January/February 2019








Professor Kevin Nadal has been awarded the Richard Tewksbury Award. The award, from the Western Society of Criminology, recognizes significant contributions to scholarship or activism on the intersection of crime and sexuality.


Professor Jodie Roure's experience in Puerto Rico inspires a free surgical program for the island.


Professor Anthony Carpi served on a special committee for that National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to suggest improvements to STEM Education at Minority Serving Institutions.







Friday, March 1,

10:15 A.M.

The Pre-Law Institute invites alumni interested in law school or who are practicing lawyers or judges back to John Jay for our annual Law Day event; the day will be filled with workshops about applying to law school and a luncheon featuring a keynote speaker. This will be a great opportunity for students and alumni to network with lawyers, judges and law school representatives. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Broccoli, pli@jjay.cuny.edu



Monday, March 4,

4:30 P.M. 

Deborah Blum-journalist, author, Pulitzer Prize winner, and director of MIT's science journalism program, will showcase her latest book, The Poison Squad, on how a courageous team of scientists, writers and more fought a corrupt system to make food safer for all Americans. This event is followed by a short discussion with John Jay faculty, and audience Q&A in Moot Court. Please RSVP to oar@jjay.cuny.edu



Tuesday March, 5

4:00 P.M.

JCPenney Suit Up Event

Located at the Herald Square store, JCPenney is offering students' additional savings on professional attire for John Jay students, their families, and alumni. If you have any questions, please contact Kristina Simonsen, ksimonsen@jjay.cuny.edu



Tuesday, March 5, 

5:30 P.M.

NB, 9.65

Dave Cullen, is the author of New York Times Bestseller Columbine. He covered Parkland students for Vanity Fair since the first weekend, following them around the country and into their rehearsals, their clandestine office and their homes. Cullen has also contributed to New York Times, BuzzFeed, Politico Magazine, Times of London, New Republic, Newsweek, Guardian, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Slate, Salon, The Millions, Lapham's Quarterly, and NPR's On The Media. Extensively researched and beautifully told, Parkland is a testament to change and a perceptive examination of this pivotal moment in American culture.



Wednesday, March 6,
12:00 P.M.

Looking for a job? Come to the Job Search Strategies Workshop where you'll get all the tips and insights into how to conduct a job search, look more appealing to recruiters and successfully find the job you want. Check out John Jay Careers Online for more information and to RSVP.



Thursday, March 7,

6:00 P.M.

Please join Vera Bumpers, Houston Metro Transit Authority Police Department (METRO Police Department), at the Perspective on Women in Public Safety lecture. This event is hosted by The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and The Department of Africana Studies in partnership with The Lloyd G. Sealy Library.



Friday, March 8,

8:15 A.M.

Come and celebrate National Women's History Month at the 2nd Annual Women in Law Enforcement Symposium. This event is sponsored by John Jay College Department of Public Safety and the FBI,
New York Office.



Saturday March 9,

3:30 P.M.

John Jay on the Road: SOMOS Alumni Reception in Albany

This event will be hosted by President Karol Mason and Assembly member and Alumnus Marcos Crespo. If you need more information contact Mindy Bockstein, 



Friday, March 15,

5:30 P.M. 

The 21st Jerry McCabe Fellowship Reception 

The McCabe Foundation cordially invites you to celebrate 21 years of exchanges between An Garda Siochana Irish National Police and John Jay College of Criminal Justice and our two Irish scholars for the year: Declan Egan and Edwards Henderson. For more information, please call 212-237-8624 or visit www.jjay.cuny.edu/mccabe 



Thursday, March, 21,

12:00 P.M.

Spring Career
& Internship Fair

Looking for a jump start to your career? Come to the Spring Career & Internship Fair, where you can meet with various employers who are looking to fill positions. For more information, please contact Careers@jjay.cuny.edu 



Friday, March 29, 2019 

Alumni Career Day
Co-sponsored by the Career Office, Alumni Career Day will include a mini career fair and concurrent workshops/panel discussion, a keynote speaker and express services for your resume, LinkedIn and interviews. If you have any questions please contact Rosann Santos 




















Alumna Veronica Pacheco '18 Deepens Her Understanding of the World

Veronica Pacheco, '18, was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, but when it comes to learning, the world is her classroom. "I'm a big believer in trying new things, meeting new people, traveling the world and immersing yourself in different cultures," says Pacheco. "Each new experience provides you with a new perspective."




Malcolm/King Awards
Breakfast Celebrates African-American History and Culture  

John Jay College proudly hosted the 29th annual Malcolm/King Awards Breakfast on February 22, 2019. The annual award ceremony celebrates and honors the mission set forth by Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of peace, equality, and freedom, and highlights the talent, determination, and success of John Jay students. "That's the main reason why we're here today, to uplift our next generation of leaders," said Karol V. Mason, President of John Jay. "Your academic and professional success is one of my greatest goals. It's our job to guide you and show you the way to fulfil your dreams.
But remember, once you climb up that ladder, send it back down for the next generation." Read More 




Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs The Red Flag Bill At John Jay College with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

On Monday, February 25, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Red Flag Bill into law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He was joined by many of his colleagues in New York State government, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to celebrate this new legislation, the first in the nation of its kind. His special guests, who helped give the bill a more heartfelt perspective, were Linda Beigel Schulman, who lost her son, Scott J. Beigel, in the Parkland, Florida school shooting, and Mark Barden, whose son, Daniel, was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Read More




Fainess Lipenga and Martina Vandenberg Shine a Spotlight on Labor Trafficking 

Labor trafficking thrives in the shadows. It's victims are often the most vulnerable among us, recently arrived immigrants, undocumented workers, domestic workers, the disabled, and young people. Exploited and cut off from the outside world, they're often forced to live in inhumane conditions and work endless hours with little to no pay. During National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, to help bring awareness to this often overlooked injustice, John Jay College welcomed Fainess Lipenga, an anti-trafficking survivor and advocate, to share her experiences. Lipenga was joined by Martina Vandenberg, Founder and President of the Human Trafficking Legal Center, who helped explain the problem from a legal standpoint. Read More  




Justice Trailblazers Sarah Koenig and Brittany Packnett Share Insight Into
The Power of Storytelling

Two leading, powerful voices in the field of podcasting, Sarah Koenig, host and co-creator of the award winning podcast Serial, and Brittany Packnett, activist, educator, writer, and contributor of the Webby-award winning podcast Pod Save the People took center stage at the 2019 Justice Media Trailblazer Awards Dinner on February 21, 2019. "Trailblazers are people lighting the way into new ways of storytelling. They're exposing injustices, telling us things that we should take note of," said Errol Louis, NY 1 News anchor, and emcee for the event hosted by John Jay College and The Crime Report. Read More 




Evana Alam '20 Joins Professors
Maria D'Agostino and Nicole Elias
for Gender Equity Research 

Honored about being one of the first recipients of the 2018-19 Inaugural Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award, Maria D'Agostino, Associate Professor of Public Management and Nicole Elias, Assistant Professor of Public Management, have started their research project. Co-founders of Women in the Public Sector (WPS), a John Jay organization dedicated to addressing gender issues in public service, the professors have titled their project Gender Equity in Municipalities.




Arnold Ventures Awards $1.7 Million Grant to Support Data Collaborative for Justice

Despite dramatic declines in marijuana possession arrests from their peak years for New York City and "Upstate Cities," the numbers and rates of arrests remained higher in 2017 than in 1990, according to a new report from the Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (DCJ). The report was released February 8, 2019 at a special presentation featuring Alphonso David, Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Benjamin Tucker, First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, and Jeremy Travis, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice at Arnold Ventures. Read More



John Jay Faculty Development
Day Fosters Unity and Stimulates
New Thinking

This semester's Faculty Development Day, held on January 24, provided the opportunity for faculty to come together as a community, and it gave them the chance to learn about new tools, strategies, and approaches that can help support student success and enrich the overall educational experience here at John Jay. "How do we enhance learning?" asked Provost Yi Li during a Q&A session. "Our students today are very different from the students of yesterday, and the students of tomorrow. The way we teach them must change. You are the people who will make those changes happen. I have the deepest appreciation for what you do, day in, and out." Read More 





Ramona Ferreyra (B.A. '02) was recently named as the grand prize winner of the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo & Pitch Competition for her clothing business Ojala Threads.


Command Sgt. Maj. Justin Lenz (B.S. '07) recently took part in a change of responsibility ceremony, held at the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters in Troy, NY. He is now the top enlisted soldier at the Joint Forces Headquarter in Latham and is going to be in charge of strategic plans and policy.


Crystal Priutt (M.A. '09, M.A. '13) was recently named the Chief of Staff for the 16th Legislative District. Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker says "I am thrilled to welcome back Ms. Pruitt to my staff, this time as Chief.


Chrystina Lopera (B.A. '11), Assistant District Attorney for Kew Gardens I Trial Bureau, was awarded with the DA office's 28th Annual Hal Miller Weinstein Memorial Award.


Amir Latif (B.A. '13) a police officer for the NYPD, was administered the oath of office by trustee Mark Hyer, in a December Village Hall. He has been a police officer since 2014.


Esterlin Estevez (B.A. '13) was sworn into the Parsippany Police Department. He will join the 92nd Basic Police Academy Class in January 2019. He was previously a patrolman and is a former Marine.


Qiang Chen (B.S. '18) took part in the Police Academy's graduation ceremony. He is one of 20 new police officers who are of Chinese descent. Qiang came to the United States in 2011, and is now part of the Police Academy's largest graduating class of Chinese police officers.





Ron Centamore (M.P.A '81) was a Fort Lauderdale police officer civic association president, and 2017's Distinguished Citizen. His friend and Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Steve Glassman said that Ron was: "A quiet, understated insight and wisdom for all issues in the city. I always appreciated his perspective on things; I always found him to be a really good sounding board." Centamore died at 71.





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