Category Archives: JHQ – From Headquarters

JHQ: McMahon, John [MC1977] board member Fresh Air Fund


The Manhattan College alumnus has served as a longtime board member at the Fresh Air Fund.

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Born and raised in the Bronx, John McMahon always was fascinated by urban life. It’s what led him to a 34-year career at Con Edison and now, the position of chief executive officer at Long Island Power Authority. It’s also what led him to serve The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. McMahon has served as a board member since 2004.

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McMahon, John [MC1977]

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JHQ: Alma Mater’s sports site with a “birth control” ad


2014 Dec 24 ad

[JR: Hmmmm, a “birth control” ad on Alma Mater’s sports site. Wouldn’t happen on my watch. Argh!]

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JHQ: Faculty and Student Accomplishments: December 2014


Faculty and Student Accomplishments: December 2014


Lois Harr, director of campus ministry and social action at Manhattan College and assistant to the vice president of student life, was a presenter and participant at Catholic Relief Services trainings this fall in Baltimore, Queens, N.Y., and Malvern, Pa. Harr also organized a campus ministry roundtable at the Huether Lasallian Conference. 

School of Arts

Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center and assistant professor of religious studies, recently had an article in a new book by Hong Kong University Press. “Jews and Muslims: Collaboration through Acknowledging the Shoah” was released in Sander L. Gilman’s Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Collaboration and Conflict in the Age of Diaspora.
In addition, Afridi was a part of the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Riverdale at the Presbyterian Church.

On Nov. 25, James Behr, adjunct instructor in music theory, presented the final recital in historic Steinway Hall before it was torn down. As a Steinway recorded artist, Behr had the privilege of performing on a Steinway & Sons concert grand piano, and the recital included pieces by Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and a piece composed by James.

Ashley Cross, Ph.D., professor of English and chair of the department, released a blog entry, “Teaching Romanticism VIII: Mary Robinson” for Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840. This fall, Cross also had an article, “Writing Pain: Sensibility and Suffering in the Later Letters of Anna Seward and Mary Robinson” included in the Bulletin of the John Rylands.

Michael Grabowski, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, is the editor of Routledge’s new book, Neuroscience and Media: New Understandings and Representations. The book examines how new research on the brain informs media studies, and it explores how mass media depicts that new research.

Peter Heller, Ph.D., professor of government, had an article “Technoethics: Nature and Cases” published as part of the Evolving Issues Surrounding Technoethics in the Digital Age. A new book published by IGI Global in 2014.

On Dec. 18, Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D., an associate professor of religious studies, wrote an article on Pope Francis’ intervention in the U.S. and Cuba relations for Read more.
Paige Hughes ’16, a urban affairs major, was accepted to the state assembly intern program during the spring 2015 semester. 

On Nov. 21, Julie Leininger Pycior, Ph.D., professor of history, wrote a Huffington Post blog post entitled, “Odd Couple? U.S. Catholic Bishops and Community Organizers.”

School of Business

Poonam Arora, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and marketing, was recently elected as the representative-at-large to the Board of the International Association for Conflict Management.

School of Education and Health

Shawn Ladda, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology presented with two students (Angel Martinez ’15 and John Mitchell ’15, both physical education majors) along with Ariela Herman and two of her students from Queens College at the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (NYSAHPERD) conference. The presentation was titled, edTPA Faculty and Students Reflect on Teacher Performance Assessment and held in Verona, N.Y., Nov. 19-22.

Caitlin Hynes ’15, kinesiology major of the year at Manhattan, and Ladda were recognized by NYSAHPERD with the Amazing Major and Person awards at the ceremony held at the November conference. 

School of Engineering

On Dec. 19, Sina Shahbazmohamadi, Ph.D., visiting associate professor of mechanical engineering, was featured on Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s (CPTV) for his work with digital imaging with UConn to recreate antique instruments. 

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JHQ: Manhattan College Monthly


College To Honor Richard T. Anderson at Annual De La Salle Dinner

Manhattan College will honor Richard T. Anderson, Ph.D., president of the New York Building Congress (NYBC), with the 2015 De La Salle medal at the College’s annual De La Salle dinner on Jan. 20. READ 

The Daily Beast Ranks College Among Top 25 Colleges with Best Return on InvestmentThe Daily Beast recently placed Manhattan among the top 25 institutions in the country for return on investment, citing the College for providing graduates an opportunity to earn a strong starting salary and mid-career average salary. 
Manhattan College Takes On The Federal Reserve BankFor the fourth year in a row, economics and finance professor Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., led a successful team to the Fed College Challenge in New York City. 

On Campus

Merry Christmas from Manhattan College

From all of us here at the College, we wish you and yours a merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy new year! 
New Education Programs Geared Toward Special Education in High SchoolsManhattan College now offers two advanced education programs aimed at developing special education teachers specifically for job placement in high schools. 
Ruben Carbonell ’69 Elected to the National Academy of EngineeringOn Nov. 24, Manhattan College honored Ruben Carbonell ’69 for his election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) earlier this year. 


Manhattan Welcomes Julius Stevenson to the Jasper FamilyOn Dec. 17, Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello and the men’s basketball program officially welcomed two-year-old Julius Stevenson to the Jasper family at the team’ s morning shootaround at the Peterson Events Center. Julius was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) on July 22. 
Powers Honored With ECAC Lifetime AwardFormer Manhattan College student-athlete, head coach and administrator John “Jack” Powers along with Donald “Dee” Rowe (Connecticut) were honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2014 Madison Square Garden (MSG) Holiday Festival presented by Advanced Auto Parts.  

Blerim Pocesta Garners ECAC Performer of the Week HonorsOne day after being named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Field Performer of the Week, junior Blerim Pocesta of the Manhattan College men’s indoor track and field team received Corvais ECAC Co-Performer of the Week honors. 

Barclays Pregame Alumni Reception on Dec. 22All are welcome to attend a pregame reception prior to the men’s basketball game against Fordham at the Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY). The event will be held at Woodland Restaurant (242 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY) from 4-6 p.m., and there is no charge to attend, and registration is not required. A cash bar will be available. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. Game tickets may be purchased by emailing or directly through Ticketmaster.
Support Manhattan College with AmazonSmileManhattan College has partnered with AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. On eligible purchases, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent to the Fund For Manhattan. With the holiday season in full swing, give back to Manhattan while shopping for your family and loved ones. Get started today.
Alumni Events in 2015Stay tuned for news on upcoming alumni events this new year, including regional gatherings, the Jasper Open on May 5, Reunion Weekend, June 5-7, and many more. See the Alumni Calendar for the latest updates.

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JHQ: De La Salle Medal Dinner 2015


On Jan. 20, the College will honor Richard Anderson, president of The New York Building Congress, at the De La Salle Medal Dinner. As the College’s largest fundraiser of the year, proceeds help provide an excellent, values-based education for our students. If you would like to celebrate with us at the Waldorf Astoria, visit

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JHQ: Merry Christmas from Manhattan College 2014


Merry Christmas from Manhattan College 2014

Published on Dec 10, 2014
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[JR: A 1:12 video card. Very well done. And a merry and happy to all.]

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JHQ:Pat Stone, Alma Mater Human Resources on Why


Hi there — I wanted to pass along a piece from Pat Stone, Human Resources Manager at Manhattan College, if you’d like to include in the next Jasper Jottings installment.

Why I Place a Christmas Wreath on My Parents’ Grave Every Year

Pete McHugh
Director of Communications

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