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September 2008 NEWSLETTER



College Names New
Dean of Engineering

Dr. Tim Ward

Dr. Tim Ward has been named the new dean of Manhattan College's school of engineering. Ward previously served as professor of civil engineering and chair of the department of civil engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He earned his bachelor's degree in geological engineering at the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno; his master's degree in geological engineering at the University of Nevada; and a doctorate in civil engineering at Colorado State University. At UNM, Ward also had been in the roles of associate director of WERC (a consortium for environmental education and technology development) and assistant vice president for research. Read.


Acclaimed Authors To Speak at Manhattan in Celebration of Communication Department

James Patterson

Michael Ledwidge

Best-selling authors James Patterson '69 (left) and Michael Ledwidge '92 (right) will speak at Manhattan College on Tuesday, Sept. 9, highlighting the official launch of the College's “next generation” communication department in the school of arts. The department is designed for students planning to enter the rapidly evolving field of mass communication, and features state-of-the-art facilities, outstanding faculty and an updated curriculum. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Following their talk, Patterson and Ledwidge will conduct a book signing. Read.


Movie The Greatest Films at Manhattan

The Greatest

Cameras rolled, spotlights beamed and aspiring young starlets fell in love on the Quad as Manhattan's campus transformed into a movie set for a day on Aug. 18. The one-day, 14-hour shoot for the independent film The Greatest, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon, brought nearly 60 crew members and 100 extras to campus for the 24th of 25 days of filming. The archway, classrooms in De La Salle and Miguel Halls, and the third floor locker room in Alumni Hall were used for nine scenes. Read.



Chemical Engineering Receives High Praise by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Manhattan College's chemical engineering program fourth in the specialty category of best undergraduate engineering programs. The College's ranking appears in the print and online versions of U.S. News & World Report 's 2009 edition of America's Best Colleges released this week. This isn't the first time the College's chemical engineering program has received a top spot in the popular survey. In the 2006 edition, Manhattan's program ranked fifth in the same category. Overall, the College's school of engineering earned a peer review rating of 2.9 and was ranked 38th among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's. Read.


Holocaust Resource Center Expands Internet Presence

The Holocaust Resource Center (HRC) is using its Web site to fulfill its mission. This past summer, the HRC employed rabbinical student Joshua Franklin to put the center's collection of resources on the Internet. Dozens of clips of Holocaust survivors discussing their experiences, along with some of their writings, art and poetry can be found Here, along with both clips and entire public lectures given by the many famous speakers who have come to the campus over the past decade. The site also includes the reactions of students to encountering Holocaust survivors and participating in Holocaust educational projects. The HRC intends for the enhanced site to be the centerpiece of its outreach to the public.


Annual Career Fair Slated for Oct. 15

Representatives from more than 100 companies converge on campus on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. in Draddy Gymnasium to speak with interested students and alumni about job opportunities, internships or co-op positions. On-the-spot interviews and résumé reviews are available. Many of our company representatives are alumni. Coordination of the event and our enthusiastic alumni volunteers are led by Ken Kelly '54. To participate as an exhibitor or attendee, call Ken at (201) 265-4416 or Jessica Caron in the center for career development at (718) 862-7399 or e-mail


Fall Blood Drive

The fall blood drive will be held on Monday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 12:30-6:00 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. It is sponsored by Lasallian Collegians and the office of campus ministry and social action. For more information, please call (718) 862-7142.



Chemical Engineering Professor
Leads Preparation for Upcoming
AIChE Conference

Dr. Nada Marie Assaf-Anid, professor of chemical engineering, has been serving as chair of the programming board of the environmental division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She has led the scheduling of a record number of sessions, including an exciting program coming up at the Centennial 2008 Annual Meeting on Nov. 16-21 in Philadelphia. Read.


Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Dr. Mohammad Naraghi, professor of mechanical engineering, presented the paper “A CFD-RTE Model for Thermal Analysis of Regeneratively Cooled Rocket Engines” at the 44th AIAA Propulsion Conference in Hartford, Conn., July 21-23. He also chaired three sessions in modeling of liquid propulsion systems during the conference.

Dr. Joan Cammarata, professor of Spanish, organized and chaired two sessions April at the 2008 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Buffalo, N.Y. The sessions included Fashioning Feminine Identity in Early Modern Spain and Cervantes Don Quixote: The Discourse of Culture and History.

Dr. William Merriman, dean of education, and Br. Augustine Nicoletti, assistant professor of education, received a Gold Hermes Creative Award for their article “Teaching Millennial Generation Students,” which appeared in the April/May 2007 issue of Momentum .

Dr. Nicholas De Lillo, professor of mathematics and computer science, is designated as a reviewer for scholarly papers submitted for publication at SIGCSE '09, the 40th Technical Symposium on Computer Science Ed ucation of the Association for Computing Machinery.

For more faculty and staff accomplishments, click Here.


Contact Your Alumni Office

If you have moved recently, have changed jobs or positions, or have any other new information to share, please remember to contact the College's office of alumni relations:

Ellen Kiernan, director
(718) 862-7977

Thomas McCarthy, assistant director
(718) 862-7454

Grace Feeney, officer
(718) 862-7432

For questions or comments, please call
college relations at (718) 862-7232 or e-mail





Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure

Join Team Jaspers as we race to beat cancer on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 9:00 a.m. in Central Park. Registration is available for our alumni and friends at the Komen Web site Here. Once you create your log-in information, click on “join a team” and search Manhattan College . Meet at Manhattan College at 8:00 a.m., on the morning of the walk to pick up a team T-shirt and take the No. 1 subway train to 79th and Broadway. From there, we will walk to the park. Questions? Call team captain, Ellen Kiernan, at (718) 862-7977.


Men's Retreat

The 17th annual reality retreat for men will be held at the Passionist Spiritual Center in Riverdale on Friday, Sept. 19-Sunday, Sept. 21. The founding purpose of the retreat is to bring together alumni and friends of the College for 36 hours to listen to gifted speakers and hear presentations based on a theme. This year's theme is gratitude. There are private rooms for each person, delicious meals and a placid environment that lends itself to contemplation, discussion and personal renewal. For more information and to sign up for the retreat, call (718) 862-7399 or e-mail


Jaspers Night at McFadden's

On Thursday, Sept. 25, Jaspers will gather in three McFadden's Saloon locations simultaneously for happy hour to network, reconnect and enjoy an evening of great company. Participating cities include New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials will be available from 6:00-9:00 p.m.


September Golf Tournaments

Sept. 8 – Fourth annual Kevin J. Frawley Golf Tournament, River Vale Country Club, River Vale, N.J.

Sept. 15 – Eighth annual John K. O'Neill Memorial Golf Classic, Hamlet Wind Watch Golf & Country Club, Hauppauge, N.Y. Click Here to register.

Sept. 29 – Donald R. Broderick '86 Memorial Golf Outing & Dinner, Westchester Hills Golf Club, White Plains, N.Y. To register, e-mail


Open House Brunch
for Prospective Students

Alumni are welcome to bring college-bound high school and transfer students to attend a complimentary brunch hosted by our alumni society on Sunday, Oct. 26. Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers and brunch will be in the newly renovated Dante's Den in Thomas Hall at 11:00 a.m. Reservations are mandatory as we are limited in seating; no walk-ins are permitted . Please e-mail or call (718) 862-7432 to reserve your space. The open house provides a chance for prospective Jaspers to visit campus and meet representatives from student life and academic departments in Draddy Gymnasium for a fair at noon.


Hold the date! New York City Club Networking Reception

Thomas O'Malley '63, chairman of the Manhattan College board of trustees, will join alumni at the fall networking reception of the New York City Club on Thursday, Nov. 13. Hosted by UBS, the event is $40 per person and includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Registration is required. More information about this event will be available shortly.


Alumni Honored by
American Diabetes Association

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George Delaney '57 and John Spicer '71 were among a group of Westchester business leaders who were honored as “Fathers of the Year” by the Westchester Chapter of the American Diabetes Association and the Father's Day Council on June 12. Delaney was presented with the ADA's Distinguished Leadership Award, his second award. In 1983, he received the Westchester Leadership Award. Read.


Manhattan College Alumni
Help Build Neighboring Campus

Since 1928, Manhattan College and the Ethical Cultural Fieldston School have been friendly neighbors along Manhattan College Parkway in Riverdale. Recently, Tishman Construction Corporation of New York completed a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified major campus expansion project for the Fieldston School, thanks in part to a construction team composed largely of Jasper alumni. Read.


Alumni Directory Project

Manhattan has partnered with Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) to update alumni information, which will be collected and published in a directory available for purchase in both printed and electronic format. You may have already received a phone call or e-mail regarding the project. We ask all our alumni to cooperate in providing the most up-to-date information so we can better serve you. To contact PCI directly for more information or to purchase a directory, call (866) 571-1519.



September 2008
05 New Employee Orientation
07 Western New York State Buffalo Bills Game
08 Kevin J. Frawley Golf Tournament
09 Communication Department Launch Event
14 Race for the Cure
15 John K. O'Neill Memorial Golf Classic
17 Senate Meeting
19-21 Family Weekend
25 Lasallian Convocation
25 Jaspers Night at McFadden's
29 Donald R. Broderick '86 Memorial Golf Outing

October 2008
04 NAC Meeting
08 Yom Kippur begins at sundown.
13 Columbus Day
15 Career Fair, Draddy Gym
19 Fall Honors Convocation
21 Board of Trustees meeting
22 Thomas More Law Society Reception
26 Fall Open House
26 Alumni Brunch at Open House

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Manhattan Alum Sets
Record at Beijing Olympics

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Barely missing a spot in the finals of the 400-meter dash, Manhattan College alum Aliann Pompey '99 set a new national record for Guyana at the Beijing Olympics on Aug. 17. Pompey ran 50.93 to finish fourth in her semifinal heat and 11th overall. The top two athletes from each semifinal and the other two fastest times qualified for the Olympic finals. Read.


Lady Jaspers Praised for
Strong Academic Performance

Manhattan College was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Academic Top 25 Honor Roll, which was announced in July. The Lady Jaspers ranked eighth in all of Division I, as the squad boasted a 3.43 grade point average for the 2007-08 academic year. Manhattan College was the highest-rated MAAC program. Read.


Local Rivals Highlight Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Local rivalry match-ups with Fordham and Hofstra highlight the non-conference schedule for the Manhattan College men's basketball team in 2008-09. The Jaspers will host five games and play six road contests outside the MAAC, including participation in the seventh annual O'Reilly ESPNU Bracketbusters. Manhattan also will square off with 2008 postseason participants American University and Morgan State. Read.


Ryan Darcy '03 Promoted To Top Baseball Assistant

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Entering his fourth year with the Manhattan College baseball program, Ryan Darcy '03 was promoted to top assistant coach in August. Darcy will continue to work primarily with the pitching staff while assisting in all aspects of the program, including recruiting. He also will serve as Manhattan's athletic operations manager. Read.




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