Category Archives: JHQ – From Headquarters

JHQ: Zurica, Josephine [MC2003] new principal of Dagher Engineering


Young Alum Combines Service with Sustainability to Make Mark in Green Building Design

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Just 11 years out of college, Josephine Zurica ’03 was named the new principal of Dagher Engineering.

At 34 years old, after just six years as a professional engineer, sustainable design specialist Josephine (Kaiser) Zurica ’03 was named principal of Dagher Engineering. The former Peace Corps volunteer credits her experiences abroad with helping her to develop the leadership skills and ingenuity to foster sustainable solutions.

The Michigan native arrived at Manhattan in fall 2000 and declared a civil engineering major before Mohammad Naraghi, Ph.D., and Bahman Litkouhi, Ph.D., professors of mechanical engineering, revealed another side of engineering: sustainable design, energy and thermal systems. She quickly changed her major to mechanical engineering and never looked back.

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JHQ: Alma Mater in concussion study


Manhattan Participating In EYE-TRAC Research Study
Courtesy Manhattan Athletics Department
Thu, September 25, 2014

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Manhattan College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is participating in a groundbreaking research study that uses eye-tracking to determine the effects of concussions.  Manhattan and Stanford are the only two NCAA Division I institu

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JHQ: Crime at Alma Mater


Shower incident prompts security change at Manhattan College
By Maya Rajamani
Posted 9/24/14

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Following a winter incident in which an unknown person was discovered recording a female Manhattan College student in a dormitory shower, the college planned a safety overhaul at dormitories, but is still in the process of implementing

Juan Cerezo, the college’s director of public safety, confirmed that on Feb. 18 at around 9 p.m., a female student was showering on the third floor of Jasper Hall, a dormitory on campus, when she saw an individual holding a smart phone at the shower partition opening. After she screamed, the perpetrator fled out the bathroom and down the stairwell.

The NYPD closed the case due to an insufficient description of the perpetrator. After the incident, the college planned to implement a key card system outside each bathroom in the dormitories, allowing only students with a key card to swipe into the showers.

A spokesman from the college confirmed that a key card system for female students in Jasper and Chrystostom Halls will be completed by Friday, Oct. 17. Female students from those dorms will be able to swipe with their ID cards to gain entry to the female bathrooms in the dormitory halls.

The college also plans to install a key card system for the male bathrooms, though the spokesman did not provide a date for that system’s completion.

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JHQ: Accomplishments 9/2014


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

School of Arts

Ashley Cross, Ph.D., professor of English literature, will present a conference paper, “Charlotte’s Tears: Romantic Sensibility and the Materiality of Crying” at the annual International Conference on Romanticism, in Minneapolis on Sept. 26. The co-organized panel includes Michael Gamer, associate professor at University of Pennsylvania, and Kate Singer, assistant professor at Mount Holyoke College.

Pamela Chasek, Ph.D., professor of government, made a guest appearance on BronxNet’s BronxTalk with Gary Axelbank, to discuss climate change. Watch the interview.

Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, participated in a Catholic ecclesiology symposium honoring the theological achievements of Dominican Fr. Thomas O’Meara at Boston College’s Connors Family Retreat Center in Dover, Mass., from Sept. 5-7. She began the weekend’s events with a public lecture on the role of the marginalized in ecclesial reform. Read more.

On Oct. 1, Imperatori-Lee will speak at Fairfield University’s 14th annual Anne Drummey O’Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church. The talk will focus on shifting U.S. Catholic ecclesiology away from an expansionist/colonial model and toward a hemispheric model that accounts for the realities of a heavily Hispanic church — in numbers, in influences, in styles of worship and practice. The work of Latina writers and Latina theologians is vital to this task, and the talk will discuss how narratives (especially women’s narratives) can usher in a new paradigm for American Catholic ecclesiology.

Robert Geraci, Ph.D., professor of religious studies, was featured on the Kirk Center’s online symposium, The University Bookman, for his most recent book Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life. The coverage includes an interview, two reviews, and there is a further review and reflection to come. Read more.

Posted on September 22, 2014

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JHQ: Alma Mater has Engineers Without Borders



Three students and their professional mentor traveled to the village of Mbirbua on the first of five trips to build a bridge for the community.

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JHQ: Museum of Motherhood event 10/8 Noon



Three scholars will discuss representations of motherhood and pregnancy in popular culture.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, Roksana Badruddoja, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at Manhattan College; Joy Rose, curator and executive director of the Museum of Motherhood (MOM); and Laura Tropp, author of A Womb With A View will discuss media, politics and representations of pregnancy, motherhood and families in popular culture. The event will take place at noon in the Alumni Room on the first floor of Manhattan College’s Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library.

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JHQ: Swenson, John [MC1972] Music to the Masses



John Swenson ’72 looks back on an adventure-filled career that started on campus with the Quad.

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