March 2016 



Five "True Champions" Honored at 2016 Justice Awards Ceremony  

The 2016 John Jay Justice Awards ceremony held on March 3 was a celebration of five individuals who have shown themselves to be "true champions of justice," and the honorees who were cited for outstanding leadership in the pursuit of justice were lauded with repeated ovations from a packed house in the College's Gerald W. Lynch Theater.  Read more...


Rochester Mayor Is Hailed as One of CUNY's Finest   

John Jay alumna Lovely Warren (B.A. '00), the Mayor of Rochester, NY, was recently honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by the City University of New York. Chancellor James B. Milliken presented the award to Warren, along with other prominent CUNY alumni, at the annual CUNY and Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Luncheon/Program on February 13. Read more...


Alumni Profile:
Building a Legal Career with David Pfeffer

A John Jay College education has proven to be a valuable springboard for David J. Pfeffer, who has built a thriving legal career as a partner and chair of the Construction Practice Group at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP.  Read more... 


College Salutes 'Champions of Justice' 

"We are pinning our hopes on you for our city, our country, and our future." With these words, President Jeremy Travis on Feb. 23 saluted scores of undergraduate and graduate students who have been the recipients of funded scholarships and fellowships over the past year, along with the donors whose generosity helps support the students' achievement.  Read more...


New Courses & Old Favorites on Tap for Summer Session '16

Got plans for the summer? Why not explore the hot topics and cool courses at John Jay College of Criminal Justice?

John Jay College is once again offering students the chance to accelerate their education, catch up on needed credits, and explore innovative courses in a compact, user-friendly format. Summer courses begin May 31, and are being offered in three-week, five-week and eight-week sessions.  Read more... 


Rookie John Jay Student-Athletes Shine

The efforts of two John Jay freshmen, swimmer Heather Chrisman and basketball player Essien Epps, paid off recently when the CUNY Athletic Conference awarded each of them Rookie of the Year honors in their respective sports.  Read more...


Professor Dreisinger Captures a World of Incarceration in New Book        

Associate Professor Baz Dreisinger is among the John Jay faculty members whose academic work goes far beyond the classroom. In addition to her post in the English department, Dreisinger is an author, critic, radio producer, documentarian and the founder and academic director of John Jay's celebrated Prison-to-College Pipeline program, an initiative that The New York Times referred to as "the gold standard of prisoner re-entry."  Read more...


Happy Birthday, FDNY!      

New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and President Jeremy Travis cut the cake to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the FDNY during a March 9 reception. Dozens of John Jay alumni who are current or former members of the Fire Department were on hand for the celebration.  


Faculty/Staff Notes


Joseph Giacalone (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) is host of a new radio show, "Crime Talk," that airs on Suffolk County's WRCN (103.9 FM) every Saturday at 5:30 P.M. Giacalone, a highly decorated former New York City police sergeant, began the new program on March 12 with guest Dr. Michael Baden, forensic pathologist and former New York City Chief Medical Examiner.

Johanna Whitton (Theater & Event Support Services) was a discussant at a Feb. 28 symposium co-sponsored by the CUNY Dance Initiative and Dance/NYC. Whitton, Managing Director of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, participated in a workshop and discussion on "Building New and Non-Traditional Dance Audiences."

Baz Dreisinger (English) was a guest on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show on March 10 to discuss "What Would a Humane Jail Look Like?" Dreisinger's latest book is Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World (Other Press, 2016).

The Printed Page

Katie Gentile (Interdisciplinary Studies) has had her latest book, The Business of Being Made: The Temporalities of Reproductive Technologies, in Psychoanalysis and Culture, published by Routledge. She is also a contributor to the blog Public Seminar, which included her recent commentary "Patriarchy Alive and Well: CDC Releases New Guidelines for Alcohol & Pregnancy."

David Shapiro (Public Management), Deputy Director of the Advanced Certificate Program in Forensic Accounting, has had his op-ed, "Why Apple hack is a bad idea," published by CNBC. In the commentary, Shapiro examines Apple's opposition to a recent federal court order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the attackers in the Dec. 2, 2015, shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., in which 22 people were killed.


Jane Katz (Health and Physical Education) has been named recipient of the 2016 Judge G. Harold Martin Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The award recognizes "long and exceptional leadership, insight and dedication to the water safety of children and the cause of making Every Child A Swimmer."

Silvia Mazzula (Psychology) is co-Principal Investigator on a one-year, $460,000 grant to document "Contextual and Ethnic Diversity Factors in Children's Responses to 9/11." The grant is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


Class Notes

Brad D. Natalizio (M.A. '12) joined the New York State Police in the fall of 2012, and was named NYSP Troop F Trooper of the Year for 2015. Troop F covers Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Greene Counties.

Jared D. Remig (B.A. '15) began graduate school in fall 2015 at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He is working as a graduate assistant, which will allow him to earn his master's degree tuition-free. He was recently inducted into the Jesuit honor society, Alpha Sigma Nu.

Jennifer D. Tierney (B.A. '10) recently graduated from St. John's University School of Law with her J.D. degree. While at St. John's, she served on the executive board for the New York Real Property Law Journal. She is now acting legal counsel at Ensignia Premier Title Agency, LLC.


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Upcoming Events


March 31, 1:00 PM

Spring 2016 Job & Internship Fair

Presented by the Office of Career Development Services.

Professional attire required. Suggested alumni donation: $20.

For more information, e-mail:

Gymnasium, Haaren Hall


April 6,  9:00 AM

Special Event Security

A one-day certificate course featuring nationally recognized security experts.

Presented by the Center on Private Security and Safety.

Registration: $125 for John jay alumni and military veterans.

For further information, e-mail:

Room L.61 NB


April 15-16 
- Times and locations vary -
Alumni Reunion Weekend  

Includes Founding Generation celebration, awards dinner, after-party, Race for Justice, brunch and family carnival.

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April 21, 6:30 PM

Executive Protection

Presented by the Center on Private Security and Safety.

Registration: $65 for John jay alumni and military veterans.

For further information, e-mail:

Location TBA





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