Category Archives: JBlogger

JBLOGGER: Christian, Nicole [MC 2013] blogger


Christian, Nicole [MC 2013]

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) when he met Arthur Godfrey


Posted on March 1, 2014 by keywestlou

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Arthur Godfrey was a big TV star in the 1950s and into the early 1960s. His was CBS’ most successful show.

I met Arthur Godfrey once briefly. In the mid 1950s, I was attending Manhattan College in New York City. One of the many part time jobs was as a messenger delivery boy. No bicycles then. Each messenger had a small several block area. You walked fast!

I was in and out of the CBS Building all the time. Many of which I saw Arthur Godfrey moving around. After making a delivery one day, I was in the elevator going down. Arthur Godfrey was on it, also. Just me and him. He look at me and mouthed a gruff hello.

There was a limousine waiting for Godfrey at the curb. As he was about to get in, he looked at me again. Where are you going, kid? I told him. It was about five blocks away. Get in, he said. I’ll give you a ride. It was an exciting ride for me. We chatted. He asked me all kinds of questions about myself.

An awesome experience for a 19 year old!

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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JBLOGGER: Stagnaro, Melissa (MC1997) blogs about her Dad


Daddy’s Little Girl: What I’ve learned since losing my dad
by The Accidental Blonde on February 10, 2014

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This weekend, a post reminded me that today was a somber anniversary for three siblings I call friends. You see, two years ago, they lost their dad.

Frederick L. Stagnaro (a.k.a. Fred, Roy, Uncle Fred, Gramps, the Pops, Freddy, Fred-o…)
My dad, Frederick L. Stagnaro (a.k.a. Fred, Roy, Uncle Fred, Gramps, Dad, the Pops, Freddy, Fred-o…)

Truth was, I didn’t need to be reminded. I’ll never forget the death of their dad, because he died just two weeks after my father. In my heart, their grief is inexorably linked with mine.

This may seem odd, particularly given the fact that we’ve been more acquaintances than friends for most of our lives. I didn’t really know their dad; they didn’t really know mine. But now we share this bond; a bond formed out of the pain of losing one of the most important people in our lives. For we had each stood by, helpless, as the men who had been our heroes our whole lives passed from our world into the next.

My dad fought a courageous three-year battle with cancer. They were three incredibly difficult years. In the end, I knew it was his time. He was in so much pain, and I didn’t want to see him suffer any longer.

Losing him tore my heart out. And I knew I would never, ever be the same. Don’t get me wrong, I put one foot in front of the other. Life hasn’t stopped, but it’s as if my personal history is now broken into two distinct parts: before my dad died and after.

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Stagnaro, Melissa (MC1997) 

[JR: Anyone who’s “lost” someone can benefit. She’s a great writer. Lost track of her, she reappears blogging.]

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JBLOGGER: O’Bannon, Deb [MC1983] UMKC sabbatical to Israel


About Me

Dr. Deb O’Bannon

For 23 years, Deb O’Bannon has taught civil engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from MIT, a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College in New York and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers.

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O’Bannon, Deb [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Deb received her Masters in 1983.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

O’Bannon, Deb [MC1983]

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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

JBLOGGER: Chiaramonte, Matthew [MC????] qualified for Junior Nationals in Colorado


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Help Fund Me!

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Many of you know that I have qualified for Junior Nationals in Colorado and I appreciate all the support given from my family friends. However, getting there can be challenging due to pricey airplane tickets. I am having shirts made to help fund my transportation as well as my coaches. The price of the shirt will be posted soon, anyone who is interested in purchasing a shirt email me at or message me through Facebook or on Instagram- M_cheerio.

Thank you all and god bless!

Little puppy

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Introduction I’m an 18 year old weightlifter currently studying at Manhattan College in NYC. I train 4 days a week in pursuit of competing nationally as a 69-77kg lifter. I am a member of Celeritas Weightlifting team coached by Danny Casey.

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Chiaramonte, Matthew [MC????]

[JR:  I’ve asked for details.]

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) recalls why Alma Mater matters imho

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An important historical event took place on this date in 1918. The start of the Russian Revolution. The one between the White Bolsheviks and the Red one’s. A fellow by the name of Kerensky was a White Bolshevik and the first Presinet of free Russia following the Czar’s dethroning. Philosophical differences arose. Lenin was head of the Red group. Finally, the Reds beat the Whites. That is the war that started on this day in 1918.

Kerensky had to flee Russia. Flee or be killed. The choice was simple. He left. He eventually ended up in the United States.

Why the Russian history lesson? I was fortunate to have known Kerensky.

It was 1956-7. I was a senior at Manhattan College. A history major. One of my courses was Russian history from around 1880 to a couple of years following the Revolution. Kerensky taught the course. He was my/our professor. Imagine how exciting it was to hear from the lips of a man who not only lived during those years, but also was the important leader of one of the two revolutionary groups.

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JBLOGGER: Nicole [MC2013] unemployed

Anticipating Autumn (and an announcement!)

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Alright, I’ll stop beating around the bush. I visited my alma mater this past Tuesday and I miss college. I just do. I miss the campus, I miss being around my peers and professors, I miss my underclassmen friends, and I miss going someplace and having work to do everyday. In short, college gave my life structure and…purpose. I hate saying “purpose,” because my purpose in life is not to work in and of itself. I think you get the idea, though.

Today I had my first job interview since I graduated from college. Despite the staffing agencies, the online applications, and my use of job websites like Monster, this interview came about purely from in-person networking. My mom spoke with somebody who was related to someone else and that person interviewed me today. The interview actually went very well–but unfortunately, the company is a non-profit and it does not have any positions open at this time. I am still grateful that I had the experience, though.

Next week I plan on taking the 911-operator test. I never thought of myself as someone who could listen on the other end of a person’s emergency phone call, but it’s a city job and it has benefits.

And I’m running out of ideas, to be honest.

In the meantime, I’ll keep going down the list of companies and I’ll continue applying. And praying.

And wishing. And hoping. I might go back to the whole follow-up phone call thing, but chances are people won’t be very receptive. That’s what I’ve been experiencing lately–Human Resources does not want to hear your voice. You’re just another applicant to them. The squeaky wheel does not get the oil anymore.

Wait, this post is supposed to be about Autumn.

Okay, announcement time! Since I’m still unemployed, and I want to exercise my abilities as a writer and try new things, and since certain sections of this blog have been largely ignored, I will now implement a blogging schedule (*trumpet blast and confetti*)!

Now, just to be clear, there’s no bondage here. I’ve seen what stretching for content has done to other bloggers, and I don’t want that to happen to this blog (or to me). However, from now on, the schedule is as follows:

Sunday is Soul Sunday. This could potentially be a free day. You can’t force inspirational writing. If God lays something on my heart to write about, or if I learn a life lesson during the week, or if I feel like reflecting on something from the past and incorporating Bible verses, it will be posted on this day.

Monday is Music Monday. I love listening to music (who doesn’t?) and I’d like to share that love with you. Feel free to follow me on Spotify–I will follow back. And please send me some music on there. I love hearing new music!

Tuesday is Text & TV Tuesday. I will blog about either a book or a TV show. Or a poem. The possibilities are endless.

Wednesday is Web Wednesday. I will also use this as a free day if I have nothing on the internet to pundit about. I’m unsure if I’ll incorporate commentary about viral videos/memes here. That’s opening a whole other can of worms.

Thursday is Random Thursday. I’m specifically devoting this day to the “random” section of my blog, and I will be taking requests. When I say random, I mean random–frisbees, rubber ducks, the solar system–that kind of thing.

Rubber duckie, you’re the one…

Friday is Film Friday. Some of you might have seen the film blog I had during my college days. That blog was made specifically for the film classes I was taking. However, I would still love to talk about film here! I’d be a little less wordy, of course.

Saturday is Style Saturday. I’m going to mix it up by not just doing outfit of the day type stuff. I might talk about trends, or put an outfit together on Polyvore and post it here, or talk about one particular piece of clothing and how to wear it multiple ways. We’ll see!

So that leaves out one category…life. The reason I did this is because I can spontaneously post about life at any point during the week. It’s…life.

Let’s have a great Fall semester!


Please engage with me. I’d love to hear your suggestions for any of the categories–particularly the random ones.

Also: I want to start interacting and networking more with other bloggers, so I might write a blog inspired by or in response to another person’s blog, or I may simply post a pingback to it.

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My name is Nicole. I’m 22 years old and I live in The Bronx, New York. I graduated from Manhattan College in the Class of 2013. Go Jaspers!

Anyway, this page is about me, I guess. Hm…I enjoy writing, reading, eating, singing, walking, sleeping, and watching movies. I fall in love with places. I believe everyone is here on purpose, for a purpose. I’m still looking for mine!

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[JR: Sorry, but I find this frustrating. I know that Alma Mater has a good placement gang. And, there are the alumni. But this person doesn’t give anyone enough to help. Like those fishing stories, folks expect them to jump into the boat. Never worked that way for me. Argh! Depending upon what she is seeking, I’m sure she could should have something! Double argh! ]

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JBLOGGER: Nolan, Christine [MC2016] blogs about Type 1 diabetes


Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Where is the control? The balance? How do you find it?

These are the three questions I ask myself almost everyday. I recently went to the doctor and met with a new diabetes educator. As we scrolled through my meter I was forced to acknowledge all of the high numbers I had had this past week, 300, 423, 295, and more. I could feel her judgement. It was like the walk of shame and all the blame was on me. I’m in college… My meter was out of battery… I fell asleep… I forgot… I was stressed… I’m sorry. I tried every excuse I could think of and it didn’t make me feel any better. She stared at me. Shook her head. and kept writing. writing little notes… about me and how disappointing I am.

She doesn’t get it… any of it. She doesn’t have diabetes. She’s not in college and she certainly doesn’t have diabetes in college. I dare her to walk by the ice cream, cookies, pizza, and french fries everyday in the cafeteria and see how she feels. Everyday it’s like a battle. Many times I am able to overcome the temptations but sometimes like any other person would… I give in.

I do my best. I try my hardest. I can’t do everything perfectly.

I was frustrated after leaving the appointment. Disappointed in myself… feeling less than. Until I realized… Who was she to make me feel bad? She had no idea how it felt. No idea what a low felt like.. how your forehead starts to sweat, legs start to shake, body feels heavy. Or that a high blood sugar gives you migraines, chapped lips, dehydration. She couldn’t make me feel less… only I could.

I looked up. Walked straight to the subway and rode back to school. The entire time I thought about how I could better myself, how I could better my health and then it hit me… I need to take it one day at a time. One meal at a time. One injection at a time. One blood sugar check at a time.

And hopefully after a while everything will fall into place and I will have the control I need to get through the next day, and the next day, and the day after that. It is a never-ending battle but I wont stop fighting… I can’t.

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Nolan, Christine [MC2016]

Christine Marie Nolan

On January 4th, 2009 I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was a rather dramatic diagnosis that included a 30 pound weight loss, helicopter ride to shock trauma, and a week long stay in pediatric intensive care. I was only 14 years old when I faced death head on and somehow was given another chance at life. Its been 4 years since and I have grown-up so much… I had to. During the first two years of my diagnosis I ran 5 half marathons and during the spring of 2012, at the age of 17 I climbed to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Many people believe that people with Diabetes can’t do certain things but I refuse to accept these limitations. God gave me another chance at life and I plan to live it to the fullest. 

What I’m Currently Up To…

I am currently studying Advertising and Marketing at Manhattan College in New York City. I love the city and am enjoying making new friends and memories. It’s an exciting time in my life filled with life lessons, inspiring ideas and many changes as well. I look forward to sharing more! I will also begin writing my book about life with type 1 diabetes and overcoming your challenges and accomplishing your goals.

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[JR: I can empathize, but not know exactly what she means. Frau Reinke passed away having dealt with Type 1 diabetes for the better part of 35 years. All I can say is be realistic. Her time, we knew, would be limited. So, she lived. I wrote my third book about her: “Hard elbows; warm heart”. I see from the earlier story from Alma Mater that you have that zest to use time wisely. And, don’t let the “experts” get you down. Frau Reinke used to say: “They may know a lot, but I’m living it.” Big difference. "Bon courage a vous tous"  ]

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JBLOGGER: Mendez, Hady [MC1992] in her own words

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Walking the Walk – I’m On My Way

Here’s the latest blog post from missioner-in-training Hady Mendez. Hady and her five classmates are training at our Washington, D.C. headquarters for service to Bolivia.

We have been discussing the notion of “simplicity” during formation. Essentially, the act of “living more with less”. I wish I could explain the new direction my life is taking, in light of these discussions, in a way that other people could understand. I’ll try giving it a shot here.

My Goal: To be the same Hady (the ultimate story teller, your encouraging buddy, the healthy eater). Only better.

And while my behaviors and attitudes are changing, the core “me” is staying the same. You see, my values aren’t changing — I still love great food, being pampered, taking amazing trips, and staying healthy and fit.

So what will be different, you ask? Let’s see…

You might find me shopping at a local farmers market instead of a high-end super market because the food will be fresher and because it will be better for the environment to support local suppliers.

I might be more inclined to host a potluck dinner then to go out for an expensive meal so I can spend time enjoying my friends. We could all have the opportunity to get creative in the kitchen, and we could save some money in the process.

I will make more of an effort to see the face of Jesus in the poor and homeless instead of trying to figure out their reasons for being on the street. And I will volunteer more often with organizations that promote human dignity and treat homeless people with care and respect.

You will still see me traveling, for it is my heart’s passion. But I will travel with purpose as one of my core values is to see the world and meet different people.

I will still drink coconut water, for my body is my temple and coconut water is healing. I will always find ways to treat my body right and look and feel good.

I will still go shopping, but will make a conscious effort to look for fair-trade options or companies whose mission includes more than just making a profit. One of my favorites spots right now is a store called Ten Thousand Villages.

Alas – I will smile more. Because my heart is fuller. Because during more moments of my life, I’ll be doing things I enjoy and that mean something to me. Because my relationship with God is giving my life more purpose.

So, this is where I AM in my life’s journey. It comforts me to know we all have the choice to live according to what moves us and brings us true and deep happiness. What that looks like, may be different for all of us.

I’m on the right path for me. So far, I find it to be liberating. And joyful. And peaceful. All rolled into one!

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[JR: A grumpy sinner fat old white guy injineer finds this type of dedication inspiring.]

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JBLOGGER: Russ, Samuel [MC2002] Sparta High principal

Friday, September 27, 2013
Great Week!
We are wrapping up a great week at SHS! After coming off Homecoming week, we have had a smooth week with many classes picking up the learning expectations as the courses are now (if they have not already done so) moving into new material. Our freshman and sophomore students are finishing up their reading portion of the MAP test, with math next week.

Please remember to encourage your student(s) to get plenty of rest and proper nutrition to perform the best they can in the classroom. We have an excellent food service here at SHS, and we also have a free after school snack for all students involved in tutoring and/or our co-curricular programming.

I hope you all have a great weekend and GO SPARTANS!!!

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Samuel Russ
Manhattan College (NYC), UW-Oshkosh, Chemistry and Mathematics

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Russ, Samuel [MC????]

[JR: This is the first time it showed up in my search engine results. Interesting, apparently he started in August. ]

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Dear John,

I believe that Russ is a member of the Class of 2002.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Russ, Samuel [MC2002]

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