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With Special Thanks

Four distinguished alumni came back to the College in late August to motivate and inspire more than 1,100 new students and their parents during the Fall 2008 Freshman Orientation sponsored by the Office of Student Development. Each spoke with humor and candor about their life experiences and told the Class of 2012 to work hard, make wise choices, and never doubt their ability to realize their dreams. Kudos to:

Michael McCann (BS '74, JD) President, John Jay Alumni Board. McCann was formerly the commanding officer of the 25th Precinct in East Harlem and subsequently Chief of Security for the United Nations. He is now president of McCann Protective Services, Inc.

Teresa Coaxum (BA '93) 2nd Vice President, John Jay Alumni Board. Coaxum was manager of the Community Relations Bureau for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and is now the Deputy State Director in the Office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

Carmen Velasquez (BA '84, JD), a former Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, is now an attorney in private practice. She is a candidate for Civil Court Judge in Queens County.

Thomas Ridges (BA '95, JD), a former member of the NYPD, is now the Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Homicide Bureau for the Office of the Kings County District Attorney.

Endowed Alumni Scholarship
Through your generous gifts, Michelle Hershkowitz just began her junior year at John Jay. The forensic psychology major with a 3.9 GPA and a history of giving back to the community, was the first recipient of the $4,000 John Jay Endowed Alumni Scholarship. This summer, the Alumni Board began fundraising to give yet another student the same opportunity. To all those who responded to the recent scholarship appeal letter, we greatly appreciate your donations as well as the continual increase in the number of alumni donors. Through your support, the Alumni Board plans to fully endow the scholarship fund and offer at least one award annually. If you have not yet contributed to this important initiative, please consider making a gift. Your support -- at any level -- makes a difference. Donations may be made by credit card or check. To use your credit card, just call the Office of Alumni Relations at 212.237.8547 or 212.484.1375. If you are sending a check, please make it payable to the "Endowed Alumni Scholarship Fund" and mail it to: Endowed Alumni Scholarship Fund, Office of Institutional Advancement, 899 Tenth Avenue, Room 623T, New York, NY 10019. Please include your name, address/city/state/zip, degree(s) and year(s), home email address and phone, employer and title, work email and phone.

College News

College Launches Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies
On September 4 John Jay launched the Christian Regenhard Center, a research repository and information clearinghouse for the study of emergency responses to disasters. The Center is named for probationary firefighter, Christian Regenhard, who was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. "The Center will undertake important research for developing integrated comprehensive approaches to the study of emergency responses to large-scale disasters," said President Jeremy Travis. "We are especially appreciative of the support from Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer as well as Representative Jerrold Nadler (who attended the press conference) and other members of the New York Congressional Delegation who have supported the creation of the Center." Holding back tears, Sally Regenhard, Christian's mother, noted, "Through the work of its dedicated faculty, this center will honor all first responders who lost their lives as a result of 9/11 and can help to ensure the safety of all responders in the future." Professor Glenn Corbett, Chair of the Department of Protection Management and Chair of the Center's Advisory Board, said, "For a very long time, there has been a desperate need for an academic center that collects and analyzes the oral histories of emergency workers who respond to large scale disasters." Charles Jennings, former Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety for the City of White Plans and Professor of Protection Management at John Jay, was named the Center's director.

Was it Really Arson?
John Jay's Center for Modern Forensic Practice is the recipient of a $248,000 grant from the JEHT Foundation to establish an Arson Screening Project to assess possible wrongful arson convictions that were attained through "bad science." "This JEHT funded project will enable the College to utilize its expertise in examining cases where questionable forensic techniques were used to obtain an arson conviction," said President Jeremy Travis who also noted that the grant "reaffirms John Jay's position as a leader in criminal justice research." Developed in consultation with the Innocence Project, which already has a backlog of arson cases deserving scrutiny, the project will "enable us to collect and evaluate claims of wrongful conviction based on the use of a faulty, folk-science of fire indicators...and will expand upon the Innocence Project tradition to take a systematic look at old convictions where there is no DNA evidence," said James Doyle, director of the Center for Modern Forensic Practice. The project will be led by Doyle, along with Professor Emeritus Peter DeForest and Peter Diaczuk, the Center's director of forensic science training. For more information about the project, click here.

The Performing Arts at John Jay
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College is hosting a series of cultural events that are sure to complement the arts and entertainment scene on Manhattan's upper West Side this fall. They include:

Bach's Fight for Creative Freedom, Saturday, October 18,
7:30 PM

The Castle, Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 PM

Dahlia, October 24, 25 & 27, 7:00 PM

First Vote 2008, Monday, November 3, 7:30 PM

A Few Good (wo)Men, Tuesday - Thursday, November 20-25,
8:00 PM

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th Anniversary Concert, Thursday, December 4, 7:30 PM

Concerts by Children - A Musical Holiday Celebration, Thursday, December 18, 6:30 PM

For more information, reservations and tickets go to .


Sentencing, Sanction and Community Impact:
A Federal Judge Reflects on a Downward Departure
Wednesday, October 1, 2008                4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This event features the Honorable Nancy Gertner of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Staff Attorney Scott Levy of the Bronx Defenders, and Distinguished Professor Todd Clear of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. Professor David Kennedy, Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, will serve as moderator.

For more information, contact Sue-Lin Wong at 212.237.1323

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New York City

Occasional Series on Reentry Research
Someone Who's Been There But Isn't Too Far Away: Findings from a Study of the Mentoring Component of a Young Adult Reentry Program
Friday, October 3, 2008                        8:30 AM -10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to this presentation by Emily A. NaPier, Research Associate, Justice Strategies Center for Community Alternatives. Her study explores the mentorship feature of the Syracuse-based Self-Development Reentry Program, which is designed to assist the reentry of formerly incarcerated youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who demonstrate a history of substance abuse.

RSVP to Amerlia Thompson at 212.237.1399 or<

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New York City

Graduate Lecture Series
Risky Propositions: Protecting People and Their Stuff
Wednesday, October 15, 2008                  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Hosted by Professor Norman Groner of the Public Management Department, the evening's lecture will feature John Friedlander, Director of Security, Cushman & Wakefield, who will talk about "Lessons Learned at John Jay: Useful Tools and Techniques for Corporate Security."

John Jay College
Multi-Purpose Room, (2200 North Hall)
445 West 59th Street
New York City

The Patrick V. Murphy Lecture
Wednesday, October 22, 2008                  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis cordially invites you to the Patrick V. Murphy Lecture that will feature Police Chief William J. Bratton of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Chief Bratton established an international reputation for reengineering police departments and fighting crime in the 1990s. As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, then New York City Police Commissioner, and as Chief of the LAPD, he revitalized morale and cut crime in all four posts. He led the development of CompStat, the acclaimed computerized crime-mapping system of the NYPD, which is now used by police department nationwide. A reception will follow.

RSVP to Marilyn Simpson at 212.237.8641.

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899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

When Will U.S. Courts Join the International Constitutional Conversation?
Thursday, October 30, 2008                      5:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis and the Center for International Human Rights cordially invite you to a lecture by Drew S. Days III, the Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law at Yale Law School and former Solicitor-General of the United States from 1993 to 1996.

For more information, contact George Andreopoulos at or 212.237.8314.

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Theater Lobby
899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Graduate Open House
Thursday, November 6, 2008                  3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Alumni considering graduate school are invited to meet with faculty and staff who will be available to discuss graduate programs, admission, careers, and financial aid. Applications are being accepted for Spring 2009 admission into the College's master's degree programs in: Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Protection Management, Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling.

For more information and to RSVP, click here or call 212.237.8863.

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

Femicide: Understanding and Preventing the Murder of Women in Intimate Relationships
Friday, November 7, 2008                      8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by John Jay College and the Urban Resource Institute, this all-day conference will highlight the intersection of the health and criminal justice systems in saving lives; the impact of race, class and gender in New York City and State; educating immigrant communities about their rights; and the media's portrayal of femicide. The keynote speaker will be Rebecca Block, PhD, of the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority who is one of the country's foremost researchers in the area of femicide.

The pre-registration fee is $40. On the day of the conference, the fee is $50. For more details and to register, click here.

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New York City

Connect & Reconnect Open House in Southern California
Alumni Reception in San Diego, CA
Tuesday, November 11, 2008                6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Alumni President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), and the Alumni Board cordially invite all John Jay alumni to a reception at EXY Restaurant in the historic gaslight quarter in San Diego, CA. Alumni attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference are welcome. The restaurant is walking distance from the San Diego convention center. Come and meet fellow alumni in the southern California area. Refreshments will be served.

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

EXY Restaurant
789 Sixth Avenue (Corner 6th Avenue & F Street)
San Diego, CA

Connect & Reconnect Open House in Northern California
Alumni Reception in San Francisco, CA
Thursday, November 13, 2008                     5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Alumni President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), and the Alumni Board cordially invite all John Jay alumni to a reception at Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, located near the western end of Golden Gate Park. Come and meet fellow alumni in the northern California area. Refreshments will be served.

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

Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
1000 Great Highway
San Francisco, CA

Graduate Lecture Series
Risky Propositions: Protecting People and Their Stuff
Thursday, November 13, 2008                     5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Hosted by Professor Norman Groner of the Public Management Department, the evening's lecture will feature Richard Errico and James Moore of Allied Barton Security Services. They will speak about "Emergency Drills: Planning, Design, Execution and Evaluation, Security and Emergency Preparedness."

John Jay College
Multi-Purpose Room, (2200 North Hall)
445 West 59th Street
New York City

Alumni Spotlight

Dennis Weiner (BS '92, JD)
Dennis Weiner is one of a growing roster of John Jay graduates who serve as police executives. He was recently selected from among 100 applicants to become Police Chief of Juno Beach, Florida. Growing up on Long Island, Weiner was attending community college for chemical engineering when he took the NYC police test. Weiner spent 14 years with the NYPD and subsequently became police chief in Centre Island, NY where he served for 13 years. Weiner told the Palm Beach Post his parents were disappointed he left college for the police academy. But he did finish college at John Jay graduating in 1992 and then went on to get two law degrees: one from St. John's University and the other from New York University. He is a 2007 graduate of the FBI Academy and a 1996 National Institute of Justice Pickett Fellow.

Juno Beach Town Manager Jeff Naftal told the Post, "Being from a small town was a factor. But his overall experience made him the best candidate." That experience, no doubt included Weiner's penchant for high-tech. In Centre Island, he installed technology that can scan the license plate of every vehicle entering the village. Headquarters became almost paperless. Police vehicles had night-vision binoculars and digital cameras. Computers not only aided crime reporting and prevention, but also tracked weather radar and water surges. In Juno Beach, Weiner told the TC Palm that he is exploring technological options for their police department that will enable officers to devote more time to community policing.

Student Highlights

Jacob Uriel (BA '05, JD)
Over the next five years, nearly one-third of the country's federal workforce will reach retirement age. In the next two years alone, the government will need to hire more than 173,000 people in mission critical areas. To help spread the word about these job opportunities on college campuses, the Federal Service Student Ambassadors program was created to increase interest in federal service by developing a corps of passionate student advocates who will actively promote public service. At John Jay, Nadia Bruce, a senior majoring in forensic science, is one of only 15 students nationwide selected as an ambassador.

Bruce grew up in Trinidad and came back to New York when she was 16. She was interested in forensic science and was steered toward John Jay. "I came here on a hope and a dream," she says. "John Jay was my number one choice." She applied for the ambassadors' program while she was in Washington, DC completing a toxicology internship with the Office of Food Additive Safety of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "It was wonderful. I had such a good experience with the FDA that I felt I could easily talk to other students about federal service." On campus, Bruce is reaching out to students and faculty, has recruited other students to advocate for careers in public service, and recently addressed more than 150 students at an orientation for those who are interested in participating in an internship. "The ambassadors have a slogan, 'It's not just making a living, it's making a difference," she says. "The area of federal public service is so personally rewarding, so varied, so flexible, with so much opportunity and mobility, that students should certainly consider the federal government for jobs when they graduate."

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