John Jay Alumni Association Newsletter (February 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

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 Professor's Groundbreaking Research Published in Quarterly Review of Biology
Multiple sclerosis, long viewed as an autoimmune disease, may in fact be a metabolic disorder, according to Assistant Professor Angelique Corthals of the Department of Sciences. Corthals, a biological/forensic anthropologist earned her doctorate at the University of Oxford. She has spent over ten years of scientific research and teaching experience in the fields of pathology, forensic, biomedical and physical anthropology, phylogenetics and evolutionary biology, genetic resources and epidemiology. Corthals findings appear in the December 2011 issue of the Quarterly Review of Biology. In "Multiple Sclerosis Not a Disease of the Immune System," she suggests that MS is caused by faulty lipid metabolism, in many ways more similar to coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Considering MS as a metabolic disorder helps to explain many puzzling aspects of the disease, particularly why it strikes women more than men and why cases are on the rise worldwide. This new framework, she contends, could help guide researchers toward new treatments and ultimately lead to a cure for the dreaded disease. Affecting at least 1.3 million people worldwide, its main characteristic is inflammation followed by scarring of tissue called myelin that insulates nerve tissue in the brain and spinal cord. Over time, this scarring can lead to profound neurological damage. "Each time a genetic risk factor has shown a significant increase in MS in one population, it has been found to be unimportant in another," Corthals said. "Pathogens like Epstein-Barr virus have been implicated, but there's no explanation for why genetically similar populations with similar pathogen loads have drastically different rates of disease. The search for MS triggers in the context of autoimmunity simply hasn't led to any unifying conclusions about the etiology of the disease," she said. However, understanding the nature of MS as metabolic rather than autoimmune begins to bring the disease and its causes into focus. "When lipid metabolism fails in the arteries, you get atherosclerosis," Corthals explains. "When it happens in the central nervous system, you get MS. But the underlying etiology is the same." The body is "primed" for the disease which is triggered by a pathogen or trauma or any event causing inflammation. Corthals hopes that this new understanding of the disease could eventually lead to new treatments and prevention measures.

Criminal Justice Doctoral Student Receives Department of State Fellowship
Leonid Lantsman, a third-year student in the John Jay College/CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, has been awarded a prestigious Franklin Fellowship from the U.S. State Department. His research will focus on a comparative study of how criminal networks utilize seaports for their own illicit purposes. "The fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity and will enable me to make a greater contribution to the wider criminological and public policy fields by widening my research to international seaports outside of the U.S.," said Lantsman. "Without the efforts of my colleagues and professors at John Jay I wouldn't have had the opportunity to vie for the Franklin Fellowship, so I'm pleased to have chosen this program and to be working with so many accomplished colleagues." Before studying at John Jay, Lantsman earned a B.A. in Government from Cornell University and studied at the School for Oriental and African Studies in London. The Franklin Fellows Program is a unique and innovative executive development vehicle via which the government taps citizens' knowledge and which enables approved organizations to promote public service by their professionals. "This is a tremendous accomplishment that reflects the unique research project that Lenny has conceptualized," said Professor Joshua Freilich, Executive Officer of Doctoral Studies in Criminal Justice at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. "As the State Department recognized, it has important real world policy implications. These attributes reflect what our PhD Program strives for: To train our students to conduct the most rigorous scientific research studies that benefit scholars, policy makers and practitioners."

In Memoriam 2011...
Adam F. D'Alessandro – AAS '65, BS '66
Robert Worth Berry – MA '81
Rodney Risley Dent – BA '89
Ann Dugas – MA '95
James Haggerty – MA '80
Howard Hoffman – BS '76
William J. Guido – BS '76
Henry Murawski – BS '77
Mark Antony Romano – BS '72

Richard Culp
Easter Mitchell
Patrick V. Murphy
Mary Peyton
Jackie Pica
Carl Williams

College Events

Student Government Presents...the John Jay Family Carnival!!!
Thursday, February 2, 2012                               2:00 –- 8:00 PM

The Student Government invites all alumni, their families, partners and significant others to a new event – the Family Carnival! Come and enjoy unlimited games, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn ... and music provided by DJ Synfo & the Hot 97 team. Entrance fees are: $10 per adult and $5 per child (under 12 yrs.). Please remember to bring a donation of non-perishable goods to this event. The entire John Jay community is welcome.

John Jay College Gymnasium, 4th Floor, T-Building
899 Tenth Ave., NY, NY
(Entrance between W58 & W59)

7th Annual John Jay College/ Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America
Monday, February 6, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Problem That Won't Go Away: How Drugs, Race and Politics Distort US Criminal Justice

Register Online at

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
99 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Lloyd George Sealy Lecture
Wednesday, February 8, 2012                          6:00 PM

Speaker: The Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

For more information, please contact student affairs:

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Administrative Conference Room (L61)
New York City

22nd Annual Malcolm King Breakfast
Friday, February 24, 2012

Keynote speaker and honoree: Dr. Kahlil Gibran Muhammad; Director, Schomburg Center for research in Black Culture
RSVP by Monday, February 20, 2012
Contact: 212.237.8764

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Spring Symposia Series 2012
Occupy Wall Street: Forerunners and Future
Thursday, February 24, 2012                   4:00 PM

Presenter: Distinguished Professor Michael Wallace, Pulitzer Prize-Winning

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

Recent Alumni Career Seminar for Classes 2002 through 2011
Thursday, March 1st, 2012                   5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

All alumni in classes from 2002-2011 are invited to attend the second annual Recent Alumni Career Seminar on Thursday, March 1st from 5:30 PM-9:30 PM. This event allows John Jay graduates from 2002 through 2011, who received an undergraduate or a graduate degree, to network with other recent alumni and seek advice and counseling from the knowledgeable staff in the Center for Career & Professional Development. The seminar features keynote speaker Paul Viollis, CEO of Risk Control Strategies, Inc., a panel of employers, and a variety of workshops, including: Effective Resumes & Cover Letters; Navigating a Tough Interview; Strategies for Successful Networking; Career Change: How to Market Yourself in a New Role; and Planning for Graduate and Law School.

Admission is FREE, and dinner will be provided!
Advance registration online is required:

Space is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience. If you have questions, or difficulty registering, please contact the Center for Career & Professional Development Office (tel-212-237-8754; Remember to join our Facebook page: - for events sponsored by the Center.

Crime Reduction, Race & Reconciliation
Thursday, March 22, 2012                                    4:00 PM

Presenter: Professor David Kennedy, Director of John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Center on Crime Prevention and Control, and author of "Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner City America."

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

Law Day
Saturday, March 24, 2012 9:00 AM                      4:00 PM

Law Day is an all-day program of workshops specially designed to ensure that John Jay College pre-law students learn about the law school application process and the Law School Admissions Test, while networking with attorneys and judges and learning from a noted member of the legal profession during the Samuel and Anna Jacobs Foundation Lecture on Law and the Legal Profession.

Guest speakers; Michael A. Cardozo, New York City Corporation Counsel, and Alumna Seny Taveras, Chief of Staff for New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.

Contact: Vielka Holness
(212) 237-8116

Please hold the date!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012                                     3:00 PM

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

* Also, tours of the stunning new building will be offered at 2:00 PM

2012 ALUMNI REUNION – Please hold the date!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012                                    5:30 PM

President Jeremy Travis and Alumni Executive Board President Michael McCann, BS'74, JD invite all alumni, faculty, and students to the 2012 Alumni Reunion on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The opening reception begins at 5:30 PM and dinner will follow at 7:00 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 Fire Safety Director of the Millennium Broadway Hotel, William Bolger (AS '91, MS '08) owes much of what he has learned to John Jay where, he says, he had the benefit of learning from the practitioners who taught in the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management. "In this field, if it works, we'll do it," said Bolger. "Even the smallest detail can help. What John Jay teaches you is ongoing. If you're a practitioner who teaches, you're out there, you know what's going on and you can bring that back to the classroom," he said. "What goes on in the classroom goes back out on the street. It's a constant winding around and around." Bolger, 45, was fresh out of the Marine Corps when he enrolled in John Jay in 1988. "I figured, let me jump back into school and my first job was in John Jay's Department of Public Safety," he said. From there, he worked at JP Morgan Guaranty Trust. "I always wanted to be a police officer, so I spent a year and a half in federal corrections," said Bolger. Prior to the Millennium Broadway Hotel, where he has been since 2004, Bolger served with Port Authority Police Department and then at Columbia University's Public Safety Department. As fire safety director at the Millennium, Bolger is the first to respond when the fire alarm goes off, directing the fire department where to go and evacuating guests and staff from the area or the building. Bolger resets the fire panel when he is given the all clear. But he deals with other public-safety issues, as well. "We do everything else," said Bolger. "Lockouts, people with emergency problems, like heart attacks." His John Jay graduate work, he says, has given him a boost in terms of knowledge of the field and experience. Bolger is constantly checking on new best practices posted on the FEMA and DHS Web sites, along with that of any city agency that has anything to do with emergency management. "My biggest problem is trying to keep people at work ahead of the eight-ball," he said. "Trying to convince management that they need to spend a little bit of money to keep everything that can go wrong not go wrong at our hotel," said Bolger. "We need to keep our guests happy and healthy, and if they're not, we're out of business."

Student Highlights
There are not many students at John Jay, or perhaps anywhere, who can put on their resumés that they helped a professor perform a necropsy of a "heavily decomposed pitbull" for cause of death. But then there are not many students like Steven Pineman, a 20-year-old Forensic Science major who will be graduating one year early this spring. Pineman has always excelled in math and science. His GPA in his major is 3.906 and his cumulative GPA is almost as high – 3.886. "I was interested in either engineering or forensic science," said Pineman, who comes from Island Park, NY. "I finally decided to go to John Jay instead of Hofstra, or one of the other schools that has forensic science, because it was more affordable and the class size was a lot smaller." Professor Angelique Corthals has been Pineman's mentor. Together, they have been researching quantifying molecular damage in both human and non-human skeletal material for genotyping and evolutionary studies. "It's a broad spectrum project that is going to break up into small projects," said Pineman. "After I graduate, I'm probably going to still come back and finish the research." During his nearly three years at John Jay, Pineman has won the Hecht Scholarship and been on the Dean's List each semester. In addition, he is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Society for Freshman Year, Alpha Phi Sigma, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and John Jay's PRISM (Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors). "I was thinking of going into the FBI or some other federal agency," said Pineman. "I want to be a crime-scene detective and going into forensic anthropology for graduate school."

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