April 2016 



Star-Studded Gala on May 23 to Help Support Students   

The John Jay College Foundation's annual Educating for Justice Gala is an event known for honoring leaders and innovators in the pursuit of justice, and this year promises to be no different. What sets this year apart, however, is the striking diversity among the honorees: Lin-Manuel Miranda, the brilliant composer, lyricist, and performer behind the hit musical "Hamilton"; Peter J. Beshar, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Marsh & McLennan and a member of the John Jay College Foundation's Board of Trustees; and the Tow Foundation.  Read more...


Alumni Reunion Celebrates the Then and Now  

Hundreds of John Jay College alumni made their way back to their alma mater on April 15 and 16 for the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, which included a special Founding Generation symposium to celebrate Distinguished Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook.  Read more... 


First Named Professorship Established At John Jay With Funding From Ford Foundation And Atlantic Philanthropies

New York, NY, March 22, 2016 - President Jeremy Travis of John Jay College announced the establishment of the Franklin A. Thomas Professorship in Policing Equity, created with $2.5 million in grants from the Ford Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies. The creation of this new professorship at John Jay was approved by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY) at their meeting.  Read more... 


John Jay's Model United Nations Team Wins First Place at the 2016 National Model U.N. Conference   

For the 12th consecutive year, a team of John Jay students has taken on colleges and university institutions from more than 30 countries in the annual National Model United Nations (NMUN) competition, and this year the John Jay team captured the conference's top honor, the Outstanding Delegation Award.  Read more...


PRISM Alumnus Is a Scientific Rising Star

John Jay's Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) left a lasting impression on James Parziale (B.S. '15), who credits the program for his newfound passion of scientific research.  Read more...  



The Buck Starts Here: Professor Heath Brown's New Book Examines Money and Politics  

"Get big money out of politics." It's a refrain heard time and again during election season, and the 2016 Presidential campaign is no different. The corrupting influence of money on politics seems to be the only issue that Republicans and Democrats can agree on these days, with each candidate promising not to let donations dictate their decisions.  Read more...


John Jay Student and Faculty Delegation Participates in Diplomacy Lab Fair in Washington, D.C.      

Five John Jay College International Criminal Justice majors traveled to Washington, D.C. during the spring semester to present posters from their Diplomacy Lab projects at the Diplomacy Lab Fair held at the U.S. Department of State.  Read more...


Faculty/Staff Notes


Joseph Giacalone (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) is host of a new radio show, "Crime Talk," that airs on Suffolk County's WRCN (103.9 FM) every Saturday at 5:30 P.M. Giacalone, a highly decorated former New York City police sergeant, began the new program on March 12 with guest Dr. Michael Baden, forensic pathologist and former New York City Chief Medical Examiner.

Johanna Whitton (Theater & Event Support Services) was a discussant at a Feb. 28 symposium co-sponsored by the CUNY Dance Initiative and Dance/NYC. Whitton, Managing Director of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, participated in a workshop and discussion on "Building New and Non-Traditional Dance Audiences."

Baz Dreisinger (English) was a guest on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show on March 10 to discuss What Would a Humane Jail Look Like Dreisinger's latest book is Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World (Other Press, 2016).

Katie Gentile (Interdisciplinary Studies) has had her latest book, The Business of Being Made: The Temporalities of Reproductive Technologies, in Psychoanalysis and Culture, published by Routledge. She is also a contributor to the blog Public Seminar, which included her recent commentary "Patriarchy Alive and Well: CDC Releases New Guidelines for Alcohol & Pregnancy."

David Shapiro (Public Management), Deputy Director of the Advanced Certificate Program in Forensic Accounting, has had his op-ed, Why Apple hack is a bad idea" published by CNBC. In the commentary, Shapiro examines Apple's opposition to a recent federal court order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the attackers in the Dec. 2, 2015, shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., in which 22 people were killed.

Jane Katz (Health and Physical Education) has been named recipient of the 2016 Judge G. Harold Martin Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The award recognizes "long and exceptional leadership, insight and dedication to the water safety of children and the cause of making Every Child A Swimmer."

Silvia Mazzula (Psychology) is co-Principal Investigator on a one-year, $460,000 grant to document "Contextual and Ethnic Diversity Factors in Children's Responses to 9/11." The grant is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


Class Notes

Brad D. Natalizio (M.A. '12) joined the New York State Police in the fall of 2012, and was named NYSP Troop F Trooper of the Year for 2015. Troop F covers Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Greene Counties.

Jared D. Remig (B.A. '15) began graduate school in fall 2015 at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He is working as a graduate assistant, which will allow him to earn his master's degree tuition-free. He was recently inducted into the Jesuit honor society, Alpha Sigma Nu.

Jennifer D. Tierney (B.A. '10) recently graduated from St. John's University School of Law with her J.D. degree. While at St. John's, she served on the executive board for the New York Real Property Law Journal. She is now acting legal counsel at Ensignia Premier Title Agency, LLC.




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Upcoming Events


May 5, 6 PM

Opening Reception for Basta!

An exhibition about art and violence in Latin America

(Exhibition runs through July 15)

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery

Preceded by a symposium on "Art and Violence in Latin America Today"

3 PM, Moot Court

May 6, 10 AM

Spring Conference: Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on
Bridging the Divide

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First Floor, New Building


May 11, 5:30 PM
John Jay & The Arts: The John Jay Singers Spring Concert & Private Reception

Tickets: $10 (Proceeds/donations help fund the John Jay Singers' spring 2016 tour)  

Gerald W. Lynch Theater 

Register by 5/10/16:   

Questions: Jerylle Kemp 212-237-8964 or email: jkemp@jjay.cuny.edu 


May 13-14
17th Conference of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology

"Investigative Psychology: Practice-Informed Research & Research-Based Practice

Information and registration: www.jjay.cuny.edu/IAIP2016

Various campus locations


May 16, 6 PM

Commencement Awards Ceremony

Room L.63, New Building


May 18, 5 PM

43rd Annual Athletics Awards Banquet

Presented by the Department of Athletics

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Main Gymnasium, Haaren Hall


May 23, 6 PM

Educating for Justice Gala

Honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Peter J. Beshar, the Tow Foundation, and Rossana Rosado

Sponsored by the John Jay College Foundation

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The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue and Central Park South


May 25, 5 PM

Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Gerald W. Lynch Theater


June 1, 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM

51st Commencement Ceremonies

The Theater at Madison Square Garden


June 16, 9:30 AM

2nd Annual Alumni Golf Outing

Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course

86th Street and Belt Parkway, Brooklyn

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