April 2018   





Executive Board

Shauna-Kay Gooden


President of the 

Alumni Association


Linda M. Gimlett, MA '77

1st Vice President

Nicole N. Napolitano, MA '03,

PhD '16  

2nd Vice President 


Oscar Odom, III, BS'83, JD, EdD 

3rd Vice President

Andrew Schweighardt,
MA '09, PhD '12


Sheila Nickens, MA'85


Danielle Barrett, BA'04



Staff Contacts


Jerylle Kemp

Director of Alumni Relations




Stephanie DiBrienza

Alumni Engagement Specialist








April 30-May 4, 2018

Multiple times

Research Creativity Week 2018 This year, from April 30 to May 4, the John Jay campus will once again be teeming with over 340 undergraduate and 20 graduate students, proudly presenting their research to their peers, faculty, family, and friends.

May 4-5, 2018

Multiple Times

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Mannes School of Music presents Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress - Follow the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil.

May 9, 2018

7:00 PM

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Sexual Justice Now! Seeing Rape - Original short plays about sexual violence written by John Jay students. Conversation with actors and playwrights immediately following. This event is part of the Sexual Justice Now! Series.

May 21, 2018

7:30 PM

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Karen Mason - Vocalist Karen Mason has starred on stage and television, and in recordings. On Broadway, she dazzled audiences in Wonderland, originated the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia!, and earned ovations for her performance as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

May 26, 2018

1:00 PM

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Art of Stepping presents the World Of Step Competition
This jam-packed performance is for all those in attendance to experience step dancing in a whole new way. Join in on artistic and step performances, meet greet with celebrity judges and so much more!
Art of Stepping designed this exclusive and one-of-a-kind competition to further assist the cultivation of step!






Alumni Return to Campus for 10th Consecutive All-Class Reunion

On April 20, John Jay alumni gathered on campus to celebrate their accomplishments and enjoy a night with old friends at the annual Alumni Reunion. Over 400 alumni and guests registered for the event. This year's Alumni Reunion was the 10th consecutive all-class reunion in John Jay's 53-year history. The event coincided with the 25th anniversary of the highly successful McNair Scholars program, and several McNair graduates, and former faculty members associated with the program, returned to campus to celebrate the momentous event. Read more 





Torey McNeil ('17) Creates
a Scholarship for Students
with Full-Time Jobs

When Torey McNeil graduated last year, the president asked how many students worked either a part-time or full-time jobs. "The entire audience stood up," says McNeil. "That's who we are at John Jay, we're working jobs and we're driven. With that drive we lead our own way to success." Read More




Deborah Koetzle, Associate Professor, Receives City & State New York Above & Beyond Award

Deborah Koetzle, Ph.D., Associate Professor and the Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, was in El Salvador working to help improve severe prison overcrowding, when she received an unexpected email from City & State New York, a media organization dedicated to covering local politics and policy. The email said that she would be one of their 30 Above & Beyond Award Honorees, recognizing extraordinary women in education, health, labor, law/lobbying, government and real estate. "I was shocked," says Koetzle. "There are so many people here at John Jay, and elsewhere, doing such amazing work. And when you're in the weeds, I think we sometimes forget that what we're doing actually makes a difference. It was a huge validation that the work I'm doing really matters." Read more




McNair Scholars Program
Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary

It's been 25 years since the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program was first launched at John Jay College, and to celebrate the program's outstanding track record of getting students accepted to Ph.D. programs, a series of events were scheduled through the spring semester. Read more


Career & Internship Fair
Gives Students Invaluable Networking Opportunities

On March 15, over 900 John Jay students took full advantage of the Career & Internship Fair produced by the Center for Career & Professional Development. "Each semester, the Career Center works hard to bring in a diverse group of employers to help students think about future career opportunities," says the Career Center's Senior Director, Will Simpkins. "It is clear that local and national employers place John Jay College at the top of their list of recruitment sites, and they routinely tell us that our students are the most prepared, most curious, and most driven." Walking through the event, it was impossible not to notice the infectious enthusiasm the students had with the 101 employers in attendance. Read more


John Jay Hosts First-Ever Conference on Women
in Law Enforcement

On March 23, during Women's History Month, John Jay hosted the first-ever Symposium on Women in Law Enforcement, sponsored by the John Jay College Department of Public Safety and the FBI-New York Office, and with generous support from Siemens Corporation. The daylong conference featured presentations from invited guests and John Jay faculty members on current topics in the field, including cybersecurity, community policing, and the opioid crisis. In attendance were alumni and students, as well as women employed in law enforcement, some of whom traveled from out of state to network and receive professional development on navigating the largely male-dominated field. Read more 


27th Lloyd George Sealy Lecture

On March 13, 2018, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives(NOBLE) and the Department of Africana Studies, in partnership with the Lloyd George Sealy Library, presented the 27th Annual Lloyd George Sealy Lecture. The lecture, titled "Moving Toward Community Justice in the 21st Century" was delivered by Kenton Buckner, Chief of Police of the Little Rock Department in Arkansas. 



John Jay College Researchers Develop First of its Kind School Shootings Database

March 20, 2018, New York, NY - Researchers at John Jay College of Criminal Justice are creating a first of its kind national, open-source database to track shootings on K-12 school grounds and sharpen the public's understanding of these tragedies. In partnership with University of Texas at Dallas and Michigan State University, the project is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Justice's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative - a research-focused initiative that seeks to develop knowledge about the root causes of school violence and to foster and evaluate strategies for increasing school safety. Read more




Hon. Carmen R .Velasquez, BA, '84, JD was elected 2nd Vice President of the Association of Supreme Court Justices of the State
of New York. 


Eric L. Ortiz, BS, '15, has become Director of Global Operations, Facilities and Security Systems at Condé Nast.




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