John Jay Alumni Association Newsletter (September 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

With Special Thanks...

to Alumni Executive Board member, Chief Ronald Spadafora, BS'86, Assistant Chief, Chief of Logistics-FDNY, for a fascinating presentation on training young people in South Africa's Working on Fire Program (WoF) at the recent SEEK/UMI Orientation. The images of teamwork, discipline, emerging leaders, and joy at graduation revealed qualities common to both WoF trainees and John Jay students. The country's physical beauty as background for the training program was amazing. Thank you, Chief Spadafora, for giving back so generously to our students.

Jerylle M. Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations

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College News

Tuition Increase is Approved
The CUNY Board of Trustees voted in July to adopt a tuition increase for the 2011-2012 academic year. Beginning this fall, tuition for full-time undergraduates will increase by $150 per semester; tuition for full-time graduate students will increase by $240 per semester. Part-time and nonresident students will also see an increase in their tuition for the fall semester in their per credit rates. According to President Jeremy Travis, the tuition increases are necessary to maintain the quality of education at John Jay. "As you know, in recent years, CUNY has experienced deep budget reductions which total over $300 million," he said. "As a result of a historic agreement between Governor [Andrew] Cuomo, the State Legislature and CUNY this past June, the University is now authorized to increase tuition by up to $300, each year, for the next five years. This plan will allow you to anticipate the cost of your college education and provide financial stability and predictability for John Jay College and CUNY." The legislation, Travis added, also requires that a tuition credit be given to those students who are eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) when annual tuition exceeds $5,000.

College Events

What Happened: The September 11 Testimony Project
Tuesday, September 6, 2011                                1:30 pm

Based on interviews conducted by John Jay students during 2001-2002, What Happened was written by Professor Amy Green and directed by Professor Michael Aman. Other performances will be held at:
Monday, September 12, 2011             1:40 pm
Wednesday, September 14, 2011       7:05 pm

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue, RM 330T
New York City

We Were Kids: 9/11 Stories
John Jay College will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 with a series of events at the College:
Wednesday, September 7, 2011    1:30 pm

A collaborative venture comprised of personal and community-based oral histories authored by John Jay students who were children and teens in September 2001. Performed and produced by John Jay Students: Ayana Atkinson, Shaina Chavis, Gregg Donshik, Yun Gao, Peter Jules, Ashley Neely, Daniel O'Keefe, Stanley Santana, Mellody Tabary, Susan Tillman, Vivian Wang, Nadetia Williams, and Alex Zeaman in concert with The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue, RM 330T
New York City

9/11 Remembrance Criminal Justice Matters
From Loss to Renewal
Wednesday, September 7, 2011                       10:00 am; 3:00 pm;11:00 pm

Featured guests: Sally Regenhard, founder of the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies; Professor Glenn Corbett of the Fire Science Department; Professor Charles Strozier, Director of the Center on Terrorism and Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College.

New Host: Steve Handelman, Director for the Center on Media, Crime and Justice
Sat., Sept. 10 - 8:00pm
Sun., Sept. 11 - 10:00am
Watch on CUNY TV

John Jay College 9/11 Commemoration
John Jay College will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 with a series of events at the College. A sculpture made from a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center will be unveiled at the Dedication Ceremony. Its base is inscribed with the names of the 68 members of the John Jay community who perished on Sept. 11, 2001:

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Dedication Ceremony honoring John Jay community members lost that day.
1:30 pm

Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Guantanamo Lawyers Panel
5:00 pm

Sunday, September 11, 2011
The Muslim-American Post 9/11 Experience Panel
7:30 pm

For further information, please visit:

9/11 After Ten Years: Cultural, Personal and Historical Perspectives
Friday, September 9, 2011       11:00 am – 6:00 pm
This conference will explore 9/11 in cultural and historical memory with three panels and smaller breakout sessions. Presenters include survivors and family members of 9/11:

  • Reverand Myrna Bethke
  • Gerry Bogacz
  • Sally Regenhard
  • Bruce Wallace
With scholars and writers including:
  • Robert Jay Lifton
  • Charles B. Strozier
  • Moustafa Bayoumi
  • Louis Bickford
  • Karen Joy Greenberg
  • Susie Linfield
  • Karen Malpede
  • Sally Regenhard
  • Jaspreet Singh
  • Amy Waldman
Sponsored by the Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, CUNY
In collaboration with:
York College, CUNY
United Sikhs
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies, John Jay College, CUNY

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue
Room 630
New York City
Free and Open to the Public

The 9/11 Performance Project
A counter-narrative of the past ten years with an acclaimed revival and two world premieres at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. Each performance will be followed by a panel discussion.

Demolition of the Eiffel Tower
World Premiere

Friday, September 9, 2011

7:30 pm

Saturday, September 10, 2011

12:00 pm

The Domestic Crusaders
Saturday, September 10, 2011 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 11, 2011 5:00 pm

Another Life
World Premiere
Saturday, September 10, 2011 8:00 pm

Sunday, September 11, 2011

1:30 pm

For further ticket and performance information, please visit:

Responses to 9/11
Sunday, September 11, 2011       5:00 pm-7:00 pm

A panel discussion sponsored by the CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium at John Jay College that will focus on responses 9/11 and on the design of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. Participants will include Tom Hennes, chief designer of the Museum, and Dr. Billie Pivnick, the psychologist who worked with the design team. Dr. Pivnick , a Clinical Psychologist and a faculty member in the Columbia University Teachers` College Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, worked with the designers to help them telescope and contain the traumatic and grieving stories of families, first responders, survivors, etc. into museum space.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue, RM 630T
New York City
For further information, contact Professor Maria R. Volpe
Phone: 212-237-8693

Faith Ringgold: The Art of Civil Rights
Tuesday, September 13, 2011       5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Artist Faith Ringgold's suite of eight serigraphs based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s seminal work, Letters from Birmingham City Jail, will be a highlight of this exhibit of Ringgold's work.

6th Floor President's Gallery
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue
For more information, call: 212. 237.8239
or email

Race for the Cure
The Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure will take place on September 17, 2011. For further information, please contact Irene O'Donnell at, or at (212) 237-8450, or Declan Walsh at, or at (212) 484-1180.

unFRAMED: A Man in Progress
Thursday, September 22, 2011       1:30 pm
Friday, September 23, 2011       17:30 pm
Saturday, September 24, 2011       17:30 pm

Playwright Iyaba Ibo Mandingo uses canvas, paint, poetry, prose and song to tell the story of his boyhood in Antigua to his manhood in America. Written and Performed by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo; Directed by Brent Buell.

The Gerald W. Lynch Theater
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue
New York City

Tickets are available online at or by phone: 212-279-4200.

Looking Beyond 9/11: Islam in the West and Democratic Trends in the Middle East and North Africa
Friday, September 23, 2011       9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium and the Sociology Department at John Jay College will co-sponsor the 40th Annual Conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS) on Islam in the West and Democratic Trends in the Middle East and North Africa. In the context of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and the emergence of pro-democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), this conference will offer fresh perspectives on the interface of Western experiences of Islam and related issues of Islamophobia and normalization, as well as the new broader questions raised by the democratic trends that are re-shaping the MENA region.

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

For further information, contact Professor Maria R. Volpe
Phone: 212-237-8693

Alumni Spotlight

Janice McKenzie Cole

When Janice McKenzie Cole (BA '75, MPA '78) returned to finish her education after a six year hiatus in the early 1970s, she came to John Jay with a "real hunger for knowledge," she said, and the desire to "soak up" all she could. In the years since she graduated with a bachelor's and then a master's degree, Cole has served as a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, as the first black and female U.S. District Judge in Herford, NC, and as a candidate for Congress. "When you come back as an older student, you are really hungry for knowledge," said Cole, "which is why I did well. I graduated Summa Cum Laude." Cole not only attended John Jay, but she worked here in the Office of Institutional Research while attending Fordham Law School. An internship at Fordham led to a position with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York's Southern District. "I'm sure my John Jay education helped," she said. Cole then followed her husband to North Carolina and "hung out a shingle" in 1983. She was the only woman practicing law in that rural area at that time, explained Cole. In 1990, she ran for district court judge and won. "I did that until 1994 when President [Bill] Clinton appointed me the U.S. Attorney for the East District of North Carolina. I did that for seven years." With the end of the Clinton Administration, Cole returned to private practice. She is virtually the only attorney practicing immigration law in her part of North Carolina. "There was a great need for it," said Cole. "North Carolina was really starting to increase its immigrant population – particularly the Hispanic population. There's nobody on this side of the state practicing immigration law and people had to go to Virginia or Raleigh to find an immigration attorney," she said. "I thought it would be a good niche for me, plus, my heart went out to these immigrations." Asked if Cole finds the work satisfying, she replied, "Very much so."

Student Highlights
When she returns to John Jay this fall, Forensic Psychology major Camille Apodaca will have made significant strides on a meta-analysis comparing the recidivism rates of work-related reentry programs. That's because she has had the guidance of not just one, but four mentors as the first student from John Jay to intern at the Urban Institute's Academy for Public Policy Analysis and Research. Apodaca, 21, is a rising senior. The idea for her study came about when Apodaca was applying for another summer program: the Steamboat Scholarship. While that did not work out, Apodaca became interested during the process in the efficacy of reentry programs and alternative sentencing in preventing future crimes. "It had me wondering how successful these programs were," she said. So Apodaca wrote a proposal for the Urban Institute. Her mentors there helped her plan the approach to conducting the research. "I have no definitive conclusions yet, I'm still coding and building a data set from the literature I'm reading," said Apodaca, a New Jersey native. "I'm coding peer-reviewed journal articles, government reports, dissertations, unpublished work, things like that." When her research is completed, Apodaca says she hopes that it would garner some attention to the needs of individuals facing reentry after prison. "They need access to resources that are going to help them reenter society, as opposed to just leaving these facilities and letting them fend for themselves," she said.

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