Tag Archives: MC2012

JLINKEDIN: Rizzo, Christopher Eric [MC2012] new job Community Manager at Edelman



Christopher Eric Rizzo has a new job.
Now Community Manager at Edelman.

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Rizzo, Christopher Eric [MC2012]
Community Manager at Edelman ♦ @rizzotweets
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising


Creative and ambitious marketing & social media professional with a passion for building businesses within the digital marketing sector that solve big problems. A detail-oriented team leader who possesses strong communication and organizational skills. As a self-starter, striving to maintain an optimistic approach, I stay goal oriented and driven to help the team succeed. By keeping a fresh eye on industry trends, my creativeness and determination assist all aspects of the project.

BY DAY I am revamping company’s social media presence, strategizing new marketing plans, and selling advertising space to clients.

BY NIGHT I am executing company client events and obtaining new business.

FIRM believer that actively participating in social media, social networks, and embracing social technology can have a profound impact on your business marketing.

I am certain that my hard work ethic, strong personal skills, and current knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry will all allow me to play an integral role within any company.

Specialties: Social Media, Digital Marketing, Mobile Web, Media Relations, Community Relations

Platform Specialties: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Foursquare

CMS and Monitoring Specialties: Sprinklr, Radian6, Google Analytics, Hootsuite, TweetDeck

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JFOUND: Laue, Kevin [MC2012] walks on to meet folks


Meeting Kevin Laue and More

by Jen Lee Reeves on November 22, 2013 

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I mentioned the power of knowing adults with limb differences who are willing to share stories of their life growing up. Well, that power is extended ten-fold when you have an opportunity to meet him or her in person. Last night, I had a chance to meet two adults who I admire and I have wanted to meet for a long time. Along with that, I had a chance to meet more parents who are tied to this great and supportive limb difference world.

Here’s the story. I’m in New York City for a couple of days and realized I was in town for the final showing of the documentary, Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story. It followed Kevin as he worked incredibly hard to get into a Division One college to play basketball with one hand. It was incredibly emotional and really showed the incredible work it took him to end up playing for Manhattan College. I threw out the idea of watching the movie with other readers Born Just Right. It just so happens, a couple of parents were already planning to be there and another mom joined in. It was fantastic to get the chance to meet them. (Especially since I first blogged about him in 2010!)

And then, at the end of the movie, one of my friends tells me to look up, way up. That’s because Kevin himself happened to be in the theater. He had just attended a party with a crowd of people who had attended the earlier show and decided to drop by. So we all had a chance to meet and talk. I was a total geek. Not only did I ask for pictures, I had to show off how Jordan is just starting her basketball adventure. He was kind to put up with the proud mom stuff.

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Laue, Kevin [MC2012] 

[JR: Sounds like a nice guy in the blogger’s eye. But I’d hope most Jaspers are.]

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JNEWS: Psomas, Michael (MC2012) new job Web Sample Coordinator at Calvin Klein


Michael Psomas has a new job.
Now Web Sample Coordinator at Calvin Klein.

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Psomas, Michael (MC2012)

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JNEWS: Michael Psomas [MC2012] Public Relations, Freelance at Calvin Klein


Michael Psomas [MC2012] 
Public Relations, Freelance at Calvin Klein
Greater New York City Area
Public Relations and Communications

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[JR: Mis-posted  ] 

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JNEWS: Sewitt, Taylor [MC2012] to Winnipeg Goldeyes


Goldeyes Claim Sewitt
August 23, 2013 – American Association (AA) Winnipeg Goldeyes

Winnipeg Goldeyes Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced today the baseball club has claimed right-handed pitcher Taylor Sewitt off waivers from the Gary SouthShore RailCats.

Sewitt, 23, appeared in 36 games for the RailCats this season, going 4-1 with a 5.03 ERA. The rookie hails from Sydney, Australia and played collegiately at Manhattan College. He will join the Goldeyes tomorrow in Sioux Falls.

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Sewitt, Taylor [MC2012] 

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JLINKEDIN: Hope, Alexandra [MC2012] Packaging Engineer at Limited Brands


Hope, Alexandra [MC2012] 
Packaging Engineer at Limited Brands
Greater New York City Area 

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JHQ: Grannis, Fred Sr [MC2012] is a Memorial Day story


Seventy Years Later, Manhattan College Graduate Hangs a Diploma

In 1942, Fred Grannis was drafted by the U.S. Army two months before graduating. Now, at age 93, he finally earned his degree.

He is 93 and frailer now, but Fred Grannis ’12 still leads an active cycling lifestyle, pumping his pedals up to 20 miles a day near his home in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. At the peak of his competitive cycling career, he ascended Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, New England’s tallest mountain.

“It took a while, but I made it to the top,” says Grannis in retrospect.

The same might be said for Grannis’ undergraduate journey. After being drafted by the U.S. Army as a Manhattan College senior in the spring semester of 1942 — just two months and 15 academic credits shy of graduation — the young veteran returned to New York nearly four years later, unable to re-register for the classes he’d left behind.

Grannis would go on to lead a full life, including going to law school and fathering three children during a 59-year marriage to his wife, Mary Turner. He accelerated through the business ranks and became the chief examiner at the New York Stock Exchange without the benefit of a college diploma. Still, without that recognizable piece of paper, there was always something missing from his portfolio of achievements.

Seventy years later, thanks to a persistent son, an understanding college administrator and the enduring grit that only a long-distance cycler could posses, Grannis closed in on another finish line.
WWII Preempts Graduation

Grannis was born in 1920, a seventh-generation American whose ancestors arrived in Connecticut in 1644, not long after the Mayflower sailed into port. The family eventually settled in Shore Acres, Staten Island, a stone’s throw from the future site of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

After high school, he enrolled in Manhattan College’s satellite campus in Staten Island and, beginning junior year, became a resident student at the College’s Riverdale campus, where he was a business administration major.

In early 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, thousands of college men entered the draft. Many students were able to defer their enlistments until after graduation, but for about 64 Manhattan students, including Grannis, Uncle Sam wouldn’t wait. In March, Grannis left the Riverdale campus for field artillery training on a U.S. Army base in Oklahoma.

“I’m a laid-back kind of guy, so I didn’t make too much of a fuss over it,” Grannis says.

For the next three years, Grannis would churn through officer candidate training, various flight schools and finally the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he was promoted to first lieutenant and became a B-24 bomber command pilot.

After the war, Grannis returned to Staten Island and approached Manhattan College, presuming he’d re-register for the classes he didn’t complete in the spring of 1942. But College officials told him there weren’t any slots available that fall, so his readmission would have to wait until the following semester.

“And that was the end of the conversation,” Grannis recalls. “So I went on with my life and did what was to be done. And I never held any grudges.”

A Son’s Idea

Three years ago, during a casual conversation with his son, Fred Grannis Jr., Grannis Sr. casually mentioned that he’d never actually graduated from Manhattan College.

“I said to myself, ‘Wow, I didn’t know that,’” Grannis Jr. recalls now. “My father had always talked about Manhattan College with such gratitude, and I assumed he’d graduated.”

Grannis Jr. knew his father was too humble to approach Manhattan College on his own, so he wrote an email to a College administrator last May, outlining his father’s story. He concluded the message with an appeal:

“This narrative history suggests that there is an opportunity for the College to recognize the contribution of those students who have served our nation in the military and were unable to return to complete their degree requirements.”

Grannis Jr.’s email was forwarded to Provost William Clyde, Ph.D. Recognizing that Grannis Sr. had completed 121 out of 136 credits, Clyde wondered whether his war-status might constitute as “life experience” for the basis of the additional credits.

“I read the son’s letter, and here is a guy about to graduate in good standing, and then Pearl Harbor happens,” Clyde recalls. “He shouldn’t be penalized for his patriotism on the precipice of graduating. He also went on to an advanced degree and successful career, doing exactly what he should have been doing with his Manhattan experience. So this was a chance to do something right, close the loop and finish what should have been.”

Clyde consulted with several other college administrators and last fall, a diploma for Frederick Winslow Grannis was drafted with a conferral date of Sept. 1, 2012. A few weeks later, it arrived in a FedEx package at Grannis’ Pennsylvania home.

Now, when he looks up from his favorite chair in his living room as he’s doing crossword puzzles or punching the keys of a laptop, Grannis sees his new diploma on the wall standing out among his other mementos.

“It’s nice to look at it,” he concedes. “And if I want to brag to somebody that I’m a college graduate, I can do that now.”

Posted on May 24, 2013

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Grannis, Fred Sr [MC2012]

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JLINKEDIN: Conway, Thomas [MC2012] Corporate Tax Intern at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.


Conway, Thomas [MC2012] 
Corporate Tax Intern at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
New York
Financial Services

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JFACEBOOK: Swartz, Rachel [MC2012] a Lasallian Volunteer


Rachel Swartz: Miss Swartz Has Seen God

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During community prayer recently, we were asked the question, “Where do you see God in your life?” Being kind of quiet about my religion, I did not really spring up to share my answer. But to be honest, the first thought that came to mind was, ‘in my students.’ I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. There is a reason I am teaching these specific 9th graders this year, there’s a reason I’m working at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis of all places, and there’s a reason I’m a Lasallian Volunteer. In everything, God has a reason to put you there. And I think my reason was to be teaching them…

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Swartz, Rachel [MC2012]

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JLINKEDIN: Darcy, Brian [MC2012] Designer at John Meyer Consulting, PC


Darcy, Brian [MC2012] 
Designer at John Meyer Consulting, PC
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

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