April 2020




New York City is at the epicenter of the Covid-19 health crisis, and as a New York City-based College that educates students committed to public service, our alumni, students, faculty, and staff are working on the front lines to keep our communities safe. Our “Front-Line Heroes” article series serves as a testament to the valiant efforts of our first responders and essential workers. We spoke with Landy Familia ’16 and learned more about his experience working as an Emergency Medical Technician amidst the Covid-19 health crisis. Read More





As our community, our City, and folks around the world are watching the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic unfold, many of us are experiencing feelings of fear, anxiety, and sadness. “All of these feelings are normal,” says Gerard Bryant, Ph.D., John Jay's Director of Counseling, “but there are things that we can do to help cope with the situation. We need to be mindful of our own mental health during this very challenging time.”





Senior Adjunct Professor Anthony Gentile’s incredible dedication to John Jay has spanned over four decades. As a student at the College, he earned two degrees, a bachelor’s degree in 1978 and a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2001. For the last 20 years Gentile has taught the next generation of first-responders, law enforcement agents, and fierce advocates of justice as an adjunct professor in the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management. And, he’s actively investing in the College and our students, generously donating to the College’s food pantry, the College’s Center for Private Security and Safety, and the department’s security lab. Read More





The New York Giants Touchdown Fellowship speaks directly to John Jay’s commitment to social mobility and uplifting underserved communities. Mubaraq Alli ’20, one of the inaugural recipients of the fellowship, knows just how powerful a helping hand can be for an individual or a community. And now, thanks to the New York Giants Touchdown Fellowship, he’s working with the Bronx Defenders, a public defender non-profit based in the Bronx, New York to help communities and advance criminal and social justice reform. Read More





After teaching online courses for over 15 years, Beata Potocki, Ph.D., knows some of the best strategies for successful distance learning. The John Jay Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and Faculty Fellow in Online Pedagogies, Teaching and Learning Center has now converted her regular in-person classes to distance-learning classes, while also continuing her regularly scheduled online classes. Read More





Jehovahnie Saint Rose ’22, a John Jay honors student and Philosophy major from Baldwin, New York, knows that by filling out the 2020 Census underrepresented communities can make a powerful impact on their future. Over the last few months, as a member of the CUNY Census Corps, she’s helped provide essential Census information to historically undercounted communities across New York. “I helped at a Census teach-in session in Harlem and I was surprised to see that so many in attendance had heard of the Census, but they didn’t really know its purpose,” says Saint Rose. Read More





Jonathan Jacobs, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of the Department of Philosophy, can empathize with students and faculty feeling disappointed about the sudden change to the spring semester. Like everyone, his plans have also been drastically altered by the current Covid-19 situation, which created a sudden shift to his future academic research plans. “I was recently awarded a Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society to support a period of study and collaborative research in Australia and the United Kingdom,” he says, “but both are now postponed." Read More





Honors student Denny Boodha ’22, a Criminology and Forensic Psychology major from Long Island, New York, admits that he initially didn’t know the essential role the Census plays in helping communities. “I spoke to a friend who works with the Census and I got the rundown on the importance of the 2020 Census,” says Boodha. “It impacts all the resources and programming available to our communities.” Read More





Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College, and Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the American Arbitration Association-International Center for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) Foundation, Inc., for the Mental Health Communication and Conflict Resolution Resource Platform for U.S. Libraries. 



In Memoriam 


Albert (Al) Petrocelli (B.S. ’79) a retired FDNY Battalion Chief and John Jay alumnus whose son was killed in the 9/11 attacks, passed away earlier this month as a result of Covid-19. He joined the FDNY in 1973 and with the GI Bill graduated from John Jay College. Petrocelli was a beloved and well-respected member of his community. We offer our condolences to his wife Ginger, son Al Jr., daughter-in-law Andrea, grandchildren, and extended family and friends.


We are deeply saddened to announce the tragic passing of John Jay student Javaney Daley. A junior majoring in Criminal Justice, Daley had recently transferred to John Jay College after earning an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Kingsborough Community College. 






May 1-May 10

The 2020 Research & Creativity Expo will be presented through a variety of online platforms, webinars, and Zoom symposia, organized by the programs listed here. John Jay College undergraduate and graduate students will participate in the online 2020 Research & Creativity Expo, displaying works that cover a multitude of disciplines and led by dedicated faculty. Projects range from one to two semester-long capstone projects to long-term student-faculty collaborative work leading to publications, theses, or other proposals.



Monday, May 4

4:00-7:00 p.m.

An online celebration of our PRISM Undergraduate Researchers at John Jay. Presentations by our Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Alejandro Ocampo ’20 and our keynote speaker, John Jay and PRISM alumna, Olivia Orta '07, MPH, ScD. Orta will discuss her career trajectory from John Jay College to Harvard University, while sharing lessons learned along the way. PRISM students will present five-minute talks about their research on topics including forensic science, toxicology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, and computer science. For more information: rfriedman@jjay.cuny.edu



Thursday, May 7

8:00 a.m. | Zoom

This session aims to provide the necessary mindset and focus for recognizing and utilizing opportunities to create a constructive future, and new normal for the conflict resolution field. To RSVP, email: mvolpe@jjay.cuny.edu



May 7 and May 21

4:00 p.m. | Zoom

A Remote Arts Series on Human Resilience and Criminal Justice Reform is a three-part participatory public event to explore the potential for art to build bridges and create positive social change. This series will be recorded to be later featured on a podcast dedicated to the theme.














Please keep us informed of your whereabouts by sending us your updated contact information.

This helps us keep you informed about events and opportunities in your area.

New baby?

Just married?

Career updates?

Share your good news to include

in our class notes.





Send your faculty and staff updates to: news@jjay.cuny.edu



John Jay College | 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019