View all the recent accomplishments and accolades of Manhattan College’s faculty and students.

School of Arts

Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center and assistant professor of religious studies, discussed Muslims and the Holocaust on Oxford Handbooks Online. Afridi is the author of the recently published Oxford University Press article The Role of Muslims and the Holocaust. Watch the video

Judith Plaskow, Ph.D., professor emeritus of religious studies, was the featured speaker at the Temple Sinai of Summit’s Lunch and Learn series on Jan. 25.

In December 2014, Margaret Toth, Ph.D., associate professor of English, had her article, “Shaping Modern Bodies: Edith Wharton on Dieting, Weight, and Visual Media” published in Modern Fiction Studies.

School of Education and Health

Lisa Toscano, Ed.D. professor of kinesiology, and Brianne Carroll recently had their article “Preventing ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injuries in Females: What Physical Educators Need to Know” published in JOPERD (the Journal of Physical Education Recreation and Dance).

School of Science

Gerardo L.F. Carfagno, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology, along with coauthor Peter P. Fong, had their paper “Growth Inhibition of Tadpoles Exposed to Sertraline in the Presence of Conspecifics,” printed in the Journal of Herpetology.

Posted on January 26, 2015

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JLINKEDIN: Scully, Mark [MC1979] Senior Program Manager at ARINC



Scully, Mark [MC1979] 
Senior Program Manager at ARINC
Greater New York City Area

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JOBIT: Pennell, Donald Blair [MC???? RIP]




Passed away peacefully on January 22, 2015 from the consequences of Alzheimer’s disease.

He is survived by his sons Mark, Scott, and Thomas, his daughter June, daughters-in-law Kristi and Martha, and grandchildren Brandy, Connor, Jamie, Megan, and Nikita.

Born August 15, 1934, in Queens, New York, he grew up in Flushing, and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College of New York. He served his nation in the United States Air Force. His life’s work as engineer and manager took him from Consolidated Edison in New York to Parsons Infrastructure & Technology Group, Inc. in the Washington, DC area, where he served as a consulting engineer on the construction of large public transit projects, including the Washington Metro and light rail projects in Portland, OR.

Along with his beloved family and his deeply held Catholic faith, his two great loves were railroads and baseball. An avid rail buff, he collected HO-scale model trains and engaged in the construction of a never-ending series of basement layouts inspired by his lifelong affinity for the New York Central Railroad. His baseball loyalties were firmly with the New York Yankees, and he was an active and devoted participant as parent, grandparent, coach, and scorekeeper in youth baseball programs in New Jersey and in Northern Virginia.

Friends may call on Wednesday, January 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Advent Funeral Services, 7211 Lee Hwy., Falls Church, VA. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St Philip Catholic Church 7506 St. Philip’s Ct. Falls Church on Thursday January 29 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Queens, New York, on Friday, January 30. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the .

Funeral Home
Advent Funeral Home
7211 Lee Highway Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 241-7402

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 26, 2015


Pennell, Donald Blair [MC???? RIP] 

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/washingtonpost/donald-b-pennell-condolences/173963893?cid=full#sthash.7DoqqmDR.dpbs

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JFOUND: Asaro, Paul Anthony [MC1974] CFO Ellington Management Group



Asaro, Paul Anthony [MC1974]

Mr. Paul Anthony Asaro, CPA serves as Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer at Ellington Management Group LLC. Mr. Asaro is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting. He has been with Ellington since 1997, initially as Chief Financial Officer of Ellington’s real estate finance affiliate Titan Management, and as Ellington’s Controller. Prior to joining Ellington, he served as the Controller at Auda Advisor Associates L.L.C., and from 1988 to 1996 he served as the Controller at Henry Kaufman and Company, Inc. He served as an Interim Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer of Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT. He served as an Interim Chief Financial Officer of Ellington Financial LLC since August 2007. Before joining Henry Kaufman, Mr. Asaro worked for nine years in the oil and gas industry, holding various senior finance positions with Weeks Petroleum Limited and R&B Petroleum, Inc. He started his career as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co., where he engaged in various audit assignments from 1974 through 1978. Mr. Asaro became a Certified Public Accountant in 1977 and is a member of the AICPA and CSCPA. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Connecticut in 1982 and his B.S. in Accounting from Manhattan College in 1974.

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JUPDATE: Stevens, Michael [MC2012] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


GOOGLE+: Stevens, Michael [MC????] at MediaWhiz


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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 2012.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Stevens, Michael [MC2012]

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JFOUND: Foley, Charles Thomas [MC1960] Grove Creek Asset Management



Foley, Charles Thomas [MC????]
Chairman and Chief investment Officer, Grove Creek Asset Management LLC

Mr. Charles Thomas Foley, Charlie, CFA, serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of Grove Creek Asset Management LLC. He serves as the Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager, and Chairman of Estabrook Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Foley founded the firm in 1970. He started his career at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. as a Short Term Investment Specialist. Mr. Foley has a vast asset management experience. He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Mr. Foley is a C.F.A charter holder. He holds a B.A. degree from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

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Dear John,

I believe that Charles is a member of the Class of 1960.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Foley, Charles Thomas [MC1960] 

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JFACEBOOK: Menchise, Louis (MC1987) quotes Schwarzkopf


FROM THE “Manhattan College Alumni” group on LINKEDIN

Louis Menchise “War is profane. For any two countries to settle their differences with violence is madness. Any soldier worth his salt should be anti-war, yet there still are some things worth fighting for” – H. Norman Schwarzkopf

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Menchise, Louis (MC1987)

[JR: I agree “some things”. But the “just war” covers those. Argh!]  

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Louis Menchise “War is profane. For any two countries to settle their differences with violence is madness. Any soldier worth his salt should be anti-war, yet there still are some things worth fighting for” – H. Norman Schwarzkopf
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