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From the Director
On behalf of the Alumni Board and the Office of Alumni Relations, I wish to take this opportunity to recognize the time and talent given by many John Jay alumni who participate as speakers, hosts, organizers or guests at events sponsored or hosted by the College. To that end, Alumni News is adding a new feature, "With Special Thanks," which will appear from time to time to acknowledge those alumni who have donated their time and effort. To all alumni, including those noted below, who graciously give back to the College by filling these important roles, we offer our sincere appreciation. Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations

With Special Thanks

John Jay Alumni & Family Night (August 3, 2008): More than 170 alumni from the '70 to '08 graduating classes and their guests traveled to Richmond County Ballpark to witness the legendary rivalry between the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) and the Staten Island Yankees. They came from Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Yonkers, and New Jersey for the 13-inning contest that ended in a 5-3 victory for the Cyclones. Neither the final score, nor the unexpected downpour dampened spirits of loyal fans like Thomas Gray BS'76, who brought his charming wife and 18 other family members, including 9 grandchildren! Congratulations to organizers Michael McCann BS'74, JD (Alumni Association President), James Brito, BS'05 (Board Member & Staten Island Coordinator), and "our man in the SI Yankees Front Office" Tom Kurtz, BA'07 (Customer Account Manager). Kudos to Mike, James, Tom and all the alumni who signed up for this event, including: Robert Campbell, MPA '71; Stanley Shack, BS '72, MA'78; Vincent Dougherty, MA '75; Michael D. Lombardo, BS'75; Thomas Gray, BS'76; Bob Hogan, BS'76; Anthony Ramos, MPA'76; Steven Pasichow, BS'78; Frank Velluci, MA'79; Evelyn Ramirez Marrero BA'82; Margarette Cashin, BS'89; Margaret Graf, MPA'91, Robert Sweeney BS'92; Luis Liendo, MS'93; Jennifer Lentz, MA'97; Elizabeth Daly, BA'98; Hector Gonzalez, BS'99 ; Dayna De La Rosa, BA'01; Welby Lee, BA'02; George Barbosa, BS'03; Brian Black, BS'03; Jennifer (Flynn) Konczynski, BA'03; Fallon Grossman, BA'05, MA'07; Diana Composto, BA'04, MA '07, Helen Leung BS'05; George Paul Thanjan, BA'05, Natasha Williams, BA'05; Jacob Uriel, BA'05, JD; Nilsa Lam, BA'06; Lorraine Motola, MS '07; Carol Pitera, AS'07; Ivelisse Camacho, BA'08, John Dobkowski, BS'08; and Laura Lecarreaux BA'08.

Naturalization Ceremony of the US Department of Homeland Security (August 4, 2008): With a warm welcome from President Jeremy Travis, more than 250 applicants from more than 50 countries along with their families and guests gathered in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater to take the Oath of Allegiance to become new citizens of the United States. This moving ceremony was organized by an impressive group of alumni who are employees of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Section of the Department of Homeland Security: Scott Ruben, BS'84, Site Manager and Master of Ceremonies; Jessica Clark BA'99, Supervisory Adjudications Officer, Linnea Stuart, BS'92, Adjudications Officer, and Patricia Alvarez, BS '03, Adjudications Officer.

College News

A Cross-Country Partnership
John Jay College has established a partnership with Arizona State University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to develop a cross-country criminology program, enhance research efforts and strengthen ties between academia and practitioners. "John Jay is among the best in the country at educating, training and working with criminal justice professionals, and this partnership offers us the opportunity to merge our areas of expertise to service a larger and more complex community," noted John Hepburn, Dean of the College of Human Services at Arizona State. "Both ASU and John Jay have dynamic, rapidly expanding faculties and large, diverse student bodies. This partnership has endless possibilities for our students, faculty and research centers," said James Levine, Dean of Research at John Jay. Areas of interest for the partnership include issues such as immigration and border security, street gangs, violence and offender re-entry programs. Exchange programs involving students have already begun.

John Jay's Public Safety Executive Leadership Inaugural Session
ASU was also the launch site for John Jay's Public Safety Executive Leadership Institute in July. Twenty-two of Arizona's top police chiefs and deputy chiefs completed an intensive 3-day program for law enforcement leaders. "These sessions afforded all participants an opportunity to sharpen their professional skills in responding to the increasingly complex public safety issues they confront daily," said Dr. Ellen Scrivner, Director of the John Jay Leadership Academy. The interactive curriculum offered in the Institute focuses on the complex interaction of strategic, cultural and political processes on public safety leadership and agency direction. Faculty include active and retired police and public safety leaders from around the country. To learn more, click here.

On the Hill
Public Safety Commissioner Frank Straub (MA '90, PhD '97) of White Plains, NY hopes that Congress will see fit to provide more funding to local police departments for innovative programs to help combat youth violence. Last June, in testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Straub described conditions that exist in many neighborhoods across the country. "In many cities today, the value of maintaining 'street cred' has made senseless killing and assaults legitimized responses to the most minor snubs and slights." He reported that many police departments have "tied impulsive violence to behaviors perceived as demonstrating a lack of respect ('dissing' in street parlance,) unemployment, poverty, and prisoner re-entry to the rise in violence." In his own jurisdiction, Straub recalled that after a series of violent events in 2006, the department "committed to a policing paradigm that would fight crime on all fronts...using traditional strategies to target high-rate offenders, their illegal activities and neighborhood hot spots" and using "the department's community policing division to take the lead in developing and implementing non-traditional programs to target the factors that drive crime and violence." It partnered with the North American Family Institute and created the Youth-Police Initiative that brought young African-American men together with officers from the neighborhood conditions unit. The department also developed the first prison re-entry program in Westchester County. According to Straub, while it is important for police to focus on the 10% of offenders who are responsible for most of the crime, "it is critical and equally important to return to the tenets of community policing."

Law Enforcement Attorneys Network
John Jay alumni, who are attorneys with current or prior employment in law enforcement, may be interested in joining LEAN (Law Enforcement Attorneys Network). The Network provides social and professional networking and assistance in transitioning to successful new legal careers. Its members include judges; former local ADAs; federal prosecutors; federal law enforcement officers; state, county and municipal police officers; court officers; and probation and parole officers. Among other benefits, members receive free continuing legal education seminars, a requirement for all attorneys. The next seminars will be held on September 22, 2008 in Melville, NY. For more information on LEAN, click here or contact Ed Laskin (BS '83, JD) at or Michael McCann (BS '74, JD) at

Recruiting on Campus
The Job Assistance Program at John Jay is pleased to announce that the following agencies will be recruiting on campus:

Washington DC Metro Transit Police Department (recruiting and testing)
September 17, 2008 5:00 - 9:00 PM North Hall Rm. 1311


September 4, 2008 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM North Hall Lobby
September 9, 2008 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM North Hall Lobby
September 11, 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Haaren Hall Lwr. Lobby
September 16, 2008 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM North Hall Lobby
September 18, 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Haaren Hall Lwr. Lobby
September 23, 2008 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM North Hall Lobby
September 25, 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Haaren Hall Lwr. Lobby
September 30, 2008 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM North Hall Lobby

Civilian Complaint Review Board (recruiting for investigative position)
September 17, 2008 3:00 - 6:00 PM North Hall Lobby


Fall Open Houses
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Office of Continuing and Professional Studies would like to introduce you to the wide variety of courses being offered this fall -- courses that are designed to meet your professional needs, personal development and enjoyment. Offerings range from in-depth issues in criminal justice and career development to the performing arts. Come, enjoy some refreshments, and meet the faculty who are internationally known experts in their fields. Alumni receive a 10% discount on tuition. For more information, and to register on-line, click here.

Paralegal Studies Open Houses
Monday, September 8, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, September 15, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, September 22, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Paralegal Certificate Program at John Jay is a rigorous educational experience emphasizing the practical skills needed to succeed as a paralegal. Join us for some refreshments and find out more about this program by attending one of our open houses.

For more information, call 212.237.8663 or email

John Jay College
BMW Building
555 West 57th Street, Room 613BMW
New York City

LSAT Preparation Course
Saturdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2008     10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This 7-session course uses the Cambridge Education Services method that provides students with complete preparation for the LSAT exam and uses actual past tests and does not rely on made-up questions.

The cost for the course is $685. The cost for materials is $135. Alumni receive a 10% discount. For more information and to register, click here or call 212.237.8663.

John Jay College
BMW Building
555 West 57th Street, 6th Floor
New York City

Exhibition Opening Reception
Color and Sound: The Paintings of Gaye Ellington
Tuesday, September 9, 2008                      5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Color and Sound: The Paintings of Gaye Ellington

Painter Gaye Ellington will be featured in the inaugural exhibition of the newly founded Art & Music Department. The exhibition includes paintings inspired by jazz compositions of the artist's grandfather, Duke Ellington, as well as Mercer Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. A native of New York, Ellington has studied at CUNY, Howard University, and the Art Students League. Her works may be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The exhibit will run through September.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, 3rd Floor Art Gallery
New York City

Interrogation and Torture Controversy: Crisis in Psychology
Friday, September 12, 2008                     9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This all-day conference is being sponsored by the John Jay Center on Terrorism, the Division of Social Issues of the New York State Psychological Association, and York College. The conference will focus on the historical and ethical dimensions of this crisis, and especially the participation of psychologists in detainee interrogations and intelligence gathering. Representing a range of views, a distinguished group of experts will confer with participants on questions rarely addressed in public forums. Presenters will include Alfred McCoy, Mark Denbeaux, Steven Reisner, Tony Lagouranis, Allan Keller, Ghislaine Boulanger, Katherine Eban, David DeBatto, Frank Summers, Jameel Jaffer, and Lesley Gill.

This conference is free and open to the public. (Check-in begins at 8:30 AM.)

Occasional Series on Reentry Research
Women, Reentry and Everyday Life: Time to Work?
Friday, September 12, 2008                     8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to this presentation by Venezia Michalsen, Director of Analysis and Client Information Systems at the Women's Prison Association. Her study examines how multiple time demands influence women's ability to reintegrate successfully. The research investigates the impact that women's involvement in multiple government and social service systems has on finding employment.

RSVP to Amelia Thompson at 212.237.1399 or

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

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Sunday, September 14, 2008                    9:00 AM

Join us in the fight against breast cancer by participating in the 2008 Komen Race for the Cure. The JOHN JAY JAYWALKERS are once again registered as a team. Alumni, faculty, staff and students have participated in this worthwhile event for the past 15 years. And, for the last two years, we have had the largest team in the College/University category. We can make a difference.

Click here to sign up. For more information, contact the JAYWALKERS Team Captain, Irene O'Donnell, at or 212-237-8540.

Central Park West
New York City

The John Jay Book & Author Series
Monday, September 15, 2008                         4:00 PM

The John Jay Book & Author Series is pleased to present For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago by author Professor Simon Baatz of the History Department. The book details one of the most infamous murder cases in American history. The New York Times review noted that "Professor Baatz has done meticulous research, and he writes extremely well. As a result, he brings to vivid life the major characters. Not just the two murderers, but also the judges and lawyers. He also gives us a picture of the crime-ridden, bootleg-liquor-fueled Jazz Age city of Chicago and its spectacularly corrupt political culture."

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

The 60th Professional Security Management Course
September 15 to December 8, 2008          6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
(Monday evenings, 11 sessions)

This course, offered by The Security Management Institute, , is designed for individuals already in security management and those seeking a career in this profession. The program is structured around the testing areas outlined by the American Society for Industrial Security and the Certified Protection Professional Certification Board.

Tuition is $475 for advance registration, $500 at the door. Alumni received a 10% discount. For more information, and to register click here or call 212.237.8638.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue, Room 203T
New York City

The Wire: Drugs, Prison and Community Survival
Thursday, September 25, 2008         11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Sponsored by the Center on Crime Prevention and Control, this student forum will focus on current U.S. drug policy and mass incarceration. Participants will include two of the senior writers from the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, federal and state law enforcement officials, community representatives, and members of the John Jay faculty.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue
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.

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Alumni Spotlight
Jacob Uriel (BA '05, JD)

Jacob Uriel (BA '05, JD)
Both his education and professional experience have led Jacob Uriel on a quest for a better understanding of criminal justice policy. At John Jay, he majored in criminal justice and minored in speech, theatre and media studies. Active on campus, he was the captain of the Debate Club and winner of the College Persuasive Speech Competition in 2003. "I found I liked public speaking," he says. "It got me interested in litigation. I wanted to stay local for college. I thought I might be interested in criminal law, so I was happy to come to John Jay." What really cinched it for him was his internship with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. "The John Jay internships really helped guide me. What I learned at the college really gave me a real world perspective on the legal system. So when I got to law school, it wasn't so abstract. I think that helped me be successful." His advice to those interested in law school: "Don't be wedded to New York." Following his own advice, Uriel just received his law degree with a concentration in criminal law from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He interned at the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center as well as for agencies in New York and Puerto Rico. And now it's on to graduate school. Throughout his career Uriel's interest broadened to include criminal justice policy particularly crime prevention programs that are administered through the office of a district attorney. With a desire to have his legal career informed by theory and research, his goal is to acquire a criminological background to develop future programs that emphasize rehabilitation and deterrence over retribution. And to this end, Uriel will begin his studies for an MS in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania this fall.

Student Highlights

Graduate student Shea Donato is the 2008-2009 recipient of the Imette St. Guillen Scholarship. A "newcomer" to New York, she grew up in a law enforcement family and earned her undergraduate degree at Carroll College in Helena, MT. She then spent a year with AmeriCorps, the national service program. She served as a project coordinator for the Helena Relationship Violence Council where she authored "Coordinated Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence" for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and trained coalition members to set up a coordinated community response in their local communities. "I feel very honored to receive this," she noted. "This entire experience has reaffirmed everything I've believed about what I want to do with my life and what kind of impact I want to have on the people around me – perhaps the same kind of impact Imette herself may have wanted to have on the world around her." Established in May 2006, the scholarship honors the memory of Imette St. Guillen, the 24-year-old John Jay student who was brutally slain in February 2006.

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