John Jay Alumni Association Newsletter (October 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

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

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Addresses John Jay College
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed an overflow crowd at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on September 9, unveiling an evolving counterterrorism strategy that focuses on the exercise of "smart power" to defeat violent extremism. Noting that the United States finds itself in a "moment of historic change and opportunity," Secretary Clinton said that while the death of Osama bin-Laden has put Al Qaeda on the path to defeat, "it is imperative that we not repeat the mistake of not adapting quickly to new threats." Secretary Clinton was introduced by President Jeremy Travis, who said that her presence at the College paid tribute to the memory of the 68 John Jay alumni and students — - most of them firefighters -— who lost their lives in the destruction of the World Trade Center. As an attorney, as First Lady of the United States and as a U.S. Senator from New York, Secretary Clinton showed herself to be a "fierce advocate for justice," President Travis said. The State Department's multi-pronged counterterrorism strategy, according to Clinton, includes breaking down bureaucratic walls that inhibit effective action, focusing on cybercrime, preventing the proliferation of nuclear materials, improved border security and dismantling the support structure of Al Qaeda. "We can make it harder for Al Qaeda to fill its ranks and its coffers," she said, whether that entails encouraging global partners to embrace a "no concessions" policy regarding kidnapping or taking proactive steps to slow Al Qaeda's recruitment by undermining the organization's appeal.

John Jay Professor's Research on Police Lineups Breaks New Ground
John Jay College Professor of Psychology Jennifer Dysart, one of a team of researchers, has completed a field study on eyewitness identification that found double-blind sequential lineups produce fewer mistaken eyewitness identifications than double-blind simultaneous lineups. The report, issued today by the Des Moines-based American Judicature Society (AJS) is titled "A Test of Simultaneous vs. Sequential Lineup Methods: An Initial Report of the AJS National Eyewitness Identification Field Studies" and comes on the heels of a landmark decision last month by the New Jersey Supreme Court mandating major changes in the way courts evaluate eyewitness identification evidence. "This field study is the first empirical test comparing double-blind lineups in sequential and simultaneous formats with real witnesses and thus it is a monumental project in our field, " said Dysart. The results of the field study showed that witness who viewed sequential lineups selected the police suspect 27.3% while those who viewed a simultaneous lineup selected the suspect 25.5% of the time, a non-significant difference in suspect selection rates. With respect to filler identifications, witnesses who viewed the simultaneous lineup were more likely to mistakenly identify a lineup filler - 18.1% - than those who viewed a sequential lineup - 12.2%. Of eyewitnesses who positively identified someone from the procedure, those who viewed a sequential lineup chose the suspect 69.1 percent of the time as compared to a suspect identification rate of 58.4 percent obtained for simultaneous lineups.

Provost at CUNY's New Community College is John Jay Faculty Member
Professor José Luis Morín, former interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies, was recently appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New Community College of The City University of New York. In addition to serving as interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Morín held an academic appointment in the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department, which he previously chaired, and was a member of the faculty in the Ph.D. Program in Criminal Justice at the college. Morín joined John Jay College in 1998. His teaching and scholarship focused on the areas of domestic and international criminal justice, civil rights and international human rights law, race and ethnicity in the United States, Latina/o studies, and U.S.-Latin America relations. He holds a B.A. degree in political science from Columbia University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. The first new CUNY College in four decades, the New Community College aims to create a coherent, structured and supportive learning experience. The overall goal is to significantly increase graduation rates. The first class of 500 students is expected to enroll in six degree programs at our temporary campus in midtown Manhattan in 2012. At capacity, the college will enroll approximately 5,000 students

College Events

Graduate Open House
Monday, October 3, 2011                              3:00 PM

The Office of Graduate Admissions cordially invites you to attend the John Jay College Fall 2011 Graduate Open House. This event will be held on October 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. For additional information, please see the Fall 2011 Open House announcement online. If you have additional questions feel free to call 212.237.8863 or e-mail:

RSVP -- Please confirm your attendance in advance by making a reservation online:

We look forward to seeing you on October 3.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater
Haaren Hall
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY

Prisoner Reentry Institute Occasional Series
Thursday, October 6, 2011                        8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Beyond Conventional Wisdom— - Creating Reentry Housing. Safe and affordable housing is central to one's stability and success in reentry—and it can be one of the hardest needs to meet. PRI director Ann Jacobs will be joined by presenters JoAnne Page of the Fortune Society, and Ryan Moser of the Corporation for Supportive Housing to discuss innovative strategies employed in New York City to create housing for formerly incarcerated people by literally turning obstacles into opportunity.

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

For further information, contact: Amelia Thompson, 212.484.1399

Wednesday, October 12, 2011                   3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

All John Jay alumni are invited to attend the Graduate & Professional School Fair on October 12 from 3pm to 6pm. This fair will bring admissions representatives from over 60 colleges and universities across the nation to speak with you about admissions requirements, graduate programs, and more. If you've ever considered going back to school, this event is for you! Law schools, schools of social work, academic discipline programs - – they will all be there! Hosted by Career Development Services, the Pre-Law Institute, and the Office of Graduate & Professional Studies, this event is FREE for students and alumni.

You will need your alumni ID to enter. For more information, please contact Career Development Services at (212) 237-8754.

Haaren Hall Gymnasium
899 Tenth Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY

Why Did the World Trade Center Collapse?
Monday, October 17, 2011                   12:30 PM -– 4:30 PM

This panel discussion will retell the contentious history leading to authorization of the investigation of the World Trade Center's collapse by NIST. For the first time, principal players involved in advocacy, criticism, and research into this event are together to tell their stories. Moderator Scott Knowles, Drexel University, author of The Disaster Experts: Managing Risk in Modern America, will provide historical context. Speakers: James Quintierre, University of Maryland; Jake Pauls, Pedestrian Movement Expert; and Glenn Corbett, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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

For further information, contact: Berlyn Morales, 646.557.4430

Wednesday, October 19, 2011              5:00 PM-7:00 PM

This seminar is presented by the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College and the Centre for Secular Space, London. Panelists include Sunila Abeysekera (Sri Lanka), a leading global campaigner on women's human rights chair of the Urgent Action Fund, a fellow at the Institute for Social Studies in the Hague and a member of the Centre for Secular Space advisory board; Ariane Brunet (Canada), coordinator of the Women's Rights Programme at Rights and Democracy in Montreal; Gita Sahgal (India/UK), is a member of Southall Black Sisters and a founding member of Women Against Fundamentalism; Meredith Tax (US), is a novelist and historian who. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Annisa Helie, Department of History.

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

"Soul Steps" -- One Performance Only!
Thursday, October 20, 2011                    7:30 PM

All alumni are invited to experience "Soul Steps." This international ensemble brings the African American art form of stepping to the stage in a high-energy performance, where Afro-urban rhythms and personal narratives relay individual stories and explore a cultural legacy. Every slap of the thigh, twist of the hip, turn of the foot, and jump in the air is inspired by influences such as Savion Glover, Debbie Allen and the gumboot dancers in the mines of South Africa. A "JUST-US Dialogue" follows the performance. General Admission is $20. However, JJC alumni may purchase tickets for $10 with promo code ALUM at or by calling 212-279-4200. Tickets will also be available for purchase/pick-up 30 minutes prior to the show at the GWLT Box Office. For information call 212-237-8005

Gerald W. Lynch Theater
Haaren Hall
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY

Alumni Spotlight

Michael Tabman (BS '79)

Like many other John Jay alumnus who graduated during New York City's dark fiscal days of the late 1970s, Michael Tabman (BS '79) had to leave the city to find a job. For the next three years, Tabman worked as a police officer in Fairfax County, VA. It was an experience that would help shape the rest of his career as a federal agent and book author. "It was the early 1980s and hostage negotiation was becoming a big thing," said Tabman. "We started our own and I was fortunate enough to be selected as the first hostage negotiator in Fairfax County." In 1983, he joined the FBI. For the next 10 years, Tabman worked on an NYPD drug task force. "We were in Jackson Heights, Queens, working with Colombian cocaine. That was the epicenter of drugs. Cocaine had swept the country and we worked some great cases," he said. As Tabman moved up the ranks of the Bureau, he moved around the country. When he retired five years ago, it was as Special-Agent-in-Charge of the FBI's Minneapolis office. In the years since, Tabman has opened his own security firm and written two books, the first is a how-to on corporate security and the second a crime novel that draws on his experiences as a Fairfax County cop. Midnight Sin takes place in a small town outside of Kansas City, MO, where Tabman retired. "It about young cops on a midnight shift," he said. "The case they're working on is a case I worked on when I was a plainclothes cop in Fairfax County. It was a serial rape matter. I drew on a lot of the complexities and the frustrations in the case." Nothing in Tabman's past or family history pointed to his entering law enforcement. "I had an awakening when I was 17 that I had to be a cop," he said. Going to John Jay was a "tremendous experience," said Tabman. "When I got to the police department, I was one of the few guys who had a college degree. I remember my training partner saying to me that I came 'pre-trained' from college.'"

Student Highlights

Emily Joseph

Emily Joseph did not come up to New York City to go to college. She came here from Virginia because she had signed with a modeling agency. Finding John Jay was an accident, "but probably the biggest, best accident ever," said the 19-year-old senior. Joseph, a Justice Scholar, is a Forensic Psychology major. "I was looking at colleges for criminal justice or criminology programs," she said. "I stumbled on John and saw it had forensic psychology – - that was exactly what I wanted to do." Over the summer, Joseph interned at the START program at the University of Maryland – a benefit of also being John Jay's Homeland Security Scholar. "I am working on the global terrorism database and was just assigned to work on risk assessment for Homeland Security -– that's a special project division at START," she said. During the school year, Joseph conducts research in Professor Maria Hartwig's deception -detection lab. "It's nothing like Lie to Me," she said, referring to the TV show. Joseph is working on a proposal to John Jay's IRB (Institutional Review Board) for a project that would examine the implicit processes behind judging whether someone is lying or not. Joseph plans to show subjects a video and use eye-tracking equipment to see what they are really looking at, as opposed to what they say they are looking at, when they decide whether someone is being truthful. "When you ask them what they've looked at, often they will tell you things they thought they should be looking at," she said. "Often, if it's a physical cue, people say they've looked at it, but that cue wasn't present either when they said it was, or at all." .

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