John Jay Alumni Association Newsletter (March 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

College News

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.

Professor David Kennedy's Violence-Reduction Strategy Centerpiece of NYS Initiative
A violence-reduction strategy developed by Professor David Kennedy, Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will be the centerpiece of a comprehensive $2-million anti-violence initiative recently announced by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. A total of $1 million will be awarded to six communities --€” Newburgh, Albany, Schenectady, Brownsville (Brooklyn), the Bronx and Manhattan --€” to attack gun violence and crime using the strategies that Kennedy and the National Network for Safe Communities have employed successfully in localities nationwide. "By focusing community outreach, help and, where necessary, enforcement on the small number of core offenders who drive the crime numbers, we can reduce violence and at the same time limit the number of people we lock away in prisons," Kennedy said. "National experience has shown that this approach makes neighborhoods dramatically safer and creates stronger communities." The Governor's anticrime initiative also includes the creation of a toll-free gun tip line (1-855-GUNS-NYS), a statewide advertising campaign focused on reducing gun crime, and funding support for community-based violence-intervention programs.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Mother Jones Win 2012 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards
Gina Barton of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Trevor Aaronson of Mother Jones magazine are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2012 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards. "The Mother Jones and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel stories were very impressive pieces of investigative journalism that drew attention to issues of critical importance in criminal justice," said President Travis, who announced the awards. "We are proud to recognize the winners' contributions to the national dialogue on these issues." The awards presentation took place on February 6th at an awards dinner in New York City, held in conjunction with the 7th annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium: The Problem That Won't Go Away: How Drugs, Race and Politics Distort US Criminal Justice, hosted by John Jay's Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ). Trevor Aaronson of Mother Jones magazine won the 2012 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award (single-story category) for his investigation into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's 15,000 nationwide informants charged with spying on Muslim-American communities. During a one–year reporting journey in partnership with the Lowell Bergman's Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkeley, Aaronson found that the FBI is infiltrating Muslim communities and drawing people into "terrorist plots" that are actually conceived and financed by the FBI. The previously unreported story received national attention. Gina Barton of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won the 2012 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award (series category) for "Both Sides of the Law," a multi-part series about lawbreakers on the Milwaukee police force. During an investigation that spanned over two years, Barton found 93 officers on the force -- ”from street cop to captain --€ ”had been disciplined by the department for violating the laws and ordinances they were sworn to uphold. "We're proud once again to honor the best in criminal justice reporting this year," said CMCJ Director Stephen Handelman. "The impressive variety of entries submitted to our judges attest to the continuing importance of journalism's watchdog role in a fast-changing and complex criminal justice system." The distinguished panel of five judges for the 2012 awards included: Alexa Capeloto, assistant professor of journalism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former Enterprise Editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune; Joe Domanick, veteran Los Angeles-based crime author and reporter and associate director at the CMCJ; Ted Gest, president, Criminal Justice Journalists; Jordan Smith, reporter for the Austin Chronicle and 2009 John Jay Prize Winner; and Mansfield Frazier, a contributing columnist for The Crime Report, Newsweek/Daily Beast and Cool Cleveland.

College Events

How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young And Arab In America
Thursday, March 1, 2012                   10:00 AM

Brooklyn College Professor Moustafa Bayoumi, author of How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab In America, will reflect on what it means to be Arab-American and Muslim-American today, 10 years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Contact Information:
Name: Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D.
Phone: 212-237-8693

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

"Supermax" Confinement In U.S. Prisons: A Necessary Practice Or Torture?
Thursday, March 1, 2012                   6:00 - 8:00 PM

This program will examine whether the widespread use of extended solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, affecting tens of thousands of federal prisoners, is a necessary administrative measure or whether, despite the absence of physical abuse, "supermax" detention amounts to torture or other human rights violations and, if so, what changes should be made in current U.S. practices. Speakers will include Juan E. Mendez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture; Professor Martin Horn, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Michael Mushlin, Pace University Law School. Moderator: David Stoelting, Committee on International Human Rights.

This program is free to members of the bar and the public. Advance registration is suggested, but not required, at

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
42 West 44th Street
New York City

Virtual Pornography and How to Address It
Friday, March 2, 2012                   1:30 PM

Speaker: Judge Nancy Gertner, Professor of Practice Harvard Law School

In Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition in 2002, the United States Supreme Court held that to obtain a conviction for possession of child pornography, the government must prove that the images on a defendant's computer are real, rather than virtual. Gertner, who served on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1994-2011, will reflect on her decision in United States v. Frabizio in 2006 in which she found that the Daubert-Kumho standard for the admission of expert testimony was not satisfied by proposed testimony by a forensic examiner in the FBI's Forensic Audio, Video, and Image Analysis Unit that the images on a defendant's computer were real.

RSVP: Nicole Daniels
(212) 237-8920

For additional information please contact Professor Doug Salane, Director of the Center for Cybercrime Studies, 212-237-8836 or email

Unsettling State: Naturalization, National Security, And "Offshore Citizenship" In The United Arab Emirates
Tuesday, March 6, 2012                   4:00 PM

Speaker: Noora Lori, Johns Hopkins University

This paper examines the naturalization policy of the United Arab Emirates--where non-citizens currently comprise 88.53 percent of the total population and over 96 percent of the labor force. Based on 18 months of extensive interviews and archival research, the paper presents the top-down interventions of the UAE security forces in their efforts to erect and police the boundary between citizens and non-citizens over time.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
599 10th Avenue, Sociology Conference Rm 520.14T
New York City

What Is Your Element?
Tuesday, March 6, 2012                   1:40 PM

The Office of Student Life invites the John Jay community to participate in a conversation about women's empowerment and education with guest speaker Karen St. Hillaire, a John Jay alumna and professional life coach. Fore more information, click here.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W59th Street
Black Box Theatre
New York City

Spring 2012 Graduate Open House
Monday, March 12, 2012                   3:00 - 7:00 PM

Learn about advancing your Career, Financing your Education, Admissions Requirements, When and How to apply and Internship opportunities. Meet specialist in the field of Criminal Justice, International Crime and Justice, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, Public Administration, Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W 59th Street
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
New York City

Designing Security into an International Transit Hub: Saskatchewan's Global Transportation Hub
Wednesday, March 14, 2012             1:30 - 3:30 PM

The Saskatchewan Global Transport Hub is rapidly developing into a major facility in the supply chain linking ship, rail, and truck traffic in various goods from the Pacific rim and North America. The GTHA convened a unique advisory group on Public Safety and Design, staffed by advisors from various disciplines and perspectives from across Canada. Challenges from this greenfield development include physical security, provision of emergency services, coordination of corporate and facility security, and Customs, transport, and conventional law enforcement. Speakers: Robin Litzenberger, Saskatchewan Global Transport Hub Authority (GTHA)

Darryl Plecas, University of Fraser Valley and Christian Regenhard Center affiliated faculty

Contact Berlyn Morales to RSVP and for further information at or 646-557-4430

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

Issues of Immigration in Criminal Justice
Thursday, March 22, 2012             8:30 AM - 6:15 PM

The Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice will host a one-day interdisciplinary conference, featuring a keynote address from New York City Corrections Commissioner Dora Schriro. Topics to be addressed include the evolving relationships between immigrant communities and law enforcement agencies; transnational economic, political and social contexts for contemporary immigration patterns and policy; and contemporary approaches to local immigration enforcement.

For further information about the conference, please email

Spring Symposia Series 2012
Ganges and Crime: Reduction Strategies
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.

Contact: Vielka Holness
(212) 237-8116

Tuesday, March 27, 2012                     3:00 - 5:00 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 panel discussion entitled "The Formative Years of John Jay College and the Crisis of 1976-1977". The panel will be moderated by The New York Times Urban Affairs Correspondent Sam Roberts. Guest speakers include President Emeritus Gerald W. Lynch, Prof. Blanche Wiesen Cook, Prof. Mike Wallace and Dean Richard H. Ward. A reception will follow. Admission is FREE, however reservations are required.

You may also join us for a tour of the new building at 2:00 PM. To rsvp for the Symposium and/or the building tour, please visit

Tuesday, March 27, 2012   5:00 PM Reception -- 6:30 PM Dinner

ConnectandReconnect@John Jay: 2012 Alumni Reunion

President Jeremy Travis and Alumni Board President Michael McCann, BS'74, JD invite all alumni, faculty, and college seniors to the 2012 Alumni Reunion on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The reception begins at 5:00 PM and dinner follows at 6:30 PM. All alumni are welcome. We will recognize honorees: Salvatore Cassano, BS'76, Fire Commissioner, FDNY and Blanche Wiesen Cook, PhD, Distinguished Professor of History.

RSVP: Tickets may be obtained online or by mail. Please purchase by March 23.

Alumni: $35-Single; $60-Double, $200 Table(8);
Students: $25-Graduate Students; $10 College Seniors.

Special rates for all "Jay Walk" Donors:
Alumni -- $30-Single; $50-Double, $150 Table(8);
Students: $20-Graduate students; $5 College Seniors

To purchase online, visit

To purchase by mail, please include your name, degree, class, email, phone, number of tickets and guest(s) (if any).

Please make checks payable to: "John Jay College Foundation" and mail to: Alumni Reunion-Haaren Hall, Rm. 624;
John Jay College of Criminal Justice; 524 West 59th St,
New York City, NY 10019.

To make a Jay Walk donation, please see lead article "Building the College's Future Brick by Brick." For 2012 Reunion information contact: or 212.237.8547.

We look forward to welcoming you on March 27th!

Alumni Spotlight
 Kimberly Amato

While a John Jay education prepares graduates for all types of careers, acting is not one that immediately comes to mind. But with her knowledge of Forensic Psychology, Kimberly Amato (MA '02) has forged a movie career, acting, writing and producing horror films. The first of these was Under the Raven's Wing, a 2008 film in which Amato played a murderous cult leader. "I got the script and everybody said, "You've never taken an acting class, how are you going to break down the script?" said Amato. "I broke down everything like they taught me in John Jay. It completely stuck with me and to this day, the first thing I do when I get a script is create a psychological profile. How would she pass her intelligence exam? How would she pass her Rorschach?" Amato, who comes from Hicksville, NY, says she grew up wanting to be Clarice Starling, the FBI behaviorist who matches wits with Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.  "I wanted to do that and John Jay was the best place to do that," she said. Amato, 35, had been working at Bellevue Hospital's prison ward during 9/11 and later, had offers from Riker's Island, she said. But Amato found it very difficult to find a job in the field. Her idealism was an obstacle, she explained. "The thing I learned at John Jay was to change things, use what you've learned," Amato said. "The problem I kept running into was that it didn't work. People are set in their ways. It very much hurt to see some of these people who needed help but not get it. It all comes down to red tape and money – everyone's hands are tied." When Amato failed to get into a doctoral program at the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, CA, she turned to acting. "Performing is something I've always done," she said. Since then, Amato has been producing films and working with actress Michelle Tomlinson, an award-winning "scream queen," she said. Once a year, Amato flies out to Los Angeles to work on trailers and other projects with Tomlinson. "You get to really go and do things you can't do in real life," she said. "I'm not going to walk down the street and say, ""Hi, how are you? I'm going to kill you today."" Amato has just written a zombie film.  "There's so much you can't do when you're not dealing with real," she said.

Student Highlights
With his talent as a photographer and his academic skills in math and science, Derek Sokolowski is well prepared for a career as a forensic photographer. But that's just one of several potential jobs that the 19-year-old freshman is considering. Sokolowski, who is majoring in Forensic Science, is an Honors Program student with a GPA of 3.785. His parents are immigrants from Poland. "They pressured me a lot," he said, "but were always supportive of what I wanted to do. They just told me, 'we support your education, but what you do with it is your decision.'" Like many Forensic Science majors, Sokolowski became interested in the field from watching the CSI on television. "When the CSI show came out, I saw a field of science that no one had seen before it was on TV," he said. It brought science together with law, another field Sokolowski had thought he might pursue. While he is freshman, Sokolowski came to John Jay with enough credits from AP classes in chemistry, calculus and history that he may be able to graduate a year early. In addition to criminalistics, Sokolowski is also a talented photographer. He uses a DSLR camera. "I am thinking about getting a job with the NYPD because they have a criminalist position," said Sokolowski. "I might also think about going into the FBI as part of a criminalist team, or work with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) since I also speak Polish," he said. "I could translate in Eastern European countries." There is also the possibility of doing forensic photography. "It's taking photographs at crime scenes that are then used as evidence in court, as well as determining whether a photograph has been faked or not," he said.

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