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JNEWS: Manning, Charles [MC1973] SVP and Infrastructure Leader at Parsons



Parsons Names New SVP and Infrastructure Leader of New York and New Jersey

Parsons is pleased to announce that Charles “Charlie” Manning has joined the corporation as senior vice president and infrastructure leader for New York and New Jersey. Manning will focus on business development and representing the corporation to the region’s key stakeholders.

“Charlie’s wealth of knowledge and professional network will be invaluable as we work to strengthen and develop customer relationships and continue our legacy of delivering quality service in New York and New Jersey,” said Michael Johnson, Parsons Group president. “We are pleased to welcome him to the team.”
Manning has more than 35 years of civil engineering experience in a broad variety of infrastructure programs and projects, including transportation, water supply, wastewater treatment, hazardous waste, waste‑to‑energy, and power. He has directed and managed large, complex projects and has significant experience in every project aspect, including conception, planning, design, permitting/licensing, construction inspection, program and construction management, as well as project start‑up and operation.

He also has a strong background in alternative project delivery solutions such as design‑build and public‑private partnerships. Manning has served as Principal‑in‑Charge for major public transportation and infrastructure agencies, as well as Fortune 500 firms.

Both of Manning’s civil engineering degrees were earned at New York universities—he holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College where he serves as an engineering department consultor and guest lecturer, and a master’s degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York (now New York University).

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Manning, Charles [MC1973] 

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ENDNOTE: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) about “tolerance”



Michael J McFadden

Most Muslims and Christians, like most nonsmokers, are not extremists seeking to impose their lifestyle and beliefs on everyone around them. It’s the extremists, the ones who demand that there be no smoking outdoors, in apartment buildings, or in isolated pubs; those who demand non-sectarian markets carry no pork products; or those who demand businesses close on “The Lord’s Day” or that pubs not serve meat on Fridays, who create the problems for our society.

While the Christians have generally moved toward being far more tolerant of sectarian practices regarding Sundays and Fridays and religious holidays, what will happen if creeping extremism brings radical Antismokers and extremist Muslims together in projects like banning the advertising and the sight of tobacco and pork products from public view and equate the merest scent or barely measurable technical detection of sub-microscopic exposures to chemical trace elements of tobacco or pork in outdoor or apartment building settings to “being forced to smoke (or eat, or ingest in any form)” the products of their fanatical anathema? Will we see the frying of bacon banned from anyone who can’t afford to live in an isolated mansion? Will flat dwellers be told “Pork products may only be cooked by being immersed in boiling water!” Will employees who handle tobacco products be pronounced “unclean” until they’ve gone through pseudo-religious-based cleansings and ablutions?

Both groups, extremist religious fanatics and extremist antismoking fanatics, seem to never be at peace with any existence whatsoever of their hated targets, and both groups have become more powerful as they’ve learned to use societal tools and media tricks to advance their positions and their goals. And both groups need to be opposed by those who believe in individual rights of choice in choosing how to live one’s own life and form one’s own societal standards without undue influence and duress from extreme minorities seeking to impose their own lifestyles and standards on everyone around them based upon the slimmest and flimsiest claims of being offended.

Mainstream Muslims and mainstream nonsmokers are seeing their hookah cafes and their pubs closed by the extremists who insist theirs is the only path to heaven and health. Mainstream smokers are already being thrown out of their housing if they refuse to conform in their homes, and mainstream lovers of fried bacon and grilled pork patties may not be far behind. People who believe in individual rights and freedoms, the mainstream, normal, tolerant members of both groups, need to make their voices heard and draw the lines at reasonable levels of respect for the rights of others not to be unduly forced to extreme exposures to things that might distress them, but not to cross over into unreasonable imposition of lifestyle rules that cross such reasonable boundaries. Extremist Antismokers and extremist religious fanatics should be told, in no short terms, to stuff it and learn tolerance for the beliefs and decisions of those who they live with.


McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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JNEWS: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) reports on Salerno, Frederic V. [MC1965]


Hi John …

Thought I recognized Frederick Salerno’s name as connected with Manhattan. Please scroll down.

Happy St. Padriagh’s Day

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Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)

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Viacom Creates Lead Independent Director Role for Frederic Salerno
12:23 PM PDT 3/16/2016 by Paul Bond

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The exec is a board member of the conglomerate who is a retired CFO of Verizon.

Viacom has created a new position called “lead independent director” to be filled by Frederic Salerno, a board member of the conglomerate who is a retired CFO of Verizon.

In his new role, Salerno will coordinate the activities of the independent directors and be the liaison between them and CEO Philippe Dauman, who assumed the role of executive chairman when Sumner Redstone recently stepped down.

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Salerno, Frederic V. [MC1965]

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[JR: Thanks, Rob. Much appreciated. Great find. I would have never found it.]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) cites two Jaspers in the news


Dear John,

            I was struck yesterday by seeing two JASPERS in the papers:In the NY Daily News carried a piece on the law suit resulting fromthe Bronx fire in 2005 where 6 firefighters were either injured orkilled. One of those who died was firefighter John Bellew, Class of 1989 (R.I.P.). A total of $183 Million was award by a Jury to 5 of the 6 men.

          On a happier note, the NY Times had a piece on an interview with Chief Justice Roberts by the Dean of the New England Law School, John F. O’Brien, Class of 1973, about the increase in courtopinions including quotes from popular songs of the 70′ & 80’s.An interesting diversion from the usual commentaries on theSupreme Court.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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O’Brien, John F. [MC1973]

Bellew, John [MC1989 RIP]

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COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) reacts to “Victim disarmament”


McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

In Response To ENDNOTE: Like most tools, guns need care
Submitted on 2016/02/22 at 8:57 am

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.”

I’m currently playing a computer role-playing game titled FALLOUT 4. It’s a weirdly atmospheric post-nuclear-holocaust game premised on a kind of a 1940s’ view of what a 1960s’ civilization might look like when/after it got hit with a nuclear war.

Soooo…. as part of communicating that atmosphere they have a pirate radio station set up in the game with a strange DJ and a song selection of fifty or so actual songs that were popular in the 1930s through 1950s about nuclear holocausts and social things. One of the songs is about a “Pistol Packin’ Mama” which your note brings to mind….

– MJM, who’s had a hard time accepting the fact that people actually recorded and sang FUNNY songs about nuclear wars in the 1950s! Sheeesh!

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Heh, and writing that post put me in mind of a Tom Lehrer song that I believe was recorded a bit later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ky0ROTsD14

Only about 90 seconds long… and definitely worth listening to. (And it’s nicely followed by more by Tom that are just as good!)


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JNEWS: Raab, Fred [MC1973] heads the LIGO Hanford Observatory



Lasers & Sources

Gravitational wave detection a step closer with Advanced LIGO

The LIGO project’s mission is to directly observe gravitational waves of cosmic origin.
4 January 2016, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201512.04

LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, operates detector facilities near Livingston, Louisiana and Tri-Cities, Washington. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by Caltech and MIT, LIGO seeks to open the field of gravitational wave astronomy through the direct detection of gravitational waves from astrophysical sources. Such sources could include the collisions of neutron stars or black holes, the gravitational collapse of heavy stars, the spinning of neutron star pulsars, and events perhaps not yet imagined.

The international LIGO Scientific Collaboration directs LIGO’s progress and manages LIGO’s leading role in the global gravitational wave detector network. The NSF funded a recent comprehensive upgrade of the first-generation LIGO detectors in a program named Advanced LIGO, with additional support coming from funding agencies in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In September 2015, LIGO began its first data run with these newly-upgraded instruments. In January 2016, LIGO will pause for a commissioning interval that will further boost detector sensitivity. Data runs and commissioning periods will alternate through 2019 as LIGO seeks to maximize the performance of the advanced detectors.

Fred Raab earned his BS in physics from Manhattan College in 1973 and his PhD in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980, working in the field of molecular spectroscopy. As a research scientist at the University of Washington from 1980 to 1988, he worked on high-precision experimental tests of physical laws and symmetries. In 1988, he became Assistant Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and was a co-author of the LIGO construction proposal. In 1995, he was appointed to head the LIGO Hanford Observatory.

Michael Landry completed his PhD in strange hadronic physics at the University of Manitoba (Canada) in 2000, with experiments at TRIUMF and Brookhaven Laboratories. He then began as a postdoc at the LIGO Hanford Observatory (LHO), and has remained with the experiment since that time. His current position is that of Detection Lead Scientist with LHO/Caltech.

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Raab, Fred [MC1973]

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JFOUND: Cusack, John L. [MC1973] speaks on “Sustainability”



Professor will explain meaning of sustainability at next Bergren Forum session

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Alfred University’s (AU) longstanding lunchtime series, the Bergren Forum, continues Thursday, Oct. 22, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center with a talk on “What Do We Mean By Sustainability?”

The program is free and open to the public. 

The session will be presented by John L. Cusack, an adjunct professor in the AU School of Business with the MBA program (masters of business administration), as well as the founder and president of Gifford Park Associates (GPA), Bronxville. GPA is a sustainability management advisory firm specializing in sustainability finance, management and implementation, responsible investing, clean technologies, climate change, environmental risks disclosure, and the relationship between the sustainability and financial performance of firms.

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Cusack received both a bachelor of civil engineering degree and a master of environmental engineering and from Manhattan College. He then went on to earn an MBA in management from New York University- Leonard N. School of Business.

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Cusack, John L. [MC????]

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Dear John,

          I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1973.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cusack, John L. [MC1973]

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