the long jump to take the meet’s Most Outstanding Men’s Performer for Field Events. Vuckovic grabbed silver in both the mile run (4:11.40) and the 800-meter (1:52.38) to take Co-Outstanding Men’s Performer for Track Events. A few weeks after the MAAC, 12 members of the women’s team and 10 members of the men’s team went to Boston for the prestigious IC4A/ECAC Indoor Championships. Five Jaspers — Mujanovic, Randjic, Johnson, Marmbrandt and freshman Karl-Erik Ludvigsson — came home with All-East honors. The teams did well in the classroom, too, with 24 team members (20 women and four men) attaining MAAC All-Academic status. Malin Marmbrandt ’10
Men’s and Women’s Swimming t he Men ’s a nd w o Men ’s swim teams finished the season on a high note. Several swimmers broke records at the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships, and the women’s squad sent four members to the ECAC Open Swimming and Diving Championships for the first time in three years. At the MAAC Championships at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., freshman Bridget Latino lowered her own record in the 200-yard butterfly in the morning preliminaries on the final day with a swim of 2:13.86. In the evening finals, she bettered the record again and posted an ECAC “A” qualifying time of 2:11.59. In addition, junior Catherine Chan broke the 100-yard freestyle mark with a time of 55.90. The 400-yard medley relay team of Chan, Latino and sophomores Rebecca Schwartz and Kayla Hutzler set a new mark of 4:13.81, more than a second faster than the previous record. On the men’s side, junior Matt Kaftanski posted a record-breaking time of 2:06.56 in only his second attempt at the 200-yard backstroke. Manhattan finished ninth overall in the competition but did well in placing swimmers on the MAAC Swimming and Diving All-Academic Teams. On the men’s side, these swimmers include Kaftanski, senior Daniil Kalyuzhny, junior Nick LaBanca and sophomores Justin Logerfo and Chris Tucci. For the women, the swimmers are Chan, Hutzler, sophomore Emily Desjarlais and seniors Anne Mohan and Megan O’Keefe. At the ECACs held at Harvard a week after the MAAC Championships, Latino broke her own record again in the 200-yard butterfly. This time,
she swam the event in 2:11.28. The day before, she just missed breaking her 100-yard fly record with a time of 1:00.39. “This was a very successful season, both in the pool and in the classroom,” says head swim coach Walter Olsewski, who noted that this season marked the first time that Manhattan fielded a men’s swim team since 1981. He also pointed to the women’s dual meet record of 11-8. Besides MAAC All-Academic achievements, Olsewski emphasized that both the men’s and women’s teams achieved high rankings in the Team Academic All-America rankings issued by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Out of qualifying Division I teams, the men ranked 11th out of 41, while the women’s team finished 26th out of 93. Bridget Latino ’12
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t iM l ea r y ’67 wa s i n d uc t ed into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame on March 28, 2009, as a tribute to a decorated 35-year coaching career at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens. He was one of just nine inductees in this year’s class. The Basketball Coaches Association of New York selected him for this prestigious honor based on an impressive résumé from his time as head coach at St. Francis Prep, which featured more than 500 career victories, seven division titles, four Final Fours and a Catholic High
School Athletic Association City Championship. Leary, a 1963 graduate of St. Francis Prep, has earned several Coach of the Year honors from different organizations throughout his career. At Manhattan, Leary helped guide the Jaspers to two National Invitational Tournament appearances in his four-year career under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Ken Norton, the winningest coach in basketball program history. A multisport athlete at Manhattan, he also lettered four years in baseball.
Tim Leary ’67 Inducted into New York State Basketball Hall of Fame
Volleyball d es pit e a s l o w s t a r t in 2008, the volleyball team finished the season strong under the direction of firstyear head coach Jolie Ward. The Lady Jaspers went 10-8 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play and just missed out on a place in the fourteam conference tournament. Its 10 wins, which double last season’s total, set a record for conference victories in a season. Manhattan finished with an 11-17 overall record, a five-win improvement from 2007. The highlight of the season was a five-match homestand in early November. Manhattan won all five matches, starting with a thrilling five-set victory over archrival Iona on Nov. 1. Iona won the first match between the teams and took a two-sets-to-one lead in this one. The Lady Jaspers then dominated the fourth set to send the match into the fifth. The decisive fifth set was an epic struggle that featured 18 ties, eight lead changes and 12 match points (six each) before Manhattan finally put the match away, 25-23. The Lady Jaspers followed with dominating victories over Rider, Niagara, Canisius and Saint Peter’s to keep their playoff hopes alive entering the season finale at Fairfield. The regular season champion Stags won
the match in three sets to eliminate the Lady Jaspers. The fifth-place finish was Manhattan’s highest since earning fourth in 2006. Several Lady Jaspers had outstanding seasons, most notably senior Sherryta Stokes, who earned a selection to the All-MAAC First Team after leading the team and finishing second in the conference in kills. She recorded her 1,000th career kill on her final attempt in Manhattan’s Senior Day victory over Saint Peter’s. Stokes also earned MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 13. Senior Alyssa Getzel, the team captain, led the Lady Jaspers in both assists and service aces for the third straight season. She recorded the first triple-double of her career with 54 assists, 14 digs and a career-high 10 kills in the win over Iona. Ward achieved a milestone of her own when she earned her 200th victory as a collegiate head coach in the Lady Jaspers’ three-set triumph over Canisius on Nov. 9. Getzel and fellow senior Andrea Reiff led a league-high seven Lady Jaspers on the MAAC All-Academic Team, including junior Rita Welsh and sophomores Jen Haggerty, Lindsay Haley, Katie Kerbstat and Diane Strutner. Sherryta Stokes ’09
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Men’s Soccer if t h e en d o f t h e 2008 season is any indication, then 2009 should be a breakthrough year for the men’s soccer team. The team, which will return more than 10 players who started at one time or another during 2008, had an excellent final two weeks of the 2008 season with two wins, a tie and a loss, which came to the undefeated, regular-season MAAC champion Loyola. The highlight of the Jaspers’ end-of-season run was a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over Canisius College, with Manhattan getting the winning tally from senior Fernando Londono. Freshman Deia Nassar netted two goals for Manhattan and provided a preview of what he can do for the Jaspers in the future. The Canisius win came just two days after the Jaspers took MAAC conference playoff participant Niagara to the 110th minute, which resulted in a scoreless tie. In this contest, Manhattan outshot the Purple Eagles 22-16 and nearly missed several scoring opportunities in overtime. Jaspers’ senior goalkeeper John Ciano posted six saves and recorded his first shutout of the season. The previous weekend, the Jaspers had beaten Rider University 3-2 on another game-winning goal by Londono. “We played well all year, but until the final few weeks, we just couldn’t get some of the results we deserved from that good play,” says Michael Swanwick, the Jaspers’ head coach. “But the last two weeks of the season showed just how well we could play and finish a game and the guys —
many of whom will be returning — showed they can do what they should for the full 90 minutes and beyond.” More than any year in the past five or so, the 2008 Jaspers showed some serious offensive power and finished fourth in the MAAC in shots with 237. The team also scored 26 goals, significantly more than the 14 it scored in each of the previous two years. Londono finished with eight goals during the year and placed ninth in the MAAC in goal-scoring. Teammate Nicholas Patrikis, a junior, tallied seven assists, to rank seventh in the MAAC in that category. Defensively, the 2008 Jaspers featured two performers who received All-MAAC honors: senior Kyle Lauchmen, who was named to the All-MAAC Second Team, and freshman Christopher Holihan, who was named to the MAAC AllRookie Team. “Kyle is a great story,” says Swanwick. “He didn’t play collegiate soccer his freshman year to concentrate on his studies, then walked on as a sophomore and has been in the starting lineup from the day he showed up. He has been one of the top defenders in the league each year, and he grew to be a co-captain, an All-Conference player and a MAAC All-Academic. He will be sorely missed.” Joining Lauchmen on the MAAC All-Academic Men’s Soccer Team in 2008 were fellow senior co-captain John Dellipriscoli, Ciano and junior defender Paul Rolston.
Kyle Lauchmen ’09
Cross Country “w e j us t k ept w o r kin g and working, and the work then paid off for us as we showed improvement week by week,” says Dan Mecca, head coach for track and field and cross country, as he reviewed the 2008 men’s and women’s cross country seasons. As their seasons progressed, both the men’s and women’s cross country performances improved. On the men’s side, the team grabbed an eighth-place finish in the 30-school university section of the IC4A Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park, a performance that came just a few weeks after the Jasper men placed third at the MAAC Cross Country Championships held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. In between, the men finished 23rd at the NCAA Regional Cross Country Championships, also held at Van Cortlandt Park.
Leading the men’s squad in the championship meets was junior Milos Vuckovic. He finished sixth overall at the IC4As and toured the fivemile course in 25:55. He placed 13th overall at the MAAC Championships and ran the 8K Disney course in 25:14.54. And the Jaspers got their best performance at the NCAA Regionals from Vuckovic who ran the 10K men’s course in 34:04.70 to finish 79th overall out of 239 runners. Other strong performances at the men’s championship meets came from junior Matthew Kaftanski, sophomores Zack Price and Brendan Brethel, and freshmen Kevin D’Emic and Jim Rosenberger. On the women’s side, the team’s performance at the ECAC Championship meet and at the NCAA Regionals was hampered by the absence of two key players due to injuries, senior team leaders Erin Kennedy and Ellen Dobbin. The team finished 16th at the ECACs, a
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u nd er t he d ir ec t io n of fourth year head coach Sean Driscoll, the 2008 women’s soccer team posted a winning conference record and showed promise for future success. The Lady Jaspers finished 4-3-2 in the MAAC and was led by a core unit of captains in seniors Brittany Duhamel and Viviane Masters, and juniors Jill Beauchamp and Courtney McMahon, who provided guidance for their achievements on the field and in the classroom. Manhattan got off to a strong start and won three of its first four contests, with the initial two victories coming on the road. The Lady Jaspers opened with a 1-0 thrilling win at Northeastern on Aug. 29. Duhamel delivered the game-winning goal in the 31st minute, while junior goalkeeper Caitlin Trupiano anchored the Lady Jaspers’ shutout effort in the triumph. For her superb play in net, Trupiano was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week. The squad secured its second victory, again in dramatic fashion, as it topped Providence in double overtime on Sept. 7. In the 116th minute, senior forward Christine Reina tallied the game-winning goal, which sent Manhattan to only its second victory over a Big East school in women’s soccer history.
The Lady Jaspers opened the conference slate strong by jumping to a 3-1-1 start, which included wins against Canisius, Rider and Saint Peter’s. Notably, the team also battled regular-season champion Loyola to a 1-1 tie. Despite its dominant play early in the MAAC season, Manhattan was edged from the 2008 MAAC Women’s Soccer Championships in the last week of the season for the third straight year. During the campaign, several Lady Jaspers received honors, and some rewrote the record books. Reina moved into fourth place all-time on the program’s career points and goals list after leading Manhattan with five goals and 11 points. McMahon’s two assists in 2008 made the Bethel, Conn., native the Lady Jaspers’ career assist leader in just her third year with the program. At the conclusion of the season, five members of the women’s soccer team received All-MAAC recognition. McMahon highlighted the All-MAAC First Team, while teammates Beauchamp, Duhamel and sophomore Caroline Morse secured All-MAAC Second Team honors. Freshman back Devon Lutz represented the Lady Jaspers on the All-MAAC Rookie Team. Academically, the Lady Jaspers shined again. Manhattan placed 10
respectable 31st at the NCAA Regional Championships, and fifth at the MAAC Championships at Disney. At the ECACs, the women’s squad was led by sophomore Jelena Rankovic, who finished 65th in 19:59, followed by senior Lauren Natoli, juniors Mary Consiglio, Melissa Trauscht, Lindsay Southard, Angela Bernarde and freshman Maria Jangsten. At the NCAA Regionals, the Lady Jaspers’ top performance came from Trauscht, who placed 126th overall out of 247 runners and ran the 6K course in 24:09.60. Other scorers were Southard, Jangsten, Bernarde and Consiglio. And at the MAAC Championships, Manhattan’s top runners were Kennedy, who finished 10th overall, and Dobbin, who finished 11th overall. Both ran the course in less than 23 minutes. Kennedy ran the course in 22:44.37, while Dobbin posted a time of 22:45.79. Other Lady
Brittany Duhamel ’09
student-athletes on the MAAC AllAcademic Team: Duhamel, Masters, Beauchamp, McMahon, juniors Tracey Colantonio, Amanda Fischer, Alexandra Konneker, Jaclyn Levie, Laura Thurston and sophomore Kristin Spiros. McMahon received one of the most prestigious honors of the season when she was named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Third Team. She was one of just seven student-athletes from the MAAC to earn this award.
Jasper scorers included: Rankovic, Consiglio, Trauscht, Jangsten and Bernarde. Academically, the teams did well, with seven Manhattan women’s cross country runners and three men’s cross country runners among the 68 women athletes and 53 male athletes who comprised the 2008 MAAC Women’s and Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Teams. Selected on the women’s side were seniors Kathleen Bayer, Bernarde, Dobbin, Kennedy and Natoli, and juniors Sarah Janssen and Trauscht. Picked on the men’s side were Kaftanski, Brethel and junior Sean Hamilton.
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Message from the President of the Alumni Society 2009 ha s been a y ea r of continuity and change for Manhattan College, as well as the Alumni Society. The Lasallian tradition and values, the emphasis on academic excellence for faculty and students, the success of innovative administrators and staff, the addition and upgrading of facilities and the College’s advancement in many areas, including athletics, are integral and continuing parts of the Manhattan template. The Alumni Society, with its persistent and steady growth of chapters and clubs, provides cultural, spiritual, social and athletics events that engage and energize Jaspers from across the nation. Manhattan’s success and notable achievements throughout the past 22 years are a tribute to Brother President Thomas Scanlan. His eloquence and immeasurable contributions are testimony to his commitment to all things Manhattan. At the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, I, on behalf of the Alumni Society, congratulated him for his outstanding presidential leadership from 1987-2009. At the campus celebration in his honor, Br. Scanlan was presented with a specially designed Manhattan College ring from the Alumni Society. We all wish him many happy and productive years ahead and hope to welcome him at future alumni events. We are all indebted to the dedicated Christian Brothers who have enriched our lives as students and alumni. At various College events, it is a pleasure to greet Brothers Bill Batt, Robert Berger, Kenneth Fitzgerald, John Muller and Luke Salm, in addition to Br. Scanlan. In January, a celebratory campus yearbook party for more than 200 of our 2008 graduates took place. Our Florida clubs continue to increase and prosper. Thanks to Mike Kakos ’58, a new chapter in north central Florida held its initial festive luncheon in Winter Park in February. Gatherings also took place in Stuart
O’Donnell. He is an English literature scholar (Ed Plumeau ’52), Sarasota (Neil O’Leary ’60) and experienced administrator who is and Bonita Springs (Jim Connors ’57). Jim also strongly committed to Catholic higher eduhosted a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the cation. I am confident that he will continue Naples parade. The Jaspers of Georgia (Bob to enhance Manhattan’s Lasallian heritage Fink ’57) held their annual brunch in February, and our Long Island and Washington, D.C., and traditions. We look forward to assisting him in fulfilling Manhattan’s mission, and we chapters met in March. wish him many successful years as president In celebration of Black History Month, the of Manhattan College. Black Alumni Club and Charles Ntamere ’96 Because my term is concluding, this is my welcomed Lt. William Wheeler of the Tuskeglast message as president of the Alumni Soee Airmen veterans of World War II. Wheeler’s ciety. As I said two years ago, it has been an poignant presentations demonstrated that honor and privilege to have served as presithese men are true American heroes. The dent. I have found my tenure to have been men’s basketball team concluded a successpersonally challenging and rewarding. It has ful season, and alumni gathered at an Albany reception. In keeping with tradition, on March deepened my devotion and commitment to alma mater. 17, hundreds of Jaspers, alumni and students, There are many loyal Jaspers to whom led by our Pipes and Drums, proudly followed I owe an enormous amount of gratitude. It the long green line along Fifth Avenue at the was their advice, counsel, support, talent, annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. time and dedication to Manhattan College In April, the Staten Island Jaspers held a communion breakfast after a Mass celebrated that provided for successful activities and events during the past two years. My sincere by Msgr. Peter Finn ’60. The annual Jasper Open golf tournament was held at Knollwood thanks go to all of the members of the National Alumni Council, as well as the club and Country Club in Elmsford, N.Y., on May 4. Reunion Weekend will be held June 5-7. All chapter leaders. As we move on, I urge you to continue alumni, especially those graduating in years to support the Alumni Society and become ending in a 4 or 9, are encouraged to attend. more involved in alumni events. Your sugThis year, my classmates and I will celebrate gestions and support are always welcome. our 50th reunion. It is amazing to realize that In closing, please continue to support alma we graduated a half century ago. I can’t wait mater and pass the baton of Jasper fellowship for the special activities planned for our class — you will enjoy it and reap many rewards. during these three days. We look forward to the summer months God Bless, and events planned by the alumni relations office, including Days at the Races at both Saratoga and Monmouth and a luncheon at the Jersey Shore. The annual retreat will be held the George Skau ’59 third weekend in September at the Passionist Retreat House on the Hudson in Riverdale. Recognizing the change in Manhattan leadership, the Alumni Society warmly welcomes the new president, Dr. Brennan
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Man hat t an a l uMni from a variety of industries, including finance, education and law enforcement, were among those who convened for the New York City Club Networking Reception hosted by UBS this past November. The evening featured a presentation by guest speaker Thomas O’Malley ’63, chairman of Petroplus Holdings AG and chairman of the College’s board of trustees. O’Malley spoke to a crowd of nearly 150 attendees about his days at Manhattan College and his impression of the current economic downturn. He updated alumni on recent campus projects. “Tom spoke about the significant recent and continuing developments at the College and encouraged all to visit to see the new library, residence halls and improvements at Gaelic Park,” says Bill Chandler ’70, a NYC Club co-chair and managing director of Spectrum Consulting Partners, LLC, a financial and economic consulting firm. “His presentation was followed by a lively question-and-answer period during which he gave insightful career guidance to all, especially during these challenging economic times.” O’Malley’s insight comes from years of success as a businessman in the oil refinery industry. Before he established
Thomas O’Malley ’63 Engages Alumni at NYC Club Networking Reception his career, O’Malley reminded his audience that he started out working odd jobs to put himself through college, including working as a cab driver. He emphasized to alumni that they should do a job well and make themselves stand out, no matter if they are working at their dream jobs or something else. This principle has guided his career. Prior to joining Petroplus Holdings AG, Europe’s largest independent oil refiner and wholesaler, O’Malley served as chairman of Premcor, a U.S. domestic oil refiner, and CEO of Tosco Corporation. He also is a respected philanthropist who has enhanced Manhattan’s quality of life on campus with the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library. The reception, which was organized by Chandler and fellow NYC Club co-chair Liz Hickey ’99, assistant vice president of New York Life, provided alumni the opportunity to mingle and reconnect. This event traditionally has featured notable speakers, including author Peter Quinn ’69 and Ambassador Thomas McNamara ’62. The next NYC Club meeting will be in fall 2009 and is open to all alumni, including those outside of New York.
Brian Sullivan ’97, Kristin Caballero ’02 and Michael Tiffany ’99 mingle at the NYC Club Networking Reception at UBS in November.
Hall of Fame Inducts New Members Eight new honorees were inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame on Dec. 6, 2008. They are, from left to right: (back row) Diné Potter ’97, track; Thomas Walraven ’76, baseball; Thomas Donahue ’71, who accepted the plaque on behalf of Dean Noll ’50 (posthumously), track; Carrie Wujcik-Drum ’96, softball; (front row) Patrick McGrath ’95, track and field; Louis Ostolozaga ’81, track and field; Jason Hoover ’97, basketball; and Peter Beyer ’60, track. Nominations for the 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame are due on June 12.
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Manhattan College records with sorrow the deaths of the following alumni:
1931 Vincent P. McGinn, 9/4/08 1934 Joseph L. Ennis, 2/1/09 1935 William J. Averill, 9/10/08 1936 Peter A. Masterson Jr., 1/16/09 Vincent Silane, 6/13/08 1937 George Hughes Holder, 2/8/09 Edward W. O’Brien, 3/3/08 1938 Mario J. Conforti, 2/22/09 John McCartney Sr., 10/31/08 1939 Vincent J. Bruno, 8/26/08 Thomas J. Quigley, 2/26/09 1940 Raymond Scanlan, 9/17/08 Frank E. Schneider, 10/14/08 James J. Vaughan, 9/14/08 1941 John S. Holodak, 1/28/09 John H. Hubbard, 7/24/08 Edward A. Koepplin, 1/14/08 John F. Naughton, 10/12/08 Rev. John C. Reynolds, 10/3/08 1942 John J. Arkins, 1/14/09 Warren F. Donahue, 1/26/09 Martin J. Hayden, 3/2/09 John J. Witmer, 9/10/08 1943 Stephen S. Bania, 8/1/08 Patrick J. Burke, 2/22/09 Mark J. Caruselle, 1/16/09 Charles Zimmermann, 6/13/08 1945 Deacon Frederick Jackman, 11/15/08
1947 Patrick J. Mallon, 3/13/09 Nicholas Thornton, 10/16/08 1948 Norman O. Goerz, 7/14/08 Charles F. Guglielmo, 5/13/07 Thomas E. Kingsley, 2/22/09 Dominic Zarrella, 11/10/08 1949 Salvatore Bucci, 9/17/08 Francis G. Cohane, 1/4/09 James P. Gleason, 5/15/08 Philip R. O’Connell, 1/26/09 William Sontag, 1/5/09 1950 Richard A. Bolz, 12/4/08 James Brady, 1/26/09 Joseph Camilli, 8/17/08 1951 Frank C. Brosnan, 1/12/09 Joseph P. Conway, 3/22/09 Robert A. Crocker, 9/29/08 Joseph A. Dunn, 11/6/08 John P. Fenn, 3/24/08 Edward K. Kane, 9/21/08 George Maas, 9/28/06 Br. John A. Martin, 10/12/08 1952 Samuel J. Campilli, 12/29/08 Charles Franzetti, 1/5/09 Robert B. Freda, 10/1/08 Harry Leibrock, 12/14/08 William F. Preiss, 12/24/08 John P. Randino, 8/14/08 1953 Alfonso G. Gelormino, 11/12/08 Richard M. Grace, 2/3/09 Charles J. Hanson, 3/9/09 Andrew R. Lamb, 7/20/08 James A. Restiere, 10/9/08
1954 Bruce T. Cunningham, 3/4/09 Francis D. Gray, 8/14/08 Robert E. Oram, 11/25/08 James J. Timmings Jr., 2/16/09 1955 Edward J. McLaughlin, 10/28/08 1957 Joseph P. Gibbons, 2/27/09 Matteo V. Petrera, 9/17/08 1958 Charles F. Boyle Sr., 2/9/09 Andrew J. Cipolla, 1/27/09 Paul Lamperti, 2/4/09 William H. McCabe Jr., 2/18/09 James H. Milligan, 9/6/08 James D. Morgano, 8/16/08 1960 Thomas J. Wyskida Sr., 10/11/08 1962 John F. Furey, 9/28/08 Herbert C. Macey, 12/7/08 Phillip Miles Runge, 11/08 George Wasilenko, 6/4/08 1963 Michael J. Connolly, 8/13/08 Robert W. Davis, 10/27/08 William Dougherty, 1/21/09 1964 Frank A. Betron, 1/5/09 Francis Knapp, 3/17/09 1965 Richard Mackey, 9/2/08 Charles J. McMahon, 8/2/08 1966 Ronald B. Duda, 4/19/08 Edward J. Kerans, 11/21/08 1967 Robert J. Carballeira, 8/29/08 Ronald A. Leone, 1/8/09 Andrew O’Gara, 11/8/08
1968 Gennaro V. Galderisi, 8/1/08 Robert Miller, 11/10/08 1969 John C. Blake, 2/23/09 John W. Dobbins Jr., 3/19/08 Stephen E. O’Hagan, 10/17/08 Richard A. Snellings, 12/26/08 1971 Walter G. Ineson, 3/2/09 John T. Marren, 1/3/09 Philip Mason, 8/3/08 Stanley A. Pientak, 12/25/08 Sr. Jane Reynolds, 9/9/08 1972 Vito L. Elefante, 1/7/09 1973 John F. Azzariti, 12/13/08 1975 James G. Bersig, 5/21/08 John F. Brophy, 9/24/08 1976 Br. Andrew Winka, 9/30/08 1979 Bonnie M. DeMicco, 11/24/08 Thomas V. Herlihy, 7/26/08 Winifred G. Lawrence, 11/11/08 1982 Gladys B. Lawrence, 10/8/08 1983 Cynthia O’Donnell, 1/11/09 1984 Ronald P. Modik, 2/3/08 1985 Edward J. McNulty Jr., 10/4/08 1987 Barbara Beirne, 12/3/08 2008 Michael J. Scerra, 6/28/08
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BIr th s 1983 Jenny & Paul o tterstedt daughter Abigail Charlotte, 8/15/08 1992 t heresa (r ooney) h enry & Patrick h enry ’90 son Ciaran Francis, 12/11/08 1994 Kathleen and Michael van d e Loo son Connor Michael, 1/29/09
a dva n c ed deg r ees 1994 Dr. edward eaton, who is a learning consultant at IBM, has been awarded a doctorate in education technology from Pepperdine University for his thesis “The On-line Project Team Competency Model: A Construct Validation for Business Practitioners.”
1996 Lucia Ferreira-t rivino and c hristopher t rivino ’98 daughter Simone Elizabeth 1999 a nne (d eBellis) t roiano & Angelo Troiano son Joseph Costantino, 2/28/08 Kimberly h arding & d avid h arding ’97 daughter Kathryn Elizabeth, 8/26/08 2001 elizabeth (t homas) s piteri & Lucian s piteri son Lucian Thomas, 8/17/08
Mar r Iag es 1991 Maria (Koucoulis) Sinnona & Joe s innona, 6/28/08
a LUMnot es 1941 Bill s chwitter enjoys his family of five children, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He keeps track of all Manhattan College sports, especially basketball. Last summer, when he visited Draddy Gymnasium, he saw his name on banners of the Greatest Players of the First 100 Seasons and the 1995 Hall of Fame Inductees. 1952 John c ryan was named Person of the Year by ITV, the instructional television service for schools that are part of the Archdiocese of New York. He was honored at the Instructional Television LPGA Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y., on Sept. 15, 2008. 1953 Joseph Macd onald recently completed his third professional book Handbook of Rigging: Lifting, Hoisting & Scaffolding for Construction and Industrial Operations, fifth edition, published this past January by McGraw-Hill, for which he has been writing and editing since 1960. Prior to McGrawHill, he worked as a project engineer for Mobile Construction Battalion Six on the construction of a U.S. Navy electronic submarine tracking facility on Nantucket Island. 1954 The Little Sisters of Queen of Peace Residence in Queens Village, N.Y., declared Oct. 11, 2007 to be “Happy Cappy Day” after a ngelo c apobianco, who has served as an accountant for 50 years. The Little Sisters also honored him as Man of the Year at their Italian Night Fundraiser that same evening. After the event, “Cappy” was heard to say that it was the best day of his life. 1955 John c ataldi is retired from teaching high school math. 1956 James Ward was re-elected to his third term of office as a trustee with the Levittown, N.Y., UFSD. g eorge Fluhr was named the 2009 chairperson of the Upper Delaware Council, Inc., at its annual meeting held on Jan. 8 in Narrowsburg, N.Y. Jim r eilly has received the Robert Seskin Award for Service, an honor bestowed on him by his ski club, The Top Notch Gang, which is a group of skiers ages 50 and up
who live in Connecticut and New York. He recently returned from leading his fourth international trip, a jaunt to Meribel in the French Alps. Reilly lives with his wife, Barbara, in Southport, Conn. 1957 Barrie d riscoll, retired partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, received the Platinum Leadership Award from the Score Association, which provides free individual counseling and low-cost workshops to start-up and existing business owners. James Morgan published his third book Faith and Proton Therapy vs. Prostate Cancer. It describes his battle with cancer using a new approach. The book won a 2008 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association. 1958 Republican James Brown won a seat on the borough council of Mantoloking, N.J., this past Election Day. 1959 r obert r odino completed his Ph.D. in urban planning in 2003. He is the owner of Rodino Associates (www.RodinoAssociates.com), a consulting firm, and Great Urban Places (www.Great-Urban.com), a development firm. 1960 Paul o ’Brien, president of the O’Brien Group, a technology investment and consulting firm, was named to the board of directors of Astrobotic Technology, Inc., a pioneer of the lunar frontier with commercial robotic services. 1961 d r. t errence d uddy, D.D.S., celebrated 40 years in practice at an event that took place at the Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, N.J., and was attended by more than 300 people, mostly his patients. c harles t hornton, co-founder of international engineering company Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., received the 2008 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9. Joseph Bolze, a former co-captain of the Manhattan swim team, recently competed in the Masters Swimming Nationals in Austin, Texas, where he scored in six events. He and his wife, Sandie, welcomed their seventh grandchild,
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Nathaniel, this past April. r oland emmanuele, D.D.S., is secretary/treasurer of the Ninth District Dental Association. James Flanigan published the book Smile Southern California, You’re the Center of the Universe in February 2009. It compares Southern California to a microcosm of the global economy and tells the stories of people who exemplify great trends from global trade to the rise of the Internet. 1963 t homas d ames is an adjunct professor of history at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. Engineer r ichard t omasetti was recently awarded the George A. Fox Public Service Award at the 2008 Industry Recognition Dinner of the New York Building Congress. The award honored his work and philanthropy as founding principal of the international engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. and chairman of the company’s charitable foundation. Co-author a lbert r osa published the sixth edition of the textbook The Analysis and Design of Linear Circuits with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. He is retired from the United States Air Force Academy, where he worked for 15 years, as well as from the University of Denver, where he was a professor for 16 years. On Dec. 23, New York City Police Commissioner r aymond Kelly and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presided over the promotion ceremonies of uniformed officers and civilians at One Police Plaza. 1964 t homas o ’g rady has two daughters. One graduated from Johns Hopkins University as a pediatrician and the other from UVA as a neurological psychologist. O’Grady is retired and lives in Bonita Springs, Fla. g erry r eidy recently retired from his position as vice president and general counsel of Praxair Asia Inc., which provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases, high performance coatings and related services and technologies to various customers. He spent the past five years on assignment in Shanghai, China, with his wife, Rosemary. They have four children and four grandchildren.
1965 After retiring in 2001 from a career in federal service, Frank Barbieri and his son, Christopher, started a full-service real estate company, 187 Realty Corp., in the Bronx. He and his wife, Diana, are the proud grandparents of Alessia, Lorenzo, Anna-Margot and Nicholas. r enato Berzolla, a member of the Manhattan College board of trustees, and his wife, Andrea, were awarded the Graymoor Community Service Award at the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement’s annual Sharing Hope Dinner in New York City on Oct. 10. h enry c hlupsa, the president of Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers in Woodbury, N.Y., has more than 40 years of design and construction management experience in wastewater, water supply, civil, environmental and heavy construction projects. 1967 t om Jones was hired by Diversified Project Management (DPM) to be its senior project manager in the East Hartford, Conn., office. In this position, he manages, consults on and carries out projects for clients such as Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn. DPM is a consulting company that provides project management, strategic real estate and facilities planning services to corporate, municipal and institutional clients. William h ill is the assistant dean of placement and student employment at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. William Murphy Jr., vice president of the construction company Halmar Contracting, Inc., joined the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary College. g eorge eastment was promoted to vice chairman of The Long & Foster Companies, comprised of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., one of the largest privately-owned real estate companies in America; Prosperity Mortgage Company; Long & Foster Insurance Agency, Inc.; and Long & Foster Settlement Services. 1969 c ecilia o ’Leary and her husband, John, have lived in California since 1971. They both retired from teaching positions at schools in Concord, Calif., in 2001. Cecilia, better known
Milo Riverso ’81 Promoted to President of STV Milo r iver s o ’ 81, Ph .D., P.e., is the new president of STV, a leading architectural, engineering, planning and construction management firm. In this position, he will oversee STV’s four operating divisions, which include buildings and facilities, construction management, specialty practices, and transportation and infrastructure. Riverso joined the firm in April 2005 as senior vice president of STV Construction Inc. Under his leadership, STV’s construction management practice doubled in size, gained in profitability and expanded its services, which led the firm to secure larger and more complex projects. Riverso, who comes from a family of Jaspers, is co-chairman of Manhattan’s Construction Industry Golf Tournament.
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Business Today to recognize prominent men who have contributed to the borough. As Con Edison’s vice president of Brooklyn/Queens Electric Operations, Newell oversees underground and overhead electric distribution, which includes system maintenance and reinforcement, construction, environmental and safety compliance programs. Kathleen Meehan, assistant professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at Virginia Tech, will help to spearhead the expansion of the university’s Lab-in-a-Box program, an effort that will be implemented with a $500,000 four-year grant awarded to the College of Engineering by the National Science Foundation. Lab-in-aBox is an inexpensive laboratory kit that enables students in lecture-based beginning electrical engineering classes to design, build and test a variety of DC and AC circuits at home. The expanded program will offer online students the same opportunity, as well as extend to students at community colleges in the Blacksburg, Va., area. 1982 c harles d eierlein is completing 48 years of service with Consolidated Edison of New York. 1983 Captain Patrick Bohan is still on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He commanded the electronic attack squadron 136 stationed in Atsugi, Japan, and flew the EA-6B prowler aircraft. He and his wife of 22 years, Susan, live in Chesapeake, Va., with their son, Matt, and daughter, Allison. Kieran c roke retired from the New York Police Department as a deputy inspector in November 2006. He currently is the director of security at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. Although he now works for the Rams, he remains a Jasper at heart. Lisa Lynch celebrated the second anniversary of the opening of her family and cosmetic dentistry practice in Midland Park, N.J. Louise c arosi d oyle, P.E., is the director of engineering for Westchester Joint Water Works. In this role, she directs engineering and construction projects that serve more than 100,000 people, either directly or through wholesale communities. 1984 r ichard Malpica, vice president and general manager of the eastern region for Yardi Systems, directly manages all operations aspects of the company’s presence in the northeastern United States. Yardi Systems is the leading provider of high performance software solutions for the real estate industry. c athy h ouston-Wilson is the associate chair in the department of physical education and sport at The College of Brockport, State University of New York. She also was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service from the college. In January, street photographer v incent r odriguez’s images were displayed at the Harrison Public Library in Harrison, N.Y. r ichard c aputo recently published the book Hitting the Wall: A Vision of a Secure Energy Future, which presents solutions to the overlapping issues of global dependence on oil and the causes and negative impact of climate change. 1985 Children’s Progress, a leading educational technology firm
as “Honey,” taught religious studies at Carondelet High School for 25 years, and John taught English at De La Salle High School for 30 years. Their daughter, Maureen, writes and teaches English at Loretto High School in Sacramento. She published a short story in a recent issue of Esopus magazine. Their son, Joseph, is head chef at a restaurant in Berkeley. The O’Learys have three grandchildren: Ciara, Margaret and Liam. 1970 In May 2007, Sister Patricia r eilly completed 50 years of service at St. Thomas Aquinas College, where she was an adjunct professor, professor, administrator, interim president and trustee during her career. 1971 d aniel o ’r ourke delivered his sermon The Unity of the Human Race and Religion at East Aurora Unitarian Universalist Church in East Aurora, N.Y., on Oct. 5. Philip h aderer works for T&M Associates as township of Union, N.J., engineer. He has lived in Manalapan, N.J., with his wife, Jane, for the past 25 years. g ary g reen has three daughters. His eldest daughter Kaitlin, who attended the University of Delaware and Michigan Tech, is now in the Peace Corps in Panama. His middle daughter Madeline is a junior mathematics major at Boston College. His youngest daughter Alison is a freshman computer science major at Northeastern University. 1972 Civil engineer h erbert h eller has more than 36 years of experience in engineering and construction supervision. He currently serves as a construction injuries, accidents, defects and claims expert for Robson Forensic, a leading forensic engineering firm that provides technical expertise, expert testimony and scientific investigation to the legal and insurance industries. t homas Mcg owan edited Alternate Fuels, Biomass Energy and Heat Recuperation to Save Energy and Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Industrial Applications, which was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. this past March. 1974 r ichard Zuccaro recently joined Northeast Power Systems, a manufacturer of metal enclosed capacitor banks, as the company’s strategic marketing director. William Massano received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in May 2008. 1975 A banker for more than 30 years, t im s ullivan currently is president and CEO of Sunnyside Federal Bank in Irvington, N.Y. edwin o rtiz, a 33-year Consolidated Edison of New York veteran, has been appointed vice president of customer operations for Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. g ilbert Badillo is a New York City housing judge. 1980 a l c ioffi was hired as vice president of business development at PECO II, a communications industry power systems and services provider. v incent ettari is CEO and design engineer of his own company, Vincent A. Ettari, P.E., P.C. t homas n ewell, a 29-year veteran of Consolidated Edison of New York, was honored at the first annual Kings of Queens event sponsored by The Queens Courier and Queens
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led by CEO Kevin g reaney, was named the winner in the technology category at the third annual New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards Gala in September. c hristopher Keaveney’s second book Beyond Brushtalk: Sino-Japanese Literary Exchange in the Interwar Period was published by Hong Kong University Press. Keaveney is an associate professor of Japanese at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. 1986 c hris g iampaolo, the owner of Closet Creations, a closet manufacturing company, has moved his business’ main office to Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., after operating from Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., for 16 years. 1987 Certified financial planner Peter t homann runs his own tax and retirement planning company, Nycretire, Inc., which guides active and retired city employees of Staten Island with their investment strategies. This past October, John o ’s ullivan led M.S. 80 in the Bronx as principal for a day for the sixth straight year. O’Sullivan, who grew up in the area around the school, is now a sales account executive for Microsoft advertising. t heresa h ughes, who received her LL.M. from Columbia Law School, teaches law and is a partner at Fanning & Hughes, PLLC. 1988 elizabeth Moschetti-Maze is a professor of finance who has an M.B.A. and Ph.D. She has three children. 1989 At the family engineering firm John E. Connors and Associates, Bill c onnors works on a variety of mechanical and plumbing design projects for engineering corporations. His specialty is fire protection engineering, which protects people and their homes from the destruction caused by fire and smoke, and uses aspects of chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering. 1991 Joe s innona is an associate broker at Verdeschi Realty in Long Beach, N.Y. 1993 r ich Massa joined Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, Ill., as its new athletic director. 1994 elizabeth Montemurro, an associate professor of sociology at Penn State University, Abington, is engaged to Madison Y. Saurman VI, a second vice president and investment management specialist at Smith Barney, Newtown, a division of Citigroup Global Markets. The couple plans to wed in May 2009. 1996 Assistant professor d ahlia h enry-t ett was one of five people who joined the faculty at Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College for the fall 2008 semester. She will serve as program head for physical education. Luis Medina is an IT project coordinator at the investment bank Credit Suisse.
1998 Jennifer d i n ubila has joined the gastroenterology department of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock-Keene in New Hampshire. g eoffrey Zelnik has joined Prudential Rand Commercial Services as an associate real estate broker for the firm. 2000 Sister Judith Musco was among 13 new faculty and staff members appointed to Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, Conn., for the 2008-09 academic year. She will teach Algebra I and II. 2001 Army Staff Sgt. n eville r ose was deployed as a member of Task Force Marne and will serve a 15-month tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. c amille r ivera, a diagnostic mammography technologist, was inducted into Cambridge’s Who’s Who Executive, Professional and Entrepreneurial Registry. 2002 ernest Iannucci was promoted to department manager, electrical engineering, at the engineering firm H2M in Melville, N.Y. Mary Jane d aley is the new district superintendent for Catholic schools for the district that covers Dutchess County, N.Y. Janet t oborg was promoted to senior accountant at Goldstein Lieberman & Company, a New Jersey-based accounting and business consulting firm. 2003 Jennifer o ’c onnor was appointed head athletic trainer at School of the Holy Child in Rye, N.Y. 2004 t amala Baldwin has joined Trinity Studio, a marketing communications boutique on Long Island, as its managing director. After spending three years in the Lasallian Volunteers service program, for which he lived in both New York City and Portland, Ore., Jonathan d ackow is now a graduate assistant in University Ministry at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., where he is pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership with a concentration in student services. 2007 n ick Farenga is currently training to become a licensed funeral director at Farenga Bros. Funeral Home, which has served the northeast Bronx for more than 50 years and is in its fifth generation of family stewardship.
Honor Roll correction Please note the following corrections to the 2008 Honor Roll of Donors. Patrick G. Boyle ’75, trustee, and the Rev. Erwin H. Schweigardt ’61, Ph.D., should have been listed in the Chairman’s Circle ($25,000 +). We apologize for these errors.
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Rev. Dr. Mark Vaillancourt ’90 prepares to lead Kennedy Catholic High School during a time of change.
Rev. Dr. Mark Vaillancourt ’90 Leads Kennedy Catholic High School “It has really grounded me with a strong analytat a t iMe w h en n ew yo r k’s Catholic schools ical approach to things whether in the parish or are undergoing changes, there is no better person than the Rev. Dr. Mark Vaillancourt ’90 to pro- around the building at school,” Vaillancourt says. He studied engineering at State University of vide leadership. This past summer, Vaillancourt, a former nuclear engineer for the U.S. Marines, was New York-Maritime College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1981. After graduating, he named president of John F. Kennedy Catholic refueled submarine cores as a nuclear engineer High School in Somers, N.Y., a school faced with for the Navy until 1987. He has many higher dechange now that it is newly independent from grees, including: master’s degrees from Manhatthe Archdiocese of New York. tan College (engineering), St. Joseph’s Seminary In January, the Archdiocese of New York an(divinity) and Fordham University (philosophy), nounced that 10 of its Catholic schools will beand a doctorate in theology from Fordham. come independently operated by the fall. Once While at Manhattan, his graduate project was privatized, they will need to sustain themselves to help rebuild the zero-power, critical reactor on financially. Kennedy is one of three of these campus. At the time, it was the only nuclear reacschools in Westchester County that will now be tor in the New York City area. run by local boards of directors appointed by “The work ethic I developed at Manhattan Colschool leaders. lege helped me to complete my degree quickly,” At Kennedy, Vaillancourt will appoint the he says. “It was a very demanding program, and I school’s new board of directors. After he comhad to rise to the occasion, which I did.” pletes this task, he plans to sit down with board Vaillancourt was a member of the Naval Remembers to discuss the school’s fiscal situation, serve from 1993 to 2002 and attained the title of tuition and budgeting. lieutenant before finding his calling as a priest. “Long term, I think it’s a very good thing for In 1994, he was ordained and became a chaplain. the school because it gives us local autonomy,” Prior to Kennedy, Vaillancourt spent four years as says Vaillancourt, who believes this new mode of chaplain of St. Joseph-by-the-Sea High School on operation will enable Kennedy to be more comStaten Island. petitive with the strong public school system in “I loved my work at engineering, but my vocaWestchester. “It gives us a better profile for charition as a priest is my defining identity,” he says. table giving.” “It came from a strong devotion to the Catholic At the same time, Vaillancourt, who teaches faith. Since then, I’ve been able to bring my a freshman theology class, is hard at work to experiences in everything I’ve done to this.” preserve the school’s Catholic identity. He has put theology class on equal footing with other coursework by offering it five days a week instead of three. He also has created a comprehensive retreat program for students in all grades. For any other person, such pressure might seem daunting, but Vaillancourt credits his engineering background for preparing him to face new challenges.
“I loved my work at engineering, but my vocation as a priest is my defining identity.” manhattan.edu
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Something Old, Something New, Something Built, Something Blue
Curt Zegler ’93
An aerial shot of the new JetBlue Terminal 5 behind the old TWA Terminal 5.
Co MMu t in g t o t h e a ir Por t can be a hassle or annoyance for many people. But for Curt Zegler ’93, driving to John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City from New Jersey leads him to a new challenge, something to look forward to daily. As project manager at Turner Construction Company, a leading general builder based in New York City, Zegler managed the construction activities for JetBlue Airways’ 640,000-square-foot, 26-gate Terminal 5 (T5) at JFK. Named one of the 2008 best projects of the year by New York Construction News, the new terminal can accommodate up to 20 million customers a year with up to 250 flights a day and will handle more than 30 percent of JFK’s passenger traffic. Located behind the landmark Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Terminal, which the Port Authority is rehabilitating, T5 is one of the nation’s first terminals to be constructed with post-Sept. 11 security enhancements built into the design and functionality. Some of its modern and customer-friendly features include 40 ticket counters, 65 e-ticket kiosks and, in the center of the departures hall, a 20-lane security checkpoint — the largest in the country. There is a 55,000-square-foot retail and concession Marketplace, free Wi-Fi throughout and an in-line baggage system that delivers up to 4,000 bags per hour from check-in, screening and sorting to the planes. The actual construction took 34 months, starting in November 2005 and ending in August 2008. Turner’s goal was to get the building ready for JetBlue in August, so it could begin training on the new facility in preparation for the first flight on Oct. 22, 2008. Zegler became involved with the procurement of contracts with the subcontractors in 2005. During that year, the concrete apron, which took up much of the 75 acres of land at the site, had to be removed, and buildings had to be de-
molished. His work in procurement continued into early 2006, as the designers were still finishing the concept of the building with the owner. In July 2006, he became project manager, right about when the steelwork started. With a project of this size, one of the biggest challenges for a project manager, of course, is logistics. When building in New York City, space is always a problem, but everything goes up, so logistically, Zegler explains, work is planned in a vertical manner. But, at the airport, even with a seemingly large space within which to work, the building is basically a skyscraper lying on its side. “The contractors had to do a lot of the work around the perimeter of the building for the civil work: we had new drainage systems, new hydrant fuel systems, new electrical systems that all traveled on the outside of and around the building,” he says. “At the same time, we had the structure going on, so we had to make sure all the workers could still access the building area. We still had to get cranes, trucks and material into the site to build the structure, as we were still ripping up the airfield and trenching for new utility systems.” But one of the other major challenges, this one more endemic to airports, was the baggage system. A critical element to the airline industry, the baggage system was a component Turner wanted to start early, so there would be more than enough time to install the conveyors and test the system. The goal was to turn the system on in August 2007 and start running all the conveyors. Then, in March 2008, the Transportation Security Administration could come in and start its process of certifying the explosive detection systems. “This was one of the first brand new terminals built in a post-Sept. 11 environment, where all of the explosive detection devices are now part of the baggage system, so there’s a world underneath the terminal where there are 10 in-line
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Retired Air Force Lieutenant Turns Antique Hobby into Business aM o n g Cur ving wa l nu t wo o D, brass chimes and ticking gears, Lt. Col. Andy Kavanagh ’57 is right at home. His antique business Mimi’s Treasures, which he owns with his wife, Carol, is one of many clustered on Caroline Street, the main drag for antique dealers in historic Fredericksburg, Va. His collection of clocks is nearly 30 years in the making and dates back to the time he spent stationed in Germany flying the F-4 Fighter for the U.S. Air Force. “When I found antique clocks, I fell in love with them,” Kavanagh says. It was 1970, and he had moved his family to Germany after serving in Vietnam, where he was part of the famed 366th Tactical Fighter Wing “Gunfighters” who flew close support missions for the U.S. Marines fighting in Da Nang. The Kavanaghs lived in Ramstein, Germany, in the Rheinpfalz region, an area strewn with antique shops. Back then, antique clocks sold for 15 marks, the equivalent of $3 or $4. Kavanagh bought several dozen during his five years in Germany.
“I had the clocks hanging all over our quarters, and they would chime at exactly the same second,” he says. Kavanagh retired from the Air Force in 1978, but his hobby of collecting clocks has continued. His current collection ranges from 3-inch tall Swiss alarm clocks to 7-foot tall grandfather clocks that stand on the floor. Most of the clocks are 100 years old and date back to the Victorian period from 1890 to 1920, during which Kavanagh says clock-making was at the height of craftsmanship. His prized clock is the Lenzkirch, a German masterpiece from this period that he bought for just a few dollars. Now, he says it’s likely worth thousands. In 2003, the Kavanaghs moved to Fredericksburg and set up shop. They rent space in the Fredericksburg Antique Gallery, a customary practice for dealers in the area. Kavanagh has a dozen clocks in the shop, some from his days in Germany and others acquired afterward, either at local auctions in Virginia or on eBay. The shop also sells antique glassware, which is Carol’s specialty. Before he suffered a stroke a year ago that affected his eyes, Kavanagh also repaired clocks, which can have hundreds of little parts held together by a front and back plate. Such intricacy makes clock repair a special art. “It’s like a very tiny house of cards,” Kavanagh says. “You can get 99 percent of the clock back together, but if something falls apart, the whole thing comes down.” And that’s only part of what Kavanagh finds intriguing about clocks. He admires their many details and the history they encapsulate. “There’s something about the functioning of a clock that’s like a heartbeat, a real thing of beauty,” he says.
Andy Kavanagh ’57 at home with one of his clocks.
explosive detection machines that will check the bags before they go out to be loaded onto the plane,” he says. “This was definitely one of the first in-line systems, so with anything that’s a first, you always have to worry about Murphy’s law.” It was a drawn-out process that almost took as long as actually building the terminal. Yet, with all of the challenges, which only added to Zegler’s enjoyment of the project, there were many more highlights. Working on a brand new, more than half-a-billion-dollar terminal, which encompassed a lot of “firsts” at JFK, in and of itself was a highlight. The fact that so many Jaspers were his colleagues is another. “I will say a lot of the great highlights was coming to work and shooting the breeze with other Jaspers,” he says. “The school of engineering has produced a tremendous amount of well-respected, well-known engineers throughout the tristate area. Through this project alone, I probably, on a daily basis, came into contact with eight different companies, which had Manhattan College Jaspers in some form of a project manager or executive role. It’s a little bit of a family.” And family can be influential. Zegler has 16 years of construction management experience and comes from a family with 100 years overall of Turner Construction Company building expertise. His father, whom he credits for inspiring his career choice, and his two brothers still work for the company. Zegler came to Turner after graduating from the College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering, and he started in the purchasing department as an assistant purchasing agent. He picked up some field experience at the Vista Hotel (World Trade Center) reconstruction, SCA I.S. 5 and McGraw Hill: Standard & Poor’s, to name a few. He went on to become project management control systems manager, which involved the creation and maintenance of financial cost controls and financial forecast for the New York office and advisor for the New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh business units on financial forecast and risk management. Eventually, Zegler served as purchasing agent responsible for project procurement and the development of both lump sum and guaranteed maximum price general contracts; bid process, analyzing, negotiating and awarding subcontracts; and consulting with clients about design constructability and value engineering. That position then led him to his current one as project manager on JetBlue more than two years ago. Impressively, the terminal project came in on time and underbudget. As of May 15, Zegler and the crew will have completed the remaining airfield work, which couldn’t start until the terminal was officially opened. Now JetBlue is reconsidering some ideas it didn’t think were feasible earlier and has given a few additional work orders that will probably stretch him and a handful of staff through the summer months. But he’s happy to work with JetBlue for as long as possible. “When I make my commute from New Jersey out to JFK, the only thing that’s routine for me is going over the GW Bridge,” Zegler says. “Once I step on site, every day is something new. There’s always somebody having an issue, there’s always a stumbling block. I want to be that problem-solver. I want to be the one who builds the building, does it right, does it the right way for the company, does it the right way for the owner.”
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Broadcast journalist Wendy McNew ’05
Wendy McNew ’05 Reports Live From the Poconos w en Dy MCn ew ’05 is on a roll — literally. are rewarded when the story appears in one of Around town in the Poconos, she is rarely WNEP’s evening newscasts from 5-7:30 p.m. seen without a small, 15-pound HD camera “You really have to work on communication rolling film for the evening newscast of the skills because sometimes people don’t want TV station WNEP, an ABC affiliate. An aspiring to go on camera,” she says. broadcast journalist, McNew is the general Since her days at Manhattan College, Mcassignment reporter for the Poconos region New has worked to polish those communicaor, as she calls herself, the station’s first “onetion skills, while at the same time gaining man-band” news reporter. journalism experience. “I’m pretty much the next generation “I always wanted to be a reporter,” she says. of television reporters,” says McNew, who “I definitely chose Manhattan College because shoots, edits and reports all of her stories. it’s in New York City. That’s market one for “You can refer to me as a two-for-the-pricebroadcast news.” of-one.” McNew interned in WABC’s investigative A typical day for McNew starts with a unit and wrote for The Quadrangle. After morning meeting at the news bureau, during graduating with a dual major in English and which story ideas are assigned. Later on, she communication, she took a reporting job at goes on the road in her car to do an interview KXLH, a TV station in Helena, Mont. and tape video. She averages six hours a Undaunted by the distance, McNew day on the road. Along with the camera, she worked for six months at KXLH, for which she brings a MacBook Pro computer to edit her covered the state capitol and flew with Gov. stories. There is no news van to escort her or Brian Schweitzer to Fort Lewis, a U.S. Army post in Tacoma, Wash. For the first time, she camera crew to help with filming. learned to bison hunt and experienced tem“For me, it’s a neat experience because I see all aspects of the news gathering process,” peratures of negative 25 degrees, not countshe says. “It’s quite a workout, but I always ing the wind chill. make it a point to wear heels.” After Montana, McNew moved to SavanWhile McNew admits her job can be chalnah, Ga., to work for WJCL. As the TV station’s education and military reporter, she rode lenging, especially when she has to navigate in tanks, went on training exercises, flew in an unfamiliar part of the Poconos, she relishes Black Hawk helicopters and also attended the chance to piece together a story. Her efforts
board meetings. Nearby Fort Stewart, which at one point deployed 19,000 troops to Iraq, was a trove of military stories. As a result, she profiled soldiers. One soldier in particular stands out in her mind. She shadowed him for a day before his departure to Iraq. Two weeks after deployment, a roadside bomb killed him. McNew covered the story, but this time, she interviewed the soldier’s wife to tell the story of his death. “That was very moving for me,” McNew says. “I don’t come from a military family. That was a very poignant part of my career.” McNew worked for two-and-a-half years at WJCL before coming to WNEP this past June. Each career move brings her closer to New York City. For her, the Poconos is the perfect fit. Dubbed the “sixth borough” by its residents, many of whom commute to jobs in New York City, it’s also close to McNew’s family in nearby Philadelphia. On the streets of the Poconos, McNew is always looking for her next story. Whether it’s lighthearted, serious or involves camerashy residents, the challenges of television reporting are trumped by the simplest human impulse. “I think it comes down to having a passion for telling people’s stories,” McNew says.
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Pr ol if ic au t hor and journalist James Brady ’50 passed away on Jan. 26, 2009. He was 80. Brady covered the top echelons of Manhattan society and Hollywood, from fashion icons to famous actors. Since 1986, he wrote PARADE’s celebrity profile column In Step With and published a string of bestsellers about Marines at war, as well as a series of romance novels set in the Hamptons, with characters that mimic the intrigue and larger-thanlife celebrities that he profiled. “James W. Brady was urbane and cosmopolitan, rooted and streetsmart, charming and engaging,” says Brother President Thomas Scanlan, who presented Brady with a Doctor of Humane Letters at Manhattan’s winter Commencement ceremony in 1995. “His easy rapport with everyone and his honed listening skills enabled him to penetrate to the true persona of those he met. He then employed his vast vocabulary with precision to bridge a connection between the commoner and the notable. Thus, the popularity of his weekly column in PARADE magazine. One of the privileges of my presidency has been the opportunity to become friends with
a number of distinguished alumni, including Jim Brady.” Raised in Brooklyn, Brady worked his way through Manhattan College as a copyboy for The New York Daily News. Shortly after graduation, he was enlisted by the U.S. Marines Reserve to serve as a rifle platoon leader in the Korean War. In the fall and winter of 1951-52, he was rifle company executive officer of Dog Company in the 7th Marines in the Taebaek Mountains of North Korea, and was later promoted to first lieutenant and battalion intelligence officer. He earned a Bronze Star for his service. Brady channeled his experiences in Korea into his Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir The Coldest War (1990). He also wrote The Marine (2003) and Why Marines Fight (2007). When Brady returned from Korea, he was hired as a business news reporter for Women’s Wear Daily in 1953. He went on to cover Capitol Hill from 1956-58 for Fairchild Publications, and ascended to London bureau chief for Fairchild in 1959. He later became bureau chief and European director in Paris, where he befriended Coco Chanel, who taught him about fashion.
After Paris, Brady came home to New York to work as publisher of Women’s Wear Daily. He revitalized the aging trade paper and spun it off into the consumer fashion magazine W, for which he was the editorial director. By the 1970s, Brady was in hot demand, and Hearst enticed him to join the company as vice president/editor and publisher of Harper’s Bazaar, with a special incentive to freshen the magazine. His first major career setback ensued, as his efforts were spawned by management and the magazine’s readership, and Brady soon exited this position. Not one to accept defeat, Brady made a comeback with his first book Superchic (1974), which detailed his ups and downs in the publishing realm. This led to work at New York magazine, where he created the In-
telligencer column, and then his first novel, Paris One. For nine years, starting in 1974, Brady aligned with Rupert Murdoch’s media empire to edit Star, a tabloid weekly, and also helped to conceive the Page Six gossip column for the New York Post. He contributed to other publications as well, including popular columns in Advertising Age and Crain’s New York Business. In addition, Brady appeared on television. He started on WABC News and accrued Emmy nominations for his celebrity interviews on WCBS-TV News in New York. Most recently, Brady was putting the finishing touches on his latest book, Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Legendary Marine John Basilone. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Florence; his daughters Fiona Brady and Susan Konig; and four grandchildren.
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brother Andrew Joseph Winka ’76 Bro th er a ndr ew Jo s ePh w ink a ’76, F.S.C., associate professor of chemistry, died on Sept. 30, 2008 after a long illness. He was 64. Known as an especially inquisitive person, Br. Winka was fascinated by the how and why of everything from complex scientific topics to simple cooking practices. “He had one of the most inquiring minds,” says Janice Melino, director of the College’s computer center and a close friend of his. “Every time you did something, he wanted to know why. It excited him to know the reason.” A De La Salle Christian Brother for 46 years, Br. Winka received the religious habit in 1962. When asked why he became a Brother for a profile written last year, he said, “When I was a young man in high school, I knew I wanted to teach and serve others.” “He had a great deal of love for teaching,” Melino says. “He loved to see the students’ faces when they got it. His calling was the right calling.” Br. Winka’s amiability and dedication, as well as good sense of humor, were apparent to everyone he met. “Andy was always a team player, respecting and working with everyone, willing to do any task that needed doing — he was, indeed, as per the inscription over his bed, ‘a gift to all mankind,’” said Brother President Thomas Scanlan, in a homily written for Br. Winka’s funeral Mass in October. Br. Winka earned a B.A. in chemistry from The Catholic University of America in 1968; an M.A. in chemistry from State University College of New York at Buffalo in 1972; an M.S. in environmental engineering and science from Manhattan College in 1976; and a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from Rutgers University in 1986.
He first came to Manhattan College in 1974 as a graduate student in the environmental science and engineering program. Before moving to teaching at the college level, he spent almost 10 years teaching high school science at St. Joseph Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, N.M., and Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J. Br. Winka returned to the College after obtaining his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1985 to direct the graduate environmental engineering and science lab, a position he held until 1988. Prior to settling in at Manhattan College again in 2005, this time as associate professor of chemistry, Br. Winka taught chemistry at four other Lasallian colleges: Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., (2000-2005); the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, N.M., (1994-2000); Bethlehem University in Palestine, (19881994); and De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, (1977-80). The author of several scientific papers and one book in the field of environmental chemistry, he also received several prestigious research grants. While at Bethlehem University, a place he said had the most impact on his life as a Brother, he also served as a consultant on various local problems in the West Bank relating to drinking water, wastewater and soil. And Bethlehem and Manila were just two of his many trips. Br. Winka loved to travel, Melino says. He also had visited Egypt and Italy, among other places, and was fond of taking the long way home. “He was a wanderer, in a good sense,” says Brother Patrick Horner, professor of English. “His interests extended to all kinds of things, new things.” Although he drew a lot of inspiration from his travels, he cherished the College and its community. “As much as he liked the experience of going to different places, Manhattan was always part of his heart,” Melino says. “He always came back to Manhattan College.” He is survived by his mother, Frances Winka; and his sisters, Mary Anne Gears and Susan Hundertmark, and their families.
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brother John Amedy Martin ’51, F.s.C. Br o t h er J o h n a medy ma r t in ’51, F.S.C., former provincial of the LaSalle Provincialate and College trustee, died on Oct. 12, 2008 at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, N.J. He was 85. Br. Martin had many roles throughout his years as a Brother, but no matter what he did or where he went, he was known as a kind and considerate man. “He was always very friendly and very approachable,” says Brother George Berrian, F.S.C., associate professor emeritus of education. Born in New York City in 1923, Br. Martin entered the juniorate at Barrytown in 1937 and was invested with the Brother’s habit in 1940. It was during his years as a student that he impressed teammates — and opponents — with his athletic prowess. Br. Berrian remembers his classmate as “very fast” and an “excellent ballhandler,” who carried his love of sports with him throughout the years, whether he joined in a pickup game, played tennis with the Brothers or supported the Jaspers in the stands. Br. Martin graduated from The Catholic University of America in 1946 and received a Master of Arts from Manhattan College in 1951. He was awarded a Shell fellowship at Cornell University for science education in 1956 and an Esso Foundation fellowship at New York University for science education in 1957. From 1945-1960, he taught math and physics at various high schools, including St. Peter’s High School in Staten Island; St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School in the Bronx; Manhattan Prep in the Bronx; Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester, N.H.; and De La Salle Institute in New York City. Br. Martin also was a member of the Executive Council for Science in the New York Archdiocese from 1950-1956. In 1960, he went to Rome for the second novitiate to enhance and expand his religious experience. It was after this point that his career took on a more administrative role. He became vice principal of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft in 1961; principal of LaSalle Academy in Manhattan in 1963; and then associate provincial of the LaSalle Provincialate in 1969. In 1972, he was elected provincial, a position he held until 1981. In the souvenir program for the Golden Jubilee celebration in 1990 for Br. Martin, Brother Luke Salm, F.S.C., professor emeritus of theology and religious
studies and archivist for the Christian Brothers, wrote about Br. Martin’s excellent leadership as provincial. “It was a most difficult time for any religious superior, with rules and customs of the Brothers changing, experimentation the watchword, defections rife, and vocations dwindling,” he wrote. “To all these challenges John Martin rose with courage, intelligence, determination, and fraternal understanding.” Br. Martin is also credited with spearheading the building of De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, an invaluable asset to the district. “The New York District owes Johnny an undying debt of gratitude — not only for his leadership during this crucial period — but also for his foresight in inaugurating and bringing to fruition the project of a home for our elderly and ill veterans,” Br. Salm wrote. He served on the College’s board of trustees from 1969-1981, and in a special academic convocation to commemorate the Tercentenary of the Founding of the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools on March 29, 1981, Br. Martin received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Manhattan. After serving as provincial, he became principal of Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1982 and director of the Christian Brothers Academy Community in Lincroft in 1984. The former trustee then came to Manhattan to be director of annual alumni giving and anniversary classes in 1988 for two years and then director of the Brothers’ community for six. Brother Francis Bowers, F.S.C., associate professor emeritus of English, remembers the Christian Brothers Center under the direction of Br. Martin as a “wholesome” place to be, and his leadership style as selfless. “He was definitely a community man,” Br. Bowers says. “He put everything he had into the community. He had a positive influence on the Brothers.” Br. Martin also was as equally dedicated to caring for his sister, Mary, as he was to caring for the Brothers. Both Br. Bowers and Br. Berrian were impressed by the care and love he had for his sister. Since 1996, Br. Martin had been in semi-retirement and assisted in various capacities in the office of the provincialate. He is survived by his sister, Mary Martin.
John Dobbins Jr. ’69 Jo h n w. d o BBin s J r . ’69, Ph.D., former assistant professor of marketing, passed away on March 19, 2008. He was 61. A member of the faculty in the 1970s and 80s, Dobbins’ career was punctuated by his work at Manhattan College and later at St. John’s University, as well as his experience as a sought-after consultant in the United States, Africa, Europe and Asia. His influence stretched across the globe; he was even chosen to teach marketing to Prince Khalid in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Among colleagues and students, he is remembered as an affable, intelligent mentor with a special instinct for his area of expertise. “He clearly had a passion for marketing and advertising and it came through in his classes,” says John Cronogue ’82, who was a student in Dobbins’ class and credits the professor with inspiring his chosen profession. “His experiences and stories brought a perspective of reality and real-world application to the classroom.” Dobbins, who graduated from Manhattan with a B.B.A. in marketing, began his career at the College in 1970 as a graduate assistant who taught a basic marketing class on campus. He left after a year to work at Hearst Advertising Service, Inc., where he served as director of research and sales, and eventually went on to pursue his M.B.A. at Baruch College. He also earned a Ph.D. from New York University. In 1977, Dobbins returned to the College as an assistant professor of marketing. For the next six years, he taught International Marketing, Sales Management Concepts and Essentials of Marketing. He left teaching at Manhattan to pursue other interests but came back in 1987-1993, this time as an adjunct, to teach marketing.
“He was a very positive fellow,” says Alfred Manduley ’58, assistant professor of marketing and director of global business studies at Manhattan College. “He always had a smile on his face. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was a gracious, wonderful individual.” In addition to his experience at Manhattan, Dobbins spent 25 years at St. John’s University, where he was chair and associate professor of marketing in Tobin College of Business before he died of stomach cancer this past year. During his time at St. John’s, he helped to establish a graduate center in Rome, Italy, where he also taught in the M.B.A. program. Dobbins’ international experience was impressive. As a senior marketing advisor, he worked with several local governments in China’s provinces and cities, as well as for Shanghai Jiehua Investment Co., Ltd., in Shanghai. He also served as a business and educational consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and helped Vilnius University in Lithuania to create an International Business School, the first of its kind in the country to be based on a free-market economic system. For his many accomplishments, Dobbins received several honors that include the American Marketing Association Marketing Medal; UNDP — Lithuania, Citation of Special Recognition and Appreciation; and St. John’s University Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife, Jo-Anne; four children: John III, Michael, Brian and Erin; and his first grandchild, John IV.
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c yn t h ia o ’d o n n el l ’8 3, academic advisor for the school of business, died on Jan. 11, 2009. She was 61 years old. Known among her colleagues as the first academic advisor on Manhattan’s campus, O’Donnell was so effective at her job in the school of business that her position became a model for future advising positions in the College’s other four schools. Most recently, she served as coordinator of academic advising, a link to each of the College’s five schools and the culmination of 38 years of service to the Manhattan community. “Cindy, as the first academic advisor, paved the way for the other outstanding people who do academic advising,” said Dr. James Suarez, dean of the school of business, who was O’Donnell’s boss and gave one of the eulogies at the campus Mass in her memory this past January. “Students could tell her anything. Those students who struggled the most benefited the most from Cindy.” Indeed, colleagues, such as Barbara Fabé, vice president for human resources at Manhattan College, have an indelible image of O’Donnell and her students. She recalls how O’Donnell cheered on business students during Commencement. “Nobody got away without a word or hug from her,” Fabé says. “She said things like, ‘Don’t be nervous’ or ‘I knew you could do it.’ She had the look that a mother has for her own child at graduation. She had it for a few hundred.” O’Donnell arrived at the College in 1970. In 1991, she was promoted to the academic advisor position in the school of business after spending most of her career at work in the school of engineering, as well as a stint in the office of college advancement. During her time at Manhattan, O’Donnell earned two master’s degrees from the College: an M.A. in English and an M.A. in counseling. Off campus, O’Donnell was known by her family as the person who linked everyone together. As the only child of Annabelle O’Donnell, who was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States, she grew up in the Bronx as part of a close family. Her father died when she was a young girl. Her mother was close to her six sisters whose children, O’Donnell’s cousins, spent a lot of time together. The sisters, as the family calls them, instilled in their children the importance of education, a moral that O’Donnell made an example of in her life. For those whose lives intersected with O’Donnell’s, their memories are potent and uplifting. She was a trailblazer at work, a confidante to students, a talented seamstress, a gardener, and most importantly, a friend and family touchstone. “I call her our memory keeper because she knew everybody’s birthday and anniversary, and you always got a phone call,” says Ilona Rice, one of O’Donnell’s first cousins. “Every year, she would organize a luncheon. This once-a-year gathering got together not just the cousins but the sisters as well. It just was a sparkling day because everyone reconnected.” O’Donnell also had a special knack for gardening. At the Mass in her honor at Manhattan College, family members carried yellow roses to the altar in memory of O’Donnell, a tribute to her green thumb, which began in childhood. One summer, while at her cousin Maureen’s house in Rockland County, her Uncle Mike bought each of his children and O’Donnell yellow rosebushes. “Cindy’s rosebush was the only one that lived,” says Maureen Butrico, another of O’Donnell’s cousins. “She would come up every summer, and it would thrive. Yellow roses became an important thing to her, a link to her childhood.” There seems to be a trace of O’Donnell’s generosity and dedication everywhere, whether it’s the accomplishments she made on Manhattan’s campus or the strong family bond that she wove during her lifetime. “She was very wise,” Rice says. “I think she was an old soul who was just finishing her work here.”
William Dougherty ’63 w illia m d o u gh ert y ’63, Ed.D., retired associate professor of education, died on Jan. 21, 2009. He was 68. Dougherty began his career at the College in 1973, when he worked part-time as an adjunct instructor in the school of education until 1993. He then became associate professor of education in 1995, a position he held until his retirement in 2002. “He did such a good job as a part-time instructor, when the position opened up, we invited him to apply to teach at Manhattan College,” says Brother Christopher Dardis, F.S.C., professor emeritus of education. “His whole life was spent in education.” Dougherty’s dedication to the College started much earlier than his professional career at Manhattan. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1963 with a B.S. in chemistry. He then went on to earn an M.A. in science education from Hunter College in 1968 and an Ed.D. in educational administration from St. John’s University in 1980. Before Dougherty became a full-time member of the College’s faculty, he also taught chemistry at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx from 1963-1969 and then served as the school’s assistant principal from 1969-1995, a role for which he was awarded Administrator of the Year 1993-1994 by the superintendent for Bronx high schools. Throughout his years of teaching, he was especially devoted to learning new technology and passing that information on to his fellow faculty and students. He ran workshops in the use of computers for instruction and the use of PowerPoint in presentations and the classroom at the College, as well as attended conferences focusing on technology for his own professional development. “He was a devoted teacher,” Br. Dardis says. “He always tried to be helpful to people.” Dougherty even initiated the creation of a technology classroom for students in the school of education. Recognizing that the school lacked its own lab, he coordinated the makeover of room 110 in Miguel Hall from a storage area to a small computer lab in 1988. With his own hands, he picked up and wired the computers and also coordinated the hiring of student assistants. “He was always interested in the uses of technology, as well as exposing future teachers to technology,” says Walter Matystik, assistant provost for faculty research and computer systems, policy and planning. “He took an active role in that.” Dougherty was a member of New York State Association of Teacher Educators and New York Association for Computers and Technology in Education, among others, and served on the New York State Teacher Examination Review Committee. He was also active in various committees at Manhattan, including: Advisory Council on Chemical Education; Computer Governance Committee; Faculty Technology Committee, for which he served as its chair in 1997; Computer Fair Use Policy Committee; and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Manhattan College Chapter, which he founded and served as faculty advisor. “He worked well with faculty colleagues and was able to translate their needs and lobby for them,” Matystik says. “He had a way of getting things done with style.” Dougherty is survived by his wife, Veronica; his daughters, Maura and Kara; his sister, Rita; and brother, John.
John F. Azzariti ’73 Jo h n f . a z z a r iti ’73, managing partner of the Stamford, Conn., office of KPMG LLP, passed away on Dec. 13, 2008. He was 56 years old. Azzariti, a C.P.A., began his career with the audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG in 1972 and worked his way up through the years. He held a firm belief in the power of education to positively affect lives and, as a result, was remarkably faithful to alma mater. He stewarded KPMG’s annual support of the De La Salle Medal Dinner, as well as managed its alumni corporate giving program, and actively urged Manhattan alumni at the firm to give back. Deeply committed to the community in which he lived, Azzariti served on boards of directors for the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, The Business Council of Fairfield County, Danbury Visiting Nurse Association and Danbury Physician Services. He had formerly served on the board of directors for the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Stamford. He is survived by his wife, Kathie; his daughters Kim and Kara; his four grandchildren; and his brother, Guy Azzariti ’71.
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