Category Archives: JBlogger

JBLOGGER: Aprile, Joseph (MC1966) posts on Flaviviruses


Nature of the Resistance of Flavivirus Infection to Host Cell Defenses

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Flaviviruses (FVs) represent a family of viral pathogens responsible for human life-threatening diseases such as Dengue Fever, West Nile, Yellow Fever and Japanese Encephalitis. The infectious agent within this family of viruses is single-stranded RNA.

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Aprile, Joseph (MC1966) 

[JR: That will raise the average IQ of the BlogoSphere!]

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JBLOGGER: Nicole [MC2013] got her first cold sore


[JR: Checking is. She’s doing better. Her assessment.]

“But I was doing so well…”
15 Jun 14

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My fear conquering has continued over the past few weeks. I was the first person to sing karaoke at the young alumni reception at Manhattan College last weekend and I went on a boat for a corporate event this past Wednesday and did surprisingly well. Unfortunately, I had a dip in my anxiety this past Thursday.

I got my first cold sore.

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[JR: I’ll pass this to Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) for remediation. Not everything we pray for has to be a “disaster”. Sometimes we need help with our “big items”; even if there don’t seem “big” to others.]

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JBLOGGER: Lapidos, Rachel [MC2010] Dog blogger


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Author: Rachel Lapidos

Rachel, 26, has been a New Yorker since escaping her childhood town of Dallas, Texas after high school. She holds a Communications degree from Manhattan College and is currently obtaining a Master’s in Journalism from NYU.

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Lapidos, Rachel [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Rachel is a member of the Class of 2010.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lapidos, Rachel [MC2010]

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JBLOGGER: Simmons, Kathy [CMSV1984] her Mom did it


Kathy Simmons

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Another time my college roommate came home with me for the weekend and left her favorite sweatshirt in my room. She too would never see it again. I imagined another teenage girl, but this one Irish by birth, clad contentedly in the Manhattan College sweatshirt, perhaps strolling the banks of the Liffey River on one of those chilled and damp Irish mornings or sipping a Guinness in a local pub hugging the sweatshirt close.

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Simmons, Kathy [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Kathy.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Kathy Simmons commented on JBLOGGER: Simmons, Kathy [MC????] her Mom did it

Kathy Simmons 

I am a 1984 CMSV alumn but took Marketing classes at Manhattan (Go Jaspers!) as well, not to mention enjoyed numerous nights at Pinewood, Terminal and Greenleaf (back in the day!) as well. The Manhattan College sweatshirt, I believe, belonged to my roomate’s boyfriend at the time…I also bartended at Greenleaf for short stint which i understand no longer exists. My 30th year reunion approaching next month!

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Submitted on 2014/05/06 at 6:58 pm | In reply to Kathy Simmons.

Greenleaf gone. As well as many, if not all of the haunts.

That’s for the comment.

Given that CSMV almost merged, it’s hard not to call “the Mounties” at least “honorary Jaspers”.

Laff. Sometimes they were more “honorable” than others.

It was really too bad that the merger didn’t happen. I know, on the technology committee, we spent a lot of time and enegry into making it seamless.

Maybe some day.

Thanks, fjohn68

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) cites a GREAT video


[JR: Blog post pointing to a video that is a great way to spend 4½ minutes.]

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

“Buffalo’s Bob Saraceno is a blog friend. Yesterday he e-mailed an Andre Rieu You Tube piece. I share it with you this morning. What you are about to see and hear is emotionally moving, Enjoy it as part of the Holy Week spirit. Whether Christian, Jew, Muslim, or whatever, God is God.”

[JR: Happy Seasonal Greetings. Dona Nobis Pacem.]

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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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