From: Reinke, F. John (MC1968)
Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: Potential Marketing Intern Opportunity at Good Shepherd School – Inwood
To: Carolyn Predmore (MCfaculty)
Cc: Sweeney, Peter (MC1964)
I hope that Manhattan can help Good Shepherd.
On a humorous note, that perhaps the intern can use, my 2009 novel “CHURCH 10●19●62” “features” GSS as the locale. (Two bucks on Kindle) And, I draw on my youth there to make the story have “texture”. One of the comments was that “everyone had their first crush on a girl in grammar school.” I used it on the jacket.
That’s one of the two books I brought to my presentation to the Marketing Club in 2010.
I, of course, send an autographed copy to BOTH the Manhattan College and the GSS library.
If I can be of any help with this project, then don’t hesitate to ask.
GSS 60, MP 64, MC68, FDU 75, and FDU 85
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On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:06 PM, Peter Sweeney wrote:
Dear Professor Predmore:
Hope you have successfully settled back in following the intersession in Frankfurt. Having taught a summer session engineering course for the first time last July, I have some sense of how much more intense the fast track instructional approach must have been when accomplished away from one’s familiar environment.
With the Spring semester about to kick off, I am reaching out to you in my capacity as a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Good Shepherd School (FOGSS), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Since it opened its doors in the 1920’s, Good Shepherd School has been the educational starting point for countless Manhattan College grads including my cousin F. John Reinke and I.
Like all too many ADNY schools, Good Shepherd began to slowly fade in the 1990’s. Ultimately, declining enrollment and mounting expenses put GSS on the list for closure in 2010. Thankfully it was rescued by the leadership of Pastor Fr. Robert Abbatiello (MC 1982 Business) and the extraordinary generosity of a deeply dedicated group of Jasper led alumni (FOGSS). Together, we helped save GSS and today it is again a vibrant school carrying on the work of providing the children of Inwood and surrounding northern Manhattan and Bronx neighborhoods with a quality Catholic education. Our goal now is to make Good Shepherd self sustaining by further growing the enrollment.
FOGSS is thus looking to draw on some knowledgeable marketing support that could be provided by a local college marketing major. Given the above cited Jasper connections and our proximity to campus (215th St stop on # 1 train line), Manhattan is our first stop for recruiting. If you think this is an intern opportunity that might be of interest to one of your students, I would welcome the chance to explore it by phone or in person.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
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[JR: Of course, any one can help. Anyone who buys the Kindle or print version as a result of this story and tells me will get a donation to FOGSS in their name. Every little but helps. I’d be happy to autograph any printed copy when I see you somewhere. I guess I can autography your Kindle but why you’d want that beats me.]
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