Tag Archives: MC1974

JNEWS: Bassi, Joseph P. ‘Joe’ [MC1974] does The Space Show



1. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 6, 2-3:30 GMT)
How Boulder Became a World Center for Space & Atmospheric Science with Dr. Joe Bassi.

Joseph P. (Joe) Bassi is an Assistant Professor of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Worldwide Campus. He is also an (online) adjunct lecturer at the National Security Studies Institute, University of Texas/El Paso.  Dr Bassi completed his PhD in History of Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2009. He specialized in the history of modern US science and technology. He was a senior project engineer with the Aerospace Corporation supporting national security space efforts at Vandenberg AFB from 2009-2010.  During his PhD program, Dr Bassi was a Guggenheim pre-doctoral fellow in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. His recent book, “A Scientific Peak: How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science,” recently was selected as one of the best books in atmospheric sciences for 2015 (History category) by Atmospheric Sciences Librarians International.

A retired US Air Force officer with twenty-six years of active duty, he at various points in his military career served as Director of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (Guam), Professor of Strategic Studies at a DOD college, Headquarters US Air Force Action Officer and Program Element Manager, Chief of the Acquisition Meteorology Office at Air Force Space Systems Division, and Assistant Professor of Physics at the USAF Academy.  After retirement from active service, Professor Bassi served as a space policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense while working for the Aerospace Corporation.

In addition to the PhD, he has graduate degrees in Meteorology from Penn State, Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, and History from the George Washington University.  While at GWU, he was a NASA Space Grant Research Fellow at the Space Policy Institute, Elliot School of International Affairs.  He graduated from Manhattan College in 1974 with a BS in Physics (Phi Beta Kappa) and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program.

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Bassi, Joseph P. ‘Joe’ [MC1974]

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JNEWS: Donodeo, John [MC1974] Regis Track Coach



Coach’s Track Journey Surpasses 100 Seasons
June 8, 2016
By Jim Mancari

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At Regis H.S., Manhattan, one of the several mottos is being a man open to others.

In his 34 years as a teacher and track coach at the school, John Donodeo has led by example in molding young men who are open to others.

On May 22, the Regis community honored Donodeo for his 100th season coaching track at the school. “JD Day” began with Mass, continued with a ceremonial run through Central Park and wrapped up with a reception back at the school.

Born and raised in Astoria, Donodeo grew up in St. Rita’s parish, Long Island City, before running cross-country and track for four years at Mater Christi H.S., Astoria. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in physical education at Manhattan College, the Bronx, before receiving a master’s degree from Penn State University, State College, Pa

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Donodeo, John [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Donodeo, John [MC1974]

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JNEWS: Moran, Thomas J. [MC1974] retires


Thomas J. Moran to Retire as Mutual of America Life Insurance Company CEO; John R. Greed, Company President, Named Successor
PR Newswire
Tue, March 8, 2016 12:50:00 PM CST

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NEW YORK, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, which specializes in providing a wide variety of retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, announced that Thomas J.

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Moran, Thomas J. [MC1974]

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JNEWS: Smith, Bob [MC1974] at New York Supreme Court Civil Branch



By Monica Forrestall

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Wednesday, Nov. 19 was Tribeca’s beloved Lt. Bob Smith’s last day on the job. For 15 years, Smith has stood at the doorway of the New York Supreme Court Civil Branch building at 71 Thomas St. (with a total of 29 years working in the courts).

And so this was the last day that our son Maxwell Schuss, who’s walked by “Bob’s corner” every school day for the last 8-plus years, would be seeing him. Max had gotten up early to put the finishing touches on a goodbye card (Yankees themed). A little reminiscing, gratitude and a fond farewell were in order for our family on this morning.

For years, Smith had been part of the morning ritual of our son Max and many other neighborhood children as they walk to school and stop to say good morning. Max’s friendship with Bob goes back to when he was in kindergarten at P.S. 234.

“He’s had a big impact on kids in our neighborhood,” said Max, “because school can be stressful but he’ll smile, says hello and it starts the day off right.”

So many times we’ve walked down Thomas Street to West Broadway on the block’s downward slope, and see ahead other children stopping to say hello.

Bob, nicknamed “Officer Bob,” is a tall, friendly man, always with a nice word for kids headed to school. “I always smile, and try to make them smile, even if they’re crying,” Bob said.

Bob, who has a Masters from Manhattan College and taught school for seven years, said he had “always greeted my kids with a big good morning at the start of each day, and taught them to do the same.” He kept that tradition going in Tribeca and helped to foster a small-town feeling, where everyone knows the name of the postman or the lady at the corner store. His co-workers dubbed him the “Mayor of Thomas Street” or his friendly greetings to passersby.

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Smith, Bob [MC????]

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Dear John,

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

            A credit to the NYS Court System!



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Smith, Bob [MC1974] 

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JNEWS: Savage, Joseph J. [MC1974] Exec Vice Chairman Webster Bank



Webster Promotes John R. Ciulla To President

WATERBURY, Conn., Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS), the holding company for Webster Bank, N.A., today announced that its board of directors promoted John R. Ciulla to president of the bank and the bank holding company and appointed him to the bank’s board of directors. In addition, the board appointed Joseph J. Savage to executive vice chairman of the bank and the bank holding company. Both report to James C. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer.

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Savage, formerly president, retains oversight of Human Resources and directly oversees the bank’s programs for leadership development, incentive compensation, and employee engagement. He will continue to serve as a member of the bank’s board.

Smith said, “As president, Joe has contributed mightily to our progress toward our goal of becoming the highest performing mid-size bank in the country as measured by financial performance, customer satisfaction, and growth in key segments. He will continue to work closely with me in formulating strategy and will lead key external client initiatives.”

Ciulla joined Webster in 2004 as senior vice president for middle market banking and has served in a variety of management positions with increasing responsibility, including as chief credit risk officer from 2008 to 2010. As executive vice president and head of middle market banking from 2011 to 2013, he was responsible for several business units prior to his January 2014 promotion to lead Commercial Banking.

Prior to joining Webster, Ciulla worked at The Bank of New York where he was most recently managing director. He practiced law in New York as an associate with McDermott Will & Emery and with Hughes Hubbard. He serves on the board of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Ciulla earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Williams College, his MBA from the Columbia Business School, and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Savage joined Webster in 2002 as executive vice president and head of Commercial Banking. He was promoted to president and appointed to the bank’s board of directors in January 2014. Prior to joining Webster, Savage was executive vice president of the Communications and Energy banking group for CoBank in Denver, Colorado.

Savage serves as a director of the MetroHartford Alliance and the Travelers Championship Committee. He serves on the boards of The Bushnell and the Connecticut Bankers Association. He chaired the 2013-14 Campaign for United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and his MBA from Seton Hall University.

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Dear John,

John Ciulla did not attend Manhattan College, but I believe that Joseph J. Savage, 74,
who was appointed  Executive Vice Chairman of Webster Bank did.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. I really screwed that one up. Must be getting senile!]

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Savage, Joseph J. [MC1974]

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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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JFOUND: Biggar, Barry [MC1974] Transportation Finance Practice Pillsbury



Pillsbury Boosts Transportation Finance Practice in New York
Leading Aviation Lawyer Barry Biggar joins Pillsbury


NEW YORK, June 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Pillsbury today welcomed new finance partner Barry Biggar to its New York office. Biggar concentrates his practice on asset finance, advising financiers of sizable capital assets in the aviation, rail, maritime and manufacturing sectors, as well as the financing of nuclear fuel sources in addition to renewables, bringing decades of experience representing lenders, lessors and investors.

“We are excited to welcome Barry to Pillsbury,” said Firm Chair Jim Rishwain, Jr. “Finance is a strength of our firm and a key area for further growth, and Barry brings a vital array of skills and experiences to our practice. His considerable experience guiding companies through complex financial projects will offer significant and strategic benefits to Pillsbury’s clients.”

Biggar has more than 25 years of experience representing financial institutions in complex structured debt and tax advantaged financings in both the U.S. domestic and cross-border markets. He also has extensive experience representing issuers, underwriters and placement agents of registered, 144A-eligible and privately placed debt securities issued to finance such assets.

“Barry’s rich history of serving clients across a number of industries, including transportation, heavy industry and energy (traditional and renewables) will be an excellent complement to the range of services we offer our global clients,” said Finance section leader Jon Whitney. “Barry is a welcome addition to our Finance practice in New York, and will add a wealth of experience to our international cross-border finance team.”

Biggar has devoted a substantial portion of his career to aviation finance matters, both commercial and corporate, including operating and finance leases, EXIM and other ECA supported financings, debt portfolio securitizations and EETC’s. He has been recognized by Air Finance Journal as one of the leading aviation lawyers in North America.

“Pillsbury has world class Aviation and Transportation Finance teams in addition to a global finance practice and I’m thrilled to be joining such a strong group,” Biggar said. “I look forward to collaborating with Pillsbury’s team in New York, London, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Asia.”

Biggar received his Bachelor of Science from Manhattan College, cum laude, and his JD, cum laude, from Pace University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York. Prior to joining Pillsbury, he was a partner at McGuire Woods.

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Biggar, Barry [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Barry is a member of the class of 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Biggar, Barry [MC1974]

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