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JHQ: Catholic Relief Services President Carolyn Woo


Catholic Relief Services President and CEO To Deliver Undergraduate Commencement Keynote on May 18

College will present Carolyn Woo with honorary doctorate during ceremony.

Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D., president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will deliver Manhattan College’s keynote address at the College’s 172nd undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 18 at 1 p.m. She will also be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

“The work of CRS is a shining example of faith in action, and Carolyn Woo’s leadership is a model for our students in the use of great gifts in service of the common good,” said President Brennan O’Donnell. “Manhattan College cherishes it strong relationship with CRS and our students and faculty look forward to welcoming Dr. Woo formally into our educational community.”

Founded by the Catholic bishops of the United States in 1943, CRS was first started to aid survivors of World War II in Europe. Following a distinguished academic career, Woo has spearheaded CRS, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., since 2012.

Last year, Woo, representing CRS, was featured by Foreign Policy magazine (May/June 2013) as one of the 500 Most Powerful People on the Planet and one of only 33 in the category of “A Force for Good.” She also writes a monthly column for Catholic News Service, which received first place in the 2013 Catholic Press Association Awards in the category of Best Regular Column – Spiritual Life.

Prior to working at CRS, Woo was the dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business for more than 10 years. Under her supervision, the school was recognized as the nation’s leading business school in ethics education and research, and received top ranking in 2010 and 2011 for its undergraduate business program from Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Woo is a graduate of Purdue University and received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the institution. She also was the associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University before working at Notre Dame.

Manhattan College will award approximately 750 undergraduates with degrees in some 40 major fields of study from its schools of arts, business, education and health, engineering and science on May 18. For complete information on Commencement 2014, visit

Members of the media who would like to cover the Commencement ceremony should email Liz Connolly Bauman, director of communications at Manhattan College, at
Posted on April 15, 2014

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JHQ: Accepted School of Business Students Reception


The Promise of NYC: Accepted School of Business Students Reception

Accepted School of Business students had the opportunity to meet with faculty, current students and alumni on Tuesday, April 8, to learn about the opportunities at Manhattan College and where a business degree from Manhattan can take you.

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JHQ: Allows Steve Masiello Return Coach After


Manhattan College to Allow Steve Masiello To Return To Coaching After He Completes Undergraduate Degree

Manhattan College today announced it will reinstate Steve Masiello as its men’s head basketball coach, once he has completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.

Manhattan College today announced it will reinstate Steve Masiello as its men’s head basketball coach, once he has completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. He will be on unpaid leave until he receives his degree. During his absence, associate head coach Matt Grady will lead the program as interim head coach.

Mr. Masiello has been Manhattan College’s head men’s basketball coach since April 2011. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville from 2005-11. Mr. Masiello was an assistant coach at Manhattan College from 2001-05 and began his coaching career at Tulane University in 2000. The fact that he had not received his degree from the University of Kentucky came to light in a credentials check by the University of South Florida, with whom Mr. Masiello had agreed to accept employment as head basketball coach.

Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College, said: “After an extensive review of the situation and extenuating circumstances, we determined that Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally misrepresent himself in applying to the College. After participating in graduation ceremonies at the University of Kentucky, he enrolled in summer courses with the intention of completing his degree, but never followed through to make sure that the degree was awarded. We appreciate the counsel of all involved in assessing this complex situation. Our policy was always that the coach must have at least a four-year undergraduate degree. We are confident that Mr. Masiello will be able to complete his degree this summer and return soon thereafter to resume his duties.”

“I am extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunity to continue as the head men’s basketball coach at Manhattan College,” Masiello said. “I made a mistake that could have cost me my job at an institution I love. Details matter. Manhattan College has shown me a great deal of compassion and trust during this process, and I will do everything in my power to uphold that trust. I understand that I am very fortunate to have the chance to remain here at Manhattan.”

Posted on April 07, 2014

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[JR: TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: Stella Montalvo, Stella [MC2012] for posting it to Facebook!]

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JHQ: Good Friday 2014?


Friday, April 3, 2015 
Good Friday – College Closed
Manhattan College will be closed in observance of Good Friday.

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[JR: Now I am just a poor sinner, but did I miss Good Friday. Google tells me different.]

Friday, April 18
Good Friday 2014

[JR: Laff!]

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JHQ: Manhattan softball team



Published on Mar 28, 2014

Play-by-play voice of the Jaspers, Christian Heimall, discusses the state of the program with head coach of the Manhattan softball team, Tom Pardalis.

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7 minute vidoe

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JHQ: Faculty and Student Accomplishments: March 2014


Faculty and Student Accomplishments: March 2014

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

School of Arts

Mehnaz M Afridi, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, was mentioned in a Huffington Post blog post by Rabbi Joshua Stanton entitled, “Inter-Religious Studies: A Field of Its Own.”

The post is a recap of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s recent panel, “Future of Judaism and Islam on American Campuses.”

Jennifer C. Edwards, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, recently published the article “My sister for abbess: fifteenth-century disputes over the Abbey of Sainte-Croix, Poitiers,” in Journal of Medieval History 40, no. 1 (2014): 85-107.

Additionally, Edwards presented “Medical and Spiritual Healing in Medieval Miracle Stories,” at the Rutgers University Medieval and Early Modern Studies Colloquium: The Healing Arts Across the Mediterranean in March 2014.

Claire Nolte, Ph.D., professor of history, presented the paper, “The Nation on Parade: Processions in Late Imperial Prague,” at the 45th annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, in Boston, Mass.
School of Education and Health

William Merriman, Ph.D., professor and dean of the School of Education, was appointed to serve as the United Nations (UN) representative for the international education honor society Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). As part of this role, he will receive UN non-governmental organization credentials, attend briefings for UN partners, and report to KDP chapters on UN matters relevant to the mission of KDP.

Shawn Ladda, professor of kinesiology, recorded a segment for a new show on National Public Radio’s (NPR) KCRW Santa Monica, Calif., “Press Play” on the Olympic Games and the disparity of the number of men’s events to women’s events.

School of Engineering

Civil engineering major Casey Barrett ’15 was awarded a position to work on stormwater harvesting at the prestigious 2014 ReNUWIt Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Stanford University from June 16 – Aug. 15. Selected from among 180 applicants, Barrett will occupy one of 14 positions funded by the National Science Foundation.

Jessica Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the American Water Works Association’s Second Place 2014 Academic Achievement Award for best doctoral dissertation. This award encourages academic excellence by recognizing contributions to the field of public water supply.

School of Science

Helene R. Tyler, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, will teach Group Theory at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from May 21 – June 13 as part of the University’s Volunteer Lecturer program. Funded and administered by the International Mathematical Union and the U.S. National Committee for Mathematics, the program’s goal is to build capacity in mathematics and mathematics education in developing countries. This is Tyler’s fourth year participating, and she has seen several high-performing students from RUPP go on to pursue graduate degrees abroad.

Posted on March 24, 2014

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JHQ: Barnes & Noble and New College Bookstore


Manhattan Partners with Barnes & Noble to Open New College Bookstore

The new bookstore will feature cost-saving options and expanded services, and is open to the public.

As Manhattan College prepares to open the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons later this year, the College has partnered with Barnes & Noble College to operate its new bookstore effective immediately. The store will operate, temporarily, out of the College’s Leo Hall, until construction on the student commons is complete in summer 2014.

“We are excited to partner with Barnes & Noble College in a new venture that will benefit both the College and the community,” said Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College. “The store will provide state-of-the-art course support and service to students and faculty, and will strengthen ties with the neighborhood by being accessible to Riverdale book lovers as well.”

The bookstore will be located on the second floor of the student commons, named for alumnus and former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly ’63. The building will formally open in fall 2014.

In addition to traditional textbooks, an expanded selection of Jasper apparel, laptops and other technology-related products will be available. The bookstore will also carry trade books, current and popular reads, supplies and other educational materials.

With Barnes & Noble College’s Campus Connect technologies, students and faculty will have access to the largest selection of course materials in several cost-saving formats — rental, used, digital and new. These innovative solutions include course fee programs, multi-platform LMS integration strategies, real-time student financial aid modules, and Barnes & Noble’s simple Registration Integration online ordering system. Faculty will also gain access to a groundbreaking online community, FacultyEnlight (, a streamlined textbook adoption platform that combines advanced search capabilities with detailed information on course material formats, pricing and reviews by other faculty.

Through Barnes & Noble College’s textbook rental program, students can save an average of 50 percent off the price of a new textbook.

Manhattan College is one of 69 higher education institutions that Barnes & Noble College partners with in the state of New York, including Columbia University, Fordham University and Baruch College. Nationwide, Barnes & Noble College operates more than 700 campus stores.

“We’re extremely proud to have formed our new partnership with Manhattan College,” said Max J. Roberts, CEO, Barnes & Noble College. “We’re looking forward to offering its students, faculty and alumni a dynamic bookstore, focused on delivering a retail and digital learning experience that complements one of New York City’s finest schools.”

For more information regarding Barnes & Noble College’s services and locations, please visit To learn more about Barnes & Noble College’s affordable textbook rental program, please visit

Visit Manhattan College’s bookstore at and contact for additional questions.

Posted on March 20, 2014

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TWITTER: @GoJaspers Thursday on TNT @ 9:50pm MT


Manhattan Jaspers ‏@GoJaspers 12m

Approx tipoff: 9:50pm MT @MarchMadnessTV: Thursday on TNT: #UofL vs. @GoJaspers Announce team: Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//@KristineLeahy

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JHQ: Jasper tickets to the big dance


NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Ticket Information

After defeating Iona 71-68 on Monday, March 11 to earn the automatic bid from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Manhattan College’s men’s basketball team will begin play in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on either Thursday, March 20 or Friday, March 21.

Preliminary information on tickets is below. Please note that Manhattan College’s game site and opponent will be determined on Sunday, March 16 by 7 p.m. Updated ticket and tournament information will be posted on on Sunday night.

Here are the eight potential sites and dates for the Jaspers’ first NCAA Tournament game:
Buffalo, N.Y. First Niagara Center March 20 & 22
Milwaukee, Wis. BMO Harris Bradley Center March 20 & 22
Orlando, Fla. Amway Center March 20 & 22
Spokane, Wash. Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena March 20 & 22
Raleigh, N.C. PNC Arena March 21 & 23
San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center March 21 & 23
San Diego, Calif. Viejas Arena March 21 & 23
St. Louis, Mo. Scottrade Center March 21 & 23

Single-session tickets for Manhattan’s game on Thursday or Friday are available for $85 and can be purchased in advanced through the Manhattan College ticket office. To purchase tickets through Manhattan College, email with the number of tickets you are requesting. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available at the will call location of Manhattan’s future game site.

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JHQ: MC President To Receive Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award


President To Receive Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award

Brennan O’Donnell to receive prestigious literary award on June 4.

Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College and a scholar of 19th-century British literature, will receive the 2014 Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award on June 4 at West Chester University’s Poetry Conference, the largest poetry-only conference in the country. The award is presented to recognize scholars who have made a lasting contribution to the art and science of versification, and is the only prosody prize in the world.

Unique among literary and academic prizes, the Fitzgerald Award was established at West Chester University in 1999 in honor of the poet and critic Robert Stuart Fitzgerald, best known for his poetic translations of ancient Greek and Latin, in addition to several books of his own poetry.

O’Donnell is the 19th president of Manhattan College and began the role on July 1, 2009. He is the author of two studies of the poetic technique of William Wordsworth, entitled Numerous Verse and The Passion of Meter: A Study of Wordsworth’s Metrical Art.

“His highly original scholarship has expanded our understanding of the English Romantics,” said Dana Gioia, a former Fitzgerald student, past chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, and a member of the selection committee since the inception of the Prosody Award.

Co-editor of The Work of Andre Dubus, O’Donnell has written and lectured widely on poetry, religion and literature, and on issues in higher education. From 1993 to 2000, he was a member of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education and for six years, edited the national magazine Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

“I am honored and humbled to have my work acknowledged in the ranks of so many great scholars in this field,” said O’Donnell. “I’ve learned a great deal from them through the years, and it is gratifying to think that I may have contributed with them to our understanding.”

Prior to working at Manhattan College, he was dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University’s oldest and largest school. O’Donnell also spent 17 years at Loyola University Maryland, where he was a professor of English and, from 1999-2004, director of the university-wide honors program.

A graduate with the highest distinction and honors in English from Penn State in 1981, he earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in English and American Literature and Language.

Past recipients of the Robert Fitzgerald Award include Derek Attridge, T. V. F. Brogan, Edward Weismiller, Paul Fussell, George T. Wright, Timothy Steele, Marina Tarlinskaya, John Hollander, Robert B. Shaw, Lewis Turco, Annie Finch, Thomas Cable and Charles Hartman.
Posted on March 13, 2014

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