October/November 2018 


There's still time
to support student success.
Wayétu Moore,
Africana Studies Lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, recently published a novel called
She Would Be King. The novel uses a combination of magical realism and history to create an extraordinary retelling of the formation of Liberia.  
Ann Huse, Assistant Professor in the English Department at John Jay College, has recently published "Beyond 'The Bars': Lucy Terry Prince and the Margins of the Colonial Landscape," as part of the book Liminality, Hybridity, and American Women's Literature: Thresholds in Women's Writing.
Eric L. Piza, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College, has a new book titled Risk-Based Policing: Evidence-Based Crime Prevention with Big Data and Spatial Analytics, which discusses how data helps police use their resources wisely, and helps address disorder and crime to improve public safety.
Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m., Brooklyn Historical Society
Ingrid Griffith, Adjunct Professor in the Communication & Theater Arts Department, will be one of the invited panelists of Guyanese authors and playwright at Brooklyn's Guyana.
Tuesday, November 27, 1:30 p.m.
Join us on an intimate journey as we explore the intersection between sex and dignity with family, friends, lovers and strangers.  
November 28, 2018, 12:00 p.m.   
Time and again you hear that networking is so important. And it is. There are strategies to get
through networking if small talk is not your 
thing. But there are also strategies for those who can be a little over the top. Find the right balance.
Thursday, Nov. 29,
6:30 p.m., NB, L.63
Distinguished Management Leadership Series 
Hear from Dr. Gerrard P. Bushell, President and CEO of the New York State Dormitory Authority (DASNY). The discussion will focus on how the agency manages billions in financing construction around the state and will include discussions on career opportunities. If you have any questions please email
November 29 &
Friday, November 30, 3:30 p.m.
CUNY's 17th Annual IT Conference will explore the complicated balance between the challenges and opportunities of using technology in higher education.
December 5, 6:00 p.m., The Moot Court Room, NB, 6.68,  
The Lavender Scare tells the unknown story of the U.S. government's systematic attempt to identify and fire all federal employees discovered to be homosexual.
Thursday, December 6, 8:00 a.m.
Integrating restorative practices into how mediation can set parties onto a path of healing. This is a central principle underpinning the work of the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board.
Friday, December 7,
3:00 p.m., Haaren Hall,
Room 630T
This event will feature guest speaker Stephen Tankel, an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Dr. Tankel specializes in international security with a focus on terrorism and counter terrorism, political and military affairs in South Asia, the changing nature of alliances, and security cooperation.
Saturday, December 8, 12:00 p.m, City Center, W. 56 Street,
New York, NY 
John Jay & The Arts: Alvin Ailey Matinee Performance and Q&A
Meet John Jay alumni and guests for a private reception and matinee performance featuring "Revelations" and a Post Show Q&A with Company Members. The private reception will be held at 12 noon and the performance will be at 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact  Alumni Relations.
This event features guest speaker Anthony Peguero, Associate Professor of Sociology, Research Affiliate, Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, Director, Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice, Virginia Tech. This event is part ofthe HSI speaker series.
Tuesday, Dec 11,
4:30 p.m., Gymnasium and Alumni Skybox
5th Floor, T-Building
Join Fellow alumni and guests for Bloodhounds Basketball. The Alumni Skybox Doors open at 4:30 PM; the Women's Basketball vs. Sarah Lawrence College game is at 5:00 PM; and the Men's Basketball vs. Bard College game is at 8:00 PM. Please RSVP by November 30.
Tuesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m., Gerald W. Lynch Theater
John Jay & The Arts: John Jay College Singers Winter Concert
Enjoy the John Jay College Singers' Winter Concert with fellow alumni and students.
A private reception precedes the performance for alumni and guests If you have any questions, please contact Alumni Relations





Opening of the New
Immigrant Student Success Center
On October 16th, the John Jay community celebrated the opening of the Immigrant Student Success Center. As a safe space where students can receive help and guidance through the many hurdles regarding their immigration status. The center aims to provide undocumented students the support they need to achieve their career and life goals. "Any student, regardless of status, can come here and ask for resources," says Cynthia Carvajal, Manager of the Immigrant Student Success Center. "No human being is illegal, and in that capacity, students have the right to experience joy and learning. We have several systems that are failing our students. So this space is meant to help them." Read More 
Boxing Champ Heather Hardy '05
Gives Knockout Advice
At this year's New Student Convocation, alumna Heather Hardy '05 wowed the crowd with a rousing keynote address. New students and transfer students walked out of the event fired up to fulfill their dreams. We decided that everyone in the John Jay community could be inspired by her story, and we wanted to learn more about Hardy's long journey to becoming the WBO World Featherweight champion after beating Shelly Vincent October 27, in a televised match on HBO. Read More   
Professor Monica Varsanyi's New Book Wins American Society of Criminology Award

In November 2018, Monica Varsanyi, Professor of Political Science, along with her co-authors, will receive the 2018 Outstanding Book in Policing Award by the American Society of Criminology (ASC), Division of Policing. Titled Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines, Varsanyi's book uses data from three national surveys, to analyze the role of law enforcement within current society. "When we started this research back in 2009, there wasn't a lot of data. There was this energy to try to get local law enforcement involved in immigration and a lot of police chiefs didn't know what to do," says Varsanyi. "Our study was the first to provide this information to people." Read More 
Reimagining Prison With the
Vera Institute of Justice
On October 10th the Vera Institute of Justice held their Reimagining Prison conference at John Jay College. The event was the culmination of their Reimagining Prison Project and the release of their Reimagining Prison Report, which makes the case for a human-dignity centered approach to incarceration. Read More 
Our Celebration of
Latinx Heritage Month
John Jay, a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), celebrated Latinx Heritage Month from September 17 through November 1. Recognizing the contributions that Latinx people have made to the United States, this extended celebration was loaded with events covering everything from serious topics on race, colonialism, and the current crisis in Puerto Rico, to lighter events like a musical performance by Folklore Urbano and a trip to Museo Del Barrio. To round out the last days of our Latinx Heritage Month celebration, La Voz, the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies with the co-sponsorship of other clubs, held a Day of the Dead Celebration filled with food, music, and a presentation, along with a screening of the movie Coco. Here are some highlights of the events and thoughts from our students attending them. Read More     
John Jay Video Producer
Wins HBO Film Award
You might not notice Sebastian Rea at John Jay events, but that's probably because he's behind a camera videotaping you, your friends, and your colleagues. "As a video producer here at John Jay, my job is to tell stories of student success through a more narrative or documentary lens, highlighting the students and faculty who are working in the field," says Rea. He's filmed everything at John Jay, from students helping the people of Puerto Rico, to graduating seniors celebrating at commencement. But when he's not busy creating videos for John Jay, he's writing, directing, and producing his own films. His most recent film, Ruta Viva, just won Best Short Film at the HBO
New York Latino Film Festival. Read More 
Lessons in Leadership
From College Presidents

On October 22, 2018, in front of 180 guests at the Princeton Club, Women in Development brought together three powerful college presidents to discuss leadership, management, fundraising, and careers. John Jay's President Karol V. Mason, was joined on stage with Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York; and Laura Sparks, President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Their stories and advice encouraged everyone in the room. Here are some of our favorite parts of their enlightening conversation. Read More 
John Jay Hosts a Delegation from
the People's Republic of China

President Mason and Provost Li hosted a delegation from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York in September. Jun Yang, Head of Education Office, and Wenhua Wang, Consul, also met with our international scholars and students from China and Taiwan. The purpose of their visit was to learn about our scholar and student experiences in order to support more such exchanges. 
Amy Wisotsky- Burt (BS '77) a former FBI Agent, was recently elected to serve a two-year term as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. Wisotsky-Burt currently serves as Chair of the Board of Friends of Metro Animal Services in Louisville, where they are proud of their 2nd year as a "no kill" shelter and look forward to completion of their new animal care facility in the summer of 2019.
Michael L. Steward (BA '85) joined the Be The Match Foundation Board of Directors this past October. "Be The Match" oversees the National Marrow Donor Program, helping those with leukemia and other blood disorders find life-saving marrow and stem cell donors. Steward is also a Regional Vice President for Hartford Financial Services, managing Staff Legal operations in 20 states throughout the country. He attributes much of his success to "[his] John Jay education and to the professors and administrators who always encouraged [him]."
Michael Corcoran Jr. (BA '96) is set to become the first Public Safety Director of Morristown. He was formerly the Public Safety Director of Rye, N.Y., and the Deputy Police Chief in West Orange.
Christopher Hetner (BS '02) has announced that he will be leaving the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). During his time there, he served as Senior Advisor of Cybersecurity Policy for former Chair Mary Jo White and former Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar and helped create better cybersecurity policies for federal financial regulators.
Tracey-Ann Stewart (BS '04) has been named First Sergeant of the 133rd Composite Supply Company, based in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. The First Sergeant is the highest ranking non-commissioned officer within a unit of 100-200 soldiers. Stewart has been a member of the Army and the Army National Guard since 1995.
Catalina Cruz (BA '05)  is a Colombian-American attorney and former DREAMer from Queens, New York. Cruz was elected as the Democratic candidate in the Fall 2018 election for the 39th district of the New York State Assembly, representing Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights, Queens. Cruz became the first former undocumented immigrant who identifies as a DREAMer to be elected in New York State. She is also the first Colombian-American in the district, and the third DREAMer to serve in an elected position in the United States.
Rachel Barret-Dolcine, (MPA, CPM, BA'06) was named one of Maryland's Very Important Professionals (VIP) Successful By Age 40; Authored  Conversations With My Son: Fun & Witty Inspiration for Mothers Raising Boys; and has founded the Joseph & Very Douglas Family Foundation, Inc. 
Thomas N. Milano (MA '10) writes: If it were not for John Jay ... "I would not be where I am today in the NYPD! I currently command NYPD's efforts to combat human trafficking and command both the NYPD/FBI human trafficking task force, and the NYPD/HSI public safety task force."
Brian Crimmins (MPA '12) has been sworn in as the Chief of the Hoboken Fire Department. He was previously the provisional fire chief and supported his unit as they took part in the newly formed task force, The New Jersey Regional Fireboat Task Force (NJRFTF). Comprised of 12 New Jersey fire departments, this task force comes from collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, with a goal of establishing interagency communication and cooperation across the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Jeffrey M. Deskovic (MA '12) was recently honored with the "Private Sector Servant of Justice Award" by the New York State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct. Deskovic, the 2018 recipient of the John Jay Distinguished Alumnus Award, was wrongfully imprisoned from 17 to 32 years of age. He has emerged as the Founder of the The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, an internationally recognized advocate, an Advisory Board Member of It Could Happen to You and is a student at Pace Law School.
Lawrence Setola (BA '13) says: "In 2015, I married my wife Gulianna. The following year I was named Chief Operating Officer of JCL Inc. Although I didn't pursue a career in law enforcement, the growth & skills attained at John Jay helped me be where I am today.
Bruce Friedman (B.A. '90) was an LGBT activist and former president of the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens. City Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Elmhurst, Jackson Heights) says that "Bruce's work led to the election of numerous LGBT-supportive public officials around the Borough of Queens. His contributions to the LGBT movement in Queens are numerous. His strength and spirit will be sorely missed by LGBT and non-LGBT people alike."
Kishana Patricia Harley (MPA '14) was a passionate advocate on local issues, specifically police brutality, who overcame many personal obstacles like homelessness and domestic violence, to pursue her master's degree in public administration at John Jay College.
Henry "Hank" J. Beattie was a Professor at John Jay College. He was also a retired lieutenant of the New York City Police Department whose assignments included being the Commanding Officer of the Crime Scene Unit, and Manhattan's Special Victims Unit.
Jesse Lemisch was a Professor at John Jay College. He was a pioneer during the 1960s and early 1970s, working in New Leftists social movements which demanded a more inclusive account of American history. He wrote various articles about the movement and taught at other colleges such as Baruch College and Northwestern University. His former student Steven Lubet says
"He was an outstanding historian, a great teacher, and ultimately a good friend."
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