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A Message from the Director
I'm happy to report that the College's "Connect and Reconnect @ John Jay" program, launched this year, has brought together scores of alumni to renew their relationships with each other and with their alma mater. The program includes a series of Open Houses for alumni in communities throughout the New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC areas.

These events were hosted by a number of John Jayers including President Jeremy Travis, Alumni Association President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), board members James Brito (BS '05), Teri Coaxum (BA '93), Larry Cunningham (BS '97, JD), Suzanne Chiofolo (BA '00), and Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey (BS '75). This outreach effort also benefited from a distinguished roster of faculty presenters who provided our alumni with a view of today's John Jay through their professional achievements and unique observations.

We are deeply grateful to the following presenters: Dr. Ellen Scrivner, Director of the John Jay Leadership Academy; Professors Glenn Corbett of the Department of Public Management; Delores Jones-Brown, Director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice; Jose Luis Morin, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Ric Curtis, Chairman of the Department of Anthropology. In early April, we will recognize another important group -- John Jay alumni who work at the College.

Future events include the 2008 Alumni Reunion on April 30th and an Open House in Washington, DC on May 15th. All John Jay alumni are cordially invited to the 2008 Alumni Reunion on April 30th, honoring alumna Katherine Ramsland (MA'00, PhD) and Jannette O. Domingo, Dean of Graduate Studies. The Reunion will celebrate our Milestone Classes of 2003,1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973 and 1968, and recognize alumni who have reached their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th and 40th anniversaries!

Alumni in the Washington, DC area may also wish to attend the May 15th Open House, co-hosted by Washington, DC Coordinator Daniel Cabrera, Jr. (BS'87, MPA'93) and members of the John Jay Police Week Committee. John Jay is indebted to the many loyal alumni who generously volunteered their time and talent to insure the success of all these events

Whether you hold a graduate or an undergraduate degree, whether you attended an alumni event last week, last month, or in the last millennium, don't miss these opportunities to connect with returning alumni, rekindle old friendships, and make new ones. Please encourage your John Jay friends and classmates to join us, and don't forget to make reservations early because space is limited.

For details on these events and to RSVP, see the calendar below.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Jerylle Kemp

College News

Connecting to Careers - College Launches JJC CareerNet
The Career Development Services Office recently launched JJC CareerNet, an online job board, sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to connect students and alumni to careers. According to Paul Wyatt, Executive Director of Career Development Services, "For alumni, the JJC CareerNet serves two audiences - both job seekers and employers. Both can have online access to our job database 24/7. Those looking for a position will be able to upload their resumes for review by potential employers. They can also apply for jobs directly through this system. Alumni with experience can create their own profile and upload resumes and writing samples right into the system. The NACElink Alumni Network also allows alumni to search for jobs by keywords and by location. And it's all free."

Those alumni interested in having an account in the system should email You will need to provide the graduation date of your highest degree from John Jay, your major, and if you know it, your concentration which will allow employers to more easily conduct their job searches. You will also need to provide: first and last name, current email address, street address, city, state, zip code and country. Once processed, you will receive a user name and passwords. The system also has a tab for internships. For employers to register, click on the Employer Login section of the website and follow the instructions. Once approved, jobs can be posted. To register and for more information, click on (Alumni seeking positions should enter through the "Student Login" section.)

Psychology Department Awarded Three Major Grants
The National Institute of Justice recently awarded more than $296,000 to Drs. Elizabeth Jelic and Cynthia Mercado for a project on "Sex Offender Management, Treatment, and Civil Commitment: An Evidence Based Analysis Aimed at Reducing Sexual Violence" which will look at sexual offenders in New Jersey.

A $265,883 grant from the Centers for Disease Control is funding a project titled "Can Family Based Prevention of Conduct Problems Prevent IPV Development." Under the direction of Miriam Ehrensaft, professor of psychology, this program will examine whether IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) in high-risk children can be prevented via early, family-focused preventative intervention for conduct problems.

More than $424,000 from the National Science Foundation is funding a project titled, "Smooth Criminals and Straight Shooters: The Development of Children's Antisocial and Prosocial Lying," under the direction of Dr. Angela Crossman.

In Memoriam
George Best, retired Assistant Dean of Students, passed away last month after a long illness. Best was also an alumnus of John Jay having received a Bachelor of Science in 1967 and Master of Arts in 1975. He had a distinguished career with the NYPD as a sergeant and a trainer in the Police Academy before joining the staff of the College in the early 80s. He will be remembered as a much beloved and committed colleague who was dedicated to student success.

Alumnus Eli Stern passed away last month at the age of 96. In a self-written obituary, he noted "One of my life's greatest satisfactions was attending New York City's John Jay College after I retired, graduating summa cum laude at age 68." Stern continued to sit in on courses in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (formerly Thematic Studies) well into his 80s. Professor Emeritus Elizabeth Gitter fondly remembered "the old-time socialist" would sometimes bring his wife who would sit quietly holding his hand. Professor Emeritus Peter Albin died in February at age 73. Albin taught at John Jay from 1974 to 1992 and also served as chair of the Department of Economics. In a New York Sun obituary, Albin was noted "as an economist who thought traditional economic theory wasn't nearly complex enough to make sense of the dynamics of the marketplace."

Coming Soon…
The latest edition of the John Jay Magazine will be sent out shortly and in it you can learn more about the complexities of eyewitness identification, the standard of accuracy for non-DNA forensic evidence and how John Jay's Justice Scholars are making a difference. You can also find out the latest endeavors for many of your fellow alumni. To update your street mailing address, email

Public Safety Agencies Recruiting on Campus
The Job Assistance Program at John Jay is pleased to announce that the following agencies will be recruiting in the College's North Hall lobby at 445 West 59th Street:

Suffolk County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 3, 2008 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday, April 4, 2008 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

US Border Patrol
Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


The ‘DNA Wars': Science, Law, and Controversy in the Making of DNA Profiling
Thursday, April 3, 2008                    3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

The Office for the Advancement of Research invites you to this lecture by Professor Jay Aronson of Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Aronson's research and teaching focus on the interactions of science, technology, law and human rights in criminal justice and post-conflict resolution contexts.

For more information, contact Rita Taveras at 212.484.1367 or

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Room 610T
New York City

John Jay Book & Author Series
Thursday, April 10, 2008                  3:30 PM

Ishmael Beah will discuss his book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Now 25 years old, Beah tells of how, at the age of 12, he fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By 13, he'd been picked up by the government army and found that, although at heart a gentle boy, he was capable of truly terrible acts. African American Studies Professor Kwando Kinshasa will serve as moderator. Professor Kewulay Kamara along with Alusine Kamara, a registered nurse and re-socialization counselor with The Children Associated with War from The Benin Home, will serve as panelists

For more information, contact Professor Kwando Kinshasa at or 212.237.8764.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Theater Lobby
New York City

Literature and Law Conference
Friday, April 11, 2008                   8:15 AM - 5:15 PM

Join scholars from John Jay and around the world in this all day conference that will feature panels on: Justice Beyond Law; Crime and Fiction; Rights, Power and Resistance; Law and Society; Staging the Law; Teaching Literature and Law to Undergraduates; Comparative Law; Law, Nation and Empire; and Literature and Law: What Texts Should We Be Using?. The keynote address will be "The Legal and Literary Complexities of US Citizenship around 1900" by Brook Thomas of the University of California at Irvine. A reception will follow.

The cost is $70. Checks should be made payable to John Jay College of Criminal Justice. (Credit cards cannot be accepted.) For more information, click here

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Room 610T
New York City

Annual Spring 2008 Job Fair
Thursday, April 17, 2008               3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Office of Career Development Services is pleased to invite alumni to participate in its annual Job Fair. Participants must wear traditional business attire and bring at least 10 copies of their resume.

For more information, contact Crystal Farmer at 212.237.8754 or

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, 4th Floor Gymnasium
New York City

An Examination of the Impact of Formerly Incarcerated Persons Helping Others
Friday, April 18, 2008                  8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College invites you to a presentation by Thomas Lebel, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This study evaluates the benefits of recruiting and training former prisoners to work as practitioners in the rehabilitation of individuals involved in the criminal justice system. The research examines the helper therapy principle as it applies to 228 formerly incarcerated persons from New York City and upstate New York. This lecture is part of the Institute's Occasional Series on Reentry Research.

RSVP to Amelia Thompson at 212.237.1399 or

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Room 630T
New York City

Alumni Reunion

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Dinner

President Jeremy Travis, Alumni Association President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), and the Alumni Board cordially invite all alumni to return to John Jay for the 2008 Reunion. We will welcome all classes and highlight the achievements of milestone alumni who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th and 40th anniversaries. This year's milestone classes are 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, and 1968. All John Jay alumni are welcome. Our 2008 Reunion honorees are author, therapist and educator Katherine Ramsland (MA '00, PhD) and Jannette O. Domingo, Dean of Graduate Studies at John Jay College.

RSVP to by April 23. Please be sure to provide your full name, degree(s), graduation year(s), and your email address. For more information, contact Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations, at 212.237.8964. Please make your reservations early because space is limited.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, 630T
New York City

Graduate Lecture Series in Forensic Science:
The Real C.S.I.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008                 5:30 PM

Please note the date change.

An internationally recognized expert in the field of medical toxicology, Lewis Nelson, MD, an attending physician at both NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, will present on "Poisoning: The Interface between Clinical and Forensic Science."

John Jay College
445 W. 59th Street, 2nd Floor, Multi-Purpose Room
New York City

Mother Courage and Her Children: A Chronicle of War by Bertolt Brecht

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 1, 2008 12:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Friday, May 2, 2008 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2008 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 4, 2008 2:00 PM

The Department of Speech, Theatre & Media Studies at John Jay proudly presents this production directed by Professor Kathryn Wylie-Marques.

General Admission: $10
For tickets, call 212.237.8363

John Jay College
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Police Week Reception in Washington, DC
Thursday, May 15, 2008                    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis, Alumni Association President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), and the Alumni Board cordially invite all John Jay alumni to a special Open House during Police Week 2008 in Washington, DC. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Please be sure to provide your full name, degree(s), graduation year(s), and your email address. For more information, contact Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations, at 212.237.8964.

Casa Italiana Hall
595 Third St., NW (at 3rd & F Streets)
Washington, DC

International Conference: Justice and Policing in Diverse Societies
Monday through Thursday, June 9 -12, 2008

John Jay College will host an international conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Justice and Policing in Diverse Societies. This conference will seek to provide a forum where civic leaders, international governmental organizations, government officials, police, the legal community and scholars can discuss collective concerns that include oppression, crime, terrorism, conflict and instability, and the efforts used to combat them.

The conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa and Casino. A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at a special base rate of $195 per night (not including miscellaneous fees and taxes).

Full-conference early registration (until May 1, 2008) is $200. Late registration (May 2, 2008 - June 8, 2008) is $250. Full registration includes all receptions, plenary addresses, sessions, workshops and the gala closing dinner.

For more information about the conference and to register, go to

Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa and Casino
San Juan
Puerto Rico

Alumni Spotlights

In this issue, Alumni News continues to feature the members of the John Jay Alumni Association Board of Directors

Thomas Belfiore (BA '79, MA '96), Treasurer

Thomas Belfiore (BA '79, MA '96), Treasurer
Thomas Belfiore was appointed Commissioner/Sheriff of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety on August 25, 2003.

Belfiore was previously employed by the security consulting firm SafirRosetti in New York City where he served as the Regional Managing Director of the New York Office. Prior to joining SafirRosetti, he served as the Director of Security for Major League Baseball where his duties included developing and implementing security plans for MLB facilities. He developed and coordinated implementation of post 9/11 security measures including those used for the 2001 post-season and World Series. Belfiore also created security plans and programs for player protection and team travel. He planned and supervised all security operations for exhibition games played in Venezuela, Mexico City and Puerto Rico.

Before entering the private sector, Belfiore served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years. During his police career, he had many posts and assignments including the Manhattan Detectives Sex Crimes Squad; Investigative Supervisor in the Internal Affairs Bureau; Commanding Officer of a highly successful anti-corruption task force in conjunction with the Mollen Commission; Commanding Officer of the Police Academy; and Commanding Officer of the 19th Precinct on Manhattan's Upper East Side. He later served as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Department. Belfiore retired as a Deputy Chief assigned as the Commanding Officer in the First Deputy Commissioner's Office where he assisted the second highest ranking member of the department in all matters.

In addition to his bachelor's degree, Commissioner Belfiore holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College and has attended numerous investigative and management development courses.

Suzanne J. Chiofolo (BA '00), Secretary and Coordinator for Queens/Long Island

Suzanne J. Chiofolo (BA '00), Secretary and Coordinator for Queens/Long Island
Suzanne Chiofolo currently serves as the Administrator and Financial Comptroller of Silverman Perlstein & Acampora LLP located in Jericho, New York. The firm provides legal services to a diverse group of institutional and private clients including foreign and domestic commercial and investment banks, financial services companies, professional services companies, insurance companies, lenders and investors, entrepreneurs, real property owners and developers, and professional organizations. It specializes in bankruptcy/creditors rights, commercial bankruptcy litigation, real estate and corporate law, international finance and private real estate investments. In her position, Chiofolo is responsible for maintaining and reconciling active escrow, operating and interest-on-lawyer (IOLA) accounts; payroll; client billing and statements, and managing all active trustee accounts. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, she worked for AJ Spas Production, Ltd., and did an internship for Fallon & Fallon, LLP. Chiofolo received her bachelor's degree from John Jay in 2000 majoring in forensic psychology and is currently pursing an executive master's degree in business administration from St. Joseph's College.

Student Highlights

The Fyfe Fellow

The Fyfe Fellow
With a bachelor's from Harvard, a JD from Fordham, and a MPhil from the Graduate Center, Kevin McCarthy, a student in CUNY's criminal justice doctoral program at John Jay, became the second recipient of the Fyfe Fellowship. This award is given annually to a student who has served as a law enforcement officer and is writing a dissertation on a topic related to policing. McCarthy, a former prosecutor, served in the New York County District Attorney's Office from 1979 to 1984 in the trial division. He went on to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey where he headed the organized crime strike force specializing in public corruption cases. He is a member of the bar in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. In accepting the award, McCarthy said, "This award is especially important to me because I knew Jim Fyfe. I had the honor of taking a course that turned out to be the last course he ever taught." The late James Fyfe, an internationally known expert on police use of force, was a Distinguished Professor and alumnus of John Jay who also served as Deputy Commissioner of Police Training for the NYPD. McCarthy noted that Fyfe not only dazzled him with his knowledge, but also with his courage. McCarthy is planning to do his dissertation on exploring the variable role of the prosecution of police officers in the cyclical NYPD scandals of the past century. The award was presented at the 2nd James Fyfe Police Accountability Conference on Stop and Frisk: Policy, Practice and Research held at the College in February.

Go Bloodhounds!

John Jay's Rifle Team Wins Their Fourth Mid Atlantic Conference Championship

John Jay's Rifle Team Wins Their Fourth Mid Atlantic Conference Championship

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