June/July 2017  




Shauna-Kay Gooden


President of the 

Alumni Association


Executive Board

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



Executives At Large

Linda M. Gimlett, MA  '77

Nicole Napolitano, MA '03

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







August 24, 2017, 1:40 PM

Convocation 2017

The event is designed for new members of John Jay College and symbolically represents the start of a new academic journey. Faculty, students, and administrators will have a chance to officially welcome new students to the community.


September 11, 2017,  2:00 PM

Recall. Reflect. Reaffirm.

The John Jay Community joins together in Tribute to
our fallen heroes.

Location: Memorial Hall

Reception to follow - L.61, New Building



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






CUNY Appoints former U.S Assistant Attorney General as President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice  

New York, NY, May 1, 2017 - The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today voted to appoint Karol V. Mason, a legal pioneer and former United States Assistant Attorney General, as the fifth president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In her long legal career in both the private and public sectors, President-Designate Mason has been an exceptional voice for equality, fairness and criminal justice reform, issues that are at the heart of John Jay's mission. read more




Attorney Muhammad Faridi '04 Named as Foundation Trustee  

On May 25, the Board of Trustees of the John Jay College Foundation elected two new members: Muhammad Faridi and Brendan R. McGuire. Muhammad Faridi '04, is currently a partner 
at the law firm Patterson Belknap.

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Professor Ocejo Tackles Tradition in New Book, Masters of Craft   

In a simpler time, back when Silicon Valley still produced pears and apricots and the notion of putting a man on the moon seemed as far off as the moon itself, the livelihoods of middle-class men and women were defined by their craft. read more 




The Class of 2017 is a 


On Wednesday, May 31, the largest graduating class in John Jay College history - 3,690 students -became the newest alumni when they received bachelor's and master's degrees at the College's 52nd Commencement ceremonies, which were held this year at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, Queens.  read more


Arthur and Patricia Hill Foundation Supports Center for Policing Equity's Leap Program  

On Tuesday June 20, President Travis, First Deputy Police Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, Dr. Phillip Goff, Joanne Hill, and members of the Hill family gathered at John Jay to dedicate a lecture hall in memory of Joanne's father, alumnus Arthur Hill, and celebrate a generous gift from the Arthur and Patricia Hill Foundation to support the Leadership in Empowering Advocates Program (LEAP), through the Center for Policing Equity (CPE). read more


Watson Fellowship Taps Three John Jay Students   

Three John Jay students - sophomores Jasmine Awad and Lisa Nishimura, and freshman Alexandra Shoneyin - have been selected for the 2017 cohort of the prestigious and highly competitive Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship program.  read more 


Farewell to Alumni Employees

Retiring John Jay alumni Irene O'Donnell and Peter Dodenhoff, were given a celebratory send-off at well-attended events on campus. Both were recognized for their longstanding service: O'Donnnell served 36 years at her alma mater and Dodenhoff worked for 42 years in various roles at the College.  read more 



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Bernard A. Johnson (B.S. '71, Distinguished Alumnus Award 1993)

Current, Special Projects Coordinator, is still engaged with the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service, following his thirty-year career as a Supervisory Special Agent at the New York Field Office, where headed the "Diplomatic and Protective Liaison" group, along with the "Anti-terrorism Assistance" program, overseeing counter terrorism programs impacting the foreign diplomatic community. "The immersive and intellectual opportunities afforded me at John Jay College paved the way."


Thomas Nazario (B.S. '72) Founder and President of The Forgotten International writes:  You may have heard that some months ago I was asked to do a TEDx Talk by members of my university community. I do a lot of talks these days as a result of the work of The Forgotten International and the success of our books "Living on a Dollar a Day" and "Doing Good." About 10 days ago the TEDx Talk was finally posted on the web. The talk is entitled: "Building A Meaningful Life." When you get a chance you might want to look at it, and if you like it please share with your friends. 




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