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Making Objects Speak
A grant of $194,430 from the National Endowment for the Humanities is being used to develop digital audio technology to enhance introductory college courses in history and literature by engaging students directly and actively with the artifacts and environments of past societies. Under the direction of Professors Fritz Umbach of the History Department and Elisabeth Gitter and Patricia Licklider of the English Department, the project brings together professors in these disciplines to produce and disseminate scholarly audio tapes of local museum collections, historic buildings and neighborhoods; to create supplementary web-based educational materials; and to allow for the replication of this project nationally. To learn more about "Making Objects Speak: Portable Audio Guides for Teaching with Visual Culture in the Humanities," click here.

J Journal: The Literary Journal of John Jay
"By five o'clock the battalion had mustered at 116th Street and Broadway, the main university gate. Alfie looked down the line of blue uniforms, a few, like him, in helmet and riot gear. A hundred night sticks smacked palms like the sound of upstate heat bugs..." To find out what happens next in "Rome," a provocative short story by George Guida, you need to read the inaugural issue of the J Journal that features new creative writing on crime, criminal justice, law and law enforcement. To purchase a copy, to subscribe, and for submission guidelines, click here.


John Jay Alumni and Family Night
Staten Island Yankees vs. Brooklyn Cyclones
Sunday, August 3, 2008                          6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), Staten Island Coordinator James Brito (BS '05), and the Alumni Association Board will host "Alumni and Family Night" at the baseball game between the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) at the Richmond County Ballpark. John Jay ticket holders will be treated to a free PlayBall game program, a chance to win autographed memorabilia, a free limited-edition SI Yankees cap, and unlimited hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, soda and water.

Special ticket prices for John Jay alumni and their guests are $15 per person. (Children under 2, accompanied by an adult, do not require a ticket for admission.)

Tickets are subject to availability and may be purchased by credit card or check by Friday, July 25, 2008. Please include the following information with your order: your name, degree(s) and years(s), email address, street address, city, state, zip code, daytime telephone, the number of tickets being ordered, and the total amount of your purchase. Send your check payable to "Staten Island Yankees" or credit card order (Visa, Master Card, AMEX or Discover) to: Mr. Tom Kurtz (BS '07), Staten Island Yankees Baseball, 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301. Orders may also be submitted by fax to 718.273.5763 or by phone to 718.313.1317.

For more information, contact Tom Kurtz at 718.313.1317, or John Jay Alumni Relations at 212.237.8547 or

Richmond County Ballpark
75 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

The Office of Continuing and Professional Studies

Notary Public - NYS Test Preparation
Friday, August 29, 2008                         9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This seminar prepares individuals for the New York State Notary Public Examination and provides a comprehensive view of the notary public office, including the extent of authority the position holds as well as its duties and responsibilities.

The cost is $115. Alumni receive a 10% discount. For more information and to register, click here or call 212.237.8663

John Jay College
BMW Building
555 West 57th Street
New York City

LSAT Preparation Course
Saturdays, August 16, 23, 30, 2008
Saturdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This 7-session course uses the Cambridge Education Services method that provides students with complete preparation for the LSAT exam and uses actual past tests and does not rely on made-up questions.

The cost for the course is $685. The cost for materials is $135. Alumni receive a 10% discount. For more information and to register, click here or call 212.237.8663.

John Jay College
BMW Building
555 West 57th Street, 6th Floor
New York City

Fall Open Houses
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Office of Continuing and Professional Studies would like to introduce you to the wide variety of courses being offered this fall -- courses that are designed to meet both your professional needs and personal development. Come and enjoy some refreshments and meet the faculty who are internationally known experts in their fields. Alumni receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Paralegal Studies Open Houses
Monday, September 8, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, September 15, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, September 22, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Paralegal Certificate Program at John Jay is a rigorous educational experience emphasizing the practical skills needed to succeed as a paralegal. Join us for some refreshments and find out more about this program by attending one of our open houses.

For more information, call 212.237.8663 or email

John Jay College
BMW Building
555 West 57th Street, Room 613BMW
New York City

Interrogation and Torture Controversy: Crisis in Psychology
Friday, September 12, 2008                     9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This all-day conference is being sponsored by the John Jay Center on Terrorism, the Division of Social Issues of the New York State Psychologist Association, and York College. The conference will focus on the historical and ethical dimensions of this crisis, and especially the participation of psychologists in detainee interrogations and intelligence gathering. Representing a range of views, a distinguished group of experts will confer with participants on questions rarely addressed in public forums. Presenters will include Alfred McCoy, Mark Denbeaux, Steven Reisner, Tony Lagouranis, Allan Keller, Ghislaine Boulanger, Katherine Eban, David DeBatto, Frank Summers, Jameel Jaffer, and Lesley Gill.

This conference is free and open to the public. (Check-in begins at 8:30 AM.)

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

Occasional Series on Reentry Research
Women, Reentry and Everyday Life: Time to Work?
Friday, September 12, 2008                     8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to this presentation by Venezia Michalsen, Director of Analysis and Client Information Systems at the Women's Prison Association. Her study examines how multiple time demands influence women's ability to reintegrate successfully. The research investigates the impact that women's involvement in multiple government and social service systems has on finding employment.

RSVP to Amelia Thompson at 212.237.1399 or

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

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Sunday, September 14, 2008                    9:00 AM

Join us in the fight against breast cancer by participating in the 2008 Komen Race for the Cure. The JOHN JAY JAYWALKERS are once again registered as a team. Alumni, faculty, staff and students have participated in this worthwhile event for the past 15 years. And, for the last two years we have had the largest team in the College/University category. We can make a difference.

Click here to sign up. For more information, contact the JAYWALKERS Team Captain, Irene O'Donnell, at or 212-237-8540.

Central Park West
New York City

The 60th Professional Security Management Course
September 15 to December 8, 2008          6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
(Monday evenings, 11 sessions)

This course, offered by The Security Management Institute, is designed for individuals already in security management and those seeking a career in this profession. The program is structured around the testing areas outlined by the American Society for Industrial Security and the Certified Protection Professional Certification Board.

Tuition is $475 for advance registration, $500 at the door. Alumni received a 10% discount. For more information, and to register click here or call 212.237.8638.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Room 203T
New York City

Alumni Spotlight
Elizabeth O'Connor (MA '04)

Elizabeth O'Connor (MA '04)
Even though Elizabeth O'Connor had a successful career in web publishing, she always needed her "kid fix" by volunteering in places like New York Presbyterian Hospital to work with HIV positive children. And at a young age, she was already concerned about those behind bars. "My dad was a cop in the Bronx and I remember visiting the precinct and sitting outside the holding cells speaking to people who were being detained and trying to help them... like a man who had to pick up a child from school and needed to make a phone call."

That concern and a master's in forensic psychology have enabled O'Connor to become the director of the juvenile justice program at DOME (Developing Opportunities through Meaningful Education), a New York City non-profit organization that works with youngsters who have fallen through the cracks.

"I was fortunate that in my first semester, I took the juvenile offender class with [former] Associate Professor Elsie Chandler. She is not only a certified clinical psychologist, but is also a defense attorney with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Through her class, I met Judge Michael Corriero of the New York County Supreme Court's Youth Part that handles 13-15 year olds who have been tried as adults. And, he offered me an externship. John Jay is so exciting because many of the professors are working in the field and have all these real life examples to share."

Although the juvenile justice program at DOME is small with a staff of only four, it has a big impact. Boys who are sent to detention centers recidivate at a rate of 80%, she says. While for those in DOME and similar programs, the rate is 20%. The Alternative to Incarceration Program at DOME handles more that 100 kids a year with misdemeanors including some with felony cases. According to O'Connor, it costs DOME about $7,000 per year to provide services for each child as opposed to $200,000 a year at a detention center. At DOME young people receive counseling, court advocacy, job preparation and guidance toward educational and vocational opportunities. "We are fortunate that in New York many judges understand the therapeutic issues surrounding juveniles when it comes to sentencing," she says.

Although it's been four years since she graduated, John Jay continues to play a direct role in O'Connor's professional life. She recently hired Shaneẻ Daley who just received a master's in forensic psychology and Robert DeJesus who is a graduate student in the public administration program. "I feel comfortable hiring individuals from John Jay. They are already focused on what they want to do."

Student Highlights

An Award Winning Model
For the fourth consecutive year, John Jay's Model United Nations team brought home a major award. Last spring the team won the Distinguished Delegation award at the National Model United Nations Conference. "Ours is the only John Jay team that participates in an academic competition at the international level and wins major awards on a regular basis," said Professor George Andreopoulos, director of the John Jay Center for International Human Rights who also serves as an advisor to the team. The Model UN team is coached by Matthew Zommer, a lecturer in the Department of Government. The delegates were: Gabriele Ursitti, Joseph Simone, Christina Lee, Sarah Rehman, Patrick Scullin, Ali Bessyoni, Norhan Basuni, Pawel Milko, Monika Lekarczk, Nory Boiatchian, Latoya Brown, Meggin Simmers, Susanne Duque, Ksenia Khaimova, Yuri Harry, Kafay Louie Liang, Aneesa Baboolal, Ewa Helena Hernik and Ralitsa Ruski. Research support was provided by students Arie Braizblot, Margaret Colbert and Sybil D'Angelo.

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