April 2019 



John Jay College has named its 2019 Faculty Recognition Award Recipients. Jill Grose FiferEloísa Monteoliva-García and Matthew Perry have received the Distinguished Teaching award. Michael Yarbrough was named the Distinguished Faculty Service to Students awardee. And Rebecca Weiss and Lissette Delgado-Cruzata were recognized for Outstanding Scholarly Mentoring.


The book Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behaviors: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy, by Peggilee Wupperman has been published by Guilford Press.


Kevin Nadal has received the Thought Leader Award for Book Publication from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Program.


Kevin T. Wolff has been named the Feliks Gross Award recipient for his outstanding research in criminal justice from the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences.




May 1-10, 2019

& Creativity Expo

From May 1 to 10
John Jay students will participate in the 2019 Research & Creativity Expo. Over 460 presentations and performances will be on display. Projects range from one to two semester-long capstone projects to long-term student-faculty collaborative work leading to publications, theses, or other proposals. Learn more 


Thursday, May 2, 

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Law School Debunked 

PLI-Proskauer: Lawyering for Social Justice


Thursday, May 2, 

5:00 p.m. 

Acing Your Next Interview  

This workshop is designed to review key strategies and best practices for common interview questions and prepare you for success in your next interview!  

Register Here  


May 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m. 

Street Scene 

The College of Performing Arts at The New School presents a Mannes Opera production of Kurt Weill's Street Scene. FREE TICKETS for the John Jay Community distributed starting at 6:30pm.    


Monday, May 6,
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Conversation with Bob Pollin and Kate Aronoff on the Economics of the Green New Deal

Pollin is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a fellow at the Sanders Institute. Aronoff is a John Jay Economics graduate student and a Brooklyn-based journalist.


Thursday, May 9, 

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Town Hall Meeting 

Join President Karol V. Mason, Faculty Senate President Ned Benton and Student Government President Jasmine Awad.


Friday, May 10,
NYC Service Year Career Expo

Connect with professionals, employers and grad schools.
Learn more  


Thursday, May 23, 

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Graduate Hooding Ceremony & Reception

*All graduating Master's students (students receiving Master's Degrees only) who are candidates for graduation are invited to participate in the Graduate Hooding Ceremony.

Learn More  


Wednesday, May 29,  

Commencement 2019 















2019 Alumni Reunion Celebrates
the Past, Present, and Future
of John Jay College

The 2019 Alumni Reunion on April 4, 2019 gathered alumni, faculty, staff, and current students to share in their bloodhound pride, and honor this year's alumni award recipients: Outstanding Young Alumnus, Mario Benabe; Distinguished Faculty Award Winner, Professor Bettina Murray, Ph.D.; and Distinguished Alumnus, Peter J. Mancuso. Prior to the awards dinner, attendees split up into meetup groups, such as McNair Scholars, the Founding Generation, Pre-Law, and NYPD Law Enforcement, to mingle, relive their John Jay memories, take photos, and network. We spoke with several attendees to learn why this Alumni Reunion event was so special for them. Read More 




Congresswoman Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez Captivates
the Audience at John Jay College 

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, John Jay students started lining up at 8:00 in the morning, all in anticipation of seeing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Gerald W. Lynch Theater was packed with excited students, faculty, and staff ready to hear from the U.S. Representative from New York's 14th Congressional District. "I'm so excited to see A.O.C. because, I see a lot of myself in her, especially coming from a low-income background," said John Jay senior Lisa Cho '19. "Her ascent means that we are open to diversifying fields that once were thought to be only for white, elite men. Seeing her in this position is really amazing." Read More 




Professor Kevin Nadal Wins Richard Tewksbury Award for Advocacy Work

Professor of Psychology Kevin Nadal, Ph.D., knows he's had an impact on the world of psychology, he sees the results manifesting itself in his student's success, but he was taken by surprise when it was announced that he won the Richard Tewksbury Award from the Western Society of Criminology (WSC). The accolade is awarded to someone who has made significant contributions to the intersection of sexuality, crime and justice. "It's an award specifically given to someone who starts advocacy work regarding gender and sexuality," said Nadal. "It was incredibly special for me to win this award, because as a psychologist, I didn't know that my work could have an impact in criminology." Read More




CUNY Community College Leaders Discuss the CUNY Justice Academy

"The CUNY Justice Academy has become an essential pipeline, making sure that students coming from community colleges, particularly those focused in the justice fields, have a pathway and clear roadmap for obtaining their four-year degree at John Jay College," said President Karol V. Mason at the CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) Summit on March 18, 2019. This convening brought together leadership from seven CUNY community college partners. Their objective: to review CJA's progress, look forward to CJA's future goals, and reaffirm their commitment to serving CJA students. Read More  




The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution Hosts Rachel Barkow, Author of Prisoners of Politics

With the goal of reimagining the role of prosecutors within communities, the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP), hosted its first public program for the Executive Session on The Role of the Prosecutor on April 11, 2019. Karol V. Mason, President of John Jay College, introduced the day's special speaker and inaugural lecturer for the Executive Session, Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Police, NYU Law School and Faculty Director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law. Read More 




Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz '05 Inspires John Jay Students
to Reach for their Dreams

As part of their leadership development, a group of ¡Adelante! students helped plan and execute an important event at John Jay on April 11, 2019, the homecoming of alumna Catalina Cruz '05, a woman who grew up a Dreamer and is now a New York State Assemblywoman. "I'm sitting here remembering what it was like to apply, be accepted, and actually come to John Jay. Back then I didn't have many choices because I was undocumented. And I wondered to myself, how can I still get a great education and help provide for my mom?" Cruz said to the crowd. "John Jay gave me a shot at getting out into the world with a good education, and a clear picture of where I wanted to go." Read More 




John Jay College Gears Up for its 2019 Research & Creativity Expo

"As a College focused on issues of justice, our commitment to scholarly research is an integral part of our institutional mission," says President Karol V. Mason. "The data and information generated by our community has the power to change the way people think and behave, fostering new policies and practices, and ultimately encouraging societal evolution." That's why, as a community, we're excited and proud to be convening this year's Research & Creativity Expo May 1-10. The annual event celebrates the College's thriving research community with over 460 exhibits and performances, representing every field of study at the College, from Psychology and Mathematics, to English and Music. Read More 




Connie Bolden '20 Overcomes
Domestic Violence and Sets
Her Sights on Law School

Listening to John Jay's Pre-Law Institute (PLI) students read their law school personal statements can stir up a lot of feelings. These students write about topics that are affecting our students' everyday lives, parents being deported, beating cancer, facing down discrimination, and surviving civil war. Any law school would be extremely fortunate to have one of these students attend their institution, and their personal statements exemplify experiences and voices that are desperately needed to diversify the bar. But one personal essay presented at our most recent PLI Boot Camp revealed a unique voice of perseverance and strength. Her story was so compelling that it unanimously won the PLI Boot Camp personal statement contest. It was the voice of Connie Bolden '20, a 64-year-old John Jay student who survived repeated acts of domestic violence, who struggles with housing insecurity, and still manages to stay the course at John Jay. She envisions herself going to law school and using her legal degree to help other survivors such as herself. Read More 





Miranda Barnes (B.A. '18) was featured in Vice magazine's #BlackLove series. Her photography "employs a street-style approach to capturing black love" and gives her subjects a sense of validation.


Juleika Solano (B.S. '15) is now the new Deputy Director of the Bloomingdale Family Program of Upper Manhattan.


Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar (M.A. '07) has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Purdue University in the Department of Computer & Information Technology.


Orlando Perez (B.A. '05) has been appointed to the Chester Town Board in Chester, New York.


Christopher Hetner (B.S. '02), will serve as the new special advisor for cyber risk for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).


John Quaranto (B.S. '88) has retired from the United States Marshals Service after serving in the agency for 30 years.


Bob Hinrichs (B.S. '78) was elected to the Hackettstown Town Council in Hackettstown, New Jersey.





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