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JHQ: 40 Years of Coeducation


Manhattan College Celebrates 40 Years of Coeducation

2013-14 marks 40 years of coeducation at Manhattan College. This academic year, we take the time to celebrate Jasper women and the impact they’ve had on the College — from the first women to run for Student Government to the development of the women’s basketball program. We thank our trailblazers for taking the time to share their stories with the College community.

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JHQ: Alma Mater highlights some West Coast students


Eastward Bound: West Coast Natives Make their Mark on Manhattan

Jaspers from the west coast discover that New York City is the ideal backdrop to an exceptional education.

New York City: There’s no place like it. That’s why many westerners brave the cultural divide between U.S. coasts, moving more than 3,000 miles away from the comforts of hometown faces and places for the promise of the Big Apple.

Jaspers define and distinguish that promise for themselves: from discovering independence and big city opportunities to continuing a family tradition, they find that a close campus community with easy access to New York City is the ideal backdrop to the transformation that begins in the classroom.

Best of Both Worlds

Just a short subway ride from one of the most diverse cities in the world, Manhattan was the ideal choice for the varied interests and goals of lifelong friends and L.A. natives Clarisse Aoanan ’15 and Nicole Peltier ’15 who wanted to experience NYC in tandem.

Aoanan, a self-starting business major who’s also pre-med, can usually be found in the middle of O’Malley Library stacks as she juggles six to seven courses per semester. Peltier, a communication major, divides her time and attention between the classroom and developing her professional experience downtown.

As a rule, weekends are a time for the duo to slow down and explore everything the city has to offer, from the newest wine bar in SoHo to the Museum of Moving Art in Astoria. Together, they’ve mastered the subway system and the art of layering during frigid winter months.

“There’s nothing like being in NYC while you’re young,” Aoanan says. “We’ve had so many crazy adventures. We’ve gotten lost, we’ve discovered new places, and I love that.”

During summers, both Aoanan and Peltier prioritize their own professional development in very different ways. Aoanan, on the fast track to medical school, returns to California and takes general science courses at the nearby community college. Peltier stays at Manhattan to develop her professional resume.

In addition to finding her footing as a freelance photographer, Peltier interned with Gluttony, an ad agency in Chelsea during summer 2013. Since May, she’s served as a guest services and production assistant at EDC New York at MetLife Stadium, a position she secured by simply volunteering at several events.

“Living here is exciting because you’re pushed out of your comfort zone,” Peltier says. “I’ve met a lot of people and made a ton of connections by doing that, and none of that would have happened if I didn’t live in New York City.”

Continuing a Tradition

Tyler Mulvaney ’16 is a fourth generation Jasper who grew up in the laid back surfing culture of Santa Monica, Calif. There was never a doubt in his mind that Manhattan was his college of choice, as he planned to follow in the tried and true footsteps of his father, grandfather and great uncle.

Although Mulvaney immediately felt at home on campus, all the family anecdotes couldn’t prepare him for the fundamental adjustments as he traded his flip-flops for boots and surfboard for a MetroCard.

He remembers his snow-covered debut as the Jaspers pitcher during a game against Seton Hall, joking, “I had never been so cold in my life.”

The different climate and culture pushed Mulvaney to explore new hobbies. This year, he decided to trade in his baseball glove to explore other opportunities on campus. He’s currently a member of the St. Thomas More Law Society and regularly participates in mock trials.

The history major hopes to attend law school and eventually become an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A Perfect Fit

Las Vegas native Mickayla Romero ’15 discovered her passion for education and service during her junior year of high school when she took a course in adaptive physical education. Hoping to find a good education program at a college that offered D1 athletics, she says it felt like an act of providence when Manhattan’s head coach Tom Pardalis contacted her to play softball for the Jaspers.

Making the 3,000-plus-mile trek and learning about Manhattan’s Lasallian heritage, she says, “It was perfect. Manhattan was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Although it’s far from home, she maintains a position she acquired in high school and returns home for winter and summer breaks to work at Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities to enhance their lives and the lives of their families.

Currently, Romero is halfway through Manhattan’s five-year childhood and special education B.S./M.S.Ed. program, and is an integral part of the softball team, named to the MAAC All-Academic Team in 2012. Additionally, she serves as an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the national honor society for education, and helps with campus and community-wide events.
Confidence to Conquer

“Go far; go find yourself; go see the world,” was the parental advice Ivy Enneking ’14, a chemical engineering major, was given when she began her college search.

Heeding this advice, the Tacoma, W.A. native explains, “When you have to leave your family and home, you have to create your own family there, especially in an urban setting,” Enneking says. “The moment I set foot on campus, I felt a family atmosphere.”

Enneking quickly became a campus leader, serving as a resident assistant and eventually a member of the Model United Nations team. In fact, her participation in a Society of Women Engineers event in Manhattan led to a paid summer internship with Unilever’s Lipton Tea manufacturing plant in Suffolk, Va.

As a part of the quality control department, Enneking was given the responsibility to review the company’s processes and make assessments and recommendations. To her surprise, many of these were accepted and implemented under her supervision. She quickly realized that on the job, age and experience weren’t of utmost importance; she already had the life skills and confidence to get the job done.

“Moving to the East Cost was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the best,” Enneking says. “With that experience, when you have that much responsibility put onto you at a job or an internship, you’re not afraid of it. It feels normal because you’re used to being self-sufficient and make rational, responsible, independent decisions.”

“Manhattan has given me confidence to do what I want to do,” Enneking adds. “It’s great to be leaving college with that peace of mind.”

Discover more about the world’s greatest classroom.

Posted on March 10, 2014

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JHQ: Alma Mater’s President Elected to ACCU’s Board of Directors


President Elected to ACCU’s Board of Directors

Brennan O’Donnell elected to Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors.

Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College, was recently elected to the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors. O’Donnell was elected along with five presidents of member institutions at its Annual Meeting earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

ACCU’s Board oversees the work of the association to encourage and facilitate the sharing of ideas and cooperative efforts among its member institutions, and to promote the positive work being done at its member colleges and universities. The terms of the new presidents begin immediately and run until 2017.

“We are delighted to have these Catholic college and university leaders on our Board,” said Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., president and CEO of ACCU. “They bring insight, experience and wisdom that will help the association advance its programs and services. I look forward to working with all of the members, new and returning, as we continue to proclaim the good news of Catholic higher education.”

The Board also announced the selection of a new class of three officers, who began terms at the close of the 2014 member business meeting.

“The ACCU plays a vital role in keeping Catholic higher education strong and vibrant,” said Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College. “I am honored to do my part by serving on the Board.”

O’Donnell is the 19th president of Manhattan College and assumed the role on July 1, 2009. Prior to working at Manhattan College, he served as 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.

Posted on February 21, 2014

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JHQ: Manhattan College Players and Jasper Dancers have new


Congrats and welcome to the 2 newest hires in our office this semester!

Manhattan College Players and their new director Marty, Jasper Dancers and their new coach Kaitlyn!

Break a leg and don’t break a leg, respectively please.

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[JR: Is the correct word “coaching” or “leadership”? Either way “bona fontura”! ]
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JHQ: Noah LeFevre, Director of Athletics


Noah LeFevre Named Director of Athletics at Manhattan College Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics Department
Release: 02/17/2014 



RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Noah LeFevre, currently Manhattan College’s Senior Associate Director of Athletics, will become the next Director of Athletics at Manhattan College, it was announced today by President Brennan O’Donnell and Vice President Richard Satterlee, who led the national search. LeFevre will replace current Director of Athletics Robert J. Byrnes ’68, who will retire in June 2014 after serving in the position for 26 years.

A formal press conference will be held in Draddy Gymnasium on Wednesday, February 19 at 2 p.m. on the Manhattan College campus.

“Noah’s commitment to the Manhattan College student-athlete experience combined with his administrative expertise and skill make him an asset to the College,” Manhattan College President Brennan O’Donnell stated. “I wholeheartedly support Noah’s appointment as our next Director of Athletics. We are impressed by his strategic vision, work with head coaches and his overall commitment to the program and the College.”

LeFevre has served as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics since January 2012. In that position, LeFevre is responsible for the athletic department units of intercollegiate sports, academic support, development, facilities and event management, compliance, athletic training, equipment services and human resources. He supervises Manhattan College’s intercollegiate athletic programs and works with all of Manhattan’s head coaches on scholarship allocation, contest scheduling, hiring of assistant coaches, fundraising, budgeting, roster sizes, travel and strategic planning. In 2012, LeFevre developed a seven-year strategic athletic scholarship plan that is aimed at improving the program’s overall level of athletic competitiveness.

“I thank President O’Donnell for having the confidence in me to lead this historic program,” LeFevre said. “I also want to thank the search committee, led by Vice President for Student Life Dr. Richard Satterlee, for its faith in me. I am honored to work in an environment that I view as a special place where student success is the top priority. I am most humbled to follow in the footsteps of Bob Byrnes and continue to build on the foundation he has created the last quarter century.”

While at Manhattan, LeFevre spearheaded the creation of the Jasper Athletic Club (JAC), Manhattan Athletics’ official fundraising arm, in the summer of 2012. He also led the refurbishing of Draddy Gymnasium in the summer of 2012. LeFevre led the funds for and oversaw the construction and installation of new batting cages, storage areas, scoreboards, facility signage and branding, facility painting, as well as locker room and office upgrades and renovations.

Prior to coming to Riverdale, LeFevre served as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at The College of Brockport in Brockport, N.Y. While at Brockport, LeFevre oversaw the day-to-day operations of a 23-sport athletic program that served more than 625 student-athletes and an extensive fleet of athletic facilities with 12 different competition venues, including Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium, the largest on-campus sporting venue among Division III institutions.

LeFevre has also served as an Associate Director of Athletics at New York University (NYU), where he was responsible for athletic department marketing, facilities, revenue generation and capital planning. He also was the project manager for the internal design and construction, and then as director of NYU’s Palladium Athletic Facility, an 80,000-square foot complex that sees more than 2,300 daily patrons. During his time at NYU, eight different athletic teams finished in the top four nationally, including a 2007 Division III National Championship in men’s cross country.

For his hard work and dedication to the department, LeFevre received the NYU Distinguished Administrator Award in 2007, the highest recognition an NYU administrator can earn.

LeFevre holds an MBA from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and a Master’s degree in sports management from NYU’s Robert Preston Tisch Center for Sports Management, along with a bachelor’s degree from NYU. He also holds a certificate from the Sports Management Institute (SMI), the premiere athletic administrative development academy in the country. LeFevre completed his SMI program on the campuses of the University of Michigan and the University of Texas.

LeFevre (@JasperNoah) and his wife, Hayley Gershengorn, M.D., reside in Manhattan.

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2013 – 2014 Men’s Basketball

Men vs. Niagara*
Sun 2/16/2014 2:00 PM ET
Draddy Gymnasium

Men vs. Iona*
Fri 2/28/2014 7:00 PM ET
Draddy Gymnasium

Men vs. Canisius*
Sun 3/2/2014 2:00 PM ET
Draddy Gymnasium

2013 – 2014 Women’s Basketball

Women vs. Marist*
Sun 2/23/2014 2:00 PM ET
Draddy Gymnasium

Women vs. Quinnipiac*
Sat 3/1/2014 2:00 PM ET
Draddy Gymnasium

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JHQ: MC Players 2/14 & 2/15 “The Good Body”


MC Players Presents: The Good Body

Hayden 100, Manhattan College

Friday 14 February 2014, 19h00 till Saturday 15 February 2014, 19h00

Organized by : Manhattan College Players

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JHQ: LOVE to Jamaica


Manhattan College L.O.V.E Jamaica 2013 – YouTube
05:02 – A group of Manhattan College students spend a week in Montego Bay, Jamaica at Blessed Assurance home serving orphans with disabilities.

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JHQ: Upcoming Basketball Pregame Receptions

Upcoming Basketball Pregame Receptions

Alumni, family and friends, are invited to join the College and other Jasper fans before upcoming men’s basketball games. Further details, including ticket information, can be found by clicking through each registration link.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.
The MAC at Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, NJ
$30 per person, includes access to premium suite for pregame reception and game, finger foods & refreshments (beer, wine, soda)

Friday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.
Wolf’s 1-11 (adjacent to arena)
51 S. Pearl St., Albany, NY
$35 per person, includes game ticket, buffet dinner and two drink tickets

Save the Date: 2014 MAAC Tournament
Thursday, March 6 – Monday, March 10
MassMutual Center
Springfield, MA

Please contact the Alumni Relations office at (718) 862-7432 or email with any questions.

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JHQ: Enrique Sola ’09 Bring Education to All in the Philippines


Engineering Alum Seeks to Bring Education to All in the Philippines

With the support of his Jasper family thousands of miles away, Enrique Sola ’09, ’11 is providing the needy of his native country with food, clean water and the greatest gift of all — an education.

November’s Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) left the Philippines in an unbelievable state of emergency. Homes were flattened into piles of wood and metal on the beach. Trees were blown bare or swept away altogether. Villagers slept in graveyards and constructed tent cities using sheets and cardboard strewn across the heavy marble tombstones that had weathered the storm.

But amidst the wreckage, tarps with the words “Clean Water Free from Manhattan College” began to appear. A young man and his mother, donned in green Jaspers T-shirts, handed out cups of drinking water that they filtered in front of skeptical but very thirsty and thankful survivors.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Enrique Sola ’09, ’11 (M.S.) helped his home recover by distributing 38 gravity-powered water filters that provide up to 500 gallons of potable water a day, funded by his Jasper family halfway around the world.

“We have been so busy since the typhoon,” he says. “But it’s a good kind of busy — one that I am not getting tired of. It reminds me of those late nights in the Chem E lab, finishing the experiment. It reminds me of studying for that last exam of the semester in the Chrysostom common area.”
A Second Family

Eight years ago, Sola, a timid but driven freshman, left the Philippines to call Chrysostom Hall home. Not only was Manhattan College close to a family house in Hartsdale, N.Y., where he spent many summers growing up, but it was also touted as one of the nation’s premiere chemical engineering schools by an alumnus Sola met by chance at a Hartsdale restaurant in 2003.

“The school gave me a thirst for knowledge I had never known. The professors constantly challenged me,” he says, noting that Annmarie Flynn, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the chemical engineering department, became a mentor and a second mother.

“He came to us what feels like a million years ago in fall 2005, alone and thousands of miles away from home,” Flynn says. “He is humble beyond your wildest imagination. I wish I could believe for a moment that I influenced his magnanimous, philanthropic work, but I suspect it is purely DNA.”

Sola says Flynn’s energy instantly reminded him of his own mother, Teresa Chan, the daughter of a poor Chinese immigrant, who helped her father build a successful sugar business in the Philippines. When Martial Law forced Chan’s father to give up his sugar mills in 1985, he left the Philippines and opened an office at 100 Wall Street in New York, where the Chans traded sugar and remotely managed a steel mill.

A strong work ethic runs in the family. After earning his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Manhattan, Sola returned to the Philippines to put his engineering skills to work at the family steel company.
One Meal, One Opportunity

To Sola’s family, success has always gone hand-in-hand with a responsibility to address the disparity of wealth in their country.

“To those much was given, much is expected,” Sola says. “From those blessings, my capacity to make a difference in the lives of others for the better has grown.”

In addition to an orphanage Chan runs in the Philippines, Sola and his mother founded the 1Meal Program in 2011, which partners with restaurants to collect five pesos from diners who have a meal costing more than 200 pesos (In USD, 12 cents for a bill of $4.50). The charges are voluntary and go toward a variety of needs.

Thus far, the 1Meal Program has helped feed and clothe more than 250 students, and has built, repaired and provided more than 20 classrooms with books, chairs and computers. More than 90 of the program’s students are enrolled in college, and recently, 1Meal sent 10 public school teachers abroad to pursue master’s degrees in education, so that they return as more effective teachers.

We have chosen to support education because we believe it is the best legacy to leave the future generation.

“We have chosen to support education because we believe it is the best legacy to leave the future generation,” says Sola, who hopes to reach all 1,100 public schools on the island of Panay. “Education is the key for many impoverished children to improve their lives and have a better future.”
Engineered Relief

Inspired by the Lasallian themes of the program, Flynn and her senior chemical engineering students decided to sponsor a 1Meal class during the fall of 2013. Just a few weeks before the two classes were scheduled to connect through an end-of-semester Skype session, Typhoon Haiyan hit.

The Manhattan students decided they could do one better than just sending smiles. Branding themselves as Engineered Relief, they raised enough money to purchase and ship 38 water filters to Sola.

In addition to distributing some of the filters to doctors on medical missions, Sola and Chan traveled to many remote communities overlooked by foreign aid and personally instructed villagers on how to use and maintain the filters.

“Manhattan College has given me the ability to [make] positive changes in my environment through the education I have received, just like how the College, through Dr. Flynn, was able to assist so many lives in recovering their normalcy through science,” he says. “I hope that I will be able to do that in the future.”

Learn more about and contribute to the 1Meal Program >>

Chemical engineering students explain what it means to be a Jasper >>

Photos courtesy of 1Meal
Posted on January 09, 2014

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