John Jay Alumni Association Newsletter (December 2011)
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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

Special thanks...

To alumni volunteers who helped welcome more than 3,000 Open House guests, including 1,380 prospective undergraduates, we are deeply grateful -- notably, speaker Kenneth Thompson, BA'89, magna cum laude, JD, former federal prosecutor and founding partner of Thompson Wigdor, LLP, and Alumni Leadership Committee greeters James Brito, BS '05, Stacey Leary, MA'11, Norlon Monroe, BS'11, and Andrew Schweighardt, MA'09. Alumnus and assistant professor Marcel Roberts, Bs'02, PhD, shared his professional story and lessons learned as a Career Day panelist for the Jamaican Students' Association. At a recent Alumni Executive Board meeting, alumna Whitney Brown, AS'08, Student Council President (2011-2012) proposed new collaborations and alumnus Declan Walsh, BA/MA'96, Director of Community Outreach & Service Learning, facilitated a "Treats for Troops" presentation by students Meherun Begum and Nick Guarriello. And alumna Yvette Brickhouse BA'07 and alumnus Louie Liang, BA'09, cum laude, staffed the Alumni Table at Homecoming – Go Bloodhounds!! Sincere thanks to everyone for taking time from busy schedules to give back to John Jay. .

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.

College News

John Jay Delegation Goes to American Society of Criminology Conference
President Jeremy Travis led a delegation of 115 John Jay faculty, staff, administrators and students from the undergraduate through doctoral levels to the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology last month. "This is most impressive," said Travis. "John Jay will have quite a presence at the ASC, with presenters and panelists on every day of the conference and in every time slot. It's just another indication of how widely and forcefully our mission of educating for justice resonates." John Jay representatives will participate in 101 presentations of various types, from panel discussions and roundtables to author-meets-critics sessions, noted Associate Provost and interim Dean for Research and Strategic Partnerships Karen Terry. The delegation includes members of ten academic departments: Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration; Criminal Justice; Sociology; Psychology; Anthropology; English; Public Management; Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science and the Lloyd Sealy Library. In addition, representatives from the College's Prisoner Reentry Institute, Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center and Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics will be on hand, along with dozens of students from undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

Jeremy Travis Named Chair of the National Research Council's Committee on Law and Justice
The National Research Council named President Jeremy Travis as head the organization's Committee on Law and Justice in October. Travis, who has served as a member of the Committee since 2005, will succeed James Q. Wilson, Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. His three-year appointment will take effect on January 1, 2012. Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Cathy Spatz Widom, has also been appointed to the Committee." The Committee on Law and Justice has been a standing committee of the National Research Council since 1975. It was formed to increase scientific understanding of crime and justice issues and to provide assistance in this regard to the National Institute of Justice. The members of the committee represent a breadth and depth of expertise necessary for studying such issues as violence, international and transnational crime, juvenile crime, white collar crime, law enforcement, prosecution, corrections and sentencing, illegal drugs and the operation of illegal markets, and deterrence. During President Travis's service on the committee, the 15-member panel has produced reports on topics that include parole and community reintegration, ballistic imaging, understanding crime trends, and strengthening the National Institute of Justice, among others. Current projects include an assessment of juvenile justice reform, the deterrent value of the death penalty, and the causes and consequences of high rates of incarceration in America. "It is indeed an honor to serve as Chair of the Committee on Law and Justice," said Travis. "It is particularly humbling to succeed James Q. Wilson, who has led the Committee with great distinction. I am confident that the Committee with its distinguished history of advancing the state of scientific inquiry on critical topics of crime and justice will continue to play a vital role in promoting strong research."

College Events

A Talk by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
Thursday, December 1, 2011                                   2:00 PM

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
New York City

Occasional Symposium Series Fall 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011                        9:00 -11:00 AM

George L. Kelling: "Lest I Forget"
Internationally recognized criminologist and co-author of the 1982 "Broken Windows" article will reflect on the evolution of police thinking during the last half of the 20th century. Kelling will also set out and critique contemporary developments, trends and fads in the field, such as evidence-based, predictive, third-party and other models of policing. The talk will be followed by an extensive Q&A session.


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue, RM 630T
New York City

The Landscape of Counterterrorism Information
Sharing in the United States
Tuesday, December 6, 2011                        1:00 - 3:30 PM

Speaker Carol Dyer from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) will discuss the structure and function of the counterterrorism information sharing system in the United States. The NCTC plays a central role in information sharing and analysis of intelligence from numerous sources including law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

RSVP to Berlyn Morales at (646) 557-4430 or

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue, RM 630 T
New York City

Money Management -- Monitor Your Spending (Needs and Wants)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011                         1:45 - 2:30 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 keeping track of your spending and prioritizing your needs and wants. 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, 1101 NB
New Building
New York City

Money Management -- Financial Literacy: A Review
Wednesday, December 6, 2011                       1:45 - 2:30 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 a variety of financial literacy topics that will help you manage your money better. 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, 1101 NB
New York City

Patrick V. Murphy Lecture
Thursday, December 8, 2011                             6:30 - 8:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis invites you to the Patrick V. Murphy Lecture given by Victor Olisa, Superintendent, Operational Stop and Search Lead, Metropolitan Police Service, UK. Reception to follow.


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue, RM 630T
New York City

Graduate Career Advising Symposium Series
Thursday, December 8, 2011                            1:30 - 3:00 PM

Connecting Students to the Community of Practice with Erin Tarica, Recruitment Manager, Coro New York Leadership Center. Coro is New York City's premier leadership training program and a community of 2,000 alumni across businesses, government agencies, schools and non-profits that is shaping the city's future. For nearly 30 years, Coro has used the city as its classroom, teaching students and executives, activists and entrepreneurs how New York works so that they can make it better.

Contact Linda Mitchell
(212) 484-1302 or via email:

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
New Building Conference Center

Request for Reunion Honoree Nominations
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Submission deadline

To submit a nomination, please fill-in and e-mail the form below (one form per nominee) to by Tuesday, January 17, 2012. For further information, please call 212-237-8547.

The Alumni Executive Board of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice seeks nominations for honorees that will be recognized by the College and the Alumni Association at the Alumni Reunion in Spring 2012. The awards to be presented are:

* "Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award," recognizing an alumnus or an alumna whose outstanding professional accomplishments motivate and inspire our students to excel

* "Distinguished Faculty Award," recognizing a current or former faculty member whose leadership, achievements, and commitment to the College provide models for students to emulate

2012 Alumni Reunion Honoree Nomination Form

I hereby nominate ______________for the __________________ Award (2012)

Please include a statement describing why the nominee should receive the award noted above.

Please include the nominee's e-mail, phone, and, if available, a resume or bio. Feel free to reference online sources or enclose additional sheets.

Your Name_________________________________

Degree/Class (if applicable) ______ /________

Email _________________________________________

Phone _________________________________________

John Jay Affiliation ________________________________________________

On behalf of the Alumni Executive Board, thank you for your submission.

Best regards, Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations

Tuesday, March 27, 2012                                     2:00 PM

President Travis and Founding Generation Committee Chairman Richard Koehler, BA'73 summa cum laude, MA, JD, invite alumni -- particularly graduates who attended prior to 1977 -- to a new initiative celebrating alumni, faculty and staff who were present during the formative years of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Please hold the date. Details will follow.

2012 ALUMNI REUNION – Please hold the date!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012                                    5:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis and Alumni Board President Michael McCann, BS'74, JD invite graduates, faculty, and students to the 2012 Alumni Reunion on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM at the College. Alumni from all classes are invited, and we will recognize the Milestone Classes of '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02, and '07. Please hold the date. Details will follow.

Alumni Spotlight

As a young firefighter in New York City during the 1970s, Brian Hughes (BS '79) met many returning Vietnam veterans involved in an educational program created for them at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "I heard what they had to say about it, and I signed up in 1976," he said. In the decades since, Hughes, 62, has gone on to become a private-practice attorney in the town of Southold, NY. "Law school was something I always had in the back of my mind," he said. "T. Kenneth Moran was the head of the Law and Police Science Department and he did a lot of pushing, encouraging me to go to law school." Hughes attended St. John's School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1986 and to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. After serving as an assistant state attorney general, he went to work at the District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn in 1990 where he was named Bureau Chief of the Economic Crimes and Arson section. "These were high-level things," said Hughes. "One of the cases was the 1994 retrial of the Waldbaum's case. August 2, 1978, can't ever forget that date," he said. That was the day that a fire set in the Brooklyn supermarket took the lives of six firefighters who fell into the flames after the roof of the building collapsed. The conviction on murder and arson charges against Eric Jackson-Knight was overturned in 1988. His retrial, however, ended in an acquittal. In 1997, Hughes moved out to Southold on Long Island's North Shore. "I decided to start over as a poor country lawyer," he said. Hughes is chair of the Southold Town Board of Ethics and a member of both the Suffolk County Bar Association and the New State Bar Association's criminal justice section. He has also been an adjunct professor at John Jay in the Department of Law and Police Science. His practice includes criminal law and plenty of pro bono work, Hughes said.

Student Highlights

Anna Witkowska

International Criminal Justice major Anna Witkowska came to the United States from Poland when she was 15. As a ninth-grader who spoke and read no English, she worried that college would be difficult. But Witkowska rose to the challenge. The 21-year-old junior is both a member of John Jay's Honors Program and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. "I always knew about John Jay," Witkowska said, adding that many of her classmates at International High School in Queens attended the College. "Once I checked the website, I found that International Criminal Justice was a very unique major. I've always been interested in different cultures. I felt that by taking classes in comparative criminal justice systems and comparative politics, I could expand my knowledge." Witkowska's parents, she said, came to the United States because they wanted more opportunities for Anna and her sister. In Poland, she said, there is no public education. "In Poland, it is very hard to move up the ladder," said Witkowska. As a McNair Scholar, Witkowska intends to go on to graduate school and potentially a doctoral program. "I'm especially interested in foreign policy and comparative politics," she said.
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