July/August 2019




Ellen Hartigan has been appointed Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs (EMSA) for the upcoming academic year. She will serve in the role while the College conducts
a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.   


Rubina Shafi has been named the new General Manager of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.


Simon Baatz, Professor
of History, recently gave a lecture at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. The subject of his talk was police malfeasance and political corruption in New York in the early
20th century. 





Monday, August 26, 

4:00 p.m.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

2019 New Student Convocation

Faculty, students, and administrators officially welcome new students

to the John Jay College community.
For more information:


Tuesday, August 27, 

Community Hour

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Academic Year Kickoff
Join President Karol V. Mason in this year's kickoff event celebrating student
and faculty success.
The event will feature a conversation with John B. King Jr., President & CEO, The Education Trust, and former U.S. Secretary of Education. 


Tuesday, September 3, 

1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Free Speech,

Faculty Teach-in

The Teaching and Learning Center invite faculty to a teach-in on free speech.

The event encourages open discussion of free speech as it affects faculty, students, and staff, as well as of current events that disrupt traditional interpretations of free speech.


Thursday, September 5, 

4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

OAR Book Talk  

Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum will discuss her latest book The Poison Squad with John Jay Professors Nathan Lents and Gerald Markowitz.


Monday, September 9,

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
John Jay College
Flag Tradition
Join the John Jay College community and plant 3,000 flags on the Jay Walk

in honor of those who died
on September 11, 2001.
For more information: 



Tuesday, September 10, 1:45 p.m. 

9/11 Fallen
Heroes Ceremony

John Jay College pays
tribute to our 9/11 fallen heroes. The 18th anniversary commemoration ceremony will take place in Memorial Hall during community hour.


Wednesday, September 11,
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Citywide Pack-A-Thon

This 9/11, join more than 2,100 New Yorkers from

40+ organizations to assemble healthy dry meals for those in need. The event is on the Intrepid Sea,
Air & Space Museum.
Space is limited.


Thursday, September 19,

6:00 p.m.
Alumni Event: Networking Under the Stars

The Office of Alumni Relations is hosting a
panel discussion and alumni networking event in the

Faculty/Staff Dining Room 

in the New Building.

For more information: alumni@jjay.cuny.edu


Tuesday, September 24
Wednesday, September 25 

Smart on Crime Innovations
Conference 2019

The conference highlights
the progress being made to move communities toward
a smarter, fairer, and more effective justice system.
Register Here   


Thursday, September 26


Friday, September 27 

Cash Register Justice
The Center on Media, Crime & Justice presents Covering the Hidden Costs of the Justice System, a symposium and workshop for journalists.


Friday, October 4, 2019

Alumni Career Day

The day will include a mini career fair and concurrent workshops/panel discussions. There will also be a keynote speaker discussing ways to step out of your comfort zone.





















J Journal, John Jay College's award-winning literary magazine









Donauta Watson-Starcevic '18 Helps Raise
the Voice of the Undocumented in

Dreaming Out Loud Anthology

Growing up, Donauta Watson-Starcevic '18 had her life all planned out. She was going to go to college and become a lawyer. To make her dreams come true, in high school, she earned good grades, excelled during mock trial competitions, and was student body president. But her plans came to a halt when she learned that she was undocumented. "Finding out I was undocumented completely changed my life," said Watson-Starcevic, who was born in Jamaica and came to the United States when she was six years old. "You have these goals and dreams for yourself, you have this idea of who you want to become, and in an instant, it's taken away from you. I didn't choose to come here, but yet I was being punished for this thing I had no control over." Read More 




John Jay Applauds Our 2019 Scholarship, Fellowship, and Grant Winners

This past 2018-2019 academic year was an extraordinary one for John Jay students and alumni. In May, the largest class in John Jay's history graduated from the College, joining our 65,000+ alumni network. We also saw several of our students and alumni win scholarships, fellowships, and grants.  

Read More 




The Prisoner Reentry Institute Celebrates Its Annual College

Initiative Graduation

The Prisoner Reentry Institute's (PRI) College Initiative (CI) has helped over 1,400 criminal justice-involved men and women enroll in college in hopes of earning a higher education degree. This year 31 CI graduates obtained their associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, one law degree, and one doctorate degree. It was one of the largest graduating classes in the program's history. To celebrate the achievements of the students, the entire PRI/CI community held a graduation ceremony on June 27. The graduates were surrounded by many of their supporters, their family and friends, their devoted counselors and mentors, and the program's steadfast stakeholders including: Rossana Rosado, New York Secretary of State; and David Weprin, New York State Assembly Member. Read More  




Dara Byrne, Associate Provost

and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Explores the Future of

Minority Serving Institutions

The Center for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) recently announced their second cohort of MSI Aspiring Leaders. And, Dara Byrne, Ph.D., John Jay's Associate Provost for Undergraduate Retention and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, was proudly selected as one of the Center's new MSI Aspiring Leaders. The two-year fellowship program connects prominent MSI leaders with mid-career aspiring leaders, with the aim of preparing the next generation of MSI presidents. "John Jay is an MSI and has a large student population at the College that identifies as a minority," says Byrne. "This program will provide me with the skills and networks I need to help John Jay students and make the College community better." Read More  



Gerald Markowitz Shines a

Light on Corporate Bad Behavior

Distinguished Professor of History Gerald Markowitz, Ph.D., and his longtime writing partner David Rosner, Ph.D., a Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, have been researching industrial pollution and contaminants since the early 1970s. Their first jointly authored book, Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Occupational Disease in Twentieth-Century America, explored historical evidence of the lung disease silicosis, which is the hardening of the lungs due to inhaling dust found in sand or rock. Thanks to Deadly Dust, Markowitz and Rosner came to the attention of lawyers, bringing workplace safety lawsuits on behalf of construction workers suffering from silicosis, launching a long career of research and expert testimony on occupational disease and toxic substances. Read More 




Veteran Melvin Gomez '19 Overcomes Afghanistan War Injuries and Thrives

During President Karol V. Mason's 2019 commencement speech,
she highlighted the stories of three graduating seniors who the crowd could easily identify with: a Dreamer, a future law school student, and an inspiring veteran. That veteran was deployed to Afghanistan five times. In Afghanistan,
he suffered a traumatic brain injury, a back injury, and a neck injury, but as Mason said during her speech, none of this stopped him from earning his degree with a 3.8 G.P.A. "And, he's not done yet," Mason announced to a cheering crowd. "He's back at John Jay getting his M.P.A." We sat down with retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Melvin Gomez, who is also a SUNY Binghamton and Bronx Community College graduate, to learn more about his service, his journey, and his dreams. Read More 




Teaching a Writing Workshop

at Otisville Correctional Facility

For the first time, the Prisoner Reentry Institute's Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP) program hosted a series of summer workshops and seminars for P2CP students. John Jay's Senior Editor/Writer, Andrea Dawn Clark, was given the honor of teaching a creative writing workshop to the students.
For her allotted three-hour session she detailed her journey as a professional writer, facilitated a discussion about two acclaimed short stories that the students read beforehand in preparation of the class, and guided the students through a creative writing exercise. Read More 






Salomon Montaguth (M.P.A. '17) published a poetry book in Spanish
titled Neblina.  


John Mueller (M.S. '17) has been named the new Police Commissioner of Yonkers, New York. His appointment comes after serving 25 years with the Yonkers Police Department.


Kristy Sanandres (B.A. '12) has been elected as a member of Stage One, the young professional leadership arm of the Hartford Stage governing body.


Natalia Kapitonova (B.A. '08) has been named "Professional of the Year" at the 8th annual Peru to the World Expo.


Anthony Schembri (M.A. '77) has been appointed to serve as advisor for India's Center of Criminology and Public Policy Committee. The committee will develop research-based law enforcement techniques to better policing tactics.



In Memoriam


Fred Wright, Ph.D., a retired Professor Emeritus of Psychology, has recently passed away. The John Jay community sends our condolences to his wife of 56 years, Phyllis Wright, and the entire Wright family.


Thomas Santoro '88, a John Jay Alumnus and Detective in the New York Police Department (NYPD), has passed away from 9/11-related cancer. Throughout his career with the NYPD he worked in various divisions including the Police Academy and Counterterrorism Division.





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