September 2019




Evan Mandery, Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, and his Twitch series Artificial won a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media.    


Allison Pease has been named Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness.


Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Africana Studies, was honored at the New York City African Heritage Diaspora Celebration for uplifting the voices of the marginalized, and embodying the spirit of community building and human rights.






Friday, October 4 

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

NB, Moot Court  

2019 Forensic
Science Symposium

Integrating Contemporary Forensic Science Methods in the Modern Criminal Justice System. For more information:


Saturday, October 5 

8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

NB, Room 05.67
Reconstruction Workshop

Shooting reconstruction is a complex endeavor, requiring a thorough knowledge of bullets, firearms, and the physics of impact dynamics. This workshop will attempt to elucidate some of the situations encountered and offer solutions to questions that arise at shooting scenes.
For more information:


Thursday, October 10 

12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 

NB, Hound Square 

Graduate and
Professional School Fair

If law school or graduate school is a part of your post-graduate plans, then be sure to attend the Graduate School Fair. Recruiters representing some of the top graduate and law programs will be eager to chat with you.
For more information:


Thursday, October 10 

4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. 

NB, Moot Court 

Book Talk: The Last Fish Swimming: The Global Crime of Illegal Fishing

John Jay Assistant Professor
of Criminal Justice Gohar Petrossian presents the main points of her book followed
by an audience Q&A. 



Thursday, October 11- 

Saturday, October 13 

The 20th New Yorker Festival

A weekend of conversations
and performances onstage in New York City. Free Tickets for the John Jay Community.


Tuesday, October 15 

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Haaren Hall, Room 630
Meet the Commissioner:
Deanne Criswell, NYC Emergency Management

This talk promises to be a mix
of "get acquainted" and an early look at her priorities and direction for the agency.


Tuesday, October 15 

6:00 p.m. 

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Book Talk: Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System

At 16 years old, Cyntoia Brown-Long was sentenced to life in prison. After spending 15 years in the American prison system, Cyntoia sits down with Dr. "Tea" Traci E. Alexander for a candid talk about her experience.


Wednesday, October 16 

7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 

Gerald W. Lynch Theater
TimesTalks with John Grisham and Preet Bharara

The duo will discuss Grisham's upcoming novel The Guardians, about an innocent man who was framed, convicted, and sent to prison for life, and the group of lawyers who's mission it is to exonerate their clients who have been wrongfully convicted. RSVP Here 


Saturday, October 19 

10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Family Palooza

The Office of Student Transition Programs invites you to attend Family Palooza, a campus-wide celebration in honor of parents, siblings, grandparents, and all extended family. Space is limited.
For more information: 





Tuesday, October 22 

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

NB, L.61
Guest Speaker:
Vidal Guzman

Incarceration through
the lens of Vidal Guzman.


Thursday, October 31 

1:40 p.m.-2:50 p.m.

NB, Room L2.84 

Day of the Dead Lecture-Remembering El Paso





















ACE Alumna Yasmin Damblu '19 Pursues
a Master's Degree with Hopes of Uplifting Underprivileged Adolescents

Yasmin Damblu '19 is the kind of student that never lets anything block her pathway to success. Growing up in East New York, Brooklyn, where she lived in public housing with her two older brothers, twin sister, and single mother, wasn't easy. The neighborhood was tough, money was tight, and the dream of earning a bachelor's degree seemed elusive. But that changed when Damblu was accepted to John Jay College, and received a postcard about the College's new Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) program.
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Academic Year Kickoff Celebrates 

Student Success and Highlights the Transformative Power of Education

To start the academic year off right, President Karol V. Mason hosted an Academic Year Kickoff event on August 27, highlighting the incredible achievements of our entire John Jay community. "We're here today to connect the dots," said Mason. "We're going to connect the dots between where we've been, what's coming up, and where we hope to go in the future. We're here to reinvigorate our passion for enriching the lives of our students. And, we're here to celebrate our successes as a community." Read More 




Celebrating the Official Opening
of John Jay's Immigrant Student
Success Center

There was a very special reason why numerous City University of New York (CUNY) leaders, public officials, and John Jay students, faculty, staff, and alumni all gathered for breakfast on September 9. The breakfast was the official opening of John Jay's Immigrant Student Success Center (ImSSC), the first of its kind in the CUNY system. The Center was created specifically to provide legal, academic, financial, and socioemotional support to immigrant, undocumented, DACA, TPS, and refugee students, along with students in mixed-status families. Read More  




John Jay Community Honors
9/11 Victims through Tribute Events

To commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, John Jay held several events honoring the lives lost because of the terrorist attack, recalling their service, reflecting on the day, and reaffirming our commitment to help serve each other. To kick off the tributes, President Karol V. Mason spoke about the events and their importance for John Jay. "As a community, we gather to pay tribute to our John Jay family members who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001," said Mason. "Every time you stand up for justice, every time you help those in need, every time that you attend a class with the hope of making the world a safer, better, more just place, you're honoring their memory." Read More




Associate Professor Isabel Martinez Provides Insight on Independent Mexican Teenage Migrants in Her Book Talk

In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, John Jay is hosting events recognizing the important contributions of the Latinx community. Among the most highly anticipated, was Associate Professor Isabel Martinez's book talk on Becoming Transnational Youth Workers: Independent Mexican Teenage Migrants and Pathways of Survival and Social Mobility held on September 25. Read More 




John Jay Research Directors
Tackle Tough Criminal Justice Issues

As an institution focused on fighting injustices, raising awareness about social inequities, and creating a fairer criminal justice system, one of our strongest tools for change is research data. That's why, on September 23, the eve of our 2019 Smart on Crime Innovations Conference, four of our world-renowned research center directors, along with an inspiring alumnus, gathered together to discuss their experiences, their research, and their hopes for the future. Read More 




Convocation 2019 Inspires John Jay's Newest Students to Pursue Their Dreams

John Jay's commitment to educating fierce advocates for justice grows stronger every year. This semester, we welcomed 2,037 freshmen and 2,001 transfer students to the John Jay family. To celebrate, the College hosted its Convocation ceremony on August 26, representing the start of an exciting new journey for the students. Read More 




CUSP Welcomes Seniors,
Offering Them a Clear Path to Success

To help John Jay seniors start their final year on the right foot, the Completion for Upper-division Students Program (CUSP), held its Senior Year Welcome Event on September 4. Students were able to partake in a casual meet-and-greet on the Jay Walk, grab a bite to eat, take photos, and learn more about the academic and professional resources available to them through the program. CUSP's goal is to ensure that John Jay seniors have the support and resources they need to make it across the graduation finish line and fulfill their career and life goals after earning their degrees. Read More 





LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson (B.A. '75) was elected President of the Board of Certification of Genealogists, the credentialing body on which she has served as a trustee since 2016.


Seema Iyer (B.A. '93) is the cohost of a brand new podcast, The Court TV Podcast, which debuted last month.


Elyse Josephson (M.S. '99) has retired from the Westchester County Department of Probation after 19 years of service.


Lymari Casta (M.A. '00) has opened her own law practice in the Bronx, New York, focusing exclusively on immigration law.


Kelley Zienowicz (M.A. '03) has been named Chief Morris County Sheriff's Officer, the highest-level Officer position in the Sheriff's Office Bureau of Law Enforcement. The promotion makes her the highest-ranking woman in the Morris County Sheriff's Office and the sole female chief in Morris County.


Benjamin Beiro (B.A. '11) has been recognized for his heroism, after reviving a marathon runner in New York City's Central Park.


Melissa Carney (M.A. '15) has been promoted to Patrol Shift Supervisor for the Branford Police Department.


Isabel Arustamyan (B.A. '18) has enrolled at Saint John's University School of Law to pursue her law degree.



In Memoriam


We're sad to report the passing of Mary DePiano Rothlein Goldstein,

John Jay's former Vice President of Planning and Development under President Lynch and a member of the CUNY family for many years. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.





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