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With Special Thanks

George Abraham, BS '75   

On a Sunday afternoon in July that brought sunny skies, rolling clouds, lightning and rainbows, more than 200 alumni and guests attended the Alumni Family & Friends Class Day at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark for what was a close game between the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones. We were all inspired by lead off pitcher George Abraham, BS '75, (see photo). On hand to coach the event were alumni board members, Mike McCann, BS '74, JD and James Brito, BS '05. Our own Tom Kurtz, BS '07, was in a real sense our MVP by making this event possible. With major assists from Vice Presidents Vivien Hoexter, Berenecea Johnson Eanes and Richard Saulnier, Class Day Representative Marlon Daniels and Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Sunil Persaud, this year's attendance broke last year's record. Also on hand were alumni scholarship winners, senior Michelle Hershkowitz and junior Joseph Onwu. Kudos also to our public relations team: Marie Rosen, BS '82, Johnny Taveras, BA '90, Nilsa Lam, BA '06, Mike Scaduto, BS '04, Luz Matos, and Lenis Perez. Although the Staten Island Yanks lost 10-9, there's always next year. Thank you all for your support.

 - Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations

College News

Ellen Scrivner Appointed Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice
Director of the College's Leadership Academy and member of the criminal justice doctoral faculty, Ellen Scrivner, has accepted an appointment as Deputy Director for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). "While the College will miss her, we are honored that a highly regarded member of our college community has been named to such an important position in the Obama Administration. She brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that will be invaluable to NIJ and the nation," said President Jeremy Travis. "I am honored to have the opportunity to join the Obama Administration and to help advance the agenda of those who value criminal justice research and evidence-based practices," said Dr. Scrivner.

As Director of the Leadership Academy, Dr. Scrivner developed the Public Safety CEO Institute, one of the first programs in the nation to provide leadership training to public safety executives. She also organized and facilitated a series of National Roundtables for the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. A licensed police psychologist, she was previously a Visiting Fellow at NIJ where she studied police use of excessive force. She has consulted to local and federal law enforcement agencies as well as national police organizations and has served on the command staff of two major urban police departments.

Justice Revealed
A new website,, has been launched in partnership with the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College and Criminal Justice Journalists. A unique news and multimedia information and networking resource, the site is designed to serve as a resource and a marketplace of ideas for journalists, practitioners, researchers and the public in the criminal justice arena.

We've collected the best original reporting, commentary and analysis, the latest cutting-edge research and a wide-ranging resource database that provides an up-to-date picture of the workings of the U.S. criminal justice system, current crime trends, statistics and issues and its impact on communities across the nation. The site also serves as a source for career and new event information for the criminal justice community.

Bookmark for all your criminal justice needs.


The Office of Continuing & Professional Studies
Open Houses

Paralegal Studies Open Houses

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

General Open Houses

Monday, September 14, 2009 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, September 21, 2009 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please join us at one of these open houses to find out about our exciting new courses and to meet our distinguished faculty. Refreshments will be served. John Jay alumni who register for courses receive a 10% discount.

For more information about our fall 2009 course offerings, click here.

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

Occasional Series on Reentry Research
Restorative Justice and Reentry
Friday, September 11, 2009                      9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute cordially invites you to "Restorative Justice and Reentry" by Derrick Franke, a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland at College Park. He will share his preliminary findings from a randomized controlled trial designed to test the effectiveness of victim/offender conferencing among adult males housed in a reentry-oriented correctional facility.

RSVP to Amelia Thompson at 212.484.1399 or

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

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Sunday, September 13, 2009                      9:00 AM

Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? You can help make a difference. Join us in the fight against breast cancer by participating in the 2009 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 16 years and in 2006 and 2007, the JAYWALKERS had the largest team in the College/University category.

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

A Short Course in Crime Scene Analysis for Trial Lawyers in Criminal Cases

Thursday, September 17, 2009        9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, September 18, 2009            9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Center for Modern Forensic Practice in association with Northwestern University School of Law is presenting this two-day course that brings together professionals who practice on crime scenes and in the labs with those who practice in the courtrooms. It will include a review of the National Academy of Science's recent groundbreaking report on the state of forensic science in the United States. Sponsors also include The Legal Aid Society of New York, The Bronx Defenders and The New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The cost for this program is $195. For more information and to register, contact Dr. Albert Harper, Director of the College's Crime Scene Academy, at 212.237.8660 or

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Forensic Biology Building
421 East 26th Street
New York, NY

62nd Professional Security Management Course
Mondays, September 21, 2009 to December 7, 2009
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

This course of 11 sessions is designed for individuals already in and those seeking a career in Security Management. It is structured around the testing areas outlined by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Professional Certification Board. The course covers the ten mandatory CPP Examination areas: Emergency Planning, Physical Security, Investigations, Protection of Sensitive Information, Legal Aspects of Security, Security Management, Personnel Security, Substance Abuse, Loss Prevention and Liaison. Presentations will also be offered on: Bomb Threats, Terrorism, Labor Relations and Security Technology. This program is useful for those preparing for the Certified Protection Professional Examination.

The cost of the program is $500 for advanced paid registration. At the door, the cost is $525. The fee includes workbook and resource materials. John Jay alumni receive a 10% discount. Group discounts are available.

For more information and to register, contact the Criminal Justice Center, Security Management Institute, 555 West 57th Street, Room 603B, New York, NY 10019, phone 212.237.8638, fax 212.237.8637 or email

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

Connect and Reconnect @ John Jay
2009 Alumni Open House in Denver, Colorado
Tuesday, October 6, 2009                   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Alumni Association President Michael F. McCann (BS '74, JD) and Washington, DC Coordinator Daniel Cabrera, Jr. (BS '88, MPA '93) cordially invite John Jay alumni to join former classmates and friends for an alumni reception in the Mile High City.

Please RSVP to 212.237.8964 or Please include your full name, email address, degree and graduation year in your response.

The Broker Restaurant
821 17th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
(Located on 17th Street between Champa & Stout, inside the Colorado Business Bank Building, 3 1/2 blocks from the Colorado Convention Center.)

Alumni Spotlight

Raul Cabrera (BS '04, 'MS 08)

Raul Cabrera (BS '04, 'MS 08) is clearly enthusiastic about his job. You can hear it in his voice when he describes it. He is the forensic technician at the Kings County District Attorney's Office. "Whenever a computer is given to us by another agency or it is seized via a search warrant by the law enforcement agents that work here, my job is to take that electronic evidence, create a forensically sound copy, which is an exact image of that data, secure it on our servers and then analyze the data and produce any evidence that will assist the attorneys with their cases." He doesn't just handle computers, but cell phones, cameras, almost any electronic device with a chip. He works with a supervising investigator who works closely with the assistant district attorneys. "We sit down with the assistant district attorney to get pertinent information so we can tailor our search because the data in a computer is immense. Together we develop a strategy as the cases progress." In some instances, he has been called upon to provide investigative support on scene. "When detective investigators serve warrants and they know beforehand that the locations have computers, servers, etc., they secure the scene so I'm never in any danger." As a civilian examiner, he doesn't carry a weapon. He is one of a rare, but growing breed of civilians employed as "cybersleuths" by forward-thinking law enforcement agencies such as the Brooklyn DA's Office.

Cabrera says he works in three different worlds: the computer world, the investigatory world, and the legal world. He's able to traverse these realms, he says, because of his John Jay education. As an undergraduate majoring in computer information systems, he learned that the College was planning a graduate program in forensic computing and structured his course work toward the new master's degree. He worked in John Jay's Lloyd Sealy Library where he honed his troubleshooting skills as a computer technician in an advanced information technology environment. In the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, he worked with Professor Douglas Salane on a cluster-computing project - 16 computers that operate as a super computer -- that provided him with a "tremendous amount of experience. In addition to the Windows environment, it helped me learn other operating systems like Linux and Unix." Cabrera is particularly thankful to Professor Samuel Graff of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department and Professor Richard Lovely of the Sociology Department for designing a graduate degree that is interdisciplinary in nature. "The marriage of the disciplines was great. Interpreting case law, learning about fourth amendment issues and expert testimony and being exposed to criminal procedure was excellent. In this job, these things come up all the time."

Student Highlights

Victoria Oyaniran, a student in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, was recently selected as one of the 2009 winners of a $10,000 fellowship presented by the Education Fund of the Women's Forum Inc. of New York. The Women's Forum, an organization of prominent women in the professions, arts and business, presents annual grants to mature women who, after a break in their education are pursuing undergraduate degrees. Oyaniran is active in student government, the African Student Association and the Alpha Phi Sigma honor society.

Office of Alumni Affairs, 555 West 57th Street, Room 608, NY, NY 10019 - Phone 212.237.8547, Email:,