December 2008 NEWSLETTER



Presidential Proclamation
Declares Manhattan’s Efforts To Increase Sustainability


Manhattan College has announced a presidential proclamation declaring the College’s commitment to take all feasible steps to increase its sustainability while ensuring that “going green” issues are a factor in all future major decisions, policies and contracts. The proclamation has the concurrence of Manhattan’s council of vice presidents and the executive committee of the board of trustees. To further this mission, the College has signed on to New York City’s 30-in-10 initiative and has become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an association of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada working to create a sustainable future. “I hereby declare that Manhattan College shall strive to take all feasible steps to increase its sustainability and to decrease its eco-footprint,” declares Brother Thomas Scanlan, president of the College. “Further, I request every member of our College community to review his/her own eco-habits and make appropriate improvements. And lastly, I request that environmental stewardship be an important component of each student’s education. Striving to be a green campus is our common goal. For the College, this proclamation requires that sustainability will be a criterion in the formulation of all major decisions, policies and contracts; as well as in the College’s strategic planning and construction projects. Furthermore, this shall be done to the maximum extent feasible, that is, determination of the projected impact both on the College’s own eco-footprint and on the global environment; affordability, including initial investment versus rate of savings; real versus redistributed reductions (e.g., offsets) etc., shall be incorporated into the overall cost/benefit analysis.” Read.


College To Honor Syska Hennessy Group Chairman at De La Salle Dinner


Manhattan College will present John Magliano ’66, chairman of Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., with the De La Salle Medal at the College’s annual fundraising dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009. The ceremony will be held at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Read Magliano, a licensed professional engineer in 12 states, joined Syska Hennesssy Group, one of the country’s leading consulting, engineering, technology and construction firms, in 1970, after he graduated from the College with a degree in electrical engineering and served a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force. For more information about the dinner, please call Susan Bronson, director of corporate and foundation relations, at (718) 862-7837 or e-mail


College Presents a Candlelight Christmas Celebration

The Manhattan College Singers and Orchestra will host their holiday program A Festival of Lessons & Carols on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers, with preludes beginning at 4:00 p.m. The program is a unique and festive celebration that combines an eclectic selection of music, prayers and traditional Christmas carols. The singers will perform various pieces that range from baroque and contemporary music to gospel, while the orchestra will perform selections from Joseph Haydn’s Symphony #31. The ensembles will combine to present the Gloria and Agnus Dei from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Midnight Mass. Read.



Lasallian Conversation

The Lasallian Education Committee would like to invite Manhattan College faculty and staff to a Lasallian Conversation to be held on Thursday, Dec. 11 at Tibbett I, the Brother's residence where Br. Ray Meagher resides, 4401 Tibbett Avenue, across from the entrance to Draddy Gymnasium. We will have a light dinner beginning at 5:15 pm, followed by the Conversation. The Conversation is intended to provide an opportunity for individuals to share aspects of their personal story on their Lasallian experience at Manhattan College. Please R.S.V.P. to Pat Crimmins (718) 862-7356 or e-mail


Manhattan Professor and Student Develop Ways to Measure Property Changes of Optical Materials


When optical materials are subject to cold and heat, their properties can change.  This impacts the performance of all types of optical instruments, such as cameras, telescopes and lasers. Dr. Bruce Liby, associate professor of physics and chair of the physics department at Manhattan College, and Ryan Scholl ’09, are currently working on an experiment that uses lasers to investigate the changes in optical materials as they are heated. Read.


Two Engineering Students Win Scholarships From Prestigious
Industry Group

Manhattan College electrical engineering students Margery Hines ’09 and Robert Stigliano ’09 have been awarded scholarships from the Association of Old Crows, a nonprofit professional group that promotes careers in the defense industry. Hines, from Staten Island, N.Y., and Stigliano, from Mineola, N.Y., were each awarded $3,000 toward tuition for the spring 2009 semester. This marks the 19th consecutive year that a Manhattan engineering student has won scholarships in this academic competition, which is open to all computer and electrical engineering students who are residents of New York City,  Westchester, Nassau or Suffolk Counties. Only three scholarships were awarded in 2008. Read.


Communication Students Work To Establish Mentor Program at South Bronx High School

Manhattan College students David Ellison ’09, Dinorah Pena ’10, Emily Murtaugh ’09 and Ayana Rainford ’09 have started to make strides toward the creation of a permanent mentor program at New Explorers High School. The four communication majors traveled to the South Bronx high school on Monday, Nov. 24, to speak with 60 juniors about the importance of going to college, staying motivated and keeping a positive attitude. Read.


Staff Council Elections

The Manhattan College Staff Council held its elections on Nov. 4. Results were as follows: Peggy McKiernan, president; Grace Cabrera, vice president; Fiona Delaney, treasurer; and Mary Ellen LaMonica, secretary. Congratulations to the new officers.


Let It Snow

On days when classes must be canceled because of snow conditions, the following radio stations will broadcast announcements: WCBS AM 880 and WINS AM 1010. In addition, a recorded message can also be accessed at the College’s telephone number (718) 862-7013. Faculty, employees and commuting students should use this number. At times when this recording is played, the number is a “listen only” extension and will not accept messages. The Manhattan College Website also will display cancellations under the Calendars link. Those who have signed up for the e2campus emergency system will automatically receive notification. Information will be relayed to the residence halls through the security guards and residence directors. We ask that resident students not call the switchboard. If classes must be canceled during the day, information will be relayed by audix on the College’s telephone system and on the radio stations listed above.


Relay For Life Cancer Walk

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, an overnight event to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, will return to Manhattan College for its sixth year on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 3:00 pm-3:00 am in Draddy Gymnasium. The event has become a school and community favorite, bringing students together for the common cause of fighting cancer. We hope to raise even more money than in the past years, setting our goal at $50,000 to help the estimated 97,000 New Yorkers and 1 million Americans who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.  For more information, e-mail or click Here.


In Memoriam

Dr. John W. Dobbins Jr. ’69, who served as assistant professor of marketing at Manhattan College from 1977-1983 and as an adjunct assistant professor for several years between 1987-1994, passed away in March. Dobbins brought more than 36 years of international experience to his classrooms and concluded his career as associate professor of marketing and chairman of the department of marketing at The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University. He lectured and consulted widely in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa and was a senior marketing advisor to the local governments of Pinghu City, Zhejian Province, China and Nanjing City and Jiangsu Province, China. Dobbins was the recipient of numerous honors, including the St. John’s University Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award.



Staff Convocation Honors
Dedicated Employees

Four members of the Manhattan College community were recognized for their dedication to the College at the annual staff convocation on Nov. 20 in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. Lisa Juncaj, associate director of student financial services, was presented with the Lasallian Administrative Award, and Angelo Pinto, a retired physical plant employee, was given the Lasallian Staff Award. Honored for their 25 years of service were Neptali Sanchez (physical plant) and Ann Scanlon (HEOP).


Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Dr. Margaret Groarke, assistant professor of government, appeared on BronxNet on Monday, Nov. 11 from 9:00-9:30 p.m. She spoke to host Gary Axelbank about the Nov. 4 election and her new book Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters.

Dr. Nicholas De Lillo, professor of mathematics and computer science, recently authored the paper “Simulation of Finite-State Automata Using Java 6.0. Part One: Preliminaries” as Technical Report 256, November 2008, which appears in the Technical Report Series of the Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University.

Dr. Claudia Setzer, professor of religious studies, presented the paper “Woman Learners in the Ancient World” at the Columbia University New Testament Seminar this past September.

For more faculty and staff accomplishments, click Here.


Welcome New Employees

Manhattan College welcomed three new employees in November: Jannette Cotto, security; Elizabeth McKiernan Healy, controller’s office; and Robert Sassone, security. For a full list of recent new employees, click Here.


Manhattan College Milestones

Congratulations to Gail Conklin (15 years), events officer in college relations, and Pedro Toribio Sr. (20 years), physical plant, who celebrate service anniversaries in December. For a complete list of recent anniversaries, click Here.





Athletic Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony

The 2008 Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 and will honor Peter Beyer ’60, track; Jason Hoover ’97, men’s basketball; Patrick McGrath ’95, track; Dean Noll ’50, track (posthumously); Louis Ostolozaga ’81, track and field; Dine Potter ’97, track; Thomas Walraven ’76, baseball; and Carrie Wujcik-Drum ’96, softball. Two teams will also be honored: the 1935 Penn Relays mile championship team and the 1993 women’s softball squad. Read. For information about the event please call the alumni relations office at (718) 862-7432.


Jaspers Helping Jaspers

The National Alumni Council and alumni relations office have partnered with our center for career development to provide assistance with career advisory services (outlined Here). We encourage alumni to list openings and view job postings through career development’s affiliate, NACElink Here. It is especially important that we seek individuals who work in human resources, career placement offices or as career coaches and would be available to support our alumni. In this down economic time we need to do what we do best – help a Jasper! Those who are able to provide help with the job search process or seek career development assistance should e-mail Also, we invite you to join the Manhattan College alumni groups on LinkedIn and Facebook to connect with other Jaspers. As always, our events present a great way to network with alumni who can assist in your job search.


Gulf Coast Christmas Luncheon

Celebrate the holiday season with fellow Jaspers at our Gulf Coast Alumni Christmas luncheon on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. at the University Club in Sarasota, Fla. (1605 Main St., 12th floor). The lunch is $25 per person (cash bar) and wives and guests are invited to attend. Online registration is available Here. Registration must be received by Dec. 17. For more information, contact Neil O’Leary ’60 at or (941) 358-7720, or George Brew ’50 at or (941) 488-6055.


Service Trip Planned to
the Ninth Ward in New Orleans

During the week of Jan. 11-18, a group of student volunteers from Manhattan College will travel to New Orleans to work with Project Helping Hands, a subsidiary of Catholic Charities devoted to rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged city, particularly the Ninth Ward. This trip is sponsored by the College’s Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience program. Read.


Yearbook Release for Class of 2008

Members of the Class of 2008 are invited to attend their first alumni event, launching the release of the 2008 Manhattanite yearbook on Jan. 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Dante's Den, Thomas Hall. This reception of drinks and hors d'oeuvres is free, but registration must be completed online by clicking Here. Yearbooks are mailed by the Student Activities Office to individuals unable to attend.


Treasure Coast Alumni Luncheons

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Florida’s Treasure Coast alumni recently gathered for the first time this season on Nov. 19. Jaspers in the area meet throughout the winter months. The remaining luncheon dates are  Jan. 14 and Feb. 18 at the Ramada Inn in Stuart, Fla., at 1200 SE Federal Highway. For more information and to register, call Ed Plumeau ’52 at (772) 340-5888 or e-mail


Manhattan vs. Siena
at Times Union Center

Join fellow Jaspers for our annual basketball pregame dinner at Broadway Joe’s at 51 South Pearl St. in Albany, N.Y., on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $20 per person and $50 per family and include dinner, beverages and entrance to the men’s basketball game against Siena. For further information, please call (718) 862-7977 or e-mail Online registration is available here.


Alumni Travel Program Goes to Ireland

Manhattan College alumni are invited to join a special trip to Ireland on July 4-11, 2009. The adventure begins in storied County Clare, amid the rough-hewn beauty of the west coast, where the traditional Irish lifestyle has endured. This captivating land of legend and history unfolds around picturesque Ennis, close to many famous attractions. Among the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and Yeats’ private paradise, discover the Ireland of song and story, where “the roads rise up to meet you” and “the wind is always at your back!”  For more information, click Here.


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 or visit


Does Your Class Year End in a 4 or 9?

Get involved with helping make the 2009 Reunion Weekend the best one ever. For details call (718) 862-7977 or e-mail View photos from our 2008 Reunion Weekend 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



December 2008
05 Last day of classes
06 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
06 National Alumni Council meeting
07 Annual Christmas Concert
08 Feast of the Immaculate Conception
17 Gulf Coast Christmas Luncheon, Sarasota, Fla.
18 Board of Trustee meeting
19 President's Christmas party
22 Hanukkah begins.
25 Christmas
26 Kwanzaa begins.

January 2009
01 New Year’s Day
14 Treasure Coast Luncheon, Stuart, Fla.
16 Class of 2008 Yearbook Release Celebration
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
20 First day of classes
21 De La Salle Medal Dinner
28 Faculty Convocation

View College Calendars



Jaspers Basketball Squads
Seek Strong Start in MAAC

The Manhattan College men’s basketball team begins conference play this weekend. Canisius visits Draddy Gym on Friday, Dec. 5, and the Jaspers travel to Lawrenceville, N.J., to play Rider two days later. The women’s team begins its conference schedule with home games against Loyola and Saint Peter’s. For more basketball news, click Here.


Volleyball’s Sherryta Stokes ’09
Named First Team All-MAAC


After an outstanding 2008 campaign, Manhattan College senior outside hitter Sherryta Stokes ’09 was honored by the MAAC’s 10 head coaches with a selection to the all-conference first team, it was announced on Nov. 22 in Albany, N.Y. This is the second All-MAAC selection for Stokes, who also earned the honor in 2006. She is the first Manhattan player to earn first team recognition since Maggie Pfeifer was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2005. Read.


Jasper Alum Chris Cody ’06
Named Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year


Former Manhattan College baseball standout Chris Cody ’06 was recently named Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitcher of the Year by Cody was promoted to the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League (A) and led the organization with a 1.81 ERA. A left-hander from Brewster, N.Y., Cody began the 2008 season with the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League (A). Read.


Manhattan Athletics Expands JasperVision Platform

The Manhattan College athletic department has expanded JasperVision, its online video platform, for the 2008-09 academic year. Read. All men’s and women’s basketball games, along with select fall and spring home athletic contests, will be streamed live exclusively at JasperVision is the only online destination for live and on-demand streaming video for Manhattan College patrons. To access JasperVision, click on the “Sign Up” link on the top right of the GoJaspers homepage Here.


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