Dec. 2015 / Jan. 2016 





Annual Day of Giving Brings Out the Best in
John Jay Supporters   

John Jay's second Annual Day of Giving (ADG), held Dec. 8, was an overwhelming success, with the final fundraising tally handily surpassing the previous year's total.
More than 230 individual donors contributed to ADG 2015, generating a total of over $220,000. John Jay Foundation board members and College faculty and staff contributed $75,000 of the total, with the remainder coming from alumni, current students, and even the parents of two current students.  Read more...


Poll Cites 'Black Lives Matter' as 2015's Top Justice News Story, John Oliver as #1 Newsmaker

The "Black Lives Matter" movement, with its focus on issues of police brutality, was the dominant criminal justice news story of 2015, according to the fifth annual reader survey conducted by John Jay's Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ). Results of the survey were published Dec. 9 in The Crime Report, an online publication of the center. Read more... 


Alumni Profile: Odom's Lifelong
Learning Adventure    

Part of the legacy of John Jay College for Oscar Odom III is that he's still learning: the retired New York City police detective recently earned his doctorate in education from Cappella University - this, while serving as chair of the criminal justice division at ASA College in Brooklyn.  Read more...


J Journal Scores Again in Pushcart Prize Literary Rankings

The J Journal: New Writing on Justice - John Jay's literary journal founded and co-edited by English Professors Adam Berlin and Jeffrey Heiman - has been ranked 52nd out of 245 publications featured in the 2016 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings for Fiction, placing it ahead of several notable and longstanding journals.  Read more...


New Study Charts NYPD Enforcement Activity  

A team of John Jay researchers has documented a dramatic downturn in enforcement actions by New York City police between 2011 and 2014, after the number of arrests, summonses and stop-and-frisk actions had risen just as sharply in the previous eight years.  Read more...


Homecoming Is Quite the Event for
Returning Alumni 

IDozens of alumni and friends of John Jay athletics were on hand on Dec. 10 for the annual Homecoming Day festivities. Guests watched both the women's and men's basketball games from the exclusive Alumni Sky Box above the gymnasium.  Read more...


First-Year Students, First-Rate Researchers      

Scores of John Jay freshmen and transfer students stood proudly alongside poster presentations and other research efforts in the new building cafeteria on Dec. 10, showing off their projects as part of the annual FYE (First Year Experience) Student Showcase.  Read more...


Professor Brotherton Honored at Annual Criminology Conference        

The 71st annual American Society of Criminology conference, held Nov. 18-21 in Washington, D.C., was once again a tour de force for John Jay, with scores of faculty, staff and students presenting papers and posters, and participating in panel discussions and roundtables.  Read more...


Students Shine at Biomedical
Research Conference         

Fifteen future scientists, all part of John Jay's Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM), presented their research at the 15th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held in Seattle in November.  Read more...


Faculty/Staff Notes

On Board

Keri Reitman (Marketing and Development) is John Jay's new Director of Special Events. Reitman, whose first day at John Jay will be Jan. 5, has more than 20 years of special events experience with such institutions as the Greenwich Historical Society, Pace Law School, the Big Apple Circus and the Alliance for Lupus Research.

The Printed Page

Peggilee Wupperman's (Psychology) article "Understanding Self-Destructive (Dysregulated) Behaviors" was published Dec. 6 in the online edition of Psychology Today. Click here to read the article.

Marie-Helen Maras (Security, Fire and Emergency Management) was featured prominently in the "Ask the Experts" section of WalletHub's recent article "2015's States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft and Fraud." The article is available online here.


Jessica Gordon Nembhard (Africana Studies) has been named as one of the 2016 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame. Nembhard, who is Economic Development Director for the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at John Jay, is the author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. Her induction ceremony will take place next May.

Susan Opotow (Sociology) has been elected to a three-year term on the American Psychological Association's Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. She is a past president of the APA Division 9, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

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Class Notes

Frederick T. Martens (M.A. '74) has had his new book, We'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse: A Primer on the Investigation of Public Corruption, published by Complex Litigation Sciences, LLC.|

Stephen N. Knights Jr. (B.S. '00) resides in Georgia, where he is a Superior Court Judge in Clayton County. He has worked as an Assistant Solicitor General and a Senior Litigation Assistant District Attorney in Clayton County, and in the latter role he prosecuted all major felonies, including murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault, achieving a 100-percent conviction rate. Knights also teaches legal and criminal justice courses at Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Southern Crescent Technical College.

Ben Rosen (B.A. '05) is Director of Public Information for the New York State Office of Mental Health. Previously he served as the Director of Communications for Assemblyman Keith Wright, for whom he interned in Albany while a student at John Jay in 2004.

Lydia DeCastro (M.S. '10) was recently promoted to Assistant Director of the Department of Forensic Biology at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. A veteran of more than 20 years at the agency, DeCastro's new position places her in a leadership role with responsibility for DNA testing workflow through the laboratory.

Newton Knowles (B.A. '11) graduated last spring from UC-Hastings College of Law.

Newly admitted to the California bar, he is now a Special Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. His note, "Exonerated, But Not Free: The Prolonged Struggle for a Second Chance at a Stolen Life," was published in the spring 2015 edition of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal.



Ronald Arp (B.S. '92, M.A. '97), a residentof Clifton Park, N.Y., died Nov. 30, 2015. He was 45. Arp had served as a Special Agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in the Albany, N.Y., district office.



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January 28, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Executive Protection

Presented by the Center for Private Security and Safety

Registration: $65.

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February 24, 7 PM

John Jay on the Road/American Academy of Forensic Sciences Alumni Reception

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

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February 25, 5 PM

Abby Stein Memorial Lecture

"An American Latinx Abroad: Contradictions of Identity, Intersectionality and Social Justice"

Speaker: Nico Montano (B.A. '13)

Moot Court, 6th Floor, New Building

February 25,  9 AM - 4 PM

Current Trends in School Safety

Presented by the Center for Private Security and Safety

Registration: $100.

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March 3,  7 PM

John Jay Justice Awards

Honorees: Bryan Stevenson, Gloria Steinem, Anthony McGill

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