Interim Executive Board
Michael F. McCann
BS'79, MPA'82, MA '85,
First Vice President,
Second Vice President
Third Vice President
Secretary & Long Island Coordinator
Staten Island Coordinator
Daniel Cabrera, Jr.
BS '87, MPA '93, Washington, D.C.
"This is the largest group of John Jay alumni in one place at one time," President Jeremy Travis told the audience at the 2010 Alumni Reunion held on April 19, which easily broke last year's record turnout. In a jovial atmosphere that was charged with school spirit and with just about all classes represented, alums came back to reminisce, to catch up will old friends and to make new contacts. "With our alumni scholarship, we know that alumni make a difference," said Travis. "That there are almost 400 of you here is a tribute to the energy of our alumni relations office that has energized our alumni and has fostered an increased sense of community with our alumni and with our students." In recalling how the College got its start, Alumni Association President Michael McCann asked alumni to consider how far John Jay has come in these 45 years since its beginnings at the NYPD Police Academy. "Our alumni are now represented in so many professions. They are judges, police chiefs, social workers, lawyers, business owners, security personal, in all levels of public safety and many more fields as well. We have it all."
The reunion also marked the presentation of the Alumni Endowed Scholarship to sophomore Jamie Bridgewater who is featured in this month's Student Highlights. The 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award was presented by Associate Librarian Janice Dunham of the Lloyd Sealy Library to Professor Jane Katz of the Health & Physical Education Department for her service to the College. Norman Seabrook, President of the NYC Correction Officers Benevolent Association presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Richard J. Koehler (BS '73) who is featured in the Alumni Spotlight section below.
Renowned Restaurateur Phil Suarez Joins John Jay College Foundation Board
In top culinary circles, the name Phil Suarez is synonymous with fine dining. He is CEO and President of the Suarez Restaurant Group and Partner of Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges. The success of his first restaurant, Positano, paved the way for his relationship with the internationally renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Since 1991 the two have opened such acclaimed establishments as: JoJo, Patria, Gigino Trattoria, Jean Georges, Mercer Kitchen, Matsugen, Prime Steakhouse, Perry St., ABC Kitchen, Spice Market, and The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges. Prior to his involvement in the restaurant world, Suarez worked in the advertising field where he produced award-winning commercials such as the Lite Beer ads for Miller Brewing and music videos including Michael Jackson's Beat It. He has served on the Board of the Police Athletic League as well as the New York Urban Coalition. He has acted as President of the Catholic Big Brothers Association and is a member of the New York State Commission on Human Rights. Suarez is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Crain's New York Business counted him among their 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in 2002 and then again in 2003 as one of their 100 Most Powerful Minority Business Leaders.
What's Going On?
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VIP Protection Course
Monday through Thursday, June 1 - 4, 2010 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Criminal Justice Center has developed a program for individuals tasked with the responsibility of providing physical security for persons at risk such as corporate executives, professional athletes, entertainment celebrities, political personalities and their families. The program is designed to enhance the development of protective skills to create an understanding of tactical and psychological elements in a variety of situations. The training covers practices used by the NYPD, the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service. The trainers for this hands-on program are former federal and local law enforcement professionals with extensive experience. Materials will be provided for each session.
The cost is $550. John Jay alumni receive a 10% discount. Group discounts are available.
For more information and to register, call 212.237.8638 or click here or call 212.237.8638.
John Jay College
555 West 57th Street, 6th Floor
New York City
John Jay Alumni, Friends & Family Day
Staten Island Yankees vs. Brooklyn Cyclones at Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Sunday, June 20, 2010 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Special Father's Day Outing! On Sunday afternoon, June 20, 2010, the John Jay Alumni Association celebrates its fourth annual Alumni, Friends & Family Day with the Staten Island Yankees with a special rate for all alumni! In the Battle of the Boroughs, the SI Yankees take on the Brooklyn Cyclones at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. The park is just a short walk (3 min.) from the FREE Staten Island Ferry and is easily accessible from the Verrazano Bridge (10 min.) or the Goethals Bridge (10 min.). Here's what you get for the special John Jay rate of $18:
* ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs,
chicken sandwiches, soda & water
* FREE limited edition Staten Island Yankees cap
* FREE PlayBall game program for each member of your group
* All kids 12 years & under can run the bases for FREE after the game
For more information, please contact Sunil Persaud at 646.557.4674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richmond County Bank Ballpark
75 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Private Investigator's Course
Monday through Thursday, June 21 - 24, 2010 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Criminal Justice Center has developed a program for individuals who wish to enter the field of private investigations. This four-day program has been specially designed to develop basic knowledge and skills for the practitioner who is, or anticipates being, a private investigator. The program focuses on the challenges faced by investigative personnel who are not in law enforcement and will benefit both the beginner and the accomplished investigator. Our presenters are subject matter experts, attorneys, certified protection professionals and licensed private investigators. Materials will be provided for each session. Certificates will be issued upon completion of the course.
The cost of the program is $475. John Jay alumni receive a 10% discount. Group discounts are available.
For more information and to register, call 212.237.8638 or click here.
John Jay College
555 West 57th Street, 6th Floor
New York City
The recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Richard J. Koehler (BS '73) has had experience with numerous sides of the criminal justice system. He has worked in law enforcement, in corrections, in criminal justice education, and in the practice of law. His first stop was the NYPD. When he was a police officer just starting out, John Jay College was located on the sixth floor of the police academy. "If you were a police officer, you went to John Jay," he told the audience at the Alumni Reunion. "I remember what this college did for me and for so many others. I love John Jay and I love the changes that are taking place." He graduated summa cum laude in 1973 and went on to earn a master's degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College and later his JD from Fordham Law School all while serving with the NYPD. Within the department, Koehler held a number of key position including Chief of Personnel, Chief of Planning, and Director of the Communications Division. In 1986 former Mayor Edward I. Koch appointed him as NYC Correction Commissioner. After four years, he left public service to become a professor in John Jay's Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. On the legal side, he is a partner in the law firm of Koehler & Isaacs, LLP and has been involved in labor relations for over 25 years. He has represented unions in the public and private sectors since 1992 and has managed legal service programs for unions since 1993. He serves as general counsel, labor counsel and/or fund counsel for numerous labor organizations. Koehler was recently honored by the municipal government of Valadares, Brazil, for the service that he and his firm have provided to Brazilian immigrants living in the United States.
Endowed Alumni Scholarship winner Jamie Bridgewater, a native of St. Kitts, credits her mother for her creativity and her father for her self-discipline. She is majoring in English and holds a 3.982 GPA. Bridgewater has been on the Dean's List since 2008 and is a member of the national honor society Phi Eta Sigma, Chapter 337, and the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, Chapter Alpha Xi Omega. She serves as a Peer Ambassador student leader who regularly represents the College community. Through her work at the College's Writing Center, she has helped students develop and improve their ability to communicate effectively in written English. Her 2009 biographical piece, "Memories of Mother," was featured in the NCTE National Gallery of Writing. Her research paper, "Homeschooling: A Misunderstood Phenomenon," will appear in the 2010 edition of John Jay's Finest. She was also recently selected for the Vera Fellows Program at John Jay. Upon receiving the Alumni Endowed Scholarship at the reunion, she told the audience, "You have made it possible for me to have at least one more year of my education and I thank you so very much."