September 2017  




Congratulations to newly elected officers for the 2017-2019 term!


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

Kathryn Cousins

Executive Director of Development



Jerylle Kemp

Director of Alumni Relations



Stephanie DiBrienza

Alumni Engagement Specialist





October 3, 2017

Time: 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Main Lecture Hall
Room: L63 NB 

Book Talk:
African-American Art: A Visual 

and Cultural History  

offers a current and comprehensive history that contextualizes black artists within the framework of American art as a whole. Through 

a carefully selected collection of creative works and analysis, 

the book offers a fresh and compelling look at black artistic expression. All are welcome. 


October 10-11, 2017  

Smart on Crime Innovations Conference

The conference will bring
together community leaders, criminal justice practitioners, elected officials, businesses, foundations, the media, and researchers to showcase 

promising criminal justice interventions informed by
evidence and data.
If you are interested in attending, please register here!

October 22, 2017

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Philadelphia Marriott Downton, 

1201 Market Street, Salon B,

Philadelphia  PA

John Jay on the Road: Annual IACP Alumni Reception

This annual gathering welcomes  all alumni, including IACP  attendees,  special NYPD guests and alumni residing in  CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA and Washington DC. The reception is free for alumni and guests. However  advance  registration is requested:    

For further information contact  Jerylle Kemp, 212.237.8964 or


October 30, 2017
Time: 4:15pm to 5:45pm
Main Lecture Hall
Room: L.63 NB

Book Talk:
Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines  

Policing Immigrants traces the transition of immigration enforcement from a traditionally federal power exercised primarily near the US borders to a patch-work system of local policing that extends throughout the country's interior. The response of localities to the task of enforcing federal immigration law can best be predicted not by conditions like crime rates or the state of the local economy, but by the level of conservatism among local voters.
All are welcome.







From Women in Haiti to Juveniles in the Justice System, Soraya Denis is Committed to Service  

In her professional life, Soraya Denis serves as a senior program coordinator with the NYC Department of Correction (DOC), focusing on juvenile re-entry issues in the Youthful Offender Programming Division. It's rewarding work, she said, but like many ambitious John Jay alumni, it's only one part of her commitment to giving back to those groups that helped put her where she is today. read more 




Professor Monica Varsanyi's 

NEH-funded Research Looks at Hispanic Identity in New Mexico 

Monica Varsanyi, associate professor of political science at John Jay College, obtained a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her research project, "The Contentious Evolution of Hispanic Identity During the Chicano Movement in New Mexico, 1962-1974," which she has been working on this summer.
read more 




New President Jumpstarts

Academic Year

On the first of August, Karol Mason officially began her new position as president of John Jay College. Mason has made numerous appearances since, introducing herself to students and faculty at various events around campus...  read more 


New Exhibit Honors Those Who Gave Their Lives on 9/11   

Bravery and Sacrifice: NYPD Heroes 9/11 and Beyond, a new art exhibit at John Jay that celebrates the service of the men and women who risked their lives during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, opened on September 8 and is on display through December 2017. read more 


Money Magazine Ranks John Jay College in Top Quarter of
"Best Colleges for Your Money"  

John Jay College of Criminal Justice was ranked in the top quarter of Money magazine's latest Best Colleges for Your Money list. Out of 711 institutions ranked, John Jay was 154, placing it among five CUNY schools to make the list including Brooklyn College, Queens College, Hunter College and Baruch which came in at number two, just behind Princeton University.  read more 


Math and Science Resource Center Recognized for Novel Use of 


The John Jay Math and Science Resource Center (MSRC) and its staff have been honored by the National College Learning Center Association with an award for Innovative Use of Technology. The award recognizes the Resource Center's innovative use of the 

e-portfolio, a pedagogy tool that allows students and faculty to showcase their work through the online e-portfolio platform.  

read more 




Brian Carl BS'83 (Criminal Justice) is Senior Managing Director and Director of Investigations/Americas - K2 Intelligence.


Christelle N. Onwu  BA'10 (Humanities and Justice Studies)  is a Human Rights Specialist at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, a Coro fellow with the New York Leadership Center (Immigrant Civic Leadership Program), and an alumna of the New American Leaders Program. She is a fierce advocate for under-served populations with a focus on African communities in New York City. She has published an article in the Columbia Social Work Review analyzing the issue of female genital cutting in the U.K. and made culturally-sensitive policy recommendations to reduce this practice. She graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Lisa Guzman BA'01 (Forensic Psychology) on April 27, 2017 became a Deputy United Stated Marshal assigned to the Orlando Office.

Angel L. Cardoniga MA'07 (Criminal Justice) recently retired from the United States Marshals Service as Chief Inspector following a 25 year career for the agency. He previously worked at USMS offices in New Jersey, New York, and Headquarters in Virginia before ending his career in California.


Adriana E Michilli  MA'14 (International Crime and Justice) has been accepted into PhD program in Human Rights, Society & Multi-Level Governance for Fall 2017 at the University of Padova. Established in 1222, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Italy.





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