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JNEWS: Spence, Jean E. [MC????] Chair Clarkson University BoT


Jean Spence Elected Chair of Clarkson University Board of Trustees

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Jean E. Spence, Clarkson class of 1979, of Wilmette, Ill., has been elected to serve as the chair of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees.

Jean E. SpenceSpence is the recently retired executive vice president of research development & quality for Mondelēz International Inc. She currently consults for several organizations as president of JES Consulting, LLC.

As the 22nd board leader since Clarkson was founded in 1896, Spence is the first woman elected to serve as chair. She has been a University trustee since 2006; has been board vice chair since 2012; has served on the executive, compensation, finance & budget and development committees; and chaired the internal affairs committee.

She received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1979 and a master of engineering degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College.

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Spence, Jean E. [MC????]

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JNEWS: Banks, John H. [MC1983] President of the Real Estate Board of New York


U.S. New York NY Real Estate Commercial

Real Estate Board’s John H. Banks: A Regular Joe for a Real Estate Honcho
His down-to-earth approach and political adeptness were key to getting the job
For John H. Banks III, the new president of Real Estate Board of New York, avoiding neckties may be a reflection of his blue-collar roots. 
For John H. Banks III, the new president of Real Estate Board of New York, avoiding neckties may be a reflection of his blue-collar roots. Photo: Steve Remich for The Wall Street Journal
By Keiko Morris

John H. Banks III is no fan of the necktie. He comes from a working-class family, and he enjoys doing things where the Windsor knot would be out of place, like going to a Yankees game or tending his garden.

His down-to-earth approach, along with his frankness and political adeptness, are a good fit with his new job as president of the Real Estate Board of New York, said people who know him and those who helped select him.

The 54-year-old Mr. Banks is the fourth president of REBNY, an organization that represents New York City’s real-estate industry.

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Banks, John H. [MC1983]

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JNEWS: Cozzupoli, Mark A. [MC????] Top Enlisted Leader at 105th Airlift Wing


Ceremony Welcomes New Top Enlisted Leader at 105th Airlift Wing on Saturday, Oct. 3
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STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NEWBURGH, NY (10/02/2015)(readMedia)– Chief Master Sgt. Mark A. Cozzupoli, a veteran of deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan, takes over as the top enlisted Airman in the 1,000- member 105th Airlift Wing on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2105.

Members of the press are invited to attend the change-of-authority ceremony as Cozzupoli takes over from Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Rizzo as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the wing. Rizzo is retiring after 33 years of military service.

WHO: Chief Master Sgt. Mark A. Cozzupoli, the incoming Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 105th Airlift Wing; Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Rizzo, the outgoing Command Chief Master Sergeant; Col. Timothy LaBarge, the commander of the 105th Airlift Wing, and the men and women of the 105th Airlift Wing.

WHAT: A Change of Authority ceremony in which Rizzo transfers the responsibilities of the senior enlisted Airman for representing enlisted force issues to the commander, and overseeing training of the enlisted force, to Cozzupoli. The two men will exchange the wing’s colors, representing the transfer of authority, before a formation of Airmen.

WHEN: 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Members of the press should be at the main gate at 1030 for access to this secure military facility.)

WHERE: Stewart Air National Guard Base, 1 Maguire Way, Hangar 102, Newburgh, NY 12550

Members of the media must contact Major Patrick Cordova at 845-563-2040 or Capt. Eric Durkins at 845-563-2004 for access to this secure military facility.

Coverage Opportunities:

Media will be able to interview Command Chief Master Sgt. Cozzupoli, Command Chief Master Sgt. Rizzo and Col. LaBarge. Visual opportunities include troops in formation and the colors transfer ceremony.


Chief Master Sgt. Mark. A Cozzupoli

Chief Master Sgt. Mark Cozzupoli enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1993 and served on Active Duty for four years before transferring to the New York Air National Guard and the 105th Airlift Wing in 1997.

Cozzupoli has deployed on 5 occasions, including deployments to Balad Air Base, Iraq in 2005 and Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in 2011. Prior to his current assignment, he was the 105th Logistics Readiness Squadron Superintendent, Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, N.Y. He has served in a number of positions ranging from supply management journeyman to Unit Deployment Manager and Materiel Management Flight Chief.

As the Command Chief, he reports directly to the Wing Commander on enlisted personnel issues, to include professional military education, enlisted promotions, mentorship, morale, family readiness, community relations, and esprit de corps.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Manhattan College and a Master of Business Administration from Mount St. Mary College. He is a graduate of the Air Force Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education and the Air National Guard Chief Executive Course and has an Associate degree in Applied Science, Logistics from the Community College of the Air Force, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Cozzupoli has also been named the 105th Airlift Wing Unit Career Advisor of the Year in 2004 and 2006 and was Senior NCO of the month for the 455th Air Expeditionary Squadron in Afghanistan in 2011. He was also named a rising star by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce in 2006.

He lives in Highland.

Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Rizzo:

Chief Master Sergeant Joseph F. Rizzo is the outgoing Command Chief for the 105th Airlift Wing. Rizzo joined the New York Air National Guard’s 213th Engineering Installation Squadron, October 1981. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and has served as the top enlisted leader at the 105th Airlift Wing since 2009.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and the National Defense Service Medal.

He is a resident of Selden.

105th Airlift Wing

The 105th Airlift Wing operates the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.

Wing aircraft regularly fly missions around the world to supply U.S. and allied military units. Members of the Wing have deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and have responded to support New Yorkers here at home during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Tropical Storms Lee an Irene in 2011.

Posted Friday October 02, 2015 at 01:01 pm by New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs

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Cozzupoli, Mark A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Mark is a member of the Class of 2002.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cozzupoli, Mark A. [MC2002]

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JNEWS: Monahan, Robert [MC1974] STAR OF QUEENS




BACKGROUND—Robert Monahan grew up in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. He graduated from the LaSalle Academy and Manhattan College, then returned to LaSalle as a science teacher, educating young men in earth science, physical science and biology. After marrying his wife in 1974, they relocated to Glendale and raised a family of three. They now have six grandsons, with two more on the way.

Monahan took a job at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council (GRYC) while teaching at LaSalle; both positions wound up being full-time jobs for him. “I would teach at LaSalle, then come out to the youth council and work from 3 to 10 p.m.,” he said. “I did that for a year, then the executive director of the GRYC left, and I was promoted to that position.”

OCCUPATION—Monahan first served as GRYC executive director from 1982 to 1990, then moved on to the Police Athletic League for 10 years. Since returning to the GRYC in 2000, Monahan helped grow the organization into a borough-wide juggernaut. Today, the GRYC—powered by an $8 million annual budget—offers after-school activities, tutoring, internships and other programs at 30 different locations to 2,700 youths across Queens.

“We’re as far out as Rosedale and Bayside and as close as our Ridgewood headquarters, where we have UPK [universal pre-kindergarten],” he said. The organization has been “blessed” to receive support from local elected officials through the years to help grow the GRYC into what it is today.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT—Outside of the GRYC, Monahan is primarily involved with the Kiwanis Club of Glendale, a chapter of Kiwanis International, which raises funds for local and global causes aimed at improving the lives of children everywhere. In the past, he served as chair of the Glendale Kiwanis Scholarship Committee, which hands out thousands of dollars in scholarships annually to middle and high school students toward higher education. Monahan is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and previously supported the Ronald McDonald House. He is also involved with Cursillo, a spiritual religious retreat program for young adults.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE—Though grateful for the support that has helped grow the GRYC by leaps and bounds over the last decade, Monahan said the biggest challenge he faces is acquiring even greater funds to serve more youths throughout Queens. “We could probably serve 5,000 kids a day if we had additional funding,” he said. “We have waiting lists everywhere. Our biggest challenge is to be able to service all the kids that need service and their families.”

Help is on the way for the GRYC as the organization—through funds allocated from local officials—aims to open a state-of-the-art youth center next year at the former Garity Post on Fairview Avenue in Ridgewood.

BIGGEST INSPIRATION— “Obviously, my family is my biggest inspiration,” Monahan said. “I try to bring that whole atmosphere to the youth council, so my staff and the accomplishments they achieve every day is over the edge for me. It’s a blast coming to work for me.”

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Monahan, Robert [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Monahan, Robert [MC1974]

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JNEWS: Rizopoulos, Perry [MC2013] gets a history lesson


Shedding light on Greece in WWII
By Isabel Angell
Posted 9/30/15 

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When Perry Rizopoulos was 11 years old, his grandfather, Pericles Rizopoulos, sat him down and showed him an old book. The volume was about 200 pages long, all handwritten. It contained an account of how the older Mr. Rizopoulos and his family survived World War II in their home country of Greece, including his capture by Nazi soldiers as he and his brother were trying to bring home wheat for his family. They were imprisoned in a concentration camp, but eventually escaped. The older Mr. Rizopoulos soon immigrated to the United States, where he settled in the Bronx. 

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Rizopoulos, Perry [MC2013]

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JNEWS: Whelan, Michael [MC????] seeks borough council in Red Bank


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Michael Whelan, Republican. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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The balance of political power is at stake in the November 3 election in Red Bank, which features four candidates for two three-year seats on the borough council. All four have indicated they’ll participate in the West Side Community Group’s annual candidates’ forum at the River Street Commons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 1. For more information about the event, take it here.

To help voters compare the contenders in terms of personal background and positions on key issues, redbankgreen emailed them identical sets of questions late last week. Here’s what Michael Whelan had to say in response.

Name: Michael Whelan

Age: Will be 24 on October 30th

Address: 69 Maple Ave

Where did you grow up? My parents divorced when I was younger. I lived in a few different towns throughout New Jersey before moving to Red Bank when I was 15

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank? Since May of 2008 with my family, and as of this past summer I now rent with three roommates.

Do you own real estate in town? I am currently renting, but have every intention of buying property once property taxes get under control and some other issues – such as water rates – get resolved.

Did you graduate from college? If so, which school, with what degree? Yes, Manhattan College (Jaspers) with a Political Science degree.

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Whelan, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,
           I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Michael. In lightof his age, I think he must be a very recent grad.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Rodriguez, Daniel [MC????] trek to Alma Mater


Lifestyle & Belief
After Francis, will things improve for Cuba’s Catholics?
The GroundTruth Project
September 23, 2015 · 12:15 PM EDT
By Jason Berry (follow)  

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As President Raúl Castro has opened the Marxist economy to incremental private enterprise and real estate, Cuba faces the major challenge of brain drain: how to keep its best and brightest.

After freshman year in University of Havana’s top engineering track, Daniel saw no future. So on a government-approved trip to Mexico, he made his way to a Homeland Security station at the border of McAllen, Texas.

“I want to finish college in America,” he recalls telling the intake official. The man wished him luck. The next day he flew to Miami, where two of his maternal aunts live with their husbands.

Given temporary residential status in Miami, Daniel found work in a Cuban restaurant, switched to a job selling shoes, then a hotel clerk. He took ESL lessons at Miami-Dade Community College and won a statewide math prize. He then switched to private tutoring in math and science for the children of doctors, lawyers and other wealthy Cuban Americans.

“Within two years in Miami I was making $35,000, tutoring children of people who left Cuba very young or were born in America,” he says. “Tutoring helped me learn English.”

Back in Havana, Ana fretted over Daniel, her son who was ever capable of negotiating his way in the world. How long before she saw him?

Daniel left Miami in 2007 as his mother was gravitating back to church. Three years later, he persuaded Ana and his stepbrother to leave Cuba for Miami.

By 2012, Daniel was pursuing an engineering degree on scholarship at Manhattan College. In five years, he had mastered English, vaulted to the city of cities and that autumn landed a part-time job at Goldman Sachs.

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Rodriguez, Daniel [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I do not find anything in  my ‘stuff’ for Daniel.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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