Category Archives: JNEWS

JNEWS: White, Elaine T. [MC2010] CNR VP student services


College of New Rochelle Names New Student Services VP
by Joe Jenkins

2014 07 19 White

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — The College of New Rochelle recently appointed Elaine T. White as the new vice president for student services.

In her new role, White will supervise the offices of: Campus Ministry, Career Development, Residence Life, Counseling and Health Services, Student Activities, Student Development, Athletics and the Wellness Center.

White has served as dean of students at The College of New Rochelle since June 2012, advocating for student concerns and working collaboratively with her academic colleagues.

“Elaine has demonstrated a consistent ability to empower student leaders and challenge students to fully develop their individual talents,” Judith Huntington, president of The College of New Rochelle, said in a statement. “Her commitment to fostering a vibrant and engaging community supports student success and resonates deeply with the mission of our college.”

White came to the college from Manhattan College, where she was director of student development. She has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility throughout more than 20 years in leadership roles at institutions of higher learning.

White received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Long Island University-Brooklyn and a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Manhattan College.

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White, Elaine T. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Elaine received her Masters in 2010.

She was a great asset at Manhattan.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

White, Elaine T. [MC2010]

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JNEWS: Uhran, John J. Jr. (MC1957) 2014 ASEE Fellow


[July 18, 2014]

John Uhran Named 2014 ASEE Fellow
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)

NOTRE DAME, Ind., July 17 — The University of Notre Dame issued the following news: John J. Uhran Jr., senior associate dean emeritus and professor emeritus of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

The grade of fellow is conferred upon an individual who has been an ASEE member for a minimum of 10 years and in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to engineering or engineering technology education.

Although his research interests focused initially on communication theory and systems and simulation techniques, more recently he devoted time to artificial intelligence. Uhran maintained a special interest in engineering education throughout his career, providing significant leadership in the development of many undergraduate programs in Notre Dame’s College of Engineering.

A faculty member since 1966, Uhran helped develop several laboratories at Notre Dame and published more than 90 technical papers and 30 reports. He is co-developer of NDTran, a software package used to simulate large systems. Before retiring, he began a series of conferences on First Year Engineering Education. The sixth in the series is being held at Texas A&M in August. He has been actively involved in both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and ASEE, served as an adviser for Tau Beta Pi and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi and Alpha Phi Omega.

Uhran received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1967. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees, both in electrical engineering, from Purdue (1963) and Manhattan College (1957).

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Uhran, John J. Jr. (MC1957)

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JNEWS: Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988) writer at Hudson Valley Magazine



Job Changes

Patrice Liquori Athanasidy has a new job.
Now writer at Hudson Valleu Magazine.
 Say congrats

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Job Changes

Patrice Liquori Athanasidy has a new job.
Now writer at Hudson Valleu Magazine.

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Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

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JNEWS: Gallagher, Edward (MC1985) Chairman Disability Opportunity Fund



Edward Gallagher has a new job.
Now Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Disability Opportunity Fund.

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Gallagher, Edward (MC1985)

Nominated and approved for a 2 year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Disability Opportunity Fund
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

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JNEWS: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) Featured Host, Blog Talk Radio


Posted on July 10, 2014 by keywestlou

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I have been doing Blog Talk Radio for two years. Love doing the show! It is a quick half hour of Louis expressing his thoughts on political and social issues. The half hour requires 10-12 hours weekly of preparation. Which I enjoy! I was a lawyer. Lawyers research.

Blog Talk Radio advised me this week that I have been elevated to Featured Host. The designation is noted on my blog talk radio page. Additionally, I will be listed picture and all as a Featured Host on Blog Talk’s home page. Do not be impressed. Blog Talk is a big operation and has many hosts. Featured Hosts number about one hundred.

Blog Talk indicated the reason for the designation being applied to the show was two fold. A growing audience and the quality of the subject matter presented.

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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JNEWS: Conway, Richard [MC1984] Chief Port Chester PD


Rye Native Moves Up To Police Chief In Port Chester

by Brian Donnelly
Police & Fire

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PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Richard Conway is one week into his new role as chief of the Port Chester Police Department, which he has been serving since 1986, and he is looking to make some improvements.

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Conway graduated from Rye High School in 1976, and then Manhattan College in 1984, where he studied criminal justice and history. After college he taught at a Catholic school in the south Bronx and was a wrestling coach at Manhattan.

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“I went from teaching at a Catholic school to being on the street buying drugs undercover every day,” he said. “I was very lucky I had a partner that was very good. We survived in one piece.”

Conway went on to become a sergeant in 1995 and a lieutenant in 1999. During that time he joined the Naval Reserve and earned his master’s degree in public administration from Pace University.

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Conway, Richard [MC1984]

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JNEWS: Mathews, Brian [MC1978] AVP Rondout Savings Bank


What’s new on the business scene for July 8
POU 6:48 p.m. EDT July 7, 2014


Bank names assistant vice president — Brian Mathews, Rosendale, has been named assistant vice president/lending administrator for Rondout Savings Bank. He will be responsible for managing, directing and developing the bank’s residential origination, servicing and collections departments.

Mathews comes to Rondout Savings Bank with more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage services industry and was most recently employed by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Kingston. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Manhattan College, and is a 2013 graduate of the ABA Stonier School of Banking.

Mathews is an active member of the Rosendale community and the treasurer and founding board member of the Rosendale Theater Collective.

Established in 1868, Rondout Savings Bank is a state-chartered, mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Kingston.

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Mathews, Brian [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Brian is member of the Class of 1978.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mathews, Brian [MC1978]

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JNEWS: McAvoy, John J. [MC1980] BoD NYSERDA


NYSERDA Announces New Members Appointed to Board of Directors

New Members Include Executives of National Grid and Con Edison, a Former Senior Science Advisor to President Obama, Clean-Energy Investment Experts, and a Consumer Policy Advocate

July 07, 2014

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the appointment of six new members to its board and the reappointment of two currently-serving members, which were nominated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and approved by the New York State Senate.

The new members are the Honorable Sherburne Abbott, a Syracuse University sustainability professor and a former senior science advisor to President Obama; Kenneth Daly, president of National Grid’s New York operations; and John McAvoy, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Con Edison Inc.; Jigar Shah, author of Creating Climate Wealth and founder of SunEdison; Charles Bell, programs director for Consumers Union, who works on consumer policy issues, including energy and environment; and Jay Koh a managing director and partner at Siguler Guff, who previously led the federal U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corp.’s (OPIC) $2.6 billion active emerging markets private equity program.

The reappointed members are Elizabeth Thorndike, an environmental policy expert, and Mark Willis, a community-development banking expert who is currently a Resident Research Fellow at New York University. 

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McAvoy, John J. [MC1980]

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JNEWS: Fife, William A. (MC1967) 2014 Metropolitan Section Civil Engineer of the Year Award


Metropolitan Section Civil Engineer of the Year Award 

The Section’s highest award recognizes a civil engineer who has rendered exceptional service to the civil engineering profession, to the Met Section and to the Society. The first award was presented to Emil H. Praeger on May 20, 1953 in the Engineering Societies Building for his design of Pier 57, the only pier in New York City built on floating concrete caissons. A former chief of the Navy Bureau of Design, Praegar also designed a floating concrete breakwater for the invasion of Normandy during World War II.

2014 Recipient:
William A. Fife, P.E.
The Fife Group

Bill Fife has over 45 years of engineering experience in aviation planning, design and construction. In the ASCE Met Section, he served on the Board, has been Chair of the Air Transport Group for over 20 years, and founded and chaired the group’s annual conference for the past 17 years. Along with his committee members, he has raised over $200,000 for the Met Section Scholarship Fund. He has also been active in senior level ASCE positions at the national level and in T&D I for over 20 years. Most recently, he served as T&D I’s Aviation Council Chair from 2006 to 2010.

His energetic commitment and contributions to the engineering profession and the aviation industry have been recognized both domestically and internationally. He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Eastern Region (FAA) at the 2003 Airport Conference. He is also a recipient of the Kavanagh Service Award from the ASCE Met Section, as well as community service awards from Professional Women in Construction, the Lighthouse for the Blind, and C. W. Post College.

Bill began his career in June 1967 as an engineering management trainee at the Port Authority of NY&NJ. He led and participated in major planning, design and construction projects while at the PANY&NJ and at AECOM. They include JFK 2000, LGA Redevelopment, Air Train JFK Planning, the N-Train to LGA Planning Study, the Philadelphia International Airport Master Planning Study, and many others. His development and implementation of the peer review process for airport and transit projects has been recognized worldwide. This process saves public agencies millions of dollars each year using “lessons learned” from other projects. He was recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) as a 2000 Newsmaker for his efforts in developing and successfully implementing the peer review group process. He has also served as the liaison between owners and contractors, solving construction problems and enabling innovation in construction for projects such as the JetBlue Terminal at JFK.

Bill is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School and Manhattan College. He also holds Masters Degrees from Brooklyn Poly, now NYU, and Long Island University. He was a Captain in the US Air Force and served his country as a Bio-Environmental Engineer from 1970 to 1972. When not doing engineering, Bill volunteers with many organizations including the ASCE Met Section, Professional Women in Construction, the Sperry Board of Award, Transportation Research Forum, the CUNY Aviation Institute, and Sacred Heart Church. He also enjoys spending time playing bridge, exercising, yoga and traveling with his wife Pat, the former COO of VNA of Long Island. He loves to spend time with his children, Bill, a family practice doctor, Patrick, an attorney, and Lara, a nurse practitioner along with fine grandchildren.

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Fife, William A. (MC1967)

[JR: My second favoritest Bridge partner in College and either he, or Pattie, writes a great Christmas letter. “Bravo Zulu” — Navy for well done!]

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JNEWS: Tracy, Colleen [MC1992] Intellectual Property partner Mayer Brown


Mayer Brown bolsters global IP practice with addition of Colleen Tracy as partner in New York

Jul 2, 2014


Mayer Brown announced that prominent patent litigator Colleen Tracy has joined the firm in New York as a partner in the Intellectual Property practice. Previously, she was a partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and served as that firm’s first female managing partner.

Ms. Tracy has extensive experience in all aspects of complex patent litigation in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biological, and biotechnological fields, representing industry leaders in litigations involving pharmaceutical compounds and compositions. Ms. Tracy also has extensive experience in litigating Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) cases brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Additionally, Ms. Tracy has conducted IP due diligence and has provided licensing and IP counsel to clients.

“Colleen’s significant successful first-chair trial experience for pharmaceutical and life sciences clients will bring additional depth and breadth to the firm’s growing IP practice,” said John Mancini, co-leader of the firm’s global Intellectual Property practice. “This is another exciting step in the strategic expansion of our global IP practice to better serve our clients in complex and high-stakes disputes.” Most recently, an 11-lawyer team led by partner Jamie Beaber joined the firm’s IP practice in DC and Chicago.

“Joining Mayer Brown was a natural next step for me in my career, given the firm’s strong capabilities in the life sciences arena and its commitment to growing its IP practice,” Ms. Tracy said. “I am thrilled to be part of such an accomplished and skilled group of IP professionals.”

Ms. Tracy is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in IP litigation. In 2014 she was honored as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property. Previously, she was selected as an IP “Rising Star” by Law360 for her work fending off “generic challengers’ attempts to break patents for cutting-edge drugs and biotech treatments held by big-name clients” and was named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

“Colleen’s impressive and widely acknowledged acumen in patent litigation will complement our existing robust global IP practice and provide significant value to our clients here and across our global network,” said Richard Spehr, Partner-in-Charge of Mayer Brown’s New York office.

As an active member of her community, Ms. Tracy is affiliated with several bar associations and industry organizations. Notably, she is on the board of advisors for the Women in Law Empowerment Forum and Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology.

Ms. Tracy holds a JD from Seton Hall University and a BS in biology, cum laude, from Manhattan College.

Innovators at global multinationals, emerging growth companies and established mid-sized businesses all rely on Mayer Brown’s multi-disciplinary, full-service global IP practice to help protect, preserve and enforce their intellectual property assets. The practice has grown rapidly during the past three years—nearly doubling in size to approximately 100 lawyers in more than eight offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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Tracy, Colleen [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Colleen is a member of the Class of 1992.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tracy, Colleen [MC1992]

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