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.
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 ($5000) 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.
2011 Alumni Association Executive Board Election News!
Congratulations to the following newly elected(*) members of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Alumni Association Executive Board:
||Michael F. McCann, BS '74, JD
|1st Vice President
||Richard Gallo, BS '79, MPA '82, MA '85
|2nd Vice President
||Teresa (Teri) Coaxum, BA'93, MPA '08
|3rd Vice President
||Raymond Maniscalco, BS '77, MA '87
||Thomas Belfiore, BA '79, MA '96
||Suzanne J. Chiofolo, BA '00
||Ronald Spadafora, BS '86
* Results are subject to ratification by the John Jay College Foundation, Inc.
Thank you to all the members of the Association who submitted nominations and voted in the 2011 election.
The Alumni Nominations Committee
and Members of the Alumni Executive Board
Researchers Find No Single Cause for Clergy Abuse
There was no single cause or predictive factor that accounts for the sexual abuse of minors by priests, according to researchers at John Jay College who examined the causes and contexts of the problem in a landmark study released in May. "The bulk of cases occurred decades ago," said principal investigator Karen Terry, Associate Provost and Dean of Research and Strategic Partnerships. "The increased frequency of abuse in the 1960s and 1970s was consistent with the patterns of increased deviance in society during that time." Situational factors and opportunities for abuse, said the report, also played a significant role in the onset and continuation of such acts. Terry added that neither celibacy nor homosexuality were causes of the abuse. Priest candidates who would later abuse, she noted, could not be distinguished by psychological test data, developmental and sexual history data, intelligence data, or experience in the priesthood. Another of the study's findings was that the initial, mid-1980s response by bishops to allegations of abuse focused on getting help for the priest-abusers. Diocesan implementation of a comprehensive plan for response to victims during the mid-1990s was inconsistent, according to the study. Terry believes that the development of human formation components to seminary training is associated with the continued low levels of child sexual abuse in the United States. The report, The Causes and Contexts of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010, was presented to the National Review Board, a group of lay Catholics who oversaw the project, and to Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, WA, who chaired the U.S. Bishops' Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People.
Friday, June 3, 2011 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00 pm
The 45th John Jay College of Criminal Justice commencement exercise will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center North. Honorary degree recipients will be the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, (retired) Chief Judge o`f the New York State Court of Appeals, Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner and Lynn Paltrow, founder and executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center North
40th Street and 11th Avenue
New York City
John Jay College Friends and Family Night
with the Staten Island Yankees
Friday, August 5, 2011 7:00 pm
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, popcorn, soda, and water. FREE limited edition Staten Island Yankees cap for each member of your group. Kids 12 & under can run the bases for FREE after the game. Spectacular Post-game Fireworks. $20 per ticket.
Hold the Date!
Richmond County Bank Ballpark
75 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
For the first time ever, the state of New Mexico has appointed a law enforcement official to head its Securities Division. Daniel Tanaka (BA '99) was named by Gov. Suzanne Martinez in April. The Securities Division at the state's Regulation and Licensing Department has three roles: it regulates and licenses the security industry; registers or exempts the investment product offered to the public; and educates investors on how they can prevent becoming victims of fraud. "In the past, it's been a security attorney" who headed the division, said Tanaka, who had served as a special agent there before his promotion. Tanaka began his career with the New York City Department of Investigation. He began there as an intern, and was hired right after graduating from John Jay. "It's the Inspector General for the City of New York," said Tanaka. "We conducted security fraud investigations and other sophisticated white-collar crime investigations," he said. Tanaka, 35, came to John Jay after two years at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD but he didn't come right away. Tanaka spent several years in the Army Reserve in Santa Fe. While there, he began taking classes in police science at a local community college. Fascinated by both policing and psychology, Tanaka wanted to complete his education at a college where he could combine both fields. "My mom sent me a New York Times article about the Forensic Psychology program at John Jay," he said. "I read it, did a little bit of research and knew pretty quickly that this was where I wanted to go." Tanaka moved back to New York (having grown up in Hopewell Junction, NY) to attend John Jay. "I had a real strong interest in public corruption issues and really wanted to do public corruption law enforcement," he said. As luck would have it, Professor Daniel Vona is also a "Johnny" an alumnus of St. John's. "We got to know each other a little bit and I signed up for his senior seminar on organized crime," said Tanaka. "He kind of became a mentor to me," he said. "It was his mentoring and the interest he took in me as an individual that really moved me that direction."
By Peter Dodenhoff
David M. Marshall IV
For Konrad Ornatowski, earning the designation as the Class of 2011 Valedictorian is the latest in a string of honors and yet another strong piece of evidence attesting to the triumphal power of dedication, effort and resiliency.
Ornatowski, a 27-year-old Forensic Science major with a perfect 4.0 GPA, immigrated to the United States from Warsaw, Poland, at age 7, settling in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. At age 15, Ornatowski was on his own, following the deaths of both parents his mother when he was 10, and his father five years later. Self-sufficiency was a lesson he had to learn quickly. "I knew that education would be my rescue," he said. Ornatowski planned to follow a conventional path from high school straight to college, but the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center intervened. "We watched the whole thing from the windows of our school," he said, recalling his senior year at Murray Bergtraum High School in lower Manhattan. Like many of his generation, he heeded a patriotic call and enlisted in the armed forces. During his four years with the Marine Corps, Ornatowski served in a variety of elite roles, including the Presidential honor guard and the elite Force Recon special operations unit, among other assignments. In 2006, following the end of his commitment, getting a college education once again became his priority. "I enrolled in the forensic science program at John Jay in the hope of further developing my love and curiosity for the sciences," he explained. Focusing on molecular biology, he became a member of the lab group led by Professor Diana Friedland, and lost a valued mentor with Friedland's death last year from cancer. "She was very influential and always cared about her students," he said. Ornatowski said maintaining a perfect grade point average was something of a challenge. "Sometimes I wish the 4.0 had gone away a long time ago, just to take the weight off me," he said. "But it didn't, so after a while keeping it became more and more important." Next on the agenda for Ornatowski is giving back to his wife and infant daughter. "Right now I need to get a job to support my family," he said. "My time at John Jay has been extremely positive, and this program has unquestionably prepared me for the employment aspirations I have with the federal government." The road of life can be filled with interesting and unforeseen detours. The 2011 salutatorian, David M. Marshall IV, appreciates the truth of that. Marshall began his college career in 1993 fresh from high school, but soon left to escape from what he described as an environment marked by homophobic bullying. He was in the midst of a career as an airline flight attendant when two people he knew were killed on 9/11, prompting the realization that life is too short. He decided to restart his college career, this time at John Jay, where he has since compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in culture and deviance studies, with double minors in psychology and gender studies. "Coming back to college as an adult, you appreciate things in a totally different way," said Marshall, now 35. "Your perspective is totally different." The path to his bachelor's degree has been a voyage of discovery for Marshall. He has worked on a variety of research projects, with many of them opening doors to new areas of scholarly interest and new faculty contacts, including a study of underage sex workers in Atlantic City with Professor Ric Curtis, a study of methamphetamine markets in New York City with Professor Travis Wendel and, since completing his degree in December 2010, a six-week study of social networks in Labrador, Canada, with Professor Kirk Dombrowski. Wendel has since asked Marshall to be project coordinator for a federally-funded HIV behavioral study in New York. "I love research and I love fieldwork," said Marshall. "It's not something I thought I would like, but I just love it." And while he gives much of the credit for academic mentoring to Dombrowski, Curtis and Wendel, he is also quick to cite the support provided by his mother and partner. "It may sound cliché," he says, "but I wouldn't be where I am without them."