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JHQ: March 2015 Alumni connection


MAAC Basketball Championships
Thursday, March 5 – Monday, March 9
Congratulations to the men’s and women’s Jasper basketball teams! Best of luck to both teams in this weekend’s MAAC Championship tournament at the Times Union Center (51 S Pearl St., Albany, NY). Learn more about the tournament.
Women’s First Round
#6 Niagara vs. #11 Manhattan
Thursday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Men’s Quarterfinals
#3 Manhattan vs. winner of Quinnipiac/Marist game
Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m.
A limited number of single-session tickets for the first men’s game are available through the Manhattan College ticket office. Please email with the number of tickets you are requesting.
Tickets from the Manhattan College ticket office will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Should that allotment sell out, tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.
Alumni Reception

Prior to the first men’s game scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, join other Jasper fans at Wolf’s 1-11 Arena Sports Grill, adjacent to the Times Union Center (51 S Pearl St., Albany, NY). The reception, which will be held from 6 – 8 p.m., is $20 and includes a selection of finger foods and appetizers and a cash bar will be available. 

Florida Alumni Events
March 2015
Jasper alumni, family and friends living in or visiting Florida are invited to join the College at one or more of our upcoming events. Click through each event to learn more and to register.
Southwest Florida Luncheon, Sunday, March 8
Winter Park Reception, Monday, March 9
Sarasota Luncheon, Wednesday, March 11
West Palm Beach Golf Outing & Dinner, Thursday, March 12
Naples & Bonita Springs Alumni Reception, Friday, March 13
Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 14

Washington D.C. St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
Thursday, March 12
Join the College and alumni hosts Tony Kavanagh ’82 and Elli Nesbitt ’81 for an afternoon luncheon at James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant & Bar (1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington D.C.). The luncheon will be held from 12 – 2 p.m., is $20 per person and includes a salad, a choice of three entrees, and dessert (cash bar available). Advance registration is required. 
New York St. Patrick’s Day Events
March 2015
Long Island Alumni Gathering
Monday, March 16
Jasper alumni, family and friends are invited to attend the Long Island Alumni Club’s annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the Inn at New Hyde Park (214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY). Join fellow Manhattan graduates for a wonderful afternoon of reminiscing, meeting and greeting, and networking. The luncheon will begin at 12 p.m. and is $40 per person.
For registration information, please contact Tom Connolly ’58 at (914) 779-5664 or or Pat Creegan ’67 at (718) 461-1982 or
NYC Breakfast and Parade
Tuesday, March 17
Join the College for a special pre-parade breakfast reception at Club Quarters (40 West 45th St., New York, NY) at 10 a.m. The breakfast is $40 for alumni and friends and $20 for students (cost includes sash). 
Following breakfast, march in the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, led by the Manhattan College Pipes & Drums and Gaelic Society. Assembly will begin around 12 p.m. on W. 45th St., between 5th and 6th Avenues. Marchers are required to purchase a sash, available at the line of march and at the breakfast, for $5 from the Gaelic Society.
Learn more about the NYC Parade.

Fairfield County Alumni Reception
Thursday, March 26

Alumni, family and friends living or working in the Stamford area are invited to join the College for a dinner reception hosted by Susan Iorio Duarte ’84 and Rich Calo ’83 at Zody’s 19th Hole (451 Stillwater Rd., Stamford, CT). Connect with other Jaspers and hear about what’s new in Riverdale! The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., and is $30 per person. Advance registration is required. 

2015 Save the Dates
Jasper Open
Monday, May 4
The College’s premier golf outing will be held at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, NY. For more information about participating in this special event, please visit
Reunion Weekend
Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7
All Jaspers are invited back to Riverdale for Reunion Weekend 2015! We invite volunteers from anniversary classes ending in either -5 or -0, especially graduates from 1965 and 1990, to serve as representatives. Help with outreach for this special weekend or assist with raising funds for your anniversary class gift. Volunteer now. Plan your return to Riverdale for your upcoming anniversary celebration!
The schedule of events and brochure will be available in the coming weeks. Learn more about Reunion Weekend.

Walt Olsewski ’68 notches 200th win as Jaspers defeat Howard. 
From Brooklyn to Israel: Rhamel Brown ’14 continues his love of basketball. 
Read news articles highlighting Manhattan College, its programs, and the activities and accomplishments of its community.
A Message from the Alumni Society President
Read the latest message from Alumni Society President, Meg Walsh.
Women’s Wellness for Alumnae by Alumnae
On Saturday, April 11, Jasper alumnae are invited to enjoy a day of women’s wellness on campus. The day will feature several sessions including yoga, meditation, Zumba, and keynote speaker Julienne Ryan ’81. Learn more about this exciting event. Advance registration is required.
Regional Alumni Chapters
Manhattan College has several regional alumni chapters in cities and states across the nation. Even if you’re far from Riverdale, you can still keep in touch with fellow Jaspers. Explore our regional map!
If you are interested in organizing events in your area, please complete our volunteer form.
Alumni Resources & Benefits
As an alumnus/a of Manhattan College, we invite you to explore many opportunities, discounts and benefits available. We encourage you to take advantage of these fantastic services. Learn more.
Join the Clean Energy Revolution with Sungevity
It’s a new year and change is in the air! This year, why not start off 2015 by powering your home with clean, solar energy through the Alumni Office’s partnership with Sungevity? Taking the first step is easy. Request a FREE quote and find out how much you could save on electricity bills. Plus, you’ll save $750 off your system and Sungevity will give $750 to Manhattan College to support our important work!
Join the clean energy revolution and find out what solar could look like on your home!
Manhattan College Alumni on Social Media
Get the latest on alumni events, news, annoucnements and more. Stay connected to Riverdale and your fellow Jasper graduates with our official Manhattan College alumni presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Alumni Webpage Features
Stay connected to Manhattan College online. The Alumni office is pleased to offer convenient online features:
Update your information
Volunteer with other Jaspers
Submit a prayer request
Visit for more information.

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JHQ: February monthly (received 2/25)


February 2015: Manhattan Monthly


Engineering Professor Creates Technology To Replicate Rare Pieces Of Antique Instruments

Sina Shahbazmohamadi, Ph.D., in collaboration with the University of Connecticut, is revolutionizing the history of music with the replication of rare antique instrument parts using a 3-D printer.

Students Deliver Safe Drinking Water in Mexico City

In January, 12 students from the School of Engineering traveled to Mexico City to participate in a study abroad course and give back to the local community with the installation of a safe drinking water filter and donations of toys and clothes. 


Business Students Offer Complimentary Tax Services to Qualified Bronx Residents

Manhattan College business students have partnered with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for the sixth year in a row to provide tax preparation services to local Bronx residents this tax season. 

On Campus

Center for the Study of the Future of Education to Host Featured Speakers

In order to establish an understanding of poverty and the effect it can have on students, Manhattan College’s new Center for the Study of the Future of Education will welcome two distinguished speakers to campus this semester on March 25 and April 22. 

Spring Semester of Major Author Reading Series Continues with Distinguished Authors

Four distinguished authors will speak at Manhattan College during the 2015 spring semester as part of the College’s biannual Major Author Reading Series. The series continues on March 26 with poet and nonfiction writer Gianmarc Manzione ’02. 

Manhattan Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with Day of Service

On Jan. 24, Manhattan students volunteered around the city as part of the College’s first ever Day of Service to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and legacy. 


Olsewski Notches 200th Win as Jaspers Defeat Howard

Head coach Walter Olsewski ’68 received his 200th win with the men’s and women’s swimming teams on Jan. 31.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams Compete at MAAC Indoor Championships

The men’s track and field team finished second at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Indoor Championships at the New Balance Armory Track & Field Center on Feb. 21. The women’s squad ended up just six points out of second, taking fourth place overall. 

Cosgrove Named MAAC Preseason Freshman Of The Year recently named Tom Cosgrove ’18 of the men’s baseball team as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) preseason Freshman of the Year while Manhattan was tabbed to finish fifth in the circuit by renowned college baseball columnist Eric Sorenson. 


Join Fellow Jaspers to March in the New York City Parade

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, join fellow Jaspers on March 17 to march in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade led by the Manhattan College Pipes & Drums and Gaelic Society. The College will host a pre-parade breakfast reception at Club Quarters (40 West 45th St., New York, NY) at 10 a.m. The breakfast is $40 for alumni and friends and $20 for students (cost includes sash). 

Women’s Wellness Event on April 11

On April 11, alumnae are invited to attend a women’s wellness event on campus with yoga, meditation, zumba and a keynote speaker. The event will be held in Kelly Commons Rooms 5B & C, and is sponsored by the Alumnae Initiative Committee. 

Return to Riverdale for Reunion Weekend 2015

From June 5-7, the College will host Reunion Weekend 2015, and invites volunteers from anniversary classes ending in either -5 or -0, especially graduates from 1965 and 1990, to serve as representatives.  

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JHQ: Manhattan Monthly


[JR: Email received; website not updated. Probably due to the snow?]


Kelly Student Commons Receives LEED Gold CertificationManhattan College’s Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons, which officially opened in October 2014, recently achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

College Honors Richard T. Anderson at Annual De La Salle DinnerRichard T. Anderson, Ph.D., president of the New York Building Congress, was honored on Jan. 20 with the 2015 De La Salle Medal. The annual De La Salle Dinner raised more than $1 million for the College. 
Manhattan Engineer Restores Renowned Pipe OrgansElectrical engineering major Sean O’Donnell ’85 uses the skills he honed at Manhattan College to build and restore pipe organs around the country. 

On Campus  

Manhattan Students Gather for Day of Service on Jan. 24In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, Manhattan College volunteered at several sites across the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. 
HGI Center to Host Several Events During Spring Semester

The Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center will host several events this spring, examining the history of Jewish people during and after World War II starting on Feb. 10. The Jan. 26 event has been postponed due to inclement weather.


Men’s Basketball Defeats Monmouth

Junior Ashton Pankey scored a game high of 22 points, and helped the Jaspers defeat Monmouth in a 71-64 win. 
Rhamel Brown ’14 Continues His Love Of Basketball

Former Jasper basketball player Rhamel Brown left behind an incredible legacy as a leader and a winner prior to beginning his professional basketball career in Israel.

John McMahon ’73 Leads Urban Youth Programming

Bronx native John McMahon ’73 is the chief executive officer at Long Island Power Authority by day but also an active member of The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer experiences for children. 
Return to Riverdale for Reunion Weekend 2015

From June 5-7, the College will host Reunion Weekend 2015, and invites volunteers from anniversary classes ending in either -5 or -0, especially graduates from 1965 and 1990, to serve as representatives. 

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

School of Arts

Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center and assistant professor of religious studies, discussed Muslims and the Holocaust on Oxford Handbooks Online. Afridi is the author of the recently published Oxford University Press article The Role of Muslims and the Holocaust. Watch the video

Judith Plaskow, Ph.D., professor emeritus of religious studies, was the featured speaker at the Temple Sinai of Summit’s Lunch and Learn series on Jan. 25.

In December 2014, Margaret Toth, Ph.D., associate professor of English, had her article, “Shaping Modern Bodies: Edith Wharton on Dieting, Weight, and Visual Media” published in Modern Fiction Studies.

School of Education and Health

Lisa Toscano, Ed.D. professor of kinesiology, and Brianne Carroll recently had their article “Preventing ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injuries in Females: What Physical Educators Need to Know” published in JOPERD (the Journal of Physical Education Recreation and Dance).

School of Science

Gerardo L.F. Carfagno, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology, along with coauthor Peter P. Fong, had their paper “Growth Inhibition of Tadpoles Exposed to Sertraline in the Presence of Conspecifics,” printed in the Journal of Herpetology.

Posted on January 26, 2015

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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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