April 2016




Star-Studded Gala on May 23 to Help Support Students John Jay College Foundation's annual Educating for Justice Gala is an event known for honoring leaders and innovators in the pursuit of justice, and this year promises to be no different.  Read More 

First Named Professorship Established At John Jay With Funding From Ford Foundation And Atlantic Philanthropies Jeremy Travis of John Jay College announced the establishment of the Franklin A. Thomas Professorship in Policing Equity, created with $2.5 million in grants from the Ford Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies. Read More 


Alumni Reunion Celebrates the Then and Now of John Jay College alumni made their way back to their alma mater on April 15 and 16 for the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, which included a special Founding Generation symposium to celebrate Distinguished Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook. Read More  

John Jay's Team Wins First Place at the 2016 National Model United Nations Conference the 12th consecutive year, a team of John Jay students has taken on colleges and university institutions from more than 30 countries in the annual National Model United Nations (NMUN) competition, and this year the John Jay team captured the conference's top honor, the Outstanding Delegation Award. Read More


The Buck Starts Here: Professor Heath Brown's New Book Examines Money and Politics"Get big money out of politics." It's a refrain heard time and again during election season, and the 2016 Presidential campaign is no different. The corrupting influence of money on politics seems to be the only issue that Republicans and Democrats can agree on these days, with each candidate promising not to let donations dictate their decisions. Read More  

Pinkerton Fellow, Once Helped, Now Helps Others justice has always been important to Vanessa Castro-Mora, a current Pinkerton Community Fellow who has spent the past year working with the Prisoner Reentry Institute's College Initiative, a program that helps youths involved in the criminal justice system to apply for college. Read More


Superstars on the Field and in the Classroom"Next year we may need a bigger space," said John Jay President Jeremy Travis on April 11 as he welcomed scores of student-athletes to his office for a ceremony to honor those with grade-point averages of 3.2 or higher.

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John Jay Students and Faculty  Participate in Diplomacy Lab Fair in Washington, D.C. John Jay College International Criminal Justice majors traveled to Washington, D.C. during the spring semester to present posters from their Diplomacy Lab projects at the Diplomacy Lab Fair held at the U.S. Department of State. Read More


There But For Fortune. . .

For nearly 50 years, the Fortune Society has stood in the front ranks of organizations working to rebuild the lives of formerly incarcerated offenders. On April 11, John Jay College celebrated the society's forthcoming anniversary with the first public display of the gift of the Fortune Society papers. Participating in a panel discussion that accompanied the exhibit were (l.-r.) Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; Stanley Richards, Senior Vice President of Programs, the Fortune Society; John Jay President Jeremy Travis; Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg; and JoAnne Page, President and CEO, the Fortune Society. The papers are housed in the Special Collections section of the Sealy Library. For further information, contact Ellen Belcher,

Letter of the Law

Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey was the keynote speaker on April 8 for an in-depth symposium on "The Office of the State Attorney General: Powers, Duties, Careers." Harvey, the first African American to hold New Jersey's top law enforcement post, is now a partner in the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP. The event was co-sponsored by the Pre Law Institute and the Office of External Affairs, with funding from Pfizer.


Faculty and Staff Notes


On Board

Meg Reiss has been appointed as the inaugural Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution, a partnership between John Jay College and the Manhattan District Attorney's office. Reiss is a veteran prosecutor with more than two decades of high-profile experience in Brooklyn and Nassau County district attorney's offices, as well as in justice-reform efforts. Click here for the full story on her appointment.



Michele Doney (Math & Science Resource Center) presented "Adjusting the frequency:  What can we do when students don't come often enough?" at the 12th annual conference of the Association for the Tutoring Profession. She was also re-elected for a third term as secretary of the association.

Lisandro Perez (Latin American and Latina/o Studies) made several appearances on CNN in March in connection with President Obama's groundbreaking official visit to Cuba. Perez, who has an exclusivity contract with the cable network, appeared on March 20 on "Weekend Edition," with Fredricka Whitfield; on March 21 on "Newsroom," with Carol Costello; and on March 21 on "Wolf," with Wolf Blitzer.


The Printed Page

Scott Stoddart's (English) new book, The New Western: Critical Essays on the Genre since 9/11, has been published by McFarland & Co.

Heath Brown (Public Management) had his blog commentary "Why the Trump presidential transition has begun" published online in The Hill on April 13. Brown's newest book, Pay-to-Play Politics: How Money Defines the American Democracy, will be published on April 28 by Praeger (see related article above).


Preeti Chauhan (Psychology) has been named as one of the winners of the 2016 Feliks Gross Awards, presented by the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences. The award recognizes assistant professors for outstanding research, or potential for such, in the humanities or sciences, including social and life sciences.

Holly Davenport and David Pangburn (John Jay Online) earned a Bronze Award in the 37th annual Telly Awards competition for a promotional video they created to support "The Literature and Law of American Slavery," the massive, open, online course (MOOC) featuring Distinguished Professor of English John Matteson. The John Jay Online video production team competed against more than 13,000 entries from the United States and abroad.

Sylvia Mazzula (Psychology) has been chosen to provide consulting services on behalf of RISE (Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation) for Boys and Men of Color, identifying promising recommendations for research publications, interventions and solutions to improve the health and well-being of the target population. The consulting agreement runs from March 14 through Dec. 16, 2016. As part of the work, Mazzula attended a teleconference with the White House for President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative.




May 4, 3:30 PM

9th Annual PRISM Undergraduate Research Symposium

Keynote Speaker: Anastasiya Yermakova (B.S. '08), Postdoctoral Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital  

Student Dining Hall, New Building


May 5, 6:00 PM

Opening Reception for Basta!

An exhibition about art and violence in Latin America

(Exhibition runs through July 15)

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery

Preceded by a symposium on "Art and Violence in Latin America Today"

3 PM, Moot Court


May 6 , 10 AM

Spring Conference: Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Bridging the Divide

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First Floor, New Building  

May 16, 6 PM

Commencement Awards Ceremony

Room L.63, New Building


May 17 & 18, 11 AM

Graduate Salute

Presented by the Office of Student Transition Programs

Student Dining Hall, New Building


May 18, 5 PM

43rd Annual Athletics Awards Banquet

Presented by the Department of Athletics

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May 25, 5 PM

Graduate Hooding Ceremony

(Student check-in at 3:30, Student Dining Hall)

Gerald W. Lynch Theater


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