John Jay Alumni Association Newsletter (April 2012)
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Alumni Executive Board

Michael F. McCann
BS'74, JD

Richard Gallo
BS'79, MPA'82, MA '85,
First Vice President,

Teresa (Teri) Coaxum
BA'93, MPA'08
Second Vice President

Raymond Maniscalco
BS'77, MA'87
Third Vice President

Thomas Belfiore
BA'79, MA'96

Suzanne J. Chiofolo

Ronald Spadafora

Linda M. Gimlett MA'77
At-Large Executive

Nicole N. Hanson MA'03
At-Large Executive

Linda M. Reynolds MA'80
At-Large Executive

Andrew J. Schweighardt MA'09
At-Large Executive

College News

Building the College's Future Brick by Brick
Join the growing ranks of alumni taking the unique opportunity to leave their mark upon the College by purchasing a brick ($250 or $500), a tree ($1,000) or a bench ($5,000) on the Jay Walk, a 60,000 square foot esplanade that will link Haaren Hall to the new building on 11th Avenue. It's a way to both commemorate a significant person in your life as well as provide needed scholarships for our students through a tax-deductible donation. To learn more about this campaign, click here or call 212.237.8688.

Special thanks...

To all John Jay alumni volunteer planners, organizers and participants in March 2012, including:

* Law Day Honoree/Graduate Studies Open House Speaker: Seny Taveras, BA'89. JD.

* Founding Generation Planners, Speakers and Volunteers: Richard Koehler, BA'73, JD, Michael McCann, BS'74, JD, Ronald Spadafora, BS'86, Linda Gimlett, MA'77, Peter Mancuso, BA'76, MA'79, Bruce Robertson, MPA'95, Robert Louden, MA'77, Larry Amaker, BS'73, Carol Amaker, BA'74, Joyce St. George, BA'74, Edwin Donovan, BS'72, MA'76, and Corey Punter, BS'12.

* Alumni Reunion Planners, Speakers and Volunteers: Michael McCann, President, Alumni Executive Board; the AEB Scholarship Committee: Tom Belfiore, BA'79, MA'96, Linda Reynolds, MA'80, Suzanne Chiofolo, BA'00; the AEB Reunion Committee: Richard Gallo, BS'79, MPA'82, MA'85, Nicole Hanson, MA'03, Linda Gimlett; Volunteers: Belviana Brown, BA'77, Paul Wyatt, MPA'85, Michael Scaduto, BS'04, Yolanda Casillas, BS'94, Shavonne McKiever, BS'02, Jean Louis, BA'05, Nilsa Lam, BA'06, Yvette Brickhouse, BS'06, Jennifer Lorenzo, BA'07, and Corey Punter; The JJC Tenors: Peter Dodenhoff, BA'73, and Eric Elder, BA'10, BS'12, and 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, Salvatore Cassano, BS'76, Fire Commissioner, FDNY.

* 2009 Alumni Endowed Scholar Michelle Hershkowitz, BA'10, and William Borman, MPA'95, the proud grandfather of 2013 Alumni Endowed Scholar Patrick Irwin, BA'14.

* All graduate and undergraduate alumni who attended the Founding Generation Symposium and/or Alumni Reunion!

In this fifth year of the annual reunion tradition, your alma mater deeply appreciates your continuing loyalty and commitment. Kudos to the Alumni Executive Board and the JJC alumni network!

Jerylle M. Kemp
Director, Alumni Relations

Welcome Home, Alumni!
Hundreds of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends from throughout John Jay's proud 48-year history returned to their alma mater on March 27 for a festive annual reunion that featured a salute to the College's "Founding Generation."

Left to right: Alumni Association President Michael McCann, Distinguished Faculty Award recipient Blanche Wiesen Cook, Founding Generation Committee chairman Richard Koehler, Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient Salvatore Cassano, and President Jeremy Travis]

The reunion began with a reception in the atrium of John Jay's new building, where many alumni couldn't help but note the stark contrast between the gleaming new facility and the place they knew as John Jay, whether at the Police Academy, 360 Park Avenue South, South Hall or North Hall.

At the dinner in the John Jay gymnasium, the Alumni Association honored Distinguished Professor of History and Women's Studies Blanche Wiesen Cook with the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award. Cook, who calls herself "an activist, a journalist and a historian, not necessarily in that order," was honored for more than four decades of teaching at John Jay and a record of scholarship that includes an award-winning three-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. "I think John Jay has helped to change the world, quite frankly," Cook reflected.

New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano (BS '76) was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Cassano, who has held every uniformed rank in the Fire Department, noted that traits such as courage and strength are no longer enough for a firefighter. His John Jay education, he said, gave him the tools he needed to succeed at every level of the job.

The recipient of the 2013 Endowed Alumni Scholarship is a John Jay "legacy," Patrick Irwin, who is the grandson of William Borman (MPA '75). Irwin, a member of the Class of 2014, attends John Jay full-time, maintaining a 3.775 GPA while also working full-time as a security guard and serving as an NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer.

The evening also included a salute to the "milestone classes" of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007.

John Jay Salutes Its Founding Generation
The 2012 Alumni Reunion on March 27 was preceded by a symposium to honor John Jay College's Founding Generation, the faculty, staff and alumni who, in the words of President Jeremy Travis, "were present at the creation of John Jay in 1964, set the College on its path as a liberal arts institution, guided the College through the Open Admissions era and, most importantly, rallied to save John Jay from being closed during the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s."

The symposium was highlighted by a 15-minute video in which President Emeritus Gerald W. Lynch and John Jay faculty members and alumni discussed "The Formative years of John Jay College and the Crisis of 1976/77." They discussed the College's origins as a humble campus of barely 2,000 students nestled on an upper floor of the New York City Police Academy, how it weathered growing pains and the social changes of the 1960s and 1970s, and emerged, toughened by crisis, as an institution reborn in 1977.

President Travis praised the video as "an elegant tribute" to the Founding Generation.

Panelists at the Founding Generation Symposium included (from left) President emeritus Gerald W. Lynch, Distinguished Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook, former Dean Richard H. Ward and Distinguished Professor Michael Wallace.

Sam Roberts, the veteran urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, moderated a panel discussion that included Lynch, former Dean of Students Richard H. Ward, and Distinguished Professors Blanche Wiesen Cook and Michael Wallace. Wallace likened John Jay's early history to a space launch, with the first stage igniting with the College's founding, the second stage coinciding with the introduction of Open Admissions in 1969-1970, and the third stage being the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s and the end of free tuition. "John Jay achieved escape velocity," said Wallace, and has been flying high ever since."

Lynch noted that the growing professionalization of a number of fields in the 1970s, including policing, helped John Jay to weather the crisis by appealing to both the left and the right. John Jay has always been one of the leaders in professionalizing the police, added Ward, who earned his bachelor's degree from John Jay in 1968.

The symposium also included a panel in which alumni and current John Jay students offered the perspectives of veterans, women and police officers. Conrad Cho, a student who came to the College after military service in Iraq, told his John Jay forebears: "I never knew the events in the film happened. You people left quite a legacy." Joyce St. George (BA '74) addressed her remarks to the many students in the Conference Center when she urged them to "grab everything John Jay has to offer." The panel also included Jelissa Grant, a 20-year-old sophomore, and alumnus Edwin Donovan (BS '72, MA '76).

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Spring 2012 Job & Internship Fair – April 26, 2012
Save the date for the Spring 2012 John Jay College Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 3PM to 7PM. Students and alumni may view the list of employers present on John Jay Careers Online. This list is updated live as employers register!

College Events

Coordination of Counter-terrorism in New York: The Role of Local Government
Monday, April 16, 2012                1:30 - 3:30 PM

Speaker: Kristin Ljungkvist, University of Upsalla, Sweden, Visiting Researcher, Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS). Ms. Ljungkvist is completing her dissertation on governance of global phenomena at the local level. Her work includes extensive interviews on the dynamics and nature of intergovernmental relations in regard to counter-terrorism in New York. She is a visiting researcher at the Regenhard Center and Center on Terrorism at John Jay College.

Please Contact Berlyn Morales to RSVP and for further information, or 646-557-4430.

T-Building - Haaren Hall (View Map)
899 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Room: 630T

Money Management –
Budgeting and Spending Plans
Wednesday, April 18, 2012                       1:45 - 2:15 PM

Practical money management skills are essential to building your financial future. However, there is more to money management skills than putting money in a piggy bank. This workshop will offer valuable information on creating a spending plan and keep in mind regular expenses that may be overlooked and throw off your plan. We encourage students,parents, and anyone interested in practical skills in managing your finances to attend.


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, L.103
New York City

Money Management – Setting Goals
Tuesday, April 24, 2012                           1:45 - 2:15 PM
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, L.103
New York City

"Hot Topics, Cool Research"
Spring Symposia Series 2012
Long-Term Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect
Thursday, April 26, 2012                           4:00 PM

Speaker: Cathy Spatz Widom, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Main Auditorium,
524 West 59th Street,
New York City, NY 10019

Latina Researchers Conference –
Increasing the Pipeline for Future Scholars
Friday, April 27, 2012                                5:00 PM
Saturday, April 28, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Debra Joy Pérez, interim Assistant Vice President for Research and Evaluation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Pérez chairs the foundation's Diversity Committee, focusing on increasing the diverse perspectives that inform the foundation's grant-making. She is the lead program officer for "New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming."

More information:
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
New York City

Alumni Spotlight
Paula Howell Anderson

Paula Howell Anderson, BA'98, is someone who knows how to make the most of opportunities. For her, John Jay College served as a springboard to Harvard Law School, and Harvard in turn helped propel her to a law firm partnership and an international reputation as a litigator. Now the 35-year-old Anderson has been acclaimed by Crain's New York Business as one of New York's "40 Under 40," a roster of those who have achieved success in business before turning 40.

Anderson specializes in foreign-corrupt-practices cases and other complex litigation for Shearman & Sterling, LLP, and also does pro bono work in international human rights that has included assisting in the prosecution of those accused of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Growing up in Barbados, where she was raised by her grandparents, she said she always wanted to be a lawyer. She won a college scholarship from the Barbadian government and headed to New York to attend John Jay and be near her parents, who already lived here. She graduated summa cum laude and was the valedictorian of her class, then headed to Harvard in a van emblazoned with an oversized poster featuring her face and the words "Guess who's going to Harvard?"

Since then, Anderson has been praised by clients and colleagues alike for her masterly ability to boil down complex litigations and come away a winner. She also teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy for prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court. The head of Shearman & Sterling's Global Litigation Group, Stephen Fishbein, said of her: "It is quite impressive how much she has accomplished – in her corporate legal work and in her pro bono work – at such a young age. She absolutely deserves all the accolades that come her way."

And she even finds time to don a calypso costume and dance in Carnivale parades.

Student Highlights

Leena Widdi

Freshman Leena Widdi credits her Palestinian heritage for the passion she feels about international criminal justice and human rights. An International Criminal Justice major at John Jay, Widdi is applying to the CUNY Baccalaureate program so that her major will include International Human Rights. "I came to John Jay because it was the only school that met my criminal justice needs," said the 18-year-old. "I'm doing the CUNY BA so that I can also focus on human rights and Middle-Eastern studies, as well. I feel it would give me the best of both worlds."

Widdi's parents immigrated to the United States from the Palestinian Territories. Her father earned a master's degree from Long Island University. She is one of seven children and lives on Staten Island. "I'm Palestinian, so I'm really involved in politics and the Middle East," said Widdi. "With the Arab Spring, it's becoming even more so."

An Honors Program student, Widdi is also the president of a new John Jay chapter of the national club Students for Justice in Palestine. In addition to her schoolwork and extra-curricular activities on campus, Widdi is also a research assistant at the College's Center for International Human Rights. Currently, she is working on the Center's International Women's Day event and on reports about organizations in conflict and post-conflict regions. "We're doing Liberia, Kosovo and Palestine," said Widdi. "I'm doing the Middle East. It's a case study of organizations that work with female youth, in particular."

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