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"Isn't this fabulous!" With those words, President Jeremy Travis described the 2009 Alumni Reunion held in March. Enthusiastic school spirit permeated the lively atmosphere as more than 300 alumni returned to their alma mater to reconnect with their College and friends. They came from all eras to reminisce, network and enjoy a jovial evening with others who share this common bond – John Jay College. Urging alumni to become mentors, to become active in the alumni association and to participate in the life of the College, Travis told the crowd, "We have 14,500 students currently attending John Jay. Each of them looks to you as their future. Each of them needs to hear from you about what life is like after attending John Jay." Alumni Association President Michael McCann asked alumni to volunteer at student development events and reminded alums to consider John Jay students for internships and jobs.

Among the attendees were:

* Joe Guilinello (BA '73, MPA '76), who after attending an alumni event in Staten Island, came back for the reunion to connect with old friends. After a career with the Health and Hospitals Corporation, he is now a professor at St. John's University in the homeland security program.

* Teresa Demeo (BA/MA '84) noted, "Everything I've done in my life, especially my four years at John Jay, prepared me for what I'm doing now." Currently, she is the Principal Administrative Law Judge for New York Unemployment and a new mom having recently adopted a little girl.

* Odetta Fraser, who received her master's in forensic psychology in 2005 noted that her degree "absolutely helped" in her career. She's a psychologist for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services where she works in a juvenile detention facility for young girls - a job she loves.

* Michelle Smith, who graduated in 1995 with a bachelor's in forensic psychology, is now studying for her master's and working with adults who are developmentally disabled.

* Joseph Welter, who graduated in 1986, was "delighted" to be back at the College after 20 years. While a student, he was editor of the student newspaper, LEX. He now lives in Buffalo and is a civil litigation lawyer.

* Robert Evans (BA '92) gets to work with a number of John Jay alumni at the U.S. Marshals Service in the Eastern District of New York. "If it weren't for the terrific internship and co-op programs at the College, I would not have this job," he notes.

* Howard Brewer (BS '79) says he "is aspiring to be an aspiring actor." He has appeared in the movies Duplicity, Enchanted and The Hoax. Next fall he will be seen in Old Dogs.

* Stephen D'Andrilli (BS '74, MPA ‘79) is now the Dean at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in Manhattan

* Lorna Reid (BA ‘94) is a global compliance analyst for Schering-Plough and a motivational speaker for Heaven Sent.

2009 Reunion Honorees

Michael McCann (far left) and President Travis (far right) marked the occasion with the presentation of the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus award to Anthony J. Lamberti (BS '78, JD) (second from the left) who is highlighted in this month's Alumni Spotlight. The Endowed Alumni Scholarship was awarded to Joseph Onwu (fourth from the left) who is featured in this month's Student Highlights. The 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award was given to Professor Karen Kaplowitz (center) of the English Department who is also President of the Faculty Senate at John Jay and a member of the Executive Committee of the University Faculty Senate of CUNY. Kaplowitz, who has been teaching at the College since 1972, has been instrumental in bringing back liberal arts majors that were sacrificed during the fiscal crisis of the mid 70s in order to keep the school open. She told the audience, "Every day that you contribute your knowledge and expertise to society...every day that you tell your John Jay story, you insure that our College's future is strong and great."

Also honored at the reunion were:

 Mickey Schwartz, BS '70, MA '75

George C. Abraham, BS '75

With Special Thanks

The success of the 2009 Alumni Reunion is in no small measure a result of many alumni employees of the College who enthusiastically volunteered for myriad duties ranging from registration through reporting. We extend our heartfelt thanks to:

Yvette Brickhouse BA '07; Yolanda Casillas BS'94; Isabelle Curro BS'84; Peter Dodenhoff BA'73; Anila Duro BA'05; Terrence Harrris AS'91, BA '92, MPA'95; Jean Louis BA'05, MPA '08; Yvonne Purdie MPA'98; Kymberli Roberts BA'06; Marie Rosen BS '82; Michael Scaduto BS'04; Johnny Taveras BA'90 along with his wife, Jacqueline BS '89; Janet Winter BS'80; and Paul Wyatt MPA'85.

                          Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations


Third Annual Criminal Law Update: A Program for Members of the Bar

Saturday, May 2, 2009 8:15 AM - 9:00 PM Registration
9:00 AM - 5:10 PM Program

The College is pleased to announce the Third Annual Criminal Law Update. A panel of distinguished jurists and outstanding litigators and practitioners in the field will examine the timeliest issues in criminal law today. These topics include: Search and Seizure Update, Criminal Court Practice, Representing/Prosecuting the Incompetent Defendant, Domestic Violence, Zealous Advocacy in the Sentencing Stage of a Federal Criminal Case, Ethical Issues and Real Evidence in the Defense of a Client, Federal Sentencing and the U.S. Supreme Court's Recent Criminal Law Cases.

Application for accreditation of this course or program in New York is currently pending.

CLE credit:
7.5 credits total: 5 Professional Practice/Practice Management – 2.5 Ethics

This program does not provide transitional credit for newly admitted attorneys.

The registration rate for private attorneys is $135. For Legal Aid, 18B & Public Sector law offices the rate is $115.

For more details about the program, click here or call the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies at 212.484.1101

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

Navigating Workshop

Thursday, May 7, 2009 2:00 PM
Thursday, May 14, 2009 2:00 PM

This workshop is designed to teach students and alumni interested in federal employment how they can better utilize to find and apply for opportunities. Attendees will learn how to set up accounts on the website, search tactics as well as the importance of codes, numbers and dates found on job announcements. In addition, websites that work in conjunction with will be discussed. Please note: this workshop is open to John Jay College students and alumni only.

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, Room 3400
New York City

Police Week Reception in Washington, DC
Thursday, May 15, 2009                        6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis, Alumni Association President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), Washington, DC Coordinator Daniel Cabrera (BS '88, MPA '93) and the Alumni Board cordially invite all John Jay alumni to a special Open House during Police Week 2009 in Washington, DC. Our faculty presenter will be Professor Warren Benton, Chair of the Department of Public Management at John Jay and Director of the College's MPA Inspector General Program. 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 Jeryllle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations, at 212.237.8964.

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

John Jay Alumni Welcome New Brooklyn and Staten Island Graduates at Richmond County Ballpark
Staten Island Yankees vs. Brooklyn Cyclones
Sunday, July 26, 2009                          2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Alumni Association President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), Staten Island Coordinator James Brito (BS '03), and the Alumni Association Board will host a pre-game welcome on July 26 for new Brooklyn and Staten Island graduates at the baseball game between the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones (Single A Affiliate of the Mets) at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. All John Jay alumni and their families are invited. All John Jay ticket holders will be treated to a free PlayBall game program, a free limited-edition SI Yankees cap, and All You Can Eat hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, sodas and water. Special ticket prices for John Jay alumni and their guests are $16 per person. (Children under 2, accompanied by an adult, do not require a ticket for admission.) New graduates residing in Brooklyn and Staten Island are invited as guests of the College.

Tickets are subject to availability and may be purchased online on or before July 1, 2009 at with a major credit card (Visa - MasterCard- AMEX - Discover). Please include the following information in your order: your name, degree and year, email, daytime telephone, and the number of tickets being ordered. Orders may also be submitted by fax to 718.273.5763. Please remember to include the information requested above, along with your credit card information, expiration date, and credit card ID number.

For more information, contact alumnus Tom Kurtz, Group Sales Coordinator, at 718.313.1317 or Sunil Persaud, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at 646.557.4674 or

Richmond County Bank Ballpark
75 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Alumni Spotlight

Anthony Lamberti (BS'78, JD)

At the Alumni Reunion in March, Anthony Lamberti (BS'78, JD) -- recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award -- told the audience, "For all of us here, there was probably one person at the College who went out of their way for us. For me, that person was former baseball coach Lou DiMartino. I first came to John Jay in 1974 and he was the first person I met. I got to play baseball here for four years and we won the College's very first conference championship. I do remember and am very grateful for all that Lou did for me." His remarks were a humorous and poignant testament to the late legendary coach who always kept up with his players even after they graduated. Lamberti too has kept up with his alma mater. Dan Palumbo, Head Baseball Coach, said of him, "My players and all the athletes at John Jay have become better people for knowing him." A member of John Jay's Athletics Hall of Fame, Lamberti's accomplishments didn't end with the baseball diamond. He went on to Brooklyn Law School and since then has become one of the foremost experts in Article 81 Guardianships, Elder Law, Trusts and Estates. Now in private practice, he previously was the principal law clerk to the Honorable Leonard Scholnick of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Kings County where he participated in the supervision of approximately 1,500 Article 81 guardianship matters. Lamberti has served as the Second Judicial District Delegate to the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section Executive Committee where he is currently the Chair of the Sub-Committee on Guardianships. He also served on the Special Committee on Fiduciary Appointments. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Brooklyn Bar Association and is now Chair of its Elder Law Committee. The Brooklyn native is a long-time Board Member of the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association becoming its President in 2008.

Student Highlights

Joseph Onwu

One of the highlights of the 2009 Alumni Reunion was the awarding of the 2010 John Jay Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship made possible through the generous support of our graduates. The scholarship provides financial support of approximately $4,000 annually to a highly qualified sophomore. The latest recipient is Joseph Onwu. Growing up in Nigeria, Onwu believed that graduating from high school would be the major educational accomplishment of his life. He came to live in the Bronx and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. He was admitted to John Jay in 2007. Achieving a 3.66 GPA in his first semester, Onwu was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society for first year students. This Dean's List student is also very much involved in the life of the College. In spring 2008, Onwu was elected Freshman Representative to the Student Council as well as Secretary of the African Students' Association. As one of his professors noted, "He was one of the very best students I have taught at John Jay...His attitude toward learning, along with his clear interest in his fellow students speaks well of [his] involvement in the community that is John Jay College." Onwu is majoring in government with minors in history and English. He intends to apply to law school and looks forward to a future as a lawmaker in Nigeria.

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