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Reunion 2006 Environmental Engineering Plumbers Club Hall of Fame Nominations Hall of Fame Selection
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Design Tools for Disabled
J U LY 17 Jasper Cup* 28 Day at the Races, Saratoga, N.Y.
Sounding as Smart as You Are:
7 Construction Industry Golf, Eastchester, N.Y. 17 Day at the Races, Monmouth, N.J.
Alum Endows “Communicating for Career Success” Program
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Long Island Golf* President’s Dinner Alumni Men’s Retreat* MCLAC Awards Dinner*
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Benefactors Brunch Philadelphia Club Networking Reception* Interscholastic Cross Country Meet National Alumni Council Meeting Fall Columbus Day Golf Career Fair – Undergraduate Fall Honors Convocation Tappan Zee Career Dinner* Manhattan Madness* Westchester/Putnam Basketball Preview* Alumni Brunch at Open House*
NOVEMBER 4 Broderick Scholarship Dinner* 10 Fall Engineering Awareness Day TBD New York City Club*
DECEMBER 2 2 9 TBD
Hall of Fame Induction National Alumni Council Meeting Christmas Dinner, Sarasota, Fla. Horan Lecture
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Charles Maikish, executive director of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, accepts the De La Salle Medal from Brother Thomas Scanlan as Thomas O’Malley ’63, chair of the Manhattan College board of trustees, and Peter Davoren, dinner chairman and president & CEO of Turner Construction Co., applaud.
Charles Maikish Receives the
2006 De La Salle Medal More than 600 friends, colleagues and associates gathered in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria for the College’s largest annual fund-raising event. Brother President Thomas Scanlan presented the 2006 De La Salle Medal to Charles J. Maikish, executive director of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center. The proceeds from the De La Salle dinner benefit scholarships, academic programs and library resources. Of special significance was the presence of four distinguished De La Salle medalists. These included 1991 recipient Alfred McNeill, then chairman and CEO of the Turner Corporation; 1994 recipient Thomas O’Malley ’63, then chairman & CEO of the Tosco Corporation and current chairman of the Manhattan College board of trustees; 2003 recipient Eugene McGrath ’63, chairman of Con Edison; and last year’s recipient Sy Sternberg, chairman and CEO of New York Life Insurance Company. The De La Salle Medal celebrates individuals who demonstrate Lasallian values in action: leadership, public service and commitment to education. Jim Ryan ’60, special correspondent, CBS 2 News This Morning, officiated as master of ceremonies. He thanked members of the dinner committee: John Magliano ’66, chairman & CEO, Syska
Hennessy Group; the Honorable Rudolph Giuliani ’65, 107th mayor of New York and chairman and CEO, Giuliani Partners; Eugene McGrath ’63, chairman, Con Edison; John Thomann ’87, vice president & general manager, Turner Interiors; John Zuccotti, chairman, Brookfield Properties; and Curt Zegler ’93, purchasing agent, Turner Construction. Dinner journal chair John Roth ’70, senior vice president, group account director, Lowe Worldwide, was also acknowledged. John Cahill, secretary and chief of staff to Governor George Pataki, made a special presentation in honor of Maikish. Cahill’s message of appreciation for Maikish’s leadership set a tone for the evening in terms of recognition for commitment to New York at both the city and state levels. O’Malley thanked the attendees for coming together to celebrate the life and work of Maikish. He introduced Peter Davoren, dinner chairman and president & CEO of Turner Construction Co., and accorded him special recognition for his time and energy in support of the event. Davoren emphasized the role Manhattan graduates have played in building the physical infrastructure of the city. Currently, Turner Construction employs 40 Manhattan graduates. And among the dinner guests were many Manhattan
alumni employed by the city’s most respected construction and civil engineering firms, including Turner. Br. Thomas introduced Maikish and described his long and distinguished career overseeing the infrastructure at economic and cultural institutions throughout the city, including the Port Authority, Columbia University and the World Trade Center. Br. Thomas drew “the striking parallels between Manhattan College and the honoree,” including his possession of “a global gestalt and respect of others that enables him to thrive in a multicultural environment.” He revealed the three-word mantra that Maikish has adopted for the Construction Command Center: facilitate (construction), mitigate (the environmental impact) and communicate. As Br. Thomas spoke, a group photo of Maikish on his first World Trade Center job — as one of the field engineers working on the original slurry wall — was shown. When Maikish took the podium, he explained how he came to be there. “Thirty-eight years ago, a young college senior was sent by Brother Leo, head of the Manhattan College civil engineering department, to see the head of surveys for the Port Authority at the original World Trade Center construction site,” he said. continued on page 5
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The school of education is gaining high marks. In early October, the school was awarded accreditation for its teacher preparation program by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). With this recognition, all three of the College’s professional schools — business, education and engineering — are nationally accredited. The TEAC stamp of approval further validates the quality of Manhattan’s teacher education program, its comprehensive curriculum and the committed faculty. The accreditation notification was the culmination of much hard work and enabled the College to meet a New York State Education Department regulation that teacher education programs be accredited. “This [accreditation] also assures the public that the College prepares competent, caring and qualified professional educators,” says Dr. William Merriman, dean of the school of education. To achieve approval, faculty members from the school of education, as well as the schools of arts and science, spent the past three years establishing and supporting their case. Several members of the College were involved in the TEAC accreditation process, including cooperating teachers, current students and alumni. TEAC’s academic audit verified the accuracy of the evidence provided by the College that student learning meets high expectations and that the teacher preparation program is following processes that produce quality. The quality of the evidence and the system that produced it are key factors in achieving TEAC’s approval, which was a unanimous one.
Dr. Karen Nicholson, associate professor of education, wrote the inquiry brief and was a member of the steering committee. She says that those involved really stepped up their efforts to make this happen and that, overall, it was a wonderful learning experience. It was a great opportunity, she adds, to work together with other faculty members from different schools and closely examine the curriculum. In addition, TEAC’s accreditation gives the school of education another positive selling point for future students. “Externally, [the accreditation] verifies that our program is really a top quality program,” adds Nicholson, who has been teaching at the College for more than 10 years. “Parents and students can feel good about coming to our College for teacher training.” The school of education has one of the largest enrollments on campus and consists of 18 full-time faculty members. The teacher preparation program offers undergraduate and graduate levels and teacher certification in one of six areas: childhood education, dual childhood/special education, adolescent education, physical education, five-year childhood/special education and graduate special education. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education, TEAC is a nonprofit group dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators. Its primary work is accrediting undergraduate and graduate professional education programs in order to assure the public about the quality of college and university programs.
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With the warmth and humility that bespeak great leadership, Maikish deflected the spotlight and pointed out that he had not achieved in isolation but as part of a community. He recognized the heroism of New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly ’63, who was in attendance, and recalled their close collaboration during the 1993 attack upon the World Trade Center.
Tech Savvy School of Ed The school of education’s partnership with nearby magnet school In-Tech Academy has reached a milestone. In-Tech Academy, a technology-based public school for grades six through 12, officially held its grand opening last fall and celebrated its sixth year in its new and permanent location in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. Manhattan College has been involved with the school since day one and has formed a highly interactive partnership. Dr. Corine Fitzpatrick, associate professor of education, sits on In-Tech’s leadership board and technology committee. She has helped put in place a tutor and mentor program that enables interested Manhattan students to provide outreach at the school. Other faculty members from the school of education work closely with the teachers to develop and improve the technology course offerings, including Sister Remigia Kushner, professor of education, who has held a number of technology workshops and graduate education courses in technology. The College’s engineering students support those efforts, and student teachers and counselors-intraining are also placed at In-Tech. The partnership gives education majors the work experience needed to become future middle and high school teachers and provides other Manhattan students opportunities to serve inner city students.
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Riverdale) and City Council Member Oliver Koppell (D-Bronx) attend In-Tech Academy’s ribbon cutting ceremony in September, which celebrated the grand opening of its permanent space.
“In-Tech has become a learning laboratory for our students,” says Fitzpatrick, adding that several Manhattan graduates have since joined the full-time faculty at In-Tech. The school of education further benefits from this partnership by having In-Tech’s principal, Rose Fairweather-Clunie, as a member of the College’s arts, education and science consultors’ board and as a participant in student-teacher training endeavors on campus. The school, which has partnerships with Apple, Cisco Systems and Microsoft, opened its doors to its first batch of sixth-graders in 1999. In-Tech is now up to grade 11 and is home to approximately 1,000 students. In addition to information technology, students take courses in literacy, mathematics, science, humanities and the arts. The building is equipped with wireless Internet access, and each student learns both MAC and PC systems. The College has helped In-Tech with grant proposals, is working with Microsoft in training Manhattan students in needed technologies to provide service to the school, and is currently working to create a more sophisticated robotics program for the students.
Maikish spoke of the Command Center’s staggering mandate: a $22 billion project within the narrow confines of the World Trade Center site. He said: “In Lower Manhattan, we find ourselves again faced with the daunting challenge of creating a new tomorrow in the wake of a devastating past. The fulfillment of Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg’s master plan and the restoration of Lower Manhattan will be the crowning achievement for many of us in this room. The enormity of the effort challenges the very essence of American know-how and ingenuity.” Finally, he congratulated Manhattan College for its role in shaping this knowhow and ingenuity through the Lasallian educational principles of going beyond the role of teacher to touch the heart of each student. “We are charged with creating a tangible legacy and the finished product stands in tribute to those who dedicate themselves to developing the great minds that produce the physical manifestations of those grand visions,” Maikish said. Sound on Sound, with bandleader Peter La Rosa ’69, kept the crowd on its feet and dancing to old favorites and new arrangements. The 2006 De La Salle Medal dinner was the perfect way to begin the year, with a remembrance of all that Manhattan College has done for the people and the city of New York and a promise that the best is yet to come.
Peace in the Middle East Ambassador John T. McCarthy ’61 of the U.S. Foreign Service discusses the future of Israel and Palestine at the fall Horan Lecture William Marshall ’67, partner at Zeichner Ellman & Krause, Ambassador John T. McCarthy ’61, the evening’s guest speaker, and Peter Heller, professor of government, at the Horan Lecture in December.
Middle East, including carrying on an official dialogue with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and gave his thoughts on what the future might hold for the embattled region.
Retired Ambassador John T. McCarthy ’61 was born and raised in New York City, but his career with the United States Foreign Service has taken him around the world. Tunisia, Lebanon, Belgium, Pakistan and Thailand are just a few of the places he’s lived and worked. During the course of a 33-year career with the Foreign Service as a consultant on embassy efficiency and security and a board member and chairman of international children’s charity Save the Children, McCarthy has made himself at home in any number of foreign cultures. And it was the liberal arts curriculum here at the College, he said, that taught him how. “I found that I had a great foundation for understanding where other people where coming from and how other societies worked, and [for that], I owe a real debt of gratitude to Manhattan,” he said. McCarthy delivered the lecture Israel and Palestine, What Next? at the Horan Lecture, held in December at the University Club in downtown Manhattan. Speaking before a group of 50 distinguished alumni, guests and faculty, the retired ambassador spoke about his experiences serving in the
McCarthy joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1962, only a few months after his graduation from Manhattan with a B.A. in history and political science. He served as the American ambassador to Lebanon from 1988 to 1990, at the end of Lebanon’s civil war; as economic counselor at the American Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium; director of the department’s Office of Investment; deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs and the deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan; and senior inspector in the Office of the Inspector General. From 1991 to 1994, he served as ambassador to Tunisia, where he carried on an official dialogue with P.L.O. head Arafat. McCarthy also holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and, in 2000, the College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at its Fall Honors Convocation. Addressing the crowd before dinner, and then fielding questions during dessert and coffee, McCarthy, who has, he noted, been a guest at previous Horan lectures, said that with Israel and Palestine sharing such a small physical space, the two countries will eventually have to find a way to coexist peacefully. As key players from the old regimes are replaced by a new generation of younger leaders, he said, there may be a chance for “people of good faith” and leaders “of vision” to help steer the region toward peace.
“For me, history is individual. It is men and women who basically make the difference,” he said. McCarthy also said that while he sees a definite role for the United States in guiding the process, he cautioned that the U.S. would be naïve to think that it can make peace in the Middle East. “The way it seems to work in that part of the world is that unless the U.S. president is involved, and is deeply involved, not enough happens,” he said. “I don’t mean we can make the peace in the Middle East. I think that’s wrong.” He continued, “I think the U.S. government can facilitate solutions when the people involved really are ready for them, but we can’t impose solutions on people so directly concerned.” To conclude his lecture, McCarthy said that, in his experience, the inhabitants of Israel are looking to live where their existence as a nation is accepted, and he believes that there is enough Arab support for it to eventually happen. With vision and U.S. leadership, he said, as well as “lots of luck,” McCarthy thinks the peace process will continue to move forward, no matter how slowly. “It’s hard to remain optimistic about the Middle East because [peace] seems to takes so long,” he said. “But nonetheless, there are enough steps forward to give you the steps back.”
The Jasper Rx The father of modern sports medicine is honored at the Fall Honors Convocation “You need to question in your mind the old, traditional way and the new current thinking,” he said. “In essence, take nothing for granted.” At the end of the day, he said, success is about making the right choices. “My message to you is really questions,” he said. “At age 65, do you wish to be able to look back on your life and say that I am at peace with myself? Am I proud of what I have done with my life?”
Brother President Thomas Scanlan, honorary degree recipient William Clancy ’63, and Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Weldon Jackson at the Fall Honors Convocation.
William Clancy ’63, M.D., is one of the preeminent figures in modern sports medicine. He is an innovator who changed the way doctors all over the world practice, and the surgical techniques he pioneered are used in virtually all the knee reconstructive surgeries performed today. And at the 2005 Fall Honors Convocation, Clancy told Manhattan’s best students that his resolve to change the field was born here at the College, on the track — or rather, while he was off it. Manhattan’s most inspired students were honored on Oct. 16 at the Fall Honors Convocation in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. After an invocation from Brother Robert Berger, F.S.C., vice president for student life, and greetings from Thomas McCarthy ’06, the president of the Pen and Sword Society, Clancy was presented for the honorary doctorate of science degree by Dr. Weldon Jackson, executive vice president and provost. As a scholarship track athlete who suffered more than his fair share of damage on the track, Clancy spent a lot of time with the head athletic trainer. All that time nursing his injuries gave the future doctor a thought. “I was pre-med and decided that even though there was no such field as sports medicine, that was what I was going to specialize in, because there was minimal understanding of these injuries,” Clancy said. “The rest is sort of history.”
Clancy, a Brooklyn native, now resides in Carbondale, Colo., with his wife, Kathy. He is a member of the Orthopaedic Associates of Aspen and Glenwood and has spent his career doing even more than what he vowed to do. He didn’t just specialize in sports medicine: he transformed it. Using techniques developed while a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Wisconsin in the mid-1970s, Clancy invented the modern procedure used to repair the ACL (anterior cruciate) and PCL (posterior cruciate) knee ligaments, as well as reconstructions for both ligaments. He also developed a posterolateral knee ligament procedure.
Following Clancy’s response, the 136 inductees were presented by the deans of the schools of arts, science, engineering, education and business, and received their certificates and keys from Brother Thomas Scanlan and Jackson. Epsilon Sigma Pi is Manhattan’s oldest college-wide honor society. It was founded in 1933 to serve as a medium of recognition for talented students, as well as to “promote and foster cultural and intellectual pursuits” on campus. Students who achieved a scholastic index of at least 3.5 in their first six semesters at the College, without incurring any academic failures in the same period, are inducted during the fall ceremony. After congratulatory remarks from Br. Thomas, inductees and their friends and families celebrated at a reception in Dante’s Den.
Clancy was chief of orthopedic surgery and head team physician at the U.S. Naval Academy and has been the U.S. orthopedic surgeon for three Olympic Games, including the “miracle” goldmedal-winning men’s hockey team at Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980. He served as the medical director of the U.S. Nordic ski team for 10 years and has been co-medical director for the PGA tour for the past five years. The father of three has published more than 100 articles on surgical procedures for the neck, hip, shoulder, thigh and Achilles tendon and has been a visiting professor at universities in Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and France. Clancy told inductees that the key to success was to stay current, by reading up and taking seminars in their fields; by specializing; and by thinking out of the box.
Engineering student Margarita Calbitaza ’06 receives her certificate from Brother Thomas Scanlan, as she is inducted into Epsilon Sigma Pi, the College’s oldest honor society.
Alumnus Dedicates Room of The College has recently opened the Covino Room in the O’Malley Library that displays one alum’s impressive career and world travels.
of metallurgy, plastics and chemistry. With his wife, Sylvia, a college educator by profession and his true inspiration, Covino built an impressive career.
Dr. Charles P. Covino ’50, founder of General Magnaplate Corp., has donated to the College a number of his career achievements and life mementos. Located on the second floor of the Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Library, the Covino Room is filled with articles, photos, artifacts and milestones that tell the story of Dr. Covino: inventor and world traveler. The dedication ceremony, held January 22 in the Covino Room, paid tribute to a dedicated alumnus, devoted family man and true inventor.
He founded General Magnaplate in 1952 as a nondestructive testing laboratory based in Hoboken, N.J. General Magnaplate, now led by his daughter Candida C. Aversenti, a College trustee, revolutionized the industry’s attitude toward metals and metal parts by developing a range of “synergistic” coatings that combine the advantages of anodizing, plating and low friction engineering polymers or other dry lubricants.
Brother Thomas Scanlan and Dr. Charles Covino ’50 stand inside the Covino Room, which is filled with its namesake’s mementos, photos and artifacts.
In his welcome remarks, Brother President Thomas Scanlan underscored Covino’s long list of accomplishments and touted the many hats he wore in life — athlete, entrepreneur, equestrian, international inventor, pilot, scientist and war veteran. The College is grateful, he said, to receive such a wonderful gift. “This room is an outstanding example of alumni achievement and will be a learning lab for future students,” Br. Thomas said. Visitors of the Covino Room are surrounded by several, beautifully displayed artifacts, including newspaper articles of Magnaplate’s triumphs, sculptures and souvenirs from around the world, models of numerous inventions, and endless trophies, awards and honors that Covino has received throughout the years. Covino, more affectionately known as Doc, spent his life striving to improve the quality of others’ lives through knowledge
Inventions and Life Mementos
Working closely with one of his largest clients, NASA, Covino created a wide variety of coatings for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. As a result, every American space vehicle since NASA’s inception has included thousands of individual parts coated by Magnaplate. Some of these parts are also on display in the Covino Room. Magnaplate’s products have been recognized worldwide for their outstanding performance. The most noteworthy honor occurred when the company’s HI-T-LUBE coating was cited in The Guinness Book of World Records as “the most slippery solid in the world.” Aversenti, along with her father, was instrumental in decorating the Covino Room. Addressing a room filled with family, friends and Magnaplate colleagues, she said the Covino Room is a permanent home for the artifacts her parents collected during a lifetime of travel and serves as a dedication to the achievements of her father. “It’s rare for one individual to display talent in so many areas,” said Aversenti at the ceremony. “This room is a testament to my father’s drive and determination and will be an inspiration for all students who use this room for studying.” Covino has worked alongside some of the world’s most powerful leaders. He has collaborated with Admiral Rickover on the Nautilus and Thresher submarines, NASA head Wernher Von Braun on pioneering and upgrading NASA’s quality control program and Edward Teller on the hydrogen bomb. In addition, he served
A family affair: Dr. Charles Covino ’50 with his daughter, Candida C. Aversenti, a College trustee who was helpful in designing the Covino Room, and his wife, Sylvia.
his country during World War II. While stationed in Japan, under the leadership of General MacArthur, Covino fostered an alliance between American and Japanese students and civilians, which resulted in introducing a joined track and field event in 1945. After the war, his continuing efforts and negotiation skills lead to Japan’s participation in the 1952 Olympic Games. In his remarks at the dedication ceremony, the well-traveled scientist said he hopes visitors and future students of the College may find inspiration in the Covino Room. In a later interview, he reiterated this point and said, “I would like everyone to see what I have accomplished in my short life and take away a feeling that they can do the same if they apply their skills with the feeling that the rewards can be large or small but always beneficial to his or her fellow mankind.” Covino’s life is a dedication to perseverance, mental energy and the stubbornness to succeed where others have failed. General Magnaplate continues his legacy of innovation and problem solving. Prior to Manhattan College, Covino attended the University of Alabama’s school of engineering. After the war, he enrolled in the College and earned his degree in 1950 from the school of business, which was followed by graduate study at New York University. Covino holds more than 112 patents and numerous honors and awards, including an honorary doctorate degree from Manhattan College.
Design Tools for Disabled The students in the senior mechanical engineering design course this past December presented their own customized tools to residents at the Brandywine Campus of Elant Nursing Homes in Briarcliff, N.Y. Combining textbook knowledge and real-life challenges, the students designed and built several mechanical devices to assist Brandywine residents, most of whom are physically challenged. Twenty-three students in the fall semester worked on group projects that aim to improve the everyday lives of Brandywine residents. Student projects included a custom-made computer workstation with adjustable legs for those in wheelchairs or who are bedridden, a remote control equipped with extra large buttons for residents with limited dexterity, a watering device for the greenhouse on the property that enables residents to water their plants with one touch of a button and several gardening tools that are lightweight but efficient. Dr. Zella Kahn-Jetter, professor of mechanical engineering, says the Brandywine partnership provides engineering students with a chance to combine their coursework with a service component — an opportunity, she says, that underscores the College’s Lasallian mission. “By working with the residents at Brandywine, the students gain a sense of responsibility and of knowing the importance to be able to help other people,” Kahn-Jetter says. “And, from an engineering point of view and personal development point of view, they gain a sense of self confidence in their work and a sense of accomplishment.” The course, which is a requirement for mechanical engineering majors and partially funded by the Lasallian Action Committee, is a unique learning opportunity. Students get the chance to create designs on their own from start to finish with customers already lined up to use their finished products. A Brandywine representative gives the class a wish list and a tour of the nursing
Women Engineers in
Students Stephen LePorisz ’06 and Kristen Smith ’06, with instructor Dr. Zella Kahn-Jetter (center), demonstrate their adjustable computer workstation to Brandywine residents. The mechanical computer desk moves up and down with a simple push of a button.
home facilities. Students, who work in small groups, present and donate their completed projects to the residents at Brandywine as a finale to the course. The entire process, from design to production, is exactly what senior Kristen Smith enjoyed the most. Kristen, who helped design and build the adjustable computer table, says it was exciting to see the positive reaction from the residents once they were presented with the new tools.
Mechanical engineering students are using their design skills to help people who need it the most.
“It was important for us to actually see our projects being put to use,” she says. “[The course] allowed us to get firsthand experience of a design process but also how to communicate our ideas and accomplishments to peers and clients.” “This course really does bring out the best in them,” Kahn-Jetter adds. “From the learning perspective, it is an overall great experience.” The partnership between the College and Brandywine began in 1990. The design course was originally funded by the National Science Foundation under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Haines, professor of mechanical engineering. Kahn-Jetter has taught the course for the past six years and oversees the student group projects and designs. The course is typically tied to a nursing home or medical facility partnership. Student projects in the past have included a device to steady the legs of adults with cerebral palsy, specialized toys for children with disabilities and a series of gardening tools to assist individuals with multiple sclerosis.
A newly established all-girls camp at the College is aiming to change the face of the engineering field. The chemical engineering department last summer held its first Female Opportunities to Revolutionize Chemical Engineering (FORCE) Program, a camp geared for high school girls entering their junior and senior years with strong math and science skills. The program’s mission is to increase the awareness of young girls about the possibility of a career in chemical engineering.
FORCE is the brainchild of Dr. Ann Marie Flynn, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and Dr. Nada Assaf-Anid, department chair, who both wanted to create anything but your typical academic camp. When developing the schedule, Flynn made a conscious decision to present a holistic image of chemical engineers and to help eliminate the girls’ misconceptions of what an engineer is supposed to be and how it would play out as a chosen profession.
FORCE allows young girls to explore engineering through hands-on experiments, team-based projects and industrial field trips. Part of their days were spent visiting engineering plants, and the rest of the time, they were doing lab work and attending lectures. During their visit to Kraft Foods, the students learned about the chemical engineering behind Kool-Aid, and at Clairol, they were exposed to ways in which chemical engineers produce shampoo, conditioner and hair-color continued on page 10
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Women Engineers in Full Force
The campers of the Female Opportunities to Revolutionize Chemical Engineering (FORCE) Program on their first field trip to Kraft Foods.
products. They also learned the engineering behind lip gloss and lip plumper at Cosmetic Essence, which designs the line of makeup for retailer Victoria’s Secret. “They spent part of their day as a day in the life of an engineering student and the other part on what they can do as an engineer,” Flynn says. Flynn found that high school girls don’t typically think of engineering as a field to pursue, which is one of the main purposes of the FORCE program: to introduce them to the possibilities of one. And while there has been progress in the typically male-dominated field, there’s still a shortage of women in the industry. “It is really important for girls to see what engineering is about and all the interesting and fun parts of it,” says Victoria Scala, who attended FORCE before entering her senior year of high school. “It was important to see how much women can do in [engineering] and especially how respected they are in the field.” Victoria will be a civil engineering major at the College in the fall. Following the footsteps of many Jaspers in her family, including her father, Anthony J. Scala ’74, president at Lowy & Donnath, Inc. and a College trustee, and older brothers, Anthony Scala III ’03 and Christopher Scala ’05, Victoria says FORCE also helped her decide which field in engineering to pursue. “Although I realized chemical engineering might not be for me, [FORCE] fully convinced me that
engineering was the place for me and got rid of any of my fears and misconceptions,” Victoria adds. Seventeen girls attended FORCE last summer. The attendees were mostly local students from all-girl high schools who have strong GPAs and are active at their schools. And, if they were not considering engineering as a career, they were, at least, interested in the idea. By the time their four days were up, the students were sad to say their goodbyes. Since then, they’ve stayed in touch, and a few have even offered to serve as camp counselors for this year’s upcoming program. Most participants also have suggested extending the camp to include an overnight stay on campus. And five out of the nine seniors that attended the camp already have applied for early decision to study engineering at the College. Indeed, FORCE worked its magic, and not only on the high school campers who attended. Recent graduate Natalie Ivezaj ’05, who served as a FORCE camp counselor and majored in chemical engineering, says her experience in the program reiterated to her how important it is to provide high schoolers career guidance and inspiration. “Young people need direction and they need someone to dedicate their time to them,” she says. Marguerite Mohan ’04, a top student who helped raise funds for the Brother Conrad Timothy Burris Endowment in chemical engineering, also participated as a camp counselor in FORCE’s first year.
The high school girls were very much interested in their personal stories as college students and as women in engineering. Ivezaj and Mohan both served as sources of inspiration. “It was important to express to them that engineering is not easy but so rewarding,” says Ivezaj, who plans to participate again in this year’s camp. “They gained a sense of accomplishment after every field trip, every lab experiment and every lecture. FORCE really helped to show them that they are each very capable of becoming an engineer.” The students attended the camp free of charge, largely due to scholarships provided by Manhattan alumni, the chemical engineering department and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In its first year, FORCE received funding from Manhattan College, CDI Engineering Solutions, Infineum USA, Kraft Foods and Pfizer. Scholarship funding was also provided by engineering alumnus Robert Altomare ’72, research principal at Kraft Foods, Martin Considine ’70, vice president of technology at Peabody Energy, and Daniel O’Shea ’68 B.S., ’69 M.S., who is a retired senior vice president at Pfizer. The second annual FORCE summer camp is slated for this June. Brochures were distributed to a larger group of high schools in the Northeast region, and applications are being accepted through May. For more details about FORCE, please contact the chemical engineering department at (718) 862-7185 or visit www.manhattan.edu/chemical.
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Tsunami-Torn Sri Lanka For several education majors, a unique service trip to Sri Lanka reaffirmed their commitment to become future teachers. “Before traveling to Sri Lanka, I knew I wanted to teach,” Melissa Crespo ’06 says. “Now having been there, I am convinced that teaching is what I am supposed to do.” During winter break, 12 students from the school of education, arts and engineering, led by Dr. William Merriman, dean of the school of education, traveled to Sri Lanka to teach English, science and math at fellow Lasallian school St. Benedict’s in Colombo. St. Benedict’s teaches students from grades 1 to 13, which is equivalent to kindergarten through 12th grade in the United States. Dr. Peter McCarthy, assistant professor of education, and Father Jim Cerbone, director of campus ministry, also accompanied the students. Merriman says the trip to Sri Lanka combined the College’s academic and social action missions by teaching and sharing its knowledge with the students and faculty at St. Benedict’s. Manhattan students spent three weeks in Sri Lanka teaching and running classes and after-school programs for the students, which ranged anywhere from conversing in English to playing games of basketball or cricket. They also led workshops for faculty members on teaching techniques, including teacher training, leadership, counseling and educational technology. When school wasn’t in session, students were encouraged to explore the country and its culture. On a weekend trip south to Kataragama, they came across a festival during Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day, a Buddhist holiday celebrated in Sri Lanka. Celebrants, including the elephants at the festival, wore colorful costumes and decorations. Some students opted for weekend
Kataragama, Sri Lanka
fishing trips in the Indian Ocean. Another highlight was a one-hour session with the American ambassador to Sri Lanka, The Honorable Jeffrey Lunstead, at the American Embassy in Colombo. Michael Lepetit ’06 has taught English before but says this was an entirely different experience. He describes the students as extremely grateful and enthusiastic and says that for most of them, learning English wasn’t just another language to perfect but a tool for survival.
“I taught for a different purpose in Sri Lanka,” Lepetit says. “We were teaching people who really need English to advance in life.” Most of the people of Sri Lanka suffer from poverty and live in a country struggling with political unrest and a battered economy. Shortly before the students arrived in January, a string of attacks on troops reignited fears of another civil war. Sri Lanka put an end in 2002 to a violent civil war that spanned more than two decades. And more recently, after the tsunami hit the area in December 2004, Sri Lanka lost more than 30,000 lives, and the natural disaster displaced more than 440,000 people. Although the country is undergoing difficult times, Manhattan students enthusiastically immersed themselves in the culture and took away with them a positive experience and, for some, a different outlook on life. “The experience taught me an invaluable lesson, which is to be thankful for what I have,” Crespo says. “Going to Sri Lanka really reinforced this perspective because people there have so little compared to us, but they value everything. They do not take anything for granted, especially education.”
A Lot of Love Manhattan College students, led by Cristin Piccirilli ’06, strengthened the bond between St. Augustine School and the College by revitalizing a 3,300 square-foot lot and turning it into a safe haven for children. Through a grant of $2,800 from the Home Depot and with the help of Victor Schneider from the College’s physical plant, in September 2005, the St. Augustine Peace Garden opened as a result of the hard work of Manhattan students, faculty and alumni.
Sounding as Smart as You Are: Alum Endows “Communicating for Career Success” Program “All of us have to interact with people,” Peter E. Dans ’57, M.D., says. “And I think communication skills are essential, no matter what we do.” Dans, an associate professor of medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University, is living proof of how far communication skills can take you. After graduating from Manhattan, he went on to graduate from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, founded an adult walk-in clinic and a sexually transmitted disease clinic in
firsthand how important professional appearance and comportment would be in the world the honored seniors would be entering after graduation, he saw an opportunity to help prepare them for it. Not long after his visit to campus, he endowed the “Communicating for Career Success” program, a three-part series of seminars designed to help students present themselves in a professional way. The first session was held in the spring of 2005, with the two following segments in the fall of the same year. A repeat of the series was scheduled for March 27, April 3 and April 10. The series, held in the Academy Room in Leo Engineering, is a continuation and expansion of the “How to Give a Presentation” seminar that had been a requirement of the center for career development’s mentor program for the past four years. All three segments of both series were presented by motivational professional Susan Murphy of New Jerseybased Murphy Motivation, who had delivered “How to Give a Presentation.”
Dr. Peter E. Dans ’57 received an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the Fall Honors Convocation in 2003.
Denver and a migrant health clinic in Fort Lupton, Colo., now the hub of nine rural community health centers, and was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellowship in the U.S. Senate. He is also the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific articles, book chapters and other works of medical literature, and was awarded an honorary doctorate of science at Manhattan College’s Fall Honors Convocation in 2003. In fact, it was at Fall Honors that Dans started thinking about the importance of good communication skills. Knowing
The first segment of the series, which was open to all students, as well as the businesspeople and professionals involved in the mentor program, was titled “How to Present Yourself and Your Ideas.” The session covered formal presentation skills, body language and speaking succinctly. Public speaking generally “scares people,” Murphy says but is often inevitable in professional life. The strategies covered in the session are ones that will come in handy not just in students’ professional lives but anytime they are dealing with people. “I always tell attendees, ‘It’s just how to look and sound as smart as you are,’” Murphy says. “It’s how you handle your body, so it doesn’t get in the way of your mind.”
The second part of the series covered building relationships with co-workers, employers, friends and acquaintances, and the third built on the skills developed in the first two sessions, as well as general manners, physical appearance and dress. The series have been well received by participants. According to Doris Pechman, assistant director of the center for career development, students enrolling in the sessions listed many reasons for attending the series, including to prepare themselves for the job search and interview process, to overcome their shyness and be able to speak in public, to develop confidence, and to learn to present themselves in a professional way. And from all accounts, the series has left them feeling more confident about all of those things. “I was particularly inspired by the enthusiasm and participation of the student participants,” Murphy says. By the end of the seminars, she says, “the progress was remarkable — they made eye contact, shook hands, said thank you.” Dans says he would like to see the program “built up so it reaches more students,” and the center for career development would like to see it happen. While the original endowment provided for only the first two sets of series, the center for career development is hoping to continue to offer the program to students in the coming years. After all, the lessons in the seminar go beyond just professional success. As Dans said, communicating well is a skill used in every aspect of life. Murphy agrees. Learning how to effectively relate to other people, she says, is “vital for success and happiness.”
The Mentor Program: A Window to the Working World
Choosing what to do with your life is a huge decision, and for a lot of students, it’s one fraught with guesswork. What does a chemical engineer really do all day? What’s it like working at a public relations firm? What can you do with a degree in English? With so much on the line, getting a window into a future career is invaluable — as is making a potential contact in the field you want to pursue. It’s no surprise, then, that the center for career development’s mentor program has been growing steadily since its inception in the 1998-1999 school year. In fact, last year the program grew by almost 35 percent. At this year’s kick-off dinner, held in February in Smith Auditorium, 270 were in attendance, including students, mentors and faculty and staff. The mentor program pairs interested Jaspers with mentors in their fields. After a kick-off mentor/mentee dinner, mentors and mentees arrange a program for the semester that works for both of them. In future meetings, mentees might go on site visits, sit in on meetings, have lunch with the mentor or shadow him or her at work. They also have the opportunity to listen to lectures from professionals who have something to share with both the mentors and mentees. Christopher Ward, managing director of the American Contractors Association, was the featured speaker at this year’s mentor dinner. He has served as commissioner of the Environmental Protection Agency of New York City and as an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, among other roles. During his lecture, Career Paths: Core Elements and Personal Growth, Ward used examples from his own career to describe how challenges in the workplace can be opportunities for personal development. With so many options open to participants — and so many advantages to participating — the program’s growth is no surprise to Brother Ralph Bucci, F.S.C., the center for career development’s mentor program coordinator, a position created this year. “An important reason for increase, I believe, is that students want more information about careers and career options. They are not always sure what a major may prepare them to do,” Bucci says. “A connection with someone already in the career can help them clarify their thinking, either, ‘Yes, I want to continue in this direction,’ or ‘No, this isn’t what I thought it may have been.’ They want to explore possibilities.” The program draws students from the schools of engineering (historically the most populous group, this year the school of engineering saw 80 student participants matched with mentors from 30 different companies), business, arts and science, and mentors from more than 80 companies who are willing to share their time and experience with students.
From left to right: Ray Finnegan ’70, project director/consultant for Parsons Brinckerhoff; speaker Chris Ward, managing director of the American Contractors Association; Andrea Giorgi-Bocker ’80, an engineer for the Port Authority; and honorary Jasper Frank Lombardi, chief engineer for the Port Authority, at the mentor dinner.
“We’ve seen significant growth in the number of alums who enjoy participating, and non-alums who hear about the program from colleagues or from recruiting on campus who think the program is a good idea, and who find participating rewarding for themselves and their companies,” he says.
With a new faculty advisor in place, the mentor program is growing by leaps and bounds.
Bucci, who joined the center for career development in August, came to Manhattan with more than 30 years of education in experience behind him. He was most recently the dean of the class of 2005 at La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I. Prior to that, he had honed his career-development skills as the coordinator of academic advising for the junior and senior classes at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., where he helped his students determine and finalize their academic plans. At Salve Regina, he was an assistant professor of art, gallery director and president of the faculty senate, too. He was also for several years the director of the art in public places program for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. According to Marjorie Apel, director of the center for career development, having Bucci on staff to concentrate on and direct the mentor program has been a major factor in its growth and success. “Having Br. Ralph here has really helped because having someone who can focus on the program, which is really detailed-oriented, is really important,” Apel says. For his part, Bucci has settled into his role. “I enjoy meeting students to help them clarify their intentions with the program,” he said. “The program is in a very good position right now. We’ve had significant growth this year, and we’ve balanced student interest and mentor recruitment.” As the program enters a new year, Bucci says, it will be looking to encourage mentors and students to maintain contact throughout the semester, recruit alumni and friends of the College to serve as new mentors, and increase student interest and participation. In the meantime, he’s focusing his energy on helping as many Jaspers as possible explore the possibilities for their future. “We hope to grow the program to include anyone who wants to participate,” Bucci says.
Opportunities Galore at Career Draddy Gymnasium was transformed into a job marketplace that included booths, banners, brochures, professionals and students. The offices of career development and alumni relations hosted Manhattan College’s annual Career Fair this past October, where more than 110 companies, universities, law enforcement divisions and nonprofit agencies gathered to meet with and speak to interested students about job opportunities, internships or co-op positions. “With such a large number of companies attending, students had a wide array of industries to broaden their possibilities for employment,” says Marjorie Apel, director of the center for career development. “How many people get to network with over 100 companies in one day!”
upon the value of continuing education. A student could explore the possibility of a career with the NYPD, Merrill Lynch, Turner Construction or Con Edison, while learning more about positions within a company, protocol, interview etiquette or proper dress code. The Career Fair is brought together through the hard work of those offices on campus but also through the efforts of alumni volunteers. Ken Kelly ’54 is one of the many volunteers who personally call more than 500 companies to invite
them to participate in the event. The Alumni Society provided a booth that offered personalized business cards that were produced on the spot for current Manhattan students and added a polished touch when a student met a potential employer. Manhattan College is dedicated to the preparedness of its students, and the Career Fair is an excellent venue for them to experience that first contact with the professional community while viewing some of the many choices that lie ahead.
Roseanne Forde, from New York Life Insurance, and Sarah Veitch ’06, a student in the school of business, meet at the Career Fair in October.
The Career Fair is an excellent way for students to meet potential employers, have their résumés read and reviewed, arrange for job interviews or realize the scope of opportunities that await them after graduation from Manhattan. Pace University Law and Columbia University Law, along with other higher education institutions, were on hand to expound
Joining Hands in
After enjoying the holidays with family, Manhattan students spent part of their winter breaks assisting in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Ten students in January traveled to New Orleans to volunteer with Operation Helping Hands, created by the Archdiocese of New Orleans for Katrina relief. The students spent seven days gutting ruined homes and completely stripping them down to the studs and beams. More than 100,000 homes in New Orleans experienced damage from the hurricane, some worse than others.
Student volunteers in one of the ruined homes they gutted while volunteering in New Orleans.
“We worked on four houses in seven days, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s definitely progress,” says Frank Gizzo ’03, graduate assistant in campus ministry and social action and the team leader of the trip. Like many of the students that participated in the trip, Gizzo also was interested in witnessing the devastation firsthand.
“Block after block for miles and miles in certain sections of New Orleans, you’d see garbage piled up, ruined homes, cars overturned and boats in the middle of the street,” Gizzo adds. It was a completely different experience being there in person, he says, especially after visiting the Ninth Ward, which suffered the most damage. “I was awestruck,” Gizzo says. “Everything is leveled, no exaggeration. All of the homes are gone. There’s just debris left.” Kinah Ventura-Rosas, coordinator in campus ministry and social action, says the purpose of these service-learning trips has always been to encourage the students to give back to the community and expose them to different, unique experiences. In the past, student volunteers traveled to Honduras, where they helped build homes in some of the poorest communities, and to Texas,
Building Homes for
Humanity Led by the campus ministry and social action department, volunteers from the College — from students to administrators to alumni — have helped build three homes as part of its partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Participants from the College volunteer for Habitat six times during the academic year, and so far, most of the homes are being built in low-income neighborhoods in nearby Yonkers, N.Y. In the coming years, campus ministry hopes to organize fund-raisers for Habitat and increase the number of its student volunteers. Another goal is to work with Habitat to oversee the construction of one home built solely by Manhattan College volunteers from start to finish. Normally, the same volunteer group does not get to work on one home. The Manhattan College-themed home would extend also as a team-building day for the College community.
Jasper volunteers get down and dirty building houses in Yonkers, N.Y.
Campus ministry oversees a number of volunteer activities for the College, and Habitat always gets a positive turnout, says Kinah Ventura-Rosas, coordinator of campus ministry.
Campus ministry’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity is with its Westchester County branch. Down the road, volunteers hope to pitch in at other surrounding areas as well.
“It’s a nice time frame for a volunteer — you spend one day with Habitat, and you know you’re going to make a difference,” she says.
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to work in partnership with low-income families to build decent homes they can afford to buy. The organization aims to help break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. By the end of 2005, Habitat placed more than one million people worldwide in decent, affordable Habitat for Humanity houses.
Working with Habitat and helping families achieve homeownership, Ventura-Rosas says, underscores the College’s Lasallian mission to serve its community.
Manhattan College is strengthening its ties to Habitat for Humanity.
where they served as camp counselors to chronically ill children. During the trip, students presented a check in the amount of $4,500 to fellow Lasallian institution De La Salle High School. The money will benefit Christian Brothers Conference and its hurricane relief efforts. Most of the funds stemmed from the student-led event, “Big Easy,” which was held on campus last fall. The “Big Easy” fund-raiser was a tribute to the city that included live Jazz music and traditional New Orleans treats. Another group of 10 students traveled back to New Orleans as part of Operation Helping Hands during spring break. “All of the students who I spoke to that went to New Orleans said it was life changing to see the devastation firsthand and to meet the families firsthand,” Ventura-Rosas says. “A lot of people they came in contact with
Lois Harr (center), director of campus ministry, holds up a presentation check with students on the eve of their departure to the hurricane-ravished city.
were surprised that the students would give up their time, their winter break, to volunteer down there, and it was affirming for students to see how much impact they really had.” For Gizzo, the trip helped him gain a different perspective on life, especially after speaking to family members who
have lost everything and have been forced to uproot their lives. “There are always going to be people out there that are not as fortunate as you are,” says Gizzo, whose experience forced him to realize what a lucky life he led. “I came back here with a renewed sense of appreciation.” manhattan.edu
Seafaring Alum Finds Inspiration Abroad: A Personal Account by Ben Gwynne ’05
September 2004. I am in Nha Trang, Vietnam, which was the site of a U.S. military beach during the Vietnam War. Since then, it has been a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches. While there, we took a day trip to Monkey Island. Monkeys roam free on the island, and it was safe for us to feed them food out of our hands (really cool!). We also had the option to be lifted up by an elephant for the price of $1.
I was heading home toward the 242nd street train station in October 2003 when I bumped into my friend Crystal. What happened to be a chance encounter, ended up changing the direction of my life to this day. I was a junior at the time and was set to apply for a program spending a semester of my senior year interning in Washington, D.C. Being a government major, it was an excellent opportunity for me. In Crystal’s hand was an application for Semester at Sea, a study abroad program with which I was unfamiliar. Crystal told me about it briefly: it was just students from across the United States who travel around the world for a semester on a ship, stopping in 10 countries and taking classes in between. The quick description was enough to delay mailing in my application for Washington, D.C. — just another day. I went home to look up Semester at Sea on the Internet, and I was immediately captivated. I spent hours researching the program online, looking into the countries it traveled to, what I could do when I visited, and the unique courses offered on the ship. It was then that I decided I would no longer be venturing to Washington, D.C., but instead, in August 2004, I would depart on a ship with 650 college students making a voyage around the world. I knew a trip like this would impact my life, but I was unaware that it would change it so quickly.
The Semester at Sea program opened my eyes to the rest of the world. I had never been happier and, each day, looked forward to sharing my experiences with my friends, family and faculty back home. I frequently e-mailed them stories about the places I went, people I had met, and sent pictures of sites I had seen. Upon my return, I was notified by Nancy Cave, the study abroad advisor, that I had been awarded a $1,250 scholarship, which is given to a student who “excels in the study abroad experience.” Being awarded for an experience that changed my life is an honor I will never forget. The scholarship I received was a credit to what I put into my experience abroad, so I decided I had to use it toward another trip that would take me to new lands. I used my new funds to support a backpacking trip to Europe after graduation in May 2005, and the journey was just beginning.
A good friend I met while studying abroad encouraged me to apply to graduate school in England. I took her advice and found out in a matter of weeks that I had been accepted into several schools. Soon after, I made the decision to attend the University of Exeter that fall to earn my master’s degree in public administration and public policy, where I am very happy at this moment. All of those travels took place in less than a year, and they all happened because of that day I bumped into Crystal. She will never understand the importance of that chance meeting, but I will be forever grateful. I do realize that I have been blessed with opportunities few will ever have, but I take solace in the fact that even fewer take advantage of those opportunities when they have the chance. In 2003, I had no idea that a year later I would be spending a semester on a boat traveling around the world, the recipient of a scholarship, or attending graduate school in England. These decisions helped bring me closer to the College community, without which I have no idea what my experiences at Manhattan would have been like, and also helped me become more in touch with myself. Semester at Sea calls its program a “voyage of discovery,” and I think, for me, it still continues to this day. The destinations I have been to and the choices I have made in the past two years may seem random, but I think they all make sense. When everything ends, I am sure it will feel like something I was supposed to be doing all along. Only time will tell, and who knows where life will bring me when I complete my graduate program in England — we will see come September 2006. September 2004. I am on a Sampan boat ride in Aberdeen Harbor in Hong Kong. Houseboats, floating restaurants and fishermen fill these waters. Taking a tour of the city this way is very popular and offers excellent views of the city. The drivers are friendly and give you these cool hats to wear, if you want — and with some American charm, allow you to drive the boat.
Retrospective Art Exhibit Celebrates
A recent art exhibit held at the College celebrated one artist’s innovative work and paid homage to some of New York City’s finest landmarks. In memory of Will Servin, late co-president of the Riverdale Art Association and well-known Soho artist, Manhattan College hosted a retrospective exhibition of his work in digital imaging. Known for his uses of color and texture in geometric and kaleidoscopic designs of New York sights, Servin’s art also explores ethereal treatments of the human body, creating a range of work that earned him recognition in many venues.
The Art of Will: A Will Servin Retrospective, sponsored by the Riverdale Art Association and the College, was first on display in the O’Malley Library from December 1 to 30. The exhibit reopened in February and was on display until March 1. Pieces in the exhibit included a pictorial view of several New York City landmarks and structures, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square. Some of these photographs were captured while Will piloted a Cessna aircraft with his twin brother, Manuel Servin, also an artist. Using computer imaging techniques, Servin turned the photographs into unique compositions that combined the raw photographs with vibrant colors and a modern technique. Servin’s one-of-a-kind artwork garnered him attention as artist of the month in Digital Imaging magazine, as creator of the T-shirt logo for the first International Backgammon Server (having won first place in the international competition), and as artist of the month in The Art on the Street Project in Soho, among others. Manuel says his brother’s motivation and inspiration came from his constant love for creative work and the arts.
“He was what I would call a fearless designer and colorist and had an unlimited [amount of] creativity,” Manuel says. “Every time he would start a project, he did many variations of it. In his latest digital creation years, he would just sit down in front of his computer and create piece after piece.” He would often have so many ideas that led into another, Manuel adds.
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Servin’s artwork has been described by art critics as “eye-popping” and “instructive.” To his brother, Manuel, “he was definitely a pioneer in digital art.” In the latter years of his life, Servin was creating new images of New York and printing his images on aluminum plates using different printers. He also was working on special, heavyweight translucent papers and playing with the use of adding light to his pieces. Servin studied visual arts and graphic design in Mexico, where he spent his childhood. He attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico at the School for Fine Arts’ branch in downtown Mexico City, where legendary artist Diego Rivera studied. Servin, who also worked with watercolor, spent several years as a flight attendant and earned his private pilot and airline dispatcher licenses. It was around this time that the artist traveled the world and visited numerous art museums, where he learned to appreciate art, as well as create it.
Depicts Images from Holocaust
The College’s Holocaust Resource Center showcased in the fall a collection of Holocaust works of art by artist Marty J. Kalb. The exhibit, which was on display in the lobby of O’Malley Library, included 20 charcoal-on-paper pieces of actual documented events and original contemporary photographs. Each image represents a unique event based on the factual and emotional tragedy of the Holocaust. Kalb, who is professor of fine arts at Ohio Wesleyan University, says his
Holocaust Series confronts the viewer with some of the worst instances of torture and suffering. The exhibit featured the piece Treblinka (right), which presents a mass grave of bodies at the Polish extermination camp. Another work, Expulsion, reveals two naked, emaciated individuals being cast away, and in the piece Killing Four Jews, the viewer is forced to stand alongside the executioner to witness the imminent murder of four innocent people who hold hands in terror. continued on page 18
ROTC Takes on the NYSE Manhattan College’s Air Force ROTC cadets participated in Veterans Day activities throughout the city. In addition to marching in the parade and visiting the Bronx Veterans Hospital, the group rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 11 to commemorate the 87th anniversary of Veterans Day. Among the members of the armed forces gathered at the bell are Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Lichte ’71 (center), Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray (center left), and Manhattan College’s AFROTC Detachment 560 Cadet Wing Commander Marie Tracy (third from the right).
Says a Thousand Words
The Manhattan Holocaust Resource Center works with students, professors and the surrounding community to study the phenomena and prevention of genocide. Under the direction of Dr. Frederick Schweitzer, the Center brings noted historians, who often present groundbreaking research, to speak on campus. These lectures are distinguished by the audience response, and comments frequently come from people who have firsthand knowledge of the events described. In November, a presentation by Dr. Claudia Koonz on How Racism Became Respectable: An Exploration of Nazi Public Culture was applauded and critiqued by former diplomats, German-Jewish refugees and World War II veterans, as well as Riverdale religious leaders and members of the College. Koonz detailed how Nazi propaganda was shaped toward winning over the professional classes of Germany and how
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“I want the viewer to have no doubts regarding the factual aspects of what is depicted,” Kalb adds. “I want the shocking quality of these works to raise a question as to why the full facts of these atrocities have been glossed over. I want people to ask what is happening now that we do not see.” manhattan.edu
The Rosenthal family — Leslie, a psychotherapist, Renee, an artist, and Alice, their daughter — are long-standing residents of the Riverdale/Kingsbridge area and regularly attend such lectures at the College. In appreciation, they presented to Manhattan one of Renee’s sculptures commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. Entitled We Remember, it depicts the flame of life and memory in a set of six clay candles. A motherdaughter effort, as Alice fashioned the fragile stained glass flames atop each candle, Renee chose the motif of candles because they are spiritual artifacts common to many religions. The proportions and grouping of the candles suggest the different generations of the victims, an evocative abstract of the human family. For Renee, the cylindrical shapes also recall the chimneys of the Nazi death camps.
Schweitzer spoke of the power of the art to give expression to the overwhelming horror of genocide. “Words are limiting, but art can convey some sense of the suffering and loss that verbalizing cannot,” he says. The piece is on permanent display in the Rodriguez Room of Miguel Hall.
Art Series Depicts Images from Holocaust
When asked why Kalb chose to depict such disturbing graphic images in this collection, he says that in the world we live in, where visual imagery dominates, “people believe what they see more readily than what they read.”
the advent of the latest technology at the time, radio, was used to build first the illusion and then the reality of consensus.
Through creative and aesthetic means, Kalb’s artwork compels the viewer to consider actual historical events in hopes of increasing an intellectual and emotional awareness. He hopes that viewers, particularly students who may have visited the exhibit, take away with them a personal connection to the images and not solely the historical significance. Kalb joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 1967 after earning his Master of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Previously, he taught art at the University of Kentucky. His paintings
and drawings are included in many public and private collections in the United States and abroad. Kalb’s exhibit at the College ran from November 2 to November 24 and kicked off the Holocaust Resource Center’s visiting scholar program. The Center was established in 1996 to promote Catholic-Jewish dialogue and to educate people about the Holocaust and its significance in the present.
Faculty and Staff
Dr. Deborah Adams, Dr. Jeff Cherubini, Dr. Tedd Keating, Dr. Shawn Ladda and Dr. Lisa Toscano of the physical education department presented “Connections and Collaborations: Happily Serving Our Constituents and the Community” at the National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education Conference. The annual conference was held on January 6 in San Diego, Calif. Dr. Deborah Adams, assistant professor of physical education, Dr. Tedd Keating, assistant professor of physical education, and seven students from the department of physical education and human performance presented “Ancient Tools for the Modern Physical Educator” at the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference. In addition, Adams served on the southeastern zone of the conference’s organizing committee. The conference was held on Nov. 11 in Rochester, N.Y. Prof. Mike Ayers, visiting professor of sociology, will release in February his second anthology entitled, Cybersounds: Essays on Virtual Music Culture. It is the first collection of research and theory that explores the clash between music and cyberspace.
Dr. Robert J. Farrauto, adjunct professor of chemical engineering at Manhattan College and 1964 alumnus, has received the 2005 Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Practice Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Sponsored by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Inc., this award recognizes individuals who have made pioneering contributions to the industrial practice of catalysis and chemical reaction engineering. The award was presented to Farrauto during AIChE’s annual meeting in October. Farrauto, who currently teaches a course at Columbia University’s earth and environmental engineering department, is a research fellow at Engelhard, a surface and materials company based in Iselin, N.J. He leads a research team of 15 scientists and engineers and develops advanced automobile emission control catalysts and catalysts for the chemical industry. His team has commercialized 20 new fuel-processing catalyst/adsorbent technologies and, with his research work, has helped generate more than $300 million in revenues for the company.
Dr. Pamela Chasek, assistant professor of government and director of the international studies program, has co-written the fourth edition of Global Environmental Politics, which was released by Westview Press in January. Manhattan alumni and international studies graduates Nicole Pollio ’05 and Blair Lampe ’05 contributed to the book. The new edition includes a revised chapter on improving compliance with international environmental regimes and a new section on the environment within the larger context of sustainable development. Br. Henry Chaya, associate professor of electrical engineering, who taught at Bethlehem University three years ago, has since returned to Bethlehem for the summer sessions. Dr. Jeff Cherubini, Dr. Shawn Ladda and Dr. Lisa Toscano from the department of physical education and human performance have written articles published in The Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport. The articles included an examination of motivation (Cherubini), endurance (Toscano) and the history of diving (Ladda).
Dr. Ann Marie Flynn, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and chemical engineering students Nicole Austin, Sean Helak and Jarrod Manzer presented a paper entitled “Teaching Teachers to Teach Green Engineering” at the International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry and the Ninth Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, D.C., last June. The work was so well received that the students were invited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tour its facility in Washington and to contribute to the development of its green engineering education programs. The group also was invited to present an updated version of their research at the upcoming spring American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Meeting in Orlando, Fla., scheduled for April. Dr. Charles Geisst, professor of economics and finance, was recently featured in the Australian Financial Review. His book, Deals of the Century: Wall Street, Mergers & the Making of Modern America, was included in the magazine’s list of the Best 101 Books of 2005. Dr. Margaret Groarke, assistant professor of government and director of the peace studies program, has been re-elected to a second term on the board of directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. She was elected to the executive committee.
The chemical engineer earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Manhattan and went on to complete his doctorate in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1968. In 2002, he received the award for excellence in precious metal catalysis sponsored by the International Precious Metal Institute. Farrauto is also the 1998 recipient of the Canadian Catalysis Foundation Lectureship Award.
Joanne Habenicht, instructor in radiological and health professions, has been appointed to the Board of the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Radiological Health for a three-year term. The board meets several times a year to review rules and regulations that govern radiographers and radiation therapists and to review infractions committed by a radiographer or therapist and take appropriate action.
The AIChE is a professional association of more than 40,000 members, which provides leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession. The 94-year-old group fosters and disseminates chemical engineering knowledge, supports the professional and personal growth of its members and applies the expertise of its members to address societal needs worldwide.
Dr. Richard Heist, dean of the school of engineering, and Richard Schneider, academic advisor, presented a paper on the Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy (BETA) and the Manhattan School of Engineering at the American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic Conference held at Stony Brook State University of New York. continued on page 20
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Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Dr. Tedd Keating, assistant professor of physical education, has published “Effective Reinforcement Techniques in Elementary Physical Education: The Key to Behavior Management” in The Physical Educator, the scholarly journal of Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Fraternity for the movement sciences. He co-wrote the article with Dr. J. Carl Bennett, former chair of the physical education department, and Dr. John Downing, former faculty member. Dr. Elizabeth Kosky, professor of education, has received a five-year grant from the New York State Education Department, titled Teacher Leader Quality Partnership Connections, in the amount of $975,000. The grant enables teachers to become better qualified by receiving master’s degrees at Manhattan in special education. Sr. Remegia Kushner, professor of education, has received a three-year grant from the New York City Department of Education in the amount of $750,000 through U.S. Department of Education funding to train school building leaders in non-public schools. Dr. Shawn Ladda, associate professor of physical education, Dr. Lisa Toscano, assistant professor of physical education and 10 students from the department of physical education and human performance presented “Squaring to the Rap,” a presentation on teaching square dance using rap music at the Southeastern Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance one-day conference on Nov. 8 at White Plains High School. Bernadette Lopez-Fitzsimmons, associate librarian, has recently published the article “Handling Ongoing Changes in Information Technology in Technical Services: Creating a Librarian-Staff IT Training Initiative” in TechKNOW, a quarterly review of ideas published by the technical services division of the Ohio Library Council. Lopez-Fitzsimmons also served as co-moderator of the Endeavor Webex Training Session held at Fordham University. Lopez-Fitzsimmons and Nicholas Taylor, assistant librarian, have published the article “Online Newsletters in Academic Libraries” in Catholic Library World (September 2005). Dr. Zella Moore, assistant professor of psychology, has published the co-written text “Clinical Sports Psychology,” which was released in November by Human Kinetics Publishers. She has published a co-authored article entitled “Using a Case Formulation Approach in Sport Psychology Consulting” in the peer-reviewed journal The Sport Psychologist. Dr. Mohammad Naraghi, professor of mechanical engineering, presented the paper “VBA/Excel: An Alternative Computer Programming Tool for Engineering Freshman” at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress held in Orlando, Fla., in November. He also chaired a technical session on mechanical engineering education at the same conference. Dr. Mark A. Pottinger, assistant professor of music and chair of fine arts, presented a lecture in February based on 19th century French historiography and its connection to the Parisian stage. He delivered the lecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He also has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the National Committee for Cultural Diversity of the American Musicological Society, the governing academic society for professional musicologists in the United States.
Dr. Ann Marie Flynn, assistant professor of chemical engineering, was the recipient of the Joseph J. Martin Best Paper Award at the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) held in Portland, Ore., in June 2005, for her paper “The Greening of Chemical Engineering Students.” The Joseph J. Martin Award is presented to the most outstanding chemical engineering division paper presented and published in the conference proceedings, in a chemical engineering division session at the ASEE annual conference. The award will be presented to Flynn at the chemical engineering division banquet at the 2006 ASEE annual conference in Chicago in June. The ASEE annual conference provides a forum for more than 3,500 leaders in the field, including professors, deans, instructors and students, to present their research, exchange ideas and interact with colleagues. Nearly all U.S. engineering colleges are ASEE members.
Dr. Edward Proffitt, retired professor of English, has published his second volume of poems, Ecce Homo. He is currently working on an autobiography and novel. Dr. Julie Pycior, professor of history, presented The Rita Cassella Jones Lecture Series inaugural lecture on Nov. 3 at Fordham University. The lecture was titled The Gospel of Dorothy Day and The Friendship House Movement of Catherine De Hueck Doherty. Laura Redruello, assistant professor of Spanish, was a panel member for “Cuba from Within” held at Yale University. She presented her paper “New Spaces for Deviations: Culture and the Special Period in Cuba.” Dr. Robert Sharp, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Donald J. O’Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow, was a speaker at the symposium “The Hudson River: Achieving Zero Discharge” held on September 29 at Pace University Law School. Sharp presented “The Challenges of Zero Discharge: Can It Be Achieved?” He also has published a research paper titled “Visualization and Characterization of Dynamic Patterns of Flow, Growth and Activity of Vibrio Fischeri Biofilms Growing in Porous Media” in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Water Science and Technology. The paper, co-written by Margo Adgie ’04 (M.S.), describes results from her graduate research, which was funded by the Hazardous Materials Managers Institute (HMMI) and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Harry Stein, adjunct assistant professor of history, has been selected by the College Board to read American history advanced placement examination papers at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, from June 2 to June 8. Dr. Evriclea Voudouri-Maniati, associate professor of electrical engineering, presented a seminar, “Radar and Sonar Systems: Robust Signal Processing Techniques,” to a joint meeting of the Women in Engineering (WIE) Society and the Communications Society of IEEE. The seminar was held on February 15 in New York.
A Sweet Cawing from the For the 16th consecutive year, the Association of Old Crows (AOC) recognized a Manhattan College engineering student with a prestigious scholarship. Christopher Barsi ’06, a senior electrical engineering major, joins fellow Jaspers who have won more than $37,000 in scholarships from the AOC. Christopher, a Yonkers, N.Y., resident, competed with students from some of the finest engineering schools in the metro area to win a scholarship award for $3,000. A dinner to honor the winners took place in November in Long Island, N.Y.
Making Sense of
Old Crows A nonprofit professional group, the AOC promotes careers in the defense industry and awards scholarships to worthy computer or electrical engineering students. The Empire Chapter, which awards up to three scholarships to area students in their junior or senior years, considers students who are residents of New York City, Westchester, Nassau or Suffolk counties.
advancement of electronic defense development. It is comprised of more than 100 corporate participants with more than 14,000 members and is committed to trying to help Congress and the Department of Defense create a policy that will provide more defense for the dollar using the technologies of Electronic Warfare, a force multiplier that can do more with less.
For nearly four decades, the AOC has been a leading and knowledgeable organization that promotes the
Nature and the Environment
Author Robert Sullivan engaged the College in November in a witty, entertaining discussion about garbage, the environment and rats. Sullivan is the author of Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants, The Meadowlands and A Whale Hunt. Often described as a nature writer, Sullivan was quick to say that he fell into nature writing and is constantly questioning traditional perceptions of the environment and nature. In a not so straightforward lecture, sponsored by the international studies program, that answered the question: What Is the Environment Anyway?, Sullivan discussed how he tackles nature writing and what he discovered about the environment along the way. For Sullivan, writing about nature is not to just quietly observe beautiful scenery and then write about it. It is more about truly immersing oneself in any type of environment whether it is a beautiful piece of land surrounded by mountains and pretty streams, or if it is an urban area riddled with garbage and smoke stacks. “You have to look at things that are not exciting, sometimes you’ll see that there’s excitement there,” he said.
In his book The Meadowlands, Sullivan observes the “nature” and “environment” of a garbage-filled area. He actually paddled his way numerous times through the dirty waters of the Meadowlands and wrote about it, describing the area as filled with “streams” of garbage and “hills” of trash. He joked about how easy it was to use the language of a nature writer to describe what is essentially a swamp and not much to do about nature. But that was Sullivan’s main point — that the environment is so much more than hiking beautiful trails or sitting peacefully on a picturesque campsite. One could also hike the Meadowlands and gain insightful observations on nature and the environment, he said. “Instead of exploring mountains, I’d go to New Jersey and do an exploration by canoe of the Meadowlands,” said Sullivan, adding jokingly that most people thought he was nuts. He said though the area had been abused, there was still something special about it. A highlight was meeting and interviewing the people of the area who really knew the layout and the history behind the place.
creatures. He observed the patterns and lifestyle of rats, and he also interviewed many people linked to the creatures, such as exterminators, civic activists and garbage men. His book continuously examines the environment of rats and then makes many comparisons between rats and humankind. He said that the book, though classified also as nature writing, is secretly about humans and cities and reveals that the many habits of rats mirror those of human beings. Sullivan provided a different kind of discussion on the environment, insightful and funny. It’s not just observing nature’s beauty, he said, but it could be where you live, the Meadowlands, or observing rats in the city. His career into nature writing has taken many twists and turns. He has written about the environment but in the process examines it more deeply, sometimes even looking to his own personal journey for inspiration. Sullivan, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, is a contributing editor to Vogue and writer for The New Yorker.
He used the same technique in his latest book, Rats, where he devotes one year to a lower Manhattan alley and observes the city’s most unwanted
Award-Winning Journalist and Author Revisits 1962 Integration at Ole Miss Paul Hendrickson, veteran journalist, educator and author, discussed his award-winning book Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy at the College in November. Published in 2002, Sons of Mississippi won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2003 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for excellent nonfiction. The book was read by many students in their required freshman writing course.
Sons of Mississippi explores the lingering aspects of the racism surrounding the 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi by civil rights activist James Meredith. Meredith is best known as the first African-American student of the
university, after he risked his life by successfully applying the laws of integration at the institution. In his book, Hendrickson explores perhaps the most famous photo of that time, which appeared in the ’60s on the cover of Life magazine. In the infamous photograph, seven white Mississippi lawyers gathered to stop Meredith from integrating the school. One of the men in the photo is swinging a billy club. More than 30 years later, Hendrickson set out to discover who these men were, what happened to them after the photograph was taken and how attitudes about race shaped the way they lived their lives.
Discussing the Downfall of the
Award-winning author and historian Dr. Stephen F. Cohen discussed the fall of the Soviet Union in an insightful lecture delivered this past October as part of the College’s annual lecture series on European history. The Costello Lecture Series is named in honor of Brother Casmir Gabriel Costello, longtime professor of history who also chaired the history department and served as dean of the College.
Cohen concluded by attributing the Soviet Union’s demise, though an important and complex piece of history, to a simple explanation. Boris Yeltsin at the time had a different motivating factor: to gain complete power. He simply wanted to remove himself from Mikhail Gorbachev’s rule. In order to do this, said Cohen, Yeltsin had to leave the party and rid himself of Gorbachev’s power forever. The historic end was rather peaceful, he said.
In his address, Cohen, professor of Russian studies and history at New York University, examined why the Soviet Union came to an end. To end the Soviet Union was inevitable, but there is no consensus at all on why it happened, said Cohen, who also questioned whether it is fair to document the state’s end as a “collapse.” In fact, it was not all that dramatic, he said.
A professor emeritus at Princeton University, Cohen has published numerous books and articles on Soviet history, including the award-winning Bukharin and the Soviet Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938. In addition to his successful academic career, he has worked as a journalist and television commentator on Soviet issues and post-Soviet affairs. He is the recipient of two John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowships, the Rockefeller Foundation Humanitarian Fellowship and the Newspaper Guild Page One Award for Column Writing.
During the lecture, Cohen coursed through some of the widely used explanations behind the Soviet Union’s downfall. Some scholars say all empires have to come to an end at some point. But “the Soviet Union was never empire-like,” he said. Cohen also mentioned that some feel it was due to a troubled economy but could never find a single, scholarly economist who would support this reasoning. He underscored this point by stating that an economic crisis does not automatically mean a country’s entire political system will crumble. “For instance, the U.S. Depression did not put an end to the United States’ political system,” he said. “It simply doesn’t happen.”
Hendrickson, a prizewinning feature writer for the Washington Post for more than 20 years, now teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Seminary: A Search, Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War (a finalist for the National Book Award).
The Costello Lecture Series is underwritten by one of his many grateful students, Roger Goebel, professor of law and director of the Center on European Union Law at Fordham University.
David Runnalls, president of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, gave an interesting and uncomplicated explanation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its role in a lecture delivered on campus in October. Runnalls, who also gave highlights of what to expect from the December ministerial meeting in Hong Kong, spent time discussing the WTO’s origin, power, missteps and milestones, a group he describes as “a mysterious organization.” In his lecture, sponsored by the College’s international studies program, Runnalls explained that the WTO is one of the most powerful international organizations. Although it struggled in its infancy to fine-tune its internal structure, the group has been successful in fueling growth in trade since World War II and continues to monitor and improve the way international trade is being conducted. The WTO promotes peace and makes sure that trade is handled well among the diverse participants with which it deals. “The WTO system encourages good government,” said Runnalls. He spent time discussing one of the two most pivotal moments in the WTO’s history, which were the Uruguay Round and the 1999 ministerial meeting in Seattle. The Uruguay Round was held in Geneva and served as the place where the WTO became a permanent organization and adopted its United Nations-style structure. It also, he said, set in place the rules and regulations for trading more than just goods but also services, such as intellectual property rights, broadcasting, banking and telecommunications. The WTO calls the meeting a groundbreaking negotiation and probably the largest negotiation of any kind in history. The other most notable moment for the WTO was the infamous 1999 ministerial
meeting in Seattle. Riots took place and people were trashing retail chains, such as Starbucks and Gap. It was a disaster, said Runnalls, but it did send a strong signal to the WTO to redefine the ways in which it traditionally handles international trade, especially in its dealings with developing countries. Developing countries, at the time, did not have much participation in world trade.
At the time of his lecture, the next ministerial meeting was set for December to be held in Hong Kong and was a highly anticipated one. Runnalls shared what he thought would be key matters discussed at those talks. In Hong Kong, the focus would surround both the growing trade powers of China and India. The shift in power will change the way trade will be handled in the future, he said. There also, he noted, would be further discussion on linking trade policy to social policy or labor issues and more on developing countries. In fact, one major piece of news announced at the December meeting was the addition of Tonga to its membership, another positive sign that the WTO is working to add smaller economies to its group. As president of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Runnalls helps advance and improve policy recommendations on international trade and investments, economic policy, climate change and natural resources. He also serves as co-chair of the China Council Task Force on WTO and Environment. He was a member of the federal External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation (EACSR) and the Advisory Committee on Partnerships to the Minister for International Cooperation. Runnalls, an occasional writer and broadcaster, has served as environment columnist for the CBS radio program As it Happens and was a member of Discovery Channel’s regular environment panel.
Armenian Scholar Addresses Genocide In February, the Holocaust Resource Center hosted a lecture by Dr. Peter Balakian, the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Chair in Humanities at Colgate University. Balakian spoke about The Armenian Genocide of 1915 and America’s Response as part of the Center’s lecture series. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an Ellis Island Medal of Honor. His book, The Burning Tigris: the Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, received the 2005 Raphael Lemkin prize. Balakian descends from a family of Armenian scholars. His great-uncle Gregor Balakian wrote a two-volume account of the Armenian genocide, as an eyewitness who escaped the massacre of intellectuals that took place on April 24, 1915. This date has become a day of remembrance for Armenians around the world. He reminded the crowded auditorium that Armenia had been a favorite 19th century destination of American missionaries, who considered it a biblical land of the ancient Christians. Mount Ararat, an Armenian landmark, is believed to be the landing place of Noah’s ark. The Americans protested vehemently against the brutality meted out to the Armenians, as the Ottoman Empire descended into violent collapse, he noted. Balakian referred to the U.S.
National Archives, which contain more than 4,000 pages of documents about these events that were recorded by American consuls, missionaries and journalists. He explained how America was just emerging from its own civil war and was ready to look beyond its own borders. Huge town hall meetings were convened, most notably at Boston’s Fanueil Hall in 1894. More than $100 million dollars in relief funds was raised in the United States which at the turn of the 20th century was a substantial sum. For the first time, the American Red Cross, led by Clara Barton, went abroad to aid the Armenian refugees. Balakian’s research revealed how news coverage kept the Americans well-informed. Every 2.2 days, the New York Times ran an article on the Armenian situation. The world was swept up into World War I, which effectively destroyed the Ottoman Empire. According to Balakian, two-thirds of the Armenian people died during this period. Balakian then challenged the present-day inhabitants of Anatolia to come to terms with the full scope of their national history. These painful events still retain their sting even as more recent conflicts among different groups engulf the area. Reverend Sahog Kaishian, visiting scholar of the Westchester Armenian Community, gave a closing benediction. He prayed for peace and echoed the words of Balakian, “let us make human rights a priority.”
Rockin’ Speaker Manhattan students were treated to a woman’s inside view of the world of rock ’n’ roll when Joy Askew spoke about Women in Rock in February. Askew is one of the few female musicians to find steady employment in what is considered by many to be a boys’ club and has worked with rock legends, such as Peter Gabriel, Joe Jackson, Quincy Jones and the Rolling Stones.
in the fine arts department who has been teaching the popular course History of Rock and Roll for a year and a half. She gave a frank and realistic picture of what it takes to make a living in popular music, he says. Women must be very dedicated in order to succeed for they face a race against time in the form of ageism, as well as gender discrimination, according to Kruth.
A native of Newcastle, England, Askew knew she “loved music and couldn’t bear to be without it.” This passion carried her through jazz studies at a local college, on to London and eventually to New York City. British composer and post-punk rock star Joe Jackson gave her a first big break.
“In any other field, Joy Askew would be widely known for the way years of high-level experience have honed her immense singing and writing talents, but experience does not count for much in the youth-driven rock world,” he says.
Askew was invited to speak by her longtime friend John Kruth, a professor
Askew occasionally sings with Kruth’s band, Reckless Optimism. Otherwise, she performs frequently at London and New York City venues.
Volume 4, Number 1
Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign Reaches $120 Million Just three years ago, 750 alumni and guests of Manhattan College gathered in the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City in honor of the 2003 De La Salle medalist Gene McGrath ’63, chairman and CEO of Con Edison, and to officially launch the $150 million Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign. Fifty million dollars had been committed at that juncture, during the “quiet phase” of the fund-raising effort. A campaign kickoff is a familiar and much-practiced ceremonial forum. It generally includes an elegant dinner, the announcement of pace-setting gifts and speeches of earnest and eloquent commitment by campaign leaders. From a pecuniary perspective, to do better than other campaigns seems an apt aspirational statement for this campaign, considering the goal of $150 million is three times Ascend Manhattan, the College’s previous drive. But while dollars are the language that capital campaigns speak, the only language in which they can be understood is the language of consequences. The Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign clearly intends to be consequential: endowed chairs, student scholarship endowment, a new student residence, technology and faculty development funds. The end result will be a faculty that is larger, stronger, more productive and more influential in its academic disciplines; a student body that is singularly talented and diverse; and a College that is a regional model in offering opportunities for undergraduate students to develop reverence, wisdom and faith, as well as specialized knowledge.
Since that cold January night in 2003, the Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign has demonstrated remarkable growth and resiliency. The total stands at $120 million, as we begin the home stretch. In commenting on the current status and the plans to conclude the campaign by mid-2007, Mike McMorrow ’64, executive director, said: “Thanks to an ever-growing list of generous donors, we are rapidly approaching our final goal. But we still have a distance to go. Toward that end, in the coming months every Jasper will be given the opportunity to play some part in building a better Manhattan.” As part of a campaign volunteer training session recently, a younger alumnus directed the following question to McMorrow: “What is my part in this campaign?” McMorrow responded: “You may be part of the fund-raising effort in any (or all) of several ways. You may be among those who: help make the campaign a success in your area or within your class by assisting in arranging a campaign-related event; call on others to ask for a contribution; interest a corporation or foundation in Manhattan’s programs and needs; give careful consideration to your own gift.” In concluding his remarks, McMorrow said, “We very much hope that you will take part in the campaign. We need you, your help, advice and participation.”
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East Hill Tower II Instead of traveling 40 minutes to Yorktown Heights, Tom McCarthy ’06 ends his day in Horan Hall, which he calls home nine months out of the year. McCarthy is among the many students who live close enough to commute to campus everyday but decided instead to enroll as a resident. In fact, McCarthy never considered the possibility of becoming a commuter student. “I knew I’d be better served as a resident,” McCarthy says. “Part of the college experience is that you have to live there.” McCarthy speaks for his generation; college is a residential experience. Living in an organic, learning community is an essential element of undergraduate life in the 21st century. Manhattan is not the only school that has experienced a shift from local commuter students to residents, but, according to William Bisset, vice president for enrollment management at the College, it is one of the first. “Students that are coming from 300 miles away or three miles away all want to live on campus,” Bisset says. In 2002, McCarthy’s freshman year, 74 percent of the students enrolled as residents. Two years later, 80 percent of freshmen requested housing. In order to keep up with the trend toward college residency, Manhattan College is planning to build East Hill Tower II, a near twin to Horan Hall. It is estimated to cost $30 million. Funds for the project are being secured through the Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign, which is directed by Mike McMorrow ’64 and assisted by Stephen Laruccia ’67.
“Manhattan is not choosing resident students over commuting students,” McMorrow says. “We are responding to the reality of a national trend. The world of secondary education is highly competitive, and we have to maintain our momentum.” Despite the greater costs, parents and their children have very good reasons for choosing residence over commuting. Lifelong bonds of friendship are created when students live and learn together. East Hill Tower II will be a state-of-the-art facility providing beautiful, technologically connected and safe accommodations for some 570 students. The design is nearly the mirror image of Horan Hall. Its completion will establish a residential complex overlooking Van Cortlandt Park for approximately 1,300 students. This new residence will enhance an already lively, caring environment, where a diverse student body has become one of our greatest assets. This diversity is one of the most significant changes at the College in 25 years. It is a decisive advantage in preparing young people for the global marketplace. More students in residence will necessitate an expansion in student activities, including those oriented toward community service and mission. More activities must be planned for nights and on weekends. There will be increased opportunities for the College to encourage moral growth and spiritual values. A multistory parking lot is being planned, and food services will be enlarged. Attractive residential options are part of continuing to attract a high quality student body. East Hill Tower II is critical because it will allow the majority of the undergraduate student body to live together in a modern, comfortable environment. continued on page A8
Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Endowed Scholarship Outreach Program Ambassador Charles Gargano ’79 was the featured speaker at the 2005 Endowed Scholarship Outreach Program reception, an event that bears his name. Now celebrating its 10th year, the Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Endowed Scholarship Outreach Program continues to provide opportunities for deserving young New Yorkers, so they can enjoy the benefits of a Lasallian education at Manhattan. Throughout the decade, these annual receptions have raised more than half a million dollars for student financial aid. The event brought together benefactors and recipients of the scholarship outreach program. Held at the Mutual of America building, the guests were surrounded by the glittering skyline of the city in winter. Approximately 90 people attended, and more than $100,000 was raised for scholarships. DMJM+Harris, the highly regarded engineering firm, and Mutual of America, the insurance giant, co-sponsored the event. Fred Werner ’75, executive vice president and chief operating officer of DMJM+Harris, welcomed guests and thanked Thomas Moran ’74, president and CEO of Mutual of America Life Insurance, former trustee of Manhattan College and his co-organizer of the reception. Werner congratulated the College on its regular contributions of talented personnel to DMJM+Harris, which employs a significant number of alumni. He recalled highlights of Gargano’s extraordinary career: his two terms as ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago under the Reagan and first Bush administrations; his tenures as chairman and commissioner of Empire State Development; and vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Gargano presided over some of New York State’s largest construction and engineering projects, such as the J.F.K. air train, Queens West and the Hudson River Expansion.
Ambassador Charles Gargano ’79 addresses the crowd at the scholarship event that bears his name.
In return, Gargano spoke of his affection for the College. “There is a warmth and comfort that comes from being part of Manhattan, as well as an immense pride,” he said. “What a special place it is! Located in the greatest, most vibrant, most important city in the world, the breathtakingly beautiful Riverdale campus is one of those places where you can take a deep breath, think and appreciate what it means to be part of such an extraordinary institution.” Three scholarship recipients were on hand to greet their benefactors: Lisa Martusciello ’06, a civil engineering student from Brooklyn; Danielle Rispoli ’07, a math major from Brooklyn; and Danielle Nicols ’06, an accounting major from Staten Island. John Jude Cuccurullo ’06, a business major from Brooklyn, was unable to attend.
Brother Thomas Scanlan with scholarship recipients Lisa Martusciello ’06, Danielle Rispoli ’07 and Danielle Nicols ’06 and Thomas Moran ’74, president and CEO of Mutual of America Life Insurance, at the Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Endowed Scholarship Outreach Program reception.
The Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Endowed Scholarship has become one of Manhattan’s most prestigious awards. The College always is pleased to award a scholarship to a Brooklyn student in honor of Gargano’s “home” borough, but all New York City students are eligible.
New York Life Insurance Luncheon Hosted It is axiomatic that the personal approach works best in development and fund-raising work. Alumnus and trustee Patrick Boyle ’75, who is also executive vice president, New York Life Investment Management, decided to apply this approach with his colleagues in a corporate environment. On October 18, he hosted a luncheon for his fellow executives at the New York Life Insurance Company home office in New York City. In attendance were: Michael Gallo ’76, senior vice president and chief of staff; Andrew Hajducek ’75, first vice president, corporate information department; Robert Hynes ’75, vice president, agency; Charles Lynch ’76, first vice president, corporate Internet; James McNicholas ’70, director, guaranteed products; Mark Pfaff ’80, senior vice president, Northeastern agencies; and Denise Spillane ’84, director, MacKay Shields. Representing the College were Michael McMorrow ’64, executive director, Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign, and Stephen Laruccia ’67, director of major gifts. As Boyle stated from the outset, the purpose of the luncheon was to provide an update on Manhattan College’s Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign and to discuss a special project of the Financial Services Advisory Council (FSAC) — an endowed chair in the school of business. “The FSAC’s goal to raise funds for an endowed chair in business is something I feel strongly about, and I wanted my colleagues to hear about it firsthand,” Boyle said. During the luncheon, the group received a recap of capital campaign progress. McMorrow announced that gifts and pledges now total in excess of $103 million (at press time, the total was $120 million) toward the objective of $150 million. He went on to speak about the FSAC and its work in securing funding for an endowed chair for the school of business, which so far has raised $1.3 million toward the needed $1.5 million. He asked the alumni guests to consider supporting this vital project.
New York Life Insurance luncheon attendees, from left to right: Mark Pfaff ’80, Andrew Hajducek ’75, Robert Hynes ’75, Charles Lynch ’76, Michael Gallo ’76, Denise Spillane ’84, James McNicholas ’70 and Patrick Boyle ’75.
Laruccia spoke about the campaign’s focus on endowment: half of the overall objective, $75 million, has been earmarked for endowed chairs and endowed student scholarships. Endowment is the most fundamental need of all because it supports so many aspects of the Manhattan College educational experience and provides a steady stream of income to meet those needs. McMorrow expressed a hope that this luncheon would serve as a prototype encouraging more involvement on the part of senior executives in gathering their colleagues in a corporate environment. “Patrick has hit upon a very effective means of getting the word out about our campaign,” McMorrow said.
At the Financial Services Advisory Council Board meeting in January, members gathered to discuss the Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign challenge. Pictured here, from left to right, are: (standing) William Marshall ’67, James Kosch ’77, Peter Musumeci ’72, Kenneth Rathgeber ’70, Stephen Laruccia ’67, Michael Passarella ’63 and Robert Cappiello ’58; (seated) Patrick Boyle ’75, Kathleen Kearns ’79, William Dooley ’75, Michael McMorrow ’64 and Brother Robert Berger.
North Carolina Alumni Gather for a Special Reception On a cool and pleasant October evening at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C., some 29 Manhattan College alumni and guests gathered together. Eight alumni joined forces to co-host and underwrite this gala reception: Dennis Burns ’67, Denis Gray ’70, Joseph McEvoy ’69, Kenneth ’88 and Christine ’89 Peeples, John Skvarla ’70, Conrad Weiden ’80 and Robert Wertis ’54. A diverse group, the alumni came from all over central North Carolina, ranging from the class of 1948 to 1989 and representing the schools of arts, business, engineering and science. Other alumni in attendance included: Stephen Arella ’71, Anthony Concia ’67, Raymond Davis ’66, Ronald Duffy ’69, Donald Lauria ’56, William Leonard ’48, Kenneth Lewis ’72, Thomas Lindgren ’78, Terence McNamara ’59, Donald Mooney ’58 and Charles Scott ’56. Burns welcomed the attendees, stressed their common experience as a special group of alumni and introduced the guests from Manhattan College. He acknowledged Skvarla for making all the reception arrangements and supplying the raffle prize, a membership initiation fee for the Whispering Pines Country Club in Pinehurst. He also emphasized how important these receptions are in learning more about Manhattan, its mission, accomplishments and current capital campaign. Burns added that this was the first reception and indicated that the committee intends to make this an annual affair. Dr. John Wilcox, vice president for mission, spoke about the College’s Lasallian mission and Catholic identity. He underscored the three focuses of the mission: concern for social justice, religious education, and the dignity and value of the teaching profession. The Lasallian mission is alive and vibrant at Manhattan College and at Christian Brothers’ institutions throughout the world in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia. He highlighted the challenges of providing religious education for an increasingly diverse student body and how Manhattan works to instill in its students ethical values. For more information, interested parties may access the Christian Brothers Web site at www.lasalle.org.
Reception co-hosts and guests, from left to right: Dennis Burns ’67, Pamela Weiden, John Skvarla ’70, Christine Peeples ’89, Joseph McEvoy ’69, Kenneth Peeples ’88, Conrad Weiden ’80, Dorothy Wertis, Robert Wertis ’54 and Melanie Wilson.
In the course of the campaign, the College has received 22 gifts of $1 million or more from individuals, groups, corporations and foundations. Cash commitments and deferred gifts from alumni at the reception and in the area total $207,000. Volunteers play an active role in the campaign. Nearly 100 volunteers from the Campaign Committee, the Financial Services Advisory Council, the Major Gifts Committee and numerous other groups are currently identifying and soliciting fellow graduates. The campaign is advancing Manhattan College’s strategic plan, Manhattan 2025, which aims to establish the College as the premier Catholic college in New York and complete the transformation of Manhattan to a widely recognized and respected college, a regional college with outreach to Boston, Washington, D.C., and the Great Lakes, and a residential college, where currently about 75 percent of its students reside on campus.
Dr. Stephen Laruccia, director of major gifts, reported on the progress of the Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign, the most ambitious and successful fund-raising campaign in the College’s history. The campaign has raised in new gifts and pledges more than $103 million (at press time, the total was $120 million) toward its overall objective of $150 million. Fifty percent of the campaign goal is earmarked for endowment, which includes endowed chairs for each of the five schools and endowed student scholarships. He attributed the success, thus far, to the alumni who have been more generous than at any other time.
Dennis Burns ’67
Dr. John Wilcox, vice president for mission
John E. Skvarla III ’70 loyal alumnus, attorney, entrepreneur and author Ask John Skvarla ’70 why he has been so helpful and supportive of Manhattan’s activities in North Carolina, and he will tell you because he is proud of the College but even more enthusiastic about the untapped potential for the institution. Throughout the years, John has attended and brought guests to NCAA games in which Manhattan has played in North Carolina (notably against Florida, Wake Forest and North Carolina State); hosted golf outings for alumni and guests from the College; underwritten the Jasper Open with generous golf packages; and, in October, co-hosted with Dennis Burns ’67, Ken ’88 and Christine ’89 Peeples, Denis Gray ’70, Joseph McEvoy ’69, Conrad Weiden ’80 and Robert Wertis ’54, a reception for Manhattan alumni at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C. That reception afforded alumni an opportunity to hear about the College’s Lasallian mission and its capital campaign to raise $150 million (see full story). John is the son of Manhattan alumnus, John E. Skvarla Jr. ’44 and graduated from the College in 1970 with a degree in economics. He went on to secure his law degree from the University of North Carolina in 1973. After a dozen years as a practicing attorney, John now buys, operates (and occasionally sells) companies. He is currently president and COO of Restoration Systems, a company based in Raleigh that provides mitigation credit and turn-key mitigation for impacted wetlands. Previously, he has operated and sold a cargo airline, an equipment manufacturing company and even two golf courses. John was also CEO of Pro-Active Therapy, Inc., which owned and operated 75 physical therapy centers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. While at Pro-Active, he published The People’s Prescription for What Really Ails America’s Health Care System, a study on the history and reformation of America’s health care. Having conducted more than 300 TV and radio interviews on the topic, John was a voice in the 1994-1995 debate on the Clinton health care reformation proposal.
Elizabeth and John Skvarla ’70
A resident of Pinehurst, N.C., John and his wife, Elizabeth (CMSV ’70), are very active in their community. Elizabeth serves on the UNC Neuroscience Advisory Board, Sandhills Community College Foundation Board and The Carolina Ballet Board. They have two grown children, Matt and Kate. As a hobby, John and Liz play golf and collect antique cars. John is also a loyal supporter of his alma mater. He is a leadership donor to the College’s capital campaign and the newest member of the Covenant Society with a bequest. His best advice to the College is, “Let alumni know that Manhattan is behind some of its competitor schools in endowment, and that alumni support is vital to bridge that gap.”
First Brother Timothy Burris Scholar Selected Meet Anne Mohan ’09, the first recipient of the Brother Conrad Timothy Burris Endowed Scholarship. A native of Brooklyn, Anne is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School. A superior student, she graduated with a high school GPA of 95.5, and her SAT scores were 1370. While at Stuyvesant, she garnered significant academic distinctions: Certificate of Mastery Level Academic Performance in Regents Chemistry, Regents Diploma with Honors, AP Scholar with Honor Award ARISTA (3 years), Award of Excellence in Biology Laboratory Work, Certificate of Excellence in Technology Education, and Chancellor’s Roll of Honor.
William N. Dooley ’75 hosted a president’s dialogue dinner at the American International Group in October. Pictured are, from left to right: Michael McMorrow ’64, Peter Krause ’70, Michael Paliotta ’87, Brother Thomas Scanlan, Tom O’Malley ’63 and William Dooley.
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East Hill Tower II
“East Hill will enhance student learning and will provide a unique opportunity for cognitive and personal growth in and out of the classroom,” McMorrow says. “A residential college performs a civic mission in emulating and promoting the best in civic responsibility and interaction among members of a scholarly community.” The Campaign for East Hill II is underway, and already donors have responded by funding floors, suites and rooms, which will be adorned with plaques in their honor. The opportunities for sponsorship include: • Upper Full Floors (includes lounge & public space) - $250,000
A well-rounded student, Anne was an active participant in high school athletics: captain of the Stuyvesant girls varsity swimming team (2004), Rookie of the Year award for Stuyvesant girls varsity swimming team (2001), and member of the Stuyvesant varsity golf team – Division Champions. Additionally, Anne was a member of the Big Sibs program at Stuyvesant for two years (2003-04), a mentoring program in which upperclassmen are assigned to a freshman homeroom to mentor and ease the transition of these young students into high school life. Her College distinctions include a Presidential Scholarship, an Avella Scholarship and membership in the St. La Salle Honor Society. The Burris Endowment has been created to provide scholarship assistance to bright and promising chemical engineering freshmen. Currently, it has raised more than $650,000 toward its goal of $1 million. For more information, please contact Dr. Nada Assaf-Anid, chairperson, department of chemical engineering, at (718) 862-7420 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
• Lower Partial Floors (includes lounge & public space) - $150,000 • Elevators - $75,000 • Suite - $25,000 • Single Room - $10,000 • Plaza Bricks - $1,000 Scholarship funding opportunities are still available through the Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign. These include: • Full-Attendance Scholarship - $500,000 • Full Tuition Scholarship - $250,000 • Named Scholarship - $50,000 • General Scholarship Fund - up to $50,000 Please call McMorrow to discuss all aspects of the East Hill Tower II Campaign, as well as scholarship opportunities. He can be reached at (718) 862-7542, and Laruccia is available at (718) 862-7582.
Anne Mohan ’09
Local Author Waxes Poetic
Tom Sleigh, a New York poet and author, held a poetry reading at the College in December. Many of his selections came from his newest collection of poetry, Far Side of the Earth, which was named an Honor Book by the Massachusetts Society for the Book. The event, sponsored by the Manhattan Magazine and the English department, allowed students to listen to poems they had been studying in several Liberal Learning sections.
The evening concluded with readings from a section of his poetry entitled New York American Spell, 2001. These poems are Sleigh’s response to what he saw at Ground Zero in the days immediately following the attacks, and, like much of his other work, include many classical and Greek allusions. He presented his work in the Alumni Room of the O’Malley Library, where a display of 9/11 photographs was exhibited.
Breaking the Cycle Holocaust Center Lecturer Discusses Her Experiences in Austria What happens when a teacher asks her students to confront some of their most deeply held beliefs about the world? What happens when she has to confront her own? Sondra Perl, a professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, found herself with those very questions when, teaching adult English learners in Austria, she asked them to discuss the Holocaust. Her students, the descendents of Nazis, rarely thought of the event. Perl, a Jewish woman, had been taught all her life to despise the Nazis and those who had sympathized with them. She had intended to provoke her students to examine their beliefs and assumptions but found that her own thinking and feelings came under the microscope as well. Perl discussed her experiences in her Austrian classroom in Breaking the Cycle of Hate: New Dialogues in the Post-Holocaust Era, a lecture sponsored by Manhattan’s Holocaust Resource Center and the dean of arts. Held in December, Perl’s lecture was based on her recent book, On Austrian Soil: Breaking the Cycle of Hate, a Teaching Memoir. Speaking to a group of Manhattan students and community members, Perl
discussed the changes her own beliefs underwent as she taught people she had always hated, as well as the implications her experience had for modern Holocaust studies. After the lecture, she took questions from the audience. “The lecture was received by everyone who attended with genuine enjoyment,” says Jeff Horn, associate director of the Holocaust Resource Center. He noted that the lecture marks a return visit to the campus for Perl, who was named the 1996 New York State Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In September, she gave a lecture to approximately 70 students in Horn’s Introduction to History class on using personal experience to write and think about history. The Holocaust Resource Center recently received a $10,000 grant from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, which will fund fellowships for four Manhattan students in the school of education. During the summer, the selected students will interview Holocaust survivors in Riverdale to provide a permanent record of their experiences.
Hispanic Heritage On a crisp winter afternoon in November, students, staff, faculty and guests gathered in Smith Auditorium for Manhattan College’s Hispanic heritage celebration. The day was marked by a traditional Latin luncheon, music that made even the most stationary listener feel like dancing, and an atmosphere that was fun-filled.
Sleigh started with Newsreel, a poem set in a Texas drive-in theater during the 1950s. The poem, heavily inspired by his own childhood, describes a young boy who finds himself lost in the parking lot. The poem laces together the serene images of Marilyn Monroe on screen with the overwhelming fear of being lost. Sleigh introduced the poem by explaining how his parents owned a drive-in movie theater, and his father ran the projection screen.
Manhattan College’s advisory committee on diversity in conjunction with student activities, academic support services and Caridad Restaurant joined forces to sponsor the commemoration of the special day. This event is designed to celebrate the Latin community on campus while introducing Hispanic culture, delectable fare and diverse views of such countries as Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama (just to name a few) to the entire College community. The anticipated afternoon began with the introduction of guest speaker Tyrone Fripp, human resources director of Latina magazine. Luis Mendez, assistant to human resources administrations, operations and IT, accompanied him. Fripp was born and raised in the Bronx, graduated from the High School of Music and Art, and then earned a degree in communications from Syracuse University. He spoke of the journey that has landed him at Latina, which covers the best in Latin fashion, beauty and culture. Fripp spoke proudly as he elaborated on the many awards that Latina has earned, including its place for advertising growth on Advertising Age’s 2004 list of the Top 300 Magazines. Hispanic Heritage Day was a festive celebration that left those in attendance well-informed and well-fed.
Basketball Finishes Season at NIT
The old adage, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,” epitomizes the 2005-06 Manhattan men’s basketball season, which saw the Jaspers overcome many ups and downs on the way to a MAAC Regular Season Championship and a run deep into the NIT. Head coach Bobby Gonzalez and the team will be remembered for the numerous memorable moments and games that brought joy and pride to the Jasper faithful. Expectations were high entering the season, as the Jaspers were selected second in the MAAC Preseason Poll and had two players, sophomores CJ Anderson and Arturo Dubois, named to Preseason All-MAAC Teams. Joining that talented duo was fellow sophomore Jeff Xavier, as well as an extremely experienced backcourt of senior co-captains Kenny Minor and Jason Wingate. The season kicked off with four formidable opponents (Seton Hall, George Mason, Syracuse and Rhode Island), three of whom received NCAA berths at the conclusion of the season. Struggling at times to find the right chemistry and identity as a team, Manhattan dropped its first four games. But, just as pundits were about to write them off, the team came together and ran off 10 straight wins, including victories over local rivals Fordham and Iona, with the road win over the Gaels being the first for the Jaspers in nine seasons. Jason Wingate ’06
Manhattan’s string of good fortune seemed to have run its course as the second semester began and the team’s top scorer and rebounder, CJ Anderson, was now lost for the season. Once again, the anti-Manhattan contingent was proclaiming the Jaspers’ season to be lost, as the Green and White lost its first post-Anderson game in convincing fashion. Junior center Guy Ngarndi and Minor each suffered hand injuries at almost the same time and both players missed several weeks’ worth of games. This time could have been the nadir of the season for Manhattan, but this
team showed the spirit and resilience that is the trademark of the program, as the team, down to just eight dressed players, kept pace with conference leading Iona in the MAAC standings. Following a nonconference game versus Long Beach State, where at halftime Manhattan welcomed back and honored the top players from the first 100 seasons of Jasper men’s basketball, both Ngarndi and Minor made dramatic returns in time for the final two games of the regular season. In the duo’s first game back, Manhattan downed Fairfield to set up a showdown with rival Iona in the final game of the regular season. The MAAC schedulers must have been patting themselves on the back as Showdown Sunday approached. The game was a televised affair pitting the top two teams in the conference against each other, with the Regular Season Championship and the top-seed in the MAAC Tournament on the line. The game, Senior Night for the four Manhattan seniors, lived up to, and possibly exceeded, the hype, as it came down to the final seconds with Wingate giving Manhattan the lead for good with just under two minutes remaining and icing the game with four clutch free throws down the stretch. The win earned Manhattan its third MAAC Regular Season Championship in the last four years. Before the MAAC Championships began, Dubois, Wingate and Xavier were named to the All-MAAC Second Team, and Gonzalez was named the 2005-06 The Rock MAAC Coach of the Year. Unfortunately, the Jaspers’ stay at the MAAC Tournament was short-lived, as Manhattan ran into a red-hot Saint Peter’s team in the semifinals. But, by virtue of their regular season championship, the Jaspers’ season was not over. They received an automatic berth to the NIT, beginning with just the second home postseason game in program history against Fairleigh Dickinson in an Opening Round Game. Wingate, as he has done so many times over the course of his career, came up big for the Jaspers again. He hit a jumper to give Manhattan the lead late in the game, as well as two
Kenny Minor ’06
free throws to put the game away and give the Jaspers their first win in the NIT since 1992. The win over FDU propelled Manhattan into a nationally televised game at powerhouse and ACC stalwart Maryland in the NIT First Round. Heading into the game, Manhattan knew it would take an inspired effort to pull off the upset, and that is exactly what happened, as Xavier became just the fifth Manhattan player to score 30 or more points in an NIT game. He poured in a game-high 31 as the Jaspers downed the Terrapins, 87-84, and handed Maryland its third nonconference home loss in its last 119 games. Foul trouble in the game brought Manhattan down to five remaining in the final seconds, with sophomore reserve Franck Traore coming up with two huge rebounds and two free throws to help put the game away. That victory thrust the Jaspers into the Second Round and a date with CAA member Old Dominion. Manhattan’s magical run came to an end in Norfolk, Va., as the potential game-winning shot went in and out in the waning seconds. The team concluded its season with a 20-11 record and provided Manhattan with its fourth 20-win season in the last five seasons, its fifth straight winning season, and its fourth postseason appearance (two NCAAs and two NITs) in the past five years. The Jaspers will graduate a senior class that will go down as one of the winningest classes in the history of the program but return a talented group that will look to keep Manhattan College on the lips of college basketball prognosticators for years to come.
Bobby Gonzalez Earns
MAAC Coach of the Year Honors Manhattan College former men’s basketball head coach Bobby Gonzalez has been named The Rock 2006 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, which was announced at the MAAC Awards Ceremony at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. This season may go down as Gonzalez’s best coaching job, as he has led the Jaspers to the MAAC Regular Season Championship, despite losing the team’s most talented player after 16 games and being forced to dress just eight players for seven games due to injuries and suspensions.
Former men’s basketball head coach Bobby Gonzalez
Gonzalez also coached his 200th game this season and is moving up the Manhattan all-time wins list. He compiled
a 127-75 career record (62.9%) and an even better 85-41 (67.5%) mark in MAAC games, the best winning percentage among current MAAC coaches and the seventh best mark in the history of the conference. In his seventh season with the Jaspers and overall as a Division I head coach, he earns the honor after leading Manhattan to its third regular season title in four years with an overall record of 18-9, including an 14-4 MAAC ledger, and earning the No. 1 seed in the 2006 Citizens Bank MAAC Basketball Championship. It is the second time that Gonzalez has earned this award. He was named the MAAC Coach of the Year for the 2002-03 season.
In each of head coach Myndi Hill’s first two seasons in Riverdale, the women’s basketball team competed with only four returning players from the previous season. In 2005-06, that total doubled. Although there were more of them, the Lady Jaspers were still the “Baby Jaspers,” as eight of the 11 players that suited up for Manhattan during the 2005-06 campaign were either freshmen or sophomores. Their lack of experience at the Division I level hampered them at times, but several players gave Lady Jasper fans reason to be excited for upcoming seasons. After earning MAAC All-Rookie honors as a freshman, sophomore guard Joann Nwafili continued to progress and the conference took notice. Nwafili earned All-MAAC Third Team honors as she led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. The sophomore guard started all 29 of the team’s games, averaging 9.8 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per contest and 3.6 steals per game. She also came up with 57 steals. Right behind Nwafili in scoring was fellow sophomore forward Caitlin Flood. Matching Nwafili’s scoring average of 9.8 points per game, Flood was part of a Lady Jasper scoring attack, which had six Lady J’s average at least 5.6 points per game. Flood added 4.0 rebounds per game and was the best free throw shooter on the squad, nailing 60 of her 71 attempts for an 85-percent clip. Flood was not the only one doing damage to opponents in the Manhattan frontcourt. Freshman Kelly Regan emerged as a powerful force down low and was one of the league’s top rookies. Regan was in the top five among MAAC freshmen in points, rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage. Her 48.3 shooting percentage was the best on the team and her 9.0 points per game was third amongst Lady Jaspers and the conference’s rookies. One of Regan’s most memorable moments of the season was her homecoming to her native region of Western New York.
Kelly Regan ’09
On the team’s annual Buffalo swing, Regan helped her team to a season sweep of Niagara with her first career double-double, dropping in 17 points and securing 10 rebounds. She earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors for her efforts against the Purple Eagles, as well as Buffalo-based Canisius College.
Another young contributor was sophomore guard Gabrielle Cottrell. At 8.9 points per game, Cottrell was the team’s fourth leading scorer and most potent three-point shooter. The sophomore led the team in three-pointers — making 51 — but shooting and scoring was not all she had to offer. Like her backcourt mate, Nwafili, Cottrell provided the Lady J’s with a solid rebounder from the guard position. She was third on the team at 4.3 boards per contest, including an 11-rebound performance at home against Niagara. In that Jasper win, Cottrell and Nwafili combined for 24 rebounds and matched the output of the entire Purple Eagle team. In addition to the youngsters, the Lady J’s received contributions from two lone seniors, guard Lupe Godinez and forward Jennifer LePinnet. Godinez appeared in all of the team’s 29 games, starting 23 and averaging 6.6 points per game. LePinnet logged minutes in 26 games at a rate of 13.1 minutes per games, scoring 41 points and grabbing 50 boards. continued page 28
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In addition to sweeping the season series against conference opponents Niagara, Fairfield and Rider, Manhattan had notable wins over rival Fordham University, as well as 2006 Patriot League Champion Army. The Lady J’s took down Fordham in the Battle of the Bronx for the second consecutive year behind 12 points and seven boards from Regan and an 11-point, four-rebound effort from Cottrell. The 72-65 victory over Army came at Northern Arizona’s La Quinta Inn and Suites Thanksgiving Tournament. Flood, who earned All-Tournament Team honors
for her efforts during that weekend, scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. Making her homecoming to Arizona, Godinez was the team’s leading scorer in the win with 16 points. Overall, the Lady Jaspers finished 11-18 and 7-11 in MAAC regular season competition. For the third straight year of the Hill era, the Lady J’s advanced past the first round of the MAAC Tournament. This year, they advanced with a 33-point domination of Rider.
Women’s Swimming The Manhattan women’s swimming team concluded a memorable season at the MAAC Swimming Championships by breaking a total of 12 school records on the way to a school record 159 points and an eighth-place finish, the best since the MAAC expanded to 10 member schools in 1997. Freshman Megan O’Keefe had an electric championship and took part in nine school records. Two of her more memorable races came in the 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. In the 100 butterfly, she became the first Lady Jasper to qualify for an individual championship final and broke her own school record in both the preliminaries and finals on the way to a sixth-place finish that earned her Manhattan’s first-ever MAAC medal. She also qualified for the championship final in the 100 freestyle and set a new Manhattan benchmark by more than two seconds while placing eighth overall. O’Keefe added a school record in the 200 butterfly, while freshman Susie Mothes (1650 freestyle) and sophomore Maura McGowan (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) also set new Manhattan standards. Five relay records were also broken, with junior Sarah Szotak, junior Courtney Arduini, O’Keefe and McGowan teaming up to set new Lady Jasper marks in the 200 and 400 medley relays. Arduini, O’Keefe, Szotak and McGowan broke the school record in the 200 freestyle relay, junior Nicole Mason replaced Arduini on the record-breaking 400 freestyle relay squad, and the quartet of Arduini, Mason, Mothes and McGowan set a new Manhattan standard in the 800 freestyle relay. In addition, Arduini, senior Bethany Karbowski, senior Heather Kennedy, sophomore Michelle LaTouche, Mason, McGowan, senior Lauren Sullivan, Szotak and junior Rachele Testa were each named to the MAAC All-Academic Team. Manhattan finished the season with a 10-5 record, giving the Lady Jaspers at least 10 wins in each of the last four seasons and becoming the first Manhattan swim team, men’s or women’s, to accomplish that feat.
Women’s Soccer The women’s soccer team concluded its season with six wins under first-year head coach Sean Driscoll, the most for a Lady Jasper team since 2002. The five nonconference wins by Manhattan were the most since the 1995 season and the most for the Lady J’s since the MAAC expanded to 10 teams for the 1997 season. In addition, several players received postseason honors. Senior Suzanne Graham and junior Katie Kuntz were each named to the All-MAAC Second Team, while freshman Brittany Duhamel was recognized as a MAAC All-Rookie Team pick. In addition, 12 Lady Jaspers were selected to the MAAC All-Academic Team: junior Christine Abrams, sophomore Nicole Conti, sophomore Meghan Dobson, senior Kiera Fox, sophomore Heather Herrmann, sophomore Courtney Hughes, sophomore Erin Jay, Kuntz, senior Brandy Luther, senior Cathy Mitchell, senior Jaclyn Pancotti and senior Jennifer Pychewicz. The team posted a 6-12-2 overall record, but the future looks bright, as the Lady Jaspers graduate just eight players from a roster of 30.
Katie Kuntz ’07
Men’s Soccer The men’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Michael Swanwick, made great strides during the course of the season, though those improvements did not always show up on the scoreboard. The Jaspers posted a 1-15-3 overall record but put together a four-match unbeaten streak in the late stages of the season, as the mix of veterans and newcomers began to gel and put coach Swanwick’s game plan into action. The four-game unbeaten streak, the longest for the Jaspers since the 1999 season, saw Manhattan defeat Saint Peter’s by a 7-2 count, the most goals by the Jaspers since the 1994 season and the most at home since 1991. The streak also included a draw with Loyola, the second time in the past three years that Manhattan has earned a MAAC point with the conference’s premier soccer program. When all was said and done, sophomore Javier Escobedo received Second Team All-MAAC honors, while senior Joe Pumo and sophomore Dan Carr were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
After a transition year in 2004, Manhattan volleyball was back among the top teams in the conference in 2005. The Lady Jaspers’ bid to return to postseason play, however, ended in heartbreaking fashion on the final day of the regular season, as Manhattan fell in five games to eventual MAAC Champion Siena College. Despite the loss, head coach Ray Green’s squad finished the 2005 season at 17-16 overall and 5-4 in MAAC play, which is a nine and a half match improvement from last year’s overall tally. The core of the squad consisted of four seniors, middle hitter Maggie Pfeifer, outside hitter Megan O’Dorisio, libero Ashley Davis, and setter Lori Bambauer. During their tenure in Riverdale, the quartet did everything but fail to leave its mark on the program.
After earning First Team All-MAAC honors as a sophomore and junior, Pfeifer captured the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year award for her efforts during her final campaign. During 2005, she led the MAAC in kills at 4.29 per game, while finishing third in the league in hitting percentage. She will graduate as one of Manhattan’s best offensive players ever, having amassed 1,556 kills. O’Dorisio was another key offensive force for the Lady J’s, as she was named to the 2005 All-MAAC Second Team. In addition to averaging 4.15 kills per game, she recorded doubledoubles (double-digit kills and digs in the same match) in 17 of the team’s 33 matches during 2005. She also joined Manhattan’s 1,000-kill club during a late-season win at Marist. Davis, who eclipsed the 1,100-dig mark on Senior Day at Draddy, totaled 466 digs in 2005, which is the second-best performance in Manhattan single season history. Bambauer, who transferred to Manhattan from Clark State in Ohio after her freshman year, became a regular among the MAAC’s assist leaders, dishing out 2,911 in her career.
Ashley Davis ’06
The season also saw some young players emerge into productive competitors. Sophomore Ashley Watson finished third on the team in digs with 346 and picked up MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors back in mid-October. Freshmen Andrea Reiff and Alyssa Getzel made solid first impressions, too. Reiff recorded more than 130 kills and digs, while, after breaking into the lineup midway through the season, Getzel dished out 315 assists as a rookie.
Cross Country Both the Manhattan men’s and women’s cross country squads continued their traditional successes on the course and in the classroom. Both teams finished in the upper echelon of the conference at the MAAC Championships and produced a combined eight MAAC All-Academic selections. Senior Tyler Raymond was responsible for the most impressive individual performance of the season as he captured the IC4A Cross Country Championship. With a time of 25:24.6 in the 8K run, Raymond led Manhattan to a fifth-place finish out of 22 teams in the University Race. At the MAAC meet, Manhattan finished third out of 10 teams in the league. Raymond (9th overall, 25:24.1), junior Mike Foley (13th overall, 26:23.4), and sophomore Joe McElhoney (16th overall, 26:31.5) were the Jaspers’ top three runners on the day. Raymond was the first male finisher in the race who was not a member of the Iona College squad, which held a top five ranking in the nation. The women’s team ran to a fourth-place finish at the MAAC Championships with the five Lady Jasper scorers consisting of three seniors, Nicholle Davis, Marissa Olivieri and Caryn Capalbo, as well as two freshmen, Melissa Trauscht and Ellen Dobbin. Capalbo and Olivieri led the squad at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, too. Capalbo paced the Manhattan squad with a time of 23:42.9, while Olivieri was the Lady J’s second finisher at 23:50.2. Capalbo also surpassed high standards in the academic realm, as she joined Davis and senior Ginine Lucarello as the Lady Jaspers on the MAAC All-Academic squad. On the men’s side, Raymond, McElhoney, junior Kevin Agnese, junior Chris Breslin and sophomore Anthony Vernaci met the All-Academic requirements. Mike Foley ’07
Two Jaspers Will Represent Team Ireland at Manhattan head coach Tim McIntee was with Team Ireland at the 2002 World Lacrosse Games in Australia, where the Irish participated in the international event for the first time in the country’s history. Four years later, McIntee once again will be on Team Ireland’s sideline as the offensive coordinator, but this time he will have another Jasper there with him. Junior attackman Brian Murray has made the team’s final cut and will be in uniform for the 2006 World Games in London, Ontario.
2006 World Games
“I’m excited to see Brian on the field with me and honored to be part of the whole process for a second time,” McIntee says. “It is just an absolute unbelievable experience to be involved with the World Games.” McIntee also sees excitement in the advancement of Irish lacrosse. “One of the most rewarding things about the games is to see the growth of Irish lacrosse and the sport as a whole in the international community,” McIntee says. “It will be a responsibility of both Brian and me to spread the game of lacrosse throughout the world and help it grow.”
Murray tried out with more than 125 other athletes attempting to make the squad, and he wound up being one of the top 23 players on the roster. Murray’s selection is not a surprise to McIntee, who has coached Murray the past two years at Manhattan. Men’s lacrosse head coach Tim McIntee
“Brian’s a great voice on our team and just a true competitor,” McIntee says. “More than anything, he has a great understanding for the game.” Murray, who tallied 12 goals and 12 assists during the 2005 campaign, also has a great understanding of the type of offense McIntee runs, which should benefit him as Team Ireland begins preparation for the games at training camp from July 6-12 at Cornell University.
Brian Murray ’07
Volleyball Coach Ray Green Participates in NCAA YES Clinic Manhattan Volleyball head coach Ray Green is one of only eight coaches nationwide who was selected to serve as an advisor for the NCAA Youth Education through Sports Clinic (YES). The program was held on December 17 in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the Division I NCAA Volleyball Championships. Green, who served at the clinic for the second time in his career, enjoys participating in the event. “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience the first time around, and I was honored and elated to be a part of the program again,” Green says. The program is designed to teach boys and girls the “fun” in fundamentals of sports and life. The recruitment effort for the clinic heavily involves ethnic minority populations, in addition to those youth who are underserved in the area of sports participation. Joining Green at the clinic were Lady Jasper seniors setter Lori Bambauer and libero Ashley Davis. Under the guidance of Green and the other selected coaches, Bambauer and Davis, along with several other student-athletes, completed the task of instructing the YES participants. In previous years, a majority of the instruction came from the coaches, but with this academic year being the 100th anniversary of the NCAA and the “Year of the Student-Athlete,” the NCAA has increased the instructional involvement of the student-athletes. “Not only is this a tremendous opportunity for myself, Ashley and Lori, but it is great that the youth got a chance to work with and learn from such high-level student-athletes,” Green says.
Volleyball head coach Ray Green
The College hosted a reception to honor the Foundation and the three students chosen as the Ciba Environmental scholars for the 2005-2006 school year. The event highlighted the synergistic connection between Manhattan College and Ciba Specialty Chemicals, a model partnership between an educational institution and a socially responsible corporation. Dr. Richard Heist, dean of the school of engineering, spoke of the growing demand for environmental engineers in the professional community. Only two colleges in New York State offer a B.S. in environmental engineering, while the job market is expected to need at least 1,800 environmental engineers a year for the next 10 years. Colin Mackay, chairman of the Ciba Foundation, correlated the civic responsibility of environmental stewardship with good business practices: a well-managed environment is essential to maintaining the competitiveness of the United States in today’s markets. He stressed that environmental problems should be solved at their source to ensure a high quality of life. Scholarship support for the environmental engineering program ensures that bright, qualified young people will be ready to tackle these problems. After reviewing a list of the College’s Ciba scholars dating back to 1997, Heist introduced the first name on that list: Dr. Richard Carbonaro ’97, now assistant professor of environmental engineering at Manhattan. This year’s Ciba scholars — Carolina Calcetero ’07, Christine Esposito ’07 and Marianna Kowalczyk ’07 — were introduced to the assembly along with two from previous years — Vanessa Kalichman ’04 and Thalia Loor ’06.
John B. Walsh ’48 Makes His Gift a John B. Walsh ’48 made a distinguished career as an industrialist, diplomat and professor out of his hobby with ham radios and his triple majors in civil engineering, electrical engineering and mathematics from Manhattan College. He has served his country for more than 17 years in capacities that include assistant to the president’s science advisor, senior member of the National Security Council, deputy director of defense research and engineering for strategic and space systems and deputy for research to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for research and development. Like most Jaspers, the Lasallian values-centered education he received at Manhattan greatly influenced Walsh’s life. In gratitude for his education and that of his late brother, Cormac Walsh ’55, he established a charitable gift annuity at the College. A charitable gift annuity guarantees a fixed income for life and continued
Dr. Richard Carbonaro ’97, Justine Shanahan ’04, Dr. John Mahony, Thalia Loor ’06, Vanessa Kalichman ’04 and Colin Mackay, chairman of the Ciba Foundation, at the reception honoring the Ciba Specialty Chemicals Foundation and student scholars.
The 2004-2005 academic year marked the 10th year in succession that Ciba has awarded scholarships to Manhattan College environmental engineering students. This recognition is an enduring example of the commitment and generosity of the Ciba Specialty Chemicals Foundation to the College.
Dr. John Mahony, professor of environmental engineering and director of its graduate program, spoke of the department’s history, its origin in the civil engineering department, its 70 years of research primarily focused on the chemistry of water and its relationship to environmental protection. David Muldoon ’83, regional business manager, Polymer Products, NAFTA, described what the company needs from today’s graduates: high levels of writing and speaking skills, problem solving, initiative, team building, risk taking, leadership and personal development. Ciba Specialty Chemicals is a leading global company involved in textiles, plastics, paper, automobiles, buildings, home, personal care products and much more. With operations in 120 countries and billions of dollars invested in research, Ciba is dedicated to fostering scholarship in environmental engineering. The Foundation is Ciba’s grant-making division. Its mission is to support the education of the next generation of scientists and business leaders to meet the next generation of environmental challenges.
Planned Gift support for Manhattan College. Walsh’s gift will help guarantee that the same Lasallian values he appreciated are available to future generations of Manhattan students. A native of Brooklyn, his career trajectory was heavily influenced by World War II. He sped up his high school education at St. Ann’s John B. Walsh ’48 Academy to graduate in three years. At Manhattan, Walsh started an accelerated engineering program, which had continuous semesters without breaks (The theory being that one was vulnerable to the draft only continued on page 32
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James Vodola ’69 Honors
Professor William E. Weber
between semesters, but, like many others, he discovered the theory was not valid). After a stint in the Army, Walsh returned to the College and graduated in 1948. He entered Columbia University for graduate studies and became an instructor after completing his degree. In 1951, he helped to establish the Rome, N.Y., Air Development Center, where Walsh rose to be technical director of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Division. He returned to Columbia to join the faculty and became assistant director of Electronics Research Laboratories, where he authored three books and met and married his wife, Marie. In the 1960s, his illustrious career took him to the White House and National Security Council. Walsh moved into diplomacy as the assistant secretary general of NATO for defense support in 1977. He was instrumental in obtaining the agreement of the 15 NATO nations to undertake the NATO Airborne Warning and Control System joint program. After NATO, Walsh joined the faculty of the Defense Systems Management College as professor and dean of the Executive Institute. He also chaired several defense science board study groups and was a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Effects of the Defense Nuclear Agency. In 1982, Walsh entered the corporate realm to become vice president and chief scientist of the Boeing Military Airplane Company. He later became vice president for strategic analysis of the Defense and Space Group, from which he retired in 1993. Although he’s now retired, Walsh is as busy as he’s ever been. He devotes his energies to consulting, writing, spending time with Marie and traveling extensively. The couple has three children, George, John and Darina.
Vodola daily. Sometimes at 11 p.m., he would awaken Jim and ask why he wasn’t studying for the exam. “You can’t make any money sleeping,” he would say over and over again. Vodola finally got serious, studied and passed the CPA exam. He still doesn’t know who was prouder, the professor or he.
James Vodola ’69
To say that James Vodola ’69 is grateful to his former professor of accounting, William E. Weber, is putting the matter mildly. He attributes success in his life and career to Weber and, just recently, has made a major gift in memory of the late professor to fund scholarships for students of accounting. Vodola is now president of his own firm, Partners Advisory Services Corp. in White Plains, N.Y., and his specialty is financial consulting and litigation support. How he came to this point is an interesting and inspirational story. Vodola, who resides with his wife, Judy, in Elmsford, N.Y., didn’t meet Weber until he had graduated from Manhattan, spent four years in the service and returned to Manhattan to take the accounting courses required for the CPA exam. This was the beginning of his real education, and little did he know that he had met a man who would become one of the greatest influences in his life. As with many accounting professors, Weber had his own practice and, during the years, staffed it with his students. They were his boys, and Vodola relished the privilege of being one of their number. For several years following the completion of his degree, Vodola worked part time during the tax season with Weber with no real inclination to become a CPA or get the “ticket” as the professor would say. After a couple of years, Vodola joined him on a full-time basis, and it was then that the Weber influence took hold. Recognizing a man who needed a push, the professor badgered, cajoled and harassed nonstop. “No one who ever worked for me didn’t get the ticket,” he reminded
Vodola continued to work for Weber for about five years until he decided he needed big-time experience. When he told Weber of his decision to leave his practice, Weber immediately picked up the phone and called upon every Big Eight connection he had on Vodola’s behalf. Little did Vodola know at the time, he already had his big-time experience.
Professor William Weber
Weber loved Manhattan College and told Vodola so on countless occasions. He, Dom Maiello, John Anderson, Mike Maestes and Al Petrocine, in particular, were some of the most dedicated professors and the best people Vodola had the pleasure to meet, and he is forever grateful to them. Ask him why he funded scholarships in the professor’s name for accounting students, and Vodola will say, “I believe there are few things that would have made Bill Weber happier.” Through his generosity, Vodola is providing the means for these students to walk in Weber’s footsteps. He also hopes that other alumni who have benefited from the kindness of professors such as Weber will support scholarship opportunities at the College. Anyone wishing to make a gift in memory of Weber should call Mary Ellen Malone, director of planned giving, at (718) 862-7976.
the Anniversary Class Gift
Alumni reunion weekend is here. This year, Jaspers whose graduation years end in a 6 and 1 are in the spotlight. The class of 1956 celebrates its golden jubilee anniversary; the class of 1981 celebrates its silver anniversary; the class of 2006 celebrates its graduation; and all others just plain celebrate their years at Manhattan College. There will be great people, a great place, great memories and a chance on June 2–4 to relive the good times. Reunion participants will be doing some things for the first time, such as checking out the view of Van Cortlandt Park from a dormitory room in Horan Hall, running or walking a lap around the city’s largest indoor track in Draddy Gymnasium, or relaxing with the latest periodicals at O’Malley Library, the state-of-the-art, 24-7 literary and technical hub of the campus. Generous Jaspers, who contributed to anniversary class gifts, have enabled alma mater to build and expand. Reunion weekend allows the College to host generous alumni in the new facilities they helped to create. It’s a special way to thank the people who keep the legacy of Manhattan alive and fresh for today’s young men and women. Manhattan College may change in external ways: up-to-date technology, modern residence halls, a plant morphology laboratory/greenhouse on top of the engineering building, etc., but the core experience lives on. Throughout all layers of society,
one can find Manhattan graduates making significant contributions to society because of their education and the Lasallian Catholic values imparted by the dedicated brothers and faculty. In gratitude, they make a contribution back to the anniversary class gift. George Bumiller and Jim Reilly are the co-chairmen of the committee for the class of 1956. Trustee Bob La Blanc ’56 also has taken an active and supportive role. The class of 1956 has organized itself into teams by schools to get in touch with classmates, especially those who have been lost “in the mists of time.” Business majors phoned business majors, electrical engineers called electrical engineers. For the first time, this year’s festivities will include a Saturday morning program of topical workshops and seminars for all those who are interested. The goal for all anniversary class gifts is $515,000. Contributions and matching corporate gifts are already coming in. Please call Joseph Ferraro at (718) 862-7548 to join with your friends and colleagues in making this year’s class gift one of the best ever. The first weekend in June is a great time to visit the campus no matter in which 6 or 1 you graduated. The 25th silver anniversary jubilarians will celebrate with a dinner dance in Smith Auditorium on Friday, June 2. All other classes are invited to the ever-popular sunset dinner cruise aboard the Atlantica. Reserve your place today by calling Grace Feeney at (718) 862-7432.
You Are Invited To Become a Member of the Covenant Society The Covenant Society honors alumni and friends who include Manhattan College in their estate plans. These gifts of future support will play an extraordinary role in ensuring Manhattan’s continued commitment to providing students with a Lasallian education. Future gifts can be made through wills and bequests, charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, life insurance, retirement plans, and life estate agreements. Manhattan College / Office of Planned Giving / 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471 / (718) 862-7976
Annual Fund Becomes
Fund for Manhattan The Fund for Manhattan evolves from the Annual Fund, as we continue our ascent to become the premier Catholic college of New York City. An internal audit has indicated that Manhattan can enlarge its culture of philanthropy through a new understanding with our constituents — you — our alumni and friends. It’s a natural extension of our historical origins. The College was founded to bring the gift of education by the Christian Brothers to deserving young people. In turn, the beneficiaries create the next link with the future. If you went to Manhattan, you received that gift; you are that link. You are the living legacy we count upon to sustain that gift of education. This is the reason Manhattan College exists today. Within our student body are many who are the first in their families to go on to higher education. Were you one of them? We can all imagine how much easier it is to raise funds among a group that was already well-educated before a son or daughter attended. Our success says something different than the success of other institutions; it speaks about faith and Catholic social justice. We bear witness to the sacred mission of the Christian Brothers. Currently about one-third of our total alumni contribute to the well-being of alma mater. Our goal is to raise that percentage to 40 percent. Just a small increase in the participation of our alumni would reap tremendous benefits to the College, irrespective of the amounts of the gifts. Beginning with our graduating classes, we are building an understanding of how our legacy works. We ask our alumni to support the College whenever they can throughout the stages of their lives, throughout the year, as an integral part of their lifestyle.
By contributing, Jaspers make a statement to other donors, corporations and foundations that their Manhattan education is invaluable. We want to involve more alumni in the Jasper network, so we invite your suggestions and comments. We hope more alumni will become active in the planning stages of events. We are creating opportunities and informal committees that will make it easier to work with us. Thanks to the support of Manhattan alumni, you were able to experience a solid education with all the resources you needed. Now that you have been successful out in the world, remember the support that helped you get where you are today. Financial contributions invigorate the College’s ability to provide activities, facilities, technology and services for Jaspers of all income levels. We do this to honor God in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and for the good of society. Your gifts to the Fund for Manhattan have a direct impact on the College and the students who live and learn here. Through your participation in the Fund for Manhattan, you are shepherding critical elements that make the Manhattan experience possible and building a bridge to the future. Gifts to the Fund for Manhattan support: • Financial aid to our students • Academic excellence • Campus ministry and social action • Student activity programming • Technology initiatives and improvements • Mentoring and career services • Physical plant and infrastructure operating budgets Manhattan has a limited number of alumni, parents and friends on which it can depend. Every one of you is important to us. Everyone has a place here and a way to be a part of the future. We want to include you in more of our operations. We have new opportunities for you to build bridges with us. Call Joe Ferraro at (718) 862-7548 and get involved.
Gerard Caccappolo ’63
Gerard Caccappolo ’63 Chairs the Fund
for Manhattan I am pleased to introduce myself to many of my fellow Jaspers with whom I am not acquainted. I am honored to take on the chairmanship of the newly appointed Fund for Manhattan. The Fund for Manhattan, which was formerly the Annual Fund, will be the frontline of support for the College. Every dollar that goes into the Fund for Manhattan will be directly reflected in the annual budget of Manhattan College. I ask my fellow Jaspers to take this opportunity to make a strong beginning with this new vehicle as we approach the new fiscal year. I intend to make sure that the College has everything it needs. I am building a bridge to the future. Please join me. Did you know that only 25 percent of the current U.S. population has a college degree today? I imagine the percentage was even smaller when I went to Manhattan in the early ’60s. With every year that goes by, I am more grateful for my electrical engineering degree from Manhattan College. I studied hard at the time, but it sure has been worth it. I got in at the bottom of the telecommunications industry and saw all the changes, for better or worse, of the past 40 years. My degree built a bridge to a wonderful life. A Manhattan College education is a bridge to a productive adult life. I want a new generation of Jaspers to walk safely across their own bridges. This means making the College the best it can be. We alums are the maintenance crew that keeps the bridges in good repair. That is why I agreed to take on the stewardship of the Fund for Manhattan. Let me hear from you about the ways we can improve support for the Fund for Manhattan. Build this bridge with me.
Message from the President of the The National Alumni Council (NAC) has expanded on many of the activities initiated last year. We have started our chapter revitalization project by sending questionnaires to alumni in Bergen County, N.J., Fairfield County, Conn., Albany, N.Y., and the Western tier of New York State. Our data shows a large concentration of alumni in these areas. Based on the answers to these queries, we will develop alumni programs and activities that are pertinent to each area. Chapter chairpersons have been selected and will be contacting the alumni in their regions. Additionally, we are in the process of expanding our vista to other areas, and eventually all alumni will be asked to participate. Our plan is to make the National Alumni Society a vehicle that will involve more alumni and make the College more relevant to them. Our Black Alumni Club (MCBAC), under the leadership of Charles Ntamere ’96 and his committee, held its first event, Family Fest, on Sunday, February 5, following the Manhattan-Loyola basketball game. It was highly attended and bodes well for the future of this new chapter. On Wednesday, February 22, the Latino Alumni Club (MCLAC), chaired by Maria Khury ’77, organized an evening at the “Repertorio Espanol Theatre.” The response was excellent, and everyone enjoyed the show. Our newly organized Manhattan Alumnae Club, under the leadership of Meg Walsh ’79 and Michelle Colamartino
’98, hosted a campus spa event on Sunday, March 26. There is a great need for more alumnae participation at Manhattan, and I invite all of you to suggest ideas for future events. In review of some of our other annual events, the Career Fair in October attracted more than 600 students. Thanks to Ken Kelly ’54 and his volunteers for all the hard work before and during the fair. Our Alumni Brunch and Open House on October 30 were attended by 4,000 students, and Ben Benson ’55 did a great job. On November 2, the New York City Alumni Club sponsored a fall networking reception at Mutual of America in midtown Manhattan. Russ Schriefer ’80 delivered a stimulating talk on campaign tactics and advertising going from the most recent presidential campaign back to the Eisenhower years. The Q-and-A period was especially lively. We had a full house, which included 20 of our College seniors. Thanks to the NYC Club committee for an outstanding job. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly ’63 was the guest speaker at the Law Enforcement Club Reception on November 17. On December 3, we had the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with more than 120 people in attendance. George Skau ’59 did all of the organizing. Just a reminder, Hall of Fame nominations for 2006 must be in by the end of May.
Jim Smith ’60, NAC President
St. Patrick’s Day activities included our own parade in New York City, lunches in Washington, Long Island and Sarasota. On March 12, Jim Connors ’57 hosted his annual Southwest Florida Club reception and, on March 18, Naples, Fla., had its annual parade. As in past years, Connors, “the Jasper Mayor of Naples,” led the Manhattan marchers. As I have said before, I welcome new ideas and, of course, we are looking for chapter leaders and volunteers for our projects. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe Dillon ’62, director of alumni relations, at email@example.com.
The members of the NAC and all the great volunteers in New York and throughout the country spend a lot of time and effort in order to achieve our objectives. Grace Feeney and Stephen DeSalvo are an integral part of the alumni office. Brother William Batt has been a valuable addition to the staff and has spearheaded our reorganization in Albany and Western New York. Joe Dillon does a great job and amazingly gets everything done. To all of you, a heartfelt thanks. Getting the job done would not be possible without you.
NYC’s Top Cop Addresses Law Enforcement Club On November 17, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly ’63 addressed more than 50 members of the Law Enforcement Alumni Club. This annual reception, attended by alumni with careers in the criminal justice system and undergraduate students and faculty from the sociology department of the school of arts, was held at the J.P. Morgan Chase reception center.
Kelly reviewed the impact of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the daily operations of the New York City Police Department. He also explained some of the policies and procedures now being followed to protect the city against a future terrorist attack. A discussion and Q-and-A session followed his remarks.
More than 100 alumni and guests attended the 2005 fall networking reception of the New York City Alumni Club held at Mutual of America in midtown Manhattan. The guest speaker was Russ Schriefer ’80, founding partner of the Stevens and Schriefer Group. A successful political strategist and media consultant, Schriefer served as program director for the 2004 Republican National Convention and was a part of the “Maverick” media team that produced all advertising
for President George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. He reviewed the history of political advertising from the 1950s to the present with entertaining videos and anecdotes of past presidential campaigns. The program included a lively Q-and-A session, and most of the questions, not surprisingly, were about recent campaigns. The NYC Club extends many thanks to Tom Moran ’74, CEO of Mutual of America, for hosting this semiannual event.
Guest speaker Russ Schriefer ’80, founding partner of the Stevens and Schriefer Group, discussed political advertising at the New York City Club’s fall reception.
Eric Glatzl ’98, Karen Fox ’98 and Edward Ruggiero ’97 mingle at the networking reception held at Mutual of America.
Hall of Fame
On December 3, the 27th annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies honored eight outstanding alumni hailing from the baseball diamond, the softball field, the basketball court and the track (including three members of the legendary 1961 relay team).
Standing, from left to right: Brother Thomas Scanlan; Jim Smith ’60, president of the alumni society; Cheryl Fetscher on behalf of her deceased father, Kye Courtney ’61; Michael Burkoski ’59; George Skau ’59, chairman of the alumni athletic hall of fame committee; Lawrence St. Clair ’61; Donald Mulvihill on behalf of his deceased father-in-law, Arthur (Artie) Evans ’61; and Robert Byrnes ’68, director of athletics. Sitting, from left to right: John (Jack) Moran ’50; Cari-Lynn Piotrowski ’92; Jennifer Drum ’95; and John B. Gorman ’49.
Manhattan’s own Alpha Sigma Beta fraternity will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in grand style. A gala dinner is planned for Saturday, June 3 at the VIP Club in New Rochelle, N.Y. Tickets are still available. All current and past members should contact Mike Hecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (845) 494-0370. You also may visit the Web site at www.alphasigmabeta.net for additional details and information leading up to the centennial celebration.
’41 The Reverend John C. Reynolds celebrated his 90th birthday last June. ’43
The American Legion of Richmond County honored Mark Caruselle at a testimonial dinner last November. He was cited as a guiding force behind Staten Island’s American Legion and an organizer of its Veterans’ Organization.
’49 William Underwood is a resident of Port Richey, Fla.
’51 Officially retired from Georgetown University Medical Center in 2005, Ed Gehan continues to work part time as a consultant at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. ’52 Marie and Alois Benya celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a crossing to England on the Queen Mary II, sailing on November 1 from New York to Southampton. They reside in Kennebunkport, Maine…After a 40-year career as a gastroenterologist, Ramon Joseph, emeritus professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, has retired to Arizona. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren. ’53 Col. William Lenihan, Esq., read the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps message at the 230th birthday ceremony of the Corps last November in Norwalk, Conn. ’54 Donald F. Costello was named Distinguished Lecturer of 2005 by the Association for Computing Machinery, the largest society for computing professionals in the world. ’56 Retiree Edward Kelly enjoyed a wonderful Mediterranean cruise last October. He keeps busy with volunteer work and keeping in touch with his six children and 12 grandchildren and feels that “Cathy and I have been truly blessed!”….Retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 40 years of public service, John Varoli lives with his wife, Frances, in Emerson, N.J., “enjoying our five children and six grandchildren.” John works part time as an aviation consultant and technical expert in legal matters.
’57 The year 2005 was good to James P. Morgan Jr. He and his wife, Florence, a former “Queen of the Quad” (1954), celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary, had their first great grandchild, and Jim published his first book, Redistribute Values, Not Wealth…For a More Rewarding Life (www.themagdoc.com). ’58 In 2004, Dr. Robert Klocke retired from his position as chairman of medicine at the University of Buffalo. ’59 Yonkers resident Tony Spinella is retired from the FAA and currently works for the Parsons Corporation. He is the proud grandfather of four girls and two boys….Lawyer Frederick L. Sullivan of Holyoke, Mass., was named 2006 grand marshal for that city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
’61 Dr. Ronald J. Kraus was appointed chairman of the board of directors of the New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce….Salvatore Monte, holder of 29 U.S. patents, was honored in 2003 by the Society of Plastic Engineers and received its SPE Fellow Award in 2004….After retiring as director of the Griffiss Air Force Research Laboratory, Raymond Urtz joined the Griffiss Local Development Corporation’s board of directors. ’63 According to a NY1/Newsday poll taken last November, 43 percent of New Yorkers credit Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly for the drop in the city’s crime rate….On October 20, 2005, the House of Representatives recognized the accomplishments and service of Eugene R. McGrath, the chairman and chief executive officer of Consolidated Edison. He serves on the boards of many organizations involved in economic development, human services, culture and education, including Manhattan College’s board. ’65 ALM Events, a leading source of management and professional education for the legal community, announced that former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani will deliver the keynote address at its May 2006 Corporate Counsel Forum….Stephen Mullery II of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., writes, “Peggy and I are anxiously looking forward to welcoming our 15th and 16th grandchildren. We have been blessed abundantly through the years.” ’66 Frank Boyle of Bradley Beach, N.J., was a candidate for the town’s borough council. He is a financial consultant and stockbroker and the father of three grown children.
’67 Now that he’s a consultant, John Mallanda is working closer to his home in Marietta, Ga. His daughter is studying law, and his older and younger sons will graduate from college and high school, respectively, in May 2006….On leave from the New York City Department of Education, James Sherlock is working full time for the United Federation of Teachers. He is the father of three children and grandfather of three. ’69 VoIP networks provider StarVox Communications announced the appointment in December of Thomas E. Rowley as co-chairman of the board of directors. The holder of two patents, in 1992 he had the distinction of being named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum….An article in USA Today traces the steps by which Brooklyn born Joseph Tucci became CEO of EMC, the data storage giant. He joined the flourishing company in early 2000 just as the dot-com crash of 2000 unfolded, and, as described in the article, “the company lost $508 million in 2001 and basically fell into despair.” Thanks to his business acumen and his past experience, Joseph brought the company back from the brink, streamlining operations to “stop the red ink.” He began to diversify and subsequently acquired two management software companies. But, “he’s not done revamping EMC. The company keeps rolling out products and plans more acquisitions.” He also became a new member of President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
’70 Dan Carbone, Esq., is engaged to Amy Carusone. The couple plans to marry this year and to live in Singer Island, Fla…. A Jasper family update from Kevin McCourt reads: “I recently accepted a position with Loop Capital Markets as a senior vice president for institutional sales. My wife, Deirdre Buckley McCourt ’87, has returned to school to get her master’s in education. My daughter (’07) is in the Manhattan school of education and really enjoying herself. My father, John J. McCourt ’37, will turn 90 in April and is still going strong. My twin brother Dennis is a commercial loan officer for Sawyer Savings Bank and continues to live in our hometown, Marlboro, N.Y. All in all, the McCourt Jaspers are doing well.”…Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, Pa., has appointed Dr. Frank Sparandero as vice president for medical affairs….George Hess has published a novel titled Class Reunion. ’71 Last summer, Lieutenant General Arthur Lichte, a former operations group commander at Barksdale Air Force Base, was named assistant vice chief of staff at Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C. He entered
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’32 At 96 and in good health, John Geideman lives in an assisted living home in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
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China and Mexico on the national and local levels of government to devise pollution control programs and emissions standards. In China, Walsh has been busy helping to develop a retrofit program for diesel-fueled buses and trucks and responding to the pollution problems in Beijing, especially as it gears up to host the 2008 Summer Olympics. Walsh, 62, has created quite a consulting career for himself in an area that, he admits, has not yet been flooded with competition.
At any given time, Michael P. Walsh ’66 could be found on a plane to Brazil, China or Mexico, where he meets with government officials to solve their pollution problems. Walsh is readily the go-to expert on air quality and vehicle emissions control. Recently named one of 25 recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Walsh is an independent engineer and policy analyst who has committed his professional life to improving public health and the global environment. Responsible for shaping legislation that significantly reduced lead emissions in the United States, he has developed a reputation for finding effective and practical solutions to public policy problems. Because of his expertise in the area, government agencies around the world tap Walsh to improve the air quality in their countries. As a MacArthur Fellow, he will receive $500,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in support of his work and research during the next five years. “This is a tremendous honor,” says Walsh, who just returned from a trip to Brazil at the time of this interview. He currently is working closely with Brazil,
“There are a lot of consulting companies in the vehicle pollution area, but I don’t know anyone else who does what I do, which is advise governments,” he says. Although these days Walsh is typically advising foreign governments, he began his career on U.S. soil. He attended Manhattan College as a commuter student, spending several hours each day riding the subway to and from Queens and Van Cortlandt Park. Walsh, who worked on the weekends at his father’s candy store, was the first from his family to attend college. Reflecting back on his college days, Walsh says he received a solid engineering education at Manhattan but more importantly, “a set of core values that have been invaluable to me throughout my life.” “I have been blessed to be able to make a living and to raise three fine children while doing work that I consider important and valuable,” he adds. Walsh graduated from the College in 1966 with a mechanical engineering degree and immediately was drafted into the U.S. Army. Two years later, he accepted a job at an automotive research lab in New Jersey. Little did he know this would be his entry into a burgeoning career handling environmental issues.
“It was 1968…and at that time, the whole environmental movement was just beginning,” Walsh says. 1968, he says, also marks the first year the United States imposed stringent emissions requirements on cars. Walsh suddenly found himself in the midst of exciting change, and the issues surrounding the environment immediately captivated his interest. From there, his career blossomed. In 1970, the City of New York established a motor vehicle control laboratory, and Walsh, a native New Yorker, returned to the city to join its efforts, which became his introduction to the government. Four years later, Walsh joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he was instrumental in establishing the first diesel particulate standard — a major milestone in beginning the cleaning process of diesel-fueled vehicles. At the EPA, he worked closely with many developing countries to secure pollution control programs. There have been so many advances in vehicle pollution control, and Walsh says it is a great feeling to know that his involvement had something to do with the positive results. Since he left the EPA in 1981, Walsh has continued to advise governments on air quality issues and vehicle pollution matters. In addition to relationships with Brazil, China and Mexico, Walsh’s impressive clientele includes the American Lung Association, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Environment Program, among others. His publication, Car Lines, is widely recognized by governments, manufacturers and research institutions as a vital resource for information on emissions control and trends in regulatory policies.
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the service in 1971 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Manhattan College….Dr. Daniel Paulish was promoted to distinguished member of the technical staff at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, N.J….James Willett was named to a new position as education and training administrator for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.
’72 Gene Bowles is vice president of operations and technology for Harcourt Assessment in San Antonio. The company provides assessment instruments and testing programs for businesses, educators, and human resource professionals, among others. ’73 In January, Sonoran Energy Inc. of Phoenix announced the appointment of John S. “Jack” Hodgson as interim chief financial officer….Joseph Ripp was named president and chief operating officer for Dendrite International, a provider of sales, marketing and compliance software for the global pharmaceutical industry. Joseph was previously senior vice president of Time Warner’s Media & Communications Group. He also serves on a number of boards, including Greenfield Online, the Ad Council and as a trustee of Manhattan College….Francis X. Ryan serves as president of the Point Lookout Civic Association, and his wife, Susan, is vice president for development of the National Center for Disabilities Services. ’74 Paul Fitzpatrick has worked for Macy’s for 31 years, having been recruited by the company right after graduation. He was recently chosen by the Young Men’s Apparel Association of the Men’s Industry for its annual AMY Award, which honors leaders in the business. The organization funds scholarship grants to support students pursuing careers in the apparel and textiles fields. Paul currently works at Macy’s West in San Francisco. According to an article in the Beacon Journal, Joe Savage, for more than five decades, “has been performing a sort of wild, part madman, part messianic stage show that has included snakes, chain saws, leopards and tuxedos before surprised and occasionally shocked audiences around the country.” And he’s still going strong. “I’ve accomplished something that no other entertainer has achieved,” Joe said in the article. “I have the ability to go from Sinatra to Alice Cooper in an hour and come out in a tuxedo singing Old Black Magic and end in a leotard with fire and snakes.”
’75 Newlywed Emilio Emini is senior vice president and chief vaccine development officer at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in New York. Emini received a doctorate in microbiology and genetics from Cornell….LaRoi Lawton of Astoria, N.Y., was elected president of the Library Association of the City University of New York and is currently assistant professor at Bronx Community College….Jim McNally is founder and CEO of TruTouch Technologies of Albuquerque, N.M., developer of a revolutionary, disruptive testing system that measures alcohol in people through the use of optical technology. The company’s vision is to reduce the devastating impact and costs of alcohol abuse on society through improved testing techniques.
’78 Dr. Ed Conway Jr., chairman and pediatrician-in-chief of the Milton and Bernice Stern Department of Pediatrics at Beth Israel Medical Center, was elected a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. He writes, “My son Ed III ’03 is a Ph.D. student in developmental psychology at the Ferkauf School of Yeshiva University, my daughter Catherine is pre-med in the class 2007, and my youngest son Tom is a senior at Fordham Prep.” ’79 Vincent Houston, who takes part in masters crew races, was one of the rowers who survived when a 30-foot German racing shell capsized last October on the Harlem River. Two others were injured, and another man was killed during the accident….Ossining resident Mark Maiello is a radiation safety officer for Wyeth Research and has written several articles about radiation protection. His wife, Jenny, works for the Department of Homeland Security in New York City….Raymond Scheer is the Queens County district attorney deputy bureau chief.
’80 Mark Pfaff’s career at New York Life began in 1985 as an agent. Since that time, he has been promoted a number of times, winning the President’s Trophy and earning a 4.0 rating on the company’s GPA system. In December, Mark was named senior vice president in charge of the agency department. He and his wife, Claudia, have three children….Excelsior College in Albany has named Joseph Porter vice president for legal and governmental affairs and general counsel. A graduate of Albany Law School, Joseph previously served as deputy counsel of the New York State Education Department….Peter Wolf was appointed vice president of product management for MobileLime and will lead the Boston-based company’s overall product strategy. ’81 James Ranger Moore reports that he received a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is division director for epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Arizona College of Public Health. Married for 23 years, he and Patricia have two sons, Brendan (20) and Connor (16). ’82
Earlier this year, Barbara Moroch was named editorial director for The Journal News custom publishing division, headquartered in White Plains, N.Y. She is responsible for the development of new local and regional niche magazines. The Journal News is owned by Gannett Company, one of the largest media companies in the nation….With extensive experience in the health care industry, Edmond O’Reilly has been hired as vice president of the MHA (Managed Health Care) Long Term Care network….Kevin Ryan is executive vice president in charge of credit risk review at Key Bank N.A. headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Kevin and Maryann (Carey), class of 1981, reside in Westlake, Ohio.
’83 Bob Maguire is president and CEO of Advanced Telemanagement Group, a cutting-edge telecommunications provider founded in 1995.
’86 John Clerkin was promoted to senior vice president and deputy chief credit officer at Union State Bank in Orangeburg, N.Y. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson with his wife and daughter….Last January, John Schanz joined Comcast Cable as executive vice president for national engineering and technical operations. He and his family will relocate to the Philadelphia area. ’87 GE Commercial Financial of Norwalk, Conn., has named Robert Raciti to a newly created advisory position at its global media and communications division. Robert received a master’s degree from Fordham and a doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University. Joining the ranks of Manhattan College authors is Steven Rigolosi, whose first novel, Who Gets the Apartment, has just been published by Ransom Note Press. The press release calls the book “a novel of suspense in the tradition of Mary Higgins Clark and James Patterson.” In addition to his writing, Steven is also director of market research and development at a Manhattan-based publisher of scientific books. He is the author of Tools for Success (Prentice Hall, 2001) and numerous articles and short stories. After years of living in Manhattan, he now resides in Northern New Jersey, where he is at work on future installments of the Tales from the Back Page series. He is fluent in American Sign Language, which features prominently in his forthcoming titles.
’88 SourceOne Inc. has hired William Callan as its senior vice president for its New York offices. The company is a leading provider of utility management services….Michael Mastrandrea of Amherst, N.Y., has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional certification. He is a principal and group manager at Buffalo Engineering, P.C. ’89 Cate (Hissiger) Brainard, who completed the New York City marathon last November, continues teaching special education in Bethel, Conn., and is raising her two teenagers, Sarah and Nicholas.
’90 Mellon Investor Services has appointed John Power as chief administrative officer. His 15 years of financial management experience includes positions as chief financial officer of E*Trade financial corporate services division and as controller and chief of staff at Bank Julius Baer’s private bank in New York City. ’91 Michelle and Christopher Kalian were expecting their third child this year. ’92 James Bangert ’48 sends news of his son, Major Martin Bangert, who is with the U.S. Air Force stationed in Colorado Springs. He recently attended a seminar in Anchorage, Alaska, and took a few days of personal leave “to explore the interior of the state and advertise Manhattan.”
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Energy To Burn As assistant secretary of energy, James Rispoli ’68 is helping to clean up America It’s not every job where final approval comes after confirmation from the U.S. Senate. But that was exactly the case for James Rispoli ’68, who, after retiring from the Navy’s Civilian Corps of Engineers and stints in private firms, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, was sworn in last summer as assistant secretary of energy for environmental management. His rise in government wasn’t something the Staten Island native had foreseen back in his days at Manhattan — or even something he would have guessed at a few years ago.
approximately 17 more sites are slated to be closed between now and 2009. The remaining large sites are expected to be completed by 2035.
Career-wise, it was “not a to-be-expected progression,” Rispoli says.
Rispoli credits his own experiences and skills in large part to Manhattan and especially to his time in its Air Force ROTC, which awarded him a two-year scholarship to the College. The two organizations gave him not only a solid education — “Manhattan gave me a great technical education, a superb engineering education,” he says — but also the self-confidence and the discipline that leadership positions require.
In his nine months or so on the job — his nomination to the position was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 29, 2005, and he was sworn in on August 10 — Rispoli has headed a big undertaking: a cleanup of the department of energy’s nuclear waste sites, a $6 billion-a-year program targeting some 20 sites across the United States. His department’s major missions are treating and safely disposing of radioactive liquid and solid waste, spent nuclear fuel and nuclear materials, such as plutonium and uranium; cleaning up chemically and radioactively contaminated soil and groundwater; and cleaning out and demolishing facilities, such as nuclear reactors, large nuclear materials processing buildings and laboratories. Highly radioactive waste and materials found during cleanup are disposed of in deep geologic “repositories.” Less radioactive and chemical wastes are disposed of in surface landfills. Rispoli’s work is the legacy of more than 60 years of nuclear weapons research, development, production and testing in more than 100 sites across the country. While a small amount of the existing waste is used-up nuclear reactor fuel, the majority was generated as part of the development of the country’s nuclear weapons complex, which dates back to the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb during World War II. Areas targeted for cleanup include former Manhattan Project locations and Cold War development facilities, such as Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Hanford Site in Washington state and Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee (original Manhattan Project sites), as well as Savannah River Site in South Carolina and Idaho National Laboratory in southeastern Idaho. The cleanup effort is scheduled to run for the next few decades, with a total budgeted cost of $145 billion. To date, many of the smaller sites have been finished, and
Since being sworn in, Rispoli says, the job has been a rewarding one, but a few challenges have stuck out. A key objective of the office is performing the job safely — not only for the benefit of the more than 30,000 workers (many of whom are contract employees) but also for the environment and surrounding communities as well. Another is attracting and retaining a workforce with the necessary experience and scientific skills to do the technical and complex job. “It’s not that common a career field,” he says ruefully.
“You learn [the self-confidence and leadership ability] in class and put it in practice as you move your way up,” Rispoli says, noting that his time in the Arnold Air Society, as well as the campus chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, gave him plenty of opportunities to lead. “Between Manhattan and the ROTC, I got a really great start in civil engineering,” he says. But it’s not just a career that Rispoli credits to his undergraduate experience. “If it weren’t for Manhattan,” he says, “I wouldn’t have discovered the career I spent my life in — and I wouldn’t have found the person I’ve spent it with.” Rispoli met his wife, Carol, then a student at Brooklyn College, at a mixer in Thomas Hall in 1968, and they were married in 1969. Together they have two children, Joseph and Christina, who both followed their father into engineering and have families of their own. After graduation, the Air Force sent Rispoli for a fully funded master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Afterward, a career in the Air Force and, six years later, in the Navy’s Civilian Engineering Corps took the Rispolis across the country. He estimates that, between the two branches, they moved 13 times in 26 years. Along the way, he earned a master’s in business at Central Michigan University. After retiring from the Navy as a captain in 1995, Rispoli held executive positions at engineering firms Dames & Moore and Metcalf and Eddy, which specialize in design, construction management and environmental engineering.
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He joined the Department of Energy in 1999 and served as the director of the department’s Office of Engineering and Construction Management, where he developed policy for oversight of the department’s $40 billion portfolio of 125 capital construction projects. It was in this role that Rispoli was first noticed by Samuel Bodman, the U.S. secretary of energy. After a meeting early in Bodman’s tenure (the secretary took office in the beginning of 2005) to discuss ways the department could manage projects better, Rispoli was asked if he would consent to having his name forwarded to the White House as a candidate for the assistant secretary for environmental management position. He agreed, and the rest, of course, is history. Although the job is challenging, the passion for leadership and the technical know-how Rispoli picked up on campus have served him in great stead — they are the very qualities he is recognized for today. As the statement issued by Energy Secretary Bodman announcing Rispoli’s swearing-in read, “Jim is a proven leader with a reputation for excellence and a record of getting the job done.”
’93 Dan Smith is now a licensed professional engineer and a lead electrical engineer at the firm of O’Dea, Lynch, Abbattista….Radio personality Robert Steinberg (aka Bob Stei) will go behind the scenes once more as he joins the promotions department at CHR WPST/Trenton-Philadelphia. He will produce the Sunday night Frank Cerami broadcast, while remaining on the air at WZZO….Lisa Doherty is engaged to Mark Potenza. A July 2006 wedding is planned in Long Island. ’94 Mary-Theresa (Redding) Delaney gave birth to her third child in August. Norah Irene joins big brothers Sean Patrick (7/00) and Seamus Michael (1/03) at home in Texas. She is currently training for her third triathlon in June. ’95 With a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering, Mary Keane was appointed a science teacher at Glen Ridge High School. ’96 Late last year, LaSalle Institute named Jason Manning director of institutional advancement. He previously served as associate dean of admissions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jason received both his bachelor’s and master’s from Manhattan College, where he also served for a time as an admissions and financial aid counselor. ’99 Liz Giardina was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis while she was still in high school, but the Staten Island native has been working tirelessly to raise awareness and further research on the illness. She takes part in the annual bike tour in Manhattan on the Italian racing bike she won for her fund-raising efforts. MS is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. Liz considers herself lucky that she has not become severely disabled, but she dreads the painful self-administered weekly injection of Avonex, a drug that battles progression of the disease. Undeterred, Liz keeps busy with work and spin classes.
’00 Ken Kristensen has passed his qualifying exams and is now a licensed professional engineer. He is with the firm of O’Dea, Lynch, Abbattista and working on projects for the New York State Office of General Services….Linda Troncoso is in her sixth year as a history teacher at Hudson Honors Middle School in New York City. She earned a master’s degree in education with a bilingual extension from Hunter College. Linda writes, “I am happy to announce that I am getting married to Peter Lo, a web designer for the NYC Parks Department. We are getting married at the College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers on July 28, 2006.” Ilse Gomez and Danica Arias ’99 will be maid of honor and bridesmaid, respectively. ’01 After receiving his M.B.A. from Adelphi University, David Mancuso took a job as advertising manager for Lifestyle Media, Inc.
’02 Kristin Caballero, a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, works for the Insurance & Coverage Litigation Practice Group….Not one of Bronx Councilman Jimmy Vacca’s staff of four is older than 30, including his chief of staff, Jeff Lynch, a 26-year-old native of Throggs Neck. Jeff is not without experience, though. He worked with the New York Public Interest Research Group and spent a year as an aide for Congresswoman Nita Lowey and later worked on Congressman Joseph Crowley’s staff. ’05 Daryl Palmieri is engaged to Casey Russo of Linden, N.J., and a wedding date is set for July 2007.
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A Degree of Perseverance It took more than 50 years, but on May 14, 2005, Stanley Mills ’49 received his master’s degree in philosophy from St. Louis University (SLU). After graduating from Manhattan, he enrolled at St. Louis University and had completed all required coursework, and even chosen a topic for his thesis, when he was transferred to Chicago for work. Through several moves that took him from Washington, D.C., to New York to Arizona, where he currently lives, Stanley always regretted not having received the degree he had come so close to finishing. Thanks to a letter sent to the University by a friend without his knowledge, the University decided that if Stanley could write a paper to serve as his final thesis, he would be awarded a master’s degree. A lifelong student of St. Thomas Aquinas, Stanley chose to write his paper on Aquinas’ Theory of the Human Moral Act — the topic he had chosen five decades before and for which he still had his original outline and notes. According to the University archivist’s office, Stanley, who is 85, is the oldest member of the class of 2005, and one of the oldest — if not the oldest — member of a St. Louis University graduating class.
Urban Renewal “There were still many obstacles to women in engineering in the 1980s, and I expect that most of us [women now in the field] feel that we became engineers in spite of those barriers,” she says. “I was fortunate to have several high school teachers and my parents who kept suggesting that path for me, so I took it.”
Kathleen Campbell ’86 turns Massachusetts’ most polluted industrial areas into the kinds of places you’d want to live. In January, Campbell was named vice president of CDW Consultants Inc., a civil and environmental engineering firm based in Framingham, Mass., where she directs the company’s environmental division and serves as the chief of operations. In her 17 years in the environmental engineering field — 12 of which have been at CDW — she has managed a number of hazardous waste cleanup sites; designing the mechanical systems to treat the contaminated soil and groundwater and turning formerly unusable sites into sought-after properties. It’s this idea of conservation — not letting whole areas of our cities and towns be written off because of previous pollution — that Campbell finds the most satisfying. “The part of engineering I most enjoy is using it to find more efficient ways of living with the tools we have,” Campbell explains. “Within the environmental field, that might mean that we find ways to reuse old, abandoned industrial sites instead of destroying the open spaces we have left.” But Campbell didn’t always know that environmental engineering was where she wanted to be — or even if she wanted to be an engineer.
After graduating from Manhattan in 1986 with a B.E. in mechanical engineering, Campbell took a job with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where she reviewed permits for sewer extensions, and she says, “quickly discovered” that government work wasn’t where she wanted to be. She then worked at two other consulting firms, designing large-scale wastewater treatment systems in the New York City metropolitan area but chafed at designing the same mechanical systems again and again. In 1989, she moved to Massachusetts, where, looking for a career change, she “wrangled” her way into the environmental engineering field through networking with a volunteer conservation group. At the time, the field was undergoing major change and explosive growth. “I knew right away I was where I wanted to be,” Campbell says. “It was exciting to be in the midst of a growing field of techniques for investigating hazardous waste releases, evaluating the risks that the releases could pose to humans and the environment, and devising methods to clean the sites to safe levels.” In 1993, she joined CDW Consultants, a firm that specializes in civil engineering and site design, as well as hazardous waste assessment and mitigation. Campbell holds a professional engineer license and is a Licensed Site Professional, a state-regulated designation meaning she is charged with guiding hazardous waste sites through the state-regulated requirements until the cleanup is complete. She has worked on state and federal projects, including: Boston’s famous Central Artery/Tunnel project, also known as “the Big Dig”; the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Superfund sites (abandoned or uncontrolled areas where hazardous waste is located); and many Army Corps of Engineer projects. Campbell cites the cleanup of two local projects, both covering more than 10 acres, in the cities of Chelsea and Worcester, Mass., as her favorites. Both sites, after being contaminated by heavy industry, were abandoned. Today, she says, both formerly toxic sites are in high demand for commercial and residential redevelopment. In fact, her Worcester project was awarded the 2006 Brownfields Award from the New England Environmental Business Council, which recognizes “excellence achieved notwithstanding the social, economic, technical and institutional challenges imposed by the reuse of ‘brownfields.’” With each new technology that is developed, Campbell says, there are more possibilities for reclaiming polluted areas. “Even 20 years later, this field is still evolving, and there are new and exciting technologies being developed every day,” she says. “What’s really great now is that the field has advanced to the point that most contaminated sites are considered by the business world to be manageable and, therefore, still valuable, instead of the blight they once were.” Campbell says she owes her success in large part to the real-world training she got as a student at the College. Calling herself a “perfectly average student, not an academic standout,” she says that, in her opinion, Manhattan graduates students who are ready to make a difference — no matter their grades. “There will always be academically successful students, and there will always be many more like myself,” she says, “who take the knowledge base and training that Manhattan provides and become successful engineers in the real world who build roads and bridges, deliver clean water and find creative solutions to cleaning up the environment.
Waking up to
Jim Ryan ’60
Seasoned journalist Jim Ryan ’60 is helping New Yorkers greet the day as a recent member of the CBS morning news team. Ryan, who viewers watched for many years on FOX 5’s Good Day New York, is now a special correspondent for CBS 2 News This Morning. Before joining CBS, Ryan spent 20 years anchoring Good Day New York, since the show’s inception in 1988. A well-respected journalist, Ryan began his career in journalism at the Associated Press (AP) and the New York Daily News. In 1974, he joined WNBC, first as an executive editor and later as an on-air reporter. He was with WNBC until 1985, when he joined Fox 5. Ryan was ready to make the move to CBS. Good Day wanted to take the program in a new direction, says Ryan, who worked out a deal to retire from the show. Now he’s reunited with former colleagues at CBS and is continuing to have fun in the morning, he says. Ryan was only 17 when he landed his first news job with the AP, a job he held as a full-time student at Manhattan. While most students were focused on homework or after-school activities, Ryan had his eyes set on a career in journalism. The Bronx native and commuter student spent his days making it to early morning classes in Riverdale and evenings at the AP’s midtown Manhattan newsroom.
Manhattan College’s strength is that it creates well-rounded, reality-based engineering graduates who then go on to improve conditions for humanity. I’ve always felt that it’s not what you know, but what you choose to do with that knowledge that matters,” Campbell says. Campbell lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Dave Sheppard, and their son, Benjamin Sheppard, 8, whom they adopted from Ukraine in 2002. And apart from her career in engineering,
“I stole a lot of time from the AP to study for Manhattan,” he says jokingly. As a journalist, Ryan has had the opportunity to serve as an “eyewitness to history,” he says. The chance to report on some of the most memorable moments in history and the most influential people through the years has held Ryan’s interest in the field. Reflecting on his early days as a young reporter, Ryan tells the story of how he met Martin Luther King Jr. King was in the CBS building having an interview with legendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite. Ryan caught up with the civil rights pioneer as he was exiting the building. That chance meeting and short conversation with King turned into Ryan’s first AP byline.
to deliver the 2001 commencement address and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree. It was a great moment for him to speak to the graduates and meet the many proud parents. “That was a very exciting and meaningful thing for me because I saw myself in their faces and in their experiences,” Ryan says. He could tell that for the students it “was truly a commencement in their life,” and for Ryan, it was his proudest moment at Manhattan College. Jim Ryan ’60 at the 2001 Commencement ceremony.
In journalism, “you have the opportunity to talk to people who made history and be there when it happened,” says Ryan, who still enjoys the excitement of a newsroom and the unexpected nature of the job. Ryan each year hosts the College’s annual De La Salle Medal Dinner, which is its most important fund-raising event. And each time, he doesn’t disappoint with his clever sense of humor and witty remarks. For Ryan, one of the most memorable Manhattan moments, however, is when he was invited back to campus
she has another passion: the stage. Her love for the theater world — nourished at Manhattan with the Manhattan College Players — stuck with her, and in 1992, Campbell and her husband founded Acme Theater Productions, now based in Maynard, Mass. The group has won many amateur awards and travels across the United States and Canada to perform at festivals. “It was important to me then, and continues to be important to me now, to maintain a creative outlet,” Campbell says.
But whether at work or at play, Campbell is making a difference — and the Boston area is a cleaner, healthier place because of it. “I feel that my single proudest accomplishment is that every day my work matters,” she says. “To the clients who rely on my advice to make business decisions, to people who currently live in these communities and for future generations who will breathe clean air, drink clean water, and have a safer, greener environment to live in tomorrow.”
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In Memoriam Manhattan College records with sorrow the deaths of the following alumni:
Ann Minogue O’Sullivan & Tony O’Sullivan son Kieran Thomas, 4/28/05
Mary & Stephen McGovern son Patrick Farrell, 8/14/05
Daniel A. O’Connell, 5/12/02
John H. Hett, 5/21/91
Colleen Latimer & Charlie Caccavo son Benjamin Michael, 2/05
John J. Clark, 4/28/97
Daniel E. Costello, 7/30/04 John B. Hayes, 12/12/01 George W. Kiefer, 9/11/05
Francis L. Bannigan, 1/10/06 John J. Bedell, 9/23/05 Albert J. Buckley, 5/2/05 Jay W. Gombar, 8/5/03
Kimberly & John Bruzzese son Ryan Nicholas, 8/31/05 Melissa & Robert Steinberg daughter Kimberly Annalise, 2/25/06
Mary-Theresa (Redding) Delaney daughter Norah Irene, 8/05
Frank W. Hogan, 7/20/05
Dr. Manlio Boverini, 9/15/05 Thomas J. Fleming, 8/24/05
Frank Danna Jr., 11/4/04 Bernard J. Keigher, 4/20/03 William H. Perrott, 6/7/05
Brian J. Armour, 12/20/04 Arthur J. Barnett, M.D., 11/14/05 William Buffa, 2/12/05 Leo W. Geismar Jr., 10/13/05 William J. Roemer, 10/7/05
Lawrence Minarik, 6/13/05
Robert A. Carty, 8/8/02 Joseph P. Cullen, 6/30/05 John Jurich, 7/2/02 Lawrence A. McKenna, 3/29/03 Father James M. Moyna, 12/2/05 John W. Sheridan, 4/9/04 James C. Tunny, 9/9/05 Nicholas L. Visalli, 3/28/04 James A. Wong, 3/31/03
John M. Hickey, 9/28/05 George F. McCue, 6/25/05
John P. Chiasson, 8/21/05 James P. Moriarty, 2/22/06 Joseph A. Russo, 11/11/05 John R. Sweetman Sr., 12/3/04
Frank A. Lapina, 6/7/04
Dorothy M. Birly, 9/21/05 John M. Brandon, 1/19/06 Henry D. Brennan, 6/1/05 Edgar T. Casterline, 10/6/04 James Colligan, 11/28/05 Roy M. Ferlazzo, 7/11/05 Joseph J. Mackson, 8/18/05 Leonard J. Moore, 5/10/04 William P. O’Hara Sr., 1/7/06 Frank P. Verdon, 6/2/03
Robert Coccodrilli, 4/21/03 Ronald Czajkowski, 2/1/74 Thomas P. Earls, 12/8/03 Nicholas J. Furia, 11/12/02 Edward J. Ghiazza Sr., 11/14/05 Vincent G. McCarthy, 6/29/03
Emilio Emini & Janet Skidmore, 9/3/05
Maria Kotsialiotis & Andrea Limongello, 6/25/05
Teresa Andrade & Timothy Shadi (’00), 10/29/05
Philip Abrams, 11/28/05 George A. Alfano, 7/24/04
Rev. William P. Carroll, 8/9/05
Francis J. Nilan, 8/26/05
Alexander J. Castro, 11/3/05 Maurice P. Flynn, 6/16/05 Edward J. Kilmartin, 5/31/03 Frank P. Silverwise, 6/19/05
William F. Brunner, 11/11/03 Americo Campanella, 11/29/05 Harold P. Curran, M.D., 7/6/05 Bernard C. Sissler, 7/14/05
James G. Grant, 9/17/05 Robert W. Hillis, 11/12/04 Robert J. Jones, 10/16/05 Peter J. Rader, 1/22/06
Charles J. Davis, 11/18/05 John J. Foley, 10/23/02 James J. McLinskey, 10/19/05 William J. O’Brien, 12/9/05 Francis A. Watson, 2/5/05
John P. Cooke, 12/26/05 Stephen P. Maresco, 6/8/03
John E. Heveran, 10/10/05 James P. Hunt, 9/28/04 Thomas G. Kelly, 10/1/05
Frank E. Fraser, 11/23/02 Donald J. Hofmann Sr., 3/11/03 James Krebs, 9/29/04 Anthony A. Mastriaco, 1/30/00 Robert K. McDonnell, 10/26/04 Sister Mary Immaculata McGovern, 2/5/06 Joseph F. O’Keefe, 6/05/03 Timothy J. O’Leary, 8/15/03 John A. Philip, 9/22/05 Thomas J. Quinn, 7/6/05 Thomas P. Rohan, 9/13/05 Russell F. Spring, 8/27/05
Vincent E. LaFleche, 10/2/05
Hugh E. Cronin, 4/30/05
Edward G. Kelleher, 1/27/01
John B. Hayes Jr., 2/22/01 Col. John A. Leonardo Jr., 8/1/05
James E. Foy, 7/31/05
James Kowalczyk, 10/11/05
Alphonsus (Al) Fennelly, 1/5/05 Richard A. Stratton, 10/31/05
Advanced Degrees 1981
Eric Kreuter recently earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center.
Kyongah Hwang obtained her Master of Business degree in Health Systems Management from Fairleigh Dickenson University in May 2004.
John J. McLaughlin, M.D., 8/8/03
Oona Bustard will receive a master’s in clinical social work from NYU in May 2006.
Thomas E. Chambers, Thomas E. Chambers, dean of general studies at Manhattan College from 1970 to 1988, died on Friday, October 21, 2005. He was 84. Chambers joined the College in 1965 as associate professor of marketing and director of the evening division and summer school, positions he held until his appointment as dean. Prior to Manhattan, he was assistant dean in the school of business at St. John’s University. Under his leadership as dean of general studies, a school that was established for nontraditional students, Chambers developed what was called the Equitable Life Midtown Center. The Center was instituted to cater to adult students who carried full-time jobs. Additionally, he created a validation program for underprepared high school students with college potential, the cooperative program with Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in which the College provided academic courses for the associate degree in nursing from Presbyterian Hospital and the criminal justice program, and established the radiological and health sciences program at the College. Most of these programs have since been absorbed into the current five schools at the College. A former vice chairman, region III, for the Association for Continuing Higher Education, Chambers was the recipient of the Alpha Project Grant, an adult leadership program for minorities in the
retired dean of general studies South Bronx. The grant was funded for three years, and Manhattan was one of only seven educational institutions in New York at the time to receive the award under the Higher Education Act of 1969. He held memberships in academic honor societies such as Delta Mu Delta, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Pi Sigma Epsilon and Alpha Kappa Psi. Before launching a career in higher education, the Brooklyn native served in World War II as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He was a man of many interests and hobbies, including music, gardening, painting and carpentry. A talented artist, Chambers even has had one of his paintings displayed in the Merchant Marine Academy Museum. Aside from his numerous talents, he was consistently dedicated to his students and to promoting education. Of all things, Chambers was first a teacher, says daughter Joan Chambers. “He was a vivacious, energetic and animated speaker who encouraged his students to question,” she says. “He could refer you to a book on most every subject that he had already read.” His daughter fondly remembers going to work with Chambers as a child and that he made her feel important by including her and her siblings in his professional life. He wanted to show them that work could also be fun.
Daniel M. Horan, 7/8/05 Sister Rose McGrale, 8/26/05
Regina D. Rieth, 9/14/05 Michael E. Vacek, 11/26/05
Ronald V. Conti, 10/9/05 Raul E. Infante, 5/3/01 Thomas G. Whitesell, 10/21/05
Dr. Francis J. Colace, 5/1/05 Anthony V. Sarni, 3/12/05
Grace Hirsh, 7/16/05
Thomas Josephson, 10/30/02 James A. Meade, 11/18/03
Cecilia Moran Hayes, 7/18/05
Brother Bernard F. Beleto, 9/13/05
Aileen Reynolds, 9/9/05
Harold M. Pasternak, 5/10/05 James Surrago, 4/25/03
He was a man “very committed to his job and the responsibility of providing for his family,” says Joan, who is one of six children. “Manhattan College was a place he loved and felt comfortable about who he was and what he was doing.” Chambers, who moved to Florida after retiring from the College in 1986, received his M.B.A. from New York University in 1959. He also held bachelor’s degrees in business administration from St. John’s University and in marine science from U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Chambers carried a professional mates license from the U.S. Coast Guard. Chambers’ wife, Katherine, predeceased him. He is survived by six children and 12 grandchildren.
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Louis Jones ’54, alumnus and Olympic gold medalist Louis Jones ’54, Olympic gold medalist at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia, who set a world track and field record that stood for 11 years, died February 3, 2006. He was 74. Jones was renowned for his worldclass accomplishments in the field of sports and remembered for the quality of his commitment to his teammates, family, friends and community. A star in both football and track at New Rochelle High School, Jones enrolled in Manhattan’s school of business in 1950. He had a brilliant athletic career at the College under the tutelage of legendary track and field coach George Eastment. Entering the Army upon graduation in 1954, Jones continued his track career. At the Pan Am Games held in Mexico City in 1955, he set the world standard of 45.4 seconds for the 400-meter dash. A year later at the U.S. Olympic trials in Los Angeles, Jones broke his own record for the 400 with a 45.2. That record would not be broken until 1966. At the Melbourne Games, he was a member of United States’ victorious 4x400 relay team.
Retiring from track and field, Jones earned a master’s degree in education from Teacher’s College of Columbia University and began a distinguished career in both education and public service. A former director of advisory services at Manhattan, he held various posts at public and private schools in New York City and Westchester County. According to Dr. Jerome Cashman, former vice president for student life at the College, Jones had a connection to the students and went out of his way to assist them. “Lou was always willing and able to help anyone he came in contact with,” Cashman says. “He had an extreme sensitivity to the kinds of problems that young people would be concerned with and dedicated himself to their needs.” Jones moved on to become dean of students and assistant principal at New Rochelle High School. He also directed the Office of Affirmative Action of Westchester County and was a special assistant to former Westchester County executives Alfred DelBello ’56 and
Andrew O’Rourke ’40. Jones was a trustee of St. Catherine African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, too. During his lifetime, he was active with the Urban League, the NAACP, the Greenburgh Central 7 School Board, the Neighborhood Youth Corps, the Boy Scouts and the Boys Club of New Rochelle. A resident of New Rochelle, N.Y., at the time of his death, Jones is survived by his sons; Louis and Steven; and his daughter, Carla.
Brother Eugene O’Gara, F.S.C., director of the Brothers Community Brother Eugene O’Gara, F.S.C., archivist of the Long Island-New England Province located at Manhattan College and director of the Manhattan College Brothers Community, died on October 18, 2005. He was 74.
Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, N.Y., La Salle Academy in New York and Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Br. Eugene, who played the piano and organ, taught music to his students, as well as Latin, religion and French.
Br. Eugene was born on August 9, 1931, in Lowell, Mass. He was invested with the religious habit of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in September of 1950 and made his final profession in 1956. Br. Eugene received his Bachelor of Arts in the classics from The Catholic University of America and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Latin and music education from Boston College and New York University, respectively.
At Manhattan, Br. Eugene was charged with the archival material relating to the Christian Brothers in Long Island and New England, but he also focused his research on the early history of the Christian Brothers and their history in the New York District.
Before joining Manhattan College in 2001, Br. Eugene taught at St. Raymond’s High School in the Bronx from 1993 to 2001. Prior to St. Raymond’s, he taught at several high schools, including La
Brother Luke Salm, archivist and College trustee emeritus, says Br. Eugene “was a devoted archivist and very much interested in the history of the Brothers.” In his eulogy, Brother David Detje said Br. Eugene had a desire “to know and understand the Brothers who went before him and on whose shoulders he stood.”
Br. Eugene is survived by two brothers, James and Robert; and two sisters, Maureen Winchester and Patricia Lehman. A wake for Br. Eugene was held on October 21, 2005, at the Christian Brothers Center at the College. The Mass of Christian Burial was held the following day at the community chapel of the Christian Brothers Center.
Dr. Leonard O’Connor,
retired physics professor and former chair of radiological and health sciences
Dr. Edward Brown, dean of the school of science, remembers him as a teacher and later as a colleague. In addition to O’Connor’s immaculately organized lectures — an extraordinary level that Brown hasn’t seen since — Brown notes that the efforts O’Connor made on the department’s behalf had a long-lasting impact. When O’Connor took the helm of the department, Brown says, it was during the beginning of the Cold War, and O’Connor was responsible for getting much-needed equipment and support from the National Science Foundation. “We lived on that equipment, and it sustained the department for many years,” Brown says. In addition to his responsibilities as physics chair, O’Connor also found the energy to start a new program at the College — a program that demonstrated his foresight. In 1963, he saw the need for academic training in the radiological physics area. He left his chair and put his efforts toward initiating a federally sponsored evening certificate program, which became known as the Radiological Institute.
“He added a whole new area of academic study here at Manhattan College,” says Lawrence Hough, director of the department. “At the time, collegiate programs in X-ray, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy were becoming the method by which one could become trained. He was one of the people at the forefront of this transition.” What began as a means to give nuclear reactor workers at Indian Point academic coursework in the radiological field, became a department that includes the medical radiological fields of nuclear medicine and radiation therapy, which is due, in no small part, to O’Connor. “He formed very good groundwork here for his successors to build upon,” says Hough, who will always be grateful to O’Connor for giving him his opportunity at the College. O’Connor, who remained in the physics department throughout his work with radiological and health sciences, returned to solely teaching physics before retiring from Manhattan in 1993.
A tireless and dedicated professor, O’Connor joined the College in 1954 as an assistant professor of physics. He became chair shortly after, the second one the department had, and began laying the groundwork for not only the physics but also the radiological and health sciences departments.
Building on its momentum, some liberal arts courses were added and the program was registered as an Associate in Applied Science degree in 1969. The degree was then further expanded into a Bachelor of Science in radiological and health sciences in 1972. At this time, a separate department of radiological and health sciences was created with O’Connor as chair. In 1975 and 1978, two new A.A.S. degree programs were established in nuclear medicine and radiation therapy, respectively.
“He was all energy and wasn’t deterred by any challenge,” Brown says. Born in Philadelphia in 1922, O’Connor earned his B.S. in 1945, his M.S. in 1951 and Ph.D. in 1954 from The Catholic University of America. A former Christian Brother, he also studied at the University of Rome, while on sabbatical from the College, and researched ultrasonics. Prior to Manhattan, he taught at St. Augustine’s High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and De La Salle College in Washington, D.C. O’Connor was a member of Sigma Xi and the American Association of Physics Teachers, as well as a research consultant for the Office of Naval Research. He is survived by his wife, Alena; his children, Anita and Danny; and his grandson, Collin.
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Dr. Leonard O’Connor, retired physics professor and founder of the program in radiological and health sciences, died on Sept. 9. He was 82.
03 Reunion ’06 Festivities 04 Special Events Slated for 6s and 1s 2006
Class of 1956 Dante’s Den Golden Anniversary Luncheon Brother President to present the jubilarian medals to ’56 members and widows in attendance. Awards also will be presented to those attending from ’46 and ’51.
Friday, June 02 2:00 p.m.
Prep Awards Luncheon
Faculty Dining Room
Bus Departs Campus for Dinner Cruise
Boarding “Atlantica,” Anniversary Dinner Cruise ’46,’51,’56,’61,’66,’71,’76,’86,’91,’96
Chelsea Piers 12th Avenue & 23rd Street
Class of ’05/’01 Luau
’56 and ’81 Procession Lineup
Reunion Celebration Cocktails/Buffet Dinner Dessert/Dancing Host, Br. Thomas Scanlan, president
Class of ’81 Cocktails
Class of ’81 “New York, New York” Dinner Dance
Class of ’81 Award Ceremony
Saturday, June 03 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
“Morning After” Continental Breakfast
Horan Hall, 7th & 9th floors
Registration Desk Opens
Sunday, June 04 7:00 a.m.
“Morning After” Continental Breakfast
Horan Hall, 7th & 9th floors
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