Founder’s Day will be
celebrated on April 7

Founder’s Day, which celebrates the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle, will be held on Wednesday, April 7, with activities throughout the day. The day coincides with Accepted Students Day, allowing old and new students alike to learn more about the founder of the Christian Brothers. Activities will include a continental breakfast for faculty, staff and administrators in Plato’s Cave and Thomas Hall. Students will present their service-learning projects in the Alumni Room of the Library at 12:20 and 1:25 p.m. At 3 p.m. there will be an ice cream social on the Quad (Smith Auditorium in case of rain). The Mass of St. John Baptist de La Salle will be celebrated in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at 4 p.m., celebrating the 90th birthdays of Br. Francis Bowers, Br. Christopher Dardis and Br. Patrick Dowd. It will be followed by a reception in Smith Auditorium for faculty, staff, administrators, the Christian Brothers community and student-athletes. The theme for the reception is “Celebrating the Life and Work of a Member of the Lasallian Community at Manhattan College.” It will honor Br. Francis Bowers for his 50 plus years of service at the College.


Communication students selected to present at regional conference

Two senior communication majors have had their papers accepted for poster presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in Baltimore, Md., which will be held April 22-25, 2010.  Students Melissa Bekisz, who wrote "Enchantment of the Law," and Melissa Scarlino, who wrote "Gender Role Representations: A Child's Point of View," completed their papers last fall as part of senior seminar, taught by Dr. Rebecca Kern, assistant professor of communication.


Senior accepted into Teach for America

Mike Bienkowski, class of 2010, has been accepted into Teach for America, a highly competitive program whose mission is “to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.” Teach for America currently has 7,300 corps members serving in 35 urban and rural regions. Since 1990, nearly 17,000 alumni have worked with approximately 3 million students.


Junior to receive Manhattan
book award

Alexander Macina, a junior at Shaker High School, will receive the Manhattan Book Award. He has a five-semester GPA of 96.  Macina has been a member of both speech and debate and the Principal’s Building Council since he was a freshman; a Latin Club member for two years; and now serves as president of Speech and Debate.  For the past three summers he has volunteered at the NYS Assembly.  An avid C-SPAN follower, he earned third place as a 10-grader in the C-SPAN contest.


In Memoriam


Father Rinaldo Borzaga, an associate professor emeritus of religious studies, died on Feb. 9 in Caraveno, Italy. He was 89. A member of the faculty at the College from 1957 through 1990, Father Borzaga also served as chaplain for the Christian Brothers. Born in Italy, he studied at the State University of Padua and Gregorian University, where he earned his Ph.D. and Doctorate of Sacred Theology. In 1947, he was ordained as a member of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco. Fr. Borzaga began teaching at Manhattan in 1957 and was incardinated into the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1963. He taught both theology and philosophy during his tenure. Fr. Borzaga was also an accomplished author, including the book In Pursuit of Religion, published in 1977, and Contemporary Philosophy Phenomenological and Existential Currents, published in 1966. Fr. Borzaga resided at the Christian Brothers residence in Riverdale until a few weeks before his death, when he returned to Italy due to his failing health. The funeral and burial were held in his hometown.



Peace Studies program
to receive a grant

The College’s peace studies program will receive a grant from the Riverdale United Nations Association (UNA) along with several other organizations. The award will be given as part of a reception in the Alumni Room of the O’Malley Library on Friday, April 9, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The funds for this project come from the Patricia Kozma bequest to the UNA-USA Riverdale Chapter.  Kozma was a longtime Riverdale resident and Riverdale Chapter Board member. She was devoted to the purposes and objectives of the United Nations and UNA-USA and made the bequest for the furtherance of these goals.  

Margaret Groarke, director of the College’s peace studies program and an associate professor in government, said, “We are grateful to the Riverdale UNA. This grant will allow Peace Studies and JustPeace, the student activist group, to do more work on peace and justice issues over the next few years, and will help us reach out to invite Riverdale and Bronx residents to our events and do more collaborative work on important issues.”


Staff Week

Human Resources will be holding a week of appreciation for its staff members, April 19-23. This is the week to say thank you to secretaries, clerical staff, print shop, mail room, telecommunications, security officers, physical plant and residence life. Raffles will be held throughout the week. The department is collecting donated items through April 15. Please contact Vicki Cowan at ext. 7398 or Pat Stone at ext. 7392 with questions.



Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Nicholas J. DeLillo, professor of mathematics and computer science, was recently honored by Dr. Stephen J. Friedman, president of Pace University, for having completed 30 years of continuous and distinguished service as a member of the Pace University faculty and the Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science. He was also cited by Prof. David Hennerdinger of the department of computer science at Union College for the high quality of the review of scholarly papers recently submitted for inclusion at the CCSCNE10 Conference to be held at the University of Hartford in April.

Robert M. Geraci, assistant professor of religious studies, has published the book Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality (Oxford University Press). The book is a study of how the belief that we might upload our minds into computers affects robotics research, virtual world occupancy, and contemporary debates in philosophy and theology.

Peter B. Heller, professor of government, delivered a paper, “The Downside of Technology,” at the Sixth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society in Berlin, Germany, on January 16, 2010.

Lawrence Hough, director of the radiological & health professions programs, was elected to the board of directors of the Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation (formerly known as the Methodist Church Home for the Aged) this past fall. He will serve through March 2013. Hough is embarking on enhancing learning experiences for Manhattan College students, and providing activities for the residents at the Methodist Home.

Zella Kahn-Jetter, professor of mechanical engineering, and her mechanical engineering students were featured in a story in The Legislative Gazette on March 2. The story highlights the cooperation between the College and the Methodist Home in Riverdale, NY, and features several of the newest creations the students have created to make the lives of seniors at the home easier.

Shawn Ladda, associate professor of physical education and chair of the department, was elected chair of the National Council for Active Girls and Women (NCAGW).

Christoph Lienert, associate professor of physical education, was recently appointed associate editor of Adapted Phyiscal Activity Quarterly (APAQ). The publication is an international, multidisciplinary journal designed to stimulate and communicate high scholarly inquiry related to physical activity for special needs populations. Articles appearing in APAQ include a range of disciplines such as corrective therapy, gerontology, health care, occupational therapy, pediatrics, physical education, dance, sports medicine, physical therapy, recreation and rehabilitiation. It is the official journal of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity.

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Welcome New Employees

Manhattan College welcomed several new employees: Annie Chambliss (publications manager), Eileen Duarte (payroll  manager), Elizabeth Gibbons (residence life), Richard Harrison (campus security), Ellen Mauser (O’Malley Library), Michael McLeod ’09 (alumni relations officer), Chaner Sanchez (campus security), Sandra Wiley (O’Malley Library), Br. James Wallace (Mission). For a full list of recent new employees, click Here.


Manhattan College Milestones

Joseph Berger (30 years), computer center, Stacy Pober (20 years), O’Malley Library, Raafael Santos (20 years), physical plant, MaryEllen Skehill (20 years), O’Malley Library, Eileen Smith (20 years), School of Business, Floyd Mott (15 years), physical plant, Edward Keough (10 years) student financial services, and Daniel Quinn (10 years), physical plant. For a complete list of recent anniversaries, click Here.





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Jasper Open Golf Tournament

Jasper Open

Please join us for our 22nd annual Jasper Open, which will be held on Monday, May 3, at Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford, NY The day includes golf, brunch, cocktails and a wonderful reception. Proceeds directly support student-athletes at Manhattan College. Please consider sponsoring a part of this great event. Opportunities exist for individuals and businesses. To download this year’s brochure and registration form, click Here. For more information, call (718) 862-7454 or e-mail


St. Thomas More Law Society Lecture

Michael F. McEneney ’53, Esq., will be presenting the New York State Unified Court System and Prominent Jasper Lawyers, to the St. Thomas More Law Society on Wednesday, April 21, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The free event will be held in the Alumni Room of the O’Malley Library and refreshments will be served.  Please R.S.V.P. by phone to (718) 862-7431 or e-mail


Reunion Weekend 2010

Reunion Weekend 2010 will be held June 4-6. Manhattan College welcomes home our alumni who return to campus to celebrate the 141st Alumni Reunion Weekend. Classes ending in either a 5 or 0 will have special receptions. For more information on how you can be a part of your class’ organizing committee, please call the alumni relations office at (718) 862-7977 or e-mail Photos from Reunion Weekend 2009 are available for viewing Here.


Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations

Did you know that anyone can nominate a Manhattan athlete for our Athletic Hall of Fame? Each year, we seek to induct a broad representation of qualified candidates. We recommend detailed attention when collecting and presenting biographical information to achieve the desired results in this competitive process. Nominations are due by Friday, June 4, 2010. For more information or if you’d like to submit a nomination, please contact the alumni relations office at (718) 862-7454 or e-mail The 2010 induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6.


Upcoming Summertime Events

Save the date for some of our most popular events, including our annual luncheon at the Jersey Shore on Friday, July 16, the Day at the Racetrack in Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday, July 30, the Construction Industry Golf Tournament on Monday, August 2, a picnic and viewing of The Taming of the Shrew at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival on Thursday, August 19, Monmouth Racetrack Running of the Manhattan College Purse (date TBD), and the New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, August 31. More information and registration for these great summer events will be available soon.


St. Raymond High School Reunion

St. Raymond High School for Boys is reaching out to Jaspers who may also be alumni. The Bronx High School will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of educating young men in the Lasallian Catholic tradition. If you have questions about any of the 50th Anniversary events or would like to update St. Raymond's on what you have been up to since you have left, please contact Chris Ellis, director of advancement at (718) 824-5050 x105 or:  You can also register for their De La Salle Leadership dinner or the Raven Day at Yankee Stadium through the NYCharities site 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 '06, assistant director
(718) 862-7454

Michael McLeod ’09, officer
(718) 862-7432

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



APRIL 2010

01 Registration begins for Fall 2010
01 Holy Thursday
02 Good Friday
04 Easter
07 The Feast of St. John Baptist de la Salle: Founder’s Day Celebration                      
07 Accepted Students Day 1                  
11 Singers’ Spring Concert
14 Spring Career Fair
19 Faculty Recognition Convocation
20 La Salle Honors Night
21 Senate Meeting
21 Accepted Students Day 2
22 Staff Week Luncheon       

MAY 2010

01 Alumni Society Meeting
03 Jasper Open    
04 Horan Lecture                        
05 Senate Election Meeting
09 Mother’s Day
11 Last Day of Classes
12 Block M Dinner         
20 Spring Honors Convocation              
22 CMSV Commencement
23 Undergraduate Commencement                             
25-26 New Faculty Retreat–Double Tree Hotel, Tarrytown
26 Spring (Graduate) Commencement   
31 Memorial Day Holiday

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Seven Jaspers Selected to MAAC All-Academic Team in Basketball

Seven Manhattan College basketball players have been named to the 2009-10 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic Team, six from the Lady J’s.  Highlighting the selections were juniors Alicia Marculitis (Worcester, MA) and Nadia Peters (Bronx, NY) who both earned a place on the All-Academic squad for the second straight season. Also earning All-Academic Team selections were sophomores Alyssa Herrington (Cambridge, NY), Lindsey Loutsenhizer (North Huntingdon, PA), Laura Rivera (Elmont, NY) and Kerri White (Flushing, NY).  On the men's side, Manhattan junior Nick Walsh (Bronx, NY) was selected. In order to be named to the team, student-athletes must have completed at least two semesters at their institution and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20.  Manhattan tied Marist and Niagara for the most women's selections in the league. Read.


Pacheco, Loutsenhizer Earn
All-MAAC Selections
on Lady J’s

Senior guard Michelle Pacheco (Bronx, NY) was named to the All-MAAC First Team and sophomore forward Lindsey Loutsenhizer (North Huntingdon, PA) earned a place on the All-MAAC Second Team. Pacheco leads the MAAC with 5.0 assists per game and ranks second in the league with 2.7 steals per game.  She is also the MAAC's fourth-leading scorer, averaging 15.3 points per game.  Pacheco also ranks sixth in the MAAC in both field goal percentage (.409) and free throw percentage (.765). Pacheco shared MAAC Player of the Week honors on Feb. 8. Loutsenhizer, who was a member of last season's MAAC All-Rookie Team, leads the Lady Jaspers and ranks fourth in the MAAC in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game.  She is also Manhattan's top rebounder, averaging 6.5 boards per contest, and she ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.471).  She has recorded six 20-point games this season and was named MAAC Player of the Week on Feb. 15.


Nieto Selected MAAC Baseball
Player of the Week


Senior outfielder Kevin Nieto was named MAAC Player of the Week as announced on March 9. Nieto hit .556 (10-18), drove in eight runs and had three steals to help the Jaspers take three of its four games at Delaware in early March. Nieto, the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, scored six runs, had two doubles and blasted his first home run of the season against the Blue Hens. He recorded a .833 slugging percentage and .636 on-base percentage. Nieto is batting .429 with nine RBIS and nine runs over the Jaspers' first eight games. Read.


Ten Jasper Swimmers Named
to MAAC All-Academic Team

Ten Manhattan swimmers were among the athletes who comprise the 2010 MAAC Men's and Women’s Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.  The Men’s honorees were seniors Matthew Kaftanski (Snohomish, WA) and Nicholas LaBanca (Neptune, NJ); junior Christopher Tucci (Midland Park, NJ) and sophomore Robert Kehoe (Katonah, NY). On the Ladies team, the honorees were: seniors Deborah Atwell (Lindenhurst, NY) and Catherine Chan (Hopewell Junction, NY); junior, Kayla Hutzler (Miller Place, NY) and sophomores, Brianne Carroll (Brooklyn, NY), Mary Katherine O'Leary (Sparta, NJ), and Patricia Scherpf (Belle Harbor, NY).


Jaspers Sweep Weekly
Baseball Awards

Manhattan junior third baseman Chad Salem was named MAAC Baseball Player of the Week and senior Tom Costigan was selected MAAC Pitcher of the Week. Jaspers' red-shirt freshman catcher Ramon Ortega earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors as Manhattan (7-4) won three of its four contests in early March. Read.




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