December 2017  






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







Now - February 2nd, 2018 

Mon-Fri, 1-5 PM or by appointment 

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery

showcases the work of three award winning and nationally known illustrators: Aggie Kenny, Richard Tomlinson and Elizabeth Williams.

January 18, 2018   

7:30 PM  

Gerald W. Lynch Theater 

Visceral Dance Chicago New York Tour - Visceral Dance Chicago continues its fifth season with its first tour to New York, highlighting new works from international choreographers and dynamic returning company repertoire.

February 15th, 2018  

6:00 PM  

New Building 

2018 Justice Trailblazer Award Dinner Honoring Bill Moyers - Please join John Jay College President Karol Mason and The Crime Report as we proudly present The Justice Trailblazer Award to Bill Moyers.
Purchase tickets here 







2018 Alumni Reunion Nominations Are Open through January 22, 2018 

The Alumni Executive Board invites you to submit your nomination for  2018 reunion awards.  Any alumnus or alumna holding  a  bachelor's or master's degree from John Jay  College or  a doctoral degree from the CUNY Graduate Center in connection with a John Jay program may be nominated for the awards.
Please submit your nomination online by January 22, 2018 here




Alumna and Faculty Member Chelsea Binns Publishes Landmark Book on Fraud Hotlines 

Chelsea Binns, assistant professor in the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management, has written the first book on fraud hotlines ever published.

Binns, who graduated from John Jay with both her MA and PhD in Criminal Justice, is a licensed private investigator and certified fraud examiner who has extensive experience in the public and private sector. She has worked in an investigative capacity at the New York City Department of Investigation, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Morgan Stanley, and later at Citibank as the senior vice president in fraud surveillance. Read more  


Five Years After Sandy,
Professor Leigh Graham
Shares Lessons From Research
on Disaster Recovery 

Five years after Hurricane Sandy, Professor Leigh Graham has been featured on PBS Newshour as well as CUNY TV to discuss the successes and challenges of recovery efforts in New York City. Last year, Graham co-published a report comparing the experiences of the Lower East Side and the Rockaways after Sandy, two NYC areas significantly impacted by the storm. Read more  




At Homecoming, John Jay Celebrates the End of a Historic Year

 On November 28, John Jay's Homecoming drew hundreds of John Jay students, alumni, faculty, staff, and fans to celebrate the end of an incredibly successful year for the Bloodhounds.


Homecoming has quickly become known on campus as one of the most fun athletic events of the year and excited fans gathered for pre-game festivities in the auxiliary gym before the first event of the evening, the women's basketball game. Read more


Bill Moyers Named the 2018 Justice Media Trailblazer by John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Several awards for excellence were conferred on John Jay doctoral program alumni and students at this year's ASC Conference in Philadelphia. Conference attendees from within and outside New York as well as local alumni gathered during the ASC Reception to reconnect with each other, faculty and the College. This year's honorees included, among others, (l-r) alumna Brittany Hayes, PhD'13, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University for Faculty Research, and doctoral students/co-authors Victor St. John (third year) and Kwan-Lamar Blount-Hill (fourth year) recognized for Best Journal Article. Read more 



John Jay Students Participate in MSNBC's "The Beat with Ari Melber" Thanksgiving Special   

This November, Ari Melber, legal analyst and host of MSNBC's show "The Beat with Ari Melber," invited John Jay students from the College's Pre-Law Institute to participate in a special Thanksgiving edition. The show, which aired on November 24, focused on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into potential collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia. Read more


At Planking Ceremony, John Jay College is Recognized as a Member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Program    

On November 28, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Auxiliary University Detachment held its first planking ceremony in which inductees were officially recognized as members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG) program. Read more 


Children's Party

On December 14, John Jay hosted its annual Children's Holiday Party! The event, which first started over thirty years ago and is hosted in the 4th floor gymnasium, was open to families from neighborhood community centers and other non-profit organizations across the city. Over six hundred people attended to celebrate the holidays with games, face-painting, dancing, and of course, gifts from Santa Claus. View all the photos here


Arrival of Yamaha 

Taking a break from Winter Concert rehearsals,  several members of the John Jay Singers and Director Gregory Sheppard welcomed  the College's  new  portable grand piano, purchased with  proceeds from John Jay & The Arts concerts,  co-sponsored by Dr. Bettina Murray and alumnus Peter Mancuso. 


Winter Concert & Reception 

On December 18, alumni, senior administrators, faculty, students  and guests came to the Gerald W. Lynch Theater to hear the JJC Singers 4th annual Winter Concert led by director Gregory Sheppard. Our group included: Back Row(L-R) Alumnus/Co-sponsor  Peter Mancuso MA'79, Jennifer Blalock, Adeshola Akintobbi, Prof. Gerald Markowitz, Peter Dodenhoff BA'73,  Michael Martinez  MS '17, Vice President Lynette Cook-Francis and  Alumni Relations Director Jerylle Kemp; Middle Row (L-R): Desiderio Cubas, Welly Ekoumilong; Front Row(L-R): Professor/Co-sponsor  Dr. Bettina Murray, Edward Mulroney BS'85, Elsbeth Reiman MPA'79, Helen Elle Akono BA'16, Barbara Robinson BS'92, Carla Cheesman BA'08, and Rosita Vargas BA'03. 


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Reception and Performance  

On December 2, several  Bloodhounds gathered at New York's City Center for a matinee performance  with live music featuring Alvin Ailey's Revelations. Attendees included: (Back Row L-R) Melanie Wilson BS'05, Teeshavi Acosta MS'13, Adriane Jackson BS '98, Lillian Canales BA'13, Stefanie Quinde BA'13, Steven Manigaulte BS'81, and Renee Cassell BA'07; (Front Row L-R) Ed Mulroney BS'85, Adriane Jackson BS '98, Linda Reynolds MA'80, Ann Reilly MA'82, Judy Nole BS'01, Dep. Comm Neldra Zieglar  MA'76,  Dr.  Claudia Fidanque MA'81, and Kiezia Lawrence BS'09




Charlotte Carrington, (BA '77) retired in  April 2017 after 33 years with NYS OCA Brooklyn Criminal Court Night Court. Charlotte writes that she is enjoying her family and friends!

Juan Gonzalez (BA '77) celebrated his 1-year anniversary of co-founding his own firm with three other partners on 11/30/17,  after nearly 10 years at a private law firm. Rubin Sheeley Paterniti Gonzalez Kaufman LLP ( is a full-service firm headquartered in midtown Manhattan with 20 attorneys and support staff across several offices.  


Joseph Kilmer (BA'80) retired on 10/31/15 after 35+ years in police work; 4 with the Ocean City, Maryland Police Department, and 31+ as a Special Agent with DEA, with assignments throughout South Florida and a 3 year tour in Australia 2007 to 2010.  


Cory A. Jones, a H.S. Guidance Counselor , has written his first book.  "Followed: Who's Following You" describes what it's like to be a kid using the Internet, specifically on social media. It's a compelling story of a group of typical, modern-day teens navigating their way through social channels and personal emotions.  


Alden Foster (BA '12) Alumna and NYPD Chief Joanne Jaffe tweeted that Alumnus/Deputy Director Alden Foster recently received recognition during the NYPD #MyBronxStory event  for mentoring and supporting the young people of St Raymond High School for Boys. 


Juan C. Checo, (BA '14) is working for New York City Health + Hospitals as Director of Security - NYC Hospital Police at the Kings County Hospital Center. In this role he oversees a law enforcement department of over 100 Peace Officers.


David Mendelsohn (MA, '93) retired as a professor of Criminal Justice and has since taken up writing novels. His newest novel "A White Mouse in the White House" will be printed in January 2018 and is  a charming children's story about the values of honesty and family. 





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