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Interim Executive Board

Michael F. McCann
BS'74, JD

Richard Gallo
BS'79, MPA'82, MA '85,
First Vice President,

Teresa Coaxum
BA'93, MPA'08
Second Vice President

Larry Cunningham
BS'97, JD
Third Vice President

Thomas Belfiore
BA'79, MA'96

Suzanne Chiofolo
Secretary & Long Island Coordinator

Honorary Members

James Brito
Staten Island Coordinator

Daniel Cabrera, Jr.
BS '87, MPA '93, Washington, D.C.

Ronald Spadafora
BS '86
FDNY Coordinator

College News

 The Hon. Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic

A Presidential Visit
Before a standing room only crowd of John Jay students, faculty and staff, The Hon. Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic spoke about criminal justice reform in the Dominican Republic during his official visit to the United Nations on September 21. Currently in his second consecutive term, Fernandez described the country's ambitious program in combating violence while enhancing human rights. He noted that drug trafficking , crime and violence are the most important issues not only facing the Dominican Republic, but all of Latin American.

"In the first decade of the 21st Century throughout the Latin American hemisphere, the safety of our citizens and the possibility of improving our living conditions and exercising basic rights have been obstructed by a wave of transnational criminal activity that has fostered a rise in crime rates and violence in the region." When Fernandez returned to office in 2004, opinion polls showed that next to the economy, Dominicans' top concerns were violent crime and personal security. He told the audience, "It is very difficult for the Dominican Republic, or any nation, to implement a national strategy for economic development if it does not have a policy for controlling drug trafficking, crime and violence." To address the situation, Fernandez said, they replicated a strategy used in Colombia, "democratic security."

Fernandez continued, "My administration has defined citizen security as: First, guaranteeing the rights of citizens to exercise their basic civil, social and economic rights. And, second, guaranteeing public security so that citizens can exercise these rights especially freedom of movement in their own neighborhood as well as the right not to fear for their life or physical integrity."

In addition, his administration implemented a highly successful "safe neighborhood program" in more than 100 neighborhoods that use carefully selected police officers and the coordination of multiple agencies and services. According to Fernandez, these efforts have been highly effective with recent polls showing that more than 60% of citizens feel that crime has diminished in their neighborhoods. Underlying the country's strides in combating crime and enhancing human rights, has been the professionalization of the nation's police force in which John Jay College has played a significant role. Since 2005, the College has provided the country with a broad array of expertise and technical assistance including criminal investigation, forensic science, crime scene analysis, leadership, crime mapping and data collection. As Fernandez noted, "We are very grateful for that collaboration." President Jeremy Travis also acknowledged the relationship saying, "We are particularly honored that you have asked this College to be your partner in these historic efforts."

New Master's Degree in International Crime and Justice
As John Jay expands its undergraduate degree offerings, so too is the College increasing its graduate degree programs. The first graduate program of its kind in the country, the MA in International Crime and Justice reflects the College's commitment to international criminal justice education. The program combines advanced substantive knowledge of international crime challenges and domestic and international responses, with analytic and research techniques in an interdisciplinary framework. This master's program aims to provide its graduates with a truly global outlook on criminal justice, a moral commitment to international justice, and professional competence in a workforce that is increasingly multicultural. For more information, application requirements and degree requirements, click here.

Looking for Quality Personnel?
On Thursday, November 19, 2009, John Jay alumni are invited to join the Office of Career Development Services for the Annual John Jay Career Fair. John Jay graduates who serve as representatives of their organizations not only have the opportunity to recruit the best and the brightest, but your presence will also inspire and motivate our students as they begin to make their career choices. If you, or another representative of your organization, would like to participate, please see the invitation for more details and complete the reservation form and email it to or fax it to 212.237.8440 by November 6. The fair will be held from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM in Haaren Hall, 899 Tenth Avenue, New York City. For more information, contact Crystal Farmer at 646.557.4543

John Jay's New Building Tops-Out

John Jay's New Building Tops-Out
The College recently held a "topping-out" ceremony for its new building on 11th Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets. The occasion marked the erection of the final piece of structural steel atop the 13-story building. Following industry tradition, the beam was painted white, topped with an American flag and signed by construction workers, project managers and College and University officials. President Jeremy Travis pointed out that, "The structure will be sheathed in glass, the transparency of which is intended to symbolize the way the justice system should function." Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the building is due to be completed in 2011. (From the left are: Senior Vice President Robert Pignatello, President Jeremy Travis, City Council member Gail Brewer, CUNY Vice Chancellor Iris Weinshall, CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor Alan Dobrin, State Dormitory Authority Executive Director Paul Williams, and Turner Construction Senior Vice President and General Manager Charles Murphy.)


Graduate Lecture Series
Race & Justice
Tuesday, November 3, 2009                   5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Crime and Justice and the Office of Graduate Studies, the evening's lecture will be "Created Equal: How to Reduce Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System" by Dr. Barry Krisberg, President of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, Room 1311N
New York City

De Novo - Part 1: Lil' Silent
Written and directed by Jeffery Solomon

Thursday, November 12, 2009

7:00 PM
Friday, November 13, 2009 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 14, 2009 7:00 PM

Presented by the Houses of the Moon Theater Company, this play is based on the gripping true story of fourteen-year-old Edgar Chocoy, who fled Guatemala to escape the largest gang in Central America, only to be sentenced to death by a flawed U.S. immigration system.

Tickets are $15. For tickets, please call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200

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

Il Furioso
Directed by Seth Baumrin

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

8:00 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:00 PM
Friday, November 20, 2009 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2009 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 22, 2009 8:00 PM

Presented by John Jay's Department of Communication & Theatre Arts with support from the Department of African American Studies, Furioso is a dual language adaptation of Aeschylus' Eumenides which uses drumming, dance and Aeschylus' classical text, spoken in English and Spanish, to dig up the roots of justice, from bloody revenge to fair trial in multi-tribal Athens.

Tickets are $10. For tickets, call 212.237.8363.

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

Career Fair
Thursday, November 19, 2009                   10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This event brings together recruiters from many federal, state and city governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and private industry. Some representatives may collect resumes or other contact information. If you wish to attend the fair, you are required to come dressed in traditional interview attire. You will also be required to leave a copy of your resume at the entrance to the fair. Please note: the Career Fair is open to John Jay College alumni and students only.

For more information, contact Career Development Services at or 212.237.8754.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue (enter from the third floor)
New York City

Graduate Lecture Series
Race & Justice
Monday, November 30, 2009                   5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Crime and Justice and the Office of Graduate Studies, the evening's lecture will be "Tattletales and Victims: Rethinking Police Use of Confidential Informants," by John Jay Professors Delores Jones-Brown, Director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice; and Jon Shane, who is also a Senior Research Associate for the Police Foundation in Washington, DC as well as a subject matter expert for the Center for Problem Oriented Policing.

John Jay College
445 West 59th Street, Room 1311N
New York City

National Network for Safe Communities
1st Annual Conference in NYC

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, December 3, 2009 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM

This two-day conference will provide a national forum on the gang violence reduction and drug market elimination strategies developed by Professor David Kennedy and implemented in many jurisdictions around the country - including Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, High Point, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Providence, and Seattle. These jurisdictions have joined forces as the National Network for Safe Communities to chart a course for a new national crime policy. The key themes of the conference include: Implications of the Gang Violence and Drug Market Strategies for U.S. Crime Policy; Racial Reconciliation and Engaging Communities' Moral Voice; Institutionalization and Sustainability of Crime Reduction Efforts; Best Practices in Project Management Oversight; and Current Innovations and Key Research Questions.

A pre-conference reception will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, 6th Floor Lobby, NYC.

For more information and to register go For a preliminary agenda, click here.

Time Warner Conference Center
60 Columbus Circle, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10019

Homecoming 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009 4:30 PM
Indoor Tailgate with Free Pizza

5:00 PM
Women's Basketball vs. Lehman
7:00 PM
Men's Basketball vs. Lehman

Show your pride in John Jay College by supporting the Men's and Women's Basketball teams at this year's Homecoming. Homecoming is a time for alumni to Connect & Reconnect to your alma mater and your former classmates, all while cheering on the Bloodhounds. Homecoming is free for all who attend and promises to be entertaining and exciting.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, 4th Floor
New York City

Occasional Series on Reentry Research
A Natural Experiment on Residential Change and Recidivism: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina
Friday, December 11, 2009                  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute cordially invites you to "A Natural Experiment on Residential Change and Recidivism: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina" by David Kirk, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin. Men and women coming home from prison often return to the same geographic place they lived prior to their incarceration. This research explores the impact returning to the same place has on recidivism rates in pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans.

RSVP to Amelia Thompson at 212.484.1399 or

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

Alumni Spotlight

John B. Clark, MPA '77

There is probably no John Jay alum more enamored with and committed to higher education than John B. Clark, MPA '77, the newly appointed Acting Executive Director of CUNY's Office of Business and Industry Relations. After graduating with a BA in History from Providence College, he went on to get three master's degrees and a doctorate - an MPA from John Jay; an MA in Economics from Fordham University; an MS in Philosophy from New York University; and a Doctorate in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. With amusement, he notes, "My wife would say 'what's up with this.' And I said, some guys go fishing, some guys go bowling, your husband goes to the attic to write his dissertation." Even the topic of his dissertation concerned higher education. He wrote it on one of the most well known classic works on the university, The Idea of University, by the 19th Century humanist educator John Henry Cardinal Newman.

Clark, a Vietnam-era veteran, still very much appreciates his time at John Jay where he received the first of his master's degrees. "I was a young veteran who was living with my parents with basically no money. I had my GI Bill. I would take the train down from the Bronx. I got an excellent education. John Jay was the epitome of public higher education. The College really propelled me. My degree was invaluable."

But, all his degrees don't give the full story of Clark's involvement with higher education. Prior to joining CUNY, he was the Interim Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) prior to which he served as interim president to four SUNY campuses at Plattsburgh, Brockport, Alfred State, and the College of Optometry. He also served as SUNY's Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and University Life.

In his current position, Clark is a man on a mission. Not only will he be encouraging the business community to hire CUNY graduates, he will also be looking for closer, more direct ties with that community. "I will be knocking on doors saying 'Why aren't you hiring CUNY students. They are more intelligent, nicer, and have a better work ethic.'" His primary focus, however, will be developing stronger relationships with the business world. "CUNY's Chancellor Matthew Goldstein felt that we are in New York City, which is the financial capital of the world, and we have this wonderful faculty...who come up with wonderful ideas and so there should be a natural link between the investment wealth in New York and the ideas that our faculty generate where we can form collaborations, start-up companies, patent ideas and sell them to companies."

Clark is just the man to form relationships with the business community. Before his career in higher education, the Bronx native spent 18 years as a Wall Street analyst and investment banker specializing in healthcare and higher education financing. Prior to his work in municipal bonds and public finance, Clark worked at the New York City Housing Authority; the New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services; and for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

"What has kept me going on all the campuses where I have worked, are the students. On Wall Street, you're there for one reason – to make money and support your family. When you're in higher education, particularly public higher education, you not only can support your family, but you're there for a noble cause. Here at CUNY, we truly transform lives. People come to CUNY and they become successful. That's our mission and I can't think of any mission that is better than that."

Student Highlights

On September 23, the College officially saluted its latest cohort of Justice Scholars, beneficiaries of a generous program created in 2002 by Princeton University to honor the memory of the many public service heroes of 9/11 who studied at John Jay. The $2,000 Justice Scholarships are renewable up to a total of four annual awards. The 2009-2009 Justice Scholars include: Bennett Callaghan (forensic psychology), Vincent Cannavale (computer information systems), Christelle Essaga (justice studies), Deborah Frederick (forensic science), and Kate Ulitskaya (international criminal justice). The 2009-2010 Justice Scholars are: Emily Joseph (forensic psychology), Frank Lawani (criminal justice administration and planning), Alexandra Nicu (justice studies), Richard Piszczatowski (forensic science), and Timothy Skeen (criminal justice administration and planning).

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