The Alumni Executive Board Welcomes a New President

Last Month, Shauna-Kay Gooden, BA/MPA ’04, JD, was unanimously elected as the new President of the Alumni Executive Board. Mrs. Gooden was formerly an Executive at Large on the Alumni Executive Board and currently serves as a member of the Alumni Campaign Committee.  President Gooden will complete the term of former President Michael McCann, who announced he was stepping down in January.


The entire Alumni Executive Board is pleased with the vision and commitment President Gooden has shown.  When asked about her thoughts at this transitional moment, she said: "I am honored to serve the John Jay Community in this new role.  Our former Alumni Board President, Michael McCann, developed and cultivated a robust alumni presence and laid a foundation on which John Jay will continue to build for years to come.  I look forward to creating increased opportunities to attract and re-introduce alumni into the John Jay Family.  A greater alumni voice, greater alumni participation, and, most importantly, greater alumni giving will support both our students and the institution we love. I welcome the challenge and the opportunity to serve!" 


Shauna-Kay Gooden is the Assistant General Counsel in the Office of New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer, BA ‘86.  Her experience encompasses a wide range of areas, including contract drafting and negotiation, resolving contractual disputes, general securities regulation matters, procurement matters and compliance monitoring. Prior to joining the Office of the New York City Comptroller, Mrs. Gooden was an associate at the law firm of K&L Gates LLP.  At K&L Gates she participated in litigating complex commercial disputes, including claims related to commercial contracts, foreclosures and constitutional law.  She also has extensive experience in various matters involving non-profit organizations, including forming and organizing non-profit corporations and drafting and negotiating commercial contracts on behalf of non-profit corporations.  


As a student, Mrs. Gooden, served as John Jay College Student Body President and participated in the International Criminal Justice Conference. She was a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, Public Affairs and Administrative Honors Society and Phi Eta Sigma, National Honors Society and graduated with a 3.7 GPA.  Mrs. Gooden holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from John Jay.



Mike McCann: Gone But Not Forgotten

In January, after a decade of exemplary service, Michael F. McCann, BS ’74, JD, announced his intention to step down as President of the Alumni Executive Board.  During his time as president, McCann has shown a remarkable ability to engage and inspire alumni from different classes, regions and professions.  We are very pleased that he will continue to serve John Jay as a member of the Alumni Campaign Committee and as an Executive at Large on the Alumni Executive Board. 


Between 2004 and 2014, former President McCann worked tirelessly to increase the alumni presence in the John Jay community, while raising the profile of the College in the alumni community.  Under his leadership, ambitious goals were set and achieved.  The Alumni Executive Board increased its size by more than 50% -- from 7 to 11 members. Annual reunions were instituted and attendance grew from 100 in 2006 to almost 400 last year.   The Alumni Endowed Scholarship was awarded for six consecutive years.  The Alumni Association Constitution and Bylaws were revised and ratified.  And, a strategic outreach program reconnected and engaged alumni in all NYC boroughs and now throughout the US.  


As President, McCann coined the phrase used in this year’s annual giving campaign-- “If not for John Jay ….”    When asked about the most memorable moments from his years as head of the Alumni Association, he said: “… becoming reacquainted with old friends, seeing the College grow to become what it is today,  and meeting all the young students striving to get a great education --  just like so many of us in the Founding Generation.” 


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A recipient of a John Jay Lifetime Service Award, McCann is also a member of the President’s Circle and a regular contributor to the John Jay College Foundation.  He received his JD degree from New York Law School and a BS degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay.



The 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award Goes to…

Professor Alisse Waterston, a member of John Jay’s Department of Anthropology since 2003, chair of the John Jay Faculty Fund, and generous supporter of John Jay’s Rising Star Fellowship, has been named recipient of the Alumni Association’s 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award. The award will be presented at the annual Alumni Reunion on April 24.


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Equally at home in the classroom and the broad realm of scholarly research, Waterston is a cultural anthropologist who studies the human consequences of structural and systemic violence and inequality. She is the current President-elect of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and will serve as the association’s President in 2016-2017.


She is widely published and cited in academic journals, and is the author of My Father’s Wars: Migration, Memory and the Violence of a Century, an intimate ethnography published in 2013 as part of the Routledge Series on Innovative Ethnographies.


Also in 2013, Waterston was named founding editor Open Anthropology, a bold new experiment in scholarly publishing that was recently unveiled by the AAA. Open Anthropology is an online-only, public journal that will feature a thematically-connected series of articles, commentaries and reviews from the 100-year archives of the AAA’s expansive library of more than two dozen scholarly journals.


The journal made its debut in April 2013, and each new edition is available free on the public Internet for a minimum of six months, thereby allowing any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of the articles.


Waterston is also a Soros International Scholar affiliated with the Gender Studies Department at Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia. Her most recent research has focused on political violence, ethnic and religious conflict, displacement and transnationalism, memory, diaspora, cultural trauma and identity formation.


John Jay on the Road: Albany and San Francisco

Last month, New York State Assembly member, and alumnus Marcos Crespo, BA ’03, hosted alumni at the State Capitol for a reception during the 2014 New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Conference.  More than 20 Albany-area alumni, students and assemblymembers gathered to network and reconnect with John Jay.  


“John Jay on the Road” is a new engagement program designed to connect alumni with the College, with each other and with distinguished faculty. In the months ahead, with the help of alumni facilitators, other “John Jay on the Road” events will be held in the New York area and around the country.


Next stop, San Francisco!  On March 20, 2014, Professor Lawrence Kobilinsky will present “Forensic Science in the 21st Century” to alumni in the San Francisco area.  Professor Kobilinsky is an internationally renowned forensic scientist and expert in DNA analysis.  The presentation is taking place on the UCSF/Mission Bay Campus.  Reservations are required.  Click Here for more information or to RSVP.





John Jay Supporters are Champions of Justice

On February 26th, John Jay held the inaugural Champions of Justice Reception to thank our scholarship and sponsored internship donors and to celebrate our student recipients. Over 70 supporters, alumni, students, and faculty attended the event. The program featured John Jay student James Williams, a John-Jay Vera Fellow and the recipient of the International Student Scholarship, and Dr. Diane Niederhoffer Klein spoke about the Niederhoffer family legacy and the importance of providing scholarship support to John Jay Students.


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Alumni in attendance included Linda and Brian Gimlett, supporters of the Alumni Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship, Executive at Large Mike McCann and new Alumni Board President Shauna-Kay Gooden. Kyle Meditz, this year's recipient of the Alumni Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship, and Milton Pelotte, the recipient of the Alumni Endowed Scholarship had an opportunity to meet with supporters and share their story.



Commissioner Jeanique Greene, BS’93 to Keynote Alumni Career Seminar

Friday, March 21, 2014, Center for Career and Professional Development are hosting the 4th annual Alumni Career Seminar.  At this year’s event, alumni will gain one-on-one career planning, opportunity to network, a professionally edited resume and career panel discussion.


The panel will feature keynote speaker Jeanique Greene, Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority, Woody Pascal, Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Rent Administration, and Richard Santa Ana, Corporate Security Investigator and Retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer.  To RSVP, contact 212-237-8754 or at


Jeanique Greene, BS ’93 was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority in June of 2008, and is the third African-American woman and the first of Puerto Rican descent to serve as a Commissioner.


A resident of Westchester, Commissioner Greene brings an extensive record of government service to her new position.  Prior to her appointment, she was an Analyst for the New York State Office of Court Administration’s Continuing Legal Education Board.


Commissioner Greene received her Juris Doctorate degree from Albany Law School of Union University in Albany; and graduated, cum laude, from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and minors in Government and Law.