Help John Jay Give Back!

Treats for Troops 2013 is underway from now through November 11.  This unique John Jay initiative sends toiletries, socks, and non-perishable food items to students of the College who are deployed overseas.


Last year, Treats for Troops collected and sent 110 35-pound boxes to John Jay students.  With help from alumni like you, we can send even more.  For donation and volunteer information, contact Declan Walsh in the Office of Community Outreach and Service Learning, 646-557-4820 or email


To make a donation online, click here and write “Treats for Troops” in the comment section. All funds will be used to purchase items and cover delivery expenses.



Cutting-Edge Research


See the latest scholarship in action! Click here to read the Fall issue of John Jay Research News.




Educating for Justice Gala

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
6:00 PM


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Student Dining Hall
524 West 59th Street, New York City

Salute Our Veterans Reception

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
5:30pm – 7:30pm


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Student Dining Hall
524 West 59th Street, New York City

Homecoming: John Jay Bloodhounds vs. CCNY

Click here to register.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013
4:30pm - Pre-game events including special Alumni Shout-Out
6:00pm - Women’s Basketball
8:30pm - Men’s Basketball


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The Doghouse
524 West 59th Street, New York City


Saluting our Veterans

Military veterans are such an important part of the John Jay community that this year we are celebrating them twice!


The annual Educating for Justice Gala, on October 16, will honor individuals and companies that are committed to supporting veterans in the workplace. It is the College’s major fundraising event of the year.  Part of the proceeds will support programs serving veterans. 


Click here to buy tickets or make a donation.


The second annual Salute Our Veterans reception on November 14 will be a great night of food, cocktails, and networking for student and alumni veterans. Click here to RSVP.





Rise to the Challenge!


In an effort to reach our $50 million dollar goal, alumni leaders have proposed an exciting new challenge: can alumni and friends give $40,000 between now and December 15th, 2013? 


This would be the most money every raised by alumni in only two months!  Rise to the challenge and make a gift online today!













Lecture Hall Named for Richard J. Koehler, JD, BA '73

“To me, John Jay is the gift that keeps on giving.”  With those words, Rich Koehler acknowledged the naming of Richard J. Koehler ‘73 Hall in the New Building.  Koehler is an alumni leader and trustee of the John Jay College Foundation.  To see photos of the naming reception, click here.  To learn more about Koehler, see last month’s Alumni News and the upcoming Justice Matters.





Alumna and John Jay-Vera Fellow Finds Her Ideal Job


Alumna Amanda Ingle (left) and John Jay-Vera Fellow graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology. In 2012 she earned her master’s of social work from Hunter College, where she was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). 


She recently began working in what she describes as her ideal job. Ingle is a forensic social worker at the Legal Aid Society in the Manhattan Criminal Defense Practice. Ingle assesses and evaluates people’s involvement in the criminal justice system based on such circumstances as mental illness, drug addiction, trauma and/or chronic poverty.


“My day-to-day schedule varies: yesterday I sat with a client at Rikers Island and taught him coping skills like Progressive Muscle Relaxation, with the hope that this would help manage his anxiety while he’s in jail,” said Ingle.

Ingle says that her experience as a Vera Fellow changed the trajectory of her professional career, which was previously focused on research and policy work. Ingle had completed an internship at the Center for Court Innovation as a Steamboat Scholar where she had worked with policy evaluators, advocating for the creation of alternative courts. Ingle was conflicted because she spent much of her time analyzing the ways these polices impacted particular populations, but she had never spent actual time with these populations.


“I was disconnected and decided I needed a chance to get to know criminal justice consumers before I continued doing work that was about them. I discussed this with Vera faculty and they gave me that chance by placing me at Project Renewal’s Parole Support and Treatment Program for my first internship.”


Although at the time she felt she did not have an interest in clinical work, she says that she knew after her first day at PSTP that her true passion was working with those most affected by criminal justice.


According to Ingle, the Vera Seminar was a place where fellows shared experiences and perspectives and challenged each other in a supportive environment.


“I was asked to sit with uncomfortable questions that often had no apparent answers; questions that, once reflected upon, helped me identify personal values and become more aware of my biases, privileges, and position in society.” 


“Amanda had to step into a leadership role at Housing and Services with no warning and no familiarity with Housing and Service's operations. That she did a spectacular job anyway is testimony to her unflappable nature and keen sense of purpose. Amanda rose to the occasion and Housing and Services remains as one of our top placements today,” said Abby Stein, Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department and Director of the Vera Fellows Program.

“While I was a student I knew that John Jay was the best place for me and that notion is even clearer now. I can look back and identify specific individuals and lessons that helped me arrive at this moment in my life. I am grateful to Professor Evan Mandery because he was the first professor to teach me the true practice of critical thinking.  Professor Douglas Thompkins taught me to examine manifest and latent consequences of criminal justice policies,” said Ingle.


“And then I remember sitting in President Travis’ class and learning about recidivism rates, how minorities and people with mental illnesses are overrepresented in prisons and jails. Those were truths I couldn’t ignore.  I felt a new sense of urgency to study and work, which propelled me toward internship, scholarship, and research opportunities.” 



Prepare to Share!


In anticipation of the College’s 50th anniversary, John Jay has teamed with Harris Connect to put together a new alumni directory.  The goal?  A complete listing of every graduates since the College’s founding in 1964.


You can help! Check your mail for a postcard from Harris Connect. You’ll have the opportunity to review your listing in the directory and even share pictures and essays about your time at John Jay. 


Don’t want to wait for a postcard? Starting October 28, you can call 1-800-763-1277 to share your story and review your listing.