May 2013



Manhattan Graduates See High Return on Investment According to Survey that Assesses the Value of College Degrees
For the fourth year in a row, Manhattan College ranked in the top 40 for providing graduates with a high return on their investment. In the 2013 College Return on Investment (ROI) ranking, the College is listed at No. 32 among more than 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities. READ MORE »


Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools To Speak at Manhattan College’s Spring Commencement
Bernard P. Pierorazio, superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools, will deliver the keynote address at the College’s Spring Commencement on May 18, and he will also receive an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy. READ MORE »


Bernard P. Pierorazio


Professor Offers Perspective on Boston Bombings Recovery
Nuwan Jayawickreme, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and an expert on how communities deal with large-scale traumatic events, comments on how the city of Boston can best recover from last month’s horrific bombings.


Scholarship Recipients Connect with Donors on Campus
On April 11, the College recognized generous donors at the annual Presidential Reception Celebrating Scholarship Donors and Student Recipients. The event provided an opportunity for student recipients to meet the person behind the scholarship, the donor who has supported them in working toward a college degree.

Presidential Reception Celebrating Scholarship Donors and Student Recipients

On Campus


Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors Spread Social Justice Awareness Across Campus
Last fall, 12 Manhattan students joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as ambassadors to spread social awareness across campus through events sponsorship, petitions and educational campaigns. READ MORE»

Catholic Relief Services ambassadors


Brother Francis Bowers Celebrates 50-Plus Years of Service
Brother Francis Bowers, FSC, Ph.D., associate professor emeritus of English, has brought a passion for excellence to his classroom teaching and his many administrative duties at the College for more than half a century. READ MORE»


Brother Francis Bowers


Innovation Contest Puts Student Entrepreneurs in the Spotlight
The School of Business hosted its first ever Innovation Contest on April 24, inviting teams of students from across the College to pitch their ideas and business startups to a panel of eight faculty, alumni and entrepreneurs. READ MORE»


Government Course Puts Students in Control at United Nations
Students in the College’s GOVT 457: Model United Nations course had the opportunity this spring to attend the world’s largest National Model United Nations conference representing the Portuguese delegation. READ MORE»



Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Place on MAAC All-Academic Team
Six members of the men’s lacrosse team were named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic Team on May 2 along with two freshman players on the women’s lacrosse team.






Koita Earns MAAC Performer of the Week and Sets School Record
After just three weeks as a member of the men’s outdoor track and field team, Mohamed Koita made history. He set a school record while winning the Eastern high jump at the Penn Relays on April 26, and as a result, was named MAAC Performer of the Week. READ MORE»


Pete McHugh Joins Athletic Department Staff
Manhattan College Athletic Director Bob Byrnes has announced the hiring of Pete McHugh as the assistant athletic director for athletics communications. McHugh will direct all aspects of Manhattan’s athletics communications department and serve as the lead media relations contact for the Jaspers’ 19 intercollegiate athletics programs. READ MORE»



Bound by Love: Alumnus Publishes Children’s Book in Mother’s Memory
Andrew Kranichfeld ’07 lost his sight to a brain tumor just after his mother surrendered her life to leukemia in 2010. He found courage, guidance — and the inspiration for a children’s book — in her memory. READ MORE»

College Celebrates Reunion Weekend 2013
From May 31 to June 2, the College will celebrate Reunion Weekend, including the classes of 1963's and 1988’s golden and silver anniversaries. Read more about the full schedule of events at



Become a Mentor at Manhattan

The Mentor Program provides opportunities for Manhattan students to gain insight into their intended careers by being paired with professionals, generally alumni in those careers. The program is always looking for new members in all fields to assist our students. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Alison Landy, assistant mentor program coordinator, at or call (718) 862-7239.

MC Highlights

Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of the College, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). He has served as a trustee of CICU since 2011.

Faculty and Student Accomplishments

School of Arts

School of Business

School of Education and Health

School of Engineering

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