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Volume Thirty

Number One

Spring 2004

Calendar MAY 3 4 5 13 16 19

Jasper Open Golf Tournament Jaspers in Law Enforcement Block M Dinner Spring Honors Convocation Undergraduate Commencement Spring Commencement


Business is Booming: The School of Business Wins Prestigious Accreditation


Computer Associates International Inc. Honored at De La Salle Dinner


Two Students Receive First Endowed

Scholarship for Study Abroad

JUNE 4-6 Alumni Reunion Weekend 10 Environmental Engineering Plumbers Club 12 NAC Annual Meeting



March Madness at Manhattan

19 Jasper Cup – Yale, New Haven, CT 30 Day at the Races, Saratoga, NY

AUGUST 2 Construction Industry Golf Open, Eastchester, NY 19 Day at the Races, Monmouth, NJ

SEPTEMBER 16 President’s Dinner 23 Lasallian Convocation, John Sexton, President of NYU 24-26 Alumni Men’s Retreat 26 Benefactors Brunch


On Campus






Alumni Events



OCTOBER 2 11 13 13 15 17 24

National Alumni Council Meeting Fall Columbus Day Golf Career Fair – Undergraduate Tappan Zee Career Dinner Manhattan Madness Fall Honors Convocation Open House

Published by the office of college relations, a division of college advancement Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY 10471 James H. Heisey, vice president for college advancement Lydia E. Gray, director of college relations Kristen I. Cuppek, editor Contributors: Michael Antonaccio Dorothy Conigliaro Melanie A. Farmer Susan Horton Jorie Kontos Amy Massey Thomas McCarthy


Photographers: Ben Asen Melanie Einzig Sepp Seitz

On the Cover: Some things change, some things remain the same De La Salle Hall circa 1952 and today. On the right: Dr. Faraj Abdulahad, former dean of the school of business, Dr. James Suarez, dean of the school of business, and Dr. Weldon Jackson, executive vice president and provost, outside the hall that is home to the business school.

Business is Booming: The School of Business Wins Prestigious Accreditation Business is stronger than ever. The School of Business was awarded accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International; garnering prestige and validating the quality of the College’s long-standing business program. The AACSB is the premier accrediting agency for business programs worldwide. Of the 466 institutions throughout the world to hold AACSB accreditation, just 34 institutions are undergraduate-only programs such as Manhattan. “Earning this accreditation is a testament to the quality of our faculty and students as well as to the remarkable record of achievement scripted by our alums,” says President Brother Thomas J. Scanlan. “The AACSB accreditation validates the high quality of our business program,” adds Dr. James Suarez, dean of the school. “This prestigious accreditation gives our students greater access to employers. It raises our visibility and underlines our commitment to providing the distinct and remarkable Lasallian education we’ve given our students throughout the years.” To achieve accreditation, business programs must satisfy the expectations of a number of standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the educational process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. The AACSB commended the College on several strengths and effective practices including its institutional commitment to Lasallian values, the student leadership of the school, the willingness of the faculty to expand its efforts to embrace a culture that includes intellectual contributions as well as the support, interest and commitment of the College’s president, the dean of the school of business, the provost and the school’s board of advisors. For Dr. Faraj Abdulahad, former dean of the school and currently an associate professor of economics, this accreditation has been a long-term goal for the College, and meeting it gives the College an edge.

Dr. James Suarez, dean of the school of business, and past business deans Dr. Robert Vizza and Dr. Fred Abdulahad at the celebration gathering.

Board of trustee member Michael Regan ’63, who played a significant role in achieving accreditation, and Dr. Weldon Jackson, provost, celebrated the school’s accomplishment.

“Earning this accreditation is a testament to the quality of our faculty and students as well as to the remarkable record of achievement scripted by our alums,” – President Brother Thomas J. Scanlan

“This puts Manhattan College next to some of the elite schools of business,” says Dr. Abdulahad who has been with the College for more than 30 years. “This is definitely a testament to the quality education that Manhattan College provides its students and an achievement for the entire faculty.” Along with Dr. Abdulahad, Dr. Janet Rovenpor, professor of management in the school of business, was a member of the curriculum committee where she helped review the curriculum and syllabi of each department. As part of the AACSB review process, Dr. Rovenpor also prepared chapters for the self-study report, reviewed student test scores and implemented ways to determine whether students are learning the material that is being taught by faculty. “Our faculty really came through for everyone,” says Dr. Rovenpor, who has been teaching at the College for more than a decade.

For one, the 26-member faculty in the school of business met the publications requirement given by the AACSB, which requires faculty to have been published at a certain level. Each faculty member at the school of business met this requirement, which meant a minimum of one referee journal article published in a five-year period plus four other intellectual contributions such as conference proceedings or presentations. Jeanne Altenau ’79, senior vice president of marketing at data and telecom provider Broadview Networks, says the people involved were committed to the review process and dedicated to achieving this accreditation. “It’s important,” says Ms. Altenau, who also is a member of the board of advisors. “This accreditation is very important to the school of business. Whether it’s academic or business, these kinds of accreditations or benchmarks become more and more important as the market gets more competitive.” continued page 4


Dr. Cornelius J. Higgins ’62

Dr. Helen C. Hollein

Welcome Aboard:

Manhattan College Elects New Trustees Manhattan College has elected three new members to its board of trustees. Recent appointees Dr. Cornelius J. Higgins ’62, Dr. Helen C. Hollein and Anne M. Slattery will join a group of distinguished alumni and corporate executive leaders led by chairman John P. Lawler ’55. Dr. Cornelius J. Higgins ’62 is chief executive officer of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), an employee-owned research and engineering company he

helped found. ARA, based in Albuquerque, provides services to several major defense departments worldwide, including the U.S. Air Force. The company focuses on generating new approaches and innovative solutions to meet the challenges in engineering and physical science. Dr. Higgins, who resides in Alexandria, Va., graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He earned a master’s degree in 1964 from the Air Force Institute of

Technology, followed by his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of New Mexico. Prior to establishing ARA, Dr. Higgins served in the U.S. Air Force, including service in Vietnam, and has held key positions at Civil Nuclear Systems Corp. and the University of New Mexico. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Since her arrival to Manhattan College, Dr. Helen C. Hollein, professor emeritus continued page 6

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Business is Booming…

Aside from keeping up with the competition, Ms. Altenau remarked on how the AACSB stamp of approval will be key to grabbing the attention of new recruits, whether it be in hiring faculty or increasing student enrollment.

As a newly accredited member, the College has earned accreditation for six years and is now involved in maintenance of the process, which means the AACSB will continue to review the school’s standards and qualities.

Many students who are in the midst of their college search, like Ms. Altenau’s own teenage son, have in mind certain qualities they are seeking in a college or university. This accreditation is just one more thing that interested students can mark off their list in terms of what’s good about a school, she comments.

Established in 1928, the College’s school of business currently enrolls 710 students. Other undergraduate-only programs to win AACSB accreditation include The College of New Jersey, Morehouse College, SUNY Geneseo and Washington and Lee University.

Upon earning the accreditation, Br. Thomas and Dean Suarez welcomed alumni, administrators, longtime professors and former faculty members to a celebration dinner held at the College in February. Former deans Dr. Robert Vizza and Dr. Faraj Abdulahad were present, along with Executive Vice President and Provost Weldon Jackson, former College President Br. Stephen Sullivan and former Provost Dr. Walter Emge.


AACSB International is a not-for-profit organization consisting of educational organizations and corporations. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., its mission is excellence in management education in colleges and universities.

At the dinner, current faculty and administrators and alumni were joined by professors emeriti Dr. Emile Letendre; Dr. Sushila Gidwani; Brother Malcolm O’Sullivan; Dr. Emily Sun; Brother Anthony Flynn; Dr. Charles Brunner; and past President Brother Stephen Sullivan.

Computer Associates International Inc. Honored at

2004 De La Salle Medal Dinner Neither snow, nor rain, nor high winds deterred the crowd of nearly 700 guests who gathered on January 15 for the 28th Annual De La Salle Medal Dinner. But the warmth and camaraderie within the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf-Astoria that night belied the frigid weather outside on Park Avenue. The Manhattan College Bagpipe Band and student ambassadors were on hand to welcome guests, as was Jim Ryan ’60, the Good Day New York host who has perennially played host at the dinner, and The Most Rev. Anthony Mestice, who delivered the Invocation. The De La Salle Dinner, the most significant fund-raising event on the Manhattan College calendar, traditionally honors a business leader who exemplifies the principles of excellence and corporate leadership. This year, for the second time in its history, the De La Salle Medal was presented to a group rather than an individual. In 1992, IBM was the recipient of this prestigious award. This year, the employees of Computer Associates International Inc., represented by Chairman & CEO Sanjay Kumar, were honored at the gala dinner and awards ceremony. Dr. John Lawler ’55, chairman of the board of trustees, extended greetings to the guests, while noting the efforts of dinner chairman Lewis Ranieri. He expressed sincere appreciation for Mr. Ranieri’s efforts in making the dinner a success and said, “In his role as a director of Computer Associates International, he reached out to secure the support of major corporations.” In his remarks, Brother Thomas Scanlan described Computer Associates as exemplifying “the dedication, creativity and service to the community that we at Manhattan College seek to honor with the De La Salle Medal.” As one of the largest software companies in the world, he said: “It is a leader in providing software for managing information technology infrastructure to a wide range of industries — financial, educational, health care, manufacturing and government, to name a few. Thanks to a talented staff, this Long Island-based firm has grown into a multibillion-dollar company with global recognition — the majority of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of other organizations rely on its technology to manage their business systems.” Brother Thomas noted, for instance, the award-winning AllFusion Modeling Suite that allows users to design business applications, share models and verify the soundness of database applications. Other innovative products include Brightstor, for backup and restoring files, and eTrust antivirus software.

Brother Thomas Scanlan presents Sanjay Kumar, who accepted the medal on behalf of Computer Associates International, with the De La Salle Medal.

Computer Associates’ commitment to excellence in business and corporate leadership, a commitment that runs deep. “As you can tell, I am proud of what the people of Computer Associates do for our company, but I am equally proud of what they do for our communities,” Mr. Kumar said. “The diversity of causes and concerns we support reflects the enormous diversity of the people who drive the success of Computer Associates.” In addition to donating its technology and millions of dollars in charitable gifts, Mr. Kumar noted, Computer Associates’ focus has been on helping children build confidence in themselves. He spoke of the strength of the volunteer program and said: “Our people roll up their sleeves to build playgrounds in neighborhoods where children need safe places to play. They construct houses for families in need, help teachers and students learn about the power of technology with our Digital Schoolhouse, and so much more.” They have donated more than 26,000 hours during the past two years, and he said, “They do it with the same energy and enthusiasm they bring to building our technology and serving our customers.” Mr. Kumar thanked Manhattan College for the honor and “for helping to train and guide a new generation of leaders for the 21st century.” In paying tribute to Computer Associates, the College recognized the very values it seeks to instill in its students — responsibility, ethical values and humanitarian concerns. So it is no accident that on this occasion, there was a meeting of minds from two integral segments of the New York community.

Brother Thomas then called upon Mr. Kumar and presented him with the De La Salle Medal. The audience immediately warmed to Mr. Kumar as he spoke of the special connection between his company and Manhattan College. He spoke of Neil DeFeo ’68, College trustee, Claire Cunniffe ’81, vice president of security at Computer Associates International and Sanjay Kumar, chairman and CEO of Computer Associates International, at the De La Salle Medal Dinner.



Reunion ’04 Festivities Special Events Slated for 4s and 9s

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Mark your calendar for this year’s Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 4, 5, and 6. Special events for the 50th anniversary class of 1954 and the 25th anniversary class of 1979 will highlight the festivities. On Friday evening, June 4, a New York, New York dinner dance will be held in the newly renovated and air-conditioned Smith Auditorium for the class of ’79. During the event, Brother President Thomas Scanlan will present the 25-year medals to members of the class. The 50th class will celebrate its landmark year with a luncheon on Saturday, June 5

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Dr. Hollein taught chemical engineering at the College; chairing the department from 1989 to 1999 and serving as interim dean of the school of engineering from 1998 to 2000. Prior to joining Manhattan, Dr. Hollein served as adjunct instructor in the department of chemical engineering and chemistry at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J. Before her teaching career blossomed, she worked as an engineer in the chemical divisions of Exxon Research and Engineering. She is an active member in the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Hollein, who resides in Morris Plains, N.J., earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University

2004 in Thomas Hall, where each classmate will be awarded the golden jubilarian medal. The other anniversary classes of ’39, ’44, ’49, ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’84, ’89, ’94 and ’99 are invited to celebrate aboard the “Atlantica” for a dinner cruise around New York harbor. The weekend culminates with a gala reunion Mass and celebration on campus for all classes on Saturday evening, June 5. A detailed agenda of the weekend’s activities appears on the back cover of this issue of the Manhattan. For more information, please call the alumni office at (718) 862-7432.

Welcome Aboard: New Trustees

of the College, has become a role model for female engineering students. She became the first Manhattan College woman engineer to be promoted to associate professor in 1988 and to professor in 1994. Under her leadership, as a member of the Society of Women Engineers, she inaugurated the Manhattan College annual “Engineering Awareness Day.”



of South Carolina. She received a Master of Science degree in 1979 and a doctorate in engineering science in 1982 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Anne M. Slattery is owner, president and chief executive officer of The Carlon Products Company, which specializes in the creation of environmentally friendly products that meet the needs of commercial fisherman, conservationists and scientists. Ms. Slattery, a resident of Woodbury, Conn., also is the founder and principal of the Slattery Consulting Group, a small management consulting firm. A seasoned business executive, Ms. Slattery has held key positions in both the nonprofit and corporate worlds. She served as interim president and chief executive officer of her alma mater, Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1969. During her tenure as president of Marymount, she was instrumental in improving the College’s enrollment figures and successfully negotiated the merger with Fordham University. Prior to her service at Marymount College, she ran the Fleet Financial Group, the single

largest division of the corporation. She served on the board of directors of Fleet Mortgage Company and also has held key roles at Fleet Retail Bank and Citibank. Ms. Slattery serves on the boards of several institutions including Marymount College, the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Company and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Meet the Mentors Francis J. Lombardi Honored at Career Services Dinner

As chief engineer, Mr. Lombardi oversees and directs the Port Authority’s engineering department to facilitate implementation of the capital and operating programs and ensure the safe and efficient operation of its facilities. He came to the Port Authority as an engineering trainee in 1971 and rose through the ranks to his current position in 1995. He serves on several boards, including the Construction Institute of ASCE, Columbia Engineering School’s Alumni Association and Manhattan’s Civil Engineering Department Consultors Committee. Dr. Richard Heist, dean of the school of engineering, said Mr. Lombardi has been very active in the engineering mentor program at the College since its inception in the spring of 1999. He has recruited more than 14 alumni to be mentors from the Port Authority and has been a longtime active friend and supporter of the school of engineering. The mentor program is going strong at Manhattan, which is headed by Marjorie Apel, director of career services. The dinner event is a prime opportunity for students to meet their mentors and to hear experts like Mr. Lombardi, who spoke about plans for the World Trade Center site. He described the types of careers that are involved in the project now and in the future and the types of industries the new center will be attracting. The mentor program also offers opportunities for internships and for site visits to bridges, power plants and other facilities.

on campus

The Manhattan College Alumni Society bestowed the title of Honorary Alumnus upon Francis J. Lombardi, P.E., chief engineer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, at this year’s Meet the Mentor dinner. Mr. Lombardi was the guest speaker at the dinner, an annual event during which students meet men and women from the business community who will act as their mentors as they prepare for their own careers. Some 220 mentors and students were on hand for the event. Mr. Lombardi was cited for his “years of distinguished service, loyalty and generosity,” and will “for now and for all time be known as a Jasper.” New honorary alumnus Francis Lombardi and James Heisey, vice president for college advancement, at the Meet the Mentor dinner.

Service-Learning Trips Offer Students

Life-Changing Experiences For the Campus Ministry and Social Action (CMSA) department, student service-learning trips continue to be one of the group’s most popular programs. For its student volunteers, the trips turn out to be life-learning experiences. CMSA aims to give students and staff members opportunities to explore and develop their communal spirituality as well as a chance to act on issues of social justice at local, national and international levels. A student service-learning trip is one way to tackle this steady mission.

During the spring semester, about 50 students provided community work in several low-income communities either in Honduras, Appalachia or Tennessee. In Honduras, student volunteers helped build homes in Chamelecon, a small, poverty-stricken village run by a Maryknoll mission. Maryknoll is a Catholic mission movement, which includes priests and brothers, sisters and lay missioners. Manhattan students in Honduras also spent their time teaching English to the kids — most of whom are orphans. continued page 8

Graduate student Erin Carey, senior Molly Hogan and sophomore Cristin Piccirrilli help the local workers build homes in Honduras.


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Service Learning Trips Offer…

Kinah Ventura, a coordinator in the CMSA department and a volunteer on the Honduras trip, says these trips are eye-openers for the Manhattan College students who volunteer. The trips, she adds, give the students a better understanding of how people live in other parts of the world and a deeper knowledge of what is occurring economically, politically and globally in certain populations. “The students come back from these trips with a completely different outlook on life,” says Ventura. Student volunteers also helped build homes in Southern Appalachia in the state of West Virginia. Home building is a challenge in the area because it is considered one of the poorest regions in the United States. In Tennessee, Manhattan students worked on the

Engineering Students

Nab Top Prizes The Association of Old Crows (AOC), a nonprofit professional group that promotes careers in the defense industry, has awarded scholarships to two Manhattan College seniors in the school of engineering. Sonny Diaz, a computer engineering major from Tarrytown, N.Y., was awarded the Association’s top prize, the Edwin A. Drogin Scholarship Award for $2,000. Thomas Langlois, an electrical engineering major from Bronx, N.Y., was given a scholarship award of $1,500. The two winners received their awards at a banquet in November in Woodbury, N.Y. This is the 14th consecutive year that Manhattan College students have been awarded scholarships in this academic competition, which is open to all computer or electrical engineering students who are residents of New York City, Westchester, Nassau or Suffolk counties. Manhattan College engineering students have won a total of $31,500 in scholarships since 1989.


Cumberland Trail Conference, an ongoing project that involves the refurbishing of a 280-mile trail that runs through 11 Tennessee counties. Located in an economically challenged region, the trail will provide both recreation and economic opportunities to the communities of the area. Students on this trip sometimes hiked five to 10 miles per day; helping to clear the trail and maintain parts of it. Another service-learning trip is planned for the summer. Students will take a trip to Texas and serve as camp counselors for a week.

The application process for these trips starts in the fall. Interested students are asked to complete an application and submit an anonymous essay answering why they are interested in the volunteer work. The selected students are required to contribute financially for the trip, but CMSA raises money to pay for the bulk of it including airfare, food and lodging. CMSA hosts a variety of fund-raisers throughout the academic year to support the initiative including the department’s annual garage sales and auctions, a cell phone drive and the yearly holiday craft fair.

“The students come back from these trips with a completely different outlook on life,” says Ventura. Author Jonathan Schell Speaks About

the Power of Nonviolence More than 100 students and members of the College community attended a lecture by author Jonathan Schell in Smith Auditorium. Schell, who has written several groundbreaking works such as The Time of Illusion, The Village of Ben Suc and The Gift of Time, discussed his latest book, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence and the Will of the People. Beginning with the idea of an empire, he asked whether the United States is or should be an empire. He presented competing views on this question, asked whether it was possible to be both a republic and an empire, and offered his own views on the topic. Schell then spoke about some of the significant changes in the nature of power in the last century, which is a major theme in his book and a subject of much relevance in light of recent world events. Dr. Judith Plaskow, professor of religious studies, said, “The lecture was precisely about today’s events — the war in Iraq and its implications for who we are as a nation, the erosion of democracy at home, etc.” The audience, especially the students, had the opportunity to ask questions about the war in Iraq as well as the broader themes in Schell’s lecture. Schell has taught at Yale, Princeton and Wesleyan and is currently a fellow at the Nation Institute and Harvard’s Kennedy School. Not new to the campus, he gave a lecture here two years ago and captivated the audience with his analysis of the continuing danger posed by nuclear weapons held at trigger alert by onetime enemies, the United States and Russia. Schell signed books, which were available for purchase, after the lecture.

Two Students Receive First Endowed

Scholarship for Study Abroad

In March 2002, Mr. and Mrs. Kakos wrote to Brother John Muller, former director of planned giving, and stated their intentions to endow at Manhattan a scholarship similar to the one they had established at Niagara University. Having lived and worked in London for 27 years, they wanted “to encourage young Americans to understand and

affiliated with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study), IFS (Institute for Foreign Study) and IFSA (Institute for Study Abroad) – Butler, which offer programs in more than 30 countries. Manhattan College also has exchange programs with the University of Paris and LaSalle University in Mexico City and has developed its own summer programs in Florence, Paris and Mexico City. This allows students the flexibility to enroll in programs best suited to their interests and particular fields of study. Professor Nevart Wanger, professor of French and Italian and coordinator of the study abroad program, explained that Manhattan College funds are not available for this part of a student’s education. Even though they receive scholarship and financial assistance

them more knowledgeable, sensitive and tolerant of other cultures, of other ways of thinking, feeling and seeing. It is my hope that studying abroad will make them informed citizens of an increasingly interdependent world.” The Kakos Study Abroad Scholarship is earmarked for full-time students based on academic ability and demonstrated need for financial assistance and who have earned at least a 3.0 overall cumulative grade point average. In selecting an applicant, a faculty committee takes into consideration criteria such as the student’s academic success, involvement and interest in his or her subject. This year, the endowment had accrued sufficient funds to send two remarkable Jaspers, both international studies majors, to pursue their courses in foreign countries.

on campus

St. Augustine once said, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Jasper alumni have benefited their alma mater in many ways and for many important causes. Now, for the first time, thanks to the generosity of Michael J. Kakos ’58 and his wife, Aimee, eligible students in need will have funds available to them for study abroad. The couple, so to speak, has opened the book of the world for deserving young people.

Hanni Liliedahl ’05, a student from Alaska, is spending a year in South Africa and writes: “Studying abroad has truly been the highlight of my college experience. Living and studying in South Africa has allowed me to understand and appreciate a reality so different from my own — to witness firsthand the strength of people and their ability to overcome incredible hardships. Now a decade into democracy, it is overwhelming to be surrounded by such forgiveness and such hope. I cannot articulate how much this year has impacted my thinking of my country’s role in the global community. I cannot thank the Kakoses enough for assisting me in this great adventure!” Nicole Pollio at the Coliseum in Rome.

appreciate other cultures and people, and to learn more about the world firsthand.” Their gift comes at a particularly critical time. As science and technology have bridged the distance between nations, and as terrorism and wars have alienated them, it has become acutely clear that understanding and appreciating people from different cultures, as well as recognizing common goals, is important in today’s world. Through the study abroad program, the College offers many opportunities for study in various countries throughout the year and works in partnership with a number of educational institutions. It is

while studying on campus, many highly motivated students cannot receive that aid for foreign study. An enthusiastic spokesperson for the program, Professor Wanger stresses its great benefits. She says: “Studying abroad is an intellectual, cultural and personal challenge for our students, many of whom have never gone beyond the borders of the U.S.A. Living in and knowing another culture enriches their education and gives them a better sense of their own identity as well as of their own country. As educators we have a responsibility not only to prepare students for careers in various fields but to make

Nicole Pollio ’04, whose family is of Italian origin and who minors in Italian, spent the fall 2003 semester in Italy and took courses in Florence and Rome. She expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to learn the language of her forebears and to understand the people and their culture in a way that is only possible when you live there. It is the College’s hope that our alumni, many of whom work in foreign countries, will respond to the idea of funding scholarships for study abroad. Given the opportunity, many students would reap the benefits of discovering and appreciating the distinctive cultural, artistic and religious customs that define other cultures.


Sopranos Star Jamie-Lynn DiScala

Shares Victory Over Eating Disorder

Meadow Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos has battled few challenges in her privileged life. In real life, the actress playing Meadow in the award-winning show battled an eating disorder that almost put an end to a flourishing career and a young life. Jamie-Lynn DiScala, 22, who stars as Meadow and is now a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), spoke to Manhattan College students in February about her own experience with the disease and her journey in overcoming it. NEDA is an organization that works to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.

DiScala, who spoke in front of a full audience in the College’s Smith Auditorium, battled an eating disorder in the late 1990s while starring on The Sopranos. For the most part, few were aware of her eating disorder or compulsive obsession with exercise until she came out publicly about her disorder during an appearance on the daily talk show The View. Shortly after her appearance on The View, she received an encouraging e-mail from a girl who also was battling an eating disorder. The girl had stopped her obsessive exercise routine for the first time in months to watch DiScala share her story on The View, and, after hearing about the actress’ struggle, she wanted

to get better herself. The e-mail was forwarded to DiScala from a contact at NEDA, which jump-started the relationship that she has today with the group. Following her speech, DiScala answered questions from the audience, primarily lending advice to students who have friends struggling with an eating disorder. She also took time to sign autographs, pose for pictures and speak to students one-on-one. DiScala continues to tour college campuses nationwide to share her story of survival and help others who are suffering from an eating disorder.

Relay For Life co-chairs Laney Muenzen ’04, Chris Aigner ’04 and Justin Carlucci ’03 with David Momrow ’68, senior vice president of cancer control at American Cancer Society.

Battling Cancer,

Celebrating Hope

A bubble of energy and enthusiasm filled Draddy Gymnasium in March as students, alumni, faculty and administrators gathered for a 16-hour overnight event to raise funds for cancer research and programs. Organized by Manhattan College students through the Campus Ministry and Social Action (CMSA) department, the College hosted its first annual Relay For Life event with the American Cancer Society. More than 300 participants attended; raising $18,000 during the course of the night for the cause. Relay For Life, which is the American Cancer Society’s signature fund-raiser, is a community-based program designed to be a fun-filled overnight event that celebrates survivorship. Manhattan College is the first Bronx-based college or university to host the event on its campus and only the third in New York City. Manhattan alumnus David C. Momrow ’68, senior vice president of cancer control at American Cancer Society, was present with daughter Kristin Darby ’96 and his two grandchildren to encourage the participants, reiterate his commitment to the College and to the fight against cancer.


“Aside from being a loyal alum, I am enormously pleased that Manhattan College, as a community, is embracing Relay For Life,” says Momrow; pointing to the many participants donning baby blue “HOPE” T-shirts. “The power of Relay For Life is an opportunity to remember our loved ones who have succumbed to the disease and to honor those who have survived.” During the opening ceremony, which included performances by St. Augustine Church’s children choir, several survivors stood before crowds of people to share their personal stories or to honor a loved one who has passed. Alumnus Matt Tully ’02 was one of those survivors. Tully was diagnosed with testicular cancer about a year ago. Although he prefers not to discuss his experience, Tully chose to take the stage at the Relay For Life fund-raiser to recognize his family and friends who have supported and encouraged him through multiple sessions of chemotherapy and endless hospital visits.

This experience “strengthened my thoughts and my love for my father,” says Tully, whose father sat with him during each chemo treatment. “It made me realize how loved I am and how strong my family is.” At one point during his treatment, Tully could only consume five grams of fat per day. He says his mother made meals to fit this requirement, not just for him but for the entire family. “Everyone was suffering with me,” adds Tully, whose cancer is now in remission. “This [experience] really made me realize I’m not going through this alone.” Teams of people took turns walking or running laps in the College’s gym while participants throughout the night listened to survivorship stories, enjoyed live entertainment, games, kickboxing sessions and other programming. Every team tried to keep at least one member on the track at all times. Each dollar raised from the Relay For Life at Manhattan will fund cancer research and programs for the American Cancer Society’s newly established Bronx office.

Inaugural Award

In the citation presented to her at the Convocation, both Kay’s personal and professional qualities were praised: “When asked to describe you, colleagues throughout the campus offer a litany of praise. First, in your professional capacity, they esteem you for the manner in which

The Sesquicentennial

Dr. Gordon Silverman, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been appointed chair of the Instrument and Measurement Chapter of the New York section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. As chair, Dr. Silverman will coordinate professional activities related to instrumentation and measurement for the entire New York metropolitan area.

Kay Hennessy, Brother Robert Berger and Brother Thomas Scanlan at the Staff Convocation.

The first annual Distinguished Lasallian Staff Member Award was presented to Kathleen “Kay” Hennessy, payroll manager, at the Staff Convocation in November. Kay joined Manhattan in July of 1987 and has been a source of inspiration to the College community ever since.

Faculty Accomplishments

you handle a difficult and sensitive position as payroll manager with fairness and tact and, above all, with personal care irrespective of a person’s status or position. They applaud your diligence and concern for your colleagues’ welfare as when, during this past winter’s blizzard, you surpassed the legendary post office to make certain the checks went out on time.”


The sesquicentennial celebration may be over, but the special events and festivities that made the College’s 150th anniversary so memorable are now on display in the O’Malley Library. The many photographs, citations and publications, which capture the highlights of the sesquicentennial year, are exhibited on level 2 of the library in the Cardinal Hayes Pavilion.

Relay For Life at Manhattan was a predominantly student-led effort. Earlier in the year, Momrow approached the College to find out how the two parties could work together in promoting cancer awareness. After organizing a successful Breast Cancer Awareness Walk held in the fall, CMSA says students took the initiative and led efforts to promote and organize the Relay For Life challenge. Plans for another relay already are underway for the next academic year. Relay For Life was a “great opportunity for the campus to bond in a way that we never have,” says Kinah Ventura, coordinator at CMSA. “Everyone on the campus from administrators to faculty to students were giving and donating [to the cause].”

The American Council on Exercise has established the “Dr. William Merriman American Council on Exercise Certification Scholarship,” to recognize the contributions made by the current school of education dean. The scholarship is being donated in perpetuity to Manhattan College for instructor certification and education materials in ACE disciplines, such as group fitness, clinical exercise and personal training.

on campus

Staff Member Honored with

Executive Vice President and Provost Weldon Jackson has named Dr. AnnMarie DelliPizzi of the school of science, department of biology, as premed advisor and chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC). Advisory assistance is available to all undergraduates at Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent who are not only interested in going on to medical school but also dental, veterinary, optometry, chiropractic schools as well as other science-oriented graduate schools. Dr. Faraj Abdulahad, associate professor of economics and finance, recently was appointed by His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop of New York, to the Islamic-Roman Catholic Dialogue. The Dialogue is sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York under the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. The purpose of the Dialogue is to promote a better understanding between Catholics and Muslims. Dr. Charles R. Geisst, professor of economics/finance, has written Deals of the Century: Wall Street, Mergers, and the Making of Modern America, which was released in November by John Wiley & Sons. In Deals of the Century, Dr. Geisst takes an in-depth look at the most notable merger deals of the 20th century that were engineered by Wall Street. The book demonstrates how these deals changed the face of American life and created a modern American capitalist society.


The College Community Discusses

The Patriot Act and U.S. Civil Liberties

Manhattan College hosted a panel discussion, “The Patriot Act: Tool Against Terror or Threat to Civil Liberties?” this past March in the College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. The panel was comprised of David Kelley, U.S. Attorney-Southern District of New York, and Udi Ofer, project director for the New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign. The two addressed concerns in favor and against the Patriot Act and other legislation enacted by the federal government in the name of national security. The discussion was the idea of a student, John Charles Coutavas ’05. Having heard so many viewpoints against the Patriot Act, he was interested in learning and presenting the College community with both sides of the debate. Coutavas said: “I had read

a few books, specifically David Cole’s Terrorism and the Constitution, about the potential threat posed by certain legislation the federal government has passed in eroding our civil liberties. Everything I had read or heard about the Patriot Act were from those voices against it. I wanted to hear that other side. The whole premise of the debate was to present listeners with both sides and to have them make up their own minds.” And the discussion met all of his expectations. The speakers provided the insights into the Patriot Act that he had been hoping to learn. Kelley joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1988. From 1993 until 1995, he served as deputy chief of Organized Crime and Violent Gangs Unit. Shortly thereafter, Kelley was named chief of the newly formed Organized Crime and

NBC Correspondent Seasoned journalist and author Linda Fasulo addressed 175 attendees in Smith Auditorium when she presented a lecture in February that examined the relationship between the United States and the United Nations in the post-9/11 world. Fasulo, UN correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, spent a majority of the time answering questions from guests and eliciting discussion about changes made by both parties to fight terrorism. She gave an overview of how the relationship between the United Nations and the U.S. has evolved into a tighter pact after the 9/11 terrorists


Terrorism Unit, where he personally prosecuted or supervised terrorism and organized crime cases. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Kelley in 2003 to his current position as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Ofer is an attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) as well as director of the New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign. The New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign was created to ensure that government antiterrorism initiatives uphold civil liberties and civil rights and that constitutional rights are not sacrificed in the name of national security. Ofer, a Crowley Advocate in International Human Rights Law, speaks frequently on post-9/11 civil liberties issues.

Fuels Political Discussion

attacks. Fasulo said United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan played a key role in forging a stronger relationship between the two entities. Although the U.S. always played an active role in the UN, Fasulo said the two are in better communication these days and mentioned the solid and strong working partnership between UN Secretary General Annan and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Fasulo, who is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio (NPR) and served as special UN correspondent for U.S. News

& World Report, also is the author of two books, the recently published The Insider’s Guide to the United Nations and Representing America: Experiences of the U.S. Diplomats at the UN. On September 11, Fasulo was on the forefront of the terrorist attacks, covering the tragic event on-site from the World Trade Center, and has continued to cover U.S. foreign policy and international news. She is a frequent speaker at many universities and Model UN conferences. An honorary fellow of the Foreign Press Association, Fasulo also covers human rights and women’s issues.

A Legacy of Support

April showers may bring May flowers, but June brings something even better — alumni reunion weekend. The 2004 Alumni Reunion Weekend is for Jaspers who graduated in years ending in “4” and “9.” This occasion gives alumni the chance to celebrate, remember and recapture their college experiences. The weekend provides a rare opportunity to meet old friends, reminisce and trade stories in a familiar, welcoming setting — the College campus. While much of the campus remains the same, there are also significant changes. Throughout the years, a frequent conversation topic heard among alumni during reunion weekend has been the powerful and lasting effect Manhattan College has had upon their lives. This year, all Jaspers who graduated in 1954 and 1979 have an extra reason to attend — they will be celebrating golden and silver jubilee anniversaries. Traditionally, anniversary classes have expressed their gratitude to their alma mater by presenting the College with an anniversary class gift. This year’s challenge is to reach an overall giving level of $500,000. With more than $300,000 already raised, the anniversary class program is well on its way toward meeting the challenge. Anniversary class giving does more than meet a challenge — it fulfills a mission to support and improve student life programs. There are practical and spiritual elements to this mission.

By raising funds for essential programs like campus ministry and social action, athletics, career services and residence life, anniversary giving addresses the practical needs of the College. These programs help Manhattan fulfill its Lasallian dedication to providing an education that nurtures students in mind, body and spirit. And, as Anniversary Class Chairman Ken Kelly ’54 said, “These special ‘anniversary gifts’ are important because they bind alumni together with fellow classmates, our alma mater and today’s students as well as allow Manhattan’s traditions to continue and grow.” Also, anniversary giving is a selfless act of stewardship toward Manhattan. It acknowledges the school’s remarkable influence on the lives of its graduates. By giving to Manhattan, former students are returning a measure of the many blessings the College has bestowed during the years. Your participation in the anniversary class program is a meaningful way to say “thank you.” If you would like to make a contribution to your anniversary class gift, please call Joseph Ferraro at (718) 862-7548 or e-mail


Anniversary Giving –

As in years past and as described in this issue of Manhattan, many activities sure to please Jaspers of all ages are planned for reunion weekend. We hope you will return to your alma mater June 4-6 to reunite with the Manhattan College family in celebration and gratitude.

2004 Annual Fund Update Why give to the 2004 Annual Fund? The truth is the future of Manhattan College is important. The College’s reputation for providing an extraordinary and challenging curriculum hangs on its ability to attract bright students and inspired and inspiring teachers. And, true to our mission, we must continue to offer financial assistance to qualified students who otherwise could not afford to attend Manhattan. To that end, the 2004 Annual Fund relies upon voluntary support to keep it financially strong, to strengthen

its fine array of programs and to offer fair compensation to its dedicated faculty. Briefly stated, the annual fund helps to keep the ship afloat. Voluntary support helps bridge the gap between the actual cost of a quality Lasallian education at Manhattan and income received from tuition. This year, we have an ambitious goal of $1,750,000 for the 2004 Annual Fund and are happy to report that, as of March 25, we have received $1,241,900. The goal is near but hasn’t

yet been reached. It is not too late, and alumni and friends of the school are urged to join in this important endeavor before the fund closes on June 30. Your contribution, regardless of its size, is needed and appreciated. If you would like to make a contribution to the 2004 Annual Fund that ends June 30, 2004, please contact Joseph Ferraro at (718) 862-7548 or


Advancement Office Welcomes Two New Members to the Jasper

Development Team

things you can do to leave a legacy: 1. Prepare a will. Only 30 percent of those who pass away have one. Without a will, you may lose control over your assets. 2. Leave a gift in your will for the charitable organizations that made a difference in your life. Less than eight percent of American households have included a bequest to a charity in an estate plan. Imagine the positive impact on our community if everyone made a donation to a favorite charity. 3. Leave a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the assets in your will to a charity of your choice. 4. Consider using assets for your charitable gift. These include but aren’t limited to: stocks, bonds, CDs, real estate, vehicles, art and jewelry. Such gifts may even provide tax savings. 5. Name a charity of your choice as the beneficiary of your pension plan or IRA. 6. Purchase a new life insurance policy that names your favorite charity as the owner/beneficiary. 7. Name your favorite charity as the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy. 8. Remember loved ones with memorial gifts. 9. Encourage family and friends to leave gifts to charities in their wills. 10. Ask your financial advisors to include charitable giving as a part of their client counseling.

Joe Ferraro ’88, a Jasper from the school of business, returned to campus this past November as the director of development. Joe, from his years at the American Bible Society and Aid to the Church in Need (a Vatican agency), brings extensive experience in fund development as well as marketing to Manhattan College. You’ve probably already received a few letters from him. Feel free to contact Joe at (718) 862-7548 or by e-mail at with any questions about giving opportunities and how you, as a Manhattan alum, can make a difference in the lives of Manhattan students today and in the lives of future Jaspers to follow. Patrick Norberto came on board in January as principal gift officer. A Bronx native, Pat joins us after more than five years on the staff of Covenant House in New York City. He brings almost 15 years of experience and knowledge in the field of fund-raising to the College. In fact, don’t be surprised if you get a call soon from Pat to set up a visit to discuss how you can best help the College with your future contributions. We know you will give Joe and Pat a rousing Jasper welcome!

Sesquicentennial Retrospective Wins Manhattan College: A Sesquicentennial Retrospective recently won a silver award in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II Accolades & Achievement Awards. The publication, produced by Lydia Gray, director of college relations, and freelance writer Dorothy Conigliaro, was an entry in the individual institutional relations and alumni relations publications category. The competition recognizes creative works that bring visibility, support, students and prestige to an institution.



March Madness at Manhattan ran off 17 wins in its final 19 regular season games and headed into the MAAC Tournament, including winning a MAAC record 16 conference games — a feat no other team had accomplished since the MAAC expanded to an 18 game regular season format in the 1997-98 season. Senior Luis Flores was named MAAC Player of the Year and received First-Team All-MAAC honors, and senior Dave Holmes received Second-Team All-MAAC honors. Flores became the third student athlete in the 23-year history of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to be named MAAC Player of the Year in consecutive years. The Jaspers cruised past Saint Peter’s in the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament; leading by as many as 21 in an 83-72 win. The so-called undersized Jaspers won the battle of the boards and posted a 40-20 advantage on the glass. these Jaspers set lofty goals for themselves, but goals they felt they could accomplish. This team would not be satisfied with just making a good showing. This team wanted to prove that they could play with any team in the country and to put Manhattan College on the national map. They began the season with a 5-3 record as the Jaspers worked on establishing team chemistry and adjusted to new personnel and new roles. Once those issues were resolved, however, the team

In the much anticipated final against Niagara, Manhattan led by as many as 14 before holding off a furious Purple Eagle comeback in the final minutes to emerge with a 62-61 win and its second straight MAAC Championship and NCAA berth — an achievement accomplished by just one other team in MAAC history. During the game, Flores became the Jaspers’ all-time leading scorer and the first men’s basketball player to score 2,000 career points. Flores was named

MAAC Tournament MVP and joined Holmes on the All-Tournament Team. Following the MAAC Championship, the team received unprecedented media coverage. The Jaspers gathered at the ESPN Zone in Times Square to find out where they would be headed for the NCAA Tournament. When the dust finally settled, the Jaspers were tabbed as a 12 seed and would face Florida in Raleigh, N.C., in the First Round. In the days leading up to the game, the Jaspers became a popular upset pick and proved their mettle as the team ran past the Gators, who a week earlier had played in the SEC Championship game, 75-60. Flores tallied a game-high 26 points, and Holmes tallied a doubledouble with 12 points and 12 boards as the supposedly undersized Jaspers dominated the taller Gators in the paint; holding a 36-26 advantage on the boards. The First Round win was the first for both Manhattan and the MAAC since the Jaspers defeated Oklahoma in the 1995 NCAA Tournament.


Heading into the 2003-04 men’s basketball season, many pundits were not sure of the Jaspers’ chances of winning the MAAC Championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. They would comment on the team’s lack of size and the loss of two seniors from last year’s team. Yet, behind closed doors,

The Jaspers received some unexpected support before the Florida game, as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani ’65 faxed the team a good luck message that head coach Bobby Gonzalez read before the game. Manhattan then prepared to face ACC power Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons took a 13-point lead into halftime, but the resiliency of this Jasper team continued page 16





Manhattan head men’s basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez rang the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. Coach Gonzalez was joined by athletics director Bob Byrnes, assistant coach Steve Masiello, and the five starters from the Jaspers’ first round NCAA win over Florida: seniors Luis Flores, Dave Holmes and Jason Benton, junior Peter Mulligan, and sophomore Jason Wingate. Coach Gonzalez also was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 2 Coach of the Year. District 2 encompasses all the Division I institutions in New York state. He has led Manhattan to a 24-5 record, 16-2 in MAAC play. The 16 MAAC wins is the most by a MAAC team since the conference expanded to an 18 game conference slate and ties LaSalle for the most ever conference wins. The Jaspers won the MAAC Regular Season and Conference Tournament Championships each of the last two years.


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March Madness at Manhattan continued to prove itself. Manhattan went on a 9-2 run to open the second half to pull within four and were only down two with 43 seconds left before finally bowing out after an 84-80 setback. While the Jaspers fell four points short of their goal of a Sweet Sixteen appearance, they certainly left their mark on the Manhattan record book. The team completed a special season with a 25-6 record, one short of the all-time best, but these undersized warriors with an iron forever will be remembered as one of the best ever at Manhattan College.

Jaspers Win 62nd Metropolitan Championships The Men’s Indoor Track & Field team won the 62nd Metropolitan Championship in February at the Armory. This is the 32nd time Manhattan has won the Men’s Metropolitan Championship title. The men won with 143 points; beating out Rutgers University by 10.5 points. The women placed third and tallied 108 points behind Rutgers (163) and Columbia (133). Six men qualified for the IC4A Championships, which was held in March at the Boston Armory at Boston University. Qualifiers for the running events were Tyler Raymond in the 800m (1:52.73) and the Mile (4:12.43), Joe Van Dyke in the 1000m (2:28.03), and Matt Reilly in the Mile (4:14.46). Van Dyke, Reilly, Matt Conklin and Tyler Raymond qualified for the 4x800m Relay; running the relay in 7:42.01. The field event qualifiers are Magnus Ahlen, who placed first in the Long

Jump (7.50m) and qualified for the Triple Jump (14.62m), Janek Augustynowicz in the Long Jump (7.16m) and the Triple Jump (14.70m), and Adeniyi Omisore who was crowned Triple Jump Champion (14.70m). On the women’s side, six women qualified for the ECAC Championships that were held in March at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Theresa Frierson qualified for the 500m (1:13.61) and earned first place, while Therese Forsberg took first place in the Mile (4:59.52) and earned a qualifying time. Marissa Olivieri, Linn Modin, Lisa Naucler and Rachel McGee qualified for women’s 4x800m Relay; running the relay in a time of 9:22.96.

Wins MAAC Tournament Two Years in a Row

Lady Jaspers Volleyball Team The Lady Jaspers in three straight matches defeated No. 3 St. Peter’s in November and earned the MAAC tournament title. This marks the second year in a row that the Lady Jaspers have taken home the MAAC tournament championship. Senior tri-captain Luka Van Cauteren was named the MAAC tournament MVP for the second straight year. Van Cauteren was joined on the All-Tournament Team by sophomore Maggie Pfeifer. Tournament MVP Van Cauteren recorded her 21st triple-double of the season with 15 kills, 21 assists and 11 digs. She added five service aces and a .258 hitting percentage. Pfeifer added nine kills and two total blocks with a .250 hitting percentage. Senior tri-captain Krista Thorsen chipped in with five kills, three service aces and 15 digs, along with a .267 hitting percentage, and junior Ashley Davis recorded 15 digs and two service aces. Freshman Meghan Plunkett added eight kills with a .333 hitting percentage.


Manhattan fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to the Pepperdine Wave in three straight games, with the scores of 15-30, 20-30, and 20-30. Senior tri-captain Luka Van Cauteren led the way for the Lady Jaspers with her 23rd triple-double of the season; recording 11 kills, 12 assists and 11 digs.

Tri-captain Luka Van Cauteren ’04

Fall and Winter Sports

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Courtney Arduini ’07


Women’s Soccer The Lady Jaspers had an upsetting season in 2003; earning a record of 5-13-0 overall and 5-4 in the MAAC and missing the chance to play in the MAAC Championship Tournament by one conference win. The top scorers were freshman Jess Garcia and senior Lindsay Bernstein. Garcia scored seven goals and earned one assist for 15 points. Bernstein earned seven points, scored three goals and created one assist. Jeanne Marie Gilbert was the team’s lone goalkeeper; starting in 13 of the 16 games and saving 117 shots for a save percentage of .854%.


Senior Vanessa DiPaolo was named to the First Team All-MAAC for the second year in a row. DiPaolo, who anchored the back line for the Lady Jaspers, had one goal and two assists for four points. Senior Jeanne Marie Gilbert, senior Bernstein and graduate Tina Beatty were selected to the All-MAAC Second Team. Beatty played 17 out of 18 games in the back for Manhattan and started 15. The Lady Jaspers also had two members make the MAAC All-Rookie Team — Garcia and Katie Kuntz were honored. Garcia had a great first season; leading the team in scoring with seven goals and one assist for 15 points. Kuntz started 13 of the 16 games she appeared in and was a standout on the back line. Men’s Soccer Manhattan ended its season with a 4-11-3 record (3-4-2 MAAC). Senior Antonio Treglia played in 14 games and led the Jaspers in scoring four goals and earning four assists for a total of 10 points, while teammate Kevin Martin started in all 17 games, scored three goals and had one assist for seven points. Senior Colin Leaver started in 15 out of 17 games for Manhattan; saving 125 shots for a .833 save percentage. Four members of the Manhattan College men’s soccer team were awarded All-MAAC honors. The voting was conducted by the conference’s head coaches. Senior Robert Tedesco was named to the Second Team All-MAAC. This is the second award Tedesco has received during his tenure at Manhattan as he had been named to the All-Rookie team his freshman season. Tedesco notched six points this season, which included one goal and four assists. Three members of the team were named to the 2003 New York Lottery Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team. Senior Eugene Reynolds, who started in all 16 games he played in, received his third All-Academic selection in four years. Senior Michael Fogliano, who started 12 of the 17 games he played in, was named to the team for the third year in a row. Lastly, sophomore Joseph Pumo, who tallied the third most points on the team, also received a selection to the All-Academic Team. Men’s and Women’s Cross Country The Manhattan men’s cross country team placed third, while the women’s team placed in a tie for fourth at the MAAC Cross Country Championships in Van Cortlandt Park. Sophomore Tyler Raymond paced the men, while junior Therese Forsberg paced the women with a fourth-place finish. At the NCAA Northeast Regional, held at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., the men’s and women’s cross country teams placed 21st and 22nd, respectively. The men’s cross country team placed 16th at the IC4A Championships, held at Van Cortland Park. Due to injuries, the women did not score in the ECAC Championships. Tyler Raymond (74th - 26:52) and freshman Lisa Naucler (11th – PR 19:13) paced Manhattan. Tyler Raymond ’06

Women’s Basketball The women’s basketball team downed No. 7 Fairfield in an overtime victory, 65-66, in the first round of the 2004 MAAC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Lady Jaspers then lost in the second round of the MAAC women’s basketball tournament when they fell to the 2004 MAAC Champions Marist, 60-49. All-MAAC First Team selection Senior Rosalee Mason led the Lady Jaspers averaging 18.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Manhattan went 11-18 overall and 6-12 in the MAAC Conference. Women’s Swimming In the 2003-04 season, the Lady Jaspers placed ninth in the MAAC Championships held in Baltimore; marking back-to-back seasons with a ninth-place finish — the best finishes in school history. Manhattan showed much improvement at the MAAC Championships as the Lady Jaspers broke four school records on the last day of competition. In the 400-medley relay, Sarah Szotak, Rachele Testa, Courtney Arduini and Bethany Karbowski broke a school record with a time of 4:38.73; placing seventh in the event. The Lady Jasper quartet of Sarah Szotak, Marisa Lowe, Bethany Karbowski and Courtney Arduini broke their own school record set in last year’s MAAC Championships, with a time of 1:48.10. The foursome of Courtney Arduini, Heather Kennedy, Bethany Karbowski and Sara Szotak shattered the school record in 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:59.93; placing ninth in the event. Sarah Szotak broke the school record in the 50 freestyle (26.45) and broke the record Szotak set earlier in the season against Fairfield. The Lady Jaspers finished the 2003-04 season with a record of 10-5, which was the first time in school history they captured consecutive 10-win seasons.


Jill Donovan Joins as Lady Jaspers Jill Donovan, the former head women’s soccer and lacrosse coach at Colby-Sawyer College, was hired as head women’s lacrosse coach this past June. She replaces Missi Holland, who resigned after five seasons at Manhattan. In her last season at Colby-Sawyer College, a Division III school in New London, N.H., Donovan guided the Chargers to a 9-7 overall record and an ECAC Tournament appearance. The team’s nine wins was a school record for the program. For her outstanding efforts, Donovan was named Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year. She also led her squad to three consecutive conference tournament berths in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Since her arrival in 1998, she had coached 12 All-Conference honorees and had

Head Lacrosse Coach

mentored some of the most prolific scorers in the program’s history. Donovan’s coaching experience also includes a stint at Division II American International College in Springfield, Mass., where she took over the head coaching duties for a second-year varsity program. A 1993 graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, Donovan was a four-year standout for the Tigers. In her senior season, she was honored as a Brine Lacrosse All-Regional Team Honorable Mention selection. Donovan also went on to receive her Master of Education in Physical Education degree from Springfield College in 1998. She inherits a Lady Jasper program that posted an overall record of 4-10 including a 2-4 mark in the MAAC in 2003.

Soccer Stars Score off and on the Field Eugene Reynolds, a senior midfielder on the men’s soccer team, was named to the Academic All-America Third Team. Reynolds was the only student athlete named to any of the Men’s Soccer All-America teams that posted a perfect 4.00 grade point average. A communications/English double major and a Rhodes Scholar candidate, Reynolds played in and started in 16 of the Jaspers’ 18 games and tallied one assist on the season. He was the only member from a MAAC men’s soccer school to be honored as an Academic All-American. Reynolds also was named to the New York Lottery MAAC All-Academic team. Senior Jeanne Marie Gilbert was named the 2003 New York Lottery Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She holds a 3.91 grade point average in physical education. The New York Lottery will be donating a desktop computer to Gilbert’s former elementary school in her name. She also was selected to the All-MAAC Second Team. Gilbert recorded 117 saves and had four shutouts during her senior season. Her team’s record was 5-13-0 overall and 5-4 in the MAAC.

Making the Grade Nineteen Manhattan College student athletes have earned perfect grade point averages of 4.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2003 fall semester. Scoring above a 3.4 grade point average, these student athletes are included in a total of 93 students who made the Dean’s Honor


List for the semester. More than half of the student athletes at the College earned both semester and cumulative indexes of 3.00 or higher. The men’s tennis, women’s swimming and women’s track & field teams rounded

out the top three in the list with the highest group averages for the semester. The highest team cumulative index averages also went to the same three teams. Manhattan College has 19 varsity sports teams that compete on the Division I (NCAA) level.

REACHING OUT One of our goals this year has been to increase communication among alumni outside of our traditional New York City, Westchester and Northern-N.J. base. We have been successful in several areas. In Florida, with an alumni population of more than 1,100, there are three active clubs: the Treasure Coast Club (Stuart) on the East Coast and the Gulf Coast (club leader Neil O’Leary ’60) and Southwest Florida (club leader Jim Connors ’57) Clubs on the West Coast in Sarasota and Naples, respectively. The Treasure Coast Club meets monthly for luncheons in the Holiday Inn in downtown Stuart. The Gulf Coast Club holds receptions in the spring and fall of each year. The Southwest Florida Club has its annual reception and luncheon in March and marches in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Naples. We recently surveyed all Florida alumni, and there is interest in starting a club in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville areas. We also will be adding a golf day and reception in Venice in November 2004. During our successful 2003-2004 basketball season, pre-game receptions were held in Syracuse and Albany and again in Albany for the MAAC tournament, where more than 300 alumni attended the reception for the semifinal and more than 100 for the final game. Our Houston Club (club leader Wheeler Crawford ’60) holds dinner receptions in the spring and fall of each year while the Atlanta Club (club leader Bob Fink ’57), Washington, D.C. Club (club leader Liz Nesbitt ’81), Boston Club (club leader Doug Emond ’84) and Hartford Club (club leader Bob Kiely ’51) hold annual events. I bring these club activities to your attention for two reasons: there is tremendous interest among alumni everywhere to reconnect to the College, and many alumni see great value, both personally and professionally, in communicating with fellow alumni. For example, our New York City Club now has more than 300 active members, many of whom attend its spring and fall networking receptions. We want to activate alumni clubs in other areas — Philadelphia, Chicago, Northern and Southern California, and Dallas — where we have many alumni. If you are

Dr. Peter Sweeney (’64E/’79B), President

interested in helping to organize a club in these or any other areas, please contact me at

Manhattan College alumni will be able to obtain a personalized e-mail address in the form of This address will be used for forwarding purposes. You will be able to have inbound e-mails go to this address and be forwarded to your personal account. Further information soon will be made available. For questions or comments, please e-mail Stephen DeSalvo at

I look forward to hearing from you.

Making Investments, Building Networks More than 125 Jaspers and guests attended the spring networking reception, sponsored by the New York City Alumni Club, at the Museum of Television & Radio in March. These popular networking events, held every six months, are now in their third year and continue to attract a diverse a group of alumni from the 1960s to recent graduates. The program included a brief talk about the value and techniques of good networking with fellow Jaspers by Kevin Dolan ’68, senior vice president of Right Management Consultants, a major executive consulting firm. Peter Kinder, chairman, CEO and founder of KLD Research and Analytics Inc., then addressed the topic of “Socially Responsible Investing (SRI).” His thought-provoking comments compared the dramatic changes now occurring in corporate governance with the breaking up of the major industrial monopolies at the turn of the 20th century. Mr. Kinder reviewed the filters used by his company (e.g. tobacco, alcohol, firearms industries) to identify socially responsible firms and also commented on the more subjective practices of firms (environmental, employee relations, etc.) used to identify those to be included in KLD’s investment portfolio. He noted that the SRI market is estimated to have more than $2 trillion in capitalization and includes about 50 percent of the firms in the S&P 500.

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“Mr. Kinder presented an alternative investment philosophy that is very relevant in these days of corporate scandal,” said Joe Dillon ’62, director of alumni relations. “It was an interesting and informative presentation.” After the lecture, alumni took advantage of the networking opportunities offered at each event. The fall New York City Club reception is being planned for early October.

Speaker Peter Kinder, John Paluszek ’55, trustee emeritus, and Joe Dillon ’62, director of alumni relations, at the New York City Club reception.


Open House

Bon Voyage

Brings Potential Jaspers Through Manhattan’s Doors Manhattan College’s annual fall open house, held this past October, welcomed more than 3,500 seniors and their families through the doors of Draddy Gymnasium. Prospective students were given the opportunity to experience Manhattan College and all that it has to offer. To begin the program, a brunch was held on campus for alumni and their college-bound children, which drew some 300 attendees. The alumni shared their Manhattan stories and experiences with future Jasper hopefuls. Joe Dillon, director of alumni relations, said, “The event was successful because alumni are proud of what their Manhattan College education has done for their lives, and they want their children to have the same benefits.” He also noted that the support of alumni volunteers is what helps to make open house and Manhattan College great.

A group of Jaspers joined some University of Texas alumni for a cruise down the Rhine River. The trip began in the historic city of Bonn, which was one of the earliest Roman forts on the Rhine. Each day provided a land tour, which included Koblenz, Mainz, Worms, Speyer, Heidelberg and Strasbourg, France. During the tour of Strasbourg, the group visited the European Parliament. The cruise provided alumni with an opportunity to see the many castles along the river. Several lectures were provided, including one about Beethoven, who lived in Bonn. The Jaspers will travel to Sorrento, Italy on May 26, 2004 and Provence, France on September 28, 2004. For additional information, call Bob Fink ’57 at (770) 431-7070 or e-mail him at The Jaspers gather for a photo in front of the medieval castle in Heidelberg.

According to Kevin Cavanaugh, associate director of admissions, open house is important in the admissions process because it allows prospective students to encounter all areas of Manhattan College from student life to athletics. Representatives from more than 40 academic departments and the offices of admissions, housing and financial aid were on hand to answer questions.

Alumni Web Site

Gets a Makeover

The alumni relations staff has been hard at work on its new Web page,, which was launched this January. “It is now user-friendly, easy to navigate and a great source of information,” said Joe Dillon, director of alumni relations. Simply click on a link or a picture and learn about upcoming alumni events (on and off campus), how to make a gift to your alma mater, or find old friends and classmates. Through the new Alumni News and Highlights link, you can access contact information for all regional club leaders or plan to attend a Jaspers sporting event in your area. Click on News and Publications to catch up on the latest press releases about the College, read about campus activities, or browse current and past issues of the Manhattan. Alumni Relations welcomes your input, so please feel free to direct all inquiries and comments to Stephen DeSalvo at (718) 862-7454 or

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On March 27, the 25th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies honored eight outstanding alumni hailing from Jasper baseball, cross country, softball, basketball and track. Congratulations to this year’s inductees.


Author James Brady was honored with the American Library Association’s W.Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award for his book Warning of War: A Novel of the North China Marines (St. Martin’s Press, 2002)…. This past August, George Brew celebrated his 75th birthday with his family on a five-day Caribbean cruise. Twenty-four family members, including the youngest, 8 1/2-month-old great-grandson Jake, were on board…. Thomas Gleason was chosen to be the Grand Marshal of the 2004 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17.

’51 John T. Sullivan completed the New York City Marathon on November 2 at the age of 73.

Rev. John Blanco ’53

Bob Byrnes ’68

Dick Wilbur ’58

Pat Petersen ’82

’52 Former evening faculty instructor Martin Cody introduced a new course, Foundations of Marketing, at the USDA Graduate School in Washington, D.C. He also taught a course in global marketing, which incorporated his 12 years of overseas consulting work in the Mideast and Latin markets. Martin was guest lecturer on product management at the University of Seville in April…. Bronx Supreme Court Justice Jerry L. Crispino was honored at a retirement celebration this past October after 30 years of public service…. Gerard B. McCabe of Baltimore is a library consultant for user-friendly libraries and co-editor of Planning the Modern Public Library Building, published in 2003. ’53 Colonel William Lenihan was elected to his fourth term as general counsel of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He has retired as an adjunct professor at Pace University after 44 years of service but will continue to practice law in New York City. ’56 Jack Carey retired this year after 45 years as a teacher and coach at Manhattan. ’57 John Murphy, a republican of Orangeburg, N.Y., has served as Rockland County legislator since 1971. He is retired now but was an engineer with the New York Telephone Company.

Bruce Phillip ’89

Donna Seybold ’90

’60 Among the five alumni inducted into the St. Augustine High School Hall of Fame this past October was J. Ronald Morgan, managing director of Goldman Sachs and CEO of Pershing, Ltd., the largest securities clearinghouse in the world. ’62 When Pfizer biophysicist James McKie retired in 1996 after a 27-year career, he turned his interest and talents to his first love, sculpting. According to an article in the New London, Conn., newspaper The Day, his work has been exhibited at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, where he took classes after retirement, at the National Sculpture Society’s Atrium Gallery in Manhattan, and the Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina….

Stacy Cowen ’93

Father Michael Salvagna, C.P., was named executive producer of The Sunday Mass, a regular Sunday staple on WNYW, Channel 5, and WLNY, Channel 55, as well as various cable channels.

’63 Michael Hough is an authority on aspects of tradeshow production. He co-produces the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum held each May in Washington, D.C., and is one of the founding members of the Society of Independent Trade Show Organizers. Michael and wife Judy live in Avon, Conn.…. In January, Bart Walsh made a bid for a School Board District 4 seat in Vero Beach, Fla. He is former chief administrator in the Westchester (N.Y.) District Attorney’s office. ’64 The Long Island paper Newsday profiled Arthur Griffin this past September in his role as unit coordinator of the Queens Homeless Outreach Team of Catholic Charities of Queens and Brooklyn. Arthur received a master’s degree in psychological counseling from Manhattan and has worked for Catholic Charities for 25 years…. In December 2003, Pace University presented William J. Murdock, librarian, with the President’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor a staff member can receive. ’65 Joseph Napolitano, M.D., F.C.A.P., was appointed Western New York State’s division commissioner for the College of American Pathologists’ commission on laboratory accreditation program. He will oversee continuing education for pathologists to ensure quality control, documentation and administration. Joseph received his medical degree from the University of Bologna, Italy…. Frederic V. Salerno, former vice chairman and CFO of Verizon, has joined Gabelli Group Capital Partners as a senior advisor. Fred was a lead negotiator for three historic mergers, including those of Bell Atlantic with NYNEX and with GTE. As an active participant in educational issues, he was appointed by former Governor Mario Cuomo in 1990 as chairman of the board of trustees of the State University of New York, a position he held until 1996. ’66 The International Academy of Trial Lawyers recently inducted Francis X. Dee as a fellow. As a senior partner in the law firm of Carpenter, Bennett & Morrissey, he represents employers in labor and employment matters…. Anthony J. Giuriceo, a partner with the Somerville, N.J., law firm Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, was elected co-vice chairman of the Construction and Public Contract Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association…. A November press release from Insurance/Vianet announced the appointment of Robert D. Hunter to its board of directors. He was cited for his 35 years of financial services experience in the U.S. and globally and for his leadership and expertise in building and restructuring large businesses. Robert was formerly chief executive officer of Barclays Private Clients of Barclays Bank, London.

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’67 George Eastment was promoted to president of Long & Foster Financial Services and will continue to serve as executive vice president of Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest privately owned residential real estate brokerage in the U.S…. Robert McGurrin was a candidate for mayor of Waltham, Mass., in September. He has worked in various roles at Raytheon for 35 years, including vice president of engineering for its C3I Business and Integrated Systems Division…. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has named John M. Tuohy as a fellow. John is vice president of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure of Stoughton, Mass. ’68 Howard Lane, a candidate for Queens District 4 Civil Court, is a law clerk and principal court attorney in Queens County Supreme Court…. As a fitting token of Daniel O’Shea’s service at Pfizer, Inc., the company has established a chemical engineering scholarship in his name at Manhattan College. Special consideration will be given to a student in financial need and to minorities and women. Daniel, who retired as vice president for operations and public affairs at Pfizer’s Global Research and Development headquarters, was feted at a gala dinner in Mystic, Conn. ’69 A February article in The Boston Globe chronicled Joseph Tucci’s circuitous but certain route from Manhattan College to Wall Street to computer programming at RCA, to Sperry to Unisys, where he became president of U.S. operations. In 1991, he took a job as executive vice president at Wang Labs; transforming the company’s declining fortunes and turning it into one of the world’s largest computer services organizations. Joseph joined EMC in 2000 when the company was flourishing, but the downturn of the tech sector brought a new challenge. Using the lessons learned at Wang, Joseph, now president and chief executive, helped establish EMC as a leading force in the storage software business. Asked, “What do you do after growth?” He replied, “You do more growth. You pick up the pace.”… The Williams Township school board added four new members in November, one of whom was write-in candidate Charles Zafonte, a former teacher who has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years.

’70 Connecticut Governor John Rowland appointed Tom Reynolds to be chairman of the State Board of Accountancy last year; having served on his Small Business Advisory Council since its founding. Tom also was presented with a Public Service Award in recognition of his service to state boards and commissions…. Another Connecticut resident, attorney John Lillis, was a candidate for re-election to the New Milford Town Council, on which he has served since 1987. ’71 Christopher Boutross is first vice president, investments, at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, in New York City…. Jeannine and Vincent Glazewski of Bronxville, N.Y., celebrated 30 years of marriage this past August — a romance that bloomed while Vinny was a student at Manhattan and Jeannine at the College of Mount Saint Vincent…. Velocys, an advanced technology company in Ohio, has appointed Tom Hickey as chief operating officer. 22

’73 Mary Kunzler, a teacher at Mother Cabrini High School for 32 years, was profiled in an article in the Manhattan Times. In the 20 years she has been teaching seniors, she says, “My goal is to make them feel confident and prepare them for college.”… Pennsylvania lawyer James Swetz has been named to the National Board of Trial Advocacy. James expressed pride in the work of the criminal defense attorney — to guard against the power of the state; making sure it does not overwhelm the rights of the accused. ’74 Newtown Savings Bank has promoted John F. Trentacosta of Orange, Conn., to president and treasurer. ’75 The Iowa Council for Social Studies selected B. J. Herrick as Social Studies Teacher of the Year in October. She is an instructor in the department of teaching at University of Northern Iowa’s Price Laboratory School…. Patrick J. McGrath Sr. is a Rensselaer County (N.Y.) Court Judge with more than 18 years of experience on the bench…. Colleagues paid tribute to Bob Jeffrey of J. Walter Thompson this past September after his promotion from JWT’s North American president to its Worldwide CEO. Peter Schweitzer, who handpicked Bob as his successor, credits him with being a dynamic leader, whose “dynamism manifested itself in the recruitment of top talent, a stellar creative product, enhanced strategic planning capabilities and best-in-class delivery of integrated marketing systems.”… The art of Lloyd Toone was featured during the Penn Center Heritage Days celebration in South Carolina. His work, according to the Beaufort Gazette, “represents one of the strongest symbolic black image styles in contemporary art.”… AECOM Technology recently named Fred W. Werner, P.E., as president of the New York-based DMJM + Harris. Fred has more than 26 years experience in architecture and engineering and is well known for his expertise in both corporate operations and project management. ’76 A recent press release announced expanded roles for several of New York Life’s senior managers, including Michael G. Gallo, senior vice president. Michael, who lives in Darien, Conn., will be responsible for the Life & Annuity profit centers and in charge of all product development and manufacturing…. James Landy is chief executive officer of Hudson Valley Bank in Yonkers, N.Y.…. JPMorgan Chase promoted Patrick McGrath of Ridgefield, Conn., to the position of market manager for its middle-market banking business in Westchester…. A team of Wyeth research chemists was honored by the American Chemical Society for the development of Prevnar, a vaccine to help protect infants and children against invasive pneumococcal disease. Among them was Kent D. Murphy, manager of technical services at Wyeth in Sanford, N.C. ’77 Dr. Dennis O’Connell was appointed to the Shelton-Lacewell Endowed Chair of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas…. Jo Anne Cifu and James Valentino are planning to be married on campus on July 10. Classmate Fr. Joseph Franco will perform the marriage ceremony.

and structural engineering director for O’Dea Lynch Abbattista Consulting Engineers in Hawthorne, N.Y., is an active member of the National and New York State Society of Professional Engineers. He serves as its representative to The Infrastructure Security Partnership…. Matthew T. Farrell was elected to Lydall Inc.’s board of directors this past August. He has a broad and diversified background in the financial sector, beginning with KPMG Peat Marwick and most recently with his current role as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alpharma, Inc.

’79 Howard Chwatt, who received a Master of Science degree from Manhattan, is manager of the Briarcliff Manor office of Houlihan/Lawrence real estate.

’80 David Sinnott’s franchise furniture repair business has kept him “booked every day,” according to an article in the Brookfield (Conn.) Journal. He was trained at Furniture Medic’s world headquarters in Tennessee and says, “this particular endeavor appeals to the entrepreneurial and to the tech side of me.” David and wife Jane, whom he met while they were both students at Manhattan, have three children. ’81 A book by Claire A. Culleton will be published in July 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan Books. Joyce and the G-Men: J. Edgar Hoover’s Manipulation of Modernism is an investigation into Hoover’s paranoiac preoccupation with literary modernism, exemplified by James Joyce. It describes how Hoover, for more than 50 years, manipulated the relationship between state power and modern literature during his tenure in the Bureau… Steve Esposito was in Iraq, serving with the U.S. Army outside of Baghdad…. Morgan Howard Worldwide, an executive search firm, has appointed Marc D. Lewis president of North American operations in its Stamford office. ’82 After a long career as teacher and administrator in New York area Catholic schools, Philip Gorrasi has been appointed superintendent of Catholic elementary schools in Westchester and Putnam. Philip earned a master’s degree from St. Joseph’s Seminary and a professional diploma in school administration from Iona College…. Mike Sweeton is Warwick, N.Y., town supervisor. ’83 Kevin Lavin, senior managing director of FTI Consulting, was appointed as chief restructuring officer for Tricom, S.A. He will focus on the company’s operational and financial restructuring…. Jim Malone received an M.S. in School Administration and Supervision from Iona College…. As assistant director of facilities engineering at MTA Metro-North Railroad, Mari Miceli is responsible for design and construction projects on Metro-North train stations. ’84 Last year, Julia Levensaler was appointed assistant principal at Miller School in Waldoboro, Maine; having taught special education there for 12 years. continued page 24


The New Jersey firm of Northport Partnership Management has named Daniel Cahillane as chief administrative officer…. Louis Errichiello, associate

A Jasper Takes Front and Center at the

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Marching in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has become a family tradition for Thomas Gleason ’50. His father was the grand marshal of the parade in 1984, and this year, Mr. Gleason did the honors on March 17.


The family legacy is a first in parade history. Wearing the sash his father once wore, Mr. Gleason was installed at the annual grand marshal installation ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel in February. He was born in New York City and grew up on the Lower West Side. A decorated World War II veteran, Mr. Gleason served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific with the 23rd Marines, 4th Marine division. After the war, he attended Manhattan College and graduated in 1950 with a degree in business administration. He then went on to St. John’s Law School and graduated in 1955. Mr. Gleason is a senior and founding partner at the law firm Gleason & Matthews, P.C. and a founding member of the Knights of St. Patrick in New York City.

Alumnus Tapped for

State Honor

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) recently inducted 14 individuals into its 2004 Alumni Hall of Distinction. This year’s event honored individuals who benefited from the State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and/or the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) during their undergraduate careers and have made remarkable contributions to the state. Manhattan College alumnus Hector Gonzalez ’85 was among the 2004 honorees. A partner with Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw and chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Board, he and his family emigrated from Havana to the United States in 1969. After graduating from the College, where he was the recipient of a TAP award, Mr. Gonzalez went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from

the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and later joined the firm of Roger & Wells. He has served as assistant U.S. district attorney in the Southern District of New York and was deputy chief, then chief, of the Narcotics Unit from 1997 to 1999. He later was awarded a master’s from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mr. Gonzalez is twice the recipient of the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as assistant U.S. attorney. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala and a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Federal Bar Council and the Hispanic National Bar Association. A member of the board of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Mr. Gonzalez, a mayoral

designee, has been a member of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board since 2000. During the past four years, CICU has inducted some 70 business and government leaders, including Manhattan alumnus Rudolph Giuliani ’65, former mayor of the City of New York. A display of photographs and biographical profiles of this year’s honorees was exhibited in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, N.Y. CICU represents the chief executives of New York’s 100-plus independent college and universities on issues of public policy. Members compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer the most bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and first-professional degrees earned in New York State.

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A College Affair: The Manhattan College Bagpipers braved the snow flurries and joined Grand Marshal Thomas Gleason ’50 in the march up Fifth Avenue.


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’85 Peter Weber was a candidate for city treasurer of Lake Elsinore, Calif., last year. He works as operations manager of Ready Pac manufacturing company…. Hodgson Russ L.L.P. announced in January that Clarence J. Erickson had been named partner in the firm. His practice is in the area of customs and trade law, including the representation of domestic and multinational corporations before government agencies. ’86 John Carey is a physical therapist for Bergen County (N.J.) Special Services. He offers congratulations to his dad, Jack Carey ’56, for “a well-deserved retirement after 45 years as teacher and coach at Manhattan…. Yorktown Heights resident Joseph Woska works as a senior scientist for the Department of Immunology at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. He and wife Vincenza have two children, Joey and Gabrielle. ’87 Steven Rigolosi has joined W.H. Freeman and Worth, the New York-based publisher of scientific books, as director of research and development. For 15 years he has been one of the industry’s most respected and successful editors.

’94 An article in New York’s Real Estate Weekly announced the appointment of Jack Terranova as director of operations for Colliers ABR, Inc. ’95 After receiving a Master of Science in Education from Hofstra University, Lynda Doherty was employed as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for more than six years and has earned the distinguished nationwide credential of Certified Rehabilitation Counselor…. Michael Tracy works in the information technology division of Lehman Brothers Inc., where he manages an IT engineering group. He was promoted to vice president in December. ’96 Professor of chemistry John Wasacz sends news of daughter Mary Wasacz Reynolds, who completed the Honolulu Marathon in 4:37 minutes. She is in Hawaii with her husband, Captain Patrick Reynolds, USMC, class of ’97. He is stationed with the Central Identification Laboratory, which recovers the remains of servicemen from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He is featured in a new book, Where They Lay, by Earl Swift, who accompanied Patrick’s group on a mission to Laos. Mary and Patrick have two boys, Matthew and James. ’98

’90 Civil engineer Paul Pittari, a longtime employee of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was named physical plant manager of the Staten Island bridges…. Denise Tarka, president and founder of Association Growth of Cleveland, Ohio, was guest lecturer at a New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners meeting in September. Her topic was Using Behavioral Techniques To Hire the RIGHT Employee. ’91 Independent real estate appraiser Barbara Gillespie is founder and president of Q4U, a nonprofit organization that promotes and helps fund sports and leisure activities in the parks of northeast Queens, N.Y…. Banc of America Securities has hired Tim Long as a managing director and senior equity research analyst. The position is based in New York and will be responsible for the wireless and wireline equipment and data networking sectors. Tim previously worked as a systems engineer at Bell Communications Research and at Raytheon…. Edward Tallon was named principal of Davison Avenue Elementary School in Malverne, N.Y. ’92 Colleen Tracy was elected a partner of the law firm of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where she specializes in patent litigation in the chemistry, pharmaceutical and biotechnological arts…. Basketball star Russ Williams was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Brooklyn’s Monsignor McClancy High School. ’93

James Dolan has received his Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council…. Bob Stei, a part-time personality for WBAB in Long Island, received a phone call in January from a BBC Radio producer in Cambridgeshire, England, who wanted to do a live interview on the topic of the frigid New York weather. Bob says that being “a total England junkie, I was really excited to take this call.”


Fiona Buckley is engaged to be married in August in a ceremony to be held in Ireland…. The Archdiocesan Department of Education named Michael Ramos associate superintendent for professional recruitment. Michael was formerly principal of Sacred Heart Elementary School in Manhattan.

Marriages 1975

Laurie Marsh & Jim Lauria, 9/20/03


Maureen Langan & Peter J. McDermott, 9/28/03


Dr. Maria Lavaia & Gordon Marzano Jr., 5/24/03


Dr. Barbara Fehling & Dean Verga, 10/19/03


Romina Sarreal & William Ford, 8/17/02


Maria Chornick & Capt. Joseph McKenna, 11/29/03

Births 1985

John & Karen Kutka Hessel (’86) daughter, Anne Elizabeth, 11/21/01


Anthony DiSpirito & Andrea Chiaffitelli (’86) son, Joseph Peter, 8/27/03


Michael & Marianne Mallon Connolly daughter, Caroline, 1/21/03


Simon & Teresa Cunningham Fenner twin sons, Oliver & Benjamin, 10/15/03


Alfred & Patsy Carty Dort daughter, Anna Elizabeth


John & Maria Figliozzi Kouloumbus son, Nicholas Dionius, 9/15/03


Regina & Tom Breslin son, Thomas Sean, 11/16/03

’99 Deena Marie Athas earned a doctorate in medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine.

’00 The Ed Greaves Education Program, a program of the Maine Sea Coast Mission based in Bar Harbor, named Thomas Absalom as a new staff member…. Sister Judith Musco is principal of the Sacred Heart Private School in Bronx, N.Y…. PR News Magazine’s 2003 Platinum Award went to Lisa Farynyk, who was named Account Executive of the Year. Lisa works for Coyne Public Relations of Parsippany, N.J. and is directly responsible for overseeing PR efforts for brands such as Campbell Soup and Nabisco and has been instrumental in adding such accounts as Estee Lauder’s Origins, L’Oreal’s Matrix and Calgon.

Charles & Colleen Latimer Caccavo son, Justin Charles, 10/16/02 Eileen & Brian Clune daughter, Emily Kaitlyn, 12/3/03

’01 Anthony Wasacz is a Lasallian volunteer teaching at DeMarillac Middle School in San Francisco. ’02

Currently enrolled in a master’s program in reading at Teachers College, Jessica Folden is working as a leave replacement teacher at Pelham Middle School…. Bronx teacher Kamele Johnson was crowned “Miss Jamaica USA 2003.”… Kerry Anne Lee is a promising account executive in advertising at The Journal News, a division of the Gannett Corporation. She will begin a master’s program in advertising at The New School this fall.

Sarahann & Robert Huvane son, Thomas Martin, 7/29/03 1994

Kevin & Dyan Galvin Moclair son, Ryan Christopher, 9/6/03


Brendan & Tara McPartland Bridges daughter, Grace Kathleen, 10/29/03

Lisa Marie Muccilo’s six-year struggle with breast cancer came to an end on 8/18/03. She will be remembered by all who knew her as an impassioned young woman committed to fostering an awareness of breast cancer outreach and education. Some of her achievements include facilitating the formation of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), creating the YSC’s Breast Health 101 Program, and representing the YSC on advisory panels for Roche Pharmaceuticals. Lisa brought breast cancer awareness to the College community by implementing the MAAC Fights Back Program. Classmates of Lisa Marie have formed a committee whose goal is to raise funds for the establishment of the Lisa Marie Muccilo ’92 Fund, a lasting memorial to Lisa Marie in the O’Malley Library at Manhattan College. For more information, call Mary Ellen Malone at (718) 862-7976.

Tired of Giving Dad a Tie? My Dad, like many dads I am sure, is hard to buy for. He has plenty of clothes, books and knickknacks. In 2002, hating the idea of buying him just another “thing” and having had a short foray into the world of college fund-raising, I got the idea to ask my six siblings if they would be interested in contributing to a small scholarship fund in my father’s name, in honor of his 75th birthday. That is how the C. Warren Nerz ’54 Scholarship Fund was born. The fund is to be awarded annually to an engineering student with financial need. The fund could ease the pressure of buying expensive engineering books or some other similar academic expense. My father graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in 1954 after serving in the Navy on the G.I. Bill. Possibly more important than receiving his degree was meeting my

mother, Lorraine Harris Nerz, who worked in the College’s bookkeeping offices. My mother and father’s union produced six Manhattan alumni, four in the engineering school, one in business and one, myself, in liberal arts. My sister Mary ’80 attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent but, as an organic chemistry major, took many of her courses at Manhattan — so in a sense, all seven of us attended Manhattan. My oldest brother, Warren ’77, received a master’s in engineering immediately after receiving his bachelor’s. My sister Barbara ’85 married an alum, Paul Gregg ’84 — increasing our clout even more! So with this legacy in mind, it seemed fitting to pay homage to my father and mother’s example and generosity in giving us the gift of a Manhattan College education by giving a little of our success back to Manhattan in the form of the C. Warren Nerz ’54 Scholarship Fund. Maggie Nerz ’91

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Alumnus Gives New Meaning to

Old Glory While recuperating from emergency bypass surgery in the fall of 2001, John Michelotti ’73 had a vision. Facing his own mortality, he thought about the victims of 9/11 and how they should be honored. What he developed was a means of remembering them, and what resulted were two flags: the Flag of Heroes and Flag of Honor. The Flag of Honor contains the names of all the victims of 9/11. The Flag of Heroes has the names of all the emergency personnel who gave their lives so that others might live. Mr. Michelotti devoted countless hours and thousands of his own dollars to develop, manufacture and distribute the flags. He has donated a Flag of Heroes to every firehouse, police station and EMS division in New York City. A flag adorns the offices of Governor Pataki, Senators Schumer and Clinton, and the Lower Manhattan Development


The Lisa Marie Muccilo ’92 Fund

Corporation’s offices. Former Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg also have the flags. In the letter that accompanies the flags, Mr. Michelotti writes: “My goal is to have them hang in every building in America so that those who died will

always be remembered. This would be a national tribute, a people’s tribute, to the victims.” Mr. Michelotti continues to work toward his goal and hopes to eventually raise money to benefit the survivors.


In Memoriam 1932


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

Brother Cyprian James Walton, F.S.C., 12/5/03


Ernest F. Schrimpe, 12/4/03


Edward James Mahoney, 11/4/03 Richard McCloskey, 1/26/04


William F. Baker, 12/1/03 Charles J. Passonno, 1/21/04



Thomas Broderick, MD, 11/27/03 Dr. J. Joseph McCoy, 12/02

Michael J. Nadalin, 11/27/02 Joseph M. Tobin, 1/23/04



James A. Dowd Sr., 8/29/03

Martin G. Miles, 12/2/02 John E. Pearson, 9/27/03


John A. Clinton, 10/5/03 Francis William DiRocco, 11/20/03 James V. Regan, 2/13/04 Fred J. “Fritz” Vowinkel, 1/31/04


Dennis Jez, 10/25/03


Margaret Hicks, 12/10/03


Paul G. McGrath, 11/8/03


Lisa Marie Muccilo, 8/18/03


Carol O’Rourke Messar, 12/18/03


Charles Power McAuley, 11/27/03 John P. Regan Father William Bertrand Ryan, OP, 1/10/04


Willliam Maxwell Mathias, 9/9/03 Rev. Patrick J. Rice, 10/21/03


Herbert H. Hoyle, 12/18/03 Edward M. Mulligan, 8/3/03


Sister Marie Padraic McGrath, 11/26/03 William J. LiVolsi, 1/1/01


Sister Rose Catherine Fenton, 12/9/03


James T. Griffin, 8/24/03


Francis R. Burde, 9/26/03 John Peter Grady, 10/23/02 Timothy L. Hartnett, 12/30/03 Robert J. Tedaldi, 11/4/03 Ben Wiesen, 6/03


James J. McCarthy, 10/9/03 Dean C. Noll, 8/3/03


Francis J. King, 1/02


John E. Waters, 10/6/03


Eugene J. Bower, 8/26/03 Willett Clark, 11/1/03 Brother Aloysius Rielly, 11/18/03


John Joseph McVicar, 10/8/03 Dante B. Tedaldi, 1/7/04


Joseph Martin Barry, 12/1/03 Timothy V. Hartnett, 11/4/03 Thomas H. Lindgren, 1/9/04


Charles E. Gordon, 11/28/03


John Francis Mullen, 9/19/03 James Thurston Stein, 8/30/03


Joseph F. Molinari, 12/18/03


Ronald G. Short, 8/11/03


George R. Coberg, 12/24/03 Dr. Howard A. McManus Jr. 9/28/03

Correction In our fall obituary section, we featured an incorrect photo of C. Richard Walter ’50. Here is the correct photo of Mr. Walter. We apologize for the error.

Sr. Doris Smith, Former President of the College of Mount Saint Vincent Sister Doris Smith, former president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, died on January 19 of pancreatic cancer. She was 73. For Sr. Doris, the College of Mount Saint Vincent and the students it educated were at the forefront of her dedicated career. She spent nearly 20 years of her career as president of the Mount but also left a mark as a pioneer of sorts; helping the College thrive and expand its program offerings under her leadership. Prior to being appointed as president of the Mount in 1973, Sr. Doris, also a recipient of a Manhattan College honorary degree in humane letters, held several other faculty and staff positions there including executive vice president, administrative assistant to the president and professor of economics and business.

After graduating from the Mount in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce education, Sr. Doris entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of New York. She earned a master’s degree in business education from New York University and also pursued doctoral studies from Fordham University.

During her tenure at the College, Sr. Doris was instrumental in creating nine new academic programs including the establishment of the communications department, which continues to be a flourishing joint program with the school of arts at Manhattan College. Sr. Doris also was responsible for the reintroduction of the undergraduate nursing and addition of the graduate nursing programs, along with the development of programs in computer science, business and special education.

Dr. Charles L. Flynn Jr., president of the Mount, noted in his announcement to faculty, students and staff that Sr. Doris devoted much of her religious and professional life to serving the institution. Her dedication to the meaning and value of a traditional liberal arts education and focus on educating each individual was unswerving. “She will be fondly remembered by her friends and alumae/i as a gentle and serene woman with grace and personal charm, who had great appreciation of art, music and literature,” Dr. Flynn said.

Thomas H. Lindgren ’55, Hall of Fame Inductee

In every undertaking of his life, Mr. Lindgren was a hard worker and an achiever. He was born in New York City and attended Cardinal Hayes High School, where his illustrious career as a track star began under famed coach Howie Borck. Mr. Lindgren was the first high schooler to break the 2 minutes indoor for the half mile. After attending Georgetown for a year, he entered Manhattan College, but his studies were interrupted by a two-year stint in the Marine Corps. He returned to Manhattan, newly married to wife Patricia, and began his outstanding career as a member of the cross country and track teams during the tenure of Hall of Fame Coach George Eastman. Mr. Lindgren was part of the team that swept all three IC4A Championships in 1954, a feat that has never been equaled. As captain of the 1955 squad, he anchored the two-mile relay team that clinched the 1955 Championship.

Looking back, Mr. Lindgren called them “the glory years when Manhattan won the IC4A Championship in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.” After graduation, Mr. Lindgren began a 30-year career with the Ardsley, N.Y., schools, first as physical education teacher and eventually becoming athletic director and director of health, physical education, recreation and continuing education. His retirement years were devoted to doing the things he loved to do — gardening and golf — and spending time with his family, including four children and 12 grandchildren. Upon his death, countless classmates, colleagues and friends came to pay their respects to a man who had lived an exemplary life. On the day of his induction into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame, December 7, 1997, Mr. Lindgren gave a speech that was reprinted in the booklet for his funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington, N.Y. In it, he praised the College and its Brothers: “To the Brothers

From the 1955 Manhattanite

of Manhattan College, both living and deceased, for all you have given to the College, I am most grateful.” After the funeral, Mike McEneney ’53, his fellow member of the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, wrote, “At the cemetery, a Marine Honor Guard provided the traditional rifle salute, Taps and the flag ceremony. All in all, a very inspiring send-off for a great Jasper.”


Thomas H. Lindgren ’55, a Manhattan Athletic Hall of Famer, died on January 9, 2004. He was 73.

He is survived by four children Patrice, Thomas, Michael and Janet; 12 grandchildren; and two brothers.

Brother Cyprian James Walton ’32, F.S.C., Brother Cyprian James Walton ’32, F.S.C., former chair of biology and the premed advisory committee, died December 5, 2003 in Lincroft, N.J. He was 94. Born in Brooklyn in 1909, Nicholas W. Walton, the future Brother Cyprian James, took an early interest in the Brothers’ vocation. He entered the junior novitiate at Pocantico Hills after completing the eighth grade in 1923, and in 1926, he received the religious habit. In 1929, he was sent to St. Thomas the Apostle School in New York City to teach seventh and eighth grades, and, after earning his B.A. from Manhattan in 1932, he taught religion, English and biology at St. James High School (renamed Bishop Loughlin High School a year later). Brother Cyprian James also received an M.A. in English from Manhattan in 1936. Brother Luke Salm, professor emeritus of religious studies, writes: “At age 27, he had behind him wide experience teaching grade school and high school, a stint at responsibility for Brothers in formation and as sub-director of an active apostolic community. He was known to be a talented artist, an effective teacher,

torn between his knowledge and love for English literature and his keen interest in biological science. The scales were tipped in favor of biology when the legendary Brother Celestine…persuaded the superiors to assign Brother James in that year to the biology department at Manhattan.” In addition to full-time teaching, Brother Cyprian James studied for an M.S. in biology and doctorate degree at Fordham University. In 1947, he succeeded Brother Celestine as head of the biology department, where he remained until 1969. Brother Luke describes his tenure as head of the department and chair of the Premedical Advisory Committee: “Brother James had the responsibility for guiding hundreds of young men aspiring to become doctors, either encouraging the most qualified to pursue such a career or discouraging those he deemed unlikely to succeed. His reputation for integrity among professional medical schools was such that an endorsement from Brother Cyprian James was tantamount to acceptance. As moderator of the Mendelian Society and by inaugurating research seminars for students and faculty, he encouraged undergraduate

research long before support was available for such projects.” After 23 years as chair of the department, Brother Cyprian James stepped down and pursued research in marine biology as well as continued part-time teaching and lecturing and eventually entered full retirement. He remained within the Brothers Community until, beset with physical problems, he was admitted to De La Salle Hall in January 2003 after 67 years at Manhattan College. “One would think that he would have difficulty adjusting to his new surroundings, but not so,” Brother Luke writes. “He entered joyfully into the life of De La Salle Hall until finally his indomitable spirit gave way to the ravages of age. He died peacefully on the eve of St. Nicholas, his patron Saint.”

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05 Reunion ’04 Festivities 06 Special Events Slated for 4s and 9s 2004



Friday, June 4

11:00 am

Class of 1954 Dante’s Den Golden Anniversary Luncheon Brother President to present the Jubilarian Medals to ’54 members and widows in attendance. Awards also will be presented to those attending from ’34, ’39, ’44 and ’49.

12:00 pm

Prep Awards Luncheon

Faculty Dining Room

Family Picnic


12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

2:00 pm

Room check-in begins

Horan Hall, 8th floor

3:00 pm

Registration desk opens

Smith Auditorium

5:30 pm

Bus departs campus for dinner cruise

Guard Booth

6:30 pm

Boarding “Atlantica,” Anniversary Dinner Cruise ’39,’44,’49,’54,’59,’64,’69,’74,’84,’89,’94,’99 Manhattan Prep

Intrepid Pier 12th Avenue & 46th Street

4:45 pm

’54 and ’79 Procession Lineup


5:00 pm

Eucharistic Celebration

Main Chapel

7:00 pm

Class of 1979 Award Ceremony

Rotunda, Memorial Hall

6:00 pm


7:30 pm

Class of ’79 “New York, New York,” Dinner Dance

Smith Auditorium

Celebration – Gala Buffet (open bar) followed by Venetian hour with music and dancing Host, Br. Thomas Scanlan, president

Reunion Celebration

Saturday, June 5 7:00 am to 9:30 am

“Morning After” Continental Breakfast

Horan Hall, 7th & 9th floors

9:00 am

Room check-in opens

Horan Hall, 8th floor

Registration desk opens

Smith Auditorium

10:00 am

Thomas Hall

Sunday, June 6 7:00 am

“Morning After” Continental Breakfast

Horan Hall, 7th & 9th floors

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Manhattan Magazine Spring 2004  

Business is Booming: The School of Business Wins Prestigious Accreditatio Computer Associates International Inc. Honored at De La Salle Dinn...

Manhattan Magazine Spring 2004  

Business is Booming: The School of Business Wins Prestigious Accreditatio Computer Associates International Inc. Honored at De La Salle Dinn...