John Jay Alumni Association Newsletter (November 2011)
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Alumni Executive Board
(Subject to ratification)

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

Honorary Members

James Brito
Staten Island Coordinator

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

Ronald Spadafora
BS '86
FDNY Coordinator

Special thanks...

In early October, alumnus Edgar A. Domenech, Sheriff of the City of New York, inspired prospective graduate students, faculty and guests as the Fall (2011) Open House speaker. Others who also gave back generously as volunteers for the Graduate and Professional School Fair (2011) were alumnae Linda Gimlett, Yvette Brickhouse and Victoria Oyaniran, and alumni James Brito and Louis Liang. Our sincere thanks to these loyal graduates for their commitment and continuing participation in the life of the College.

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.

College News

President Travis Addresses National Press Club
President Travis delivered the keynote address entitled Summoning the Superheroes: Harnessing Science and Passion to Create a More Effective and Humane Response to Crime to the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of The Sentencing Project. For the full text of the President's address, click here

John Jay's New Building
To meet John Jay's evolving academic and spatial needs, the College will be opening its state-of-the-art building on 59th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues on Nov. 2, 2011. The new 625,000 square foot facility was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and features 65 state-of-the-art smart classrooms with multiple electronic device support, remote management and simplified laptop connectivity, all administered by touch control panel; a football field-sized open-air plaza four stories above sidewalk level; emergency management and high rise simulator laboratories; a 13-story tower with instructional and research laboratories, academic quads and faculty ; a moot court; and a sculpture made from a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center to honor the memory of the 68 members of the College community who were lost on 9/11. "With the increasing demand by young people to pursue studies in justice, the College has experienced a steady increase in enrollment," said President Jeremy Travis. "That demand has led to a reimagining of our core curriculum, development of educational partnerships, targeted increases in faculty hiring and an emphasis on faculty and student research. This new integrated building will prove a fitting venue, as the College advances its distinctive mission." The $600 million, 13-story building will also provide a balance among faculty, student and community needs and serve as an institutional anchor for the expanding Westside neighborhood.

John Jay Professor Named 2011 Mediation Settlement Day Frontline Champion
Professor Maria Volpe was presented with the 2011 Mediation Settlement Day Frontline Champion award during the Annual Mediation Settlement Day kick-off event that took place last month at the New York City Bar Association. "I am extraordinarily pleased to receive this prestigious award," said Volpe, director of the College's Dispute Resolution Program. "It underscores the crucial role we play at John Jay College in advancing scholarly and applied conflict resolution knowledge, particularly mediation." The Frontline Champion Award recognizes individuals who have made a meaningful impact on the field of mediation or helped others through their commitment to the effective practice of mediation. The Working Group, which selects the Frontline Champion each year, took specific note of Volpe's work in creating and administering the NYC-Dispute Resolution listserv. Started in the aftermath of 9/11 to strengthen communication among conflict resolution scholars and practitioners in New York City, it now has over 2,100 participants from over 20 countries. It was designed to facilitate information exchange and discussion among those interested in conflict resolution, peacemaking, facilitation, dialogue, restorative justice, violence prevention, social justice and other related fields. A member of the College's Department of Sociology, Volpe has written extensively about dispute resolution processes, particularly mediation. Her research focuses on police use of mediation, dispute resolution in educational settings, ADR responses to disasters, the roots of diversity in dispute resolution, and barriers to minority participation in dispute resolution. Volpe is also the Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium at John Jay, which serves as a comprehensive coordinating mechanism to advance dispute resolution research and innovative program development. In 2008, she was the recipient of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association's Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award and in 2010 she was the recipient of the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York ADR Achievement Award.

College Events

Treats for Troops
John Jay's Office of Community Outreach and Service Learning in collaboration with the Veterans Club, will be collecting items for the Treats for Troops program in the lobby of Haaren Hall until November 11, 2011.

Stopped & Frisked
Wednesday, November 2, 2011                11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Thursday, November 3, 2011                    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

This episode of CUNY-TV's Criminal Justice Matters will focus on the issue of police- initiated stops in New York City. Students will discuss their experiences related to stop & frisk policies. Guests Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, and Professor Delores Jones-Brown of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, will discuss Stringer's recently announced statement on Stop & Frisk policies. Criminal Justice Matters is hosted by Stephen Handelman, Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. CUNY-TV, Cable Channel 75 in New York City.

The Ronald H. Brown Lecture Series
Tuesday, November 8, 2011                     1:30 PM -– 3:00 PM

Femicide: Reflections on the State of Legal Reform and Systematic Responses to Violence Against Women

This seminar is hosted by the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program and the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies in conjunction with John Jay College's Women's Center. Magistrate Roxana Reyes Acosta, Deputy Attorney General of Women's Affairs in the Dominican Republic will lecture on response mechanisms to combat violence against women as a matter of law.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
445 West 59th Street
2nd Floor Multipurpose Room
New York City

Veterans Day Commemoration
Thursday, November 10, 2011               1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Undergraduate Open House
Sunday, November 13, 2011               11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

John Jay faculty and staff representatives will conduct workshops on various majors and support services available to students. Prospective students will learn about admissions requirements, student financial services, scholarships, careers opportunities, internships and student life. Current students will conduct campus tours.

RSVP Required: Pre-register at

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Security Risk Analysis
Tuesday, November 22, 2011               1:30 PM

Professor Carl S. Young, Managing Director & Chief Security Officer, Storz & Friedberg, LLP, will speak at the lecture sponsored by the John Jay Center on Cybercrime Studies.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 Tenth Avenue, RM 630T
New York City
Contact: Professor Doug Salane at

John Jay Homecoming
Tuesday, November 29, 2011               3:30 PM

The 2011 John Jay homecoming promises to be a night of fun with food, music, games, prizes and so much more. Plus the men's and women's basketball teams play CUNY rival Hunter College. Festivities get underway at 3:30 PM with a pre-game party before the women's basketball team faces Hunter at 5:00 PM. The men take the court at 7:00 PM against Hunter. Admission is free and it promises to be a night to remember. For more information please contact Sports Information Director Michael L. Damon at (212) 237-8322 or

John Jay 2012 Reunion -– Hold the Date March 27, 2012

The Alumni Executive Board of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice seeks nominations for reunion honorees who will be recognized by the College and the Alumni Association at the Alumni Reunion in Spring 2012. The awards to be presented are:

* "Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award," recognizing an alumnus or an alumna whose outstanding professional accomplishments motivate and inspire our students to excel

* "Distinguished Faculty Award," recognizing a current or former faculty
member whose leadership, achievements, and commitment to the College provide models for students to emulate

To submit a nomination, please fill-in and e-mail
form (one form per nominee) to by Tuesday, January 17, 2012. For further information, please call 212-237-8547.

Contact Information:
Name: Shavonne McKiever
Phone: 212-237-8874

Alumni Spotlight

Of the many degrees that Wizdom Powell (BS, '98) has earned during a stellar academic career as a scholar of health education and the racial healthcare experience, the first of these came from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1998. Powell, who has been appointed a White House Fellow for the prestigious program's 2011-2012 term, graduated summa cum laude from John Jay with a bachelor's degree in Forensic Psychology. In addition to being a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program scholar, Powell was also a winner of the College's Thurgood Marshall Award – one of many academic honors she has earned. She is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority and Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow who received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and M.P.H. in HBHE from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. In recognition of outstanding dissertation research, Wizdom received APA's Division 51 Loren Frankel Award. Powell has also been the recipient of the Malcolm-King Leadership Award and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Alumnae of the Year. White House Fellows typically spend the year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. In return for the privilege of participating in the Fellowship year, Fellows are expected to apply what they have learned by contributing to the nation as greater leaders in their respective communities, professions, and in public service. Placements are made often outside of a Fellow's area of expertise. Powell, who serves on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health and is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center faculty member, has been assigned to the US Department of Defense. As a scholar, Powell's community-based domestic research examines the impact of neighborhood, healthcare, and socioeconomic resources on racial health disparities, with an emphasis on vulnerable African-American males. "There are a lot of things happening at once – it's a perfect storm to create cancer disparities," she wrote in a 2009 report issued by the President's Cancer Panel. "What often happens under this level of complexity is that we trade off the structural issues – in an attempt to remove the visible or economic barriers to good health – but don't address longstanding cultural and relationship characteristics that also influence disparities. The panel addressed all of these issues and didn't shy away from the complexity this approach creates," said Powell, who gave expert testimony about racial/ethnic minority healthcare experiences.

Student Highlights

Yanice Santos

While her high school classmates were wearing Yale and Harvard sweatshirts, Forensic Psychology major Yanice Santos' sweatshirt always said John Jay. "I always knew I wanted to come here," she said. "I always wanted to do law enforcement. I was that typical kid, running around playing cops and robbers, but I was always the cop." It was a decade before Santos, 29, would come to John Jay. In her last year of high school, she got pregnant and had to drop out. For the next few years, Santos worked two or three jobs to support herself and her daughter. In 2008, the jewelry manufacturer she worked for took a big hit in the recession. Thirty percent of its staff, including Santos, was laid off. "I got tired of it," she said. "I didn't want to work somewhere for a couple of years and then be laid off, living paycheck to paycheck." Santos went to a trade school where she earned her GED and Associate Degree in three semesters. "From there, since it was so special to me, I said I'd try to go to John Jay," she said. With the exception of an older sister, no one in Santos' family had ever gone to college before. "I'm a first-generation college student," she said. Santos was one of the 20 John Jay students who went to Egypt last year. Her three-weeks abroad were made possible by a STOCS (Study/Travel Opportunity for CUNY Students) award Santos won. Santos was also the recipient of a Department of Homeland Security grant this year that took her to El Paso, TX, for four months. One of just 12 students in the nation to intern with the National Center on Border Security and Immigration, she researched Santa Muerte, the patron saint of death. "It's a religion that [Mexican] cartels follow. "I was so homesick," said Santos. The absence was difficult for her 10-year-old daughter, too. "It was hard," said Santos, "but she knows what I'm working for."

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