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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Memorial Day

2015-May-23

Dear Friends,

This weekend we are celebrating, if you will, Memorial Day when we will be Remembering Our Fallen. I am taking the liberty of sharing some thoughts. Some are mine and some are those that I came across that so poignantly express feelings of loss, love, sacrifice, memories and yes pain. We all have relatives, friends, comrades that live in our hearts and memories when we say “Some Gave All, All Gave Some.” If you have ever visited an American Military Cemetery in the United States or abroad, you will know what I mean when I say, you can feel the drumbeat of their hearts, the courage of their commitment of their lives given and the pride with which they served. If you have been present and experienced the playing of ” Taps ” you know what I mean when I say, you will have shared a union of soul and emotion with those that lie there at rest that is incomparable to anything else you will ever feel.

The American Family Association in a recent article wrote the following in speaking of Memorial Day.

” To some it is just a flag, resting in a triangular box on a mantle. To others,
It explains why there is an odd number of place settings at the table, why
the opposite side of the bed stays cold, why there’s a vacant seat at
Graduation, why a bride walks down the aisle alone.”
” To some, it is just a day, an excuse for a three day weekend to barbecue
and celebrate the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day to be
alone, remembering daughters they can’t hug, dads they can’t call,
friends they couldn’t save, brothers who saved them with the ultimate
sacrifice.”

Some of you have never read in its’ entirety, ” In Flanders Fields. Please allow me the further liberty of sharing it with you as we Remember The Fallen.

In Flanders Fields the Poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place;

And in the sky the larks still bravely

Singing, fly scarce heard amid

The guns below.

We are the dead.

Short days ago we lived, felt dawn,

Saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved,

And now we lie in Flanders Fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you with failing arms we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep,

Though poppies grow in

Flanders Fields.

To those who gave their lives for our freedom, we pray and know they are at peace and rest in God’s Eternal Embrace. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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[JR: I feel the best way to honor the fallen, to “thank some one for their service”, and / or “be a patriotic American”, is to DEMAND that we bring all the girls and boys home now. Maybe it’s not the time for “politics” — BOTH the R’s and D’s are chicken hawks with other people’s children — but I don’t think this is political. Death is unavoidable, but dying in “other people’s wars” is most avoidable. Dona Nobis Pacem]  

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) forwards email from Walsh, Meg (MC1979)

2015-May-21

Good Afternoon All,

The following is a message sent out by our Alumni Board President, Meg Walsh. Her message of Community, Friendship, Values and Hope resonate clearly with what Manhattan College Stands for. Her comments are so on the money. We Congratulate the Graduating Class of 2015 and of Course Kelly and Grace, recipiants of this year’s Gunn Medal Award. We will keep all of our Jaspers in our prayers. Thank you Meg. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

—–Original Message—–
From: Walsh, Meg
Sent: Thu, May 21, 2015 10:29 AM
Subject: Gunn Medal and Graduation Weekend

Hi Everyone,

I spent this past weekend participating in the Graduation exercises and festivities; the energy and hope these new young Alumni exhumed was contagious and I want to share that with each of you.

The excitement started at the Awards ceremony Thursday evening – it is at this event the Gunn Medal is awarded. We were a little coy at our last Society meeting in May, because as you know the Gunn Medal is a big secret until the end of the Awards ceremony. (You may recall we had Student guests at the meeting and we were very careful not to give away our big surprise!)

The Class of 2015 was outstanding and we had a pool off 11 candidates to consider for the Gunn Medal. After several rounds of voting we realized we had a tie vote. With the help of Counsel (Mike M) and some quick thinking by Ainsley we reviewed the Constitution and found we did in fact have the authority to award two medals. Our winners were Ms. Kelly Douglas and Ms. Grace Hoffman, both from the School of Business. Both young ladies had been active in volunteer work, co-curricula activities and embodied the LaSallian teachings. When the names were revealed there was quite a bit of excitement. As it turns out they are best friends and were sitting next to each other. I think the thunderous applause validated the review and voting process yielded the right result. (There are a few pictures from the event on the Photo page of the College website.)

Mike De Luca and the entire Committee deserve their own round of applause- this is a huge effort and their hard work is truly appreciated. Thank you Mike and team!

The Graduation ceremonies were very special. Saturday we awarded Eileen Murray (Class of ‘80) an Alumna an Honorary Doctorate; and Sunday we awarded one to David O’Brien. I think the most inspiring story however was of the Undergraduate Valedictorian a young lady from Cambodia, recruited by one of our own Math professors while on a teaching mission in Cambodia, Timsy Tor. This Fall Timsy will be heading to Paris, where she will continue her Math studies; with the long term plan of returning to Cambodia. In her speech she thanked the Manhattan Community for essentially being her “family” these last few years and for the encouragement and friendships she made while with us in the Bronx. (She also thanked the O’Malley family.)

And as I stated last year, the Singers made our Sunday morning Mass beautiful as did the words of Nelson Da Luz as he shared his experiences of his L.O.V.E. mission trip. At the Mass, we also blessed those students going on to do volunteer work; this year we even had one young man entering the Seminary.

The College does a beautiful job on the Graduation events – and even provided refreshments to the Students and their families in the Quadrangle where lots (and lots) of pictures were taken.

Throughout the weekend, I heard a theme repeated – many of the speakers spoke about the “friendships” they made at Manhattan College. As I contemplated what that really meant I realized that many of the friends I hold nearest and dearest to me were met through Manhattan College (and we are talking quite a few years since graduation!); and each time I am with a group of Alumns I find myself making new friends. I think this is a message that will help us in our work to foster Alumni re-engagement with the College – we are a Community, and that bond will be there forever.

– On other notes, Tom McCarthy continues to give improving updates on Joe Dillon and I even understand he is now resting at home. (I sent a card to him from all of us.) As Phil says, let’s keep up the volume of our prayers for Joe’s continued recovery.

Best wishes to everyone for a great summer, I hope to see you at one of the summer events – Saratoga for sure and hopefully a few others along the way. Come out and join us!

Thank you for a great year, Meg

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Walsh, Meg (MC1979)

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) updates on Dillon, Joe [MC1962]

2015-May-18

Good Morning All,

Some wonderful news regarding Joe Dillon. Tom McCarthy spoke with Joe who is now at home. Tom tells us Joe sounded great, he will be out of commission a bit for the immediate few weeks and won’t be able to drive for six months but he is doing well and in good spirits. As Tom said, ” Happy to hear our good friend is doing well.” I am sharing below an update sent by Joe. Please keep Joe, Judy and their Family in your prayers as we give thanks for Joe’s recovery and pray for his continued well being and recuperation free of complications.Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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From Joe Dillon. –  Thank You 

    I am pleased to report that  I am on the road to recovery after a near death experience following a heart seizure while attending my grandson’s lacrosse game at the local HS. Fortunately, my surgeon son-in-law saw me go down and began applying CPR within minutes. At one point while at the first hospital the doctors began preparing my family and close friends to say goodbye after which I began to rally and they moved me to the heart center at Morristown Hospital. Certainly the superb medical care was a factor in my recovery as was God’s intervention in response to your prayers for which I am eternally grateful. Please express my thanks and gratitude to the staff, alumni and Brothers community at MC for their support and prayers. I hope to see you at an alumni event in the near future.

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[JR: Certainly good news.]

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JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) cites the Archbishop of San Francisco

2015-May-03

Branding needs strong servant leaders, such as the Archbishop of San Francisco.

Gerard ’75

Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)

[JR: Could it be the job of the followers to hold the leaders to a higher standard? Speak up, contribute $, or not as appropriate.]  

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JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) reports incident at funeral of Robles, Jose Louis [MCstudent RIP]

2015-Apr-28

O’Connell, Bill (MC1976)

“A Manhattan student.”

http://nyti.ms/1PPobKq

Six Are Shot, Two Fatally, Outside a Brooklyn Church After a Funeral
BY MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ AND REBECCA WHITE

The gunfire began about 8:30 p.m. on Flatbush Avenue, the authorities said. It was not immediately clear how many people fired shots.

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Mr. Robles, a father of two who lived in Brooklyn, was known as Cheo. He died on April 16. An obituary included in a flier from the service described him as having overcome “many obstacles” and said that he was 60 credits away from a degree in neuroscience from Manhattan College. Mr. Marroquin, a close friend of Mr. Robles, said in an interview early Tuesday morning that Mr. Robles had served time in prison for murder. “He got married in that church, he changed his life 100 percent. He left the streets. He left the life. Right now, a war started. This is a war.”

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Robles, Jose Louis [MCstudent RIP] (d:2015-Apr-16)

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http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article19784712.html

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A Manhattan College spokesman confirmed that Robles was a part-time commuter student who was not currently registered at the Bronx school. He had completed 27 credits and had not yet declared a major in the College’s School of Arts.

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Good Evening All,

Bill O’Connell, a good Friend and regular attendee at our Manhattan College Retreat shared a sad story regarding a past student of Manhattan College, non-graduate, Mr. Jose Louis Robles. Bill reported to Jasper Jottings what he came across. We have no in depth information as to what transpired but ask for your prayers for Mr. Robles, his Wife and their Family.

Six Are Shot, Two Fatally, Outside a Brooklyn Church After a Funeral
BY MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ AND REBECCA WHITE.

The gunfire began about 8:30 p.m. on Flatbush Avenue, the authorities said. It was not immediately clear how many people fired shots.

Mr. Robles, a father of two who lived in Brooklyn, was known as Cheo. He died on April 16. An obituary included in a flier from the service described him as having overcome “many obstacles” and said that he was 60 credits away from a degree in neuroscience from Manhattan College. Mr. Marroquin, a close friend of Mr. Robles, said in an interview early Tuesday morning that Mr. Robles had served time in prison ……..“He got married in that church, he changed his life 100 percent. He left the streets. He left the life.”

We pray for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper and his Family, as the Family mourn his passing. May he rest in peace. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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JEMAIL: Moore, Kevin (MC1980) remembers the many venues

2015-Apr-27

PINEWOOD OR GREENLEAF?

Dear CIC,

During my stay at Manhattan College from 1976 to 1980, residents had several options when overwhelmed with thirst. Besides the Greenleaf and the Pinewood, there were also the Terminal and C & B’s on Broadway and there was a bar whose name I can’t remember just up the street from Overlook. In fact each spring there was a race held with each contestant having to stop at each bar for one cup of beer before moving on to the next bar. There was also Pauline’s and a couple of other places around 231st street. My freshman year the Greenleaf with it’s special of 5 cups of beer for $1 was the place to be. The Terminal introduced $2 pitchers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and became the place to be sophomore year. The Pinewood with its proximity to Broadway Joe’s Pizza was where we spent most of our time junior and senior year. The Pinewood had a lunch special ( a sandwich from the deli next door and two beers for $5) that beat anything on offer from the cafeteria by a mile. They also had free pizza from Broadway Joe’s on Sunday nights. When our intramural basketball team returned to play in the alumni league for a couple of seasons and actually won it one year, the Pinewood sprung for champagne for us. What a great place. So sorry to see it go.

Kevin Moore
1980

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Moore, Kevin (MC1980) 

[JR: Sigh.Those were the “good old days”.]  

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JEMAIL: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) has a new novel

2015-Apr-14

Hi John,

The third novel in my tetralogy about Irish queen-in-exile Maeve, traveling incognito as Molly through 13th-century England, and her extraordinary family has been published by Simon and Schuster. I’m attaching some reviews and a promotional e-card put out by S&S.

In my next email I’ll send a picture of the front cover. Use anything that strikes your fancy.

Warm regards,

Douglas Nicholas, Arts ’64

2015 Apr 14 zzThrone of Darkness e card

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