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Professor John Matteson Wins Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Professor John Matteson Wins Pulitzer Prize for Biography
Professor John Matteson of John Jay's English Department was recently awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in biography for his book, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. The book chronicles the relationship between the celebrated author of Little Women and her father Bronson Alcott, an eminent utopian educator whose radical ideas often led to controversy and financial difficulty. Matteson noted, "I am so thankful to have been able to do this with and for John Jay College. They hired me when no one else would and have supported me through thick and thin." Matteson has been teaching literature and legal writing at John Jay since 1997. He holds a PhD in English from Columbia University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He will be serving as a consultant and commentator for a forthcoming PBS documentary on Louisa May Alcott. Matteson is the second John Jay faculty member to win a Pulitzer Prize. He joins Professor Michael Wallace of the History Department who won in 1999 for Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898.

They Came Back for the Fair
More than 40 alumni from around the country came back to John Jay last month for the College's annual job fair sponsored by Career Services. They weren't looking for jobs. They were back to recruit alumni and students for positions within their organizations. From the West Coast came Roberto Plamenco. After graduating from John Jay in 1989, the Brooklyn native went on to get a master's degree in social work from San Jose State University. In 1991 he signed up with the San Jose Police Department and has been with the department ever since. "I love it. It's a great job," he says. The department has one of the highest starting salaries for police officers in the nation. "It's really nice to be back recruiting from my alma mater. It gives me the opportunity to come back to my school, visit friends and family and try some of the food here that we don't have in California." David Pardo, who graduated from John Jay in 1999, was at the fair representing the Division of Field Investigations for the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. Among the duties of the division are making sure that the documents used for a driver's license are legitimate -- a job that has grown in importance since September 11. "John Jay offers a lot to its students," he said. "This job fair is just great. As an alumnus, I feel as though I'm also representing the College when I'm here recruiting." More than 85 organizations were represented at the event. For a list of fellow alums at the fair who recruit for their agencies, click here.

New Graduate Program Being Offered
Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling
Adding to College's preeminence in forensic psychology, a new master's program, developed within the Psychology Department, has recently been approved by New York State. According to Professor James Wulach who directs the program, "The advantage of this degree is that it leads to licensure in New York as a mental health professional with enhanced job opportunities, including eventual private practice as a mental health counselor, if desired." The new Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling satisfies the New York State educational requirements for professional licensure as a mental health counselor with a specialization in forensics. It develops skills in interviewing, counseling, and assessment, based upon established principles and research regarding human development, personality, psychopathology, and counseling. This master's uniquely prepares students to work as licensed counselors in prisons, juvenile detention centers, probation and parole agencies, and social service agencies that counsel and assess adolescents and adults at risk for criminal behavior. The program offers research opportunities for those students interested in pursuing doctoral education, as well as related courses leading to a certificate as a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). The degree requires 60 credits. Click here for more details, and be sure to check out the FAQ section for specifics. For additional information, contact Professor Wulach at


Mother Courage and Her Children: A Chronicle of War by Bertolt Brecht

Thursday, May 1, 2008 12:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Friday, May 2, 2008 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2008 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 4, 2008 2:00 PM

The Department of Speech, Theatre & Media Studies at John Jay proudly presents this production directed by Professor Kathryn Wylie-Marques.

General Admission: $10
For tickets, call 212.237.8363

John Jay College
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

John Jay Book & Author Series
Wednesday, May 7, 2008                          4:00 PM

Professor Peter Moskos of the Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration Department will discuss his book, Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District. The book offers an explosive insider’s story of what it is really like to be a police officer on the front lines of the war on drugs. The panelists are Kareem Fahim, a reporter for The New York Times, and Joseph Poss, a former member of the NYPD and author of Brooklyn Bounce. The moderator is Professor Delores Jones-Brown, Director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Room 630T
New York City

Global Security: Terrorism, Organized Crime, Civil Society
Thursday, May 8, 2008                              9:15 AM - 6:00 PM

This one-day conference is being sponsored by the US Department of State and the Center on Terrorism and will feature representatives from 20 countries who will attend as participants in two Department of State programs, "Combating International Crime" and "International Security Issues," along with students and faculty from the College. The conference will address: the environmental conditions, which produce terrorists; the goals and tactics of terrorist organizations; bilateral and multilateral counter-terrorist responses; the relationship between organized criminal activity and terrorist organizations; and the broader human rights implications of terrorist and counter-terrorist activity. For more details, click here.

RSVP is required to

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899 Tenth Avenue, Room 630T
New York City

Annual Criminal Law Update
Saturday, May 10, 2008                               9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

John Jay's Continuing Education Program is pleased to announce the Second Annual Criminal Law Update. A panel of distinguished jurists, outstanding litigators and practitioners will examine cutting edge topics in criminal law today.

Application for accreditation of this course or program in New York is currently pending. CLE credit: 7 credits total: 6 Professional Practice/Practice Management & 1 Ethics.

The cost for private attorneys is $135. The cost for Legal Aid, 18B and Public Sector Law Offices is $115. Alumni receive a 10% discount.

For more information and to register, go to and click on courses or call 212.484.1101.

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899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Media, Race and Capital Punishment
Monday, May 12, 2008                                9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice along with the Center on Race, Crime and Justice invite you to this conference that will feature Race to Execution, a documentary about the racial disparities that persist in our society, and the premiere screening of Juror Number Six, which analyzes the effects of media on jurors. David Kaczynski, the Executor Director of New Yorkers against the Death Penalty, will be the keynote speaker. Panelists include: Errol Louis, New York Daily News; Andrea Lyon, Director of the DePaul University Center on Death Penalty Cases; author William Sothern, Soros fellow and Deputy Director of Capital Appeals Project; Byron Halsey, exoneree; Vaness Potkin, Attorney, Innocence Project; and Matthew Johnson and Margaret Kovera, Professors of Psychology.

RSVP to or 212.484.1175.

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899 Tenth Avenue, Room 630T
New York City

Malcolm/King Spring "T'ing" Scholarship Fund Raiser
Wednesday, May 14, 2008                           6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Malcolm/King Committee invites you to an evening of refreshments, music, dancing, and surprise guest appearances to support scholarships for John Jay students.

Contributors $30.00
Patrons $40.00
Supporters $50.00
The Real "T'ing" $120.00

RSVP to Marva Lilly at 212-237-8117 by May 2.
Please make checks payable to John Jay College.

John Jay College
BMW Building, Room 615
555 W. 57th St., NYC

Police Week Reception in Washington, DC
Thursday, May 15, 2008                                6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis, Alumni Association President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), and the Alumni Board cordially invite all John Jay alumni to a special Open House during Police Week 2008 in Washington, DC. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Please be sure to provide your full name, degree(s), graduation year(s), and your email address. For more information, contact Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations, at 212.237.8964.

Casa Italiana Hall
595 Third St., NW (at 3rd & F Streets)
Washington, DC

International Conference: Justice and Policing in Diverse Societies
Monday through Thursday, June 9 -12, 2008

John Jay College will host an international conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Justice and Policing in Diverse Societies. This conference will seek to provide a forum where civic leaders, international governmental organizations, government officials, police, the legal community and scholars can discuss collective concerns that include oppression, crime, terrorism, conflict and instability, and the efforts used to combat them.

The conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa and Casino. A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at a special base rate of $195 per night (not including miscellaneous fees and taxes).

Full-conference early registration (until May 1, 2008) is $200. Late registration (May 2, 2008 - June 8, 2008) is $250. Full registration includes all receptions, plenary addresses, sessions, workshops and the gala closing dinner.

For more information about the conference and to register, go to

Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa and Casino
San Juan
Puerto Rico

Crime Scene Profiling

Profiling Offender Characteristics from Crime Scene Behaviors
Tuesday, June 17, 2008                                9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This workshop will outline the latest scientific research on how specific patterns in an offender's behavior at a homicide crime scene can be reliably used to identify the characteristics of the offender. Training will include: an introduction into the psychological principles of crime scene profiling; understanding behavioral evidence as an investigative forensic tool; identifying the most reliable features on which to focus in a crime scene; the psychology of offender behavioral patterns and victim targeting; and determining offender characteristics from crime scene evidence.

Evaluating a Profiling Report
Wednesday, June 18, 2008                            9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This workshop will outline the latest scientific thinking on the reliability of information in profiling reports, and will outline guidelines on how such reports may be evaluated to assess their value in investigations. Training will include: an introduction into using psychological and behavioral evidence as an investigative forensic tool; outline scientific research on the validity of profiling; outline the scientific evidence on the reliability of offender profiling reports; and guidelines on how to commission and assess a report and use it in an investigation.

These workshops, offered by John Jay's Continuing Education Program, will benefit a wide range of criminal justice related agencies, in particular homicide and violent crime investigators, crime analysts, prosecutors, and psychologists. These courses will given by Psychology Professor Gabrielle Salfati, an internationally recognized expert on offender profiling. For more detailed information, click here.

The cost for each workshop is $495 or $895 for both. Alumni receive a 10% discount.

To register go to and click on courses or call 212.484.1101.

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899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Alumni Spotlights

In this issue, Alumni News continues to feature the members of the John Jay Alumni Association Board of Directors and Coordinators.

Frank Straub (PhD '97, MA '90), Westchester Coordinator

Frank Straub (PhD '97, MA '90), Westchester Coordinator
Frank Straub has over 24 years of experience in law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels. He currently serves as the Commissioner of Public Safety for the City of White Plains, New York. Before coming to White Plains, Straub served as the Deputy Commission of Training for the New York City Police Department where he was responsible for all recruitment, in-service and executive training. Immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks, he led the department in the development and implementation of first responder training programs for all uniformed and civilian employees. Prior to joining the NYPD, Commissioner Straub held federal law enforcement positions in the US Department of State, US Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Department of Justice. He is an adjunct professor in John Jay's public management program. Straub holds a PhD in Criminal Justice from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, a master's degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College and a bachelor's degree in psychology from St. John's University. He is the author, along with Paul E. O'Connell, of Performance-Based Management for Police Organizations (Waveland Press, 2007).

Daniel Cabrera, Jr. (MPA '93, BS '87), Washington, DC Coordinator

Daniel Cabrera, Jr. (MPA '93, BS '87), Washington, DC Coordinator
Daniel Cabrera, Jr., presently serves as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director/Chief of Staff for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Alexandria, Virginia. When he was a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), he had a two-year fellowship in the IACP's International Policing Directorate. In June 2007 after 29 years, he retired from the US Air Force as the Assistant Director for Current Operations. Previously, he did a two-year tour as the Special Agent in Charge at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. His career with the Air Force also included managing the career development of civilian federal agents (1811s) in the grades GS-7 through GS-13. During his tour of duty in Washington, DC, Cabrera was an Air Force Legislative Fellow assigned to the US Senate, Judiciary Committee's Sub-committee on Administrative Oversight. He provided investigative expertise to the Senate's Department of Justice Oversight Task Force on espionage at US nuclear laboratories by the People's Republic of China, the Wen Ho Lee investigation; campaign finance irregularities associated with the 1996 Presidential Election; and the siege at Waco, Texas involving the Branch Davidians. His duties with AFOSI also included command, counterespionage operations, and undercover assignments.

Student Highlights

Beth Clark-Wilson

From Isle to Isle
When Beth Clark-Wilson was growing up, she had no neighbors - just open fields and cows. She is a native of the Isle of Man, a rural self-governing island country between England and Ireland in the Irish Sea. With a population of around 80,000, it's the kind of place where, she says, "everyone knows everyone." Her interest in forensic psychology started early. "My dad is a big fan of crime books and I have always been interested in why people do things - like commit crime." As an undergraduate attending the University of Surrey outside London, she took a course in forensic psychology and was hooked. "I knew that if I was ever to do graduate work, it would be in forensic psychology." She was looking into graduate programs when she visited Manhattan Island while attending a Girl Scout camp in Connecticut. "I fell in love with the city," she says. That affection and the College's international standing led to only one path. "Because of its good reputation, John Jay was the only graduate school I applied to." Clark-Wilson is interested in working with juvenile offenders. As a graduate student at John Jay, she has been able to participate in a number of events that have embellished her educational experience. She was able to participate in a conference for sexually traumatized boys and men. And just recently she attended a seminar on the forensic interviewing of children that included specialists from the FBI. As part of the master's program in forensic psychology, she did an externship at a juvenile rehabilitation center in Vermont, an experience she describes "as really solidifying my knowledge of the field and my belief that juvenile offenders, in many respects, are more often the victims than anything else." "I can't imagine being able to do an externship like the one in Vermont if I were studying in the UK," she notes. She hopes to join the ranks of John Jay alumni at the end of this month.

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