April / May 2017  




Shauna-Kay Gooden


President of the 

Alumni Association


Executive Board

Richard Gallo, BA '79,

MPA '82, MA '85

1st Vice President

Teri Coaxum, BA '93, MPA '08

2nd Vice President 


Oscar Odom, III, BS'83, JD, EdD 

3rd Vice President

Andrew Schweighardt,
MA '09, PhD '12


Linda M. Reynolds, MA'80


Danielle Barrett, BA'04



Executives At Large

Linda M. Gimlett, MA  '77

Nicole Napolitano, MA '03, PhD'16

Michael F. McCann, BS '74, JD

Staff Contacts

Kathryn Cousins

Executive Director of Development




Stephanie DiBrienza

Alumni Engagement Specialist




Jerylle Kemp

Director of Alumni Relations







May 17, 5:30 PM

2nd Annual Lavender Celebration

Recognizing the achievements of students, staff and faculty of the LGBTQ and allied community at John Jay College
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Task Force, the Women's Center for Gender Justice and the Division of Student Affairs

Click here to RSVP.

For further information, contact Jessica Robles-Morales at 212-237-8184.

Email: jrobles-morales@jjay.cuny.edu 
Moot Court, Sixth Floor, New Building


May 25, 5:30 PM

10th Annual "Mother Africa" Cultural Event

Hosted by the Black Student Union

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Click here  to RSVP                 
Questions? Visit


May 31, 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM

Commencement Ceremony

Information: click here 

Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, Queens



For more information on any of these events, e-mail Alumni Relations at jkemp@jjay.cuny.edu






Alumni Reunion Celebrates the Then and Now  

Hundreds of John Jay College alumni returned to their alma mater on April 21 and 22 for the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, which included a special Founding Generation symposium to celebrate the 13-year tenure of President Jeremy Travis, who is stepping down on August 1, 2017.  read more




The Evidence Will Show. . .

Forensic Scientist Thomas Kubic, 2017 Distinguished Faculty Honoree 

It is often said that one thing that sets John Jay apart from other colleges is a faculty that seamlessly integrates academic theory with real-world experience. Few faculty members embody that idea as well as Thomas A. Kubic, an associate professor of forensic science and chemistry. He is an attorney, a 23-year police veteran, and as of April 21, the recipient of the Alumni Association's 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award. (He also happens to be a John Jay alumnus.)  read more 




Educating for Justice Gala to Honor "Fierce Advocates"

Anna Deavere Smith, the acclaimed actress, playwright, educator and activist, will lead a group of distinguished honorees at John Jay College's annual Educating for Justice Gala on May 8 at the Plaza hotel. The festive fundraiser - a highlight of the academic year - will also honor the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation for its advocacy and support of quality education in New York City, and President Jeremy Travis for his 13 years of outstanding leadership. read more


Study-Abroad to Get a Boost with New Travis Scholarship Fund

In honor of President Jeremy Travis, who will step down on August 1, 2017, John Jay College has launched the Jeremy Travis Scholarship for Study Abroad to increase opportunities for student study abroad. The scholarship will help undergraduate and graduate students participate in immersive cultural and academic experiences that they otherwise could not financial afford. read more 


In the Name of the Law

The annual Law Day event at John Jay, held this year on March 24, provides John Jay students with an opportunity to learn about the law school application process, strategies for succeeding in law school, and financial aid options. Law Day, presented by the College's Pre-Law Institute, this year also served as a homecoming for keynote speaker Muhammad U. Faridi, a 2004 alumnus of John Jay, who delivered the Samuel and Anna Jacobs Foundation Lecture on the Law and the Legal Profession. Faridi is a Partner in the litigation department of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, and was named the 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the New York State Bar Association. read more 






Eschalla Clarke  (B.A. 


05), writes that her 7-year-old daughter, Hailey, recently won the Delaware USA Ambassador Pageant Jr. PreTeen crown. More than swimsuits and evening gowns, the pageant promotes success through leadership, integrity, character and confidence, providing girls and women with personal growth, a foundation for individual success, a forum for personal awareness platforms, work with local communities as a representative and role model, and an opportunity to raise funds for a selected charity.   


John M. DeMaggio (B.S. 


75), has been chosen to receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association. DeMaggio, a retired Special Agent in Charge and Captain with the U.S. Navy, earned a master's degree from the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins.


Jonah Triebwasser  (B.S.


72), the Town and Village of Red Hook (N.Y.) Justice, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev., where he will be studying how to handle cases involving commercial vehicles. Triebwasser, who earned his law degree from New York Law School, is a past president of the Dutchess County Magistrates Association, a past president of the Dutchess County Bar Association, and past president of  the Ulster County Bar Association.



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