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JHQ: Faculty and Student Accomplishments November 2014


Faculty and Student Accomplishments: November 2014

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

Rachel Cirelli, director of the Center for Career Development, was quoted in an article on, which was later picked up by the Huffington Post, giving a tip to stand out at a career fair. See the article
School of Arts

In early November, Manhattan College’s Model UN team brought home four awards while representing the United Kingdom at the National Model United Nations Conference in Washington D.C. Pamela Chasek, professor of government, is program director of the College’s team and helps to prepare the students throughout the year.

The team consisted of the following students: Evan Amadio ’15, economics and international studies major; Kelly Ann deAprix ’17, government major; Irene Entringer ’15, economics and international studies major; Kaitlyn Greiner ’18, government major; Luke Hartman ’16, communication and international studies double major; Chris Hoey ’17, electrical engineering major; Natalie Heinitz ’16, communication major; Evelyn Infante ’15, international studies major; Elizabeth O’Connor ’17, international studies and government double major; Kelly Ortega ’17, international studies and Spanish double major; Lenisa Patterson ’16, international studies major; Mario Selca ’15, government and communication double major; Dan Wallace ’16, communication and international studies double major; and Deonta Wortham ’15, international studies major. The entire delegation won Honorable Mention and other awards included Chris Hoey and Evelyn Infante, Outstanding Position Paper; Irene Entringer and Deonta Wortham, Outstanding Position Paper; and Irene Entringer and Deonta Wortham, Outstanding Delegation in Committee.

Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center and assistant professor of religious studies, recently received a $10,000 donation on behalf of The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

On Nov. 21, Afridi will present with the Academic Relations Committee and Public Understanding of Religion panel at the American Academy of Religion in San Diego.

She also was interviewed on Oct. 26 on ARISE NEWS to discuss who ISIS is and how Muslim women in America think ISIS is affecting them. Watch the interview

In addition, Afridi spoke at Northern Arizona University on Oct. 6 and 7, and presented Nostalgia and the ‘mal du Siècle’ in Jewish-Muslim Interaction and Antisemitism/Islamophobia. Both events were sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Martin-Springer Institute.

Joan Cammarata, Ph.D., professor of Spanish, presented the paper “On Eros vs. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Cervantes’s Marcela” at the Early Modern Image and Text Society Conference, Oct. 23-24 at Rutgers University-Camden.

Bridget Chalk, Ph.D., associate professor of English, recently published Modernism and Mobility: The Passport and Cosmopolitan Experience, which reveals an engaging literary and historical paradox. Read more

Suzanne Cope, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of English, published a new book Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food. Read more

She also wrote a New York Times essay detailing how she and her husband do their best to eat thoughtfully (locally), while pursuing their professional goals and raising their infant son.

Ricardo A. Dello Buono, Ph.D., professor and chair of the sociology department, gave a public lecture at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in Mexico on Nov. 3 entitled “Estructura e ideología en las movilizaciones estudiantiles.” His lecture was featured on Nov. 4 in a full-page article in the prominent Mexican Newspaper La Jornada entitled “Lo menos que puede exigirse a gobiernos es que respectan la vida” [The least that governments can do is respect people’s lives]. Dello Buono openly expressed solidarity with the 43 students at a rural teacher’s college that disappeared on Sept. 26 in the Mexican State of Guerrero.

Paul Droubie, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, was quoted by USA Today on Nov. 2 about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. See the article

Julie Leininger Pycior, Ph.D., professor of history at Manhattan College, interviewed Rev. James Martin, S.J., a Jesuit priest, author and editor-at-large at America, the national Catholic magazine, at a forum at Columbia University in September. The Thomas Merton Changed My Life event was presented by the Columbia Catholic Ministry and Corpus Christi Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society, and the event celebrated the centenary of Thomas Merton, one of the most prominent spiritual writers of the 20th century.

On Oct. 18, Pycior also presented the paper “Ernesto Galarza and Transnational Scholar Activism” at the Western History Association Conference in Newport Beach, Calif.

Margaret Toth, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented the paper “Adapting Geography: Place, Land, and the Industrial Frontier in Oil! And There Will Be Blood” at the annual Literature/Film Association conference in Missoula, Mont.
School of Business

Poonam Arora, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and marketing, and Janet Rovenpor, Ph.D., professor of management and marketing, won the best paper award at the 6th Development of Leadership Capacity Conference at Lancaster University in Lancaster, United Kingdom. Their forthcoming paper, “The Power of Poetry in Cultivating Responsible Leadership,” was presented in the summer and received rave reviews.

Charles Geisst, Ph.D., Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Professor of Economics and Finance at Manhattan College, was quoted by on Nov. 12. See the article

A number of business students recently competed in the College Fed Challenge, which is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank, and competed in the semifinals on Nov. 14. Joshua Clark ’16, economics major; William Gerard ’15, accounting major with a business analytics co-major; David Lothrop ’15, finance and economics double major; Riko Mochizuki ’16, finance business economics dual major; Jessica Schutte ’16, finance major with a business analytics co-major; and John Trieste ’16, economics major; presented on Oct. 31 on the current state of the Federal Reserve Bank with the help of Francisco Alvarez ’15, government and international studies double major; Jonathan Cruz ’15, economics major; Julio Santana ’15, economics and finance double major; and Bianca Trinidad ’16, economics major.
School of Education and Health

Deborah Harris, adjunct instructor in the education department, received the Branch Service Award at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Freedom Fund Luncheon, on Sept. 13.

Lisa Toscano ’79, Ed.D, associate professor of kinesiology, along with seniors Amy Bright, Donna Jo DiNorcia, Shannon Garrity, Caitlyn Hynes and Sydney Weedonwill present Falling and the Effects of Compensatory Stepping: Balance for a lifetime at the the NY chapter of American College of Sports Medicine, Nov. 19-22. Research was conducted with the Kinesiology Department and field experts Louis DePasquale ’73.

The research was also presented at the American Conference of Sports Medicine Hospital for Special Surgery on Nov. 8.
School of Science

Gerardo Carfagno, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, presented a poster entitled “Effects of deforestation on microhabitat suitability for salamander communities” at the August 2014 meeting of the Northeast Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation.

Posted on November 17, 2014

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JHQ: Eight into Athletic HoF

Eight Jaspers To Be Inducted Into Athletic Hall Of Fame Saturday
Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics Department
Release: 11/06/2014

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Seven former Manhattan College student-athletes, including four in their first year of eligibility, and one coach will be inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The 2014 Hall of Fame honorees are:

Gerald Buckley ’64 (track & field)
Patrick Callahan ’99 (baseball)
LaCole Fields ’00 (track & field)
Luis Flores ’04 (men’s basketball)
Thomas Jacob Freeman ’04 (track & field)
Steve Lappas, coach (men’s basketball)
Rosalee Mason ’04 (women’s basketball)
Nicholas Silva ’04 (men’s lacrosse)

“The Manhattan College Athletic Department is pleased to welcome these eight very accomplished contributors into our Hall of Fame,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre said. “The diversity of the 2014 class in sport disciplines, contributing roles and generations is a credit to the well-roundedness and longevity of our overall athletic program success.”

Buckley (posthumous) was a valuable middle distance runner on head coach George Eastment’s teams, serving as co-captain his senior year. He helped the two-mile relay squad capture first place at both the Millrose Games and Metropolitan Indoor Championships in 1962, and he took third in the 880 yards at the 1963 Metropolitan Outdoor Championships.

In 1997, Callahan became the first Jaspers baseball player ever to earn Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year honors after leading the league with a .381 batting average. He posted a .317 career batting average and was Manhattan’s all-time leader in hits (147) at the time of his graduation.

LaCole Fields set four Manhattan records in the shot put and weight throw during her career, and still holds the indoor mark in the shot put. She was named All-East seven times and won a total of 13 individual MAAC championships. During the 2000 outdoor season, Fields captured the MAAC title and scored at the ECAC Championships in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

Manhattan’s all-time leading scorer (2,046 points), Flores was named MAAC Player of the Year and MAAC Tournament MVP in both 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. He led the Jaspers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004, when Manhattan upset Florida in the Round of 64. Flores was inducted into the MAAC Honor Roll at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during the 2014 MAAC Tournament.

Freeman is the only eight-time All-American in the history of the track & field program. He won a pair of NCAA Championships at Manhattan (2003 indoor weight throw, 2004 outdoor hammer throw). Freeman also captured four consecutive IC4A titles in the hammer throw and is the NCAA record holder in the event. He finished third in the hammer throw at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and represented the United States at the 2009 World Championships.

Lappas coached the Jaspers for four seasons from 1988-1989 to 1991-1992. He led Manhattan back to prominence during his tenure, capped by a 25-9 campaign in 1991-1992. That season, the Jaspers reached the MAAC championship game for the first time and made their first postseason appearance in nearly 20 years, reaching the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

A three-time first team All-MAAC selection, Mason is the MAAC’s all-time leading rebounder (1,217). She also ranks second on Manhattan’s all-time scoring list (1,875). In 2002-2003, Mason led the Jaspers to both the MAAC regular season and tournament championships and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Silva was named MAAC Player of the Year in 2002, as he led the Jaspers to their first ever MAAC championship. He ranks second on Manhattan’s all-time assists chart (84) and has the two highest single-season assist totals in program history. Silva is also third on the all-time list with 155 career points.

The 36th Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame event will begin with a Mass in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at 4 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony and dinner in the Great Room of the new Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons at 5 p.m.

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JHQ: 12/22 Alumni pre-game reception


Dec 22, 2014: Barclays Pregame Alumni Reception at Woodland
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Alumni, family and friends are invited to join other Jaspers for a pregame reception prior to the men’s basketball game against Fordham at the Barclays Center. A cash bar will be available.

Tip-off is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by emailing

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JHQ: “Quad” cat is pro-life


Congrats to Manhattan College’s resident feline, affectionately known as Quad Cat, on the new additions to the family!

2014 Oct 26 jasper cat

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JHQ: October Manhattan Monthly


October Manhattan Monthly

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JHQ: Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons


Manhattan College Celebrates Dedication of Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons

The transformative, 70,000-square-foot building connects the College’s north and south campuses, offering a state-of-the-art space for student and faculty engagement, learning and recreation.

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JHQ: Alumni softball game 10/18


Date Set for Softball Alumni Game
Courtesy Manhattan Athletics Department
Tue, October 07, 2014

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Manhattan College softball team will be holding its annual alumni game on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Gaelic Park. All former Jaspers are invited back for a friendly exhibition contest against the current team, which will take place from 9-11:30 a.m.
To RSVP or for more information, please contact Head Coach Tom Pardalis at or (718) 862-7835.

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