September 2016




Welcome To John Jay The newest cohort of John Jay freshman and transfer students - the entering class of 2016 -was formally welcomed to the college community at the annual New Student Convocation on Aug. 24, as President Jeremy Travis and other speakers exhorted them to take advantage of the resources and opportunities available to them.  Read More 

Remembering the Fallen On Sept. 9, John Jay once again paid tribute to the 68 members of the College community who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. This year, however, on the 15th anniversary of the attack, the remembrance added a somber extra dimension, with the unveiling of a plaque honoring those who have since died of illnesses stemming from their rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero.  Read More 


Professor to Serve on Independent Team Monitoring Ferguson, Mo., Consent Decree  Professor Delores Jones-Brown of John Jay College's Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, and the founding director of the College's Center on Race, Crime and Justice, will serve on an eight-member team monitoring a federal consent decree for the city of Ferguson, Mo.  Read More  

Newest VP Adds Up Steven Titan, a Certified Public Accountant and former top official with the College Board, has joined the John Jay executive staff as the new Vice President for Finance and Administration. Titan comes to John Jay after 16 years with the College Board, where he served as President and Treasurer and transformed it from a fiscally struggling organization to a financially stable and growing institution.  Read More


All the World's a Stage, as Students Showcase their Study-Abroad Experience In late July, nine John Jay students took the stage at the AITI Theater on the Lower East Side to showcase dramatic performances of creative nonfiction pieces conceived and written abroad during their recent study-abroad trip to Tanzania under the guidance of Christen Madrazo, a lecturer in the English department and assistant director of the Writing Program. Read More  

Who's Aping Who? Finding Similarities in Human and Animal Behavior With the debate between science and creationism continuing to simmer in many corners of society, John Jay Professor Nathan Lents has weighed in with his latest book, Not So Different: Finding "Human Nature" in Animals (Columbia University Press, 2016), in which he posits that human behavior and animal behavior are not as different as once believed. Read More


New Seasons Bring New Coaches

As the fall 2016 semester gets underway - and with it, the start of new seasons for student athletes - the John Jay College athletics program has added three new head coaches to its 15-sport roster. Read More


Faculty and Staff Notes


On Board

Michael C. Martinez-Sachs is John Jay's new Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. The new dean comes to John Jay from East Stroudsburg University where he was the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs. Martinez-Sachs, who holds a law degree from the University of Southern California, has also held administrative positions in student affairs and student life at LIM College,New York Institute of Technology, and Cornell University's Weill Medical College.

Meredith L. Patten
has been appointed as Executive Director of the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice (RNMJ), a multi-city initiative spearheaded by the Misdemeanor Justice Project and funded by a $3.2-million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Patten has more than 18 years of experience in the criminal justice and security fields, including consulting for such organizations as the New York State Office of Court Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Interpol, the United Nations, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.


Presenting. . .

Heath Brown (Public Management) spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, as part of a panel discussion on "Transparency and the Presidential Transition," sponsored by Public Citizen.

The Printed Page

Monica Varsanyi (Political Science) has had her latest book, Policing Immigrants:  Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines, published by the University of Chicago Press.  The book is based on three national surveys and in-depth case studies in seven cities around the United States.

Adam McKible
's (English) article "'We Return Fighting': Black Doughboys and the Battle of Representation," will be published in the fall issue of American Periodicals, the journal of the Research Society for American Periodicals.



Jennifer Dysart (Psychology) has been named to the 17-member Task Force on Eyewitness Identification formed by Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The task force will make recommendations regarding jury instructions, the use of expert testimony, and other procedures and policies to promote reliable practices for eyewitness identification and to deter unnecessarily suggestive identification procedures, which raise the risk of a wrongful conviction.

Jane Katz
(Health and Physical Education) won seven gold medals and one bronze at the inaugural USA Masters Games in Greensboro, N.C., in late July. Katz won gold in the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle; the 200- and 400-meter individual medley; and the 200-meter backstroke. She won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke.




Sept. 23, 11:00 AM

Dzul Dance: Rites of Passage

Free preview of excerpts (includes Q&A)

Presented by the CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College.

(World premiere performance: Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:00 PM) Gerald W. Lynch Theater


Sept. 26, 1:30 PM

Human Rights at the United Nations Security Council

A talk by Edward J. Flynn, Senior Human Rights Officer of the U.N. Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. Presented by the Human Rights Studies Minor.

Room 610 H


Sept. 28-30, 12:00 N

8th EAI International Conference on Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime

For program information and registration, visit 

Various campus locations.


Sept. 29, 1:00 PM  

Fall 2016 Job & Internship Fair  

For more information, call 212-237-8754.  

Gymnasium, 4th floor, Haaren Hall


Sept. 30, 10:00 AM

DeWitt Clinton Park Beautification Project

For information and registration, e-mail  

DeWitt Clinton Park,

11th Avenue between W. 52nd and W. 54th Streets



Oct. 13, 1:00 PM

Graduate & Professional School Fair

Hound Square, New Building


Oct. 13, 1:40 PM

Sociology Talks Series: "The Spatial Scale of Crime"

John Hipp, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, Planning, Policy, and Design and Sociology, University of California-Irvine.

Presented by the Department of Sociology

For location and other information, call 212-237-8666.


Oct. 13, 4:30 PM

Book Talk: "Incarceration Nations"

Professor Baz Dreisinger, Department of English

Presented by the Office for Advancement of Research

For more information, visit 

Room L63, New Building


Oct. 20, 5:30 PM

"Justice as a Second Language"

The inaugural lecture of the Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff.

For more information and registration, visit .