February 2016 



Meeting of the Minds:
American Justice Summit Returns to John Jay     

The urgent need for American justice and prison system reform took center stage at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Jan. 29, as the second annual American Justice Summit brought together individuals who are working at both the policy and grass roots levels to find creative and effective solutions for a variety of pressing problems.  Read more...


ALUMNI PROFILE: Thomas C. Ridges (B.A. '95)
New Job, New Challenges  

Like many Brooklyn natives before him, Thomas C. Ridges (B.A. '95) has made the move to Staten Island, and he made history in the process. On Feb. 1, Ridges became the first African-American prosecutor to hold an executive-level post in the Staten Island District Attorney's Office, when he was sworn in to the newly created position of Special Counsel to District Attorney Michael E. McMahon. 


"John Jay Value" Campaign Is Unveiled

John Jay College boasts more than 50 years of providing a high quality education, particularly for students who could not otherwise afford to attend college.  
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John Jay Ranked Among the Safest College Campuses in the U.S. and a Top Public University in New York     

John Jay College has been ranked #18 in the Safest College Campuses rankings by Niche, a web-based resource for information, including rankings and reviews, on K-12 schools, colleges, cities, and neighborhoods. John Jay was also ranked #9 on Niche's list of Top Public Universities in New York. 


One Trailblazer's Quest for Color-Blind Justice

Jelani Cobb, Director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut and a contributor to The New Yorker, has been selected as the 2016 Justice Trailblazer, an award presented annually by John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Crime Report, a publication of the College's Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ).  Read more...


Students Warm Up to Winter Session

Enrollment for the three-week winter session last month at John Jay rose by roughly 12 percent compared to the same period a year ago, a development that is being credited to expanded marketing and outreach efforts and a close collaboration between Enrollment Management and Academic Affairs.  Read more...


"Bridging the Divide" Series Resumes on
March 1       

The curtain will rise on March 1 for Act Two of John Jay College's year-long initiative "Bridging the Divide: Re-imagining Police-Community Relations," with a panel discussion on Gender, Sexuality and Policing. 


Faculty/Staff Notes

On Board

Dara Byrne (Communication and Theatre Arts) has been named interim Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, succeeding Scott Stoddart, who stepped down to join the faculty of the English Department. Byrne had been serving as Director of Macaulay Honors College at John Jay and Faculty Director of the John Jay Honors Program. Nathan Lents (Sciences) will succeed Byrne in those roles on an interim basis.



Norman Groner (Security, Fire and Emergency Management) spoke at the 6th annual Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, held in Cambridge, England. Groner presented a paper titled "A Simple Decision Model for Managing the Movement of Building Occupants during Fire Emergencies."

Benjamin Lapidus (Art and Music) performed on and wrote the liner notes for the new album by legendary jazz bassist Andy Gonzalez, "Andy Gonzalez - Entré Colegas." The album is available on Truth Revolution records.

Gloria Browne-Marshall (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) was the invited speaker on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France, where she presented a talk on "Racial Violence in America Today: What Would James Baldwin Do?." Her talk was subsequently published online in the Milwaukee Courier.


The Printed Page

Alain Bauer's (Center on Terrorism) article "L'avenir du terrorisme" (The Future of Terrorism) was published in the winter 2015-2016 issue of the French journal Les Carnets des Dialogues du Matin.



Jeremy Travis (President) has been appointed to the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, an initiative organized by the Urban Institute and funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rossana Rosado (Latin American and Latina/o Studies) was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as New York's next Secretary of State. The appointment makes Rosado the state's highest-ranking Latina official.


Class Notes

Richard J. Brady (B.A. '82), who holds a law degree from Pace University law school,retired as Chief of the Waldwick, N.J., Police Department in 2004, after which he served six years as Prosecutor for the Borough of Midland Park. In October 2013, he was appointed as Municipal Court Judge in Midland Park to fill an unexpired term, then was reappointed to a three-year term in August 2015.

Gerard P. McAleer (M.P.A. '96) retired as Special Agent in Charge of the New Jersey Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2010, then worked for two years as associate director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. He is currently Chief of County Detectives in Middlesex County, N.J., where, he says, "I still love going to work every day." 

Terrence E. DeGrenier (B.S. '97) finished his M.S. in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University in December 2015. Specializing in Judicial Administration, he has been inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Danielle B. Varas (B.A. '98) is afamily psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner and member of the adjunct clinical faculty at New York University College of Nursing.

Kayan P. Guy (B.S. '01) works as a paralegal at the New York Law Department's Special Federal Litigation Division, which defends civil rights suits against the City Of New York. She is the proud mother of Kayla, 7, and Leah, 2.

John C. Hennessy (B.A. '07) was recently promoted to lieutenant with the New Jersey Transit Police, where he is assigned to the Special Operations Division.

Angie Dorville (B.A. '12) is a crisis intervention counselor at the HBCIP/Puerto Rican Family Inc., and is pursuing an M.S.W. at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work, on a full scholarship.

Nancy Jeeuth (B.S '15), who founded and served as president of one of the student club West Indies Massive while at John Jay, is continuing to promote the West Indies through entertainment as one of the four female DJs on the Internet radio station Red Apple Radio. In addition, she advocates for justice with HANAC Youth Services, helping students gain real work experience and achieve career readiness.

Brandi A. Walzer (B.A. '15) works for SCO Family of Services as a family support specialist and with Phoenix House as a veterans outreach coordinator. She writes: "Both jobs are amazing and I love that I have positions that can impact and change a person's life. I get to make a difference every day and I would not have it any other way."


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Calling All International Bloodhounds

Greetings from the new Office of International Student Recruitment. As a John Jay alumna or alumnus, you are our best ambassador! We need your help to connect with the next generation of international students. Whether you are originally from another country or are now living, working, or studying abroad, please share your stories with your fellow alumni and send your updated contact information so John Jay can keep you informed. If you have any questions, please contact Eli Cohen, Deputy Director, International Student Recruitment and Marketing (ecohen@jjay.cuny.edu



February 29, 6 PM - 8 PM

The Bloodhound Bowl. All alumni from the classes of 2005 to 2015 are invited to join their fellow Bloodhounds for two hours of bowling

Tickets: $50 (includes , including light food, drinks, and shoe rental

Frames Bowling Lounge, Port Authority Location, 550 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Contact sdibrienza@jjay.cuny.edu or call 212-237-8579


March 15, 7:30 PM 

Brooklyn Nets Alumni Game. All alumni from the classes of 2005 to 2015 are invited to join their fellow Bloodhounds as the Brooklyn Nets take on the Philadelphia 76ers at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn

Tickets: $30

Contact sdibrienza@jjay.cuny.edu or call 212-237-8579


March 19, 12:30 PM

John Jay & The Arts: 
The King and I

Alumni and guests are invited to an informal reception followed by a matinee performance

Tickets: $88 (Loge D and E); $55 (Student Loge)
Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center, 150 West  65th Street, New York, NY

Contact:  jkemp@jjay.cuny.edu 


March 31, 1PM - 5 PM

Spring 2016 Job and
Internship Fair

Main Gymnasium, Haaren Hall

Suggested alumni donation $20. Professional attire required   

Contact: careers@jjay.cuny.edu





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