October 2022




“I actually came here as a dreamer. I had no papers, no documents, and no money, but I was determined to make it because I knew this land was one of opportunity,” says Ralph Clement ’20Read More




Lissette Delgado-Cruzata, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular biology and Fulbright scholar, has been researching breast cancer health outcomes and disparities for Brown and Black Brazilian women in collaboration with Brazil’s National Cancer Institute. Read More





For the second year in a row, John Jay College of Criminal Justice was named a Fulbright HSI Leader for its activities as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that encourages its students to take part in international educational experiences. Read More





After graduation, Lia Guzman ’23 knows exactly what she wants to accomplish. “I want to work in public service and uplift marginalized communities,” says the law and society major. Read More





“I grew up wanting something different for myself,” says Stephen Hagan ’92, Executive Vice President and Director of Investment Oversight at BNY Mellon. “I knew going to college would help open doors and create opportunities for me. Coming to John Jay changed my life and set me up for success. Read More





As the daughter of immigrants, Juliana Figueroa ’23 knows the importance of having someone who can speak your language. That’s why she wants to be a voice for Latinx immigrant communities. Read More





Michael Mastronardy ’79, Ocean County Sheriff, was applauded for his tech-forward thinking after adopting the IGAN 2.0 Incident Command System in the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. The system provides detailed intelligence to on-scene law enforcement. 


Fausto Pichardo ’99, former NYPD Chief of Patrol, joined the New Orleans Police Department as Consulting Chief of Operations.


After 17 months out of the ring, Heather “The Heat” Hardy ’05 returned for Boxing Insider’s “New Beginnings” card in New York, where she defeated Calista Silgado during the main event.


Sarah M. Manchak, Ph.D., ’05, published “A Data-Driven Response to the Addiction Crisis in Hamilton County, Ohio” in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. The article examines the efforts and impact of the Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition’s pre-arrest diversion and deflection programs in Ohio.


Richard T. Piszczatowski’s ’11, M.D., Ph.D. thesis work discovered a new way of characterizing and purifying unique and rare cell types using the sugars on their surface. This work led to article publication in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, U.S. and international patents, and a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.


Chanel D. Weathers ’14, director of education and employment at Lantern Community Services, was recently named to Marquis Who’s Who in recognition of her career as a service professional.


Marlene Ramirez ’21 was appointed administrative assistant at the Department of Human Rights.


Jehovahnie Saint Rose ’22 was named a legal assistant at the Law Office of Rosemarie Barnett, PLLC.





NYPD Detective Investigator and John Jay adjunct professor Adrian S. Goodwin received the 2022 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest volunteer service award under the Biden-Harris administration.


Edgardo Sanabria-Valentín, Ph.D. was named a winner of Labster's 2022 STEM Excellence Awards, which recognizes 10 educators from across the globe for blazing a trail of innovation and development of student-centered learning programs.


Professor Susan Kang, Ph.D., was named Chair of the Department of Political Science.


Associate Professor Benjamin Bierman, Ph.D., released Songs for Aunt Mary, a new record of nine compositions for solo piano. He was also a guest on the Hudson Institute panel “How the Copyright System Works for Musicians Today.”


Professor Deborah Koetzle, Ph.D., won the 2022 Marguerite Q. Warren & Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award from the ASC Division on Corrections and Sentencing.


Professor Hung-En Sung, Ph.D., and his team won the American Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Experimental Field Trial Award for their fieldwork in Honduras on the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy for preventing recidivism.



In Memoriam


Israel Rosenfield, Ph.D., Professor of History, passed away on October 11th. A renowned scholar, Rosenfield contributed much to our John Jay community, inspiring peers and students over the last five decades.


In the Media


Your Democracy - with Gloria Browne-Marshall

Constitutional Law Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall leads this animated series from WHYY (Philadelphia) which explores the U.S. Constitution and how it impacts our daily lives. Segments are available here.





Thursday, November 17

Annual Day of Giving

Help raise money for students facing food and housing insecurity by supporting our Student Emergency Fund all month long.


Thursday, November 3

4:30 p.m. | NB, L.63

Book Talk with Professor Evan Mandery

Join us for a book talk with Professor Evan Mandery as he discusses his new book Poison Ivy: How Elite Colleges Divide UsRegister here.


Thursday, November 3

6:30 p.m. | Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Crossroads of Youth

This Byeonsa theatrical event brings together Korea’s oldest surviving silent film, Crossroads of Youth, live musicians, actors, and storytelling, for a dynamic multimedia experience. Register here.


Tuesday, November 8

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. | Online

Is Iran on the Verge of a Revolution?

A conversation about the widespread protests—often led by women—that have broken out in Iran. Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the International Crime & Justice MA program, and the Human Rights Master’s and Minor programs. Register here.


Thursday, November 10

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | NB, Hound Square

2022 Graduate and Professional School Fair

Students and alumni are invited to meet with admission representatives from graduate schools across the country. Register here.











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